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Summer 2000 




New Dining 
and Retail 
Choices for 
Local 
Shoppers 

by Elizabeth Weise 

Papered-over windows at the old 
Glaze Donut shop on Diamond, a 
new sign over an empty storefront 
on Chenery, "closing" signs at Dia- 
mond Pizza and Creighton's Bakery. 
What's happening to the neighbor- 
hood? Good things, behind all the 
hammering, sanding and painting 
going on. Four local businesses are 
expanding and one Glen Park native 
is opening a new store. Look around 
quick, because in another few months 
Glen Park is going to have a differ- 
ent face. 

La Corneta Taqueria. Anyone 
who's gotten dinner at La Corneta 
knows the wait can be long as the 
staff members do an intricate ballet 
to serve as many as 700 customers 
a day — all in a space the size of a 
two couches pushed together. Expan- 
sion is on the way. "From 5 to 9 
we have a big line out the door, and 
it sometimes goes up to the corner, 
with 40 to 50 people waiting to get 
served," says owner Joel Campos. 
"We're losing at least 20 customers 
per hour in the evenings — they get 
in line, they get tired, they leave." 

Campos knew from the day he 
opened five years ago he'd need to 
expand the businesses. He even wrote 
into his original contract with his 
landlord that he would get whatever 
space became available. This the 
spring the donut store next door 
closed, and Campos began planning. 

The expansion will feature a new 



kitchen, new counter, new broilers 
and new grills. Campos plans dou- 
ble concrete walls "everything sealed 
inside, stainless steel in the kitchen, 
tile in all the walls." to make the 
restaurant utterly pest-free and clean 
as a whistle. The restaurant will dou- 
ble in size, seating will expand to 35 
and Campos plans to add six or seven 
more staff. 

To get a sense of the kind of ren- 
ovation Campos' plans, visit La Cor- 
neta II, his newly-opened taqueria at 
24th and Mission. Though the Glen 
Park original won't have an arching 
atrium or skylights, look for the same 
light, clean ambiance. "I want to put 
in the best, even better than the Mis- 
sion Street one. I'm going to put just 
top of the line," he says. Campos 
and his wife live with their three chil- 
dren in San Bruno, but he also has 
a small house on Cayuga Street that 
he uses as an office to oversee his 
two restaurants. 

Chenery Park Restaurant. 
Neighborhood residents know Joseph 
Kowal and John Bedard's flower 
design shop Borage by the enticing 
floral displays visible through the 
windows and the trademark rectan- 
gular topiary on the trees in front of 
their store. The partners, who have 
been in business together for five 
years (and have been a couple for 
2 1 ), do floral design for some of the 
city's top restaurants, including Far- 
allon.the Hyatt Regency and Boule- 
vard, as well as events, weddings and 
Continued on page 2 



Inside This Issue 




Diamond Super 






....Page 2 


Branch Library Bond 


....Page 5 




....Page 8 


Thanks, 




Thelma Williams.... 


..Page 12 


Cable TV Glitches 


..Page 12 



Neighbors vs. Developers: 
Fighting to Save Glen Park's 
Unique Character 

by Kay Lamming 



The recent upsurge in real estate 
prices that has resulted in a wave of 
new construction in San Francisco 
has hit Glen Park, too. Over the past 
two years, an increased number of 
applications for building pemiits were 
filed and, with land so valuable, 
applications for demolition permits 
were up also. Smaller buildings are 
being bought as "tear downs" to make 
way for much larger structures on 
the property. 

The trend seems to be in favor of 



larger single-family homes as well 
as increased density in the number 
and size of apartment units, so a num- 
ber of these new projects in Glen 
Park have been met with opposition 
by residents. 

Neighbors cite the Residential 
Design Guidelines (published by the 
Department of City Planning in 1987) 
and insist that the scale and design 
of new or remodeled buildings com- 
ply with them. They want designs 
Continued on page 8 



How Mrs. 
Baxter and 
The Gum Tree 
Girls Foiled 
the Freeway 

by Don Williams 

From the mid-1950s though the 
1970s, several incarnations of freeway 
systems that would have destroyed Glen 
Canyon Park were proposed, opposed, 
and supposed dead — only to rise again. 
The route was part of an enormous free- 
way web planned to begin where the 
Glen Park BART station stands today. 
It would have risen 60 feet over the pre- 
sent baseball diamond in the park, cut 
into the hillside and filled part of the 
canyon, tunneled under Portola, slashed 
across Laguna Honda, joined Seventh 
Avenue, tunneled under or risen above 
Golden Gate Park, and emptied onto a 



second deck of the Golden Gate Bridge. 
Late 1 950s estimates were that it would 
save a Marin commuter three minutes' 
driving time. 

Building that freeway system 
seemed a sure thing, but Glen Park 
residents didn't think it worth then 
sacrifice. The Glen Park resistance 
was led first by Mrs. J.C. Baxter and 
later by "The Gum Tree Girls": 
Zoanne Nordstrom, Joan Siewald 
and the late Geri Arkush. 

Mrs. Baxter organized Glen Park 
residents who circulated petitions, 
camped in supervisors' offices, wrote 
hundreds of letters and joined The 
Glen Park Property Owners' Asso- 
ciation, which later became the Glen 
Park Association, and which sent 
Mrs. Baxter to speak to the Califor- 
nia Assembly, where she gave her 
famous "Three Minute Speech."' 
Thus the California Freeway Revolt 
of 1958-59 began in Glen Park. 

But Glen Park's opposition was 
not popular with those in govern- 
Continued on page 10 



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Page 2 



Summer 2000 



New Dining and Retail 

Continued from page 1 

the occasional movie— Mrs. Doubt- 
fire was their first big breakthrough. 

Kowal and Bedard will embark 
on a new endeavor with the planned 
September opening of Chenery Park 
in the former home of Diamond 
Pizza, which closed on July 1 7 when 
its owner moved to a smaller space 
outside of the neighborhood. Chen- 
ery Park will feature "comfort food 
with an upscale flair." says Bedard. 
The menu, still in development, will 
include pizza, entrees in the $10-$ 15 
range and take-out. "We want peo- 
ple to feel like they can come in two 
or three times a week, not once in a 
great while. We want a nice place 
you can come when you want just a 
salad and a glass of wine." 

The chef-partner will be Gaines 
Dobbins, former chef du cuisine of 
Boulevard. Most of the new restau- 
rant's investors are neighborhood 
merchants. Bedard says at least in 
the beginning, Chenery Park will be 
a walk-in establishment, with no 
reservations. 

ModernPast. Ric Lopez grew up 
just over the hill from Glen Park in 
Sunny side, and still lives in the neigh- 
borhood. In August he'll be opening 
ModernPast, a mid-century furniture 
and gift store at 677 Chenery in the 
old Optimum Press space, which 
closed at the end of last year. Lopez 
has been a fashion photographer since 
the '80s, working in Milan, Paris and 
London, as well as doing shoots for 
most of San Francisco's designers 
and a number of its eyewear stores. 
His magazine work includes Surface, 
SoMa, San Francisco, Conde Nast 
and Ebony. He's also worked on sev- 
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Over the years Lopez has collected 
furniture from the 1940s, '50s, '60s 
and '70s to use in his stylized pho- 
tos. Most of the pieces are in stor- 
age, and he recently decided to open 
a shop to sell them, as well as to dis- 
play art and carry gift items. "There 
hasn't been a retail shop in Glen Park 
in I don't know how many years," 
Lopez says. "ModernPast will be a 
place someone in the neighborhood 
can buy affordable housewares or 
gifts." The store will feature furni- 
ture, gifts, cards, vases and can- 
dles. The back portion will be a 
gallery space, showing photography, 
paintings and sculpture by local 
artists. 

Sweet Sue's. Further up Chen- 
ery, Sweet Sue's at 732 is under new 
management. Expect some changes 
over the coming months, says the 
appropriately-named new owner. 
Suzanne Welsh. She bought the bak- 
ery from 1 7-year owner Sue Glazer, 
who decided it was time for a change 
in life and went back to school. 

Sweet Sue's bakes up 1 7 different 
kinds of sweet tea breads as well as 
cookies, bars, muffins and rugalah 
(delicious crispy rolled pastries) and 
sells mainly to local restaurants 
and delis, including Greens, Lee's 
Deli and Royal Grounds. Sweet 
Sue's has always been open for retail 
sales, but Welsh is looking forward 
to expanding the store's retail traf- 
fic. She plans to put in an espresso 
machine, tables and perhaps outdoor 
seating, with pies, sandwiches and 
salads a further future possibility. 
"We're open Monday through Fri- 
day, 8-5," she says. If you're inter- 
ested in a particular bakery item, call 
587-SUES to make sure she's got it 
on hand. 

Welsh, who originally hails from 
the Areata area, has been baking pro- 
fessionally for 20 years, the last sev- 
eral as part-owner of California Smart 
Foods. A new baby and the desire to 
go back to baking, as opposed to 
supervising, led her to buy Sweet 
Sue's. She and her one employee are 
happy to meet and sell to neighbor- 
hood residents. Stop in and say hi. 

CreightorTs Bakery. The 
Creighton family has sold their Glen 
Park location to longtime Creighton 's 
baker Joe Schuver, and moved their 
baking operations to their Portola 
Drive store. The good news for local 
lovers of their treats: Schuver is busy 
painting and redecorating the pop- 
ular little Glen Park bakery at Chen- 
ery and Castro streets, and hopes to 
re-open in August. 



Diamond Super 
Replacement Is 
S-l-o-w-l-y 
Moving Along 

by Zoanne Nordstrom 

The latest information from 
Jeremy Paul, project manager for 
development of the Diamond Super 
site, is that they are moving along as 
quickly as possible given the entan- 
glements with hazardous materials 
and city agencies. The hazardous 
materials identification and plans for 
removal have been more extensive 
(and expensive) than expected. The 
materials removal, however, may 
create a "silver lining" for the park- 
ing area, because the extensive 
removal may result in deep excava- 
tion, which could allow for two lev- 
els of underground parking, instead 
of just a single level as originally 
envisioned. 

Meanwhile, requests for proposal 
are going out to potential replace- 
ment markets, and the project team 
is optimistic about the possibilities. 
Several market operators expressed 
their interest at a meeting earlier this 
year. There are no negotiations yet. 

A temporary bonus for the site is 



the placement of a beautiful mural 
that has to be removed from the Holy 
Family Multicultural Center at 16th 
and Dolores. It has been in the child 
care center and will be an improve- 
ment over the bleak, barren empty 
lot on the site. 

Things are moving along, even 
though the movement seems so slow. 
Unexpected crises are not new expe- 
riences. Many people who have 
remodeled or built a new building 
have run into some kind of delay or 
problem. We will have a new mar- 
ket in the near future. The actual 
design of the project, which was 
pending while hazardous materials 
work was conducted, is now getting 
started, and design conferences have 
been held. The design could not go 
forward until the soil testing was 
complete and the foundation require- 
ments determined. 

Please keep e-mailing your com- 
ments and ideas. Because the owner 
reads all of them, you have direct 
impact on ideas and input. The e- 
mail address is phoenix@glen- 
park.org. The Web site (www.glen- 
park.com) has a new webmaster, who 
promises that by the time you read 
this it will be up and running with a 
new graphic. A sign with the new 
logo will go up on the fence. 

Be patient. It will happen... 



The mission of the Glen Park Association is to promote the collective 
interests of all persons living in Glen Park, to inform and educate about 
neighborhood and citywide issues, to promote sociability and friendships 
and to support beneficial neighborhood projects. 

GPA Board of Directors and Officers for 1999 

President Zoanne Nordstrom 585-4267 

Vice-President Richard Craib 648-0862 

Treasurer Ellis Gans 586-1073 

Recording Secretary 

Corresponding Secretary Helene Winkler 334-9853 

Health & Environment Lee Guion 586-3830 

Membership Secretary John Dahlen 469-8428 

Neighborhood Improvement Joan Seiwald 586-4448 

Publication Nora Dowley 908-6728 

Program Richard Craib 648-0862 

Public Safety Julie Blanc 585-5781 

Recreation & Park Richard Craib 648-0862 

Traffic & Safety Linda Montgomery 585-6314 

Zoning & Planning Kay Lamming 648-7448 

Visit the Glen Park Association website at www citysearch7 com/glenpark 

Glen Park News 

Glen Park News is published quarterly by the Glen Park Association. 
Signed articles are the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those 
of the Glen Park Association 



Summer 2000 



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Glen Park News 




The best realtor is committed to 
two things; people and real estate. 



In Glen Canyon Park 

with Jean Conner 



All the rain this last winter con- 
tinued up into May with warmer tem- 
peratures and gave all the exotic 
plants (weeds) in the natural areas 
a real boost. Non-natives such as 
fennel, poison hemlock, radish and 
Italian thistle have been growing vig- 
orously and have appeared again in 
places where we believed we had 
eliminated them. Some of the poi- 
son hemlock unions the willows ure 



foliage. Some of the highlights were 
the western wood pewee, warbling 
vireo.Townsend's warbler. Wilson's 
warbler and the black-headed gros- 
beak. Red-tailed hawks nested in 
the Canyon again and four noisy 
young red-tails could be seen flying 
over the grasslands learning to hunt 
by the end of June. 

Thomas, a member of the Natural 
Areas Saturday work party, captured 
a cicada for us 
to view in June. 
It was fascinat- 
ing to observe 
this brown crea- 
ture with red 
eyes. I had seen 

Southern Alligator Lizard cicadas when I 

was living in 




eusily nine feet tall and blooming 
above the willow canopy. 

Some of our native plants also ben- 
efited from the warm, rainy winter, 
with sky lupines and California pop- 
pies making quite a beautiful display 
this past spring. On the downside, 
we are finding lots more poison oak 
as well. 

So please be careful and keep to 
the paths and trails. Our dogs run- 
ning off leash on the hillside can col- 
lect toxin on their fur and transmit it 
by way of u friendly hug or put to 
humans. 

Birds were hard to see on our bird 
walk in May. Although we observed 
30 different species, we heard many 
more than we saw because of the lush 



Nebraska but didn't realize that they 
are in San Francisco in Glen Canyon. 

Seen along Alms Road in May was 
a four- foot-long gopher snake with 
a surprisingly small head in relation 
to its body circumference. A South- 
ern alligator lizard was disturbed 
when the brush was being cleared 
from the hillside in June. 

Once again this fall we will see a 
beautiful display of goldenrod in the 
canyon. Allergy sufferers shouldn't 
worry about it. Airborne pollens are 
the cause of hay fever, and golden- 
rod pollen is not air-distributed. Its 
pollen must be carried flower to 
flower by an insect. So goldenrod 
is not the villain it was once believed 
to be . 



San Francisco Natural History Series 
Summer— Fall 2000 

August 24 — Build it and they will come. Josiah Clark. GGNRA Bio- 
logical Technician, and Alan Hopkins. Golden Gate Audubon Society Pres- 
ident, will tell us about the amazing bird life already using the Crissy 
Field Wetlands. 

September 28— Mountain Lake and its Environment: Past, Present, 
and Future, with Jack Laws, wildlife biologist and manager of field stud- 
ies, California Academy of Sciences, and Tamara Williams, hydrologist 
with the National Park Service. 

October 26— A New Flora of San Francisco; A Work in Progress, 

with Tom Daniel, curator of botany at the California Academy of Sciences, 
and a research professor at SFSU. 

November 30 — Invaders in the Bay. Andrew Cohen, environmental 
scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute, will describe the impacts 
of exotic species in San Francisco Bay. 

Programs are held Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Randall Museum. 
199 Museum Way. San Francisco. (415) 554-9600 for information. 




Judith Presley 
Phone: 
(415)338-0147 



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Broker Associate, Certified Residential Specialist 
International Presidents Circle Award Winner 

• Specializing in Glen Park 
and The Surrounding 
Neighborhoods Since 1986 

• Glen Park Resident Since 1985 

• Glen Park Festival Chair 

• Member of the Glen Park 
Association 



Join the many appreciative clients who 
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And now a 
word from our 
resident walker 

by Mary Bowers 

As we last left her, she was 
embarking on the Avon Breast Can- 
cer 3 Day Walk held on the last week- 
end of July. 

How to describe the Avon Breast 
Cancer 3 Day? Amazing, extraor- 
dinary and incredible are three words 
that escape my mouth when asked. 
Yes, it was 60 miles. Yes, the fog 
at Skyline, our campsight on the sec- 
ond night, was a tale in itself. But 
wow, what an experience!! On July 
28, over 3,300 walkers stood together 
at the starting line at De Anza Col- 
lege in Cupertino. Sixty miles and 
more than $6.2 million (which will 
go directly to breast cancer organi- 
zations in the Bay Area) later, we 
held our closing ceremonies on the 
Marina Green here in San Francisco. 

Each day was a lesson in 
endurance and survival. The first 
day was 24.5 miles long and rela- 
tively flat. Day II was short, only 16 
miles, with plenty of hills and incred- 
ible views. Day III was a mere 20 
miles and through San Francisco. 



Our audience of supporters was truly 
amazing! Cars honking, people clap- 
ping, residents spraying us with 
much-needed cold water, signs thank- 
ing us all contributed to a feeling of 
"Wow, I am really a part of this!" 
One phrase in particular remains with 
me. It was spoken at the opening 
ceremonies on Friday and is para- 
phrased as follows: "Think of the 
hundreds of women who will remain 
forever nameless to you who you are 
helping by participating in this 
event." Gosh, I have tears even now 
thinking of that phrase I ha\ e made 
a vow to myself to walk this event 
each and every year from now on. 
From seeing signs of thanks from 
strangers to survivors wearing pink 
shirts at the closing ceremonies, I 
was truly touched by this event. I 
feel very honored to be a small part 
of such an extraordinary event! 

I would like to thank the folks in 
the Glen Park area who contributed 
to my successful endeavor. They 
include Jim Skecn and Ken Avery, 
Joan Higgins, Laine and Joel Schip- 
per and Zoanne Nordstrom. These 
folks believed in both me and the 
cause. Thank you very much. With- 
out your support, I would have never 
been able to participate in such an 
amazing endeavor! 



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Summer 2000 




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Check It Out At the Library! 

by Mark Hall, Glen Park Branch Librarian 
New Internet Access 



The Glen Park Branch Library has 
finally scrapped our old text-only 
computer terminals, and replaced 
them with PCs offering Internet 
access for the public. What does this 
mean for you? 

You can now sign up for a free 
e-mail account, or check your e-mail 
account using our computers. 

If you want to learn about the Inter- 
net or the World Wide Web, you now 
have a place to get your feet wet, and 
people to help get you started. 

If you are doing research in the 
library — for school, work, home or 
personal interest— we can help you 
find Web sites to answer your ques- 
tions. 

Drop by for an introduction to 
these free computers! 

Magazines to Test Drive 

When the library places its annual 
magazine orders every summer, we 
look at what people have been check- 
ing out. This year we noticed that a 
lot of interesting magazines aren't 
getting borrowed as much as they 
deserve. So, here's a sample of a few 
of the newer, interesting additions to 
our magazine collection. Borrow a 
pile of them; save money, try out new 
magazines, and you don't have to 
haul them away for recycling! 

With the motto "Smart Talk for 
Smart Women," More is a newer 
magazine focused on women 40 and 
older, covering people, style, beauty, 
well-being, relationships and more 
with a well-balanced mix of flu ft and 
substance. A recent issue contained 
profiles of interesting mid-life 
celebrities and career women, a 
"where are they now" article on for- 
mer James Bond femmes fatales, 
pieces on stock market trading, rela- 
tionships with younger men, travel 
and an announcement calling for 
over-40 women as models. 

Based in Oakland, Trips: a travel 
journal is a travel magazine with a 
twist. Avoiding the usual pretty 
places and well-trod destinations. 
Trips gravitates toward the off-beat. 
The standard cruise-ship articles are 



replaced by features on the motley, 
interesting mix of people who labor 
below the decks, and a report on trav- 
eling cheap via freighter. San Fran- 
cisco is covered, but with a tour of 
sites related to more shocking or odd- 
ball aspects of our history. In place 
of the usual article on beautiful 
Caribbean resorts, you'll find an hon- 
est travel piece on Haiti. This is a 
great magazine for travelers (or arm- 
chair travelers) looking for some- 
thing different. 

On the other hand, if your main 
criterion for travel is price, then you 
might want to check out Arthur 
Frommer's Budget Travel. This 
magazine ferrets out good deals on 
travel all over the world, and pre- 
sents low-cost travel ideas in glossy 
articles with nice photography. 

Dog lovers should take a look at 
Bark: the modern dog culture mag- 
azine. There's nothing else like it; 
it's sort of like The New Yorker for 
dog lovers. A quarterly. Bark 
includes dog-related news, art, pho- 
tography, fiction, essays, humor, fea- 
tures and book reviews. But while 
it has a lot of serious content, it 
also maintains a light touch, as you 
might expect judging from its motto, 
"Dog is my co-pilot." 

While a lot of magazines now 
include information on useful web- 
sites, Yahoo! Internet Life is a gold- 
mine of this type of information. 
With articles on social issues, tech- 
nology reviews and short takes on 
Web sites on every possible subject, 
this magazine helps everyone zero 
in on the best that Web has to offer. 

Library Program Calendar 

All library programs are free! 

Saturday. September 16 at 4:30 
p.m.: Gato Colorado Puppet The- 
ater helps celebrate Hispanic Her- 
itage Month. For all ages. 

Every Tuesday at 10a.m.: Weekly 
Story time: Stories and songs, along 
with Films or crafts. For toddlers and 
preschoolers. 

Glen Park Branch Library. 653 
Chenerv St., SF 94131 ; 337-4740. 

Hours: Tues. 10-6; Wed. 12-8: 
Thurs. 1-7; Fri. and Sat. 1-6; Closed 
Sunday & Monday. 



Summer 2000 



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Proposition A Would Provide 
New Library for Glen Park 



Few investments generate greater 
dividends for a community than the 
public library system. On Novem- 
ber 7. voters will be asked to invest 
in our library system by approving 
a bond to rehabilitate the City's Grum- 
bling branch library system. 

This measure is critically impor- 
tant if our libraries are to meet the 
service needs of patrons well into the 
21st Century. 

The small but delightful Glen Park 
branch on Chenery Street is an exam- 
ple of a facility that must be expanded 
to meet the growing demands placed 
on it. Glen Park, which occupies a 
leased space, serves a broad cross- 
section of patrons including young 
children, seniors and students from 
nearby schools. It is a gathering place 
for seniors who want to catch up on 
the news of the day or meet friends. 
Last year alone, nearly 78,000 peo- 
ple visited the Glen Park branch. 

The library offers story times for 
toddlers, provides children with a 
place to go after school and offers 
students the materials and study aides 
that are often lacking in our public 
schools. 

But the space, which is less than 
1 .000 square feet, is simply inade- 
quate. There is one common area 
that houses all events. As a result, 
library staff must move the furniture 
from place to place to accommodate 
programs such as children's story 
time, which attracts upwards of 40 
to 50 parents and children weekly. 

If Proposition A is approved, a per- 
manent city-owned library for the 
Glen Park neighborhood would be 
constructed. The new facility will 
enable the library to expand programs 
and activities for children and 



by Carol Steiman 

improve access for persons with dis- 
abilities. The new branch will also 
have more space for computers, giv- 
ing patrons greater access the Inter- 
net and other tools necessary to be 
competitive in today's job market. 

This $106 million bond measure 
will make the Glen Park library the 
jewel of the neighborhood and pro- 
vide other communities with the 
same opportunity. In addition to the 
Glen Park branch, four other new 
branches will be constructed in Ingle- 
side, Portola, Visitacion Valley and 
Mission Bay. 

Nineteen other branches that are 
seismically unsafe will be rehabili- 
tated. In fact, many are so unsafe 
that they pose a likely risk of top- 
pling during a major earthquake 
Most branches have rundown rest 
rooms, inadequate lighting and facil- 
ities are largely inaccessible to per- 
sons with disabilities 

This bond will allow the library 
system to fix many of these prob- 
lems so that it can continue to pro- 
vide the services communities expect 
from their branch libraries. A library 
carries the potential to be more than 
a repository for books. 

It can galvanize a community, 
provide a safe haven for our chil- 
dren, deliver knowledge, foster cre- 
ativity, inspire curiosity and arouse 
ones desire for learning. I hope you 
will join me in supporting this Bond 
in November. 

Carol Steiman is a San Francisco 
Library commissioner, former 
F riends and Foundation board mem- 
ber, a former Neighborhood Coun- 
cil representative and a resident Glen 
Park. 



Glen Park Festival: 
Fall Out, Spring In 



by Vince Beaudet 



The Glen Park Festival Commit- 
tee has decided to change the date of 
the next neighborhood festival from 
this fall to April 2001 , transform- 
ing the increasingly popular event 
from a "Fall Festival" to a "Spring 
Fling." The committee has already 



started work on the next festival and 
is looking for new volunteers to help 
plan and stage it. 

Please contact Marie Simard at 
333-9463 if you have ideas or would 
like to help make next April's festi- 
val the best yet. 




Lucy B. Stephenson 

Certified Public Accountant 

(415) 586*5600 

FAX (415) 586*2152 

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Community Calendar 



Glen Park Association Meetings 

2nd Tuesday of the Month. 7:30 
p.m.. Glen Park Recreation Center 
(Elk & Chenery streets) 

The first Election Information 
Night, September 12, will feature 
Candidates running for District 8 
Supervisor, the Community 
College Board, Unified School 
District and BART Board answer- 
ing questions. 

The second Election Night, 
October 10, will have pro and con 
representatives speaking about the 
Local Ballot Propositions. 

Looking for a deal on your next 
trip? The vacation of a lifetime? 
Join us November 14 for Travel 
Night. Experts in the industry will 
make presentations and answer 
questions. 

Art Shows Coming to Cafe? 

Aug. - David Parks, photos 
Sept. - Mark Coggins, photos 
Oct. - John Schoening, photos 
Nov. - Kimbyll Edwards, lamps 




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The garden club meets at 7 p.m. on 
the first Tuesday of each month. 
Come share the joys (and frustra- 
tions) of gardening with fellow 
Glen Park gardeners, learn about a 
new gardening topic each month 
and see members' gardens! For 
more information and meeting 
location, call Judy Creighton at 
333-4120. 

Friends of Glen Canyon Park 

Plant Restoration Work Party- 
Days: 

3rd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. 
to 12 noon. September 16; October 
21; November 18. Contact Jean 
Conner at 584-8576 

Weekly Wednesday Work Party in 
the Canyon: Contact Richard Craib 
at 648-0862 

Nature Fest 2000 sponsored by the 
FGCP coming Saturday September 
23, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; slide shows, 
nature walks, barbeque, and more. 
For information and reservations: 
Richard Craib. 648-0862. 




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A New 
Landmark 
For Glen 
Park? 

by Denis Wade 

Glen Park's own BART station 
was nominated for City Landmark 
status at the July 19 meeting of the 
Landmarks Preservation Advisory 
Board. Neighborhood resident and 
Board Vice President Tim Kelley 
noted that the 1972 structure pos- 
sesses "grandeur of space" and is 
exceptionally significant, both archi- 
tecturally and historically, for the 
surrounding neighborhoods. 

The process of acquiring official 
landmark status is expected to take 
up to a year. As a state-chartered 
organization, BART would not be 
subject to mandatory controls from 
the City. However, in most similar 
cases, such as the Golden Gate 
Bridge and San Francisco Unified 
School District properties, the own- 
ing agencies usually consult with the 
Landmarks Board before making any 
alterations to landmarked structures. 

Glen Park 
Garden Club 
Maintains 
Village Garden 

by Tiffany Farr 

For the past several years, the Glen 
Park Garden Club has "adopted" an 
abandoned piece of private property: 
Our Village Garden is a triangular 
wedge between 2783 and 2785 Dia- 
mond St., at the curve just above 
Chenery. This patch of land was orig- 
inally cleared of its 7-foot fennel, 
which occasionally obstructed the 
sidewalk, by landscaper Steve Skin- 
ner and lots of hard-working vol- 
unteers. 




The garden club took over its care 
and planted a variety of drought-tol- 
erant shrubs (rockrose, salvia, pen- 
stemon). But even drought-tolerant 



plants need some water in the dry 
summer months. We had a dilemma. 
The City offered us a water line, but 
at a prohibitive cost for a group 
that collects dues of $10 per year per 
member. So, we went looking for 
an adjacent property owner who 
would allow us to use their water 
twice a month for a deep watering. 
(The city has promised a reduction 
of sewer tax for the donor). Fortu- 
nately, we found our "angel." The 
Glen Park Garden Club wants to say 
"Thank you," Whitney! 

Neighborhood 
Directory 

by Claudia Tomaso 

Do you have a skill or service you 
would like your neighbors to know 
about? Members of the Glen Park 
Association are compiling the first 
"Glen Park Directory" so we as a 
neighborhood can support one 
another as a community. 

Tell us your name, what you do 
(plumber, tutor, massage therapist, 
etc.) and the best way to reach you 
(address, phone, e-mail?). If enough 
neighbors respond, we will compile 
the information and distribute the 
directory throughout the neighbor- 
hood when it is complete. 

Claudia Tomaso has volunteered 
to compile and organize the infor- 
mation. To be listed, contact her at 
(415) 337-651 1 or by e-mail at 
catomaso@aol .com . 



Tree Planting! 

by Claudia Tomaso 

Trees are important for your health 
and well-being. They absorb noise 
and combat pollution, as well as 
increase the aesthetic value of the 
neighborhood and the value of your 
property. 

We are planning a tree planting in 
Glen Park sponsored by Friends of 
the Urban Forest sometime this fall 
if there is enough neighborhood inter- 
est. These plantings happen on a 
weekend morning, and are a great 
way to get to know more people in 
Glen Park. The cost is only $25, 
which includes your choice of tree, 
sidewalk preparation and digging the 
hole. 

Interested neighbors should call 
Claudia Tomaso at (415)-337-651 1 
for more information. 



Please submit calendar items to: 
Glen Park Association, PO Box 31392, San Francisco, CA 94131 



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Glen Park Dental was opened in 
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space from local merchant and owner 
of Higher Grounds, Manhal Jweinat. 
Starting with an empty appointment 
book, one employee and some new 
dental equipment, I had realized 
the American dream, owning my own 
business— and the debt that goes with 
it! The practice has now grown to 
employ three full-time and three part- 
time employees (including my 
brother and office manager, Ron), 
and a total of four dentists to care for 
the oral health of Glen Park residents. 
To date our practice has cared for 
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and dental practices that vary in ser- 
vice philosophy from a rapid-paced, 
diagnose the problem, not the patient 
style, to a more comprehensive, 
patient diagnosis style; we try to live 
by the latter rule. We believe that 
despite the woefully small reim- 
bursement levels that most dental 
insurance companies provide to 
patients, the patients tend to have 
fewer problems and less out-of- 
pocket expenses with comprehen- 
sive care. 

Another credo that Glen Park Den- 
tal employees and doctors live by 
is that of continuing education. Every 
year, our staff takes over 250 hours 
of classes related to the art and sci- 
ence of dentistry in order to keep up 
with the rapid changes in products, 
techniques and the information age. 
Not only do these courses far exceed 
requirements set by the California 
Dental Board, but they provide us 
the tools and information necessary 
to provide Glen Park neighbors with 
the best possible dental care. For 



example, I am a graduate of the Las 
Vegas Institute for Advanced Cos- 
metic Dentistry, and a member of the 
American Academy of Cosmetic 
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tistry, has taken courses in occlusion 
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had a periodontist on staff for the 
past eight years to place dental 
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Glen Park has felt our presence 
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ways in the past decade. Every year, 
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Neighbors vs. Developers 

Continued from page 1 

that are in harmony with the sur- 
rounding buildings with respect to 
height, mass, style and facade. And 
they want building plans that are sen- 
sitive to the needs of adjacent neigh- 
bors with respect to sunlight, privacy, 
views, parking and traffic. 

In an effort to assure that new 
developments adhere to the Resi- 
dential Design Guidelines. Glen Park 
neighbors are holding meetings, cir- 
culating petitions, e-mailing each 
other and — when all else fails — fil- 
ing for hearings before the Planning 
Commission, the Board of Appeals 
or the Board of Supervisors. A recent 
meeting regarding a project on Ran- 
dall Street drew more than 50 con- 
cerned Glen Park residents. A peti- 
tion opposing a Chenery Street 
project had over 1 00 signatures from 
the immediate area. 

The Glen Park Association has 
also responded. Recognizing the need 
to be on record in support of adher- 
ence to the Residential Design Guide- 
lines, the GPA last year passed a res- 
olution stating, in part "...all new 
construction in Glen Park must be 
consistent with San Francisco's estab- 
lished Residential Design Guidelines, 
and that the San Francisco Depart- 
ment of City and Regional Planning 
should continue to protect the neigh- 
borhood character of Glen Park. . ." 

Some projects have been the 
focus of protracted battles: 

585 Laidley Street is the site of 
a proposed third-story addition to 
and widening of a single-family 
house. Opposition by neighbors 
focused on the height and flat-roofed 
construction which is out of scale 
with neighboring buildings and will 
result in loss of sunlight to adjacent 
residences. 



At the discretionary review hear- 
ing in May, the Planning Commis- 
sion ordered changes to scale down 
the project and make the roof peaked. 
These changes are still being dis- 
cussed. No permits have been issued 
yet. 

57 Arbor Street, where a new 
home is proposed, is the second of 
two hotly contested projects built by 
the same family. Each is a similar 
3,450 square foot single-family res- 
idence, much more massive than any 
other single residence on the street. 
The first residence, at 5 1 Arbor, con- 
structed last year, created the prece- 
dent for the height and bulk of the 
second; thus the neighbors were 
unsuccessful in reducing the scale 
of the second project after bringing 
it before the Board of Appeals in Feb- 
ruary. 

268 Chenery Street comes before 
the Board of Appeals on August 9. 
A fourth-story addition faces neigh- 
borhood opposition due to its height 
(originally proposed at 40 feet), its 
design (which is not in harmony with 
neighborhood residences) and the 
presence of a rooftop deck affecting 
the privacy of adjacent properties. 
Changes to address these concerns 
were ordered by the Planning Com- 
mission in May, including removal 
of the rooftop deck and reduction 
in height. New plans have been 
approved, but are being appealed 
because the neighbors feel the revised 
plans do not adequately adhere to the 
Planning Commission directive. 

101 Poppy Lane is perhaps the 
neighborhood's biggest battle (see 
Roberta Guise's story on Page ( )). 
A proposal to pave 1 30 feet of Poppy 
Lane and install a 10-inch sewer and 
other utility lines met \\ ith vehement 
opposition from neighbors, many of 
whose properties back onto the lane. 
But the Department of Public Works 
approved the paving project to cre- 
ate a "privately maintained" drive- 
way for potential development of the 
Poppy Lane lot. 

Neighbors objected to the destruc- 
tion of landscaping and fences along 
the back of their properties. Fear- 
ing that the driveway and utility lines 
will encourage out-of-scale devel- 
opment along the rustic dirt lane, 
they took their case before the Board 
of Supervisors, but were unuccess- 
ful in stopping the project. Plans for 
a large house at 101 Poppy Lane have 
not been submitted yet, but are 
expected to face opposition when 
they are. 



129 Randall Street was sched- 
uled for a Planning Commission vote 
on July 27. A proposal to demolish 
an existing structure and construct a 
new two-unit building with a height 
of 40 feet at street level has neigh- 
bors fighting a protracted battle to 
scale back the project. The proposed 
building is much more massive than 
surrounding structures and residents 
fear it could set a precedent for 
increased height and bulk along the 
entire corridor, resulting in traffic 
and parking nightmares, and affect- 
ing the quality of life in the area. 
Negotiations with the developer and 
his architect have been unsuccess- 
ful; after several continuances, the 
Planning Commission finally sched- 
uled the July 27 vote. 

What's happening in Glen Park is 
mirrored all over the city. From Ale- 
many Boulevard, where local resi- 
dents lost a fight to scale down a 
shopping center and housing devel- 
opment that exceeds the 40-foot 
height limit, to the Mission, where 
the Board of Supervisors' approval 
of the Bryant Square loft project 
engendered demonstrations by hun- 
dreds of opponents, neighbors are 
taking action. 

Some are exploring the possibil- 
ity of a ballot measure to put teeth 
into the City Residential Design 
Guidelines, which many feel are 
being ignored by the Planning Com- 
mission. Others are looking for ways 
to bring together neighborhood orga- 
nizations from all parts of the city to 
work together to end the rash of inap- 
propriate development in San Fran- 
cisco. 

One such group has a Web site 
(http://saveguerrerostreet.editthis- 
page.com/). This group of neighbors 
organized when an old warehouse, 
around which all their homes were 
built, was demolished to make way 
for a much larger apartment com- 
plex at 3620 19th St. That project is 
still grinding through the system and 
is still forcefully opposed by the 
neighbors, but they've widened their 
scope. In addition to information 
about their particular fight, their Web 
site has links to numerous articles 
about other projects and the problem 
of "monster" development in gen- 
eral. 

District elections of supervisors 
will be in November. With each dis- 
trict fielding any number <>l candi 
dates, those running w ill be asked to 
make their positions clear on devel- 
opment in their district. 




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Poppy Lane is Sold Out: 
"Monster House" Looms 

by Roberta Guise 



We were assured the matter was 
routine. The Board of Supervisors 
would agree to send the case back to 
committee, giving us a smidge more 
time to work out the paving details 
with the developer, the Department 
of Public Works and other parties. 
Because time is never on the side 
of neighbors fighting ugly, disre- 
spectful development in their back 
yards. 

Before the Supes was a developer's 
request to pour a concrete trough — 
building wall to building wall, fence 
to fence — along 130 feet of our 
beloved Poppy Lane, the country- 
like spine of open space that extends 
east from Diamond Street, just above 
Sussex. The developer, an out-of- 
town spec builder, owns the only lot 
on the lane, which was created sev- 
eral years ago out of back yards of 
homes high above on Moffitt Street. 
(We have contested for years, to no 
avail, that formation of this lot was 
illegal.) 

We regret to inform: We lost. We 
lost so big that Moliere himself could- 
n't have written a better farce. The 
City, courtesy of the Planning Depart- 
ment, the Department of Public- 
Works and the Board of Supervisors, 
"gave" this public lane to the devel- 



oper to use as a private driveway, 
and approved the developer's plan, 
voting 9-2 to destroy the lane and 
turn it into a concrete ramp. 

We met and lobbied every super- 
visor or staff aide in person. Unfor- 
tunately, so did the developer's 
agents, who are professionals at this 
stuff, and who have immense polit- 
ical, financial and time resources at 
their disposal. We didn't stand a 
chance. 

Some supervisors, some of whom 
did not read the petition signed by 
more than 500 Glen Park residents 
opposing the paving, still voted down 
Supervisor Leno's motion to send the 
case back to committee. Our elected 
officials, again with the exception of 
Leno and Board President Tom 
Ammiano.even voted down Leno's 
request to urge the DPW to urge 
the developer to indemnify the abut- 
ting neighbors from liability result- 
ing from development along the lane. 
The City insisted on indemnification 
for itself, but had no qualms about 
leaving the abutting neighbors legally 
liable. 

We did achieve a couple of minor 
conditions that will require Glen Park 
neighbors' vigilance and oversight. 
The developer cannot touch the lane 



until all the permits and approvals 
are in place for their house. And the 
developer is supposed to comply with 
a set of Planning Department con- 
ditions. 

Last time we saw the architect's 
plans, they called for a 3,600 square 
foot monster structure, towering 57 
feet above Diamond Street and 37 
feet above Poppy Lane. So the next, 
even bigger fight over the mid-block 
building is just around the corner. 
Plus, we're working hard to convince 
the DPW to consider accepting new, 
attractive alternatives to poured con- 
crete for the lane, such as interlock- 
ing concrete pavers, special high- 
strength drainage mats. These and 
other high-tech solutions for paving 
depart from the antiquated view that 
6-inch thick concrete is the only 
paving solution. 

Given the history of this devel- 
opment, we have reason to believe 
the developer will look for every way 
possible to circumvent what's left of 
the review process. Even though 
we've probably lost the battle to save 
Poppy Lane, the next, bigger fight 
is about to begin. It'll take support 
from all Glen Park neighbors to make 
sure the developer toes the line and 
doesn't get any more "give-aways" 
and "get-arounds" from the City. 

For more information, or if you 
have suggestions, we urge you to call 
John Rohosky, (415) 442-0104, or 
Roberta Guise, (415) 979-0611. 




Thanks, 
Thelma 
Williams 

by Zoanne Nordstrom 

A memorial reunion for 
Thelma Williams — coach, 
teacher, friend, a Glen Park 
icon — was recently held in Glen 
Canyon Park. She was 89 years 
old, but had spent 40 years coach- 
ing and teaching the love and 
rudiments of baseball to 7-9 year 
olds. She was a selfless volun- 
teer, working with the younger 
children to be sure they under- 
stood, for example, that the sec- 
ond baseman does not stand on 
second base. 

As one of my children said, 
"She reminded me of Grandma, 
with her white hair and stooped- 
over body." How did Thelma 
Williams become coach of the 
baseball 7-9 year olds? An arti- 
cle in the Examiner this July 7 
explained that her husband had 
been the acting coach, but he was 
"tossed" for arguing with the 
umpire. Thelma took over the 
task and did such a great job, that 
she kept it. 

Thelma received many hon- 
ors for her work, including Coach 
of the Year from the Amateur 
Baseball Association, and some 
of her proteges reached the 
majors: Kenny Reitz joined the 
St. Louis Cardinals, and Juan 
Eichenlberager, the San Diego 
Padres. 

Thelma Williams loved base- 
ball, loved working with the chil- 
dren. She treated her players with 
respect and instilled in them the 
love of the game of basebal I . Her 
goal was to make sure they all 
had fun playing, and I think she 
wanted them to love baseball as 
much as she did. 

You made a difference. 
Thelma. Many Glen Canyon 
Park children have grown up lov- 
ing baseball and thanking you 
for your caring and help. We all 
thank you. 



Photo by Zoanne Nordstrom 





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Foiling the Freeway 

Continued from page 1 

ment. City Public Works Director 
Sherman "Duke" Druckel came to a 
Glen Park community meeting called 
by Baxter. "Someone is always hurt 
by construction of a freeway," said 
Druckel, outlining that 1 20 Glen Park 
homes and 13 businesses would be 
torn down. City Planning Director 
Jim McCarthy referred to 1 20 homes 
that would be "disturbed": "Like it 
or not, the automobile is here to stay. 
Some of us must pay." 

The San Francisco Chamber of 
Commerce chided, "The necessary 
freeway construction is for the com- 
mon good." Mayor George Christo- 
pher scolded Mrs. Baxter's band 
through the media: "If the City does- 
n't support freeway planning, it could 
lose the millions the legislature plans 
to allocate." 

State Senator Randolph Collier- 
known as "the Father of the Free- 
ways"— minimized the Glen Park 
objections: "By and large everyone 
including San Francisco officials 
endorse the freeway plan. Some San 
Francisco residents protest against 
the freeways, but they are -the artic- 
ulate 10 percent' minority." 

The turning point was an 1 1-0 vote 
by the all-male Board of Superv isors 
to man the barricades, if necessary, 
to stop the freeway. Glen Park won 
the Freeway Revolt of 1958-59. It 
became a national story. 

Previous proponents of the plan 
repainted their participation. Druckel . 
by then the City's chief administra- 
tive officer, insisted that Mrs. Bax- 
ter "was the real key person — a sort 
of Joan of Arc, if you please. As 
Works director," he revealed, "I 
attended these protest meetings and 
told everybody time and again. The 
final say-so rests with the supervi- 
sors.' It was Mrs. Baxter who finally 
caught on — and acted." 

Despite that victory, the freeway 
plan was redrawn, renamed and res- 
urrected time after time during the 
next 20 years. 

The Gum Tree Girls 

Walking in the park,Zoanne Nord- 
strom came upon city workers who 
volunteered that they were test- 
drilling for the new freeway. "Free- 
way through the park? I don't think 
SO," was Nordstrom 's response. "The 
neighborhood pulled together to fight. 
Even though we were inexperienced 
in bureaucratic matters of such mag- 
nitude, we realized that if we didn't 
try to fight it. we would deserve what 
happened to us." she says. "We orga- 



nized and stopped the freeway again 
and again." 

Nordstrom and her friends' belief 
that removal of the eucalyptus trees 
in the park would create devastation 
and remove the windbreak inspired 
City Engineer Clifford J. Geertz to 
name them "The Gum Tree Girls." 
Joan Siewald remembers the name 
as "The Gum Tree Ladies," but 
agrees that it was not used as a com- 
pliment. Geertz also called Glen 
Park a bucolic backwater. 

Nordstrom, Siewald and Arkush 
made appointments with a member 
of the Board of Supervisors, DPW. 
city officials and anyone else who 
would listen. "We got the run- 
around." Nordstrom says. "Only Glen 
Park resident Allen Jacobs, who 
headed the Planning Department, 
didn't treat us like idiots." 

The Gum Tree Girls learned polit- 
ical activism quickly. They each 
wrote hundreds of letters and orga- 
nized petition drives. They called 
community meetings at the Glen Park 
Recreation Center and 350 residents 
showed up. When they appeared 
before the Board of Supervisors, the 
residents of bucolic backwater Glen 
Park learned to take all nine of their 
children with them so that then item 
would be moved up the agenda. 

"Today, if you want to see a city 
official, you make an appointment 
and you will see them," says Nord- 
strom. But Siewald characterizes the 
reception they received in the earl) 
days very differently: "All depart- 
ment heads were men. As soon as 
the three ot us showed up, the men 
would head for the men's room." 

Arkush wrote in a letter in the 
Chronicle: "Concrete threatens the 
rustic scenery. This is a crime and a 
waste of money. It w ill have a dev- 
astating effect on the Glen Park 
neighborhood and the Glen Park 
Canyon area." To then- Assembly- 
man Willie Brown, whose district 
would be flooded with cars, they said 
of the proposed freeway: "It will 
also eventually extend to Lincoln 
Way at 7th Avenue. Those cars will 
have to get to the bridge somehow." 
The Gum Tree Girls persuaded Joe 
Alioto to pledge to oppose the plan. 
Pragmatic George Moscone asked, 
"How many people have you got 
behind you on this issue?" The Gum 
Tree Girls answered, "upward oi 
50,000." 

They asked Lady Bird Johnson to 
plant a tree in the path of the planned 
freeway. 

It should have been a gum tree in 
honor of the women who success 
fully fought to save Glen Park 



Summer 2000 



Page 1 1 



Glen Park News 



Got Cable TV Glitches? Blame 
Improvements— And Pesky 
Sun Spots! 

by Denis Wade 



Mrs. Baxter's 
Speech 

by Don Williams 

The historic California Freeway 
Revolt of 1958-59 was instigated by 
Glen Park women, including Mrs. J. 
C. Baxter, who went to Sacramento 
to present this "Three-Minute" 
speech: 

"Honorable Members of the Cal- 
ifornia Legislative Committee on 
Freeway Locations: 

"We represent over 1 .700 residents 
of the Glen Park District who are 
opposed to the Bosworth Street sec- 
tion of the Southern Freeway, which 
is now under consideration. This 
freeway connects the Southern Free- 
way, which is now demolishing 800 
houses, with the proposed Western 
Freeway, which is opposed by more 
than 25,000 residents of San Fran- 
cisco. All three freeways are routed 
through established residential streets. 

"Only 46 percent of the land in 
San Francisco is now taxable. If 
more freeways are built in San Fran- 
cisco, more land will be taken from 
the assessment books. Consequently 
the remaining property owners will 
pay higher taxes. 

"The proposed Crosstown Free- 
way would cost $20 million just to 
save motorists three minutes' driving 
time! Is this necessary to the pros- 
perity and future of San Francisco? 

"We respectfully ask that your 
Committee and the California Leg- 
islature seriously consider the dam- 
age and hardship this project would 
impose on our district known as Glen 
Park. It would almost wipe out our 
thriving business section, which was 
established more than 60 years ago. 
We would lose about half of our 
shopping area: 14 business estab- 
lishments have been marked to go, 



1 20 buildings, our library and prob- 
ably more. 

"Many families will be displaced. 
Where can they find homes? Today's 
financing will work a tremendous 
hardship on these people. Most of 
their homes are paid for. The price 
paid by the State will only be a par- 
tial down payment, according to 
today's market, for homes large 
enough to accommodate their fam- 
ilies. 

"If the legislature should allo- 
cate the money ($20 million) to build 
this proposed Crosstown Freeway, 
the planned overhead viaduct would 
rise 50 to 65 feet over the southern 
boundary of Glen Park Playground, 
cutting off the sunshine. 

"Silvertree Children's Day Camp, 
used by all the recreation parks in 
the city, would be shaded also. About 
150 children up to 12 years of age, 
each week during summer vacation, 
are given 5 days of truly outdoor liv- 
ing. For $2 per week they receive 
bus transportation to and from all 
parts of the city, a hot lunch, crafts 
and nature lore. Parents who cannot 
afford to take their children out of 
the city for a vacation rely on the Sil- 
vertree Day Camp. Where else in 
San Francisco — or anywhere— can 
children climb hills, play and work 
all day in the fresh air under adult 
supervision? 

"It is our earnest desire that you 
gentlemen of the California Legis- 
lature will give your most serious 
consideration to all these facts before 
approving any funds for this project. 
Does this contemplated saving of 
THREE MINUTES' driving time 
warrant such a vast expenditure of 
tax funds and the hardship and havoc 
that will inevitably result? 

"[signed] Mrs. J. C. Baxter and 
friends." 



Many Glen Park cable subscribers 
have been bugged this summer by 
service interruptions that sometimes 
last all day. The cause of these out- 
ages, says AT&T Executive Direc- 
tor of Communications Andrew 
Johnson, is construction that AT&T 
is undertaking to upgrade its system, 
in preparation for introduction of dig- 
ital TV and other new services for 
our neighborhood. We should have 
been informed about this work, via 
"door-hangers" and mailed notices, 
Johnson says. But apparently few, 
if any. Glen Park households received 
any communication from AT&T. 

Johnson reports that the "customer 
impacts" of the construction — which 
AT&T has been scheduling for day- 
time, to inconvenience the fewest 
customers — should come to an end 
by mid-August. Meantime, if you 
experience lengthy cable service 
blackouts, call AT&T, report the out- 
age and ask for a credit for the day 
on your next bill. 

But what about those annoying 
momentary blackouts that typically 
have lasted several seconds, often at 
times when no construction crews 
are at work? (And often at a cru- 
cial moment in that Hitchcock thriller 
or Giants' game!) "Sun spots," says 
Johnson, citing news reports that 
solar flares in July could interfere 
with cell-phone and other satellite- 
dependent transmissions. 



In May, Bond Yee from the 
Department of Parking and Traffic 
heard complaints about problems in 
the neighborhood which seemed to 
center around the BART congestion, 
enforcement of Permit Parking and 
traffic at the intersection of Bosworth, 
Congo and Elk streets where the traf- 
fic signal was installed last year. 

June's meeting featured Claudia 
McGregor, executive director of the 
Integrated Center for Culture and 
Healing. Attending with her were 
colleagues who performed "hands 



By the time you read this, the solar 
flares may have subsided. (Or not. 
Short glitches continued in early 
August.) Soon the contractor's work 
on overhead and underground wiring 
in the neighborhood shouldn't be a 
bother. So when will we enjoy the 
results of AT&T's upgrades? That's 
a secret, Johnson responds. He can t 
tell us the schedule, "for competi- 
tive reasons." 

But he's eager to assure us that 
we'll have lots more cable channels, 
plus access to neat new stuff like 
high-speed Internet service. AT&T 
hopes we'll spend lots of money for 
their new services, so chances are 
excellent that they'll actually notify 
us when they're ready. 

They also want to keep us happy, 
because on July 20 the Board of 
Supervisors approved a 1 5-year fran- 
chise agreement with RCN Telecom 
Services of California, which will 
eventually compete head-to-head 
with AT&T Cable all across the City. 
According to Johnson, RCN is build- 
ing its own fiber-optic cable network, 
sharing space with existing utilities, 
which he implied could result in 
problems if a competitor's crew 
working in close quarters should 
"accidentally" damage an AT&T 
cable. 

This could get interesting! We'll 
try to let you know when RCN begins 
to wire Glen Park. 



on" health alternatives such as 
acupuncture, acupressure and deep 
massage on some of our members. 

On July 13, we held our Annual 
Summer Bar-B-Que and Potluck. 
More than 50 people attended, social- 
ized with neighbors and enjoyed 
some delicious potluck offerings and 
bar-b-que. 

This year we dined to wonderful 
live music from flautist Amy Eyles 
and guitarist Meredith Connie, from 
the Conservatory of Music in San 
Francisco. 




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Glen Park Association 
Meeting Program Reports 



by Zoanne Nordstrom 



Glen Park News 



Page 12 



Summer 2000 



Things to Do This Summer... 



Who needs suggestions for summer 
activities? Housework, gardening, kids' 
activities, a vacation trip— there's never 
quite enough time. But if you can spare 
a few minutes, or better yet a couple of 
hours, here are a few ways to break your 
routine and feel good about it. 

Start with the form below. Can you 
help our neighborhood by participating 
in a committee 7 Or with a $l() mem- 
bership fee to foster the GPA's work? 

Note the empty GPA office on page 
2: the Recording Secretary spends about 
two hours a month taking minutes at the 
Glen Park Association general mem- 
bership meetings and the board meet- 



ings. The Publication Committee is 
looking for an Advertising Assistant to 
spend about four hours on the telephone 
each quarter coordinating the ads appear- 
ing in this paper. 

Volunteers are also needed for 
monthly Friends of Glen Canyon Park 
work parties (good exercise; see page 
6) and to organize next April's Glen Park 
Festival (see page 5). Or call The Vol- 
unteer Center of San Francisco at 982- 
8999 for other opportunities. 

No time ? Drop your spare coins in 
the AIDS Emergency Fund jar at Cafe? 
(or call Denis Wade at 334-2747 to pick 
up donations of saved coins). 




Name 



Glen Park Association 

P O Box 31292. San Francisco. CA 94131 
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION 

Date 



Home Address 

No P O box please 

Home Phone No. 
Fax No. 



Work Phone No. 
E-mail 



I am (check one): □ a new member □ renewing my membership 
I own a computer: □ no □ yes - Type: □ PC □ Mac 
I have Internet access: □ no □ yes - □ at home □ at work 

My main concerns about Glen Park are 



I am willing to contribute my skills / interests to helping the GPA 



I am interested in these committers) 

[An opportunity to meet your neighbors and help your community J 

□ Health & Environment 

□ Neighborhood Improvement 

□ Program (Help arrange Meeting Agenda and Speakers) 

□ Public Safety 

□ Publication (Glen Park newsletter: writing, distribution, advertising solicitation) 

□ Recreation & Park (Glen Canyon) 

□ Traffic, Parking & Transportation 

□ Zoning & Planning 

Dues are only $10 per person per calendar year! 

The Glen Park Association's membership is based on a calendar year, renewals are due 
each January 




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CALLS! 



Beth 
Kershaw 

Real Estate 
Broker Associate 

BJ Droubi & Co. 

Creator of the Glen 
Park Service Directory 

Glen Park Homeowner 
since 1989 



YOUR GLEN PARK CONNECTION 

550-1302 EXT. 215 



Classified 
Advertising 

Proofreader wanted for busy 
court reporter. $.25 per page, 25 
lines per page, $200 to $300 per 
mo. Work at home. Excellent 
grammar and punctuation skills, 
command of English language. 

Must live in GLEN PARK! 
Leslie, 334-7844. 

Individual and couples ther- 
apy for depression, stress, rela- 
tionship issues. Also experienced 
with children's issues. Licensed 
since 1982. Noe Valley office. Lori 
Feldman, LCSW 415-285-9770. 

Teens: Homework a hassle? 
Test coming up? "STUDY 
BUDDY" can help; low-key 
weekly sessions, credentialed 
teacher, reasonable rates. 415- 
586-4577. 

Roofing A new "club" is form- 
ing called The Roof Club. Created 
by a retired roofing contractor, this 
"club" will take the hassle out of 
your projects, and leave the sav- 
ings in. To join The Roof Cluh. 
telephone 415-978-9375 or page 
415-791-2058.