During January, I attended a community meeting to discuss renovations to the pickleball/tennis courts in Golden Gate Park and also visited the Academy of Sciences to learn about the newest exhibits and education programs. I met with Kai Ming Head Start parents to discuss affordability, teacher retention, childcare and child development. Assemblymember Phil Ting held a community coffee in the district with over 150 attendees, and I met with the Geary Merchants Association to discuss vacant storefronts in the neighborhood. I mediated between a landlord and tenant in hopes of finding common ground. I spoke at the PAR meeting about AWSS (high pressure water in case of a catastrophe) and have met with the PUC to advocate for a reliable system for our district. I also recently reached out to the PUC to request a lighting assessment in the neighborhood to improve visibility and public safety.
Last week, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development hosted a community meeting at Washington High School. More than 100 neighbors came together to discuss housing and community development strategies. We also had a great community meeting at the Richmond Police Station on safety issues in the neighborhood. In light of recent traffic collisions, I requested increased patrols along the Geary and Fulton corridors. Captain O’Brien and I are also planning a joint “Driving Education Refresher Course” for Richmond residents. There have been a rising number of car break-ins, particularly at common tourist locations like Golden Gate Park, Lands End, and Mel's Drive-In. SFPD is implementing district-based auto break-in units; in addition, neighbors interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch group should contact SF SAFE: https://sfsafe.org/neighborhood-watch/
I was very happy to see so many neighbors and the thoughtful dialogue between residents and the SFMTA at the 8th Avenue Neighborway Project community meeting last night! I believe the incremental approach presented will help meet the project's objective of creating safer and more livable streets. We expect this to go to formal approvals at the MTA board in the Spring. For more updates visit the website: https://www.sfmta.com/projects/8th-avenue-neighborway-project
I'm so excited that Western Neighborhoods Project is hosting an open house this Saturday! Join me to hear their plans for history presentations, exhibits, and conversations in their new "Home for History" (1617 Balboa).
Traffic Improvements: I am delighted to share that SFMTA will be installing higher visibility 'zebra' crosswalks at Lake & 12th Avenue, the entrance to the newly renovated Mountain Lake Park, and an intersection utilized by many students near Sutro Elementary. For neighbors who want to see traffic calming on their blocks, such as speed humps, there is an application process open until June 30! Apply here: https://www.sfmta.com/residential-traffic-calming-program
One Richmond: Our office is partnering with the Richmond District Neighborhood Center and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to launch the #OneRichmond campaign, promoting inclusiveness, compassion, community pride and shopping local. Please take this survey to help us shape the look and feel of this exciting campaign: http://bit.ly/2Ge8yh4. We have 3 upcoming events to introduce the campaign and hear community feedback; for more information contact Ian Fregosi at Ian.Fregosi@sfgov.org.
- Monday, February 12th 6:30pm at Argonne Elementary (680 18th Ave)
- Thursday, March 1st 6:30pm at George Washington High School Cafeteria (600 32nd Ave)
- Thursday, March 8th 6:30pm at George Peabody Elementary (251 6th Ave)
Disaster Preparedness: I am working closely with the Dpt. of Emergency Management to roll out a month of District 1 disaster preparedness activities in March. Stay tuned for more details!