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: 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

Public comment may submitted:

  • By mail (address below)
  • By email to
  • 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

Or this slide presentation:

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

Confused about what goes in which bin? Try this app to find out:

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

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”

From SFPUC: What is CleanPowerSF?

From San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), information below about the program called CleanPowerSF. A representative from the program will be present at the SNA Quarterly Meeting on Monday May 6th (7-8:30pm at Sunnyside Conservatory). 

Cleaner Energy is Coming to San Francisco Residents

Cleaner energy from your City power provider is coming to San Francisco residents this spring! Starting in April, residential electricity customers in San Francisco will be welcomed into CleanPowerSF, the community choice clean energy program operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Customers also have the option of opting up to 100% renewable energy for just a few dollars more per month, or opting out of the program and staying with PG&E. Learn more at Or download this 8-page PDF for complete information about the program.

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