Upcoming Events:
Thursday, April 24: Bayview Pop-Up Market at Pier 70 | Thursday, May 8: Taste of Potrero

Community Meetings: Thursday, April 24: SF AAHCS Open House | Geneva-Harney BRT | Wednesday, April 30: Southwest Waterfront Advisory Committee

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Sidewalk Sale in Visitacion Valley

The residents of the 300 block of Wilde Avenue (between Rutland and Goettingen) are celebrating spring with a sidewalk sale this Saturday, April 26.  Come on by between 9:30 am and 3 pm and check out the selection of books, furniture, clothing, household items, and more that will be available.
And, if you bring your own bag(s), you qualify for a second, free bag of books from one motivated seller after buying one bag for $5!

Quint Street Bridge Replacement Update

The Transportation Authority is working closely with Caltrain, along with several City agencies, to coordinate progress on Caltrain’s planned replacement of the rail bridge over Quint Street with a berm, which will close through access under the tracks, and the development of a new street to connect Quint Street with Jerrold Avenue on the west side of the Caltrain tracks. These two projects have been designed to accommodate a possible future Caltrain station at Oakdale Avenue.

At the meetings listed below, the following topics will be covered:

Condition report on the existing rail bridge over Quint Street
Status updates on the bridge replacement project and Quint-Jerrold Connector Road
Efforts to maximize contracting and job opportunities for local workers and disadvantaged businesses
Project timelines and schedule changes

Next steps

Southern Waterfront Advisory Committee
Wednesday, April 30, 6pm
EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park, 32 Jennings Street

Hunters Point Shipyard Citizens Advisory Committee
Monday, May 12, 6pm
Southeast Community Facility, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, Alex J. Pitcher Room

Southeast Community Facility Commission
Wednesday, June 11, 6pm
Southeast Community Facility, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, Alex J. Pitcher Room

Bayview Hunters Point Citizens Advisory Committee
Meeting date to be determined.

In addition, the Board of Supervisors is expected to host hearings in May and June regarding Caltrain’s requested vacation of Quint Street, although the street would not close until construction begins in 2015.

Artwork Proposals for the Bayview Gateway Project

The SF Port has received three Bayview Gateway art concepts for the Bayview Gateway intersection of 3rd Street/Cargo Way Please find below a web link to images and information on these three Bayview Gateway art concepts.  These concepts will be discussed at the next SWAC meeting on Wednesday, April 30th at 6 pm at the Eco-center. They will also be on view online here and the Bayview library at 5075 3rd Street until May 2nd.  Please forward the link to your friends and neighbors.  Or, just click here to download a comment form as a Word document.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Geneva-Harney BRT Meeting

The next meeting of the Geneva-Harney BRT Feasibility Study Community Advisory Committee will be held this Thursday:

Thursday, April, 24, 2014 6:00—8:00 PM
SFCTA, 1455 Market Street, 22nd Floor
Download the meeting agenda at genevabrt.org.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Study Team at 415.593.4800 or genevabrt@sfcta.org.

Live-work loft evictions in Potrero Hill

From SF Examiner,
Essex appears to be emptying the lofts of the longtime tenants in order to immediately re-rent the units at today’s hefty market rates... But what Essex is doing is legal under both San Francisco’s strict housing rules and state law, said Supervisor Malia Cohen, whose district includes Potrero Hill.

Potrero Hill's Annual BYOBig Wheel

Check out videos of the big day at SFGate

Warriors buy Salesforce site in Mission Bay

There goes the neighborhood!  From SFGate,
The Golden State Warriors have abandoned their plan to build an arena on Piers 30-32 just south of the Bay Bridge and instead have purchased a site in Mission Bay to hold their new 18,000-seat venue, sources close to the deal have confirmed to The Chronicle. 
The Warriors bought the 12-acre site from Salesforce.com for an undisclosed amount in a deal that was inked Saturday night. The team plans to have the arena ready for the 2018-19 NBA season

Friday, April 18, 2014

Participatory Budgeting Vetting Meeting - Where was everyone!?!

Last night was ostensibly THE most important of the three Participatory Budgeting (PB) meetings.  Over the past few weeks, two kickoff meetings were held - one in Visitacion Valley, the other in Potrero Hill - where residents came together, brainstormed, and developed ideas.  Online submissions came in too, resulting in over sixty ideas that were then given an initial vetting by City staff to determine their viability and ability to be funded through this process.  Likely hundreds of person-hours have been spent by City staff and consultants on this already.

So, with sixty-four ideas, you'd think you'd have at least that many people at the vetting meeting last night to advocate for their idea and move it to the next round in the process.  Not so.  Maybe about seven people from Visitacion Valley showed up last night.  Another ten or so from Bayview.  The only person I met there who was from Potrero Hill/Dogpatch was a reporter for the Potrero View.  The rest of the room was City staff, including Supervisor Malia Cohen and Mayor Ed Lee, and the PB consultants.  As we were marking our favorite ideas - the ones that will go on in the PB process to be voted upon - I overheard people asking things like "Where is Franklin Square Park?"  My question is, where were all the people who'd submitted ideas, especially from Potrero Hill, who could answer that question and advocate for funding?  Did people who submitted ideas think that the kickoff meetings were going to be all they had to do?  Did people not realize that they had to come to the vetting meeting last night in order to see that their favorite project got onto the May ballot?

From what I could tell last night, NONE of the Potrero Hill projects will even make it to the vote because NO ONE from Potrero Hill bothered to come down and make a case for them.  The projects that will get funded will all be in Bayview and Visitacion Valley because there were a handful of people from these neighborhoods who made an effort and showed up when it mattered, and it'll be they who end up directing where the money goes.

It's called Participatory Budgeting for a reason, so if you don't participate, don't complain if you are excluded from the budgeting.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bayview Youth Summit

BYA youth would like to invite you to attend the 3rd Annual Bayview Youth Summit. Together with three other College Track, 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic, and BMAGIC, this event will bring together youth ages 12-18 to have an open, honest, and supported dialogue on the development, sharing, and exchange of information and ideas on social media networks. We hope to provide our young people with an opportunity to become educated on the power of social media and empowered to utilize social media in a responsible and positive way. Our summit will be held at:

College Track
4301 3rd Street
Saturday, April 26th
10:00am to 2:00pm

The summit will include food, entertainment, workshops, and activities. The topics of the youth summit are:

 *   Cyberbullying
 *   Protecting your online privacy
 *   Utilizing social media to your advantage
 *   Maintaining professional social media profiles
 *   Critiquing the image of women & men in social media

Attached is a flyer with more information such as directions to the summit location and how to register youth participants. For more information please email Laura McKinney at Lmckinney@collegetrack.org. Thank you, we look forward to your attendance!

Earth Day events

The Gardener's Trading Post Seed Swap is happening tonight at the Bayview Underground Food Scene Pop Up Market!  The market is now at Pier 70 (at the end of 22nd St. near Illinois) from 5:30p to 8p - the building is amazing, if you haven't been by yet.  There's plenty of parking but I understand there will be a free shuttle servicing the Pop Up and 3rd on Third's Earth Day celebration at Mendel Plaza.  Bring seeds, starts to share if you've got some.  Sharing knowledge is also a great contribution!  Oh, and BYO envelopes!

Also, please come on by the Palou Community Garden for our Open House on April 19th, 10a to 3p!  Details can be found here.  There will be healthy snacks and drinks, a seed planting activity, and friendly neighbors to chat with.  The garden is @ Palou Ave. & Dunshee St. near Silver Ave.  Note: The Permaculture Design Charrette will be rescheduled if there is sufficient interest in the future, but we will have a few permaculture folks on hand to chat with.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

San Francisco African American Historic Context Statement Open House

The San Francisco African American Historic Context Statement (AAHCS) is a living document focusing on the African American experience from the City’s early history to the present day. The context statement will provide a foundation for the identification, evaluation and landmarking of historic properties associated with African American history.

Join the Planning Department and Al Williams, president of the African American Historical and Cultural Society, as we update the community on the status of the project and document more experiences and memories of San Francisco residents. Be a part of recognizing, celebrating, and protecting African American contributions to San Francisco.

April 24, 2014 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Bayview Library
5075 3rd St, San Francisco

For more information on this project, or to share your story, visit: http://africanamericanhcs@sfplanning.org

The Planning Department welcomes your input regarding historical information, your personal stories
or any questions you may have. Questions and comments should be directed to the African American Historic Context Statement Hotline at (415) 467-4675.

Supervisor Cohen and EqualitySF at City Hall

On April 8, 2014, Supervisor Cohen stood with EqualitySF, a group of 2000 Bayview residents and business owners opposed to the proposed shelter at 2115 Jennings, on the steps of City Hall. The group talked to media about the adverse health effects of further concentrating poverty in an impoverished community like BVHP. They also provided documentation regarding environmental remediation required in order for the site to be approved for human habitation, a factor the City of SF hasn’t taken into account or acknowledged. Supervisor Cohen lauded the group for their organized and impassioned actions to date.

BRITE Meeting

BRITE meeting on
Saturday, April 19
10-11 AM
Bayview Library.

Agenda items include: Caltrain representative discussing the proposed Oakdale Station project; CityCarshare; Supervisor Cohen.


Friday, April 11, 2014

3rd on Third Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day in Bayview during 3rd on Third!
April 17th, 5:00 - 8:00PM
Bayview Town Center
Third St between McKinnon and Palou


Pop Up Food & Farmer's Market hosted by the Bayview Underground Food Scene

Riveropolis Youth-Friendly Play River

Double Dutch  hosted by the Bayview YMCA

World Music Artist & Super African SILA

Ollie Dudek & Bob Brumbeloe at Old Skool Cafe at 6:30

Poetry with Tim "Toaster" Henderson at Auntie April's

Garret Kobsef at Radio Africa & Kitchen 6:00 - 9:00PM

Plus: Fun Earth Day Activities

Presented by the Bayview Opera House in partnership with the SF Arts Commission, Bayview Merchants Association, BMAGIC, The San Francisco Shipyard, San Francisco OEWD, and Supervisor Malia Cohen

Bayview Underground Food Scene at Pier 70

Last night kicked off the Bayview Underground Food Scene's move to new digs at Pier 70 (at the end of 22nd St).  Check it out again next Thursday.

There was a good crowd, music, food, crafts, and activities for all ages.

Vegetarian Roti Taco
Award-winning Gratta Wines

Children's Activities

Visitacion Valley Planning Alliance Meeting

Saturday, April 12, 10 am -12 pm
Visitacion Valley Library Community Room
Leland Avenue at corner of Rutland Avenue


Derek Navarro and his wife, the operators of the new Grocery Outlet, located at Bayshore and Sunnydale Avenues will discuss the opening of their store. This is an exciting addition to our neighborhood. Come meet the new management, learn about the store and give your input.

There will be further discussion with a representative from UPC, the developer, and from the City's planning team, Emily Lesh,
( Mayor's  Office of Employment, and Workforce Development) about the Schlage Lock Developer's Agreement, which is going before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in the next few months. If you missed the other meetings or have questions, please come to discuss the overall process, including the Old Office Building and future involvement of the community in the ongoing planning process.

Update on other Valley issues.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taste of Potrero

Join Taste of Potrero on May 8th at The NWBLK, 1999 Bryant St., San Francisco, and raise a spoon to support education!

In its fourth year, Taste of Potrero has become San Francisco’s most exciting food event & fundraiser. Tickets are all-inclusive. General admission permits entry to the event from 7pm with open bar and tastes. VIP tickets provide an additional hour of private access, from 6pm, to all food and drink, plus a private tasting room with waiter service including exclusive restaurants and spirits.

Thanks to our media sponsor San Francisco Magazine. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please see Taste of Potrero Sponsorships for more details.

Check out this year’s restaurants and bars at the Taste of Potrero website.