UCSF is initiating a process to identify real estate opportunities for its Laurel Heights Campus, part of a strategy to reduce the University’s operating costs by consolidating campus work sites. UCSF seeks a developer to help create a compelling vision for the Laurel Heights site that will benefit the neighborhood, the City and County of San Francisco and UCSF.
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In 2012, HANC built a community garden at the Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery site, creating Kezar Gardens Ecology Center, and garnered massive community support in opposition to our eviction. We did a lot more. Here is a recap of our monthly meetings:
In January, we discussed the Recreation and Open Space Element of the General Plan. This now seems to have stalled. Captain John Feeney, who took charge of the Park Police Station in January, met with HANC in February and answered questions about traffic safety, enforcement of the sit-lie law, and parklets. Captain Feeney was replaced by Captain Greg Corrales in June.
Our March meeting featured a discussion with Supervisor Christina Olague, who began her term as Supervisor in January, 2012. Topics of discussion included the future of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, HANC’s Recycling Center, redistricting, chain stores appearing in our neighborhood without Planning Commission review, and food trucks. Supervisor Olague’s term ends in early January, 2013.
In April, we presented an update on Kezar Gardens, including a slide show of the 50 community garden beds that had been built, filled, and planted, and presentations and stories by some of the community gardeners. In May, we discussed the very short June ballot and had a debate on the proposition to put the City’s garbage contracts out for competitive bid.
In June, we discussed CPMC/Sutter’s plans with Bob Prentice and Paul Kumar from San Franciscans for Health Care, Housing, Jobs, and Justice. Although the plans to build a large facility at Geary and Van Ness will affect housing, traffic, and employment, the discussion focused on the impacts the development could have on the City’s healthcare costs for its workers and “Healthy San Francisco” participants, and also on the agreement to keep St. Luke’s Hospital open. The CPMC/Sutter plans have stalled, but it appears that there will be further developments during the next few months.
In July we held a discussion about displacement of community gardens. We had representatives from the Hayes Valley Farm, the Free Farm, and the Gill Tract, as well as from Kezar Gardens to inform and advise us.
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.
ORGANIC GARDEN DESIGN
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Time: 10AM - 12:00 Noon
Location: Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton Street, San Francisco
Cost: Free, Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Learn how to grow a healthy and beautiful garden that minimizes the impacts on the environment. From building a healthy soil with compost to selecting beautiful plantings appropriate for the Bay Area’s climate, this workshop will give you the basics to implement sustainable gardening practices.
Topics covered include:
- Importance of healthy soil
- Organic matter
- Selecting colorful plants for the Bay Area climate
- Climate appropriate plants
- California natives
- How to water without waste
- Preventing nutrient run-off
- Irrigation basics and watering schedules
- Natural pest and weed management
- Pesticide alternatives
- Non-toxic weed control
These figures were presented at the HANC meeting on November 13. They were compiled and presented by Calvin Welch.
How the Haight Voted, 2012
Area Reg. Vote % ABS
N.Pan 3527 2643 (75%) 44%
Flats 6664 4978 (75%) 43%
Hills 3418 2776 (81%) 47%
HA 13,609 10,397 (77%) 45%
D5 55,581 41,918 (75%) 49%
SF 502,841 356,875 (73%) 53%
Source: DOE Final SOV, ; Calvin Welch