December 2017 Newsletter
Office of Supervisor London Breed
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 274
San Francisco, California 94102
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In Memory of Mayor Ed Lee
San Francisco mourns the loss of our Mayor, Edwin Mah Lee. A devoted public servant and the City’s first Chinese-American mayor, Ed Lee fought for our City nearly all his adult life and he will be missed. Our hearts go out to his wife Anita, daughters Brianna and Tania, and the entire Lee family.
As President of the Board of Supervisors, I assumed the role of Acting Mayor of San Francisco last week. The City charter and these tragic circumstances places this responsibility on me, but I want you to know that I am still your Supervisor. I am here to represent you, to address your concerns, and to fight for our community. My office is open. My staff — Samantha, Kayleigh, and Andrea — are working around the clock, and we are here for you. Our City will get through this difficult time together.
May you enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.
Standing Strong Against Evictions
Last month, I was proud to introduce legislation with Supervisor Jeff Sheehy to create a permanent right to counsel program for renters facing eviction. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,800 eviction notices were served in the City, and 90% of the tenants went unrepresented. Sadly, many tenants cannot prevail without an attorney.
As rents continue to rise and evictions persist, we must do everything we can to help our residents stay in their homes. Building on the work of then-Supervisor David Chiu, who created a one-year right to counsel pilot program in 2012, our legislation will ensure San Franciscans won't an eviction alone.
We’re creating a permanent Office of Tenant Assistance within the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, which will help those facing eviction secure legal representation or mediation services. Our legislation will be heard in committee in the new year.
Read more: Right to an Attorney in Evictions Goes to the Board of Supervisors
Cannabis Will Be Legal, Regulated, and Safe
After months of public hearings, a few weeks ago the Board of Supervisors enacted a comprehensive land use and permitting scheme regulating cannabis in San Francisco. With the passage of Proposition 64 by over 70% of San Francisco voters we have a rare opportunity to shape this new industry in a way that ensures it is compatible with our local land use regulations and provides opportunities to those who have historically borne the brunt of our country’s failed war on drugs.
Under the new regulations passed by the Board of Supervisors, each and every district in San Francisco will have areas available for cannabis uses. Cannabis uses will be required to be at least 600 feet away from schools and cannot be within 600 feet of one another in an effort to prevent clustering or an over concentration of cannabis businesses in one area. These new regulations also prioritize permitting for equity applicants, those who have been impacted by the misguided war on drugs policies. We are also committed to local hiring and other benefits that improve the quality of life for residents.
These regulations continue San Francisco’s leadership on cannabis policy and ensure we will be ready on January 1st when recreational cannabis becomes legal.
Read more: SF Supervisors Pass Recreational Marijuana Rules
New Muni Trains Are Rolling Out!
We are seeing the results of the legislation I carried enabling Muni to buy a whole new fleet of trains. These 68 new light rail trains are the largest improvement made to Muni’s fleet in over a quarter century. I have fought hard to ensure the N Judah gets as many of them as possible!
Not only are these trains more efficient, spacious, and quiet, but they can go up to ten times longer before needing maintenance, saving the City money and dramatically improving service.
We must continue investing in our transportation system to make Muni more dependable and to meet growing demand. I look forward to seeing you on one of the new trains!
Read more: New Muni Train Hits SF Streets
Community Weighs in on Proposal to Develop Stanyan Street McDonalds for 100% Affordable Housing
The first of many community meetings was held in November to begin to gather feedback on a proposal for the City to acquire the Stanyan Street McDonalds site for the development of 100% affordable housing. This site has for far too long been a nuisance and blight on our neighborhood.
After lengthy negotiations, I am proud that we have been able to convince McDonalds to sell this property to the City. I introduced legislation needed to finalize this sale at the board last week. I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for the Haight-Ashbury and the broader District 5 community to develop desperately needed affordable housing.
This is just the beginning of what will be a long community-based process to develop and shape the design, height, and affordability levels of this site. I remain committed to ensuring the community has a voice in this process and that we are able to develop a legacy project we can all be proud of. If you want to be kept informed of upcoming community meetings and updates on this process please contact my Legislative Aide Andrea Bruss at Andrea.Bruss@sfgov.org.
Ethnic Dolls for the Holidays
Every child deserves to have access to books with stories that are familiar to their culture, and every child deserves to have a doll that looks like them. This holiday season I teamed up with SF Fire Fighters Toy Program and Jill Peeler to create the the Ethnic Doll & Book program to shine a light on dolls and books that promote cultural awareness and increase self-esteem. Thank you to all that participated in this month's doll drive! Children all over San Francisco will be enjoying your generous donation of ethnic dolls, games and books. It's not too late to donate: please drop off any new and unwrapped toys and books to any fire station in the City!
Our Inspiring Former 1st Lady
One of the highlights of my year was the opportunity to hear Michelle Obama’s keynote during Dreamforce last month! She is a fantastic role model and an incredible example of strong leadership for the next generation. Her and her husband are truly missed in the White House!
The Historic Designation of Third Baptist Church
On November 15th, I joined our late Mayor Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen, Supervisor Aaron Peskin and the community as he signed legislation officially recognizing Third Baptist Church as a Historic Landmark in the City and County of San Francisco. Adding Third Baptist to San Francisco’s historic landmarks means the building is now officially recognized for the significant history that has taken place here and affords the Church additional protections. Third Baptist Church is more than just a building; it’s a consistent place of advocacy and leadership for the community and a congregation that welcomes all people looking for a spiritual community. Third Baptist is an important piece of African American history in San Francisco and I am thrilled we officially recognized and honored that history last month.
A Time For Giving: The Annual Turkey Giveaways in District 5
Thanksgiving week, I joined some amazing partners from King Garvey Co-Op, the Buchanan YMCA, our Police Chief Bill Scott and the San Francisco Police Department to give away turkeys and home cooked meals to folks in the community, including those without homes. I’m thankful to work with such a generous and thoughtful community!
Covered California Open Enrollment
Don’t miss your chance to enroll in health care for 2018! Open Enrollment is available through January 31st, 2018 at https://www.coveredca.com/.
Register for Free College Tuition this Fall at City College
San Francisco is a leader in innovation, free expression, and now free city college tuition! Created as a partnership between the City of San Francisco and City College, backed by San Francisco voters, Free City is the groundbreaking initiative making San Francisco the first City in the nation to offer free college tuition.
Beginning this Fall, San Francisco residents can attend any of City Colleges 10 locations citywide tuition-free. Fall classes started August 19. Register NOW at www.ccsf.edu or for more information visit www.ccsf.edu/FreeCity or call 415.452.7778.
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Looking For a Job?
Western Neighborhood Success Center hosts regular workshops and career fairs that can help you connect with potential employers! The center is located at 1449 Webster Street, and is open from Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm and Friday: 9am-12pm. For more information on the services available and upcoming events, check out the center's website; visit the center; or call (415) 549-7000.
Looking for Housing?
The Mayor's Office of Housing provides many resources that can help you find affordable housing. The office is located at 1 South Van Ness Street, and is open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. For more information on services available, you can visit their website, review the San Francisco Housing Resource Guide, view Below Market Rate (BMR) rental opportunities, or call (415) 701-5500.
Free Legal & Financial Services
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates aim to support the economic well being of all residents by providing free legal services focusing on all household financial concerns. From medical debt and identity theft to student loan concerns, how to build credit safely, unfair debt collection, and mortgage concerns, the organization's goal is to help people be successful and break free from abuse. For more information, please visit www.heraca.org.