Meetings

November HANC Meeting Report: Proposed New Bike Lanes on Oak and Fell Prompt Concern for Pedestrian Safety

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By James Sword, HANC Board

Panhandle Playground: Anne Baskerville from Rec and Park provided an update on the Panhandle Playground renovation plans and the pathways project. There is a delay on pathway repair due to uneven surfaces along the northern path. The playground project is set to have its first public meeting in March, and Anne will check back with us when scheduling has been finalized.

Proposed Bike Lanes on Fell and Oak: Ellen Robinson, a traffic engineer with MTA, reviewed the proposals to date. She assured us that having a proposal prepared does not mean that MTA was committed to the project, but short of a couple of significant routing issues, work would be moving forward on the lanes. Members were startled to learn of a new concept described in the feasibility report as a high speed bike commuter lane,” especially because these lanes would encounter pedestrian cross-traffic every block along the way.

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Review of HANC's September Meeting

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Turnout for the September HANC meeting was good. The meeting started with Tim Redmond (48hills.org), discussing Propositions G, Q, R, D, H, M, & L. In summary, vote NO on G, Q, & R, they were placed on the ballot by Weiner and Farrel, designed to be policy pushing wedge issues that are thin on solutions and thick on politics.

Tim continued with why you should vote YES on Propositions D, H, M, & L. Prop D will separate unilateral power from the Executive Branch and prevent the Mayor from appointing replacement Supervisors if one should leave. Prop H would create the new position of Public Advocate; this position exists in many other cities. Prop M would create a commission to oversee Housing, and Workforce and Economic Development. Prop L would create split appointment of the MTA board between the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors. As a group all of these propositions take power back from the Mayor.

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July at HANC - Gov. Brown's "By Right" Edict and "Density Bonus" Policies Criticized

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July’s HANC meeting focused on the latest “market based solution” being proposed in Sacramento to address the City's and the State’s “housing crisis”:  Gov. Brown’s “by right” proposal and AB2801, a mandatory “density bonus” program that will allow up to a 35% bonus in the size of all housing developments proposed at the local level.

The Tenants Union’s executive director Deepa Varma joined HANC’s Housing and Land use Board member Calvin Welch in discussing the impacts of these proposals on San Francisco. In a word, the impacts would mean “displacement” of existing residents and small businesses. In a any area like San Francisco with virtually no open space and a red hot real estate market, mandatory density bonuses and the development of housing without a public hearing process (that is developing “by right” , not local approval) would most likely mean that existing buildings would be demolished in order to make way for more dense buildings allowed by the new policies.

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June 2016 at HANC: Better Transportation Through Smarter Thinking

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The focus of HANC’s June 2016 meeting was an examination of what real change in transportation might look like for the Haight Ashbury and for our city more broadly. HANC’s guide for this exploration was Jason Henderson, a professor of geography at San Francisco State University.

Our journey started at the global level. As other countries plan for prosperity and mobility we cannot afford the environmental cost of them emulating the US love affair with the automobile. The US has 0.786 vehicles per person, more than 10 times the rate in China, which is already experiencing gridlock and alarming pollution. Both the US and developing countries need transportation solutions beyond the personal automobile.

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Last Month at HANC: March Meet Sounds Positive Note for Homeless Youth

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With presentations by Leah Filler of Lava Mae and Christian Calinsky of Taking It to the Streets (T2S), and additional input from Shira Noel, Homeless Youth Alliance, and Matt Bartek of Larkin Street Youth Services, those braving a rainy evening to attend the March general meeting got a real education on some services that are making a difference for homeless youth in our neighborhood.

Lava Mae is a bus-based movable shower/bathroom facility built into old MUNI buses. The first destination close to the Haight Ashbury is to be on the sidewalk outside the DMV building on Baker Street across from the Panhandle. It should begin operation in a couple of weeks, with a once-a-week schedule. The buses are staffed, to monitor usage, with each user allowed 15-20 minutes of private time to bathe. Each shower unit (there are two on each bus) is serviced with current technological appliances (like electronic water managers) and is cleaned thoroughly after each use. For more information on the program, visit Lava Mae’s website at www.lavamae.org and consider donating to this innovative and impressive effort.

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