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