Anita Grier, a school district administrator and elected member of the College Board, has a team of folks working with her District 11 supervisor campaign, including Barbara Meskunas, Doug Comstock, former College Board member Bob Varney, and Ron Jackson from the teachers’ union.

She talked about some of her pluses in the race:

“I think the biggest difference is that I’m accessible. People call me all the time. I follow through, I’m a hands on person. I think I’m honest, I do what I say I am going to do. People ask for my help, and I help them. That’s the biggest thing I think is missing in our district, someone who is accessible, honest and will follow through.”

She’s been a homeowners in the district for 25 years, in Merced Heights. She attended City College, San Francisco State and University of San Francisco and taught special ed before going into administration.

Further review of the audio from what’s being called the “Boobs for Bonds” incident at Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting – no R-rated video, since Supervisor Aaron Peskin talked through the event and the camera never left his face – reveals the good supe notably rattled by the full frontal female nudity and the woman’s request for arrest. “You’ll have to go … Well why don’t you, well, um, uh …” and so on.

The young woman wandered the halls a bit before deputies reportedly questioned her about the clothes shedding. Later in the night, an older woman was gently removed from chambers after refusing to give up the podium after public comment. She had been questioned by worried people and deputies throughout the day.

When the fetching young woman showed up naked in the middle of Tuesday’s morning Finance Committee, the Board of Supervisors members barely blinked an eye. The Sentinel’s Pat Murphy snapped a photo. “Arrest me,” she said, giggling. “Public Comment is closed,” said Aaron Peskin, who had been speaking on mundane bond details. “You could have a seat.” She came back again a few minutes later with the same line, then left while Sheriff’s deputies came to the halls to look for her. “Just another day at the Board of Supervisors,” said Peskin later. “Reminds me of my days at UC Santa Cruz.” Just a little more sad, maybe.

Latest on the Transbay Terminal: State Senate Majority Leader Don Perata sends a letter to the S.F. Board of Supervisors – something like, “Shape up and pass this thing, I didn’t back that bridge toll hike (SB2) for you to dally around!” And the Building Trades Council sends the BOS a letter saying basically, “Hey, don’t rush it, we’d like to build the terminal and the big ‘Hemisphere‘ condo tower!”

The board will consider two key environmental impact report issues for Tuesday’s hearing: Impacts on the Clocktower Lofts due to a large busyard under the Bay Bridge between 2nd and 4th steets, and the Jack Myers development at 80 Natoma – right on the line for new tracks. The vote is very likely to be unanimous in favor of certifying the EIR, basically tough luck for the Clocktower residents and a nod to the fact that moving forward with the terminal does little more damage than to put a dent in Myers’ negotiating position as Mayor Gavin Newsom works with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority for a solution allowing Hemisphere to move forward (unless Myers decided he just wants to sell the lot after all).

The City Controller has signed off on the mayor’s plan to use a $30 million reserve to hedge tax proposals expected to bring in $25 million in 2004-05, should voters give the affirmative in November. “In my opinion, the revenue estimates contained in the mayor’s FY 2004-05 proposed budget are reasonable based on our knowledge of current and projected economic conditions,” Ed Harrington wrote in his annual revenue letter Monday.


NEWSOM NAMES LONG TIME COMMUNITY ADVOCATE JEFF SHEEHY AS HIS AIDS ADVISOR Sheehy brings wealth of knowledge and expertise in crafting effective, efficient and compassionate HIV/AIDS policies

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Gavin Newsom named long time community advocate Jeff Sheehy as his HIV/AIDS Advisor. Mr. Sheehy will continue to serve as Deputy Director for Communications at UCSF AIDS Research Institute. As Advisor to the Mayor on HIV/AIDS issues, Sheehy will volunteer his time and assist the Mayor in crafting effective, efficient and compassionate HIV/AIDS policies and programs for the City and County of San Francisco. Additionally, Mr. Sheehy will study issues regarding HIV/AIDS and will report periodically to the Mayor.

“I am delighted that Jeff has agreed to take on the role as HIV/AIDS Advisor,” said Mayor Newsom. “Jeff has been in the forefront of HIV/AIDS issues in San Francisco for over a decade. His background and work in this field will be a tremendous asset in our quest to fight this epidemic.”

Before becoming Deputy Director for Communications at UCSF AIDS Research Institute, Mr. Sheehy served in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, as Victim Advocate for Same-Sex & Transgender Victims of Domestic Violence & Hate Crimes. Other relevant experience includes serving as member of Survive AIDS, where he assisted in obtaining three million dollars in state funding to study solid organ transplants in people with HIV. In 2000, Mr. Sheehy was featured in OUT Magazine as OUT’s 100 most influential members of the LGBT community. He has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Tomas Fabregas AIDS Hero Award, presented at San Francisco’s AIDS Candlelight March in 2001.

“I am honored to be chosen by the Mayor to assist him in working to maintain and augment San Francisco’s historic response to HIV/AIDS,” said Mr. Sheehy. “I applaud the Mayor’s deep and unwavering commitment to meet the challenges posed by this relentless and ever changing epidemic.”

Mr. Sheehy received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas in Austin.