Audio from Seawall Lot 330 Community Meeting at Delancey Street Foundation’s Auditorium – March 12, 2019

Please click here if you would like to download a 75MB file representing the full audio recording (copyright 2019 Jamie Whitaker This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.) of the March 12, 2019 meeting at Delancey Street Foundation about the proposed Seawall Lot 330 Navigation Center. The main speaker was late for arrival, so Delancey Street Foundation President Mimi Silbert took the microphone to fill some time starting at 1 minute 45 seconds, and she had some good words of advice for the Port and City, in my personal opinion.

Sunday night update – Initial concerns about proposed Seawall Lot 330 Navigation Center Survey Input

While the prior results reflected Rincon Hill residents’ points of view, the link to the survey has been shared more widely at this point in time. The survey makes a point of not asking whether a respondent supports or opposes the proposed Navigation Center at Seawall Lot 330 (Embarcadero and Bryant Street parking lot) – it seems a bit premature without first hearing the plans at the Port Commission or the evening meeting at Delancey Street Foundation on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

I put together a survey to try to help policy makers and other neighbors take the temperature, so-to-speak, and try to learn what concerns exist and what the City could do to help ensure the success of the Navigation Center without harming the Rincon Hill, South Beach, South Park, and other nearby residential enclaves.

Here are my neighbor to neighbor survey’s results as of Sunday night, March 10, 2019 around 9:45pm.

Hope you have the time and opportunity to attend the meeting at either the Port Commission on Tuesday 3/12/2019 at 3:15pm at the Ferry Building, 2nd Floor, Port Commission Hearing Room or the informational meeting at Delancey Street Foundation at 600 The Embarcadero from 6pm – 7:30pm, also on Tuesday, 3/12/2019.

I hope policy makers start talking on Tuesday about what service increases they will be ensuring to the community.

Unfortunately, there is a long history of broken promises …. like the Guy Place Park that we’ve been waiting 13 years to see built, like the return of the 12 Folsom bus that got rerouted to stop servicing Rincon Hill on December 5, 2009, and like the promise of accessing property tax increment from the Rincon Hill Infrastructure Financing District (formed in the spring of 2011) to speed up the buildout of parks and other public amenities in the neighborhood if the neighborhood created a Community Benefit District. Well, Rincon Hill created the East Cut CBD, property owners tax themselves about $4 million per year in addition to their regular property taxes, and the City broke its promise (thus far) – so there is some context for the mistrust, at least from the Rincon Hill side of the Bay Bridge.

The map of San Francisco’s Community Benefit Districts came from the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development website. Note that CBDs were originally formed by commercial corridors to help boost economic growth for businesses. What is SoMa’s commercial corridor exactly? I honestly don’t believe SoMa has a commercial corridor at present outside of maybe 2nd Street.

Empathy, but concerns about increased crime, trash re: proposed Seawall Lot 330 Navigation Center

Initial feedback preceding the two Tuesday meetings about the proposed Seawall Lot 330 Navigation Center indicate many nearby residents are empathetic to the need for more shelters, but there is little faith that the City will provide the neighborhood with additional police or public works cleaning crews to maintain the quality of life adequately.

In my personal opinion, 225 is a big jump in the number of beds compared to other Navigation Centers, such as the 84 beds at 5th and Bryant. The City will have a high bar of expectations to meet in our neighborhood that already is the home to a national example for helping people who have gone through hell and gotten back up on their feet – Delancey Street. Our 250 neighbors who reside at Delancey Street are among our best, in my personal opinion, because Mimi and her crew teach them ACCOUNTABILITY and RESPONSIBILITY – and give them the tough love that every family member fighting the challenges of substance abuse or otherwise needs to be a respected neighbor.

If you live in the neighborhood (please) and would like to express your opinions in a format that gives you time to think and to spell out your complete thoughts (as opposed to a likely 1 minute limited public speaking opportunity at one of the public meetings), please consider filling out my neighbor to neighbor survey.

Initial Concerns about Proposed Seawall Lot 330 175-225 Guest Shelter by Rincon Hill neighbors

The overall theme is that most of the survey respondents are empathetic, but there is little faith in the City to increase police, cleaning, mental health service, ambulatory service, and other services to help mitigate the impacts of concentrating 175-225 guests at Seawall Lot 330.

Read the Survey Results Now

This survey was posted less than 24 hours ago and gives a decent sampling for Mayor London Breed and District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney to get a sense of what the City needs to provide to help alleviate initial concerns expressed by Rincon Hill residents. I would highly recommend the City conduct its own surveys offering open ended text box questions to get a good sampling of information from residents. Evening meetings are appreciated, but hardly ever attended by families, less mobile seniors, or persons who work evenings – and their input is important too.

Click here for the initial responses to my neighbor to neighbor survey about the proposed shelter.

Lack of faith in City’s willingness to properly increase services is primary hurdle for proposed SWL 330 Navigation Center

I have created a survey for my Rincon Hill residential neighbors to get a sense of what people are thinking thus far about the proposed homeless shelter at Seawall Lot 330.

The early results indicate empathy for providing people needed shelter, but fears that the City is not up to the task of adequately staffing up police, cleaning crews, and other services to help make the proposed center a success that does not harm the SoMa waterfront community.

The fact that the City has already resigned their ability to adequately provide security, cleaning, and other basic City government services in SoMa by way of promoting the creation of Community Benefit Districts primarily in SoMa and downtown bolsters this distrust.

I plan to share all of the responses in the next day or so, but here is a good sample of responses to this question of faith in the City providing adequate services:

March 12th meeting about proposed 175-225 guest homeless shelter at Bryant Street and Embarcadero

3/10/2019 10:50am edit: There is also a meeting where this proposal will be introduced at the Port of San Francisco earlier on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 starting at 3:15pm at the Port Commission Meeting, Ferry Building, 2nd floor, Port Commission Hearing Room (enter via center stairway or elevator via security office to the left of the stairway). Public comment is taken at Port Commission meetings.

Pasted from this PDF from the City

March 4, 2019

Dear Neighbor:

San Francisco is facing a homelessness crisis. Approximately 7,500 people experience homelessness on any given night with nearly 58% sleeping outside on streets, doorways, bus stops, and other public places. Unsheltered homelessness is a crisis that impacts both housed and unhoused San Franciscans.

San Francisco has opened over 500 shelter beds from 2016-2018. As part of an effort to address homelessness, Mayor Breed has pledged to open 1,000 additional shelter beds by 2020. The city has already opened more than 200 new beds toward this goal, but we have much more to do. To provide safe and dignified places for people to come in off the streets, the City is working to open hundreds of new beds in Shelter Access for Everyone (SAFE) Navigation Centers. We have reviewed dozens of potential sites for SAFE Navigation Centers and will be opening multiple locations across the city.

SAFE Navigation Centers are shelters designed to meet people where they are and provide a safe alternative to life on the streets. They incorporate the best aspects of Navigation Centers and make them more scalable, sustainable and effective. In addition to a warm bed and meals, SAFE Navigation Centers support individuals in changing their lives through connections to social services and housing opportunities. Shelters such as SAFE Navigation Centers are critical components of the City’s efforts to resolve encampments and help people move beyond homelessness.

There is a sizable homeless population along the waterfront. To address homelessness in these neighborhoods, the City is proposing to open a temporary SAFE Navigation Center on Port of San Francisco property at Seawall Lot 330 (the parking lot at the corner of Embarcadero and Bryant). About the proposed Seawall Lot 330 SAFE Navigation Center:

  • Capacity: 175-225 guests
  • Access will be by staff referral only – no self-referrals or lines
  • Social services provided on site
  • 24/7 operation with full-time security
  • Approximately 4 years of operation

Please join us for a neighbor and community stakeholder meeting to learn more about the City’s proposal for Seawall Lot 330. We will discuss how this proposal fits into our plans to make a sustained and significant reduction in homelessness.

Date: Tuesday March 12, 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Delancey Street Foundation 600 Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94107

For further information or to submit comments, please contact the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing at

Thank you,

Jeff Kositsky Director 

Transbay Park design update on this Thursday’s agenda (2/21/2019)

The planned park on an acre in the middle of the current day’s Transbay Temporary Terminal on Main/Folsom/Beale/Howard Streets is a chance to get a neighborhood serving park. Please attend this Thursday’s Transbay CAC meeting if you are interested in hearing and providing input on the designs for the park.



Starts at 5:30 P.M.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
San Francisco, CA 94103

  1. Recognition of a Quorum
  2. Report of the Chair (15 min)
    a. Status Update of Block 8 grocery store
  3. Report of the OCII Staff (10 min)
  4. Presentation by F4 Transbay Partners, LLC, of a draft concept plan for Transbay Block
    4 (discussion item) (15 min)
  5. Presentation by San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFPW) regarding park
    design experience (action item) (15 min)
  6. Presentation by OCII staff and SFPW regarding draft public outreach and peer review
    processes for design of Transbay Park (action item) (15 min)
  7. Agenda Items for Future Meetings (5 min)
  8. Public Comment
  9. Adjournment

Original agenda in PDF format from the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure

Transbay Park Design on Transbay CAC Agenda 1/10/2019

The middle acre of the Temporary Bus Terminal adjacent to Main, Howard, Beale, and Folsom Streets is set to be developed as a neighborhood park.

The update of the design of the park is a topic on Thursday, January 10, 2019’s Transbay CAC meeting agenda.

The CAC meets 5:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) at 701 Mission Street on the 2nd Floor conference room. Do attend if you wish to hear the update and provide input!