History of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council (Reprinted from 1995 Santa Fe Neighborhood Council program, by Edgar T. Monk)
In July, 1961, a flyer was circulated throughout a 36 block area bounded by South 1st Street, Ohio Avenue, South 10th Street, and Cutting Boulevard, announcing an organizational meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 25, 1961 at 8:00 p.m. in St. Lukes Church located at 7th Street and Florida Avenue.
The flyer posed four questions:
What makes a neighborhood a slum area?
How can we prevent our neighborhood from becoming a slum area?
What makes a neighborhood a desirable place to live?
What will it cost you?
The meeting was attended by 52 residents of the area who organized the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council and elected officers: Chairman, Edgar Monk; Vice Chairman, Ellner B. Garrett; Secretary, Ernestine Petgrave.
The newly elected chairman asked residents in attendance the four questions and invited discussion and suggestions. The main complaints centered around the problems posed by multiple unit housing in the neighborhood. After much discussion, a motion was made and passed to seek re-zoning the area to R-1, single family homes.
Formation of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council was filed with the Richmond City Clerk on August 5, 1961.
The Santa Fe Neighborhood Council
President: Vernon Whitmore
Vice President: Daryl Henline
Secretary: Ana Crespin
Treasurer: Janie Holland
Sgt. At Arms: Jerrold Hatchett
Committee Chairs Hospitality: Jewell Purvey-Sykes
Lightning/Streets: Gilda Harrell
Business Outreach: Linda Jackson-Whitmore
Community Foundation: Monica Boyd
Neighborhood Councils work to improve the livability, safety, and appearance of your area. For more information or to get involved call 510-620-5503. The Santa Fe Neighborhood Council meets every fourth Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Maritime Center, Richmond Community Foundation, Conference Room, Second Floor at 1014 Florida Avenue.