Thursday, October 19, 2017

Corbett Heights Meeting Next Thursday, 10/26

PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF

CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017

7:00 PM

CASTRO COMMUNITY MEETING ROOM

501 CASTRO STREET – 2ND FLOOR

(Thru the BofA doors, take stairs or elevator on right)

GUEST SPEAKERS & DISCUSSION TOPICS:

  • Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will talk about District 8 issues.

  • Levi Conover will discuss the Randall Museum upgrades.

  • SFMTA will describe the proposed changes to Market St. traffic: removal of left turns; bulb-outs; bike lane improvements.....

  • Corbett Slope: Improvements almost complete!

  • History Project: Finished and printed! Copies will be

    available at the meeting!!

  • Amazing improvements to our parks:

    Corbett/Ord Triangle and Merritt Park!!

  • Latest updates on the Upper Terrace/Roosevelt/17th St. project.

  • Castro & Upper Market Development Projects

  • and more...

SO PLEASE ATTEND AND MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS!

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Membership is not required to attend meetings. Those who pay dues ($15/year)*

receive regular email updates, assist with printing costs, and contribute towards neighborhood improvement events.

*Please go to www.corbettheights.org and pay using PayPal, OR

you may bring cash or check - made payable to CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS or CHN -

to the meeting, OR mail to 197 Corbett, SF 94114.

Make sure you include your name, address, phone numbers, and your email address.

Contact us at: info@corbettheights.org

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Please support the Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement!

Dear Neighbors,

As I mentioned in the just sent meeting notes, our History Project (or the Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement) is now complete!  We who have lived with delay after delay over several years are extremely proud of the finished project.  It is, I believe, 256 pages, and includes dozens of historic photos and maps, and tells an amazing history of our neighborhood.   It has passed muster with everyone so far, and goes before the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  The hearing begins at 12:30PM in Room 400, City Hall.  
If you are able to attend, it would be very helpful.

PLEASE send in a quick letter of support, if possible by this Friday, August 4th.   

All it needs to say is that you, as a resident of the neighborhood, are aware of and are in full support of the document " Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement".  

Please include your name, address and contact information.  You can email it to: 
Shannon Ferguson - shannon.ferguson@sfgov.org
or mail it to her:
Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Please cc me if you email her.

Soon we will be able to celebrate the actual books!

Thank you!
Gary

Corbett Heights Meeting Notes

Corbett Heights Neighbors Meeting Notes - July 27, 2017

We had quite a packed crowd last Thursday. 55 squeezed into the room.

First - I must thank the folks who helped distribute the fliers: Ted Teipel, Kathy and Hank Flanders, Bill Prince, Janice Low, Paul Allen, Grace Gellerman, Phil Byland, Rick Johnson, Kevin Dunn and Nancy Peoples, Desiree Roldan, Bonnie Day and Dirk Aguilar. Thank you all!

(And thanks to Grace for taking notes!!)

Treasurer's Report: As of last week we had about 115 paid household members. We have about $4000 in our bank account. Thanks to Leslie, our treasurer, for keeping track.

New CHN Board: We voted in our new board: President: Gary Weiss; VP: Maryann Dresner; (We'll have a rotating Secretary); Treasurer: Leslie Koelsch; Other officers: Kevin Dunn, Rick Johnson, Paul Allen, Grace Gellerman, Dirk Aguilar, Brad Lyman and Bill Holtzman.

Chairman of our Garden Committee: We also appointed Garret Robertson to this position. He and partner Jake Shogren have worked to transform the Corbett Slope by planting dozens of mostly native plants. If you are interested in participating in any type of public garden work in Corbett Heights, if you would like to help out during any upcoming garden cleanup days, if you may be interested in becoming a steward of one of our green spaces or if you would like to apply for funding for plants, tools etc., please let me know and I'll forward your contact information to Garret.

CHN Boundaries: We voted to approve the addition of Lower Terrace to Corbett Heights.

CHN Website: Please check out our website: corbettheights.org. We are finally making some much needed updates - including to our map of our boundaries. And Thanks to Ian Goldstein for helping with the website!

Senator Scott Wiener: This is the first CHN meeting Scott has attended since becoming our Senator. He noted that each time he attends there are more people - said it was the sign of a healthy neighborhood. He said that with a 2/3 Democratic majority in both the CA Senate and Assembly, they are working to defend CA values and inclusiveness.

Following is a listing of some of his accomplishments since taking office:

  • Passed Senate Bill 1 - largest investment in transportation in CA history. If successful we should have stable statewide funding to help fix the transportation infrastructure. 20% will go towards public transportation - BART, CalTrain, MUNI.

  • Helped pass the Cap and Trade extension.

  • Helped pass the budget which includes investiments in K-12 and early childhood education.

  • He's continuing to work to support LGBT issues, authoring a Bill of Rights for elderly LGBT people.

  • Worked on SB35 with a goal to ensure that all communities are addressing the housing shortage in California. This is perhaps the most contentious measure. Some feel it may be very successful in smaller, more spread out communities and less so in SF.

(Only read the following if you're interested in the AT&T box installation issue.)

I asked about AT&T boxes - still a simmering peeve of mine. There is a local issue involving legislation that Scott sponsored a few years ago requiring that AT&T and other companies installing SMFs (surface-mounted facilities) allow murals to be painted on the boxes and landscaping to be provided around them. AT&T threatened to sue SF. Malia Cohen suggested reducing the in-lieu of fee that AT&T would need to pay to get out of it.

My question was regarding the reason that AT&T and other companies are even allowed to install boxes in the public right of way. Telephone service used to be considered a utility. You couldn't live without your landline, and the only way to provide one to you was through this antiquated system. Well now, not only are there numerous other ways to provide this service, but fewer and fewer people even have landlines. These companies provide internet service and offer the ability to stream movies - and the competition is fierce. So why should any company be allowed to pollute our sidewalks in order to compete more cheaply with another company providing the same service?

Several years ago, when AT&T was installing 726 of these glorious boxes, the company representative said on numerous occasions that if a neighborhood does not want the boxes AT&T will not install them. We took them at their word and, after surveying the neighborhood, we proved that over 85% of us didn't want them. We became the only neighborhood in the city to have a moratorium on the boxes. They're now hoping to install 500 more! I'll let you know more as I find out.

Re: an environmental protection question :

Scott                 Scott said he's committed to moving CA to an increasingly greater percentage of clean energy. The goal is to get to 100% by 2050. He authored SB700 to require solar tiles on roofs in SF. Discussed better batteries that will store power when you aren't home and bring more stability to the system. The bill will be in the form of a rebate for home owners and business owners who will install equipment to store energy.

Re: the Water tunnels:

Scott do Scott does not support the tunnels that would allow water to move from the delta to SoCal. He is a big believer in water recycling, and CA is way behind Australia and Israel. We have a longterm structural shortage as a state. The technology is so good now that you can convert any type of water into drinking water.

Re: any impact of SB35 on our neighborhood?

Scott: it Scott: It does not touch local zoning. If a neighborhood is zoned RH-2, you can't build 3 units on it. The bill is about the process - saying to cities that if you zone for density, people need to be able to build for density of zoning. It applies to communities that are not meeting existing goals. SF is meeting its goals for market rate, but not for below market rate.

Re: the increase of the homeless and disabled in tents on our sidewalks.

Scott: th Scott: The voters passed Prop Q last November which was about getting people out of tents and requires 48 hours notice. There is now a process that is more complicated, but deals with tent dwellers in a more humane way. We have to do so much more to invest in ways to address mental health and drug abuse.

Re: his position of single payer bill 562:

Scott vo Scott voted for it. It passed the senate and is in the assembly.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy:

Re: Homelessness - one somewhat promising bit of news is that it hasn't increased, supposedly, since 2015, whereas Oakland is up 30% and Seattle 20%.He said he's been very focused on the homeless youth, half of whom are LGBT. He's worked to expand the hours at the LGBT Center so kids have a place to go to get off the streets and get linked to services, education, jobs and meals. Worked to expand Larkin Street Youth Center which has outreach workers specifically trained to work with the needs of homeless youth.The SFPD gets between 5-6,000 calls per month on homeless issues.Since taking office he has gotten funding for Harvey Milk Plaza gardens, worked to expand library hours district-wide, and chop-shop legislation.Would love to support any opportunity to prevent more AT&T boxes - and thinks a solution could be Supervisor Farrell's city broadband (fiber) network that will be on the ballot next year.In addition - he sponsored legislation to create a permanent Special Use District - called the Corona Heights Large Residence SUD - to try and combat the proliferation of oversized homes in the area.

Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District: Supervisor Wiener had sponsored the Corona/Corbett Heights Interim Zoning Controls in 2015. It proved to be a very effective tool in our fight to prevent monster homes from replacing neighborhood cottages and more traditionally sized homes. It was set to expire this past March. We approached Supervisor Sheehy's office about the idea to create a permanent SUD to replace the Interim Zoning Controls. As it turned out, they were very eager to do this. After several versions, amendments and reviews, it went before and was supported by the Planning Commission recently, followed by two hearings before the Board of Supervisors where it was supported unanimously. On July 21, the Mayor signed it. We are now the only neighborhood in SF to be a SUD, created specifically to battle over-development.

Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement or as we have so fondly referred to it as - The History Project - is now finally complete! It will go before the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, August 16th. The agenda for the hearing is not available yet, but it starts at 12:30 in Room 400 of City Hall. Please send letters of support to Shannon.Ferguson@sfgov.org by August 4. Come in person if you can.

Corbett Slope: Very exciting! Work began a couple of months ago. A slab has been poured that will be ADA compliant. It will be surrounded by incredible redwood planters - made with 3"X12" redwood slabs. This whole area will be accessible to people with disabilities. DPW will complete the planters, irrigation system and a new sidewalk. Then they will fill the planters with soil and provide some of the plants. Garret and his partner Jake have provided close to 100 plants already for the hillside. Next year the work to build the stairway down to Market will ensue. Please - we will need volunteers to help out after the work is complete. We hope to form the Friends of Corbett Slope.

Upper Terrace/Roosevelt/17th Street project: At this point the hearing for this project has been continued indefinitely. Due to all of the instability of the hillside, there is an environmental review going on. Apparently it is nowhere near complete. It does not mean the hearing will never take place - it just means that until the review has been completed and submitted, they cannot plan a date for it to be heard.

At this point they do have some support from some residents on Upper Terrace, but they won't be nearly as impacted as the residents below. All of the residents who live either on 17th Street or on Roosevelt remain opposed for one reason or another. The plan is still to build 10 units - 5 buildings. And the average square footage remains around 5,000.

75 Mars: Almost finished! Really. The park portion has now been landscaped with quite a wonderful selection of trees and shrubs, and I assume the stairway will actually open shortly.

3198 Market: This is the landlocked parcel just east of the Miller-Joost house on Market, and just below what has been fondly known as Al's Park. The work has finally begun. In order to satisfy the Fire Department, and to allow for a pair of paramedics to move someone up that hill, it was required that the access path be 4' wide, with an addional foot on each side - making it a 6' wide path. In order to accomplish this, they removed all of the plants and "artifacts" that had been there for years. It's a little startling to see the area so denuded, but in the very near future, we'll be forming a garden committee specifically for the site. It will eventually look spectacular. Also suggested is the planting of a tree to honor Al. And - many of the "artifacts" will be returned.

1965 Market/FedEx: The current owners/project sponsors - Jeffrey Keller and Eric Grover of Keller Grover, LLP, a law firm are awaiting an environmental review. The UDAT (Urban Design Advisory Team) has apparently reviewed it, but their results are not publicly available. The Mission Revival building is considered a historic resource and must be retained.

Sullivan's Funeral Home (2254 Market): The mortuary has ceased operations, but Prado Group, the real estate development and investment company, and property managers are apparently waiting for something in order to break ground.

Home Restaurant 2100 Market): In progress. Will be seven stories with 62 units and two ground-floor retail spaces - including one on 14th Street.

Lucky 13 (2140 Market): After years of working on this, the owner has decided to sell. They had received most of their entitlements to build. 50' tall, 40' on the back.

Volvo Centrum (3512 16th Street: The owners - Martin Building Group decided to just fix up the existing building and lease the space. No additional stories to be added at this time.

Thanks for your interest in the neighborhood!

- Gary





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Corbett Heights Quarterly Meeting next Thursday, July 27

Hi Neighbors - 

We have an excellent meeting coming up next Thursday.  Both our current and former Supervisor will be there to talk with us - Scott Wiener and Jeff Sheehy.
We'll also have our annual election of our board.  A few people who had served for several years could no longer participate, but we have 6 new wonderful people to add to the remaining 4.  
Below is our slate of officers.  If you are an existing member, please let me know by email or USPS mail by noon on the 27th of July if you approve of all, some or none.  There will also be paper ballots dispensed at the meeting.  

1.  President:  Gary Weiss (Almost former owner of IXIA after 34 years.  Chair of Land Use Committees of both DTNA and EVNA, VP of SF Hiking Club.)
2.  Vice-President:  Maryann Dresner  (Has her own attorney practice in SF)
3.  Treasurer:  Leslie Koelsch (Retired School Administrator; has been active in CHN since the beginning, as well as the former organization, TPENA before that.
Secretary this position will rotate.
Boardmembers:  
4.  Rick Johnson:  (Manages a software service for CA Technologies)
5.  Kevin Dunn:  (Agent with Zephyr Real Estate)
6.  Paul Allen:  (Retired 12 years ago.  Most recently a lawyer for Visa USA for 13 years.)
7.  Grace Gellerman: (Wikimedia Foundation)
8.  Brad Lyman:  (Management Consultant who advises Mutual Fund and Investment Managers)
9.  Bill Holtzman:  (Former head of PR for City of Toronto, head of Public Affairs for Apple Computer, Canada.  Also worked on numerous Presidential campaigns.)
10.  Dirk Aguilar:  (His field is international business, has worked for Google, has lived in Europe and Latin America before moving to Ord St. in 2013)

In addition, our boundaries have for some reason omitted Lower Terrace, despite the fact that it is between Ord Court and Vulcan which are a part of Corbett Heights.  We would need to change our bylaws to include a new street.  Once again, please let me know if you support.

Thanks!!

- Gary

(also - if you feel able or willing to help distribute fliers please let me know!)


PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF

CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017

7:00 PM

CASTRO COMMUNITY MEETING ROOM

501 CASTRO STREET – 2ND FLOOR

(Thru the BofA doors, take stairs or elevator on right)

GUEST SPEAKERS & DISCUSSION TOPICS:

Voting will take place for our new 10 person Board.

  • Senator Scott Wiener will discuss his activities in

    Sacramento, and how they affect us in Corbett Heights.

  • Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will talk about District 8 issues.

  • Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District: Thanks to both of our guests, we are now the only neighborhood in SF that is restrictive to "monster homes". We'll discuss the legislation.

  • Corbett Slope: It's underway! Platform and planters almost complete!

  • History Project goes before the Historic Preservation Commission on August 16!

  • Castro & Upper Market Development Projects

  • and more...

SO PLEASE ATTEND AND MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS!

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Membership is not required to attend meetings. Those who pay dues ($20/year)*

receive regular email updates, assist with printing costs, and contribute towards neighborhood improvement events.

*Please go to www.corbettheights.org and pay using PayPal, OR

you may bring cash or check - made payable to CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS or CHN -

to the meeting, OR mail to 197 Corbett, SF 94114.

Make sure you include your name, address, phone numbers, and your email address.

Contact us at: info@corbettheights.org

Monday, July 10, 2017

Corbett Heights Neighbors Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

Our next quarterly meeting is coming up - Thursday, July 27th, 7 - 8:30PM above BofA on Castro/18th Streets.

Our guests will be Senator Scott Wiener and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy.

So please try and attend!  We'll be sending out a full agenda a little closer to the meeting.

- Gary

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Corona Hts Large Residence Special Use District!

Dear Neighbors -

Some great news - the legislation was passed unanimously by the Planning Commission!  We will now have even greater controls than we had under the Interim Zoning Controls - - - IF it gets passed by the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee Monday.  
The 3 members of that committee are Mark Farrell, Aaron Peskin and Katie Tang.  Aaron Peskin has told me that he is supportive, and I'm hopeful that Farrell and Tang will also go along, but it's critical that we have a decent showing at the meeting.  
It will take place this coming Monday, June 26th at City Hall, Room 250.  The meeting begins at 1:30, but we are pretty far down the agenda - Item 7 out of 10.  
If this passes Land Use, the full Board of Supervisors will almost definitely follow suit the following day.  Then it's just up to the Mayor to sign it, and since he appointed Supervisor Sheehy who sponsored the legislation, it's more than likely that he will sign it.  WHEN it passes, we will become what I believe is the only neighborhood in SF to have an ordinance that specifically targets oversized homes.
So - please show up if you can!  We had a nice showing of neighbors this afternoon at the Commission hearing.  I hope we can have even more on Monday.
Here's a link to the Agenda:

- Gary

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Corbett Heights Updates

Hi Neighbors,

There are several important dates are coming up:

Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District:
In March of 2015 Supervisor Wiener sponsored the Interim Zoning Controls (IZC) legislation.  It included all of Corbett Heights while going as far north as Museum Way.  
The "monster home" proliferation in our neighborhood provided the impetus for the legislation.  What it intended to do was to rein in what many developers saw as open season for building oversized homes that began to seriously erode the look and feel of our neighborhoods.  
What the IZC could not do was to require that the Planning Department or the Planning Commissioners adhere to the intent of the legislation when making their determinations.  All that it required of Planning Staff or Commissioners is that they require project sponsors to seek Conditional Use Authorization (CU).  This just added a lengthy, more complex and more costly additional requirement.  The IZC had its greatest effect during the Appeals process.  Any development that was being appealed would be heard by the full Board of Supervisors.  This would have been the most effective tool for neighbors.  All of the cases that we threatened with appeal after being approved at Commission level were settled largely in our favor.

Interim Controls can only be in place for 2 years.  When they were about to expire I spoke with Supervisor Sheehy who agreed to sponsor permanent controls!  We should all be very grateful for his doing this.  I worked with Andres Power, formerly Supervisor Wiener's chief legislative aide, on any changes to the controls that could make them more effective.  The additional wording requires that Planning Staff and Commissioners respect both affordability and context (how well it fits into the greater neighborhood) to an existing neighborhood when deliberating support for a project.    

This is what you can do:
  • Attend the Planning Commission Hearing.  It is set for Thursday, June 22.  We won't know where it is on the Agenda until just before the hearing.  I'll let you know.  Hearings generally start at noon.  Please attend if you are able.  Any of you willing to speak may simply say that you either support or oppose the legislation.
  • More importantly - Email (or mail) a letter to the Planning Commission stating your view on this legislation.  A letter of support may look like the following:

Date:

Case No.: 2017-003880PCAMAP

Jonas P. Ionin, Commission Secretary
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Dear Commissioners,
I live in Corbett Heights (or other neighborhood) and have benefitted greatly from the Interim Zoning Controls that had been in place since 2015.  The character and the physical and architectural beauty of our neighborhood is worth fighting to protect.  I offer my full support for the new Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District.  I would also like to thank Supervisor Jeff Sheehy for sponsoring it.

Your name:
Your address:
SF, CA…

And copy the following commissioners:

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Mt. Olympus Project: 271, 301-303 Upper Terrace
As many of you know, this project which will be built over 5 lots, covering the hillside connecting Upper Terrace to both Roosevelt Way and 17th Street - if it gets built as planned - would be the largest development our neighborhood has ever seen.  The average size for each of the 10 units is well over 5,000 square feet.  Almost everyone I've spoken with is not opposed to building housing on the site.  And no one is against adding housing.  But the size and ultimate selling price - based on square feet - for each of these units is so out of scale with the neighborhood, that we feel a need to fight the developers in hopes that they bring down the size to an acceptable level.  After all, they will build and move on.  

The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th.  I will be sending out updates to confirm the date and the time.  But in the meantime, it would be extremely helpful if you would write a letter to the Planning Staffer handling this case - Erika Jackson - to show either support or opposition to this aspect of the project.

A letter of opposition may look like the following:

(email or mail to: erika.jackson@sfgov.org)

Date:

271, 301-303 Upper Terrace, Block No. 2628, Lot Nos. 32A, 32B, 34, 35A and 35B.

Erika S. Jackson
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Dear Ms. Jackson,

I am a resident of Corbett Heights (or other).  I love that my neighborhood has a mixture of architectural styles.  What I also love is that this neighborhood has remained relatively middle class, and somewhat affordable when compared to many others throughout the city.  When garage and common space are included, these proposed homes are 2 - 3 times larger than the average home in our area.  
For these reasons we remain opposed to this development.

Your name:
Your address:
SF, CA…

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Merritt Park Cleanup Day:

The green space at the intersections of Market, Danvers and Merritt has seen better days.  Lately it's been the site of a giant homeless encampment.  Several neighbors have agreed to help start the process of cleaning up this potentially beautiful space.  Following are the details:

Here's the link to the NextDoor post with the background: https://corbettheights.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=51718936 Here is the schedule: 1) Saturday, June 24th, morning only (so that we have the rest of the day to do weekend!) 2) Meet at the park at Merritt and Danvers ~8:30 am. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and bring your favorite tools if you have any (just in case). 3) Focus on pruning, trimming, stacking, and humor for ~3 hours. 4) Assist the "DPW Guy" with loading the Waste @ ~11:30 am. (They send 1 person in the truck, and he/she will need assistance.) 5) Bug-Out by Noon!

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Open Meeting of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA)
The upcoming meeting will include something of interest to many people outside of its boundaries.  The guests will be Judges Teri L. Jackson and Garrett Wong of the San Francisco Superior Court.  The discussion will focus on lenient sentencing of those accused of quality-of-life crimes.  
In addition, Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will be there to speak and answer questions. 
The meeting is open to the public.
The location is the CPMC Davies Campus, Gazebo Room.  (When approaching the hospital from Duboce, across from Harvey Milk Rec Center, walk up the few steps to the hospital on the left.  Instead of entering, walk around to the right.  Continue on the Plaza.  You'll be walking directly towards the Gazebo Room.  Entrance door is to the right.)
Meet and greet begins at 7PM, meeting begins at 7:30.
Monday, June 12, 2017.

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Thanks for your interest in the neighborhood!

- Gary