Every quarter RHN Neighborhood Improvement Committee organizes a volunteer neighborhood sweep. We pinpoint certain areas of the neighborhood that have suffered neglect or could use a good deep cleaning, and then partner with DPW and go to work. DPW provides the equipment (and some back-up), and volunteers provide the muscle. We meet on a TBD Saturday at 9:30 at a spot TBD, team up, and go to work sprucing up our community. We finish at 12:00 noon. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors while building a strong sense of community. It also helps beautify our streets. Keep an eye out for posted dates for future quarterly sweeps. We look forward to you joining our awesome crew of volunteers!
Please join Russian Hill Neighbors for our monthly neighborhood volunteer sweep. We meet at Washington Square Park and do a sweep westward with North Beach Neighbors. DPW provides the brooms, bags, gloves, trash-pickers, and dust pans. We team up and go to work picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks & gutters, and giving the neighborhood a good spiffing up. It’s a great way to meet you neighbors while making a difference in your community. Please RSVP to Greg Polchow.
Please dial 311 or use the app (SF311–it’s free) on your smart phone to report graffiti or debris, garbage, furniture, appliances, or other items left on street corners, sidewalks, or other various public spaces. If you’re unable to attend our volunteer sweep, please remember to sweep in front of your property and/or on your block.
An update on the 365 by Whole Foods Market project at 1600 Jackson Street from Rob Twyman, Regional President of Whole Foods Market – Northern California & Reno:
Transportation consultant Tim Erney is in the process of preparing a package for review by Planning and MTA proposing a specific plan for external loading at the Site. The package should be ready this week, and we hope to receive feedback fairly quickly so that we can finalize the loading proposal and determine whether the City will support a variance from the Planning Code requirement for internal loading. At the same time, we have been working to finalize the scope for the full transportation study. Transportation review by Planning has been even slower than usual, but we continue to push for an approved scope so that we can start working on transportation issues beyond loading. We conducted a team call on Friday that was helpful to clarify the proposal for external loading and work on synthesizing delivery data from other 365 stores.
The project plans have been revised with the exception of an updated signage plan, which the sign contractor expects to deliver today. Once the signage plan is provided, we can finalize our response to Planning’s Second Notice of Planning Department Requirements and submit the revised plan set. Note that we are regularly in contact with the Planner, so she is aware of our progress in responding to the second NOPDR. At this point, the bottleneck is the transportation study. However, we want to finalize our plans to the extent possible now before environmental review is complete to avoid any delay in going to hearing.
Meeting with Planning
Once the loading plan and revised Project plans with signage are submitted this week, we will set a meeting with Planning for late February to review the proposed Project, including the status of Project plans and timing for finalizing environmental review. We will also discuss setting a hearing date set. We are still hoping to go to hearing this summer. However, that will depend on the transportation study moving forward without significant additional delays by Planning.
Formula Retail Legislation
We continue to watch for a hearing on the legislation at the Transportation and Land Use Committee.
Deadline to Apply for Tree-Planting Program is January 25, 2017
Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) is organizing a wonderful tree planting program in Russian Hill. They make it easy and affordable for you to get a beautiful street tree but subsidizing 85% of the costs and handling most of the logistics. You only need to sign two forms and they will help you find the best location and decide on a great species for your micro-climate. This year, you only need to co-pay $135 and they will plant a tree with you in the sidewalk in front of your home AND come back for 3-years of follow-up care. Learn more at www.fuf.net/russianhill/. Sign up at www.fuf.net/eform. Thank you!
We still need volunteers to help survey potential tree sites. Work with a group or go solo. Survey one block or a whole street. We only have a few more weeks. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Greg Polchow at email@example.com.
RHN Chair of Neighborhood Improvement, Greg Polchow, is highlighted in this video in support of Giant Sweep. Click here to hear Greg’s message and see our budding video star!
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 corner of Hyde and Geary.
- 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.
Granted, this new planting in Sterling Park does not look like much yet, but as the plants spread and fill in, we anticipate being able to enjoy a beautiful garden. With support from Supervisor Farrell, the SFPUC contracted with a private firm for the planting. A temporary fence is now installed to prevent dogs from running and playing in the area. It is hoped that in the near future funds will become available to exchange this fence for a more attractive, permanent one. We owe thanks to Supervisor Farrell and the SFPUC for their attention, helping to beautify our park where all of us may better enjoy spending time. @MarkFarrellSF #SupervisorFarrell
RHN is joining forces with Friends of the Urban Forest and RHCA to coordinate and execute a major a tree planting on Russian Hill. The planting is schedule for December 10th, but there is still a lot of work to be done in the meantime. Volunteers from RHCA have already surveyed several blocks in the neighborhood as potential sites for trees, and RHN has picked up the baton to help enlarge the map for tree planting. We are looking for volunteers to help up survey more blocks to be included in the planting. Surveying will help FUF locate homeowners and households to get their buy-in on the plantings. The goal is to enlarge this planting map in the next few weeks. There isn’t much time as the outreach needs to start soon, but we may be able to continue the survey throughout the month of July. The more streets surveyed, the bigger potential for more trees.
This a great opportunity to really make a difference on Russian Hill. Please join us in our goal to make this a massive tree planting that will really enhance the beauty of our special neighborhood. Please contact Greg Polchow, Neighborhood Improvement Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or a email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 once a month by volunteering for RHN’s monthly neighborhood sweep. The sweep takes place the second Saturday of every month, 9:30-12:00 noon. Volunteers meet at the NE corner of Leavenworth and Union at 9:30 am and then team up and go to work spiffing up the neighborhood. Yet 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 Saturday sweep team effort 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 email@example.com if you have questions regarding street cleaning or would like to get involved in one of our neighborhood events or projects.