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2009 Housing Element Outreach – May 6th workshop

April 15th, 2009

As many of you know, the City has been meeting with groups throughout the City to get their feedback and input on the 2009 Housing Element update. We want to hear directly from residents about their issues and needs related to housing, so that the 2009 update really does reflect the diversity of our City’s viewpoints and incorporates policy ideas that address these issues and needs.

We’ve finally found a date and location we hope will work for the neighbors in the West of Twin Peaks area:

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Miraloma  Park Improvement Clubhouse
350 O’Shaughnessy Blvd (at Del Vale)
6:00 – 7:30 pm.

I wanted to make sure we gave you all early notice; we will also be advertising this via a mailing to all registered neighborhood
organizations in the area, a mailing to residents on our mailing list, and posting it on our Outreach Calender.

We’d appreciate it if you could assist us in letting your members know about this workshop via your email lists; and if you have specific contacts which you’d like to share with us we’d be happy to contact them

As always, please do call or email if you have specific requests or questions on the Housing Element. Also, if you or any of your members are unable to attend the meeting, please do stop by the Planning Department during our office hours, send us an email with your thoughts or provide feedback online, by taking a minute to fill out our survey about housing priorities.

Sarah Dennis Phillips, AICP
Senior Planner
Manager, Plans and Programs
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103-2479

Clarendon Avenue traffic safety improvements beginning in 2008

July 1st, 2008

Clarendon Avenue Safety ProjectThere are two projects that will be improving the conditions on Clarendon Avenue near Clarendon Elementary School. The first project is being organized by the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT), and Department of Public Works (DPW), and will make safety improvements. Constructions will begin in July (2008).

The second project is a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant that DPT applied for at the end of 2007 and were awarded earlier this year. These improvements will not be implemented for at least another year.

This document provided by the city contains the details and maps of the sections of Clarendon Avenue that will be improved.

TPIA’s response to Sutro Tower Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

April 24th, 2008

This letter is written in response to the January 5, 2008 Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report regarding to the above referenced project.   In sum, the Twin Peaks Improvement Association advocates that:

February 1, 2008

Bill Wycko
Acting Environmental Review Officer
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, California 94103

Re:     Sutro Tower NOP/IS
Case No. 2007.0206E

Dear Mr. Wycko:

This letter is written in response to the January 5, 2008 Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report regarding to the above referenced project.   In sum, the Twin Peaks Improvement Association advocates that:

1) The time period for review and comment of the proposed scope of this EIR be extended;

2) The City and County of San Francisco retain an independent peer reviewer with expertise in the hazards posed by telecommunications towers and broadcast related operations to assist with the proper scoping of the EIR with regard to the proposed project (in light of the fact that the Sutro Tower is located within striking distance of thousands of homes, three emergency/essential water reservoirs, and Clarendon Elementary School);


(3) The Notice of Preparation of EIR be corrected and re-circulated so that meaningful comment on the scope of the EIR can be made by the public as the Notice of Preparation of the EIR fails to wholly consider very real dangers posed by the project.
Extension of Public Comment Period

At the outset, the comment period for this project must be extended.  The Sutro Tower is unlike any other structure in San Francisco.  Given the complexity of the Tower and its importance as an Essential Telecommunications Facility, and that the Tower is used for emergency telecommunications, the Notice should have been sent to a greater number of stake holders, including other communities, that rely upon Sutro Tower’s emergency broadcasts.

Moreover, the City must retain outside independent peer reviewers who specialize in identifying the hazards and dangers posed by telecommunications towers and broadcast related activities to assist both the Planning and Building Departments in the assessment of the risks posed by this type of project to the community, so that a proper EIR can be prepared to protect the public interest.

Placing the onus of identifying the hazards of this project as well as all future projects and the public response regarding this project upon the neighbors who live under the Sutro Tower, without including independent experts comment regarding the scope of the EIR, is inadequate.

Improper/Incomplete Description of the Project  and Project Area

The Sutro Tower telecommunications compound sits precariously close to three of San Francisco’s essential water reservoirs.  Any compromise in the Sutro Tower structure of the “unplanned” removal of any structure/antennae/equipment off the Sutro Tower presents a potentially fatal threat every day to the residents who live in the vicinity of the Sutro Tower.

Moreover, it is impossible to comment upon the scope of the EIR as the Notice fails to disclose or address the ambient broadcast strengths of the proposed new antennae.

Potential Seismic Impacts

The Notice of Preparation of the EIR improperly suggests that Sutro Tower and The Project do not pose a seismic hazard or that seismic hazards are less than significant “due to the high elevation and distance of the project site from a large inland water body.”

Given that Sutro Tower is located within striking distance of (1) three water reservoirs containing thousands upon thousands of gallons of water sited directly above residential housing, and (2) more than 1000 homes are located within the “fall zone of the Sutro Tower”, and (3) Clarendon Elementary School is also located within the “fall zone of Sutro Tower”, the Planning Department’s conclusive language in the Notice (page 37, lines 1 thru 10) is at best ill conceived, and at worst, demonstrates that the Planning Department fails to comprehend the impact of the Sutro Tower as well as the Proposed Project upon the neighborhoods below.

Location of Ancillary Equipment

By their own admission, the building located at the base of Sutro Tower is at capacity and over the years equipment has been added atop the transmission building and behind screened areas and located upon “equipment pads” at the base of the Tower.  Contrary to the assertions in the Notice of Preparation, this unsightly equipment is clearly visible from public roads and can be seen in plain view from the living room windows and gardens of many homes located in San Francisco.

The Notice fails to provide an adequate description of the ancillary equipment, whether or not the equipment will generate noise or create other impacts on the neighborhood, so accordingly because of this failure it is impossible to comment upon the proper scope of the Notice.


Because the Notice of Preparation does not provide drawings or plans or schematic representations of the proposed locations of the Proposed Project, fails to disclose the nature and use of the proposed antennae, fails properly describe the existing area, fails to address where the ancillary equipment is to be located, (inside or outside), fails to address or disclose the issues pertaining to terrorism, security, and seismic hazards, and the conversion of the Tower to other uses not related to fm broadcasting, the Notice of Preparation is defective, must be revised and re-circulated.

Very truly yours,

Doris S. Linnenbach
Twin Peaks Improvement Association

cc: President and Members, Planning Commission
President and Members, Board of Supervisors

UCSF 71,000 sqft Institute – comment

February 11th, 2008

ucsf.jpgUCSF is on the fast track to construct a new 71,000 gross square foot building on the Parnassus Campus. This will be the Institute for Regeneration Medicine, also known as the Stem Cell Research building. The building plans and site configuration have changed since the public was shown the preliminary design. If you were already aware of the project please take another look.

A meeting was held for the public where the new plans were unveiled, on February 5th. With only two weeks notice and the fact that the meeting was scheduled on election day, there were only four community members present to learn the new project details.

This building will be constructed behind and well up the hill from the current campus buildings on Medical Center Way. It will be visible from the Inner Sunset, Golden Gate Park and the Richmond Districts and will contain labs with “stacks” for ventilation.

If you have concerns, please read/download the “Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration” from the UCSF website. It contains all the details and specifics on the project.

IMPORTANT!! Please respond directly to UCSF with your comments. The window for public comment closes on MARCH 3, 2008.

Contact person and phone number:
UCSF Campus Planning
3333 California Street, Suite 11
San Francisco, CA 94143-0286
Attention: Michelle Schaefer, Environmental Coordinator
(415) 476-2911

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