Nov 24: Detroit Steps Fundraiser: Rise and Run Step-a-Thon

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INFORMATION ON HOW TO REGISTER BELOW.

Date and Location
Sunday, November 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon. Meet at Lower Steps, Detroit Street at Hearst Avenue, San Francisco CA.

Background
The Detroit Steps is an ambitious project to beautify the Upper and Lower portions of the Detroit Steps, via landscaping and art. In 2019, District 7 Participatory Budget funding was awarded to the project, to beautify the entrance to the Lower Steps. In addition since June, three major cleanup events have been geared at cleaning the overgrowth in the Upper Steps. Download the FLYER (PDF).

Proceeds from the Rise & Run Step-a-Thon fundraising event will directly pay for the purchase of California native plants to be planted along the Upper Steps. Participation in the event is open to all. Questions? Email: detroitstepsproject@gmail.com


How to register 

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CCSF Horticulture Class Recent Visit to the Detroit Steps Project

On Friday October 18, 2019, the Landscape Design Class at City College of San Francisco visited the Detroit Steps Project (DSP), meeting with the project’s volunteers who have been working to develop the steps as a landscaped two-block flight of city stairs, with future plans for artwork. (Read more here.)

The Landscape Design class meets regularly every Friday morning on CCSF campus. The large group of about 20 students walked from CCSF to the Lower Steps where they met with DSP members: Monica Collins, Joy Durighello, and Rosaura Valle. After a short presentation on the project, everyone climbed all the steps up to the public site located midway in the Upper Steps. Reclaiming this slice of public land from severe overgrowth and neglect has been one focus of the project.

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This site had been much cleared thanks to the work of CCSF interns Brian Marabello and Cheyenne over the summer, as well as during two community cleanup events on September 7 and October 6. Continue reading “CCSF Horticulture Class Recent Visit to the Detroit Steps Project”

Balboa Reservoir Community Meeting on Monday Sept 30

The Balboa reservoir Community Advisory Committee meets on Monday Sept 30th, 6-8 PM, at City College Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 50 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco. Public comment is welcome at these meetings.

The meeting focus is on Transportation. The annual report of the committee will be discussed. View the agenda here: https://sfplanning.org/sites/default/files/agendas/2019-09/balboareservoir_CAC_Agenda_09-30-19.pdf

Read more about the project at the SF Planning Dept: https://sfplanning.org/project/balboa-reservoir

Read more about the project on the SNA website: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/balboa-reservoir-project/ 

View the whole document from the June meeting here: http://default.sfplanning.org/plans-and-programs/planning-for-the-city/public-sites/balboareservoir/balboareservoir_CAC_CPC_Informational-061319.pdf
View the whole document from the June meeting here: http://default.sfplanning.org/plans-and-programs/planning-for-the-city/public-sites/balboareservoir/balboareservoir_CAC_CPC_Informational-061319.pdf

Balboa Reservoir Environmental Impact Report now available for public comment

Just published, the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the Balboa Reservoir housing project. Public comment may be submitted until September 23. The SF Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the review on September 12 at 1:00 PM (Room 400, City Hall).

Draft SEIR is available here: https://sfplanning.org/environmental-review-documents There are 13 PDFs with all the appendices, but the second item on the list is the main report, 486 pages (46MB).

Hard copies and CDs may be obtained from the San Francisco Planning Dept Information Counter, 1660 Mission Street, First Floor, San Francisco.

Hard copies and CDs may also be obtained by contacting:
Jeanie Poling, Senior Environmental Planner, SF Planning Dept
Jeanie.Poling@sfgov.org

Public comment may submitted:

  • By mail (address below)
  • By email to CPC.BalboaReservoir@sfgov.org
  • In person (on paper) at the public hearing before the Planning Commission on Sept 12.
  • In person (by oral comments) at the Planning Commission hearing Sept 12. Check agenda of Commission meeting to see when item is being heard here (after Sept 6).

Address for mailed comments:
Jeanie Poling
Senior Planner, San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 575-9072

Following the public comment period, Planning Department staff will review the comments and prepare a responses to comments document. The draft SEIR and the responses to comments document will be the final SEIR. [Anticipated in Spring 2020.] 

To read more about the framework of what the EIR addresses regarding environmental effects, see this document http://sfmea.sfplanning.org/2018-10-10_NOP_Final_clean_signed.pdf

Or this slide presentation: http://default.sfplanning.org/plans-and-programs/planning-for-the-city/public-sites/balboareservoir/balboares_061019_presentation01_EIR.pdf

Trash-talk: ‘Better at the Bin’ program sorts it out

Confused about what goes in which bin? Try this app to find out: https://www.recology.com/recology-san-francisco/what-bin/

Recology has a three-minute video that gives you the basic knowledge to get your trash into the right bin and helps you create less to start with. See also https://www.recology.com/better-at-the-bin/

Some points:

  • SF now has to send your recyclables halfway around the world for processing, so its  better to create less in the first place.
  • Paper is valuable for recycling, but not if it’s soaked with soda (or anything else) — empty and/or rinse your recyclables before putting them into the BLUE BIN. A half-can of soda can ruin a whole bin of paper recyclables.
  • Composting is good for the environment. Put your food-stained paper items, along with food scraps, coffee grounds and pizza boxes, in the GREEN BIN.
  • Cut the amount of plastic you produce by refusing single-use plastics — use a metal water bottle, cloth shopping bags, and reusable sandwich containers.

[May 2019] Read an SFWeekly article about the details of recycling and composting.  Continue reading “Trash-talk: ‘Better at the Bin’ program sorts it out”