Supervisor Gordon Mar - Newsletter

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December 2nd, 2019

City College Sunset


We have some big news to share: we're bringing City College classes to the Sunset!

We campaigned on this idea last year, held a town hall to get your ideas on classes, collected over 400 interest surveys from Sunset District residents, and are so proud to announce the launch of City College Sunset for the Spring 2020 semester.

As the state cuts funding to community-serving classes, we stepped up to invest directly in bringing these educational opportunities to our neighborhood, with six new classes serving westside residents, seniors, and high school students.

Delivering this in our first year in office wouldn't have been possible without the partnership of City College staff and teachers, and Sunset community leaders and neighbors who made it clear this is a priority for our neighborhood. I’m also grateful to Wah Mei Preschool and Abraham Lincoln High School who are generously providing classroom space.

The first semester of class offerings includes courses in child development, English as a second language, mind-body health for older adults, and elementary American Sign Language and college success classes for dual-enrolled High School students. Classes are tuition-free for San Francisco residents, and begin in January. For more information and to enroll, visit, or contact Legislative Aide Alan Wong at

It's clear we need to increase, not decrease, our funding for community-serving higher education. As the state cuts funds, we invested directly to bring these classes to our neighborhood and negotiated with the Mayor to secure Free City for the next decade -- and we'll continue the work to invest in education, for all our benefit.

Read more in the Examiner.
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We've also launched a website for you to easily access information about the classes offered, and get started on your enrollment process! 

This is the best place to go for all things City College Sunset, and will be updated as registration continues.
Visit the City College Sunset website

Join our enrollment fair for more information on classes, help enrolling, and to get any questions you have answered!

City College staff from the Child Development, English as a Second Language, and Older Adult Departments will be available at the City College Sunset Enrollment Fair to answer questions about the Sunset classes and help you register in-person. Parents for Public Schools will also be there offering enrollment support for SFUSD families during the December 11 enrollment fair. If you have any questions, please contact Education Legislative Aide Alan Wong at 415-554-7481 or

Day One:
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Wah Mei School, 1400 Judah Street (near 19th Ave), San Francisco, CA 94122

Day Two:
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Wah Mei School, 1400 Judah Street (near 19th Ave), San Francisco, CA 94122
RSVP for Day One
RSVP for Day Two

Sunlight on Dark Money

We will soon have the strongest dark money disclosure law in the nation, with Proposition F, the Sunlight on Dark Money ballot measure, passing this November with the support of 77% of voters. The people of San Francisco know what we know: we deserve transparency in our democracy.

I was proud to work with longtime advocates in creating this measure, and to place it on the ballot to address political corruption, pay-to-play politics, and dark money donations. As the first measure I put before voters since taking office, I'm grateful for all the support, and grateful that together we're moving our democracy forward.
Read more in the Chronicle

Emergency Firefighting Water System

The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation to create a plan to expand our emergency firefighting infrastructure to all neighborhoods within 15 years. Our planet's on fire, our earthquake risk is ever-present, and every community and neighborhood in San Francisco deserves to be protected when the big one comes. We have a long way to go, and this is a big step forward.

Our Emergency Firefighting Water System (EFWS) doesn’t cover most of the Westside of the City, leaving us vulnerable when—not if—a big earthquake or fire happens. With this legislation, we’ll create a comprehensive action plan to expand EFWS to all unprotected neighborhoods within 15 years, increase the Fire Department’s emergency equipment in the interim, and strengthen public oversight and accountability by requiring an annual report on the status of EFWS’s preparedness for a major earthquake or fire.
Read more on CBS

Growing our Urban Canopy

At 13.7%, San Francisco’s urban canopy is the smallest of any major city in the United States. We’ve set ambitious goals to expand this canopy, yet last year removed twice as many trees as we planted, reducing our canopy by nearly 2,500 trees. With the recent addition of the Street Tree SF program, there have been dramatic changes in how we manage our street trees. And with 9 years remaining to make dramatic reductions to greenhouse gas emissions to avert the most catastrophic impacts of our climate crisis, we have no time to spare. 

This is why last month we held an informative and incisive hearing on the planting and management of trees in San Francisco. When we talk about trees, we are not talking about decorations, or accessories, or amenities that are nice to have. We are talking about civic infrastructure; green infrastructure. The single greatest and most cost-effective technology we have to capture and sequester carbon is a tree.

Earlier this year, we declared a state of emergency on our climate crisis, and our inability to expand our urban canopy is a glaring blindspot in our comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gases and combat climate change. 

We need to invest more in planting trees. We need to accurately account for their value, for their impacts on air quality, public health, greenhouse gas reduction, and public welfare, and when they’re removed, we need to understand and account for the real cost of that loss. And we need to act with the urgency that this demands. 

Our hearing made clear there is much more work to do, and I’m committed to working with our neighbors and City leaders to get it done. 
Read more in the Examiner

Standing with Workers

I was proud to join with workers organizing for better pay and benefits this month, getting arrested in solidarity with airline catering workers, and standing with ride share drivers protesting poverty wages as Uber's stock lockup period ended and investors pocket millions in profit. Companies like Uber and American Airlines make billions of dollars while the working people and families who make these corporations successful are too often left behind. 

I stand with gig workers in their fight to be recognized as employees, with airline workers in their fight for fair pay and benefits, and with UNITE HERE! in saying that one job should be enough: enough for a living wage, healthcare, and to live well. Corporate greed didn’t build our middle class, workers organizing for their rights did -- and with record income inequality fueling our affordability crisis here in San Francisco, it's never been more important for us to make our economy work for working people.
Read more about the driver protest in the Chronicle
Read more about the airline worker action at SFist

Projects in the Neighborhood

L-Taraval Transit Improvement Project 

The following two-week construction forecast is subject to change due to weather delays or unexpected field conditions.

Questions or concerns? Contact us at or 415.646.2382

Stay Up To Date:  For L Taraval Improvement Project work forecast and updates, please sign-up for email updates by visiting the project website. 
Project Website

Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project

Construction Notice: Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaption Project


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is pursuing both Short and Long-term Improvements along Ocean Beach south of Sloat Boulevard to address coastal erosion. Work has already begun, and will continue through January 2020. 


  • Sand Backpass: Crews will excavate ~65,000 cubic yards of loose sand along the O’Shaughnessy Seawall at the northern reach of Ocean Beach and transport it to and place it on Ocean Beach south of Sloat Boulevard.
  • Sandbags: Crews will complete maintenance of existing sandbag structures and place approximately 28 new sandbags. The sandbags are currently stored at the SF Zoo’s leased property.
  • Beach Debris: Crews will remove and dispose of hazardous beach debris.

When: To minimize construction duration and impacts to the community, construction crews will be working weekdays from 7:00am – 4:00pm.

What to expect: 

  • Southbound traffic on the Great Highway will be detoured to Sunset Boulevard between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard. 
  • Northbound traffic will experience a lane reduction between Highway 35 and Sloat Boulevard. Muni bus stops in the same (northbound) stretch will not be affected.
  • Beach access will be limited in certain areas when work is underway to protect public safety.
  • Parking areas at the south end of the O’Shaughnessy Seawall and the overlook parking areas south of Sloat Boulevard will not be available during construction.
  • Noise level of work will be conducted in compliance with the San Francisco Noise Ordinance.
  • Businesses and residents in the work zone will maintain access to their driveways and entrances.

Overlapping, Related Projects in the Area

To reduce Ocean Beach erosion and improve stormwater management, the construction of the Public Works Great Highway Localized Drainage Improvements Project will begin in December 2019 and last for approximately 6 weeks. The project will overlay asphalt over a portion of the existing southbound lane of the Great Highway south of Sloat Boulevard to redirect surface water runoff toward the median of the road, remove existing asphalt concrete from the median area, and improve local stormwater drainage. Pedestrian and vehicular access may be limited in the area. Visit their  project website or call (415) 554-8258 for more information.

Project Website

L Owl Service Extends to Serve Fisherman's Wharf

This summer the L Owl route was extended to serve Fisherman’s Wharf, increasing coverage and connectivity to the Muni Owl and Regional All-nighter networks. This service improvement is particularly important to our service industry customers who rely on early morning and late evening transit service to get to and from work. Since implementation, ridership on the L-Owl line has increased by over 15 percent.

Muni's latenight transit service, called the Owl network, runs every half hour between 1:00 and 5:00 a.m. nightly. Muni Owl lines are also part of a regional late-night transportation network called the All-nighter, which includes 20+ routes running overnight bus service connecting AC Transit, SamTrans, and Golden Gate Transit.

Get ready for wet weather

While City crews are working hard to prepare San Francisco for the rains, improving stormwater management and flood resilience across the City is a partnership between government and residents like you. Please visit to find out what steps you can take to get rain ready:

  • Get free sandbags from San Francisco Public Works.
  • Protect your property: regularly inspect and maintain your sewer lateral (the connection from your building to the city sewer). Tree roots, wipes and grease poured down the drain can clog your sewer pipes and cause backups.
  • Elevate belongings in your garage and any low-lying areas on your property. Remember to store emergency items, such as first aid kits, flashlights and portable radios, in a safe and high place.
  • Purchase low-cost National Flood Insurance.
  • Apply for a Floodwater Grant to flood-proof your property.
  • Adopt a Drain!
  • Report clogged catch basins, street flooding, sewer backups or wastewater odors to 311 online at, on the app for Android and iPhone, or by calling 3-1-1.
  • NEW: Apply for a Green Infrastructure Grant Program - The SFPUC launched a new grant program to fund green infrastructure projects that will manage stormwater runoff and improve the City’s combined sewer system performance during rainy season.
  • Learn what to do if a sewer backup or flooding occurs.
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Neighborhood Events

Holiday Tree Lighting at McCoppin Square

Join the People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) in celebrating the holiday season with a holiday tree lighting at McCoppin Square Park (Taraval St. and 23rd Ave).

The event is on Friday, December 6, 2019 and starts at 5:00pm. Help us decorate the tree, sing holiday songs and enjoy some hot chocolate… and of course see the lighting of the tree. We invite you to bring your own ornaments to help decorate Taraval's Tree!

Come join this popular fun holiday affair. For more information about POPS, visit or
RSVP on Facebook

Far Out Gallery Presents Aerialize: Photographs from Above by Jamy Donaldson,

Far Out Gallery (a.k.a. FOG) opens a new exhibition this weekend, featuring local works by drone photographer Jamy Donaldson. 

Opening Reception
Saturday, December 7   1-5 pm 
Artist's Talk at 2 pm
3004 Taraval @ 40th Avenue

About the artist:
I often see Jamy Donaldson kitesurfing at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, zipping past me as I walk along the surf. Water is his element. Air is too. Jamy is a professional drone photographer and filmmaker whose work is seen in commercials, TV news programs and other enterprises wanting big perspectives. It takes an artistic eye along with technological expertise to make one feel like a bird soaring in the sky. Jamy’s photographs allow us to see patterns and colors that only appear from above. Come and be wowed by these views. 
–Anne Herbst

FOG is open Thursday–Sunday 12–6 pm, 415-463-5537

December Events at Ortega Library


DIY Kids
Monday, December 9, 3-4pm
Come in for an open art or science lab where kids can build and craft. Specifically geared for kids ages 7 and up and their families.

Weekly Storytimes
Toddler Tales: Mondays @ 10:30am
For children ages 16 months through age 2
Family Storytime: Tuesdays @ 10:30am
For children up to age 5
Baby Rhyme Time: Wednesdays @ 1pm
For infants up to 15 months

Craft: Sock Snowmen
Saturday, December 21, 2-3pm
Turn a plain white sock into an adorable no-sew snowman. For children ages 6 and up. Space is limited. Registration required: (415) 355-5700.

LEGO Free Play
Friday, December 27, 1-3pm
Get creative building with LEGOs. We provide all the pieces you'll need to create vehicles, robots, castles, and more. For children and their families.


Movie: Elf
Tuesday, December 24, 2-3:30pm
A man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell. (PG, 95 mins, 2003)

Great Teen Book Swap
Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm
Get a free book! Browse titles for one you'd like to keep. In exchange, swap us a review of the book by the end of the month. For ages 12-18.


Retirement Planning Workshop
Saturday, December 7, 2-3:30pm
This workshop will cover the concepts behind retirement savings vehicles to help you make better decisions about long-term savings. It will also discuss managing healthcare costs and the importance of estate planning.

Movie Night: Penguins
Wednesday, December 11, 6pm
A coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family in this DisneyNature film. (G, 76 mins, 2019)

Craft Night: Quilled Snowflakes
Wednesday, December 18, 6:30pm
Create a fancy holiday card with this paper rolling technique. For adults. Space limited. Reservations required: (415) 355-5700 (starting Dec. 1).

Book Club: The Library Book
Saturday, December 21, 11am-noon
Join us this month to discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean. The book club meets the third Saturday of the month and alternates between fiction and nonfiction. Newcomers are always welcome.
More Info
More December events were included in our previous events-focused newsletter, available here. 
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