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Why does the Planning Department like to crap on our alleys so much?

by JIM MEKO

When planners set out their guiding principles for a community planning effort, their first thought is always GROWTH. When the neighbors get to participate in a real community planning process, their standard always tends to be something more nuanced, something like “to preserve and enhance.”

This dichotomy explains why we hate the Planning Department so much.  Continue reading

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Noteworthy environmental specialist suspended by new DPH Director

Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, San Francisco’s top environmental health official, returned from vacation two weeks ago only to find that he’s been put on administrative leave.

Bhatia is well-respected among urban planners as an advocate of “health impact analyses” and a key developer of the “Healthy Development Measurement Tool.” The HDMT provides a range of policy and design strategies that can advance health conditions and resources via the development process. Every policy included in the Western SoMa Community Plan was examined from this perspective.  Continue reading

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Bike sharing kicks off in SF

BikeShare_Station Map_publichearing(Click to enlarge)

from MATT LASKY
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

The Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is proposing the placement of 35 bicycle sharing stations in San Francisco as shown on this map. Please review the map, forward it to other interested parties and respond to me if you wish to receive more details about specific station information including the size and location. Stations shown as green on the map will be presented at an SFMTA public hearing on Friday, 6/14/2013, at 10:00 AM, in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.  Continue reading

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Busiest fire station set to open on Folsom Street

Station 1 Open House - For Neighbors

Fire Station 1 will be holding an open house for the neighbors in the vicinity of the new facility on the evening of Thursday, April 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The new station is located at 935 Folsom Street.

The current station, which serves the Tenderloin and Sixth Street area, is the busiest in America, said Monica Fields, deputy fire chief for administration. In 2010, firefighters left the station 9,924 times, which averages 27 times a day, she said. The new station will likely be just as busy.

The city moved the 13 firefighters from their current home on Howard Street to the brand new station in order to make room for the new wing of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Central Market CBD coming to a neighborhood near you?

The Central Market Community Benefit District (CMCBD) is getting ready to renew and possibly expand its neighborhood services in the greater Central Market and SoMa area. The CBD promises to create a cleaner, safer and more inviting neighborhood.

Learn more about the CMCBD and its neighborhood programs by attending one of two meet and greets, scheduled on March 19 and 27. Hear about the CMCBD’s renewal and proposed expansion of its community services. Meet the CMCBD Board, Staff, Steering Committee, Community Guides, Clean Team and Partners.  Continue reading

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Falling ad banner lands on power lines above Tennis Club

tennis club

Brian Wallace sends along news that an advertising banner fell off a small plane and landed on top of power lines above the San Francisco Tennis Club at 5th and Brannan Streets shortly before noon today. Traffic was backed up for blocks surrounding the club. A PG&E spokesman said that power was knocked out to about 2,000 homes and businesses but crews had restored power to all but about 250 customers by 1:00 PM.

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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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Safer crossing at Russ and Folsom

From Angelica Cabande of the South of Market Community Action Network : FINALLY! After 3 years of waiting (and advocating for), the crosswalk light on Russ and Folsom Street is getting constructed as I email you right now. With that, the SoMa Stabilization Fund Community Advisory Committee (CAC) with Supervisor Jane Kim’s office would like to have a community celebration on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. on Russ & Folsom on FINALLY having the crosswalk light. Please save the date and inform others. I will be coordinating with Claudine from MOH, the Stabilization Fund CAC and April Veneracion from Supervisor Kim’s office on a light program which I hope you can participate in.

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Lights and Sirens!

Plans are moving ahead to relocate Fire Station 1 from 676 Howard to 935 Folsom Street. Expansion of the SFMOMA museum in Yerba Buena Center necessitated the move. Everyone welcomed the “gift” of a new fire station except the neighbors who will be affected, of course. Station 1 moves from an area with very few residential buildings to a neighborhood with senior housing, new condos and several residential enclave districts.  Continue reading

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Who tagged the Children’s mural?

One remnant of the Children’s Village at St. Joseph’s that’s been preserved is the mural on the side of the building facing Tenth Street. The mural was recently defaced with graffiti. Presidio Knolls Schools currently runs a Mardarin immersion program at the site. School officials have tried all the usual remedies to remove the tag but it’s a metallic paint which resists most solvents. Continue reading

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