Panel on the Future of Policing – July 21

Hello neighbors,

Please take a look at tonight's newsletter to learn more about our public panel on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. You can read it here. We will be joined by District Attorney Chesa Boudin, District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton, SF Human Rights Commission Exec. Director Sheryl Evans Davis, Pastor Danté Quick, Ph.D, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler.

Zoom details are in the newsletter. You can also view the panel live or recorded on our Facebook page or learn more information at our event page.

You can also submit questions for the panel ahead of time at our Slido page! Just enter code #EVNAJuly.

Hope to see you at the panel on Tuesday!

Alex Lemberg, President

Planning Notices – Mid-June 2020

Hello neighbors,

As the city slowly begins to open back up, there is a deluge of new pre-application meetings, construction permit applications, and attendant discretionary review hearings in the near future.

Please look through the notices by address to see if there's anything of interest to you. All dates are either hearing dates, meeting dates, or discretionary review submission deadlines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Alex Lemberg or Loïc Olichon.

2020.06.15 Business Opening 227 Church St

2020.06.16 PreApp 237 Sanchez St

2020.06.16 PreApp 237 Sanchez St - Supporting Docs

2020.06.16 PreApp 3757 21st St

2020.06.18 DR 3640 21st St

2020.06.24 Permit App 3751 21st St

2020.06.24 PreApp 134 Alpine Terrace

2020.06.24 PreApp 134 Alpine Terrace Supporting Docs

2020.06.26 Permit App 357 Cumberland St

2020.07.01 Permit App 15 Park Hill Ave

Planning Notices – Late May 2020

The following are all upcoming dates for permits submitted in our neighborhood.

For 22 Henry Street, there will be a pre-application meeting on June 1.

For the other three addresses (4735 19th St.; 178 Douglass St.; and 357 Cumberland St.) discretionary reviews for the plans submitted must be submitted to the Planning Department by June 1, June 10, and June 11, respectively.

2020.06.01 PreApp 22 Henry St

2020.06.01 Permit App 4735 19th St

2020.06.10 Permit App 178 Douglass St

2020.06.11 Permit App 357 Cumberland St

Planning Notices – May 2020

The EVNA receives all notifications for planning and land use hearings, reviews, and pre-application notices for the Castro, Duboce Triangle, Corona/Ashbury Heights, and surrounding areas.

This post contains links to copies of all notices sent to us with deadlines or hearing dates in the near future.

Glossary:
"Permit App" - Permit Application. This means that a new permit has been applied for. There is a one-month period during which neighbors can submit requests for discretionary review.
"Variance" - This is a project that requires a specific exception to the planning code. An example is a restaurant in a block designated residential.
"Pre-Application Meeting" - This is a courtesy meeting thrown by the property owner to hear feedback and concerns from neighbors.

2020.05.26 Permit App 246 Eureka St

2020.05.26 Permit App 704 Castro St

2020.05.27 Variance 427A Buena Vista Ave E

2020.06.01 Permit App 4735 19th St

2020.06.01 PreApp 22 Henry St

2020.06.11 Permit App 357 Cumberland St

We will be sending this list out every two weeks or so.

President’s Update: New Years Resolutions for the Castro

In January of each year, millions of Americans make resolutions. Resolutions to better themselves: to go to the gym (this is the Castro, after all); to eat healthier; to spend more time with family and friends. Resolutions to expand your horizons: reading more books; traveling to far-flung destinations; cooking new recipes.

Self-improvement is a noble goal, and an important one, but what of the greater good?

In 2020, my resolution is to help improve the Castro, this beautiful, historic, vibrant neighborhood we all live in. I have a lot of ideas, but what I really want is to create a way to get everyone in the neighborhood involved to make a difference. To enact and execute tangible, momentous projects and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

I invite you to share your vision, your passion, and your commitment at the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association’s first public meeting of the year. We will meet this Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 100 Diamond St.

 This meeting is an opportunity to brainstorm and help set the EVNA’s agenda for 2020 and beyond. I hope you will join us.

Some proposals I’ve heard from neighbors include the following:

  • Collingwood Park Revitalization/Rebuild
  • Neighborhood Block Party
  • Greater insight into and educational opportunities for planning and land use issues
  • Decreasing commercial vacancies
  • Creating hyperlocal services for our unhoused and transient neighbors
  • Traffic improvements for a safer neighborhood

The power of one person is inherently limited, but the power of a committed group of citizens can accomplish anything. Please join us on Thursday to help build a vision for the Castro’s future!

Introducing… Andrew Gabel, our newest EVNA Board Member!

Hello everyone! Thank you for voting for me as your newest Board member. There's a fun little gift of thanks at the end of this article. I couldn't help it.

I'd like to briefly introduce myself to you again here in the newsletter for those that couldn't make the last meeting.

I feel both honored and challenged to be able to contribute to my local neighborhood. Born and raised in Pinole, (10m North of Berkeley-no traffic) I've lived in Contra Costa, Alameda, Marin and now San Francisco counties. As a member of the EVNA Board, being able to honor a couple of my core values, contribution and service, in such a diverse and much needed area is both challenging and fulfilling. There is so much to learn. Neighborhoods require passion, drive and gusto to create lasting change. There are a myriad of challenges ahead of us to dream in to. I'm ready, willing and able to roll up my sleeves and serve.

By day I work at the Co-Active Training Institute www.coactive.com in San Rafael, CA where I've been employed for over 25 years. I have the privilege of working alongside a global community creating Co-Active Leaders who want to have an impact in their world. Lucky me! A lover of the arts, I grew up in a musical home that also contributed to local bay area community theaters for decades.

Below is my modest gift to you because every newsletter needs a recipe. Here is one I discovered online. I was looking for something special and different on an old family favorite for the holidays. All I can say is that both my family and co-workers loved it! This is from Bon Appetit. I added the onion powder. It's so delicious it just might make you cry. Really.

Caramelized Shallot Dip (gf)

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large shallots, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon sliced chives, plus more for serving

Chips or crackers or veggie chips(!) or fresh veggies (for serving) - firm crisps works best

Recipe Preparation

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add shallots and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally and reducing heat if needed, until shallots are golden brown and tender, 15-18 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Mix shallots and vinegar and onion powder into yogurt in medium bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stir 1 Tbsp. into yogurt. If entertaining, divide into bowls and top with more chives.

Do ahead: Yogurt (without chives) can be made 3 days ahead; cover and chill.

*My personal notes: Make this at least one day in advance and remove from refrigeration at least one hour prior to serving. The low-fat yogurt is much more firm than the standard sour cream versions. I cooked my shallots a bit longer than the 18m. It's all about the color and your intuition.

Again, Thank you for voting me into this position. See you at the meetings!

The Red Mailbox on Thorp Lane

By Bonnie McGregor

Shortly after Harvey Milk's election as San Francisco Supervisor in November of 1977, where he won by 30% against 16 other candidates, he quickly identified the problem of dog excrement. In a city that has always had more dogs than children, the health hazard of dog excrement had become endemic.

Savvy politician Milk selected to work on an a political piece of legislation anointed the “pooper scooper law;" who couldn’t get behind a dog poop law? It is commonly understood that City Supervisor Dan White voted against the proposed law.

Everyone knows about the strategically placed poop in Duboce Park where Milk cleverly staged his “step” for the awaiting TV cameras, Milk always at the ready to maximize news coverage with dramatic edge.

What many may not know is the little red mail box on Thorp Lane, up the down & dirty stairs on beautiful Caselli Avenue is the first doggie bag receptacle in all of San Francisco.

Contributed by San Francisco City Guides, who do Castro Tours 3x weekly and 60 weekly tours throughout San Francisco. Tours are free with a contribution gladly accepted.

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