Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Jane Warner Plaza plaque to be installed Feb 4

Friends and family of the late Jane Warner, an out lesbian San Francisco Patrol Special Police officer who was a beloved Castro denizen, will gather next month to dedicate a bronze plaque for the public parklet that bears her name.

Warner, who penned the Bay Area Reporter‘s crime column, died on May 8, 2010 at the age of 53 after a battle with ovarian cancer. In her honor the city named the outdoor area on 17th Street at Castro and Market Streets in the fall of 2010.

During the naming ceremony a mockup of the signage, which includes a short bio about Warner, was shown and a fundraising effort to pay for an official sign was launched. In the photo at right, Warner’s wife Dawn Warner is seen looking at the proposed plaque.

But the campaign to pay for it languished for months until Castro community leaders and the patrol specials redoubled their pledge drive efforts in mid 2011 following a report in the B.A.R. 

Last November they announced they had raised enough money to cover the cost of the approximately 30 inches by 26 inches sign and ordered one from Bocci Memorials in Colma for $5,000. The plaque will be attached to the side of one of the plaza’s concrete planters that faces south down Castro Street near the entrance to the Twin Peaks bar.

This week Alan Byard, president of the city’s Patrol Special Police Officers Association, informed city officials and Castro groups that the plaque would be unveiled at a ceremony that starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4.

“This is a fitting memorial to a woman who gave so much to the community,” wrote Byard in an email.

Those scheduled to attend the public event and speak include state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, and his predecessor, Bevan Dufty. Mayor Ed Lee had been invited but his office declined due to a scheduling conflict.

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 20, 2012 @ 1:13 pm PST
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