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Lombard Street, Undergrounding Utility Lines, Nextdoor & Annual Meeting

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Dear CHA Members,


Below is an update on a few issues that the CHA has been following:


Lombard Street Improvement

Community Meeting - Feb. 26 

Supervisor Mark Farrell has spearheaded an effort to improve Lombard Street.  He has pulled together all the relevant departments and Caltrans to create a vision for the Lombard Corridor Planning and would like community input throughout this process. The first community meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 6pm at the Moscone Recreation Center (1800 Chestnut Street). Please attend to learn more and share your thoughts on this very important part of our neighborhood.


Undergrounding Utility Lines

Our efforts to get the utility wires undergrounded in Cow Hollow has received a significant boost. Last year, a City-wide effort was begun by the formation of the San Francisco Coalition for Utility Undergrounding (SFCUU), an organization of neighborhood association advocates. The goal is to put a City-wide program in place by 2015 to get the remaining almost 50% of the City undergrounded. The CHA is on the board of the SFCUU.


Current  undergrounding efforts have run aground since the City spent and then borrowed against all the preesent funds for undergrounding, which come from the the CPUC.  The substitute program requiring property owners to pay the full cost of some $40,000 per 25 feet of property frontage, has proven unworkable for that obvious reason.


The SFCUU plan is to finance the program by either a small surcharge to utility bills or a small parcel tax. San Diego is presently undergrounding some 10 miles a year by a 3.5% utility bill surcharge, where the elected representative from each voting district gets to select the portion of their district to be undergrounded next.


This effort will, of course, take the concurrence of the Board of Supervisors, and likely require a ballot measure, so the SFCUU has initiated talks with Supervisor Farrell and Board President Chui, and is consulting  with the City Attorneys Office. In order to muster the necessary political support, the SFCUU is making regular presentations to the City's neighborhood associations seeking their endorsements. To date, every association that has been solicited has endorsed the SFCUU plan (as has the CHA, which was the second-enlisting "charter  member" of the SFCUU.)


Further information and the current activities of the SFCUU are on its website, If you want to know more or get involved, the CHA board member to contact on undergrounding is David Bancroft,


Nextdoor Website

Nextdoor is the private social network that is being used around the country by thousand of neighborhoods just like Cow Hollow.  It's the easiest way for all of us to communicate online and make us feel more connected to each other. And it's free.


People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
  • Notify about City meetings and hearings relevant to our area
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

Nextdoor's mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.  Many of us are already signed up.  To join, go to



CHA Annual Meeting -- Monday, May 12th

Good news!  Our tradition will continue.  The next CHA Annual Meeting will be held at the St. Francis Yacht Club on Monday, May 12, 2014. 


At last year's Annual Meeting, we discussed the possibility of having to find another meeting place, due to the rising cost of catering at the St. Francis Yacht Club.  We are pleased that the Club was willing to modify the rules to accommodate our group.  The result is that we will still have drinks available, along with light snacks. 


Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.  The presentation starts at 7:00 p.m.


As always, we hope you will be able to join us to hear what CHA has been working on this past year, hear from Supervisor Mark Farrell, visit with friends, and enjoy the world class view.

Cow Hollow Association
Board of Directors
David Bancroft, Louise Bea, Lori Brooke, Don Emmons, 
Cynthia Gissler, Malcolm Kaufman, Amanda Kirkwood, 
Martina Lauterbach, Veronica Taisch, Geoff Wood