NBBA POSITIONS ON LOCAL ISSUES

NBBA POSITION OPPOSING GREATER NORTH BEACH BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (BID)

It is the position of the NB Business Association as the sole representative of our entire North Beach commercial district that the expansion of the Top Of Broadway (BID) beyond it current boundaries of Broadway and the lower Columbus Ave corridors is not in the interest of our small business community at large in North Beach at this time.

We take this stand based upon several factors that we have researched, discussed and reviewed at our board meetings over several years and in the immediate passed at our very last board meeting this April 2nd 2019.

These factors are;

A greater North Beach BID would raise commercial rents significantly on the backs of our small business community and, by current law, force both landlords and businesses to participate without an individual option to opt out.

A greater North Beach BID would not produce any significant improvement in our commercial district that we, NBBA, have not already achieved and/or are doing and achieving positive results based on projects we are and have been working on for years.

A greater North Beach BID would allow city government and agencies to avoid their current mandated monetary and service support responsibilities to our small business community by creating and imposing yet another secondary overlapping tax burden on us for these same services that would yet again by managed by another SF City bureaucracy!

A BID in our greater North Beach commercial district can only be characterized in two ways at this time, UNNECESSARY AND UNACCEPTABLE!

Thank You,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


Pedestrian Scrambles

March 8, 2019

Supervisor Peskin,

The North Beach Business Association has a long standing policy of calling for a pedestrian scramble at the intersection of Green St, Columbus Ave, and Stockton St here in our North Beach commercial district. Our position on this issue was first debated and voted on by our NBBa Board back in 2015, in which we also called for a scramble at the corner of Stockton St and Union St by Original Joe’s and Tony’s Pizza. An organizational letter was written to the city at the time calling for action on this issue.

Further, we identified the tri-street intersection of Green, Columbus, and Stockton as being uniquely dangerous and seriously confusion street crossing for pedestrians. It continues to remain so to this day. It requires foot traffic to traverse a labyrinthine maze of crosswalks and signal directions which are not really designed, timed, nor conceived in a way to produce a truly safe pedestrian crossing, and in fact, encourage “jaywalking” between lights.

In addition to installing this pedestrian scramble, there may be other safety changes that could and should occur at this three street thoroughfare intersection, such as “no right turn” prohibitions and widening the safety island in the center of the street. While we have not taken an organization position on these ideas, we believe that they should be studied and proposed to the entire community for review and possible installation. 

Lastly, it should be noted that our organization had requested the City to install a scramble at this tai-street intersection for many years. We have met with MTA representatives at our board meetings several times over the years about this and other pedestrian safety issues, but were told, without any real explanation, that “pedestrian scrambles in North Beach” were “not feasible.” This is unacceptable. It is long overdue to take real protective action for pedestrians in our commercial district by immediately installing this scramble and others as soon as possible. Please do what you and your office can to make this happen.

Much appreciation and thanks,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


906 Broadway Endorsement Letter

January 31 2019

Jenn Delacroix, MPA

Executive Director

World Cultural Center

906 Broadway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94133

Re: Support for Broadway Educational Culture Center

The North Beach Business Association Board of Directors supports the efforts to create a Culture Center at 906 Broadway. We appreciate the work to restore the historic site and your organizational efforts to create educational programs and opportunities for the community to meet and participate in activities at the Culture Center.

Further, we see the establishment of your World Cultural Center as part of the revitalization and community oriented evolution of our North Beach Broadway entertainment corridor. It also has the potential to be a cornerstone business which will serve both the communities of North Beach and Chinatown in providing appropriate space for these cultural events and educational classes. We strongly endorse the plan to restore the site and open it to the public for these vitally needed purposes. Beyond this endorsement letter, please let us know how we might assist your efforts and mission to reactivate 906 Broadway into this kind of community asset.

Lastly, please feel free to use this letter in any SF City permit process you are involved in to upgrade 906 Broadway, as well as opening your business as proof of endorsement from our entire small business commercial community of North Beach as we welcome your establishment into it.

Much appreciation,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


NBBA Endorsement of Barbary Coast

January 13, 2019

Barbary Coast

Brendan Hallinan

345 Franklin Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ciao Brendan,

I am happy to inform you that our North Beach Business Association Board has voted to enthusiastically endorse the installation of Barbary Coast North Beach Cannabis Dispensary at 1331 Grant Ave as a welcome addition to the 1300 block of Grant Ave. We have taken this endorsement of your business with real knowledge as several board members, including myself, have visited your established locations and have found them to be both highly professionally run and neighborhood friendly as your current dispensaries all have well kept street frontage which is both clean and well monitored displaying a significant security standard. From what we have seen, your business operations are a high benchmark and welcome role model for our state’s newly emerging legal cannabis industry which SF Government should be using to create a general legitimate regular standard and structure for permitting any cannabis dispensary anywhere in our city.

Further, we are aware of your business plan, which will include the restoration of the dilapidated storefront and will add a much needed “face lift” and visual vibrancy to this block of Grant Ave, and thereby inspire and attract an increase in the much needed foot traffic there.

Lastly, you may use and present this endorsement letter to support the establishment of your business here in North Beach to any regulator agency either city and state that may require a permit application which shows a business of your type being welcomed into a commercial district by its businesses. We also look forward to your and your business associates becoming active members of the NBBA and vital new business members in our North Beach commercial district.

Thank you for joining our business community here in North Beach,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


SAVE S&S GROCERY

January 9 2019

Richard Kurylo

Legacy Business Program

City and County of San Francisco

Office of Small Business

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 110

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ciao Richard,

I am writing to inform you that our NB Business Association Board has unanimously voted to support the legacy business application of S&S Grocery to your office for consideration and approval.

S&S Grocery, located at 1461 Upper Grant Avenue, has been a vital small business fixture in our North Beach Commercial District since 1959. Spanning 60 years as a multi generational family owned and operated business, S&S has diligently served the residents of our Telegraph Hill and general North Beach neighborhood being open early in the mornings to very late at night up to 2am several nights a week. The services they offer go beyond just the goods and products they sell as, being open the late hours it operates, they are often, with their well-lit interior and street exterior, a late night refuge security oasis on the 1400 block of Grant Avenue.

We strongly urge that the Office of Small Business process and expedite the application of S&S Grocery as we, the NBBA, are aware that they are facing a rent increase which will force them to close their doors if they cannot achieve Legacy Business Status soon.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


SUPPORT OF Captain Yep

October 1, 2018

Dear Chief Scott,

We are reaching out to thank you for visiting our neighborhood at the community meeting on October 1st.

A petition has been circulated recently addressing the the increased number of incidents connected to criminal, homeless and mentally ill individuals in our residential and commercial corridor.

First, we would like to show our support and gratitude to captain Paul Yep of central station for all his efforts and actions he has done since he took over his position, for example, he reinstated our 42B foot beat that has been working with and keeping our businesses safe from any serious crimes, he  reinstated it after it was completely eliminated prior to his arrival.

We have been working closely with captain Yep and Deputy Chief Redmond on finding ways to keep our neighborhood safe and we are certainly appreciative of SFPD including North Beach in the 2017 Safe shopper.

We believe, that the issues we are dealing with at this point have nothing to do with who is captain of central station, but more how many officers actually are assigned to that station and issues of policy that many times prevent our SFPD from effecting arrests immediately of individuals who are violating our “sit/-lie” ordinance and may be a danger to the public. 

Further, Central Station geographic borders have increased in the past 5 years and some neighborhoods were added (Union Square, Market street and Drumm st.. etc.) without increasing the number of full time officers to cover the expansion of the geographical border, we have been asking about that and were always told that it was not possible.

At this point, with the increased rates of crimes, assaults and homeless issues, we ask you to please either increase the number of officers that work strictly in our neighborhood or reverse the expansion of the geographical borders keeping the same amount of officers so they are not spread thin.

Lastly, we believe that foot-beat officers have been very effective, so we ask that you consider increasing the number of such officers and allow them to use their judgement and immediately incarcerate individuals who are clearly creating a public nuisance and may have mental illness issues that cause them to endanger the public.  City policy now requires officers to wait for a city ambulance and their personnel to “assess” any given individual when they encounter a homeless person incapacitated on our public sidewalks.  This is unacceptable.  Officers need to be empowered and enabled to use their own judgement and immediately humanly remove someone to a local navigation center which will be able to make a complete full assessment of that individual to receive the help they may need to, hopefully, become fully functional citizens again.  Our city streets and parks should not be allowed to be used for living quarters for anyone.  This needs to end now!

Thank You,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


6 POINT 2018 PLAN FOR CLEANING AND SUSTAINING CLEAN STREET IN THE NORTH BEACH COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

The attached map of North Beach, originally developed by Ms. Kristie Fairchild Executive Director of NB Citizens, correctly identifies major problem areas for trash and debris in our NB commercial district streets.

The mapped red line streets represent the major problems, green line is somewhat less trash impacted. The “blue dots, added by NBBA, represent where we think new “big belly” or other city garbage cans should be located.(These will be installed in February 2019)  NB Citizens has a heroic crew of homeless hand sweeping folks lead by a highly trained staff who sweeps these streets every Tuesday and Thursday and one Friday per month.

In May of 2018, NBBA merchants, had a meeting with DPW Communication Spokesperson Dadisi Najib along with NBC Director Kristie Fairchild and discussed how to create a more co-ordinated public/private NB clean up strategy.  What we came up with was the following;

1)  There is a major gap between the Thursdays to Tuesdays hand street sweeping that NBC does and what street trash is generated on weekends here in NB dues to the bar, restaurant and, particularly, “take out” Pizza places.  Much of the trash generated is left to blow around the neighborhood from Friday night to the next Tuesday. We need some help from DPW on eliminating this “gap” in street cleaning;

2)  Many of the existing city garbage cans over flow or are raided by homeless people looking for recyclables for money and there is a major amount of card board and illegal dumping by residents around these cans.  We need to co-ordinate with card board recyclers to have a regular schedule pick up around these cans.  We need signage around the cans in multiple languages  warning people not to dump their personal garbage, furniture and debris around them and we need DPW to give us a schedule of when they are picking up larger debris items left on the streets,  We also need to know what the steam cleaning schedule set up around these cans and to know when that happens.

3)  NB Citizens, on the days they sweep, carefully bags and ties shut the debris they pick up and places them at city garbage cans in NB to be picked up by DPW.  Left there, unpicked up, these bags are also often torn open and debris is again scattered around the neighborhood.  This is another reason we need a schedule to pick them up in a timely way by DPW crews;

4)  NB Alleys are another major trash problem.  We need from DPW a regular schedule of when the mini mechanical street sweepers will do our alleys particularly focused on alleys off Upper Grant Ave toward Columbus and between Union Sts. and Green Sts.

5)  We, NBBA, have installed cigarette butt disposable container cans on poles throughout NB and, again, are working with NB Citizens to service them regularly.  This is a very new project but seems to be highly successful so far and we may come to the city to help with $ for NBC servicing as well as installing more of these container as we identify places where they are needed.

6)  We need the city to bring pressure on Recology to make a “Free Day” each month and advertise it in NB when residents can dispose of their unwanted TVs, beds, furniture etc.  The system that Recology has now is so labyrinthine that it discourages citizens from acting responsibly and puts it on DPW to pick up these items when they are dumped in our streets and charges the city for their disposal.  This is a huge unnecessary waste of our tax money.

We believe that there are enough resources already both public and private to make North Beach a super clean area of our city and model for the rest of it as well if we co-ordinate our actions with each other.

I hope you can bring to our next NBBA Board meeting the schedules I have requested as well as any other resources that we have missed that DPW or other city agencies might or could provide in this effort.

Thank You,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


LETTER OF COMMENDATION RECOGNITION OF HEROIC CIVIC ACTION

September 21, 2018

Dear Mr. Garcia,

Ms. Lucy Johns has made our North Beach Business Association Board of Directors aware of your heroic act of stopping an attempted purse snatcher and his accomplice from victimizing her.  Your direct action when this event occurred in your place of business in chasing down and tackling this individual in the middle of Columbus Ave. and then, along with several other heroic citizens, holding him for SFPD to make a formal arrest is the kind of civic action that we celebrate as effective, appropriate and restrained in character and is truly one that fights and stops crime.  It was also an act which is completely in character with the history of many like actions taken by North Beach Merchants over the years dating all the way back to the beginning of our city in which shopkeepers lead in being vigilant in taking direct action fighting criminal activity without acting outside the law through “mob rule.”

In addition it is to be noted that Central Station Police lead by Officer McAuliffe Badge #1752 and his partner arrived within 2 to 3 minutes of the 911 report of this event and in such a timely manner they were not only able to make the arrest of the would be purse snatcher being held by you and other citizenry but also were able to chase down and arrest his accomplice.  This is a tribute to the responsive professionalism of our officers and their leadership at North Beach Central Station.   

In light of these facts, our NBBA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to present you with this letter of commendation and award your business, Cafe Brioche, a free 1 year membership in our North Beach Business Association.

Thank You For Your Heroic Civil Action,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING NBBA IDEAS FOR MITIGATING NEGATIVE IMPACTS WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK WATER CONSERVATION PROJECT 

Ciao Toks,

In the spirit of cooperation and based on our letter of understanding we have the following ideas for mitigating the negative impacts that the upcoming water conservation project for 

Washington Square Park will have on our commercial district.

We submit these now in hopes that they can be integrated in the plan your Rec. & Park Dept. is due to draft by September 1st for our entire NB community to review.

From Point 1 of our Letter of Understanding 

“Dust and Noise Mitigation Plan – a first draft of the plan will be provided to business groups and the community by September 1st, for review and comment before commencement of the construction contract.”

NBBA would make two recommendations here.

First, dust/fumes,that all front loaders, back hoes, Trucks, pneumatic jack hammers generators,  and trenching equipment used in removing and replacing soil and pathways be powered by CNG(compressed natural gas) and/or propane.  Absolutely no Diesel fuel!  Fumes from Diesel already being used with the single small front loader and back hoe doing the work in the Children's’ section of WS Park currently drift out into the open air when these are in operation and not only negatively impact air quality in the rest of the park and outdoor cafe’s but also the girls and boys club playground which is less than 100’ away depending on how the wind is blowing on any given day.  If 300 to 400 trucks plus loaders, back hoes and jack hammer compressor generators used Diesel fuel for the main park work they would illegally discharge massive carcinogens in the air and make the air quality unbreathable for blocks around the park. Unacceptable!   Further, for much the same reasons the soil and debris that is removed must wetted down prior to even digging it out of the ground and continuously while it is being loaded and, new soil, unloaded in the park.   

 Second,  that all jackhammering operations take only place between 8 AM to noon so as not to interfere with the lunch operations of near by outdoor cafes. 

From Point 2 of our Letter of Understanding 

“Parking Plan – project specifications will require the contractor to use the Vallejo Garage for parking, and construction equipment and debris will be stored on-site at all times. The contractor will be limited to taking two street parking spaces.”

NBBA believes this is good as stated! Thank You!

From Point 3 of our Letter of Understanding

“ Traffic and pedestrian safety plan – a plan will dictate entry points to the park to reduce neighborhood traffic impacts, and requirements for traffic control personnel will ensure pedestrian safety at vehicle entrances.”

NBBA would suggest, as already sent to you in email, that a single entry and exit point @ the corner of Filbert Street and Stockton Street be established routing all trucks down Stockton Street and out of NB using Bay street.  We emphasize this because it will require 300 to 400 full truck loads of soil and path debris to be transported in and out of the park moving an the estimated 115,000 to 135,000 cubic yards of material to complete this project.   The rest of NB, Columbus Ave., Union, Broadway would be hugely choked for all transportation if these thoroughfares were used to move this much material through the commercial district.   

From Point 4 of our Letter of Understanding

“Archeological – an archeological consultant contract will be in-place prior to construction to limit potential schedule impacts due to unforeseen archeological items.”

NBBA sees this as a particularly difficult issue to mitigate given how state law determines the nature of how historical items, when discovered on a job site, are to be recovered which, generally, greatly slow any construction activity.

The archeological consultant should be directed to work with the contractor on site if and when an object is found and the contractor should have in place,as part of the critical path analysis for the project as a whole, alternative areas and methods of work to keep the project on schedule no matter what or when an item is uncovered.   

The same six month completion deadline should not be violated and Rec. & Park should not write into the contract with the contractor any clauses excusing project delays based upon any type of “discovery”. 

From point 5 of our Letter of Understanding

“Construction Duration and Timing – The construction contract will specify a park closure duration of 6 months. Anticipated construction start date will occur February/March 2019.

a. The department will utilize Best Value Bidding to ensure a qualified contractor is selected.

b. An Early Completion Bonus will be utilized to incentivize a shorter closure duration, and Liquidated Damages will be included to discourage late completion.

c. A contract submittals period will be planned prior to the park closure to ensure the contractor has fully planned the project before closing the park.”

NBBA agrees with this section as written but would also add that the “Liquidated Damages” clause should also be added and apply to violating any other part of the contract as well and as outlined in our LOU.

Further, any “Liquidated Damages” that might be collected should be distributed to effected merchants in the entire NB Commercial District through and/or supervised by NBBA.

Further as part of assuring that the “contractor has fully planned the project before closing the park....” we, NBBA, would request a copy of the contractors “Critical Path Analysis” and/or “bar chart” for  knowing that the different phases of the project have real schedule and that schedule is adhered to

Lastly there are other issues not in our LOU that were brought out in the community meeting by residents and that we raised with Rec.& Park reps. in our NBBA Board meeting.

Among these was homeless now living in the park and their ongoing need for permanent shelter and mental health services.  We defer this issue to North Beach Citizens organization who have the direct knowledge of these individuals and ask that your department act on their recommendations now and not wait for the park closure to occur in the spring of 2019.   

We look forward to reviewing your Departments full mitigation plan when it is issued September Ist as well as the contract your Department creates and eventually signs with a contractor for this work. 

Thank You,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


TOP OF BROADWAY LIGHTING ENDORSEMENT

June 20th, 2018

Dominic LiMandri

Top of Broadway CBD

205 Columbus Ave Suite 207

San Francisco, CA 94133

Re: Peter Macchiarini Steps on Kearny Street Lighting Project (Shimmer)

I am happy to inform you that our North Beach Business Association Board of Directors unanimously voted enthusiastic support and endorsement of your lighting installation project (Shimmer) at the foot of the Peter Macchiarini Steps on Kearny Street and Broadway. It is a totally appropriate artistic beautification that emanates a positive visual night mood out of a hanging cross street light sculpture. It also complements the spiral pole light installations our organization has recently installed in other areas of North Beach, both contributing and combining to present a unique streetscape visual experience that exists nowhere else in our city.

North Beach is clearly leading the way in light beautification of our amazing commercial district and urban environment.

Thank you and all of the Top of Broadway CBD for your efforts in this matter,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133


LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR THE NORTH BEACH FARMER’S MARKET AT PIAZZA PELLEGRINI

May 1st 2018

To the Owners of Piazza Pellegrini,

I am happy to inform you that at our April North Beach Business Association board meeting we voted unanimously to support your creation of a Saturday Farmers Market in the parking lot you own behind your restaurant and Pizzeria.

You may use this letter of endorsement for any SF Municipal hearings and/or permits that may be required.

We look forward to patronizing and promoting your Farmer Market in the near future!

Thank You for your Hard Work,

Dan Macchiarini, President

www.sfnbba.org

North Beach Business Association                    

PO Box 330187

San Francisco, CA 94133