Street Violence Reduction Initiative: San Francisco Plan

DCYF’s Violence Prevention and Intervention Unit will present the final version of the Street Violence Reduction Initiative: San Francisco Plan

After several months of collaborative work with Community Based Organizations, Community Leaders and City Departments, DCYF is ready to present the final version of the plan. Come to DCYF on:

Thursday March 31, 2011
from 10 am to 12 pm
SF Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families
1390 Market Street, Suite 900 - The Mint Room

We look forward to your participation and your support. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Veronica Martinez at or 415-554-8958.

To RSVP for this event please follow this link We encourage you to RSVP so we can ensure appropriate accommodation.

Public Safety: City Attorney and Bees

Please come to the Hayes Valley Public Safety Meeting
Monday, April 4, 2011
7:00 PM Korean American Center at 745 Buchanan Street

City Attorney, Dennis Herrera, will discuss the role of the City Attorney in our neighborhood’s public safety. Find about Code Enforcement, Permits, Homeless Encampments, Abandoned Buildings and how to use the Code Enforcement Hotline (554-3977).
We hope to discuss specific issues of public safety that need to be addressed in Hayes Valley, Western Addition and Lower Haight. Also present will be: Northern Police Station, District Attorney’s Office, and Juvenile Probation.

There will be a presentation on the reintroduction of pollinators to the Hayes Valley Farm by Karen Peteros, Head Beekeeper. She will discuss public safety concerns related to bees. Come ask questions.

Sponsored by The Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association and The Korean American Center

Book Reflects on the Neighborhood

Author Yvonne Daley discusses her book “Octavia Boulevard” with the SF Public Press. Read the interview here: Book examines life along Octavia Boulevard

From her website, Daley writes, “My book, Octavia Boulevard, tells the stories of these homeless men and also the story of life of the building I lived in during the neighborhood’s transformation, covered with fusty gray paint and overlooking the ruins of the freeway when I moved in, and the friendships – family, really – forged over the next few years among its residents…”

See her blog here:

Volunteer to help children learn to read

Are you 55 or older? Eager to help San Francisco school children learn to read?

Experience Corps is a nationwide program that trains older adults to help Kindergartners through 3rd grade children learn to read. In just 4 hours a week YOU can help struggling San Francisco children, teachers and schools! Experience Corps: Older adults mentoring youth. Call 415.759.4223 Or email

Visit our website for more information

General Meeting Recap 3/24/11

Tonight, Lt. Erica Arteseros, from the San Francisco Fire Department came to discuss emergency preparedness. Arteseros said events like the Japanese earthquake and tsunami either inspire people to update or start their own emergency kit or often scare people into paralyzed fear, where they just don’t do anything to become ready for the next disaster. Arteseros emphasized, that if you feel too overwhelmed to put an emergency kit together right away, at least sit down and make a plan now. How will you locate your friends and family when disaster strikes? Who will you call to tell your family you are okay? Who will your friends and family call to alert that they all are okay?
Please look at this sheet to help you create your plan here: Family Emergency Plan Use this PDF from the SFFD website to get you started with your plan.

Then when you are ready to create or update your personal kits, look at this PDF for pointers: What to include in your home/work kits

If you have your personal plan and your personal emergency kit together, then Lt. Arteseros encourages you to get further training through Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT). The SFNERT website is: SF NERT.

In times of emergencies, first make sure you have a plan for yourself, then hopefully you’ll be able to help your neighbors and if you’re really well organized and a part of NERT, then you may even be helping out the City Fire Department and the City Responders.

Our Hayes Valley NERT coordinators are Daniel Farnan & Dinah Sanders. Email them with questions at:

In our neighborhood in May there is a six week NERT training class. It will be located at the Bethel AME Church Hall at 916 Laguna @ Golden Gate. Class flyer

Thursdays, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Class session 1: May 19
Class session 2:May 26
Class session 3: June 2
Class session 4: June 9
Class session 5: June 16
Class session 6: June 29

We had a lively community discussion with Supervisor Scott Wiener D8 and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi D5. Thank you all for coming to participate in the public discourse.

Supervisor Jane Kim was overbooked this evening, but she would like to attend the April Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association meeting. We’ll keep you posted.

Announcements of upcoming events:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi invited all to come to the Persian New Year Party – Nowruz Deed-o Bazdeed – at San Francisco City Hall – Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 5:30-8 PM.  This is a community event and free to the public. Please go to to RSVP.

Supervisor Scott Wiener invited all to a Community Meeting On Safeway and the Recycling Center on April 11th, 7:15pm
Davies Medical Center, Level B, Duboce Avenue & Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Wiener is co-hosting a meeting with Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association and Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association to discuss the state of the Safeway property at Church and Market, including the recycling center. We’ll have representatives from SFPD’s Northern Station, the Department of the Environment, Safeway, and Community Recyclers.

Hayes Valley Farm announcements:
Next week the Youth Educators are hosting an Urban Sprouts Day Camp from March 28th – April 1st from 8AM to 2PM (or 5PM). They are giving away full-scholarships to youth who may find money a barrier. Janelle, a Youth Coordinator, stated that Hayes Valley Farm really wants to give youth this special opportunity to feel connected to the neighborhood and have an engaging week learning about the Farm, digging in the dirt and learning about growing their own food. Please contact

Karen Peteros, Head Beekeeper, will discuss bees and bee keeping and many issues around public safety and welfare related to bees. She will be presenting this information at the Hayes Valley Public Safety meeting on Monday April 4th. Peteros will discuss where the hives will be located, what kind of bees will be kept and more. Email questions to Karen Peteros at The Hayes Valley Farm is pleased to announce that they are in the process of slowly introducing bees back to the farm.

Mosaic installation at the Hayes Valley Playground:
On April 8,9 & 10 (Friday-Sunday) from 11am-5pm, the Trust for Public Land and the SF Recreation and Parks department is hosting the installation of mosaic tile with artist Laurel True and planting seedlings with Hayes Valley Farm. Adults and children 10 and up are welcome to attend. We also need adult volunteers to supervise the children. Snacks and drinks will be provided! If you or your child would like to participate, you can sign up for the entire time or just for an hour. Space is limited, so sign up soon. A great opportunity to go behind the scenes before opening day and be a part of the park!

Call or email Meghan Pecaut at (415) 800-5271 or

A gentleman announced that on Monday, March 28th outside City Hall at 6:30PM there will be a candlelight vigil to show hope to the people of Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami.

On March 26th Turn off your lights for Earth Hour

From its inception as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour 2010 created history as the world’s largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 128 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites us all – the planet.

Earth Hour 2011: 8.30pm, Saturday 26 March. For this hour, you are encouraged to turn off your lights and celebrate activities that do not require the use of power.

Please all see the short YouTube video:

Sign up at, switch off your lights for Earth Hour 2011, and share the positive actions you will sustain for earth beyond the hour.

More summer 2011 internships for youth

Below are more summer opportunities for youth in our community.

See this other earlier post for more summer internships for youth: Paid 2011 summer youth programs and internships

Please note that some have application deadlines coming up soon.

Community Grows is offering stipended internships in “green jobs,” including learning gardening and culinary skills. For youth ages 14-19 years old.

Community Grows internships

The Police Activities League offers a cadet program for young people considering careers in law enforcement.

Information session on Thursday, April 7, 6:00pm-7:00pm at 350 Amber Drive, San Francisco, Room 100
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 22, 2011.

Police activities league cadets

University of California, San Francisco UCSF is offering paid internships/research mentorships during the summer, especially seeking African-American male high school students. Below is a brief description:

Seeking promising high school students (with a particular emphasis on African American males) to apply to be a part of a research mentorship for the summer. If they are selected for the program, they will receive a stipend of $4,800 for an internship that requires a total time commitment of 320 hours or approximately 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. In order to receive the stipend they will need to have a Social Security number or tax ID number.

Please e-mail and she’ll put you in touch with the appropriate administrator at UCSF.

Meet Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Scott Wiener

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi of District 5 and Supervisor Scott Wiener of District 8 will join us for our monthly Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association general meeting this Thursday, March 24th at 7PM held at the Korean American Center at 745 Buchanan Street (at Grove). This is a great opportunity to meet your supervisors.

Supervisor Scott Wiener

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

The Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 7PM.