February 2006

You’re Invited

Here’s the first “official invite” to our March 20th Fundraiser.

Doyle Drive — Comment Period Open

The comment period for Doyle Drive is now open, and closes March 1st. More details here. SFLCV supports the parkway option with some caveats.

For a quick background, Doyle Drive is the stretch of road that connects the Marina to the Golden Gate Bridge. The current structure is 70 years old, and is considered seismically unsound, as well as no longer meeting highway standards. This project is now ending phase 2. Phase 3, design is slated to last through 2008, with construction starting 2009 and ending 2012(?). Costs for the various proposed designs and variations (details on their website) range from ~500-750 million dollars (with roughly a third apportioned to each city, state and federal authorities).

I attended the public comments in the Presidio. A good percentage of the speakers were opposed to the Parkway option on account of the buildings it would cause to be removed. Most requested additional time for the comment period, and the desire to see a parkway option that was less damaging to the historic nature of the Presidio.

Some of the local neighbors disbelieved the traffic studies for the parkway option. I was puzzled that some felt the non-parkway option was the more beautiful option, until I realized their viewpoint was that of a car driver rather than someone in the park. Other neighbors were adamantly opposed to a parkway design option that would remove the YMCA pool building.

Various enviros spoke in favor of the parkway option, as did SPUR, all with (naturally) a few caveats for further study.

One member of the community, a victim of head on collision on Doyle Dr, spoke eloquently about just needing to get on with it, that enough people have died.

You can submit your own comments here.

Clean and Green City Summit

The Clean and Green City Summit was an interesting event. Looking back on it, I’m not quite sure what it accomplished — other than the obvious networking potential. It started off a little odd, with a clown group trying to poke fun at the whole effort, with only occassional success. The Mayor gave a decent speech, supervisors gave awards to worthies in the community. I attended workshops on Community Benefit Districts, and one on how to keep plazas attractive. The former was more practical, with two community leaders sharing there own experiences of starting a CBD (and the many challenges that lie therein). The most inspirational thing from the whole day, was the presenter representing Mayor Daly’s office and showing off what the city of Chicago has done and is planning to do. As one member of our city government exclaimed, “we have a lot of work to do!”

Celebrate Our Urban Environment – Save the Date (3/20/2006)

We’ll be holding a fundraiser on March 20th, at 111 Minna in San Francisco. This is out FIRST “I Love San Francisco: Celebrating Our Urban Environment” Fundraiser.


Enter our “San Francisco The Beautiful” Contest and you could win an iPod! Just enter an artistic creation (any medium: short story, poem, photograph, video, etc) that represents what you love about San Francisco’s urban environment and you could win an iPod Nano – more details to follow!


Please consider sponsoring our fundraiser:

  • Street Steward ($100)
  • Neighborhood Protector ($250)
  • City Champion ($500 and up)

Sponsors will thanked publicly in invitations and at the event.

Again, details to follow. Questions? Please email deep -at –

Checks may be mailed to SFLCV, 937 Valencia St., SF CA 94110-2320

San Francisco Clean and Green City Summit , Wed Feb 15, 2006

This summit features experts on cleaning and greening, interactive workshops, inspirational speakers and a vendor gallery. The Summit is presented by the Mayor’s office, DPT, SF Clean City Coalition and the Recreation and Park Department. 

The summit will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30p.m. The summit is free of charge, however, advanced registration is required. Space is limited.

More information here:

There is also an evening event “A Green Valentine with the Mayor” Feb 14th, 5-7pm at the South Light Court of San Francisco City Hall.

Gordon Price of Vancouver and Astrid Haryati will be speaking on “Building a beautiful, safe & sustainable public realm in Vancouver and Chicago.”