Sunset Beacon

December 2002

Spotlight/Police Blotter/Letter to the Editor

Groups Hammer Out Plan to Upgrade SF Memorial
Two black granite marble plaques will be installed in what is hallowed ground for a group of World War II veterans - the USS San Francisco war memorial at Land's End.

Food Fight Erupts Over McDonald's at Lakeshore Plaza
The weighty question of whether a McDonald's Big Mac is a hamburger or a sandwich was put before the SF Board of Appeals Oct. 30.

New Underground Garage Gets Cool Reception
The public finally got its first peek at the new design for a controversial $50 million parking facility to be built under the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park and they rejected the modern architectural elements included in the design scheme.

Half a Century Later, Caper Cutters Still Kicking
St. Paul's Church Hall bustles with color, movement and sound every Monday night when the San Francisco Caper Cutters take over. They "bend the line," "slip the clutch," "box the gnat," "pass the ocean," "sweep a quarter," "do the California twirl," "recycle" and then "promenade home."

Morrison Planetarium Still Scans the Skies
Having survived the Cold War and a recent fire, the California Academy of Sciences in the Morrison Planetarium in Golden Gate Park celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November before undertaking a massive remodeling project.

City Bees Fly Miles to Produce Golden Nectar
Honey! The golden ooze has been a part of the palate of humanity for many millennia. Long before refined table sugar, it was the most common sweetener.

Beach Patrol Saves Lives in Turbulent Ocean
With the arrival of Indian Summer during September, Ocean Beach was packed with visitors who rushed past signs warning, “People swimming and wading have drowned here,” and proceeded to jump into the ocean to cool off.

Columns:

Capt. Denis O'Leary: Police Beat

Assemblyman Leland Yee: Continuing to Serve

Fiona Ma: Why I Should Be District 4 Supervisor

John M. Lee: New Real Estate Laws for 2003