October 2017 Newsletter
Office of Supervisor London Breed
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 274
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 554-7630 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fighting Hate with Love
Our City scored a major victory for San Francisco values of love and diversity this summer when I, along with other city leaders, denounced the planned “Free Speech” rally by the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, which was nothing but an ugly and dangerous attempt to bring hate and violence to our city.
In the days leading up to the planned August 26th rally, I urged the National Park Service to rescind the group’s permit and held a counter-rally the day before at City Hall to fight the hate with love. At our counter-rally, United Against Hate, we collectively defended the City that we love from the forces of hate that sought to bring violence to it. The happy ending to this threat was that the organizers called off the rally. Thank you to Glide, MC Hammer, Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials for defending our values.
To watch a video of the our United Against Hate Rally, click here.
Read More: S.F. Leaders Battle Alt. Right Rally, London Breed to White Nationalists: You're Not Welcome in San Francisco, Pro-Trump Group Cancels San Francisco Rally as Hundreds of Counter Protesters March on the Streets
Our Car Break-In Legislation Passes Unanimously
I'm happy to announce that our Car Break In legislation unanimously passed the Board of Supervisors this month! Though it’s happening in every neighborhood, we also know that crews of auto burglars are specifically targeting tourist hot spots. The prevalence of auto burglars in these neighborhoods end up affecting residents as well.
Our legislation will require rental car companies to notify their customers not to leave valuables in their cars, and to lock the doors. Through consumer awareness, this legislation will slowly help curb break in’s in our touristy neighborhoods, and will also help the City prosecute theses crimes if burglars are caught.
However, this policy will only solve one piece of the problem; real improvements will require a multi-pronged approach. That's why over the past year, I've worked on a number of efforts on this front, including:
- securing additional funding to install signs alerting the public not to leave valuables in their car and lock their doors in tourist areas throughout the city.
- working with SF SAFE to help small businesses secure the outside of their buildings and provide opportunities to install cameras.
- working with SFPD to develop their database of cameras all over the City, allowing residents and businesses who have cameras to register with SFPD. Now law enforcement agencies can access footage from those cameras more efficiently in the event of a crime.
- working to install more cameras and improve lighting and signage in City-owned garages.
Our hope is that these collective efforts and continued work in this will lead to measurable outcomes. Here's what you can do: don’t leave valuables in your car, lock your doors, and always report break in’s to SFPD.
Read More: Rampant Car Break Ins
Celebrating San Francisco's Newest Community Benefit District
On September 27th we celebrated the Japantown Community Benefit District! Japantown is a unique community in the heart of San Francisco. Although the City's newest CBD, this neighborhood is rich in San Francisco history. As one of only three remaining Japantown's left in the United States, it serves as a regional tourism hub and as a central gathering location for many Japanese- Americans.
The Japantown CBD will focus on providing environmental and economic enhancements to the district; including graffiti removal, pressure washing, marketing, and beautification improvements.
I'd like to thank the Japantown Task Force for their work on this, and a give an ode to the late Bob Hamaguchi, who was the Executive Director of the Task Force until he sadly passed away last month. He was an instrumental part of this process and a fixture in the Japantown community. He will forever be missed and survived by the great work of this new Community Benefit District. I adjourned the Board of Supervisors meeting in his memory on September 5th.
To learn more about the Japantown CBD, visit their website here.
Very proud to stand with Japantown leaders for the Mayor's signing of our legislation creating the Japantown Community Benefit District. Congratulations, Japantown!
Read More: Celebration Opens Japantown Community Benefit District
Big Wins from The One Oak Project
At our Board of Supervisors meeting last week, I was proud to share that the ongoing appeal of the proposed One Oak project on the corner of Oak and Van Ness Avenue was withdrawn. The high-rise project seeks to build 304 units with a public plaza on the long-blighted corner. This summer, the project’s environmental impact report was appealed by District 5 resident Jason Henderson, who disputed the Planning Department’s findings under California Environmental Quality Act. He contended that the Planning Department did not consider the proliferation of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft, the impacts of wind on cyclists along the corridor, and the effect parking would have on traffic congestion in their review of the project.
I brought the appellant and developer together to mediate the dispute. And after countless negotiations, the two groups were able to settle on a win-win compromise that includes comprehensive community benefits and citywide improvements for measuring future development impacts.
The agreement includes:
- 30% offsite affordable housing fees, which amounts to over $29 million directed to four parcels in the Western Addition/Hayes Valley Neighborhood, representing approximately 103 units,
- One parcel will be dedicated to 100% affordable transitional-aged youth (18-24 years of age) housing with a childcare center option,
- Low to middle income 2-3 bedroom family housing will be on the remaining parcels,
- Agreement that the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development will develop and control ground floor retail space of the parcels,
- The ground floor retail space will be accessible and affordable to small neighborhood serving businesses and organizations,
- Creation of a fully maintained public plaza in the Oak Street alley,
- Commitment from the Planning Department to develop rigorous criteria for measuring wind impacts on bikes, and
- Commitment from the Planning Department to continue to study Transportation Network Companies, e-commerce delivery companies and vehicle miles traveled, and use this data to measure future development impacts.
It was a long road, but I’m incredibly proud of what we were able to accomplish for the community with this project. With the development of One Oak, we’ll get over a hundred affordable housing units just a couple blocks away. The best part is that we’ll be able to use neighborhood preference for those units, which means that 40% of those homes will be dedicated to people who actually live in District 5.
Thank you to Lou Vasquez from Build Inc., Jason Henderson, Gail Baugh, President of Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association and Jim Warshell. The project and affordable units are slated for completion by 2021.
Read More: Deal Reached on One Oak, Boosts Affordable Housing in Hayes Valley, City, Developer Cut Deal to Get Big Tower on One Oak Built, One Oak Project Advances After Affordable Housing Deal, Civic Center's One Oak High-Rise Moves Forward
2017 San Francisco Youth Commission
On September 6th, I had the honor of swearing in the newest generation of leaders in San Francisco: the Youth Commissioners! District 5 is represented by Arianna Nassiri, a Sophomore at the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School. She is passionate about the housing crisis, lack of youth engagement in local/federal government, and social justice. I'm looking forward to seeing what this group of young people will accomplish in the coming year.
Upcoming Hearing on Safe Injection Services
As some of you know, this Spring I introduced, and my colleagues unanimously passed, legislation creating a Safe Injection Services Task Force. This has been in response to the health epidemic we’ve been witnessing on our streets, from public injection in broad daylight to thousands of discarded syringes littered on our streets.
For the last several months, the Task Force studied the impact and feasibility of Safe Injection services in San Francisco, and in August, the task force held their last meeting. At the meeting, members discussed the outcomes of their online survey and focus groups (of which you can read here) and what safe injection service models could work in San Francisco. To see all meeting minutes and public comments, please click here.
Last week, I requested a hearing on the outcomes of the Task Force. At this hearing, the Task Force will release a final report with recommendations for the City to consider. We expect the hearing to be held at the end of October. The hearing notice will be posted on the committee website here.
Read More: A Safe Place to Shoot Up, Nation's 1st Safe Injection Clinic, Strong Support for Safe Injection in S.F.
Stood proud with City leaders to honor our fallen Police Officers and Firefighters
at the 70th Annual Police and Fire Memorial Mass on September 10th at Saint Monica Roman Catholic Church.
Honoring Dr. Amos Brown and Mrs. Jane Brown
On September 8th President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at District 5’s very own Third Baptist Church in honor of Dr. Amos C. Brown and Mrs. Jane Brown for 40 years of service to the church and the community.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Amos Brown has been the pastor at Third Baptist Church since 1976. Dr. Brown is known for his legacy of activism, education, and powerful sermons. He attended Morehouse College and was tutored by Medgar Evers, Benjamin Mays, Samuel Williams, J. Pious Barbour and sat alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at lunch counters during the Civil Rights movement. Dr. Brown also served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. His commitment to service and social justice uplifts our City’s most vulnerable populations and continues to inspire the next generation.
Had fun hanging with some of the coolest people in NoPA at Sunday Streets - Western Addition on September 10th.
John Muir Elementary School's schoolyard is now open for kids on weekends thanks to Shared Schoolyards and Supervisor Mark Farrell!
For more information on other schoolyard sites, visit their website here.
Construction in the Lower Haight: What the Heck is Going On?
On August 3rd, I hosted a community meeting to address the multiple construction projects in the Lower Haight and throughout District 5 that are causing so much disruption and noise. I was joined by representatives from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, Department of Public Works, Department of Building Inspections, and the SF Public Utilities Commission, who presented the status of the various projects and answered questions from community members.
As a result of your feedback from the meeting:
- the MTA assigned a street inspector to assess the ongoing impact of the construction on the neighborhood,
- scheduled nighttime work and disruptions in water service are being communicated more broadly,
- departments committed to keep the construction mess to a minimum, and
- departments promised to find better ways to directly communicate with, respect and accommodate the neighbors who have been so inconvenienced by these projects.
There is still room for improvement, but I look forward to continuing to work closely with the agencies and push for better outreach to the community when these projects occur. We know this has been a difficult process to live through, but when the work is completed, we will have improved infrastructure, sidewalks, streets and overall pedestrian safety.
For weekly updates on construction in this neighborhood, click here. If you have any concerns about a construction project in you area, please contact Alex Murillo from SF Public Works at (415) 558-5296 or email@example.com.
Thank you SF Public Works and the Lower Fillmore Merchants Association for putting together an awesome Fillmore Community Clean Up!
The Cole Valley community never seizes to impress me with how well the Cole Valley Fair is organized each year. Thank you to organizers, the Cole Valley Improvement Association and Park Police Station!
Alamo Square Neighborhood Association Park Greening
Saturday, October 7th
Alamo Square Park
Alamo Square Park Neighbors are looking for volunteers to help with planting, gardening, weeding, and general park maintenance! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and get details on meeting location.
BATCO: Salt Pepper Ketchup
through October 9th
African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street
The Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO) presents their newest play: Salt Pepper Ketchup. The play--written by Josh Wilder and directed by Thomas Payne--is a dark comedy centering on two new American citizens. The play delves into the complexities of the immigrant experience, and housing and income inequality in urban environments. You can find out more about the play and BATCO on their website, and purchase tickets here.
HVNA Family Meet-Up
Saturday, October 14th
Hayes Valley Playground Clubhouse @ Hayes and Buchanan
Calling all Hayes Valley parents & caregivers! Join fellow parents and caregivers at the monthly HVNA Family Meet-Up and meet fellow families and community members. For more information, please contact Taryn at email@example.com.
Inner Sunset Flea Market: The Big Lunch
Sunday, October 15th
10am-4pm; Lunch at 12:30 pm
Irving Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
Join the Inner Sunset for the final Flea Market of 2017 and stay for the Big Lunch at 12:30 pm. There will be shopping, children’s activity zones, and tables, chairs, and tablecloths will be provided for The Big Lunch! For more information please see www.isflea.com.
Western Addition Street Soccer Fest
Friday, October 20th
Margaret Hayward Playground, 1016 Laguna Street
Join Street Soccer USA for the Western Addition Street Soccer Fest! The event is free for all youth living in the Western Addition. Please RSVP with Avery Kidwell at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 13th.
Buchanan Mall Pumpkin Patch Day
Friday, October 20th
Buchanan Mall between McAllister and Fulton
Pick out pumpkins and enjoy family friendly activities, game and snacks for the entire community to enjoy! Creative costumes are encouraged. Event is hosted by Grants for the Arts, Community Challenge Grants, Citizen Film, Community Grows and the Village Project.
A Senior Moment
Friday, October 20th
Westbay Conference Center - 1290 Fillmore Street
Join the Village Project for the 7th annual "A Senior Moment, A Senior Prom for the 50+"! This awards dinner and dance recognizes outstanding seniors for their contributions and dedication to serving their communities. Tickets are free for Seniors, and $20 for Juniors (those under 50). RSVP here.
12th Annual Halloween Hootenanny
Hosted by The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
Saturday, October 21st
Waller Street Cul De Sac next to Kezar Pavillion
Join the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair's 12th year of providing a fun and safe place for the children and families to come out in the sun. This year's theme is "Nightmare & Fears" and there will be a costume contest! The event is FREE to all and will have games, activities, a big jumper, art, raffle, and performances.
Hosted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
Friday, October 27th
6pm - 8:30pm
JCCNC - 1840 Sutter Street
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California and the Japanese Community Youth Council present the 2017 Halloween Carnival! There will be games and prizes, tricks and treats, arts and crafts, and goodies to eat. There is also a costume parade and contest. Tickets are $7 and more information is available here.
Alvord Lake Garden Work Party
Saturday, October 28th
Stanyan St. & Haight St.
Join your neighbors to help spruce up this community green space. Be sure to bring gloves and dress in layers. Even if you can only make it for an hour, we’d love to see you! For more information, contact Susan Strolis at email@example.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.
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.