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Summer 2006

GLEN PARK NEWS


Volume 24, No. 2 Official Newspaper of the Glen Park Association Published Quarterly
www.glenparkassociation.com

Changes Are Afoot in Glen


Parkʼs Commercial District
The pizza place has closed, the old video that he is considering, and he says no
store space remains empty, a bakery and changes are planned for Sol Gym or La
a dry cleaner are closing Corneta.
and the long-promised Since Dr. Video closed on Diamond
by
neighborhood sushi joint Street last year, there has been interest
Joanna
Pearlstein is still dark. Glen Parkʼs in its erstwhile space but no takers,
commercial district according to an agent at McKeever
has seen some bright Realty. The monthly rent is $4,000 for
spots—witness the recent opening of a 5-year term.
the childrenʼs boutique Bug and a new Sweet Sueʼs bakery on Chenery
doctorʼs office. But with the closing of Street is moving to a larger space to
Sunset Pizza, Sweet Sueʼs bakery mov- accommodate its growing wholesale
ing to larger quarters and Cameo Dry business later this summer. Building
Cleaner across from the BART station owner Karen Bagatelos is interview-
closing, five prominent spaces in the ing new tenants. And Cameo cleaners
villageʼs retail area are in flux. across from BART closed due to too
In June Sunset Pizza on Diamond few customers, and employee said.
Street abruptly closed after the shopʼs Meanwhile, the Chenery Street
landlord declined to renew its lease. storefront that formerly housed the
Mo Kahn, manager of the 7-year-old Village Cellar has been empty for more
restaurant, says the store was planning than three years. Ric Lopez, owner of
to renovate the space and expand the neighborhood stalwarts ModernPast
menu when the landlord, Bernie Kelly, and the Red Rock Inn, holds the lease
gave the restaurant management notice. on the space and also chairs the Glen
“It was a shock,” says Kahn. “Weʼre still Park Merchantsʼ Association. He says
waiting for an explanation. Weʼre really the planned sushi restaurant will open
Police investigate shooting scene on Addison. Photo by Michael Waldstein confused.” The storeʼs management is in late September or early October.
looking for another place in the neigh- Lopez points to a number of recent

Neighborhood Crime Wave? borhood and hopes to set up a Web site


soliciting suggestions for its new menu
improvements to Glen Parkʼs down-
town area that were championed by the
once a location is found. Merchantsʼ Association. The group has
Is Glen Park experiencing a crime injuries. Kelly, whose building also houses organized twice-yearly power-wash-
wave? Olga Cruz was sitting at the bus stop Sol Gym and La Corneta, says the ing of area sidewalks, encouraged the
On May 30 at 5 oʼclock in the at Diamond and Chenery streets when change was “just a business decision, painting of several storefronts and held
afternoon, neighbors far she heard “pang pang pang,” coming thatʼs all. There are other people that a recent large sidewalk sale. “Things are
and wide heard the dis- from up the hill. She thought it sounded are interested in the space.” Kelly says going to change in the next six months,”
by tinctive sound of gunfire like gunfire, but didnʼt think it could another prospective tenant—likely a he promises, while noting that traffic
Elizabeth
piercing the peace of what CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 restaurant—has submitted a proposal and parking remain problems.
Weise
for many had been an Bug, a childrenʼs resale boutique
idyllic sunny afternoon. on Chenery Street, is “a work in prog-
It was the first inkling many residents Glen Park Association Meeting Notice ress,” says owner Kortney Eichenberger.
had of the triple-shooting on Addison Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 7:00 p.m. “Business is slow, still, generally due to
at Digby that injured two men, 20 and St. John’s School, 925 Chenery St. the lack of foot traffic on Chenery,” says
29, and sent an 11-year-old boy to San Glen Park Merchants Association Presentation, Preview of Eichenberger, adding that sheʼs getting
Francisco General Hospital with bul- Library and Market, Public Safety Crime & Reporting
lets in his neck and life-threatening CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
Glen Park News Page 2 Summer 2006

From the Editor Glen Park Association News


In the 1970s I was a recent immigrant toward Glen Canyon, Sunnyside and
This issue was meant to have a lovely shootings, attacks and robberies. to San Francisco, living in the Inner Bosworth Street.
picture of the Park Fountain soda shop Beyond violent crime, this issue is Sunset. On Sundays I The view seemed to point toward
from the 1940s on the cover and be chock full of stories and news. Thereʼs would look at maps and a cluster of businesses to the east, and
by
filled with stories of the Bagatelos much change afoot in the commercial select likely routes for I meandered to Diamond Street. There
Michael
family from the 1940s and 1950s here district, a mysterious rash of plant long walks that always were barber shops, a gas station, the
Rice
in Glen Park. thefts, updates on the park and park- turned up surprising branch library in a storefront, right
But as Jerry Seinfield once said, ing and newt, salamander and possum views and neighbor- across from Diamond Super, and some
“Itʼs amazing that the amount of news sightings. hoods. One time I started up Seventh bars. I waited for the No.10 Monterey
that happens in the world every day We have a new reporter, San Fran- Avenue to the Laguna Honda reservoir, bus, which took a wide route along
just exactly fits in the newspaper.” cisco Chronicle columnist and local picked up a path on the west side of the Monterey Boulevard, a glimpse of
In this instance, the newest news, author Bonnie Wach, a fine addition reservoir, passed the solid urbanity of the Merrill Conservatory, along the
a triple shooting on Addison Street at to our growing volunteer contingent of the Forest Hill Muni, and went up to edge of St. Francis Wood and dropped
Digby and concerns about increased talented scribes and photographers. Portola Drive. I donʼt remember how me back to the Sunset. It was years
crime in the neighborhood, or at least And Suzanne Sampson answered I found my way into the canyon, but before Muni figured buses could go up
the perception of increased crime, meant our request for historic photos with a I ended up on a well-trod path down OʼShaughnessy.
a wholesale restructuring of the paper picture of her house on Whitney, circa among the willows and rocks along Now that my family has lived in
at close to the last minute, or at least as 1910, which we offer to the neighbor- free-flowing Islais Creek. Glen Park for almost 20 years, in a
last minute as you can be and still be a hood in a Then and Now set (Page 19). I had no idea this was in the middle home with a view of the canyon and
quarterly. If you have neighborhood shots that we of San Francisco! hills beyond, I remember that seren-
We hope both that the Bagatelosʼ can do something similar with, weʼd I emerged at Silver Tree, looked dipitous walk that imprinted on me a
forgive us and that for the fall issue weʼll love to see them. at the creek disappear into the culvert. special neighborhood: Easy to over-
have absolutely nothing to report about One correction from our last issue: I took in the eucalyptus and cypress look, but there when you donʼt expect
California Academy of Sciences field stands framing the grassy ball fields, it. Connected to The City by curving
associate Ray Bandar was known as the vaguely English-country-house roads and the10-minute ride downtown
ʻReptile Rayʼ as a child, not, as we architecture of the recreation center, on BART. Full of streets and alleys that
Glen Park News erroneously reported, ʻReptile Boy.ʼ It and nearby streets going uphill in many lead away from an easy grid. Houses of
2912 Diamond St. #407 was an editorial transcription error. Our directions. Congo Street looked promis- the country suburb of 100 years ago,
San Francisco, CA 94131 thanks to the writer, Jane Radcliffe, for ing, and I went past the new redwood- but just downhill from still new-looking
(415) 908-6728 correcting it. glass homes, the modest bungalows and Diamond Heights. Folks (like me) who
news@glenparkassociation.org As always, we welcome sugges- the odd Victorian and came to Dorothy remember the old businesses and bus
tions, contributions and ideas from our Erskine Park, and its rough-but-pictur- routes, but now bustling with families
readers. esque landscape dropping off steeply of all combinations, and every kind of
stroller and kiddy transport.
At the Glen Park Association, we
The mission of the Glen Park Association is to promote the collective spend lots of time on day-to-day con-
Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Weise interests of all persons living in Glen Park, to inform and educate about cerns—parking, graffiti, City services,
Deputy Editor Rachel Gordon neighborhood and citywide issues, to promote sociability and friend- budgets—but guiding my time and
Photo Editor Liz Mangelsdorf ships and to support beneficial neighborhood projects. effort with the neighborhood group is
Design Editor Mary Mottola my “discovery” years ago of this special
Copy Editor Denis Wade place.
Advertising Nora Dowley
GPA Board of Directors and Officers for 2006
President Michael Rice 337-9894
Reporters Dolan Eargle
president@glenparkassociation.org
Carol S. Gancia
Ashley Hathaway
Vice-President Jeff Britt 908-6728 Michael Rice is president of the Glen
Scott Kirsner vicepresident@glenparkassociation.org Park Association.
Miriam Moss Treasurer Dennis Mullen 239-8337
Joanna Pearlstein Recording Secretary Kim Watts 902-4767
Bonnie Wach Corresponding Secretary Tiffany Farr 215-2320
Denis Wade Membership Secretary Heather World
Bonnee Waldstein membership@glenparkassociation.org Glen Park News
Health & Environment Michael Ames
Columnists Vince Beaudet The Glen Park News is pub-
health@glenparkassociation.org
Jean Conner Neighborhood Improvement John Walmsley 452-0277
lished quarterly by the Glen
Sharon Dezurick
Glen Park News Elizabeth Weise 908-6728 Park Association. Signed
Bevan Dufty
news@glenparkassociation.org articles are the opinions of
Carol Maerzke
Public Safety Kincy Clark the authors and not neces-
Michael Rice
Michael Walsh safety@glenparkassociation.org sarily those of the Glen Park
Recreation & Park Richard Craib 648-0862 Association. To advertise in
Photographers Ellen Rosenthal Traffic, Parking & Transportation Armando Fox fox@alum.mit.edu the Glen Park News call 908-
Michael Waldstein Zoning & Planning D. Valentine 6728 or e-mail advertising@
dk_valentine@yahoo.com glenparkassociation.org.
Program Volunteer needed
Summer 2006 Page 3 Glen Park News

A Glen Park News Editorial


Usually the hot topics in Glen Park have Supervisor Bevan Dufty, another
to do with the ups and downs of getting of our columnists, who represents
a new grocery store in the neighborhood, Glen Park on the Board of Supervisors,
the construction of “monster homes,ʼʼ acknowledged the concerns and, like
whether dogs should be allowed to run the two officers, called on law-abiding
off leash in Glen Canyon Park and the members of the community to get more
traffic mess around the BART station. involved by becoming extra eyes and
But lately, it seems, more and more ears for the police, and to start watching
residents are raising concerns about out for each other more. City officials
crime. quickly arranged one meeting with
One resident suggested to a Glen residents after the Diamond Heights
Park News reporter that Glen Park is shooting and have already scheduled
at a tipping point. The feeling among another. Some neighbors are planning
a growing number of neighbors is that to start Neighborhood Watch programs.
Glen Parkʼs reputation as a friendly Thatʼs a start.
“villageʼʼ within San Francisco may But it is also imperative for Glen
be slipping. As evidence that the peace Park residents, in our collective voice
and calm of our neighborhood is erod- as constituents, to demand that our
ing, they point to a recent shooting in elected officials – from the mayor to needs can and should be addressed.
nearby Diamond Heights that left three the supervisors to the district attorney Promises alone will not be good enough.
people injured, including an 11-year-old – do everything in their power to make Neither will more excuses.
boy; a scary gunpoint robbery inside a public safety a top priority, not just in San Francisco is a politically liberal
residentʼs garage; and an early morning Glen Park but citywide. That may mean city and few people here want to live
holdup at a bus stop. more police officers to patrol our streets in a police state or live in fear behind
The commanding officer of Ingle- and investigate the crimes, or more com- barred windows and double-thick doors.
side Station, Capt. Paul Chignell, told munity-based prevention programs, or But we also want to feel safe when we
the Glen Park News that the neighbor- more commitment to enforce the laws wait for a bus, or sweep out our garage
hood is still one of the safest in the city. – or all of those things. or visit a neighborhood park. We want
Officer Mike Walsh, one of our colum- Mayor Gavin Newsom and the to make sure that if Glen Park is indeed
nists, who lives in Glen Park and patrols Board of Supervisors are preparing to at a tipping point, it tips in a positive
our streets, wrote that the statistics donʼt adopt a record-high $5.7 billion budget direction so our reputation as a friendly
point to a worsening situation. for San Francisco. Surely public safety village prevails.

Festival Postponed
The 10th Glen Park Festival will take Held originally in the fall, and more
place in the spring of 2007, organizers recently on the last Sunday in April,
say. the festival has always been a popular
“Weʼre looking forward to next event.
year,” said one of the organizers, Glen If youʼd like to get involved to
Park real estate agent Vince Beaudet. make sure that the 10th festival happens,
The board of the festival had hoped please contact either Vince Beaudet at
to move the neighborhood celebration to vincebeaudet@herth.com or Dr. Dan
the fall this year, but a lack of volunteers Gustavson of Glen Park Dental at
made that impossible. smile@glenparkdental.com
Glen Park News Page 4 Summer 2006

Notes From District Eight


In early 2006 I responded to a number cial officer, for example) that would put
of concerns about emerging public- more officers into district stations and
safety problems in thereby into patrol.
Diamond Heights. We need to provide our police cap-
by
There was also tains with adequate staffing for foot and
Supervisor
greater awareness by bicycle patrols, plainclothes details and
Bevan
Glen Park neighbors other community policing strategies.
Dufty
of residential burglar- When understaffed, the department isnʼt
ies and robberies. able to move resources where theyʼre
Capt. Paul Chignell, commanding needed most without peeling officers
officer of the SFPDʼs Ingleside Station, away from other neighborhoods. This
has been very proactive and responsive simply moves crime problems, rather
to my requests and to those he receives than preventing them.
from the public via e-mail (paul.chigne Now letʼs look at the issue from a
ll@sfgov.org) and phone (404-4000). neighborhood perspective: On May 30,
Iʼd like to discuss this important automatic gunfire erupted on Addison
Glen Park concern from a citywide, as Street in Diamond Heights that injured
well as neighborhood, perspective. an 11-year old and two men in their 20s.
First the broader view: Due to Within days, I held a community meet-
a high volume of police department ing at St. Aidanʼs Church with Capt.
retirements and recent lean budget Chignell, representatives from other
years at City Hall, we are presently City departments and more than 200
200 officers below the City Charterʼs neighbors from Diamond Heights and
mandated staffing level of 1,971 offi- Glen Park. It was a very productive
cers. And remember, that number was gathering.
set by voters even before the increased San Francisco SAFE provides a
demand for police services with the great, easy way to create a safer, more
growth of the Treasure Island and connected block. I am always willing
Mission Bay neighborhoods. to join you for the start-up meeting. I
To help address the staffing prob- also encourage people when they call
lem, Mayor Newsom has included in problems to the SFPDʼs non-emer-
the funding of five police academy gency line (553-0123) to request a
classes as part of his proposed budget “CAD number.ʼʼ CAD stands for com-
for the new 2006–2007 fiscal year. If puter-assisted dispatch, and having the
approved, the plan is expected to yield tracking number of your report makes
200 additional officers. Thatʼs the good it easier for Capt. Chignell or me to
news. The not-so-good news is that with follow up, if necessary.
another group of officers hitting retire- As always, I invite you to contact
ment age soon, we project still being my office at 554-6968, or call my
down by as many as 100 officers. direct line at 554-5646. My e-mail is
As part of the budget deliberations bevan.dufty@sfgov.org.
now taking place at City Hall, I am
working to secure funding for seven
academy classes with the goal of get-
ting us to the full 1,971 staffing level. Supervisor Bevan Dufty is the District
We also are supporting civilianization 8 representative at City Hall for Glen
of certain SFPD positions (chief finan- Park and surrounding neighborhoods.
Summer 2006 Page 5 Glen Park News

Bird & Beckett Struggling


While Others Falter
Spurred by declining sales, mount- and the lease terms being offered are
ing debts and the possibility that his only five years without an option to
landlord might give him the boot, Eric extend, too limited to make the neces-
Whittington, owner of Glen Parkʼs sary updates financially feasible, he
beloved Bird & Beckett Books & says.
Records, recently sent out But with 2,500 square feet, large
by a call to arms to Glen Park street-front windows, and proximity to
Bonnie neighbors and devoted both BART and the new market/library,
Wach fans. His goal: to come the site would offer much higher vis-
up with a practical plan ibility, as well as the ability to store
to improve sales and visibility, and get and process many more books. Whit-
the store operating in the black. tington says heʼd also be able to host
“Basically, the store has never larger events in the libraryʼs community
gotten beyond the break-even point,” room and keep the shop open later to
Two houses with solar on the first block of Laidley. Photo by Michael Waldstein says Whittington. “Sales of used books accommodate after-work commuters.
keeps us solvent, but weʼre stretched “Basically, we need capital, more

Fog-Belt Residents Enjoy thin. We pay our bills month to month


and we float a lot of debt.”
staff, better bookkeeping and space for
storage and processing,” he says. “Bot-

Solar Electricity Benefits


The 7-year-old bookshop has tom line though—we need to sell more
always been something of a labor of books.”
love for Whittington. In addition to Bird & Beckett isnʼt the only one
doing all the ordering, stocking and having troubles. Numerous large inde-
For most households in America, sum- there was enough sun to generate suf- shelving, he mans the cash register, pendent bookstores around the Bay Area
mer has arrived. Families take out their ficient energy for Resnikʼs home. They pays the bills and produces a full slate are either faltering or closing.
gas and charcoal grills to enjoy many learned that a homeʼs geographical loca- of weekly and monthly readings and In San Francisco, A Clean Well-
days of outdoor barbeque tion has more to do with its readiness music events. He supplements his mod- Lighted Place for Books on Van Ness
by fun—even if it just means for solar electricity than the fog. For est income by moonlighting at a second is up for sale. In Berkeley, Codyʼs is
Carol S. camping out on the deck Glen Park residents, the solar method is job in the hours before and after the closing its landmark store on Telegraph
Gancia or in the yard. But Glen more ideal than other renewable energy bookstore is open. Avenue. Down the Peninsula in Menlo
Park residents like sources such as wind and hydro or water. At a meeting at the store in May, Park, Keplerʼs is holding on after clos-
Suzanne London know enough not Knowing this, Resnik convinced Lon- Whittington told a group of concerned ing and then reopening with an influx of
to hit the grill until September or don to have her home solarized as well. Bird & Beckett boosters that economic community support and money, much
October, when the wind settles and “We had it installed at the same time last pressures and lack of space were taking from the high-tech community.
the sun is out: “Where I live, the fog year and we got a good deal,” Resnik their toll on him and he was hoping to But several of those same booksell-
rolls over the hills and blows—in the said. harness the collective brain trust and ers are betting big on smaller versions. A
summer. The best weather for grills Both homeowners invested in solar expertise of the Glen Park community former partner in A Clean Well-Lighted
is in the winter.” systems that are expected to pay for to develop a strategy to raise capital. Place has just opened a 2,500-square-
Parts of the Glen Park neighbor- themselves in two to 10 years. Resnik The group formed subcommittees to foot store in West Portal called Book
hood are covered in fog many days of said: “Itʼs what is called a tie-in system. look into the viability of several pro- Store West Portal. Codyʼs has opened
the year. Roads up hills like Moffitt The solar panels generate the power. We posals. a large store in San Franciscoʼs Union
Street, where London lives, get more use PG&E lines and pay $5 a month for One idea is to fold the presenting arm Square and its store on 4th Street in
of it throughout the year. Thatʼs why it it.” In the meantime, Resnik, who got a of the business—the hugely popular live Berkeley is doing well.
is surprising to find solar panels pow- system that generates more power than jazz series, author readings, and open mic “As with any retail operation, the
ering some of the homes here. One she normally consumes, is enjoying a poetry nights—into a nonprofit corpora- mantra of the real estate world—loca-
would think that too many foggy days nice break from PG&E bills. “Itʼs been tion for cultural preservation, which would tion, location, location—holds,” says
wouldnʼt give solar electricity genera- great. I donʼt have to be so worried about be funded by grants and sponsors. Ted Weinstein, a San Francisco liter-
tors enough sun power to work. The my consumption. I can keep the heat Bird & Beckett is known throughout ary agent and business developer. “The
Glen Park News visited the solar-pow- on throughout the week, and itʼs okay.” the area for its collection of unusual jazz only way to success now seems to be to
ered homes of London and her neigh- London couldnʼt agree more. She now and poetry books, and for championing get really big, à la Barnes & Noble or
bor Debra Resnik to find out the story enjoys watching the fog rolling over the local authors. The shopʼs Friday eve- Borders, or get really specialized and
behind these solar panel systems. hills while sitting on her couch, warm ning live jazz has become something of provide the kind of service that makes
London has lived on Moffitt Street and toasty in the comfort of her sun- a neighborhood institution, with music a smaller store stand out,” says Wein-
for five years, Resnik nearly 10. Both powered home. lovers from all over town flocking there stein. “Readers value either selection
work from home and use a lot of energy Both Resnik and London appreci- to hear the likes of the Scott Peterson and price, or great service and material
for both business and personal needs. In ate that fog will always be part of the Quintet and the Henry Irvin Trio. focused for them.”
early 2005, Resnik began researching alter- beautiful Glen Park landscape. Resnik In addition to cramped quarters,
native energy sources for her power needs. said: “You learn to live with it. You have Whittington says the biggest obstacle is
She found out about RealGoods, an eco- fog because youʼre so high up, but then the absence of foot traffic on Diamond Bonnie Wach lives in Glen Park. Her
friendly company that installs solar panels. youʼve got the gorgeous views, too.” Street above Chenery. He considered most recent book is San Francisco As
A technician came to check the location of And with solar electricity keeping leasing the old Dr. Video space at 2810 You Like It: 23 Tailor-Made Tours for
her house and determine whether a solar them warm indoors during windy and Chenery to address these problems but Culture Vultures, Shopaholics, Neo-
system would work for her. foggy days, both agree that the fog is it appears the building needs consider- Bohemians, Famished Foodies, Savvy
Even with the fog, it turned out their friend. able work to bring it up to retail snuff Natives & Everyone Else.
Glen Park News Page 6 Summer 2006

Holistic Doctor Glen Park


Moves Family Advisory
Practice to Board Update
Glen Park We hope by now you have experienced
the three new benches that have been
Medicinal herbs and good olʼ fashioned installed in the front area of Glen
chicken soup are thought by many to be Canyon Park by the picnic tables. The
“quackery” cures—certainly not what Advisory Board won a grant from the
“real” doctors prescribe for common Mayorʼs Office of Crimi-
illnesses. There are, by nal Justice for their pur-
by however, an increas- Miriam chase.
Ashley ing number of medical Moss Currently we are
Hathaway doctors who believe working on a design to
that healing can often be add decorative railings
achieved or accelerated around the grassy area by the picnic
through proper nutrition, herbal medi- tables to further enhance this area for
cines and other unconventional practices picnics and outdoor meetings.
such as acupuncture and meditation. We will continue to monitor pro-
Thomas S. Cowan happens to be gramming and building and grounds
one of those MDs. Entrance to new Market Place Condos. Photo by Michael Waldstein
maintenance so that we get our share
Cowan has been practicing medi- of Recreation and Park funding.

Market Place Condos


cine for 22 years. He opened his new To this end we hope you will join
family practice office at 661 Chenery us at our next meeting of the Advisory
St. at the end of May after moving from Board, Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Cole Valley. He chose Glen Park for the
neighborhood and for a bigger, better
Unveiled, Selling Fast in the Rec Center. Any comments
or suggestions can be sent to me at
office space, he says. The curiosity of Glen Park residents extremely lucky homebuyers. moss3x@earthlink.net.
He emphasizes the importance of and potential buyers of the 15 residen- Prices of the other units start at You may also contact at any time
proper nutrition and dubs his practice tial condominiums at 53 $759,000. Over 75 percent of them Glen Parkʼs Recreation Supervisor
“Holistic Family Medicine.” Heʼs also Wilder St. was finally had been sold by early June. Sales were Gilberto Rocha at 205-5943, or Lor-
by
written a book called The Fourfold satisfied when the first pending on three at the time of the first raine Banford, assistant superintendent
Bonnee
Path to Healing, which has sold more Waldstein of three open houses open house! - Quadrant 1, at 641-2812, with your
than 12,000 copies in the past two was held on a very sultry For more condo information, visit concerns or suggestions for program-
years. Motherʼs Day. www.glenparkmarketplace.com or the ming that will better serve our com-
Cowan attended Duke University All of the units, offered by the realtor at www.polarisgroup.com munity.
as an undergraduate in the early 1970s. Polaris Group brokers, have two bed-
After graduating, he joined the Peace rooms and two baths. They feature
Corps for a two-year stint, then went on stainless steel appliances, granite
to Michigan State for Medical School in countertops, wine coolers, fireplaces,
the early 1980s. patios or decks, and hardwood floors.
He says, “When I made the decision The varied floor plans comprise around
to go to medical school, I knew I was 1,200 square feet, with the exception of
going to do it differently.” Even though one unit, which is 960 square feet.
his intention was always to practice Dewi Tjandra of Polaris explained
natural medicine, he spent his first five that, as a condition of the new develop-
years following medical school being ment, two of the units were set aside
trained in emergency medicine. While as below-market-rate housing for first-
building up his private family practice, time homebuyers. The Mayorʼs Office
Cowan worked in emergency rooms in of Housing requires that the prices be
rural New Hampshire and upstate New based on the maximum that the median-
York. income household in San Francisco can
He explains that much of his medi- afford. The two units are priced in the
cal focus comes from a little-known $270,000 range, with monthly hom-
philosophical movement called “anthro- eowner fees just under $400. Applica-
posophy,” from the Greek “human wis- tions were accepted through May 31
dom.” and a lottery on June 6 determined the
Cowan says patients come to him
for everything from ear infections and
basic physical exams to alternative never wait for more than a few minutes First and second graders at St. Finn Barr School in Sunnyside honored Mayor
ways of treating very complex health to be seen. Gavin Newsom (left) with flowers and a giant gold key to the school from “their
problems such as diabetes and heart dis- For more information on Thomas hearts to his” on Friday, May 12. Pictured with the mayor are Principal Tom Dooher,
a first grader and Development Director Denise McEvoy. The Riordan High School
ease. He prides himself on spreading Cowan, visit his Web site at www.fou Band welcomed the mayor, who toured the school and answered questions
his appointments out so that his patients rfoldhealing.com. about his role at City Hall. Photo by Sara Schoeneweis
Summer 2006 Page 7 Glen Park News

Training:
Free.
Realizations:
Priceless!
On April 12 I realized there wasnʼt a
single fire extinguisher in our house.
On April 13 I purchased two brand-
new, bright and shiny “ABC” type fire
extinguishers—one that
by has a permanent resting
Ashley place within a few feet
Hathaway of our kitchen stove, and
the other residing in our
upstairs office just a few feet from our
bedroom.
April 12 was also the day I attended
class number two of a six-class, 20-hour
training program called NERT. In this
particular class, we learned (among
many other things) about different types
of fire and we were refreshed on how to
properly use a fire extinguisher.
Pretty simple, huh? But if it werenʼt The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) class practices cribbing skills to rescue a trapped “victim.” (The victim
for taking this class, who knows how is a dummy.) Photo by Michael Waldstein
much time would have gone by until
I discovered we didnʼt have this very training since then. and video producer, I actually keep a trapped underneath. We did several
basic of safety gadgets? Maybe it One of the things they discuss in current Emergency Medical Technician hands-on drills, one of which allowed
would have been the moment my 14- class is the unfortunate fact that when a (EMT) certification, which requires us to experience what itʼs like search-
inch sauté pan burst into flames on the disaster of any kind (earthquake, terror- renewal every two years. EMTs learn ing for “victims” in a dark interior of a
stovetop—but that probably would have ist attack, etc.) hits our city, there simply how to administer basic life support and “damaged” building.
been too late. will not be enough emergency man- other emergency medical procedures I graduated from the NERT class
There has been quite a lot of earth- power to help everybody—or put out including triage and CPR. Because just a few weeks ago, and feel that I
quake and disaster news lately, sparked every fire—all at once. They emphasize of my EMT certification, I was a little accomplished my goals to be more pre-
by the 100th anniversary of the April 18, the positive impact this vital training can apprehensive and thought the NERT pared—but I also came to the realization
1906 San Francisco earthquake—but have: For every person who is trained, training might be redundant and pos- that “preparedness” involves a lot more
thatʼs not what motivated me to par- that one person can help another per- sibly quite boring for me. than bolting down shelves and having a
ticipate in the NERT program. son, or several people, who otherwise I was wrong. The classes were few supplies in an earthquake kit!
NERT has also been in the local may not receive immediate emergency actually quite interesting and I learned
papers recently, so more and more assistance. a host of additional skills including how
people are learning what it stands for: Do the math. The numbers can be to shut off gas and power, and “crib- For more information about NERT and
Neighborhood Emergency Response pretty impressive. bing,” a technique used to lift heavy upcoming classes go to www.sfgov.org/
Team. These “teams” are formed from Along with being a freelance writer debris or fallen objects off a person sffdnert.
individuals living in San Francisco
neighborhoods who go through the
free 20-hour training program put on
and taught by the San Francisco Fire
Department.
I was motivated to do the training
not only by the brightly-colored NERT
flyer that appeared one day in my mail-
box, but also by a general feeling of
wanting to be more prepared and further
educated; wanting to be self-sufficient
and have a better understanding of what
can happen when a disaster hits; and
wanting to learn more so I can do more
for my loved ones and neighbors.
The program was established in
1990, shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta
earthquake. According to the San Fran-
cisco Fire Department, over 11,000 San
Francisco residents have completed the
Glen Park News Page 8 Summer 2006

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Neighborhood
Does Glen Park need to create a Neigh- said. A former resident of Noe Valley,
borhood Wisteria Watch? Brown said that when he had potted
When Chandra Ghosh Ippen plants stolen from his front porch there,
returned home from a vacation in Janu- he stopped keeping plants outside. “Itʼs
ary, she noticed that one really unfortunate, because it makes it
by of the vintage cast-iron really difficult for people to make the
Scott plant stands was missing fronts of their houses look good,” he
Kirsner from her entry alcove said. (Brown added that he doesnʼt
on Chenery Street. Also worry as much about plant-napping
missing was the dead now that he lives in a gated community
plant it held. The thief “didnʼt take all of in Oakland.)
my planters—just one,” Ippen said, “and Thomas Christopher, a columnist
they moved the others around to make for House & Garden magazine who
it look like it hadnʼt been taken.” has written about plant theft, advises
Other plants and decorative planters urban gardeners to consider install-
have recently vanished from the neighbor- ing floodlights connected to a motion
hood—none of them as rare or valuable as sensor, since most thefts take place at
the Orchid Thiefʼs quarry. But homeown- night. He also suggests avoiding “fly-
ers seem rattled by the incidents of theft by-night landscapers” who operate out
just outside their front doors. of the back of a pick-up truck. “They
Brad Kuhn and Martin Forrest had seem to be the major purveyors of stolen
an iron planter filled with flowers sto- plants,” Christopher wrote via e-mail.
len from their front porch on Chenery Some homeowners are trying to
Street earlier this year, and an evergreen provide better security for their foli-
shrub was uprooted from the front of age. Martin Forrest said he has installed
their house last year. This spring, Fred additional lighting in front of his home,
Daniels planted a wisteria in front of his and also purchased new planters that can
home on Diamond Street, only to have be screwed into a windowsill.
it disappear two days later. But Chandra Ippen has decided to
“You have to be pretty hard up to steal leave her remaining planters outside, at
a plant,” Daniels wrote in an e-mail. He least for the time being. “I did consider
has since replaced it with a larger wisteria, bringing one of them in the other day,”
presumably less enticing to lift. she said, “and we have a wooden bench
Steven Brown, the chairman of out there, too. But so far, weʼve just been
the Environmental Horticulture and playing it fast and free.”
Floristry Department at City College
of San Francisco, said he doesnʼt think
Glen Park residents are stealing plants Scott Kirsner moved to Glen Park last
from their neighbors. “Lots of times, itʼs year. He is a long-time contributor to
just vandalism—people coming in and Wired magazine, Fast Company, and
wanting to do some damage,” Brown the Boston Globe.
Summer 2006 Page 9 Glen Park News

Glen Park Family Fun Fest


This year was our sixth annual Family Program from Rec and Park run by
Fun Fest. It is a joint Jackie Battle to share our day, and
effort between Recre- they brought a rib-cook-off and a tal-
by ation and Park and the ent show. In addition we had David
Miriam Glen Park Advisory from Rec and Park as our DJ, and the
Moss Board. The purpose is to Capoeira Dancers did their unbelievable
celebrate our neighbor- acrobatic moves.
hood, welcome new families and share Our annual raffle was sponsored
with long-time residents the fun of an by Randall Kostick of Zephyr Realty,
old-fashioned picnic in the park. Howard Reinstein of Prudential Califor-
The weather on Saturday, May 13 nia Realty, Vince Beaudet of Herth Real
was sunny. Lots of families arrived and Estate, Dennis Peng of Bank of America,
we had loads of things for them to do. Cliff OʼByaw of CitiBank, the Glen Park
Hot dogs and cotton candy and other Association and Friends of Glen Canyon
Birds flock to a garden certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard goodies to eat and drink disappeared Park. No one went away disappointed.
Wildlife Habitat. Photo by Michael Waldstein very quickly. The arts and crafts tables Proceeds from the raffle and food
had lots of fun activities, the face paint- donations go directly to the childrenʼs
ing was outstanding and as usual the programs at Glen Park.

Certified Wild jumpy was filled to capacity all day.


There was also lots of entertainment
We also want to thank the Staff of Rec
and Park—Jadine, Bart, Al and Mar-
during the event. The Police and Fire cus—for all their help.
For those who like a little walk on sands across the country where home departments were on hand so there was We look forward to another party
the wild side, the back owners share their yards with wildlife. a lot of climbing in and out of their next year. Feel free to give us your
by garden at 251 Surrey is As of this month sheʼs seen upwards equipment and badges for the kids to feedback and comments so we can
Elizabeth a certified success. Cer- of 45 different bird species in her yard. go with the fun. continue to make it the best family
Weise tified by the National And had two chickadee nests and one This year we invited the Teen day of the year.
Wildlife Federation as a bushtit nest.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat, that is. “Because weʼre on the Pacific
The program encourages people migratory route for migratory birds, we
across the country to return their yards see things youʼd otherwise have to go to
to a more natural state, full of native
plants that provide food and homes for
the Arctic to see,” Fox says. This winter
they included golden crown sparrows,
San Francisco Services
insects, birds and animals. cedar waxwings and numerous warbler
Tonia Fox, a birder and naturalist by species. Abandoned Cars 553-9817
inclination, started the switch to a more “If youʼve got a habitat that will Building Inspection Info 558-6088
natural garden three years ago when she support them, theyʼll spend time here Bus Shelters (repair/clean) 882-4949
and her husband bought the house. The either as theyʼre resting on their migra- District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty 554-6968
owner two owners before them had been tory path on their way somewhere else
a landscape architect and had made use or to overwinter,” she says.
Garbage (oversized item pickup) 330-1300
of lots of California natives, “so it wasnʼt The garden is also a home, or at Graffiti Hotline 28-CLEAN
a difficult transition,” says Fox. “I let the least part of the home territory of, local Mobile Assistant Patrol (MAP) 431-7400
ecosystem develop naturally.” raccoons and possums. Amphibians (Homeless Outreach/Transportation)
By simply providing a water source, including such as newts, salamanders Mobile Crisis Team 355-8300
not using pesticides and herbicides and and frogs have also moved in.
getting some neighbors to bell their cats, “If youʼve got a bushy area of yard
(Mental Health)
her back yard is now an urban wildlife and a clean water source, theyʼll come,” Muni Information 673-6864
refuge. In February her yard was offi- she says. Muni Complaint/Compliment 923-6164
cially certified as part of the Backyard For more on the program, visit Parking Enforcement 553-1200
Wildlife Habitat network, one of thou- www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat. Police (non emergency) 553-0123
Potholes 695-2100
Search Continues for Glen Rent Stabilization Board
Street Construction Complaints
252-4600
554-7222
Parkʼs Missing Heiress Street Lighting 554-0730
Tree Problems 695-2165
Private investigator Paul Kangas is still Gaskewʼs mother died last
on the trail of a missing woman, Rhonda November, and as a result the woman, Towed Cars 553-1235
Gaskew, who may have presumed to be homeless, inherited
been last seen in Glen half of her motherʼs house on Surrey Mayorʼs Office of
by Park. But Kangas has Street. Kangas believes Rhonda Gas- Neighborhood Services www.sfgov.org/mons
Scott little progress to report kew is still alive, and asks anyone with
Kirsner since the Glen Park information about her whereabouts
News ran a story about to contact him at (415) 368-8581 or
his search in its Spring issue. paul7kangas@cs.com.
Glen Park News Page 10 Summer 2006

Check It Out at the Library!


Listen up families—here is what the to stock the new branch, continue to
Glen Park Branch library has in store flood in. This is the very good news.
this summer for your children. The other news is that we are storing
There are the usual story times, many of our materials, both old and
Tuesdays at 10:30 new, because the current branch doesnʼt
a.m., although during have space for it all. We have ordered
by
the summer we may a lot of DVDs and music CDs, but we
Sharon
sometimes have the donʼt have staff to process all of it or
Dezurick
performers we have space to shelve it. There will be more of
booked at 10:30, with everything, especially computer access,
story time to follow. music CDs, DVDs, and books in Eng-
On June 13, storyteller Doris Fey- lish, Spanish and Chinese, in the new
ling will perform at 11 a.m.; on June 20 branch.
musician Charity Kahn will play and The bids to finish the new branch
sing at 11 a.m.; and on June 27 at 10: are due on June 28 if all goes well. The
30 a.m. puppeteer Rhonda will present move from our small storefront library
Perez and Mondinga. Performers in July on Chenery Street to our spacious new
and August will include clown Heather digs on Diamond Street is scheduled to
Rogers, musicians Chris Molla and Lisa take place sometime between February
Atkinson, and bubble lady Rebecca and May of 2007. There will be a brief
Niles and the Lizard Lady. closure for moving and setting up and
Also, sign your child up for the then opening in the new space. Iʼve
Summer Reading Club, which runs been here as branch manager at Glen
from June 17 to Aug. 12. When chil- Park for five years now. Like you, I am
dren sign up they will get a reading log eager to enjoy a new, larger facility to
to keep track of the time spent read- serve this vital community.
ing, or in the case of younger children,
listening. For every two hours logged,
he or she will receive a small prize. Glen Park Branch
With a total of eight hours, the child 653 Chenery Street
may choose a grand prize. The choices San Francisco, CA 94131
include a book; or tickets for a child (415) 337-4740
and an adult to the zoo, the California
Academy of Sciences, the Discovery
Museum, or Zeum; or a toy that relates Hours
to the theme, “Donʼt bug me…Iʼm read- Tuesday 10 – 6
ing.” Wednesday12 – 8
Thirteen-year-olds have a choice Thursday 1 – 7
between Summer Reading Club and Friday 1 – 6
Teen Summer Reading, which runs Saturday 1 – 6
June 16 to July 28. Teen Summer Read-
ing offers prizes for every 10 hours of
reading, up to 30 hours.
One of the changes in operation in Sharon Dezurick is the Glen Park
the last month is that we have moved branch librarian.
our reserve materials from behind the
circulation desk to the shelves and book
trucks in front of the reference desk.
We are encouraging people to search
for and pick up their books (filed under
last name) before checking them out.
Of course, we are happy to help if the
material canʼt be found.
New materials, thanks to the very
generous budgets we have been given
Summer 2006 Page 11 Glen Park News

On Patrol in Glen Park Project Woes and the Grass


Grows: Market/Library Update
Several residents of Glen Park have angels exist. Due to short staffing,
recently informed me they’ve seen murderously violent crime in other Observing the construction of the soon- ing to Richard Tarlov (who will own
signs posted on tele- sectors of the city and political infight- to-be Canyon Market and new branch and operate Canyon Market), sizeable
phone poles proclaim- ing, police services are spread thin. Our library is reminiscent of amounts of copper tubing are needed
by ing, “Glen Park is Not situation is consistent with neighboring watching grass grow. for refrigeration and other aspects
Officer by
Safe,” or words to that communities in the Bay Area, most of As each phase of the of this type of commercial space.
Michael effect. Evidently, these Ashley
which you read about daily in the news- project slowly inches Just another obstacle on the road to
Walsh Hathaway
signs are in response papers. Ingleside Station’s command- closer to completion, completion.
to a number of rob- ing officer, Capt. Paul Chignell, and his deadlines come and go As Tarlov wryly notes, “This proj-
beries that have been reported in the supervisory staff are doing all they can like butterflies in springtime. ect cannot meet any deadline.” He adds
neighborhood. I have not seen the signs to ensure balanced coverage and short The good news? The roof is done, that although the project continues to
myself and cannot speculate as to who response times for high priority calls the space inside is cleaned up, some move forward, there are “pending issues
posted them and what might be the for service and crimes in progress. equipment has been delivered for the with the City; financial and other.”
motive. I’m told that the signs include I can personally assure you that the market and all 15 of the condominiums Most recently set for August 1, the
a demand for more police patrols in the officers of Ingleside Station are com- are finished and ready for purchase (see new projected opening for the market
neighborhood. mitted to providing a level of service story on Page 6). is now pushed to mid-August.
While researching the statistics for on which you can depend. As a station The bad news? The library wonʼt Unfortunately we canʼt refer to The
this column, I discovered four robberies comprised largely of officers with be ready until sometime early next year Farmers Almanac to help this project
reported in the 90 days prior to June 5 young families, they approach their and copper prices have doubled over the grow and thrive, but we can hold on to
within the boundaries of Glen Park. I duties enthusiastically and empatheti- last couple months. a little ray of hope that someday weʼll
also handled several inquiries from resi- cally. As I’ve stated in other columns, Itʼs not likely the library will be be able to pick up a weekʼs worth of
dents earlier in the year and recall three though, we can’t do it without your affected by the price of copper, but the groceries on Diamond Street, below the
other robberies reported. In comparing help. Take some simple precautions. market will take a hit because, accord- books and the condos.
these statistics with the same period in Those little white cords hanging
2005, I found no appreciable increase in
robberies in the neighborhood, nor, for
from your ears and connecting to your
I-pod have become an invitation for Parking for Village Shoppers
May Get Easier
that matter, any other category of violent robbery. I’ve directed my daughters
crime. While some people’s perception not to have them in view when travel-
might indicate otherwise, statistics indi- ing to and from school. They also know
cate that Glen Park is just as safe as last that cell phones, outside of emergen- A plan to provide better parking commuters. If the proposal is adopted,
year. Or, maybe, it’s just as dangerous, cies, should remain in their pocket or opportunities in the village may soon there would be two-hour meters from
depending on your perspective. purse until they arrive at their destina- be realized. The Glen Diamond to Lippard. Beyond Lippard to
Here’s my quandary: As a police tion. Cell phone “snatch and grabs” by Park Association has Elk, there would be restricted two-hour
officer, I can look at the statistics and are common with packs of teens. The Bonnee been working with City parking Monday through Friday.
surmise that, compared to my experi- same goes for laptops. If you must carry Waldstein agencies to convert Supervisor Bevan Dufty introduced
ences in other neighborhoods and my them in a backpack, make sure they are unregulated parking the plan at the Board of Supervisors. A
knowledge of their crime rates; we are securely out of sight. Also, more wire- along the north side of public hearing has been held and the
doing very well here in Glen Park. On less cafes are starting to provide tables Bosworth, from Diamond to Elk, to plan could be adopted very shortly,
the other hand, as a resident, father and with hardware to which you can attach two-hour spots. with signage and enforcement to fol-
tax-paying citizen, I believe that any a locking cable for your computer. By This would allow more people to low. The Glen Park Association Web
robbery in my neighborhood is one rob- all means, use it. patronize our local merchants and the site has detailed information, updates
bery too many. I share the expectation Most importantly, if you see library. It is estimated that 60 percent of and links to relevant sites. Please see
that being able to safely walk the streets, groups clustered around bus shelters these spaces are currently used by BART www.glenparkassociation.org.
shop and use public transportation are and not boarding, or loitering on side
minimal demands for families who live streets adjacent to shopping areas, call
in Glen Park. the police. Report suspicious activity.
My 17-year-old daughter was the People tell me all the time that they
victim of a frightening strong-arm see youngsters “hanging around” for
robbery near City College about four extended periods, but are reluctant to
months ago. Thankfully, she was not call the police because they don’t want to
injured. Police officers arrived within overreact. Call. The worst that happens
three minutes of the incident and took is we eliminate the possibility that these
the report, while several others searched people are out to rob or harm anyone.
the area for the suspect, to no avail. The more often we respond, the sooner
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Glen Park News Page 12 Summer 2006

In Glen Canyon Park


Our family…
caring for yours It has been a relief to see the sun and
have dry trails to stroll along once again
the seeds are flung out. It is a challenge
gathering seed since just a touch can
after a very rainy winter that left the cause the pod to explode and scatter the
park trails deep in mud. seeds.
The Douglas iris has While the poppies are in abundance,
by
been quite spectacular no one seems to know what happened
Jean
so far this spring. This with the owls this year. A pair were
Conner
year, fields of Califor- heard calling back and forth in late
nia poppies can be seen fall. The heaviest rain and windstorms
coating the canyon sides with orange. occurred at the time the owls usually
The view from OʼShaughnessy Boule- would be nesting.
vard across the Canyon is best around Nancy Worthing has kept me
Women & Chidren’s Services
noontime, since the poppies close up at informed about the nesting red-tailed
at St. Luke’s night and donʼt usually open completely hawks. She reported on April 18 that a
until there is full sun. red-tail was sitting on last yearʼs nest.
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tion of California and other types of certainly given the weeds a burst of
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low along the coast of California. Pop- we pulled out radish plants already
Quality Care, ������������������������������������� pies in the Central Valley are orange in four feet high, along with mustard and
Close to Home ��������������������������������������������������������������� ������ the spring but are yellow with an orange nightshade.
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bright green and stand erect during the parties in the Natural Areas Nursery
spring. By late summer the foliage is in Golden Gate Park this year, on June
spreading and has a silvery cast. 17 and Aug. 19. It is some of the most
The flower bud of the poppy satisfying and interesting work for any-
is shaped like a pointed cone. The one interested in gardening and learning
expanding petals push off this dunce- about native plants. Space is limited, so
like cap and the flower quickly unfurls. if you would like to participate in one
The seedpod is long and thin, filled with or both of the Saturday morning work
small black seeds. When the seeds are parties, please call 584-8576 to reserve
ripe and the pod is dry, it pops open and a spot.

California Poppy
Eschscholtzia Californica
Summer 2006 Page 13 Glen Park News

Digging the Dirt:


News from the Garden Club
Summer is here! Flowers that were Hand-weeding can be very good for you
planted in spring are and your garden. It is good exercise,
by blooming. But what is helps you be aware of other problems,
Carol that growing so vigor- such as bugs and symptoms of disease,
Maerzke ously amongst them? promotes meditation, relieves stress, and
You have two choices: gives you the satisfaction of a job well
One is to call them done. Pull weeds when wet and cultivate
weeds and try to get rid of them; the when dry before they get too big.
other is to rationalize and call them Now, if you really want to be in
ornamental grasses and enjoy the gift fashion, you will plant ornamental
of Mother Nature. grasses and develop a meadow effect
Weeds actually can be anything. A for your garden. Mike Boss, a plant
weed for one person is a much-loved ecologist, along with John Greenlee,
and welcomed plant to someone else. has done pioneering work on a green
There are some plants that just seem to walk-on alternative to a traditional
take over and push everything else out. turf lawn, natural lawns and garden
In Glen Park these can include calla lily, meadows. This alternative uses little
thistles, fennel, oxalis, and dandelions. water, no fertilizers or pesticides, and
These weeds are timeless aliens that have can incorporate bulbs and wildflowers.
escaped from nearby gardens or have In England this softer, more natural
been planted by birds and squirrels. look is popular, and paths are mowed
Kate Benn, a Glen Park Garden Club through to give a pleasing, sculptured
member, offered helpful hints to conquer look. There are thousands of varieties of
this problem. Among the methods of treat- grasses to choose from, but some of the
ment are flooding, boiling water, flame- most common are buffalo grass, Carex
throwing devices, chemicals—purchased pansa, and other sedges.
or home-brewed—hoeing, hand-weeding, Rocks can also add an interesting
sweeping or a cover crop. dimension. Trekkers on Urban Safari ascend 16th Avenue stairs in Golden Gate Heights
Disposing of weeds is tricky. They With these alternatives in mind, Photo by Michael Waldstein
can be chopped and left on the surface what will you choose?
to dry and mulch—unless seeds have
already started to form. Some weeds have Glen Park Bwana Reveals
amazing survival skills with tiny bulbs
or rooting of any fragment left behind.
Carol Maerzke is a member of the
Glen Park Garden Club. Hidden San Francisco
Harry Street in “upper” Glen Park is an Thus was born, last May “The
odd place to begin a safari, unless itʼs Urban Safari…Not Just Another City
an Urban Safari. Tour.” The Land Rover seats nine
Daniel Oppenheim of Harry Street passengers and agilely negotiates the
is the CEO (Chief narrow side streets where adventure
Expedition Officer) lurks.
by of a recently launched Tours are four hours and can be
Bonnee tour operation using booked based on a theme, such as Gay
Waldstein a Land Rover, safari San Francisco, Night Life, Spiritual
hats, jungle-print blan- Safaris and many more. One tour, which
kets and Oppenheimʼs was just winging it, took a few Oregon
unique sense of humor and adventure. and Marin tourists and two natives on an
Oppenheim, 50, a former manage- eclectic foray: first to the playground at
ment consultant of 25 years, has a long Yerba Buena; then the Missionʼs Balmy
history of fascination with Africa and Street, where the buildings along the
with Land Rovers. Fifteen years ago he entire length on both sides are covered
began shipping them from Africa and with 40 murals by Mujeres Muralistas,
spent two month-long periods there. As and a similar walk down Clarion Alley
a career change beckoned, he began per- at 18th Street.
colating the idea of combining his pas- Lunch al fresco at La Taqueria
sion for the Land Rovers with his love was a satisfying set-up for the rest of
of offbeat San Francisco, which he has the voyage. Stops at Twin Peaks and
explored for almost three decades. He Alamo Square were a nod to the tradi-
believed there would be a healthy mar- tional. Then it was back to the unusual
ket for tourists who wanted to go beyond to see The Dancing Saints at St. Gregory
the usual city destinations in a unique of Nyssa church on De Haro, and a spec-
mode of zebra-striped transport. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
Glen Park News Page 14 Summer 2006

CRIME WAVE The officers urged residents to look


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
for milling teens acting suspiciously in
be, she recalled. A mom from the Glen small groups, and they said to call
Park Parents group said she heard the SFPD dispatch at 553-0123 whenever
shots “as plain as dayʼʼ on Sussex Street suspected gang graffiti is spotted.
between Castro and Diamond. And as They said gang graffiti is an important
far away as Mateo at Laidley streets, sign—”the marking of new territory for
the Glen Park Newsʼ designer Mary gang members”—and is a great tip-off
Mottola heard the rapid-fire shots from for police to increase patrols in a given
inside her house. area.
For the rest of the neighborhood, the Many residents said they feel the
thud of news helicopters hovering in the City doesnʼt adequately enforce existing
sky overhead, breaking news on KCBS regulations, and pinned part of the blame
radio on the drive home and a flurry on the perceived reluctance of officials
of TV reports brought the unwelcome to prosecute suspected offenders, par-
news that Glen Park is far from being ticularly when theyʼre juveniles. The
immune to the ills of the Big City. result is that is that it seems as though
The 11-year-old boy is recovering some young criminals act with impunity,
and is expected to be released from the knowing very little will happen to them
hospital soon, said Capt. Paul Chignell, if theyʼre caught.
commanding officer of Ingleside Sta- Others suggested that Mayor
tion. The shooting incident itself is Gavin Newsomʼs directive to saturate
appears to be gang-related, he said. San Franciscoʼs crime-plagued public
“It was a tit-for-tat gang shooting, housing projects with more officers
a repercussion for an earlier problemʼʼ has pushed the violence and other ille-
at the taqueria at the Diamond Heights gal activities into adjacent areas.
shopping center, he said.
The police didnʼt say whether the Other Crimes
three people who were shot were tar- The Addison Street shooting wasnʼt
geted specifically. They are looking for the only incident of late. At the begin-
more information from the community ning of June, in a brazen 6 a.m. robbery,
about a black Dodge Magnum with an assailant pulled up to the bus stop at
temporary tags in the area and reports Chenery and Diamond streets and stole
of people wearing black lurking around a would-be Muni riderʼs wallet at knife
the area before the shots rang out. point.
��������������������������� Chignell and District 8 Supervi-
sor Bevan Dufty quickly called for a
That incident was a tipping point for
many in the neighborhood who believe
community meeting, which took place that crime is going up.
Sunday June 4 at St. Aidanʼs Episcopal One resident who lives within
Church on Diamond Heights Boulevard blocks of the shooting site said her
at Gold Mine Drive. More than 200 peo- neighbors tell her thereʼs been drug
ple packed the church hall—neighbors activity for some time on Addison and
from Glen Park, Diamond Heights, Sun- that often pre-teens are used as lookouts
nyside and beyond. A follow up meeting for older kids who are selling drugs.
is scheduled for July 16 at 2 p.m. at St. A resident who lives on Diamond
�������������������������������������������� Aidanʼs. near Chenery said her home was broken
��������������� Chignell told the crowd that the into the last week of May. The robbers—
police were doing as much as they could visible from the street—apparently
��������������������������������������������� do with strong support from City Hall. climbed up 15 feet to enter through a
����������������������������������������������������������������
������������������������������������������������������������ But one of the chief problems, he said, is bathroom window. A month before
������������������������������������������������������������ a citywide shortage of police staffing. someone broke into the residentʼs car,
����������������������������������������������������� Several neighbors and residents of which was sitting in the driveway, stole
����������������������������������������
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the Glenridge subsidized housing com- a bike and slept in the car.
��������������������������� plex described drug dealing and gang But itʼs unclear to her if this is some-
���� activity in the area. They said people thing new or if sheʼs just more aware of
nearby know what goes on and who the it.
troublemakers are, but that calls to the In mid-May, a woman whose
police do little. home is near Swiss and Surrey streets
������������������������ “The kids come back as soon as was robbed at gunpoint as she swept
������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������
police leave. People are afraid to leave her garage at 11 oʼclock in the morn-
��� ����������������������������������������������������������������� their houses,” one woman said at the ing. The woman, who asked to remain
��������������������� meeting. anonymous, said she turned around and
������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� At the meeting, officers from the saw a husky man walking toward her
�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� police department gang unit said that with his arm stretched out and a gun
��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� there seems to be a new gang forming in pointed at her.
�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� the area, calling themselves, “Diamond “At first I thought, ʻWhy is (a)
�������������������������������������������������������������
Heights Boys.” PG&E (worker) pointing a gun at me?ʼ”
Summer 2006 Page 15 Glen Park News

Television crews interview neighbors after the May 30 shooting.


Photo by Michael Waldstein

she said. She gave the perpetrator all the He said police have stepped up car
money in her wallet but he kept walking and foot patrols on Addison near the
her back into the garage and then pushed Glenridge housing complex. “Weʼre
the button to close the garage door. going up there to break up any loitering
At that moment her fear of physi- and drinking in public,” Chignell said.
cal assault overcame her fear of being The two most important things
shot. She lunged for the garageʼs back residents can do is form block watches
door, ran up a flight of steps, onto a deck and report crime, he said.
and from there leapt to her neighborʼs “Please call us, even if itʼs a minor
steeply pitched roof, which she man- property crime. Take break-ins to auto-
aged to clamber over, screaming “Help, mobiles. Only about one out of every
Iʼm being robbed! Call the police!” two people who have a car break-in
Neighbors poured out of houses report it. But we need those statistics
up and down the street just as the thief to find out where there are patterns and
drove off in the womanʼs car. for deployment of personnel.”
The victim praised the police for And Neighborhood Watches are
their quick response and helpfulness, “our eyes and ears,” he said.
but says what she thinks saved her Chignell encouraged neighbors
was that the PG&E meter reader had to sign up for his daily e-mail com-
arrived on the dot at 11 oʼclock and pilation of crimes and arrests in the
started knocking on her garage door. Ingleside Stationʼs area—which
Though she was too frightened to real- includes Glen Park—to see for them-
ize what was happening at the time, selves whatʼs going on. To get on
she thinks his pounding on the garage the list, send an e-mail to Chignell at
door momentarily diverted the robberʼs paul.chignell@sfgov.org.
attention and thatʼs when she made her
break.
Word of the robbery quickly spread Rachel Gordon, Rachel Konrad and
through the neighborhood and height- Bonnee Waldstein contributed to this
ened the demand that police—and report.
elected officials at City Hall—do more
and do it now to stop Glen Park from The San Francisco Police Departmentʼs
becoming marked as a dangerous neigh- non-emergency number is 553-0123.
borhood in San Francisco. The departmentʼs anonymous tip line
is 575-4444.
Not a Wave San Francisco SAFE, the Neighbor-
Still, in an interview with the Glen hood Watch program, can be contacted
Park News, Capt. Chignell said while there at 673-SAFE or www.sfsafe.org.
may be crime, itʼs not a crime wave: Another community meeting will
“Thereʼs no spike in crimes. There be held July 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Aidanʼs.
have been sporadic robberies and bur- Check the Glen Park Association Web
glaries and they certainly cause people site at www.glenparkassociation.org in
angst and certainly violent crime is July to confirm details.
unacceptable. But I read every police Also in this issue of the Glen
report, every day, and there is no crime Park News, Supervisor Bevan Dufty
wave. Glen Park is safe, particularly and SFPD Officer Michael Walsh use
compared with other areas of the city,” their columns to weigh in on crime in
he said. Glen Park.
Glen Park News Page 16 Summer 2006

St. John the Evangelist:


One in a Series of Remarkable
Things About Glen Park
Have you ever thought about a church gathered 30 boarding students, whose
in Glen Park? Officially, number increased to 200 by 1875. One
by there is one, a real original purpose of the college was to
Dolan landmark, over in our train priests for the new archdiocese.
Eargle northeastern corner, Word was that the school had a very
unfortunately not that “definite Irish tone,” from president to
visible. Other churches faculty to students. (Think St. Kevinʼs,
are only beyond the periphery of the St. Brigidʼs, St. Patrickʼs.)
neighborhood—Diamond Heights, Alas, more money troubles caused
Noe Valley, Excelsior, up Alemany the removal of St. Maryʼs College to
beyond Silver. Oakland in 1889. The original bell
We all know about Alemany, the of the chapel of the college of 1863
boulevard, but do we know the origin now resides at St. Maryʼs College in
of this name? Ultimately, it comes from Moraga.
the Spanish alamán, German. But the In 1893, the new parish of St. John
Boulevard? It was named for the first the Evangelist was set up to include
Catholic bishop of San Francisco, specifically the Glen Park, Holly Park
Joseph Sadoc Alemany, O.P. (Order of and Sunnyside districts. California His-
Preachers), who arrived here in 1853 toric Landmark plaque no. 772 has been
with his obligation to set up the first installed on the St. Maryʼs Park entrance
Catholic parishes in the little, wild, stone at Mission Street to remind us of
flourishing town of San Francisco. As some of these early events.
one of his first duties, in 1859 he sent Right about there, too, at College
his vicar general, Fr. James Croake, off Terrace, was a gift to the street—a road-
to the gold fields (where else?) to raise house set up by the church for travelers
money for a “secular and religious” col- from San Francisco going south to the
lege. He came back with an earmarked Peninsula. It included a hotel, dining
$150,000. room and “refreshment for man and
The site chosen was 60 acres on beast.” (More on this section of Glen
Mission Road (later Mission Boulevard) Park in a later article.)
five miles from downtown, at what is In 1903, Glen Parkʼs signature
now St. Marys Street, just north of the church, St. John the Evangelist, was
Bosworth-Mission intersection. At that erected by Fr. Peter Brady, in the
time, Glen Parkʼs Diamond Street to Classical Revival/Italian Renaissance Built in 1903, St. John the Evangelist on St. Maryʼs Street is in the Classical
Mission Road was only a hill slope (to style. The architect was Frank Shea. Revival/Italian Renasissance style. Photo by Ellen Rosenthal
be called College Hill) with no gap, no The unusual siding is built of narrow
railroad, no highway, only a bridge over planks, fishing boat-like, punctuated support group. the site became a parking lot for the par-
a creek. with stained glass windows of the (Fr. José Rodriguez, the churchʼs ish. A replacement site for the school
By 1862, Bishop Alemany was 12 apostles. The style of the double- current pastor, reminded me that St. was found near Glen Canyon Park. In
able to lay the cornerstone for the new steepled front portico is, well, what the Johnʼs also has an excellent, but some- the mid-1960s, the church property on
St. Maryʼs College. The large acreage architect described above. While not what ailing, antique pipe organ. Iʼm Chenery Street at Burnside, cleared
became a farm to furnish produce for outstanding, it is attractive, and stands sure he would be greatly pleased if a some existing buildings and established
the college. (An older use of “college” out above the community. knowledgeable person would volunteer its new school. The John F. Kennedy
meant any school giving courses in The churchʼs “Irish tone” (pro- to do some repair work.) Elementary School of St. John on the
a particular field.) The college was gressive?) persisted. Its dedication was The handsome rectory, with a site today was dedicated in 1967. Its
dedicated a few days after the Battle given by one Fr. Peter Yorke of Galway, superb metalwork doorway, stands name was later changed back to St.
of Gettysburg in 1863 and was up and founder of the American Womenʼs Lib- alongside the church to the east. To John the Evangelist in 1980.
running. But the bishop had a hard time eral League, supporter of Irish national- the rear, fronting on Bosworth, stands Visit the church for a different area
finding funds, a familiar problem even ism and of labor rights. a handsome, first-rate, free-standing of interest—trees. The peppermint
now. Following his instinct, he set off Since the 1906 earthquake did not Italianate building erected in 1909 as willow (Agonis flexuosa) is acknowl-
to Rome, where he persuaded Pope Pius damage St. Johnʼs, it became a first an Ursuline convent, which now houses edged in Mike Sullivanʼs Trees of San
IX to grant the diocese more funds. refuge for the hordes of people fleeing the parish offices. Early on, an imposing Francisco: “The 3 blocks surrounding
Since his next task was to acquire the menace of the fire that had crept four-story St. Johnʼs School was added St. John the Evangelist Church in Glen
a staff, in 1868 he sent to New York south as far as 20th Street. Church west of the church. Its upper floor was Park (St. Marys Ave., Marsily St., and
for some Christian Brothers to help out. archives record accounts of thousands designated the Ursuline High School for Bosworth) are lined with dozens of
They arrived in San Francisco via the in carts, wagons, on horseback, or sim- about a year, but that school soon moved specimens.”
Panama isthmus, having taken wagons, ply trudging along Mission Road laden to a nearby site on Mission Street that is In 1905, the new church and surround-
trains and a Pacific Mail side-wheeler with baggage. The church of today now leased to the electricianʼs union. ings were nearly sliced off from the rest
to get here. They must have been continues its community reputation, Problems with the adjacent school of Glen Park when the Ocean Shore
good at their jobs, for they quickly housing the offices of an immigrant eventually caused it to be demolished; CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
Summer 2006 Page 17 Glen Park News

Recreation Areas at
Our advertisers Classifieds
Glen Park Get a “B”
help support Computer repairs, mainte-
nance, user education (tutor-
Glen Parkʼs playground, tennis courts, Glen Park is classified as a Regional this free ing) and migration (switching
benches and garbage cans canʼt be beat. Park rather than “just” a Neighbor- ISPs). Hardware and software:
On the other hand, its ball field, trees hood Park; itʼs in the same category as community installation, configuration, and
and asphalt road are pretty sorry. McLaren, Stern Grove (highest rated upgrades. Broadband installation,
Those are among the at 92 percent), Buena Vista (lowest at newspaper. and network (wired and wireless)
conclusions reached 62 percent) and Golden Gate (same 86 setup. Virus, Trojan, and spyware
by by the Neighborhood
Bonnee Parks Council when
percent as Glen Park). Please thank removal (Flat rate—guaranteed).
The entire report—all 811 Website editing. Competitive
Waldstein its Park Scan program pages—can be browsed through at them when you rates, house calls, small to large
volunteers conducted a www.sfgov.org/recpark; click on Sig- jobs and can work with non-
site survey of mainte- nificant Natural Areas. (Note: a more patronize their technical individuals. References.
nance standards in the Cityʼs parks last recent report, covering a site visit in John 415-586-2333
summer. The results were published this December 2005, is thought to be sta- businesses
April. tistically flawed, as it scores our park End Homework Hassles
Overall, Glen Park scored 86 overall at 98.99 percent). and use their Family time’s better spent!
percent, which sounds respectable. www.mystudybuddy.org
But when the individual details are services. Jane Radcliffe 415-586-4577.
examined, the wide variation in qual- Bonnee Waldstein and her family have
ity among the functional areas becomes lived in Glen Park for over 20 years. Charlie the Phone Guy
apparent. Ratings ranged from 33 per- Residence/Business/home
cent for broken tree limbs and 50 per- office phone wiring. FAX/
cent for asphalt paths to 100 percent for Modem/DSL. Dead jacks made
open space cleanliness, tennis courts live! Remodel Planning. Free
and the playground. estimates. On-time appoint-
The restrooms got 80 percent, ments. 20 years experience. 641-
although judging by the description of 8654, charlie@sfphoneguy.com.
conditions, e.g., “dirty mop syndrome,”
perhaps a red warning sign should be August Moon Massage
posted at the door. Jana Hutcheson. Swedish, Shi-
atsu, LomiLomi, Deep Tissue,
Sports Massage. Office space
on Diamond Street and house
calls available. Gift certificates.
ST. JOHNʼS CHURCH $70/hour. Author of Healing
CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
Alternatives. Call 415-647-7517
Railroad (later Southern Pacific) dug for appt. today.
the “Bernal cut” through College Hill,
which today is the roadbed of San José Stereo Repair House Calls/
Avenue and Muniʼs J-Church streetcar Home Theater Setup
Former Dr. Video site on Diamond Street. Photo by Michael Waldstein Here’s a service that’s very
line, with BART below. convenient at a reasonable
To get a feel of this rarely visited tri- price. Gene’s Sound Service
angle (Mission, Bosworth and San José) CHANGES AFOOT her siblings, who are partners in the offers personalized in-home
isolated from the rest of Glen Park, you CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 venture, have a timeline for how long repair of stereo components;
may access it via Bosworth, the pedes- Eichenberger, adding that sheʼs getting theyʼll keep the store open. and installation of audio, video,
and home theater systems with
trian overpass of Roanoke/Cuvier, or “incredibly positive” feedback from For his part, Chenery Park co-owner
day, evening and Saturday
the neat old bridge on Miguel/Richland. local customers. Richie Rosen would love to see another appointments available. Serving
Remember, this area, too, is officially “More retail stores on this block restaurant open in the neighborhood. “It S. F. and Bay Area since 1983.
Glen Park. Check it out. would really be great. I canʼt wait for would be great to have more options. “Gene’s honest and knows his
the old wine cellar to become a con- Any new business that attracts attention stuff. Give him a try,” says Bobby
This history was drawn mainly from sumer draw.” Eichenberger says sheʼs and people is good for Glen Park,” he McFerrin. Gene’s Sound Service.
415-377-1258.
Church of St. John the Evangelist, enthusiastic about Bugʼs location and says. Business at the restaurant, which
1893-1993, T. William Bolts, S.M. (for doesnʼt regret opening the store in Glen opened in 2000, has been fairly steady, Pet Grooming
sale in the parish office), with help from Park. he says. Rosen and his partners are Pet Grooming at Critter Fritters.
parishioners, Msgr. José Rodriguez, With the rains gone, things are opening a second restaurant in the Dogs & Cats by appointment
pastor, and from books in the Main also improving at Paragraph boutique Castro; they recently bought the former only. Pam Hoffman 415-377-
2190.
Library San Francisco History Room. on Chenery Street, according to owner Red Grill and Whiskey Lounge on 18th
Also see Mike Sullivanʼs Trees of San Vanessa Viray—but she says itʼs still a Street. The new place is expected to be Your Cat Could Be A Star!
Francisco, Pomegranate Communica- struggle. “We love Glen Park—it has called Eureka Bar and Restaurant. Photographer seeking attractive
tions, Inc., Petaluma, 2004. See also lots of potential with the market and cats in beautiful gardens. Takes
an excellent survey of San Francisco the new housing. With Bug, it helps 1 hour. No cost. U recv free
architecture on the web by Ian Berke, at that thereʼs another destination store.” Joanna Pearlstein is an editor at Wired photos & calendar. 826-8847.
www.ianberke.com/architecture-style2 Still, Viray says she, her mother and magazine.
Glen Park News Page 18 Summer 2006

URBAN SAFARI
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Real Estate in Glen Park
tacular find, the 164 mosaic-tiled steps will enable him to take on more cor-
on 16th Avenue in Golden Gate Heights,
which was a project of a neighborhood
porate and other large groups. Among
his recent tours have been a Comcast
Glen Park Housing Market
group.
Drumming up business (pun
group, Korean travel writers, a dental
office staff and Dutch students from “Cooling,” Prices Hold Firm
intended?) in the San Francisco tourist Rotterdam. Coming up is a major 32-
industry is difficult and competitive. tour package for 250 people over six
Oppenheim makes presentations to des- days that will also take the tourists on by Consistent with trends throughout San Francisco for 2006, the
tination management companies, hotel seaplanes and catamarans—should be Vince number of properties sold in Glen Park from January 1 through
sales staffs, concierges and schools. He a rather wet safari. Beaudet May 15 has declined compared with the same period in 2005, as
also schmoozes with denizens of the Oppenheimʼs canʼt-miss 1985 follows:
urban jungle as the distinctive Land Land Rover Defender with license
Rover is stopped in traffic, and has an plate MBUBE (“lion” in Zulu) is often Number of Properties Sold
endless supply of business cards up his parked on Laidley Street. His bus, 2006 2005 %Decline
sleeve. IDUBE (“zebra”) will probably reside
Activity is steadily picking up, and in Noe Valley.
in fact, Oppenheim is now refurbishing The Urban Safari has a newslet- Single Family Homes 12 21 (43%)
a safari bus, which will accommodate ter, The Drum Beat, and a Web site,
26 passengers plus a hired driver, which www.theurbansafari.com. Condos/TICs 4 16 (75%)

2-4 Units 4 5 (20%)

The GOOD news, however, is median selling prices have held firm, as follows:
Plan to Protect Natural
Areas Inches Along Single Family Homes High
2006
$1,875,000
2005
$2,295,000
Low $670,000 $706,000
The 20-year master plan to preserve be taken to improve and protect open Median $910,000 $901,000
and improve the Cityʼs meadows, sensitive plants, grasslands
by 31 natural areas, includ- and scrub, trees, rock outcroppings, Condos/TICs High $790,000 $1,210,000
Bonnee ing 60 of the 70 acres of nesting areas and wildlife. Low $649,000 $570,000
Waldstein Glen Canyon Park, has The high recreational use of the Median $746,000 $772,500
undergone scientific park takes its toll and the report cred-
review and is now in its its the efforts of various community 2-4 Units High $1,465,000 $1,225,000
final draft stage. groups, as well as Rec and Park, that Low $865,000 $900,000
Detailed recommendations have have spent countless hours on restora- Median $1,000,000 $1,150,000
been issued as part of the Significant tion projects.
Natural Resources Areas Management Some recommendations would As widely reported, because of the increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve,
Plan of the Recreation and Park Depart- impact recreational use of the park, such and the relatively high price point of the homes for sale, affordability is constraining
ment. Analysis was done of each natural as limiting access to boardwalks and the ability of households to buy a home. This has caused the decrease in proper-
areaʼs geology, hydrology, trails, veg- trails, closing some social (unofficial) ties changing hands this year.
etation and wildlife, according to three trails, restricting access to open pools,
levels of Management Areas by degree prohibiting rock-climbing in some Appreciation rates in 2006 are expected to be in the high single digits, down from
of environmental sensitivity. areas, keeping dogs out of the creek double-digit growth over the past five years.
The analysis of Glen Canyon Park channel and wetlands, and improving
cited several highlights of its unique the gravel road to prevent sediment Following are the Glen Park Properties sold in 2006 through May 15:
and valuable assets: “high levels of deposition into the creek. Bridges,
recreational trail use [23,000 feet]; boardwalks and fences are proposed to
outstanding views; …one of two last address many of these issues. Single Family Homes Condos/TICs
free-flowing creeks in the city; some of Next steps: The final draft plan
the cityʼs largest and most impressive will be reviewed for compliance with 1317 Bosworth $805,000 114 Everson $720,000
and accessible rock outcrops; excellent the California Environmental Quality 179 Burnside $880,000 124 Everson $649,000
forage and nesting habitat for butterflies Act. This will take around 15 months. 48 Chenery $1,235,000 124 Everson $790,000
and other insects; dense willow thick- Then, the Recreation and Park Commis- 2395 Diamond $765,000 45 Van Buren $773,000
ets offering protection for resident and sion will consider the plan for adoption. 2632 Diamond $940,000
migratory birds; …important habitat for The draft plan is available online and at 33 Joost $810,000 2-Unit Buildings
native plants; …and extensive urban the libraries, and there are opportunities 125 Laidley $1,875,000
forest.” for public hearings and comment along 8 Mateo $670,000 204 Chenery $1,465,000
The park contains all thatʼs left—20 the way. To monitor or participate in this 279 Randall $1,325,000 831 San Joe $1,035,000
percent—of the watershed of Islais process, go to sfgov.org/recpark, click 245 Roanoke $700,000 14 Surrey $965,000
Creek. on Significant Natural Areas, then Fre- 1712 Sanchez $1,375,000 275 Sussex $865,000
The final draft details the actions to quently Asked Questions. 39 Surrey $1,680,000
Summer 2006 Page 19 Glen Park News

Glen Park Online Resources:


Glen Park Association Glen Park Parents
A Web site with up-to-the minute A medium-traffic list with over 250
information about the neighborhood, families in Glen Park and environs.
crime, traffic, graffiti and community Moderated and spam-free.
resources. Also a low-traffic discussion http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
list for members of the Glen Park Asso- glenparkparents/
ciation, moderated and spam-free.
www.glenparkassociation.org to join. Gay Glen Park
A low-traffic list for gay and lesbian
Ingleside Police Station Crime residents, their friends and families.
Report Moderated and spam-free.
Straight from the desk of Capt. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
Paul Chignell. Send e-mail to gayglenpark/
paul.chignell@sfgov.org to subscribe.

Then and Now: 249 Whitney

1910 photo courtesy of Suzanne Sampson, 2006 photo by Michael Waldstein

Itʼs the mystery of the missing steps. The house at 249 Whitney was built in
1908, says owner Suzanne Sampson, if the newspapers they found around the
pillars in the basement are any indication. From the clothing, this photo was
probably taken soon thereafter. But count the steps in the original photo and
in the new one. We think that the old picture was taken before the streets were
paved with the utilities running unerneath. When they paved them they leveled
the streets -- Whitney is along a hillside. The downhill side was filled in and
across the street was lowered. At least thatʼs the current theory. Anyone know
exactly what happened?
Glen Park News Page 20 Summer 2006

Community Calendar
Glen Park Association Community Relations Forum at SFPDʼs store. Youʼre gonna have breakfast readers, hosted by Jerry Ferraz. Scot-
Quarterly meetings are held on the Ingleside Police Station, hosted by Capt. anyway; why prepare it yourself when tish poet Leonard Irving says Bird &
second Tuesday in January, April, July and Paul Chignell. There are refreshments, you can help save the store? Beckett is the best poetry venue in
October at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome, guest speakers, and the opportunity to Other Coming Events: town!
members and non-members alike. ask questions and air your concerns. Sun., June 18, 4:30 pm, Brazilian June 19: Featured poets Robin
Next meeting: Tue. July 11, 7:30 Drop in and get acquainted with some of band Forrofiando plays “music for Demers and Jack Crimmins.
pm., St. Johnʼs School, 925 Chenery the dedicated people whose job is keep- maids and taxi drivers!” July 17: Poets Bob Randolph and
St. Parking is available in the schoolʼs ing our neighborhood safe. The main sta- Every Friday, 5:30–8 pm: Jazz in Bill Evans.
fenced lot. tion number is 404-4000, or e-mail Capt. the Bookshop. First & third Fridays Second Tuesday, 7:30 pm: The
Chignell at Paul_Chignell@ci.sf.ca.us. each month: The Seabop Ensemble, Eminent Authors Birthday Reading
Friends of Glen Canyon Park Next dates: June 20, July 18, under the direction of bassist Don features an open reading from the works
Meetings and Plant Restoration Aug. 15. Prell, with various lineups including of favorite authors whose birthdays fall
Work Parties: Third Saturday of each Chuck Peterson, Jim Grantham, during the month. Bring a libation and
month, 9 am–noon. Next dates: June 17 Community Safety Meeting Jerry Logas, saxes; Al Molina, a literary bit to share with the group.
@ Golden Gate Park Nursery; July 15 Sun., July 16, 2 pm, St. Aidanʼs Frank Phipps, horns; Scott Foster, First Wednesday, 7 pm: Bird &
in Glen Canyon, meet behind the Rec Episcopal Church, Diamond Heights guitar; Chris Bjorkbom, drums. Sec- Beckett Book Club discusses a book
Center; Aug. 19 @ Golden Gate Park Boulevard at Gold Mine Drive. This ond Friday: The Jimmy Ryan/Rick every month. Participants choose
Nursery. Tools, gloves and instruction meeting is a follow-up to the June 4 Elmore Quartet with Scott Foster, the next monthʼs selection. For July
are provided. meeting called by SFPD Capt. Paul guitar & Bishu Chatterjee, bass; Art 5 the group will read Joan Didionʼs
Weekly Work Parties: Every Chignell and District 8 Supervisor Lewis, drums. Fourth Friday: Henry The White Album. E-mail Marcy at
Wednesday, 9 am–noon. For the current Bevan Dufty to address concerns fol- Irvin Quartet with Dorothy Lefkov- vacumkitty@aol.com to get on the
weekʼs meeting place contact Richard lowing the shooting on Addison Street its, vocals; Barbara Hunter, soprano e-mail distribution list for Book Club
Craib, 648-0862. Can you dig it? (story on Page 1). sax and flute; and RhoyalBaibe Foston, notices. She has links for you to learn
To join Friends, or for more infor- drums. more about the book selection, and will
mation about their activities, contact Light Yoga Classes Friday, June 30: The Eric B Latin let you know about our monthly Politi-
Richard Craib at 648-0862 or Jean Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:15– Trio with Eric Berman, piano. cal Book Discussion Group.
Conner at 584-8576. 7:15 pm: Light Yoga classes at the First Sunday, 4:30 pm: Sunday Second Thursday, 7:30 pm: Politi-
Glen Park Rec Center auditorium are Jazz: Henry Irvin Quartet with cal Book Discussion Group. For July
Glen Park Advisory Board an easy way to begin or continue the Dorothy Lefkovits. 13 the group will read Perils of Domi-
The Advisory Board works hand study of the Iyengar method of Hatha First and third Mondays, 7:30 pm: nance: Imbalance of Power and the
in hand with the Recreation and Park Yoga. Basic poses are taught and modi- Open mic poetry series with featured Road to Vietnam by Gareth Porter.
Department to make our park the best fied to suit your physical requirements.
in the city (see story on Page 6). If This is a free community service (some
you care about whatʼs happening in leave gratuities). Wear comfortable Free Summer Fun
Glen Canyon Park, you should attend pants and top. Yoga mats and blankets
their meetings and join in the dialog are available. For information call San Francisco has an abundance of free things to do year-round. Most local museums
with other interested neighbors. Those Christine at 846-8481 or e-mail her at are free one day every month. Other local attractions also offer free-admission days.
who canʼt make the meetings can send CATyoga@gmail.com. Here’s a partial list. For specific information, call the venue or go online.
concerns or suggestions to, or request
information from, Miriam Moss at Glen Park Branch Library Free First Tuesday:
moss3x@earthlink.net. Tuesday morning story times as Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St.
Next Meeting: Wed., July 5, 6:30 well as summer reading events and Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane
pm in the Rec Center. performances are described in Sha- Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park
ron Dezurickʼs “Check It Out at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
SFPD Community Forums Library” column on Page 10. Visit the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park
Third Tuesday of each month, 7 library on Chenery Street for details S.F. Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St.
pm: All residents are encouraged to and dates. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Galleries, 701 Mission St.
participate in the informative monthly
Bird & Beckett Free First Wednesday:
Bird & Beckett Books & Records, California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard St.
Color Splotches 2788 Diamond St., presents free com- Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St. (Groups of 10 or more need reservations)
munity literary and musical events San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Blvd. at 47th Ave.
Are Not Graffiti (donations are encouraged to help the Museo ItaloAmericano, Ft. Mason Center Building C
artists and keep our neighborhood book-
Those colorful sprayed markings store open). Free First Thursday:
that appeared on our curbs and Book club meetings and jazz The Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St.
storm drain gratings recently aren’t sessions are listed at www.bird-
graffiti.The City Health Department beckett.com, or call 586-3733 for more Free Third Monday:
has been spraying catch basins for information. Please see Bonnie Wachʼs The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 121 Steuart St.
mosquito abatement. The colors story (on Page 5) about our endangered
indicate multiple sprayings to ensure bookstore, and note the following spe- Free Every Day
eradication: yellow the third, green cial event on your calendar: Musee Mecanique,Taylor & Jefferson (formerly under the Cliff House); bring quarters
fourth, blue fifth. Pancake Breakfast Benefit: Sat., for antique machines
July 8, starting at 9 am, in front of the