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Hello District 5, 

The month of April has been an exciting one so far! I am proud to represent you at City Hall and I look forward to continuing my work on issues of equity, housing, homelessness, clean streets, and green energy in the district and across the city! Please read below for information about what I've been working on, upcoming events, resources, and photos from the past month. 

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


Below are some highlights about legislation I have introduced, co-sponsored, and passed over the past two months:
    [File# 190413] - Safe Parking Program Pilot - Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to require the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing ("HSH") to establish a Safe Overnight Parking Pilot Program to provide eligible vehicularly homeless persons a place to park and sleep in their vehicles overnight, case management, and other services; require HSH to collaborate with the Municipal Transportation Agency ("MTA") to develop an On-Street Parking Citation and Tow- and- Storage-Fee Abatement program to provide eligible vehicularly homeless persons with waivers of parking fines and fees; and affirming the Planning Department's determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
    [File# 190092] -  Allow Cash - Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to add a credit against a person or combined group’s Homelessness Gross Receipts Tax (“Tax”) equal to 10% of the portion of a person or combined group’s Tax liability for a tax year with respect to which the person or combined group enters into an agreement waiving its right to a refund of its Tax payments associated with any claim that the Homelessness Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance is invalid because it required a two-thirds vote rather than a majority of the electorate to pass.
    [File# 190417] - Plastic Bags 2.0 - Ordinance amending the Environment Code to raise the amount stores must charge for checkout bags from 10 cents to 25 cents per bag; to require that pre-checkout bags provided to customers before they reach the point of sale be recyclable or compostable; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
    [File# 190392] - Juvenile Hall Closure Plan -  Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to require the City to close Juvenile Hall by December 31, 2021, expand community-based alternatives to detention, and provide a rehabilitative, non-institutional place of detention, in a location approved by the Court; to establish a working group for the development of a Juvenile Hall closure plan, and to establish the Youth Justice Reinvestment Fund to support community-based alternatives to detention and also support the working group; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
    [File# 190393] - Public Bank - Resolution supporting California State Assembly Bill No. 857, the “Public Banking Act”, authored by Assembly Members David Chiu and Miguel Santiago, to allow local government to apply for a state banking charter to establish a public bank.
    [File# 190142] - Energy Benchmarking - Ordinance amending the Environment Code to require owners of certain nonresidential and residential buildings to annually measure and disclose energy performance; to require the Department of the Environment to collect and make public summary statistics about the energy performance of such buildings; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
    [File# 190389] - Castro LGBTQ Cultural District - Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to establish the Castro Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Cultural District in and around the Castro Neighborhood; to require the Mayor's office of Housing and Community Development to submit written reports and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor describing the cultural attributes of the of the District and proposing strategies to acknowledge and preserve the cultural legacy of the District; and affirming the Planning Department's determination under the California Environmental Quality Act. 
    [File# 190045] - Shelter Streamlining - Ordinance amending the Building Code to adopt standards for constructing homeless shelters, and to create an alternative approval procedure for homeless shelters, during a shelter crisis, pursuant to California Government Code, Section 8698.4; amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to provide for an expedited permit appeals process for homeless shelters during a shelter crisis; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
    As a Legislative Aide for then Supervisor Breed, I helped introduce the CleanPowerSF legislation. I am excited to see it roll out to District 5 residents this April, which means cleaner, greener electricity
    for our residents! For more information on the program, visit
    This month I was honored to celebrate the 52nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival with members and leaders of the Japanese American Community, Mayor Breed, and Board President Norman Yee! The Cherry Blossom Festival spans many generations of San Francisco's history, and a reminder of how lucky we are to live in a city that celebrates the diverse cultures and vibrant heritage of our neighborhood.
    I was proud to join Mothers Out Front and Mayor London Breed in celebration of Earth Day! I will work to reaffirm San Francisco's status as a global leader on climate change via new legislation that will require commercial buildings over 50,000 sq/ft. to use 100% greenhouse-gas-free or renewable sources.
    I strongly believe that a city is only as livable as it is walkable. Happy to participate in Walk to Work Day in the morning on April 10th with Walk San Francisco!
    I was proud to stand with UC Workers of AFSMELocal and UPTE at UCSF against intimidation tactics by the University of California. The right to organize is sacred and must be upheld!

    I was thrilled to see our neighborhood out for our Gene Suttle Plaza Celebration and launch of Citywide Public Space Initiative on Saturday, April 13th. 

    Don't forget, every week, you’ll now be able to enjoy lunch, play games, admire new murals and meet your neighbors at the newly activated Gene Suttle Plaza.

    Please join me in supporting safe parking in San Francisco!  Last week, we rallied in support of my legislation for San Francisco's FIRST safe parking pilot program. Thank you to co-author Supervisor Ahsha Safai, my 9 co-sponsors on the Board, and the Coalition on Homelessness for your hard work to make this happen.
    I had a great Bike & Roll to School Day with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Senator Scott Wiener, and families from Rosa Parks Elementary! Our streets are a shared space — let’s continue the work to make it safe for bicyclists of all ages.
    Thank you to everyone that was able to join me at our Inner Sunset Town Hall Meeting on March 23rd! I appreciate you spending your morning with me to share your thoughts and concerns about what's happening in our community. 
    For a Full Photo Recap of March and April, Click Here!
    — IN THE NEWS —
    San Francisco Examiner | April 15, 2019
    "It looks like the road is wide open for a City Hall proposal to create a 'Safe Overnight Parking Program' for residents living in camper vans. Legislation authored by Supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha Safai calls for The City to create a homeless navigation center for people living in RVs, and would decriminalize living in vehicles while San Francisco officials work to help people find housing."
    San Francisco Chronicle | April 11, 2019
    " 'Many of you have read in the last couple of days that Amazon Go will begin to accept cash in the stores after folks like me and others in the community correctly called out the discrimination and elite nature of the current business model which requires customers to have bank accounts and a smart phone to purchase any items,' said Brown, who introduced the legislation, during Thursday’s Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee hearing."
    SF's Big Buildings to Take Big Step in Reducing City's Emissions 
    San Francisco Chronicle | April 22, 2019
    "San Francisco could become the first city in the nation to require large commercial property owners to switch their buildings to 100% renewable energy.  In recognition of Earth Day on Monday, city officials will announce a plan to power all commercial buildings at least 50,000 square feet in size with renewable energy by 2030. Mayor London Breed and Supervisors Vallie Brown and Asha Safaí are co-sponsoring the ordinance to put the 2030 deadline in place.  They're expected to introduce it formally to the Board of Supervisors next month."
    4/20 Blankets Golden Gate Park with the Smoke of 19,000 Stoners, Park Shockingly Clean on Sunday
    SFist | April 21, 2019
    "NBC Bay Area reports that there were only seven arrests, a surprising low total for an event with so much illegal activity.  And behold the spotless condition of that very same hill Sunday Morning! Hippie Hill on 4/20 had a reputation after 22,000 pounds of trash littered the park in 2016, but the above photo shows the scene at 8:50 a.m. Sunday. A few remaining contractors were still doing spot work, but the all-hands endeavor by park personnel and sponsoring dispensaries left a pretty pristine landscape."
    San Francisco Chronicle | April 2, 2019
    "On Monday, the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Committee approved an ordinance allowing the department to collect energy usage data for residential buildings 50,000 square feet or larger. A state bill set to take effect this year requires annual energy reports from owners of big residential buildings. The legislation is sponsored by Supervisor Vallie Brown and co-sponsored by Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Gordon Mar and Ahsha Safaí."
    SF wants to get a handle on how large residential buildings use energy
    San Francisco Chronicle | April 2, 2019
    "In an effort to keep shrinking San Francisco’s carbon footprint, the city’s Department of the Environment wants to keep a closer eye on energy consumption at large residential buildings."
    “'We need to reduce the amount of energy our buildings use if we’re going to meet our 2050 goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions,' [Supervisor] Brown said in a statement."


    Construction on Geary Rapid Project
    The SFMTA’s Geary Rapid Project aims to improve one of San Francisco’s busiest corridors with much-needed safety improvements and more reliable bus service for the 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid’s 54,000 daily customers. 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 minimize community disruption, Geary Rapid Project construction will occur in coordination with:
    • SF Public Works-sponsored roadway repaving to upgrade 1.5 miles of deteriorated streets and provide you with a smoother ride
    • Department of Technology-sponsored installation of 1.75 miles of underground fiber optic conduit to provide internet services and connect traffic signals
    • SF Public Utilities Commission-sponsored sewer work to replace or rehabilitate 1.5 miles of aging sewers and two miles of water lines, ensuring residents and businesses continue to receive high quality and reliable services around the clock.
    Traffic Signal Changes in Western Addition 
    To improve the safety of people crossing at Geary Boulevard and Laguna Street, traffic signals were permanently retimed on April 11. North- and southbound Laguna traffic has been split into two separate phases, so each side gets their own green light, which allows vehicles turning left onto Geary to focus on yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk and gives people more time to cross.

    This change is a permanent safety improvement requested by neighbors that aims to address the primary patterns of traffic collisions within this intersection. Smaller timing adjustments were also made recently to traffic signals at Baker, Divisadero, Scott, Steiner and Webster to provide more time for people to cross the street and improve reliability for buses on Geary.

    See details here
    Active Construction in District 5
    Water main replacement work on eastbound Geary Boulevard between Lyon and Scott streets, M- F, 9:00 AM up to 7:00 PM. During this time:
    • Parking will be temporarily restricted on the south side of Geary Boulevard in the area until water work is complete. Eastbound traffic lanes will be modified during active work.
    • The inbound bus stop on Geary at Divisadero will be relocated slightly west during water work. Look for orange “Board Here” signs nearby.
    • Water upgrades will only affect the services of properties that front Geary Street/Boulevard between Masonic Avenue and Market Street. Sewer service will be maintained throughout the duration of construction.
    • SFPUC will send out water-shut-off notices at least 48-hours in advance to affected properties prior to any water service interruption. To minimize disruption, this work will typically be conducted at night, and typically only lasts up to four hours. More information is available here.
    National Poetry Month
    April is National Poetry Month and the San Francisco Public Library has scheduled lots of programs to entice the entire community. From readings by world renowned poets to films about national poets laureate, from poems in your pocket to poetry crafts, the Library has something for everyone in honor of National Poetry Month.

    National Poetry Month highlights:
    Towards the end of the month, poets Tongo Eisen-Martin, Cedar Sigo and Rozalie Hirs each headline a program highlighting their unique verse. Originally from San Francisco, Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator committed to the social transformation of an oppressive society. San Francisco poet Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. His poetry, along with original artwork, is being displayed on MUNI buses roaming the city. Netherlands-based poet and composer Rozalie Hirs creates poems and musical compositions that are lyrical and innovative, and in both art forms she explores the adventure of listening, reading and imagining.
    FREE WORKSHOP - San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative
    The San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative will be hosting the next FREE Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, April 27 at SF State University’s Mashouf Wellness Center (755 Font Boulevard, San Francisco, 94132) to assist legal permanent residents apply for citizenship. All are welcome and no appointment required.

    See the attached multilingual flyers here with detailed information.
    Interest in volunteering? Sign up here
    Community Clean Team
    The Community Clean Team is coming to District 5 on April 27th! The kickoff event will take place at 9 a.m. at Ella Hill Hutch Center. In addition to litter and graffiti cleanup, the Community Clean Team will focus on weeding, pruning, and mulching. 
    What you need to know before you volunteer:
    • Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. an complimentary lunch will be served at 12 p.m.
    • Remember to bring your reusable water bottle and appropriate work clothes.
    To register for the District 5 Community Clean Team, click here or call (415) 641-2600.
    1st Friday Paint Night with Honey Art Studio
    Join Honey Art Studio for a night of painting and fun!
    Save the date for May 3rd,  the 1st Friday Paint Night, hosted at Two Jacks Nik's Place (401 Haight St. SF, CA 94117) from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.  To purchase a ticket, please click here or call 415-699-6555 for additional information. 
    UCSF Skin Cancer Screening
    Free Skin Cancer Screening!
    When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Where: UCSF Department of Dermatology 1701 Divisadero Street, 3rd Floor San Francisco

    For more information, please contact Lily Wong at:
    (415) 476-8318
    Comcast Cares Day
    Please join us in celebrating  Comcast Cares Day!
    On May 4th, from 7:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Comcast will be working with volunteers in the Buchanan Mall Community located at 1111 Buchanan Street, SF, CA, 94115.
    For more information, please contact Tamara Walker at 415-206-1880 or
    To sign up and be a volunteer click here!
    Bike to Work Day in May
    We’re celebrating Bike to Work Day 2019 with the SF Bicycle Coalition. Join us on our Neighborhood ride into City Hall and help us make May 9th the best biking day of the year. We’ll be biking to City Hall from the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center (1050 McAllister St.) starting at 7:45 AM. Help make our Neighborhood Ride the biggest and sign up here to pedal in with us.
    Affordable Housing Week
    Please join us in celebrating the annual Affordable Housing Week! Events include policy panels, groundbreakings for affordable housing projects, and educational workshops.
    Who: Sponsored by Council of Community Housing Organizations
    Where: Across San Francisco Neighborhoods
    When: Wednesday May 1st - Saturday May 11, 2019
    Click here for a list of events!
    Handful Players - The Frisco Kid
    Join us for the world premiere of The Frisco Kid. Handful Players welcome you to the show on Saturday May 18th, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at the African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF, CA). For more information contact Judith Cohen 415-921-8246 or visit their website here!
    Tickets are Free and doors open at 12:30 p.m.
    Booker T. Washington CSC is Hiring!

    Please join the summer camp team and help create a safe, fun, exciting environment for young campers. At the classic day camp, you might lead kids on a field trip one day and help them create arts and crafts on another. You’ll be their trusted coach as they cook, swim and play sports. During the specialty programming, help kids explore visual arts and musical theater or discover the magic of science and nature. Lead the way as they learn carpentry or hone their culinary chops.

    At summer camp, you will:

    Be the primary role model for a group of campers, grades K through 8 while organizing supervise fun. Facilitating activities including swimming and out-of-the-building activities. Serve as lead on field trips and excursions while ensuring campers' safety


    • A high school graduate and 18 years or older (by June 3, 2019)
    • Experienced in working with children ages 5 through 15, preferably in a camp setting
    • Warm, open and able to respond sensitively to diverse groups of children
    • Interested in creating, planning and facilitating group activities
    • Appropriately curious and imaginative at play
    • Adept at juggling attention to one camper while supervising large groups
    • Enthusiastic, flexible and able to improvise is a must

    Summer Camp is in session June 3 - August 9.
    For more information, please reach Jerry Trotter at:
    (415) 928-6596.

    Summer Enrichment Camp
    The Village Project is accepting applications for their FREE 2019 Summer Enrichment Program. The program is from June 10 - August 2. Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

    This is aFree, 8 week long summer enrichment Camp Offering:
    • A Reading Clinic.
    • Healthy Cooking and Gardening. 
    • Weekly Field Trips to Santa Cruz, Great America, Six Flags.
    • Music and Voice Lessons/ African Drumming & Dance.
    • Roller and Ice skating, Movies, Arts and Crafts.
    • Swimming, Soccer and Tennis lessons
    • Ballet, Hip Hop and Modern Dance 
    • Kickball and Other Activities.
    • Teen financial wellness program, with $200 - $600 stipends.
    The summer program has limited space. For more information or to sign up, please contact Adrian Williams at:
    (415) 424-2980.
    Board of Supervisors District 5 Internship 
    Supervisor Brown is looking for qualified, passionate undergraduate and graduate students with interest in Public Policy, Political Science, History, Political Philosophy, Communications, English, Pre-Law, to work with her team of community organizers and Legislative Aides to address the needs of District 5. District 5 covers a wide variety of neighborhoods, including Japantown, Haight-Ashbury, the Fillmore, Hayes Valley, and Inner Sunset, and is home to a diverse crowd of San Franciscans.

    If you are a self-starter, have strong research and writing skills, and experience with customer service, please reach out to Shakirah Simley at with a resume and a short (.5 page) cover letter.

    See Summer Intern Poster here