Links for January Meeting

For your convenience, here are links to important documents relevant to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Community Meeting of Wednesday, January 16, 2019:

Agenda.

Minutes of SFLCD Community Meeting 12/19/2018

Draft of Proposed Bylaws Sections for Member Review and Action

Proposed Election Procedures

Feedback Form

Outreach Committee Proposal Regarding Organization Names and Acronyms
(Supplemental info available here.)

Steering Committee Proposal

Draft of Bylaws Articles Ready For Review

The Governance Committee is pleased to present the first draft of a number of the Bylaws Articles that we have worked through and are recommending for our Members’ input.

Below are links to two separate documents:

Draft of Proposed Bylaws sections for member review and action — This document reflects proposed language for key Bylaws areas for the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District’s intended 501(c)3 non-profit incorporation.

We have included the Mission and Vision Statements in Article II, which were reviewed and approved by the members last summer, as well as our physical boundaries as described in the approved, legal legislation.

Please read this document carefully and submit your comments, using the link provided, by Monday January 14th. (Please do NOT attempt to make suggestions or add comments to the document itself).  

Note that this draft includes the following Articles: Name, Mission, Boundaries, Membership, Officers and Finance. Still to come are several remaining Articles: Governing Board, Board and Member Meetings, Committees, Grievances, Amendments, etc. Our intent is to provide the remaining Articles for your review before the February meeting.

We encourage your thoughtful questions and comments.  We look forward to the discussion at the meeting on Wednesday, January 16, starting at 7 pm, at SF Catalyst.  A vote is not requested at this time.

Proposed Election Procedures — This document lays out our proposal for how our Board of Directors should be elected.  It includes both material that will be in the Bylaws, and additional details which will be more appropriate for “policies and procedures” documentation.  We want you to know and comment on this package now, because it deals with the Board elections which we hope to have once the Bylaws are approved.  Please read it through and let us know if these plans are unclear or raise any concerns.

Again, to summarize, here are the links:

Thanks very much for taking the time to read, think about, and respond to  these materials. Please note that once the Bylaws have been reviewed and conditionally approved by the Members, we will then forward them for examination by an attorney familiar with California non-profit laws . 

We look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. We will address them prior to the February meeting. Please utilize the feedback form so we may have an organized assessment of all contributions.As always, you can keep up to date with the District by following our page on Facebook, joining our group on Fetlife, or browsing our Web site.

Thanks!  

Rand and Ren
Governance Committee
Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

 

Map of District

We are working on a map showing the District Boundaries and some of the important current and former LGBTQ and Leather businesses in and around it.  You can view and interact with it below, or on Google Maps here.  Historic sites are based on the published work of Gayle Rubin, to whom we are very grateful.  Errors are our own, however, and may be reported to web@leatheralliance.org.

A document is available here which includes the formal boundary definition, a list of the street addresses included in the Cultural District, and a small-scale map.

Another map of “Leather History” in South of Market San Francisco was put together by Hunter Fox, and can be found here.

General Community and Committee Meetings

Community Meetings

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.  Meeting dates for 2019 are listed below.

Click the buttons below to add these events to your Google Calendar:

January 16, 2019   

February 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

April 17, 2019

May 15, 2019

June 19, 2019

July 17, 2019

August 21, 2019

September 18, 2019

The draft minutes of the meeting of December 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting in two parts, here and here.

The minutes of the meeting of November 14, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of the last 90 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of October 17, 2018 can be downloaded here. You can view a live stream of (the first 45 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of August 15, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here(Note:  The recording starts with about 8 minutes of dead air, and is cut off abruptly after roughly 2 hours.  Apologies for these glitches.)

The minutes of the meeting of July 18, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

You can view the minutes of the meeting of June 20, 2018 here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.  The Board Structure that we approved at that meeting can be seen here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 16, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

Minutes of the Community Meeting of April 18, 2018 can be found here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of March 14, 2018 can be seen here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of February 19, 2018, are available here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the Community Meeting of January 6, 2018, can be viewed here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the meeting of November 29, 2017, are available here.  Another set of notes are available here.

Notes from the meeting of November 20, 2017 can be viewed here.

Notes from the meeting of November 14, 2017 can be viewed here.

You may view video of the community meetings — live streaming or recorded — at our Facebook Group here

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Committees

The District has a number of standing Committees hard at work, and your participation is welcome.

If you are currently receiving emails regarding the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, you can check on or change your membership on the various Committees, (including the Land Use, Governance and Outreach Committees, as well as the new Nightlife/Entertainment, Business, and Organizations Committees) by using the update your preferences link at the very bottom of any email you receive from us.

If you are NOT receiving our emails, you should fix that by signing up here, and indicating which Committees you are interested in.

You can also express interest in serving on the Nominating Committee, but participation on that Committee will be probably be limited under the District Bylaws, which are still being finalized.

You can also sign up for our Committees at any of our open Community Meetings, listed above.

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Outreach Committee

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Outreach Committee is set for Tuesday, January 22, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco.

January 22, 2019     

The draft minutes of the meeting of December 11, 2018 can be viewed here.

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Land Use Committee

The next Land Use Committee meeting is set for Thursday January 10, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the space above Mr. S Leather, 385-A 8th Street (near Harrison).  Please note this special, one-time location.

An outline of the functions and structure of the Land Use Committee can be viewed here.

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Finance  Committee

The Finance Committee meeting is currently being formed, so this is a great time to join!  The best way is to use the update your preferences link at the very bottom of any email you receive from us.  If you are not receiving our emails, you should sign up here, and indicating which Committees you are interested in.

Special finance and accounting skills are not required — although of course they could be very helpful if you have them.  Please contact Bob if you have questions or a special interest in this aspect of the District’s work.

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Legislative Committee

Legislative Committee meetings are scheduled when needed.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of March 7, 2018 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of February 12, 2018 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meetings of January 4 and January 30, 2018 should be available soon.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 21, 2017 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 5, 2017 are available here.

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Governance Committee

The next Governance Committee meetings are set for Thursday, January 24, and Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103.

Click the button below to add this event to your Google Calendar:

January 24, 2019   

February 6, 2019   

If you wish to be on this Committee, please sign up here. Note that the Governance Committee deals with lots of documents.  To view those documents, click here to join the Leather District Slack team.

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of December 12, 2018, will be posted soon.

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of December 5, 2018, can be downloaded here.

The approved minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of November 28, 2018, can be downloaded here.

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of November 21, 2018, can be downloaded here.

Meetings of the the Governance Committee were also held on August 22 and 29, September 12, and October 10, 2018, at SF Catalyst.  Because these meetings focused on editing of various draft Bylaws documents, formal minutes were not prepared.

Notes on the Governance Committee meeting of Tuesday, July 10th, can be downloaded here.

Notes from the Governance Committee meetings of February 9 and 28, March 12 and 29, and April 11, will be posted if available.

The notes from the Governance Committee meeting of Friday, February 2, 2018, can be found here.

The notes from the Governance Committee meeting of Thursday, January 25, 2018, can be found here.

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NOTES:

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise announced, our meetings are held at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103.

For all General Community meetings, and most Committee meetings, ASL interpreters and/or wheelchair access will be provided if requested at least two days in advance.  Please send requests to the Committee Chair, or LCD@hellobob.net.

To receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information , please visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf to join the mailing list.  Be sure to indicate the Committees in which you are interested.  If you are already receiving “MailChimp” messages from us, use the “update your preferences” link at the very bottom of one of those messages to review and adjust your memberships.

Join A Committee!

You are cordially invited and encouraged to join any of  the active Committees of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District:

  • Outreach Committee, chaired by Steve Gaynes and David Hyman
  • Governance Committee, chaired by Rand Hunt
  • Land Use Committee, chaired by Dahn Van Laarz
  • Finance Committee, chaired by Pat Collins, Lex King and Jonathan Schroder
  • Legislative Committee, chaired by Bob Goldfarb

Special expertise and relevant experience and skills are welcome, but they are not required. What is more important is that you represent our community with common sense and a sincere desire to help.

Your time commitment need not be great — even just a couple of hours per month could be enough. But the role and responsibility you will have in guiding our group will be a large and important one.

For these Committees– as for all our District’s work — getting a diverse cross-section of our kinky and queer communities to join in is important. Please help us make sure that we reflect and respond to your interests — as an individual, and as a representative of other trans folks, younger folks, non-binary folks, POCs, or any other element of our broad and beautiful L&LGBTQ spectrum.

You can join any of these Committees most easily by clicking on the words “update your preferences” at the very bottom of any “Mailchimp” email message you get from us.   If you are NOT currently receiving those emails, you can sign up at http://eepurl.com/djdUyf, and indicate your committee interests at the same time.  

You can also sign up for Committees at any of our open Community Meetings.  Or write to the our group’s Chairperson, Robert Goldfarb, for more information.

Upcoming Meetings

Here is a quick summary of some upcoming meetings.  See the post entitled “General Community and Committee Meetings”  for details, minutes, etc:

The next Land Use Committee meeting is set for Thursday January 10, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the sapce above Mr. S Leather, 385-A 8th Street (near Harrison).  Please note this special, one-time location.

The next Governance Committee meeting is set for Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103.

The next Outreach Committee meeting will be scheduled soon.

The next full Community Meeting (aka the “General Assembly” or “Membership Meeting”) is set for Wednesday January 16, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm, at SF Catalyst.

Stakeholder Committees

We also plan to have three “Stakeholder Committees”.

  • Nightlife Committee
  • Business Committee
  • Organizations Committee

These Committees have not yet met or had a chairperson assigned to them, but they will be tasked to identify and follow up on issues relevant to them, and bring those issues to the Board or membership for action.  Also, once the Bylaws are complete and we are ready to elect our Board of Directors, each of these Committees will identify and recommend people to serve in the “Reserved” seats on the Board.

Nominating Committee

You can also express interest in serving on the Nominating Committee, but participation on that Committee will be probably be limited under the District Bylaws, which are still being finalized.

Notes

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise announced, our meetings are held at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103.

For most meetings, ASL interpreters and/or wheelchair access will be provided if requested at least two days in advance.  Please send requests to the Committee Chair, or LCD@hellobob.net.

Once again, to receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information, please visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf to join the mailing list.  Be sure to indicate the Committee(s) in which you are interested.  If you are already receiving “MailChimp” messages from us, use the “update your preferences” link at the very bottom of one of those messages to review and adjust your memberships.

Committee members are also encouraged to sign up for a “@sflcd.org” email address.  You can choose to use this for actual email or not, but having the account will allow you to access Committee documents on our new Google Drive, and participate in Committee discussions using Google Hangouts Chat (“@Chat”).  To get an account, please write to Dahn@sflcd.org  and he will be in touch to get you set up.