3 Injured in GP Vehicle Rollover

A long-time Glen Park neighbor lost control of her Volvo coming down Whitney Street and plowed into several parked cars before rear-ending and tipping a Mini Cooper and finally crashing into a parked car near the bottom of the street.

Three people, including the Volvo driver, were injured but none severely, according to witnesses.

The first Cars to be Hit

The Volvo driver lost control at the top of the first block of Whitney. These two vehicles were among the first two hit. They had been parallel parked on the east side, facing downhill.

The Mini That Flipped

The Mini was rear-ended by the Volvo on its way down hill. The Mini’s passenger and driver were injured, but apparently not severely.


The car that stopped the Volvo

The Volvo finally stopped near the bottom of Whitney when it hit this car, which had been parked on the west side facing uphill.

This image apparently wants to stay upside down. Sorry about that. (HW)

The Volvo

The Volvo. Despite hitting a half dozen cars and flipping one, only its front-end was damaged. The driver, 81, was terrified but not severely injured, according to witnesses.


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Input On Chief of Police Selection

Forwarded from NextDoor, posted there by SFPD:

Community Input Regarding Chief of Police Selection Process

The purpose of this post is to inform you about the recruitment process for the San Francisco Chief of Police and ask for your help in soliciting community input.

To complement the comprehensive recruitment process for your next Chief of Police, the Police Commission has authorized and is initiating the following:

• Internet surveys to obtain input from both community members (“Community Input Survey”) and Police Department members, both sworn and civilian (“Department Survey”). Click on the following link to take the community input survey now:


• An email account ( Input-SFPC@ralphandersen.com) has been established as a method of receiving additional input beyond the Internet survey.

• Five community meetings will be held during the last three weeks of August at various locations throughout the City and County of San Francisco to obtain the characteristics and qualities the community is looking for in the next Chief of Police.

This public process has been developed by the Police Commission to widely encourage the community and Department participation and ensure transparency in the evaluation of attributes and characteristics of candidates for the Chief of Police position.

Ralph Andersen & Associates will collect all internet surveys and additional input received via the email account. They will also receive all hard copies of the completed Community Input Surveys. A summary of all collected data, information, and comments will be presented to the Police Commission and the public in advance of the candidate interviews in late September.

The Commission encourages you to participate in the process by taking the Community Input Survey. Neighborhood associations, community and advocacy groups and other groups with an email list are encouraged to forward this email and link to their members so they can participate in this process. Individual responses are anonymous and will be De-identified when reported. Please answer all of the survey questions and utilize the comment boxes as desired.

If you have any questions about or difficulties accessing the survey, you can contact, Mr. Gary Peterson, Senior Consultant – Ralph Andersen & Associates, at 916-630-4900 or gary@ralphandersen.com.

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GPA Quarterly Meeting Notes

By Bonnee Waldstein

The summer meeting covered a number of topics, new and old, that are of interest to Glen Park.


GPA President Michael Rice presented a two thousand dollar grant from the GPA to the San Francisco Mime Troupe, who will perform in Glen Canyon Park in August. The grant will defray the cost of the use of the park, which used to be free; but in the past ten years the fee has gone up to $770 per day plus a $500 deposit. (Admission is free; donations are strongly encouraged.) Other awards presented earlier as part of a three-year-old program funded by the GPA went to Sunnyside Elementary School and Friends of Penny Lane.

Troupe writer and sometime director, Michael Gene Sullivan, accepted the award. Sullivan explained that the Troupe does political musical comedy, and not silently: “We are the loudest mimes in the world!” This year’s show is “Schooled,” which is about the privatization of education and questions whether the purpose of school is to load kids up with information, provide a place to put them when their parents are at work, or create a generation of consumers – or citizens.


Rice announced that Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), which works with neighborhoods to increase tree planting in San Francisco, will have a tree-planting day in September, in the neighborhoods of Glen Park, Miraloma, and Mt. Davidson. The application deadline is in August.

FUF accepts requests for tree planting on frontages of a minimum of 6-1/2 feet. They evaluate the sidewalk for suitability. The cost is a sliding scale of $300-$500, with a minimum of $135. This covers the cost to open the sidewalk, install the tree, and maintain it on an on-call basis for three to five years.

For information: http://www.fuf.net/programs-services/greening/neighborhood-tree-planting/

For application: http://www.fuf.net/programs-services/greening/neighborhood-tree-planting/tree-planting-forms/


The audience needed to turn its conscious awareness up a notch for the next presentation, by Amy Sinclair from the S.F. Public Utilities Commission. She explained the CleanPowerSF program that is being unveiled. After Sinclair’s explanation and a Q&A, the main points of the program are:

  • CleanPowerSF refers to San Francisco’s participation in the Community Choice Aggregation program, which allows cities to partner with their utility (PG&E) to deliver cleaner energy.
  • It’s a partnership between the City and PG&E, administered by the City. Marin and Sonoma counties have this program already.
  • PG&E will still be responsible for handling outages and its regular services.
  • The goal of the program is to increase the use of renewable energy, mainly wind and solar. The City now uses 29.5% renewable energy. CleanPowerSF aims to push that up to 35%.
  • The renewable energy will go into PG&E’s existing power grid. The analogy is that the grid is like a bathtub. PG&E is putting 29.5% renewable energy into the tub. CleanPowerSF will add significantly more, to at least 35%.
  • This program does not include individual incentives or benefits such as putting solar panels on individual homes.
  • Individual customers will not see any change in their service or their payments with the 35% renewables. Billing statements will be more detailed.
  • The program will be auto-enrolled, as authorized by state law passed in 2002. It will be phased in over six years. However, customers will have four opportunities to opt out of the program, i.e., just use plain vanilla PG&E. However, there is no cost benefit to the customer in doing so.
  • Customers can also enroll on their own initiative anytime online or by phone.
  • There is a higher tier to the program, called SuperGreen, whose goal is to deliver 100% renewable energy. It is optional and will cost customers about six dollars more per month.
  • It’s not the individual customer that is getting 35% or 100% renewable energy; it’s the overall power grid.
  • The program tries to source its energy locally as much as possible, from rooftops and reservoirs, like Sunset Reservoir, and the Altamont wind farm, for example. The further away the energy source is, the more the energy “bleeds off” by the time it reaches its destination.
  • CleanEnergySF will create local jobs by building facilities and introducing new technology.
  • District 8 happens to be in the earlier of the six-year phase. This fall residents of the District will get the first of the four notices explaining the program.
  • For information, go to cleanpowersf.org.



One of the major traffic and pedestrian problems plaguing Glen Park is the lack of a crosswalk on upper Elk Street, between Arbor and Sussex Streets, into Glen Canyon Park. The steep grade of Elk Street and inadequate sightlines are a safety hazard that residents have long endured.

Casey Hildreth and Kimberly Leung of the Livable Streets division of SFMTA presented some alternatives for mitigating this long-standing situation. They proposed five options, which could be combined in various ways, and solicited reactions and ideas from the audience.

Click here to see SFMTA’s Elk_Sussex Pro-Con List

The consensus of those in attendance was that something simple should be done right away in advance of a solution. Putting in a pedestrian crossing sign and an advance warning sign would help in the short term.

Several people voiced their antipathy about bulb outs, which seem ineffective and also reduce parking space and may even increase accidents. Stop signs have their pros and cons in terms of speed control. Many favored the rectangular rapid flashing beacon option. Another suggestion that had support was the flashing sign, which shows the driver’s speed and encourages them to slow down.

Long-term fixes require more study and must comply with ADA requirements.

The process towards a solution begins with the feedback the SFMTA receives at community meetings such as Glen Park and Diamond Heights. Then there are other public outreach efforts, more feedback, draft recommendations, a formal public hearing and funding requests. The project could take 1-1/2 years to begin, depending on the complexity of the final plan.

There will be an update at the next quarterly GPA meeting in the fall.

People are encouraged to complete the SFMTA Public Participation Survey until July 31:


Meanwhile, the patience of neighborhood residents is tested as they wait for pedestrian safety solutions to become reality on Elk Street.








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