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Signs for DNA Meetings

Original Text of Fundraiser:

Jan 28: DNA hasn’t posted signs to announce upcoming meetings for many years now. They don’t have a treasury or budget, and rely on local merchants (Crow Bar, Summermoon, Sage Coffee) to pay the printing bill for the newsletter on their behalf.

At the time that NextDoor came to our attention, Dawson Neighborhood was not represented there. There were three new neighborhoods mapped out over the area which Dawson exists in. The three group Founders who wanted to bring their neighbors together, and folks who had joined over the previous year, simply didn’t know Dawson Neighborhood already existed! In other words, the established representative body, called the DNA, were so low on everyone’s radar, that some folks were literally thinking “hey, let’s get a neighborhood association going!”. This, despite the bi-monthly newsletters, though these don’t reach many apartment and condo dwellers, who are a rapidly growing majority of Dawson’s population.

We seek to take the first steps to remedy this “invisibility” by providing the DNA with signs for their bi-monthly meetings.

I’ve requested quotes from 19 local sign makers. I would like to raise exactly $200 to purchase 25 single sided 24×18″ corrugated plastic (coroplast) signs from North Loop Signs. This is the minimum order for this price point, and is an awesome deal over all others I’ve found.

I initially started a drive in the DNA Yahoo Group to get signs. Our effort lost cohesion after one individual offered to provide 5 signs. He has since completely withdrawn his offer, and stated that he will not be participating in any other effort to raise money or provide signs. Now that we are on our own, it is all the more important that we come through for the Neighborhood!

Disclosure: Funds collected go to the account of my PC repair business. I’ll open my “books” to anyone who wishes to confirm that I am handling money properly. Upon reaching or exceeding the $200 goal, the button will be removed/deactivated, and any surplus will be refunded to whoever donated earliest, upon their request, through the end of February.

I am also looking for volunteers to help me put up signs, most likely Fri 07 /Sat 08. I’ve got the cedar allergies very bad this year, and I shouldn’t be outside. I’ll do this regardless, and look forward to seeing you at the DNA meeting the second Monday of February!

Here’s what the signs will look like, the space after “This Monday,” is for putting different dates on adhesive sheets:

Jan 29: DNA President Myron Smith asks that I clarify they are not sponsoring any fundraiser for the signs. There is no official association between this fundraiser and the Dawson Neighborhood Association. However, they know we are providing signs. In face-to-face discussion, we agreed to each add a sticker to half of the signs stating “Signs sponsored by…” to make it clear that Nextdoor and are not the sponsors of the meeting itself. Myron texted me the next day, saying she was busy and directed me to do them all myself.

Donations for the Dawson Neighborhood Association Meeting Signs


Feb 3: Thanks to everyone who came together to make this a successful venture! In all, $254.60 was raised (after PayPal fees). The signs were ordered Monday morning, Feb 3, and should be ready to pick up by Thu Feb 6. The order was slightly different from earlier expectations; 25 single-sided, 24″ X 18″ corrugated plastic signs with H-stakes came to a grand total of $257.09 with taxes. The text of the sign will now be adhesive vinyl instead of screen printed. North Loop Sign agreed to provide the more expensive vinyl signs for the price originally quoted for the screen printed ones, and sold us 25 stakes at $1/ea instead of $2.50. They have our sincere appreciation.

Below is the PayPal activity report for all donations received. You may click on it for full-sized view:

Feb 3: I have already paid for the signs. Once I receive the Invoice, I will add it here!

Feb 6: The signs have been picked up, I just need to attach the date and some identification to them, then I’ll be hitting the pavement looking for space!

Here is the invoice:

Feb 8: Here is a BatchGeo Map showing where our signs were placed. You can click the icons to see the name of the business and the name of the authorizing manager there. This could be useful when returning to plant signs each 2 months.

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DNA to vote on Ban Against Parking On Grass

For the folks who are not members of the DNA Yahoo Group, this issue is being discussed in the Yahoo group today, and is one which the City asks DNA to vote on every year. It’s always been voted down, but It keeps coming back. I suspect the City would like it banned, but we’ve been too laid-back about it to agree. It will be voted upon this Monday, 10th. Please attend to vote on it! Anyone who operates a business, lives within, or owns property within Dawson Neighborhood can vote on whatever comes up at any DNA meeting they attend (but someone tell me if this is a DNPCT issue; voting eligibility is different; but I think they just do land use/construction matters).

Some of the pro-ban examples have run along the extremes of things; lawns full of junk cars, loud automotive work going on early in the morning right on property lines, visual appeal of cars not parked neatly upon paved driveways. I’ll let the ban supporters elaborate, since i’m on the other side. Also, I wonder if some of these examples stem from some neighborly feuds…

Here on my block, I think *everyone* has cars parked side-by-side, over the edge of their driveways and upon the grass. I can think of a number of folks nearby who have RVs parked alongside their houses. Yes, close to the property line, but who is it hurting? I’ve no problem with neighbors who have some bare patches on their lawn. None of my business. The drought did far worse to the grass. I’d consider an RV parked between houses to be a good thing; it provides more privacy by blocking the view, right? We’re tolerant of the noise caused in the mornings by the welding and auto shops surrounding us (but not of the power surges that lock my computer up… grrrr).

So my contribution to the Yahoo discussion, before my posts stopped showing up, was that banning yard parking is the wrong approach to what really sounds like a noise issue (in that particular example). It’s a “nuclear option” that will hurt more people than would benefit.

My second example, which was censored, was that we’d rather park both of our vehicles side-by-side, closer to the house and motion-sensitive flood lights. One of our cars has been broken into twice in the last 3 years. They were going to steal it; they’d moved our trash cans aside in order to quietly coast the car down the hill. The thieves abandoned the car when the steering column locked. If we had to park our cars one behind another, that would leave one of them “parked-in”, too. Lots of people would likewise be inconvenienced by being parked in and hunting for keys and family members to move their cars around. Also, Sonja, who is my landlady, walks with assistance. It would mean a much longer walk for her to carry groceries. Lastly, it would block a wide swath of the view our security camera has. I feel confident that there’s no reason my post should have been censored. I’m thankful there’s more than one tightly controlled venue for the neighborhood to discuss things in.

So I’m bringing this topic up for the benefit of our neighbors not in the loop with Yahoo, and so the discussion can include perfectly decent points which are being edited for content in the other discussion group. What are the feelings of the rest of us, on both sides of this issue of yard parking?

I encourage anyone aware of other issues being discussed or voted on at the DNA meeting to bring those up too; please start a separate topic for it.

(I ask that we not digress into our grievances with individuals, the Yahoo Group or DNA, those are other issues entirely, and need to be conducted without making personal attacks.)

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Upcoming Events

Every Weekday: So60+ Social Group at Durwood Senior Center, 2508 Durwood Street. Daily Schedule Here.

Be sure to look in the right hand column of this page for the next three events on our calendar. Full calendar HERE.

Six times yearly: Dawson Neighborhood Ass’n Meetings, second Monday of each even-numbered month (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) at 6:30 PM, 2508 Durwood St.

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