Bay Area Holiday Angels: Melita Rines

The Examiner celebrates people who made a difference in 2007.

Occupation: Office administrator

Residence: India Basin

What she does: Rines serves as the chair of the board of directors of the India Basin Neighborhood Association. An active environmentalist, Rines has also been part of Communities for a Better Environment and the Restoration Advisory Board for Hunters Point Shipyard. She is leading an effort to landmark the Hunters Point Shipwright’s House, while improving the south end of the San Francisco Bay Area shoreline.

Why she does it: As a 12-year resident of India Basin, Rines says she has witnessed countless acts of indiscriminate environmental actions carried out by reckless developers.

The impact: Rines’ advocacy has helped attract groups such as Literacy for Environmental Justice and Coastal Cleanup Day to the community, but she has also raised political awareness for a neighborhood tucked away in the oft-forgotten southeast corner of The City. “The Mayor knows who we are, the Board of Supervisors knows who we are,” she said. “No one really paid any attention to us at first, but people are listening now.” —

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