Minutes of the March 19, 2009, EVPA membership meeting

The president called the meeting to order at 7:30. Attendees introduced themselves.

Ken Stram of the LGBT Center and Kirsten, a commercial leasing agent, spoke about economic development in the Castro, how to address the vacancies in the neighborhood, and how to attract new businesses and help existing businesses. They spoke about the business attraction program (partnership of the Center, the CBD, and MUMC). Gustavo Serina suggested that the board consider supporting the program financially. The membership engaged in a discussion of various issues relating to business attraction and economic development generally.

Supervisor Dufty and DPW director Ed Reiskin presented on the proposed temporary/experimental closure of 17th St. between Market and Hartford. If the closure works well and is a success, it may become permanent. It likely will be put into effect in late April or early May. The membership was extremely supportive and, on motion and second, voted overwhelmingly to support the project.

The president informed the membership that the board recommended that EVPA join the Housing Action Coalition (HAC). After a discussion, on motion and second the membership voted to join HAC.

The president announced that that National Parks Council will hold a neighborhood parks forum and discussion at Davies Medical Center on Thursday 3/26 from 6-8.

Andrea Aiello from the Castro/Upper Market CBD spoke about the Clean Team neighborhood clean-up day on 4/18, 9-noon, starting at Harvey Milk Plaza. EVPA is a co-sponsor. Scott Wiener, Demien Quesnel, and Diane Nutting volunteered to help.

After several additional announcements, the president adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.