December 1, 2019

This Week in Noe Valley: Thanksgiving Holiday Edition


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November 23, 2019

This Week in Noe Valley: The J Church Is Slow, Sister Act Reminiscing, and Noe Valley Homes Are a Bad Investment


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November 16, 2019

This Week in Noe Valley: New SFMTA Head Lives Here, Aster Closed, Seafood Love for La Ciccia



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October 6, 2019

NVV October 2019: 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 notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

October 2019

Front Page: The J Church line is notoriously unreliable; Reliving the 1989 Loma Prieta quake in Noe Valley; The Town Square before it was a Town Square (spoiler: it was a gas station and auto shop in the 70s and then a church parking lot in the 90s).

Letters: A neighbor suggests the sidewalks of 24th St are beautiful and well kept - but shouldn't be power-washed so often.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: The average price of a single-family home in Noe Valley is $2.8 million.

Store Trek: Toci Wellness, 816 Diamond at 24th St.

Short Takes: New lights are being added to the Town Square to make it more festive and safer; a lighting ceremony will happen on October 26 at 6:30pm. Spooktacular, a Halloween celebration is back for the third year on Sunday October 27 and on Halloween, October 31.

Rumors and Tidbits: The makers of The Last Black Man in San Francisco will be showing their semi-autobiographical film as a benefit for Video Wave, which they fear is “the Last Video Store in San Francisco” on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Noe Valley Ministry. The Noe Valley Girls Film Festival was a huge success. Doggy Style is closing by the end of the year and DS owner and NVMPA president Rachel Swann wants to open a wine bar. Toast on 24th is closed thanks to a lease expiration and pending seismic retrofit. Chez Marius is closed. The former Le Cupboard space on Church St will become a new restaurant called Inle Burmese and should open Oct 8. Pomelo on Church St is closed (see full note here). Also on Church, the former storefront for Curator will become Delights by Lisa offering fresh baked sweets by a Noe Valley native. Readings at Charlie's Corner will no longer be free; they cost $10 (!) per child and $5 for siblings. Shoe Biz is closed. A psychic is back on 24th St. And animal rights activists protested at Whole Foods.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

September 6, 2019

NVV Sept 2019: 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 notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

September 2019

Front Page: A article about how good the Noe Valley Association is at taking care of 24th St. and a bid to renew the CBD; Bill Yenne has written a new book about the history of Noe Valley due out on Sept. 30; Upper Noe Rec Center hosts tons of fun events all year.

Letters: Grandma Bell turned 90 and poses with a copy of NVV on a horse; more hate for NVV's anti-vaxxer coverage in June; love for Mahila restaurant in the old Contigo space.

Features: The Noe Valley 30th St senior center celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: The average price of a single-family home in January was $2.7 million and 34 houses changed hands in June and July.

Store Trek: Bon Appetikka Indian Restaurant, 4166 24th St. and Yoga Flow SF, 4049 24th St.

Rumors and Tidbits: The Noe Valley Farmer's Market has expanded to Tuesdays from 3-7PM; a new Burmese restaurant (Inle Burmese Cuisine) hopes to occupy the former Le Cupboard space at 1298 Church St. (open date TBD); the For Lease sign is gone from the old Pasta Gina space and the rumor is that it will be occupied by a "food takeout" or "food tech startup" service (open date also TBD). Patxi's sold itself to  Los Angeles-based Elite Restaurant Group at the end of last year and the business is now 50% takeout/delivery. Fahrenheit Salon was named one of the top hair salons in SF. The Noe Valley branch of Bank of America is remodeling for the first time in more than 75 years. The old Rare Device space has been rented by Third Eye Psychic - Chakra. Shoe Biz is sticking around after all - and shoes are still 50% off. Just for Fun is truly a local treasure.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

April 7, 2019

NVV April 2019: 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 notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

April 2019

Front Page: The buyer of $10 million mansion at 801 Sanchez at 21st St wants to raze the 4,600 sq. ft. building and erect a 7800 sq. ft. mansion in its place; an interview with a good samaritan and the chief trash officer of 22nd St; Noe dog park will now be open 6 days per week.

Features: The story of the bull on top of Haystack: It was a gift from the 83-year-old owner's girlfriend to celebrate his vitality. A neighbor complained that the bull's genitals were visible from the sidewalk, so he has since moved it to the roof. The bull's name is Trump, "because the president is 'just like a bull. He puts his head down and keeps on going, and he doesn't listen to nobody." Plus: More details on the permit troubles of the proposed Doggy Style, Inc.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: The average price of a single-family home in January was $3 million; only 7 houses changed hands in February.

Short Takes: The Noe Valley Garden Tour is scheduled for May 4, 2019. The Noe Valley Easter Egg Hunt in Douglass Park is scheduled for April 20. Lots of events are also planned for the Noe Valley Town Square this spring and summer.

Store Trek: Noe's Cantina, 1199 Church St. at 24th

Rumors and Tidbits: First Republic on Castro was smashed by a truck and the perps made off with a 374-pound ATM machine. Charlie's Corner has relocated to the former Cardio-Tone space on 24th near Church as its former home undergoes soft story reconstruction. Peasant Pies is also closed for the reconstruction and renovating its space; in the meantime you can get their pies at Whole Foods. Yoga Flow Noe Valley in the old Radio Shack space hopes to open in July. Holy Kitchen Indian restaurant is closing and a group called Bon Appetikka is taking over the permit. Globe In is moving out of the former Cliche Noe space and relocating up Castro Hill with offices only. Compass real estate has swallowed Alain Pinel and now has at least four offices on 24th St. alone.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

March 10, 2019

This Week in Noe Valley: New Muni Seats Coming, IPO Angst and a Hidden Urban Jungle


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NVV March 2019: 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 notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

March 2019

Front Page: A piece about Bay Nature magazine, a tenuous connection to Mary Ellen Pleasant, the mother of civil rights in California, to a house on Laidley St; and an ode to the 48 Quintara/24th bus route.

Letters: A letter from a neighbor who has an owl in her yard on Alvarado. A thank you to the designer of the planters in the Noe Valley Town Square. Another neighbor writes that Urban Remedy uses too much plastic.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: The average price of a single-family home in January was $2.99 million.

Store Trek: Vive La Tarte, 4026 24th St. between Noe and Castro

Rumors and Tidbits: London Breed visited Noe Valley last month and toured merchants on 24th Street. The first tenant in the newly subdivided Real Foods space is SkinSpirit skincare clinic which offers "cutting-edge products and services in its clinics, including Botox, dermal fillers, facials, laser treatments, and other non-invasive aesthetic services" - it expects to open this spring. Pete's Cleaners next to the Town Square is set to become a fish market "that would also prepare and serve seafood dishes to eat there or take out." The former Fattoush space at 1361 Church, has been rented to the owners of Bernal Heights Pizzeria which is moving from its current location at 59 30th St., on the Noe Valley/Bernal border. Royal Cleaners is closed and the space is for rent. Ditto Rare Device. And the large commercial space at 3818 24th St. that was going to become an urgent medical care facility is now DOA.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

February 10, 2019

This Week in Noe Valley: Snow Daze, 27th St. Standoff and Our Beautiful Neighborhood


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NVV February 2019: We Read It So You Don't Have



The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are notable highlights from the latest issue. Links are to stories we've covered here on NVSF or other resources. Follow the NVV link at the bottom for full articles and all the ads.

February 2019

Front Page: A roundup of how to eat vegan in Noe Valley; a profile of local resident Steven Pressman who shines a light on untold Holocaust stories in film.

Letters: Memories from a neighbor reminiscing about 24th St in the 1970s.

Cost of Living in Noe Valley: The market appears to be cooling slightly - the 10 homes that sold in December averaged just $2.2 million. And yet: The most expensive house sold last year was a $6.6 million home on Duncan between Castro and Diamond.

Store Trek: Sultan's Kebab, 3915 24th St. at Sanchez

Features: Sadness: Local resident John Knox on Cesar Chavez found a barn owl that died when it ingested rat poison - he urges neighbors to please not use the toxic stuff. City okays permit for The Agency on 24th St. to operate a real estate business in a former retail space. Friends of Noe Valley Garden Tour will be on May 4 this year.

Rumors and Tidbits: The members-only boutique Doggy Style plans to open February 2019 and has garnered lots of press. The Real Food spot downtown is turning into 3 retail spaces rumored to be renting for $10,000 a month each. Lots of vacancies along 24th St for retail stores and not many takers (although lots of cannabis dispensaries have expressed interest according to realtors and building owners up and down the commercial corridor). Vive La Tarte is open in the old Bliss Bar space and serving jewel-like dishes and artisan coffee. The old La Panotiq space is slated to get a locally-owned Mediterranean restaurant soon. Noe's Cantina is open and serving Mexican food from 5-10 pm. Azalina is moving into the former Contigo space. The Noe Valley library is looking for space to house back issues of the print edition of the Noe Valley Voice.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

February 2, 2019

Doggy Style Gets Spanked By Planning Department For Bad Behavior


As soon as it was announced Doggy Style was ridiculed on social media ("It looks like a computer AI churned out the most San Francisco garbage it could come up with, and someone decided that was a a good business plan."). It was deemed so ridiculous that The Guardian and The Daily Mail got in on the fun. SF Gate was more kind with their profile.

Turns out, though, that owner (and the Noe Valley Merchants and Professional Association President) Rachel Swann and her partner neglected to get a conditional use permit for outdoor space they've already excavated and taken from the tenants of the building. The City is not happy:
Our records indicate that the subject property is currently authorized for One-Family Dwelling above a ground floor Retail Use. It has been reported that the above property is will be the site of a new business (DBA Doggy Style, Inc) with an anticipated opening date in February 2019. It is understood that the new business will be utilizing the rear yard as an Outdoor Activity Area without such authorization. Pursuant to Planning Code Section 728, a Conditional Use Authorization is required for the use of an Outdoor Activity Area in the Noe Valley Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District where the subject property is located.  
Furthermore, pursuant to Planning Code Section 728, one hundred (100) square feet of open space is required per unit if private open space, or one hundred thirty-three (133) square feet per unit if the area is common open space. It has been reported that access and use of the required residential open space 1 Planning Code Section 201 defines Outdoor Activity Area as a, “Commercial Use characteristic defined as an area associated with a legally established use, not including primary circulation space or any public street, located outside of a building or in a courtyard, which is provided for the use or convenience of patrons of a commercial establishment including, but not limited to, sitting, eating, drinking, dancing, and food-service activities.” is being encroached upon by the unpermitted Outdoor Activity Area for use by Doggy Style, Inc. A Variance approval is required to legalize the reduction of required residential open space. 
So what of it?
The Planning Department requires that you immediately proceed to abate the violation by ceasing the proposed operation of Doggy Style, Inc. until such time that additional information has been provided to the Planning Department and all appropriate permits and entitlements have been obtained. 
The full Notice of Enforcement is here [PDF].

This isn't the first time that Rachel Swann has operated in Noe Valley without appropriate permits. Just last month she received Conditional Use authorization for her business The Agency at 3848 24th St that she opened in 2017.

Is this the sort of person we want in charge of the NVMPA?

This Week in Noe Valley: Vive la Tarte Open, Lucca Closing and Firefly Still Delights


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