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.