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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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BRITE monthly meeting

Saturday, January 17, at 10 AM, Bayview Library (3rd and Revere)
Monthly meeting: Bayview Residents Improving Their Environment (BRITE)

This coming Saturday, we encourage you to meet one new neighbor at the monthly BRITE neighborhood meeting. You'll find something in common with other cool folks—contractors, financial planners, programmers, entrepreneurs, students, city planners, painters—who may live just a few doors down from you! 
Bring your thoughts on how to take better care of our streets & our parks and how to improve our transit (taken the light rail lately?). Or just come to meet other folks. 
The agenda includes plans and projects for 2015, illegal dumping, and MUNI quality of service.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Geneva-Harney BRT Study Meeting

Date: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 8, 2014
Location: Visitacion Valley Public Library, Meeting Room

Visit SFCTA for tonight's meeting agenda.

For more information, go to the Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thrillist names Bayview's The Old Clam House "Most Iconic" in CA

Writes Thillist author Lee Breslouer,
The Old Clam HouseSan Francisco (Est. 1861) With respect to the Tadich Grill in SF and Musso & Frank’s in Hollywood, our choice is this legendary spot in Bayview. Anyone who has spent time playing soccer on Silver Ave or driving down Bayshore Boulevard or just living around SF knows the Old Clam House’s iconic sign and that giant clam sitting on the side of the roof and the fact that it’s the oldest restaurant in the same location in SF (again, apologies to Tadich). But more people should know about their incredible clam bake cioppino and the amazing kettle bread they bring out with hot clam juice and their own “Milwaukee steam beer”, which our SF-based editor swears by. 
The Old Clam House is located at 299 Bayshore Blvd at Oakdale, and is open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.