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the occupy sf encampment endangered nobody

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the bad old days P8

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The billionaires’ mayor

Mayor Ed Lee calls himself a progressive — but rich, powerful conservatives are funding his campaign P10

The same old crowd

Look who’s working to elect Ed Lee — these former Brown administration department heads and friends attended the Run Ed Run kickoff P16

alerts P16 45 years of printing the news and raising hell P18 herbwise P21 food + drink

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It’s time to say goodbye to Budget Rock P28

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The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel keeps his finger on America’s pulse P32

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Light years

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SF values and OccupySF

EDITORIAL This is what civility and compromise looks like: At a little after 10 P.m. Oct 16, a squadron of San Francisco police equipped with riot gear raided and attempted to shut down the OccupySF protest. It was the second time San Francisco has embarrassed itself, becoming the only major U.S. city to attempt to evict members of the growing Occupation movement — and this time, the cops used a lot more force. The first crackdown, on Oct. 5, was supposedly driven by concerns that the activists were using an open flame for their communal kitchen without the proper permits. This time around, the alleged lawbreaking was confined to a Park Code section that bans sleeping in city parkland after 10 p.m. And since Justin Herman Plaza, where OccupySF is camped, is technically under the jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park Department, that ordinance could be enforced. But let’s be serious: The encampment endangered nobody, and if any Rec-Park officials had actually complained, the police couldn’t provide their names. This was all picks

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about rousting a protest against corporate greed and economic injustice. It came with police batons, several beatings and five arrests. And the mayor of what many call the most liberal city in America hasn’t said a word. Mayor Ed Lee was clearly consulted on the raid, clearly approved it — and now becomes unique among the chief executives of big cities across the country, most of whom have worked to find ways to avoid police confrontations. David Chiu, the president of the Board of Supervisors, issued a ridiculous statement saying that “Both the Occupy SF protesters and the San Francisco Police Department need to redouble their efforts to avoid confrontations like the ones we saw last night.” No: The protesters didn’t start it, didn’t provoke it, didn’t want it — and frankly, did their best to avoid it. The crackdown is all about the folks at City Hall trying to get rid of one of the most important political actions in at least a decade — and doing it with riot police. This is what the civility and compromise so touted by Mayor Lee and Board President Chiu looks like. And it’s a disgrace. CONTINUES ON PAGE  >>

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The case against C and D

By Brenda Barros, Riva Enteen, Joe Jacskon, Renee Saucedo, Dave Welsh, David H. Williams and Claire Zvanski OPINION The Guardian started out right on Proposition C and D: “Our initial instinct was to oppose both of these measures... There’s a basic unfairness about all of this that bothers us ... city workers are being asked to give up part of their pay — but the wealthiest individuals and big corporations in San Francisco are giving up nothing. It’s part of the national trend — the poor and middle class are shouldering the entire burden of the economic crisis, and the rich aren’t suffering a bit.” It’s too bad that the Guardian editors didn’t stick to their guns. We all know why decent pensions and health care cost so much: corporate greed. And the identity of the corporate criminals who are driving the economy into the ground is no secret. It’s the Wall Street banks and financial speculaCONTINUES ON PAGE  >>

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I feel like was just getting over the 40th anniversary party, and now here comes 45. Guardian anniversaries are like birthday parties; they keep creeping up on you. Except that, in this case, getting older isn’t something to worry about. It’s a sign of strength that a weekly paper founded with a little money scraped together by two Midwesterners in 1966 has survived, grown, and become a standard-bearer for the alternative press in America. I missed 15, but I was here for 16, and 20, and 25, and 30, and 40, and I’ve watched the Guardian — and San Francisco — emerge and change. And I can say, after almost 30 years as a reporter and editor here, that the demise of the old Brown Machine and the advent of district elections in 2000 were the most important advances in modern local political history. District elections diffused power at City Hall. You didn’t need a huge downtown-funded campaign war chest to get elected supervisor. You didn’t need the support of the power brokers. And all parts of the city were represented. By the time Willie Brown left office in 2004 — mostly in political disgrace — a long era of corrupt machine politics was ending. He had lost control of the Board of Supervisors. Almost none of the candidates he endorsed got elected. His approach to running the city was utterly repudiated by the voters. It was like the city drew a collective breath of very fresh air. Yeah, we had to fight with Gavin Newsom. Yeah, we lost some critical battles. Yeah, the city’s till building housing just for millionaires. But at least with Brown gone and district supervisors calling the shots, I always thought we had a chance. And maybe we will with Mayor Ed Lee, too, if, as projected, he wins in November. Maybe he can show some independence. Maybe the Ed Lee who started as a tenant lawyer will arise again in Room 200. But Brown doesn’t think so. Neither do the billionaires and lobbyists and a cast of dozens from the old Brown Machine. They think they’re coming back into power. And these folks are savvy, experienced and clever. They don’t put this sort of money and personal clout into candidates unless they’re pretty damn sure they’ll get a return on their investment. That’s how it works in Willie’s World. 2 october 19 - 25, 2011 / SFBG.com




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In Oakland, where the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza, renamed Oscar Grant Plaza for the event, has far more people than Occupy SF, city officials approached the activists and offered to issue whatever permits were needed. Mayor Jean Quan visited the general assembly, waited her turn to speak, and then politely asked the group not to damage the somewhat fragile old oak tree on the site. In New York, the private owner of the park where Occupy Wall Street is camped agreed not to evict the demonstrators — or even move some of them to all for a regular park cleaning. Why is San Francisco acting so hostile? Is this not a city with a reputation for political activism and tolerance? Is it really that big a problem to allow activists to peacefully occupy public space to denounce the greatest corporate thievery in a generation? San Francisco ought to be supporting the OccupySF movement, not harassing it. Lee should immediately call off the police raids. The Board of Supervisors should have a hearing on this, bring Police Chief Greg Suhr, Mayor Lee and representatives of Rec-Park and the Department of Public Health and work out a solution that doesn’t involve repeatedly rousting the protesters in the middle of the night. And if this continues, perhaps OccupySF should move to the plaza in front of City Hall. Sup. John Avalos is the only person at City Hall who is making an outspoken effort to protect the protest; he needs some support. 2

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tors. It’s Bank of America and Wells Fargo. It’s the corporate CEOs. It’s the insurance companies. All workers, whether they work for the city or not, have a right to affordable medical care and a decent retirement. Take Ethel, who retired 10 years ago after working for the city for more than 20 years and collects a pension of only $17,000 a year. Both Prop C and Prop D would take money out of her check. Some city workers qualify for section 8 housing — Prop C and D would take money out of their paychecks too.  SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

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None of this is rocket science. But the corporate media pounds away daily at public employees and ignores the shenanigans of their buddies in the corporate boardrooms. And far too many fall for this bait and switch, or are just too confused to stand up and fight back. Now, with Propositions C and D, the downtown bigwigs and their lapdog politicians are taking advantage of this confusion to sock it to the victims, and make workers pay for the party the rich have been having at our expense. Unfortunately, there are those among us who think we should concede many of our hard-fought rights in order to appear reasonable and fend off future attacks. Making these kinds of concessions is like putting a little blood in the water, and hoping that the corporate sharks will be satisfied. But the reality is that when sharks taste blood, they just get hungry for more. The editors of the San Francisco Chronicle, the mouthpiece for Wall Street and its minions, said pretty much the same thing in a recent editorial: “San Franciscans should have no illusions,” wrote the Chronicle editors. “Props C and D offer only modest down payments on the reforms [sic] that must be pursued... The very fact that business and labor leaders are supporting Prop C... sets the stage for... further reforms [sic] that will almost certainly be needed...” Of course the “reforms” that the Chronicle is demanding are just more attacks on workers’ rights. That’s why many political leaders, including former Supervisor Chris Daly and Ted Gullicksen of the Tenants Union -- opposed both Propositions C and D. Enough is enough. Let’s take heart from the Occupy Wall Street movement. After decades of Reaganomics, Bushonomics and Democratonomics, it is high time to draw the line, stand up to Wall Street, and fight back. Join former Supervisor Chris Daly and Tenant’s Union leader Ted Gullicksen, and: Vote NO on C! Vote NO on D! Tax the Rich! 2 Brenda Barros is vice-chair, Social Economic Committee, SEIU 1021. Riva Enteen is a member of SEIU 1021. Joe Jackson is co-chair of the S.F. African American Employee Association. Renee Saucedo is a member of SEIU 1021. Dave Welsh is a delegate to the S.F. Labor Council. David H. Williams and Claire Zvanski are retiree members of SEIU 1021.

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This 1971 Guardian cartoon by Dan O’Neill still captures the spirit of a machine-controlled City Hall

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By Tim Redmond Tredmond@sfbg.com Willie L. Brown, according to the Chronicle’s John Coté, is “a tremendously popular figure in the city, viewed by many as an avuncular man-about-town, elder statesman and a uniquely San Franciscan character.” The Ed Lee Story, a hagiographic campaign book, refers to Brown’s “characteristic showmanship and hypnotic charm.” Even Randy Shaw, the housing activist who clashed with Brown over gentrification once upon a time, now says in BeyondChron that Brown’s first term “was the most progressive of any mayor in modern San Francisco history.” I feel as if I’m living in some sort of strange parallel universe, something out of Orwell or North Korea or the Soviet Union of the 1950s. It’s as if history never happened, as if the years between 1996 and 2004 have just vanished, have been deleted from San Francisco’s collective memory. It’s crazy. I wonder: What about the thousands and thousands of people who lost their homes and were tossed out of the city like refugees from a war? What about the rampant corruption at City Hall? What about the legions of unqualified political cronies who got good jobs and commission posts? What about the iron-fisted machine rule that kept local politics closed to all but the loyal insiders? Doesn’t any of that count? Here are some things that absolutely, undeniable, demonstrably happened while Willie Brown was mayor: Rents on the East Side of town, particularly in the Mission, tripled and sometimes quadrupled between 1996, when Brown took office, and 2004, when he left. Evictions more than tripled, too, and at one point more than 100 people a month were losing their homes. Most of those people were low-income, longterm tenants. They were forced out because richer people were moving into town during the dot-com boom and could pay more for those apartments. We called it the “Economic Cleansing of San Francisco.” Every day, it seemed, we’d be out at another rally as the Tenants Union and the Mission Antidisplacement Coalition tried to save another family from the forces of gentrification. Every week, it seemed, another group house full of artists would be served an eviction notice. Everywhere you looked, nonprofits and small businesses were  SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

losing space to high-tech companies with plenty of money. I watched the wrecking crew tear down a studio complex on Bryant Street, forcing more than 100 painters and photographers to leave, to make way for a high-tech office project that was approved even though it violated the local zoning laws — and then was never built. For two years, I walked to get my lunch past the empty hole in the ground that had once been a thriving community. That was typical. Every developer who waved money in front of the mayor got a building permit, no matter how crazy, illogical or illegal the project was. The Planning Department and the Bureau of Building Inspection were little more than fronts for the lobbyists and Brown cronies who determined development policy in the city. In October, 1999, the author Paulina Borsook wrote a famous piece in Salon called “How the Internet Ruined San Francisco.” I agreed with the sentiment; the influx of the dot-commers was wrecking all that was cool and weird about the city. But she got one point wrong: The Internet didn’t ruin anything. The Internet was, and is, a technology, a tool, something that, like most technological advances, can be used for good or evil. Mayor Brown didn’t create the dot-com boom. Although he took editorials

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credit for an awful lot of things, even Willie didn’t claim to have invented the Internet. But what he did — and what ruined many San Francisco neighborhoods, and ruined the lives of many San Franciscans — was to let the economic cleansing of the city happen, without raising a finger to slow it down or prevent the evictions or protect the most vulnerable people in the city. Over and over, he encouraged it — by appointing commissioners and supervisors and department heads who allowed evictions and development and displacement in the name of growth and prosperity. In fact, when reporters from the zine Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll asked Brown about the problems facing poor people, he told them that the city had become so expensive that poor people would be better off living somewhere else. Because he didn’t care about poor people, or tenants, or artists, or anyone who lacked money and flash and dazzle and clout. He was the worst kind of imperial mayor. Here’s how we put in it in our 33rd anniversary issue in 1998: “Let’s say the next major earthquake that hits San Francisco is of roughly the same magnitude of the Loma Prieta quake of 1989, or maybe just a bit stronger. Let’s say it wipes out right 1,000 houses and leave some 5,000 people homeless

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indicted or investigated for criminal misconduct. While sentencing a Housing Authority official to five years in prison, U.S. District Judge Charles Legge decried what he called Third World-style corruption at San Francisco City Hall. When Mayor Ed Lee, who is now seeking a full four-year term, was asked to give Brown a grade for his eight years in Room 200, Lee said: A-Plus. Which makes us a little nervous. To say the least.

... and lets say a few unscrupulous profiteers take advantage of the shortages of critical supplies and charge desperate residents triple the normal rate for food, blankets and drinking water.... “The profiteers, speculators and charlatans would be exposed in the press and roundly, loudly denounced by every political and community leader in the city. The ones who didn’t wind up in jail would be forced to leave town in disgrace.” Or else they wouldn’t. Because when an economic earthquake ravaged San Francisco during his term, Brown — the most powerful mayor in modern history, a guy who could have had an immense impact on what was happening — went to meet the speculators and profiteers with outstretched arms, welcomed them to the city and partied with them at night. And when he ran for re-election, they thanked him by funding an astonishing $5 million campaign. Then there was the corruption. Not only did Brown raise pay-to-play to a new art form, he filled the city payroll and key commissions with campaign workers, former political allies, and cronies, subverting the civil service system and undermining both the function of city agencies and public respect for local government. At least seven Brown appointees were music listings

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I’ve been going back through the Guardian archives over the past couple of weeks, picking out some great covers to reproduce (see page 18) and looking at four and a half decades of alternative news coverage of San Francisco. And if there’s one theme that emerges from the stacks and stacks and stacks of papers, it’s that local government matters. In the 1960s, when the underground press was talking about sex, drugs and dropping out, the Guardian was talking about the ways big corporations were stealing the taxpayers’ money at City Hall. (Okay, the Guardian wrote about sex and drugs too. But sex and drugs and political scandals.) The difference between the independent alternative press and the underground papers of the era was more than just thematic. The underground publishers were having a great time and celebrating culture, but none of those publications was built to last. From the day they published their first issue in October, 1966, Guardian founders Bruce Brugmann and Jean Dibble intended their paper to become a permanent part of San Francisco. The Guardian quickly demonstrated that it had a different approach than a lot of the “New Left” — particularly when it came to electoral politics. At a time when some were saying that it made no difference whether Ronald Reagan or Pat Brown won the 1966 governor’s race, the Guardian made the key point about Reagan. “California cannot afford the luxury of this kind of conservatism,” a Nov. 7, 1966 editorial stated. “Because of the millions of people coming to California, because San Francisco and Los Angeles soon will have the greatest concentration of urban power in history, because farm land and open space is vanishing at a suicidal rate, because technology is putting vast populations out of work, because of the social neglect of our cities and the uglification of

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news: anniversary issue our countryside, because we now have the knowledge to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.” And while the paper devoted considerable space to reporting on and opposing the war in Vietnam, it was also developing a reputation for local investigative reporting. One June 7, 1971 story showed how the city had all of its short-term deposits in local banks that paid no interest at all. The story parked an investigation by the city’s budget analyst, the resignation of the city treasurer — and a new investment policy that brought the city at least $1 million more revenue a year. (Adjusted for inflation, that’s about $5 million a year, times 40 years is a lot of money that the Guardian brought into the city coffers). And from the start, the Guardian was a nonpartisan, independent foe of corruption, secrecy and undue influence at City Hall. So while the paper eagerly endorsed Phil Burton (and later his brother, John) for Congress and lauded their antiwar and environmental policies, the Guardian also blasted the Burtons for exercising undue influence back home. The paper strongly endorsed George Moscone for mayor — then denounced him when he fired Harvey Milk from a commission post after Milk had the gall to challenge the Moscone/Burton candidate for state Assembly. The 1999 Sunshine Ordinance, which dramatically opened up City Hall records, was sponsored and promoted by the Guardian. Willie Brown and his cronies hated it. It’s probably a misnomer to say that the Burtons, who were a dominant force in local politics in the 1970s and 1980s, ran an old-fashioned machine. They didn’t have the iron control over local politics and the patronage jobs system that the word “machine” implies. But when Brown became mayor of San Francisco, he had all of that. Brown controlled eight solid votes on the Board of Supervisors (and through various political machinations, had managed to appoint most of them). “He ruled the building,” Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, who was a supervisor during those years, recalled. “If you defied him, you were radioactive.” And one of the people who rose through the ranks as a loyal Brown appointee was Ed Lee. Who to this day thinks things in that administration were just dandy. The Lee campaign complains about “guilt by association,” and that’s a editorials

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legitimate point. Ed Lee isn’t Willie Brown. He’s a lot more open, a lot (a lot) more humble, and as numerous progressives have pointed out to us, his door is open. He doesn’t have the history of sleaze that pretty much defined Brown’s political career. There will be no “Ed Lee Machine.” In fact, with district elections of supervisors pretty much guaranteeing more diffuse political power in the city, there will never be another mayor able to rule the way Brown did. And these days, Brown’s clout could easily be overstated. Until he engineered the selection of Ed Lee as mayor, his power seemed to be waning. And even Mayor Lee hasn’t done everything that Brown wanted. Of course, the Chronicle, which he helped immensely when Hearst Corp. bought the paper and had trouble with federal regulators, has helped Brown by giving him a column that created a new, sanitized persona. But the important thing about the Brown administration was not so much who was in charge but who benefited. The landlords, the developers, the big corporations got pretty much what they wanted from City Hall. The rest of us got screwed. And now those same interests — in some cases, the exact same people — who supported, promoted and worked with Willie Brown are backing Lee for mayor. If they thought he was going to be an independent progressive, that money and support wouldn’t be coming in. There are people who miss the machine days — and if they think Ed Lee is their guy, it’s reason to worry. Corruption matters. When people lose faith in local government because they see the kind of sleaze that was daily business under Brown, then they stop wanting to pay taxes for public services. After all, the mayor is wasting our money already. Lee may be a decent guy — but some of the people he hangs out with, some of the people who are supporting him, have a long and very unpleasant history in this town. And all the time he was sitting there at City Hall, while Brown was running a corrupt operation that did lasting damage, Lee never raised a public finger in protest. I hate to see all the history forgotten when people decide who to support for mayor in November, 2011. 2 picks

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Back to the future? Willie Brown watches Ed Lee get sworn in as mayor. Guardian photo by Luke Thomas

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Students with deep pockets pony up for Lee By Christine Deakers news@sfbg.com

The billionaires’ mayor

Mayor Ed Lee calls himself a progressive — but rich, powerful conservatives are funding his campaign By Rebecca Bowe rebeccab@sfbg.com Billionaire Sean Parker, the former Facebook president who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the film The Social Network, threw a huge bash in late September for Spotify, the digital music platform he’s invested in. The event was held at a Potrero Hill warehouse covered from top to bottom in graffiti to stand out for the occasion, its interior draped with massive, elegant curtains and adorned with chandeliers. The San Francisco Business Times called it “extraordinarily opulent,” with top-shelf booze, pigs roasting on spits, piles of lobster and fresh sushi, and a crowd peppered with celebrities, tech professionals, and venture investors. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown made an appearance at the lavish event, donning a tux. Parker and Brown have something in common: They’re both supporting Mayor Ed Lee’s bid for a full term in office. While campaign finance law prohibits donors from contributing more than $500 to a candidate running for office in San Francisco, the young tech investor donated $100,000 to an independent expenditure (IE) committee that’s legally separate from his official campaign, called San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government. Brown, meanwhile, has hosted fundraisers for the mayor and regularly advo10 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

cates for Lee in his column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Parker is just one of several billionaires stepping up to support Lee’s mayoral bid. While every mayoral candidate has to raise money, generous support for the interim mayor from the region’s wealthiest figures has raised eyebrows, suggesting that the wealthy and powerful trust him to carry forward an agenda that benefits their interests. Businesspeople with financial stakes in city contracts, real-estate professionals involved in major development projects, and investors in San Francisco companies who stand to benefit from specialized tax breaks can all be found in the mix of Lee’s donor base. Meanwhile, many of the backers who urged Lee to run before he became an official candidate have deep ties to Brown — and several are remembered for coming under the watchful eye of federal investigators when they served as city officials under his administration. The IE Parker donated $100,000 to was launched by Ron Conway, a prominent tech investor and registered Republican whose net worth also stretches into the billions. Conway, who’s dubbed “The Godfather of Silicon Valley” in a book documenting his meteoric rise, had sunk $151,000 into the committee as of Sept. 24. Marc Benioff, billionaire CEO of Salesforce.com, dropped another $50,000 into the hat. William H. editorials

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Draper III, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who was appointed by Ronald Reagan to preside over the Export-Import Bank of the United States in the Eighties, also pitched in $1,000. Lee is the city’s first ChineseAmerican mayor, appointed unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in January 2011 after his predecessor, Mayor Gavin Newsom, ascended to the Lieutenant Governor post in Sacramento. In the months following his inauguration — when he was still presumed to be a caretaker mayor who would serve only until the end of Newsom’s term — Lee earned praise from his City Hall colleagues for his inclusive style of governance, affable demeanor, and keen understanding of the nuts and bolts of city government stemming from his years of service as City Administrator. He won approval for crafting a city budget by incorporating input from multiple stakeholders, in sharp contrast with Newsom’s tendency to shut out critics. Lee gave assurances to colleagues and newspaper editors that he wouldn’t run, but changed his mind in early August. Once he threw his hat into the ring, the honeymoon ended — and cash from venture capitalists, tech companies, global engineering firms, and high-end real estate outfits began pouring in. Collectively, the camp that’s gone to bat for Lee envisions a San

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Francisco that bears little resemblance to the future progressives have in mind. Where the left advocates more equitable taxation, halting luxury housing construction in favor of affordable residential projects, and creating a municipal bank to free up lending for small business, the mayor’s moderate supporters emphasize propelling forward market-rate development, catering to tech and biotech firms with targeted tax breaks, giving streets a clean and sanitized feel to satisfy tourists, and encouraging more homeownership and less rental housing on the whole. The rub is that in an evermore expensive city, certain populations — middle-class families, communities of color blunted by unemployment or foreclosure, and creative youth who are cash-poor but dreaming big, for instance — become vulnerable to being priced out. San Francisco is at a crossroads, and the direction it takes will be determined by this race.

Soft money supporters On the day Lee was inaugurated as mayor, he told a room full of supporters gathered in City Hall’s rotunda, “I was a progressive before progressive was a political faction in this town.” On the campaign trail, Lee’s cited his past work as an attorney for the Asian Law Caucus, describing how he fought to protect tenants and to promote equal CONTINUES ON PAGE 12 >>

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When you talk about students getting involved in politics, you typically think of canvassing, voter registration, and protests. Campaign contributions aren’t anywhere near the top of the list. In fact, with the bad economy, the soaring cost of education and the crushing burden of student debt, it’s hard to imagine most students having an extra $500 to give to a candidate for mayor of San Francisco. But nine people identified as “students” gave the maximum $500 to the Ed Lee for Mayor campaign, records show. Two other students, one living in Montana, gave smaller amounts. Two of those maximum contributions came from young members of the Sangiacomo family, whose senior members have been among the largest and most notorious landlords in San Francisco. Students Christina and Natalie Sangiacomo both donated $500 dollars. They are the daughters of James Sangiacomo, who helps run Trinity Management Services, a family real estate operation. Signing a check to Ed Lee seems to be all in the family— the Sangiacomo name appeared 12 times on the donation list, and documented addresses spanned outside of Bay Area zip codes to Corona Del Mar. We couldn’t reach Christina or Natalie at the family home, but we asked their dad if he knew his daughters gave such substantial amounts to a mayoral campaign. He simply replied, “[Natalie] is 20 and registered to vote.” (For the record, both daughters are over 18, the minimum legal age to make a campaign contribution.) Hamdiah A. Ahmed (Oakland), Leanna L. Chan (S.F.), Kelly L.L. Chen (S.F.), Stephanie Chen (Danville), Jasmin Perez, Michael Perez (both from Hillsborough), and Yusra M. Sharif (Oakland) also donated $500 to the Ed Lee campaign. Selina Sun (S.F.) donated $250 and Philip O’Connor, on record as a student in Missoula, Montana, gave $175. Sun’s father, Andrew Sun, is a lobbyist and fundraising consultant at Sun Associates. He gave Lee $100. His wife, Selina’s mother, is Alicia Wang, a long time Democratic Party activist and former candidate for supervisor. Her name did not appear on Ed Lee’s campaign records. Some students from outside San Francisco kicked in the maximum contribution. Take Hamdiah Ahmed and Yusra Sharif, two unemployed students who live at the same residence in Oakland. The Sharif family owns Oasis Food Market in the East Bay. There’s no legal reason why a student can’t donate to a campaign — unless someone else provided the money specifically for that purpose. And that’s almost impossible to prove, particularly if a students parents are helping support him or her anyway. In a phone conversation, Bill Barnes, campaign manager for Ed Lee, emphasized the importance of complying with campaign finance law. He said no one is barred from contributing, and there is “no reason to believe that [students] shouldn’t be helping”. As for the students who aren’t current San Francisco denizens, Barnes said, “I don’t find it that interesting that second or third generation native San Franciscans feel an obligation to the city.” 2

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opportunity in the San Francisco Fire Department. But that was decades ago — and these days, some heavyweights in Lee’s corner are downright hostile to progressives. And while Lee does have some progressive support, the bulk of the money behind his campaign comes from people who are on the other side of the political fence — and they clearly think he’s going to listen to them. Last fall, Conway — the billionaire angel investor who started an IE on Lee’s behalf — told an audience at a business conference that it was time to “take San Francisco back” from progressives. At the time, a polarizing debate was raging over a proposed ordinance that would ban sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, with progressives condemning it as an inhumane anti-homeless measure and advocates trumpeting it as a tool for restoring “civility” to sidewalks. Conway loaned $20,000 to the campaign supporting the law, and the moderates claimed victory. To improve Lee’s chances of winning, Conway has tapped powerful Sacramento consultants to oversee television spots, polling, and other campaign efforts. The campaign’s law firm, Nielson Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP, teamed up with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) last year to advance a stunningly expensive yet failed ballot initiative designed to crush municipal electricity programs posing a threat to PG&E’s monopoly in Northern California. Lee drew the ire of a mayoral opponent, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, for remarking that PG&E 12 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

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was “a company that gets it” during a media event; his ill-timed comment came on the heels of a scathing federal report detailing the utility’s culpability for the tragic Sept. 9, 2010 San Bruno gas line explosion. Another consultant hired by Conway, Aaron McLear of The Ginsberg McLear Group, got his chops on Republican campaign trails, serving as communications director for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio, and later acting as press secretary to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Reached by phone, McLear tried to play down the fact that he was a Republican operative hired by a Republican billionaire to try and influence San Francisco voters to elect Lee. “Yes, I am a registered Republican, but everything we’re spending our money on is Democratic — we’re trying to elect a Democrat in a Democrat town,” he explained, noting that he was also working with Democratic consultant Brian Brokaw. As part of their efforts, McLear said, the IE had conducted a “virtual precinct walk” developed by a Silicon Valley tech company called Votizen, which utilizes social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about a candidate. Votizen was listed as part of Conway’s investment portfolio in a document published by Business Insider. Zynga and Twitter, two companies benefiting from tax cuts spearheaded by Lee, were also listed in Conway’s portfolio. Conway’s IE is only one of several that have sprouted up apart from Lee’s official campaign. Another one, the Committee for Effective City Management, drew financial support from city contractors or close affiliates of city venmusic listings

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dors. Raymond Lok, who listed his occupation as retired, gave $5,000, while another $5,000 flowed in from 4U Services, a New York based company. A public records search revealed that Lok is related to Melanie Lok, president and CEO of mlok Consulting, who contributed the maximum $500 to Lee’s official mayoral campaign. Melanie Lok listed her occupation as “homemaker” — even though, as the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, her company holds a contract with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for an invoicing system upgrade worth at least $132,000. (Lok’s odd word choice for her occupation may not be an isolated case. A total of $38,000 flowed into the coffers of Lee’s official campaign from 76 “homemakers,” while another $7,500 was contributed by 15 “housewives.”) 4U Services, which also does business as Stellar Services, holds a city contract for the same SFPUC project that mlok was tapped to work on, worth nearly $92,000. Lok’s consulting firm also does business with Kin Wo Construction, a company that contributed to Lee’s campaign and Brown’s reelection campaign in 1999 — and has been awarded multiple city contracts. Kin Wo Construction president Florence Kong also contributed $3,000 to Run, Ed, Run. That campaign, which materialized this past spring to encourage Lee to run and drew scrutiny from the city’s Ethics Commission, was driven by Rose Pak, a consultant for the San Francisco Chinatown Chamber of Commerce whose connections with the business world have imbued her with tremendous influence. And some of the same powers behind the corrupt and anti-progressive Brown administration are Lee backers: Run, Ed, Run accepted $34,715 in contributions from 16 individuals who contributed to Brown’s reelection in 1999, either themselves or through companies they owned, representing about 70 percent of the total contributions. Another IE called the San Francisco Neighbor Alliance , which has yet to reveal its financiers, produced a biography of Lee written by Run, Ed, Run consultant Enrique Pearce and distributed to voters. It’s a violation of election law for an official candidate campaign to coordinate with a third-party committee, but the unauthorized biography contains photographs, anecdotes, and other details of Lee’s personal life that would seem difficult to unearth without the candidate’s help.

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NEWS: ANNIVERSARY ISSUE Questions surrounding contributions to Lee’s official campaign spurred a criminal investigation by District Attorney George Gascon last week, following Bay Citizen reporter Gerry Shih’s article detailing how airport shuttle drivers were urged by managers to make maximum contributions to Lee in exchange for cash reimbursements. According to a campaign finance document detailing contributions since Sept. 24, just 54 percent of the donors to Lee’s official campaign were San Francisco residents. Among those who made maximum $500 contributions were students, servers, parking garage attendants, cashiers, and a nanny. Lee’s campaign didn’t respond to our questions by press time. Third party committees formed on Lee’s behalf, meanwhile, are working in tandem. On Sept. 16, leaders from all the committees met at the office of Building Owners and Managers (BOMA), an affiliation of San Francisco landlords. “The purpose is to coordinate our efforts, both field and media, to achieve maximum effectiveness,” Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth coordinator Vince Courtney wrote in an email. Recipients included Jim Lazarus and Rob Black of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Coalition on Jobs and BOMA, and Rodrigo Santos, a partner in a structural engineering firm called Santos & Urrita which has worked on numerous live/work loft construction projects throughout the city. The email also went to a representative of Left Coast Communications, the outfit that helped steer Run, Ed, Run.

BROWN GOVERNMENT IN EXILE A San Francisco Chronicle article from 2001 examined the depth of Brown’s patronage politics. “It is well known this town has been for sale since Willie took office,” John DeCastro, president of the Potrero Boosters neighborhood association, was quoted as saying. “Money gets things done.” And while Lee has a very different political persona than Brown, many of the same people who worked with the former mayor are in the Lee campaign orbit. “The Ed Lee campaign looks the Willie Brown government in exile, from top to bottom,” Former Sup. Aaron Peskin charged. “Every scurrilous person involved in ripping off the San Francisco taxpayer is neck deep in the Ed Lee campaign. If this guy gets elected mayor, anything that’s not nailed to the floor they’re going to take.” editorials

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As the city’s chief executive, Lee comes across as a dedicated public servant who tends to side with the city’s moderates, thrust unexpectedly into the rough and tumble of San Francisco politics. Yet as a candidate, he’s rarely discussed in political circles without mention of his two most visible and influential backers, Brown and Pak. At a mayoral campaign forum in August, Board President David Chiu directed a pointed question at Lee. “So Ed, about a week or two before you told the world that you wanted to — that you were considering — running for mayor, you told me that you had looked at yourself in the mirror, you didn’t have the fire in the belly, you didn’t want to run — but that you were having trouble saying ‘no’ to Willie Brown and

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“I’D RECOMMEND FIRST YOU DON’T READ THE GUARDIAN. BECAUSE THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ACCURATE ON ANY PAGE OF THAT PARTICULAR NEWSPAPER.” — MAYOR WILLIE BROWN, 3/22/99 Rose Pak,” Chiu said. A Brown-era City Hall insider told the Guardian that Lee, who previously served as head of the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) and City Administrator, ascended to his high-ranking posts in part because he was favored by Brown and Pak. “It was no secret, at least in Room 200, that when Ed was summoned to the office, he got his instructions directly from Willie Brown to do something for someone,” this person recounted. “Willie Brown was smart, he put Ed in positions (Purchaser, DPW) that don’t have commission oversight by charter, and can spend millions. That was not by mistake.” The statement could be chalked up to mudslinging from any disgruntled foe with an axe to

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Jones with a Community Advocate of the Year award at a banquet hosted by Global Arts and Education to celebrate International Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Former Mayor Brown hosted the event. Another person who turned up at the Run, Ed, Run kickoff was Frank Chiu, who headed up the Department of Building Inspection under Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration. In

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T READ THE GUARDIAN. IT DEPRESSES ME.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; MAYOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN, 1/18/1979 2000, the FBI investigated that department for possible kickbacks and allegedly pressuring permit seekers to use specific contractors. In 2003, the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury issued a report concluding that the department gave â&#x20AC;&#x153;breaks to politically connected developers,â&#x20AC;? by accelerating approval for their projects.

Also in attendance was Walter Wong, who worked as a consultant to companies seeking project approval from DBI. He came under scrutiny for his cozy relationships with DBI officials, and a 2001 Chronicle article noted that Wong â&#x20AC;&#x153;is often spotted behind the counter before business hours at [DBI], which passes judgment on almost all construction in the city.â&#x20AC;? The article noted his close ties to Brown and Pak. In the late 1990s, when Lee served as City Purchaser under Mayor Brown, a company called GSCI was approved as a contractor for DBI even though it was repeatedly rejected by city staff. The company won millions in city contracts, but came under federal investigation for setting up a kickback scheme to defraud the city. According to the transcript of a deposition carried out by the law firm Gonzalez & Leigh, Deborah Vincent-James â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who oversaw contracting for technology companies and has since passed away â&#x20AC;&#x201D; testified that GCSI didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the minimum qualifications (See â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dirty Business,â&#x20AC;? Feb. 8, 2011). â&#x20AC;&#x153;From day one, I knew that they were not CONTINUES ON PAGE 16 >>

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qualified,” Vincent-James’ deposition transcript reads. She went on to say that the official city process for evaluating contractors was “totally bypassed.” Nonetheless, “We had to admit them.” Asked who told her they had to be admitted, she responded, “The director of purchasing. Ed Lee.” She went on to testify that Lee had been acting under the direction of Mayor Brown, who had ties to GCSI principals. When the Guardian contacted Lee for a response to that story, his office did not respond. Mohammad Nuru, whom Lee

recently appointed to lead DPW, was also at the Run, Ed, Run kickoff. He previously served as deputy director of DPW, but drew scrutiny after workers from the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG), a city-funded nonprofit he previously ran, testified that he and SLUG had required them walk precincts and deliver campaign literature for Gavin Newsom for Mayor in 2004 on days they should have been performing street cleaning duties. SLUG was banned from receiving further city contracts following a city attorney’s investigation. Lee says on the campaign trail that he’s going for a full term to

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45 YEARS OF PRINTING THE NEWS AND RAISING HELL When the Bay Guardian produced its first issue in October, 1966, the paper described itself as “a fortnightly journal of news, analysis and opinion.” Circulation was soon running at 20,000 copies. Over the past 45 years, the Guardian has become one of the

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Canela Canela is an airy new Spanish tapas restaurant in the Castro. With the front window ushering in bright sun and Market Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bustle, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lovely mid-day respite with a glass of sangria ($5). The restaurant is still finding its legs with the menu (mostly tapas; will evolve to include dinner entrees), and as is expected, some dishes work better than others. Kudos for house-made chorizo on their coca flatbread ($14-15). Early stand-out: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two! A bright amuse of gazpacho (also on the menu at $5 cup/$7 bowl). The cool puree of tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, garlic, and olive oil kickstarts the taste buds. Salt cod salad ($9 small/$15 large) is punctuated by olives, red onion, and orange slices, cutting the saltiness of the fish, while orange vinaigrette ties it together. For me, salt cod evokes the Mediterranean every time, particularly when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this fresh-tasting and, well, salty. This simple salad sent me right back to Spain gazing out at the sea.

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Technical wizardry and space rock headbangery. the torch” to a teary-eyed Kendrick Lamar, officially pronouncing him the new King of the West Coast. Born and raised in Compton, the 24-year-old rapper has gained swift notoriety thanks to a series of popular mixtapes including the critically acclaimed Section.80. He cites Tupac as his greatest influence, but he sounds more like underground legends Souls Of Mischief or the Pharcyde. In November, Lamar will head east to embark on a brief tour with none other than Drake. Before he does, you can catch him headlining the New Parish on Friday. (Frances Capell)

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Thursday 10/20 Gabrielle Hamilton Gabrielle Hamilton is a chef, first and foremost. Food critics praise her homegrown 30-seat New York City restaurant Prune. The James Beard Foundation (think the foodie Emmys) named her the Big Apple’s top chef this year. She topped Bobby Flay in an Iron Chef showdown. But when she’s not roasting duck breast or braising lamb shank, Hamilton is writing about cuisine for the New York Times, Saveur, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine. She draws the connections between family and food in her earnest and unsparing New York Times bestselling memoir, Blood Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. Tonight, she appears in conversation with with fellow food writer Kim Severson at Herbst Theater. (Kevin Lee) 8 p.m., $17–$27 Herbst Theater 401 Van Ness, SF (415) 392-4400 www.cityarts.net

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Continuously proving himself a multi-talented singer-songwriteractor and jack-of-all-artistic-trades, John Doe has been hitting the stage for more than three decades now, from his time with punk icons X, the Flesheaters, and the Knitters, to his solo releases and collaborations with a wide variety of other artists. His latest effort, Keeper (Yep Roc 2011) is his eighth solo foray, and features both stellar tunesmithing and punctuating contributions from guests including Patty Griffin, Jill Sobule, Don Was, and Steven Berlin. (Sean McCourt)

shows in the Bay Area last year: one headlining at the Independent and another an afternoon set at the Treasure Island Music Festival. The difference was night and day, illustrating that not so surprisingly, Four Tet was most at home in a particular setting. Underlining this point is a recent entry for super club Fabric’s FabricLive series. Not simply a typical set, Four Tet’s mix is designed to replicate a night out, a heady mix of UK garage, that’s at once full of steadily driving breaks and hypnotic backing tracks, as much about getting lost in the music as a particular space. (Ryan Prendiville)

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Friday, 10/ 21 DJ Shadow Like everyone else, I got lost in the instrumental hip-hop collages found on Endtroducing (1996), the first album from DJ Shadow. That album literally introduced turntablism to people like me who imagined it was merely that scratching sound heard on Beck and Garbage. I can even remember my conservative father (this is saying a lot) being intrigued by Endtroducing. Since then though, the progenitor of vinyl sampling has moved on to other, unforeseen sonic experiments. On his first studio album in five years, The Less You Know, The Better, Shadow builds up everything from bluesy jazz to rock and heavy metal; an experiment that may alienate some, perhaps, but thrill Shadow’s most devoted. (James H. Miller) 9 p.m. $35–$38 Regency Ballroom 1290 Sutter, SF (800) 745-3000 wwww.theregencyballroom.com

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Saturday 10/22 Masquerotica What this town really needs right about now is a Masquerade Ball — it must have been at least two weeks since the last one! Oh, I jest. But seriously, what we never can have too many of are large-scale Halloween bashes, alternatives to the sleeping giant of the currently-banned Castro Street frenzy. Adding another AnonEvent to the year’s calendar ‘o’ fun, Masquerotica will be an all-you-can-eat buffet of sensory overload, with nine separate stages showcasing acts as diverse as punk jazz-circus rock ensemble the Mutaytor, Kinky Salon’s zombie strippers, Unkle Paul’s Dark Kabaret, Asian Diva Girls a’plenty, and Annie Sprinkle and Margo St. James holding court at the Hooker’s Ball Brothello. There will be music, masques, a food court, and some very sexy people. Maybe you too? Costumes required. (Nicole Gluckstern) 8 p.m., $45–$100 Concourse Exhibition Center 635 Eighth St., SF www.masquerotica.com

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Shakers, who danced to transport themselves into ecstasy, Joseph Cashore named his latest show after their most famous hymn “Simple Gifts.” He has been making and performing with marionettes for more than 20 years and has grown a master of his craft. There is nothing “simple” about the sophistication of his artistry and sheer acts of love he showers on his audiences. If you go with a child, you’ll open a world; if you don’t have an easily-available kid, take a friend. You’ll both be transported back to the time when “pulling strings” meant bliss. (Rita Felciano)

embracing hardcore and hip-hop, and this year it put its arena-filling colleagues to shame with Worship Music, an urgent, heavy album that stands in sharp contrast to dreck like Lulu or Death Magnetic. At the head of a potent tour that includes Bay Area heroes Testament and Death Angel, Gotham’s finest thrashers plan to demonstrate their undiminished ferocity. (Ben Richardson)

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Mammatus Named after that most aweinspiring of all cloud formations, Mammatus is as epic sounding as its meteorological namesake is visually stunning. Hailing from the wooded and misty hills of Santa Cruz, the three-piece reaches spectacularly ripping heights with songs like “Excellent Swordfight,” “Dragon of the Deep,” and “The Coast Explodes” (among others) that bridge the gap between jam band technical wizardry and space rock headbangery. Speaking of wizards, Mammatus used to perform with one, and although he no longer shares the stage, the atmosphere remains one friendly to bearded magicians with pointy hats and a long pipe filled with something pungent. When Gandalf indulges in “Longbottom Leaf,” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) he listens to Mammatus. (Cooper Berkmoyer) With Swanifant and San Francisco Watercooler 9 p.m., $10 Cafe Du Nord 2170 Market, SF (415) 861-5016 www.cafedunord.com

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“1Q84 Release Party” It goes without saying that Green Apple Books loves the written word. Just the other day, I was browsing its stacks and saw a staff note by an Ambrose Bierce collection that read, “If you haven’t read Ambrose Bierce you must be very, very sad.” It seems Green Apple also loves Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. So much so that it’s hosting a release party, complete with a taco truck camped out front, for the author’s new novel, 1Q84. If you pre-order a copy of 1Q84 before it becomes available at midnight, Green Apple hooks you up with a taco and a beer, and then enters your name into a raffle to receive a signed copy — free of charge. Which are reasons, in turn, to love Green Apple. (Miller) 9:30 p.m. Free Green Apple Bookstore 506 Clement, SF (415) 387-2272 www.greenapplebooks.com

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Travis Wilkerson’s An Injury to One is nearly 10 years old, but I haven’t seen another American documentary since that comes close to matching its fire. The film takes up the buried history of Frank Little, an organizer murdered for aiding the workers of the aptly named Anaconda Mining Corporation in their efforts to unionize. Wilkerson deploys a radical form of graphic rhetoric to engage with this incendiary content. He’ll have nothing to do with the polite distance maintained in mainstream documentary (just think of all those nonfictions of ostensibly radical solidarities that come packaged in a conservative style made to order for HBO and PBS). Anyone with even a passing interest in political cinema and American class warfare needs to see this film. (Max Goldberg) 6:30 p.m., $9–$11 New People Cinema 1746 Post, SF (415) 525-8630 www.sffs.org

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ences, a ‘90s Seattle slacker rock influence remains clear throughout the short, infectious album. Endless Now boasts so much slurry, layered guitar, the band enlisted an additional member for tour. Put on a flannel and check ‘em out. (Capell) With WATERS and Lilac 8 p.m., $12 Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell, SF

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The last hurrah It’s time to say goodbye to Budget Rock

By Emily Savage emilysavage@sfbg.com MUSIC On the final day of Budget Rock 10, the endmost moment of the Budget Rock showcase itself, there will be pancakes and local ‘80s surf-punk band the Phantom Surfers. Likely a few tear stained cheeks as well. The daylong event at Thee Parkside — which tops off four days plus 10 years of weirdo, trashy, slack rock shows — also features the annual morning record swap and a ticketed evening lineup that includes the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, the Mothballs, Midnite Snaxxx, and Okmoniks, amongst others. The organic pancake batter, donated by former Thee Parkside co-owner Sean O’Connor, will come in a pressurized can (he created Batter Blaster), while the bands, many brought back together specifically for Budget Rock, will come to the venue courtesy of Chris Owen and his longtime fellow organizer, Mitch Cardwell. This year’s fest, Thursday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 23 at Bottom of the Hill and Thee Parkside, not only brings back Phantom Surfers from the first ever Budget Rock showcase, but also returns Boston’s Lyres, the 28 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

classic ‘80s punk band formed from the ashes of DMZ. Organizers also recruited bands that played subsequent years — the masked Nobunny (this time playing original budget rock-esque covers), Subsonics, the Statics, Personal & the Pizzas (whose first ever show was at Budget Rock), and booked a Ripoffs reunion show — a coup for Owen, who’s been a fan of the ‘90s garage rockers since college. “The fact that Lyres and the Ripoffs are playing in San Francisco in the year 2011 is fucking incredible,” Owen enthuses from his perch at Gio’s, an old school Italian FiDi spot he says reminds him of Thee Parkside when he first started going there in late 2000. “Carpet on the ground, tablecloths on the tables.” (Obviously things have changed immensely since then.) But it was there, sharing beers after work with his friend John O’Neill, that Owen says they first came up with the idea for a Budget Rock showcase — a term he borrowed from another of his all-time favorite bands, the Mummies (which he later got to reform for Budget Rock 8). Owen and O’Neill had both been booking shows at the venue, and came up with the concept to concentrate all the then-scattered acts. That first fest took place in 2002. Including the 2011 showcase, editorials

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190 bands will have come through Budget Rock. Over the decade it survived a move to the East Bay for a couple of years (to the Stork Club), lead organizer shifts (Owen bowed out for most of last year as his wife was pregnant) and the general chaos of unrefined rock’n’rollers. O’Neill vividly recalls when Peter Zaremba of the Fleshtones ran outside mid-song onto 17th Street to sing to a Muni bus that had just pulled up. And Phantom Surfers’ guitarist Maz “Spazz” Kattua claims “All I remember about [Budget Rock 1] was that we played in matching boxer shorts with hearts on them and sock garters.” So why end it now? Owen chalks it up to two main reasons: the organizers of Budget Rock are in different spots in life (he now lives in Fairfax with his wife, son, and baby daughter); and the influx of other like-minded showcases like Total Trash and 1-2-3-4 Go’s contribution. “You want to fill a void, not create one,” says Owen. “That is the guiding principle. The whole concept of this festival was filling a void, there wasn’t anything like this. There was no local garage rock or kind of dorky minimalist music showcase [then].” Plus, he says, “Once we got to six [years], we knew we would

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shoot for 10. And we were like, ‘if we can get to 10, we should get Lyres to come back.’ ” While all the other bands at Budget Rock 1 were local, and most other acts throughout the years have been Bay Area bred, Lyres was a special case. O’Neill had booked shows in Boston before moving out West, and managed to fly Lyres to SF through alcohol endorsements that first year. Lyres evoked the ethos of the fest, a clear marker, unlike “careerist” bands, as Owen refers to others that try to make it big or take themselves too seriously — those types have never been the Budget Rock style. “It’s a certain kind of ‘I don’t care about the rest of the world’ mentality,” Lyres organist-vocalist Jeff Conolly says about his band’s longevity, “and a genuine love for being in a group where you enjoy the results of the process.” It’s about having a good time in your band, without a lot of expensive hoopla. “Big picture, the whole idea of [Budget Rock] was just having fun — not professionalism or competition or reputation. Those things aren’t important,” Owen stresses. “I would like to remember having a good time. That’s the only purpose that this was ever supposed to serve.” He later gave me a list of “permusic listings

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fect budget rock bands” (those that have played the fest in the past, or simply fit the vibe): the Mummies, Icky Boyfriends, the Brentwoods, Captain 9’s and the Knickerbocker Trio — and any band with Russell Quan, Tina Lucchesi, or Mike Lucas. Lucchesi, of the Trashwomen and a zillion other Bay Area bands, has played the fest in different incarnations 18 different times. This year, she plays the final Budget Rock on Saturday with Tee’N’Dee Explosion, then the next night at Thee Parkside with both Special Ed and Midnight Snaxxx. “There’s a lot of that friend-rock thing going on this year,” Owen says, “Sunday’s going to have a lot of it, pretty much all day long.” He later adds, “This is the last hurrah, so we wanted to do something cool.” Jokes the mischievous Nobunny, “I don’t believe for one second it won’t be back next year.” 2 Budget Rock 10 Thurs/20-Sun/23, $5–$20 Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th, SF (415) 621-4455 www.bottomofthehill.com Thee Parkside 1600 17th, SF (415) 252-1330 www.theeparkside.com

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mUSiC On the winding beach roads of Central California, in the cool coastal stillness of midnight, I remembered what the music hive mind spewed forth when it came to recently released record (and previous albums) from Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the War on Drugs: road trip music. I pushed play on Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first full-length since the departure of Kurt Vile â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and was greeted by Tom Petty. Well, not actually Petty, but the milieu in which an album of his might exist. It was the War on Drugâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charismatic leader Adam Granduciel, a vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica playing samplerphile, and friends, pouring out of the speakers, wooing me with layer upon layer of crunchy rock. The next week, I spoke with Granduciel while he cleaned dirty dishes in preparation for another tour away from his home base in Philadelphia. San Francisco Bay guardian You used to live in the East Bay. adam granduciel I had a friend who was living there [in 2001], and I was like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go see what California is all about.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I actually had never been there so I flew out with a bag and my guitars. I loved living there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just, I was so young and so restless that I stayed for two years...then moved back to the East Coast via train. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to hopefully

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SFBg Tell me about making Slave Ambient. ag Eighty-five percent of it started at my house. We had informal sessions where we would record, maybe just drums â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or two drummers at once â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d record everything to tape and then spend days dubbing it out, sampling, resampling, then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d transfer all the tapes at my friend Jeff Zeiglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio. We also did some stuff in Dallas, Texas for a week...in December 2009. A lot of people say that stuff was scrapped â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was really never scrapped, I would keep like, a vocal chorus, or some guitar or drums. [Zeiglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] got a great collection of synthesizers, effects, and mics. A lot of the crazy sounds are just myself at home off the tape machine. I think the record is the journey in my growth as someone who is constantly recording at home and learning new ways to do things. Like all the stuff thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come to the City,â&#x20AC;? without that beat in the background â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the electronic pulse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that song would be super straightforward. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always working on a song, I was working on a tone. It was about a year of doing that, then finally I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;alright, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m now ready to focus on the record.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; SFBg Sounds like a lengthy process. ag There are 12 songs on the record, I probably had ideas for 30 and they all ended up being thrown in through various ways to songs on music listings

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dance Deborah Slater Dance Theater celebrated its 20th anniversary last year; for the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, 2011 is its 38th season. The two choreographers have had enviable careers both locally and nationally. By now they know what they are doing. Or do they? Are there roads not yet taken? Talking with both of them on the eve of their latest premieres — Slater’s Night Falls October 21 at ODC Theater, Jenkins’ Light Moves November 3 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts — it is striking about how enthusiastic they are about the unknown. At this point in the rehearsal process they have an idea where the new pieces are going, yet they are also conscious of how fragile, risky, and exciting this whole art-making endeavor still is — particularly when it involves new collaborators. The two women have much experience working closely with dancers, writers, designers, and composers. They are particularly committed to soliciting, and acknowledging, the contributions that dancers make in developing the movement material. But here they are both stepping into unknown territory, pushing their processes into new dimensions. In Night Slater takes on the subject of aging. It’s a particularly poignant topic for dancers who are considered over the hill by the time they are 40. As is her want, Slater has done her research. Besides

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doing a lot of reading, she hosted a series of get-togethers with women between 30 and 80 who discussed the subject from a kaleidoscope of perspectives — physical, emotional, social, psychological. They provided welcome information but also elevated the topic beyond the level of personal experience. The biggest input, however, came from an old friend, playwright-director Julie Hébert, with whom Slater worked early in her career as a soloist. Though the two have never collaborated on a company project, they have had many fruitful conversations over the years. Hébert wrote the script for Night featuring a heroine, Peregrine, who (Hébert and Slater agreed) would be realized by two male and four female performers. Each one, says Slater, acts his or her own age. Jenkins’ new collaborator is visual artist Naomie Kremer, whose paintings and multi-media work she has admired for years. Jenkins recognized its theatrical potential when she saw Kremer’s video set for the 2008 Berkeley Opera production of Bluebeard’s Castle. In a preview last year, the video environment for Light looked sometimes saturated with color but airy and always luminous — in part, perhaps, because video depends on direct, and not reflected light. Collaborating with Kremer provided Jenkins, who calls herself hopelessly monolingual, with the opportunity of learning a “new language.” Kremer imposes strong visual rhythms and cadences on music listings

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what she does; her art dances even on a flat canvass. So to create a piece about the trajectory of daylight as it changes while traveling from dawn to dusk, the two artists had to juxtapose two different kinetic languages. So what are the particular challenges that Slater and Jenkins are facing in working with these new collaborators? For Slater it is the fact that only one of her performers is a trained dancer. Over the years, she always worked with dancers who express themselves well in words and movement. Actors, apparently, want to use movement on a oneto-one basis with words. The two mediums are different, Slater says, “but they are learning. It’s all coming together.” Her fellow choreographer has experienced a similar shift in her idea-sharing process: “I have learned to be much more articulate and precise in communicating my observations,” Jenkins says. Night Falls and Light Moves sound like they just might be companion pieces. 2 Night Falls Fri/21-Sat/22 and Oct. 27-29, 8 p.m.; Sun/23 and Oct. 30, 2 p.m.. $17-$20 ODC Theater 3153 17th St., SF (415) 863-9834 www.deborahslater.org light Moves Nov. 3-5, 8 p.m., $25-$30 Novellus Theater Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 700 Howard, SF (415) 978-2787 www.ybca.org

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MelissA Quine, gAlen MuRpHy-HoffMAn, dAvid MendelsoHn, And CAssidy BRown CAptuRe An iConiC MoMent in tHeAteR HistoRy in tJt’s pRoduCtion of In the Maze of our own LIves. | Photo by Ken Friedman

AwAke And singing 5IF+FXJTI5IFBUSFMBVODIFTJUTGJOBMTFBTPOXJUIBSFTPOBOUOFXQMBZ BCPVUUIF(SPVQ5IFBUSF By RoBeRt AvilA arts@sfbg.com tHeAteR The company members onstage had started out just a couple of hours ago in literal harmony, joined in song. Now everyone appears spent, heated, and confused. They wonder what has happened to them. They wonder if they’ve lost their way; if their extraordinary effort and success over recent years has been worth anything. It’s a moment of truth, fraught with personal and collective drama, overshadowed by desperate and tumultuous times. The Group Theatre, arguably the most influential theater in American history, is about to disband. At this point Harold Clurman, played by actor Michael Navarra, steps forward. In 1930, Clurman (with his Group co-founders Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg) had led a year’s worth of Fridaynight talks in which he laid out, in passionate ramblings, a vision for an American theater that didn’t yet exist. A decade later, much as the venture began, it ends with a Clurman speech. The few succinct lines shaped by Navarra seem to cradle for a moment the strife and disorder onstage, ringing out an eloquent justification of theater as a deep and enduring social enterprise. Soon after this scene, the first run-through of In the Maze of Our Own Lives concludes on a rehearsal day in late September, but not without a subtle sense of histories converging. If playwright and director Corey Fischer drew on Clurman’s own language in fashioning this bit of rousing dialogue, its spirit no doubt draws too from three fervent decades with the Jewish Theatre (formerly A Traveling Jewish Theatre), his own editorials

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well-known ensemble company founded with Naomi Newman and Albert Greenberg in 1978. In a chance conflation of theatrical destinies, the premiere of this ambitious, intelligent, soulful new play opens what TJT has announced will be its final season. Sitting in roughly the middle of the house at the Jewish Theatre’s Florida Street home, Fischer thanks his cast and asks the production’s stage manager for the run time. After already massive cutting and reshaping, it seems the play could probably still stand to lose a few minutes from each act. But Fischer seems pleased with the results so far. The cast’s eight actors, meanwhile, are quietly taking in their own sense of the play as a whole, now that it’s fully up on its feet. Naomi Newman (who will debut a new play of her own about Grace Paley later in the season) has been getting her first glimpse of Maze from a seat in the third row. Not far away, outgoing artistic director Aaron Davidman has sheets of fresh notes to deliver to Fischer. It was Davidman who, five years ago, first discussed and developed with Fischer the idea of a play about the Group Theatre, after both had read John Lahr’s profile of Clifford Odets (the Group’s famous actor-turnedplaywright) in the New Yorker. It struck them both immediately, reading about Odets, that the Group was a natural, necessary subject for TJT to explore. “I don’t think the Group Theatre was ever self-consciously trying to do anything Jewish,” explains Fischer. “It just happened that a lot of them — Strasberg, Clurman, Odets, Stella Adler — they were coming directly from the only tradition of Jewish theater that ever existed: [the Yiddish theater]. It was

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more that in their focus on their America, that had to include the immigrant experience. That’s what they knew. Of course, the breakthrough for Odets was writing about the people he knew. That’s what opened it up for a generation of writers, and not just theater writers. Morris Dickstein talks about Odets influencing Bernard Malamud and Grace Paley — which was fascinating because they happen to be the two non-theater writers whose work we have done the most through our Word for Word collaborations.” A subject as grand and complex as the Group Theatre — which spawned many famous productions, plays, and artistic careers for stage and screen, influencing theater and filmmaking, theater training, and American literature at large — would present any playwright with a supreme challenge. This first run-through was proof Fischer and his colleagues had captured a coherent narrative with several key, interlocking strands in two well-shaped acts together totaling not much more than two hours. Although Fischer would eventually cut another 25 pages from the script before rehearsals were over, the play and the staging — which uses an appealing mix of media, original music, and ensemble movement to create a delicate dialogue between one company and its historical subject — was coming across persuasively. In five years of researching the history of the Group, Fischer says he grew to appreciate a connection to these forebears he had not recognized at all when he, Newman, and Greenberg founded their company in Los Angeles (TJT relocated to the Bay Area in 1982). Fischer relates to the commitment, social and artistic, that drew the members of the Group together. “Cheryl [Crawford] has this line, ‘We never used to fight like this when we were starving.’ Of course it’s not the whole story but, in other words, they came together because they needed each other to simply do the work they were called to do. They were a remarkable group, whatever their individual failings,” he continues. “What they had in common was they didn’t want to do commercial mainstream theater as it existed then. Clurman says of Chekhov’s characters: ‘I like them, they’re full of life, they’re not depressed, but they have no outlets in their society, so nothing means anything.’ Clurman gave Friday night talks for a year so people could just come and listen to this guy, this crazy rant, but that was the impulse. I can’t remember who was just saying this about the current situation — I don’t know if it was about Wall Street, but this whole notion of talking crazy until enough people are listening — these world-changing movements start with one person and then grow to a few people in a small room. That’s how it starts.” 2 In the Maze of our own LIves Through Nov. 13 Previews Wed/19, 8 p.m.; opens Thurs/20, 8 p.m.; runs Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (also Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and 13, 7 p.m.), $15-$35 The Jewish Theatre 470 Florida, SF 1-800-838-3006 www.tjt-sf.org

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that she may in fact be a feral innocent rather than a demonic succubus. The movie boasts some remarkable cinematography, with a palette that renders even slaughtered goats attractive, and haunting shots of the misty mountains that would do Peter Jackson proud. And though the film occasionally gets bogged down in police procedure and missing personsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bureaus, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough splatter and chill to satisfy the blood-thirst of most horror fans, from slasher-flick fan kids to aficionados of refined psychological terror. A gem of minimalistic absurdity, The Sandman opens innocuously enough, following an uptight philatelist and failed conductor, Benno (Fabian KrĂźger) on his daily rounds from stamp shop to cafĂŠ, shower to bed. Navigating the world and his relationships with the special arrogance of a congenital loser who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize his own shortcommusic listings

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tually turn Bennoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formerly pristine apartment into a treacherous dune. KrĂźger and BrĂźgger each deliver gracefully understated performances, circling each other with wary exasperation even as circumstance forces them into ever closer proximity. Although a couple of plot points never really get fully developed (it appears that the sand has soporific properties, but selectively so), The Sandmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guileless commitment to its own playful illogic makes it a genuine pleasure to watch. And while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never entirely clear whether or not they find the secret of stopping the sand, KrĂźger and BrĂźggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final musical collaboration is a show-stopper. 2 Berlin and Beyond Film Festival Oct. 20-26, most shows $12 Castro Theatre 429 Castro, SF www.berlinbeyond.com

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Kaleidoscope eyes: a shot from Jordan Belson’s 1972 short Chakra.

liGht years 1BZJOHUSJCVUFUP+PSEBO#FMTPOµTDPTNJDDJOFNB By max GoldBerG arts@sfbg.com film A pioneer of what film scholar Gene Youngblood called “expanded cinema,” San Francisco artist Jordan Belson developed his majestic form of abstract cinema over six decades of work. He died last month at 85, the same day as George Kuchar. Belson worked on a very different plane than Kuchar: his films were non-representational, long in the making, and were for many years out of circulation owing to his rigorous standards. The prints showing at a special memorial screening at the Pacific Film Archive come from the Center for Visual Music, a Los Angeles-based organization carrying on extensive preservation work of Belson’s work. Choreographed along the lines of rhythm, texture, frequency and color, Belson’s assured geometric forms tend to evoke sublime metaphors of subatomic particles, space odysseys and mandala wheels. For me, they create a startling awareness of cinema’s weightlessness (and for less than The Tree of Life’s catering costs). Belson had deep roots in the sprawling avant-garde mapped in Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000 (University of California Press). After graduating from UC Berkeley a painter in 1946, he became enamored with cinema’s purely graphic possibilities after being exposed to visual music by the likes Oskar editorials

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Fischinger and Norman McLaren at Frank Stauffacher’s legendary “Art in Cinema” series at the old San Francisco Museum of Art. Along with his early forays in animation, Belson shot Christopher Maclaine’s The End (1953), a fruitful case of clashing sensibilities. Belson took a great leap forward with a series of light shows he orchestrated with electronic music composer Henry Jacobs in the late 1950s. The Vortex Concerts created a sensation at the Morrison Planetarium in Golden Gate Park: “People were just ripe for it,” Belson explained in an interview with author Scott MacDonald. “It” was a carefully articulated sensory immersion based upon the planetarium’s advanced technology (including a then novel star projector), Belson’s extraordinary sensitivity to the kinesthetics of light, and Jacobs’ innovative compositions for rotational speakers. You get an inkling of what they were up to in Allures (1961), an enveloping film that grew out of the Vortex Concerts. The mostly circular figures radiate out, rotate, recede, divide and multiply. These movements surface micro-calibrations of tonality and rhythm in the music. A gravitational focus towards the center of the frame draws in the eye and makes those moments when the entire frame glimmers with points of light frankly overwhelming. The titles of some of Belson’s other films give you a sense of his energypicks

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seeking objectives: Séance (1959), Chakra (1972), Cycles (1974, co-produced with Stephen Beck), Music of the Spheres (1977), and so on. Belson preferred not to discuss his practical methods in public — “I like a convincing illusion,” he told MacDonald — but it’s clear from watching a selection of his films that his technique evolved over time. In Light (1973), a piece inspired by the electromagnetic spectrum, Belson conveys color as a matter of temperature rather than discrete points of energy. And in his final masterwork, Epilogue (2005), the light particles of Allures have been replaced by billowing supernova clouds of color subtly illuminating Rachmaninoff’s “Isle of the Dead.” Given Belson’s lifelong channeling of the cosmos, it’s fitting that this video composition was partially funded by NASA’s art program. The Center for Visual Music has issued an excellent DVD including several of the abovementioned films (Jordan Belson: 5 Essential Titles), but Belson’s work takes on a different life in the cinema — among other revelations, the darkness surrounding the screen is superbly vivid in light of Allures’ fireworks. “I am essentially an artist of the inner image,” the filmmaker told MacDonald. Film is not the most logical tool to accomplish this ends, but Belson undoubtedly made the medium his own. 2 “Jordan Belson : Films sacred and ProFane” Wed/19, 7:30 p.m., $5.50–$9.50 Pacific Film Archive 2575 Bancroft, Berk (510) 642-5249 bampfa.berkeley.edu

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By Marke B. marke@sfbg.com SUPer eGO Ladies, gentleman, and ultraviolet unicorns of the San Francisco scene: we can do better than Michael Franti as a soundtrack for OccupySF. For goddess’s sake, please! Enough with the bongos, already. We’ve got like five Funktion One soundsystems in this city — someone hook the mother up and blast a little Masters at Work for 99-percent motivation. Also, the general look could use an Ocupado 2.0 upgrade. As SF techno stalwart Alland Byallo recently Tweeted from among the protests in his new home, Berlin: sales of those Guy Fawkes V for Vendetta masks are probably the only thing currently saving the global economy. “Are you an anarchist or a dubstep DJ?” “Both, of course.” Luckily, we’ve seen some stylish major players contributing music, art, performances, mixes, and glamour to buoy the movement — players like Kush Arora, Tee Cardaci, Romanowski, Classical Revolution, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Misisipi Mike, Hiya Swanhuyser, W. Kamau Bell, Heklina, Green Apple Books, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the colorful queens of QUEEN (Queers for Economic Equality Now). Hey, we San Franciscans may not have Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, or Boots Riley like the fancy-pantses of Oakland and NYC, but we’ve got razzle-dazzle by the boatload. And our worldwide network of traveling DJs has lit up Facebook feeds with indignados news from around the world. (Now can we bring some of that fab class warfare to the club scene? Occupy Ruby Skye!) I’m compiling a page of videos, food + Drink

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art, and music by local Occupy supporters at www.sfbg.com/artofOccupySF — check out the page to submit what you’ve got. And hey, party promoters, where ya at? Let’s keep this thing rolling.

DUBSTeP PrODUCer BaTTLe #2 Club Six has been hosting a series of showdowns between future dubstep superstar producers, and even though dubstep is going through the same mainstreaming and stereotyping process that techno and house went through in the 1990s (albeit without the attendant homophobia and latent racism that characterized that whole mess), there’s still some fascinating music being made in the genre, if only people would seek it out. Come here and get you some, then. Fri/21, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $5/$10. Club Six, 60 Sixth St., SF. www.clubsix1.com

LTJ BUkeM One of my favorite DJs of all time, the intelligent drum and bass master who ruled the end of the last millennium can cast an atmospheric spell over any venue. At Mighty, which still wins my vote for best sound in the city, the UK’s LTJ will surely turn it out. Oddly, he’s not appearing with his beloved hype man and collaborator MC Conrad. This time, longtime Bay Area favorite Lateef of Latryx takes the mic, infusing LTJ’s vast breakscapes with a little local cold lampin’. Yes, please. With Kuze, Retox, Senator, BADNB feat. Jamal, Canadub, Lukeino, and Aye-n. Fri/21, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $20. Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. www.mighty119.com

reBeL raVe Another sultry techno-funk and steamy house lineup from this continuing series of touring parties by the Crosstown Rebels label. Not an music listings

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actual “rave” in the neon Big Bird sense, but your pupils will dilate all the same. LA trio Droog has me hot and bothered with their kinky house deconstruction tricks and referential sample mindfucks. Toronto duo Art Department give me a sad when they occasionally sing, but their track selection is impeccable and I’ve been a fan of members Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow’s seamless mixing since their Red Circle Radio Days in 2006. Headliner heartthrob Damien Lazarus also sings, but seems less forced. Local groover Dead Seal opens. Fri/21, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $15 advance. Public Works, 161 Eri, SF. www.publicsf.com

aFrOFUNk MUSIC FeSTIVaL Here’s something not much in the news: there’s about one million people starving to death in an ongoing famine in Somalia. Soulful funker Sila Mutungi, formerly of the beloved Sila and the Afrofunk Experience, is doing something about it. He put together this charitable night — all proceeds go to the CARE organization — that also features Black Nature of the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars, “Mr. Afrobeat” DJ Jeremiah, tribal belly dancers, and more. Plus, of course, a room full of beautiful people. Sat/22, 8 p.m., $15. Brick and Mortar, 1710 Mission, SF. www.brickandmortarmusic.com

FrITe NITe Cosmic bass music, ahoy! The Frite Nite crew kicks off Halloween season with this deliciously devilish showcase of BWAAWAAWAA. Everawesome DJ Ana Sia’s just released a compilation mix of Frite Nite peeps’ work entitled Surreal Estate which unfortunately melted my Jambox remote PC speaker, but in a good way. She’ll be joined by Salva, Eprom, Chrissy Murderbot, B. Bravo, and many more. Sat/22, 9 p.m., $10 advance. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com

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Queens, RiDeRs, fanCy hats (SBOE/BUJPOBM3PEFPHPPEUJNFTBUUIF$PX1BMBDF By Caitlin Donohue caitlin@sfbg.com RoDeo Shelby Terry is a cowboy. To be more specific, he is a bucking bronco rider. Despite the fact that he was a little disappointed in the ride he had just finished at the Grand National Rodeo at Cow Palace on Friday night, he was willing to talk about the importance of the yearly event — which has been taking over the grounds for 66 years now. “I hope they don’t ever get rid of it. If they just added 10 to 20 thousand dollars to the budget they’d be able to attract the really big name riders.” Then a camera was brandished and all of a sudden, the cowboy morphed into the Marlboro man. Fact: cowboys are hot. This is one of the reasons why the halfempty stadium was a shame on Friday night at the Cow Palace. But beyond the titillation of watching intent, muscular men and women put themselves in the way of

bodily harm from the hooves of a multi-ton animal, there are other reasons to make the journey down to Geneva Avenue. For one, the glittery horses. Not since the heyday of My Little Pony have steeds been this tricked out — the show horses at the Grand National not only have silky braids and fancy saddles, but also sparkly behinds (which you can see up close and personal in the stables, where show ponies hang and you’re welcome to wander during the event). There’s also goat, dog, and rabbit shows, designer hat stands, beer for sale, and shooting exhibitions. Miss Grand National Rodeo 2010, Holly Kucera won her title last year based on her appearance, horsemanship, and comportment. She’s a skinny blonde with curly hair and pageant makeup who was happy to speak with the Guardian about the Grand National. “This is just a one-after-theother kind of thing,” Kucera smiled from atop her white horse

as she waited to ride out into the arena. “It’s a real entertainment sport.” Both Kucera and Terry mentioned, however, that the rodeo is far from its glory days when weekend shows would be sold out and athlete entry was more competitive. And it bears mentioning that — amidst the sparkles and snorts of humans and animals — not everyone was thrilled about the Grand National’s high octane roping and slamming. A group of activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (S.H.A.R.K.) stood outside in the balmy parking lot during the event, holding up “Not Fun For the Animals” and talking to passers-by about the neck-jerking cruelty of cattle roping. 2

Save the date thursday October 20th 6-8pm the Performance art Institute 575 Sutter Street, San Francisco Please join us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary and pay tribute to david Greene as he embarks on a new career William Bennet turner on his first book “Figures of Speech: First ammendment heroes and villians” “Keeping an eye on Surveillance,” a look at societal surveillance in the post-911 world. Curated by hanna Regev addItIOnal detaIlS tO FOllOW

first ammendment project www.ammendment.org

Grand national rodeo Remaining dates: Fri/21-Sat/22 7:30 p.m., $23–$44 Cow Palace 2600 Geneva, Daly City www.cowpalace.com

all the pRetty hoRses: a female BaRRel RiDeR (left) anD BRonC BuCkeR shelBy teRRy (Right) last weekenD at the gRanD national RoDeo. | guardian photos by ryan dexter editorials

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Orbit (film) is a program of short films dedicated to the awe and absurdity of our solar system by some of the most urgent personal filmmakers working in the US today including Brent Green, Kelly Sears, Brent Hoff and Travis Wilkerson. Orbit(film) is preceded by An Injury to One (2002), Wilkersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakthrough poetic documentary about the murder of Frank Little, a Montana union organizer. 

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Date of Filing Application: October 10, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The name of the applicant is: GAMEWORKS ACQUISTION LLC . The applicant listed above is applying to The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 101 4TH STREET, SUITE 1070, San Francisco CA 94103. Type of License Applied for: Publication dates: October 19, 2011 L#113466 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: September 29, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The name of the applicant is: MATEVEZA LLC. The applicant listed above is applying to The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 3801 18TH Street, San Francisco CA 94114-2615. Type of License Applied for: 23 – Small Beer Manufacturer With On-Sale Privileges. Publication dates: October 19, 2011 L#113463 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: Auguest 19, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The name of the applicant is: Simon Li . The applicant listed above is applying to The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 448 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA 94102-3607. Type of License Applied for: 41 - ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE . Publication dates: October 5, 12 and 19, 2011 L#113459 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. A-0338730-00 The following person is doing business as Chainsaw Boutique Music 730 Florida Street Apt 23, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by an idividaul. Registrant commenced business under the above-listed fictitious business name on the date N/A. Signed by Genevieve Conaty. This statement was filed by Melissa Ortiz on October 11, 2011. L#113468, October 19, 26, November 2, and 9, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CNC-11548084. SUPERIOR COURT, 400 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102. PETITION of Charles Laurence Ward for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Charles Laurence Ward filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Charles Laurence Ward. Proposed Name: Charles Laurence Ward - Harshaw Jr.. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 29, 2011. Time: 9:00 AM room - 514. Signed by Ellen Chaitin, Presiding Judge on September 14, 2011. Endorsed Filed San Francisco County Superior Court on September 14, 2011 by Deputy Clerk. Publication dates: September 28, October 5, 12 and19th, 2011. L#113454 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CNC-11548114. SUPERIOR COURT, 400 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102. PETITION of Charles Laurence Ward for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner San Shwe Kine Dinwiddie filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name San Shwe Khine Dinwiddie. Proposed Name: Clover Temple - Dean . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: December 6, 2011. Time: 9:00 AM room - 514. Signed by Ellen Chaitin, Presiding Judge on September 22, 2011. Endorsed Filed San Francisco County Superior Court on September 22, 2011 by Param Natt Deputy Clerk. Publication dates: September 28, October 5, 12 and19th, 2011. L#113456

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CNC-11548113. SUPERIOR COURT, 400 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102. PETITION of Charles Laurence Ward for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Randolph Dean Dinwiddie filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Randolph Dean Dinwiddie. Proposed Name: Remington Dean . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: December 6, 2011. Time: 9:00 AM room - 514. Signed by Ellen Chaitin, Presiding Judge on September 22, 2011. Endorsed Filed San Francisco County Superior Court on September 22, 2011 by Param Natt Deputy Clerk. Publication dates: September 28, October 5, 12 and19th, 2011. L#113455 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. A-0338261-00 The following person is doing business as English Language Institute 760 Market Street #401 - 4, San Francisco, CA 94102. This business is conducted by a Corporation . Registrant commenced business under the above-listed fictitious business name on the date January 1, 2012. Signed by Yoko Rinerson, President. This statement was filed by Melissa Ortiz on September 16, 2011. L#113460., October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CNC-11548170. SUPERIOR COURT, 400 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102. PETITION of Rosalia Rengel for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Rosalia Rangel filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Rosalia Rangel. Proposed Name: Rosalia Rangel - Estrada . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: December 29, 2011. Time: 9:00 AM room - 514. Signed by Ellen Chaitin, Presiding Judge on October 17, 2011. Endorsed Filed San Francisco County Superior Court on September 17, 2011 by The Deputy Clerk. Publication dates October 19, 26, November 2 and 9th, 2011. L#113470 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. A-0338729-00 The following person is doing business as Genevieve Conaty Design 730 Florida Street Apt 23, San Francisco, CA 94110. This business is conducted by Limited Liability Company. Registrant commenced business under the abovelisted fictitious business name on the date N/A. Signed by Genevieve Conaty, Director CEO. This statement was filed by Melissa Ortiz on October 11, 2011. L#113469., October 19, 26, November 2, and 9, 201 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: CNC-11-548171. SUPERIOR COURT, 400 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102. PETITION of Michelle Nora Estrada for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Michelle Nora Estrada filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Michelle Nora Estrada. Proposed Name: Michelle Nora Estrada - Rangel . THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: December 29, 2011. Time: 9:00 AM room - 514. Signed by Ellen Chaitin, Presiding Judge on October 17, 2011. Endorsed Filed San Francisco County Superior Court on September 17, 2011 by The Deputy Clerk. Publication dates October 19, 26, November 2 and 9th, 2011. L#113471 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. A-0338759-00 The following pe<rson is doing business as Cerveceria de MateVeza 3801 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. This business is conducted by Limited Liability Company. Registrant commenced business under the above-listed fictitious business name on the date September 25, 2011. Signed by James C. Woods, Member. This statement was filed by Melissa Ortiz on October 11, 2011. L#113465., October 19, 26, November 2, and 9, 2011

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME The registrant listed below have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name Golden Age Healing 1263 16th Ave. #4, San Francisco, CA 94122. The fictitious business name was filed in the County of San Francisco under File# 03083585-00 on: 1/10/2008. NAME AND ADDRESS OF REGISTRANTS (as shown on previous statement): Jimmy Dias 1244 Gabriel Ct. San Leandro, Ca 94577. This business was conducted by a corporation. Signed Jimmy Dias . Dated: 10/7/11, Melissa Ortiz , Deputy County Clerk. #113467. October 19, 26, November 2 and 9, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. A-0338425-00 The following person is doing business as I - Creation 161 University St. San Francisco, CA 94134. This business is conducted by a Corporation . Registrant commenced business under the above-listed fictitious business name on the date Septpember 26, 2011. Signed by Richard law, Vice President. This statement was filed by Mariedyne L. Argente on September 26, 2011. L#113443., September 28 and October 5, 12, 19, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. A-0338664-00 The following person is doing business as Asmbly Hall 1850 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. This business is conducted by husband and wife . Registrant commenced business under the above-listed fictitious business name on the date N/A. Signed by Anna Patricia Benitez. This statement was filed by Maribel Jaldon on October 5, 2011. L#113464., October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. A-0337872-00 The following person is doing business as IsThatSo? , 601 Missouri St., San Francisco, CA 94107. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant commenced business under the above-listed fictitious business name on the date N/A. Signed by Patricia Farrell This statement was filed by Magdalena Zevallos on August 30, 2011. L#113445., October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 2011

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