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/ Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:42:40 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Can San Francisco Really Become a Gigabit City? http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/can-san-francisco-really-become-a-gigabit-city.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/general/can-san-francisco-really-become-a-gigabit-city.html By Bruce Wolfe, HANC President

Maybe third time’s the charm.  Fiber optics is an old technology that will outlive many of us as a stable and sustainable medium.  In the ‘80s, I personally explored it in car audio installations in one of my first of many businesses. You’ve heard me over the years reporting about it at membership meetings.

This month we heard and testified in support of a launch to once again attempt to bring San Francisco into the 21st century as a Gigabit City.  It was introduced by D2 Supervisor Mark Farrell.

brucew@hanc-sf.org (Bruce Wolfe) frontpage Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:47:41 +0000
July Meeting Recap: HANC Members Weigh In on Two Park Projects http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/july-meeting-recap-hanc-members-weigh-in-on-two-park-projects.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/july-meeting-recap-hanc-members-weigh-in-on-two-park-projects.html By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board

At our member meeting on Thursday, July 12, HANC members had many questions for the people working on two major projects in our neighborhood parks. Staff from the city’s Rec and Parks Department presented and answered questions on the Panhandle Playground Project and the Stanyan Street Edge Project.

The Panhandle Playground Project aims to rebuild the children’s playground at Oak and Ashbury, at a cost of $3.2 million. This site is one of 13 playgrounds that will be renovated under the Let’sPlaySF! joint venture between RPD and the Parks Alliance, with the bulk of the funding from the 2012 Parks Bond. The meeting heard from Lisa Bransten, RPD’s director of partnerships, and Parks Alliance CEO Drew Becher.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:04:46 +0000
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) Has Banned Sand http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/san-francisco-recreation-and-parks-department-rpd-has-banned-sand.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/san-francisco-recreation-and-parks-department-rpd-has-banned-sand.html By James Sword, HANC Board

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) has banned sand. After following this policy secretly for an unknown amount of time, it has finally become public. The ban of sand was not stated during either of two public meetings held about the Panhandle Playground (PP), and was only brought to light when specifically asked about by members of HANC.  Through various email conversations with RPD, the reason for a sand ban has changed from accessibility, to maintenance, and finally RPD settled on safety.

Through media outlets, a RPD spokesperson clarified “safety” concerns why  sand is banned as cat feces, needles, and glass (maintenance).  According to Lenore Skenazy, author, blogger and star of TV show “World’s Worst Mom,” the fear that cats are using America’s playgrounds as litter boxes is an urban myth.  As a regular PP visitor over the last 3 years, I have found broken glass once, and never a needle or poop.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (James Sword) frontpage Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:23:06 +0000
June Meeting Recap: Summer of Love Memories From the Haight-Ashbury http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/june-meeting-recap-summer-of-love-memories-from-the-haight-ashbury.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/june-meeting-recap-summer-of-love-memories-from-the-haight-ashbury.html By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board

When we announced our June meeting in the HANC Voice, we said there might be some surprises.  There were.

Each of our panel members contributed.  Stan Flouride shared neighborhood newspapers from the era.  Holly Harman told us that the original Merry Pranksters’ bus, Furthur, was buried at the Happy Holidays commune.  Diamond Dave Whitaker reminded us that the spirit of the 60’s – cooperation, awareness, caring – is still important and still with us.  Arthur Round spoke of his apprenticeship and abrupt promotion at the Oracle , the colored ink and scents poured from ketchup bottles, and the time he counted 350 (weeknight) / 500 (weekend) sleeping in one house.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:40:31 +0000
New Affordable Housing Policies http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/new-affordable-housing-policies.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/hanc-blog/new-affordable-housing-policies.html By Tes Welborn, HANC Board

“San Francisco wound up with a sweeping new affordable housing policy . . . one that will encourage the demolition of some existing low-rise commercial buildings housing neighborhood businesses, increase density in many parts of town, and set affordability levels lower than what the voters approved last year but higher than what some supervisors wanted. It’s a compromise that is going to shape housing policy for the immediate future – and is aimed overall at encouraging somewhere around 30,000 new housing units without any discussion of how the city will pay for the infrastructure to support them,” said Tim Redmond.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Tes Welborn) frontpage Fri, 07 Jul 2017 05:34:50 +0000
Remembering Wayne Chan - Born March 16, 1961 - Died June 14, 2017 http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/remembering-wayne-chan-born-march-16-1961-died-june-14-2017.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/remembering-wayne-chan-born-march-16-1961-died-june-14-2017.html By Christin Evans, HANC Board

waynechanOn July 2nd in Colma at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, friends & family gathered to honor and remember long-time UPS driver Wayne Chan.   It had been two weeks since Michael Lefiti, Benson Louie and Wayne were shot by a co-worker at the UPS distribution facility on San Bruno Ave.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Christin Evans) frontpage Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:11:26 +0000
Haight Ashbury Street Fair June 11 http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/haight-ashbury-street-fair-june-11.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/haight-ashbury-street-fair-june-11.html      hasf 2017 posterThe Haight Ashbury Street Fair will take place on Sunday, June 11, from 11 am to 5:30 pm, on Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan, with a Children’s Alley on Belvedere between Haight and Waller.

     The Haight Ashbury Street Fair is dedicated to celebrating the cultural history and diversity of one of San Francisco’s most internationally celebrated neighborhoods. The Street Fair was developed in response to the re-birth of the economic and residential spirit of the community in the mid 1970’s. With the assistance of Harvey Milk, the first District 5 Supervisor, a group of neighborhood merchants, activists, and residents developed the Haight Ashbury Street Fair organization, and sponsored the first Haight Ashbury Street Fair on April 30, 1978.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 02 Jun 2017 06:30:45 +0000
May HANC Meeting Recap: Healthcare at a Crossroads http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/may-hanc-meeting-recap-healthcare-at-a-crossroads.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/meetings/may-hanc-meeting-recap-healthcare-at-a-crossroads.html By James Sword, HANC Board

     Affordable Health Care in the United States is behind other industrialized nations. More than twenty nations in the world have universal healthcare, including Serbia, Ukraine, and Croatia.  The United States is not one of them.  May's Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council meeting highlighted healthcare shortcomings nationwide and efforts at the local and state levels to improve the situation.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (James Sword) frontpage Fri, 02 Jun 2017 06:39:55 +0000
Recology and Muni Rate Increases Coming http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/recology-and-muni-rate-increases-coming.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/recology-and-muni-rate-increases-coming.html      Recology has applied to raise the rates for trash, recycling and compost pick-up.

     The City’s Refuse Rate Board has received an application from Recology, the San Francisco refuse collection and disposal processing company, for an increase in residential refuse collection and disposal rates for trash, recyclables, and compostables (black, blue, and green bin services).

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Richard Ivanhoe) frontpage Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:29:26 +0000
Proposal for New Neighborhood Parklet http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/proposal-for-new-neighborhood-parklet.html http://www.hanc-sf.org/newsflash/proposal-for-new-neighborhood-parklet.html     american cyclery parklet imageAmerican Cyclery, at the corner of Fredrick and Stanyan Streets, has developed plans for a Public Parklet and Plaza in front of the entrance on Stanyan Street.  The Parklet area will be 225 square feet and the Plaza is planned to be 757 square feet.

     The bicycle shop has permits from the SF Planning Department and Public Works, but so far has not raised enough money to build it.  The estimated project cost is $50,000 and so far they have raised $10,000.

richardivanhoe@sbcglobal.net (Jim Rhoads) frontpage Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:39:05 +0000