City of joy, luck, and somethings in between
house at 180 Manchester Street in Bernal Heights is for sale. In Wayne
Wang's film of Amy Tan's novel "The Joy Luck Club" it was the home of
chic, successful Waverly Jong, played by Tamlyn Tamita. The house was
designed in 1984 by William Stout. It's a big, white box with great
I saw some obvious crumbling on one of the exterior walls on a visit
there last week. Nevertheless, a listing from Sotheby's says, "The home
maintains considerable pedigree, having been featured in architectural
publications from around the world." If you have $1.4 million lying
around it's all yours. I'd rather find a mutt who's never been in pictures
and keep my money in the bank.
Next! I can't shed even a crocodile tear for the pedestrian tunnels
at the music concourse in Golden Gate Park. When workers removed the
first of three tunnels, two of which will be rebuilt, they discovered
that just over twelve inches of unreinforced concrete and asphalt separated
the ceiling of the tunnel from the Muni buses that have run over the
top of it for years. Holy rebar!
The work is part of the underground garage project. A court ruling is
pending which will determine whether it moves forward. A few neighbors
from the area near 8th and Fulton are trying to hold it up. I call them
the dandelion people because I'm sure they'll sue you if you try to
San Francisco is a power-to-the-people kind of place, as it should be,
but this is why it took us 30 years to build Yerba Buena Gardens, which
was a good idea all along. The concourse garage is also a good idea.
It's just too dangerous to have all that parking traffic racing through
the concourse anymore.
It bears repeating that preserving the City doesn't mean not improving
it. That's the political reality in Mayor Gavin Newsom's San Francisco,
where adversaries aren't always enemies. In fact, if San Franciscans
in District 5 look for that quality in someone among the huge field
of candidates running for Supervisor there, they should be able to pick
Janis MacKenzie, one of the few who is not running for District 5 Supervisor,
is a marketing partner for the new owners of the Examiner and other
San Francisco companies. MacKenzie recently celebrated 21 years in business
with her firm, MacKenzie Communications. That's a virtual centennial
in independent business years!
MacKenzie started the firm on the dining room table of her Russian Hill
apartment with only her cat, Rosemary, and an idea for a public relations
company that would embody the spirit of San Francisco. Since then, MacKenzie
has represented major cultural centers here such as the De Young Museum,
Zeum, and the Maritime National Historical Park, in addition to the
"Britain by the Bay" campaign that brought a million visitors to the
City in 1997.
A soiree in the company's Washington Street offices brought out many
old friends of MacKenzie and of the City. Lee Blitch of the Chamber
of Commerce, Ben Zaricor of Good Earth Teas, British Consul-General
Martin Uden, office supply baron Clifford Waldeck, Examiner chairman
Robert Starzel and his wife Mary Beth, and Mary Huss of SF Business
Times were among those who came out to congratulate MacKenzie.
Patty Walters, Judy Dinkle, Richard Rappaport, and Sabrina Kaegi were
there at the beginning and also wouldn't have missed the chance to raise
a glass in MacKenzie's direction.
Here's a toast to Rosemary the cat. She was a stray when MacKenzie took
her inside in 1983. MacKenzie named her after the rosemary that grows
in abundance on Russian Hill. Incredibly, Rosemary is still around.
Longer may she live - or at least until the end of this column.
Every now and then you meet someone who's truly unselfish and does something
just because it really helps a community. Dr. Jim Garrick is someone
Dr. Garrick is the director of the Center for Sports Medicine at St.
Francis Memorial Hospital. At a point in his career when he could see
his most famous athlete and entertainer patients exclusively, Dr. Garrick
has started a clinic for dancers in the City.
The average age of a professional dancer at the end of their career
is 22. In that short time, the rigors of professional dance and dance
education can be devastating physically. In addition, Dr. Garrick reminds
us that dancers are often uninsured and usually hold physically demanding
day jobs such as waiting tables. Dancers who come to the clinic at Hyde
and Bush Streets can get the help they need for as little as $25.
Dr. Garrick says doctors expect a spike in dance injury cases in a matter
of days after the start of the summer season. Because Dr. Garrick's
clinic makes treatment available on short notice to people of all income
brackets, you may have him to thank for a high-kicking summer from the
San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy to Beach Blanket to the Shan-Yee
Poon School. You can find each of those in the heart of the city.
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