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April 1 through April 30
Tuesday, April 8, 6:00 pm - Park Police Station Community Meeting, Park Police Station
Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 pm - Open Mic (poetry and acoustic music), Park Branch Library
Thursday, April 10, 7:00 pm - HANC general meeting, Park Branch Library
Monday, April 14, 6:30 pm - D5 Action, Park Branch Library
Wednesday, April 16, 6:45 pm - Free movie, "San Francisco" Park Branch Library
Friday, April 18, 6:00 pm - Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil, corner of Masonic and Fell
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 am - Buena Vista Park Spring Cleanup
Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm - 17th Assembly District Debate (David Campos / David Chiu), Park Branch Library
By Calvin Welch, HANC Board
The SFMTA withdrew its ill-considered seven-year-old proposal to remove 6 Parnassus service from the Upper Ashbury portion of the line and relocate it to Haight Street to make up for the previous loss of the 7 Haight line, and will keep service to the Haight-Ashbury unchanged. The decision was approved by the SFMTA Board on March 28 when it adopted the citywide Transit Effectiveness Program (TEP) which made changes to 59 of the City’s 81 transit routes. The plan also calls for the net reduction of two stops on Haight St.: the removal of the Haight/Cole stop and consolidation of two stops on either end of Buena Vista Park into a single new stop at Lyon and Haight.
HANC and other residents of the neighborhood consistently opposed the proposal since it was first made in 2007 when the TEP was first announced. HANC also strongly opposed the ending of the 7 Haight service, from Stanyan to the Transbay Terminal but SFMTA ended the service anyway as part of the original TEP “service enhancements”.Oddly, one of the reasons cited by SFMTA re-routing of the 6 from Ashbury Heights to Haight St. was to “provide more service to Haight Street.”
At HANC 's March general membership meeting, the odd history of the TEP as well as the current state of Mayor Lee's transit proposals were the subject of discussion by a panel made up of HANC's former President and current Senior Disability Action staff member, Pi Ra; Bob Allen, Acting Executive Director/Transportation Justice Program Director, Urban Habitat; and Peter Cohen, of the Council of Community Housing Organizations.
Here is a summary of what they learned from and about the park dwellers:
- Park dwellers who spoke to volunteers from the Coalition on Homelessness said that they want to meet with neighbors about park issues and that they want to respect the park.
- Park dwellers are looking for an escape from poverty and homelessness, and many expressed the desire for employment, especially in helping keep the park clean and maintained. Some of the park dwellers said that they'e be interested in working with neighbors to help clean up the park even if they weren't getting paid to do it.
- Park dwellers are frustrated with the removal of garbage cans from the park.
- Lack of bathroom facilities is a major challenge for park dwellers, who are frustrated about the human waste in the park. With the closure of the bathrooms in the Panhandle and the loss of the drop-in space at Homeless Youth Alliance, it can be very difficult for homeless people to find a place to go to the bathroom in the neighborhood.
- Park dwellers said that they understand that people in the neighborhood don't want them to be in the park. The problem, from their perspective, is that people don't want them anywhere.
- Park dwellers consider the people who live near Buena Vista park to be "their neighbors" and they are interested in talking to neighbors about how they can work together to make the park a safer and better place.
It seems like a logical next step would be to set up a meeting between the housed and homeless neighbors so that they can talk further about park issues and how to solve them together.
On a related note, San Francisco has just started keeping track of requests for shelter beds with an online wait list, which is available at this 311 website. As of the writing of this article, there are 661 homeless people who have requested shelter who are on the wait list for a bed. That's right. 661 people who have no where else to go and want to be able to stay in shelter are waiting for a shelter bed to become available. Where are they waiting? Until San Francisco can provide basic shelter for the people who need it, we are always going to see homeless people outside.
April 10th at HANC: Page Street Status Report: Urban School, Boys and Girls Club, and the French American School
With the news of the sale of the Boys and Girls Club at 1950 Page Street to the Chinese Dance School, the start of construction for the French American School at 1155 Page, and the Urban School's plans for its new gym and classrooms on Oak street now at the Planning Department, we thought it might be time to revisit the major changes being proposed for Page Street, from Stanyan to Broderick.
In January the Boys and Girls Club announced the sale of the facility to the Chinese Dance School. The Boys and Girls Club will stay in the facility until “ at least October, 2014” according to Ms Maxine Wilson, BGC Vice President of Operations. What changes we can expect will be outlined by Ms. Sherry Zhan of the Chinese Dance School.
Mr. Aaron Levin is CFO and Director of Operations of French American International School and will lay out the plans and time lines for the completion of the project which calls for building nine classrooms for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. Some 180 children, plus staff will be accommodate at the site. Of special interest to the neighbors is the drop off and pick up plans for the kindergarten classes planned for the site.
Mark Salkind, Head of the Urban School, will outline the status of the proposed building of a 26,000 square foot combined classroom and athletic building in the parking lot behind St. Agnes Church and a 31,000 square foot below- grade parking structure for between 70 and 90 cars on the site below the existing St. Agnes parking lot.
Please bring a friend and plan to join us Thursday, April 10th at 7PM in the meeting room at Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street.
- HANC February General Meeting Recap: Drought Discussion and Proposed Rate Changes for Water in San Francisco
- Crisis Brewing on Mt. Sutro at UCSF Parnassus Campus
- Proposed Program Raises Concerns Over "Privatization" of Public Spaces
- Panhandle Plans: Community Meetings Coming Up!
- San Francisco Tenants Push Back: More to Come
- February 13th at HANC: No Doubt, California in Drought - What Does It Mean for the Residents of the Haight Ashbury?