Board Members attending: Alan Beach-Nelson, Rob Cox, Judy Hoyem
Welcome and Introductions
Guest Speakers and Presenters
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Sisters Risqué and Serendipity
This is the 20th annual Pink Saturday. When Pink Saturday started there was a wonderful carnival atmosphere for the gay and lesbian community to celebrate the culture/lifestyle. In the last few years has degenerated into an uncontrolled free-for-all that has less and less to do with GLBT and overtaken by people looking for a place and excuse to party, be drunk and worse.
The Sisters would like to reclaim the event for the GLBT community. They are not advertising the event publicly. Invites to community organizations related only to the GLBT population have been extended. They cannot control any press/media coverage but are asking, through Scott Wiener, for cooperation from the press/media to down play the event.
This year more security. Volunteers and professional security have been recruited. Security will patrol inside the footprint and outside. There will be multiple checkpoints at entry gates looking for alcohol and weapons.
•No outside containers will be permitted
•Very visible Police presence
•No “to go” containers from liquor stores
•South exit at Castro station will be barricaded
•92 port-a-potties will be brought in
•20% of the budget is going to security (approx $8K)
•The footprint is 19th/Collingwood, Noe/18th, Noe/Market, Market/Castro
•EVNA is asking neighbors to be vigilant on their streets
Andrea Aiello, Executive Director presented a new pilot program for the summer of 2011. It is the Castro Ambassador program. CBD is looking for approximately 35 volunteers to give two hours/week for 16 weeks to be friendly neighborhood ambassadors for the Castro. Ambassadors will help tourists and visitors by being a source of information and reference. Contact CBD (castrocbd.org) if you are interested.
376 Castro Project
Mitchell Benjamin, architect for the project, presented the proposed building for the 376 Castro Street site. His focus was to create the “best building for the neighborhood” at a significant and visible location (Market and Castro). The project has been in development since 2005.
The project sponsors have been working with EVNA, DTNA, CAPA & CBD to get neighborhood input.
Mitchell gave an overview of the project with elevations, floor plans and renderings. The project was met with mostly positive responses. Comments/recommendations included:
•Mask the floor to ceiling windows at the prominent corner
•This building is NOT significant
•There should be pedestrian improvements
•Provide community meeting space
•Identify the retail
Katy Cox from SFAF is looking for volunteers to help install the Pink Triangle on June 25. EVNA will contact the membership with Katy’s contact information.
Meeting adjourned 8:35