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Designers transform a San Francisco Pac Heights mansion

At 3660 Jackson Street, the 2014 San Francisco Decorators Showcase has officially begun where dozens of the Bay Area’s top interior and landscape designers have transformed the elegant 9,000 square-foot mansion.

The massive mansion is in the middle of Presidio Heights and originally built in 1907 by the architectural team of Walter Danforth Bliss and William Baker Faville for their clients Rose and Alfred Sutro. 

The elegant red brick estate stands out with a façade of meticulously groomed climbing ficus. Inside, the spacious home features exquisitely detailed woodwork, a gracious entry with a three-story staircase and coffered skylight, a beautiful wood-paneled library, a music room, and several rooms with expansive views of the Presidio and San Francisco Bay.

The architectural team of Bliss & Faville was one of the most respected partnerships in San Francisco architectural history. Together, they designed some of the city’s most recognizable and famous buildings, including the St. Francis Hotel, the Flood Mansion (now Convent of the Sacred Heart School), the Masonic Temple, the Geary Theater and many significant landmarks and homes.

The original homeowner, Alfred Sutro, was a founding partner in 1904 of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, which became one of the largest and most respected law firms in California.   He won a landmark case following the 1906 earthquake that allowed thousands of San Francisco property owners to recover their losses and re-build again. This effort is seen as integral to the rapid rebirth of the city in the early years following the quake.

All the funds raised through the Decorator Showcase go directly to support the San Francisco University High School (UHS) Financial Aid Program.

The 2014 Showcase will run from April 26 – May 26 on Tuesdays through Sundays and Monday, Memorial Day.

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last entry)

Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last entry)

Sunday and Memorial Day: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last entry)

Closed on Mondays except for Memorial Day

In addition, each Friday, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Showcase will host “Friday Nights at Showcase,” a happy hour event with opportunities to meet designers and hear about the latest trends. Check www.DecoratorShowcase.org for additional information on designers and special Friday Night events.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:38:55 -0700

Man files lawsuit saying he is Audrie Pott's biological father, seeks nod as heir

A man filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose declaring that he is the biological father of teen suicide victim Audrie Pott and should be included in a wrongful death lawsuit as a legal heir.

Michael Lazarin, 46, claims that Sheila and Lawrence Pott, the teen girl's legal parents, falsely claimed to be her sole heirs in the suit they lodged a year ago, seven months after Audrie's death by suicide on Sept.

12, 2012.

Audrie was 15 years old when she hanged herself at Sheila Pott's Los Altos home on Sept. 10, 2012, and died at a hospital in Mountain View after being taken off life support two days later.

She had become upset in the aftermath of a Labor Day weekend party with other teens that Sept. 2 at a friend's home in Saratoga. During the party, she passed out inside a bedroom of the friend's house after drinking vodka mixed with Gatorade.

While Audrie was asleep, three male teen classmates of hers from Saratoga High School removed some of her clothes, used a felt pen to draw messages on her body, took photos of her and sexually abused her by digital penetration.

After pleading guilty to sexual assault, two of the boys were sentenced to 30 days in juvenile jail, which they served on weekends, and a third to 45 consecutive days.

The Potts filed suit on April 15, 2013, against the boys' parents for monetary damages. They are asking for damages for defamation, invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.

The Potts are also suing an unnamed teenaged girl who they allege assisted in taking Audrie to the room, watched the boys with Audrie and then lied about it to sheriff's deputies investigating Audrie's death in 2012.

In his lawsuit filed Wednesday, Lazarin attached as exhibits dozens of family photos of himself, Audrie, Sheila Pott and Lazarin family members taken from the late 1990s to early 2000s prior to when he and Sheila broke up in December 2003 after an eight-year relationship.

In other exhibits used to bolster his argument that he is Audrie's biological father, Lazarin included an email sent last Sept. 24 to his former lawyer Gloria Allred by the Potts' San Jose attorney Robert Allard, who described Lazarin as "nothing more than a sperm donor."

He also furnished printouts of posts on Facebook written to him about Audrie by Lawrence Pott's second wife, Lisa Pott, in 2011 before Audrie's death, that Lazarin claims indicates acknowledgement of his paternity.

A hearing on Lazarin's suit by a case management judge in Superior Court in San Jose is set for Aug. 19.

Lazarin said in an interview that he expects his case to be combined with the Potts' lawsuit.

He said his intention in filing suit is not for money but "to bring closure to me and my family."

"The devastating effects have been far reaching and difficult to cope with as I have watched my daughter become a public spectacle because of the criminal actions that took place before her passing, the horrendous defilement of her by (the boys) who did not receive due punishment for what they had done," he said.

Lazarin said that he met Audrie's mother Sheila in 1995 when he said she told him she was separated from Lawrence and was "going through an extensive divorce" from him.

He said he fathered Audrie and after she was born in 1997, he had "an active role" in the girl's life, financial support and upbringing in his San Jose home up to when she was 6.

Following his break up with Sheila in December 2003, Lazarin that month filed a paternity claim to establish himself as Audrie's parent.

He ultimately lost the case in a decision by then-Judge Dolores Carr, who cited a statute that said in order to be legally declared the father, he had to have taken the child into his home and openly held her out as his natural child within two years of her birth.

Lazarin said that he did not know about the two-year statute of limitations to claim paternity and did not declare or file a claim as Audrie's father while he was with Sheila in order to avoid family problems for Sheila.

"I was in a full blown relationship with my daughter and Sheila," he said. "Why would I sue somebody? I knew it was my daughter."

Lazarin said in his suit Wednesday that during the paternity case, it was never disputed that he was Audrie's biological father.

In a court filing in 2006, Sheila Pott's lawyer Mary Simpson wrote that the Potts were married in 1992, Lawrence Pott filed for divorce in 2001 but it did not became final until 2004.

Simpson stated that Sheila, while still legally married to Lawrence Pott, had an affair with Lazarin between April and September 1996, prior to Audrie's birth on May 27, 1997.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:20:26 -0700

Supervisor Efren Carrillo to testify at peeking trial

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo will testify at his misdemeanor peeking trial Thursday after Judge Gary Medvigy Wednesday afternoon denied a defense motion to dismiss the case.

Carrillo, the 33-year-old 5th District Supervisor, is charged with peeking into the window or door of his neighbor's Brockhurst Drive home in west Santa Rosa on July 13.

He was standing outside her apartment in his socks and boxer briefs when Santa Rosa police arrived around 3:40 a.m. He was arrested later for prowling and burglary.

The 11 women and three men on the jury, two of whom are alternates, heard two of Carrillo's recorded interviews with police. On Tuesday, Carrillo's neighbor, identified only as Jane Doe, gave her account.

She said she was sleeping soundly around 3:30 a.m. when she heard a tearing and scratching sound and rustling blinds at her bedroom window.

Doe said she woke up, went to the living room and saw a "scary, large and muscular" man standing in front of her apartment when she looked out the window.

She testified she woke up two female quests who were spending the weekend, and the three of them armed themselves with butcher knives. The man knocked on the front door, and when she asked who it was he replied, "it's your neighbor." Doe said she called police at 3:40 a.m., and again at 3:50 a.m.

Police found the lower left corner of the bedroom window screen was damaged and the window was open enough to allow someone to reach inside.

Doe testified that her window was open when she went to sleep.

Carrillo told police during the interviews he was drinking at a downtown Santa Rosa nightclub before he was dropped of at home around 2:30 a.m. He said he was ready to go to bed when he noticed a light in Doe's apartment was on and he decided to take two Pliny the Elder beers to her apartment.

Carrillo told police he walked to the front door of Doe's apartment and knocked quietly, then went to the back of the apartment to a sliding glass door where he noticed a light on inside the apartment.

He said he then went back to the front of the house where the bedroom and living room were located and knocked on the front door. He told police he does not remember knocking on Doe's bedroom window, but it's possible he did.

Carrillo said when Doe asked, 'Who is it?' he replied, 'It's Efren, your neighbor.' He said Doe said 'Hold on a minute,' but when he heard a man inside the apartment say, 'What the hell,' he left.

He called the decision to go to Doe's apartment at that hour, "a bad read" and a "misperception."

Doe and Carrillo had three previous brief encounters before July 13, according to trial testimony.

One was outside Doe's apartment and another at the Space XXV nightclub on the same day in mid-May, according to Doe's testimony and Carrillo's statements to police.

The third encounter was in June when Carrillo went to the back of Doe's apartment to give her a bottle of wine and welcome her to the neighborhood. Carrillo gave her an air kiss and a hug as he stood on the threshold of the sliding glass door, Doe said. She later told police the incident was "weird and creepy."

In asking Medvigy to either dismiss the case or acquit Carrillo after the prosecution finished presenting its evidence, defense attorney

Chris Andrian said Napa County Deputy District Attorney Cody Hunt did not present any independent evidence Carrillo was seen peeking into a door or window.

Andrian said the only evidence of peeking was Carrillo's statement that he went to the sliding glass door in back of the apartment and noticed a light was on in the apartment.

"That's not peeking, but even if it was, where is the independent evidence from witnesses," Andrian told the judge.

Doe testified she kept the blinds of her apartment closed at night.

"The status of the house was peek-free," Andrian said.

Hunt said there is substantial circumstantial evidence of peeking to send the case to the jury because the window screen was damaged and the blinds were rustled.

Hunt also said Carrillo told police he went to the back of the house and 'peeked in the back window.'

"It's enough just to look into a window or door," Hunt said in supporting the peeking charge.

Medvigy will include the lesser offense of attempted peeking when he instructs the jury on their verdict options Thursday, Andrian said.

Peeking carries a six-month jail sentence, and the penalty for attempted peeking is three months, Andrian said.

Andrian said Carrillo will testify so the jury "will know the story from his perspective."

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:02:43 -0700

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