Thursday, February 1, 2018

Corbett Heights Neighbors Meeting Notes: January 25, 2018

NOTES FROM CORBETT HEIGHTS MEETING - JANUARY 25, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7:05.

Almost every seat in the room was taken, with several people standing off to the side.

Huge thanks for the folks who helped distribute the fliers for the meeting: Ted Teipel, Kathy & Hank Flanders, Kazumi Matsuyama, Bill Prince, Janice Low, Paul Allen, Grace Gellerman, Phil Byland, Nancy Peoples, Desiree Roldan, Bonnie Day, Tom Murphy and Dash and Dirk Aguilar.

First we thanked Chad Beecher for his incredible work in restoring three neighborhood parks: Corbett/Ord Triangle, Merritt Park at the intersection of Danvers and Market, and most recently Mars Park at the corner of Corbett and Mars. Merritt Park especially, was one that until a few months ago, people would have almost preferred for it to be cemented over. Truckloads of ivy, blackberry brambles, syringes and feces representing several species were cleared away by Chad. We presented him with a thank you note from the Board, a bouquet of flowers as well as complementary one-year membership in the association.

Board member Brad Lyman completed work to improve the email distribution system to members using Mailchimp.

(For our April meeting we have invited Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, running to retain his position as Supervisor of our district. In addition, we decided that we would invite the two mayoral frontrunners to address us in January and in April. Senator Mark Leno spoke with us last week. We will invite the other to address us at the April meeting.)

Rafael Mandelman, running Supervisor of our district is currently President of the Board of Trustees of City College as well as Deputy City Attorney for Oakland.  He listed about a dozen reasons he is deeply qualified to be our Supervisor and took quite a few questions from the audience.  He graduated from Yale, the Kennedy School at Harvard, and UC Berkeley Law School. He is an urban development attorney and serves on the board of the LGBT Center. As President of City College's Board of Trustees he worked to restore CCSF's accreditation.

- Regarding homelessness, his priorities would be to increase affordable housing, improve public health services and coordination among relevant agencies.

- Public transportation must be improved and to some extent re-imagined.

- The city needs to work with landlords to address the substantial increase in empty retail store fronts.

Mark Leno, formerly our District 8 Supervisor, formerly our 13th District Assemblyman, formerly our 11th District CA State Senator and currently running for San Francisco Mayor.  He specifically addressed the issues of affordable housing, homelessness, transit, and the general quality of life in the City. Regarding homelessness, issues that need to be addressed include possible Ellis Act reforms, mental health services, and inter-agency coordination. He also discussed an interest - or a need to reform the Planning Department, the need for infrastructure investment, and the large number of vacant retail spaces citywide.

Our board put together a list of questions to ask him. They included: What does he plan to do to preserve the character and beauty of our San Francisco neighborhoods?; What ideas does he have to improve the Planning Dept and DBI?  Both budgets are financed exclusely by permit fees paid by developers. Does this create a sense of conflict of interest?; How would he reduce rampant demolitions that are performed under the guise of remodels?; Does he feel there should be a saturation point in the number of residents we are willing to accommodate in our 49 square mile city, or will developers dictate a never-ending increase in density, potentially negatively impacting our quality of life?; And how might he reconfigure our existing $10 billion budget? He also answered numerous questions asked bythe audience.

Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement: Hoping to not upset people who paid more early on, we've decided to reduce our donation request for the history project book, "Corbett Heights San Francisco: An Historic Context Statement" to $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

Garrett Robertson, who is coordinating much of the improvement work on the neighborhood street parks, is looking for volunteers to help with park clean up efforts once per month on the 2nd Saturday. If you're interested in helping out, please let me know! We'll be sending out a notice each month letting you know which park we'll be addressing.  In the coming months we'll be using CHN funds to plant quite a few native plants in several of our street parks.

Corbett Slope: It's been more than half a year since they completed the concete slab and the redwood planters. What happens next and when that may be is not being revealed.  Giving up on trying to find this out from DPW I'm now working with someone in the Mayor's office to try and get answers.

Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District: I mentioned last time that of the dozens of notices for construction proposals that I receive each month, only a tiny fraction of those are for property sites within our SUD. So it's still working! This is not the case elsewhere like Noe Valley where most of the expansion and virtual demolition of older homes has become chronic.

Mount Olympus Project: (271, 301-303 Upper Terrace/Roosevelt/17th St): At this time there is still no hearing date scheduled.

The instability of the hillside is likely the primary reason that the environmental review is still going on. As I mentioned last meeting, the other issues being dealt with in the review are:

- Noise during construction would exceed allowable levels;

- Dust is said to contain toxic levels of silica - would be blown around the neighborhood during construction;

- Danger to adjacent buildings.

But recently there have been efforts to try and make nice with different groups of opponents. I've scheduled a meeting with them for Wednestday afternoon. They promise that they're able and willing to finally reduce the individual unit square footage. They're trying to figure out how anyone could possibly live in a unit that's smaller than 5300 square feet. More to come soon.

3198 Market: This is the home being built below Al's Park on Corbett. I just heard from the owner/architect that the foundation work is almost complete. Framing of the house should start sometime in February. Once it's complete we'll be meeting to come up with a redesign of Al's Park. A lot of wonderful, funky stuff that used to be there has been saved and hopefully will return. Al, creator of Al's Park turns 97 next week!!

1965 Market/FedEx: Last Thursday the Planning Commission approved plans for this 96 unit set of buildings. Taking advantage of the recently passed State Density Bonus which is allowing them to add an entire two floors to the building, the Market-Octavia plan that allows an 85' building on that corner, as well as using the phrase of the decade - increased density - they were able to get this project approved.  The only concessions made, of those requested by several groups, was to use a light colored brick instead of sheet metal for the facade, and to include some windows and improved cladding on the previously blank wall facing west. There will be 14 BMR (below market rate) units in the mix.

SFMTA Safety Plan: Two representatives from MTA spoke at last October's meeting.  Recently, sending a curveball to residents, local merchants and neighborhood groups, they will be removing 4 blocks of parking just west of Octavia Blvd. The reason for this is that in order to install the desired bike lanes, fire trucks would not be able to get close enough to a burning building if a parking lane were to remain. Meetings to discuss this are ongoing.

D8LUC (District 8 Land Use Coalition): A few of us, coming from several different neighborhood organizations in our district are creating a new group that will be called D8LUC. It will focus primarily on four areas: preserving neighborhood character, trying to find ways to retain affordability, preventing rampant demolitions and hopefully, finding ways to reform the Planning Dept. If you're interested, and if you feel you have some level of understanding or interest in Land Use in San Francisco, let me know.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45.

Thank you for your interest in the neighborhood!!






Monday, January 15, 2018

Corbett Heights Meeting - Thursday, January 25th

Hi Neighbors - 

We have a wonderful couple of guests for this upcoming meeting:

Senator Mark Leno will discuss his plans if elected Mayor of San Francisco.
(The other of the top 2 frontrunners will be invited to our April meeting.
We will begin with a few questions our CHN Board has come up with, 
followed by Q&A from the audience - using index cards passed out to 
anyone interested in asking a question.)

Rafael Mandelman will discuss his plans if elected Supervisor of District 8.
(Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, currently our Supervisor will speak to us during 
our April meeting.)

In addition we'll discuss updates to our parks, Upper Market construction projects, SFMTA Traffic Safety plan, the proposed rebuild of the destroyed-by-fire Hattie Street properties as well as the biggest project in our neighborhood's history - the mammoth Mt. Olympus proposal.
We'll also have copies of our Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement available for a donation of $40 for members/$50 for non-members.

Hope to see you at the meeting!
 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Notes from Corbett Heights Meeting

Corbett Heights Neighbors Meeting Notes - October 26, 2017

45 showed up for last week's meeting!

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

(And thanks to Paul for taking notes!!)

Treasurer's Report: We have about $4700 in our bank account. We've been recouping some of the money we put out to get the History Project (Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement) going several years ago through donations for the book. More details below.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy:

Supervisor Sheehy reviewed several matters: (a) The passage of a bicycle chop shop ordinance that is designed to aid law enforcement in controlling the proliferation of such shops that block sidewalks and in some cases streets and parking areas. (b) Legislation that would require the disclosure, by merchants with more than 25 stores, of the use of antibiotics in meats, the goal being to reduce the sales of such meats. (c) His attempt to secure city water for the much improved Corbett/Ord Triangle Park, as well as Merritt Park. (d) Work on city cannabis legislation in anticipation of legalization next year. The Supervisor also thanked Captain Sanford for his service at Park Station and introduced the new Park Station chief, Capt. Una Bailey.

Capt. Una Bailey, Park Station: Newly appointed Park Station chief Capt. Bailey made a short presentation and answered several questions. Captain Bailey has been with the SFPD for 16 years, having worked variously at the special victims unit, several SFPD stations including in the Tenderloin and 7 years in the Mission, and at headquarters. She noted that the monthly Park Station community meetings will continue to be held at 5:00 pm the third Monday of every month. She urged the reporting of all crimes by residents of the district because such reports are essential to prevention measures as well as, of course, solutions. There was a discussion of the homeless problem, in which Supervisor Sheehy participated. Both acknowledged the complexity and magnitude of the problem although no new solutions were identified. Nonetheless, Capt. Bailey urged the reporting of issues to the relevant homeless outreach teams. It was noted that the police receive 5000-6000 calls per month on this issue.

Corbett Heights Historic Context Statement: After what seems like centuries, the book is complete. And it's as wonderful as we would have hoped. There was a complication due to owner's rights to some of the photographs (Bancroft Library, SF Public Library, to name 2 of about 5 sources), and therefore the books are available only with a donation to Corbett Heights Neighbors where the funds will be separated out. For those interested, (our website payment link for the History Project is not functioning) please mail or drop off $50 per book payable to CHN to 197 Corbett. Make sure you leave your address and contact info so that we can drop it off at your home.

SFMTA Upper Market Street Safety Project: Casey Hildreth and Patrick Golier made a presentation on the Upper Market Street Safety Project in support of Vision Zero SF whose goal is to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. The goal is to enhance safety and comfort in the upper Market Street Corridor, defined as the area from Castro to Octavia. They noted that several improvements have already been completed; e.g. the addition of pedestrian bulb outs, better bicycle striping, and larger and better marked pedestrian crossings. Additional changes have been planned most notably at the Market/Noe/16th, Market/Sanchez/15th, and Market/Church/14th intersections. There was considerable discussion of a set of changes at all three intersections that would eliminate many left turns from side streets into Market. Hildreth and Golier noted that there will be a community meeting in January to obtain input.

Having personally attended several of the meetings during which SFMTA ostensibly sought input from neighborhood residents, as well as several presentations given at neighborhood organization meetings, it's become apparent that the latest version of this plan is oddly almost identical to the initial one of several years ago. I know of several suggestions that have been basically ignored. One obvious one is the proposed new left turn from eastbound Upper Market onto Castro going northbound. Among other problems with this proposal are the "Google buses" that stop several feet from the curb along side Pottery Barn. Even without this left turn in place, cars heading north on Castro need to wait until the G-bus is onloaded or offloaded as the northbound lane is shrunk in half by the bus.

Another issue with the plan is that with the removal of all left turns onto Market (with the exception of the existing one at 16th St. going west) is that all north-of-Market traffic hoping to head downtown on Market will need to travel through the small side streets in the Duboce Triangle. And last, all intersections are rated by the department by "level of service". "A" is best, and "D" is worst as it relates to pedestrian safety. Both the Castro/17th and the Noe/16th intersections will be demoted if this proposal passes.

Two links that provide more detailed information are at the bottom of the page.

Levi Conover, Rec. and Park.: Mr. Conover provided an update of the $6 million renovation of the Randall Museum, which receives over 90,000 visitors per year. The project includes new geology and zoology exhibits, a new science lab, renovation of the live animal exhibit, and new classrooms and restrooms. The museum is expected to reopen early in 2018 to be preceded by a welcome event for the neighborhood.

Corbett Slope: After waiting for years, the improvements to the Corbett Slope have finally begun to take shape. We now have a large central concrete platform surrounded by solid redwood planters, and new fencing. A new sidewallk was poured, although the western portion will be torn up again in a few months to install proper support piers.

Next year, the final stage will begin - a stairway connecting Corbett to Market Str. Garrett and Jake, our resident gardeners extraordinaire are anxious to plant dozens of additional native California plants. Please - we will need volunteers to help out after the work is complete. We hope to form the Friends of Corbett Slope.

Corbett/Ord Triangle & Merritt Park: A mysterious person dropped down from the sky with a formidable goal of beautifying parks in our neighborhood. He first tackled Corbett/Ord, after which time he organized an entire neighborhood event, catered for 125 people, and got permits to close off Ord St for the afternoon. He's now tackling Merritt Park - something that so many people over the years started to tackle but got disillusioned. He told me that there were enough syringes and excrement from several species - including quadrupeds and bipeds - to fill a wheelbarrow. He's not asked for a penny from anyone, and has done this all with no help from anyone else. Stop by if you see him and say hello - and thank you!

Corona Heights Large Residence Special Use District: I receive notices for develpment proposals that would take place over a big chunk of the city. The applications I receive for all other neighborhoods far exceed those in the area covered by the new SUD. With the new restrictions in place, the permitting process to build oversized homes is more costly and it's less likely developers will be granted the excesses they are requesting. It's working!

As I've mentioned, this came about due to both Supervisor Wiener's and Supervisor Sheehy's willingness to protect our neighborhood from over-development. The new boundaries go from Market and Clayton, up Clayton, across 17th St, Ashbury to Clifford, to Roosevelt, to Museum, down to include all of States to Castro, down Douglass to Market, and Market back to Clayton.

271, 301-303 Upper Terrace/Roosevelt/17th St. Mount Olympus project: - Due to the as yet unreleased environmental review, the Planning Dept. has decided to continue the project indefinitely. Apparently it is still nowhere near complete. Issues being dealt with in the review are:

- The instability of the hillside (several landslides and rock wall failure have taken place in the immediate area);

- Noise during construction would exceed allowable levels;

- Dust is said to contain toxic levels of silica - it would be blown around the neighborhood during construction;

- Danger to adjacent buildings.

There still hasn't been much discussion about reducing the square footage of the units which currently top out at 5300 square feet.

75 Mars: At this point, now that the dust has settled, the owner has moved in and the gardens are complete, the years of noise, construction mess and giant blue tarps are beginning to fade. The new stairs and the plants that surround them are pretty spectacular.

3198 Market: Work is taking place. Al's park isn't what you are used to seeing. A new paved path goes downhill to the building site. It was a requirement by the Fire Dept. to be 4' wide, with 1' shoulders on each side. This would enable fire officials and paramedics to navigate the steep hill. Most of the plants you may remember have been removed, but lots more will be planted. We'll be forming an Al's Park garden committee. Many of the quirky objects will be reinstalled. And last, we hope to plant a large tree to honor Al. He's in his mid-nineties, and still attached to his park.

1965 Market/FedEx: This project is still awaiting environmental review. UDAT (Urban Design Advisory Team) has reviewed it and are still a good distance away from giving its stamp of approval.

The current owners/project sponsors are Jeffrey Keller and Eric Grover of Keller Grover, LLP, a law firm. Their offices are in the building. The Mission Revival building is considered a historic resourse and must be retained.

UDAT and Historic Preservation staff have been working with the developers to improve the look, scale and overall feel of the buildings. The building on the parking lot site will be 85' tall. It's improved considerably - with brick now part of the facade. The building that will go over the existing FedEx store leaves a lot more to be desired. Sheet metal is still the architects' preferred cladding material. There's a desire by the Planning Dept. to have the building resemble a residential building rather than an office building.

It's an enormous project which will eventually be built. But in the meantime, we're still hoping for some improvements.

Sullivan's Funeral Home (2254 Market): We keep being told that ground-breaking is imminent. It will ultimately become a 55' tall building with 45 dwelling units and 13,550 square feet of ground floor retail.

Home Restaurant (2100 Market): It's in progress. It will eventually become 7 stories, with 62 units, and two spaces for ground floor retail.

Barry's Boot Camp is hoping to move into the recently vacated CVS store, formerly Tower Records. They say they would activate the space with 50 workout bicycles. They would also install planters and cafe tables and chairs in front.


Thanks for your interest in the neighborhood!

- Gary





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Corbett Heights Meeting Thursday, 10/26

Hi Neighbors:

We hope you're able to attend our next meeting - this Thursday, October 26.
We have a pretty packed agenda:

Our new Captain of Park Station, Una Bailey, will introduce herself;
Supervisor Jeff Sheehy will be there to discuss District 8 issues;
Representatives from SFMTA will describe the proposal to redirect traffic along the Upper Market corridor.  Most left turns towards and away from Market St. will be eliminated, for example.
And, Levi Conover will discuss the about-to-reopen Randall Museum in Corona Heights.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

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!

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

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