Last month brought us heartbreak and grief as another senior was killed in a vehicular collision, this time by a hit and run driver as she tried to cross California Street. This is the second pedestrian fatality this year in the Richmond District.
For the past four months, my office has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) on a central Richmond traffic safety plan. Thank you to neighbors who came out and provided suggestions/feedback. Last year I held a hearing on the dwindling number of traffic enforcement officers and I am proud to have worked with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to push for two new classes of traffic enforcement officers, the second of which will be starting this month.
At a time when we are still seeing pedestrian fatalities and more traffic violations with the rise of Uber and Lyft, we must have more traffic enforcement, not less. I have asked for a traffic light at the intersection of 18th Avenue and California, re-painted crosswalks in our district, improved lighting and more enforcement of traffic violations. We can do something about pedestrian safety: we can slow down when we are driving and we must obey traffic laws. These fatalities were preventable. We can do better.
We had a great time tabling at the Richmond Branch Library’s annual open house and inviting neighbors to sign on to #OneRichmond program. Our library is such a welcoming space for families to discover the amazing learning opportunities right here in our neighborhood. When I was growing up in the Richmond, the Richmond Library was a favorite spot for my sisters and me. We spent many hours selecting books and discovering new authors and stories.
I was proud to stand with Assemblymember David Chiu to announce the introduction of AB 857, critical legislation that he is authoring to create a pathway for public banks in localities like San Francisco. I also joined the YMCA of San Francisco for a discussion about opportunities for engaging youth in social change in their communities and reflected on how the youth voice has shaped policy making in the City.
You may have seen me with SF Transit Riders and SFMTA on Geary on Transit Driver Appreciation Day thanking our drivers for their hard work year round to keep San Francisco moving. I attended another lovely spring banquet hosted by Self-Help for the Elderly with a celebration of “super seniors” (those over 90 years old). My own grandmother lived to be 100 and these super seniors remind me of her.
The SF Department of the Environment’s annual Green Business Awards event was lovely, congratulating our local businesses that are going above and beyond in its commitment to environmental sustainability by completing a rigorous process to become a certified San Francisco Green Business. I want to give a special shoutout to SF Oral Surgery as a newly minted Green Business in District 1.
I also loved spending time walking the beat with our Richmond Station officers and getting to talk shop with our small businesses along Geary. We have such a unique mix of neighborhood-serving retail, cafes, grocers, services, new businesses and legacy businesses anchoring the corridor. Let’s do our #OneRichmond thing and shop local!
Inside City Hall
I’m so proud that my vacant storefront legislation passed unanimously and was signed by the mayor in March. This will increase the accuracy and effectiveness of our vacant storefront registry by requiring commercial property owners to register their vacant storefronts and pay for annual inspections if they are vacant for more than one year. Those who fail to register and pay the registration fee of $711 will be hit with a penalty fee of four times the registration fee. Having an accurate registry of vacant storefronts is an important part of ongoing efforts to activate vacant storefronts and maximize the potential of our commercial corridors.
In March, I introduced a resolution in support of HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act, which I’m proud to say was unanimously co-sponsored and passed by all 11 supervisors. The Medicare for All Act would establish guaranteed, universal health care for all U.S. residents. Various studies have estimated that the U.S. would save from $2 trillion to $5 trillion over 10 years due to massive savings in administration costs, lower prescription drug prices, as well as improved efficiency through a uniform payment system without the waste for billing, marketing and profit-taking.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I was beyond delighted to recognize Sarah Wan, District 1 resident and executive director of the Community Youth Center. Sarah wears many hats and is a heavyweight when it comes to moving hearts, minds and policies impacting young people in the City.
Do you want to understand how the city budget works, or discuss neighborhood budget priorities for the coming year? Join me for my Budget 101 community meeting on Thursday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m., at the Richmond Rec Center (251 18th Ave.). RSVP to Chelsea.Boilard@sfgov.org. Learn where your money goes.
Legacy business Joe’s Ice Cream will be hosting its 60th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 13, beginning 11:30 a.m.
I will be hosting District 1 office hours on Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.-noon, at the parklet at Clement Street and Third Avenue. Come by and share your priorities and questions.
The Central Richmond Traffic Safety Open House is happening Monday, April 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Richmond Rec Center. Please stop by.
Save the date for the annual Richmond Community Health Festival, happening Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Richmond Rec Center. We will also be featuring disaster preparedness resources and demonstrations.
Have you visited a Richmond District small business today? Help keep them in business and do a One Richmond thing: buy something!
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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