Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Liberty Hill Neighborhood Association is Back!

After a couple of dormant years, the Liberty Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA) is back. On Tuesday, April 6th over forty people attended a meeting hosted by Elizabeth Zitrin and Clint Mitchell at their gorgeous restored Victorian on Hill Street. Newer neighbors got to meet the original team who helped protect our neighborhood's historic structures by getting the historic district designation. Thanks, Elizabeth, Clint, John Barbey and Risa Teitelbaum!

Interest was strong to reinvigorate LHNA with discussion about forming several committees including; Design Review, Communications, Outreach, Transportation, Open Space & Parks, and Commercial Corridor Plans and Improvements. Neighbors are encouraged to sign up for one of the new committees or create another. Clint volunteered for the Design Review Committee, Laura Wentworth volunteered to advise. Laura, Tracy Wheeler and Vaughn Shields volunteered for the Communications Committee. Todd Mavis volunteered for the Outreach Committee.  Another area we may want to address is Safety and Disaster Preparedness.

Other issues discussed included; residential parking (Peter recently got Hill Street done), undergrounding power lines, homelessness, blighted storefronts, group buying power for solar installation, continued vigilance of historic preservation and the plans for Valencia Street from 15th-19th as well as plans for Mission Street. Partnering with other neighborhood associations is a high priority as well.

Dues were set at $20 per household, $10 for singles and $5 for seniors and students, with a policy that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sherry Steiner agreed to be acting Treasurer at least until there are proper elections. Peter Heinecke offered to be acting Secretary and Clint offered to be acting President but only until elections are held. Anyone who's interested in being President or VP please prepare your campaign platform!

Elizabeth gave a brief history of the controversy surrounding 827 Guerrero Street - a lovely mansion near the corner of Liberty Street that is currently being used as an unlicensed drug treatment and rehab center. After some debate, it was agreed that Elizabeth would represent LHNA as being opposed to the pending conditional use permit application on the grounds that the treatments being offered should be licensed and the business owner should reapply after obtaining licensing. The Planning Commission hearing is Thursday, April 9th at 1:30 pm. Commission Chambers – Room 400 City Hall. 827 Guerrero is item 8a and 8b of the Regular Calendar. Anyone who is interested should attend the meeting.

Another issue of immediate concern is the proposed building where Spork is there is concern that it will push new height allowances. We need someone to volunteer to research that project.

The next meeting is set for May 4 at 6PM and all meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month unless there's a holiday. The next meeting will be at Greg Elich and Vaughn Shields's home at 24 Hill Street.

There were a couple of other people who volunteered whose names we didn't get, my apologies, please contact Tracy(at)palindrome.com with your information.  

1 comment:

  1. Hello

    My name is Erica and I am the current program coordinator for NERT, the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team. This program provides instructor lead classroom training with hands on components included to prepare San Francisco for a disaster no matter how big or small. Earthquake? Power Outage? Flooding on Shotwell Street? This all hazards approach begins with caring for oneself and family and includes training to become a volunteer emergency responder in your neighborhood.

    I am writing to request your assistance to get the word out about this free training opportunity. We do not have an advertising budget and rely on word of mouth to spread this important information. We are no w celebrating 20 years of consistent emergency response team training and I still often meet people who are not aware of this opportunity.

    NERT training is coming to an area near you, however I am including the additional classes that have been confirmed so people can find a class that meets their scheduling needs. People can join their neighborhood team upon completion of the training. Participants should plan to attend all sessions of the training to gain the full scope and benefit. New students may begin no later than the 2nd week of a six week class and must begin on the 1st day of a two day intensive class.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide in telling people about NERT training.

    Lt. Erica Arteseros, NERT Program Coordinator
    San Francisco Fire Department
    2310 Folsom Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    phone (415) 970-2022
    fax (415) 970-2020

    Valencia Garden Community Room,
    390 Valencia @ 15th Street

    Thursday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm, April 1 – May 6
    Class session 1: April 1
    Class session 2: April 8
    Class session 3: April 15
    Class session 4: April 22
    Class session 5: April 29
    Class session 6: May 6

    Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec. Center
    650 Capitol @ Montana
    Tuesday evenings 6:00pm-9:00pm, March 16 – April 20
    Class session 1: March 16
    Class session 2: March 23
    Class session 3: March 30
    Class session 4: April 6
    Class session 5: April 13
    Class session 6: April 20

    Duboce Triangle/ Castro/ Lower Haight
    CPMC Davies Hospital, North Tower – Duboce @ Scott
    2 day intensive!
    Saturdays 8:30am-5:30pm, March 20/27
    Class sessions 1, 2, and 3: March 20
    Class sessions 4, 5, and 6: March 27

    Presidio Hghts. /Lower Pacific Hghts. 2 day intensive!
    Jewish Comm. Center of San Francisco 3200 California @ Presidio
    Thursdays 8:00am-5:00pm,Mar 25/Apr 8
    Class sessions 1, 2, and 3: March 25
    Class sessions 4, 5, and 6: April 8

    St. Mary the Virgin Church Hall – Union @ Steiner
    Monday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm, April 19 – May 24
    Class session 1: April 19
    Class session 2: April 26
    Class session 3: May 3
    Class session 4: May 10
    Class session 5: May 17
    Class session 6: May 24

    Check the website for more: www.sfgov.org/sfnert