A new park in SoMa?!@?

File under “I’ll believe it when I see it …” for now, but there is a community meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6pm at the South Beach Harbor Services Building’s Community Room located between Pier 40 and AT&T ballpark.

Here is the official meeting flyer.

There were community meetings back in the fall season of 2008 where Marvin Yee of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department led interested community members through a process of deciding what the park would look like.  Rincon Hill neighbors at the time wanted a mellow, chill out oasis with water effects and seating surrounded by greenery.  Do neighbors still want the same in 2014?  I guess we’ll find out soon…

Here’s the 2008 design:


Emergency responders losing 2 minutes to traffic congestion in SoMa

Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that a patient whose heart has short-circuited and has been thrown into a chaotic condition known as ventricular fibrillation — has SIX minutes to live.

In the South of Market District in San Francisco, people who need emergency help from the San Francisco Fire Department’s Station 1 on Folsom Street lose 2 minutes to the oversaturated condition of our traffic congested streets. Add to that the time and confusion often observed of emergency responders when they arrive at 250-500+ unit residential high-rise towers, and it is clear that traffic congestion in SoMa is killing people. If the Mayor and other elected officials are in denial about the deaths they’re helping to cause by ignoring traffic congestion, voters need to get rid of them at the next opportunity and elect people who live in reality and who prioritize community health above all.

Here’s Stanley Roberts showing exactly what I’m talking about on his People Behaving Badly segment:


Bike Coalition Campaigns for Safe SoMa Streets Now


South of Market Streets like Folsom are deadly by design. We are reminded of this fact every time we read about another pedestrian or bicyclist injured or killed using one of SoMa’s highway-like streets.

Last Wednesday (August 14th) morning on her commute to work, 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac was run over while riding her bicycle and killed by a big rig making a right turn off of eastbound Folsom Street onto 6th Street (which turns into a highway 280 on-ramp a few blocks further south).

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been advocating for safe SoMa streets for over a decade.  While South of Market contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues to the City’s General Fund via property, business, sales, hotel, and other taxes, Mayors Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom, and Ed Lee refuse to make fixing the deadly designs of SoMa streets like Folsom a priority.

Please join hundreds of other San Franciscans who are sick and tired of nearly being killed and learning of friends and neighbors getting killed just trying to ride a bike or walk across a street in SoMa by signing a petition that e-mails Mayor Lee, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, and SFMTA Chief Ed Reiskin today to ask that they “Make SoMa Streets Safe Now”

Need some more encouragment?  Check out how one of San Francisco’s police officers endangers bicyclists on Folsom Street while dropping in on a memorial for Amelie Le Moullac earlier today.  It is totally appalling.  Please sign the petition to e-mail our City’s leaders who can make a change now!

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen open at CJM

If the line has been too long at Wise Sons cart at the Ferry Building or at their 24th Street location in the Mission for you to try out their delicious foods, you might find a shorter line just past the metal detectors of the Contemporary Jewish Museum that offers the same great tastes. Open 11am to 4 pm except Thursdays, when they open at 1 pm, and closed Wednesdays. A carry out window also serves Jessie Square. It’s very good!


VIDEO: Announcing Emerald Park in SoMa’s Rincon Hill Neighborhood

Alastair, Oz, and Peter of Emerald Fund reminded us why it is fantastic to have locals helping to oversee the development and build out of our community. Emerald Fund is based in the Rincon Hill neighborhood, sharing a building with the Consulate of Mexico on Folsom near Essex. Today, in partnership with the non-profit San Francisco Parks Alliance, our friends at Emerald Fund announced their very generous decision to irrevocably dedicate the 1/2 acre green space in front of their Rincon Green apartment building as a publicly accessible park.

I took the day off of work so that I could witness the announcement, and I present you with the full news conference in the embedded video below:


SoMa Journal July 25, 2013 – Emerald Park Announcement from SoMa Journal on Vimeo.

This is the full length press conference for the announcement of Emerald Park at 333 Harrison Street (Rincon Green apartments) in the SoMa District's Rincon Hill neighborhood.

Emerald Fund's Alastair Mactaggart and Oz Erickson along with Matthew O'Grady and Rosemary Cameron of San Francisco Parks Alliance as well as San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee are the speakers.

Emerald Park will be open for the public to use in a few weeks. By the end of 2013, a children's playground will also be available at the park.

Copyright 2013 Jamie Whitaker. All rights reserved.

If you’d like to see the summary version of the announcement of Emerald Park, here is Jonathan Bloom’s segment from ABC 7:

VIDEO: Sue Bierman Park Playground Opening Celebration

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SoMa Journal July 21, 2013 – Sue Bierman Park Playground Opening Celebration from SoMa Journal on Vimeo.

This episode goes slightly north of Market to share the Saturday, July 20, 2013 celebration of the opening of the brand new playground at Sue Bierman Park. Photos along with the speeches by Supervisor David Chiu, SF Parks Alliance's Matt O'Grady, neighbor Ranee Lan, and neighbor Adhamina Rodriguez … emcee'd by SF Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg

Copyright 2013 Jamie Whitaker. All rights reserved.

VIDEO: South of Market Journal for July 17, 2013

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South of Market Journal July 17, 2013 from SoMa Journal on Vimeo.

Brannan Street Wharf opens after 15 year wait – adding 57,000 square feet of much-needed open space to South Beach.
The first of three Better Market Street Public Workshops happened at Parc 55 Hotel today. Learn more at www.BetterMarketStreetSF.org.
This Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10 a.m., the Waterfront Playground at Sue Bierman Park opens up with lots of games, arts