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MUNI service changes take effect December 5

In an effort to curb a $129 million budget deficit, MUNI will implement significant transit route and schedule changes affecting over half of Muni’s existing bus routes and one rail line. The service changes include discontinued routes or route segments, modified routes, changes to service hours and more.

Changes to the following Richmond District lines will take effect on Saturday, December 5:

1 California
Segments eliminated/service hours reduced: Segments of the 1 California south of Sacramento Street on Davis, Beale, Howard, Main and Drumm streets will be eliminated. The last bus to Downtown will depart at 12:20 a.m. and the last bus from Downtown will depart at 1 a.m. Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s 30X Marina Express and 41 Union provide nearby service during peak periods. Map

1AX California ‘A’ Express
Express zone modified: The 1AX nonstop express zone will begin at 8th Avenue instead of Park Presidio Boulevard. The 1AX will make additional local stops at 8th, 10th and 12th avenues.

1BX California ‘B’ Express
Express zone modified: The 1BX will begin at 6th Avenue instead of 12th Avenue. Stops previously served at 8th, 10th and 12th avenues will be served by the 1AX.

2 Clement
Segment eliminated: A segment of the 2 Clement will be eliminated between 33rd and 14th avenues. The 2 Clement will now continue to the Ferry Plaza daily including Saturdays and Sundays. Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s 1 California, 38 Geary and 38L Geary Limited provide nearby service between 14th and 33rd avenues. Map

5 Fulton
Frequency increased/evening service extended: Frequency on the 5 Fulton will increase during peak periods. Evening service on the 5 Fulton will be extended from Jones/McAllister streets to the Transbay Terminal. Owl service will begin earlier, at 12:45 a.m. and the Owl terminal will remain at Market and McAllister streets. Map

18 46th Avenue
Segments eliminated/route modified/service hours reduced: The 18 46th Avenue will be rerouted along Cabrillo Street, 45th Avenue, Balboa Street and 33rd Avenue. Segments will be eliminated along Geary Boulevard and Point Lobos Avenue. The last bus will depart Stonestown at midnight and will depart Legion of Honor at 12:20 a.m. Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s 31 Balboa, 38 Geary and 38L Geary Limited provide nearby service. Map

28 19th Avenue, 28L 19th Ave Limited – No changes.

31 Balboa
Frequency and service hours reduced: Frequency on the 31 Balboa will decrease during peak periods to every 12 minutes. The last bus to Downtown will depart at 11:55 p.m. and the last bus from Downtown will depart at 12:40 a.m.

31AX Balboa ‘A’ Express, 31BX Balboa ‘B’ Express – No changes.

33 Stanyan
Service hours reduced: The last bus from 24th Street and Potrero Avenue will depart at 12:30 a.m. and the last bus from the Richmond District will depart at midnight.

38 Geary, 38 Geary Owl
Segments eliminated: Segments of the 38 Geary and 38 Geary Owl will be eliminated along the Ocean Beach branch on Balboa Street, 45th Avenue and Cabrillo Street. The 38 Geary Owl will provide service to 48th and Point Lobos avenues. Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s rerouted 18 46th Avenue provides nearby service to Geary Boulevard, 31 Balboa provides nearby service to Downtown and 5 Fulton Owl provides nearby service to Downtown during the Owl period. Map

38L Geary Limited
Frequency increased/ service hours expanded: The 38L Geary Limited will have more service during peak periods, and service hours will be expanded to operate to Downtown until 7:50 p.m. and from Downtown until 8:55 p.m.

38AX Geary ‘A’ Express, 38BX Geary ‘B’ Express – No changes.

View the complete list of MUNI service changes, scheduled to begin December 5.

Sarah B.

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Henna for Teens & Holiday Card Marking at the Richmond Library

On Friday, November 6 from 3:30-5:30pm, bring your teens by the Richmond Library for a free lesson on creating henna tattoos. They’ll get a brief introduction to henna, its history, uses, and traditions, and participate in a hands-in demonstration. Everyone will try their hand at mixing ingredients, making henna applicators, as well as practice on traditional designs.

Each student will receive an aftercare sheet, a basic henna recipe, two premade henna cones for practice, and a basic design sheet. 12-18 year-olds welcomed, limited to 20 participants. If you are under 18, you must fill out a consent form beforehand, signed by a parent/guardian, that you can get at the library. For more information, contact Gregory Hom, Teen Services Librarian at ghom@sfpl.org or 355-5610.

On Saturday, November 7, the Library will also host a free holiday card making class. Learn how to make handmade holiday greeting cards. The event runs from 3-5pm and all ages are welcome.

The Richmond Library is located at 351 9th Avenue between Clement and Geary.

Sarah B.

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The Dr. Dolittle of MUNI?

SF Citizen discovered this gem from 2006 on Flickr. The photo was taken at the bus stop up by the Legion of Honor.

“If we could talk to the animals, think what fun we’d have…”

Sarah B.

Photo by Plomomedia

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Halloween night highlights (video)

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Surf’s up at the Balboa Theater, Nov. 5

Next Thursday night, the Balboa Theater will screen a highly acclaimed surf movie called Modern Collective (film website).

The film follows six surfers as they set out to alter perceptions about modern day surfing. They don’t jet ski miles out into the ocean to catch the biggest waves; instead they hug the shore, making the most of the smaller waves. Starring some of the world’s best surfers, including Dane Reynolds, Dion Agius, Yadin Nicol, Mitch Coleborn, Dusty Payne and Jordy Smith.

Watch the film’s trailer below, then see it at the Balboa on Thursday night at 7:30pm or 9:30pm. Hang ten everyone!

Sarah B.

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Review of Japanese eatery, Kappou Gomi

This week, SFGate.com reviewed local Japanese restaurant Kappou Gomi.

When many people think Japanese, images of hibachis and sushi come to mind. Not the case for this restaurant. “A sign plastered to the window reading “No sushi, no combination plates” is the first clue that this is an entirely different experience,” reviewer Amanda Gold writes.

The style is small plates and the extensive menu left the reviewer surmising “How to choose between the luscious butter-grilled salmon ($8) and the slightly sweet miso sauteed pork ($7.50)? Or between a safe but satisfying salt-grilled shrimp ($7), with a crisp shell and tender meat, or the more daring vinegared water shield ($5.50), a gelatinous water lily?”

Gold awarded Kappou Gomi two out of four stars (“Good”), and said “it’s a soothing place to linger…only a pair of octagonal windows overlooking the street is a reminder of the busy world outside”.

Read the full SFGate.com review here.

Kappou Gomi’s reviews on Yelp are similar, averaging four out of five stars.

Kappou Gomi is located at 5524 Geary Boulevard, near 20th Avenue and they are open for dinner from 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Sarah B.

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Doyle Drive / Presidio Parkway update

On Wednesday night, about thirty residents attended the Doyle Drive / Presidio Parkway public meeting at Self Help for the Elderly on Geary. The meeting was hosted by Molly Graham, Director of Public Outreach for the project, and Nadal Tuqan, the Caltrans Project Manager. David Pang, Caltrans Construction Manager for the project was also in attendance. All three spoke while sharing a powerpoint presentation about Doyle’s planned transformation into the new Presidio Parkway by 2013.

Doyle Drive currently handles 144,000 persons traveling per weekday. The primary reason for replacing it is its failure to meet federal safety standards. At least 80% of the current structure cannot be suitably retrofitted so replacement is the only option.

The new Presidio Parkway will also be safer for drivers, offering wider, 11′ lanes, a median barrier, and road shoulders. The new parkway will also do a better job of slowing traffic down as it enters Marina streets.

Construction will begin next month, though planners have yet to publish the final schedule. By 2011, an alternate road/detour will be in place and they will demolish the existing Doyle Drive roadway, mostly over a planned 3-day weekend closure. Once major construction is completed, the new Presidio Parkway will open in 2013 with final work such as landscaping finishing up in 2014.

The team’s powerpoint presentation was filled with slick animations showing the envisioned Presidio Parkway. The new design calls for two tunnels along the 1.5 mile span which will be excavated underground, eliminating much of today’s unsightly, raised roadway which was originally designed to meet security requirements for the Army base. The new roadway does a much better job of blending in with the Presidio’s surroundings.

The parkway design will also offer new exits with direct access to the Presidio. With the increase in businesses and attractions taking root in the Presidio, these new outlets should help ease congestion that would normally be routed onto Lombard or Marina Boulevard.

David Pang, the Caltrans Construction Manager for the project, is eminently qualified for the nearly four year long effort. With 25 years at Caltrans and the former manager of the Cypress Freeway cleanup (after the ’89 quake) and the Devil’s Slide upgrade, Pang also brings a local perspective to the project as a SF native and current resident of the Richmond District.

Several neighbors in attendance were concerned about the increase in construction traffic at the various Presidio entrances at 25th Avenue, Arguello Boulvard and 15th Avenue. Pang assured residents that construction companies are prohibited in their contracts from using these entry or exit points, and that a hotline has been set up to allow neighbors to report any issues they experience during the construction project.

Molly Graham, Director of Public Outreach, said she personally monitors the hotline and has a direct line into Pang on-site. She advised neighbors to “try and catch the truck logos” to help them identify which crews may be in violation. The hotline is (415) 263-5953 or you can email info@presidioparkway.org. “You are our eyes and ears”, Graham said.

Few neighbors seemed concerned about the planned closures of the ramps that connect Park Presidio to Doyle Drive, allowing the quickest route between the Richmond and the Marina. Project studies showed that between 5000-10,000 vehicles use the ramps each day. The northbound ramp will be closed for most of the project, while the southbound ramp’s closure is planned for 2010 – 2011.

Graham admitted that the suggested signed detours look preposterous to residents as they take drivers way out of their way, but she noted they are designed to steer traffic to the routes that can best handle increased volume. She likened them to the routes that a visiting Winnebago would take, rather than the neighborhood streets that most residents would turn to for their alternate route.

Once construction kicks off, there will be a public information office on-site in the Presidio, offering information, answering questions, and even giving tours of the construction as certain phases are completed.

For more information, visit the Presidio Parkway website at presidioparkway.org. To receive updates about the project such as planned traffic closure, join their email list or follow them on Twitter.

Sarah B.

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Remember to vote in Tuesday’s election

Just in case your voter information phamphlet is buried on your desk like mine was, I thought I’d post a reminder for everyone to go out and vote on Tuesday, November 3rd in our municipal election.

On the ballot will be elections for City Attorney (Dennis Herrera) and City Treasurer (José Cisneros),. both of which are running unopposed. So it’s really all about the five propositions:

A: Budget Process
B: Board of Supervisors Aides
C: Candlestick Park Naming Rights
D: Mid-Market Special Sign District
E: Advertisements on City Property

For more information on the election, read the voter information pamphlet on the SF Elections website.

And if you really did misplace your voter information guide, find your polling place here.

Sarah B.

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