San Francisco is about to enter a sea change for all development in terms of
building expansions beyond limits allowed under the current SF Planning Code.
The SF Planning Department’s idea is called the Residential Expansion
Threshold (RET), which will be heard by the SF Planning Commission on Dec. 7,
at City Hall, Room 400, at 1 p.m. Go to the website at http://www.sf-planning.org/ residential-
expansion-threshold to learn about how large numbers used for commercial
lots will be assigned to residential lots.
Also, another document that by “design” will go against the existing
Planning Code for residential lots will be planning’s “Urban Design Guidelines”
(UDGs), which contain vague criteria that almost anything will go and actually can
work together with the RET for massive buildings not traditionally placed on a lot
to be adopted.
Please write letters to Commissions.Secretary@sfplanning.org and
Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org or call her at (415) 554-7410.
Concerning retired Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Tom Doudiet’s commentary
(Sound the Fire Alarm) about the west and south sides of the city being exposed
to a firestorm after a massive earthquake.
That’s the point, isn’t it?
Allow everything wooden, two-storied and with a garage to burn so that the
mayor and supervisors can deliver all that flat land in the south and west parts of the
city to their developer friends.
Do we residents of San Francisco value having blooming cherry trees on our streets?
Here is your chance to save two Inner Sunset cherry trees (and three other trees) from
being replaced with palms!
The SF Department of Public Works plans to remove five trees from 1327–1333 Ninth
Ave. and from 701–772 Irving St. and replace them with palms. This is part of the
“streetscaping” program, which will install two “themes” at newly relocated
The best solution would either be to restore these trees to their present location
following construction or to replace them with cherry trees of equal maturity.
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As a second generation dentist on Taraval Street, practicing here for 20 years, I thank you
for the article on the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). I particularly align
with the “scorched-earth” reference to its autonomy.
Though the SFMTA put up a modest show of concern prior to physical action,
hearing from local residents and merchants, it was clear in the end that indeed
it was just for show, not making any real changes to their plan. I contacted the numerous
powers-that-be many times since the first proposal, but never received any reply except
from our local supervisor, Katy Tang, who essentially said, ‘The SFMTA doesn’t
listen to us.’”
My staff and I, neighboring merchants and patients have seen nothing but significant
negative consequences of this “soft roll-out” of their changes. It is clear the SFMTA not
only has an inflexible agenda, but it just doesn’t get the Sunset District. It is not
downtown Manhattan, or even downtown San Francisco.
I consider myself just lucky that they currently haven’t stripped my block of
metered parking, but I weep for the merchants who have lost their parking and
have had to close their business or are looking at that possibility.
Again, thank you for your attention to this issue and I hope things like this spark
Curtis Raff, DDS
Great article about the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). I will
be donating to the cause (www.sfsensibletransit.org).
One of my favorite peeves is the fact that they can’t take the time to adjust the
Sunset Boulevard lights to change in order, the way it did for the last 40 years.
Any time our supervisor is asked about it, she’ll just say the SFMTA says it can’t be
done. Why not? There are no busy thoroughfares that run across Sunset Boulevard that
need to be synchronized.
It used to be all the lights changed in order so everyone drove the speed limit
because it wouldn’t help to speed, otherwise you’d catch a red light. So, it was a
calm drive down Sunset. Also, it was safer for pedestrians because after all the
traffic went by it was safe to cross.
Now, you have two and three groups of cars coming at you, making it more likely
to be hit. Also, while driving you catch a red every few lights, so speeding is encouraged
if you want to make the light.
When traffic moves along evenly like it used to, it’s easier for people to change lanes
because the cars are slow, which allows space between them. Now, cars are closely
bunched, making it difficult to find space to merge.