Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
Dear Richmond District neighbors:
I hope you all are enjoying your summer! Just a reminder that August is a legislative
recess for the SF Board of Supervisors; that means that I will not be holding
neighborhood office hours this month, but will resume in September. My office
will also be closed during the week of Aug. 7, and will reopen on Monday, Aug. 14.
I had the opportunity to honor three incredible Richmond residents in July! I presented a
commendation to Nancy DeStefanis, better known as the “Heron lady of Golden Gate
Park.” A longtime social justice advocate, DeStefanis founded the San Francisco Nature
Education program and has been serving young people and families for many years.
In May, I had the pleasure of visiting the fabulous Heron Watch program at Stow
Lake that DeStefanis runs with the help of volunteers.
I also honored two everyday heroes from the Richmond:
Dino Anderson and William Fitzgerald. Concerned by increasing income inequality, they
began to provide food and clothing to some of their homeless neighbors, and built a
relationship with Sara, a homeless elder (raised in the Seacliff) who had been sleeping in
a bus shelter on La Playa.
While providing her with meals, Anderson and Fitzgerald realized that her medical
issues were increasingly urgent and they coordinated with my office and the SF
Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to get her medical attention.
Now, she is happily in temporary housing! Thank you to Anderson and Fitzgerald; may
you be inspiring examples for all of us.
In the neighborhood
During the month of July, there was much to celebrate! Supervisor Katy Tang and I
(along with SF Department of Public Works, Richmond District Neighborhood Center,
Surfrider Foundation and wonderful neighborhood leaders) announced
the exciting installation of 40 new cigarette butt ashcans in districts 1 and 4, to reduce
cigarette butt litter in our neighborhoods.
I connected with constituents representing the Richmond’s Russian-speaking community,
and attended a Town Hall Meeting with SF Police Chief William Scott on public safety
for the Asian Pacific Islander community. I joined the Planning Association for the
Richmond’s meeting about neighborhood news outlets, and participated in a community
meeting to discuss the upcoming summer concerts in Golden Gate Park. And, I was able
to attend the Clement Street Merchants Association’s lively summer social,
as well as the Richmond District Democratic Club’s summer soiree.
On June 30, we had a reception to highlight two Richmond District artists, Kelly Tunstall
and Ferris Plock; their art will be up in our office through September. I celebrated with
our Public Works “pothole crew,” who were dedicated to the Richmond during the month
of June; these hard workers filled a total of 368 potholes in the district.
And, finally, our heartfelt thanks to Assemblymember Phil Ting, who secured $2 million
in state funding for improvements to the Golden Gate Park dog park.
Please join us at the National Night Out at the Richmond Police Station on Aug. 1,
from 4-7 p.m. There will be a BBQ, activities, station tours and fun for the whole family.
Come meet the officers in our neighborhood.
Budget and legislative updates
In July, I called for a hearing on undergrounding utilities, estimated costs and any
progress on the development of a master plan. Undergrounding utilities is first and
foremost a safety issue.
I have concerns about the risks associated with overhead wires in the event of a disaster,
and, unfortunately, neighborhoods like the Richmond were not included in the initial
under-grounding work that took place between 1996-2008.
My office is also working to schedule hearings on vacant storefronts, workforce
development in the technology sector, and strengthening the city’s
“good food” policy relating to local and sustainable agriculture and fair labor practices.
Finally, I am proud to share that through the city budget process, $1 million in new
resources will be coming into the Richmond District for infrastructure and
beautification, youth and family services, senior services, neighborhood safety efforts,
tenant counseling and more.
I am especially pleased to announce the funding of a new initiative called
“One Richmond,” which my office will be working on with the Mayor’s Office of
Economic and Workforce Development. Designed to uplift principles of inclusion,
interconnectedness, responsibility and supporting neighborhood resources,
like small businesses,
One Richmond will be launching sometime this fall with exciting ways for everyone to
get involved to strengthen our neighborhood.
As we enjoy the last month of summer, play safe and have fun in our wonderful
neighborhood. Let’s work together to keep it that way.
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.