by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
I have been pushing for the repaving of Geary Boulevard since I first entered office and I’m happy to announce that San Francisco Public Works is making it happen!
The improvements, from 11th to 27th avenues, will make Geary much safer for thousands of bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and drivers alike.
Road work started on April 16 and is expected to be completed by early May. Thank you, Richmond neighbors, for your patience during this time.
In the neighborhood
In April, with the Richmond Blog, we started #FewerVacancies in the Richmond District.
Vacant storefronts are an ongoing issue in our neighborhood and the first step is getting an accurate count of the vacancies. Thanks to the neighbors who have helped us identify more than 125 vacant storefronts in the Richmond, which we will share with the SF Department of Building Inspection so that it can investigate each site.
My office is also exploring legislation to reduce vacancies and better utilize our empty commercial spaces. In response to Richmond neighbors, we asked the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to repaint the crosswalk at the intersection of Lake Street and 12th Avenue with the new “zebra stripe” crosswalk design to increase visibility and aid in our goal of pedestrian safety. San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani and I helped “paint” the new lines!
I was happy to support the Richmond District YMCA’s annual Silent Auction, especially because I know first-hand the good work they do as my children attended many of their youth activities and camps. I was once a Richmond YMCA kid myself.
Our community meeting on homelessness in the Richmond, with Jeff Kositsky from the SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, as well as representatives from the SF Recreation and Park Department, SF Police Department and SFMTA, was well attended and ended in thoughtful conversation about how residents can be a part of the solution. Thank you to all of the departments and neighbors who came out to engage in a respectful discussion around a complex and frustrating issue.
The next morning, my staff and I got up early to walk from the Richmond to City Hall for the sixth annual Walk to Work Day.
I was inspired by Self Help for the Elderly’s spring banquet, where it honored all of its “super seniors” who are more than 90 years old. I also attended spring banquets for the Lim Family Association and the Gee Tuck Sam Tuck Family Association, as well as the Community Youth Center’s spring festival.
On a beautiful Sunday morning, I held neighborhood “office hours” outside of the Simple Pleasures Cafe, where neighbors were able to ask questions of PG&E representatives about power and lighting issues in the neighborhood.
I also had the pleasure of presenting an award to the winner of the Earth Month poster contest, who was from Sutra Elementary School and who won $1,000 for her school.
The Richmond District Neighbor hood Center hosted a community flea market in celebration of Earth Day and it was wonderful to spend a morning with neighbors perusing deals.
Many thanks to all who attended our first City Budget 101. If you missed it, please join us for the next one on May 7, at 6 p.m., at the Richmond Recreation Center, located at 251 18th Ave.
Inside City Hall: Protecting tenants
In April, I introduced legislation to prevent large corporate landlords from passing on some of the costs of acquiring new buildings to their tenants as “operating and maintenance expenses.”
Tenants get no benefit from paying the debt service and property taxes of their new landlords; these expenses have nothing to do with operating or maintaining their building. This unfair practice encourages speculation and fuels displacement, and it is time we join cities like Oakland and San Jose in banning it.
Letter sent about reforming Proposition 13
I introduced a resolution in support of the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act in order to reform the commercial side of Prop. 13. When Prop. 13 was on the ballot in 1978 it was sold as a way to protect homeowners from rising property taxes, but it’s actually corporations and large commercial property owners, like Chevron and Disney, that benefit the most. This reform would restore more than $11 billion per year to California schools and public services by simply taxing commercial properties based on their fair market value, as they do in the rest of the country.
District 1 community announcements
May 3 – Community meeting on homelessness
As a follow-up to our April community meeting on Richmond District homelessness, we are hosting another community meeting on Thursday, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center (37th Avenue and Fulton Street).
My office has partnered with University of San Francisco graduate students who have been developing a profile of the Richmond’s homeless population and researching innovative solutions. We’re excited to hear them present their findings.
Free health fair at the Richmond Recreation Center
Join me and Assemblymember Phil Ting in learning more about community health resources at the Richmond District Community Health Festival.
This free health festival will not only encourage a healthy lifestyle, but also provide access to resources that help meet the health needs of our diverse community. This includes health screenings, medication review and access to various community-based organizations serving San Franciscans.
The health fair will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Richmond Recreation Center on 18th Avenue.
I wish everyone a very happy spring and, for all the moms out there, a very happy Mother’s Day.
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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