We had a full agenda at last night's public meeting. With 40 neighbors in attendance, we listened to Rafael Mandelman and why he's the best candidate for D8 Supe; what the SFMTA is up to regarding the Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvements; and below, we hear from the SF Public Utilities Commission representatives on the upcoming rate hikes that will pay for its much needed capital improvements projects.
Our committees also provided updates on some exciting progress:
- Membership reporting 5 new members
- Quality of Life working is reaching out to other local groups working on street behavior and homelessness on a fact finding mission to better understand how we can work with/compliment what's going on already.
- Newsletter/Marketing committee is making advances on streamlining the Eureka! publication.
- Training and Education is gearing up and showed attendees how and when to use the SF-311 app successfully.
The Board of Directors is convening a special meeting in April, led by Alex Lemberg, to review and make recommendations for edits/changes to the governing documents of the Eureka Valley Promotion Association (EVPA, our official name). Stay tuned for a membership input forum coming up after May 2018.
Our next public meeting is May 23rd- EVNA will host a live debate between Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and Candidate Rafael Mandelman. It promises to be an informative and lively discussion on why either men are the best candidate to address the issues we face in Eureka Valley. See you there!
Be sure to make the meeting this week Wednesday- you won't want to miss it. Come early and meet some of your neighbors!
- Kim West from SFPUC will update us on our utility rates for water and sewer.
- Kelley McCoy from SFMTA will update us on the Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvements schedule.
- Rob LeVan will show us how to use the 3-1-1 app to report all sorts of issues around the neighborhood
- Committee Updates- they've been busy!
- Rafael Mandelman will tell us why we should vote for him this for D8 Supervisor
Wednesday, March 28th, 7:00 to 9:00
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
19th Street at Collingwood Street
Mark D McHale
Have you ever walked down your street, strolled through the Castro, or taken a hike over to Tank Hill and caught yourself falling in love again with where you live? Simple sights like a spray of spring cherry blossoms, the coffee clutch gathered in front of Spikes Coffee every morning, or the sun coming up near the Mission High School tower- how wonderful a surprise. A smile comes over my face, recalling how lucky I am to live here, in this wonderful neighborhood we call home.
That’s why I’m excited to serve as president of the EVNA; it’s all about bringing people together and making a stronger community. The board members and committee heads are spinning up their own plans to bring our mission to life. I am so proud to tell you that we know have 6 fully staffed committees: Quality of Life, Social, Newsletter, Training and Education, Membership and Planning), and we’re floating the idea of a new one: Transit- this committee will engage with other stakeholders to engage and educate us on topics ranging from bike lanes, pedestrian safety, infrastructure updates, and more. If you are interested in transit planning, raise your hand and volunteer!
Since our last public meeting, we have about a dozen new members who’ve joined. We’ve also had 5 volunteers join a committee. We’re growing fast!
The board is working on some exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you. The big event this spring is the Mayoral Debate scheduled for March 19th at the Castro Theater. We’re working with the sponsors to provide EVNA volunteers to help with ushering and crowd control- no better way to experience the event first hand- what an event to see all those candidates in one place: Alioto, Breed, Bravo, Greenberg, Kim, Leno, Weiss, and Zhou.
We’re also leading the conversation on vacancies in the Castro. In the spotlight is Veritas, the company that bought the buildings at 2099 and 2103 Market Street. You may have noticed many of the businesses have closed or moved over the last year, and we’re in contact with Veritas to keep the sidewalks out front clean and safe and get viable businesses in those spaces quickly.
Staying on the subject of politics, at our next public meeting, Rafael Mendelman, candidate for District 8 Supervisor, will present his positions on issues that affect our neighborhood. He’s got some interesting ideas to address serious homelessness and chronic addiction on our streets, the high rate of vacancies, and on other important issues. Come see him at our next public meeting on March 28th, at 7pm at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.
Behind the scenes, the board is working on our own infrastructures and systems. We’re reviewing our governance documents, migrating our records to G-Suite for archiving and document sharing, and working on getting the website pages updated with the new leadership photos and bios. Never a wasted moment for this gang. So fortunate to work with such passionate people.
See you at the next EVNA meeting;
Wednesday, March 28th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (come early, stay late)
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Cafeteria
19th Street at Collingwood
Reminder! Our Neighborhood General Membership Meeting is Wednesday 24 january!
Wednesday 24th at 7pm in Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy cafeteria (19th at Collingwood) is our bi-monthly public meeting. We've got a packed agenda, so come early and stay late, we'll be introducing the new board for 2018-2020, we'll have an update from each now active committee (yay!), and we'll have a frank no-frills discussion on what's proposed for the Harvey Milk Plaza redesign efforts, with informational pitches from both the "Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza" and "Save Harvey Milk Plaza!" groups.
The EVNA QOL Committee would like to hear from you!
Please fill out a very short 3 minute survey, and let us know what you think the newly staffed and energized Quality Of Life Committee should focus on this year!
Please take the QOL Committee survey at https://surveyhero.com/c/5dbb6f18
Also of interest in our neighborhood:
Saturday 27 January, Holocaust Remembrance Day Tree Dedication at Pink Triangle Park. Dedication starts at noon, following the morning bi-weekly park work party which begins at 9:00 am. Expected speakers include Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, Reverend Annie Steinberg-Behrman, and City College Trustee, Rafael Mandelman.
Saturday 3 February, Pink Triangle Park benefit sponsored by Project Juice! Project Juice is donating their entire profits from the day in support of the memorial. This will be Project Juice's one year anniversary and the second time they've dedicated profits to the park. Project Juice will also be offering prizes and a rainbow parfait.
For a complete updated list of these events and more, please visit our website at https://evna.org/calendar
A big thank you to those of you who have joined us or renewed your memberships recently. Thanks to a growing interest in our neighborhood this past fall and early winter, our membership numbers have been consistently growing. Most of our members are now opting for automatic membership renewal, ensuring that your EVNA membership will not lapse, and also easing the work of our all-volunteer membership committee.
You can check your current membership status and membership expiration date online at https://evna.org/wp-admin. If your email address is unrecognized, that is a big hint that your membership has lapsed, and we would really like to have you back amongst our membership. Please rejoin us!
See you at the EVNA meeting;
Wednesday, January 24th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (come early, stay late)
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Cafeteria
19th Street at Collingwood
Thanks to all who attended the final membership meeting of 2017. We had a full house with over 50 members in attendance, and the agenda made for an interesting session.
We always welcome new and returning members. You can sign up right here on our website, click on “Membership > Join/Renew” tab above. To make it easy, be sure to select the “recurring/auto-renew” billing feature.
First on the agenda; Megan Hamilton with a heartfelt acknowledgement and thank you to Justin delVersano, Ed Scruggs and Jack Keating for bringing Pink Triangle Park into existence, and their many years of care and service. Diane Nutting was also thanked for her support and fund raising efforts.
Darcy Brown, Executive Director of SF Beautiful, a non-profit whose mission is to champion local projects which beautify our civic spaces, enhance neighborhood character and promote public art. Darcy spoke of the many accomplishments of SF Beautiful, such as limitations on bill boards in the city, promoting art and artists on public transportation and spearheading the efforts to save our beloved cable car system.
For the main event, EVNA hosted a panel discussion including SFPD’s Lt. Chris Canning and Charles Bisessto representing the District Attorney’s Office. A panel discussion was moderated to discuss the low charge rates (50%) of felony arrests in SF.
Next, members voted for candidates seeking election to the 2018 EVNA Board of Directors. Many thanks for the outgoing Board Member James Kelm. The election results were tallied, and we welcome the newly elected to the Board:
President: Mark D McHale
Secretary: Leila Decker
Treasurer: Steve Clark-Hall
Board Members at Large:
Our new officers and board members will join the current roster of board members:
Mary Edna Harrell
Be sure to mark your calendars for our next meeting on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00pm at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy gym on 19th at Collinwood Streets (come a few minutes early and meet your neighbors as we set up). We’ll introduce the new board members, and the agenda will include discussion on the pros and cons of the proposed redevelopment of Harvey Milk Plaza/Castro Muni Station. It should be very informative and exciting evening!
Have a safe holiday season so we can see you at the beginning of 2018!
Note: This is ONE WEEK EARLY because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Our next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting is next WEDNESDAY, November 15th at 7:00pm at Harvey Milk Academy (this is a date change due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
We've got another full fun meeting planned. On our meeting agenda:
- Pink Triangle Park Award
- SF Beautiful
- Panel Discussion: San Francisco Police Department and District Attorney's Office discuss San Francisco's justice system
- Elections: Vote for our 2018 EVNA officers and board members
Note, you must be a member in good standing to vote for the association officers and board members. For members who registered online, you can verify your membership is current by logging onto our site from our home page here at https://evna.org.
Hi EVNA Members,
Thanks to everyone who made it to last week's EVNA general meeting at Harvey Milk Academy. We had 43 neighbors in attendance! Welcome to all those attending who newly joined, and thanks to current members for renewing!
Special thanks to our guest presenters: Assemblyman David Chiu with a legislative update, Tre Alan from SF Neighborhood Empowerment, and Susan Detwiler discussing highlights of the Eureka Valley Historical Context Review, and an honorable mention to Rafael Mandelman making a cameo appearance.
Bringing our membership drive together: We extended an invitation to members who are interested in taking on a greater role within the EVNA. We are getting a lot of renewed interest in volunteering, and the door is always open to people who are solution focused with skills, time and energy to share!
Linked here is a worksheet lays out the available positions for election, and the various committees needing volunteers. Thanks to those who turned in your volunteer sheet - I'll be following up shortly with next steps! If you missed the opportunity to volunteer on a committee or run for a board position, the linked worksheet is the handout with all the details. Please print it out and email it back to me email@example.com with your preferences.
If you are interested in a Board Officer or Member position- please plan on attending the next BOARD meeting. Feel free to bring a short bio and "what I can bring to EVNA and this position" statements.
Our next BOARD meeting is October 10th at 6:30 at the Chase Bank Community Room (15th/Sanchez/Market Streets).
Board Officer and Member elections will be held at the next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting.
Our next GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting is November 15th at 7:30pm at Harvey Milk Academy (this is a date change due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
As always, if you have questions, feel free to email/text/call me at the numbers below.
Mark D. McHale
Eureka at 19th Streets
David Chiu gave an update of what is going on in Sacramento. Particular housing and transportation, testing of rape kits tested, data collection to quantify bullying & workplace discrimination, and took questions from the audience.
EVNA Member Susan Detwiler presented the neighborhood historic context statement
Megan Hamilton from Supervisor Jeff Sheehy's office introduced herself and invited members to stay communicating with her office.
Meeting adjourned at 20:10, the next membership meeting will be the third Wednesday of November, one week early due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The September-October Eureka! is online for your reading pleasure at https://evna.org/eureka.
A reminder and/or announcement about tomorrow's GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING.
Wednesday, September27, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00pm
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Auditorium
On 19th between Collingwood and Diamond Streets
- Eureka Valley Historical Context Statement Review
- Update/Q/A with Assemblyman David Chui
- Summer Meetings, Membership Drive Update
- Officer, Board, Committee & Volunteering Opportunities
Thanks for making time in your schedule to attend tomorrow's meeting!
The Board of Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association would like to express their thanks for your attendance and interest. We’ve got some exciting history to tell you about, as well as some new leadership and volunteer opportunities to discuss, and we look forward to your input and help.
For those who missed the July-August 2017 Eureka! you can find it for your reading pleasure online at https://evna.org/eureka.