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Last October a group of neighbors led by Sunnyside resident Pam Parker Souza organized the removal of lots of sidewalk concrete, replaced with native plants and trees. Now their work is showing its springtime colors. Detroit between Flood and Hearst.

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The Horticulture Center at City College is holding their annual plant sale. This sale benefits a scholarship find for students.

CCSF Spring Flower & Plant Sale – Thursday May 10

The Spring Flower & Plant Sale scholarship fundraiser will take place Thursday, May 10 in the Horticulture Center (located on the 300 block of Judson Avenue, north side of the Phelan/Ocean Campus). 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The sale will feature student grown and designed perennials, shrubs, house and bedding plants, veggie starts, herbs, fresh floral designs, and permanent home decorations. For more information call 415-239-3140. Sorry, no pre/post sales or special orders.

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SF Dept of the Environment has a new site with drop-down menus detailing what goes in which bin: https://sfrecycles.org/

There are some new things for the blue bin, like paper milk cartons, coffee cups, soft plastic bags (in a bag) and old textiles. Complete lists at above link and also here: https://www.recology.com/recology-san-francisco/sorting-guides-and-signage/

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The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework for the Balboa Area has been released in its final form, with an introductory letter from Supervisor Norman Yee. (PDF of TDM and letter here.) The TDM will guide planning for transportation in the Balboa Station/Balboa Reservoir area, setting priorities for managing the increase in traffic and transit use resulting from future changes (such as the Balboa Reservoir Project housing development). From the executive summary:

“The Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework process was designed to initiate collaboration between the City, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and surrounding neighborhoods in the effort to encourage sustainable transportation choices in the area. … [The] four overarching goals for the Balboa Area:
• Reduce vehicle-miles traveled (VMT)
• Reduce auto trips
• Reduce traffic congestion
• Reduce transportation costs to preserve housing affordability”

An excerpt from Supervisor Yee’s introductory letter:

“After several rounds of community input and revisions, the development of the TDM Framework included discussions that led to a greater understanding of community concerns related to traffic, safety, transit, and data collection. … Ultimately, the TDM Framework sparked an ongoing, productive conversation and path forward for the many ways we can encourage sustainable travel and maintain access for all in the Balboa Area. This is a continuing work in progress and an ongoing conversation and collaboration with the students, employees, and residents in the neighborhood.”

The agenda for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority meeting on Tuesday Jan 9 (10am, Room 250, City Hall) indicates they will be adopting the framework then. The meeting is open to the public.

Public comment can also be submitted to: Clerk of the Board Alberto Quintanilla clerk@sfcta.org .

More info on meeting here

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The Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) is meeting on Monday Jan 22. The BRCAC is the focus of local community participation in planning the housing development at the Balboa Reservoir. All residents are welcome at the meetings of the BRCAC. Monday Jan 22, 2018, 6-8pm, Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco CA.

Agenda is to be posted here soon: http://sf-planning.org/balboa-reservoir-cac-meeting-schedule. The minutes from the December meeting have not yet been posted. More information: http://sf-planning.org/balboa-reservoir-cac-meeting-schedule.

Main page for Balboa Reservoir Project on this site, with information and links: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/balboa-reservoir-project/

 

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Slide from AvalonBay/BRIDGE plan for Balboa Reservoir. See presentation here.  LARGER IMAGE

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Have you adopted your local storm drain yet? Over 40 of Sunnyside’s storm drains have been adopted by local residents through an SF Water program, many of them given pet names like Cowboy, Oscar, and Drainy McDrainerson (of course). See a map of all the adoptees and find out how you can participate here: https://adoptadrain.sfwater.org/ Click register to start.

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Adopted drains are purple; those available are green. Visit here to see full map and participate: https://adoptadrain.sfwater.org/ 

For all those who have already adopted, now is the time to give your pet drain a sweep, before rain comes.   (more…)

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Last Saturday Friends of the Urban Forest workers, neighbors, and volunteers descended upon the many newly opened planting areas located all around the corners of Detroit/Flood and Detroit/Hearst, and put in lots of native plants and trees.

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The result is a whole lot less concrete and a whole lot more green and growing gardens. This was a project initiated by Pam Parker Souza and her neighbors, with a great deal of help from FUF. Want to know how you can transform your block? Contact Pam at  pamparkersouza@zephyrRE.com.

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On Flood Ave near Detroit St.

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