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May 2019
District 1 Newsletter

5/ 1/ 2019



On April 22 my Vacant Storefront Ordinance officially went into effect! From now on, commercial property owners will no longer be able to avoid registering their vacant storefronts and paying fees by merely putting up a “for lease” sign in the window. The enforcement mechanisms in this legislation are vital to addressing our vacancy problem head on and complement ongoing efforts to streamline permitting and clear hurdles so our small businesses & commercial corridors can thrive!

In the Neighborhood

Dear Neighbors,

Thanks to the Chronicle for inviting me to participate in my first ever podcast as part of the “Tribute to the Richmond District” at the Balboa Theater before the screening of “So I Married an Axe Murderer”! Another thanks to all the neighbors who did their One Richmond thing by coming out for my office’s annual City Budget 101 for the Richmond District! I also appreciated the opportunity to take part in Read-Aloud Day at Lafayette Elementary. 

At the Small Business Commission, I was proud to support our newest Legacy Business, Picture Machine Tattoo, which is one of the longest running tattoo shops in San Francisco. It was truly a sweet community celebration of Legacy Business Joe’s Ice Cream for their 60th Anniversary, with all the past owners and present owner celebrating together. I also had a great time at the first Balboa Village Art and Music Walk, and at the Clement St. Merchants Association mixer at the newly opened Breck’s wine bar and market! What an honor it was to join in the celebration of Chinese Hospital (where I was born!) for their 120th Anniversary.  

We had a great crew of over 15 neighbors join me for Walk to Work Day. It was a beautiful morning for a two and a half mile stroll from the Richmond District to City Hall chatting about Vision Zero! Thank you to neighbors who attended the Central Richmond Traffic Safety Open House. I am glad this comprehensive proposal incorporates intersection-specific needs and feedback from residents. Thank you to SFMTA and Richmond Station Police Department for working to identify strategies for safer streets. 

It was great to have Project Homeless Connect out in the hood providing services and problem solving for our homeless neighbors in the Richmond. They will be providing services for our neighborhood on the third Friday of each month at the Park Presidio United Methodist Church (Geary & 7th Ave). A huge thank you to all our neighbors who came out to lend a hand--a true example of doing a One Richmond thing.

Inside City Hall

I’m incredibly proud that my Community Opportunity to Purchase (COPA) legislation passed in April with all 11 Supervisors as co-sponsors! COPA gives affordable housing nonprofits the first-right-to-purchase multi-family apartment buildings and remove them from the speculative market, stabilize the tenants in their homes, and preserve the buildings as permanently affordable housing! Thank you to all the amazing housing advocates who worked closely with my office to craft this policy and build support for this critical anti-displacement legislation!

Affordable Housing Production & Preservation Fund
After the passage of COPA, I introduced legislation to create an Affordable Housing Production and Preservation Fund from excess Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) revenues that the City receives from the State. San Francisco is currently on track to exceed its regional housing goals for market-rate development, but we are falling fall short of our goals for affordable housing production and preservation. If we are serious about meeting our housing balance goals and addressing our affordability crisis, we cannot merely rely on market rate developer fees to fund our affordable housing. This is an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is.

Committee Hearings
I have sponsored several hearings recently, including one on the City’s use of temporary exempt positions rather than civil service positions; and as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I have held several issue-based budget hearings on Board priorities, including affordable housing and homelessness, public safety, and mental health and substance use.

Adding Traffic Enforcement Officers
Last year I held a hearing about traffic enforcement that revealed the SFPD Traffic Unit was understaffed. Since then I have been working with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and Chief Scott on this issue, and I am thrilled that additional motorcycle solos are being added to focus on traffic safety and Vision Zero in our neighborhoods. There had not been a training class in three years and there are three classes slated for this year.  


Health Festival this Saturday!

Join us this Saturday, May 4th, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Richmond Rec Center (251 18th Ave) for the Richmond Community Health Festival! The purpose of this free health festival is to encourage a healthy lifestyle and provide access to resources that help meet the health needs of our diverse community. Attendees can benefit from a variety of activities such as health screenings such as:
ü Blood Pressure
ü Hearing Testing
ü Pharmacy Consultation
ü Talk with a Doc
ü Health Education
ü Dental Screenings
ü Home Safety and Fall Prevention
ü Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Trainings
ü And more! 

The event is co-hosted by Assemblymember Phil Ting, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, and our community partners, Kaiser Permanente, Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS), Compassionate Community Care, Community Youth Center, and Self-Help for the Elderly.

This event is free and open to the public. Attached is a flyer of the event.  
For more information, please check online or contact 415.554.7411 

One Richmond Open House!

Mark your calendars for May 19 from 10:00 am-noon for the open house celebration of the new One Richmond headquarters at 802 Clement Street! We are excited for this new community space for neighbors and businesses to learn about and sign up for #OneRichmond opportunities! It’s free to join at I will also be holding “neighborhood office hours” during the open house so please stop by and say hello! Hope to see you there.

Fewer Potholes 2.0!

Our streets and roadways require ongoing maintenance to be kept in a state of good repair.  We will be working with Richmond District Blog to launch the #fewerpotholes campaign in May to identify pothole locations in the District. Throughout the month of June, a Public Works crew will be dedicated to repairing reported potholes throughout the neighborhood. Caltrans will also be repaving Park Presidio beginning in June. Here’s to smoother and safer roads!

Affordable Housing Week

San Francisco is celebrating its annual Affordable Housing Week during the first week of May 2019. Events include policy panels, groundbreakings for affordable housing projects, and educational workshops all uplifting the housing affordability issues our communities are facing, while offering solutions and rich conversation.

Council of Community Housing Organizations 

Across San Francisco neighborhoods

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - Saturday, May 11, 2019


Public Bank for Public Good

Join the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition this Monday night at the Balboa Theater for a screening of The Big Short! Come watch the Academy Award winning film that takes us through the true story of what happened during the 2008 financial crisis and the role the big banks played in on foreclosing on millions of Americans homes. 
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Playground to Playground Family Walk

Join Walk San Francisco for a walking adventure that connects two wonderful playgrounds. We’ll first play at Cabrillo Playground in the Outer Richmond. Then we’ll hike through Golden Gate Park at a leisurely pace to the 45th Avenue Playground/Boat Picnic Area. We’ll play some more and then hike back. In total the walk is about 2.25-2.5 miles.

You can bring bikes and scooters but we will walk at a more pedestrian pace (and scooters especially will need to be carried in non-paved sections). There are bathrooms at both playgrounds. Lots of snacks provided at both playgrounds. Monthly walks are free to Walk SF members and include one guest of any age.

Single tickets and additional guests of any age are $10 each. Register now as this event has limited capacity.

Home Match SF

Do you have spare room in your home or are you looking for a new place to call home? Home Match SF may have a solution for you. Home Match SF, a shared housing program, helps people with extra room in their homes earn income – or get some extra help with household chores - by connecting with people who need an affordable place to live. Home Match connects people based on compatibility, screens all applicants, and is available for on-going support even after the match is made. Are services are offered free of charge.

Home Match SF is offered by two local nonprofit organizations - Covia and Sequoia Living – and is supported by funding from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Interested? Contact us at, or 415.351.1000 or

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