By Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
In January we welcomed three new members to the SF Board of Supervisors: Gordon Mar, Matt Haney, and Shamann Walton. Supervisors Haney, Walton and I all served together on the School Board and I’ve worked with Supervisor Mar during his time at Jobs with Justice and the Chinese Progressive Association. I’m proud to have supported all three of them as candidates and am excited to work with them again on the board!
I was so honored to deliver the oath of office to Alison Collins as she was sworn in on the San Francisco Board of Education. I am proud to have endorsed her and the other two newly elected members, Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga. I can’t wait to see the leadership they will bring to the school district.
It was great celebrating with the amazing artists whose art and poetry was selected to be featured on 100 Muni buses citywide this year under the theme of “connecting our community.” I also joined the SF Public Bank coalition at its launch event to educate and organize community members about its inspiring campaign to create a local municipal public bank. A public bank could allow us to pull our City’s money out of large corporate banks and reinvest it in affordable housing and other local priorities. I’m so inspired to keep working with these stakeholders to advance this critical work.
One Richmond: pedestrian safety
I was excited to see the Richmond Recreation Center packed with community members doing their #OneRichmond thing by giving their input on SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) proposed traffic safety improvements for the Central Richmond. The plan includes high visibility crosswalks, speed bumps, daylighting and much more. Many thanks to SFMTA and everyone who came out to help make the Richmond a safer place. I also enjoyed speaking to the Planning Association for the Richmond (PAR) about One Richmond and my plans and priorities for the year.
My staff and I joined the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to count our unhoused neighbors during the semi-annual “point in time” count. Accurate data leads to better public policy outcomes, and I’m glad that I was able to participate in this critical count. Many thanks to the Richmond Neighborhood Center for hosting its annual “Dare to Dream” event. It was a fun and informative event and a great way to celebrate and remember Dr. King’s legacy. Joining my colleagues and the labor movement at the Martin Luther King Jr. labor and community breakfast was also a great experience. Together we will continue to fight for workers’ rights and racial justice. Together, we will win!
There were also several fun evening events my team was able to attend in January, including the delicious cioppino dinner at the semi-annual Recology event, the wonderful Richmond District Democratic Club social and a fabulous Friday night out in the hood with our Entertainment Commission. We enjoyed a unique experience of dinner-and-dance-meets-Shanghai-rock at Paramount Superstars on Clement, followed by live music at one of our legacy lusinesses: the Plough and the Stars! Thank you to the Entertainment Commission for taking us out; I love enjoying all that our wonderful neighborhood has to offer.
Inside City Hall
Last year, I introduced legislation to increase the accuracy and effectiveness of our vacant storefront registry by closing a loophole in our building code that has resulted in long-term vacancies not being registered solely because there is a “for lease” sign in the window. After holding a hearing last year and finding out that the SF Department of Building Inspection (DBI) had zero vacant storefronts registered in my district, I knew that our system was flawed and needed to change. My legislation will help ensure that vacant storefronts are promptly identified, registered and monitored to remain safe and avoid hazards and nuisances resulting from being vacant or abandoned. It has been featured in the Examiner, SF Weekly, KQED, Mission Local, Chronicle and Richmond District Blog, and I’m excited to have received overwhelming support for this legislation. A big thank you to my nine colleagues for signing on as co-sponsors and to the Small Business Commission and the Building Inspection Commission for recommending its passage. This legislation will be heard at the Land Use and Transportation Committee on Feb. 4th before final approval by the full Board of Supervisors. Here’s to #FewerVacancies!
I am honored to have been chosen by board President Norman Yee to chair the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee this year. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on the board, the mayor’s office, and community stakeholders to pass a city budget that is equitable and meets the most urgent needs in the City and County of San Francisco.
February 5 is Chinese Lunar New Year and 2019 is the year of the Boar! Mark your calendars for Feb. 23 for the annual Chinese New Year parade which begins at Second and Market streets and ends in Chinatown.
I am thrilled to announce that the first-ever D-1 Pop Up Summer Resource Fair is happening Saturday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Richmond Rec Center (251 18th Ave.). Come do your #OneRichmond thing and discover the wonderful camps, classes, programs and services that specifically serve District 1 children, youth and their families.
In the Richmond we are inclusive, so please join us for the Immigrant Cultural Festival on Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at the Richmond Neighborhood Center (741 30th Ave.).
Have you done your One Richmond thing today?
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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