Smut Shack? 

New details about Eli Polk's recent arrest make his mom's trial all the more surreal. Under "occupation" on the ballot form, politicians should simply enter "weasel."

Dateline-NBC once asked Eli Polk whether it was strange to be staying at the Orinda home where his mother, Susan Polk, stabbed his father to death three-plus years ago. "Well, it has always been my home," Eli replied. But there's an even stranger thing than living in the home where your father died a bloody death: Letting someone shoot a porno in the room where your father died a bloody death.

Earlier this month Eli, 21, was arrested for allegedly battering his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Provine, 31. He was released the next day. That much has been reported. What hasn't been reported are the bizarre circumstances Provine told police led to her fight with Polk on March 9.

According to a police report obtained by Feeder, Polk became agitated when Provine wouldn't go to the poolhouse with him to watch a porn flick being filmed by a tenant "with several of [the tenant's] friends." Apparently Eli had rented out the poolhouse — the exact spot on the $2 million estate where his father, Felix, was stabbed to death in October 2002. "Provine said she didn't want to watch people get filmed while having sex and told Polk it was gross and disgusting," the police report says.

That's when the two began arguing, she claimed to police. The report says Polk slapped Provine in the face, pushed her against the kitchen cabinet, and then grabbed her by the hair and threw her out of the house. Provine then called the cops, who came and arrested Polk. Provine had had a restraining order against Polk stemming from an earlier incident, but told police that she had decided to see him again after he kept calling her.

That's her side of the story, at least. When Feeder contacted the poolhouse tenant, he adamantly denied making a skin flick on that or any other night. He described Provine as "crazy," and suggested she made up the story. The thirty-year-old said he's a fashion photographer who was shooting pictures of a girl on the night in question, not of people having sex. "That's fucked up, because I don't make pornographic anything," he said. "I'm a photographer, not a pornographer."

Eli is the only one of Susan Polk's three sons slated to testify on her behalf. Polk, now 48, says her late husband and former therapist seduced and raped her when she was his teenage patient. She insists she endured a twenty-year marriage full of abuse and that she killed her husband in self-defense. Prosecutors, however, say she murdered him during a contentious divorce shortly after a judge awarded Felix their home and custody of their youngest son, Gabriel Polk.

Susan Polk, who is acting as her own lawyer, just completed a long, meandering cross-examination of Gabriel, who found his father's body. After Eli was arrested, Polk asked Laurel Brady, the judge in her case, to grant an emergency restraining order protecting Eli from Provine (Brady declined). Other news reports have quoted Eli and Susan as saying that Provine was the aggressor in the March 9 incident. Eli told The Contra Costa Times at the time, "She barges into my house and starts screaming at me that I haven't returned her phone calls. I called the police." The cops obviously believed that Polk was the aggressor, which is understandable since Polk, a rugby player, is ninety pounds heavier than his petite ex.

Less than a week after his March 9 bust, Eli was arrested again — for allegedly violating his ex-girlfriend's restraining order and violating his probation stemming from a March 2005 conviction for evading a police officer. He remains in custody, where he can't view pornos made by anyone.

The Occupation Game

State Senate wannabe Ellen Corbett's campaign recently sent out a triumphant press release when the secretary of state refused to let rival John Dutra list his occupation on the ballot as "State Assemblymember, emeritus." State election rules prohibit former legislators from using the word retired (apparently, emeritus was close enough). Corbett contended that Dutra was trying to hide his real current occupation — real-estate developer — much as Ron Dellums' rivals in the Oakland mayoral race are accusing him of trying to keep his lobbyist title off the ballot.

Last week, Dutra filed his own complaint against Corbett challenging her ballot designation of "college professor/attorney." Dutra tells Feeder that Corbett is misleading voters because she only has taught a couple of poli-sci courses at Chabot and Las Positas community colleges. Dutra argues that to be called professor one should at least have tenure. "It's a title of distinction," Dutra says, "it's very prestigious and it needs to be earned."

Corbett doesn't see what the big deal is. "My students call me professor and when I'm out in the community people call me professor," she sniffs.

A Sacramento judge agreed with Corbett this week and threw out Dutra's complaint.

Corbett, Dutra and Assemblyman Johan Klehs are vying to replace Democratic state Sen. Liz Figueroa, who represents southern Alameda County, including Fremont, Union City, and Hayward.

Dutra, by the by, says he's come up with another ballot descriptor for himself — one that still manages to sidestep the D-word. His new proposed designation: "President, family business."

Yikes! Tutone is Back.

There was a very heady debate last week in Dublin held by the Tri-Valley Democratic club where candidates for a variety of seats talked about the state budget deficit, our crumbling infrastructure, and the soul of the party.

God, was it boring. Oh, except for the delightfully awkward sight of two candidates who arrived in what appeared to be the same jacket. Both Kathy Ellen Mount and Mary Hayashi showed up in a long black-and-white checkered coat, which inspired some catty whispering among audience members. The other funny coincidence is that Mount, an employment law attorney, is running for judge against Hayashi's husband, Dennis Hayashi.

When Feeder talked to Mount about the situation a couple of days later, she noted that the jackets weren't exactly the same. Nonetheless, she said, both she and Hayashi got a good chuckle out of it. "We were both complimenting each other," Mount recalled.

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