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Broken Water Main

water main failure

You may have noticed a lot of water pouring out from under the median at Acadia for the last couple of days. I thought it might be just a lot of runoff from all of the rain coming down the mountain (Have you seen all of the water coming down the hills in Glen Canyon? Forget seen, have you heard it? There is water everywhere in there!). Turns out, it was a broken water main. Repairs began today- just in time for rush hour! Hopefully you didn’t get caught in the crazy.

Addendum- My husband tells me he saw the tale end of a bicycle v truck collision  this morning, possibly caused by the flooding water. Anyone out there know anything about this?

The Next Community Workshop for Balboa Reservoir is around the corner!

Balboa Reservoir Community Workshop #2 Flier-page-001

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Meet. Listen. Learn. Talk
Tuesday, May 5th 2015
6:00-8:00 PM

City College, Multi-Use Building
55 Phelan Avenue
First Floor, Room 140
(west side of Phelan, between Ocean and Judson)

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not mandatory, but helpful to ensure there are enough materials and refreshments.
RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/balboa-reservoir-site-study-community-workshop-tickets-16542585318?aff=erelexporg

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
RSVP: homeenergyupgradeglenpark.eventbrite.com
Email: home.performance@sfenvironment.org or call 415-533-0003 for information

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.

Plagerism! (In a good way)



Remember the window signs that appeared in widows and on poles all over the neighborhood a few years back? Well, someone else has taken up the baton and is running with it. 

New signs with a very similar design urging motorists to slow down are popping up along the Boulevard. This time the signs are being posted by an ad hoc merchants association led by Dot Realty.


Click to see flyer

We are so happy to have the support of the local business community! Merchants (and realtors in particular) know that safe, livable streets are good for business, for home values, and for community. Go drop in at their office and pick up a sign for your window or telephone pole!

Speak out this Tuesday for lower speeds on Monterey and in the neighborhood!



Sunnyside traffic calming is on the agenda at this Tuesday’s Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee meeting. Join with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Traffic Calming group to make your views known about lowering the speed limit on Monterey to 25 mph, getting a speed hump on your street or whatever bugs you about high speed traffic in the neighborhood.

PSAC os the advisory committee that reports on the needs of the city’s pedestrians to the Board of Supervisors, SFMTA and the Mayor.

The meeting takes place at 
6:00PM, Tuesday Sept. 10
Room 400
City Hall



For the last few years The Friends of Monterey Boulevard has been working with Safeway and the Planning Department to find a a way to mitigate the impact of the planned doubling in size of the store. That’s why at long last we are happy … Continue reading

Streets Blog posted an example of the kind of improvements that were agreed to by the Whole Foods that is going in at Market and Dolores to mitigate its traffic impact. A similar arrangement might work in Sunnyside.  Read the article here.

As part of a newly-approved agreement, developers will add a sidewalk extension at Market and Dolores to make room for a mini plaza. Image: Prado Group

Community Safety Forum Tonight!

Hat tip to Richard Goldman for this.

Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 06:00PM
Location: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
Address: 515 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco

Additional information:
Please join us to address the recent increase of violent crimes in our neighborhood.

Special Guests: SFPD Ingleside Captain Falvey,
Supervisors Campos, Avalos, Wiener, and SF SAFE
Invited: Mayor’s Director of Violence Prevention Services, Diana Olive-Aroche

This is our chance to come together as a community to address our concerns and work on solutions.

For more information, please contact
BHNC’s Director of Community Engagement,
Ailed Paningbatan-Swan:
(415) 206-2140 ext. 130

Our new Supervisor, Norman Yee

The Friends normanof Monterey Boulevard welcomes Norman Yee as the new District 7 Supervisor.

He ran a great campaign which centered on a platform of public safety.  “I would like to find creative ways to slow down traffic in commercial and residential areas to protect bikers and pedestrians,” Norman said. In fact, his position on public safety was profoundly influenced by a near deadly encounter he had with a car while crossing the street in a crosswalk South of Market.

We are anxious to meet with him as soon as he gets settled in his new digs at City Hall as we look forward to a new era of progress right here on our beloved Main Drag.

–Jon Winston