You’re Invited: GGTA Annual Membership Meeting Feb. 25

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L'Olivier Restaurant. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)
L’Olivier Restaurant. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)

We hope to see all Golden Gateway Tenants Association members (and those wishing to join GGTA) at the annual membership meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at L’Olivier Restaurant, 465 Davis Court.

This year, we’ll meet in the restaurant’s main dining room rather than the annex, so there should be more space for everyone to fit comfortably. We will have membership sign-up forms on site for anyone who is not a member but would like to join and attend the meeting. Please remember, you can also join online.

District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin will speak about current events at City Hall and issues expected to arise in 2017. Gateway resident and longtime activist Lee Radner will report on the State Lands Commission lawsuit, set for decision in the near future, that seeks to abolish our voter-approved height limits along the waterfront. 

Outgoing GGTA president Bill Hannan will summarize the proposed affordable housing development at 88 Broadway, the proposed Teatro ZinZanni hotel and dinner theater at Broadway and the Embarcadero, the condominiums under construction at Battery and Pacific, and the proposed hotel and condominiums at 447 Battery where Cort Furniture is now. He’ll also speak on security issues and ask for a volunteer to serve as security liaison.

GGTA nominating committee chair Desa Belyea will announce the slate of officers and directors for the coming year (please see below). Also, social chair Kim Breeden will report on our schedule of social events, which, thanks to energetic new board members, should be prolific and diverse this year. 


President: Geri Koeppel

First vice president: Tom Gilligan

Second vice president: Bill Hannan

 Secretary: Michele McLaughlin

Treasurer: Bob Demchick

Membership chair: Kim Breeden

Member at large: Natalie Jones

New board members: Ron Fisher, Irene Glassgold, Martin Hardee, Tatjana Eggert-Reich, Cristina Riboni and Benay von Husen

Neighbors Share Concerns at SFMTA Meeting Jan. 12

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Looking north on the Embarcadero. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)
Looking north on the Embarcadero. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)

By Bill Hannan, GGTA President

On January 12, 2017, I represented the Golden Gateway Tenants Association (GGTA) and Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) at a District 3 meeting at City Hall of neighborhood group representatives with SFMTA staff members. 

The two-hour meeting was called by Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s aide Lee Hepner. Present were five MTA staffers and about 25 representatives of neighborhood or merchant groups, including Stan Hayes and Howard Wong for Telegraph Hill Dwellers, and a representative of a Russian Hill neighborhood group. Aaron made opening remarks and attended throughout. Continue reading “Neighbors Share Concerns at SFMTA Meeting Jan. 12”

Attend Mission Rock Open House Jan. 26 at Pier 1

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missionrockInterested in finding out the latest on the multi-use Mission Rock project just south of AT&T Park?

An open house will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Port of San Francisco, Pier 1 Embarcadero, Bayside Rooms. The Mission Rock project for the Mission Rock project will be built on Seawall Lot 337 & Pier 48, also known as Giants Parking Lot A.

Neighbors are invited to come and hear more about Mission Rock, a unique partnership between the Port of San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants. A culmination of nearly ten years of neighborhood outreach and community planning, Mission Rock will transform a surface parking lot into parks and open space, rental homes (40 percent affordable to low- and middle-income households), and more. For information, contact or visit

More Sewer Work To Start This Summer

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A new sewer pipe was installed on Drumm Street north of California Street on May 28, 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Diana Taylor)
A new sewer pipe was installed on Drumm Street north of California Street on May 28, 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Diana Taylor)

More sewer work will start this summer near the Gateway Apartments and Townhomes, but we’re told it won’t be as disruptive as the project that tore up the neighborhood back in 2014–15.

In case you missed the mess, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is rehabilitating and replacing part of the North Shore Force Main (NSFM) and the Drumm & Jackson Street sewers so that we don’t exit our apartments one day to find we live in the midst of a wastewater lake. That’s good news, and we thank them profusely for that.

In more good news, SFPUC says this round won’t be as bad, because most of the work will be “trenchless.” That means they’ll cleverly dig just a few access points and send crews underground, rather than tearing up long stretches of road and driving us nuts with incessant jackhammering and other noise. Construction is expected to run through winter of 2018. If you want all of the details and a preliminary map showing the access points, please click here: The Embarcadero/Drumm & Jackson Street Sewer Improvements.

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