Highland Bridge project update

 

Highland Avenue Bridge – Project update from Grace Moore, DPW, Grace.Moore@sfdpw.org

 

Dear Neighbors

Phase I; traffic railing work is almost completed.

This week you may see crews removing construction debris, restoring parking along Arlington Street and finish installing 4 new street lights. (see details below)

Phase II; security fencing design work is completed. The fence will be installed to enclose the east and west bridge abutments for security. Construction and installation will be completed by the end of March 2016. (see details below) (ClearVu fencing pictured in this press release)

Phase I – traffic rail replacement

Contractors currently are working on electrical/corrective work on the bridge including:

  1. Finish work for new traffic railing
  2. Housekeeping/Demobilization
  3. Installation of bridge street light lighting elements/luminaries
  4. Complete wiring for all new electrical improvements
  5. Electrical improvement service point pull-box
  6. Install added street light pole bases (4); *
  7. Installation of added street lights (4) *

* San Francisco Public Utilities Commission staff will complete service connections at a later date; the four new street lights will not be in service until SFPUC staff completes service connections. Public Works has asked SFPUC to provide a date for that work. All other work in Phase I will be completed by January 18, 2016.

Phase II –security fencing under the bridge

Phase II of the project will include installing fencing to enclose the east and west bridge abutments for security. The design is based, in part, on concerns raised by neighbors about debris buildup under the bridge and easy access to the site. We believe the “ClearVu” security fencing will provide the most attractive and durable safety enhancement to the Highland Avenue Bridge. It will be nearly invisible to drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists on northbound and southbound on San Jose Avenue. The ClearVu high-density security fencing is made of high-tensile mesh with openings too narrow for finger-holds and foot-holds, preventing climbing or cutting with standard tools, bolt-cutters, etc.

The scope of work and final design work will be determined by January 18, 2016. Fencing construction and installation will be completed by March 31, 2016.

Grace L. Moore

Public Affairs Officer

Office of Communications & Public Affairs

San Francisco Public Works

City and County of San Francisco

30 Van Ness Avenue, 5th Fl

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ph (415) 558-5282 Fx (415) 522-7723

sfpublicworks.org · twitter.com/sfpublicworks

 

 

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D8 Safety Meeting

Thanks to Chris Faust of Upper Noe Neighbors (and more) for writing up this summary of the D8 Safety Meeting held Thursday:

District 8 Safety Meeting
January 14, 2016  – 6 pm
Saint Philip the Apostle community room
725 Diamond St. San Francisco

Jean Elle of NBC Bay Area was there. The story is at
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Castro-Noe-Valley-Resident-Voice-Safety-Concerns-at-San-Francisco-Meeting-365390151.html

The meeting had over 100 neighbors. The room was full.

Attendees:
Mayor Lee
Supervisor Scott Wiener
Chief Greg Suhr
Captain Joseph McFadden (Ingleside Station)
Captain Daniel Perea (Mission Station)
Captain John Sanford (Park Station)
Karen Fletcher, chief probation officer

Mayor Lee, as a resident of District 8 (Glen Park), shared frustration with the recent spate of property crimes and expressed empathy with neighbors who are concerned about safety. Everyone wants to live in a safe neighborhood. His peeves are repeat offenders and releasing offenders without rehabilitation. He promoted use of the fob guard to prevent thieves from being able to use an electronic device to remotely force the car key in your house from unlocking your car doors on the street.

Wiener and Suhr talked about ongoing efforts to secure funding for the police academy. SFPD should have 2000 officers but is operating at only 1700. That cuts into the amount of foot patrols and traffic enforcement.

Captain Perea said the biggest challenges for Mission Station are robbery, homelessness and street crime.

Captain Sanford said Park Station redistributed forces at night to tackle crime in the Duboce area. They broke up the huge encampment behind Safeway notorious for needle drug use and other crimes.

Captain McFadden announced that he will hold his monthly Ingleside Station community meeting featuring his Public Safety Roadshow next Wednesday January 20 at 7 pm at Upper Noe Rec Center. He urges citizens to report crimes to SFPD, not just post them on NextDoor. Be sure to make note of details of clothing and cars when reporting so officers can more readily identify your perp. And please send SFPD photos and video of suspicious persons and criminal activity. The wigged bandit was picked up just hours after Captain McFadden received a photo of the burglar and shared it with his officers.

Karen Fletcher, chief probation officer, says that SF has 4300 adults under supervision/parole. She has a staff of 155 of whom 100 are sworn officers. The percentage of probation vs incarceration is higher in SF since rural counties tend to keep more perpetrators of serious crimes in lockup. But SF is all about rehabilitation and promoting restitution.

Supervisor Wiener and SFPD assured us that while property crime is up significantly recently, violent crime is actually down 50% from the 1990’s. Suhr reminded us too of the rash of auto break-ins back then, when the target was car stereos, especially Blaupunkts. Technology adapted with removable faceplates and then chips that matched the stereo to the car which made stereos non-functional when removed. Today’s targets are computers and electronics, which are easy to fence and less risky than dealing drugs. Police and technology are adjusting to the new challenge.

Suhr reminded us also to be wary of buying into hype and spin created on social media that creates the appearance of an epidemic. There is no increase in random assaults. Events that are construed as connected by media postings are most often discovered to be unrelated.

In general, citizens spoke to thank police for their work but are still frustrated with the frequency of car break-ins, auto theft, dumped vehicles, burglaries and assaults. They seek ways to be proactive, to work together as a community to support SFPD, not just block by block.

Q&A:

1. What’s the best way to interact with SFPD?
Call or email. Emailing your captain is especially useful for repetitious low-level crimes. Send in photos and video too if available. Captains will deal with them.

2. How can we be safer walking at night?
Do not wear headphones. Be more aware. Report broken street lighting, dark spots, and any trees or other blocking lamps. Urge your neighbors to leave their porch lights on at night. Form or join a Neighborhood Watch or citizen patrol group. Look out for each other.

3. Is Next Door monitored by SFPD?
No. There are too many NextDoor groups. SFPD cannot resource officers to that when they are needed on patrol. 911, or even email, is a better way to report crimes.
(A gentleman mentioned that NextDoor conveys the unhappiness in the community and that SFPD would benefit enormously from seeing this.)

4. Can officers patrol neighborhoods rather than just driving by?
Traditionally, officers have never walked beats in residential areas, only in commercial corridors. Staffing levels don’t allow for more beat cops but citizens can improve their relationship with the officers who cruise their neighbors. Find out who they are. Invite them to block parties and community meetings. Make your neighborhood personal for the officers.

5. Why is 911 service so bad?
There are not enough 911 operators. This is a recognized problem that is being addressed.

6. Who is doing all of these crimes, the homeless, gangs, out-of-towners?
While statistics are not conclusive, the bulk of crimes can not be pinned on any group. The idea that people come to San Francisco to prey on us is an urban myth.

7. Can police step up enforcement of Sit-Lie law?
Officers are directed to get out of their cars and walk the beat more, particularly in the mornings, to discover and deal with folks who are sleeping in hiding spots. Making an arrest takes an officer back to the station and off the street so the need for officers to be out responding to emergencies and violent crimes is a consideration in enforcement. Don’t expect police to raid tent encampments in the pouring rain. We are still the City of St. Francisco, after all.

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GPA quarterly meeting

Glen Park Association quarterly meeting
Date: January 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: The San Francisco Police Academy at 350 Amber Drive

There are some road blockages, so we suggest using the following route:

1. Go up Diamond Heights Blvd. to Duncan Street.

2. Go left on Duncan Street, and continue on Duncan past the construction at Amber Drive.

3. Turn left on the 2nd Amber Drive intersection (it loops around).

4. Follow the Amber Drive loop back to the Police Academy.

5. Enter next to the construction to go into the parking lot.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Election of officers for 2016. *Please see note below for eligibility to vote.
  • GPA 2016 Grants: announcement of schedule for grants applications.
  • The Glen Park Greenway Visioning and Planning results report. Vote to follow. *Please see note below for eligibility to vote
  • Supervisor Scott Wiener’s comments and report.
  • Adjournment

*A new GPA member must have paid dues three weeks in advance of this meeting, per our by-laws, in order to vote at this meeting. Renewing members may vote at this meeting only if they have paid their 2016 dues ($10 per voting member) before or at this meeting.

Nominations for Office

You may nominate a candidate for a Glen Park Association officer for 2016. Nominations will also be taken from the floor before the vote.

President: _________________________________
Vice President:___________________________________
Treasurer: _________________________________
Recording Secretary:______________________________
Corresponding Secretary: _____________________
Membership Secretary:___________________________

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