Sunset Beacon
July 2005


Sunset Spotlight/Police Blotter/
Historical Photo


Amateur Astronomy Group Urges Public Participation
Local astronomy organizations are busy recruiting star-gazing buffs by offering special events and inviting them to monthly events in San Francisco and at Mt. Tam in Marin County. They would like to see more amateur astronomers swell their ranks.

Kai Ming Serves Pre-school Students on Taraval St.
The Kai Ming Head Start pre-school program will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the federal Head Start Program and its status as the first Head Start in the Sunset District.

Artist Uses Century-old Process
"Bold, yet sensitive," and "expressive and compelling" are words that come to mind when viewing Kevin Murphy's art.
In the '70s, Murphy, once a graphic designer for various Los Angeles ad agencies, moved to Watsonville on the Central Coast of California between Monterey and Santa Cruz. There, he studied printmaking ("intaglio") and began showing his paintings and prints, selling mainly Gicléé prints in Santa Cruz County coffee shops.

Truce in Natural Areas Program Battle
Compromise Reached Between Pro-Native, Pro-Alien Combatants
The SF Recreation and Park Department held a workshop at Stern Grove's Trocadero Clubhouse June 28 to present a proposal and solicit community input for the Natural Area Program's (NAP) plan for the city's southwest parks.

Concourse Plan Will Eliminate Through-traffic
The SF Recreation and Park Commission has approved a plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Concourse. The action will close the concourse to through-traffic and limit traffic on the roads on the north and south to emergency vehicles and the dropping and picking-up of passengers at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.

Golden Gate Park shaped with McLaren at helm
When the park was first conceived, Frederick Olmstead, the designer of New York's Central Park, was consulted. He was of the opinion that parks with trees and shrubs were out of the question for San Francisco. A Santa Rosa newspaper described the proposed site for the park as a "dreary waste of shifting sand hills."

Homeless statues find home at Lake Merced
During a meeting May 19, the SF Recreation and Park Commission unanimously approved the permanent placement of two statues at Lake Merced � King Carlos III of Spain will be moved to the Lake Merced Boathouse and Juan Bautista De Anza to the Sunset Circle overlooking the lake.

Mayor spells out budget priorities
San Francisco's budget deficit and environmentally conscious city planning were the major topics SF Mayor Gavin Newsom discussed with seven neighborhood newspaper publishers and reporters June 10.


John M. Lee: Checking the State of Real Estate

Stephanie Li: Grilling 'Green' This Summer