Summer Social: August 23, 2014

This year’s Summer Social and Annual Meeting is on August 23 at Kezar Bar & Restaurant from 1-4p.m. This is a time to meet your neighbors while enjoying appetizers and your choice of a beverage. We’ll have a speaker and a raffle! The raffle is a fundraiser for the Clean Cole Street project where the commercial area of Cole Street gets swept every day. Thanks to our generous merchants for providing these fabulous gifts – and there are more to come!

1 lb of coffee  a month for a year, Peets, $240

2 hour-long personal training sessions with Jason Kajdasz, Midline, $180
1 month of Pilates mat classes with Mien Luong , Midline, $110
1 Case if Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc, Finnagan’s Wake, $144
Selection of books, Booksmith, $100
$60 gift certificates, Mane Attraction  , $60
$60 gift certificates, Mane Attraction  , $60
$28.50 gift certificate, Raw on Haight , $28.50
Gift card, Cole Hardware, $25
Trees of San Francisco book, Mike Sullivan, $20
$20 Gift certificate, High Cotton Kitchen, $20
Chinook coupon books, Chinook, $20
Chinook coupon books, Chinook, $20
Chinook coupon books, Chinook, $20
Chinook coupon books, Chinook, $20

Santa on Cole December 1st!

Avoid long lines and busy malls! Plan to come to the Postal Chase for that classic holiday photo of your child (or pet or you) with the guy in the red suit.

Santa on Cole
Sunday, December 1st
Postal Chase, 912 Cole St
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A professional photographer — CVIA member and Cole Valley resident — donates his time and talent to create a memorable photo for you. This is a fundraiser supporting the Clean Cole Street project.

Photo sitting fee is $20. Online orders start at $1 per photo and $15 for the photo file. See the attachment for details.

Please pass it on to your neighbors!
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Sign Up Now for Sharon Arts Studio

Classes in ceramics, glass, jewelry, drawing, and watercolor for youth, adults, and seniors are now being offered at Sharon Art Studio, San Francisco’s largest public community art center, located in the beautiful landmark Sharon Building in Golden Gate Park near the Children’s Playground and at the Sharon Satellite at Mission Arts Center at 745 Treat. Enrollment is now open. Visit www.sharonartstudio.org  for details. Classes are filling quickly, so hurry to register online atwww.sfreconline.org or call (415) 831-6800.

UCSF to use Goats For Trail Clean Up

[Update from UCSF Facilities Services 3/4/2013: goat grazing is postponed due to bird nesting season and will resume later in the year.]
 
UCSF Facilities Services is setting up two areas to test the effectiveness of goat grazing as an alternative to mechanical brushing in the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve.  This grazing project falls under routine maintenance and is not related to the Mount Sutro Management project that is currently undergoing environmental review.  The primary purpose of the grazing project is to immediately treat the growth of poison oak that has become a significant public health hazard along the trails.   If the goat grazing effort proves to be an effective treatment method it may be used in the future for ongoing trailside maintenance. 
 
The two parcels are adjacent to Nike Road and the South Ridge/West Ridge Trails and are not within any of the four demonstration projects outlined in the current Mount Sutro Management project.  A non-electric fence will be put up for the goat’s protection and a goat herder will be on-site at all times.  Signs will be posted requesting caution from dog walkers and the existing mandatory leashing policy will be in effect. 
 
The target start date for this project is Monday, March 4th.  If a trail needs to be temporarily closed, signs will be posted and it is estimated that the grazing will be complete within 21-35 days for both areas. The time frame is wholly dependent on the rate of grazing, which cannot be guaranteed.
 
If you'd like more information about this project, contact Damon Lew at UCSF

Santa on Cole Nov. 25th!

Avoid long lines and busy malls! Plan to come to the Postal Chase for that classic holiday photo of your child (or pet or you) with the guy in the red suit.
 
Santa on Cole
Sunday, November 25
Postal Chase, 912 Cole St
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
A professional photographer — CVIA member and Cole Valley resident — donates his time and talent to create a memorable photo for you. This is a fundraiser supporting the Clean Cole Street project.
 
Photo sitting fee is $20. Online orders start at $1 per photo and $15 for the photo file. See the attachment for details.
 
Please pass it on to your neighbors!
  

Please Take a Bay to Breakers Survey

Our neighborhood Bay to Breakers Task Force, made up of neighbors surrounding the Fell Street and Hayes St Hill portions of the foot race course, put tremendous effort into containing the race to the designated course, and minimizing drinking and vandalization by racers and race viewers alike.

Now they’d like to hear from you!  Please take a moment to fill out this survey and provide them your feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Survey_B2B_2011

And thank you to all of the volunteers!

Oppose Waller Skateboard Park

A newly organized neighborhood group, Friends of the Haight, is collecting signatures to oppose the construction of a permanent concrete skateboard park at the Waller cul-de-sac. They are asking for your support by signing the petition at the link below. Please forward this petition to anyone you know who is opposed. The more signatures collected, the more they will demonstrate to our leaders the opposition to this permanent skatepark in this location.

ONLINE PETITION
http://www.gopetition.com/online/32323.html
 
Additional Information regarding the skatepark
Currently, there are 2 in-use skateboard parks in the city, and 2 more already being built, with several other sites being considered in the city. The current in-use parks are located far away from residents and businesses, which we support because the negative impacts on residents and merchants are minimized. The Waller cul-de-sac however, is very close to residents and businesses, so our neighborhood would be heavily impacted.
 
The proposed skateboard park at the Waller cul-de-sac has a buildout pricetag of $2,000,000 (per Rec & Park), and to date, funding has not been approved. With an expected budget shortfall for the city this year of almost $500M, $2M is a lot of money to spend for another skateboard park when there are already 4 others in the city. This $2M could be spent on schools, services, and general city improvement.
 
The proposed skateboard park will be a permanent concrete structure that will occupy a majority of the open space at the Waller cul-de-sac and will be open 365 days a year. It is not neighborhood serving in that it will attract skateboarders from all over the Bay area, most of which are young men between the ages of 15 – 25.
 
The permanent skateboard park will bring a large influx of skateboarders into the neighborhood, using side streets to travel to and from. Residents can expect dozens of skateboarders, sometimes hundreds for special events, cruising the sidewalks and streets on their boards, and practicing their moves while they wait to use the skateboard park. This will create extreme noise pollution and will degrade public and private property (sidewalks, structures, etc).

This neighborhood is already a magnet for homeless, vagabonds, and drug dealers, and we can expect that these quality of life issues will only get worse, not better. Drug dealers will be drawn to the skateboard park for potential for new customers.

If the permanent concrete skateboard park is built, it will alter the landscape of this neighborhood forever and there is nothing residents will be able to do about it. The Stanyan Park Hotel will have a harder time filling rooms, and the two Yoga studios adjacent will have a harder time attracting clientele due to the noise pollution. 

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely and Best Regards,

Friends of the Haight

Mt Sutro Steward Director Finalist

KTVU Channel 2 and The Trust For Public Land
Announce Cox Conserves Heroes Finalist:
Craig Dawson and the Mt. Sutro Stewards

The Mount Sutro Stewards Director, Craig Dawson, has been selected as one of five finalists in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Cox Conserves Heroes program, a national awards program to honor and celebrate conservation in everyday life.  
 
This Nomination is significant in its own right, but now Craig is in the running for Finalist (Super Hero) and a $5,000 award that will be donated to the environmental non-profit of his choice. 
Please take the time to learn more about Craig and the Mt. Sutro Stewards, and vote at:
http://www.coxconservesheroes.com/san-francisco-bay-area-ca/finalists.aspx
  
Cox Conserve Hero Craig Dawson & Mt. Sutro Stewards
Founder of the Mt. Sutro Stewards, Craig has recruited hundreds of volunteers to donate thousands of hours to rehabilitate San Francisco’s UCSF Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve. Through his continous lobbying of the University, neighborhood, civic and recreational organizations, Craig has enlisted a diverse group of volunteers to help clear and restore trails and rare plant habitats during his monthly work parties. His efforts, which reach back over a decade, have increased public access and usage of the mountain’s open space and trails. This once neglected area is now a gem in the heart of the City enjoyed by many walkers, hikers and cyclists.

All the Cox Conserve Heroes and their projects:
Videos highlighting each finalist’s project will be posted online for viewers to watch before casting their vote.  The finalist receiving the most online votes will be named the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2009 Cox Conserves Hero. 
 
The Trust for Public Land’s California state director, Sam Hodder says, “The Bay Area is renowned for its environmentally-minded residents, so it’s no surprise the judges struggled to choose the five finalists,” “There is such good work being done by so many dedicated people. We salute these individuals, and share their wonderful stories with the hope that they will inspire more people to get involved in everyday conservation.”
 
Learn More About The Stewards Program Here
http://www.sfnpc.org/volunteerjuly2009
http://www.sfnpc.org/successmtsutro

Whole Foods At Stanyan & Haight

 

Mark Brennan announced that the Brennan’s have signed a lease with Whole Foods Market to occupy the existing Cala Foods store at Haight and Stanyan.  There is no hard timetable right now, but it is anticipated that the store will open late 2010. 

 

MUNI Service Changes in Cole Valley

 Here’s the service changes in our area that will go into effect on December 5:

 
N Judah: Segment eliminated on weekends and holidays. The segment of the N Judah between Embarcadero Station and Caltrain will be eliminated on weekends and holidays with no change to Owl service. Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s T Third Line provides service between Embarcadero Station and Caltrain.
 
6 Parnassus: Frequency increased/service hours reduced/terminal relocated. The Downtown terminal will be relocated from the Transbay Terminal to the Ferry Plaza at Market and Steuart streets. Frequency on the 6 Parnassus will increase during peak periods. The last bus will depart from Quintara Street and 14th Avenue at 12:10 a.m. The last bus from Downtown will depart at 1a.m.
 
7 Haight: ROUTE DISCONTINUED. Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s 6 Parnassus and 71L Haight-Noriega Limited provide similar service.
 
33 Stanyan: Service hours reduced. The last bus from 24th Street and Potrero Avenue will depart at 12:30 a.m. and the last bus from the Richmond District will depart at midnight.
 
37 Corbett: Service hours reduced. The last bus will depart Parkridge Drive and Burnett Avenue at 11 p.m . and will depart Masonic Avenue and Haight Street at 11:25 p.m.
 
43 Masonic: No changes.
 
71 Haight-Noriega: Service hours reduced/terminal relocated. The Downtown terminal will be relocated from the Ferry Plaza at Market and Steuart streets to the Transbay Terminal at 1st and Mission streets. The last bus to Downtown will depart at 12:15 a.m. and the last bus from Downtown will depart at 1 a.m.
 
71L Haight-Noriega Limited
Frequency increased/ terminal relocated
The 71L Haight-Noriega will have more service during peak periods and the Downtown terminal will be relocated from the Ferry Plaza at Market and Steuart streets to the Transbay Terminal at 1st and Mission streets.
 
For the complete list of service changes, see www.sfmta.com/