Donate To The East Cut CBD and Keep Your Neighborhood Shining Bright!
This holiday season, you can support The East Cut CBD's efforts in the community and celebrate the work of our devoted cleaning and safety ambassadors by donating to our Core Missions Fund and to the Ambassador Wishlist.
Why Donate to The East Cut CBD's Core Missions Fund?
The Core Missions Fund supports The East Cut CBD's core cleaning and safety services in the neighborhood, impacting all the people living, working, and visiting the neighborhood. We know pedestrians are more likely to visit businesses that are on clean, safe, and vibrant streets. Every sidewalk we sweep, wash, and beautify supports the retail and small businesses in the district. Whether or not you are shopping, exploring the neighborhood should be a positive experience and the East Cut team works daily to make it happen. The East Cut CBD goes above and beyond to maintain high standards of stewardship in the district, and we invite you to help us fund the very services that make this neighborhood so unique in San Francisco.
A new refrigerator to accommodate our growing team's snacks; a coffee machine that will fire espressos all day long; an air purifier to prevent health issues; and more! The Ambassador Wishlist is a new giving program that allows you to donate from a list of items and equipment that will improve our Services Team's working conditions! Donations in the partial or full amount of the item are welcome!
If your employer offers a matching stock donation program or if you prefer to donate equity, The East Cut Community Benefit District accepts company stocks as donations! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The East Cut Community Benefit District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community benefit district based in San Francisco. Your donations, in excess of goods or services received by the donor, are tax-deductible to the full extent of the IRS Code.
Bulky Item Pickup - What should I do?
If you have bulky items you wish to have retrieved, please contact Recology to utilize a free pickup. Every household has two free bulky removals per year. You can visit Recology's website to have a pickup scheduled. When bulky items are placed on the sidewalk without a scheduled pickup or Bulky Item Removal (BIR) signage, they can become material for building encampments and in most instances, block pedestrian foot traffic on the sidewalk. If you have questions, please contact Recology or The East Cut CBD.
Dec 14: Town Hall Hosted by IDEATE SF with Supervisor Matt Haney, from 6-7pm
Join The East Cut CBD and D6 Supervisor Matt Haney for a Town Hall hosted by IDEATE SF. Topics will include the Temporary Transbay Terminal, Mental Health SF, Crime, and Homelessness. Speakers to include: D6 Supervisor Matt Haney, The East Cut CBD Executive Director Andrew Robinson, the Healthy Streets Operation Center's Jeff Kositsky, SFPD Southern Station Captain Timothy Falvey, Interim Director of OCII Sally Oerth, and SF Port staff.
Date: Monday, December 14th.
Location: Via Eventbrite. Details here.
Holiday Meal & Gift Guide
Small businesses in the neighborhood have outdone themselves by staying open and continuing to serve you safely throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out what is going on near your home, this month and during the holiday season! Support the neighborhood's businesses.
Hanukkah, Christmas' Eve, and New Year's Eve Dinners-To-Go From One Market
One Market Restaurant puts a gourmet twist on the usual holiday fare with their Hanukkah dinner menu featuring Mark ‘n Mike’s Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Latkes, Twelve-Hour Smoked Beef Brisket, and Joan Nathan's Apple Cider Honey Cake!
Through December, One Market continues to offer the Mark'n Mike's menu now with a special 15% off promo! Delivery and curbside pick-up Wednesday through Saturday 11:30AM - 7PM.
Delightful Stocking Stuffers From Socola Chocolatier
Detangling the lights, dusting off the stockings, eating pumpkin pie for breakfast. The holidays just zoomed here, and Socola's ready for ya! The Socola Kitchen is in FULL SWING, making thousands of chocolates every week.
Now introducing CONDO CHOCOLATE DELIVERY for select East Cut buildings. Make the day special with Socola's specialty treats and gift sets delivered directly to your lobby. Truffles, Chocolate Bars, Caramels, Nuts, and more. Order by Sunday or Tuesday midnight for next-day delivery by 5PM.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12PM - 4PM through December 23rd for in-store pick-up. Order online or call ahead.
Lao Table is helping you get through the lockdown, one bite at a time. Lao Table will remain open for takeout and delivery on Grubhub, UberEats, Postmates, and DoorDash.
Lao Table is now offering a special edition of its Garden Fish Platter for the holidays, and its better than ever! Each platter now comes with even more food, plus an adorable Lao Table elephant key charm! For lighter/healthier fare, try the new Laotian Spicy BBQ Healthy Bowls!
Local Kitchen's culinary team has put together some amazing dishes for the holidays. A FEAST! But without the mess! Easy step by step reheating instructions, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite holiday beverage.
On December 6th, the State of California classified Outdoor Gyms as an “Essential Service” that is critical to all Californians' mental and physical health. Fitness SF at Salesforce Transit Center moved workout machines outside and is now offering several COVID-friendly fitness options to help you safely stay in shape outside, or sheltered at home. A selection of outdoor classes is hosted at Salesforce Park's Amphitheater!
Town Hall is doing its part to keep everyone safe during the holidays and is bringing the Town Hall experience to your homes. Loyal patrons have allowed them to keep their doors open, and now more than ever, they are calling on your continued support to keep Town Hall alive.
Treat yourself to some of their delicious food for takeout or delivery from Wednesday to Sunday, 5PM - 9PM. A selection of your favorite cocktails, as well as beer and wine, are now available, so a holiday party is just an order away!
Proper Food's salads, sandwiches & entrees are the perfect weekday lunch, and their Family Meals are the perfect shortcut for dinner. Prepared items are good for 2-4 days in the fridge so that you can stock up! Proper also offers many grocery items and wine for one-stop shopping.
Proper will deliver a scratch-made family dinner, freshly baked cookies, and a bottle of wine for holiday gifts. It’s more personal than Doordash and helps support a local business. Also, a great teacher gift! If gift cards are more your jam, they've got those too.
Proper Food delivers to the East Cut Monday - Wednesday. Pre-order by 6PM the prior night.
News coverage featuring our storied neighborhood - from the people who live and work here, to the public spaces and merchants that attract visitors near and far.
East Cut Company Salesforce to Acquire Slack for $27.7 Billion
With the COVID-19 pandemic boosting demand for collaborative tools that support remote work, two East Cut tech leaders are making moves! Salesforce is set to acquire Slack for $27.7 billion––their largest deal yet. As Slack faces increasing competition from Microsoft, their deal with Salesforce may now potentially give them a competitive edge. Salesforce plans to integrate Slack’s software into all of its cloud software offerings. Read the full article about the acquisition here.
Downtown Muni Delayed to 2022
The Central Subway broke ground in 2010 and was supposed to start shuttling riders from downtown to Chinatown by 2018. However, Coronavirus outbreaks and legal disputes have stalled work. At this point, construction is slated to be completed in March 2021, after which Muni will need to conduct an array of safety tests that could last a year or more, pushing the project’s completion to the spring of 2022. Read the full article here.
Dreamforce Keynote at Salesforce Park
Dreamforce, the key week in the Salesforce calendar, has recently faced a new challenge: COVID-19. Nonetheless, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff allowed the hugely anticipated event to still happen this year by hosting a virtual version. With Salesforce Park as the backdrop, Benioff was able to keep the tradition alive; keynote speakers, virtual presentations, product revelations, and celebrity guests remained part of the event. Surely, this was no match to the usual, in-person conference–but it was definitely a decent alternative. Read the full article here.
Articles from around the Bay, the state, and all over the world representing topics of interest to East Cut businesses, residents, and visitors.
New Street Crisis Response Team Launches
On Monday, November 30, 2020, the Mayor’s Office announced that the new Street Crisis Response Team or, SCRT, would launch as part of phase one of San Francisco's Mental Health SF program. The SCRT program is a collaboration between the Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Fire Department, with support from the Department of Emergency Management and SFPD. The program was designed to provide an alternative to responses by law enforcement to mental health crises. Each response team will include a paramedic, a behavioral health clinician, and a behavioral health peer specialist (who has the unique feature of being someone who has experienced, and overcome, either homelessness or drug or alcohol addiction in order to help related to the client). You can read the official press release on the program here.
As mentioned, the program’s launch is part of the first phase of implementing the Mental Health SF program, which was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors in winter of 2019. With the homeless crisis affecting all areas of the City, including The East Cut, we're hopeful that this initiative, along with others in the pipeline, will help get homeless individuals the services they need for a healthier life in a sheltered living environment.
The East Cut CBD is looking to launch a fundraising campaign to raise $3M in the next 4 years to advance the development of Under Ramp Park. With strategic planning towards this effort at top of mind, a recent article published in the Project for Public Spaces jumped out to the CBD staff.
PPS has undergone some structural changes over the last year and recently shifted their mission to develop Corporate Social Responsibility partnerships. PPS makes the case that pubic spaces are chronically underfunded, and as a result, lack the ability to evolve and best serve their local community (particularly, equitably). Furthermore, agencies like Departments of Transportation which fund the largest portion of our public spaces do not have placemaking as part of their core mandate. As a result of these frequent funding and mission-oriented gaps, local CBDs, Business Districts, nonprofit organizations and community groups must often meet the funding need to ensure public spaces and their programming are equitable, serving the whole community. However, with similarly restricted budgets, this poses a challenge. Because placemaking requires constant attention to meet the needs of the local community as it evolves over time, continual investment is needed. What better a mission to support for a Foundation or Corporate Philanthropic Partner than to support placemaking and inclusive community building?
If you had the option to move to a neighborhood where everything, literally everything you needed, was within a 15-minute walk of your front door, would you be tempted to move? The concept of “vibrant vicinity” - mixing urban social functions to create mini-cities - is gaining traction. Originally developed to reduce carbon emissions, the concept of the 15-minute city is already being explored in cities like Paris, Milan, Melbourne, and Portland, with parking eliminated to make way for garden space and bike lanes, all while reinvigorating mix-use community components. Planners hope that cities will become places for people to live in and enjoy rather than simply commute-to for work. Click the CityLab link to learn more about the concept’s origins and evolution over the last 60 years, in addition to a profile of the major implementations of the concept in Paris, France.
As San Francisco’s first high-density mixed-use district, the concept of the 15-minute city resonates with The East Cut CBD. At top of mind is infusing vibrancy to our streets through pop-up activations to encourage small business growth and greater access to culture and the arts.
The pandemic is forcing cities to rethink uses of certain downtown property as those parts of the urban landscape have been hit hardest since March. There is no better city to look at when considering how dramatic a shift there has been in the vitality of a downtown than in Manhattan's Midtown. This pandemic “ghost town” filled with office buildings and large hotels sat vacant for months, but as of September 18th, hotel occupancy rates and office occupancy rates are still only at or below 10%. Midtown is not alone in this. So what to do with the empty spaces that will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future?
Across the U.S., downtown business districts are void of daily commuters, and in New York, some are suggesting re-zoning so that office space might be converted to housing, in particular, affordable housing. This concept is not anything new. After 9/11 much housing was constructed in the area near the Twin Towers. However, skeptics argue that zoning rules are strict and these plans are better suited for smaller cities better able to maneuver structural changes. Another challenge facing this current moment in time is financing. Dropping rent prices in downtown neighborhoods does not bode well for an office to condo conversion, not to mention city budgets are facing major shortfalls. Still, one has to wonder when might be a "better" time to make these dramatic changes to fulfill a much-overdue need.