June 2004


Police Blotter/Richmond Roundup/Letter to the Editor/Historical Photo

photo: Francis da Silva

Poets to be, or not to be: Jimmy Luong reads a poem he penned as Ansley Chen (left to right), Victoria Ngo, Jennifer Fong and Muna Sinada wait their turn at Lafayette Elementary Schoo's annual original poetry reading, held at the Anza Branch Library May 12. The students' teacher, Beverly Wong, is standing in the background.

Housing, Theater, Supper Club for Alexandria Site
In June, the new owners of the Alexandria Theater, a local landmark in the Richmond District since 1923, are expected to ask the SF Planning Department to approve a plan to convert the building and adjoining parking lot into a mixed-use project that includes 48 units of housing, a supper club, retail space and one movie screen.

Battle Over New Housing Policy Heats Up
Supervisor resurrects plan to legalize 'granny' units

In a city where land-use fights are a blood sport, the battle over San Francisco's skyline is expected to heat-up over the summer when the SF Board of Supervisors considers new guidelines for residential development and legislation to promote the building of secondary units.

Baseball a Passion for Prep Hall of Fame Coach
Robert Fung didn't begin playing organized baseball until age 11. However, he quickly refined his skills and within a few years Fung began cracking the first few hits that contributed to his .404 batting average as a high school freshman in 1982.

State, Federal Efforts Underway to Control Ocean Beach Erosion
Collaborative efforts, led by the California Resources Agency and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, are underway to develop a California Coastal Sediment Management Master Plan.

Westside Mental Health Clinic Gets Reprieve
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, responding to pressure from the public, has agreed to restore funding to a popular mental health clinic in the Sunset District that was slated to close due to budget cuts.

Gardeners Say More Help Needed in GG Park
Golden Gate Park, upon close inspection, seems to be fading away and those who tend to its care want the public to know the park needs help. As gardeners in the park for more than 25 years, Joan Vellutini and Doug Martino provided a short tour while talking about what they see as neglect in the 136-year-old landmark.


Capt. Sandra Tong: Police Beat

Supervisor Jake McGoldrick: Important Issue Updates

John M. Lee: Methods of Conflict Resolution

Assemblyman Leland Yee: Fighting Human Trafficking

Rev. John Anderson: A Tragic Mistake in Iraq