Ocean Beach

Angela Johnston


In his backyard in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond neighborhood, Arne Jin An Wong coats a pink and white striped, eight-foot-long surfboard. This board is one of dozens in Wong’s quiver. They are all over his backyard: resting on fences next to tomato vines and suspended from the rafters of his garage. A few faded and yellowed boards are heaped in a pile that he is donating to children in the Philippines.

Sun, sand, and protest

Oct 23, 2012
John Montgomery

There are many ways to support your candidates- or propositions-of-choice before voting on November 6. You can obviously give your time, by volunteering to call potential voters, or handing out leaflets. And campaigns will always welcome the contribution of your hard-earned cash.

The neighborhood at the edge of the earth, where streetcars turn away from the wind, was once a dangerous place.

Bill McLaughlin / Surfrider Foundation

The only thing more powerful than human will is Mother Nature. At San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, the two forces have done battle for years over wave erosion, but only the city has something to lose. With the safety of its wastewater treatment plant at stake on the one hand and a lawsuit on the other, San Francisco’s planners are attempting to find a solution that will placate Mother Nature and avoid the most expensive fix: retreat.


A new nature preserve and wildlife habitat is being created out of a decades-old dumping ground in Marin County. Aramburu Island, which was created in the 1950s from human debris, will be renamed the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary. The project is being bankrolled by a number of entities, including the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin...