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While spending the weekend with a friend who lives in Novato in a home whose rear patio faces the Ignacio Valley Preserve, an area containing hundreds of acres of open space, I awoken to the most spirit lifting of sights. Gentle wildlife approaching, playing and feeding The young deer played by racing each other back and forth across the hillside. The turkeys pecked for food. The different species seemed oblivious to other. All got along. That morning, we were all friends.

In my robe and slippers, I was able to get close by walking very slowly. While watchful eyes tracked me, no one startled or fled. It was delightful, beautiful and at times, magical. My spirits soared. A warming calmness washed over my soul. Life was good. Very good.

Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 9am, Novato, Marin County, California.

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San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, wife Eliana Lopez & son Theo, May 10, 2015, San Francisco City Hall steps for Mothers Day celebration.
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Former two term District 3 Supervisor (2001–2009) and Board President, Aaron Peskin kicked off his campaign for his former seat in a well attended and enthusiastic event, Saturday June 6th, 2015, 1238 Sutter Street, San Francisco.

Aaron’s main challenger is D3 incumbent Julie Christensen, an appointee by Mayor Lee to fill the seat opened when David Chiu was elected to the California State Assembly.

Aaron enjoys a very good track record as an advocate for renters, low income residents including SRO hotels and all those people and organizations threatened with eviction - some of the major escalating challenges in our city.

You can learn more about Aaron at:


The election is on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

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SFPD Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Day 4, March 19th, 2015, San Francisco
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Yesterday, on Monday, Aug 3rd, 2015, at 6:02pm, my friend, the friend of many, someone loved and admired and a strong advocate for better neighborhoods in San Francisco, Jim Meko, ascended and merged with the infinite.  

Jim was struck down earlier this month on August 19th from a severe basal ganglia cerebral hemorrhage.  He never awoke from that initial shock to his brain.    He passed peacefully. 

Jim was born in St. Paul Minnesota, February 13, 1949, the son of Ernie and Genevieve, parents of Hungarian and Irish descent.   He is survived by his husband and long time partner in business and life, Roy Carr, together since 1981, and married since Oct 30th, 2013.  While not that close, he is also survived by his sister, Jeanne Meko Hall who lives in St. Paul MN.  

Jim attended the University of Minnesota and majored in Communications.  While there, he created their first ever gay advocacy group.  In 1977, Jim moved to San Francisco and eventually founded a successful printing business with his partner Roy, Best Impressions on 364 10th Street in the South of Market area (SOMA), an area that would become the focus of his later activism in land use and urban planning.  Best Impressions earned a five star Yelp rating and continues to operate. 

Jim will continue to live on in our hearts and in our memories via the knowledge he disseminated and for some like me, via the know how and skills he taught me.  He served as a mentor to many.   Jim held a deep and helpful knowledge of land use regulations.  I learned so much from him, starting when I volunteered for his campaign for District 6 Supervisor in 2009 and via his community organizing around the Western SOMA neighborhood plan, one of his true success stories.  In fact, Jim's community organizing to implement this plan, an eight year process that was highly inclusive, resulted in this new set of zoning regulations that helped to protect long time small businesses and set the course for a more balanced and complete neighborhood.   It will be one of his lasting legacies.  The Western SOMA plan was approved by our board of supervisors last year in a 10 to 1 vote.

Jim’s activism also earned him some detractors during the “nightclub wars”, mostly from owners and promoters of SOMA area entertainment venues whose expansion ambitions were frustrated by residents seeking to also have quiet enjoyment of their homes.  In trying resolve this conflict, Jim volunteered to serve as an entertainment rep which eventually led to two terms on our city’s Entertainment Commission.   

I noted, however, that even those that argued against Jim still respected him for his integrity.  Jim was honest to a fault and at times, strident.  He stood by his principles, including trying to balance competing interests between entertainment venues and residents.  Feathers were ruffled. Tempers sometimes flared. 

Jim was more than an activist.  He was also a great writer, a graphic designer and an artisan printer - rebuilding and running mid 20th century offset printing presses, an analog technology that is appreciated in the world where the feel of paper imprinted with deep impressions, textures and rich colors, not pixels, still matters.   

Good bye our dear friend.  You may have passed physically from our world but in many ways, you continue to live.

A memorial for Jim has been set up.  It will be at Slims, 333 11th Street, San Francisco, between Folsom and Harrison on Monday, August 17th at 6pm.
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You're invited to a journey of wellness.  I am honored to be giving the keynote presentation, my first, at the 2015 Semi-Annual Family and Consumer Conference, Friday, July 17, 2015, at the African American Arts and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton Street (cross street Webster), San Francisco.   

This free conference goes from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  I will speaking from 10:45-11:15am..  

9:30 – 9:55 Registration

9:55—10:00 Raffle

10:00 – 10:15 Welcoming Remarks:  Frank Isidro, BA
Georgia Jackson, Mistress of Ceremony
Ice Breaker: Georgia Jackson, MS

10:15 – 10:45 Theatrical Staged Reading/Monologue
Consumer Theatrical Troupe
Playwright – Frank Isidro
Actor – Allan Manalo

10:45 – 11:15 Consumer view: David Elliott Lewis, PhD

11:15 – 11:45 Family view: LaVaughn King, BA

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch, provided

12:45 – 12:50 Raffle

12:50 – 1:50 Wellness and Recovery Panel
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Kristina W.
Kim “KK” K.
Moderator: Frank Isidro

1:50 – 2:00 Closing Remarks, Evaluations, Raffle

Learn more or register by calling Frank Isidro, Deputy Director, Pathways, CBHS at (415) 255-3685 or emailing him at
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Thank you for thinking of me. Good luck in your journey. Mine would improve if a destination was in sight. Les Oee
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SFPD Crisis Intervention Team Awards, a first ever celebration of successful applications of verbal de-escalation instead of force when encountering people suffering from a mental health crisis, March 12th, 2015, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, San Francisco.
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Her life is her story and what a story it is. Eliana in an emotionally powerful one woman tour de force mesmerized and enthralled a packed theater at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St, San Francisco, June 7, 2015.

With a quick change of hats and even a paste on mustache, Eliana played a variety of rolls including her son, husband, mother, aunt, her attorney, her betraying neighborhood and yes, even Mayor Ed Lee. Her emotional range was wide and authentic.

The audience laughed but also felt anger and tears in watching and listening to her journey over the past half decade - a journey that started with her blossoming romance after meeting Ross in a conference in Brazil which soon led to her own struggles about leaving her home country, Venezuela and thus leaving her native language, her successful career as an actress, her family and friends and even her beloved dog.

Soon, her personal narrative veered towards what had become an intentional news story. Days after her husband election victory, after a campaign that left her and Ross exhausted, a marital argument raged about her wish to return to Venezuela for a family visit and thus a chance to introduce them to her son Theo. Her husband, driven by his own childhood trauma stemming from being separated from his own father when what was promised as a short vacation with his mother became a permanent separation, stoked fears that he might lose his son in a similar way.

As the argument continued, an arm grab while driving led to a bruise, a video taped testimony with her neighbor, criminal charges, an offer of amnesty by Mayor Lee for quietly resigning, the mayor’s testimony cut short by a phoned in bomb threat in which only the mayor was evacuated, which all eventually resulted in a Board of Supervisor's hearing on whether official misconduct occurred. It didn’t.

There were moments of pain and frustration as she heard herself described as a victim, had her family divided by an unwanted and unasked for restraining order while never being asked to tell her side of the story.

It was a story that was highly personal and yet also very public. It was a story about Eliana’s own aspirations, frustrations and pains and a story about the age old compromises and underhanded dealings of the San Francisco political scene. Most of all, it was an entertaining experience and a fascinating look into a life in our city, my city, our city, San Francisco.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can too in any of these three final performances:

Friday, June 12th 8:00-9:15pm
Saturday, June 13th 8:00-9:15pm
Sunday, June 14th 6:00-7:15pm

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SFPD Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Day 3, March 18th, 2015, San Francisco
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SFPD Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Day 1, March 16th, 2015, San Francisco
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Co-Chair, Mental Health Board of the City & County of San Francisco. Volunteer, Event Photographer, Writer and Activist for Social Justice. To see some of my photos, click on the "My Photos" link.
  • Mental Health Board of San Francisco
    Secretary and member, 2010 - present
  • Central City SRO Collaborative
    Tenant Advocate, 2011 - present
  • City of San Francisco
    Mental Health Board member, 2011 - present
  • Self
    Photographer, 2009 - present
  • Strategic Edge
    Founder and Partner, 1985 - 2000
  • University of San Francisco
    Adjunct Faculty Member, 1985 - 1989
  • VICI Associates International
    Management Consultant, 1984 - 1985
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Los Angeles - Knoxville - San Francisco - Manhattan
Volunteer, Photographer, Writer and Activist for Social Justice.
I'm an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist by training, a Management Consultant and Software entrepreneur by profession but a volunteer, photographer, writer and activist by inclination.

1. Delighted by most things creative including photography, fine art, theater, performance art, novels, movies and opera.

2. Thrilled to witness others thinking differently, solving old problems in new ways, defying tradition and breaking out of the corporate box.

3. At times, easily distracted by high tech gizmos, popular culture, foreign affairs and world events.

4. Curious about how things work, question what things mean and look deeper into what really is going on.

5. Usually not so trusting of official interpretations and accounts.

6. Sometimes wonder about the very purpose of life itself.

7. Alternately cynical and optimistic.

8. When I remember, awestruck by the miracle of our conscious awareness – our ability to think and be self aware.

9. Appreciate each new day as offering opportunity anew - a chance to do things differently and hopefully better than the prior day.

10. Simplified life by possessing only two email addresses, one phone number and zero automobiles.

\A LIFE OF CHANGE_________________________
_\From Los Angeles to Knoxville Tennessee to San Francisco.
__\From Art and Film Making to Psychology.
___\From Research Psychology to Applied Psychology.
____\From Psychology to Software Technology.
_____\From Technology to the Written, Spoken and Visual Arts.
______\From a Professional Career to Depression to Recovery.
_______\From Living Large to Micro-Financed Simplicity.
________\From Self Indulgence to Service to Others.
_________\From Unquestioning Acceptance to Inquiry.
__________\From Belief in the System to Activism.
___________\From Security to Freedom.

Photography, Art, Politics, Science, Technology, History, Nature, Writing, Cooking, Farmers markets, Nature, Animals, Electric cars, Mobile computing, Chocolate, Wikipedia and Trader Joes.

Norman Borlaug, Dean Kamen, Kathryn Bigelow, Lucy Stone, Ceasar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Linus Torvalds, Jack LaLanne, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Wolfram, Bill Clinton, Bono, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Tim DeChristopher.

Evolving and exploring = God is everywhere + God is hard to find + Miracles happen + Grace exists + Angels guard + Forgiveness Heals + Love enriches

People and the Environment before profits. Freedom over security. Human needs over corporate needs. Respect the US Constitution. Respect the environment even if its inconvenient or expensive. Libertarian when it comes to how we live, what we do with our bodies or what we put into our bodies.

Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Giacomo Puccini, Miles Davis, Jean Sibelius, Philip Glass, Aaron Copland, U2, Nina Simone, George Winston, John Coltrane, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Antonio Vivaldi, Bob Dylan, Jay Trainer Band, Tangerine Dream, Toshi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Ludwig van Beethoven, William Ackerman, The Doors, Vangelis, The Rolling Stones, Giuseppe Verdi, R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Neuromancer, Catcher In The Rye, Catch-22, Herzog, Moby Dick, Naked Lunch, Cannery Row, The Difference Engine, The Gulag Archipelago, In Defense of Food, Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sophie's Choice, Travels with Charley, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Tortilla Flat, Junky.

University of San Francisco, NCR (Hong Kong), NEC (Roseville, CA), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Toronto, Canada), SkopBank (Helsinki, Finland), The State Bank of NSW (Sydney, Australia) and also as a consultant to the United States Air Force (Dayton, Ohio).

For me, the best things in life are:
♥ Smiles, Laughter and Hugs from Friends.
♥ Encouragement and Collaboration from my Community.
♥ Social Justice aspired to and then Realized.
♥ Immersion and escape in the fictional reality of Movies.
♥ Wisdom and Insight from Literature.
♥ Soul stirring Joy from Music.
♥ Sensual Pleasures of texture, taste, aroma and sight of Food.
♥ Creative Spectacle from Art.
♥ Bliss and Serenity from Nature.

I hope to never take for granted the abundance surrounding me of good friends, community, art, music, food, literature, home and health.
Bragging rights
Citizen of the Year, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi. 2011. My plain English to SQL software "Query Maker for Delphi" won the Readers Choice Award for Best Database Add-on by Delphi Informant Magazine. April, 1999.
  • University of Tennessee
    Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1980 - 1984
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.S. Psychology, 1976 - 1980
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