On June 5th, voters may elect Mark Leno as their first LGBTQ mayor.
Photos by Tony Taylor/Anthony O’Donnell
The Legacy of Leno
Surrounded by kids playing in the grass as part of an after-school program, The Courier met with mayoral candidate Mark Leno in the Castro’s Duboce Park one late Monday afternoon, which seemed appropriate, as we discussed the future of our city.
A soft spoken man, Leno has a lot to say about policy changes for the good of San Francisco. After all, he has devoted the last 20 years of his life to that end, having served first on the county’s Board of Supervisors, and later in the State Assembly and State Senate. All the while, he’s been a resident of San Francisco, and has lived in the same Noe Valley home since 1982, which he shared with his life partner, Douglas Jackson, who passed away from AIDS related causes in 1990.
Charles Peoples III (left) and Rudy Guerrero star as Adam and Tick in Priscilla the Musical Photos: Tony Taylor
Acclaimed Priscilla the Musical returns, rehearsals underway
Cult-classic film turned stage production, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert revives sold-out summer spectacle
With five short weeks until show time, cast members of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical met at Moon Rehearsal Space on Van Ness Avenue on a warm Friday evening in April to begin learning ensemble choreography for multiple production numbers. For many cast members, however, this rehearsal is simply a refresher.
Photo: Anthony O’Donnell
Mandelman’s Chance to Clean Up Castro
Tireless Supervisor candidate and affordable housing advocate Rafael Mandelman may have a lengthy list of District 8 to-dos soon. With voters heading into the booths on June 5th, Mandelman’s time may finally come to button-up the Castro.
“This neighborhood needs lots of love and attention,” he said. “Small businesses are suffering. They need a champion and an advocate.”
• • • May 2018 News Briefs • • •
48th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride festival is Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, June 24. Parade/March is June 24
Downtown at 10:30 AM. Celebration/Rally is Noon to 6PM on Saturday and 1AM to 6PM on Sunday in Civic Center Plaza.
A WOMAN FOR THE WIN
Courier’s exclusive interview with mayoral candidate London Breed
After the Board of Supervisors voted to replace her as acting mayor with a former venture capitalist investor, London Breed tweeted a placatory message: “I have a vision for an inclusive & fair San Francisco, and will keep working every day on the important issues we face: homelessness, housing, & public safety.
How to Keep Poison Out of the Food Web
A few years ago, Lisa Owens Viani experienced a life-changing moment — two young hawks she’d been observing in a nest near her home were found drowned in a swimming pool. Their deaths were the result of eating prey that had been lovingly fed to them by their parents.
The prey had been poisoned by rodenticides, poisons used to rid homes and businesses of pests but with disastrous impacts on wildlife and sometimes even pets and children.
The High Changes Coming to Flore on Market
It was just over a year ago that Terrance Alan and Aaron Silverman became the new owners of what was is now Flore on Market. The restaurant on the corners of Noe and Market was up for grabs and the pair wanted to be sure that Flore retained its strong and vital role within the community.
Are Coffee Shops the New Homeless Drop-In Centers?
Recently, while visiting several different coffee shops in San Francisco, I noticed many of their restrooms have signs on the doors saying, “Closed Until Further Notice.” Upon questioning the employees, they immediately tried to re-direct me to other establishments in the neighborhood that offer public restrooms.
When I asked if their restrooms would be repaired soon, the clerks explained they cannot keep them open because the homeless take baths in them, flooding the floors as well as shooting up drugs and throwing their dirty needles on the ground.
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How the Tax Changes Impact Your Business
If you’re a business owner like me, you probably dread adding anything else to your plate. But it might be worthwhile to spend a moment seeing how the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will affect your tax bill. You might even like what you learn!
You don’t need a weatherman to see that the storm clouds gathering around Team Trump are serious. And since the only permanent member of Team Trump is The Donald himself, this squall is shooting straight down Pennsylvania Avenue, with that hard- candy shell of a hair- helmet above the chair behind the desk in the Oval Office, square in its crosshairs.
The tempest is dark and swirly with fierce offshore winds like one of those Nor’Easters that’s ravaged New England the last couple months. Several systems of individual flurries have begun to merge, taking on bulk and velocity, threatening to escalate into one of those upper echelon categories of blizzards.
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