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January 24, 2013
Re: 780 Frederick Street
The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) has a number of concerns regarding the site of its former Recycling Center / Native Plant Nursery / Community Garden at 780 Frederick Street. Although we will try to address these concerns during public comment at the January 24 Commission meeting, the concerns may be too numerous to be fully addressed at the hearing, so we are supplementing our comment with this letter.
1) As far as we know, the last time the site was discussed at a Commission meeting was on December 2, 2010. At that time the action item was to approve a preliminary concept design for community garden plots at 780 Frederick Street. As nothing beyond a preliminary concept design has been approved, why has the Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) been working on the site since early this month? Why is work continuing without further discussion or approval of the scope of work or of any final design?
FILE NO. 110186
AMENDED IN BOARD 3/8/11 RESOLUTION NO. 121-11
Resolution requesting the Recreation and Parks Department and the Department of the Environment collaborate to establish a comprehensive Parks recycling program utilizing the expertise, volunteer base and facilities of the HANC Recycling Center in Golden Gate Park, for the Department of the Environment to establish an Independent Recycling Center Master Plan, and requesting the Recreation and Parks Department to rescind the eviction of the HANC Recycling Center from Golden Gate Park.
WHEREAS, AB 2020, The California Recycling and Litter Reduction Act of 1986 (the "Bottle Bill") requires the City to provide residents with convenient means to redeem recyclables, a requirement not met by curbside-pick up alone; and
WHEREAS, The Department of Environment ("DOE") has confirmed the Bottle
Bill is an effective incentive that has increased diversion rates since the program was initiated; and
Garden for the Environment will offer the following workshops in January, 2013. All classes will be offered at Garden for the Environment, San Francisco’s organic demonstration garden at 7th and Lawton Street. Since its founding in 1990, the garden has operated as a demonstration site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening, compost education and low water-use landscaping. For more information, call (415) 731-5627, or go to www.gardenfortheenvironment.org.
NATURAL PLANT CARE
Planning ahead for low-maintenance design and sustainable products is a key element to a successful organic garden. Join us to learn about natural maintenance practices that will keep your garden beautiful and your labor to a minimum.
Topics covered include:
- Weed control
- Value of mulch
- Non-toxic weed control
- Moisture and weed seed germination
- Growing healthy plants
- Alternatives to chemical fertilizers
- Natural pest management
- Beneficial Insects vs. harmful Insects
This workshop is FREE, sponsored by SF Public Utilities Commission.