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Mayor's Plans Add More Public Safety Personnel and Musical Performances to Downtown Sidewalks
In May, Mayor Breed announced the Mid-Market Vibrancy and Safety Plan; which puts a focus on safety and includes parts of Mid Market, the Tenderloin and Civic Center. In addition to more SFPD Foot Patrol Officers and Ambassador staffing, the initiative also includes close, daily coordination between multiple City agencies and the three adjacent CBDs, with all efforts focused on addressing District specific issues with a holistic approach.

Also unveiled by the Mayor was the Downtown Recovery Plan, which puts a focus on visitors returning to San Francisco. This plan includes City funding for Ambassadors east of 5th Street along Market, revamping Hallidie Plaza to make it more welcoming for those using Powell Street station and the cable car turnaround, and open-air musical concerts at transit hubs and pedestrian plazas on Wednesdays.
New Dog Run, Increased Cleaning, and Other Amenities and Improvements in UN Plaza
As foot traffic increases throughout Civic Center, the CBD, along with our public and private sector partners, have stepped up public safety staffing and outdoor maintenance with a specific focus on UN Plaza - a key gateway to the entire District. These efforts include increased pressure washing of the Plaza (above the Civic Center BART station); especially before peak commute times and throughout the day during the Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Also on Farmers' Market days, new tables, chairs and cheery red umbrellas have popped up for shoppers and diners of the market. Plans for music in the Plaza are also in the works to treat pedestrians to sounds from the District's arts and cultural venues.

UN Plaza staffing levels have also increased, including more Ambassadors, and a new SFPD post in the Plaza. Personnel from the CBD, SFPD, and the Recreation and Parks Department are present throughout the day supporting public health and safety.
Dog Run rendering by CMG Landscape Architecture

Homeland Security officers support 10 UN Plaza, and Heart of the City Farmers’ Market personnel are on site Wednesdays and Sundays. If you’re lucky, you might catch SFPD’s Mounted Unit trotting by.

Also coming later this summer is the new dog run adjacent to famed Arsicault Bakery, offering much needed space for dogs to stretch their legs and enjoy some time off-leash. The dog run area will be managed and operated by the CBD, with personnel on site each day.
New Banner Campaign
Welcomes Back Patrons of the Arts to Civic Center
The lights are on! Throughout Civic Center, look for the vibrant Arts & Culture Banners celebrating the reopening of Civic Center's arts and cultural organizations. Partnering organizations include:

New Videos Highlight District Businesses
We've recently began a series to provide virtual visits to District businesses for our social media followers. The fun videos allow viewers to learn more about our District businesses and encourage them to visit in-person. If you are an owner or manager of a District business and would like to be highlighted in our video series, please contact us at info@sfciviccenter.org.

See the growing series on our site and social media accounts; businesses, such as Beer Hall, with a video have a "Learn More" link next to their listing on our Activities & Events page's Shopping & Dining section.
District News
CCCBD Board Member Leads Effort to Appreciate Local Music Industry Professionals Amidst Pandemic
Mary Conde, Another Planet Entertainment Senior Vice President and CCCBD Board Member, lead an effort to bring free meals to members of the local music and entertainment industry impacted by the pandemic. Working with Touring Professionals Alliance, Conde said in a San Francisco Chronicle interview: “We’re not looking at it as a handout,”... “We’re looking at this as a ‘thank-you that you hung in there.’”
Le Fantastique Readies to Open in the District
From chef-owner Robbie Wilson, Le Fantastique (opening soon) is a wine bar, where visitors can sip hard-to-find French white wines, among other French wine and champagne choices; with bites from an accompanying sushi bar. Located at 22 Franklin, Wilson, "will prepare simple cured and raw fish dishes," according to the SF Chronicle. They go on to note, "[Wilson] wants the restaurant to feel energetic and social, where people can drop in for a glass of White Burgundy and a couple of bites before dinner somewhere else."
7x7 Highlights Hayes Valley Spots to Visit, Including Many District Favorites
The publication noted that while many businesses saw tough and trying times in 2020, there's still a lot to visit and enjoy: "Like many neighborhoods in the city, Hayes Valley is poised for post-pandemic life. The sunny enclave... is optimistic about the return of vaccinated shoppers hunting for everything from hipster kicks to one-of-a-kind clothing to Insta-famous jewelry." We're optimistic too!
Cala Housing Nonprofit for the Year That Provides Jobs and Meals
The work going on in the Cala space has gained press and praise. While Cala has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic, Cala's space has still been very active: "It became the temporary home of SF Refettorio, part of Michelin-starred Osteria Francescano chef Massimo Bottura’s non-profit organization, Food for Soul." The organization teamed up with Farming Hope, whose mission is dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated or unhoused persons learn skills and gain employment to provide meals to those in need. They're hoping to open the dining room in fall and will be in the space through the end of the year.
Development & Streetscape News
SFMTA Announces Van Ness Project is Nearing the End
The SFMTA announced the Van Ness Improvement Project work is slated to wrap by the end of the year and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will being in early 2022. SFMTA is currently working on building new medians, paving roadways, and installing poles for power and lighting for BRT. They're also in the midst of planting trees along the corridor. Look for announcements from SFMTA later this year about the beginning of BRT testing.
BART Announces Expansion of Service Beginning August 2, With Night Trains July 15
Readying to return to near pre-pandemic service levels and hours, BART announced that it moved up its full-service hours to August 2, with weekday service as 5am-midnight (currently 5am-9pm); Saturday service as 6am-midnight (currently 8am-9pm); Sunday will remain remain 8am-9pm. Prior to this, on July 15, BART started running four night trains, leaving either Embarcadero or Civic Center, at 11:30pm with limited stops after regular BART service has ended on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. (These trains are in addition to the special service for A's and Giants game nights.) To learn more about the hours of expansion and increase in number of trains running, see more on their site.
Safe Sleeping Villages Update
The Safe Sleeping Village on Stanyan and the Moscone West Shelter closed at the end of June, with people moving to other locations, according to Hoodline. In the same month, the San Francisco Chronicle reported the Department of Homelessness is seeking additional funding for the remaining sites, some of which will close this year. The Board of Supervisors believes a closer examination of the costs needs to be evaluated first; if approved by the Board of Supervisors, it would then go to the Mayor for approval later this summer.
Hop Aboard: The F-Line Has Returned to Market Street
The F-line streetcars returned May 15, and the public was thrilled! Numerous positive social media posts noted their return and extended service hours; with photos of the cars running between the Castro and Fisherman's Wharf. The Railway is currently working with SFMTA to find a way to keep service running the entire stretch during the first phase of the Better Market Street project improvements; as of now service is only slated to run between Fisherman's Wharf and Powell Street beginning in September.

And for a bit more fun the Market Street Railway had a competition to determine the most popular F-line cars of all, and a tie crowned both "Dinky" and "Boat Tram" as winners.
SF Conservatory of Music's
Ute and William K. Bowes Jr. Center for Performing Arts
Is Now Complete!
The construction of the Ute and William K. Bowes Jr. Center for Performing Arts - including student housing, classrooms and venue facilities - was completed in May, according to the SF Business Times.

Right: Architecture firm Mark Cavagnero Associates touring the building with Mayor Breed's Office in June.
Events & Programs
Musical Reopenings
More musical entertainment venues have reopened in the District! Recently reopened destinations include the Davies Symphony Hall with the return of the SF Symphony, the War Memorial Opera House, the Herbst Theater, Mr. Tipple's Bar and Lounge and Rickshaw Stop.

Of the SF Symphony reopening, “I missed bringing together a roomful of strangers every night to align their spirits with ours as we connected over music’s joys and sorrows;" said SF Symphony cellist Barbara Bogatin in the Datebook.

Also reopened is City Hall, which Mayor Breed kicked off by raising the Pride flag and officiating the first wedding.
See more of what's happening in Civic Center on our events calendar. And please share your events with us at info@sfciviccenter.org!
Hamilton Returns
Hamilton is returning to the Orpheum Theater August 10 through September 5; tickets are on now on sale - and going quick! "We are thrilled that after a 17-month intermission, we’re not only reopening the Orpheum Theatre with ‘Hamilton,’ but we will also be the first Broadway theater in California to resume performances,' said Rainier Koeners, Managing Director of BroadwaySF." Find tickets on the BroadwaySF site.
Current District Job Listings
Current Listings
Market Street Brochure &
Business Attraction Survey
Please see the new Market Street Brochure for information
on what's coming to Market Street in and around the District,
what's recently arrived, and where new businesses can find
the perfect spot to fit in.

Please also fill out the Business Attraction Survey to share what types of businesses or services you'd like to see
along Market Street close to Civic Center.
CBD Clean & Safe Services: QTR 2 - 2021
CBD Field Crew Support
If you'd like to send a thank you note, donation, or in-kind offering of appreciation for our Ambassadors or Clean Team, please use the link below or contact our Program Director at info@sfciviccenter.org.
Printable COVID Protocol Posters
As state and City COVID rules have changed, please be sure your business has the correct and required San Francisco Department of Public Health signs of the Safer Together Health Order (enacted June 15, 2021) visible to staff and the public. Please see the entire list of signage and tool kit information on the SF.gov site. If you would like our staff to print signs and bring them to your place of business, please contact us at info@sfciviccenter.org.
Lights on Hayes
We recently partnered with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association
to install decorative lighting in our District on the 300 block of Hayes Street.
District Beauty
CCCBD's new red umbrellas adorn our seating in UN Plaza on Farmers' Market days, providing bright pops of color with a nod to
the adjacent Strand Theater.