Making the local rounds
by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
As we enter the season of holidays and giving thanks, I am thankful that I have the
opportunity to serve this wonderful neighborhood as your supervisor.
In the neighborhood: seniors, transit and more
October has been a busy month in our neighborhood!
Our newly formed senior services roundtable met about better serving seniors in the
Richmond; as our largest growing population, we are working to ensure that seniors can
age in place.
An example is the rehabilitation of 75 units of affordable housing for seniors and
disabled adults on 31st Avenue; the mayor and I just celebrated the reopening
of this beautiful building and met many of the longtime tenants.
I also attended the Dignity Fund Community Forum, organized by the
Department of Aging and Adult Services. And we welcomed the permanent home of the
San Francisco Village, a non-profit organization helping seniors citywide to
Transit was the topic this month in our ’hood. Many thanks to the Planning
Association for the Richmond for hosting a transportation forum, which included
representatives from Lyft, Go Ford Bike, Peer to Peer Car Share, Ed Reskin from SFMTA,
Bert Hill from the Golden Gate Transit Authority and BART director Bevan Dufty.
The discussion focused on Muni services and safety, emerging mobilities and overall
transit plans for the Richmond.
I am working with SF Supervisor Katy Tang and Dufty to begin planning for BART to the
The SFMTA conducted a community forum to reveal plans for the Eighth Avenue
Neighborway project; I have received many emails about this project and I invite
other nearby neighbors to weigh in on the discussion. To learn more, contact my aide
Angelina at email@example.com.
I attended the Western Neighborhoods Project’s Richmond District history night,
a wonderful evening of stories and memories. The Richmond District Neighborhood
Center hosted its annual Wine on the Westside fundraiser, and I stopped by the Balboa
Theater, which was hosting an awesome benefit show. Finally, we closed
out October with many Halloween festivities and our District 1 Community Clean Team
effort to beautify the neighborhood. I loved joining the Balbooa Frightfest, the Lafayette
Elementary Autumn Halloween Festival and there is nothing as fun as leading the
Halloween parade on Clement Street!
Emergency safety and response
While the heartbreaking North Bay fires filled our City with smoke, it raised concerns
about disaster safety in our neighborhood.
We are waiting to receive a study of proposed emergency water systems on the west side
of the city, and I have been advocating for months for the very best for our
neighborhood. I’ve requested that the Department of Emergency Management give me a
briefing about city response in the case of an earthquake, tsunami or other natural
disaster. And I want to encourage all neighbors to be prepared in the case of
Please join the SF Fire Department’s emergency readiness workshop on Thursday,
Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Argonne Elementary School, 680 18th Ave., to learn more.
’Tis the season for giving
In light of all we have to be thankful for, my office is organizing a benefit drive for
homeless families. We have one family shelter in the neighborhood and we’d like to
invite Richmond neighbors to join us in supporting these children and
Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 8, through Wednesday, Dec. 6, my office will be collecting
donations every Wednesday and Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at our office
(City Hall, Room 280), and at office hours (see below). To find out how you
can get involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 554-7410.
The families include children ranging from newborns to 11 years old, and adult parents
and caregivers. We are asking for the following items: new and gently used clothes for
children (newborn-11) and adults; new and gently used shoes (sizes needed for
newborns, toddlers, school-aged children and adults); toys (preferably learning toys);
books for children; pillows; linens, blankets and bed covers for twin beds and cribs;
towels and washcloths; paper plates; plastic spoons, forks, knives; and, gift certificates
for grocery and convenience stores for toiletries.
Anything you can contribute to make this holiday special for these families would be
wonderful. In the Richmond, we take care of each other. We always have.
Neighborhood office hours
Please note the new dates and times for neighborhood office hours. Please stop by and
• Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-noon: Office hours at Home Cafe, 2018 Clement St.;
• Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.: Office hours at Steins, 731 Clement St.;
• Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-noon: Office hours, location to be determined.
As we move into late fall and winter, let’s remember that we are “One Richmond:” We
are inclusive, we take care of each other and the Richmond, and we shop local!
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.