Neighborhood Happenings

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  • San Francisco Rent Relief Program: Our District Supervisor Aaron Peskin https://sfbos.org/supervisor-peskin is alerting constituents about the City’s rent relief program to help both tenants and landlords financially impacted by the pandemic.  Acceptance of applications began May 28th to get up to 3 month’s back and forward rent for a total of 6 months https://sf.gov/renthelp.  A State program is also available https://housing.ca.gov .
  • Congestion Pricing Study re Driving within Northeastern SF:The SF County Transportation Authority is initiating a congestion study about requiring a fee to drive during the rush hours across northeastern San Francisco. Scenarios under consideration include discounts for various groups, including residents of the congestion pricing zone which would include the Gateway. The Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) and other neighborhood organizations are recommending such discounts for San Francisco’s northeastern residents. The BCNA and North Beach Neighbors held a joint meeting for updates on the Congestion Pricing Study in April. For further info, go to http://www.sfcta.org/downtown
  • Rebuild 530 Sansome Fire Station w/Commercial or Residential Building: The City in a public-private partnership with developer Related California https://www.relatedcalifornia.com/ proposes to rebuild Fire Station 13, in association with private development of a 19-story building (hotel, offices, fitness center and retail/restaurant; or a variant with 256 residential units).
  • Embarcadero Enhancement Project: The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has been seeking community input for their Embarcadero Enhancement Program (Phase 1) Central Segment, from Mission Street to Broadway. A survey through April 9th sought community priorities and input on proposed changes to The Embarcadero. They presented recommendations to the SF Port Commission on May 25th, for which the Gateway Tenants Association co-signed a letter with the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) in support, but with caveats. Additional hearings are planned for the SFMTA Board, Port Commission, and the SF County Transportation Commission.  For more about the project, go to https://www.sfmta.com/projects/embarcadero-enhancement-project.
  • Seawall Project:  In Nov 2018 SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of the Embarcadero Seawall, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek.
    Update: Port staffers met recently and reported on this 3+ mile study of seawall. Subsoil exploration (boring for samples) shows conditions that are expected to produce many billions of dollars in future damage from seismic events, and sea level rise in the next 30 to 50 years. Subsoil conditions show high risk north of the Bay Bridge compared to low risk south of it.
    The Embarcadero is at risk from both seismic events and sea level rise. The piers, including Fisherman’s Wharf, are at more risk than any other structures. The area near Pier 9 is at the highest risk. Planning will take place in 2021, and construction work will begin in future years,
    with early financing by Proposition A.

TRASH TALK with your GTA Building Representatives

RECYCLING has an invaluable goal that affects the environment and workforce management.

 

    • Throwing wine bottles and glass items down the chute is DANGEROUS. If and when a bottle hits the chute wall, as it often does, it can shatter before landing in the garage bin. The velocity it can acquire is explosive!!
    • Remember to break down large boxes and carry down to the basement recycle receptacle.
    • Paper towels and tissues should go into the garage compost bin.
    • Composting is an alternative to running kitchen disposals that benefits the environment. Consider freezing your compost bags before taking them down to the garage compost bins to avoid any unpleasant odors.

Management has been actively working with the GTA Recycling Committee and plans are afoot this year towards making it easier for residents to recycle their trash. Don’t know where things go: https://www.recology.com/recology-san-francisco/what-bin/

Thank you for your cooperation. It will make a huge difference for everyone!

PROP 21 – RENT CONTROL STATE PROPOSITION

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State Proposition 21 on the November 3, 2020 ballot would expand the power of local governments to enact residential rent control. A state law called Costa-Hawkins currently sets limits on local rent control, and Proposition 21 would change those limits.

Rent control puts a ceiling on the amounts of annual residential rent increases.  San Francisco has rent control, the Gateway is subject to rent control, and if Proposition 21 passes, there would be no immediate change at the Gateway.  However, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and other local governments would be able to expand current rent control protections in several ways.

San Francisco’s present rent control ordinance applies only to buildings built before 1979; does not apply to any single-family residences; and does not apply to vacant units.

OUTCOME –

Prop 21 was defeated
60% NO – 40% YES

 

CALLING ALL NEIGHBORS!

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In the interest of building a vibrant, active community, your Gateway Tenants Association invites you to toss your hat in the ring and join us in some fashion…..as a committee member, a Board member, or just interested party in our Gateway community. Our Nominating Committee is currently soliciting ideas and names for next year’s committees, so please let us know if you have an interest in working with us.

Possible areas of interest could include:

Helping with communications – social media, the newsletter

Assisting with the GTA website

Following on-going developments in our surrounding neighborhood

Creating Bridge or Mah Jongg groups in the complex.

Organizing a toddler group

Assisting with social gatherings

……..your thoughts and ideas!

Please consider your possible participation and respond by Monday, November 30Th to GTANominatingCommittee@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you – The GTA Nominating Committee

District 3 Ballot

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Ballot Measure Forum on October 4

State Assembly Member David Chiu

San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin

In order to sort through the 25 state and local propositions, the BCNA presents our most popular event, the Ballot Measure Forum.
Please join us as we host State Assemblyman David Chiu and Supervisor Aaron Peskin for an overview of the state and local November ballot propositions. We expect a lively and insightful conversation that will help us make a more informed decision in the voting booth. Come with questions!

Sunday, Oct 4th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Register Here: https://bcnaballotforum.eventbrite.com

Come Explore a New Farmer’s Market

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FRIDAYS 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
529 Washington Street

Farmers Market Fridays every week for same-day harvested produce from the Bolinas farm, daily made bread, housemade charcuterie and meats, wine tastings and more…

In addition……Verjus is also open for outdoor dining from 2-8 PM, Tue-Sat (no reservations). Part of the popular Cotogna and Quince restaurant group, Verjus is a market and wine shop located in the Jackson Square neighborhood of downtown SF.

SHOPVERJUS.COM

Remembering Mary Ann Mason

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Mary Ann Mason, UC Berkeley’s first female graduate dean and a dynamic champion for gender equity and work-family balance in academia, died at her home in San Francisco on July 27. She was 76.
A former contributing member of GTA, she was widely admired for her warmth, intellect, elegance and steely determination. Mary Ann advocated steadfastly throughout her career for families and for women breaking into male-dominated professions.
In more than a dozen books, including The Equality Trap, Mothers on the Fast Track, and Do Babies Matter? Mary Ann and her co-authors examined the obstacles keeping women from being competitive in many professions and sought to remove them.
During Mary Ann’s distinguished two decades at UC Berkeley, she served as a professor of social welfare before ascending in 2000 to dean of the campus’s Graduate Division, which served some 10,000 students. She spearheaded the expansion of family-friendly policies for faculty and graduate students, advocating for paid parental leave, paid maternity leave, teaching relief for new parents, dual-career hiring policies, and more childcare facilities.
The result became a national model for gender equity in ladder-track academia and, in 2007, earned her the Berkeley Citation, one of the campus’s highest honors, which was presented to her by then-Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.
Eve Ekman, Mary Ann’s daughter with acclaimed psychologist Paul Ekman, her husband of 40 years, described her mother as a caring person, whose iron will was softened by her velvet glove. “She was a profoundly emotionally intelligent person who made people feel at ease because she genuinely cared about them.”

Mason with the Dalai Lama, and Paul and Eve Ekman in Anaheim, California in 2016. (Courtesy of the Ekman family)

NEWS FROM YOUR GTA PRESIDENTS

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As you may have heard, my wife and I have recently moved away from San Francisco.  Therefore, I am reluctantly stepping down as President of GTA, effective June 30.  Linda Dodge, our First VP, has graciously agreed to become the Acting President until the next Annual Meeting and election of new officers in February 2021.

I want to thank the GTA Board for their ongoing engagement over the last several years I have been involved and wish everyone well during this uncertain time.  I hope to see you again at a First Tuesday event when things are back to normal and we are re-situated, or at least visiting, our beloved San Francisco.

Thank you!
Martin Hardee
GTA Past President

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I know we all wish Martin the absolute best and will miss his guidance and sage advice in moving GTA forward.  We are anxiously awaiting to resume our First Tuesdays and celebrate our national recovery. In the meantime, be assured your Board members will remain active and work on issues important to you, in accordance with our GTA mission statement below.

Please do not hesitate to reach me with any of your concerns or suggestions for the improvement of our residential community.  My email address:  linda.dodge.ggta@gmail.com.

Regards,
Linda Dodge
GTA Acting President and First VP

The primary purpose of GTA is to provide information to promote common interests of GTA members and all residential tenants of the Golden Gateway Center (aka, the Gateway). Activities may include (but are not limited to) working with all owners and managers; interpreting leases, rental agreements, rules, and regulations; preserving the benefits of rent control and related matters; and organizing and participating in special and regular events to help build a community environment. GTA shall not engage in any regular business of a kind ordinarily conducted for profit.

Sue Bierman Park Sculpture

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A neighbor in the Gateway asked us recently why the artwork “Movement: The First 100 Years,” also known as the Korean Monument, had been removed from Sue Bierman Park. We contacted the SF Arts Commission, and this is their reply:
Thank you for your interest in our civic art collection. Please rest assured the sculpture is safe and sound We de-installed the artwork on May 2 and it has been moved to our conservator’s studio for restoration. Unfortunately, the sculpture has been vandalized repeatedly over the years, and it will take some time to repair and restore. The intent is to re-install the sculpture in a new location that has yet to be determined, but it will remain along the waterfront, hopefully in proximity to the Ferry Building (because of the historical significance). Our protocol is to have a new location identified before removing a sculpture, but the vandalism was becoming so severe we were at risk of losing the artwork, so we opted for emergency removal.

The intent is to have the sculpture relocated by May of 2021. Until then, I hope you will enjoy the many other public artworks in your new neighborhood!
Best, Rebekah Krell
Acting Director of Cultural Affairs
San Francisco Arts Commission

BUILDING A CARING COMMUNITY

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As we all know, we are currently experiencing a highly unusual set of events, one that brings most of us closer to home and isolates us from our typical activities.  Although the majority of residents are capable of getting to the store, etc., there are some whose health has been compromised by pre-existing conditions.  They may feel uncomfortable about exposing themselves to the virus by going to Safeway or Walgreens to pick up necessary food and drugs.

This is when we residents can reach out and make sure that our neighbors are okay.  Be a little more attuned to the people on your floor, and if they are house-bound, offer to do an errand for them as you go about your own.  It is all a part of creating a “caring community”.  We have all been inundated with coronavirus information. The best advice is, of course, to wash your hands, especially after touching public doors, elevator buttons, etc.

In the past, the Association has toyed with creating a “well-being network” – one that is aware of residents who might be immobile and need assistance during an emergency.  This situation may be the start of establishing such a network. If you are interested please contact our GTA Board member Babs Lowe at babs.ggta@gmail.com.

Support local merchants as much as you can.  For instance, the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant has put together Wine Survival Packages for delivery, with free remote sommelier consulting. Look for continuing opportunities on the Gateway Nextdoor group.

Yours in maintaining a healthy and caring community,

Martin Hardee, President, and your GTA Board of Directors

For further information:
San Francisco Department of Public Health – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
 


The GTA would like to share a link regarding the 30-day Moratorium (temporary ban) on Residential Evictions announced by Mayor London Breed on March 13:

Anyone unable to pay rent due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis must notify their landlord, and must provide documentation within a week, and then will have 6 months to catch up. This information may prevent a neighbor from being evicted.

Please follow this link for more information:

https://sfmayor.org/article/mayor-london-breed-announces-moratorium-evictions-related-covid-19-pandemic

If anyone has questions on the City’s health order or any legislation relating to it, please email District 3 Administrative Aide (and Gateway resident) Geri Koeppel at geri.koeppel@sfgov.org.

Gateway Updates

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  • Trash Talk – SF RECOLOGY – Join in making our Community cleaner! Board member Babs Lowe, touring the Recology Center in South San Francisco. If you’re interested in your own site tour, please email GTA.
  • Due to the increasing number of online ordering and packages delivered on a daily basis, it is more important than ever to dispose of large boxes in the appropriate area in your parking garage.   Your neighbors thank you for your assistance in keeping the building and recycle rooms on each floor clear of hazards!
  • Composting – thanks for doing your part in creating new soil! Remember to always put the scraps in a paper bag – plastic bags are a no-no….they will not disintegrate.
  • This month’s Handling Hints: paper towels and kleenex tissues are compost materials.  Tinfoil, milk, and juice containers are recycle materials.

Neighborhood Happenings

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  • Seawall Project: In Nov 2018 SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of the 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.  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com,  click on “seawall”, then click on “Embarcadero Resilience”.
  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in Q1 of 2021 and Q4 of 2020 respectively.  Normal work hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.  For Leasing information: Families (88 Broadway) 415-995-4964; Seniors (735 Davis) 415-267-1825.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: Building construction can occur during the hours of 7 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week, including holidays. Special permits, such as Night Noise Permits, are required for construction work that occurs past 8 PM. Visit SFDBI webpage on Night Noise Permits for info – https://sfdbi.org/night-noise-permits.
  • Teatro ZinZanni: the dinner theater recently announced it has received the required City approvals, and expects to break ground at Broadway & Embarcadero soon.  Construction is scheduled to take 14-16 months with hopes to “open doors” in 2022.  For further info, go to  zinzanni.com/sf.
  • SF Fire Station 13: a 20-story hotel is planned for this local site at Washington & Sansome Sts.  The existing fire station will be demolished and rebuilt at the bottom of the new building.  During construction, the Station 13 firefighters and their equipment will be temporarily relocated to other fire stations.  Note that one close station is on Powell near Broadway.

UPCOMING EVENT!

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A NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM
Sponsored by Gateway Tenants Association & the Barbary Coast Neighbors 
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NEXT VILLA
NEXT Village SF Provides services and support that empowers members to live independatly in their own homes as they age. Join NEXT Village Executive Director Jacqueline Jones and NEXT Village Board Member Janet Crane to learn about the Next Village approach to aging in place.
Date: February 19th, 2020
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Embarcadero Center Four, 22nd Floor SF
Cost: Free to members of Gateway Tenants Association.
Refreshments available, and wine for purchase. Please check-in at security desk in E Four Lobby Level.
Click here learn more about NEXT Village SF
 

 

Neighborhood Happenings – February 2020

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  • Seawall Project: In November 2018 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.  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com, then click on “seawall”, then click on “Embarcadero Resilience”.
  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in Q1 of 2021 and Q4 of 2020 respectively.  Normal work hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.  Address questions or concerns to project468-01@cahill-sf.com.  For Leasing information: Families (88 Broadway) 415-995-4964; Seniors (735 Davis) 415-267-1825.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: 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.
  • Filming in San Francisco:  Adobe Pictures will be filming a feature film ‘Project Ice Cream’ in the Financial District, February 5th – March 1st, 2020.  Reportedly part of the Matrix series,  filming will include action scenes with low-flying helicopters, drones, car chases, simulated gunfire, pyrotechnics and smoke.  The majority of the filming will be done at night or on the weekends and all activity will  conclude by midnight.  Questions and complaints can be directed to Adobe Pictures at (415) 322-3352 or the SF Film Commission at (415) 554-6241.

Gateway Updates – February 2020

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  • Trash Talk – RECOLOGY – Join in making our Community cleaner! Our own Babs Lowe, touring the Recology Center in South San Francisco. If you’re interested in your own site tour, please email GTA.
  • Due to the increasing number of online ordering and packages delivered on a daily basis, it is more important than ever to break down your large boxes and dispose of them in the appropriate area in your parking garage.   Your neighbors thank you for your assistance in keeping the building clear of hazards!
  • Composting – thanks for doing your part in creating new soil! Remember to always put the scraps in a paper bag – plastic bags are a no-no….they will not disintegrate.
  • What happens on Sunday, February 9, 10 am to 2 pm @ 405 Davis Court?  According to Gateway Management, the Goodwill truck will again be on our site.  Bring your items such as cameras and cell phones, computers and televisions, clothes, shoes, accessories, books, DVDs and other media, and small household appliances to the Goodwill truck where helpers will be on hand for you.
  • Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, or better known as NERT: with the recent earthquakes in Northern California, 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, so please visit their website –  SF-fire.org, to get a complete list of community programs available.

Remembering GTA Member Mardi Kildebeck

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Mardi Coyle Kildebeck
September 1945 – November 2019 
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Mardi, originally from New Jersey, was a long-time resident of The Gateway and a generous supporter of progressive non-profit organizations. She directed the work of the Mary Wohlford Foundation, distributing over $1 Million a year to organizations focused on reproductive health, education, and social justice. On the local level, Mardi was a member and donor of the GTA, always showing her interest, ideas, and enthusiasm to better the Association’s effectiveness for her neighborhood.  Her sister, Georgie Evans, also a native of New Jersey, is an active member of GTA and will help us fondly remember Mardi’s humor and professionalism.

 

Gateway Updates – January 2020

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  • Trash Talk – RECOLOGY – Join in making our Community cleaner! Our own Babs Lowe, touring the Recology Center in South San Francisco. If you’re interested in your own site tour, please email GTA.
  • With our numerous requests last holiday season, Gateway Management listened: an extra person was provided to all front desk personnel to help expedite the overload of incoming holiday packages.  Thank you Gateway!
  • Due to the increasing number of online ordering and packages delivered on a daily basis, it is more important than ever to break down your large boxes and dispose of them in the appropriate area in your parking garage.   Your neighbors thank you for your assistance in keeping the building clear of hazards!
  • Composting – thanks for doing your part in creating new soil! Remember to always put the scraps in a paper bag – plastic bags are a no-no….they will not disintegrate.
  • What happens on Sunday, February 9, 10 am to 2 pm @ 405 Davis Court?  According to Gateway Management, the Goodwill truck will again be on our site.  Bring your items such as cameras and cell phones, computers and televisions, clothes, shoes, accessories, books, DVDs and other media, and small household appliances to the Goodwill truck where helpers will be on hand for you.
  • Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, or better known as NERT: with the recent earthquakes in Northern California, 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, so please visit their website –  SF-fire.org, to get a complete list of community programs available.

Neighborhood Happenings – January 2020

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  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in Q1 of 2021 and Q4 of 2020 respectively.  Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.  Normal work hours are 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Please note Cahill has a street space permit that is valid for 24/7 around the perimeter of the site to occupy the parking lane for the streets that border the site on Broadway, Front &  Vallejo, and Davis St.  This is required for staging materials, setting up equipment, delivery trucks, dumpster, etc.  Parking will not be available along these streets.  Address questions or concerns to project468-01@cahill-sf.com.
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: 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.
  • Seawall Project: In November 2018 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 .  For detailed information, check the Port website at sfport.com then click on “seawall”, then click on “Embarcadero Resilience”.