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.
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
City and Community Leaders Call for Vision Zero: Action from Mayor, Police Chief, Transportation Chief Demanded to Reduce Traffic DeathsRead Now
A broad coalition of San Francisco community groups — led by Walk San Francisco and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition — are calling on City leaders to commit to a “Vision Zero” policy to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco over the next 10 years, including immediate action from Mayor Lee, Police Chief Suhr, and SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin.
On Tuesday, Supervisors Jane Kim, Norman Yee and John Avalos introduced a resolution, calling on the City to officially adopt Vision Zero, ushering this crucial street safety initiative forward.
The coalition of community groups (see full list at end) call on the Mayor to publicly commit to taking immediate actions to reduce and eventually eliminate traffic fatalities:
“For too long, City leaders have accepted a certain amount of death and destruction on our streets as a basic ‘cost of doing business’, but no more,” said Leah Shahum, of the SF Bicycle Coalition. “These tragic incidents are preventable, and we demand that our elected leaders perform their most basic job of keeping citizens safe in the public realm. It’s a simple choice: Will our City prioritize safe movement on the streets or not?”
“Our Pedestrian Strategy’s goals of cutting pedestrian injuries and fatalities in half by 2021 is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough,” said Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the district with the highest number of traffic collisions. “The City has been experiencing this public health crisis for years, and last year we hit a near-record high for traffic fatalities. A Vision Zero policy that commits to clear and decisive near-term actions for better engineering, enforcement and education to cut traffic fatalities to zero in the next 10 years is critical if we’re serious about saving lives.”
If Vision Zero is adopted, San Francisco will follow other major U.S cities, including Chicago and New York City, which have already adopted Vision Zero policies to eliminate traffic fatalities on their streets.
On Thursday, January 16th at 5pm at City Hall, frustrated community members will be looking to SF Police Chief Greg Suhr to publicly commit to Vision Zero and immediate actions to make our streets safer as the SF Police Commission and SF Board of Supervisors’ Neighborhood Services & Safety Committee convene together. This special hearing is focused on the SF Police Department’s enforcement of bike- and pedestrian-related incidents, which is being questioned in light of SFPD missteps and lack of urgency in citing and investigating the city’s record number of traffic and serious injuries.
“We are looking to the leadership of the SF Police Department to do their part to make our streets safer,” says Supervisor David Campos, who chairs the Board of Supervisor’s Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee. “I called for this special joint hearing between the Police Commission and the Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee because this issue merits serious, ongoing attention. In order to prevent these tragic deaths we must strengthen traffic enforcement and improve the quality of police investigations of traffic collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians.”
Groups that work with low-income residents in the SoMa and Central Districts especially understand the importance of Vision Zero in keeping residents safe.
Priya Sawhney or the Central City SRO Collaborative said, “The low-income community is home to many seniors and disabled people and it’s unacceptable for the law-enforcement to let these fatalities go unnoticed. There is a trend here and that trend is a danger to pedestrians and community members. I’ve seen residents in wheelchairs absolutely refuse to cross the street from fear of getting hit by a car. We need to prevent such fears and take action against those who commit the crimes that instill those fears in the minds and hearts of many in the first place.”
Dan Falk of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation said, “Lack of traffic safety disproportionately impacts people in low-income communities like the Tenderloin. We have lost too many friends and family to a tragic problem that is totally preventable, if we can bring focus and political will to solving it.”
Phil Chin of Chinatown TRIP said, “It’s been a deadly December. When four people are killed within a span of roughly one week, it is cause for alarm.”
Rev. Norman Fong of Chinatown Community Development Center said, “It’s been so heart-breaking to see a little girl, a senior, a senior riding bike, and my good friend, all killed by vehicles recently in San Francisco. Enough tears have been shed. Let’s do something together to slow traffic down and make it safer – now!”
The San Francisco School District has also signed on to Vision Zero, recognizing the importance of creating safe streets for our youngest residents, and ensuring a safe, thriving city for the next generation.
“Every day 55,000 students make the trip from home to school and back again. Because of their size and relative inexperience, kids are the most vulnerable street users. Improving the safety of our streets is therefore an investment in the future of our children,” said Nikolai Kaestner, SFUSD Director of Sustainability.
San Francisco groups who support Vision Zero: CA Walks, CC Puede, Central City SRO Collaborative, Chinatown Community Development Center, Chinatown TRIP, Community Housing Partnership, Excelsior Action Group, Folks for Polk, Friends of Monterey Blvd., Livable City, Mission Community Market, Mission Economic Development Association, North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, SF Housing Action Coalition, SF Bay Walks, San Francisco Unified School District, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development, Walk San Francisco, Yerba Buena Alliance
Bike registration is a volunteer program with the Ingleside Police Station to make it quicker and easier to identify and return recovered bicycles to the rightful owner. If you decide to participate in this program, you will receive a sticker to place on an inconspicuous part of your bike so if your bike happens to be stolen and then recovered, the police will know who to return it to. Majority of bicycles are stolen while stored in homes/garages so make sure your bicycle is locked up at all times to increase the chances to prevention of theft.
To report any thefts or incidents, please call the police at (415) 553-0123 for non- emergencies or 911 for emergencies. To find the bike registration form, click here.
Next year, SFMTA will be improving the Persia Triangle (intersection of Mission, Ocean, and Persia) to make the area safer for pedestrians, quicker for transit, and more useful for Excelsior community members. This project may include the installation of a limited number of pedestrian-level lighting fixtures. Over the past two weeks, the Excelsior Action Group collected feedback from community members about which lighting fixture should be installed. 548 community members responded via an online survey, a voting station at the Clean Wash Center, and street intercept surveys conducted by EAG staff and volunteers. The results have been tallied and the winner is Option B with 45% of the votes! The Excelsior Action Group will share its findings with the SF Public Utilities Commission, which will develop lighting calculations and a cost estimate for the SFMTA's project. Although EAG cannot confirm that this fixture will be installed, we are grateful for your feedback and will advocate for the community's preferred lighting fixture to be installed at the Persia Triangle!