District 8 supervisor candidate Rafael Mandelman has lived in Castro since 1999. Photo: Anthony O’Donnel
HOW TO REVIVE A NEIGHBORHOOD
“Off the streets and into housing,” calls D8 supervisor candidate Rafael Mandelman
Public spaces are being encroached by the homeless and mentally ill. There’s countless vacant small businesses storefronts partially due to a slow-moving approval process. And proximate to local families that live too-near the poverty line, billions of dollars are being generated in the private sector.
Rafael Mandelman, a prominent member on City College’s Board of Trustees, a tireless advocate for affordable housing and transportation, and most recently, candidate for District 8 Supervisor…
The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band has contributed their talents and awesome energy to the Bay Area and beyond for nearly 40 years. Between all three of SFLGFB's contingents, their concert band, marching band, and pep band, they have played pretty much every type of event imaginable. Perhaps their most beloved event is Dance-Along Nutcracker, where the audience is invited to dress up, dance along, and ...
40 Years Ago: Harvey Milk's Election Remembered
On November 8, under a rainbow of LED lights that pierced the night sky, nearly 600 people gathered in Harvey Milk Plaza to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Milk’s election to the Board of Supervisors.A photo remembrance by Jessica Webb.
Peter Gallota (right) serves food during a previous Mama G’s Dinner
Beloved Thanksgiving Tradition Continues November 19th in Civic Center
Q&A with Mama G’s Dinner co-founder Peter Gallotta
Looking to spend some time or money helping to share the wealth and good will this Thanksgiving holiday? Look no further. Mama G’s Thanksgiving Street Dinner, now in its ninth year, was co-founded by Peter Gallotta as a way of continuing the beloved family traditions of his childhood within the Tenderloin community, among those who need it most…
Art Walk Gains Momentum
Castro merchants participate in monthly art crawl
Rainbow flags aren’t the only colorful flare highlighting the Castro these days. From block to block, businesses are showcasing locally produced art for a monthly art walk to demonstrate unity in the community.
“Our goal has always been to connect our community with local artists in our area,” Spark Arts Co-founder Angie Sticher said. “We want the Castro neighborhood to be seen as more of a cultural hub and an opportunity to engage with all types of art forms —from drag performances to interacting with creators of 2D art and even inviting the community to create their own art.”
San Francisco Estuary - love it or lose it
At the State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference at the Scottish Rite Center in October, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership presented one-time-only Legacy Awards to two people who have spent years on protecting the Bay -- Arthur Feinstein and Barbara Salzman.
Peaches Christ, Bob The Drag Queen and Jinkx Monsoon
Halloween's A Drag!
Just when you thought Halloween in the Castro couldn’t get any scarier!
Halloween season is upon us, so why not get a jump on things and set the mood early this October 7th, at the Castro Theatre? Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and Bob the Drag Queen costar as the bewitched Manderson sisters in Hocum Pokem, their hilarious send up of the Disney classic, Hocus Pocus, which screens directly afterward.
Director and accompanist, Billy Philadelphia Photo: Larry Burchard
Community Chorus Tuesday Afternoon
The CMC Castro Older Adult Choir (CMCCOAC ) begins on October 3rd with rehearsals on Tuesdays, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the Castro Senior Center located at 110 Diamond Street at 18th Street.
What’s crossed my screens in recent weeks? These items of interest.
LAST CHAPTER FOR AARDVARK
Affordable Housing Should Consider Climate
How public input can positively affect environmental review process
Closing the Ecomomic Gap
LGBT Center workshops will focus on finance, affordable housing, and employment of those most marginalized
Castro at 17th Street, 1944 Photo: SFHistory Center, SF Public Library
Historic Context Statement highlights pre-prohibition landmarks and details
Neighborhood History Could Shape Future Construction Projects
Rodeo Rides into the Cow Palace
Officer Sutherland patrols Dolores Park
September 2017 Issue
After 15 years vacant, The Patio is approved to operate a “place of entertainment” after Labor Day. Photo: Tony Taylor
Natali’s Donations & Gilbert Baker’s FBI File
As the summer closes and before we get too far into September, let’s have a peek at what crossed our radar over the past two months while the Castro Courier was on hiatus.
NATALI’S MONEY TRAIL...
July 2017 Issue
Congratulations to a Decade
Current publisher and owner Mitch Bull took the mantle in 2010 and continued the tradition of the neighborhood “rag.” This July saw the editorial gavel pass from Andersen to Tony Taylor, a freelance reporter who is grounded in the local media scene.
How to Find Transparency in Your Financial Relationship
While money is a leading cause of mChoosing a financial advisor is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. After all, this individual or team will have access to your life’s savings — and you have to trust them to guide you toward the future you desire;…
F’ING CHUTES & LADDERS.
Here’s the deal: You don’t start out by calling someone an “f’ing moron.” That’s a final exclamatory heave after exhausting all other slanders. Fool. Jerk. Pinhead. Nitwit. Idiot. Nincompoop. Moron. Until finally… f’ing moron. It doesn’t quite scale the heights of “total f’ing moron” or “banana faced monkey dribbler,” but it’s close.
So Rex Tillerson must have been at the end of his rope when he flung that particular phrase of scorn and contempt at Donald Trump. Sounds like a spontaneous human explosion stemming from a well of frustration so deep it echoes. The sort of expletive one blurts out after bludgeoning one’s thumb with one’s hammer. Repeatedly.
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