Last week, Mayor London Breed signed a $13.2 Billion City budget passed by the Board of Supervisors, and includes $123 Million in program restorations for our community priorities. I’m particularly proud to have advocated for my “New Start” priorities to preserve spots in after school programs, to invest in building affordable housing on the Westside of San Francisco, and to support small businesses beyond COVID recovery.
This work could not have been done without my colleagues, including Budget Chair Matt Haney, all the members of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, and Mayor Breed. I also want to acknowledge so many of our community organizations who not only work hard to serve our constituents from day to day, but also advocate at City Hall for the funding and resources they need to continue serving our district.
If budgets are supposed to be a statement of our values, then I am proud to say that this citywide budget reflects the shared priorities that we collectively fight so hard for.
This month, the Board of Supervisors is on summer recess and will return to City Hall on September 6th. Our office will be taking a short break as well, so office hours will be returning in September. Please stay safe and be well!
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COVID-19: Response + Updates
San Francisco is leading the nation in COVID-19 response. Even with remarkable progress in our fight against the virus, highly transmissible Delta variant is spreading widely. While masking and testing are incredibly important measures, they alone will not help us combat COVID-19 in the way we need. Vaccinating as many people as possible, as soon as possible, is our best defense against COVID-19. Vaccines are widely available, safe and effective, and offer protection against serious hospitalization or death. While San Francisco has 76% of its eligible population fully vaccinated, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure all San Franciscans are safe.
The Richmond District is trailing behind other districts in vaccination rates. The Outer Richmond is at 71%, the Inner Richmond is at 69%, and Lone Mountain/USF is at 58% vaccinated. To protect yourself, your family, and community, please get vaccinated. Visit sf.gov/getvaccinated or call 628-652-2700 for vaccination information and sites. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The data and science is clear: with the Delta variant here, now is not the time to be unvaccinated. Nearly all currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients are not vaccinated. While someone fully vaccinated could test positive for COVID-19, vaccines are nearly 100% effective in preventing hospitalization or worse, death.
Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated. Find the statement and more information here.
Testing continues to be an important component to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Last month, I introduced a resolution to landmark Lincoln Park, formerly City Cemetery, which was used as a burial ground for fraternal, veteran, Chinese, Japanese, French, Greek, Scandinavian, Italian, and Jewish associations from 1870 until the early 1900s.
The Kong Chow Funerary Chapel at the park still stands tall to this day as a symbolic intersection of past Chinese and San Francisco culture and history worthy of landmark designation.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to pass my resolution last Tuesday, and I’m so grateful for their support. I would like to thank all the community members and organizations who have sent in letters of support for this landmarking, including the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, also known as Chinese Six Companies, Chinese Historical Society, and AAPI in Historic Preservation. I also want to extend a special thanks to the descendants of Yee Ah Tye, the man who donated part of the land that is now Lincoln Park. Due to the generosity of the AhTye family, San Franciscans are able to enjoy Lincoln Park as a public park.
For more background on the history of Lincoln Park, please read SF Heritage’s July newsletter and great coverage on last week’s Land Use meeting.
Transit Updates: Richmond Route Restorations
On August 14, several Muni routes across the City will be restored. However, not all pre-pandemic service lines will return. Supervisor Dean Preston and I, along with several of our colleagues, have called for the full restoration of Muni service by December 31, 2021.
Route restorations servicing the Richmond include:
5R Fulton Rapid service will be returning from La Playa to the Transit Center Bus Plaza.
18 46th Avenue will connect customers from the Richmond and Outer Sunset to Stonestown.
28 19th Avenue service will be returning between Daly City BART and the Marina (via Lombard).
31 Balboa will return and provide modified service from Cabrillo Street and La Playa to Cyril Magnin at Market Street.
For a full list of routes returning on August 14, click the button below.
Changes are coming to Geary! Last Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Supervisors voted to make the temporary transit-only lanes on Geary Boulevard permanent. The transit-only lanes have sped up service on the 38 and 38R, and many transit riders all along the line enjoy the improved travel time. I look forward to seeing the results of the SFMTA outreach to be conducted this summer and fall so our constituents can inform the future of the Geary BRT. My priorities for Geary Boulevard are to improve pedestrian safety, deliver efficient and safe transportation on the 38 Geary bus lines, and ensure our small business merchants and residents are informed of any proposed changes.
Slow Streets were implemented as part of SFMTA’s COVID-19 response to provide additional space for folks to socially distance while walking and biking. District 1 currently has three Slow Streets on Lake, 23rd Avenue, and Cabrillo, which are used differently by our residents at various times of day.
At the SFMTA Board of Directors online meeting on August 3 at 1 pm, four Slow Streets (Lake St, Golden Gate Ave, Shotwell, and Sanchez) will be proposed for an extension beyond the COVID-19 emergency. Lake Street communities will be engaged beginning September 2021 for a 3-4 month outreach process to inform the design of the corridors. Following the installation of post-pandemic Slow Streets, data will be collected and presented to the MTA Board of directors within 18 months.
To join the meeting by phone or to provide comment, dial 888-808-6929 and enter the code 9961164#.
In the meantime, the Cabrillo and 23rd Avenue Slow Streets are still being monitored and evaluated by SFMTA. You can take a look at surveys and data on Slow Streets Phase 1 & 2, which summarizes metrics that include vehicle speeds and volumes, traffic diversions, and community usage. You can also share your feedback through the questionnaire online.
Save the Date: Autumn Moon
Save the date! The Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival is returning in-person this year. The festival will take place on September 18, from 11 am - 3 pm, on Clement Street between 6th Avenue - 9th Avenue. There will be live performances and traditional arts and crafts.
National Night Out
National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 3 from 4 pm - 7 pm. National Night Out is an annual event that builds police-community connections to help make our neighborhoods and city safer. Join the Richmond Station at Muriel Leff Park to celebrate!
Save the Date: Sunday Streets
Save the date! The first ever Sunday Streets Phoenix Day on October 17, 2021 from 12-5 pm will feature historic Sunday Streets SF routes and pop-ups, The Cross City Connector Bike Ride, and 100+ free block party permits for neighbors to enjoy citywide.
Join Richmond District neighbors in for a community clean up! The next neighborhood clean up will be Sunday, August 8 at 9:30 am. Meet at the Balboa Theater.
Community Tablet Classes
The Community Youth Center is offering tablet classes for beginners in Cantonese every Saturday starting July 10 through August 21. Sign up by leaving a message for Ian Chen at (415) 371-9035.
Construction Notice: Ocean Beach Sand Placement Activities
As part of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project short-term improvements phase, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build a sand berm south of Sloat Boulevard using sand dredged from the San Francisco Main Ship Channel. The goal is to protect the Great Highway and nearby wastewater infrastructure maintained by the SFPUC. Containing 225,000 cubic yards of clean sand, the berm will be placed against the bluff and extend seaward about 200 feet (sand will not be placed to the bluff top in areas where bank swallow burrows are present).
This project is being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the request of the City and County of San Francisco, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This project has reached construction through the hard work and determination of countless community members, local and national leaders, and partner organizations. We appreciate your patience during this beneficial-use, climate change adaptation project.
When: The work window began in mid-July and ends on September 30, 2021. Construction crews will be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Construction will take approximately 30-40 days, during which time this stretch of beach will be closed to the public and access to the beach south of the work area will be limited.
Where: Construction activities will occur within the footprint of the National Park Service parking lot at Sloat Boulevard and on the beach south of Sloat Boulevard.
Family and Me (FAM) is reimagining foster care for San Francisco teens and is currently recruiting compassionate caregivers from across the Bay Area. The program offers opportunities for people interested in being a foster parent or supporting exploited teens to serve as either a primary or secondary caregiver (like a mentor, auntie, grandparent, or close family friend) using a shared caregiving model. If you know individuals who are looking for ways to support teens, and to help improve our foster care system, please invite them to learn more at JoinFAM.org.
HomeMatch is a non-profit home-sharing service. Their personalized process helps find the right match for people living, working, or studying in San Francisco who are looking for affordable housing. There are 5 home-shares available in the Richmond District, which you can view here.
If you’re interested in signing up, you must earn no more than $107k gross income for a single-person household. Learn more about HomeMatch on their website homematchsf.org. If you’re a homeowner or primary tenant who has an available room in your home, please call or email HomeMatch at 415-351-1000 or email@example.com.