Q1 - 2020

During the COVID-19 health emergency the  CBD Dispatch Office remains open, please contact us for cleaning, maintenance and public safety needs - modified hours during shelter-in-place ordinance are:

Dispatch Office 
9am to 5pm

*Before 9am and after 5pm please contact 311.

Plywood Window Coverings 
& CCCBD Painting Assistance

As the  SF Chronicle   has noted, many storefronts in San Francisco are choosing to board up for added security during the shelter-in place ordinance. To help with anticipated tagging CCCBD will be covering graffiti  on barriers with black paint unless provided with an alternative by property owners.

San Francisco Chamber CEO on Street Conditions: 'Enough is Enough'

At its annual  CityBeat Breakfast in February, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce noted street conditions were at the forefront of issues plaguing the City and called for various elements of homelessness to be addressed, according to the SF Business Times. CEO Rodney Fong noted, "We have a social, moral and civic obligation to take care of those communities to make sure they have shelter, service and support." 

Supervisors Haney and Walton Introduce Legislation to Expand SFPD Foot Patrols

At a recent press conference in District 6 Supervisors Matt Haney and Scott Walton introduced legislation aimed at adding "Neighborhood Safety Units" in each of the City's 10 police stations. As noted in the
SF Chronicle  "The new units would oversee foot patrols in high-crime, busy areas while prioritizing "community-based" police work, which seeks to enhance trust between officers and the public through familiarity." 

SFPD Increases Market Street Foot Patrols and Opens New Office

SFPD opened a  new "foot beat" office  at 7th and Market in February. Operating out of the Proper Hotel at street level; the new storefront office builds on SFPD's effort to deter drug sales and other crime in the area. Open daily from 7am to 8pm, the new office will also house parking and transit officers from  SFMTA. 
BART: Canopies, Ambassadors & New Chief

BART  approved 22 canopies  to be constructed over Market Street station entrances. And learning from the success of CBD ambassador programs downtown and their elevator attendant program with Urban Alchemy BART will now also deploy  Ambassadors  in station  and on trains during peak commute times.  Ed Alvarez , already acting as Interim Chief was officially appointed to BART's Chief of Police.

Car-Free Market Street Impact 
2 Months In 

The initial  report  on car-free Market Street indicates there's been  little impact  on surrounding streets. While Mission Street has seen a slight increase in traffic, reporting company  INRIX  says the congestion is negligible. 

See this recent Twitter video of the 
new rush hour on Market Street .

Streaming District Arts Institutions Continue to Entertain

Many of the District's arts & cultural institutions are still entertaining the masses -- at home. 
Library Resources at Your Fingertips
Books, Movies and Online Classes

The Library's robust digital services give card holders 24/7 free online access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes and more. 
  • Free Career & Employment resources
  • Free access to the New York Times
  • Free access to the San Francisco Business Times
  • Hoopla offers international films, animation and documentaries 
  • Kanopy offers "The Great Courses" featuring more than 5,000 streaming courses so you can delve into the histories of religions and sacred texts, learn the basics of baking, explore yoga and much more. 
  • Pick up or brush up on a language with Mango Languages or Rosetta Stone
  • Stream your favorite music from Hoopla as well as from Alexander Street Press Music Databases; Classical, jazz, world music, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and more.

Need a card? CLICK HERE

Civic Center Initiative Recognized by Brookings Institute

As part of their series on "promising placemaking practices", Brookings notes the Initiative's unique approach to activating public space citing: "Civic Center Initiative demonstrates, public space managers can change perceptions of places by demonstrating care for the space and the people in it, and treating everyone with the respect they deserve." Read the article in its entirety  here

And the Show Plays On: Opera Plaza Cinema Saved

"The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation is taking over the four-screen cinema, which has long specialized in independent movies rarely shown shown at San Francisco megaplexes," according to the SF Chronicle. The Foundation just signed a 10-year lease for the theater and is planning a $1.2M revamp to the space that sits adjacent to the District. 
Asian Art Museum Expansion Complete - Grand Opening Celebration On Hold

In March the Asian Art Museum announced the completion of its expansion, resulting in  17% more museum space. "Museum Director Jay Xu said, 'every single space' in the newly opened building 'will be filled with something new,'" according to the SF Chronicle Datebook. "The first
 major exhibition [following the expansion] will be devoted to an immersive installation of works by the Tokyo-based digital art collective teamLab" later this year.
SFCM Bowes Center to Include SF Ballet Students

When the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's new Bowes Center opens this year, among the students to move into the residence halls, will not only be music students, but 52 SF Ballet students as well. The schools are looking forward to the "new collaborations in choreography and composition," that will emerge from the cross pollination of students; move-in day is slated for August of this year.
Arts Relief Fund Program

Mayor London Breed  announced  $2.5M in support for working artists and arts and cultural organizations financially impacted by COVID-19. There will be two options. The Program will offer grants  and low-interest loans. More info here.
Resources for Businesses 
Affected by COVID-19

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development offers a  list of resources for employers and employees affected by COVID-19  including  deferred business taxes and licensing fees. Mayor London Breed also announced a COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund, and the U.S. Small Business Association is offering disaster assistance
Get Loud for Heroes

Every night at 7pm, and lasting for two minutes, please  make some noise in support of our City's frontline workers.  Clap, cheer, bang on pots, whistle and make some noise for our heroes! 


Check in With Your Favorite District Businesses

During the shelter-in-place some District businesses, arts organizations and non-profits are still "virtually" open. Please call or visit their websites for more information.  Corner markets and grocery stores remain open for essential needs; and the  Heart of the City Farmers' Market  in UN Plaza remains open Sundays and Wednesdays.

See our " Support!" Instagram highlights for businesses with take-out deals. B usinesses should tag CCCBD on social media for more exposure. 
Support CCCBD Field Staff

We know you appreciate our field staff under normal circumstances; so p lease consider donating to them under these anything but normal circumstances.

Please use the DONATE HERE button below, or should you have an inkind donation or a note of thanks, please contact us a [email protected] .

Thank you for supporting our crew!

JUST ARRIVED...our two new utility trucks which will  transport pressure washing equipment and large items for events and programs.  During the shelter-in-place they will also afford staff the ability to survey the District helping to keep an eye on unoccupied storefronts.