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/ Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:27:51 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb October 8th at HANC: No on C, Yes on F and I--Key Citywide Races this November: Measures Not Mayor http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/october-8th-at-hanc-no-on-c-yes-on-f-and-i-key-citywide-races-this-november-measures-not-mayor.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/october-8th-at-hanc-no-on-c-yes-on-f-and-i-key-citywide-races-this-november-measures-not-mayor.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 

Mayor Ed Lee is running, actually more like strolling, to re-election without major opposition.  Although three hardy San Franciscans--Amy Weiss, Francisco Herrera and “Broke-ass” Stuart Schuffman--have formed a slate to place important issues that the Mayor should be addressing before the voters, the reality is the Mayoral election will not result in any meaningful change from the status quo.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 05 Oct 2015 04:24:14 +0000
Rec and Park Looking to Double Down on Waller / Stanyan Food Trucks http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/rec-and-park-looking-to-double-down-on-waller-stanyan-food-trucks.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/rec-and-park-looking-to-double-down-on-waller-stanyan-food-trucks.html Following the closure of the Wednesday afternoon Upper Haight Farmers Market in August, the Recreation and Parks Department is proposing to “activate” the asphalt area at Waller and Stanyan by adding a second evening of food trucks.

Off the Grid has been bringing food trucks to the site on Thursday evenings since 2010. RPD has now floated the idea of “adding an additional Tuesday night market” which “will likely provide the healthy community engagement that the Department and the surrounding community and merchants desire.”

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:28:45 +0000
HANC Board Elections Nov. 12 http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/hanc-board-elections.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/hanc-board-elections.html In order to vote in this election, you must have paid your dues no later than the upcoming meeting on October 8

Here are the recommended 2016 nominations presented by the current Board:


James Sword   President

Bruce Wolfe   Vice President

Rupert Clayton   Recording Secretary

Richard Ivanhoe   Corresponding Secretary

Tes Welborn   Treasurer

Joey Cain   Nominating Chair

Michelle Welch   Membership Chair

Calivn Welch   Housing and Land Use Chair

Karen Fishkin   Recycling Chair

Dave Groeschel   Merchant Liason (ex-officio)

Members at Large:  Jim Rhoads, Burt Phillips, Michael Behrens, Christin Evans, Christian Vaisse


New faces:  Dave Groeschel (of Mom's Tatoo on Haight Street),

Christian Vaisse, long-time resident interested in issues addressed by HANC

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 07 Sep 2015 23:32:59 +0000
September at HANC: A Visit With Captain Sanford http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/september-at-hanc-a-visit-with-captain-sanford.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/september-at-hanc-a-visit-with-captain-sanford.html By Bruce Wolfe, HANC Vice President

At our September 10th meeting, Captain John Sanford, Jr., the new Park Station Commanding Officer, joined us. A calm guy presented his vision of policing for our neighborhood. He explained the recent roadway traps focusing on bicycle riders, that got plenty of press, was to help protect pedestrians and reduce dangerous altercations with motorists. He received a lot of complaints about bikers and since there is law about bike riding on open roadways, specifically, rolling stops at traffic control devices and signage, he felt it prudent to monitor and then act if the issue was credible. It appeared it was.

Membership expressed some concerns about the action and urged compromise and increased coexistence. Capt. Sanford said he is in discussions with all parties and until the law changes will seek an amicable agreement. Currently, the law around bicycle riding on public roadways is being discussed. New legislation through the Board of Supervisors to allow rolling stops for cyclists is now on Mayor Ed Lee’s desk.  According to media reports of September 27th, the Mayor is considering vetoing it.  Additionally, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a measure allowing traffic ticket diversion programs for cyclists. The politics continue.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:36:54 +0000
HANC Recommends for the November 2015 Ballot http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/hanc-recommends-for-the-november-2015-ballot.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/hanc-recommends-for-the-november-2015-ballot.html YES ON:

F - Enforceable Regulations Short Term Rental

H - CleanPowerSF 

I - Mission Moratorium

J - Legacy Business Historic Preservation

K - Surplus Property



- Poorly Drafted Legislation Classifying Non-Profits as "Lobbyists"

E - Requirements for Public Meetings of Local Policy Bodies

G - PG&E Power Grab


A copy of the Voters Handbook summaries for these measures can be found and downloaded in our Documents section:  http://www.hanc-sf.org/the-voice-docs/20-november-2015-ballot-summaries/

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:51:59 +0000
HANC Donation for the 2015 Children's Halloween Hootenany http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/hanc-donation-for-the-2015-childrens-halloween-hootenany.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/hanc-donation-for-the-2015-childrens-halloween-hootenany.html hootenanny

By unanimous vote, The HANC board granted $500 to the 2015 Children’s Halloween Hootenanny. Since 2006 this annual family event has been produced by the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair organization in order to provide neighborhood children a free, safe and fun place to enjoy the spirit of Halloween.

The event takes place Saturday October 24, 2015 from 11 am to 4:30 pm, at the Stanyan and Waller streets cul-de-sac next to Kezar Pavilion. There will be a costume contest, performers, exhibitions, creative hands-on activities, and a jumpy house, designed to entertain children of all ages. The theme is “Cops and Robbers.” Families, schools and organizations involved with children are invited and encouraged to be active participants in this year’s event.

If your organization is interested in being involved, please contact Michael Xavier at 415-368-4745 or Monique Woodhams at 415-314-0997.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 07 Sep 2015 23:46:16 +0000
2015 Homeless Count Sheds Light: Assessing the Failure of Sit/Lie and of Closing HANC's Recycling Center http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/2015-homeless-count-sheds-light-assessing-the-failure-of-sitlie-and-of-closing-hancs-recycling-center.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/2015-homeless-count-sheds-light-assessing-the-failure-of-sitlie-and-of-closing-hancs-recycling-center.html By Calvin Welch, HANC Board

This November will be fifth anniversary of the passage of the deeply controversial--at least in this neighborhood--Sit/Lie law by the voters of San Francisco, which made it a jailable offense to sit or lie on a public sidewalk .  One month later the Recreation and Parks Commission voted to end some 30 years of operation of the HANC recycling center at Kezar Stadium.  Both actions were sold by both the Gavin Newsom administration (chiefly. Rec and Parks General Manager Ginsburg and Chief of staff Steve Kawa)  and the Chronicle (chiefly through the ranting of columnist CW Nevius) as effective measures to reduce homelessness in the Haight-Ashbury.  It didn’t quite turn out that way, however. Not even close.


richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 17 Aug 2015 03:58:10 +0000
Haight Ashbury Calendar http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/haight-ashbury-calendar.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/haight-ashbury-calendar.html September 1 through September 30

 Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 pm - Park Police Station Community Meeting, Park Police Station

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 pm - Open Mic (Poetry and Acoustic Music), Park Branch Library

Thursday, September 10, 7:00 pm - HANC general meeting, Park Branch Library


Friday, September 18, 6:00 pm - Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil, Corner of Masonic and Fell


Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 pm - Town Hall Meeting on Hate Crimes, Second Act (1727 Haight)



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
A Summary of HANC's Series on the "Sharing Economy" http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/a-summary-of-hancs-series-on-the-qsharing-economyq.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/a-summary-of-hancs-series-on-the-qsharing-economyq.html By:  Tes Welborn, HANC Board

In April's meeting, we learned that the “sharing economy” encompasses a wide range of non-profit, barter, cooperative and for profit structures. All are based on mobile networks and social networks, tech plus trust, and facilitated by the economic downturn. However, the for-profit sector is the one that is booming.

Many have criticized the for-profit sector of the sharing economy, writing that sharing economy businesses "extract" profits from their given sector by "successfully [making] an end run around the existing costs of doing business..." New York Magazine wrote that sharing economy innovations have made a difference, but that the for-profit sector of the sharing economy has succeeded in large part because the real economy has been struggling. "Lots of people are trying to fill holes in their income by monetizing their stuff and their labor in creative ways..." The magazine writes that "In almost every case, what compels people to open up their homes and cars to complete strangers is money, not trust...But what's getting them to the threshold in the first place is a damaged economy, and harmful public policy that has forced millions of people to look to odd jobs for sustenance."

 If a business normally had, say, a 10% profit margin, And they could save 30% of labor costs by NOT having employees, and NOT having to build or buy buildings, or a fleet of cars, their profit margin could be 40% or more! Investors see the failure of government to aid us, our cities and our communities, and are eager to help us get by --But not by giving us JOBS !!

In May's meeting, we learned that while Short-Term Tourist Rentals are enjoyed by many, these Tourist Rentals are definitely reducing affordable, rent-controlled housing in both the Haight and San Francisco. Up to 30% of “available housing” is being used for full-time tourist rentals! Thousands of illegal STRs cannot be made legal under both current law and proposed law, and they supply most of Airbnb's and all of VRBO's income.  Effective local regulation can only be achieved, HANC believes, by voting for Proposition F this November.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:28:03 +0000
July 9 at HANC: That "Shared" Parking Space Is All Mine! - Setting the Right Policy for On-Street Car-Sharing http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/july-9-at-hanc-that-qsharedq-parking-space-is-all-mine-setting-the-right-policy-for-on-street-car-sharing.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/next-meeting/july-9-at-hanc-that-qsharedq-parking-space-is-all-mine-setting-the-right-policy-for-on-street-car-sharing.html By:  Rupert Clayton, HANC Board

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 

If the city rented the parking spot outside your home to your neighbor for $150 a month there’s a good chance you’d
be pretty annoyed. But if ten of your neighbors sold the private cars they parked on your street you’d probably be much more enthusiastic, and wouldn’t much mind that their new shared car gets a reserved parking space. In fact, both those trends are part of San Francisco’s nearly two-year-old On-Street Car Share Pilot Program. Finding the right policy for on-street car-sharing is the subject of HANC’s July 9 membership meeting, part of our series on the impact of the “sharing economy”.

Panelists at the meeting will include Elliot Martin, a research engineer with UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, Andy Thornley, the project analyst in charge of on-street car-sharing in San Francisco, and a representative from City CarShare.

carl and cole car share
Two recently designated on-street parking spaces for City CarShare on Cole St at Carl St lie empty awaiting a red curb paint.
richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:08:58 +0000