Minutes of the August 21, 2008, EVPA board meeting

Present: Steve Hall, Scott Wiener, Demien Quesnel, David Weiss

Steve Hall provided an overview of recently joined members, the status of the website, placement of the new bylaws on the website, and the newsletter (deadline for print is September 3).

Steve indicated that he will be out of town for the September 4 MUMC meeting, and Scott agreed to attend for EVPA.

The board discussed activities of the Community Benefit District, particularly the issue of whether to hang flower pots in the Castro. The board was split on whether this was a good idea.

The board discussed EVPA's cash reserves.

Demien discussed certain activities of the GLBT Historical Society, including the idea of creating a historical map of the Castro for use by residents and tourists. Someone from the historical society will be speaking at the September membership meeting.

The board discussed the possibility of EVPA endorsing certain ballot measures but deferred the issue. Demien reported that EVPA has been abstaining at the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, which is frowned upon.

The board discussed the Castro Street Fair and the need to recruit volunteers to work on behalf of EVPA. EVPA will receive proceeds from the fair depending on the number of volunteers it produces.

Demien reported that efforts are underway to bring a farmers market to the Castro, twice a week, once on 17th Street (between Hartford and Castro) and once in front of Cafe Flor. The topic is being discussed in detail at the Upper Market Alliance.

Steve reported that EVPA will need to elect a new board in November for 2009. The board discussed various issues relating to the election.

Demien reported that the UMA is working on potentially allowing the Castro to have several additional full service restaurants.

The board discussed the possible kiosk to be installed at Castro and Market, including various issues relating to the idea.

Scott updated the board on the Community Safety Forum, scheduled for November 6, 2008 at the Eureka Valley Rec Center.

The meeting was adjourned.

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