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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mission Bay Loop Update

As mentioned in March, this from SFMTA today:
The California Court of Appeal recently lifted the stay of Construction of the Mission Bay Loop Project, so the SFMTA will be working with our contractor, Mitchell Engineering, to resume construction beginning with exploratory excavations along 18th, 19th and Illinois Streets next Wednesday, May 18. Residents and businesses will see postings about the project around the site area this week. The overall project will be completed within seven to eight months. The work may affect traffic during construction, including bicycle traffic. Mitchell Engineering will clearly mark all work areas and flaggers will help to direct traffic. 
Vehicular and pedestrian access to properties along the project site will be maintained.
If you have any questions please contact me directly.
Adrienne Heim
Public Information Officer, District 10 Communications Liaison
(415) 701-5472

Friday, March 4, 2016

Mission Bay Loop FINALLY moving forward


Dear Neighbors, Business Merchants and Muni Customers:

The Mission Bay Loop is a key component for San Francisco’s T-Third rail line and is critical to operating the T-Third Central Subway service plan. The loop provides turn-around capabilities for the T-Third Street light rail line via a connection of trackway from Third Street to 18th Street, Illinois, and 19th Streets, which will allow the SFMTA to operate the necessary service levels needed to support current and planned growth within the eastern portion of San Francisco.  The loop will also allow trains to turn around for special events to accommodate high demand between Mission Bay and the Market Street Muni Metro Subway.

On September 14, 2014, the SFMTA awarded a contract to Mitchell Engineering to complete the Mission Bay Loop.  The project will consist of installation of new tracks on the block surrounded by Third, 18th, Illinois and 19th Streets by connecting to the existing tracks on 18th and 19th Streets.

A stay of construction by the California Court of Appeal was recently lifted, and the SFMTA expects to resume construction beginning with exploratory excavations along 18th and 19th Streets within the next three weeks or approximately the week of March 21. Residents and businesses will also receive a notice via U.S. mail next week.  Construction should be completed within seven to eight months.  The work may affect traffic during construction, including bicycle traffic.  Mitchell Engineering will clearly mark all work areas and flaggers will help to direct traffic.  Please plan for minor delays when driving or bicycling through this area.  Vehicular and pedestrian access to properties along the project site will be maintained.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Adrienne Heim, Public Information Officer, 1 South Van Ness Avenue – 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 701-5472.

You can also sign up to receive email updates by entering the following web address:  https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/mission-bay-loop

Monday, November 30, 2015


When: Friday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street

Meet Robin Marks of Discovery Street Tours at the Museum of Craft and Design, where the group will be treated to a special half-hour tour of the museum’s exceptional design exhibitions and craft-filled museum store. The group will gather outside near the illuminated bench in San Francisco's newest parklet to meet one of its creators Peter Frankel, Associate at Bionic, who’ll share the inspiration for the parklet design. Via Classic Cable Car Charters, the group will travel to Bayview Gateway Park, where David Beaupre of the Port of San Francisco will demonstrate how the imagery in the striking installation Bayview Rise by artist team Haddad-Drugan appears animated due to the programmed illumination of the mural's different colors. Participants will have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the artwork, which will make for some enviable photos! Share your favorite images using #illuminatesf

Please RSVP here only if you are sure you will attend.

Check out IlluminateSF.com for more tours throughout December

San Francisco kicking out longtime Bayview greenhouse businesses

From the SF Examiner,
Three Bayview plant nursery businesses dating back to the 1980s have until May to vacate a publicly owned greenhouse after city officials say the facility has fallen into disrepair. 
The forced move has made uncertain the future of Decorative Plant Service, San Francisco Foliage, Sunborne Nursery and the fate of more than 100 workers. All of the businesses, which hired half of their workforces from the Bayview, must leave the 1150 Phelps St. greenhouse facility by May 31.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Phelps St Greenhouses Face Uncertain Future

In 1986, the Southeast Greenhouses at 1150 Phelps were constructed as the result of an agreement with the Bayview community as a way to mitigate the expansion of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment plant in Bayview. For nearly thirty years they have employed hundreds of people and attracted new business to the neighborhood. Currently over 70 people work there, but despite the history and benefit to the community, the SFPUC wants to tear the greenhouses down.

A June, 2015 Environmental Impact Report from the San Francisco Planning Commission shows the site may serve as a staging lot for construction equipment during the upgrade of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant. This decision to destroy a community facility was made without community input.

At the July 8, 2015 meeting of the Southeast Community Facility Commission, SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly announced a new plan to “revitalize” the Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale by relocating it to a smaller building at 1550 Evans. At no time during this announcement was an alternative plan for the greenhouses proposed or even if they would be rebuilt.

Then, at the October meeting of the Bayview CAC, when asked about the proposal to use Phelps St as a trucking route to facilitate the construction project, PUC spokesman was unsure. Fortunately, I had done some digging and found out from Shelby Campbell, Project Manager at SFPUC, that their "truck routing is Jerrold and Evans. Phelps is not conducive to construction traffic and all of our construction will take place west of the Plant and Quint Street." So, if this is the case, then what of the greenhouses? If the land on which they sit is no longer to be used as a staging area, then it would follow they they no longer need to be removed from the site.

The upgrade of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant is needed but the greenhouses deserve a future, too. The community needs to come out to the next SECF Commission meeting to tell the SFPUC to offer alternatives for the greenhouses or let them stand! If the scale of the mitigation from 1986 is to be maintained, then moving the 1800 Oakdale tenants to 1550 Evans and eliminating the greenhouses does the opposite of that. It eliminates a significant job-creating portion of the mitigation, and it removes a community benefit.

Attend the upcoming meeting of the Southeast Community Facility Commission and tell the SFPUC not to break their promise to the Bayview.

Southeast Community Facility Commission
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 PM
1800 Oakdale Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124

Alex Pitcher Room

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2015 Election

In yesterday's election, while overall voter turnout citywide was an embarrassingly low 29.6%, of registered voters in D10, it was even worse:

Bayview: 19.19%
Potrero Hill: 27.98%
Visitacion Valley: 21.95%

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Family Health Fair

Saturday, October 3
10AM - 2PM
1800 Oakdale Ave

Free Cooking demos, health screenings, fresh vegetables, a raffle and kids and seniors zones

For more information, contact Carla Vaughn, 415-821-1534, cvaughn@sfwater.org

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CleanPowerSF Setback

From SF Examiner,
...there is another big concern. PG&E is launching a green energy program of its own next year and if it starts before CleanPowerSF there would be significant competitive disadvantage.

The Bayview Warriors?

From SF Examiner,
Opponents of a plan to build a Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay have identified an alternative location for the project and are urging city and team leaders to consider the site. 
The 21-acre site near Pier 80 in the Bayview has been proposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, a group led by former UC San Francisco officials who argue the arena in Mission Bay will create detrimental traffic congestion and permanently scar the neighborhood.
Despite being on Port land (a significant gotcha), a Pier 80 site has its potential benefits: great access by car, MUNI, and Caltrain; potential for expansion of MME as the turnaround of the short loop T and E trains, appeasing Dogpatch residents vehemently opposed to it at 18th/19th Sts; potentially increased funding for Blue Greenway down to Heron's Head and accelerated development of Pier 94.

A more southern site could also drive building of a second BART tube and could even improve transit within the Bayview. Without the MUNI short loop in Dogpatch (currently in litigation), the 16th St site will be challenging for nearby residents and the hospital, not to mention those trying to access events by car, MUNI, and Caltrain. Third and 16th Sts are already choked around UCSF during events. Pier 70 is already adding to that with its events, giving a prelude to what it'll be like during stadium events. Maybe we're too far down the rabbit hole to turn back on the current site, but if not, at least look at Pier 80 and explain why it's a no go.

Rolling stops are a good thing - let your supervisor know!!

From SFGate,
Legislation that would make ticketing bicyclists who roll through stop signs the lowest priority for San Francisco police has inflamed controversy at City Hall. 
Mayor Ed Lee has pledged to veto any such legislation, a preemptive strike against an ordinance Supervisor John Avalos introduced at the Board of Supervisors last week. It would permit bicyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign and ride through without stopping if they decide it is safe.
Below is why he's wrong to oppose it, and why you should write today to Supervisor Cohen (malia.cohen@sfgov.org) to ask her to join her fellow supervisors in supporting this sensible legislation. Without putting too fine a point on it, if someone says they don't support it, they don't know what it says and are purely going on their gut hatred of cyclists.

This law instructs police to deprioritize citing a cyclist who passes through an intersection where there is no one else with the right of way - no pedestrian, cyclist, or motor vehicle - if they slow down and continue through the intersection without coming to a full and complete stop. Heck, even Park District Captain Sanford makes rolling stops! 


That's it. It does nothing to "trade away safety for convenience," and in fact, will at the very least be safety neutral, and may in fact enhance safety by making everyone more aware of the laws surrounding bikes on the roads.

This cyclist would still get a ticket!!
Even if a cyclist does slow but not stop at a stop sign with no one else (but the cop) for miles around, a police officer is still 100% able to cite them, because that's the law. All this policy change does is say to police, "you know what, we think there are more important things than this to be spending your time citing people for. If you see this one little infraction happen, just let it slide."

Blow through a stop sign at 15mph with pedestrians in the crosswalk? You get a ticket.
Jump a red light to get ahead of traffic? You get a ticket.
Don't stop before making a right turn at a stop sign? Ticket.
Ride on the sidewalk? Ticket.
Stop, but don't wait your turn for those with the right of way to go? Tickety tick-tock ticket.

Police don't like it, not because it is going to be dangerous - hell, people do this now without injury all the time - but I suspect because it's legislators telling police how to do their job.

This policy change is way less impactful than what the Board of Supervisors did nine years ago when they voted to deprioritize pot-related offenses, so what's the problem here? This has broad support from progressives and moderates on the board, so what's stopping our supervisor and the mayor from supporting this?

Burton High Principal to Lead WBMS

From SF Examiner,
Burton High Principal Bill Kappenhagen
District leaders announced Friday that longtime Burton High School Principal Bill Kappenhagen has been named the top administrator of Willie Brown Middle School, a highly-touted new institution in the Bayview shaken by the unexpected resignation of its founding principal last week.