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Neighborhood News Briefs

Community Meeting on Crime

Crimes committed in the Castro/Upper Market area over recent months have included robberies, a stabbing, and a pistol-whipping. In response to this trend, Supervisor Scott Wiener convened a community meeting on the night of Jan. 28. About 100 people attended the event in the multipurpose room of the Eureka Valley Recreation Center on Collingwood Street.

Participating organizations included the San Francisco Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their “Stop the Violence” program, the Castro Community On Patrol, San Francisco SAFE, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association, the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro.

The program included information and remarks by representatives from a number of organizations.

Police Report on Drive-by Eggings

It has been reported by several people that someone is targeting pedestrians in the Castro and has been assaulting them by hitting them with raw eggs from a moving vehicle. If this has happened to you, or you have any information on this please contact the local SFPD station. You may also drop an email to Castro Courier Managing Editor Ted Andersen at ted@castrocourier.com to report anything.

Twin Peaks Becomes Historic

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors officially declared the Twin Peaks Tavern to be a historic landmark. The legislation, sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, was approved unanimously on Jan. 15.

The Twin Peaks Tavern has been at the center of our LGBT community for over forty years,” said Wiener. “I’m excited to celebrate the historical significance of this iconic bar in the heart of the Castro.”

The tavern was founded in the 1930s, but it was in 1972 when it was purchased by two lesbians that it began its life in the center of the Castro and LGBT community.

As the first known gay bar to feature full height open plate glass windows, the Twin Peaks Tavern has been a visible beacon for the LGBT movement for over 40 years.

MUMC Report: SF AIDS Foundation

The SF AIDS Foundation celebrated their 30th anniversary in September and provided some information to the meeting. Right now in SF there are 16,000 gay and bisexual men who are HIV Positive. Half of them are 50 years and older and 80 percent of new infections are of gay and bisexual men. All SF AIDS Foundation services are free. People should be tested every six months.