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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mansell Streetscape Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting

Join us we celebrate the completion of the Mansell Streetscape Improvement Project on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Gather at 10 a.m. at Mansell St. and Visitacion Valley Ave. for a ribbon cutting and opening celebration.  There will also be outdoor activities, face painting and lots of fun. Bring your bike!

Please help us spread the word – tell your family, friends and neighbors!

Friday, February 3, 2017

New Bike Route in Potrero Hill

Got this recently on my internal communications at work and thought I'd share...
The bike lanes on 16th St, west of the train tracks, stretching from Kansas St to Mississippi St, were removed a few weeks ago, so be very careful there. The new recommended bike route for 16th St westbound from Mission Bay goes left from 16th St, to southbound on Mississippi, to 17th St. westbound. There are bike lanes on Mississippi and on 17th St (except for one block where they are not yet installed). 
SFMTA staff reports: For the maneuver from WB 16th to SB Mississippi, we will be adding a green bike box at the far side of the intersection to provide cyclists on 16th an area to wait for the green for Mississippi to proceed south. As you probably know there’s a storm brewing and it’s expected to rain the next several days but once that clears our paint shop will prioritize painting the bike box.  
As for the one block on 17th St without a bike lane, they also advised: 
The block on 17th between Rhode Island and Kansas is narrower than the rest of the route, so we are working on some parking changes on that block that will allow us to stripe the remainder of the lane. This requires the SFMTA Board’s approval, and we are anticipating taking the parking changes before them in mid-February. Pending their approval, we would then fast-track the installation of the remainder of the bike lane.
This is part of a transformation including transit priority lanes on 16th St & re-routing the 22 Fillmore. 
Contact: Rachel Hyden, Public Information Officer, Transit Planning, SFMTA. rachel.hyden@sfmta.com 

Bay Area Bike Share comes to Bayview and Portola

Bay Area Bike share came out to the Bayview this week to get suggestions from the public as to where we thought bike share stations should be located.

If you're interested in making a suggestion, please look at the enclosed map. Blue boxes represent areas where there will be a Bike Share station. The box areas are sized such that no station will be more than a five-minute walk from the next station, and are located such that they are all connected with no "islands".

Yellow markers on the map are placed at locations at which they have determined a station could be located. We were asked tonight to weigh in on those yellow marker locations and if possible, suggest alternatives.

Flags were placed on the map by attendees tonight - green flags represent locations that got an up-vote, red flags a down-vote. After studying the map, please send suggestions to expansion@bayareabikeshare.com or submit comments at http://suggest.bayareabikeshare.com/ Stations will hold between 15-19 bikes and will take up 50-60' of curb space. They have attempted to minimize removal of parking. For instance, stations in the Portola would likely not be placed on San Bruno Ave.

The bikes themselves are heavy, distinctive, and are made with proprietary parts, meaning they won't often get stripped of parts because parts can't be sold so as to be used on retail bikes. The bikes don't have a basket, so taking the grocery shopping would be tough, but they do have a funky spot up front to put a bag if your load is light. They have a headlight and taillight that activate when the bike moves. They are only one gear, so you'll likely only see them on the flat-ish bike network.

The goal of putting bikes in the Southeast is for riders to commute on them, either entire trips or to BART, and to make short recreational trips.

Bayview First Friday at Seven Stills

Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery
1439 Egbert Ave Unit c (3rd Street)
San Francisco

Drag Queen Bingo!!

What do you get when you mix Drag Queen Bingo with some homegrown love for the Portola? You get PORTOLOVE, an all ages fun night of games, performances, food and drinks.

Thursday, February 9 at 6 PM - 10 PM
El Toro Nightclub
2470 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco

For details, visit the PortoLove Event on Facebook

Hosted by Van Detta, this event benefits the Goettingen Neighbors Group (GNG) to support the Goettingen Cascade project, a grassroots neighborhood public art project at the intersection of Goettingen Street and Dwight Street.

Costumes and gender-bending outfits get you a free Bingo sheet. Come out and play!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Mission Bay Loop LIVES!

Finally. From SFGate,
A state appeals court has given the go-ahead to a long-planned Muni streetcar loop in San Francisco’s central waterfront area, over the objections of a neighborhood group that wants the line rerouted.
More at SFGate.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mission Bay Loop Update

As mentioned in March, this from SFMTA today:
The California Court of Appeal recently lifted the stay of Construction of the Mission Bay Loop Project, so the SFMTA will be working with our contractor, Mitchell Engineering, to resume construction beginning with exploratory excavations along 18th, 19th and Illinois Streets next Wednesday, May 18. Residents and businesses will see postings about the project around the site area this week. The overall project will be completed within seven to eight months. The work may affect traffic during construction, including bicycle traffic. Mitchell Engineering will clearly mark all work areas and flaggers will help to direct traffic. 
Vehicular and pedestrian access to properties along the project site will be maintained.
If you have any questions please contact me directly.
Adrienne Heim
Public Information Officer, District 10 Communications Liaison
(415) 701-5472

Friday, March 4, 2016

Mission Bay Loop FINALLY moving forward


Dear Neighbors, Business Merchants and Muni Customers:

The Mission Bay Loop is a key component for San Francisco’s T-Third rail line and is critical to operating the T-Third Central Subway service plan. The loop provides turn-around capabilities for the T-Third Street light rail line via a connection of trackway from Third Street to 18th Street, Illinois, and 19th Streets, which will allow the SFMTA to operate the necessary service levels needed to support current and planned growth within the eastern portion of San Francisco.  The loop will also allow trains to turn around for special events to accommodate high demand between Mission Bay and the Market Street Muni Metro Subway.

On September 14, 2014, the SFMTA awarded a contract to Mitchell Engineering to complete the Mission Bay Loop.  The project will consist of installation of new tracks on the block surrounded by Third, 18th, Illinois and 19th Streets by connecting to the existing tracks on 18th and 19th Streets.

A stay of construction by the California Court of Appeal was recently lifted, and the SFMTA expects to resume construction beginning with exploratory excavations along 18th and 19th Streets within the next three weeks or approximately the week of March 21. Residents and businesses will also receive a notice via U.S. mail next week.  Construction should be completed within seven to eight months.  The work may affect traffic during construction, including bicycle traffic.  Mitchell Engineering will clearly mark all work areas and flaggers will help to direct traffic.  Please plan for minor delays when driving or bicycling through this area.  Vehicular and pedestrian access to properties along the project site will be maintained.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Adrienne Heim, Public Information Officer, 1 South Van Ness Avenue – 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 701-5472.

You can also sign up to receive email updates by entering the following web address:  https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/mission-bay-loop

Monday, November 30, 2015


When: Friday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street

Meet Robin Marks of Discovery Street Tours at the Museum of Craft and Design, where the group will be treated to a special half-hour tour of the museum’s exceptional design exhibitions and craft-filled museum store. The group will gather outside near the illuminated bench in San Francisco's newest parklet to meet one of its creators Peter Frankel, Associate at Bionic, who’ll share the inspiration for the parklet design. Via Classic Cable Car Charters, the group will travel to Bayview Gateway Park, where David Beaupre of the Port of San Francisco will demonstrate how the imagery in the striking installation Bayview Rise by artist team Haddad-Drugan appears animated due to the programmed illumination of the mural's different colors. Participants will have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the artwork, which will make for some enviable photos! Share your favorite images using #illuminatesf

Please RSVP here only if you are sure you will attend.

Check out IlluminateSF.com for more tours throughout December

San Francisco kicking out longtime Bayview greenhouse businesses

From the SF Examiner,
Three Bayview plant nursery businesses dating back to the 1980s have until May to vacate a publicly owned greenhouse after city officials say the facility has fallen into disrepair. 
The forced move has made uncertain the future of Decorative Plant Service, San Francisco Foliage, Sunborne Nursery and the fate of more than 100 workers. All of the businesses, which hired half of their workforces from the Bayview, must leave the 1150 Phelps St. greenhouse facility by May 31.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Phelps St Greenhouses Face Uncertain Future

In 1986, the Southeast Greenhouses at 1150 Phelps were constructed as the result of an agreement with the Bayview community as a way to mitigate the expansion of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment plant in Bayview. For nearly thirty years they have employed hundreds of people and attracted new business to the neighborhood. Currently over 70 people work there, but despite the history and benefit to the community, the SFPUC wants to tear the greenhouses down.

A June, 2015 Environmental Impact Report from the San Francisco Planning Commission shows the site may serve as a staging lot for construction equipment during the upgrade of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant. This decision to destroy a community facility was made without community input.

At the July 8, 2015 meeting of the Southeast Community Facility Commission, SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly announced a new plan to “revitalize” the Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale by relocating it to a smaller building at 1550 Evans. At no time during this announcement was an alternative plan for the greenhouses proposed or even if they would be rebuilt.

Then, at the October meeting of the Bayview CAC, when asked about the proposal to use Phelps St as a trucking route to facilitate the construction project, PUC spokesman was unsure. Fortunately, I had done some digging and found out from Shelby Campbell, Project Manager at SFPUC, that their "truck routing is Jerrold and Evans. Phelps is not conducive to construction traffic and all of our construction will take place west of the Plant and Quint Street." So, if this is the case, then what of the greenhouses? If the land on which they sit is no longer to be used as a staging area, then it would follow they they no longer need to be removed from the site.

The upgrade of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant is needed but the greenhouses deserve a future, too. The community needs to come out to the next SECF Commission meeting to tell the SFPUC to offer alternatives for the greenhouses or let them stand! If the scale of the mitigation from 1986 is to be maintained, then moving the 1800 Oakdale tenants to 1550 Evans and eliminating the greenhouses does the opposite of that. It eliminates a significant job-creating portion of the mitigation, and it removes a community benefit.

Attend the upcoming meeting of the Southeast Community Facility Commission and tell the SFPUC not to break their promise to the Bayview.

Southeast Community Facility Commission
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 PM
1800 Oakdale Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124

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