Due the Labor Day holiday, the September meeting of RLN, will be one week later than normal, Sept 10th, 7-8:30pm at SF Public Library, Plymouth @ Ocean.
2. Approval Minutes
3. Monthly updates:
– SF Parks Alliance
– Grant applications
– Other ongoing issues
– Your concerns
Minutes Updated September 27, 2019
Neighbors Robert Muehlbauer; Moneka Urbanske; Lynn Yuan; Scott Kauffman; Patricia Ris; Danielle Casey Callaghan
2. Approval of August Minutes
· Moneka’s update on
Neighborfest include that it’s a bureocratic project that has too many demands
(e.g., certain days the festivity can be held, etc.) and not worth dealing
with. We should hold our own neighborhood gathering for Parcel 4, as described
3. Monthly updates:
SF Parks Alliance – Marissa has left SFPA for a position with Urban
Sprouts. Our SF Parks Alliance contacts moving forward will be Claude Imbault
and Amanda Montez
Imbault, Associate Director of Partner Experience
firstname.lastname@example.org – (415) 606-5856
Amanda Montez, Director of Programs
email@example.com – (202) 329 – 2566
· Danielle will send a note of
thanks to Marissa on behalf of RLN– Marissa was a great asset to the team,
especially pushing though the LMNOP contract.
· Should Claude and Amanda
be added to the Google group list? If so, Warren, please add them to the list.
Progress at Parcel 4
Stairs – planking has
been installed, stained, and sealed.
Railings – Shop drawings
were created by the fabricator and approved by DPW. On 9/5, Tyler communicated
that approval to the company that will fabricate the railings and will confirm
the schedule for installation. Six weeks is the expected timeline. Sorting who
could approve drawings took a bit of work.
Thanks to Nahal for coordinating review of shop drawings by
DPW. This process highlighted the importance of having good relationships with
Tyler has said that as soon as the railings are installed,
the lane can be reopened.
Fence – LMNOP staff
placed what was thought to be the fence line but upon further review of our
survey and Richard’s, the north-south running line was moved to extend the
house-side of the sidewalk instead of the road-side of the sidewalk. The folks
at 3 Caine Ave shared their survey confirming this line placement. Mary Beth is
ready to approve the new location of the fence and has requested that Richard
meet to review the line. Richard would like a shadowbox style erected. The
other options are flat top with a cap or dog eared. One benefit of shadowbox is
that both sides look the same so no one is getting the rail side.
Does someone have our full-size survey
from 2014 to share with Mary Beth?
and Robert will look for their copies of the surveys.
· What is the cost of
the shadowbox fence and is this accounted for in the LMNOP bid?
Water – the water
supply line that runs up the parcel is old and corroded. In the initial work on
site, it was cracked creating a leak that continued about 3 days. LMNOP
immediately contacted the Water Department who sent out the sewer people. Mary
Beth’s report to 311 was also directed to Sewer but was quickly rerouted to
Water. The Water Department put in a temporary fix and are working on a
The Water Department personnel who put in the temporary fix
told Tyler that the pipe has been a known issue. That pipe supplies Gen’s house
and doesn’t feed Caine Ave. as we have been told.
This pipe could be the better location for our meter. Mary
Beth has contacted Jeff Fong, at New Installations Unit of the Water Department
(who was very helpful with the meter application) for input on the best siting
of the meter. Tyler sees three options: near the break in the pipe (about
midway up the stairs close to Gen’s house), at the bottom of the stairs off the
now-temporary pipe, or on Caine Ave. The Caine Ave. site seems the most
difficult and possibly costly as we haven’t located the pipe to tie into and
would involve cutting the sidewalk. The other locations include a known pipe
location and no concrete cutting. The spot midway up the stairs would also
allow for the backflow prevention device to be somewhat concealed.
Update: Jeff Fong has agreed to the new location (Northside
of Ridge Lane halfway between Caine and San Miguel) – once the installation is
scheduled, the foreman can approve the location. Tyler can now move forward
with the Backflow Prevention Device Installation.
· Mary Beth met with
Tyler onsite on Sept 11. She will update Nahal and Eric about the new location,
which is at nearly the same elevation as the sidewalk.
Landscaping – As can be
seen, really big weeds were removed when LMNOP returned. The landscaper was
been on site to start planning. They will first soak the site with water
repeatedly to force germination of the existing weed seeds. Once sprouted,
those weeds will be removed. The landscaper has used this method of weed
removal successfully (avoiding the use of chemical) on other projects. Later
this fall, they will return to complete the plantings. Landscaping work will
not delay opening of the lane.
Update: there was a discussion about over-weeding of native
plants along the lane and a desire to have a neighborhood gathering where
people can be educated about the native landscapes that attracts (and is vital
to) many butterflies. Perhaps this can be part of the impending Parcel 4
celebration (see below).
Bollards and benches are also
part of LMNOP’s scope of work. They will need one of the bollards from Lynn
soon to plan installation. Tyler and Lynn have been in touch.
Update: Lynn has given a bollard to Tyler. Can someone please
clarify that this is for Parcel 4 and NOT for Parcel 1?
In anticipation of Parcel 4 being re-opened upon installation
of the railings, we would like to plan a day of celebration and neighborhood
clean up on Saturday, November 9th from 10a-12p. Details will be
planned at the October meeting – once confirmed, SF leaders (Safai, etc.)
should be notified.
As we learned in August, the top sections of three lights
were stolen from Parcel 1. Scott purchased one replacement at a cost of $500
from a distributor in Victoria – thank you, Nahal, for your help in negotiating
· Moneka has been
wanting a comprehensive list of our costs and available money, so she will
contact SF Parks Alliance – that information will help us learn if we can
purchase two more replacements ($1000 total)
Jerry Cullinane joined the meeting and explained that he is
at an impasse with the city for the property a the top of Caine/against Ridge
Lane. Jerry has proposed three buildings on the property: the two front units
face Caine, are approx. 7’ lower than Charles’ house, and are each three
bedrooms with one parking spot. The third building faces Ridge Lane, is
approximately the same height as Charles’ house, is three stories and three
bedrooms. SF planners are suggesting he scrap this third building, make the
front two units longer and add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to each of
them. Jerry explained to them that his design has support from a neighborhood
group (RLN) advocating for the third building, in order to increase traffic on
Ridge Lane. The planners suggested that if RLN writes a letter noting this
support, it would go a long way in Jerry’s efforts to build the three units.
Discussion ensued about the difference between two units,
each with an ADU vs. three units, and there was a consensus of support for
Jerry’s three-building design with one caveat: that Jerry lower the height of
the third building to two stories. Jerry was amenable.
will ask the architect to redesign the third building to two stories (and probably
two bedrooms). He will share the plans with Robert and will provide a digital
version of the updated design.
· Robert will
draft a letter of support and will circulate it to the RLN group for approval
Nahal, thank you for bringing the grant to our attention.
Applications open Sept 11 and are due Oct 16.
Update: There was consensus at the meeting to NOT apply for
this cycle of the grant and instead to wait until 2020. Reasons for this
decision include: a feeling that the city will not grant more money considering
that we’ve had a lack of progress thus far; a reminder that the grant is
term-based and we are not even sure what parcel the money would be used for,
let alone ready to enter into contract and spend the money; a lack of
availability by group members to devote themselves to writing the grant at this
time. If we wait until 2020, we should be able to show that Parcel 4 has been
completed and we can use the enthusiasm from that progress to bolster a better
· Danielle will download the 2019
application and guidelines to provide some guidance in advance of next year’s
application—these will be saved to the RLN Google Drive.
suggests that we do not go through the city for clean-up days, but instead
organize clean up days ourselves and call 311 afterwards to pick up the debris.
It would be great if we could organize group clean-ups approximately three
times a year in April, July and October. These can be casual gatherings with
bagels and coffee. Also, maybe group members can adopt a section of the lane to
clear of trash every so often.
· There is
an OMI Health and Wellness Fair at Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center on 9/21 at
11a. Moneka has more information if you’d like it.
· There is
a Planning Commission Meeting for the Balboa Reservoir Project being held on
9/12. The project is in the Environmental Impact Report stage, which is a big
step towards approval. Construction will not begin until 2022 or 2023.
anyone go to the second planning meeting for the Balboa Park Station Parking
Lot plan? If so, can you please share any notes or observations? Thank you
again, Warren, for your notes on the first meeting.
· As a
reminder, the RLN
Shared Folder exists on Google Drive as a place to store information about
the project. Much information is stored there already, but it would be good to
think about what knowledge you have that should be stored in the folder to be
shared with the group.
Here is the link:
· Eric M. has
decided to step away from RLN. The website is tied to a personal account and
has been archived. It will go offline on 9/15. He has provided Warren with a
file of the site. We need to determine how to replace the website.
also puts a spotlight on our need to take care of ourselves and each other
through this very long and often stressful process – and serves as a reminder
that everyone is making contributions to this project in their own way. Also,
please make the group aware of personal financial undertakings for the project
as the group may be unaware of your contributions.
Who manages the firstname.lastname@example.org
email address? If it’s Eric, Warren, can you please
check in with him about having this account managed by a current member of RLN?
Danielle will look into
starting a new website. Patricia suggested using
Wix instead of WordPress and is looking into some details about Wix. It’s
possible that the file Eric provided to Warren will be easily transferred to
Wordpress, so that may be easiest – but thank you in advance, Patricia, for
The group would like to see logos of partners on the new
website. Patricia will gather the logos for this
purpose, and Robert will print a sheet that can
be added to the kiosks. Partners discussed include: SF Parks Alliance, DPW,
PUC, CCG, OMICC, Mayor’s Office (and perhaps more that Patricia noted).