Remembering Lee Radner

Lee Radner, a community activist and longtime Gateway resident, died on May 7 at age 92. 

Born in 1925 in Chicago, and he and his wife, Rogene, lived in San Francisco, Guam, and Hawaii before settling in The Gateway in 1996. He quickly became well-known and respected throughout the northeast waterfront for his community involvement.

Last Friday Gateway residents and friends shared a toast with Lee Radner’s the family members at the Fuzio to honor his memory. (see photos below)

For more about Lee Radner, please read: https://hoodline.com/2018/05/lee-radner-activist-who-fought-8-washington-dies-at-92

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Lee's nephew and piece.
Lee’s nephew and niece.
Radner family.
Radner family.
Radner family.
Radner family.

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Meeting with Golden Gateway management

Dear Members of the Golden Gateway Tenants Association,

On April 17th, 2018, board members of the Golden Gate Tenants Association had a meeting with Clarisse Tan and John Morel. 

Clarisse Tan is the property manager of The Gateway. Many of you are familiar with her and have met her either at the office or at the Vista North, were she lives. 

John Morel is the new operations manager of The Gateway, who just started his job at the beginning of March. He lives in Vista West; he is a member on Nextdoor!

We had an extensive conversation about concerns that were identified at our member’s meeting on March 15th, 2018. Clarisse and John kindly listened to our long list and were able to provide us with a lot of answers regarding rodent infestation, maintenance, security, communication, and the beautification project of the Washington Street side of the building/garage. 

Here are some of the results:

Rodents Infestation: The Crane company will continue to monitor the property, especially Vista West from the garage level to the roof top. Look for the black boxes that have been put out in the last 3 weeks.

The mice issue on the middle floors in Vista West has been taken care of and seems contained at this point of time. In the process they checked many apartments on 3 of the floors and identified a few hoarders, who were given a two week notice to clean up before a second inspection. Both, Clarisse and John, are asking tenants to call immediately when you see a rodent.

Maintenance: John seems to have adjusted to his new job quickly and promised to follow up on maintenance issues immediately. 

  • Call box Vista West & Vista South: will be taken care of within the next few days. The call boxes will have one name per apartment, which might change at a later time. Please report to the office if your name is not in the call box or you have trouble opening the door with your telephone. 
  • Cleaning of hallways/trash rooms/laundry room: there is a schedule for cleaning. All hallways are vacuumed on Mondays. The trash rooms are checked on Mondays, on some floors 2 or 3 times a week. The water in the laundry room of Vista South has been addressed, John Morel will follow up on the water in front of a couple of machines in Vista West.
  • Washers/Dryers: The contract has to be renewed and they are waiting for the company to sign the papers and set a date for maintenance of all washers and dryers. (GGTA will follow up on this in due time if this continues to be an issue.)
  • Renovation of Hallways in Vista South: Floors 11 through 24 are done, new benches will be installed within the next 2 weeks; floor 10 is almost done; work on floors 3 through 9 will start shortly. (GGTA will monitor progress)

Security:

  • The lightbulbs in most of the nonworking lights on the plaza and the bridge have been replaced during the last week. Both Clarisse and John agree that sufficient lighting is important and ask tenants to please call the office if you notice a faulty light.
  • Our security staff has not been reduced. There are still 2 security guards 24/7 patrolling the grounds and buildings. The Gateway hires extra security on standby when there are events close by, – St. Patrick’s Day et.al. Please call the office immediately if you see people lingering or setting up camp.

Communication: Many of you liked the leaflet sent with the rent statement. This leaflet is still available. You can also find it at the front desk of your building.

Older newsletters are online, – on the website of The Gateway click the right tab “more info” and that “newsletter” (http://www.thegateway.com/newsletters.aspx). We will ask Clarisse to update more frequently and post the current newsletter.

Beautification Idea: Bill Hannan introduced the idea of using the existing cutouts and planter boxes along Washington Street for new plants. Clarisse and John will follow up and investigate why those haven’t been used in the past and what could be planted in the future. 

We left a list of all your concerns with management, and will follow up in the next weeks and keep you updated. Meanwhile please don’t hesitate to call the office with any security or other concerns, maintenance or repair requests: (415) 434-2000. 

Best Regards, 

Tatjana Eggert-Reich 

GGTA – President

Tom Gilligan 

GGTA – First Vice President

Bill Hannan

GGTA – Second Vice President

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.

For the latest news on activities in the SFPD Central Station, you can subscribe to their newsletter at:
http://sanfranciscopolice.org/central-newsletters

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.

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”

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.