Update on Upzoning

As we mentioned last month, we are very worried about the impact of State Senator Scott Wiener‘s bill SB 827. This bill would result in upzoning almost all of San Francisco. It also would effectively mark the end of the Dolores Heights Special Use District. Height limits here would be increased to 55′, or in some cases even 75’ for streets wider than 45 feet.

We believe the bill needs to be dramatically changed or scrapped. We are working with our Supervisor, other City officials, neighborhood groups across the City, and groups from around the State, to lobby Sacramento to stop this threat. On Thursday, February 8, the City’s Planning Department issued a must-read analysis of SB 827. Per the Planning analysis, virtually the entire city would be affected. It would significantly upzone most of the City. In addition, the law doesnt prohibit the addition of State Density Bonuses. So height limits could actually be 65′, 75′-85′, and over 100 feet depending on the street width. Our fear is that the future is being given away to solve a problem of today, but at any cost. Thats just wrong.

We are not alone. The League of California Cities, the Los Angeles Times, the Sierra Club, and the Cities of Milpitas and Palo Alto among many others oppose the bill. Senator Wiener has also heard concerns from his constituents. He announced that he is amending the bill to address displacement/evictions and local affordable housing initiatives. These changes do not alter the cookie-cutter approach of setting height limits and increasing density without regard to infrastructure needs and neighborhood context. If you agree, please call or email Senator Wiener to register your opposition to SB 827.

On February 27, Senator Wiener released amendments to the bill. We are still evaluating the impacts. At this point, we believe that the DH SUD would still be among the areas of the City which are upzoned by the amended bill.

State Senator Scott Wiener

http://sd11.senate.ca.gov/

Capitol Office
State Capitol
Room 4066
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900
(916) 651-4011

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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Report from the Dolores Park Ambassadors

Some of the meeting highlights from the third Dolores Park Ambassadors‘ community meeting include:

  • Rec & Parks has increased its trash pickup program, 3x pickup daily – with last one after 7 pm on weekends. They are ready to scale up further as warm weather brings more park visitors.
  • Video cameras have been installed at the northern end of the park. Cameras on the west, east and south park borders and center lanes will follow in early 2018.
  • Park Rangers are in the park daily from noon to 8 pm – with two rangers on duty continuously on weekends. Park Rangers radios now connect to SFPD channel which speeds up police response to issues. Police patrol the park during closed hours when rangers are not present.
  • Supervisor Sheehy spoke about the city’s commitment to the park, the neighborhood residents, and a long term support program. Different organization options are being evaluated. Among them Community Benefit District, Green Benefit District, and private-public partnerships.
  • Sam Mogannam from Bi-Rite talked about how his business is helping to keep the neighborhood and the park safe and enjoyable: daily sidewalk cleaning / sweeping; encouraging non-glass containers for beverages to the park; participating in organizing neighborhood businesses.

During a spirited discussion on continued park violations and trashfest, the group agreed that the situation has greatly improved. We now worry about bottle caps and glass splinters instead of bullets and knives. And that a combination of education, appeal, and enforcement is needed, and finally, that we want to encourage the “San Francisco Culture” of creative expression, fun, and freedom while making sure park-goers and the Park areas safe and protected.

The Ambassadors set these priorities for 2018. To get involved, reach out to the steward listed:

  1. Ambassadors & Dogs Presence in the Park: outreach, dog-group activities, pursuing the Bio-Fuel Dog Poop to Gas Lights in the Park conversion idea. Steward: Dana De Lara, danadelara@gmail.com
  2. Outreach to Neighboring Streets: connect with neighborhood initiatives on nearby streets. Develop proposals for collaborative activities and city support. Steward: Gideon Kramer, gykramer@earthlink.net
  3. Dolores Park History Day and cultural activities: On Saturday, May 26, showcase and celebrate the rich History of the park locale from Native settlements, Mission era, earthquake refugee camp to its renovated splendor. Stewards: Andres Patino andres.patino@sfgov.org; Hans Kolbe hanskolbe@celantrasystems.com
  4. Dolores Park Gardeners: With the Rec & Parks department, volunteers identify gardening opportunities and work monthly in the park. Steward: Robert Brust rkbrust@gmail.com
  5. Long Term Organization Strategy: Should we set up a Community Benefit District? Private funding sources? Continue conversations with mayors office, businesses, and stakeholders. Steward: Sam Mogannam Sam@biritemarket.com
  6. Deep Dive Strategy & Controversies: This group needs to prepare controversial topics for a productive discussion.. Topics collected at the meeting include: How to deal with rules? How can we effectively deal with trash? How can we include other stakeholders (like fully or partially homeless, the half-legal vendors) into the solutions? Steward: NONE yet .. what about you?

Thank you for your support and see you in the park!

The Park in the Winter Light

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Tidal Wave of Auto Burglaries: What We Can Do

In 2017 the City had 31,120 car break-ins (over 85 per day) of which 2% were prosecuted. Remember to lock your car and to remove all property from your car.

Given this massive increase, SFPD and the District Attorney are revving up their efforts to catch/prosecute these crimes. A small group of criminals commit most car break-ins. Mission District Police Captain Caltagirone asks residents to call 911 if you witness a car burglary in progress. Your description may help police spot the perpetrator nearby. Also note:Cars with keyless entries are vulnerable. Criminals can build a receiver that mimics keyless entry signal. You can neutralize these devices by placing your key fob inside a Faraday bag.

Because a small number of people commit the vast majority of these crimes, the DA’s office is targeting the most prolific offenders – hoping to reduce quickly the number of incidents in San Francisco.

To assist with this effort the DA asks citizens to:

  1. Use the digital tip line increase the amount of evidence we receive
  2. Support the DAs request for an auto burglary task force
  3. Support SB 916 which adds or when forced entry is used to the auto burglary statute. The law currently requires prosecutors to prove that the car was locked — even when broken glass shows that a break & grab occurred. SB 916 closes this loophole which prevented many convictions.

You can read the DA’sfull letter and/or download support letters to send on items #2 & 3.

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Fire Raises Neighborhood Concerns

Photo Sophie Haihney for SFGate.

This Victorian at 517-519 Sanchez sustained major damage from a fire on February 23. BothSF Weekly andSFGATEcovered the event The building was reputed to be a “drug den” and had numerous building code violations. Its located just a block or so from the 19th & Sanchez steps where neighbors often see people using drugs. The DHIC Green Gardens group also has found numerous syringes and other paraphernalia during their clean-ups of these stairs.

DHIC leaders saw a temporary drop in syringe and drug use on these steps when SFPD raided and closed this same building a few years ago. Maybe well see the 19th & Sanchez steps hosting fewer drug users – with this longer-term closure from the fire.

This situation underscores why we need neighbors engaged: both in stairway/block clean-ups and in active block safety groups. To get connected with folks on your block for a safety group or to help at a two-hour monthly stairway clean-up, write tostairs@doloresheights.org or just attend our next clean-up.

Photo Nuala Sawyer for SF Weekly

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Register Your Video Security Devices

Do you have a video camera on your property that records security footage? The District Attorneys office is asking citizens to register their video security devices in order to assist law enforcement with investigations post-incident. The registry enables the DA to locate cameras near where an incident occurred. They will follow up with the camera owner directly to request footage.

http://sfdistrictattorney.org/register-your-camera

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Next Green Garden Day is March 3!

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Supervisor Jeff Sheehy Joins In

The Green Garden gang was pleased to welcome District 8Supervisor Jeff Sheehy to the crew on the stairs at Cumberland and Noe Streets at their February work day. Many hands make light work!

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Green Garden Day February 3 at Cumberland & Noe Stairs

Hello Neighbors,

On Saturday, February 3, we’ll meet at9 AMat Cumberland& Noe Streets for coffee, treats, tools and yes, gardening!

  • When:Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9 AM to 11 AM
  • Where: Cumberland& Noe St.
  • What: Garden work, pruning, trash pickup, and planting.

As before, this will involve improving stairs and the surrounding green areas, a healthy combination of neighborhood safety, gardening work and getting to meet your neighbors. Bring your gloves, tools, sunblock(!) and love of the neighborhood. There’ll be coffee provided by Spikes Coffee and treats provided by DHIC, garden tools and gloves provided by SF Parks Alliance and SF DPW, as well as lots of friendly faces. As with previous events, this should also be a fun morning!

As always, this joint event is made possible by:

If you have any questions about this event, you can email stairs@doloresheights.org

See you all soon!

Join DHIC:http://www.doloresheights.org/join.pdf

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Dolores Heights Resident Catches Camera Thief; Makes Citizen’s Arrest

A San Francisco resident living near Dolores Park caught video footage of a man ripping the security camera from his front gate on January 23, 2018.

You can read more in this SFGate article.

Thanks to Bruce Bowen for sharing this!

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Noe Valley Dems Host “Meet the Mayoral Candidates” January 31

Its a big election year in our supervisorial district, District 8. Scott Wieners unexpired D8 supervisorial term will be filled at the June primary election onTuesday, June 5, 2018. And due to the unexpected death of Mayor Lee in December, his unexpired term must be filled via the June primary election. At thisupcoming neighborhood meeting you can hear from the leading candidates.

Noe Valley Democratic Club sponsors: MEET THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Noe Valley Dems have invited Angela Alioto, London Breed, Amy Farah Weiss, Jane Kim, and Mark Leno to speak to the club. Each candidate will be given 20 minutes to present and answer questions (10 minute presentation and 10 minute Q & A). All 5 candidates have indicated that they should be able to make the meeting

Everyone is invited regardless of whether they are a club member or not.

What: Noe Valley Dems–Meet the Mayoral Candidates
When: Wed, Jan 31th–6:30 Social Hour; 7pm Meeting Begins
Where: Noe Valley Town Square,3861 24th Street

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