HAIA Board Supports Frederick St. Neighbors
The Board of Directors of HAIA voted to support a discretionary review of a building permit for 205 Frederick St, the location being used by Bacon Bacon as a restaurant and food commissary. Operating in this manner for about 1 year, the installation of the restaurant was neither with permits, nor operational permits from both the Health Dept., and the Fire Department. HAIA finds it unique that the Planning Department chooses to ignore the code violations (of lack of proper permits) and create an entirely new street address, all through the process of a building permit. HAIA believes that Planning's stewardship of city development must adhere to the Planning Code and other existing regulations. In this case, it has instead ignored the law and barely given the neighborhood any say in a significant expansion of use, of a limited retail conditional use permit, where it will have substantial impact on the surrounding neighborhood. Therefore, HAIA will support those neighbors who object to the legalization of Bacon Bacon by calling for the Planning Commission to reject the building permit and refer the matter to the City Attorney's Code Enforcement group. HAIA has also offered to act as a mediator between Bacon Bacon and the neighbors on impact mitigation from operating such a business in a residential neighborhood.

HAIA stands by its commitment to support small businesses. It also endorses the concept of equal treatment under the law. The exception in this case shatters the sanctity of the process all other businesses must endure.

Bike Lanes and Road Striping

posted May 21, 2012, 10:06 AM by David Drabkin   [ updated May 21, 2012, 10:07 AM ]

HAIA's three recent memoranda are attached.

Alternative to MTA Bike Lanes on Oak St.

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:24 PM by David Drabkin

HAIA's Alternative Cycle Plan on Hayes:

The Haight Ashbury Improvement Association published an alternative route to the Oak St. proposal of the SFMTA / SF Bike Coalition. The MTA plans are problematic and fundamentally flawed from a safety perspective. A safer, less costly implementation of moving cyclists from the Panhandle (at Fell and Baker) to the Wiggle is to go north to Hayes St., right and east to Scott. Then, right at Scott, across Fell and Oak, and into the Wiggle. The lower volume of traffic, stop lights at busy intersections that would be crossed perpendicularly, and right hand turns for east bound bike traffic, make the route inherently more safe. In addition, there would be no impact to current users of Oak St. nor a reduction of parking along Oak, as proposed by the MTA. Problems of right turns from Oak onto Broderick and Divisadero from Oak will be eliminated, as will problems of driveways for garages and businesses that line the three blocks of Oak St. that will have cars driving across a dedicated bike path. View the HAIA Focus on Safety brochure here.

HAIA Alternative to Connect Panhandle to Wiggle

Safer Bike Plan:

HAIA has proposed the use of Hayes St. (between Baker and Scott) as a more sensible way to connect the Wiggle to the Panhandle bike path. Less traffic and slower vehicle speed remove the need for a separated bike lane. Right hand turns in the east-bound direction, with traffic lights at Divis, Fell and Oak St. mean a lower risk of cars unintentionally hitting cyclists. West-bound bike traffic can use the same route, with left turns onto Hayes and Baker being made at STOP signs. Neighborhood parking, already at a premium, is also preserved in this plan. Finally, this was the SFBC's bike lane plan since at least 2001. Why is it necessary to cram cyclists into the high speed blender of Oak St. now?

HAIA Denounces Vandals

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:22 PM by David Drabkin

The Wells Fargo Branch bank on Haight St. was vandalized today (02/13/2012) by having its main window smashed with what appears to be a bowling ball.  The damage will likely be several thousand dollars.  The HAIA Board of Directors condemns all acts of violence, against property and persons.  There is nothing to be gained through such senseless acts.  Ultimately, the costs inflicted end up being paid by all the customers of the bank and the insurance companies involved.

Those who committed this destruction should be ashamed for their ignorance and cowardice.  We urge that issues with Wells be addressed directly to the bank, and be resolved in a dialogue of constructive non-violence.  Recent attacks on Wells' ATMs suggest persons in our neighborhood are behind the violence.  It is time to end the attempted intimidation and talk about it.

WFB @ Haight & Cole

Supervisor Olague Talks with HAIA Board

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:18 PM by David Drabkin

Newly appointed supervisor, Christina Olague visited the board meeting on January 18, 2012 to introduce herself and to take the pulse of her community. She listed a few of her priorities as: public safety, jobs, delivery of mental health services, improving the ability for new restaurant owners to open businesses in commercial areas, public housing challenges, and Western Addition/Fillmore project funding needs. 

The conversation continued to allow participants to interject their concerns.

Some of the topics addressed were Parklets, Street Tree Maintenance, Quality of Life Issues, Civil Sidewalk enforcement, and SFMTA’s plans to put bike traffic on Oak St. 

Supervisor Olague will appear at the HAIA members’ meeting on February 15.

She also said that she would try to stop by the Alvord Lake Volunteer group on January 28 between 9am-noon(All are invited to help. Meet at the Golden Gate Park entrance at Stanyan Street.) 

Please join us at the Urban School at 1563 Page Street on February 15 at 6:30pm. Annual membership dues will be accepted at the meeting.

Supervisor Olague (christina.olague@sfgov.org) and legislative assistant Jen Low (jen.low@sfgov.org).

Sup. Olague & Jen Low....yes the photo was taken with a lousy cell phone camerad

Ice Cream Bar Opens!

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:17 PM by David Drabkin

ICE CREAM BAR OPENS on Saturday, 21 January at Noon
815 Cole St. @ Frederick


Redistricting Task Force Community Outreach Meetings

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:14 PM by David Drabkin

The 2010 Census reflects a recorded population increase in San Francisco. Because the population growth was uneven across the City's supervisorial districts, this has determined that the supervisorial district lines be redrawn based upon the City Charter.  The Board of Supervisors convened the Redistricting Task Force to carry out the required redistricting with members appointed by the Elections Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor. The Task Force has the responsibility of redrawing supervisorial district boundaries by April 15, 2012. The Task Force will conduct a series of community outreach meetings to allow for public input. Please find the upcoming community outreach meeting information below:    

Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 PM
Districts 1, 2, 5 - Hall of Flowers, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way


Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 AM
Districts 3, 6, 8 - Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street
Wednesday November 30 at 6:00 PM
Districts 4, 7, 11 - Balboa High School Auditorium, 1000 Cayuga Street


Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00PM
Districts 9 & 10 - Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium, 3351 23rd Street 


Please find additional information here

HAIA Opposes Proposed Bike Lane on Oak

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:14 PM by David Drabkin

At the August Board of Directors meeting, the board voted to oppose SF MTA's plan to put a bike lane on Oak St., between Baker and Broderick Sts. The purported purpose of the one block lane is to allow bicycle riders to access the "Wiggle" (a series of bike lanes through the lower Haight that skirt the edge of Buena Vista hill). The impact on commuters in the western part of the city could be substantial as it would create a bottleneck on Oak. More importantly, the idea is being advanced by MTA without any public review, discussion, or serious consideration of alternatives. When an open public process and consensus is reached, then plans to implement a solution can move ahead.

View a tv story on the topic on Ch. 2 - KTVU here.

A letter was sent to Ed Reiskin, Executive Director of MTA, with copies to the Mayor's office, and the Board of Supervisors. Click here to view the HAIA letter.

HANC Ordered to Vacate Park Lands

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:13 PM by David Drabkin

A San Francisco Superior Court Judge agrees with the City and County of San Francisco that the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, which has run a recycling operation for more than 25 years in Golden Gate Park, must leave. The Rec & Park Department legitimately exercised the termination clause of the lease when it gave 90 Days notice to vacate in December, 2010. Since then, the attorney for HANC has waged an expensive court battle to rescind the termination notice. The battle is over, and soon the site will finally be available for a community garden, and native plant nursery. Here is the story by Rachael Gordon, of the Chronicle.

Arthur Evans

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:12 PM by David Drabkin

In the September 15th issue of the Bay Area Reporter, long time HAIA member and activist Arthur Evans is remembered  for his wit, his intellect and his commitment to his community. We will miss him.

Haight Street Market Opens Additional Space

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:12 PM by David Drabkin

The Haight Street Market, long a staple of the Upper Haight grocery market scene, formally opened the next door space they acquired. Featuring a new floor layout, new offerings for deli, meats and wines, now the HSM offers more products and services than ever before. Equally impressive, Bobby, Demitri and Gus have transformed the store on the fly over that  past several months. They didn't miss a single day of providing groceries to their loyal customers. The new store is filled with many more products, and sandwiches, sushi and other gourmet selections are now daily, normal fare. Be sure to drop in to see another era beginning at the Haight Street Market.

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