Home The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council is a neighborhood group whose mission is to aid and encourage the people of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to work through democratic means and in a spirit of neighborliness, mutual respect and goodwill toward the improvement and enrichment of life and living conditions in their neighborhood. The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council operates a neighborhood recycling center and a garden education project. http://www.hanc-sf.org/ Sun, 24 May 2015 02:53:01 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb May 14th at HANC: The Sharing Economy and Housing Affordability - The Case of Short Term Rentals and San Francisco http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/may-14th-at-hanc-the-sharing-economy-and-housing-affordability-the-case-of-short-term-rentals-and-san-francisco.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/may-14th-at-hanc-the-sharing-economy-and-housing-affordability-the-case-of-short-term-rentals-and-san-francisco.html By Calvin Welch, HANC Board Housing and Land Use Chair

May's General Membership meeting will be the second in our series on the impact of the “Sharing Economy” on San Francisco and our neighborhood.  The May 14th meeting ( 7 pm at the Park Branch Library) will focus on San Francisco’s efforts to regulate the profusion of  “short term rentals”  sometimes known as “vacation rentals” done by on-line firms like VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner)  and AIRBNB. Tim Redmond, former editor of the Bay Guardian and current editor of 48 Hills web newspaper (http://www.48hills.org/) will add his perspective to HANC’s presentation of data.  Dale Carlson of ShareBetter San Francisco will also join the panel to review newly proposed legislation including a community coalition’s  petition to regulate short term rentals which is slated for the November ballot.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Calvin Welch) frontpage Fri, 08 May 2015 02:29:27 +0000
April at HANC: The "Sharing Economy" - What's Not to Like? http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/april-at-hanc-the-qsharing-economyq-whats-not-to-like.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/april-at-hanc-the-qsharing-economyq-whats-not-to-like.html By Tes Welborn, HANC Board

     Presentation by Christin Evans and Bruce Wolfe.  

     First in a series of meetings

The “Sharing” Economy is a way to buy a customer base for stock market valuation and an IPO, whether the business model makes financial sense or not. Venture capitalists now dominate the financing of new businesses, and they want the new IPO to be sold ASAP and get their funding repaid, plus. Internet businesses such as Facebook and Google are exploitative. They sell our data to marketers, a monetization of our personal information.

These businesses contribute little to the community, and are purely exploitative of people and resources. At the extreme, they want to privatize everything in the city. These companies flaunt local law and taxes. With their untaxed income, they “pay to play,” and corrupt our political process.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Tes Welborn) frontpage Fri, 08 May 2015 03:16:56 +0000
HANC Updates http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/hanc-updates.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/hanc-updates.html By Bruce Wolfe, HANC Vice President

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA): CleanPower SF (our program) has been moving along nicely. Recent stakeholder meeting revealed that the program is on time. The Rate Fairness Board has approved the not-to-exceed rates which are the same as the two other CCAs, Marin and Sonoma, which already beat PG&E rates. On April 28, a rally promoted by SF Clean Energy Advocates (HANC is a founding member) and Sierra Club was held at City Hall before the SF Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) where the rates and implementation plan will be discussed and potentially be approved. More info at http://goo.gl/g0EBfa

Public Realm-Haight: HANC has been closely participating and monitoring this multi-department project managed by SF Planning Dept and funded by MTA Transit Effectiveness Program (TEP) funds. HAMA President Christin Evans and HANC VP Bruce Wolfe have been bringing up the rear with some added accoutrements including pedestrian level sidewalk lighting, curbside electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and community WiFi. More info at http://goo.gl/EMjVZ4

Fei Tian Academy of the Arts CA: We welcome the new owners of the old Ingold Boys & Girls Club, who will be cutting the ribbon late this summer in time for the fall semester. So far, the youth led mosaic murals on the facade will stay. No word yet on the status of the pool. HANC has asked that the pool remain open to the public as it was in the past.

Public Commons & Parking Removal:Parking is necessary for commerce, visitors, workers and commuters in our busy 'hood. The square block of Page/Shrader/Haight/Stanyan has been very active in 2014-2015. First, at Haight & Shrader, three car and five motorcycle parking spaces were removed for an all-day-everyday tour bus white zone. The motorcycle parking was moved to the first spot around the corner on Shrader which rarely gets used because there are another five across the street. Then, the second car space was converted into an all exclusive Getaround.com red zone that is exempt from nearly all parking laws including 24 hour parking limits and street cleaning. Another two spaces were removed from public use in front of Whole Foods. In April, Fei Tian School petitioned for 88 feet of passenger loading white zone in front of the building. HANC mediated Page St neighbors and Fei Tian to amicably agree on 44 feet (or four car spaces), morning and evening dropoff/pickup periods and inactive on weekends. All told, 11 parking spaces have been removed from public use and the commons. HANC is monitoring this very closely as Flywheel Coffee Roasters has petitioned for a two-space parklet next to the Getaround spots on Stanyan. 


brucew@hanc-sf.org (Bruce Wolfe) frontpage Fri, 08 May 2015 03:46:25 +0000
Waller and Stanyan: Farmers' Market Returns, New Plans for Skate Park http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/waller-and-stanyan-farmers-market-returns-new-plans-for-skate-park.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/waller-and-stanyan-farmers-market-returns-new-plans-for-skate-park.html By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board

The Upper Haight Farmers’ Market has returned for the 2015 season, operating on Wednesday afternoons from 3pm to 7pm on the closed portion of Waller Street at Stanyan. Based on an informal survey earlier in the year, the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association is aiming to attract more vendors offering fresh produce and baked goods, and to limit the number of stalls with prepared foods. The other big demand of market-goers – a move to a weekend schedule – isn’t happening yet, but the market staff is happy to hear your ideas at the PCFMA booth.

The Waller and Stanyan site is also the subject of a plan by the San Francisco Skateboarding Association to develop a permanent skate park for western San Francisco. The SFSA is applying for a grant under the City’s Community Opportunity Fund program. The plan would formalize the western half of the site as a dedicated skate park with many new features for skaters. It would also add a stage, seating, and skate board obstacles to the eastern part of the site, with the aim of serving multiple uses such as hosting music for the Off the Grid food-truck evening and allowing the skate park to expand whenever events are not scheduled. The SFSA scheduled a community meeting for April 28 to share its plans, and we hope to have a brief presentation at the June 11 HANC members’ meeting.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Rupert Clayton) frontpage Fri, 08 May 2015 04:04:44 +0000
March at HANC: Two Smart Programs for Clean People and Clean Streets http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/march-at-hanc-two-smart-programs-for-clean-people-and-clean-streets.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/march-at-hanc-two-smart-programs-for-clean-people-and-clean-streets.html By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board

HANC’s March meeting heard from two people whose organizations are working to bring comfort and cleanliness to homeless people in San Francisco, and potentially the Haight Ashbury.

Doniece Sandoval is the executive director of Lava Mae, which provides mobile showers in a converted former MUNI bus. The bus has two self-contained bathrooms, each with a shower, toilet, sink and hair dryer. Being able to take a shower helps people who are homeless retain some sense of dignity and self-worth, making it easier for them to engage with housing, health care and job training services. The service also brings broader benefits for sanitation and public health in the city.

At each location, the bus hooks up to a fire-hydrant, with disinfected grey water discharged into catch basins and the toilets emptied by a waste disposal company. With 15-minute sessions, each bus can serve 42 people during a six-hour shift. Lava Mae’s forward bathroom is accessible, thanks to the bus’s wheelchair lift, and they have found that 48% of customers have a disability. Buses are always staffed during service hours, and Lava Mae works closely with existing agencies and non-profits so that people have somewhere to wait before their shower and can find out about services they may need.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 06:08:49 +0000
Haight Ashbury Calendar http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/haight-ashbury-calendar.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/haight-ashbury-calendar.html May 1 through May 31

Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 pm - Park Police Station Community Meeting, Park Police Station


Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 pm - Open Mic (Poetry and Acoustic Music), Park Branch Library


Thursday, May 14, 7:00 pm - HANC general meeting, Park Branch Library


Thursday, May 15, 6:00 pm - Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil, Corner of Masonic and Fell


Wednesday, May 20, 6:45 pm, Rare Rock and Roll Film Clips,  Park Branch Library

Send calendar items (within HANC's boundaries—Arguello to Divisadero, Fulton to 17th Street) to:  info@hanc-sf.org

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Sat, 15 Feb 2014 04:19:38 +0000
MTA to Change Names of 3 Bus Lines Serving the Haight-Ashbury http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/mta-to-change-names-of-3-bus-lines-serving-the-haight-ashbury.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/mta-to-change-names-of-3-bus-lines-serving-the-haight-ashbury.html Planning staff of the SFMTA announced last week that three lines serving the Haight-Ashbury will have their names changed later this month.  One will actually have its number changed, the other two will keep their numbers, but change their names.

The 71 will now be re-numbered the “7” the number used by the old “ 7 Haight,” discontinued in 2009.  The old line started  at Haight and Waller  and ran to the Transbay terminal. The old 7 followed part of the line originally started in 1916 with the “17 Haight” which ran all the way to Ocean Beach. The new “7  Haight-Noriega “ will follow that historic route of running from downtown  to Ocean Beach, using the entire length of Haight Street to do so.

The two additional changes will be of line names, not numbers:  The 6 will now be called the “Haight/Parnassus” and the 33 will now be called the “Ashbury/ 18th.” 

Two years ago, HANC led the fight to keep the 6 serving the Upper Haight (that is the “real” upper Haight above Waller Street and not the real estate speculator term now in use for the Haight-Ashbury).  In that fight HANC members urged that the line name be changed to advertise the fact that it served the Haight-Ashbury.  Score one for HANC 

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 06:20:40 +0000
Big Mess Ahead for Haight Street Improvements from Ashbury to Laguna http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/big-mess-ahead-for-haight-street-improvements-from-ashbury-to-laguna.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/big-mess-ahead-for-haight-street-improvements-from-ashbury-to-laguna.html Construction will start in late April on pavement renovations, sewer replacement and water main installation. Work will include new electrical systems as well, and replacement of curb, gutter, sidewalk and curb ramps. Finally, the project includes road base demolition and replacement of the asphalt street. More info: Alex Murillo, DPW, (415) 437-7009.

PUBLIC HEARING ON DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT FOR WESTSIDE RECYCLED WATER PROJECT (amongst other things, it affects the Panhandle).   Meeting date: April 23, 2015, City Hall, Room 100. More info: Scott MacPherson/SFPUC, smacpherson@sfwater.org

GOLDEN GATE PARK, WALLER STREET PHASE 2 SKATEBOARD PARK, COMMUNITY MEETINGS were held on March 5 and March 31. The project of the SF Skateboard Association is being considered for a Community Opportunity Fund grant to create a more permanent and enhanced "skateboard plaza". More info: Karen.Mauney-Brodek@sfgov.org.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 06:30:29 +0000
High Ended on Haight Street: View of the Future? http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/high-ended-on-haight-street-view-of-the-future.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/high-ended-on-haight-street-view-of-the-future.html high ended on haight st

A tour bus, the size of a standard Google bus, was high ended on March 30th,  when it attempted to turn south on Ashbury Street, up the slight incline.  It held up traffic for nearly an hour as a large tow truck  at right of picture) had to be called to remove it.  With SFMTA simultaneously allowing a “pilot program” of oversized buses  using  MUNI stops AND proposing various “bulb outs” (including at this very corner) at intersections along Haight Street, is this a view to be a common sight on Haight Street?  

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 06:44:52 +0000
Kezar Stadium Re-Opening: March 13 http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/kezar-stadium-re-opening-march-13.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/kezar-stadium-re-opening-march-13.html By Calvin Welch, HANC Board and Kezar Stadium Citizen  Advisory Committee

Kezar Stadium will open its new track on March 13th (ribbon-cutting at 3 pm).  The 18 month rebuild came at the instigation of the Kezar Stadium Citizen Advisory Committee.  The 11 person KSCAC has overseen the use and condition of the stadium since 1991.  Made up of user groups and neighbors  (with HANC being a founding and continuing member) the KSCAC has had to resist various attempts on the part of Recreation and Parks Department from time to time to “professionalize” the uses of the stadium.  The Committee drafted and had the Rec and Parks Commission adopt an “Operation and Permit Policy”  in August, 1991 (Resolution 16191)  that sets “informal community access “ as the “primary use of the new Kezar stadium”  with “public and private schools” being the “primary user group at Kezar stadium”.  To make the facility less attractive to commercial events and professional sports teams the stadium policy states “consumption or possession of alcohol will not be permitted on the premises at any time”.



richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Calvin Welch) frontpage Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:55:03 +0000