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.

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.

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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. 

Don’t Miss the Fire Safety Presentation Aug. 31

Photo: GGTA
Photo: GGTA

Mark your calendars for an important Fire Safety Presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 31 at the Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka Theatre), 215 Jackson St. Inspector Fernando Juarez of the San Francisco Fire Department will give tenants essential information on fire prevention and dealing with a fire emergency.

GGTA has been working on hosting a fire safety event ever since a fire broke out in the garbage chute in Vista South on January 16, 2017. Tenants had numerous questions about procedures and fire safety, which will be addressed by Gateway management in this presentation. Continue reading “Don’t Miss the Fire Safety Presentation Aug. 31”

Gateway May Get New Elevator Vendor

elevators
We got some good news from Gateway management this week: They’re re-evaluating the contract with the elevator vendor and hope to get a new vendor that will be more reliable.
 
As you all know, since the elevator controls were updated a few years ago, we’ve been plagued with intermittent yet ongoing outages. The plaza elevator was out of service for about three months this year, too, creating hardships for the mobility impaired and people using strollers.
 
Geri Koeppel, president of GGTA, sent an inquiry to Clarisse Tan, director of property management, asking if a new vendor was in the works, and got this reply:

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GGTA, Many Others Oppose Alcohol Sales until 4 a.m. (UPDATED)

img_0022UPDATE, 9/9/2017: BCNA reports SB 384 has been “killed” and now addresses a completely different subject. Read more. Thank you to our friends in BCNA who worked diligently with us to oppose this bill.

UPDATE, 9/5/2017: California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) and Alcohol Justice are reporting that Senator Wiener’s 4 a.m. bar bill proposal is effectively dead. Read more here.

The Golden Gateway Tenants Association is strongly opposed to a bill, SB 384, that would allow California cities to permit alcohol sales until 4 a.m.

Sen. Scott Wiener introduced this legislation, and it passed handily—27 to 9 with four not voting—in the Senate on May 31. GGTA and many other neighborhood and grass-roots groups are opposed to this bill, while several business and industry groups support it. Mayor Ed Lee is on record supporting it, so if it passes the Assembly and is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, we’re sure that San Francisco will eagerly embrace the opportunity to keep bars and  nightclubs open later.

Why is this a problem?

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