Summary from the March 9 Meeting

Summary from March 9, 2016

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Upper Noe Recreation Center, 295 Day Street

Neighborhood Associations Panel
Upper Noe Neighbors invites neighborhood associations to participate in a panel discussion about effective neighborhood activism.

The meeting was a nice event. Moderator Art Agnos gave a grand introduction, emphasizing the importance of neighborhood associations and the unique situation Upper Noe Neighbors created of bringing together adjacent associations into one forum. About 40 people attended. Art said that, except for times of crises, this was typical of these types of meetings where the vanguard of the community comes together to spotlight issues and to gather and exchange information to disseminate to their neighbors. Art went on at length about the power of neighborhood associations and the need for them to exercise that muscle to overcome the centralized power of City Hall. He championed neighborhoods with making the difference in the 8 Washington and Prop B (waterfront construction height limits) initiatives.

Eventually, Art turned to the panelists, GPA President Michael Rice, Friends of Noe Valley President Todd David, Diamond Heights Community Association President Betsy Eddy, and Upper Noe Neighbors President Marianne Hampton. He asked each to introduce themselves, tell how long they have lived in their neighborhoods, how they came to be involved in their neighborhood association and for how long. Each had an interesting story to share that illuminated their long and deep-seated connections to their communities and protracted histories of tackling neighborhood issues.

What type of organization?
GPA: Board, committees, writers. Diverse interests and project-based.
FNV: Board, directors-at-large. Focused on public event only. Leaves issues to the wide array of other local organizations.
DHCA: Board. Project-based.
UNN: Board, committees. Project-based.

What type of issues?
GPA: SFMTA – Bosworth disaster
FNV: public events only
DHCA: MUNI routes, water main breaks.
UNN: SFMTA – projects sprung upon the neighborhood without notice, shuttle buses, J-Church

How do you communicate/interact with your group?
GPA: website, blog and quarterly newspaper delivered to every doorstep
FNV: website, email, Noe Valley Voice
DHCA: email, NextDoor
UNN: website, email

Open to questions from the floor:
Someone mentioned the tech shuttles because SFMTA just announced that they plan to designate 2 whole blocks of Dolores Street near 28th Street as new tech shuttle stops, even though there is already a large stop at Dolores and San Jose Ave 2 blocks away. Ed Mason of UNN, an expert on the subject, spoke at length. In some neighborhoods, tech shuttles pass through at almost one per minute. In others, they sit idling, spewing diesel fumes. A study of the available records shows that less than 8500 people in San Francisco use tech shuttles. It was mentioned that the impact upon roads and neighborhoods is significant for service to such a small percentage of citizens. He proposed that Millbrae Station can easily accommodate a large number of buses and that workers can get there by taking BART.

Throughout the discussion, Art intervened with advice about how to approach problems with SFMTA and other City agencies. He stressed the need to identify the source of the irritation within an agency and approaching the Board of Supervisors to cut funding for that part of the agency until the irritation stops. This specifically addressed the current shell game that SFMTA is playing with tech shuttle stops.

Ron Halbert of the new Fairmount Heights Association asked the panelists how they stimulate participation. Ron mentioned that since forming the group last summer, monthly attendance steadily dropped as the initial excitement waned. All of the panelists agreed that maintaining active member participation is a perennial struggle, and that a small, core group generally serves to maintain the association. All agreed however that neighborhood associations are important community assets. The panelist also voiced sentiments that bringing associations together in forums such as this is a great idea and that it should be repeated on a regular basis.

Summary from January 20 UNN Meeting

Summary from January 20 UNN Meeting

UNN / Ingleside Station Community Meeting
January 20, 2016
Upper Noe Recreation Center

-Captain Joseph McFadden
-Officer Rob Rueca
-SFSAFE Public Safety Coordinator Allison Burke -Ingleside Station Community Police Advisory Board co-chair Joelle Kenealey, and members Sarah Rogers, Chris Faust
-45 neighbors

Upper Noe Neighbor’s safety agenda neatly coincided with Capt. McFadden’s desire to bring his monthly community meeting to Noe Valley.

Upper Noe Neighbors president Marianne Hampton welcomed a mix of nearby neighbors and regulars of the captain’s meetings.

Captain McFadden introduced himself and delivered a general report on crime issues.

Auto break-ins and home burglary have increased.

Car break-ins have little downside for criminals. It does not involve the risk or effort of other criminal activities such as drug sales. Breaking in is quick and easy. It involves no special skill or tools and any electronic device is worth $200 at 7th and Market. A jacket or blanket lying on the seat might be reason to break in if it looks like it might be covering a laptop or cell phone.

Felony break-in = 1. breaking, 2. taking something, 3. leaving. Forced entry or breaking required.

Never leave a gun in the car.

Put items in your trunk before reaching your destination and parking. Criminals are watching, and may even follow you to your destination after you park to be sure that you will be busy for a while.

Don’t park long-term with your garage opener, registration or other documents with your address in your car. Take them with you. Thieves may go to your home, open your garage and rob it if they suspect you will be gone for a while.

Get a key fob guard to protect against thieves using amplifiers to remotely activate your key and cause it to unlock your car doors.

Hot prowls are on the rise, usually garages. This is where opportunistic burglars sneak into a home when residents are present, either sleeping or in another room. Don’t leave ground floor or other accessible windows unlocked. A garage door opener left in the car can be stolen and used to open your garage door.

Home invasions are not common. It’s high risk. Usually these crimes involve people who know each other.

Shoulder-surfing ATMs. Criminals wait for easy targets, often older women, to log in and then bump them out of the way and withdraw cash. Be aware. Look around. Don’t log in if unsure about nearby people. Let others go ahead if a suspicious person is behind you. Or just leave and go somewhere else.

Mail scams are becoming more common. Do not send money in response to offers that are too good to be true.

Capt. McFadden showed a video of an actual daylight car break-in caught with a citizens home security camera. It showed a criminal casing cars, quickly smashing a window, and moving items from the victim’s car to a waiting get-away vehicle. The speed and ease of the crime was shocking and the brazen attitude of the criminal was shocking.

Report suspicious behavior right away. Keep reporting. Be vocal. We are all deputized to be nosy neighbors. Don’t worry about annoying dispatch or SFPD. Get details: shoes, pants (items that can’t be quickly discarded or will stand out to officers.), bumper sticker, broken tail-light or antenna. Unique details give officers probable cause for investigation.

Suspicious activity includes walking very close to cars and looking in, especially with a nearby car double parked idling.

Use home video cameras with wide angle to capture as much of the street as possible.

Form a Neighborhood Watch. Contact SFSAFE.

Ingleside is stepping up traffic enforcement of racing vehicles.

Ingleside Station Community Meeting

Dear Neighbors,

Please join us as Upper Noe hosts Captain McFadden for this important public safety meeting.

Ingleside Station Community Meeting
Wednesday, January 20
7 – 9 PM
Upper Noe Recreation Center (Day and Sanchez St.)

 Public Safety Roadshow audio/visual presentation
 Personal safety tips
 Effective methods of reporting crime and suspicious activity
 Crime trends
 Specific neighborhood concerns
 Safety goals

Everyone is welcome and wanted. Community bonding guaranteed.
Refreshments will be served.
Please share this information with your friends, family and neighbors.

A Special Note To Our Members

With great sadness we announce that long-time Upper Noe Neighbors President Vicki Rosen passed away in June. Rosen’s persistence and dedication made Upper Noe Neighbors a force at City Hall, and we hope to continue her work informing the neighborhood about important issues.

Please join us Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00PM as we host a special UNN meeting to honor Vicki with a plaque.

January 2015 meeting

Happy 2015 neighbors!

We’ll have our first meeting of the year one week later that usual due to conflicting schedules. The agenda will consist of:

1. Supervisor Wiener talking about the legislation he’s trying to get passed that will loosen restrictions on in-law units in existing residential buildings. It’s somewhat controversial as there is concern that more in-law units could affect the quality-of-life in the neighborhood on a number of levels as well as not be or remain more affordable than regular rental units. Scott will explain the proposal and the safeguards that could be put in place to address some of these issues.

2. Reading Partners. If you’ve never heard about this national literacy non-profit you will at this meeting. Volunteering one hour a week can help a local elementary school student increase his/her reading skills. These students need help because they’re reading 6 months to 2 1/2 years below grade level.

Meeting: Wednesday, January 21
7:30 pm
Upper Noe Recreation Center (Day & Sanchez)

See you then.


October 2014 meeting

Don’t forget about Wednesday’s Upper Noe Neighbors meeting–October 8 at the Upper Noe Rec Center, 7:30 pm.

Main election issues to be discussed will be:

* Prop E (sugary beverage tax)
* Prop G (transfer tax on residential properties sold within 5 yrs. of purchase–to help stop speculation, evictions)
* Prop H (requires natural grass on GG Park sports fields)
* Prop I (requires artificial turf on GG Park sports fields)

We’ll have folks there from both sides of these issues. If we have time, a couple other ballot propositions will be discussed.

As always, refreshments will be served!

See you Wednesday…and thanks for supporting your neighborhood group.


July 2014 meeting

Hello neighbors,

Please join us for our next quarterly Upper Noe Neighbors where we will hear from our two S.F. supervisors who will face each other in their run for our Assembly District 17 in November: David Campos and David Chiu.

Supervisors Campos and Chiu will talk about what they each can offer as they vey for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s termed-out spot in the California Legislature. It was a close runoff for the two of them in the primary earlier this month, with a low percentage of eligible voters going to the polls. The November election should prove much more participatory. The supervisors will discuss their platforms and take questions from the audience. It should be interesting!

We will start the evening at 7:30 pm with some special refreshments and a little time to visit with your neighbors before we have our discussion with the Supervisors.

Wednesday, July 9
7:30 pm
Upper Noe Recreation Center
Day & Sanchez streets

April 2014 meeting summary

Our next meeting is planned for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

President’s Report
April 2014

Approximately 50 people were interested enough in our agenda to come to our quarterly meeting, many of whom we have not seen before.

The first discussion was with two representatives of the Livable Streets department of the SFMTA on the pilot project slated for San Jose Avenue between the 280 freeway and Randall Street. This six-month project which will begin in May will narrow San Jose Ave. northbound from three lanes to two in hopes of slowing things down a bit without creating traffic backups. Neighbors from the College Hill area and Glen Park have worked hard to make this street safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers for a long time. Although many of us view this part of SJA as somewhat of a freeway extension (and its very design seems to go along with that), nearby neighbors are well aware of the accidents and general dangers associated with that street. At the conclusion of the pilot project, the data gathered by SFMTA will be released to the public and comments taken. Nothing will be made permanent until there’s been outreach and discussion with the public. If the pilot seems to work well, the next step will be to change the San Jose Ave. offramp from 280 from two lanes to one…the way it was before the Loma Prieta earthquake.

The San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities did not have to convince many of our neighbors about the benefits of moving our ugly wires underground. We’ve been hoping for this for many years, but only certain neighborhoods have seen the benefits (Pacific Heights, Forest Hills, St. Francis Woods, Presidio Heights…no surprises there!). The reasons we’ve been given for not undergrounding is that the City can’t afford it. But other cities have done it (example: San Diego) with minimal taxation devoted specifically to under grounding. Most people are willing to pay if it will actually happen. The SFCUU has a petition for those who support this effort and are encouraging folks to contact their supervisor to demand the City take this seriously by figuring out an assessment scheme that will work for us and get this done. For more information contact SFCUU at

See you in July.

April 2014 meeting

Next meeting is April 9

Proposed changes to San Jose Avenue and new efforts by San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities to place utility wires underground are on the agenda for the next Upper Noe Neighbors meeting Wednesday, April 9.

(Read about the proposed changes to San Jose Avenue in the February issue of the Noe Valley Voice in Short Takes on p. 15.)

Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the auditorium of the Upper Noe Recreation Center, 295 Day Street at Sanchez. For more information, email or call 415-285-0473.

January 2014 meeting

Happy New Year everyone!

Our first meeting of the year will be next Wednesday, January 8, at 7:30 pm at the Upper Noe Rec Center (Day & Sanchez). Here’s the agenda:

Warriors arena on the Waterfront? Former Mayor Art Agnos will discuss this proposal for Piers 30-32 (near Bay Bridge) and the possible impacts it and the associated condo development would have on the City.

San Francisco Village–This city-wide network helps older adults stay in their homes and neighborhoods and live active, full lives. This is an important resource for our aging, vulnerable population.

See you next week.