Accomplishments in 2019
By Gordon Mar
As we look forward to a new year, we’re looking back on our first year in office and all we’ve accomplished together. I wrote six ordinances, 12 resolutions and two ballot measures; held 11 hearings; commissioned four audits, two studies and five reports; and sponsored a total of 175 pieces of legislation. We held dozens of town halls and community meetings, helped more than 1,000 constituent requests and met with hundreds of neighbors one-on-one in our office and across the Sunset.
From taking important steps forward on the biggest challenges facing our City to making targeted investments in priorities in our neighborhood, we’re proud of the progress we made in 2019 and excited to get working in 2020. Here are some of our biggest wins of the year:
• We secured the first-ever Small Sites acquisition in the Sunset, protecting more than a dozen Chinese seniors from eviction and converting an apartment building at risk of speculation into permanently affordable housing;
• We released the first-ever Jobs-Housing Fit Report, which showed that as low- and middle-income San Franciscans are being displaced, our disproportionate focus on market-rate housing over affordable housing is fueling the crisis. We also passed legislation to require this reporting annually, ensuring our land-use decisions will be fully informed by data. And we supported Supervisor Matt Haney’s legislation to raise the jobs-housing linkage fee, which will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for affordable housing over the next decade;
• We’ve made historic investments in community planning, infrastructure and resources in the Sunset, setting us up to launch our community planning initiative for the Sunset next year. Meanwhile, we took a stand against SB-50, State Sen. Scott Weiner’s bill that would upzone most of San Francisco without community input, and are pushing for amendments to ensure transit-oriented development includes transit improvements, gives communities a seat at the table to plan for more housing, and requires more affordability and better community benefits;
• With Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Vallie Brown, we waived fees on new in-law units, we held a workshop to help homeowners looking to add in-law units and we’re working on a program to provide new incentives for in-law construction in 2020.
• Brought mobile outreach services to the Sunset for the first time to connect people experiencing homelessness to crucial services and support;
• Held a town hall on homelessnesss and formed a working group with advocates and community members committed to finding solutions;
• Called for an audit of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to ensure our money is being spent effectively.
• Held a hearing on Muni’s performance and reliability and pushed new metrics for SFMTA to improve service, and held a hearing on switchbacks on the L-Taraval and N-Judah streetcar lines. We also pushed Muni to commit to reducing the use of switchbacks going forward;
• Commissioned a D-4 mobility study to identify strategies to improve and expand transit in the Sunset;
• Commissioned a school access study to ensure every student is able to get to school efficiently and reliably;
• Broke ground on the L-Taraval Transit Improvement Project, and brought together merchants and community members to ensure their needs are met during construction as this important project moves forward;
• Won approval for the 20th Avenue Neighborway Project, bringing a new bike lane and street safety measures to 20th Avenue, while also conducting a curb management review to meet the needs of small businesses on Irving Street;
• Added new safety measures at key intersections, including a new crosswalk at 34th Avenue and Ortega Street, new signage at 19th and Judah, and more safe and accessible curb treatment for bus stops at 46th and Judah.
• Negotiated a plan with Mayor Breed to fully fund Free City College for the next decade, with expansions in benefits for students and teachers;
• Brought City College to the Sunset, with six new classes launching this Spring;
• Guaranteed funding for two years of educators’ raises through our plan to leverage excess Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds;
• Increased protections for childcare facilities with Board President Norman Yee, that helped prevent Wah Mei School, a historic and crucial neighborhood preschool, from getting displaced.
• Passed a plan to expand the Emergency Firefighting Water System citywide within 15 years, to ensure every neighborhood is protected in the event of an earthquake or major fire;
• Authored the Crime Victim Data Disclosure Ordinance to provide public data on disparities in crimes across demographics and across the City – because better data leads to better strategies to address and prevent crime;
• Held a hearing and town hall on property crimes and pushed for the release of years of data from SFPD on the disparate impacts of crime on different communities.
• Launched the Sunset Boulevard Master Plan with new investments and community input to reinvigorate our City’s most important greenway;
• Held a hearing on the City’s planting and management of trees and helped secure millions of additional dollars for tree planting;
• Declared a climate state of emergency with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, launching a comprehensive plan with the Department of the Environment and environmental stakeholders to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030;
• Commissioned a report on decarbonizing our building sector, which contributes nearly half of our City’s greenhouse gas emissions, to be released in early 2020.
• Passed the Sunlight on Dark Money initiative, a.k.a. Proposition F, the strongest dark money disclosure law in the nation, with the support of more than two-thirds of San Francisco voters;
• Passed Public Financing 2.0, tripling the impact of small donors to local races to ensure public officials represent the public – not just the wealthy and well-connected;
• Brought more transparency and community input to the City’s budget process with Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.
Community and Culture
• Worked alongside community leaders and Supervisor Haney to pressure our federal representatives and the U.S. State Department to secure the safe return of Sunset native and human rights advocate Brandon Lee to the United States, following his attempted assassination in the Philippines. We also wrote and passed a resolution condemning the attack and calling for a moratorium on U.S. military aid to the Philippines until the human rights abuses of President Rodrigo Duterte end;
• Passed a resolution recognizing the contributions of the Irish community in the Sunset and citywide, and calling for a permanent memorial to victims of the Irish famine;
• Formed the Shared Prosperity Coalition and proposed the Stock-Compensation Tax to address income inequality and promote more economic fairness as San Francisco has one of the fastest-growing income gaps in the world;
• Organized the first-ever Westside Pride contingent at the LGBTQ Pride Parade, to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ community in the Sunset and across the west side of the City.
It’s been an immense privilege representing District 4 in 2019 – and we’re just getting started! We have plenty more in store in the year to come and look forward to spending 2020 working hand-in-hand with the communities of the Sunset, Parkside and Pine Lake Park to address the challenges facing our neighborhood and our City.
Gordon Mar represents District 4 on the SF Board of Supervisors. He can be reached at (415) 554-7460 or email@example.com.
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