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Balboa Reservoir Project poster, June 10, 2017 community meeting

Presentation of Proposals for the Balboa Reservoir, Communiyt Meeting, Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10 am – 1 pm, Archibishop Riordan High School Cafeteria, 175 Phelan Ave, SF CA

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Supervisor Norman Yee called a hearing that took place yesterday about the groundwater issue, which impacts Sunnyside. Article source: SF Examiner

City Hall flooded with complaints over SF’s new mixed drinking water

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

By Joshua Sabatini on May 25, 2017 1:00 am

Complaints are flooding City Hall as word spreads that San Francisco’s beloved Hetch Hetchy drinking water is being mixed with less pristine groundwater.

So many, in fact, that Supervisor Norman Yee was compelled to call Wednesday’s hearing to ask the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to address the myriad of concerns, from the safety of the water to the need for the change.

Four wells pulling up water 450 feet below in the West Basin Aquifer are in the testing phase and by summer to early fall, 1 million gallons daily of underground water will go into the system. The plan is to reach 4 million gallons daily by 2020, 15 percent of the water supply delivered to some 60 percent of the water users.

One well, located by Lake Merced, pumped water into the system over two days in April. The other wells will be tested in June and July.

During the two-hour hearing Wednesday, mothers worried about the impacts on their young children, some residents said they felt like guinea pigs and others referred to the added groundwater as contamination. Some are calling on The City to halt the effort altogether.     Continue Reading »

Team from Dept of Public Works (@sfpublicworks) weeding on Monterey Blvd median today.


Cutting the street for major sewer replacement on 300 block of Detroit Street yesterday.



From SF Planning Dept about the Balboa Reservoir Project housing development.


This June, community members will have three chances to comment on the three finalists in the Balboa Reservoir request for proposals (RFP) process. All three opportunities will provide the same information. You can provide feedback in whichever venue is most convenient for you. For more information see the community portal at

  1. June 10th: Presentation of Proposals 

On Saturday, June 10 at 10am, in the Archbishop Riordan High School Cafeteria (175 Phelan Ave), the three finalist development teams will present their proposals, followed by discussion and comments. The meeting will also have refreshments, interpretation in Spanish and Cantonese, closed captioning and children’s activities. Please arrive early so you have time to sign in and get the most out of these activities.

  1. June 15th: Viewing of Presentations at the CAC 

On Thursday, June 15th at 6pm, the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) will view the video of the June 10th presentations, host a discussion, and provide opportunities for feedback on the developer proposals.

  1. Online: Recording of Presentations and Additional Materials

The June 10th video of the developer presentations will also be posted online, with the same opportunities for feedback as on June 10th or June 15th. All information will be posted on the Community Portal.     Continue Reading »

SFMTA would like your feedback as it redesigns the information system that helps customers use public transport. More info below. 

Give your input here: 


It takes a while to fill out survey, but this is a unique opportunity to influence the future of SF transit experience.     Continue Reading »

[Rita Evans is a longtime Sunnyside resident and SNA member, having previously held the position of secretary and editor of the Sunnyside News for many years. She is currently a member of the SNA Balboa Reservoir Project committee. This editorial will be published in the upcoming Sunnyside News. ]

Editorial / Let the City Hear Your Voice

The city’s decision to hold just a single meeting for developers’ presentations in June when many neighbors are unable to attend is very problematic. The Balboa Reservoir project will have significant long-term ramifications on several neighborhoods and decisions must include adequate public input.

Although the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) pushed hard for holding two meetings in August, Mayor Ed Lee’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has insisted on scheduling just one meeting and having it on Saturday, June 10, right in the heart of graduation and wedding seasons.

It’s hard to see this scheduling decision as anything other than a calculated move by OEWD to intentionally limit public input.      Continue Reading »

SFPUC has converted many of San Francisco”s streetlights to new LED lights, and is planning to install many more this year. Here is their page about the program.

Want to know if your street will be converted? This interactive map shows the locations of existing LED lights (green) and soon-to-be-converted LED lights (yellow):

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