Going to Bat for Bonds; Weighty Issues; Last Dance

Letters from September 13, 2000

Going to Bat for Bonds

We didn't say a bad person, just a jerk: I read your recent article on Barry Bonds ("Bow to the King," Sept. 6), and I have to ask: Don't you have something else to bitch about? In a day when sports heroes are hard to come by, Barry Bonds remains a respectable athlete. There are so many pro athletes these days involved in drugs, gambling, and even murder, and you go after Bonds because he is rich and keeps to himself? It is obvious your reporter set out to prove that Bonds is a bad person, instead of trying to find out who he really is.

Next time you set out to ruin some-one's character, shoot for someone who deserves it.

Mike Pendergast
Noe Valley

Weighty Issues

A candidate debates:I'm glad SF Weeklywrote a story on district elections ("The Revolution Is Canceled," Aug. 30, by Matt Isaacs). It's important for us to pay attention to how our neighborhoods will be represented following this November's election. As unhappy as I am about how unfairly I was characterized, I'm not surprised. It was never SF Weekly's intention to be fair. There are, throughout, several items that simply either are totally untrue or totally inaccurate.

For example, I do not own a condominium in the Marina, nor did I purchase one with the expectation that I would avoid running against Gavin Newsom for the Board of Supervisors. The article also describes an event in which the speaker accused me of carpetbagging and claims I was teary-eyed, and shouted, "That's a lie. It's not true." That, too, never happened. The list goes on.

But I am most disappointed by the quote attributed to me concerning the anti-discriminatory size legislation. I simply didn't say it. Not only do I support the legislation, but as a member of the board, I look forward to ensuring its full implementation. I also look forward to working closely with the size community to ensure that discrimination has no place in our city. As a proud member of the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club, a club whose members worked hard to pass this vital legislation, I am angry by the hurt caused by this quote's untruthful attribution.

Anyone who knows me knows I could never say such a thing.

Meagan Levitan
Candidate for supervisor, District 3
San Francisco

Matt Isaacs replies:While it is true that Levitan's condominium is not officially in the Marina, according to public records it is in Supervisor Gavin Newsom's District 2, generally referred to as the Marina District. In our conversations, Levitan herself acknowledged that when she discovered the condo was not in District 3, she rented an apartment a few blocks over, allowing her to run in her preferred district.

Four people present at the Telegraph Hill Dwellers' meeting, including Levitan, corroborated the story of what transpired that night.

Levitan did criticize legislation protecting the rights of the "size community," and even reiterated that criticism in a follow-up question.

Last Dance

Making a pointe:For Matt Smith to reduce a citywide crisis in the arts to a "spat" between two women ("March Madness," Aug. 30) is misogynistic at best. It is also bad journalism.

I have been a dance artist in S.F. since 1987, and I am grateful to Rachel Kaplan for her leadership in organizing a public outcry from artists in the Mission losing their work spaces. The dance community is doing its best to create a multitiered response to the space siege. We are dancing in the streets. We are researching financial sources to purchase buildings. We are meeting with city officials to negotiate long-term cultural protection. We will not be silenced by ill-informed journalists who demonize leaders like Rachel Kaplan.

Jo Kreiter
Bernal Heights

Journalism, like rust, never sleeps:I am compelled to write and profess my grudging admiration for the dizzying enigma that is Matt Smith. I don't know whether or not he will appreciate the comparison, but I find in his work a resemblance to the work of Neil Young in that it is impossible to predict and yet always fascinating. I often find myself disagreeing with his writing, but I have never felt that he has failed to do enough research to justify his opinion. His recent piece, "March Madness," is no exception. Keep up the good work.

Matthew Schneider
Tiburon

Corrections

In an Aug. 30 Music column, "Love Machine," the leader of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone was misnamed. He is Owen Ashworth. SF Weeklyregrets the error.

Also, in the Sept. 6 cover story on Barry Bonds ("Bow to the King"), the name of baseball announcer Bob Uecker was misspelled. SF Weekly regrets that error, too, since anyone with a lifetime .200 batting average has been humiliated enough already.

 
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