A NEIGHBORHOOD JOURNAL
Inner Sunset Benefit District Seeks Feedback
Earlier this year, an effort began to establish a Green Benefit District (GBD) for the
Inner Sunset District. Supporters say the district could empower the neighborhood to
provide needed maintenance and help pay for improvements and anything
not budgeted by the city and county of San Francisco.
The effort is being spearheaded by a non-profit organization, Build:Public.
“Since the February community meeting, the group has been busy preparing for a
major outreach push to get responses to a neighborhood-wide GBD survey,”
said Torel Patel, a stewardship program manager at Build:Public.
Build:Public is a mission-driven organization that attempts to empower neighborhoods
to fund, build and maintain “great public spaces” in San Francisco
“A Green Benefit District could catalyze traffic-calming and pedestrian safety
improvements, among other neighborhood greening and enhancement
projects. Since last summer, Build:Public has been working with representatives
from Inner Sunset Park Neighbors, Inner Sunset Merchants’ Association,
California Academy of Sciences, UCSF and other community stakeholders interested in
forming a GBD,” Patel said.
One local homeowner in the proposed Green Benefit District said a proposal
being looked at would cost each homeowner in the GBD about $500 a year.
“Forming a GBD can take a considerable amount of time and resources – in large part
because a GBD must be voted into existence. This makes extensive community
outreach to property owners essential,” Patel pointed out.
The first GBD was formed in the Dogpatch neighborhood in 2015.
The formation process took about three years due to a protracted legal review because
the City had to draft enabling legislation for the program.
‘Summer of Love’ Exhibit Opens at de Young
The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum opened a “Summer of Love” exhibition on
April 8, which “turned back time” with music, film screenings art-making and
other memorabilia from the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco.
The exhibition features iconic rock posters, a “trippy” light show, fashions
from the ’60s-’70s and more. It will be on display through Aug. 20.
The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Summer
of Love and is part of a citywide celebration.
For more information about other events planned for the anniversary celebration,
go to the website at http://www.sftravel.com.
Music Center’s Summer Schedule Available
The non-profit SF Community Music Center, with a branch located at the
Richmond District Neighborhood Center at 741 30th Ave., has a revamped website
with available offerings.
The website has resources for finding the right teacher; music
making opportunities based on age and interests; and, “inspiring
stories and images from our community.”
For more information, go to the website at http://www.sfcmc.org.
Sutro Stewards Host Hike at Mount Sutro
The Mount Sutro Stewards is hosting a Sunday family hike at
UCSF’s Mount Sutra Open Space Reserve, which is located
above the Parnassus Avenue university campus.
The hike is aimed at youth aged 5-13 with an adult. It will cover what plants need to
grow, leaves and seeds and what animals and pollinators can be
found at Mount Sutro. The hike is approximately one mile long
on dirt trails.
The hike will be held on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.
To RSVP (required), go to the website at www.familyhike.eventbrite.com.
Food Trucks Host Presidio Picnic
San Francisco’s largest community picnic is held at the
Presidio through October, featuring music, youth activities and
gourmet food trucks. The summer-time event is sponsored by
the Presidio Trust and Off the Grid Markets.
The free-admission picnic is held on Sundays at the Presidio
Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery St., at the Main Post., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call (415) 561-4323 or go to the
website at www.presidio.gov/presidio-picnic.
The Presidio will also feature its Presidio Twilight program
through October at the Main Parade Ground on Thursday evenings,
from 5-9 p.m. For more information, call (415) 561-4323.
Volunteers Needed to Clean Ocean Beach
Volunteers are needed as hundreds of elementary students
from the Bay Area will be making a difference at this year’s
24th annual Kids Ocean Day’s Adopt-a-Beach Clean-Up
on May 17, sponsored by the Marine Science Institute.
Sunset Elementary School third grade student Natalie Kurpius won the art contest
sponsored by Kids Ocean Day. For more information, or to volunteer,
go to the website at www.sfbaymsi.org/kids-oceanday or call (650) 364-2760.
Golden Gate Park Band Back In Session
This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Golden Gate Park Band (GGPB),
which presents popular concerts in Golden Gate Park. It is one of the country’s
last big-city outdoor bands to present a full season of entertainment
in the outdoors.
Throughout its history, the band has presented a large variety
of music, including classical transcriptions, original works for
concert bands, Broadway show selections, opera and marches.
The director of the band is Michael L. Wirgler, who has
been GGPB’s conductor since 1999. Before that, he was a member of the
band for 25 years. Retired from a 33-year career as a music teacher,
Wirgler continues as a performer, teacher and composer.
The free Golden Gate Park Band concerts will continue until
early October. All concerts (unless noted) are on Sundays, at 1
p.m., and are held at the Spreckels Temple of Music at the Music Concourse in
Golden Gate Park.
The schedule for May is:
- May 7 – Polish Constitution Day (Polish music, singing,
- May 14 – Great concert band music (TBA);
- May 21 – Armenian Constitution Day (Armenian music,
- May 28 – Memorial Weekend concert (Patriotic and
For more information, go to the band’s website at