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The Richmond is
talking . . .
Sunday Streets, July 7: Take Sunday Streets from the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park all the way to the San Francisco Zoo at the foot of the Great Highway. Enjoy four miles of open streets, dozens of activities, live music and performances. All activities are free and open to all. Visit for a map and up-to-date list of activities.
Alexandria Theater: Received Planning Commission approval in April to move forward on remodeling the building and adding a new structure that will include housing and underground parking in what is now a parking lot on 18th Avenue. The owners have agreed to provide more security and maintain the building throughout construction.
Beach Chalet Soccer Fields: The Coastal Commission approved plans by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to install synthetic turf and artificial lighting at these athletic fields on the west end of Golden Gate Park. Opponents continue to fight the plan in a lawsuit, but construction can begin, regardless.
Sports Basement Site: On June 17, the Presidio Trust heard presentations from the three finalists for development of this site, adjacent to Crissy Field. The finalists are: the Bridge/Sustainability Institute, proposed by Chora Group and WRNS; the Lucas Cultural
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Summer 2013 PAR Meeting • • •
Summer Concert Season Representatives from Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, SFPD and
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
7 to 9 p.m.
Richmond Recreation Center 251 18th Avenue
(between Clement & California streets)
Paid parking is available one block away in the lot behind the Alexandria Theatre between Clement Street and Geary Boulevard.
Muni lines: 1 California, 2 Clement, and 38 Geary

Summer 2013


Planning Association for the Richmond

Come to July PAR meeting for

local concert updates

Golden Gate Park is the crown

expect to use technology, streaming

jewel among San Francisco’s parks, performances from three stages this

attracting picnickers, golfers, fly

year, to encourage people to enjoy

fishers, museum-goers and in the

the music online at home. This

summer, tens of thousands of music- approach kept crowds manageable at

lovers. The two biggest concerts—

the February 2012 memorial held for

Outside Lands and the Hardly Strictly Hellman at Ocean Beach. The 2013

Bluegrass Festival—will be the

concert—still free to all—will be

topic of PAR’s general membership October 4 to 6.

meeting on July 17.

“We want to be a good neighbor to

“We will bring together the concert the Richmond and Sunset Districts,”

organizers and members of the San

said Allen Scott, promoter of Outside

Francisco Police Department and

Lands. “PAR has been instrumental in

the city’s Municipal Transit Agency that effort. From our first concert six

to explain their strategies and plans years ago, PAR has been willing to

to help make sure these events go

sit down and help us understand the

smoothly with as little adverse

impacts on the neighborhood and how

impact on the Richmond District as we might mitigate them.”

possible,” said Nick Belloni, PAR co-

This year, Outside Lands

vice president and chair of PAR’s Rec welcomes its biggest headliner ever—

& Park Committee.

Sir Paul McCartney. The concert

PAR has worked with the

is expected to bring 65,000 people

organizers of both concerts over

daily to the park on each of its three

many years and has influenced

days (August 9 to 11). Scott noted

significant improvements at both

that, because many concert-goers

events. “We appreciate PAR’s

have attended in the past, they are

thoughtful, collaborative approach

“savvier” about getting to and from

to problems,” said Dawn Holliday,

the event and are more respectful of

organizer of the Hardly Strictly

the neighborhood.

Bluegrass Festival. “PAR not only

Both concert organizers will

gives us good, overall feedback, it has discuss plans related to transpor-

been instrumental in mediating with tation—including more emphasis

individuals in the neighborhood.”

on public transportation, biking and

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

shuttles; an app for live, real-time

Festival, founded in 2001, is

traffic updates; and noise abatement.

preparing for its first festival since

Captain Sharon Ferrigno of the

the death of its founder, and PAR

SFPD’s Richmond Station will

member, Warren Hellman. Organizers discuss added police presence both

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Letter from the President

Dear PAR Members, Similar to what is happening across San Francisco, the pace of planning and development activities in the Richmond District during the second quarter of 2013 picked up considerably and the Planning Association for the Richmond has been active on many fronts.
One example is the first meeting of the “Invest in the Richmond” effort supported by the Clement Street Merchants Association, the Geary Boulevard Merchants’ Association, the Mayor’s Office, PAR, the San Francisco Planning Department, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Supervisor Eric Mar’s office.
Besides providing an opportunity for many Richmond residents and merchants to meet one another, the meeting started

Officers & Directors

Officers Raymond Holland, President Nicholas Belloni, Co–Vice President Richard Correia, Co–Vice President Brenda Altman, Secretary Christopher Wright, Treasurer

Directors Fred Altshuler Dan Baroni Gene Brodsky Julie Burns Eliote Durham Herb Elliott Paul Epstein Robert Fries Sharon Gadberry

Margie Hom-Brown Jason Jungreis Brian Larkin Claire Myers Marjan Philhour Bill Shepard Cheryl Schultz Andy Thornley Peter Winkelstein

Emeritus Directors Lynn Altshuler • Jim Lazarus • Ron Miguel Paul Rosenberg • Michele Stratton

PAR Representatives in Other Organizations: Friends of Mountain Lake Park Playground:
Claire Myers Housing Action Coalition: Dan Baroni Kaiser Permanente Citizens Task Force:
Peter Winkelstein Neighborhood Associations for Presidio
Planning: Paul Epstein, Sharon Gadberry, Ray Holland Neighborhood Working Group for Presidio Master Plan: Ray Holland Ocean Beach Master Planning Committee: Julie Burns Presidio Restoration Advisory Board: Julie Cheever Richmond Community Coalition: Ray Holland, Nick Belloni

a planning process that will result in a strategic economic development plan. (See story, page 5)
Other ongoing activities include:
Land Use Planning Despite PAR’s opposition to AT&T’s
installation of equipment cabinets on public sidewalks without environmental review, AT&T has invited representatives of PAR to “discuss” 12 specific addresses in the Richmond District where it wants to install one of those cabinets beginning in 2014:
162 Second Avenue 599 Second Avenue 191 Fifth Avenue 398 Seventh Avenue 500 24th Avenue 505 26th Avenue 302 30th Avenue 699 47th Avenue 120 Anza Street 1751 Anza Street 5600 Geary Boulevard 6500 Geary Boulevard If you live, work or own property at or near any of those addresses and would like advice or guidance about responding to AT&T, please let us know by leaving an email message at [email protected] or a voice message at 415-541-5652.

Plans and Parking Around the Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The 2006 lawsuit filed by PAR and Friends of Lands End over the adverse effects of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) remains unresolved. In fact, the required environmental and historic review processes have stopped for an indefinite period of time. However, the SFVAMC has an agreement with the City and County of San Francisco to lease just over 40,000 square feet in Mission Bay. While that provides only about four percent of the SFVAMC’s need for space, it is a start that we applaud.
Neighborhood parking congestion should ease now that the National Parks Service has agreed to lease assigned parking spaces on El Camino del Mar north of Point Lobos Drive, the parking lot next to the USSF Memorial and the Merrie Way parking lot for SFVAMC employee use while a five-story parking structure is built on the campus.
Coincidentally two residents have begun a petition drive to establish residential parking permits in their neighborhood just south of the SFVAMC and have met with some success.
I welcome your comments, questions or suggestions. Ray Holland
[email protected]

The Richmond is talking . . .

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Arts Museum, proposed by George Lucas; and the Presidio Exchange, proposed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. See Resolved, page 5, for PAR’s position on the subject. Gives residents a new way to report and track non-emergency and nuisance code issues. This free smartphone app, developed by the Office of the City Attorney, gives citizens the power to make sure San Francisco stays a safe and healthy place to live, work and play. Don’t have a smartphone? You can still call the hotline at 415-554-3977.
Grocery Outlet: Plans for the proposed Grocery Outlet on Geary Boulevard at 27th Avenue were presented to the San Francisco Planning Commission in early June. The new plans include upgrades to

the interior, as well as murals, canopies and landscaping to improve the exterior.
Mountain Lake Playground: In June, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a plan to renovate Mountain Lake Park Playground. It will be funded in part by funds from the city’s 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhoods Park Bond, with the balance raised privately by the Friends of Mountain Lake Park Playground (for information or to donate, go to One of the goals of the renovation, which is being designed pro bono by the architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, will be to integrate the playground more closely with the lake, according to Claire Myers, PAR’s representative to FMLPP.


Thank you Our donors’ generosity is essential to PAR’s ongoing ability to
advocate on behalf of the residents and businesses of the Richmond District. We appreciate the support of every PAR member.
To maintain its independence, PAR does not accept government funding or grants. Our only income is our members’ tax-deductible dues and contributions.
We gratefully acknowledge those members who contributed from January 2012 through March 2013.

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Forty years of community service in

Thanks to your support of the

For more than 40 years, PAR has:

Planning Association for the Richmond,

• Supported policies that maintain

your voice is heard when decisions are and enhance the quality of life in

made that affect the quality of life in

the Richmond District. We do this

our neighborhood.

by, among other things, testifying

Established in 1970, the Planning

and submitting comments to the

Association for the Richmond is San

San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Francisco’s largest membership-based and other governmental bodies and

neighborhood organization. Our

working directly with residents on their

mission is to maintain and improve


the quality of life in San Francisco’s

• Encouraged and worked with other

Richmond District.

neighborhood groups such as Friends

the Richmond
of Lands End, the Geary Boulevard Merchants Association, the Clement Street Merchants Association and many others.
• Collaborated with other groups, such as Neighborhood Associations for Presidio Planning, the Ocean Beach Master Planning Committee and the Richmond Community Coalition with the goal of ensuring a welcoming, livable environment.


Richmond District economic vitality

An alarming number of vacant storefronts in the neighborhood led PAR to help organize a meeting of 50 local and city leaders on May 23 to discuss how to improve the Richmond District’s economic vitality.
PAR joined with Supervisor Eric Mar’s office and the Geary Street Merchants Association in the first of a series of meetings that will identify various workable initiatives and programs to improve the current state of the district.
SF Travel, an association of San

Francisco’s tourist industry leaders, spoke to how it can help better promote the Richmond District and its businesses to the 16 million people who visit San Francisco each year. A representative of the San Francisco Office of Economic Development discussed its “Invest in Neighborhoods” initiative that will soon release an economic analysis and ideas to improve the Geary Boulevard corridor from 14th to 28th Avenues.
PAR is an active participant in a working group that is looking at next

merits attention
steps, including asking Mayor Ed Lee to include a portion of the Clement Street merchant corridor in the immediate next round of the Invest in Neighborhoods program. This would identify designated municipal services and resources for Clement Street. The working group also will look at branding opportunities.
If you are interested in sharing your thoughts on how to improve the Richmond’s economic environment, please contact Chris Wright at [email protected]

Meet PAR’s two newest board members

The PAR Board welcomed two new

public safety are among the issues she

into local businesses to pay local workers

members in May: Marjan Philhour and

wants to work on as a Board member.

and local taxes for further reinvestment.

Andy Thornley.

Looking to the future she said, “We

Getting around the neighborhood, helping

Marjan Philhour brings a background need to continue to work with residents

elevate walking and bicycling to be safer

in political strategy and public affairs

and advocate for more services and

and more practical for more people, is

to the PAR board and wants to apply

updated playgrounds, repaved roads and essential as is a properly functioning

her organization skills to enhance

other efforts that will continue a legacy of Muni,” he said.

PAR’s outreach and participation in

inclusion and diversity.”

Formerly on the staff of the SF Bicycle

neighborhood issues.

Philhour is president and CEO of The Coalition and now an analyst at the SF

“One of PAR’s

California Group, a political consulting

Municipal Transit Agency, Andy brings

duties is to keep

firm. She has lived in the Richmond since information technology and management

our local leaders


skills to the board.


A Richmond District resident since

“PAR has been

through keeping

1987, Andy Thornley is interested in

the main forum


balancing growth with sustaining the

and voice of the

channels clear and

quality of life, especially issues related

Richmond, for 40

using them frequently. to “safety, traffic, noise, walkability

years, I’m proud

PAR provides us

and bike-ability. I cherish living in a

to have a place on

an opportunity to come together as a

place where I can do all of my shopping PAR’s board to

community and communicate effectively,” locally, by bike and on foot. It’s good for offer what I can in

Marjan said. Economic revitalization and everyone to have my family’s money go addressing these and other issues.”

Actions taken by
Supported the application by Grocery Outlet for a conditional use permit for its proposed store on Geary Boulevard between 27th and 28th Avenues. (See page 2.)
Submitted a letter to the Presidio Trust requesting that two recently discovered semi-buried pipes in the north arm of Mountain Lake Park be removed. The

the PAR Board
pipes may be full of contaminants and when they corrode they will further pollute the lake.
Hosted a meeting attended by local businesses and representatives of San Francisco city agencies to discuss the Richmond District’s economic vitality. (Story at top of this page.)

of Directors
Submitted a letter to the Presidio Trust recommending that the former site of the Presidio Commissary, opposite Crissy Field be developed consistent with the Presidio Interpretative Plan (PIP) adopted by the Trust. PAR supports development proposals for the site that meet the PIP standards.

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Concert updates
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in and outside of Golden Gate Park. A representative of the SFMTA will address parking control and public transportation.
“Dedicating a meeting to the concerts offers an opportunity to discuss all aspects of the events, from the legitimate concerns of residents to the undeniable economic benefits they bring to the Richmond and Sunset districts,” said PAR President Ray Holland. “Providing a forum like this is a perfect example of PAR’s mission to enhance the quality of life in the Richmond District.”
The concert websites are and
Don’t miss a single PAR meeting in 2013
Wednesdays July 17
October 17
Richmond Recreation Center 7 to 9 p.m.
251 18th Avenue (between Clement & California
Paid parking is available one block away.
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