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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

Alex Pitcher Room

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2015 Election

In yesterday's election, while overall voter turnout citywide was an embarrassingly low 29.6%, of registered voters in D10, it was even worse:

Bayview: 19.19%
Potrero Hill: 27.98%
Visitacion Valley: 21.95%

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Family Health Fair

Saturday, October 3
10AM - 2PM
1800 Oakdale Ave

Free Cooking demos, health screenings, fresh vegetables, a raffle and kids and seniors zones

For more information, contact Carla Vaughn, 415-821-1534, cvaughn@sfwater.org

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CleanPowerSF Setback

From SF Examiner,
...there is another big concern. PG&E is launching a green energy program of its own next year and if it starts before CleanPowerSF there would be significant competitive disadvantage.

The Bayview Warriors?

From SF Examiner,
Opponents of a plan to build a Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay have identified an alternative location for the project and are urging city and team leaders to consider the site. 
The 21-acre site near Pier 80 in the Bayview has been proposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, a group led by former UC San Francisco officials who argue the arena in Mission Bay will create detrimental traffic congestion and permanently scar the neighborhood.
Despite being on Port land (a significant gotcha), a Pier 80 site has its potential benefits: great access by car, MUNI, and Caltrain; potential for expansion of MME as the turnaround of the short loop T and E trains, appeasing Dogpatch residents vehemently opposed to it at 18th/19th Sts; potentially increased funding for Blue Greenway down to Heron's Head and accelerated development of Pier 94.

A more southern site could also drive building of a second BART tube and could even improve transit within the Bayview. Without the MUNI short loop in Dogpatch (currently in litigation), the 16th St site will be challenging for nearby residents and the hospital, not to mention those trying to access events by car, MUNI, and Caltrain. Third and 16th Sts are already choked around UCSF during events. Pier 70 is already adding to that with its events, giving a prelude to what it'll be like during stadium events. Maybe we're too far down the rabbit hole to turn back on the current site, but if not, at least look at Pier 80 and explain why it's a no go.

Rolling stops are a good thing - let your supervisor know!!

From SFGate,
Legislation that would make ticketing bicyclists who roll through stop signs the lowest priority for San Francisco police has inflamed controversy at City Hall. 
Mayor Ed Lee has pledged to veto any such legislation, a preemptive strike against an ordinance Supervisor John Avalos introduced at the Board of Supervisors last week. It would permit bicyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign and ride through without stopping if they decide it is safe.
Below is why he's wrong to oppose it, and why you should write today to Supervisor Cohen (malia.cohen@sfgov.org) to ask her to join her fellow supervisors in supporting this sensible legislation. Without putting too fine a point on it, if someone says they don't support it, they don't know what it says and are purely going on their gut hatred of cyclists.

This law instructs police to deprioritize citing a cyclist who passes through an intersection where there is no one else with the right of way - no pedestrian, cyclist, or motor vehicle - if they slow down and continue through the intersection without coming to a full and complete stop. Heck, even Park District Captain Sanford makes rolling stops! 


That's it. It does nothing to "trade away safety for convenience," and in fact, will at the very least be safety neutral, and may in fact enhance safety by making everyone more aware of the laws surrounding bikes on the roads.

This cyclist would still get a ticket!!
Even if a cyclist does slow but not stop at a stop sign with no one else (but the cop) for miles around, a police officer is still 100% able to cite them, because that's the law. All this policy change does is say to police, "you know what, we think there are more important things than this to be spending your time citing people for. If you see this one little infraction happen, just let it slide."

Blow through a stop sign at 15mph with pedestrians in the crosswalk? You get a ticket.
Jump a red light to get ahead of traffic? You get a ticket.
Don't stop before making a right turn at a stop sign? Ticket.
Ride on the sidewalk? Ticket.
Stop, but don't wait your turn for those with the right of way to go? Tickety tick-tock ticket.

Police don't like it, not because it is going to be dangerous - hell, people do this now without injury all the time - but I suspect because it's legislators telling police how to do their job.

This policy change is way less impactful than what the Board of Supervisors did nine years ago when they voted to deprioritize pot-related offenses, so what's the problem here? This has broad support from progressives and moderates on the board, so what's stopping our supervisor and the mayor from supporting this?

Burton High Principal to Lead WBMS

From SF Examiner,
Burton High Principal Bill Kappenhagen
District leaders announced Friday that longtime Burton High School Principal Bill Kappenhagen has been named the top administrator of Willie Brown Middle School, a highly-touted new institution in the Bayview shaken by the unexpected resignation of its founding principal last week.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Teachers’ union urges changes at Willie Brown Middle School after principal resigns

Former WBMS
Principal Demetrius Hobson
Barely a month ago, San Francisco Unified School District officials were toasting the opening of Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School — a high-tech institution in the Bayview boasting state-of-the-art labs and more. 
Now, the SFUSD’s leadership finds itself scrambling to restore stability and fill the void created by the unexpected departure of the school’s top administrator, as questions loom as to why he left.

Bayshore Multi-Modal Facility Location Study Open House

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Visitation Valley Library
Public Meeting Room
201 Leland Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94134

Extensive growth in the bi-county, Bayshore area is placing significant pressure on regional and local transportation systems. To meet both current neighborhood needs as well as the expected increase in travel and commuting demand, several transportation improvements have been identified for the bi-county area; including Muni Forward service enhancements, US-101/Candlestick Point interchange, Caltrain Modernization and Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit.

A multi-modal facility is one significant way to better connect these improvements and serve future transportation demand in the bi-county area. A facility will also support regional priorities of coordinating land use and transportation planning, as well as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Bayshore Multi-Modal Facility Location Study will analyze alternatives and recommend a location, conceptual design, and an implementation plan for such a facility in the Bayshore area based on consultant analysis, public agency input and community feedback.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Willie Brown's Principal Resigns

From San Francisco Magazine,

Just six weeks after city leaders and school district officials launched an ambitious, STEM-focused middle school in the Bayview, the school's widely championed principal has already resigned. In a crushing blow to parents, students, and faculty members at Willie Brown Middle School, principal Demetrius Hobson, who was credited with recruiting a star lineup of teachers to the new school, unexpectedly resigned late last week. The reasons are still mysterious and the former administrator did not answer messages left on his cell phone, but the news has left the city's education community feeling severely disappointed. - See more at: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/much-hyped-new-stem-school-the-bayview-has-already-lost-its-principal#sthash.690vPa9B.IUzQ5Wzg.dpuf

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quint St closure is a-comin'

Starting September 28, 2015 (date subject to change), Caltrain will begin construction on the Quint Street Bridge Replacement Project. The project consists of replacing the 100-year old Quint Street Bridge with a new berm. The current bridge is deemed structurally deficient, does not meet existing seismic safety standards and must be replaced to ensure the safety of community members and Caltrain passengers. The new berm will be designed to allow for a potential Caltrain station to be located at Oakdale Avenue in the future. Work to replace the bridge with a new berm is scheduled to start in October 2015 and is expected to last 6 months.

Closure of Quint Street between Jerrold Avenue and Oakdale Avenue is expected to begin on September 28, 2015 (or after). The San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s Quint-Jerrold Connector Road project will follow the berm construction. The planned connector road will link Quint Street, just north of Oakdale Avenue, to Jerrold Avenue via a new road along the west side of the Caltrain tracks. More information regarding the Quint-Jerrold Connector Road project can be found at www.sfcta.org/quint.

During the closure, Caltrain will establish traffic rerouting signs for pedestrians and motorists to help with traffic flow. Please see traffic rerouting map below for details. The majority of the construction work will take place during weekdays. However, in order to maintain regular train service, some activities must be conducted during nights or weekends, outside of normal train service hours. Caltrain will notify neighbors in advance of periods of night and weekend work. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information about the Quint Street Bridge Replacement Project and schedule, please visit www.caltrain.com/quint or contact the Caltrain Office of Public Affairs at 650.508.7726 or quint@samtrans.com.