September 2013
Note: For additional stories about the west side of San Francisco, see the new issue of the Sunset Beacon.

Big plans for making #5 Fulton bus faster
The Muni #5 Fulton bus line is among the City's most heavily utilized. For Richmond District residents, the electrified bus is vital as a transportation connection. The bus starts its run from the Outer Richmond at Ocean Beach and is a direct route to City Hall and the Civic Center area. 

Balboa St. changes in the works; new gates to business district
The SF Department of Public Works (DPW) held a community meeting to update neighbors and merchants about the City's Balboa streetscape improvement construction project on Aug. 21 at the Zephyr Cafe.

Transit changes to affect many west side routes
A plan to revamp the City's public transit strategy says big changes might be coming for a few bus lines in and around the Richmond District, most prominently along the southern border route.

New documentary features pioneer Chinese woman and 'beat' artist
The Asian American Women Artists Association will premiere the documentary short film "The Worlds Of Bernice Bing" on Friday, Sept. 13, in the Koret Auditorium at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park.

A thespian's life: Seven decades serving Bay Area arts scene
Raoul Epling has been the master of ceremony for The Dancing Poetry Festival, held at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, since its first performance 20 years ago. The Richmond District resident's emcee style is as much of an institution as the festival itself. This year, expect him to be back at it. Expect to see wardrobe changes between acts. Be ready for costumes à la Liberace, unrepentant in glamorous glitters, sequins and feathers. For this, Epling has earned the nickname of "Chameleon of Ceremonies" in the Bay Area.

Long-lost 'Breakers' roadhouse found at Ocean Beach
A few years ago, Francis Kniffen Larkin told me the building at 1536 La Playa was once a fancy restaurant known as Mendell's. As a child in the '30s she peeked in the front door and saw fine tables and chandeliers. Larkin wondered why she hadn't heard anyone talk of Mendell's in regards to Ocean Beach history.


Capt. Sharon Ferrigno: Police Beat

Supervisor Eric Mar: City Hall update