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2016 Castro Street Fair Volunteers

The 2016 Castro Street Fair is quickly approaching! As a beneficiary this year, the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association needs your help to volunteer at the fair!

Please visit this link to sign up for your shift/activity preference for the Castro Street Fair on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

C/EVNA Volunteers at the 2015 Fair
EVNA Member Volunteers at the 2015 Fair

The Castro Street Fair is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, at the intersection of Market & Castro Streets and the surrounding area. The Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration that was founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations line the streets and celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance stages can be found throughout the fairgrounds.

As a beneficiary, our neighborhood association will benefit greatly from much needed funds to continue our mission, engage our members, residents, and merchants, in addition to distributing our bi-monthly newsletter - The Eureka!

Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA), formed in 1881 as the Eureka Valley Promotion Association (EVPA), provides a public forum for the people who live, work, and play in the greater Eureka Valley area.

Our membership meetings are open to the public and are held on the  Fourth Wednesday of the Month each January, March, May, September and November, 7pm at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.  Additionally, EVNA Committees and the Board of Directors meet regularly for the conduct of business.

Also, don't forget about our upcoming forum:


As part of the EVNA’s mission to provide a public forum in Eureka Valley to discuss issues and concerns and help develop solutions to improve our neighborhood, EVNA is sponsoring a panel discussion on homelessness in the Castro. The panel will be made up of a diverse group of speakers including Jeff Montejano, Legislative Aide to San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, Andrea Aiello, Executive Director of the Castro Community Benefits District and Michael Stoll, Executive Director of San Francisco Public Press. The panel discussion will take place at the next EVNA General Membership meeting:

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 7:00 pm to 8:30pm
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
4235 19th Street (at Collingwood)

Feel free to contact Gary McCoy if you have any questions related to the Castro Street Fair, we hope to see you there!

HOT TOPICS – March – April 2015

FARMERS MARKET: THE POPULAR FARMERS MARKET HAS RETURNED. Get your fresh produce, fish, meat and breads among other things at this new neighborhood institution. Wednesdays 4 to 8PM

PINK SATURDAY: Supervisor Wiener has been working with the Mayor’s Office to identify a new sponsor of Pink Saturday. Details are not final, but plan for an earlier start and close of the celebration of LGBT Pride.

MEMBERSHIPS: MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS. All memberships expire April 15. Look for your membership renewal notice in your email or mail box.

Twin Peaks TUNNEL WORK: In order to minimize future tunnel shutdowns, MUNI is doing some additional retrofits to the inside of the Twin Peaks tunnel and anticipate working over a series of weekend shutdowns in winter and completing around late spring or summer of 2016. MUNI is hosting a community meeting, Thursday, March 26 at 6:00-7:30p.m. in the Castro Community Meeting Room at 501 Castro St. to discuss the project.

376 CASTRO: As previously reported the project sponsor and the owner of the property at 376 Castro are in litigation. Details of the issue are murky, however the case goes to trial March 27. No word on how long the trial will last.

EVNA PUBLIC MEETING VENUE CHANGED: HARVEY MILK CIVIL RIGHTS ACADEMY, 19th & Collingwood. Due to growth in attendance we have moved to a more comfortable & spacious venue.

What’s Going on In the Neighborhood? Commercial Development Update

By Mark D McHale, EVNA Board Member

An unofficial update on what’s coming and going in our commercial spaces.

160 Church Street
Former Blockbuster
Proposed cross-fit training center.

2100 Market/15th Streets
Former HOME restaurant
Proposed 64-unit condo development

2101 Market Street
Veo Optics
Now vacant

2175 Market Street
New 88-unit rentals, farmers market concept planned in the commercial space

2198 Market Street
Construction just started, 87-rentals, unknown commercial space plans

2202 Market Street
Open for business!

2254 Market Street
Sullivan Funeral/Parking lot
43-rentals in the entitlement phase

2301 Market Street
Weaver’s Coffee
Open for business!

2337 Market Street
Taco Orgasmico
Under construction

2500 Market Street (upstairs)
Zephyr Real Estate
(Previously Tower Records) combined their Market and 17th Street locations

3970 17th Street
Formerly Pica Pica
Manos Nouveau now open!

376 Castro Street
RC Gas Station
In litigation

400 Castro Street
Formerly Diesel
Approved Soul Cycle Fitness

410 Castro Street
Formerly Sprint

417 Castro Street
Formerly The Bead Store
Dapper Dog now open

474 Castro Street
Formerly video store
SF AIDS Foundation, opening soon

4072 18th Street
New street level space
Unknown status

4079 18th Street
Happy High Herbs
Open under different name

4122 18th Street
Magnet moving to 474 Castro
Proposed Umpqua Bank

4230 18th Street
Former La Taza Restaurant
Now Vero Restaurant

506 Castro Street
Former Body Shop
Artist Coffee (coming soon)

518A Castro Street
AHP Pharmacy/Clinic
In permitting process

531 Castro Street
Hamburger Mary’s
Seeking conditional use permit for entertainment

549 Castro Street
Philz Coffee
Relocating from 18th Street

Planning Committee Update

By EVNA Planning Committee


2254 Market Street (Sullivan’s Funeral Home)

The Prado Group (, who built the Whole Foods building at Market & Dolores, is proposing a plan to build 45 units (including 2 townhouses on 15th Street) at the former Sullivan’s Funeral Home location. The current plan is to preserve the original building. The project would include 24 underground parking spots, and 60 spaces for bicycles. The preliminary plan has been shown to the DTNA and EVNA Planning and Land Use Committees. Also, a public pre-application meeting was held on February 24th.

The Prado Group has been in discussion for years with the Sullivan family. A website will be put together by the sponsor to facilitate neighborhood commentary. Sullivan’s Funeral Home started out as 2 buildings that were later combined. There is no plan to demolish the existing building. The plan is to keep the existing facade and clay tile roof. The new project plans to use tile facing on the new building to reflect the original building’s tile roof.

The project is hoping to get Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification ( The structure would be a Type 3 construction with a concrete podium and wood construction on floors two through five. The original Sullivan building would be a remaining wood structure.

The units would be mapped as condos, but the sponsor has not decided if they’ll be for sale or rent. Out of the 45 units, the current plan has roughly:

23% studios

33% 1 bedroom

36% 2 bedroom

8% 3 bedrooms

with 24 underground parking spaces, accessed from 15th St. (currently there is no conditional use for more parking).

The current plan now is to put affordable housing on site. The sponsor has not decided if the Below Market Rate units would for ownership or rental.


"Monster Houses"

A new residential project on Upper Terrace and Roosevelt Streets has attracted lots of attention lately. The plan is to build 5 single family homes on 3 lots that are zoned for up to 6 units. The total size of the project would be 31,000 square feet (or ~6,000 square feet per home). A group of concerned neighbors met with District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener in January. As a result Wiener unveiled a new bill this month to address those concerns. He said the bill is meant to counter the "trend toward turning regular-sized homes that really fit into the fabric of the neighborhood into exceptionally large homes that are really out of whack with the surrounding neighborhood."


22 & 24 Ord Court

The hearings continue on this through-lot residential project that has generated much neighborhood interest.

Castro Cares – Soft Launch in December: A Success


By Alan R. Beach-Nelson, President


As previously reported in the Eureka! Castro Cares is a coalition of neighborhood groups, businesses, social service and city programs coming together to improve the quality of life for those living on the street and those who live, work, shop & play in the Castro. Castro Cares is concerned about these issues:

People with serious mental illness/drug addiction on the streets

Increase in mostly non-violent crime, drug dealing & petty theft

An increase in bad behavior, public drunkenness, rowdiness and lack of respect for the area from late-night partiers

We, in collaboration with the City of San Francisco and its Police Department, Patrol Special Police and Department of Public Health, are developing locally controlled, long-term, sustainable solutions to these concerns. Castro Cares is a two-year pilot program to fund added compassionate help to those living on the street and additional hours of police patrols, paid for and supervised by Castro Cares.

A key component of Castro Cares that we believe will lead to success is a dual approach outreach to those in need, and increased police presence with a foot patrol like those in days gone-by.


Winter Holiday Soft Launch:

Through an $8,875 contribution from the Castro Community Benefit District the program had a soft-launch in December. It was an amazing success.


On the outreach front:

One hundred care packages consisting of two pairs of socks and toiletries, and a $6 Subway card were distributed to those in need by our dedicated outreach worker. The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District funded the packages, and local volunteer Bob Burnside assembled them for us. Going forward, The Apothecarium is planning on funding this key component to our compassionate outreach.

Further, Castro Cares brought the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) into the coalition early. Due to this collaboration, DPH has funded 4 hours a week of HOT workers dedicated to the Castro/Upper Market beginning in September. Over the past four months these HOT workers have engaged with 74 individuals, 4 people were referred to shelter, 1 person was placed in a room, and 9 were referred to other services and 4 were referred to the LGBTQ Project Homeless Connect. This population typically has a resistance to authority so these numbers are quite impressive, in fact of the 74 people engaged, only 33 resisted assistance.


On the Enforcement Front:

You may have noticed an added police presence in the neighborhood through the month of December. The Castro CBD funded 64 hours of overtime police (known as 10B) on foot patrol throughout the district. Sixteen four hour shifts were staffed in the early evening, 5 to 9PM or late at night, 11PM to 3AM random dates and times from December 8 to December 27. Patrols are divided evenly between Market Street east of Sanchez to Octavia, and West of Sanchez to Diamond and the Castro District - see map.


The holiday program started on Monday December 8th for a 5 – 9PM shift. According to Andrea Aiello, executive director, Castro/Upper Market CBD, "The officer’s first order of business was to call the EMT for an injured homeless man. This is exactly what we are looking for with Castro Cares, to improve the quality of life for all residents (housed, not/marginally housed) and for those who work and play here."

The soft launch of the added enforcement resulted in over 41 citations and warnings on just 9 of the shifts ranging from infractions for verbal assault, trespassing, shoplifting among others. As this was a soft launch we did have some data collection issues that are being worked on.


As the Program Unfolds:

The Castro Cares beat officers will be conducting community outreach and will focus particularly on these types of issues that affect us all:

Public drunkenness


Aggressive panhandling

Late-night rowdy or violent behavior

Bike riding and skateboarding on the sidewalk

Public urination

Public open-container and substance use/abuse


People going through city and personal/merchant trash cans creating a mess.


To ensure that the 10B officers know the neighborhood and are sensitive to the diverse community in the Castro/Upper Market, Castro Cares requested that the officers all be drawn from Mission Station.


Key Component for Success:

The fully implemented Castro Cares program will provide 95 hours a week of added enforcement and outreach work. The full cost of the Program is over $360,000 per year.


Supervisor Wiener has championed Castro Cares and was able to allocate $100,000 a year for two years in the city budget. The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District is also contributing $15,000 and has secured an additional $15,000 in grants. That leaves $220,000 left to be raised in the community for OUR community.

To succeed, Castro Cares is dependent on YOUR participation AND contributions. Fundraising for Castro Cares began in December and we are pleased that we have already raised $150,000 from grants, business and resident contributions. However, $200,000 is still needed to fully implement the program.


WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION: To donate and to learn more go to:

With everyone’s involvement, Castro Cares will be a success and it will improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, shops and plays in the Castro.

Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association is a charter member of Castro Cares and has played a leadership role in its development.


At the November 13 Public meeting, the Board asked for a temperature check on several issues in the neighborhood. The intent is to receive guidance from membership on the approach we should take, which topics are important, and which need to be understood better.

NOTE: These were not a formal votes, and most of these topics will be discussed in greater detail at a future meeting or in the newsletter.
If you were unable to attend last night's meeting, please feel free to send me your opinion.

1. Ben and Jerry's desire to open in the Castro. Ben and Jerry's was in the neighborhood before but that was before it was purchased by a major corporation making it decidedly formula retail. Note: EVNA's official position on Formula Retail is a case by case basis based on two basic questions: 1. Is it a needed service? 2. Is it a desirable service? The Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUC) is in the process of evaluating it and will make a recommendation to the Board.

Is Ben and Jerry's something that you would want to see in our neighborhood given that it is Formula Retail?
Like: 7 Dislike: 4 Neutral: 9

2. Scott's In-law legislation
Supervisor has introduced legislation, as noted in the newsletter that would allow the addition of In-law units in the existing building envelope - not new build additions that expand the footprint of the building.

The proposed legislation would limit In-Law units to be contained within the existing buildings, not exceed 750 square feet, prevent sub-division, and rent-control would apply. The area impacted by the legislation is Hill Street to the south, Dolores Park to the East, close to Market Street on the West, and 14th Street to the North. EVNA's Planning and Land Use Committee is evaluating the legislation, and will work with Scott's office on any proposed changes. A full article on this important topic will be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

What is the initial impression on the idea of this legislation?
Like: 11 Dislike: 3 Neutral: 9

Note: We have formed a Planning and Land Use Committee sub-committee that Steve Hall and James Moore are heading up. If you are interested in serving on the sub-committee, you can email me, or you can find more information about this issue on our website with contact information for Steve.

3. Quality of Life issues - We have noticed an increase in activity that impacts the Quality of Life in our neighborhood - as outlined in the Aaron's Quality of Life article in September, and in Mark McHale's "Love Where you Live Column" this last issue. Most of the issues surround four major populations:
1. Transient/Backpacker Kids
2. Burned out/Mentally Unstable
3. Partiers
4. Panhandlers.

EVNA has joined a coalition with the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, Merchants of Upper Market and Castro, Castro After Dark, Castro Community on Patrol and interested merchants.

We have met with Supervisor Wiener and Captain Moser of Mission Station. While we'd like to say that police enforcement will increase, the realties are such that the force is too understaffed to do so and it will be years before we are likely to have appropriate staffing.

One idea floating around is for the neighborhood hiring our own 10B or Patrol Specials (explain the difference) during the day for a few hours a day, a few days a week - up to 800 hours/year. We already have Patrol Specials 7 nights a week in the evening/early morning. Details would need to be worked out on costs, days and time, and area of coverage. Depending on whether we have 10B or Patrol Special, costs would be in the $40k to $90k annually. Funding would need to come from merchants, CBD, and perhaps residents, and even EVNA.

Would you support exploring this idea pending specific details?
Like: 17 Dislike: 1 Neutral: 6

4. AT&T survey. Corbett Heights has successfully won a moratorium on AT&T Uverse boxes - see November 2013 newsletter. While EVNA also conducted a survey, it was not done through Supervisor Wiener's Office, and our survey has only had 178 responses, out of over 3,000 newsletters delivered and far less than Castro/Eureka Valley's population. Results were 92% opposed, 18% support them. Supervisor Wiener has said that he would not support a single broad survey for all of Eureka Valley, but more targeted multiple one's around the neighborhood.

Should EVNA work to conduct multiple more targeted surveys throughout the neighborhood in partnership with Supervisor Wiener and AT&T?
Like: 21 Dislike Neutral:

5. Formula Retail Limit. Currently the Castro Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD), which is separate from the Market Commercial Transit District (NCT) does not have a limit on Formula Retail, whereas the Market NCT now has a 20% limit within a 300 foot radius of a proposed location for formula retail. Given the information discussed in the newsletter and our panel in September, would people like to see a limit explored similar to the Market Street NCT?

Should EVNA investigate a similar limit for the Castro?
Like: 10 Dislike: 12 Neutral: 1

Bylaws change and Meet your 2014 Board of Directors


Bios for the Board can be found on the About Us tab.

President: Alan Beach-Nelson, Castro St.
Secretary: Rob Cox, Hartford St.
Treasurer and Planning Committee Rep.: Gary Weiss; Mars St.

Committee Chairs:
Member and Community Engagement: Mark McHale
Newsletter & Social Media: James Kelm; Castro Village Wine Co.
Quality of Life Committee: Aaron Seivertson; Hartford St.
Technology and Marketing: Orie Zaklad, Collingwood St.

Patrick Crogan, Market St.
Tim Eicher, QBar
Mary Edna Harrell
Loïc Olichon, 18th St.
Orie Zaklad, Collingwood St.

Ex-Officio Directors:
Planning Committee Chair, Jack Keating; 17th St.
Webmaster, Steve Clark Hall, 19th St.
Emeritus, Judith Hoyem, 17th St.

EVNA Board recommends proposed Bylaws change:

At the October 9, 2013 Board of Director’s meeting a change to the Bylaws was proposed to modify Article VIII, section 4 of the Bylaws concerning chairpersons serving on the Board of Directors. By a vote of 7, it was approved and is recommended for ratification by the membership.

The Way it is now: Under current Bylaws the chairperson of a standing committee is selected by the members of that committee. That chairperson is then automatically added to the slate for Board and Officer election and ratification by membership in November, or at the time of selection in the event of leadership change during the year.

The proposal: To amend the Bylaws to give a chairperson the option, on rare occasion and only with Board approval, not to serve on the Board but instead to designate a member of the committee to serve on the Board in his or her stead as the official committee representative. This designee as the official committee representative would then be added to the slate for Board and Officer election and ratification by membership in November, or at the time of selection in the event that there is a leadership change during the year.

Further, in the event that a chairperson designates a committee person to serve on the Board as the official committee representative, the chairperson would then be presented as part of the slate of Officers and Directors, but as an Ex-Officio Member of the Board.

All other requirements for being a candidate for chairing a committee and serving on the Board of Directors will remain in place.

Why are we proposing this: Some committees of EVNA are incredibly active and require a significant leadership role on behalf of EVNA. The extensive amount of work involved in chairing a committee, for some committees up to 20 volunteer hours per month, can make it difficult for the chairperson to serve in an active capacity on the Board as well, which requires an additional meeting each month and 4 to 6 hours of additional volunteer hours. This proposal will enable future leaders of EVNA to assume leadership positions on certain areas of EVNA business without requiring the added hours of serving on the Board. While the Board approves of this change to the Bylaws, it must be stressed that it is to only happen rarely.

The text of the proposed change:
Article VIII, section 4, currently reads:
Section 4. Committees shall elect a Chairperson who will represent the Committee on the Board of Directors pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 and at the Association Meetings pursuant to Article IX.

If approved it would instead read as:
Section 4. Committees shall elect a Chairperson who will represent the Committee on the Board of Directors pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 and at the Association Meetings pursuant to Article IX.

4a In the rare circumstance that the Chairperson of a Standing Committee is not able to serve as a Board member, s/he may designate a Committee Member to serve in his or her stead for the full term of office as the Committee’s Representative on the Board of Directors with the approval of the Board of Directors and ratification by the membership.

4b In the event that the Committee Chairperson designates a Committee Member to be the Representative of the Committee on the Board of Directors, the Committee Chairperson shall be identified as an Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors.
Read our Bylaws in their entirety to understand how this change affects the overall Bylaws at

EVNA Officer and Board of Directors Elections

EVNA Slate of Officers and Directors for ratification by membership, Wednesday, November 13, 2013. With membership approval, we will elect the whole slate in one vote. Or we’ll vote on each candidate individually. Brief Bios of each Officer and Board Member candidate is available in our current newsletter at

President: Alan Beach-Nelson, Castro St., a returning Officer candidate
Secretary: Rob Cox, Hartford St., a returning Officer candidate
Treasurer and Planning Committee Representative (Pending Bylaws change): Gary Weiss; Mars St., a returning Officer candidate

Committee Chairs:
Newsletter & Social Media:
James Kelm; Castro Village Wine Co., new candidate

Quality of Life Committee:
Aaron Seivertson; Hartford St., returning candidate

Patrick Crogan; Market St., a returning candidate
Tim Eicher; QBar, a returning candidate
Orie Zaklad; Collingwood St., a new candidate
Loïc Olichon; 18th St., a new candidate nominated by Alvin Chua

Ex-Officio Directors:
Planning Committee Chair, Jack Keating; 17th St., a new candidate

EVNA Board Meeting Minutes, September 5, 2013 7:05 p.m.

Present: Alan Beach-Nelson, President; Rob Cox, Secretary; Gary Weiss, Treasurer; Judy Hoyem; Patrick Crogan; Mary Edna Harrell; Aaron Seivertson; Mark McHale; Steve Clark-Hall - emeritus
Absent: Tim Eicher
Guests: John Golinger – No Wall on the Waterfront
Dave Perry – Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
Orie Zaklad –Board Candidate and presenting a report on the Castro Business Mix

Welcome and Introductions

Treasurers Report
As of September 5, 2013 EVNA has $15,780 cash on hand, with $1,225 in receivables. Projected year-end balance $14,680, a year over year increase of $3,400. The balance sheet was handed out to the Board.

September Meeting
Panel on Formula Retail
Deb Kinney: Impacts of DOMA and Prop 8
Collingwood Park
New Business

No Wall on the Waterfront
Jon Golinger presented arguments for No on B & C campaign to prevent the development of the property at 8 Washington. Major point in the No Wall on the Waterfront campaign are:
Height Limits: The project would raise height limits from 84 feet to 134 feet along the waterfront
Affordable vs. Luxury: The project builds 134 luxury condos with no onsite affordable housing raising the rents and housing costs citywide.
Appropriation of land: 1/3 of the property and the most valued is public land. The project creates private recreation and open space, not public.
SF BOS voted 8-3 to support height increase

Motion: Gary Weiss, 2nd, Aaron Seivertson to support No on B & C; vote 7 to 1 in support.

Lucas Cultural Arts Center
Presidio Trust is considering as part of the master plan by the Trust to put a museum funded and sourced by George Lucas. One of three short listed proposals being considered. The Lucas Cultural Center is the only project that’s fully funded (all told a $1B gift from Lucas to the Presidio). It would be located at the old Commissary Bldg (old Sports Basement). This proposal is already supported by Governor Brown, Mayor Lee, other museums in the City.

Prospectus was provided to the EVNA Board.

Motion: Rob Cox, 2nd Mary Edna, for Alan to email the link for the three proposals to EVNA Board and the Board will vote yea, nay or abstain – no discussion (reply only to Alan). Motion passed. BOD are encouraged to research competing proposals.

Business Mix Audit
Fascinating project taken on by Orie Zaklad to take a census of businesses currently located in the Castro as of June 12, 2013. Orie presented research and published his findings which had several surprising discoveries. For example there are 43 “salons” in the neighborhood and there are only 6 “cafes” while there are 7 banks.

EVNA hopes to use this research to be better informed about which types of businesses the neighborhood needs and really doesn’t when reviewing development proposals. EVNA will refine this research a bit further and hope to use it to inform its policy on Formula Retail.

September Newsletter
Topics and articles should be in to Mark McHale by now. The edit date is 9/10.

November Newsletter
Board Election - All but Mark and Mary Edna need to send Mark a Brief Bio for inclusion of the November Newsletter by October 9, see November 2012 issue for samples.
PTPM – Jack & Justin
Assessor/Recorder Carmen Chui (Alan navigating)
Castro Ambassador program – Alan
Love Where you Live – Mark
By-Laws change, addition of a Vice President to the Board Officers - Alan
Year in review – Alan
Neighbors Faves – Rob
Presidents Column - Alan

Advertiser update
Our advertiser ratio in the Eureka is @ 44% which is a bit high but not unreasonable. Ad revenue for 2013 is $11,095.

Community & Member Engagement
HMCRA fundraiser - Board member Mark McHale heard of a break-in at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and organized a fundraising campaign with EVNA, MUMC and Hearth. Amazing results - over $25,000 raised.
Rainbow Honor Walk - RHW would like to engage EVNA and MUMC in a fundraising campaign to support the RHW and its expansion. The Board felt that given our recent push for HMCRA, and the need for a campaign for PTPM at year-end, that we should wait until January or February to conduct such a campaign once our new committee, Member and Community Engagement, to be chaired by Mark McHale is up and running.

Board Development
Executive Committee nominations are due for the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer by October 1st
All Board members except Mary Edna and Mark are up for reelection. Board members are asked to advise Alan if they would like to be up for reelection by October 1.
Considering a By laws to be changed to include VP
2 New Board candidates James Kelm and Orie Zaklad

Motion to present James and Orie to the membership in November for approval. Motion passed unanimously.

QOL (Aaron)
1st meeting was held last month. This was a meeting to open up discussion about what types of issues the committee should begin to tackle. The following items were agreed upon to begin
• neighborhood watches – Aaron will begin connection local neighborhood watches and encouraging other blocks to organize
• homelessness – Rob will contact HOPE office to begin a dialog about homeless problems and solutions/approaches
• beat police – the committee will invite beat officer Ligget to the next meeting to discuss how we can work to make the beat officer more visible and effective for the Castro
• Walgreens parking lot has become a nuisance and the QOL committee will help the Collingwood neighbors navigate a solution

Planning (Judy)
Judy highlighted three project in the neighborhood and presented written minutes from the latest Planning committee meeting.

Of particular concern , still, are the AT&T Boxes
Motion: Gary Weiss, 2nd Patrick Crogan that EVNA oppose boxes in the neighborhood defined by EVNA. Motion passes unanimously.
Gary Weiss will be the point person for the effort for EVNA Board

New Business
Sign up to volunteer for Street Fair on October 6!

Meeting adjourned 9:05