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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.

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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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Tenant and community organizers at the Central City SRO Collaborative saying a fond goodbye to Karin Drucker, a Community Organizer there since Jan 2013 and someone instrumental in achieving a number of important community initiatives.

April 28th, 2015, 48 Turk Street, San Francisco.
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Community Housing Partnership will give you the chance to speak to their board at tonight's Board of Directors meeting, 6pm at the offices of SPUR, 645 Mission Street, 4th Floor.    

This open or "Sunshine" meeting, mandated by law, enables all who are interested to address the senior leadership and board members of this important organization.  

Note that is not a question and answer session.  Rather, it is a chance to tell those who run this organization what you want from it or to provide feedback about what you think.

The Community Housing Partnership provides housing, job training, case management and most importantly, hope to those who have suffered homelessness.   I proudly serve on this board and invite all who are interested to attend and speak out.

__________EVENT FACTS:
WHEN: Tonight, Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 6pm
WHERE: 645 Mission Street, 4th Floor, between 2nd and 3rd streets.
WHAT: CHP Sunshine Board of Directors Meeting
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Jeff Bell is an amazing person.  This video is well worth a watch.  
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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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Laura's Law is an exchange of liberty for safety that offers neither. Below, is an open letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors 
Dear Supervisor 

Today, Tuesday July 8th, 2014, you will be asked to make an important decision regarding a law intended to provide better mental health services to those suffering severe mental illness.   This is a law driven by immense pain on behalf of family members who witnessed loved ones being adversely impacted by their sufferings.   Often, the resulting mental illness lasts for years and has been associated with addiction and homelessness.

I understand and support the need to help.   Laura's Law or Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is not the right way to do it.   The fact that so few counties in our state have implemented it and none have implemented it without a trial period is very telling.  

If our city proceeds, we would be the first to go ahead without such a trial or go ahead without an independent body to do a program evaluation.   Asking DPH to honestly evaluate their own program is unfair and not too different from asking the fox if the henhouse security system is adequate.   This is a strong but not an unfair statement.

In such a progressive city as ours, do we really want to be seen by the country as putting forth such regressive, anti-choice and anti-consumer legislation?

This is also a very hurtful and divisive law that I believe will help few, upset many and ultimately leave all disappointed.  Also, at $40,000 per person (according to Jo Robinson, Director, CBHS), not counting court costs of a back logged and underfinanced court system, the law is expensive.    There are more helpful uses of our city’s treasury. 

The divisiveness of this law, a law that will affect so few, with estimates ranging from 10 to 120 per year, is also an unfortunate consequence. I have witnessed its debate strain long term friendships among those who share the same goals and are all well meaning. 

Even San Francisco's Mental Health Board, a city commission that I co-chair could not agree on its merits. The same disagreement was also found in a panel of mental health experts that I served on, all appointed by the mayors office to find better solutions to those who have fallen between the cracks in our system of mental health care. It was called the Mayor's CARE Advisory Task Force. This expert panel did, however, offer 36 recommendations for improving our system. When it came to Laura's Law, however, while impassioned debate and public comment occurred – with red eyes and tears flowing, there was no agreement. The panel called for further study.

At its most basic, mental illness should not be brought into a courtroom when no law has been broken.  Justifying Laura’s Law by citing extreme cases where harm has been inflicted on others is an insult to the rest of us who are just struggling quietly without hurting anyone but ourselves.  

Being non-compliant with a psychiatrist's medical recommendations or refusing to take prescribed medication should not result in a court order compelling treatment.

Even the best of our current state of the art psychiatric medications trigger long term and disabling side effects including severe weight gain and diabetes.   Up to 40% don’t respond or get better.   This is why some refuse such drugs.  Other reasons for refusal stem from the past trauma and abuses suffered by others trying to force treatment upon them.   

I see it as a self evident right and basic civil liberty to decide which medications one should take.  The right of refusal should not be challenged with court orders.  This will also have the unintended consequence of scaring some of those in need from seeking treatment.

While supporters claim that no one will be forcibly medicated, non compliance will result in a court order compelling a psychiatric re-evaluation. If the patient refuses, he or she will be arrested, put in handcuffs and forcibly taken to our city's Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES), a locked psych ward at San Francisco General Hospital. That act is the very definition of coercion. It is also humiliating and traumatizing for the person being subjected to it.

Ultimately, recovery from mental illness requires collaboration not coercion.

While I understand that Supervisor Mark Farrell claims that if the law submitted today, and improved by amendments of David Campos doesn't pass, he will take it to the voters – voters he claims will pass it.   Regardless of the outcome, Wrong is wrong.   I am also not convinced it will pass nor of the veracity of the study he cites showing public support.  The way the survey was worded would have led even me to answer in the affirmative. 

I ask and plead for you to take a principled stand and vote no today.  

Respectfully submitted for your consideration.

David Elliott Lewis, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, Mental Health Board of the City and County of 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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