Sunset Spotlight

Sunset Spotlight

A Neighborhood Journal

Sand Removal at Ocean Beach

The SF Department of Public Works began its annual sand maintenance activities along the Great Highway, adjacent to Ocean Beach, on June 20.

Crews are redistributing approximately 8,000 cubic yards of sand during a two-week window, moving it from the side of the roadway toward the ocean. The aim is to reduce the likelihood of sand buildup on the Great Highway during windy weather. The work will require the periodic closure of the southbound lanes of the Great Highway.

In addition to the removal of sand at the seawall between Noriega and Santiago streets, the project will address the sand accumulation at the intersection of Judah and Noriega streets.

Public Works has a small window to perform the annual work; it must be timed to make sure crews do not disturb the Western Snowy Plover, a small shorebird that is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The plovers can be found at Ocean Beach about 10 months out of the year, but take off in the spring or early summer to nest in other coastal areas and inland salt flats.

Monitors with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and Golden Gate Audubon Society have confirmed that the plovers have left Ocean Beach and that it is safe to begin relocating the sand. Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. is performing the work.

Flower Piano Returns to the SF Botanical Garden

The 12-day, outdoor musical extravaganza known as Flower Piano will be held at the SF Botanical Garden in July. Now in its fourth year, Flower Piano will transform the SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park into an outdoor concert hall, and the public is invited to play and listen.

From July 5 – 16, every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors will find 12 pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from “Chopsticks” to Tchaikovsky.

On weekend days, professional pianists and a host of other musicians will perform throughout the Garden as well, and the public is welcome to pack a picnic and
enjoy the shows.

Coming back this year as well is NightGarden Piano, a special evening event on July 12, 13 and 14, from 8-11:30 p.m. According to the garden, “beautifully lit pathways guide visitors to pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars and open
pianos to play.” Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets are $45-55 each for NightGarden Piano. All proceeds help to fund the Flower Piano program.

For more information and a full schedule of events, go to the website at

Henry Doelger Documentary to Screen in July

 The public is invited to join producer and director Robert Keil for a screening of his documentary film, “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” which is a visual journey through the Westlake District of Daly City, much of which Doelger’s company built. This is the first documentary film about Henry Duelger and his signature community, one of America’s first and most iconic major postwar suburbs.

“Little Boxes” not only documents Doelger’s place in history, but it uncovers Westlake’s “amazing development process and classic mid-century style.”

Doelger lived at 15th Avenue and Pacheco Street and his company headquarters was located on Judah Street, near Ninth Avenue.

The screening will be held at the Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr., on Wednesday, July 11, from 7-8 p.m. For more information, call (415) 355-2825.

CleanPowerSF to Enroll Commercial Customers

 Businesses in San Francisco can soon sign-up to get electricity from the city’s CleanPowerSF program.

The SF Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will enlist 25,000 commercial electricity customers citywide into the program starting in June. Customers will be automatically enrolled into the city’s service, although they have the option of staying customers of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) electricity.

For more information, go to the website at

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