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Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I'm happy to say that at today's SFCTA Plans and Programs committee meeting, and with the support of Supervisor Cohen, I was reappointed to another 2-year term on the SFCTA Citizens Advisory Committee. Woo-hoo!

For those who don't know what the SFCTA is, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority administers and oversees the delivery of the Proposition K (Prop K) half-cent local transportation sales tax program and New Expenditure Plan, which was passed by 75% of San Francisco voters in November 2003. The Authority was created in 1989 to administer Prop K's predecessor, the Proposition B half-cent transportation sales tax program, which began in 1990 and continued until it was superseded by Prop K.

The CAC's mission is to assist the Transportation Authority by reflecting community values in the development of the mission and programs of the Transportation Authority; and communicating information about the Transportation Authority's mission and programs back to the community. The CAC accomplishes this mission by providing the Commissioners and staff of the Transportation Authority with input on nearly all matters that go before the Transportation Authority Board and its standing committees. This includes providing comments on transportation plans, programs and studies; the Prop. K (half-cent sales tax) Expenditure Plan and Strategic Plan; project funding priorities; transportation-related legislation; and community transportation concerns. The CAC also assists in publicizing transportation projects and plans to neighborhoods, and solicits the neighborhoods input for feedback to the Transportation Authority.

Southeast FUF Tree Plantings

Portola Community Planting Day February 14th, 2015

This year, you only need to co-pay $75 and FUF will plant a tree with you in the sidewalk in front of your home AND come back for 3-years of follow-up care.

***Forms Deadline is January 12, 2015***


Bayview Community Planting Day February 28, 2015

This year,  you only need to co-pay $25 and we’ll plant a tree with you in the sidewalk in front of your home AND come back for 3-years of follow-up care.

***Forms Deadline is January 21, 2015***

Potrero Hill
Potrero Hill Community Planting Day March 28, 2015

This year,  you only need to co-pay $135 and FUF will plant a tree with you in the sidewalk in front of your home AND come back for 3-years of follow-up care.

***Forms Deadline is Feb 18, 2015***

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Short-Turn Solution?

Hate short-turns on the T-Third? Read how intensive management in Toronto's transit system has nearly eliminated their short-turn problem on two notorious lines.


Visitacion Valley Library Community Room
Leland Avenue at corner of Rutland Avenue


The two presentations scheduled for this meeting are about proposed projects on opposite sides of the Valley that will define the Valley's future in major, hopefully beneficial, ways. It is critical that our community be a part of the planning for these upcoming changes.
Brad Drda from Recology and  Dave Johnson from William McDonough Partners  will discuss the plans to expand and consolidate Recology's facilities in Visitacion Valley. This project will have a lasting impact on the Valley. Possible traffic, noise, odors, pollution and aesthetic design  issues need to be discussed with our community before plans are finalized. We need to insure that the City helps protect and include our community in the planning process. It is our hope that we can work amicably with Recology and the City on this process.

Ramie Dare and David Fernandez from Mercy Housing, which is the developer  for the proposed Sunnydale Housing Development,  will give an update on the status of the planning  process. Over 1,700 units of a mix of market, subsidized and affordable housing, as well as a community garden and social  service facilities are planned for the new Sunnydale community. This development, if successful,  will be a game changer for the Valley in terms of its character and livability. Most importantly, it will provide a better environment for current Sunnydale residents living in a situation that the City has shamefully created over the years.

Breaking Ground on Affordable Housing at the Shipyard

AMCAL Multi-Housing, one of California’s leading builders of workforce and affordable housing, in partnership with Bayview-based Young Community Developers, Inc., a 40-year old community based organization, which trains residents of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco for employment, is starting construction on 60 affordable family apartments at The San Francisco Shipyard development in southeast San Francisco. The project will be affordable to households earning no more than 50 percent of the San Francisco median income and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The project will consist of 60 affordable apartments, which include one, two, and three-bedroom units as part of the inclusionary affordable housing in Lennar Urban’s first phase of the Shipyard development.

The project is being developed in cooperation with the San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, with financing assistance by Bank of America.
“YCD is excited to be a partner in construction of the first affordable housing units available to the community. We look forward to making sure that residents in the Bayview are a part of the project and have access to living in the new apartments.”

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Bayview Opera House Presents:
3rd Annual Event

ICE SKATING for KIDS $1 (includes skates rental)

Winter Wonderland takes place at Mendell Plaza and Oakdale & 3rd Street in San Francisco. The event is wheelchair/ADA accessible.
Street Parking or MUNI T-3rd Palou Ave, Buses 24, 23, 44, 54.

Winter Wonderland gives families and community members a way to gather and celebrate the winter holidays. Like last year, there will be real snow and an ice skating rink. The Holiday Market offers local food choices at reasonable prices as well as gift/craft vendors. Santa will arrive with a motorcade courtesy of the Bayview Police Station.

Children can participate in arts activities, complete an arts passport, visit Santa and receive a filled stocking.

The event is modeled after German holiday markets, featuring hot spiced wine, sausages and other holiday favorites from abroad and from Bayview.

This event is funded by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development's Invest in Neighborhods program, the San Francisco Arts Commission's 3rd on Third event series, Grants for the Arts, the Neighborhood Arts Collaborative, and Supervisor Malia Cohen's Office. BMagic, 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic, Bayview Underground Food Scene, the SF Police Department, the SF Department of Public Works, the Community Ambassadors, Bayview Merchants Association and the SF Recreation and Parks Department are our valued event partners.

Please inquire with info.bvoh@bvoh.org how you can become a commercial event sponsor and the benefits we offer.

Special Event Sponsors:
AECOM Parsons JV
Brown and Caldwell in partnership with CH2M Hill and Black and Veatch

Candlestick Point Development Meeting

Wednesday, December 17
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Bret Harte Elementary School
1035 Gilman Ave

Speakers include representatives from:
- Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (Successor to the SF Redevelopment Agency)
- The Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)
- Lennar Urban Corporation

Contact Mawuli Tugbenyoh at 415-554-7670 or at mawuli.tugbenyoh@sfgov.org with any questions.

Supervisor Cohen's staff are currently working with Lennar and OCII staff to prepare a fact sheet in advance of this meeting.

T-Third Phase 3

Another topic that was brought up at last night's SFCTA-CAC meeting was to look at the T-Third Phase 3 concepts. Phase 1 is what we currently are using. Phase 1 will be completed when the Mission Bay Loop is constructed in the coming year. Phase 2 is being built now and will open up the T-Third to Chinatown. Phase 3 would take the line from Chinatown all the way to North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf, but realistically wouldn't be constructed for another ten years at least.

While last night's discussion was only to present a few of the proposed ideas that came out of a 400-page study by SFMTA, a couple of D10-related issues popped out at me.

First, the study as presented to us on the CAC didn't seem to consider effects on the southern half of the T-Third line. Two-and-a-half minutes between trains on the Phase 2+3 portion of the line got me wondering about whether this meant that trains could be prioritized for the northern half of the line and if we in the Southeast would end up seeing the service levels we've been promised.

Second, the idea that potential funding could come from "Land Use Value Capture", including Infrastructure Finance District (IFD); Community Facilities District (Mello-Roos) (CFD); or a Special Assessment District (SpAD) got me thinking that if people on the wealthier northern end of the line were paying for this, then they might think that they'd be in their right to expect prioritization of trains at the expense of the Southeast.

Of course, SFMTA staff reassured me that we'll see improvements on the whole line, including the Southeast, once the Mission Bay Loop and Phase 2 are completed, with two-car trains and headways of 5-minutes to Mission Bay and 7.5 minutes to Bayview/Sunnydale. A community member also reminded us that MUNI won't be the only way to get from Bayview to downtown if we get a Caltrain station at Oakdale, Bayshore gets its improvements, or if a BRT to Balboa Park BART happens.

Despite these assurances, I will continue to impress upon SFMTA and the SFCTA the importance of including the Southeast's users of the T-Third in discussions regarding the northern end of the line so that we're all aware of what's going on and can make sure that our concerns are addressed.

MUNI Metro East

At last evening's SFCTA-CAC meeting, a few D10-related issues of came up for discussion.

One was for $1.6M in Prop K money for an environmental study for a plan by SFMTA to move its historic streetcar fleet to the MUNI Metro East (MME) facility on Illinois at Cesar Chavez.
Prop K funds will be used for environmental phase of a new paint and body shop and historic streetcar canopy over storage tracks at the Muni Metro East maintenance facility. The new paint and body shop will consolidate the body and paint facilities and accommodate all vehicle types in the SFMTA fleet which will allow better use of staff and other resources. The new canopy will provide weather protection for the historic streetcar fleet. The total project cost, through construction, is estimated at $192 million, of which $36.8 million is anticipated to come from Prop A General Obligation bonds passed by voters in November 2014. The project has a significant funding gap of $148 million from yet to be identified funding sources which may include State cap and trade funds and SFMTA revenue bonds. SFMTA anticipates environmental studies to be completed by June 2016. Design could begin in spring 2016.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Here are items of local interest coming up at tonight's SFCTA-CAC meeting in case anyone wanted to attend or had comments. They include:

Item 5: Re-programming $4M of Prop K funds to the Quint St connector road portion of the Quint St bridge replacement project

Item 12-1: $7.47M in Prop K funds for Caltrain Early Investment Program, upgrades and electrification

Item 12-3: $1.6M in Prop K funds for Environmental Study of an expansion of the Muni Metro East (MME) Paint & Body Shop and Historic Car Storage Structure

Item 12-9: Prop K allocation of $572,754 and a Prop AA allocation of $2,325,624 for the Mansell Corridor Improvement Project

Item 14: T-Third Phase 3 Concept Study

Please find links regarding these and all of tonight's topics for discussion at http://www.sfcta.org/citizens-advisory-committee-december-3-2014

 If you wish to attend tonight's meeting, it will be held from 6PM - 8PM at the SFCTA offices at 1455 Market St., 22nd Floor.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday

Yesterday was World AIDS Day, an annual day when people around the world show their support for those living with HIV and commemorate those we have lost to the disease.

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

This year, in honor of friends managing their illness, those who've lost the fight, and anyone who may find themselves in need of HIV/AIDS services in the future, I am participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-Day, 545-Mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, that is dedicated to ending AIDS, and providing services to those living with HIV.

In this season of giving, as we celebrate all that we have, please join me in the cause of ending HIV. Click the link to Donate Now on my fundraising page, and join me in providing hope to those who need it.  Together, you and I can make a real difference.

P.S.  Inspired? Join me on the Ride. Use discount code GIVING for $25 off of registration.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bayview Homeless Shelter gets Judge's OK

From SFGate,
A Superior Court judge sided with the city Monday, declaring that a lawsuit contained no legal grounds for stopping the conversion of a Bayview warehouse into a 100-bed homeless shelter.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Family Portrait Day

For the 3rd year Bayview Opera House has teamed up with Help-Portrait and First Exposures to bring free family portraits to the Bayview community. This year the event will be hosted at the Joseph Lee Rec Center right next to the Bayview Opera House, while our facility remains closed for upgrades.

Wednesday, December 3
11AM - 4PM
Bayview Opera House
4705 Third St

First Exposures (www.firstexposures.org) is a youth photography-based mentoring program making a difference in the lives of underserved Bay Area youth. Mentees, supported by their adult mentors, will be the photographers at this event.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended. While we will accept walk-ins if space permits, you can expect to wait in line while people with appointments get their pictures taken first.

We still need volunteers to help with many different tasks. If interested, please sign up here: