Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 26 / 25 June 2015
 

Pink Party entertainers, beneficiaries announced

Crowds cheered and had fun during Pink Saturday 2012. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Crowds cheered and had fun during Pink Saturday 2012. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Organizers of the Pink Party, the street festival planned for San Francisco’s Castro district Saturday, June 27, the night before the city’s LGBT Pride parade, have announced the entertainment lineup and beneficiaries.

The music lineup will include Disco Daddy, featuring DJ Bus Station John; Hard French, with Tom Temprano and Brown Amy; the Monster Show, featuring Sugah Betes, Sue Casa, and others; and Shawna Virago.

Beneficiaries, who will provide volunteers for the party and share in proceeds from the gate, will include Bay Area Young Positives, the Center for Sex and Culture, and El/La Para TransLatinas.

The Pink Party, which will run from 3 to 8 p.m., takes the place of Pink Saturday, the annual event that drew thousands of people to the Castro’s streets for more than 20 years. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which ran the event for years and own the Pink Saturday name, opted not to produce the party this year, citing concerns about violence.

San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center stepped in to spearhead the event this year, at the request of gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose District 8 includes the Castro.

Unlike previous years, when the city declined to provide any direct funding for the party, the city is covering expenses for this year’s event. Rebecca Rolfe, the community center’s executive director, said in an email Wednesday, June 10 that the budget hasn’t been finalized. However, this year’s festival is expected to cost more than the $80,000 needed for the 2014 celebration.

The Sisters are planning to hold a revamped Pink Saturday at another location next year.

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There’s a suggested donation of $10 for Pink Party, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. People interested in volunteering may sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0845ada62f4-pink.

A full list of entertainers and beneficiaries is available on the festival’s Facebook page.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 11, 2015 @ 9:56 am PST
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SF mayor welcomes plaintiff in US Supreme Court marriage case

Marriage lawsuit plaintiff Jim Obergefell. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Marriage lawsuit plaintiff Jim Obergefell. Photo: Rick Gerharter

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other officials gathered at City Hall today (Wednesday, June 10) to greet Jim Obergefell, the namesake plaintiff in the same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lee and others also pledged that even if, as is expected, the court announces this month that gay marriage will be legal in all 50 states, more work needs to be done to protect LGBTs across the country against discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas.

“Your bravery, your courage, and your willingness to take a stand are an example” to everyone who values equality and fairness, Lee told Obergefell.

Obergefell married John Arthur in July 2013. Arthur died about three months later from ALS. The couple’s home state of Ohio has refused to recognize their marriage.

At the event on the mayor’s balcony Wednesday, Obergefell said, “I never thought I would have to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend our marriage,” but “I promised to love, honor, and protect my partner John.”

He added, “Marriage isn’t the end of our battle for equality. … I promise to keep up the fight for the LGBT community until full equality is truly a reality.”

Obergefell is the plaintiff at the heart of the case Obergefell v. Hodges. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case in April.

Chad Griffin, CEO of the national Human Rights Campaign, said at the mayor’s event Wednesday that his organization is working on legislation aimed at protecting LGBTs across the country from discrimination. He didn’t know when a bill would be introduced.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on this story in the Tuesday, June 16 edition of the online column Wedding Bells Ring.

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 10, 2015 @ 4:22 pm PST
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Victim in ’13 SF Pride shooting agrees to delay in trial

Shooting victim Trevor Gardner

Shooting victim Trevor Gardner

A man who was shot at San Francisco’s LGBT Pride festival in 2013 has agreed to a delay in the trial in his lawsuit against event organizers, acknowledging that June is a busy month for them.

Among other factors in the delay, Trevor Gardner, 25, of Los Angeles, is also recuperating from a surgery related to his injury.

This year’s LGBT Pride celebration and parade are set for Saturday, June 27 to Sunday, June 28.

In his lawsuit filed last may against the city’s LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, Gardner claimed the nonprofit neglected to provide adequate security at the 2013 event. The committee responded through court documents that Gardner had failed “to use diligent care.”

In an application for the delay filed in court Monday, June 1, both sides agreed to continue the trial from October 5 to November 2.

The Pride nonprofit and its workers “would be profoundly burdened in having to sit for depositions during the planning of this event in May and June,” the application says.

Also, Gardner “required surgery on his injury at issue in this litigation” May 19, the documents say, and he needs “at least six weeks to convalesce from his injuries.” Discovery on his injuries will have to take place after he recuperates.

Finally, Gardner’s attorney is supposed to begin an unrelated trial in July.

“Plaintiff and defendant wish to accommodate each of these scheduling matters and to complete all necessary discovery in this matter,” says the application, which Superior Court Judge John K. Stewart granted.

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 4, 2015 @ 5:43 pm PST
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Transgender Doubtfire arsonist sentenced to probation

Tyqwon Eugene Welch, in an undated photo, has been sentenced to probation for setting fire to the Mrs. Doubtfire house.

Tyqwon Eugene Welch, in an undated photo, has been sentenced to probation for setting fire to the Mrs. Doubtfire house.

A transgender woman was sentenced today (Thursday, June 4) to five years of probation for setting fire to the San Francisco home made famous in the 1993 Robin Williams film Mrs. Doubtfire.

Tyqwon Eugene Welch, 26, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of unlawfully causing a fire to an inhabited structure and one count of possession of an incendiary device. She had previously proclaimed her innocence, saying in a jailhouse interview in March, “I didn’t do any of that stuff.”

Besides probation, Welch’s sentence also includes a year in jail, but because of the time she’s already served since her January arrest, she’s likely to be released today. She’s being allowed to serve her probation in Los Angeles.

Superior Court Judge James Collins ordered Welch, who didn’t make any statements about the fire Thursday, to stay 150 yards away from Dr. Douglas Ousterhout, who owns the Doubtfire home, and others. She also must register as an arsonist for life.

Ousterhout performed facial feminization surgery on Welch in 2014. She was unhappy with the results, and in January 2015, she set fire to the front door and garage doors of the doctor’s house, according to Welch’s plea and prosecutors.

In court today, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Clark expressed some concern that Welch would abide by the stay away order.

“There was some letter writing” and “computer work” up until the time of Welch’s May 14 plea, he said, and there’s a need to pay “close attention to whether or not the terms of that stay away order are being complied with,” he said.

Clark’s statement suggested Welch has been trying to contact Ousterhout, but he didn’t provide details of what exactly he was referring to. The district attorney’s office hasn’t responded to a request for more information. Ousterhout, who wasn’t in court Thursday, has previously declined requests for comment.

[Update:] An attorney familiar with the case said Welch sent a letter to Police Chief Greg Suhr, and someone posted negative comments about Ousterhout online. Since Welch has been in jail for five months, it’s unlikely she’s had access to a computer [End update].

When the Bay Area Reporter asked Deputy Public Defender Elizabeth Hilton, Welch’s attorney, after the hearing about what Clark had been talking about, she didn’t answer.

Instead, Hilton made it clear she’s still upset that the B.A.R. had interviewed Welch in jail. Hilton had declined to facilitate such a conversation, which Welch eventually proposed by sending an invitation to the paper via her mother.

“You have a right to interview my client,” Hilton said today, but it was “such a bad thing to do.”

Hilton said she understood the circumstances under which the interview had been conducted, and she started to say something else, but she stopped mid-sentence and walked away.

Hilton has suggested Welch pleaded guilty after previously declaring her innocence in order to avoid more serious punishment.

“Miss Welch considered the serious nature of the charges against her and the risks inherent in trial and decided this was the best resolution in light of those risks,” she said in an email earlier this week.

After Robin Williams’ suicide last August, many people left flowers and messages on the sidewalk and steps in front of Ousterhout’s home, at 2640 Steiner Street in Pacific Heights, to memorialize the actor.

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 2:54 pm PST
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In Pride message, CA Senator Feinstein calls for pro-gay marriage ruling

Senator Dianne Feinstein

          Senator Dianne Feinstein

Back in 2004 California’s senior U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein faced criticism from LGBT activists when she spoke out against then-Mayor Gavin Newsom’s decision to marry same-sex couples in violation of state law.

Her calling Newsom’s move “too much, too fast, too soon,” led to Feinstein’s being given a Pink Brick award by the city’s Pride committee that June.

Eleven years later Feinstein, in her 2015 Pride month statement, is now calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country. The nation’s highest court, as soon as this coming Monday, June 8, could issue its decision in the marriage equality case known as Obergefell v. Hodges.

“Marriage equality is now the law of the land in 37 states. This month, the Supreme Court could ensure once-and-for-all that legal marriage is available to all loving, committed couples in this country,” stated Feinstein, whose office  issued her statement to commemorate LGBT Pride Month today (Thursday, June 4). “If the court rules favorably, as I very much hope it will, it will send a strong message of equality under the law for married gay and lesbian couples and their children. I believe most Americans now recognize that this is simply the right thing to do.”

Like a majority of Americans, whose support of marriage rights for same-sex couples is now above 60 percent in recent polls, Feinstein’s evolution on the issue has been just as swift. Four years after the first marriages took place in San Francisco, Feinstein appeared in television ads in the fall of 2008 urging Californians to reject Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that defined marriage in the Golden State as between a man and a woman.

“Even when I went into political life, that was the way it was. It takes time,” Feinstein told the Bay Area Reporter in 2012. “I think as you know more people, and know more people who are happily married, our views change.”

Following Prop 8’s  passage, thus reversing the California Supreme Court’s ruling in the spring of 2008 to allow same-sex marriage, Feinstein turned her focus to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. She was one of 14 senators who initially voted against the anti-gay law in 1996.

In 2011 Feinstein introduced in the Senate a version of the Respect for Marriage Act aimed at striking down DOMA. She has continued to re-introduce it, as has its House sponsor Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), in order to see the homophobic law be fully repealed.

In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, which led to the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages. The court’s decision also resulted in the four conjoined cases – from Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky – that the justices now have before them. Officials from the states are seeking to maintain their bans against same-sex marriage.

Even if the court were to strike down the remaining state-level marriage bans this month, its decision will not end the fight for full LGBT equality, as Feinstein emphasized in her Pride statement.

“Despite the incredible progress, much work remains. In many states, LGBT Americans can be fired from their job simply for who they are,” she noted. “Thousands of LGBT youth are homeless or victims of bullying. And LGBT couples who want to adopt children often face barriers.”

Feinstein added, “We must continue the march toward equality for all and I’m proud to stand with the LGBT community as we move forward.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 2:09 pm PST
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Man attacked, robbed at Castro dance club

A man suffered a concussion in an attack and robbery at a dance club in San Francisco’s Castro district early Saturday morning, police said today (Wednesday, June 3).

The incident occurred at 1:15 a.m. May 30 at a club at Market and Castro streets when “an unknown number of suspects approached” the 44-year-old victim, Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said in a summary.

After one of the suspects hit the man “over the head with an unknown object,” Esparza said, the man lost consciousness and awoke to find his cellphone, ATM card, driver’s license, keys, and cash had been taken.

The victim, who also suffered a bruised arm in the attack, took himself to the hospital.

Esparza didn’t share the name of the club where the incident happened, but The Café, 2369 Market, and Beaux, 2344 Market, are both near Castro and Market.

Café staff didn’t respond to requests for comment. Beaux co-owner Tim Eicher  said the incident didn’t appear to have occurred at his club.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information in the case may call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. People may also text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line. The incident number is 150482817.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 3, 2015 @ 1:24 pm PST
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Obama issues annual Pride proclamation

President Barack Obama Friday (May 29) issued his annual LGBT Pride Proclamation declaring June as LGBT Pride Month in advance of the numerous celebrations that will mark the occasion in cities across the country.

The president has issued the proclamation annually since taking office in 2009.

This year, Obama noted that the United States has always “expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution.”

(President Barack Obama)

(President Barack Obama)

That may prove to be the case in June when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision in a consolidated same-sex marriage case that could see such couples be allowed to wed in all 50 states. Currently, 37 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

“Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society,” the proclamation states. “But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities – that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us – and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”

Obama also mentioned his executive order earlier this year on workplace protections for LGBT federal employees went into effect.

“The federal government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love,” the president stated. “And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.”

“In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment,” the proclamation states. “My administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that it can cause substantial harm. We understand the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities – especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals – and are taking steps to address them. And we recognize that families come in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is an important protective factor against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health experts have created resources to support family communication and involvement.”

The president also said in the document that, “All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

“During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are,” the president stated.

The president concluded by calling upon citizens “to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.”

— Cynthia Laird, May 29, 2015 @ 4:31 pm PST
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SF panel grants permits to Pink Party and Trans, Dyke marches

Castro Street is jam-packed during Pink Saturday 2012. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Castro Street is jam-packed during Pink Saturday 2012. Photo: Rick Gerharter

A city panel that oversees street closures has granted permits to the organizers of this year’s Pink Party in the Castro the Saturday of Pride weekend as well as to the Trans and Dyke marches.

At its meeting this morning (Thursday, May 28), the Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation, known as ISCOTT, unanimously approved the applications for the trio of events, which have all made changes this year.

The Trans March will be closing down Dolores Street between 18th and 20th Streets between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, June 26. Due to the ongoing renovation of Dolores Park, the event has been moved into the street this year.

“In order to keep the park’s new grass nice and clear we decided to have a street event,” Trans March organizer Dylan Martin told the committee, composed of representatives from the city’s police, fire, health, and traffic departments.

The event will kick off with a youth-elder brunch at 11 a.m provided by Openhouse, the LGBT senior services agency, and youth agency LYRIC, which stands for the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center. Main stage events will begin at 3 p.m. and the march itself will start at 6 p.m.

Organizers expect up to 7,000 people to attend throughout the day, with roughly 2,500 people to take part in the march. It will end this year at United Nations Plaza.

Dyke March sets new time, route

As previously reported by the Bay Area Reporter, this year’s Dyke March has been moved to an earlier start time to coincide with the new hours for this year’s Pink Party celebration in the Castro Saturday, June 27.

The female-centric event will kick off that day with a noon rally at 18th and Dolores streets near Dolores Park. Organizers plan to close off Dolores Street between 17th and 20th Street between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to accommodate the event and march lineup.

Marchers will leave 18th and Dolores at 3:30, head north on Dolores, then east on 17th Street and north on Valencia Street before finally going west on 16th Street into the Castro. Attendees will arrive in the Castro by 5 to join the Pink Party.

The larger event is under the auspices of the LGBT Community Center this year, which is working with event producer Eliote Durham and her company on the logistics and planning for it. In February the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence decided to end their oversight of the party, which has been marred by increasing violence in recent years, and later voted not to allow the center use of the Pink Saturday moniker for this year’s party.

City officials, responding to community input, pushed for the earlier start and end times for the event. It will run from 3 to 8 p.m. this year, with street closures in the city’s gay neighborhood beginning at noon.

Organizers are hopeful they can have Market Street between Eureka and Noe streets open to traffic again between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Castro Street and the surrounding side streets should reopen shortly thereafter.

“Our permit goes to an 11 p.m. end time to allow for a safety buffer so the load out can happen,” Durham told the ISCOTT members.

Food service at trucks and tents along Market Street will end at 7 p.m., and the main stage at the intersection of Market and Castro streets will shut down at 7:30 p.m.

“This is better. This will help,” said Sergeant Bernie Corry, who represents the San Francisco Police Department on ISCOTT.

The number of entrance gates has been decreased to three this year, with everyone going to Pink Party given a wristband. It is another new element being added this year to foster a safer experience for attendees.

“It is so people don’t think they can come in and make problems,” said Durham. “This will make it feel more of a celebration, so it is not just a party that doesn’t celebrate the community.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, May 28, 2015 @ 2:24 pm PST
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SF Pride declines to ban Facebook in parade

A June 1 protest at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters will be moving forward after the San Francisco Pride board decided Tuesday that the social media giant would not be banned from participating in next month’s Pride parade.

In a joint statement from the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee and Facebook, the social media company said it will participate in the June 28 parade.

At issue is the company’s policy of using legal names instead of stage names or other names on Facebook pages. Last fall, a group of drag and trans community members, along with gay San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, met with Facebook officials but a formal agreement was not reached. The social media company did restore some drag queens’ pages that it had removed.

But SF Pride and Facebook’s statement also said that the company has committed to meeting with activists and others to discuss ongoing issues with its name policy.

Facebook “has agreed to participate in a community forum on this issue and to be represented by leaders within their organization who are empowered to authorize and facilitate further changes to the enforcement and reporting options associated with the policy,” the May 21 statement read.

No meeting date was announced.

(Sister Roma. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

(Sister Roma. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

“It looks like the SF Pride board was split down the middle but the final vote result is Facebook not being banned from Pride,” wrote Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on her Facebook page Tuesday, May 19. “Good luck to the members who falsely believe they can negotiate around the fake name reporting issue when Facebook has clearly stated to you directly that they will not budge on this issue.”

SF Pride’s action is similar to one taken by Heritage of Pride, which oversees New York City’s Pride March. Organizers of Heritage of Pride told the Bay Area Reporter last week that Facebook would be allowed to participate in its event.

SF Pride and Facebook’s statement said that they take concerns raised by the drag and transgender communities “seriously.”

“We acted immediately to meet with both the community members and Facebook to understand the issues at stake,” the statement said.

But SF Pride’s overarching mission is “education and liberation,” the statement said, “which means helping to push the LGBTQI rights movement forward where we can.”

“Facebook access is now a critical lifeline for so many people, and we are particularly concerned about the situation facing transgender youth who still may not have adequate documentation of their authentic names. SF Pride believes more must be done to address the negative effects of the authentic names reporting policy in order to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are not targeted,” the statement said.

In the statement, Facebook said that it has been a “strong supporter” of the Pride parade for many years. It also said that changes have been made to its authentic name policy.

“We’ve made significant improvements over the last nine months in the way the policy is enforced,” it said in the statement. “We look forward to ongoing discussions to make the experience even better for people who use Facebook. Specifically, we welcome recommendations from many community organizations on how to work more closely with the local and national transgender community and its leadership to improve their experience with Facebook.”

Facebook spokesman Andrew Souvall last week outlined some of the changes in an email to the B.A.R.

“Over the last several months, we’ve made some significant improvements in the implementation of this standard, including enhancing the overall experience, expanding the options available for verifying an authentic name, and allowing people continued access to their profiles while they work to verify their name,” Souvall said. “We have more work to do, and our teams will continue to prioritize these improvements.”

He said that Facebook has added what it calls Option 3, which allows people to provide the company with a legal document that does not need to include their authentic name on it, as long as they can provide Facebook with verification like mail, a magazine subscription, or other documentation that includes their authentic name.

Drag community members remain upset with SF Pride’s decision.

“We’re incredibly disappointed by SF Pride’s decision to allow Facebook to be part of this year’s Pride parade and festivities,” drag artist Lil Miss Hot Mess, who created a Change.org petition on the issue, told the B.A.R. Lil Miss said that the policy was “dangerous and discriminatory,” and also noted that the Pride board vote was an even split.

“It’s especially disheartening that after the Chelsea Manning controversy, the organization’s leadership still seems intent on putting corporate interests above the needs of the community,” Lil Miss Hot Mess said, referring to a previous Pride board’s handling of the Manning controversy ahead of the 2013 parade.

Manning, who was convicted of leaking classified documents via WikiLeaks, was named a community grand marshal two years ago but had that honor rescinded by the SF Pride board. She was named an honorary grand marshal for the 2014 parade.

For information on the Facebook protest, visit http://www.mynameiscampaign.org

– reported by David-Elijah Nahmod

— Cynthia Laird, May 21, 2015 @ 1:10 pm PST
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Leather-themed public plaza in SF competes for grant funding

A rendering of what the Eagle Plaza could look like if installed. Courtesy Friends of Eagle Plaza.

A rendering of what the Eagle Plaza could look like if installed. Courtesy Friends of Eagle Plaza.

Boosters of a plan to construct a leather-themed public plaza in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood are competing for grant funding from the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Dubbed Eagle Plaza, the parklet would be built on the block of 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice, which fronts the gay-owned Eagle bar.

The Bay Area Reporter in February broke the news that the plaza design would include elements celebrating SOMA’s ties to both the LGBT and leather communities.

Since the 1950s the neighborhood has been home to a number of gay bars and nightclubs, many catering to the leather scene.

Today, most of the remaining LGBT nightlife establishments are centered on or near 11th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets, with the Eagle a block away. The city has designated that section of western SOMA as part of an LGBTQ cultural heritage district.

Backers of Eagle Plaza contend it could serve as a focal point and main gathering spot for the LGBTQ district. The Friends of Eagle Plaza group is one of 18 finalists  competing for an action grant of up to $5,000 from the SF parks alliance, a nonprofit group that raises money for greening projects around the city.

According to the Friends of Eagle Plaza’s (FoEP) funding request, the money would be used to host a free public street closure event on a Saturday in July or August this summer to raise awareness of and build support for the project.

“The goal of Eagle Plaza Day is to engage residents, nearby business and property owners, interested stakeholders and the general public to learn more about and provide feedback on the proposed Eagle Plaza,” according to the project’s funding proposal posted online here.

The plaza boosters add that the friends group “would secure the necessary permits to temporarily close 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice Streets to cars for that one day, to simulate what Eagle Plaza might look and feel like. The event would feature a range of family-friendly activities over the course of the day, intended to attract a mix of ages, demographics, and cultures so that FoEP may receive the broadest range of feedback and engagement possible about Eagle Plaza.”

The public’s feedback at the event would then be incorporated into subsequent Eagle Plaza design and management planning, added the friends group, “so that the resulting design is as robust, community-driven, and successful as possible.”

For a complete list of the 18 projects seeking the funding, and to vote for the one that merits being funded, visit the park alliance’s grant proposal page here.

— Matthew S. Bajko, May 20, 2015 @ 3:15 pm PST
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