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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

D10 League of Women Voters Forum

Below, find the time at which questions were asked:

5:00 How would you combat generational poverty city-wide?
9:00 How can D10 retain its unique character while at the same time benefit from the best of the new economy and what it offers?
13:30 What are your thoughts on transportation policy and how it affects D10, and how did you get here tonight?
18:30 Housing: It appears the city has a citywide housing lottery that competes with neighborhood people getting into housing - so do you have any plans to address that issue? With the failure of Senator Leno's Ellis Act eviction legislation, what can you do as supervisor to limit Ellis act evictions?
24:00 Safety: what will you do to see that our seniors and kids are safe in our city?
28:40 What would you do about blighted properties in D10; how can the Board of Supervisors address issue of homeless in the city?
34:20 What is your plan for addressing the scarcity of supermarkets in D10?
39:05 How will you work to curb then turn back displacement from D10; how would you address outmigration of Blacks from San Francisco?
42:20 AirBnB is supposed to pay hotel taxes and Uber is not accommodating people with disabilities - how would you handle these companies that violate the law?
48:45: Bayview has over 20 drug treatment programs - program operators seek more. How can you make these programs more effective and responsive to the community?
54:00 How will you work with the community to bring equal opportunities to the community?
59:00 Closing statements

Thursday, October 2, 2014

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Helipad Community Meeting & Test Flight

From UCSF:

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is preparing to open the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on February 1, 2015.

Many of you participated in some of the 60+ planning meetings over the years.  As you may know, UCSF made several design changes and improvements as a result of your helpful input.

UCSF will use a helicopter to accept transfers of critically ill newborns, children and pregnant women from community hospitals to UCSF for the most advanced, lifesaving medical care.   In 2008, UCSF and the community collaborated to develop a Residential Sound Reduction Program (RSRP), which was included in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ approval of the helipad.  For neighboring homes that qualify, UCSF will provide homeowners with funding for property improvements to reduce noise levels in sleeping areas (as determined by acoustical engineers and according to RSRP criteria).  More information is available in the RSRP Program Basics at www.ucsf.edu/childrens-helipad

We understand that many of you may have questions about what to expect when the medical center opens with an operational helipad.   We want to ensure that you have accurate information, and we invite you to join us the evening of Tuesday, November 18, 2014 to learn more about this program (please see meeting details below).

Also of note, a “dress rehearsal” for new hospital operations on October 15, 2014 will include helicopter test flights during normal business hours.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay
UCSF’s integrated hospital complex will serve children, women and cancer patients. This 868,000 gross-square-foot, 289-bed hospital complex consists of:
·         UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco- A 183-bed hospital with pediatric primary care, advanced specialty care and emergency services;
·         UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital - A 70-bed hospital for adult cancer patients;
·         UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital  - A women’s hospital for cancer care, women’s specialty and high-risk prenatal services and a 36-bed birth center;
·         Gateway Medical Building for outpatient services including radiation oncology for cancer patients ;
·         Helipad, energy center, vehicle and bicycle parking.

The Need for the Helipad
Helicopter transports to UCSF Mission Bay will be limited to the most critical and life-threatening situations and will require approval of a UCSF physician. Examples of patients who would require helicopter transport include: a child with a serious heart defect who requires immediate surgery to survive; a child with septic shock and organ failure who could die within hours; a pregnant woman with severe preeclampsia threatening her life and the life of her baby.   Helicopters will not be used for trauma scene transport (e.g., victims of a car accident).
This valuable resource, which is standard at many similar hospitals throughout the country, benefits all patients who come to the hospital by attracting and retaining top-notch medical students, residents, physicians and staff.

Key Helipad Facts
UCSF implemented a primary flight path designed for helicopters to approach and depart to and from the east over the water to minimize noise impacts on residences.  There are also pre-designated second and third choice flight paths, as required, for rare situations in which the pilot determines that it is unsafe to follow the primary flight path.  For more information, please see www.ucsf.edu/childrens-helipad.  Hovering is not a part of a routine helipad landing—a marked difference from news and traffic helicopters.

Community Involvement
Since 2001, UCSF has maintained an open dialogue with the community about the new hospitals and has held over 60 community meetings.  Neighbors provided input on topics such as site selection, height/bulk/massing, design, open space, traffic, the 4th Street Public Plaza and the new helipad. This feedback has been extremely valuable in helping shape hospital design and influencing helipad planning and operations.  UCSF moved the proposed location of the helipad as far north as possible, away from the adjacent residential community to the south.  We also placed the elevator shaft to the south of the landing pad to act as a barrier to further reduce noise impacts on these homes. Community involvement details are available at www.ucsf.edu/childrens-helipad  in the 2009 RSRP Community Process Summary.

The helipad has met all requirements and obtained many approvals, including:  Federal Aviation Administration (December 2008), UC Office of the President (April 2009), San Francisco Board of Supervisors (July 2009), California Department of Transportation (November 2009 & September 2013).

Community Meeting on UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco Helipad
We invite you to hear more about the opening of the new hospitals and the RSRP at our upcoming meeting:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
6:30 pm
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Genentech Hall Auditorium
600 – 16th Street (at 4th Street)

The UCSF Mission Bay Campus is accessible using the MUNI T-Third light rail line.  If you must drive, please park at no charge in the 3rd Street  Garage or the surface lot, which can be accessed by taking 16th Street to 4th Street.

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 www.community@cgr.ucsf.edu  with your suggested accommodation.

For more information, contact Michele Davis tel: 415/476-3024 | fax: 415/476-3541
Email: Michele.Davis@UCSF.edu

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit Project Update

SFCTA-CAC meeting
1455 Market St, 22nd Floor
Wednesday, Oct 1
6:00 - 8:00pm
The Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Feasibility Study addresses the feasibility of proposed BRT service connecting residents and jobs along the Geneva-Harney corridor. The corridor extends from the Balboa Park BART/Muni Station, along Geneva Avenue in Daly City to the Bayshore Caltrain Station and across Highway 101 to the future Hunters Point Transit Center, connecting new developments in Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard. Over the past three months, the study team has worked closely with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and study partners to produce potential alignments and configurations that will be presented for public discussion and comment during the first round of community workshops. 
The workshops will be held on:
Thursday, October 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bret Harte Elementary, 1035 Gilman Avenue
Saturday, October 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bayshore Community Center, 450 Martin Street, Daly City, with Chinese translation. 
Feedback collected during these workshops and additional presentations to community organizations in the Visitacion Valley and Little Hollywood area will be incorporated into the Study’s final recommendations. At the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, we will provide an update on the Study and a preview of the BRT concepts that will be presented at the public workshops. We are seeking input and guidance from the CAC. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

SF City Portal

On the right side of this page, you'll now see links to some important and useful City agencies' sites that allow you to quickly and easily find planning, construction and transportation projects happening throughout the city. If I've missed something, please let me know and I'll add it.

Quint Street Construction Projects Target Local and Disadvantaged Contractors and Workforce Training Organizations

First of two outreach meetings features construction site tour

San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Caltrain and the San Francisco Department of Public Works will be holding a Contractor and Workforce Training Organization Workshop

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Southeast Community Facility
1800 Oakdale Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124

(note: this is not an event for job seekers)

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), in collaboration with Caltrain and the San Francisco Department of Public Works, will hold a community workshop on two upcoming Quint Street projects in the Bayview neighborhood. The three agencies hope to attract construction contractors and workforce training organizations for the projects, which are scheduled to begin construction in 2015.

The upcoming workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, September 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Southeast Community Facility (1800 Oakdale Avenue), is the first of two informational workshops about the potential contractor and workforce opportunities associated with the projects.
"As a member of the Caltrain and San Francisco County Transportation Authority boards, I am working to ensure that the Southeastern Neighborhoods and all San Francisco will gain the most benefit from the Quint-Jerrold bridge replacement project, including the creation of jobs and boosting our local economy thorough our investments in transportation infrastructure,” said Malia Cohen, District 10 Supervisor. “I commend these agencies for convening early outreach community meetings to maximize participation by our local contractors and workforce training providers."

The Quint Street Bridge Replacement Project will be constructed first and involves replacing the Quint Street Bridge with a berm and retaining wall to facilitate a potential new Oakdale Caltrain Station.

The Quint-Jerrold Connector Road Project construction will follow, creating a new road linking Quint Street just north of Oakdale Avenue to Jerrold Avenue along the west side of the Caltrain tracks.

A tour of the project site will take place immediately following the workshop. For more information about the Quint Street projects, visit www.sfcta.org/quint.

About the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (www.sfcta.org)
Created in 1989, the SFCTA is responsible for long-range transportation planning for the city, and it analyzes, designs and funds improvements for San Francisco’s roadway and public transportation networks. The SFCTA administers and oversees the delivery of the Prop K half-cent local transportation sales tax program, serves as the designated Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco, under state law, and acts as the San Francisco Program Manager for grants from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA). The SFCTA administers the countywide vehicle registration fee and is the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency. 

The SFCTA Board consists of the eleven members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who act as SFCTA Commissioners. Commissioner John Avalos is Chairman of the Board, and Tilly Chang is the SFCTA’s Executive Director.

5th Annual Superhero Street Fair

Saturday, September 27
Islais Creek
1700 Indiana St (south of Cesar Chavez)
1:00 - 11PM

The SuperHero Street Fair was created to recognize individuals and organizations throughout San Francisco and the Bayview Community for their outstanding contribution to the arts and/or community action. San Francisco is home to many visual artists, music performers and community activists. These people call Bayview and the Bay Area home, either working or living here. We wish to provide a platform to showcase the achievements of these people and enjoy a day of celebration and community. There are art exhibits, live theater and poetry, live and electronic music, food, and an awards ceremony recognizing specific individuals and organizations for their contribution. Ceremonies include the Mayoral proclamation of "SuperHero Day" in San Francisco.

A portion of the proceeds benefit local organizations for their outstanding achievement. The organizers of this event also assist in cleaning up the area, a spot often neglected but deserving of attention. The organizers are from this neighborhood, having lived here for over 15 years, and WE LIKE IT! Bayview has been improving over time with the assistance of the city, private and public organizations, and individuals.

We hope you can come by and enjoy the festivities. To infinity and beyond ...

SF’s last piece of original waterfront envisioned as anchor of new Crissy Field

From the SF Examiner,
Photo: Erica Marquez
A stretch of mud facing San Francisco Bay in Hunters Point might as well be Siberia for most residents, but it is waterfront property in The City. 
That makes the trash-strewn collection of old, crumbling buildings and giant wild fennel valuable. 
And what makes this line of coast so special -- and worth the nearly $3 million The City recently paid for it -- is both what it was and what it could be: The last privately owned stretch of Bayfront property in San Francisco, envisioned as the anchor of a future network of parks that will be the Crissy Field of the south.
Read more at the SF Examiner 

900 Innes

 by Sean Karlin

Portola District Garden Tour

Saturday, September 27
10AM - 5PM
Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/855088
For more information, contact Pamela Clevenger at pamela.l.holm@gmail.com

Tickets are also available at:
Sterling Bank, 2555 San Bruno Ave
Four Barrel Coffee, 2 Burrows St
Fat Beli Deli, 2598 San Bruno Ave
Family Connections, 2565 San Bruno Ave
Flora Grubb Gardens, 1634 Jerrold Ave

Tour maps will be available on the day of the tour, at the corner of Burrows and San Bruno Ave. You don’t even need to park, we’ll bring it to your car.


When you’ve finished touring the gardens, please join us for the after party. There will be delicious food to eat and wine to drink, dozens of raffle prizes to win.

After party:
Alta Vista School,
450 Somerset Street.
From 3p.m. to 5p.m.

The tour is a benefit for The Portola Garden District Scholarship at City College of San Francisco for deserving students of the Environmental Horticulture and Floristry Department.

The Portola neighborhood enjoys uncharacteristically sunny weather for San Francisco and is home to many avid amateur and award winning gardeners. The Portola is located in the Southeast sector of the city, from Silver Avenue at the north to Mansell to the south with highway 101 as the eastern border and McLaren Park to the west.

BRITE General Meeting

BRITE will be hosting Supervisor Malia Cohen at their General Meeting
September 27
10:00 am
Bayview Library
5075 3rd St

They will be continuing the dialogue regarding crime and gun violence abatement; security camera presentation; Meals on Wheels outreach and more.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jerrold Ave center turn lane

A few weeks ago SFMTA installed an ill-conceived new center turn lane on Jerrold between Quint and Phelps that is dangerous for drivers, pedestrians, and especially cyclists.

I received a call yesterday from Liveable Streets project manager Philip Louie to discuss it, and he left me even more displeased than I had been before.

Basically SFPUC had requested the new striping, in his words, to help their workers walk (jay-walk) across the street more safely by giving them a refuge area in the middle of the street. Wouldn't a midblock crosswalk have been a better option if trying to address pedestrian safety? Since when is a bidirectional center turn lane an approved pedestrian refuge? Since it has gone in, I've seen all manner of vehicle using the center lane as a travel lane because they're now pushed too close to the parked cars at be curb to drive through there safely. Check out the video I recorded the other day of a truck making a turn from Quint onto Jerrold and then never leaving the new center turn lane. Note the SFPUC workers standing in the narrowed travel lane and the empty angled parking on the north side of the street taking up space that could have been recovered and used for a bike lane.


He admitted the design was probably not the best, but my guess is that this is what SFPUC had designed and wanted, and SFMTA did no work to look at alternatives and just did what SFPUC proposed because it was cheap and easy.

Their idea of neighborhood notification was to put up small signage on a few light poles in the area, a technique that is useless if trying to engage motorists or cyclists and may as well not even be there. The project was brought before the SFMTA board, but because no one knew about it, it passed. It never showed up on MyStreetsSF or on Envista, so there was no way for anyone to find out about this unless they were walking through the area while the signs were up.

His attitude was that because traffic counts were so low on Jerrold, it really didn't matter that it's not the best design. I'll admit, I blew my stack at this because it speaks to the way we get shafted time and again like this from one city agency to the next. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but this was blatantly a "they should be happy we're doing anything for them" kind of attitude.

They're unlikely to change it unless they get negative feedback from users. For the record, my proposal to calm traffic speeds is to remove the underutilized angled parking on the north side, and install bike lanes to act as a buffer between parked cars and traffic, and a mid-block crosswalk for SFPUC workers to cross the road more safely.

I have asked Mr. Louie to send me the following information:
- when the SFMTA board heard and approved this
- where funds came from to do the work
- how much it cost
- what alternatives were looked at
- where this design originated (ie. was this what SFPUC asked for)
- when the follow-up traffic speed study will be done
- whether site-specific jobs like this are required to be posted on Envista or MyStreetSF
- data on traffic speeds and counts and dates and times measurements were taken,
- along with what MTA considers low volume.

If you're also not happy about the outcome or the lack of outreach to the community, I encourage you to contact Mr Louie by email at Philip.Louie@sfmta.com and cc his boss, Ed Reiskin at Ed.Reiskin@sfmta.com and let them know.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Free Dental Exams for Children

Join UCSF at the 7th Annual Southeast Community Facility Health Fair

Saturday October 4th
10:00AM – 2:00PM
1800 Oakdale Avenue


·        Free oral screenings and applications of fluoride varnish for children (with parental/guardian consent)
·        Free Dental education
·        Provide a positive early experience for children with the use of fun games in a friendly setting.
·        Referrals to our clinic at 707 Parnassus - where all public dental insurance is accepted, such as Denti-Cal and Healthy Families.
·        Free giveaways!

BUFS Guest Chef Event

Dine out for a good cause!

Sunday September 28th
4800 Third St.

Guest Chef series featurs world renowned Chef David Lawrence of 1300 on Fillmore! Each dinner purchased will benefit San Francisco's Community Youth Center (CYC). Tickets are tax deductible.

Prix fixe Menu with Wine Pairing $100.00 (+$6.49 fee)
Prix fixe Menu without Wine Pairing $75.00  (+$5.12 fee)

Meet and Eat! Mingle with your fellow foodies, the B.U.F.S team and local restaurateurs. The SOULFUL 3-Course Prix fixe menu will have a mixture of classic and exclusive "1300" dishes. There will also be live entertainment and wine pairing provided by Bayview's own Gratta Winery!


Grilled Crimson Pear Salad, Humboldt fog Goat Cheese Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Spiced Pecans
Barbecue Shrimp “N” Creamy Grits

Black Skillet Roasted Catfish, Andouille Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya Cornbread Panzanella Salad
Grilled Ribeye Steak, Local Yellow Wax and Sugar Snap Peas, Sauce Beurre Rouge

Apple Cobbler Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

About CYC:
Founded in 1970, the mission of Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) is “to empower and strengthen high-need youth and their families by providing comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy, and other support services.”

About BUFS:
The Bayview Underground Food Scene produces, promotes and advocates curated, fun food and beverage activities in San Francisco's Bayview district as a community building strategy. BUFS was conceived in 2012 and has since hosted several events.  BUFS has hosted several events including the Bayview Underground Community Market, a bi-weekly pop-up market that features local micro businesses and fosters community engagement and support of locally 'grown' services, products and food.

About Andrea Baker Consulting:
Andrea engages community stakeholders, facilitating visioning and planning discussions throughout various phases of business and community development. She develops and implements neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and business strategies that encourage and build dynamic and vibrant commercial corridors in emerging neighborhoods. Moreover, she is particularly adept at identifying innovative and unique business concepts and operators to comprise the programming of mixed-use ground floor commercial spaces.

SFUSD Upending Student Assignment Rules at Brown

You may have heard in the news today that at tonight's SFUSD Board meeting, there will be a fast-tracked vote on the Superintendent's proposal to revise the student assignment policy regarding Willie Brown Middle School. The School Board meeting will be held tonight at 6PM in the 


According to the Chronicle

In a last-minute scramble, the superintendent and school board are hoping to lure families with a valuable incentive: first dibs at any city high school if they attend Willie Brown for the three years of middle school.

According to the agenda for tonight's meeting, the new student assignment policy gives priority to students applying to Brown in the following order:

1. younger siblings of students who are enrolled in and will be attending the school during the year for which the younger sibling requests attendance;
2. students attending 5th grade at one of the following four elementary schools: Dr. George
Washington Carver, Dr. Charles Drew, Bret Harte, Malcolm X Academy (Bayview preference);
3. students who reside in 94124 (94124 preference);
4. students who reside in CTlPl census tracts;
5. students attending 5th grade at one ofthe following four elementary schools: Gordon J. Lau, Miraloma, George R. Moscone, Edward R. Taylor (Brown preference)
6. all other students.

In addition to modifying the order of priorities for students applying to Brown, we believe that modifying the student assignment policy to create a high school priority for students who attend 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Brown middle school will help Brown attract a robust and diverse student body.

Therefore the revisions outlined on page 12 ofthe attached student assignment policy (PSI 01) modifY the high school choice process to give preference to applicants in transitional years in the following order:

1. younger siblings ofstudents who are enrolled in and will be attending the school during the year for which the younger sibling requests attendance;
2. students graduating fi'om Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School (Brown) who were enrolled in and
attended Brown in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade;
3. CTIPl, with a minimum of 20% ofseats reserved at each high school for students who live in
CTIP1 census tracts;
4. all other students

This new tiebreaker would become effective in the 2018-19 school year when Brown's first cohort of students graduate from middle school and apply to high school.