Looking for Helpful Hands to Hand Out this Weekend!

Hi EVNA'ers-

We're in the middle of inviting everyone in the neighborhood  to the upcoming EVNA sponsored Supervisor's Debate being held on May 23rd. Last weekend, our volunteers delivered invites to over 1,100 households!

We're finishing up this weekend- I'm looking for a few more volunteers to join the team this Saturday at 10am May 19th picking up where we left off. It's easy work, fun, and feels good, too!

If you've got a couple hours to donate starting at 10am, send me an email (mark.mchale@evna.org) and I'll give you details, would love to see your smiling faces!

Let’s Get the Word Out…

EVNA Members-

We're looking for volunteers to help invite neighbors to our next general meeting in late May.

We'll meet Saturday May 12 AND Saturday May 19th at 10:00am at 221 Eureka Street, and the plan is to take a couple blocks each and place door hangers on every door we see.

As easy as you want to make it- if you'd like to knock and talk- that's great, or if you'd prefer to just tag the door handle and skidaddle, that's ok, too!

Can we count on you to help? Please email me with your "YES!"... mark.mchale@evna.org

Vote on Projects to Make Our Neighborhood Better!

District 8 Castro/Eureka Valley peeps- here's your chance to spend a little city money making our civic spaces a little nicer... vote for the projects you want most!
 
SAN FRANCISCO—At 12 PST, Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, voting for District 8 Participatory Budgeting Proposals went live. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that gives community members the opportunity to set budgeting priorities and make decisions on which community projects should be funded. District 8 residents will be able to help decide on how best to spend $250,000 for neighborhood enhancements, beautification, safety, open space and other improvements. All District 8 residents 16 and up can participate in the voting process. Non-U.S. Citizens, regardless of immigration status are also invited to participate in the voting process. Supervisor Sheehy, is the first District 8 Supervisor to initiate this process in our community. Sheehy said, “I am very proud to initiate District Eight’s first Participatory Budgeting process. We have set aside $250,000.00 in community funding initiatives and I encourage all of you to Vote!”
 

Looking for Some Talent…

Members- I need your help! As you know, we've made great gains this year getting our association set up, staffed, and activated once again. It's been an amazing journey, and I'm always thinking about what I can do to make it even better, and who can help me make it so for us.

I'm looking for a few special people with some very important skills... might this be you, or someone you know who is looking for a volunteer gig?

1) A Social Media and Marketing Campaign Manager. I'm looking for a creative and passionate person to help EVNA get the word out about who we are, what we do, and how others can plug in. The right person will have exceptional skills and creative ideas in the social media/marketing space to help us create and implement a consistent and branded message to encourage membership, acknowledge our heroes, call for attendance, and celebrate volunteerism right here in the hood.

2) Business Development Guru- help EVNA create a comprehensive financial model that will help us grow (appropriately) our inbound revenue stream and outbound support and grant giving capacity. This could really be a an exciting project: can you imagine bringing together corporate sponsors, local businesses, and our members/ residents to create a full cycle financial model of mutual support and benefit- OMG! (Sounds weird, but I can explain).

Ping me- I'm the prez, and I can get you introduced to the right people to put your talents to work! mark.mchale@evna.org.

Trust me- this volunteering stuff is way better than you can imagine sitting in front of your computer right now. You'll feel better you got involved.

 

Castro Street Fair Organizers are having a community input session…

The Castro Street Fair has changed a lot over the years, from a celebratory event in the early years, to a Little Folsom Street Fair, to a more family friendly social event these more recent years.

If you have comments or suggestions on any aspect of the event that would help them do an even better than usual job on anything from set up to tear down, and everything in the middle and whatever is left over, join the rest of us at this event -

Make the Castro Street Fair Great Again!

Community Meeting for Harvey Milk Plaza Redesign- THIS Saturday

Are you ready for it?
The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and architects Perkins Eastman are ready to share the designs created in response to the community feedback gathered in the community meetings held in February and March! And YOU ARE INVITED to attend the unveiling at Community Meeting #3, to be held from 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Most Holy Redeemer Parish Hall at 100 Diamond Street in San Francisco.
 
You will have a chance to be among the first to see the design proposals, and interact with others to provide comment and feedback on each of the options. Your input is so very important, especially at this stage, where the actual design is taking shape. Don't miss your chance to be part of the process!
 
If you were unable to attend the meeting on March 3rd, please contribute your input regarding the topics covered here. The 4th meeting is still TBA, but is planned to be an Open House format. You will receive meeting details, including date and location, once confirmed.
Also, we invite you to stay connected with the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza online at www.friendsofharveymilkplaza.org
 
Finally, a huge THANK YOU from us for the time and enthusiasm you are bringing to this effort to #HonorHarveyMilk in the plaza that bears his name. The forward momentum will continue with the input gathered from these community meetings and through online engagement. We are so grateful that you share our desire to honor Harvey’s contribution to our neighborhood and to our community.
 
We look forward too seeing you on April 7th! Tell your friends and neighbors too!
 
Kindly,
Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza
www.friendsofharveymilkplaza.org

Neighbors Hear About SFPUC New Rate Hikes

We had a full agenda at last night's public meeting. With 40 neighbors in attendance, we listened to Rafael Mandelman and why he's the best candidate for D8 Supe;  what the SFMTA is up to regarding the Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvements; and below, we hear from the SF Public Utilities Commission representatives on the upcoming rate hikes that will pay for its much needed capital improvements projects.

Our committees also provided updates on some exciting progress:

  • Membership reporting 5 new members
  • Quality of Life working is reaching out to other local groups working on street behavior and homelessness on a fact finding mission to better understand how we can work with/compliment what's going on already.
  • Newsletter/Marketing committee is making advances on streamlining the Eureka! publication.
  • Training and Education is gearing up and showed attendees how and when to use the SF-311 app successfully.

The Board of Directors  is convening a special meeting in April, led by Alex Lemberg, to review and make recommendations for edits/changes to the governing documents of the Eureka Valley Promotion Association (EVPA, our official name). Stay tuned for a membership input forum coming up after May 2018.

Our next public meeting is May 23rd- EVNA will host a live debate between Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and Candidate Rafael Mandelman. It promises to be an informative and lively discussion on why either men are the best candidate to address the issues we face in Eureka Valley. See you there!

 

This Week’s Public Meeting…

Be sure to make the meeting this week Wednesday- you won't want to miss it. Come early and meet some of your neighbors!

  • Kim West from SFPUC will update us on our utility rates for water and sewer.
  • Kelley McCoy from SFMTA will update us on the Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvements schedule.
  • Rob LeVan will show us how to use the 3-1-1 app to report all sorts of issues around the neighborhood
  • Committee Updates- they've been busy!
  • Rafael Mandelman will tell us why we should vote for him this for D8 Supervisor
Wednesday, March 28th, 7:00 to 9:00
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
19th Street at Collingwood Street

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