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4/20 Debrief: How the First Year With a Neighborhood Sponsor Went

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Dave Groeschel interviews Alex Aquino, HANC Board members

We asked Dave Groeschel, owner of Mom’s Tattoo (1408 Haight) to interview Alex Aquino, owner of Black Scale (1409 Haight). Here is the debrief he shared with us.

     I sat down with Alex Aquino, the owner of Black Scale on Haight Street, this morning to talk about how the 4/20 event went.  Alex put together a group of local sponsors, including Diamond Supply (1560 Haight), Cookie’s (1429 Haight), and Black Scale and some not so local ones like High Times magazine to raise $145,000 so the event would have security, clean-up, medical services, portable toilets and more.  

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Traffic Congestion: Haight Street Construction Continues Despite 2017 Non-Emergency Request

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By Christin Evans, HANC Board

In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love celebrations in 2017, the Haight Ashbury Merchants Association requested a moratorium on non-emergency road work. However, the notorious water/sewer repair line project which plagued the 1400 block of Haight street for good parts of 2015 and 2016 is still not complete. Multiple gas leaks leading to evacuations and shelter-in-place orders, as well as, sinkholes and safety violations, led the city to terminate the sub-contractor overriding the primary contractor Ghilotti Brothers’ objections.

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February Meeting Recap: Documentary Highlights Plight Faced by Parkmerced Residents

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By Bruce Wolfe, HANC President

At February’s membership meeting, we were graced with Nick Pasquariello’s beautiful video documentary on the Parkmerced apartment complex and community. He gave a wide ranging overview of the environs with an exquisite history and examples of the varying lifestyles given by various residents and advocates.

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Development Watch: 650 Divisadero and One Oak Street

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By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board Member

As major developments that will affect Haight Ashbury residents continue to roll through the planning process, HANC and other neighborhood groups are working to ensure they meet residents’ needs.

On Jan 26, the Planning Commission agreed to postpone its hearing on the proposed 66-apartment project at 650 Divisadero, under pressure from neighbors and local groups. You may remember that this site on the southeast corner of Divis and Grove was originally planned for 16 units but grew to 66 after Supervisor Breed pushed through upzoning of the Divisadero and Fillmore corridors in 2015.

Despite this huge increase in size, the proposal will only provide 9 affordable units (13.5%). After residents and neighborhood groups in the Affordable Divisadero coalition worked together to create the Divisadero Community Plan, Supervisor Breed agreed to increase the required percentage of affordable units along these streets. That legislation has sat on the supervisor’s desk for six months; neighbors are asking that approval of the development is postponed until the Board votes on the revised plan.

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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. 

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