Russian Heritage Center Opens
"Religion is the opium for the masses," says Rabbi Shimon Margolin, quoting Karl Marx. "There is not one Soviet citizen that does not know this phrase."
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.
Years of heated debate over the SF Recreation and Park Department's controversial Natural Areas Program (NAP) ended in June with a series of public workshops. The purpose was the unveiling of the revised management plan for NAP that incorporates a compromise reached in March between Rec. and Park, native plant advocates and neighborhood groups. Negotiations had been ongoing since June 2004.
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.
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."