Supervisor Brown - Newsletter


District 5 February 2019 Newsletter

Hello District 5, 

It's been a busy month at City Hall and in the community. I've introduced and passed important equity, homelessness, and housing legislation. 

In the coming weeks there are many community events happening in District 5 which I have listed below. Look out for my Community Town Hall on Saturday, March 23 (see below).

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



Legislative Highlight:
Programs and Funds for Vehicularly-Housed Persons

This month, I introduced San Francisco’s first ordinance to holistically address our vehicular homelessness issue. This legislation would create a ‘Vehicular Triage and Navigation Center’ pilot program, providing wraparound social services, hygiene facilities, and a safe place for resting overnight. It would also allow our most vulnerable in vehicles (families, veterans, seniors, low-income workers, and people with disabilities), a pathway to interim and permanent housing. I’m also seeking ways to further relieve towing fees and fines.
I introduced, co-sponsored, and passed additional pieces of legislation in the past month:
Page and Baker Fire
Unfortunately, on Monday, February 18th, we experienced a two-alarm fire on the 1200 block of Page street at approximately 3p.m.  Luckily, residents were able to escape the building and no serious injuries were reported.

The fire has left 15 residents in need of housing and we are searching for landlords that are able to help in renting through the Good Samaritan Tenancy Program
Please contact Benjamin Amyes at the Human Services Agency for more information on getting involved. 

(Supervisor Brown on site at the Page st. fire)

"Brown tells SF Weekly. “We’ll put them in a hotel for a bed, and then we’ll help them find permanent housing. We have a couple different complexes — like Park Merced — that’s been really great about letting people in to rent for six months or a year, however long it takes to get back into their units. We have a lot more flexibility and power to rent units than we used to."


Inner Sunset
Community Meeting

Come meet your Supervisor and hear what she is working on in the the Inner Sunset Neighborhood and throughout District 5! Supervisor Brown is eager to hear your ideas and concerns for the Inner Sunset Neighborhood.

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: County Fair Recreation Room
                1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Please RSVP here.

Beginning Monday, February 11, 2019, early morning BART service will start at 5:00 AM instead of 4:00 AM due to Transbay Tube retrofitting. MUNI will operate the 714 BART Early Bird between Daly City Bart Station and the Temporary Transbay Terminal to aid early commuters.

Visit BART's Early Bird Express webpage for more details.


Upper Haight
Transit & Pedestrian Improvement Project

The Department of Public Work's Upper Haight Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project is a community-based project in collaboration with the SFMTA and the SFPUC to revitalize the streets, sidewalks and public spaces in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Haight Street's new design will build upon the unique local character of the shops, restaurants and murals found along the commercial corridor.

Sewer main replacement work began in September and is anticipated to continue through late April 2019. The overall project is expected to take approximately 2 years to complete. During sewer work, the contractor will continue to have two crews working simultaneously on different blocks of Haight Street.

Work hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Note: Weekend work is allowed however none is currently scheduled. DPW will notify residents & merchants in advance should weekend work be scheduled. 

Notice: Kezar Drive One Lane Closure
February 19 – 22 (7:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Beginning on Tuesday, February 19, from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM, one westbound traffic lane and the pedestrian sidewalk on Kezar Drive will be closed. This closure is to accommodate the ongoing Alvord Lake Bridge Repair Project. Ongoing project work and closure will continue until Friday, February 22.

Visit SF Rec and Park for more details.


This January, I joined thousands of San Franciscans at the Women's March, marking the halfway point of the Trump presidency. I marched in solidarity with thousands of women and allies to resist misogyny and bigotry!
Ahead of a day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, members of the Board of Supervisors and I recommitted to fighting for workers rights and racial justice, advancing the mission of Dr. King. Thank you to the San Francisco Labor Council for bringing us together at the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor and Community Breakfast.
“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." - Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019, I rallied with members of our community in San Francisco to work always towards justice and equity for all.
Thank you Facebook San Francisco, Divisadero Merchants, and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, for collaborating on a great workshop for our local small businesses. Thanks also to Emporium SF - Arcade Bar for the venue and Bi-Rite Market Divisadero for the hospitality.
This past month, I stood with Mayor London Breed, members of the Board of Supervisors, and labor leaders, at the signing of a Project Labor Agreement that I co-sponsored - guaranteeing fair wages and work-site protections for both union and non-union workers, and which ensures projects are on-time and on-budget.
This past January, I joined with community volunteers and organizers to count our unhoused neighbors during the Point in Time Count. It is my firm belief that data is one of our most important tools when crafting public policy that helps our most vulnerable neighbors.
I had great time at the unveiling of the Hickory Alley Mural on January 25. Shout out to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, ArtSpan, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for bringing this painting alive!
In January, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the reopening of the Saint Paulus Lutheran Church and the addition of 95 new homes, eleven of which are affordable units. I look forward to the ribbon cutting to come!
Thank you to San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), San Francisco Planning, and Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development for creating space and lifting up our neighbors' voice at the D5 Community Forum on January 31.
In celebration of Black History Month, Mayor London Breed and I joined Chief William Scott and the San Francisco Police Department at the Fillmore Heritage Center for a beautiful gathering in our community. Many thanks to Project Level and Officer Rodney Freeman for sharing your amazing talents.
Supervisor Rafael Mendelman and I celebrated Jewish Family and Children's Services and the work it does to enrich San Francisco's Jewish Russian émigré community.
On February 11, I attended a forum on Building Bridges in the Fillmore/Western Addition. Thank you to the NBA, Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Police Department, and our community partners Project Level, United Playaz, Community Grows, and Mo Magic for providing mentors to our youth and teaching them about how to engage in facilitated dialogue.
Thank you to the Chinese-American International School for being champions of diversity, equity, & inclusion for over 20 years in District 5. Happy Lunar New Year!


SF could ban brick-and-mortar businesses from going cashless

“The ‘unbanked’ are all around us,” said Supervisor Vallie Brown during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “They are young people who don’t qualify for credit cards and seniors and low-come folks who are on fixed-incomes or prefer to use cash. They are the poor, immigrants, African Americans, LatinX, Asian Pacific Islanders, and folks with concerns about privacy.”

Supervisor Ronen wants juveniles to have legal assistance when questioned by police

The ordinance - co-sponsored by Supervisors Vallie Brown, Aaron Peskin, Shamann Walton and Gordon Mar - unanimously passed the committee.

Amid a climate of fear, San Francisco prepares for first online US Census

Supervisor Vallie Brown said counting those in public housing posed challenges. For the largely African-American community in public housing in District 5, “not only do they not trust the federal government but they don’t trust the city either” and in the 2010 count it resulted in a “real inaccurate count.”

SF supes reach tentative agreement on how to spend $181 million in "windfall" money

Even as I write this, the negotiations are ongoing between the supervisors. “It’s a moving target right now,” said Supervisor Vallie Brown. She ain’t kiddin’.

SF bans RV parking overnight in the Portola, pushing out homeless in vehicles

The move by SFMTA officials coincides with a parallel effort by Supervisor Vallie Brown, who is pressing legislation for triage centers that include showers and bathrooms for people living in vehicles. Brown’s ordinance also directs the city to test out a safe parking program, similar to models in other cities that have yielded mixed results.

For people who call vehicles home, SF supe wants to provide safe haven

Supervisor Vallie Brown has been preparing the latest of a round of city legislative efforts to help the rolling homeless get into permanent housing.

After 48 years of serving seniors, Japantown’s Kimochi receives legacy status

"... District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown noted that the agency has been particularly active in helping Japanese-Americans who survived the horrors of the internment in World War II."


Community Call To Action

I’m currently working with local community organizations and city departments to address this growing food insecurity, and organizing weekend and weeknight Community Pantries for District 5. We are also organizing future sites for hot community suppers for folks in need.

Starting January 24th, 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



Community Grows Garden Days

Come along on March 9, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the Community Grows Spring Garden Workshop and Workday: Collecting and Propagating Cuttings. Join friends and neighbors outside taking care of the beautiful Koshland Park Community Garden at Buchanan and Page Streets, and learn how to take a cutting from a plant and get it to thrive in your own home.

Stop by again at the Buchanan Street Mall for the Earth Day Workday, on April 22, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

For more information, see:

Geary Rapid Transit Update

The first set of transit and safety treatments, including dedicated bus lanes, was completed at the end of 2018. Major upgrades and coordinated utility work began in early 2019 and are expected to continue until spring 2021 to make bus service more reliable and the corridor safer for pedestrians.

Find out the weekly construction forecast, review block-by-block design details, and more at the SFMTA's project page:


New Affordable Housing
Opportunity Applications Now Available!

Deadline: February 21, 2019


New Affordable Housing Opportunity at 455 Fell Street for individuals and families! Applications will be available from January 31, 2019 to February 21, 2019.

As a former Legislative Aide, and now as District 5 Supervisor, it's great to see my collaborative work with Hayes Valley neighbors come full circle, and have 72 new affordable units available in my district.

APPLY HERE NOW through the DAHLIA portal:

Brain Health and Loneliness Workshop
Brain Health and Loneliness: chronic loneliness and isolation is linked to an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and death. Dr. Serggio Lanata with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and Phaedra Bell, PhD, a fellow with the Global Brain Health Institute will discuss the detrimental effects that loneliness can have on our brain health, and how to cultivate the kind of relationships that disrupt feelings of loneliness. They will be joined by Rev. Glenda Hope, who will share her experience with finding new friendships and community. There will be time to answer your questions.

This is a free workshop: March 13, 6 p.m., in the community room at St. Anne of the Sunset, Funston between Irving and Judah. Resources and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Patti Spaniak,; call/text 646-409-7775.

San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators Scholarship

Application Period: NOW through March 1, 2019

The San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators is inviting African American SFUSD high school seniors who will graduate by May 2019 to participate in their scholarship program. A $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to seniors who are pursuing a college degree or a career goal, and have amazing scholastic achievement and strong leadership skills. See the application below. Please direct questions to

Click here for PDF Scholarship Application.

Annual African American Honor Roll and Candlelight Ceremony

Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Mary’s Cathedral, 111 Gough Street SF, CA

The San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators request the honor of your presence at the African American Honor Roll Academic Awards Ceremony & Reception. They will honor 3rd-12th grade African American students who have achieved a 3.0 or higher this academic year. All participating students will gather at 5pm. The program will begin at 6pm, with a reception immediately following. There is a $10 request per guest. Open to all.

38th Annual Oratorical/Musical and Stomp Competition

Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 8:30am-12:30pm
Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School (2055 Silver Avenue)

The SF Alliance of Black School Educators will celebrate students as they showcase their oration, musical and poetry skills at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School. Students interested in applying, please contact Mrs. Emily Wade-Thompson for application details at (415) 401-2555 ext. 1246. 

African American Parent Advisory Council
Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 28 from 5:30pm-8:00pm
Leola Havard Auditorium (1520 Oakdale Avenue)

Join the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) for a special Black History Month celebration full of food, literacy resources, and networking at the Leola Havard Auditorium. Dinner and childcare (if needed) will be provided. Parking is also available. For more information, contact 415-241-6121 or

Free Tax Services

Tax-Aid volunteers will be offering free income tax return preparation for community members at the YMCA at 1530 Buchanan Street from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturdays, February 16 and February 23.
You can find a list of all of Tax-Aid's locations at

Upcoming Events at the Fillmore Heritage Center


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 

The HUD-certified Financial Empowerment Center, in partnership with Patelco Credit Union, is holding its second Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) prep clinic this month on February 16, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Free tax services are available to households with a 2018 income of $55,000 or less. No appointments are necessary.

Feel The Love and Feel Good with Tony! Toni! Toné!

The Bay Area's legendary R&B trio are coming to the Fillmore Heritage Center for an intimate evening with two performances, Saturday, February 16. Showtimes are at 7:30 PM. & 9:30 PM. 

Margaret Hayward-Tennis Courts Closure


Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee (SDDTAC) Seeks to Fill Youth Seat


Grattan Playground Partial Closure


SANKOFA DAYS @ The BAY - SANKOFA Youth & Family Day

Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39
Saturday, February 23rd, 12 Noon - 6:00 PM 

NOTES: FREE admission for the first 50 participants who register (includes youth and family members - limit 4 per family)  Family package pricing also available at SANKOFA DAYS @ The BAY will feature a wonderful blend of activities focused on climate change, the environment and environmental justice, and sustainability that will appeal to children. millennials, seniors, and everyone in-between!  We will celebrate notable African American heroes and leaders in the environmental movement ensuring activities are educational, inclusive, and celebratory of the richness of the African Diaspora.  All-Day access to the Aquarium, exhibit, touch pools, Sea Lion Center and special programming from 12 Noon - 6:00 PM. 

Sponsored by Norcal MLK Foundation, Bay.Org, San Francisco Chapter of The Links Inc.
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