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/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:28:34 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb December 14th at HANC: New Police Captain, Office of Cannabis, Bike Share, and Party! http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/december-14th-at-hanc-new-police-captain-office-of-cannabis-bike-share-and-party.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/december-14th-at-hanc-new-police-captain-office-of-cannabis-bike-share-and-party.html HANC's monthly (except August) general membership meeting is usually held downstairs at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street (between Cole and Shrader) on the second Thursday of the month, beginning at 7 pm.  Our meetinngs are open to the public and free to attend.  This month, our December 14th meeting, beginning at 7 pm, will be at THE BINDERY at 1727 Haight Street, between Cole and Shrader (the old Red Vic Moviehouse)

brucew@hanc-sf.org (Bruce Wolfe) frontpage Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:18:24 +0000
November Meeting Recap: Questions Remain http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/november-meeting-recap-questions-remain.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/november-meeting-recap-questions-remain.html Our November meeting featured a presentation on high speed internet access, to every San Francisco home, by fiber.  Questions remain about whether the fiber would be city-owned and controlled, or a public-private partnership [PPP].  We note that PPPs often continue the practice of privatizing the profits and socializing the costs - we pay for the new fiber system, and private companies make a profit on it.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Tes Welborn) frontpage Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:25:44 +0000
HANC's Letter to MOHCD Regarding the McDonald's Site http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/hancs-letter-to-mohcd-regarding-the-mcdonalds-site.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/hancs-letter-to-mohcd-regarding-the-mcdonalds-site.html Although San Francisco’s planned purchase of the McDonald’s site at 730 Stanyan Street has not been completed, and proposals for development of the site are still in their early stages, HANC believes it is important for the neighborhood to be heard as early as possible in the process. Therefore, our Housing and Land Use Chair sent the following letter to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development:

Dear Mr. Flannery,

The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) has the following comments on the proposed purchase of the current McDonald’s restaurant site at 730 Stanyan Street by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) and the proposed development of this site for affordable housing.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Rupert Clayton) frontpage Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:31:39 +0000
December in HANC History http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/december-in-hanc-history.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/december-in-hanc-history.html Here’s a brief look at some of the issues HANC has dealt with as reflected in past newsletters:

One year ago: Our December, 2016 meeting reviewed the November, 2016 elections from a Haight-Ashbury perspective. We also discussed the transition of car-share from being a pilot program to implementing permanent regulations. The Voice ran an article expressing concern over proposed bike lanes on Oak and Fell Streets.

Five years ago: In December, 2012, HANC’s general meeting again reviewed how the Haight-Ashbury voted in the November elections. We were preparing to be evicted from our recycling center, which happened in early January, 2013. The Voice discussed the November, 2012 meeting, which was about “The Haight Ashbury Public Realm Plan.”

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:35:06 +0000
November 9th at HANC: How Long Until High-Speed Fiber is Here?!! Depends on Us http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/november-9th-at-hanc-how-long-until-high-speed-fiber-is-here-depends-on-us.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/november-9th-at-hanc-how-long-until-high-speed-fiber-is-here-depends-on-us.html By Bruce Wolfe, HANC President

HANC's monthly (except August) general membership meeting is held downstairs at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street (between Cole and Shrader) on the second Thursday of the month, beginning at 7 pm.  Our meetinngs are open to the public and free to attend.

This month we will hear from District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell (or staff), Tim Pozar of Two P Technology & Network Consultants, Chris Witteman as citizen advocate and subject matter expert as an attorney at the CPUC , Eric Brooks of Our City & SF Green Party, and Michael McCarthy, a citizen advocate, formerly with the city’s Dept of Technology and a community expert specializing in wireless and fiber networks in low-income and affordable housing. We also may have former D1 Supervisor Eric Mar in attendance who helped initiate this effort with Supervisor Farrell. 

brucew@hanc-sf.org (Bruce Wolfe) frontpage Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:01:37 +0000
Evictions are Making Us Sick, Repeal Costa-Hawkins Now! http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/evictions-are-making-us-sick-repeal-costa-hawkins-now.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/evictions-are-making-us-sick-repeal-costa-hawkins-now.html By Tony Robles, Housing Organizer, Senior and Disability Action

(Editor's Note:  Part of our November meeting will be a presentation and discussion regarding the effort to repeal Costa-Hawkins.  Speakers will be Lorraine Petty (active with Senior and Disability Action Housing Committee and with D5 Action), and possibly Joe Smooke (Director of the Housing Rights Committee's counseling and community organizing program for the Richmond and Inner Sunset).  Tony Robles will also be in attendance.)

Evictions and displacement of tenants in San Francisco have caused serious problems—homelessness, health impacts, people sleeping in cars and, in the most extremes cases, death.  Rampant real estate speculation has led to tenant harassment and eviction.  Fraudulent owner move-ins, harassment, Ellis Act evictions—all of these methods are employed to extricate long term tenants from their communities and homes—and to, ultimately, undermine rent control.  

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Tony Robles) frontpage Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:11:29 +0000
What Does the Neighborhood Want to Replace McDonald's - City Schedules Public Meeting on Project for November 7 http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/what-does-the-neighborhood-want-to-replace-mcdonalds-city-schedules-public-meeting-on-project-for-november-7.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/what-does-the-neighborhood-want-to-replace-mcdonalds-city-schedules-public-meeting-on-project-for-november-7.html By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board

Things seem to be moving fast on the city’s nebulous project to buy the McDonald’s site at 730 Stanyan Street (between Haight and Waller Streets) and use it for some undetermined affordable housing purpose. After vague press reports in the past couple months, we now have an official announcement that the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) will hold a community meeting on the project at 6 pm on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at Park Branch Library.

Clearly, many HANC members and neighbors are interested in how the site is developed. About 60 people gathered at our October 12 meeting to share ideas on possible uses and to learn what the planning and development process might look like. HANC assembled a panel to facilitate the discussion: Peter Cohen, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations; Mary Howe, executive director of the Homeless Youth Alliance; and Dean Preston, from Affordable Divisadero.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Rupert Clayton) frontpage Fri, 03 Nov 2017 05:28:25 +0000
HANC Officer and Board Elections http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/hanc-officer-and-board-elections.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/hanc-officer-and-board-elections.html HANC's November meeting (November 9th, 7 pm) is the annual meeting of members, and the date of annual elections for HANC Officers and Board Members.  Members in good standing may vote.  Here is the slate of candidates recommended by the current Board:

President: Bruce Wolfe

Vice President: Christin Evans

Recording Secretary: Christian Vaisse

Corresponding Secretary: James Sword

Treasurer: Tes Welborn

Nominating Chair: Jim Rhoads

Membership Chair: Richard Ivanhoe

Housing & Land Use Chair: Rupert Clayton

Recycling Chair: Karen Fishkin

Merchant Liason (ex officio):          Alex Aquino

Youth Liason (ex officio): Lorelei Vaisse

Members At Large: Joey Cain, Dave Groeschel, Dorrie Huntington, Carlie LeDuc, Shira Noel

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 03 Nov 2017 05:33:08 +0000
October 12 at HANC: The Neighborhood Speaks About the McDonald's Site Purchase Offer http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/october-12-at-hanc-the-neighborhood-speaks-about-the-mcdonalds-site-purchase-offer.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/october-12-at-hanc-the-neighborhood-speaks-about-the-mcdonalds-site-purchase-offer.html  HANC's monthly (except August) general membership meeting is held downstairs at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street (between Cole and Shrader) on the second Thursday of the month, beginning at 7 pm.  Our meetinngs are open to the public and free to attend.

             On August 6, Matier and Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the City of San Francisco had made an offer to buy the site of McDonald’s at Haight and Stanyan to replace it with affordable housing. The story appeared in Hoodline the following day (http://www.hoodline.com/2017/08/city-offers-to-buy-upper-haight-mcdonald-s-build-affordable-housing).

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:17:55 +0000
Playground Sand Is Back In the News http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/playground-sand-is-back-in-the-news.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/playground-sand-is-back-in-the-news.html By James Sword, HANC Board

Sand is back in the news. You may have seen the September 25th Hoodline article titled, Sand By Me, where it was stated that SF Rec and Park (SFRPD has not been fully honest about why they have banned sand in SF parks.

The fact is that despite Superintendent Phil Ginsburg publically tweeting that sand is not banned, a group of concerned parents (including myself) have emails to the contrary.


richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (James Sword) frontpage Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:29:53 +0000