Prepare for the ‘big one’
By Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
During the month of March, the District 1 office has one question for you – Are
March is Disaster Preparedness Month
The Richmond District, like all of San Francisco, faces the threat of a catastrophic
earthquake, which is why I have been pushing for a high-pressure water system
for the west side should a large earthquake trigger fires in our neighborhood.
The Outer Richmond also faces a moderate tsunami threat due to its proximity to
the ocean. My office has partnered with the Department of Emergency Manage –
ment (DEM) to prepare our community for a natural disaster, and you are invited
to two workshops I am hosting with DEM on disaster preparedness in our neighborhood:
• Tsunami preparedness: Sunday, March 11, 10 a.m.-noon, in the community room of
the Ocean Beach Apartments (740 La Playa). Since La Playa and the surrounding beach
area are in the tsunami inundation zone, neighbors will learn what to do in the case of a
tsunami and earthquake, including how to prepare, where to evacuate and more.
Translation for Russian and Cantonese speakers will be available at the event;
• Richmond District disaster preparedness: Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.- noon, in the
George Washington High School cafeteria (600 32nd Ave.). Participants from across the
district will learn how to prepare for a major earthquake, how to stay safe during
one and much more. Translation for Russian and Cantonese speakers will be available at
the event. I want to thank the Community Youth Center (CYC) for helping with
community outreach around disaster preparedness. And many thanks to Ace Hardware
for offering a 10 percent discount on emergency items during the month of March at
both of its locations in the neighborhood: 6122 Geary Blvd. and 152 Clement St. Make
sure you stop by to pick up your emergency items and get prepared! To find out what to
include in a kit, visit the website at http://www.sf72.org.
An easy step towards preparedness is to sign up for ALERT SF. Just text your zip code to
the number 888-777, and you will be signed up to receive text messages informing you of
important emergency issues in your area. Our goal is to double the number of Richmond
neighbors on ALERT SF during the month of March, so sign up now!
In the neighborhood
In February, I presented a “golden broom” to a five-year-old Richmond resident
who has adopted a drain close to his home, taking responsibility for keeping it
clean to avoid flooding during rainstorms. To adopt a drain near you, visit the website
Last month, I held a community meeting in the district to discuss the SF Municipal
Transportation Agency’s Eighth Avenue Neighborway Project. More than 200 people
attended. I met with the Nation al Park Service to discuss plans to beautify our seawall at
Ocean Beach and install additional garbage cans to keep our beach clean. Capt. Alexa
O’Brien and officers from the Richmond District Police Station joined me for
Lunar New Year merchant walks along the Geary and Clement commercial corridors.
I attended the Angel Island Immigrant Voices event at the Richmond Branch Library as
well as the opening of the Western Neighborhoods Project’s new home on Balboa Street.
I met with USF about its residence hall project, which will provide hundreds of
desperately needed student housing units on campus, and recently filmed an
episode of “Discover Your District” with SFGov-TV at the New May Wah Supermarket. I’m
working with the SFPUC on a lighting assessment along the Fulton corridor and La Playa,
and I am advocating for more pickleball courts in the Richmond. Look for me and the SF
Department of Public Works in March as we walk the Geary corridor to identify needed
road repairs and street cleaning.
In February, I held a hearing to explore a public municipal bank in San Francisco and
another on the status of services for young children and families. We had a second
hearing about emergency water supply systems for the west side of San Francisco, and I
have definitely seen major improvements in the proposal coming forth from the SF
Public Utilities Commission and SF Fire Department, thanks to advocacy from the
community as well as my office. And finally, I held a hearing on vacant storefronts, an
issue I have long heard concerns about from neighbors. My office is working on
legislation to address vacancy tracking and enforcement, so stay tuned!
March 1 is the start of the beach fire season. The Golden Gate National
Recreation Area has new fire pits and a curfew of 9:30 p.m. Please enjoy but remember
to put your garbage in the new garbage cans. As we enter spring, let’s use this time to
prepare ourselves for emergencies so we stay safe in this wonderful neighborhood we
call the Richmond. Hope to see you in the ’hood!
Sandra Lee Fewer is a San Francisco supervisor representing District 1.