Repercussions of Chain Stores Not Holding Regular Business Hours Impacting Small Business Operators Store Security

We have a number of chain stores on our business corridor who are currently not holding regular store hours, no visible store hours posted, or staff regularly on site -these stores are now experiencing breakins – putting small independent business operators on edge and concerned about their store security. We reached out to Northern Station SFPD to inquire about any … Read post

Thank You and Cheers to a New Year

As we close out this calendar year we want to take a moment to reflect on the many efforts by our community members and volunteers. As we enter our 3rd year at HVSafe, we can attest to having started a new organization as being a rewarding and inspiring endeavor. We are driven to go to bat for neighbors and small … Read post

Shared Streets Closure Update

12/6 – We’ve been informed that the Shared Streets Closure will only be continuing on the 400 block of Hayes. 12/30 – We’ve been informed today by SFMTA that the HVNA (Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association) has renewed the permit for the 300 and 400 block of Hayes. We want to understand the lack of outreach and transparency in the decision … Read post

The Genesis of HVSafe

Once we decided to roll out this series we knew we had to kick things off with a brief reflection on the time and circumstances of when HVSafe officially began its efforts.  Let’s set the stage shall we. Albeit the existing neighborhood organization (HVNA, Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association) has had a long standing presence in the neighborhood, many neighbors/small businesses … Read post

Founder Ejected from HVNA Meeting, Again

We’re still reeling from the last reprimand by the HVNA and then last night Richard was ejected from the HVNA T&P meeting. Unreal. This time it’s even more brazen! Here’s the exchange that occurred on Zoom once Richard raised his Zoom hand to get in line to speak….and the result was: he was kicked out of the meeting. Following that … Read post

Founder Reprimanded by HVNA President

As luck would have it while we’re beginning our series ‘behind the scenes‘ …one of our founders received the following email last week from the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association’s (HVNA) president. A bit of context here: earlier this month he attended one meeting and was censored heavily when asking particulars. Consequently at a later meeting on the same day he … Read post

Inquiries Regarding Rerouting the 21 Bus from Hayes to Grove

Over the past few days we’ve received a number of inquiries asking us about our position regarding the possibility of the 21 Hayes Bus being rerouted from Hayes Street on to Grove Street – so, we thought to address this here. HVSafe is in full support of restoring the 21 Hayes to its pre-Covid route. We do not support a … Read post

Behind the Scenes Series

We’re launching a ‘behind the scenes’ series on the humble beginnings of HVSafe, neighborhood politics and players in Hayes Valley who are setting out to shape policies and decisions which are impacting our community.  Why are we doing this? When there are those trying to stop our right to advocate and vocalize our views we see a need to expose … Read post

District 5 Community Meeting on Public Safety

RE: Public Safety meeting in response to recent incidents in our District online meeting date: Thursday October 28th at 6:30 pm Per Supervisor Preston: we will have representatives from SFPD, the District Attorney’s office, Victim Services, SF Safe and more. We hope that this meeting will offer D5 residents an opportunity to ask questions, receive updates on recent incidents, and … Read post