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S.F. has new data-driven solution to old S.F. problem: human excrement

by JOHN COTE
San Francisco Chronicle

Today the Department of Public Works will roll out the city’s latest approach: mobile bathroom stations at the three most well-used areas. Each station will include two specially outfitted portable toilets, a sink, a needle disposal bin and a dog waste station, all mounted on a flatbed trailer.

“We’re championing our residents’ right to clean streets and a safe place to do their business with dignity,” said Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the area and has been pursuing a public toilet program since fall of 2012. Continue reading →

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“[Our] office supports responsible recycling centers in our city.”

from SUNNY ANGULO
Legislative Aide, District 6

I want to thank everyone for coming out to last month’s community meeting at the Arc San Francisco (and especially thank the Arc for hosting). I would also like to thank the city staff that took time out of their evening to come and offer resources and input, including the Mayor’s Office of HOPE Director Bevan Dufty and Kevin Drew from the Department of the Environment. Finally, I’d like to thank the individuals that emailed or called me privately after the meeting and expressed their disappointment with the behavior of some of their neighbors and recommitted themselves to working toward positive solutions that would benefit everyone in the neighborhood. On a personal note, I was deeply appreciative of that, so thank you. Continue reading

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Report from SoMa neighbors regarding the 10th and Harrison recycling center

from SF SoMa Neighbors:

Last week approximately 70 residents and local business owners attended a neighborhood meeting concerning the proposed recycling/buyback center at 10th and Harrison Streets. Almost everyone in the audience was opposed.

Sunny Angulo, an aide in Supervisor Kim’s office moderated the meeting. She stated that Our Planet Recycling was issued a permit in error, and that they would be required, per a letter from the City Zoning Administrator, to re-apply for permits. This will require neighborhood notification, and the neighbors can then file appeals to block or modify the permit. Neighbors could also file with the Planning Department for a Discretionary Review (DR).  
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Putting together the pieces to land Lucas Museum at Lot 330

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from LAWRENCE STOKUS
South Beach gadfly

UPDATE: The Windy City beat out other cities, including a contentious battle against San Francisco, winning the bid to build an interactive museum for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. – CNN

As we await George Lucas’ decision as to where he wants to locate his museum, keep several things in mind:

1. Locating the Lucas Museum on Lot 330 is an excellent choice and the neighborhood (and the city) seem to be wholly in favor of the concept. However, the museum location is just one aspect of the project.

2. Equally important is how the Port and the City will handle the redevelopment of the South Beach waterfront in conjunction with the Lucas Museum project. Namely, what will happen to the derelict piers (26, 28, 30-32 & 38) that are now sitting empty and obstructing the South Beach waterfront?

3. This is a great opportunity to have both a world class museum and a world class waterfront in South Beach. We must focus on both aspects of the project.

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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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Update: Ringold fully funded !!!

The vote was 10-3 and it required 10 votes to pass (a quorum issue). The final motion was to provide $1.8 million and the representative from the Transportation Authority guaranteed us an additional $200,000 to make us whole.

Kudos to Glendon Hyde and Demetri Moshoyannis too. They brought out more than a dozen folks for public comment and each and every story they told almost brought me to tears. It was a solemn and hushed crowd and an important moment for the body.

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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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Sign a petition asking City to maintain new SoMa park

from JAMIE WHITAKER

The poor City of San Francisco refused to accept a speck of green space for the 6,000+ and growing population of residents in high-rise towers in Rincon Hill because Phil Ginsburg claims they can’t come up with the $24,000 per year to cut the lawn and hose down the benches a few times.  Continue reading

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Join with the Sierra Club to stop attacks on our Environmental Bill of Rights

OPPOSE:  Supervisor Wiener’s CEQA Legislation, which curtails public participation and the ability of public officials to make well-informed decisions. 
SUPPORT:  bringing Supervisor Kim’s alternative CEQA Legislation to completion—before any legislative action is taken.
TESTIFY:  Land-Use Committee, Monday, April 8, 1:30 PM, City Hall Room 263
Agenda: http://sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=44999
EMAIL:  Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org, Jane.Kim@sfgov.org, David.Chiu@sfgov.org
ADD:  Your Organization’s Name: Along with the Sierra Club and others, add your organization’s name in opposing the Wiener CEQA Legislation—by emailing brookse32@earthlink.net . Continue reading

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