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Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting Notes

I don’t want to give you too many details from tonight’s meeting because I’d like to see you at the next meeting if you didn’t have a chance to attend this evening. Here are some of my personal observations from the meeting …

First of all, the Infinity graciously provided not only a meeting space, but they also provided refreshments for us. Thank you very much!!

It was great to see all the new faces from Bridgeview and The Metropolitan along with familiar faces from around Guy Place, Lansing Street, Clementina Street, 1st Street, One Rincon Hill, and The Infinity as well as future residents of Millennium Tower. It was also great to meet folks from Yank Sing and The Cosmopolitan restaurants over on Steuart Street – thanks for getting involved in the neighborhood group and hope to see you next month! Maybe we can have a neighborhood event at your restaurant on a typically slower evening or weekend day??

Rob Black from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce talked with us about the benefits of a Community Benefit District. I’ll try to get a copy of the handout he provided at the meeting so that those of you unable to attend tonight can read up on what this is all about. Rob can be reached at rblack -at- sfchamber DOT com.

We heard from a good neighbor on 1st Street about some concerns he has regarding some future development plans.

Finally, C.W. Nevius told us about his journey into columns about topics that San Franciscans care about. What started as a story on coyotes in Golden Gate Park turned into homeless encampments in the park which led to syringes from drug users left lying around the park …. and on and on. He did welcome your thoughts and comments because many of his columns have started as notes from an impassioned reader. He can be reached at cwnevius -at- sfchronicle DOT com. Chuck also shared possible and planned upcoming changes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Finally, he encouraged us all to get involved – nothing really changes until a small group of folks start making the effort to make the changes. I agree wholeheartedly.

Vitaly mentioned the 2008 Block Party which is welcoming our Rincon Hill neighborhood for the first time. The event was a South Beach/South Park centered event in 2004 and 2006, and I hope that many of you will offer to help with volunteer duties for this 2008 party. It is scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2008 from Noon until 4:00 p.m. at South Beach Park between Pier 40 and McCovey Cove. You can learn more by visiting the event’s web site at www.2008blockparty.com. You can send an email to Info -at- 2008blockparty DOT com if you’d like to learn how you can help now.

Finally, we’ll have our next meeting on the second Tuesday of June – which I’ve been told is June 10th. In the meanwhile, please visit the official Neighborhood Association web page at www.RinconHillNeighbors.org and sign up for the e-mail mailing list if you haven’t already done so in order to keep up with what is going on … though I’ll be sure to share information here on my blog as well.

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