The Russian Hill Neighbors CLEAN TEAM ready for work cleaning Hyde Street and TeePee Park before our summer barbecue and picnic. Over 50 people came to the barbecue and appreciated their efforts.
RHN gets resiliency training from Daniel Homsey, Director of NEN, in a half day session this July weekend. What would you do in your neighborhood if an earthquake it? Are you prepared? These were the tough questions put forth to the group.
Great news for Russian Hill! Friends of the Urban Forest are extending the free tree request deadline. Please click here to request your free tree by Wednesday, July 18th.
Here’s what you and neighbors can expect:
- FUF and Public Works will take care of your new tree
- Water bags are provided
- You can choose your tree from a list of options
- Trees and concrete removal are free for you
- FUF will visit to make sure all is ready before we lead a group of neighbors in a community planting on Saturday, August 25th.
This is the week to make a final push for our upcoming Russian Hill community planting. Want more trees on your block?
Here’s what you can do:
- Forward this email to a neighborhood list or a group you know
- Share information about this opportunity on NextDoor.com
- Talk to your neighbors, leave a note, or knock on doors with a flyer
- Print this flyer and post in cafes, community centers, or business windows
Tree request deadline: July 18th || Community planting date: August 25th
If you see trash, call 311 to report its location or report it online at https://sf311.org/
You can also download the app for the iPhone at the app store.
After receiving many inquiries regarding the possibility of establishing some kind of regular schedule of mechanical street cleaning, the Neighborhood Improvement Committee recommended to the RHN Board of Directors that we conduct an online survey of our members on this issue. Thank you to the 321 of you who responded. A solid 70% favor mechanized street cleaning. We will be meeting with city officials to determine appropriate next steps and will continue to report to you on our progress.
The results have been compiled and can be viewed at RHN Street Cleaning Survey.
“Do you see any “dead trees” or “empty tree wells” on the sidewalks? Would you like to see more trees or small gardens planted in your neighborhood? The Annual Spring Tree Planting on Russian Hill and Nob Hill is being coordinated now in cooperation with Friends of The Urban Forest. Trees and gardens are now being planted at no cost to homeowners.
Tree maintenance and tree root damaged sidewalk repair now being provided by SF Public Works. Homeowners and or “renters” can apply for new trees, replacement trees, and even small sidewalk gardens to be installed at no cost to homeowners. Applicants will be asked to commit to arranging weekly watering of the new plantings until they are established.
Please contact Jeff Cheney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to apply for your trees and gardens as part of the 2018 Spring – Russian Hill Tree Planting Project.
Please help us reforest the city.
This illegal dumping trashes our neighborhood. We all know what happens in neighborhoods that look neglected.
What can we do about it?
If you see someone dumping, tell them to stop and tell them how and where they can get rid of anything they don’t want.
- There are two Goodwill depots close by: corner of Bay and Buchanan and on Geary between Larkin and Hyde.
- SEE GOODWILL’S WEBSITE https://sfgoodwill.org/donate/donate-goods/
- Out of the Closet is on the corner of Polk and California
- Recology offers two free curbside pickups of big bulky stuff two times a year to all its residential customers. Plus, each unit within an apartment building is entitled to one free collection a year. Tenants can call directly to schedule a collection. The Recology site gives the details: http://www.bulkyitemrecycling.com/curbsideCollection.htm
If you don’t see the person doing the dumping, what can you do?
- Report the dumped items to SF311 via their smart phone app. Very easy to use. You send them a photo from your phone. The location is picked up automatically. In my experience, they pick up in at least eight hours, many times sooner.
- Request No Dumping signs by calling 311. Post them at the most dumped on corners. This is what they look like, big, bold and threatening.
Are you Interested in working with your community to keep our streets clean? You can join the effort by signing up for the ADOPT-A- STREET program. DPW provides the equipment you need–rakes, trash-pickers, brooms, gloves, dust pans, trash bags, compostable leaf bags, and graffiti removal kits. Many of your neighbors on Russian Hill, including families and merchants, are currently participating in the program. You can apply by emailing email@example.com. You can also download the Adopt-A-Street Application (PDF) for more information.
If you’re looking for a lighter commitment you can still join your neighbors for a few hours on periodically organized neighborhood sweeps. Volunteers team up and go to work spiffing up the neighborhood. This can be another great way to meet your neighbors while serving your community and creating a more beautiful environment. If you are unable to participate in our sweep team efforts you can always be part of the solution by sweeping in front of your property and/or coordinating a sweep with the neighbors on your block.
Please use 311 service to report furniture, mattresses, debris, and garbage illegally dumped on sidewalks and street corners. 311 is also your best option to report graffiti on USPS boxes, bus shelters, park benches, and other public places and properties. You can either dial 311 or download the app, SF311, to your smart phone to make pick up requests with DPW. It’s a super easy way to make a huge difference.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding street cleaning or would like to get involved in one of our neighborhood events or projects.