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After months of discussion, the office of Mayor Gavin Newsom has acted on an August threat to evict the HANC recycling center in Golden Gate Park, one of the only places in SF where one can return bottles and cans for their cash deposit value. Newsom is expected to issue a 90 day eviction notice, which should be delivered to the center today.

The Center’s been a source of multiple pro-closure columns from the Chronicle’s C.W. Nevius, similarly themed letters to the Chronicle’s editor, a documentary film, and a passionate editorial to preserve the center from the Bay Guardian’s Tim Redmond.

After determining that the Newsom administration did indeed have the legal right to bounce the center, SF’s Rec and Parks voted to evict them Thursday night, even after an emergency meeting by those who sought to keep the center open.

Rec and Parks is now planning a community garden for the space. — EB

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  • areallyniceguy

    Thank you, Mayor Newsom. Thank you very much.

  • areallyniceguy

    Thank you, Mayor Newsom. Thank you very much.

  • Greg Dewar

    Newsom seems intent on being the biggest asshole at City Hall right up until his coronation as Lite Governor next month.

    Fuck him, fuck CW Nevius and fuck all the assholes who stole this away from the people who live here.

  • Greg Dewar

    Newsom seems intent on being the biggest asshole at City Hall right up until his coronation as Lite Governor next month.

    Fuck him, fuck CW Nevius and fuck all the assholes who stole this away from the people who live here.

  • Oaxaca1

    Back when he first started his rant about poor people recycling in the Haight, I wrote to C.W. Nevius and told him that I lived on one of SF’s staircases, could not use the city’s huge cans and relied on the recycling center. I also told him that while there were some people who appeared destitute selling bottles and cans, most of the people I saw arrived in mini-vans loaded with recycling to cash in — not that I minded in the least that the destitute were making ends meet by collecting unwanted stuff. His reply was essentially that he DID mind the destitute either selling recycle materials or, it seemed, being in the city at all. It must give him a warm holiday feeling to know that they will have to drag their stuff 2 miles to the Duboce center and 10 employees will be out of work.

  • Oaxaca1

    Back when he first started his rant about poor people recycling in the Haight, I wrote to C.W. Nevius and told him that I lived on one of SF’s staircases, could not use the city’s huge cans and relied on the recycling center. I also told him that while there were some people who appeared destitute selling bottles and cans, most of the people I saw arrived in mini-vans loaded with recycling to cash in — not that I minded in the least that the destitute were making ends meet by collecting unwanted stuff. His reply was essentially that he DID mind the destitute either selling recycle materials or, it seemed, being in the city at all. It must give him a warm holiday feeling to know that they will have to drag their stuff 2 miles to the Duboce center and 10 employees will be out of work.

  • Andy Joe

    Rec & Park seems to be talking out of both sides of its mouth lately.

    Side 1: they justify commercial ventures in parks around town by citing the need for revenue (this story from ABC7 aired on 12/2: http://bit.ly/eDEYVg).

    Side 2: also on 12/2, they give an eviction notice to the non-profit Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery that has been paying them rent for decades. Not only will they loose the revenue from the Recycling Center, they now have find funds to convert the site into a garden.

    Maybe if the Center had sold coffee along w/ native plants they would have been viewed as a more appropriate tenant.

  • Andy Joe

    Rec & Park seems to be talking out of both sides of its mouth lately.

    Side 1: they justify commercial ventures in parks around town by citing the need for revenue (this story from ABC7 aired on 12/2: http://bit.ly/eDEYVg).

    Side 2: also on 12/2, they give an eviction notice to the non-profit Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery that has been paying them rent for decades. Not only will they loose the revenue from the Recycling Center, they now have find funds to convert the site into a garden.

    Maybe if the Center had sold coffee along w/ native plants they would have been viewed as a more appropriate tenant.

  • Erik

    A recycling operation is not an appropriate use for park space.

    I was out for breakfast in the inner sunset this morning and overheard a bunch of old folks talking about a recent tv news story about the recycling place and one of them said something about the story not being that negative because they didn’t bring up that people are constantly stealing from the place.

  • Erik

    A recycling operation is not an appropriate use for park space.

    I was out for breakfast in the inner sunset this morning and overheard a bunch of old folks talking about a recent tv news story about the recycling place and one of them said something about the story not being that negative because they didn’t bring up that people are constantly stealing from the place.

  • renegade

    When I had a dayjob, HANC was the place to drop off all the excess material after a housecleaning. HANC is a no-frills, no questions asked venue to recycle stuff that’s too much for the small resident bins. It’s probably a place where elderly Chinese and other scavenges take cans and bottles dug out of garbage receptacles when elite people shun recycling or litter the streets. The positives outweigh the negatives.

  • renegade

    When I had a dayjob, HANC was the place to drop off all the excess material after a housecleaning. HANC is a no-frills, no questions asked venue to recycle stuff that’s too much for the small resident bins. It’s probably a place where elderly Chinese and other scavenges take cans and bottles dug out of garbage receptacles when elite people shun recycling or litter the streets. The positives outweigh the negatives.

  • Erik

    That’s great but that kind of operation doesn’t belong in a city park.

  • Erik

    That’s great but that kind of operation doesn’t belong in a city park.

  • Josh

    Has anyone tested the soil? Traditionally, light industrial sites do not make good sites for vegetable gardens because of the toxic chemicals used in operation and spilled.

    I hope the site finds a home. Perhaps they can sue the city to do so, given the appearance of political payback.

  • Josh

    Has anyone tested the soil? Traditionally, light industrial sites do not make good sites for vegetable gardens because of the toxic chemicals used in operation and spilled.

    I hope the site finds a home. Perhaps they can sue the city to do so, given the appearance of political payback.

  • Josh

    Has anyone tested the soil? Traditionally, light industrial sites do not make good sites for vegetable gardens because of the toxic chemicals used in operation and spilled.

    I hope the recycling center finds a new home. Perhaps they can sue the city to do so, given the appearance of political payback. Because all those people who were legally making money, many of them were using that money for rent and medicine. It was in fact a successful business given how many people were actually using it.

  • Josh

    Has anyone tested the soil? Traditionally, light industrial sites do not make good sites for vegetable gardens because of the toxic chemicals used in operation and spilled.

    I hope the recycling center finds a new home. Perhaps they can sue the city to do so, given the appearance of political payback. Because all those people who were legally making money, many of them were using that money for rent and medicine. It was in fact a successful business given how many people were actually using it.