As we head into the holiday season, we’ve made an immense amount of progress on some key priorities for our first year in office and want to share some important updates with you:
Housing and Homelessness
We secured the first-ever Small Sites Program acquisition in the Sunset! I’m proud to say that the 15 tenants of 3544 Taraval St., all moderate-income seniors, now have housing that is secure and permanently affordable, instead of being displaced by real estate speculators.
While these six units represent a very small addition to the City’s overall affordable housing stock, today represents a significant turning point for the Sunset. In the last 10 years, before I was elected supervisor, there has not been a single building acquisition or rehabilitation and only 21 units of affordable housing were built in District 4 – by far the lowest of any district. I am committed to future small sites acquisitions, 100 percent affordable new construction, like the educator housing project at Francis Scott Key Annex, and every creative solution available to solve the affordability crisis.
Better data means smarter solutions. We released the City’s first-ever “jobs-housing fit report,” showing that our job growth is completely outpacing our housing production and the housing we build is not meeting the needs of our growing low- and moderate-income workforce.
Planning commissioners have asked for this data for years, but staff never provided it – so we did. I have also introduced legislation to require the SF Planning Department to provide a “jobs-housing fit” analysis and report annually. It is time we face the data when making economic policy and land use decisions. It is time we right this imbalance in our housing pipeline and confront the impacts on low- and moderate-wage workers and families.
We also had an incredibly productive first District 4 town hall on homelessness and I am proud to be launching the first mobile homeless service unit in the Sunset later this year. As we work to get affordable housing, a safe overnight parking pilot and a citywide mental health program online, the mobile service program will provide immediate resources now. It will also be a first step toward a comprehensive plan to transition the homeless in the Sunset from living on our streets and in their vehicles to stable housing with needed support services.
We are continuing the work by convening a D-4 homelessness working group. If you are interested in joining a community of neighbors activated to solve issues of homelessness, please reach out to our office at email@example.com.
Keeping Us Safe
As wildfire smoke chokes our air and we reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake – even as some smaller quakes shake the Bay Area – we must also take a sobering look at our City’s readiness for when the next big quake strikes and for the fires that will follow. That’s why I introduced legislation to expand our Emergency Firefighting Water System to all parts of our City in the next 15 years. Our neighborhoods on the west side have been less protected than downtown for far too long and we need to act boldly and swiftly.
All communities deserve to feel safe, whether its from natural disasters or crime. That’s why I’ve also introduced the Crime Victim Data Disclosure Ordinance to require regular reporting on hate crimes and aggregated demographic information on the victims of all types of crimes, including burglary, assault and homicide.
The data we already have is alarming. Hate crimes increased 61 percent in one year. Half of all homicide victims in San Francisco are black, despite being five percent of the population. Burglaries and theft have increased every year since 2016, despite the San Francisco Police Department’s public statements to the contrary.
The victims and communities disproportionately impacted by crime deserve more transparency. With these reports, we can better understand how communities are impacted by crime, where disparities exist across race and identity and work better to prevent and address them.
I’m also happy to share that Sunset native Brandon Lee arrived safely home to San Francisco on a medical transport following an assassination attempt in the Philippines in August that nearly claimed his life.
Brandon’s here because of his strength and the strength of the community and the movement that’s lifted up him and the power of his example over these last few months. An outpouring of love and support moved mountains to make this transport happen, but we have mountains yet to move. There’s a ways to go still to cover the costs of Brandon’s care and much more to be done to address the underlying injustices that led to his attack. I authored and passed a resolution condemning the attack and calling for a moratorium on U.S. aid to the Philippine military pending an independent investigation.
Finally, we recently held the second community meeting for the Sunset Boulevard Master Plan, our long-term strategy to reinvigorate this crucial greenway. Since our first meeting in June, we have worked closely with Public Works and SF Public Utilities Commission to update the plan based on public input, worked with Climate Action Now to plant more than 80 new trees and made Sunset Boulevard a priority in our first budget with more than $300,000 in investments.
Some of these improvements are already in place and more are on the way. Sunset Boulevard is a biodiversity hub and a crucial greenway for not only our neighborhood, but the entire City. We’re so excited for its future and will have more updates to share soon.
Gordon Mar represents District 4 on the SF Board of Supervisors. He can be reached at (415) 554-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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