Saturday, December 15, 2012

Corbett Heights Membership thru PayPal!

Hi Everyone - 

At long last, with huge thanks to Rick Johnson and Ian Goldstein, we are set up on our website to collect membership via PayPal.
Dues are still $15 per year per household.  A reminder will be sent after a year.

In addition to membership, you can also contribute to the History Project and/or the Corbett Slope.  Descriptions of both are on the site.

I’ll continue to send out updates for a while, but eventually - unless I’ve added your name to the list for complimentary membership - you’ll stop receiving notices/emails/updates if dues are not paid.  You can ALWAYS request free membership for financial reasons - or if you live outside of our area and would like to remain on the list.
(Let me know if you’re not sure if it’s time for you to pay.)

So please check out our website:

And  PLEASE, if you can spare an hour a month and would like to help out our organization - your organization - please let me know.

Thanks!!!
And have a wonderful holiday season.

- Gary

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Crime response from Police Captain

Here is a response to the emails I sent out last week.  I’m attaching the Captain’s email address in case you have additional pertinent information on the crimes.

The Park Anti-Crime Team is concerned with crime in every neighborhood. I have instructed my lieutenants to make sure that the Corbett Heights sector car is staffed 24/7 for visible patrol in the area. We have also diverted our undercover and plainclothes enforcement into the neighborhood. I have asked my staff to track crime statistics for this area to get an accurate crime picture, although one crime is too many.

Captain Greg Corrales
Commanding Officer
Park Anti-Crime Team

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A DOZEN MORE CRIMES IN CORBETT HEIGHTS!

Hi Neighbors -
We’ve lived here for almost 25 years and have never experienced this much crime in Corbett Heights.
Besides the brazen attack at gunpoint last week on Corbett and Ord, I’m attaching several others that have taken place recently.  Last night around 8:30 a boy delivering pizza was robbed on Corbett!

- Gary

There was an armed robbery in front of 311 Corbett Ave tonight.  A deliveryman was leaving 311 Corbett when 3 men approached him and showed him a gun.  The deliveryman said “you can have anything you want, just don’t hurt me.”  They took his iPhone5, $200 in cash, the jacket and cap that he was wearing.    A woman from Mars heard them ask him for the money.

The 3 were described as 2 black men possibly in their late teens and one of them had dreadlocks or long hair under his black hoodie.  They ran down Corbett and then turned right onto Danvers.  The deliveryman got in his car and tried to pursue them but stopped at Corbett and Danvers and asked to use Aaron’s phone.

The police response was phenomenal.  Within 5 minutes of the call, 4 cruisers arrived.  A couple minutes later, 2 undercover cops in an unmarked car arrived.

Yes, we saw the three men running, probably less than a minute after the robbery.  We were heading out for a walk, when we saw them running and my wife immediately became suspicious that something may have happened.  Sure enough, moments later we heard the victim yelling to call 911, so we turned our attention to him and the men were already gone (they ran quickly down Danvers Street).  It happened pretty quick.  The victim also lost a valuable gold necklace (said it was worth $2000). The police response was excellent. 

I walked out on the porch and heard a man say 'got your money' and briefly saw 3 men running down Corbett St. A few minutes later, Mark noticed the police at Danvers and Corbett. I went out and listened to the discussion with the police. 3 neighbors saw the men running but could not i.d. beyond the rough description of 2 black men, one with a black hoodie and longish hair (dreads maybe) running. No i.d. on the 3rd. They robbed the pizza delivery boy by surrounding him as he got to his car door. They took his phone and wallet. ( I didn't get the address but I think the apt at Corbett and Mars)  He was going to give chase in his car but neighbors called 911 and told him to stop.

I spoke with other neighbors who live nearby on Market Street and they say that there are many car thefts every night recently. 

FYI - I did not trouble you last week - or sadly I may just be getting numb to it all - but our buildings at 4500 17th block were broken into in broad daylight last Tuesday (between 11am ad 4pm) and we had items taken from the garage including a bike and mail stolen (mail recovered on Saturn Steps by another neighbor). Police seem aware crime is up in this area - there were 2 crimes with gun on 17th/Roosevelt in the past few weeks. 


Disorder

1 Suspicious person call

Deming St. and Clayton St.
Nonviolent crime
1 Vehicle component theft call
Police action/assistance
Violent crime

1 Person with gun call

17th St. and Clayton St.

The crime has really ramped up and the police who responded to our call and the follow up inspector both acknowledged that "there's a lot of crime up there" - think he meant corona hts.

The individual who hit our building rode up on a bike and used a tool to pry open the lock. He left that bike in our entry, got through two kryptonite u locks on my bike and rode off on it leaving his behind. I did receive 2 calls from park station inspector last saturday night - one at 11pm - regarding the bike that was left. 

When the police were at my building taking their report I could hear a call on the police radio from dispatch about a uHaul at Fulton/Pierce where there was a suspect unloading bikes into a garage that was holding like 200 bikes. It's obviously a ring operating in alamo sq. I asked the inspector about this and he says these guys who steal our bikes sell them for $100 to a crime ring. They turn around and sell them for $400 on craigslist or flea markets. He says the guys operating the ring are very difficult to catch therefor the break ins and burglaries will continue.

Since our last break in (12/31/11) we installed a decoy camera and flashing key pad - completely disregarded by burglar. These guys have no fear to come into our building on a major street in broad daylight - and it was unusual that no one was home.

On Sunday we were walking in Clarendon Hts at 3pm and a couple was sitting outside their multi million dollar home telling police they were broken into during a few hours of being gone. Their alarm was  off - obviously had been cased.

Thanks Gary - hope we start to see some increased patrol. See below another shots fired on 11/19 report @ Corbett/Clayton - the gun stuff is what has everyone concerned. 

My partner says she saw some police passes on Roosevelt when she was out running this weekend.

In my experience -10 police cars will respond to a shoplifter at whole foods on Haight street yet the gun shots in this neighborhood aren't worthy or regular patrol.

Heard there was a rather large police response this morning to a number of car break ins at CPMC Davies garage overnight. 

Apparently our building was entered again yesterday - neighbors returned and found garage door open. We did not call the police on this as nothing appears to be missing. Our suspicion is that they came back for the second bike which we no longer store in the garage.

And, in case you did not receive this, here’s the one from last week:

Today as I was walking up Corbett Street at the corner of Ord I was held up at gun point, assaulted, pistol whipped to the side of the head and an an iPad was stolen. This occurred at 11:30 this morning in the middle of the day. The assailant was a black African male about 6'2" wearing a chocolate brown hoodie and large, oversized cotton pants. He was tall and lean, but his clothing was oversized giving him a larger appearance. He has short hair, his face is narrow with an aquiline nose, a narrow chin and his complexion was very dark, but not black. The distinguishing feature is that his face is marked with black splotches. He was probably in his mid 20s, but looked slightly older, perhaps 25-27 in appearance.  He used a semi-automatic pistol that showed wear to the gun metal. He appeared to be under the influence, although there was no alcohol smell. He had an accomplice in a get-away car. The car is a sedan, sand color, late 1990s, 4-door Japanese make, similar to a  Honda Accord or Toyota Corolla with California plates with a W and a Z in the number. The assailant's accomplice was parked at the southwest corner of the small triangular park at the beginning of Corbett. They work as a team. The driver spots marks, signals his friend who robs pedestrians in dark, narrow sidewalks with very little visibility to surrounding houses. I had actually witnessed the assailant scoping the neighborhood about two weeks ago at exactly the same location. So he knew the location very well and they had planned this operation thoroughly and knew, probably from previous armed robberies, an escape route. The modus operandi of these robbers is the same that struck two separate incidents on Mars/17th Street and Temple/17th Street last winter. These robberies were early in the evening and both were within a about a weeks time. Given what has occurred last winter, there is a high probability that the assailants will strike again. I reach out to my neighbors to take extreme caution, but also to be alert to any suspicious characters, given their description, in the neighbor hood. If you observe any suspicious suspects, matching this description, please call the Park Police Station at 242-3000, or simply 911, to report any observations of this nature. 
Today as I was walking up Corbett Street at the corner of Ord I was held up at gun point, assaulted, pistol whipped to the side of the head and an an iPad was stolen. This occurred at 11:30 this morning in the middle of the day. The assailant was a black African male about 6'2" wearing a chocolate brown hoodie and large, oversized cotton pants. He was tall and lean, but his clothing was oversized giving him a larger appearance. He has short hair, his face is narrow with an aquiline nose, a narrow chin and his complexion was very dark, but not black. The distinguishing feature is that his face is marked with black splotches. He
 He used a semi-automatic pistol that showed wear to the gun metal. He appeared to be under the influence, although there was no alcohol smell. He had an accomplice in a get-away car. The car is a sedan, sand color, late 1990s, 4-door Japanese make, similar to a  Honda Accord or Toyota Corolla with California plates with a W and a Z in the number. The assailant's accomplice was parked at the southwest corner of the small triangular park at the beginning of Corbett. They work as a team. The driver spots marks, signals his friend who robs pedestrians in dark, narrow sidewalks with very little visibility to surrounding houses. I had actually witnessed the assailant scoping the neighborhood about two weeks ago at exactly the same location. So he knew the location very well and they had planned this operation thoroughly and knew, probably from previous armed robberies, an escape route. The modus operandi of these robbers is the same that struck two separate incidents on Mars/17th Street and Temple/17th Street last winter. These robberies were early in the evening and both were within a about a weeks time. Given what has occurred last winter, there is a high probability that the assailants will strike again. I reach out to my neighbors to take extreme caution, but also to be alert to any suspicious characters, given their description, in the neighbor hood. If you observe any suspicious suspects, matching this description, please call the Park Police Station at 242-3000, or simply 911, to report any observations of this nature. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CORBETT HEIGHTS MEETING - TOMORROW (Thurs)!

Tomorrow evening is our quarterly public neighborhood meeting.
With Senator Mark Leno coming to speak to us, and a Corbett Heights history presentation and slide show of old photos and maps, it should be a great meeting!  
I hope you can make it!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CORBETT HEIGHTS MEETING - NEXT WEEK!

Please come to our meeting next week!  We’ll have Senator Mark Leno talking about state propositions and his work in Sacramento, and a glitch-free Corbett Heights history presentation and discussion that will include dozens of historic photos and maps of the area.
Hope you can make it!

(Please let me know if you’re available to help distribute fliers)

- Gary

Friday, October 5, 2012

Important Corbett Heights Meeting

Hi Neighbors -

I’ve been away a lot this past summer and haven’t sent out any neighborhood updates or news.

But I want to make sure you put our next meeting on your calendars. 

I’ve been trying to get State Senator Mark Leno to attend one of our meetings for most of this year, and his office has finally confirmed his availability to attend our meeting later this month.  In addition to informing us of some of the work he’s been doing, he’ll go over many of the state propositions on the ballot this November.

And - after technical difficulties in July caused our planned discussion and slide show to be limited to a discussion only, we’ve ironed out the problems and the talk will take place during this upcoming meeting.  It will be given by architectural historian Michael Corbett who is currently working on a history of Corbett Heights.  He will show us dozens of old photos and historic maps of the neighborhood.  Many of the streets’ names have changed over the last century or so, and many of the old homes that will be shown will be instantly recognizable.

[Here’s a little more information on the Corbett Heights study:
In May, Corbett Heights Neighbors applied for and received a grant from the Historic Preservation Fund Committee (HPFC) to hire a historian to research and write a history of our neighborhood.  This history will focus on understanding why the buildings and street patterns we see today exist.

This was discussed numerous times at our meetings over the last 2 years.

The HPFC and its grant program are available as a result of a citizen’s lawsuit several years ago filed when the developers of the old Emporium store site violated the conditions of their construction permits by tearing down all but the Market Street facade.  A $2.5 million settlement was negotiated.  This money is available to community groups for efforts to preserve and study historic resources through a grant application process.  

Corbett Heights Neighbors hired Michael Corbett, one of the Bay Area’s most respected architectural historians to conduct the Study.  Michael is the well-known author of the classic SF work “Splendid Survivors” and the more recent book on the history of the Port of SF’s waterfront buildings.  Michael, no known relation to the Corbett for which our street is named, is excited about the many unusual aspects of our area.

The Study, is expected to be completed late Winter or early Spring, 2013.]

In addition, I’ll have updates on the numerous developments under construction along the Market Street corridor - and the ones about to break ground.

SO PLEASE ATTEND, and meet your neighbors!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25th - 7:30 − 9PM
501 Castro Street @ 18th Street - 2nd floor

Everyone is welcome, but your $15 annual household membership helps the beautification of our neighborhood.
You may pay in cash or check made out to CHN.  Checks can be dropped off at the meeting or in the mailbox at 123 Corbett or 78 Mars (top box).

Thanks - and see you at the meeting!

- Gary

Monday, July 30, 2012

Notes from Corbett Heights Meeting

Hi All -
Here are the minutes from the meeting Thursday. 
I’d also like to attach 3 links: 
One to sign up for Supervisor Scott Wiener’s monthly newsletter;
One for the Freedom from Tobacco group;
And one to sign up for the Park Station newsletter which lists all of the recent crimes as well as other important information.

(go to the bottom right and hit subscribe.)

And last - please let me know if you would like to get more involved in Corbett Heights Neighbors.  I’m looking to increase the size of our board.  Involvement does not require much time - just being a member, and caring.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

CORBETT HEIGHTS MEETING THURSDAY!!

Hi Neighbors -

If you enjoy learning more about the history of the neighborhood, seeing loads of old photos and maps, make sure you attend our meeting this Thursday!  Michael Corbett, an architectural historian who is working on a history of Corbett Heights will be giving a talk and showing slides. 

Also, Supervisor Scott Wiener will update us on events in District 8.

And Capt. Greg Corrales of Park Station will discuss crime and prevention as it relates to our neighborhood and the whole city.

So please attend!
See you Thursday.

(And just so you know, Corbett Slope, having been rescued from development, and considering its future improvement, has been nominated for a SF Beautiful award!  The awards event will take place this Friday at the Armory.  Let me know if you’re interested in attending.)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Corbett Heights Meeting next week!

Hi Everyone -
Our quarterly neighborhood meeting will take place next Thursday.
Besides hearing some updates on what is going on in District 8 and the rest of the city from Supervisor Scott Wiener, Capt. Greg Corrales - formerly the Capt. of Mission Station and recently appointed Capt. of Park Station - will attend to answer any questions about crime in the neighborhood.
In addition, Michael Corbett (no relation), who is working on a history of our neighborhood, will talk about the history as well as show slides of what the area and the architecture looked like in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
And, of course, I’ll have updates on all of the construction projects going on in the Upper Market area.

So please try and attend!

We are still looking for a projector - anyone?

And also - if you’d like to help distribute fliers for the meeting, please let me know.

See you next week,
Gary

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Corbett Heights Meeting & Some History!

Hi Neighbors -

At our meeting on July 26th, besides a history presentation by Michael Corbett, Captain Greg Corrales of Park Station will attend.  There have recently been several car break-ins along Corbett.  I thought it would be good to have Capt. Corrales attend to address crime and to introduce himself.  He is a veteran in the SFPD, having previously been captain of Mission Station.

I was asked to submit an article for the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association newsletter, and I thought I’d share it with you also.  I’ve written to you before about many of the things mentioned in the article, but there is a bit of new information - and history as wonderful as this never gets tired!
It’s about the Miller-Joost house on Market just west of 18th Street.

Once again, if anyone has access to a projector/laptop for our presentation at the meeting, it would be greatly appreciated.

- Gary

Friday, July 6, 2012

Neighborhood Updates and Meeting Notice

Hi Neighbors -

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, July 26th - 7:30 − 9PM, at 501 Castro/18th Streets, 2nd Floor.  Please put it on your calendars.

Michael Corbett will be our main guest.  He is an architectural historian, and is working on a neighborhood history of Corbett Heights!  Actually the area he’s covering extends beyond our borders - it will cover the area bordered by the following streets - give or take:
Roosevelt looping to Museum Way in the north;
Douglass from Museum to Romain in the east;
Romain from Corbett to Douglass in the south;
Corbett from Romain to Clayton, and Clayton from Corbett to 17th in the west.
Michael will be showing a series of historic photos of the neighborhood, as well as discussing what he will be including in his report.  Please come with any stories or photos of your own.  He’ll be available to answer any questions you may have.
(Please let me know if you can bring a projector and a laptop that can read Power Point 2010 - a most important part of the presentation!)

I assume that you’ve all seen our newly installed speed radar sign on 17th Street!  I’ve definitely noticed a reduction in the speed of downhill drivers due to the combination of the traffic island and the radar sign.  And it only took about 6 years!

Our next Garden Workday is scheduled for next Saturday, July 14th.  Unfortunately, I will miss that one as well as the one on the 2nd Saturday in August.  Please let me know if you are able to participate - I have all the usual tools, gloves, trash bags, table - and will gladly get the drinks and snacks.  In June we not only did some work on the Corbett Slope, but several neighbors attacked the weeds on the corner of Mars and Corbett.  If you have an area you’d like to focus on, let me know and I’ll get the word out.

And last - if you haven’t paid your membership dues ($15 per household per year) please make a check out to Corbett Heights Neighbors or CHN and drop it in the mail slot at 123 Corbett - the home of our trusty treasurer, Rick Johnson.  If you’re not sure if you’ve paid, let me know and I can let you know when you paid last.  The money will help us maintain our neighborhood green spaces.

- Gary

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Gardening in Corbett Heights

Hi All
This coming Saturday, June 9 is our next garden day in Corbett Heights.  From now on I thought it appropriate to give some attention to our other green spaces that have gotten considerably overgrown since the winter rains.  
We’ll be meeting at the Corbett Slope gate - between 10AM - 2PM.  You can either lend a hand or have a look at the Slope, or pick up some tools and drinks and head off to another site.
The other sites are:
Corner Mars/Corbett
Corner Mars/17th St
Corbin Steps
Danvers/Market/Merritt
Ord/Corbett/17th St

Hope to see you Saturday!
Gary

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Updates on AT&T boxes & Traffic Calming

Re: AT&T Utility Boxes:

During the last few years, AT&T has been fighting to gain access to our sidewalks to install between 700 and 800 enormous utility boxes in the hopes of providing a cheap and easy means to offer faster internet and cable service to its customers.
San Francisco Beautiful, along with numerous neighborhood associations fought to prevent this from happening, insisting that an EIR (Environmental Impact Review) be provided.  
The SF Board of Supervisors sided with AT&T in a 6 to 5 vote, doubting that AT&T should be required to provide one, and fearing that AT&T could sue the City of San Francisco had it insisted that AT&T provide the EIR.
After this vote, SF Beautiful, partnering with a few other neighborhood groups decided to sue the City of San Francisco for not requiring an EIR.
At this point, AT&T, hoping to gain as much ground as possible, applied for a few dozen permits to install boxes in the time before the case was heard.  SF Beautiful’s attorney requested and the the judge issued an injunction preventing AT&T from going ahead with any of the installations.
And tomorrow - Thursday - is the hearing.  Here’s an excerpt from a notice by SF Beautiful:
(Please excuse errors I may have made in term use - legalese is not my first language.)

To : SFB Board, Advisory Board, and Utility Box Neighborhood Coalition

Our case against the City's negative declaration for an EIR for AT&T's utility box installation will be held tomorrow at the California Superior Court, located at 400 McAllister Street, Room 503 at 1:30 PM, with Judge Teri Jackson presiding over the case.

No testimony will be heard from the public, but people are welcome to see our lawyer argue the merits of our case for an Environmental Review of AT&T's project. She has indicated that the tentative ruling does not forecast the Judge's thinking, and that parties will appear and argue their sides of the case. Since we are the only item on calendar for tomorrow, the arguments could last a few hours.

Thank you all for your countless hours of support during the hearings, letter-writing campaigns, and meetings at City Hall. We could not have done this without your unwavering support. Thank you for standing up for our neighborhoods and our City!

And - you never thought you’d live to see the day, but our speed radar sign on 17th Street was installed this afternoon!  It’s just above 4353 17th Street.  Hasn’t been turned on yet, but hopefully in our lifetimes.....  This will complete the process that was begun in, I believe, in 2004 or 2005.  Hopefully we’ll all be safer because of it!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Come and help on the Slope!

Hi All
Hope you can make it to the Corbett Slope tomorrow for all or part of our cleanup day.  10AM - 2PM Saturday.
We’ll have refreshments and lots of tools, so come by and meet your neighbors!
At 11AM we’ll stop and talk about the Slope’s future.  Please come and be a part of the planning process.
See you tomorrow!
- Gary

Monday, May 7, 2012

CORBETT SLOPE DAY - Next Sat, 5/12

Hi Neighbors

This coming Saturday, May 12, we’ll be having our regularly scheduled work day on the Slope - from 10AM - 2PM.  We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

At 11AM we’ll stop and discuss ideas for the future of the Slope.  I’d like to sign up a core group of about 12 people who function as the “Slope Committee”.  If you’re on this committee, it doesn’t mean you need to be present at every work day.  It just means you’ll play an integral part in planning the future design and function of the Slope.
No experience necessary - just an interest in figuring how this beautiful site can best integrate into our community.

I’ll be sending out another email to those people who have already expressed an interest in the Slope.  Sorry for the duplication!

Hope to see you Saturday!  We’ll have drinks and a few snacks.  We’ll also have a bunch of tools that DPW drops off for our use.  If you have a favorite tool and/or gloves that you’d prefer to use, bring them along.  And if you have a snack you’d like to share......

- Gary

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CORBETT HTS MEETING REMINDER

Hi Neighbors
Just a reminder that our quarterly meeting is tomorrow - Thursday, April 26 − 7:30 − 9PM - above BofA at Castro @ 18th Sts.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Corbett Slope Cleanup Day Sat!

Hi Neighbors!

Hope you can make it this Saturday - from 10AM - 2PM (or whatever portion suits your schedule).

I’ll bring some waters and juice drinks - and cookies.  Bring
a snack to share if you’d like.

No gardening experience necessary.  We’ll have most of the tools
there, but if you have a favorite pair of gloves or clippers, bring
them along.

At 11AM we’ll take a break to discuss plans for the future of the
Corbett Slope.  Please try and make it if you’d like to be involved on
any level.

See you on Saturday!

- Gary

By the way, Park Station has finally changed the format of their newsletter to a .pdf.  
It lists all of the crimes committed within Park Station boundaries.  It also includes some other bits of information.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

CORBETT SLOPE GARDEN DAY - NEXT SAT

REMINDER: OUR NEXT NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING WILL BE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH, 7:30PM.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

It’s been a while since our last cleanup day on the Slope, but good things have happened in the meantime;

The land was officially transferred back to DPW;
A DPW crew was out last week and did some major tree pruning on several of the cypresses and flowering eucalyptus trees;
And, I’ve been speaking with DPW engineers about the possibility of installing retaining walls on the Market Street side to prevent the rock wall from continuing to crumble onto the sidewalk, as well as a more remote possibility of installing a few retaining walls within the park.  These would enable us to create some more level planting areas and a better system of pathways.

Our next workday will be a week from Saturday - April 14th, from 10AM - 2PM.  I’ll bring some waters and juice drinks - and cookies.  Bring a snack to share if you’d like.  
No gardening experience necessary.  We’ll have most of the tools there, but if you have a favorite pair of gloves or clippers, bring them along.

At 11AM we’ll take a break to discuss plans for the future of the Corbett Slope.  Please try and make it if you’d like to be involved on any level.  

See you next Saturday!!
- Gary

Friday, March 9, 2012

17th Street Speed Radar Trailer

Hello Corbett Heights Neighbors —

Just wanted to let you know - in case you haven’t already seen it - that Park Station has set up a Speed Radar Trailer at the top of Corbin Steps - just next to the traffic calming island.  This is in addition to the one we’ll be getting a bit farther down 17th Street which is scheduled to be installed on a sidewalk pole by the end of this month.  It’s been delayed by well over a year so don’t be too disappointed if it’s well into April before we see it.

Park Station has finally gotten serious about the speeding and lack of stopping by cars coming down the hill on 17th St.  On several occasions a motorcycle officer has been positioned at the base of Corbett.  He never had to wait very long.  As you can see from Captain Feeney’s notes, this will be happening more regularly.

17th Street Radar Trailer

After obtaining several new batteries, the Park Station Radar Trailer has
been set up once again on 17th Street, next to the traffic calming area.
Additionally, our traffic officers will be conducting radar investigations
in the area to reiterate the point to please SLOW DOWN. I was out there
yesterday and earlier today and have to say that this is a perfect location
for the trailer. I observed many vehicles slowing down considerably before
approaching this sign and am

encouraged that in combination with enforcement, we can reduce the speed of
traffic. Please let your friends and neighbors know that we will soon be
conducting an enforcement operation.

IF YOU HAVEN’T SENT IN YOUR ANNUAL DUES, PLEASE DO SO.  IT’S $15 PER YEAR PER HOUSEHOLD - PAYABLE TO CORBETT HEIGHTS NEIGHBORS. YOU CAN EITHER MAIL IT TO 78 MARS, OR JUST DROP IT IN THE TOP MAILBOX.  IF YOU’RE NOT SURE WHETHER YOU ARE DUE, JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL AND I’LL LET YOU KNOW.
THANKS!!
GARY

Monday, March 5, 2012

Corbett Slope support

Hi Neighbors,

In case you’re wondering what’s happening with the Slope, there are meetings planned with DPW to discuss possible tree trimming, and also options for retaining walls.  We’re looking at early April for our next garden work day.

BUT, in the meantime - I am applying for a SF Beautiful grant, and realized that letters of support from the neighborhood are required.  

If you are able to email me a letter of support by 4PM today, it will be greatly appreciated.  If not, not to worry.

Please include your name and address, and say something to this effect:

“I live in the neighborhood that surrounds the Corbett Slope, and the fact that it will remain open space is very important to me.  The improvements planned for the park will definitely improve our neighborhood.”

Thanks very much!!
Gary

Monday, February 13, 2012

CORBETT HTS. WINE TASTING BENEFIT

Hi Neighbors,
Corbett Heights resident & Castro Village Wine Co. owner, Todd McElhatton has generously offered to hold a wine tasting this Thursday.  There is a $5 minimum charge per person, but ALL proceeds go towards the Corbett Slope Community Garden!
Please try and come!  And bring a neighbor.
And - Thank you Todd!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CORBETT HTS MEETING THIS THURS.

Hi Neighbors -
Just a reminder about our meeting this Thursday.  
Supervisor Scott Wiener and the new Park Station Captain John Feeney will be there to answer any of your questions.
Hope you can make it!
- Gary

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CORBETT HTS MEETING - NEXT THURS 1/26

Hi Neighbors -
Next week’s meeting has a full agenda that will include appearances by our newly appointed Captain of Park Station - John Feeney, who will answer any questions about the recent spate of crimes in Corbett Heights, and discuss how we may prevent them in the future.
Supervisor Scott Wiener will discuss recent events in District 8, and also answer any questions you may have.  
Jason Fried of CleanPowerSF will describe the program that will allow us to use 100% clean energy.
Doug Lybeck from FUF will tell us how to go about getting a street tree.
And much more…

Hope you can attend!
And if you are available to help distribute fliers for the meeting please let me know.

See you Thursday -
- Gary

Friday, January 13, 2012

IT'S CONFIRMED! WE HAVE A NEW PARK!

Yesterday Mayor Lee signed the legislation so it’s official - Corbett Slope Community Garden has been born!  Please stop by tomorrow between 10AM - 2PM to help celebrate.  We plan on doing some more cleanup and trimming, but please, stop by even if you’re not prepared to garden.  Supervisor Wiener, who sponsored the transfer of the land, will be by to check out our progress and our plans for the future.
We’ll have some snacks and drinks - and, if anyone would like to provide a barbecue, or any other drinks or comestibles, we can have a real lunch.  Sorry about the short notice.
Hope to see you tomorrow!
Gary

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WE WON! CORBETT SLOPE BECOMES A COMMUNITY GARDEN!

Exciting News!  During today’s 2nd and final reading of the proposal to transfer Corbett Slope to DPW, allowing us to continue creating a community garden, the Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 in our favor. 
 
(The Mayor still has the option to veto the transfer, but it would be extremely unlikely for him to go against the vote of the full board for something like this.)

Thank you for all of your support and letters!  And a special thanks to Supervisor Scott Wiener for sponsoring the transfer!

Our next work day is this Saturday, 1/14.  So PLEASE stop by and have a look - even if you cannot do any work.

And don’t forget our next general meeting - Thursday, January 26th, 7:30PM.

Friday, January 6, 2012

CORBETT SLOPE NEWS

Happy New Year Neighbors!

First I’d like to tell you that we’ll be having another work day on the Slope next Saturday, January 14th - from 10AM - 2PM.  Please stop by and lend a hand - or just check out what we’ve been doing so far.

This coming Monday will be the 2nd and final reading of Scott Wiener’s proposal to transfer the Corbett Slope to DPW.  The vote at the first reading was 6-5 in our favor.  Let’s hope it at least stays the same.  If you haven’t sent in a letter to the supervisors, please consider doing so before the 10th.  Go to:  http://www.sfbos.org/ for their contact info.  You can write a short note to all of them - except for Scott who sponsored the transfer.  Just say that you feel it’s important for what is left of the open space in SF should remain so.  Or whatever you’d like to express.

There has been a flurry of crime in Corbett Heights of late.  I’ve asked Capt. Denis O’Leary of Park Station to attend our next neighborhood meeting, which will take place on Thursday, January 26th, 7:30 − 9PM above BofA on Castro/18th Sts.  

Please mark your calendars.

And finally, a New Year’s gift sent by my neighbor Tony on Mars:

Gary