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Community Meetings: Friday, September 12 & Tuesday, September 16: D10 Candidate Debates

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PrEP is the new Condom (not quite)

District 9 Supervisor David Campos will be holding a hearing Thursday to ask the City to make PrEP (Truvada) available to all San Franciscans, regardless of income. Prior to the hearing, he will be holding a rally on the steps of City Hall in support of increased PrEP availability.

PrEP is the first pill approved by the FDA that HIV-negative people can take prophylactically to help protect them from getting HIV. Patients must take the drug daily for it to be effective, which has led some to question whether or not the regimen would be adhered to. In some studies, adherence was a major problem. Regardless, earlier this summer the FDA rather controversially recommended that all people in certain demographics take PrEP.

Those opposed to the widespread use of this drug is that it's not going to prevent other STDs, which is true. However, they also claim that it may give people who take it a sense of invulnerability toward HIV and increase risky sexual behavior. However, a recent study at UCSF has shown there to be no link between the two. There's also the debate over using a drug for a disease you don't have. Truvada isn't exactly a sugar pill, so as with any drug, there is always the issue of its toxicity.

Still, making it more generally available to those who need and want to use it, and improving information about it for doctors and patients will hopefully be a good thing. Go here to see if PrEP is right for you.

D10 Dustup - Stop looking at my package

From SFGate,
The brouhaha started with an invitation for a meet-and-greet later this month with Tony Kelly, who is challenging Supervisor Malia Cohen in the district including Bayview-Hunters Point and Potrero Hill.
Read all about it at SFGate

Stop looking at the package!
It's funny, the first time I read the "Stop looking at the package and start looking at the contents" line, I just assumed they were talking about Tony Kelly.

In the four years I've been running this blog, I admit I have heard people use Supervisor Cohen's good looks and taste in clothes as a way to devalue her competence. The assumption being that a good looking person, not just Cohen but anyone, no matter how smart, must have used their looks to have gotten where they are. But absent any proof, it's just assumption, and needs to be left out of the equation as to whether the person is an effective legislator or not.

Supervisor Cohen can't change her looks any more than Tony Kelly can. As Kelly said in a 2010 debate when someone questioned how he as a white man could represent blacks in our community, "I was born white and will always be white. I can't change that." The fact is Kelly's race and Cohen's looks have no bearing on either person's ability to represent those who are either not white or not supermodels, and it's a shame that either is even mentioned in this context.

Now, if only Tony Kelly would stop wearing pleated pants, we'd all have fewer distractions in this race.

Potrero Hill Festival

The 25th Annual Potrero Hill Festival
Saturday, October 18, 2014
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets.

Experience the “flavor” of the Potrero community, featuring local food vendors and artists, musicians, historians, homegrown entertainment and much more! Join us for this one-of-a-kind community event for all ages!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Palou Ave Streetscape Improvement Project

Please check the http://www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1722 site for updates, project cost, etc, and especially look at their Barneveld to Crisp presentation and their Barneveld to 3rd presentation for details on their proposals. Contact Frank Filice with comments.

Some results from their first meeting, which focused on Palou Ave between Barneveld and 3rd St, include:

Bike Lanes on Oakdale and parking impacts between 3rd and Lane

  • If you have a bike lane you lose parking
  • If you have a sharrow you don’t lose parking

Other adjacent projects:

  • PGE utility replace project Palou to Evans in 2015
Newhall to 3rd (1600 block) - How to make more functional and help with queuing buses and vehicles
Opportunity at Community Garden and Phelps Mini Park
Greening Opportunities to break up the pavement
Pedestrian Safety

  • Improve visibility at intersections for cars and pedestrians
  • Improve the function of the 5 way at Quint/Silver intersection for drivers and pedestrians?

At the second DPW/SFMTA meeting regarding the Palou Ave streetscape improvements, bikes, pollution, vacant SFUSD and SFWater lots the 1300 block of Palou, trees and streetscape, re-routing  the 23 bus, and pedestrian safety improvements (crossings and bulbouts) were all hot topics.

This meeting focused on Palou Ave east of 3rd St only, but they welcomed comments regarding the entire stretch.

Re bikes, SFMTA wanted input on eliminating the sharrows on Palou (west of 3rd) and directing all bike traffic onto the Oakdale Ave bike lanes. At Lane, east of 3rd, it would travel two blocks south via sharrows, then continue with bike lanes on Quesada to Crisp to eliminate bus/bike conflict.  This is not part of the current scope, so it wasn't clear where funding would come from. Quesada is also not currently part of the bike plan, so further SFMTA study would have to be undertaken to put it in there.

The Palou roadway under consideration for this change is currently 18' in each direction. A comfortable vehicle lane is 12' and a bike lane is a minimum of 4'. Looking at vehicle demand vs capacity, we were told a single 12' vehicle lane on Palou would be enough to handle traffic for the next 20 years (DPW will check demand projections). To some of us, it seemed to make sense not to move bikes over to Oakdale and Quesada, but instead to do a 6' buffered bike lane all the way along Palou and a single 12' vehicle lane that would calm traffic and give the desired separation of bikes from cars and buses, thus eliminating conflict. To keep the lanes vehicle only and 18' wide means we continue to have either a 1½ lane width street or one lane here, two lanes there.  Thoughts? See their website for some images to illustrate.

In the future (20-25 years), as bus demand increases due to the shipyard development, they're talking about narrowing 15' sidewalks to 12' and putting in dedicated bus lanes on Palou (for reference, think of the red painted lanes on Church St). It seems to me this would be an appropriate time to remove bike lanes from Palou and move them over to Quesada.

Re pollution, there was concern about diesel truck traffic during the construction phase, but it seems it would only take a few months to do the actual work and air quality monitoring would be done during the work.

Pedestrian safety included "thumbnails" - 4-6' wide curbed oval spaces that force drivers to better notice intersections, corner bulbouts that narrow roadways at intersections, improved markings and lighting.

As for trees and streetscape, the desire is for a more treelined street, but concern was raised over maintenance.

All seemed happy with the reroute of the 23 bus so that it no longer had to make that funky loop down Phelps to Jerrold to Toland to Oakdale.  Instead, it would travel on Palou to Selby, then to Oakdale, bypassing the Produce Market. This fits in with the Produce Market's redesign plan in which they will be closing off to traffic on Jerrold between Rankin and Toland and re routing traffic flow to Innes and Kirkwood around the market.

As for the vacant lots in the 1300 block of Palou, DPW said they'd contact SFUSD to see about incorporate their work into a possible development of their unused property into a community garden for nearby schools.

For more information or to register your opinions, please don't hesitate to check the materials from both meetings on the http://www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1722 site and send questions and comments to project manager Frank Filice at frank.filice@sfpdw.org

The next meeting will likely be in early 2015 and will focus on the conceptual designs that have been influenced by comments from the community, so be sure to speak up now!

D10 Debate tonight

The District 10 Supervisor Debates start up again tonight,

Friday, Sept 12
7:00-9:00 PM
BCA/Rafiki Wellness
601 Cesar Chavez, near Pier 80.

Shawn Richard

Ed Donaldson

Malia Cohen
Tony Kelly

Marlene Tran

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coastal Clean-Up

Visit Parks Conservancy to register

We need more people here! Nearly 80% of the trash we collect in San Francisco comes from the East side. Contact: Aquarium of the Bay, (415) 262-4725
  • Agua Vista ParkRegister >>
    Site Captain: San Francisco Port
  • Candlestick Point/Yosemite Slough NorthRegister >> (Need more help here!)
    Site Captain: Literacy for Environmental Justice
  • Candlestick Point/Yosemite Slough SouthRegister >>
    Site Captain: Literacy for Environmental Justice
  • Candlestick Point/Executive Park—FULL
    Site Captain: The Fairmont Hotel
  • Heron’s Head ParkRegister >> (Need more help here!)
    Site Captain:SF Rec & Park - Greenagers
  • India Basin Open SpaceRegister >>
    Site Captain: Baykeeper
  • Islais CreekRegister >>
    Site Captain: Schools of the Sacred Heart and Kayaks Unlimited
  • Mission Bay/Bay Front ParkRegister >> (Need more help here!)
    Site Captain: Sea Scavenger and The Hilton Hotel
  • Pier 94Register >> (Need more help here!)
    Site Captain: Golden Gate Audubon Society
  • Warm Water CoveRegister >>
    Site Captain: Green Trust San Francisco

Bonhams Hosting Town Hall on Homeless and Encampments

Bonham's Auction House
220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco 94103
Friday, September 19, 2014,
11:00AM - 1:00PM

This will be the first meeting in a series of Town Halls on this topic. Organizers are currently working on scheduling the second meeting to be hosted in the evening from 6:30-8pm [Week Day]. Stay Tuned for that Meeting Announcement.

Guests: Supervisor Malia Cohen, Captain Robert O’Sullivan, Captain Daniel Perea, Officer Susan Lavin-Mann, Mr. Jim Bozionelos (California Dept. of Transportation), Caltrans, Department of Public Works, and the Office of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships & Engagement (HOPE) at this meeting.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email:

Billy Bean
220 San Buno Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
Email: Billy.Bean@bonhams.com

NOTE: Seating is Limited with 250-300 Capacity. Please RSVP to Reserve Seats.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SF State University wants to expand at Hunters Point

From SF Business Times,
San Francisco State University seeks to lease more than 60,000 square feet of space in the former Hunters Point shipyard as part of an innovation district that Lennar Urban is planning for the site.
More at SF Business Times

h/t S. Guerrero

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SFMTB Festival at McLaren Park

The SF MTB Festival is an annual fundraiser for SF Urban Riders and the McLaren Bike Park project.

This unique urban event features mountain biking opportunities for all ages and abilities including competitive events, non-competitive rides, free youth programming, and lots of fun spectator action!

With events like the McLaren Short Track Challenge, 11-Mile Urban Adventure Ride, Cargo Bike Hill Climb Challenge, and professional Jump and Trials demonstrations there is something for every cyclists to enjoy!

September 6
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Categories: Charity Ride, Family, Rides, Social Event
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater @ McLaren Park
20 John F Shelley Drive, San Francisco, 94134
SF Urban Riders

Friday, August 29, 2014

AIDS/LifeCycle Labor Day Challenge!

As you may know, I'm signed up to ride in the 2015 AIDS/LifeCycle. Every month I set a mileage goal for myself. I'm about 30 miles shy of my August goal of 545 miles, which is the total distance we'll be riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles next May/June.

For September, I will make my mileage goal equal the amount of money donated between now and 11:59PM, Monday, September 1st. You have fewer than 80 hours to meet this challenge! 

Remember, you can spread your donation out over several months, but I'll ride as if it was all donated at once! I'll even start it off with a $50 of my own.

Donate Now

Palou Ave Streetscape Project Meeting

Upcoming meetings:

Barneveld to 3rd Community Meeting
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
Discussion of the area between Barneveld Avenue to 3rd Street

Crisp to 3rd Community Meeting
Thursday, Sept 4, 2014
Discussion of the area between Crisp Street to 3rd Street

Significant improvements are coming to Palou Avenue, from Barneveld Avenue to Crisp St.

The project will green and improve the appearance of the corridor and increase pedestrian safety by calming traffic and improving visibility at intersections with:
• new street trees and plants
• better lighting
• bus shelters
• street furniture
• curb ramps
• bulb-outs
• repaving 
Guided by
• Better Streets Plan
• Complete Streets Policy
• Bicycle Plan
• Transportation Effectiveness Program
• WalkFirst
• Green Connections
• Candlestick & Hunters Point Shipyard long-term plan

The Palou Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project is funded by the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety bond.

Streetscape budget (Prop B): 3.68 million
Paving budget (Local): 3.45 million


Current – Oct. 2014 Planning
Nov. 2014 – Jul. 2015 Design
Aug. 2015 – Dec. 2015 Bid / Award
Jan. 2016 – Jan. 2017 Construction

Project manager
Frank Filice, SFDPW

For more information, contact
Julian Pham
SFDPW Communications and Public Affairs

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Butchertown Gourmet

From Tablehopper,
More exciting news coming out of Bayview: Xan deVoss of Fox and Lion Bread and Barbara Gratta of Gratta Wines are joining forces to open ~BUTCHERTOWN GOURMET~. It’s going to be a micro marketplace, with a bread bakery and wine bar (each running under their own name), plus a shared grab-and-go case with sandwiches, basic grocery items, and some items to pair with bread and wine. There’s also talk of some pizza nights.
Read more at Tablehopper

When they open this Fall, you'll them at 5273 3rd Street at Williams Ave in the Bayview.

h/t E. Shaddix

D10 Candidate Debates

BCA/Rafiki Wellness will be holding a D10 Supervisorial Candidates’ Forum on Friday Sept. 12 at 7:00-9:00 PM at their offices at 601 Cesar Chavez, near Pier 80.  


On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM the Black Leadership Forum is having a candidacy debate for District 10 Supervisors. The debate will be held at the Southeast Community Facility, 1800 Oakdale Ave. in the Alex Pitcher Community Room. 

Questions for the debate will focus on District 10 crime, homelessness, economic development, gentrification in Bayview, Housing, jobs, and employment for District 10 residents.  The public is invited but only members of the Black Leadership Forum will be allowed to vote on the endorsement.