Monthly Archives: July 2012

How to comment on an EIR

As part of the comment process for the Environmental Impact Report on the Western SoMa Community Plan, a public hearing has been scheduled by the Planning Commission for July 26, 2012, in Room 400, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, beginning at noon or later.

Comments are supposed to be confined to the environmental impacts of the Plan on cultural resources, transportation and circulation, air quality, and shadow as well as cumulative noise impacts. “Cultural resources” refers to “historic‐period resources of the built environment, historic‐period and prehistoric archeological resources, paleontological resources, and human remains.”

This brief video offers some useful guidance if you’d like to comment on the EIR.

Public comments will be accepted from until 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2012. Written comments should be addressed to Bill Wycko, Environmental Review Officer, San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Jim Meko, chair
SoMa Leadership Council

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Dunes, Trains and Beer: The Buried History of SoMa, July 21

SOMArts Cultural Center and SF Camerawork present a unique opportunity to get to know the hidden history of South of Market. In conjunction with local muralist Susan Greene’s “Bending over Backward” installation (appearing in the exhibition Performing Community, July 6–28 at SOMArts Cultural Center), Chris Carlsson of Shaping San Francisco will lead a free walking tour to help you discover lost layers of history.  Continue reading

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Planning Dept.’s obsession with “latest and greatest” is not smart growth

Central Corridor Draft Higher Height Limit Alternative

The focus of the Central Corridor Plan is on high tech. The focus of the revival of Mid-Market is on high tech. The focus of the Bayview/Hunters Point redevelopment is going to be on high tech and now planners would like the focus of the Western SoMa Plan to be on high tech too.

I think high tech is cool but this is getting ridiculous. It’s not the only source of jobs in this city.   Continue reading

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Wait til you see what the SFMTA just did to 8th Street

The creative juices are flowing over at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), fueled in part by the long-delayed approval of the bicycle plan after years of litigation and by the determined efforts of influential bicycle advocates who cast a jealous eye at some of the unusual traffic experiments happening in Europe. Prepare yourself for some weird bike lane configurations coming to your neighborhood soon.  Continue reading

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Bunk-bed-stuffed residences where young programmers and designers work, eat and sleep

Interesting New York Times piece on “hacker hostels,” informal housing establishments that put a new twist on the long tradition of communal housing for tech types by turning it into a commercial enterprise. Coming in the midst of the student housing, smaller minimum unit size and reduction in open space legislation, it makes you wonder if this isn’t what Supervisor Scott Wiener and Mayor Ed Lee have in mind …  visit the New York Times to read more.

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“If the Planning Department must play Santa Claus to some well-connected property owners …”

My remarks to the Planning Commission during public comment on June 28, 2012:

Let’s talk a little more about the Central Corridor Plan. The Planning Department would have you believe that this is all about accommodating the high tech industry. This incursion into the Western SoMa plan area has very little to do with high tech and everything to do with political pressure from the Chronicle, the Flower Mart and other large property owners in that area, the Academy of Art University being the largest of them all.  Continue reading

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