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Activist groups representing feminism, ethnicity and sexual identity rights were represented (above) at a Dare to D.R.E.A.M festival, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was held at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 741 30th Ave., on Monday, Jan. 23. Below left, Maddie Mandich, a case management program manager, stands in a rainbow made out of balloons. In the lower right, parents Candace Lum and Tony Tam, with their children, Olivia, 4, and Theo, 2, watch Jessie Lamb silk-screen T-shirts.

Year of the Fire Rooster: Gung Hay Fat Choy by Michael Feliciano Rise and shine! According to Chinese astrology, 2017 marks the year of the “fire rooster,” which in Chinese culture represents punctuality, fidelity and courage. Those born in the year of the rooster are said to be hard working, independent and honest, according to the Chinese Zodiac. In celebration of the occasion,

thousands of people congregate at the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, which has become a cultural staple of San Francisco dating back more than 150 years to the era of the great American Gold Rush. The event is held every year over a period of two weeks following the first day of the Chinese New Year, which landed on Jan. 28 this year, and combines various musical performances and festivities culminat-

ing in a grand parade running through the bustling streets of Chinatown. The parade this year will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11. The parade features an array of decorated floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, martial artists and more. Today, it is widely considered to be the largest celebration of Chinese culture in all of North America. According to the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco,

park’s dog management plan and rule.” Dalby stated that the NPS has already released more than 260,000 pages of documents going back to 1999, and that late last December the NPS learned that a former park employee had used a personal e-mail account for official communications related to the dog management plan’s planning process. Dalby further stated that the former employee was contacted and is cooperating with a search of his personal e-mail accounts for agency records related to the

the parade is a combination of typical American marching parades and the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival. Although the dragon dance is adopted from the Chinese celebration, much of the rest of the Chinatown parade, which includes a beauty pageant, floats and marching bands, were inspired by non-Chinese models and added later. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce put together the first parade in 1953. It attracts thousands of spectators every year. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar, which is a lunisolar calendar based on astronomical observations as well as the phases of the moon and solar solstices. Each year is represented by one of the 12 zodiac animals, as well as one of the five elements (fire, metal, wood, water and earth). The animal signs are set in an established order and repeat every 12 years, imbuing those born in that year with that zodiac sign’s respective personal characteristics, according to Chinese folklore. One of the first programs to kick off the new year’s celebra-

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E-mails put GGNRA plan in dog house by Thomas K. Pendergast New rules proposed for walking dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) are on hold, after members of Congress requested that the GGNRA extend a waiting period for its Final Environmental Impact Statement. Three local areas that are affected are Baker Beach, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston, where on-leash dog walking is currently allowed during most, but not all, months of the year; yet the dog walking rules, first established in 1979, have only been sporadically enforced. A lawsuit

brought by local residents against the National Park Service (NPS), which controls the GGNRA, eventually led to an overhaul of its rules, which were recently announced amidst much controversy and acrimony, pitting dog lovers against other vested interests. In a letter by Craig Dalby, a program manager for the NPS, dated Jan. 10, 2017, he explained that delaying the implementation of the new rules will also give them more time for “a review of certain records being released in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the

The SF County Transportation Authority, which is comprised of the members of the SF Board of Supervisors, voted unanimously to move forward with the Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) program on Jan. 5. The board cited the need to speed up travel on the #38-Geary bus line when it voted to approve a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. The $300 million plan would create dedicated bus lanes, build bulb-outs and remove bus stops to accomplish its goals. Installing technology to give buses the ability to control traffic lights is currently underway. The SFCTA would dedicate two bus lanes in the middle of the boulevard between 27th Avenue and Arguello Boulevard, before switching the dedicated (painted red) lanes to the curbside lanes east of Arguello. Many of the speakers who attended the two-and-a-half-hourlong meeting on Jan. 5 were miffed because a verdict on the BRT plan appeared to be already made. Three supervisors expressed their support for the plan before public testimony began, and during the meeting up to half of the supervisors in the chamber were missing at any given time. “Where are the supervisors,” asked Laurel Heights merchant Cory Urban, upset by the lack of a quorum in the room, when he got his two minutes to speak. Many of the speakers testified about deficiencies in the EIS, and in the process used to create it. Robert Starzel, an attorney and former head of the SF Continued on page 8

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RICHMOND ROUNDUP Balboa Theater to host Bigfoot Film Festival Lovers of the mystical Bigfoot will come together for a three-day film festival and conference at the Balboa Theater in March. The Bigfoot Bonanza, which will be held March 10-12, will feature three Bigfoot researchers (Cliff Barackman, Kathy Strain and Tom Yamarone), independent filmmakers and television shows and movies about Bigfoot and the Yeti. The opening night festivities on Friday, March 10, will include live music, gourmet tacos and beer. Promoter Kai Wada Roath expects the three-day

event to be a sell-out, with many people coming from around the country. The Balboa Theater is located at 38th Avenue and Balboa Street. For more information and a full schedule of events, go to the websites at www.bigfootbonanza.com or www.cinemasf.com/ balboa (Balboa Theater) or call (415) 221-8184.

Surfrider Foundation hosts art, education event The San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is hosting Message in a Bottle 2017, an art and education event inspired by the ocean and (the effects of)

plastic pollution. The three days of events will feature exhibits by nationally recognized artists, activists and K-12 student artists. Message in a Bottle 2017 will be held at the Busvan Gallery, located at 248 Clement St., from Feb. 3 through Feb. 5. The first day (Friday) features the artists’ opening, with D.J. Combsy performing; the second (Saturday) features “student appreciation day,” with the Jake Levy trio performing; and Sunday is highlighted by a family open house, with crafts courtesy of the Sloat Garden Center and animal visits by Tree Frog Treks. For more information, go to the website at www.face book.com/events/190195006338 5606.

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Newly-elected District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer was sworn into office by Assemblyman Phil Ting on Sunday, Jan. 8. The ceremony was held at the Richmond District Senior Center. Fewer was ceremoniously sworn in at City Hall with her new colleagues the next day.

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Lafayette Elementary School has won a national Blue Ribbon Award for academic excellence. The teachers, administrators, staff and parents of Lafayette students will hold a week-long celebration from March 6 through March 10. There will be assemblies, and former community leaders and city leaders have been invited to attend. Lafayette Elementary School was recognized as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, along with 33 other California public schools and four private schools. The National Blue Ribbon Ruggiero worked several different assignments in the City, including the Richmond, Central and Potrero police districts. “He was well-respected by his peers and the community,” said Richmond Station Capt. Paul Yep. “The SFPD and Richmond Station are going to miss officer Ruggiero. We hope he has a long, happy and healthy retirement!”

Schools program honors schools that show exemplary performance for all student subgroups, and those that have demonstrated considerable improvement in the performance of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Lafayette Principal Heath Caceres credits the school’s success to several factors. “We have great parent participation and a dedicated staff committed to nurturing and developing growth mindsets. These are some reasons our students are thriving,” Caceres said. Lafayette Elementary School is located at 4545 Anza St.

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Big money in District 1 election Outcome determined by strategy, commitment by Thomas K. Pendergast Although political action committees (PACs) played a much larger role in the recent District 1 supervisor race than many previous district supervisor elections, the final outcome shows that spending the most money does not always guarantee victory. Sandra Lee Fewer did raise more money in direct contributions than her rivals; however, far more money was spent in support of the second-place candidate, Marjan Philhour, through PACs that used the “independent expenditures” process. Independent expenditures are a means by which a PAC can spend money, either supporting or opposing a candidate, without regard for the $500 legal limit on individual contributions. They do this by spending money directly on a campaign, rather than giving it directly to the candidate. Fewer beat nine other candidates in the ranked-choice election by getting 40 percent of the vote, while Philhour received 35 percent and David Lee came in third with 11 percent. San Francisco Ethics Commission records show that PACs spent $697,979 in support of Philhour and $58,291 in opposition to Fewer. Meanwhile, other PACs spent $67,394 in support of Fewer and $18,820 to oppose Philhour. The political action committee that supported Philhour the most was the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club PAC, which spent $504,940 on behalf of her campaign, followed by San Franciscans for a City that Works, which added another $123,673 in independent expenditures for her. Records show that a variety of other PACs and individuals contributed to the R.F.K. Democratic Club PAC. Progress San Francisco (PSF) contributed $450,000 to the cause and the web-based news site 48 Hills reported that PSF gave another $120,000 to San Franciscans for a City that Works. According to 48 Hills, PSF got $200,000 from Salesforce CEO Mark Benihoff; another $50,000 from Facebook; $30,000 from Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram; another $20,000 from a PAC sponsored by Airbnb; and $50,000 from Even Williams, the founder of Medium. The SF Chronicle reported that PSF got another $25,000 from the Building Owners and Managers Association, plus another $30,000 from the San Francisco Association of Realtors. SF Ethics Commission records show BART Board Director Nicholas Josefowitz contributed $15,000 to the R.F.K. Democratic Club PAC; the Parent Teacher Alliance, sponsored by the California Charter Schools Association, gave almost $20,000; Aditya Agarwal, vice president of engineering at Dropbox, gave $25,000; and Emmett Shear, the CEO of Twitch, contributed $20,000. The San Francisco Parent Political

Action Committee spent $34,570 as independent expenditures to support Philhour; however, they spent even more, $58,291, to oppose Fewer. On the other side of the aisle was the San Francisco Tenants and Families for Affordable Housing PAC, which contributed $40,957 to support Fewer and $18,820 to oppose Philhour. Contributing to the PAC’s campaign war chest was the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Candidate PAC, which gave $328,251; the National Union of Healthcare Workers Candidate Democracy Committee for Quality Patient Care and Union contributed $10,000; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 PAC gave another $10,000; Dignity CA SEIU Local 2015 contributed $10,000; and the United Educators of San Francisco Candidate PAC gave $20,000. And what were all of the independent expenditures, for and against each candidate, actually spent on? SF Ethics Commission records show that for Philhour, the biggest expenditures were for television advertisements. For example, a form dated from October notes an entrance for “television airtime” that was billed at $94,615. That same form shows an expenditure of $14,116 for “video production cost,” $9,750 to produce and run radio advertisements, and $7,258 for online advertising. A subsequent form from November shows another $80,000 spent on television airtime. Records indicate that independent expenditures covering television and online advertising costs exceeded $500,000 for her entire campaign. For Fewer, the records indicate that the bulk of her independent expenses went to payroll for her campaign staff and expenses for things like phone-banking, Facebook advertisements, newspaper ads, door hanger printing, slate cards, mailers and other campaign literature. One indicator of just how expensive the campaign was is something the SF Ethics Commission categorizes as “individual expenditure ceilings.” These are given to candidates who have been certified as eligible to receive matching public funds for their campaigns, and they set a limit on how much each candidate can spend. Among the factors used to determine this amount is how much independent expenditures money was spent either opposing a given candidate or supporting that candidates’ competitor. Final amounts for the ceilings of the top contenders differ wildly. As of Nov. 23, 2016, the last time the figures were updated, Fewer’s ceiling was $1.09 million. David Lee’s ceiling was the secondhighest at $1.03 million, and Philhour’s ceiling came in third, at $460,000. As for the actual money garnered through matching public funds, Fewer got $155,000 as of Nov. 8, 2016; Philhour got $145,379, and Lee garnered $119,748.

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noying calls – with no known suspects; for example, hang-ups or heavy breathing; • Lost property: When property has disappeared and appears to be stolen. If you think it could have been taken but you have no idea by whom, you may enter the report online; • Theft: When property is stolen, but there has been no illegal entry or contact by the thief; • Vandalism/graffiti: The act of changing, modifying or defacing public or private property, including graffiti; • Vehicle burglary: When property was stolen from a vehicle; • Vehicle tampering: Tampering with a motor vehicle, including vandalism/graffiti of the vehicle. When you call 9-1-1 or the SFPD’s non-emergency number, you are actually calling the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and a trained professional will priori-

tize your call and send you the closest and most appropriate resource(s). Important data and tracking information will also be captured to assist in getting help to you in the most efficient manner. Please note, the Richmond District Police Station e-mail account is not monitored daily and was not set up to take reports of criminal incidents or suspicious occurrences. Additionally, although we post information weekly on the “Nextdoor” app for informational purposes, the police department does not, and can not, view your neighborhood “Nextdoor” posts and chats, because of privacy concerns. Please encourage your contacts to report incidents to the police when they post information regarding crimes and any public safety issues online. If you are concerned about a homeless person in San Francisco, call 3-1-1 to make a report. The 3-1-1 staff will talk with you to determine if the call is referred to the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT) or other emergency response services. For general program information about the SF HOT team, call (415) 355-7555. Capt. Paul Yep is the commanding officer at the Richmond Station.

POLICE BLOTTER Robbery with Gun: Jan. 14, 6:45 a.m., 24th Avenue and Clement Street The victim was robbed by a man posing as a taxi driver. The victim waved down what appeared to be a taxi, but after boarding the vehicle he was asked how much money he had instead of where he would like to go. The driver then brandished a pistol, pointed it at the victim and demanded he surrender all of his money and jewelry.

Jan. 11, and Jan. 14, Richmond Station Two victims reported similar incidents at the Richmond Station: the suspects called the elderly victims and pretended to be relatives (grandsons), who were stuck in jail. The suspects then followed up as a “public defender” and “lawyer,” and demanding money for bail in the form of Target gift cards. The victims were scammed out of several thousand dollars each.

Traffic Collision, Hit and Run, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Outstanding Warrant: Jan. 13, 2:18 a.m., Ninth Avenue and Geary Boulevard The suspect driver was discovered asleep at the wheel six blocks from the scene of a hitand-run accident, where he was a prime suspect. According to a DUI investigation, he was deemed under the influence of alcohol and arrested. A blood alcohol test revealed the suspect’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

Mental Health Detention: Jan. 10 12:33 p.m., Arguello Boulevard and Euclid Street An individual in distress was transported to a hospital for treatment after an unpredictable scene with police officers. Earlier, the subject had contacted a relative to explain he was having a medical emergency, elaborating that he would use a gun if anybody knocked on his door. Richmond police officers communicated with the subject through an open door and eventually used a beanbag pellet gun to disarm and detain him.

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1:14 a.m., Funston Avenue and Geary Boulevard Officers conducted a vehicle check on a license plate that wound up belonging to a stolen vehicle, so they stopped the vehicle and detained the driver, who tried to evade arrest by explaining the vehicle belonged to a relative. Although the suspect was telling the truth, the victim had filed a stolen vehicle report and had not authorized the usage. As well, the suspect’s driving privileges had been suspended by the DMV, so she was arrested on multiple counts. Theft from a Locked Vehicle, Outstanding Warrant, Probation Violation: Jan. 9, 12:16 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive Officers observed a suspicious character in an area of Golden Gate Park well known for vehicle thefts. The officers used their tried and true camouflage practices to conceal themselves amid the foliage and waited for the suspect to act. The suspect then broke a window and proceeded to take Continued on page 5

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Chinese New Year Continued from page 1 tion was an elaborate show of various Chinese traditions presented at San Francisco’s Main Library. The show was created by the American Chinese Cultural and Art Association and curated by the International Center of the city library. The celebration included musical performances, folk dances and martial arts. Doris Tseng, one of the librarians who assisted with coordinat-

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last. To register for the event, go to the historical society’s website at www.chsa.org. After the parade, the end of the New Year celebrations is marked by the traditional Lantern Festival, which dates back more than two millennia. The Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the lunar year, under the first full moon. Skilled craftsmen create colorful paper lanterns designed in the likeness of various animals, which show off unique and glistening displays of light. The Chinese New Year’s parade will be broadcast live on Fox television, channels 2 and channel 26, on Feb. 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. For more information, visit the websites at www.chineseparade.com and www.cha.org.

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Hope in uncertain times San Franciscans took to the streets last month to protest the inauguration of a president out of sync with our city’s values. As I marched with a spirited group of District 1 and citywide women and allies, my heart was filled with pride. We stood in solidarity with millions of people around the world ready to fight for equality and social justice. Without a doubt, there will be difficult times ahead as our City battles to maintain its status as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, adequately fund public education, and preserve its abundance of natural beauty in the face of a federal government sure to be hostile to our efforts. And yet, I’m hopeful. San Franciscans have always been fighters and that spirit has returned in the weeks after the

Trump election. That spirit was there at the San Francisco Labor Council breakfast honoring Dolores Huerta, the legendary United Farm Workers co-founder who, at the age of 86, is still an activist and a font of wisdom. And, I felt it at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center’s Dare to D.R.E.A.M. community event that honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his crusade for civil rights to protect all Americans. I will stand with my colleagues to mitigate the impact of federal legislation on our city’s budget. At risk is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation to provide health care to all Americans, and federal funding for affordable housing, education, social services and so much more.

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ity standards for the San Francisco Bay-delta estuary. The plan aims to restore water to the river, bringing back endangered salmon and protecting water quality. The river is a major supplier of Bay Area water for residential, commercial and agricultural purposes. That hearing will be held in February, on a date to be determined. And shortly, the Board of Supervisors will begin the budget process for the next fiscal year and I will be in consultation with all of you about our neighborhood and citywide priorities. I expect a busy four years. I will continue to look for ways to create more affordable housing in the Richmond so that longtime residents don’t find themselves priced out of our neighborhood. I recently met with Capt. Paul Yep and look forward to working with Richmond Station to address the issues of property crime, pedestrian safety and homelessness. I will also seek to create programs that better serve our

neighborhood’s growing senior population. I want to pay it back by taking care of the neighborhood that has taken such good care of my family and me. My staff is ready to help! Please e-mail me at sandra.fewer@sfgov.org or reach out to any of my legislative aides for assistance: Angelina Yu, Chelsea Boilard or Nick Pagoulatos. Feel free to stop by our office at City Hall, Room 280, or call (415) 554-7410. Better yet, come to my upcoming office hours: Thursday, Feb. 2, and Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. – noon, at the Park Presidio United Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Blvd. (at Seventh Avenue). I will also be at the Clement Street Farmers’ Market on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. – noon (at the parklet outside of Cumaica Coffee at Third Avenue). I look forward to seeing you. San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.

PG&E scams surging in the Richmond According to a report by the Richmond Police Station, there has been an uptick in reported cases of PG&E scams occurring in late December and January. The suspects called claiming customers had an outstanding balance on their PG&E account and demanded payment over the phone. Guidelines to navigating potential PG&E scam calls include: • Customers should always ask to see identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. All PG&E employees carry identification;

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Kidsâ&#x20AC;? might look like a documentary, with its unglossy depiction of the struggles of a group of high school seniors in small town America. But it is not. San Francisco director Chris Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth feature ďŹ lm is not scripted, either, making it unlike any coming-of-age movie to hit the silver screen. Brown, whose day job is as a director and editor of documentaries, started the project only with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;whatâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;where.â&#x20AC;? Aside from the vague framework, he chose to operate without a net, which was also a requirement for the actors and crew. The result is more real and compelling than most dramas set in high school. It is also more unsettling, yet strangely reassuring, than most documentaries about youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My hope and approach was to capture something that might never happen again,â&#x20AC;? Brown says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to play with the best of each genre. Every day of ďŹ lming I searched for some kind of magic.â&#x20AC;? Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last ďŹ lm, which was scripted, was 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fanny, Annie & Danny,â&#x20AC;? which won numerous independent ďŹ lm and festival awards and was a criticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darling. The director was even compared to one of his heroes, John Cassavetes, a pioneer of indie ďŹ lms who worked collaboratively with actors. Brown asked his cast to take from their own lives, not just to draw on emotions, but to make their stories part of the ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mosaic. He also shot the ďŹ lm like a documentary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what was going to happen,â&#x20AC;? Brown says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do takes. There were times when we did 20 takes.â&#x20AC;? Brown, who lives in the Richmond District, chose Sonora, California, as the site for the ďŹ lm because he has family there and he knows and loves the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the quintessential small, American western town,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parts have remained the same for 100 years. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernity, too. So, you have a clash.â&#x20AC;? He auditioned local students from two high schools. Most were in the drama department and had some acting experience. He was drawn to raw talent and intelligence among those who performed a monologue and improvisation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ones who could swim and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drown, I picked,â&#x20AC;? says Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I chose people I wanted to hang out with.â&#x20AC;? Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast trusted him and his unorthodox methods enough to put much of their personality and their life truths into the story. One actor, Kai Kellerman, whose character, Kai, is clever and mature, yet self-destructive, said in the making of footage for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Kids,â&#x20AC;? that his character was about 95 percent him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of falling apart as the movie goes along,â&#x20AC;? says Kellerman, who describes the ďŹ lm as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sort of a brutal

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Examiner, told the supervisors about a lack of public input and transportation planners’ haste to get the project passed before a new crop of city supervisors takes their seats. Richmond District merchants have been fighting, to no avail, for an economic impact statement from the SFMTA to assist them during the project’s construction, and some neighborhood organizations, including the Planning Association for the Richmond (PAR), are concerned about impacts from increased traffic on ancillary streets, the safety of seniors boarding buses in the middle of the boulevard, a loss of parking spaces and trees, and years of potential construction (including replacing or moving numerous utilities’ pipes and wires). One person who will be keeping an eye on the project is incoming District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who expressed concerns about the project on the campaign trail. “There will be much more discussion on this issue, and I look forward to working closely with the community to ensure that our neighborhood needs are addressed throughout the process,” she said. Those who testified in favor of the Geary BRT project said the plan would improve transit, in a “transit first” city, and help remove vehicles from roadways. Representatives from the Richmond District Democratic Club, WalkSF and

the Muni Transit Riders urged approval of the environmental document. So did former District 1 Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, on whose watch the Geary BRT got rolling, with the passage of Proposition K, in 2003. “This staff has done excellent work,” McGoldrick said of the environmental document. Many of the speakers at the meeting called for the SFCTA to postpone its decision because the process was rushed through over the holidays, the federal government has yet to approve $100 million for the project, and newly-elected District 1 Supervisor Fewer has yet to take her seat on the authority. “What’s the rush?” asked David Heller, president of the Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants and Property Owners Association. “This is about survival. What have you got to lose?” But SFCTA chair Supervisor Aaron Peskin defended the current supervisors voting on the plan, including Supervisor Eric Mar, who was attending his last meeting with several other termed-out supervisors. After the public comment was concluded, the supervisors voted 10-0 (with Supervisor Scott Weiner absent) to approve the Geary BRT project. After the lead city agency, the SF Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA, or Muni), gets its board approval, final planning will commence. The project is expected to break ground in 2018.

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New visitors’ center to open at Presidio in February

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The grand opening of the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center will take place on Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the heart of the Presidio, the new center will feature videos, exhibits and interactive tools that allow visitors to see the 1,500 acre park in a new medium. The national park boasts a dozen major trails; outdoor installations by world-renowned artists; cultural and historical museums; a trampoline in a former airplane hangar; birdwatching at restored wetlands; 10 scenic overlooks and vistas; a free shuttle system; and more. The grand opening will include activities, entertainment and tours. The Presidio covers five percent of San Francisco’s acreage, but there has not been a place for visitors to get to know the entire area until now. “The building is rich in history, but this visitor center is all about the future,” said Craig Kenkel, acting general superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). “The Presidio is becoming a world-class destination to welcome new audiences to a second century for the national parks.” “We are delighted to launch this new gateway to the Presidio, which serves to welcome the broader public to the park,” said Jean Fraser, chief executive officer for the Presidio Trust. “Now, everyone from the Bay Area and beyond can easily discover the Presidio's free resources – history, spectacular vistas, wild open spaces, trails and opportunities for play.” For more information, visit the website at www.presidio.gov/places/presidio-visitor-center.

Wendy Frost was selected as the new director of the Golden Gate Village, a program of the Richmond Senior Center, after spending several months volunteering with seniors. Frost was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and has focused her efforts on non-profit work and family life since moving to San Francisco. She will lead the village utilizing her masWendy Frost ter of business administration degree and bachelor’s degree in organizational management, as well as her experience developing practices that foster organizational growth. For more information, call (415) 8763333, or e-mail wfrost@ggsenior.org.

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 The annual event, which is free to the public (no appointment necessary), will be held at the UCSF Dental Center, 707 Parnassus Ave., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The theme this year is “sports day in the bay,” so participants are urged to dress in athletic gear or their favorite sports clothing. For more information, go to the website at www.ucsfdentalcenter.org.

Correction: The story “Plan close for dog walking on beach” in the January issue of the Richmond Review incorrectly identified Dominik Mosur, whose name was misspelled. The Richmond Review regrets the error.


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Real Estate John M. Lee

Caring for whole family Is this the right time for estate planning? In the past few years, much of my business has been helping clients with their real estate needs after their parents passed on. I have developed a first-hand knowledge of the needs and wants of families during this time in their lives. Being a baby boomer also, I can identify with them. While I need to take care of parents, I have to develop plans to take care of my family and children in the event something were to happen to me. Being part of the sandwich generation, having to take care of both parents and kids, comes with different responsibilities. With real estate prices so high in this area, it is pertinent that everyone do some estate planning. One of my favorite comedians, the late George Carlin, had this standup routine about “stuff,” and how we all have stuff, and we are pretty particular about our stuff. We spend our whole life accumulating stuff,

moving it around with us, sometimes getting rid of some while keeping others. We are possessive about our stuff and do not like mixing our stuff with other’s stuff. During our lifetime, we collect a lot of stuff, some of it valuable and some not. But because it is our stuff, it means something to us. We can’t take it with us when we die, so we have to figure out a way to distribute this stuff to others who are still living. Normally, we would want our stuff to go to people we care about, usually family and friends, and sometimes a worthy cause. And we want some special people to have some of our special stuff to remember us by. This is kind of what estate planning is all about, figuring out how to get the stuff to the people we want after we pass on in the most beneficial manner. An estate plan must meet certain legal requirements, including that it must be written, signed by you, and witnessed by other people when you sign it.

Your estate plan may be very simple or complex, depending on how many assets you have, how long you want to provide for the people you care about, and when you want them to actually have possession of the assets. Individuals can legally create their own estate plans, but I recommend working with an attorney specializing in this area as there are strong legal, financial and tax implications with the action. Your attorney can help you put all your instructions into a legal document called a will or trust. There are distinct advantages to using a trust, especially if you have a large amount of assets. What if you die and don’t have an estate plan? Then there are rules from the state of California on how your assets are distributed. The only problem is that you won’t have any say in who gets what, and someone you love might get left out. Why do I bring up estate planning when I normally write about real estate? Because, lately I have been involved in several cases where people passed away without any estate planning, with disastrous results that could have been avoided easily. In one case, the heirs had to sell off two out of the three properties to pay for estate taxes. With a little estate planning, this could have been eliminated entirely. The deceased had a very

GGNRA puts dog-walking plan on hold Continued from page 1 planning process. This action has already added another 137 pages of e-mails to the official record, which are posted at www.nps.gov/goga/learn/management/dog-managementrecords. “The Park Service will conduct an independent inquiry into whether personal e-mail was used in a manner that is not consistent with applicable laws and policies, and if so, whether its use affected the planning and rulemaking processes. The park service will report the results of the internal review to the public. To help ensure an independent and impartial review, the inquiry will be conducted by the National Park Service personnel who are not involved in the dog management planning process,” Dalby stated in the letter. “Further action under the National Environmental Policy Act and the rulemaking process for the dog management plan will await the findings and conclusions of the independent review,” Dalby said. The proposed plan would allow dogs to be off-leash north of Stairwell 21 at Ocean Beach, but completely ban dogs south of there because the sand dunes are used for nesting Western Snowy Plovers. At Baker Beach, dogs would only be allowed on-leash at the beach north of Access Trail Number 2, but prohibited on the beach south of there. They will also be allowed on-leash along the coastal trail, plus the north and south picnic areas. At Fort Funston, dogs would be banned completely north of the Funston Beach Trail, where the Bank Swallow nests, but would be allowed off-leash on the beach south of the swallows, plus the area surrounding the Chip Trail and northeast of the Funston Trail. They will only be

allowed on-leash at the east and west Battery Davis trails, plus the John Muir Trail stairs, Coastal Trail and the parking lot. The release of the NPS emails between park employees and other interested parties has sparked a great deal of public outrage, especially after some of them were posted on an Internet website dubbed “WoofieLeaks” and made available for downloading. An op-ed piece by local activist Sally Stephens published in the San Francisco Examiner on Jan. 15 claimed the NPS has “a history of not dealing honestly with the public.” Stephens and others who support off-leash dog walking claim the e-mail records show a biased, unfair decision-making process by GGNRA staff and the destruction of records, along with improper use of e-mails. National Park Service spokesman Nathan Sargent said he would not comment on, nor verify, the validity of any content in the e-mails, so for now the letter issued by Dalby is the only statement the NPS has made about the issue. Some e-mails available from WoofieLeaks appear to support the claims of NPS critics. In an e-mail exchange dated Sept. 11, 2013, for example, at the time stamp of 7:22 p.m., an e-mail tagged from NPS staffer Michael Edwards to staffer Sherwin Smith and former GGNRA Superintendent Frank Dean discusses “concerns about broadening the scope of this interim action, which I can detail by phone.” The next day an e-mail tagged to former GGNRA Director of Communications Howard Levitt apparently responded to the email by stating, “Everyone: Please delete this and the previous message. These conversations are best done by phone.” After an article critical of the

GGNRA plan came out in the Marin Independent Journal newspaper, Levitt apparently emailed Meyer on Feb. 7, 2014, at 7:49 p.m., and coached her about five “talking points” to bring up, after a supervisor in Marin reportedly urged colleagues to oppose the plan. On April 22, 2014 at 7:21 p.m. an e-mail from Levitt was sharing the news about a broken finger when he stated, “Ironically, it’s my middle finger .... Probably broke it expressing my opinion of out-of-control offleash dog visitors.” Then, on May 6, 2014, at 3:20 a.m., an e-mail tagged from Levitt to Dean and former Presidio Trust director Amy Meyer quotes Levitt saying, “Everyone: Here’s my final edit of the I.J. letter to the editor. It incorporates most of Amy’s excellent suggestions, which cast all the points in a positive direction.” On July 11, 2014, an e-mail tagged to Levitt and David Loeb, the publisher of Bay Nature magazine, has Levitt responding to a joking suggestion by Loeb to teach dogs “western snowy plover avoidance instead of rattlesnake avoidance.” The e-mail allegedly shows Levitt’s response as, “The problem with your suggestion, David, is that the rabid off-leash dog owners are rattlesnakes!” In December, Congresswoman Jackie Speier called upon the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general to conduct a thorough and public inquiry into the GGNRA staff’s use of e-mails, including the alleged use of personal email accounts to hide deliberate collaborations with special interest groups opposed to off-leash dog walking. “I am shocked, but unfortunately not surprised, to find out Continued on page 10

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simple lifestyle but because she was frugal, managed to pay off three house in her lifetime. Many other cases result in children fighting for the properties and other assets of value. I have seen siblings end up not talking to each other after everything is said and done. I am sure that is not what the parents had in mind after their demise. I have seen assets passed to new spouses when people are widowed or divorced when the intention was for them to go to the kids. Though surviving spouses should be cared for, there are methods to provide care for them and then, upon death, have the remaining assets flow through to the children. Most people start thinking about planning their estates

when they reach retirement age. But sometimes life does not treat us the way we expect. Planning your estate now does not mean you will die tomorrow, just as buying insurance doesn’t mean you will get into an accident immediately. But, if you act now, you won’t have to worry about what could happen to your family if your life doesn’t follow the progression you expect. It is called peace of mind, and you can have it. So, if you do not have an estate plan, I urge you to start today. John M. Lee graduated with an MBA from UCLA and is a broker with Pacific Union International. If you have any real estate questions, call (415) 447-6231 or e-mail johnlee@isellsf.com.

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February Calendar of Events Preschool Storytime: Celebrate Black History Month with a special preschool storytime featuring noteworthy stories written and illustrated by African Americans, Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Thursday, Feb. 2, 10:30-11 a.m., free. For more information or to make reservations, call (415) 355-2808. Roses Classes: Learn about roses as a romantic symbol and the usage of roses, presented by Stu Dalton of the Peninsula Rose Society and Patti Spezzaderro, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Feb. 4, 1-2:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 3555600. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Dangerously:â&#x20AC;? An exhibition of Janet Norris paintings will be held at the Far Out Gallery, 3004 Taraval St., Feb. 425, reception on Feb. 4, noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.faroutgallery.com. Learn Tai Chi: Tai Chi may help improve health, ďŹ tness, balance, ďŹ&#x201A;exibility, coordination and posture (class introduces the Yang style long form), Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Mondays, Feb. 6, 13 and 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 3555717.



Felt â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coziesâ&#x20AC;? Craft Night: Create a reusable and stylish felt sleeve for your â&#x20AC;&#x153;to goâ&#x20AC;? cup, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770. Teen Gaming Night Challenge: Games will be played in a movie theater-type environment, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Fridays, Feb. 10 and 24, 3:305 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700.

Join the Fight for Good Transportation! Complaints about the transportation agencies across the city have common themes: destruction of the quality of life often by killing trees, damage to the economic health of the community by injuring and ruining small businesses, limiting stops to claim faster service, and other injurious conduct. Complaints to transportation planners often fall on deaf ears. To respond to citywide complaints, the citizen and merchant team working on the Geary Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) problems have formed SAN FRANCISCANS FOR SENSIBLE TRANSIT, a not-for-profit California corporation nicknamed Sensible Transit. Its first effort will be to avoid mistakes proposed for the BRT, but its greater goal is to strike at the problems besieging the Mission, Van Ness, Taraval and other service areas. Sensible Transit invites you to join us to improve San Francisco transportation and to work on behalf of our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numerous merchants, homeowners and tenants. Please consider jointing Sensible Transit or making a donation to help support our lawsuit against the BRT project recommended by city planners. Litigation preparation has begun. Please help up reach our goal of keeping the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation agencies responsible to the public. Thank you.

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Community Meeting: The Golden Gate Village is inviting interested neighbors to learn how the village works, what it does to grow and how to join, light refreshments provided, RSVP required, Golden Gate Village, 6221 Geary Blvd., third ďŹ&#x201A;oor, Saturday, Feb. 11, 10-11:30 a.m., free. For more information, e-mail info@ggvillage.org or call (415) 8763333. Create Valentine's Day Cards: Create a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day pop-up card for that â&#x20AC;&#x153;special someone,â&#x20AC;? materials provided, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.-noon, free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880. Author Reading: Author and illustrator Karen Lechelt will present her new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Do You Love About You?,â&#x20AC;? copies of which will be available for sale at a signing after the event, Lechelt will also lead a craft, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-noon, free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600. Red Envelope Teen Crafts: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster by joining a red envelope paper crafting class, all materials provided, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717. Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics: A stroll through the Conservatory of Flowers highlights plants purported to be aphrodisiacs, complimentary wine tasting by Muscardini Cellars paired with Dandelion Small Batch Chocolate, cash bar and food trucks available, ages 21 and older, $30-$50, Golden Gate Park, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m. For more information, visit the website at http://conservatoryofďŹ&#x201A;owers.org. Button Making: The public is invited to make black heritage-themed buttons using magazines, art supplies and imaginations, supplies provided, ages 6 and older, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4-5:30 p.m., free.

For more information, call (415) 3555717. Russian Festival: The 29th annual event features vodka tasting, crafts, art gallery, food, music and dancing, Russian Center, 2490 Sutter St., Feb. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19. For more information, go to the website at www.russiancentersf.com or call (415) 921-7631. Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Silk Road:â&#x20AC;? Roger Dong of Chinese American Heroes speaks about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;new silk road,â&#x20AC;? an ambitious development framework proposed by Chinese leader Xi focusing on connectivity and cooperation among countries, primarily Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and the South PaciďŹ c, Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Saturday, Feb. 18, 1-2:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808. Presidio Poetry Series Presents Heartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Garden: Clyde Always, Jennifer Barone, Stephen Kopel and Nancy Wakeman will perform and Robert Carlson will host, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880. Teen Gaming: Teen gamers (ages 13-18 only) can battle it out for the title and bragging rights of Best Gamer (at the Richmond Branch), an X-Box, Wii, board games and snacks will be available, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Thursday, Feb. 23, 4-5 p.m., free. For more information, e-mail Jen at jennifer.woo@sfpl.org. Chess Tournament: Presented by Bright Knights Chess Club, test skills against others of like age and ability, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600. Dave the Potter: Learn about Dave the Potter and make a mini-pot while reading the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dave the Potter,â&#x20AC;? learn about how ceramic pots can be constructed, and then make Dave-inspired mini-pots out of air-dry clay, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Saturday, Feb. 25, 3-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700. SAT Critical Reading Strategy Workshop: The course is designed as an intensive, subject-speciďŹ c course for students who have taken the PSAT and/or SAT and targeted speciďŹ c areas for intensive study and review, class will take place over two weeks, West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, visit the website at www.edupath.org/sf. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wiz Liveâ&#x20AC;? Move Night: A fresh take on the classic stars Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo and more in an R&B-inďŹ&#x201A;uenced reimagining inspired by the 1975 Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wiz,â&#x20AC;? lemonade and popcorn will be served, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

Dog-walking plan Continued from page 9 the leadership of the GGNRA conspired to mobilize opposition to counter the voices of citizens with whom they disagreed,â&#x20AC;? said Speier in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The e-mails, uncovered through the FOIA process, reveal that the personal email account of a high-ranking NPS, GGNRA employee was used to deliberately hide a preordained decision to orchestrate a campaign to mobilize citizens opposed to off-leash dog areas. Their actions corrupted what should have been a fair and impartial public process â&#x20AC;Ś. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also am calling on the NPS to rescind the dog management plan because of the tainted process,â&#x20AC;? Speier said.


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Tech shouldn’t risk lives For those of us living on the west side, the struggle to get downtown or elsewhere in the City on time is all too real. Sometimes, Muni can’t get us to our destination fast enough and cabs frequently refuse to come pick us up. Fortunately, in recent years our transportation options have expanded, thanks to several ridesharing businesses, some of which are based right here in the City. There are even options to carpool with others to lower costs and eliminate the number of cars on our roads. Ridesharing has been a great way for west side residents to get around, and I applaud the companies in our innovation economy developing autonomous vehicle technology. This is the next frontier in the rideshare industry. Unfortunately, not all companies are willing to comply with state laws put in place to facilitate real world tests of this technology while preserving public safety. In December, Uber debuted its autonomous vehicle pilot program in San Francisco without obtaining a $150 permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Without this permit from the DMV, there is no legal way to prove the roadworthiness of these vehicles. And, sure enough, footage showed an Uber

autonomous vehicle running a red light near the Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition found that Uber’s autonomous cars weren’t merging into the bicycle lane to make right turns, putting cyclists in danger of being hit. Despite these missteps, the DMV offered to assist Uber to resume its pilot project within the law by expediting the review and approval of a permit. Ultimately, the DMV revoked the registrations of Uber’s autonomous vehicles. Instead of complying, Uber moved its pilot program to Arizona. Uber’s actions showed a flagrant disregard for state laws put in place to ensure safer streets. This experience shows why we need stronger enforcement tools to protect the public from those who put profits before safety. Here is why: Uber’s violation of the law was merely an infraction; a slap on the wrist. San Francisco’s law enforcement was virtually powerless to remove the cars from the road. That realization was no comfort as I saw one of Uber’s autonomous cars drive past my house. That is why I introduced Assembly Bill-87, legislation that requires the DMV to revoke the registration of any autonomous vehicle illegally oper-

ating and authorizes law enforcement to impound such vehicles. It also prohibits companies illegally operating autonomous vehicles from applying to the program for two years and imposes a penalty of up to $25,000 per vehicle, per day, of violation. While boosting innovation is important, the safety of passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers is our first priority. Twenty other companies have permits from the DMV to run its autonomous vehicle programs. The other companies had no trouble complying with the law, and Uber should not be rewarded for bad behavior. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin, WalkSF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition all support this effort to protect ourselves from those recklessly putting profits before public safety. No community should face what we did in San Francisco. The pursuit of innovation does not include a license to put innocent lives at risk. Phil Ting represents the 19th Assembly District, which includes the west side of San Francisco and the communities of Broadmoor, Colma and Daly City. the

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