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Membership and committee meeting agendas, minutes.

November Public Meeting Was a Hit Despite the Rain

The public meeting was held this past Wednesday evening at Harvey Milk Academy. The meeting also serves as the annual business meeting when eligible board members and officers are elected.

First on the agenda after introductions was Assemblyman David Chiu. Assemblyman Chiu thanked the EVNA members for our work, and he shared highlights of what’s new in the state legislature, including some of the intense fights with Washington over sanctuary policies, immigrants rights, and even the new federal tax deduction limitations . Other priorities for Mr. Chiu include housing, transit oriented development, and clearing the back log of unprocessed rape kits .  A Q&A session followed and included questions regarding conservatorship law changes, modifications to Costa-Hawkins, global warming, and state level programs to assist cities with the growing challenges dealing with the mentally ill and homeless.

David’s presentation was followed by District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. Supv. Mandelman talked about his work to date in City Hall.  About 1/3 of the issues brought to him involve citizens dealing with people living on our streets.

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman with his City Hall Update

Rafael let attendees know the palm trees were trimmed on Market Street, and additional news about street trees- his goal is to expand our city's green canopy. He has been working to help small businesses located in buildings that need seismic retrofitting, and possible zoning changes to make it easier for small businesses and restaurants to open in the Upper Market neighborhood commercial district. The Q&A that followed included questions about vacancy taxes, more about the perplexing challenges of empty retail space, and the proposed micro-hotel on 18th street.

Next up was Jody Schwartz, executive director of Lyric, Jodi shared Lyric’s mission, programs, and accomplishments.

EVNA secretary Leila Decker then announced the results of the annual election.  A quorum for the election was met per the EVNA bylaws.  All of those running for a board or officer position were elected. Congratulations to our new Vice President, Alex Lemberg, and treasurer Kevin Cureton and welcome aboard to new board members.  The newly elected board members and officers take over their duties on January 1, 2019 for two year terms.

EVNA President Mark McHale concluded the meeting by encouraging the members to use the 311 App, and ended with an open forum for attendees to bring up issues important to them.

The next general meeting is on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7pm, also at the Harvey Milk Academy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next General Meeting and the Toy Drive!

Our next general meeting is this Thursday, 11/28/18.  Members, guests, and residents are invited to come together to hear the latest, get educated and provide input on what's going on in our neighborhood.

Our meetings are held in the cafeteria at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy located at 4235 19th Street at Collingwood.

Door open at 6:45pm and our meeting goes from 7:00pm  to 8:30pm. Arrive early, get signed in, and say hello to a few neighbors.

Our topic is "Good Neighbors" and I have a personal request for those attending the meeting- bring a new toy or two (in original packing) to donate to the Mission Station Toy Drive- we're making an effort to help kids in need to have a brighter Holiday. If you can't make the meeting, there are barrels stationed at Cliff's Hardware at 479 Castro Street all holiday long- shop local and donate local, too!

Our Agenda:

  • Update from State Assemblyman David Chiu
  • Update from District 8 Rafael Mandelman
  • EVNA Board Elections
  • Update from the EVNA President
  • Community Input

 

Meet the Candidates- Board Elections at November Meeting

For members attending our board meeting on Nov 28th, we will be electing candidates to the Board of Directors. Please be sure to identify yourself as a member upon signing in, and grab your ballot along with the agenda.

The Board of Directors is pleased to present the following candidates for your consideration. Board members serve for two year terms, and half are up for re-election each year. You must be a member to cast your vote.

Vice President- Alex Lemberg (current board member at large)

Alex Lemberg has lived in the Castro on Caselli Avenue with his now-husband Kevin since 2013. Serving on the EVNA Board of Directors for the past year has been a highlight of Alex's year and he wants to keep building up the Castro community through service, events, collecting meaningful community feedback, and strengthening community bonds. He is also proud to serve on the board of the GLBT Historical Society, another amazing nonprofit that serves the Castro, and works as a staff attorney at Open Door Legal in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, helping SF residents keep their homes. Alex would be honored to have your vote as Vice President of the EVNA.

Secretary- (currently filled by Leila Decker) No candidate

Treasurer- Kevin Cureton

Kevin Cureton has lived in Eureka Valley since 2003 and in San Francisco since 1997. He lives with his husband Alex, and their roommate Steve, in a cozy condo on Caselli Avenue that Kevin has owned since moving into the neighborhood. Kevin has worked as a software engineer since moving to San Francisco and is currently employed with Netflix. Kevin is concerned about the quality of life issues that impact our neighborhood and he feels the neighborhood association is uniquely positioned to help positively influence policy on these issues. Kevin will bring a high-degree of transparency to the role of Treasurer, simplifying financial processes and reporting, and using best practices for the EVNA.

Board Member at Large- Desmond Morgan

Desmond Morgan has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years with his husband of one year, Romwald Connolly.  They are new to the Castro Neighborhood.  Recently, Desmond and Romwald (Ray) purchased 3987-3989 17th St.; and Desmond is looking forward to getting involved in the community.  If elected to EVNA Board of Directors at Large, he looks forward to helping out in any capacity. Desmond Morgan has been in the BioTech industry for over 15 years.  Currently, he's a Territory Account Manager at Relypsa, Inc.

Thanks to ALL the candidates for offering to be a part of the board. We are only as strong as our volunteer base, and we are grateful for your time and efforts.

9/26 Membership Meeting

President's Update:

Our September general meeting focused on Quality of Life issues. Though we had some last minute changes to the presenters list, we managed to put on a very informative meeting.

Thanks to Vietnam Nguyen from the George Gascon's DA's office (who I hear is NOT going to be running for re-election!). Vietnam discussed attempts by his office to reach out to communities across the city to improve communications, crime reporting, and statistics.

The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza crew provided us with an update on the project with new renderings and a video fly-through of the space allowing us to "see and feel" what was in mind for the site. Members got very excited when Ray Connolly spoke about their efforts to create a world-class memorial to Harvey Milk and give tribute to his impact on so many people across generations and continents. Mr. Connolly has joined in the fundraising efforts about to launch.

A special thanks to our very own Supervisor Rafael Mandelman for making time to join us. Rafael is making good progress with his own comprehensive study and taking steps to unravel the puzzle behind the increase in the extreme conditions we're experiencing on our streets in the Castro. Since his election in June, he's brought together the people involved, spearheaded key legislation, and working closely with police and service providers to get solutions in place (both temporary and long term). Be sure to follow him here on his FB feed..

We had a great turnout  with over 65 people in attendance. For the past several  meetings, more Eureka Valley residents are showing up and taking part. It's been really fun to see so many members and so many new faces in the seats. I did have some good feedback from a long-standing member who felt that the Q&A time (which I kept to 4 minutes after each speaker), was too short and he didn't get to ask his questions- As a result, I think it best to slim down the agenda (it's been pretty packed), allowing more time for attendees to interact, take questions and make comments. Appreciate the advice!

Please mark your calendars for the next Board of Directors meetings: October 9 and then November 13th, 2018 at 7:00pm in the community room at the Chance Bank on Sanchez/15th and Market Streets. You're welcome to attend, observe, and make comments.

Candidates wishing to stand for election to the Board must have their names submitted by October 31st. You must have a paid EVNA membership, live within the boundaries laid out in the newly adopted Bylaws (under the "About" tab), and be confirmed by the Board before elections at our General Meeting on 11/28. Email me with your questions. Open positions include: Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and up to 5 Board Members at Large.

Our next General Meeting meeting is Nov 28th, 2018 in the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy cafeteria from 7-8:30 (doors open at 6:40ish). We'll have EVNA elections at this meeting, and then focused our attention on our theme: "Good Neighbor."  We'll take a well deserved look at those among us who volunteer for service and give of themselves and their resources to make our neighborhood closer and more caring. There's a LONG list to consider!

See you around the neighborhood!

 

 


 

General Meeting This Week- Quality of Life!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the general meeting this week Wednesday at 7:00pm-8:30pm (doors open at 6:40 ish), in the cafeteria at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on 19th at Collingwood Streets. The meeting is open to members and non-members, alike.
 
As I'm out and about walking the dog or going to the store, I talk to a lot of people who have real concerns with what's been going on in our streets and public spaces.
 
The meeting's theme is "Quality of Life"... and we're going to hear from some influential people about what's going on in our streets and neighborhood, what fixes are in place/being developed, and what we can do to do our part to help. You'll have a chance to add your comments/questions, and an opportunity to get involved.
 
Agenda (revised)
  • Rafael Mandelman- Supervisor's Update
  • D-8 Rep from the DA's office, Vietnam Nguyen
  • Proposition C: Our City, Our Home
  • Elections- call for candidates, name submitted by Oct 31st
  • Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza- project update
See you there! Email me if you have any questions...mdm
 
(EVNA's boundaries are: Market Street on the north and west, 22nd on the south, and Church Street on the east...consider joining if you aren't already a member.)

The September Eureka! Newsletter and Our Next Membership Meeting

EVNA Members;

The September Eureka! is hot off the press, and it's our Quality of Life Edition. The challenges on our streets and in our neighborhood get top billing and some desperately needed attention from our QOL committee members, and our elected and government officials.

You've got the newsletter here first... lots of really good content that should be of interest to many of you.

Board Elections are soon upon us- we're looking for a few good souls to join us in our efforts to serve the community, now is the time to put your name in. Elections take place at our November meeting:

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member at Large (up to 5 positions)

Please mark your calendars now to join us Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:40pm), at our next membership meeting at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on 19th Street at Collingwood.

Meeting Agenda!

  • Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
  • Assemblyman David Chiu
  • Mayor London Breed (not yet confirmed)
  • Call for EVNA Elections
  • EVNA's First Movie Night in October!
  • 2 Presentations:

Print copies come out this week, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!

President’s Update…

Hello EVNA'ers!

Was that last meeting was a DISASTER, or what?? Yup, just like we planned- it all came off without a hitch.  Kudos to our board members for getting into the spirit and making the meeting fun and a great success.  Those hardhats and emergency vests were a nice touch. Not only did we have an outstanding attendance (52 souls), considering we changed the date AND the location on everyone for this one meeting, but the speakers all showed up and made really engaging presentations, all having to do with disaster preparedness. Especially informative were Zoe and Ellen's from Civic Edge team telling us about the differing plans to retrofit the seawall along the Embarcadero, and Sean Gallardo, our Eureka Valley NERT representative, breaking the attendees into small groups and coming up with supply lists suitable for home evacuations, go-bags, first aid kits, and earthquake drills. The drawing at the end of the meeting was a lot of fun and a real hit- congrats to the winners, Luke, Terry and Chris for having the lucky tickets!

The board also made good progress on our membership drive- in June, after an audit showing a high number of expired memberships, we set a goal to get people renewed and non-members signed up for the fist time. While the numbers will be revealed in the Treasurer's Report this coming week, it looks like we increased the roll by a dozen dues paying members! Many thanks to those who signed up and renewed, it's a pleasure to have you on board!

This month, we will continue to focus on membership drives, as we begin to discuss two important issues: volunteer opportunities this fall, and a call for candidates to run in the next election at November's meeting. Stay tuned for details to come!

See you at the next General Meeting, when we'll be back at Harvey Milk Academy in the Cafeteria:

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

7:00pm to 8:30 pm (come early, stay late)

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy (19th at Collingwood)

 

You Gotta Join If You Want to Win!

We're looking forward to seeing you at our next "Disaster Edition!" pubic meeting coming up on Thursday, July 26th at the Eureka Valley Rec Center, doors open at 6:40 pm, and the meeting starts to 7:00 pm.

We're also looking forward to our first member's only drawing for 3 lucky members to win some cool emergency gear. You'll have roughly a 1 in 25 chance to win!

If you're not a member- it's not too late. You can join now and your membership fee of $20/individual or $30/household, and you can enter.

I'm looking forward to seeing you there- we're going to have some fun as we learn about how best to be prepared for a disaster when it happens!

*You must be a member with your dues paid. You must also be present to win. Only one prize per member.

 

It’s EVNA’s DISASTER EDITION Meeting!

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!