Last Wednesday, March 22nd, the Pine Lake Park Neighborhood Association held a safety meeting at the Taraval Police Station, because we, like many of our neighbors, are concerned about the number of break-ins in our area.
Briefly, here are some of the things we have learned.
– A representative form the station said that burglaries are up all over the Sunset, including Pine Lake Park. this includes what they call “Hot Prowls”, which means that the homeowner was home at the time of the break-in. The station has increased patrols with both marked and unmarked cars in our area. Six suspects have been arrested, but there are probably more out there.
– If an unknown person comes to your door, do not open it, simply tell them you are not interested through a closed door. It is better if they know that someone is home. If you are concerned call 911. If you see something that is suspicious, but not an emergency, you can also call (415) 553-0123
– A representative from SF Safe gave a lot of pointers about home safety. They gave a lot of important advice such as; never leaving your garage door opener in your car, securing deadbolt strike plates with longer screws and having good cameras outside your house, just to mention just a few. SF Safe offers a free inspection of your house and let you know what you can do to make your home safer. You can contact them at sfsafe.org
– Participate in a neighbor watch program
– Good lighting is important outside your house. Thieves know how to avoid the motion activated lights. If streetlights are out you can report them by calling 311
– If you see a crime being committed at Lakeshore Plaza call 911. You can also call their security service at (415) 720-5663 for a non-emergency situation.
Pine Lake Park Neighborhood Association
There will be a meeting at the Taraval Police Station on Wednesday night, March 22, to address the recent spike of burglaries and other property crime in our Pine Lake neighborhood. The evening will begin with a general board meeting at 7:00 pm followed by a presentation by a representative from the police station around 7:30.
There will also be representatives from SFSafe and Supervisor Katy Tang’s office.
Everyone from the neighborhood is welcome to come to this important meeting where we will learn what we can do to protect ourselves.
Please spread the word
Pine Lake Park Neighborhood Association
Brandy Kuhl the head librarian at the Helen Crocker Russel Library of Horticulture recently spoke to our members at our Annual Dinner/Meeting about gardening in our microclimate. Here is her handout information of favorite resources for gardening in San Francisco’s Fog Belt. Fog gardening favorites-1
Recently we had our Annual Dinner/Meeting for the Pine Lake Park Neighborhood Association on February 25th. Many local merchants donated to our raffle which helped to keep the cost down for our members. Here is a listing of the merchants who donated. Please compliment them on their generosity when you visit their businesses.
Springtime in the Sunset — 2017 Annual Dinner
Catered Dinner for Six……………………………………………$Absolutely Priceless!
Chefs Mike and Kathy Montague will treat you to a relaxing evening at your home with a catered 4 course dinner complete with 2 bottles of wine, appetizer, salad, and lasagna, highlighted by bread and a special dessert from the famous TARTINE BAKERY.
San Francisco Giants Home Game…………………………………………….$Priceless
These 2 premium field level seats are fantastic for watching all the action from the right field side of home plate. Bring your glove and be ready for pop-ups! Lot A parking pass is provided and makes getting to and from the ball park a snap. Donated by PLPNA member Tim Halloran.
Two Night Weekend Stay at the Embarcadero Hyatt Regency
overlooking the San Francisco Bay …………………………………..$350 – $600 Value
Your dream get away awaits you without leaving the city. Includes access to the Regency Club. Donated by PLPNA member & HYATT Manager David Lewin.
San Francisco Symphony & Dinner for 2 at Mozzarella di Bufala……$366 value
2 Tickets for “MTT Conducts Copland” on April 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Raffle prizes donated by our local merchants
Eagle Pizza………………………………………………………………………………….. Gift Certificate $33 Parkside Tavern………………………………………………………………………….. Gift Card $50
Ambassador Toys…………………………………………………………………………………. Card $20 value
House of Coffee …………………………………………………………………………………… Gift Card $20 value
West Portal Spa…………………………………………………………………………………………….Gift Card $45 manicure & pedicure
Stonestown YMCA …………………..Gift Certificate 1 Month Household Membership $277 value
Goat Hill Pizza ……………………………………………………………………………… (3) $25 Gift Certi cates
Java Beach Cafe………………………………………………………………………………….. Gift Card $20 value
Petco………………………………………………………………………………………..Full Service Groom or Bath
Linda’s Hair Design …………………………………………………………………….. Gift Certificate $29 value
Lucky Supermarket……………………………………………………………………………… Gift Card $25 value
Papenhausen Hardware ……………………………………………………………………….. Gift Card $25 value
Trattoria Da Vittorio ……………………………………………………………………………. Gift Card $50 value
Ristorante Marcello……………………………………………………………………… Gift Certificate $50 value
United Irish Cultural Center ………………………………………………………… Gift Certificate $50 value
Lakeshore French Laundry ………………………………………. (1) $30 Gift Card + (3) $15 Gift Cards
Sloat Garden Nursery …………………………………………………………………………… Gift Certificate $50
San Francisco Zoo…………………………………………………………………………………2 Adult Admissions
Best Hair Cuts …………………………………………………………………. (2) Gift Certificates for Hair Cut
Noah’s Bagels………………………………………………………………………………..Bags of Delicious Bagels
Many thanks to the individual members of the Pine Lake Park Board of Directors, Annual Dinner Committee and local merchants for their generous donations. Special thanks to our invitation graphic designer Emilia de Geer, photographer Linda Lee and balloon artist Rob Shapiro.
Pine Lake Park Neighbors
We were appalled to discover that hate crimes have been perpetrated against some of our neighbors. The Pine Lake Park Neighborhood Association is a community-based organization that was founded to advocate for neighborhood improvements while providing social activities that reinforce values like friendship and community. As such, we vehemently oppose any forms of racism or bigotry and support diversity in our neighborhood.
If you have witnessed any form of hate crime, please report it at:
Click on the link to see the invitation to our Annual Dinner/Meeting at the United Irish Cultural Center on Saturday February 25, 2017. It’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, enjoy good food, hear our guest speaker Brandy Kuhn from the Helen Crocker Russel Library of Horticulture , and take a chance at our spectacular raffle of many prizes from local merchants.
This event is open to the 2017 members of PLPNA. You can send in your $25 dues with the reservation now.
I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday season with family and friends! As we head into the new year, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what our office has worked on in 2016. There is never a shortage of issues and projects that we can work on, and I would like to thank my staff, Ashley, Dyanna, and Ray, for all of their hard work throughout the years.
CITY BUDGET UPDATE
At a December meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee, representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Controller’s Office provided a post-election update on the status of our City budget. Over the next two years, the deficit is projected to be around $400 million, largely driven by rising employee costs, including wage increases and health benefits; new baselines and set asides; and increases in services, which lead to new costs for new positions. Additionally, all labor contracts, with the exception of the Police and Fire Departments, are being negotiated in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 for changes to benefits starting FY17-18.
Currently, the City’s General Fund discretionary spending capacity is below 30% of the City’s total budget due to voter-approved minimum spending requirements (baselines and set-asides) over time. Since 2011, the City has seen six new baselines and set-asides, and one increase to an existing baseline. These new baselines/set-asides include:
Housing Trust Fund (2011)
MTA population growth (2014)
Children’s Fund (increase) (2014)
Minimum Wage (2014)
Recreation & Parks Baseline (2016)
Street Trees Set-Aside (2016)
Dignity Fund (senior/disability services) (2016)
Unfortunately, additional revenue will not close the deficit as it has done in previous years. Only 16% of projected new revenue is available since mandatory spending (dictated by baselines and set-asides) takes up 84% of the projected revenue growth over the next five years. In response to the financial forecast, the Mayor’s Office has asked for a balanced approach to closing the deficit – including asking departments for a 3% reduction in department spending per year for the next two years, and prohibiting any additional City positions. Overall, the message was clear that we as a City need to be disciplined, responsible and open to making trade-offs. For more information on the budget, visit the Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance website.
L-TARAVAL RAPID PROJECT
EARLY IMPLEMENTATION & PILOT BEGIN IN JANUARY
In January, community members will begin to see changes on Taraval Street as part of the L-Taraval Rapid Project, which was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors in September 2016. The goals of the L-Taraval Rapid Project include making Taraval Street safe and making the L-Taraval reliable as well as reducing travel time for riders. To learn more about the details of the project, visit www.muniforward.com/l.Before major construction begins in 2018 on elements such as boarding islands, SFMTA will be rolling out a pilot project as well as early implementation of some of the project elements. Below we have outlined all of the changes you can expect to see in 2017.
Clear zones at train stops (see photo below):
Westbound only (north side of Taraval Street): Taraval Street at 26th, 30th, 32nd, 40th and 46th Avenues.
Both directions: Taraval Street at 19th, 42nd and 44th Avenues.
Painted safety zones at sidewalk corners (see photo below):
Installed at six intersections: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 33rd and 38th Avenues.
Concrete pedestrian bulbs will be installed with the larger project starting in 2018.
Parking spaces removed on Taraval Street to accommodate clear zones.
Meters or time limits at first few spaces on side streets closest to Taraval.
Angled parking on Santiago and Ulloa Streets on hold until further evaluation.
Transit-only lanes – markings painted along track lane in both directions:
Will evaluate impact on congestion/traffic flow for one year.
Will not be raised like Judah, and will not be painted red during evaluation.
Example of Clear Zone
Example of Safety Zone
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017
Transit stop removal – removal of eight stops:
In both directions: Taraval at 28th Avenue and Ulloa at 15th Avenue.
Inbound (towards downtown): Taraval at 24th Avenue*.
Outbound (towards Zoo): Taraval at 17th, 22nd and 35th Avenues.
*Removal of inbound stop at Taraval and 17th Avenue is pending review
6-Month Boarding Zone Pilot
Pilot evaluation will begin in February 2017 and will be completed in August 2017, with a midway analysis taking place in May 2017.
Painted street markings and new signage at five inbound locations: Taraval at 26th, 30th, 32nd, 35th and 40th Avenues.
Parking at these locations will be retained during the pilot.
Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) upgrades planned including larger signage on train and bright, flashing lights.
Evaluation metrics: 90% compliance (currently at 72%). Compliance means cars do not pass a train while train doors are open and there are no collisions. 100 observations will take place at each of the five locations, totaling 500 observations.
Outreach on the pilot will begin in January with an education campaign in cooperation with Taraval merchants.
Results will be shared in September 2017.
In 2018, the SFMTA will begin construction on the full project including: rail track and overhead line replacement, water and sewer line replacement, surface repaving, curb ramp upgrades, concrete boarding islands/pedestrian bulbs, and traffic signals. Our office will continue to keep the community updated on the progress of the project. To learn more, visit www.muniforward.com/l or contact project manager Sean Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITY HALL HAS A NEW LACTATION POD!
In July, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation introduced by Supervisor Tang creating a Lactation in the Workplace Policy for city employees. The policy is meant to support mothers returning to the workplace who wish to continue to breastfeed by pumping breast milk during their work day through establishing high standards for lactation spaces including comfortable seating, an outlet, locked door, and adequate lighting. It also calls for, when possible, amenities such as a sink or fridge.In order to support working mothers who are still pumping breastmilk who may be travelling between city buildings, our office secured funding to purchase lactation pods that can be installed in areas with limited space. The first lactation pod was installed on the ground floor of San Francisco City Hall in December. The second was recently opened in the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant Street, and we have the ability to locate up to six additional pods on city property.The pods are a clean and private place for a mother to pump or nurse. They are not meant to hide breastfeeding, but offer women the choice of a place to find privacy and quiet when they may have a baby and possibly other children with them while visiting a city department. They can also be helpful for a mom who is in long meetings who may not be near her normal pumping space. Thank you to everyone who has worked with us on this issue and we look forward to continuing to improve lactation accommodation for all mothers in San Francisco. Please contact Ashley Summers from our office at (415) 554-7460 with any questions.
GGNRA DOG MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE
Photo: Kathleen Duncan, The Chronicle (Small dog walk at Ocean Beach in 2015)
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) recently released the final Dog Management Plan for lands across San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties (including Ocean Beach bordering the Outer Sunset). Our office has been engaged on this issue for several years along with many other elected officials, organizations and residents.We understand the need to protect natural resources, including the threatened Snowy Plover. However, with this plan, dogs will not be allowed at all on 80 percent of Ocean Beach, including the entire portion bordering District 4 (south of Stairwell 21 to Sloat Boulevard). Current regulations along Ocean Beach are not adequately enforced, and we have asked that GGNRA actually enforce existing regulations before taking such an extreme step that will lead to more people and dogs crowding our parks and streets.Below is a brief summary of new regulations on GGNRA lands in San Francisco County:
Ocean Beach: No dogs on Ocean Beach south of Stairwell 21. Voice and sight control (equivalent to off-leash) north of Stairwell 21.
Crissy Field: One off-leash beach (Central Beach) and one dog-free beach (East Beach). Crissy Airfield currently has no restrictions and will change to 20 percent on-leash, 40 percent off-leash and 40 percent dog-free.
Baker Beach: The south portion of the beach will be dog-free and the north will be on-leash-only.
Fort Funston: On-leash requirement on most trails, one off-leash trail added. Accessible trail mileage reduced overall.
So many families and young children are exposed to nature because they regularly engage in activities such as walking with their dogs, and we believe it is an essential part of the daily life of urban residents to have access to nature.This new rule is scheduled to take place in March 2017. There is no formal public comment period on this final plan. However, you can send letters to Jim Milestone, Acting Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123-0022.
WATERCOLOR CLASS WITH CHERRY ART STUDIO
JANUARY DISCOVER YOUR DISTRICT (DYD) EVENT
There is an artist inside every one of us. Bring out your inner artist by learning the fundamentals of watercolor with Cherry Art Studio! Cherry Chou has created an introductory watercolor class, using traditional methods of art instruction. You will learn the basic techniques of the art of watercolor. Mix yellow, red and blue to make all the colors you need. This simple concept, using a limited palette of colors, guarantees color harmony in your paintings and introduces you to color.
The watercolor workshop will be held on Friday, January 20 from 6:00pm – 7:15pm at Cherry Art Studio, located at 1444 Taraval Street (between 24th and 25th Ave). This event is free and open to the public. Please register here, and for more information, please call our office at 415-554-7460 or email email@example.com.
MERCHANT SPOTLIGHT: CHERRY ART STUDIO
Cherry Art Studio has been educating young artists since its opening in 2000. The owner, Miss Cherry, is deeply influenced by her father Chou Zu Xian, who was the last disciple of the famous contemporary Chinese painter, Xu Beihong. Art classes include: watercolor, Chinese painting, sketching, cartoon, sculpture and hand crafts.Progressing from simple to complex concepts, Miss Cherry teaches students fundamental elements of art and design: the composition of lines, shapes, textures and colors. They will also learn how to manage exposure, contrast and shadows. Students from Cherry Art Studio constantly win many prizes and awards in national art competitions, including student Brandon Wu who had his artwork hung in the White House for exhibition.Cherry Art Studio offers children and adult classes. Feel free to drop by for a free trial class. You and your loved ones will have a great time making art!
Cherry Art Studio
1444 Taraval Street
Business Hours: Please call (415) 661-1104
Legislation Banning the Sale of Non-Rescue Dogs & Cats
Last month Supervisor Tang introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors in partnership with San Francisco Animal Care & Control (SF ACC) and the San Francisco SPCA that would ban the sale of domestic dogs and cats not obtained from rescue organizations and also those under eight weeks old. The law would not impact a person’s capacity to obtain a dog or cat from a breed-specific organization or shelter, or directly from a breeder following humane guidelines.
This legislation addresses a problem that is not adequately covered by state or federal law. SF ACC experiences overpopulation which is a burden on taxpayers, and The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 10,000 puppy mills produce more than 2,300,000 puppies a year in the U.S. that are a large portion of those found in pet stores. The good news? There are no known pet stores in San Francisco that are currently selling cats or dogs, and many of our pet stores already partner with rescue organizations to adopt out animals. We’d like to keep it this way.The legislation will be making its way through the Board of Supervisors over the next couple of months. Please contact our office with any questions at (415) 554-7460.
Fire Safety Legislation Takes Effect in January and March 2017
In August, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed two new fire safety policies meant to promote fire and life safety, reduce the risk of fire, and prevent property damage from fire. These amendments to the San Francisco Fire Code establish new requirements for the owners of residential buildings.Building owners will now need to provide their tenants with updated information on fire safety and smoke alarm requirements, post fire safety related information in common areas of their buildings, file and post a Statement of Compliance form for annual fire alarm testing, and post the building manager contact information at the building entry. The requirements and effective dates vary based on the total number of building residential units and when the legislation was approved. Here are the compliance dates for different requirements:
By January 31, 2017: Smoke Alarm Information Disclosure
By January 31, 2017 (9 or more units) and by January 31, 2018 (3-8 units): Fire Alarm Maintenance, Inspection and Testing Form
By March 10, 2017: Fire Safety Information Disclosure
The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) provides necessary forms, examples of signs, sample letters, and other helpful code information to assist residents with compliance. For more information or questions, you can visit the SFFD website, or call SFFD Bureau of Fire Prevention at (415) 558-3300.
Expanding Availability of Diaper-Changing Accommodations
Inspired by the federal BABIES (Bathrooms Accessible In Every Situation) Act which requires diaper-changing stations in female AND male restrooms in federal buildings, our office introduced legislation to expand the requirement. The San Francisco BABIES Ordinance will require diaper-changing accommodations in all City buildings and in male or all-gender restrooms if the business only offers changing stations in women’s restrooms. San Francisco has required diaper-changing accommodations in all new and substantially renovated buildings since 2005. However, the legislation will move regulatory jurisdiction of this component of the law from the Planning Department to the Department of Building Inspection.Our office has heard numerous stories of partners having to change their babies in between sinks, on a chair in the men’s restroom, and the desk of their General Counsel. This legislation is not just intended to provide a convenient and sanitary place for parents to change diapers — we hope it causes people to question and break down gender-based stereotypes regarding childcare. For more information on the legislation, you can view the legislation here and the press release here.
Front Yard Ambassadors
Applications Now Open through February 28th
Our Front Yard Ambassadors program helps Sunset residents remove concrete and install landscaping in their front yards with the assistance of experts and volunteers. Through the Front Yard Ambassadors Program, we have installed 62 gardens on 14 blocks and removed 8,053 square feet of concrete in the Sunset District thus far, which will divert 96,636 (and counting) gallons of water from our combined sewer system. Each square foot of concrete removed is equivalent to 12 gallons of storm water diverted annually. All gardens are planted with drought tolerant and low maintenance landscaping that grows well in the Outer Sunset.Participants receive roughly $1,500 of improvements and are only required to pay a nominal $100 fee to participate. Applicants must partner with a minimum of four houses on their block (five total). Applications for the Front Yard Ambassadors Program will be open through February 28, 2017 and can be found online at www.sfbos.org/FrontYardAmbassadors. If you have questions about this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (415) 554-7460.
CHILD TRANSPORTATION STUDY
OVERVIEW & NEXT STEPS
By: Stephanie Chan, District 4 Intern
Last year, Supervisor Tang initiated the Child Transportation Study in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). The goal of the study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the various transportation challenges San Francisco families and caregivers with children grades K- 5 face every day, and to identify potential solutions to help mitigate school commute difficulties. The survey was conducted last year and was developed by outside consultant Fall Line Analytics.Key findings from the study reveal:
Most parents (especially those that live far) drive their children to school and afterschool programs.
Parents driving their children to school cause localized congestion issues.
The majority of parents reported that schools were out of the way when trying to get to work. The lack of transportation options limits the choices for aftercare and enrichment programs.
Parents preferred alternative mode of transportation, including shuttles and carpooling.
Scope a program or public-private partnership to offer shuttle service in a select geographic area on a pilot basis.
Consider selection of preferred mobile application to support carpooling to school.
Continue investment in programs that encourage bicycling and walking to school.
Improve and expand transit options to improve transit competitiveness with driving and reduce barriers to transit.
Moving forward, our office will be working with our partners to develop a pilot program based on the study recommendations. We will continue to provide updates on this effort. For questions, please contact our office at (415) 554-7460.
IRVING STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATE
The Irving Streetscape Improvement Project is slated to be complete by mid-2017. Work on the streetscape project between 19th and 27th Avenues was on hiatus for the City’s holiday moratorium, and work will be complete at the end of January, including planting Tristania trees, installing the Irving Street gateway elements at 22nd Avenue, and installing the decorative crosswalks at the intersections of 20th, 22nd, and 27th Avenues. City crews have also been working to reinstall parking meters, trash receptacles, and newspaper racks along the corridor. The project spanning the merchant corridor between 19th and 27th Ave will be complete at the end of January, while the remaining work through 48th Ave will be completed by mid-2017.In addition to the merchant corridor, work is currently being completed as part of the contract, including new curb ramps and road repaving from 27th Avenue to the Lower Great Hwy, as well as sewer replacement, new curb ramps, and road repaving on 45th Avenue between Irving and Lawton streets. This work will be finished by June 2017. We have heard a lot of feedback about the boulders that are part of the Streetscape Improvement Project. This is the design Public Works developed with the intention of providing resting areas to residents without attracting overnight stays. If you have any questions or want to know more about this project, please contact Michael Rieger of San Francisco Public Works at Michael.Rieger@sfdpw.org.
OCEAN BEACH SAND REMOVAL PROJECT UPDATE
In the 1980s and 1990s, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) built the Oceanside Treatment Plant (OSP) and associated infrastructure to protect coastal water quality from pollution. However, chronic erosion problems at south Ocean Beach threatens the Lake Merced Tunnel (LMT), one of SFPUC’s critical wastewater conveyance and storage facilities located under the Great Highway south of Sloat Boulevard.The Ocean Beach Master Plan (OBMP), led by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), was an interagency effort to develop a sustainable long-term vision for Ocean Beach, addressing public access, environmental protection and infrastructure needs in the context of erosion and climate-related sea level rise. SFPUC has been working to develop short and long-term coastal protection measures and a management strategy that protects critical wastewater infrastructure and promotes environmental stewardship. These short and long-term measures would be implemented as a two-phased approach.Currently, the Phase I approach (Short-term strategies; 2015 – 2021) is being completed under a multi-year Coastal Commission permit and is a continuation of sand management activities conducted in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS). This year’s project includes the following components:
Sand Backpass – Excavate approximately 70,000 cubic yards of sand from north Ocean Beach along the O’Shaughnessy Sea Wall and place it in two erosion hot spots south of Sloat Boulevard.
Wind-Erosion Control Measures – Natural brush fencing and/or other measures will be installed to reduce windblown sand from being transported onto the parking lots and Great Highway south of Sloat Boulevard.
SFPUC has finished the short-term project to transport excess sand via dump truck from north Ocean Beach along the O’Shaughnessy Sea Wall and place it in two erosion hot spots south of Sloat Boulevard. Although the major work of the Sand Backpass has finished, there will still be ongoing construction activities. There will be periodic minor construction impacts in that area, but not full road closures. For more information, please visit http://sfwater.org/oceanbeach.
SUNSET DISTRICT SINGER/SONGWRITER
FRANCES ENGLAND NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD
Sunset District resident and children’s musician Frances England was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Children’s Album category with her most recent and sixth album “Explorer of the World.” We are so happy for the recognition this talented, creative, local, independent artist has received. Frances’ first foray into recorded music was in 2007 when she recorded “Fascinating Creatures” as a fundraiser for her son’s preschool. Since then, she has performed at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. Be sure to tune into the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12 to cheer Frances on, and check out her website for more music!
LIBRARY AMNESTY PROGRAM
JANUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 14
Reconnect with the Library by returning all overdue items, fine-free. For six weeks, “We Want You Back!” a San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) fine-forgiveness program, will waive the late fees on all returned books, CDs, DVDs and other materials, regardless of how long overdue. Return your overdue items, clear your record and begin enjoying all of the fabulous resources that SFPL has to offer.Drop-off your items in person to enter a raffle to win a special fine forgiveness prize, and share your #fineforgiveness experience with the SFPL on social media. For more information about the program, visit SFPL’s website or contact SFPL at (415) 577-4400. Many happy returns!
Muni Fare Changes Starting January 1st
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will be changing passenger fares starting January 1, 2017, which are all outlined in the chart below. All fare changes can be found on the Fares and Passes page. Please note that single-ride adult Limited Use tickets paid with a Clipper® Card or the MuniMobile app (via a ticket vending machine or farebox) cost 25 cents less than fares paid with cash. The SFMTA will also be extending the youth fare discount to everyone 18 years or younger (previously set at 17 years old).
Sunset Music and Arts is heading into its 3rd season for 2017, and they are more ambitious than ever with performances by several returning artists and new artists! In addition to their strong vocal and chamber music recital series, they are especially proud to add a piano recital series and a choral series to their programming in 2017. They are also proud to announce a 3-part ‘East meets West’ series that feature musicians who uniquely meld music from Western and Eastern classical traditions to produce unique new compositions. In addition to concerts they also continue with their community events with travelogues, student recitals, and workshops.You can preview the season on this website or download their color brochure. All events are held at Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122 (between Noriega and Moraga Street).
VOLUNTEER TO BE A SAN FRANCISCO ZOO DOCENT
Become a San Francisco Zoo docent and inspire future conservationists. Docents support the Zoo’s mission by connecting guests to wildlife through informative talks, biofact presentations, and school tours. You can be a part of a vibrant community of volunteers who care about conserving wildlife. You’ll meet new friends and learn all about animals from Zoo staff. There will be a 2017 Docent Orientation on Saturday, January 14 from 10:00am – 12:00pm in the San Francisco Zoo’s Education Building, Classroom 1. Email email@example.com to confirm your attendance and visit the San Francisco Zoo’s Volunteer webpage to find out more information.
January 5 | Thursday | 7:00pm People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) Monthly Meeting (formerly Taraval Parkside Merchants Association)
Taraval Police Station | 2345 24th Avenue (Santiago-Taraval St.)
POPS sponsors special events, advocates on behalf of the neighborhood, and works with residents and other merchants to improve the community. This month, they will be celebrating their annual holiday dinner. Please contact POPS to RSVP. For more information, visit POPS’ website.
January 6 | Friday | 3:30pm Teen Book Swap
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
Take home a free book! Browse some new titles, old titles, and titles that have not been published yet. In exchange, swap the library a review of the book by the end of the month. For ages 12-18. For more information, contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more events at the Ortega Library, visit the Ortega Library website.
January 7 | Saturday | 9:00am – 11:00am Friends of Sunset Rec
Sunset Recreation Center | 2201 Lawton Street
Join the Friends of Sunset Recreation Center volunteers as they continue to maintain and look after the Sunset Recreation Center. For more information or to get involved, contact email@example.com.
January 8, 15, 22, 29| Sundays | 10:00am Community Yoga, BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) @ Playland
Playland at 43rd Avenue | 1360 43rd Avenue and Judah Street
BYOM for some outdoor yoga at the newly opened Playland at 43rd Avenue. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. For more information, visit the Playland Facebook Page or Playland’s Instagram.
January 11 | Wednesday | 6:30pm – 8:30pm Home Match San Francisco
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
Come learn about this new city program spearheaded by our office and Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development (MOHCD) that connects homeowners interested in renting extra space with home seekers who are low to moderate income and live, work, or attend school in San Francisco. This is a free service to those who qualify: gross income must not exceed $67,850/year for a household size of one person. Presentation will be conducted in English and Cantonese. For more events at the Ortega Library, visit the Ortega Library website. Please visit Home Match San Francisco’s website for more information about this program.
January 12 | Thursday | 6:00pm Movie Night: Sully
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
The story of Chelsey Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. PG-13, 96 minutes, 2016. For more events at the Ortega Library, visit the Ortega Library website.
January 17 | Tuesday | 10:00am – 10:40am Oliver Chin: Author visit
Parkside Library | 1200 Taraval Street
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac – The Year of the Rooster is almost upon us. Join local Oliver Chin, author of the popular series, Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, for a short talk about the Chinese zodiac followed by a reading of his soon-to-be released book, Year of the Rooster. Stick around for a fun coloring craft after the program. For more events at Parkside Library, visit the Parkside Library website.
January 17 | Tuesday | 7:00pm – 8:00pm Taraval Community Police Forum
Taraval Police Station Community Room | 2345 24th Avenue at Taraval Street
Learn about the latest crime updates and public safety issues from the San Francisco Police Department and express your concerns and questions about public safety in the Sunset District. For more information, visit the Taraval Police Station’s website.
January 18 | Wednesday | 7:00pm – 8:00pm Red Envelope Lantern Craft
Parkside Library | 1200 Taraval Street
Come and learn to make a lantern out of red envelopes. Hang it up during the Lunar New Year of the Rooster! Registration starts on 1/3. Please call 415-355-5770. For more events at Parkside Library, visit the Parkside Library website.
January 20 | Friday | 3:30pm – 5:00pm Lego Engineering Fundamentals for Teens
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
Teens will apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while they design and build motorized machines, catapults, demolition derby cars, and other crazy constructions out of Legos. For more events at the Ortega Library, visit the Ortega Library website.
January 20 | Friday | 6:00pm-7:15pm Watercolor Class with Cherry Art Studio A Discover Your District (DYD) Event
Cherry Art Studio | 1444 Taraval Street (between 24th and 25th Ave)
Enjoy an evening of experimentation and fun while you learn the fundamentals of watercolor. Cherry Chou has created an introductory watercolor class, using traditional methods of art instruction. You will learn the basic techniques all watercolorists use in every painting they do. ($Free; Limit 20). Please visit this website to register. For more information, please call our office at 415-554-7460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 24 | Tuesday | 6:00pm – 8:00pm Outer Sunset Merchants and Professionals Association (OSMPA)
Lychee Cafe | 2333 Irving Street (Between 24th and 25th Avenue).
The OSMPA fosters the trade and industrial interests of its membership; promotes the advancement of the Irving Street District; and provides a place for the open exchange of ideas, discussions and adoption of methods and policies for the good of the neighborhood and its members. For more information, contact Bill Barnickel at email@example.com
January 26 | Thursday | 7:30pm – 8:30pm Outer Sunset Parkside Residents Association (OSPRA)
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
Join a cohort of residents from the Outer Sunset and Outer Parkside (representing the area west of Sunset Boulevard) to discuss key issues and opportunities in the neighborhood including public safety, land use, transportation and more. firstname.lastname@example.org
The new lactation pod was installed in City Hall. Here is a view of the outside and inside of this
pre-fabricated lactation suite for nursing and pumping mamas!
We hosted the 4th Annual 12 Days of Kittens event with SF Animal Care & Control.
(Left) District 4 staff with the “Winter Boys”.
(Right) Interns Carmen & Judy holding kittens from SFACC.
Our annual 12 Days of Kittens Party
(Top Left) Accepting a “Thank You” card from SFACC’s Director, Virginia Donohue, for our work on getting them a new animal shelter! (Top Right) Our 12 Days of Kittens Party always tires out the kittens!
(Bottom Left) Dyanna Quizon getting a kiss from her rescue dog, Syrio – she rescued him from District 4 on the lower Great Highway! (Right) Rica, owner of Churn Urban Creamery and her husband, Chris – they brought delicious homemade ice cream from the Outer Sunset to SF City Hall!
The San Francisco Police Department will hold a town hall meeting Thursday to give residents information about a shooting that occurred Friday in the city’s Lake Shore neighborhood in which a man was fatally shot by police after shooting an officer in the head.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center at 2850 19th Ave..
Here’s our monthly look at malfeasance in and around the Inner Sunset. As ever, property crimes abound, including several hot prowls—burglaries from occupied homes. (To save space, we’ve left out reports of stolen vehicles and thefts from cars.)
Tomorrow evening, SFPD Par
Tuesday, October 4th
At 6:17pm, offers from Taraval Station were dispatched to a location near Vicente Street and West Portal Ave., after someone reported an individual “rocking back and forth on the sidewalk while perspiring and holding a pistol.”
When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect “hurriedly fled the location,” which caused the police to chase and tackle him. He then confessed that “the weapon was in his backpack and was filled with blanks.” Police determined that the suspect was a minor, so he was cited for possession of an air gun and resisting arrest before being released to his father.
At 10:28pm, police visited the unit block of West Portal after a 28-year-old woman reported that a man approached her and grabbed her cell phone, whose case also contained her ID and debit card.
“Without warning, the suspect approached and hit her arm before pushing her on to the ground,” officers reported. The perpetrator snatched up her property before fleeing west on West Portal in a waiting car.
Saturday, October 1st
Police responded to the 1200 block of 12th Avenue to investigate a report of a burglary.
Friday, September 30th
Police from Taraval Station responded to the 1300 block of 12th Avenue to investigate a burglary report.
Thursday, September 29th
Taraval Station officers responded to the 1600 block of 17th Avenue after a 72-year-old man reported that three suspects unlawfully attempted to enter his home. The victim told police that he was responding to a doorbell when he heard the door “being kicked in.”
After the resident “yelled out,” three male suspects fled the scene in a vehicle; although they didn’t gain entry, “damage was caused to [the] door.”
At 10:30pm, police visited the 1300 block of 12th Avenue after two men aged 50 and 57 reported a hot prowl. When one of the victims awoke, “he observed the side garage door opened and damaged.” The perpetrator left the front door open and stole several of the occupant’s tools.
Wednesday, September 28th
A 21-year-old man getting off a bus at West Portal and Ulloa was “physically assaulted by six suspects,” one of whom stabbed him in the left arm. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects, described as three men and three women aged 18, ran away from the scene and were not apprehended.
Friday, September 23rd
Officers from Taraval Station visited the 700 block of Ulloa Street at 6:31pm after a 71-year-old man called to report that he confronted a suspect in his home after investigating a noise. The suspect, 44, fled with the victim’s laptop, but was apprehended.
Monday, September 19th
On the 200 block of West Portal, a 35-year-old man was beaten and pepper-sprayed by an unknown assailant who “cut his face with an unknown sharp object.” The victim, who refused to provide additional information, was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Sunday, September 18th
A 55-year-old man was punched in the chest by a 25 to 35-year-old man in a store on the 700 block of Taraval Street, after his assailant attempted to shoplift a pair of socks by putting them in his shirt. The victim refused medical attention.
Saturday, September 17th
A 27-year-old man woke up in the hospital after he was robbed and beaten by an unknown group of assailants near Twin Peaks and Clarendon Avenue at approximately 1am. The victim “later remembered that a group approached him after his transportation dropped him off,” and pushed him to the ground. The victim, who suffered facial injuries and lost consciousness, was relieved of his mobile phone, cash, credit cards and driver’s license.
Around 2pm that afternoon on the 400 block of Dewey Street, a 40-year-old woman reported that someone stole her bike and helmet out of her garage after she left her garage door open.
On Friday, October 28th, Park Station is holding a Halloween Dance in its community meeting room from 4-8pm. Children are encouraged to attend, but must be accompanied by parents or teachers.
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3 Injured, 9 Displaced In 22nd & Noriega Blaze [Updated]
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The man’s face was injured and his jewelry was stolen.
Golden Gate Park
k Station (1899 Waller St.) will hold its monthly meeting at 6pm. Residents with questions or concerns about public safety are encouraged to attend the session, which is usually moderated by Capt. John Sanford, Jr.