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March 2019

District 1 Newsletter

3/ 1/ 2019



March is here!





Thank you to the students of Alamo Elementary School for their wonderful gift and many thanks to the Alamo PTA for inviting me to their PTA meeting. Going to Alamo is like "coming home" for me. My son Rory went there and I was a volunteer coordinator there as well. So many friends and so many wonderful educators and parents--all doing their #OneRichmond thing at the PTA meeting. Alamo, you rock!!!



In the Neighborhood





Dear Neighbors,


Happy Year of the Boar! I kicked off February by attending a celebration of Black History Month at City Hall and joined over 100 families for a Lunar New Years Eve dinner in support of the “SRO Living Room” program at the Chinatown YMCA. I celebrated Lunar New Year with so many great organizations from the Richmond Senior Center, to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, to the Chinese Progressive Association. It was great to cap off all the festivities with the annual Chinese New Year parade along with my D1 team and Sutro first grader, Henry!


We had a great turnout of young people doing their One Richmond thing by picking up trash at the monthly Park Presidio Greenbelt Cleanup. I met with the Peabody and Alamo Elementary PTAs to talk about One Richmond and give an update on the neighborhood. As a past PTA President for 12 terms, I love parents doing their One Richmond thing at their schools. I'm also delighted to announce Schubert’s Bakery as our newest Legacy Business!


Project Homeless Connect held their first community meeting and day of service in the Richmond this February. Thank you to Pastor Caiti at the Park Presidio United Methodist Church for allowing Project Homeless Connect to park their Care Van and serve our unhoused neighbors there. 


I had the pleasure of joining friends to celebrate the legacy of outgoing San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 President Tom O'Connor, and the new leadership of incoming President Shon Buford-- a powerful transition during Black History Month! Thanks to both of these men for your service!


I was relieved that there were no injuries from the terrifying gas line explosion at Geary & Parker. My office has been working with City departments and emergency responders to ensure the residents and businesses displaced by the fire have access to the resources they need to get back on their feet. Supervisor Catherine Stefani and I have also called for a hearing on the cause of the explosion, PG&E’s response, and measures they’re taking to prevent this in the future.



Inside City Hall





ERAF Windfall: As the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I'm proud to have negotiated a meaningful spending package for the $185 million in windfall funding from the state that reflected priorities from the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor. The compromise allocates funding to affordable housing, behavioral health and homeless services, and increased salaries for both public school and early education teachers.The plan was unanimously co-sponsored by the entire Board of Supervisors and is a testament to what it looks like to build unity for the common good!


Census Hearing: On February 7th I sponsored a hearing on the 2020 Census and the City's plan for implementation. Given our City’s population growth since 2010, changes in the outreach methodology, and the racist, sexist and anti-immigrant rhetoric from the White House, it is imperative that our San Francisco 2020 Census count is accurate and gives voice to each of our residents.


Local Build Out: I chair the SF Local Agency Formation Commission, which among other things provides oversight for the CleanPowerSF program operated by the SF Public Utilities Commission. As PG&E's bankruptcy unfolds, I strongly support the exploration of acquiring PG&E's assets to distribute power to SF residents and businesses, and I’m pushing for a plan for "local build out" and the development of our own clean and renewable energy production on City-owned property. 


Public Bank For Public Good: On February 5th the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported my resolution urging California State legislators to create a pathway for public banking charters. A public bank owned by San Francisco would allow the City to have more local control, transparency, self-determination, and allow us to move in a direction to achieve sustainable community investments such as affordable housing, small business development, renewable energy, and other issues.


COPA: The Planning Commission voted unanimously to support my legislation to create the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA), which will give qualified affordable housing nonprofits the first-right-to-purchase multi-family residential buildings for sale and preserve them as permanently affordable housing. The San Francisco Examiner reported that “affordable housing advocates hailed the plan as an innovative and viable way to prevent displacement and preserve existing affordable housing in a city in the midst of a massive housing crisis.”


#FewerVacancies: My legislation to create a more accurate and effective registry of vacant storefronts will be coming to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote on March 5th. This ordinance will require building owners to register their vacant or abandoned storefronts and pay a registration fee within 30 days of it being empty, regardless of whether there’s a “for lease” sign in the window. This ordinance is sorely needed and has been unanimously co-sponsored by the entire Board of Supervisors.





Immigrant Cultural Festival this weekend!





Burn Season Begins at Ocean Beach



What You Need to Know:


During Burn Season (March through October), fires are allowed on Ocean Beach between 6:00 am and 9:30 pm, after which all fires must be extinguished (with water only).


Visitors must bring their own firewood and may not burn treated wood or trash.


No glass or alcohol is allowed on the beach.

Fires are only allowed in the 16 provided fire rings between Stairwells 15 and 20. The rings are available to visitors for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 25 or more must obtain a permit.


The Golden Gate Maintenance Volunteers-In-Parks program and the Golden Gate Beach Stewards program help to keep Ocean Beach clean and maintained.


For more information about recreational fires, visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area website.



Richmond YMCA Silent Auction





Tickets: $35 in advance/$45 at the door

**FREE onsite childcare provided with RSVP**



THURSDAY, MARCH 28th, 2019 | 6 PM – 9 PM



Join us to celebrate the Richmond District YMCA and our donors.

Enjoy an Italian-inspired dinner and wine while bidding on incredible auction items!

All proceeds from this Community Event support the programs of the Richmond District YMCA. You won’t want to miss our Live Auction at the event.


Live Auction Items include:

2 VIP 3-Day Passes to Outside Lands 2019

80,000 miles to use toward travel on Hawaiian Airlines 

Private Tour for Two to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge


If you are unable to attend the event in person, online bidding will be available starting on Thursday, March 14th. If you would like to donate an auction item, contact Crissie Ponciano at 



Tablet Time





Opportunities For All Career Fair





Do Your One Richmond Thing!





Have you done your #OneRichmond thing today? Share your #OneRichmond story with us online!





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