Dear Members, Merchants and Friends,
Welcome, Spring, to Russian Hill! Longer days, warmer temperatures, blooming gardens, trees filling out from their winter sleep. It’s the perfect time to walk our hills, seeking out our treasured staircase gardens, historic alleys and hidden parks.
Please don’t miss the Paperless Post Invitation in your Inbox to attend our Annual Membership meeting on April 19.
Once again, the San Francisco Art Institute will generously and graciously open its historic facility at 800 Chestnut Street for the meeting. Founded in 1871, the SFIA moved in 1926 to its current location designed by Bakewell and Brown, architects of City Hall and Coit Tower and protégés of famed architect Bernard Maybeck. In 1945 the school became a center for Abstract Expressionism with a faculty that included Clyfford Still, Hassel Smith, David Park Elmer Bischoff and Richard Diebenkorn. SFAI continues today as a vibrant school with offerings for undergraduates, post-graduates and the public.
Meet your neighbors beginning at 5:30 with refreshments provided by RHN’s wonderful Social Committee. A brief business meeting will take place at 6:30 and at 7:00 sharp we will begin a timely program featuring a conversation with Mayor Mark Farrell and SF Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin, moderated by Judson True, Chief of Staff to Assembly Member David Chiu. They will discuss safety and crime issues, topics of concern to many of our members. Our Annual Meeting is for RHN Members only, so be sure to renew your membership in time to attend (or you can join at the door.)
Many, many thanks to all of you who responded to our recent Street Cleaning Survey. To date, over 300 responses have been received. The Neighborhood Improvement Committee will be analyzing the results and determining future steps.
The Conditional Use hearing for a Whole Foods 365 at 1600 Jackson Street (at Polk) has finally been scheduled for Thursday, April 26. Thank you to all who have already sent letters or signed petitions in support of this proposal. We know that it is important to the Planning Commission to hear from residents most impacted and/or most in need of a proposed project. To that end, please mark your calendars for April 26 to express to the Planning Commissioners how you feel about this project. Once we receive the official agenda (i.e., approximate time for this project to be heard), we will send an appropriate eblast to our members. Commission meetings begin at 1 PM and are typically held in Room 400 of City Hall. If you have not yet written a letter, the case number is 2016-000378CUA. Letters should be addressed and cc’d as indicated here:
Commissions.Secretary@sfgov.org with cc’s to:
Nicholas.Foster@sfgov.org (Assigned Planner)
Hope to see you on April 19!
The RHN Executive Committee