The Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA) represents residents, businesses and property owners in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood, bordered by Market St., Castro St., Divisidero St., Waller St., Webster St. and Duboce Avenue. Our goal is to protect, maintain and improve our neighborhood quality of life, and ensure that the Duboce Triangle continues to be San Francisco's very best neighborhood in which to live, work and play.
We hold monthly community meetings on the second Monday in February, April, June, August, October and December, at which we cover topics important to our neighborhood. Click on "Meetings" more more information. Our next general meeting will be held on Monday, December 9, from 7-9 pm at the CPMC/Davies Hospital, Gazebo Room (Plaza level between North and South Towers), Castro St. & Duboce Ave. We hope to see you there!
We publish a bimonthly newsletter which is distributed, free of charge, to over 3,000 households in our neighborhood, and sent to city leaders. Please support the local businesses which advertise in our newsletter and allow us to provide you with this valuable service.
DTNA also has active committees working on Land Use and Transportation issues. We're always looking for volunteers interested in participating. Click on the links above for more information.
If you live in the neighborhood and are not yet a DTNA member, please Join us and support our efforts!
City Explores Financing of Energy-Saving Improvements for Homeowners
The City Budget and Legislative Analyst's Office is trying to determine if there is interest in a program in which homeowners in SF could access financing for energy efficiency improvements to their homes, and pay back the loan over the long term, as part of their property tax payments.
They are asking SF residents to complete a survey by this Friday, November 15. If you own your home, please consider taking five minutes and weighing in on this potentially valuable program.
WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT: Assault with Deadly Weapon, Robbery
THURSDAY JANUARY 10, 2013 @ 18:10 HRS 14TH STREET NEAR NOE STREET CASE # 130027552
The victim was walking when he was approached by suspect. Suspect #1 tried to punch the victim while suspect #2 got behind the victim. A struggle ensued when Suspect #1 stabbed the victim in the chest with a 3" knife which nicked the victims' heard. Suspect #2 grabbed the victim's backpack and then both fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Suspect #1: White male, approximately 38 years old; 6'2", 168# with chestnut brown salt and pepper hair, dark eyes and a sunburned face. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve red sweatshirt, light blue/grey baggy cargo pants and dark shoes.
Suspect #2: White male approximately 42-44 years old; 5'8", 180-190#. Wore Aviator styles glasses. Was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, baggy blue jeans and white or grey Adidas shoes.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Sergeant Tim Dalton: 415-242-3000
Anonymous Tip Line: 415-731-2865
Thank you, SliderBar, for a great event benefitting DTNA!
On Friday, September 28, the new restaurant and bar known as SliderBar hosted a pre-opening event benefitting DTNA. The event was a big success, and those of you who were there know how delicious the food and drinks were.
Thank you for your generosity in donating on DTNA's behalf. We hope you had a great time (we did!) and we thank the good people at SliderBar for inviting us to participate in such a tasty evening!
SliderBar is at 2295 Market St., in the building which was formerly home to Bagdad Cafe.
SFMTA Proposes Trial of Car-Free Lanes on Church Street
Join your neighbors and staff from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in meeting to share your input on a proposed pilot project to improve Muni service and provide the first example of colorized transit only lanes in San Francisco!
Beginning in September 2012 the SFMTA, which operates Muni, proposes a pilot project to test Muni and Taxi Only Lanes along three blocks of Church Street between 16th Street and Duboce Avenue. This proposal aims to reduce delays and improve service reliability for Muni’s J Church trains and 22 Fillmore buses by allowing Muni vehicles to bypass traffic congestion and access transit stops more quickly. Left turns would be restricted from Church Street at 15th and 16th streets during weekday daytime hours. This proposal is a component of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), a comprehensive effort to improve reliability and provide quicker trips for Muni customers.
This meeting is for information sharing only. A formal hearing on the proposed pilot project will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 31 in room 416 of City Hall.
J Church Rapid Pilot Meeting SFMTA COMMUNITY MEETING - PILOT PROJECT TO TEST RED TRANSIT-ONLY LANES ON CHURCH STREET
When: 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 27 Where: Gazebo Room, CPMC Davies Campus, 45 Castro Street
DTNA, SF Beautiful Lose Fight Against AT&T Utility Boxes
In mid-July, the court ruled against our efforts to force AT&T to conduct an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to examine the impact and possible alternatives to and mitigations for the 729 huge utility cabinets they plan to erect on our public sidewalks. Unfortunately, the court found that San Francisco's Board of Supervisors was correct in not requiring an EIR.
As a result, AT&T will proceed with apply for permits and installing new cabinets on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. We do not know when AT&T's work will reach our part of the city.
DTNA will work with AT&T and attempt to find a suitable and acceptable location for each box proposed within our neighborhood, and may protest the issuance of permits for any locations in which suitable locations cannot be found. We will keep you advised.
In August, DTNA's Board of Directors voted to join a coalition of local organizations, led by San Francisco Beautiful, to file suit against the City to demand compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regulations. The lawsuit seeks compliance with CEQA by requiring the creation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the AT&T "Lightspeed" network upgrade project. AT&T's project involves the installation of 726 refrigerator-sized utility cabinets on our city sidewalks, and was recently granted exemption from environmental review by the Planning Department, a decision that was affirmed by the Board of Supervisors.
DTNA strongly supports bringing new technologies and increased competition for television and internet services to our neighborhoods. But to date, there has been no analysis of AT&T's proposal and its impacts on our public realm, and no serious evaluation of alternative ways of implementing the project and reducing its impact. CEQA law requires that an environmental review occur when a project is likely or even has the possibility to cause an impact to its environment, and thus by approving the project without review, the city is not in compliance with CEQA's requirements. The lawsuit asks the city to require an EIR and to ensure that AT&T's project is evaluated objectively, including alternatives and mitigations to the proposed sidewalk cabinets.
We live in a dense urban environment in which our sidewalks are our front yards. Nobody knows how many utility cabinets already exist on our sidewalks – certainly hundreds and probably thousands – but DTNA believes that a private company like AT&T should not have the automatic right to maximize their profits at our expense. In addition to being eyesores and graffiti magnets, the boxes impede access to parked cars (especially for those with mobility issues), create safety issues for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, and are an impediment to pedestrians. At a minimum, alternatives to the usurping of our public space must be fairly examined. An EIR will ensure that the decisions that are made today will be viewed as wise decisions in the future.
DTNA has been involved in this issue since 2008, when AT&T first proposed the project. They withdrew the project when it became clear that the Board of Supervisors would require an EIR, and reintroduced the project in 2010. DTNA has presented information on the proposed project at several of our General Meetings, most recently in December, 2010. At that meeting, DTNA members who were present expressed clear opposition to AT&T's project until there has been a thorough environmental review, including the exploration of alternatives to sidewalk placement. (The costs of taking this legal action have been generously borne by SF Beautiful and individual donors. None of your DTNA membership donations have been, or are contemplated to be, spent on this legal action.)
Update: On November 14, Judge Harold Kahn of the San Francisco Superior Court issued an injunction which will halt any further permitting or construction of the AT&T utility boxes citywide until a final ruling on the environmental lawsuit. This is great news for our neighborhood and our city.
Duboce Park Historic District Proposed Landmark Designation
The city's Historic Preservation Commission recently added the proposed Duboce Park Historic District to its Landmark Designation Work Program. You can read more information on the proposed district, including upcoming community meetings where your questions will be answered.
A recent Bay Citizen editorial piece adds some facts and counters many of the misperceptions that have been spread by those opposed to a historic district.