THE SOLID STATE OF WESTWOOD HIGHLANDS
First, the Westwood Highlands Board of Directors welcomes all new neighbors to Westwood Highlands. I believe that most new homeowners quickly realize that the sacrifices they made ‘getting in here’ were wise.
Our houses are pricey compared with many houses of the same size in this general area of the city, but there are reasons for that. For instance: uniquely designed detached homes with strong bones built on streets that were designed to follow the lines of the hill, front and rear yards, rear utility lines, relative safety, peace, quiet, parking, conveniently located minutes away from shopping districts, restaurants, freeways, hospitals, schools, downtown, and the airport.
Perhaps most important is that Westwood Highlands has a suburban feel and a particular character of its own, even though it’s located in the most congested city in the United States.
Many of the homes, maybe even most of the homes here have been fixed up to a large extend over the last several years. I’ve lived in this area my whole life and I’ve never seen this neighborhood look so good.
Dave Bisho, President
SB827 THREATENS WESTWOOD HIGHLAND’S SINGLE FAMILY STATUS
In many past newsletter articles, I’ve warned about pending legislation usually sponsored by city leaders or the Planning Department that threatened the single-family status of Westwood Highlands. Recently, two such measures actually passed and are now in place. One allows the legalization of secondary units in single-family neighborhoods and the other allows short-term rentals such as Air BNB and Home Away.
Those measures concern many in the city who feel San Francisco is already crowded enough or that the huge amount of ‘housing’ that is currently being built, does not meet the needs of those trying to raise a family. Luckily those two pieces of legislation did not overturn nor have any effect on any of the covenants protecting the ‘single family’ status of Westwood Highlands and the many similar city neighborhood associations like it because the city will not get involved in the contractual arrangements that are automatically created between, say, Westwood Highlands Association and new homeowners when these new homeowners take possession of their deeds. As a result, covenants protecting the single-family nature of Westwood Highlands, at least to this day, remain enforceable.
However, Westwood Highlands will change completely and forever if state bill SB827, sponsored by former SF supervisor (and now) State Senator Scott Weiner passes in any form. SB827 would allow the State of California to seize control of all San Francisco zoning , ordinances, and restrictions related to private property, would trump the city charter which guides the Planning Department and the Planning Commission which encourages public input, and SB827 of course would trump any and all Covenants, Controls and Restrictions of not only Westwood Highlands but all other similar city neighborhood associations.
Property values are determined for the most part by zoning. Weiner’s SB827 is the most draconian densification plan and the largest attempt at hijacking property values I’ve ever seen. You have to read this legislation to believe it. Then read the response to it by the San Francisco Planning Department whose 100 years of existence will be gone if SB827 passes.
I feel sick. Many, if not all of the current candidates for San Francisco mayor are going along with SB827 at least in part. Just google SB827 and you can read all about the fact that this measure, a developers dream would abolish all ordinances that protect open space, light, air, bulk, lot coverage, height, neighborhood character, and minimum parking requirements. Then if you want to know how any politician could possible support something like this, follow the money, or I should say, follow the BIG money…
West of Twin Peaks Central Council Report
The West of Twin Peaks Central Council (WTPCC) was created in 1936 by 16 new single-family neighborhoods that were designed and built at about the time the West Portal Tunnel opened in 1917. Charter member Westwood Highlands like the 15 other groups was formed as a Planned Residential Community, a new concept in San Francisco where homeowners automatically agreed to abide by guidelines and restrictions when taking title to their properties. These rules were designed to insure these areas remained non-commercial and single-family in nature. The Council was formed to help these neighborhoods stay that way, and the council would also lobby to bring about the schools, libraries, churches, parks, and nearby commercial strips that would be needed. Ray Doyle, a local writer wrote an excellent article in 2007 about the Council’s history; well worth the read: West of Twin Peaks History by Rae Doyle
A Current WTPCC issue is a big one; Scott Weiner’s very controversial proposed bill, SB827; of great concern to council members because if it passes, there would be no more need for the West of Twin Peaks Central Council.
Thank You WHA Board of Directors
Our thanks to the Westwood Highlands Board of Directors who give their time and energy, free of charge, to maintain our beautiful neighborhood.
Westwood Highlands Dues
Although WHA dues of $25 per year are ridiculously low for an incorporated neighborhood, they are mandatory and necessary. Directors are not paid to serve on the board except for a customary small salary paid to the secretary/treasurer. All dues are used only to maintain neighborhood and property values, state fees, insurance, trees, secretary, legal fees, but only as allowed by WHA CC&Rs. Thanks to all for paying your dues..
Short Term Rentals and In-Law Units
Are Still Not Allowed In Westwood Highlands. That says it all.
Writer and Local Historian Jacquie Proctor to Speak at WHA Neighborhood Dinner on Friday Evening May 18th , upstairs at the Gold Mirror Restaurant.
All Westwood Highlands residents are invited to hear Jacquie speak of her book West of Twin Peaks and other topics about our unique area here on San Francisco’s west side. The Gold Mirror as many of you know is an excellent Italian restaurant with excellent service with a very convenient location of 18th at Taraval.
The menu for May 18th includes a salad of mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette, and your choice of Chicken Piccata, Poached Salmon, Veal or Eggplant Parmigian, or Spaghetti and Meatballs, and coffee, tea and ice cream. The cost is $50 per person which includes tax and tip, no host bar. The seating is limited since it is the upstairs room and bar at the Gold Mirror Restaurant.
To reserve your seat, please make the check out to Westwood Highlands Association and mail it or drop it off at 120 Brentwood Avenue..
Welcome New Neighbors!
Westwood Highlands Homeowners Association would like to reach out to all neighbors who have moved here in 2017 or 2018 by offering a welcome packet that includes WWHA Covenants, Controls and Restrictions (CCR’s) as well as important phone numbers, a local map, pictures of the early days of Westwood Highlands, and, as a gift, a certificate worth $25 at a local grocery store. I am the WHA Vice-President and “Welcome Wagon” person and I can either meet with you briefly. You can email me at email@example.com or leave a message on my cell 1-415-420-5082. You can also stay abreast of what’s going on in the association by attending the bi-monthly meetings as posted in this newsletter, or by visiting our website at www.westwoodhighlands.org.
Charley Leach, Vice President
WESTWOOD HIGHLANDS ANNUAL ELECTIONS OF BOARD MEMBERS
Please complete this ballot, cut it out, mail it, or drop it in the mailbox at 120 Brenwood before June 1st. The two empty slots on the bottom are for write-in candidates.
____ Dave Bisho President
____ Charley Leach, Vice President
____ Jane Corbett, Secretary
____ Corey Evans, Treasurer
____ Blue Mudbhary, Parliamentarian
MAY WE EMAIL WESTWOOD HIGHLANDS NEWSLETTERS TO YOU?
We produce our newsletters two to three times a year; and it sure would be nice if we could save the time and expense of printing and mailing it if we could email it to you. If you are interested in receiving your Westwood Highlands Newsletter and any other pertinent Westwood Highlands Info by email, please send your contact info to:
Your email address will not be given to any other parties.
Treasurer’s Report 2017
|Bank Balance as of 01.01.2017||25,966.48|
|West of Twin Peaks Central Council||270.00|
|3-Year Domain Name Registratin||41.85|
|Newsletter Printing & Mailing||474.09|
|Subtotal as of 12.31.2017||4,945.94||7,174.14|
|Bank Balance as of 12.31.2017||28,194.68|
2018 Westwood Highlands Association Board Meetings:
Dates to Remember
All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
- Time: 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays (unless otherwise noted)
- 120 Brentwood Ave.
- 2018 Meetings: March 20, May 15, July 17, Sept 18, and Nov 13.
Topics include local zoning, trees, various other concerns of residents, and ways to enhance and maintain our neighborhood.