Photo by Maureen McGettigan
ART AND SOUL: Sunset District artist Cynthia Tom stands in front
of some of her artistic creations. Tom's artwork was recently displayed
at California Pacific Hospital. She uses her art to view important social
issues, including Chinese immigration to Angel Island.
and Park takes Another Look at Improvement Plan
Three years into a $400 million project to revitalize the city's aging
recreational facilities, Richmond and Sunset district residents learned
that the SF Recreation and Park Department is undertaking a long-range
planning effort that could affect which parks and recreation facilities
in their districts receive funding for improvements.
to Remodel Ortega Library
A meeting in late September offered Sunset residents the first opportunity
to give input on a plan to rebuild the Ortega Branch Library and bring
them up to speed on the project. The current library, located at 3223
Ortega St., was built in 1956 and has about 4,057 square feet of interior
space. The plan for the new library seeks to double the size of the
facility to about 8,500 square feet.
EIR Gets OK, Traffic Plan Opposed
A last ditch effort to block the building of a controversial 800-space
parking garage under the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park failed
when the SF Board of Supervisors rejected the appeal of an environmental
Considers Giving Laguna Honda Land to City
Still smarting from a public relations nightmare when a plan to use
goats to control vegetation on the hillside above the Laguna Honda Reservoir
ignited a public protest in April, the SF Public Utilities Commission
(PUC) is undertaking a comprehensive assessment that could turn the
property over to the SF Recreation and Park Department for use as a
Newspaper Editors Grill Mayoral Candidates
The major candidates vying for Mayor Willie Brown's job faced members
of the city's neighborhood press at City Hall Sept. 15 to explain their
positions on quality-of-life issues facing San Francisco's neighborhoods.
Publishers and editors of the city's neighborhood newspapers grilled
candidates about homelessness, affordable housing, the economic vitality
of San Francisco and what they intend to do about job creation and predicted
budget deficits next year.
Artist Views City Through Eyes
of Chinese Immigrants
Using surrealism and symbolism as a means of healing through art, Cynthia
Tom seeks to nurture individuals and the community. "My work has a healing/psychological
aspect to it that encourages thought and discussion," said Tom from
her Sunset District home.
Candidate Sticks with Principles
in Mayor's Race
It is a warm summer night on Commonwealth Avenue in Jordan Heights.
Dressed in a short-sleeve plaid shirt and blazer, mayoral candidate
Tony Ribera stands at the podium seeking an endorsement from the Armenian
National Committee. He speaks boldly about his vision for the City,
never missing an opportunity to criticize the current mayor. His presence
is not like a polished, eloquent downtown politician but more of a plain-speaking,
Crime Rate Down; Locals
The overall crime rate in the Sunset District is down three percent
since August, 2002, according to Capt. Keith Sanford, the commanding
officer at the Taraval Police Station.
Sunset Library Nominated
for Landmark Status
Sunset Community Festival
Ma: My Votes on Recent Homeless Legislation
M. Lee: Where are Interest Rates Going?
Assemblyman Leland Yee:
Saving the Park Windmills