POPS Receives ‘Best Merchant Association’ Award

Story compiled by the POPS Media Producer Interns

People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) received the Best Merchant Association award from the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) on Jan. 29 at City Hall. 

Delegates from the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations (SFCDMA) joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed, elected officials, department heads and neighbors for the 12th annual NEN Awards ceremony. The celebration honors the people and neighborhood organizations that help make San Francisco a good place to live, work and visit. 

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Members of People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) and District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar pose in the rotunda of San Francisco’s City Hall on Jan. 29. The Best Merchants Association award was presented to the organization by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN). Courtesy photo.

Under the leadership of officers Albert Chow, Robert Dittler, Les Ong and Paul Mansfield, POPS allows every individual member and every organization member to bring contributions to the collective. Sunset citizens feel rewarded by the years of effort in bringing together the voices of the neighbors that make up a bigger voice of POPS.

District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar was on hand to congratulate the community group. 

“I’m extremely excited and proud that POPS is receiving this much-deserved recognition tonight,” Mar said. “Not just because I’m a neighbor and on Taraval Street often with my family – for shopping, eating and things like bringing my cats to the vet – but because POPS really does represent the best of the Sunset District and our City. Their dedication to working together to foster a vibrant commercial corridor along Taraval and, more broadly, to foster an engaged and supportive community in the Sunset.”

Some of POPS’ neighborhood achievements include: 

• POPS is the steward of the Invest in the Neighborhood Mini Grant program sponsored by the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD);

• Holding major events each year, including movies at McCoppin and the McCoppin tree lighting ceremony; 

• POPS partners with both public and private groups, like AirBnB, and SF Supervisor Gordon Mar; 

• POPS is helping launch the Sunset Farmers Market on Ortega Street, with the Sunset Mercantile and OEWD (starting spring 2020). 

For more information, visit www.sf-pops.com.

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