Upcoming Events: Saturday, April 12: Great Compost Giveaway |
Thursday, April 17: 3rd on Third | Thursday, April 24: Bayview Pop-Up Market at Pier 70 | Saturday, April 19: Permaculture at Palou | Thursday, May 8: Taste of Potrero

Community Meetings: Saturday, April 12: Visitacion Valley Planning Alliance | Thursday, April 17: Participatory Budgeting Meeting

Friday, April 11, 2014

3rd on Third Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day in Bayview during 3rd on Third!
April 17th, 5:00 - 8:00PM
Bayview Town Center
Third St between McKinnon and Palou


Pop Up Food & Farmer's Market hosted by the Bayview Underground Food Scene

Riveropolis Youth-Friendly Play River

Double Dutch  hosted by the Bayview YMCA

World Music Artist & Super African SILA

Ollie Dudek & Bob Brumbeloe at Old Skool Cafe at 6:30

Poetry with Tim "Toaster" Henderson at Auntie April's

Garret Kobsef at Radio Africa & Kitchen 6:00 - 9:00PM

Plus: Fun Earth Day Activities

Presented by the Bayview Opera House in partnership with the SF Arts Commission, Bayview Merchants Association, BMAGIC, The San Francisco Shipyard, San Francisco OEWD, and Supervisor Malia Cohen

Bayview Underground Food Scene at Pier 70

Last night kicked off the Bayview Underground Food Scene's move to new digs at Pier 70 (at the end of 22nd St).  Check it out again next Thursday.

There was a good crowd, music, food, crafts, and activities for all ages.

Vegetarian Roti Taco
Award-winning Gratta Wines

Children's Activities

Visitacion Valley Planning Alliance Meeting

Saturday, April 12, 10 am -12 pm
Visitacion Valley Library Community Room
Leland Avenue at corner of Rutland Avenue


Derek Navarro and his wife, the operators of the new Grocery Outlet, located at Bayshore and Sunnydale Avenues will discuss the opening of their store. This is an exciting addition to our neighborhood. Come meet the new management, learn about the store and give your input.

There will be further discussion with a representative from UPC, the developer, and from the City's planning team, Emily Lesh,
( Mayor's  Office of Employment, and Workforce Development) about the Schlage Lock Developer's Agreement, which is going before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in the next few months. If you missed the other meetings or have questions, please come to discuss the overall process, including the Old Office Building and future involvement of the community in the ongoing planning process.

Update on other Valley issues.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taste of Potrero

Join Taste of Potrero on May 8th at The NWBLK, 1999 Bryant St., San Francisco, and raise a spoon to support education!

In its fourth year, Taste of Potrero has become San Francisco’s most exciting food event & fundraiser. Tickets are all-inclusive. General admission permits entry to the event from 7pm with open bar and tastes. VIP tickets provide an additional hour of private access, from 6pm, to all food and drink, plus a private tasting room with waiter service including exclusive restaurants and spirits.

Thanks to our media sponsor San Francisco Magazine. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please see Taste of Potrero Sponsorships for more details.

Check out this year’s restaurants and bars at the Taste of Potrero website.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crews working on plan to repair Quint St. Bridge in San Francisco

UPDATE: Apparently Quint St should remain open during and after emergency repairs are made as the section of the bridge that is rapidly failing is not directly over the street.  More to come...

From ABC7,
Caltrain has declared a state of emergency regarding a very old bridge in San Francisco that's deteriorating very rapidly.
Caltrain's commuter and freight trains use the Quint St. Bridge on the Peninsula corridor.Caltrain is working on an emergency plan to repair the Quint St. Bridge and are trying to do it as quickly as possible to minimize the inconvenience to the neighborhood. ABC7 News was told that the planning should take about a week and then two more weeks for the repair work to be completed. 
More at ABC7
h/t D Dodt

Bayview Underground Community Pop-up Market Comes to Pier 70

From Pier 70,
Since becoming involved in crafting the future Pier 70 in partnership with the community, the Forest City Pier 70 team has been excited about the opportunity to start enlivening the area and actively working with the Port to make that possible.  You may have been among the 5,000 people who joined us for the August 2013 Urban Air Market in historic Building 12, the first public event in that space in the building’s 70+ year history.  And maybe you brought your family to the Ghost Ship Halloween Family Day event in October that featured a haybale maze, pumpkin painting, large scale public art installations and a San Francisco Fire Department truck.  With the success of those community events, we’re incredibly pleased to announce that the first of what will be an ongoing calendar of community and publicly accessible events at and around Building 12 will be starting this week.

Forest City and it’s event management partner, the Pier 70 Partners, invite you to join us at the Bayview Underground Community Pop-up Market in historic Building 12 at Pier 70. The market will take place every Thursday from 5:30-8:00pm starting April 10th through June 26th.  The Bayview Underground Community Pop-up Market, which has been operating for the past year, moves every quarter to a different SF neighborhood venue to reach a broader audience and increase exposure for local businesses.

Vendors include: Bandit Drinks and Treats, Beautiful You, Nia Soul, Comfort Foods National, Yvonne's Southern Sweet Treats, Aquarius Enterprise, SF Honey Co., Sugar and Honey, Fox and Lion Bread, Moyoni, CDXX, Linda's, Jake's Castro Kitchen, Rasoi, Prickly Pigs, Gratta Wines, Sutton Cellars, Auntie April’s Soul Food, and more!

Date: THURSDAYS starting April 10th – June 26th
Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Building 12, Pier 70, 420 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)

Join the Facebook event here!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hazardous Yosemite Slough in S.F. finally getting cleaned up

From SFGate,

After years of cleaning up surrounding areas, federal regulators say they will tackle the extensive contamination in Yosemite Slough, the intertidal channel between Candlestick Point and the Hunters Point Shipyard.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Great Compost Giveaway

Saturday, April 12th 2014, 8:00am - 12:00pm
McLaren Park
Amphitheater Upper Parking Lot
21 John F. Shelley Dr

San Francisco is now 80 percent of the way to Zero Waste thanks to the recycling and composting you do every day. In appreciation of your efforts, Recology will give up to 10 gallons of a gourmet planting mix to people who come to the Compost Giveaway. Join us at one of the following locations to pick up your free compost made from food scraps and plants collected in San Francisco!

Please click here to register. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Participatory Budget Kickoff Meeting #2 tonight

A reminder that this is ONLY for District 3, 7, and 10 residents ($100K per district).

At the first D10 kickoff meeting this past weekend, ideas that floated to the top were: wrapping utility boxes in art; safety measures for seniors on MUNI; streetscape improvements; shuttle share program in Vis Valley.  Evidently, we're only able to use the web form at http://sfpb.net/ to submit one idea per home address. Despite this, since I had a couple of ideas, I submitted others to the email address provided on the website. The ideas I submitted were:
  1. provide initial funding to new community gardens, such as that at the Palou Community Garden 
  2. streetscape improvements to Industrial St, including adding new crosswalks at four intersections, bulbouts, pedestrian islands, bike lanes, and stop signs at Revere 
  3. expand SFShines to provide grants for facade improvements at neighborhood corner stores, such as Mike's Market on Silver at Revere (Silver Terrace) and Five Mile Market on San Bruno Ave (Vis Valley). 
The next steps for District 10 are:

  • Kickoff meeting #2 Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; California College of the Arts, 350 Kansas Street.  Same format as the one on Saturday in Visitacion Valley, where people will be split into groups and will brainstorm ideas
  • Residents can submit their ideas via the website at http://sfpb.net/ until April 15. When an idea is submitted, the City's budget office will go over it and determine whether it is feasible or not within the framework of this program.
  • ideas that are deemed feasible will be returned to residents at the vetting meeting on April 17 at the Southeast Community Facility, 1800 Oakdale Ave (6-7:30PM).
  • ideas that make it through that meeting will be sent out to residents throughout District 10 to be voted upon. We'll be given a window of time to do it in and the projects that get the most votes (one vote per resident) will be funded.

If you want funds to be spent in your neighborhood, you have to vote. Be prepared to get your neighbors to vote, go door to door if you have to, and help get funds directed your way.

Projects that are funded will get a minimum of $5K and a maximum of $25K. If you have an idea, please submit it to http://sfpb.net/

If you want a second pair of eyes to read through your completed draft before you submit an idea, I'm happy to take a look and give you feedback (that you can use or not as you see fit).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mercy Housing Health Fair

Please join Mercy Housing California for the second annual Spring Into Health - Visitacion Valley Wellness Fair. 

Saturday, April 5th 
243 Rey Street. San Francisco, CA 94134 

Information and presentations from SF non-profit organizations. 

Free health screenings 
Children’s Activities 
Raffle prizes 


A Safer Potrero Avenue on the Way

From the SF Bike Coalition Newsletter,
San Franciscans won a major livable streets victory last week when the SFMTA Board of Directors approved key Potrero Avenue traffic modifications that include critically needed bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements.