September 29, 2010

3rd Annual Family Concert At Noe Valley Ministry

Yvonne wants you to know:
If you're looking to do something fun that your kids will love, consider coming to the 3rd Annual Family Concert with Orange Sherbet. The group features Jill Pierce who runs several popular music programs in Noe Valley. Last year's concert was a blast and this year's will be too.

Enjoy not only the music, but a raffle for kid’s costumes (Halloween is right around the corner!), gourmet baskets, Wine and other surprises! Snacks and drinks will be provided.
When: Saturday, October 2nd, 4:00-5:00PM
Where: Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street (between 23rd and Elizabeth Sts)
Cost: $20 per family or $10 per individual

Noe Valley Town Square: A Few Notes From Second Meeting

We weren't able to attend. The following is from Murphstahoe:
Not much new other than the "3 to 4 million" and "turns out there can be some negotiation on price."

A guy from the architect did a slide show that was mostly a summary of the data from the last meeting.

One woman spoke up to say that she had a client who wanted that property before it became the parking lot but there was a disagreement with the Friends of Noe Valley and her client lost.

50ish people. Rafi, Rebecca, email from Wiener. 15 people on the ballot for board. Erin (I forget her last name) came up to me and said she was a big supporter of the plaza, she was running for board and excited about it but nervous. I said "Jill counted there are 15 on the ballot and there are 15 spots, so..."

"Mary McFadden is running as a write in candidate"

We left before the results.
If you went, please add your perspective in the comments.

September 26, 2010

Noe Valley Town Square: Second Meeting And Next Steps

Tuesday is the second community meeting about the potential to turn the 24th St parking lot between Sanchez and Vicksburg into a plaza or other non-car centric space. To recap, the plan is a public/private partnership to buy the lot from Noe Valley Ministry. To that end, Todd David sent out the following: "I heard from SF Rec and Parks late last week. The Farmers' Market Parking Lot on 24th Street was appraised at a range of $3 million to $4 million." Expect an update of what's been happening since the July 15th meeting as well as information for next steps. And this from the FoNV September Newsletter: "CMG landscape architects will present an overview of comparable spaces and help folks think more deeply about what they’d like to see the Noe Valley Ministry parking lot become."

Before the Town Square meeting, Friends of Noe Valley will elect new officers and a new board. Not a member? You can join/pay same-day.

Candidates for Officer positions
President: Todd David
Vice President: Gerda Hurter
Treasurer: Beth Daecher
Secretary: Elizabeth Ungar

Candidates for the Board of Directors
Tom Abbott, Phyllis Ball, John Cuneo, Pierre Hurter, Andrew Keeler (incumbent), Doug Lockyer, Linda Lockyer, Scott Maddux (incumbent), Debbie Meyers, Joel Panzer, Jacqui Sawyer. (You might recognize a couple of those names from one of the last times the community got together to "discuss" public space.) Since the FoNV can have up to 15 Board members consider the vote a formality. Or maybe four more people should consider running...?

What: FoNV Annual Meeting and Town Square Forum
When: Tuesday, September 28th; 7:00pm for elections, town square at 7:30pm.
Where: James Lick Middle School, 1220 Noe St at Clipper

[NVSF: Noe Valley Town Square Community Meeting Notes]
[Noe Valley Town Square]
[Friends Noe Valley]

September 25, 2010

Overheard on 24th Street

Mommy, what are hot sluts?” The 6-year-old with the simple question was reading the cover of this week’s SF Bay Guardian through the glass of the news rack next to La Boulange. By Friday (when we went to get a photo) every single copy had been cleared out of all the news racks on 24th St. Did the mommy in question censor the news racks or is Noe Valley that eager to get their hands on the latest Sex Issue?

Puglia Wine Week In Noe Valley

For the foodies and wine lovers in the area, two Noe Valley restaurants will be celebrating Puglia wine week with special feasts.

Dinner at La Ciccia featuring the wines of Celiffacchio

When: Oct. 4 at 7PM
Where: 291 30th @ Church St

The special pairing menu will feature poached pork conserva, sardinian gnocchetti with lamb heart and braised wild boar - all served family style. $90 per person including wine; 415-550-8114 for reservations.

Dinner at Incanto featuring the wines of Agricole Vallone

When: Sept. 27 - Oct. 2
Where: 1550 Church Street

"On Thursday September 30, Giuseppe Malazzini of Agricole Vallone will personally introduce his wines at Incanto. In his honor, we shall offer a special set of pairing combinations, available a la carte or as a set tasting menu." $49 per person excluding wine; "pairing available." Reservations online or 415-641-4500.

Magic on 24th Street

We meant to post this earlier... as 24th Street gets ready for Halloween, Cry It Out has a fun roundup of Noe Valley's charming fairy doors.

September 24, 2010

Late Notice: Pancake Breakfast Tomorrow

James Lick Middle School is having an old fashioned pancake breakfast and the whole community is invited! Tell your friends and family!

What: Pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee

When: Saturday 9/25 from 9 - 11

Where: James Lick - 1220 Noe Street @ 25th

Cost: $5 per plate! What a bargain!

September 16, 2010

Live The Dream: Prime Corner Space For Lease

For lease: 3751 24th Street at Chattanooga. "Wonderful Hi Visibility Commercial Space ... 20+ foot ceilings ... Corner locations are prime and rarely available ... all the foot traffic in Noe Valley must walk by the space to get to 24th Street/Mission transportation."

Now that the moratorium on new Noe Valley restaurants has lifted you could open your own cafe with a parklet out front (with soon-to-be-easier permit process), or leave it as is and operate your own cigarette / malt liquor / lottery ticket market. At $5500/month, a yoga studio, nails/waxing or children's art studio doesn't seem viable.

All that assuming you can handle dealing with the landlord. Looks like he/she will have no problem airing your dirty laundry: "It is currently being used as a small grocery/liquor store J&J Grocery, their lease is done January 2011, possibly sooner because they are having internal conflict with their management."

[Craiglist: NOE VALLEY Store Front Commercial/Corner Location]
[StreetsBlogSF: PARK(ing) and Parklet Day: Reclaiming the Curb for People]

September 15, 2010

Supes Race: District 8 Candidate Forum

Last chance to hear from all four candidates to replace Bevan Dufty as District 8 Supervisor here in Noe Valley is tomorrow night at the monthly Upper Noe Neighbor's meeting at the Upper Noe Rec Center. Bill Hemenger, Rafael Mandelman, Rebecca Prozan and Scott Wiener will answer questions submitted to UNN President Vicki Rosen.

When: Thursday, Sept. 16, 7:30 pm
Where: Upper Noe Recreation Center (Day & Sanchez)

Can't make it? There will be another meeting on October 6th over the hill at the Randall Museum.

Update: The Bay Area Reporter has a good summary of candidate positions as well as upcoming forums and debates.

September 7, 2010

Supes Race: Bill Hemenger Opening Campaign Office In Noe Valley

From the press release:
Bill Hemenger, Democratic candidate for District 8 Supervisor, will open a second campaign office in the heart of Noe Valley, at 4128 24th Street, between Castro and Diamond. This location will serve as an outreach center and information hub for the residents of Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, and Glen Park. Bill is the only candidate in the District 8 race with two campaign offices.

Bill’s new Noe Valley office will complement the campaign’s official headquarters at 2324 Market Street, between Noe and Castro, serving Duboce Triangle, Upper Market, and the Castro. Bill saw the need to reach out to the residents of Noe Valley and beyond, who often feel overlooked in supervisor elections. The opening of the second office is in response to the flood of requests for information from voters in the more residential neighborhoods of District 8.
[Official Site: Bill Hemenger for District 8]

Found: Razor Scooter

Bruce Ponte let us know: "This razor scooter complete with helmet was left inside Cafe Ponte about 2 weeks ago. I can't believe no one has come by looking for it. If not claimed we may hold a raffle for it." Make sure you can identify the type of helmet.

September 6, 2010

How To Know It's Labor Day In Noe Valley

Never mind all the parking, limited shop hours or the start of what we like to call "summer" in these parts. The true sign of Labor Day in Noe Valley is the notices of unfair labor practices posted on the long-shuttered Real Foods space. Proving...that at least one person will Never Forget. Our question: is this same person a member of MoveOn?

September 5, 2010

Lost LOLCat in Noe

Click the image for the phone/email if you haz info to help Tiogar (Cheegar) get home.

September 4, 2010

NVV Sept. 2010: We Read It So You Don't Have To

The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are highlights from the latest issue. Links are to items we've covered here on NVSF or outside sources as the Voice doesn't post stories online until mid-month.

September 2010

Front Page: A love note to high-end modern homes in Noe; notes from the Town Square meeting on July 15; the plaza proposal is dead, now the debate is where to put (or nix) the parklets.

A 16-year Noe resident on the mob-rule mentality that shut down the plaza proposal: "Are these people not homeowners or do they simply not realize how much more desirable their homes would become were they lucky enough to live on a newly dead-ended street?"; thanks to the person randomly planting poppies on Elizabeth St.; hi and we miss you from the Andiamo Deli brothers; Robert Roddick, president of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association distances himself from the NVMPA support for the plaza trial now that it's been squelched.

Features: Billy Goat Hill gets a $50,000 facelift this month – improvements include path updates, erosion control and native plant restoration.

Cost of Living in Noe: Market cooling but the average home in Noe still costs more than $1 million. Rents are up slightly year over year.

Short Takes: Supes debate coming on Sept. 16 at Upper Noe Rec Center; Harvest Fest will be on Saturday Oct. 23, including some local music talent you'll recognize from the farmer's market; cops close Noe murder case.

Traveling Voice: Consumer confidence is up - this summer the the Voice made it to South Africa for the World Cup, Cinque Terre and Paris.

Store Trek: Heliotrope SF; The Little Chihuahua.

Rumors: The Plaza to Parklets drama continues – the NVMPA says merchants want a say in where the parklets will be located, with several retailers vowing (off the record) to fight them outright. The locations being considered are: 24th Street in front of Martha's, Noe Bagel,Toast, and the Noe Valley Ministry lot near Vicksburg. [Ed- Fasten your seatbelts… it's going to be bumpy.] The next Friends of Noe Valley meeting will be on Sept. 28 at James Lick where you can vote on the officers and board. There will also be a presentation on the Town Square and supes candidates have been invited to weigh in. The Noe Valley Farmer's Market board had a "special meeting" in August to discuss market vendors and volunteers supporting supes candidates (not allowed). Rebecca Prozan opened her campaign headquarters a block away from the Market in July. Harry Aleo's Twin Peaks Property is becoming a music store – opening date is mid Oct. The colorful Twin Peaks/Aleo memorabilia went to family, Noe Valley archivists Bill Yenne and Joel Panzer, an estate seller, and to the NVMPA. Accent on Flowers (next door to the future music store) is consolidating to Flowers of the Valley across the street; Blue Bottle Coffee and Design Quarter open.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

September 1, 2010

This Week At The Planning Commission

A weekly look at Noe Valley projects in front of the Planning Commission. Information is provided by the Planning Commission, and taken from its published agenda. All hearings are on Thursday at 1:30pm, Room 400 in City Hall.

4042 24th St as of 8/28/10

4042 24th STREET - on the north side of 24th Street between Castro and Noe streets; Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 3656 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Section 178(c), 728.41, 728.42, and 303 of the Planning Code to allow a full-service restaurant (d.b.a. Patxi’s Chicago Pizza) in conjunction with a bar use within the 24th Street – Noe Valley Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
[NVSF: Mi Lindo Yucatan to Become Patxi's Pizza]