By Colleen Rivecca, HANC Board Member
This month (September 12, beginning at 7 pm at the Park Branch Library), HANC will discuss the current state of Haight Street and its environs. We all know that what happens in the parks in the Haight-Ashbury affects Haight Street, so a discussion of Haight Street wouldn't be complete without mention of legislation introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener to establish uniform park closure hours for all of San Francisco's 220 parks.
Supervisor Wiener's proposed ordinance would close the parks from 12:00 midnight until 5:00 am. Exceptions to the law are made for Balboa, Golden Gate, Lincoln, and McClaren parks, where people are allowed to use a vehicle on park roadways or to walk on paved sidewalks adjacent to those roadways for purposes of crossing the park.
All HANC members are eligible to submit nominations for the HANC Board. All positions on the Board except two Members-at-Large are open to nominations.
The HANC Board meets once a month with various committees and working groups formed by the Board meeting more often as the work load requires. The Board plans the monthly general meeting and seeks new members.
By Karen Fishkin, HANC Board Member
AT&T is in the process of siting new, refrigerator-sized boxes within 300 feet of existing boxes, in order to upgrade its broadband. Specific locations will be finalized after discussion with neighbors.
Below are initial locations that fall within HANC's boundries. We have invited a representative to speak with our members at the next HANC General Meeting. Come with your questions and concerns for an opportunity to join the discussion.
By Calvin Welch, HANC Representative to the Kezar Stadium Advisory Committee
On August 29th the track and field at Kezar Stadium was closed for “sampling and testing” for the repairs to the nearly two decade old track. The $2 million repair was approved in this year's City’s budget after members of the Kezar Stadium Advisory Committee (KSAC) mobilized user and community support for the allocation. Thousands of letters and petition signatures were gathered in support of the effort.
Our friend and neighbor Peg Brennan died on July 19 at the age of 89, having lived a thoroughly engaged and inspired life. She was a mother of three, a den mother of the Zen Den (her son’s boy scout troop bringing them on peace marches), civil rights and anti-war activist, feminist, NYC social worker, Senior Action Network member and Glide member as well as an entrepreneur having opened an anti-war coffeehouse in 1963 (MacDougal East), the NY Women’s Coffeehouse together with a collective at 57 Seventh Avenue South, a “head shop” of sorts (The Clean Machine) to ensure her teenagers had something constructive to do during the tumultuous sixties, and collectively restored an old Brooklyn brownstone in which she lived communally for 30 years. She obtained her BA at NYU in Latin American Studies in 1948. She was also a close friend of and owned a home with Flo Kennedy for those of you who may remember Flo.
Future Development on Page Street Development
By Kevin Bayuk, HANC President
On Thursday July 11th HANC welcomed three presentations regarding three separate properties along Page Street that are involved in proposed changes or developments in the coming years.
First, Mark Salkind from the Urban School on Page Street presented a detailed preliminary plan for a new 26,000 sq. ft. gym and class room building constructed at the current parking lot site. Mr. Salkind described the impetus behind the proposed development, showed preliminary concept drawings and invited questions from the membership.
Following the Urban School presentation, Harold Love, Facilities Director for the Boys and Girls Club, presented details about the proposed new Boys and Girls Club building at Fulton Street and Gough. He did not share any information about the status of the current building on Page Street between Stanyan and Shrader until questioned by the membership in attendance. He claims to not have knowledge of the status of the current building other than that it will need to be sold to finance the new building on Fulton. When questioned further about the sale of the new building, Mr. Love commented that they have had discussions with interested parties including schools and commercial establishments (he named 24 Hour Fitness), but reiterated his disclaimer that he had no definitive knowledge about who the building would ultimately be sold to. He agreed, at the request of the membership, to more proactively engage with the neighborhood residents. HANC offered to even host a special meeting where the Boys and Girls Club leadership could inform and engage with the neighborhood. District 5 Supervisor London Breed was in attendance and suggested that she would lead an effort to request more comprehensive communication and planning between Boys and Girls Club and the neighborhood residents.
The Community CEQA Team, represented by Tes Welborn for HANC, has won some victories in the nine-month battle attempting to gut CEQA. Supervisor Weiner wanted to eliminate the public's current right to appeal projects at any point in a project, and succeeded in limiting appeals to the first time a project is approved. Because of Supervisor Kim's work with the Community Team, and then Supervisor Chiu's work, we did gain the right to appeal a major change to the Environmental Review Officer in a public, televised hearing. We also secured increased noticing, both on the Planning Dept.'s website and by informing those who request notices of neighborhood projects. Thanks to all whose letters helped the Community team's work!
By Bruce Wolfe, HANC Board Member At-Large and Eric Brooks,Our City Executive Director
In 2002 California passed the Community Choice law which allows cities and counties to join their electricity customers into community run cooperatives for the purpose of effectively building and purchasing clean energy sources to replace the energy provided to them through their private monopoly utility providers like PG&E.
Under Community Choice, transmission and distribution of electricity and line maintenance will still be provided by the monopoly utility, but the community cooperative decides where the power going over those lines will come from.