Community Updates – Supervisor Katy Tang
We need our Teachers and our Teachers need Housing
The Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the mayor to teachers who have
displayed an exemplary history of work in education and who have been
teaching for the SF Unified School District (SFUSD) for at least five years.
This year, two Sunset District teachers received the Teacher of the Year Award.
Daisy Chan, of the Noriega Early Education School, has been teaching
preschool for more than 20 years, and is a first generation Chinese-American and SF
State University graduate.
Betty Momjian, of the A.P Giannini Middle School, also received the award,
and was acknowledged for her commitment to implementing restorative justice
within her school. A sixth grade math and science teacher, Momjian is a National
Board Certified Teacher and also mentors other young teachers.
I would like to congratulate Daisy and Betty as well as the other wonderful
teachers that were recognized this year!
Teachers have the power to transform hearts, minds and inspire change in the
world. But despite their profound and positive involvement in the lives of our
children, they are not compensated fairly and are one of the groups severely impacted
by our region’s housing crisis. For this reason, I am pleased that the City has
recently allocated $44 million to build teacher housing at the Francis Scott Key
Annex (FSKA) site at 1360 43rd Ave. The site is currently owned by the SFUSD and
occupied by a temporary community gathering space and play area called
Playland at 43rd Avenue, which was conceived and built by community members
to re-envision the underutilized parking lot surrounding the FSKA building.
I am looking forward to starting a conversation about how to make the first
housing site dedicated to our teachers and paraprofessionals a reality. Along with the
SFUSD and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
(MOHCD), our office will be hosting a community meeting in June to have a preliminary
discussion about the proposal to build teacher housing at 1360 43rd Ave.
At this time, a date for the meeting has not been set, so if you are interested in
joining please follow-up with our office at (415) 554-7460 or e-mail
Updated and corrected information regarding SFUSD senior exemption
Last month’s column contained incorrect information regarding tax exemption
applications for seniors under the Quality Teacher Education Act (QTEA) and
School Facilities Special Tax.
This column provides an update and corrected information.
The teacher act of 2008 and the School Facilities Special Tax of 2010 were
passed by the voters of San Francisco to provide critically needed funds for the
SF Unified School District.
For the 2017-18 tax year, the QTEA will levy a fee of $244.10 for each eligible parcel.
The School Facilities Special Tax will levy a fee of $36.78 for single-family dwellings,
condominiums and commercial properties, and $18.40 per unit for apartments, flats and
Both of these measures include an exemption for seniors living on the property provided
that they meet certain criteria. In order for a parcel to be exempt from the QTEA and the
School Facilities Special Tax, the owner of the parcel must occupy it as their primary
residence and be 65 years of age or older as of June 30, 2018.
To apply for this exemption, please complete an application form and submit
it by June 30, at 5 p.m. Parcels that received an exemption in 2016-17 and continue
to meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically exempted for 2017-18.
If you wish to check your status, please send an e-mail to SeniorExemptionOffice
@sfusd.edu with your block and lot number. No late application forms will be accepted.
For more information and the application form, visit the website at
Pet Owners Outreach Program
I am sure that many of us have stepped in dog waste accidentally and found ourselves
frustrated by the “poopetrators.” Last month, my office announced a program
designed to curb a prolific problem on our city sidewalks – abandonment of
pet poop. The aptly named “Pet Owner Outreach Program,” or POOP, is a campaign
to educate those who adopt dogs from shelters about existing pet waste laws and to
provide them with free tools to comply.
Both San Francisco Animal Care and Control and the SF SPCA will be providing
education and a free set of dog waste bags and a dispenser along with every dog
adoption.The intent behind the program is to curb the bad behavior
before it begins, by educating dog guardians during the adoption process.
The POOP program follows in the footsteps of former SF Supervisor
Harvey Milk, who was the original sponsor of the Scoop the Poop Act of 1978. Even then,
he knew the law would be difficult to enforce and believed that education and a
culture shift were key to keeping the streets, parks and sidewalks
free of pet waste.
Let’s all do our “doody” and pick up after our dogs!
Katy Tang represents District 4 on the SF Board of Supervisors.