Thanksgiving Playgroup on Wednesday

PlaygroupsFlyer2013-JnewSwitching playgroup whenever there is a holiday has been a huge success! All the generations of Playgroups past and present converge on the same turf and it is splendid fun.

So we’ll do it this week too! We’ll have playgroup on Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving instead of Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 25, 10 a.m. at the Alamo Square Playground

We will be serving coffee from our new provider Z011 on Fillmore at McAllister street. The pastries are fresh, the coffee delish and we’re supporting a local family!  Hope to see you there.


Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor – SFMTA Approval Hearing on Tuesday Nov. 17

The SFMTA Board of Directors will be considering the Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor project at its November 17th meeting beginning at 1 PM. Please note that the agenda for the November 17th meeting is very full and it is unclear exactly what time the project will be heard. If you can’t make the meeting in person, please consider sending in a letter of support to

Wiggle-FINALThe Board will consider the subset of the project recommendations that need to be approved and legislated. The following may be helpful in finding out more about the project:

  • The Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor Proposal at a Glance includes the key elements proposed for the project.
  • The Traffic Diversion Fact Sheet provides more details about circulation changes on Scott Street.
  • To read the official MTA board agenda, including other items, visit the SFMTA Board of Directors webpage (Note that official documents for the November 17 meeting will be posted closer to the meeting date).

You may share your thoughts on the project in an email to the Board of Directors at or in person at the board meeting. If you have specific questions, you may direct them to

Further details about traffic calming components of the project are available on the SFMTA’s Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor webpage, while information on green infrastructure can be found on the PUC’s Green Infrastructure website.

Commuter Shuttles, Affordable Housing: Upcoming Hearings at SFMTA, Planning Commission

SFMTA Commuter Shuttle Program (Post-Pilot)
Tuesday, Nov. 17
SFMTA Board Hearing
City Hall, Room 400
1 p.m.
Download the agenda here.  SFMTA received an Exemption from CEQA/Environmental Review from the Planning Department and is scheduled to approve the program.

Affordable Housing Bonus Program
Thursday, Dec. 3
SF Planning Commission review
City Hall, Room 400
The AHBP was presented at the November 6 hearing for the Planning Commission.  The full program will be reviewed on December 3.

Program details and Planning Commission hearing agendas (updated week before hearing).

Prop F fails at the polls – Short Term Rentals Legislation

Last month, the ASNA Board of Directors voted to support Yes on Prop F to regulate short-term rentals in San Francisco.  Though there are still ballots being counted, they won’t change the outcome of the election.

See how the Alamo Square neighborhood, and San Francisco, voted on Prop F in the LA Times interactive map on their website.  Teal shows support for Yes on Prop F.  Orange shows opposition to Prop F.


Playgroups moves to Wed next week – Nov. 11

Our usual Alamo Square Playgroups meet ups on Tuesdays 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. will meet on Wednesday next week, Nov. 11, 2015, so that any parents and kids who have the day off from school for Veterans Day can join us.  See you there!


Supervisor Breed responds to request to rescind upzoning on Divisadero

As reported in Hoodline, the Affordable Divis community group sent a letter to Supervisor London Breed and the SF Planning Department, requesting they rescind the rezoning of Divisadero which occurred in July 2015.

Though the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) was already being drafted, the rezoning went ahead anyway. While the new AHBP requires affordable units in exchange for more density, the upzoning of Divisadero means that residential developments along the corridor can get more density without being required to provide a higher percentage of affordable units.

Read Supervisor’s Breed’s response regarding the decision to upzone Divisadero:


Thank you for the letter and for your commitment to our neighborhood.

My goal is to help people of all income levels be able to live and stay in San Francisco.  That is why I secured $2 Million to rehabilitate over 163 unused public housing units and make them available to homeless families.  It’s why I am leading the effort to launch the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, which will generate $500 million for over 4,500 public housing units.  It’s why my neighborhood preference legislation, which will prioritize neighborhood residents for all affordable housing units, is so important to me.  (I’m happy to report it passed the Planning Commission unanimously two weeks ago and the Board’s Land Use Committee Monday.)  It’s why I supported Supervisor Kim’s recent legislation to stop “gotcha evictions” for things like hanging your laundry out to dry, and why I was a deciding vote to support the provision allowing tenants to add roommates.  And it is why I support Neighborhood Commercial Transit Districts.

As the Planning Department said in the report for my legislation:

The 2012 American Community Survey estimated San Francisco’s population to be about 807,755. The Association [of] Bay Area Governments projects continued population growth to 981,800 by 2030 or an overall increase of about 174,045 people who will need to be housed over the next 18 years. Household growth, an approximation of the demand for housing, indicates a need for some 72,530 new units in the 18 years to 2030 just to accommodate projected population and household growth.  The City’s challenge is to find new ways to accommodate more housing units into the existing urban fabric in order to meet current and future demands without negatively impacting neighborhood character.

And that—accommodating more housing without negatively impacting neighborhood character—is exactly what NCTs and other density decontrols do.  Quoting Planning again:

The City started to adopt zoning districts without density controls in 2007 as a result of the Market Octavia Plan. These new districts include the Residential Transit Oriented (RTO, RTO-Mission) Districts, the Neighborhood Commercial Transit Districts (NCT-1, NCT-2, and NCT-3) and several new named Neighborhood Commercial Districts, including the SOMA NCT, Mission Street NCT, Ocean Avenue NCT, and the Glenn Park NCT Districts [there are also the Hayes-Gough, Valencia, 24th Street, Upper Market, Folsom, Divisadero, and Fillmore NCTs]. Rather than regulating the number of units by the area of the lot, the number of units in RTO and NCT Districts is limited by height/bulk, open space, setback, and exposure requirements. This allows for slightly more units than would be permitted under the current regulations.

I can’t say if the City’s projected growth is good or bad or if the numbers themselves are accurate predictions, but I know this: San Francisco needs more housing, especially more affordable housing.

NCTs provide more units within a given building size.  They do not increase the allowable height or bulk of buildings, or remove any other neighborhood-serving regulations.  By allowing more units within the same building envelope, you create a significantly higher number of affordable units, since those are set as a percentage of overall units.  And the market rate units are smaller and thus less expensive as well.  The Divisadero NCT means more affordable units and cheaper market rate units without any height increases.

Rescinding the NCT would mean dramatically-more-expensive condos and dramatically fewer affordable units in developments on Divisadero—without requiring their building size to change at all.  Multimillion dollar condos and fewer affordable units: I do not see the upside to that course.  It is fundamentally counter to my goal of helping people of all income levels live and stay in San Francisco.

I absolutely want to see a higher requirement for onsite affordable units than what the voters implemented in 2012 with Proposition C (i.e. 12%).  It’s something I have been working on for a long time.  Unfortunately, doing so is not as simple as some have incorrectly made it seem.  Proposition C prohibits the City from increasing affordability requirements unless certain criteria are met, what’s called a “significant upzoning” in an area of 40 acres or more.  The Divisadero NCT area is not 40 acres.  So the path is more difficult, and we must be creative.

I am working closely with the Planning Department and City Attorney’s office on ways we can legally increase the affordability requirement, perhaps in connection with the local Affordable Housing Bonus Program or the California Density Bonus Law.  I want to work with the community on other ways to increase onsite affordable homes, possibly even via a citywide ballot measure next year, and would be happy to discuss ideas with your group.  And I want to be perfectly clear; I will not support any development on Divisadero that does not include a significant percentage of onsite affordable units!

I don’t own a house.  I am a lifelong renter.  And, as it happens, my building is about to be sold, meaning I face all the uncertainty and disruption that too many folks in our city are facing.  I am going to continue working for solutions to keep people like us in our homes and in our neighborhood—regardless of the political implications.

There is no silver bullet, no panacea for our housing crisis.  And that is exactly why I am working on a variety of efforts at the local, state, and even federal levels to create more affordable homes and make them available to neighborhood residents.


London Breed
President of the Board of Supervisors

ASNA Board of Directors Nominees for 2016

Nominee application on Google Forms.

Deadline:  Friday, November 13, 2015

Are you interested in joining the ASNA Board of Directors next year? Apply using the application on Google Forms.  ASNA Board members meet about once a month, with board meetings every other month and general membership meetings held on the alternate months.

Let us know by Friday, November 13, so our nomination committee can form a slate of candidates for next year’s ASNA Board of Directors.  The 2016 ASNA Board will be elected by the membership at the January 2016 membership meeting.