August 25 - Ananda Joy Hart is a person you should meet. She is a lawyer who speaks like an ordinary person, except she isn't ordinary. She is the dynamic Managing Director of City Youth Now (cityyouthnow.org), an organization that has been helping kids in San Francisco's juvenile justice and foster care systems since 1950. CYN is a low-overhead, get-it-done organization based at Juvenile Hall on Woodside Avenue, just around the corner from our neighborhood. Ananda will describe some of CYN's many programs, with an emphasis on the impact they have had on particular kids. If you're inclined to think do-gooders don't do much good, you'll think differently after you've heard from Ananda.
September 4: All City Symphony Evening- Paid up SHARP members will be able to purchase tickets to the All San Francisco Concert at Davies Hall for $10 each. Details and order form will come to members by mail. If you are not paid up go to the membership page of the web site and send in your 2014 dues.
September 15: SHARP will hold an Election Forum on September 15 at 7 PM at 1736-9th Avenue. Local ballot measures to be discussed include the $15/hour Minimum Wage (Proposition J), Affordable Housing (Prop. K), Taxing Ellis Act Evictions (G), and Golden Gate Park Fields/Park Renovation (Props H and I). Please join your neighbors in this discussion and meet your San Francisco candidates for office
September 29: Ready or Not: Is the Bay Area Prepared for Climate Change?
Global efforts to slow climate change have largely failed. As sea levels continue to rise and extreme weather intensifies, how prepared are we in the Bay Area? What are we doing to adapt to drought, wildfire, and storm-related flooding, and who is doing it? Laura Tam will describe efforts to build climate-change resilience here, including projects to manage water supply problems and sea-level rise. Since 2007, Laura has been the Sustainable Development Policy Director for SPUR (http://www.spur.org/about/staff/laura-tam), a nonprofit public policy think tank devoted to good planning and good government in the Bay Area.