SHARP is a volunteer neighborhood association serving the Inner Sunset and Sunset Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our activities include program meetings in our building, small financial grants, and a resources page with links to useful information about the neighborhood. Our programs cover civic, political, and cultural topics. The meetings are a great place to connect with friendly, constructive neighbors, like you. You’re invited! SHARP—a resource for the Inner Sunset.

Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, SHARP meets at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of the month in the ground floor meeting space of our building, 1736 Ninth Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega).

  • The History of Golden Gate Park

    Monday, January 26, 2015

    So what were you doing when you were 21? Probably nothing like designing what may be the greatest architectural wonder in one of the most wondrous cities in the world: Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. William Hammond Hall was the park-architect boy wonder. With little experience, limited resources, and against the advice of no less an authority than Frederick Law Olmstead, who said it simply couldn’t be done, Hall transformed 1,000 acres of sand dunes into the world renown pastoral garden and woodland that is our front yard.

    If you know where to look, Golden Gate Park is San Francisco history on display. Our presenter, Ernie Ng, knows where to look. A native San Franciscan with a love of botany as well as history, Ernie has been giving tours of the Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers, and/or Golden Gate Park since the eighties. Soft-spoken and self-effacing, he lets his knowledge do the talking.  He is a favorite of fellow City Guides and of fellow docents at the Botanical Gardens.  His richly illustrated talk will make your next walk in the park a stroll through San Francisco history.

    To make that walk in the park a bit easier, perhaps, we’ll hear briefly at the start of the evening from Dr. Kirsten Hill, founder and owner of Dance with Life Chiropractic Family Wellness Center on Ninth Avenue. Dr. Hill’s presentation will include self-help tips for reducing stress and supporting the health of your nervous system.  SHARP does not endorse, recommend, or warrant chiropractice or Dr. Hill’s services in particular.

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  • Inside the SF School Board: Lee Hsu Interviews School Board Members Emily Murase and Rachel Norton

    Monday, February 9, 2015

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    Every two years, San Francisco voters are asked to choose candidates for the School Board. But how many of us know enough about it to choose confidently? The candidates offer little more than sound bites and endorsements, unreliable indicators of what they or the Board will actually do. The time to learn about the School Board is when people aren’t running for it.

    Our guides will be two veteran members of the Board and Lee Hsu, a close observer of it. Lee will interview Emily and Rachel about how the Board functions, its accomplishments and setbacks, its goals and challenges, and the state of the city’s public schools. He is not afraid to ask hard questions, and Emily and Rachel are well-equipped to answer them. Bring your critical thinking and excellent questions.  You can also send in questions in advance, using SHARP’s contact form.

    Emily Murase, left, and Rachel Norton
    Emily Murase, left, and Rachel Norton

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  • The Civil Grand Jury Reports

    Monday, February 23, 2015

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    Civil Grand Juror and SHARP vice-president Charles Head will convene fellow members of the 2013-14 San Francisco Civil Grand Jury to present evidence from their 2014 report, “Ethics in the City: Promise, Practice or Pretense.”  The report alleges improper “pay to play” political contributions to the mayor and criticizes the city’s Ethics Commission for lax oversight. The Bay Guardian summarized the CGJ report.  Former Bay Guardian columnist and current blogger Tim Redmond lauded it. Here are the responses to the report from the Ethics Commission and the City Attorney.

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  • Concert: Jonathan Chu, violin

    Sunday, March 8, 2015

    If you could not see him while he is playing, you would not think this is a 15-year-old. Jonathan plays with the tone and technique of an accomplished musician. This kid is going places. Fortunately for us, he’s still in the neighborhood. Catch him while he is still here and be transported. Here is a sample of his brilliance. The concert will last one hour, with no intermission. It begins at 2 p.m.  (This is the first day of daylight savings time, so set clocks one hour ahead the night before—spring forward.) The concert is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Program and reservation information to come.

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  • Hadar Aviram: Observations on the Criminal Justice System

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    If you’ve never met a law professor, or if you have and think you never want to meet another one, you need to meet Hadar Aviram. She is an expert on the criminal justice system who uses her expertise to speak plainly and compellingly. You may not agree with her, but you won’t be bored or befuddled. She is a particularly close observer of our prisons. Among other things, she will discuss her provocative new book, Cheap on Crime, which explains how we have become more interested in cutting costs than in maintaining the “tough on crime” policies of the past. Given the slightest encouragement, Hadar may also mention her passions for film noir, open water marathon swimming, playing the flute, and singing (mezzo-soprano). Did we mention that she also writes a no-holds-barred blog on criminal justice and correctional policy in California? It is not clear when or whether she sleeps.

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  • Zahra Billoo: Muslim, feminist, advocate, organizer

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. As thoughtful and articulate as she is passionate, Zahra is a leading voice for the civil rights of American Muslims. She will speak about her faith, the Muslim community in the Bay Area, and her work at CAIR—work that includes political advocacy on behalf of American Muslims, legal representation of Muslims with anti-discrimination claims, and outreach to people of other religions and no religion at all.  Zahra describes the work of CAIR here.

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