Neighborhood Happenings with Alec Bash
- GTA Safety/Security Committee: This new Gateway Tenants Association committee has been formed to work with The Gateway, the SF Police Department and our community’s residents, and offer suggestions for solutions on safety and security matters. Committee members are Alec Bash, Andie Lautman, Babs Lowe, Bill Gregory, Jay Ernst, Jennifer Herman, Lei Han, Madeleine Trembley, Michele Hennessey, Shai Malka, Sharry Bash & Sohil Patel. Please email Alec Bash if interested in participating on the Safety/Security Committee or to share ideas and suggestions.
- San Francisco Rent Relief Program: Our District Supervisor Aaron 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. A State program is also available.
- 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. They plan to resume community outreach and estimate that preparing a congestion pricing program will take at least five years following that outreach and development of policy proposals. The Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) and other neighborhood organizations are recommending residential discounts for our district. The BCNA and North Beach Neighbors held a joint meeting for updates on the Congestion Pricing Study in April. For further info, click here.
- Rebuild 530 Sansome Fire Station w/Commercial or Residential Building: The City in a public-private partnership with developer Related California 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). The Gateway Tenants Association wrote a letter and spoke in support at the Planning Commission and Recreation & Parks Commission July 29th public hearing, at which time the project was approved. The developer must decide upon the final project and secure building permits before commencing construction.
- Embarcadero Enhancement Project: The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Embarcadero Enhancement Program (Phase 1) Central Segment, from Mission Street to Broadway, sought input and surveyed community priorities earlier this year 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. The Port Commission approved the project on August 10th. SFMTA and Port staff will be coordinating on final design details this Fall, with implementation beginning around the end of the year. For more about the project, click here.
- Seawall Project: In Nov 2018, SF voters passed a $425 million general obligation bond to begin restoring or replacing the Embarcadero Seawall from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek. Subsoil exploration (boring samples) shows conditions expected to produce many billions of dollars in future damage from both seismic events and sea-level rise over the next 30 to 50 years. Subsoil conditions show high-risk north of the Bay Bridge, with low risk to its south. The piers, including Fisherman’s Wharf, are at more risk than any other structures, and the area near Pier 9 is at the highest risk. The Port is pursuing additional funding, both public and private, for improvements likely to cost up to $5 billion. Currently in the early stage of planning, immediate seismic and flood protection upgrades are targeted for completion by 2026.
BCNA – OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
GTA encourages you to join the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA). Founded as a nonprofit in 2006, BCNA serves Gateway residents and local businesses along the Embarcadero from Bay Street to Clay Street. It is directed by a Board led by Diana Taylor of the Commons.
As an association, it strongly supports open space, recreation areas, and appropriate residential and commercial development. BCNA works with our legislators and community organizations on solutions to traffic congestion, parking problems, city crime, homelessness, noise pollution, and other neighborhood issues.
If you have interest, please join the BCNA .
UPDATE ON LAUNDRY ROOMS FROM GATEWAY MANAGEMENT
As the washers and dryers are essential in day-to-day general housekeeping and there have been historical issues surrounding machines not properly working, Gateway is now interacting closely with our vendor to ensure that all machines are maintained and repaired in a timely manner. Please note the following:
Every Tuesday and Thursday:
- Our janitorial team will fully inspect all four laundry rooms and report back to the Administrative Office of any units that appear out of order or have an out of order tag placed on them by a resident.
- Our Resident Services Coordinator will also pick up any work orders submitted from residents through the Gateway portal and close out the ticket in the system to avoid duplicate service orders.
- Once the above is completed, our Resident Services Coordinator will call in all needed repairs to the Vendor.
- Following this, the Coordinator or the janitorial team will assure a Gateway Repair tag is displayed on the appropriate machine(s).
If, for any reason, a machine accepts payment but does not perform, please immediately contact the Administrative Office at 415-434-2000 with the machine’s number. We will be happy to research the issue and, if deemed a refund is necessary, will provide you with a form to complete and sign. With your help, we will be able to better keep these facilities updated and organized for your use.