AESOP AMUCK: Theater show in Glen Park

Rebecca Longworth sends this press release:

Hello neighbors!

I am producing a free, outdoor theatre show for families that will play at Glen Park on August 9 at 2pm, and I thought you’d like to know about it.

In brief:
AESOP AMUCK is a 60-minute romp through more than a dozen of Aesop’s fables, including many well-known stories such as The Tortoise and the Hare as well as some that are rarely remembered, like The Frogs and the Ox, in which a frog’s attempts to become as large as an ox meet with disaster. There’s a menagerie of animals who meet with mayhem, silly original songs, and morals from the weird to the wise. Grab a juice box, pack a picnic, and prepare for adventure! AESOP AMUCK will be enjoyed by teetering tots, curmudgeonly elders, and everyone in between.

AESOP AMUCK travels to Bay Area parks and public spaces with its own mobile stage, a folding contraption called FluxWagon that looks like a brightly painted gypsy wagon. The Peripatetic Players greet the audience while they unfold FluxWagon to reveal a stage complete with mechanical scenery and props that the troupe uses and misuses throughout their lighthearted staging.

You can learn more at our website, www.aesopamuck.wordpress.com

Balboa Reservoir Site Study: Summer 2015 Update

Dutifully cut and pasted from the latest email blast from the Planning Department…

Dear Community Members,

Thanks for your interest in the Balboa Reservoir Site Study project! You are receiving this newsletter because you subscribed for updates or attended a community outreach meeting on the project. You may change your settings here.


Project Overview

Through the Public Land for Housing program, San Francisco has identified a number of underutilized, publicly-owned properties that would better serve the public as housing. As a 17-acre site located between several neighborhoods and within walking distance to BART, businesses and schools, the “lower” Balboa parking lot west of City College was chosen as one of these sites. This site, owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), has been vacant or leased as a surplus parking lot for 30 years. It is important to note that any future use of the site also needs to respect SFPUC’s obligation to its ratepayers of receiving fair market value for the land.

To date, more than 450 people have attended public workshops and community meetings with local organizations to help the City better understand the opportunities and challenges presented by developing the site with housing at a range of affordability levels and open space.  These discussions will ultimately help structure a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a developer partner, which is expected to be issued in late 2015 or early 2016. Read more about the overall public input process here and how a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will continue to help shape the Request for Proposals (RFP) here.


Public Workshop #2 recap

The public workshop on May 5 was attended by over 150 community members. After a brief presentation, meeting participants discussed their values and preferred public amenities related to the topics of Open Space & Sustainability, Housing & Neighborhood Character, and Transportation. Participants expressed a great range of opinions in each of the topic areas similar to those discussed at other workshops and meetings, such as large open space, walking routes, compatible neighborhood character, maximizing housing affordability, supportive housing and workforce housing. Read more about the results of Public Workshop 2 here.

Many participants raised comments and concerns about parking and congestion. This feedback was duly noted and will be factored into additional transportation planning the City hopes to conduct in the neighborhoods surrounding the site in conjunction with the Balboa site project.

Some workshop participants proposed keeping the site as a parking lot, converting all 17 acres to a park, or donating the site to City College. These proposals have their own merits, but are not consistent with the Balboa Park Station Area Plan, SFPUC’s financial obligation to ratepayers, or Proposition K, the 2014 voter-approved measure calling on the City to build 30,000 more housing units, at least 33 percent of which are to be affordable.

However, other community suggestions can and will be incorporated into a balanced development program. A large open space and other elements identified through community feedback will be included in the RFP, and development proposals will be evaluated in part on the strength of these elements. The community’s concerns about parking have spurred the City to expand its analysis of transportation and parking in the entire neighborhood, and to work more closely with City College and its district-wide master plan effort.

What’s Next

The public workshops and recent meetings represent only the preliminary round of public participation.

In the coming months, public discussion of the project will be carried forward by a newly-formed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) composed of community representatives. The CAC was recently appointed by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Norman Yee. It includes the following representatives:

  • Sunnyside Neighborhood Association President: Lisa Spinali
  • Westwood Park Neighborhood Association President: Kate Favetti
  • OMI Resident: Maria Picar
  • City College Employee or Trustee: Brigitte Davila
  • Member of Balboa Park Station Area Plan CAC: Robert Muehlbauer
  • Ocean Avenue Business Owner: Howard Chung
  • SFPUC CAC Member: Rebecca Lee
  • At-Large Seat #1: Christine Godinez, Lick Wilmerding HS
  • At-Large Seat #2: Jon Winston, Sunnyside resident

The CAC meetings will provide an opportunity for these representatives and the public to engage in deeper, more detailed discussions about specific aspects of the project as they relate to transportation, parking, open space, City College, sustainability and neighborhood character.

The first CAC meeting will be held the week of August 24, 2015. The meeting will be duly noticed, including a notice on the Balboa Reservoir website, when a date and location are confirmed. Please check back soon or subscribe to notices about the Balboa Reservoir Study.

You can find more information on the CAC, including its members and meeting schedule, on our website.

The CAC will advise staff on the principles in the RFP, which is expected to be issued in late 2015 or early 2016. Once a developer partner is selected through the RFP process, the CAC will facilitate a more extensive community process around project design and the development program, combined with more targeted workshops led by the selected developer partner with the Planning Department. We currently expect the second phase of outreach to extend several years, continuing through the project’s legislative approvals.

We look forward to your continued participation. If you cannot attend the CAC meetings this year, you can stay involved in the following ways:

  • Talk to a CAC member (contact info will be made available)
  • Attend neighborhood association meetings
  • Read the website
  • Ask questions on the Google group online

Look for an email soon announcing the first CAC meeting date!


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Meeting regarding San Jose Avenue road diet

Originally posted on News from the Glen Park Association:

Please join the Glen Park Association for a special meeting focused on the San Jose Avenue road diet Thursday, August 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Police Academy, 350 Amber Drive (above Diamond Heights Shopping Center). A traffic planner and engineer from The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will update us on the pilot project, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

For an introduction to the project, visit the Northbound San Jose Avenue & I-280 Off-Ramp Road Diet Pilot Project webpage. Please note the SFMTA has also promised to host a wider community meeting on the same topic in the near future, though no date has been set at this time.

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Sunnyside meeting about Balboa Reservoir Development

20140708_Balboa_Park-Ocean_Ave_30Representatives from the SF Planning Department and the and  the Mayor’s
Office of Economic Opportunity and Workforce Development will be available to discuss the proposed development of Balboa Reservoir.

Housing will be built on this site. That much has already been decided in the Balboa Park Plan. Exactly what kind of housing-  how much of it, how tall, how much parking and open space-  its all still up in the air. Now is your chance to talk to your neighbors and city officials, get educated, make your opinions known!

Monday, June 29, 7:00-8:30pm
St. Finn Barr Auditorium
415 Edna at Flood.

San Jose Avenue: A new vision for the Bernal Cut

Erika Ehmsen who lives in Bernal Glen posted this piece about the Bernal Cut portion of San Jose Avenue on the Nextdoor site. Reposted here (with permission) for your edification.
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A number of people on the recent San Jose Avenue thread have expressed a desire to reinvent the area. So here’s a little fodder for our daydreams about what *could* be:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9Mr9IRt…


Some background: In 2013, a College Hill/Bernal Glen neighbor asked renowned landscape and urban design firm SWA Group to visit San Jose Ave. SWA designers and planners walked with neighbors along San Jose Ave., the Bernal Cut Path, the Arlington Path, and our bridges and pedestrian overpass to experience the grim current state of San Jose Ave.—from its freeway-like speeds to its trash-strewn and encampment-prone slopes and sidewalks.

SWA designers asked us to suspend our current reality in order to reimagine and reinvigorate our blighted speedway. We showed SWA the Glen Park Community Plan and asked them to envision an extension of that plan that could incorporate the slopes above San Jose Ave. while reflecting our College Hill Neighborhood Association’s greening and safety goals. And then SWA got to work sketching the plans in that above Google Doc presentation—all pro bono.

Of those 3 plans, perhaps the easiest to enact would be the terraced version of “The Loop” (scroll forward to slide 17 in the Google Doc presentation), which would string together the green spaces in our Bernal and Glen Park neighborhoods like emeralds in a necklace. A plan like The Loop would unite both sides of the Cut that divides Bernal’s College Hill from Glen Park.

Where do these plans stand in the City approval process? Nowhere. What budget are we working with? None.

At least not at the moment. But the Glen Park Community Plan started with neighbors coming together with the Planning Department and other City agencies. We could change the whole look and feel of San Jose Ave. and make it a more neighborly place—where drivers may be more inspired to drive at a neighborly pace.

We could make San Jose Ave. an asset to everyone. Please reach out if you’d like to help neighbors in Bernal and Glen Park try.

Join the Glen Park Greenway Plan development team

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Interesting stuff coming out of Glen Park.

Originally posted on News from the Glen Park Association:

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The Glen Park Greenway Concept Plan – Linking the canyon to the village

Come and help develop the Concept Plan for the Glen Park Greenway. We have a professional design team – all we need now is you and other neighbors, who are interested in the look and feel of our neighborhood, its footpaths, its natural environment, and its connection to Glen Canyon Park, to join in and help us decide how to shape one of our most extensive pieces of public land.

Glen Park Greenway Planning Workshop #1

Glen Park Recreation Center – Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 630 – 830 pm

The Glen Park Greenway will be a pedestrian link between Glen Park village and Glen Canyon Park, as envisioned in the Glen Park Community Plan. The Greenway runs primarily across City property owned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Public Utilities…

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Email Discussion Group Started for Balboa Reservoir Project

Nothing has yet been decided about the development of the Balboa Reservoir. Discuss the project with your neighbors, area merchants, and the project’s planners on this old school email discussion list! Subscribe for individual, daily, or weekly digests.