By Kevin Bayuk, HANC Vice-President
In 2013 California received less rain than in any year since it became a state in 1850. As you are reading this we may have experienced a rain event here in the Haight; at least a drizzle. And, as you are aware, we are in the midst of a drought. An official Drought Emergency was declared by Governor Jerry Brown on January 17th. What does that mean for residents of the Haight Ashbury? Can we expect mandatory rationing? What about water rates? At our next general meeting on Thursday February 13th at 7:00pm at the Park Branch Library, we will host a representative from the SF Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to share about proposed water rates increases to continue investing in San Francisco’s aging infrastructure and speak to conservation tips in light of our proposal and drought emergency. HANC board member, Kevin Bayuk, will also share some context about coastal California climate patterns and what it might mean for future prospects for rainfall and how we, as residents, can prepare our properties and our lifestyles to be more resilient.