Posts Tagged ‘JCCCNC’

There’s Free WiFi in Japantown Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and AT&T? Hurray!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Remember that jackass mayor we had not too long ago? Remember all his unkept promises, like Citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco?

I do. Bad times. I think it was 2005.

Anyway, these days the few areas around town you where you can rely on free govt. Wi-Fi are around federal housing projects. (One time my Samsung could see the Valencia Gardens WiFi all the way from Civic Center. Good times.)

Anyway, I guess “jtown connected” is the Wi-Fi you can get on Post in the Western Addition.

See?

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Hurray!

Yet Another Japantown “Better” Neighborhood Plan (BNP) Meeting This Afternoon on Sutter Street – Catered by Bushi-Tei Bistro

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

I’ll give you this, the Powers That Be are doing a better job with the Japantown BNP this go-around owing, to me not seeing stuff about “no more highrises.”

And, for the first time, I see stuff about “other cultural” what-have-you.

(If that’s too cryptic that’s  all right. Basically, this whole process is a focus group for the City to get reactions about what it already wants to do. If you want to participate, well then be my guest.)

All the deets:

I mean, is it necessarily a good thing to “expand the Special Use District?”

I don’t know. (Last year, a couple Angry Young Men were pretty p.o.’ed about one meeting being “dominated” by aging white hakujin who live south of Geary. These AYM wondered why those residing on the wrong side of the Expressway were even included in a Japantown meeting…)

Anyway, ever more deets:

“Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011
Start Time: 12:30 pm   End Time: 3:00 pm

Phone: (415) 346-1239

More Infohttp://sfplanning.org/index.aspx?page=1692

Location Details

Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011
Start Time: 12:30 pm End Time: 3:00 pm
(Time Zone: US/Pacific)

Location: Issei Memorial Hall at JCCCNC (map)

Category: Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan

A Community Vision: Sustainability and Renewal

Preserve, restore and enhance Japantown as a vital, prosperous, and livable community that authentically reflects, embodies and continues its cultural heritage and history into the future.

The Japantown Organizing Committee invites you to attend a series of community meetings. We need your input and guidance on their recommended changes to the 2009 draft neighborhood plan.

We will meet to discuss:

Important neighborhood planning

Development issues

Questions about Zoning

Before the end of 2011, the final Japantown community recommendations are scheduled for consideration by the San Francisco Planning Commission. Your help at these meetings is vital to shape the neighborhood recommendations to the Planning Commission.

Click here to download handouts for this meeting.

Phone: (415) 346-1239

More Info: http://sfplanning.org/index.aspx?page=1692

Location Details

Issei Memorial Hall at JCCCNC
1840 Sutter Street
San Francisco CA 94115 US

“Linear Park?” Word from Japantown: The Webster Street Linear Park (WSLP) is NOT RECOMMENDED

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

What’s this? The first time I hear about a “linear park” and, already, the idea’s been killed.

That’s what I learned last night at the poorly-attended “Better” Neighborhood Project meeting. (For some reason the one they had earlier this month had a lot more people, oh well.)

Now last I heard, a few years ago, the powers that be were going to earthquake safe the Japantown parking garage on Post and then during construction people would be able to park their cars on the northbound lanes of excessively-wide Webster Street. But I suppose that got replaced with this linear park idea.

Anyway, here it is:

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Oh, and here too. See the driveways and whatnot?

Anyway, that’s your Japantown BNP update.

It’s Time for Yet Another Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan: Tonight at 6:30 PM, Public Realm/Transportation

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Today, June 27th, 2011, from exactly 6:30pm – 9:10pm, will see yet another BNP meeting for Japantown.

As with many of these kinds of meetings in the 415, the big decisions have already been made and your input is as a kind of focus group participant, you know, do you like the lighter beige or the darker beige swatch kind-of-thing.

For one thing, Chinese-Americans and Korean-Americans, who are already there in J-Town…

San Francisco’s Japantown at night:

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…have been left out of the process, by design.

Oh well.

Anyway:

Location: JCCCNC – Issei Memorial Hall
Time: June 27, 6:30pm – 9:10pm
Topic: PUBLIC REALM/TRANSPORTATION & CIRCULATION

  1. Japantown Landscape Vision: Install professional, well orchestrated Japan-influenced landscape vision to increase canopy, greenery and Japanese botanical species.
  2. Public Open Spaces: Use the Japantown landscape vision to enhance our central core of existing gathering spaces and create transition areas to other public open spaces.
  3. Transportation/Circulation: Leverage all city projects to fund improvements to traffic, pedestrian safety, signage and connections to adjucent neighborhoods and parks.

Community Meeting
Issei Memorial Hall @ JCCCNC
1840 Sutter Street, SF (between Buchannan & Webster Streets)
Date: June 27, 2011, 6:30-9:10 pm

Topics: Public Realm/Transportation and Circulation

Japantown Landscape Vision: Install professional, well orchestrated Japaninfluenced landscape vision to increase canopy, greenery and Japanese botanical species.

Public Open Spaces: Use Japantown landscape vision to enhance our central core
of existing gathering spaces and create transition areas to other public open spaces.
Transportation and Circulation

Leverage all city projects to fund improvements to traffic, pedestrian safety, signage
and connections to adjacent neighborhoods and parks

More deets after the jump.

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Deciding What’s “Appropriate” for Japantown: Here’s What the First Better Neighborhood Project Meeting Looked Like

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Community organizer Julian Davis was on hand at last night’s Better Neighborhood Project meeting put on by San Francisco’s Planning Department, you know, the one where it’s been preordained that There Shall Not Be Any More Highrises in Japantown. Anyway, he’s more optimistic than I am about the whole process.

Basically, San Francisco Government, the people who brought us Redevelopment, the people who tore down perfectly good houses (or “drafty old Victorians,” in their words, back in the day), the people who still haven’t apologized for that, the people who messed up Japantown big time with the whole concrete and clay and general decay motif, well, they’re back and they have a Plan.

Now, if you want to affect the plan, you need to be part of the leadership element of an area “community group.” It doesn’t matter all that much how many people are in your group, but you’re going to need a title and a group name to matter. If that’s not the case, then the best you can hope for is a chance to voice an out-of-the-box idea that’s slightly novel or crazy enough to work.

But I’ll tell you, the big decisions have already been made.

Here are the final ten minutes of last night’s meeting on Sutter, with three kind-0f focus group leaders offering feedback on what the audience members were saying. (Don’t mind the alarmingly loud iPhone buzzing at the end…)

Anything that the Planning Department has decided that’s not appropriate for this particular part of the Western Addition (like young people from South Korea, or China, or Taiwan opening up businesses on or near Post Street or a taller building (you know, one that could actually pay for itself and Other Things Too) that could block the view of that horrible Peace Pagoda*) is considered contagion. Oh well.

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On It Goes…

*I looked it up once and that Peace Plaza pagoda thing actually is Ur-Japanese, it actually is just like some stuff that was all over part of the southern part of Japan’s biggest island, but it seems more Pan-Asian or Chinese to most Japanese people that see it. They don’t recognize it as anything Japanese at all. This concrete thing is the Vaillancourt Fountain of the West Side.

It’s Been Decided: “No Highrises” Anymore for Japantown – First BNP Community Meeting Tonight

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

I don’t know, who decides that there should be no more high-rise buildings in Japantown? Like I said, I don’t know. Last I heard, high rises were on the menu…

Anyway, feel free to rubber-stamp what, apparently, has already been decided for you starting tonight.

Here’s the sked:

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The 1st Community Meeting
Wednesday, June 1
6:30 to 9:00
JCCCNC- Issei Memorial Hall
1840 Sutter Street 

* Food and Refreshments

* Japanese Interpreters will be at each meeting 

Special Guests:
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Planning Director John Rahaim


Agenda:

6:30 to 7:00      Registration and Food

7:00  to 9:00     Program
► Facilitated Breakout Sessions for Public Input
1. Community Land Use:Maintain current building heights and scale with a focus on business and residential mix — No highrises.

2. Cultural Character: Establish architectural standards to maintain the Japanese/Japanese American character of the community core.
3. Japan Center: Retain the malls’ basic scale and rehabilitate structure; support business that perpetuate Japantown’s cultural authenticity.
►Exit Interviews

 

Free Hawaiian Music in Japantown Today Until 6:00 PM: Kōkua Japan Concert to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Looks like that rain will stay away, so why not hit Japantown today?

The scene this AM during setup:

Kōkua Japan San Francisco concert on April 2 to benefit Japan disaster relief

Free event in Japantown’s Peace Plaza to include Hawaiian music, Polynesian dance and diverse Bay Area bands

SAN FRANCISCO, California — In response to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, a group of concerned citizens from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities have organized Kōkua Japan San Francisco, a fundraising concert in Japantown’s Peace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. “Kōkua” means “help” in Hawaiian.

Donations to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be solicited at the free event, which will also raise funds through raffles of donated merchandise and T-shirt sales. The nonprofit Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will collect the monies and deliver them to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), which administers the earthquake relief fund along with Union Bank. One hundred percent of the fund will be distributed for direct assistance to residents of the affected area of Japan.

The entertainment on the Peace Plaza stage, at Post and Buchanan streets, will be emceed by NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comedian Mike Inouye. The lineup includes: * Hawaiian music groups: Steven Espaniola & Friends, Faith Ako & Friends, Side Order Band featuring Chris Kamaka & Asa Young, ‘AHAmele ‘Ukulele Band, Ho’omana and JD Puli & Friends * Polynesian dance troupes: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (hula), Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Meleana Manuel (hula), Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea (hula), Merahi O Tehani (Tahitian ‘ōte’a) * Diverse musical acts: Feelosophy (funk, soul), Project Gojira (fusion), Native Elements (reggae), Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska.)

Local merchants have donated items for raffle prizes, while Hawaiian Airlines is flying in 200 special “Aloha” T-shirts for sale with the help of the Hawai’i Lieutenant Governor’s office, which is coordinating the islands’ Aloha for Japan fundraising effort. The T-shirt, which uses a rising sun for the “o” in “Aloha,” will sell at Kōkua Japan San Francisco for $25, from which the $15 profit per shirt will go to earthquake relief. Sponsors include Aloha Warehouse, Colortone Digital, Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Susie Kagami, Osaki Creative Group, and Sound Innovations. Thanks also go to Sandy Lee of the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department.


Hundreds Attend Rained-Out Kristi Yamaguchi Children’s Day Festival in Japantown

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

San Francisco’s annual Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Festival took place indoors today, but that didn’t spoil the fun.

Here’s what it looked outdoors last year, without the rain.

The gymnasium at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California on Sutter was a lively scene today:

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Japantown Peace Plaza
Street: Post and Buchanan Streets
City/Town: San Francisco, CA 

 

In recognition of Japan’s national holiday celebrating children, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California is presenting its annual Children’s Day Festival. There will be entertainment, food, games, and hands-on arts & crafts activities for youngsters. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fun! Admission is free.

Next year’s should be drier…