ASNA General Meeting #1

Our first general membership meeting of 2019 will be held at the beautiful and historic Archbishop’s Mansion at 1000 Fulton street. To begin the meeting, we’ll have the pleasure of welcoming our special guest, Supervisor Vallie Brown. Vallie founded the Lower Haight Neighborhood Association and also worked with merchants to form the Lower Haight Merchants Association. Through these organizations, Vallie led successful efforts to clean commercial corridors and bring trees and green spaces to the neighborhood. Before becoming Supervisor, Vallie worked in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development with a focus on identifying housing opportunities in District 5. We look forward to welcoming Vallie to our meeting to converse with our members.

During this meeting we will also vote in our 2019 Board of Directors and Officers.  We are excited to announce the 2019 ASNA Board of Directors slate:
President: Jason Jervis
Vice President: Cynthia Chapman
Treasurer: Carolyn Hanrahan
Secretary: LaVonne Hickerson
Board Members:
Sunnylyn Thibodeaux
Lee Stickles
Ray Ali
Bob Mason
Rachel Fishman
Lisa Zahner
Phillip Laurant
Ann Belden
John Dallas
M Rocket
This meeting is a great opportunity to connect with folks around your neighborhood and see what ASNA has in store for 2019.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Beverages and a nosh will be served. The meeting starts promptly at 7pm, don’t be late!

New Fountain for Alamo Square

Late last year, SF Rec and Park alerted the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association that the old-style drinking fountain at Alamo Square near Hayes and Pierce had been removed due to damage to the concrete foundation.
This fountain had given Rec and Park years of problems partly due to its design, the amount of usage it gets daily and partly due to the substandard drainage system that was originally installed.  A replacement water fountain has now been installed at the top of Alamo Square Park.  It is an updated model of the previous water fountain, with some new features.
The button to add water to the dog bowl is not near that bowl, but instead is attached to the middle bowl.  While it may take a few minutes to locate, it requires no stooping.  In addition, the drain holes for the dog bowl are quite small, which let the basin fill up for dogs to drink, while keeping sediment from clogging the pipe.
Enjoy the new water fountain!

2019 Community Meeting on Housing, Workforce Development and Social Service Needs

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), San Francisco Planning, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) would like to hear your input on City strategic plans for housing needs, social service needs, barriers to fair housing, and improving housing affordability.

Your input will inform the Planning Department’s Community Stabilization Strategy and Housing Affordability Strategy; MOHCD’s Consolidated Plan, HIV Housing Plan, and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (www.sfmohcd.org/get-involved); and OEWD’s ongoing work efforts.

Western Addition/District 5
Date: January 31, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fillmore Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore

Food and children activities will be provided. All locations are ADA accessible. For additional accessibility needs or language assistance, please call (415) 701-5598.

Read the Planning Department Fact Sheet



Divisadero Holiday Lights 2018

Holiday lights are up on Divisadero, thanks to the efforts of the Divisadero Merchants Association!  The median between Haight and Golden Gate received a dose of holiday cheer with the festive lights now on display.

Individual merchants contributed to the funding for this year’s holiday lights, and the effort received support from local neighbors as well.  A big shout-out to Allyson Jossel, co-owner of Nopa restaurant and chair of the DMA Holiday Lights Committee.  Be sure to shop locally this holiday season to thank our neighborhood businesses for bringing some holiday cheer to Divisadero!

Questions or comments can be sent to Giselle Gyalzen, DMA president and owner of Rare Device, at divisaderomerchantsdma@gmail.com.


Art On Site Community Yoga First Fridays starting January 2019

Contact gather@thecentersf.com or 415-923-8180 with questions or suggestions.

Join “Art on Site” in an inclusive community gentle yoga class, focused on breathing, grounding, and healing movement.

WHAT: Cultivate mental relaxation, physical healing, and a playful spirit in a supportive community environment.

WHEN: First Friday each month starting January 4, 2019 from 12:00-1:15 pm.

WHERE: The generously donated space of The Center SF, 548 Fillmore Street.

TEACHER: Hien Tran, over a decade of experience with yoga instruction, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Integrated Bodywork/Massage Therapy, Energy Healing. Props provided. No previous yoga experience necessary. All community members welcome. Classes are free of charge, paid for by our community sponsor: Genesis Development, 400 Divisadero developer.

Art on Site SF, creating community connection through public art in the Heart of the
City, across Alamo Square, Divisadero, Fillmore, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight and NoPa.

Please consider donating to ArtTrailSF through SF Beautiful at www.sfbeautiful.org.
Follow @ArtOnSiteSF on Instagram

Art on Site SF flyer


Planning Commission approves plans for 650 Divisadero

Before and after: 650 Divisadero initially proposed for 16 units, and the 66-unit proposal after the 2015 upzoning.

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Planning Commission approved plans to build a new 66-unit building on the corner of Divisadero and Grove.

The project had been delayed over three years as the developer for the project, Patrick Szeto, waited for new affordable housing/inclusionary guidelines for Divisadero.

In 2015, then-Supervisor London Breed initiated the Divisadero-Fillmore NCT affordability legislation, in response to organizing efforts. Affordable Divis formed in response, and  demanded an increase in the affordable housing requirements in exchange for the NCT upzoning legislated by the supervisor earlier that year. The upzoning allowed the developer to increase his proposal to a 66-unit building instead of a 16-unit building with no way to recapture that value.  However, the affordability legislation did not move forward until this year, when Mayor Breed appointed Vallie Brown as the new District 5 Supervisor.

The updated Divisadero-Fillmore NCT affordability legislation now contains provisions for pipeline projects, like 650 Divisadero, to include 20% on-site affordable housing.  That legislation goes to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 13.  Neighborhood activists were at the hearing on Thursday to request a continuance, to allow for the Divisadero affordability legislation to be finalized by the Board of Supervisors.

ASNA sent a letter of support for 650 Divisadero with a request to include the maximum on-site affordable BMR (below market rate) units.


Join ASNA or renew your membership for 2019

Join ASNA or Renew your Membership!

Where do your ASNA dues go?

Alamo Square Neighborhood Association is a group of volunteers who work together on park and neighborhood issues. We have accomplished a lot in the last few years!

  • We donated $15k total to neighborhood non-profits earlier this year
  • We helped to organize movie night in the park (Sundown Cinema)
  • Our new event, Bark the Vote, is scheduled for Saturday! A free community event to encourage our neighbors to vote in November!
  • Ongoing volunteer days at the park
  • Funding for trees during the Alamo Square park renovation and landscape upgrades
  • Working with Rec and Park to secure a new vendor, Lady Falcon Coffee Club!

2019 Dues
$20 Basic (one person)
$40 General (up to two people)
$60 Contributing Member
$120 Supporting Members


Park Volunteer Day – November 3, 2018

Calling Alamo Square Park volunteers!
Our next volunteer day at the park will be Saturday, November 3, between 9 AM and noon.
We’ll meet, as usual, at one of the picnic tables near the tennis court, where a park gardener will give us instructions and the necessary tools.  We’ll then head off to the areas in the park that need our help.
Refreshments will be available.  See you at our last Park Volunteer Day for 2018!

Buchanan Street Mall Community Workshop November 1, 2018


November 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join Rec and Park on Nov 1st to begin to create the conceptual design for the entire five block length of Buchanan Mall (Buchanan Street between Grove and Eddy). Together with  landscape design partnership of the Office of Cheryl Barton and Studio-MLA, Rec and Park will begin a series of intensive community workshops to develop and discuss the plan as it progresses.

NOVEMBER 1, 2018
5:00-7:00 PM
762 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Snacks and refreshments provided.

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Bark the Vote 2018 Attendee Survey

Thank you for Barking the Vote!  We had a great time, and we hope you did too!

Did you attend Bark the Vote?
Why or why not? Take our Attendee Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/vYNe29XIxB12afa13
Were you a vendor? 

Left:  Costume contest winner Pablo (shown here in his 1st place disguise of a UPS driver) was awarded a dog bed fit for a Great Dane from Pottery Barn’s new pet collection.