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Sunset District resident Frances England is a children’s musician. On Dec. 6, 2016, England received her first Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Album for her latest release “Explorer of the World.” By James King Frances England got into her current profession as a children’s musician almost by accident. When her teenage son was just a toddler, he was enrolled at the Sunset Co-op Nursery School. Occasionally, the school held fundraisers, so England decided to record and sell some of the songs she sang to her son. With a friend, she recorded 10 tracks and put them on CDs, which she sold to raise

some money for the school. “It just kind of took off,” she said. Her album was popular amongst her group of friends, other parents and their children. Now, years later, she is a successful artist in the children’s music genre and her latest album, “Explorer of the World,” is nominated for a Grammy. And, although her son has outgrown his interest in children’s music, he and his brother provide constructive criticism on their mother’s work.

A native of the southeastern United States, England moved to San Francisco after marrying her husband 20 years ago. She grew up in Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi and Georgia. With her husband, she decided it was time to head west. Inspired by the history of the Beat Generation, they came to San Francisco with the intention of staying for just a few years. Continued on page 7

Fire Rooster Crows In Chinese New Year By Michael Feliciano Rise and shine! According to Chinese astrology, 2017 marks the year of the “fire rooster,” which in Chinese culture represents punctuality, fidelity and courage. Those born in the year of the rooster are said to be hard working, independent and honest, according to the Chinese Zodiac. In celebration of the occasion,

thousands of people congregate at the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, which has become a cultural staple of San Francisco dating back more than 150 years to the era of the great American Gold Rush. The event is held every year over a period of two weeks following the first day of the Chinese New Year, which landed on Jan. 28 this year, and combines various musical performances and festivities culminat-

ing in a grand parade running through the bustling streets of Chinatown. The parade this year will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11. The parade features an array of decorated floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, martial artists and more. Today, it is widely considered to be the largest celebration of Chinese culture in all of North America. According to the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco,

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the parade is a combination of typical American marching parades and the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival. Although the dragon dance is adopted from the Chinese celebration, much of the rest of the Chinatown parade, which includes a beauty pageant, floats and marching bands, were inspired by non-Chinese models and added later. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce put together the first parade in 1953. It attracts thousands of spectators every year. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar, which is a lunisolar calendar based on astronomical observations as well as the phases of the moon and solar solstices. Each year is represented by one of the 12 zodiac animals, as well as one of the five elements (fire, metal, wood, water and earth). The animal signs are set in an established order and repeat every 12 years, imbuing those born in that year with

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5-story Building on Irving Gets OK By Thomas K. Pendergast A five-story building project on Irving Street was approved by the SF Planning Commission, more than a year after the commission sent the building’s owner, Craig Dawson, back to the drawing board over rent-control issues. “Similar to the current project, the previously-proposed project would have resulted in a net increase of one additional

dwelling unit. However, concerned with the loss of two potentially rent-controlled dwelling units as a result of the proposed complete demolition of the building, the Planning Commission moved to continue the item indefinitely to allow the project sponsor to modify their proposal such that no rent-controlled dwelling units would be removed from the City’s housing stock,” wrote SF Planning Department staffer Christopher

In 2011, San Francisco voters passed a $50 million bond measure to repair and upgrade city streets and sewers. Irving Street, from 19th Avenue to the Great Highway, was one of the first recipients of the funds. Repair work on the Irving Street commercial corridor between 19th and 27th avenues began in mid-2016. There have been problems and some work still remains to be done, but months of disruption are almost over. Sewers have been replaced, the street repaved, decorative crosswalks installed and sidewalks repaired. Fresh signs, new lights and bulb-outs have been put in, and a worker has been assigned to keep the sidewalks clean. (Bulb-outs are curb extensions that widen the sidewalk and narrow the roadway, making it safer for pedestrians to cross the street.) Sunset Supervisor Katy Tang wants the public to know the west side got money from the bond, and got it quickly as the SF Department of Public Works (DPW) moved the project forward in the department’s queue. “Between work on Irving and Taraval, the west side got $5 million from the $50 million bond measure. We were able to get resources for the west side.” Tang said. “There’s a feeling that the west side is ignored. We certainly weren’t ignored this time.” Before bringing in heavy equipment, DPW surveyed the Continued on page 7

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E-mails Put GGNRA Dog-walking Planners in the Dog House By Thomas K. Pendergast New rules proposed for walking dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) are on hold, after members of Congress requested that the GGNRA extend a waiting period for its Final Environmental Impact Statement. Three local areas that are affected are Baker Beach, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston, where on-leash dog walking is currently allowed during most, but not all, months of the year; yet the dog walking rules, first established in 1979, have only been sporadically enforced. A lawsuit brought by local residents against the National Park Service (NPS), which controls the GGNRA, eventually led to an overhaul of its rules, which were recently announced amidst much controversy and acrimony, pitting dog lovers against other vested interests. In a letter by Craig Dalby, a program manager for the NPS, dated Jan. 10, 2017, he explained that delaying the implementation of the new rules will also give them more time for “a review of certain records being released in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the park’s dog management plan and rule.” Dalby stated that the NPS has already released more than 260,000 pages of documents going back to 1999, and that late last December the NPS learned that a former park employee had used a personal e-mail account for official communications related to the dog management plan’s planning process. Dalby further stated that the former employee was contacted and is cooperating with a search of his personal e-mail accounts for agency records related to the planning process. This action has already added another 137 pages of e-mails to the official record, which are posted at “The Park Service will conduct an independent inquiry into whether personal e-mail was used in a manner that is not consistent with applicable laws and policies, and if so, whether its use affected the planning and rulemaking processes. The park service will report the results of the internal review to the public. To help ensure an independent and impartial review, the inquiry will be conducted by the

National Park Service personnel who are not involved in the dog management planning process,” Dalby stated in the letter. “Further action under the National Environmental Policy Act and the rulemaking process for the dog management plan will await the findings and conclusions of the independent review,” Dalby said. The proposed plan would allow dogs to be off-leash north of Stairwell 21 at Ocean Beach, but completely ban dogs south of there because the sand dunes are used for nesting Western Snowy Plovers. At Baker Beach, dogs would only be allowed on-leash at the beach north of Access Trail Number 2, but prohibited on the beach south of there. They will also be allowed on-leash along the coastal trail, plus the north and south picnic areas. At Fort Funston, dogs would be banned completely north of the Funston Beach Trail, where the Bank Swallow nests, but would be allowed off-leash on the beach south of the swallows, plus the area surrounding the Chip Trail and northeast of the Funston Trail. They will only be allowed on-leash at the east and west Battery Davis trails, plus the John Muir Trail stairs, Coastal Trail and the parking lot. The release of the NPS emails between park employees and other interested parties has sparked a great deal of public outrage, especially after some of them were posted on an Internet website dubbed “WoofieLeaks” and made available for downloading. An op-ed piece by local activist Sally Stephens published in the San Francisco Examiner on Jan. 15 claimed the NPS has “a history of not dealing honestly with the public.” Stephens and others who support off-leash dog walking claim the e-mail records show a biased, unfair decision-making process by GGNRA staff and the destruction of records, along with improper use of e-mails. National Park Service spokesman Nathan Sargent said he would not comment on, nor verify, the validity of any content in the e-mails, so for now the letter issued by Dalby is the only statement the NPS has made about the issue. Some e-mails available from WoofieLeaks appear to support the claims of NPS critics. In an e-mail exchange dated Sept. 11, 2013, for example, at the time stamp of 7:22 p.m., an

e-mail tagged from NPS staffer Michael Edwards to staffer Sherwin Smith and former GGNRA Superintendent Frank Dean discusses “concerns about broadening the scope of this interim action, which I can detail by phone.” The next day an e-mail tagged to former GGNRA Director of Communications Howard Levitt apparently responded to the email by stating, “Everyone: Please delete this and the previous message. These conversations are best done by phone.” After an article critical of the GGNRA plan came out in the Marin Independent Journal newspaper, Levitt apparently emailed former Presidio Trust director Amy Meyer on Feb. 7, 2014, at 7:49 p.m., and coached her about five “talking points” to bring up, after a supervisor in Marin reportedly urged colleagues to oppose the plan. On April 22, 2014 at 7:21 p.m. an e-mail from Levitt was sharing the news about a broken finger when he stated, “Ironically, it’s my middle finger .... Probably broke it expressing my opinion of out-of-control offleash dog visitors.” On July 11, 2014, an e-mail tagged to Levitt and David Loeb, the publisher of Bay Nature magazine, has Levitt responding to a joking suggestion by Loeb to teach dogs “western snowy plover avoidance instead of rattlesnake avoidance.” The e-mail allegedly shows Levitt’s response as, “The problem with your suggestion, David, is that the rabid off-leash dog owners are rattlesnakes!” In December, Congress woman Jackie Speier called upon the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general to conduct a thorough and public inquiry into the GGNRA staff’s use of e-mails, including the alleged use of personal e-mail accounts to hide deliberate collaborations with special interest groups opposed to off-leash dog walking. “The e-mails ... reveal that the personal e-mail account of a high-ranking NPS, GGNRA employee was used to deliberately hide a preordained decision to orchestrate a campaign to mobilize citizens opposed to off-leash dog areas. Their actions corrupted what should have been a fair and impartial public process,” Speier said. “I am calling on the NPS to rescind the dog management plan because of the tainted process.”



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Surfrider Foundation Hosts Art, Education Event The San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is hosting Message in a Bottle 2017, an art and education event inspired by the ocean and (the effects of) plastic pollution. The three days of events will feature exhibits by nationally recognized artists, activists and K-12 student artists. Message in a Bottle 2017 will be held at the Busvan Gallery, located at 248 Clement St., from Feb. 3 through Feb. 5. The first day (Friday) features the artists’ opening, with D.J. Combsy performing; the second (Saturday) features “student appreciation day,” with the Jake Levy trio performing; and Sunday is highlighted by a family open house, with crafts courtesy of the Sloat Garden Center and animal visits by Tree Frog Treks. For more information, go to the website at www.face

Garden for Environment has workshops The Garden for the Environment, located at Seventh Avenue and Lawton Street, is offering numerous hands-on workshops “to teach the San Francisco Bay Area to garden sustainably.” The Saturday workshops will focus on growing food, conserving water and building topsoil with compost. Workshops include: Green Gardens with Graywater, Feb. 18 ($10); How to Grow a Beneficial Garden for Pollinators, Feb. 25 ($10); Urban Composting, March 4 (free); The Edible Garden, March 1 ($25); and, Gardening the San Francisco Way, March 18 ($10). For more information, go to the website at workshops.

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receive free dental screenings, sealants, fluoride treatment and “goodie bags.” There will also be games, dental education and balloon animals.
 The annual event, which is free to the public (no appointment necessary), will be held at the UCSF Dental Center, 707 Parnassus Ave., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The theme this year is “sports day in the bay,” so participants are urged to dress in athletic gear or their favorite sports clothing. For more information, go to the website at

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The grand opening of the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center will take place on Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the heart of the Presidio, the new center will feature videos, exhibits and interactive tools that allow visitors to see the 1,500 acre park in a new medium. The national park boasts a dozen major trails; outdoor installations by world-renowned artists; cultural and historical museums; a trampoline in a former airplane hangar; birdwatching at restored wetlands; 10 scenic overlooks and vistas; a free shuttle system; and more. The grand opening will include activities, entertainment and tours. The Presidio covers five percent of San Francisco’s acreage, but there has not been a place for visitors to get to know the entire area until now. “The building is rich in history, but this visitor center is all about the future,” said Craig Kenkel, acting general superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). “The Presidio is becoming a world-class destination to welcome new audiences to a second century for the national parks.” “We are delighted to launch this new gateway to the Presidio, which serves to welcome the broader public to the park,” said Jean Fraser, chief executive officer for the Presidio Trust. “Now, everyone from the Bay Area and beyond can easily discover the Presidio's free resources – history, spectacular vistas, wild open spaces, trails and opportunities for play.” For more information, visit the website at

Correction: The story “Plan close for dog walking on beach” in the January issue of the Sunset Beacon incorrectly identified Dominik Mosur, whose name was misspelled. The Sunset Beacon regrets the error.

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Carrying a Concealed Weapon: Jan. 22, 6:02 p.m., Taraval Street and 26th Avenue The suspect was on board a Muni vehicle wielding a knife. OfďŹ cers were able to detain the suspect, and a search revealed the knife was in his pocket. He was also on probation for robbery, so he was arrested. Battery, Vandalism: Jan. 21, 2:15 a.m., Taraval Street and 32nd Avenue The suspect jumped on the hood of the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car, then went to the rear of the vehicle and punched it. The victim attempted to detain the suspect, but a physical altercation ensued. The suspect then walked away with his friends, but the victim followed him until ofďŹ H L  K L H S cersN arrived. The victim did not want to press charges, so the suspect was released.

items of merchandise and attempted to hide them in his jacket. The victim attempted to stop the suspect, but was punched multiple times. The victim fell and sustained injuries from the incident. The suspect ďŹ&#x201A;ed the scene. Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest: Jan. 10, 12:57 p.m., 800 Block of Irving Street The victim attempted to conceal stolen items in his jacket, including a pocket radio and ear phones. OfďŹ cers located and detained the suspect after a short struggle. The suspect was cited.

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Battery: Jan. 19, 5:40 p.m., 2200 Block of Lincoln Way The suspect parked his vehicle and blocked the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveway, which caused the victim to temporarily park on the sidewalk to unload groceries. This angered the suspect, who lunged at the victim, while attempting to punch him. The victim reported the incident at the Taraval Station. TrafďŹ c Violation: Jan. 16, 7:24 a.m., Noriega Street and 28th Avenue OfďŹ cers observed a driver operating a vehicle with his cell phone on his ear. They conducted a trafďŹ c stop and discovered the driver did not have a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. He was cited. Robbery: Jan. 16, 11:11 p.m., 45th Avenue and Judah Street The suspect approached the victim holding a gun and ordered the victim to empty out his pockets. After the victim complied, he was punched in the face twice by the suspect. Embezzlement, Theft: Jan. 15, 1:25 p.m., 3200 Block of 20th Avenue OfďŹ cers responded to a report regarding a theft incident by an employee. The asset protection supervisor discovered the employee was deleting items from the register and removing security sensors. The employee was cited.

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Letter to the Editor Editor: Your article titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discontent Over GGNRA Dog Walking Planâ&#x20AC;? quoted SF Supervisor Katy Tang as stating the GGNRA, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has not adequately taken into consideration thousands of comments nor the statements from many public ofďŹ cials who have gone on record to say that limiting access to dogs and their guardians in such an extreme way is not the right solution.â&#x20AC;? The GGNRA did, in fact, take public comment on many occasions over a decade in coming up with this forward-looking plan to balance the signiďŹ cant and growing impact of humans and their dogs on the GGNRA. The argument by Suzanne Valente, who is â&#x20AC;&#x153;leading a pack of dog lovers,â&#x20AC;? that Ocean Beach is not critical habitat for the threatened snowy plover ignores the facts about where plovers would nest if provided a place of minimal intrusion. The scientists who study the plover, and see it nesting successfully in similar and beautiful habitats with much

less intrusion, north and south of San Francisco, disagree with Valenteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim. To the layperson, a walk down Ocean Beach will quickly reveal happy dogs off leash frenetically doing what their curiosity naturally leads them to do, including acting as predators. A walk at Fort Funston reveals the heavy impact of dogs on a natural habitat. Holes, trampled plants, exposed root systems and occasional feces left by owners are not conducive to fostering the natural habitat and experiences we all deserve when we step into the wild. I happen to agree with Tangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessment regarding the need for enforcement of current onleash rules as a possible solution. Unfortunately, however, the long-debated solution reached by the GGNRA reďŹ&#x201A;ects, in part, the reality that funding for our great parks is constantly under threat, and managing and enforcing the heavy impact of dogs on our great parks is not feasible. Harper Lindstrom

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Dog; L-Taraval Updates GGNRA Dog Management Plan Delayed Indefinitely Last month, our office updated the community on the implementation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) final Dog Management Plan, which was set to take effect in March. However, the National Park Service (NPS) released a statement last month putting an indefinite “paws” on the plan. This came as a result of federal officials requesting an extension on the waiting period, and due to controversial documents that were released via a request through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These documents may reveal that the public process has been compromised at various points over the last several years. While we are pleased that Ocean Beach and other urban parklands will remain friendly to dogs for the foreseeable future, we are dismayed that government officials were involved in acts that have jeopardized a lengthy public outreach process. We hope that going forward we are able to continue to work with our federal government to enact policies that fairly balance recre-

ational needs and the protection of natural resources. Read the full statement published by the NPS at the website at news/hold-on-rule-for-dog-management, or view a comprehensive list of documents related to the FOIA request at You can also view FOIA document findings summarized at L-Taraval Rapid Early Implementation Update By the end of February, community members will begin to see several 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 LTaraval reliable as well as reducing travel time for riders. To learn more about the details of the project, visit the website at Before major construction begins in 2018 on elements such as

First-ever Bigfoot Festival Coming to Balboa Theater Lovers of the mystical Bigfoot will come together for a three-day film festival and conference at the Balboa Theater in March. The Bigfoot Bonanza, which will be held March 10-12, will feature three Bigfoot researchers (Cliff Barackman, Kathy Strain and Tom Yamarone), independent filmmakers and television shows and movies about Bigfoot and the Yeti. The opening night festivities on Friday, March 10, will in-

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boarding islands, the 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. Early implementation – before Feb. 25, 2017: Clear zones at train stops: • Westbound only (north side of Taraval Street): Taraval at 26th, 30th, 32nd, 40th and 46th avenues; • Both directions: Taraval Street at 19th, 42nd and 44th avenues. Painted safety zones at sidewalk corners: • 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 changes: • 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: • The SFMTA will evaluate impact on congestion/traffic flow for one year; • The lanes will not be raised like Judah Street, and will not be painted red during evaluation. As of Saturday, Implementation after Feb. 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 SF Zoo): Taraval at 17th, 22nd and 35th avenues. Note: removal of inbound stop at Taraval and 17th Avenue is pending review.

Page 5 Six-Month Boarding Zone Pilot Program • Pilot evaluation will begin in February and will be completed in August, with a midway analysis taking place in May; • 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 trains and bright, flashing lights; • Evaluation metrics: 90 percent compliance (currently at 72 percent). Compliance means cars do not pass a train while train doors are open and there are no collisions. One hundred observations will take place at each of the five locations, totaling 500 observations; • Outreach on the pilot began

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 the website at or contact project manager Sean Kennedy at Katy Tang represents District 4 on the SF Board of Supervisors and can be reached at (415) 554-7460 or

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Wine should always be fun, and the more one knows about wine, the better one can appreciate and enjoy it, especially in a setting with good food and friends, according to Michael Perry, a wine educator and food and beverage consultant. Perry hosts wine seminars every third Wednesday of the month at the Presidio Cafe, located in the Presidio. The seminars teach wine enthusiasts about the history of the craft, through tasting different types of wine, and finding out where the best bargains can be found. Perry started giving seminars while training his staff on wines at the Presidio Cafe. He began inviting the public after getting requests from his regular customers. During the lively and informative seminars, Perry discusses many different aspects of wine, such as the differing qualities of wines made from all over the world; how to pair wines with food; as well as the diverse prices of wine and where to buy it in San Francisco. He uses maps to help participants visualize regions where a particular wine comes from and why it is unique. When looking at the maps, he explains how the soils differ in each region and the effect this has on grapes. He explained that vines are like dry feet, meaning they do not want to sit in water, but they need water, so you want soil that is welldraining but will hold some moisture. Low-nutrient soil is also prized. The important thing to remember with soil is that each type will help create a wine that is different from others. Although most of his seminars are on wine, Perry also conducts courses on other beverages, including whiskey, tequila, brandy, beer and champagne. During one of his seminars, he remarked there used to be a striking difference between Old Word Wines (European) and New World wines (U.S.A., Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina). Old World wines are higher in acidity, are lower in alcohol content and grow in cooler climates. New World wines are generally

riper, have a higher alcohol content and are produced in warmer climates. It is important to remember, says Perry, that many of the factors contributing to today’s production of wine is subject to change, especially with increased globalization and climates getting warmer. In his discussion of food and wine pairing, he points out that very basic foods influence wine more than wines influence food. For example, the acidity in some foods will make wine taste “flabby.” Highly acidic foods go well with highly-acidic wines. As well, salt in food is wine’s best friend and sweet foods will make wines taste thin (so be sure your wine is sweeter than your food). When discussing the history of wine, Perry says wine originated in either Armenia or Georgia and has been made for at least 8,000 years. Muscat grapes have been around for at least 2,500 – 3,000 years. Historically, water was unsafe to drink in many places, so wine took its place. It is a link to the past. Perry learned to appreciate wine when he was in college, from his father, who loved chablis. Learning how unique and delicious chablis was opened Perry’s eyes to the world of wine. In the ’80s, he attended the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York. Today, he is a certified wine educator through the Society of Wine Educators, as well as a certified instructor and diploma holder

with the London-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He became a certified sommelier in 2006, through the Court of Masters Sommeliers. Over the years, Perry has been involved with many restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area, in different capacities, such as restaurant operator, food manager, executive chef and dinner chef. He has also been involved in the financial and staffing responsibilities of the establishments. Today, he is the director of food and beverage at the Holiday Inn, Golden Gateway, and also holds the same position at the Presidio Golf Course. According to Perry, there have been many changes over the years in American wine consumption. Wine drinkers are now drinking better wine and more wine, but the nation is still a young wine-consuming country. Americans have gone from Lancers and Mateus to Almaden “chablis” to chardonnay and cabernet. And, there is now more interest in lesser-known grapes and regions. Perry loves all kinds of wines and is particularly fond of German Rieslings and wines of the Loire Valley, as well as Madeira. He said some of the best places to buy a good, $15 bottle of wine include K&L, D&M, Blackwell’s, Wine Impression and Spanish Tables. For more information about Michael Perry or the seminars at the Presidio Cafe, call (415) 385-2529 or send an e-mail to

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Wine lovers sample wines at Michael Perry’s wine seminars, which are held at the Presidio.

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“We just wanted to live here,” she said. However, they started a family in the Sunset and are still living in the neighborhood with their two sons, aged 10 and 14. England had very little musical training before becoming a professional musician. Although she had had violin lessons, she loved playing the guitar. “I’m completely self-taught” she said. England originally studied at San Jose State University to become a librarian, but feels fortunate she wound up in the music business. “It’s what I love to do, so I feel really lucky,” she said. “It’s funny how life plays out.” According to England, there are many subgenres within children’s music. She describes her musical style as a combination of indie and folk. Her inspiration comes from a combination of modern artists, like Vampire Weekend and The Shins, and classic folk musicians like Woody Guthrie. England considers her strengths to be melody and songwriting. When she writes her songs, “I’m thinking about children, but I’m also thinking about mothers and fathers,” England said of the creative process. She wants to make music that the whole family appreciates, that is also enjoyable for parents who listen to the songs hundreds of times. Her Grammy-nominated album, “Explorer of the World,” is about living in the moment and observing one’s surroundings. “Paying attention is a theme of this album,” she said. England noticed she was engulfed in her iPhone and all of the distractions of texting and social media. She knew she was not alone and decided to create an album with the concept that people should put down their smart phones and be more observant. “It’s a reminder to keep your head up and pay attention. The world is inspiring,

commercial district and queried the neighborhood, with a high percentage of respondents saying “the diversity of commerce and shopping” was important and senior citizens “loved the convenience.” But complaints were also voiced, including concerns for dirty streets, narrow sidewalks, limited parking, congestion that made it dangerous for pedestrians and bicycles, too little greenery, too many dead and dying trees, and nowhere to sit. But DPW did not only rely on the survey findings; When they walked the street and talked with merchants, DPW staff realized the neighborhood was more diverse than they had anticipated. “We thought it was a Chinese neighborhood, but there’s a Polish merchant, a Japanese business and Thai restaurants. The owners are from everywhere and so are the shoppers,” said Mike Rieger, DPW project manager for the Irving streetscape project. “Our theme for the work became ‘around the corner, around the world,’” Trees were the first issue to generate public unrest. “Trees are always tricky,” Tang said. “Merchants want you to be able to see their stores. They want trees that don’t block shoppers’ views, and they don’t want to be responsible for them. The good news is that after the last election, when the City took over responsibility for street trees. We know they’ll do better.” The department decided to plant Chinese windmill palms, slow-growing, hardy trees that can tolerate wind, drought and a lack of sun. In spring, 2016, a resident appealed DPW’s decision because some residents wanted leafy Tristanias planted instead, the same trees DPW workers uprooted before work began. The merchants favored palms, whose high fronds minimally obstruct visibility. More than 100 people attended a hearing at the Board of Appeals. A compromise was reached: 48 Chinese windmill palms already planted

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Frances England recorded her Grammy-nominated album “Explorer of the World” with a few friends in Woodstock, New York. let’s take a look at it,” she said. Complementing the theme, England recorded “Explorer of the World” using sounds that regularly occur in San Francisco. The sounds accompany traditional instruments, such as guitars and vocals, on the album. She walked around the City with a microphone and a sound recorder to capture various beats and noises that are a part of daily urban life. England will be attending the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12. She will be performing at a concert for families the day before, along with several other nominees from the Best Children’s Album category. “I’m super excited to be along for the ride” she said, adding that some of the other nominees were her friends. “I’ll be happy no matter who wins,” she said. For more information about Frances England and her music, go to the website at

are allowed to stand, but this spring the DPW will plant 19 Tristanias. Because benches and chairs can encourage sleeping, design consultants explored seating options. After exploring different options, DPW chose to install SoMa Stones – sometimes one, sometimes as many as three, in each of the new bulbouts. SoMa Stones are made of cement and are modeled to look like very large beach pebbles. Measuring about four feet by three feet, the stones sit 12 to 15 inches the off ground. The supplier advertises them as “bold outdoor seating … a contemporary design element.” Rieger refers to them as Photo: Judy Goddess “an aesthetic Irving Street “stones.” element.” Most days, the stones sit empty except for an occasional child testing climbing skills, a shopper resting a bag of groceries or a young person enjoying the sun. Older people and anyone with balance issues find the stones hard to sit on and even more difficult to get up from. “They’re a foot off the ground. It’s like doing calisthenics,” one shopper complained. Tang agrees. “The stones are too low; they’re no good for sitting. My office has received numerous complaints about the stones. We need benches.” While DPW already installed benches on some side streets, they plan to return and install benches on Irving. “The important thing,” DPW Director Mohammed Nuru said, “is we came in on budget. The job is not complete ... we won’t leave until everyone is satisfied.”

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On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, located at 965 Clay St., will have an entire day of free programs and festivities before the big parade. Events begin at 10 a.m., and include a dragon dance, storytelling and Chinese New Year-themed arts and crafts. There will also be food and snacks from Mister Jiuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant, while supplies last. To register for the event, go to the historical societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at After the parade, the end of the New Year celebrations is marked by the traditional Lantern Festival, which dates back more than two millennia. The Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the lunar year, under the first full moon. Skilled craftsmen create colorful paper lanterns designed in the likeness of various animals, which show off unique and glistening displays of light. The Chinese New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade will be broadcast live on Fox television, channels 2 and channel 26, on Feb. 11, from 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m. For more information, visit the websites at and

Irving Street Project Gets OK Continued from page 1 Planning Code. As such, the residential building is still technically subject to the Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance.â&#x20AC;? At the commission hearing, Commissioner Kathrin Moore commented on the new proposal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I vividly recall the many challenges to this design the ďŹ rst go-around. I personally feel that virtually every question, that I at least recall we asked, has been thoughtfully responded to, and I think the building does what we would expect it to do,â&#x20AC;? Moore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it complements the existing setting, and I do not have any concerns about intrusion on neighbors. Privacy is an issue we discuss a lot. The depth of the adjoining back yards and the lateral distance between the modest roof deck on the upper ďŹ&#x201A;oor is not of concern to me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very much in support of it and appreciate the additional time the architect and the applicant have put into doing this right,â&#x20AC;? Moore added. The commission rejected a request for a Discretionary Review and approved the project unanimously. May told the commission that the project would raise the existing two-and-ahalf story building at 1126 Irving St., near 12th Avenue, which contains two dwelling units, above two new stories that would be constructed below. The project would also construct front and rear horizontal additions, plus a vertical addition. The ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor of the mixed-use building would have 872 square feet of retail space. A two-bedroom dwelling unit, totaling 880 square feet, would occupy the rear of the ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor and the second ďŹ&#x201A;oor rear, mezzanine level. A second two-bedroom unit, totaling 1,480 square feet, would occupy the rear of the third and fourth ďŹ&#x201A;oors, and a three-bedroom unit totaling 2,193 square feet would occupy the front portion of the third and fourth ďŹ&#x201A;oors and the ďŹ fth ďŹ&#x201A;oor. Six bicycle parking spaces for residents and two bicycle parking spaces for visitors would be constructed. The existing below-grade parking space would be replaced with 1,050 square feet of storage space and the existing curb cut would be removed to allow for increased on-street parking. After the vote, Dawson stated that the goal was to have a place to retire with his wife, not to make money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted a place that we could stay and where our daughters could also be present with us, to be the family house, and now we have adult families,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can have a place where we would be comfortable and where we can invite friends too. We have not had that in the past. ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long process and the situation that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been living in is far

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The house at 1126 Irving St. was OKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d for an expansion. from ideal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very, very old house and the last time it was remodeled was in the 1960s.â&#x20AC;? In fact, the house has been altered so many times since it was built in 1908, that it was rejected as eligible for protection under historic preservation rules. The neighbor who requested the discretionary review at the planning department, Patrick Morris, lives around the corner on 12th Avenue. He explained to the commission that he opposed the project based on its overall height and size, which, he says, will cast a shadow over his backyard area and those of his neighbors down the street. Plus, he has concerns about privacy, with a ďŹ ve-story building so close. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This building will dominate and have an unreasonable impact on space, light and privacy for most of the homes that it faces down the block on 12th Avenue and on Funston. The building would be unprecedented in our neighborhood â&#x20AC;Ś that has decks that high or face so close to their neighbors on a keystone lot,â&#x20AC;? Morris told the commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The zoning administrator should have asked the project sponsors, as they did in the last ďŹ ling, to reduce the impact on privacy impacting their neighbors. We request the board approve the project with conditions.â&#x20AC;? Jonathan Pearlman, the architect in charge of the design, responded that signiďŹ cant changes have been made in the design since they were last before the commission. He said the roof is lower than the previous proposal and they have raised the height of the ceiling of the commercial space, so instead of a 10-foot ceiling itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now a 15-foot ceiling, which aligns with the commercial space thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next to it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In terms of privacy, we have eliminated two windows that were right on the property line. We have windows that are set between four and 12 feet from the property line. A number of those have translucent glass. So, we think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve actually made a better condition of privacy than exists today,â&#x20AC;? Pearlman said.

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Caring for Whole Family Is this the right time for estate planning? In the past few years, much of my business has been helping clients with their real estate needs after their parents passed on. I have developed a first-hand knowledge of the needs and wants of families during this time in their lives. Being a baby boomer also, I can identify with them. While I need to take care of parents, I have to develop plans to take care of my family and children in the event something were to happen to me. Being part of the sandwich generation, having to take care of both parents and

kids, comes with different responsibilities. With real estate prices so high in this area, it is pertinent that everyone do some estate planning. One of my favorite comedians, the late George Carlin, had this standup routine about “stuff,” and how we all have stuff, and we are pretty particular about our stuff. We spend our whole life accumulating stuff, moving it around with us, sometimes getting rid of some while keeping others. We are possessive about our stuff and do not like mixing our stuff with other’s stuff. During our lifetime, we col-

Sunset Police Blotter Continued from page 4 Lodging Without Permission, Resisting or Delaying Officer Duties: Jan. 2, 4:24 p.m., Great Highway and Sloat Boulevard The victim reported the location of a homeless encampment. She stated it had been there for more than a month and that recently one of the dwellers began threatening to kick her dog whenever she passed by. Officers approached the encampment and advised the residents to exit their tent, but they refused.

After a forceful removal, one suspect was arrested and a second was cited. Battery: Jan. 1, 2:25 a.m., 600 Block of Irving Street The victim was standing in the front of a bar when the suspect, looking confused with a bloody face, came running towards him. The victim asked the suspect if he was OK before suddenly punching him in the face. After further investigation, the suspect was cited and an ambulance was summoned for treatment of his injuries.

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lect a lot of stuff, some of it valuable and some not. But because it is our stuff, it means something to us. We can’t take it with us when we die, so we have to figure out a way to distribute this stuff to others who are still living. Normally, we would want our stuff to go to people we care about, usually family and friends, and sometimes a worthy cause. And we want some special people to have some of our special stuff to remember us by. This is kind of what estate planning is all about, figuring out how to get the stuff to the people we want after we pass on in the most beneficial manner. An estate plan must meet certain legal requirements, including that it must be written, signed by you, and witnessed by other people when you sign it. Your estate plan may be very simple or complex, depending on how many assets you have, how long you want to provide for the people you care about, and when you want them to actually have possession of the assets. Individuals can legally create their own estate plans, but I recommend working with an attorney specializing in this area as there are strong legal, financial and tax implications with the action. Your attorney can help you put all your instructions into a legal document called a will or trust. There are distinct advantages to using a trust, especially if you have a large amount of assets. What if you die and don’t have an estate plan? Then there are rules from the state of California on how your assets are distributed. The only prob-

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lem is that you won’t have any say in who gets what, and someone you love might get left out. Why do I bring up estate planning when I normally write about real estate? Because, lately I have been involved in several cases where people passed away without any estate planning, with disastrous results that could have been avoided easily. In one case, the heirs had to sell off two out of the three properties to pay for estate taxes. With a little estate planning, this could have been eliminated entirely. The deceased had a very simple lifestyle but because she was frugal, managed to pay off three house in her lifetime. Many other cases result in children fighting for the properties and other assets of value. I have seen siblings end up not talking to each other after everything is said and done. I am sure that is not what the parents had in mind after their demise. I have seen assets passed to new spouses when people are widowed or divorced when the intention was for them to go to

the kids. Though surviving spouses should be cared for, there are methods to provide care for them and then, upon death, have the remaining assets flow through to the children. Most people start thinking about planning their estates when they reach retirement age. But sometimes life does not treat us the way we expect. Planning your estate now does not mean you will die tomorrow, just as buying insurance doesn’t mean you will get into an accident immediately. But, if you act now, you won’t have to worry about what could happen to your family if your life doesn’t follow the progression you expect. It is called peace of mind, and you can have it. So, if you do not have an estate plan, I urge you to start today. John M. Lee graduated with an MBA from UCLA and is a broker with Pacific Union International. If you have any real estate questions, call (415) 447-6231 or e-mail

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Dangerously:â&#x20AC;? An exhibition of Janet Norris paintings will be held at the Far Out Gallery, 3004 Taraval St., Feb. 4-25, reception on Feb. 4, noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at Learn Tai Chi: Tai Chi may help improve health, ďŹ tness, balance, ďŹ&#x201A;exibility, coordination and posture (class introduces the Yang style long form), Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Mondays, Feb. 6, 13 and 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717. Felt â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coziesâ&#x20AC;? Craft Night: Create a reusable and stylish felt sleeve for your â&#x20AC;&#x153;to goâ&#x20AC;? cup, Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5770. Teen Gaming Night Challenge: Games will be played in a movie theater-type environment, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Fridays, Feb. 10 and 24, 3:30-5 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700. Community Meeting: The Golden Gate Village is inviting interested neighbors to learn how the village works, what it does to grow and how to join, light refreshments provided, RSVP required, Golden Gate Village, 6221 Geary Blvd., third ďŹ&#x201A;oor, Saturday, Feb. 11, 10-11:30 a.m., free. For more information, e-mail or call (415) 8763333. Create Valentine's Day Cards: Create a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day pop-up card for that â&#x20AC;&#x153;special someone,â&#x20AC;? materials provided, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.-noon, free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880. Author Reading: Author and illustrator Karen Lechelt will present her new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Do You Love About You?,â&#x20AC;? copies of which will be available for sale at a signing after the event, Lechelt will also lead a craft, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-noon, free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600. Red Envelope Teen Crafts: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster by joining a red envelope paper crafting class, all materials provided, Anza Branch Library, 550

Sunset Beacon Vol. 26, No. 8 â&#x20AC;˘ February 2017 P.O. Box 590596, S.F., CA 94159 Phone: (415) 831-0461 Serving the Sunset and Parkside Districts and Golden Gate Heights Editor: Paul Kozakiewicz Columnists: SF Supervisor Katy Tang; John M. Lee, Assemblyman Phil Ting Writers: Thomas Pendergast, James King, Judith Kahn, Noma Faingold, Michael Feliciano Photo Editor: Philip Liborio Gangi Photographers: Francis da Silva, Jason Ogulnik, John Oppenheimer, Patrick McKinnie Accounting: Susan Kozakiewicz

37th Ave., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5717. Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics: A stroll through the Conservatory of Flowers highlights plants purported to be aphrodisiacs, complimentary wine tasting by Muscardini Cellars paired with Dandelion Small Batch Chocolate, cash bar and food trucks available, ages 21 and older, $30$50, Golden Gate Park, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m. For more information, visit the website at http://conservatoryofďŹ&#x201A; Button Making: The public is invited to make black heritage-themed buttons using magazines, art supplies and imaginations, supplies provided, ages 6 and older, Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4-5:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 3555717. Russian Festival: The 29th annual event features vodka tasting, crafts, art gallery, food, music and dancing, Russian Center, 2490 Sutter St., Feb. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19. For more information, go to the website at or call (415) 921-7631. Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Silk Road:â&#x20AC;? Roger Dong of Chinese American Heroes speaks about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;new silk road,â&#x20AC;? an ambitious development framework proposed by Chinese leader Xi focusing on connectivity and cooperation among countries, primarily Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and the South PaciďŹ c, Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., Saturday, Feb. 18, 1-2:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2808. Presidio Poetry Series Presents Heartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Garden: Clyde Always, Jennifer Barone, Stephen Kopel and Nancy Wakeman will perform and Robert Carlson will host, Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2-3:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-2880. Teen Gaming: Teen gamers (ages 13-18 only) can battle it out for the title and bragging rights of Best Gamer (at the Richmond Branch), an X-Box, Wii, board games and snacks will be available, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Thursday, Feb. 23, 4-5 p.m., free. For more information, e-mail Jen at Chess Tournament: Presented by Bright Knights Chess Club, test skills against others of like age and ability, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600. Dave the Potter: Learn about Dave the Potter and make a mini-pot while reading the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dave the Potter,â&#x20AC;? learn about how ceramic pots can be constructed, and then make Dave-inspired mini-pots out of air-dry clay, Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., Saturday, Feb. 25, 3-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5700. SAT Critical Reading Strategy Workshop: The course is designed as an intensive, subject-speciďŹ c course for students who have taken the PSAT and/or SAT and targeted speciďŹ c areas for intensive study and review, class will take place over two weeks, West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m., free. For more information, visit the website at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wiz Liveâ&#x20AC;? Move Night: A fresh take on the classic stars Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo and more in an R&B-inďŹ&#x201A;uenced reimagining inspired by the 1975 Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wiz,â&#x20AC;? lemonade and popcorn will be served, Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., free. For more information, call (415) 355-5600.

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Photo courtesy of a private collector/Western Neighborhoods Project

This view, taken from Golden Gate Heights looking westward, circa late 1950s, shows the construction of the Sunset Reservoir, which was completed in 1960. It is the largest reservoir in the City, with 720 columns holding up a 33-foot-tall roof. Today, a portion of the roof is covered with solar panels. In the foreground, the old SF Conservatory of Music, located at 19th Avenue and Ortega Street, can be seen. The conservatory moved to the Civic Center and a French-language school took its place. To the right, Noriega Street runs toward Ocean Beach.


ely, the DMV revoked the registrations of Uber’s autonomous vehicles. Instead of complying, Uber moved its pilot program to Arizona. Uber’s actions showed a flagrant disregard for state laws put in place to ensure safer streets. This experience shows why we need stronger enforcement tools to protect the public from those who put profits before safety. Here is why: Uber’s violation of the law was merely an infraction; a slap on the wrist. San Francisco’s law enforcement was virtually powerless to remove the cars from the road. That realization was no comfort as I saw one of Uber’s autonomous cars drive past my house. That is why I introduced Assembly Bill-87, legislation that requires the DMV to revoke the registration of any autonomous vehicle illegally operating and authorizes law enforcement to impound such vehicles. It also prohibits companies illegally operating autonomous vehicles from applying to the program for two years and imposes a penalty of up to $25,000 per vehicle, per day, of violation. While boosting innovation is important, the safety of passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers is our first priority. Twenty other companies have permits from the DMV to run its autonomous vehicle programs. The other companies had no trouble complying with the law, and Uber should not be rewarded for bad behavior. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin, WalkSF and the SF Bicycle Coalition all support this effort to protect ourselves from those recklessly putting profits before public safety. No community should face what we did in San Francisco. The pursuit of innovation does not include a license to put innocent lives at risk. Phil Ting represents the 19th Assembly District.

Assemblymember Phil Ting

Tech Shouldn’t Risk Lives For those of us living on the west side, the struggle to get downtown or elsewhere in the City on time is all too real. Sometimes, Muni can’t get us to our destination fast enough and cabs frequently refuse to come pick us up. Fortunately, in recent years our transportation options have expanded, thanks to several ridesharing businesses, some of which are based right here in the City. There are even options to carpool with others to lower costs and eliminate the number of cars on our roads. Ridesharing has been a great way for west side residents to get around, and I applaud the companies in our innovation economy developing autonomous vehicle technology. This is the next frontier in the rideshare industry. Unfortunately, not all companies are willing to comply with state laws put in place to facilitate real world tests of this technology while preserving public safety. In December, Uber debuted its autonomous vehicle pilot program in San Francisco without obtaining a $150 permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Without this permit from the DMV, there is no legal way to prove the roadworthiness of these vehicles. And, sure enough, footage showed an Uber autonomous vehicle running a red light near the Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition found that Uber’s autonomous cars weren’t merging into the bicycle lane to make right turns, putting cyclists in danger of being hit. Despite these missteps, the DMV offered to assist Uber to resume its pilot project within the law by expediting the review and approval of a permit. Ultimat-

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NOTARY PUBLIC Mobile Notary: When you need a Notary Public give me a call. I can come to you. Mary Flynn (415) 750-1855. Licensed/bonded in California.

PHOTOGRAPHER Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon Photo grapher Philip L. Gangi is available to shoot your party or event. Reasonable rates. For more information, call (925) 439-0917 or e-mail

REAL ESTATE Free: Seller’s Guide to Selling a Home booklet includes things to know, including the process of submitting or receiving offers, accepting an offer or closing the transaction. Call (415) 665-3500 and leave your name for delivery. Find Your Perfect SF Home: See every home for sale in the City online, just like a Realtor. Complete MLS listings now available to buyers for the first time. Zephyr MLS Direct. Call (415) 7315000 for details.

STAMP COLLECTIONS WANTED Stamp Collector is Buying old stamps and stamp collections (1841-

1920). I am interested in buying “quality stamps” issued by the United States or other countries in very fine condition. (415) 5330761 or (415) 664-3381 (evenings).

VEHICLE DONATIONS The Janet Pomeroy Center needs vehicle donations to help pay for the computer lab for developmentally disabled children and adults. The Knights of Columbus Foundation is assisting the fundraising effort. To donate a vehicle, call Marian at (650) 9919386.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Do you enjoy working with the public? Are you passionate about the Presidio and all it has to offer? If so, volunteering as a Presidio Trust Docent, Ambassador or Greeter may be just the opportunity for you! The Presidio Trust is seeking volunteers to fill four different roles: Heritage Docents, Art Docents, Trail Ambassadors and Welcome Desk Greeters. We are currently accepting applications and a training session will begin in October. For more details and to learn how to apply, visit

Send us your classified or business service listing. Private party classified ads, up to 25 words, cost $5 per monthly listing. Business ads, up to 25 words, cost $20 per month. Double rates for double space. Fifty words maximum. All ads must be pre-paid and mailed to the Beacon office by the 20th of the month. Mail to: The Sunset Beacon, P.O. Box 590596, S.F., CA 94159

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The University of California, San Francisco (UC San Francisco or UCSF) is proposing to adopt and implement a vegetation management plan for the UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve (Reserve). The University-owned Reserve is a largely undeveloped 61-acre forest located within UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus site at the center of San Francisco. The Reserve is surrounded by UCSF’s hospital, research, educational and support structures to the north/northwest, and by urban residential neighborhoods to the south, east, and west. The Reserve, designated as permanent open space by the Regents of the University of California (Regents), is open to the public and serves as a point of respite and recreation for UCSF and for the greater community. The primary purposes of the proposed Vegetation Management Plan (plan) fall into four broad categories: • Protect the safety of Reserve users and adjacent campus and residential properties • Improve and enhance the health and stability of the ecosystem • Enhance the visual design and aesthetic experience in the Reserve • Maintain and ensure public access to the Reserve To achieve a healthy and stable ecosystem, the plan outlines strategies for increasing the biodiversity of vegetation, conserving existing native vegetation, improving the regeneration and recruitment of tall tree species, managing insect and disease pressure on blue gum eucalyptus, and improving structural diversity. The purpose of the plan is to provide a management framework for protecting, enhancing, and restoring vegetation in the 61-acre Reserve. University staff worked with consultants and a panel of technical advisors to develop the plan. The draft plan is / gr g /c / gr-projects/mount-sutro-openavailable at space-reserve#plan p . .

EIR Scoping Meeting You are invited to an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) scoping meeting for the proposed project. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss concerns and potential issues related to the environmental review.

Thursday, Februar ary y 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. p. UCSF Millberry Union 500 Parnassus Av Avenue, San Francisco the N-Judah. The UCSF Millberry Union is accessible using the MUNI 6, 43, and the driive, please par parkk iin n the UCSF visitor gar garage age at no cost ((mak make sur ure e If you must dr to take a par parkking voucher bef befor ore or e you leave).

Initial Study A Notice of Preparation/Initial Study will be available at for a 30-day public review and comment period beginning February 6, 2017 through March 8, 2017. It also identifies the scope and content of the environmental information that will be included in the Draft EIR. You can obtain a paper version of the Initial Study by calling 415.476.2911. To give written feedback on the Initial Study, please write to Diane Wong, UCSF Campus Planning, Box 0286, San Francisco, CA 94143 or email her at by the end of the comment period, March 8, 2017. If you would like to receive notification of future meetings, please contact us at or at 415.476.3206.

UCSF fully subscribes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If at any time you feel you have a need for accommodation, contact UCSF Community & Government Relations at 415.476.3206 or with your suggested accommodation. If you would lilike to be on our emai aill notification list, please emai aill community@cgr specifying the campus site( e(ss) of inter eres est: Par arnas nassus, Mission Bay ay,, Mount Sutro, Mount Zion, Zucker erber berg ber g San Francisco Gener eneral al Hospital.

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This is a neighborhood monthly newspaper for the Sunset District of San Francisco.