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  • 17 Feb 2023 1:06 AM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

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    Youth Engagement with SFUSD and the Exploratorium 

    The Port teamed with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and Exploratorium to develop new youth engagement for high school students. The team developed 5 “in-classroom” sessions with Abraham Lincoln High School and The Academy High School to teach students about climate change, sea-level-rise, flooding, and adaptation strategies for the San Francisco waterfront. On January 20, students met at the Port and Exploratorium, for a co-hosted field trip, in celebration of the king tides happening that day. 

    The field trip started with a walking tour of the Embarcadero Waterfront; then students used stencils to map locations throughout the downtown to mark the extent of potential flooding and expected height of projected sea level rise for the years of 2040 and 2090. Working in small groups, students brainstormed ways to reimagine and adapt the northern waterfront. Exhibits and special activities at the Exploratorium wrapped up the day. For a more detailed account of the experience, take a look at the on the ground coverage from SFUSD News 

    On February 16, the Port teamed with teachers and students from Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School to have a similar field trip to map locations throughout the downtown to mark the extent of potential flooding from sea level rise. Students also played the Game of Hazards to better understand the earthquake and flood risks to the waterfront.

    For youth-focused resources for learning about resilience and family-friendly activities, visit sfport.com/wrp/family.


    Resilience in the News 

    Resilience has been in the news this winter, from the King Tides of December 22-23, 2022, and January 21-22, 2023, to the storms that brought record rainfall to the state causing flooding around the Bay Area.

    The Port joined the Exploratorium for its January King Tides walking tours and led its own waterfront walking tours, with one in Islais Creek Bayview on January 21 and one in Embarcadero on February 4.

    These events are opportunities to witness the potential flood effects to the waterfront from sea level rise and climate change. King Tides are the highest tides of the year and are considered an indicator of the future shoreline. For more on the January King Tides, read the San Francisco Chronicle article.  


    We Hear You: Draft Waterfront Adaptation Strategies  

    In October 2022, the Port, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and San Francisco city agencies shared Draft Waterfront Adaptation Strategies. Based on over five years of community feedback, the Draft Waterfront Adaptation Strategies are different ways for the City to create a resilient, sustainable and equitable waterfront for the next 100 years.

    Feedback on the Draft Strategies gathered from the 16 public in-person and online events hosted by the Port between October and December 2022 is available in the following engagement summary. Learn more by reading the Community Engagement Summary. 

    Comments are informing development of the Draft Waterfront Adaptation Plan (Tentatively Selected Plan), which is under development through Summer 2023. The Port will continue to engage and seek community input on this important work for the City of San Francisco.


    Media Corner: Living Seawall Pilot Explainer Video

    View the new Living Seawall Pilot explainer video to learn more about this innovative two-year study. Led by the Port and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), the Living Seawall Pilot was launched in Spring 2022.

    The Pilot is testing and evaluating engineering with nature concepts from around the world — from Seattle to Sydney — to learn how we can make San Francisco's seawall more ecologically friendly in the future. The video was produced with BAYCAT Studios, a nonprofit media organization for young women and people of color whose work highlights social impact projects. 


    Honoring Black History Month

    The Port celebrates Black History Month, an annual celebration of African Americans' achievements and significant contributions to U.S. history. 

    The Port aspires to make equity, diversity, and inclusion a part of all WRP work — not just for a month but throughout the year — as we build a waterfront that is inviting for all. That's why the WRP planning team is working with an Equity Working Group made up of public agency equity practitioners to ensure that planning for the waterfront engages residents, addresses their concerns, and puts forward ideas that prioritize benefits for the communities along the waterfront.

    The WRP is also developing a program-wide Equity Implementation Plan that will look across multiple areas such as workforce development, as well as monitoring and outreach to help track how the WRP is responding to and working with communities.


    Honoring Lunar New Year

    The Port honors and embraces Lunar New Year, held this year January 22 to February 1, as deeply rooted in history and celebratory tradition, symbolizing a new start or a refresh in one's life with hope for prosperity, wealth, and happiness.

    In this Year of the Rabbit, known as the "luckiest of all animals in China," we reflect on its symbolism of peace, elegance, and contemplation. Special Lunar New Year events on the waterfront included personalized red paper scroll creation and lion dance performances.

    Visit the Port's TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for stories and highlights shared throughout the month.


  • 16 Feb 2023 9:41 AM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    The online Election Runner voting results are available at:


    There was one additional paper ballot that added a write-in for vote Cathy Liu for the 6th Director seat.

    Frank Tizedes was re-elected President with 42 votes. David Trump received a total of 28 votes for President, and was elected Secretary with 50 votes. All other candidates listed on the ballot were elected to the Board.

    There were 8 write-in candidates for the 6th Director seat: Dennis Richards (4 votes), Karen Schwartz (2 votes) and Terrance Alan, David Troup, Kevin Riley, Frank Tizedes, Miles Cooper, Cathy Liu (all with 1 vote each).

    Voter turnout was 52% (72 voters out of 138 eligible voters) compared to 2022 49% (55 voters out of 119 eligible voters).

  • 14 Feb 2023 12:27 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    This devastating fire destroyed the Victorian at 51 Camelita, displacing two neighbors who lost their home and all its contents on February 14, 2023. A Go Fund Me has been organized by Fiona Friedland to support our friend and neighbor Andra.

  • 14 Feb 2023 10:10 AM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    Hello, neighbors!

    I got involved in DTNA over two years ago. As a long-time reader of the Duboce Triangle News, when I saw that a volunteer was needed for the Editor role I signed up in a heartbeat. I’d been a fan of this little slice of San Francisco since long before I ever moved here, and once I started calling Noe St. home, I couldn’t get enough history of this place. The News was, for me, a point of a geographical, social, and cultural connection. I was honored to join the decades-long effort to inform and organize neighbors.

    When I first took on this role, we were in the early days of a years-long pandemic leading up to a major Presidential election. Everything felt impossibly large and abstract. I wanted to do something positive; to work with others toward constructive change.

    It’s been an amazing learning experience. I’ve met more of my neighbors in 2 years than I did in the previous 8. I’ve gotten to know folks from various City departments, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations. I ve seen how much hard work goes into bringing a neighborhood together to address the issues that affect our lives. These days, it’s rare for me to take a walk in the neighborhood without running into at least one neighbor I know by name.

    This may be my last issue at the helm, at least for the near-term, but it’s not the end. Though my life is calling me in other directions, I’ll continue to contribute articles on everything that captures my imagination about living in this magical place—its hidden gems, natural wonders, beautiful humans, and unique culture.

    If you see me, say hi! I’ll continue to participate in our neighborhood events whenever I can. I hope you’ll join me.

  • 5 Feb 2023 10:07 AM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    Now that the skies have cleared, many of us in the neighborhood are assessing and repairing damage from this winter’s historic storms. It’s a great time to give thanks to our neighbors who volunteer during rainy weather to keep storm drains clear from leaves, litter, and other debris.

    Known colloquially as “storm drain troopers” or “drain daddies,” the civic program pairs people with nearby drains, and issues the proper equipment to keep water from backing up onto neighborhood streets.

    One perk of being a volunteer? Getting to give your drain its own name. In true San Francisco fashion, many of the monikers are clever and playful. Some favorites in our neighborhood include Drain O’er Me, Drain “The Rock” Johnson, Catherine the Grate, Only Happy When it Drains, Drainiac, and Leaf Me Alone.

    If you’re eager to get in on this fun, there are still a few neighborhood drains looking for adoption! Learn more .

    Thank you, Neighbors!

  • 29 Jan 2023 11:45 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    If you've ever lived or worked in the Duboce Triangle for any length of time, you most certainly know the legendary Courtney's Produce market at 14th and Castro. Chances are you met the store's husband-and-wife co-owners, Patrick and Lola Courtney. Chances are your devotion to the store's fresh-made sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juices, daily-delivered produce - and especially, its iconic peanut butter and jam treats - are key to the store's enduring operation for over five decades, earning it status as a "Legacy Business" in January 2020 with support from Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.

    You may not know the sad news of Patrick's passing in November, 2022, We hope this account, drawn from a 2020 profile in the local newspaper Hoodline based on a timeline provided by Patrick's daughter Robin Courtney, can suitably hon- or our beloved neighbor.

    Born in 1926 in County Kerry, Ireland, Patrick grew up in a very rural environment. "Everything they ate they grew as a family," his great-nephew Andrew Courtney told Hoodline. Patrick moved to New York

    with his father in the1940s, where they worked for an Italian grocer.

    Patrick came to San Francisco where he met his wife Lola in 1964. Together they founded Courtney's Produce in 1969 and moved the store to its current location in 1971. Andrew credits the people of the neighborhood for keeping Courtney's thriving: "With so many friendly and talented people around, it is easy to feel at home and happy here."

    Andrew managed the store for Lola and Patrick in the mid 2010's before moving to San Diego and then to Ver- mont. Paul Xie, who has worked for Courtney's since

    1992 and is the current store manager, agrees. "It's a fam- ily store," he told Hoodline. "We all work together."

    As immediate neighbors and regular patrons of Courtney's since 1988, my family and I have had the privilege to know Patrick, Lola, Rob- in, Andrew and Paul well. I agree whole-heartedly with a message Robin sent me in July 2020 to assure me that her father was doing well after surgeries, even in the throes of the Pandemic: "He is a strong and beautiful per- son."

    Indeed. This is certainly how I will remember Patrick Courtney.

  • 29 Jan 2023 11:28 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    McKinley is excited to return with a regular update to our community about everything going on at your neighborhood elementary school! McKinley has a new principal this year, John Collins, and we ve had a fantastic first half of the school year under his new leadership. As we come back from Winter Break, we have some important and fun events coming up in the second half of the year!

    McKinley refreshed its mission statement this year to further deepen our school community s commitment to equity. The new mission statement is, McKinley centers BIPOC voices to ensure an inclusive, trusting, and joyful learning community that eliminates inequitable patterns of student access and outcomes so that students reach their full potential.” The school celebrates Black Excellence month in a variety of ways, one of our favorites being the read aloud where parent volunteers read aloud stories that celebrate Black voices to students, a great example of our new mission statement in action. The district s African American Honor Roll celebration will also take place this month on February 16th.

    The reading keeps on going with the beloved annual read-a-thon in February. Students collect pledges for reading every day for a month. This is the main fundraiser for our library, the literal heart of the McKinley building, and the figurative heart of our community. The funds raised go towards the purchase of engaging and thought-provoking books, as well supporting literacy programs at McKinley. Sponsoring one of your little neighbors is a great way to contribute to McKinley and encourage a lifelong love of reading!

    Lastly, DogFest planning is already underway! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22nd with more information to come. If you re interested in volunteer opportunities for DogFest you can contact the PTA at pta@mckinleyschool.org.

  • 29 Jan 2023 11:07 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    One way of figuring out what we need to work on right now is to dream big about what a bright future would look like. DTNA s Vision 2030 started as immediate plans for activating the pandemic-era Noe Slow Street, but with that street now permanent, it has expanded to a vision of how it connects to the rest of the streets in the Triangle and beyond.

    We know that whatever percentage of Triangle residents are still driving cars in 2030 (it s less than half of us now) those cars will be mostly electric, as California is phasing out gas-powered vehicles. We also know that even those of us who drive cars sometimes also ride an electric scooter, or an e-bike, or a bike bike, or we walk. Vision 2030 imagines the Triangle as a space where all those uses can happen seamlessly and safely together, at low speeds, quietly, and respectfully of both residents and the other modes of transportation. As a Spanish urban planner once remarked, all the modes of transportation are equal. But the pedestrian is the most equal of all.”

    But what about beyond the Triangle? Noe Street is not the only slow street in the city, and when we leave our houses our destinations are often in other neighborhoods, sometimes even in other cities (for example, I commute by bike and BART 35 miles each way to Lafayette every day of the week). How can we make our routes to the wider world as safe and seamless as the ones we are imagining for our local spaces?

    It s only in the initial planning phases, but some bold visionaries have already started sketching out a city-wide map of bike and scooter routes that link the Slow Streets together. Right now the maps serve as rough guides, much like the celebrated Crosstown Trail that links parks and open spaces from the southeast to the northwest into one seamless hike. But the potential is there for more. Maybe not by 2030, but by 2050? We can all dream of a utopian future at least.

    But the arc of history does not bend toward utopia on its own – it only bends that way because we get together in communities and make it happen – so join up with the folks working on this. SF Parks Alliance and “The People’s Slow Streets” has the most ambitious, one that would connect Duboce Triangle to every neighborhood in San Francisco, including the far-flung southern parts of the Excelsior and Bayview in a 100-mile network of slow streets. SFMTA is beginning a process to work on this as well, and has their own map. City processes can be slow and cumbersome, but if dedicated citizens keep pushing their elected officials and the bureaucrats whose salaries we pay to move in the right direction, things do eventually get done.

    If you have any ideas for how the Triangle specifically can improve its contribution to the bike network (the main east/west corridor The Wiggle goes right through the heart of our neighborhood) and how DTNA can work to help connect our neighborhood to other neighborhoods by any means of transportation, contact us at dtna.org. And most importantly, get involved. Utopia is coming soon, to a neighborhood near you, but only if we work for it. Let s go!

    Some bold visionaries have already started sketching  out a city-wide map of bike and scooter routes that can link the Slow Streets together.

  • 24 Jan 2023 11:59 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

    The election of 2023 DTNA Board is three weeks away. Three current Board members are leaving their 2022 positions (Secretary and two Board Directors).

    If you would like to pursue Duboce Triangle Vision 2030 which evolved from last summer's Slow Triangle workshops, now is the opportunity for you to join the Board and work with Hans and the Board in charting a course to make the multiple ideas that were generated a reality.

    If you have an interest in joining the Board or would like more information, please email Bob Bush, 2023 Election Manager.

    This week’s meetings:

    Thursday, January 26th, 06:00PM to 07:30PM

    Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association meeting

    Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Aaron Peskin, the new president of the Board of Supervisors, will be presenting their agendas for 2023 in-person. Read more.

    Thursday, January 26th, 07:30PM to 09:00PM 

    Castro Theater Coalition of Stakeholders Town Hall will be held following the EVNA meeting at the same in-person location as well as virtually.

  • 24 Jan 2023 11:26 PM | Robert Bush (Administrator)

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