2018 Annual Membership Meeting Minutes

GOLDEN GATEWAY TENANTS ASSOCIATION
2018 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The annual meeting of the GGTA was held at the Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, and 10:00 am on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Bob Demchick called the meeting to order and welcomed all those attending.

Bill Hannan, on behalf of Kim Breeden and Cristina Riboni, reported on the social events hosted by the GGTA during the year. These took place at Fuzio’s (Embarcadero One) and in various tenant’s apartments. He noted the good turnout at the various events as we work to engage more of the tenants in our community.

Michele McLaughlin reported on the nomination of officers and board members for the year. They are:

President……………………………………………………………….Tatjana Eggert-Reich
1st Vice President…………………………………………………..Tom Gilligan 2nd
Vice President………………………………………………………..Bill Hannan
Treasurer……………………………………………………………….Bob Demchick
Secretary………………………………………………………………..Michele McLaughlin
Board members……………………………………………………..Benay van Husen
………………………………………………………………………………..Cristina Riboni
………………………………………………………………………………..Kim Breeden
………………………………………………………………………………..Martin Hardee
………………………………………………………………………………..Ron Fisher
Ex-officio board member………………………………………Desa Balyea

A quorum was present at the meeting. All GGTA members present at the meeting voted to elect those nominated.

Bill Hannan reported on the history of the “8 Washington Street” property and the Prop B vote a few years ago that imposed height limits on such proposals. The state lands commission has sued to overturn Prop B. A decision on this matter should be forthcoming soon. Bill also noted other tenant issues such as non-functioning elevators, problems with the equipment in the laundry rooms and general security matters.

Neighborhood issues, also addressed by Bill were the eventual affordable housing project planned for the lot at 88 Broadway, which, if finally given the green light, is scheduled to be built in late 2018 or early 2019; the hotel/restaurant/dinner theatre Teatro ZinZanni to be built on Broadway in the parking lot between Davis Street and the Embarcadero; and the proposed temporary navigation center sites of 88 Broadway or Pier 29, both of which are not anticipated to materialize.

Captain Paul Yep, SFPD, Commander of Central Station, discussed overall safety issues such as general street safety and the high rate of auto break-ins. The latter are done primarily by organized groups. The SFPD has initiated plain clothes patrols to try and thwart the perpetrators. SFPD is also working with the Public Works Department to mitigate the homeless encampments which spring up as camps move from one neighborhood to another. Primary to us is Ferry Park and Sue Bierman Park. Finally, he addressed the ongoing issues faced by our local Safeway store. While their security staffing is a decision made at the corporate level, we need to be pro-active in calling attention to issues we encounter. SFPD will also communicate with Safeway.

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Our last speaker was Hon. Aaron Peskin, our District 3 Supervisor. He commented on the board’s election of Mark Farrell, citing the need for separation of powers between the mayor and the president of the Board of Supervisors.

On the State Lands Commission lawsuit, he advised that a settlement discussion is in progress and will hopefully be reached soon. There are zoning issues in the Jackson Square area as to the diversity of businesses located or wishing to locate there. One San Francisco real estate operation is trying to work around the rent control rules by pushing for the ability of landlords to pass-thru debt service costs when setting rents. He also noted, as did Captain Yep, that the homeless count in our neighborhood is increasing because of migration from other camps that have been shut down; this also plays into the search for a temporary navigation center in District 3. Finally, he reminded us that there will be a number of issues on the upcoming ballot which relate to ethics in government and we should study them carefully.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 am

Golden Gate Tenants Social Hour Tue Feb 6th

This is the month of love and friendship, let’s all meet up and celebrate together!

We would like to see and share a drink with the whole Gateway community.
We know of a couple birthdays that we will be lifting a glass to and if it is your birthday this month the GGTA will buy you a birthday drink.

Hope to see you all there.

When: February 6 from 5pm – 7pm
Where: Fuzio
San Francisco Financial District
1 Embarcadero Center
Promenade Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

Feb 10th Annual Membership Mtg: Aaron Peskin and Paul Yep!

GGTA will hold its annual membership meeting from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, February 10, at the Gateway (formerly Eureka) Theater at 215 Jackson Street.

Speakers will include our District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and SFPD Captain Paul Yep, commander of Central Station. GGTA Officers and board members will be elected for 2018.

All residents of the Gateway are invited to attend the membership meeting. If you wish to become a member, the annual dues are $30. Checks payable to GGTA may be mailed to PO Box 2134, San Francisco, CA 94126,
or will be accepted at the door. Please fill in and bring the “coupon” below along with your dues payment or mail it with your payment. You can also join right here.

Attend District 3 Meeting on Solutions to Homelessness

Supervisor Aaron Peskin. Photo: GGTA.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin. Photo: GGTA.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, SFPD Commander David Lazar, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and SF Public Works is hosting a District 3-specific community meeting to address solutions and mitigations to homelessness.

When: 6–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1

Where: Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway (between Kearny and Montgomery streets)

RSVP: Email Sunny Angulo in Peskin’s office

Peskin wrote in an email announcement, “It’s time to work together to make meaningful change. Come hear from department staff on existing strategies to combat homelessness, and what more we can be pushing for together.” Read some background in his Marina Times column here

Please remember, this is a meeting for concerned residents of District 3, so please respect and prioritize this as a forum for the community’s input.

The Bay Club Adds New Landscaping Near Fences

New plantings on Washington Street. Photo: GGTA.
New plantings on Washington Street. Photo: GGTA.

The Bay Club Gateway, 370 Drumm St., is adding new landscaping along the black fabric fences facing Washington and Drumm streets in order to beautify the area.

Golden Gateway Tenants Association Vice President Bill Hannan took the initiative earlier this year to ask the Bay Club to improve the appearance of the black fencing. As a result, the club is clearing the overgrown ivy from 18 inches down to about three inches along the sidewalk and installing “Marjorie Channon” evergreen shrubs that usually grow to eight to 12 feet in height. The intent is to obscure some of the grim screened fencing. Other colorful foliage will be planted as well, and new watering systems will be installed. Continue reading “The Bay Club Adds New Landscaping Near Fences”

Bike Share Program Wants Your Input

Photo: Courtesy of Ford GoBike.
Photo: Courtesy of Ford GoBike.

Ford GoBike is expanding bike share in the neighborhood, and the community is invited to provide feedback on the company’s latest round of proposed stations in San Francisco.

Your input is important in helping craft a system that works best for residents, businesses, and visitors across the city. Give your thoughts on individual locations through Ford GoBike’s online survey, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

You can view a map of proposed stations. The timeline for installation of these stations is mid-2018, with permitting happening this fall and winter.

Ford GoBike station locations are determined based on a combination of community feedback (public workshops, community meetings, etc), engineering analysis, neighborhood needs, and input from the city of San Francisco. Additionally, when selecting suitable locations, numerous criteria are considered including access to solar power, Americans With Disabilities Act requirements and anticipated demand. You can read more about the outreach process at https://www.fordgobike.com/expansion.

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Management Answers Multiple Questions from GGTA

The Golden Gateway Tenants Association has received numerous complaints from residents over the past few months touching on a variety of issues with elevators, maintenance, smoking, and the behavior of fellow tenants and their animals. We tried several times to set a meeting with management to discuss these issues, but were told they do not have time in their schedules to meet until after Thanksgiving.

However, Director of Property Management Clarisse Tan took the time to email answers to several of our questions. Below, we have posted what we emailed and her responses.

Continue reading “Management Answers Multiple Questions from GGTA”

D3 Neighbors Get Straight Talk on Streets from SFMTA

embarcadero_bikesOne of the many things the Golden Gateway Tenants Association does for its members is attend civic meetings to get information about, and give input on, projects that could affect our neighborhood.

Thanks to SFMTA and Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s office, we regularly learn about street and transit issues at District 3 SFMTA Street Team meetings. It brings together community leaders and representatives from SFMTA on a regular basis so we can learn what’s in the works and give feedback, as well as talk about our concerns. GGTA President Geri Koeppel attended this meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24 along with representatives from North Beach Neighbors, Russian Hill Neighbors and the Union Square Business Improvement District. Peskin’s aide Lee Hepner facilitated.

The first topic discussed was the Columbus Avenue Streetscape and Pedestrian Safety Project, which includes bulb-outs at intersections that shorten the distance needed to cross the road. This has been in the works and debated for a few years now, and we asked for an update on what stage it’s in.

Also, as part of this project, we were told there will be a dedicated bike lane on Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Washington Street. One person asked for more details on the strategy for linking these three blocks with a broader bike route.

Much of the discussion centered on the second topic, concerning Chariot commuter shuttles. SFMTA is working on regulations and a permit program for Chariot and plans to take them to its board on Sept. 5. If approved, the new rules probably would take effect in October. SFMTA has had complaints about the private shuttles regarding safety and accessibility, which the new rules will address. It also is asking Chariot for data on ridership so it can analyze routes. Chariot shuttles are only allowed to stop in white or yellow loading zones; they can’t use Muni stops. However, it was mentioned that they don’t always stop in approved zones, and have been seen driving in “red lanes” marked for transit only.

SFMTA also touched on the Embarcadero Enhancement Project, which intends to create a dedicated, protected bike lane along the increasingly more crowded waterfront. Hepner said that although it will be tied to the long-term seawall improvements, the goal is to make some temporary improvements in the meantime.

In addition, neighborhood leaders all expressed concerns about safety on Muni and the perception that more riders are opting for private transportation such as Chariot, Uber or Lyft, creating a tiered system that could cut into Muni’s budget over time. SFMTA staff are aware of these concerns and assured the group that they’re being addressed.

Koeppel also asked about a rumor that SFMTA plans to eliminate northbound traffic on Drumm Street from Market up to Washington as part of the Better Market Street initiative. Neither Hepner nor SFMTA staff were aware of the plan. Later, we learned that there is no plan to make Drumm southbound-only.

However, there is a change proposed for southbound Drumm: Vehicles won’t be allowed to turn right onto Market Street. Southbound vehicles on Drumm will be forced to turn either right onto California (a new route) or left onto Market Street, as they currently can. 

Neighbors Get Update on Teatro ZinZanni

Night view rendering of Teatro ZinZanni at Broadway and the Embarcadero. Courtesy of Hornberger + Worstell.
Night view rendering of Teatro ZinZanni at Broadway and the Embarcadero. Courtesy of Hornberger + Worstell.
Drone view of rendering of Teatro ZinZanni at Broadway and the Embarcadero. Courtesy of Hornberger + Worstell.
Drone view of rendering of Teatro ZinZanni at Broadway and the Embarcadero. Courtesy of Hornberger + Worstell

Neighbors living near the site of the proposed Teatro ZinZanni theater and hotel project at the Embarcadero and Broadway got an update on the project on August 7. The big news is: Not much has changed since the previous report, and the project is continuing to move through the city’s planning process.

If you’re just joining us on this issue, the circus dinner theater Teatro ZinZanni was a previous tenant on the waterfront from 2000 to 2011 at Pier 29, but its lease was terminated when the Port of San Francisco decided to host the America’s Cup and subsequently build the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27. The city promised Teatro ZinZanni could return, though, and the Board of Supervisors in 2015 granted Teatro ZinZanni a sole-source waiver to develop the hotel and theater on the seawall lots. It’s now heading into the approvals process and eventually building permits.

Annie Jamison, Executive Director of Teatro ZinZanni, Architect Mark Hornberger of Hornberger + Worstell and Jay Wallace of Teatro ZinZanni’s partner hotel developer, Kenwood Investments, provided details about where the project stands to board members and neighbors representing the Golden Gateway Tenants Association, Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association, Gateway Commons, FOGG, and others.

First off, the hotel project has added an additional 12 rooms on the interior of the project since we last received an update, for a total of 192-guest rooms now, but the addition of the rooms will not require a change to the exterior design, streetscape and building amenities, or mechanical systems of the building. Also, the city’s Architectural Review Committee of the Historic Preservation Commission preferred red brick exterior to the gold brick that had been proposed, and square-shoulder windows instead of arched windows and those changes have been incorporated into the project.

The city’s Planning Department at one point seemed unsure of the glass gazebo housing Teatro ZinZanni’s historic spiegeltent, but neighbors were told that hasn’t changed … with one caveat: Wallace said the developers are considering asking for permission to replace the glass roof of the glass-walled gazebo with a metal roof on the top of the glass-walled gazebo in order to reduce the high cost of building it completely in glass. Neighbors were cool to that idea, however, and Wallace said it was “not a deal-breaker.” Even if that happens, he assured everyone the bulk of the building would be glass and would provide a nighttime showpiece thanks to interior lighting.

All other elements of the hotel and theater project were the same as previously presented. The buildings won’t exceed the 40-foot height limit (plus the allowed 15 feet for mechanical equipment which will continue to be screened) and all of the street trees that exist now will remain. Also, it will include a privately managed park with security, and will include a cafe/coffee shop near Broadway and Davis Street and restaurant/bar near Broadway and the Embarcadero. All of these public elements ideally will spur foot traffic and activate the neighborhood.

As we heard previously, there will be no on-site parking, but a valet service will use the roughly 1,000 parking spots within a quarter mile of the site for hotel guests. Theater guests are expected to use ride services, taxis, tour buses or public transportation (the F-line streetcar stops at the intersection and the Embarcadero BART/Muni station is less than a 10-minute walk). Parking for personal bikes will be available, too.

The soil testings, historic review, and studies on traffic, wind and shadows have been submitted to the Planning Department, Hornberger said, and from here, the developers are about 90 days from beginning the public approval process so they can apply for building permits. The goal for the construction timeline is starting in summer of 2018 and finishing by winter of 2019. Developers are aware of the simultaneous sewer work starting this fall on the Embarcadero.

Neighbors asked if there would be noise, light and dust mitigation and were told yes, but the developers don’t have the details yet. All of the specifics will be in a public document disseminated to neighbors prior to construction as part of the project’s mitigated negative declaration anticipated for the project.

Neighbors also asked if public space would be provided to neighborhood groups for meetings and events at no charge, and were told there would definitely be opportunity to schedule conference rooms and meeting spaces for their use. Finding meeting space for large groups has been an issue for neighborhood groups in the past, so this was welcome news.