November 2017 Newsletter
Office of Supervisor London Breed
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 274
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 554-7630 | email@example.com
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Big Wins for the Environment!
On October 5th, I joined SF Environment and Recology to announce the biggest changes to our City’s recycling program in 15 years. The following items are now allowed in the blue recycling bin:
- Empty paper cups (e.g., coffee cups, including sleeve and plastic lid)
- Empty paper cartons (e.g., milk cartons, juice boxes, ice cream containers)
- Plastic bags and wrap (e.g., bubble wrap, shrink wrap) – must be contained in a plastic bag before putting in blue bin
This change is effective immediately and coincides with new standard bin sizes and informational signage.
In addition to rolling out the City's new expanded recycling program, this month we also launched our permanent Safe Medicine Disposal Program, also known as the MED-Project. After spearheading legislation in 2015 requiring the pharmaceutical industry to provide convenient, safe disposal opportunities for unwanted and unused medicines, SF Environment worked with the pharmaceutical industry to formulate today's permanent program. The MED-Project consists of 32 locations throughout San Francisco. Find a safe and free drop-off location nearest you!
Read more: SF Recycling Program Gets an Upgrade, Blue is the New Green, Blue Bins Swallow Up More, Recycling Rule Changes in SF
City Cannabis Regulations Coming Soon
With the passage of Proposition 64 this past November which decriminalized the non-medicinal use of cannabis, the Board of Supervisors is currently considering a package of legislation to establish the permitting and zoning regulations for new cannabis businesses. This is also a unique opportunity for us as a City to establish an equity program to provide new opportunities for individuals and communities who have borne the brunt of failed drug policies.
As this legislation moves through the process at the Board of Supervisors, I will continue to push for expanding access to cannabis and ensuring geographic equity in our City.
Safe Injection Facilities Recommendations Released
Last month, I held a hearing on the outcome of our Safe Injection Services Task Force. The Task Force published an extensive report with 17 recommendations, of which you can read here.
At the hearing, the Director of the Department of Health called for the opening of multiple safe injection sites in San Francisco, with the goal of providing an integrated service system with access to treatment.
I have requested the City Attorney provide a detailed legal analysis on the issues associated with operating a Safe Injection site in the City, and what local protections and procedures need to be in place. We expect the analysis to be complete within the next two weeks. Stay tuned for more developments on this effort.
Read more: Safe Injection Sites at Committee, Meeting Held as SF Considers Safe Injection, Task Force Favors Multiple Safe Injection Sites
Fell/Baker Street Safety Improvements
On October 4th, David Grinberg, a 90 year old man was killed while crossing Fell Street at Baker Street. Mr. Grinberg's death was not only tragic, it was preventable.
Our City’s Vision Zero policy focuses on eliminating traffic fatalities through the combined use of engineering, education and enforcement measures. In recognition of the safety challenges in this area, I have asked the San Francisco Police Department to increase enforcement and worked with the SFMTA to make several critical safety improvements in the next three months:
- Reduce speed limits from 30 mph to 25 mph along Fell Street east of Baker Street;
- Install traffic signals for people crossing Fell Street at Baker Street;
- Create a two-stage bike turn box to help people on bikes make safer turns across Fell Street;
- Upgrade all crosswalk markings on Fell Street along the Panhandle to include high-visibility markings and advance stop lines to prevent vehicles from encroaching into crosswalks;
- Add traffic signals on Fell Street along the Panhandle to give pedestrians a head start before vehicles receive a green signal;
- Shorten the western crosswalk across Fell Street at Baker Street using paint and safe-hit posts; and
- Daylight the T-intersections on Fell Street along the Panhandle, by prohibiting parking within the intersections. This change will increase visibility for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing Fell Street to and from the Panhandle.
Honoring Barbara Wenger
On October 4th, I joined many friends and community leaders to celebrate the retirement of the Director of CommunityGrows, Ms. Barbara Wenger. While serving as its founder and Director, Barbara helped renovate, build, and promote stewardship over five parks in the Western Addition with kids from the Western Addition. Through the use of art and landscaping as a means to channel the emotions of anger, fear, resentment, doubt, and joy, she inspired more than 2,000 youth and adults to participate in activities that helped to enhance the beauty of our parks and our community. Her tireless work, advocacy, and collaborative approach brought residents and families together in the spirit of community. I am grateful for the dedication and commitment Barbara has shown and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
New Leadership at the African American Art & Culture Complex
Melonie and Melorra Green, aka “The Twins”, are now serving as the co-directors of the African American Art & Culture Complex. They have a long history with the center and our community and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in their new roles. Congratulations Melonie and Melorra -- we’re lucky to have you. Read more about the twins here.
New Affordable Housing in the Haight-Ashbury
After 11 years of hard work and legislation I sponsored to create a Special Use District for this site, I was thrilled to join The Arc and Mercy Housing at the ribbon cutting for the newest affordable housing community in District 5. The Arc Mercy Community opened on October 25th and will provide 16 new units designated for adults with developmental disabilities. You can learn more about The Arc here.
New Booker T. Washington Community Center & Affordable Housing
The complete re-build of the Booker T. Washington Community Center is now a 70,000 square foot building which includes 50 affordable housing units for transitional-aged foster youth, a gymnasium, program space for tutoring, arts and activities, a recording studio, a childcare facility, and on-site support staff. This model program has transitional-aged youth living side-by-side with adults which creates more opportunities for mentorship and community building. Thank you to the Executive Director Pat Scott, the Board of Directors, and the community who worked so hard to make this project happen.
Handful Players’ School Tour Production by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, November 16th 4:00pm – 5:30pm
African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street
In collaboration with the African American Art & Culture Complex and the African American Shakespeare Company, Handful Players is sponsoring a school tour production by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the most prestigious and well-respected theater companies in America. This event is free for Western Addition youth and families and is the only public community show that Oregon Shakespeare Festival will have in San Francisco. Their show will include a dramatic (abbreviated) performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a tragic tale full of contrasts of long-standing feuds and young love. This will be followed by a second performance called Expectations. Using a medley of scenes from modern plays and Shakespeare, the program will provide students with an entertaining insight into the world of expecting the unexpected!
Northern Police Station Community Meeting
Thursday, November 16th, 6:00pm
Northern Police Station, 1125 Fillmore Street
Have public safety questions or concerns in the Fillmore/Western Addition, Upper Fillmore or Hayes Valley area? At this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to speak with other concerned neighbors, beat officers and Northern Station Captain Jaimerena. If you can't make the meeting, you can always contact Northern Station at SFPDNorthernStation@sfgov.org or 415-614-3400.
Park Police Station Community Meeting
Monday, November 20th, 5:00pm
Park Police Station, 1899 Waller Street
Have public safety questions or concerns in the Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley or NOPA area? At this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to speak directly with our new Park Station Captain Una Bailey and beat officers. If you can't make the meeting, you can always contact Park Station at SFPDParkStation@sfgov.org, 415-242-3000.
Inner Sunset Park Neighbors: The History of Sunset Heights
1920's to Present with Woody Labounty
Monday, November 27th 7:00pm
Sharp Community Room, 1736 9th Avenue
Few know more about the history of San Francisco’s west side than Woody LaBounty, and few can tell the story as engagingly as he can. In 2016, he got a standing ovation from a full house when he presented the history of Sunset Heights at SHARP. Now he returns to bring the history of the neighborhood up to the present. Come for a fun night of history and storytelling in the Inner Sunset.
Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Block Party
Friday December 1st 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday December 2nd 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Hayes St. at Octavia Blvd.
Join friends and neighbors for family fun at the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association’s Annual, weekend-long Block party.
Traditional Inner Sunset Holiday Party
Sunday, December 10th, 4:30pm-7:30pm
County Fair Building 1199 9th Avenue
Join neighbors and merchants for samples of great food from some of the Inner Sunset's most renowned restaurants to celebrate the holidays. Fun for the entire family and plenty of activities for kids.
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.
Register Your Local Lemon Tree Today!
Calling out to any Western Addition residents with lemon trees! Just One Tree, an organization rooted in promoting locally grown food in urban settings, has a new feature on their website showing how many lemon trees people have registered in each neighborhood. So far, the Western Addition has none registered! If anybody has a lemon tree, please feel free to register here.
Become a Clean Power Super Hero with CleanPowerSF
Visit www.cleanpowersf.com for more information and sign up today!
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.