May 2016
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Thriller Flashmob in Jane Warner Plaza
Letter from the E.D.
The Castro & Upper Market is increasingly becoming a walking and biking district. It is so great to see so many people enjoying the neighborhood. SFMTA's pedestrian safety improvements underway on Market St. are welcome and will certainly add to the walkability of the district. The Myriad, the new market hall concept at 2175 Market, is filling up with interesting vendors. Check it out and enjoy their colorful benches as you snack on a delight you bought inside!

The building at Sanchez and Market, The Duboce, is slated to be complete towards mid-September. 

The Castro Ambassador season begins on May 15th and the CBD's volunteers will once again be out welcoming visitors from around the world. In fact, if you like to meet new people, help visitors find their way and make new friends, let me know, email me at

Finally, since it's May, you are all probably wondering what is happening for Pride. Pride will go on as always, go to for details. But, as you know, Pink Saturday has been canceled and the streets in the Castro will remain open on Saturday June 25th. You will soon notice media coverage with this message. The City Departments and community organizations are working to ensure this transition year goes as smooth as possible.

Are you interested in helping to improve your neighborhood? The Castro Community Benefit District is always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of projects. Give me a call at 415-500-1181 or email me at

I can't wait to see you all out and about in the Castro & Upper Market, stop me and say hi! 


Live! in the Castro Upcoming Events 
Events are updated often. Follow us on Facebook.

Cypress String Quartet 5/8 @1pm - This Mother's Day join the Cypress String Quartet in the Plaza for their final season performing together before they disband. Beethoven in the City is celebration during which the quartet will present all 16 quartets at public venues in every district as a gift to their hometown.

SF Bicycle Coalition - Bike to Work Day 5/12@7am - Join district Supervisor Scott Wiener in the Plaza for Bike to Work Day. This Commuter Convoy will depart the plaza at 7:45am for City Hall. 

Opening Day for the Castro Ambassadors 5/15@11:30am  - Join the CBD and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as we kick off the 2016 Ambassador season.

Kippy Marks & the Castro Flagger 5/21 @12pm -  The Castro Flaggers will accompany Kippy with their awesome, colorful, joyful movements.

Harvey Milk Day 5/22@1pm -  Join Supervisor Scott Wiener, local leaders and some of Harvey's friends and colleagues to celebrate his birthday on Sunday May 22nd, Harvey Milk Day. Festivities begin at 1pm at Harvey Milk Plaza and will continue to the HRC Store, the site of Milk's camera store.

The CBD seeks artists and performers to join us in bringing Jane Warner Plaza to life. If you are a musician, dancer, performance artist or community group, we want to hear from you! We are interested in exploring all types of activities, music, dance, lectures, community outreach, interactive art. Email the CBD


Castro/Upper Market CBD Meetings
Please see our website:
for up to date information on the Castro CBD meeting schedule.
  • Services Committee Meeting: Monday 5/9/16 4:30 p.m. 2355 Market St., Coldwell Banker
  • Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday 5/12/16 6:00 p.m. 501 Castro Street, 2nd Floor
  • Executive Committee Meeting: Tuesday 5/24/16 10:00 a.m. 2355 Market St., Coldwell Banker
  • Land Use Committee Meeting: Monday 5/30/16 9:00 a.m. 2355 Market St., Coldwell Banker
All committee meetings are held at 2355 Market St.

All Castro / Upper Market Community Benefit District Meetings are open to the public with public comment taken at every meeting. The meeting agendas are posted on the CBD website 72 hours before every meeting.
Upcoming Events
On Sunday May 15, 2016, AtmosQueer will be hosting its 4th Annual LGBT Community Connection Fair from 1pm to 5pm at Strut, the new Health & Wellness Center located at 470 Castro Street. Event details.
Learn about the new pedestrian safety plans from MTA

Upper Market Pedestrian Safety Open House 
Thursday 5/5 5:30 p.m.
IBEW Local 6 Meeting Hall 55 Fillmore Street

Are you curious about the City's short term rental rules? For registration and enforcement FAQs regarding Craigslist, AirBNB and FRBO click here.
Our Annual Report is now available online.  This year, we decided to try something new. We decided to turn our annual report into a fundraiser for Castro Cares, the non-profit program we oversee that’s tackling homelessness and quality of life issues. The result is this special edition, sponsored report.
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