Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

News in Brief: Patrol Special's Jane Warner ill


Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner relaxes in front of her Guerneville home in 2009 with her dogs Purdy and Raven. Photo: Lois Pearlman
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San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner, who has run her city-chartered police service in the Castro and surrounding area for the last 20 years, has become seriously ill and a new management team has been created to continue services to her clients.

In a message distributed by Melissa Handman, the new director of San Francisco Patrol Special Police beats 3, 66, and 69, it was noted that the service provided to merchants in the Castro, Mission, and Noe Valley neighborhoods will continue uninterrupted and has in fact been ongoing.

Warner, 53, has largely been unable to walk neighborhood streets recently. However, patrols have continued, said Handman, who was hired as the director last month.

Handman noted that the patrol special police services for the neighborhoods "will remain fully operational." In the event of her passing, the business will fall under Warner's estate.

"It is my deepest wish, as well as the wish of the merchants we serve, that the patrol special community police work continues in the future," Warner said in the statement.

The statement said, "Officer Warner has dedicated her life to protecting the peace and serving communities from Hawaii to San Francisco – especially the Castro, Mission, and Noe Valley. She cares deeply about the quality of life and safety of the residents of these communities."

Warner was injured on the job early Christmas Day morning when her arm was broken by a man outside Trigger bar. At the time, James Crayton McCullough, 60, of San Francisco, was arrested in connection with the incident. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a court appearance later this month.

In 2009, Warner was sidelined as she battled ovarian cancer. But she returned to work later that year and continued writing the "Crime and Punishment" column in the Bay Area Reporter . Warner has not written the column in recent weeks.

Handman said that business calls can be directed to her at (415) 559-9955 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For police matters, that number can be called after 2 p.m.

Sisters to host 'Tour de Castro'

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting the "Tour de Castro" on Saturday, May 22 that will benefit riders in the upcoming AIDS/LifeCycle 9 who have not yet met the minimum fundraising goal for that event.

The Tour de Castro is a race, bar crawl, costume contest, and raffle all rolled into one. Teams of between two and five people can enter; the $65 registration fee includes a tricycle and drink tickets. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. There is no entry fee for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Tricycle teams will "race" to several Upper Market/Castro neighborhood "pit stops." They will be asked to find sponsors who pledge a donation to the riders for each stop they successfully complete. On average, riders earn a minimum of $5 from each sponsor per pit stop. A grand prize will be awarded to the team raising the most donations. The first three contestants to win the race also will win prizes. Other prize categories include best gluts, best costume, most outrageous and best decorated tricycle.

The race starts at noon.

Sister Viva L'Amour and Guard Garter Well are presenting the event. Sister L'Amour explained that LifeCycle riders must raise a minimum of $3,000 to participate in the annual ride that benefits the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

"Each year there are riders who – despite months of fundraising efforts – fall short of the minimum $3,000 to participate," L'Amour stated. "As in previous years, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence want to make sure everyone rides."

Interested people can register online at The deadline to sign up is May 15.

Senior resource fair

In celebration of National Older Adult Month, the San Francisco Public Library is holding a free resource fair for seniors and caregivers on Saturday, May 8 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room at the main library, 100 Larkin Street.

The resource fair will be an informative and entertaining afternoon that will give attendees a chance to learn about programs, services, and volunteer opportunities offered by various San Francisco organizations. There will also be live music, prizes, and other fun activities. Information will be available about medical and financial information, educational opportunities, residential and environmental programs, and culture and leisure activities.

In addition, free hearing screening will be offered by the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California. Other medical screenings also will be available.

The resource fair is a Library Wise Up program for learning and living well at any age.

Transgender health fair

TransVision and the Tri-Valley Health Center will hold the inaugural Alameda County Transgender Health and Resource Conference on Friday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Preservation Park-Nile Hall, 1233 Preservation Park Way in Oakland.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) is scheduled to be a speaker at the event.

"I am proud to collaborate with Tri-City Health Center in this historic step to advocate for the transgender community of the East Bay," Lee said in a statement.

State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) also has endorsed the event.

The health fair will feature screenings, workshops on hormone therapy and transgender legal issues, transgender health care information, and more. All attendees will receive a gift bag. The event is free.

Conference sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, the Transgender Law Center, and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF. Funding is provided by the Alameda County Office of AIDS Administration.

RSVPs are not necessary but are appreciated for planning purposes. To sign up, contact Tiffany Woods at (510) 713-6690, ext. 6121 or

Transgender Advocacy Day

The Transgender Law Center and Equality California are hosting the first ever Transgender Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, May 17 to educate legislators about the need for good jobs and health care in the transgender community.

Preceding the advocacy day, transgender people and allies will gather at UC Davis for the fifth annual Transgender Leadership Summit, "Capitol T: Growing a Movement for Transgender Equality." The summit takes place from May 14-16.

For more information, visit

Meals on Wheels benefit

Meals on Wheels San Francisco will hold its 23rd annual "Star Chefs and Vintners Gala" on Sunday, May 16 at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion. The event is MOWSF's largest fundraiser and its main sources of charitable contributions for the year. Individual tickets are $400.

James Beard Award-winner Nancy Oakes of Boulevard will return for her seventh year to lead one of the most illustrious lineups of culinary superstars in northern California. More than 70 notable chefs from the area's top restaurants will come together to prepare the ultimate food lover's feast. Other participating chefs include Mourad Lahlo (Aziza), Sean O'Toole (Bardessono), Maggie Pond (Cesar), and Mark Dommen (One Market).

In addition, a collection of 75 of California's leading vintners will also participate in the gala, many of them providing wine pairings for each of the dishes. They include J. Vineyards and Winery, Frog's leap Winery, and Duckhorn Wine Company.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with an hors d'oeuvres and wine reception, followed by a three-course, sit-down meal, and a dessert reception. There will also be silent and live auctions.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

Gay men's retreat coming up

The pioneering workshop, "Gay Men and Midlife Awakening: Rites of Passage Into the Second Half of Life," will take place May 21-23 at the Wildwood Retreat Center in Guerneville.

Led by gay liberation pioneer and Los Angeles Jungian psychologist Don Kilhefner and USC's Roberto Blain, this year's workshop will feature discussion, writing, ritual, and more.

"For lots of gay men, midlife is accompanied by disappointment, disruption, and fear," Kilhefner said in a statement. "It is a time for revisioning and reorienting their lives, a necessary rite of passage marking the end of the extended adolescence of the first half of life – and the beginning of a new, more personally rewarding, purposeful life in the second half."

The cost for the workshop is $127 per person. There is an additional expense of $268 for two nights' stay at Wildwood, which includes three meals per day, for a total cost of $395. There is a $200 non-refundable deposit. For more information, visit

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