Oak and Fell Bike Lane Discussion

Photo by sfbike.

On Saturday, March 31st, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will host a public meeting to discuss pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on Oak Street and Fell Street between Scott Street and Baker Street. The purpose of the meeting will be for the SFMTA to share a conceptual project design and to collect public feedback. There will be a four-hour window of time in which the public is encouraged to drop in to review design options and potential project impacts, so please stop by at any time between 10am and 2pm.

Oak and Fell Project Public Meeting

DATE: Saturday, March 31

TIME: 10:00am-2:00pm (open house

LOCATION: SF Day School, 350 Masonic Ave (at Golden Gate)

For more information about this project, please see our project web page:http://www.sfmta.com/cms/bproj/OakandFellBikeways.htm

SF Rec and Park: Trying Hard

SF Rec and Park’s Park Score Increases to 90.6%
City Controller Issues Mid-Year Park Score Report

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today citywide, the average mid-year park score is 90.6 percent, an increase compared to both last year and all previous years.  The results are based on 395 evaluations of 160 parks.  The RPD team has noted that with newly renovated parks and recreational facilities, the team is able to conduct more efficient maintenance throughout the park system.

“The Recreation and Park Department is using scarce resources wisely and thoughtfully planning for the future of our parks,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Clean and safe parks help us stay healthier and support families in our City.”

“With Mayor Lee’s support, SF Rec and Park is able to build on the momentum for capital improvement and tackle the Department’s more than $1 billion of deferred maintenance,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “We are committed to make sure our parks are clean, safe and fun for all park users.”

Park scores are based on performance standards that cover 14 park features such as lawns, trees, athletic fields, courts, children’s play areas, and benches and tables. Generally, a score above 85 percent indicates that a park is well maintained and that its features are in good condition.

In November 2003, San Francisco voters passed Proposition C establishing the City Services Auditor (CSA) in the Controller’s Office which mandates CSA and RPD to design and implement Proposition C’s requirement for standards, evaluations, schedules, and reporting for City’s park system.

For more about SF Rec and Park, please visit www.sfrecpark.org and for complete copy of SF Rec and Park’s mid-year park score report, please visitwww.sfcontroller.org.

Rose Page Mini Park

A bench along the park's walkway.

If you weren’t paying attention, you could altogether miss the Rose Page Mini Park. This quiet, green space is situated between Rose and Page Street on one side, and Laguna and Buchanan Street on the other.

The park opened in 1972, but subsequently fell into a state of disrepair. Neighborhood residents, organized through the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Parks Group, restored the facilities and the park reopened in April 1999. A more detailed history of the Rose Page Mini Park is available at the San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council.

The mini park features a community garden, flower beds, and a welcoming bench to enjoy the resplendent nature tucked away in this green retreat.

Main entrance to the park from Page Street.


Flower beds and community garden.


Alternative entrance to the park from Rose Street.

Community meeting with Police Chief – recap

We had a great discussion at the Community meeting last night (3/22/12)
with Police Chief: Greg Suhr and Captain of Northern Police Station: Ann Mannix.

Photo of Chief Suhr

A few tips we learned from our discussion last night:

-Chief Suhr has a strong belief in community policing in Hayes Valley, Western Addition and Lower Haight

-Crime is down. This is because everyone is working hard together – communities and police and non-profits. Best way to keep our area safe is to provide great activities for youth and to give them hope about their future.

-Work with police to connect with youth that need mentorships and internships. Youth need jobs and skills to get excited about their future in the workforce and in the community as adults.

-What to do when you observe crimes in city parks and public areas?

If you are observing a crime taking place – please call 911.
If you have observed an ongoing problem, please email or call Northern Police Station
(415) 614-3400
Email: SFPDNorthernStation@sfgov.org

Emergency, dial: 911
Non-emergency, dial: (415) 553-0123
TIP LINE: (415) 392-2623

SF SAFE (San Francisco SAFE, Inc. (Safety Awareness for Everyone) is a non-profit organization that guides residents, business owners, and community members to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.) is working to address recycling/trash scavenging in the city. If you want to join a task force to address underground scavenging of trash please contact Troy at: 553-1968

SF Department of Emergency Management: Jim Turner

Tip: Get to know your neighbors so that you can help to each other in emergency situations great and small.

Some great links:

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Community Opportunity Fund Workshops

As part of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Community Opportunity Fund is giving neighborhoods, community groups, and park enthusiasts an opportunity to make a real difference at their favorite local city parks. Please attend one of the following workshops to begin your application process for a Community Opportunity Fund project. Attendance at one workshop is mandatory for all applicants.To download the application, click here and go to the Application Materials tab, round 3.

Thursday, March 22nd 6:00-8:00 PM, County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave (inside Golden Gate Park), San Francisco, CA 94122

Tuesday, March 27th 6:00-8:00 PM, Joe DiMaggio Recreation Center, 651 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94129, Multi-Purpose Room

Thursday, March 29th 6:00-8:00 PM, Joe Lee Recreation Center, 1395 Mendell St., San Francisco, CA 94124, Multi-Purpose Room 2

Tuesday, April 3rd 6:00-8:00 PM, Mission Recreation Center, 2450 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA 94110, Auditorium

Tuesday, April 10th 6:00-8:00 PM, San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102, Room 278

ALSO – mark your calendars -



You are cordially invited to join Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Mrs. Helen Diller, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of Dolores Park Playground for the grand opening ceremony of Helen Diller Playground at Mission Dolores Park. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, music, and entertainment for children and families.Download the flier here. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2:00-4:00 p.m.


With the help and generous donation of more than $1.5 million from the Mercer Fund in honor of San Francisco Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller, together with funding from the 2008 Parks Bond and the City’s General Fund, major renovation of the Dolores Park Playground has been completed. The site now has several unique and exciting features, including: a central play mound that will have an ADA-accessible suspension bridge, built-in slide and climbing nets; custom-made ship wrecked boats; and a 36′ super slide built into the natural hillside behind the playground. And in honor and appreciation of Mrs. Diller’s lifetime philanthropic work and community contributions, the playground is named the Helen Diller Playground.

Today, Helen Diller Playground is located in Mission Dolores Park, a 13.37-acre site in the Mission District and bounded by Dolores, Church, 18th and 19th Streets. During the community planning process for the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, strong community involvement through Friends of Dolores Park Playground and San Francisco Parks Alliance expressed support for a world-class playground for the children and families living in the Mission neighborhood.

The Mercer Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.

Redistricting meeting agenda at Ella Hill Hutch


Saturday, March 17, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
(Webster and McAllister Streets)
1050 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Special Meeting

Call to Order and Roll Call

Seat 1 Eric McDonnell, Chair
Seat 2 Jenny Lam, Vice Chair
Seat 3 Mike Alonso
Seat 4 Myong Leigh
Seat 5 Sonia Melara
Seat 6 Marily Mondejar
Seat 7 David Pilpel
Seat 8 Mark Schreiber
Seat 9 Melissa Tidwell

Approval of Task Force Minutes of February 23, 2012. (Discussion and possible action.)

Community Outreach. (Discussion.) The Task Force will review current and future outreach activities.

Mapping. (Discussion and possible action.) The Task Force will hear public input and modify the working draft map developed on March 12, 2012. [attachment: Working Draft Map 3/12/12]

Task Force Work Plan. (Discussion and possible action.) The Task Force must complete redrawing district lines before April 15, 2012. The Task Force will discuss the work it intends to complete prior to that date, including the format of its final map and report, the compilation of public comment it has received, and interim deadlines and milestones.

Task Force Budget. (Discussion and possible action.) The Task Force will review its current budget and expenses.

Task Force Member Reports. (Discussion and possible action.) Individual members of the Task Force will report on their work assignments and discussions with members of the public or public officials concerning the Task Force’s future work. Work assignments include: data (Member Pilpel), social media (Member Schreiber), ambassadorship (Chair McDonnell), and scheduling of meetings (Member Tidwell).

Public Comment. Members of the public may address the Task Force on matters that are within the Task Force’s jurisdiction, but not on today’s agenda.

Future Agenda Items. (Discussion and possible action.)


Next scheduled Meeting: Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

Agenda Item Information

Each item on the agenda may include: 1) Department or Agency cover letter and/or report; 2) Public correspondence; 3) Other explanatory documents. For more information concerning agendas, minutes, and meeting information, such as these document, please contact Redistricting Task Force Clerk, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Audio recordings of the meeting of the Redistricting Task Force are available at:


Public Comment

Public Comment will be taken before or during the Task Force’s consideration of each agenda item. Speakers may address the Task Force for up to three minutes on that item. During General Public Comment, members of the public may address the Task Force on matters that are within the Task Force’s jurisdiction and are not on the agenda.


Julius Caesar at AAACC

The African American Shakespeare Company presents – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Dates: March 10 – April 1, 2012
Times: Sat., 8 p.m. Sun., 3 p.m.

Showing at the Buriel Clay Theater at the African American Art & Culture Center at 762 Fulton Street.
Directed by renowned actor and playwright Michael Gene Sullivan (San Francisco Mime Troupe) and featuring a small ensemble cast, African-American Shakespeare Company’s version of Julius Caesar spotlights politicians who will say anything, and do anything, to win.

Tickets are $15-$30.

For more information, please call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.african-americanshakes.org