New 25mph speed limit on Monterey is a reality

New speed limit signs appeared overnight on Monterey Boulevard. The new twenty five mile per hour limit is more in tune with the residential neighborhood, rather than a freeway on-ramp.

Now that the street has been engineered for livability, enforcement has followed. You may have seen the police cruiser stopping stop sign runners at Edna Street. The police presence is intended to encourage drivers to pay attention to their speed and overall attentiveness as well.

The third E is education. That is up to you! Please tell your neighbors and visitors to slow down!



The Ocean Avenue Association has forwarded a request to neighbors near the new Public Plaza that will open across from City College, on Ocean Avenue, to complete a survey from Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association.
They are looking to get neighborhood feedback on bringing a Farmer’s Market to the new Plaza on Ocean Avenue.
To take their survey, go to:

Deadline is June 30th.

San Jose Ave Traffic Calming construction starts this weekend

We got this letter from Michael Riebe PE from the MTA Livable Streets Department:

Dear San Jose Avenue / I-280 Pilot Project Neighbors,

Thank you for your interest and involvement in the SFMTA’s San Jose Avenue and I-280 Pilot Project.  Construction is scheduled to start on the restriping of northbound San Jose Avenue from the I-280 off-ramp to Randall St beginningMonday, June 2. During construction several roadways entering the project area will be need to be closed to ensure the project is done in a safe manner for both motorists and our paint shop crew.

The following streets will be closed from 9am to 3pm on Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6:

  • Northbound I-280 San Jose Avenue Off-ramp
  • Northbound San Jose Avenue at Tingley Street
  • Northbound Monterey Boulevard ramp to San Jose Avenue

Electronic message signs will be placed on the street this weekend to notify drivers of the detour and Caltrans will be utilizing their overhead freeway message signs.

Bicycle access will be maintained during the closure.

The proposed new roadway configuration at the “triple merge point” will include a lane reduction, and the existing bicycle lane on the Monterey Boulevard overpass and San Jose Avenue to Randall St will be further enhanced through widening and the addition of physical separation. Collectively, these improvements are intended to:

  • Increase safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists along the corridor
  • Reduce traffic speeds on northbound San Jose Avenue
  • Reduce cut-through traffic from northbound I-280

The SFMTA is looking forward to implementing this pilot project to calm traffic and improve bicycle access through the area.  Thank you again for your participation and please contact me if you have any questions. 

Have a good weekend,
Michael Riebe PE
Associate Engineer
SFMTA | Livable Streets
P: 415.701.2467


Sunnyside Neighborhood Assn Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events:

  • Monterey Blvd and Cicular Ave Greening – 1st Sunday of each Month, 9, 2014 – 11 a.m.
  • Earth Day Clean Up in District 7 – April 25, 2014, 9 a.m. at 45th and Sloat
  • SNA Membership Meeting – May 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., St. Finn Barr Community Room – 415 Edna Street
  • SNA Membership Meeting – August 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., St. Finn Barr Community Room – 415 Edna Street
  • SNA Membership Meeting – November 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., St. Finn Barr Community Room – 415 Edna Street

Free entry for San Francisco Residents:

  • California Academy of Sciences SF Neighborhood Free Days –
    • Zip Code: 94112 & 94134: March 21 – 23, 2014.  Zip Code: 94127: February 28, March 1-2, 2014
  • Asian Art Museum – Free first Sunday of the month
  • Legion of Honor – First Tuesday of the month
  • San Francisco Zoo – First Wednesday of the month
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden – Always free for residents (proof of residency required)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – First Tuesday of the month
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – First Tuesday of the month
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum – First Wednesday of the month
  • Cable Car Museum – Always free
  • Museum Italo Americano – Always free
  • San Francisco Fire Department Museum – Always free
  • San Francisco Railway Museum – Always free

Energy Upgrade California Presentation this Saturday

The San Francisco Department of the Environment Energy Program is doing some environmental outreach in Glen Park and Sunnyside area and they are  promoting a Home Energy Efficiency Program called Energy Upgrade California.

From their website:
“Learn how you can increase their home’s energy efficiency by completing energy upgrades with approved contractors, while receiving $1,000 to $4,500 in rebates! Staff from SF Environment Energy Program and a homeowner who has participated in the Home Energy Upgrade program will present about the upgrade process and experience and will be available to answer any questions you may have.”

When and where: Saturday, 5/3, from 2-3pm at the Glen Park Library Meeting Room
Nearby Transit Service: 44-O’Shaughnessy, 23-Monterey, 36-Teresita, 52-Excelsior, Glen Park BART
Email: or call 415-533-0003 for information

The Glen Park Farmers Market Returns


By Elena Trierweiler

The Glen Park Village Farmer’s Market will open for the season on Sunday, March 30th and will run every Sunday from 10am-2pm until November 23rd at the Glen Park Village BART Station on Bosworth and Arlington.


Opening day, this Sunday, March 30th, will be a great way for families and community members to celebrate the rain this week by supporting local farmers who are most affected by the California drought. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00am, face paintings and balloon animals, a photo booth, coloring activities for the kids, local music, and the San Francisco Fire Department will be out there with their truck.

The featured harvests this year are local honey, organic vegetables, fresh, organic new greens, organic strawberries, delta asparagus, local almonds, and farm fresh eggs.  The non-agricultural producers will also be there opening day serving up freshly caught fish and oysters, homemade jams, handmade fresh sausages, hummus, gourmet Afghan food, and empanadas.

The Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association is the state’s largest operator of Certified Farmers’ Markets, with over 70 Certified Farmers’ Markets weekly in the Bay Area during the peak summer months.  Certified Farmers’ Markets are locations that offer only California-grown products sold directly to consumers by the farmers that grew, nurtured and harvested the crops.  All PCFMA markets accept WIC FMNP (Woman Infant and Children Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons) and CalFresh (through the Golden State advantage EBT/food stamp cards).


25 on Monterey is becoming a reality!

As you know The Friends of Monterey Boulevard has been working constantly (some would say obsessively) to lower the speed limit on The Boulevard. In fact, the first post on the subject was in November, 2009– almost five years ago.

Since then Norman Yee, a great proponent of pedestrian safety was elected to the Board of Supervisors. We took our case to him and he listened, asking us to round up the support of the neighborhood stakeholders. We did just that and came back with endorsements from the schools, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, the Friends of the Sunnyside Conservatory, and a unanimous vote from the San Francisco Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee.

According to state law SFMTA had to conduct a speed survey to determine if it could legally lower the speed limit. We sat on pins and needles waiting for the results until this email to PSAC chair Zack Marks arrived in the inbox–

Hello Mr. Marks:

The latest speed survey recommends a reduction to 25 MPH.  Amending the transportation code accordingly is currently going through the legislative process, and afterwards, the speed limit signs will be updated.
Bryant Woo, P.E.
SFMTA – Sustainable Streest
1 South Van Ness Ave., 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94103
A bit anticlimactic but nonetheless… SUCCESS! An informal vote count shows at least seven votes on the Board of Supervisors.
We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this potentially life saving step towards a more livable neighborhood, including Capt. Falvey and the officers of Ingleside Station who has stepped up traffic enforcement in the neighborhood. We also could never forget to thank Walk San Francisco for their invaluable assistance since the beginning.