By Calvin Welch, HANC Board
The Newsom/Lee administration had two "talking points" in the 2010-2012 saga of the closing of the recycling center at Kezar:
One, that the recycling center was responsible for homeless people being in our neighborhood, as, in the immortal words of C.W. Nevius, they used it as their "ATM" and, like everybody, ole CW knows, if you remove their ATM's you remove them, right?
And two, that the recycling center was no longer needed, that the City is meeting it recycling goals, and that Recology's curb side pick-up rendered the Center's drop-off service some hippie-dippie holdover, outmoded by changed conditions.
While HANC argued the fallacy of both arguments at the time-that homelessness had nothing to do with recycling, and that in a heavily tenanted neighborhood like the Haight-Ashbury, thousands of tenants do not have access to the three bins--the Mayor's ally, the Chronicle had the "big megaphone" and our arguments were not heard.
But reality is persistent and mocks mere "talking points."