Sunset Beacon
February 2005


Sunset Spotlight/Police Blotter/Historical Photo
Calendar of Events/Letters to the Editor

photo: Philip Liborio Gangi

Sunset Strummer: Alan Perlman plays a classical guitar that he made with Brazilian
rosewood and European spruce wood. Perlman is in the process of restoring the guitar
hanging on the right and has been building guitars for more than 30 years.

Tsunamis Always a Danger to Hit Ocean Beach
As the Indian Ocean communities devastated by last month's earthquake-induced tsunami mourn their dead and slowly rebuild, Bay Area residents cannot help but wonder: Could it happen here? The short answer is yes, it is possible, although the Pacific Ocean tsunami warning system would help save lives.

The Rooster Crows During Chinese New Year's Celebrations
With the Chinese New Year coming, celebrations to usher in the Year of the Rooster are in full swing. Considered one of the most important holidays for Chinese families, the New Year marks a time for reunions and giving thanks.

Presidio Plan Tries to Balance Needs of New, Old Forests
Seen from the air, or on a map, the Presidio appears to be one of San Francisco's largest green spaces. As it turns out, the park is that and much more - the area is officially designated as a national park, historic district and a Superfund site.

Annual Bird Count Confirms Trend of Continued Decline
The annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count found declining numbers of birds and species diversity in the San Francisco area again this year.

Guitar Maker Wins Most Innovative Business Award
"All of a sudden," Alan Perlman enthusiastically recalls, "I'm up there shaking hands with Mayor Gavin Newsom." Perlman is a luthier, or a person who makes stringed instruments - in this case, classical and steel string guitars.

Local Volunteers Work to Improve Life in Other Countries
Some people are born knowing their mission in life. So it is with long-time Sunset residents Marina, Jim and their son William McKenzie and Richmond residents Lillian and Ernest Del Barrio. Their desire has been to help those less fortunate than themselves, and their vehicle has been Project Concern International (PCI).

"Heron Lady" Shares Love of Majestic Birds with Public
Nancy DeStefanis, the "heron lady of Golden Gate Park," has formed a non-profit organization, San Francisco Nature Education, to acquaint underserved third and fourth grade students with the various types of birds that can be found in the City.



Capt. Keith Sanford: Police Beat

John M. Lee: State of the Real Estate Market

Supervisor Fiona Ma: Keeping an Eye on City Streets