Selling the farm,
shedding everything JUSTICE
outside Tenderloin CENTER
BY TOM CARTER
S A N F R A N C I S C O
W ITH food costs rising, soup
kitchen lines lengthening
and private donations
shriveling, St. Anthony Foundation
plans to sell its unique, 315-acre
‘ I C A N ’ T WA I T ’
Sonoma County drug and alcohol
rehab dairy farm and close its South set-aside
of Market Marian Residence for
homeless women. PAGE 2
Five of the foundation’s 11 pro-
grams will be shut down or reduced
in the belt-tightening shakeup over
the next 11 months, a spokeswoman
said. Forty employees will lose their
jobs as St. Anthony sheds all of its
programs outside of the Tenderloin.
“Donations are flat and costs VICTORY
have risen considerably,” Frances
Aviani, St. Anthony spokeswoman, AT THE
told The Extra. “Our food costs are
skyrocketing — up 18% in just three POST
Meanwhile, the poor and dis- OFFICE
possessed are flocking in record
numbers to St.
profiled free dining going to be
“Donations are room on Jones
flat and costs
2,600 people a day
have risen there,” Aviani said. PAGE 3 PHOTOS BY LENNY LIMJOCO
Salvation Army worker Geenie Sounedara, 18, with kids at the Army’s old 1 Grove St. program.
considerably.” “On holidays it’s
more. We antici-
Frances Aviani pated 3,300 to
3,500 on Memorial
Day and it was
4,000, a ridiculous
amount of people.
And we are having to turn away 15
to 20 people a day at the medical
St. Anthony is only experiencing Salvation Army be an events manager when she grows up.
Stephen, 11, who plays computer games for
what everyone else is with the fun, says he wants to go to college — some-
mounting fuel and food crises,
Aviani said. But, of course, on a
builds $57 million day.
For now they are students at Tenderloin
large — and growing — scale.
“In bad economic times, people center, housing Community School. After school, they par-
ticipate in a Salvation Army recreation pro-
gram held in the basement at 1 Grove St.
turn to us,” she said.
Bare-bones but kid-friendly, the place has
The “difficult decisions” to BY ANNE MARIE JORDAN
restructure and cut successful pro- brightly painted pictures on the walls and a
URBAN LIVING REPORTER
grams will save $2 million, Barry lingering aroma of popcorn.
Stenger, St. Anthony’s director of Soon, youth programs such as this one
development and communications, VERY child needs a dream. But for 8- to 12-year-olds as well as other social
told the Santa Rose Press Democrat dreams are hard to realize in the service programs — day camps, teen min-
PAGES 7-8 Tenderloin. Reality doesn’t stop
in a May 10 story. istry, senior activities — will be moving to
The foundation’s Website Aaron, a bouncy 9-year-old, from an impressive new community center in the
shows, for the year ended June 30, wanting to be an NBA pro or 10- 200 block of Turk Street.
2007, income of $19.8 million and year-old Rachel from envisioning lavish For Aaron and the others it will be kind
expenditures $19.3 million. weddings and catered affairs; she wants to of like going — in a Monopoly move —
Individual donations totaled $4.6 from Mediterranean Ave. to Boardwalk.
million, which Aviani called “flat.” Costing a walloping $57 million, the
The three-story Marian Resi- brand new Kroc Center and Railton Place,
dence — women’s shelter and tran- its neighboring residence of 110 — mostly
sitional housing at 1115 Mission St. studio — apartments, will be officially dedi-
— is scheduled to close in cated June 27 and projected to be in full
September, a decision made after operation 10 days later, on July 7.
efforts to find an organization to It’s a main event for the Salvation Army,
take it over failed. The TL’s Network representing its largest, and grandest, devel-
Ministries was one that declined. opment since the Christian group started
The facility has 30 emergency shel- doing good deeds in the city 125 years ago,
ter beds on the main floor and 27 setting up its first kettle for charitable collec-
beds for women chosen for the tions at the Embarcadero.
Marian’s transitional program on the The Salvation Army purchased the run-
third floor. down building at Turk Street in 1979. It was
The farm 15 miles west of meant to house people during rehabilitation
Petaluma will close in March but as well as to serve as a base of operation for
isn’t yet listed for sale. other programs.
Three other programs will be Eventually it became apparent that this
downsized in July, employment, the post-1906 building needed more than just
Salvation Army’s new building on Turk renovation. The Salvation Army came to a
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F U T U R E S C O L L A B O R AT I V E
GOOD Justice Center holdup
lation to fund the center; it is Collaborative that he wants city
BY MARJORIE BEGGS
expected to be heard June 10. dwellers to turn nonproductive
spaces — whole lots or por-
for... L ISA Lightman, collabora-
tive justice courts director,
came to the May meeting
just hours before facing the
supes’ Budget and Finance
GLIDE HOUSING LOTTERY
Deborah Whittle, executive
director of housing for Glide
Economic Development Corp.,
tions of lots — into places to
His survey found 1,051 pri-
vately owned spaces in the city
COURT WATCHERS San Francisco Superior brought news of Glide’s that fit the bill; 40 are in the
Court has gone cyber with Moving Justice Forward, Committee — the next hurdle newest building — 125 Mason Tenderloin. And if they’ll be
its new blog: sfcollaborativejustice.blogspot.com. for the nascent Community St. vacant at least a year, he’ll ask
The site has information about the city’s collabora- Justice Center. “I encourage providers and property owners for permis-
tive justice programs — Behavioral Health Court, Last year, the supes put other workers in the 94102 sion to bring in gardeners and
Dependency Drug Court, Proposition 36 Court, $500,000 in reserve for the cen- area to apply for the slots in plant food crops. The owner
Juvenile Drug Court, Community Court and its ter. Besides the two holding this building,” Whittle said. would have no liability, and
newest, the proposed but not-quite-for-sure-yet cells for people nabbed in Glide’s handout calls it “afford- the gardeners would even pull
Community Justice Center at 555 Polk. Links abound the Tenderloin and SoMa for able work-force housing in the weeds.
— to the Office of the Controller’s 34-page April misdemeanors and nonviolent heart of downtown San Bayuk says he has to refine
assessment of the center; to all of the city’s collabo- felonies, the center also would Francisco.” his database of owners before
rative justice programs; to state and national commu- have a courtroom and Superior You’d need a job to afford he plows forward. Meantime,
nity justice resources; to a national roundup of Court judge to hear their cases, one of the 81 apartments in the he ran down a list of other pro-
media stories and agency reports; and to a category and social service providers on 14-story building, bright red grams that green-thumbers
called “Offbeat & Controversial,” which currently site to try to break the miscre- with accents of yellow, white, might want to get involved in:
features a CNN.com story, “Judge: Learn English or ants’ expensive habit of cycling green and blue. Rent for a one- • Greening sidewalks
go to jail.” (That was a Pennsylvania judge’s order to in and out of jail. With fanfare, bedroom will be $1,079; to be through Plant*SF, a project of
Spanish-speaking robbers, not an editorial on the in December city officials eligible, a single person can San Francisco Parks Trust
judge’s language skills.) You can subscribe to the showed off their chosen site earn no more than $39,600 a (plantsf.org), removes excess
blog and get email notifications when it’s updated. for the center, 555 Polk, which year, or 60% AMI. For eight sidewalks and beautifies with
Blog contributors include Jennifer Pasinosky, coordi- they want to lease from build- people, the maximum yearly ornamental, low-maintenance,
nator of Dependency Drug Court; Danica Jardini, ing owner California Culinary family income is $72,250 with a native and drought-tolerant
Moving Justice Forward coordinator; Lisa Lightman, Academy. four-bedroom apartment cost- species.
director of collaborative justice courts; Leslie Cogan, Lightman described her ing $1,425. • Victory Gardens 2008, a
assistant district attorney for the Behavioral Health expectations for the center and The building will be ready project of Garden for the
Court; and Kathleen Lacey, citywide case manager that day’s committee meeting. for occupancy in late Sept- Environment and the city’s De-
for Behavioral Health Court. “We’re asking for that set- ember. Glide will take applica- partment for the Environment,
aside — it will pay for the cells tions for four weeks, starting will choose 15 households to
MUSIC LOVERS Free live music, part of People plus the buildout of the second mid-June, then hold a lottery in participate in the two-year
in Plazas’ noontime summer concerts, begins July 11 floor,” she said. “I’m here ask- July that gives preference to pilot. A team helps install the
at newly renovated Mint Plaza, on Fifth Street ing the community to support applicants living and working garden and provides ongoing
between Mission and Market, and continues every us, to validate the center now, in the city. Hotline for more support. The idea is to turn
Friday till the end of summer. Local artists perform today.” info: 674-6121. backyards, front yards, window
reggae, jazz, swing and salsa; there also are special Asked how she expected boxes, rooftops and unused
events, discounts and promotions. Get the complete the supes to vote, Lightman FARMS IN TENDERLOIN? land into food production
lineup of events — sponsored by the new Central was upbeat: They were sure to No one who lives or works areas.
Market Community Benefit District and Friends of release the funds, she said, in the Tenderloin would be “It would be great to have
Mint Plaza — at peopleinplazas.org, mintplazasf.org because it would be “extraordi- surprised at Kevin Bayuk’s one of the households be from
and central-market.org. narily short-sighted of the city finding: The TL has the fewest the Tenderloin,” Bayuk said. “I
to end this project now and not empty lots of any neighbor- think they’d have a good
FAMILY FUN-SEEKERS In May, the Asian Art go forward.” hood in the city. Bayuk, an chance, since they’re looking
Museum launched First Free Sundays — free admis- But that afternoon, Su- urban gardening activist who for diverse settings.” See sfvic-
sion the first Sunday of every month. It replaces pervisors Chris Daly, Jake works with the San Francisco torygardens.org for information
Target Tuesdays, the popular free admission day McGoldrick and Ross Mirka- Permaculture Guild, told the and application. ■
sponsored by Target that began when the museum rimi, citing the city’s dire
opened in 2003. Besides admission, also free on financial situation, proposed
those Sundays will be family programs such as drop- carrying the $500,000 to next
in art classes for kids and parents, storytelling, and fiscal year, temporarily killing
Yogi Kids, where yoga guru Lorna Reed brings it. Supervisors Carmen Chu
sculptures from the museum’s South Asian galleries and Sean Elsbernd, voting
to life through active movement and mudras (mime against the rollover, were,
and dance gestures). Information: 581-3500 or asia- well, rolled over. Next day, S A N F R A N C I S C O
nart.org/programs.htm. the mayor was reported to be
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Cuts coming —
losing classes (left) and brother
John Nulty (right)
with POP honoree
BY JEAN-PIERRE BITCHOKA
Paul Lovinger get
ready to cut the cake
A STATE budget cut has City College’s
Alemany campus, on the fringe of
the Tenderloin, facing the prospect
of offering fewer classes for spring, summer
and fall ’09 sessions.
at the post office
CCSF expects a $3 million shortfall this
year and $8.3 million for 2008-09, Interim
Chancellor Don Griffin told members of the
neighborhood press, which would mean
canceling 500 classes for upcoming semes-
ters citywide, Griffin said. However, he
added, the college would “find a way to
cope with the shortfall. We are going to tap PHOTO BY TOM CARTER
into our reserve to deal with this crisis.”
City College is also planning to cut non-
credit and credit summer classes by 15% for
summers 2008 and ’09, not replace faculty
Post office going full service
and classified workers who retire, and slash TL coalition gets Postal Service to bring back 101 Hyde St.
other programs, including vocational.
The Alemany campus, at Van Ness and
BY MARJORIE BEGGS David vs. Goliath contest cut a cake to cele-
Ellis, offers noncredit classes in ESL, busi-
ness, computers and English to almost 3,000 brate. Renovation of the building will begin
students, of whom 40% live in the
Tenderloin, a CCSF official estimates.
No sections will be canceled for the
fall, but next year sections will be down 1%
I F the Postal Service again listens to its
patrons, it will send out postcards to
everyone living in ZIP codes 94102, 94103
and 94109 and give them the news: 101 Hyde
is converting to a full-service post office.
in the next two months, and Rep. Pelosi’s
office wants to host a grand opening.
Somehow, the work’s never quite done:
POP (Post Office Patrons), a group of box
holders that started advocating for better box
to 2%, Griffin said. “That will mean cutting
50 to 100 classes out of the 5,000 classes What had become a dangerous and almost services after the ’89 quake closed many
offered in spring and fall.” useless shell of a building — with reduced postal facilities, is surveying members, asking
Summer 2009 will see the biggest cut in hours and nothing more than 7,989 rental what else they want: mail boxes; stamp
credit and noncredit classes. Only noncred- boxes, 40% of them rented — now will have machine in the lobby; first-class mail sorted
it classes will be affected this summer. all this: two windows where USPS staff will sell into boxes daily; longer lobby hours;
Gary Tom, Alemany campus dean, said stamps, weigh parcels, handle rental boxes, Saturday retail services.
there is no decision yet how many classes at serve general delivery patrons, accept applica- Michael Nulty, POP member and Alliance
Alemany will be cut this summer. “We are tions for passports. It may even have a place to for a Better District 6 president, says they’ll
still waiting on the final budget,” he said. send out letters — the drop boxes were use the survey results as they continue nego-
“We are going to evenly spread the removed from the site early this year. tiating with USPS. ■
cuts,” Griffin said. However, Alemany, A coalition of neighbor-
Downtown and John Adams campuses will hood activists was the driving
have more noncredit summer classes cut force behind the change. They
than other campuses. collected 1,000 signatures on a
Lilian Tran, Tenderloin resident and ESL petition and sent it and a letter
student at the Alemany campus, reacting to to Postal Service District
the news about the cancellations, said: “We Manager Winifred Groux,
will have to travel farther to other campuses cc’ing them to Rep. Nancy
to take the classes we need. It is convenient Pelosi and the U.S. postmaster.
and encouraging to be able to take classes They got Supervisor Chris Daly
right there in your neighborhood. Canceling involved as well as TL police
classes will discourage many neighborhood Capt. Gary Jimenez, and spoke
residents to pursue an education.” ■ at a supervisors’ Operations
and Neighborhood Services
Committee meeting after hold-
ing a noisy rally in front of the
Golden Gate and Hyde facility.
Peer Support Line May 14, USPS sent out a
press release announcing the
575-1400 people’s victory. “The commu-
nity asked us to consider
upgrading . . . to a full-fledged
Office of Self-Help retail center and we listened,”
Groux was quoted as saying.
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First Kroc Center since pilot features
➤ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In 1998, she commissioned a 12-acre easy for kids to have a simulated rock-climbing
Salvation Army development in San Diego with experience without ropes — or fear.
features such as indoor ice-skating rink, a The Freedom Climber has a rotating disk
financial decision: It would replace rather than sports field, a skateboard park, three swim- within a compact square frame that moves
renew. An adjacent site — previously a park- ming pools and five community buildings. All clockwise and counter clockwise by mere
ing lot — was included in the expansion. in all, it was a classy retreat with a bundle of force of the climber’s weight. You step on and
The Kroc Center and Railton Place are the enrichment opportunities for low-income fam- grip rubber projections for ascent and descent
latest and plushest additions to a lower ilies. The venture was so successful that before — all manual fun, no electricity involved.
Tenderloin development boom that is trans- she died in 2003 she decided to leave $1.5 bil- A tall climbing wall — the more typical
forming the worst part of the neighborhood lion more to the Salvation Army to create sim- style — is upstairs in the outdoor courtyard
into a residential and office enclave, in a few ilar community centers around the country. with a roof garden that provides a welcome
years a nonprofit service provider’s paradise This is the first of those. touch of greenery against the concrete
and a nicer place to live. cityscape.
The YMCA, St. Anthony Foundation, UC’s ‘I CAN’T WAIT’ TO LEARN TO SWIM But there won’t be much time for medita-
Hastings College of the Law, TNDC and But San Francisco isn’t like most of the tion amid the containers of shrubs and bam-
Community Housing Partnership are among country. Buildings here go up, not out. So, boo — an interactive electronic game called
the other major players with projects in the even with the generous Kroc gift, there would Neos, located here, is guaranteed to bring out
Electricians install pipeline that are within two blocks of the be no soccer field or 25-meter-long competi- whoops and hollers. It’s life-size, not hand-
the gymnasium light- Salvation Army’s new digs — hundreds of res- tion pool, as in San Diego. held, and tests skill and agility in kids as well
ing for the Kroc idential units and thousands of square feet of But there is a pool plenty big enough for as adults, if they are energetic enough and like
Center. The swim- commercial space. aquatic exercise and swim lessons. That’s OK fast action.
ming area can be Early in the design process, a staggeringly for Leila, who is 11 and has never before had
seen in the back-
large amount of money was bequeathed to the a chance to learn how to swim. “I can’t wait,” GAME ROOM AND FITNESS ROOM
Salvation Army by Joan Kroc, widow of the she says. In the game room are some old-fashioned
late Ray Kroc of McDonald’s fame. Summer swim classes will suit Leila just tabletop favorites: Ping-Pong, pool, foosball
fine. And there will be much and air hockey. Capacity: 111. And, yes, there
more for her and other school- are video and computer games, too.
age children to do at the new A professional-like dance studio is on the
community center all year fourth floor to be used by ballerinas as well as
long. hip-hoppers. And, maybe, once in a while,
On the other side of a wide there will even be the sound of Benny
see-through glass wall is the Goodman or Artie Shaw, background music
gymnasium. Natural daylight when the seniors do their exercises. A chairlift
pours in from skylights above, is available for anyone not quite able to make
making the gym light and airy it up the stairs.
with energy savings to boot. The fitness room, equipped with 40 of the
Six backboards rim the latest in cardio and aerobic machines, should
gym’s college-regulation court be a big draw for those who like to build up a
with bleacher seating on the sweat.
sidelines. It’s pretty much a Arts and crafts, graphics and other classes
basketball venue, yet the court will be offered. And, just to prove that it’s not
can easily transition to volley- all fun and games and physical exercise, there
ball or badminton. are offices and other rooms designated for the
Desso Linotop is the floor- serious business of meetings, presentations,
ing — a manufactured material tutoring and homework.
with inherent spring that is Rohit, a fourth-grader, plans to do math
iron-man tough. Even the and reading after school at the center. But, he
swishing of roller blades can’t says with a grin, he also wants to play all the
scratch its durable finish. new games.
In one corner of the gym is Maj. George Rocheleau, who has taken on
an unusual piece of athletic the formidable job of managing everything
equipment that possibly could from administration to program planning,
be taken for sculpture. It’s real- expects the new center to become a hangout
ly a make-believe mountain a right away — a good kind of hangout, where
little more than 7 feet high and kids can be nurtured and inspired.
PHOTOS BY LENNY LIMJOCO
St. Anthony’s beloved Marian Resid
➤ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Across the street, at 121 Golden Gate Ave., Now, 40 men live on the farm. They
St. Anthony will build with Mercy Housing a receive daily counseling in a 12-step pro-
planned Learning Center and services at the $66 million, 10-story building, supplanting the gram while working at the organic dairy —
Madonna Senior Center. Two outreach three-story building that now houses the din- even helping deliver calves, as one man did
employees will be sent to the Social Work ing room and the clinic. The clinic will move — and tilling a one-acre garden started in
Center at 150 Golden Gate, St. Anthony’s new permanently across the street and the dining 1993. Actor Martin Sheen explains the farm
five-story administration building. room temporarily when demolition starts next in a four-minute narration on St. Anthony’s
Left untouched: the dining room, free med- year. Website.
ical clinic, clothing and housewares, Father But the money for 121 has to be raised, The farm has 250 cows that are milked
Alfred Treatment Center, Social Work Center and 150 is not yet free and clear either. In twice a day, producing 1,800 gallons of milk
and Madonna Residence, 51 units for low- March, Aviani told The Extra in an e-mail that that is sold to Clover Stornetta. The farm has a
income women over 60. the foundation is still looking for those final new creamery and this year plans to sell organ-
The board’s recommendations come after a dollars. ic butter to Clover Stornetta, a potential buyer
two-year program evaluation, Aviani said, “We’ll finish out our capital campaign for of the farm.
though the situation could change over the 150 and then launch the campaign for 121,” The farm’s fame is spreading. The
next six months. But St. Anthony will now only Aviani wrote. Associated Press and Los Angeles Times wrote
operate programs in the Tenderloin. about the rehab program this year and in
“The farm is isolated and it will close,” FARM BECOMING TOO COSTLY November the Oakland Tribune’s business sec-
Aviani said. “It doesn’t make sense for St. The dairy farm at 11205 Valley Road out- tion featured the farm’s biogas system that con-
Anthony’s to put resources there. We will be side Petaluma appears to be at the height of its verts cow manure into 40 kilowatts of electric-
expanding the Father Albert Rehabilitation development. It was a gift to St. Anthony in ity, enough to run the creamery.
Center here where we have overlapping serv- 1954. The dream then was for it to provide “For a long time the farm helped subsidize
ices and programs and the medical clinic.” food for the dining room, but the bucolic land our work with the homeless,” the Press
was found unsuitable for farming, according to Democrat quoted Stenger as saying. “But, with
MOVING ACROSS THE STREET Stenger. For a while it was a pig farm and pro- the price of feed, the farm is becoming some-
The shift comes just after St. Anthony com- vided some meat. But, in 1970, it became a thing we have to subsidize. It’s no longer the
pleted its five-story administration building at working dairy farm where penniless addicts best place for us to put our energies.”
150 Golden Gate Ave., a property bought in and alcoholics from the streets of San In a climate of record prices for rice, corn
1999 that employees are just now getting ready Francisco could stay for six months, get clean, and wheat, the farm makes about $162,000 a
to move into. get themselves together. year, but the treatment program costs
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gym, climbing walls, range of games
As for playing games, he says, “Boys and minum. Modified bay windows
girls need to learn how to win and how to project at an angle beyond the
lose. They need to be challenged to improve flat façade. Vivid colors of red,
and to succeed.” yellow, turquoise and mint trim
The administrator says he selected a lot of windows for splash.
the games and equipment himself. Thirty-three Even though a very mod-
years of service in Salvation Army youth pro- ern-day expression of architec-
grams throughout the Bay Area and beyond ture, the building’s design
has given him some idea of what makes kids reflects a sense of connection
happy. to the past. “We looked at the
This father of three grown sons also has a old neighboring buildings for
background in carpentry. He came aboard one their historic vocabulary,” says
year ago when construction was midway architect Bob Herman.
checking over floor plans and interior installa- Inspiration for his design
tions, even taking care of such a small detail as came from the type of old
selecting the exact location of the basketball building it is, with a tall,
scoreboards. ground-floor lobby combined
Rocheleau and his wife, Dawn, also a with retail space and, often, an
major, are a team. She works right next door illuminated blade sign out
and is in charge of the residential operation at front. Above would be several
Railton House — named in honor of an early floors of housing, topped with
Salvation Army founder. an attic and a prominent cor-
She manages the residence and oversees nice.
all of the programs affiliated with the housing “I wanted to honor the
unit, including ones for adults in recovery. The architectural history of the
housing population will be a mix of veterans, Tenderloin, but at the same
people in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and time, relate this new building
former foster kids from 18 to 24. to the future, symbolizing hope
“Many of the youths who age out of the and possibilities for the new residents,” social service agencies. No on-site applications Railton House
foster care system are out on the streets with- explains Herman. are being accepted. kitchens all come
out having skills to make it on their own,” she Inside, there was a conscious effort to keep Cost of membership for the Kroc Center with appliances and
says. the place bright with a feeling of openness. varies. For now, adults pay $20 monthly, with custom cabinetry.
At Railton House, 27 apartments are set Careful interior planning helped to provide an a reduced $10 fee for youths and seniors.
aside for former foster children. Each will be illusion of added space throughout. Family memberships are $40 a month; $30 if
offered a completely furnished apartment, for There are two distinct front desks — one to there is one parent only. Drop-in visits run $3
which they’ll pay affordable rent, plus they will serve residents, the other to assist anyone to $5, depending on age.
get skills training — as basic as balancing a wanting to enter the community center. Partial scholarships are available for youths
checkbook and preparing a dinner to applying Throughout, there are security checks and and for families. A campaign is under way to
for a job. camera monitors. raise an additional $5 million to fund endow-
The Roy & Joan Kroc Corps Community ments to help pay for these scholarships and
FUTURE-ORIENTED BUT ROOTED IN PAST Center will be open to all Tenderloin residents also for the foster youth housing program.
The program even has been set up to look and nonresidents, day and night, Monday United Parcel Service, Bank of America,
ahead two years or so when the youths will be through Friday, with reduced hours on week- Wachovia, Wells Fargo and other companies,
required to move on, thereby giving others a ends. Limited garage parking may be available as well as the Yuen and Herbst foundations
chance to live here. When it’s moving time, a before and after staff work hours. Exact hours have been involved. The Kroc Center’s annu-
portion of the rent money will be returned to for the center and parking are still being al operating budget will be about $3 million,
each of the young adults to help them get worked out. with an additional $1 million for Railton
them started in the outside world. There will be a seniors’ lunch program House.
Future-oriented in concept and style, this each weekday in the street-level dining room The Kroc bequest of $32 million, along
imposing eight-story building with 135,380 that transitions into a place of worship on with funding from various other private and
square feet delivers a mighty punctuation to Sundays. This is also the area that would serve public sources, went to the project’s construc-
the neighborhood. as a neighborhood center in the case of a tion and outfitting. An additional $27 million
The exterior is contemporary. Surface major disaster such as an earthquake. of Kroc funds is in endowments to be used,
materials are a combination of exposed con- All applications for housing at Railton over the years, for a portion of operating
crete, plaster infill and a curtain wall of alu- House must be made through established expenses. ■
dence, all SoMa programs to close
$800,000, Aviani told Associated Press. Aviani called the employees’ comments also get three meals a day.
There is great hand-wringing over these “disconcerting to hear.” She said that the After they’ve been there a while, some
draconian steps within St. Anthony’s “culture restructuring is simply to put the future on women are chosen for the Marian’s 27-bed
of caring” where people are sensitive to even solid footing. Any story saying “the sky’s falling program upstairs with room and board. Over
small changes, according to an employee who would be extremely detrimental,” she said. “I the course of six to 24 months, staff help them
requested anonymity. was at the meeting and that wasn’t anything I find permanent housing while they work with
heard.” a case manager.
KEEP IT HUSH-HUSH, STAFF TOLD A former Marian resident, now at the “The staff was very accessible and you
Three years ago the foundation was just Madonna, said she and others who had been could tell they cared,” the Madonna resident
weeks away from closing its Living Room to at the Marian were stunned by the news. The said. “When I got picked for the third floor,
save on staff and food. The popular, five-day- Madonna notified its residents of St. Anthony’s I had a room with my own key and two
a-week, drop-in respite program inside the closures in a memo May 5 and asked them to roommates. I think it was important for us to
Madonna Residence served free breakfast to keep it confidential. meet others. One became a very good
seniors, had several programs and stayed open “The Marian was safe and I felt very secure friend. We went to Point Reyes together one
until 4 p.m. But, as reported in the June 2005 while I was there,” the wistful resident said. weekend.”
Extra, a chapter of the Secular Franciscans vol- “The staff was completely and totally support- The average age of the Marian’s residents is
unteered to take it over. ive. They care about you and they worry about mid-50s. Half the residents in transitional hous-
The foundation didn’t want the latest you. I told my case worker how devastated we ing have jobs.
pending closures disclosed, fearing that the all are.” Another sign of the times is an increase of
publicity would send an erroneous message seniors.
that the foundation was crumbling and pos- LOSS OF THE MARIAN “People who haven’t been homeless before
sibly scare potential donors away, said the The Marian Residence opened in 1996. St. — a half dozen last year — working people or
employee, who had attended a May meet- Anthony also owns the one-story building next recently divorced or in a financial downturn
ing at which staff were told of the board’s to it at 1183-85 Mission, used for the clothing are showing up,” one employee said. “It’s
decision. and kitchenware program, and the lot next to because of a lack of affordable housing.
A second employee said staff were told that at 1187 Mission at Eighth Street. “These women are scared to be around
that if they didn’t act “professional” and direct The Marian gives out 30 shelter beds by men, and just coming and going is daunting to
inquiries to the foundation’s public relations lottery at 7 p.m. daily. The bed can be them. I hope the city recognizes that women
office — but instead spoke to the press — their renewed before the next day’s lottery and on the street are a lot more vulnerable. It’s
severance package would be in jeopardy. there’s no limit on length of stay. Residents such a valuable resource being lost.” ■
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COMMUNITY: REGULAR SCHEDULE
SROs safer for women. Information: Leanne Edwards, volunteer
campaign coordinator, 775-7110 x102.
Gene Friend Recreation Center Advisory Board, 3rd Thursday of
the month, 5 p.m. Board works to protect SoMa resources for
Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training (NERT). children, youth, families and adults. Gene Friend Recreation
Supportive Housing Network, 2nd Thursday of the month, 3-5 Central city residents can take the S.F. Fire Department’s free dis- Center, 270 Sixth St. Information: 538-8100 x202
p.m., location TBA. Contact: Kendra Fuller, 421-2926 x304. aster preparedness and response training at any neighborhood North of Market Planning Coalition, 3rd Wednesday of the month,
Tenant Associations Coalition of San Francisco, 1st Wednesday location. See Website for schedule and training locations, 6 p.m., 301 Eddy. Call: 820-1412. Neighborhood planning.
of the month, noon, 201 Turk Community Room. Contact www.sfgov.org/sffdnert, or call Lt. Arteseros, 970-2022. North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District. Call
Michael Nulty, 339-8327. Resident unity, leadership training, SoMa Police Community Relations Forum, 4th Monday of the District Manager Elaine Zamora for times and dates, 440-7570.
facilitate communication. month, 6-7:30 p.m. Location changes monthly. To receive SoMa Leadership Council, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m.,
HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH monthly information by e-mail, contact Meital Amitai, 538-8100 The Arc, 1500 Howard St. at 11th. Emphasizes good planning and
x202 or email@example.com. good government to maintain a diverse, vibrant, complete neigh-
CBHS Consumer Council, 3rd Monday of the month, 5:30-7:30
p.m., CBHS, 1380 Howard, Rm. 537. Call: 255-3428. Advisory Tenderloin Police Station Community Meeting, last Tuesday of borhood. Contact: Jim Meko, 624-4309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
group of consumers from self-help organizations and other the month, 6 p.m., police station Community Room, 301 Eddy. South of Market Project Area Committee, 3rd Monday of the
mental health consumer advocates. Open to the public. Call Susan Black, 345-7300. Neighborhood safety. month, 6 p.m., 1035 Folsom, between 6th & 7th Sts. Health,
Health & Wellness Action Advocates, 1st Tuesday of the month, Safety and Human Services Committee meets monthly on the
NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT first Tuesday after the first Monday, 1035 Folsom, noon.
5-7 p.m., Mental Health Association, 870 Market, Suite 928.
Call: 421-2926 x306. Alliance for a Better District 6, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 Information: 487-2166 or www.sompac.com.
p.m., 301 Eddy. Contact Michael Nulty, 820-1560 or sf_dis- Tenderloin Futures Collaborative, 2nd Wednesday of the month,
Healthcare Action Team, 2nd Wednesday of the month, Quaker
email@example.com, a districtwide improvement association. 10 a.m., Tenderloin Police Station community room, 301 Eddy.
Center, 65 Ninth St., noon-1:30 p.m. Focus on increasing sup-
portive home and community-based services, expanded eligibility Boeddeker Park cleanup, 3rd Saturday of the month, 9-noon, Call 358-3956 for information. Network of residents, nonprofits
for home care and improved discharge planning. Light lunch organized by the Friends of Boeddeker Park. To RSVP to work or and businesses sharing information and taking on neighborhood
served. Call James Chionsini, 703-0188 x304. for information, Call Betty Traynor, 931-1126. development issues.
Hoarders and Clutterers Support Group, 870 Market, Suite 928. Central City Democrats, meets four times a year, 301 Eddy St.
Community Room. Addresses District 6 residential and business SENIORS AND DISABLED
Call for dates and times: 421-2926 x306.
concerns, voter education forums. Information: 339-VOTE (8683) Mayor’s Disability Council, 3rd Friday of the month, 1-3 p.m.,
Mental Health Board, 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 City Hall, Rm. 400. Call: 554-6789. Open to the public.
p.m., City Hall, room 278. CBHS advisory committee, open to the
public. Call: 255-3474. Central Market Community Benefit District, board meets 2nd Senior Action Network, general meeting, second Thursday, 10
Tuesday of the month, 989 Market St., 3rd Fl., 3 p.m. a.m.-noon, St. Mary’s Cathedral. Monthly committee meetings,
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-S.F., 3rd Wednesday of 965 Mission #700: Pedestrian Safety, third Wednesday, 10 a.m.;
Information: 882-3088, http://central-market.org.
the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Family Service Agency, 1010 Gough, Senior Housing Action, third Wednesday, 1:30; Information: 546-
5th Fl. Call 905-6264. Family member group, open to consumers Community Leadership Alliance. CLA Community Advocacy
Commission monthly meeting, City Hall, Room 034. 1333 and www.senioractionnetwork.org.
and the public.
Subcommittee meetings and informational forums held monthly
SAFETY at the Tenderloin Police Station Community Room. Information: SUPERVISORS’ COMMITTEES City Hall, Room 263
Safety for Women in the Tenderloin, every 3rd Wednesday, David Villa-Lobos, admin@CommunityLeadershipAlliance.net. Budget and Finance Committee Daly, Dufty, Ammiano,
Central City SRO Collaborative, 259 Hyde St., 4-6 p.m. Informal, Mirkarimi, Elsbernd, Wednesday, 1 p.m.
Friends of Boeddeker Park, 2nd Thursday of the month, 3:30
friendly environment, refreshments, gender sensitive to LGBTQ p.m., Boeddeker Rec Center, 240 Eddy. Plan park events, activi- Land Use Committee Maxwell, Sandoval, McGoldrick, Monday,
community and sex workers. Discuss how to make Tenderloin ties and improvements. Contact Betty Traynor, 931-1126. 1 p.m.
Outreach and Community Events June 2008
Health Promotion Forum
7th Annual Transweek
Tons of surprises to be had, including information, festivities
and, of course, lots of FUN!!!
Date/Time: June 16-20, stay tuned for times!
HIV Treatment Forum
Topic: Lipoatrophy/”Fat Loss”
Speaker: Jay Fournier, Abbott Pharmaceuticals
Date/Time: Monday, June 23, 3 pm - 4 pm
Client Advisory Panel
Come talk with Tenderloin Health’s Board Client Representative(s)
and program managers about plans for Tenderloin Health.
Also provide input on new services and how we can improve.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 11, 11:30 am - 1 pm;
Wednesday, June 25, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Volunteer and Intern for Tenderloin Health
Orientation: Sunday, June 8, 12 pm - 6:30 pm
220 Golden Gate Ave., 3rd Floor
You must register for volunteer trainings.
Stop in/call Emilie (415) 437-2900 ext. 234.
For a schedule of our current groups or for more information
call 415.431.7476 or go to www.tenderloinhealth.org
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JASON MOSLEY switching fluidly between English and Tagalog.
San Cristina desk clerk He began by leading a hymn, “Our Father,” in
Jason Mosley was a friendly young desk clerk Tagalog. People stood and raised their hands to
who, everyone could see, was blooming like a shoulder height, palms out, or clasped the hands of
spring flower. At 29, he had turned his life around. their neighbors, and sang with emotion.
He loved his job at the San Cristina hotel on Market “I always called him Mr. B,” Hidalgo recalled
Street. The residents appreciated his smiling face after everyone was seated. “He would laugh at that
and that he was always eager to help. He was going — Mr. B — he was always happy. And he was a
to get married soon, too, and he was excited about strong man, though physically weakened. He was a
becoming a father. jolly spirit. He knew when he was going to die and
But his life ended April 27 at 6 p.m. when he he’s a happy person now, in death.”
was shot in his Western Addition neighborhood Hidalgo shared other memories of Mr. Sigua,
near Fulton and Octavia streets. He was pronounced who had been a regular at his church for five years.
dead at the scene and the police had no suspects. “When we’d come together in church to sing ‘Our
An April 28 Examiner story on the weekend’s Father,’ he was one of those who wasn’t afraid to
shootings described the incident without naming the raise his hands.”
victim. But the numbing truth spread quickly among The service stressed mortality but also the bene-
San Cristina’s residents with news no one wanted to fits of a life lived with respect for others. Hidalgo
hear. James Marshall (left) and George Stoltz read — “especially for Brother Bruce” — an excerpt
“He was always smiling, courteous and consid- from Proverbs 22: “To be
erate — the kind of people we need,” said desk esteemed is better than
clerk Paula Elliott as people filed into the communi- JAMES MARSHALL silver or gold.”
ty room for Mr. Mosley’s May 2 memorial. “There Died in best friend’s arms Mr. Sigua had such a
was nothing about him to suggest this (the shoot- For 24 years and in several central city apart- good relationship with so
ing).” ments, James Marshall and George Stoltz were many people, Hidalgo
The tragedy gripped the 30 mourners. Some had roommates and best friends. Their happiness at the said, he personified that
to stand for lack of seating. Alexander Residence, where they lived for the last esteem.
“My name is Rita and I lost my son in West four years, was cut short when Mr. Marshall died Then, he quoted
Oakland in December,” said a woman who came to April 21. Ecclesiastes 7:1 — “A
the front of the room. “He was shot in the head.” “James was the most loyal, most truthful person good name is better than
Then she sang her strong Mahalia Jackson ren- I ever met,” Stoltz said at the April 28 memorial for fine perfume.”
dition of “How Great Thou Art” and the burst of Mr. Marshall. “He died in my arms here at the At the conclusion of
applause that followed seemed to momentarily Alexander.” the service, Carmen Sigua
relieve the intensity of grief. Mr. Marshall was 62. stood at the front of the
Another mourner said he recently lost his moth- About 20 people attended the service, officiated room before vases of
er and it was only with courage that he could come by Chaplain Clinton Earl Rogers of the San Francisco pink and white roses and
to this memorial to pay his respects when it brought Rescue Mission. hydrangeas and three candles burning for her hus-
so much sadness. “But my uncle said. ‘It’s a good “I can see that James was a person with many band. She thanked everyone for coming and invited
old world, if your knees don’t weaken,’ ” he said. friends, and that’s a blessing — none of us can do it them to share Filipino sweets and savories on a side
People said amen to that. by ourselves,” Rogers said. table.
Still, Selina Arceneaux, Mr. Mosley’s mother who Rogers related a few facts about Mr. Marshall’s Married for 55 years, the Siguas’ three children,
was sitting in the second row, was overwrought. life, which Stoltz had shared with him before the four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
After they spoke, mourner after mourner came to memorial: Born in Oklahoma, he had two brothers live in the Philippines. ■
hug her. She repeatedly thanked them for their and no children. He served in the Army, saw action —MARJORIE BEGGS
kindness and support. It was her only child, she in Vietnam, attended nursing school but never prac-
said, her baby, and suddenly he was gone. The ticed, working instead in restaurants. A recent seri-
inescapable thought nearly made her delirious. ous lung condition required him to use oxygen full LINDA SLINKARD PARSONS
“He would come home and fix meals for his time. Mother of three
grandmother and “But despite his illness, we’ve heard that he The clients at Tenderloin Health were enamored
take care of her and never bothered anyone with his problems,” Rogers of Linda Parsons’ joy, and her smile and youth. But
walk the dog,” she said. “Our memories of him are treasures — and in the end, the 13 mourners who attended her May
said. “He was a everyone who knew him can keep these.” 22 memorial service knew she had gone to a better
good boy.” Alexander resident Donna Lisa, who attended place.
“Yes,” the audi- the memorial with her small dog, Spike, described “She was my friend,” said a young man in a front
ence chorused. her longtime friendship with Mr. Marshall. seat in the center’s lobby, “and she always had a
“I tried so “James loved Spike and had to see him every kind word for everyone and a smile on her face. I
hard,” she contin- night,” she said. “James, We’re all going to miss you heard she was in the hospital. And then I heard she
ued, speaking with so much.” had passed.”
difficulty from her Mr. Marshall had worshipped at Providence He turned and sobbed in the arms of a friend
seat to the full Christian Center (a.k.a. The Hot Dog Church) on next to him.
room, clutching a Turk Street for 2 1/2 years. His pastor there, Eric Linda Slinkard Parsons died May 8 of liver fail-
handkerchief. “I Gabourel, praised his faithfulness and loyalty. ure after suffering in St. Francis Hospital for a
made him come “James had the gift of giving,” Gabourel said. month, her friends said. She was 37. Four pictures
here and take this “He gave away things he thought people would on a table in front beside a bouquet and two light-
job — and be like, CDs, paintings, poetry that he wrote.” ed candles showed her smiling; two of them were
became interested Another Providence member, Tony Davidson, with her steady companion of three years, James
in it. And he came recalled that one of Mr. Marshall’s gifts to others was Sellars, who didn’t attend.
home and fixed dinner for me and his grandmother less tangible — he stressed the idea that everyone “I know she’s in a better place,” said her case
and went out to his car and it was the last I saw him. should seize the day. worker, Sandra Torres. “She had HIV and hepatitis
My baby, my baby, my baby.” “Tomorrow you won’t have that day, or the C and she was in a lot of pain.”
Mr. Mosley was the only man in the family and chance to tell others that you love them,” Davidson “She had a beautiful spirit,” said another, “and I
his manner of death scared his mother and she said. “James was a very kind person in a communi- just know she’s up there looking down, hoping
feared for her own life. ty where a lot of people suffer from entitlement syn- we’re doing the right thing.”
In others’ descriptions, the stocky Mr. Mosley drome. He had dignity and courage in his sickness. Five years ago, the blonde Ms. Parsons left her
grew in dimensions he never heard for himself. I see a lot of people die here and I hope I can have parents and her children — sons Jacob, Joey and
They loved his smile, his desire to learn, his gentle- as much courage as he did.” Alex and daughter Amanda — in Sacramento. The
ness, they said. He never bothered anyone, knew Toward the end of the memorial gathering, case worker said the
his job well and when to be calm. One man said Mr. Rogers summarized Mr. Marshall’s life neatly: “You estranged young wo-
Mosley’s love of his job and delight at becoming a know how there are people you’ll cross the street to man came to the city to
father were an inspiration to him. Another said he avoid? Well, James was someone you’d always cross party and didn’t have
came across a homeless man who said Mr. Mosley the street to see.” ■ HIV at the time. She was
gave him a dollar every time he saw him. —MARJORIE BEGGS staying at a hotel on
A tall, husky young man named Roger said he Leavenworth Street.
wanted people to know Mr. Mosley wasn’t in a gang “She was sociable
but “was a victim of where he was staying.” The AMBROSIO ‘BRUCE’ SIGUA and caring and all she
young man choked back tears when he said he had ‘A jolly spirit’ wanted was a stable,
been Mr. Mosley’s mentor and one night had sat Everyone at the Alexander Residence called him loving relationship,”
with him in the street discussing life crises, and cry- Bruce — that’s certainly how the 25 people at his Torres said.
ing, holding hands and praying. May 14 memorial knew Ambrosio Sigua. He and his Ms. Parsons’ thera-
“I want you to know,” he said to the mother, wife, Carmen, a handsome couple, moved into the pist and Torres said that in her final days Ms.
“that he had Christ in his life.” Alexander 16 years ago when they came to the Parsons made up with her mother and oldest son,
Ms. Aceneaux could not linger afterward with United States from the Philippines. Jacob, 18. A service was held for her in Sacramento
the mourners as they delved into three large trays of Mr. Sigua, a World War II Filipino veteran, died May 17.
sandwiches and drinks. The funeral for her son was March 28 during surgery for an aneurysm. He was 82. Tenderloin Health holds memorials for its clients
the next Tuesday across town, she said, and she had Almost all the mourners were Filipino and only every fourth Thursday of the month. ■
to finalize arrangements and deliver the clothes he’d four were men. Pastor Francisco Hidalgo, whose —TOM CARTER
need for his final viewing. ■ card reads “Jesus First Christian Ministry (SFMD ➤ CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
—TOM CARTER Foursquare Church),” officiated at the memorial,
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➤ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 one day and the next day she passed away.” She needed anything, if she had it to give.
was 64. One woman said that when she was in the com-
PAULETTE CARNEGIE One man said he had been “stupid” a number of munity kitchen cooking Ms. Carnegie would come
Matriarch of the Lyric times and, in a conversation in her typical honesty, in and tell her what to do and how to do it, “and
She could boss you around, tell you when she cut through his story to remind him he had no never picked up a spoon or a pot. But I will really,
you’re wrong, be that shoulder to cry on — make a one to blame but himself. really miss her.”
whole room laugh — and everybody ended up lov- “No matter who you were, right or wrong, she’d A woman on the staff said whenever Ms.
ing her. That was Paulette Carnegie, the “mother of always tell you the right,” the man said. “We got Carnegie attended resident-staff meetings she
the Lyric” Hotel. nobody now to run down to. The angels will watch monopolized conversations with stories about
A seven-year resident, Ms. Carnegie often sat in a over her. And we’ll miss you, Paulette.” goings-on in the Lyric, making them the grist of
lobby chair as if watching over her flock as they came A woman identifying herself as Geraldine sang a standup comedy and setting a meeting rollicking.
and went, available for conversations, which she song she composed for the occasion about life’s tri- But she also attacked things that were wrong.
dominated with her rough-tough, kind-sweet person- als and tribulations and the importance of being “I’ll miss her waiting for us to come in,” said one
ality. She was at her best in heart-to-heart talks. able to “lean on someone who truly cares for you.” man. “She had an eye out for everybody.”
More than two dozen residents and staff gath- “She had problems like everybody else,” said In the adjacent kitchen afterward, residents
ered at her May 2 memorial and fondly reminisced another resident. “But you couldn’t help but like served Ms. Carnegie’s favorite foods, macaroni and
about how her strong personality had affected them. her. She was a really kind person. And she made so cheese, fried chicken and cakes and pies. Originally
Ms. Carnegie, who had high blood pressure, died many of us laugh.” from Philadelphia, she leaves two sons who live in
April 9 in her second-floor room of unknown caus- Ms. Carnegie made friends because she was San Francisco. ■
es. One man said she complained of “headaches easy to talk to and gave generously to anyone who —TOM CARTER
The Heart of the Presidio
Discover the birthplace of San Francisco at the heart of
the Presidio, the historic Main Post. Imagine the once come for a walk
main post walks, june 15 to july 30
lively center of a military post as a home for history and
sundays & wednesdays, 2 – 3:30 pm
culture...past, present, and future. presidio officers’ club, 50 moraga avenue
no RSVP needed
Come for a walk and tell us what you think about
*group / special request tours also available
proposals for a Presidio heritage center, an archaeology
lab, public uses in the iconic brick barracks, a park
lodge, and a museum of contemporary art.
tell us what you think
july 14, 6:30 pm
presidio officers’ club
info / directions: www.presidio.gov 415 / 561– 5418
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