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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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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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