Sunset Beacon
April 2011

Note: For additional stories about the west side of San Francisco, see the new issue of the Richmond Review.

Sunset Spotlight/Police Blotter

Alvin's Closes after 35-year Run
The last day of business for Alvin's Scrumptious Coffees & Teas, located at 18th Avenue and Irving Street, was on March 27. The cafe and roastery had been serving high-quality, fresh-roasted coffee to Sunset District residents for more than 35 years.

High Couture Fashion Alive and Well on Lincoln Way
This year marks the fifth anniversary of Orange Caterpillar, a little couture shop that caters to ladies' necessities.

New Feature Film Features Scenes from the Dunes
San Francisco is one of the world's most beautiful cities, so it's no surprise iconic neighborhoods, from Telegraph Hill to the Haight, have served as backdrops for major motion pictures. But, perhaps for the first time, the Sunset and Richmond districts are playing leading roles in local musician Goh Nakamura's debut feature, "Surrogate Valentine," which premiered at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in March.

Woman's Quest for Speed Leads to Motorcycle Racing
"Racing is about mental refinement. The fusion of spirit and matter represents focus and discipline. The mind is the pilot, the body is the tool, and the spirit is the engine; the racetrack is the challenge and victory is the goal." These are the words of Birgit Soyka of Stuttgart, Germany, one of the first female motorcycle racers.

New Police Captain Takes Helm at Taraval Station
It was March 11, at about one o'clock in the morning, when Capt. Curtis Lum received the first emergency call at his new position as the man in charge at the Taraval Police Station.

Supervisor Carmen Chu: Be Prepared for Emergency

John M. Lee: Selling in Today's Market

Capt. Curtis Lum: Fulfilling a Life-long Dream