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 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!

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…

Navy Promoting Opportunity for Local Bayview Contractors & Business Owners

An end of June community meeting coordinated by the Department of the Navy will bring information to local Bayview contractors and business owners about opportunities to get contracting work on the Hunters Point Shipyard, according to Navy officials.  The meeting will be held in the Alex Pitcher community room at the Southeast Community Facility (1800 Oakdale Avenue) at 5:00pm on Wednesday, June 30th.  For more details, please see the flier below or contact:

  • Mr. Keith Forman
  • Navy Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Coordinator
  • 1455 Frazee Road, Suite 900
  • San Diego, CA 92108-4310
  • Local telephone number: (415) 308-1458
  • Office telephone number: (619) 532-0913
  • Fax number: (619) 532-0995
  • E-mail: keith.s.forman@navy.milInformation is also available on the Department of the Navy’s Hunters Point Shipyard website: http://www.bracpmo.navy.mil

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June 2010



Business Information Meeting

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The Department of the Navy invites the community to participate in a Hunters Point Shipyard Business Information Meeting.  This is an opportunity for local business owners and independent contractors to learn how to become a contractor for the Navy.  Navy contractors and the Navy environmental cleanup team will present information and answer questions.

Hunters Point Shipyard Business Information Meeting

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Community Facility

Alex Pitcher Room

1800 Oakdale Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94124

For more information on the cleanup activities at Hunters Point Shipyard, please contact:

Mr. Keith Forman

Navy Base Realignment and Closure Environmental Coordinator

1455 Frazee Road, Suite 900

San Diego, CA 92108-4310

Local telephone number: (415) 308-1458

Office telephone number: (619) 532-0913

Fax number: (619) 532-0995

E-mail: keith.s.forman@navy.mil

Information is also available on the Department of the Navy’s Hunters Point Shipyard website:


Click ‘Prior BRAC Installations’ drop-down menu, and then select ‘Former NSY Hunters Point’.

Information and project documents also available at Hunters Point Shipyard Information Repositories:

BMA Small Business Mixer @ Wells Fargo TOMORROW NIGHT!

In celebration of San Francisco Small Business Week, the Bayview Merchants’ Association & Wells Fargo are hosting a Bayview-Hunters Point Small Business Mixer tomorrow night at Wells Fargo’s Bayview branch:

  • Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Wells Fargo, Bayview branch
  • 3801 3rd Street, #116 (In the Bayview Plaza)

Come on down to meet and mingle with Bayview-area small business representatives, learn about business payroll services and other small business opportunities, and enjoy delicious food catered by local neighborhood merchants!

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: Daniel Palacios at daniel.palacios@wellsfargo.com or 415.401.1320.

Community Workshop re: Hunters Point Shipyard on May 1st

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Office of Economic and Workforce Development are co-hosting a workshop this coming Saturday, May 1st between the hours of 9:00am-12:00pm on the redevelopment of the Hunters Point Shipyard.  If you are a member of the community, please come out and learn about what is going on and how the community will benefit from this project.  See flier below for details:

BMA Meeting NEXT TUESDAY @ Frisco Fried

The next BMA meeting will be held on Tuesday of next week:

  • Tuesday, April 27th 
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Frisco Fried
  • 5176 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

The meeting will address several issues, including:

  • Clean Power SF: a new program to deliver more renewable energy to businesses at competitive market rates
  • City Composting & Recycling Program: What it means for your business & how you can benefit financially
  • Presentation on D10 diesel idling reduction program
  • Presentation on city efforts to clean up the Shipyard
  • Shipyard Artists Present: Spring Open Studios at the Shipyard
  • Open iscussion on renaming of “Third Street

Welcome new members of the BMA Executive Committee!

Last night at the March Bayview Merchants’ Association meeting, elections were held for all four offices of the Executive Committee: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The election results, in order of position, are as follows:


Alvin P. Norman, Jr.
Owner, Al Norman Mechanical, Inc.

La Shon A. Walker
Realtor, Embassy Realty/Center Manager, Renaissance Bayview

ShaMauda Bishop
Owner, Simply Fabulous Beauty Salon

Hahn “Patrick” Tang
Branch Manager, US Bank

Congratulations to the new and existing members of the Bayview Merchants’ Association Executive Committee!  2010 looks to be an exciting year for the association.