Spring is here! With the new season comes a host of celebrations
and other activities.
During Black History Month, I was thrilled to honor George
Washington High School’s Black Student Union for its remarkable
efforts empowering young people to become change-makers.
This commendation was especially meaningful to me as a
proud Washington graduate.
I was also pleased to recognize another Washington alum,
long-time resident Richard Rothman, who serves as our
neighborhood’s representative on Recreation and Parks’ Open
Space Advisory Committee. Rothman has worked tirelessly
to restore the city’s WPA murals and recently had a well-received
In the neighborhood
It has been a pleasure meeting with constituents during the
three neighborhood office hours I host each month. I look forward
to seeing more of you in April at the following times and locations:
- Friday, April 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Park Presidio
United Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Blvd.;
- Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., outside Simple
Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa St.;
- Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Park Presidio United Methodist Church.
Join me in welcoming Alexa O’Brien, the new police captain
at the Richmond Station. With roots in the district, O’Brien understands
the Richmond’s needs, and I look forward to working
with her to improve neighborhood safety. Thanks to outgoing
Capt. Paul Yep for his dedicated service and best wishes to him as
he takes charge of the Central Police Station.
This past month: Residents came together to discuss trafficcalming
tools in the Inner Richmond District’s Eighth Avenue Neighborways project.
I attended a mayor’s office “fix it” meeting, which would address
quality-of-life issues near Golden Gate Park, between Fifth
and Ninth avenues, which covers McCoppin Elementary School.
The Richmond District Neighborhood Center, which has
done so much to support district families, celebrated its 36th anniversary.
I joined the community to celebrate Lafayette Elementary School’s having
been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. It was a treat to read to Alamo and
Lafayette kindergarteners on Read Aloud Day and to speak to
some of my youngest constituents at George Peabody Elementary’s career day.
Encouraging community involvement involvement
continues to be among my top priorities. My office and the Richmond District
Democratic Club hosted the first of what will be several voter registration
drives. I applaud the efforts of The Surfrider Foundation, Richmond District
Neighborhood Center and the Balboa Village Merchants’ Association to spruce up our
neighborhood with its first cigarette butt clean-up day. And I’ve met with
constituents from the Inner Richmond to Seal Rock about a variety of concerns,
including pending liquor licenses, property disputes and pedestrian safety.
Budget and legislative updates
In March, we celebrated the opening of a new immigrant legal
defense unit in the SF Public Defender’s office. With so many immigrant groups
under attack, I am proud that the legislation I sponsored has allowed for the
creation of this critical new resource for legal representation
and due process.
I am pleased to report that a resolution I authored, urging the
addition of the Dakota Access Pipeline to the City’s social responsibility
matrix, passed by a unanimous vote. The city treasurer
has agreed to add the pipeline when making future investments
on the City’s behalf.
I’ve called for two upcoming hearings on:
- Litter and waste,
10:30 a.m., April 12: The SF Department of Public Works, SF
Depart ment of the Environment, Recology, controller’s office and
311 will report on its efforts to reduce and prevent litter and waste;
- Small-site acquisitions,
10:30 a.m., May 10: Small sites will be key for the development
of affordable housing in the Richmond, and I look forward to
discussing how to grow this important program.
Other neighborhood projects include:
- Dog park renovation:
The Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area (off Fulton Street and 36th
Avenue) is in dire need of repairs. Last year, I worked with
SF Supervisor Eric Mar and interested residents to identify the
resources needed for this renovation. We’ll meet in April to discuss
next steps; Contact Nick Pagoulatos, firstname.lastname@example.org
or (415) 554-7412, to get involved;
- City Budget 101 and community meeting:
Join me and my staff to learn how decisions are
made on the city budget and the possible impact of state and federal
Monday, April 10, 5:30-8 p.m., at the Richmond Recreation Center; or
Thursday, April 20, 6-8 p.m., location to be determined.
To RSVP, contact Chelsea Bollard at email@example.com
or (415) 554-7413.
I wish everyone a wonderful Easter and Passover!
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.