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Well, Back to the Drawing Board; Night of a Thousand Boinks; Girl Problems; Puni Concerns

Well, Back to the Drawing Board
More dirt: OK, so I don't hate the new design, but it looks like SF Weekly got sanitized. At worst it looks like a museum brochure. Take Dog Bites for example. What once looked and felt like a one-person, guerrilla-style article now looks like it has a layout artist and a 10-person production and marketing staff behind it. Make it a little "dirtier" -- I want the scrungy Thai joint with great food, not the Macaroni Grill where everything's predictable and mediocre.
Steve Conover
Civic Center

Night of a Thousand Boinks
Be grateful we were there at all: You may want to check your writers' facts before you print. There are so many inaccuracies in Silke [Tudor]'s story "Bang, Bang" (Night Crawler, July 26, on an attempt to set a world fornicating record) it might as well be a Fairy Tale. But all that aside it was a well-written story and she got my name right, which is all that really counts in the media HYPE world. And she gave me a GREAT quote to use. Thanx AGAIN for helping to make me a Household name.
Forest Williams
Santa Rosa

Girl Problems
Progress report: Congratulations on bringing attention to the problem of girls in the juvenile justice system in your July 19 article "Girl Problems," by Bernice Yeung.

The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women has been very active in promoting services for girls in the juvenile justice system. In 1998, the commission conducted its first-ever gender analysis of and with the Juvenile Probation Department. This extensive analysis brought awareness to and increased services for girl-specific programs in San Francisco. It also explored the intersection of gender and other criteria, such as race. The analysis brought to light, for instance, that African-American girls were being incarcerated at an even higher rate than African-American boys. One year later, in part as a result of this analysis, the staff from the Juvenile Probation Department reported greatly expanding its girl-specific programs. Its staff is now trained on gender and sexual-orientation issues. The department has piloted a girls-only caseload for probation officers, who can thereby work more closely with young women's complex issues. While by no means have the problems of girls in the criminal justice system been solved, these concrete steps demonstrate that San Francisco is attempting to address their unique needs.
Sonia Melara
Executive Director
San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women

Puni Concerns
Spreading the blame: I am a Muni driver. I have often read your comic strip and very often find it quite amusing. There is one thing, however, that bothers me: You often seem to be blaming the drivers for the problems with Muni. Perhaps you would get a different perspective if you spoke to some drivers and found out that we have the same concerns you do. We have been working for a long time to improve things at Muni, but we keep running into the same problem. Muni management would rather blame the drivers than their own incompetence and cronyism. We, along with other critics of Muni management, would like to get the truth out to the public, but that is very hard when so many in the media buy into management's pack of lies. I, along with other drivers, would be more than happy to give you the benefit of our insiders' view of Muni.
Ira Newman
Richmond District

Dan Siegler responds: Only about 10 percent of the Punis published to date make fun of Muni drivers. Rest assured, I have no particular prejudice toward drivers, and strive to offend everyone equally. (Except for that one 14 Mission driver who always makes me run. I hate him.)

In our July 19 issue, a segment of the Dog Bites column ("We're Number ... Seven!") and a promotional ad for SF Weekly both made reference to a list of 10 newspapers, published in the San Francisco Business Times and headlined, "Most Widely-Read Newspapers in the Bay Area." The Business Times list (which placed SF Weekly in seventh place and purported to rely on data from the Audit Bureau of Circulation) is inaccurate in many particulars. The list does not correctly compare Bay Area newspapers either by circulation or readership; the Business Times' Steve Symanovich said his paper also incorrectly attributed all its information to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, although significant portions of the data actually came from other sources. "We've got all the numbers from ABC now and will be rerunning the corrected list [August 4]," he said. SF Weekly should not have relied on the list without independent verification of its content; we regret the error.


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