Take a walk, see some art!
Due to the high winds, we've decided to cancel tonight's EVNA 2019 movie night for reasons of safety.
We'll see if Rec/Parks will allow up to reschedule for next Saturday, October 5th.
Stay tuned for confirmation.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
A quick reminder... our BiMonthly EVNA Neighborhood Meeting is Tonight, 7 pm, Eureka Valley Rec Center.
The proposed amendment to the ByLaws includes discussion regarding a code of conduct (still in draft) by members and a process to rescind membership under certain extreme situations. You can view the proposed language here on our website.
Then don't forget....
Our 2nd annual Neighborhood Movie Night- Saturday 9/28, 6:35pm - 10:00pm, Rikki Streicher Baseball Field at the Eureka Valley Rec Center (corner of Diamond and 19th Streets). We're showing E.T! a sci-fi classic that will warm your heart as you enjoy a flashback from your childhood. Bring the kids! Admission is free. Bring blankets, warm clothes, and lawn chairs. Concessions are available.
Dear Eureka Valley Neighbors,
The fall season is here, and with it, the resumption of Board meetings here at City Hall after an August break.
My office has been working on a broad set of issues, from improving transit to helping small businesses, but addressing homelessness and mental health remains a daily priority. Here are a few initiatives we’ve been working on lately.
Last fall, I requested a Budget and Legislative Analyst report on the City’s use of Lanterman-Petris-Short conservatorships. That report was released in late July, and it showed that, despite the number of sick and vulnerable people languishing without intervention on our streets, San Francisco's referrals to the LPS conservatorship program have dropped by 50% since 2012. I believe we need to do more to get sick and mentally ill people off the streets and into care — that is why I worked hard to locally implement the expanded SB1045 conservatorship program, and why I am continuing to make sure the pilot program is implemented successfully.
In addition, I joined Mayor London Breed in September to launch an initiative that will provide evidence-based, comprehensive services and solutions to meet the needs of nearly 4,000 people suffering from severe mental illness and substance use disorders, starting with the 200 highest needs individuals. By prioritizing this group for housing and public health resources we can save lives and direct our resources to have the biggest impact.
Focusing on our neighborhoods, my office has been working with the Mayor’s Policy Director on Homelessness as well as the Healthy Street Operations Center to create a list of District 8 hot spots, including locations in the Castro, for increased outreach, street cleaning, and police presence. We have also created a list of the highest-need individuals who are dealing with substance use issues and/or mental health challenges, to help get those people wrap-around services and ensure they stop cycling between our jails, hospitals, and city streets.
Lastly, the Mayor’s Meth Task Force which I have co-chaired since April has been working hard on our recommendations for the City’s response to the methamphetamine epidemic. On September 9th I co-sponsored a Town Hall discussion about meth use in the LGBTQ community, and on September 12th we hosted the fourth and final meeting of Meth Task Force. I am looking forward to releasing the Task Force’s recommendations in a final report this October, and to working with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor to implement those urgently needed changes.
As always, if you have a question or concern, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office, at
Our 2nd annual Neighborhood Movie Night- Saturday 9/28,
6:45pm - 10:00pm, Rikki Streicher Baseball Field at the Eureka Valley Rec Center (corner of Diamond and 19th
Streets). We're showing "E.T!" a sci-fi classic that will warm your heart as you enjoy a flashback from your childhood. Bring the kids! Admission is free. Bring blankets, warm clothes, and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available.
can spend the time with family). Join us for elections, enjoy cider and donuts while we change up the meeting format to enjoy each other's company before Thanksgiving!
At the September 10 EVNA Board meeting, the directors voted unanimously to approve a revision to Article III, Section 2 of the EVNA ByLaws. Per the ByLaws, this proposed change will be presented to the Members at our next public meeting on September 25th in the upstairs meeting room at the EV Rec Center.
The proposed revision is in RED:
Section 2. General Membership
General Membership shall be open to persons who live, work at or own a business, or own real property within the boundaries of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association as described in Article II, Section 1 of these Bylaws. General Members shall be the only voting members of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association. There shall be two subclasses of General Members: Individual Members and Household Members. Individual Members shall have one vote if that member is present at the meeting. Household Members shall have two votes, but only if both members are present to vote. Under no circumstance will one person have two votes. Proxy votes are not permitted, including between the two members of a Household membership.
All members must abide by the Code of Conduct of members. The Code of Conduct is a separate document hereby incorporated in full by reference. Any member who seriously or repeatedly breaches the Code of Conduct is subject to cancellation of his or her membership, without prorated refund of membership dues. Such a member who breaches the Code of Conduct shall be notified in writing by the President of the Board of Directors, citing specific breaches of the Code of Conduct and any proposed action.
Members who were previously classified as “Business Members” as of the ratification date of these amended Bylaws shall continue their membership through the end of the one-year membership period as Individual Members. After the business membership expires, the membership eligibility requirements in this section apply to those members. They may remain members in their individual or household capacity if they otherwise qualify.
In 2019, there is no blueprint for what a neighborhood association is or should be. And I doubt someone will write the preeminent guide to this question in the next few months. So where should the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association head in 2020?
For an organization founded in 1881, it is easy to fall into old habits. There are many things the EVNA does well: our public meetings are rousing successes and enjoyed by many. We provide a forum for valuable information to be conveyed to local residents. We’ve dabbled in social events—all of which have been fun, but not all well-attended. We provide a place, in our Planning and Land Use Committee, for residents and business owners to seek approval and support of home and business improvements.
The times, they are a-changing. The population of Eureka Valley and the Castro is growing, changing, shifting. While our neighborhood is still seen internationally as the Gay Mecca, fewer gay men are moving to the Castro and our community is becoming more diverse. Our vibrant shopping corridor and access to public transportation are making the Castro more of a hot commodity than ever before. And, frankly, our membership has not grown accordingly. We enjoy a level of support from our long-time members but have struggled to engage newer residents.
My vision is simple: an organization committed to community improvement. The Castro is filled with some of the smartest, most creative, interesting people around. While we represent a wide range of opinions and ideas, finding consensus among us is usually simple. For example, everyone agrees that we need to help our homeless population out of living on the street. We all want to see the Castro and Upper Market commercial district thrive and grow. We all crave beautiful and usable green spaces. Traffic and public safety and transportation improvements benefit all of us.
This amazing group of people, the Castro community, has the ability to make all these changes. But implementing this plan takes more than just a group of smart, creative, interesting people. It requires sweat equity, passion, and commitment.
I have two simple asks:
In the upcoming year, I want the EVNA to focus on fewer, but more impactful projects. What those projects are is entirely up to our community—you. Think about what change you want to see the most, and, right now, commit to it. Write a SMART goal, set a New Year’s resolution, edit your vision board. Join me, and together we can make Eureka Valley an even better place to live.
President's Update; September 2019
Building community has been one of EVNA’s primary goals since our founding in 1881. In the last two years, since I’ve assumed the post of president, we’ve been busy bringing people together around different interests and causes: whether its mayoral debates or movie nights, I’ve been happy to see our neighbors and members joining in the action. The Castro and Eureka Valley is (by a long shot) one of the most community focused and engaged neighborhoods in the city.
There have been plenty of activities to get engaged in over the summer and more planned for this fall. If you’ve got an interest, please reach out and help in any way you’re able, we’d love to have you.
The 2nd round of the Castro Welcome Pack has been assembled and delivered by an army of volunteers in August. We received a list of over 300 new names and addresses this past quarter of those moving into the neighborhood, and managed to pack and distribute welcome packets to most of those. A big thank you to all the board members and volunteers who gave their time and effort, especially to Barrie Simpson, who went above and beyond in making deliveries and getting the word out about EVNA.
As a follow on to the Welcome Packet was the Neighbors Mixer- we sent postcards to those on the Welcome Packet list, as well as sent an email out to member’s inviting everyone to the mixer on August 10th at the Spark Arts Gallery on 18th Street. This is such a cool space to meet up for tasty coffee and baked goods from Spike’s Coffee on 19th, check out the current art on display, and sit around the comfy living room furniture and catch up with each other for an hour or two. I have to say this is one of my favorite spaces and definitely my favorite EVNA event. We’ll have the next mixer in November sometime.
Looking forward on the calendar is the upcoming EVNA movie night on Saturday September 28 at 7pm! Mark your calendars and tell your neighbors. This is our second annual event sponsored by Vanguard Properties on Castro Street. The board is busy finishing up the planning and details. It will be held again on the Rikki Streicher Field at the EV Rec Center, corner of Diamond and 19th Street. The movie title will be announced as soon as we have it. This will be a great family event, free to all but donations welcome.
And most importantly, we are gearing up for elections at our November 25th public meeting. Nearly h
alf of the current board is up for election, and new board members are welcomed and encouraged to run. If you live in the EVNA footprint, are a dues paying member, and would like to throw your hat in the ring, please email me with a headshot and a brief statement about you and your aspirations as a leader in the community. Women, persons of color, people of all persuasions, ethnicities and orientations are welcomed and supported.
Please plan to join us at our next public meeting on September 25th in the upstairs meeting room at the EV Rec Center. Meeting starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:45pm. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.
See you at the Neighbors Mixer this coming Saturday, August 10th, 2019.
Hours are 10:00am to 11:30pm
Join us for coffee and nibbly bits, a little music, and some handshakes and hugs.
Spark Arts Gallery, 4229 18th Street (next to Mollie Stone)