District 11 Supervisor John Avalos Talks Development to Community Gardens

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The Ingleside-Excelsior Light sat down with District 11 Supervisor John Avalos to discuss community gardens, housing projects and more.

Neil Ballard: Review 2014 for us. What were the accomplishments, and what were the setbacks?

District 11 Supervisor John Avalos: Last year was a lot of fun, there was a lot of great stuff that we got done in the district. We saw the closure of Net Stop which was a big issue in the Excelsior and a lot of the illegal gambling going on right out in the open. Continue Reading →

Ingleside Branch Garden Project Breaks Ground


A groundbreaking event was held on Feb. 24 for the Ingleside Library Garden project, a multi-agency effort led by District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee to develop a public garden and plaza at the Ingleside Branch Library.

The garden will be developed on the courtyard behind Ingleside Library and the Public Utilities Commission-owned access road connecting Ocean Avenue to Balboa Reservoir. The project contractors are Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction Inc. and Oliver Transbay Construction. Continue Reading →

The Time is Now for the Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse

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Every day, thousands of passengers flow in and out of the Balboa Park Station, one of the busiest transit hubs in the Bay Area, and contend with a dangerous, unwelcoming and poorly planned streetscape.

This must change!

Activating the long-vacant Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse, the national historic building across the street, is the first step. Fixing the Car Barn will breathe life into the Balboa Park Transit Station Area and attract other investments that will revitalize the neighborhood and create an attractive mix of transit, residential and community uses. Continue Reading →

How Saving Cayuga Park United the Neighborhood

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By and large, most older people want to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Senior services professionals call it “aging in place.”

For the neighbors in Cayuga Terrace, a residential neighborhood of single-family homes tucked away between Geneva Avenue, San Jose Avenue and Alemany Boulevard, aging in place demands residents know and care for one another.

Until several years ago, that didn’t exist. Continue Reading →