Time to Adopt City Budget
July marks the month when the SF Board of Supervisors adopts the City’s spending plan for the new fiscal year. As the chair of the Budget Committee, I spent the months leading up to July meeting with many community members and organizations, and listened to their concerns as we worked to close a $306 million budget deficit. As each year in recent times has proven true, balancing the city’s budget is no easy endeavor as we strive to preserve important services for our residents while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
As budget chair, I have made it a priority to foster a fair and transparent budget process and to produce a budget that will ensure financial viability for our City in future years. I would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback during this process, whether it was through attending a budget Town Hall Meeting in the neighborhood, contacting our office directly, or by speaking in front of the Budget Committee at City Hall.
Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Those of you who frequent our local Java Beach Cafe or live near La Playa and Judah Street may have noticed a few changes to the intersection recently. The intersection is a unique one in our City, where a two-car Muni light rail vehicle (LRV) is often parked in the middle of the street. This situation has contributed to safety hazards for pedestrians, bikers and drivers. I worked with neighbors through a series of community meetings to discuss ideas for improving safety at the intersection, and we explored alternatives such as relocating the rest area for the N-Judah train and installing crosswalks with flashing lights when pedestrians are in the intersection. What resulted were ideas for initial improvements we could make, given limits in resources and feasible ideas.
Thanks to the generosity of two companies who decided to contribute during these tough economic times and the SF Department of Public Works, we were able to make two improvements to the intersection. Flint Trading and Chrisp Company donated supplies and labor to create a high-visibility pedestrian crosswalk in front of the cafe. The in-laid brick pattern within the reflective crosswalk provides drivers a more clear delineation of a pedestrian’s path of travel. Additionally, next to the median area by the newly-created La Playa Park (southwest corner of intersection), the Department of Public Works installed two large planter boxes to prevent vehicles from squeezing by and making dangerous maneuvers when an N-Judah train is parked in the intersection. We hope to build upon these changes over time to improve safety for everyone.
Throughout the years, our office has pursued many pedestrian safety improvements for our district. These have included the installation of median gardens at Yorba Street and 35th and 36th avenues, speed radar signs, newly-striped crosswalks by schools, and traffic medians along Noriega Street.
Coming soon, there will be a change in the driving speed limit around all schools in the City. A new policy was passed by the SF County Transportation Authority, which requires the driving speed to be 15 m.p.h. around all schools in San Francisco. Signs will be installed around schools in two phases in July and March.
Sunday Streets Returns to the Great Highway
Get ready for Sunday Streets on July 10! Our office will be out on the Great Highway, and we hope to see you there, too. Sunday Streets is a great activity for friends and family, and free bicycle rentals will be available. The car-free route runs from Crossover Drive in Golden Gate Park all the way to the San Francisco Zoo. For more information about Sunday Streets, visit the website at http://www.sundaystreetssf.com.
Supervisor Carmen Chu is the District 4 supervisor, and can be reached at (415) 554-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.