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Police Chief Bill Scott said an increase in burglaries citywide began in March, around the time San Francisco issued shelter-in-place orders.

The Haight (which is located within SFPD’s Park District) has seen a dramatic increase in burglaries this year. As of December 16, 2020, these crimes have increased 46 percent citywide, and “Park Station, which includes areas like the Haight, has experienced the sharpest increase with a more than 113 percent jump from 266 to 569 cases.” (source)

Thankfully, our SFPD officers have been working tirelessly and made a number of key arrests recently. However, as highlighted by SFPD Chief Bill Scott, one of the lingering problems is serial burglars continuing to offend after being arrested and released from custody. District Attorney Chesa Boudin cited the lack of social services when it comes to repeat offenders, saying the criminal justice system needs a “richer, more complex array of options to intervene in some of those difficult cases.” …


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On November 17, Supervisor Dean Preston announced via Instagram that the City is recommending that the sanctioned tent site at 730 Stanyan be extended until March 2021. This announcement comes despite Supervisor Preston repeatedly assuring the community that the site would be open for a limited 3–6 month time period — November is the end of the six-month term. By comparison, the City honored its time commitment when closing the Castro tent site (source) and recently announced that it’s closing a tent site in the Tenderloin (source). Why then is 730 Stanyan remaining open?

A virtual community meeting will be held on Monday, November 23 at 7:00pm to discuss this matter, and residents can click here to register. Questions should be emailed in advance to avery.yu@sfgov.org. …


Accordinging to the most recent data from the San Francisco Crime Dashboard, San Francisco Police Department Park District, which serves District 5, has had the largest spike in burglaries of any district in San Francisco in 2020.

Crime in 2020 vs. 2019

From January 1st, 2020 to October 18th, 2020, burglaries have skyrocketed over 100% — 420 in 2020 compared to 219 in 2019. And motor vehicle theft has risen more than 30% — 279 in 2020 compared to 213 in 2019.

Park District Crimes (Year-to-Date)

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Chart: San Francisco Crime Data shows large increase in burglary and motor vehicle theft in District 5 this year

This is a drastic increase over the city-wide burglaries increase of 44.1%, …


Things are moving fast and we are getting so many questions and letters of support. Thank you! We compiled this FAQ and encourage you to share with your neighbors and others who are interested in the 730 Stanyan site and advocating for a safe and healthy neighborhood.

Safe Healthy Haight FAQ

What is happening at the former McDonald’s at Haight and Stanyan (aka 730 Stanyan)?
The site at 730 Stanyan has been designated as a ‘Safe Sleeping Village’, a city sanctioned tent site where unhoused individuals can live and socially distance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Who is occupying the site?
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors authorized safe sleeping sites to encourage social distancing, improve sanitation, and slow the spread of COVID-19. However, to date little to no information has been released about the site residents and health guidelines. …


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On May 29, the former McDonald’s at 730 Stanyan opened as a sanctioned tent site. Less than two weeks later, Supervisor Dean Preston (who represents the Haight and is up for re-election this November) already declared it a “HUGE SUCCESS.” But how is this “success” measured?

Some are evaluating 730 Stanyan based on subjective qualities; however, we believe the project’s success must be evaluated on identifiable and measurable objective standards. Are there still tents on the sidewalks? Are there still clusters of homeless people on the street not social distancing? Are neighbors still being impacted by negative behavior from the homeless population, such as yelling, fighting and drug use? Unfortunately, the answer to all these questions has been a resounding “yes.” …


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730 Stanyan (at Haight & Stanyan) is land that the City purchased in 2017 to build affordable housing. There was a proposal for an interim use in the pre-construction phase, but the site is currently being used as a sanctioned tent site.

The developers of the affordable housing project are hosting a virtual community meeting regarding the project, which is expected to have over 150 units. This meeting is related to the housing development, not the sanctioned tent site, but we are sharing in case our members are interested in attending. See below for details.

Virtual Community Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, June 23rd at…


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Since last week, Safe Healthy Haight has been hard at work on many different workstreams related to the tent site at Haight & Stanyan. Most of the volunteers in this group have full-time jobs and familial commitments, in addition to the work associated with Safe Healthy Haight, so we haven’t been able to publish formal blog posts as often as we’d like; please follow our Twitter account or join our Facebook group for more frequent updates.

We’re sharing what we’ve accomplished thus far and what we hope to accomplish going forward, as well as an update on various matters such as our surge in merchant support, the opening of the site and the management plan. …


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730 Stanyan (view from Haight Street)

On May 15, the City announced that 730 Stanyan (formerly McDonald’s) would become the second sanctioned homeless tent site in San Francisco; the first being in the Tenderloin / Civic Center. In response to this decision, neighbors in the Upper Haight and District 5 have organized, forming a new group — Safe Healthy Haight — to represent the legitimate concerns of residents regarding this site that have so far been ignored. See the bottom of this post for ways you can get involved and click here to sign up for our email list.

While everyone agrees that homeless residents need help during these difficult times, we don’t believe Supervisor Preston’s haphazard solution to create a sanctioned tent site in a high foot traffic area is the appropriate response, and we’re disappointed by his lack of responsiveness to the concerns of residents. …

Safe Healthy Haight

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