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Friday, April 24, 2015

Hairball Design and Alemany Transportation Study to Begin Soon

At Wednesday evening's SFCTA-CAC meeting, SFMTA presented a funding request to do design work on three sections of the Bayshore-Cesar Chavez-Potrero Ave-US101 "Hairball" plus an overall lighting improvement design.

The three segments chosen - F, G, and N - include the eastbound approach to the Hairball from Cesar Chavez (F and G) plus the segment between Marin St and Jerrold Ave on Bayshore where there is currently only a northbound bike lane, forcing southbound bikes to either travel against traffic for a block on the street or to take to the sidewalk.

The funds being used for this design work are coming from the SFCTA's Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program, which provides $100000 from the half-cent Prop K sales tax revenue to each of the eleven supervisorial districts for both planning and capital improvements. Supervisors seek input from community organizations to come up with projects that can be funded through the NTIP program. As the D10 representative on the SFCTA-CAC, I have been working with Supervisor Cohen's office to get this the attention it deserves, so I'm extremely pleased that it's moving forward. Upon SFCTA board approval, this will be the first NTIP capital project to be funded. Design work is slated to be completed by summer, 2016.

In a related development, the the Portola Neighborhood Association (PNA) is working with SFCTA, Supervisor Campos, and other stakeholders to begin a study at the Alemany Maze. It is set to see a similar influx of NTIP planning funds to study pedestrian and bicycle safety and accessibility as part of the City's Vision Zero mandate. As Chair of the PNA, this is another project that I've pushed for and am pleased to see it being given attention.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting is a public process for residents of San Francisco to recommend and vote on how some public funds in the participating districts are budgeted. Residents of participating districts who are 16 years old and older have the opportunity to develop, propose, and vote on onetime services or projects.

Vote at http://sfpbd10.sfgov.org

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Streatfoodfest at Pier 70

From http://www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/

The Bay Area’s annual celebration of local food and drink, community, and entrepreneurship, will be taking place this summer, August 15 and 16 at Pier 70. 

Come out for the best food, drink and music the Bay Area has to offer. 

After being held in the Mission District for the past six years, the 2015 SFSFF is moving to the Dogpatch and historic Pier 70 to accommodate the festival’s growing popularity and fan base.

A limited amount of early bird passports are available for purchase here https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/808371

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee

The District 10 seat on the city's Bicycle Advisory Committee is open. If you are passionate about cycling in San Francisco and think you'd make a good advocate to our supervisor, then please apply!

Go to the SFBAC website now!

SFWater meeting

Pose your Questions for Open House about Proposed Southeast Plant and Sewer Upgrades and Win Prizes!
Ask the Experts at Community Open House on January 24

RSVP here

WHAT: The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is hosting a Community Open House at the SE Community Facility on Saturday, January 24. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss planning and design efforts to upgrade aging facilities at the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant between Jerrold and Evans Avenues and Phelps and Rankin Streets.

Project stations and informational kiosks will be open throughout the session. Morning and afternoon “Ask the Experts” workshops will provide attendees an opportunity to pose questions to the project managers and designers. Win prizes at the event by:
1) Sending in questions in advance, posted on our Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/SFWater about the new siting of the biosolids digesters facilities and watershed projects that are slated for District 10, or any other questions about the sewer system.
2) Completing the event survey after perusing stations. Entrants will be eligible to win gift certificates to local restaurants like Old Skool Café and All Good Pizza as well as other prizes such as sweatshirts and reusable water bottles.
Don’t miss out!
Refreshments will be served and a children’s activity table will be ongoing throughout the session.

The Sewer System Improvement Program is a multi-phased capital program to rebuild and upgrade our combined sewer system to provide a more reliable and resilient system that continues to protect public health and the environment. For more information, visit www.sfwater.org/SSIP.

WHO: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

WHEN: Saturday, January 24th, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

WHERE: Southeast Community Facility
1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco CA 94124

CONTACT: Ari Frink, SFPUC (415) 934-5713, afrink@sfwater.org

Friday, January 16, 2015

The myth of gentrification

Slate has an interesting article looking at gentrification and how it is in fact a very rare thing. That which we consider gentrification actually isn't, and the effects of bringing a neighborhood up in fact extends benefits to all those who live in it.

In the article, they find that there is "no evidence that poor people moved out of gentrifying neighborhoods at a higher than normal rate...; as neighborhoods gentrify, they also improve in many ways that may be as appreciated by their disadvantaged residents as by their more affluent ones," and, "the problem isn’t so much that gentrification hurts black neighborhoods; it’s that it too often bypasses them."

"Retiring the term gentrification won’t do anything to address these problems, of course. But it will remove a distraction. Let’s examine how neighborhoods really change and why some don’t. Let’s debate supply constraints (in addition to providing affordable housing) in the San Franciscos of America and figure out how to provide rent subsidies in the Rust Belt. It won’t be as fun as decrying or defending gentrification, but at least it will be directed at problems that are real."

Candlestick to come down by wrecking ball

From SFGate,
Plans for a pyrotechnic implosion of Candlestick Park have fizzled in favor of the wrecking ball — with health fears and political pressure playing a big part in the decision. 
...an attention-grabbing plan to implode the Stick next month ran into stiff opposition from Golden Gate University’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic and the Bayview Hill Neighborhood Association...[and] the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council coming out against it Thursday.
Perhaps they'll get Miley Cyrus to perform, but I'm not sure how workers will react to that, though...

Seriously, though, I'd like to see someone from the Bay Area Air Quality Management Agency come in and do a detailed study of the air quality during the two month demolition and alert neighbors to any hazards as they arise in real time.