April 2017
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Letter from the E.D.
Daylight savings time is here, the weather is slowly beginning to warm up and I know I am looking forward to spring and the coming summer.

Spring has brought unexpected sadness to the Castro community however. Gilbert Baker's unexpected and sudden death last Thursday March 30th shocked the Castro community. I had only just met Gilbert, but we connected over our joint passion for public art. He the creator and me a member of the art loving public. I've thought about Gilbert a lot the past week and how his rainbow flag changed the world. The symbol he created to represent the LGBTQ community was an act of genius in its simplicity, its beauty, its representation of diversity and its symbol of love and peace. It is a symbol and flag that is recognized into the far reaches of the globe, the world over knows the rainbow flag represents the proud LGBTQ community.  We are so lucky to have had Gilbert as a leader. He will be remembered forever and we will work to ensure his legacy and the history of the flag lives on. Thank you Gilbert, from the bottom of my heart.
photo by Steven Kyle-Weller

What's New In the Castro?
March saw Mission Station Captain Dan Perea get promoted to Commander Perea and a new captain, Captain Bill Griffin appointed to Mission Station. Captain Bill Griffin comes to Mission station with extensive experience all over the city and a commitment to community policing. Captain Griffin is following Perea's staffing pattern and ensuring there are officers assigned to the Castro and walking a beat.

The Castro CBD is recruiting Castro Ambassadors! You too can welcome visitors from all over the globe to the Castro. Castro Ambassadors are get special training, a uniform and materials to hand out to visitors. If you would like to join this great team, contact me at or 415-500-1181.

Castro Ambassadors Jim and Larry

The Castro Retail Strategy has a new social media presence! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: TWITTER: @Castroretail1 and Facebook: Castroretail. We are also encouraging people to tag photos and posts #shop castro or #eat castro or #drink castro.

The Castro Retail Strategy Implementation phase is in full swing. We've hired a consultant to guide the project, connecting brokers with perspective merchants, helping brokers understand specifics of zoning, and working with artists and landlords to get art in vacant  storefronts.

The Harvey Milk Redesign effort has launched! The brief for the competition has been released and is here . On the website scroll down to view the first of several videos and click on Design Competition to view the brief. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
The redesign project is intended acknowledge Harvey Milk Plaza as sacred ground for LGBT civil rights history, to create a fitting tribute at this location to that history and to Harvey Milk, and to improve ADA issues and access at the Castro MUNI station. 


Pink Triangle Park & Memorial - A Community Challenge Grant has been submitted to begin major improvements at Pink Triangle Park & Memorial including creating accessible access into the park. Thanks to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Castro Merchants, EVNA, the GLBT Historical Society, and countless individuals for lending their support to this important project

In the mean time, volunteers interested in gardening and cleaning up Pink Triangle Park can do so.  Led by Master Gardener & Rosarian John Goldsmith, volunteers can show up at the Park on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9a - 1p to garden. We will provide the tools. Follow Pink Triangle Park's progress on Facebook.

The Seed, the CBD's LED lighting installation by Aphidoidea, is coming but has had a few permitting delays. Look for information about The Seed on the CBD's Facebook page or Twitter feed.
The Seed by Aphidoidea

Castro Cares' Use of Patrol Specials Effective     

PSP officers record the data of each incident and Castro Cares periodically analyzes this data to make changes to improve effectiveness. The latest analysis shows a downward trend in some of the more significant incidents.

In 2016, the number of incidents of obstructing the sidewalk dropped from an average of 40-50 percent of all engagements in the first five months of 2016 to an average of 8-12 percent in the last seven months. Trespassing was reduced from about 25 percent in January and March of last year to less than 10 percent last September, October, and November. Aggressive panhandling was almost completely eliminated November and December.

Castro Cares funded PSP officers are funded for 32 hours a week and work Friday and Saturdays from 7 pm - 7 a.m. and Sunday from 9 am - 5 pm. Castro Cares is looking forward to being able to fund a PSP officer during the weekdays. The weekday shifts would be funded through donations. To learn more or to donate go to the Castro Cares website.

Castro/Upper Market Clean Team Always At Work
The latest CBD Cleaning reports can be viewed on our website here. Scan through this report to learn what the CBD does for you day in and day out. They work really hard for you, thank them when you see them.

Highlights from the February report include:
  • 7575 pounds of trash picked up in the month of February
  • 82 incidents of human hazardous waste cleaned
  • 60 incidents of graffiti removed
  • 113 dirty needles picked up        
Call the CBD cleaning dispatch # 415-471-7536 to report an urgent cleaning issue in the CBD footprint.
Check out these dramatic Before & After pictures from our Clean Team
Special thanks
to the following businesses for collecting socks during our
Winter Sock Drive. We collected over 1200 pairs!
  • Coldwell Banker 
  • Strut
  • Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
  • Apothecarium
  • Body
  • Orphan Andy's
  • Hearth Coffee
  • Mudpuppy's
  • Philz 
  • Vanguard Properties 
  • Bank of America  
  • The Coop
  • The Daily Method
Please see our website:
for up to date information on the Castro CBD meeting schedule.
  • DISI Committee Meeting: Monday 5/1/17 6:00 p.m. 2355 Market St.
  • Finance Committee Meeting: Tuesday 5/9/17 9:00 a.m. 2355 Market St.
  • Executive Committee Meeting: Friday 5/5/17 9:00 a.m. 2355 Market St.
  • Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday 5/11/17 6:00 p.m. 501 Castro Street, 2nd Floor 
  • Services Committee Meeting: Friday 5/19/17 12:00 p.m. 2355 Market St.
  • Land Use Committee Meeting: Monday 5/22/17 9:00 a.m. 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.

2017 Season
We are planning a music, dance and activity filled 2017 Live! in the Castro Season. Have an activity or group you'd like to share with the neighborhood? Email us!  Want to keep up on our current events? Sign up for our Events Only email list by using the button below. 
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The CBD is bringing a Little Free Library to Jane Warner Plaza. Don't know what a Little Free Library is? Read about it HERE.

Take a book, share a book, give a book.
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