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Source: SF Examiner

Historic Diego Rivera mural ready to move at CCSF

Will Maynez, a retired physics lab manager caretaker of the “Pan-American Unity” mural, discusses the painting inside the Diego Rivera Theater at City College of San Francisco’s Ocean View campus on April 4, 2017. (James Chan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Will Maynez, a retired physics lab manager caretaker of the “Pan-American Unity” mural, discusses the painting inside the Diego Rivera Theater at City College of San Francisco’s Ocean View campus on April 4, 2017. (James Chan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

By Michael Barba on April 16, 2017 1:00 am

In 1940, Diego Rivera stood on a ladder with a pistol in each pocket and painted a mural for City College of San Francisco. He was in front of an audience in an aircraft hanger on Treasure Island, fearing for his life after the recent assassination of his friend, Marxist Leon Trotsky.

On large slabs of wet plaster, Rivera painted indigenous Mexican craftsmen and gold-miners in the U.S. He painted an Aztec deity and an auto plant stamping machine. He painted life and death.     (more…)

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“Anything Goes” goes live on Apr. 14, 15 and 21 at 8 p.m., and Apr. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. in the Diego Riviera Theatre. General admission is $15, students and seniors pay $10.

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From SF Planning Dept:  

Greetings Members of the Balboa community,

We are writing to provide you with a few brief updates on the Balboa Reservoir.


The next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting date has been advanced to Monday, March 13, 2017 at the normal time and location: 6:15pm at City College MUB Room 140. We will focus on expanding community outreach to ensure broad and inclusive attendance at a future meeting for prospective developers (see above) to present their visions for the Balboa Reservoir. The meeting’s agenda is posted online at h We encourage your input on the question of broad, inclusive community engagement. In preparation for Monday, please consider the following questions:

  • Which groups or communities should we make sure to engage?
  • How can we ensure that they are informed and able to participate?


An evaluation panel made up of City staff from SFPUC, OEWD, the Planning Department, SFMTA, and MOHCD, as well as representatives of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee and City College of San Francisco, have concluded the Balboa Reservoir RFQ process. We were delighted to receive nine responses from a diverse and thoughtful group of potential partners. The following three RFQ respondent teams (listed alphabetically) received the three highest scores and are invited to submit development proposals: (more…)

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From SF Examiner. Source:

CCSF trustees revive plans to build theater at Balboa Reservoir


Rendering courtesy TEF Design/CCSF

By Michael Barba on March 9, 2017 1:00 am

Plans to build a performing arts center at Balboa Reservoir may soon be resurrected now that City College of San Francisco is no longer suffering from an accreditation crisis.

The latest plans call for the construction of a large performance hall next to the new Multi-Use Building and the relocation of a historic Diego Rivera mural on campus into the new theater, according to a proposal set to appear before the Board of Trustees Thursday from Vice President Brigitte Davila and Trustee John Rizzo.

The news comes within months of two victories for City College. In January, the college’s accreditor reaffirmed its accreditation for another seven years. The following month, city officials reached a deal to make tuition free for most San Francisco residents at City College next school year. (more…)

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The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Project Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) is Monday March 13, 2017. The topic is: Outreach and public review of developer. More about the meeting here.  All concerned community members are welcome at these meetings.

This important new development, right next to Sunnyside, will have a big impact on the neighborhood. More about the Balboa Reservoir Project here.  Community participation has been a part of the project from early on — and you can be involved and help determine the direction of that development.

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The Balboa Reservoir Project is a major development right next to Sunnyside. Read more background here. Local residents  have participated during the development process through the Community Advisory Committee, which met again last Monday. Under discussion was the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan, formulated to address issues raised by the proposed development related to changes in congestion, traffic, parking, and transit use. Input by residents is part of developing that plan (see below for your opportunity to weigh in).

Click here for the TDM presentation slideshow (40 slides).

Present at the meeting were several SNA members and Sunnyside residents, including SNA president Stephen Martinpinto. The representatives from SF Planning listened to extensive comments from them. These included specific suggestions about addressing the Bart-to-CCSF  transit issue by putting in place a shuttle, such as is seen at other college campuses close to train/Bart stations. As well, concerns were raised regarding the impact on local residents by CCSF students seeking parking spaces that are currently provided by the parking lot on the Reservoir site. Read  written comments from BRCAC members here (PDF).

Oral comments included: SNA president Stephen Martinpinto stressed to the representatives of SF Planning that transit plans will have a big impact on the outcome of the development, and that bold plans like undergrounding the K line might be called for. He also suggested that CCSF encourage student attendance at satellite campuses to relieve congestion at the Ocean Campus. SNA vice-president Chris Coghlan expressed concerns about the total amount of contiguous park space called for by the Principles and Parameters [PDF] document, which was crafted by the BRCAC to guide developers; he called for a larger amount than the recommended 1.5 acres (as part of 4 acres total park space) designated by the guidelines in the parameters. Additional written comments about the TDM were also submitted by Sunnyside resident Alvin Ja in January (PDF).

If you are a Sunnyside resident who has comments or suggestions regarding the TDM presentation linked above, please contact:

  • Jeremy Shaw, SF Planning Dept.,, 415-575-9135


News about proposals

The initial phase of the process of finding a developer for the site started in November 2016 with the Requests for Qualifications (links below). The developers chosen from those submissions are to be announced on Friday Mar 10, 2017.

Their proposed ideas will then be available to be viewed and commented on by the public, including any and all interested Sunnyside residents.

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Deal reached to make City College tuition free for SF residents

Students walk through City College of San Francisco’s Ocean Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (Steven Ho/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Students walk through the City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus in San Francisco’s Ingleside district Wednesday, February 1, 2017. (Steven Ho/Special to S.F. Examiner)


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