Meetings

June Meeting Recap: Summer of Love Memories From the Haight-Ashbury

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By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board

When we announced our June meeting in the HANC Voice, we said there might be some surprises.  There were.

Each of our panel members contributed.  Stan Flouride shared neighborhood newspapers from the era.  Holly Harman told us that the original Merry Pranksters’ bus, Furthur, was buried at the Happy Holidays commune.  Diamond Dave Whitaker reminded us that the spirit of the 60’s – cooperation, awareness, caring – is still important and still with us.  Arthur Round spoke of his apprenticeship and abrupt promotion at the Oracle , the colored ink and scents poured from ketchup bottles, and the time he counted 350 (weeknight) / 500 (weekend) sleeping in one house.

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July Meeting Recap: HANC Members Weigh In on Two Park Projects

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By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board

At our member meeting on Thursday, July 12, HANC members had many questions for the people working on two major projects in our neighborhood parks. Staff from the city’s Rec and Parks Department presented and answered questions on the Panhandle Playground Project and the Stanyan Street Edge Project.

The Panhandle Playground Project aims to rebuild the children’s playground at Oak and Ashbury, at a cost of $3.2 million. This site is one of 13 playgrounds that will be renovated under the Let’sPlaySF! joint venture between RPD and the Parks Alliance, with the bulk of the funding from the 2012 Parks Bond. The meeting heard from Lisa Bransten, RPD’s director of partnerships, and Parks Alliance CEO Drew Becher.

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May HANC Meeting Recap: Healthcare at a Crossroads

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By James Sword, HANC Board

     Affordable Health Care in the United States is behind other industrialized nations. More than twenty nations in the world have universal healthcare, including Serbia, Ukraine, and Croatia.  The United States is not one of them.  May's Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council meeting highlighted healthcare shortcomings nationwide and efforts at the local and state levels to improve the situation.

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April 2017 HANC Membership Meeting Report

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By Bruce Wolfe, HANC President

Despite somehow being locked out of the building due to a pass-key foul-up, we started about ten minutes late. Board President/Supervisor London Breed was on time but had to leave within 30 minutes. We began right away. Unfortuantely, not enough time to get deeper into issues, she fielded questions from members about bike safety, affordable housing, Panhandle southern walkway repair, Haight Street construction and 4/20 event. There wasn’t anything earthshattering to report other than status quo and that she was monitoring these issues.

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Last Month at HANC: Impact of New Federal Policies on Privacy and Free Clinics

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By Bruce Wolfe, HANC President

At the March Membership meeting, we heard from Shahid Buttar, director of grassroots advocacy for the Electronic Freedom Frontier (EFF). Shahid gave interesting insights as to what is current and coming up on the horizon from the new presidential administration under Donald Trump. He gave an overview of the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and what we could expect from his tenure, including the repeal of Net Neutrality and online privacy. Shahid gave some simple suggestions to help us all be safe online and fielded many questions.

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