The people at our Yelp-rated Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery at 780 Frederick Street betwixt Arguello and Lincoln think that Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to, before he leaves local politics, shut the place down.
Why? Well, they believe that due to all the skivvy from:
“Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks…”
Anyway, here are the deets:
“San Francisco’s Green Mayor Threatens Local Recycling Center With Eviction? Ten Green Jobs On The Line. 5,000 Native Plants Endangered. Thousands of SF Residents Will Miss City’s #1 Recycling Center
Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks all confirm that the Mayor wants the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling and Native Plant Nursery out by the end of his term. The Mayor mistakenly believes this draconian act will reduce illegal street activity in the Neighborhood and in Golden Gate Park.
HANC Operations Manager Charlie Lamar disputes the connection. “Fewer than one in five of our customers sleep outside and more than half come in cars” says Lamar who has worked there over twenty years. He added “If you watch the short video petition you’ll see how our customer base is really quite diverse and representative of the City as a whole”.
This misguided decision to evict HANC, which founded the Recycling Center in 1974, will leave the ten San Franciscans who work there without a job. HANC pays a living wage and provides health care. Given the high unemployment rate, many of these workers will be out of a work for a long time and may well end up homeless.
Thousands of San Franciscans who recycle at HANC will be forced to use one of the other rapidly diminishing recycling centers across town. San Francisco is notoriously underserved by recycling centers.
“San Francisco has only one recycling center for every 44,000 residents whereas across the State you’ll find one for every 18,000”, says Ed Dunn,HANC’s Executive Director whose father founded the Recycling Center thirty-six years ago.
The fate of the Native Plant Nursery and its 5,000 plants remains unclear. Whether or not it would be incorporated into a new proposed “Garden Resource Center” at the HANC site is an open question. The need for such a new project located so close to the existing Garden for the Environment (HANC is their fiscal agent) which has similar programs does not seem to be great.
HANC already plans to offer free soil to community gardeners in the near future. And its Native Plant Nursery and Garden has been a destination for those interested in habitat restoration and gardening with native plants for years.“