Sunset Beacon
January 2006

Sunset Spotlight / Police Blotter

Photo: Francis da Silva

Natalie Yescas and Griffin Quan hold up their ginger-bread men, a holiday class project at the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, located in the outer Sunset District.

Japanese Language Program Blossoms in the Fog

The Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program West (JBBPW), celebrating its 32nd year in business, is located in the Sunset District, at 3045 Santiago St., at 42nd Avenue. It was the nation's first public Japanese American bilingual/bicultural program, having grown out of the Civil Rights movement.

Year of the Dog Rings in New Year

Families and friends will gather in January and February to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year. Traditionally a two-week celebration, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated in San Francisco during a variety of events over a three-week period.

New Trails in Works for Sutro Bath House Ruins

As part of the ambitious plans by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to enact facility improvements in the areas encompassing Lands End, Sutro Baths and the Cliff House, there will also be improvements made in the Sutro Bath House ruins.

New Alzheimer's Program to Start at Sunrise Facility

Late in the summer of 2005, Sunrise Senior Living, the largest assisted-living organization for seniors in the world, purchased the historic Shriner's Hospital building on 19th Avenue at Lawton Street.

Sunset Resident Earns 'Local Hero Award' for Keeping Ethnic Roots

Sunset District resident Cristina Azocar's life took an unexpected turn in 1991 when her journalism professor, Jon Funabiki, showed an overhead display representing the number of different minority groups in the journalism profession in the United States.

Who Says 'Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash'

You likely get crisp new $20 bills when you withdraw money from an ATM. As you spend this dough, wrinkled smaller denominations take its place. But - assuming there's money in your account - ATMs continue to spit out new bills, whereas tattered cash seems to vanish. Where do threadbare bills go?

Rally in Support of Laguna Honda as Refuge for Elderly

"Let's send a clear message that our seniors count," said Leland Yee, speaker pro tempore at the California Assembly, at a rally organized by San Franciscans for Laguna Honda (SFLH).

Neighbors Rally for South Sunset Playground

Trying to make sense out of a senseless act is galvanizing a Sunset District neighborhood. Residents first came together in November to talk about rebuilding the South Sunset Playground, which was severely damaged by an arson fire in August. They got together again on Dec. 14 to get progress reports from committee members, chart fundraising strategies and discuss future improvements to the facility.

St. Cecilia School to Celebrate Its 75th Anniversary

Alumni, students, staff, faculty and family members will come together in January to celebrate the 75th anniversary of St. Cecilia School, a Catholic school located in the Parkside District.




John M. Lee: The Year in Review - 2005

Supervisor Fiona Ma: Taking Care of Our Families

Gloria Chan: Stop Getting Junk Mail

Assemblyman Leland Yee: We Must End Domestic Violence