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    In the News: —— June 9, 2016

    Compiled by Dennis McMillan

    SF Election Results for June 7 Consolidated Presidential Primary

    With 597 of 597 precincts in, the San Francisco Department of Elections has, as of this writing, released the following unofficial results: President, Democratic Party- Hillary Clinton (55.46% of votes); President, Republican Party- Donald Trump (57.54% of votes); U.S. Senator- Kamala Harris; U.S. Representative, District 12- Nancy Pelosi; U.S. Representative, District 14, Jackie Speier; State Senate, District 11- Scott Wiener; State Assembly, District 17- David Chiu; State Assembly, District 19- Phil Ting (see Ting’s column on page 8); Superior Court Judge, Seat 7- Victor Hwang; State Proposition 50- Yes; Local Measure A, Public Health and Safety Bond- Yes; Local Measure B- Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund- Yes; Local Measure C, Affordable Housing Requirements- Yes; Local Measure D, Office of Citizen Complaints Investigations- Yes; Local Measure E, Paid Sick Leave- Yes; District Measure AA- Yes; DCCC, District 17, Top 10 recipients of votes in order: Scott Wiener, Tom Ammiano, Jane Kim, David Campos, Bevan Dufty, Aaron Peskin, London Breed, Sophie Maxwell, Malia Cohen and John Burton; DCCC, District 19, Top 10 recipients of votes in order: Angela Alioto, Norman Yee, Eric Mar, Sandra Lee Fewer, Mark Farrell, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Keith Baraka, Kat Anderson and Rachel Norton. For additional results and updates, go to


    Rainbow Banners Are Back in the Castro
    On Harvey Milk’s Birthday, Castro Merchants Inc. unveiled new Rainbow Banners in the gay neighborhood. “Now, as part of the new streetscape design for Castro Street, the banners are doubles on most poles—twice as bright, twice as colorful and twice as proud,” says Castro Merchants President Daniel Bergerac. “This has been a long, difficult project with many pieces and parts all needing to come together. These beautiful new banners would not have happened without the hard work of our awesome Administrator Richard Magary; help from Supervisor Scott Wiener and his amazing Aide, Adam Taylor; and support from the S.F. Department of Public Works leadership and staff.”


    Latest Study Shows Same-sex Experiences Are on the Rise

    A rise in bisexuality is driving a sharp increase in same-sex experiences in the United States, according to a new study, and Americans are increasingly open to the shift. Using data from the General Social Survey (GSS), a nationally representative survey of U.S. adults conducted since 1972 including a total of 33,728 participants, a team of social scientists found that the percentage of men reporting male sexual partners had nearly doubled from 1990 to 2014, and the percentage of women reporting same-sex experiences had more than doubled during the same period. Their study, published in the journal, Archives of Sexual Behavior, also shows a dramatic increase in the percentage of Americans who find these sexual interactions acceptable.


    Mayor Lee Announces $6 Million Investment to Support SF Nonprofits

    Mayor Ed Lee announced that the City will invest $6 million in programs over the next two years to strengthen the nonprofit sector in San Francisco. This investment includes an unprecedented $4.25 million to create a Nonprofit Space Investment Fund for the acquisition of permanent affordable space, $1.45 million to launch a Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program to address nonprofit sustainability, and $295,000 to support planning and evaluation for long-term partnerships such as program expansions or shared administrative staff.


    Number of Burglaries in the Castro Continues to Rise

    Crime is up in the Castro, with burglars particularly targeting small businesses. One location alone, Smoke Plus ((4059 18th Street), has been hit three times in just a month. “Same guy, three times, within a month,” confirmed Gary, who works behind the counter at Smoke Plus. Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods was also burglarized for the second time in five months. Of the Smoke Plus thefts, surveillance cameras show that the burglar “comes in at 5 am every time. He just grabs his stuff and then leaves.” If someone has any information on these or other burglaries in the Castro, contact SFPD Mission Station at 415-553-0123.


    Free Self-Defense Workshop Offered in the Castro

    Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) in association with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) and Community Patrol Service USA (CP-USA) invites interested people to pre-register for their very popular Beginners Community Self-Defense class. The workshop will take place on Monday, June 13, at 7 pm at STRUT, 470 Castro Street. The class is a very low impact presentation of some very basic, but extremely useful and valuable self-defense concepts taught by Grand Master Ken Craig. They have presented this class on many occasions in the past to packed classes and rave reviews. The class occurs just weeks before the SF Pride festivities get into full swing, so it could not be timed any better.


    HIV Health Services Planning Council and HIV Prevention Planning Council Merge

    The HIV Health Services Planning Council (HHSPC) and the HIV Prevention Planning Council (HPPC) have dissolved and integrated in planning efforts. As of earlier this month, the new local effort providing HIV prevention recommendations and guidance regarding allocation of funding for Care services is referred to as the HIV Community Planning Council (HCPC). The Council has several major duties, including: determining the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, especially those not in care; setting priorities for the allocation of funds; and developing a comprehensive plan for the organization. The Full Council meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 25 Van Ness on the 6th floor.


    Seven Colleges in California Discriminate Against LGBT People

    Seven religiously-oriented colleges and universities up and down the state have obtained waivers under the federal Title IX, which bans discrimination based on gender—including against LGBT people—at academic institutions that receive federal government funding. The waivers allow these schools to discriminate against students, faculty and staff for being LGBT despite federal law that prohibits such discrimination. While California law prohibits funding or financial assistance to schools that discriminate, these seven colleges and universities are still receiving Cal Grant funding. Assembly Bill 1888, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low and sponsored by NCLR and Equality California, would prohibit Cal Grant funding to institutions that have obtained a license to discriminate from the federal government. It is currently facing a critical vote in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee.


    Lawsuit Filed to Shut Down LGBT Pride Party at Civic Center Because of Shootings

    A Beverly Hills-based law firm has filed an injunction on behalf of two individuals who were shot in 2013, aiming to prevent the 2016 celebration—but not the parade—from happening. A release went out about the injunction from the firm of Rosenfeld, Meyer, and Susman, the same firm that represented Trevor Gardner, an L.A. man shot in the leg as the Pride celebration was winding down on June 30, 2013. In November 2015, SF Pride reached an undisclosed settlement with Gardner in that case, but other lawsuits are still pending. The text of the complaint filed recently in SF Superior Court refers to shots fired during or after Pride festivities in 2011 and 2012 as well as the past three years.


    SF Police Department and Police Officers Association Reach Agreement on Body Worn Cameras

    On May 31, Mayor Ed Lee announced an agreement with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) on the use of body worn cameras. The deployment of the devices is designed to ensure transparency and accountability in officers’ engagement with the public and to help rebuild trust with the community. The proposed two-year budget submitted at the same time as the announcement includes $6.2 million to implement the Body Camera Program.


    Castro Station’s LED Rainbow Escalators Launched

    The much-discussed rainbow escalators at Castro station began operating at the official unveiling on May 20. The unveiling comes nearly a month after SFMTA originally reported it would have the escalators up and running. This is after months and months of not being operational. At the official kickoff, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener and SFMTA officials turned on the rainbow escalator lights for the first time. “During the process of testing escalator capabilities and the new lights, staff liked what they saw and made the decision to keep the lights in place for the launch of the new system,” said SFMTA in a press release.


    ‘When We Rise’ to Replace Damaged Castro Rainbow Crosswalks Before Pride

    The rainbow crosswalks at Castro and 18th Street remain damaged after multiple cleaning attempts from being covered up for the filming of the ABC miniseries When We Rise. After the material covering all four crosswalks was pulled up after filming, black residue remained on the two crosswalks that had been covered up the longest, the east and north crosswalks. Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District’s (CBD) Executive Director Andrea Aiello says that the two most damaged crosswalks, the east and north ones, will be replaced. The costs associated with replacing the crosswalks will be paid for by ABC and the production company. The plan is to have the sidewalks replaced in time for the Pride Parade.


    Family Is Still Family: Bilingual PSAs Bring Support, Community to LGBT Families

    The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has launched a three-part family acceptance campaign. The “Family Is Still Family” campaign hopes to address the cultural divide between many LGBTQ children and parents of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Glenn Magapanty, executive director of NQAPIA, said the organization “just [wants] to create a little more family acceptance of LGBT people.” He added, “This is about telling the message that we are lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and we can still achieve all the hopes and dreams that our parents wanted for us.” The campaign includes a video PSA series, which was first launched on a few Asian television stations late last year. They will continue to air on American television stations, as well as on international channels, in June 2016, LGBTQ Pride Month.