The Richmond Review

Current Issue: November 2002

Roundup/Calendar/Police Blotter

The Fang Years: How a Family's Climb to the Top is Taking a Toll

Enlisting the help of some of the city's most powerful figures, the influential Fang family has amassed more than $24 million in real estate and acquired the 135-year-old SF Examiner for only $100 with a $66 million subsidy to run it. But the Examiner is losing money and opponents are taking aim.

Parent Protests Result in Argonne Playground Upgrade

The SF Recreation and Park Department reversed itself in October and promised to expedite the renovation of the Argonne Playground after an angry group of parents confronted top department officials with pictures of unsafe play equipment.

New Director Takes Helm at Richmond Village Beacon Center

The Richmond Village Beacon Center at George Washington High School has a new director, Christopher Chow, who is also an Emmy-Award-winning television news reporter-producer, communications consultant and community programs manager.

 Julius Kahn Renovation in the Works

A playground in the Presidio may soon get a facelift.

In November the SF Recreation and Park Commission will decide whether to approve a design for the renovation of the Children's Play Area in the Julius Kahn Playground, according to project director Lizzy Hirsch.

Planetarium Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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

Centenarian Still Dances to the Joyous Sounds of Life

She was once a dancer for Lawrence Welk, lived through both World Wars and the Great Depression, and has outlived several of her own grandchildren. On Nov. 4, Richmond District resident Alby Hunt will celebrate her 100th birthday.