Neighborhood Happenings with Alec Bash

  • 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. 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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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:

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