Sunnyside Light Joyce King-Sultana Has Passed

Joyce May King-Sultana
July 31, 1947 – December 27, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we have lost Joyce King-Sultana after a brief battle with cancer, but she died with her loving husband Mark by her bedside. Joyce was known for her gentle nature and was beloved by so many friends and family, who knew her as “The Queen”.

Born in San Francisco, the youngest of four children, Joyce was always proud to claim herself as a native San Franciscan. She loved and supported the San Francisco Zoo, Bay Area parks and museums, and of course she was a big fan of the San Francisco Giants and enjoyed an afternoon at the park. It gave her pleasure to take neighborhood walks, and share a latte with Mark and friends at the Cup café. A meal at Big Joe’s on Monterey was a favorite, which always included a chat with owners Pete and Rosa.

Joyce met her husband-to-be at City College in 1972, and for the last 45 years they lived in one of Sunnyside’s earliest houses, on Flood Avenue, built in the 1890s. They have lovingly renovated every inch of their historic home and took great pride in the front and back gardens.

Joyce King-Sultana

Joyce had a great love for her nieces and nephews who were close in age to her. With her positive attitude, she welcomed everyone with her sweet smile, her warmth, and her concern for others. She could strike up a conversation with a stranger and, after a few moments, that stranger became a new friend.

Always ready to celebrate with family and friends, Joyce believed in not just a single birthday celebration, but rather birthday seasons–many Joyce birthday celebrations.

Joyce and Mark had 49 years of companionship and marriage, building a happy home together, taking get-away trips to her favorite B&Bs, dining out at her favorite restaurants, or just having a coffee latte and conversation with old and new friends alike.

Joyce loved life and was an inspiration and mentor to so many family and friends. We were lucky to have had the chance to sit and talk with her. She will be missed by many.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent Paul King and Virginia Jeannetta Sicco. She is survived by her husband Mark Sultana, and her brother John and sisters Ann and Diane.

23-Monterey due to be fully restored in 2022

Sunnyside’s Muni crosstown connection, the 23-Monterey, was suspended during the first year of Covid, and then only partially restored later, with a terminus in West Portal.

Now SFMTA has announced that in March 2022, this route, which connects Bayview to Ocean Beach and the SF Zoo by way of Sunnyside, will return to its original full length.

Photo by MuniDave on Flickr.

Photos from the 2021 Holiday Party and Concert

Last Saturday SNA held its first in-person event in the Covid era, the Third Annual(ish) Holiday Party and Concert at Sunnyside Conservatory. Photos below.

The event featured locally sourced entertainment: the Sunnyside Winds performed Dvorak Wind Serenade by Dvorak, brought to us by Carol Yarbrough; Ian Ratzer’s Hearst Avenue All-Stars, a jazz quartet, played seasonal numbers; and local performer Valerie Façhman, sang and played fiddle with Madeleine Muzio.

Special thanks to Richard Goldman who graciously volunteered to check vax cards at the door; Andrea O’Leary for delicious tarts in absentia; Claudia O’Callaghan for her Sunnyside Squares, Bill Wilson for being the official press photog; and many others who pitched in in different ways to help make it an enjoyable event.

Third bike-share station proposed for Sunnyside

One item on the agenda of the upcoming SFMTA Engineering Public Hearing on Dec 17, 2021, is a third Baywheels bike-share station for Sunnyside, to be located on Circular Avenue at Baden Street. The public is welcome at the meeting. More here including how to attend.

Screen shot from agenda for Dec 17,2021, MSFMTA hearing.
Screen shot from agenda for SFMTA hearing on Dec 17, 2021. Full agenda:
Diagram provided by SFMTA showing location of proposed bike-share station on Circular Ave. at Baden St.
Diagram provided by SFMTA showing location of proposed bike-share station on Circular Ave. at Baden St.
Google streetview image with approximate location of proposed bike-share station at Circular Ave. and Baden St. marked.
Google street view image with approximate location of proposed bike-share station at Circular Ave. and Baden St. marked.

Safety and Community: Neighborhood Watch for your Sunnyside block

Form a Neighborhood Watch Group on your Sunnyside block

By James McCormick, Brian Marabello, and Tracey McCormick

What is a Neighborhood Watch Group? Why does my block need one? How can I set one up and use it to help my neighbors?

A Neighborhood Watch Group (NWG) is a a group of residents who have formally organized to work on making their block not only safer and better prepared for emergencies, but also more connected and sociable, too. NWGs may include a single block or a larger area, such as side streets and adjoining blocks. NWGs are a part of the Neighborhood Watch Program managed by SF SAFE — a non-profit that’s been focused on crime prevention and public safety for San Francisco neighborhoods since 1976. Currently, SF SAFE supports over 1,800 active NWGs.

Some of the benefits that an NWG offers to your block, beyond crime deterrence and emergency preparedness, include opportunities to meet and get to know your neighbors, or to forge stronger connections with those you already do know. A NWG is also an opportunity to welcome new neighbors and to introduce them to other neighbors on your block. Additionally, information voluntarily provided to a NWG will allow you and your neighbors to communicate more effectively about issues and news that affects everyone on your block, such as reporting a car burglary, damage to property, or to inquire about a neighbor’s well-being. Recently, having a Sunnyside NWG enabled a neighbor to report to another neighbor that their light well drain was clogged and flooding. In another instance, a neighbor alerted their neighbor that their car had a flat tire.

NWGs also provide a mechanism for block problem-solving, such as sharing concerns or requests for improvements on your block, which serves to coordinate your ideas and work more effectively with city departments to address issues and find solutions, e.g. adding a stop sign or speed humps, improving lighting, coordinating storm drain patrols, or making requests for restricted parking. Moreover, you and your neighbors will be more prepared — and able to help each other — in the event of emergencies, such as long power outages or something more serious like an earthquake. A NWG will help you communicate in such situations, and check in on each other to offer or ask for help.

And, of course, neighbors value and appreciate most the fact that NWG signs alert potential wrongdoers that the neighbors are connected and watching out for each other and their property.

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