Sunset Beacon
February 2011

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

Sunset Spotlight/Police Blotter/Letter to the Editor

ADA Lawsuits Bleed Merchants in Tough Times
In the past three years at least six Sunset District merchants have found out the hard way just how much trouble Craig Yates can bring when he rolls up to their doors in his wheelchair, especially if they ignore his warning correspondences.

Irving Restaurant Battles Recession, High Rents, Competition
In 1978, William Sang was unique when he opened Shangri-La, a vegetarian restaurant on Irving Street in the Outer Sunset District. Now, the street is chockablock with Chinese businesses, and particularly restaurants. He is in a constant struggle to make ends meet.

Supervisors Demand Muni Cut Switchbacks
San Francisco supervisors Carmen Chu and John Avalos were not pleased with the explanations transit authorities gave in January for the increasing practice of leaving riders stranded along the L-Taraval, N-Judah, M-Oceanview and K-Ingleside streetcar lines.

40 Years of Love Poems: A Poet's Journey Through Life
Marvin Montney, a self-proclaimed poet and philosopher, sits at a table inside a quaint, European-style cafe on Irving Street.

Collaboration Spurs Creative Process at Woodshop
It is just after 4 p.m., and it is darker than it should be, even during a harsh storm in mid-December. The rain seems unrelenting on Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset, with the block between 44th and 45th avenues looking deserted. An inbound N-Judah picks up a drenched person at the corner bus stop.

Hearings for Youth Funding
In the early evening of Jan. 13, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYTF) held a meeting at the Taraval Police Station to get feedback about what youth services and programs Sunset residents want to see the City provide in the future.


Supervisor Carmen Chu: Small Business Assistance