We are a coalition of concerned San Franciscans who want the the Board of Supervisors to adopt a formal plan to underground all overhead utility wires in San Francisco. The current installed wood utilities poles are increasingly overloaded with wires, creating unsafe conditions in front of residents windows.  Currently, 470 miles of utility lines are left to underground in San Francisco.  The City and PG&E only completed 520 miles before exhausting allocated funds in 2007.  Our coalition is working on plans to underground the utility wires in order to expedite the resurrection of this unfinished civic infrastructure project.  At every opportunity we educate the Board of Supervisors regarding this unfinished infrastructure project and our viable plan to finish the under-grounding.

For all inquiries and questions – email: info@sfcuu.org

Supporting State Representative

State Senator Scott Wiener

Supporting San Francisco Supervisors

D1 – Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer

D2 – Supervisor Catherine Stefani

D3 – Supervisor Aaron Peskin

D4 – Supervisor Gordon Mar

D5 – Supervisor Vallie Brown

D6 – Supervisor Matt Haney

D8 – Supervisor Rafael Mandelman

D9 – Supervisor Hillary Ronen

D10 – Supervisor Shamann Walton

D11  – Supervisor Ahsha Safai

Community Organizations

Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco Beautiful

Supporting Neighborhoods and Organizations

D1: Planning Association for the Richmond
D2: Cow Hollow Association
D2 & D3: Russian Hill Neighbors
D3: Middle Polk Neighborhood Association
D3: North Beach Neighbors
D5 : Cole Valley Improvement Association
D7: Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside Neighbors in Action
D7: Miraloma Park Improvement Club
D8: Diamond Heights Community Association
D8: Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association
D8: Friends of Noe Valley
D8: Liberty Hill
D8: Upper Noe Neighbors
D8: Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association
D8: Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association
D9: Precita Valley Neighbors
D10: Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association
D10: McKinnon Neighbors Book Club
D10: India Basin Neighborhood Association 
D10: Potrero Neighborhood Improvement Association
D11: Excelsior District Improvement Association
D11: District 11 Council

While Serving as a San Francisco Supervisor, supported by

D2 – Supervisor Mark Farrell
D4 – Supervisor Katy Tang
D8 – Supervisor Jeff Sheehy
D10  – Supervisor Malia Cohen

Our Board of Directors includes:

Anne Brubaker (Russian Hill) – Chair
Steven Edwards (The Mission)– Vice-Chair/Treasurer
Lindsey Phillips (Russian Hill)– Secretary
Marc Snyder (Noe Valley) – At-large
David Bancroft (Cow Hollow)– At-large

Recent Posts

San Francisco DPW Authorizes Study for Undergrounding Master Plan

In March of 2019 the San Francisco Department of Public Works signed a contract with Telamon Engineering Consultants, Inc. for a study to lay the groundwork for a master plan to underground overhead utility wires in the city. Funds for the study, approximately $125,000, came from an add-on to the City budget successfully advocated by the San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities (SFCUU) in 2017.

The goal of this study is to prepare for a master plan to capture the utility undergrounding process, to ensure effective management of the undergrounding resources, and to identify potential steady funding sources for a citywide program to run for the next fifty years.

The initial study marks the “Design Fee Proposal and Design Schedule” phase. Its scope of services is divided into five major tasks:

  • Project management
  • Initial program assessment
  • Public outreach and participation support
  • Prioritization and implementation strategy
  • Preliminary master workplan and funding plan

At a March 28 meeting with the community-based SFCUU, representatives of Telamon Engineering explained that the project should identify what needs attention — especially paths to funding — and explore technologies available, including subsurface mapping and directional boring.

Work within this scope of services has begun and is ongoing. A preliminary meeting with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is contemplated, to gain their input on the contract completion process. The contract is estimated to be completed by the end of September.

Although this is a positive first step to creating a master plan, it does not commit enough time or resources for a complete study. So the next steps well may be either extending this contract further and/or funding contracts for other parties to continue the investigation forward.SFCUU is continuing our efforts to secure sufficient funding for a complete Master Plan that will set the City on a path to complete undergrounding of San Francisco’s utility wires.

For further information, contact: SF Coalition to Underground Utilities, info@sfcuu.org, Anne Brubaker, Chair

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