BMA NEWS

BMA August Meeting Cancelled

Due to summer scheduling tonight's BMA meeting has been cancelled.

Regular meeting will resume next month
September 23, 2014
La Laguna Taqueria
3906 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94124


UCSF upcoming fundraising events

Dear Mission Bay Neighbors,

UCSF has two upcoming fundraising events that will be taking place in the Mission Bay neighborhood on Saturday September 6, 2014 during the mid-afternoon and evening. The Mission Bay Kick-Off Celebration will feature two fun events—the Hard Hat Walk and Lights On Festival—celebrating the grand opening of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in February 2015.

Events Description

The 5K Hard Hat Walk will start on campus near the T-Third MUNI stop, proceed east to Terry Francois Boulevard and go north around AT&T Park and along the Embarcadero, turning onto King Street, 3rd Street, Berry, 5th, then along the waterfront promenade to the 4th Street Bridge, following 4th Street back to campus. (Please see walk route map on reverse side of this letter.) The Lights On Festival will take place in the Fourth Street Public Plaza between Mariposa and 16th Streets. The festival will include musical entertainment. As the sun sets, UCSF will stage a light show surrounding the new hospitals.

Considering our neighbors

UCSF has worked with neighborhood leaders to minimize impacts on residents along the walk route. For example, the plan was scaled back from full street closures to partial closures south of the Creek and use of sidewalks north of the Creek. There will be traffic controls all along the route to ensure neighbors have easy access to their homes.

Events Timeline

3:30 PM Hard Hat Walk check-in; entertainment begins

5:30 PM Hard Hat Walk begins

Lights On Festival opens

7:50 PM Lights On Festival Light Show Finale

8:30 PM Event concludes

UCSF welcomes your participation in these fundraising events to benefit the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. We invite you to join in the Hard Hat Walk by registering and donating at least $25. If you raise at least $100 you will also be invited to attend the Lights On Festival. Children under the age of 12 are welcome at both events free of charge with their parents. For more information about the events and how to participate, please see www.ucsfhardhatwalk.com. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at Michele.Davis@ucsf.edu or 415.476.3024.

Sincerely,
Michele Davis

UCSF Community and Government Relations
tel: 415/476-3024 | fax: 415/476-3541


Hunters Point Shipyard Opportunity to provide Professional Architectural Services
 
Lennar Urban is requesting qualified, interested Companies to respond to a public request for proposals through the Office of Investment and Infrastructure of the City of San Francisco.  This work will be for BLOCK 48 (Hillside) of The Shipyard Development – 407 townhomes and flats that will include 5 parcels designated as Community Builder parcels.  For more information on this RFP, please visit here.

MBEs/WBEs/SBEs/LBEs are encouraged to respond.


Kennedy Market's Healthy Grand Re-Opening
THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014 @ 5PM - 8PM 4600 3rd Street @ McKinnon more...


BMA Meeting Minutes – Mar 25, 2014 (PDF)


Participatory Budgeting in District 10

Participatory budgeting was first developed in Brazil and has been embraced by numerous cities and municipalities. The process involves residents brainstorming uses and projects and then a vote by residents that determines which projects will be funded. Our office is partnering with the City's Controller to manage this process and hope that it will increase neighborhood participation in the City's budgeting process.

Please find attached a flyer that outlines the dates, times and locations for the upcoming meetings in Vis Valley, Potrero Hill and Bayview. (We will have translated flyers by next Monday).

Kick Off Meetings

1) Saturday, March 29, 10:00am – 11:30am at The Village (1099 Sunnydale Avenue)

2) Wednesday, April 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at California College of the Arts (350 Kansas Street)

Project Vetting Meeting

1) Thursday, April 17, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Southeast Community Facility (1800 Oakdale Avenue)

View the flyer


Community Meeting on Proposed Sugary Beverage Tax

Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, Malia Cohen and John Avalos recently introduced a proposal for the November 2014 ballot to tax sugary beverages, with the proceeds dedicated to food access and nutrition, physical activity, and health programs in public schools, parks and the community.

We will be convening a series of community meetings and outreach efforts on the issue – with the first meeting taking place in District 10. Please join us at this meeting to learn more about the proposal and get your questions answered. Feel free to circulate the flyer to those who you think might be interested.

Community Meeting on Proposed Sugary Beverage Tax
Thursday, January 23
6:00pm – 7:30pm

1800 Oakdale Avenue (Alex Pitcher Community Room)
San Francisco, CA 94124


Locals hope postcard program provides better picture of Bayview

Candlestick Point Park in San Francisco is scenic enough to be on a postcard, according to one local resident more...


San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen's Birthday Celebration

Friends and supporters, the young and older came together to celebrate Supervisor Malia Cohen’s birthday. Supervisor Cohen represents San Francisco District 10 – Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods more...


The Southeast Merchants Holiday Mixer

The Southeast Merchants Holiday Mixer is Tuesday, December 10th, 6-9 PM.
Recology@ 900 7th St.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, live music by The Reed Fromer Band.
Mix and mingle with merchants and business owners from all over the southeast parts if the City.

Please join us!


Ever heard of Kiva Zip?

Crowdsourced microlender, Kiva, has expanded its lending to help lower-income entrepreneurs in the US. 7 out of 10 small businesses that apply for bank loans are denied. That is why alternative lenders and crowdfunding are vital resources for businesses like the ones in our community.
Credit scores and collateral aren't needed for the loans, which average $6000 (but can go up to $25K with good repayment history) but a business owner will need a trustee. Learn more by going to www.kivazip.org.
It is also a great way to lend money - even small amounts - to businesses you want to see start or expand. Many of us have never thought of ourselves as lenders or philanthropists, but Kiva Zip makes it possible.
Check it out!


BMA Meeting Minutes July 23, 2013 (PDF)


3rd ON THIRD ARTS CELEBRATION IN THE BAYVIEW
UTILIZES ART TO SHOWCASE A COMMUNITY
Thursday, August 15, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.


WHAT: On Thursday, August 15, 2013 the Stern Grove Festival Association brings "Grove on the Road," back to the Bayview for the monthly 3rd on Third arts celebration featuring live/electronic band, Afrolicious and Valerie Troutt's vocal ensemble, Moon Candy.

3rd on Third, a reference to the third Thursday of the month and the event location, Third Street, will feature a myriad of activities for the whole family. The event will include FREE trolley rides, murals by local artists, pop up galleries, outdoor performances, a special children's zone with free art-making activities and food vendors. The fun kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.

Through creative partnerships with neighborhood-based organizations, 3rd on Third shines a spotlight on the Bayview's cultural offerings and helps identify the Third Street Corridor as a lively destination for great food and art.

*Special media tours and interviews with participating artists will be scheduled throughout the afternoon upon request.

WHO: 3rd on Third is supported by District 10 Supervisor, Malia Cohen in conjunction with the San Francisco Arts Commission. Other partners include the Bayview Merchants Association, the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, B Magic, SF Art Everywhere and Third Street Neighbors as well as community-based artists.

WHEN: Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Mainstage at Oakdale and Third Street. 3rd on Third is located on Third Street between McKinnon and Quesada streets.

COST: FREE

INFORMATION: Visit 3rdonthird.com


Notes from BMA meeting: June 25, 2013

June 20th 3rd on Third event

  • Over 500 people in the neighborhood
  • BMA chartered a trolley to circle the event from Classic Cable Cars, a local 94124 business; very well received; chartered with PG&E funds
  • BMA conducted a survey of merchants involved to evaluate the impact of the event; we also asked some questions about business operations to get a sense of what other support merchants may need
  • Survey results to be posted soon
  • Next Steps – Event series is continuing; next 3rd on Third event July 18th – 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Tshirts being sold in Dollar Store & More; may be sold in some restaurants and other shops as well
  • Event Schedule will be on 3rd on Third Facebook page
  • September 25th meeting – mixer – Anchor Stream – 1705 Mariposa
  • Southeast Merchants Holiday Mixer – December 10th – Recology
  • BMA is now a SF City Vendor
  • 501©3 designation – We are contracting with an agency to create the Bayview Merchants Association Foundation
  • StorefrontSF.com – new service available through the City to list commercial spaces; free to list
  • Helene Sautou – Urban Solutions (415) 553-4343 ext 110
    helene@urbansolutionsSF.org
  • Recology – two adjacent commercial businesses can share an account
  • Supervisor Cohen’s legislation to limit formula retail with a Conditional Use requirement – Not a ban on formula retail; provides for a Conditional Use requirement; community would have the opportunity to interface with any potential applicant; No commercial zoning PDR & M1/ not zones NC district although Walgreens and McDonalds there
  • BMA President provided testimony before Small Business Commission on 6/10/13: the Conditional Use provision includes restrictions about size, product offerings, project mix architectural fit, but we provided testimony that the legislation should also require local hire; using local vendors, and using local professional services.
  • Approved unanimously (with the hiring/vendor/professional services provision)
    Consultant services
    Bookkeeping services
    Marketing – Renaissance going a project BMA to be included

Announcements

Target is hiring for 500 entry level positions; must be able to pass background check and drug test
www.target.com/careers
Ed Donaldson (415) 269-0135


STERN GROVE FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES “GROVE ON THE ROAD”
IN SUPPORT OF 3RD ON THIRD ARTS CELEBRATION IN BAYVIEW

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, FROM 5:30-9 PM

Stern Grove Festival Co-Hosts Performance Stage of Local Bayview Talent

On Thursday, June 20, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Stern Grove Festival Association will premiere “Grove on the Road,” in conjunction with San Francisco Arts Commission’s community-wide arts celebration, 3rd on Third, in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. “Grove on the Road,” will feature performances by artists with ties to the community.

“Stern Grove Festival Association is thrilled to identify the Bayview neighborhood as our first partner for Stern Grove on the Road,” said Executive Director Steven P. Haines. “3rd On Third is the perfect event to highlight Bayview artists and local talent.”

“The partnership with the Stern Grove Festival Association strengthens our investment in the Bayview community,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly Jr. “The SFPUC is committed to helping create a more healthy, vibrant community through our two-year investment in the arts, which we believe will impact local businesses and provide more opportunities for residents to celebrate the neighborhood’s cultural legacy.”

According to Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, “The SFAC is excited to partner with the SFPUC and Stern Grove Festival Association for this celebration. Stern Grove on the Road in Bayview means that local community artists will have a new opportunity to perform on a professional stage and have their work recognized by a prestigious organization. We hope the city comes out in support of this wonderful community and participates in 3rd on Third on June 20.”

The professional stage and sound system provided by Stern Grove Festival will be located at Mendell Plaza and feature local Bayview artists who have been selected through a competitive process. Artists include blues singer Pat Wilder, West African songstress, Fely Tchaco and the urban harpist Destiny Muhammad.

A reference to the third Thursday of the month and the event location, 3rd on Third is presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) with funding support from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). What began as a celebration of murals developed along the Third Street Corridor has evolved into a community-wide celebration that has been fully embraced by the Bayview merchants and residents, and various organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area. 3rd on Third will include an unveiling of six new StreetSmARTS murals by local artists, pop up galleries at Auntie April's Chicken, Waffles and Soul Food, Market on Third and Radio Africa, a special children’s zone with free art-making activities curated by 3.9 Art Collective, and food by Black Cuisine, a part of the Bayview Hunter's Point Multipurpose Senior Services.

Schedule:

5:30 PM – Official Kick Off

6 PM - Formal remarks by project partners at the Mendell Plaza performance stage.

6:20-9 PM - Muralists will be painting live at various mural locations along Third Street. Patrons can enjoy activities at pop up gallery spaces such as the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Bayview oral histories presentation sponsored by Auntie April’s.

Location: 3rd on Third will take place on Third Street between McKinnon and Quesada streets.

*Special media tours and interviews with participating artists will be scheduled throughout the afternoon upon request.

INFORMATION

ABOUT THE 3rd ON THIRD TEAM

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Established by charter in 1932, the SFAC integrates the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Galleries, and Street Artist Licensing.

Under the City's Art Enrichment Ordinance, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission works in partnership with the SFAC to support arts-based activation and recognizes the arts as a vital part of its commitment to healthy living, neighborhood stewardship, workforce and economic development via collaborative partnerships with local companies and residents, and relationship building in the community.

Stern Grove Festival Association is a non-profit cultural organization committed to providing the people of the Bay Area with admission-free access to diverse performing arts. Every year since 1938, the organization presents Stern Grove Festival, an admission-free performing arts series, in Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. www.sterngrove.org

Bayview Merchants Association is a non-profit, non-partisan group of neighborhood businesses in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San Francisco dedicated to the success of the merchants that make up the organization.

Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre is a vital community institution for Bayview residents and holds a significant place in the history and culture of Bayview Hunters Point. The Opera House currently provides arts education and cultural enrichment to San Franciscans on a low or no cost basis. Recent offerings include adult drama, dance and yoga classes, DARE TO DREAM ARTS school age after school classes, toddler and parent/toddler classes, and an 8-week long summer arts cam. The Opera House also hosts a large variety of cultural events, community gatherings and seasonal celebrations.

Infin8Sync is a creative events and production company focused on the empowerment of independent artists in the Bay Area and beyond. Though the majority of our events are currently in the Western Addition/Fillmore area, we have and continue to host and collaborate with organizations throughout the Bay Area. With the mantra: Revolutionize. Empower. Inspire. Our mission is to create a place where indie artists can network and collaborate so that the independent revolution can continue to thrive and set trends in all facets of art.

For information about 3rd on Third please contact Tyra Fennell.


Muni Metro Turnback Rail Rehabilitation Project

Construction Dates Scheduled 

Construction on the Muni Metro Turnback Rail Project is expected to begin in mid-July and will continue approximately through November. The construction will require five separate weekend partial shutdowns with “turnbacks” on the N Judah and T Third rail lines. This means that the T Third line rail service would operate only between Sunnydale and Mission Rock stations and that the N Judah line will turn back at Embarcadero Station. Customers would need to transfer to/from substitute shuttle bus service between Mission Rock and Embarcadero stations to complete their trips.

The weekend shutdown dates are scheduled to begin in mid-July and take place during 5 separate weekends through the fall. During each shutdown, construction and service adjustments will take place from 12 AM Saturday through 12 AM Monday.

The weekend dates are tentatively scheduled* as follows:

  • Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14
  • Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
  • Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3
  • Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17
  • Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 (if needed)

The construction dates presented have been coordinated to avoid major events and to minimize the impacts to service and to our customers.

*All dates and details are subject to change due to weather and other unexpected conditions. 

Muni bus shuttle service will operate in place of the affected light rail service. The SFMTA will continue to provide project updates to residents, customers and merchants on an ongoing basis.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we reinvest in your Muni system.

For general information on the project, visit www.sfmta.com/turnback or contact 311. 


Bayview 3rd Thursdays

Location:      Public Glass, an amazing glass blowing studio, 1750 Armstrong Ave, SF, CA
Date:           May 16 (get it Third Thursday)
Time:           6 to 7:30pm
RSVP:           http://thirdstreetneighbors-lashon.eventbrite.com

View pictures of past events at ThirdStreetNeighbors.com


New Disclosure Laws for Commercial Landlords
1) ADA compliance inspections
2) Energy-Use Data

*Commercial landlords in CA will have two new mandatory disclosures beginning July 1, 2013. The first, Civil Code Section 1938 will require every “commercial property owner or lessor” to state on the lease itself whether the property has been inspected by a CASp, and if so, whether the CASp did or did not determine whether the property met all applicable construction-related accessibility standards. The statute appears to apply to any commercial lease.

*Landlords will also be required to disclose a nonresidential property’s energy-use data for the prior 12-month period; the property’s operating characteristics; and the property’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager ratings. (This requirement also applies to the sale, finance or refinance of nonresidential properties. However, the statue only applies to the use/lease of the entire building, not individual leases in multitenant situations. )
This disclosure obligation will go into effect in stages over the course of 2013 and 2014, depending on the square footage of the building on the property, with a July 1 2013 deadline for buildings with more than 50,000 square feet; and a July 1, 2014 deadline for buildings with at least 5000 square feet.
Commercial landlords may want to begin proactive measures now to begin compliance with he energy use disclosure regulation. To accomplish the mandatory disclosure landlords will need to establish an account at the Energy Star Portfolio Manager website, fun by the EPA. Setting up the account will require a variety of information including the owners' name and address, building address and year of construction, a list of all sources of energy, and a description of the space usage in the building. The account must be established “at least 30 days before disclosure is required.”


Flavors of San Francisco - Represent your neighborhood at Flavors!

Each restaurant will be asked to contribute minimum of 600 bites each, however they should be encouraged to provide enough bits for the 1,200 estimated attendees.  All you need to do is identify restaurants to participate – we will work out the details with them!  Please refer to the attached invitation for more information about restaurant and bar participation.

  • You are welcome to have restaurants/bars share a table and bring a combined 600 to 1,200 bites if they are not able to bring that many alone. 
    What will be provided? 
  • Participants will be provided with a table for product display and marketing materials. Table linen and a tabletop sign will also be provided.  Power is available upon request and subject to availability.
  • Restaurants and bars will be provided with an additional table for product prep as well as access to cups, plates, utensils, napkins and ice upon request.
    If you choose to participate in Flavors of San Francisco 2013, please complete the online form no later than Friday, April 12, 2013 (link provided).  Click here to register for a table at Flavors of San Francisco 2013.


For any other overall questions or support, please do not hesitate to reach out by phone or email at 415.876.0904 or  elizabeth@strausevents.com.  Thank you in advance for your consideration and for all that you do.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!


BMA Merchants News
BMA media kit: PDF describes the basic project, the ad sizes, costs, deadline, contact info, etc.


Indie Impact National Summary: Indies Give Back Over Three Times as Much as Chains

By Dave Grogan on Thursday, Jan 17, 2013

Communities as different as Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Louisville, Kentucky, have at least one thing in common: Their independent businesses recirculate a substantially greater proportion of their revenues back into the local economy than do their chain competitors. This, according to a national study, The Indie Impact Study Series: National Summary Report, a summary of 10 localized studies conducted by Civic Economics, in partnership with the American Booksellers Association, over an 11-month period from 2011 - 2012.

For the Indie Impact series, Civic Economics worked with small business organizations in 10 American communities to survey independent, storefront businesses engaged in the retail trade or food and beverage services.

As with previous studies in Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, and New Orleans, Civic Economics compared the recirculation of revenue in the local economy for participating independent businesses with that of major chain competitors. In total, 106 retailers and 28 restaurants answered the survey. Reports were compiled for each community, as well as an aggregated national study summary.

Among the national study’s findings:

  • Nationwide, local retailers and restaurants for all completed surveys recirculate 52.3 percent of revenue locally, while chains recirculate just 15.8 percent. This means indies keep 3.3 times as much revenue in the local economy as do their chain competitors.
  • Looking at just retailers, local businesses recirculate 47.7 percent of revenue locally, compared to 13.6 percent for chains, meaning indie retailers keep 3.5 times as much revenue in the local economy.
  • Nationwide, by retail segment, sporting goods, book, and music stores combined recirculated 39.1 percent of revenues locally.

“Each Indie Impact study further drives home the point that we’ve been making for years that shopping at your local, independent retailer is better for the fiscal health of a community,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher. “At a time when many cities and towns are faced with budgetary and job creation challenges, these figures simply provide yet another great reason for shopping local.”

For each study, Civic Economics asked local businesses to provide the proportion of revenue expended in five categories: Profits paid out to local owners; Wages paid to local workers; Procurement of goods and services for internal use; Procurement of local goods for resale; and Charitable giving within the community.

For chain competitors, the aggregate value of these was estimated from public records.

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA)
Presidio National Park
1007 General Kennedy Avenue
PO Box 29169
San Francisco, CA 94129

415-561-7686, 415-561-7685 (fax)
www.nciba.com


AB 1396 went into effect Jan 1 2013. The new law requires employers in and out of California who pay commission to:

  1. Have a written agreement in place
  2. Include a method for calculating and paying commissions
  3. Are signed by employees and
  4. Are documented with an employee acknowledgement form

The California Employers Association recommends

  1. Keep it short
  2. Avoid expiration dates
  3. Copies of the commission agreements and acknowledgement of receipt should be kept in employees file.
  4. Consider attaching a job description

Include the following:

  • Employees name, title and date agreement was signed.
  • Name of company representative and date agreement was signed by this person.
  • Quotas and commission  rate calculation. Include when commissions are earned. Impact of termination on commissions.

Please consult your attorney or human resource professional.

 New laws have taken effect Dec 30 around employers requirement to provide pregnancy leave .

Among other things they have redefined the 4 month requirement and expanded the responsibility  of employers.

If you have more information on how to comply with these new laws please let me know. This is required of all employers with 5 or more employees.

Scott Hauge
President
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA  94116
shauge@cal-insure.com
415-680-2188 


Southeast Merchants Holiday, Mixer December 4th, 2012



* January 6th - metered parking begins throughout San Francisco on Sundays. Meters will be in operation from 12-6. There will be 4-hours windows, rather than the standard 1 or 2 hour windows, to allow for worship services.

* At the last SFCDMA meeting (San Francisco Council of District Merchants) we had a presentation about the effect of food trucks on brick and mortar businesses by a restaurant owner downtown, and were also presented some facts about food truck permitting by Regina Dick-Endrizzi from the Office of Small Business.

  1. There are currently 350 food truck permits currently in San Francisco
  2. There is currently no provision in the permitting process that prohibits trucks from parking in front of businesses with like-foods. If a restaurant wants to protest a food truck from parking in front or nearby, it has to spend its own funds (which can run up towards $1000) to defend its own interests.
  3. Food trucks permits/leases are considered an encumbrance on the commercial store-front in front which it is parked.
  4. Formula retail establishments - i.e. coffee chains, burger chains - are now expanding into the food truck model as well.
  5. Permits are now issued by DPW, and no longer by SFPD
  6. There is currently no permitting process in place for mobile retail - i.e. clothing - only food.

In general, SFCDMA supports the diversity of food choices that food trucks represent, as well as the economic opportunities that having a food truck can provide an entrepreneur. However, the council is going to take up the matter as an ACTION ITEM after the holidays. It will determine whether to support requesting that the Board of Supervisors add some stronger language regarding the ordinance that Supervisor Scott Weiner is currently proposing.

* May 13 - 18, 2013 is Small Business Week, with Flavors of San Francisco on May 13th.

The Office of Small Business is supporting neighborhood businesses that want to engage in sidewalk sale activities by offering fee waivers for sidewalk encroachment permits.

Businesses are encouraged to hold their sidewalk sales on Saturday, May 11th, but May 18th is also available.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING FEE WAIVERS/PERMIT APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH.

Download Small Business Week information and application.

Note: The permit form reads May 18th, but that date can simply be changed to May 11, 2013.


In preparation for the release of the Transbay Transit Center's Structural Steel Package (TG07.1), the San Francisco and Oakland African American Chambers of Commerce are co-hosting a technical assistance workshop. Workshop will be held, November 8, 2012, from 1pm-3pm at the offices of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, 1006 Webster Street, SF, CA 94115. More details on flyer (PDF).

Affordable Housing Outreach

La Shon Walker is working with the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services to do outreach for the affordable rental housing becoming available in the neighborhood, and throughout SF. There will be a series of GET RENT READY (PDF) outreach workshops during the month of November.

DPW Bond Measure Update

During September meeting, Greg Crump presented information on the The $248 million Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond (Streets Bond) was approved by voters in November 2011. With it, the City is resurfacing streets in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco; repairing deteriorating bridges, overpasses and stairways; and making traffic, pedestrian, and bicycle and safety improvements. The Streets Bond will bring tremendous benefits to the residents of San Francisco that mean not only smoother travelling, but will ensure safety, increase accessibility, and strategically focus on maintenance of the aging City infrastructure.

In March, the first sale of the Streets Bond provided $73.4 million in funding for Year One. The bond is making repairs right now at a rate three times the standard pace of resurfacing in San Francisco to create a safer driving, walking and biking experience for residents, visitors, tourists and shoppers. This presentation is a brief update and summary of the current status of the Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond (Streets Bond), as of September 2012, with an overview of the bond objectives, funding structure, general timelines, and updates to each of the sections of bond work. Merchants had questions about the map that Greg presented and what seemed to be more paving work in areas other than BVHP. On October 12, the Executive Committee met with Supervisor Malia Cohen to discuss the issue. We were told that all districts got an equal share of the Proposition B monies, but that paving is happening in all parts of D10, not only Bayview. She also said that there are some other funds coming into the BVHP for paving, including Prop K dollars, and Prop AA dollars.

Bayview Library Project

Information about Penny Jars (PDF) for BMA is the handout about the penny jar fundraising effort that the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library presented at Tuesday's meeting.

Also please see the form for the library's salvaged bricks (PDF). Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any help. I will let you know when we have a date for the opening!

Announcement

Cedric Jackson from One Stop Employment Center came by to share information with merchants about two programs.

  1. Intensive Training Internship - JobsNOW - $11.33 per hour reimbursement for up to six months for non-profits to hire someone 24-32 hours a week.
  2. Wage Subsidy - Reimbursement for up to $5000 for 6 months to hire professionals for merchants/business settings.

The OneStop staff pre-screens participants per any job descriptions submitted by merchants or organizations; Organization representatives would do second interviews at the OneStop office. 3120 Mission Street @ Cesar Chavez

SFCouncil of District Merchants Association meeting October 15th

There are now 85 commercial leases on Treasure Island

SFCDMA gala event scheduled for February 7, 2013

Contract with Via Media signed for our Merchant Directory

Kick off to ad sales will be out Holiday Mixer on December 4th. Any profit generated beyond the expenses outlined in the contract (for the creation of the directory), will be split between Via Media and the BMA. Split is: 75% Via Media; 25% BMA. BMA will have no upfront costs for the creation of this director. ANY MERCHANTS WHO BECOMES A MEMBER OF BMA AS A PART OF PURCHASING AN AD FOR THE DIRECTORY, WILL BE GIVEN DISCOUNT PRICING ON THE AD.

New Program thrust for DA's office - Chronic Quality of Life Issues

For more than a year, the DA's office has convened meetings to address the issue of chronic offenders defined as people who receive more than 10 citations a year for conduct such as drinking in public, urinating in public, among others. The DA's office has crafted a program with the Court, the Police, the Sheriff, DPH and other city stakeholders to address the needs of the chronic offenders. The DA, George Gascon is committed to bringing misdemeanor charges for failing to appear so that his office can address the underlying conduct of these individuals.

However, before implementation the Court indicated they will hold contempt hearings for these chronic offenders. The DA's office is pleased with and supportive of this approach, and have encouraged the court toward finding a suitable program to address the substance abuse, mental health needs of these chronic offenders. The DA's office has promised to watch the Court's proceedings, and keeping all residents and merchants aware of the outcomes.

Beyond this effort, the DA has established a quality of life advisory committee. The group will meet quarterly to hear from community stakeholders. The focus will be on overall livability of our neighborhoods and how the DA can support improvements to our community. The Bayview Merchants Association has representation on this valuable committee.

A flowchart of the process is as follows:

  • Chronic Offender arrested
  • [while in custody, DPH will be assessing treatment options]
  • Chronic Offender given list of charges for all of his or her failures to appear
  • Chronic Offender may or may not remain in custody depending on the Judge’s decision
  • Hearing set
  • Negotiations on the case (program, how long) between defense attorney and the Court
  • Hearing held
  • CO sentenced to treatment of some kind