As the pandemic enters its third unrelenting year, we all continue to rely on essential public services more than ever, and we’ve worked hard over the past year to protect and expand those services.
In early 2020, the former director of the Department of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru, was arrested with corruption allegations by the U.S. Attorney. That set off a chain reaction of contractors, department heads, and city officials also being indicted or resigning from their posts.
We need to support our veterans, and protect, preserve and expand our middle class.
With the holidays here, it’s incredible to look back on what my team and I have accomplished since we took office in January.
San Francisco continues to face an unprecedented housing affordability crisis. With the exception of the brief dip in the rental housing market during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s harder and harder for working families to afford to live in San Francisco.
he mission of Sunset Forward is “to stabilize low- and moderate-income families and seniors in the Sunset, enhancing community connection and quality of life for all by addressing unmet needs in housing, transportation, and neighborhood businesses and services.”
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 …