Mayoral Candidates Forum Monday, August 8, 7-9:30pm, Castro Theatre – Member Questions Needed

EVNA is partnering with Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA) to host a mayoral candidates forum. This is sure to be a popular and crowded event, doors open at 6:30. EVNA/DTNA has obtained commitments from nine mayoral candidates to participate. This is a great opportunity for you to question and hear what the candidates intend to bring to their administrations.

The Forum will be moderated by Liam Mayclem, Host, KPIX Eye on the Bay. As of press time, the nine candidates are: Former Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, Supervisor John Avalos, Board President David Chiu, Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Former Supervisor Tony Hall, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and Senator Leland Yee. Each candidate will answer at least 6 questions on various major topics impacting The City.

We want your questions! Each association will select 6 questions. Please email your questions to by Monday, August 1 at noon. EVNA reserves the right to modify questions for clarity and specificity.

We also need volunteers to help with event logistics. If you are interested, please e-mail me.

Minutes of Executive Board Meeting Wednesday July 13, 2011

Present – Alan, Rob, Judy, Gary, Tim
Absent – Aaron, Steve, Dennis

Call to order @ 7:04PM

Financial Report:
$5,586.21 US Bank Balance
$3,850.89 Pay Pal Balance
-$250.00 Outstanding Checks
$270.00 Undeposited Checks (Posia)
-$20.00 Unpaid Debit (CA SI)
$9,437.10 Net

Mayors Forum, Monday August 8, 2011, 7 to 9:30pm
On August 8 EVNA and DTNA will host a Mayoral Candidates Forum at the Castro Theater. Discussion was held with representatives from DTNA to organize the event. DTNA provided an outline and overview of the structure for the Forum.

EVNA and DTNA representatives then made minor alterations and edits to the Forum format. Assignments were then made for the organization of the Forum. Three main committees were formed: Questions; Logistics; Publicity. Assignments were made.

July Meeting Topics
1. Pink Saturday – review and critique, 7:05
2. Neighborhood Courts – Rebecca Prozan, 7:25
3. Big Changes at Golden Gate Park – Guest from Rec & park and SF Ocean to speak, 7:45
4. SF Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, 8:10

Advertising Update - $4,600 in advertising, 11 advertisers. Thanks to everyone for their hard work on this. A great source of income!

We have122 dues paying members representing $2,055 in membership dues. The Board should continue its outreach to lapsed members. EVNA will archive lapsed members and subscribers

Committee Reports
376 Castro updates: The design sub-committee has met and reviewed the project against the Upper market Planning Guidelines under which this project falls. It was an incredibly helpful process as many have said this project needs to be iconic but that is hard to define. The review enabled the committee to make specific recommendations. The comments have been sent to Mitchell Benjamin, project architect. Judy will send the committee’s formal letter and response to the Board.
The Leadership committee will be meeting with Mitchell and the project sponsor on Friday, July 22 to discuss overall issues as outlined in our June 2 letter.

AT&T Utility Box Update
There is a meeting on 7/19

Squat and Gobble
Alan reported a frustrating/aggravating conversation with Gillian from Scott’s office regarding S&G. Apparently the City has decided to ignore its own rules regarding the Park-lets. Scott has promised to follow up with Alan by this Friday.

Planning and Land Use Process refinement
A draft has been prepared by Susan Detwiler.

Community Awareness
Castro parking Lot: Things still seem under control. Rob will check in on the progress of the permanent gate.

Trigger: the Board is asked to be a presence on August 10th at 5:00 at the Board of Appeals for Triggers hearing and request to reduce the fines.

Upper Market Alliance:
Alan and Dennis have suggested that UMA lead an effort to create a vision of needs for the Castro and Upper Market in terms of the retail mix. They will reach out to Scott Wiener about this.

New Business

Alan noted that both he and Rob have reached their term limit per our bylaws. The Board needs to begin succession planning discussion.

Pink Saturday organizers need to be informed about the mess on Hartford Street following the event and a review of how security was patrolling is recommended.

The October Board meeting date may change due to travel schedule.

CVS moving into the neighborhood has asked about selling alcohol. A motion was made by Judy, seconded by Rob to support DTNA’s position of saying “no” to CVS selling alcohol. The motion passed unanimously.

2011 Entertainment Industry Summit on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00
p.m. at the Koret Auditorium, SF Main, Library, 100 Larkin Street.

Castro Street Fair, Sunday, October 2:
EVNA has been selected as a beneficiary of the Castro Street Fair on Sunday, October 2. Rob will lead the volunteer effort this year. As with last year, each Board Member is expected to volunteer for at least 2 hours AND each Board Member is expected to recruit two volunteers who each will work for 2 hours. This is an important source of income for EVNA. Last year we have over 30 volunteers contribute 60 hours which netted us about $1,400. We need to have an equal or better showing for 2011.

Meeting ended at 8:25