PERSON IN TOWN
Hiromitsu Agatsuma, who plays the Tsugaru-shamisen, performs with his ensemble on opening night of the 2010 S.F. International Arts Festival. The concert is the only West Coast appearance on his 2010 U.S. tour. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.] Read More
With the backdrop of the Police Department’s struggles with its crime lab fallout and complaints about the inability to deal expeditiously with police-misconduct allegations, the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will meet Thursday to vote on who will occupy two seats on the Police Commission. One seat is for the reappointment of Joe Marshall, the commission president. The other seat has three applicants: Angela Chan, Phillip Hogan and David Waggoner. Read More
Warren Buffett, the world’s third-richest man, is once again auctioning off a steak lunch to benefit the Glide Foundation. This is the 11th year Buffett has been holding the auction, which last year, for the first time since 2004, failed to notch a record bid. Salida Capital had a winning bid of $1,680,300 in 2009. The auction will be held June 6-11 on eBay. The lunch accounts for about one-tenth of Glide’s $17 million budget. Read More
It will be a chilly morning for spectators heading out to Ocean Beach today to catch a glimpse of the top professional cycling teams competing in the Amgen Tour of California.
For the third stage of the eight-day race, the cyclists will launch from Ocean Beach along Great Highway, warming up for 2.2 miles until they hit Great Highway and Sloat Boulevard, where the race officially starts. The 100-plus riders will then pedal for more than 113.3 miles, finishing in Santa Cruz.
Today Read More
WHO: National Science Foundation
WHAT: The NSF gave a $750,000 research grant to engineering researchers at Michigan State University.
WHY IT’S WRONG: The money will be sent to study how large-scale social networks “change over time.” Instead of designing 21st-century solutions to the nation’s problems, they will be studying Wikipedia and watching YouTube.
WHERE TO VENT: Call the NSF at (703) 292-5111.
Today in Kentucky, Republican primary voters are poised to hand a major defeat to the GOP establishment and the neoconservatives (if the two can be distinguished). Rand Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist and the son of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has a healthy lead over Old Guard favorite Trey Grayson in the nomination contest for the 2011 Senate race.
Should Rand win that seat, it could open the door to fresh thinking in the GOP on foreign policy and the war on drugs. Read More
Government employees across America get outrageously generous pensions paid for by taxpayers. Here’s one of them:
WHO’S PIGGING OUT: William Garrett
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS PIGOUT: Garrett is the retired city manager of El Cajon, California
HOW BIG IS THIS PIGOUT? $278,292 a year
AVERAGE ANNUAL PRIVATE SECTOR RETIREMENT INCOME: $31,757
WHO PAYS FOR THIS PENSION PIGOUT? El Cajon, population 92,718 Read More
Scofflaws and vandals have found a way to thwart the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s efforts to enforce fare evasion. Just mention the spurious claims of “racial profiling” and the SFMTA just melts. Ordinary citizens will continue to subsidize the criminal behavior of fare evaders due to the SFMTA’s lack of a backbone. No wonder our public transportation system is always operating in the red.
Robert A. Jung, San Francisco Read More
SFMOMA anniversary gala: On Friday, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art supporters celebrated with two events, a Birthday Party Rooftop Dinner and after-party Birthday Bash. Chaired by SFMOMA trustee Norah Sharpe Stone, the gala hosted artists, patrons and art enthusiasts in an evening of creativity and music that raised funds for museum education and exhibition programs. Read More
A man who was shot in the head in a car in San Francisco’s Bayview district on Saturday morning has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 31-year-old Delmond Carter.
At about 7 a.m., officers were flagged down in the area of La Salle Avenue and Ingalls Street, San Francisco police Officer Samson Chan said.
They were told there was an unconscious person in a vehicle nearby. The officers found Carter dead with one gunshot wound to the head in a Honda Civic.
Carter was a San Francisco resident.
No one has been arrested. Read More
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t kidding when she famously said Congress had to pass Obamacare “so you can see what’s in it.” And now as more people find out what’s in the 2,700-plus pages of the law, a steadily lengthening list of President Barack Obama’s promises are being exposed as empty. Read More
PERSON IN TOWN
Theodore Sorensen, who served as special counsel to President John F. Kennedy, gives an inside look at the legacy of the Camelot era times of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil-rights movement, and the decision to go to the moon. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
The appointment of Kenton Rainey as BART police chief will benefit everyone. I know from my experience as a career peace officer that Rainey’s type of commitment and dedication is very rare. And in today’s work environment it is badly needed. The staff and officers of BART will benefit from his intelligence, experience, and community-mindedness.
I know because I worked with Rainey in Ventura County at the start of his career. I was his first supervisor, I coached high-risk kids with him and saw his passionate commitment to becoming an effective police leader. Read More
The Vatican on Monday will make its most detailed argument yet for why it is not liable for bishops who allowed priests to molest children in the U.S., in a motion that could affect other efforts to sue the Holy See in American courts, The Associated Press has learned. Read More