Busy in the neighborhood
by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
Thank you for helping my office make the month of March a successful Disaster Preparedness Month! It’s not too late to get prepared by visiting the Department of Emergency Management’s website for resources and to sign up for ALERT-SF by texting your zip code to the number 888-777.
In the neighborhood
I kicked off the month of March reading my own children’s favorite Greek myths to a class of fifth graders at Lafayette Elementary School for Read-Aloud Day. Then I attended the Chinatown Community Development Center’s annual “lunar luncheon,” as well as my Lee Family Association’s annual spring banquet, where I greeted elders and Lee family members from across the country.
I closed out my Lunar New Year celebrations with a merchant walk along Clement Street where I introduced our neighborhood’s small business owners to our Richmond District Police Capt. Alexa O’Brien and the Clement Street beat officers.
The beginning of Disaster Preparedness Month in the Richmond District was complemented by Ace Hardware’s offering of a 10 percent discount on emergency supplies throughout the month of March.
I was pleased to give commendations to the Quock family, a Richmond District family who has been certified by the SF Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). I hosted two workshops in the district with the Department of Emergency Management to prepare our residents for a major earthquake or tsunami. Neighbors left the workshops feeling more knowledgeable and prepared for the “big one.” Many thanks to the Community Youth Center, which not only helped us put on these workshops but also had volunteers do outreach for the event.
I proudly stood with hundreds of our high school students on the steps of City Hall as part of the national youth movement to demand gun control in our country. Department of Public Works (DPW) director Mohammad Nuru joined me for a Geary streetscape walk, where he committed to making significant road improvements along the central Geary corridor from 11th to 25th avenues. I have also been working with DPW to get a public restroom at Ocean Beach, and I was thrilled to speak at the Arbor Day Community Clean Team event at George Washington High School before helping to plant new magnolia trees on Balboa Street.
It was great to join George Peabody Elementary School for the unveiling of its new mural, which was featured as a “Google doodle” for the day.
It was my absolute pleasure to honor Richmond resident and long-time dance instructor, activist and union leader Kathe Burick for Women’s History Month, and I also had the pleasure of attending the annual Community Tenants Association’s spring luncheon. I was honored to be the honorary chair at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center’s (RDNC) annual gala, celebrating 38 years of the great work they do for our children, youth, families and seniors.
There will be a community meeting on homelessness on Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. Please join us at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center (37th Avenue and Fulton Street). The director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Jeff Kositsky, will be giving a presentation on the department’s five-year strategic plan on homelessness; both he and Capt. O’Brien will be taking questions from neighbors. Attendees will have a chance to discuss neighborhood priorities with regards to services for homeless residents in the district. For more information, contact Ian.Fregosi@sfgov.org.
Along with my office, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center solicited neighborhood input to inform the creation of a collective identity for the district that celebrates inclusiveness, compassion, community pride and shopping local. Over the past three months, RDNC hosted six community input sessions, which were attended by 200 neighbors and received 740 questionnaire responses. Campaign designers are creating three potential neighborhood logos and we invite the community to come cast your vote for your favorite on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m., at the RDNC’s Earth Day event. The survey results are available at the website at www.rdnc.org/one-richmond. For more information, contact Ian.Fregosi@sfgov.org.
Community health festival
I’m excited to invite you to the 2018 Richmond Community Health Festival at the Richmond Recreation Center (251 18th Ave.) on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attendees can benefit from a variety of activities, such as health screenings, medication review and access to various community-based organizations. We hope to encourage healthy living for an expected 500 participants and 100 volunteers. To learn more, contact Nicholas.Persky@sfgov.org.
Neighborhood office hours
My next neighborhood office hours will take place on Sunday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, location to be determined. A representative from PG&E will be there to answer questions from neighbors about power outages and other issues you may have. Contact Chelsea.Boilard@sfgov.org to learn more.
Spring is here in the Richmond. Be aware that the 420 celebration will bring some traffic congestion to the Fulton Street corridor, so on April 20 you may want to avoid Fulton and Cabrillo streets.
However, April 14 begins the heron nesting season. Check out the new chicks at Stow Lake on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Happy spring everyone.
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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