New Work by EINE

Image of EINE at work painting his alphabet that will be appearing throughout San Francisco over the next couple of weeks.

London-based artist, Ben Flynn a.k.a. EINE has several projects coming to San Francisco. One work was just created in Hayes Valley on Ivy Street at Laguna on the back of the Hayes and Kebab building. This work parallels some of the work in his opening gallery exhibition at White Walls Gallery , 839 Larkin Street, with a show called GREATEST opening on March 12.

Bill Bulkley, of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association’s Arts, Culture and Entertainment committee, describes the work at Ivy and Laguna as, “part of his series related to the gallery show (at White Walls) of superlative words. The word HARDEST, painted in his original graphic format in multi-hued smiley faces, is superimposed over pre-existing tags that were obviously painted by neighborhood kids. (The tags do not reach very high.) My understanding of it is that by layering the graphic works, Ben is addressing the idea of tagging as a weaker form of street art. Ben’s murals are all done with permissions now, although he did start off as a graffiti artist. This work may challenge the aesthetic sensibilities of some but the concept is unique. Ben has NEVER done this before and that makes the work more significant in his body of work.”

Look for futher posting on this work at it develops and potentially changes. Go take a look at HARDEST as it stands at Ivy and Laguna.

Revision to dates of Mosaic Installation at Hayes Valley Playground

The mosaic tile installation at the Hayes Valley Playground with Laurel True, will no longer occur later this week.

The tile installation has been postponed and will now occur on Friday, April 8th, Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th from 10AM to 4PM each day.

Hopefully all current volunteers will be able to make these new dates. Also, if you are interested in volunteering, please email: madelinebb@sbcglobal.net

General Meeting Recap 2/24/11

Last night the new Hayes Valley Board of Directors was elected. Below is the list of 2011 Board of Directors:

President: Karen Mauney-Brodek
Vice President: Murrey Nelson
Treasurer: Richard Johnson
Corresponding Secretary: Jason Henderson
Secretary: Jay Rosenberg
Membership: Bob Barnwell

Member-At-Large: Bill Bulkley
Member-At-Large: Henry Ostendorf
Member-At-Large: Kassim Visram
Member-At-Large: Nathan Lozier
Associate Member: Lauren Daley
Associate Member: Jessie Allen-Young
Associate Member: Larry Cronander

Continuing Terms:
Member-At-Large: Aaron Hulme
Associate Member: Vladimir Vlad
Associate Member: Jamie Lopez

Other items discussed:

Volunteers needed: Neil Hrushowy of the SF Planning Department came to ask for volunteers for the “Public Life, Public Space” study of Market Street. If you would like to get involved in this survey of Market Street, which is part of the Better Market Street Project, Contact Neil at: 558-6474 or email Neil to volunteer. The department needs volunteers on March 10th and March 12th. If you volunteer you will be trained in street observations by Gehl Architects of Copenhagen, Denmark on March 9th. This is a unique opportunity to complete observations of existing conditions that will help guide the future improvements of Market Street to help it become a world class urban street full of activities that make the street feel alive for pedestrian, cyclist, transit riders and all. Neil noted that SF is a Transit First City and we need to shape public space accordingly.

Robert Reed from REcology/Sunset Scavenger’s came to present some of the services they provide. According to Reed, in 2010, San Francisco was able to divert 77% of the waste we generate away from landfills into compost piles, reuse projects and recycling. Reed noted that REcology has a bid in for the landfilling San Francisco waste. You can view their proposal here: ostromroad.com The SF Board of Supervisors will be evaluating the proposals further in the coming months.

Recology hosts Art at the Dump, and also has tours of the facilities once a month. For more information contact: Deborah Munk, director of the artist-in-residence program: 415-330-1415 dmunk@sfrecycling.com

Also, if you are a tenant and not a building owner, you are allowed to call Sunset Scavenger’s once a year for a large item pick-up. For more information on large items look at recyclemyjunk.com

Here are more Help Tips on Recycling and Waste Removal for SF Residents

David Winslow presented an update on the Living Linden Alley Project. He talked briefly about some of the lessons he learned in the process. Next month marks the five-year anniversary of the Living Linden Alley receiving the Community Challenge Grant and the beginning of a whole set of challenges in coordinating various organizations and neighbors. Winslow remarked at how he thought making a livable, pedestrian friendly, street would be simple, but it turned out to be anything but. This project is a landmark for the future of people-oriented urban design in San Francisco. Contact him with questions at: david

Noah from Opportunity Impact came to introduce himself to the community. Look for him and the youth in his program next week at the Hayes Valley Playground as they help the artist Laurel True install her mosaics.

Daniel Farnan and Maria McDonald, our NERT representatives, came to remind us to check our emergency preparedness kits.
visit www.sfgov.org/sffdnert for more information on free preparedness training and events.

Trees in need of support


by David Weldy

Two trees located in the 100 Block of Fell Street between Franklin and Van Ness on the north side of the street are slated for removal.

The trees are acacias (acacia melanoxylon). A group of concerned neighbors’ has been granted a hearing to plead our case to keep the trees. If you are interested in hearing the case please go to the Department of Public Works(DPW), City Hall-Rm 416, Monday the 28th February at 5:30 P.M.

With questions contact: David Weldy : dpweldy@gmail.com

Guest House Provides Meditative Final Days

by Roy Remer

This past September, the beautiful Zen Hospice Project Guest House reopened after extensive renovations.   The striking Victorian at 273 Page Street, circa 1877,  provides loving care to people at the end of their lives who choose to spend their remaining time in a caring hospice environment.  The San Francisco Zen Center pioneered the hospice movement when it opening in this location in 1990. The Zen Hospice Project has taken over the facility.

The ZHP Guest House is a six bed facility and is recognized around the world for its unique approach to serving persons at the end of life.  Zen Hospice’s approach, based on 2,500 year old Buddhist teachings,  focuses on compassionate and mindful engagement with residents. In addition to a full professional staff, we train a corps of dedicated volunteers who serve in a wide variety of ways.  There are three Volunteer Caregiver shifts throughout the day, seven days a week and Special Skills Volunteers support our kitchen and other functional elements of running the house.

The Hayes Valley neighborhood is integral to the service offered to residents. Family and friends of residents find respite in local restaurants and shops. Guest House residents often visit the Page and Laguna mini park.    If there is anything we have learned in this work, it is that everything is changing all the time.  We enjoy being part of the positive change that is happening here in Hayes Valley.

We look forward to discovering new ways we can participate in this vibrant community. In addition to the Hospice, there are support groups ready to help people dealing with loss of a loved one.  We invite our neighbors to call upon us when they are in need. To learn more about volunteering with Zen Hospice Project or participating in programs, please visit www.zenhospice.org.

A Discussion with Our Supervisors

by Murrey Nelson

I had the opportunity to sit down individually with each of the three supervisors whose districts include parts of Hayes Valley: Jane Kim of District Six, Scott Wiener of District Eight, and Ross Mirkarimi of District Five. Our discussions covered many topics that are of high importance to Hayes Valley residents and business owners, as well as to these elected officials: crime in the neighborhood, building and re-development, public education, public transportation – specifically Muni, and the Market/Octavia Plan.

Photograph of Supervisor Scott Wiener

Photograph of Supervisor Jane Kim

Photograph of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

While all three supervisors agree that public safety is a major issue, they each have their own take on how to eliminate crime in Hayes Valley. Supervisor Mirkarimi is a strong advocate for more cops on the street. Himself a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy, he has high expectations of the police department and feels they need to be committed to the community and vice versa. Supervisor Wiener, a former Deputy City Attorney, feels that the problems are largely internal, and that without vigilance on the part of the community to ensure that we recommence graduating classes from the Academy and return to the number of sworn officers we had in the past, the situation on the streets cannot improve. He also calls for “smart civilianizing” of certain administrative positions, to ensure that we can put more cops on the street. Supervisor Kim sees a definite connection between economic development and job creation and the reduction of crime. She plans to schedule regular meetings with the police captains in her district, in an effort to empower neighborhood watch groups to support residents. She pointed to the creation of “safe passages” in the Tenderloin, and noted that crime goes down when the residents really care about their neighborhoods.

The subject of the development of 55 Laguna and the parcels lining Octavia Boulevard is of particular interest to the three, as an opportu- nity to set examples for other neighborhoods. All three are pro temporary use, and cited Hayes Valley Farm as an example of a creative idea that has made great contributions to the community. Wiener was planning a meeting with the project sponsors of 55 Laguna to get an update, when we met. Kim strongly supports community-grown ideas and envisions her office helping with permitting for innovative projects. Mirkarimi noted that we need to be creative in our use of vacant parcels and in our efforts to ensure that vacant buildings not become graffiti magnets. He feels that Hayes Valley Farm is the poster child for success because it has empowered a number of different constituencies.

Jane Kim is passionate about public education, as evidenced by her track record as past President of the San Francisco Board of Education. She had the opportunity to hire the current Superintendent and she is committed to closing the achievement gap. She feels strongly that the city needs to help schools improve, not just tell them what to do. She envisions a future when the city can pay for summer school, when the school year and school days are longer, and there is more learning time in general. Mirkarimi feels we need to attack the problem on two fronts: continue to fa- cilitate the connection of activities with John Muir and other organizations, while also making sure we are acting as the advocacy body that monitors the school district, by making public noise when individual schools are threatened. He sees an opportunity for neighborhood associations to unite in their understanding of the holistic connection between education and a thriving community. Wiener wants to be very involved in the lives of the schools in his district, by engaging and empowering parents, students and the community at large. He mentioned a new organization, edMatch, that is just starting up, whose vision is to raise money that would be distributed to schools on a per capita basis, reducing the pressure on the poorest PTA’s to compete with their wealthier neighbors.

All three Supervisors were united in their observation that money is only part of the problem with Muni. Reform on the MTA board, a general agency overhaul, and individual performance improvement all need to happen. Mirkarimi feels that the absence of good leadership usurps the confidence of the system; Wiener noted that the mayor’s office needs to get leaner and meaner on transportation and enforce laws and fines; and Kim pointed out that Muni’s procurement costs are increasing faster than the city’s.

Our final topic was the Market/Octavia Plan, and the key message from the Supervisors was about keeping developers accountable. They all support the plan and want to empower their constituents to help guide the Planning Commission, and work together on land use and the use of community benefit dollars.

Many of you have met Ross Mirkarimi, who was elected in 2004, and Jane Kim and Scott Wiener who attended our candidates’ forum prior to the 2010 election. We invite you to continue the conversation at our March 24th meeting, which the Supervisors will attend.

Tea with Tekin

by Mari Hunter

I sat down with Bawer Tekin the other evening to discuss one of the newest additions to Hayes Valley, Hayes & Kebab. Tekin, a Kurd from Turkey came to the States fourteen years ago. He started in Florida but relocated to San Francisco in 1999 after visiting a friend. His brother Emin followed him to San Francisco shortly after. Within a few years of working at an Italian restaurant in Burlingame, opportunity knocked when the Brazilian restaurant at Hayes and Laguna (now Café Altano) went up for sale. Not a stranger to the restaurant business, Bawer seized the opportunity but after a few years and a downturn in the economy, he decided to sell the restaurant, travel abroad and do a little research.

Upon returning to the States, Bawer returned to Hayes Valley when space became available in 2006 at Hayes and Gough and Hayes & Kebab was born. Business was great but unfortunately, the lease was not—either he had to turn over half the business or lose the lease. With several families invested in the restaurant, turning over half of the business was not an option. Fortunately, by the summer of 2009, a new space became available and the Tekin brothers moved Hayes & Kebab to Hayes and Laguna. Over the next year, permits, zoning, and changes in business concepts kept the Tekin brothers busy with various City departments, but with help of many family members and the original Hayes & Kebab team, the new Hayes & Kebab opened in December 2010 and has been booming. Bawer’s mission statement, “give and then you receive. It’s the attitude, food, love and care, and everything” that brings people to Hayes & Kebab. Case in point, Bawer has, quite successfully, made the most of the parking lot to create a welcoming seating area to enjoy the delicious lamb and beef gyros. For the eco and health conscious crowd, you’ll be pleased to know that the countertops and tables are of recycled wood from the reconstruction and the healthy home recipes are fresh every day. Afiyet olsun!

Hayes & Kebab, 582 Hayes Street @ Laguna

Bread from the Heart

Susan and François met three years ago and have since opened Terra Bakery. Susan is a second generation baker and trained at Le Cordon Bleu. François trained at Les Moulins de Paris, one of the oldest and revered baking schools in France. Combined they have thirty years of baking experience.

Terre means “earth” in French, and with Susan and François’s unwavering commitment to natural ingredients, it was the perfect inspiration for naming their bakery. Terra Bakery opened its doors to the neighborhood in April of 2010, offering croissants, breads, and other baked goods prepared with precise French technique, creative muffins, traditional New York water bagels, and an eclectic French-inspired menu. Their staple food items include a Vietnamese chicken sandwich, a meatloaf sandwich and a fried chicken sandwich. Brunch is a popular experience for many and Terra’s made to order cakes are frequently requested.

Susan and François love being in Hayes Valley and owning their own business, but it is definitely a labor of love. They bake everything fresh from scratch each day, often starting at 4 in the morning and running well past 9 at night. François’s specialty and favorite thing to bake are the baguettes, a challenging item to have come out just right. Susan enjoys baking the muffins the most because their flavors can be reinvented in many ways.

They say that one of the things they love most about baking is that you never know how things might turn out and everyday brings something new. They stay light on their toes, always offering new items. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Susan and Francois introduced truffles and a new white chocolate and berry muffin. They will begin serving cold sandwiches within the next few weeks.

Terra Bakery is located on the northwest corner of Gough and Hayes. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you stop by Terra Bakery early in the morning things are hot out of the oven. Speaking from experience, this can leave even the grumpiest commuter with a smile on her face.

Laying Out a New Path

By Paul Olsen (past president and editor emeritus)

Two years, or 12 issues ago, layout of The Hayes Valley Voice was turned over to William Ulrich, and things haven’t been the same since! As past president and long time editor, I had been privileged to work with several people over the years, and seen our newsletter grow to be a standard for other neighborhood organizations in the City. So, I worried about what this change would mean to us.

I needn’t have worried. From the very first issue, William’s graphic artistry further enhanced The Voice, and even more positive comments started coming in. There weren’t huge changes – more subtle ones – but they started immediately. That first issue, in January 2009, had too many entries for the calendar, and William and I were worried that the back cover of the newsletter wouldn’t be inviting as a result. William had the idea of breaking up the text by using small photos of the plants at Patricia’s Green as headers for each month. Nothing momentous, but a great change that still helps break up the page.

That William is an artist with an eye to detail quickly became clear in his layout, use of fonts, and other tools. He has frequently run out and taken photos to accompany articles, added graphics of his own design, and generally ensured that the look of The Voice would be appealing and lead to more people reading more about the neighborhood.

William’s artistry does not stop at The Voice. He paints, sketches, creates pieces from different media and even works on enhancing architectural details in private homes. William has participated in Open Studios, drawing people to the ‘hood and supporting other artists in doing the same.

As we move further into 2011, William is turning over his layout duties to Paulo Asuncion and following a new path. Literally, as William has moved further down the street to the edge of the neighborhood, and figuratively, as he has several other projects in which he is involved, and of which we are likely to hear more about as time goes on.

Please join me, the Communications Committee, and all of us who have benefited from William’s efforts, in wishing him good luck!