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.