Archive for April, 2009

Zodiac Update – Proof that Deborah Perez was at Scene of Berryessa Slaying

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

What do you do when somebody comes to you with their version of the Zodiac Killer story. You say, “You’ve got the looks, I’ve got the brains, let’s make lots of money,” or something similar, of course! But isn’t that a little patronizing, though? To say, yes, I believe everything you have to say about your father, yes, I validate your beliefs, and hey, maybe let’s get a movie deal working?    

In the words of the late Dr. Marvin Monroe, “This is not the way to get healthy!”

Guy Ward Hendrickson with daughter Deborah Perez (known as “Little Debbie” at the time) at Lake Berryessa. Can you see her having snacks at the picnic table?

Do you think the above is valid evidence? Is it time to call Hollywood with this key to the puzzle?

Hey, how about a documentary about the making of the documentary? That would be far more interesting, non?

King Tut Summer Set for the de Young Musuem. Hotel Packages Announced

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

All the masses coming to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the de Young Museum starting  June 27, 2009 just might want to get in on a package deal with participating San Francisco hotels. Details below.

Wouldn’t you like to try “Tutini” signature cocktails at the XYZ Bar or a “mummified” Bliss Spa Hot Salt Scrub at the W? Of course you would. See you there!

Artist conception of Tutankhamun sleeping off jet lag in a Union Square hotel suite:


In conjunction with summer’s highly anticipated exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, the de Young Museum has partnered with 21 Bay Area hoteliers to create King Tut-inspired packages. The exhibition has attracted nearly five million visitors on its U.S. tour, and the de Young will be the only venue north of Los Angeles and west of Dallas. When Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens in San Francisco on June 27, 2009, it will mark the first time that the treasures of King Tut will be seen in Northern California since the record-breaking exhibition at the de Young in 1979.

With packages including special spa services, dining experiences, exhibition docent tours and other amenities, there are offerings tailored to every guest. Every hotel package also includes exclusive access to unrestricted VIP exhibition tickets, which are not available to the general public. VIP tickets are untimed and undated, enabling visitors to view the exhibition at their discretion, even when it is sold out. As VIP ticketholders, guests will also receive a Pharaohs Gold Card, entitling them to unique discounts and special offers from participating retail partners, restaurants, businesses and attractions all over Northern California.

Selected packages include:

Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf – The Golden Chariot Tut package includes overnight deluxe accommodations, complimentary breakfast, complimentary parking and VIP tickets to the exhibition for $184.

W San Francisco– An artful getaway for two, the W’s premium King Tut experience includes hip overnight accommodations, two “Tutini” signature cocktails at the XYZ bar, a “mummified” Bliss Spa Hot Salt Scrub or Shrink Wrap treatment, complimentary parking, and an upgrade to the next room type from $450.

The St. Regis – The King Tut Platinum package includes overnight accommodations, a $100 dining credit that can be used at restaurants Ame and Vitrine or for in-room dining, two VIP exhibition tickets, overnight parking and a complimentary upgrade to the next room type from $499 per night.

Hotel Palomar – Hotel Palomar’s Pharaohs Indulgence package includes a two-night stay in a deluxe suite, a luxurious “Mummy Wrap” Spa Treatment at the Burke Williams Spa, two VIP exhibition tickets, an exhibition catalogue and a champagne-and-strawberries welcome for $670.

Please see list of hotels below. For complete package details, please visit:

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs presents over 130 important objects from Egypt’s Golden Age, including 50 from the tomb of King Tut. The exhibition places Tutankhamun in a larger context through an additional 80 objects from the tombs of his ancestors, which provide insight into the daily life and royal burial practices of the 18th Dynasty. Four additional objects from Tut’s tomb add luster and intrigue to the de Young’s presentation. The exhibition runs through March 28, 2010.

The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Northern Trust is the proud cultural partner of the exhibition, and American Airlines is the official airline. The San Francisco presentation is sponsored by the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mrs. Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., and Rajnikant and Helen Desai.

Tickets are now on sale. For additional information about tickets and pricing, please visit For groups of ten or more, visitors may contact the group sales office at or call 415.750.3620.

The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.

Address:         Golden Gate Park
                       50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
                       San Francisco, CA 94118



Le Meridien

Palace Hotel

St. Regis

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

W San Francisco

Westin St. Francis

Westin San Francisco Market Street

Cova Hotel

The Fairmont San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf / Holiday Inn Express

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Intercontinental San Francisco

Mark Hopkins

Joie de Vivre Hotels

JW Marriott San Francisco

San Francisco Marriott

Omni San Francisco Hotel

Hotel Palomar

Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf

Ritz Carlton

Finally, Tower Crane Replaces Coronet Theatre. Soon, Senior Housing on Geary

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Famed five-star Yelp-rated Coronet Theatre at 3575 Geary near Palm Avenue in the Inner Richmond district done closed down with a final showing of Million Dollar Baby on March 17, 2005. Did people camp out for ages to be first in line for a Star Wars movie premier back in the day? Oh yes. But that’s all history now.

These days, straight-out-of-Hayward Peck and Hiller is laying concrete For The Future, which will take form of a building from the Institute on Aging for housing seniors. We shall take a look-see, non?

The mise-en-scene. Click to expand:

Let’s take a peek up there at The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love. This tower crane operator sits and stands to make everything work.

Rebar sailing above Geary Boulevard. Mind the spilled motor oil

Burly construction workers are on hand to protect the Porta-Potties from the One Who Shant Be Named:

And here’s what it will all look like, if you can see past the chain link and graffiti:

It’s too bad we lost the Coronet, but just try filling a 1300-seat one-screen theater in this Day and Age.

Get ready for the Inner Richmond, seniors!

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Coronet, Coronet the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all bay areans have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her projection, and the kings of Hollywood have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the Earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

SFPD Crackdown on Up Your Alley Fair 2009 is Due to ZombieTime Photo Essay

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Per writer Matthew S. Bajko, the SFPD is pointing to photos from famous Berkeley-based zombietime website as evidence that things got a little out of hand at last year’s Up Your Alley Fair in the SoMA area. From today’s copy of the Bay Area Reporter:

“The fair promoters are the ones who have to take charge; this is their event. If they don’t run it properly, they will not be having it again,” said SFPD Lieutenant Nicole M. Greely, who oversees street closure issues for the police department’s Southern Station. “If this event doesn’t go well, we can’t continue to approve their permit unless it is safe for everyone involved.”

So it looks like this event will be on double secret public probation for 2009 at least.

A photo from ZT (ID’ed incorrectly as in the B.A.R.) used to show that Miller Beer  / MillerCoors/ SABMiller advertising last year was subdued compared to prior years:

Here’s a link to the somewhat-NSFW, somewhat censored version of Zombie’s report on UYAF ’08. How this all will shake out in 2009 Remains To Be Seen.

The Up Your Alley Fair will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 11AM to 6PM. The fair is located in San Francisco’s South of Market district on Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets. We expanded to the adjoining block of Folsom Street between 9th and Juniper Streets and on to Tenth St. in 2008 to give the crowds some breathing room.

How Weird Street Faire 2009 on May 10th – DJ BayBe, Gay Robot, and Butterfly Guy Return

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

You all loved it back in aught-seven, and aught-eight as well. Well brace yourself for the 2009 edition of the How Weird Street Faire coming up on May 10, starting at the crack of noon. Of course Founder Brad Olsen has had to deal with a few hassles having to do with police fees, but isn’t it always like that?  

View the slideshow of How Weird / Howard Street faires of years past and then mark your calendar. Bring Mom, why not?

DJ BayBe, click to expand:

Gay Robot always makes the scene:

Will Butterfly Guy return for oh nine? That’s affirmative, good buddy.

The 10th annual
How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 10th
from Noon to 7pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Sts.:
37° 47′ 12.4″ N. x 122° 23’53.7″ W.
San Francisco, Earth
Ten blocks of art and celebration, and ten stages of music. Plus performances and colorful costumes, vendors from around the world, food and drinks, and much more!

The How Weird Street Faire is an experiment in creating peace, bringing together a wide range of eclectic styles and communities.

Come join the fun! All ages welcome.

And in honor of our 10th anniversary, we’re introducing…

Only $10 donation, or $5 in costume!

When you enter the faire, you will have an opportunity to purchase a MAGIC STICKER!. The sticker gets discounts and specials throughout the faire: including $1 off each drink, discounts at vendors and local merchants, $2 off each after party, and most importantly you help keep the faire going. It’s our way of thanking you for supporting us.

When the day ends, the celebration continues indoors with a variety of music styles represented during the day.

How Weird @ Night is from 7pm to 2am

So plan accordingly, and bring something warm to wear. The tall buildings in our new location take away sunlight later in the day.

More deets after the jump.


Circuslike “Zodiac Killer” News Conference Reveals No Real Evidence

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

[UPDATE: Here’s the gritty nitty from Deborah herself. Uh oh, turns out the eyeglasses don’t match, see below. Also, did she change her story from last year? Today’s presser must rank as the biggest fail whale on the West Coast since 1970. Or was it just some performance art? Hard to say.]

This afternoon’s “completely unorganized and totally shadynews conference on the Streets of San Francisco turned out to be a bit of a fiasco. “Deborah Perez” claims to have been on the scene when her father, Guy Ward Hendrickson, committed some of the Zodiac killings. And her dad didn’t kill just a handful of people, he killed “at least 37.”

The problem is that Guy Ward Hendrickson died in 1983, but not before he conveniently passed along a deathbed confession. Oddly, daughter Deborah, a “mother and a professional,” said she didn’t realize her dad was the Zodiac until watching America’s Most Wanted in 2007.

Was Guy Ward Hendrickson in the military, maybe based in the East Bay close to the scene of killing? Maybe, but nobody knows for sure. Was Guy Ward Hendrickson a peace officer? Maybe, but nobody knows for sure.

This was the headline from this morning’s ‘Xam. They’ve come back to Earth this afternoon.

William Clifton Degarmo is acting as Deborah’s attorney. He says he hasn’t made a cent so far, but he could cash in later on. Interestingly, Mr Degarmo settled a matter with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating something akin to insider trading back in the 1990’s.

Interestingly, the San Francisco Chronicle identifies Kevin McLean as one of Deborah’s attorneys, but wasn’t he just disbarred by the State Bar of California earlier this month? (I didn’t read the whole article from SFGate / The Chronicle, but it seemed to do a much better job presenting la théorie du jour than those at the press conference.)

The crew today continues work on their documentary. They’d like help from the FBI and other police agencies. This news conference was a way to get more attention for the new theory. Apparently, some guy not too far from Sacramento, Denis Kaufman, is alleging things having to do with handwriting analysis and that causes consternation to the people organizing the news conference today. All this adds up to… ?

Attention Zodiac theorists! Don’t worry about what other people are doing. If you have physical evidence, turn it over to the authoritahs. It’s not really necessary to make a documentary, however therapeutic it may be, right? (Lot’s of luck to anyone from Edward Lozzi & Associates public relations trying to gather a crowd in the 415 anytime soon. You’ll need it.)

Was Guy Hendrickson the Zodiac? Maybe yes and maybe no. That was true yesterday and that’s still true today.

Now about those glasses. Here are the ones Deborah claims to be from taxi driver Paul Stine…

…and here are the ones from poor Paul Stine in 1969, shortly before he was killed. Maybe he had another pair? Maybe Deborah also has the original Killian documents as well? (Wouldn’t Dan Rather be pleased to hear that!)

All this fuss today to promote a movie?

Bohemian Grove vs. Vanity Fair – Editor Alex Shoumatoff Tells His Story

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Well it seems like a long time ago, but the central character in last year’s fiasco at the Bohemian Grove is now telling his side of the story in frivolous Vanity Fair.

Poor Senior Contributing Editor Alex Shoumatoff! He feels that “right-wing knucklehead bloggers” and local P.R. man Sam Singer went after him last August by promoting a “humiliating Abu Ghraib portfolio” of detention photos.

Here’s one shot of Alex in the clutches of The Owl up in Sonoma County, after he was waterboarded for the 183rd time or something like that:

Anywho, two-thirds of a year later, Alex is telling the whole story on the pages of your favorite summer beach magazine. It’s called Bohemian Tragedy and it’s a lot to do with trees.

But beware, the Bohemian Club has spies everywhere, so take care before you read up on them or listen to Ralph Nader.

Remember, as the words above Taylor Street say, “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here.”

Zodiac Killer Named Today! Or Not – the Search for the “Real Killer”

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

[UPDATE: We know a lot more about this. Look here.]

Well, just take a look at the screaming headline adorning today’s San Francisco Examiner: “ZODIAC KILLER TO BE NAMED.” The postscript underneath goes, “Attorneys say they can prove the identity of infamous S.F. villain.” That’s a little better, but what makes this theory better than any of the others? Do we already know this theory is proven?

The location of today’s presser is curious – it’s in front of the San Francisco Chronicle Building at 901 Mission. The Chronicle, of course, has nothing to say about today’s event so far. But wait, a P.R. agency is involved, plus “Law Enforcement/Government Personalities” (yes Personalities!), and “Legal Representatives organized by members of the original Law Offices of Melvin Belli.” Well then!

Melvin Belli is always going to be your best bet if your crossword clue is “King of Torts,” but it’s not clear what the memory of his name adds to solve this case. Back in the 1990’s, Gorgan was “famed” for bumping into things with his English luxury car and also famed for not having the scratch to pay the workers at his law office. But back in 1969 he actually did interact with a suspect, so that’s something, I ‘spose. 


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Soon, All Will Be Revealed. Or not. We’ll see, but as far as this cheesy public relations campaign is concerned, we’re already way past Gouda and approaching Cheddar.

Zodiac Killer to Be Revealed at Press Conference


Supporting Forensic Experts, Law Enforcement/Government Personalities, and Legal Representatives organized by members of the original Law Offices of Melvin Belli will be in Attendance

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ — Over 40 years have passed since the first ZODIAC murder. He may have killed 36 people. There has never been conclusive evidence implicating a single individual and no one has ever come forward to identify the real killer. This has remained one of the world’s greatest unsolved crime sprees…until now. For the first time in four decades, there is new, never before seen or heard evidence of the identity of the Zodiac Killer. Through the efforts of many world renowned forensic experts under the direction of original partners of famedZodiac Killer confidant/attorney Melvin Belli, a press conference will be held this Wednesday at the San Francisco Chronicle. At the press conference, a proven immediate family member of the Zodiac Killer will make a statement identifying the killer. Attending with her will be leading forensic experts, a Melvin Belli former partner, family lawyers and others who have helped solve this case that has been open for many years. Information of the forensic evidence – including cryptology, handwriting analysis, current law enforcement investigations, and most startling, the murder accomplice evidence – will be distributed. This historical revelation upsets the theories of the murder investigations in the past. Many cold case crimes have recently been solved because of 21st century forensic technology. This is one of the bigger breakthroughs.

Recently, there has been misinformation distributed to some media outlets from a source in Sacramento which fast tracked this press conference. Over two years have been spent in forensic investigations by the nation’s best so there could be no question unanswered about the evidence to be distributed this Wednesday.

WHAT: Press Conference: ZODIAC KILLER Identified – Family Member, forensic experts, crime investigators and lawyers

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 12 Noon

WHERE: In front of the San Francisco Chronicle Building 901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

WHO: Family member of Zodiac Killer, former associates of Law Firm of Melvin M. Belli, forensic experts, investigators

Contact: Edward Lozzi, Pamela Moskovitz of Edward Lozzi & Associates Public Relations 310-922-1200

Source: Edward Lozzi & Associates Public Relations
CONTACT:  Edward Lozzi or Pamela Moskovitz of Edward Lozzi & Associates
Public Relations, +1-310-922-1200,

Web Site:

It’s On! May 8 Fundraiser! Citizens for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Get up to speed here and then get ready to buy your tickets for the May 8th Party2Party fundraiser put on by the Citizens for the Preservation of the Bay2Breakers at five-star rated (sort of) RōE Boutique Nightclub and Lounge on 651 Howard in the SoMA. Your purchase just might help to fund a race-day float party at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

See you there!

Friday May 8th we will be throwing a fundraiser party at Roe! We’re raising money for our (free) float corral B2B afterparty in Speedway Meadow (in Golden Gate Park near the end of the race). Please support us by buying your ticketto the fundraiser ahead of time and telling your friends. Special thanks to the folks at LoveFest and Sunset Promotions for assisting us with the float party.

Also thanks to the crew at CrawlSF to get this party going at Roe, which has three floors of music! VIP tables are available for up to 8 people which includes a bottle of Lotus Vodka. You can reserve your VIP table when you buy tickets online.

DJ Lineup: DJ Smoove, DJ Zaq, DJ Chris Fox, Gabe Gavilanes, and more to be announced.

Buy tickets early! There is a limited number of space in this three level venue so be sure to buy your tickets early. It’s only $10 if you buy before May 2nd. After that it goes up to $15 or more the closer it is to the event (if there are tickets still available). If you donate $50 or more to our Flush Fund by May 2nd you will receive a t-shirt and a ticket to the party!

Mercedes-Driving NIMBYs Pack Presidio Trust Transportation Workshop

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

As promised, the Presidio Trust Main Post Planning Transportation Workshop went off on April 22, 2009. Look here later on to see when and if two more similar meetings will occur in the very merry month of May. (The first should deal with historic resources and the other is slated to be a kind of catch-all open-mike night.) 

122 souls sat through a presentation of answers to a dozen key questions that people have been asking about concerning transportation – signalization, fees for parking, traffic loads, etc. I vowed to leave as soon as the public speakers veered off-topic – that took about ten seconds, so oh well. Regardless, this appeared to be a more-productive-than-average public yammer session. Assemblymember Tom Ammiano sent a representative (the well-informed Noriko Shinzato) as did Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, so it appears that interest in the plans for the Main Post remains strong.

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Fully eleven Mercedes-Benzeses were out front, or in the lot up the hill, or in the overflow lot even further up the hill near the chapel. BMW was also well-repped, and there were a least three Porsches, including two expensive Porsche Cayenne minivans and one hepped-up Neunelfer.A richer group of parking-hungry NIMBYs would be hard to find. One bicycle.

All this Powerpoint stuff should be online in the near future, or maybe it already is.

Presidi-Go is already up to 300,000 trips per year.

Should the NIMBY’s, the people of means, be given more votes on this matter than tourists from Tempe? Only Time Will Tell. 

So there you have it, To Be Continued.