Golden Gate Park Band Director Will Take Final Bow on Oct. 8
For the past 18 years, Golden Gate Park Band director Michael L. Wirgler has waved his
baton, leading the band to rousing renditions of a wide variety of music.
On Sunday, Oct. 8, he will be handing over his baton
and taking his final bow with the band before retiring.
The Golden Gate Park Band has played a broad range
of music over the years, including classical
transcriptions, original works for concert band,
Broadway show selections, operas and marches. In
addition, a number of the concerts feature ethnic and
artistic groups from throughout the Bay Area.
Wirgler has been band’s conductor since July 4, 1999. Before that, he was a
member of the band for 25 years. He retired after a 33-year career as a music teacher.
The Golden Gate Park Band concert on Oct. 8, a free all-request affair, will be
held at the Spreckels Temple of Music at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate
Park, at 1 p.m.
For more information, go to the website at http://www.GoldenGateParkBand.org.
Golden Gate Park Traffic Calming Measures OK’d
The SF County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), which is comprised of all 11 members
of the SF Board of Supervisors, allocated $580,926 in half-cent sales tax funds in July to
the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for traffic-calming measures in
Golden Gate Park.
A part of the plan will convert 30th Avenue from a two-way street into a oneway
street, running southbound from Fulton Street to JFK Drive. According to SFMTA
documents, converting that portion of 30th Avenue into a one-way street
will address concerns about drivers making a left turn from eastbound
JFK Drive onto 30th Avenue and colliding with bicyclists.
Mark Dreger, a planner with the SFMTA, said funding has been allocated and
that the transit agency is still working with the community and SF Recreation
and Park personnel on the one-way conversion.
The Golden Gate Park Safety Project will include installing seven more speed
humps, four speed tables, 10 raised crosswalks and 12 spot treatments, such as
turn guidance striping, safe-hit posts and painted crosswalks. There are also
planned improvements for the parking-protected bikeway on JFK Drive, according
to SFCTA documents.
Last year through an executive directive, Mayor Ed Lee called on city officials
from the SFMTA and Rec. and Park to study traffic-calming measures and
traffic restrictions after bicyclist Heather Miller was fatally struck by a vehicle inside
the park in June.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Miller was driving at excessive speeds
while trying to escape from an earlier altercation.
He lost control of the vehicle and crossed over the oncoming lane and
struck the bicyclist.
For more information, go to the website at http://www.sfcta.org.
Golden Gate Park Meadow Named for Robin Williams
The SF Recreation and Park Department announced in September the
naming of Robin Williams Meadow, located adjacent to Golden Gate Park’s
Sharon Building, to honor the late comedian Robin Williams, who performed at
numerous comedy clubs in the City.
Uber Reports Traffic Accident in Richmond District
Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving car program has had its first reported
crash in California, a collision that happened on Aug. 16, at 2:25 p.m., in the
According to the SF Examiner, one of Uber’s autonomous Volvo XC90s was
rear ended at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Third Avenue after its human
driver disengaged its self-driving technology to allow pedestrians to cross.
It was the first accident reported to the California Department of Motor Vehicles
since Uber got its permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state.
City Helps Neighbors Create Block Parties
Bringing neighbors together for a block party, according to the Neighborfest
Program, is a good thing. The program offers host committees an end-to-end experience
that empowers them to pull off “the best block party their neighbors have ever
The program includes a customized toolkit that offers step-by-step instructions
and a no-cost permitting process to receive a bin of disaster supplies for local
It is Neighborfest’s goal to have a stronger, more connected community.
This year, the Neighborhood Empower ment Network (NEN) has more than 35 groups
participating in street festivals.
For more information about NEN, go to the website at http://www.empowersf.org.