Friday, December 20, 2013

Corbett Heights Updates

Hi Neighbors -
Sorry about the lack of outreach lately - I'll blame it on the holidays!
There are a number of things that have happened recently or are about to happen in the neighborhood.  Here's a partial list:

1.  Our next neighborhood meeting will be on Thursday, January 23rd.  Former mayor Art Agnos has promised to attend to discuss our waterfront, among other things.

2.  Traffic Calming on 17th St:  The latest idea by MTA, and approved by immediate neighbors is a "traffic pillow" on the downhill side of 17th at the intersection of Temple.  It will be a much more gradual hump than the ones at Costco, for example.  There will be grooves in them for wider vehicles like firetrucks.  
There will be a public hearing on 12/27 that will include this item.  Final approval will be granted unless there is significant opposition.  For more info, contact:

3.  AT&T Boxes:  After our survey which showed resounding opposition to the giant boxes in Corbett Heights, AT&T is forbidden from discussing, promoting or requesting permits for any of these "surface-mounted facilities" (SMF) in Corbett Heights until October 1, 2015.  After that time, they will be able to start the process over again.  It's hard to believe that they will still be considering such antiquated technology 2 years from now.  But if they will, we will conduct another survey.  
There was a question about the box at the bottom of the Saturn Steps being part of Corbett Heights.  But it is clear on the map on our website that it is, and for those of you who have distributed meeting notices all along that street for many years, you know that it is.

4.  Corbett Slope:  You've probably noticed the crumbling rock outcropping on the Market Street side of the Slope.  I requested of DPW to construct a retaining wall along the sidewalk and they have agreed to do so.  They're in the process of awarding the contract to do this work, and it is expected that the project will begin during the first 1/2 of January.  They will also remove the makeshift wooden retaining walls midway up the Slope which were constructed during the 60s and 70s by residents who would garden there.
I've been talking with DPW and with the Park's Alliance about the possibility of partially removing the chain-link fence and constructing a new, smaller one inside the park to prevent any accidents.  I'll let you know how that goes.
And check out the sign I put up on the gate!

5.  History Project:  My apologies for getting the tax-deductible receipts to all of you who donated and wrote your checks payable to the SF Study Center.  If you still have not received it, please let me know.  
The great news is that the work is complete!  - except for a few tweaks and minor corrections.  The text itself is over 150 pages, and I can't even count how many old photos and maps will be included.  Michael Corbett, who has done this work, kept finding more pieces of history that led to other pieces of history and so forth.  This is why it's taken him so long.
When the final adjustments are made, it will need to be approved by the primary funder - the Historic Preservation Fund Committee (HPFC) and the Planning Dept.
We will then be looking for help to edit it down to book scale.  There is a lot of technical data that can be reduced.  Please let me know if you have experience in publishing or book editing.  The stories are really fascinating!

6.  3198 Market:  It appears that the most recent developer-hopeful of the site at the base of Al's Park has walked away.  Apparently there are other bites since it's virtually impossible to get a chunk of land in SF these days for under $300,000.  It's still listed at $299,000, but I believe it's "or best offer".

7.  Energy Survey:  The Budget and Legislative Analyst's Office has requested that I send out this survey which hopes to analyze the demand for a clean energy program.  Here is a description of what this program hopes to accomplish:

The Board of Supervisors is considering starting a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in San Francisco.  The program would provide an up-front loan to residential property owners to make energy efficiency improvements, such as solar panel installations and building retrofits.  The loan would be repaid over a 15-20 year period through an addition to the building's property tax.  The benefit to property owners would include a reduction in energy bills that may be equivalent to the increase in the property tax payment.

Please take a moment to complete the survey:
Have a great holiday, and thanks for your interest in the neighborhood!

- Gary

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Auto Burglaries or attempts

Hi Neighbors
I'll have some neighborhood updates shortly, but I wanted to share this with you right away.  There have been a few others recently as well.  This was sent yesterday by a neighbor at Corbett and Mars.
- Gary

I wanted to let you know that I was in my front portico this morning around 5:15am having a smoke before leaving for work when I witnessed a couple of thugs crossing the street from Mars onto Corbett. The first individual walked up to a car parked across the street in front of I think 297 Corbett and peered into a car but turned around to see me standing in my doorway and quickly backed away from the car but still remained standing in the middle of the street. However, his partner in crime crossed the street a few seconds later very quickly and started peering into other cars (namely our neighbors white 5 series BMW) with the flashlight before his partner was able to alter him that I was standing there watching. He eventually clued in his partner who seemed un-phased that I was watching as they both started moving down Corbett rather hastily but still looking into cars as they went.
I did call SFPD who said they would send out a patrol unit right away but I didn't see any on my drive out of the neighborhood shortly thereafter. Both thugs are of unknown race, each about 5',9' to 6" tall, wearing heavy jackets over hooded sweat shirts that covered their heads. Each had a backpack and they both were toting along very long oversized skate boards.
Please feel free to share this information with our group as it appears the problem of vehicle break-ins and thefts still continues at all hours and days of the week.