NBBA PROJECTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION AND CLEAN UP
Continuous funding and enhancement of decorative street lighting in our commercial district, including street pole lighting, Columbus Avenue holiday lights, and cross street lighting on Grant Avenue and Green Streets.
Continuous funding of hanging flower baskets in the district.
Ongoing work with North Beach Citizens, SF Department of Public Works and Recology to create and implement a 6-point plan to clean and sustainably maintain streets in our our commercial district. Included in this plan has been the installation of “Big Belly” garbage cans and cigarette butt containers to help minimize the amount of waste on our streets.
MITIGATION OF NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK WATER RECLAMATION PROJECT
Negotiation with Parks and Recreation to create a landmark letter of understanding for the upcoming Washington Square Park water reclamation project. This letter stipulates concessions for our commercial district by limiting the duration of the project to six months in contract, limiting the use of street parking by contractors and their crews, preventing the spread of dust and dirt, and limiting the use of streets by trucks hauling away debris and dirt from the project.
MITIGATION OF OVERALL CONSTRUCTION WORK
Continuous work with our district supervisor, Aaron Peskin, to address the ongoing problem of persistent street work and seismic upgrades, which has displaced businesses and inhibited visitors and residents from patronizing our shops. Through SF DPW, we have also identified 203 active public and private construction permits in our commercial district. Accordingly, we are negotiating with city agencies to review and coordinate these projects and limit them to work that has been deemed necessary.
Continuous work with our district supervisor, Aaron Peskin, to bring attention to vacancy issues caused by owners who fail to maintain their storefronts or choose not to lease them, a primary cause of commercial vacancies and blight. In January of 2018, we participated in a press conference on this issue at which legislation was proposed to address this problem. This action received widespread interest in the city at large, and prompted a movement to encourage other districts to follow our lead, increasing pressure on landlords to make their storefronts available for lease, or face penalties.
We also completed the most up-to-date vacancy study of our North Beach neighborhood, with the help of North Beach Neighbors and Telegraph Hill Dwellers.
We’ve worked together with the CDCC to extend a tourist shuttle bus from The Embarcadero up Broadway to Chinatown and North Beach, a much-needed service.
EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, NORTH BEACH FESTIVAL, WINE WALK, FIRST FRIDAYS
We’ve continued to produce upgrades to our signature North Beach Festival, including new attractions such as Circus Bella, which help draw new visitors to our neighborhood.
We created an ongoing North Beach Wine Walk, bringing hundreds of new visitors to North Beach.
We continue to sponsor and work with our local artists and galleries for our monthly First Fridays events.
OUTREACH AND COORDINATION WITH FILM COMMISSION
We strengthened our dialogue with the film commission, with an eye to garnering greater participation and coordination of North Beach merchants with future film projects.