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.
Becoming homeless could happen to many of us – 59% of Americans are just one paycheck away from becoming homeless.
For decades, the Sunset District has lost more affordable housing than it has built. This isn’t just a statistic, it’s the stories of thousands of our neighbors being displaced, and many on the brink.
I thank District 1 voters for sending me to represent our incredible and vibrant district in City Hall. I know the responsibility of this office means I am tasked with fighting against special and corporate interests and advocating for working people, immigrants and communities of color.
Through all the challenges, tragedies and opportunities that 2020 brought us, it brought out the best in our community in many ways.
It’s 2021! As I leave office officially on Jan. 8, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate all we have accomplished together.
With the holiday season upon us, we are all craving a sense of comfort, familiarity and normalcy. We want to see our family and friends, share meals and be together. But these aren’t normal times, and this new surge is the most dangerous we’ve seen since the earliest days of the pandemic.
I normally do not add my own personal reflections in this monthly column and have chosen to use this space to update neighbors on what is happening in the district and at City Hall. However, as we head into the holiday season, I would like to use this opportunity to bring us together as a community and as neighbors as we close out this challenging year.
Photos by Guy Oliveira from around City Hall on Nov. 7 after Joe Biden was named president-elect.
I continue to be inspired by the thousands of people in our neighborhood … volunteering to distribute food and supplies to their vulnerable neighbors.
Community updates from District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.