PDMA Welcomes Thee Parkside
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Thee Parkside, a Local bar serving great food and live music. Let's show our love and welcome Thee Parkside to the PDMA family.
Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association
1459 18th Street #105, San Francisco, California 94107
Texting while driving can be considered a ?Major? violation!
Texting while driving can be considered a “Major” violation by many insurance companies! Many insurance companies are beginning to look closely at driving records that have citations for texting when they underwrite and price automobile Insurance. We recently heard from one national company, indicating they rate a texting-while-driving violation as a “Class A” violation – much the same as DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, Racing, etc. This can mean that a driver with one of these violations would be excluded from coverage, or that the insurance company simply will not write an auto policy at all if there is a driver on the policy with one of these citations. We urge you to please not text while driving and communicate this to any of your employees who drive for your company.
Pawtrero Bath and Feed Co. Coopers Feam Dog Rescue
Mark your calendars for this Sunday, March 1st, so you and your four legged friend won't miss Pints and Paws! Pawtrero Bath and Feed Co. will be at Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room to give away FREE gift bags with lots of goodies for your pooch and Triple Voodoo will be donating $1 per pint to Coopers Dream Dog Rescue. Also, I am pleased to announce that Golden State Warriors have donated an autographed team ball (complete with certificate of authenticity) that we will be raffling off during Pints and Paws on March 1st. You can purchase raffle tickets for $5 each (5 for $20). All proceeds will go to Cooper's Dream Dog Rescue. Help us spread the word for this awesome charity event!
February 2015 Member Newsletter
Catch up with our latest news and updates including details on renewing your pdma membership, SBA Disaster Declaration, New Muni Bus Route - 55, upcoming events, and more in this month's newsletter: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/567bc3ef82/1225028343/7132a5d3a4/
Small San Francisco stores consider extra security
SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - San Francisco business groups on Thursday told KTVU small stores are increasingly eyeing extra security measures in the wake of several high-profile break-ins at high-end retailers. "One hit and you've got a few thousand bucks in your pocket," said Henry Karnilowicz, the president of the Council of District Merchants and head of the South of Market Business Association. "So people are thinking, 'What shall we do to prevent this from recurring all the time?'" Read more: http://wn.ktvu.com/story/28038983/small-san-francisco-stores-consider-extra-security-after-high-profile-break-ins
Small Business Administration (SBA) Bulletin
Find all the latest updates from the Small Business Administration including news on InnovateHER Business Challenge, 35 Tradeshow Essentials, Prepare Your Business for Tax Time, and more... Read here: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/eeca4c
Networking & Recruitment Event
The San Francisco Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Persons with Disabilities (SFMCEPD) invites you to be a part of our annual networking and recruitment event. Details: Ø Event Registration fee is $150.00 per Employer Ø Company displays / handouts welcomed Ø Disability etiquette information preceding the event Ø Opportunity to diversify your workforce Ø Public transit and disabled accessible An opportunity to network and provide feedback for an eager group of job seekers pre-selected on both qualifications and readiness to go to work. For questions and further information, contact the organization that recommended you to us or Chair@sfmcepd.org. Additional donations may be made at www.sfmcepd.org
You’re invited to celebrate beauty, romance, and friendship with our special guests GUNILLA SKIN ALCHEMY, our favorite natural skincare specialist JULIA TURNER, jewelry designer New work by San Francisco-based collaborative design studio STELLA FLUORESCENT And introducing all natural, botanical perfume created in San Francisco by JOLIE LAIDE Our moods will be elevated by tastes of theLab & Recchiuti Confections and of course... the drinks will be sparkling! Enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases that evening & get cozy with the Industrious Wish List for anything your heart desires Please RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 4 to RSVP@IndustriousLife.com And afterwards if you are in the mood for dinner, theLab will host Chili + Cornbread Night. Doors open at 5:30 with cheese + charcuterie, wine & beer. TheLab will offer both grass-fed beef and vegetarian options... and don't forget Michael’s infamous layered chocolate cake.
PDMA & SF-Marin Food Bank
On a mission to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin!
Locals First February 2015
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New Muni Bus Route - 55
Muni is excited to launch the new 55 16th Street bus route that will connect customers and the community from 16th Street Mission BART to the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, UCSF Mission Bay campus and the growing 16th Street corridor. Starting January 31, 2015, the new bus route 55 16th Street will operate seven days a week from approximately 6am to midnight every 15 to 20 minutes.
One Night Only: SFCDMA Celebrates San Francisco's Finest
Kick off 2015 on a high note at the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Association's Gala Celebration and Awards Dinner, Thursday February 5, 2015 at the Olympic Club. Completely revamped, this year's event promises to be like no other. Here's a preview of the evening's hightlghts: MASTER OF CEREMONIES Honorable Fiona Ma, Member of the State Board of Equalization SPEAKERS Honorable Mark Leno Senator, State of California Honorable Edwin M. Lee Mayor, City of San Francisco ENTERTAINMENT: Historic Actors: Allan Schwartz, Steve Johnson, Pam Riby, Peggy Burgi, Denise Keplinger Lowell High School JROTC, Directed by Lieutenant Colonel Bullard Mercy Choir, Directed by Laura Flaviani ...AND LET'S NOT FORGET THIS YEARS AWARDEES: Paramedic Jason Cortez,San Francisco Fire Department Officer Jason Johnson, San Francisco Police Department Cliff's Variety, Merchant of the Year American Express, Advocacy business of the Year Purchase your tickets today, you don't want to miss out! http://sfcdma.org/Annual-Gala
OSHA 300A - Workmans Comp incident log must be posted Feb 1s
Just a reminder that the OSHA 300A logs must be posted by Feb 1st in a conspicuous place. They must remain posted through April 30th. This is the summary of the logs you must keep for OSHA of any Workmans Comp incidents. Form 300, Form 301 and Form 300A. All available at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html
PLA Update: Bay Area Prosperity Plan Pushes PLAs
In 2011 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) a Sustainable Communities Grant to fund eﬀorts to supposedly improve Bay Area housing and economic conditions for low-and moderate-income residents and workers. The grant provided just under $5 million over three years for planning and implementation work. In October 2014, a team of partner organizations working for the MTC and ABAG issued the "Economic Prosperity Strategy: Improving economic opportunity for the Bay Areas low- and moderate-wage workers." This strategy was developed by union front groups with aforementioned federal funding. The plan lists the following specific industry policy objectives: 1. Project Labor Agreements (#10.4) 2. Community Benefit Agreements (#10.2) 3. Remove barriers to unionization (#9.3) 4. Create licensing requirements and enforce labor and employment laws to professionalize workers across an entire industry (#9.4) 5. Establish multi-employer joint labor-management training partnerships to raise skills in in an industry (#9.2) CFEC and our allies are working aggressively to counter this 9-county PLA push and need your help to be successful. If you would like to know what you can do please contact us today! Media coverage of this issue includes: California Promotes Socialism Disguised as Prosperity- January 14, 2015 - Breirbart.com Silicon Valley labor's 2015 playbook: tech security guards, tech bus drivers, custodians- January 13, 2015 Silicon Valley Business Journal Read more: http://www.opencompca.com/
Are you excited to see Sunday Streets in your neighborhood?
Sign the volunteer pledge! Last year 300 volunteers donated over 1,500 hours of their time to make Sunday Streets possible. This year, we’ve added more neighborhood outreach shifts and new event setup and breakdown shifts to make each event as smooth, safe, and pleasant as possible for participants and neighbors. We estimate we’ll need at least 2,000 volunteer hours to reach that goal. Will you stand up for Sunday Streets? Sign the volunteer pledge by March 8 to help us demonstrate thousands of people love Sunday Streets and are willing to make it happen this year. Visit SundayStreetsSF.com/Volunteer, or email email@example.com for more information about volunteering. Host an activity or program at Sunday Streets Neighborhood businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in Sunday Streets by hosting a program or activity. Visit www.sundaystreetssf.com/faqs-merchants or email firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas about how to participate. The deadline to sign up is March 20; sign up online at www.sundaystreetssf.com/faqs-activity-leaders/. Visit www.sundaystreetssf.com/bayviewdogpatch-41215 for a map and more information about the Sunday Streets in the Bayview and Dogpatch.
PG&E SCAM WARNING
Here is how it works: the suspect will call the victim and identify himself as a PG&E employee. The suspect will ask for the victim by name and ask if he/she is the owner of a particular business or property. Once the victim replies yes, the suspect tells the victim that his/her bill is delinquent in a specific amount. The suspect then tells the victim that he/she needs to pay the delinquent bill by a certain time or their service will be terminated. The suspect instructs the victim to buy MoneyPak cards in a specific amount. The suspect then instructs the victim to read the card's code numbers to him over the phone. Once that is done, the money is gone and the scam is complete. The suspect will give the victim a call-back number that goes to a voicemail that identifies itself via recording as PG&E. If you receive a call like this, please call the customer service number on your billing statement to confirm the call is legitimate. If that call turns out to be a scam, please have a police report made. San Francisco Police Department TENDERLOIN STATION 301 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA 94102 Main: (415) 345-7300 Fax: (415) 345-7370 Email: email@example.com CAPTAIN JASON CHERNISS Commanding Officer
5pm TODAY: Retro At The Metro, PDMA's Sock Hop Mixer
Join us at 5pm at the Metronome SF (1830 17th Street) for a dancing and mingling fête you'll never forget. If flappers and Charleston aren't your thing, come dressed in your favorite poodle skirts, leather jackets, feathers, zoot suits, and happy dancing feet... Tasty bites courtesy of PDMA members Goat Hill Pizza and Poquito, and Speakeasy brews sponsored by ProLocal.
SFCDMA Gala & Celebration Awards Dinner: 2015 Winners
The San Francisco Council of District Merchants hosts its 62nd Annual Gala Celebration on February 5, at the Olympic Club, Lakeside. The evening will be filled with entertainment, delicious food and beverages, great company, awards, and spectacular surprises. Join us as we kick off 2015 honoring San Francisco’s finest. ...AND THE WINNERS ARE: San Francisco Fire Department Paramedic Jason Cortez, for the exemplary patient care that he gave to a 3 year old boy who was in respiratory arrest. The little guy has fully recovered from his medical emergency. San Francisco Police Department Officer Jason Johnson who during his six-year tenure, has gone above and beyond when it comes to mentoring youth. Merchant of the Year Cliff's Variety owned by the same family since 1936, a neighborhood institution, which predates the neighborhood becoming the first widely, recognized gay mecca starting in the 1960s. It is one of the oldest family-run stores in the city and has been a very active and dedicated member of the Castro Merchants Association. Advocacy business of the Year American Express has been a strong supporter of small business with its annual Small Business Saturday campaign contributing to publicizing Shop Small with banners, doormats and bags. Over the past sixty years, the Council has distinguished itself by drawing together the disparate merchants associations in the neighborhood commercial districts of the City. Together, they have advocated for street lighting, traffic control, parking, and legislation to improve the business climate in the City. Members represent a variety of local businesses including an eclectic mix of food and drink, salons, spas, healers, shopping, schools, business services, entertainment and more. Our Mission is to protect, preserve, and promote small businesses in San Francisco. For more information and to make reservations for the dinner, call 415.641.0623.
DONATIONS: Starr King Spring Fling 2015
I am writing on behalf of Starr King Elementary School, a pre-K-through-fifth grade school with 360 students on Potrero Hill, San Francisco. While we are a local elementary school, we have four programs that emphasize our diversity. The school offers Mandarin Immersion, Special Education, and General Education programs, and is a microcosm of San Francisco’s own diversity. Nearly fifty percent of our children receive free or reduced- price lunch. We also have a unique wellness system of care, a sensory integration program, and extensive greening and playground development. As a member of the PTA and a parent at Starr King, I am inviting your participation in our annual silent auction fundraising event, Spring Fling 2015, which will take place on Saturday, March 21st, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Metronome Dance Collective in San Francisco. The Spring Fling event will feature food, entertainment, and a silent auction. More than 150 people are expected to attend, and Spring Fling is our school’s main annual fundraiser. That is why we need your company’s support. We are requesting a donation of a product, gift certificate or service from your business suitable for auction or raffle prize. Your help with our event would go a long way to making our Spring Fling a huge success. Our fund raising goal this year is $36,000; funds raised at the event will allow the school to maintain and develop vital enrichment programs, as well as literacy and special education efforts. As one of our corporate donors your name will be listed in all event program material with excellent visibility throughout San Francisco and reach more than 200 of our invited guests comprised of community members, educators and local business owners. Finally, your donation to the Starr King PTA, a constituent organization under the California State PTA, would be tax exempt. We are a nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code with EIN of 13-4317993. We invite you to make your donation by completing the attached form or through our website, http://www.starrkingschool.net/giving/spring-fling-donation-form. Please submit your donation no later than March 14th to ensure proper recognition at the auction. Thank you for your consideration. I'm excited about getting you involved with this event; your participation and show of support for our school will be very much appreciated! Find more information here: https://docsend.com/view/je7vahi
REMINDER: PDMA MIXER THIS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 5PM
Swing, swing, swing It is just one big dance fling The guys swing you around their hips And make you do all kinds of cool flips One dance and then you're hooked With PDMA at your side for 2015 your professional calendar will definitely be booked Join us at Metronome SF, (1830 17th Street) to eat, drink, and rock your 20's look! If flappers and Charleston aren't your thing, come dressed in your favorite poodle skirts, leather jackets, feathers, zoot suits, and happy dancing feet... Tasty bites courtesy of PDMA members Goat Hill Pizzaand Poquito, and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers sponsored by ProLocal. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP to: email@example.com
22 Fillmore Open House
SFMTA will be hosting an open house on January 14 regarding pedestrian safety and Muni reliability improvements along the 22 Fillmore to share the details behind our proposed improvements and to gather feedback from the community. 22 Fillmore Open House January 14, 2015 from 6-7:30 p.m. Marshall Elementary School, 1575 15th Street View project-specific documents that outline a few of the improvements SFMTA is proposing here: https://docsend.com/view/46rhtvw https://docsend.com/view/hxytb8a You can also learn more about the proposal online at www.sfmta.com. In case you can’t join us but would like to provide feedback, you can take our online survey at www.muniforward.com/22survey
San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance
San Francisco Travel Events At A Glance
Take the Mission Street Public Space Survey!
The San Francisco Planning Department is asking for your input as a part of its Mission Street Public Life Plan. Take the Mission Street Public Space Survey The Mission Street Public Life Plan focuses on Mission Street from Van Ness Avenue to Randall Street. This Plan aims to make public space along Mission Street more inclusive and representative of the diverse and dynamic culture of the people who live and work here. We are currently considering a variety of public space and pedestrian safety improvements to sidewalks, plazas, and intersections along the street. We need your input and feedback on the improvements being considered. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Community feedback is essential to the planning process and we appreciate your support. The survey will be kept open through late January. The initial results of this survey will be displayed at a public meeting held in the Women’s’ Building at 3543 18th Street #8 on January 21st. For more information about the project or any questions, please visit our website.
Prop J - Minimum Wage Increase Dates
Happy New Year from Locals First
Here's to another year and to business owners on the hill and down by the waterfront who year after year continue to put Locals First! View this month's deals and offers here: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/5358132e6c/1475501534/7132a5d3a4/
Gross Receipts Tax and Payroll Expense Tax Practice Return
The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector has released a Practice Return so taxpayers and preparers may better understand their filing requirements prior to submitting their Return by filing deadline. Taxpayer information input into the practice return will be saved in our system for submission once the Tax Collector opens the submission period. As required by the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code, every person with taxable payroll expense of $150,000 or more, or taxable gross receipts of $500,000 or more in a given tax year are required to file a Gross Receipts Tax and Payroll Expense Tax Return ("Return"). Lessors of Residential Real Estate also must file a Return if they lease four or more units in a building. Taxpayers that do not meet the minimum filing amounts stated above are not required to file a return and may exit now. For your assistance, the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector has created an Instruction Booklet for the Annual Return. Click here to enter the: 2014 Annual Gross Receipts Tax and Payroll Expense Tax Practice Return
Tax Notice: Federal Unemployment Tax Act Credit Reduction
Please read the following letter regarding the Federal Unemployment Tax Act additional tax for your state(s). Payment will be due for this tax on January 26, 2015. Here: https://docsend.com/view/k7dp9wk
SF BART/Muni Escalator/Entrance Project
The BART webpage - www.bart.gov/sfentrances - is up and running. On that page, you will find flyers in English, Chinese, Spanish and Word for your use. You will also find the boards that we'll be displaying at the open house to give you more information about the project and the input that we are seeking. The project will focus on three entrances - one at Civic Center and two at Powell - where we have the poorest performing escalators. We will replace these escalators and build protective coverings at each of these locations. We have developed two surveys - one for each station - to help us better understand how our customers use their preferred station and what amenities they would like to see as part of this project. Please complete the survey for the station that you use the most. If you have further comments and questions about this project, please let me know. If you have non-project related comments, please direct them to Molly Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employer's Update: The New Paid Sick Leave - FAQ's and Much
The Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014 was recently signed into law. Read more about how this new legislation affects you here: https://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfmrecipient_id=246074023&message_id=7897452&user_id=CAE_&group_id=37928&jobid=23638380
PDMA Member News: December 2014
View all PDMA's latest news and updates including details on tomorrow's brunch meeting agenda, ProLocal's "Who's The Boss?" event, SFCDMA's 2015 Gala Celebration & Awards Dinner, and much more in this month's newsletter: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/7dae17b1fe/1225028343/5663001013/
December Membership Meeting - We'll Toast To That!
Join us for our final membership meeting of 2014 at Goat Hill Pizza, from 945am to 11am. This year we added Beverly Pitzer to our executive board, produced our very first PDMA member video, created new marketing collateral, expanded our social media reach, AND had the largest attendance ever at our annual Anchor party! Toast with us tomorrow as we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015 with family... There'll be bubbly, bagels, smoked salmon, deviled eggs, brownies, and much more... Brunch courtesy of Chat's Bistro, Philz Coffee, Skool Restaurant, Events By Collette, Goat Hill Pizza, and The Good Life Grocery.
Owners of empty storefronts forced to rent or pay city fees
Read more here: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/owners-of-empty-storefronts-forced-to-rent-or-pay-city-fees/Content?oid=2869941
Locals First: December 2014
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THE RAMP PRESENTS: Return Of The Tent Party
Featuring DJ Alfie 1 Bateria and Bateria Blocura Live Dancers SAMBAXE 7:30 pm
SFPUC: Fats and Oils and Grease, Oh My!
Even a little grease from the many homes in the City can add up to clogged sewers in our neighborhoods. Clogged sewers can result in back-ups, overflows onto streets, foul odors, and costly damage to sewer infrastructure. Read more: http://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=154&utm_source=November+26th+Sewer+eNewsletter+&utm_campaign=Sewer+eNews&utm_medium=email
News From SF Beautiful - November
San Francisco Beautiful is where people come together to imagine and create a better city. In this issue we’re sharing stories about some of the wonderful people who make San Francisco beautiful. These folks have rolled up their sleeves and are hard at work improving the city you love. Read more: http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=133bac3e80778b602399f7980&id=7b415ab085&e=a9b82b6069
Only 1 week before the Loop Fundraiser!!
Read details here: http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=262b5bc1942261eafd19e4f1b&id=c6180e85d6&e=c2903b42a8
VIDEO PREMIERE: Come Visit Potrero Hill & Dogpatch
The Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association (PDMA) is made up of 160+ businesses from Potrero and Dogpatch. We represent an eclectic mix of food and drink, salons, spas, healers, shopping, schools, business services, entertainment and more. Many thanks for PDMA Member Tree Ring Productions for producing our new video. What are you waiting for, check it our here: http://youtu.be/MEysByAJjHY
Locals First: November 2014
View this month's deals and offers from your favorite businesses on the hill and down by the waterfront here: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/80707faa06/1475501534/5663001013/ PLUS view our new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEysByAJjHY&feature=youtu.be
2 Cool Events Coming Up This Week at Triple Voodoo Brewery!!
Triple Voodoo Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos - Saturday Nov 1st @ 2pm Come celebrate Day of The Dead at the Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room. We will have a special cask of our King Leopold Belgian Stout spiced with Cinnamon, Chocolate, and Ancho Chilies. Our friends from The New Spot will be here serving duck mole tamales and pibs. We will also be doing a special "steal the glass" promotion. Purchase a pour of our special cask beer for $10 and you get to keep the logo'd tulip glass that it is served in. Come by and join us! AND save some room for this one next week... Triple Voodoo Cask Release - Stag Hop #3 dry hopped with Mosaic Hops - Thursday November 6th @ 4:20pm We will be tapping a very special cask version of our Stag Hop #3 Single Hop Pale ale made with Citra Hops. This cask will be dry hopped with Mosaic Hops. We will be tapping it at 4:20 sharp. Come and get some before it is all gone! Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room 2245 3rd Street San Francisco, CA 94107 http://www.triplevoodoo.com/
SFMTA: Take Public Transportation For SF Giants Celebration
THE GIANTS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS! SFMTA Encourages Fans to take Public Transportation to Parade and Celebration for the World Champion San Francisco Giants San Francisco-A parade and celebration will honor the World Champion San Francisco Giants along Market Street and at San Francisco’s Civic Center tomorrow afternoon. Baseball fans are encouraged to celebrate safely. To facilitate an enjoyable experience for all, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), is encouraging attendees to ride public transportation to and from the World Series celebration. This year’s parade will launch at noon on Friday, October 31, starting at Steuart and Market streets, travel along Market Street, before making a right turn onto McAllister Street and culminating at Civic Center Plaza and City Hall. Participants should arrive early to secure a good viewing location. The parade route will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 a.m. Road closure restrictions will remain in place until parade attendees are fully cleared from the restricted route and the roads have been cleaned by city services. Street Closures starting tonight at approximately 7pm · McAllister Street (between Larkin Street and Van Ness Avenue) · Grove Street (between Larkin Street and Van Ness Avenue) · Civic Center Plaza and streets around and adjacent to City Hall Muni will reroute. Parade Closures starting Friday, October 31 at approximately 9am · Steuart Street (between Howard & Market streets) · Spear Street (between Howard & Market streets) · Main Street (between Howard & Market streets) · Market Street (between Steuart 1st & 10th streets) · Mission Street (between Van Ness Avenue & The Embarcadero) Please also be aware · Mission Street will be closed to private automobiles but open to public transit, taxis and first responders only. Muni routes will be diverted off Market Street onto Mission Street because of the parade. · No traffic or cross traffic will be permitted on Market Street, Steuart Street and Van Ness Avenue (after 9:30 a.m. and streets will re-open at approximately 5:00 p.m. or sooner.) · The underground Civic Center parking garage will be closed to general parking. Monthly parking pass holders will have access until 9 a.m. but no exits until surrounding streets have re-opened. · All Muni Metro trains will stop at Civic Center station for the celebration and parade, as well as at Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell stations for the parade. · There will be limited bike parking available, and bicycles are not allowed on Market or Mission streets. Public Transportation Options Parking is expected to be limited and traffic congested. For a better celebration experience, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, AC Transit, SamTrans and ferries will offer expanded services. For up to the minute information, visit www.511.org. The SFMTA will supplement existing Metro service with six additional Metro shuttles. Additional service will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until restricted parade routes are cleared. The following Muni lines and routes will be affected: · California Cable Car · Powell Hyde Cable Car · Powell Mason Cable Car · F Market and Wharves · 2 Clement · 3 Jackson · 5 Fulton · 6 Parnassus · 8X Bayshore Express · 9 San Bruno · 9L San Bruno Limited · 10 Townsend · 12 Folsom-Pacific · 14 Mission · 14L Mission Limited · 19 Polk · 21 Hayes · 27 Bryant · 30 Stockton · 31 Balboa · 38 Geary · 38L Geary Limited · 45 Union-Stockton · 71 Haight-Noriega The SFMTA will provide real-time updates via our website at: www.sfmta.com and on Twitter @SFMTA_Muni, or sign-up for real-time Muni e-mail or text alerts, 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Friday. While every effort is being made to minimize congestion, the celebrations road closures or restrictions may generate delays and detours onto streets not listed above. Drivers should avoid the downtown area bounded by The Embarcadero on the east, Bryant Street on the south, Van Ness Avenue on the west and California Street on the north throughout the day. For those who drive, Piers 30/32 on The Embarcadero at Bryant Street is recommended for parking. N Judah Muni Metro service will be available between Piers 30/32 and Market Street. Information on city-owned parking garages is available at: http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/parking/parking-garages. This will be a family-focused event for baseball fans, and will be an alcohol-free event. San Francisco Police and Recreation and Park Departments will be on hand to monitor and enforce a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and other controlled substances in Civic Center Plaza, and will not tolerate misbehavior at the parade or after the civic celebration.
Employer's Update: Revised Whistleblower Protections Posting
California has released a revised Whistleblower Protections Posting. The new required posting, which must be 14pt font: Expands the rights and responsibilities under the California Whistleblower Laws. Refers to the laws under CA Labor Code 1102.5, and Extends protections to employees who report suspected illegal behavior internally to a person with authority to investigate or correct a violation or externally to a public body conducting a hearing or investigation. More changes are coming! More poster changes will take place between now and the end of 2014, so instead of buying a new poster today, we suggest you download the free posting at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/WhistleblowersNotice.pdf. Downloaded postings meet an employer's legal obligation and will hold you over until the 2015 California/Federal All In One posters are ready. Order now for 2015! 2015 California/Federal all in one posters will be available in December. Order yours now!
Muni Heritage Weekend 2014
Join us to celebrate San Francisco's transit heritage from the 1890's to present day, and beyond... During Muni Heritage Weekend, visitors will be able to ride and view historic streetcars, cable cars and buses that are rarely seen on city streets. In addition to these vintage vehicles from around the world, there will be exhibits, children’s activities, cable car bell ringing demonstrations, live music… and much more. Who: SFMTA and non-profit partner Market Street Railway When: Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2, 2014 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with family fun activities from noon to 2 p.m. Where: Market Street Railway Museum 77 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA Note: All festivities will take place at and across Steuart Street from the Market Street Railway Museum For more information please see website: https://www.sfmta.com/node/144521
Join us for "Stump the Suits" Thursday, October 30
Thursday, October 30, 3:00pm Webcor/Obayashi Joint Venture Project Offices Charlie Conference Room 175 Beale Street (@Howard), SF, 94105 "Stump the Suits" is a revolutionary type of business workshop for businesses seeking financial, business loan or legal information. It will be made up of accounting, banking and legal experts who will be on a panel to answer all of your specific questions. To RSVP, please email Paul@pendergastconsultinggroup.com or call 415-261-0600
Ebola Brief from the SF Department of Emergency Management
Please take a few moments to read the attached PDF for a briefing provided by the SF Department of Health and the SF Department of Emergency Management. Feel free to forward to your partners and constituents. https://docsend.com/view/qkmzbmn For any additional questions, you may directly contact: Sean O’Mara Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Private Sector Liaison San Francisco Department of Emergency Management 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3300 San Francisco, CA 94102 Office: (415)-487-5013 Mobile: (415)-517-5092 http://www.sfdem.org
Merchant Trick or Treat Information for NowMap
Dear San Francisco Merchants Association, Please send us your Trick or Treat information for each of your merchant streets so we can add them to NowMap. See Sacramento Street's Annual Trick or Treat for an example of how we can help you promote. We are hoping to update our map by Wednesday, before our big publicity push with local radio, news and Moms/parents groups. NowMap provides local merchants with FREE publicity and visibility, even if nearby users don't follow each merchant on other social media. Our mission is to help local merchants compete better with online and drive more customers to stores by allowing merchants to publicize in-store events, sales, new merchandise arrivals and more. Please email or call me if you have any questions: email@example.com 415 309 8196 We hope to have as many San Francisco merchants listed on our Halloween map as possible! Best, Susanne Losch, NowMap
World Series Public Safety Update
The City and County of San Francisco has a plan to ensure that any celebrations that follow a possible San Francisco Giants win [editor's note: or loss?] remain peaceful. The San Francisco Police Department will have a strong uniformed presence in the Mission District and other areas that experienced issues in the past. The Police Department will monitor pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The Police Department will partner with the Department of Public Works to empty trash bins. Additionally, the Department of Public Works is working with Recology to reach out to merchants to have his or her garbage out by 6 p.m. and picked up at that time. The San Francisco MTA will have parking control officers to keep traffic moving. SFMTA will also de-energize some of its overhead lines and reroute buses around any problem area. Here is what merchants can do to ensure they prepare for any celebration: If you have not been contacted by Recology to have your trash picked up by 6 p.m., do not place your trash cans out until the celebrations have concluded Secure any items you may have outside your business (such as tables, chairs or merchandise) prior to and following the game In an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency, please call 415-553-0123 If any merchant has any other questions or concerns, you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or my personal cell phone at (510) 579-8222. I will be available before, during and after the game. Manish Goyal, Program Manager
SFMTA: Mission Bay Loop Project Public Meeting - November 18
Please join us to discuss the Mission Bay Loop Project. Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30-7:30PM La Scuola Internazionale di San Francisco (Italian International School) 728 20th Street (enter around the corner at Tennessee) For More Information, Contact: David Greenaway San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (415) 701-4237 email@example.com In 2007, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) began the Third Street T-Line service between Embarcadero and Sunnydale. The Mission Bay Loop was designed as part of the Third Street Light Rail Project and an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Third Street Light Rail Project was completed and approved in 1999 by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and an updated Environmental Assessment for the loop was approved by FTA in 2013. Upon completion of the Central Subway, the Mission Bay Loop will allow for more frequent service between the Central Waterfront, Mission Bay, SOMA and Chinatown by finishing the train turnaround at Third, 18th, 19th and Illinois Streets.
San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Business Opportunities
The National Football League (NFL) and San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee are proud to launch their Business Connect program, which will link Bay Area diverse businesses with contracting opportunities related to Super Bowl 50. Business Connect is open to businesses located in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region that are certified as: Minority-owned (MBE) Women-owned (WBE) Disabled veteran-owned (DVBE) To qualify, each business must be 51% owned by a minority, woman and/or disabled veteran. The application period for Business Connect will launch on November 17, with applications accepted through April 30, 2015. The NFL’s procurement process and competitive bidding for Super Bowl 50 will begin in June 2015. Bay Area businesses interested in learning more about Business Connect should attend one of two Kickoff Workshops taking place in November, as follows: Monday, November 17, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M. Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara -OR- Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 – 9:30 A.M. Moscone Center, San Francisco To attend a Kickoff Workshop, interested parties must register on the Host Committee’s website. Both workshops are free, but pre-registration is required for attendance.
Community Opportunity Fund 2014/15 - Round 5 Workshops
Are you a group or individual with an idea for how to improve your neighborhood park? Apply for a Community Opportunity Fund (COF) project and help make a difference in your community. The Community Opportunity Fund Program gives neighborhoods, community groups, and park lovers an opportunity to make a difference in their favorite parks. The Recreation and Parks Department and SFPA are hosting 4 workshops over the next 2 months to help you prepare your project and your application. Applications will be due in April 2015. Attend any of these upcoming mandatory applicant workshops to find out how to get started: - Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm City Hall - Hearing Room 408 - Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center Auditorium (Capital Ave and Montana) - Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm County Fair Building - Rec Room - Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Joe Lee Recreation Center - Multipurpose Room 2 You can find more information on the COF program and workshop materials here, or email our project manager at Karen.Mauney-Brodek@sfgov.org. Please note: Round Four applicants may not need to attend one of these upcoming workshops. Please follow up with Karen Mauney-Brodek to confirm.
BART Invites You! Montgomery & Embarcadero In-Station Events
Greetings Community Stakeholder! We'd like to invite you to take part in two in-station open house events at our Embarcadero & Montgomery BART stations on Tuesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 30, during communte hours of 7-10am and 4-7pm. BART is seeking public input on making BART better and hearing from the community is essential to our success. We also invite you to share this information with your employees, customers, guests, patrons and members. We hope you can hang this information in your lunch room or post it on your community information board. A pdf flyer is attached for your use. https://docsend.com/view/xj59kx2 Thank you! Molly Burke BART Government & Community Relations Representative
Still Seats Available: 10/30 Screening of Racing Toward Zero
The goal is ZERO. ZERO garbage going to landfills. Racing to Zero is a new documentary film that depicts garbage as a critical resource. It encourages us to change our relationship to garbage to reduce the amount of waste we generate, keep materials out of landfills, and find new uses for our discards. The film examines cultural practices that emphasize consumption. Racing to Zero includes commentary from Robert Haley of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and specifically highlights efforts undertaken in San Francisco to increase recycling and composting, which helps us get closer to zero waste. Watch the film trailer here: http://vimeo.com/77167378 Event Information: Thursday, October 30 Recology - 900 Seventh Street 5:30 PM Drinks and hors d'oeuvres 6:30 PM Film Space is limited. RSVP today to reserve your ticket. Attend Event
Neighborhood Beautification: A Neighbor to Neighbor Exchange
Adobe and local street artist APEX teamed up this month to bring FREE ART to the city of San Francisco as part of Adobe’s Random Acts of Creativity initiative. In an effort to spur spontaneous moments of creativity and inspire others to do their own Random Act, Adobe and APEX unveiled a pop up mural in Hayes Valley. Share photos and follow the process with #CreateNow. The mural will be donated to a neighborhood after its time at PROXY. Contact us if you have a perfect home in mind! Check it out at 432 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA (Corner of Octavia & Hayes St) The Ney Street Neighborhood Watch is looking for locations for some new street trees in the Excelsior. The deadline for submitting the paperwork for a new tree is October 29th and the planting day will be December 5th. The trees are only $50 each with five years of maintenance included from Friends of the Urban Forest. Further discounts negotiable for multiple trees on one property! If your property is within the outlined area and you are interested in a tree, contact Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Us - SBMB Mixer at 440 Brannan Clothing Studio Tonight!
The South Beach Mission Bay Business Association invites you to a fashion forward evening with your neighborhood's business owners and community leaders. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, music, samples, services and prizes! Includes gin tasting & mini-manis! See you tonight!
Small Business Saturday Sign-Up: Deadline Extended to Oct 29
Shop Small is a movement encouraging people to shop at small businesses. This movement, now in its fifth year, celebrates shopping small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In San Francisco the Office of Small Business, San Francisco Invest in Neighborhoods, the San Francisco Council of District Merchants, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and SF Travel have joined together to make Saturday, November 29th, 2014 a banner day for small businesses in our city. For San Francisco Merchant Associations two separate registrations are needed to collect all needed information: We encourage you to register for both if you are not already signed up---today. There is no cost to participate. 1) Small Business Saturday Coalition Sign Up – provides the Small Business Saturday toolkit: digital banners, copy point, logos, social posts, press release. These materials are designed to help spread the word to businesses who are part of a business association. 2) Neighborhood Champion Rally Kit Sign Up – provides a kit of ShopSmall promotional materials (welcome mats, reusable shopping bags, pins, pens, etc.) to be distributed among the neighborhood merchants. Neighborhood Champions commit to organizing events or activities to rally their neighborhoods for Small Business Saturday. October 29th is the last day to apply. For San Francisco local merchants two actions are needed: 1) Check with your local neighborhood merchant association to determine if it is signed up for the Neighborhood Champion Rally Kit. If so, the association should have welcome mats, reusable shopping bags, pins, pens, etc. for distribution to neighborhood merchants. If not, encourage your merchant association to sign up for the Neighborhood Champion program by 10/29/14 by visiting: Neighborhood Champions 2) Sign up your own store at ShopSmall: Receive individual store Small Business Saturday marketing materials including: printable signage and free online ads for Small Business Saturday from American Express, Yelp and Microsoft Bing. Email templates, sample social media posts, and more are also available. For qualifying American Express Card accepting small merchants, their stores may be participate in the American Express Card member offer for Small Business Saturday and appear on the Shop Small Map. Role for San Francisco retail consumers: By shopping and dining at small businesses on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year, they show support for all the small businesses throughout our neighborhoods and reinvest in the community they call home! American Express Cardholders should watch out for information on how to register their cards to get $10 back three times when shopping at three different small businesses on November 29th (a total of $30 in statement credits)!
Free SF City Surveys of Businesses for ADA Requirements
The City is providing free surveys of businesses to see how they are complying with ADA requirements - CASp reports. This helps businesses avoid lawsuits over ADA compliance. These lawsuits have not reached our neighborhood yet, but they are still quite prevalent in other parts of the City. Please read more about this within the document at this link: https://docsend.com/view/ri78bz3
Announcing IIPP for Small Business Training
Greetings San Francisco Organizations, We are pleased to be bringing our free, half-day Injury and Illness Prevention Program training to San Francisco on November 4, 2014 from 1pm - 5pm at the Builders Exchange on Van Ness. We would appreciate it if you would share this information with your members and constituents. The training will help small businesses make sure their IIPP is complete and in place. Please visit our website for more information and to download the registration form. And of course, if you have any questions, please contact me. The training is for businesses of less than 50 FTE only, please. Pre-registration is required. www.lohp.org/iipp
Adios, Sunday Streets 2014!
Sunday Streets may be entering our offseason, but we will not be hibernating. We are gathering all the data and input from this season, and beginning to build our 2015 season and beyond. Take the survey to tell us about your experiences and how you would like future Sunday Streets to look. And remember: our next Sunday Streets may not be until March 2015 in the Embarcadero, but you can enjoy car-free Sundays in Golden Gate Park on JFK Drive from Stanyan to 20th Avenue and ciclovías worldwide. We're looking forward to facilitating your Sunday Streets experiences again in 2015 and far into the future! Thank you for your support and presence in 2014. We've had a blast.
South Beach Mission Bay Business Association Mixer
For those of you owning or operating a local business and are curious about becoming an SBMB member, signing up for the first annual edition of the "SoMa Guide" gets you an automatic membership! We've partnered with VIA Media, absolute experts in the area of neighborhood business and event guides, and the South of Market Business Association (SOMBA), to get this published and we're very excited. You can learn more about signing up and advertising opportunities if you click on the link above. You can also discuss membership opportunities with VIA Media in person if you attend this Thursday's SBMB mixer. The member cut off - to be included in the SoMa Guide is Oct 31. We look forward to seeing you at the event! South Beach Mission Bay Business Association www.sbmb.org email@example.com
Small Business Saturday 2014 Toolkit
The Small Business Saturday Coalition is delighted to share the Small Business Saturday 2014 Toolkit. Included below are digital banners, sample social posts, email templates, sample press release, as well as copy points and logos for you to use in help spreading the word. Digital banners Posters Sample social posts Email templates Press release Copy points and logos If by chance you have not yet signed up for the Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion program, you may do so here: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/rally-signup. Through the Neighborhood Champion program you will receive ShopSmall doormats, shopping bags, and more. We wish you great success in mobilizing your local merchants and shoppers for a banner day on Saturday, November 29.
Recology Presents: Racing to Zero
The goal is ZERO. ZERO garbage going to landfills. Racing to Zero is a new documentary film that depicts garbage as a critical “resource.” Racing to Zero encourages us to “change our relationship to garbage” to reduce the amount of waste we generate, keep materials out of landfills, and find new uses for our discards. The film examines cultural practices that emphasize consumption. Racing to Zero includes commentary from Robert Haley of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment and specifically highlights efforts undertaken in San Francisco to increase recycling and composting, which helps us get closer to zero waste. Here is link to the film trailer: http://vimeo.com/77167378 Please RSVP, space is limited! Attend Event
PDMA Member News: October 2014
View all PDMA's latest news and updates including details on this year's Potrero Hill Festival, tomorrow's meeting agenda, and much more in this month's newsletter: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/d0bed8e1bf/1225028343/5663001013/
October Membership Meeting - Potrero Gateway Loop project
Join us for this month's membership meeting at Goat Hill Pizza (9:45-11am). Meeting Agenda Includes: Potrero Gateway Loop project Philz Coffee Food Bank As always we will begin the meeting with a presentation from the SFPD. Coffee courtesy of Philz Coffee and pastries courtesy of Chat's Bistro.
World Premier: 2015 PDMA Member Directory
Celebrate the 25th Annual Potrero Hill Festival with PDMA at our very own booth and pick up your copy of our new directory and new t-shirts. You'll also have a chance to win one our other fabulous prizes by playing "Pick A Pop." No matter what, you'll walk away with a little sweet escape! View more details about the festival here: http://potrerofestival.com/
2014 Potrero Hill Festival
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, we invite you, our neighbors and the residents of San Francisco and beyond to the little festival with a big view. Potrero Hill, iconic neighborhood extraordinaire, is hosting the 25th annual festival by kicking off with: Bleu Cakes:Pancakes & Cajun-style Brunch created by the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts followed by an exciting street fair on 20th Street. We’ll have music, food, crafts and activities for young and old alike. We hope y’all join us! View more details here: http://potrerofestival.com/
PDMA Welcomes ADT Security Services to Our Community!
Everyone needs a go-to security service for their home, auto, and even health concerns. Let's welcome ADT to the Potrero Dogpatch neighborhood and remember to be in touch with them the next time your need for improved security arises! www.adt.com
Get a Free Bike Rack for Your Business from the SFMTA
SFMTA is expanding its bike rack installation program and wants to reach out proactively to businesses where a need for a bike rack has been identified. If you own or know of a business that should have a bike rack in front of it (on-street corral or a single one on the sidewalk), please use 311 to request it. Even if the business has already requested one, it's not going to hurt to have a second request at a location.
Please join us for a special evening to support The Loop!
The Potrero Gateway Loop is a community driven project to improve and beautify the area surrounding the 101 Freeway, including San Bruno & Vermont Streets between 17th & 18th Streets. This neglected thoroughfare is the southern entry point to San Francisco, the Potrero Hill and Mission neighborhoods, and a vital part of the community. THE EVENING WILL INCLUDE: Overview and Vision for The Loop Marcel Wilson, Landscape Architect, Principal, Bionic Then & Now, History of the 101 and Neighborhood Peter Linenthal, Director, Potrero Hill Archives Project Eats from LOLINDA Alejando Morgan, Executive Chef Drinks & Entertainment featuring local businesses Meet & Mingle with neighbors and friends of the The Loop project RSVP: Ticket information to follow in the coming weeks We hope you will join us and support The Loop! For more information on the project please visit: www.potrerogatewaypark.org
2014 Latino Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony
Please join Mayor Lee and our City Family in honoring the Latino community and culture at the 2014 Latino Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 9th at City Hall, 6pm. Honorees include some of our city's most devoted community activists, business people, health workers, educators and more. Please forward to your networks and we hope to see you there! Joaquín Torres Deputy Director/Invest in Neighborhoods Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Get Your Tickets! Recology's SF Premier of Food Forward
Attend Event Join a diverse group of food experts, film makers, journalists, academics, business people, and artists at the San Francisco premiere of Food Forward. What is Food Forward? It is a new TV documentary series about people who are passionate about soil, food, and community and who are doing something "a little different or rebellious." So says director Greg Roden, who created the project. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSzaw47COoU Tuesday, October 7: 5:30 PM Drinks and hors d'oeuvres 6:30 PM Film 7:30 PM Discussion/Q & A Space is limited. Register now to reserve your ticket! Insightful, fun, different, and all about solutions. Recology 900 Seventh Street San Francisco, CA 94107
Locals First! New Deals for October 2014
Check, ch-check, ch-check out this month's deals and offers: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/5bf106006b/1475501534/5663001013/
Welcome Jolt n' Bolt to the PDMA!
As a person who has frequented Jolt n' Bolt in the Dogpatch over the past several years, I can honestly say that there is something to suit a person's sweet, savory and/or healthy cravings on any day of the week (not to mention a great cup of coffee)! The options are varied and delicious, and I love being able to see the bakers at work behind the counter. Really excited to welcome this small but satisfying bakery & cafe into our PDMA community; stop in and check them out for yourself!
TOMORROW: SFCDMA Fall Mixer at Flora Grubb Gardens
The San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations invites the San Francisco small business community to their fall social at Flora Grubb Gardens. Take this opportunity to get acquainted with new business owners and reunite with old friends while enjoying tasty bites from All Good Pizza, pitchers of your favorite brew from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, and some choice red and white wine. This event is free to all local San Francisco small business owners. RSVP TODAY: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recology: Artist in Residence Exhibitions Workshops
The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco will host an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Samuel Levi Jones, Jeremy Rourke and student artist Shushan Tesfuzigta on Friday, September 26, from 5-9pm and Saturday, September 27, from 1-3pm. Additional viewing hours will be held on Tuesday, September 30, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will be the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse. Locations Art Studio at 503 Tunnel Ave. Environmental Learning Center Gallery at 401 Tunnel Ave. Date/Time Reception-Friday, September 26, 2014, 5-9pm Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1-3pm Additional viewing hours-Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 5-7pm with gallery walk-through with artists at 7pm Admission is free and open to the public, all ages welcome, wheelchair accessible. http://www.recologysf.com/AIR
All-Night Transportation Survey
San Francisco is increasingly a 24-hour city. We have a thriving night-time entertainment sector and tens of thousands of employees--as diverse as security guards, nurses, janitors and bartenders, among many other occupations--who work late at night or early in the morning. The City and County of San Francisco recognizes the importance of a 24-hour economy. With this in mind, we are conducting a study on ways to improve all-night transportation in San Francisco--specifically between midnight and 5 am, when transportation options are currently the most limited. We have created this brief survey to find out the needs and concerns of workers, visitors and others who travel in the City during those hours, and to hear your ideas and suggestions for improving conditions. While the focus of this survey is on midnight to 5 am, we realize that transportation during the "shoulder" hours on either side of that timeframe (9 pm-midnight and 5-8 am) can also be challenging for some people. If you have concerns about travel during the shoulder hours, we encourage you to use Question 12, on page 4, to share your thoughts with us. Anyone who responds to the survey will have a chance to win one of three Clipper transit cards worth $50 (you will be able to give us your contact information at the end of the survey). All questions are optional and if a question does not apply to you, skip it. All responses will be anonymized and will remain confidential. The survey is open through Sunday, October 5, 2014. If you have any questions about the study, send a message to email@example.com. You will hear back from us soon. Take survey now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/24hourSF
Holiday Light Displays
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is taking applications for neighborhood holiday lighting. The SFPUC Power Enterprise maintains more than 25,500 street lights in the City and County of San Francisco. Each year, street light operations typically fixes thousands of outages, repairs scores of pole knockdowns, and performs various other street light related tasks with limited personnel and resources. View more information here: http://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=870
You're Invited: SFCDMA Fall Mixer at Flora Grubb Gardens
We invite the San Francisco small business community to join us for our fall social at Flora Grubb Gardens. Take this opportunity to get acquainted with new business owners and reunite with old friends while enjoying tasty bites from local restaurants and pitchers of your favorite brew from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. This event is free to all local San Francisco small business owners. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Health Care
Serving uninsured adults (ages 18+) living in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
Small Business Expo
Small Business Expo is the largest & most anticipated business-to-business networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs & decision-makers. If you are serious about your business, this event is a "MUST ATTEND." Small Business Expo is the most anticipated networking event of the year for business professionals to learn about products & services to help their business exceed its goals, network with other industry professionals & attend informative and cutting-edge workshops & seminars. If you are a business owner, entrepreneur or someone that works for a small business you should attend this trade show & conference. Find details here: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/604411/2e0a01d8f3/285596433/a1339e845e/
Message from SF Mayor Lee Regarding The Recent Earthquake
View letter here: https://docsend.com/view/39ggpim
Outtake from the PDMA 2014-15 Member Directory Cover Shoot
The official cover premiering soon...
You're Invited: Community Open House
The owners of 100 Hooper invite you to a community open house to discuss exciting redevelopment plans.
New Poster for San Francisco Businesses
Starting August 13, 2014, the Fair Chance Ordinance requires housing providers and some employers to review an individual's qualifications before inquiring about that person's arrest and conviction record(s) and related information. The ordinance applies to employers with 20 or more employees, City contractors, and housing providers, and requires that they to limit the use of criminal history information. Two New Specific Changes: An employer cannot ask about an individual's conviction history or unresolved arrests at the start of the hiring process. This includes through a job application form, informal conversation, or otherwise. Purchase a CEA application without this information at the CEA Store. Employers must post FCO Article 49 Official Notice:English Spanish Chinese Tagalog - at workplaces and job sites as of August 13, 2014. For more information on the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO), please click on the applicable category. Employers citywide with 20 or more employees: The ordinance covers employees and applicants in the City and County of San Francisco whose current or prospective employer has 20 or more employees (total worldwide). See Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code. City contractors and subcontractors: The ordinance covers applicants and employees who would be or are performing work under a contract or lease with the City and County of San Francisco, regardless of whether the work is being performed inside or outside of the City. See Administrative Code Section 12T Housing providers: See the Human Rights Commission website.
PROPOSED: San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights
Description: Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to regulate the operation of Formula Retail Establishments, including the hiring of and equal treatment of part-time workers, wage rates for on-call, last minute and cancelled work, promotion of full-time employment, and retention of employees for up to 90 days upon a change in control of the Establishment. Employers Covered: · Businesses covered by the “formula retail” definition in the San Francisco Planning Code · This includes all retail stores, fast food businesses, restaurants, hotels and banks with 11 or more similar stores nationwide · There are approximately 1,250 formula retail businesses in San Francisco including Target, Lowe’s, The Gap, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Olive Garden and Wells Fargo Key Provisions of San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights: 1. Promoting Full-TimeWork and Access to Hours: To promote access to full-time employment and career growth, if a formula retail employer has additional hours of work to offer in job positions held by current part-time employees, it shall offer those hours of work first to existing qualified employees before the employer may hire additional part-time employees, or before it may secure additional employees through the services of a temporary services agency, staffing agency, or any similar contractor. 2. Discouraging Abusive On Call Practices and Encourage Fair, Predictable Schedules: Requiring formula retail employers to post core schedules in advance, provide employees reasonable notice for any schedules, and to provide premium pay at an employee’s regular rate of pay when an employer requires an employee to be “on-call” for a specific shift, or cancels a shift with less than 24 hours notice. 3. Equal Treatment for Part-Time Workers: Prohibit formula retail employers from discriminating against an employee with respect to their rate of pay, access to employer provided paid and unpaid time off, access to promotion opportunities, or hours of employment because of an employee’s part-time status. Additionally, ensure that an employee who cannot maintain “open availability” (meaning being available at any time for a shift) or who requests a more flexible schedule is not denied employment, access to additional hours, access to full-time status, or access to promotions. 4. Worker Retention and Job Security–Protectworkersagainstlosingtheirjobswhen their company is bought or sold, by requiring that if formula retail businesses are acquired, the workers must be kept on at their jobs for at least a 90-day trial period. Lead Sponsors: Supervisors David Chiu and Eric Mar Co-Sponsors: Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos Endorsers: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – SF Chapter, California Faculty Association – SF State, California Partnership – SF Chapter, Center for Popular Democracy, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, CWA District 9, Dolores Street Community Services, Filipino Community Center, HOMEY, Jobs with Justice, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Employment Law Project, North Bay Jobs with Justice, San Francisco Labor Council, SEIU Local 87, SEIU United Service Workers West, South of Market Community Action Network, UFCW Local 5, UFCW Local 648, Unite Here Local 2, United Educators of San Francisco, Young Workers United
REMINDER: PDMA Member Directory Cover Shoot tomorrow at 5pm
Join us at the corner of 20th and Wisconsin at 5pm on Tuesday August 19th as we shoot the new cover for our upcoming member directory. You'll be in the company of fellow member business owners along with a goat, a dog, and representatives from the PDMA executive committee. View more details here: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/3baeb859d7/1225028343/5663001013/ You can also email email@example.com for additional information.
1601 Mariposa Street - Call for Small Business Participation
The 1601 Mariposa project team would like to invite your business to participate in the inaugural Mariposa Market. 1601 Mariposa is inviting some of the region’s premier organic farms and top local vendors to create a market for nearby residents. This is one of several events coming this fall that is intended to transform the current industrial space into a communal area everyone in the neighborhood can enjoy. The market will also raise money for Potrero Hill non-profit organizations. Related California will donate a portion of the market’s sales to the community, and if there’s interest, it’s our intention to make the market a weekly event. This is an opportunity to create a new gathering space for Potrero Hill, and for local businesses to engage with the community. Please contact me with any questions or to sign up to participate. We hope to see you there! More here: https://docsend.com/view/2nf97s3
San Francisco Business Tax Outreach Evaluation Survey
With the voter approved changes to San Francisco’s tax system having gone into effect this year, the Office of Economic Workforce Development (OEWD), the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector (TTX), and the Office of Small Business (OSB) launched an outreach campaign to inform merchants about the changes to the city's tax structure. We’re interested to hear from you about whether you noticed or participated in any of these activities. Take surevey now here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFBizTax_English
Community Open House: Central Bayside System Improvement
Join us at an upcoming Community Open House to learn about an important project currently in the planning phase in the Bayside of the City, the Central Bayside System Improvement Project. This project is a critical element of the City’s efforts to upgrade the aging and seismically vulnerable combined sewer system on the Bayside through the Sewer System Improvement Program. At these meetings, you will learn about the range of potential improvement options we are investigating, which includes both green and grey infrastructure components. We want to hear from you as we plan for this project. Project team members will be on-hand to answer your questions. Please share this event with your friends, neighborhood groups, and colleagues. We hope you can join us! For more information on this project, please visit www.sfwater.org/centralbayside.
Intro to Urban Bicycling and Truck Blind Spots Workshop
Ever wanted to see what bikes look like from a big rig truck? This month, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is partnering with Recology to educate people on the joy of biking in San Francisco and on the blind spots around trucks. Come learn the basics at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop. Our 1-hour workshop will cover: Rules of the Road Helmet and Bicycle Fit Turning and Locking tips Safety around trucks A great introduction for anyone considering bicycling, or looking to brush up on their skills. Recology will be installing bells on people's bikes who attend! Secure bicycle parking will be provided inside, please bring your bike in when you arrive. This class is funded in part by the SFMTA and SFCTA. Please contact Eric Tuvel at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this program. Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sf-bicycle-coalition-intro-to-urban-bicycling-and-truck-blind-spots-workshop-registration-11909629021
New area code coming to 415
To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the 628 area code will be added to the area served by the 415 area code.
REMINDER: Mixer at Triple Voodoo Brewing Tomorrow at 530pm
Come catch up with your Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighbors. For the first time, we're extending the invitation to neighborhood residents to further our efforts to support the local community. The first round of drinks is on PDMA members Everest Waterproofing, Mackenzie Warehouse, and Recology. Delicious bites courtesy of Grandmas Jams, Luke's Local, and Longbridge Pizza. RSVP to email@example.com
SPECIAL EDITION SBA News: Explore Exporting with SBA
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Track Your Water Use and Save Money
We are in a drought, and we need your help! In an effort to make water conservation convenient and accessible, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) recently launched an online application called “My Account” that allows customers to track water use and save money. What is My Account? My Account is an online application that allows current water and sewer customers (active account holders) of the SFPUC to view their bills, payments, and water consumption usage online. This portal provides monthly and daily consumption data to assist customers with monitoring their water use, water and sewer bill costs. Voluntary water conservation will help San Francisco reach its goal of water usage reduction by 10%. Automated Water Meters, which are in place throughout San Francisco, track customer’s daily water use. Customers can then access this information through My Account. In addition, customers can compare their water consumption with other San Francisco households of a similar size, track their own conservation progress, and save water and money. Every gallon you save helps all of us! To register, go to myaccount.sfwater.org.
Chapter 14B LBE program: Survey closing this Friday!
Dear friends, The following is a survey requested by the City and County of San Francisco Chapter 14B Local Business Enterprise (LBE) program. Survey closing this Friday! If you have already completed the survey, please disregard this email. Thank your for your participation and support! This is your final opportunity to complete the survey before the legislative process begins. The survey will be closing this Friday, July 4, 2014. Please provide your feedback by taking this anonymous survey: https://www.surveymonkey/s/SFLBE14B We are collecting feedback about the City and County of San Francisco Chapter 14B Local Business Enterprise (LBE) program by conducting community outreach to help inform legislative and administrative improvements to the program. Your feedback is vital to ensure that the LBE program continues to support local businesses in the City contracting process. Thank you for your participation! For more information about our outreach efforts please visit: www.SFLBE14B.com
Activating Your Local Plaza Workshop
Have you ever heard about or attended events such as 3rd on Third, Off the Grid, or Salsa Festival in the Fillmore? Are you curious about how they are planned? Do you have ideas about an event that you would like to host in your neighborhood, but no idea how to get started? Are you clueless when it comes to the permit process or access to funding sources? If yes, then this is the perfect learning opportunity for you. Whether you are an active neighbor in your community, a local business owner, or a community based organization, this workshop will teach you steps for hosting an event at your local plaza. Find more details here: http://sfbeautiful.org/upcoming-workshop/ All participants will receive a boxed lunch. To secure your space please register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-activating-your-local-plaza-registration-11652223113 Here are a couple helpful documents for the "Activating Your Local Plaza" Workshop Plaza Program Overview: https://docsend.com/view/pfiewu3 Plaza Program Fact Sheet: https://docsend.com/view/hviikx2
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Workshop
Is your business in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)? Your business may face a potential lawsuit. Protect your investment! · Please join us for a FREE seminar on how to be ADA compliant. · Obtain information and recommendations from construction and experts on your questions. · How to apply for $1000 in funding to bring your business up to ADA compliance. Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Kelly Cullen Community 220 Golden Gate San Francisco, CA 94102 For more information contact Lily Lo (415) 434-0738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY PARKING METER CHANGES COMING SOON!
Starting July 6, 2014 on-street meters and off-street parking meters will NOT require payment on Sundays, except meters on SF Port property. Exceptions to this change in policy are areas where meters operated on Sundays prior to the addition of Sunday operating hours in January 2013. This includes: - Port of San Francisco jurisdiction meters - Fisherman's Wharf area meters - Some (but not all) SFMTA-managed metered parking lots (retaining those that operated on Sundays prior to 2013). In order to help remind the public of the change, during the first three Sundays in July, SFMTA Parking Control Officers will place informational flyers on vehicles parked at expired meters in areas where Sunday meters will remain operational.
SF Public Works Outreach and Enforcement(OnE) Team
The Outreach and Enforcement Team is comprised of public information officers and program analysts. The team has a strong community presence, educating merchants, property owners, and residents of their rights and responsibilities regarding street and sidewalk cleanliness and enforcing City codes to ensure sanitation standards are met. Neighborhood resources: SF 311 Mobile App On the SF311, you can submit requests for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, and Tree Maintenance. Click here for more info. Homeless Outreach Team - H.O.T. Team The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT) was established in June 2004. Originally the team consisted of 10 experienced caseworkers from the Human Services Agency, the Department of Public Health and the nonprofit organization, Community Awareness and Treatment Services (CATS). The goal was to engage chronic homeless individuals in services that would get them off the streets and into stabilized situations. Caseworkers conduct outreach to those living on the streets and offer benefits such as medical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, transitional housing opportunities, and, eventually, permanent housing. (415) 401-2660 Monday - Tuesday (415) 554-8471 Wednesday - Friday San Francisco SAFE (Safety Awareness For Everyone) SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) is a non-profit organization that guides residents, business owners, and community members to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Through our partnership with SFPD, we engage and empower people to take an active role in problem-solving and working together to create safe, vibrant neighborhoods. SAFE’s Business Watch works in the same way as Neighborhood Watch, but merchants, store owners or managers, and other businesses get to know each other, share information, and discuss crime or issues affecting their area. SAFE's Business Security Specialist will help organize a Business Watch and facilitate meetings in much the same way as a Neighborhood Watch. Business Watch services are free. Contact: (415) 553-1984 Click here for more info. 24hr Homelessness Hotline This is a great resource for registering issues at any time of day/night that deal with homelessness issues in San Francisco. Contact: (415) 734-4233
Invest In Neighborhoods Highlights-June 2014
HealthyRetailSF: Bringing a Healthy Business Model to a Corner Store near you! Healthy Retail SF is building upon the best practices of previous efforts to form a new model that adapts the public health and community engagement elements of earlier healthy corner store initiatives, and also incorporates customized business technical assistance to ensure that interested corner store owners enhance the sustainability of their business. Healthy Retail SF will provide interested small business owners the tools and resources they need, along with focused attention from expert consultants, to develop a business model that allows them to introduce and integrate healthy food options. The program’s ultimate goals are to increase access to healthy food, reduce unhealthy influences, and stimulate economic development and job creation. Small Business Month Honorees met with Mayor Lee In honor of Small Business Week, Mayor Ed Lee recognized six small businesses from San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods. They included: Ichi Sushi and NI Bar, Selecta Auto Body, Hampton Creek Foods, Electric Bicycle Super Store, Hayes Valley BakeWorks, andTriple Voodoo Brewery. Calle 24 celebrates Cultural District Formation On Friday, May 23rd Calle 24 held a ribbon cutting event along the commercial corridor to celebrate the resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors naming the Lower 24th neighborhood a Latino Cultural District. The resolution Sponsored by Mayor Lee and Supervisor Campos recognized the deep history Calle 24 has for the Latino Community. Small Businesses and ADA Requirements Workshop The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Small Business Assessment Program is to help protect small businesses from lawsuits regarding ADA compliance. The program will be offering a FREE workshop on Monday June 30 will be held to the Kelly Cullen Community Center, 200 Golden Gate Street at 2 p.m. Understanding and Negotiating Your Business Lease In partnership with The Lawyer’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) IIN will be offering a FREE crash course on lease terms and tips on negotiating business leases on June 19thfrom 5-7pm in Room 107 at 1125 Valencia Street. RSVP to email@example.com. Sunset Pianos in Central Market Microhood More of the Sunset Pianos will be out on the street and if you did not catch last month’s Central Market Microhood event here is a short video that shows the connection made by the power of music. World Cup 2014 in the Portola The Portal Neighborhood Association brings the World Cup to the Portola. Free live screenings in Burrows Pocket Park. First showing, Sunday June 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Team USA vs. Portugal. Get your World Cup in the Portal Passport to win! Business Shout-Out! The traveling, Pizza Hacker recently opened their first brick-and-mortal operation at 3299 Mission Street. Stop by to enjoy a delicious pizza and casual atmosphere. Say hi to owner Jeff Krupman, an active member of the Mission-Bernal Merchants Association. Building a stronger, healthier and thriving Bayview Resilient Bayview is a group of Bayview advocates that have come together around a shared vision that advances social and economic opportunity and success for Bayview residents and businesses. Neighborhood Services Visit the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and sign-up for their newsletter. Other Upcoming Events: Free World Cup screenings at San Francisco Civic Center Plaza
Music Day - Sat. June 21, 2014
100+ artists performing at parklets, BART stations and the Embarcadero Music flash mob & oficial proclamation from the City of San Francisco in Dolores Park All Musicians welcome | 6pm sharp http://www.uluvmusic.com/music-day
SF PLAZA PROGRAM
The SF Plaza Program is an exciting new urban plaza stewardship program designed to empower local efforts in creating more innovative, sustianable and livable solutions that support San Francisco's many vibrant communities. San Francisco's plazas are vital to the livability of the City because they create a sense of place and community for residents and visitors to enjoy the local neighborhoods.
San Francisco?s Formula Retail Controls Today and Tomorrow
On Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Planning Commission heard a summary of the Planning Department's proposed policy changes and Planning Code amendments to formula retail controls. After that hearing, the Commission scheduled a potential adoption hearing on July 17th, 2014 . The July 17 hearing may include both actions on the Department proposal as well as Supervisor Mar's proposal. After 10 years of regulating formula retail and 1 year of study, the planning commission is ready to share their ideas about formula retail. At last night's SFCDMA monthly meeting representatives of the planning commission presented their recommendations. You can view the entire presentation here: https://docsend.com/view/an8rsxx
SBA: Helping Underserved Entrepreneurs Succeed
For more than fifty years, the SBA has helped entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed in their business ventures. For all kinds of business owners across the country – including in traditionally underserved communities – SBA provides resources and access to capital they need to flourish. Here's how we help entrepreneurs and business owners who are: · Minorities: Interested in government contracting? The 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. · Women: From registering your business to hiring your first employee, we’re here to help you launch your small business. · Native Americans: We have opportunities and programs designed to help Native American entrepreneurs start and manage their businesses. · Veterans: From the military world to the business world, SBA has customized resources to help our veterans succeed. · 50+ Entrepreneurs: Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? We have information and tools to help "encore" entrepreneurs start and run their businesses. · People with Disabilities: Explore resources and links to help disabled people establish and manage small businesses. Our online Learning Center also offers free, self-paced courses tailored to your business type and more, so you can get the online training you need, when you need it. At SBA, we're in the business of businesses – and in making sure our diverse entrepreneurs across the U.S. access the resources and capital they need to find success in their ventures. For more information, please visit www.sba.gov
Workshop: Understand & Negotiate Your Commercial Lease
A crash course for small businesses on lease terms and negotiations, presented by an experienced attorney.
Announcing PDMA's New Board Member: Beverly Markiewicz
Join us in welcoming our newest Executive Board Member: Beverly Markiewicz of Tree Ring Productions. Beverly is a filmmaker with a passion for planting trees. In 2012, Beverly founded Tree Ring Productions in order to create short videos for organizations that are affecting positive growth and change in their community. For each video completed, a tree planted in a California school orchard. Beverly has a B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Tech and studied documentary filmmaking at San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, San Francisco Film Society, and Bay Area Video Coalition. In 2009, Beverly completed the Permaculture Design Certification Course through the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco and notes this program as a significant turning point for integrating her passion for earth care, social justice, and sustainable livelihood. Beverly is currently growing sweet peas and kale in her backyard in Potrero Hill. Let's show some love and welcome Beverly to the PDMA family!
How to Prepare for the July 1st Posting Requirements
How to Prepare for the July 1st Posting Requirements First and foremost, post the 2014 Employment Notices Poster with the $9.00-per-hour California minimum wage by July 1, 2014! View notice here. Effective July 1, 2014, employers are required to provide new Workers’ Compensation pre-designation forms to all new hires. View notice here. Finally, effective July 1, 2014, paid family leave to care for a seriously ill “family member” now includes a grandparent, grandchild, sibling or parent-in-law. Employers are required to provide a Family Leave Pamphlet to new hires and when employees take a leave of absence for a covered reason.View more details here.
Mayor Lee Calls for Major Increase to SF Minimum Wage
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Zero Waste Banquets and Catering Seminar June 24th
There is a food waste problem. About 40% of food in America is thrown away, yet many Americans remain hungry. Join us for a seminar on how we can work with our vendors, staff, and community to reduce food waste, reduce expenses and ensure leftover, edible food is going to people who need it the most. Register now! Topics include: Working with vendors to reduce food waste Preventing food waste in the kitchen. How can products be repurposed to prevent waste? Liabilities around donating prepared food Hunger in San Francisco. What can we do to help? Effective food recycling through composting and other technologies Guest Speakers: Angela Monier, SVP General Manager, US Foods Philippe Striffeler, Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef, Hotel Nikko Mary Risley, Food Runners Berry Stenger, Executive Director, St. Anthony’s Steven Chiv, Commercial Zero Waste Associate, SF Department of the Environment Register now!
Locals First June 2014
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Help Improve The Chapter 14B LBE Program
Please join us for one of the upcoming workshops to discuss the Chapter 14B Local Business Enterprise (LBE) program in the City and County of San Francisco. We want to know how to improve the Chapter 14B Local Business Enterprise (LBE) program to support local businesses in the city contracting process in San Francisco. During the spring and summer of 2014 we will be gathering feedback related to the legislative and administrative aspects of the LBE program. Key components of this outreach include workshops and surveys to engage small businesses in order to identify common benefits and challenges associated with the LBE program. The results of this work will be combined into a summary of community feedback. Our goal is to use this information to help inform improvements to legislative and administrative aspects of the Contract Monitoring Division (CMD), and specifically to enhance the Chapter 14B LBE program. For more information about how to get involved visit: www.SFLBE14B.com
URGENT: Formula Retail Hearing This Thursday May 22
Please join us on Thursday, May 22 at 12:00 p.m. for the planning commission's hearing on formula retail. It is imperative you state your opinion on this very complex topic in order to ensure the final legislation is the most comprehensive. Here is an except on the meeting agenda item: Consideration of the Department’s policy recommendations and initiation of Planning Code Text Changes regarding formula retail and large-scale retail controls. This item was first heard by the Commission on July 25, 2013. On January 23, 2014 staff presented preliminary citywide analysis and a draft timeline of project deliverables, opportunities for public participation, and Planning Commission hearings to report results. On February 27, 2014, staff presented the draft Phase 1 report with revisions based upon the last hearing and four preliminary issue briefs. On April 24, staff presented the draft final economic study commissioned by the Planning Department focused on analyzing economic and land use impacts of formula retail establishments and controls on San Francisco’s neighborhoods. Pursuant to Planning Code Section 302, the Planning Commission will consider a Resolution of Intention to initiate amendments to the Planning Code. The amendments are intended to amend the definition of formula retail to include businesses that have 20 or more outlets worldwide; expand the applicability of formula retail controls to other types of uses; require Conditional Use Authorization for formula retail establishments in the C-3-G district with facades facing Market Street, between 6th Street and 12th Street; expand the applicability of formula retail controls to create a new administrative review process for the authorization of a new formula retail operator at a parcel that had previously received a Conditional Use Authorization for the same formula retail use type and size, which will include new notification procedures, performance standards, and a process for requiring Conditional Use Authorization when the performance standards are not met or upon request; remove the requirement for Conditional Use authorization when a formula retail establishment changes operator but remains the same size and use category and instead; require the new administrative review; amend the Conditional Use criteria for Large-Scale Retail Uses to require an economic impact study and establish new fees for said study; and adopting findings, including environmental findings, Section 302 findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and Planning Code Section 101.1. Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution Initiating Planning Code Text Changes to Be Considered for Adoption On or After June 5, 2014. View more details here: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3824
Celebrate The Wave - Carnaval San Francisco 2014
Come unwind the wind at Club Cocomo on Sunday May 25th at 6pm. Arrive at 6pm SHARP for the final 6 hours of performance, dance, live music, DJs, and more, more, MORE!!! Come dressed in costume and get a special prize courtesy of Carnaval San Francisco 2014! Purchase Tickets Now: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-the-wave-carnaval-san-francisco-2014-tickets-11684632049
Two Great Ways to Enjoy the Perfect Weather:
Street Party in the Dogpatch and Sidewalk Sale on Potrero. View details here: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/16cf450a54/TEST/TEST/%7BVR_HOSTED_LINK%7D
See You Tomorrow @ Small Business Conference Or Watch The Li
Tomorrow we host the 4th annual Small Business Conference, full of inspirational, educational and opportunities to make connections. Check out what is being offered and sign up soon - workshops are filling up fast! Events are free, but pre-registration is recommended. This year we have a lot of new programming including TED-Style talks, a large procurement expo and more! New this year, all of the content in our general session room will be viewable on a live stream on our website! Www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com/live #SFSBW2014
Recology San Francisco, Artist in Residence Exhibitions
Work by Matthew Gottschalk, Jamil Hellu and Claire Lynch Locations Art Studio at 503 Tunnel Ave. Environmental Learning Center Gallery at 401 Tunnel Ave. Date/Time Reception-Friday, May 23, 5-9pm Reception-Saturday, May 24, 1-3pm Additional viewing hours-Tuesday, May 27, 5-7pm with gallery walk-through with artists at 7pm Admission is free and open to the public, all ages welcome, wheelchair accessible. Find more informaiton here: http://www.recologysf.com/AIR The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco will host an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Matthew Gottschalk, Jamil Hellu, and student artist Claire Lynch. This exhibition will be the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse.
18th Street Sidewalk Sale
All across San Francisco you’ll find Sidewalk Sales with bargains and the latest new sales, both on sidewalks and in participating stores, at more than 15 different merchant corridors. Visit Prolocal-sf.com/Events for more details! Participating neighborhoods include: West Portal, Union Street, Sacramento Street, 18th Street (Potrero Hill), 22nd Street (Dogpatch), Noe Valley, Polk Street, Hayes Valley, Glen Park, Excelsior, Mission Creek, Haight Street, Marina, Lombard Street, Bernal Heights.
Save money and help the environment with solar water heating
Want to save money and make your business more sustainable? If your business uses a lot of hot water, then solar water heating could be right for you. Solar water heating directly uses the sun’s energy to pre-heat water and will reduce your use of natural gas for water heating by 60 to 70%. Fortunately, California Solar Initiative rebates now cover about one-third of the cost; in addition, 30% of the cost can be claimed as a federal tax credit. Together these financial incentives dramatically cut the cost of adding solar to your building. To help get a sense of how solar water heating would pencil out for your business, use the SF Dept. of the Environment’s solar water heating calculator. In addition, you can find out more about solar water heating with these resources: · SF Dept. of the Environment’s webpage (including information about financial incentives and contractors) · SF Dept. of the Environment’s commercial solar water heating fact sheet · PG&E’s solar water heating webpage · PG&E’s solar water heating booklet If you are interested in a solar photovoltaic system (to produce electricity), the department has information on that too. Please contact Jason Barbose, SF Dept. of the Environment Solar Program Coordinator, with any questions at 415-355-3790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Earth Wins When You Give
Ch-ch-check him out! PDMA President Keith Goldstein at SaveNature.Org's 20th Annual Bowl-the-Planet Party & Silent Auction
Locals First! May 2014
Join Locals First as we Take To The Streets on May 17th. View details here: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/7b4dd13a38/1475501534/5663001013/
Take To The Streets To Benefit Fei Tian Academy
ProLocal, Rickshaw Bagworks, Goat Hill Pizza, Townsquared, and PDMA are Taking To The Streets to benefit Fei Tian Academy of the Arts California, on Saturday May 17. Join us from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday May 17 at Rickshaw Bagworks (904 22nd St) for Take To The Streets. Organized as a benefit for Fei Tian Academy of the Arts California, Take To The Streets features a full lineup local bands, pop-ups, beer, and other local treats! Our goal is to raise $2,500 for Fei Tian from on-site and online donations. For more information about the event, visit: http://prolocal-sf.com/May-17-Event
Announcing 2014 SBN Awardees
San Francisco Small Business Network Announces 30th Anniversary Outstanding Small Business Entrepreneur & Advocate Award Recipients Every year the San Francisco Small Business Network (SBN) honors outstanding small business entrepreneurs and advocates at its annual celebration. On May 1, 2014, more than 150 business leaders and city officials, including Mayor Edwin Lee, will gather at the Marines Memorial Grand Ballroom to toast the best and brightest San Francisco’s small business community has to offer. To help capture the city’s spirit of innovation and history of entrepreneurial success, SBN is introducing four new award categories: Influential Individual, Influential Organization, Outstanding Innovation and Kick Ass Business. And, again, we'll present the Pat Christensen Lifetime Achievement Award to a true small business hero. This year’s winners are: Influential Individual: Mark Dwight - Mark is the founder and CEO ofRickshaw Bagworks, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of custom messenger bags and backpacks. He is also the founder of SFMade, an organization supporting San Francisco-based manufacturers and promoting job growth in the local manufacturing sector. Influential Organization: The Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center -The Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center empowers entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds in an effort to create sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. Renaissance offers business owners training and support services as well as access to business resources and networks. Innovation Award: Woodcut Maps - Through its fun online design tool,Woodcut Maps combines high technology and traditional craftsmanship to produce premium wood-inlay maps. Each Woodcut Map is made to order in San Francisco by master woodworkers. Since its launch in 2012 by husband and wife team Gabe Smedresman and Catherine Herdlick, the workshop has produced more than 2000 custom maps. Innovation Award: Townsquared - Townsquared is the only online network that allows local businesses and professionals to connect privately. Members have access to all of the businesses in their local neighborhood to ask and answer questions, get recommendations, learn about crime and safety issues and ultimately build a thriving business community. Kick Ass Business: Noise Pop - Since it began in 1993, the Noise PopFestival has become a north star for the music industry, bringing emerging and promising talent to the forefront of their lineup. This six-day festival takes place across numerous event spaces in the San Francisco area, catering to upwards of 20,000 fans. The festival has expanded in recent years to also include art gallery shows, a music-centric film festival, and a pop-up shop. Pat Christensen Lifetime Achievement Award: John Legnitto - John Legnitto, visionary innovator and stalwart small business champion, helped lead Recology and San Francisco to become the greenest city on the planet in the pursuit of WASTE ZERO by 2020. John was a passionate, generous business and community leader and a world-class man. We lost our friend John to cancer on April 26, 2014. Popular emcee Lynn Jimenez will be on hand to bring much deserved recognition to this year’s winners, and the more than 85,000 small business owners that make San Francisco the thriving city that it is. It'll be an especially festive evening with cocktails, great mingling, guest speakers, tributes, laughter and fun. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are still available. Order yours online now at www.sfsbn.org
San Francisco Small Business Week Registration is Open!
For the 10th Anniversary we are keeping tradition by providing a kick off celebration at Flavors of San Francisco, but at an exciting new venue! At the Small Business Conference providing educational workshops for the small business community, but we are also adding some new appealing elements such as TED-style talks and a closing reception after the SF Small Business Conference. There are many new exciting things on the horizon and we're looking forward to seeing everyone there! Find Registration For All Events at: www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com
It's a Celebration!
Join the San Francisco Small Business Network (SBN), May 1st as we celebrate our 30th year advocating for an equitable and competitive legislative environment where small businesses can prosper. We'll be honoring outstanding small business entrepreneurs and advocates too as we again host more than 200 business leaders along with city officials in the Marine's Memorial Grand Ball Room with popular emcee Lynn Jimenez. It'll be an especially festive evening with cocktails, great mingling, guest speakers, tributes, laughter and fun. And, yes, we'll be introducing the new "Kick Ass Business" Award.
Meeting: $15 Minimum Wage - November Ballot Measure
All interested parties are welcome. Please alert Dee Dee Workman email@example.com if you plan to attend. Meeting Agenda: $15 Minimum Wage - November Ballot Measure Date: Wednesday, April 23 Time: 11:00am-12:30pm Place: Chamber of Commerce: 235 Montgomery St, Ste 760, San Francisco, CA 94104
Emergency meeting TODAY - $15 Minimum Wage
Emergency meeting TODAY Re: Proposed minimum wage increase to $15 - likely to be on the ballot this November Many are hoping that the ballot be reconsidered or considered with stipulations (i.e. exempting employees who receive tips, etc). This is an extremely crucial opportunity to learn more about the issue and weigh in on the proposal. The meeting has been called by Henry Kamilowicz President of the SFCDMA and SOMBA, amongst other worthy and well-earned titles. In attendance will be members of the SFCDMA, various merchant associations, and the GGRA, etc, but all are welcome. Date: Friday, April 18 Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm Place: Recology: 900 7th Street, SF Please bring a bottle of wine, soda or snacks if you can! And please, pass this on to other business small business owner & managers!
International Studies Academy (ISA): 2014 International Nigh
ISA Principal Paul J. Koh presented tthe details of their annual International Night at this month's membership meeting. If you are intereseted in making a donation, please contact Paul directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on his cell: 510-681-4943.
Locals 1st: Potrero Chiropractors & Acupuncture Coupon
We thought we should do something special for our friends because WE KNOW HOW HARD YOU WORK! Just for you, we at Potrero Chiropractors & Acupuncture are offering a special promotion. Must mention Locals First! Click here to download coupon.
Locals 1st: B12 Happy Hour
Our B12 Happy Hour is held every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. There is no appointment necessary and it's open to new patients as well. Injection fee is $18 - $32 (regular price $40). For new patients there is a one-time fee of $25. Please see www.sfnatmed.com for more information. Also see our happy hour on the news: http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/special-report-vitamin-supplement-can-reverse/vccXw/. Click here to download coupon.
Locals 1st: 15% Off Fridays- Stock up on Groceries
Get all your organic produce, groceries, seafood, and meat at The Good Life Grocery, a locally owned and operated grocery store. Take 15% off your entire grocery bill. DISCOUNT VALID AT POTRERO HILL LOCATION ONLY. Offers cannot be combined with other discounts. Not valid on sale items. Valid dates: 4/4, 3/07, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 MUST PRESENT COUPON OR SHOW THE CASHIER YOUR COUPON ON YOUR SMART PHONE. NO EXCEPTIONS. Click here to download coupon.
Locals 1st: Behind the Scenes at the Insect Discovery Lab
BEHIND THE SCENES at the incredible Insect Discovery Lab. Prepared for a wild, one of a kind hands-on adventure! (*available Saturday & Sunday, evenings by appt.). Great for up to 8 people - family, friends, or colleagues. Get frightening close encounters with photos and video as you come eye to eye with Malaysian walking sticks, giant African millipedes and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. See SaveNature.org to learn more.
Bayview Community Pop-up Market Comes to Pier 70
Join us at the Bayview Community Pop-up Market in historic Building 12 at Pier 70. The market will take place every Thursday from 5:30-8:00pm starting April 10th through June 26th. The Bayview Community Pop-up Market, which has been operating for the past year, moves every quarter to a different SF neighborhood venue to reach a broader audience and increase exposure for local businesses.
San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance
If you are a San Francisco employer and have more than 20 employees nationwide, you are required to comply with the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance by April 30th. This ordinance encourages commuters to take transit, bike, or rideshare to work by requiring their employers to offer commuter benefits. This year, the reporting procedure for your company’s commuter benefits program may have changed based on your company size and number of locations. Please note the instructions below: If you have 50 or more employees across all sites in the Bay Area*, you will register and report to the new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, even if you previously reported to San Francisco Department of the Environment. Report your compliance and learn more at http://commuterbenefits.511.org. Businesses that are subject to the new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program do not need to submit a compliance form to the City of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. If you have fewer than 50 employees in the Bay Area but more than 20 nationwide, and a location in San Francisco, you will continue to report to the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Program. . To avoid penalties, please submit the Compliance Reporting Form by April 30, 2014. Report your compliance and learn more at SFEnvironment.org/CBOcompliance. If you have any questions,visit SFEnvironment.org/CommuterBenefits, call SF Environment at (415) 355-3727 or email email@example.com. Para asistencia en español, llame al (415) 355-3727 ??????, ??? (415) 355-3727 *The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program covers the nine Bay Area counties, including all of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, as well as the western portion of Solano County (including Fairfield and points west) and the southern portion of Sonoma County (including Windsor and points south).
Now's Your Chance to Nominate Outstanding Small Businesses
Join the San Francisco Small Business Network (SBN), May 1st as we celebrate our 30th year advocating for an equitable and competitive legislative environment where small businesses can prosper. We'll be honoring outstanding small business entrepreneurs and advocates too as we again host more than 200 business leaders along with city officials in the Marine's Memorial Grand Ball Room with popular emcee Lynn Jimenez. It'll be an especially festive evening with cocktails, great mingling, guest speakers, tributes, laughter and fun. And, yes, we'll be introducing the new “Kick Ass Business” Award. Because we're already prepping for the next 30 years, in addition to our re-energized Awards Celebration, we've engaged ProLocal to create a new, sleeker logo and help design and launch a new, and we believe, engaging website www.sfsbn.org. Along with the enriched site, ProLocal's been guiding an enhanced social-media member and community outreach to increase organizational and individual membership as well as the power of our advocacy. Most importantly, the SBN is about you, the 85,000 small business owners in San Francisco – you're our partners. Let's make small business flourish together. SBN has four new award categories capturing the City's spirit of innovation and history of success: Influential Individual, Influential Organization, Outstanding Innovation and, of course, Kick Ass Business. And, again, we'll present the Pat Christensen Life Time Achievement Award to a true small business hero. Nominees qualify based on innovativeness of product or service, contribution to neighborhood or business communities, longevity and stability, best business practices, exemplary human resources commitment and outstanding advocacy. NOW we need you – it's your chance to nominate those superb individuals, businesses and advocates that make our community thrive. Download and complete the nomination form, then submit by email to Kieron Sinnette firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address below. THEN, party with SBN and your winners, May 1st … ORDER TICKETS ONLINE NOW
Take To The Streets to Benefit Fei Tian Academy Of The Arts
ProLocal, Rickshaw Bagworks & Townsquared are taking it to the streets to benefit Fei Tian Academy of the Arts California, on Saturday May 17. After a recent lease expiration, the full time Chinese Classical Dance, music, fine arts, and Chinese school was faced with a 100% rent increase from their landlord. After failed negotiation discussions with their landlord, they are being evicted. Over the years, Fei Tian and its students have been recognized for their accomplishments artistically, academically, and as part of the community. Accomplishments include creative writing awards, best parade unit recognitions, and high achievements on standardized tests and in calligraphy. Now faced with closing the school before the semester ends, we're fundraising for their benefit! AND adding to the 3 bands we already have confirmed, is a special performance by the beloved, critically, acclaimed school. We'll have pop ups, live music, treats, deals, and discounts from Dogpatch favorites. We're also revealing ProLocal's newest product. You won't want to miss it. RSVP: email@example.com
Member News: April 2014
View all the PDMA's latest news and updates including details on our new website, Annual Member Celebration at Anchor Brewing, and much more in this month's newsletter: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/21033e63a3/1225028343/5663001013/
Che-che-chec-che-check it out! OUR BEAUTIFUL NEW SITE
PDMA has a new look, compliments of member ProLocal. View now: http://pdma-sf.org
Bring Your Own Big Wheel To NextSpace Potrero
NextSpace Potrero Hill is walking distance from the design district, Anchor Brewing, and on April 20, we're just past the finish line of the annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel race! All PDMA members, friends and family are invited to a pre-race brunch compliments of NextSpace. Come explore our world, find out what the co-working buzz is all about, and meet one of Potrero Hills newest additions. Find out more about NextSpace here!
Locals First! New Deals for April 2014
In this month's Locals First Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions, take 15% off all your groceries, and much more... Check it out: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/0c779daf00/1475501534/5663001013/
SF Business Tax Change Ahead
Dear business owners, It is my hope that all of you are familiar with the upcoming changes to your business registration fee and business tax. If you are not, make sure you familiarize yourself with the new business registration fee. For many of you there is a definite increase and it is due next month, May 2014. Visit www.SFBizTax.org for more information on the gross receipts tax and workshops you can attend. Next month San Francisco celebrates small businesses. In recognition of Small Business Month, May 2014, Supervisor Katy Tang introduced legislation to waive permit fees for small businesses seeking to replace existing awnings, signs on awnings, and pedestrian-level lighting throughout the month of May. Click here for details. I would also like to remind you that the 10th Anniversary of San Francisco Small Business Week is five weeks away! Details of the week-long celebration can be found here,www.sfsmallbusinessweek.org. Sincerely, Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Director, Office of Small Business
The Great Compost Giveaway- Bring Your Own Bucket
THANKS FOR MAKING SAN FRANCISCO A LITTLE GREENER. San Francisco is now 80 percent of the way to Zero Waste thanks to the recycling and composting you do every day. In appreciation of your efforts, Recology will give up to 10 gallons of a gourmet planting mix to people who come to the Compost Giveaway. Join us at one of the following locations to pick up your free compost made from food scraps and plants collected in San Francisco! Please click here to register.
SAVE THE DATE: SF Sidewalk Sales: In a Neighborhood Near You
Celebrate the contributions of San Francisco small businesses in our city's annual Small Business Week. You'll connect with more than 4,000 members of the small business community while harnessing your networking power. Throughout the city we've got sidewalk sales with bargains and the latest new sales, both on sidewalks and in participating stores, at more than 17 different merchant corridors. Mark your calendars!
Celebrate San Francisco's Merchants Associations: Shyp
Celebrate the accomplishments of our city's merchants associations. Toast, mix, and mingle while enjoying tasty bites and learning what merchants associations do, why business owners join, and how you can benefit. Event Hosted by: Bayview, Potrero Dogpatch, SOMA, and South Beach Mission Bay Merchants Associations.
NEW THIS YEAR: VIP Gift Bags At Our 2014 Member Celebration
In the spirit of trying to help promote PDMA businesses with any opportunity we have, the first 50 guests to arrive to the Anchor Brewing annual PDMA event, will receive a goodie bag filled with fun, unique items from each of you and your businesses! We are collecting 50 promotional items, no larger than the size of the PDMA Directory. It can be a coupon, business cards, special gift, or whatever you deem appropriate. Please bring the items to the April 8 General Meeting to Collette, Christine, or Olia. You can also drop the items off at Skool Restaurant, just ask for Olia. Feel free to email any of the three contacts below if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Anything brought directly to the event April 23, will not be added to the gift bags. If you decide not to participate in this opportunity, please feel free to bring plenty of business cards and other promotional items to pass around on your own. Read more here: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/fa73ece408/1225028343/5663001013/
You're Invited: Annual Member Celebration at Anchor Brewing
ellow merchants, and celebrate the beginning of another successful year, while enjoying tasty bites from some of our finest neighborhood restaurants washed down with Anchor's traditional San Francisco brews. Get acquainted with our new and potential members and reunite with some old friends. As Anchor puts it: "Beer is social." This annual celebration is open to all member business owners plus one guest. Feel free to forward this invitation to prospective members and encourage them to attend! Read more: http://hosted.vresp.com/285447/fa73ece408/1225028343/5663001013/
SFLOMA Position Paper on Minimum Wage Increase
The San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Association is a progressive voice representing a diverse group of locally owned businesses in San Francisco. We exist to identify and promote locally owned businesses and accentuate the multiplier effect that occurs when people shop local, thus keeping money in the local economy. We have never taken a public stance on city regulations regarding business practices, but in this case, it's essential that we ask the Supervisors, the Mayor, and the voters of San Francisco to consider how raising the minimum wage will affect our livelihoods and the landscape of small businesses in neighborhoods throughout the city. As small business owners, we work very closely alongside our staff and, thus, understand deeply the contribution of each staff member, so we compensate them based on the value that they bring to the business. We often compensate them in non-monetary ways, too, from paid vacation to paid jury duty, from discounted goods from our shops to no-interest payroll advances. This working relationship is a major reason why, in the last recession, small businesses (less than 100 employees) in San Francisco had half the percentage of layoffs in comparison to larger businesses. And in the last economic downturn, while our member business owners made less money, our employees did not. Further, according to SPUR, affordability is a housing and planning challenge, not a problem caused or solvable by small business. We hope that as the city explores the possibility of a higher minimum wage, the conversation addresses the many complexities of this issue. Here are a few. First, many of us compete not with other small businesses, or even chains, but with Amazon. Amazon does not have to comply with HCSO, commuter checks, the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, payroll or gross receipts tax, etc. Their same-day delivery from Tracy, CA, threatens all brick and mortar businesses in San Francisco, and the playing field is not level. Raising the minimum wage will force businesses to scale their entire payroll up, not just those at the bottom. The Brookings Institute reports that an increase in minimum wage ripples up to wages 150% of the minimum. Small businesses and formula retailers or large chain stores should be treated differently. Small businesses cannot absorb higher wages by averaging them out with non -SF locations. There should be carve-outs for tipped and commissioned employees. Restaurants face specific challenges in the wide gap between tipped and non-tipped employees. As businesses are forced to raise prices to compensate for higher labor costs, this will defeat the very goal of affordability. A drastic increase (like $15/hour) would create even greater competition for entry-level candidates. The economic ladder's first rung would be higher, so students who need entry-level experience would compete for the same position as experienced employees. The additional money in the economy due to a higher minimum wage would likely be spent at businesses that focus only on low prices-Amazon, Target, McDonald's and other chains, thus limiting the multiplier effect of locally owned business. Some business cannot raise prices to absorb higher labor costs. Books, for example, come with a pre-printed price. And our restaurant members feel their prices are already as high as the market can bear. The city without books and affordable, family-friendly restaurants would be a grim place indeed. Affordability is a very real issue in San Francisco, and the members of SFLOMA face these challenges every day ourselves. We would like to be part of any solution. But, as SPUR's recent report highlights, affordability is primarily a housing and land use issue. If we merchants can help the city address the housing crisis, we stand ready to do so. If the city does propose a ballot initiative with a higher minimum wage, we ask that it is carefully crafted to consider our concerns, including: A minimum wage no higher than $12.50 A phase-in over several years to monitor the effects on workers, landlords, commercial corridors, and small businesses An exemption for tipped employees Aggressive enforcement for businesses not headquartered in SF We hope the political process of forming a ballot initiative is vibrant, with aggressive outreach to residents, small and large business owners, and merchant associations. And we stand ready to support city changes to housing policy that would mitigate the current affordability crisis that effect us as business owners and our valued employees alike.
The 2014 Sunday Streets Schedule has Changed!
Sunday Streets Fans: Please note that we have a slight change to our schedule.Sunday Streets' 2014 Season Finale in the Mission has been moved up one week to October 19 (instead of October 26, as previously noted). With eight more Sunday Streets to go, we look forward to seeing you in the streets as often as possible this year. The remaining Sunday Streets dates are: April 13, Tenderloin May 4, Bayview/Dogpatch June 8, Great Highway/Golden Gate Park July 13, Richmond August 28 Mission September 14, Western Addition September 28, Excelsior October 19, Mission Please visit our website for more information about these events. For a great recap of the season kickoff along the Embarcadero, check out the event coverage.
California Competes Tax Credit Workshop Hosted by GO-Biz
Join the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for a workshop on the new California Competes Tax Credit. Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this new tax credit available from the state. The California Competes program provides upwards of $180 million in tax credits over the next two years for businesses of all sizes that want to expand or relocate to California. Come and learn how your business can apply for new tax credits from the state. Additional details regarding the California Competes Tax Credit can be found here or for questions call GO-Biz at(916) 322-0694. Register Here for the workshop in your area.
PARTICIPATE: SF Planning Department Formula Retail Study
You may have heard that there are pending proposals to change San Francisco’s formula retail regulations. The Planning Department is conducting a study of formula retail and seeking to understand the economic and visual impacts of existing and proposed formula retail controls. Phase 1 of the report is completed and available to the public in draft form. The study is ongoing and expected to be completed by the end of April. The final report of the study will be presented to the Planning Commission on April 24, 2014. For information about the study, the reports that have been released to date as well as other studies on formula retail, please visit our website here. If you wish to continue receiving emails about this process, please sign up here. For any questions or comments about the study, please contact the Project Manager, Kanishka Burns via email.
SFGATE: Local merchants want tech firms' business
By Joe Garofoli Don't get Mark Dwight wrong. The San Francisco small-business leader is happy that top tech companies just promised to donate millions to local charities. But he's got a better idea for how tech companies can help the city's economy: buy from local retailers - particularly when they fill swag bags for conventions that pass through the city. Read more here..
GOODIE BAGS: 2014 Member Celebration at Anchor Brewing
In the spirit of trying to help promote PDMA businesses with any opportunity we have, the first 50 guests to arrive to the Anchor Steam Brewery annual PDMA event, will receive a goodie bag filled with fun, unique items from each of you and your businesses! We are collecting 50 promotional items, no larger than the size of the PDMA Directory. It can be a coupon, business cards, special gift, or whatever you deem appropriate. Please bring the items to the April 8 General Meeing to Collette Simko Knauss or Christine Doud. If you cannot make it to the meeting, please drop it off at the Zephyr Real Estate office on 20th street and Connecticut in Potrero Hill to Christine Doud. Feel free to email Collette or Christine at the emails below if necessary. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Anything brought directly to the event April 23, will not be accepted in the goodie bags. If you decide not to participate in this opportunity, please feel free to bring plenty of business cards and other promotional items to pass around on your own. We will also have a table for items to be placed individually.' Don't miss the best Potrero Hill/Dogpatch business social of the year! Remember, complimentary beverages and light appetizers will be provided.
SF Small Business Week Sidewalk Sale & Merchant Mixers
San Francisco Small Business Week is coming up. It’s time to get ready to celebrate the impact that small businesses have on the city. We’re organizing two great ways to promote local business. 1. The Citywide Sidewalk Sale on May 17, 2014. Fee waivers for sidewalk permits are available from the Office of Small Business. Small businesses can contact their neighborhood merchants association to participate. 2. Merchants Association Mixers that will be held throughout May. Stay tuned for a calendar of events. To learn more, e-mail ProLocal: email@example.com Or call: 415-830-3776.
RECOLOGY INVITES YOU: GROWING CITIES (SPECIAL SCREENING)
Join Recology for a special screening of “Growing Cities” on Tuesday, March 18th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Growing Cities is an award-winning documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip to meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its foods, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good farming isn't the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. Urban farmers are producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too. The event will begin with a mix and mingle reception at 5:30pm, and will follow with a screening of the film and a Q & A with Andrew Monbouquette. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Parking is available in Recology's private lot and a complimentary Bicycle Valet is available for those arriving by bike.
PDMA Welcomes Brickhouse Cafe
Join us in welcoming our newest member: Brickhouse Cafe. Here are a few words from Brickhouse owner Kim, about their an urban location with the comfort of home: We are a cozy, independantly run restaurant, specializing in American comfort food with a San Francisco twist. Our menu highlights are our fabulous burgers ("Home of the Big Ass Burger") and house roasted meats. We are open 7 days a week with breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and a full bar. Our full bar boasts some bitchin' boutique wines, locally brewed beers and fresh signature cocktails. Let's show some love and welcome Brickhouse Cafe to the PDMA Family.
SAVE THE DATE: Small Business Network's Awards Celebration
Join the SBN celebrating 30 years: • of promoting small business growth and vitality • advocating for an equitable and competitive legislative environment • honoring outstanding small business entrepreneurs and advocates We encourage you to nominate outstanding small businesses candidates for consideration. Download the nomination form here: http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/211264363
SAVE THE DATE: Annual Member Celebration at Anchor Brewing
10th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week
Please save the date and plan on joining us for the 10th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week on May 12-16, 2014! We hope you'll be able to join us again this year! Each year we bring together the small business community during the National Small Business Week, to celebrate how small businesses shape our communities and our world class city. We also know that when you connect with each other and access the support provided by a wide array of city agencies and nonprofit economic development organizations - you thrive. For more information please visit www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com
10th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week
Please save the date and plan on joining us for the 10th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week on May 12-16, 2014! We hope you'll be able to join us again this year! Each year we bring together the small business community during the National Small Business Week, to celebrate how small businesses shape our communities and our world class city. We also know that when you connect with each other and access the support provided by a wide array of city agencies and nonprofit economic development organizations - you thrive. For more information please visit www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com
Locals First: New Deals for March 2014
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SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) would like to update you on proposed locations for the oversize vehicle overnight parking restriction created in fall 2102 by the Board of Supervisors. All are welcome to attend the Board meeting and testify on the proposal. If you are unable to attend, you may submit your comments to the Board by email sent to MTABoard@sfmta.com.
2014 Small Business California Survey
Small Business California is a non-profit organization that lobbies for small businesses at the state level. Please see below for their 2014 annual survey link. The results of the survey will be sent to every Assembly Person, Senator, and House member in the state, the Governor, and our two National Senators. Click here to take survey.
Business Tax Changes Ahead Workshop
In 2014, the City will phase in a Gross Receipts Tax and reduce the Payroll Expense Tax over the next five years. The Gross Receipts Tax will only apply to businesses with more than $1 million in annual gross receipts, exempting most small businesses. Business Registration Fees will also change for all businesses.
Education By Design 2.0 - PDMA Members Get $15 Off Tickets
Tickets are now available for Tutorpedia Foundation's fourth annual conversation on personalizing education. February 27th will be a fun evening of dynamic speakers, delicious food, engaging activities, awesome raffle prizes, and the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of under-resourced Bay Area youth. Read more here: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3e405454ee517794f519b410c&id=cdf095b593&e=1126d1aaee PDMA MEMBERS: Use promo code PDMA14 for $15 off tickets. All proceeds benefit free tutoring for under-resourced Bay Area students.
Tax Changes Ahead
In 2014, the City will phase in a Gross Receipts Tax and reduce the Payroll Expense Tax over the next five years. The Gross Receipts Tax will only apply to businesses with more than $1 million in annual gross receipts, exempting most small businesses. Business Registration Fees will also change for all businesses.
Letter to Neighbor from Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu has prepared the following letter notifying San Francisco residents that our office will be providing business owners (large and small) the opportunity to file their property statement (571-L form) online. This is a more convenient option that we expect will save time and valuable resources. Click here to view letter.
2014 Small Business California Survey
Small Business California is a non-profit organization that lobbies for small businesses at the state level. Please see below for their 2014 annual survey link. This is really important survey as it sets their agenda for the year. It will take about 10 minutes. The results of the survey will be sent to every Assembly Person, Senator, and House member in the state, the Governor, and our two National Senators. Click here to take survey.
February Membership Meeting - Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance
Join us for this month's membership meeting at Goat Hill Pizza (9:45-11am). Meeting Agenda Includes: Gross Receipts Tax legislation PDMA Valentine's Mixer Marketing, Membership, and Legislative Updates As always we will begin the meeting with a presentation from the SFPD. Coffee and pastries courtesy of Chat's Bistro
SFPUC Rates Presentation
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is proposing rate increases to to support their infrastructure improvements (from upgrading our aging technology to ensuring our infrastructure is earthquake-proof), which will directly affect our members, especially any restaurants. There is some construction work planned in our neighborhood as well. At this month's board meeting representatives from the SFPUC presented details of the proposal. Click here to view the presentation.
District 10 Neighborhood Business Summit
The Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and local business and merchant associations are pleased to present the District 10 Neighborhood Business Summit. This event will bring merchants together with their Supervisor and other city officials to discuss local business concerns. The Neighborhood Business Summit is an excellent opportunity to meet elected and city officials,network with other merchants in District 10 and strengthen neighborhood business ties. Attendees can expect to: - Hear remarks specific to the District’s businesses - Have a Question & Answer session with Supervisor Malia Cohen - Meet officials from various city departments - Network with each other, community organizations, business owners and the
Free Dental Care Saturday 2/8/14 at UCSF
Students from the UCSF School of Dentistry will be offering free dental services-screenings, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments-for kids (ages 4-17) on Saturday February 8th. The screenings that will be provided are suitable for school clearance. This service will occur at the UCSF Dental School-located at 707 Parnassus Avenue, which is in the Inner Sunset neighborhood.
Oversize Vehicle Parking Restriction - public hearing 1/31
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) would like to update you on proposed locations for the oversize vehicle overnight parking restriction created in fall 2102 by the Board of Supervisors. Transportation Code Section 7.2.54 prohibits overnight parking of oversize vehicles (longer than 22 feet or taller than 7 feet) wherever the restriction is duly designated and posted. The SFMTA implemented an initial set of locations for use of the oversize vehicle restriction last summer and carried out a three month evaluation of those initial locations; you can read the SFMTA's evaluation and recommendations for the oversize vehicle overnight parking restriction here (PDF, 1 Mb). Read more: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8a67b7ed1c346655efe70e279&id=48bc2b3847&e=377ae33c53
New Year! New Opportunities to Mix & Mingle!
Join us at Poquito on February 12th for drinks, complimentary snacks, an extended menu created just for us, and of course, the special feeling we get from being members of the PDMA family. Many thanks to Everest Waterproofing, Mackenzie Warehouse, and Recology for sponsoring the first round of drinks. RSVP To: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADA Compliance Workshop
IS YOUR BUSINESS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) ? • Your business in the Mission may be at risk Your business in the Mission may be at risk of a lawsuit of a lawsuit lawsuit. Protect your investment. Protect your investment and JOIN US FOR A FREE SEMINAR • Come with your questions and hear from Come with your questions and hear from architectural and legal experts. architectural and legal experts. • Learn about grants worth about $1,000 to bring your business into compliance. bring your business into compliance. Date: Monday, January 13th, 2014 Time: 8:30AM-10:00AM Location: City and County Human Services Agency 3125 Mission Street (Near Cesar Chavez)
You're Invited: Demystifying The Web (Social Media Workshop)
Got the social media blues? This workshop is designed to help you gain a better understanding of social media: purpose, setting goals, best practices, and more... What you'll learn: How to evaluate what social media channels are right for your business How to create content appropriate for your business Navigating MMA's Website Web presence and what affects it Search engines and what "SEO" really means Getting the word out about your business' specials, deals, events and news How to use your local and neighborhood organizations to boost your marketing reach CLICK HERE TO RSVP
SF Chronicle: Potrero Hill shops maintain a local feel
By John King December 11, 2013 Back in the day, 18th Street on Potrero Hill was where the locals went to catch a movie or run an errand at the pharmacy, the variety store or the butcher around the corner. Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/place/article/Potrero-Hill-shops-maintain-a-local-feel-5052940.php#/0
Local Businesses: Strengthening Pilot Program
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is seeking businesses in the Castro and Upper Market neighborhoods to participate in the Biz Fit SF small business strengthening program. Under Biz Fit SF, the City will work with a limited number of businesses to provide concentrated and tailored technical assistance and address individual needs to ensure that they are healthy and can grow in the context of the neighborhood landscape. Business owners who are accepted into the program will be provided with 10-15 hours of technical assistance services through one-on-one consulting supplemented by classes to enhance basic business skills (e.g. bookkeeping, accounting, QuickBooks, marketing, social media, cash flow management, inventory management, etc.). Participating businesses may benefit from increased sales, improved sustainability, and access to grant funding to implement their customized development plan. Businesses will also receive priority consideration for OEWD’s SF Shines façade and tenant improvement grants, as well as referrals to City-sponsored loans and programs. Biz Fit SF will be taking place in the Castro and Upper Market from February through April, 2014. Ideal candidates for the program are those that will share information with business consultants and commit to investing the time and resources needed to help their business grow. To be considered for the program, please download an application and submit it to Diana Ponce De Leon at email@example.com. For more information or to download an application, please visit: http://www.oewd.org/BizFitSF.aspx
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday!
Whether you're a small business owner or a shopper who loves local business, spread the word online to let your neighborhood know tomorrow is the big day to #ShopSmall. Share this post to spread the word about the big day and visit ShopSmall.com for more ways to get involved.
Small Business Saturday is THIS SATURDAY!
November 30 is Small Business Saturday! Mark your calendar to #ShopSmall on the big day and support your favorite small businesses. You can also head to ShopSmall.com for more ways to get involved.
Save The Date: Southeast Merchants Holiday Mixer
Begin your holiday celebrations early! Enjoy wine, appetizers, and live music from the Reed Fromer Band Network with fellow SF merchants from the Southeast sector of the City. Please RSVP to Lashonatembassy@yahoo.com. We look forward to seeing you there! Event organized by the Bayview Merchants Association and hosted by Recology with participation by the Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association and the South Beach/Mission Bay Business Association.
PDMA Members: Friends and Family Save 20% at Sports Basement
All members & their families are invited to a one day Holiday shopping party on December 14. Attendees will save 20% on purchases for the entire day. Regular prices are guaranteed lowest, and can be price matched to the internet, so 20 % off is great way to do some holiday shopping and save some money! This discount is only offered once a year, so make sure you take advantage. Must be a current PDMA member to receive discount!
Mobile Rec at Potrero Hill Playground on November 9
Come out and play on the Recreation and Parks Department's Mobile Rec gear! No need to travel far, all through the school year the equipment rotate through parks or recreation centers all over San Francisco on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. You will be able to learn techniques and test your skills on the Department's 30-foot rock climbing wall or get skateboarding and biking tips and learn tricks from RecPark Staff! Get ready to ride the ramps, rails and manual pads on our BMX bikes and skateboards. RPD staff will be on hand to teach beginner's the basics of kick-turns, fakies, and dropping in.
Waterfront Transportation Assessment Community Open House
Learn about the Waterfront Transportation Assessment which will help the City take inventory of the various transportation networks and modes to develop viable strategies to address existing and future infrastructure and transit needs as the city changes and grows. Read more...
Potrero Hill History Night
Come to the 13th annual Potrero Hill History Night this Nov. 3rd! An interview with journalist Carl Nolte Hill who grew up on the Hill, and a talk on The Mystery of Mission Creek are on this year’s program. A barbeque at 5:30 will raise funds for our host’s student travel program. See you there! For more info, call 415-863-0784 or visit: http://www.potreroarchives.com/Archives/Welcome.html
The wheel beckons: All Locals Welcome
Celebrate the 24th Annual Potrero Hill Festival with PDMA at our very own booth. As usual we'll have our wheel chock full of fabulous prizes. From our hydration station, to PDMA flavored temptations, and let's not forget our bold fashion statement, locals come first every season. The festival takes place this Saturday, October 19, 2013, 11:00 am -4:00 pm on 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri Streets. This one-of-a-kind community event for all ages features local food vendors and chefs, artists, musicians, historians, homegrown entertainment and much more! We're also giving away $25 gift certificates to your favorite Potrero Hill and Dogpatch businesses. Make sure you stop by, you don't want to miss out.
Marketing & Membership Meeting
Join us for our marketing & membership meeting at The Ramp Restaurant. This month's agenda includes: 2013-14 Member Directory Marketing Updates Membership Updates
Invest In Neighborhoods Highlights - October 2013
The Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, one of the 17 points of Mayor Lee’s plan for jobs and economic opportunity, provides focused, customized assistance to meet the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial corridors. Check out this month's highlights including details on StepAheadSF: a new microloan program offers loans of up to $7500, healthcare reform, food establishment bag ordinance, and much more... View here: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=271a4ec18de978f39fe6d7f77&id=c7f96c3311&e=1fa836d993
San Francisco Youth Employment Initiative
MatchBridge, a United Way organization is working with Manpower on a SF Youth Employment Initiative. The initial pilot partnership project is until October 30th in which the goal is to place 50 SF youths with SF businesses. If the goal is met, the partnership and the program will continue to serve unemployed youth between the ages of 18-24. The purpose of the program is to create partnerships for SF youth to gain early work experiences so they will become financially secure as adults. For more info contact Valerie Wagner of Manpower at firstname.lastname@example.org / 415-293-9082. Warren Aulenbach, has been tasked with reaching out to local businesses in an effort to inform them of the On-the-Job Training program. This program gives you the opportunity to take advantage of our staffing services at no cost to you and offers up to $6,000 in training reimbursement as well as, $36,000 in federal, state, and local tax incentives for qualified employers. More info: http://www.workforcedevelopmentsf.org/businessservices/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&Itemid=84
SF Travel: Be Featured in the 2014 Visitors Planning Guide
New, native content advertising opportunities are available for the 2014 San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide that make this an affordable way for your business to attract visitors. These special ad placements will fit seemlessly alongside content: • Promoted Editor's Pick tells readers that your business is a must-do. • Recommended Activities guide readers where to go in your neighborhood. • Special Restaurant and Spirits section • Sponsored Itinerary Download this PDF to Read More: http://miles.cmail2.com/t/d-l-mljiky-uriiyh-m/ OCTOBER 25th is the reservation deadline for this advertising opportunity, don't wait, Contact email@example.com today.
Locals First: 10 Fall Deals
The days may be getting shorter, but the fall is our neighborhood's time to shine: great weather, homegrown businesses, and enticing deals. This month get 20% off video production & SEO services, 20% off dinner, & more... Click here to view this month's deals.
Potrero Hill Festival
Come taste the flavor of the Potrero community at the 24th annual Potrero Hill Festival. This year's festival features local chefs, food vendors, artists, musicians, historians, homegrown entertainment, and much more...
Mayor Ed Lee: Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program
Mayor Ed Lee is expected to announce the city's new Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program sometime today. The program will help entrepreneurs develop technological products and services for the government. Entrepreneurs will get direct access to government staff, their expertise, and the various opportunities through the city and county of San Francisco. Read more...
PDMA Welcomes Triple Voodoo Brewing
Join us in welcoming Triple Voodoo Brewing, our newest member. Triple Voodoo Brewing is a craft brewery opening up in the Dogpatch. They brew unique styles of beer influenced by Belgian and California styles of brewing and will be offering a 15 tap tasting room as well as brewery tours. Let's show some love and welcome Triple Voodoo Brewing to the PDMA family!
Potero Gateway Park - Workshop 2
Potrero Gateway Park is a community initiative to improve the neglected space around 101 and under the freeway, between San Bruno, Vermont, 17th and 18th streets. Major design goals are to improve the safety, cleanliness and usability of the open space. The project is a partnership between the community and different state and local agencies including Caltrans, Department of Public Works (DPW) and SF Parks Alliance. SF Parks Alliance is the fiscal sponsor of the project. For more information: http://www.potrerogatewaypark.org/
PDMA Welcomes USE Clean Tech
Join us in welcoming USE Clean Tech our newest member. USE Clean Tech provides energy efficient commercial lighting solutions, by helping businesses reduce their light energy use and reduce their cost. Let's show some love and welcome USE Clean Tech to the PDMA family!
PDMA Welcomes Coddington Design
Join us in welcoming Coddington Design, our organization's newest member. Melanie Coddington has lived and worked in Potrero Hill for over a decade. She focuses on client-centered interior design throughout San Francisco and beyond. Although Coddington Design is well known for residential remodels, they recently finished up a private tasting room for Anchor Distilling Company. Coddington Design has been featured in San Francisco Magazine, CA Home Design, House Beautiful, and has participated in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase house. Let's show some love and welcome Coddington Design to the PDMA family!
Urban Air Market at Pier 70
Urban Air Market is the largest outdoor design festival in the country and the only independent fashion show focusing on sustainable design. Visit http://urbanairmarket.com/ for more details and to RSVP. The event is free to attend.
PDMA Welcomes NextSpace Potrero HIll
We'd like to welcome NextSpace Potrero HIll, our newest member. NextSpace provides innovative physical and virtual infrastructure that freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creative class professionals need to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy. In an increasingly disconnected world, NextSpace creates a collaborative community that is revolutionizing the nature of work. Let's show some love and welcome NextSpace Potrero HIll to the PDMA family.
Final Happy Hour Mixer - Mission Rock Resort
Come have a drink on us at our final happy hour mixer this summer. The first 25 attendees get one free drink. This month, you're invited to relax along the water while enjoying a unique view of the bay from Mission Rock Resort's newly designed patio. There will be a special no host drink and food happy hour menu for you to choose from. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING SOON: 2014 PDMA Business Directory
Preparations have already begun for next year's directory. We're once again partnering with VIA Media on what promises to be another standout issue, unlike anything we've done before. Check us out: http://viamedia.net/pdma-directory
SFMTA - Transit Resources for Potential BART Strike
Today the SFMTA released a contingency plan in the event of a BART strike. The plan aims to provide SFMTA services, such as two expanded casual carpool locations, for those displaced by a strike and endeavors to avoid or minimize gridlock. To view the STMTA's press relaase viisit: https://docsend.com/view/XjL7si To view a map with commuter options to the East Bay visit: https://docsend.com/view/6NLCGc
Potrero Streetscape Improvement Project: Community Meeting
The San Francisco Department of Public Works, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, will host the second community meeting to discuss the Potrero Streetscape Improvement Project. The meeting will be held next Tuesday, July 30th in the SFGH Cafeteria from 6-8 pm. The attachment includes more information in Spanish and English.
PDMA Welcomes Copilot
We'd like to welcome Copilot, our organization's newest member. Copilot analyzes aggregate, anonymous data for a network of restaurants to provide members with competitive benchmarks and opportunities for growth. Let's show some love and welcome Copilot to the PDMA family!
Summer Happy Hour Mixers
Come for happy hour and stay for an even happier hour or two. Don’t miss this chance to socialize, mingle, eat, and drink with your fellow PDMA members at the first of three monthly mixers we're organizing this summer. This is your time to catch up with old friends and make some new connections. The mixers will be held at member establishments and will feature no host drink and food menus. Our first no host mixer will be held at neighborhood restaurant and bar Skool who will be adding a special PDMA cocktail to their happy hour menu just for us. Make sure to bring your business cards as we'll be raffling the featured spot on the PDMA homepage. You don't want to miss out!
San Francisco Travel Neighborhood Competition
San Francisco Travel in partnership with Mosey (a new site that let’s you create custom adventures) has just launched the "More to SF" campaign. "More to SF" seeks to uncover all the unique experiences that San Francisco has to offer by challenging locals to create an epic 4-6 hour itinerary. Winners will be featured on both SF Travel and Mosey's homepages, with an audience reach of more the 5 million viewers for your neighborhood! Whether it be a lazy Sunday afternoon or a hot date night, show us the best this city has to offer by packaging your favorite places and activities into an unforgettable experience. The deadline for submission is June 14. Visit https://www.mosey.com/MoreToSF for more information and get started today.
PDMA Welcomes Chocolate Lab
We'd like to welcome Chocolate Lab, our organization's newest member. Chocolate Lab is an intimate European influenced cafe offering unique savory meals, Recchiuti chocolate focused desserts, wines, beers, and wine cocktails. Let's show some love and welcome Chocolate Lab to the PDMA family!
PDMA Welcomes The Museum of Craft and Design
We'd like to welcome The Museum of Craft and Design our organization's newest member. The Museum of Craft and Design is an environment for experiencing innovative contemporary work in craft and design that engages the community while stimulating the creative potential in people's lives. The Museum Store features unique objects, jewelry and gifts, many crafted by local artists. Let's show some love and welcome The Museum of Craft and Design to the PDMA family!
PDMA Welcomes Direct Mail Center
The third member we'd like to welcome today is Direct Mail Center. Established in 1983, Direct Mail Center is a full service direct mail services company. They provide mailing services, digital and offset printing, personalized mailings, mailing lists, data-entry, and mailing list maintenance. Their clients include Fortune 1000 companies, startups, small businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and universities. Next time you need someone to handle your fundraising, marketing, or regulatory printings and mailings, do not hesitate to contact them. Same day service, rush service, recyclable/green products available. Let's show some love and welcome Direct Mail Center to the PDMA family!
PDMA Welcomes Callista Smith, Paragon Real Estatate Group
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Callista Shepherd Smith, a realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group. As property owners in Dogpatch, Callista and her husband take a personal as well as professional interest in the Dogpatch Historic District and Potrero Hill communities. Of particular interest is the compelling community spirit and connectedness, they cherish the local attributes and sense of pride in place, protect and promote from within the happiness quotient for these neighborhood’s people and visitors, and support good development choices as they are in the path of the City’s unfolding growth! They provide the highest level of quality real estate consulting and services for Homeowners, Sellers and Buyers. Let's show some love and welcome Callista Shepherd Smith to the PDMA familly!
PDMA Welcomes Instaply
Instaply is the second member we'd like to welcome today. Instaply connects businesses with customers like friends with a free texting app. Customers can now have all their favorite businesses at their fingertips and businesses open up a time-saving new channel for customer communication. Customers use a free mobile app and businesses can access the service on mobile apps and on the web through a PC. Let's show some love and welcome Instaply to the PDMA family!
PDMA Welcomes Trumark Urban
We'd like to welcome Trumark Urban, our organization's newest member. Trumark Urban develops unique high-density mixed-use projects in thriving city-centric locations. They work with local communities to address the needs of neighborhoods with a clear goal of respecting and enhancing the current culture. Let's show some love and welcome Trumark Urban to the PDMA family!
PDMA Flavors - Call For Neighborhood Restaurants
We've been invited to participate in Flavors of San Francisco 2013, the gala kick-off ceremony for San Francisco Small Business Week, and we need your help. In order to complete our application to participate in the event, we need to confirm 2 to 5 restaurants or bars from our neighborhood. Each participating restaurant will be asked to contribute a minimum of 600 bites for the event. This is a great opportunity to represent our community at the largest Small Business Event of the year. Please email email@example.com if you're interested in contributing to the event. At the event, Mayor Lee will be welcoming more than 1,200 business and community leaders to celebrate small business in San Francisco. Guests will meet and mingle with hundreds of small business owners, dozens of small business resource providers, and merchants associations; all while enjoying a taste of San Francisco from up to 30 local restaurants, bars and food and beverage entrepreneurs! This event is hosted by the US Small Business Administration, Mayor Ed Lee, the Office of Small Business, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance, African American Chamber of Commerce, Golden Gate Business Association, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, and the Council on District Merchant Associations.
PDMA Welcomes Slate Janitorial
Slate Janitorial is the second member we'd like to welcome today. Slate Janitorial is a locally owned green cleaning company with good old-fashioned customer service. They'll be the most professional janitorial service you've ever worked with – providing you with a clean place of business and great value for your money. Let's show our love and welcome Slate Janitorial to the PDMA family!
PDMA Welcomes Slow Club
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Slow Club, a neighborhood restaurant and bar on the corner of Mariposa and Hampshire. They work closely with farms and ranches to keep their menus seasonal and impeccably fresh. Meet at Slow Club for brunch, lunch, dinner, and a cocktail. Let's show our love and welcome Slow Club to the PDMA family!
Help Improve 22nd Street Caltrain Station Platform
A group of neighbors, inspired by Alex of La Stazione Coffee + Wine Bar are applying to the city for a Community Challenge Grant (CCG) for Phase 1 planning to improve the platform and lighting for the 22nd Street Caltrain station. They are requesting letters of support from residents and business owners by Wednesday March 27, 2013. The picture attached is inspiration for the platform. Current plans are for a similar setup, but on a smaller scale. Please send letters of support to Janet Carpinelli: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow us on Twitter
You are what you tweet, and PDMA is the voice of 170+ businesses in Potrero HIll and Dogpatch. We represent an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, salons, spas, healers, shopping, schools, business services and much more. Follow us @PDMA_SF and stay up to date with all things local on the hill and by the bay.
PDMA Welcomes Future Cities Lab
Join us in welcoming Future Cities Lab, our organization's newest member. Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and fabrication shop based in Dogpatch. Future Cities Lab is at the forefront of exploring how advanced technologies, social media, and the internet of things will profoundly affect how we live, work, communicate, and play in the future. Their approach to design and making, which has been described as high performance craft, is also deeply experiential, interactive and materially rich. Let's show some love and welcome Future Cities Lab to the PDMA family.
Annual PDMA Member Celebration at Anchor Brewing
Meet and network with fellow merchants, and celebrate the beginning of another successful year, while enjoying tasty bites from some of our finest neighborhood restaurants washed down with Anchor's traditional San Francisco brews. Get acquainted with our new and potential members and reunite with some old friends. As Anchor puts it: "Beer is social." This annual celebration is open to all member business owners plus one guest. Feel free to forward this invitation to prospective members and encourage them to attend! Click Here to RSVP Now Many thanks to our event sponsor: Anchor Brewing Company, our event planners: the PDMA Membership / Marketing Committee, and to our member restaurants for providing the delicious food.
PDMA Welcomes La Fromagerie Cheese Shop
We'd like to welcome La Fromagerie Cheese Shop, our organization's newest member. La Fromagerie openly encourages sampling. They stock over 50 types of cheese, mostly from France but also from Spain, Italy, and the U.S. La Fromagerie also offers a great selection of fresh brick oven bread from Firebrand in Oakland, a variety of charcuterie such as rillettes and prosciutto, Italian pasta, sauces, petit fours, and frozen croissants from White Toque. Let's show our love and welcome La Fromagerie Cheese Shop to the PDMA family!
New meter rates around the ballpark beginning March 4th
On March 4th SFpark will begin metering 6-10pm with varying rates ($5 or $7 per hour) during special events around the ballpark. The first event to be affected by this new measure is the World Baseball Classic March 17–19. For more information visit http://sfpark.org/how-it-works/mission-bay-parking-planning/event-pricing-evening-metering/.
New online tool for navigating SF's permitting process
Mayor Lee just announced a new online tool: License 123, an easy-to-use, free online portal that helps new businesses navigate the City’s permitting and licensing requirements. License 123 allows entrepreneurs and small business owners to access permits and licenses on one convenient site, instead of contacting several City agencies, as they open a new business in San Francisco. In addition to License 123, businesses can still receive customized, one-on-one assistance from the Office of Small. Services are available by phone, walk-in, and by appointment, M-F, 8am-5pm, at City Hall, Room 110. To schedule an appointment, please call 415-554-6134, or email, email@example.com. All services are available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish.
PDMA Welcomes Fluid Flooring
We'd like to welcome Fluid Flooring, our organization's newest member. Fluid Flooring offers top quality carpeting, hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl, and window treatments providing warehouse pricing, in-home free consultation, and next day installation as well as 12 month interest free financing. Let's show our love and welcome Fluid Flooring to the PDMA family!
Mission Bay Loop Public Meeting
Please join us to discuss the Mission Bay Loop Transit Project. In 2003, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) began Third Street T-Line service between Embarcadero and Sunnydale. Upon completion of the Central Subway, the Mission Bay Loop will allow for more frequent service between Mission Bay, SOMA and Chinatown by finishing the train turnaround at Third, 18th, 19th and Illinois Streets. Transit frequency south of Mission Bay will also be increased. SFMTA is now completing the required federal Environmental Assessment. We are eager to hear your thoughts about the project and to update you on the proposed schedule, with construction anticipated for 2014. For more informations please contact Peter Brown: ￼(415) 701-5485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PDMA Welcomes Six String Communications
PDMA welcomes Six String Communications, a full-service writing and editing business, specializing in marketing copy and corporate communications. Let's show our love and welcome Six String Communications to the PDMA family.
PDMA Welcomes ProLocal
We'd like to welcome our newest member ProLocal! ProLocal tactically manages the daily operations and communication for Bay Area merchants associations. They ensure operational excellence, resulting in the merchants association's increased potential to provide opportunities and exposure for their locally-owned member businesses. Let's show our love and welcome ProLocal to the PDMA family.
PDMA Welcomes IMA Interactive
We'd like to welcome our newest member IMA Interactive, an online marketing agency that is focused on creating revenue for their clients. They do this by implementing a holistic online strategy that makes your website the focus of their campaign. Let's show our love and welcome IMA Interactive to the PDMA family.
Community Meeting - SFMTA Parking Proposals
After the public hearing last January, SFMTA decided to revise their parking management plan for Mission Bay, Dogpatch, and Potrero Hill. In the meantime they've been moving full speed ahead with a similar plan for the Mission. Their plans for the Mission have been met with resistance by local residents and businesses. SFMTA's response has been to write off this opposition as NIMBYS lacking any proactive input. In January 2012 after SFMTA presented to our membership, PDMA took an official position in favor of a parking management plan that best satisfies the needs of residents and businesses, one that takes into consideration the specific circumstances of each block where modifications are proposed. PDMA is maintaining this position, and is advocating for a similar approach in the Mission. SFMTA has planned a community meeting in the Mission for January 19th (10am) at John O'Connell High School. We would like to make sure that the opinions of residents and local businesses are heard before the plans are implemented. We're asking PDMA members to make an effort to attend this community meeting in support of a parking management plan that satisfies the needs of residents and businesses. If the plan is implemented in the Mission without any local input, it will set a precedent for our neighborhood. Please come and make your voice heard!
PDMA Welcomes Vima Dance Studio
We'd like to welcome our newest member Vima Dance Studio. Lcated on the corner of 26th and 3rd in the Dogpatch, Vima Dance Studio has a 5,300 sq. ft. ballroom with lots of free parking. They teach all Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dances. They offer private lessons and different levels of group classes. Focus on styling and technique- Social dancing- Competitive dancing- Choreography- Performances- First dance / wedding couples- Same-sex couples - No partner needed! Vima Dance Studio believes the most effective way for you to learn is through the combination of their group and private lessons. Let's show our love and welcome Vima Dance Studio to the PDMA family.
PDMA Welcomes SaveNature.Org
We'd like to welcome our newest member SaveNature.Org. SaveNature.Org inspires children and adults to discover their relationship to nature through hands-on education and personal conservation initiatives. Let's show our love and welcome SaveNature.Org to the PDMA family.
PDMA Welcomes D-Rev
We'd like to welcome our newest member D-Rev, an international nonprofit design and technology firm that develops market-driven products to improve the health and incomes of people living on less than $4/day. Let's show our love and welcome D-Rev to the PDMA family.
PDMA Welcomes Mission Rock Resort
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Mission Rock Resort. Situated on the border of the South of Market and Dogpatch districts, Mission Rock Resort is located directly on the San Francisco Bay, one mile south of AT&T park. Brought to you by the same folks who brought you King Street’s triple play: MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern. No fuss, just great food, and great times. Let's show our love and welcome Mission Rock Resort to the PDMA family.
Southeast San Francisco Merchants Holiday Mixer
Begin your holiday celebrations early! The Bayview Merchants Association (BMA) has a holiday mixer every December, but this year decided to make it an entire District 10 celebration. Enjoy wine, appetizers, and live music from the Reed Fromer Band. Come mix and mingle with other local independent merchants as we work to build stronger relationships with our neighboring associations. Please RSVP to Lashonatembassy@yahoo.com by Nov 29th. Event organized by the Bayview Merchants Association and hosted by Recology with participation by the Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association.
California College of the Arts Public Information Meetin
You may have heard that California College of the Arts (CCA) purchased the adjoining empty parcel bounded by Hooper, Seventh and Irwin Streets. While CCA has no plans yet for the new parcel, they are seeking to be designated an Art & Design Educational Special Use District (SUD), not unlike the successful American Can Building which is designated an Innovative Industries Special Use District. Come out to learn about their initial thinking on the topic well in advance of them developing any specific building plans. For more information contact: David Meckel, Director of Campus Planning email@example.com 415.703.9561 www.cca.edu
Danzhaus presents Abigail, The Salem Witch Trials Rock Opera
Danzhaus presents Abigail, The Salem Witch Trials Rock Opera, November 9, 16, 17, 23, 24, and Dec. 1 and 15, 2012, at 1275 Connecticut Street off Cesar Chavez in San Francisco. Live band and great cast of singers, including PDMA member, John Zane. A rock opera based during the Salem witch trials period and centered around Abigail Williams, a young girl stuck in Puritanical times who longs for something more. Abigail and her family sing and dance in the privacy of their home even though discovery of their behavior would ensure prosecution and punishment from the community and the church. To Abigail, this risk was worth the secrecy because the LOVE around her at home was the world to her. $15 Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271468. Free street parking, Muni #24, one block from Yellow cab dispatch. Doors @ 8:00 / show starts at 9:00
PDMA Welcomes Thee Parkside
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Thee Parkside, a Local bar serving great food and live music. Let's show our love and welcome Thee Parkside to the PDMA family.
PDMA Welcomes Market on Third
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Market on Third, an intimate, urban, indoor marketplace for micro-business vendors in the Bayview District. Market on Third is seeking vendors of specialty and healthy comestibles, unique ‘wearables’ and hand-crafted personal products. Let's show our love and welcome Market on Third to the PDMA family.
Survey: Long-Term Bicycle Parking in San Francisco
Do you have a secure location in San Francisco to park your bicycle while at work? How about at your San Francisco home? The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is evaluating the feasibility of long-term bicycle parking facilities in San Francisco and this 5-minute survey will aid in assessing the demand, value and desired amenities pertaining to future facilities. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sflongtermbikeparking Please provide input by November 9th!
PDMA Welcomes Goodwin Carpet
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Goodwin Carpet, a small family-run business for over 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. They offer both residential and commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Let's show our love and welcome Goodwin Carpet to the PDMA family.
23rd Annual Potrero Hill Festival
On Saturday, October 20, 2012 we invite you, our neighbors and the residents of San Francisco and beyond to the little festival with a big view. Potrero Hill, the iconic neighborhood is hosting its 23rd annual festival. Kicking off with a New Orleans Style Brunch created by the California Culinary Academy and then followed by an exciting street fair on 20th Street between Missouri and Wisconsin. We’ll have music, food, crafts and activities for the young and old alike. We hope you’ll join us!
Donate 'n' Dine
A joint venture between PDMA, Goodwill, and Scrap, the center that receives used items to be remade into works of art, will take place at the SOMA Street Food Park at 11th and Division Saturday, September 15th from 11AM to 4:00PM. Named Donate and Dine, the event will be a celebration of Potrero Hill businesses, community, schools, and places of worship. Bring your E waste and clean, organized reusable materials and enjoy arts and crafts, Jumpy House, face painting and family fun all surrounded by an eclectic variety of food trucks offering delicious eats. The event is intended to celebrate community while helping to provide jobs and job training via Goodwill's efforts. Scrap, (www.scrap-sf.org) also works with the community to help re use donated items in creative ways. So please come to the event and bring your family and friends.
PDMA Welcomes Forest City Enterprises
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Forest City Enterprises, leading the next evolution of Pier 70. Pier 70 is a creative development project on the eastern waterfront of San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Their vision is to build the next chapter of the historic site into a place where local community and economy come together at the water’s edge. Forest City Enterprises will co-create Pier 70 with an emerging group of local partners whose programs, events, and activities open the waterfront to us all. In the coming years, the site will blend new and restored spaces for working, living, and gathering; designed with a deep integration of the history and culture of the area. Let's show our love and welcome Foster City Enterprises to our family.
Community Workshops for Pier 70
Forest City would like to invite you to participate in a focus group discussion around enhancing the Dogpatch neighborhood. Specifically, we seek insight in helping shape the vision for making the next evolution of Pier 70 one that feels authentic and alive, where local community and the economy come together at the water’s edge of the Dogpatch. Forest City, creators of the 5M Project, is leading this process for the waterfront portion of Pier 70. Forest City’s work emanates from a core belief that we make places that will exist for the long term. The focus group that we hope you will join us for will guide our planning process, help us identify activities to activate the waterfront in the near term and inform the framework principles for the long-term vision and, ultimately, the design of the place. It will take place on Friday, September 14th from 9 to 11:30am at UCSF Fox Room (654 Minnesota Street, 3rd Floor). As a thank you we will also provide dinner and either $50 in cash or a $50 donation in your name to one of two organizations working to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood – either the Friends of Potrero Nursery School or Potrero Hill History Archive Project. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org (415-593-4221) to confirm your attendance or if you have any questions about the workshops. We thank you for your consideration and look forward to seeing you on September 20th.
PDMA Welcomes Airbnb
We'd like to welcome our newest member Airbnb. Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 26,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions. Let's show our love and welcome Airbnb to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Metronome Dance Collective
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Metronome Dance Collective, where you'll find great instructors, fun events, and a welcoming atmosphere. They have highly qualified and experienced dance instructors for many of the popular partner styles such as Salsa, Tango, Swing, and Ballroom. In addition to classes in partner dancing, Metronome SF also offer classes in Hip-Hop, Ballet, Zumba, Belly Dance, Capoiera, and more. The main studio is spacious and welcoming with very a high ceiling, beautiful hardwood floor, and full length mirrors. It's perfect for large group classes and dance parties, or for hosting your own private events. For those looking for rehearsal space, there is also three additional studio spaces at Metronome available for rent. Let's show our love and welcome Metronome SF to the PDMA family.
Good Backpack invites Potrero Hill and Dogpatch students to ReVamp Camp, where they can receive free back packs and customize them. The community will be providing helpers and craft supplies. Creativity encouraged. Personalize, embellish and transform bags for school. Students, K-12, must go to school or live on Potrero Hill or in Dogpatch. One bag per student. Parent or relative must accompany children. If you already have a bag you can use that. If not, free bags will be available - while they last. If you have an extra, please bring it to share. Donations of Good Clean Backpacks, Messenger or Computer Bags can be taken to Post and Parcel, Goat Hill Pizza, Farley's Coffee, World Gym, Center Hardware or Rickshaw Bagworks until Aug 17. See www.GoodBackpack.org for more information. ReVamp Camp: Saturday, August 18th 10-2 St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall door on Connecticut St. just below 19th
Unite Potrero - A Community Wide Party
Come out to Potrero Recreation Center on Saturday, July 28 for a free community party, featuring food, music, arts and crafts, Zumba dancing and games! Click here for more event information.
SF Business Tax Reform- Your feedback is requested
The Board of Supervisors is currently considering submitting a ballot measure to the voters which will adopt a gross receipts based business tax and abolish the current payroll tax business structure. Two proposals have been introduced, one sponsored by Mayor Lee and President Chiu, and the other by Supervisor Avalos. The Mayor/Chiu proposal will generate $13 million of additional revenues, the Avalos proposal will generate $40 million of additional revenue. Both proposals, which includes a $1 million small business exemption are currently on a "30 day hold" at the Board of Supervisors, meaning that they will be formally considered after July 12, 2012. We are asking you to take a moment to fill out this very brief survey which will assist the Office of Small Business and Small Business Commission in making recommendations on the two proposals. Visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2JRRKCX to take survey now.
New Checkout Bag Regulations Take Effect on Oct 1, 2012
Does your retail store provide plastic checkout bags for your customers? Beginning October 1, 2012, a new law passed by the City and County of San Francisco will ban plastic checkout bags and add a charge on allowed checkout bags. To help you comply with the checkout bag regulations, the SF Department of the Environment will host 5 free bag vendor fairs: June 19th, 9:30am-11:00am, at Chinatown YMCA (855 Sacramento St.), June 26th, 9:30am-11:00am, at Women's Building (3543 18th St.), July 10th, 9:30am-11:00am, at Bayview Opera House (4705 3rd St.), July 17th, 2:00pm-3:30pm, at Minnie @ Lovie Ward Recreation Center (650 Capitol Ave), July 24th, 9:30am-1:00am, at Golden Gate Park @ County Fair Building (1199 9th Ave.) This is a great opportunity to meet bag suppliers and see examples of acceptable recyclable, compostable and reusable checkout bag options. Attendance to one of the fairs is highly recommended as city staff will be available to answer questions. The first 100 business owners/managers to sign in at each fair event will be eligible to receive 25 reusable high quality cloth bags (maximum per business) to give to their select customers, courtesy of the Department of the Environment. To find out more about the Checkout Bag Ordinance, and acceptable bags for distribution, please visit: www.SFEnvironment.org/checkout-bag-policy-faq or call (415) 355-3700.
PDMA Welcomes Hans Art Automotive
We'd d like to welcome our newest member Hans Art Automotive, a family-run general automotive mechanical repair and maintenance shop. In business for 43 years in the Mission District serving Potrero Hill, Noe Valley, The Haight-Ashbury, Diamond Heights, SOMA, and Glen Park. Originally a German specialty shop, Hans Art Automotive branched out in the mid-70's into Japanese cars and in the nineties into American cars and trucks. Modern auto computer systems are their specialty. They offer high quality, personalized customer service, a superior warranty, and highest quality parts installed by well trained, experienced technicians. Let's show our love and welcome Hans Art Automotive to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Giggling Lotus Yoga
We'd d like to welcome our newest member Giggling Lotus Yoga, a vinyasa yoga studio offering a full array of classes at all levels. Let's show our love and welcome Giggling Lotus Yoga to our family.
Rebuild Potrero Community Building Group Meeting
This month we will share in a delicious meal, get fun updates on the progress of the Community Building activities, brainstorm ideas for a community mural project led by two young Potrero artists and discuss two exciting initiatives that are underway in partnership with San Francisco State University’s Health Equity Institute, the SF Department of Public Health and the Mayor’s Office of Housing. Hope to see you there!
PDMA Welcomes Events by Collette
We'd d like to welcome our newest member Events by Collette, a one-stop shop event planning company offering all the services necessary for a successful event. All events are organized in collaboration with their local and privately owned partners. In addition to hosting client events, they also host one-of-a-kind pre-planned events and field trips. Let's show our love and welcome Events by Collette to our family.
Small Business Permit Fee Waivers for the month of May
Supervisor Carmen Chu introduced legislation allowing for permit fee waivers for small businesses (100 employees or less) during the month of May, when the City traditionally celebrates small businesses. The legislation would provide a permit fee waiver for 1) awning replacements and 2) pedestrian-level lighting. There is language in the ordinance allowing for the retroactive application of this fee waiver so that the permit fees will be waived from May 1 through 31, 2012. The rationale behind this legislation was to provide small businesses with incentives to improve their storefront appearance, and to improve public safety along our commercial corridors. While working on a storefront improvement project involving awning replacements on Taraval Street, we learned that the City requires permit fees even if a property owner is just replacing an awning. These permit fees can add up. There are separate fees for different types of replacement work, such as if you are 1) replacing the canvas/plastic covering; 2) replacing awning sign with wording on it; 3) replacing the awning structure. This is a pilot program, and we hope that small businesses throughout the entire city will take advantage of the opportunity to improve their storefronts. For questions, contact: Katy Tang at 415-554-7462 or visit www.sfbos.org/chu
Request for Proposal for Lease and Operation of the Carrousel and Food & Beverage Concession in Golden Gate Park
The Golden Gate Park Carrousel and Food and Beverage Concession Request for Proposals (RFP) has just been released. This is a unique opportunity for a qualified entity to manage the food and beverage concession and carrousel operation in Golden Gate Park. Responses are due by email to me no later than June 22, 2012, by 5pm. Please send them to Lisa.Zahner@sfgov.org . In addition, there will be a pre-bid conference on May 15, 2012 at 11am at the Carrousel. Other deadlines and further details are in the RFP. Please visit the following link to view full Request for Proposal: http://sfrecpark.org/Opportunities.aspx
Cafe Cocomo's Live Salsa Music with Salsa Dancing and Free Salsa Dance Lessons every week!
Come see what all of the excitement is about! Cafe Cocomo brings hottest Salsa events to the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring Live Salsa Bands, Social Salsa Dancing and Salsa Dance Lessons many times a week (no partner needed, we can hook you up!). Check out our Salsa Events calendar for the latest times and listings. Plenty of free street parking and a capacity of over 650 makes Cocomo the Best Salsa Club! http://www.cafecocomo.com
PDMA Welcomes Tao Barber Salon
We'd d like to welcome our newest member Tao Barber Salon, a barber salon which offers a relaxing one-on-one barber to client experience. Tao Barber Salon specializes in Men's Haircuts and Classic Razor Shaves brought to you in a unique environment that you may not find in a traditional barber shop. Guests are invited to leave all of the commotion behind and enter into a calm and charming atmosphere. Consider your time well spent while enjoying professional services provided by their welcoming and experienced team. Let's show our love and welcome Tao Barber Salon to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Vault Wholesale
We'd d like to welcome our newest member Vault Warehouse, USA's low cost precious metals dealer. Vault Warehouse provides wealth insurance and peace of mind through gold, silver, and platinum products. They are a full service company, and have been in the industry since 1985. They buy bullion, coins, and offer Precious Metals retirement accounts. Let's show our love and welcome Vault Warehouse to our family.
The Potrero Boosters Dinner, May 22 - Door Prizes
The Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association will hold its annual dinner on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the California Culinary Academy. This fun event is attended by 120 residents and friends of Potrero Hill who take an active role in the civic life of their neighborhood. At the dinner the new year's Executive Committee will be installed, and the community's hardest working individuals will be recognized. Door prizes will also be given out promoting neighborhood businesses. Can you help ensure the success of our event by contributing a door prize? Gift certificates, trial offers or discounts are the most popular. You will be listed in the evening’s program as a contributor, and any brochures or promotional material provided will be displayed and handed out. To contribute a door prize, please contact Tony Kelly at email@example.com, or 415-341-8040. Donated prizes can be picked up from your place of business, or if the prize is a coupon or something that can be emailed, feel free to just send it along! The Potrero Boosters are one of the oldest and largest neighborhood associations in San Francisco. Founded in 1926 and are celebrating more than 85 years of service. In the past few years, Potrero Hill has been changing rapidly. The Boosters are strong advocates of planned growth for our Hill while preserving our unique community. Thank you for your consideration and participation.
PDMA Welcomes CITYtown
We'd d like to welcome our newest member CITYtown. CITYtown works with local artists, organizations and merchants to celebrate thriving neighborhoods and to strengthen the local economy. They create practical, beautiful, and green neighborhood-pride posters. Their mission is to render visible resources in the community that help inspire a more participatory citizenry: neighborhood groups, volunteer opportunities, useful phone numbers, local news and community websites, annual events, and more. Let's show our love and welcome CITYtown to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Roll San Francisco
We'd d like to welcome our newest member: Roll San Francisco, a bicycle repair shop for every style of rider and all types of bikes. Roll provides high quality service, longer business hours, online appointment scheduling, and reasonable turn around times. Let's show our love and welcome Roll to our family.
Roman Ruby Mother's Day Special
From now until Friday May 4th enjoy a 20% discount on all Roman Ruby Botanicals merchandise. Here is the website for the official store: http://romanruby.storenvy.com/ The coupon code is yomama. The shop-site automatically adds shipping. If you would like to pick up your items, please send me an email with your desired items and I will happily take care of your order and check-out minus the shipping fees. Thank you and please feel free to forward this along to other friends and family who might also be interested.
PDMA Welcomes Nancy Rodger Web Design
We'd d like to welcome our newest member: Nancy Rodger Web Design, a custom website builder for small businesses since 1999. Nancy and her associates use up to the minute best practices for clear findable websites and blogs to get your message across brilliantly and target your audience. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
San Francisco Business Transportation Concerns Study
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority wants to hear your transportation concerns. Your participation is requested in a survey about how transportation affects your competitiveness and the sorts of transportation improvements that would most benefit your business. Results will inform a variety of SFCTA planning initiatives such as the San Francisco Transportation Plan update and the Transportation Demand Management Partnership Project. This survey should be completed by the person within your firm or organization who is most familiar with the effects of transportation on customers and business operations. The survey is available online at http://sfbusinesscongestion.limequery.com/47721/lang-en. In addition to the survey, we wish to interview a set of business owners and managers about their transportation concerns. If you or anyone in your organization would like to participate in an interview, please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Commuter Benefits Ordinance Annual Compliance form Due April 30
Effective January, 09 the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires employers with 20 or more employees nationwide to offer their employees a Commuter Benefit. By taking advantage of the federally approved commuter benefit incentives, businesses save up to 9% on payroll taxes and employees save up to 40% on transit and vanpool expenses. To request materials / schedule a consultation call 415-355-3727 or email: CommuteSmart@sfgov.org, and visit: www.sfenvironment.org for more details
EXCLUSIVE OFFER -- FOR PDMA MEMBERS ONLY!!
To celebrate the launch of our new website, LocalOn is offering our members an exclusive discount. Take this opportunity to reinvent your old website and launch it on LocalOn's easy-to-use platform. A new website! Why would you do that? Well, the benefits speak for themselves: * You can make changes yourself--to the copy, images, or design--whenever you need. (Not a technical person? Not a problem. Making updates is just as easy as writing and sending an email.) * Achieve search engine optimization using social and traditional media. (Not sure what that means? Try googling "potrero dogpatch events," we're the first hit!) * Your site will be gorgeous. (You get to choose from one of LocalOn's top-tier themes. Your business will shine online!) * The price cannot be beat (The cost to create, maintain, and host your site will come in at a fraction of your current site.) To find out about the discount, email email@example.com or ask me (Kieron).
PDMA Welcomes Ruby Wine
We'd d like to welcome our newest member: Ruby Wine, a boutique wine shop nestled in the heart of Potrero Hill, with over 10 years of service to the local wine drinking community. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
54th Annual Potrero Hill Artists' Exhibition
Potrero Branch Library will host the 53rd Annual Art Exhibition from Saturday, May 5 through Friday, June 1. Featuring artists who live, work, or study on Potrero Hill, this is the oldest annual art show in San Francisco and owes its longevity to a group of artists who painted with, or under the tutelage of, the late Charles Farr. Enjoy beautiful community art, musical entertainment and refreshments at the opening reception on Saturday May 5, from 6-9 p.m.
PDMA Welcomes Advanced Autowerks Inc.
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Advanced Autowerks Inc. Founded in 2002, Advanced Autowerks brings excellent professional service to Dogpatch and Potrero Hill dwellers. They maintain and repair your Audi, Volkswagen, or Mini Cooper automobiles with the highest level of expertise.. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Walden Development LLC
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Walden Development LLC, a Real Estate Investment & Development firm. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Seoul Patch
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Seoul Patch, a pop-up restaurant, serving Korean inspired American food. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night. Started in 2011, Seoul Patch looks to serve the City, something new, unique, and delicious. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
ANNUAL PDMA MEMBER CELEBRATION AT ANCHOR BREWING
Meet and network with fellow merchants, and celebrate the beginning of another successful year, while enjoying tasty bites from some of our finest neighborhood restaurants washed down with Anchor's traditional San Francisco brews. Get acquainted with our new and potential members and reunite with some old friends. As Anchor puts it: "Beer is social." This annual celebration is open to all member business owners plus one guest. Feel free to forward this invitation to prospective members and encourage them to attend! Click Here to RSVP Now Many thanks to our event sponsor: Anchor Brewing Company, our event planners: the PDMA Membership / Marketing Committee, and to our member restaurants for providing the delicious food.
STARR KING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPRING FLING
A community celebration and fund raising event. Funds raised will support arts and educational enrichment, greening and gardening projects, student wellness programs, and small class sizes. This year's event features exciting auction items (family excursions, dinners, a pasta making party, a private sangria tasting event, and art from your kids), delicious food and sangria, and fabulous entertainment from Helen and the Starr King Stompers with special guest appearances (We can't tell you who yet, you have to come!). Don't miss it! There will also be: DELICIOUS FOOD & SANGRIA FUN MUSIC RAFFLE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL Suggested Donation: $15 Email for silent auction participation details and corporate donation information.
UCSF & PENNSYLVANIA STREET GARDENS WELLNESS FAIR
UCSF and Pennsylvania Street Gardens are teaming up to throw a neighborhood block party with food, activities and information focused on health and wellness. Come and showcase your business for FREE. Email to sign up or for more participation details .
TASTE OF POTRERO
TOP RESTAURANTS • TOP FOOD TRUCKS • TOP CHEFS • TOP SPIRITS • TOP WINES A food, cocktail, and silent auction event to benefit the Daniel Webster Elementary School Last year, Taste of Potrero rocked San Francisco with an unrivaled food event. Former Mayor Art Agnos said “For all of my 46 years living in San Francisco, this is the best event I have seen put on by any neighborhood. It rivals the best of any by the fabulous Charlotte Maillard Schultz, our city’s chief of protocol.”. This year will be no exception. Eat, Drink, and be Thoughtful - Benefiting Eductiaon and Your Palate. Click here to buy your tickets now. Click here to check out the amazing online and live auction. Click here to learn more about the Daniel Webster Elementary School. Please visit the Taste of Potrero website for complete information.
General Membership Meeting
Join us for our monthly membership meeting at Goat Hill Pizza, 9:45-11:00am. Complimentary coffee and pastries provided by Chat's Bistro.
Sunday-Latin Sounds at The Ramp
April 22nd: Los Boleros (Traditional Cuban Music) April 29th: Mondo Loko (Brazilian grooves, Samba & Rock) May 6th: Brasilvox (Samba) May 13th: Forro Brazuca May 20th: Los Boleros (Traditional Cuban Music) May 27th: Brasilvox (Samba) 21+ on Saturday from 5pm-Close Music is from 5:30-8:30pm Outdoor BBQ from 5-8pm Please note that all music dates are weather permitting
Saturday-Salsa at The Ramp
April 21st: Julio Bravo y Orquesta Salsabor April 28th: Danilo y Orquesta Universal May 5th: Juilo Bravo y Orquesta Salsabor May 12th: Orquesta La Clave May 19th: Andy y Orquesta Callao May 26th: La Fuerza Gigante 21+ on Saturday from 5pm-Close Music is from 5:30-8:30pm Outdoor BBQ from 5-8pm Please note that all music dates are weather permitting
PDMA Welcomes Plow
We'd like to welcome our newest member Plow. Nearly 17 years after meeting at Oakland's Oliveto Restaurant and 10 years after opening Ruby Wine, Joel Bleskacek and Maxine Siu decided to take their passion for food and wine one step further. In April 2010, they stumbled upon a vacant architect studio right in their very own Potrero Hill neighborhood. Construction began shortly thereafter. Joel and Maxine incorporated meaningful + interesting salvaged materials from the west coast (tables made from French oak barrels and floors from an old Washington State hop house). Joel and Maxine treat Plow as an extension of their home, where they often entertain friends and family by preparing simple, well-made food sourced from local farms. It's Midwest country boy meets San Francisco China girl. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Georgina Rice & Co., Inc.
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Georgina Rice & Co., Inc., a full service residential and commercial interior decorating firm, that also has an in house custom sewing workroom. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Third Street Boxing Gym
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Third Street Boxing Gym, an alternative to the traditional gyms. Founded in 2003 by famed fighter and champion trainer Paul Wade, Third Street Boxing Gym is a place where everyone, from the average Joe to a top professional, can discover the exhilaration and benefits that come with the sport of boxing. They offer Cardio Boxing Classes, Bootcamps, Personal Training, Fight Nights, and more. Their trainers can help you lose weight, gain strength and endurance, improve coordination and balance, develop fighting skills, and increase confidence. No matter what your experience, skill level, age, or goals, Third Street Boxing Gym is dedicated to providing a friendly, welcoming community to all. Come experience a workout that will challenge you like no other routine can. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
Knee and Back Injury Prevention Seminar
World renowned Master Trainer John Kaitz of World Gym San Fracisco will be presenting information on proper training techniques to avoid lower back and knee injuries while preparing for endurance events. This free seminar will take place at Sports Basement located at 1590 Bryant Street. Kaitz has been training all levels of athletes from grass-roots to professionals and is notably the personal trainer forOlympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley. In addition he has worked with 2006 & 2010 Olympian freestyle skier Michelle Roark and is currently a training consultant to both Purdue and Michigan St. University's rowing teams.With a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Cal, a CSCS certification, a Masters in Sports Administration and over 25 years of experience coaching and training athletes - we are certainly in for a treat with this presentation.
PDMA Welcomes Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous's small batch handcrafted ice cream, cookies and candies are all made in house fresh everyday with local and organic ingredients. With over 200 flavors to date- they are unique with an ever changing seasonal menu and 10 flavors of ice cream served daily. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Cafe Cocomo
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Cafe Cocomo transports its clientele to a HOT Havana nightclub! A large patio complete with tiki huts and palm trees greet guests at the entrance. Once inside, live bands and DJs keep the well-dressed, sexy crowd on their feet! Cafe Cocomo has been rated as the 3rd best Salsa dance club in the nation by USA Today, and has been consistently voted in as the “Best Salsa Club” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Dogpatch Biofuels
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Dogpatch Biofuels is San Francisco's only public retail biodiesel filling station. They are committed to building a renewable post-petroleum transportation infrastructure. They sell domestically-sourced, high-blend biodiesel (currently B99.9) refined from 100% waste vegetable oil. In their station's EcoStore, they offer a selection of healthy snacks, treats and beverages, non-toxic home and automotive cleaning materials, and even diesel-specific automotive supplies. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaign special raffles.
Donate $5 or more in Support of the Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaign and enter for a chance to win a Jamis Coda Sport Bike from Sports Basement Bryant (valued at $725) OR one of two gift baskets (valued at $250 each)
Green Connections, a two year project about increasing pedestrian and bicycle access to parks, open space, and the waterfront, is launching a series of offce Hours, and on Wednesday March 28th, they will be in Potrero Hill. The public is invited to stop by the Potrero Hill Recreation Center between 3pm-6pm to provide feedback and to learn more about the project. Green Connections plans to incress access by re-envisioning City streets and paths as ‘green connectors’ that can be built over time. In the first year of the project, the focus will be to map a citywide network. The second year will build on this framework to design green connections in the following six neighborhoods: Bayview-Hunters Point, Chinatown, Potrero Hill, Tenderloin,Visitacion Valley, and Western Addition. Get involved! Many public events will be hosted to engage communities in developing Green Connections. Visit the project web site or folllow on Facebook for project information, upcoming events, surveys and to sign up for the Green Connections mailing list to receive future e-mail announcements.
UPDATE - SFMTA Parking Meter Plan
After a January presentation of the SFMTA parking plan for the Mission Bay, Potrero HIll, and Dogpatch neighborhoods, PDMA took an official position that supports a long-term parking solution for the neighborhoods that would include the use of parking meters, but that the SFMTA's current plan was insufficient to meet the needs of all stakeholders. We advised SFMTA representative Jay Primus that additional data gathering was necessary, to ensure that block-by-block data and needs were addressed, incorporating all stakeholders -- businesses, employees, residents, and visitors. Since that meeting, many neighborhood groups and individuals got organized and managed to postpone the implementation of the MTA plan. However, that plan is now back in the queue for implementation later this summer, and early fall. The Mission Bay neighborhood will be first (an area that includes or borders parts of Potrero and Dogpatch up to Mariposa Street), with Potrero and Dogpatch to follow. We strongly urge all members to make their voices heard and to stay informed: Sign up for the SFMTA mailing list (by neighborhood, for SFPark program):http://sfmta.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8a67b7ed1c346655efe70e279&id=ff8cfb719d Potrero Neighbors Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/potrero_neighbors/ Potrero NextDoor: https://potrero.nextdoor.com/login/ Dogpatch Neighborhood Association: http://mydogpatch.org/ Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association: http://www.potreroboosters.org/ firstname.lastname@example.org: or email us your thoughts about how metered parking will affect your business, and your ideas for long term solutions.
ANNUAL PROSPERITY CAMPAIGN
With your help, Whole Planet Foundation is giving a hand up to half a million people in communities that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products. Join this year's campaign to empower 70,000 more people with the chance to change their lives. We will be launching our new taproom, Steep Brew and grand re-opening of our upgraded café and bistro in Mid-March. Stay tuned to our Facebook page, and for a special invitation for our launch night for Steep Brew! Click here for more information
PDMA Welcomes Saturn Construction
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Saturn Construction is a premier general contracting company specializing in precise craftsmanship, working on residential, and commercial projects. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Kaiser Permanente
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Kaiser Permanente is an integrated health care organization that provides outpatient and inpatient services in San Francisco. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
PDMA Welcomes Dekko Salon
We'd like to welcome our newest member: Dekko Salon specializes in men's and women's haircuts and color including Japanese Straight Perms, and Keratin Conditioning Treatments. Let's show our love and welcome them to our family.
Pay your 2012 dues online
Take advantage of one of the lowest membership rates in the city by paying your 2012 dues early. Make payment by March 31, and only pay $125. Payments made after March 31, increase to $150. 2012 is already shaping up to be another breakthrough year for us: expanded online presence, increased networking opportunities, enhancements to the directory, are just a few of the benefits you'll reap this year. Online payments are accepted and encouraged. Pay now: www.pdma-sf.org/Join_PDMA
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