Sunset Beacon

August 2002

Sunset Spotlight/Police Blotter/Letter to the Editor

Rec. and Park Capital Improvement Plan Reworked
Residents attending a July 22 workshop, hosted by the SF Recreation and Park Department for Districts 1, 4 and 7, were surprised to learn that a revised plan to rebuild the city’s aging recreational facilities and renovate playgrounds and clubhouses was put on hold, in some instances, for years.

Anthrax Scare Turns Out to be Starch, Suspect Sought
Extensive testing has concluded the powdered-filled envelopes found in the mailboxes of Sunset and Richmond district homes in late June were non-toxic.

Plan to Build New Outer Sunset Church Gets OK
In an unusual turn of events, the SF Planning Commission rejected a recommendation by the SF Planning Department and approved a proposal by the Sunset Chinese Baptist Church to demolish 12 units of housing it owns in the Outer Sunset District so it can build a new church.

New Parkside Square Plan Unveiled
Renovation plans for the Parkside Square Playground were recently unveiled at a well-attended community meeting held at the Trocadero Clubhouse at Stern Grove.

Rare Algae Bloom Kills Fish at Spreckels Lake
Workers at Golden Gate Park responsible for maintenance at Spreckels Lake, a large pond in the northwestern section of the park, became alarmed in late June when hundreds of fish began washing up dead on the shoreline. “The fish were gasping for air,” said Chris Daquiozg, a gardener who works at the lake.

Scientists See Drop in Whale Strandings
Stranding rates for Gray Whales, which pass north and south along the coast each year, are down again, but Gray Whale population estimates suggest that the gentle giant’s numbers are on the decline.

Sunset Author's Tale of 'Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll'
A native New Yorker, who at 21 years of age feels he has nothing to lose, is the story on which legends have been established – at least those legends centered on the famous Haight-Ashbury "Summer of Love" scene.

Fight for 'Consumers' Seat at the Table'
Soon it may be required by law that television viewers watch commercials.

Free Shakespeare in the Park in Golden Gate Park
In late August and early September, neighborhood thespians will be able to leave their homes in the morning and travel to Golden Gate Park to enact a Shakespearean melodrama for their neighbors to watch in the afternoon.

Columns:

Dan Bertolucci: State Heavy-handed with its Tactics

Capt. Denis O'Leary: Police Beat

Supervisor Leland Yee: Sunset Alive with Local Activism

Peg Wallace: Restaurant Review – Hotei

Ina Shlez: Cut Pollution and 'Spare the Air'

John M. Lee: Impact of the Internet on Real Estate