by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
July was a busy month in the ’hood, with three well-attended community meetings.
I joined a panel to discuss ideas for improvements along the Park Presidio Boulevard greenbelt. As someone who does not live next to Park Presidio, I felt it was important to allocate funds to conduct a community planning process with neighbors who do live along the greenbelt. I was happy to see this planning process begin and to hear so many great questions and ideas from our neighbors.
Many thanks to Naomi Hui from the Richmond District Neighborhood Center for moderating, and to our other panelists from the Richmond Police Station, SF Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Park Department. This is the first of a series of community meetings on the greenbelt; stay tuned for the next one.
Our second community meeting in July was held to discuss the design process for renovating the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area. We heard a presentation from Rec. and Park on the design options and neighbors voted for their choice. I was happy to see a virtually unanimous vote from neighbors in attendance on their choice for the park design! A big thank you again to Assemblymember Phil Ting for securing $2 million from the state and to Rec. and Park for allocating an additional $400,000 to make sure we can complete this beautiful project.
The third community meeting this month brought together city departments and the event organizers for Outside Lands in order to discuss its plans to mitigate traffic congestion and other issues related to the music festival coming up on the weekend of Aug. 10 through 12. Thank you to SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Rec. and Park, SF Police Department and Another Planet Entertainment for coming out to talk to our neighbors and answer questions.
If you have any questions before the festival begins, send an email to email@example.com.
The SFMTA will have dedicated tow trucks and parking control officers to quickly respond to blocked driveways or any other parking issues related to the festival. If you need a vehicle towed, call the SFMTA directly at (415) 553-1237 or (415) 553-1200. For any other non-emergency issue that comes up during the festival, call the Outside Lands hotline at (415) 965-8001 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on the festival days.
In addition to all of our community meetings, I was able to attend the Richmond District Democratic Club’s summer soiree at Cassava Restaurant, where several local activists were honored for their dedication to social justice and democracy.
I was excited to begin a process to identify safe routes to Golden Gate Park through a walk audit of pathways and infrastructure (or a lack thereof) along the Fulton Street edge. I was also happy to see that Public Works has begun sprucing up our Geary medians. We have so many neighborhood beautification projects in the works and I can’t wait for them to be completed.
Inside City Hall
As the vice chair of the SF Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee, I am proud of the accomplishments that my office achieved with this year’s budget, just passed by the Board of Supervisors.
For fiscal year 2018-2019, I secured $1 million for District 1 that includes $385,000 for youth and family services; $310,000 for senior services; $18,000 for parks; $70,000 for housing and homelessness; $5,000 for National Night Out; $47,000 for greening; and $165,000 for small business support and economic development.
In addition, I identified $470,000 for expanded water access, including more than 20 new hydration stations citywide; $50,000 for an expansion of our successful ashcan pilot program; and $375,000 for outreach for non-citizen voting. Highlights from the remainder include free City College of San Francisco summer classes; childcare and after-school programs; job training; housing subsidies for families and seniors; eviction defense; clean streets; domestic violence prevention; mental health services; HIV/AIDS services; and food security.
Join us for the second annual Autumn Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Clement Street between Fifth and Eighth avenues.
The event is co-hosted by the Clement Street Merchants Association, Richmond District Neighborhood Center, Community Youth Center, office of Assemblymember Ting and my office.
The festival will be a fun, family-friendly event where attendees will get a taste of the cultural diversity of the Richmond District. For more information, contact my aide Angelina Yu at (415) 554-7411.
Join the Richmond District Neighborhood Center for its second Playland on Balboa Music Festival on Aug. 4, from noon to 4 p.m., on Balboa between 35th and 38th avenues. This is a free event inspired by the original Playland-at-the-Beach amusement park that was located near the vibrant outer Balboa corridor.
I will be hosting a booth for my District 1 office so be sure to stop by to say “hi” and let me know if you have any issues that my office can address. In addition, we will also have a booth for One Richmond at Playland. If you haven’t already, stop by to sign up as a member and get a free pair of One Richmond sunglasses or a One Richmond tote bag to shop local!
Have you done your One Richmond thing today?
Enjoy the rest of the summer in our foggy wonderland.
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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