City leaders MIA on HANC

An eerie spell of silence hung over two key figureheads during the decision to evict the 36-year-old HANC recycling center from Golden Gate Park without any other options.

The Recreation and Park Department on Thursday unanimously voted to rip up the concrete under the highly debated center next to Kezar Stadium and turn it into community gardens that are in high need.

But after about two hours of public comment that had been limited to one minute per person each, parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg who typically speaks on behalf of the Recreation and Park Department during touchy proposals did not say a word.

And Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who represents the district, did not send a representative to speak at the meeting or return media calls that day.

However, Jim Rhoads, the recycling chair of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, said the supervisor told him he plans to hold a hearing in January scrutinizing the way The City went about the eviction.

Rhoads said Mirkarimi had made his opposition to the closure clear at a meeting a couple of days prior and that he is confident they will keep working together.

“So our lease is up on March 4,’’ Rhoads said. “Now it’s time to start working on the new mayor.’’

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