‘One Richmond’ kicks off
by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
Dear neighbors, have you done a “One Richmond” thing today?
This is the question we want all District 1 residents to ask themselves every day!
In June, we officially launched the One Richmond initiative with a community kickoff party at Argonne Elementary School. The launch was a huge success and an amazing showcase of the four components of One Richmond: we’re inclusive; we take care of each other; we take care of the Richmond; and, we shop and eat locally.
We had nearly 400 neighbors sign the One Richmond pledge to become a member, as well as 50 businesses that have also signed on. I would like to thank the 26 community organizations and city departments that tabled at the event, and the local restaurants that provided donations or discounted food.
Also, a big shout out to all of the volunteers, performers, raffle prize donors and our One Richmond team for making this such a fun and successful event.
Visit the website at www.OneRichmondSF.com to sign on and to share your One Richmond stories.
June was a very busy month. As the vice chair of the SF Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee, I spent most of my time this month in committee meetings hearing from city departments and community stakeholders about their proposed budgets and discussing our funding priorities. The city budget will officially be finalized by Aug. 1.
In addition to the Budget Committee, I was able to attend the 45th anniversary celebration of the Friendship Line at the Institute on Aging. I also spent time walking along our commercial corridors to meet our merchants and ask them to sign on as One Richmond businesses. Signing on is absolutely free and businesses are offering One Richmond specials to add another incentive for One Richmond members to shop locally!
I had the pleasure of speaking at the New Leaders Council San Francisco’s graduation ceremony for the 2018 class of fellows. I attended the Community Youth Center of San Francisco’s Youth Volunteer Recognition Luncheon where nine Youth for Community Engagement Club presidents were honored for their leadership in serving San Francisco’s monolingual and most vulnerable populations.
It was so great to spend a Saturday morning at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park where I saw the great blue herons as well as owls and red tailed hawks. I sometimes forget what a wonderland of beauty we have in our backyard with Golden Gate Park.
I was happy to see the long-awaited crosswalk at Fulton Street and 39th Avenue get painted with zebra stripes. The intersection, which leads to a common entrance to the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area, will make it much easier for people and their pets to access the park safely.
In other exciting park news, the SF Recreation and Park Department completed its long awaited renovations to Argonne Playground and it looks absolutely gorgeous!
I also went on a walk-through of the proposed site for a senior playground next to the Golden Gate Park Senior Center; I can’t wait for the community planning process for this project to begin.
Inside City Hall
I was proud to stand in solidarity with Planned Parenthood and all of the women on the Board of Supervisors in opposition to this administration’s new rule to deprive Title X funding from women’s health clinics.
I also introduced a resolution and held a press conference condemning the administration’s abhorrent policy of ripping children from their parents at the border and detaining them in cages; all 10 of my colleagues co-sponsored the resolution. The Board of Supervisors also unanimously passed my resolution urging the SF Department of Public Health and the Sheriff’s Department to take the first step towards adopting a “good food purchasing policy” for San Francisco hospitals and jails.
Greenbelt community meeting
The Richmond District Neighborhood Center and SF Recreation and Park Department will be hosting their first Presidio Greenbelt community meeting on Thursday, July 12, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Richmond Recreation Center (251 18th Ave.). This is an opportunity for neighbors to provide insight and feedback on improving the greenbelt along Park Presidio Boulevard. For more information, contact Naomi@rdnc.org.
Golden Gate ParkDog Training Area community meeting
Last year, we held a community meeting to begin planning renovations for the Dog Training Area in Golden Gate Park. We will be holding our second community meeting on Monday, July 16, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center (37th Avenue and Fulton Street).
Outside Lands community meeting
The annual Outside Lands music festival is coming up from Aug. 10 through 12.
My office will be hosting a community meeting on July 18, at 6 p.m., at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center, where neighbors will have the chance to ask questions of the event planners and give them a chance to address neighborhood concerns in their planning process.
Geary, Park Presidio improvements underway
The SF Department of Public Works will soon begin improvements at the intersection of Geary and Park Presidio boulevards to provide a safer and more inviting environment for Muni passengers, pedestrians, runners and vehicular traffic. The project just started and is expected to be completed in September.
Have a safe and fun summer … and remember to do a One Richmond thing every day!
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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