Save the Washington Square ficus
Washington Square Park and environs could lose many shade trees.
7 ficus trees on the 600 block of Columbus Avenue were posted with removal notices as of December 26, 2018.
A hearing conducted by S. F. Department of Public Works (DPW) on the removal of 7 ficus trees in Washington Square Park is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Monday, February 25, 2019, S. F. City Hall, Room 400. All S. F. residents are invited to attend and give Public Comment.
To stop this needless loss of trees:
Sign the online Petition
Circulate a printed Petition Have folks sign the paper petition and mail it back, or send an email to arrange for pickup.
A Proposal to Better Manage SF’s Urban Canopy
See this pdf for a proposed path forward, by Joshua Klipp.
Construction to start soon on controversial Telegraph Hill townhomes
The developer of 115 Tele Hill condos condos gave a neighborhood presentation on Monday, Jun 6.
June 24, Telegraph Hill Dwellers response to developers.
— Other items:
June 2016 D3 Newsletter from Supervisor Aaron Peskin
Fixing the Short Term Rental Loophole; Take Two: Keeping Our Legacy Businesses Alive; Density Done Right: 100% Affordable Solution; Vote June 7!
Click here to view.
September 2016 Larry Danos’s Environmental Issues Report
Learn about fossil fuels, California water, climate change, Paris Climate Conference and what you can do.
May 12, 2016, Article: Magic lives in North Beach by Broke-Ass Stuart
“North Beach is still an actual neighborhood, where people act like neighbors.”
April 2016 SOSVallejo — an alternative to closing Vallejo Street for Poets Plaza
New website and petition http://www.sosvallejo.com/
Apr 13, 2016 Opposing a resolution before the DCCC
Apr 13, 2016 Comprehensive article on Hoodline.com
More problems for Poets Plaza
A Dec 14, 2015 letter from the Archdiocese outlines three major problems they have with the Poets Plaza project: access to garages, guarantee of full funding, and blocking the Porziuncola shrine entrance. They also pointed out that others have been making unauthorized decisions on their behalf.
March 2016 Calling 311 works!
By San Franciscan Danny Sauter
“Beginning in late 2014, I started doing something about the things I saw in my city that were broken. I Tweeted about them … to @ SF311.”
Apr 2016, Chinese Telephone Exchange and the film noir Chinatown at Midnight
The history of the Chinese Telephone Exchange, a colorful building still at 743 Washington St @Grant. The Exchange was featured in a favorite film noir made in 1949.
Story by Geri Koeppel.
Feb 26, 2016 How Cable Cars Became An Exclusively San Francisco Treat
By Geri Koeppel, Hoodline.com
See also Market Street Railway, a volunteer group that maintains SF’s historic rail lines. http://www.streetcar.org/about-sfmsr/
SF Public Library Events
Nature in the City calendar – neighborhood projects that preserve the City’s natural habitats.
Aquatic Park calendar – our National Park in North Beach.
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Fridays 5pm–10pm Off the Grid eats
What is special about this photo?
Answer: It’s the woman in the front row without a smartphone enjoying the moment. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/boston-globe-black-mass-premiere_560c1acce4b07681270030e2
Gary Kamiya article: The Battle Over San Francisco’s Skyline Is a Battle Over Its Soul, September 23, 2015.
As the city undergoes its most radical physical transformation in a generation, four experts weigh in on the consequences — both good and bad — of a metropolis designed anew.
Video of an informative back-and-forth by three journalists on SF housing held on October 7. It goes beyond the election issues and describes how SF misjudged and failed to plan for the great housing shortage in the early 2000’s. From urbanIdea Forum:
“Will the Rent Come Down After November? Taking Stock of This Year’s Ballot Measures.” This forum was a lively discussion about the November 2015 election and its possible impact on SF’s housing crisis featuring Tim Redmond (48 Hills), Kim-Mai Cutler (TechCrunch), and Cory Weinberg (SF Business Times), and moderated by Brian Edwards-Tiekert (KPFA). We hope it helps you think through the housing [crisis].
Andy Goldsworthy’s Art in the Presidio http://www.presidio.gov/places
Little Free Library
Great addition to the ‘hood in front of 566 Filbert near Stockton. “Take a book, return a book.” Photo: Mike Pinzuti/Hoodline
Weigh in on SF laws — see Countable App below. San Francisco general legislation https://www.countable.us/city/san-francisco-ca