City Hall

City Hall – Sandra Lee Fewer

Community Updates

Dear neighbors,

Please join us on Saturday, July 13, for the One Richmond Community Celebration! Just like the One Richmond Community Kickoff last year, this event will feature free food, a D.J., musical and dance performances, a community resource fair filled with #OneRichmond opportunities, activities for kids and fun for all ages. Come do your #OneRichmond thing by joining your neighbors for a few hours of community building fun.

One Richmond Community Party

When: Saturday, July 13 , 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where: Argonne Elementary School (18th and Cabrillo)

Why: To celebrate our One Richmond community with a BBQ, popcorn, cotton candy and fun activities for all ages.

This year we will also be having a special bake-off competition judged by a panel of pastry enthusiasts. Bring your homemade pastries to the party and they will be shared with attendees and judges. Winning recipes will be put up on the One Richmond website and the winning chefs will win special One Richmond prizes. For more information, to sign up to volunteer or to participate in the bakeoff, go to: http://www.OneRichmondsf.com. Hope to see you there!

Outside Lands Community Meeting

The annual Outside Lands Music Festival is coming up on Aug. 9 through 11. Join SF Supervisor Gordon Mar and me for a community meeting on July 1, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center (6101 Fulton St.) where neighbors will have the chance to ask questions of the event planners and give them a chance to address neighborhood concerns in their planning process.

Shared Mobilities 

Transportation Community Meeting

New technologies and an emergence of additional modes of transportation options are changing the options for how residents and visitors can get around the City. Join me for a discussion with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on scooters, bikeshare, carshare and emerging mobilities and how this fits in with the transportation vision and network for the Richmond District.  We will be holding this community meeting on Monday, July 15, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Richmond Recreation Center (251 18th Ave.).

Affordable Homes for Educators and Families Now Act

In June, supervisors Matt Haney, Shamann Walton, Aaron Peskin and I introduced a bold and comprehensive initiative ordinance called the Affordable Homes for Educators and Families Now Act. Our proposal will make it easier and faster to build affordable housing all across San Francisco by doing the following:

• Rezoning lots more than 10,000 square feet to allow 100 percent affordable and educator housing, which will open up thousands of parcels for affordable housing development without demolishing existing housing;

• Rezoning public land to allow 100 percent affordable and educator housing which will allow affordable housing on even more parcels without touching public parks;

• Waiving density restrictions and allowing Planning Code modifications for 100 percent affordable and educator housing, which will make development more feasible across the City; 

• Creating an Educator Housing pilot program with dedicated funding in the housing bond which will keep educators in the City by streamlining educator housing projects with the same provisions already in place for 100 percent affordable housing projects.

These zoning changes will instantly create dozens of opportunity sites for affordable housing development on both publicly owned and privately owned land in our district alone. It is critical that we pursue every option we can to increase affordable housing opportunities in all parts of the City, including in neighborhoods on the west side that have seen little affordable housing investment.

Earlier this month, the SF Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation to allocate 50 percent of future Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) money from the state towards the production and preservation of affordable housing. As a result, we will now have $70 million in additional funds for affordable housing in this year’s budget alone. In addition, San Franciscans will be voting on a $600 million housing bond this November, which includes $20 million that we have earmarked for educator housing projects. 

This comprehensive package of zoning changes, streamlining and funding will empower San Francisco to put a real dent in our affordable housing crisis.

Budget Season Completed

As the chair of Budget and Finance Committee this year, I have had the honor of leading the board’s budget process and developing a consensus spending plan that addresses great needs in communities across San Francisco, including for families, seniors, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, immigrants, low-income people and workers. I am proud that the approved spending plan deepens the City’s investment in combatting homelessness and providing affordable housing, services for marginalized communities, clean and green streets, legal representation, community and economic development and more. Please stay tuned for more details including investments in District 1.

In the Neighborhood

My staff and I spent a lovely Saturday morning at Stow Lake to see the Great Blue Herons and to join Nancy DeStefanis on a nature walk in our own backyard – Golden Gate Park!

Thank you to the Richmond Senior Center and Community Youth Center for doing a #OneRichmond thing by holding a workshop to help our seniors become informed and prepared for emergencies by signing up for AlertSF. If you haven’t already, text your zip code to the number 888-777 to sign up for emergency alerts. 

Congratulations to Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) for 50 years of advancing justice for all. It was a wonderful celebration and a full house recognizing the work and importance of CAA. It was a great celebration of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco (HRCSF) on its 40th year of organizing for housing justice. Special thanks to the Richmond District branch of HRCSF which has served more than 1,400 tenants on the west side since they opened up its office here in 2016. 

Congratulations also to the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on its fabulous performance recognizing the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. It was a touching and sometimes heartbreaking show with sweet melodic voices collectively singing to push back on hate and lift the hearts of all. As part of LGBTQ Pride Month, I had the distinct honor of recognizing the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Pride Alliance. The department leads the nation in recruiting and promoting LGBTQ officers and is one of only a few police departments with permanent LGBTQ and transgender liaison posts. We owe much of this progress to the San Francisco Police Officers’ Pride Alliance. I also had a great time at the Re-entry Council dinner in support of families of formerly incarcerated individuals.

I was honored to receive the Compassion in Action award from Project Homeless Connect at its annual gala. Project Homeless Connect comes to the Richmond with its Care Van on the third Friday of every month to provide many homeless services, but what it provides most is the affirmation that other people care. I am so happy to have the organization in my district.

I was pleased to be recognized by the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee at its annual “Summer in the City” event. It was powerful to be with politically empowered women, particularly during this time when the reproductive rights of women are under attack. I also attended our own Richmond District Democratic Club’s Summer Soiree where seven Richmond District residents, who are also public defenders, were honored. 

See you at the #OneRichmond Community Party!

San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.

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