Neighborhood beautification is ongoing. In addition to the everyday attention we give to the appearance of buildings, signs and landscaping, the CHA works to address more complex, long-term issues such as the proliferation of electronic telecommunications equipment on the remaining above-ground utilities poles in our neighborhood and the need finally to underground all utilities in the neighborhood.
Undergrounding the utility wires on the remaining above ground streets in Cow Hollow is now a priority project. But it will require further patience and a strong community effort. The City claims to have no funds for undergrounding. So it will have to be funded by bonds floated by the City and special assessments levied on the homes on the streets where the utilities are undergrounded to pay back on the bonds. Current estimates are 10-15 year bonds, and assessments in the $150-$250 per month range, tax deductible. In order to get this program in lace, it must have the vote of at least 60% of the owners on a given block, and the further approval of the Board of Supervisors. As a practical matter, only contiguous streets can be undergrounded, and any undergrounding is most likely to be done 3-4 streets at a time. We are about to begin a canvassing of property owners to determine which streets might be eligible.
Please email us if you would like to help track this issue and address it when opportunities allow.
Cow Hollow Playground
The CHA continues to work with the San Francisco Parks Alliance and LIA, the tenant of the Cow Hollow Playground clubhouse, to obtain a grant to clean up and upgrade the playground facilities, which have not been refurbished in over a decade.