Remember to vote!
Election Day is Nov. 3. Have you returned your ballot yet?
I am delighted to share that the SF Department of Elections will have an official ballot drop-off station at the Anza Branch Library located on 37th Avenue between Anza and Geary streets. The hours of operation are:
• Saturday/Sunday Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
• Monday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.;
• Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Official ballot drop-off stations are clearly recognizable, are staffed with Elections personnel wearing red vests, and, importantly, ensure security of ballots returned by voters. At drop-off stations, voters deposit their filled-out ballots into sealed red ballot boxes that bear the official seal of the City and County of San Francisco and are monitored by Department of Elections personnel.
A list of official San Francisco ballot drop-off stations can be found at sfelections.org/ballotdropofflocations.
Protecting Our Small Businesses
Recently a number of our small businesses in the Inner Richmond sustained vandalism and broken windows. This adds insult to injury for our small businesses, which have had to weather the economic challenges of 2020. Many of the impacted small businesses are women-owned, immigrant-owned and family-owned and operated. Even a cherished legacy business that has been here for nearly 40 years was hit. This issue impacts our entire community.
Thank you to the Richmond Station, SFPD, SF SAFE and the District Attorney’s Office for collaborating with the Clement Street Merchants Association to help strengthen small businesses’ security. We are leveraging every resource available to prevent, document and investigate cases and are working to connect merchants to resources for emergency repairs due to vandalism.
100% Affordable Senior Housing Project In Our ‘Hood
The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and I recently announced a new 100% Affordable Senior Housing Project we’re building at 4200 Geary in the Richmond District. The project will have 98 units for low-income, extremely low-income, and formerly homeless seniors, 40% of which will be prioritized for current District 1 residents.
The TNDC will be hosting a series of three community meetings in English, Chinese, and Russian to gather feedback and maximize community input on the project. Below are the dates for each:
• Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.;
• Monday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. (with Chinese translation);
• Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. (with Russian translation).
Anyone interested in attending can learn more and register for the meetings at http://www.tndc.org/property/4200-geary. Those who don’t have access to a computer can call (415) 937-0701 to get call-in information for the meetings.
This project was made possible by the passage of two ballot measures in November 2019, Propositions A and E. As you likely remember, Prop. A was a $600 million affordable housing bond with dedicated funding for senior housing and new construction on the west side, which I fought to include in the bond. Prop. E was an affordable housing zoning measure I authored which principally permits and streamlines 100% Affordable Housing Projects on large public and private lots, like 4200 Geary. Thank you SF voters! My office also secured a grant in 2019 to build capacity for an affordable housing nonprofit developer like TNDC based on the west side to build more affordable housing like this in the future.
USF Student Housing
Earlier this month I went on a hard hat tour of the brand-new student housing under construction at the University of San Francisco (USF). These two gorgeous new buildings will house more than 600 students once they are completed and when students come back to school. This state-of-the-art facility will serve thousands of USF students over the years and also help stabilize the rent-controlled housing in the surrounding neighborhoods. Thank you to Father Fitzgerald and USF staff for taking me on this tour and doing your part to provide the housing we need.
Slow Streets on Cabrillo
We have watched as Slow Streets were utilized by our neighbors as spaces for wellness and paths for making essential trips. Cabrillo Street from 25th Avenue to 45th Avenue just became our third Slow Street in the Richmond. We have been learning from the successes and areas of improvement from the existing network to inform the implementation of Cabrillo.
The SFMTA’s Slow Streets program is designed to temporarily limit through vehicle traffic on certain residential streets and allow them to be used as a shared space for people traveling by foot and by bicycle. The program aims to provide more space for socially distant essential travel and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no change to parking or resident access with these street restrictions. Local vehicle traffic will continue to be accommodated on all Slow Streets, and no changes to disabled parking are proposed.
Learn more at https://www.sfmta.com/reports/about-slow-streets-faqs.
Inside City Hall/ a Place for All
San Francisco’s response to COVID-19 has shown that we can rise to meet enormous challenges and save lives when we have the political will to do so. We must apply this same sense of urgency towards homelessness by putting a comprehensive plan in action to provide everyone on our streets with a safe place to sleep. In October, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and I introduced legislation that will do just that.
This legislation will require the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to accurately assess our unhoused population and open enough safe sleeping sites in the next 18 months to accommodate every person living on our streets who does not have access to supportive housing, a hotel, or a traditional shelter bed. It is unacceptable that these people find refuge in our doorways, on our merchant corridors and our sidewalks. San Francisco HAS NEVER established a comprehensive citywide strategy for meeting the shelter needs of our unhoused population; it is long overdue. Once it passes, this ordinance will finally put San Francisco on a path to taking our homelessness crisis as seriously as we’ve taken COVID-19.
November is typically a time of family dinners, gatherings with friends and giving thanks. Due to COVID 19, we may not be able to resume these activities with family and friends, but we can still take a moment to be thankful for what we have and for whom we have in our lives. On that note, be well and stay well Richmond neighbors.
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer represents District 1. She can be reached at (415) 554-7410 or Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org.
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