We Work Together
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The LPCBD is an award-winning Community Benefit District that began operations in January 2016. Our organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings public and private stakeholders together to improve the lives of all people who live in, work in, and visit the Lower Polk community, a 22-block area along the Polk Street Corridor. In January 2018, we were awarded the prestigious 2018 Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Award as The Best Community Benefit District.
Working together with our community, local stakeholders, and the City, our shared vision is to support the quality of life for all people in the Lower Polk.
A SHARED VISION
A Safe and Clean Lower Polk
A Beautiful Lower Polk
A Vibrant Lower Polk
A Diverse Lower Polk
A DIVERSE LOWER POLK
The Lower Polk Tenant Landlord Clinic
“Thanks for all that you are doing to improve the neighborhood!”
Sheryl, The Natural Mattress Store
We operate a community resource tent seven days per week. This tent, which is located on Larkin Street, near Geary, is staffed with our community outreach workers and provides constantly updated information and referrals to people who need help of any kind.
Community Outreach Tent at Sgt. Macaulay Park
The Lower Polk Tenant Landlord Clinic (TLC) is a unique interdisciplinary program designed to help prevent homelessness by keeping people housed in their current places of abode. We wish to thank Supervisor Aaron Peskin for helping to make this possible.
We are proud to have donated $50,000 towards the Austin Alley improvement project. When complete, Austin Alley will contain cafe-style seating, a pedestrian walkway, and additional trees, among additional improvements.
The generosity of our donors has allowed us to donate $50,000 towards improving Fern Alley. The entire alleyway has been redesigned to be both beautiful and pedestrian friendly.
A BEAUTIFUL LOWER POLK
Our local community has come together over the last several years to plan and implement a Streetscape Improvement Project for the entire Polk Street Corridor. We are honored to have been an active and vocal part of that community-led process. This Improvement Project was well underway in 2017/2018 and when complete, will feature designated bike lanes, improved alleyways, and pedestrian safety improvements.
Fern Alley Improvements
Austin Alley Improvements
Working closely with six local artists, our community-designed a huge mural in Hemlock Alley. This mural is one of the largest murals in San Francisco and is intended to showcase the diversity of our vibrant City.
A VIBRANT LOWER POLK!
Our community is unique: the vast majority of our local businesses are locally owned and operated. Together, we work hard against displacement, and we work to support success among our local business people.
During the Fiscal Year, and with the support of the neighborhood, we were instrumental in bringing the Polk Street Blues Festival back to Polk Street.
The First Thursday Art Walk // Lower Polk Art Walk // Tenderloin Art Walk is a community led monthly event hosted by the Gallery Owners in the Lower Polk // Tenderloin neighborhoods of San Francisco and the Lower Polk Community Benefit District. The Art Walk is every first Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Each gallery hosts a unique selection of art spanning multiple mediums and styles.
Working together with San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the assistance of local company Civic Edge, we created a detailed brochure that highlights the activities and merchants here in the Lower Polk. In addition, this support allowed us to place street banners along the Lower Polk Corridor.
The Lower Polk Community Benefit District, along with others, sponsors local Wine Walks. These tasting events include merchants offering wine samples inside their stores throughout Polk Street.
“Thank you for all the work that you’ve done so far. I’m grateful daily for the street cleaning that helps make our neighborhood more inviting when often feces and trash blowing in the wind were a normal greeting at my business door!”
Erik, The Blue Buddha
In a typical month, our Ambassadors pick up literally thousands of pounds of trash and hundreds of needles. But perhaps more importantly, our Ambassador program offers job training and employment for people facing hardship.
A SAFE LOWER POLK
Keeping it safe.
Keeping it clean.
Our Department of Public works awarded the community a generous grant for a full time monitor for the J.C. Decaux public toilet at Sgt. Macaulay Park. This grant allows for that public toilet to be among a very few that are monitored for safety and cleanliness. We wish to thank Supervisor Aaron Peskin for helping to make this possible.
"We're keeping the community clean the best we can."."
Jim J. - Graffiti Removal Expert.
Board of Directors
Al Casciato, President of the Board - Senior VP of Business Development, Bovis Foods
Board President Al Casciato is the Senior VP of Business Development for Bovis Foods representing Spinnerrie Resturant and property ownership on the CBD. Al is a Retired SFPD Captain who once commanded the Northern Station. He is a San Francisco native who attended and graduated from Sacred Heart HS, CCSF and San Francisco State with a degree in Urban Studies. He is very focused on addressing issues involving the mentally ill and homeless members of our community.
Mike Petricca, Vice-President of the Board - Vice President of Campus Safety, Academy of Art University
Mr. Petricca worked as the Chief of Police in Webster City, Iowa from 1987 to 1996. He was the department head of an innovative Police Department with 15 sworn and 6 civilian employees. As Chief of Police, he coordinated the state-wide narcotics task force and implemented crime-prevention strategies locally. Mr. Petricca was also Chief of Police in Sac City, Iowa from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Petricca received his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University in 1986. He also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista College.
Raul Avila, Treasurer - PTC Chair, Redding Elementary
Raul began a career in Broadcast advertising for the Latin market at Mendoza, Dillon & Associates in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. He was recruited in 1999 by the prestigious Goodby, Silverstein & Partners of San Francisco, California, where he worked on clients such as Got Milk, eTrade, and Budweiser. With the birth of his daughter, Elie, in 2006, Raul decided to become a full-time stay-at-home dad. Since then, he’s raised two more beautiful children, Ine and Emil, who are also students at Redding Elementary. Raul has served at Redding as PTC chair for the past 6 years and has lived in the neighborhood since 2000.
Christopher Schulman, Board Member - General Manager, Grassroots
Mr. Schulman has lived in the Lower Polk neighborhood for the past 14 years. He has been involved in neighborhood associations for the past 11 years, including being on the board of the Lower Polk neighbors for much of those 11 years, steering committee for the Lower Polk Community Benefit District and now the Board President.
Lindsey Fisher, Board Member - Vice President, Pacific Eagle
Lindsey Fisher is a Bay Area native and a long-time resident of San Francisco. She serves as Vice President of Development at Pacific Eagle where she oversees the company’s development projects, sales, marketing, community outreach and public relations efforts. She is primarily focused on residential projects on the West Coast including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Ms. Fisher has a well-rounded background in real estate which includes development, asset and property management, construction, sales and marketing. She is very interested in collaborative projects between public and private entities in emerging neighborhoods. She has a passion for neighborhood and community involvement and a firm understanding of the participation needed to achieve great things in a vibrant urban environment like Lower Polk.
Vahram Massehian, Board Member - Senior Project Manager, CPMC
Vahram serves as senior project manager for enterprise development at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He’s also CPMC’s compliance officer to ensure adherence to its development agreement with the City of San Francisco. Prior to CPMC, Vahram worked for the University of California San Francisco on the Mission Bay development and is an alum of the San Francisco Planning Department. Vahram has lived in San Francisco since 2002, where he is raising his daughter.
Tammy Gustin, Board Member - Founder, Sips N Sews
Tammy has a long background in the tech industry. During this time, she turned to sewing as a stress reliever. She eventually left tech to found Sips N Sews, with a mission to provide the sewists of San Francisco and the Bay Area a place to develop and exercise their creativity in sewing. Her goal is to create a community that puts sewing skills back on the list of life experiences.
Lower Polk Neighbors
Middle Polk Neighbors
Polk District Merchants Association
La Voz Latina
Office of the Mayor
Department of Public Works
San Francisco MTA
The Bar Association of San Francisco
The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development
Discover Polk Community Benefit District
San Francisco Apartment Owners' Association
Sutter Health / CPMC
Community Partners and Supporters
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San Francisco, California 94109