All posts by Alex Lemberg

Panel on the Future of Policing – July 21

Hello neighbors,

Please take a look at tonight's newsletter to learn more about our public panel on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. You can read it here. We will be joined by District Attorney Chesa Boudin, District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton, SF Human Rights Commission Exec. Director Sheryl Evans Davis, Pastor Danté Quick, Ph.D, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler.

Zoom details are in the newsletter. You can also view the panel live or recorded on our Facebook page or learn more information at our event page.

You can also submit questions for the panel ahead of time at our Slido page! Just enter code #EVNAJuly.

Hope to see you at the panel on Tuesday!

Alex Lemberg, President

Planning Notices – Mid-June 2020

Hello neighbors,

As the city slowly begins to open back up, there is a deluge of new pre-application meetings, construction permit applications, and attendant discretionary review hearings in the near future.

Please look through the notices by address to see if there's anything of interest to you. All dates are either hearing dates, meeting dates, or discretionary review submission deadlines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Alex Lemberg or Loïc Olichon.

2020.06.15 Business Opening 227 Church St

2020.06.16 PreApp 237 Sanchez St

2020.06.16 PreApp 237 Sanchez St - Supporting Docs

2020.06.16 PreApp 3757 21st St

2020.06.18 DR 3640 21st St

2020.06.24 Permit App 3751 21st St

2020.06.24 PreApp 134 Alpine Terrace

2020.06.24 PreApp 134 Alpine Terrace Supporting Docs

2020.06.26 Permit App 357 Cumberland St

2020.07.01 Permit App 15 Park Hill Ave

Planning Notices – Late May 2020

The following are all upcoming dates for permits submitted in our neighborhood.

For 22 Henry Street, there will be a pre-application meeting on June 1.

For the other three addresses (4735 19th St.; 178 Douglass St.; and 357 Cumberland St.) discretionary reviews for the plans submitted must be submitted to the Planning Department by June 1, June 10, and June 11, respectively.

2020.06.01 PreApp 22 Henry St

2020.06.01 Permit App 4735 19th St

2020.06.10 Permit App 178 Douglass St

2020.06.11 Permit App 357 Cumberland St

Planning Notices – May 2020

The EVNA receives all notifications for planning and land use hearings, reviews, and pre-application notices for the Castro, Duboce Triangle, Corona/Ashbury Heights, and surrounding areas.

This post contains links to copies of all notices sent to us with deadlines or hearing dates in the near future.

Glossary:
"Permit App" - Permit Application. This means that a new permit has been applied for. There is a one-month period during which neighbors can submit requests for discretionary review.
"Variance" - This is a project that requires a specific exception to the planning code. An example is a restaurant in a block designated residential.
"Pre-Application Meeting" - This is a courtesy meeting thrown by the property owner to hear feedback and concerns from neighbors.

2020.05.26 Permit App 246 Eureka St

2020.05.26 Permit App 704 Castro St

2020.05.27 Variance 427A Buena Vista Ave E

2020.06.01 Permit App 4735 19th St

2020.06.01 PreApp 22 Henry St

2020.06.11 Permit App 357 Cumberland St

We will be sending this list out every two weeks or so.

President’s Update: New Years Resolutions for the Castro

In January of each year, millions of Americans make resolutions. Resolutions to better themselves: to go to the gym (this is the Castro, after all); to eat healthier; to spend more time with family and friends. Resolutions to expand your horizons: reading more books; traveling to far-flung destinations; cooking new recipes.

Self-improvement is a noble goal, and an important one, but what of the greater good?

In 2020, my resolution is to help improve the Castro, this beautiful, historic, vibrant neighborhood we all live in. I have a lot of ideas, but what I really want is to create a way to get everyone in the neighborhood involved to make a difference. To enact and execute tangible, momentous projects and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

I invite you to share your vision, your passion, and your commitment at the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association’s first public meeting of the year. We will meet this Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 100 Diamond St.

 This meeting is an opportunity to brainstorm and help set the EVNA’s agenda for 2020 and beyond. I hope you will join us.

Some proposals I’ve heard from neighbors include the following:

  • Collingwood Park Revitalization/Rebuild
  • Neighborhood Block Party
  • Greater insight into and educational opportunities for planning and land use issues
  • Decreasing commercial vacancies
  • Creating hyperlocal services for our unhoused and transient neighbors
  • Traffic improvements for a safer neighborhood

The power of one person is inherently limited, but the power of a committed group of citizens can accomplish anything. Please join us on Thursday to help build a vision for the Castro’s future!