June 2011

Note: For additional stories about the west side of San Francisco, see the new issue of the Sunset Beacon.

Police Blotter/Richmond Roundup

Panel debates future of Golden Gate Park
More than 100 people showed up at the Commonwealth Club on May 11 to listen to a six-member panel talk about the many diverse issues currently facing Golden Gate Park. The presentation was entitled, "Golden Gate Park Under Siege?" The conversation pondered what steps can be taken to ensure a vital future for the park.

Fight over fate of Presidio Avenue community center
A plan to expand the Booker T. Washington Community Center (BTWCC) on Presidio Avenue, near Sutter Street, and add 50 units of affordable housing has caught so much flack from neighbors that the local supervisor not only withdrew his support for the project, but he now opposes it.

Park recycling center gets reprieve until end of month
It was among the first recycling centers in the nation, on the vanguard of the recycling movement in the '70s, and it contributed to community gardens and greening projects throughout the City.

Ground broken in May to build new visitors' center at Lands End
Concerned parties from the four winds gathered at Lands End on the evening of May 18 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new National Park Service's visitors' center, which will be built at the parking lot on Merrie Way.

Eagles win baseball championship; school sweeps awards
The George Washington High School varsity baseball team won the city championship at AT&T Park on May 12. The win capped off a record-setting year for Washington, with its baseball, basketball and football teams all winning the city championship. It is the first time in Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) history that the feat has been accomplished.

Golden Gate Park fly casting club reels in years of San Francisco history
The Golden Gate Anglers and Casting Club (GGACC), may be nestled slightly off the beaten path, overshadowed by the better-known bison paddock across the road on Golden Gate Park's John F. Kennedy Drive, but it is still a local gem, ready for public use – for those ready to grab a rod and practice their casting techniques.

Snakes and lizards slither into Steinhart for summer
Dr. Chris Andrews, director at the Steinhart Aquarium, has long had a personal affinity for snakes. The affection began at age eight, when a friend brought a snake to school. Although initially intimidated by the creature, he was also fascinated so he decided to trade a can of tennis balls for the snake. As he spent time with the animal, he found he quite liked it. Thus began his ongoing interest in snakes, an interest that has persisted to this day.


Capt. Richard Corriea: Police Beat

Supervisor Eric Mar: Community Updates

Sen. Leland Yee: I'll fight school cuts, help business