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Fuzzy Reception for New Tech
Let readers see the proposed AT&T utility boxes: If Matt Smith truly intended to write an objective article that would illuminate the issues, rather than showing some biased photograph of ludicrous Luddites marching, he would have shown a picture or two of those large boxes (graffiti and all) in order to let the readers know why people are actually protesting against these boxes which will litter our landscape ["Tech Blocked," Column, 5/11]. Had he actually included photographs, he would be allowing readers to make their own determination as to whether they would want such boxes in front of their property, in their neighborhood, or dotting the city's landscape. Now that would be unbiased reporting.

Marianne Hesse

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Streamline, Don't Demolish
Preservation process needs to be reexamined: While I agree with much of what Joe Eskenazi alleges, quoting [Residential Builders Association president] Joe O'Donoghue is akin to asking a wolf how he likes his vegetables ["Save that Shack!," Sucka Free City, 5/11]. Many of the current laws were put in place to protect important buildings from O'Donoghue and his Residential Builders mafia. The Preservation Commission was formed after a decade of Willie Brown-and-RBA-backed feeding frenzy of loft-building that lined O'Donoghue's pockets while demolishing many historic structures.

Having hundreds of minuscule hoops to jump through hasn't produced a better record of preservation in S.F. than in similar cities with similar building inventories and more streamlined processes. This ball of knotted twine also makes it too easy for NIMBY neighbors to throw a perfectly good project under the bus because, well, they're NIMBYs. The preservation process must be reexamined and realigned to make it easier for project sponsors to adaptively reuse existing structures and erect buildings consistent with zoning laws and good planning tenets. Want to know why real estate is universally unaffordable in San Francisco? Ask a preservationist.

Rob Bregoff

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Parade of Salaries
Anything but prideful about how the festival is run: Wow. Excellent report [on Pride's financial problems], though a dubious title ["Brokeback Festival," Joe Eskenazi, Feature, 5/4]. What I find especially frustrating is that this narrative has been known for years in the relatively close-knit core of gay people who've lived in the city for decades and know all the players and have a nose for trouble. We all winced with every new pronouncement from the Pride organization about a focus on politics and buzzwords and ever-dwindling accountability and financial health. In this city, large nonprofits are enabled to operate without accountability and to spend tax dollars without any meaningful tracking of outcomes vs. promises, and in the end we all lose — except, of course, the nonprofit executives who pocket fat salaries.


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PAWS for Pride: In stating that organizations are returning as beverage booth partners with SF Pride because "the potential payday is too good to pass up," Joe Eskenazi makes an incorrect assumption about Pets Are Wonderful Support's (PAWS) motivation. In fact, the approximately $7,000 we will earn this year from our participation in Pride is only .005 percent of our annual operating budget, an amount that will neither make nor break our ability to provide services.

We return because we believe fiercely in the mission of Pride. The LGBT community was central to our founding 24 years ago and continues to play a critical role as staff, volunteers, clients, and donors. We have tremendous faith in the professional contractors who put on the event and in Brendan Behan.

John L. Lipp, President/CEO

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)

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Gary Christensen

President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica visits California

GARY CHRISTENSEN'S FANTASTIC ENGLISH & TV NEWS PROGRAM Broadcast Live From San Jose, Costa Rica Mondays - 9 pm (MST) Channel 54 News Costa Rica. Internet GarysTVShow Canal 54 http://j.mp/kPkpu1

National Berkley Laboratory Washington Post Brooking Institute American Enterprise Institute Georgetown University Financial Times CIDH Mercury News American Chamber of Commerce Stanford University Fotoreportaje: (Oscar Arias - Laura Chinchilla) Institutional coup d'état in Costa Rica Terror and Extortion. The Presidential Police – La DIS http://tinyurl.com/GolpeDeEsta... "Aquí hubo un golpe de estado, aquí tuvimos por unas horas a un dictadorzuelo (Laura Chinchilla e Oscar Arias)" http://tinyurl.com/dictadorzue...

May 18, 2011Dear Sue

Hear is a more realistic perspective related to your article about Laura Chinchilla

I have the only “teaching” English educational/news tv/ Human Rights advocay program in Costa Rica and Central America. We have been broadcasting for more than 3 years.

I write to you regarding your upcoming visit by President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica.

We find that it may be in your best interest that you have a clear understanding of whom you will be hosting and what she represents here in Costa Rica.

Laura Chinchilla and Oscar Arias for the last 5-6 years have been committing grave constitutional and “flagrante human rights abuses” which is breathtaking in its ruthlessness.

Through ownership of the judicial system and the media they instigate terror and repression through the use of their secret security apparatus their Presidential Police, La DIS - la Direccion de Inteligencia y Seguridad.

For a short time last week on Sunday May 1, 2011 these Constitutional violations reached a stunning climax when Laura Chinchilla and Oscar Arias preempted Constitution law and effected a “coup d'état” of the government to perpetuate their continuing reign of power and control through threats and intimidation with usurpation of the Asemblea Legislativa of Costa Rica (Congress).

Shortly thereafter outraged citizens took to the streets to protest the illegal overthrow of the institutional government , due process and established law to bring an end to what has been termed “the darkest moment in the history of Costa Rica in the last 60 years.”

But more disturbing are the little known extrapolating Human Rights Abuses ,extortion, blackmail, terror and beatings being persecuted upon the citizens of Costa Rica by the Chinchilla-Arias “Ultra Repressive” secret Presidential police, La DIS.

The DIS spies out of control and receives its orders “exclusively from the Presidency” from Oscar Arias and Laura Chinchilla.

These human rights abuses and aberrations of law being formulated and implemented by the Presidency include:

Money laundering cartel operating in the presidential house,Spying and persecution of congressional representatives, the ex- first lady of Costa Rica, journalist – virtually all members of the society.

Harassment , child pornography and espionage.

Blackmail and extortion of citizens and businesses.

"la Policía Presidencial – la DIS de Laura Chinchilla y Oscar Arias espionaje sectores políticos e incluso chantajear a representantes del sector empresarial” http://bit.ly/PrensaDIS

Recently our program uncovered 300 agents of the Presidential Police-DIS and OIJ (F.B.I.) whose principle function was and still is to intimidate and extort citizens. See also La Asamblea Legislativa de la República de Costa Rica. The majority of the complaints against the Presidential Police are for extortion. All agents were planted by Arias and Chinchilla. This has not stopped.

We work closely with and receive our information directly from officials of the O.I.J. – F.B.I., ICE- the Secret Service, the Supreme Court, the Tribunal Courts and with interviews of the victims.

The private Presidential police force is immune from prosecution and investigation ( no rendir la cuenta) through direct violations of Article 11 of the political Constitution of Costa Rica. The Presidential Police are repeatedly referred to as a danger to democracy.

This is made possible by the entire media ie: La Nacion, Al Dia, The Republica and court system including the Supreme Court being in the pocket of Oscar Arias/Laura Chinchilla and their political contributors.

The owners of telecommunications in Costa Rica, la Nación, al Dia, la Republica, Channel 7… are ruled and controlled not by the public and their need for factual information but rather these instruments of public expression are used by Oscar Arias, Rodrigo Arias, Laura Chinchilla, and El Partido Liberación Nacional and the dominating elite to advance their own political expediency, disinformation, lies, money, power and fraud for self enrichment and to cover-up extortion and human rights abuses by their secret Presidential police of terror – La DIS. Human Rights Report

Truth, moral justice and transparency are the keystones to an all inclusive democratic society.

Our society bases its perceptions and depends on the media to protect these values as guardians against those who would usurp it.

There is no one here to protect the citizens from these individuals.You may see portions of our investigative reports posted in youtube:



Or at http://garychristensenshow.com...

Respectfully Gary Christensen

Please Note: All communication goes through the Arias-Chinchilla state police offices.

All communications of sensitive matter are compromised.http://tinyurl.com/Arias-Chinc...

“los grandes chorizos y actos de corrupción y de malversación de fondos públicos que caracterizaron al Gobierno de los hermanos Arias (y Chinchilla).”

http://bit.ly/AriasBribesLa Nacion - Evolution of the circus at its lowest. El peligro de la victoria?La Nación Editorial

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