Good first two years
By Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
It’s hard to believe I’m already wrapping up my second year in office! Thank you to my D-1 neighbors for all of the support. I’m proud we’ve been able to do so much for the Richmond this year, both at City Hall and in the neighborhood.
A proposal to renew an extension of the 10-year contract for the Outside Lands Music Festival will be heard at the SF Recreation and Park Commission’s Operations Committee, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., in City Hall, Room 416. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion before the contract is approved. We encourage residents to email comments about this item to the Rec. and Park Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the neighborhood
This year marked the launch of the #OneRichmond initiative, where we created a collective identity for our district with four principles: in the Richmond we’re inclusive, we take care of each other, we take care of the Richmond and we shop and eat local.
My office partnered with the Richmond District Neighborhood Center to create a survey and hold community meetings that shaped the look and feel of One Richmond. More than 500 people attended our launch party in June and we’ve had more than 1,000 individuals, 50 businesses and 30 community organizations sign up so far. If you haven’t already, please do your “One Richmond thing” to- day and visit the website at www.onerichmondsf.com to become a member!
My office also hosted the Richmond District Community Health Festival and the second annual Autumn Moon Festival! These events were a huge success thanks to a great turnout and the deep community involvement of our neighbors.
I’m also proud to have nominated three distinguished Richmond District institutions that have now been approved for the city’s legacy business registry: the Balboa Theater, House of Bagels and The Plough and the Stars. Congratulations to these wonderful local businesses on being recognized officially for their vibrant legacies.
My staff and I convened more than a dozen community meetings on neighborhood issues, including homelessness, disaster preparedness, Park Presidio Boulevard greenbelt improvements, Golden Gate Park dog area improvements, traffic calming, Outside Lands and public safety.
We partnered with the USF Graduate School of Public & Urban Affairs to do a study on homelessness in the Richmond District prior to our three community meetings on homelessness. Thanks to this partnership and study, I was able to implement their policy recommendations to fund a dedicated homeless outreach team and mobile homeless services for the Richmond.
We also partnered with the Department of Emergency Management to make March “disaster preparedness month” in the Richmond and held two community workshops to help prepare our neighbors for a major earthquake or tsunami. If you haven’t already, sign up to receive real-time emergency alerts from Alert SF by texting your zip code to the number 888-777.
I’m thrilled that I was able to work with the SFMTA and SF Department of Public Works to improve our streets and pedestrian safety throughout the district. We conducted a lighting assessment along Fulton and added three new traffic lights, installed zebra crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety and were able to get many of our streets repaved, including the stretch of Geary Boulevard between 10th and 28th avenues.
With the help of Rec. and Park, Assemblymember Phil Ting and the participation of our neighbors, I was able to secure $2.5 million in funding and finalize the design for the Golden Gate Park Dog Play Area.
We also pushed to repair Argonne Playground and assisted USF in getting approval for 600 units of student housing.
Inside City Hall
In 2018, I was able to pass some critical legislation and hold hearings on various important issues that I had been hearing about from neighbors.
Earlier this year, the board unanimously passed my legislation to eliminate a loophole that allowed big corporate landlords to acquire new buildings and pass through to tenants their debt service and property tax increases as “operating and maintenance expenses.”
I also passed an ordinance to create a Cannabis Oversight Committee that will oversee the implementation of our newly established cannabis laws and equity program.
Another big victory was the passage of my Minimum Compensation Ordinance, which raised wages for home health care and non-profit workers under city contracts. These are the workers who take care of our elderly in their homes and provide services for our youth, families and homeless population. This will increase wages for more than 25,000 workers, many of whom are just one step away from becoming homeless themselves.
Through the budget process, I was also able to secure funding for our community-based organizations for senior, youth and family services.
I held hearings on various topics, including the creation of a public bank, good food purchasing policies, services for young children and families, cigarette ash cans, an emergency water supply systems for the west side, gang injunctions, red carpet transit lanes, traffic enforcement and vacant storefronts.
We had some serious vehicular accidents in our neighborhood, which prompted me to hold a hearing on traffic enforcement and push the SF police chief to train 15 additional motorcycle police officers to increase traffic enforcement.
At a hearing on vacant storefronts we were told by the SF Department of Building Inspection that there were zero vacant storefronts in District 1. Knowing this was wildly inaccurate, my office worked with the Richmond District Blog and our neighbors to identify 156 vacant storefronts. I will be introducing legislation to strengthen our vacancy ordinance and crack down on the absentee landlords of long-term vacancies very soon.
It’s has been an honor to serve the residents of the Richmond this past year. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your supervisor. Happy holidays and best wishes to all of you in the new year!
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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