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November 1, 2019

District 1 Newsletter: November 2019 

It was a groovy good time leading the Halloween Parade through the Clement Farmers Market! So many cute, creative costumed tots! Thank you to the Clement St. Merchants Association for organizing this fun tradition for all the neighborhood kids, and to Toy Boat Dessert Cafe for the free ice cream for all the kids to make it such a memorable treat!
In The Neighborhood
Dear Neighbors,

I hope you’re all enjoying the Autumn!  As the holiday season approaches, remember to do your #OneRichmond thing by shopping and eating local! Be sure to look out for the insert in the November Richmond Review for all the One Richmond businesses.

October was filled with fun community events in the ‘hood. The first was Walk and Roll to School Day at Sutro Elementary, which was a great throwback to my elementary school days of walking to Sutro! Thank you to Mr. Gee for engaging our fifth graders as pedestrian safety ambassadors and to Principal Currell for welcoming me back on campus. I also had fun attending the Fall Carnival events at Sutro and Alamo Elementary Schools, as well as the Clement Street Haloween Parade!
For far too long, Fulton Street has felt like a freeway, and has been identified as a high-injury corridor in the City. Every day, residents and visitors cross Fulton Street by foot and bicycle to access the park, for commute and for recreational trips. It's time we transform Fulton to prioritize pedestrian and traffic safety.  I am delighted to launch the Fulton Street Safety Project with SFMTA, and want to hear from neighbors on mapping the needs and vision for safer streets!  Take the survey at: https://www.sfmta.com/projects/fulton-street-safety-project

I joined SFPD's Traffic Unit as they stepped up enforcement to cite vehicles that failed to yield to pedestrians on Balboa. While we work with residents to advocate for traffic calming and improvements to street safety, I appreciate SFPD doing their part to change the culture of driving on our neighborhood streets. 

I had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon with one of my extraordinary neighbors, 100 year old Jeanne Bobbitt! I shared with her plans for the renovation of the dog training area, and that conversation started a 3-hour visit full of stories and memories. Jeanne had a long and successful career as a dog trainer, breeder, handler and judge at dog shows, and I look forward to her cutting the ribbon on our newly renovated dog training area next year!

It was great joining the United Educators of San Francisco for their 100 year anniversary dinner! Public Education is the great equalizer of our society, and our educators are the backbone of our public schools. I also joined the Richmond Neighborhood Center for their annual Wine on the Westside event to raise money for all their great community programs including providing food security for our residents and fostering volunteerism and partnerships to help the Richmond thrive!
I had a great time kicking off the 19th Annual Community Clean Team event in the Richmond. Thank you to San Francisco Public Works for organizing this event and to all the volunteers for doing their #OneRichmond thing by helping keep our neighborhood beautiful! So much appreciation and respect for the Richmond Senior Center for thoughtfully pairing volunteers with a senior to help them do “One Hard Thing” at their home that they can’t accomplish themselves. I helped our neighbor Linda, who is blind, by reading aloud sentimental letters from family and friends, and sorting through postcards from worldly travels. Thank you to our neighbors, SFFD Station 14 and Officers from Richmond Station for supporting our seniors.

I enjoyed participating in another successful crab fest fundraiser at the Chinatown YMCA! My sister and I joined other volunteers to make spaghetti, salad and crab for over 300 people. All the proceeds go to the wonderful programs the Chinatown YMCA provide, continuing to serve the community for over 100 years.
Inside City Hall
In October Mayor Breed signed my legislation creating an Office of Racial Equity, and I had the pleasure of presenting a commendation to Zoe Polk, the outgoing Deputy Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission who was instrumental in the development of this legislation. It was critical to have someone at the table who could bring her brilliance, insight and comprehensive experience with advancing transformational systems and culture change, in order to address racial disparities in San Francisco.
I recently introduced legislation to improve transparency in every phase of our city budget process. The City’s $12 billion budget is the most important piece of policy that we pass each year— it is where we realize our priorities with tangible resources, whether that is affordable housing or senior services. This budget should be transparent and accessible. And as the City’s legislative body, the Board should have greater capacity to understand departmental budgets as they come before us. Read more about the legislation here:  https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/fewer-proposes-more-transparency-in-city-budget-process/?fbclid=IwAR2ogzJZC9OYdhrnJyKLbuE9JkVrJbKGVG_BHNm_r6UVfvBSJqeE_Ki2GFc
 
Small Business Saturday
5th Anniversary of the Fair Chance Ordinance
Fulton St Safety Project
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) would like your help! The SFMTA is considering changes to Fulton Street where it borders Golden Gate Park in the Richmond District as part of the Fulton Street Safety Project. The goals of this project are to improve safety and connections between Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District across Fulton Street. This project is focused on quick-build and near-term improvements which can be implemented in the next one or two years.

To help the SFMTA identify key locations and develop proposed improvements, please visit the project website at SFMTA.com/FultonSafety and complete the project survey. The survey will be available until November 22nd, and you can take it in English, Chinese, Russian or Spanish. 
Safety Improvements at Geary & Commonwealth
As part of the Geary Rapid Project , a new traffic signal is proposed to be installed at the existing crosswalk at Commonwealth/Beaumont. This change would give a walk signal to pedestrians crossing north or south across Geary and stop east/west vehicle traffic. To maintain traffic flow on Geary, this signal would be triggered by pedestrians only when needed by pressing a button. The new signalized crosswalk would have the pedestrian countdown feature and be complemented by new pedestrian bulbs (sidewalk extensions that shorten crossing distances) and new streetlighting. 
Installing a traffic signal here would require prohibiting north- and southbound through vehicle traffic and left turns from Beaumont and Commonwealth avenues onto Geary Boulevard. These avenues would become right-turn only onto Geary Boulevard. Turns from Geary onto Beaumont or Commonwealth would still be permitted.
 
Learn more at  SFMTA.com/CommonwealthSafety and share your feedback:
The deadline for submitting feedback is Sunday, November 10.
Bay Area Science Festival
Understanding Your Transportation Options
2019 NEN Awards
We are proud to announce the return of the NEN Awards to City Hall’s rotunda in Winter 2020. The Awards celebrate the amazing work of community leaders and organizations in San Francisco's neighborhoods. As is the tradition with the NEN Awards, the winners are nominated by the community, and we need your help to make sure that the heroes in our district will be considered for an award.

Categories include: Comeback Neighborhood of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, NERT/Alert Leadership, Extraordinary Block Party, and many more. 

To see a complete list of the NEN Award categories, and to nominate your local heroes, go to: NENAwards.org

The nomination window closes, November 29th, so don't delay - submit your nominations today!
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