See a thief work his way down all the cars on Chenery Street.


A Glen Park neighbor caught this on their camera this past week. It shows a thief calmly walking past all the cars on the block and using a flashlight to see if anything was visible to steal. This occurred at 3:33 am.

One of the cars in the block got broken by the thief, though it happens just off camera so you can’t see it. Two windows broken, which cost hundreds of dollars to fix.

So don’t leave anything visible in your car at night. Remember watching this guy check out the cars slowly and carefully the next time you’re tempted to so “just this once.”

Here’s the link.



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Recology Rate Increase

Recology has applied to raise the rates for trash/recycling/compost pick-up. There will be a “Technical Hearing” February 28, from 4 to 6 p.m., Room 421 at City Hall, at which they will explain why they want to raise the fees, followed by a number of public hearings to receive feedback.

Public hearing dates are listed below in the text I have copied from the notice I received by email. Please direct feedback to the contacts listed in the text copied below rather than to this blog.

Refuse Rate Hearing Notice

The City’s Refuse Rate Board has received an application from Recology, the San Francisco refuse collection and disposal processing company, for an increase in residential refuse collection and disposal rates for trash, recyclables, and compostables (black, blue, and green bin services). Recology is requesting to rebate surplus revenues to ratepayers and to increase rates, for an effective increase of 16.40% in the first year (or about $5.70 a month for an average single family home), 4.98% in the second year, and 0.62% in the fourth year. Without rebates, rates would increase by an average of 22.96% in the first year. Recology is also requesting to modify the previously approved cost of living adjustment formula. If the increases are approved, the City and Recology anticipate that new rates would go into effect on July 1, 2017.

March 8 2017, 8 a.m. to noon, Room 400
March 15, 2017, 8 to 11 a.m., Room 400
March 22, 2017, 8 a.m. to noon, Room 416
March 28, 2017,8 a.m. to noon, Room 416
April 19, 2017, 8 to 11 a.m., Room 400
April 26, 2017, 8 a.m. to noon, Room 400
May 3, 2017, 8 to 11 a.m., Room 400

The hearings listed above are subject to continuation to later dates, rescheduling, or cancellation.

The Director will take public comment regarding the application at the conclusion of each hearing. The public may also submit written comments in advance of any of the hearings by electronic mail to or by regular mail to the Refuse Rate Hearing Officer, c/o Department of Public Works, City Hall, Room 348, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.

If the Director’s Recommended Order is appealed to the Refuse Rate Board, the Rate Board will issue a new notice and hearing schedule. The Rate Board can be reached c/o City Administrator, Room 362, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.

The City has appointed a “ratepayer advocate” to assist the public during the rate application proceedings. The role of the ratepayer advocate is to provide the public with clear and accurate information regarding the application and to represent the views of the ratepayers. The ratepayer advocate can be contacted online via their website at, by phone at 415-324-8477, or by regular mail at Ratepayer Advocate, c/o RDJ Enterprises, 1485 Bayshore Boulevard, Suite 201, San Francisco, 94124. Appointment of a ratepayer advocate does not preclude members of the public from offering testimony in writing or in person.

Copies of relevant documents, including the Recology application, updated hearing schedules, and related documents are available at City Hall, Room 348 for public inspection and online at www.sfpublicworks/refuserates.

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DHB Median Project Update

Forwarded from Paul Matalucci of the Diamond Heights Boulevard Median project

Special Benefit Planter/Pot Sale this Saturday, Two Upcoming Volunteer Days, and Our CCG

Hello supporters of the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project,

Three items in this message:
1) Further detail about our Community Challenge Grant
2) Thank you to last weekend’s volunteers, and upcoming weeding dates
3) A special Planter/Pot Sale to benefit the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project this Saturday, February 4.

New Community Challenge Grant for $40,948
As I shared in my last email, we’re thrilled by our recent (and second!) Community Challenge Grant award. We thank Lanita Henriquez and her team at CCG for considering our application, and our fiscal sponsor, SF Parks Alliance.


Thank You to Last Saturday’s Volunteers!

Last Saturday, a dedicated band of residents gathered to clear weeds from the first of our five median islands (across from St. Nicholas Church). Thank you to Betsy Eddy, Stephen Yu, Jim Duffy, Jay Estey, Jeff Harlowe, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, and Eleanor.

The weeds are thicker this year thanks to the rain, and the secret to control is early intervention. Please join us on one of our next two scheduled maintenance days: Saturday, February 25, and Saturday, March 25.

Please reply directly to me if you would like to participate, or have questions. I will send a reminder closer to each date. (Recommended for 12 years and older; no gardening experience required, but there will be bending and kneeling. Pads and gloves will be provided).


Special Planter/Pot Sale to Benefit DHB Median Project

Our friend and neighbor Kevin Morgan has graciously offered his collection of gently used garden pots and planters as a benefit for the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or while supplies last)
Address: 5025 Diamond Heights Blvd.
The pots and planters are free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
Please RSVP to me, Paul Matalucci, at 415-826-0445. And share this email with friends and neighbors who might be interested.

As a side note, some neighbors have asked about the mulch (and current “bareness” of the medians). We’re on a multi-year installation schedule, and some unexpected issues, like broken median irrigation pipes, have to be repaired by the City before we can install our landscape design. Please spread the word. We’re not finished.

All the best,

Paul Matalucci, ABC*, CMG**

Wordwright Communications, Inc.

5031 Diamond Heights Blvd.  San Francisco, CA 94131

415.826.0445 |

*Accredited Business Communicator

**Certified Master Gardener (UC)

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