Alternatives to jail time: My organization contracts with the Sheriff's Department for electronic monitoring. The title "Jail To-Go" [Rachel Swan, feature, 5/21] is cute, but the program and working with the offender population are serious. Calling our clients "convicts" disregards the hard work they do to turn their lives around. Ms. Swan writes about electronic monitoring as "the next big innovation... changing San Francisco's law enforcement strategy..." The Sheriff's Department began electronic monitoring 20 years ago! What is new is law enforcement stakeholders willing to utilize alternatives to jail. It's a privilege to work in the criminal justice system for the last 40 years. My hard work is not about "hawking"; it is about offering quality services to a population who deserve a second chance, public safety, and accountability.
Linda Connelly, President/CEO of Leaders in Community Alternatives
Blog Comments of the Week
Yoshi's SF should've worked on its business model: The saddest part of this story ["Coda," Ian S. Port, music, 6/18] is the "write-off" of $5 million that the city plans to give these clowns. Who goes into business WITHOUT doing the numbers? Any business that fails does so because the owners are either a) stubborn; b) lazy; c) culturally unattached; d) arrogant; e) unlucky.
Feminism or another form of control?: I despise feminists who complain about men controlling women, then in their second breath want to control other women in the same way! As Siouxsie Q says ["#YesAllSexWorkers," Siouxsie Q, The Whore Next Door, 6/18], pro-choice for women should not be limited by feminists who want to be able to abort life but think other women should not have the same choice over using their body in any way they choose.
Stop Patriarchy responds to Siouxsie Q: After #YesAllWomen — the hashtag on Twitter that responded to the culture of misogyny and male-entitlement that fueled the actions of Elliot Rodger — revealed for many to see stories of abuse, violence, and terror against women, Stop Patriarchy and groups and individuals around the country held speak-outs on the streets across the country. These speak-outs included anyone and everyone who was outraged about the way women are treated every day. People gathered from many different walks of life, including men who just had never had any idea what it was like to be a woman in a patriarchal world until very recently. These people came from many perspectives, expressing righteous anger against these unnecessary crimes, telling their stories, encouraging each other, and drawing attention to misogyny as a social phenomenon (not just a bunch of isolated incidences).
Letter from the Editor
This week, for newspaper printers across San Francisco, is a kind of reckoning. S.F. Pride Week means rainbow flags, which diversity and boldness of color drains our printers' ink to dangerously low levels. Next week may be totally black-and-white; we'll see. But it's worth it: Pride Week means a celebration of people and their enthusiasms and their strangenesses. It means instant communities, neuron-singeing parties, and an influx of gay-minded tourists. You'll find many ways to commune, misbehave, go naked, and rediscover your protest roots in our Pride Guide, starting on Page 18. In our cover story this week by Rachel Swan, you'll see how time and economics affect lesbian and gay demographics. We intended this piece as a companion to our 6/4 cover by Peter Kane, a way of bookending Pride Month with some ideas about where the gay rights movement has come from, and where it's going. The two stories agree and disagree in interesting ways; we hope you'll take a look at both in between moments of communal reflection and all-night dance parties where the feather boas flow like wine. A good Pride to us all.
Brandon R. Reynolds, Editor