SHARP is a volunteer neighborhood association serving the Inner Sunset and Sunset Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our activities include free 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.
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). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cookies and conversation.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
This meeting will take place on a Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the County Fair Building (1199 9th Avenue, near Lincoln) in Golden Gate Park. We are co-sponsoring the meeting with the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association. The meeting will be primarily a candidates forum, not a debate, presenting the candidates for Supervisor in District 7. They are (in alphabetical order) Joel Engardio, John Farrell, Ben Matranga, Norman Yee (incumbent), and Michael Young. All the candidates will be invited to speak and answer questions. Depending on the number of acceptances, we will also discuss one to three city ballot measures.
Monday, August 29, 2016
We will look at the election through the eyes of someone who studies elections. Melissa Michelson is a professor of political science, a widely quoted authority on Latino voter turnout, and the prize-winning co-author of two books and numerous articles. Among other topics, she will discuss the strategies of the candidates and their campaigns. How in particular are they trying to win? What actually affects the way people vote and, just as importantly, whether they decide to vote in the first place? What do we really know about this campaign, and what do we think we know that may well be untrue? Go beyond the heat of the campaign with a person who can shed some light on it.
Monday, September 26, 2016
The Bay Area is home to the world-renown hub of technological innovation and explosive economic growth called Silicon Valley. How and why did that engine of progress happen here? The explanation includes the sinking of the Titanic, a David vs. Goliath patent war, military exigencies and innovations, and the fact that William Shockley (the great physicist and inventor) was kind enough to his mother to move to Palo Alto so as to be near her when she was ailing. Our speaker, Paul Wesling, has observed the Valley for decades as an engineer, executive, and educator there. He will tell a story about tech that you don’t need to be a techie to appreciate.
Monday, October 10, 2016
This meeting will take place on a Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the County Fair Building (1199 9th Avenue, near Lincoln) in Golden Gate Park. We are co-sponsoring the meeting with the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association. The meeting will present District 7 Supervisorial candidates who did not speak at the August 25 meeting and will cover some local ballot propositions (to be announced). The candidates for District 7 Supervisor are (in alphabetical order) Joel Engardio, John Farrell,Ben Matranga, Norman Yee (incumbent), and Michael Young.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Veteran actor, storyteller, teacher, and comic Steve Budd explores Jewish humor through the work of the Jewish comic geniuses of the 20th century, from Groucho Marx to Jerry Seinfeld. Part lecture, part performance, Steve’s presentation traces the roots of Jewish humor and explains its character with jokes and routines from the greats. Get ready to smile.
Note: this meeting is on the third Monday of the month because this year Halloween falls on the last Monday.