City Hall

City Hall – Sandra Lee Fewer

Dear neighbors,

I hope you’re all enjoying the Autumn!  As the holiday season approaches, remember to do your #OneRichmond thing by shopping and eating local. Be sure to look out for the insert in the November Richmond Review for all of the One Richmond businesses.

In the Neighborhood

October was filled with fun community events in the ’hood. The first was Walk and Roll to School Day at Sutro Elementary School, which was a great throwback to my elementary school days of walking to Sutro. Thank you to Mr. Gee for engaging our fifth graders as pedestrian safety ambassadors and to Principal Currell for welcoming me back on campus. I also had fun attending the fall carnival events at Sutro and Alamo elementary schools!

Thank you to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for installing new pedestrian countdown signals for pedestrians crossing 43rd Avenue and Chain of Lakes Drive; a new green left turn arrow for westbound Fulton Street traffic turning into Golden Gate Park; new traffic signal mast arm poles positioning signals over the roadway for improved visibility; and improved street lighting for better visibility at night.

For far too long, Fulton Street has felt like a freeway and has been identified as a high-injury corridor in the City. Every day, residents and visitors cross Fulton by foot and bicycle to access the park and for commute and for recreational trips. It’s time we transform Fulton to prioritize pedestrian and traffic safety. 

I am delighted to launch the Fulton Street Safety Project with SFMTA, and want to hear from neighbors on mapping the needs and vision for safer streets.  Take the survey at: http://www.sfmta.com/projects/fulton-street-safety-project.

I joined the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) traffic unit as they stepped up enforcement to cite vehicles that failed to yield to pedestrians on Balboa Street. While we work with residents to advocate for traffic calming and improvements to street safety, I appreciate SFPD doing its part to change the culture of driving on our neighborhood streets. 

I had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon with one of my extraordinary neighbors, 100-year-old Jeanne Bobbitt. I shared with her plans for the renovation of the dog training area and that conversation started a three-hour visit full of stories and memories. Jeanne had a long and successful career as a dog trainer, breeder, handler and judge at dog shows and I look forward to her cutting the ribbon on our newly renovated dog training area next year.

It was great joining the United Educators of San Francisco for its 100-year anniversary dinner. Public education is the great equalizer of our society and our educators are the backbone of our public schools. I also joined the Richmond Neighborhood Center for its annual Wine on the Westside event to raise money for their great community programs, including providing food security for our residents and fostering volunteerism and partnerships to help the Richmond thrive.

I had a great time kicking off the 19th annual Community Clean Team event in the Richmond. Thank you to San Francisco Public Works for organizing this event and to all the volunteers for doing their #OneRichmond thing by helping keep our neighborhood beautiful. 

So much appreciation and respect for the Richmond Senior Center for thoughtfully pairing volunteers with a senior to help them do “One Hard Thing” at their home that they couldn’t accomplish themselves. I helped our neighbor, Linda, who is blind, by reading aloud sentimental letters from family and friends and sorting through postcards from worldly travels. Thank you to our neighbors, SF Fire Department Station 14 and officers from Richmond Station for supporting our seniors.

I enjoyed participating in another successful crab fest fundraiser at the Chinatown YMCA. My sister and I joined other volunteers to make spaghetti, salad and crab for more than 300 people. All of the proceeds go to the wonderful programs the Chinatown YMCA provides; helping it to  continue to serve the community for more than 100 years.

Inside City Hall

In October, SF Mayor London Breed signed my legislation creating an Office of Racial Equity and I had the pleasure of presenting a commendation to Zoe Polk, the outgoing deputy director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, who was instrumental in the development of this legislation. It was critical to have someone at the table who could bring brilliance, insight and comprehensive experience with advancing transformational systems and culture change in order to address racial disparities in San Francisco.

I introduced legislation to improve transparency in every phase of our city budget process. The City’s $12 billion budget is the most important piece of policy that we pass each year – it is where we realize our priorities with tangible resources, whether that is affordable housing or senior services. This budget should be transparent and accessible. As the city’s legislative body, the board should have greater capacity to understand departmental budgets as they come before us. 

Community Announcements

Richmond Playground Open House: Join me and the SF Recreation and  Park Department for the visioning and re-imagination of the children’s play area on Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Richmond Playground (18th Avenue and Lake Street).

Provide input into proposed pedestrian safety improvements for people crossing Geary Boulevard at Commonwealth/Beaumont Avenues: Learn more from SFMTA staff on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4-6 p.m., at Earth’s Coffee (3400 Geary Blvd.), or online at: http://www.sfmta.com/CommonwealthSafety.

California Street Safety Project: Join me and SFMTA for an open house/public hearing on proposed changes to improve safety on California Street; Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Peabody Elementary School (251 Sixth Ave.). 

As we enter into the holiday season, please remember to do a #One Richmond thing and patronize our local small businesses. Many have gift certificates available for purchase. Your decision to buy locally helps keep the businesses in our district viable. 

San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1.

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