CCCBD's 2018 Safety Summit
The CCCBD's  Safety Summit at the A.C.T. Strand Theater on January 30 was headlined by Sergeant Jason Garden with the San Francisco Police Department Tactical Unit, who provided essential training for an active shooter scenario to a crowd of property owners and building managers. The training was followed by a presentation from Sue Peterson and  Doctor Andre Campbell of SF General Hospital on Stop the Bleed, and the event wrapped up with a Q&A session. 

Community organizations such as  A.L.E.R.T. ,   Applied Video Solutions (AVS),  SF72.org  and Stop the Bleed  provided additional resources on emergency preparedness at information tables in the lobby; CCCBD and Central Market Community Benefit District (CMCBD) Community Ambassadors and SFPD Officers were in attendance as well. 

The event wouldn't have been possible without assistance from our spo nsors, the  SFDA Neighborhood Justice Fund and AVS. Check out photos from the event here

Attendees visit the community information tables before the main-stage event
Community Guide Ambassadors from the CCCBD and CMCBD stop for a group photo
Q&A with Sergeant Jason Garden, Sue Peterson and Doctor Andre Campbell 
Civic Center Commons: 
Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds Open and New Website Launches
Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds

Children enthusiastically clamored over the swings, slides and grounds of the new Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds at the Grand Opening on February 14. The new playgrounds are due to the efforts San Francisco Recreation & Park, The Trust for Public Land and the Helen Diller Family Foundation. 

The grand-opening ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Mayor Mark Farrell and District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, and representatives from  San Francisco Recreation & Park, the Trust for Public Land and the Helen Diller Foundation. Activities, performances and refreshments were provided by those such as Annie's Hot Dogs, Another Planet Entertainment, Bi-Rite, the Bubblesmith, DJ Wonway Posibul, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and the San Francisco Public Library

 See more photos from the grand opening here.
Children explore the new Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds
Bubbles and community organizations  welcomed guests to the grand opening
The Trust for Public Land, Supervisor Jane Kim, Mayor Mark Farrell, the Helen Diller Foundation and SF Rec & Park officially open the playgrounds
Civic Center Commons Launches New Site

Civic Center Commons' new site shares events, news and other pertinent information about Civic Center Commons: Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza and along Fulton Street

Check out latest information under what's new, scroll through the events/attractions page and find a spot to grab an al fresco bite under eat/drink
News in the District
Sam's Diner Dedicates Table to the Late Mayor Ed Lee

Table five at Sam's Diner on Market Street is where Mayor Ed Lee would sit and order   the Mahalo Loco Moco; it now holds the distinction of being dedicated in his honor. Frequenting the restaurant with his staff since 2012, it was the food as much as the  dedication of  owner Jeannie Kim to the Central Market neighborhood that brought him to the table.

His former staff marked the occasion of the dedication with declaring the day "Sam's Diner Day" and orders of  Mahalo Loco Moco.
Removal of 'Early Days' Not Happening Just Yet

The Historic Preservation Committee voted in February for the removal of the "Early Days" portion of the Pioneer Monument, where  a missionary leans over a Native American in an authoritative way while pointing to heaven. The San Francisco Arts Commission followed the Historic Preservation Committee's vote in March with its own unanimous decision to remove the statue

However, a lawyer has filed an appeal to halt the removal, based on this wording from a Planning Commission document: "the spatial relations of the monument and the district will not be altered, as the overall monument will remain in its present location." 

The appeal hearing is scheduled for April 18.
Little Griddle's Back with Burgers and Breakfast

The American eatery Little Griddle, and its adjacent cafe and wine bar, is back to business after a temporary closure lasted a little longer than initially planned: two years.

The diner is completely remodeled and continues to feature delicious bites with ingredients sourced from local purveyors. 
Asian Art Museum Milestones & Changes

The Asian Art Museum celebrated its 15th anniversary in Civic Center in March while simultaneously appearing in Architectural Digest for its upcoming expansion. The magazine renderings feature the forthcoming Akiko Yamazaki & Jerry Yang Pavilion by wHY.

In April, the museum also reopened its reworked cafe -- Sundays at the Museum -- from chef Deuki Hong and the Boba Guys team. Currently the cafe is offering "snacks, salads and sandwiches, as well as larger shareable plates and kid-friendly bentos," and has plans to expand menu options, and its hours, later this spring to include more dishes and Happy Hour options. 
Van Ness 
Improvement Project

The first quarter of 2018 saw sewer-system installations, and work on joint trenches to power the overhead wires for buses along the Van Ness corridor. 

For more information on the project, check out the informational  video, and visit the SFMTA site.

Real Estate News
Conservatory of Music Building is Approved

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music got the green light from the Planning Commission for a 12-story building spanning 200 Van Ness (an apartment building) and 214 Van Ness (the former Lighthouse the Blind Building). The new building will feature a  ground floor restaurant, recital hall, student center, student and faculty housing, and 27 apartments for those currently housed in the current building. 
Upcoming Events
Second Civic Center Public Realm Plan Community Open House

Learn about the latest updates to the proposed changes for the Civic Center Commons' public spaces at the second Public Realm Plan Community Open House on April 24. See design options for plazas, streets and public spaces in Civic Center and provide feedback; an RSVP is requested
Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness
San Francisco Arts Commission to Host Major Exhibition by Zak Ove at Civic Center Plaza This Summer

Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, a 40-piece installation by acclaimed British Trinidiadian artist Zak Ove will debut for its first time in the United States in July, and run through October. The work, presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission, in partnership with San Francisco Park and Recreation Department, features identical 6.5-foot sculptures of men with their hands raised and is a commentary on issues such as race, politics and identity. 
ClusterFest Returns to Civic Center Plaza this June

Comedy Central's Clusterfest is returning to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Civic Center Plaza June 1-3; the festival will span indoor and outdoor spaces with stages featuring comedians such as Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer and Trevor Noah. 
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