We are proud to announce that the Excelsior Community Market has launched its own website. Learn more about this growing community event and find out how you can get involved with the planning, as a vendor, as a performer, or as a volunteer! Check our the new website today!
Excelsior Action Group (EAG) is concerned about the negative view of the Excelsior District that we believe was conveyed by a recent article (“Excelsior awaits benefits of tech boom”, Feb 18, 2014). EAG’s focus is on economic development in the Outer Mission Neighborhood Commercial District and we are excited about changes happening in our vibrant,working-class neighborhood. Far from being located in “Siberia,” we are located next to the busiest BART station in San Francisco outside of downtown, and are accessible by numerous MUNI lines. While we are working to fill commercial vacancies, we also have exciting destination-worthy establishments including Live Sushi, Doctor’s Lounge, and Excelsior Yoga, to name just a few. Our library is thriving, and just up the street we have McLaren Park, the second largest park in the City. Most importantly, we are home to residents, merchants, students, and community-based organizations who are working hard for the Excelsior.We certainly don’t want to lose the affordability and charm of our community, but we are interested in attracting businesses to fill local needs, as well as tech-based companies or nonprofits that would like to help train our young people in computer skills. The Excelsior - it is San Francisco!
San Francisco, CA: Earlier today, the Office of the Assessor-Recorder launched a more convenient way to file the Form 571-L Business Property Statement. Business owners can now file directly online by visitingwww.sfassessor.org/efile. E-Filing is quick and secure, where no new software and no downloading is necessary.
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu stated, “Part of our job in government is to help make doing business easier, especially for our small businesses. Going online with our filings will not only save time, but will help to reduce printing and mailing costs for business owners.”
Required by state law, the property statement is a means to declare all taxable business property (machinery, equipment, fixtures, etc.) and is used to assist the Assessor-Recorder’s Office with assessments. The Office of the Assessor-Recorder will automatically mail notices in mid-February that include a business owners’ unique Account Number and Personal Identification Number (PIN). The deadline for filing the Form 571-L is April 1, 2014.
Assessor-Recorder Chu added, “As a core principal of our office, it is important that we inform and assist taxpayers and our businesses. In addition to launching an online filing option, we are also committed to helping filers understand the process through our public workshops, online manuals and our staff who are just a phone call away.”
For assistance with completing the form, the Assessor-Recorder’s office is offering two workshops entitled, “How to fill out a 571-L Statement” and an online manual located at www.sfassessor.org/manual. For business owners who do not have access to internet at their office or home, the Office of the Assessor-Recorder has made available a public computer terminal at two office locations, Business Personal Property Division’s, 1155 Market Street, 5th Floor, and City Hall, Room 190. A more convenient option may be visiting the public library (a complete list of libraries can be found by visiting www.sfpl.org or calling 415-557-4400).
To obtain additional information, or attend a workshop, please contact the Office of the Assessor-Recorder at (415) 554-5531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidewalk trees increase property value, provide wildlife habitat, reduce the speed of traffic, absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants, are associated with lower asthma rates in young children, and established street trees are also associated with a lower level of crime! You can help bring these benefits to your neighborhood!
Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) will be planting trees in Mission Terrace on Saturday, February 15th, and still need volunteers. If you are a property owner in the upper Excelsior or Portola, you may be able to sign up for a tree to be planted in front of your property on Saturday, March 22nd. More tree plantings are coming to Crocker-Amazon and the Excelsior later this year. Planting trees is a great way to get to know your neighbors, have fun; and make our community a quieter, prettier, and greener place to work and live!
For property owners, the cost of each tree is typically $105 plus a $30 FUF membership. To sign up to get a tree, please print, complete, and mail or fax the attached forms to FUF. To volunteer, please contact Caitlin Moon at Caitlin@fuf.net or 415-268-0772.
We’re partnering with Department of Public Works to clean up the neighborhood! Join us to paint over graffiti, pick up litter on our sidewalks, and have fun! Snacks will be provided. RSVPs are required to ensure we have enough supplies. Please contact Gwynn Mackellen, Safety Corridor, email@example.com or 415-585-0110.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
10AM – 2PM
Meet at our Ever Upward Sculpture at Geneva and Mission
Hot Spot Survey
EAG is creating a Hot Spot survey to determine safety concerns in the Excelsior. This survey will focus especially on pedestrian safety, with questions regarding dangerous intersections and areas of poor lighting. The survey will be online later this month and we will also be doing in-person surveys along the corridor. If you would like to help with community outreach, please contact Gwynn Mackellen, Safety Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-585-0110.
Excelsior Community Market 2014
Participate in the 2014 Excelsior Community Market! We are inviting Excelsior Community members to pitch in and make this great community project their own! There are opportunities to plan the Market; become a vendor and sell your wares, produce, and crafts; play music on our Street Stage; volunteer on Market Days; and of course, attend! If you're interested, please contact the Market Committee at email@example.com or 415-585-0110.
Secondhand smoke has been a frequent complaint along the Excelsior corridor. EAG is partnering with the Department of Public Health to pass out information on the city’s anti-smoking ordinance in English, Spanish, and Chinese to businesses, along with the required signage, as many businesses currently lack these. In addition, two local artists, Grace D’Anca and Deborah LeDet will be creating mosaic “no smoking” signs to communicate the message in a beautiful way. If you would like to get involved with this project or would like information on how to get a sign, please contact Gwynn Mackellen, Safety Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-585-0110.
Walk To Work Day
We’re partnering with WalkSF and Supervisor John Avalos to promote walking as a healthy way to commute to work! More details to follow. Please contact Gwynn Mackellen, Safety Coordinator, email@example.com or 415-585-0110.
Friday, April 11, 2014