October 2003


Police Blotter/Richmond Roundup/Letters to the Editor

Rec. 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.

Park Garage Plan Moves Forward
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 impact report.

PUC Determining Future of land near Laguna Honda Reservoir
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 park.

Neighborhood 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.

Rattlecans still Rock 'n Rolling in the Richmond
Richard Thomas, drummer for the popular Richmond District band, the Rattlecans, bought his first drum set in 1964 when he was just 16. A year later, he left his home in San Francisco to work for a band in Chicago. Eventually, Thomas became homesick and returned to the City, where he has been playing in bands ever since.

Canine Couple Gets Hitched in 'Memorable' Wedding
Providence Place, a residential care home in the Richmond District, threw a wedding for two of its beloved canine friends Aug. 22.

Local Filmmakers Feature Creations
The 19th Annual Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema showcases the work of Richmond District filmmakers.

Channing Honored at Fundraiser
The Institute on Aging, one of the largest non-profit organizations caring for seniors in northern California, will hold a fundraising celebration at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 honoring movie star Carol Channing and philanthropist Richard Goldman at the Coronet Theater, the site of its future home.

Local Artists Open Studios

Restaurants Help Youth


Capt. Sandra Tong: Police Beat

Supervisor Jake McGoldrick: Conservatory of Flowers Reopens

John M. Lee: Where are Interest Rates Going?

State Sen. Jackie Speier: What are Your Thoughts?

Assemblyman Leland Yee: San Francisco - the other 'Windy City'

Deanna Simon: Fight the bite - More Important than Ever

David Heller: Why We Need Proposition M