District 7 Participatory Budgeting 2020: Voting now open!

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:


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.
  • 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.

Continue reading “Looking on the Sunny Side”

New business rules in effect Monday

As of Monday May 18, the City will allow retail businesses to operate curb-side pickup service if they obey a set of detailed regulations. Associated manufacturers and suppliers are also included. The regulations include extensive requirements for keeping employees and customers safe while conducting transactions.

This change includes only retail businesses, and not personal service providers–so Sunnyside’s hair salons, barbers, nail salons, spas, eyelash salons, and the like will remain closed for now. Read about Sunnyside’s restaurants that are currently doing business here.

Here is the City’s full order in effect Monday May 18: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/files/Summary-of-Operating-Conditions-for-Curbside-Retail-051420.pdf

Here is a article in the SF Examiner about the change: “SF drafts guidelines for most retail businesses to open for curbside sales Monday”

Here’s a piece in SF Weekly about the process of Covid19-related decision-making by City government: “What’s the Plan for Reopening SF? Answers in Short Supply”  





Online activities and resources for seniors with Community Connectors

Sunnyside Community Connectors is part of a larger community network for seniors. There is an ongoing schedule of virtual events for seniors during the Stay at Home order. Here is the latest news:

Don’t forget to check the Community Living Campaign’s Schedule of events online – there are lots of fun new programs: https://sfcommunityliving.org


– Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):  You can get updates and resource info. by calling 311 or at  SF311.org Seniors and people with disabilities can also call Disability and Aging Services at (415) 355-6700 for referrals to services, including take-out meals, home-delivered meals and groceries, and more.

– New Restaurant Food Program:  Just announced by Gov. Newsom on 4/24 this program will deliver three nutritious meals a day from local restaurants to seniors 65 and over who meet other eligibility requirements.  It is still in the planning stages in San Francisco and should know more by next week.  Call 211 for information.  Will provide the latest on this program in the next Friday Flyer announcements or sooner via e-mail.

– S.F. FunCheap for what’s going on in S.F. live and virtual: www.sf.funcheap.com Continue reading “Online activities and resources for seniors with Community Connectors”