Marina Community Association
Fall Arrived With A Burst Of Activity Around The Neighborhood

November 2011

Fall brings a robust panoply of activities in and around the Marina, and we thought we would bring you up to date on what’s been happening.

Marina Family Fest
On Sept. 24, the Marina Community Association hosted a new family-friendly event on the Little Marina Green, which we called the Marina Family Fest. Though the weather was a bit overcast, there was much fun to be had at the petting zoo and the jumpy houses, and face painting was the activity du jour. Two different SFFD fire engine teams were present throughout the day, thrilling children and adults alike with chances to don firefighting equipment, ring the truck bells, and climb into various vehicle compartments. The SFFD fireboat made a special appearance in the afternoon with its awesome water spray display. There were gourmet food trucks, a beer and wine garden (for the big kids), and vendors offering great products like earthquake safety kits and juice drinks. The MCA wishes to extend a tremendous thank you to the wonderful staff of Jaffe Events and UVMG for their expert work in putting this all together. We are grateful to Supervisor Mark Farrell and his family for supporting and touting this event. We also wish to thank all the sponsors, many of them merchants right here in the Marina. Thank you to our treasured local businesses!

King Edward II Inn
On Oct. 4, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to approve the special use district that Community Housing Partnership needed to move ahead with its plans to convert the King Edward II Inn into 24 affordable housing units for transitional-age youth. The Board of Supervisors also denied appeals filed by the Cow Hollow Association, thereby exhausting the neighbors’ administrative remedies within the city’s entitlement process. Many neighbors feel that legal action against the city and/or Community Housing Partnership may be necessary, and a call for funding is going on now. If you want to learn more about the next steps or want to donate to the cause, please contact the Cow Hollow Association or the MCA through their respective websites: or

Fleet Week
Always an exciting time, Fleet Week never disappoints. This year we had perfect weather on Friday, which allowed early birds a chance to see an amazing show as all the various aircraft performed their practice flights. The Marina Green was easy to navigate on Friday, allowing a casual atmosphere in which to visit the various booths and enjoy the bayside setting. We wondered how many people noticed the absence of wooden docks and boats in slips as they congregated on the seawall to observe the air show. (Yes, the Marina Harbor Renovation is well under way, and the developments are fascinating.)

Saturday was also beautiful, providing the perfect backdrop for military dignitaries and local politicians to celebrate this time-honored tradition on the upper deck of the St. Francis Yacht Club. Later in the day, the Blue Angels thrilled the crowd as usual. This writer learned that the pilots rewarded themselves at Harris’ Steakhouse on Saturday night – so there’s your hint as to where to spot them next year!

Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake
Oct. 17 came and went without incident, thank goodness (though we had a bit of a reminder on Oct. 20 with two moderate tremors). Please take a moment now to remember those we lost in 1989; the grace that we experienced from our emergency personnel and those who donated food and supplies; and the camaraderie of our neighbors. May we reflect on the blessings that the Marina has experienced these past 22 years, such as the renovations of our Marina Library; the Moscone Recreation Center and playground; and the restoration of the Palace of Fine Arts.

Remember to sign up for training classes through NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team). Find out more by visiting Also, if you are interested in purchasing earthquake preparedness kits, please contact or call 415-367-5917.

MCA Annual Meeting
By the time this issue of the Marina Times is distributed, the MCA will have held its annual meeting on Oct. 26 at Claire Lilienthal Elementary School. Items on the agenda included an update on America’s Cup planning and a presentation by the president of the San Francisco Police Commission, Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco. We held elections for new board members, the results of which you can find on our website. We want to thank the following people for offering their time and talents to the MCA and our neighborhood by stepping up to be nominated for board vacancies: Thomas Abramo, Don Carmignani, Brian Davis, John Farrell, Laura Lanzone, John Millar, Jennifer Stuart, and Ariel Ungerleider. We are excited that so many people are interested in volunteering with the MCA and we would like to encourage you to join us, too, because we need people to serve on subcommittees. We anticipate the creation of new subcommittees that will be needed as we look forward to the America’s Cup and other events in the Marina. “Many hands make light work,” as the saying goes. Please e-mail us at [email protected] if you are interested in helping out with the MCA.

Kat Anderson is the corporate secretary for the Marina Community Association, which is dedicated to protecting and improving the distinctive residential quality of the Marina. Visit for more information.