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Turn Restrictions on Market Street Going into Effect Aug 11
Posted by: MarkScardina - 08-07-2015, 12:57 PM - Forum: City Meetings and Events - No Replies

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A Safer Market Street is just days away with the upcoming turn restrictions on Market Street going into effect Tuesday, Aug. 11. Turn restrictions between 3rd and 8th streets will prohibit private vehicles at most intersections from turning onto Market Street eliminating conflicts at the intersection, increasing transit reliability, and improving safety for all users. Instead, private vehicles will proceed straight across Market Street.The locations of the turn restrictions are indicated in the following turn restriction notice attached. Safer Market Street is one of over 24 Vision Zero high-priority projects to be completed by February 2016.

The SFMTA Board unanimously approved the Safer Market Street project June 16, 2015. It includes a series of traffic engineering solutions, such as turn restrictions, extension of existing transit-only lanes, and new loading and painted safety zones.[/font][font]One advantage of these solutions is that they can improve safety conditions quickly with minor disruptions and without major construction.  Less than two months after board approval, the majority of work at the intersections is complete, and the remaining intersection work will be complete later this month. The turn restriction signs will continue to go up throughout this week and will remain bagged until Monday, Aug. 10.

Beginning Tuesday morning, Aug. 11, the turn restrictions will be enforced, and violators may be ticketed. Parking control officers (PCOs) will be at every intersection beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday to assist in guiding traffic across Market Street in accordance with the upcoming turn restrictions. PCOs will be on hand Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two weeks following the unveiling.

The SFMTA looks forward to making Safer Market Street a reality. For more information please visit the movingSF blog post, “Safer Market Street Just Days Away”.

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Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting
Posted by: MarkScardina - 08-07-2015, 12:56 PM - Forum: City Meetings and Events - Replies (1)

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Dear Community Members,
The first meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will be held:
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School Cafeteria (see map below)
755 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
(Lick-Wilmerding does not have parking, but street parking is available nearby.
The first meeting will focus on CAC goals, procedures, and roles. A regular schedule for future CAC meetings will be determined at the first meeting.
The ongoing CAC meetings consist of discussions among the nine CAC members and presentations focusing on key topics related to the development of the lower Balboa Reservoir site. The topics are inspired by the priorities that we have heard from community members at prior public workshops. The CAC feedback will help to shape the City’s upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of the lower site. The RFP is planned for release at the end of the year.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment, but comments will be subject to time limits according to City laws governing this kind of advisory body, which will ensure sufficient time for the meeting agenda. Members of the public may also provide input via the CAC website.
A CAC meeting schedule web page will announce upcoming meetings, and publish the meeting agendas and minutes available for download. Members of the public can sign up to receive email notifications whenever new agendas and minutes are made available. If you're interested in receiving these email alerts, visit the CAC meeting schedule web page and click on the "Stay Informed - Get Alerts for This Web Page" at the top right of the page to sign up. 
For more project information about the Balboa site, see the Study website.
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Announcing Our Community Investment Grant
Posted by: MarkScardina - 07-03-2015, 11:48 AM - Forum: City Meetings and Events - No Replies

 The San Francisco Police Officers Association is deeply committed to the welfare and protection of every citizen in the City and County of San Francisco—it is what our officers put their lives on the line for on a daily basis. 

We know that the foundation of public safety is built on the strength and vitality of San Francisco’s diverse communities. Our goal is to support the work of members of the community to create neighborhoods that residents can take pride in. That is why I am thrilled to announce a brand new initiative the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association is undertaking to do just this: our Community Investment Grant

Designed to empower local leaders and community members, the Community Investment Grant will fund projects that foster positive experiences for children and the surrounding community. $5,000 grants will be awarded quarterly to those community organizations that work tirelessly to improve their neighborhoods. The grants will fund specific community-building and improvement projects. We believe that locally-rooted organizations are best equipped to identify and meet each community’s unique set of needs. Whether the project includes purchasing new sports equipment for a community recreation center or establishing a community garden, we want to help communities grow and thrive. 

We call these grants “investments,” because we expect significant and lasting returns in the form of community improvements. These improvements deepen the relationship between residents and their neighborhood, garnering higher community participation and engagement. By fostering and nurturing this relationship, we hope to continue the timeless San Francisco tradition of active community involvement. 

The Community Investment Grant is the newest addition to the San Francisco Police Officers Association’s extensive portfolio of charitable and community work. We contribute to nearly 100 charitable organizations across the Bay Area, with gifts totaling over $100,000 each year. 

To learn more about the Community Investment Grant program and to apply for a grant, please visit the SFPOA web site.

Martin Halloran
SFPOA President

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in the works: June 2015 newsletter
Posted by: MarkScardina - 07-03-2015, 11:43 AM - Forum: City Meetings and Events - No Replies

Read in the works now!
Welcome to the June 2015 edition of our newsletter!  We hope you will take the time to look at the exciting projects and daily services that we strive to deliver to San Francisco: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please send us any story ideas or highlights you think should be included!   SF Dept of Public Works
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Notice of Curb Ramp Construction
Posted by: MarkScardina - 07-03-2015, 11:41 AM - Forum: IT Meetings and Events - No Replies

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Grace L. Moore

Public Affairs Officer
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    San Francisco Public Works
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    San Francisco, CA 94103
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First Lady Florence Harding: Behind the Tragedy and Controversy: Merced Library
Posted by: MarkScardina - 07-03-2015, 11:31 AM - Forum: IT Meetings and Events - No Replies

Dear friend of the Merced Branch Library:

Please join us on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for a special Merced Arts & Culture Salon / Summer Stride program:
First Lady Florence Harding: Behind the Tragedy and Controversy
Florence Kling Harding has come down through history as one of our most scorned first ladies. Victimized by caricatures and branded a shrew, she stands at the bottom of historians’ polls, her reputation tarnished by her husband’s scandals despite their joint popularity while in office.  
Historian and author Katherine Sibley discusses how these depictions have prevented us today from seeing how innovative a first lady Florence Harding really was.  
Mrs. Harding's story has a local angle: President Warren G. Harding died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923, and Harding Park is named for him.  
Signed copies of Dr. Sibley's book will be available for sale.
Dr. Sibley is the Director of the American Studies Program at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Please attend and give her a warm San Francisco welcome!


Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada
Merced Branch Library
San Francisco Public Library
155 Winston Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 355-5651
(415) 337-8350 (fax)

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Supervisor Norman Yee’s Official Statement on BOS’ Police Staffing Resolution
Posted by: MarkScardina - 06-24-2015, 07:42 PM - Forum: City Meetings and Events - No Replies

Supervisor Norman Yee’s Official Statement on Board of Supervisors’ Police Staffing Resolution

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors took a vote on a non-binding resolution to establish a Board policy to support increasing the number police officers in San Francisco based on population growth.  We have heard from many District 7 residents who were perplexed by my decision to oppose this resolution.  Since the media did not cover my perspective, I want to take this opportunity to explain my position. 

Since coming into office, I have urged the City to increase the number of police officers to the level that our current Charter supports, which is 1,971.  The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) currently has 1,689 full-duty officers, so we are roughly 300 officers short of meeting the 1,971 goal. Just a few years ago, SFPD had a hiring freeze due to the economic recession and struggled to increase its force.  That was unacceptable to me.  This year, I supported a City budget which allowed SFPD to add 8 police academy classes over the next two years to train new officers. Police Chief Greg Suhr believes that our city will reach 1,971 police officers by 2017 with this increase in classes.

The resolution introduced by my colleagues did not simply state that we wanted to increase the number of officers to meet our current needs. I would have supported that. Instead, the resolution called for increasing our police force beyond 2,200 officers.  The 2,200 figure is based on an old report completed in 2008. The sponsors of the resolution did not even bother to have a discussion with the San Francisco Police Commission, the oversight body of the SF Police Department, about this goal. I have an issue with supporting a policy statement that does not offer an open, transparent dialogue about the real needs to support an increase. I also don’t believe in making decisions based on outdated data.  Since 2008, there have been many changes that influence the assessment of the appropriate number of police officers needed to keep our city safe. This includes new technology that we are investing in to increase SFPD’s ability to decrease response time. Can there be other changes to make SFPD more efficient? Can we move police officers out of desk jobs and on to the beat instead? Are there effective crime prevention programs that would influence the number of officers needed to ensure public safety?

I also want to point out that this resolution is not impactful.  It is merely a statement--not a mandate or an action.  If we really want to talk about increasing public safety, we should be looking at proactive ways to determine the needs of our city. We have at least two years before the SFPD can even reach the 1,971 goal established by our Charter. I want us to get to a point where we are able to make the call to increase the number of officers based on a comprehensive process.  I wanted to offer an amendment to this resolution to include a process to determine how many police officers are needed in the City based on current analysis. I wanted to take the politics out of this vote. 

I completely support our police force and look forward to getting our District 7 stations fully staffed to serve our residents. But, as we plan for the future, I want to continue this conversation and approach the question of appropriate staffing for all our Public Safety departments in a comprehensive way. 

I hope this helps to clarify my position on this resolution. Let’s make sound, logical decisions rather than political ones.  It’s only fair to the residents of our District and this great city that we take the time to do it right.  




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DBI Customer Satisfaction Survey
Posted by: MarkScardina - 05-22-2015, 06:44 PM - Forum: City Meetings and Events - No Replies

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  Dear Clients and Colleagues,

The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection is currently in the process of surveying our customers' satisfaction with our services. Customer satisfaction is one of our top priorities. Whether you deal with us on a daily basis, once a month or annually, we want to hear from you. We are looking for ways to improve our services and your valuable feedback will help us with this effort. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous, short survey to assist us in better serving you. This survey contains multiple choice questions along with comment boxes so that you can provide us your ideas and suggestions. This survey will be open for the next two weeks and will close on May 31st. Thank you for your time.

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Best regards,
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   Tom C. Hui, S.E., C.B.O.Director 

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Posted by: MarkScardina - 05-22-2015, 06:41 PM - Forum: City Meetings and Events - No Replies


June 2015

Children's Programs:

Toddler Tales & Playtime – Mondays, June 1, 15, 22, & 29 at 10:15 a.m.
Rhymes, songs, and books. For ages 16 months to 2 years and their caregivers.

ZooMobile – Monday, June 1 at 12:00 p.m.
There is nothing quite as memorable to a child as touching the sleek scales of a snake or petting the soft fur of a chinchilla. ZooMobile offers an up-close, hands-on experience with animals in the classroom. These programs draw students into the wonders of nature while educating them about the animals who share their world. Space is limited to 35 children. Please call ahead for reservations.

Baby Rhyme & Playtime – Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, & 25 at 10:15 a.m.
Rhyme, rhythm, and song. For infants up to 18 months and their caregivers.

Buzzy Bees Traveling Hive – Monday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Buzzy Bees Traveling Hive brings the wonder & mystery of bees to the library! Veteran beekeeper Tim Muhrlin will present a program about the complex behavior of the honey bee – honey tastings included! For children ages 3 and older.

Maker Lab Jam Session: Gravity – Tuesday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Sample several activities that explore ways to utilize and overcome gravity in this hands-on, open-ended, jam session -- raise a tower, build a bridge or race a zipline. A Bay Area Discovery Museum educator will lead a whole group circle time before we break out into the hands-on maker stations. All materials are provided for participating families and include take-home tips for caregivers, plus a discount coupon for a future visit to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. For ages 3 to 8. Registration is required.

Music with Alison Faith Levy – Wednesday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Alison Faith Levy is a beloved Bay Area children’s musician and performer who makes “sophisticated pop for little ears.” Accompanying herself on guitar and accordion, she engages library audiences in all kinds of dancing, spinning, wiggling, pretend play, call and response singing, and other silliness. Alison has just released a brand new album for children, The Start of Things, and can’t wait to bring her new songs to SFPL audiences! For more info about Alison, visit www.alisonfaithlevy.com.

Adult Programs:

Merced Branch Library Book Club – Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion of Ben Macintyre's book, A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal. Merced Branch Library book club meets bimonthly. New members are always welcome. For more information or to locate a copy of the book, please contact library staff at 415.355.2825.

Knitting Circle – Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m.
All levels of knitters, please join us with your knit projects and spread the inspiration! Practice supplies provided, but bring your own if you have a special project in mind. For ages 13 and up.

The Beatles and Their Songs: A Musical Revolution – Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Beatles songs continue to stand the test of time. The group’s contribution to the history of 20th century popular music remains unprecedented and unchallenged. Musician Dulais Rhys outlines the history of the group’s formation and focuses on their songs, influences, form, stylistic development, and legacy. His talk includes musical examples, slides, and audience interaction – singing along is encouraged!

Book-A-Librarian: Learn Basic Computer Skills
Choose a topic - searching library databases, setting up an email account, or surfing the Internet. Basic mouse and typing skills required. Sign up in-person or call to make a one hour one-on-one appointment.


“You Can’t Judge a Book...” by Artists from The Arc – April 4 to June 26
This exhibition highlights the talents and perspective of artists with developmental disabilities and the importance of their creative contribution to our culture. Also on display at the Noe Valley and Eureka Valley branches.


Merced Branch Library, San Francisco Public Library
155 Winston Drive (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 355-2825, sfpl.org 


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ITHA Meeting Agenda for 6/18/2015
Posted by: LesPlack - 05-18-2015, 10:49 PM - Forum: IT Meetings and Events - No Replies

The following is the Agenda our June 18th meeting.
All Ingleside Terraces homeowners and residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
7:30 P.M. Thursday, June 18, 2015
Guild Hall – St. Francis Episcopal Church
399 San Fernando WaySan Francisco, CA. 
7:30pm:    Call to order            Mark Scardina 
  1. Approval of 5/21/2015 Minutes                                                  Mark Scardina
  2. President’s Report                                                                    Mark Scardina
  3. Treasurer’s Report                                                                   Mark Scardina for David Supan
  4. SFPD Taraval Station Sector Sergeant’s report
  5. Communications Task Force                                                      Jade To
  6. Committee Reports
    1. Electronic Comm. Committee                                            Mark Goldstein
    2. Construction Report                                                         Suzanne McDonnell
    3. Social Committee                                                            Sandy Gandolfo
    4. Welcome Wagon                                                             Jade To
    5. NERT                                                                             Colin Shields
    6. Membership Committee                                                   Jade To
    7. WTPCC Report                                                                Paul Conroy
    8. Landscape Committee                                                      Rory Camp
    9. Newsletter Committee                                                      Linda McGilvray
    10. Design Review                                                                 Suzanne McDonnell

10. New Business  

9:00PM  Adjourn 

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM 

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