Remembering Board Member Natalie Jones

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Natalie Jones
Feb. 3, 1921 – Aug. 7, 2019 

According to Natalie’s good friend Mike Lorenzo, Natalie passed away Aug. 7th, 2019.  Natalie has been a GTA member and an at-large Board member from Dec. 2006 – Jan. 2017. Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary in Daly City at 1pm. We will miss her.

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Respectfully, Bill Hannan

Neighborhood Happenings – August

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  • 447 Battery: This is the existing 3-story red brick building where Cort Furniture is now.  The owners propose to keep the existing facade, and build a new 18-story 200-foot hotel with 198 rooms, and restaurants on the ground floor and 18th floor, and a POPOS (privately owned, publicly accessible open space) along Merchant.  An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is reportedly available for review and comment on the Planning Department’s negative declarations and EIRs web page at:  sfplanning.org/environmental-review-documents.  Comments may be made until September 6.  The Planning Department contact person for this project is Rachel Schuett (415) 575-9030, rachel.schuett@sfgov.org.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: As San Francisco continues its building boom, here are some things to expect during a construction project in your neighborhood: HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION Building construction can occur during the hours of 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, seven days a week, including holidays. Special permits, such as Night Noise Permits, are required for construction work that occurs past 8pm. Visit SFDBI webpage on Night Noise Permits for more information – https://sfdbi.org/night-noise-permits. NOISE COMPLAINTS Any work done before or after these hours must not exceed the noise level of five decibels at the nearest lot line unless a special permit has been granted to allow this. Five decibels is similar to the sound of a screw gun installing screws in drywall. Construction related noise complaints may be directed to DBI Inspection Services at (415) 558-6570. Construction related noise complaints beyond the allowed hours should be directed to your local police station. You may also file noise complaints with SF311 – https://sf311.org/ | Dial 3-1-1 (within SF) or 415-701-2311 (TTY 415-701-2323). STREET PARKING Construction projects often require the use of street parking for trucks or construction debris boxes. Street Space Permits are issued by the Department of Public Works – Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (DPW-BSM). For more information contact DPW-BSM at (415) 558-6060. ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY If you suspect illegal construction activity or work without permits, first check to see if they have valid permits using our Online Permit & Complaint Tracking System – www.sfdbi.org/dbipts. If no current permits are listed, you may file a complaint online https://sfdbi.org/filing-complaint or call DBI Inspection Services at (415) 558-6570 during normal business hours (7:30am-5:00pm). When filing a complaint, please provide a valid property address and information on the type of work being done. Complaints made outside of normal business hours may be directed to SF311 – https://sf311.org/ |Dial 3-1-1 (within SF) or 415-701-2311 (TTY 415-701-2323). WHO IS MY DISTRICT INSPECTOR? District Inspectors are tasked with ensuring construction projects are built according to approved plans and are up to code. Need to speak to your district inspector? Find out who your inspector is and their contact information here – https://sfdbi.org/mapresources.
  • Teatro ZinZanni: Bill Hannan plans to represent GTA at a meeting of the Port Commission on August 13 to support the Teatro ZinZanni project.  The Commission will consider the proposed long-term lease of the Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero. Representatives of GGTA and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNa) appeared before the SF Planning Commission on May 2nd and spoke in support of the Teatro ZinZanni project, to be located on Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero. The project includes a 192-room hotel with restaurant, and a 285-seat dinner theater in a glass-enclosed circus tent, and complies with the existing 4-story height limit.  The Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the TZ project.  The approvals process is continuing, and construction is expected to begin in 2020.  Like 88 Broadway, foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.
    Seawall Project: Last November SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of our Embarcadero Seawall, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek.  Work is in the planning stages.  First repairs are expected to be complete by 2026.  The Port will host 45-minute seawall walking tours on May 16 and July 18.  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com then click on “seawall”, then click on “embarcadero resilience”.
    Traffic Changes: SFMTA has approved several changes to traffic patterns in our neighborhood, including creation of bicycle lanes on some streets.  These include bike lanes both ways on Davis Street between Broadway and Jackson.  Some Gateway residents are concerned that bikers southbound on Davis will not stop at Jackson, but will continue into and through Davis Court, creating a safety problem in a plaza used by pedestrians, moving vans, service trucks, leasing office visitors, and motorists entering or leaving the Phase I Gateway parking garage.  These concerns were raised at an April meeting of the SFMTA Board of Directors, and we were told that SFMTA will monitor safety at that location. The Davis Street bike lanes are now in place.  They are not physically separated from the other lanes, but are marked by pavement paint.”
  • Bay Club Tennis Fence: At GTA’s request, a few years ago the Bay Club installed shrubs along the tennis fence on Drumm between Jackson and Washington, and around the corner on Washington as far as the parking lot entrance to improve the appearance of the fence.  The landscaping on Drumm apparently created problems, and was recently removed.  GTA is attempting to work with the Bay Club in order to improve the dark look of the Drumm Street side of the fence.

Gateway Updates – August

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  • Recycling:  With the increasing number of packages delivered on a daily basis, please break down your boxes and dispose of them in the appropriate area in your garage.  They should not be left on the floor of the garbage/recycling room.  Thank you for your assistance in keeping the building clear of hazards.
  • Upgrades: New carpets and lighting fixtures are being installed in the hallways in Vista North and Vista South.  Identification numbers have been placed on all the new washers and dryers.
  • Bedbugs:  Our recent problems seem to be under control; however, if you suspect that you might have bugs, please contact Gateway management directly and they will address it.
  • Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT): With the recent earthquake in the Bakersfield area, we are reminded of the need to be prepared for an emergency in our own neighborhood.  The San Francisco Fire Department  has several informational programs.  Please visit their website, SF-fire.org, to get a complete list of community programs available. A special “Personal Readiness Workshop” will be given on September 18th in an office at Embarcadero 4 from 6-8 p.m.  To enroll and have your name on the security desk list, please register on the SF-fire.org website under NERT.

Gateway Updates – July

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  • New laundry facilities: have been installed in each building.  Management plans to add numbers to the washers and dryers so we can remember where we left our laundry!
  • Recycling: Management will be posting new recycling signs in each trash room in the near future.  Reminder – all boxes and items too large for the chute must be walked down to the respective building’s garage trash area on level B for disposal.
  • Bedbugs: Incidences seem to be on the wane; however, if you believe your apartment has a problem, please let Gateway management know. It is their responsibility to address and solve all resident environmental issues.

Neighborhood Happenings – July

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  • 88 Broadway/735 Davis: Construction began in April on the two-building affordable housing project to be located at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors).  Work is expected to continue for about two years.  Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.  Normal work hours will be 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Here is a lot more about the project.
  • Teatro ZinZanni: Representatives of GGTA and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNa) appeared before the SF Planning Commission on May 2nd and spoke in support of the Teatro ZinZanni project, to be located on Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero. The project includes a 192-room hotel with restaurant, and a 285-seat dinner theater in a glass-enclosed circus tent, and complies with the existing 4-story height limit.  The Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the TZ project.  The approvals process is continuing, and construction is expected to begin in 2020.  Like 88 Broadway, foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.
  • Seawall Project: Last November SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of our Embarcadero Seawall, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek.  Work is in the planning stages.  First repairs are expected to be complete by 2026.  The Port will host 45-minute seawall walking tours on May 16 and July 18.  To sign up, go to the Port of San Francisco website and click on “seawall”.
  • Traffic Changes: SFMTA has approved several changes to traffic patterns in our neighborhood, including creation of bicycle lanes on some streets.  These include bike lanes both ways on Davis Street between Broadway and Jackson.  Some Gateway residents are concerned that bikers southbound on Davis will not stop at Jackson, but will continue into and through Davis Court, creating a safety problem in a plaza used by pedestrians, moving vans, service trucks, Sales office visitors, and motorists entering or leaving the Phase I Gateway parking garage.  These concerns were raised at an April meeting of the SFMTA Board of Directors, and we were told that SFMTA will monitor safety at that location.  These Davis bike lanes will not be physically separated from other lanes, but will be marked by pavement paint.

Teatro ZinZanni Lease Review

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The Port Commission will review the long-term TZ lease at a public meeting on Tuesday, July 9 at 3:15 pm at the Ferry Building second floor conference room. This project at Broadway and the Embarcadero includes a 192-room hotel and 285-seat theater and a small park at the north end. The next step will be Board of Supervisors approval. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.

88 Broadway/735 Davis Groundbreaking July 9th

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There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for this affordable housing project on Tuesday, July 9 at 12:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. The project will include 125 rental apartments for families earning from 30% to 120% of Area Medium Income, and 53 rental apartments for seniors earning from 30% to 70% of AMI, and a YMCA child care center for up to 55 kids.

2018 News Recap

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A busy year for the Golden Gateway and our neighborhood…

The Great Fire 
On October 22, 2018 a candle set fire to an apartment curtain in Vista South. Fire and water damage emptied 30 units.  The San Francisco Fire Department responded superbly, several residents were rescued, and no injuries were reported.  GGTA representatives attended management’s meeting with displaced tenants to discuss repairs, which are taking several months.  GGTA expressed appreciation to the SFFD by a letter to Chief Hayes-White, by delivering a large box of See’s Chocolates and three dozen donuts to Fire Station 13, and by sending representatives to speak at a November meeting of the Fire Commission, where one of our board members sang a personally-composed song of gratitude, accompanying himself on the guitar.  GGTA has arranged for an SFFD fire safety presentation at its membership meeting on February 9.
Teatro ZinZanni
Formerly located at Pier 29, Teatro ZinZanni proposes building a 4-story 192-unit hotel and 285-seat dinner theater on Port property at Broadway and the Embarcadero, with a restaurant at the corner.  The project is moving through the City’s lengthy approval process.  If approved, construction may begin as early as 2019, with completion in 2021.  No pile driving will be allowed.  GGTA welcomes this lively addition to our neighborhood.
88 Broadway
This is an affordable housing rental project which will include some units for moderate-income tenants, located on Port and other public property on Broadway between Front and Davis.  There will be one building for families, and a separate building for seniors, with heights varying from 4 to 6 stories.  At least one cafe or restaurant is planned.  Financing is currently being negotiated, and construction may be about the same time as Teatro ZinZanni’s.  
447 Battery
The owners propose a 19-story 182-room hotel where Cort Furniture is now.  The Planning Department has ruled out condominium units, and requires the owners to keep the existing 3-story red brick facade.  The approval process is ongoing, with no known construction date.
Bars at Night
The Penthouse Club on Broadway is slated to stay open until 4:00 am (without alcohol service after 2:00) despite opposition by neighborhood groups including GGTA.  Also, Senator Scott Wiener is reportedly renewing his local-option bill to allow bars to remain open and serve alcohol until 4:00 am.  That bill was vetoed by Governor Brown last year, but Governor Newsom may not veto it if it passes this year.  Neighborhood groups and our Board of Supervisors may be able to limit the extent of late-night bar areas, or arrange local controls if this bill passes.

Annual Membership Meeting and SFFD Sat, Feb 9, 2019

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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
and SFFD PRESENTATION 
Saturday, February 9, 2019
The meeting will begin at 10:00 am followed by a presentation by the SFFD at the GatewayTheater 
at 215 Jackson Street
Speakers will include GGTA Officers and board members will be elected for 2019 followed by SFFD staff discussing fire prevention, preparation and response. 
All residents of the Gateway are invited to attend the membership meeting. 
To Become a Member
Annual dues are $30.  Checks payable to GGTA may be mailed to PO Box 2134, San Francisco, CA 94126, or will be accepted at the door. Please fill in and bring the “coupon” below along with your dues payment or mail it with your payment. You can also join through our website’s Join or Renew web page: