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Supervisor Gordon Mar: COVID-19 Update

As the City continues to track the progress of COVID-19, our office is working to ensure that your voice is heard and needs are met. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in our Sunset Town Halls last week, focused on public health and housing stability. This week, we look forward to seeing you again to discuss how to support small businesses during this crisis.

Please continue to keep in touch with my and my staff to let us know how we can best advocate for you. Contact us at marstaff@sfgov.org or (415) 554-7460 if you need help or have any questions, feedback or ideas.
Small Business Support Town Hall
Town Hall: Support and Solidarity for Small Businesses 
Saturday 4/18, 10 – 11am
Addressing the unprecedented economic consequences of this public health crisis is one of the most crucial challenges that we face today. Join us for this town hall to learn about the City’s relief programs for small businesses and what we can do as a community to build resilience and solidarity to weather this crisis. We will be joined by Jorge Rivas, Deputy Director of Neighborhood Economic Development at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Executive Director of the Office of Small Business.

If you have any small business support questions or ideas for Supervisor Mar, please submit them here. We will prioritize frequently raised questions.

Join via Zoom link

Join via phone:
Call (669) 900 6833
Meeting ID: 929 3470 1339
Password: 94122
One tap mobile:
+16699006833,,92934701339#,,#,94122#City College Sunset Summer 2020: Enroll in Calculus
I’m proud to announce that high school and City College students will be able to take a City College Sunset calculus course during Summer 2020.

With permission from their high school, high school students will be able to count the calculus class for high school and college credit. The class is tuition-free for San Francisco residents and starts June 15. The class will be online.

Enrollment info is available at CityCollegeSunset.com.

You can email Legislative Aide Alan Wong at alan.wong1@sfgov.org if you have any questions.
 EnrollExpanded Paid Leave for Frontline Healthcare Workers
We unanimously passed my legislation to give frontline healthcare workers two additional weeks of paid leave.

Our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are on the front lines in the midst of a pandemic, and it is in the interest of public health to ensure that those workers do not have to go to work if they are sick.

They’re taking care of us when we need it most; and when they need it most, we need to take care of them.

Any healthcare provider working for a large private employer — like Kaiser, Dignity, Sutter, and more — will be immediately able to access two weeks of additional, fully paid leave if the

You can read more about our legislation below:

CBS Bay Area – Coronavirus Update: San Francisco Expands Paid Leave For Frontline Healthcare Workers

FOX KTVU – San Francisco supervisors approve paid leave extension for healthcare workersSunset Senior Phone Banks
Would you like to connect with your neighbors? We’re hosting senior phone banks in response to Covid-19 and the Shelter in Place Order.  Sheltering in place is critical to reduce the coronavirus from spreading in our community and every hour counts, so we want to check on the wellness of our neighbors during this critical time. 
Training for phone banks are Mondays at 10:30am and Wednesdays at 1pm. Accommodations will be made for senior volunteers. Sign up HERE. If you have questions, please email legislative aide Daisy Quan at daisy.quan@sfgov.org.
 SFUSD UpdatesThis week, students return to school with the rollout of Teacher-Led Distance Learning, planned through the end of the academic school year on June 2. Resources to navigate this new system include: this short video explaining this phase of our distance learning plan, family technology resourcesmain online tools our students are using, and this Google Classroom tutorial including this helpful brief video.
Beginning Wednesday, April 15, we are opening two additional meal pickup sites: El Dorado Elementary and Longfellow Elementary. For a full list of additional pickup times and locations, please visit our website.
If you have not yet accepted your Round 1 school placement offer, you have until April 17. Students with a Round 1 assignment offer will lose their school placement if families do not register. If you have not yet applied for May Placement (Round 2), but plan to, you have until April 17.Food Access
The City launched a SF.gov public webpage and 311 resources to help people navigate their food options. The San Francisco Food Resources Map Viewer allows people to search for food resources near their location, including food provided by the San Francisco Unified School District, the Department of Disability and Aging Services, local grocery stores, and food banks. 

The SF-Marin Food Bank pantry network distributes fresh, seasonal produce, lean protein, grain, and shelf-stable items to anyone who is struggling to buy food. During the COVID-19 crisis, they have launched pop-up pantries that are open to the public; no need to show ID or sign in to receive groceries every week. Please only attend one pantry and send one person per household to pick up groceries. 

There are currently two pop-up pantry pick up locations in the Sunset distributing food every Friday morning 9am-1pm:

Lincoln High School
2162 24th Ave

A.P. Giannini Middle School
3151 Ortega Street
 Telephone Hotline for Adults with Disabilities and Seniors
The Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) has expanded its telephone helpline to seven days a week to connect seniors and adults with disabilities with City services, including food assistance. The DAS Helpline is also connecting older adults and people with disabilities with volunteers who can help them with their essential needs, including grocery support. The Helpline number is (415) 355-6700.
 Text to 9-1-1 Service
The City announced a critical tool to help people who cannot safely call 9-1-1 during the COVID-19 Stay Home Order and beyond. Text to 9-1-1 is now available in San Francisco and provides a life-saving option for people in situations, including domestic violence, where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1. Text to 9-1-1 service is intended primarily for use in three emergency scenarios: When someone is in a situation where it is not safe to place a voice call to 9-1-1;When an individual is deaf, hard-of-hearing, or has a speech disability; andWhen a medical emergency arises that renders the person incapable of speaking.
More information about Text to 9-1-1 is available here.
 #SunsetSolidarity Spotlight
The folks at Vanida Thai Kitchen are showing their love and appreciation to healthcare workers by treating them to free meals! From the owner Mahat Papartassee on Nextdoor: 
Being an essential worker myself, I understand the stress and risk of having to be out in the field everyday. But after talking to a friend who’s a nurse, I realized that my level of stress and risk is nowhere near the level of those working in the medical field right now. They are working tirelessly and fearlessly, risking their own lives to help all of us get through this crisis. Hopefully my little offer can help fuel their strength a bit during this battle against the pandemic. 
On behalf of my staff and family, I would like to sincerely thank all the First Responders out there. Please feel free to stop by our restaurant and treat yourself to a meal at no cost. Just come in and present your ID/badge.

Check out ABC7’s coverage of Vanida Thai Kitchen giving out essential supplies to customers from last month.
We are so heartened by the generosity and solidarity of Vanida Thai Kitchen and many others in the neighborhood during this time of crisis. Let’s continue to support Sunset small businesses by eating local, purchasing gift cards or shopping online.

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