You know EVNA is all about solutions, but this is one time it's ok to wine about the neighborhood...consider it a free pass..
Here's What You May Have Missed...
Many thanks to those who made our January 2019 general meeting quite fun and informative.
Stu Maddux and Joe Applebaum are documentarians working on their newest project: The Minister of Loneliness. They're making a film about the increasing phenomenon of loneliness in our ever more connected culture- an epidemic found in nearly every country and on most continents. Young adults and seniors are two of the most susceptible groups to experience a growing sense of disconnect. The symptoms are sometimes hard to identify, but often are related to feelings of despondency, physical lethargy, isolation and depression. Our audience came up with some easy steps to safeguard our well-being: take a walk around the block and say "hello" to those you meet. Call someone you trust and ask for help. Create boundaries for healthy use of social media. Join a local group like EVNA, a church, a bowling league- anything to get out of your house and engaged with others.
Click here to learn how you can support the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wllvgf9Cu_U
We also learned about the proposed upgrades to the Castro-Mission Medical Facility on 18th Street. The interior floor plan is going to flip allowing for bigger exam rooms, a staff break room, and better offices, and on the outside, there will seismic fittings and a makeover to freshen the building look, including a reconfiguration of the landscaping removing the overgrown eucalyptus trees and planting more Mexican Fan Palm trees.
Supervisor Mandelman made a cameo appearance, giving us an update on his on-going work to address homelessness and improve street conditions in our neighborhood, District 8 and the city at large. Especially important to deal with the most severe cases of mental distress that we see daily, is our support of SB1045. Rafael anticipates there will be well organized resistance to SB1045 by the Coalition on the Homeless and other civil liberties groups when the proposal is presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting, and has asked that we show up to weigh in as residents. EVNA will let members and residents know when the meeting is scheduled.
We also presented the Castro Welcome Packet- this project is result of months of collaboration by the neighborhood groups: DTNA, EVNA, Castro Merchants and the CDB, working together as the Castro Retail Strategy group. The idea is welcome new residents moving into the area, promote the neighborhood association, and encouraging them to shop our Castro businesses. We've designed a cool looking wine tote with Castro branding on it, and it will contain information on the local neighborhood group and as many discount and special offer to Castro businesses as possible. EVNA is looking forward to welcoming our new neighbors, and we are looking for volunteers to get them delivered!
Neighborhood Meet & Greet!
Saturday, Feb 9th from 3-5pm
Poesia Osteria Italiana
4072 18th Street between Castro and Hartford Streets
Passed hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Next General Meeting is:
Wednesday, March 27th, 7pm-8:30pm
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
19th at Collingwood Streets
You won't want to miss EVNA's next meeting Thursday, July 26th from 7:00-8:30pm at Eureka Valley Rec Center, 100 Collingwood Street.
It's our first ever- DISASTER EDITION!
Member's Drawing for some cool emergency gear!
We'll welcome our new "Let's Get to Work!" D-8 Supervisor, Rafael Mandelman, and then...
We'll cover various topics related to disasters and emergencies, from updates on the earthquake retrofitting of the SF Seawall and the Twin Peak Tunnel projects, to creating a go-bag and an action plan for home evacuation.
For our valued members, there's a drawing for 3 emergency kits: a 3 day survival go-bag, a first aid kit, and an emergency broadcast radio...
Don't miss out- if you're not a member, join now/at the meeting (www.evna.org/join) for $20-30 and you can have a chance to win as well!
Please remember- it's at the Eureka Valley REC CENTER this time!
Hope you and yours enjoy a happy PRIDE event. After 30 years living in San Francisco, I still get excited to celebrate and take notice of how far we’ve come to be such a diverse and inclusive city, and remind myself how much work we have yet to do to stretch our understanding of what that means.
Welcome to Summer in the City; there’s nowhere with a more beautiful version of it then here in the Castro/Eureka Valley- it doesn’t escape my attention that the fog is often hanging above the crest of Twin Peaks, reminding me to enjoy the warmth of the blue sky and sun until Karl comes back.
It’s been a busy summer since our last edition, what with the debate and the elections. Thanks to all those who attended EVNA’s Sheehy/Mandelman debate to hear the candidates discuss the issues affecting District 8 communities and their respective plans as supervisor. I’d like to thank Jeff Sheehy for his hard work and effort over these past many months as our Supervisor. It isn’t an easy job, and Jeff worked hard to tackle the big issues of LGBTQ youth homelessness, chop shops, crime and more.
With election ballots now counted, I want to congratulate our newly elected Mayor London Breed, and D-8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. EVNA looks forward to working with both officials to keep our community strong by reducing the barriers to building more housing for lower and middle income families and individuals, and to effect real and positive change by getting those on the streets into the services and the stability they need to reclaim their health and their lives, and in the process, making our streets more enjoyable, safe and clean for every citizen, resident and visitor.
Then came the scooters, huh? Wow, like locusts, they were suddenly everywhere! My old-man fist was shaking in the air on many a day, having to navigate scooters on the sidewalks and discarded carcasses everywhere: leaned against newly planted trees, tossed into the bushes, parked neatly right in the center of the crosswalk, not to mention jumping out of my skin every time one of them clipped me on the elbow from behind as the rider zoomed by on the sidewalk. ”Young whipper-snappers!” I heard myself yelling to no one who really cared. What sweet vengeance when SFMTA gave them the companies like Lime, Bird, and Spin the ultimatum to get them off our streets or be impounded with heavy fines. There is justice!
But, being practical and knowing how the SFMTA will sell a permit for anything as long as there is enough money involved, EVNA is sending SFMTA an advance letter in support of the scooters as long as a few important points are addressed: proper fees to handle increased enforcement, permits for approved vendors, implementation of rules for the safety of pedestrians, requiring rider helmets, and a better docking system to keep parked/unused scooters out of rights of way. That’s it! Easy fixes. I’ll be the first to use them if they can meet those simple standards.
Speaking of transit options, we all know the Twin Peaks Tunnel is now closed for 2 months while SFMTA updates the 100-year old tracks, walls and the drainage systems inside. It’s a good thing, and SFTMA has been very effective in getting the word out and educating riders on their alternative routes. On the surface, we’ll see lot’s more foot traffic at the Castro and Church Street Stations as riders scramble for buses and shuttle rides.(https://www.sfmta.com/projects/twin-peaks-tunnelimprovements 0). Making our transit more dependable, our city more ready for the transit challenges we face as a growing city.
EVNA is working with area neighborhood groups like Duboce Triangle, Castro Merchants, Ford Street NAG, and the Castro CBD, to launch an educational campaign on how to properly recycle cardboard. There are days, walking around the neighborhood, when things are just out of control. Some merchants are bypassing the expense and breakdown restrictions placed by Recology and instead relying on an informal scavenger system to pick their cardboard up from the curb. Unfortunately, when the driver doesn’t come around, and the wind and the street people have their way, large panels of cardboard get strewn all over the area overnight; in shop doorways, splayed out at the curb, dragged into the parking lots, used as signs for various enterprising individuals, etc. It means a lot of litter and a lot of extra work for the CBD cleaning crew every morning. I’ve noticed residents can be equally careless, putting huge flat panel TV boxes out on the curb any day of the week, stuffed with plastic, styrofoam and other boxes inside. We have to do better. An inviting street scene helps us all feel less stressed and our neighborhood more welcoming… you’ll see a joint campaign over the next couple months, and Recology has a system to encourage eventual compliance: educate, encourage, audit and finally, fining abusers who persist. If you’re a cardboard scofflaw, watch your Recology bill… it isn’t cheap.
Finally, the next edition of the newsletter and the agenda for our next public EVNA meeting is all about disasters and planning. I hope to see you at the meeting on July 26 th (notice it’s a Thursday, NOT the usual Wednesday) at Eureka Valley Rec Center (upstairs). We’re focusing on all the important ways to be prepared for the inevitable- whether it’s the BIG ONE earthquake, a power outage, or just a scraped knee needing a band-aid, being prepared for disasters and emergencies is a no-brainer, but too often a low priority in busy lives. We’ve got stories of great disasters lined up, disaster preparedness ambassadors, a sea wall earthquake plan, and more emergency stuff. If you’re a member (or you join at the meeting!), you’ll be entered to win one of several Emergency Supply kits and supplies! Be sure not to miss it!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll give you details, would love to see your smiling faces!
Join the EVNA board this Saturday 5/12 at 9:45am at 221 Eureka Street (x 19th) for a couple hours of canvassing with invitations to residents to our next public meeting on 5/23 when we'll see Supv. Jeff Sheehy and candidate for Supv D8 Rafael Mandleman debate the issues...
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!"... email@example.com
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! firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 -