CHN: 15+ years of serving/protecting our neighborhood
CHN Annual Meeting:
Covid-19 & Homelessness
Monday, September 14, 7 pm...via Zoom
Join us for a fascinating discussion of two critical issues confronting our community and city, Covid-19 and homelessness. We have invited four highly-qualified experts who can lay out the facts and issues and answer questions.
Dr. Susan Philip
Deputy Health Officer,
and Control, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Rafael Mandelman Supervisor, District 8
Dylan Rose Schneider
Acting Director of Strategy
and External Affairs at San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing
Director of the Department of Emergency Management’s Homelessness Heathy Streets Operations Center (HSOCH).
Via our first Zoom meeting, we will address two of our city's most vexing challenges: The Covid plague and the never-ending homeless challenge.
Dr. Susan Philip will provide a Covid-19 overview, the numbers, the trends, the issues.
The bulk of the meeting will address homelessness and street behavior.
For this, Supervisor Mandelman will provide a “state of District 8 update” and participate in the balance of the meeting.
He will be joined by Dylan Rose Schneider from the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and Jeff Kositsky, from the Department of Emergency Management’s Healthy Streets Operation Center. This is the agency that, among other things, manages responses to 311 calls. In all, we have a superb group of speakers for this issue.
Join us. Simply click on this link at 7 pm on Monday, September 14. If you prefer a low tech alternative, simply call: 669-900-6833. When prompted, the Meeting ID is: 910-1485-7022.
Any questions for our guests? Please submit all questions, in advance, to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name and street.
We will also introduce our newest board members. This electronic election occurs September 4-13.
All eligible members will receive their ballots via email.
CHN Board Approves Conflict of Interest Policy
As part of an ongoing effort to improve CHN practices, your board has adopted a first-ever conflict of interest policy. Your board approved the following resolution by a unanimous vote on August 17, 2020.
This action is part of broader, on-going initiative to safeguard the interests (and funds) of our membership. It started in Spring of 2019 when we transferred all financial affairs under the SF Parks Alliance, a registered 501C3 non-profit. This brought procedures and transparency to our budgeting and expenditures. We also tightened up our expenditure process, adding additional checks and balances.
To boost membership particpation, we also shifted the annual election date from July to September. This bylaw change was apporved by the membership earlier this year.
August 17, 2020 resolution
Statement of Policy: Duties and Conflicts of Interest 1. Directors shall observe and act in accordance with the standard model of corporate governance; that is, observing the Duty of Care and the Duty of Loyalty. 2. The Duty of Care calls for informed decision making. 3. The Duty of Loyalty calls for a director to act (or not act) on a disinterested, independent basis, in good faith, with an honest belief that the action is in the best interest of CHN and its members. 3.1. The “disinterest” of directors means that they should be free of a conflict of interest, which includes but is not limited to any material financial or other benefit in the matter under discussion. 4. Conflicts of Interest 4.1. Directors must promptly disclose to the Board any facts that could raise a question about their disinterest or independence in the matter to be discussed. 4.2. Any Director who is not disinterested must abstain from any vote on the matter in question. 4.3. Any Director who is not disinterested may, upon a majority vote of the disinterested Board members present and serving, be asked to withdraw from the Board meeting prior to discussion of the matter in question.
Triangle Park Update: Clean and Literate
Although our parks maintenance has been greatly reduced by
Covid, a team of CHN volunteers did launch a major clean up
More than six large bags of refuse were taken away, plus two (used) hypodermic needles.
Next step: return with (lots) of mulch in two weeks.
Part of the CHN team donated a Sunday morning to clean up Triangle Park at Ord and 17th Street.
Our new community library in Triangle Park is a runaway success. It's overflowing with great books, come one, come all
August 17, 2020
Present (virtual meeting): Paul Allen, Josh Baskin, Susan Detwiler, Maryann Dresner, Bill Holtzman Leslie Koelsch, and Mark Ryser
The meeting, held by Zoom conference, was called to order by vice president Maryann Dresner at 7:00 pm. All directors were present.
1. The Board unanimously approved the Minutes and the Summary of Minutes from the meeting of July 8.
2. Leslie Koelsch provided the Treasurer’s Report. There were no material changes to the general account, although there are four new paid members. CHN now has more than 100 paid household members.
3. Proposed Periodic Closure of 18th St. Leslie notified the Board that the Castro Merchants Association has applied to close a two block section of 18th street from Hartford to Collingwood from 1-10 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bill will contact Castro Merchants to obtain more information.
4.Monday, September 14 Virtual Membership Meeting. Josh Baskin reported that three new candidates have submitted their names for election to the Board at the September 14 virtual Membership Meeting. A ballot will be emailed to members approximately September 4, along with any other matters requiring membership approval.
5. Conflicts of Interest Policy. The Board considered and unanimously passed a resolution adopting a Conflicts of Interest Policy for Board members. The resolution and policy will be posted on the web site. In brief, the policy defines a conflict of interest as a material financial or other benefit in the matter under discussion; calls for a director with any such conflict to disclose it to the Board before the matter is discussed; mandatory recusal from voting on such a matter; and the option for the non-conflicted board members to have the conflicted member retire from the room before the matter is discussed.
6. Homelessness. Following up a discussion at the July Board meeting, the Board considered two resolutions, one a resolution that would explicitly have supported the articulated goals of RescueSF (see the July Summary for more information); and the second a more general resolution that calls upon the city to do more to alleviate the pain and suffering on the street. The Board adopted this latter resolution by a vote of 5-2, and that resolution is included at the end of this Summary. Following the adoption of this resolution, the Board discussed and passed a second resolution that, in brief, calls for the solicitation of additional information including specific remedies; input from CHN members; and an attempt to formulate more specific policies and positions if that is the will of the membership.
7. Edgehill District. The Board considered a request to oppose a development in the Edgehill District but declined to get involved, principally because the development is far outside CHN’s boundaries.
8. September 14 General Membership Meeting. The Board agreed that the meeting will proceed as a virtual, Zoom meeting. Supervisor Mandelman has agreed to participate. CHN will seek Supervisor Mandelman’s support to add a representative from the Health Department (to discuss Covid) and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Services.
9. Neighborhood Parks. CHN will obtain an estimate to trim the damaged tress on Corbett Slope and for the addition of mulch to Ord Triangle and Merritt.
10. All outstanding matters with CHN’s former president have been resolved.
Updated Restaurant Take Out Listings
We continue to update (September, 2020) our local restaurant take out listings. These organizations are a critical part of our community and they need our support.
Consult CHN's updated list of take out choices. Photo by Tim Mosshandler