Citing budget constraints, the City began transferring the care of street trees to property owners in 2011. With funding for only 11 arborists, the Department of Public Works is unable to properly care for the 105,000 street trees under its jurisdiction. San Francisco Beautiful opposes the tree relinquishment program and supports the Planning Department’s Urban […]
In 2000, San Francisco Beautiful supported Proposition A, a $110 million general obligation bond measure that will fund acquisition, repair, and improvement of San Francisco’s neighborhood parks, fields, and natural areas. Proposition C, a charter amendment to extend the city’s Open Space Fund and establish a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to oversee the Fund. It also […]
The 2012 Parks Bond allocated an additional $195 million for parks. To date, more than 100 park facilities have been renovated providing essential safety and beautification upgrades. San Francisco Beautiful advocated for this Bond passage and supports more funding (Bond and General Funds) for parks.
The 2008 Parks Bond which provided $195 million in bond funding for deferred maintenance in San Francisco’s Park system. San Francisco Beautiful advocated for this Bond passage and supports more funding (Bond and General Funds) for parks.
SF Beautiful initiated the Green Schoolyards Alliance (now known as Education Outside). The Alliance led the successful campaign to secure nearly $14 million in city bond funding to design and construct green schoolyards at 84 public schools throughout San Francisco—one of the largest green schoolyards systems of any school district in the country.
For 30 years Friedel and San Francisco Beautiful fought local and state planners, and legislators tempted by federal funds to build freeways throughout the City – specifically along the Northern Waterfront, the Embarcadero, and through Golden Gate Park. From the January 2, 1969 Planning Commission meeting minutes: Mrs. Klussman replied that she believed that the waterfront […]
In 2014, San Francisco Beautiful advocated for the passage of the Clean Green and Safe Budget. Over time, the City’s budget investment in basic cleaning, greening, and safety services for parks, streets, and other public spaces has been dramatically reduced. With the passage of the Clean Green and Safe budget package the City will begin reversing […]
San Francisco Beautiful supported the passage of the 1998 ordinance which required the Department of Public works to notice adjacent property owners and other interested organizations prior to removing a street tree. The ordinance also established an appeal process for tree removal and a permitting process for community members interested in planting or removing street trees.
In 2014 Portola Neighborhood Association for Burrows Park was awarded the Activation Award. Previously, this public parcel was a dead end breeding ground for trash, litter, and illicit activity. The Portola Neighborhood Association worked with residents, businesses, and city employees to transform this space into a thriving, rich, and engaging public space now recognized as […]
In 2014 Kathleen Russell was awarded the Unsung Hero Award. Kathleen Russell has been gardening at the Fulton and Stanyan corner of Golden Gate Park for many decades. But it isn’t just her garden that’s beautiful. Kathleen greets everyone – from tourist to neighbor to homeless person in need – with love and light. She […]