Yesterday’s Gems

Before we get to resources, here’s some icing on the SF media’s cake.

The day after Chronicle reports on a woman’s body and car being burned in the Lower Haight among other things, they trot out this article on Oakland’s hilly cemetary of unknown buried people by Pleasant Valley Safeway.  I bet the Chron saves up these nuggets for times when SF has truly macabre news in order to deflect the pall onto Oakland, the “dirty” city across the bay which was afraid to be further sullied by a Gentlemen’s Pimp tv show. As if that could even be possible, for that is our reality.

Okay, onto Today’s Gems.

  1. Mapping America – type in 94612 (Uptown) and see what you get. You can see where people of different ethnicities cluster, as well as view population through income and other variables. Look at Oakland. The Bay Area. The nation. >10 minutes timepass.
  2. Strategic Growth Council – a working group created by SB 375, California’s anti-suburban sprawl legislation.

Of local interest:

  • City of El Cerrito – Ohlone Greenway Natural Area and Rain Gardens – $903,721 Create a 2.75 acre riparian forest beneath the BART tracks along an accessible multi-use trail.Contact: Melanie Mintz, Environmental Services Manager, (510) 215-4339 mmintz@ci.elcerrito.ca.us
  • City of Richmond – Miraflores Sustainable Community Greenbelt Project – $1,664,319 Convert Brownfield to a 4-acre green space, adjacent to City greenbelt, by daylighting 750 feetof Baxter Creek and adding recreation zones and a community garden.Contact: Natalia Lawrence, Sr. Development Project Manager, (510) 307-8180natalia_Lawrence@ci.richmond.ca.us
  • San Francisco Planning Department – Cesar Chavez Street Low Impact DevelopmentGreening Project – $1,000,000 Enhance an ongoing, multi-modal transportation project by adding trees, green stormwaterplanters and drought tolerant landscape along roughly one mile in the city’s highly urbanizedMission District.Contact: Andres Power, Project Manager, (415) 558-6384 Andres.Power@sfgov.org
  • San Francisco Recreation and Park Department – Boeddeker Park and Urban GreeningProject – $493,000 Improve stormwater capture at a one-acre park with climate-appropriate landscaping, bioswales,permeable paving, and an underground infiltration system. Interpretive signage about theproject’s unique green features will also be installed.Contact: Jacob Gilchrist, Project Manager, (415) 581-2561 jacob.gilchrist@sfgov.org
  • San Francisco Recreation and Park Department – Cayuga Park Renovation – $710,779 Enhance existing green space and improve stormwater capture at City’s hilltop park. The projectwill construct a green roof on the park’s clubhouse and convert 6,500 square feet of street intoadded park space.Contact: Toni Moran, Environmental Specialist-Fiscal/Grants, (415) 581-2555toni.moran@sfgov.org
  • Golden Gate Audubon Society – Pier 94 [hunter’s point -ed]Restoration Project – $75,000 Enhance native upland habitat to encourage passive recreation in a severely disadvantagedcommunity.Contact: Mike Lynes, Conservation Director, (510) 843-2222 mlynes@goldengateaudubon.org

All funded by Prop 84 money.  No money for Oakland. We lack suction?

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