Bay to Breakers 2011 volunteers needed!

Volunteers get a free t-shirt!

This year, in conjunction with eight other neighborhood groups, ASNA is looking for volunteers for the Neighborhood Ambassador program for the 100th Running of the Bay to Breakers.

This volunteer program is meant to help participants and spectators with the following information and help:
* Locations of restrooms
* Locations of trash collection areas
* Location of EMS services
* General event information
* General directions related to the neighborhood and course
* Provide the hotline number for neighbors and participants
* Assist with clean-up efforts
* Assist with identification of problematic situations or areas

Volunteers will by no means police or enforce any laws. Rather, they will observe, report and have a great time.

There are two teams of Neighborhood Ambassadors: Team Alamo and Team Panhandle. The shifts are in 2 hour increments.

If you are interested in signing up, visit the following link:

Space is limited because of the limited number of t-shirts and volunteer coordinators. So, hurry up and be part of history!

By being a Neighborhood Ambassador, you not only get a one of a kind retro shirt, you will be a part of history and a big part of making the 100th Bay to Breakers Fun for Everyone Again!

Alamo Square neighbors to charge tour buses

At last week’s Neighborhood Parks Council meeting with Mayor Ed Lee, ASNA President Lisa Zahner proposed a tour bus fee in exchange for a dedicated tour bus drop-off zone.  Here’s the article in the Examiner today:

Alamo Square neighbors to charge tour buses

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

By: Brent Begin 03/27/11 10:18 PM
Examiner Staff Writer
tour-bus industry in San Francisco

A lot to see: San Francisco’s scenery makes for a robust tour-bus industry. (Examiner file photo)

Neighborhood groups have long groused about noisy tour buses spewing fumes around San Francisco’s most beautiful tourism destinations. But that doesn’t keep the ubiquitous buses from driving tourists around The City.

So one group is saying if you can’t beat ’em, charge ’em.

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association is suggesting the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency allow tour buses to park at a dedicated stop that could be vacated as the agency looks to make the 21-Hayes line more efficient.

The City could then charge the companies for use and take the proceeds to help beautify Alamo Square, as budget cuts continue to threaten park maintenance.

The idea would produce revenue for The City while providing tour buses with a safe place to drop off passengers to use the restroom and check out the famed Painted Ladies houses, said Lisa Zahner, who brought the idea up to Mayor Ed Lee during a meeting with the Neighborhood Parks Council last week.

While there are dedicated parking spots for tour buses in places such as Fisherman’s Wharf and Mission Dolores, Alamo Square has none. That causes buses to double-park, which creates traffic nightmares, Zahner said.

“We recognize the importance of tourism to our economy,” said the mother of three. “At the same time, our park is suffering from deferred maintenance, and we need to think entrepreneurially.”

The mayor appears to be listening.

After bringing up the idea, Lee told Zahner to write up the proposal and the SFMTA will study it.

“The mayor is asking everyone for ideas,” said Lee’s spokeswoman Christine Falvey. “The whole idea is to build partnerships and develop ideas for revenue and efficiencies.”

But whether the idea works will depend on the SFMTA and tour bus operators hammering out a proposal. Tour bus operators are already the target of one piece of legislation, introduced by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.

It would require the companies to provide headsets for customers instead of delivering info over a loudspeaker. That legislation is currently in committee.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

Pups N Potluck Sunday, March 27th

Alamo Square meeting Monday March 28

Monday, March 28, 2011
General Membership meeting
7 p.m.
Chateau Tivoli, 1057 Steiner Street
Entrance between Golden Gate and McAllister

On the Agenda:
Tour Bus legislation update
Bay to Breakers 2011
“The Painted Gentlemen” update
Community Announcements

Join us for Pups ‘N Potluck next Sunday!

Sunday, March 27, 2011
10 A.M. — 12 P.M.

Meet your neighbors!
Meet their dogs!
Enjoy a fun morning potluck brunch
at Alamo Square!

Free! Bring goodies to share!

Donations to our park improvement fund gladly welcome

Meet near the dog play area, Scott Street side

Live at Cyprian’s: Colm O’Riain

Saturday March 19th @8:00 PM

Colm O’Riain in a (belated) St. Patrick’s Day Concert

Irish violinist and composer, Colm O’Riain and his band perform Irish rhythms and melodies blended with jazz, blues, Brazilian, Cuban, Indian, African, and other musical genres. More information about the venue and artists can be found at and

Presented by SF Live Arts (formerly Noe Valley Music Series) at new venue: Cyprian’s (2097 Turk at Lyon Street) in San Francisco; St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church

Cyprian’s can be reached easily by several Muni bus lines: the #31 Balboa, #24 Divisadero, #5 Fulton, and #43 Masonic. Free bicycle parking provided. Free vehicle parking for concert guests at Blood Centers of the Pacific parking lot, 270 Masonic at corner of Turk, 2 blocks from Cyprian’s. 7:15 pm to midnight.

Tickets: $18 advance, $20 door, $16 for seniors, kids, and students with ID at the door only.

Tickets are available in advance at:
Swankety Swank, 289 Divisadero, SF
Phoenix Books & Records, 3957 24th St., SF / (415) 821-3477
Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito / (510) 525-2129

Tickets can also be purchased online at

Painted Gentlemen rendered

Ted Bartlett has provided an updated rendering of his Painted Gentlemen project at 802, 804, and 808 Steiner Street.

Visit his website for more info:

Fillmore Mardi Gras

The 5th Annual Fillmore Mardi Gras Celebration – Save the Date!
A four day celebration with kick-off activities on Saturday, March 5th, in the Fillmore Mini-Park starting at 12 noon and culminating with the annual Masquerade Ball on Fat Tuesday, March 8th. “The Fat Tuesday” Ball will feature Lloyd Gregory, a live DJ, dancing, dinner, beverage, a $300 prize for best costume and a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting The Village Project’s summer programs for children. A Ticket/Donation price of $45.00 covers all the events.
See for details.

Hearts for the Arts – March 12

Creative Arts Charter School Presents ‘Hearts for the Arts’ Auction on March 12th
WHAT: Live music, a full menu of auction items, and catering by the Slanted Door promise a fun and delicious evening at the ‘Heart for the Arts’ auction, an annual event supporting Creative Arts Charter School (at Turk and Pierce) – San Francisco’s only public K-8 school providing project-based learning, reduced class size and arts education for every child.
Auction items include fine art, restaurant certificates, adventures at museums, studio tours, portrait sessions, baseball tickets, and more.
Tickets are $25, childcare and free parking are available.
WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2010, from 5:30-9:30 pm
WHERE: West Bay Conference Center , 1290 Fillmore St # 200, San Francisco, CA 

WHO: Creative Arts Charter School is San Francisco’s only public K-8 school providing project-based learning, reduced class size, and arts education for every child.

Founded 15 years ago by a group of dedicated teachers and parents, Creative Arts believes that high expectations and attention to the whole child are essential to an outstanding education.

Chase Bank update

Effort Underway To Chase Chase Bank From Divisadero

When is a chain store not a chain store?  Chase seems to think they are exempt from the City’s formula retail policy requiring a hearing for chain stores in neighborhood commercial districts like Divisadero.

The matter will be heard before the Board of Appeals on March 16. If the appeal is successful, Chase will have to go before the Planning Commission to receive conditional use authorization to install a branch on that site.

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