Ocean Ave Assn Community Benefit District report

The Ocean Avenue Association Community Benefit District (CBD) has published its 2017-2018 annual report, available here. Highlights include:Ocean-ave-logo

  • Advocating for better landscaping and ped/bike safety on Ocean Ave between San Jose and Geneva.
  • Supporting bike share on Ocean, with or without stations.
  • Working for more public art, including a gateway sculpture at Ingleside Library, as part of the planned ped/bike access entry to the Balboa Reservoir project.
  • Working with the El Rey Theater redevelopers.

Ocean Ave Arts Bazaar at Unity Plaza

Shop for handmade items from local artists at the Ocean Avenue Arts Bazaar at Unity Plaza on Saturday, July 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Ocean Avenue Arts Bazaar is a collaboration between Ocean Avenue Association, OMI Community Participation Project, the SF Arts Commission, the office of District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.​

[Also: Read about another Saturday local event in Sunnyside here.]

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Balboa Area TDM approved; Commission shows support for shuttle idea

Yesterday the SF County Transportation Authority met at City Hall. The Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework was on the agenda for approval. [Read entire TDM here (PDF).]

The commission approved the TDM in this form, although it is a nonbinding document. However, it was encouraging to see that various of the supervisors responded favorably to concerns raised by members of the public who were present at the meeting. That included SNA President Stephen Martinpinto and Chair of SNA’s Balboa Reservoir Committee, Rita Evans. Rita reports the following (emphasis website editor’s):

“SFCTA comprises the Board of Supervisors acting as Commissioners so we were directing our comments to the supervisors. While they did vote to approve the framework, there were a number of very interesting comments during the discussion period.

“A shuttle, and a developer-funded shuttle in particular, was mentioned by several commissioners. The word ‘shuttle’ may have barely made it into the draft TDM, but it sure was on people’s radar at today’s SFCTA meeting. Jeremy Shaw [of SF Planning Dept] did some waffling when asked whether the developer supports or would fund a shuttle and was called out by Supervisor Cohen, who asked him if that was a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Jeremy said he could not speak for the developer.

“Supervisor Cohen characterized Avalon Bay as ‘a difficult company to work with.’ She said AB will create a lot of problems for the city. She specifically cited labor contracts, hiring union workers, and paying prevailing wages. Cohen also said it is essential that the developers and the development ‘be mindful and respectful of current residents.’ Cohen proposed a continuing resolution which would have tabled action until next month but was persuaded to withdraw it.

“Supervisor Breed asked a number of questions about public input, public meetings and how comments have been incorporated. She asked about the level of involvement and engagement with City College and wanted to know specifically about any meetings held between Planning Dept and CCSF.

“Supervisor Yee spoke at length, before and after public comments, and summarized the memo he has added to the TDM Framework (it will be included in the final version). He urged the authority to approve the document after acknowledging its many flaws and limitations and noting that decisions would be based on planning reports and other documents yet to come.

“Yee also said that if the Residential Parking Permit program is part of the developer’s final package of measures to address parking demand, then he’s going to ask that the developer pay the costs, not existing residents.”

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Balboa Area TDM now in final form — to be approved Tuesday

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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Map from Balboa Area TDM (final) See document here: https://sunnysideassociation.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/item-7-balboa-park-tdm_2017_12_31.pdf

Mon Dec 11: Balboa Reservoir community meeting — Traffic on the agenda

Things are moving faster now that the developer team, AvalonBay/BRIDGE, has been chosen for the housing project for this huge site south of Sunnyside. Community involvement will continue to be a big part of the direction that various aspects of the project take. All interested residents are welcome at the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) meetings. Read more about the project at top tab.

When: Monday Dec 11, 2017, 6-8pm.

Where: SF City College Ocean Campus, Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco CA.

What:  The bulk of the meeting will be discussion of the traffic access, circulation, and parking issue, recently identified as primary concerns for local residents.

Read the full agenda here: http://default.sfplanning.org/plans-and-programs/planning-for-the-city/public-sites/balboareservoir/balboareservoir_CAC_Agenda_121117.pdf

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From AvalonBay/BRIDGE proposal presentation in June 2017, for Balboa Reservoir site. See links for full proposal here: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/balboa-reservoir-developer-chosen/

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