Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cole Valley Craftsman-Edwardian home - San Francisco Chronicle

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a local home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. See more photos at www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough.

Address: 337 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco

Asking price: $1.595 million

Description: This Craftsman-inspired Edwardian home, which sits on a two-parcel lot in Cole Valley, retains original architectural details like box-beam ceilings, stained glass windows and refurbished wooden floors along with modern touches. Through the home's original glass-bevelled door is an entryway of slate floors and wood-paneled walls. This leads either to the home's two-car garage or up a set of stairs to the main living area. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with a custom, hand-pounded copper mantel and a wall of windows. The living room flows into a dining room featuring a box-beam ceiling, built-in hutch and window seat overlooking the garden. The kitchen contains an eat-in area, Turkish limestone counters and access to the garden. This level also includes a powder room. The home's three bedrooms are on the third floor. The largest has several windows with views of the Mount Sutro Forest and connects to another bedroom. These bedrooms share a hallway bathroom custom-designed with Waterworks fixtures, a Toto toilet, hand-made Italian tiles and a Jensen tub. The third bedroom features an en-suite, updated bathroom. A renovated attic includes a home theater system, a storage and office space area plus two mini-clubhouses with speakeasy peepholes for children. This floor offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.

Don't miss: The wraparound garden with deck, stone patio and Mount Sutro Forest views

Built: 1908

Size: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms in approximately 2,500 square feet of living space

For more information: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe, Pacific Union International, (415) 345-2525, www.pacunion.com.

The San Francisco of memory - San Francisco Chronicle

I had business in San Francisco recently, so I drove over from Oakland. Still slightly overcast in the afternoon, breeze stiffening. I parked in the Fifth and Mission garage, walked up Fifth to Market, across Market to Cyril Magnin, then up two blocks to Ellis.

It was a virtual duplicate of a walk I had taken many times before, many years ago. I got my job at The Chronicle in 1962, a summer-vacation job that sort of stayed with me for the rest of my life, off and on.

I worked in the This World section of the Sunday paper. That section has been defunct for many years, but the thing it came wrapped around, the Sunday Pinkie, as we called it, is still very much in evidence.

I remember walking in the Tenderloin to go to one restaurant or another - Original Joe's was a favorite - and my sense then that San Francisco was a frontier city, worldly in ways that a port city is worldly but still provincial, a smallish town at the edge of empire.

Market Street was a particular exemplar of that. It was so wide it caught all the breezes pouring down off Twin Peaks, turning the entire avenue into a wind tunnel. The winds seemed to start off in the Pacific and race by on their way to Nevada. I imagined that many Gold Rush miners had the same thought. It would have reinforced their belief in their isolation.

I read about attempts to "revitalize" Market, and I can remember before the last revitalization, and how little difference it made. It was always a little scary after dark; it's still a little scary after dark. No more second-run movie theaters, though. No more porn, even.

I realized, as I was thinking about this column, that I was, in those early '60s days, far closer to the San Francisco of the '30s than to today's San Francisco. Of course, simple math could have got me that far, but I was still surprised by it. We who are old are often startled by how old we are, and how much a part of the last century.

I have no memory of the '30s, but the city I was seeing in 1963 would have been very familiar to someone from the Depression era. I'm not even sure much of the world would have required explication. "We have prosperity now, and the atomic bomb, and someone named Marilyn Monroe is important."

What would someone from the present say to someone who had arrived from 1963? "Uh, we have the Internet and, uh, other things. Sit down, this may take a while." In the future, we were told, the pace of change would change. Things would accelerate; our access to knowledge would become unlimited. Well, by golly, they were right.

Except it turned out that unlimited access to knowledge also meant unlimited access to stupidity.

The Chronicle when I first start working here was run by Scott Newhall, an editor who believed that San Francisco needed columnists. He stole Herb Caen back from the Examiner, and he promoted some of his best reporters - Stanton Delaplane, Charles McCabe - to the name-above-the-fold gig. San Francisco responded enthusiastically.

The Chronicle kept dominating the market. It still does; it's that other things have changed a little. We have the Internet, as noted above.

I never thought I'd ever be a columnist - that took a 12-year hiatus in the wonderful world of magazines - but I thought I was hot stuff anyway. Just a kid, riding the cable cars up to the Fairmont to interview semi-famous performers. You know who gave a good interview? Frank Gorshin.

He was an impressionist. He did Cagney, Cooper, Wayne. They don't have one-trick-pony impressionists anymore; mostly impressions are within the confines of sketch comedy. The guys who said, "I think it would sound something like this"; the guys who would turn their backs on the audience to set their faces - they don't seem to make the comedy club circuit anymore. I drift.

I never to my knowledge clapped eyes on Delaplane during my years at the frontier Chronicle, and I saw McCabe once, from the back. Herb Caen was often in the newsroom, always smiling, always striding, always dapper, already being covered over with a thin layer of legend.

Later, I came to know Caen a little, having lunch with him a few times. He was good company. He picked up the check.

I now occasionally think of young people at The Chronicle, most of whom have never, to their knowledge, seen me, wondering what in hell this column is supposed to be about. Heck, I sort of wondered about McCabe in the same way. I lacked context.

Me, I'm just following tradition.

This turned out to be what I was doing when I grew up. Imagine my surprise.

San Francisco 49ers ranked first in Associated Press poll - San Jose Mercury News

Don't expect coach Jim Harbaugh to pay much attention to it, but the 49ers have moved into the top spot in The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings.

The rankings, which the wire service debuted this year, are determined by voting from a 12-member panel. The 49ers received 11 first-place votes. The Houston Texans, ranked second, got the other first-place vote.

The 49ers were ranked second after their 30-22 win in Green Bay in the season opener Sept. 9. They vaulted into the top spot after beating the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in the home opener.

The New England Patriots fell from first to seventh after losing 20-18 at home to the Arizona Cardinals.

Green Bay, Atlanta and Baltimore round out the top five. The Lions are ranked 13th.

What follows are the AP panelists' comments on the 49ers, with their ranking in parentheses:

Chris Berman (ESPN, 1) -- Best-rounded team as fall begins.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 1) -- Impressive victories over the Packers and Lions make them the league's cream right now.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 1) -- Defense is the best in the NFC, maybe in the entire league.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 1) -- Most balanced team in football and the QB is the real deal, nobody better at taking care of the ball. Franchise record 216 straight passes without INT.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 1) -- Alex Smith's remarkable resurgence continues, and San

Francisco's smothering defense claims the Lions as its latest victims after an equally impressive season-opening win in Green Bay.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 2) -- Best start by any team this season with a pair of victories over 2011 playoff teams.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 1) -- Almost everyone has holes, but you have to look hard to find any with this team ... and, please, could we stop the Alex Smith as "game manager" talk? It's not only old; it's inaccurate.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 1) -- These bullies take away your lunch money and your game plan.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 1) -- Niners have the best defense right now and Alex Smith is much improved on offense. They are also working hard on an expanded passing game for when they need it. Right now this team wins without taking many risks.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 1) -- They took down the Pack at Lambeau and now a good Detroit team at home and beat them both soundly. They are the class of the league at this point.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 1) -- The 49ers aren't just winning games. They've mauled two quality teams (Green Bay and Detroit) along the way to a 2-0 start.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 1) -- There isn't much not to like about the 49ers. At this point, the only question is who is No. 2?

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Clark Haggans suspended - San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CLARA -- Linebacker Clark Haggans, signed two weeks ago by the 49ers, has been suspended for the next three games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and program, the team announced Tuesday.

Haggans served two days in a Pennsylvania jail in June as part of his sentence that followed a 2011 drunken-driving arrest in Arizona.

"We were certainly aware that this decision was a possibility as we evaluated Clark prior to adding him to our roster. Therefore, we are prepared to move forward accordingly," 49ers general manager Trent Balke said in a statement released by the team.

Haggans, a 13-year veteran, signed with the 49ers on Sept. 4 and took the roster spot of Parys Haralson, who was put on injured reserve because of a season-ending triceps tear.

Haggans has not played in either of the 49ers' first two games. He has been practicing and he worked out Tuesday inside the team's weight room. News of the suspension broke after the media's locker room access, and Haggans was not available for comment.

"While we don't agree with the league's decision, we will abide by their ruling," said Haggans' agent, Jeff Sperbeck.

Sperbeck represented Haggans in a hearing with the NFL on Sept. 5, after which Sperbeck said a ruling wasn't expected for two weeks.

Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks are the only other outside linebackers on the current roster. The 49ers have two linebackers on their practice squad: Cam Johnson and

Michael Wilhoite.

n Quarterback Alex Smith is sporting a healthy scab on the bridge of his nose from a hit he took Sunday night against the Detroit Lions. The cut did not require stitches but rather was glued shut. Left tackle Joe Staley, who has coped with a similar condition since the start of training camp, has taken to calling himself and Smith the "Nose Bros."

  • Frank Gore's next carry will push him past Roger Craig for the most in 49ers history (1,687 attempts). "It's a big deal, but it doesn't really matter," Gore said. "I'm happy God gave me an opportunity to play the game I love to play. With everything I've been through, I give my all on the practice field and in games."
  • Wide receiver/return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. said he continues to improve from an Aug. 26 right-ankle injury and hopes to play in Sunday's game at Minnesota. Ginn hasn't practiced in team drills since the injury.
  • Cornerback Tarell Brown has been fined $5,250 for wearing red sleeves under his jersey and violating the NFL's uniform policy, according to an Instagram picture he posted of the league's fine letter.
  • The 49ers moved up from second to first in the latest Associated Press Pro32 regular-season poll, which began this season. The 49ers drew 11 of 12 first-place votes and 383 points from media members who cover the NFL.

    Houston, Green Bay, Atlanta and Baltimore round out the top five. New England fell from first to seventh after losing 20-18 at home to Arizona.

SF judge puts dog's execution on hold - San Francisco Chronicle

(09-18) 17:22 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Charlie the pit bull pup has dodged the executioner's needle. For now.

Charlie was sentenced to death by euthanasia in August after he spooked and chased Stoney, a U.S. Park Police horse, for nearly two miles through the Presidio, nipping and biting the steed 10 times. But a San Francisco judge said Tuesday that he would stay the canine's execution until he could decide himself if Charlie should be killed.

David Gizzarelli, Charlie's owner, appealed the August 28 city order that found Charlie was a "vicious and dangerous" dog and should be destroyed after he attacked Stoney as the horse tried to flee back to its stable.

Charlie and Gizzarelli, of San Francisco, were out for a jog together on Crissy Field on the afternoon of August 6 when Charlie, who wasn't wearing a leash, spotted Stoney being ridden by Park Police Officer Eric Evans.

The 18-month-old, un-neutered dog made a beeline for the pair and bit Evans on his boot before latching on to Stoney's front leg, Evans wrote in a police report.

Gizzarelli was unable to control his dog, according to the report.

Stoney reared up and threw Evans from his back, Evans said.

"I sustained a severe blow to my head causing me to momentarily lost consciousness," Evans wrote. "Stoney galloped away with Charlie biting him and chasing him as he fled toward the barn."

Stoney galloped riderless for more than 1.6 miles with Charlie nipping at his haunches until another park police officer on a motorcycle pulled up and scared the dog away with his air horn and siren.

The officer then climbed off his motorcycle and grabbed Stoney by the reins. Charlie's mouth was covered in blood, the report said.

Gizzarelli was arrested for assault on a police officer, failure to restrain a pet and assault on a police horse and released on his own recognizance. He could not be reached for comment.

San Francisco animal control officers took custody of Charlie. He was neutered and will be held until Kahn determines if the city was right to order Charlie put down.

Christine Garcia, an attorney hired by Charlie's owner, said Stoney was a young horse and was not prepared for patrol that day on Crissy Field.

"It was his second day working," she said. "I believe that when a working horse encounters a dog, that the response from the horse should just be to stand still and remain calm. I believe that a horse trained to work in public wouldn't be as skittish and wouldn't fight."

Garcia said she also questioned whether the dog had actually bitten Evans and if the city had the authority to order Charlie's death.

A hearing will be set in the coming weeks.

Richmond: Amid beverage tax battle, council passes modified campaign ... - San Jose Mercury News

RICHMOND -- Rebuffed by a recent federal court decision, the City Council on Tuesday voted to pass a scaled back campaign disclosure ordinance regulating mass mailing of political fliers.

A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco ruled Sept. 7 in favor of a beverage industry-funded campaign group that sued the city over its campaign disclosure ordinance, finding that ordinance violated the First Amendment.

The modified rules approved Tuesday removed key provisions of the original ordinance, including criminal penalties and requirements that financial disclosures take up 25 percent of the front page of mailers distributed to Richmond voters.

"I think we have addressed the judge's concerns, and I don't think (the opposition) is interested in challenging this," Councilman Jim Rogers said.

The modified ordinance passed 5-2.

The new rules still include a $5,000 fine for violations and requirements that disclosure of major donors be on the front page, separated from political claims by at least one-half inch.

The Community Coalition Against Beverage Taxes, which is funded by the American Beverage Association, has spent more than $350,000 in an effort to defeat Measure N, a November ballot measure that could force local businesses to pay a penny-per-ounce tax on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages. A companion measure advises the city to spend the estimated $3 million in annual revenues on recreation and anti-obesity programs.

The coalition sued in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Aug. 30, arguing First Amendment violations.

Council opponents of the ordinance and some residents criticized supporters for rushing to conduct the first reading of the revised rules during working hours on Thursday. Rogers said the council had to act quickly to ensure that the city had an ordinance in place during campaign season.

Dissenting Councilmen Corky Booze and Nat Bates also criticized their council colleagues for spending about $30,000 to retain outside counsel for the hearings in federal court. City Attorney Bruce Goodmiller defended the expenditure, calling it a "hometown discount."

The city hired former City Attorney Randy Riddle of Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai to hear the case.

Bates said of the supporters of the tax and the ordinance, "This council underestimates the intelligence of the voters of this city."

Councilman Jeff Ritterman disagreed.

"This is another right to know, an education piece," Ritterman said. "Big corporations are behind these mailers and Richmond voters should know."

The anti-tax mailers must also follow state-mandated disclosure rules indicating major funding sources.

The ordinance, the first version of which was passed by the council in June, still requires all mass mailings be accompanied by the words "Major funding by:" followed by the names of the three largest contributors who have contributed at least $2,500 to a campaign committee.

According to the Community Coalition Against Beverage Taxes Campaign spending report, the group has spent more than $354,000 so far on the "No on N" campaign, with most funding provided by the Washington, D.C.-based American Beverage Association. The pro-tax side has spent about $7,300.

The City Council voted 5-2 in May to put the tax on the November ballot. Richmond could become the first city in the nation to impose such a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which tax proponents say is a public health menace similar to cigarettes, especially for children. Opponents view the tax as regressive and a drag on local commerce. The Los Angeles County city of El Monte has an identical measure on its November ballot.

Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726 or rrogers@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/roberthrogers.

Bullpen takes shape - San Jose Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum continues to inch closer to becoming the premier pitcher the Giants have been missing much of the season.

Lincecum delivered his fourth straight solid pitching effort of at least six innings Tuesday night, and as a fresh bonus to his late-season surge, he didn't allow a run this time as the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 at AT&T Park.

Lincecum (10-14) allowed just five hits and two walks over 61/3 innings while striking out six, and he lowered his ERA under 5 for the first time this season to 4.91.

The Giants, who lead the N.L. West by 81/2 games and reduced their magic number to clinch the division to seven, have won Lincecum's last four starts, with the right-hander himself earning the victory in three of them.

Lincecum retired 11 straight batters at one point and departed the game to a rousing ovation. He faced just one jam early on when the Rockies put a pair of runners on with one out in the second, but retired Jonathan Herrera on a grounder to second and struck out opposing pitcher Jeff Francis.

Lincecum might have gone longer had it not been for a weird seventh inning. Tyler Colvin appeared to have been retired for the first out on a Pablo Sandoval diving stop and throw to first, but Colvin was awarded first base on a catcher's interference call against Hector Sanchez.

After a Chris Nelson single put runners at first and second with nobody out, Lincecum

struck out D.J. LeMahieu and appeared to get the second out on a weak grounder by pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge, but Buster Posey juggled the ball and all three runners were safe.

Jeremy Affeldt was called in to face pinch-hitter Jason Giambi with the bases loaded, and on the first pitch, Giambi hit a grounder to second that Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford turned into an inning-ending double play.

Offensively, the Giants staged mini-rallies much of the night. They went ahead 1-0 in the second inning with two outs when Sanchez lined a double into the left field corner against Francis (5-6) and came around to score on Xavier Nady's single into right-center.

San Francisco added a run in the third when Scutaro lined a one-out single to right, advanced to third on a Sandoval double down the line in left, and after Posey was intentionally walked, Hunter Pence hit a sacrifice fly to deep center.

In the sixth, the Giants went up 3-0 against Rockies reliever Carlos Torres. Pence opened the inning with a walk, advanced to third on a Sanchez single to right and scored on a Nady single to left. The Giants added one more in the seventh when Scutaro singled and ultimately wound up scoring by virtue of two wild pitches.

Colorado finally got on the board in the top of the eighth on Wilin Rosario's 25th homer of the year, a two-run shot to left-center off Santiago Casilla. But San Francisco countered with two of its own when Gregor Blanco led off the bottom of the eighth with a double, scored on Angel Pagan's 14th triple of the year, and Pagan scored on Scutaro's third single of the night.

The Rockies scored a run in the top of the ninth, but Sergio Romo got the final two outs.

  • The Giants may still have a bullpen by committee, but there is little question the committee has come to order under manager Bruce Bochy for the better part of the last month.

    Casilla, the first-half closer, has settled back into his more familiar role as the seventh, and eighth-inning hold master. Affeldt and Javier Lopez are used in key situations against left-handed hitters, and Romo has become the primary closer unless Lopez is needed to get a particularly tough left-handed final out.

    The statistics back it up. Of Romo's 12 saves, seven have come since Aug. 23. Casilla doesn't have a save since July 21, but has 10 holds and three wins. Affeldt hasn't saved a game since Aug 7, but has five holds. Lopez, meanwhile, is the one "float" guy he has four holds and five saves since Aug. 17.

    WEDNESDAY'S GAME
    Colorado (Tyler Chatwood 4-4) at Giants (Matt Cain 14-5), 7:15 p.m. CSNBA

    N.L. WEST race
    W L Pct. GB
    Giants 85 63 .574 --
    Dodgers 76 71 .517 81/2

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    Magic number
    Combination of Giants wins and Dodgers losses to clinch N.L. West title.
    7