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A look at Sutro Baths (video)

SFSU journalism student Karissa Bell made a short video about the history of Sutro Baths, including interviews with Sutro Baths historian Tom Bratton and Woody Bounty, historian and head of the Western Neighborhoods Project.

The video features some great old photos from the WNP’s archives. Enjoy!

Sarah B.

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 10:48 am | Posted under History | 1 comment

Richmond District author receives book award

Green Apple’s blog reports that Richmond District resident and young adult author S. Terrell French was in Washington D.C. recently to accept the Green Earth Book Award for her novel Operation Redwood.

Released last May, Operation Redwood tells the story of a 12-year-old boy in San Francisco fighting a big corporation with his friends to save a grove of redwood trees from being cut down.

The award is part of the Green Earth Literature Program, created by the Newton Marasco Foundation to get more books with a message of environmental stewardship into the hands of children and young adults.

French recently sat down for an interview with Examiner.com. She says she is already working on a new book, also set in San Francisco, for the same age range .

If you want to contact Ms. French or learn more about redwood logging, check out her Operation Redwood website. You can also keep up with her on her Facebook page.

And the next time you’re in Green Apple, check out Operation Redwood in person or purchase it from their website.

Congratulations to S. Terrell French on her award!

Sarah B.

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Cliff House History Night, May 4

The Cliff House is hosting another history night on Tuesday, May 4 from 6-8pm. The topic for the evening will be the 1909 Cliff House from construction to the present day restoration.

The guest speaker will be Carrie Strahan, formerly of the National Park Service. Carrie was the historical architect who coordinated much of the remodeling project. She will share photos of the interior during reconstruction and discuss some of the surprises they encountered during the project.

The event will include complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.

Due to the popularity of Cliff House History nights, an RSVP is now required to attend. They have limited seating capacity in their Terrace Room so if you plan to attend please respond to guest@cliffhouse.com. Include the number of people in your party, their full names, and Cliff House History Night in the subject line.

Special thanks to Sutro Baths historian Tom Bratton for the tip.

Sarah B.

Photo courtesy of the The Cliff House Project.

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Reminder: Lincoln Playground opening ceremony, Friday at 4pm

Come out at 4pm this Friday to Lincoln Playground at Clement and 33rd Avenue for a special ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly remodeled park.

In addition to fanfare and an appearance from Supervisor Eric Mar, you can also check out plans for the restoration of the Lincoln Stairs located near the park at the end of California Street.

See you there!

Sarah B.

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 11:19 pm | Posted under Eric Mar, Events, Kids, Parks | 1 comment

Keep your eyes out for a strange lurker at Mt. Lake Park

SFist received a tip today that a strange pull-up zealot has been lurking around Mountain Lake Park and taking pictures of children. The park is located just off Lake Street between 8th Avenue and Park Presidio Boulevard.

Please help spread the word to people you know in this neighborhood. I have seen this man 2 times at the lower playground at MLP. He does NOT have children and pretends like he does and is there to do pull ups. He takes pictures of the kids with his phone.

He drives a silver PT cruiser and wears sunglasses. He takes pictures of BOTH boys and girls. He looks for kids that don’t have care givers near by. I have not confronted him, but take Scout and stand next to him. He gets nervous and puts his phone away and eventually leaves. I personally believe that given the chance he might engage the kids and who knows what could happen…

If you have any information about this or see him at Mt. Lake Park in the future and witness suspicious behavior, please call the Richmond District police department at 553-0123.

Sarah B.

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 2:34 pm | Posted under Parks | 18 comments

“Remembering Playland” back at the Balboa starting April 23

If you missed the premiere screenings of the “Remembering Playland” documentary at the Balboa, beginning April 23 you’ll have another chance to see it on the big screen.

The full length documentary tells the history of San Francisco’s famous 10-acre seaside amusement park, Playland at the Beach. Located next to Ocean Beach, it was torn down in 1972 to make way for a condominium development. Gone now for more than 3 decades, it remains one of the city’s lost treasures.

Go back in time to see Laffing Sal, the Fun House, the Carousel, the Big Dipper, the Diving Bell, Dark Mystery, Limbo, Fun-tier Town, and much, much more, all through the eyes of the people who were there. The first and only documentary ever made about Playland, it features 12 interviews, 20 minutes of archival footage, 187 photographs and original music.

A large lobby display of Playland at the Beach photographs, posters, articles, and other memorabilia will be on exhibit during the one week engagement. Also on display will be original Playland items, like a “Dark Mystery” ride car, Playland tickets, signs, and a few surprises. BONUS: The famous ice cream sandwiches created at Playland, IT’S IT, will be for sale at the Balboa snack bar.

“Remembering Playland” will only run for one week starting April 23 at the Balboa Theater. Visit the Balboa’s website for showtimes or call 221-8184.

The DVD is still not available for sale online, but go here to sign up to be emailed once it’s available.

Sarah B.

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 2:19 pm | Posted under History, Movies | Comments Off

$5 Million grant awarded for Land’s End improvements

Planning Association for the Richmond (PAR) reports that the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has received a new $5 million grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to support restoration efforts at Land’s End.

The gift from the Goldman Fund will enhance the following projects and anchor work already completed at Land’s End:

  • Visitor center at the Land’s End Trailhead at Merrie Way with informational displays describing the area’s rich cultural and natural history. This facility will allow locals and visitors to enjoy an indoor space that will complement the dramatic outdoor restoration work already completed.
  • Improve the Trailhead and Overlook at the end of Camino del Mar, overlooking the coastal trail on the Pacific.
  • Restore and improve the Eagles Point Trailhead and Overlook that will create an accessible trail from Eagle’s Point at the edge of the Sea Cliff neighborhood.

    Amy Lyons, executive director of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, said “Lands End has always been special to Mr. Goldman as he used to walk there with his father as a young boy and continued the tradition with his grandchildren.”

    Land’s End attracts over 1 million visitors each year. A recent NPS survey indicates that within a 48-hour period, almost 5,800 people visited the area.

    Sarah B.

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     1:20 pm | Posted under Recreation | 2 comments
  • Apr-21-2010

    Police Blotter – April 19, 2010

    [Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of April 19, 2010. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

    About two weeks ago there was a grand theft committed on a MUNI bus at 33rd Avenue and Geary Boulevard . A MUNI driver had parked his bus and exited briefly. It was then that three young passengers stole the driver’s Muni Railway jacket, which had been hanging near the driver’s seat. The suspects fled with the coat which contained several items of personal property, including the driver’s hearing aids. The hearing aids were valued at $2500.

    Officer T. Moore, Richmond ’s school car officer, contacted MUNI authorities to obtain video recordings made inside of the bus at the time of the theft. Officer Moore was able to print photos of the suspects from the video data and then he visited nearby schools in an effort to identify the suspects. He was successful in his endeavors and two of the three suspects were arrested and cited for the theft last week.

    Officer Moore was able to reunite the driver with his coat; however, the hearing aids couldn’t be located. I am delighted with Officer Moore’s tenacity and the manner in which embraces his duties. He is well suited to police work and we are lucky to have him working with the youth in our community. I am confident that the juvenile authorities will be seeking restitution for the driver’s loss.

    On April 20, 2010 we received a report that Muni Driver’s coat had been stolen from a bus at 6th Avenue and Geary Boulevard . Officers quickly recovered the coat; however, the thief could not be located.

    On 04/11/10 at approximately 5:30pm a victim and two of his friends were inside the victim’s home on the 6300 block of California Street . Two suspects, one of whom was an acquaintance of the victim, dropped by for a visit. After being in the home for an hour, one of the suspects brandished a handgun and ordered the victim and his friends to the ground. The suspects tied up three victims with zip-ties, robbed the victims and fled the scene. The victims were able to free themselves and called 911. Two of the victims then searched the area for the suspects. The victims located the suspects’ truck on the 2500 block of Lake Street . The victims waited until the suspects returned and confronted them. A fight ensued and, when the victim saw that the suspect was reaching for the gun, he struck him in the face. Some of the victim’s property fell to the ground and was retrieved. At this point the victims left the scene. Several witnesses called 911 to report the fight and officers arrived on scene and located both suspects. Both had been injured, one seriously, both were transported to a local hospital. The victims sustained minor injuries. The suspects, one 36 year old male and one 28 year old male, were charged with robbery and false imprisonment.

    On 04/12/10 at 5:05pm a Public Works Department employee observed a juvenile graffiti a traffic signs on the 300 block of 11th Avenue . The employee contacted the police and kept an eye on the suspect until officers arrived. He pointed out the suspect, a 16 year old male, who admitted to officers that he did in fact “tag” the sign. The perpetrator was charged with vandalism and released to his parent.

    On 04/10/10 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm a suspect took a bike that was locked at the bike rack outside the Academy of Sciences .

    On 04/12 at 2:30pm a suspect walked into a bank on the 2800 block of Geary Boulevard . He approached the teller and handed the teller a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank. When the manager became aware of what had just occurred he ran out and observed the suspect get into a vehicle and drive off south on Collins Street . The suspect was described as a male 40-50 years of age wearing a black jacket, gray polo shirt and black pants. He was also carrying a briefcase.

    Between 04/17/10 at 9:00pm and 04/18/110 at 6:15pm on the 2000 block of Pierce Street a suspect entered into a garage and took a bike. There were no signs of forced entry.

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