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Castro District Adjusts to Quieter Halloween

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Posted on Bay Area Reporter
By: Matthew S. Bajko

Four years after San Francisco officials shut down the annual street party that occurred Halloween night in the Castro District, the city’s gayborhood has slowly adjusted to the change. The focus of the neighborhood’s holiday celebration has returned to being more residential in nature and LGBT-centric.

Many more Castro district residents are hosting house parties, while visitors now come to go to the area’s many gay bars rather than mingle on the street.

"All of my friends are having parties or small gatherings; that just seems to be what is the trend now," said Mission Station LGBT liaison Sergeant Chuck Limbert, who is working on the police department’s plans for this year’s holiday.

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Remember 2001 Market? Whole Foods and Housing; Details On Growth of the Castro District

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Posted on www.2001marketsf.com
By The Prado Group

The goal of the 2001 Market project is to bring people, housing, community-serving retail, and social vitality to this prominent corner site in the Gay Castro District San Francisco. With sustainability as a core value, Whole Foods, William McDonough + Partners, BAR Architects, April Phillips Design Works and the Prado Group see the project as an opportunity to bring the benefits of green, sustainable living to San Francisco's Castro District community.

William McDonough + Partners –Architect

William McDonough is a world-renowned architect and designer and winner of three U.S. presidential awards: the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the National Design Award (2004); and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003).

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Gay San Francisco man reports assault on Muni: Two for Two; The Castro Community Outraged

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Posted on www.ebar.com
By Seth Hemmelgarn

A gay San Francisco man said even after another passenger repeatedly shouted "faggot" at him and grabbed his arm, the driver of a city Muni bus let his alleged attacker continue riding. The Castro District and Gay community is outraged.

Larry Richardson, 58, said he was in the front of the number 33 bus when the incident started at 1:35 p.m. on Monday, August 30 as he rode toward his home in the Castro District.

Richardson said that one stop after he boarded, another man got on and without provocation started yelling "fucking faggot" at him. Richardson said his Muni pass was attached to a rainbow necklace he was wearing.

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For Obama, Steep Learning Curve as Chief in War; Castro Community Concerned

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By Peter Baker

WASHINGTON — President Obama rushed to the Oval Office when word arrived one night that militants with Al Qaeda in Yemen had been located and that the military wanted to support an attack by Yemeni forces. After a quick discussion, his counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, told him the window to strike was closing. The Castro Community is keeping a close on Obama.

Visiting Baghdad in 2008 as a senator, Mr. Obama was given an aerial tour of the city by Gen. David H. Petraeus.

"I've got two minutes here," Mr. Brennan said.

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The Road Ahead; Castro District San Francisco and Prop 8

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By C.W Nevius

San Francisco Castro DistrictCOMMENTARY: The last few weeks in the California marriage battles have been at once hopeful and painful. Castro community members look forward wondering what to expect next? First, we rode an ecstatic wave upward: Judge Vaughn Walker issued a powerful opinion striking down Proposition 8, and we celebrated in the streets both in the Castro and across the nation as couples made plans to get married across the state.

Then we rode downward when a three-judge panel of the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit granted an indefinite stay of the decision - without explanation. Committed couples and their families, some of whom had begun making wedding plans, once again felt the pain of being denied not only a fundamental right but also the respect for and recognition of their love and commitment that only marriage offers.

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Ike's in the Castro San Francisco; Eviction Makes it Hotter than Ever

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Posted on www.sfgate.com
By C.W Nevius

Castro District San FranciscoIke's Place, the wildly popular sandwich shop in the Castro District San Francisco, has hit on its best business promotion ever - eviction.

Facing a perfect storm of sandwich litigation - a 9:30 a.m. court appearance at Superior Court today and a possible eviction at 6:01 a.m. Wednesday - everyone seems to want to get their final secret sauce fix. More than 100 people were in line at 1 p.m. Monday, and owner Ike Shehadeh says they served a record 1,500 customers on Sunday. The Castro is more crowded than ever.

"It's still raining people," he said Monday. "I know we've said before that we don't block the sidewalk, but today we are." Some Castro renters and homeowners aren't impressed.

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Whitman: I'd Defend Prop. 8; Castro Gay’s Don’t Support Her

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By Advocate.com Staff Writer

Meg Whitman says she would defend Proposition 8;members of the Castro Community grow increasingly uneasy.

Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said this afternoon that if elected governor, she would defend Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage, by appealing a recent federal court ruling declaring the proposition unconstitutional.

Whitman made her clearest stand to date on the issue while speaking at the warehouse of Solar Gard Window Film in San Diego, hours before she's scheduled to address the California Republican Party's convention downtown.

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Newsom Looks Beyond Marriage Equality; Castro Community Disheartened

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Posted on www.advocate.com
By advocate.com Editors

San Francisco mayor and California lieutenant governor candidate Gavin Newsom hopes to be less associated with marriage equality than he's been in the past. This disheartens the Castro Districts GLBT community.

The Bay Citizen reports that the Newsom — who issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, leading to a lawsuit that reached the California Supreme Court and reverberated nationally — is distancing himself from the issue of marriage equality. After admitting to the newspaper that he's chosen to be less outspoken on the topic of gay marriage, especially in light of the August 4 federal court decision that ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional, he said: "[Same-sex marriage] is at a completely different level now.

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HRC Drops Target & Best Buy; Castro District Residents Boycott Both

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By advocate.com Editors

The Human Rights Campaign will drop both Target Corp. and Best Buy, two companies embattled over donations that aided an antigay politician's campaign, from its annual Buying for Equality Guide. Castro residents are boycotting both businesses in support of equality.

In a Friday statement, HRC vice president of communications Fred Sainz said the national organization "will not encourage people to shop at either store and believes that consumers should make their own decisions after careful consideration of all of the information available to them.

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Community On Patrol Service (COPS) Expands from the Castro District to the Duboce Triangle

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Posted on www.dtna.org
By DTNA Staff Writer

In late 2006, community members came together in response to three highly publicized aggressive assaults on members of the LGBT community, and from that meeting the Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) organization was formed. CCOP is a Community On Patrol Service (COPS) entity. COPS provide training, a simple uniform, and some basic equipment to community volunteers who patrol their neighborhoods by foot, bicycle, or motor vehicle at various times throughout the week. COPS volunteers provide a very visible presence through distinctive and typically brightly-colored uniform jackets and t-shirts, orange in the case of CCOP. The volunteers provide an extra set of "eyes and ears" for the community and for law enforcement, as well as providing an intimate knowledge of their own neighborhood and its usual and, perhaps more importantly, its unusual patterns.

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