Current Issues for Upper Noe Neighbors
Protecting, improving and promoting retail in Upper Noe –
• J-Church Improvement Project – initiated by SFMTA in spring 2019. Community action saved the 30th and Church stop but action is required to save the 29th Street stop and 14 parking spaces.
• Upper Noe Merchants formed in fall, 2019 to address merchants needs, advocate on their behalf, highlight businesses and events, find solutions for empty storefronts and improve the streetscape.
• Public garbage receptacles – DPW responded quickly to our request and installed many of the new style cans. We look to have the others replaced soon.
• Church Street Greening – a tree and sidewalk planting project. It needs a boost of energy. Anyone interested in helping out?
• Park – the blacktop basketball court and tennis court were repaved and painted in July 2019. Your emails, letters and 311 calls were a big help. Please continue to register your concerns about park maintenance.
Disaster preparedness –
• Resilient Noe Valley – formed in spring 2019 to prepare for the inevitable. Meets monthly.
• Neighborhood Emergency Response (NERT) Training sessions at Upper Noe Rec are in the works.
• Dangerous leaning utility poles – the one at 30th and Chenery is a documented hazard. PG&E is dragging their feet. Our Assistant Deputy Attorney stopped additional wires from installation.
• Ficus tree in front of Seokeo on Church Street was leaning dangerously and threatening power lines. It has been removed at the request of businesses and property owners.
Street safety –
• Improved crosswalk painting – Day and Church was finally repainted with yellow stripes. We are advocating for well-painted crosswalks throughout Upper Noe.
• Keep porch lights on all night – SFPD recommends this to light sidewalks better. This makes nighttime walks less creepy, allows us to see who is outside better, and gives a sense that people are aware of what is going on. It feels safer and it is safer. It’s also seems more friendly.
• Battery backup for 30th St and Dolores to have red stops blink during power outage – Currently, the intersection just goes dark and is difficult to see in two directions. SFMTA rejected this citing budget and space issues but we will keep on it.
• Speed cushions (bumps) for 27th St between Dolores and Guerrero approved.
• Recently installed Sanchez @ 28th St stop sign – Success.
• Proposed signal light at 27th St and Guerrero.
• Initiative to install Church @ 28th St stop sign –It is the middle of a 4-block stretch with no stops. Traffic reaches high speed and accidents are frequent in that intersection.
• Initiative to install a stop sign on Noe at Day.
New items –
• Harry Street & Comerford Street neighbors want the City of San Francisco to take ownership for these two streets. Both the Harry Street & Comerford Street folks are working with Supervisor Mandelman’s office to push this initiative forward.