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District 5 Newsletter

Hello District 5, 

Spring has arrived in San Francisco and I'm looking forward to an exciting few months! Please read along for some legislative updates, reminders about upcoming events, and important information about District 5 and our beautiful city!  

Friendly Reminder: My Community Town Hall in the Inner Sunset is happening on Saturday, March 23 (more info below).  RSVP Here

And as always, if you have community events or resources to share in our newsletter or networks, please email my team at to have them included in the future. Timely submissions are appreciated.
In community,

Vallie Brown
District 5 Supervisor

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I am committed to making sure San Francisco remains a city for all.  That is why I co-sponsored the resolution stating that the City and County of San Francisco supports the national "Open to All" Campaign.  We must be unapologetic about our commitment to being an inclusive city.  I also introduced legislation to require brick-and-mortar businesses to accept cash payments. The future may be cashless but denying the ability to use cash for payment today means excluding too many people. The ‘unbanked’ are all around us and it is a matter of equity to require goods and services providers to be inclusive and accessible for everyone. No one should be left behind. 

Below are some highlights about legislation I have introduced, co-sponsored, and passed over the past two months:

[File# 190164] - Ordinance amending the Police Code to require, in general, that brick-and-mortar businesses accept payments in cash.
[File# 190257] - Resolution stating the City and County of San Francisco’s support of the national “Open to All” campaign; urging San Francisco businesses to sign the “Open to All” Pledge; declaring the City and County of San Francisco an “Open to All” City; and urging the California State Legislature to enact legislation in support of the “Open to All” campaign.
[File # 190141] - Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to establish the Relocation Assistance Fund for the Vehicularly Housed and to allow eligible vehicularly housed persons to receive financial assistance from the Fund for up to six months; require the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (“HSH”) to establish a Safe Overnight Parking Program to provide eligible vehicularly housed persons a place to park and sleep in their vehicles overnight...
[File# 190255] - Resolution urging the United States Department of Health and Human Services to rescind the new Title X regulations that will impede access to essential, time-sensitive health care for low-income women, men, and teens in San Francisco and the United States.
[File# 190229] - Resolution supporting California State Senate Bill No. 281, authored by Senator Scott Wiener, prohibiting the sales of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace in Daly City and requiring the formation of the Cow Palace Joint Powers Authority to develop the property; implementation would begin January 1, 2020.
Happy Women's History Month!
It was an honor commending my friend and District 5 leader, Ms. Mattie Scott for Women's History Month.  Mattie's advocacy over the last two decades has been pivotal in moving the needle to end the senseless gun violence we witness everyday.  Thank you Mattie, for your advocacy and love— happy Women's History Month!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Wishing everyone peace and prosperity in the Year of the Pig.
On March 11, I joined advocates for San Francisco's public bank at the Old Mint for the announcement of AB 857, introduced by Assembly-Members David Chiu and Miguel Santiago.  AB 857 will provide a pathway for local jurisdictions to create public banks.
At the celebration of the Russian Center's 80th Anniversary and the 31st Annual Russian Festival.
With Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Rafael Mandleman, and Director of the Office of Trans Initiative Clair Farley at the launch of the "Open to All" Campaign.
Standing united with Essential Access Health against the Trump administration's Title X regulations.  I recently introduced a resolution to urge the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to rescind the new Title X regulations.
For a Full Photo Recap of February and March, Click Here!
Editorial: It's Unfair to Ban Cash in Retail Stores 
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb. 21, 2019
"Sorry, your cash is no good. That’s the message that some retail stores are sending to customers to steer them toward cashless payments. The virtues are speed, convenience and safety, not to mention lower costs.But such a system freezes out consumers who aren’t plugged into banks and the credit card world."
San Francisco Chronicle | March 12, 2019
"'It is frustrating,” said District Five Supervisor Vallie Brown, who has been vigorously looking for a place to put a Navigation Center, or other type of shelter, in the Haight. “I thought it would be a lot easier.'"
Proposed Ban on Cashless Stores Expanded to Include Amazon Go
San Francisco Examiner | March 19, 2019
This month I updated my cash requirement legislation to include brick and mortar businesses operating without a cashier on site. As a leader in innovation, San Francisco needs to ensure equitable access to our marketplace.  My hope is that Amazon Go and others in our business community respond with solutions that enable all San Franciscans to access their innovative goods and services.


Inner Sunset Community Town Hall
Join me for a Town Hall in the Inner Sunset. I am eager to hear your ideas and concerns for the Inner Sunset Neighborhood
When: March 23, 2019 10:00 - 11:30 AM @ County Fair Recreation Room: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122.  Please RSVP here.
San Francisco Nightlife and Entertainment Summit
You're invited to the 2019 San Francisco Nightlife and Entertainment Summit presented by the San Francisco Entertainment Commission. When: Monday, April 11th 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA. Admission is FREE! Register here
14th Annual Poetry Under the Dome Celebration
Save the Date for the 14th Annual Poetry Under the Dome Celebration!  Visit the Poem Dome website for details,
When: Thursday, April 18th 5:30 to 8:00 PM Where: North Light Court Room at San Francisco City Hall
Dino Days @ the California Academy of Sciences
Starting March 22 through May 5, the California Academy of Sciences will host Dino Days.  Visitors will encounter ancient dinosaurs that ruled the Earth some 75-66 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous Period. Click here for more info.

Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development Survey
The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development asks that you take a survey for their five-year strategic planning process. The survey is available in English, 漢語, Español, Filipino, Tiếng Việt, Pусский,  and Gagana Sāmoa!  Please go to and take the survey before March 22nd. Thank you!
BEETS Summer High School Youth Program
Apply for Community Grow's summer high school youth program, BEETS. The program will take place between June 24 - August 2 and will meet 2 -3 times per week. BEETS is an opportunity for youth to earn a stipend as they learn about food equity and environmental justice, while being outdoors!  Apply here.
Inner Sunset Flea
It's that time of the year again! Starting this April, every second Sunday until November (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) come out for the Inner Sunset Flea. Find more info about the Inner Sunset Flea here.
Citywide Neighborhood Watch Block Captain's Meeting
Join the Citywide Neighborhood Watch Block Captain's Meeting hosted by SF SAFE.  Get to know other community members throughout the city and strengthen your neighborhood block by block along the way.  Happening Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM @ the Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library - 5075 3rd Street.
Hamilton Rec Center Easter Egg Hunt
Attention All! Hamilton Rec Center is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 6. Join them from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Hamilton Rec Center, located at 1900 Geary Blvd.  The Egg Hunt is for kids 12 and under and there will be swimming so bring a bathing suit!
52nd Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
The 52nd Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, one of California's most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions is happening on April 13-14 and 20- 21, 2019.   Can't wait to see you at the parade on the 21st! 

Find more info about the festival here.
Call for Donations!
PLEASE donate the following non-perishable pantry items to our office here at City Hall (please enter the Grove St. entrance)! You can also donate at San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. If you have more questions, want to support, or help volunteer, please contact my staff immediately at THANK YOU!