Upcoming Events: Thursday, July 23: Drag Queen Bingo

Community Meetings: Thursday, July 30: UCSF Helipad Noise Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SFBC: Frisco Biking

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition promotes biking for everyday transportation across our beautiful city. The success of that work depends on building lasting coalitions that are responsive to our members and the needs of our neighborhoods. 
As more people bike, and interest in biking explodes, we rely on this model throughout the city, including the areas where building safer streets for locals has been an afterthought for policymakers. Bayview-Hunters Point is one such area.
Read more about what the SFBC has been advocating for in the Bayview.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Greenhouse Project Executive Director Job

History of the University
Mound Greenhouses
The Greenhouse Project Executive Director Job


TGP's mission is to develop a community asset in San Francisco that promotes the Garden District identity of the Portola neighborhood to engage larger issues of urban sustainability, including urban agriculture.

Founded in 2008, The Greenhouse Project's vision is to develop green infrastructure in the Portola neighborhood of San Francisco. The principle focus is the redevelopment and use of the last block of historic greenhouses in San Francisco as a site for engaging city dwellers and neighborhoods more proactively in thinking about and shaping their place in the larger food system and the environment.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for TGP's growth and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of the project, including its core relationships, operations, and plans.

Apply at http://www.idealist.org/view/job/Z2dSzNWbhNxd/

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.