2016 HANC Year In Review

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By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board

            As we all know too well, 2016 was an election year. HANC’s May, September, and October meetings discussed the upcoming June and November elections, and “How the Haight-Ashbury Voted” was reported in the July Voice and at the December meeting. HANC also submitted a ballot argument opposing Proposition Q (banning tents). Although not all of HANC’s endorsements won at the polls Citywide, District 5 voters followed our recommendations in the November election.

We, of course, paid attention to our neighborhood—the Panhandle (May and August Voice, September and December meetings, appearance at September Party for the Parks), Haight Street (January, February, and July Voice), Masonic (July and September Voice) and Kezar Stadium (March Voice). We reported on a new group for Haight-Ashbury Seniors in the August Voice. 


Haight Ashbury Seniors "Creatively Aging" Together

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By Christin Evans, HANC Board

In October, the Haight Ashbury Seniors Group held their fourth meeting at the Park Branch library community room. Scheduled for 6pm every 3rd Tuesday, the group led by longtime resident Cosi Fabian has been targeting all local seniors “aging in place.”

With an estimated 3000 seniors living in the 94117 zip code, and yet no Senior Center with activities targeting the partially- or fully-retired, the group has already organized a number of activities including lectures, crafts & games, and exercise classes starting with a weekly Monday morning yoga meetup.

Ron Jones, a professional storyteller, both entertained and educated the group at the last meeting on the variety of forms that a well-crafted story might take. At the group’s November 15th meeting Haight-Ashbury resident and New York Times bestselling author Laura Fraser will give a brief lecture on writing a memoir. Visit the Park Branch Library’s website for additional details.

Newsom / Lee Shown Wrong Again on Closing Neighborhood Recycling Centers

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By Calvin Welch, HANC Board

The Newsom/Lee administration had two "talking points" in the 2010-2012 saga of the closing of the recycling center at Kezar:

One, that the recycling center was responsible for homeless people being in our neighborhood, as, in the immortal words of C.W. Nevius, they used it as their "ATM" and, like everybody, ole CW knows, if you remove their ATM's you remove them, right?

And two, that the recycling center was no longer needed, that the City is meeting it recycling goals, and that Recology's curb side pick-up rendered the Center's drop-off service some hippie-dippie holdover, outmoded by changed conditions.

While HANC argued the fallacy of both arguments at the time-that homelessness had nothing to do with recycling, and that in a heavily tenanted neighborhood like the Haight-Ashbury, thousands of tenants do not have access to the three bins--the Mayor's ally, the Chronicle had the "big megaphone" and our arguments were not heard.

But reality is persistent and mocks mere "talking points."


Historic Panel at HANC Meeting on CleanPower

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clean power panel

Virtually the entire cast of players in the 12-year history of the community effort to get "clean power" to San Francisco participated in an informative panel discussion at HANC on February 18th.  Joining Supervisor London Breed were former Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Brooks, Amy Sinclair, Cal Broomhead, Paul Fenn, Jason Fried, and HANC's VP Bruce Wolfe

Appeal of Commuter Buses Plan

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Board of Supervisors,

Based on more than 50 observations of violations by commuter buses during the pilot program, and comments from the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Board and its members, we believe the pilot program should not have been allowed to become permanent, and support the appeal of the permanent plan. We urge the Board of Supervisors to support the appeal on January 26, 2016 as well.


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