Miraloma Life Online – April 2014

  • April Miraloma Life (PDF version)
  • Dealing With San Francisco Housing Needs
  • Five Smart Strategies to Save for College
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting Minutes of March 6, 2014
  • What’s Growing in Our Backyards?
  • Report on Commonwealth Club Lecture: “Conciliation Biology”
  • Alien-Like Worm Found in Cats
  • Caveat Emptor
  • Spring on the Mountain
  • How to be a Helpful and Responsible Neighbor*


UPDATE re Sup. Chiu’s Legislation to Legalize Illegal Secondary Units – BOS Meeting 3/24/2014 at 1:30 PM

The SF Planning Commission has approved a proposal by Supervisor Chiu to legalize illegal secondary units across the City without regard to zoning. The Miraloma Park Improvement Club and West of Twin Peaks Central Council oppose this legislation: it will end single-family zoning and increase population density and congestion in the single-family (R-1 zoned) neighborhoods.

The legislation now goes to the Board of Supervisors, first in committee and then to the full Board for a vote on approval. The MPIC asks our residents to preserve single-family zoning by contacting all SF Supervisors (addresses are provided below) expressing opposition to this legislation and its betrayal of the City’s covenant with homeowners who purchased residences in RH-1 areas. Please urge the Supervisors to uphold single-family zoning in San Francisco:


****IMPORTANT**** The meeting of the Land Use and Economic Development Committee of the Board of Supervisors at which Supervisor Chiu’s legislation will be considered starts at 1:30 pm on Monday, March 24, 2014 at City Hall in Room 263. This will be the last opportunity for public comment. The MPIC urges those who can attend to do so and request that the Committee not refer this legislation to the full Board unless RH-1 (single family) homes are exempted from legalization of in-laws.

I have copied below talking points issued by the West of Twin Peaks Central Council which MPIC is a member of:

Supervisor Chiu’s legislation will NOT do what it claims (i.e. increase the amount of affordable housing in San Francisco). It will have many unintended consequences that we do NOT want in San Francisco including: evictions of “illegal” tenants, and the permanent removal of family-sized housing from our housing stock.

Point 1: Legalization of in-law units will NOT increase the amount of affordable housing in San Francisco because:
1. Affected secondary units already exist.
2. Affected secondary units are already occupied.
3. New units can’t be built and legalized under this legislation, so no new housing stock will be added.

Point 2: This legislation doesn’t help create more affordable housing in SF. But it does allow deep-pocket real estate speculators and developers to target the small amount of family-sized housing in the City for subdivision into smaller multi-unit housing, reaping huge profits and driving families out of the City. This scheme directly attacks the only family sized housing in San Francisco. This is a great plan if you want to:
1. Eliminate family housing and convert it into small apartments suitable for young dot.com employees who want a quiet neighborhood to rest in after bar hopping all night.
2. Put money into the pockets of speculators and developers.
3. Drive Families out of the City.

Point 3: Legalization of in-law units is not necessary in order for an RH-1 home to provide an extra room or two for roommates, or to allow extended family to live with the primary owners. In-Law units that are not completely separate with their own addresses and entrances are allowed under current zoning.

Point 4: Few owners will want to actually “legalize” their secondary units because of the fees and remediation costs, as well as the downside of falling under rent-control rules forever after.

Point 5: Many owners who currently operate an illegal secondary unit may choose to evict their illegal tenant rather than risk being forced to pay the costs associated with legalization (fees and remediation). This could have the opposite effect of actually reducing the amount of affordable housing in the City.

Point 6: Competition to buy RH-1 homes with illegal secondary units may become heated as real estate speculators compete with normal families trying to buy single-family homes.
1. Speculators will be able to out-price families knowing that they can “legalize” the secondary unit and increase the value of the property, and then re-sell the home(s) at new increased market-rate prices.
2. The process of bringing the illegal secondary unit up to code may require the reduction in floor space in the primary unit, thus permanently eliminating family-sized housing stock in the City.

Point 7: Once a secondary unit is legalized, it will be permanent rent-controlled. Even if the RH-1 house is sold in the future, the new owner could not convert it back to RH-1 without using the Ellis Act.
1. San Francisco is currently very concerned over Ellis Act evictions, and is seeking ways to block it.

Point 8: This is nothing but a legislative end-run around San Francisco housing policy and zoning rules. It wasn’t driven by a survey of the owners of homes that include secondary units, and it doesn’t reflect the reality of our need for net-new housing, not just dividing up existing housing into smaller and smaller units.

Robert Gee
Miraloma Park Improvement Club


Ingleside Community Police Advisory Board: Gun buy-back program

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm, there will be a gun buy-back program sponsored by the Ingleside Community Police Advisory Board.

It will be held at 2630 Bayshore Blvd at Sunnydale.

You will receive up to $100 for each firearm….no questions asked.

Limit of 5 guns per person/vehicle.  See linked flyer Gun_Buy_Back_Ingleside(04-2014)  for more information.

This is a safe and community-based event.

For more info: gunbuybacksf.org.

District 7 Participatory Budgeting process

Please join Supervisor Norman Yee’s District 7 Participatory Budgeting process.
NOTE:   The deadline to submit a proposal is March 19, 2014

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that gives community members the opportunity to set budgeting priorities and make decisions on what community projects should be funded. I’m one of the 10 community members on the District 7 Neighborhood Council helping to coordinate this project.

For the first time, District 7 residents will be able to help decide how best to spend $100,000 for general projects and $250,000 for pedestrian safety improvements in District 7.

CLICK HERE FOR- Participatory Budget Initial Proposal Application

CLICK HERE – to learn more about Norman Yee’s Participatory Budget

Project Proposal Workshop Wed, Mar 5, 6-7:30 pm, Commodore Sloat Elementary School.

For more info, contact Matthias Mormino: matthias.mormino@sfgov.org or 554-6516.

The flyer has information on the kick off community meeting (Feb 22) where you can learn about the grant application process as well as the Project Proposal workshop on March 5.

If you have an idea for a project, the grant application will be very easy to complete!

Lectures at the Commonwealth Club Relevant to City Parks

Lectures at the Commonwealth Club Relevant to City Parks

(1) Ecological Communities and the March of Time, Dr. Arthur Shapiro, Dist. Prof. of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis: Mar 24 at noon;


(2) The History, Ecology and Future of Eucalyptus Plantations in the Bay Area, Dr. Joseph R. McBride, Professor of Urban Forestry, UC Berkeley: Apr 9 at noon.

Get more info and register at www.commonwealthclub.org or call 597-6705.

Miraloma Life Online – March 2014

  • PDF Version – March Miraloma Life
  • The Housing Element: Poor Planning Without an Appropriate EIR
  • Herbicide Use on Mount Davidson
  • MPIC Board Takes Position on Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan (SNRAMP)
  • Why Judicious Use of Herbicides is Necessary on Mt. Davidson
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting of February 6, 2014
  • What ís Growing in Our Backyards?


MPIC Letter RE: Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan

MPIC letter on Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan (SNRAMP) for Mt. Davidson

The Board of Directors submitted this letter on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the SNRAMP. The DEIR conclusions are incompatible with, degrade, and subordinate the goals and needs of Miraloma Park residents – those of us who use Mt Davidson Park as a vital recreation resource.

The letter points out errors in the SNRAMP, how the Final EIR needs to correct this information and re-evaluate its conclusions that the planned tree cutting, access restrictions, and continued use of hazardous herbicides will not result in a significant negative impact on the park and park users.

Completion of an historic cultural landscape study was also requested.

You may also access this document from this link:  http://tinyurl.com/d2ecqpl

Miraloma Life Online –February 2014

  • PDF Version – February Miraloma Life
  • From the President’s Corner
  • The Great Tasmanian Blue Gum
  • From the MPIC Board of Directors Safety Committee
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting of January 2, 2014
  • Pleasant Surprises and Three Easy-to-Do Resolutions
  • What’s Growing in Our Backyards?
  • Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) Presents Spamalot a Monty Python Spoof


Miraloma Life Online – January 2014

  • PDF Version – January Miraloma Life
  • Twenty-first Annual Holiday Party and Potluck Highlights
  • From the President’s Corner
  • Supervisor Chiu’s Plan to Legalize Illegal In-law Apartments
  • Wasting Away in Manzanitaville: The Plant Plot Sickens (or, a Tempest in a Plant Pot)
  • Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Meeting
  • Progress! UCSF Changes Course on Sutro Forest
  • Commonwealth Club Lectures on Forest Preservation
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting of December 5, 2013
  • Community Clean-up Effort a Success
  • SF 311 Now Available
  • How to be a Helpful and Responsible Neighbor
  • Because They Know We Can’t (poem)


Miraloma Life Online – December 2013

  • PDF Version – December Miraloma Life
  • See You at the MPIC Holiday Party and Pot-Luck Cook-Off!
  • The San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities (SFCUU)
  • Reduce Your Risk of Vehicle Break-ins
  • Excerpted Letter of Support of 11/10/13 from the MPIC to Anne Brubaker, SFCUU Chair
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting of November 7, 2013
  • Excerpted Letter of 10/21/13 from the MPIC to Mayor Lee Re Manzanita Preservation Designation
  • What’s Growing in Our Backyards?
  • Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
  • How to be a Responsible Neighbor
  • Events Notice: History of San Francisco Progressive Politics and More at OLLI
  • Coyotes As Neighbors – Video


Miraloma Life Online – November 2013

  • PDF Version – November Miraloma Life
  • MPIC Holiday Party and Pot-Luck Cook-Off on December 8
  • MPIC Moves Forward with the Advanced Community Disaster Resilience Program
  • Karaoke, Anyone (or Everyone)?
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting of October 3, 2013
  • What’s Growing in our Backyards?
  • Scam Alert
  • Miraloma Community Beautification
  • To Err is Human; To Really Foul Things Up Requires a Computer…
  • How to be a Responsible Neighbor
  • Mice in Winter


Miraloma Life Online – October 2013

  • PDF Version – October Miraloma Life
  • Proposed Expansion of Critical Habitat for the Endangered Manzanita Plant to Include Areas Below Marietta Drive
  • The San Francisco Police Academy
  • SFPD A.L.E.R.T. Program: Department Kicks-off New Volunteer Disaster Preparedness Program
  • Letter from Prof. Joe R. McBride Regarding the Current SNRAMP
  • MPIC Position as Sumamrized to Bill Wyco, Environmental Review Officer
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting of September 5, 2013
  • Compiled from the Ingleside Station Newsletter


Miraloma Life Online – September 2013

  • PDF Version – September Miraloma Life
  • Don’t Miss the 2013 MPIC Fall Fiesta
  • National Night Out and Other Summer Highpoints
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meetings of June 6 and August 7, 2013
  • Miraloma Elementary School Traffic Plan
  • What’s Growing in our Backyards?
  • A Place to Learn
  • This Injustice Too Shall Fade, and Quickly with your Aid!
  • Ruth ASAWA SF School of the Arts (SOTA): Check Out the Fall Offerings
  • How to be a Responsible Neighbor


Miraloma Life Online – June 2013

  • PDF Version – June Miraloma Life
  • Recology Is the Good Kind of Monopoly
  • From the President’s Corner
  • Miraloma Park Improvement Club Election and Neighborhood Playdate
  • Taxpayer Dollars At Work: A Chronic Offender
  • From the Safety Committee: Trust Your Instincts
  • From District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee
  • NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Tuesday, August 6
  • Home Security
  • For All You Tiger Parents Out There
  • Condensed Minutes of the MPIC Board Meeting, May 2, 2013


Miraloma Life Online – May 2013

  • PDF Version – May Miraloma Life
  • Neighborhood Night Out: August 6, 2013
  • Garbage Rates to Increase? Not if They Hear From Us!Save the Date: June 20 MPIC Election, Community Game Night,and Social
  • Lending a Helping Paw
  • Where the Easter Bunny Lives!
  • Mt. Davidson Denizen Sets Record Straight on Easter Bunny “Legend”
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting of March 7, 2013
  • Ruth ASAWA SF School of the Arts (SOTA)—Madwoman of Chaillot and Future Offerings
  • Another Nearby Treasure: Sunnyside Conservatory
  • How to be a Responsible Neighbor
  • Recycle And Disposal


Miraloma Life Online – April 2013

  • PDF Version – April Miraloma Life
  • MPIC All-Ages Neighborhood Networking Event Review and Summary
  • Save the Date: Neighborhood Night Out, 5 pm, August 6, 2013
  • From the President’s Corner
  • Supervisor Scott Wiener’s CEQA Reform Proposals
  • Diddling With San Francisco’s Environmental Review Laws: Supervisor Wiener’s Attempt to Gut CEQA Appeals
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on March 7, 2013
  • A Terrific Performance of 42nd Street at Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts—and Madwoman of Chaillot Still to Come
  • Just One Tree
  • How to be a Resonsible Neighbor
  • NERT Notice (Renewing Your Certification)
  • MPIC Clubhouse Cleanup


Miraloma Life Online – March 2013

  • PDF Version – March Miraloma Life
  • MPIC All-Ages Neighborhood Networking Event: March 9, 2 to 4 pm
  • From the President’s Corner
  • The MPIC’s Position on the Plans for Mt. Davidson Forest
  • Preserving or Destroying the Mt. Davidson Forest?
  • Mt. Davidson’s Forest—the Discussion Continues
  • Another SF Forest at Risk?*
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on February 12, 2013
  • Spring Auctions Support Schools!
  • Miraloma Park Crime Report May-Dec. 2012
  • Important Notices from the MPIC


Miraloma Life Online – February 2013

  • PDF Version – February Miraloma Life
  • San Francisco Forest Alliance: Preserving Our Forests
  • A Completely Different Kind of Neighborhood Watch in San Francisco!
  • Preserving Mount Davidson’s Forests: Another Viewpoint
  • Say NO to Poison!
  • E-Filing, Tax Fraud, and You
  • From the Safety Committee: What We Do
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on January 3, 2013
  • Ruth ASAWA SOTA Performances
  • How to be a Responsible Neighbor
  • Should the MPIC Host a Neighborhood Garden Tour this Spring?


Miraloma Life Online – January 2013

  • PDF Version – January Miraloma Life
  • MPIC Holiday Party and Potluck Cook-off
  • From the President’s Corner
  • Police Make Arrests in Massive Theft of Electronics—Is Your Stolen iPhone in this Stash?
  • Notice: San Francisco Department of Environment Door-to-Door Outreach in Ingleside District
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on December 6, 2012
  • Upcoming Ruth Asawa SOTA Events
  • From the Safety Committee: Help Prevent West Nile Virus!
  • From the MPIC Safety Committee: Salmonella Outbreak in Bay Area Songbirds
  • Join or Renew Your MPIC Membership Using PayPal, a Credit Card, or a Check
  • How to Be A Responsible Neighbor
  • January 2013 Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) Class Schedule


Miraloma Life Online – December 2012

  • PDF Version – December Miraloma Life
  • From the President’s Corner
  • Endangered Manzanita on Mt. Davidson
  • Bench Replaced on Mt. Davidson
  • About the Beach Chalet Soccer Field Renovations
  • From the MPIC Safety Committee: A Wake Up Call
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on November 1, 2012
  • Poems of the True Holiday Spirit
  • How to Be a Helpful and Responsible Neighbor
  • Upcoming Ruth Asawa SOTA Events


Miraloma Life Online – November 2012

  • PDF Version – November Miraloma Life
  • MPIC Holiday Party and Pot-Luck Cook-Off on December 2
  • From the MPIC Safety Committee
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on October 4, 2012
  • The West Portal Fire
  • Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell: A Superb Performance at Ruth Asawa SOTA
  • Getting Ready for Winter Rains
  • Are You Ready for a Big Quake or Other Disaster?
  • Miraloma Park Residential Design Guidelines


Miraloma Life Online – October 2012

  • PDF Version – Oct Miraloma Life
  • Fall Literary Festival at the Clubhouse
  • Show Your Fall Colors Attended by Pizza-Loving Horde
  • Potential Changes to Mt. Davidson Park
  • Coyote Safety Advisory
  • Something to Keep an Eye On: The San Francisco Transportation Sustainability Program (TSP)
  • From the Safety Committee: Recent Burglaries and a Multiple Choice
  • Go Native!
  • The MPIC’s Zoning and Planning Committee: What Does It Do?
  • An Afternoon with Dan Liberthson: Poems to Make You Laugh, Cry, and Dance
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on September 6, 2012


Miraloma Life Online – September 2012

  • PDF Version – Sept Miraloma Life
  • Show Your Fall Colors—Food and Fun on September 15
  • Will Mt. Davidson Be Spared the Axe?
  • One Bay Area: A Regional Plan that Demands Our Attention
  • A Successful Miraloma Park and Sunnyside Tree Planting!
  • Miraloma Elementary School Traffic Plan
  • MPIC Safety Committee
  • Results of the MPIC Board Election of June 21, 2012
  • Thank You to Jim O’Donnell as He Leaves the Board
  • Energy Efficient Homes: A Case Study
  • When Do You Need a Building Permit?
  • 2012 Year to Date Miraloma Park Crime Report from the Ingleside Station Newsletter
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meetings on June 7 and August 2, 2012
  • August 2, 2012 Board Meeting


Miraloma Life Online – June 2012

  • Bad Actors in the Plant World: Following the MPIC Election, a Scintillating Slide Presentation
  • Greetings to the Miraloma Community
  • Comment on the Natural Area Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Mt. Davidson Due by June 11
  • Miraloma Park Burglaries, September, 2011—April, 2012
  • The American Community Survey Results The Latest Economic and Social Characteristics for Miraloma Park
  • Why San Franciscans Should Vote for Proposition A*
  • Summary of MPIC Board Meeting on May 3, 2012
  • Why S.F. Should Vote Against Proposition A*
  • Lost and Found


Miraloma Life Online – May 2012

  • Spring Fling Bash Brings Out the Crowd
  • The Purpose of the MPIC
  • Bad Actors in the Plant World
  • From the Safety Committee
  • Miraloma Park Crime Report: 2012, First Quarter
  • Update to the General Plan: Community Safety Element
  • Lost and Found: A New Miraloma Life and MPIC Website Feature
  • A Lost Cat Story
  • The San Francisco Education Fund
  • MPIC Board Policy Regarding Anonymous Comments
  • Notice: Nominations of Candidates for the MPIC Board and the Election
  • Median Strips, Graffiti, and Other Maintenance Issues—Call 311
  • Summary of Minutes of April 5, 2012 Board Meeting
  • Opera Review and May Events at Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts (SOTA)
  • “Big Bash” at the Clubhouse: a Benefit for Bird & Beckett Books
  • Gary Noguera Leaves the MPIC Board