By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board
By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board
By Calvin Welch, HANC Board
In the lowest national turnout in 70 years and the lowest governors’ race turnout in modern history, Haight-Ashbury voters swam against the rising tide of voter cynicism in numbers that exceeded city, state and national levels-56% of us cast our votes in the November, 2014 elections.
In the chart below (click on the "read more" link) voter turnout is given for each precinct in the three “sub areas” of the Haight-Ashbury: the North Panhandle (N PAN), that area from Fell to Fulton, Stanyan to Baker; the “Flatlands” (FLATS), Oak to Frederick, Stanyan to Baker and the “Hills” from Frederick to 17th, Stanyan to Clayton/BV West.
By Michelle Welch, HANC Board
On October 6, word was received that the Community Opportunity Fund (COF) grant requested for Panhandle improvements was denied.
Not to be deterred, residents will work to seek additional funds for other improvements outlined in extensive plans by Dera-Jill Pozner of NOPNA, including another application for COF money and private donations. This is independent of funds a HANC initiated coalition got successfully allocated in this years budget that will total $500,000 over the next two city budget cycles to rebuild the southern pedestrian pathway along Oak Street.
Efforts will be made to get Supervisor Breed to continue with her support of this project, by getting the Rec & Park Department (RPD) to designate a project director for the Panhandle. Funds specifically earmarked for the southern pedestrian pathway rebuild need to be monitored to be sure that the funds remain committed to this project.
For more detailed information about the project, check out http://www.panhandleparkimprovements.com/ where you can view the plans that went through three community meetings earlier this year.
The Urban School's proposed Academics and Athletics facility, to be built over the two St. Agnes parish-owned parking lots along Oak Street, is currently slated to begin construction in the Spring of 2015. An environmental review "categorical exemption" from the SF Planning Department has been granted and a final presentation before the Planning Commission will occur in early 2015. Meanwhile, a community meeting has been Scheduled Tuesday, December 9, 6 pm, St. Agnes Church Sanctuary, 1025 Masonic Avenue (enter main door of church on Masonic).
December 1 through December 31
Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 pm - Urban School Expansion Community Meeting, St. Agnes Church
Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 pm - Park Police Station Community Meeting, Park Police Station
Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 pm - Open Mic (Poetry and Acoustic Music), Park Branch Library
Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 Rock n Roll Film Clips, Park Branch Library
Thursday, December 11, 7:00 pm - HANC general meeting, Park Branch Library
Friday, December 19, 6:00 pm - Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil, corner of Masonic and Fell
By Bruce Wolfe, HANC Board
Last month's meeting welcomed a very informative panel on the status of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in California, AB 2145 (Bradford, D-Gardena) and the future of CleanPower SF, our own CCA program. The panelists were D5 Supervisor and LAFCo Commissioner London Breed, our own Jason Fried as Executive Officer of SF LAFCo , Jed Holtzman of SF Bay Area 350.org, Eric Brooks of Our City and SF Green Party, and, myself, Bruce Wolfe, facilitating on behalf of the HANC Board of Directors. SFPUC Commissioners Vince Courtney and Francesca Vietor declined to attend. Californians for Energy Choice (CfEC) lobbyist David Balla-Hawkins of ART Consulting from the Sacramento area was unable to attend. (Jed, Eric and I are coordinators and also representing CfEC).
The energy business in CA and around CCA is very wonky but all panelists gave excellent reports and explanations everyone could understand. A good outline of the history of CCA and what it brings to CA ratepayers was given. Any CCA formed would bring cheaper and cleaner energy to homes and businesses. Marin and Sonoma Counties have already implemented their programs and are reaping the benefits in addition to plans for local renewable energy build-outs better known as distributed generation.
AB 2145 was the bill to kill CCA. It was hard fought by CfEC and allies who were successful in defeating it with the expert help of David Balla Hawkins despite various, significant labor unions being dragged into the fray under spurious influence by trade front groups, SuperPACs and investor-owned utilities (IOU) like PG&E, SoCalEdison and San Diego Gas & Electric. CfEC is reaching out to them to repair this political damage and explain that CCA is a boon to jobs in the emerging renewable energy industry in CA. They were sold a bill of goods that CCA would reduce jobs.