"That's my shower," says Pizziconi, the Missouri Street millworker who made the cabinets and doors for the Jordan/Paskin mansion and who arranged for the marble work in the bathrooms. "I still haven't been paid," he says, noting that Jordan owes him $3,303 for installing the now-famous shower stall at 2529 Fillmore.
Pizziconi is among contractors who say they were stiffed by Frank and Wendy for renovation work done on the house. "He's been living there for a year and he hasn't returned any of my calls," the millworker says.
As to the shower, Pizziconi's records show that the Jordans love Breccia Oniciata marble: $9,856 for a solid piece to cover the shower walls, $6,124 for the same stone on the floor, and $3,378 for a matching countertop.
"I guess now all I can do is take him to small claims court," Pizziconi sighs.
Tacked to walls at SFPD headquarters is a flier that seems to herald yet another Saturday night cop brewfest. But upon closer inspection it announces, "JOIN US FOR A FUNDRAISER." The event benefits the legal defense of S.F. cops Gary Fagundes, Steven Landi, and James Acevedo, who were indicted in September for allegedly stealing money from a host of drug dealers they busted (See "Cops vs. Cops," Oct. 25).
"The source [of the state's evidence] comes from suspect origins," says attorney Peter A. Furst, who represents Fagundes. "A lot of police officers can identify with what's happening here. A lot of them feel it's political."
To show their solidarity, the friends of the indicted cops (who leave no contact phone number on the flier) "will be hosting an Italian feed, cooked by world renowned chef Bruce Marovich." (In case your salivary glands are kicking up, be forewarned that Marovich is a police officer, according to SFPD personnel.) The event is set for Nov. 16 at the Police Officers Association (POA) building, 510 Seventh St, from "1830-2300 hours."
"These officers have endured a financial hardship and this is our opportunity to lend a helping hand," the flier continues. And if charitable feelings are not enough to turn you out -- with the recommended $25 "contribution" -- "the POA will provide a hosted beer bar."
Rainforest Action Network inflated a 35-foot rubber chain saw outside the Yellow Pages Publishers Convention at the Marriott last week to protest Pacific Bell's use of paper made out of wood that was clear-cut from British Columbia's ancient rain forests.
PacBell spokesperson Nancy Swasey acknowledges the company's use of B.C. rain forest timber, but insists that it also buys paper from a Washington phone book recycler. (California law mandates 50 percent of all phone books must be recycled after the year 2000, a number that PacBell has almost already reached in S.F.)
Atossi Soltani of Rainforest Action Network maintains that recycling, however effective, doesn't address the issue that much of the phone-book pulpwood paper comes from ancient forests. "It's no longer an issue of recycling and landfills, but source of [paper] fiber," Soltani notes. Alternatives, she says, include paper made from straw and old cardboard, as well as hemp. Ultimately, Soltani states, "The only real question is: When is the ... industry going to stop using clear-cut rain forests for phone books?"
By Ellen McGarrahan, Jorge Aquino, John Sullivan