by Sandra Lee Fewer
Happy autumn! September was a busy month, packed with One Richmond events and opportunities! I participated in the Love Our City citywide cleanup event and am happy to report that the Richmond had one of the highest turnouts of all neighborhoods in the City. Thank you to everyone who took advantage of this One Richmond opportunity to take care of the Richmond.
Assemblymember Phil Ting and I, along with the Richmond Neighborhood Center, Clement Street Merchants’ Association and Community Youth Center, hosted the second annual Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival. I had a great time visiting with neighbors, dancing and cutting an enormous moon cake. Special thanks to all of our community partners for coming together and helping us make this event a huge success.
I was also able to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SF Beauty Network on Geary Boulevard, a wonderful small business in our neighborhood.
San Francisco was home to the Global Climate Summit and I was happy to participate in affiliated events and actions. I spoke at a press conference with Elected Officials to Protect California where we urged Gov. Jerry Brown to design a swift, managed decrease of all fossil fuel production in California. I was honored to be on an environmental panel to talk about a resolution I introduced earlier this year about the need for urban biodiversity.
I had so much fun at all three neighborfest block parties in the Richmond in September. The block parties are a part of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and help neighbors get to know each other and introduce them to resources available to them in case of an emergency. I want to give a big thank you to Leah McLean, Sarah Huck, Michelle Duffy, Ginger Ashworth and Karen Chow for doing their One Richmond thing by organizing these fun block parties for their neighbors.
Congratulations to the SF Model Yacht Club for its Model Boats on Parade event at Spreckels Lake to celebrate its 120th anniversary. It was a lovely event and these boats continue to amaze and delight people of all ages. I was also excited to see the beautiful stone wall and safety improvements at Park Presidio and Geary boulevards. Thank you to the neighbors who gave input on the design and to the SF Department of Public Works (DPW) for showing us some love in the Richmond.
The Clement Street Merchants’ Association hosted a great social in September, which was a fun way to build community with merchants on the corridor. SFGovTV worked with me to create the first video highlighting some of my favorite things about the Richmond District, as part of their “Discover Your District” video series, which can be found online at http://www.sfgovtv.org.
Our office kicked off Transit Week by riding the #38R-Geary bus with neighbors and joining other elected officials at City Hall for a press conference to advocate for better public transit.
I was so happy to join the California Academy of Sciences in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the new Academy.
I also had the pleasure of honoring Richmond District native Tony Ortiz as part of the Board of Supervisors’ celebration of Latino Heritage Month. Tony serves on the leadership team of the Latino Employee Resource Group for the Richmond YMCA and truly embodies the spirit of One Richmond as he always puts community first.
Inside City Hall
In September, I introduced a funding proposal along with supervisors Hilary Ronen and Jane Kim to raise wages for home health care workers and nonprofit workers who are contracted by the City. We are losing these valuable workers who serve our seniors and homeless because many of them are one paycheck away from becoming homeless themselves. This raise would lift up the wages of more than 20,000 workers to $17 per hour over the next two years, helping to stabilize the safety net services for tens of thousands of people who depend on them.
I called for a hearing on the use of transit-only “red carpet lanes” to ensure prioritization of public transit. I also called for a hearing on San Francisco’s juvenile justice system and strategies for community-based alternatives to detention.
My office is organizing a “public safety town hall” with the SF Police Department’s (SFPD) Chief William Scott, Capt. Michelle Jean of the Richmond Station and Commander David Lazar. I hope you can join us to discuss pedestrian safety and other citywide policing issues. Please bring neighborhood questions and concerns and share your ideas to improve public safety in District 1. The meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center (6101 Fulton St.).
I will be hosting another community meeting on homelessness to follow up on the two community meetings we held earlier this year. After working with the USF Public & Urban Affairs Graduate Program to conduct a study on homelessness in the Richmond, I have implemented its recommendation to have a dedicated homeless outreach team and secure funds for mobile homeless services in District 1. We will get to hear from the Department of Housing and Supportive Housing, Project Homeless Connect, SFPD, Rec. and Park, DPW and more about the Healthy Streets Operation Center and the City’s plan to reduce homelessness. Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center.
Have a wonderful autumn everyone!
Have you done your One Richmond thing today?
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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