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The Holidays are Coming: Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting and Holiday Fanfare Concerts Return This Year
The Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting — a free, family-friendly event — returns December 1! Lead by the Civic Center Community Benefit District, this festive event in Civic Center Plaza features holiday entertainment, musical guests, a toy giveaway for 400+ children - sponsored by Another Planet Entertainment and SFPD, festive bites, free craft making, “snow” flurries, and more.

Also in December, the festive Holiday Fanfare pop-up concerts on District sidewalks return. Featuring musicians from District arts and cultural organizations, it's annual tradition since 2013! Be sure to read about Civic Center Soundtrack below for even more outdoor musical offerings to come.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring these
important civic events please see our sponsorship page and package.
Civic Center Soundtrack to Welcome Visitors to UN Plaza
A new activation from the Civic Center Community Benefit District, "Civic Center Soundtrack" will feature recorded music playing atop the Civic Center BART/Muni station in UN Plaza, treating pedestrians to the sounds of the area's music venues as they make their way through the Plaza to work, home, attractions and shows.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the Civic Center Soundtrack project, please see our sponsorship page and package.
Civic Center Plaza Cafe Readies to Re-Open
Civic Center Plaza Cafe is readying to re-open, featuring even more San Francisco made products and local pop-up chefs; expect more prepared foods for speedier service, and yes, there will be soft serve! Beer garden service will also resume featuring local San Francisco beers.

Keep an eye on our site and social media for updates.
District News
Comfy Chairs Welcome Back Arts Patrons
The War Memorials' new seating was at the heart of a New York Times article about better theater seating welcoming back arts patron for in-person performances and concerts. Visitors to the SF Opera and SF Ballet this year will now relax into renovated seats: "The opera has used its forced sabbatical to complete a long-planned $3.53 million project to replace all 3,128 seats with more comfortable, roomier ones."

The article went on to quote Director Matthew Shilvock: "'I think anything we can do to break down barriers and improve the experience we should be doing.... If someone is having an uncomfortable evening at the opera that is an experience they should not be having.” Each seat now comes with its own cup holder too!
Grants & Zero-Interest Loans for SF Small Businesses
Salesforce currently has applications open for $10,000 grants to San Francisco small businesses.

In last quarter Mayor Breed also announced zero-percent interest loans of up to $100,000 for new or existing small businesses in SF. Pre-application information can be found on the California Rebuilding Fund site.
OEWD Info and Resources Regarding Commercial Eviction Moratorium
The commercial eviction moratorium ended in September, and the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development website has FAQs, webinars, legal resources and more guidance if this affects your business or non-profit. See their site for more information.
What Businesses Would You Like to See Along the Civic Center Portion of Market Street?
If you have't had a chance yet please fill out our Market Street Business Attraction survey and let us know what you want to see in the neighborhood.
Blue to Green: Reminder to Update COVID Signage
Please be sure your storefronts and businesses have the correct, up-to-date 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.
Development & Streetscape News
Better Market Street Updates
Better Market Street finalized design concepts for Phase 1 (on Market between 5th and 8th streets) in September with construction slated to begin early 2022. It will take place on the weekends over the course of two years, when the F-line is not running.

Upgrades during Phase 1 include:

• Repaving curb lane and intersections, including crosswalks
• Constructing ADA-compliant curb ramps and bulb outs
• Replacing sidewalks at the corners
• New trees and bike racks
• Catch basins near 6th St to improve drainage
• Limited utility work (water and AWSS) triggered by curb ramp and bulb-outs

Quick-build improvements already taking place along Market Street include:

• A Muni-only lane between Third and Main streets
• The speed limit has been lowered to 20 MPH between Franklin and Steuart
• Analyzing how transit, taxis and bikes interact along segments of the street
• This fall, they also anticipate installing the required right turn at Hayes Street for westbound vehicles (except transit, taxis and bikes) and to convert Spear Street between Mission and Market to two-way.
They also note there will be some changes affecting bike traffic during construction:

Maintaining 7’ bike space on weekdays in peak directions to accommodate rush hour.

No bike access on Market:

• Southside 9:30am – 7pm weekdays
• Northside 7am – 4:30pm weekdays
• Both sides 7am – 7pm Saturdays
• 7-foot space available all other times
• No bike accommodation on Market during the three two-week full closures

Downtown Congestion Pricing Study Extended
The San Francisco County Transit Authority is extending the timeline of the Downtown Congestion Pricing Study due to changes surrounding traffic conditions and transit use. Public outreach will now continue into 2022. If a pricing structure is to be established, it would take five years to implement a congestion pricing system. More on their site: sfcta.org/downtown
Tiny Houses to Replace Tents at 33 Gough Safe Sleeping Village
The Safe Sleeping Village located at 33 Gough is readying to replace the tents with more permanent tiny houses which the City is referring to as cabins, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Part of a pilot program, each cabin will come with a bed, desk, chair, window and heat. The City notes the 70 tiny houses will also be more cost effective and more cabins fit in the space than tents, of which there are currently only 44. The cabins will replace the tents in late fall.
Shared Spaces Permits for Permanence
In July the Board fo Supervisors unanimously passed the Shared Spaces legislation, which means the outdoor dining Shared Spaces are now allowed to become permanent. In the months following this, Shared Spaces released more information on making your Shared Spaces a permanent location.
More News
Events & Programs
Lots of Events Happening this Fall and Winter in Civic Center!
Our comprehensive calendar of Civic Center events is chock full for fall! From large concerts to community gatherings, events include the return of the Friends of the SF Public Library Step Sale, San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Fall Concert Series, the beginning of SF JAZZ's 2021-2022 season, and more! See what's happening now on our events calendar.

If you are a District business or organization with an upcoming event and would like it included on our site, please email us at info@sfciviccenter.org!
Asian Art Museum's New "teamlab: Continuity" Open and Garnering Praise
The immersive art experience from Japan-based TeamLab, is the first exhibit in the new Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion; and has been garnering praise and tickets have been selling out. Featuring interactive elements and an immersion into a dream-like world, Asian Art Museum head Jay Xu said in an interview "Long story short, it is the art experience like none other." Tickets are available via the Asian Art Museum site.
Current District Job Listings
Current Listings
If you would like us to include your job listing in our quarterly recaps, please email us at info@sfciviccenter.org with the pertinent info and link.
CBD Clean & Safe Services: QTR 3 - 2021
Please note these numbers include only partial numbers for July, as we switched reporting systems.
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.
Happy Fall!
Spooktacular treats are now haunting Littlejohn's Candies, discover these delicious fall sweets at 1422 Market St.