President’s Column September October Voice 2011

by Karen Mauney-Brodek

Come one, come all and ask questions of the future mayor on September 22! The Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA) and several other District Five neighborhood organizations are co-sponsoring a Mayoral Forum from 7-9pm at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)’s Cole Hall, located at 513 Parnassus. (A quick ride on the #6 or #71 bus and you are there!) It will be moderated by ABC7 –KGO News Anchor Carolyn Tyler. Check our website and blog for more details. It will be a great discussion and provide you with opportunities to ask questions of the 12+ candidates that will be there.

This debate is just another example of the work the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association does to make our neighborhood and our city what it should and can be. I hope you continue to support our growing membership base and renew this month (September is our membership month) or join for the first time. The membership form is located on page six of this newsletter for your convenience. Please renew right now by filling out the form and mailing it back with dues. Do it right now. I’ll wait.  Print out this image below, fill it out and return it with your check to Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, 1800 Market Street, PMB #104, San Francisco, CA  94102.

Done filling out your renewal? Thank you very much.

This year there are many issues that the HVNA board, committee members and neighbors have focused and continue to work on including: the completion of the Hayes Valley Playground Renovation, safety (we can never lose focus on this), our re-energized business relations committee that is actively doing outreach this fall to our business members, and continued vigilance on issues of neighborhood development. As many of the development projects that have been on hold come back to life, such as the UC Extension redevelopment (aka 55 Laguna), and Parcel P (the empty lot along Oak Street between Laguna and Octavia currently in use as one side of the Hayes Valley Farm), we must continue to be a voice for development consistent with the principles of the Market Octavia Plan and progressive urban development that will make our neighborhood proud.

Please renew, join, stay involved, come to the mayoral forum and our meetings and neighborhood events (see our Calendar) and shop in Hayes Valley!