Timeline San Francisco 1996-1997

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1996        Jan 3, A group of teenagers aged 14-17, who called themselves the “Power Rangers" and said to be a set the Army Street Mob, committed a home invasion robbery and caused the death of 30-year-old Derick Douglass, who fell seven stories while hiding on a window ledge. 6 of the 8 defendants were later convicted of first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.A15)

1996        Jan 8, Willie Brown was sworn in as the 41st mayor of the city.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        Feb 11, Mayor Brown announced the end of the Matrix program, initiated by Mayor Jordan, that used police to deal with homeless people.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        Feb 17, The deck of a Pacific Heights apartment collapsed and one woman, Mary Slane (32), was killed and 14 people were injured. Landlord Randall Nathan was ordered to pay $12 million in damages in 1998.
    (SFC, 4/9/98, p.A15)

1996        Feb 24, Sergio Crockett (15), a Sunset District dope dealer, was allegedly shot and killed by Edward S. Kennedy. Emmet Kennedy, the brother of Edward accused his brother of the murder and a trial began in 1999.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.D7)

1996        Feb, Ten youths allegedly gang-raped a 12-year-old girl in a building at Steiner and Ellis Streets.
    (SFC, 7/10/96, p.A4)

1996        Mar 3, An anti-police brutality march was held and 14 protestors were arrested. They were awarded $800-1200 each for wrongful arrest in 1998.
    (SFC, 4/16/98, p.A19)

1996        Mar 20, Mayor Brown celebrated his 62nd birthday.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        Mar 24, Juan Pifarre (54) was slain by Navy airman Steven Nary (18). Nary testified in 1999 that he acted in self defense after being threatened with rape. Nary was found guilty of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 10/19/99, p.A20)(SFC, 10/29/99, p.A17)

1996        Mar, SF voters approved a plan for a $300 million ballpark at Third and King streets in China Basin.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.5)

1996        Apr 1, Pacific Telesis was bought by SBC Communications for $17 billion.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1)

1996        Apr 5, Mark Garcia (41) was arrested by police officers as he wandered half-naked along Cesar Chavez Street. He was subdued with pepper spray and died the next day of a heart attack. His death was attributed to cocaine overdose. The officers were charged with a wrongful-death suit but the case was dismissed in 1998.
    (SFC, 12/5/98, p.A17)

1996        Apr 9, Herb Caen won a special Pulitzer Prize for his continuing contribution as a voice and conscience of the city.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)

1996        Apr 16, Municipal Court Judge Herbert Donaldson signed an order that dismissed 39,020 citations and warrants that were issued under the Matrix program of former mayor Frank Jordan.
    (SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-13)

1996        Apr 17, A new brass plaque was being forged for the Pioneer Monument that reads: With their efforts over in 1934, the missionaries left behind about 56,000 converts- and 150,000 dead. Half the original native American population had perished during this time from diseases, armed attacks and mistreatment.
    (SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-13)

1996        Apr 18, The new SF Main Public Library was due to open.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, EM, p.22)

1996        May 7, The plaque for the Pioneer Monument was revised to read: “With their efforts over in 1934, the missionaries left behind about 56,000 converts. As the result of colonial occupation, half the original native American population had perished during this time from diseases, armed attacks and mistreatment."
    (SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-15)

1996        May 13, Chung Chiu (39) picked up Christine Price (23), a tenderloin prostitute, and took her to his apartment where he fatally shot her. Chiu’s mental competency was in question at his 1998 trial. Chiu, a deformed polio victim, was convicted in 2000 of 1st degree murder.
    (SFC, 12/15/98, p.A21, 28)(SFC, 2/11/00, p.A21)

1996        May 15, Magnolia Thunderpussy, SF personality and restauranteur, died. She was “the lost beauty, the queen of the underground."
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-11)

1996        May 25, Mayor Brown held his first “Open Door Saturday" with citizens at City Hall.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        May 26, The SF Mexican Museum under the direction of Marie Acosta- Colon secured a $2 million building site at Yerba Buena Gardens for $1 and got approval for a bond for $7.5 mil in matching funds for a construction.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, DB p.27,49)

1996        May 28, The state legislature passed a bill that would take $87 million from the treasury of SF. Counties with lower per capita tax collection rates would benefit from the revised allocation process.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, A1)

1996        May 30, Mayor Brown said that he would put the issue of a pay raise for the Board of Supervisors on the November ballot. Their current salary is $23,924 and a new level of $50,000 was proposed by Supv. Tom Ammiano
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A18)

1996        May 31, Mayor Brown submitted a 3.16 billion budget that included a $12 million surplus, no new taxes and no major layoffs.
    (SFC, 6/1/96, p.A15)(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        May, The Board of Supervisors named the 3.2 mile waterfront promenade along the Embarcadero: Herb Caen Way.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)

1996        Jun 1, Dariusz Wiatr Jr. (35) and Rod Ferrier (27) took over as managers of the coconut Grove nightclub.
    (SFC, 9/3/96, p.D1,4)

1996        Jun 3, Mayor Brown announced that the city would invest $100,000 in the San Francisco Museum. The museum will be moved from the 3rd level of the Cannery at Fisherman’s Wharf to a location at Civic Center Plaza when the reconstruction of City Hall is completed.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A19,23)

1996        Jun 5, The DA charged Monsignor Patrick O’Shea, former pastor at St. Cecilia’s parish, with embezzling more than $260,000. He was charged with 11 felony counts of grand theft and tax evasion. He allegedly used the money to purchase and furnish a home in Indian Well in Southern Ca.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, p.A1)(SFC, 6/12/96, p.C2)

1996        Jun 6, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to sue the tobacco industry.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A1)

1996        Jun 9, The basic rent has climbed to $1300 a month for a 2 bedroom apartment. 70% of SF residents rent and the vacancy rate is under 2%.
    (SFC, 6/9/96, p.A-8)

1996        Jun 11, The median sales price for a 3-bedroom home in SF was $313,000.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A20)
1996        Jun 11[12], A blaze destroyed a 27-unit apartment building at 1011 Bush St. Delores DeLeon (76) was killed when she jumped her burning 4th story apartment. 48 people were left homeless. In 1999 Darryl Geyer (21) was tried for the murder and arson.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.A17) (SFC, 7/20/99, p.A17)

1996        Jun 12, Ted Alfaro of Redwood city was hired as principal of Mission High School by Superintendent Bill Rojas to replace Lupe Arabolos, Mama Lupe.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.A17)

1996        Jun 13, SF scheduled to celebrate Herb Caen Day.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A20)

1996        Jun 14, Herb Caen Day was celebrated at the foot of Market St. and 75,000 people came out.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)

1996        Jun 14, Money Magazine ranked SF 13th of the best places to live among the nation’s 300 metropolitan areas.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.B10)

1996        Jun 15, Mary Ashley (1931-1996), video and performance artist, died in San Francisco. She helped found the ONCE Group in Ann Arbor, Mich., and had been involved in the “correspondence art" movement and the Fluxus group of artists.
    (SFC, 7/10/96, p.A4)

1996        Jun 15-16, The Milarepa Fund, founded by Erin Potts and Adam Youch of the Beastie Boys, sponsored the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Golden Gate Park. The festival attracted 100,000 people.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. C1)(SFC, 6/15/96, p.D1)

1996        Jun 16, The 59th Sigmund Stern Grove Festival was held and featured blues legend Johnny Otis. Mayor Brown announced that the meadow would be named in honor of the late Rhoda Haas Goldman, a 3rd generation Stern and former administrator of the festivals.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.D1)

1996        Jun 20, Highway signs that read Candlestick Park were replaced with signs reading 3Com for the company that bought stadium name rights to the year 2,000.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.B1)

1996        Jun 21, Making Waves celebrated its 5th annual summer solstice music festival on Market St. with 180 bands.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, BR p.43)

1996        Jun 21, Mulali, a baby albino kangaroo at the SF Zoo, had sunscreen with a factor of 50 applied to her vulnerable pink ears.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A18)

1996        Jun 22, Carlos Hernandez (18) and Sylvia Menendez (15) were gunned down at Precita Park. A retired janitor, Margarito Franco, who had been a friend of the Menendez family was later arrested for the murder.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A15)

1996        Jun 23, More than 15,000 people had died of AIDS in SF by this time.
    (SFC, 6/23/96, p.A6)

1996        Jun 25, The school board renamed the 105-year-old Douglass Elementary School for Harvey Milk.
    (SFC, 6/26/96, p.A20)

1996        Jun 26, Mayor Brown asked his chief of staff, Emilio Cruz, to take over the job of Municipal Railway chief Phil Adams.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A1)

1996        Jun 27, SFO was undergoing a $2.4 billion construction project.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A15)

1996        Jun, Wilfred Ussery resigned from the BART board of directors after it was revealed that federal agents were probing contract irregularities. He had represented SF on the board for 18 years.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A19)

1996        Jun, Gay Pride week was 1st marked by Patrick Carney and friends with a giant pink triangle set on the side of Twin Peaks.
    (SSFC, 6/17/01, DB p.48)

1996        Jul 1, Mayor Willie Brown will secure his place as the 2nd highest paid mayor in the US earning $141,342 per year, 11k more than Mayor Giuliani of New York. Referring to his previous 139k income Brown said: “I can’t afford to pay my four mortgages on that."
    (SFC, 6/21/96, p.A17)

1996        Jul, early, Beniamino Bufano’s sculpture: "Peace: Mother of All Nations," was moved from SF airport because of construction to Brotherhood Way.
    (SFC, 7/16/96, p.A14)

1996        Jul 1, Effective on this day, the president of the board of trustees of City college was Lawrence Wong. The college has 75,000 students and a budget of $115 million.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A21)

1996        Jul 3, A federal agency approved the Union Pacific $5.4 bil acquisition of San Francisco based Southern Pacific Rail Corp. The merger will eliminate about 3,500 jobs.
    (SFC, 7/4/96, p.A1)

1996        Jul 5, Juveniles aged 12 to 15 raped a 12-year-old girl in the Western Addition near the 700 block of Fulton.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.A14)

1996        Jul 9, The area around Boeddeker Park, near the 200 block of Eddy St., was a veritable clearinghouse for drugs of all kinds, including heroin, prescription pills, LSD, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.A13)

1996        Jul 9, Attorney Melvin M. Belli, King of Torts, died in San Francisco. He authored the 5-volume work “Modern Trials," a classic on the demonstrative method of presenting evidence.
    (SFC, 7/10/96, p.A1)

1996        Jul 11, The Anderson Collection of Graphic Arts was given to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A temporary display will be set up at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. A permanent gallery in the Anderson name will be part of the rebuilt M.H. de Young Museum.
    (SFC, 7/12/96, p.D1,9)

1996        Jul 13, Mayor Brown held his 2nd open-door session. Those wanting a private session queued up the previous Thursday morning for tickets.
    (SFC, 7/14/96, p.C4)

1996        Jul 14, Six people were admitted to hospital suffering from overdoses of GHB, gamma hydroxy butyric acid, an anesthetic that can produce initial giddiness and then induce unconsciousness.
    (SFC, 7/18/96, p.A18)

1996        Jul 15, Supervisors voted unanimously to as ask residents to raise board salaries to $50,000 from $23,925. They also passed Mayor Brown’s budget of $3.16 bil.
    (SFC, 7/16/96, p.A1)

1996        Jul 17, Mayor Brown brought back former supervisor Bill Maher as liaison to the Recreation and Park Department at about $80k. Also there was presented a 30-year conversion plan for land that included 375 units of transitional housing for homeless families. Pacific Lumber Co. would donate 3,000 acres of virgin redwood to the federal government in exchange for rights to develop housing on Treasure Island.
    (SFC, 7/17/96, p.C1) (SFC, 7/21/96, p.A13)

1996        Jul 18, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism show opened at the SF Museum of Modern Art. The opening was accompanied by a publication of the same name by Susan Landauer.
    (SFC, 7/18/96, p.G1)

1996        Jul 21, As many as 6,000 immigrants were naturalized as US citizens every month in SF.
    (SFC, 7/21/96, p.B1)

1996        Jul 24, An alligator was spotted in Mountain Lake at the Presidio.
    (SFC, 12/4/96, p.A13)

1996        Aug 4, The Cannabis Buyer’s Club at 1444 Market St. was raided by agents of the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
    (SFC, 8/5/96, p.A1)

1996        Aug 5, Cameras were switched on at selected intersections to thwart red light runners. Initial citations were just warnings.
    (SFC, 9/20/96, p.A20)

1996        Aug 7, Mayor Brown spoke with 49ers president Carmen Policy and got himself a new skybox for games at Candlestick Park (3Com Park).
    (SFC, 8/7/96, p.A11)

1996        Aug 12, There was a report of a four-foot alligator in Mountain Lake near the presidio golf course. [see Jul 24]
    (SFC, 8/12/96, p.A17)

1996        Aug 12, Glenn Dorenbush (1030-1996), publicist for North Beach cafes, died. His occupation was described as “sitting on barstools," and he said of the hippies in the 60s “If you think these kids are bad now, wait till they discover martinis."
    (SFC, 8/13/96, p.A20)

1996        Aug 16, SF Juvenile Probation Dept. employee Sebastian Rico was suspended for having forged a check for $1,000. He then disappeared and was suspected of having fled to the Philippines.
    (SFC, 8/26/96, p.A11)

1996        Aug 17, Sebastian Rico caught a plane with a one-way ticket for the Philippines.
    (SFC, 8/30/96, p.A21)

1996        Aug 18, The Metropolitan Community Church distributed 1/8 ounce packets of marijuana in its sanctuary to needy recipients with documented medical verification.
    (SFC, 8/19/96, p.A13)

1996        Aug 21, The US Court of Appeals ruled that city ownership of the Mt. Davidson Cross violated the state constitution.
    (SFC, 8/21/96, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A18)

1996        Aug 26, The Central Freeway upper level between Mission and Laguna began to be torn down. Massive traffic jams were expected for 5 months.
    (SFC, 7/8/96, p.A1)

1996        Aug 26, It was discovered that Sebastian Rico, a worker at SF Juvenile Probation Dept., had embezzled some $400,000 over a period of 4 years.  He wrote checks to himself from a petty cash fund and renewed the fund by forging signatures.
    (SFC, 8/26/96, p.A1)

1996        Aug 28, SF was awarded some $500,000 to help stamp out drug related crime in public housing. The money came from 4 federal drug elimination grants of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
    (SFC, 8/28/96, p.A20)

1996        Aug 29, Bernard Temple, alleged hit man in 2 murders in 1988 and 1991, was arrested at a Merced park.
    (SFC, 10/2/97, p.A21)

1996        Aug 29, Four men robbed the Amsterdam Hotel at Bush and Taylor of $200. They beat a visitor and pistol-whipped a clerk. 4 men were later arrested in a vehicle that matched the getaway car. Evidence was later found inaccurate and the 4 men were ordered free in 1998.
    (SFC, 8/14/98, p.A17)

1996        Aug 31, Ibrihim Habash was killed by pellets from a gun during a robbery at his shop, Bob’s Liquor Store at Harrison and 26th streets.
    (SFC, 9/1/96, p.D2)

1966        Sep 2, The 4th Cycle Messengers World Championships began at Justin Herman Plaza.
    (SFC, 8/28/96, zz-1 p.4)(SFC, 9/1/96, p.D1)

1996        Sep 3, The California College of Arts and Crafts will open a big campus at the old Greyhound center at 8th and Irwin.
    (SFC, 8/29/96, p.C3)

1996        Sep 4, The Chinese Historical Society was chosen as the new owner for the Chinatown YWCA designed by Julia Morgan. The society needed $800,000 to make the purchase. Another $1 mil might be required for upgrades. The 1932 YWCA building at 1830 Sutter St. was built with money raised by Japanese immigrants. It was designed by Julia Morgan. In 2002 the Nihonmachi Little Friends community day care center gained title in a settlement with YWCA.
    (SFC, 4/9/96, p.A14)(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A15)

1996        Sep 5, Chendra, the one-horned rhinoceros, died at the SF Zoo.
    (SFC, 9/6.96, p.B1)

1996        Sep 6, The SF Opera season opened with Prince Igor by Borodin.
    (SFC, 9/7/96, p.B1)

1996        Sep 6, Mayor Brown reached an agreement with Muni drivers on a 4.7% raise but with a trimming on work rules.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        Sep 9, Financing was announced for the $255 million ballpark at Third and King streets.
    (SFC, 9/9/96, p.B1)

1996        Sep 11, The Jesuit Univ. of SF learned that its 666 telephone prefix, known as the “mark of the beast" in the Book of Revelation, would be changed to a 422 prefix.
    (SFC, 9/11/96, p.A13)

1996        Sep 13, Sales of medical marijuana resumed at the Metropolitan Community Church on Eureka St. from staffers of the Healing Alternative Foundation.
    (SFC, 9/14/96, p.A13)

1996        Sep 20, The SkyDeck on the 41st floor of One Embarcadero was scheduled to open. It closed down on Jan 1, 2000, due to lack of interest.
    (SFC, 9/11/96, p.E1)(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A12)

1996        Sep 20, The Scandinavian Delicatessen on upper Market St. closed after 42 years of operation under Ernst Meyer.
    (SFC, 9/20/96, p.A20)

1996        Sep 20, MUNI drivers voted on a new 4-year contract. It proposed an immediate 4.7% pay increase but reduced unexcused absences to 2 days per 8 month period versus the old 8 per year.
    (SFC, 9/21/96, p.A19)

1996        Sep 21, The new soccer field at Dolores Park opened.
    (SFC, 9/21/96, p.A13)

1996        Sep 25, The police dept. had set aside $1.5 mil for legal expenses for the 1996 year. By September it was expected to run twice that amount.
    (SFC, 9/25/96, p.A16)

1996        Oct 3, Congress approved the Presidio Trust legislation that allows 80% of the 1,480 acres of the Presidio to be turned over to a non-profit government corporation  to lease and manage historic buildings.
    (SFC, 10/4/96, p.A21)

1996        Oct 3, Mayor Brown announced that the city would use 2.5 to 3 million dollars to restore a tidal marsh a Crissy Field. The money would come from a bond issued for expansion at SFO where marshland to be paved over would be traded for unpaving at Crissy Field.
    (SFC, 10/4/96, p.A22)

1996        Oct 5-6, The music festival Reggae in the Park was held in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFEC, 10/6/96, DB p.19)

1996        Oct 7, Two Nigerian citizens were arrested for selling a quarter kg of China White heroin valued at over $100,000. It was suspected that they were part of a much larger organization centered on the East Coast.
    (SFC, 10/11/96, p.A16)

1996        Oct 8, The little alligator in Mountain Lake in the Presidio was captured by John Aikin and Woody Peterson of the SF Zoo with raw fish worth $1.47.
    (SFC, 10/10/96, p.A10)(SFC, 12/4/96, p.A13)

1996        Oct 10, New electronic parking meters that would accept nickels and dimes were announced to replace the quarters-only meters.
    (SFC, 10/10/96, p.A24)

1996        Oct 10, The annual Fleet Week began.
    (SFC, 10/11/96, p.A1)

1996        Oct 17, The Federal Courthouse at 7th and Mission was re-dedicated after years of seismic retrofitting at a cost of $30 mil.
    (SFC, 10/17/96, A15)

1996        Oct 23, In SF the body of prostitute Maryanne Tolosa (35) was found in China Basin near Owens Street. In 2003 DNA evidence later linked Luis Perez, already in prison for rape and attempted murder, to Tolosa’s murder.
    (SFC, 10/19/05, p.B5)

1996        Oct 28, The cargo ship, Cape Mohican, leaked 8,400 gallons of oil into the Bay while in dry dock at Pier 70. An opened valve released 96,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into a floating dry dock. The government and SF Drydock agreed in 1998 to an $8 million settlement for the spill.
    (SFC, 10/29/96, p.A11)(SFC, 7/17/98, p.A1,19)

1996        Oct 29, In San Francisco the first Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize was awarded. The $30,000 prize, split between the author and publisher for promotion, went to Alan Brown, author of “Audrey Hepburn’s Neck." The prize was intended to nurture understanding and cooperation among the countries and peoples of the Pacific Rim.
    (SFC, 10/31/96, p.E6)

1996        Nov 1, Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed this day as “Stella Nicole Patri (d.2001 at 104) Day." Patri was the doyenne of SF bookbinders and manuscript restorers.
    (SFC, 4/6/01, p.D4)

1996        Nov 4, The Board of Supervisors passed legislation that required employers with city contracts to provide benefits to domestic partners. The mayor signed it Nov 8. It became effective Jun 1, 1997.
    (SFC, 11/9/96, p.A15)(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A1)

1996        Nov 6, Victor Martinez won a National Book Award in the category of Young People’s Literature for his novel "Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida."
    (SFC, 11/7/96, p.E4)(SFEC, 11/10/96, p.A1)

1996        Nov 10, Rudolf (b.1909) and Ruth Schlesinger (b.1920) arrived in the US in 1938 after fleeing Nazi persecution. Rudolph went on to pursue a law career and wrote the first book on comparative law. He taught at Cornell (1948-1975) and then Hastings in SF. Ruth worked as a curator of prints at both Cornell and Hastings. They died together in SF on this day.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.C8)

1996        Nov 11, Mayor Willie Brown planned to begin his “goodwill and trade mission" to Paris.
    (SFC, 11/2/96, p.A13)

1996        Nov 13, A key regent’s committee voted to merge the hospitals of UCSF and Stanford.
    (SFC, 11/14/96, p.A15)

1996        Nov 15, A Vietnamese gang leader, Cuong Tran, and his lawyer, Dennis Natali, were shot to death in separate incidents. Tran had been cooperating with federal investigators. A 17-year-old was charged with the slaying. Police contended that Man Leung Yu gave the orders for the killing to gain control of extortion operations. In 1997 it was reported that Natali collected money extorted from massage parlors.
    (SFC, 11/16/96, p.A1)(SFC, 1/10/96, p.A23)(SFC, 8/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/28/00, p.A21)

1996        Nov 15, The SF Symphony performed in Paris and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, France’s highest arts honor.
    (SFC, 11/16/96, p.A15)

196        Nov 19, Nicolette Rivera (8) was hit by a car at 19th Ave. and Irving. Her injuries required round-the-clock care for the rest of her life. In 2001 she was awarded $875,000.
    (SFC, 2/28/01, p.A15)
1996        Nov 19, Marshall Wais, steel magnate and arts patron, was kidnapped and ransomed for $500,000. His abductors, Thomas William Taylor (64) and Michael Kevin Robison (35), were caught after the transaction. Taylor was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A16)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D7)

1996        Nov 20, SF began posting signs along its waterfront to warn fisherman of health hazards from fish caught in the Bay.
    (SFC, 11/21/96, p.A22)

1996        Nov 21, Four men escaped with an estimated $1 million in diamonds stolen from a gem dealer at Scott and Chestnut.
    (SFC, 11/22/96, p.A1)

1996        Nov 21, A 31-year-old police informant was shot and paralyzed after giving authorities information about the Asian gang slaying of Cuong Tran.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A1)

1996        Nov 23, Actor Woody Harrelson and others clogged traffic for hours on the Golden Gate Bridge in a protest on behalf of the Headwaters forest.
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.A20)

1996        Nov 25, The Board of Supervisors upheld the mayor’s veto of a measure that would have placed city restrictions on campaign consultants. The Board had previously passed the measure 10-1.
    (SFC, 11/26/96, p.A13)

1996        Nov 26, A 4-alarm blaze burned a warehouse at Pier 48 that held hundreds of cars to be auctioned by the Jewish Educational Center.
    (SFC, 11/28/96, p.A23,27)

1996        Nov 27, Italian architect Gae Aulenti was selected to transform the Old Main Library into a new Asian Art Museum.
    (SFC, 11/28/96, p.C1)

1996        Nov, Pres. Clinton signed legislation to name six members to a nonpaid board that would oversee the new national park in the Presidio. Mayor Brown followed up with a letter to the president that he be named to the board. Three members must be from Northern California.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A23)

1996        Nov, Mayor Brown launched the opening of Neighborhood City Halls. They opened in 4 communities and in early 1997 operated 6 hrs a week with little activity.
    (SFC, 2/28/97, p.A21)

1996        Nov, Investors planned to open the new $40 mil retail shopping area at the old Auto Center, once the site of Seals Stadium. The 2-block lot is bordered by 16th, Bryant, 15th and Potrero Ave.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.D1)

1996        Dec 2, Janice Duff (54), aka Janice Blue, a North Beach poet and resident of Humboldt County, shot and killed William J. Dybble (59). They had argued over noise that Duff was making while they were watching TV.
    (SFC, 12/3/96, p.D2)

1996        Dec 5, Musicians of the SF Symphony went on strike over medical benefits.
    (SFC, 12/6/96, p.A1)

1996        Dec 10, The new $2 million Italian streetcars were introduced with 4 going into service on the J-Church line.
    (SFC, 12/10/96, p.A17)

1996        Dec 10, The SF Public Library system had a budget deficit of $2.9 million.
    (SFC, 12/11/96, p.A15)

1996        Dec 11, Mayor Brown asked the Delancey Street Foundation for a plan to remake the City’s juvenile justice system.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        Dec 16, The Giants and the City agreed on preliminary lease terms for the new 42,000 seat $255 million ballpark at Third and King streets. The city would collect $1.2 million annually over an initial 25-year lease. Public costs for improvements around the park could cost $26 mil.
    (SFC, 12/17/96, p.A1)

1996        Dec 24, Police in Seattle arrested Simon Shixiang for recruiting gang members for the SF based Jackson Street Boys.
    (SFC,11/24/97, p.A1)

1996        Dec 25, The home of the parents of the 31-year-old police informant, who was shot and paralyzed in November, was burned.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A10)

1996        Dec 27, It was announced that the Basque restaurant of Jean-Emile Idiart at 15 Romolo Place off Broadway was closed after more than 20 years of business.
    (SFC, 12/27/96, p.A17)

1996        Dec 28, Mayor Brown created a “poverty czar" to address welfare reform, homelessness and poverty. He named Michael Wald to the post.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A10)

1996        Dec 31, It was announced that Jack’s restaurant on Sacramento St. was sold to John Konstin, owner of John’s Grill on Eddie St. He said that he paid more than $1.3 mil and would reopen in May after remodeling.
    (SFC, 12/31/96, p.B1)

1996        Dec, Emily Jean Landsverk (26) suffered massive injuries when a Muni bus ran over her on Cole St. She received a $4 million payment from the city in 1998.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, p.D4)

1996        Ray Beldner, artist, installed five, 15-foot-high, iconic figures across the street from Safeway at 48th and Cabrillo, where Playland-at-the-Beach once stood.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.F6)
1996        The film "Follow Me Home" by Peter Bratt (34) won the audience award at the SF Int’l. Film Festival. It was his first film and made on a bare bones budget.
    (SFC, 2/17/96, p.D1)
1996        David Rumsey founded Cartography Associates in San Francisco, California. It promotes the distribution of digital facsimiles both in print and electronic media. Specializing in both primary source documents and cutting-edge technology, Cartography Associates develops tools that integrate cataloging with visual images on the Internet. In 1995, Rumsey began the task of making his collection public by building the online David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, www.davidrumsey.com.
    (www.davidrumsey.com/about/david-rumsey)
1996        Farley Neuman, a corporate lawyer, founded the College Bound Foundation, a program to mentor elementary school at-risk students and help them prepare for college.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.D5)
1996        The Under Water World Aquarium opened at Pier 39. The operation filed for bankruptcy in 2000.
    (SFEC, 2/13/00, p.B1)
1996        Voters approved Prop. G which restored district elections in Nov. 2000.
    (SFEC, 11/7/99, Z1 p.4)
1996        A time capsule from 1913 was found at City Hall during renovations.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.D4)
1996        Fred Lau was appointed the police chief of SF.
    (SFC, 6/8/99, p.A16)
1996        The Transamerica Corp. made a $100,000 donation to the Presidio Restoration Fund in an endowment named after James R. Harvey, a former head of the corp.
    (G, Winter, p.3)
1996        David Coulter was named CEO of Bank of America. The bank closed 120 branches in the state and eliminated 3,700 jobs.
    (SFC, 4/14/98, p.B4)
1996        Victoria Lee was caught by the door of a Muni bus and dragged some 100 feet. She was awarded a settlement in 1999 for $850,000.
    (SFC, 4/20/99, p.A13)
1996        Rhoda Haas Goldman, a 3rd generation Stern and former administrator of the Stern Grove Festivals, died.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.D1)
1996        SF reported 85 killings for the year.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A18)
1996        Two prostitutes, who had worked on Capp Street, were found murdered. Shellie Bouman (34) and Dana West (31) were found dead in China Basin 3 days apart.
    (SFC, 10/11/97, p.A13)

1996-2001    The TV show “Nash Bridges" was set in SF.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.D8)

1997        Jan 1, Bottle-hurling youths at Union Square left 18 police officers injured.
    (SFC,12/31/97, p.A13)

1997        Jan 3, Storm waters forced the city to shut off its water and power connection to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for the 1st time since opening. Ash and debris from last year’s wildfires were flowing into the reservoir and creating very murky water.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A15)

1997        Jan 6, Mayor Brown announced that he would like to have former supervisor Bill Maher replace John Newlin as head of the Dept. of Parking and Traffic. The position is filled by the Parking and Traffic Commission.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A1,15)

1997        Jan 8, Anne Galjour, writer and performer, received the 13th annual Will Glickman Playwright Award yesterday for the best new play produced in the Bay Area in 1996.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.E2)

1997        Jan 8, Luke Whitehead, a 6-foot-5, 15-year-old basketball player from St. Ignatius was featured on the front page.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A1)

1997        Jan 8, Mayor Brown vowed to take control over the library if Chief Librarian Kenneth Dowlin could not balance the budget without cuts in services or staff. The library was under a $1.2 mil deficit. Barbara Kaufman took the oath as president of the Board of Supervisors.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.A1)

1997        Jan 8, Gap unveiled a new design for its new office building at Folsom and Steuart (sic) streets. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, it will have a 275-foot tower and partly leased to Montgomery Securities.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.B2)

1997        Jan 10, John Petty and his band the Heartbreakers began a 20-show run at the Fillmore.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.E1)

1997        cJan 11, Heavy rains caused a 115-foot chunk of street on the private Edgehill Way to slide down the hill and threatened 13 homes nearby.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A14)

1997        Jan 14, A Supervisor’s committee sought to attach domestic partners wording to the United Airline’s lease at the airport. A new city law that goes into effect in June requires any company or non-profit agency that does business with the city to provide the same spousal benefits to domestic partners as the city provides to married couples.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.A1,15)

1997        Jan 15, The Cannabis Cultivators Club staged a gala reopening.
    (SFC, 1/16/97, p.A17)

1997        Jan 15, Osprey Orielle Lake was scheduled to unveil her 16-foot bronze sculpture, Mother of the Spirit Fire, Cheemah, at the Rincon Center.
    (SFEM, 1/12/97, p.4)

1997        Jan 15, George Seifert, head coach of the SF 49ers football team since 1989, was replaced by UC Berkeley coach Steve Mariucci. Seifert had established a won-list record of 108-35, the best in NFL history.
    (SFC, 1/16/97, p.A22)

1997        Jan 16, Ricko, a baby black rhinoceros, was born at the SF Zoo.
    (SFEC, 4/20/97, BR p.29)

1997        Jan 19, St. Peter’s Church at 24th and Alabama suffered extensive fire damage. A votive candle sparked the fire on Jan 17. The church reopened in 2000.
    (SFEC, 1/20/97, p.A17)(SFC, 6/30/00, p.A22)

1997        Jan 21, Kenneth Dowlin, head of the Library System, resigned under pressure of a $1.2 million budget deficit.
    (SFC, 1/22/97, p.A1)

1997        Jan 28, Mayor Brown responded to Archbishop William Levada on the issue of city contracts. He told the archbishop that Catholic Charities contracts with the city as a nonprofit, charitable organization and must comply with the city’s new domestic partnership law.
    (SFC, 1/29/97, p.A12)

1997        Jan, Inga Markov (24), a prostitute who worked on Capp Street, was found dead in a Colma cemetery.
    (SFC, 10/11/97, p.A13)

1997        Feb 1, Herb Caen (b.1916), newspaper columnist, died at age 80.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)

1997        Feb 3, Gavin Newsom (29) was appointed by Mayor Brown to the Board of Supervisors.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A13)
1997        Feb 3, The owner of the Sahara Club at 444 De Haro St. agreed to close down on March 1 in exchange for a cash settlement in the 6-figure range.
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.A20)

1997        Feb 7, Hear Caen was eulogized and buried.
    (SFC, 2/8/97, p.A1,15)

1997        Feb 7, The city signed a 2-year lease with United Airlines with a 23-year option to allow time for the company to comply with the domestic partners benefits rule. It was similar to an agreement signed with Pacific Telesis.
    (SFC, 2/8/97, p.A15)

1997        Feb 10, Supervisor Amos Brown proposed to change the name of Fillmore St. to Carlton Goodlett Way. Dr. Carlton Goodlett (d.1997) published the Sun Reporter. A stretch of Polk St. in front of City Hall was named after Goodlett.
    (SFC, 2/10/97, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/02, p.D9)

1997        Feb 10, The SF Symphony settled its strike.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.D1)

1997        Feb 13, Supervisor Gavin Newsom was sworn into office.
    (SFEM, 6/8/97, p.8)

1997        Feb 24, The new $4.6 million Bayview Police Station at 201 Williams Ave. was dedicated.
    (SFC, 2/25/97, p.A17)

1997        Feb, Orrin Keepnews accepted the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Governors Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Bay Area GRAMMY Nominees Celebration.
    (SFEM, 10/5/97, p.28)

1997        Mar 1, It was announced that the dioramas of the African Hall Annex of the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park would be replaced by an exhibit on spiders.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.A1)

1997        Mar 4, UC agreed in principle to locate its new $800 million expansion at Mission Bay, south of the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 3/5/96, p.A9)

1997        Mar 5, Carmel Sanger, hair stylist, was gunned down at her exotic South of Market salon, the Pink Tarantula. Marcos Ranjel (31) and Raleigh Tyler (26) were arrested in Seattle in Dec. for the murder. Sanger’s former husband Robert Neal Sanger was suspected of hiring the couple for the murder. Ranjel (34), a former Mexican police officer, was convicted in 2001 for 1st degree murder.
    (SFC,12/12/97, p.A25)(SFC, 4/12/01, p.A22)

1997        Mar 6, The first ever Webby Awards ceremony was held at Bimbo’s 365 Club in North Beach with 600 guests. The event was organized by Tiffany Shlain and in 1998 moved to the Palace of Fine Arts with 2,000 guests.
    (SFC, 3/7/96, p.A1)(SFC, 7/30/98, p.D3)

1997        Mar 9, Gang shootings in the Mission district outraged residents, who called for a tough public response. Police reported having taken fully automatic weapons from gang members. Latino gangs were divided into three groups: Nortenos, Surenos and Unaffiliated.
    (SFC, 4/18/97, p.A1,10)

1997        Mar 10, A series of small earthquakes struck 6 miles west of Daly City. They were measured around 3.6.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)

1997        Mar 12, Edward DeBartolo Jr. handed over $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards at the SF Airport in order to clinch a riverboat gambling license.
    (SFC, 3/28/00, p.A3)(SFC, 4/12/00, p.A5)

1997        Mar 17, The US Supreme Court declined to hear San Francisco’s argument that the cross on Mt. Davidson is a cultural landmark. The cross would now have to be torn down or sold to a private owner.
    (SFC, 3/18/97, p.A1)

1997        Mar 22, The police unit CRUSH, Crime Response Unit to Stop Homicide, was “restructured." The CRUSH unit was dissolved in this year under community criticism.
    (SFC, 3/24/97, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/01, p.A13)

1997        Mar 30, The Merchants Exchange Building downstairs club was closed. The basement club was leased to Pinnacle Fitness Center which promised to keep the old-1933 murals of Jose Moya del Pino.
    (SFC, 4/7/97, p.E3)

1997        Mar 31, The SF Chronicle began to run a new daily horoscope by Christopher Renstrom, who replaced Jeane Dixon (d.1997).
    (SFC, 3/31/97, p.E1)

1997        Mar 31, The SF French Bread Co. was acquired by Interstate Bakeries Corp., the makers of Wonder Bread and Hostess Twinkies.
    (SFC, 4/1/97, p.A1)

1997        Mar, The California Historical Society moved to new quarters in the SF Yerba Buena Gardens.
    (SFEC, 8/31/97, DB p.9)

1997        Mar, Calle, a 30-year-old elephant, was acquired from the LA Zoo to keep Tinkerbelle company. She was soon found to have tuberculosis. Zoo people were unable to make her take medicine until pharmacist John Garcia fashioned cocoa butter into hollow tubes to hold the medicine and inserted as suppositories.
    (SFC, 6/26/97, p.A21)(SFC, 8/209/97, p.A16)

1997        Apr 8, Elizabeth Charleston (86), artist, died in San Rafael. She did oil paintings of flowers and the French countryside where she once lived. she only  began painting at age 50 after a car accident left her in a temporary neck brace.
    (SFC, 4/11/97, p.E2)

1997        Apr 11, Gang members in the Mission district beat and killed an opposition gang member.
    (SFC, 4/18/97, p.A1,10)

1997        Apr 12, The Central Freeway re-opened to alleviate traffic.
    (SFEC, 4/13/97, p.C1)

1997        Apr 14, In SF the winners of the 1997 Goldman Environmental Prize were announced: Alexander Nikitin of Russia who helped to expose the danger of radioactive fuel from Russian submarines stored in the Arctic waters; Terri Swearingen of the US for fighting against a toxic waste incinerator on the Ohio River; Samoan chieftain Fuiono Senio and ethnobotonist Paul Cox for establishing forest preserves; Juan Pablo Orrego of Chile for his battle to stop the damming of the Bio Bio River; Nick Carter of England for helping to create Africa’s inter-governmental force to fight illegal wildlife trade; and Loir Botor Dingit, Indonesian tribal chief, for struggling to protect ancestral rain forest from logging.
    (SFC, 4/14/97, p.A11)

1997        Apr 24, The SF garbage collectors went on strike over wage, benefit and pension provisions.
    (SFC, 4/24/97, p.A1)

1997        Apr 25, Mayor Brown helped to settle the garbage strike.
    (SFC, 4/26/97, p.A1)

1997        Apr 30, It was announced that Mayor Brown submitted a Bay Area bid for the Summer Olympics in 2008.
    (SFC, 4/30/97, p.A15)

1997        May 1, The city sued the Bank of America for $12 million in damages for allegedly mishandling hundreds of millions of dollars as the trustee of municipal bonds.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.A1)

1997        May 3, The film Bernaltown was directed and written by Gregory Gavin and premiered in Bernal Heights. It featured local actors of the Bernal Heights neighborhood.
    (SFC, 5/3/97, p.A15)

1997        May 3, Jack Davis, campaign manager for the SF 49ers staged a 50th birthday party which featured a blood and sodomy act.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.A1)

1997        May 8, The US Navy base at Treasure Island was officially closed.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.A1)

1997        May 13, The first of three free toll days on the Bay Bridge began.
    (SFC, 5/14/97, p.A1)

1997        May 14, The Monet painting “The Seine at Argenteuil" sold for $7.6 million at Christie’s auction house in NYC. The money was to be used by SFMOMA for purchases of postwar art.
    (SFC, 5/15/97, p.E1)

1997        May 15, The Calif. Board of Corrections approved the SF comprehensive plan for the Juvenile Justice System and gave $5.5 million to implement it.
    (SFC, 5/17/97, p.A17)

1997        May 16, Neighbors of Esprit Park at lower Potrero Hill staged a rally to save the park. New owners planned to sell the land.
    (SFC, 5/17/97, p.A17)

1997        May 16, Record temperatures hit 94.
    (SFC, 5/17/97, p.A1)

1997        May 24, Thousands attended the Mission district Carnaval.
    (SFEC, 5/26/97, p.A11)

1997        Jun 1, The SF domestic partners ordnance became law.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A1)

1997        Jun 3, Prop. A called for $140 mil in bonds for school repairs. Prop. B was a $49 million bond measure for new cultural centers. Prop. C called for a $48 million bond to improve the zoo. Prop. D was to place a $100 million revenue bond issue to finance a new 75,000 seat stadium and sports complex at Candlestick Point. Prop. E was a charter amendment. Prop. F would change zoning laws for the building of an entertainment-shopping complex at Candlestick Point. Propositions A,C,D&F won. Prop. B&E lost. Prop D was 85,753 vs. 84,743. Prop. F was 85,331 vs. 84,590.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A14)(SFC, 5/21/97, p.A13)(SFC, 6/4/97, p.A15)(SFC, 6/5/97, p.A7)

1997        Jun 5, A new pattern of “sacred" geometry from France was copied and used for a floor pattern at California Pacific Medical Center. A similar pattern was put into Grace Cathedral in 1995. The original stone labyrinth was laid in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral by Benedictine monks c1197.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.A19)

1997        Jun 5, The cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas sailed into the Bay. It measured 78,491 gross tons, compared to the 46,326 of the Titanic. One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet of enclosed space on a vessel.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.C3)

1997        Jun 7, Mayor Brown met with some 200 cab drivers at Herbst Theater to air issues on industry reform.
    (SFEC, 6/8/97, p.D1)

1997        Jun 8, A report on the Wednesday night “Bondage a Go-Go" at the Trocadero Transfer nightclub was featured.
    (SFEC, 6/8/97, p.A1)

1997        Jun 9, BankAmerica Corp. announced that it would acquire the investment banking firm Robertson Stephens & Co. for $540 million in cash.
    (SFC, 6/9/97, p.A1)

1997        Jun 9, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, spoke at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
    (SFC, 6/10/97, p.A19)

1997        Jun 9, In SF a triple murder was committed by Issa Abujabar in Visitacion Valley. He killed his blind mother Linda Fabbiani (46), his ex-girlfriend Julia Garcia (22), and her 4-month-old daughter Evangeline. Abujabar was arrested the next day. He was later diagnosed as a chronic schizophrenic and placed into a Murphy Conservatorship.
    (SFC, 6/11/97, p.C17)(SSFC, 12/4/05, p.E6)

1997        Jun 12, The trustees of the Fine Arts Museums voted to move the De Young Museum out of Golden Gate park to a site on the Embarcadero. The plan was later reversed under heavy opposition. A bond measure to rebuild in Golden Gate Park failed. Trustees then decided to finance everything privately.
    (SFC, 6/13/97, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/04, p.A15)

1997        Jun 14, The Exotic Erotic Saturday show began at the Broadway Studios.
    (SFC, 6/16/97, p.D1)

1997        Jun 18, Two decorators were arrested at their mansion at 632 El Camino del Mar at Sea Cliff for laundering money for Jose Santacruz Londono, a Cali cartel leader killed in Columbia last year.
    (SFC, 6/19/97, p.A1)

1997        Jun 20-24, The US Mayors annual conference was scheduled to meet in SF at a cost of $2 million.
    (SFC, 6/12/97, p.A1)

1997        Jun 23, The San Francisco Food Bank, the largest distributor of food for the needy in the city, opened a new storage facility on Potrero Hill with cold storage capability.
    (SFC, 6/23/97, p.A13)
1997        Jun 23, Three brand new Municipal Railway cars crashed in San Francisco. Three MUNI employees were injured.
    (SFC, 6/24/97, p.A15)
1997        Jun 23, Kristen Modafferi (18) was last seen in SF. She had just moved to the Bay Area from Charlotte, N.C., lived in Oakland and worked in SF.
    (SFEC, 1/31/99, p.D1,3)

1997        Jun 22, The 60th anniversary of free concerts at Stern Grove was held.
    (SFEC, 6/8/97, DB p.11)

1997        Jun 23, The Treasure Island Museum collection was transferred to the SF Int’l. Airport and will be administered by the Airport’s Bureau of Exhibitions, Museums and Cultural Exchange.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, AS p.13)

1997        Jun 23, Three brand new Municipal Railway cars crashed at 18th and Church. Three MUNI employees were injured.
    (SFC, 6/24/97, p.A15)

1997        Jun 27, John’s Grill on Ellis St. was declared a national literary landmark by Friends of the Libraries USA for its role in Dashiell Hammett’s life and classic work “The Maltese Falcon." It was the 28th landmark site.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A15)

1997        Jun 27, The Nestle Beverage Co., owner of the city’s historic Hills Bros. coffee closed shop.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.D1)

1997        Jun 29, The 27th annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride parade was held on Market St.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A15)

1997        Jun 30, Montgomery Securities was bought by NationsBank for $1.2 billion.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1)
1997        Jun 30, The end of the fiscal year. A new budget was set at $3.4 billion, a 5.7% increase.
    (SFC, 6/2/97, p.D5)(SFC, 6/3/97, p.A13)

1997        Jun, Myrtle the Swan of Mountain Lake in the Richmond was hospitalized at the SF Zoo due to a respiratory infection and lead poisoning from the polluted lake. It was discovered that Myrtle was a male. The swan recovered and was sent to E and T Waterfowl Ranch in Sebastopol for R&R.
    (SFC,11/17/97, p.A21)

1997        Jul 1, A full-funding federal grant agreement for $750 million over 8 years was granted to BART for an extension from Colma to the SF Airport. Total cost was estimated at $1.2 billion.
    (SFC, 7/2/97, p.A1)

1997        Jul 1, The SF Parking and Traffic Commission awarded the management contract for St. Mary's Square Garage on Kearny to DAJA/Parking concepts, a consulting business closely associated to Mayor Brown.
    (SFEC, 11/21/99, p.A16)
1997        Jul 1, Herbert DeRockere, artist and teacher and North Beach Liar’s Dice champion, died. He was a pioneer in multimedia and his work incorporated painting, photography and conceptual art.
    (SFC, 7/5/97, p.C3)

1997        Jul 8, SF police officer Leslie Adams shot and killed Johnie Williams (20) after Williams tried to run him down following a high speed chase in the Mission District.
    (SFC, 12/4/06, p.A1)

1997        Jul 9, The first board meeting of the Presidio’s Board of Directors was held and the 7 members were sworn in.
    (G, Winter, p.4)

1997        Jul 11, It was announced that the 89-year-old building at 475 Brannan in Multimedia Gulch was to be converted to premier office properties. A $50 million retrofit would add 2 stories and include earthquake protection.
    (SFC, 7/11/97, p.E2)

1997        Jul 16, It was reported that the SF water system faced a repair bill of $2.36 billion over the next decade. It would be spread in higher rates over 2.3 million Bay Area customers.
    (SFC, 7/17/97, p.A1)

1997        Jul 22, In San Francisco, Ca., the .38 acres of the Mt. Davidson cross was auctioned off for $26,000 to a group of Armenian organizations who proposed to dedicate it as a memorial to Armenians massacred during WW I. The sale was approved in a US Court of Appeals in 2001.
    (SFC, 7/22/97, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A18)(SFC, 9/6/01, p.A1)

1997        Jul 23, The first part of the new Cypress Freeway opened in Oakland to connect the Nimitz Freeway and the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 8/11/97, p.A11)

1997        Jul 24, Hashiem Zayed (59), a cook at the Pinecrest Diner at Geary and Mason, shot and killed Helen Menicou (47), a waitress, a day after being scolded for making a custom poached eggs order when it was not on the menu. The two had worked together for more than 2 decades. Zayed was found guilty of 1st degree murder in 1999 and was sentenced 35 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 7/25/97, p.A15)(SFC, 4/21/99, p.A19)(SFC, 8/28/99, p.A23)

1997        Jul 25, Bikers defied the city-approved route for the Critical Mass bike ride and struck out on their own. Some 250 were arrested for traffic violations. Numerous incidents of confrontations between bikers, police and commuters were reported.
    (SFC, 7/26/97, p.A1)

1997        Jul 28, SF police declared that the monthly bike rides by Critical Mass were now illegal unless a special permit is issued.
    (SFC, 7/29/97, p.A1)

1997        Jul 31, The Northpoint Theater was scheduled to close.
    (SFC, 7/11/97, p.D4)

1997        Aug 5, Charles Griffin Farr, realist painter, died. He taught at the California School of Fine Arts from 1959-1967.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.A20)

1997        Aug 10, William Reynolds, a bouncer at Blondie's Bar and No Grill at 540 Valencia, was wounded with a sickle and died 4 days later. In 1999 David Masette was sentenced 16 years to life for 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 3/24/99, p.C3)

1997        Aug 11, A fire at the Delta Hotel at 6th and Mission left one person dead. In 1999 a new 140 room residential hotel was planned.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A19)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A13)

1997        Aug 13, It was reported that Deja Vu Inc., the nation’s largest x-rated entertainment business run by Harry V. Mohney of Durand, Mich., has taken control of the city’s best known sex clubs.
    (SFC, 8/13/97, p.A1)

1997        Aug 14, Art broker Nancy Chaffin was arrested and charged with 44 criminal counts alleging the swindle of 2 acquaintances out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in phony art and business deals.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A19)

1997        Aug 14, A fire struck at 320 Clementina St., a 13-story part of the twin structures that comprise the 25-year old Clementina Towers development under the SF Housing Authority. One man died.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A19)

1997        Aug 15, It was reported that the $500,000 sculpture of a foot by Seattle Sculptor, Buster Simpson, was being skeptically considered by the board of Supervisors and the Port Commission for placement at the foot of Market St. It was rejected and proposed again in 1999.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A1)

1997        Aug 16, Charlotte Smith Mailliard Swig, the city’s chief of protocol, married former Sec. of State George Shultz at Grace Cathedral.
    (SFC, 8/16/97, p.A1)

1997        Aug 28, In SF some 4,000 people marched with Jesse Jackson across the Golden Gate Bridge to protest Prop. 209, in what was dubbed the “March to Save the Dream."
    (SFC, 8/29/97, p.A1)

1997        Aug 29, The Critical Mass ride of 1,500 cyclists rode in small groups, pedaled with traffic and followed traffic laws.
    (SFC, 8/30/97, p.A1)

1997        Sep 5, The War Memorial Opera House reopened after 20 months of seismic upgrading and general renovation for $86.5 million.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/97, p.A1)

1997        Sep 6, Police found Peter Bear (96), head librarian of the SF Russian Center, beaten to death in his Richmond District home.
    (SFC,11/20/97, p.A17)

1997        Sep 7, Some 2,500 BART workers went on strike.
    (SFEC, 9/7/97, p.A1)

1997        Sep 8, Betty J. Evans witnessed officer Joseph McCloskey kicking a handcuffed man and lodged a complaint of police brutality. McCloskey filed a $25,000 defamation suit against Evans. In 1999 McCloskey was stuck with some $40,000 in lawyers fees as his case evaporated.
    (SFC, 7/15/99, p.A24)

1997        Sep 12, Vitaly Poliakov (29) of San Francisco was found with his skull crushed in an Atascadero Creek. Joshua Puckett (18) later admitted to committing the murder in Orinda.
    (SFC, 6/23/98, p.A15)

1997        Sep 15, BART trains began to roll after a weekend agreement with the two largest unions. A lump sum payment of $3000 this year, and 4% raises over the next 3 years was part of the settlement.
    (SFC, 9/15/97, p.A10)

1997        Sep 17, The show “America Songbook" by Stephen Pelton had its premier at Theater Artaud.
    (SFC, 9/19/97, p.C5)

1997        Sep 18, Final permission was granted for the new $262 million, 42,000-seat ballpark for the SF Giants. The approval was granted with an agreement by the Giants to build a shoreline park near the stadium at China Basin.
    (SFC, 9/19/97, p.A19)

1997        Sep 20, It was reported that the SF Police Academy will move from the former elementary school on Amber Drive in diamond Heights to a larger facility on Treasure Island.
    (SFC, 9/20/97, p.A17)

1997        Sep 20, The 25th annual SF Blues Festival began at Fort Mason’s Grace Meadow.
    (SFEC, 9/21/97, p.A1)

1997        Sep 20, Nicholas Traina (19), the son of novelist Danielle Steel, died in SF of a drug overdose.
    (SFEC, 9/21/97, p.A1)

1997        Sep 23, The temperature reached a record 97 degrees and broke a record from 1939.
    (SFC, 9/24/97, p.A10)

1997        Sep 26-28, An art car show was scheduled for the Somar Gallery at 934 Brannan.
    (WSJ, 9/23/97, p.A20)

1997        Sep 30, Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island were scheduled to come under the jurisdiction of San Francisco. The Navy property was to be leased to the Treasure Island Development Authority was 15 years.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.A15)(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A15)

1997        Sep, A group called the American Atheists sued against the sale of the Mt. Davidson land and cross to an Armenian American organization. In 2000 a federal judge ruled that the sale did not violate the separation of church and state.
    (SFC, 1/5/00, p.A18)

1997        Oct 1, SF took over the operation of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island under a lease agreement. The US Navy was to pay SF $4 million to run the islands.
    (SFC, 10/2/97, p.A21)

1997        Oct 2, The John Lee Hooker Boom Boom Room opened at the former Jacks on the corner of Fillmore and Geary.
    (SFC, 10/4/97, p.E1)

1997        Oct 3, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church announced that it would break ground on a new 9-story, $12 million, 52-unit housing project for needy people at Taylor and Ellis streets and that it would be named after Rev. Cecil Williams (against his wishes).
    (SFC, 10/4/97, p.A20)

1997        Oct 4, A prostitute, who worked on Capp Street, was attacked and dumped after feigning death into the bay at Pier 9. She identified Jack Bokin (54), a self-employed plumbing contractor, as the perpetrator. Bokin was pronounced guilty on 25 felony accounts in 1999 and faced 27 consecutive life sentences. Bokin was sentenced to 231 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/11/97, p.A1,13)(SFC, 10/9/99, p.A17)(SFC, 1/20/00, p.A17)

1997        Oct 6, The Board of Supervisors will double the phone tax to cover 911 costs for upgrade. The charges will be effective Dec. 1 and last about 9 years.
    (SFC, 10/7/97, p.A19)

1997        Oct 8, Jim Gabbert (61) sold his stake in KOFY, channel 20, to Granite Broadcasting for $174 million. He and partner John Lincoln had bought the station in 1980 for $9.85 mil. Gabbert’s share was 85%.
    (SFC, 10/9/97, p.E1)

1997        Oct 11, A 4-alarm fire at 2211 and 2217 Mission St. at the Starlight Furniture Co. left 33 people homeless.
    (SFC, 10/12/97, p.1)

1997        Oct 12, A rock concert was organized by Chet Helms (1942-2005) in Golden Gate Park to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the “Be-In." [see 1/14/67] An estimated 10,000 people gathered for the concert.
    (SFC, 8/23/97, p.A20)(SFC, 10/13/97, p.E1)

1997        Oct 15, Donald Bickerstaff (38), an investment counselor in Marin, was arraigned on fraud charges. He was believed to have stolen some $15 million since 1989 from mostly elderly clients. He later agreed to plead guilty on 40 felony counts.
    (SFC,10/16/97, p.A17)(SFC,12/16/97, p.A17)

1997        Oct 17, Two SF parking meter collectors were arrested for grand theft.
    (SFC,10/27/97, p.A15)

1997        Oct 20, It was reported that the $244 million retrofit of City Hall could grow in cost by $30-80 million, due in part to changes imposed by Mayor Brown.
    (SFC,10/20/97, p.A1)

1997        Oct 23, Mayor Brown announced from the Univ. of Seoul in South Korea, where he received an honorary doctorate in literature, that he planned to establish an annual poet laureate of the city.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A1)

1997        Oct 23, A PG&E power outage knocked out power to half the city for 4 hours. Sabotage was suspected.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/9/98, p.A4)

1997        Oct 24, The 53rd Grand National Rodeo opened at the Cow Palace.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A17)

1997        Oct 29, Anton LaVey (67), founder of the Church of Satan, died. His daughter, Karla LaVey, and companion, Blanche Barton, promised to carry on his work. A major suit developed over the disposition of his property at 6114 California St.
    (SFC,11/8/97, p.A22)(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A1)

1997        Nov 3, The BART extension to SFO was officially begun.
    (SFC,11/3/97, p.A1)

1997        Nov 3, Plaza East housing project at 1250 Eddy St. was wrecked. The highrise will be replaced by 193 Victorian-style townhouses.
    (SFC,11/4/97, p.A17)

1997        Nov 4, Prop. H called for rebuilding the freeway ramps at Oak and Fells streets an a study of how to move through-town traffic that once relied on the Franklin and Gough street spurs. The proposition passed with 53% in favor.
    (SFEC,10/26/97, p.D1)(SFC,11/5/97, p.A1)

1997        Nov 4, Phyllis Wattis contributed $10 million to the California Academy of Sciences. Wattis, the 92-year-old great-granddaughter of Brigham Young, also presented $20 million to the SF Fine Arts Museums, $10 million for the new de Young building fund and $10 million for acquisitions. The Exploratorium and the SF Arts Institute were each granted $5 million. Paul Wattis, her husband, was an executive with Utah Construction and Mining, a family business that built the Boulder Dam.
    (SFC,11/5/97, p.A18)(SFEC,11/30/97, p.C13)

1997        Nov 5, The 13th annual Festival of Independent Cinema opened.
    (SFEC,11/2/97, DB p.11)

1997        Nov 6, The 22nd annual American Indian Film Festival opened.
    (SFEC,11/2/97, DB p.11)
1997        Nov 6, Ground was broken for the reconstruction of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 245 Valencia with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, head of the Greek Orthodox faith, present.
    (SFC,11/6/97, p.A23)

1997        Nov 8, Mayor Brown scheduled the day for a city-wide cleanup. Some ten thousand city residents helped sweep the city.
    (SFC, 8/22/97, p.A24)(SFEC,11/9/97, p.D2)

1997        Nov 10, The Board of Supervisors approved an operating and licensing agreement with the SF Convention and Visitors Bureau to establish a SF credit card.
    (SFC,11/11/97, p.A17)

1997        Nov 11, Demolition began on St. Paul’s elementary school in Noe Valley. A new structure was planned to replace the 80-year-old structure.
    (SFC,11/12/97, p.A17)
1997        cNov 11, The city’s domestic partner legislation was amended to give department heads the poser to waive requirements in certain cases with the approval of the Human Rights Commission.
    (SFC,11/12/97, p.A15)

1997        Nov 13, The SFMOMA purchased the sculpture “Untitled, Unfinished or Not Yet" (1966) by postminimalist Eva Hesse (1936-1970) for $2.2 million.
    (SFC,11/21/97, p.C4)

1997        Nov 15, Amoeba Music, a vinyl record and CD store, opened at 1855 Haight in the former Park Bowl building.
    (SFC,11/17/97, p.D1)

1997        Nov 16, Gina Barnett (25) was shot and killed in her Folsom condominium. James Nivette, her boyfriend, left their 18-month-old son on a San Bruno street and fled to France. Nivette was extradited in 2001.
    (SFC, 7/20/01, p.A3)

1997        Nov 17, It was reported that plans were afoot for a $400 million development for Piers 30-32 by the Disney Co. and the Simon-DeBartolo Group.
    (SFC,11/17/97, p.A1)

1997        Nov 19, The SFMOMA purchased a Mark Rothko painting, “No. 14, 1960," for $5.9 million.
    (SFC,11/21/97, p.C1)

1997        Nov 20, It was reported that a new 23-story highrise was planned for 199 Fremont St. for an estimated $100 million.
    (SFC,11/20/97, p.E1)

1997        Nov 24, A proposal was reported to split the de Young Museum into two parts, a city history museum for Golden Gate Park and an art museum on the waterfront.
    (SFC,11/24/97, p.A1)

1997        Nov 30, Kathy Acker, SF erotic fiction writer, died in Mexico at age 53. Her books included “Blood and Guts in High School" (1984), “My Mother: Demonology," “Empire of the Senseless," “Politics," and “Pussy, King of the Pirates."
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.A22)

1997        Dec 1, Latrell Sprewell, guard for the Golden State Warriors, choked and threatened coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Warriors quickly terminated Sprewell’s multi-million contract and the NBA then banned him from basketball for one year.
    (SFC,12/5/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 2, The cable car turntable at the end of the Hyde St. line was formally dedicated to Friedel Klussmann, who helped save the system in 1947.
    (SFC, 12/2/97, p.A16)

1997        Dec 2, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel lifted the 10-year-old consent decree she imposed to control discrimination in the Fire Department.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 3, It was reported that former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, Edward J. DeBartolo, owner of the SF 49ers, and three others were about to be indicted for alleged fraud.
    (SFC, 12/3/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 4, Mayor Brown fired Sharon Bretz as Parking and Traffic Commissioner. Bretz followed by accusing Brown of handing a multi-million contract to his close friend, lobbyist Billy Rutland Jr.
    (SFC,12/5/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 4, A Superior Court ordered the SF Sheriff’s Dept. to evict the Dovre Club from the Women’s Building.
    (SFC,12/5/97, p.A21)

1997        Dec 8, State Senator Quentin Kopp began an initiative to ban city spending on a protocol office for Mayor Brown.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A17)

1997        Dec 8, The Dovre Club held an Irish wake, a hooley, in honor of its last night of service.
    (SFC,12/9/97, p.A17)

1997        Dec 11, Groundbreaking for the new Pacific Bell Park for the SF Giants was held.
    (SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.5)

1997        Dec 12, SFX Entertainment negotiated the purchase of Bill Graham Presents for $65 million.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)

1997        Dec 13, In SF a fire in a Bayview-Hunters Point housing project killed 6 people including 5 children. Henry Lee Redmond (60), a live-in boyfriend of Delores Evans (42), one of the victims, apparently started the fire with a cigarette while drinking. Redmond escaped and claimed that he tried to douse the fire and yelled to the people upstairs. The SF Housing Authority was found negligent for not installing a smoke detector or fixing a faulty heater in 2008 still owed $13.5 million to relatives of the victims. The SF Housing Authority finished paying off the judgment in 2009.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A1)(SFC,12/16/97, p.A17)(SFC, 4/24/08, p.B3)(SFC, 4/10/09, p.B3)

1997        Dec 15, The SF 49ers retired #16, the number on Joe Montana’s jersey.
    (SFC,12/16/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 15, It was reported that the City Hall project was $47.6 million over budget. Mayor Brown proposed parties to cover the expenses. It was also reported that tax revenues were up and the city budget surplus was around $80 million, the largest since 1985.
    (SFC,12/15/97, p.A1)(SFC,12/16/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 15, SF supervisors approved eviction protection for seniors, the disabled and the terminally ill under certain conditions with an 18 month moratorium.
    (SFC,12/16/97, p.A18)
1997        Dec 15, The Board of Supervisors approved a Port Commission vote to award the lease on the Mission Rock Resort to Jim Kelly, who pledged to put in $530,000 in improvements.
    (SFC,12/31/97, p.A13)

1997        Dec 21, Gauri Govil, a 2-year-old girl, fell through a narrow gap on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge and plunged 167 feet to her death on ground below.
    (SFC,12/22/97, p.A1)(SFC,12/23/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 26, Firefighters doused 8 arson fires in the Mission and SOMA areas.
    (SFC,12/27/97, p.A1)

1997        Dec 31, David Rosenbaum (82), jazz historian, died in Manteca. He owned the Melrose Record Shop on Fillmore and Rhythm Records on Sutter Street. Poet Maya Angelou worked in his store when she was a Mission High schoolgirl then named Marguerite Johnson.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.A17)

1997        San Francisco artist Brian Goggin created his work “Defenstration," featuring furniture hung as if falling form the Hugo Hotel at Sixth and Howard. The hotel, built in 1909, had closed in 1988 due to a fire.
    (SFC, 4/4/13, p.D1)
1997        The 1982 George Rickey sculpture “Double L Eccentric Gyratory" was placed outside the new SF Main Library.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, DB p.37)
1997        Robert Voss wrote the ballad “The Bridge: Golden Gate." It was later adopted as the official bridge song.
    (SFC, 7/8/02, p.B3)
1997        In San Francisco the 2nd Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize was awarded to Patrick Smith and his book “Japan: A Reinterpretation."
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, BR p.2)
1997        Ariella Ben-Dov began the MadCat Woman’s International Film Festival in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 9/4/02, p.D1)
1997        In SF the 1860 St. Francis of Assisi church in North Beach, closed in 1993, was reborn as a national shrine to St. Francis, the only sanctioned shrine outside his Italian hometown.
    (SSFC, 11/20/05, p.B3)
1997        SF adopted a Waterfront Master Plan.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A27)
1997        The contents of a San Francisco police promotion exam were leaked and Inspector Henry Kirk was charged for violating a federal secrecy oath. The charges against Kirk were dropped in 1999. Sgt. Dan Gardner revealed the leak with an anonymous call and was charged with misconduct for improper notification.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A17)(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A16)
1997        Bruce Tomb acquired the former San Francisco Mission Police Station at 23rd and Valencia in a winning bid against developers who wanted to tear down the 8,000-square-foot precinct headquarters. It had been vacated in 1994 for a new structure at 17th and Valencia.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.F1,3)
1997        The new San Francisco charter school, Leadership High, was scheduled to open for 100 9th graders.
    (SFC, 2/7/97, p.A21)
1997        In San Francisco the transitional high school at 1950 Mission, corner of 16th St., was renamed Phoenix High.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A19)
1997        The Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco was renamed the Pacific Exchange.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.I3)
1997        Global Strategies Group, a SF brokerage firm under financial pressure to keep afloat, allegedly established a loan deal with the Gambino family mob for $500,000. The firm shut down completely in 1998 amidst an FBI investigation.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A14)
1997        Levi Strauss & Co. abandoned the Saddleman building in downtown SF after 7 employees developed breast cancer. The reason for the move was not revealed until 1999 when a study was completed that showed no link between the building and employee cancers.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.A17)
1997        Chuy Campusano, muralist, died at age 52. His work was nonrepresentational and an example was at the Bank of America at 23rd and Mission.
    (SFC, 8/5/98, p.A13)

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