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					     St. Anthony
                                                   no. 79
                                                     BY THE
                                                 SAN FRANCISCO
                                                                       CENTRAL CITY
                                                 STUDY CENTER



     Selling the farm,
     shedding everything                         JUSTICE
     outside Tenderloin                          CENTER
                                                                       S A N                    F R A N C I S C O
                                                  June 10
     W           ITH food costs rising, soup
                 kitchen lines lengthening
                 and private donations
     shriveling, St. Anthony Foundation
     plans to sell its unique, 315-acre
                                                 hearing on
                                                                                         ‘ 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.
                         Anthony’s highly
                                                 101 Hyde
                         profiled free dining    going to be
“Donations are room on Jones
 flat and costs
                             “We average
                         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

                                                                 Transforming Turk

                         4,000, a ridiculous
                         amount of people.
     And we are having to turn away 15
     to 20 people a day at the medical
     clinic, too.”
          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
           ➤ CONTINUED ON PAGE 4                                 Street with community center and housing.                    ➤ CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                    grow food.
                                                                                                                                                        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:            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 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                 (, 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,           because it would be “extraordi-       surprised at Kevin Bayuk’s                  one of the households be from
    and                                       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       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
                                                                                                                                     CENTRAL CITY
    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                                        the mayor was reported to be
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                                                                                                                      S ENIOR W RITER /E DITOR : Marjorie Beggs
Editor:                                            senting won the battle over how that HUD                           R EPORTERS : Tom Carter, Ed Bowers, John Goins,
    I really enjoyed reading your article on       funding was allocated. However, I do not                           Anne Marie Jordan, Phil Tracy
the Essex opening. I must admit that I             believe the mayor thinks we were right.                            D ESIGN AND L AYOUT : Lenny Limjoco
liked the captions under photos of me and          As I said during the opening, regardless of                        P HOTOGRAPHER : Lenny Limjoco
Mayor Newsom, especially the part about            our various disagreements, it is nice when                         C ONTRIBUTORS : Diamond Dave, William Crain,
the mayor admitting I was right.                   we can all come together to develop more                           Mark Hedin, John Burks
However, I want to clarify that the tiff you       housing and services for very low-income                           D ESIGN C ONSULTANT : Don McCartney
were referring to in the story had nothing         San Franciscans.                                                   D ISTRIBUTION : Leticia Sanchez and JohnDavid
to do with the Essex. Everyone in City                  In any event, I really liked the article                      Nuñez
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very supportive of the Essex right from the        framed! Thanks to Tom and everyone at
                                                                                                                      Michael Nulty, Debbie Larkin, Nicholas Rosenberg,
start. The tiff I referred to in my speech         the San Francisco Study Center for pub-
                                                                                                                      Brad Paul, Tariq Alazraie
was regarding the allocation of HUD fund-          lishing the Central City Extra, it is a won-
ing for homeless programs that the city            derful community resource.
receives each year. During his speech at                                                                                      Central City Extra is a member of the
                                                                                                                              SAN FRANCISCO NEIGHBORHOOD
the Essex opening, the mayor acknowl-                         Jeff Kositsky, Executive Director                                   NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
edged that the organizations I was repre-                     Community Housing Partnership

2     C E N T R A L    C I T Y    E X T R A   /   J U N E     2 0 0 8
Cuts coming —
CCSF campus
near Tenderloin
                                                                                                                                                                               Michael Nulty
losing classes                                                                                                                                                                 (left) and brother
                                                                                                                                                                               John Nulty (right)
                                                                                                                                                                               with POP honoree
                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                               victory celebration.

      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.
        1095 Market St., Suite 202                                   Two weeks later, a small
                                                               gathering of winners in this

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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.” ■

                                                                                                               M A Y    2 0 0 8    /   C E N T R A L    C I T Y   E X T R A   5
                                                                        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          , 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                                              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
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
                                                                        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
                                                              , 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,
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
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,              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
                                     lunch provided
                        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
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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

          Bringing Back
          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
                                                                                                                                     public meeting
                                                                                                                                    july 14, 6:30 pm
                                                                                                                               presidio officers’ club

                                                             info / directions: 415 / 561– 5418

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