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  • 29 Jan 2023 3:16 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    Communication Tools

    Your Mail List Program (YMLP) is a software we use sending notifications to members. This includes letting subscribers know when a new issue of Duboce Triangle News is available for viewing online. YMLP will now include periodic messages from DTNA President. The Board of DTNA will continue to use Slack for internal communications.

    DTNA Editor

    After serving the neighborhood for two years, Rose Linke will be stepping down from her role as Editor of Duboce Triangle News, but will continue to contribute articles on neighborhood history, culture, and green spaces. Secretary Erik Honda to run for Editor in the upcoming election.

    Website/Membership

    The Board discussed website activation, adding a homepage carousel, and developing a page for Greening of the Triangle. Members-only online directory now populated with all member names. See the Membership/Website Tips article for all the details.

    Land Use Updates

    DTNA will take a critical look at proposed San Francisco Housing element and impacts on the neighborhood. Kevin Riley is stepping down as Chair of the Land Use Committee. We are grateful for his service and leadership for the last several years, and all that he has accomplished for the neighborhood. We know he will continue to do great things for the neighborhood, the City, and the greater Bay Area in his work as architect, educator, and advocate.

    2023 DTNA Board Election:

    There are two open Director seats and the Secretary position will be open with Erik Honda running for Editor. See 2023 DTNA Election article.

    Upcoming Tuesday, February 14th Public Meeting Agenda: DTNA Election

  • 11 Oct 2022 11:31 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)
    • Erik Honda, DTNA Secretary

      A healthy group of neighbors was on hand for the October DTNA general meeting at the Harvey Milk Community Center in Duboce Park. DTNA President and Noe Street neighbor Frank Tizedes opened the meeting by lauding the recent Bureau of Urban Forestry tree trimming which is finally taking place in the Triangle, and thanked neighbors who have stepped up to water trees that Friends of the Urban Forest will install in empty tree wells in front of their houses. If you have an empty space you d like filled, please contact us via our website at dtna.org.

      We also heard a presentation from the new captain at our local SFPD Park station. Captain Jack Hart says he will respond to every email to jack.hart@sfgov.org, so contact him with your concerns, it s better than calling 311. But call 911 in an emergency, and ask to speak to an officer (who can call you) if you make a report to find out what the resolution was.

    • Neighbors asked Captain Hart about recent media reporting around “do nothing” police officers, a serial harasser (Bill Jean Hobbs) that as of the meeting day remained at large despite multiple police and DA contacts, a lack of traffic enforcement, and racial bias in policing. Hart responded that the investigation was ongoing with the harasser (he was arrested the following week) and that the department has been engaged in collaborative reform with the US Department of Justice. He conceded that the department is still both implicitly and explicitly biased, but believes he is doing his part to improve his department. Re: traffic enforcement, Hart said that the motorcycle detail is low on officers but asked us to email him about problem intersections and he will make it a priority. 
    • We then heard a presentation on a proposed Duboce Triangle Historic District from Shannon Ferguson, a Senior Preservation Planner at the SF Planning Department. Shannon (a 15th Street neighbor), explained how historical context statements provide a framework for evaluating historic resources, highlighting significant events or trends, important people, and distinctive architecture, and encouraged folks to check out ours on the SF Planning or DTNA websites. She explained that following community engagement this fall, our district will go to the Historic Preservation Commission in December. Former DTNA President and Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards explained how the process started way back in 2002, and emphasized that for most homeowners or renters, this designation would not change anything, except perhaps to increase the value of the property. It is already true that for major modifications to any property over 45 years old, they must be looked at by the Historic Preservation Commission. 
    • Architectural Historian Christopher Ver Planck presented the broad outlines of his survey, which is 175 pages long, and which he encourages everyone to read on the website. The history of the Triangle is covered back to 10,000 years of Ohlone occupation, the Spanish era, the construction of the Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the 1870s through 1910s, little Scandinavia 1910-1930, the post WWII Fillmore-extension era, and the emergence of the Triangle as an LGBTQ+ neighborhood. He notes that the survey identified 37 structures that meet the standards for historic landmarking – a lot for such a small area. He suggests a 2nd historic district called “Hillside Homes” landmarking the Victorian villas uphill from Noe between 14th and 16th
    • Neighbors asked a lot of detailed and wonky questions, and Frank encouraged everyone to remain involved and engaged as the process moves forward. Land Use Chair Kevin Riley then gave an update on the last two years of the Slow Triangle process, now known as Duboce Triangle Vision 2030, and told neighbors how to get involved to set priorities for immediate action - painting out parking spaces, adding stop signs, yield signs, and raised crosswalks, and to help plan more rigorous interventions starting with a Noe Plaza “town square”, which DTNA is pursuing in collaboration with the Castro Merchants association. Email landuse@dtna.org if you’d like to be part of the planning.
  • 22 Sep 2022 12:04 AM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    Board Membership:  With a newly vacated seat, the Board will begin recruiting for the current opening in advance of the upcoming Board election.

    Website/Membership:  The Board discussed changes to the Membership Directory on DTNA’s website.  See the Membership/Website Tips article for all the details.

    Land Use Updates:  DTNA has endorsed YES on Props D and L. At the August meeting, the Board discussed November ballot measures Prop D (Affordable Housing – Initiative Petition), Prop E (Affordable Housing – Board of Supervisors), Prop L (Sales Tax for Transportation Projects), and Prop M (Tax on Keeping Residential Units Vacant). A majority of Board members voted to support Prop D, and Prop L was unanimously endorsed. See the Land Use blog post for additional information and a summary of the Land Use committee's discussion. 

    October Block Party:  In lieu of an October 16th Phoenix Day Block Party, DTNA will support the Sunday, October 30th Castro Merchants Halloween Family Block Party.

    Greening the Triangle:  There are 22 open tree wells in the neighborhood. DTNA is looking for volunteers to commit to watering new trees after they are planted. Email DTNA President Frank Tizedes at president@dtna.org if you are interested in helping with this project.

    Upcoming Tuesday, October 11th Public Meeting Agenda:  Duboce Triangle Historic District Report, conversation with Captain Jack Hart (Park Station SFPD), Bureau of Forestry update on trees and repairs in the Triangle.



  • 14 Jul 2022 11:41 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    Bob Bush, DTNA Vice President

    The Board of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association meets every month. At the June and July 2022 meetings, the Board discussed the following:

    President’s Report

    Mayor’s budget approved including $15,000.00 for repairs and improvements to Street Garden parklets on Sanchez and Noe Streets.

    Halloween Events on Noe Street: Comfort and Joy “Glow in the Streets 2022” on Saturday, October 29th and Castro Merchant’s “Halloween Family Block Party,” Sunday, October 30th.

    Discussed Newsletter Byline standards.

    Board Slack channel to discuss Social Media presence.

    President to interview Capt. Jack Hart, new Park Station SFPD Captain

    Newsletter

    Jessica Martines willing to be Distribution Manager and maintain the Distributor spreadsheet list.

    Website

    Need to maintain Peter Otte as consultant with limited funding. New “Initiative” pages created.

    Slow Triangle/Land Use Updates

    See related newsletter articles. Summer Slow Triangle interns to present their final report at the Tuesday, August 9th Public Meeting at the Harvey Milk Center of Recreational Arts.

    Membership Committee

    Will add Slow Triangle participants to Wild Apricot Contact list if not current members.

    Environmental Protection Impact Committee

    Great neighborhood turnout for June Pride Sweep. Fall 2022 Street Tree planting approaching.


  • 14 Jun 2022 11:47 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    by Erik Honda, DTNA Secretary

    On June 14, our second in-person meeting since the beginning of COVID-19, and the first at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts (HMCA) in Duboce Park, brought together a lively group of neighbors to hear a San Francisco Fire Department presentation sparked by the major fire on Noe Street in May.

    The meeting was chaired by Membership Coordinator and Beaver Street neighbor Paige Rausser. Robby Roller, the facility coordinator for HMCA, described multitudinous programs now going on at the Center. 

    Lieutenant John Baxter, the Fire Department’s public information liaison officer, presented information about how fires are handled, how the public should respond when there are fires in the neighborhood, and various ways for the public to protect themselves. He said that recent fires in the area have been from undetermined causes, but most are suspected electrical fires. The Noe Street fire started between the buildings, but within the walls, the most likely cause again being electrical.

    Lt. Baxter particularly recommended watch- ing the “Close before you doze” video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Nu5ICj3LwqE which explains the importance of keeping bedroom doors closed at night to give extra time to escape a fire. He also suggested having a working smoke alarm in every room, even though current code only requires alarms in hallways and bedrooms. If you can’t afford it, contact the fire department, they have donated alarms.

    Baxter also went over some of the SFFD’s new services; they are taking care of some of the things that police used to do. They have a Street Opioid Response Team, which responds when people are shooting up or overdosing, and that includes follow-ups to get folks into services or on a medication regime. Soon there will be a system to call this Team directly and not get the police. They also have a Street Crisis Response Team which handles unhoused individuals in crisis, as well as a Street Wellness Response Team for people suffering psychological breakdowns or bothering other citizens in a nonviolent manner. For more information text your zip code to 888-7777 for Alert SF, or email Lt. Baxter at firepio@sfgov.org.

    Our new DTNA Summer intern Martine Kushner then went over the series of Slow Triangle Workshops she is planning so that neighbors can help design the neighborhood upgrade plans we will present to the City. DTNA Secretary Erik Honda gave a brief history of Slow Triangle efforts so far, and introduced Martine, who is a graduate student pursuing a dual masters degree in City Planning and Architecture, with a concentration in Environmental Planning & Healthy Cities. Martine explained that the work- shops would start the following week and include a June community meeting for initial design input, an early July charrette to con- sider various alternatives, a community meeting in late July to look at the designs based on input, and a final presentation and discussion in early August. Many neighbors at the meeting eagerly signed up to be involved, and if you missed it you too can participate by emailing landuse@dtna.org to be put on the contact list.

    We adjourned in concord at about 8:10, and several neighbors stayed to chat and to volunteer to deliver the Duboce Triangle News. Thanks neighbors!


  • 21 May 2022 10:43 AM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    The Board of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association meets every month. At the May 2022 meeting, the Board discussed the following:

    Meetings

    The Ballroom at the Harvey Milk Recreation Center has been secured for bimonthly in-person Tuesday evening Public Meetings as the venue is currently closed on Mondays. The community room at Chase has been secured for in-person Board Meetings. A hybrid format with both in-person and Zoom options is being developed.

    Treasurer’s Report

    Transfer of records and accounts to new DTNA Treasurer, Kimyn Braithwaite, should be completed in May. Last month DTNA Board approved opening a QuickBooks account which Wild Apricot is set up to work with.

    Newsletter

    Rose continues to solicit contributors to provide more varied content.

    Website

    A map depicting membership eligibility “one block beyond” DTNA boundaries has been posted. So far $4,065.00 of the 2021 $4,275.00 budget has been expended. Additional work is needed to make the site more dynamic and highlight current DTNA initiatives. A new budget for 2022 is needed.

    DTNA Board Updates

    Board approved DTNA support for Supervisor Mandelman’s ‘A Place for All’ ordinance.

    Slow Triangle Updates

    Slow Triangle Working Group selected two excellent interns to work this summer with goal of (1) obtaining Community Input regarding creation and nature of a Slow Triangle, holding 3 to 5 Community workshops, (2) design concept for bulb-out gardens/public space, and (3) design suggestions for the Duboce & Sanchez-Steiner intersection. Waymo has donated $2,500 for the summer project. Additional funding is needed to reach a goal of $10,000.

    Land Use Updates

    The mixed-use multi-family apartment buildings at 2135 and 2140 Market Street are being presented to the San Francisco Planning Department in June for entitlement. The Committee reviewed the updated designs, which include more on-site affordable units and higher quality facades. The Committee voted to endorse both projects and will issue a letter of support.

    The 1 Church Street apartment building is looking to activate its ground floor, which could include reopening the child care center on Webster St. and finding a new use for the retail space on Church St.

    Membership Committee

    A brainstorming meeting was held. Suggestions for expanding membership are being developed.

    DTNA Logo Contest

    A Zoom meeting is being set up.

    Environmental Protection Impact Committee

    Street pruning has begun, starting with Castro Street. The latest pruning appears severe, but MUNI requires clearance of 10 feet from wires and 2 feet from poles. Street gardens are spreading on Potomac Street. Survey for tree plantings continues.

    Safety Reports

    Fire safety concerns can be addressed by inviting SFFD to make a presentation at a Public Meeting.

    April Community Public Meeting

    The April 11th in-person meeting at Café du Nord which included a Zoom hybrid component was well attended. See Public Meeting article.


  • 7 Mar 2022 4:48 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    The Board of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association now meets every month. At the March 2022 meeting, we discussed the following:

    2022 DTNA Election

    The Board welcomed two new members, Sugam Jain and Jessica Martines, Frank Tizedes new President and Kimyn Braithwaite the new Treasurer. 

    Treasurer’s Report

    Past Treasurer, Nick, presented a financial report and is to meet with new Treasurer, Kimyn Braithwaite, to complete transfer of records.

    Newsletter

    New Advertising is putting pressure on space needed for content and impacts cost if additional pages are needed. Rose is looking at alternatives and suggested consideration of a low cost classified section that could also help with engaging new members.

    Website

    Annual single year and auto-recurring membership payment levels have been created. A map depicting membership eligibility “one block beyond” DTNA boundaries is being developed. So far $2,675.00 of the $5,000.00 budget has been expended. Tutorial meetings will be set up for Board members needing website Admin access.

    Land Use Updates

    14th Street calming proposal approved with painted buffer zones and no alteration of parking. A proposal has been submitted for a UC Berkeley summer student to develop a values statement and a design concept for common areas/public space and the Duboce-Sanchez-Steiner intersection in the Triangle. Funding is being sought.

    Environmental Protection Impact Committee

    Focus will be on expanding the green canopy. Some funding has been secured from Supervisor Mandelman’s office.

    Safety Reports

    Website or Facebook may be better suited than newsletter for these reports. 

    Upcoming April Community Public Meeting Agenda

    The April 11th meeting will be held in-person at Café du Nord and follow SF safety protocols that are rapidly changing. This will be the first in-person Public meeting since February 2020. The meeting will be primarily social with a brief Slow Triangle report.


  • 10 Jan 2022 7:00 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    The Board of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association now meets every month. At the January 2022 meeting, we discussed the following:

    2022 DTNA Election

    Plan to conduct online voting using Election Runner and mailing paper ballots to those few members for whom DTNA has no email address in February, as DTNA did in 2021. Current Board members have expressed an interest in continuing on the Board, although the current DTNA Treasurer would like to pass the baton for that position and return to his Director’s role if a new Treasurer candidate can be identified. There are currently two Board seat vacancies. Two DTNA members have reached out to the Board expressing their interest in serving on the Board. See DTNA 2022 Election Post in News/Update blog.

    Board Goals for 2022

    Each Board member was asked what Goal they would be the champion for in 2022 and what Goal they would help another Board member address. Five working groups were identified: Land Use: Kevin Riley; Open/Public Space (Beautification, Trees, Slow Triangle): Frank Tizedes, Erik Honda, Hans Galland; Membership: Paige Rausser; Website: Bob Bush; Newsletter: Rose Linke.

    2022 Meeting Schedule

    Reaffirmed new monthly first Monday Board meetings; every odd-numbered month second Monday, Land Use; and maintaining every even-numbered month second Monday Public Community meetings shortened to one hour (07:00PM to 08:00PM). Meetings will remain virtual for now with expectation to add periodic in-person social meet-ups like the October 17th block party or, when feasible, the December 2019 meeting party.

    Newsletter

    With additional new advertisers need to review how many pages are needed to ensure space for needed content. Further discussion referred to the Newsletter Working Group.

    Website Migration 

    Bundle membership for all membership levels above Household approved. Online ordering of newsletter advertisements has been added to website.

    Land Use Updates

    DTNA will address desired inclusion of 20% Affordable Housing based on recommendations from the Land Use committee on a project-by-project basis instead of a 2015 Letter of Intent that other signatories no longer adhere to.

    Upcoming February General Meeting Agenda

    2022 DTNA Election of Officers and Board Directors; Duboce Triangle Street Trees and Public Works tree trimming planned in 2022; and introduction of some new neighborhood businesses.


  • 13 Dec 2021 7:15 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    by Erik Honda, DTNA Secretary

    A large and feisty crowd showed up for the DTNA December General Meeting to see the data collected by three teams from a UC Berkeley Urban Design graduate research class, who have been looking at the Triangle through the frame of our plans for a Slow Triangle. We apologize for the problems folks had getting in on Google Meet, and will work on solutions to get that fixed for future meetings. So sorry!

    Board member Hans Galland, who is coordinating the project, introduced it as research-based, but also part of an iterative process that will involve the community at all stages, of which this meeting was an early part. The three teams presented, and details of their presentations can be found in the Slow Triangle updates article elsewhere in this newsletter, and also on our website at dtna.org.

    Following the presentations, one neighbor took issue with most of the recommendations and proposals that came out of the data the students collected, on the basis that since they are not from here they cant fully understand what its like to live here. Others celebrated their suggestions and hoped for even more radical transformations. All agreed that we need better enforcement of traffic laws in San Francisco, that different parts of the neighborhood and different streets need different treatments (this cannot be a one size fits all” proposal), and that they were very appreciative of all the hard work and many hours the students spent in our neighborhood, observing traffic, conducting surveys of pedestrians and business owners, and sketching out solutions to make our neighborhood a better place. 

    Thanks again so much to the teams! Hopefully they will return in future years to celebrate the fruits of their labor.

    Team 1:  Streetside Mini-Plazas 

    This team found the corner bulb-outs or mini-plazas” to be the key urban design element of the Triangle, and made suggestions for repairing and upgrading the plazas. 

    Shuqi Li, Master of Urban Design – Houzhou China
    Jieqiong Chang, Master of Landscape Architecture – Hebei Province, China

    Byron Li, Master of Landscape Architecture – San Francisco California, U.S.A.

    Team 2: Parking Configurations Effect on Traffic Calming and the Public Realm

    This team found that easy paint-only” reconfigurations of parking orientation could make the neighborhood safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

    Andy Cheng, Master of Urban Design – Taipei, Taiwan
    Diksha Singh, Master of Urban Design – Delhi, India

    Joann Martinez, Master of City Planning – Lodi California, U.S.A.

    Team 3: The Potential for a Safe and Walkable 14th Street

    This team provided suggestions for widening sidewalks and other changes to allow for better pedestrian movement and business access on 14th Street.

    Vedanti Agrawal, Master of Urban Design – Mumbai, India
    Wenzheng Fang, Master of Urban Design – Beijing, China

    Pawida Bualert, Master of City Planning – Bangkok, Thailand


    Call to all neighbors: Please involve yourself in the process going forward (see links and info in the 2022 Feb-Mar Duboce Triangle News Slow Triangle article), because the more participation we have, the better the final product will be. Thanks to all who attended!




  • 13 Dec 2021 7:00 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    Wendy Gutshall (Director, Public and Government Affairs, Safeway - Northern California Division) and Shawn Robertson (Market Street Safeway Store Director) discussed recent changes to address challenges Market Street Safeway is facing: there is now only one site for entrance and exit, self checkouts have been consolidated to one space, and the store closes at 09:00PM. So far these changes have had a positive impact.

    Neighbors raised concerns about the impact of early closure at 09:00PM, especially on those who work non-traditional shifts, noting that Whole Food is open to 10:00PM. Supervisor Mandelman said he is working to get hours extended.

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