Community Benefit District Seeks Input

It might be easy for folks to confuse the new “SoMa West Community Benefit District” with our own Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District: they both serve roughly the same area within San Francisco, and they are both working to make that neighborhood safe, lively, and welcoming to residents and visitors.

So it is important for us to be clear and well-informed about the differences:  We don’t impose a tax on property owners and businesses; we don’t plan to power-wash the streets or hire safety patrols to supplement city services.  On the other hand, they don’t plan to help struggling BDSM performance artists keep their studios open, promote SOMA as a kinky vacation destination, or build a Leather Center.

But there is clearly a great deal of overlap in our interests.  So we are encouraging all members and friends of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District to do a few things:

  • Take a few minutes to fill out the Soma West CBD’s Initial Services survey. so that their priorities reflect yours;
  • Subscribe to their newsletter here, so that you hear about their meetings and activities; and
  • Consider serving on their Board of Directors, as a formal or informal representative of the Leather Community.  Full information and an application form can be found here.

Working with SoMa West CBD and other community-based Districts in the South of Market area is a priority for the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District ; you can help with that important work.  Thanks!

Cultural District Active at Pride

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the 2019 Pride Celebration!  Many of you received info cards sending you to this Web site — thanks for following up and visiting!  Feel free to browse the site, and please do consider attending our next Community Meeting (info below.)

Thanks especially to the GLBT Historical Society  who arranged the booth for us and the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District.  It was wonderful to be able to share with so many people (locals and from around the world) just how much our city values its LGBT population and culture.

And of course, maximum thanks to the wonderful volunteers who helped staff the booth over the two days.

As we said so often, to so many people:  “Help keep our city kinky!”

Help Eagle Plaza – Win Harley!

Would you like to help create the world’s first Leather-LGBTQ public space, and possibly win a new 2019 Iron 883 Black Demo Harley Davidson motorcycle or one of several other great prizes? 

I thought you would!

Then buy your tickets to the Eagle Plaza Raffle!  Tickets are $10 each, $11 if paying by credit card, and an absolute maximum of 20,000 tickets will be sold — probably a lot fewer than that — so the odds of winning are pretty good.  Besides the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, prizes include a trip for two to Mexico (Flight, Hotel & Tequila Country Tour included), a VIP package to attend International Mr. Leather 2020, or Bear Tags for Lazy Bear Week, (In each case, you can take cash instead of the prize.)  Full rules are at eagleplazaraffle.org.

Tickets cannot be purchased on line; please buy them at the SF Eagle bar, or from authorized ticket sellers, including our Outreach Chair, David Hyman.

The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 27, the day before the Up Your Alley street fair.  You do NOT have to be present to win, although we’d love to watch you accept the motorcycle at Up Your Alley!  

Of course you know about Eagle Plaza.  (If not, please visit eagleplaza.org immediately.)   Although the main cost of building and maintaining the plaza is being funded by an adjacent building developer, the Friends of Eagle Plaza is hoping to raise the last $150,000 to add all the “leather themed amenities” that will make the plaza special.  They are accepting donations of all sizes, and they are also organizing this raffle, in association with the SF Parks Alliance, the San Francisco Eagle, the Bears of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.

Although not formally associated with the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, Eagle Plaza will be a key feature of it, and will probably be the site of the Cultural District’s Second Birthday Party next May, and many other community events.  So please help make it a great space… and maybe win yourself a Harley!

General Community and Committee Meetings

Community Meetings

Now that the Cultural District has a Board of Directors and Bylaws, the monthly Community Meetings are replaced with monthly Board meetings and twice-a-year “Membership” meetings.

Please watch this web site, or your email, for information about how to become a full voting Member of the Organization, and when the first Membership Meeting is scheduled.

Board Meetings

The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for September 18, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm, in Room 204 at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco.  Community members are welcome to attend. Please note the new meeting time.  The preliminary agenda can be viewed here.

Board meetings are open to the public, and are announced on our calendar and Web site, and via emails to folks on our email list.  Board meetings are not live-streamed or video-recorded.  Minutes of Board meetings will be made public once they are approved by the Board, typically at the following meeting. They will be linked from the this page as they are posted.

 


Future Board / Community Meetings

Future Community and Board meetings will be scheduled by the new Board  of Directors, so dates and details are tentative at this time.  However, you may note that we have reserved room at the SF LGBT Center for the following dates:

 

October 16, 2019

November 20, 2019

December 18, 2019

January 15, 2020

February 19, 2020

Minutes and Videos of Past Community Meetings

The draft minutes of the August 21, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The draft minutes of the July 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The draft minutes of the June 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 15, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of April 17, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2019 can be found here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

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

The 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.


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.

* * *

Outreach and Events Committee

The last meeting of the Outreach and Events Committee was held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm., in the back of Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe, 289 8th Street (just north of Folsom) in San Francisco.  If you want to participate in future meetings, either in person or remotely,  please contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org.

The minutes of the meeting of December 11, 2018 can be viewed here.  Other Outreach Committee notes and documents are available on request from Outreach-chair@sflcd.org

* * *

Land Use Committee

The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, August 14, 2019, from  7 to 9 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting. Please contact the committee chair for more info!

The draft minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2019 are available for your review here 

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

The 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.

* * *

Finance  Committee

The Finance Committee could very much use your participation.  Special finance and accounting skills are not required — although of course they could be very helpful if you have them.  Please contact finance-chair@sflcd.org if you have an interest in this aspect of the District’s work.

* * *

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.

* * *

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.

You can view some key questions regarding the Bylaws, which we will be discussing at our Facilitated Discussion on June 8, 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.

* * *

NOTES:

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise noted, all meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

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

 

Are You On Our Email List?

Having people on our mailing list is critical:  When there’s a hearing at City Hall, or a “Town Hall” event to discuss a new development, a good turnout can make all the difference. 

So please, let us contact you when we need you!  You’ll also get notices about our monthly meetings and other events, but not too many, we promise.

Click here to add your name to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District mailing list.  You can also request to receive notices about specific Committee meetings, if you like. 

Want to share the address with your friends?  Here it is again: http://eepurl.com/djdUyf .