Sunnysider Bill Wilson featured in SF Bay Times

Photographer and longtime SNA member Bill Wilson has made a special subject of the President-Elect Joe Biden’s long political career. His photographs and related memories were featured in this month’s Bay Times. Congratulations, Bill!

Read the article here (page two). or the online version here.

In the article, Bill recalls:

“When Joe Biden was elected senator, he hired one of my co-workers to be on his staff. I discovered that Biden’s secretary lived in the same apartment building that I lived in. We became good friends and she encouraged me to take photos of the Senator. He signed one of those photos for me, writing, ‘You have been a great help to us and a fine friend.’ “

Bill Wilson’s website can be found here.

District 7 Participatory Budgeting 2020: Voting now open!

[Voting now closed.]

Previously delayed by the Covid-19 crisis, Supervisor Yee’s office has now opened the voting period for the 2020 Participatory Budgeting ballot of proposed projects. Vote here until July 17th:

bit.ly/District7VotePB

This year’s ballot is long and full of worthy ideas. Highlighted below are the projects that impact Sunnyside or adjacent areas, by category:

Pedestrian Safety >

  • Traffic Calming at Monterey:  This project seeks funding to implement various traffic calming measures at East bound Monterey Boulevard. The project will install measures that will slow down traffic and protect many commuters on the 23 and 43 bus lines. [Editor’s note: We’ve been told this project is focused on the section of Monterey between Plymouth and Yerba Buena, and will involve traffic calming and signage improvements for better pedestrian safety.]
  • Ocean Avenue Crosswalk Safety Project: This project aims to make Ocean Avenue safer for pedestrians through improving three intersections on Ocean Avenue, located at Geneva-Frida Kahlo, Granada, and Miramar Avenues. The east-west crosswalks across each cross-street would be painted with unique designs to make the crosswalks more visible to drivers passing through the intersections, and landscaping would be installed as appropriate.

Culture >

  • Art for Ocean Avenue: This proposal is to beautify Ocean between 19th and Junipero Serra with art to make the street more welcoming to current and new shoppers, businesses, and residents. The funding will paint new murals alongside the M Muni line and on the large Junipero Serra bus stop. Similar murals on Ocean have already successfully eliminated unsightly graffiti. These new murals will be enjoyed for decades by the entire community. The beautification will benefit pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, Muni passengers, residents, and businesses along this busy District 7 corridor.
  • Ocean Avenue Public Posts: The Ocean Avenue Public Post project repurposes four utility poles adorned with artist-crafted neighborhood branding that will be installed at key locations where individuals and organizations can freely post informational flyers and notices.

School, Education, & Youth >

  • Aptos Middle – Shared Schoolyards Upper and Lower Play Yards Upgrade: This project will significantly upgrade the Aptos Middle School upper and lower play yards, which is used by 1000 students each day and by community members on weekends through Aptos’ designation as a Shared Schoolyard. The project will provide new backstops, rims, and nets for 2 basketball courts; new bench and table seating for school lunch time and community activities; creating a mini skate park; installing a traversing boulder; and installing hydration stations and new debris container to improve usability of the space.

Activate Play Space >

  • Wilderness in the Neighborhood – Sunnyside Park: Children love climbing Sunnyside Park’s hillsides. However, excessive trampling on the field level slope has causes soil erosion, plant destruction, and instability to historic trees. This proposal seeks to begin a process of transforming this long and steep slope into a place where children can satisfy their unstoppable curiosity to explore, while also conserving the natural landscape. Steps will grant access to a landing which guides kids to follow a meandering trail around mysterious bends. Parents will welcome knowing their kids are safe from sliding over the retaining walls, and Nature lovers will appreciate that ecological resources are being protected.

Looking on the Sunny Side

Part of an occasional series of articles about Sunnyside by SNA members. Local artist Cynthia Dragon recently painted a mural on the plywood window coverings at a local shop at Monterey and Foerster.

By Cynthia Dragon

My husband Jim goes to Kwik & Convenient each morning to get his newspaper. I had been looking at the bare plywood covered windows measuring 8’ tall x 36’ long for a few weeks, and I asked my husband to see if shop owner Prince would like a mural. YES.

Cynthia Dragon with her husband Jim.
Local artist Cynthia Dragon with her husband Jim.

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