Upcoming Events: Wednesday, July 15: Starlight Jazz Night | Thursday, July 23: Drag Queen Bingo

Community Meetings: Saturday, July 11: D10 Community Forum | Wednesday, July 15: Palou Ave Streetscape Project Meeting | Thursday, July 16: SFPUC Biosolids Facilities Project Meeting | Thursday, July 30: UCSF Helipad Noise Meeting

Thursday, July 2, 2015

D10 Community Forum

Saturday, July 11
11:00 AM
CCSF Southeast Facility,
Alex L. Pitcher, Jr. Community Room,
1800 Oakdale Avenue

This forum aims to create a platform for community members from all our diverse neighborhoods in District 10 including Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill, and Dogpatch to hear about the work Assemblymember Chiu has been doing in Sacramento and give feedback. If you have any questions, please contact Genesis Garcia at Genesis.Garcia@asm.ca.gov or by calling at (415) 557-3013.


Supervisor Malia Cohen
Young Community Developers
The San Francisco Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Willie B. Kennedy Democratic Club
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
Black Young Democrats of San Francisco
Community Youth Center – Bayview
FacesSF – Visitacion Valley Neighborhood Access Point
Southeast Community Facility Commission
Potrero Hill Democratic Club
Little Hollywood Neighborhood Association
Visitacion Valley Community Unity
Asian Pacific American Community Center
Bayview Opera House – Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre
San Francisco Parks Alliance
Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association
Brite Business Alliance
Mercy Housing

Drag Queen Bingo in the Portola

Get ready for the cage to roll, the balls to drop, and the wigs to fly!

It's time for Drag Queen Bingo in the Portola!!

Thursday, July 23
El Toro Nightclub
2470 San Bruno Ave
7PM - midnight

You don't have to be LGBT to join in the fun. You just have to be FABULOUS!

$6 at the door and $2 per bingo card

Come in drag and get $4 off admission and one free bingo card!

Funds raised help support the Portola Neighborhood Association

Palou Ave Streetscape Improvement Project Final Design Meeting

The Palou Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project extends the entire length of the street, from Barneveld Avenue to Crisp Road, in the city’s Bayview district. Palou Avenue serves as a local commercial district for the surrounding residential neighborhood.  The 1.7-mile stretch of roadway flows through many communities in the Bayview, each with a distinct character. The corridor, largely residential, runs from an industrial corridor at the west end to the Hunters Point Shipyard to the east..The renovation will provide a safer and more inviting environment for pedestrians, motorists and transit riders.

Final Design Meeting
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Library
5075 Third St
6PM - 7:30PM

Check out the Palou Avenue Streetscape Improvement Factsheet!

The project is currently in the planning phase and the streetscape improvements may include: New street trees and plants, better lighting, bus shelters, street furniture, curb ramps, bulb-outs, repaving and other enhancements to improve pedestrian safety by calming traffic and improving visibility at intersections.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Starlight Jazz Night


* Starlight Jazz Night *

What better way to give back to the community than to celebrate the rich history of Jazz music in the Bayview by sharing great eats, treats and fine music under the stars at
5800 3rd Street
Wednesday, July 15th @6pm

Full menu with a jazzy-themed dinner & drink special


Cost: Free

Parking: Free

UCSF Helipad Noise meeting

From UCSF,

You are invited to a community meeting* that will provide recent sound measurement and analysis results from UCSF medical helicopter transports at our UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital helipad.  A national noise consultant will report on analysis and sound testing performed in April 2015 in residential locations. 
Date:              Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time:              6:30 pm
Location:       UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Auditorium
1855 – 4th Street, 1st floor
Since the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay opened in February, we have been accepting helicopter transports for the most critically ill children as well as women with serious pregnancy complications. These transports occur only from other hospitals that are unable to provide the resources, level of care, and pediatric specialists available at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. 
Community involvement has been at the forefront of the planning process for the Medical Center for many years.  In 2008-2009, UCSF worked with neighbors to develop the UCSF Residential Sound Reduction Program for Helicopter Operations (RSRP).  The purpose of this groundbreaking program is to measure potential sound impacts on nearby homeowners who may be affected by helicopter noise and to provide funding for any required sound improvements to qualified applicants.  The helipad and RSRP were approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2009, and included in the UCSF supplemental environmental report (SEIR).   In addition to SEIR public meetings, UCSF communicated with neighbors about the RSRP at community meetings in November 2014 and May 2015. 
In response to community feedback, UCSF has also made significant changes to minimize sound impacts:
· Located helipad toward the center of campus near 16th & 4th  Streets
· Placed elevator shaft to south of helipad to reduce sound travelling toward  closest residences
· Developed flight paths over the bay and away from residences to the greatest extent possible
UCSF is now notifying residents and owners of residential property in the vicinity of recent sound measurements and analysis results.   (We are reaching out to neighbors and property owners well beyond the area required by the RSRP/SEIR). 
First, I’d like to introduce some technical terminology: 
Community Noise Equivalent Level (CNEL)—a 24-hour cumulative noise metric, which is utilized in transportation noise assessments.  The FAA and the State of California use CNEL to identify the noise impact area for projects in California.
Single Event Noise Exposure Level (SENEL)—a noise metric that relates to a single event such as helicopter arrival or departure.  In choosing to use SENEL, which is more beneficial to neighbors, UCSF consulted guidelines prepared by the Federal Interagency Committee on Aircraft Noise, which recommends use of this single event metric to assess awakenings from aircraft noise.  An exterior SENEL of 95 decibels (dB) is equivalent to an interior 80 dB SENEL.
FAA Integrated Noise Model—a computer software program that determines aircraft sound levels in the vicinity of the landings and departures, like helipads and airports.
In keeping with the RSRP/SEIR, UCSF’s expert sound consultants (HMMH) measured actual UCSF helicopter transports in April 2015 to draw the perimeter of the 95 dB SENEL sound perimeter, or “contour,” as determined through the use of the FAA’s Integrated Noise Model.  A residential property qualifies for RSRP sound reduction measures if interior noise levels exceed 80 dB SENEL within the sleeping areas based on actual sound measurements. 
Based on these measurements and analysis, UCSF has determined that there are no residential properties experiencing 95 dB SENEL (interior level of 80 dB) from normal UCSF helicopter transports.  The UCSF accommodation of community concerns—relocating the helipad and the placement of the elevator shaft—proved quite successful.  In addition, the hospital buildings help shield helipad noise from the closest neighbors.

In accordance with the RSRP/SEIR, “all residential properties located on any block that is touched by the 95 dB SENEL noise contour” would be included in the RSRP.  Thus, residential properties within the block defined by Mariposa and 18th streets between Tennessee and Minnesota streets may qualify for the RSRP (See map below).   If, through additional testing, the sleeping areas are shown to experience SENEL greater than 80 dB, those areas would qualify for sound reduction measures.

Please see tiny.ucsf.edu/ucsfhelipad for a helpful video of HMMH consultant Eugene Reindel explaining the analysis in more detail (background information on the RSRP and its accompanying community process is also at that link).  Please feel free to contact me with questions or feedback at Michele.Davis@ucsf.edu or 415-476-3024.

* UCSF fully ascribes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If at any time you feel you have a need for accommodation, please contact UCSF Community & Government Relations at 415-476-3206 or community@cgr.ucsf.edu with your suggested accommodation.
UCSF Mission Bay is accessible using the MUNI T-Third light rail line and bus #55.  If you must drive, please park at no cost in the surface lot near 4th Street Public Plaza.  Complimentary parking is not available in the garage.

$200K Alemany Maze study to go ahead

I'm really proud of my part in seeing this study become a reality. I'm also thankful that Supervisor Campos advocated very strongly for this and has secured an additional $100K to that mentioned in the article below to allow SFCTA and DPW to do a fuller study looking not just at the pedestrian path idea, but also to look at completing the bike route through the maze.

From Streetsblog,
The study, set to be completed by next June, will look at creating a “multi-modal pathway” where residents already cross the “nasty mess of ramps” to reach the Alemany Farmers Market, SFCTA planner Colin Dentel-Post told an SFCTA board committee this week.

Scott Wiener announces Candidacy for State Senate District 11

From his Facebook page announcement,
State Senate District 11
Today I'm announcing my candidacy for the California State Senate in 2016. Attached is my website with announcement video. I hope you'll consider sharing this post. 
I'm running to succeed our great State Senator Mark Leno, who, sadly, will reach term limits next year. I'm honored to have Senator Leno's endorsement, as well as endorsements by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, Assemblyman David Chiu , Senator Jerry Hill, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and many other elected officials in San Francisco and San Mateo County. My full endorsement list is at www.scottwiener.com/endorsements. The Senate district includes all of San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, and Broadmoor, as well as a portion of South San Francisco. 
San Francisco, San Mateo County, the Bay Area, and California as a whole confront serious challenges around our long-term sustainability. As our population grows, we need to address the cost of housing with meaningful and forward-looking solutions, expand and improve our public transportation systems, structurally reform our stewardship of our water supply, and ensure that all Californians have access to affordable, high-quality health care and great public education. 
I work hard on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on these critical issues, and I will work as hard or harder representing San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the State Senate. I'm an optimist, and I know that working together, we can get the job done and move toward a bright future. I hope you'll join me in the effort. I would be honored to have your support.

Massive industrial S.F. site preps for prime time

From SF Business Journal

Candlestick all but gone

REDUCED TO RUBBLE: Sky 7 HD flew over Candlestick Park today, giving us a look at the demolition efforts. This is all that’s left of the former home of the San Francisco 49ers. Full Candlestick coverage on ABC7 News: http://abc7ne.ws/1MvBBrASHARE with others who remember going to games and events at the iconic stadium.
Posted by ABC7 News on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Palou-Phelps proposed development

A group from the Bayview YMCA hikes down the hill at Palou Phelps natural area in San Francisco.
From Bay Nature,
Palou Phelps Natural Area is a four-acre grassy hill in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, rising out of a children’s playground and mini-park into a toyon-and-wildflower dotted crest with a panoramic city view.
More at Bay Nature

Bayview Rise Recognized

From SF Arts Commission,

Bayview Rise is Honored by Public Art Network Year in Review

See more at SFAC

Inside New Shipyard Homes

Take a peek inside some of the new homes at the Shipyard at Curbed SF.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Biosolids Digesters Facilities Project

The Biosolids Digesters Facilities Project at the Southeast Treatment Plant is entering it's environmental review phase. The public will have until July 27 to provide comments on the scope of the review. You can review documents here when they are posted this week, and then attend the Public Meeting:

July 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Open House with Biosolids Project Team, 5:30 p.m.
Southeast Community Facility
1800 Oakdale Ave, Alex Pitcher Room

Thanks to all of you who joined us at their webinar yesterday, SF Sewer and You. Did you miss it? Want to learn more? Check back on their website next week for excerpts from the webinar and to see answers to questions from participants.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Police staffing levels - do we need more police as SF's population grows?

At Tuesday's SF Board of Supervisor's meeting, item 23 on the agenda is a resolution proposed by Supervisors Wiener, Cohen, and Farrell entitled "Establishing a Population-Based Police Staffing Policy."

In 1994, a City Charter amendment labeled as Prop D was passed that established a police staffing level of not fewer than 1971 full duty sworn officers. We are currently at 1730 full duty sworn officers, so this resolution before the board on Tuesday is meant to create a BoS policy that the city do a better job of not just getting to that 1994-mandated goal, but actually increasing that goal to 2254 officers based on a report by a police research an policy group called the Police Executive Research Forum, or PERF.

While it seems to follow that the greater the population, the more police you need, there are a few things to keep in mind before rushing to support an increase in police officers. A recent survey of studies on increasing policing in an effort to decrease crime has found that a 10% increase in the number of police officers results in a drop of about 3% in property crime. There also doesn't appear to be as strong a link between police numbers and violent crime as there is for property crime. Interestingly, in San Francisco over the past year, violent and property crime have both declined in the past year by 4.5 and 5.3%, respectively. No, a year does not a trend make, but at the same time, this decline happened with fewer police than we are 'supposed' to have and with no increase in the number of police during that period. So what happened to reduce these crimes? Perhaps it's that police are focusing their efforts on these types of crimes and are using better methods than they once did.

In a report on the City's Budget and Legislative Analyst's website looking at 1994's Prop D, it was recommended to the Board of Supervisors that they consider increasing civilianization of the police force, taking sworn officers from out behind the administrative desk and placing them on the street fighting crime where they belong. While it would cost the city to hire new staff, the cost pales in comparison to that of increasing the number of police academy classes that would be needed to fill 241 positions on the force, not to mention the amount of time it would take to train all these officers.

In most of the large 'peer cities' supervisors are comparing San Francisco to, civilianization has increased so as to ensure police are on the street and not acting as clerical staff as they are here in San Francisco. This may be one reason why their crime rates are lower than ours.

Perhaps a better way to nearly immediately increase the number of already-trained officers on the street would be to hire civilian clerical staff to do work that some much-needed beat officers are doing today. This would get the number of police on the street up, and may even save money in the long run as fewer police academy classes would be required.

Prop D was very clear, and it's clear we're not at the levels set out by it because you can't just add police officers. Instead of an unenforceable policy at the BoS to increase police numbers, civilianize the office staff at police stations and get a staffing agreement that dictates that a specific number of police will be on duty and patrolling the community out of each station.

Geneva-Harney BRT Feasibility Study

Two upcoming meetings of importance regarding the GHBRT study undertaken by SFCTA.

SFCTA-CAC meeting
Wednesday, June 24
6:00PM - 8:00PM
1455 Market St, 22nd Floor

GHBRT-CAC meeting
Thursday, June 25
6:00PM - 8:30PM
Visitacion Valley Library, Community Room
201 Leland Ave

22-Day MUNI Challenge - Where was our supervisor?

Supervisor Wiener "won" the 22-day MUNI Challenge put on by the SF Transit Riders Union with 106 rides into all parts of the city.

Supervisor Cohen, I truly wish you'd done half as many trips as Scott. A third, even. A fifth as many would have put you ahead of Supervisor Mar. But to ride MUNI (and tweet #OnBoardSF) only twice in 22 days, ending up at the bottom of the heap, makes me sad. It doesn't send a very good message about your commitment to transit or to your constituents who endure tough commutes on MUNI every day.

Now I get where you're coming from. I don't take MUNI anymore either. I ride my bike everywhere now because it's significantly faster than MUNI and I get some exercise in the process. Sure, driving is also faster, and we understand that you have a lot of places to go and things to do around the city, but so does Supervisor Wiener. I used to take MUNI daily from Palou and Third to get to work, and understand what riders in the Southeast go through to get where they need to go, and I'm lucky, because I have the option of taking my bike instead. Most people riding MUNI have no other choice. They can't get on a bike or into their cars or walk to where they need to go, and our elected officials need to show us that they feel our pain. Supervisors Wiener gets it and knows what people go through, and they appreciate that.

Supervisor Wiener writes, "People like seeing their elected officials on transit. It’s important for elected officials to understand, on a personal level, what their constituents are going through so that we have the fire in the belly to address those needs."

I would like to think that if I'd been in your shoes, I'd have given Supervisor Wiener a run for his money getting to the top spot of the challenge. Who knows, you may have even had as much fun doing it as it sounds like he did.
One of two times Supervisor Cohen tweeted that she was on MUNI during the 22-day challenge.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


In Partnership with San Francisco Retirement System, Mayor’s Office Will Invest up to $125 Million Over Next 10 Years in Down Payment Assistance Loans for Middle Income Residents to Buy Homes 
San Francisco, CA – Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen announced a resolution calling for an unprecedented investment in homeownership opportunities for San Francisco’s middle class, through a structured agreement between the San Francisco Retirement Board & Employee Retirement System (SFERS) and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) to provide loans for up to 1,500 middle class San Francisco families over the next decade. Under the terms of a resolution to be introduced today by Supervisor Cohen who is also a member of the San Francisco Retirement Board, SFERS will invest up to $125 million over the next ten years to continually recapitalize the Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP). 
“We are in the midst of a housing affordability crisis in San Francisco, and people of every income are struggling to find a place for themselves and their families in our City,” Mayor Lee said. “Today’s first-in-the-nation investment by our public pension system will bring the dream of homeownership into reach for up to 1,500 middle class families in San Francisco. I appreciate the leadership of Supervisor Malia Cohen and her colleagues on the Retirement Board for investing in our residents and our City, creating a San Francisco where everyone belongs.” 
“There are many ways to address San Francisco’s affordability crisis – and one way is to clear a path for first time homebuyers,” said Supervisor Cohen. “Homeownership should not be out of reach for our City’s residents and we need to be creative about the tools we are providing in order to keep low and middle income families in San Francisco.” 
Supervisor Cohen’s Retirement Board resolution directs SFERS staff to present a proposal for adoption at the July meeting of the Retirement Board for an initial investment by the San Francisco Retirement Board in MOHCD’s Down Payment Loan portfolio. The proposal shall be structured to ensure a reasonable rate of return for SFERS and to provide the Mayor’s Office of Housing additional revenue to invest in affordable housing, including downpayment assistance for first-time San Francisco homebuyers. The proposal shall provide an initial investment of approximately $25 million and provide a structure for future portfolio investments of up to $10 million per year every year for the next decade. 
The DALP is a down payment and closing cost assistance loan to low-moderate income first time homebuyers purchasing a single family home in San Francisco. The DALP is a silent second loan that requires no payments for 40 years. The principal amount plus an equitable share of the appreciation shall become due and payable at the end of the term, or repaid upon sale or transfer. The DALP has been approved by CalHFA and most other first mortgage lenders. MOHCD reviews and updates these guidelines regularly to reflect changes in the market and better meet the needs of the low to moderate income homebuyers. The Maximum Loan Amount of the existing program is $200,000 or 15 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less. 
The existing DALP program only makes loans up to 120 percent of AMI. But with this new investment, the Mayor’s Office is able to expand program eligibility and cover families up to 175 percent of AMI (approximately $178,300 for a family of four), meaning middle class families will have a better chance at remaining in San Francisco.
Over the life of the DALP program, MOHCD has over made over 1,000 down payment assistance loans to San Franciscans for the purchase their first home. The existing DALP loans are an extremely safe investment, with a loss rate of less than one percent.
In his State of the City address in January 2015, Mayor Lee announced his support of this SFERS investment, spearheaded by Supervisor Cohen. In the past several months, SFERS and Mayor’s Office of Housing staff have conducted financial analysis of the existing DALP portfolio and assessed the future demand for the loan program. Having largely completed this underwriting, SFERS can now take action as early as the July meeting to effectuate the agreement and immediately transfer funds, allowing for new loans to be made this summer.
Mayor Lee is also convening recent first-time homebuyers, mortgage lenders, and real estate agents who represent buyers with the goal of making process improvements to the DALP program, ensuring that these new funds are drawn down efficiently and that they allow middle class homebuyers to effectively compete in today’s hot housing market. These homebuyer focus group meetings will begin immediately, so that any policy recommendations that result can be implemented this summer, coinciding with the new availability of funding.
Last year, Mayor Lee laid out an ambitious plan to build and rehabilitate 30,000 new housing units by 2020, with more than half within the reach of San Francisco’s low- and middle-income families. Since then, the City has seen an unprecedented level of housing construction, resulting in over 4,300 new and rehabilitated homes. 
Mayor Lee is committed to investing $1.1 billion over the next five years as part of the affordable housing response plan, which includes the $300 million Affordable Housing Bond currently before the Board of Supervisors, to address the City’s ongoing affordability crisis that will build, rehabilitate and preserve over 10,700 permanently affordable homes for low and middle income families.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Alemany Maze Access Study

Also at this month's San Francisco County Transportation Authority Citizens' Advisory Committee meeting, CAC members will be voting on a project that is near and dear to me. As you may remember, I've written about it here.

The inability to walk directly and safely from the Portola to the Alemany Farmers Market has been a vexing problem since the freeway was built in the "car is king" era. Today, as evidenced by the hundreds of pedestrian trips across the median and Alemany itself during breaks in traffic, it's obvious that people want a pedestrian alternative to driving to the market.

A first step to realizing a proper signalized route from the Portola to the Market happens this week as the SFCTA-CAC votes on a request for $100,000 in Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program funds, which have been allocated to the study by Supervisor Campos.

Last year, the PNA highlighted to Supervisor Campos the need for a safer crossing between the Portola and the Market. The benefits of such a route are many: improved safety for all pedestrians, but especially the elderly; fewer cars trying find parking and blocking roads around the Market; increased revenue for farmers thanks to more people being able to access the Market on foot.

The PNA has also been working to encourage Mayor Lee to include a $100K match in his 2015/16 budget to allow SFCTA staff to also look at bike routes through the area, which could further increase our ability to not only get to the Market, but also make it safer to get to bike lanes that take us from the Portola to Glen Park BART and beyond.

This $100K is just a first step, but with it comes a lot of opportunity to reconnect our neighborhood with those to the north. Residents are welcome to come to Wednesday's SFCTA-CAC meeting at 1455 Market St, 22nd Floor, 6-8pm to express their views on this study. For more information, please check out item 13 at http://www.sfcta.org/citizens-advisory-committee-may-27-2015

Potrero Hill Neighborhood Transportation Plan

To be discussed at this Wednesday's SFCTA-CAC meeting, 1455 Market St, 22nd Floor, 6PM:
The Potrero Hill Neighborhood Transportation Plan (NTP) is the result of a community-based planning effort in the southern Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, and was funded by a California Department of Transportation Environmental Justice Planning grant and a Metropolitan Transportation Commission Community Based Transportation Planning grant. The technical team, led by the Transportation Authority, collaborated with community stakeholders to identify multimodal transportation priorities at the neighborhood scale, prioritizing near-term improvements to improve connectivity across the site and to the broader neighborhood, city, and region. The final recommendations focus on low-cost improvements that could be implemented before the site is redeveloped wholesale through the Rebuild Potrero project. Prioritized projects include pedestrian safety and transit stop enhancements, including transit bulbouts that would be built using non-infrastructure materials (i.e., construction that does not require regrading the street or moving sewer catchbasins). If successful, this innovative feature could be replicated throughout the city, bringing benefits to transit riders more quickly and cost effectively, particularly on streets that are not scheduled for near term repaving. The NTP includes complete funding plans for these enhancements, with allocations from all sources (including Lifeline Transportation Program funds from the Transportation Authority) anticipated by July 2015 and implementation anticipated by early 2016. The NTP also studied a potential shuttle route to improve access across the site and to connect residents with nearby amenities.
For more information, check out the attachment and enclosure for the meeting.

Bayview Gateway Art Proposals


On Display May 23 – June 14, 2015

Bayview Branch Library

5075 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

Library Hours: Mon + Tues 10am – 6pm, Wed 1-8pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 1-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1-5pm

- See more at: SFAC