The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on October 16, 1994 · 31
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 31

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Sunday, October 16, 1994
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A ledioo ol th Sm Funcuo Sumlay Eumuwr ind Ouuniclc ' Tutu In the Bay Area Desmond Tutu, archbishop of Cape Town, will speak In the Bay Area Monday night. The humanitarian and activist will lecture on 'The Rainbow PeoDle of God: The Making of a Peaceful Revolution at 8 p.m. at the Hoytt Theatre, located at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro, San Rafael. $12-$14. SanJFranrisco j&ammcr Sunday, October 1 6, 1 994 CI V ".'. H -' I j i jjj r i BAY AREA AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA In showcasing S.F. Opera's "The Dangerous Liaisons' PBS highlights the depressing state of serious music theater, critic Mian Ulrkh , says. C-15 DATELINES WORLD NEWS 10 HOROSCOPE I5ESTFI5 ET CROSSWORD- ANN LANDERS 14 14 14 TO BOLDLY GO EXAMINER PHOTOS BY KURT ROGERS SeaTrekETC Kayak' Regatta Fest kicks off early Saturday morning as kayak-ers depart Schoonmaker Point Marina in Sausalito, right, heading past San Francisco, above, for a circumnavigation of Alcatraz. The 1 3th annual edition of the event, a daylong program of racing, demonstrations, food and entertainment, benefited Environmental Traveling Companions., Take me out to a ballpark? In S.F.? A new park plan faces uncertainty By Dwight Chapln EXAMINER SENIOR WRITER Fafhsr's final, desperate act Fatal hold-up bid motivated by his child's need for surgery, family says By Tupper Hull EXAMINER SACRAMENTO BUREAU Marcus Dean Dykes was just 23, a desperate young man with a crushing load of worries to bear a grievously ill daughter, no job and an increasingly bleak outlook on life. He died Oct. 6 in the middle of the day, shot five times by a guard on an armored car he had tried to rob. As the patrons of a nearby Lyon's restaurant looked on, Dykes' life ebbed away on the pavement of a Pleasant Hill street. Marcus Dykes' short life could well have gone unnoticed, another young criminal lost in a world of violence, greed and casual death his death but a final, inevitable link in a familiar chain of hard circumstances. AT?" But Dykes was different, according to police and his grieving family. He had no criminal record, had never before been in trouble with the law. "There wasnt a violent or crim inal bone in his body," said Dykes' mother. Marv Bechtel of bacra mento. "This was not a criminal.! This was a good boy. He was the sweetest boy you could have known. He was so auiet and gener ous with everyone. He was alwaysj there to help people. , According to police, the hand-; gun Dykes pointed at the armored car euard did not have a bullet m its firing chamber, although it was loaded. After he disarmed the euard. Dykes told him to enter the back of I the armored car and return with See ROBBER, C-4 $4 BID MM -IThe City poised to award contract to Motorola for new network without alternate bids or outside expert advice By Leslie Goldberg OF THE EXAMINER STAFF San Francisco is about to award a $40 million contract without competitive bidding and without outside expert advice to a company represented by Mayor Jordan's former campaign manager, Jack Davis. The contract with Motorola Inc. is for a complex new radio system capable of linking police, fire, paramedics and 10 other city agencies during an emergency. Voters approved spending up to $50 million for the system last No vember, prompted by communica tions trouble after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and during the 1993 mass killings at 101 California St., as well as embarrassing failures of The City's 911 system. Dan McFarland, head of the Department of Electricity and Telecommunications, says The. City is going to have "the finest communications network in the United States." But some experts say the system being designed is too complex and expensive, given The City's needs. "This is the most over-designed, overly complex, expensive system that could be possibly conceived," said Kevin Parrish, a San Francisco radio consultant with 17 years of experience. "This is like building a 700-passenger airplane to go across tovn when all you need is a Volkswagen." City law requires competitive bidding on public projects costing more than $5,000. Exceptions are allowed, though, as in the case where only one company has the expertise or equipment needed. The City Purchasing Department waived the bid requirement for the radio system after the Department of Electricity said it would have to scrap $4.6 million in Motorola equipment now in place at a $9.85 million cost if another company did the job. Larry Garde, The City radio engineer charged with designing the system, told The Examiner he relied on Motorola when estimating the replacement cost Pat Jones, manager of the technology acquisition section of California's General Services Administration, said a previous investment can sometimes be used to justify such a no-bid, or "sole source" contract in state business. "Usually, it's a large investment on hand, say, $10 million and you want to buy a few thousand dollars worth of the same stuff," said Jones. "A $4.6 million purchase is small compared to $40 million. It's a little like the tail wagging the dog." City Controller Ed Harrington said sole source contracts are not unusual in San Francisco, "but typically you do sole source when yoU're buying a new component for a larger system you purchased previously." Stanford University radio engineering Professor Bruce Lusignan said The City's decision not to seek competitive bids could be costly. - "Motorola equipment is good, but badly overpriced when they don't have competition," he said. Motorola spokeswoman Pat Schod questioned Lusignan's expertise and said, "I don't recall any Stanford professor buying a radio See RADIO, C-3 The plan is enough to stop you' in your tracks with its sweep, its scope, its vision. A new 40,000-seat baseball stadium for the Giants. A new 20,000- seat basketball arena for the Warriors that would double as a convention center and be filled up to 250 times a year. Shops, hotels, restaurants, theaters a "city within The City" in the Mission Bay development south of Market Street. That so-called "entertainment district," which would generate countless jobs and bring an economic boost in visitor spending of an estimated $60 million-$135 million a year, may sound like a wonderful idea. But, in San Francisco, it could prove to be an idea whose time still hasn't come. Particularly if public money is required to get it built. 1 San Francisco, always one of the nation's most complex cities, has a hard core of political activists who resolutely and effectively oppose See ARENA, C-6 Student-led classes find niche at Cal Innovative program popular, expanding By Dexter Waugh OF THE EXAMINER STAFF Amanda Lasher, a UC-Berkeley English major, had trouble finding courses offering really contemporary literature related to her own so-called "Generation X" so she started one herself. Lasher's class must have struck! a chord: 65 students signed up for the weekly, two-hour "Exploring the Myth of 'Generation X.' " It's one of nearly 35 out-of-the-mainstream, student-created courses being given at Berkeley this semester under the aegis of DE-Cal, Democratic Education at Cal, a student-government sponsored program. Offerings include courses on eroticism, Northern Ireland, musical performance, organic garden- See CLASSES, C-5 Amateur sleuths tackle unsolved Idling Enthusiastic students confer with the pros By Keay Davidson EXAMINER SCCNCE WRITER When TV cops need help, they turn to amateur sleuths from the chatty Angela Lansbury to the formidable Batman. Now real cops need help, and' they're turning to the ultimate amateurs: ordinary, 9-to-5 folks who might spot clues that the pros have missed clues to murder. ; Uttering nary a "yuck!" or a "gross!" 25 would-be Miss Marples sat in a schoolroom Saturday and scrutinized color photos of a grisly . crime that has baffled the San Francisco Police Department since Christmas. ' ''Notice the chest wound it's located just below the left nipple and next to the fourth rib. That's above the left ventricle of the heart," said gray-haired, dark-suit-, ed homicide Inspector Earl Sand-See SLEUTHS, C-8) ? ! , ' -i ; If (j fr CYlkluCUf ct 17ARFTVI MANGELSDQRF S.F. homicide Inspector Earl Sanders talks with Kim Jorgensen, left, Rebecca Abad and Gtd Emmons Saturday.

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