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Volunteer and/or Participate in Annual Egg Hunt April 8

All neighborhood children are warmly invited to participate in the annual neighborhood Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8 in Sydney G. Walton Square. 

Meet at the fountain shortly before 10:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to meet and socialize with neighbors and to build community spirit. The Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association. 

Please reply to Julia Bergman with the names and ages of your children if you would like to attend. Remember to bring your Easter baskets with you.

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Pier 29 “Makers’ Market” Clears Hurdle

Pier 29. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.
Pier 29. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently gave the green light to a proposal for a retail market of locally made goods at Pier 29. This allows the developer to pursue a final deal with the Port Commission.

Jamestown has proposed filling only the 22,000-square-foot bulkhead, or front space, with retail items by nonprofit SFMade and an “urban brewery and/or winery and/or coffee roastery.”  The exterior of the building won’t be altered, as was indicated in very preliminary plans. The goal as they’ve outlined it is to offer a marketplace for cruise passengers and an amenity for residents. Jamestown also operates Ghirardelli Square, Chelsea Market in New York City and Ponce City Market in Atlanta.

The plan has gotten pushback from some community groups, including the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, which has characterized it as a “mini-mall” and not a wise use of waterfront space. It’s advocated for more recreation on Port parcels, including Pier 29, and has voiced concerns that if Jamestown is given the 15-year lease, it’ll try to co-opt more space in the larger shed building.

However, the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee in support of the market, which will occupy about 20 percent of the space in the Pier 29 building. The letter stipulates that the group supports recreational use for the rest of the pier, but also notes that the plan “would also provide our neighborhood with another attractive option in place of an empty building.”

The Golden Gateway Tenants Association hasn’t taken a position on this issue, but wanted to share what’s happening with our members.

Please read more background about the plan in these articles:

Pier 29 Will Likely Become Home To New Local Maker Showcase (Hoodline, April 26, 2016)

City Hall gives thumbs up to Pier 29 retail (Curbed San Francisco, March 17, 2017)

Community Reps Weigh in on D3 Streets Concerns

Looking north on the Embarcadero. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)
Looking north on the Embarcadero. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)

Supervisor Aaron Peskin has assembled a D3 Street Outreach Team of community representatives to work with MTA in identifying major areas of concern regarding streets and transit.

GGTA President Bill Hannan attended the first meeting on Jan. 12, 2017, and GGTA board member Geri Koeppel attended the second meeting on Feb. 23, 2017. Other attendees included representatives from community benefit districts and neighborhood associations as well as MTA staff.

At the first meeting, attendees participated in a “card-storming” exercise to identify concerns in categories such as transit, parking, coordination and outreach, pedestrian safety, economic impacts and project-specific interests. Bill reported that each person was able to recommend only two main areas of concern, so he brought up restoration of the full 10-Townsend Muni line and pedestrian safety on the Embarcadero. (Note: Since that meeting, MTA announced the elimination of the 10-Townsend bus stop at Folsom and Second streets.)

In the second meeting, participants worked in three teams, with each homing in on two of the categories and discussing them in further detail. Geri was included in a group that talked about safety and street conditions. Each group then reported their discussion, and an MTA employee wrote them all on easel paper.

Following that, every person was able to vote for three issues they believed were the most important. The votes were ranked by first, second and third priority according to blue, red and yellow stickers placed on the easel paper.

The items with the most votes were suggestions to build the Central Subway and to improve traffic signals and timing, with four votes each. After that, three stars were give for three topics: bulb-outs to calm traffic and shorten the distance from curb to curb for pedestrians, more MTA outreach to the public before approving projects, and more enforcement for private shuttle buses, tour buses and TNCs, commonly known as ride sharing companies.

Four items also received two stars, and several received one star. But as one attendee pointed out, a theme emerged:

  • Participants in general wanted to see better regulation and enforcement in several areas ranging from private shuttles and ride sharing to jaywalking and residential parking permits, and
  • Participants were frustrated by the lack of outreach from MTA about projects.

In closing, Peskin’s aide Lee Hepner thanked everyone for their participation and said if anyone has specific concerns they’d like to raise outside of the meeting, he’s available via email. GGTA is going to follow up on this with concerns about the 10-Townsend line and near-term solutions to congestion and safety on the Embarcadero. Also, Deanna Desedas of the MTA thanked everyone and said these meetings will help shape outreach and engagement in other districts. We were told another meeting will be scheduled for about six weeks from this one.

You’re Invited: GGTA Annual Membership Meeting Feb. 25

L'Olivier Restaurant. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)
L’Olivier Restaurant. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)

We hope to see all Golden Gateway Tenants Association members (and those wishing to join GGTA) at the annual membership meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at L’Olivier Restaurant, 465 Davis Court.

This year, we’ll meet in the restaurant’s main dining room rather than the annex, so there should be more space for everyone to fit comfortably. We will have membership sign-up forms on site for anyone who is not a member but would like to join and attend the meeting. Please remember, you can also join online.

District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin will speak about current events at City Hall and issues expected to arise in 2017. Gateway resident and longtime activist Lee Radner will report on the State Lands Commission lawsuit, set for decision in the near future, that seeks to abolish our voter-approved height limits along the waterfront. 

Outgoing GGTA president Bill Hannan will summarize the proposed affordable housing development at 88 Broadway, the proposed Teatro ZinZanni hotel and dinner theater at Broadway and the Embarcadero, the condominiums under construction at Battery and Pacific, and the proposed hotel and condominiums at 447 Battery where Cort Furniture is now. He’ll also speak on security issues and ask for a volunteer to serve as security liaison.

GGTA nominating committee chair Desa Belyea will announce the slate of officers and directors for the coming year (please see below). Also, social chair Kim Breeden will report on our schedule of social events, which, thanks to energetic new board members, should be prolific and diverse this year. 


President: Geri Koeppel

First vice president: Tom Gilligan

Second vice president: Bill Hannan

 Secretary: Michele McLaughlin

Treasurer: Bob Demchick

Membership chair: Kim Breeden

Member at large: Natalie Jones

New board members: Ron Fisher, Irene Glassgold, Martin Hardee, Tatjana Eggert-Reich, Cristina Riboni and Benay von Husen

Neighbors Share Concerns at SFMTA Meeting Jan. 12

Looking north on the Embarcadero. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)
Looking north on the Embarcadero. (Photo: Geri Koeppel)

By Bill Hannan, GGTA President

On January 12, 2017, I represented the Golden Gateway Tenants Association (GGTA) and Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) at a District 3 meeting at City Hall of neighborhood group representatives with SFMTA staff members. 

The two-hour meeting was called by Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s aide Lee Hepner. Present were five MTA staffers and about 25 representatives of neighborhood or merchant groups, including Stan Hayes and Howard Wong for Telegraph Hill Dwellers, and a representative of a Russian Hill neighborhood group. Aaron made opening remarks and attended throughout. Continue reading “Neighbors Share Concerns at SFMTA Meeting Jan. 12”

Attend Mission Rock Open House Jan. 26 at Pier 1

missionrockInterested in finding out the latest on the multi-use Mission Rock project just south of AT&T Park?

An open house will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Port of San Francisco, Pier 1 Embarcadero, Bayside Rooms. The Mission Rock project for the Mission Rock project will be built on Seawall Lot 337 & Pier 48, also known as Giants Parking Lot A.

Neighbors are invited to come and hear more about Mission Rock, a unique partnership between the Port of San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants. A culmination of nearly ten years of neighborhood outreach and community planning, Mission Rock will transform a surface parking lot into parks and open space, rental homes (40 percent affordable to low- and middle-income households), and more. For information, contact or visit

More Sewer Work To Start This Summer

A new sewer pipe was installed on Drumm Street north of California Street on May 28, 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Diana Taylor)
A new sewer pipe was installed on Drumm Street north of California Street on May 28, 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Diana Taylor)

More sewer work will start this summer near the Gateway Apartments and Townhomes, but we’re told it won’t be as disruptive as the project that tore up the neighborhood back in 2014–15.

In case you missed the mess, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is rehabilitating and replacing part of the North Shore Force Main (NSFM) and the Drumm & Jackson Street sewers so that we don’t exit our apartments one day to find we live in the midst of a wastewater lake. That’s good news, and we thank them profusely for that.

In more good news, SFPUC says this round won’t be as bad, because most of the work will be “trenchless.” That means they’ll cleverly dig just a few access points and send crews underground, rather than tearing up long stretches of road and driving us nuts with incessant jackhammering and other noise. Construction is expected to run through winter of 2018. If you want all of the details and a preliminary map showing the access points, please click here: The Embarcadero/Drumm & Jackson Street Sewer Improvements.

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Come to First Tuesday Social at Cafe Prague Jan. 3

Photo: Hans R./Yelp
Photo: Hans R./Yelp

We had such a terrific turnout at the First Tuesday social for GGTA members in December at Cafe Prague, we’re going there again! Join us from 5–7 p.m. Jan. 3 at 425 Merchant St. (in the alley off of Battery Street midway between Washington and Clay streets).

Cafe Prague accepts cash only, so stop at the ATM on the way. If it’s your birthday in January, your first drink is on GGTA!

Remember, First Tuesday socials are for members only, but we always have sign-up forms on hand so we can welcome new members. Please bring a Gateway friend!

Neighborhood Groups Oppose Extended Hours for Strip Clubs

Five neighborhood groups, including the Golden Gateway Tenants Association, recently sent a letter to the Planning Department asking it to deny permission for two strip clubs on Broadway to stay open until 4 a.m. instead of the current 2 a.m. closing time.

The owner of the establishments sought a conditional use authorization to extend the hours at the Penthouse Club on Wednesdays through Sundays and at Centerfolds daily. A hearing was scheduled in October 2016 and postponed to January 2017, and now has been postponed indefinitely, according to the Planning Department.

Regardless, the issue is of such concern to the surrounding neighborhoods that we felt the need to go on record in opposition. The GGTA was involved in discussions with the other neighborhood groups prior to crafting a letter to Planning, and the board voted unanimously to sign the letter. It is as follows:

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High-Rise Hotel Developer Holds Community Meeting

On December 8, 2017, Gateway residents Irene and Al Glassgold and GGTA President Bill Hannan attended a “pre-application” meeting at architect Jeffrey Heller’s office about the proposed hotel and condominiums at 447 Battery Street at the corner of Merchant, where Cort Furniture Rental is now. (There had been a previous get-acquainted meeting on March 18.)

Rob Canepa was there for his family, who own the property. Project drawings and plans were visible, as was a small model of the proposed 19-story building including 8 stepped-back condominium units on the top floors.

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