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Washington High raising funds for new athletic fields

The George Washington High School athletic fields need a little t.l.c. The athletic facilities been in service for 70 years of P.E. classes, soccer games, track and field meets, football games and more. And when your field boasts a bay view like the one at GWHS, it’s only fitting that the field be top-notch too.

This summer, after school lets out, GWHS will begin long-awaited renovations which will include new turf on the football field (also known as the north field) and on the south field, a new track surface. The renovations will not only serve the 2,000 Washington students, but also the 12 high schools and 23 middle schools that use the south field and track for their recreation and sports programs.

The field have turned out some decent talent over the years. Crooner Johnny Mathis was an All-City track star who would have represented the US in the ’56 Olympics had a record company singing audition not conflicted with the US tryouts. And let’s not forget Ollie Matson, a 1952 Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist in track as well as NFL All-Star and Hall of Fame halfback.

The field and track renovations are only partially funded by a bond measure, so the school is taking the initiative to raise funds to cover the shortfall. Under the slogan of “A First Class Facility for a First Class School,” GWHS is reaching out to alumni, sports fans, staff, family, friends and neighbors of the school for support.

There are a couple of ways you can help. Attend a fundraising dinner on Friday, February 26, at Patio Español, 2850 Alemany Blvd. in San Francisco. Tickets are $100 per person ($34 dinner/$66 tax deductible donation) and it includes a lifetime pass to all GWHS football games (Go Eagles!). Or just make a donation in any amount to help fund the renovations. $250 or more will get your name on a plaque.

“We ask the Washington High community to help support our P.E. program and the long standing tradition of athletic excellence at Washington,” said Ericka M. Lovrin, GWHS Principal. “Helping us to raise funds to be able to complete this project will allow young athletes hundreds of hours of increased use on these newly renovated fields.”

To attend the fundraising dinner or to make a donation, download the form here.

Sarah B.

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 6:38 am | Posted under Schools, Sports | Comments Off

Rains cause muddy flooding at 15th Ave. Presidio gate

Local blog The Daily Kernel has a post about the recent flooding from some landfills in the Presidio. The neighbors living on 15th Avenue next to the Presidio gate have been getting their fair share of runoff from the recent rains. The landfills are part of the redevelopment project of the Veterans Hospital as it gets turned into housing.

While at the PAR meeting last week, President Ray Holland said there has been some finger pointing over the issue, as the property within the gate is under the purview of the Presidio Trust, while the street outside the gate falls under city jurisdiction. Hopefully they’ll get it sorted out soon.

In one of the photos below you can see the standing water that is up against a house that borders the Presidio. Click here for more photos.

Sarah B.

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 11:38 am | Posted under Weather | 3 comments

1903 film of the Cliff House & Ocean Beach

More fun from the Library of Congress Digital Collections. This time we travel back to September 23, 1903 and peek in on the scene at Ocean Beach. So many people!

You’ll love the outfits and won’t recognize a lot of the buildings. Full details of what you’re looking at is listed below. Enjoy!

Sarah B.

The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film, concentrating on background buildings:

[Frame: 0103] At left is the Lurline Pier (1894-1967), which protected the intake pipe for the downtown Lurline Baths (Larkin and Bush streets, 1894-1936). In the background at right is the first Beach Chalet (1900, moved in 1925), a small resort opposite the west end of Golden Gate Park (hidden behind the beach ridge and not yet grown tall). The adjacent tower is part of the closer pier.

[0244] At left center is the Dutch Windmill (1902), sails turning, marking the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park. Together with a later mill (1906) at the southwest corner, it pumped fresh water from an artesian well into the park lakes. The Dutch Windmill was restored in the 1980s, but its sails now turn by electrical power. At right center is a road house (no longer standing) called Cycler’s Rest for the bicyclers who rode to the beach.

[0493] The tank, roof, and chimney are all part of the Olympic Salt Water Company pumping station which pumped ocean water from the Lurline Pier to the downtown baths. On the beach in the foreground is a concession with a banner reading “Ice Cream 10 c.”

[0620] A group of American flags fly over the roller coaster, hidden behind the beach ridge.

[0900] The Ocean Beach Pavilion (1894), evolved from a concert/dance hall into Topsy’s Rest, a restaurant and night club. It was then absorbed into Playland to become Skateland, and later the Slotcar Raceway.

[1055] Seal Rock House (1858) seen here was the pioneer resort and hotel in the area. It survived into the “teens.” Note the dense beach crowd in the foreground.

[1104] The long shed adjacent to Seal Rock House was a wind-sheltered stable for the horses of hotel guests.

[1536] Adolph Sutro’s fantastic Cliff House combined architectural elements of the French chateau and the German castle.

[2215] A cut is made here as the camera is trained on children playing in the water. Seal Rocks are visible just offshore from the Cliff House, at left. Sutro gave the rocks names. Arch and Hermit Rocks are out of the frame; the visible rocks are (left to right) Cone, Repose, and the more distant North Seal.

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 6:10 am | Posted under History | 6 comments

Beam me up, Scotty…from Sea Cliff

Check out this scene from last year’s Star Trek film. Looks like the Starfleet Academy is located in Sea Cliff and Baker Beach! Nice to know we have a bright future. ;)

Thanks to Janna for sending this in.

Sarah B.

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 8:32 am | Posted under Movies | 10 comments

Calling all poets: represent the Richmond!

RichmondSFBlog reader Janna alerted me to a city-wide contest called Poets 11. So named because the contest calls for poems from every neighborhood and features readings at branch libraries in each of the City’s 11 districts.

Now in its third year, Poets 11 celebrates San Francisco’s rich literary life and thriving poetry community. It’s organized by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and their Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, together with the San Francisco Public Library.

Local poets are encouraged to submit up to three poems. Poetry is chosen by Hirschman and selected poets are announced at each of the branch events. All types of poetry are accepted. Writings which reflect San Francisco’s diversity of language and culture and those written in languages other than English are highly encouraged.

Need some inspiration or instruction? Check out the Richmond Library’s “Everyone is a Poet” program this Wednesday night from 6-7:30pm. The workshop offers fun and easy ways to create poetry and to nurture the poet within. Llimited to 25 participants; to register, call 355-5600.

Here’s your chance to represent the Richmond! If you’re a poet and you know it (or don’t), get all the info you need at the Poets 11 website.

Sarah B.

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 12:54 pm | Posted under Art, Events | Comments Off

Ocean Beach Town Hall Meeting, Jan. 25

This Monday night, there will be an urgent Town Hall Meeting to discuss Ocean Beach erosion. The meeting will be held in the Park Chalet restaurant on Monday night at 7pm.

Frank Filice, DPW Project Manager in charge of the City’s response to and management of the current erosion situation south of Sloat Blvd., will provide information about the City’s emergency declaration, short term strategy and process for engaging the public in the development of a long term solution.

Everyone who has an interest in the preservation and future of Ocean Beach is encouraged to attend. The emergency declaration will go before the Board of Supervisors for ratification the following day, Tuesday the 26th. For questions or more information, please email Lara Truppelli at Lara@beachchalet.com.

Thanks to Donna for sending this in.

Sarah B.

Dirt underneath a parking lot at the south end of the Great Highway is eroding away.
Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle

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 12:28 pm | Posted under Events | Comments Off

Panda Country Kitchen named in Top 100 Chinese restaurants

Via SF Citizen comes the news that one of our neigborhood restaurants was named to the national Top 100 Chinese Restaurants list.

The list was compiled by Chinese Restaurant News, and I’m not sure what the criteria was (e.g. did the restaurant have to be an advertiser?). Another SF restaurant, Ana Mandara (891 Beach), made the top 10.

Reviews on Yelp are mixed for Panda Country Kitchen, but average out to 4 of 5 stars.

Any RichmondSFBlog readers eaten there? Give us your review in the comments!

Sarah B.

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 7:02 pm | Posted under Food | 4 comments

Slip n’ slide at Sutro Baths (video)

Came across these fun clips of Sutro Baths from the Library of Congress Edison films catalog. Filmed August 22, 1897. Looks like fun!

Sarah B.

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 11:11 am | Posted under History | 5 comments