FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shabbir J. Imber Safdar
NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZERS PRAISE UCSF’S NEW COMMUNITY RELATIONS TRANSPARENCY POLICY
NEW POLICY ADDRESSES LONG-STANDING COMPLAINTS ABOUT OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY
FEBRUARY 20, 2012 (San Francisco, CA) – Neighborhood organizers around University of California San Francisco’s Parnassus campus today praised a new and progressive policy (local cached copy) adopted by UCSF’s Community Relations department. The new policy, which sets clear standards for notification and openness of community meetings, ensures sufficent notice and access to meetings UCSF uses to gathering community input about upcoming projects.
On January 29, 2012, neighborhood organizers delivered a petition from 30 Parnassus campus neighbors to UCSF Community Relations asking for new policies regarding notice and openness of public community meetings, Community Advisory Group meetings, and Community Advisory Group Action Team meetings. University Vice-Chancellor Barbara French responded to the neighbors by making advanced notice and public openness of these meeting departmental policy across all UCSF campuses.
“For months we have been fielding complaints from neighbors that they weren’t getting notices about community advisory group meetings, or getting them with only a few days notice” said Shabbir J. Imber Safdar, a UCSF-Parnassus neighbor and one of the organizers of the letter from neighbors. “The effect was to create a community input process that some members of the community were effectively excluded from. We applaud this new policy and the Vice-Chancellor’s public adoption of transparency.”
Gene Salazar, one of the other co-organizers of the letter, underscored the importance of the policy. “The perception that UCSF solicits community input from a hand-picked group of sympathetic neighbors called the Community Advisory Group has been extremely inefficient. Ensuring that these three types of meetings are sufficiently noticed and open to the public will eliminate the suspicion in the neighborhood that UCSF is attempting to skirt the community input step.”
You can read the new policy on UCSF’s Community Relations website at: http://www.ucsf.edu/sites/default/files/documents/ucsf-community-meeting-notification.pdf It was announced to the neighbors and placed on the UCSF website on Feb. 14th, 2012.
UCSF Neighbors is a project of Shabbir J. Imber Safdar and Gene Salazar, 5th Avenue neighbors of UCSF-Parnassus campus. The website is a clearinghouse for information about projects that have an impact on the neighborhoods surrounding UCSF campuses.