When the pandemic started, one of the earliest and broadest measures the City took to protect public health was mandating the closure of thousands of small businesses. Before we had vaccines and before we knew the efficacy of masking, physical distance was the bluntest and best instrument we had to use, and we used it – sacrificing livelihoods to save lives.
On the west side, we’ve been at the center of two major road closures that have taken place during the pandemic: the closure of the Great Highway, and nearly two miles of car-free bike connectivity in Golden Gate Park.
One of the countless things the pandemic has upended in our lives is our sense of safety and belonging. Being together with family, with friends, with neighbors – the very things that are central to our sense of community and comfort – were suddenly made dangerous.
As the COVID-19 Delta variant surges, we see social economic disparities continue to widen. As our economy and society are reopening, the ability to continue working remotely, being able to travel safely and getting back to “normal” is a privilege that is still not available to many working families.
This month, I joined Mayor London Breed for the signing of the City’s $13.2 billion budget. This budget is historic in scale, with critical community investments for a strong and equitable recovery centered on health, safety and housing.
A year ago, in my “New Start” plan, I outlined a plan for COVID recovery and my commitment to working families, tenants, and small businesses. I’m happy that through this year’s budget, we are delivering on our promises and all of my colleagues are committed to making sure that our recovery does not leave anyone behind.
As we emerge from the pandemic, we’re stepping into a neighborhood, City and world that look different. The pandemic has revealed and exacerbated long-standing inequities, forced us all to adapt to survive, and perhaps forever shifted our understanding of what’s essential, what’s possible, and how deeply our health and wellness are connected to our neighbors.
I am so grateful to be able to continue the legacy left by my predecessor, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, working with our Richmond neighbors on this shared vision of what true community looks like.
The Sunset Chinese Cultural District will foster leadership and collaboration to support the resiliency and ongoing vitality of this unique community in the face of many significant challenges …
The City budget is one of the most important pieces of legislation that the Board of Supervisors work on — it is a statement of our values.
In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a recognition that comes at an especially challenging time for our communities, with the continuation of anti-Asian acts of hate and violence.
The pandemic has highlighted deep inequities in San Francisco. When I took office this January, I pledged to provide relief to small businesses, working families, and make corporations pay their fair share.
The horrific massacre of eight people in Atlanta last month, which targeted Asian women in their places of work, was a hate crime rooted in the dehumanization of women and AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) people.
The pandemic has devastated our public transportation service and revenues. It also provided an opportunity to re-envision our streets and transit services and routes.
As we ring in the Year of the Ox, we’re hopeful for health and wellness in the year to come. Last year we held the Sunset’s first neighborhood-wide Lunar New Year celebration, and while we wish we could have gathered together again this year, we’re celebrating all the same.