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August 2015

Supervisor Katy Tang


Sunset

Parkside

Message from the Supervisor


Sunset District Blueprint Update

ast July, our office unveiled the first-of-its-kind strategic plan for the Sunset District called
the Sunset District Blueprint, with the goal of developing with the community a vision
for our district and to identify short and long-term goals to improve our neighborhoods. The
Sunset District Blueprint outlines goals and objectives in five issue areas: Children, Families
and Seniors; Economic Development; Land Use; Public Transportation & Pedestrian Safety; and
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Our office has used the Sunset District Blueprint as a guide for our work over the past year. In order to provide
community updates on our progress, we have developed an implementation website that will allow residents to
view updates on the progress we have made on action items presented in the Blueprint.
To view the updates related to each of the issue areas, visit http://sunsetdistrict.wix.com/sunsetblueprint. If you
would like to view the original Sunset District Blueprint, please visit www.sfbos.org/sunsetdistrictblueprint.

Third Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive

s the end of summer vacation approaches, families and teachers are beginning to think about back-to-school
supply shopping. Recognizing that this can be a stressful time for students and families, our office wanted to
make back-to-school shopping easier for our residents by holding a Back-to-School Supply Drive. This will be our
third year partnering with local Walgreens stores to provide school supplies for District 4 students and teachers.
The Back-to-School Supply Drive began mid-July and will continue through Friday, August 7th. Walgreens customers can donate school supplies at the following locations:




2050 Irving Street (between 21st and 22nd Avenues)


1201 Taraval Street (between 22nd and 23rd Avenues)
3001 Taraval Street (between 40th and 41st Avenues)
1750 Noriega Street (between 24th and 25th Avenues)
2550 Ocean Avenue (between Junipero Serra Boulevard and 19th Avenue)

Look for a donation bin near the entrance, and contribute any of the following recommended items upon checkout:
Pencils (No.2/Lead)
Pencil Sharpeners
Erasers
Ballpoint Pens
Binder Paper
Folders/Binders
Rulers
Glue Sticks
Water-based Markers
Notebooks Calculators Crayons / Colored Pencils
Backpacks
Scissors
USB Flash Drives
City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place , Room 244 San Francisco, California 94102-4689
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Message From the Supervisor (continued)


Third Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive (continued)
If you would like to pick up supplies from the drive, visit us at the Ortega Branch
Library (39th Ave. & Ortega St.) on Saturday, August 15 from 9:30am until 11:00am.
Students must be present to receive items, and teachers from District 4 schools are also
welcome to stop by for any classroom supplies they may need. Please note that items may
be limited per person based on supply.
We would like to thank community members for their donations and Walgreens for their
continued partnership to ensure that Sunset District students and teachers have all the
supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. For any questions regarding the supply drive, please contact our office at
(415) 554-7460 or email Ray.Law@sfgov.org.

Budget Signing - FY 2015-2016 & 2016-2017

n July 29, Mayor Edwin Lee signed the budget for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 & 20162017 after it was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. The budget
provides funds for increased public services addressing issues such as affordability,
public safety, livability, the social safety net, and long-term financial sustainability. My
office also helped secure funding for resources that address safety, maintenance and beautification, economic development,
and families in the Sunset District. We look forward to implementing the projects in the Sunset District that have received
funding during the next two fiscal years. (For more information on funding that went directly to support our district, please
view our July 2015 newsletter)
For information on the budget, you can visit the
following websites:
Mayors Office of Public Policy and Finance:
http://www.sfmayor.org/index.aspx?page=880
The Mayors proposed budget can be viewed and
downloaded at this website.
Controllers Office: www.sfcontroller.org
The Controllers Office website has official budget
ordinances, budget projects, overtime reports, the
City Five-Year Financial Plan and external annual
financial reports.
SFOpenBook Transparency Portal: http://openbook.sfgov.org/
SFOpenBook provides easy access to a number of interactive tools, reports, and other content on the Citys economy, finances and operational performances.

Recap on Neighborhood Events


Discover Your District July Events

n July, we learned the secrets behind San Franpsychos iconic screen-printed


items. Participants were able to screenprint their choice of a pillow case or tshirt. We also visited Sloat Garden Center for a lesson on what edibles grow in our
Outer Sunset microclimate. We all know that gardening in our weather is a unique
challenge due to the salt air, wind and often moist, foggy conditions. Staff at Sloat
Garden Center were able to give us more than a few tips on what grows well in our
neighborhood. From Meyer Lemon trees to leafy green lettuce and root vegetables
with a little mulch and some organic fertilizer, there is a bounty of edible plants
that can grow in our foggy weather and sandy soil.

Front Yard Ambassadors Program Planting Day

e were excited to host our fourth neighborhood planting day for our Front
Yard Ambassadors Program on July 18th. This round, we had a total of
15 participating yards on the Great Highway, 43rd and 47th Avenues. We had two
small businesses participate for the first time 3 Fish Studios and Cajun Pacific
Restaurant. After the planting, we celebrated with a potluck hosted by 3 Fish
Studios.

In Round 4, we were able to remove 1,728 square feet of concrete, for a grand total
of 4,696 square feet removed over the life of the program. For each square foot of
concrete converted to landscaping in the Sunset District, an average of about 12
gallons of stormwater runoff can be removed from the sewer system per year. As
a result, we are removing about 56,352 gallons of stormwater per year from the
Citys sewer system. Our office would like to thank the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Friends of
the Urban Forest (FUF) for their strong partnership in this program. For more information about the Front Yard Ambassadors Program and to view a map of our progress, visit www.sfbos.org/FrontYardAmbassadors.

Francis Scott Key Annex Yard - Pavement to Parks Community Meeting #3

n July 29th, many Sunset District residents joined our office, along with the San Francisco Planning Department, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and
architecture firm, Perkins + Will, to continue our discussion on temporary investments to
the Francis Scott Key Annex yard (located at 1351 42nd Avenue and Judah Street). As part of
the Pavement to Parks program, the Planning Department hosts three community meetings
for each site. This was our third meeting, at which the Planning Department shared a draft
of the final design for community feedback.
The draft design for the Francis Scott Key Annex yard contains a community garden, a family-style barbecue and eating area, play area for children, a space for artist studios, improved
basketball courts, and a skateboard area. The Planning Department and our office will be
convening with nearby residents in the coming weeks to go over final design details and to
discuss issues pertaining to the design. The project would then need to be approved by the
Board of Education, given that the site is under SFUSD jurisdiction. Construction is slated
to begin in early fall, with an opening expected in late fall.
For more information about this project, visit http://pavementtoparks.sfplanning.org/fsk_
school_site.html. If you would like to volunteer or be involved in the project, please contact:
Ilaria Salvadori
SF Planning Department
Ilaria.salvadori@sfgov.org

Jeremy Bamberger
Perkins + Will
jeremy.bamberger@perkinswill.com

Third Round of Discover Your District Events

fter another successful round of Discover Your District events, we are excited to announce the DYD events for the rest of the year.
We are currently registering residents for workshops ranging from a photography lesson to making your own pottery. Be sure to
register for these events early! Find all DYD events at www.sfbos.org/DiscoverYourDistrict.
Saturday August 22, 2015 (10:30am 12:00pm)
Larry Letofsky Studio | 1235 47th Avenue between Lincoln Way and Irving Street
Join Supervisor Tang for a pottery workshop with Larry Letofsky Studio
Come for a pottery workshop to learn the art of pottery from Larry Letofsky and take home a pottery ornament of your own.
(Free; Limit 10)
Register Here: https://goo.gl/zluVJw
Visit Larry Letofsky Studio at http://letofskystudio.net/index.html

Photography by Roxanne Worthington

Painting pumpkins with Noriega


Produce - October 2014

Saturday September 26, 2015 (10:00am 12:00pm)


Ortega Branch Library | 3223 Ortega St. at 39th Ave
Digital Photography Tips with Photographer Roxanne Worthington
Learn how to take better photographs with your digital point and shoot camera. Photographic artist, Roxanne Worthington, will go over basic camera technology and operation, as well as helpful
tips on how to make the kind of photographs that youll be proud to share. Bring your point and
shoot camera, a fully charged battery and a manual if you have one. (Free; Limit 20)
Register Here: https://goo.gl/HyDghh
View Roxannes work at http://www.roxanneworthington.com/ and http://www.lastavenuestudio.
com/.
Sunday October 25, 2015 (11:00am 1:00pm)
Noriega Produce | 3821 Noriega St. at 46th Ave.
Decorate or Carve a Pumpkin with Noriega Produce
Whether you like them silly or scary, carving and decorating pumpkins is always a messy and fun
way to get into the Halloween spirit. Join our office and Noriega Produce to paint or carve a pumpkin of your very own. Boys and ghouls of all ages welcome! ($5; No Limit)
Register Here: https://goo.gl/P5i0JS
Visit Noriega Produce at http://gussmarket.com/market-locations/noriega-produce-san-francisco/

Saturday November 14, 2015 (10:30am 11:30am)


Lous Caf | 1508 Taraval St. at 25th Ave.
Learn How to Make a Thanksgiving Sandwich with Lous Caf
Ever notice how when someone else makes your sandwich, it always tastes better? Learn how Lous Caf stacks the elements of their
delicious sandwiches, and learn some of the secrets behind their spreads. Prepare for the Thanksgiving leftovers early by knowing what
it takes to make the perfect Thanksgiving sandwich! ($5; Limit 10)
Register Here: https://goo.gl/KPsZpl
Visit Lous Caf at http://tbrodeth1.photobiz.com
Friday - December 4, 2015 (5:30pm 7:00pm)
McCoppin Square Playground | Taraval St. and 23rd Ave.
Make An Ornament and Light the McCoppin Square Holiday Tree with Supervisor Tang, the People of Parkside Sunset (POPS)
and Parkside Library
Join us for our 3nd annual lighting of this growing holiday tree. Make an ornament to hang on the tree with Parkside Library. Then enjoy
refreshments and carols and meet merchants from Taraval Street who spearheaded this annual ceremony. (Free)
Register Here: https://goo.gl/Eudzo4
Visit POPS at www.sf-pops.com or www.facebook.com/sfpops
Saturday January 16, 2016 (1:00pm 2:30pm)
Doc-Fai Wong Martial Arts Center | 925 Taraval Street and 20th Avenue
Join Supervisor Tang for a beginner Kung Fu class with Doc-Fai Wong Martial Arts Center
Come explore the art of Choy Li Fut Kung Fu, a traditional martial arts system based on Shaolin martial arts from the Shaolin Temple.
Choy Li Fut is circular, powerful, and as beautiful to watch as it is effective in combat. This beginner class is for individuals ages 4 and
up. Please join whether your goal is physical fitness, flexibility, self-defense, or to experience something new and fun! (Free; Limit 25)
Register Here: https://goo.gl/SzBw5W
Visit Doc-Fai Wong Martial Arts Center at http://www.plumblossom.net/

Legislative Updates

Accessibility Legislation

ays after the City kicked off celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
on July 1, I introduced legislation that would create a new program
requiring owners of a building with a place of public accommodation to take steps to ensure that primary entries are usable by persons with disabilities.
The legislation, which is largely modeled after the Citys successful
Soft Story Retrofit program, divides buildings into four categories.
Based on the category that a building falls under, the program sets
a compliance schedule for three main requirements: 1) submitting
a compliance and checklist (within 12-30 months); 2) filing an application for required building permits (if necessary; within 15-33
months); and 3) obtaining required building permits (if necessary;
within 18-36 months). Property owners will then have 18 months after obtaining building permits to complete the work.
The legislation will also empower the Access Appeals Commission to make determinations of equivalent facilitation, technical infeasibility, extensions of time, and other matters. This formal documentation is important, as many property owners
and/or businesses who attempt to make accessibility improvements often have difficulties given the historic nature of a building or the surrounding topography.
It will also require the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) to create a Disability Access Compliance Unit to enforce
these provisions and consult and coordinate with relevant City agencies to assist owners in complying.
We hope this program will set a strong example across the nation, ensuring that business establishments provide full and
equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and services to everyone. To view the legislation, visit: http://bit.ly/1h5OsrX.

Recap on Restaurant Permitting Hearing

ur office has often assisted business owners who have tried to open or expand in the Sunset District in navigating the complicated City permit process. In order to assist in streamlining and expediting this process, our office
called for a hearing on a Controllers report on streamlining the Restaurant Permitting Process (http://openbook.sfgov.org/webreports/details3.aspx?id=1922).

Businesses such as Sunset Districts Andytown Coffee


Roasters spoke at the hearing about the challenges in the
Restaurant Permitting Process.

City departments - including the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Office of Small Business and Planning Department - discussed how to improve the permitting process for restaurants in particular. We also heard from
business owners and advocates about their perspective on permitting, possible
gaps in service during the process, and potential solutions and ways to improve
the process. At the end of the hearing, I asked our departments to conduct an
internal review to further identify opportunities and resources needed for improvement and provide a report in six months by January 31, 2016. I also encouraged them to continue to work with the City to further develop the innovative San Francisco Business Portal (http://businessportal.sfgov.org/). We look
forward to this ongoing work in addressing permitting challenges and improving
the customer experience for San Francisco business owners.

Legislative Updates (continued)


Fire Safety Ordinance

introduced legislation on July 21st at the Board of Supervisors that would amend
the San Francisco Fire Code to require owners and homeowners associations
of buildings with five or more residential units to post and provide fire safety information to residents. Owners would be required to post in a conspicuous location, such as in a common area on each floor of the building, written information
disclosing the following fire safety features of the building:





The location of the fire extinguishers;


The location of the emergency exits;
The location of the buildings fire alarm system;
The location of the gas shut-off valve for the building, if any;
Each location in the building protected by fire sprinklers; and
Any other information that would assist a resident to escape or prevent fire.

The information would be posted in English, Chinese and Spanish and updated by January 31 of each year. Owners would also
be required to review the information with residents signing new leases after the effective date of the ordinance. In addition
to the above information, owners would review:
The location of smoke alarms in the residents unit and how to confirm that they are working; and
The location of any carbon monoxide detector in the unit and when it was last replaced.
If passed, I believe this legislation will be a simple step for owners and tenants to review fire safety information for their buildings and ensure residents are well-informed in the event of any small or large emergency.
To view the legislation, visit: http://bit.ly/1ILg8P5

No Traffick Ahead Resolution

n July 28, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution I sponsored supporting the regional No Traffick
Ahead campaign in advance of the 2016 Super Bowl and beyond. Although there is no definitive data linking the Super
Bowl to increased human trafficking in the regions that host the game, the Super Bowl provides an opportunity for cities and
counties to reach out to industries, stakeholders and the broader community that can play a role in combatting trafficking
daily. The resolution encourages local hotels and restaurants to take steps to address human trafficking by training employees, auditing supply chains for risk of trafficking, and adopting codes of conduct. It also requests city departments that interact with human trafficking cases to train their staff on human trafficking issues. By engaging our hotels, restaurants, other
businesses, city agencies, and the general public to take a stand against human trafficking, our City serve as a role model for
effective efforts to address human trafficking. To view the resolution, visit http://bit.ly/1VNzFCd.

Take the Westside Strategic Action Report Survey


And Help Improve Transportation on the Westside

in a $100 gift card! The San Francisco County Transportation Authority


is conducting a survey on transportation in San Franciscos west side
neighborhoods. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and your
response enters you into a raffle for a $100 gift card. Your answers will help the
SFCTA understand how transportation can be improved to better serve the
citys west side neighborhoods.
You can take the survey at http://tinyurl.com/westsideSFsurvey or in Chinese
at http://tinyurl.com/westsideSFsurveyCH.

Larsen Playground Renovation Update

ur office would like to thank the community


and neighbors of Larsen Playground for their
ongoing support of the playground renovations.
Many residents have wondered about the status of
the renovations, and we are excited to report that
the surfaces, much of the play equipment and landscaping for the new park are complete.
There is a delay in the playground opening due to an
issue that Recreation & Park Department encountered with the original artist. The artist originally
selected to design and fabricate the plane structure
was determined unable to meet the specifications
in the contract. As a result, the team managing the
project ultimately had to terminate the contract.

Fortunately, the Rec & Park Department has since


been able to hire a reputable and well-known playground equipment manufacturer called GameTime, which has successfully
carried out projects in the Bay Area. GameTime is working to design a structure as similar as possible to the communitys
original vision a plane structure with a climbing net that is safe, fun and exciting for children reminiscent of the planes that
previously existed at Larsen Playground that many fondly remember.
We anticipate the complete playground will open around November 2015. In an effort to protect the equipment and new
plantings, the contractor is keeping the site secured until the plane is installed. If you have any questions about this project,
please contact our office at (415) 554-7460.

Sunset Boulevard Greenway Construction Notice

n past newsletters, our office shared information


about the SF Public Utilities Commissions (SFPUC) Sunset Boulevard Greenway Project, a green
infrastructure project that is part of the Sewer System
Improvement Program (SSIP). The SSIP is a 20-year,
citywide investment to upgrade our aging, combined
sewer system. The Sunset Boulevard Greenway Project will extend over two miles of Sunset Boulevard
between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard and will
consist of landscaped buffers to manage the street
and sidewalk stormwater runoff in the area. Over 60
rain gardens will be installed that will include climate
appropriate plants along the western side of Sunset
Boulevard. Subsurface stormwater detention facilities will reduce the stormwater entering our system
as part of this project. Construction is scheduled to
begin this summer, in late July to early August, with
completion expected in December 2016. Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm. For more
information, please contact Ari Frink with the SFPUC at (415) 554-3289 or Emma Jack with SF Public Works at (415) 3365137. You can find out more about this project online at http://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=682.

Nieghborhood 311 for Outside Lands

nother Planet Entertainment and Superfly Presents, in association with San


Franciscos Recreation and Park Department and the City of San Francisco, are
producing the 7th Annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park
(Polo Field, Hellman Hollow, Marx & Lindley Meadows) on Friday, August 7th Sunday, August 9th, 2015. In an effort to mitigate issues that may arise in the neighborhood due to the festival, a community hotline will be available again this year to
respond to any issues that may affect residents.. The festival hotline will be available
from 10:00am 11:00PM on the festival days. The hotline number is 415-390-2737.
For more information about the Neighborhood 311 for Outside Lands, please visit
http://www2.sfoutsidelands.com/311/.

No BART Services Due to Track Closures


By: Justin Lee, District 4 Intern

ART is encouraging travelers to plan ahead and find alternate means of transportation across the Bay during
two upcoming closures of the Transbay train service. BART
will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains
between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations the first
weekend in August (Aug 1-2) and during Labor Day
weekend (Sept 5-7 ) while they repair a critical section of
track near the Transbay Tube.
BART will offer lifeline bus service between 19th Street in
Oakland and the temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, but the buses are intended as a last resort. The buses
will carry customers from 19th Street Station in Oakland to
the temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco and from
there back to the East Bay. There will be no additional charge
for the bus. The bus bridge will cause one-to-two hour delays for some customers. During the shutdowns, customers are encouraged to use other public transit options such as ferries and AC Transit service. Check out www.511.org for trip planning
or visit https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2015/news20150624-0 for more information.

Edgewood Centers Achievement Day

Photo Credit: Jim Oswald - Edgewood Center

n July 17, Edgewood Center for Children and Families celebrated the
last day of school, known on campus as Achievement Day, in which
every single youth who attends Edgewoods Community School receives a
unique award. The awards are divided into categories, such as Academic
Achievement, which focuses on the individual students success and includes categories such as leading mathematician or best researcher or
leader in science. For other youth, the focus is on character strength and
includes categories such as potential for growth, artistic, or brightest
personality. The inspirational program was interspersed with student performances, which included dance and poetry this year, and the audience was
comprised of supportive staff, clients families, and special volunteers from
Adobe who were on hand to help.

Edgewood is proud of all of its students, and it is asking the communitys help in donating new school supplies for Edgewoods Community School which starts up again in August. Most needed items include: Back packs, water bottles, lunch
boxes, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, lined paper, note books, folders, binders, highlighters, post its, and rulers. If anyone
would like to donate, they can contact Edgewood at (415) 682-3200 or go to www.edgewood.org for details.

Merchant Spotlight: Home


By: Everet Tom, District 4 Intern

o-owners Annie and Lin give the term Home an entirely new meaning, as customers can now enjoy all the comforts of home with delicious food and excellent
company at Home Caf. Located just off of 19th Avenue and Noriega Street, Home
Caf provides excellent food and service while delivering a feeling that one can only
find when surrounded by friends and family.

Enjoy delicious hand- crafted coffees and lattes


accompanied by transcendent baked goods
that remind you of Grandmas cooking, but
only better. Crowd pleasers include their decadent eggs in a blanket and various assortments
of gourmet artisanal toasts that simply melt
in your mouth and will leave you wishing you
bought another. Need to satisfy your daily addiction to caffeine? Try their aromatic coconut vanilla latte or the fragrant iced lavender coffee. These perfect marriages of milk
and coffee beans are essential to ones happiness, turning ordinary folks into repeat
customers.
Home Caf not only raises the standards of food, but also provides a haven reminiscent
of laughter, friendship, good vibes, and most of all, home. With an exceptionally warm
and welcoming atmosphere, Home Caf is indeed one of the places to simply bring a nice book, order some mouth-watering
treats and curl up for hours at a table.
If you want to indulge in expertly blended drinks or finger-licking snack items, be sure to stop by. Come home.
Home Cafe
1222 Noriega St. (19th Ave)
Mon: Closed
Tues-Fri: 8:00am 4:00pm
Sat-Sun: 8:00am 5:00pm

One-Stop Shop for Short-Term Rental Administration & Enforcement


By: Cathy Cai, District 4 Intern

n July 2nd, Mayor Edwin Lee announced the creation of


the Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement to expedite the application process for the Citys
short-term rental registry. The streamlined application process
allows San Franciscans to follow short-term rental protocol by
efficiently applying for a short-term residential registration.
The Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement will work in tandem with the City Administrators Office
and the Planning Department to not only incentivize potential
hosts to follow the law, but also enforce against those who actively ignore or violate the short-term rental regulations. With
a valid short-term residential rental registration, residents are
allowed to rent their primary residential units for periods of less
than 30 nights. For more information, visit: http://sf-planning.
org/index.aspx?page=1571 .

Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook

ccessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are residential units added to an existing building using underutilized space such as a
garage, rear yard, or an attic. Often referred to as an in-law unit, granny flat, or secondary unit, ADUs are legally allowed
in much of the Citys existing housing stock. The SF Planning Department and OpenScope Studio created an ADU handbook
to serve as a guide for homeowners and contractors who desire to add a unit to an existing residential building. The ADU
Handbook defines the various forms of ADUs, applicable city codes, and sheds light on when an ADU investment might be
beneficial to property owners. The ADU Handbook will be heard at the Planning Commission in September for formal adoption by the Planning Department. If you would like to share your thoughts about the handbook, please check the Planning
Commissions agenda to confirm the hearing date at http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=7. You can also contact
our office at (415) 554-7460. Download the ADU Handbook here: http://goo.gl/Q8WNUo, and view an online map of eligible
parcels and a financial calculator at www.sf-planning.org/ADU.

Sunset Music | Arts Concert Series


By: Justin Lee, District 4 Intern

ome celebrate Sunset Music/Arts first anniversary at the Gala and


Reception Concert on Sunday, August 9th at 4pm, located in the
Church of the Incarnation (1750 29th Avenue). Participants will be enthralled by the spectacular musical concert performed by members of the
San Francisco Opera Chorus: Virginia Pluth, Sally Porter Munro, Richard
Walker, Frederick Matthews, and Ian Robertson. Tickets are $30 for the
general public and $25 for seniors/ students. For more information, visit
https://sunsetarts.wordpress.com/.

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Augusts Disaster Tip: Heat Wave Safety


We cannot predict exactly when a disaster or emergency will occur. However, we can take measures to prepare for an emergency that will help prevent
damage and loss to our community. Our office will provide helpful information and resources on emergency preparedness so that District 4 residents
may take precautionary steps from www.sf72.org.

n recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all
other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above
average, often combined with excessive humidity. Here are some
tips on preparing for a heat wave:
Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index.
The heat index is the temperature the body feels when
the effects of heat and humidity are combined. Exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by as much
as 15 F.
Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time
home, work and schooland prepare for the possibility of power outages.
Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit in case a power outage occurs.
Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part
of the day.
Ensure that your animals needs for water and shade are met.
By taking these steps, you can keep your family safe when heat waves occur.
For more details please visit: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/heat-wave.

Upcoming NERT Trainings


The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is a program to help the citizens of San Francisco to be self sufficient in a major disaster situation. NERT training helps citizens develop multifunctional teams that are trained in basic emergency skills. Through this program, individuals learn
how to prepare themselves and loved ones for a disaster while also creating a resilient community. All
trainings are free. To learn more, visit www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=859.

ERT Classes cover topics including: earthquake awareness, preparedness, hazard mitigation, types of fire, hazardous materials, utilities shut-offs, terrorism
awareness, disaster medicine, light search and rescue, emergency team organization,
disaster psychology, and hands-on application.
Upcoming NERT Trainings
Register at http://sffdnert.eventbrite.com/ or call (415) 970-2024
Castro/Duboce Triangle | Davies, N. Tower Auditorium, lower level | Duboce Avenue and Scott Street
August 6, 13, 27 and September 3, 10, 17 | 6:30pm 9:30pm
Richmond District | Zion Lutheran Church & School | 495 9th Avenue
September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14, 21 | 6:30pm 9:30pm

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Upcoming Events
August 2, 9 and 16 | Sundays | 2:00pm
Stern Grove Festival 78th Season
Every year since 1938, these admission-free performances have brought outdoor entertainment to San
Francisco. Every Sunday this summer (June 14 August 16), come enjoy family-friendly art, music and
entertainment.
August 2nd: Mary Chapin Carpenter, August 9th: Morris Day and The Time, August 16th: Talib Kweli
Stern Grove | 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
For the full lineup, visit: http://www.sterngrove.org/home/concertsevents/78th-season/
August 5| Wednesday | 3:00pm 5:30pm
Movies for Kids: The Lego Movie
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied Special, is recruited to join a quest
to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
Rated PG, 100 minutes, 2014. (Free)
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
For more information, visit http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1019970201
August 6 | Thursday | 7:00pm
People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) Monthly Meeting
(formerly Taraval Parkside Merchants Association)
POPS sponsors special events, advocates on behalf of the neighborhood, and works with residents and
other merchants to improve the community.
Taraval Police Station | 2345 24th Avenue and Taraval Street
For more information: www.sf-pops.com
August 9 | Sunday | 4:00pm
Sunset Music | Arts Gala & Reception
Join Sunset | Music Arts for its one year anniversary gala concert and reception featuring members of the
San Francisco Opera Chorus. ($30 General; $25 Seniors and Students)
1750 29th Avenue
For more information, please visit: http://sunsetarts.wordpress.com
August 11 | Tuesday | 7:00pm 8:00pm
Outer Sunset Merchants and Professionals Association (OSMPA)
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 the members.
Lychee Cafe | 2333 Irving Street between 24th Avenue and 25th Avenue
For more information contact Bill Barnickel at veteranbill@gmail.com.
August 12 | Wednesday | 7:00pm 8:00pm
Growing Up in San Franciscos Western Neighborhoods
Western Neighborhoods Project columnist and San Francisco native Frank Dunnigan, author of Growing Up in San Franciscos Western Neighborhoods: Boomer Memories From Kezar Stadium to Zims
Hamburgers, offers a charming collection of nostalgic vignettes about the thriving Western communities of unforgettable people and places that defined generations.
Parkside Library | 1200 Taraval Street and 22nd Avenue
For more information, visit: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1020658301

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Upcoming Events
August 15 | Saturday | 9:30am 11:00am
Back-to-School Supply Drive Supply Pick-Up
Through August 7th, drop off school supplies at Walgreens around the Sunset District for
our 3rd annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. Students and
teachers can pick up supplies on Saturday, August 15th for the upcoming school year.
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
For more information, call our office at (415) 554-7460.
August 18 | Tuesday | 7:00pm
Taraval Police Station Community Meeting
Come listen to the Captains update and hear public safety news
from around the community.
To sign up for Taraval Stations newsletter, email SFPDTaravalStation@sfgov.org.
Taraval Police Station Community Room | 2345 24th Avenue and Taraval Street
For more information: http://www.taraval.org/
August 22 | Saturday | 10:30am 12:00pm
Join Supervisor Tang for a Pottery Workshop with Larry Letofsky Studio
A Discover Your District (DYD) Event
Come for a pottery workshop to learn the art of pottery from Larry Letofsky, who has emerged as one of
the most talented and celebrated potters in the Bay Area, and take home a pottery ornament of your own.
(Free; Limit 10)
Larry Letofsky Studio | 1235 47th Avenue between Lincoln Way and Irving Street
For more information, call our office at (415) 554-7460 or register at https://goo.gl/zluVJw
August 22| Saturday | 10:00am 2:00pm
Bark for Life in Golden Gate Park
Bark For Life is a community building, and fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, with proceeds going toward continued cancer research.
The event will feature a live demonstration from special guest Roo, the 2014 Westminster Agility Dog
Champion, as well as canine related activities, demonstrations, entertainment, vendors, and more.
Hellman Hollow | Golden Gate Park
For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/barksanfranciscoca

Save the Dates!


September 12 | Saturday | 10:00am 3:00pm
Sunset Autumn Moon Festival
The Autumn Moon Festival will be a fun, family-friendly event where attendees will have
a taste of the cultural diversity of the Sunset District.
Irving Street between 22nd and 25th Avenues
For more information, to register for a booth, or to sponsor the event, call our office at (415) 554-7460 or
visit http://www.sunsetdistrict.wix.com/autumn-moon-festival
September 19 | Saturday | 10:00am 4:00pm
Sunset Community Festival
Our office is excited to host the 21st year of this festival, a family tradition on the
west side of town. We will be partnering with Sunset Mercantile
West Sunset Playground | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
For more information, to register for a booth, or to sponsor the event, call our office at (415) 554-7460 or
visit http://sunsetdistrict.wix.com/sunsetfestival

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Ugliest Yard Celebration with


Department of the Environment

Discover Your District


Learning about Edibles at
Sloat Garden Center

Out and About

July 2015

Tour of the Garden Project

Discover Your District at


San Franpsycho

Front Yard Ambassadors Planting Day

Tour of the New SFO


Traffic Control Tower

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