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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!



Monterey Safeway expansion plans scrapped; store to be ‘upgraded’

Unfortunate news from the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

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For ten years there have been plans afoot to remodel and expand Sunnyside’s Safeway store at 625 Monterey Blvd. Representatives from Albertsons Companies, which bought the Safeway chain in 2015, have just announced that these original plans to overhaul the store are no longer being pursued by the company.

Natalie Mattei, Albertsons Senior Real Estate Manager, has been in regular contact with SNA over the years. She had this to say about the change in plans this week:

“Although the existing store was not being demolished [under previous plans], the extensive construction would have resulted in the grocery store being closed for 10-14 months. Safeway was fortunate to have an amazing group of immediate neighbors and interested community members who helped with design questions and support the entitlement effort. Safeway was close to obtaining building permits this past Fall, at which time a review of building costs and retail developments caused…

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Developer Guided Walking Tour Of the Balboa Reservoir Site

Date and Time: Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-12pmBalboa-Reservoir-e1453857959221

Where: Meet at Philz Coffee at Unity Plaza, 1110 Ocean Avenue

What: A walking tour and discussion with interested community members of the Balboa Reservoir led by representatives from the Avalon Bay/BRIDGE housing development and architecture team.  We will explore potential locations of the proposed large park open space, new pedestrian connections to the surrounding neighborhood, and the proposed new housing, along with a possible childcare center, dog play area, and other community amenities.

Tonight: Balboa Reservoir Project community meeting

From The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

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The Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) is meeting this evening. The CAC is the focus of local community participation in planning the housing development at the Balboa Reservoir. All residents are welcome at the meetings of the BRCAC. Monday Nov 13, 6:15-8pm, Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco CA.

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Bike sharing is coming to Sunnyside

stationMotivate, the operator of the Ford Gobike branded bike share system is proposing three bike stations in Sunnyside and would like your input.

The system offers public use of the bikes for $3.00 per half hour ride,  $9.95 for a day pass or $145.00 for a year of unlimited forty-five-minute rides.  If you qualify for Calfresh, SFMTA (Low Income) Lifeline Passes or PG&E CARE utility discount you can get a year of unlimited one-hour rides for $5.00.

Bike sharing is a great way to get around for people who would like to cycle but it also frees up space on the streets for drivers and it lightens the load for Muni by diverting people to other modes of transit.


The proposed station locations are Monterey at Gennesee, Hearst at Edna, Hearst at Baden and Judson, near Gennesee.

Motivate says their Ford GoBike station locations are determined based on a combination of community feedback (public workshops, community meetings, etc), engineering analysis, neighborhood needs and input from the city of San Francisco. Additionally, when selecting suitable locations, numerous criteria are considered including access to solar power, American Disabilities Act requirements and anticipated demand. You can read more about their outreach process on their expansion page.

You can provide feedback on individual locations through their online survey, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

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