Like most restaurants, one DRIVES to it.(If you'd ever been there - or bothered to look at the linked article's photo - you'd have seen that.) There's no on-site parking; parking is on the public SF streets. Yes, there's a stairway down to the beach, but the front door faces a city street.
I think you'll find I've been there more recently than you. But the fact that you drive to the Cliff House (personally, I take the bus) doesn't change the fact that every single last square foot of the restaurant is on public land, owned by the National Park Service. The restaurant operates solely under a license from the National Park Service. If you look at its website, it says quite plainly that even the prices of its food are subject to approval by the National Park Service.
It's been a while since I was there, so I don't recall if there are Federal Marshalls as lifeguards, but I suspect not.
If you don't know, why boast about your ignorance as if it helps to prove your point? The currents on the coastline near the Cliff House are very hazardous to all but the strongest swimmers, and there are strong "rip currents" in the shallow areas that can pull unaware people out into deeper waters. People drown near there every year. The Park Service does employ lifeguards, but they're not the Baywatch kind that sit in towers and watch the surf. They mostly do visitor education and respond to rescue calls. In addition, among the agencies that respond when rescues are needed in the area are the San Francisco Fire Department, the US Coast Guard, and the US Park Police. Some of these agencies are still funded, while others aren't. So you tell me -- with the government shutdown, is it better to have the parks closed, or have them open but more dangerous to visitors due to diminished patrol capacity?
There's no on-site parking; parking is on the public SF streets.
That's incorrect. Again, check the website. The restaurant offers valet parking after 5pm. There are also parking lots nearby -- which, though they may abut city streets, are also on National Park Service land. (The one up the hill from the Cliff House may be city-owned; I'm not sure.)
Barack Obama is a spiteful, insecure, NASTY little man.
Yes yes yes, and a Muslim, and a Kenyan, and he eats babies for dinner. I heard he was monitoring some woman via radio waves so he could broadcast her life on TV, too. Now you're showing your true colors.