In the Neighborhood
A lot has happened in the neighborhood this summer!
The D1 office had fun preparing a pancake breakfast for our seniors at the Richmond District YMCA while the Community Youth Center presented disaster preparedness training for them. We were proud to team up with the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) to launch a beautiful new “pit stop” at Ocean Beach near the fire pits. These mobile toilets are fully staffed by an attendant to ensure safety and cleanliness. I also want to thank DPW for doing its “One Richmond thing” by filling more than 240 potholes in the Richmond that were reported by neighbors during #FewerPotholes month. I was honored to join the 15th anniversary celebration at the Jackie Chan Senior Center. So glad to have this wonderful organization in our ’hood.
Thank you to all the neighbors who joined our community meeting in preparation for the Outside Lands concert. I had the chance to meet with the festival organizers to better understand the planning and operations of the event, as well as the acoustic engineers who are carefully mapping the sound elements. We will continue working closely with San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and the San Francisco Police Department to mitigate the impact of this event on the neighborhood and will be hosting a community meeting after the festival to address concerns.
At our community meeting on shared mobility, we had a robust conversation with SFMTA and neighbors on all-things scooters, bikeshare, carshare and emerging mobilities. Thank you to our neighbors for joining this important discussion on how this fits in with the transportation network and vision for the Richmond District.
I’m proud to have joined the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) during the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Mental Health Strike, drawing attention to the critical needs of mental health workers and their patients. I also joined the Fix It team along with neighbors and merchants to address cleanliness and safety improvements in the Inner Richmond.
Everyone had a blast at the One Richmond Community Party! More than 600 neighbors came out to join us for free food, a community resource fair, good music, amazing performances, and an all-around great time building community with our neighbors! Thank you to House of Bagels, Schubert’s Bakery, New World Market and May Wah Market for their delicious food donations. Thank you also to all the city departments and community-based organizations that tabled at our resource fair and signed up neighbors for One Richmond opportunities. Last but not least, thank you to all the amazing performers, volunteers and neighbors who came out and helped make this event a huge success!
Inside City Hall
Affordable Homes for Educators and Families NOW
I am proud to be partnering with supervisors Shamann Walton, Aaron Peskin and Matt Haney on the Affordable Homes for Educators and Families NOW initiative for the November ballot. Our initiative will make it easier and faster to build affordable housing across every San Francisco neighborhood. When paired with our historic $600 million housing bond, this upcoming election presents an incredible opportunity to tackle the two biggest barriers to addressing our affordable housing crisis: access to land and funding. Check out our op-ed to learn more: http://bit.ly/AffordableHomesNOW.
Office of Racial Equity
More than 100 San Franciscans came out to support my racial equity legislation and testify to the critical conditions that continue to worsen for communities of color in San Francisco. This legislation, which was passed unanimously, will hold us accountable to moving the needle for racial equity in our city and addressing the disparities facing communities of color with regards to economic stability, housing, health outcomes and policing. It is long past due that San Francisco makes real our commitment to racial equity.
D1 Budget Priorities
As chair of the board’s Budget and Finance Committee, I am so proud to share that we were able to pass a strong consensus budget totaling $12.6 billion with significant investments in San Franciscans. Here are some highlights of what I was able to champion and secure funding for:
• $1 million invested in the Richmond District, focused on emergency preparedness, youth services, senior services, homeless outreach services, neighborhood community events like National Night Out and funding for neighborhood stabilization;
• $33 million invested in citywide services and programs, including deep investments in health services, homelessness and housing, wage increases for low-wage workers, youth and families, seniors and people with disabilities, clean and green streets, immigrant support services and small business support;
• Millions more in special funding for residential mental health facilities, housing subsidies, shelter beds and expansion of the local working families credit.
Please reach out to Chelsea in my office with any budget-related questions: (415) 554-7413.
With assistance from Assemblymember Phil Ting, we were also able to secure a capacity building grant for affordable housing on the west side. This grant will allow us to create the type of affordable housing developer we need because without that we will not be able to build and/or acquire the affordable housing we desperately need on the west side of San Francisco.
Outside Lands will be happening Aug. 9-11. If you have any questions before the festival begins, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. SFMTA will have dedicated tow trucks and parking control officers to quickly respond to blocked driveways or any other parking issues related to the festival. If you need a vehicle towed, call SFMTA directly at (415) 553-1237 or (415) 553-1200. For any other non-emergency issues that come up during the festival, you can call the Outside Lands Hotline at (415) 965-8001 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on festival days (Aug. 9-11).
The Board of Supervisors will be on summer recess this month so the board will not be meeting, but our office will remain open for the majority of the month.
Enjoy the rest of the summer! Play safe, have fun and remember:
Everyone can do a One Richmond thing every day! Visit http://www.OneRichmondsf.com for more information.
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.
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