Monthly Archives: May 2011

WSoMa Plan nears completion

The Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force is beginning to comb through a draft of what will become the final Proposal for Adoption when the EIR is adopted, a process that will begin in August. The final draft of the Western SoMa Community Plan includes public input, clarifications and new policies that have been added since the original Draft for Citizens Review was released three years ago. Continue reading

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25 mph speed limit approved for Folsom and Howard Streets

Following a hearing last Friday, the SFMTA agreed to lower the speed limit along Folsom and Howard Streets. The new limit will affect Howard Street from the Embarcadero to South Van Ness and Folsom Street from 13th Street to the Embarcadero. “Reducing traffic speeds is one of the most powerful ways we can save lives and prevent injuries,” said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe. “It’s an excellent idea. A lot of the community in SoMa has been very concerned about pedestrian safety, and this is a smart step towards making the streets in SoMa safer.” Continue reading

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Underground entertainment: the good, bad and the ugly

Late night parties in an empty restaurant at the corner of 9th and Folsom Street have been keeping neighbors awake for the last few months. Last Wednesday a fed up neighbor unloaded a fusillade of eggs at the partygoers who responded by storming the apartment building, climbing up fire escapes to gain entry, necessitating frantic calls to 911. Last year, police were called to 7th and Howard Street by a Fire Inspector who was refused admittance to a warehouse party. A brawl broke out between officers and several attendees. M-80 firecrackers were tossed and up to nine people were arrested. Continue reading

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Nostalgia greets closure of Eagle Tavern

Patrons were greeted with locked doors on Sunday as the Eagle Tavern finally shut down after months of drama. “Out on the back porch Saturday afternoon, the final-day crowd was in a nostalgic mood,” reported the San Francisco Examiner. “Final pictures and videos were being captured and chalked messages on the walls said things like, ‘I broke my jaw here in 1993,’ and ‘I left my heart at the Eagle.’” Continue reading

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Mid-Market CAC debated at Board today

The Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors will take up the issue of appointing a new oversight body to ensure that Twitter and other digital media businesses that are lured to the Mid-Market area by new tax incentives live up their community benefits agreements. Those agreements are yet to be ratified by the Board. Continue reading

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4 alarm fire devastates Park Hotel

The San Francisco Fire Department called a fourth alarm shortly before 7:00 tonight as flames continued to burn out of control at the Park Hotel, a three story single room occupancy residential hotel on Folsom Street between 6th and 7th Streets. Neighbors have been angrily shouting at firefighters, urging them to fight the flames more aggressively. Strong winds and high temperatures have forced fire fighters away from the building, which appears to be a total loss.

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Community Stabilization Policy introduced at Board of Supes

Supervisor Jane Kim introduced a Resolution at the Board of Supervisors yesterday affirming the Community Stabilization Policy that was adopted by the Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force last year. The Stabilization Policy evaluates the existing conditions and sets forth metrics for the preservation of the historic balance of housing affordability and neighborhood land uses that are proposed for use by the Planning Commission in evaluating project approvals and conditional uses. Continue reading

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