May 2004


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

Pirouetting: Presidio Performing Arts Foundation director Vassilii Mountian directs several dancers at the foundation's new location at the Presidio.

Vehicle Boosting Biggest Crime Problem in Park
On the night of Jan. 6, a 76-year-old monk named Yu Sou Sik took an evening stroll in Golden Gate Park. At Sixth Avenue and Fulton Street, he was robbed by knifepoint by a suspect who stabbed him three times after he handed over his money. The monk has since recovered from his wounds, but the suspect is still at large. The occurrence of this serious crime begs the question: Just how safe is Golden Gate Park?

Rec. and Park Slashes Capital Projects
Rossi Park one of 23 projects unfunded, audit called for
Stunned by the announcement that the SF Recreation and Park Department has run out of bond money four years into a 10-year $400 million capital plan to revitalize the city's aging parks and recreational facilities, angry residents and elected representatives are calling for an audit.

Presidio's Plan for Hospital Housing Draws Fire
The rhetorical temperature climbed in April when Richmond District neighbors threatened to bring a lawsuit against the Presidio Trust to stop it from converting the historic Public Health Service Hospital into a large housing project.

Dancers Work Hard to Get to the Top of the Class
Flitting, floating, perfectly aligned and 12 years old describes one of the many dancers for the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation (PPAF). The foundation, which started in 1998 as a grass roots movement to create performing arts and cultural programming for children, has found a new location at the Presidio. It offers an education in performing arts to young children under the strong direction of internationally-renowned artistic director Vassilii Mountian.

Controversial Report Would Eliminate Truck at Station 14
A controversial report by the city controller concludes that a major overhaul of the SF Fire Department could save taxpayers $13 million this year, in part, by eliminating fire trucks and engines from fire stations across the City, including in the Richmond and Sunset districts.

Editor's Note


Capt. Sandra Tong: Police Beat

Cathy Murphy: Keeping a Loved One at Home

Supervisor Jake McGoldrick: Saving Fire Truck 14

John M. Lee: When Interest Rates Rise