Posts Tagged ‘open house’

A Backlash Against Cyclists at the Panhandle Improvement Project Open House in Golden Gate Park – Bike Path Vs. Multi-Use Path

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

[UPDATE: For instance, this, from this AM.]

Well, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition must have sent over a cadre (of its now disempowered, voteless minions) to the latest scoping session / open house / focus group for the proposed Panhandle Improvement Project what took place on Saturday.

Nevertheless, it would appear that the majority of those invited by SFGov through snail mail have a few beefs with the behavior of cyclists on the bike path / multi-use trail on the Fell side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

Here’s a smattering of written comments:

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Or two:

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In turn, one Brocephus wrote about putting in a bike lane on Oak and Fell, over and over and over:

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I guess that’s a kind of parity.

The people who turned up are probably what SFGov considers The Community, when it ponders on how it spends our money, but, of course, there’s a degree of sample bias.

If SFGov conducted a poll of the actual community, it might discover a different hierarchy of important concerns.

On It Goes…

Surprise! Panhandle “Improvement” Project to Remove Parking Spaces? – Big Focus Group Meeting August 1st

Friday, July 31st, 2015

[UPDATE: The images you can see below are no longer current, apparently. The ones displayed yesterday and purportedly printed Friday, have the parking spaces restored, for whatever reason.]

Here’s the official word:

“We hope you can join us onsite at the Panhandle to discuss safety improvements to the pathways, lighting and signage issues. Please tell your neighbors and friends, we will be onsite to answer questions about the upcoming improvements.

10-12:00 AM”

I’ll tell you, there are some safety elements to this so-called PANHANDLE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, but most of the big decisions have already been made, mostly by politically-connected, nearby millionaire homeowners who are obsessed, just obsessed with property values and the aesthetic “identity” of where they live, so your input will certainly be noted, but You, The People are not in the driver’s seat. Your primary role is to pay for most (or just some?) of the changes and, later on, to cheer for our wealthy white wizened Panhandle Overseers.


Is widening the Panhandle bike path on the agenda? NOPE. Over the years, i t’s gone from four foot lanes to the current six. What’s wrong with 8 foot wide lanes? (Hilariously, the stencils depicted barely even fit onto the lane.)

How about a speed limit for the Panhandle Bike Path, particularly heading downhill to the east?

How about signs telling people the speed limit?

How about taking down the existing signs that hamper peds’ sightlines of the bike path? (Oh, RPD just put them in and they don’t care? OK fine.) For ex, the new sign near Fell and Ashbury…

So what’s this, you realtors can’t get a giant metal fence (srsly – the mock-up looked hilarious) around the McKinley statue, so the next best thing is lighting it up, the better to chase away hippies? C’mon, be honest!

 OTOH, moving the pedestrian path on the Oak side away from Oak near Shrader sounds like a great idea.

Speaking of which, who let the Oak Street path devolve into such a state of disrepair that people walking/jogging on it fall down on a daily basis? Oh, the same people pushing for this new project? Oh, that’s good to know!

OK, here it is – click to expand.

Stanyan to Cole:

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Cole to Ashbury. Hey, look at Ashbury at Fell and at Oak – bye bye parking spaces, right? One looks like a crosswalk to nowhere and the other is a painted bulb-out. That’s four spaces right there, right? How many spaces total are in jeopardy?

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Ashbury to Central

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Central to Baker:

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Once I saw two people tumble over this deceptive-looking crack within five minutes of each other.

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Faller-downers tend to be women, women with small feet who brush themselves off and end up jogging or walking away after a minute or two of recovery and assessment.

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People know that cracks are here, but they tumble anyway. IMO, this state of disrepair is shameful, but that’s just me.

Anyway, have at it, Gentle Reader, swim around in the large 2500-pixel-wide jpgs if you want.

All the deets, after the jump.


If You’ve Got $30k for Tuition: San Francisco Day School Open House May 2, 2015 – Oh, Scholarships Available

Friday, May 1st, 2015

One isn’t sure how one wins a scholarship at the young age of four years old, but anyway.

If you won’t go to Marin, Marin will move to you, at the crossroads of Golden Gate and Masonic

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Here’s the copy (that, I’ll tell you, I would have written differently, but anyway):

“Tour our school, learn about our academic program & meet our teachers! Fall 2016 applicants may begin scheduling events in September 2015. This event is intended for, but not limited to, our neighbors and those who are not eligible to join the admission events in the fall.”

I’ll tell you, there are other schools in town [cough, Presidio Knolls*] who’ll look you right in the eye and say, more or less, we don’t want you, we don’t want your kid, and we don’t want your money. Ouch.

(This whole process of getting your kid into a private school after rolling snake-eyes in the SFUSD “lottery” can be like joining a sorority, just saying. Welcome to San Francisco!)

Anyway, there’s an Open House, just saying.

*Located not in the Presidio, but in the flats South of the Slot, oh well. Also, not to be confused with Presidio Hill.

Director Melanie Nutter is Leaving of the San Francisco Department of the Environment

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Here’s what she sent out a few days back. I don’t think she’ll care if this email is posted – read it and you’ll see why.

The League spilled the beans yesterday:

Pissed Off Voters SF ‏@TheLeagueSF: “Melanie Nutter is the outgoing Director for Dept of Environment. We are sad to see her go.”

Here’s most of the email:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this email finds you well and that you’ve had a restful and rejuvenating holiday.

I’m writing to let you know that I’ve decided to move on from my role as the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The timing is perfect for me to leave a department that boasts many accomplishments. I couldn’t be more proud to have been involved with such an incredible team for the past three and a half years. But now I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and to consulting on a few special projects which will give me more flexibility in my schedule. My last day in the office will be January 31st.

My time at SFE has been the most rewarding and challenging time of my professional career and I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished. From the policy and program achievements (80% waste diversion, 14.5% below 1990 levels of carbon emissions, the installation of over 180 electric vehicle charging stations, the successful implementation of the extended plastic bag ban to all retailers as well as the Existing Commercial Building Ordinance) to the organizational milestones (the move of our offices to a soon to be named LEED Platinum office space) to the leadership SFE has had a chance to provide through Urban Sustainability Directors Network & C40 on sustainability issues to the launch of new programs like SF Adapt and the Biodiversity initiative, there is much to celebrate.

I continue to be in awe of the stellar day-to-day work done by the staff at this department to help small businesses through the Energy Watch Program and the Green Business Program, to support the community through our outreach program and the Environment Now Green Jobs Program and to assist larger businesses on their sustainability goals through our partnership with the Business Council on Climate Change.

It was a hard decision to leave but I’m excited about the potential opportunities and possibilities that the future holds.

It has been a great honor to serve former Mayor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Ed Lee and the City and County of San Francisco. Thank you for the ongoing support of the Department of the Environment. Hope to see you on the 23rd!


I’m sure Mel will land on her feet.

There’ll soon be a Department of the Environment open house of sorts – ask them about it if you care.


Our Presidio Trust Invites You to Consider the Future of the Former Commissary at Crissy Field – Today Thru Wed – July 29-31

Monday, July 29th, 2013

All the deets:

“The Presidio Trust invites the public to consider the future of the former Commissary at Crissy Field, which is currently occupied by Sports Basement.  The Trust’s longstanding objective has been to create a cultural institution of distinction at this magnificent waterfront location. Now that the area is being transformed by the new approach to the Golden Gate Bridge (a project known as the Presidio Parkway), the time is right to plan for the future of this area.

The Process

In November 2012 the Presidio Trust issued a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP). Sixteen responses were submitted. After considering public comment and engaging with a number of the teams directly, the Trust invited three teams to continue in the process via a Request for Proposals (RFP) that was issued in May 2013. Final proposals are due September 16, 2013. The teams are: 

  • The Bridge/Sustainability Institute – proposed by the Chora Group and WRNS
  • Lucas Cultural Arts Museum – proposed by George Lucas
  • Presidio Exchange – proposed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Join us at Informational Open Houses July 29 – 31

Drop in, meet the project teams, and engage in one-on-one discussion about this remarkable opportunity. The Open Houses will be held at the Observation Post (211 Lincoln Boulevard, near the Post Office on the Main Post). Three sessions will be offered on each day: 8:30am to 10am; 11:30am to 1pm; and 6:30pm to 8pm.

The schedule is as follows: 

  • Monday, July 29 – Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
  • Tuesday, July 30 – Bridge/Sustainability Center
  • Wednesday, July 31 – Presidio Exchange

If you have any questions, please email the Presidio Trust at


  • November 2012: The Presidio Trust initiates a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) process to explore programmatic possibilities for the former Commissary.
  • April 2013: The public comments on the initial ideas are received at a public meeting of the Presidio Trust Board of Directors.
  • May 10, 2013: The Presidio Trust issues a request for more detailed proposals (view theRequest for Proposals) to three of the teams.
  • June 17, 2013: The three teams present their ideas at a public meeting. View transcript >> 
  • July 29-31, 2013: Informational Open Houses to be held.
  • September 16, 2013: Proposals are due.

Oh Mein Gott, It’s KinderHaus German International Preschool Open-House on Oktober 27! For Kids 3 to 5

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Or actually, this now fully-licensed preschool is for kinder aged “2.9 to 5″ years.

Here’s the wind-up…

…and here’s the pitch:

“KinderHaus German International Preschool Secures Full Licensing – Hosts Open House Saturday, October 27, 2012

San Francisco, CA — KinderHaus, San Francisco’s first German international preschool, will host its first open house of the year for parents and their children ages 2.9 – 5-years-old on Saturday, October 27, 2012 between 10:00am and 12:00pm. This event marks KinderHaus’ first as a fully licensed preschool.

KinderHaus was founded in 2005 by a group of bilingual families who sought to develop their child’s social, learning and linguistic skills amid constant discovery and play. Since that time, the preschool has been committed to providing a culturally nurturing environment where children can learn through play, exploration and imagination. Energetic and experienced staff work with the children to help them learn and develop their skills. Each child receives individual attention, and instruction is tailored to each child’s ability. Teachers and aids have first aid training and are CPR certified. The bright and spacious classroom has areas for snack and lunch, group and individual play and quiet time. The school also has an outside area.

The exposure to different cultures and languages is a crucial component of a child’s development. KinderHaus is dedicated to integrating the German and English languages, as well as exposing students to the German, Austrian and Swiss traditions and holidays.

Incorporating the values of both German and American cultures, children are encouraged to develop the values of sharing, cooperation and respect for others. Activities include art projects, music, crafts, movement, physical education, nature exploration and story time – with an emphasis on the German language.

The curriculum is based on child-initiated activities within a supportive environment. Children have many opportunities to initiate their own activities and to take responsibility to complete them. The teacher’s role is to help children as they make decisions for themselves. In every aspect of the curriculum it is “the process and not the product that counts.” Each month has a new theme and its objective will be introduced followed by an art, science, and/or math project to reinforce the concept.

“Movement, social interaction in a child-centered environment is important to me,” said Jana Houweling, KinderHaus’ new director and lead teacher who has more than a decade of Early Childhood Education experience in San Francisco. “Through observation we determine what are the child’s interests and encourage them to explore them – hands on.”

During the open house, interested parents and their children are invited to meet the current enrollees and the preschool’s multinational teachers to get an overview of the school’s organization and its mission. After informal introductions, there will be time for prospective families to ask questions. Children are encouraged to attend and play. Light refreshments will be served.

KinderHaus is located in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th Street at the corner of 16th and Dolores Streets and offers easy and safe access for you and your child. The school year runs between August and June.

For more information, visit

About KinderHaus German International Preschool:

KinderHaus is a German-English licensed preschool with a focus on play-based exploratory immersion of German language and German speaking cultural activities. The monthly curriculum introduces children to German songs, rhymes and stories with a common theme. The most well-known traditions and holidays from German speaking countries and American holidays are celebrated.

At KinderHaus, we are committed to fostering positive relationships with children and their families. We honor and respect each child’s unique skills and interests and believe that each child should be allowed to develop at his or her own pace. Our priority is to provide a safe, nurturing, and inspiring environment where children are challenged and enabled to grow to their fullest potential.

Our daily program consists of an AM and PM program. Children may attend full or half day sessions. Enrollment is based on rolling admissions throughout the school year and contingent upon classroom availability. KinderHaus follows the SFUSD calendar.

Our teaching staff consists of native German speakers who have degrees in Early Childhood Education.”

OK then. Myself, all the German I know is from Falco. Pity me.

Do You Need a Job? Well, UNIQLO is Hiring Supervisors on Wednesday and Friday This Week – Open House at the St. Francis

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Hey retail people, your ship has come in:

UNIQLO IS NOW HIRING SUPERVISORS for our San Francisco store! Please attend our Supervisor Open House Interviews: Wednesday, May 16th 9am – 6pm or Friday, May 18th 9am – 6pm. Location: The Westin St. Francis Hotel, 2nd Floor (335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA)”

This gig is new, this gig is you:

If you welcome new challenges, have a drive for success, and embrace the responsibility of leadership—then you belong at UNIQLO!

We are seeking individuals who aspire to grow and develop into true professionals. At UNIQLO, teamwork is crucial. We encourage team members to take the initiative and actively participate in all aspects of our business. We are committed to a merit-based work environment and fairly assessing employees on ability, growth and achievement—regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local civil laws. We offer career advancement and salary increases to hardworking, committed individuals who consistently generate results. All of our employees, including newly hired part-time staff members, have the potential to take on greater responsibility and rise within our organization.

Supervisors Needed for Union Square, San Francisco Store Location!

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Store Manager, the Supervisor is the pace setter and role model for customer service in the store. Their key function is to ensure all Sales Associates in their respective department or zone exceed customer expectations. Additionally, they are responsible to help train, oversee and develop Sales Associates on store standards.

* Motivates their team to meet and exceed sales goals
* Supervises the floor to monitor breaks and ensure coverage during peak times according to Daily Work Schedules
* Ensures brand and operational standards (visual, cleanliness, cash management, inventory management, etc.) are consistently met
* Ensures their team proactively manages customer needs and exceeds expectations according to the UNIQLO service standard, the UNIQLO Fundamental Principles and the 6 Standard Phrases
* Trains and develops their team on fitting room & cash wrap standards and assists when needed in those zones
* Manages inventory by ensuring all merchandise is represented and replenished on the floor in full size runs
* Assists management to identify issues in the store
* Trains their team on product and brand knowledge and ensures product knowledge is conveyed to customers
* Follows all company policy and procedures & notifies management of any infractions
* Assists with special projects as assigned by management

* High School Diploma or GED

* Ability to train and develop a team with strong communication skills
* Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts and percentages
* Ability to work a flexible schedule that meets the business needs, including evenings and weekends

Don’t Miss Today’s Big Meeting About Adding a Bike Path to the Western Span of the Bay Bridge – 5:30 PM, 100 Van Ness

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Via LivaSOMA comes news of today’s big meeting about putting a bike lane on the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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All the deets:

“Open House to Unveil Design Alternatives for Bay Bridge West Span Bike/Ped Path Project – December 13 Meeting to Highlight Concepts, Challenges, Opportunities

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

SFCTA Board Room
100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), in partnership with Caltrans and the City and County of San Francisco, has developed several design alternatives for a bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance path project on the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and will present these alternatives for public review and consideration at an informational open house on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board Room, 100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor, in San Francisco.

The open house will advance development of a Project Initiation Document (PID) for what is formally known as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Bicycle Pedestrian Maintenance Path Project. The PID is intended to update the feasibility study performed in 2001. In addition to featuring design alternatives, the open house will outline key challenges and constraints, project costs, and the development process for the project. The public is invited to view project exhibits and talk with project team members. A presentation will be made at 6 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m.  Please note the same presentation will be given at both times.

The proposed pathway project would extend the bicycle/pedestrian path already being constructed on the Bay Bridge’s new East Span by taking it around Yerba Buena Island and across the bridge’s West Span into San Francisco. In addition to providing a continuous bike/ped route from Oakland to San Francisco, the path project also would provide improved bridge access for Caltrans maintenance crews, thereby reducing maintenance closures on the bridge. Please note that these are preliminary designs and that funding for this project has not yet been identified.

Project materials will be posted to after the meeting. Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations should be directed to Meghan Daniels at or 415.227.1100 x118.”

SFO’s New Terminal Two Will Be “Sustainable?” Sign Up Now For the T2 Kick-Off on April 9th – Party With 11 Thin White People

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Here are the bus ads around town these days.

See? Terminal 2 has arrived. April, 2011

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Now, is this something to get excited about?

Well, as always, You Make The Call. Hey, why not show up for the FREE SFO T2 Community Open House on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 and decide for yourself.

But hurry, they’re running out of the tickets that you all will need to get in. Check it:

(As promised, there are 11 thin White People on the invite page. Count them for yourself, why not? Where’s Waldo ‘n stuff.)

As you might have expected, Inside Scoop’s Paolo Lucchesi is all over the food sitch at our new T2. All’s I can say is that it all should be pretty pricey, but, prove me wrong, SFO, prove me wrong.

Now, leaving aside the big picture of labeling anything to do with jet travel sustainable,* I’m a little baffled as to how a “cage-free” egg is a “sustainable” egg, but oh well.

All the deets:

Concessions Program

The airport expects its food and beverage tenants to provide sustainable food to the greatest extent possible.  Expectations include using:
  • organic, local products
  • organic or natural meats
  • rBST-free dairy products
  • cage-free antibiotic eggs
  • sustainable seafood
  • fairly traded organic coffee
  • non-modified agricultural products
  • no artificial color, flavor or additives
  • non-hydrogenated oils
  • biodegradable to-go containers and utensils
  • compostable bio-resin or paper bottles for water
  • low- or no-phosphate detergents.

As with other tenants, SFO’s concession tenants are encouraged to use green building materials for their facilities and will be required to recycle and compost.”

O.K. fine.

I don’t know, I’m used to hearing all this overblown stuff from SFO. So it’s like yes, SFO  was ready for the long-delayed Airbus A380 superjumbo, but so what. And yes, Lufthansa will soon be using an A380 from Frankfurt daily, but it burns more fuel than the Boeing 747 it’s replacing, right? Well, the Mayor’s Office and SFO both reported that one wrong. Oh and then QANTAS was supposed to start flying A380s in and out of Millbrae, but, instead, they’re going to bug out of NorCal entirely due to a little corporate welfare (like 3 mil., something like that) from Texas, so maybe the Mayor’s Office and SFO were, once again, wrong/insanely optimistic about that as well?

Remembering when the T2 construction site was a vast ocean of free parking. Good times.

(Man, are they still flying three-decade-out-of-production DC9’s out of SFO? Or that’s a baby McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in the upper left? Can’t tell. No matter, flying dinosaurs they are regardless.)

So, we had a Terminal 2, then we shut it down, and now we’re opening it again. O.K.


Make that super-meh.

*Cheap international air travel using relatively cheap dino-juice is “sustainable?” Really? And instead of bringing food to the people, ’cause that’s unsustainable ‘n stuff, we’re bringing people to the food?

All the deets here and after the jump.

SFO: Ask about our recomposure zone!”**

**Srsly. (Call us when the shuttle lands, SFO.)


“SFO T2 Community Open House
Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco, CA

Ticket Information
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out

The City of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Airport Commission invite you to a special Community Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Terminal 2, SFO’s dazzling new terminal that elevates air travel to a new level of comfort, relaxation, beauty and fun – and all with a commitment to sustainability.

The Community Open House will feature food and beverage specials from T2’s new tenants, activities and entertainment provided by T2 partners and sponsors and local organizations. Discover how T2 + U = a greener way to travel! Compete in the Skytracker Eco-Challenge and see if you can score enough points to win exciting prizes and gifts, including a fabulous trip for two.

12 noon to 5 pm: Public Admission

Bring the family — this is a FREE event, open to everyone.

Contact: Event Coordinators: Winslow & Associates, Inc.
Phone: (415) 551-5190, Fax: (415) 551-5195,



Crazy Like a Fox! The Quick Red Feds Jump Over the Lazy Brown Dog Owners of the 415 and 650

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Kamala Kelkar has the deets of this expected gambit from The Feds:

“The public comment period for a contentious proposal to force dogs onto leashes in several popular dog-walking spots such as Fort Funston was extended until May 29.”

All the deets, and news of today’s premature protest, below.

Off leash dogs at Fort Funston (named in honor of a Filipino-Killing Cracker):

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Draft Plan/DEIS Newsletter

GGNRA Draft Dog Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement

NEPA and Negotiated Rulemaking

Public Scoping Comment Analysis Report

Public Scoping Workshops Project Information

And here’s the news from famous SF FYI Net:

“March 7, 2011 – Monday

Off Lease Dog Walking – Rally outside the GGNRA Open House Meeting
When:  March 7, 2011 – Monday
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Ft. Mason Center, Building D, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street, San Francisco
What: Speak out for Off-Leash Dog Walking.  Rally outside the GGNRA Open House Meeting.  Golden Gate National Recreation Area has released a proposal to restrict dogs and off-lease dog walking in places like Fort Funston, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, Marin Headlands, Muir Beach.  Rally outside of the GGNRA open house meeting at Ft. Mason. The GGNRA will not have a microphone available for the public to commet on its proposal.
Bring a photo of your dog, a sign expressing your message to the GGNRA.
Sponsored by: Crissy Field Dog Group, DogPAC of SF, Ocean Beach DOG, SF ProDog, Save Off-Leash Dog Walking in the SF Bay Area, SFDog.

Let’s stay safe out there…