Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

News in Brief: Plaza to be dedicated to Jane Warner Sunday


Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner in 2002. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland
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Supervisor Bevan Dufty and other city officials will formally rename the pedestrian plaza at 17th and Castro streets in memory of San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner during a special ceremony Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m.

Warner, who patrolled the streets of the Castro for 18 years as part of the private neighborhood safety service, died May 8 after a battle with ovarian cancer. Sunday would have been her 54th birthday.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month passed a resolution authorizing the naming of the plaza in Warner's name. Dufty sponsored the resolution.

"This is a fitting and everlasting memorial to the best Patrol Special police officer ever to work in the Castro area," said Alan Byard, president of the Patrol Special Police Officer Association.

In addition to her patrol duties, Warner was a contributing columnist for the Bay Area Reporter and penned the crime column.

Warner was well-respected in the Castro community and in the city. She consulted with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi on the need for more foot patrols. The resolution to rename the plaza had unanimous board support.

"I have yet to meet someone more dedicated ... to having meaningful community policing in San Francisco," Supervisor David Campos, a former police commissioner, said during last month's vote.

Members of Castro Community on Patrol, a volunteer group that works with police to alert them of potential problems in the Castro on weekends, also worked with Warner.

"Officer Jane was truly the guardian angel in blue for the entire Castro community," said Ken Craig, a founder of CCOP.

Warner is survived by her wife, Dawn Warner, who is expected to speak at Sunday's dedication. Additionally, Warner is survived by her mother, Carol, and sisters Lynn Fitch and Kathryn Ness.

DADT to be protested at Veterans parade

The military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will be protested by at least one group during San Francisco's annual Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 7.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at 2nd and Market streets and goes up Market to the grandstands in front of City Hall.

John Caldera, commander of the Bob Basker Post 315 of the American Legion, said his group will bring attention to the failed DADT policy as it marches in the parade.

"If Bob were alive today he would be screaming about the injustice and hypocrisy of this discriminating policy," Caldera said of the late Basker, who was an openly gay veteran who served as a combat officer during World War II.

Caldera said that all members of the LGBT community are invited to march with the group and bring "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think So!" signs to add their voice to the contingent as it passes the grandstands.

There will be a potluck reception in the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 223, following the parade, and all are welcome to join the free event, Caldera said.

'Dine Out' for Meals on Wheels

On Tuesday, November 9, as many as 150 restaurants throughout the Bay Area will participate in the first "Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels," benefitting the nonprofit agencies that provides hot, nutritious meals to 8,500 seniors in seven Bay Area counties.

In San Francisco, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from participating restaurants.

"We are grateful for the support and contributions from the San Francisco Bay Area restaurant community," said Ashley McCumber, executive director of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco.

Diners will also have the opportunity to make donations at each restaurant that will go directly to the local Meals on Wheels program in their county.

The other Meals on Wheels programs participating include those in Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Solano counties.

For a list of participating restaurants, visit For more information on Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, visit

Workshop on pre-nups

Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom will present a free workshop about pre-nuptial agreements on Tuesday, November 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, room 300. Presenters will include attorney-mediators Dylan Miles, Heba Nimr, and Charlie Spiegel.

Entitled "Pre-Nup is Not a Dirty Word," the workshop aims to address questions many people have about pre-nups, including whether to create one in the first place. Spiegel noted, however, that same-sex couples should use this time before the court rules in the federal Proposition 8 case to "think about what you want your marriage or registered partnership to look like."

He pointed out that marriage is a contract with your partner. "Unless you specify otherwise, the terms of the contract are pre-written by the state. This contract is the only contract most people enter into without reading or knowing the terms," Spiegel noted.

To RSVP for the workshop, e-mail

Salsa dance classes offered in SF

Weekly salsa and cha-cha drop-in classes taught by Emily Coles have begun at World Gym, 290 De Haro Street in San Francisco. The classes are geared for beginners to learn basic steps and overcome the fear of social dancing.

Coles is the 2009 U.S. Latin dance champion, and also took home a medal at this year's Gay Games.

"There is not a lot of support for same-sex couples in the larger dance world," said Coles. "It can be intimidating for a first timer, and the class is designed to overcome those initial fears."

It is not necessary to be a member of the gym to come to the classes, which are every Tuesday from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. beginning in November. The cost is $15 per class. Coles said that no experience or partner is necessary. For additional information about Coles visit

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