Manager’s Messages


The Sundays in San Francisco’s “Sunday Streets” are coming back this year, if not all of the streets.

This summer marks 15 years since the program began, and the nonprofit Livable City — alongside the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, public health department and the city itself — will close parts of the following neighborhoods to cars while hosting exhibitors, vendors and performers on select Sundays over the next few months.

Open Street Destinations:

  • Sunday Streets Excelsior: July 21st, 2024 – Wander through over a mile long of bustling activities throughout Mission Street stretching from Teresa/Avalon to Geneva.
  • Sunday Streets Mission: August 25th, 2024 – Dive deep into the vibrant culture and diversity of the Mission district across Valencia Street from 14th to 25th Streets.

Community Block Parties:

  • Sunday Streets Tenderloin: June 23rd, 2024 – Dance and play on Golden Gate Avenue between Hyde and Jones.
  • Sunday Streets Bayview: August 4th, 2024 – Join the festivities and experience the warmth of the Bayview community.
  • Sunday Streets Western Addition: September 22nd, 2024 – Come and enjoy family-friendly activities on Golden Gate Ave between Webster and Laguna with the inclusion of the beautiful Buchanan Street Mall Park.
  • Sunday Streets SoMa: October 13th, 2024 – Get ready to welcome back the Sunday Streets SoMa! After a hiatus, we’re thrilled to reconnect for a day filled with excitement and celebration as we come together to return to the neighborhood.
  • Sunday Streets Phoenix Day: October 20th, 2024 – Join us for the 4th Annual Sunday Streets Phoenix Day on October 20, 2024, and partake in over a dozen community-led block parties and activities happening across the city

Sunday Streets is San Francisco’s open streets program that transforms miles of city streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, businesses and organizations to connect, and neighbors to meet. Sunday Streets was inspired by the Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and championed in San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the ShapeUp Coalition of San Francisco. Since starting the program in 2008 with two events along the waterfront, the nonprofit Livable City has grown Sunday Streets into one of North America’s premiere open street programs serving 100,000 residents in diverse neighborhoods across San Francisco.

The magic is made possible by the entire Sunday Streets community, including 400+ volunteers, hundreds of local nonprofits and small businesses, dozens of sponsors and City agencies, and the residents of our host neighborhoods.

For more information, please click the link below:


Mission Bay Neighbors!

Two main topics this week: Safer Travels and Spring Has Sprung. Top Stories are a school construction update and local business news. A Calendar event features lunch for our cleanup crew! If there’s no MB News next week, it’s because the volunteer staff is on Spring Break.

Friday, March 29: PUBLIC COMMENT FORM CLOSES. The Port of San Francisco’s Flood Study Draft Plan to defend infrastructure and housing near the waterfront from sea level rise will soon close to public comment. Here’s the link. Scroll down to find the fillable form that asks for your observations on where engineers should focus their attention for coastal flood resilience. You can submit more than one comment. You can also email the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers directly with your concerns:

Chase Center’s Thrive City Programming
Thrive City has announced its 2024 spring programming schedule, which will feature approximately 80 events for the entire family spanning March through May, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Spring Golf Day, a Mother’s Day event, fitness classes, live performances, and more. Thrive City, in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, has hosted over 170 events since July 2023, all free to the public and centered around health and wellness, arts and culture, sports and entertainment, and civic engagement. Below are details for the Easter Egg Hunt. To receive Thrive City programming announcements, contact

Sana G Easter Egg Hunt Presented by Kaiser Permanente
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 9 AM to Noon
Location: Thrive City Plaza, at the Chase Center
Details: Kaiser Permanente, Thrive City, 106.1KMEL and Sana G will host an Easter celebration with egg hunts, live entertainment from Old Skool Cafe, arts and crafts, Easter Bunny photo opportunities, bunny petting zoo, and more. The family-friendly event is free, however guests are encouraged to RSVP for upcoming events at Neighbors can use the promo code “NEIGHBORS” on the event page. This code reserves exclusive slots for neighbors at the Sana G Easter Egg Hunt and the Mother’s Day Blankets and Blockbusters (May 11) events.

Mission Bay Cleanup!

Date: Saturday, April 13

Time: 9:00-11:00

Meetup Location: Basketball Court, 401 Berry St, under the I-280 overpass on the northside of Mission Creek Park. Volunteers meet here to receive and return litter pick-up equipment. Team up and spread out to clean. Work up an appetite, and lunch will be provided!

Details: Back by popular demand, this time volunteers who join the litter pickup will be treated to lunch by sponsoring partner University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)! Mission Bay Cleanup organizer Ina Lopez writes: “Your presence and support are greatly appreciated, and as a token of gratitude, lunch will be provided thanks to the generous sponsorship from UCSF. It’s an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow volunteers and make a positive impact on our neighborhood. Thank you for your dedication to our community. Together, we can make a difference!”

Please SIGN UP so Ina can ensure we have enough supplies and food for everyone: Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.

Cooking Matters for Adults at Kain Na
Dates: Six consecutive Tuesdays, from April 16 through May 21
Time: 3 – 5 PM
Location: Kain Na, 1340 Fourth Street
Contact: Charles Brochet,
Nonprofits Kain Na and 18 Reasons offer the Cooking Matters for Adults series of free cooking and nutrition classes. Participants learn food and kitchen safety, tips on planning, buying and preparing healthy meals on a budget, and nutrition knowledge. Eat a meal we prepare together (Kain Na means “let’s eat” in Tagalog), and receive a bag of free groceries that include fresh produce. Space is limited, so reserve a spot today.


Wine Bar at Thrive City Closes; Channel Street Location to Restructure

The team at Mission Bay Wine & Cheese sent an announcement to their Wine Club members last Saturday. After four years at 114 Channel Street and 15 months at their Chase Center location, they’ve closed their Wine Bar @ Thrive City. Mission Bay Wine & Cheese on Channel Street will remain open for retail and Wine Club pick up only, Noon to 8 PM daily through March 31.

The Channel Street business will temporarily close beginning in April for restructuring, and plans to re-open. The owners hope to have an updated status for the future of Mission Bay Wine & Cheese by June. The email closes: “With the deepest gratitude for your patronage, Peter, Debbie & The Mission Bay Team.”

The announcement comes a couple of months after New Belgium Brewing Company abruptly closed at the opposite end of that same block where retail spaces front on the raingarden park. New Belgium’s address and entrance was on Third Street.

It’s hard to know from the email whether this restructuring means The Bistro dining area Mission Bay Wine & Cheese had in the end nearest the raingarden park will return. The panini sandwiches, salads, cheese and charcuterie platters were a delicious addition to neighborhood lunch and dinner options. It would have been nice for this space with its wine bar to have opened its doors onto a raingarden park patio, like they did at New Belgium. That would’ve added visibility for The Bistro. It was also difficult to find The Bistro menu on the Mission Bay Wine & Cheese website.

The Wine Bar @ Thrive City, located at 640 Terry A. Francois Blvd., was obscured from the view of the Thrive City Plaza at Chase Center. For reasons unknown, that space and others in that row of shops had/have little signage visible to passersby on Terry Francois. Signage would help!

Pile-Driving Complete on the School!
Another milestone has been reached in progress toward the Mission Bay School! Kate Levitt, Communications Director, SFUSD Bond Program, shared the following notes: 

Mission Bay School update from SFUSD – brief summary for MB News
170 piles later, we are officially done with the pile-driving phase. Thank you to the neighbors and nearby offices and businesses for putting up with noise, vibration, and other disruptions so that we can build a strong foundation for the school!

More on the Mission Bay School foundation:

The foundation system and ground improvements at the project site include a surcharge program to consolidate the soil and reduce long-term post construction settlement, a stone column buttress wall at the north edge of the site to prevent lateral spreading potential, and driven steel H-pile foundations. The piles were driven to the lower Colma Formation layer which is a very dense sand section 23 to 36 feet thick whose bottom limit exists 90′-93′ below the ground surface. Fun fact: the Colma layer was deposited in the last Ice Age approximately 12,000 to 100,000 years ago. 

Schedule snapshot:

We remain on track to complete foundations in May 2024 and move to the steel structure over the summer. As we progress, we will share any schedule adjustments to the timeline below.

(Graphic Courtesy of SFUSD) thanks Kate, for contributing the Mission Bay School construction update, and for the fun fact on the Colma layer!


Green Carpet Ride!

The photo below of the newly-installed “green carpet” for the two-way bike lane on Third Street was taken from the southeast corner of Third and King Street this past Wednesday.

(Photo credit: C. Rathbone)

This latest Quick Build project from SFMTA was an informational item at the last Mission Bay Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting. The Third Street two-way bike lane will connect cyclists from the Bay Trail south of Oracle Park up to Townsend Street. The two-way bike lane is on the east side of Third Street, along the Oracle Park frontage, crossing King Street past the Baseballism store, Candlestick Sports Bar, EA Café, and Hyatt Hotel

As of yesterday afternoon, a reader reported, “The bridge is almost completed. The bike lane is ‘done.’ It’s just blocked off til the part by Hyatt is completed.” The reference to the Third Street (Lefty O’Doul) Bridge was to repairing the walkway damaged by loose barges a year ago. A District 6 legislative aide told us at last week’s CAC meeting that walkway work was scheduled to start soon. Lo and behold.

Quick Build projects like this focus on improving safety on the City’s high-injury network, which is the 12% of streets where 68% of severe and fatal traffic injuries occur. Quick-build projects are adjustable and reversible traffic safety improvements that can be installed relatively quickly with lower cost materials. Unlike major capital projects that might take years to plan, design, bid and construct, quick-build projects are buildable within months and are intended to be evaluated and reviewed shortly upon construction. Typical quick-build improvements can include: Road diet (i.e., travel lane removal); Paint, delineators, and signs; Parking and loading adjustments; and Traffic signal retiming.

SFMTA has recently posted photos as part of an implementation update that can show more clearly the path of the bike lane. Here’s a link to that website project update.

3 Turn Lanes from King Street Will Remain
SFMTA’s Third Street Quick Build team responded to my inquiry regarding whether the three left turn lanes will remain. Jacob Henke, Transportation Planner for Livable Streets | SFMTA, wrote back: “Yes, project team and SFMTA is aware of the three left turn lanes from eastbound King Street onto northbound Third Street. This configuration will not change as part of the project. The 3 left turn lanes will remain signal separated from bicycle – pedestrian crossings.”

Whether SFMTA will work with SFCTA regarding the Mission Bay School Access Plan, he added, “Thank you for pointing out the Mission Bay School Access Plan. I will reach out to those working on the plan. The SFMTA coordinates with the SFCTA, the SFCTA is aware of the near-term improvements along Third Street as they are administering the funding for the project.”

Speed Cameras to Deter Speeding
Speed cameras are meant to deter unsafe speeds on City streets, and the cameras in the pilot program listed in last week’s calendar will be prominently placed where drivers will see them. The goal is to reduce the loss of human life and limb on City streets, rather than ticket drivers – though that will also happen.

The camera that will be positioned on King Street to catch inbound speeding between Fifth and Fourth streets is the only camera that isn’t on a one-way street which will capture traffic moving in only one direction. The majority of the 33 cameras in the citywide pilot program will be able to catch speeding in both directions. Many of the cameras will be placed near schools or senior centers. District 6 will get seven cameras, more than any other district, because of all the high speeds and high-injury corridors through South-of-Market streets connecting to the Bay Bridge. After the first 18 months, a camera can be relocated, pending a data review.

Cameras won’t be monitored by human eyes. Lidar or radar will detect when a vehicle is travelling at least 11 miles above the speed limit and snap a picture of the vehicle’s rear and its license plate. With SFTMA’s Board of Directors approving moving forward with the pilot program in their meeting on Tuesday, the program moved a step closer to implementation. SFMTA staff at the Board meeting said they expect to turn the cameras on early in 2025.

The Plants of Huffaker Park
Ginny Stearns has devoted many hours to making Huffaker Park, in front of the houseboats, one of the most pleasant places to walk in Mission Bay. For the gardeners among us, Ginny provided a list of the plants of Mission Creek’s Huffaker Park: Ceanothus, Coffeeberry, Toyon, Red Twig, Sages (Pozo, great for butterflies), Buckwheat, Buddleia, Echium, light colored Heliotrope, Abelia, Lupines, Grevillea, Lantana, Coyote Bush, Manzanita and Grindelia along the banks.

Visually, that translates to splashes of orange, yellow, deep purple, lavender, indigo, white, shades of green, gray-green, blue-green, yellow-green, and the crimson bark of the manzanita.

Easter Egg Hunt Used to Be a Parks Event
Once upon a time, in the early days of redeveloped Mission Bay, an Easter Egg Hunt used to draw families to the grand lawns of Mission Bay Commons, and later, to Mariposa Park.

Easter Sunday falls on March 31 this year, but cute-colored eggs won’t be hidden in either of those parks for the kiddies to find. It’s unknown whether programming like an Easter Egg Hunt will happen in Mission Bay Parks again. At least there’s the programming at Chase Center’s Thrive City to fill the void. But there’s no telling what an organized Mission Bay community coalescing under the new neighborhood association will be able to negotiate, with perhaps some support from the District 6 Supervisor’s office. Food for thought.

Has Anyone Seen the Goose?
In recent weeks, people have been asking, has anyone seen the goose?

The Canada goose in question was named Rita La Gansa in spring 2020, by Jose Vega-Boza of Mission Creek Senior Community. Jose explained that “gansa” means goose in Spanish.

It was early in the shelter-in-place and neighbors who were on Judy Langley’s email network around Mission Bay bonded over sightings of the goose, who’d chosen a conspicuous spot to nest, and our speculations over whether we’d see the goslings when they fledged. Her mate, dubbed Papa Gander, was often seen paddling around nearby on Mission Creek.

We missed Gosling Fledge Day the first time around, but caught it on April 2, 2021, after Rita returned to the same conspicuous nesting spot on the pier next to the Fourth Street Bridge.

Susan Fink, a local birder who has taken wonderful portraits of the neighborhood’s birds, was able to grab this photo of the four goslings and their proud and protective parents after they’d hung around the Creek all day after fledging. Toward evening, the family set off, first for McCovey Cove, where Susan took this pic, then the geese headed south into the Bay.


Mission Bay Neighbors!

A reader describes a Mission Bay Moment while responding to the prompt: What Makes Mission Bay Unique? Remnants of human activity by an ancient people have been discovered deep below the modern-day surface of what once was the edge of a tidal marsh. Future transit changes will speed up rail commutes and (fingers crossed) slow down auto travel on King Street. Recaps of Thursday’s Mission Bay Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting follow the calendar.


Due Sunday, March 17!

There is only ONE day left before the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) closes the School Access Plan Survey on Sunday, March 17! They’ve reached about 90% of their goal and would appreciate your help in getting to 100%! If you’ve already taken the survey, thanks and please forward to a friend who hasn’t yet. Here are the survey links in four languages:

Take our survey in English.

Tome la encuesta en español.


Mangyaring kunin ang aming survey sa filipino

Meeting Calendar

SFMTA Board of Directors: Speed Camera Pilot Program Hearing

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 1 PM

Location: City Hall, Room 400

Details: Join pedestrian safety advocacy group WalkSF to support speed cameras that will save lives. One of 33 speed cameras that will be piloted on San Francisco streets will be installed on King Street near Fourth Street. Most of the City’s high-injury corridors are in District 6, thus the lion’s share of the speed cameras — 7 of the 33 citywide — will be in District 6. This hearing is about the City’s process for choosing the camera locations (information only). Public comment will be taken. The SFMTA Board codifies the camera locations in a hearing on April 16th.

Jodie Medeiros, executive director of WalkSF, wrote to me in an email: The understanding is that the King Street camera is northbound traffic only between Fourth and Fifth Streets. (Vehicles coming into San Francisco.) According to SFMTA data surveys, over 1,000 cars were captured going over the speed limit, plus the number of crashes at this location made it the right location for a camera. The SFMTA will display on Tuesday an interactive map and their data to support their location choices. The agenda item number is #14, therefore it will be discussed around 3 PM – 3:30 PM (best guess). WalkSF will send talking points to those who sign up. For more on where speed cameras will be piloted, click here. For details on the hearing and offering public comment, click here.

SFPD Southern Station Community Meeting
Date: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 6 PM
Location: Public Safety Building, 1251 Third St, Room 1025
Details: SFPD Southern Station Captain Luke Martin will discuss Citizen Complaints against Officers and Non-Sworn Members, and provide general information regarding the investigation of Officer Involved Shootings. This meeting rotates locations each month, and is being held in Mission Bay for the second time this year. This is an opportunity to bring up public safety questions and concerns directly with the Southern Station Captain.

Public Meeting for Proposed Telecommunications Site at 150 Hooper St.
Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 6 PM
Location: Hybrid. In-person at San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. Virtual by Zoom.
Details: The twin buildings 100 / 150 Hooper Street sit along Seventh Street at the entrance into Mission Bay Drive. The buildings are zoned for Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR). The meeting notice describes antennae and other wireless communications equipment being installed on the roof of 150 Hooper in screened enclosures and painted to match the existing building. The attached notice provides more details.
Call to Register: (415)646-0972. Zoom link and call-in phone number provided at Registration. When registering, provide Name, Phone #, and Email. Reference March 27, 2024, meeting.

Mission Bay CAC Meeting Recap
Marc Slutzkin announced he has moved up after eight years as Project Manager for Mission Bay North and South. He’s now the Deputy Director – Projects & Programs for OCII. Taking his place as Mission Bay Project Manager is Gretchen Heckman, who has assisted Marc at CAC meetings in her former position as the Senior Development Specialist for the Mission Bay Project Area for probably the same eight years. Gretchen will be the OCII lead at CAC meetings going forward.

Gladstone Institutes’ proposal to expand their existing building at 1650 Owens Street by approximately 100,000 square feet for life sciences uses took a step closer to final approvals. CAC members recommended multiple change requests by Gladstones Institutes move forward to the OCII Commission for approval, specifically: amendments to the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan; the Mission Bay South Design for Development; the Mission Bay South Owner Participation Agreement; the Major Phase Application for Blocks 41 through 43; and Approval of the Amendment to the Basic Concept Design / Schematic Design.

Six CAC members were present and voted unanimously for this to advance. One CAC member was absent. Seems the Giants are dropping the ball on attendance at these meetings.

Third Street Quick Build
The discussion of SFMTA’s Quick Build Project on Third Street was purely informational since this was approved by the SFMTA’s Board of Directors at their March 5 meeting.

The project, which mainly entails improving bike network connectivity and assessing the feasibility of protected bikeways on Third Street between the Lefty O’Doul (Third Street) Bridge and Townsend Street, is targeted to finish by March 26th, when the SF Giants play their pre-season home opener. The project also encompasses curb management changes and pedestrian safety improvements. Expect to see one less southbound vehicle lane over the bridge – what’s referred to as a road diet — and one less left turn lane from Berry Street onto Third.

A few notes from the discussion — SFMTA and its regional counterpart SFCTA are not working together on this project and the Mission Bay School Access Plan that the County Transportation Authority is developing.

The eastside pedestrian walkway of the Third Street Bridge will be repaired by early April, reported Madison Tam, a District 6 legislative aide. The walkway was damaged by the barges that crashed into the bridge a year ago. Pedestrians have been walking in a de facto bicycle lane on that side of the bridge which is almost as nutty as walking in a vehicle lane. One neighbor requested signage that clearly indicates where bikes go and where pedestrians go.

The second left turn lane off Berry Street onto Third Street is being eliminated! The SFTMA staffer who gave the presentation acknowledged it took the fatality of a four-year-old child in the crosswalk at Fourth and King last August for street safety projects like this one to get serious about eliminating these dangerous street designs.

A more dangerous pedestrian crossing in the area defined by the Quick Build Project are the THREE LEFT TURN LANES from King Street onto northbound Third Street. To find out if SFMTA plans to road diet this treacherous crossing down from three lanes of raging motorists turning left, I wrote to the email address for the project: Awaiting a reply.

The SFMTA rep noted throughout her presentation that they’d gone to the Giants first in their Third Street Quick Build Project and worked with the Giants in planning the street redesign.

SF Giants MIA at CAC
Once upon a time, when Mission Rock was a blueprint on an urban designer’s drafting table, the San Francisco Giants had a regular presence at CAC meetings. Often more than one person representing the Giants attended. The CAC roster does, in fact, include a member of the Giants organization, yet we rarely see them at CAC meetings anymore. By contrast, we see several of the Chase Center staff at CAC meetings. The meetings are, after all, literally held in their home court. Nonetheless, thank you to Yoyo Murphy, Vanessa Gonzalez and Connor Santel from the Golden State Warriors for showing up.

Has Anyone Seen a Park Ranger Lately?
In the updates at the end, Luke Stewart from MBDG reported that long-awaited Bayfront Park should be completed by late May, early June. The anticipated park opening is projected for “from late fall to end of the year.” It’s behind schedule from previously planned opening dates. Skeptical neighbors pointed out that the long list of City departments required to inspect and approve new parks prior to opening has caused other finished parks to sit behind locked gates indefinitely. We were assured both by Luke and Marc that, “The process has been streamlined.”

A neighbor asked during the Rec and Parks update, “What are the hours the Park Rangers are supposed to be patrolling Mission Bay Parks? Have their hours changed? Are they supposed to walk through the parks, or can they remain seated inside their vehicles?”

OCII staff was caught off-guard by those questions. This prompted a follow up question, “Isn’t this supposed to be spelled out in the funding agreement OCII signed?”

It was confirmed that the funding agreement does specify Park Rangers are to actively patrol the parks, not just sit in vehicles, and the Rangers’ hours aren’t supposed to have changed.

Beginning in July 2023, after the initial phase of the management transfer went through, there was a prominent Park Ranger presence in Mission Bay Parks. One particular Park Ranger was seen daily in the parks and often chatted with parkgoers. He attended CAC meetings. Then he wasn’t there anymore.

Random Park Ranger sightings took place sporadically after that. And then like the red-winged blackbirds that used to be seen here, even sporadic Park Rangers vanished. Security was a major point of concern for the Parks transfer and we’d like to see the Rangers doing the job the Mission Bay Parks security staff under POSM did; the job they’re contracted to do.

Brandon Young, Park Section Supervisor, Mission Bay Complex, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, attends CAC meetings to provide Parks updates and hear concerns such as this. Brandon suggested this order of process for concerns related to Park Rangers:

  1. Park Ranger Dispatch – 415-242-6390
  2. RPD Info – 415-831-2700 or, Concerns will be forwarded to specific department leads
  3. 311

Mission Rock Construction Update
The Bay Trail that goes through Mission Rock is temporarily closed to foot and bicycle traffic while the construction team works on the permanent Bay Trail. The closure started on Tuesday and will continue until early April (though this is subject to delay). Signage will be in place to assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicle traffic. 

The detour that travels between areas of the construction site, along the Bridgeview Paseo and through China Basin Park, will be closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night, for safety and security reasons. A direct pedestrian connection and northbound bike travel through the area, via the Toni Stone Crossing and Third Street sidewalks, will be available 24/7.

The permanent Bay Trail is projected to open in early April, although schedule changes may be considered in case of major weather conditions or other circumstances that prevent this work from proceeding. To receive Mission Rock construction notices, contact 

I reiterate, it’d be great to have a Giants rep provide updates like this at our in-person meetings.

Mission Creek to Crane Cove
Speaking of the Bay Trail, last week’s walking tour led by Port of San Francisco staff took us from the Mission Bay Library over the Fourth Street Bridge, through the raingarden park, across Third Street and onto the Bay Trail into Dogpatch, where the tour culminated at Crane Cove Park.

Along with Mission Bay neighbors, folks came from Laurel Heights, Glen Park, and Marin County to hear the plans engineers are considering to protect the 7.5-mile stretch of waterfront that’s under Port jurisdiction.

That segment of the Bay Trail aligns with the Blue Greenway, a 13-mile network of parks, trails and beaches tracing the waterfront from Mission Creek to the County line on the south. The Blue Greenway was mentioned in last week’s MB News in connection to Corinne Woods. We passed the kiosk at the Pier 52 Corinne Woods Boat Launch, adjacent to the Bay View Boat Club on Terry Francois Boulevard. This public boat launch is named after the late Mission Bay CAC chair who played a major role in planning the Blue Greenway… and also was instrumental in getting this boat launch situated here and upgraded for $3.5 million in 2008.

I stated parenthetically in last week’s MB News that “mere months after Corinne Woods passed away (in April 2019), OCII began the fast-track transfer of Mission Bay Parks management over to City agencies, and use of the Pavilion as a café sort of fell by the wayside.” In fact, I was running a couple of years of the shelter-in-place together.  Eleven months after Corinne passed away, in-person CAC meetings along with everything else were halted due to the pandemic’s shelter-in-place, but it was January 2022 when an item appeared unexpectedly on a CAC agenda during the shelter-in-place Cysco Webex meetings with a schedule for the transfer already penciled out, and no mention of the Pavilion as a café.

10th Anniversary of the Mission Bay Construction Fire
On March 11, 2014, shortly before 5 PM, a five-alarm fire engulfed the skeleton of a six-story, 172-unit apartment building that was under construction on Fourth Street between Long Bridge and China Basin Street after workers had finished for the day. 150 firefighters were dispatched to contain the blaze. One firefighter sustained second-degree burns to the face and hands, and a fire chief sprained an ankle, but no other casualties were reported. There was $40 million in property damage, along with $100,000 worth of contents destroyed in the building. The fire sparked on the sixth-floor roof area in the southeast section of the building between the top floor and the roof, where welding had been conducted over bare plywood under a steel railing on the roof that day. A sprinkler system had yet to be installed at the site. After this setback, the project was rebuilt and today MB360 stands on the site at 1200 Fourth Street.

Faster Trains, Slower Cars on King Street
A couple of Caltrain’s new electric locomotives can be seen in the railyard near the I-280 ramps at that end of King Street. They’re the contemporary version of the diesel trains they’ll replace this fall when the Caltrain Electrification Project is complete. Along with being better for the environment, the electrified rail service will bring us faster travel times, more frequent service including during weekends, and increased amenities like onboard Wi-Fi and electrical outlets at every seat. Slower speeds imposed on cars on King Street is noted in the calendar item above.

Between the Rail Lines

The message here is one to SFCTA staff with regard to the I-280 Northbound HOV Lane extension along King Street: Actively promoting regional transit just got a lot easier. Faster trains and more frequent rail service vs. getting a speeding ticket and adding to congestion should be a no-brainer, even for car-centric Californians. SFCTA staff on this project have responded as if promoting regional transit is a nonstarter because they assume people won’t give up their sacred cars, but when the message is repeated often enough, people will be convinced to exchange their traffic jams and points on their license for speedy locomotives. The best way to reduce vehicle congestion from the Peninsula: Actively promote regional transit!

Ancient World

Proof of ancient human activity dating back nearly 8,000 years was discovered buried deep below the surface at a California College of the Arts (CCA) construction site on the western border of Mission Bay. A contact at CCA confirmed that the construction site is the one that stretches along Seventh Street in Showplace Square.

An SF Gate article on Monday described the discovery as “the oldest evidence ever found of some of the newly formed San Francisco Bay’s first inhabitants.” … “Originating more than 40 feet below the surface, the sediment was extracted by one of about a dozen bores sent down along San Francisco’s Mission Bay waterfront in 2018. It was a fairly routine investigation, commissioned by the California College of the Arts.” 

CCA’s 82,000-square-foot expansion is set to open this fall after years of planning and construction. In addition to providing new classrooms, housing, and green space, the campus will also pay permanent homage to the ancient site buried 40 feet below ground.

The buried ancient site on Mission Bay’s western border where San Francisco Bay’s earliest inhabitants once hunted sits opposite the building on Hooper Street that might soon have wireless communications antennae installed on its roof, and across Seventh Street from where newly electrified rail service will commence between San Francisco and San Jose this fall.

Mission Bay Moment – What Makes It Unique Keeps It New
Nish Kothari is an architect. He serves on TEL HI Neighborhood Center’s board of directors, and is a member of the Mission Bay School Steering Committee. His son attends the TEL HI childcare center on Pierpoint Lane in Mission Bay, between Third Street and Bridgeview Way, near the Chase Center.

His Mission Bay Moment contemplates What Makes Mission Bay Unique? Nish writes:

“I live on Zoe Street by South Park but we as a family spend a lot of time in Mission Bay, running, walking, walking with a stroller and driving.

“Pattern of spaces for patterns of activities, not just human activities, but overlapping patterns of diverse mobility and ecology with human activity is what I find unique in Mission Bay. My 3-year-old and his friends like observing lady bugs, worms and snails in the garden in the paseo outside TEL HI, a place where they also ride their bikes, scooter and stroller. I run and walk by Mission Creek, Mission Rock, and UCSF.

“I would agree that Mission Bay has arrived, but the narrative of sustainability, mobility and ecology as key drivers shaping a neighborhood is new and very much needed for cities, and in that it is a unique place, a resilient place, and to me a true Mission Bay moment happens at the intersection of these attributes.”

The Confluence
Point taken. Mission Bay is avant garde, a physical expression of modern concepts in urban design. A novel approach. An innovation. Once an estuary teeming with wildlife, fish and birds where an ancient people hunted… later a railyard… its single remaining rail line now electrified for commuter use… it has an eye toward battening down the hatches against changes to come… but for now, a flourishing place to live, work and recreate.

Naturally the label of “new” is going to stick no matter the passage of time. It takes a while for the mind to catch up with the reality.

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Do you live or work near the new Mission Bay School site? The Transportation Authority needs
your input for the Mission Bay School Access Plan which will examine connectivity between the
school located at the intersection of 6th Street and Mission Bay Boulevard South and the
broader citywide transportation network.

There are various community engagement events to get involved:

Join the upcoming community workshop on Saturday, February 24 from 10:30-12noon
and learn more about the project, ask questions and share your ideas. Refreshments will be
served and there will be a supervised coloring book activity to engage young children.

● Location: Mission Creek Pavilion, 290 Channel Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
● Presentations will be available in Spanish, Cantonese and Tagalog
● RSVP here. Advance registration is highly encouraged

Survey – We have launched our survey to give your input and help identify key barriers near the
school which need to be improved to make traveling feel safe. Closes Sunday, March 17.

Please take our survey in English.
Por favor responda nuestra encuesta en español.
Mangyaring kunin ang aming survey sa filipino

A second round of community engagement is expected in the summer of 2024 when the study
team will share potential design concepts and solutions.
To learn more about the project and sign up for updates, visit Mission Bay School Access Plan.


The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival & Parade is thrilled to announce, Awkwafina as this year’s Parade Grand Marshal. Join us on Saturday, February 24 as we usher in the Year of the Dragon.

“It’s such an honor to serve as Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Lunar New Year Parade! I’m so excited to celebrate with our community,” says Awkwafina, who will be starring in the upcoming Kung Fu Panda 4 as Zhen, a fox who teams up with the franchise’s legendary Dragon Warrior, Po. “Having been born in the year of the dragon, I look forward to fostering growth and progress that the upcoming year will bring for us.”

2024 Chinese New Year Parade
Saturday, February 24, 2024 | 5:15 – 8 pm
Chinatown, San Francisco
FREE standing room (bleacher seats start at $41)

  • Rain or Shine
  • Parade is approximately 1.3 miles in length and lasts about 2 1/2 hours.

Nowhere in the country will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floatselaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court.

A crowd favorite will be the new and spectacular 288-foot Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It takes a team of over 180 men and women from the martial arts group White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.

Parade Route

The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, celebrating the Year of the Dragon will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 5:15 pm, stepping off at Second and Market Streets. It is a free event for all to attend, but tickets must be purchased to sit in the bleacher sections.

The parade starts off at 2nd and Market Streets, goes around Union Square and ends at Kearny Street & Columbus Ave. The distance of the parade route is approximately 1.3 miles. The parade is a free event for all to attend and you may stand anywhere on the parade route, behind the barricades, to watch the parade.

The map also shows the location of crossing points through the parade route. These areas can be used to safely cross the parade route but must be kept clear for emergency personnel. Please do not stand in these areas to watch the parade.

It is strongly suggested to take public transportation.

For more information, please click the link below:


New for 2024, there’s now 6 free admission days to the National Parks

On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entry to all national parks and monuments including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park, and free admission aboard all of the historic vessels at the Hyde Street Pier of SF’s Maritime National Historical Park.

Please always check with each National Park before heading out to confirm that the park and its facilities are open and admission is free. 

Free National Parks Days 2024

Parks listed on this page typically waive their entrance fees on nationally designated fee free dates. Please check with each park below for operating hours and event schedules. See the latest updates.

Participating California National Parks – See the full list
*Last Updated 1/4/24

2024 Yosemite Reservation Updates

A reservation will be required to drive into Yosemite for visitors on select dates in 2024.

A reservation will be required to drive into or through Yosemite National Park on some days in February 2024 and from April 13 through October 27, 2024, for those driving into the park between 5 am and 4 pm as follows:

  • February 2024: A reservation is required February 10-11, February 17-19, February 24-25
  • April 13 through June 30: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and on holidays (May 27 and June 19).
  • July 1 through August 16: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm every day.
  • August 17 through October 27: A reservation is required from 5 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (September 2 and October 14).

Driving through the park will also require a reservation if entering between 5 am and 4 pm. If you are planning to visit after peak hours, please do not arrive before 4 pm; vehicles blocking roads will be cited.

Check out all the fee-free national parks in the nation.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks | 2024

The National Park Service now offers six free days a year. All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time.

The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

In addition, there are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.


See below and attached special ‘neighborhood’ offer from Cirque du Soleil.  Coming to Lot A (behind Oracle Park) from January 17th to March 10th.  (the flyer incorrectly shows March 17th)

A 10% discount is being offered for select dates.

Please click the link below for more information regarding the following Neighbor discount:

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San Francisco, CA 94158
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Management Team

General Manager
Gina Gorman |

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Management Company

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San Francisco, CA 94111
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