The board met on July 18 and took one action. After receiving a report from the executive director about newsletter operations, a majority voted to offer a paper newsletter to those who desire it but to otherwise focus on an emailed version. This change is one of several expected as branding and messages are revamped. The transition is expected to start immediately (September 1).

The board was assured that neighbors (regardless of KWA membership) will be given multiple opportunities to opt into a paper newsletter: notice through this August newsletter, through a letter, and through a postcard. The special Fair edition of the newsletter will continue to be delivered in hardcopy.

The board also heard a presentation from City staff regarding the improvements to South Alamo Street. From César Chávez to Pereida, the street will be milled and an overlay installed, plus striping for a 5-foot bike lane. Bulb-outs will be installed to protect the crosswalk at The Friendly Spot and VIA bus stop at B&D Ice House. New lighting will be installed, as well as pavers between the sidewalk and curb. Trees will be removed from existing bulb-outs and eventually replaced. Anyone interested in receiving one of the trees should contact the KWA office.

Councilman Treviño is holding a meeting on August 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the KWA office to discuss short-term rentals and the new land use plans.

The Finance Committee will be meeting in August to work on KWA’s budget. If you have ideas about what should be addressed, contact a committee or board member.

KWA hired an intern, Marisela Casanova, who is studying architecture with a certification in historic preservation. She attended her first HDRC meeting on KWA’s behalf on July 18.

This column is not intended to replace the official minutes.

On a personal note, I opposed the newsletter change as premature. Good financial stewardship starts with an understanding of our mission and goals. Our long-range plan, however, expired in 2016, at a time of fundamental change in the neighborhood. In my opinion, the board does not have a clear appreciation of the neighborhood’s needs or desires. I encourage you to share your vision: are we a “pass through” non-profit funding others, or are we focused on preserving the neighborhood and if so, what does that mean?

--Rose Kanusky