Neighbors: Summer has arrived, and with it, warm weather and many exciting
events in our neighborhood!
This month, in recognition of San Francisco Pride, I was pleased to honor an incredible
organization, API Equality – Northern California. Since its founding in 2004, API Equality
has been deeply invested in the leadership of young LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander people
who are at the forefront of social change.
I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with several emerging leaders from
API Equality and I was glad to honor this powerful organization during
this important month.
In the neighborhood
It was my pleasure to meet many residents at neighborhood office hours
this month – including the woman who bought my family’s house on 16th Avenue!
We had several things to celebrate in June. The Community Youth Center now
has a permanent home in the Richmond District, thanks to the mayor’s
Non-Profit Sustainability program. And, on June 2, I and Mayor Ed Lee officially
launched “Fewer Potholes!” This month a team from The SF Department of Public Works
was dedicated to filling every reported pothole in the Richmond. Please remember – if
you see a street in need of repair, please call 311 or visit the website at www.sf311.org.
In June, I joined a press event about pedestrian safety at 25th Avenue and
Geary Boulevard organized by seniors and people with disabilities. My staff and I
participated in a budget Town Hall Meeting hosted by St. James Episcopal Church and
Faith in Action. I had the opportunity to sit with the Richmond District YMCA’s
board of directors, and meet with University Terrace neighbors about issues arising in
I met with the director of the Fine Arts Museums at the M.H. de Young Memorial
Museum, and I sat down with University of San Francisco representatives to discuss
The Housing Rights Committee briefed me on its important work protecting tenants in
the west side of San Francisco, and I was hosted by the SF Recreation and Park
Department for a Golden Gate Park big events tour, since our neighborhood is
impacted by many large festivals.
Finally, I was joined by many neighbors wearing matching “Richmond
District Pride” shirts in the pride parade, taking a stand for love and equality for
Other highlights: Bring your family to visit the newly-renovated playground at
Mountain Lake Park, and please welcome the Barrel Head Brewhouse,
soon to occupy the old Pizza Orgasmica site on Clement Street between
9th and 10th avenues. And celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of
Love by checking out the light show at the Conservatory of Flowers, every night
until Oct. 21.
Budget and legislative updates
In June, I introduced a resolution to protect our National Marine Sanctuaries along the
California coastline, considering the possible threats from the Trump administration
regarding offshore oil exploration and drilling.
We are also investigating the issue of vacant storefronts;
in an upcoming hearing we hope to discover the effectiveness of the city’s vacant retail
space ordinance, and explore ways to strengthen it. We hope to have an impact on filling
many of the empty retail spaces in the Richmond. Finally, I called for a hearing on
employment in the technology industry, to learn how the City can ensure that the
burgeoning technology sector is investing in San Francisco neighborhoods by
employing city residents.
Small Sites hearing
In late June, at the board’s Land Use Committee, I convened a hearing on our city’s
Small Sites Program. Just two months ago the Small Sites Program was able to acquire a
five-unit building in the Richmond, the first on the west side. We must do better for
tenants who are increasingly being displaced by the rampant real estate
speculation that is rapidly changing our City.
At this hearing we discussed strategies for focusing more resources on our side of the
City and I will follow up with additional hearings to ensure that these strategies result
in securing more buildings in the Richmond.
I hope you join me at an upcoming neighborhood office hours:
- Friday, July 7, 10-noon, Park Presidio United Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Blvd.;
- Sunday, July 9, 10-noon, Cumaica parklet at Third Avenue and Clement Street; and,
- Friday, July 21, 10-noon, Park Presidio United Methodist Church.
Community leader passes
Lastly, we wish to recognize the contributions of long-time Richmond resident
Paul Rosenberg. He was raised in the Richmond and was a lifelong
supporter and volunteer, serving on the board of the Planning Association
for the Richmond (PAR) for many years. Sadly, Rosenberg passed away on
June 18. He is survived by his wife Sherrie and son Coleman, and
will be greatly missed.
Sandra Lee Fewer is a San Francisco supervisor representing District 1.