Supervisor Mandelman was not able to attend. District 8 Legislative Aide Zahra Hajee was present in his stead.
Treasurer Report: Our balance is down, especially in light of our project goals. A membership drive and an app to make it more convenient for members to sign up and pay dues is in the works. Dues may currently be paid online at https://uppernoeneighbors.com/membership/
Upper Noe History Project, Part 1:
Chris shared a presentation of the early history and development of Upper Noe. View the presentation.
1. J Church Safety and Accessibility Project – SFMTA outreach for the Noe Valley phase has been pushed back to fall 2023. This project would remove at least 20 parking spaces on Church St in Upper Noe to create 80 foot loading platforms. See the UNN presentation (of March 2023) on our understanding of the project and its specific impacts.
2. Church @ 28th St Stop Signs – UNN presented petitions with 362 signatures to SFMTA and Supervisor Mandelman asking for a 4-way stop on Church and 28th Streets. At least one hundred neighbors recently made calls to 311 asking for stop signs. Leadership at SFMTA has acknowledged this request and indicated that it will be considered in the design of the J Church project above.
3. Slow Sanchez – (updated 8/8/2023) SFMTA is organizing a Sanchez St. walk-through for late August or early September to define the scope of this project, to discover what features citizens desire, to explain what they would like to do with the funding. UNN Slow Sanchez Committee met on May 8. UNN has stated support for Slow Sanchez in its current design formed through rigorous public process. We are interested in knowing more about what MTA is planning and what our neighbors want for the future of this street. We promote a common understanding of what a slow street is and how it should be used based upon the authority of MTA (How to Use Slow Streets Fact Sheet) and traffic laws.
Church Street Branding:
The installation date for banners is probably mid-October. We are in conversation with installers who will survey Church St and identify possible banner locations. The concept is to do something similar to 24th Street. Lighting will follow shortly after. Local artists are encouraged to participate in the banner designs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the design criteria.
Data provided by Lt. Knoble of Ingleside Station shows that commercial break-ins on Church Street are not as frequent as purported. Crime rates have not increased. District 8 Safety Liaison David Burke commented that while some and break-ins and door smashings occurred (Baron’s Meats, Henry’s Hunan, Twin Peaks), this does not appear to be the work of organized groups. However, concern remains. Email email@example.com about broken windows, other issues or about home safety.
Our next meeting is September 20 at 7 pm at Upper Noe Rec Center.