Real Sharing Versus the ? Economy

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By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board

This year, HANC plans to present a series of meetings on the so-called “sharing economy” and its impact on our neighborhood and on our city.  First, we want to come up with a better name.  We’ve considered “greed economy,”  “monetized economy,” “taking market,”  “command economy,” and “share-the-scraps economy” (http://robertreich.org/post/109894095095).   

Here’s an example that explains why the word “sharing” is being misused: A)   In the school lunchroom, a student brought more than he can eat.  He gives one of his two sandwiches to his friend.  This is sharing.  B)  The school bully takes a student’s lunch.  This is not sharing.  C)  The smarmy kid says, “Give me a dollar and I’ll tell you who brought more lunch than he can eat.”  This is not sharing, but looks like the model for entities like AirBnb and Uber.


Funds for Fire Relief

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A fire broke out on 1/31/2015 at McAllister Street and Scott Street, affecting several buildings and residents.  Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) has set up a collection fund to go to those displaced by the fire. Donate via our GoFundMe page:  www.gofundme.com/alamosquare/ 


You can also send a check to:ASNA, 530 Divisadero St. #176, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Please write Fire Fund in memo line)


ASNA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All funds raised will go directly to the residents displaced by the fire.


Another fund has been started at www.gofundme.com/l1hrw8 for the victims of the big fire recently at 22nd & Mission.

HANC 2014 Year in Review

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It’s January again.  As we look forward to 2015, we can also take this opportunity to reflect on last year.  HANC again focused on themes that recur in our neighborhood – housing, transit, parks, local elections, and homelessness.  We had some victories, weathered some defeats, and continued to provide information about our neighborhood and our city not available anywhere else.  We held eleven meetings open to the public, and published eleven issues of our Voice newsletter.  All 2014 issues of the Voice can be downloaded from our website at www.hanc-sf.org/the-voice-docs/16-2014/.

We devoted last January’s general meeting to tenant issues in preparation for citywide tenant conventions.  HANC sent recommendations to the convention to fund rebuilding public housing, to require registration and payment of the hotel tax by Airbnb and similar short-term rentals, and to require newly legalized in-law units to remain rental units and not be converted to condos.  February’s meeting, ironically held during one of the largest downpours in 2014 (until December), featured a discussion of the drought, and the SFPUC presented its proposal for water rate increases.  Our March meeting discussed transit—SFMTA’s Transit Effectiveness Plan and proposal for the November ballot.


Haight Ashbury Merchant & Music Fair

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By  Burt Phillips, HANC Board

So if you haven't heard, and it seems most neighbors did not (which was a main point of contention), the Haight had a street party a couple of weeks ago. It was billed as the San Francisco/Haight Ashbury Merchants and Music Street Fair (SFMMSF) and sought to promote local  merchants AND the community.

The organizers (Black Scale, Pink Dolphin, and other shops) did a good job of reaching out to the non-profit and social services groups as was evident by at least a half dozen booths used for those groups. The booths, chairs, canopies and tables were all supplied by the organizers of the event at no cost to those groups.


Car Share Hubbub

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The SF MTA has been working on a plan for a couple of years that would lease currently public parking spaces to car share businesses, including at least one owned by AVIS, which purchased ZIP Car for $500 million last year. City Car Share, the non-profit pioneer of car sharing, is also on board with the plan. 

The issue is very divisive. HANC encourages our members to do the research and figure out where you stand. Hoodline is covering the story (http://hoodline.com/2014/07/parking-for-private-car-shares-backlash-in-the-haight) and the feedback indicates the level of division (making it an age thing, or a NIMBY thing). While the ultimate goal of the plan is worthy, the giving up of public space to corporations that can afford to rent space in off street garages or parking lots is questionable.  Remember, this is the same agency that wanted to reroute the 6 Parnassus to Haight Street and eliminated two MUNI stops on Haight Street.

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