President’s Update

Mark D McHale
2018 January

Happy 2018 to everyone! Hoping your holidays were full of family, friends, and good cheer.

Already, it’s been an exciting start to the new year- the new board members elected in November were installed at our first Board of Directors meeting on January 9, 2017, joining those who are continuing in their 2 year terms. Our commitment is to serve well our members, to provide opportunities to meet and get to know each other while we work on improving our shared experience. You’ll get to meet all the Board Members at our next Public meeting coming up later this month.

I’m especially happy to announce that we have most of our committees staffed again! Our special meetings last summer (for Members in July, and New Members/Volunteers in August) have really amped up the interest level in EVNA’s work and we now have more than 25 new members and a dozen people who have volunteered to serve on the Planning, Quality of Life, Newsletter/Marketing, Membership and Social committees. I’ve asked each committee head for his/her top three goals. You’ll get an update on EVNA committees and what they’ll be focused on in the coming months at January’s meeting.

The Quality of Life committee (QOL) will be in the spotlight this meeting. Everyone knows the Castro has its challenges and what’s happening on our streets is of concern to many. The QOL’s mission is to make our streets and homes safer, and they’ll be polling members for answers on where to begin.

What the hell is going on at Harvey Milk Plaza? Many EVNA members and our neighbors have registered a wide range of responses to the Harvey Milk Plaza redesign project, from being totally in favor of some or all of the changes, all the way to those who are vehemently opposed to any. There’s even a state of panic with some people- feeling left out and in the dark. Most telling of all to me is that so many people don’t have accurate information. The information rollout has been spotty and confusing. I’ve asked representatives from the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza to give us the skinny on the design, where things stand, who’s paying for what, and how you can share your concerns as things move forward- you won’t want to miss this important presentation.

See you at the next EVNA meeting;

Wednesday, January 24th

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (come early, stay late)

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Cafeteria

19th Street at Collingwood

Logo Contest

"The Sunny Heart of San Francisco" has been our motto as long as anyone can remember.  And even with global warming and sea levels quickly rising, our motto should have a very long and valuable, meaningful, relevant life.  The EVPA/EVNA logo, however, has evolved over time.  Changes mostly subtle, adding color, sometimes adding words.  None of our current leadership knows why any of the changes were made, although we can surmise.

It's time for our logo to get back to its Origin!

And the EVNA leadership wants to challenge our members to be creative, expressive and representative our our mission to reform our logo which can serve the EVNA in print, online and perhaps on a decal on your door for the foreseeable future.

Some attributes that may make for a good logo redesign:

  • Observe our History
  • Fit who we are
  • Be Unique, Recognizable, Iconic
  • Be able to adapt to print, online and other possible formats for uses on T-SHirts, Coffee Mugs, and Door Decals!

Here is the recent history of how our logo has evolved:

The Logo in Time - Logo History

This first readily available historic logo is from the September 2000 Eureka! Newsletter. The Logo was a black & white outline of San Francisco, with a sunburst and heart over the center, and vertical lines drawn through the ocean and bay.  Wording over the logo is difficult to read, but appears to say "the sunny heart of San Francisco" which was also a long-time slogan of the association.

In September 2001, the newsletter sported a new B&W logo, aligning the wording horizontally and changing the sunburst to octal points of a compass.  The vertical lines over the water were eliminated.

The first colored version of the logo appeared in the March-April 2008 Eureka!  Land was colored green and the water a light blue.

September 2011, the logo was replaced with the one currently in use for the Eureka! newsletter.  The compass points were replaced by an asymmetric Isotoxal octagramic blob with an aura, and colors were dulled.  The website address was added in the March-April 2012 version.

For Stripe credit card processing setup in March of 2016, the logo was simplified and colors adjusted to better coordinate with the Stripe site, although Stripe colors can also be altered to match our branding colors.   Wording was stripped for stripe, as were the bridges, colors brightened and the compass points restored.  The heart and compass each were given a slight drop shadow.

 

 

Proposed 2018 Brand Contest

512 x 512 which can be adopted to all formats, in Color & B&W

Perhaps the B&W version --> needs a box?  And the hearts should be larger??

 

Here's a variation of the 2018 entry:

November 15th Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who attended the final membership meeting of 2017. We had a full house with over 50 members in attendance, and the agenda made for an interesting session.

We always welcome new and returning members. You can sign up right here on our website, click on “Membership > Join/Renew” tab above. To make it easy, be sure to select the “recurring/auto-renew” billing feature.

First on the agenda; Megan Hamilton with a heartfelt acknowledgement and thank you to Justin delVersano, Ed Scruggs and Jack Keating for bringing Pink Triangle Park into existence, and their many years of care and service. Diane Nutting was also thanked for her support and fund raising efforts.

Darcy Brown, Executive Director of SF Beautiful, a non-profit whose mission is to champion local projects which beautify our civic spaces, enhance neighborhood character and promote public art. Darcy spoke of the many accomplishments of SF Beautiful, such as limitations on bill boards in the city, promoting art and artists on public transportation and spearheading the efforts to save our beloved cable car system.

For the main event, EVNA hosted a panel discussion including SFPD’s Lt. Chris Canning and Charles Bisessto representing the District Attorney’s Office. A panel discussion was moderated to discuss the low charge rates (50%) of felony arrests in SF.

Next, members voted for candidates seeking election to the 2018 EVNA Board of Directors. Many thanks for the outgoing Board Member James Kelm. The election results were tallied, and we welcome the newly elected to the Board:

President:   Mark D McHale
Secretary:   Leila Decker
Treasurer:   Steve Clark-Hall

Board Members at Large:

Rob Cox
Crispin Hollings
Alex Lemberg
Saad Hasan
Rob Anderson

Our new officers and board members will join the current roster of board members:

Mary Edna Harrell
Scott Johnson
Loic Olichon

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next meeting on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00pm at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy gym on 19th at Collinwood Streets (come a few minutes early and meet your neighbors as we set up). We’ll introduce the new board members, and the agenda will include discussion on the pros and cons of the proposed redevelopment of Harvey Milk Plaza/Castro Muni Station. It should be very informative and exciting evening!

Have a safe holiday season so we can see you at the beginning of 2018!

Next Meeting Wednesday, November 15th

Note: This is ONE WEEK EARLY because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Our next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting is next WEDNESDAY, November 15th at 7:00pm at Harvey Milk Academy (this is a date change due to Thanksgiving Holiday)

We've got another full fun meeting planned.  On our meeting agenda:

  • Pink Triangle Park Award
  • SF Beautiful
  • Panel Discussion: San Francisco Police Department and District Attorney's Office discuss San Francisco's justice system
  • Elections: Vote for our 2018 EVNA officers and board members

Note, you must be a member in good standing to vote for the association officers and board members.  For members who registered online, you can verify your membership is current by logging onto our site from our home page here at https://evna.org.

 

EVNA – Follow up: September 27th General Membership Meeting

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Hi EVNA Members,

Thanks to everyone who made it to last week's EVNA general meeting at Harvey Milk Academy. We had 43 neighbors in attendance! Welcome to all those attending who newly joined, and thanks to current members for renewing! 

Special thanks to our guest presenters: Assemblyman David Chiu with a legislative update, Tre Alan from SF Neighborhood Empowerment, and Susan Detwiler discussing highlights of the Eureka Valley Historical Context Review, and an honorable mention to Rafael Mandelman making a cameo appearance. 

Bringing our membership drive together: We extended an invitation to members who are interested in taking on a greater role within the EVNA. We are getting a lot of renewed interest in volunteering, and the door is always open to people who are solution focused with skills, time and energy to share!

Linked here is a worksheet lays out the available positions for election, and the various committees needing volunteers. Thanks to those who turned in your volunteer sheet - I'll be following up shortly with next steps!  If you missed the opportunity to volunteer on a committee or run for a board position, the linked worksheet is the handout with all the details. Please print it out and email it back to me mark.mchale@evna.org with your preferences.

If you are interested in a Board Officer or Member position- please plan on attending the next BOARD meeting. Feel free to bring a short bio and "what I can bring to EVNA and this position" statements.

Our next BOARD meeting is October 10th at 6:30 at the Chase Bank Community Room (15th/Sanchez/Market Streets).

Board Officer and Member elections will be held at the next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting.

Our next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting is November 15th at 7:30pm at Harvey Milk Academy (this is a date change due to Thanksgiving Holiday) 

As always, if you have questions, feel free to email/text/call me at the numbers below.

 

Mark D. McHale
Eureka at 19th Streets

September Membership Notes

Assemblyman David Chiu gives the EVNA membership an update of the goings on in Sacramento
Assemblyman David Chiu gives the EVNA membership an update of the goings on in Sacramento

David Chiu gave an update of what is going on in Sacramento. Particular housing and transportation, testing of rape kits tested,  data collection to quantify bullying & workplace discrimination, and took questions from the audience.

EVNA Member Susan Detwiler presented the neighborhood historic context statement

Megan Hamilton from Supervisor Jeff Sheehy's office  introduced herself and invited members to stay communicating with her office.

Meeting adjourned at 20:10,  the next membership meeting will be the third Wednesday of November, one week early due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

EVNA – Membership Meeting 8/27 & the Eureka

The September-October Eureka! is online for your reading pleasure at https://evna.org/eureka.

A reminder and/or announcement about tomorrow's GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING.

Wednesday, September27, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00pm
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Auditorium
On 19th between Collingwood and Diamond Streets

Agenda

  • Eureka Valley Historical Context Statement Review
  • Update/Q/A with Assemblyman David Chui
  • Summer Meetings, Membership Drive Update
  • Officer, Board, Committee & Volunteering Opportunities

Thanks for making time in your schedule to attend tomorrow's meeting!

The Board of Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association would like to express their thanks for your attendance and interest. We’ve got some exciting history to tell you about, as well as some new  leadership and volunteer opportunities to discuss, and we look forward to your input and help.

For those who missed the July-August 2017 Eureka! you can find it for your reading pleasure online at https://evna.org/eureka.

Next Meeting Wednesday 9/27/17

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy (19th x Collingwood Streets)
Auditorium/Cafeteria

INVITE YOUR NEIGHBORS!

In addition to the exciting agenda, we will have a chance to pick up the conversations from the member's meeting on 8/19 and from the new member's open house meeting on 8/09. 110 persons participated- there's lots of interest and enthusiasm.

What's your next step for volunteering with EVNA? We're always looking for talented and passionate people like you to keep things energized and moving forward. What are you up for?

We're looking for volunteers:

Board of Directors-  (qualifications required)

    • Officer Positions
    • Committee Heads
    • Board Members at Large

Committee Heads and Members

    • Social Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • Planning and Land Use
    • Quality of Life
    • Newsletter and Marketing

Do you have talent, time and/or resources to help the cause?

    • Management and Leadership skills
    • City/County Political/Government connections
    • Marketing, social media, website experience
    • Resources and time

If you've made some decisions or have additional questions you'd like answered, feel free to bring them with you to the next meeting. We will have time after the 8:30 adjournment to discuss and sign up!

With all the interest and turn out, we are excited to get things rolling again...

See you there!

Open House – Great Success!

We had a great turnout at tonight's Open House at the Eureka Valley Rec Center. A full room of potential  new members got to participate in an informative session.  A big thanks to Mark McHale for taking the lead.

John Goldsmith talked about the new developments in maintaining Pink Triangle Park + Memorial and shared  news about the large grant which will be used to make the park ADA accessible and improvements coming to make the park which I should a national memorial the destination that it should be.  Check out the Gardeners Guild Facebook page.

After A brief introduction of what the EVNA really does and ways that neighbors can be more involved, everyone in the room did a self introduction and shared their concerns and interests.

some concerns and issues voiced included (in order of being mentioned by attendees and not by priority or importance):

  • Unlawful evictions
  • Homeless issues
  • Vision Zero by 2020 for pedestrian safety
  • Recently missing rubbish bins along Market Street
  • Maintaining a vibrant neighborhood commercial district
  • EVNA as an advocate at city hall on issues beyond PLUC
  • Use of the 311 app
  • Astronomical commercial rents vs high vacancy rates
  • Car breakins and vandalism
  • More about homeless
  • more social meetings
  • public works issue like tree maintenance to preclude sign obstruction.

 

 

Welcome Meeting at EV Rec Center.

Open House

Ever wonder what’s going on in your own neighborhood and where you can get involved?

There are a lot of forces that influence and affect our neighborhood; politics, governance, development, community events, quality of life issues and economics, to name just a few.

Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA) is a place to get plugged in for a better experience. We have been around since 1881, and we are still here and going strong. We are neighbors just like you; making the time to listen, learn, give, share and mobilize.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for us all to become better neighbors, improve our shared experiences, and advocate for issues and policies that matter to us.

We’d enjoy getting to know you, and welcome your participation.

Join us at our Open House in August and find out how you can get plugged in for good!

Open House/Membership Drive

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 pm
EV Rec Center, Upstairs Meeting Room
100 Collingwood Street (x 18th)

EV Rec Center, Upstairs Meeting Room 100 Collingwood Street (x 18th)
Rec Center

Working to Improve Life in Eureka Valley Since 1881