Sandra Lee Fewer
In the neighborhood
September saw the return of trash cans at Ocean Beach – a long-overdue change that I
was very happy to help make happen, thanks to the neighbors who alerted us to this
Small businesses along Geary Boulevard also benefited from power washing and street
repairs by the SF Department of Public Works and I was happy to greet Richmond
runners at the fifth annual Jog in the Fog, which benefited the Richmond Y this year.
Also, a big thanks to our Richmond shoppers who donated to Grocery Outlet’s fundraiser,
yielding almost $6,500 for the Richmond Senior Center! Thank you to Travis and Rose,
the owners of the Grocery Outlet. In the Richmond, we take care of each other.
In September, we also had a District 1 public safety Town Hall Meeting: Thanks to SF
Police Chief William Scott, Commander David Lazar and Capt. Alexa O’Brien for joining
our public safety forum on Sept. 14. I was very impressed by the discussion from
neighbors as well as the responses from the SF Police Department about how
to improve public safety in our district.
We also held the Richmond District’s very first Autumn Moon Festival on Clement
Street, which was a success. Our office worked closely with Assemblymember Phil Ting,
Richmond District Neighborhood Center, Community Youth Center and the Clement
Street Merchants Association to bring together thousands of neighbors, vendors
and volunteers in celebration.
We also saw fantastic performances from neighborhood groups like Tat Wong Kung Fu
and the Golden Gate Park Senior Center. It was a great way to spend a sunny Saturday
Also in September, I honored Green Apple Books, which celebrated its 50th anniversary. I
was proud to pay homage to this incredible legacy business that has served our
neighborhood and city so well.
I was also able to honor Devi Joseph, a committed Richmond resident who has tended
the Cabrillo Playground dahlia garden for the past eight years, a fabulous destination
point featuring the official flower of San Francisco.
There were events in Golden Gate Park too. As you know, Golden Gate Park hosts many
large events, like the Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festivals, as well as
marathons and other smaller events. And while it is wonderful to host such vibrant
occasions, we know these kinds of events have a real impact on the neighborhood.
My office will be hosting a community meeting this month about planning for these “big
events.” Find out more information by contacting my aide Nick at
In the coming months, there are four exciting ways for residents to get involved in
planning improvements in the Richmond:
● Dog park improvements – We have secured $2 million for improvements to the dog
run area in Golden Gate Park, thanks to Assemblymember Ting. To get involved, contact
● Fulton corridor pedestrian safety – I want to work with neighbors to improve
pedestrian safety. To get engaged, contact my aide Angelina at Angelina.Yu@sfgov.org;
● Park Presidio greenbelt improvements – The stretches of green open space bordering
Park Presidio Boulevard are currently underutilized. Join us in visualizing ways to
improve the greenbelt. For more information, contact my aide Angelina Yu;
● Senior playground planning – My office secured funds to engage the senior
community in envisioning a senior-friendly play and exercise area in the Richmond.
Contact Angelina Yu for more information.
I will be changing office hours to prioritize visiting senior and community centers on
Friday mornings to reach more constituents. But, I will continue to hold Sunday office
hours and will be adding a monthly “happy hour” as well. The October meeting
• Sunday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-noon: Neighborhood office hours at the Clement Street Farmer’s
Market (parklet outside of Cumaica, located on Clement Street and Third Avenue). I will
be joined by newly-appointed District 1 youth commissioner Elsie Lipson, who would
love to connect with other young people in the district;
• Thursday, Oct. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.: Neighborhood office hours at the parklet outside Simple
Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa St.
I hope everyone is enjoying our Richmond summer and the long days before daylight
savings time ends.
Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.