Minutes of the September 18, 2008, EVPA membership meeting

The president called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Those present introduced themselves.

On motion and second, the minutes of the July 2008 membership meeting were approved.

The president reported on the status of various items, including:
a. 2175 Market Street (76 Station): the owners will present their plans to EVPA at the November meeting
b. The 2009 board will be elected at the November meeting. Those interested should contact Steve Hall.
c. A Halloween neighborhood meeting will be called shortly.

Paul Boneberg, Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society, presented the Society's plans for a temporary location at 18th and Castro, in the old Ritz Camera location. Washington Mutual is donating the space for one year -- from November 2008 through November 2009. The Society is obtaining permits to do the build-out. A conditional use permit is necessary because Washington Mutual will have ATMs on the Castro Street side of the property. Volunteers are needed to keep the location open 40 hours a week. The display will focus on LGBT history in Northern California. Admission will probably be $3, and there likely will be merchandise for purchase. On motion and second, EVPA voted to support the project.

Judy Hoyem presented on the status of the Historic Resource Survey that is occurring as the final step of the Market-Octavia Plan. The plan has been approved but the survey has not been completed. The survey will protect historic resources and settle disputes regarding the status of specific properties.

Demien reported on the status of the Thursday evening Farmer's Market that will occur on Noe at Market. On motion and second, EVPA voted to support the Farmer's Market.

Demien reported on the need for volunteers for EVPA at the Castro Street Fair.

Scott Wiener reported on the Castro/Duboce Community Safety Forum, scheduled for Thursday November 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Eureka Valley Rec Center. Scott described the panel and the content of the program.

The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m. The next membership meeting will be Thursday November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Tree Planting for Eureka Valley

You are invited to plant a tree in front of your Eureka Valley home or business. A tree planting is being organized for Eureka Vally to occur sometime in the next four months once the "required minumum" number of trees for planting has been acheived. Please check the planting area map to see if you are withing the boundaries of this planting.

The cost of planting a tree, normally over $350 if done on your own, is being subsidized by Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF). The price through a FUF community planting is only $165.00. Act now while this funding still exists.

  • Trees engage & strengthen neighborhood relations.
  • Trees reduce crime by showing a neighborhood is cared for.
  • Trees build trust: neighbors who help each other plant & care for trees are no longer strangers!
  • Trees clean the air & absorb pollution like toxins that cause cancer & asthma.
  • Trees increase property value & attract customers to business.

    It’s easy! All you have to do is send in your application forms, attend the community meeting, select your species – and get ready to water your new tree.

    Please contact the Neighborhood Organizer: Doug Burch, eve 652-3234, trees@evpa.org to learn more and to sign up for a tree. Forms are also available online at fuf.net/pdf/letter_of_agreement/letterofagreement2-2008.pdf