Grant Possibility

Resolution Regarding MOHCD Grant Application
For Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Meeting of March 20, 2019

Whereas the City of San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) has issued a Request For Proposals regarding grants from the SoMa Community Stabilization Fund, as detailed here,

And whereas this RFP was issued on Monday, March 4, 2019, and Proposals are due for delivery to the City by no later than Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.,

And whereas a number of these grants appear to be in alignment with the mission of the Cultural District, including (see page 7 of the linked file) a grant for Neighborhood Business Coordination in an amount up to $75,000, for funding of activities between 7/1/2019 and 6/30/2020, to provide the following services:

  • Outreach to and assist neighborhood business groups, small businesses and community-based organizations of the SoMa community with:
    • Creating employment opportunities for SoMa residents and workers,
    • Generating connections between residents and the business community to achieve neighborhood cohesion, and
    • Creating institutional and interpersonal linkages between residents (including youth, ages 16-26), community-based organizations and the business community in SoMa to foster and create a culture of doing business that is inclusive of the local community.

And whereas it appears that such a grant, if obtained by the Cultural District, and if used as intended, with an approved specific focus on our Organization’s geographic and cultural targets, could significantly further the vision and mission of our organization,

And whereas any such proposal would require the support and approval by our fiscal sponsor, and would require that agent to become approved as a Bidder and Supplier to the city of San Francisco.  

It is proposed that the General Assembly of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, at their Meeting of March 20, 2019, authorize the creation of an Ad Hoc Grants Committee, and the appointment of a Committee chair, and authorize that committee to research and, if it proves advisable and feasible, prepare and submit a Grant Proposal to the MOHCD SoMa Stabilization Fund, and to take such additional steps as are necessary for the preparation of that Proposal, including discussions with our Fiscal Agent, the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, which would act as the “lead agency” for the grant, to obtain their support and approval, and to facilitate their becoming certified as a City Supplier.  

Logo

As you may know, the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District voted on a logo last month; however we have since become aware that the black and white striped background was previously associated with “heterosexual pride.”  Probably not a good look for us.

So, our generous and patient graphic artist, Jon Stoa, has drafted an alternative logo for us, which we will call here Option A:

Option A:Option A

A couple of other options have been proposed:

Option B:

 

Option C:

 

Please note that all of these are sample images only.  They are are not accurate, high-resolution renderings, and should NOT be copied or used, even if/when one of them is approved by our group.

We plan to discuss, and perhaps approve, one of these replacement logos at our next meeting, on March 20, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m., at the Wicked Grounds Annex. See you there!  (A printable version of these options can be downloaded here.)

Thoughts?  Feedback?  Have a design of your own to propose?  Great!  Send them to Outreach-chair@sflcd.org.

General Community and Committee Meetings

Community Meetings

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at Wicked Grounds Annex, 293 8th Street (just north of Folsom), in San Francisco.

Please note the location.
For best results, please plan to arrive between 6:45 and 7:15 am.
(If you arrive early or late and the street door is locked,
just ask a barista at Wicked Grounds to let you in.) 

Additional future meeting dates are listed below.  Click the buttons to add these events to your Google Calendar:

April 17, 2019     

May 15, 2019

June 19, 2019

July 17, 2019

August 21, 2019

September 18, 2019

October 16, 2019

November 20, 2019

December 18, 2019

January 15, 2020

February 19, 2020

The draft minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2019 will be available soon.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The draft minutes of the meeting of February 20, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The draft minutes of the meeting of January 16, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The 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 will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., upstairs at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco.

March 26, 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 meetings are set for Wednesdays, April 10 and May 8, 2019.  All meetings will begin at 7pm, and will be held in the back bar of the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.  

April 10, 2019     

May 8, 2019     

The draft minutes of the Meeting of February 12 can be viewed here.  (You may need to ask permission to access.)

The draft minutes of the Meeting of January 10 can be viewed here.  (You may need to ask permission to access.)

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 meeting will be scheduled soon.

You can view and comment on the current draft of the proposed Bylaws for the Cultural District here.

All are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings, but please respect our Committee’s need to work efficiently in completing our time-sensitive agenda.

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

February 27, 2019   

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of February 27, 2019, can be viewed here.

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of February 6, 2019, can be viewed here.

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of January 24, 2019, can be viewed here.

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.

More Media Coverage for Cultural District

The Los Angeles Times has just printed a lengthy and excellent article about the district:  2019-03-03 – LA Times about District.

A companion video is viewable here.

Earlier articles about our Cultural District — and other LGBTQ districts —  include these:

If you see other articles of interest, please let us know about them!

 

Land Use Survey

As you may know, the Land Use Committee of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is charged with organizing and advocating on behalf of our community priorities, both at public hearings and in discussions and negotiations with local project developers and community leaders.

We have created a brief survey, to help us begin to get a sense of where our organization’s members — and our community as a whole — want us to focus some of our efforts.

The survey is not scientific or binding upon the group.  It is intended to gather only general information and preferences, and get us all thinking about how we will deal with future challenges and opportunities..

The survey is anonymous, and will take only a few minutes to complete.  Please go to
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCDlanduse2019 and share your thoughts and opinions with us.

Thanks very much.  The survey results will appear on this Web site soon.