Friday, April 22, 2011

CORBETT HEIGHTS MEETING - Thurs, April 28

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 28th - 7:30PM

501 Castro Street/18th Street - 2nd floor above BofA.  Stairs or elevators to the right when you enter.

I'm hoping to have a representative from Supervisor Wiener's office.  He is unable to attend this time.

There will be a presentation from KitchenGardenSF and the SF Permaculture Guild on their plans to clean, plant and maintain the Corbett Slope.  These folks have done a huge amount of work and research into how to best make this site something we can all be proud of.  They would love input from all of you.  

I'll have updates on the Corbin Steps redo, the "pot" house that was busted where the old Temple Street store used to be, the demise of Trader Joe's plan to locate in the Castro, the plan for building on the Arco (RC) station at Castro and 17th and a slew of others.

Our traffic-calming median and speed radar sign keep getting pushed back for budgetary reasons.  They've been approved, but someone obviously feels there are other projects that need to be addressed first.  Very frustrating.  I hope to have a clearer picture by the time we meet.

Hope to see you there!
- Gary

ATT's Utility Box Blight

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I've discussed AT&T's intention to put 726 refrigerator-sized boxes in the public right-of-way - our sidewalks - within 300 feet of every existing graffiti-covered existing AT&T box in San Francisco.
I have been working with San Francisco Beautiful to prevent this plan from being implemented.  The Planning Dept. gave AT&T what is called a "categorical exemption" from needing to obtain an environmental review for this plan.  SF Beautiful has appealed.  What we are hoping to do is convince the Board of Supervisors to agree that this review is important and necessary.  
I understand that there are many of you who would like to keep their AT&T service, but would love to see it improved with increased speed.  This is an honorable and legitimate wish.  And hopefully someday soon AT&T will have the ability to compete with Comcast - but not at our expense.  
The loud buzzing of the boxes' fans all day, the graffiti, the rendering of our public sidewalks more difficult to navigate for baby carriages and people with disabilities are just a few of the reasons that these boxes are not an acceptable solution to AT&T's hopes of providing more competitive entertainment to its subscribers.
There are alternatives, and if AT&T is prevented from implementing this cheapest plan, you can be sure they will be back with a more acceptable one - soon.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS APPEAL BY ATTENDING THE HEARING AT CITY HALL IN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS' CHAMBER - TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 4PM.

THANK YOU!!
GARY