Archive for April, 2009

Palo Alto (Ave.) Temporary Pump Station Removal

April 17th, 2009

The Water Department reports that the temporary pump station at Palo Alto Ave. and Marview will be removed and the area regraded beginning the week of April 20, 2009. The new pump station has been landscaped and fencing has been removed.

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

SF Municipal Transportation Agency projected deficit

April 15th, 2009

Projected $128.9 Million Deficit Requires Difficult Decisions

As a result of the global economic downturn, a national recession, the elimination of state funding for transit operations and a City budget deficit approaching a half billion dollars, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is facing an unprecedented budget deficit of $128.9 million for the next fiscal year that begins on July 1.

The SFMTA Board of Directors will be considering a broad range of options to increase revenues and reduce costs.

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in Room 400 at City Hall, the SFMTA Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on proposals to balance the budget. Details of the proposals are available online and include:

Fare and Fee Increases

Proposed increases to Muni fares and parking fees, fines and rates and a proposed extension of parking meter hours.

Service Modifications and Reductions

Three possible comprehensive options of service cuts, reductions and modifications have been proposed. If approved these cuts, reductions and modifications would most likely be implemented in September. Specific details of each of these three options can be viewed online. Please note that the service cuts, reductions and modifications developed in response to the SFMTA’s unprecedented budget deficit do not represent the implementation of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). However, the proposed reductions and modifications have been informed by the data collected and the extensive public input received during the TEP planning phase.

Taxi Medallions

A proposal that 100 taxi Medallions be auctioned on a pilot basis.

Declaration of Fiscal Emergency

The April 7 meeting of the SFMTA Board of Directors will also include a public hearing on a possible declaration of a “fiscal emergency” for the SFMTA for the next fiscal year, which would allow the service reductions and fare and fee increases under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

A “fiscal emergency” means that the agency is projected to have negative funding within one year from the date of declaration. It is important to note that a declaration of fiscal emergency does not by itself implement service reductions or changes to fares, fees, fines, rates and charges that support transit service.

The SFMTA last declared a fiscal emergency in 2005.

The SFMTA has also scheduled additional meetings and opportunities for public comment, which will be held as follows:

Tuesday, April 14, 9 a.m.
SFMTA Board of Directors Policy and Governance Committee
One South Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor Atrium Conference Room

Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Information Meeting on the SFMTA Budget and Proposed Service and Fare Changes
One South Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor Atrium Conference Room

Tuesday, April 21, 2 p.m.
SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
City Hall, Room 400

Thursday, April 30, 2 p.m.
Special SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting* on fiscal year 2010 Budget
City Hall, Room 400

* Note: The SFMTA Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on a budget balancing plan at this meeting.

In addition to encouraging attendance at the upcoming meetings, the SFMTA requests public feedback on the budget balancing options and proposed service reductions and modifications via:

Telephone: 311 or TTY 415.701.2323
Facsimile: 415.701.4502
U.S. Mail: SFMTA Board of Directors, One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94103

NOTE: All written comments on the declaration of a fiscal emergency on the Board’s April 7 agenda must be received at the SFMTA by Friday, April 10.

Following the SFMTA Board of Directors submittal of an Amended Operating Budget to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors on May 1, the Board of Supervisors has 30 days to allow it to take effect or to reject the entirety of the Amended Budget with seven or more votes.