Missing $1.3 million reportedly won’t impact South Park improvements

Rincon

by JIM MEKO

Clarke Howatt, a financial official with ABAG (the Association of Bay Area Governments), allegedly skipped town with $1.3 million of development impact fees collected for South of Market infrastructure projects but the financing authority has agreed to use its own reserve funds to restore the money, according to the City Authority’s office. At stake, among other projects, was $300,000 for bulbouts and crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety around South Park.   Continue reading

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Mid-Market development loses highly touted arts center plan

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by JK DINEEN
San Francisco Chronicle

A Mid-Market developer is pulling the plug on plans to include a community-based performing arts center as part of a flashy mixed-use hotel and residential complex at 950 Market St. Continue reading →

 

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SF Police district boundaries meeting tonight

from SFPD

This is an update regarding the SFPD District Station Boundary Analysis Proposal meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 02/25/2015.  The meeting will be held at The Gene Friend Recreation Center, 270 6th St., San Francisco at 6:00 pm.  If you have any questions, please call Southern Station (415-553-1373).

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Photo exhibit captures old SoMa

Hamburger Marys

photo: Janet Delaney

by KENNETH BAKER
from SFGate

“Janet Delaney: South of Market,” at the de Young Museum, contains 40-odd 1980s color photographs whose time, regrettably, has come back. Delaney’s work celebrates photography as a medium of civic memory. To call it “street photography,” though much of it consists of street views, belittles its activist spirit. Continue reading →

 

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Supervisor London Breed takes aim at your “right to quiet enjoyment”

by JIM MEKO

London Breed, the newly elected President of the Board of Supervisors, has been dragged into the perennial conflict between neighbors and nightclubs, siding with the entertainment lobby of course, as it continues to buy influence at city hall to pursue its mean-spirited agenda.  Continue reading

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10th and Mission an intersection at crossroads of S.F. revival

10th Street

from BRIAN WALLACE

“We used to leave here late, and there was nobody on the street. Now, people at night are walking their dogs,” marveled Barbara Gualco, regional director of real estate development for Mercy Housing. “Dogs wearing booties, with manicures. The most perfect dogs you’ve ever seen.”

Brian sends along a John King piece from the Chronicle. King finally noticed all the cranes clustered around the corner of 10th and Mission Streets and observes that dramatic changes are underway in our neighborhood. “Honestly, I’m not sure that 10th and Mission will ever be cool,” King writes, “but it’s becoming integrated into the city’s daily life, and that’s a startling fact in itself.”

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Baltimore’s ‘Charm City Circulator’ designed for easier center-city access

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“Smart Transit” gadfly Howard Wong included a discussion of free shuttle loops in his New Years email blast.

Free useful shuttle loops are the hottest transit trend in the United States, Wong writes, with big gains in new ridership — like in Baltimore, Dallas, Raleigh, Denver, Minneapolis, Bethesda, Aspen, Long Beach, South San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, PresidioGo, UCSF, Mission Bay. Funding mechanisms vary — public, private, public/ private business, parking taxes, transit grants, advertising. In San Francisco, every neighborhood’s loop bus could connect markets, commercial cores, schools, libraries and major transit corridors for free.

“Baltimore’s new transit network, which supplements the city’s metro rail, light rail, commuter rail, and bus routes, is the most recent example of a trend that has taken American cities by storm: the creation of auxiliary routes for the inner-city that are designed for frequent, high-quality service with the goal of attracting onto buses people who aren’t used to public transportation.” His link to “Cities Develop Alternative Bus Networks to Combat Perceived Disadvantages of Mainline Routes” at “The Transport Politic” is five years old but a check of Baltimore’s “Charm City Circulator” website indicates the system is alive and well, with 10-15 minute spacing on a growing number of routes in their winter schedule.

“It has been like pulling teeth to get the City to deal with poor transit circulation as areas are rezoned for housing and dense offices,” writes Sue Hestor, singling out the Eastern Neighborhoods as most lacking in comprehensive transit planning. “Why not free bus loops NOW?” she asks.  Continue reading →

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