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Eastern Neighborhoods oversight body blocks LGBTQ Ringold project

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by JIM MEKO

The Eastern Neighborhoods Community Advisory Committee (ENCAC) holds the pursestrings for all the money collected from new developments in the various plan areas of the Eastern Neighborhoods. Continue reading

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SF Eagle hopes to bring 5,000 Halloween revelers to neighborhood

by JIM MEKO

A couple dozen patrons and neighbors gathered in the patio of the SF Eagle bar last Tuesday night to hear about plans for a Halloween street party outside the doors of the much-loved SoMa gay leather institution. Halloween is Thursday, October 31 this year.  Continue reading

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Celebrate the life of Jazzie Collins

Please join us in celebrating the life of our beloved community leader and tireless advocate for social and economic justice, Jazzie Collins, who passed away on July 11.

Jazzie fought for the rights of tenants, seniors, the disabled, the homeless, the LGBT community, those without healthcare among many others. She worked with us at Senior and Disability Action, was an organizer of the annual Trans March, Co-Chair of the city’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force, among many other activities.

Memorial to celebrate her life:

Thursday August 1, from 5:30-8:00 PM
Mission High School
3750 18th St. (at Church St.)

RSVP to: http://tiny.cc/JazzieMemorial  Continue reading

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Jazzie Collins, Rest in Peace

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Jazzie Collins, Activist
1958-2013

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Lawsuits fly as SoMa Grand residents settle into “luxury-serviced” condos

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The much maligned SoMa Grand, a 22 story glass tower of expensive condos at 1160 Mission Street, was hit with a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court for numerous construction defects and building standard violations. Owners of the luxury units are seeking damages in excess of $4 million as a result of the construction defects.

SoMa Grand was the first “luxury-serviced” condominium project in the Mid-Market neighborhood, offering “visual excitement, rich textures, and a polished sense of design” in a “transitional neighborhood,” according to a brochure promoting the project which sold out all units despite the economic downturn of the housing market.  Continue reading

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iPhone App turns your phone into a decibel meter

SoundMeter+

by KELLY HODGKINS
TUAW (or The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

Most people don’t think about their background noise levels, but those who work or live in noisy environments need to be aware of sounds that could ruin their hearing. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can monitor your ambient noise levels using the new SoundMeter+ application.

SoundMeter+ uses the iPhone’s internal microphone to measure the surrounding noise and calculate the dBA of your surroundings. You can also change the meter to measure dBC, dBB, dBD and dBZ. These different measurements take into account the different frequencies of sound. For example, the A-weighting (dBA) emphasizes those frequencies that the human ear can hear, while the B-weighting (dBB) takes into account lower frequencies and is used to measure entertainment noise Read more →

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Flower Mart and Chronicle properties drive Central Corridor’s encroachment into Western SoMa

Although I’ve always supported the Central Subway project, which isn’t really a very popular position among progressives in this town, it does occasionally try my patience.

When we carved out the area known as Western SoMa for our community-based planning process, we avoided the 4th Street corridor where the new rail line will run. The street is already developing all by itself as a neighborhood-serving commercial corridor and the addition of enhanced public transit seemed like a logical extension of reality-based planning.

Then the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development intervened, arguing that “we’re not gonna spend a billon dollars for this boondoggle without getting more bang for our buck.” Thus was born the Central Corridor planning process.  Continue reading

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