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Week of Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Unhappy Halloween

Skip the playful commentary: Our group asked to have a listing in SF Weekly for our 22nd Annual Spiral Dance ["Haunted Happenings," Oct. 26], and the listing makes us look like a joke and idiots. Our event is very sacred to us and should be treated as such. The very inappropriate way you described us is unacceptable and an insult to our group.

Deborah Leder
Daughters of the Goddess

Résumé Realities

A dedicated worker chimes in: Job seekers take notice of Infiltrator's "Hire Me!" article [Oct. 26] because it's absolutely true. I have lived in San Francisco for two months, have been on countless interviews, and learned to just take cues from the interviewer (as in "Interview No. 1") rather than try to prove my qualifications for the position.

I was offered a job with a marketing firm based on my "confidence." In other words, the self-absorbed interviewer wanted to talk endlessly about himself, and I let him do it. In the end, a few affirmative "yeses" and strong eye contact got me the job. Unfortunately, it was crappy job, so I quit on my first day.

The job I just started was given to me on the basis that the interviewer and I attended the same university (albeit several decades apart). As much as I wanted to highlight my skills, reminiscing about his old college haunts was the topic of conversation. I don't feel guilty that other applicants with higher qualifications were turned down because I'm sure I've lost out on jobs for the same reason.

And just to further prove the reality of Leon's article, I have lived in several places over the past six years, have long gaps in my work history, and several short-lived jobs that I quit for reasons such as "it took time away from my pot-smoking."

Alexis Shapiro
San Francisco

Owning Up

A letter writer with an agenda? Shocking!: The editors of SF Weekly owe it to their readers to fully credit the authors of letters they publish with their political institutional affiliations, lest readers conclude that the editorial staff of SF Weekly have a political interest in withholding same. A letter from Kim Stryker ["Moms Versus Tom," Letters, Oct. 19] was both factually incorrect and lacking in attribution.

Stryker is head of the SFSPO , San Francisco Small Property Owners [actually the Small Property Owners of San Francisco, SPOSF, and Stryker, its former president, is no longer involved -- Ed. ], an interest group that seeks to facilitate conversions of rent controlled apartments to condominiums. Supervisor Ammiano and SFSPO have historically been at loggerheads over the issue of conversions.

Moreover, Stryker's characterization of Supervisor Mirkarimi's medicinal cannabis dispensaries (MCD) legislation is factually incorrect. She incorrectly states that the legislation would permit them within 500 feet of a school.

The legislation puts a 500 foot barrier around schools, both public and private, and parks. Thus, the compromise legislation actually prohibits siting of MCDs within 500 feet of a school as Stryker erroneously claims.

Marc Salomon
San Francisco Green Party County Council

Housing Our Own

No compassion at the SFHA: Thank you to Matt Smith for shedding light on the Kafka-esque merry-go-round that is the San Francisco Housing Authority ["S.F. Hosing Authority," Oct. 19]. The experience of one homeless Katrina evacuee described was infuriating. Unfortunately, thousands of home-grown San Franciscans must contend with this bureaucratic maze on a daily basis. And, like the family profiled, the result of the unresponsive and callous workings of the agency mean the difference between housing and homelessness. Every week we hear of similar stories of families who are unable to contact the Housing Authority, are treated dismissively, and cannot get critically important information about their due process rights.

As the Housing Authority spokesperson stated, the Huntley family was going through "the normal process that anybody going into public housing goes through." Their experience provides a shining example of what 6,000 households in San Francisco's public housing and the 30,000 others on the waiting list are faced with. Until the city steps in to demand further public accountability for our largest low-income housing provider, our poorest families are destined to live at the mercy of this mystifying and seemingly compassionless institution.

Sara Shortt
Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

A Word on Awards

Next year we'll hire Chris Rock to host: I was excited to receive a pair of tickets to the SF Weekly Music Awards [Oct. 19], which I understand had taken over the Bammies. Your awards show was without a doubt the worst event I have ever been to in my life. There couldn't have been more than 150 people there, the production was horrendous and embarrassing (a bunch of TVs piled up?), and the presenters AND artists receiving awards were a joke. I remember going to the Bammies and they were a wonderful spectacle. You should be embarrassed attaching your name to such an event. I am an advertiser in SF Weekly and am seriously thinking about pulling my ad. It was a travesty ... an opportunity for some hip hop punks (mostly white thugs) to throw their bodies across the stage and for heavy metal award winners to make fools of themselves on the stage by spitting, throwing beer into the audience, and wrestling onstage. My date and I made a big effort to dress appropriately for a big awards show, and she was embarrassed FOR me for inviting her. A disgrace.

Stefan M. Wever
San Francisco


In last week's installment of "OK Then," an allusion to the board game "Chutes and Ladders" was misspelled. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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