Farewell, Fennel!

Photos by Stephany Wilkes

Thanks to all who turned out for last weekend’s Greenway Clean Up, and thanks to Stephany Wilkes and Nicholas Dewar for keeping this project on track with grants, plans and clean ups.

Around a dozen Glen Parkers and another dozen from DPW’s Green Team braved the fennel forest in an effort to beat nature into submission to make way for the Greenway.

Stephany Wilkes says this is the third time we’ve worked with DPW crews. We’re starting to form very cooperative relationships with them, since now we know them from earlier clean-up days.

Neighbors gather, ready for the (fennel) kill

Halfway there!

The fruits of the labor

Take it away, DPW!


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City Agency Hearings + Sheehy Legislation

SFMTA Engineering Hearing happens Friday, August 18, 10 a.m., City Hall, room 416. Full agenda here.

  • 12.ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY NO PARKING ANYTIME Diamond Street (North), east side, from Diamond Heights Boulevard to 117 feet northerly

SFMTA Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation Issues for Temporary Street Closures (ISCOTT) meets Thursday, August 24, 9 a.m. 1 South Van Ness Ave, room 7080.

  • TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS) A. Whitney Street between 30th and Randall Streets Sunday, September 24, 2017, Noon to 6 PM Neighborhood Block Party
  • C. Surrey Street between Swiss Avenue and Van Buren Street Saturday, September 23, 2017, 3 PM to 10 PM Neighborhood Block Party

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission held Thursday, August 17.

[Editor’s Note: the SF RecPark Commission agenda appears to come out after my blog-post press time of Friday afternoon, so these hearings have already passed. Still seems good to know.]

Discussion and possible action to:
1) approve the permanent installation of a 34” x 32” brass composite plaque commemorating California Historical Landmark No. 1002 Site of the First Dynamite Factory in America,
2) approve wording of the plaque, and 3) approve placement of the plaque.
Staff: Abigail Maher- 831-2790


The Board of Supervisors will be in recess from July 31 through September 4, 2017. There are no scheduled meetings during this time. The next regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting after recess, will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. No agenda is available at this time.

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Planning Department Publishes New Fees

By Bonnee Waldstein

Effective September 1, the Planning Department will be updating its fees. They say the changes are needed to compensate the department for the cost of processing applications for which they are responsible.

They begin by explaining how the new fees have been determined. Math majors will be in heaven.

The myriad of applications for permits and reviews covers such things as building permits, environmental reviews, historic and preservation reviews and applications, variances, hearing fees for large projects, and — of course, miscellaneous fees — a potpourri of items ranging from $39 to $25,504.

Previous fees are not presented for comparison. Perhaps it’s safe to assume the new fees are higher?  Just a hunch.

Comments on this post are welcome. Questions should be directed to the Planning Department.   Please.


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