FREE COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINES AT 50 BROAD STREET

Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines are now available in the OMI at 50 Broad Street

Testing available on Fridays from 9a-4p with results in 1-3 days.

Vaccines available for residents and workers in the following zip codes: 94112, 94127 and 94132. Drop-ins welcome but appointments are encouraged — email covid19@itbookmancenter.org or call 415-712-0313.

Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, May 4

Please join us for the next virtual meeting of Ridge Lane Neighbors at 7p on Tuesday, May 4.

If you’d like to join, please email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy, neighbors!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
3. Closing

Meeting minutes:

New plantings on parcel 1:Eric and Nahal will likely be in town later this month and hope to swing by and see the bald patches on parcel 1 and may recommend new plants. We discussed also just taking a bit off an existing thriving plant and planting in empty areas.
Sign for parcel 1:The sign thanking sponsors came apart and fell. Nahal will send Robert the design for the parcel 4 sign which we think can be printed and laminated to replace the one that came down.
Ceanothus trimming:If it starts to take over other plants, no need to hack it… just trim the areas encroaching on succulents or other plants
Succulents:When the flowers die and dry, just cut off the stem/branch that held the flowers.
Jerry Culinane / Parcel 3:Robert reached out to Jerry about the letter of support, and waiting to hear back from Jerry.
Water usage report:The report for parcel 4 says no water used, yet plants look good. It comes on at 6:30 am M-W-F, so Robert is an early bird and will check on one of those days to see if water is flowing.
Parcel for contract / Patrick:We are trying to get a standard contract for Patrick. Mary Beth just requested again. There is also a chicken/egg situation where MOHCD seems to not want to give all the info Patrick needs to submit the bid, until the bid is submitted. Mary Beth also inquired to find out if we can please get Patrick the info he needs to submit a realistic bid.
Work day on parcel 1:Thank you again to Moneka for organizing, and to Robert and Barbara also for working (did I miss anyone?). It made a huge difference. 


Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, April 6

Thanks to all the volunteers who joined for the clean up day on March 27! Your hard work really paid off and Parcel 1 is looking great!

Please join us for the next virtual meeting of Ridge Lane Neighbors at 7p on Tuesday, April 6.

If you’d like to join, please email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy, neighbors!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
3. Closing


Clean up day! March 27

Please join neighbors for a Ridge Lane Clean Up day on Saturday, March 27 from 9a-12n. Gloves, trash bags and tools will be available; please wear your own masks and practice social distancing.

If you plan to attend, please email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive some important information from SF Parks Alliance about volunteering during the COVID pandemic. Once you receive the information, plan to meet at the intersection of Howth Street and Ridge Lane– we look forward to seeing you there!

Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, March 2

Please join us for the next virtual meeting of Ridge Lane Neighbors at 7p on Tuesday, March 2.

If you’d like to join, please email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy, neighbors!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
3. Closing

In Attendance: Neighbors: Robert; Moneka; Mary Beth; Warren; Barbara
Designers: Nahal and Eric
SFPA: Sarah; Thaïs

PARCEL 4 UPDATES
From a recent conversation with Steven from MOHCD, it was discovered that there are more restrictions and regulations on how the grant money can be spent, which means we have to reconfigure our plans.  Apparently  the contractor has to purchase all the materials for any work he does, which would put our projects for the building and installation of the kiosk with signage, as well as the installation of the garbage cans and dog waste station (the latter of which materials we were going to purchase outside of the contractor’s bid) over the $10,000 mark, which then requires that the work goes out to bid. 
It also came to light that any contractor, regardless of the amount of the project cost, must register with the Industrial Labor Relations Board ($400 fee); pay prevailing wages (even if the contractor is the sole worker); and attend an information session.

This prompted much discussion on how we can proceed from here.  We do not want to have to put the work out to bid, for among several reasons including how this could well double the costs for the same work; the fact that not many contractors seem to want to take on such a relatively small job, especially when there are so many rules to follow and paperwork to file, thus we may not even get any bids; this would further prolong the process.

It seems as though the regulations of this MOHCD grant are designed for large capital projects with big time contractors who already have done work with the City. They are not a good fit for somewhat smaller projects. All the restrictions and regulations make it difficult to actually use all the funding.  Perhaps the Mayor’s Office (and the Mayor) are not aware of this.

At any rate, it was determined that we should just focus on getting the Kiosk built and a sign installed which acknowledges our donors (we are actually required to do this). 
We learned that if we just get the one donor sign, this would cut down the originally budgeted signage amount greatly.

Thus we came up with a plan and a backup plan.

PLAN A is to have Patrick, the contractor buy the materials, and build and construct the kiosk.  Since his original bid for this was under $10,000, he could increase the costs to cover the added costs needs to meet the additional requirements.  This could include his also buying one donor sign, which should come to less than $200. The additional work that we asked him to include in his second bid would not be included here.
Robert will talk to him about doing this.

If Patrick does not want to take on these additional requirements, and gives up on the project, then we go to PLAN B, which involves getting the donor sign made and attaching it to one of the baboon benches at the top of Parcel 4. No kiosk will be built.

Robert will let us know what Patrick has to say about this, and we may have another meeting using Moneka’s Zoom link.

Whether or not we have garbage cans and a dog waste station is still to be decided, especially as long as the City does not pick up the garbage.
It does appear that the contractor can install a donated item.

Also unclear, at this point, is whether we can still pay Eric and Nahal as Project Managers from this grant. Designers are not subject to the same prevailing wage and other restrictions as contractors are.  Hopefully, we can get some direction on this from SFPA.

OTHER BUSINESS
Since there was a little bit of confusion among some members about finding the Zoom link, we request that Danielle send out a separate email with the link a day or two before the meeting, so it is easy to find.

Parcel 1 really needs a work party weeding effort, which will then get in such good shape that the monthly clean up wardens will be able to maintain it easily.  Moneka agreed to organize this.  She will be in touch with Danielle to get our email list and decide on a date.  There was discussion about whether we should try to get a bigger response by putting out a call on Next Door and doing leafletting, but due to concern about social distancing, we thought it might be better to keep it smaller this time.  Perhaps have a 3 hour window, with at least one of us present (but not necessarily same person the whole time), and then people can spread out the time and stay for a shorter amount of time each. Should probably ask for rsvp’s including what time.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara


Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, February 2

Please join us for the next virtual meeting of Ridge Lane Neighbors at 7p on Tuesday, February 4.

If you’d like to join, please email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy, neighbors!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
3. Closing

February 2, 2021 7 PM – 30 minutesPresent: Nahal, Eric, Warren, Lynn, Robert, Moneka, Mary Beth (scribe)

1. Warren will resubmit the budget to Thais at SFPA tonight. She will send it to MOHCD. Robert has confirmed the numbers from the contractor. Warren will ask for confirmation from SFPA that we are unable to use volunteer labor as the current budget assumes that. He also will confirm how we submit for reimbursement. 
2. Warren has two sets of a hand weeder and trowel from the city. He will deliver them to Moneka & Robert and Barbara who are on point for cleanup for February. These tools should be handed off to the next parcel steward each month. The steward schedule as of 1/27-2021 is below.
3. Nahal and Eric have created an instagram account for Ridge Lane and are posting photos.You can follow @ridgelane_sf.
4. Lynn planted a locust tree in the median of Caine Ave. Does anyone have a tree watering bag she could use?
5. Moneka and Robert recommended (and Warren seconded) a locally owned coffee house, Blue House Coffee (Randolph at Victoria).

Steward schedule: Contact Danielle to be added to a month.

Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, January 5

Hi neighbors and Happy New Year! Please join us for a remote meeting of Ridge Lane Neighbors on Tuesday, January 5 at 7p.

If you’d like to join, please email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
3. Closing

Minutes sent 1/22/2021:

In attendance:  Neighbors: Mary Beth D’Alonzo; Warren Longmire; Barbara VanderBorght; Kathleen Sasso; Kevin Godart and Ryan; Hazel; Danielle CallahanSFPA: Sarah Katz-Hyman, Southwest Area Manager
Welcome to new neighbors Kathleen, Kevin and Ryan.  They should be added to our Google grouped mailing list.
UPDATES PARCEL 4MOHCD Grant: Our plan to use the remaining funds on the Kiosk (including donor acknowledgements), garbage cans, dog waste stations, and more is currently at a standstill since it appears that we will not be able to install the garbage cans and waste stations ourselves, as planned, as per the person at DPW (Steven) who deals with MOHCD grant distribution.  Our response to this is twofold: there will be further investigation by SFPA as to the veracity of this determination. And, Robert will get a quote from Patrick who is slated to build the kiosk for doing these installations, as well.When this has been cleared up, we should be able to get approval for the budget Warren submitted, so we can get moving on finishing up Parcel 4 and using this grant funds.
Water:  We have word from Ramses Alvarez at DPW that they will take care of the water costs.
Garbage can placement:Warren showed us Nahal’s plans on where the garbage cans would be placed on Parcel 4.  We decided we would like to change the placement at the top of the Lane.  Mary Beth will contact Nahal about this.OTHER BUSINESSDriveway crossing the Lane:  it was noted that the folks at 1 Majestic have put up signs about not blocking the dirt “driveway” that goes into their backyard, but the driveway is actually on Ridge Lane (or at any rate crossing it.) It is unclear whether this is a temporary thing while the property is being worked on, or what they think.  Kathleen offered to chat with the workers to get more information.
Maintenance Schedule:There will be a regular rotating schedule to handle maintenance on Parcels 1 and 4.  One person will take a month at a time.We discussed the different focuses of the work on each parcel: Parcel 1 is focused primarily on emptying out the garbage cans and picking up any trash not in the cans.  Weeding and plant maintenance can be done at the discretion of the volunteer.  Parcel 4’s duties are primarily weeding and plant maintenance with the plan that if we keep up with this, it won’y become overwhelming and unsightly.  Picking up any trash found on the Lane is appreciated.Danielle will ask for sign-ups via email and send out reminders at the end of each month for the following month.
Instagram Account:  it is uncertain what to do about the Instagram account that Nahal created…who will maintain it? To be further discussed at our next meeting.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm.  Online.
Respectfully submitted by Barbara

Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, November 10

Because of Election Day on November 3, we have postponed the next Ridge Lane Neighbors meeting until Tuesday, November 10 at 7p.

If you’d like to join, please email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy, neighbors!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
3. Closing

Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, October 6

Please join us for a remote meeting of Ridge Lane Neighbors on Tuesday, October 6 at 7p. If you’d like to join, email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy, neighbors!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
3. Closing

Remote RLN meeting: Tuesday, September 1

Please join us for a remote meeting of Ridge Lane Neighbors on Tuesday, September 1 at 7p. If you’d like to join, email ridgelaneneighborssf@gmail.com to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Stay safe and healthy, neighbors!

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Approval Minutes
3. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– DPW
– Contractors
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
4. Closing