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Sunnyside Bike Share Stations on Monday’s SNA Agenda

GoBike bike share stations slated for Sunnyside will be on the agenda at Monday’s Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Meeting. Proposed sites are at Judson and Gennesee and Monterey at Gennesee. A site at Edna and Hearst was withdrawn due to neighbor Screen Shot 2019-05-02 at 7.32.38 AMopposition and GoBike is looking for another station location to fill the gap between Gennesee and Glen Park BART. If you would like to see a station in front of your house please let us know!

Have your say in the D7 Participatory Budgeting Vote!

Every year Supervisor Norman Yee invites the citizens of District Seven vote to allocate some of the money in the budget for projects that have been proposed by folks in the neighborhood.

Vote April 1st through April 14th

The four proposals that benefit Sunnyside:

In the CULTURE section:

Preparing Sunnyside’s Detroit Steps for Landscaping and Art
This project will fund needed preparations for Sunnyside’s Detroit Steps for landscaping and artwork, including the evaluation and repair of the concrete stairway structures on which art will be later affixed and the evaluation and preparation of terracing on the slope for landscaping. These necessary steps will ensure a successful outcome for the next phases of the art and beautification project, which aims to bring visibility to the area, spur small business development, and benefit the entire Monterey Corridor. We envision the Detroit Steps becoming an appealing and inspirational site for walkers and commuters as well as local residents.

Beautification for Havelock Street Pedestrian Bridge Connecting Balboa Park Station to City College and Sunnyside Neighborhood
This proposal requests funding for the beautification of the Havelock Street Pedestrian Bridge. Improving its appearance will make pedestrians and cyclists feel safer using this bridge that connects Balboa Park to the City College campus and Sunnyside Neighborhood.  We are asking for funding for improvements such as: painting the bridge, installing a mural at the west entrance, pavement cleaning, and repair.  This alternate route to the high-injury corridor of Ocean Avenue will benefit the CCSF community, cyclists and pedestrians headed to the Balboa Park BART station, and families using the Balboa Park playground, dog park, and pool.

Decorative Lights at Unity Plaza [nearby on Ocean Avenue]
Unity Plaza is among the most well-used spaces near Ocean Avenue for pedestrians, but its existing lighting is merely adequate for passage through the plaza at nighttime and can be improved with decorative lights. The project seeks $25,000 to install decorative lighting and retrofit existing lighting at Unity Plaza on Ocean Avenue. Installing decorative lighting will not only help make the plaza a more vibrant and interesting place, but it will also help define the identity of the entire commercial shopping district.


Green Gathering Space at Sunnyside Elementary School
Funding would provide small gathering areas and a pleasing natural environment for Sunnyside Elementary. Sunnyside would like to “green” our asphalt yard with small seating areas complemented by ornamental trees, a meeting area for small groups, additional plantings and a fence for the Life Lab Area. This picnic pavilion and project will provide a welcoming space for the greater community to enjoy on weekends when our yards are opened through the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project.


Disaster Relief Supplies for Neighborhood Resilience in Sunnyside
This project seeks funding to purchase disaster relief supplies to support the rescue, triage, search and rescue and first aid efforts of the San Francisco Fire Department’s trained civilian Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) in Sunnyside and adjacent neighborhoods. These supplies will give our civilian teams the ability to respond to neighborhood emergencies if the fire department is overwhelmed in times of crisis.

DlIlM8XXsAAGWHROver 100 bike share supporters in Glen Park made a permit possible for a bike share station at Randall at Chenery by emailing and calling their electeds and decision makers.

Unfortunately, in early February as crews were about to install the permitted station an MTA Board member placed an “emergency hold” on the permit behind closed doors outside of the official permitting process. This was because two people complained at an in-person MTA Board meeting on January 15th that community outreach was not sufficient. This station went through two years of public outreach including multiple community meetings and hundreds of comments submitted.

This Tuesday, March 5th, SFMTA bike share program staff will be presenting on the public outreach process for bike share at the MTA board meeting. This has implications for the pace of bike share expansion everywhere. The meeting is at City Hall room 400 and begins at 1PM. The agenda order will be posted here. Please raise your voice to say enough stalling on bike share expansion! The community outreach process is thorough and long enough. Showing up at the board meeting to comment will be most effective, but you can also email the board at

Two upcoming Balboa Reservoir Meetings in October

The next Balboa Reservoir CAC Meeting will be Monday, October 15th at 6pm at City College’s Multi-Use Building, Room 140 (MUB 140). The meeting will focus on site design and architecture. I will send out the meeting agenda when it becomes available.

Later this month, there will be a public meeting to discuss the scope of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This meeting will be held on October 30th (Tuesday), 6-8pm at the Lick Wilmerding High School cafeteria (755 Ocean Avenue). This meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about and comment on the proposed EIR scope of work. We will provide more details in the coming weeks.


Balboa Reservoir Community Park Day

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Transportation is the topic of the next Balboa Reservoir meeting

Come and discuss how transportation to CCSF, the future housing in the Balboa Reservoir and around the larger area will cope with the new population influx. Representatives from SFMTA will be there.

6:00 pm, this Monday, July 8 at the CCSF Multi-use Building, 50 Phelan Ave.

The graphic below comes courtesy of Swiftly, a transit data analytics company.

Running speeds of six major Muni lines as they enter the Reservoir area. Courtesy Swiftly.

Come discuss Transportation issues along the Ocean Avenue Corridor!

The Balboa Reservoir development team will be hosting a community walk along Ocean Avenue. This will be an opportunity to discuss specific pedestrian, bike, and transit challenges and potential improvements along Ocean Avenue between the new Balboa Reservoir community and the Balboa Park BART/MUNI stations.

Date/time: May 17th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Meet on Unity Plaza in front of 1100 Ocean Avenue

For more information about the Balboa Reservoir, please visit: or contact:

Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in the Balboa Reservoir project.

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Balboa Reservoir design and development team offer two day open house.

For more information, please visit

Monday Apr 9: See the plans for Balboa Reservoir housing project

via Monday Apr 9: See the plans for Balboa Reservoir housing project

Vote for budget items in our neighborhood

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By Christine Weibel‎

Participatory Budgeting voting season is here! From April 1 to April 14, District 7 residents can vote on which community-initiated projects to fund.

Please take a moment and vote here.

There are many worthy proposals on the ballot. Four were developed by Sunnyside residents and would have a direct impact on our neighborhood. These are:

Vision Zero / Pedestrian Safety

Judson Avenue Speed Reduction Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety

In the last five years, two people have died in traffic incidents on Judson Avenue — a ParticipatoryBudgeting2018_SocialMediaImages_pedestrians2013 collision that killed a neighborhood pedestrian, and a 2016 collision that killed one, injured another, and caused structural damage to a house. Neighbors are requesting traffic calming and crosswalk improvements for this street that borders City College and Riordan High School.

Mangels and Foerster Crosswalk

Neighbors are requesting a high-visibility crosswalk. Traffic on Foerster does not stop at this intersection, which is half a block from Sunnyside Playground.


Sunnyside Park Plaza Activation


The Sunnyside Park Advocates are requesting tables, chairs, and shade to make the plaza in front of the clubhouse a more event-friendly space.


School, Education, and Youth

Inclusive Play for Sunnyside Elementary’s Shared School Yard

Sunnyside Elementary PTA requests funding for new playground equipment, including a climbing wall and accessible equipment for children with special needs. As this playground is now open to the community on weekends through the Shared Schoolyard program, these improvements will benefit both students and neighborhood children.


Who: All District 7 Residents aged 16 and up may vote
When: Vote anytime from April 1 – April 14, 2018

Vote Online

Vote In Person: Ingleside or West Portal Branch Libraries, or at Supervisor Yee’s office in City Hall, Room 273

Last year, Sunnyside came out to vote and won funding for three projects: two pedestrian safety initiatives, and one for Sunnyside Playground. Let’s keep making our neighborhood better and safer!