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Stark message about distracted driving, from recent article in SFWeekly.

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What’s more dangerous? [Smartphone vs alcoholic drink] Your phone. You’re 6 times more likely to crash that driving drunk. Driving distracted is deadly driving.

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For ten years there have been plans afoot to remodel and expand Sunnyside’s Safeway store at 625 Monterey Blvd. Representatives from Albertsons Companies, which bought the Safeway chain in 2015, have just announced that these original plans to overhaul the store are no longer being pursued by the company.

Natalie Mattei, Albertsons Senior Real Estate Manager, has been in regular contact with SNA over the years. She had this to say about the change in plans this week:

“Although the existing store was not being demolished [under previous plans], the extensive construction would have resulted in the grocery store being closed for 10-14 months. Safeway was fortunate to have an amazing group of immediate neighbors and interested community members who helped with design questions and support the entitlement effort. Safeway was close to obtaining building permits this past Fall, at which time a review of building costs and retail developments caused Safeway to pause on an expansion into the parking lot at this time.

“Safeway has been and continues to be a proud member of the Sunnyside neighborhood. … Although an expansion of the grocery store is not feasible at this time, Safeway is still committed to renovating and upgrading the existing store. I would anticipate this design going through the building permit process and getting underway later in 2018. The store should be able to remain in operation through most if not all of the construction.”

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Safeway, 625 Monterey Blvd. Photo from http://cecdns_com

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SNA was contacted by Ford Go Bike/Motivate about the four sites they propose for bikeshare stations in Sunnyside. They would like to hear from Sunnyside residents about the proposed choices, and we encourage you to write directly to Justin Nguyen, the Outreach Coordinator. (See below for full contact info.)

Here are mock-up photographs of the sites. These are: northeast corner, Gennessee & Monterey (23 bikes); southwest corner, Hearst & Edna (19 bikes); northeast corner, Hearst & Congo (19 bikes); and south side of Judson between Foerster & Gennessee (23 bikes). All planned sites are located on the street (not sidewalk).

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Photo mock-up of proposed bikeshare station site on Gennessee Street at Monterey Blvd. Created by SNA with information from Ford Go Bike.

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Photo mock-up of proposed bikeshare station site on Hearst Ave at Edna Street. Created by SNA with information from Ford Go Bike.

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Photo mock-up of proposed bikeshare station site on Hearst Ave at Congo Street. Created by SNA with information from Ford Go Bike.

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Photo mock-up of proposed bikeshare station site on Judson Ave near Gennessee. Exact location to be determined. Created by SNA with information from Ford Go Bike.

To comment, contact:

Justin Hu-Nguyen
Outreach/Marketing Coordinator
Motivate, Operator of FordGoBike
415-746-9827 cell
justinnguyen@fordgobike.com

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A portion of the map of planned Phase 3 bikeshare station locations, Ford Go Bike. Extra street labels added by SNA.

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Seen today: Monterey Boulevard getting some attention. Ingleside Police Station doing traffic safety enforcement, and Dept of Public Works out on the median at work on weeding.

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Monterey Blvd near Congo St, Ingleside Police Station officer ticketing a driver.

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DPW workers weeding the Monterey Blvd median, despite the poor quality air today.

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The long-awaited pedestrian-activated beacon was finally installed today on Monterey Boulevard at the Detroit Street crosswalk by city contractor BayAreaLightworks.

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New pedestrian-activated beacon at Detroit Street crosswalk on Monterey Blvd.

Unfortunately the position of the previously-placed pedestrian alert sign blocks the view of the new beacon for some west-bound automobiles. Hopefully SFMTA’s signage workers will correct this problem soon.

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New beacon is located behind “State Law” sign for some westbound cars. and so blocked from view. On Monterey Blvd at Detroit Street crosswalk.

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At the last SNA meeting, Captain Joseph McFadden of the Ingleside Police Station told attendees that his officers would be out during August on Monterey Blvd (as they often are) enforcing moving violations of the type identified by the City’s Vision Zero program–those that endanger vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. Last year we had collisions resulting in severe injuries and one death on Monterey, triggering the new designation as a “high-injury corridor.” Yesterday a resident saw several citations taking place on Monterey.

Related news: a skateboarder sustained life-threatening injuries in a collision at the corner of Joost and Foerster last night. More on Hoodline: http://hoodline.com/2017/08/skateboarder-critically-injured-after-sunnyside-collision and SFist: http://sfist.com/2017/08/18/skateboarder_left_with_life-threate.php

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Officer handing out a citation on Monterey Blvd near Congo St, a two-block stretch prone of automobile speeding.

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You are invited: Come to the quarterly meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association on Monday August 7th. Find out what is happening in Sunnyside — hear from city officials and ask your questions — meet your neighbors in person — become a member of your neighborhood association.

Time and place: Monday August 7th, 2017, 7-8:30 pm, at St Finn Barr Auditorium (415 Edna Street at Hearst Ave).

What’s on the agenda:

  • Discussion of recent designation of Monterey Blvd as a high-injury corridor
  • Latest news about the Balboa Reservoir Project.
  • Captain McFadden from Ingleside Police Station on safety/crime and to answer your questions.
  • Erica Maybaum from Supervisor Norman Yee’s office with update on local issues and to answer your questions.
  • “Greenstorming” session with our members: how can we plan and work to improve Sunnyside’s outdoor spaces? Bring your ideas.
  • Also in the works are updates on Safeway renovation and Sunnyside Park.

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