Follow-up on the SF General Hospital Plans

September 3o, 2015 Meeting at SF General:  Attended the SF General meeting and met with some of the principals involved in the project. UC Research labs plans to expand by building a new 9-story building in the parking lot. Parking and traffic will be impacted heavily. SFMTA was expected to make a report but no one showed up. Neighbors requested a meeting with Ed Reiskin about the traffic and parking plans. Neighbors are concerned about noise, hazard waste disposal and many other issues. Many would prefer the expansion were in the current brick edifice or in Mission Bay. There are UC facilities all over town. UC is the second largest employer in San Francisco.

Regardless, there will an EIR on the expansion plans as described. I asked about the timeline for the EIR and the project. Public meeting dates are scheduled to start in October and run through March 2016 by which time they hope to have a draft EIR prepared. Nick Q. (Liberty Hill) John W (EMIA), and I were at the meeting. They may have additional information if anyone has any questions.

Traffic and parking:
They announced they will be removing 66 parking spaces from Potrero Ave.
Relating to the proposed UCSF research building they want to add one story to the parking garage and push it out to 24th St.
This will add about 527 new spaces but will only be a net gain of about 307 spaces as they will lose 220 spaces they currently have on campus.
We were told that the garage now (even before the new hospital is opened) is full before noon.
Despite the above the planning department has asked to take 20,000 sq ft of the garage as “retail space”.
They don’t want to build at Mission Bay because the doctors don’t want to take the shuttle between Mission Bay and SFGH.
When the “historic’ brick buildings are eventually retrofitted there are no plans for parking for the new staff and program that will occupy those buildings. (currently 800 people work in those buildings so we can expect at least that many more new staffers to the campus.
Be sure and come to the scoping meeting for the proposed research building on 10/21/15 at 7 PM in SFGH cafeteria.

UCSF nurses union comes out against S.F. Warriors arena

By J.K. Dineen : sfgate – excerpt – (video)

The Golden State Warriors could face some unexpected opposition in their drive to build an arena in Mission Bay: nurses.

On Monday, the California Nurses Association, a union that represents 900 UCSF nurses, came out against the plan for an 18,500-seat arena across the street from the new UCSF Medical Center on the southern edge of Mission Bay.

In a statement, the nurses union cited “impacts on access to care, patient health and the ability of patients, family members and health professionals to access Mission Bay’s hospitals and clinics in gridlock traffic.”

At a news conference Monday, three nurses expressed reservations about the Warriors’ plan, although they all admitted that they were unfamiliar with the details of the team’s recently released 800-page environmental impact report, which analyzes the arena’s potential effects on traffic and parking.

Backed by Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco’s political establishment, the Warriors’ Mission Bay arena plan faced minimal public opposition until April, when a mostly anonymous group of UCSF donors and wealthy biotech executives announced it would fight the proposal. The group, the Mission Bay Alliance, has hired no fewer than four law firms and has vowed to spend millions of dollars on legal challenges.

While the Mission Bay Alliance’s legal threats have not eroded support for the development at City Hall, concerns voiced by rank-and-file nurses could help bolster the case against the basketball arena in the court of public opinion.

“Delay of care is a big concern for our nurses,” CNA member Lili Cooper said at Monday’s news conference… 

“The city is planning to tackle potential traffic jams through beefed-up public transit and a “traffic separation” plan aimed at funneling arena-bound cars onto certain streets while hospital and neighborhood vehicles are routed onto others.”… (more)

And which of our neighborhood streets would the SFMTA be re-routing traffic that is not already overwhelmed? Do they plan to bulldoze a new thoroughfare through a residential neighborhood? There are no streets around Mission Bay that are not already impacted by the traffic jams. And the trains and buses are already jammed with long lines of commuters and sports fans jostling for seats.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club: D10 Supervisorial Candidates’ Debate

youtube – excerpt – (video)

PHDC’s July 2nd debate at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. Shortly after the debate the club voted to endorse Tony Kelly for District 10 Supervisor.