BMA Merchant Retreat Recap

On Monday, September 27th, the Bayview Merchants’ Association had its first-ever Bayview Merchant Retreat at the South Beach Harbor building next to the AT&T Ballpark.  The meeting was attended by around 30 merchants and other BMA stakeholders.  The day was packed with information intended to benefit the businesses represented by retreat attendees.  Here is the general schedule from the day:

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Opening Breakfast
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
    • Merchant Safety Training and Discussion
    • Contractor/Developer Panel Discussion
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Bayview Shop Local Campaign Presentation and Discussion
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    • Lunch
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    • BMA Visioning Exercise
  • 4:00pm – 5:00
    • Retreat Debrief

To see a more detailed event agenda, please CLICK HERE.

Throughout the day,  there were several productive discussions, speeches, and networking opportunities for BMA members who attended the event.  From a merchant safety training for storefront merchants, to a contractor panel discussion with representatives from local development firms, to an end-of-day merchant visioning exercise that solicited members’ input on new projects and activities to be undertaken by the BMA, there was something at the retreat for everyone.  Here are some photos recapping some of the retreat’s sessions:

 

BMA President Al Norman Addresses Attendees at 2010 Bayview Merchant Retreat.

 

 

Bayview Merchants and Other Stakeholders Participate in a Merchant Safety Workshop at the 2010 Bayview Merchant Retreat.

 

 

Bernal Bucks Co-founder Arno Hesse Gives Presentation to Bayview Merchant Retreat Attendees On Bernal Heights' Successful Shop Local Campaign.

 

To check out a couple of video snippets from the retreat, click HERE and HERE.

If you are curious to learn more about the retreat or the general goings on of the BMA over course of the coming year, please contact BMA Outreach Coordinator Ben Kaufman at (415) 647-3728 x6407 or via email at ben@rencenter.org.

2010 Bayview Merchant Retreat THIS MONDAY

If you are not already aware, the Bayview Merchants’ Association (BMA) will be holding its first ever BMA merchant retreat this coming Monday!

  • Monday, September 27, 2010
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • South Beach Harbor Building
  • The Embarcadero @ Pier 40 (Next to AT&T Ballpark
  • San Francisco, CA, 94107

If you go to one BMA event this year, make it this one.  The Merchant Retreat will be both informational and participatory, culminating in a visioning exercise, in which members will give their input on what projects and activities we should prioritize as we move forward as an organization.  The retreat will go all day and some topics will include:

  • merchant safety workshop
  • contractor workshop
  • Bayview “Shop Local” Campaign presentation & discussion

Both breakfast and lunch will be catered by delicious, local Bayview Caterer and BMA member, Spice It Up Catering.

To attend the BMA Merchant Retreat, you must be a 2010 paid member of the BMA. To RSVP or apply for membership, please contact Ben Kaufman at (415) 647-3728 x407 or via email at ben@rencenter.org. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

To RSVP on Facebook, CLICK HERE.


BMA August Meeting Minutes

For your reading pleasure.

BMA August Meeting Recap

Thanks to all that came out to last night’s BMA meeting at Taqueria La Laguna on Third and Fairfax.  Despite the extreme heat (yesterday’s high was a whopping 99 degrees!) and the low  attendance (low being a relative term, as we usually have  upwards of 30 attendees) due to summer vacation and a District 10 Supervisor candidates’ “Meet & Greet” a few blocks away, there was a wealth of information at the meeting of concern to Bayview merchants and residents alike. And thanks to BMA Secretary ShaMauda Bishop’s videotaping of the meeting, the BMA is able to share this information with everyone who wasn’t able to make it.

The meeting began with a brief report from the SFPD Bayview Station, followed by an introduction and subsequent debate on Proposition G, a Proposition on the November ballot that would change the work rules and pay structure of MUNI drivers and operators. District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, author and sponsor of the proposition, and Rafael Cabrera, interim President of the San Francisco Transit Workers’ Union, discussed the merits of the Proposition:

This conversation was followed by another MUNI-related issue: fare evasion “stings” conducted by the SFPD and SFMTA to set an example for folks who do not pay their MUNI fares and to help generate revenue for the cash-strapped agency.  Critics attest that these “stings” are being disproportionately targeted at low-income communities of color.  Here is the second half of the Proposition G debate followed by SFPD Deputy Chief of the MUNI Response Team speaking to the Bayview merchants about the recent uptick in these “stings” that have resulted in several fines and even some arrests:

The remainder of the meeting was dedicated to a couple of presentations and announcements, including a presentation on the Southeast Food Access (SEFA) Working Group’s efforts to improve safe & healthy food access in the Bayview and a presentation on the available affordable apartments for sale at 4800 Third Street at Oakdale in the heart of the Bayview.  For more information on this meeting, please see the meeting’s minutes or the Bayview Merchants’ Association’s Youtube channel, where the rest of the meeting’s footage is posted.

BMA July Meeting Minutes

If you did not get a chance to make it to Tuesday night’s BMA meeting at Auntie Aprils, and you are interested in what was discussed, please see the meeting’s minutes here.

A big thank you to everyone who showed up and we’ll see you all at next month’s meeting!

July 27th BMA Meeting Agenda Now Available

This coming Tuesday, the BMA’s July meeting will be held at Auntie April’s on Third and McKinnon. We will be talking about a whole bunch of issues including contracting opportunities for local contractors, affordable housing on Third Street, a Third Street beautification project, and a local merchant-run energy savings program, among others.  Please see the below flier for further details.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Third Street Stakeholder’s Meeting THIS THURSDAY @ Southeast Community Center

This Thursday, July 22nd, at 10:00am in the Alex Pitcher Community Room at the Southeast Community Center (1800 Oakdale Avenue), the Third Street Stakeholder’s Committee will be convening for the first time under the new leadership of Third Street Corridor Manager James Moore to discuss all things Third Street.

The upcoming meeting will specifically address upcoming events including National Night Out Against Crime (on August 3rd) and next year’s Bayview Music Festival (sometime in May), as well as a Third Street marketing campaign that will include T-shirts and banners that will be installed along the corridor.

If you are interested in the vitality of the Bayview’s main commercial street, please join the Committee by showing up on Thursday morning!  It is a great opportunity to be involved in your community and to get your voice heard on issues affecting the neighborhood.

For more information, please contact Third Street Corridor Manager James Moore at (415) 647-3728 x411 or via email at jmoore@rencenter.org.

BMA Monthly Meeting @ Auntie April’s Soul Food

Everyone mark your calendars for July 27th at 6:00pm when the BMA will be having its monthly meeting at none other than award-winning Auntie April’s Soul Food at 4618 Third Street (between McKinnon and Newcomb).  April will be catering, so bring your appetites!  Look out for the meeting agenda, which will be posted sometime next week…

“Meet the Banker” Workshop: Wed, July 21st @ 6:00pm

  • Are you tired of paying high fees on your bank account or don’t have one?
  • Why spend hundreds of dollars at a check-cashing company when you can deposit your money for free and pay your bills at no additional cost?
  • Did you know that many people are “unbanked” or “underbanked”?
  • Need a banker who can speak a language other than English?
  • Have you had a bank about be closed by the bank within the last twelve months?

Without a bank account, the average person will spend 5% of there income at check cashing places each year. The Bank on San Francisco program’s mission is to give every San Francisco access to a bank account and has helped San Franciscans open over 25,000 accounts so far!  Come to the upcoming workshop in the Bayview and learn about Bank on San Francisco and other second-chance banking options so you and your family don’t have to continue to pay exorbitant fees to predatory financial institutions.  And bring your friends!  See the flier below for details.

When: Wednesday, July 21st 2010
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Where: Soo Fong Restaurant
3801 Third Street, Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94124

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Community Workshop TOMORROW on Improvements to Candlestick Point Recreation Area

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 14th at 6pm, there will be a public workshop at the Southeast Community Facility for all Bayview-Hunters Point residents interested in discussing new park improvements and design ideas for the Candlestick Point Recreation Area.  Details from the flier:

California State Parks is taking a fresh look at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, embarking on an exciting process to improve the park. Along with the public, we will be exploring ideas to enhance existing attributes—the extensive shoreline, scenic vistas and habitat areas—as well as opportunities for new recreation, education, and cultural activities. With large-scale new developments being proposed in the surrounding areas, and potential funding for major park improvements, now is the ideal time to rethink Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. Please join us as we create a new vision for the park!

If you live in the community, this is your opportunity to get your voice heard on improvements to Candlestick Park!  Please see further details on the flier below: