Sunset Spotlight

Sunset Spotlight – A Neighborhood Journal

Kopp calls for naming Airport Terminal after John Barbagelata
A letter from former Judge Quentin Kopp has been sent to the president of the SF Airport Commission requesting that terminal number three be named after John Joseph Barbagelata, a former member of the SF Board of Supervisors.

The letter says Barbagelata was born and raised in the City and that he had a long and distinguished career with Pan-American Airlines as well as serving as a city supervisor for eight years (1969-1978).

Barbagelata created a real estate company, which is still a family-run operation on West Portal Avenue.

Kopp’s April 2, 2018, letter to Airport Commission president Larry Mazola requests a hearing so the issue can be further discussed at a commission meeting.

Inner Sunset Flea Markets Resume in May
The Inner Sunset Sunday’s flea market season kicks-off on Irving Street on Mother’s Day, May 13,. It will be held on Irving Street, between Ninth and 10th avenues. The street will be closed for the event.

The flea market will feature food, entertainment, bubbles, games, crafts, mobile batting cage, vintage treasures, local makers and merchants sharing Mothers Day gift ideas and “community connectedness.”

The block of Irving Street will be closed on the second Sunday of the month through November. For more information, call (415) 465-2475 or go to the website at

California Recognizes ‘Distinguished’ Local Schools
Six SF Unified School District (SFUSD) schools have been named California Distinguished Schools by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. They are: Lawton Alternative School and John Y. Chin, Claire Lilienthal, George Peabody, Commodore Sloat and Ulloa elementary schools.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for demonstrating outstanding performance or improvement among students,” said SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews. “I’m extremely proud of our award-winning schools, as well as our district, for the continued commitment to offer the highest quality education for San Francisco students.”

In 2018, California used a multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible K-8 schools based on their performance and progress on state indicators, as specified in the California School Dashboard in one of three categories:

  • outstanding student performance,
  • outstanding student performance with high poverty rate, and
  • outstanding improvement and equity across student groups.

In addition, this year California also recognized exemplary districts that have made a positive impact on student outcomes.

The SFUSD is being recognized as one of 22 California exemplary districts for improving school culture and climate through its work with the African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative.

Cadets Visit Outer Irving, Meet Merchants, Local Residents
Members of the SF Police Department’s 259th recruit class made it to Outer Irving Street in late April to learn more about community policing and to eat donuts at Uncle Benny’s Donut Shop.

The visit by the training police officers was arranged by Bill Barnickel, a member of the Outer Irving Street Merchants’ Association and member of the city’s Veterans Affairs Commission.


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Bill Barnickel (right) addresses the SFPD’s 259th academy class. Photo: Paul Kozakiewicz.


Capt. Robert Yick from the Taraval Police Station was on-hand to give the recruits some advice and to accept an award from the merchants for his station’s assistance in obtaining toys for youth during the holiday season.

Barnickel then led the 25 or so cadets on a short walk down Irving, meeting locals and discussing public safety issues.

Party Slated to Honor IOA’s Friendship Line
The Institute on Aging is hosting a 45th birthday party for the Friendship Line, which provides and accepts phone calls to home-bound seniors to check up on their health and well being.

Today, Friendship Line volunteers make and receive an average of 12,000 calls every month. More than 148,000 calls have been answered in the last year.

The Friendship Line will continue to provide connections to people who have no other human interaction.

The event will be held at the Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., on Thursday, May 31, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, go to the website at

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