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Sunset District Updates from Supervisor Gordon Mar, May, 2020

With businesses re-opening for curbside pickup, our vigilance and commitment to public health and social distancing is beginning to pay off as we start taking slow steps towards economic recovery.

That recovery will be long, and present new challenges and difficult choices, and will continue to require our solidarity and support for one another.

We’re not waiting for shelter in place to end to work on what must come next, with an important town hall this Saturday on the future of our transportation. I hope you can join us, because we need your input to ensure the service, programs, and projects to come meet your needs.

This was also a big week for legislation — we introduced two Charter amendments that we hope to place on the November ballot to support job training for laid off workers, and address public corruption and waste of taxpayer money. 

Please read on for the latest updates, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Improving Transportation | D4 Virtual Town Hall

Saturday May 23, 10am

Prior to the global pandemic, we asked the Transportation Authority to conduct the District 4 Mobility Study to explore ways to increase opportunity and access to sustainable modes of transit in the Outer Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods.

While driving has dramatically decreased everywhere, we have the opportunity to plan for more mobility options in D4 in the future in order to support sustainability and economic vibrancy while reducing congestion.

Join us for a virtual town hall to inform the beginning of this study and discuss your ideas, needs, and the challenges you have in choosing transit, walking and biking!

The outcome of the study will include specific recommendations for transportation service, projects, and programs — and we want to hear from you!

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register to Attend

Workforce Education and Recovery Fund

During this unprecedented health emergency, we’re also facing an unemployment emergency, with more workers having lost their jobs and income over the past two months than at any time since the Great Depression.

Investing in City College of San Francisco to maintain and expand education and workforce training should be central to our City’s economic recovery strategy. City College provides the most comprehensive offering of vocational training and adult education programs in our City, and it’s tuition free to all San Francisco residents.

So I‘ve introduced a Charter amendment to sustain City College’s job training programs. The Workforce Education and Recovery Fund will ensure that nearly 100,000 unemployed San Franciscans can upgrade their skills and get back to work as soon as possible.

Read more in the Examiner

Public Advocate

We need structural reform to address the culture of casual corruption and pay-to-play politics and make our City more accountable, effective and transparent.So this week I introduced a Charter amendment to create the San Francisco Public Advocate, a new elected position responsible for investigating and eliminating public corruption, waste of taxpayer money and abuse of the public trust.

It shouldn’t take a federal FBI investigation by the Trump Administration to root out local corruption, and it shouldn’t take decades to address criminal and corrupt behavior by high-ranking public officials. With a Public Advocate, we will address corruption as it should and must be addressed: locally, proactively and structurally.

If approved by the Board of Supervisors, this measure will be on our November ballot for your vote.

This is a long-term solution for a long-term problem, and in light of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, it’s more important than ever that our City services are effective, accountable, transparent, and trustworthy.

Read more in the Chronicle
Read more in CBS SF Bay Area

New meal delivery program for seniors

The City has announced the launch of Great Plates Delivered SF , an emergency food assistance program for seniors sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will deliver three free restaurant meals a day to seniors, who are at high-risk from COVID-19. The program is also an economic catalyst for local restaurants and food vendors, who will partner with the City to prepare and deliver meals. Great Plates Delivered SF will serve eligible seniors over 65, as well as those age 60 – 64 with certain underlying health conditions. Participants will receive up to three free meals a day provided by local food vendors that have entered into a partnership with the City. All deliveries will be contactless for safety, and all individuals delivering meals are subject to background check.People interested in the program can call the Department of Disability and Aging Services Hotline at (415) 355-6700 or visit their website.

Economic Recovery Task Force Survey

The City wants your input on our long-term economic recovery plan. If you work in San Francisco, please complete this survey. The Economic Recovery Task Force is charged with guiding the City’s efforts through the COVID-19 recovery to sustain and revive local businesses and employment, mitigate the economic hardships already affecting the most vulnerable San Franciscans, and build a resilient and equitable future. Please help us understand how best to support you now and as we recover over the long term. Your insights will be shared with the Economic Recovery Task Force to help guide San Francisco’s recovery efforts.The survey is available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Filipino.

#Give2SF

San Franciscans are stepping up to help one another in countless ways, and making our City proud.One way to give back if you’re able is the Give2SF fund, a City operated fund that gives direct assistance to residents in need. Your tax-deductible donations will help protect the health of San Francisco and support the most vulnerable, including individuals, families, and local businesses.
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#SunsetSolidarity Spotlight

These 3 talented School of the Arts students have raised nearly $4,000 for workers and families impacted by COVID through their Mariachi Online Performance Fundraiser! From their GoFundMe page:Hi, my name is Plyfaa. My family received a stimulus check to help us during this COVID-19 pandemic. I was dismayed to learn that tax-paying undocumented workers or workers married to an undocumented partner were excluded from participating in the stimulus recovery program. These workers and their families are struggling to keep afloat.

Together with Alexander Haken, Emma Kositsky, and Plyfaa Suwanamalik-Murphy, part of SOTA’s mariachi group, came together to create an online performance featuring five traditional mariachi songs to honor Mexican heritage and fundraise for these workers. All donations will be given to UndocuFundSF, a nonprofit in San Francisco.

We applaud the compassion and activism of these young folks who are helping their community in such a beautiful way. Check out their performance and donate here.

Resources:

COVID-19 Data Tracker
City COVID-19 Website

Mental Health Resources
Food Resources
Domestic Violence Updates
Resources for Workers and Businesses

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