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Monterey Blvd is now an official high injury corridor.

The latest Vision Zero map is out and our Monterey Boulevard is now included as a high injury corrcrashidor. The area between Ridgewood and Edna streets are now eligible for more funding for traffic calming because, under the Vision Zero Program extra attention is focused on the thirteen percent of the streets that cause seventy five percent of the city’s serious injuries.

Other streets in the neighborhood with this distinction are San Jose Avenue, as well as Geneva and Ocean between Phelan and Mission.

Geneva and Ocean, by the way have shovel ready plans to finish the improvements that have already been completed between Manor and Phelan. All that is need is the funding.


Sat May 13: Special community meeting on Balboa Reservoir Project — you can affect the outcome of this new housing development nearby

Source: Sat May 13: Special community meeting on Balboa Reservoir Project — you can affect the outcome of this new housing development nearby

Balboa Reservoir developer teams to show competing proposals

From the San Francisco Planning Department:

We are pleased to announce new details on how to participate in the developer selection process for the Balboa Reservoir. The information below can also be found on the Community Portal for the developer selection process at There you will also find Frequently Asked Questions on this process and additional background resources.

Meeting #1: Presentation of Proposals

On Saturday, June 10 at 10am, in the Archbishop Riordan High School Cafeteria (175 Phelan Ave), the three finalist development teams will present their proposals, followed by discussion and comments. Refreshments and children’s activities will be made available at the meeting.

Note that the meeting date has changed from previously discussed dates.

Meeting #2: Screening of Presentations

Following the June 10 meeting, the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) will screen a video of the presentations and facilitate discussion, with additional opportunity to comment. We will announce the date and time of this meeting shortly and expect it to occur on a weekday evening within a week or two of June 10.

Online: Recording of Presentations and Additional Materials

A video of the developer presentations, the slideshow from June 10th, as well as other documents that the development teams submit to the City will also be posted on the Community Portal.

Ways to Comment in June

  • Submit comments at the June 10 meeting
  • Submit comments at Meeting #2 at the BRCAC (date to be determined)
  • Submit comments online through the Community Portal
  • Mail written comments to: Office of Economic and Workforce Development, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., Room 448, San Francisco, CA 94102, ATTN: Tom Shanahan

We will provide reminders and updates as the meeting dates approach. We look forward to sharing the development proposals and hearing your feedback in June.

The selection of a developer is only the beginning of a multi-year process that must occur before the development plan is finalized and approved. During that period, the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) will also continue to serve as a primary venue for public information and feedback. After the developer is selected, community design workshops will be held to discuss issues like site design, housing, open space and transportation in more detail than the meetings in June. To receive future announcements about BRCAC meetings, visit and click the orange “Stay Informed” button.

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Vote Now for Pedestrian Safety on Monterey!

This is the fourth year of Supervisor Yee’s Participatory Budget. Residents of District 7 can vote on-line from now until March 31 for for their favorite ways to allocate money for the neighborhood.

This year, The Friends of Monterey Boulevard and the Sunnyside neighborhood Association have worked together for Pedestrian Safety in the neighborhood, including an electronic sign that warns drivers to slow down when they are speeding.

Go to right now and spend thirty seconds to vote for this important project!pb_2017

Balboa Reservoir News

The following was released today from the San Francisco Planning Department:

We are writing to provide you with a few brief updates on the Balboa Reservoir.


The next CAC meeting date has been advanced to Monday, March 13, 2017 at the normal time and location: 6:15pm at City College MUB Room 140. We will focus on expanding community outreach to ensure broad and inclusive attendance at a future meeting for prospective developers (see above) to present their visions for the Balboa Reservoir. The meeting’s agenda is posted online at We encourage your input on the question of broad, inclusive community engagement. In preparation for Monday, please consider the following questions:

  • Which groups or communities should we make sure to engage?
  • How can we ensure that they are informed and able to participate?


An evaluation panel made up of City staff from SFPUC, OEWD, the Planning Department, SFMTA, and MOHCD, as well as representatives of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee and City College of San Francisco, have concluded the Balboa Reservoir RFQ process. We were delighted to receive nine responses from a diverse and thoughtful group of potential partners. The following three RFQ respondent teams (listed alphabetically) received the three highest scores and are invited to submit development proposals:

  • AvalonBay Communities and BRIDGE Housing with Mission Housing, Pacific Union Development Company, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco
  • Emerald Fund and Mercy Housing
  • Related Companies with Sares Regis Group of Northern California, Curtis Development, and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

The next step is for these development teams to submit more detailed development proposals for Balboa Reservoir. The Request for Proposals (RFP) document outlining the proposal process is now posted on the Balboa Reservoir Development Opportunity website, These proposals will be due in June, at which point they will be presented publicly and receive community feedback.


We are excited to welcome Supervisor Yee’s newest appointee to the CAC, Maurice Rivers. Maurice lives in the Oceanview-Merced Heights-Ingleside (OMI) and is a Board Member of the OMI Cultural Participation Project, Ocean Avenue Association, and the OMI Community Collaborative. He is a graduate of City College of San Francisco and the owner of the Umbrella Tree, a small business consultancy for office management and spatial organization. Maurice is also the Neighborhood Lead for Nextdoor Ingleside, a neighborhood blog that connects neighbors and businesses in the OMI. He will be filling the seat previously held by Maria Picar. Welcome Maurice!

We look forward to seeing you Monday!

中文詢問請電: (415) 575-9010
Para información en Español llamar al: (415) 575-9010
Para sa impormasyon sa Tagalog tumawag sa: (415) 575-9121

Pedestrian Beacon at Detroit Held up by SFMTA

A pedestrian beacon warning drivers of walkers in the mid-block crosswalk at Detroit has been approved thanks to Supervisor Norman Yee. Now The Mbeacon.jpegTA is failing to give priority to its installation.

Please call or email the MTA right now and tell them you are tired of the chaos on the Boulevard and you want the beacon installed right away.

Aim your comments here:
Neal Patel, 415.701.5485
Janet Martinsen 415-701-4693
SFMTA Director of Transportation:
SFMTA Board of Directors:
Please CC:

Safeway rebuild forecast for early next year.

Richard Goldman attended the February 6 meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and wrote up this report about the ongoing Safeway saga.

Natalie Mattei, Senior Real Estate Manager for Safeway-Albertsons, along with Eric Horine, their Nor-Cal Construction Manager, and Rick Pickering, their Senior VP of Store Management, attended last night’s SNA meeting and briefed members and residents on the Monterey Blvd store’s remodel progress.

They are in round 2 of permit application process with Planning and expect a third round.This project being as large as it is, with as many moving parts, it is likely that permits will be issued towards the end of 2017, and then jobs put out to bid. Following holidays, anticipated store closure and demolition would being early 2018. Estimated store closure remains the same, about one year, depending on weather, it could go longer. Design has not changed, and SF Supervisor Norman Yee was in attendance and will be able to facilitate any hurdles, if encountered, in the permitting process. Supervisor Yee’s staff are all in the loop with Safeway and SFPlanning.

In terms of the current store’s condition: the roof has been repaired as best it can be, and is not leaking during this current storm. Natalie and her colleagues assured SNA neighbors in attendance that they are all committed to maintaining the current store in good operating condition until it closes.
Natalie Mattei will once again be connecting more closely with the neighborhood, and will be our point person for the remodel as it develops. She asked that if we see unsafe or hazardous conditions, to please take photos, (as they are worth 1,000 words) and send them to her or to SNA directly.