Neighborhood Assault

Update: Saturday 9/30. The assailant in the Shaws attack is being held without bail and faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.

On Wednesday, September 27th a man assaulted the owner, manager and an employee of Shaws Candy store on West Portal Avenue. This short article includes some details.

The West Portal Merchants Association and GWPNA have already written letters to Nancy Tung (with the District Attorney’s office) asking that the violent attacker be held in custody while his case proceeds, rather than releasing him back to the public as is normally done.

You can read the GWPNA letter here: 2023.09.28 – Letter to Nancy Tung re Shaws Assault.pdf

If you are inclined to draft a similar letter, the Merchants Association created this sample letter for your convenience. Send to

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Help shape the Muni Metro system of the future.

West Portal is a transit centered neighborhood built around the K, L & M light rail lines that connect downtown with the west side via the underground Muni tunnel constructed in the early 1900’s. And as we’ve all learned during the last few years of significant construction on those rail lines – West Portal is highly dependent and impacted by changes with Muni. Would you be willing to represent your neighborhood to the SF MTA’s Muni Metro Community Working Group? The details are below.

Are you a regular Muni Metro rider? Are you involved in your community and live or work along Muni Metro corridors?

The SFMTA is seeking people like you to serve as representatives on the Muni Metro Community Working Group to help modernize Muni Metro to meet the future needs of San Francisco.

Your participation will help shape the Muni Metro Capacity Study to achieve a faster, more reliable and higher capacity Muni Metro.

SFMTA staff will work with Community Working Group members to discuss and consider the strategies and tradeoffs presented in the Study, and how best to balance these to achieve Muni Metro Modernization goals. The Community Working Group will provide input and community knowledge to SFMTA staff and help staff understand trade-offs and community priorities during the Muni Metro Capacity Study to shape Muni Metro Modernization strategies.

The Muni Metro Capacity Study will identify how much more rail capacity we need, in what timeframe and where, to develop a comprehensive long-term strategy for expanding Muni Metro over the coming decades.

The Community Working Group will meet approximately five times throughout 2023 and 2024.

Please visit the program webpage ( to learn more about the project, the Community Working Group and how to apply, and to sign up for updates.

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West Portal Merchants Wine Walk – Sept 29th

Come visit the neighborhood for the Fall Wine Walk! The event will be held on September 29th from 5pm-8pm. Tickets can be ordered online for $40/person. Must be 21 years or older.

Download the Flyer as a PDF here: 2023.09.29 – West Portal Wine Walk Flyer.pdf

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September Meeting

Please join us at our September meeting on Wednesday, September 6th @ 7pm. We’ll be continuing with hybrid (in person and Zoom) meetings. Join us in person in the conference room at Beyond Office SF (215 West Portal Avenue), or online by Zoom. All members receive the Zoom invite by email automatically.

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