Supervisor Gordon Mar - Newsletter


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Sunset Boulevard Master Plan



We're hosting a series of community meetings to present the Master Plan for Sunset Boulevard, an initiative to reinvigorate and improve this important greenway. We know how important this Boulevard is to our community—and how frustrating it’s been to see it not at its best these last few years—which is why we’ve made developing a comprehensive plan for its future one of our first priorities in office. We hope you can join us for the first meeting to learn more and share your insights, thoughts, and feedback.

WHEN: 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Thursday June 6th
WHERE: Carlin Commons Building @ St. Ignatius (2001 37th Avenue)

And we’re not stopping at Sunset Blvd -- we’ve also called for a hearing on the management of our public trees citywide, to ensure we’re holding agencies accountable to the important task of greening our City – for our health, climate, and quality of life.






Fully Funding Free City College



I'm proud to announce a tentative agreement with Mayor Breed to ensure Free City is fully funded for the next decade — while also providing full funding a year sooner than a Charter Amendment could have, and reimbursing City College for the funding gap from the first two years of the program.

The people of San Francisco already voted overwhelmingly to create Free City, the most inclusive free tuition program of any community college in the country, and this agreement honors and expands on that commitment, to the benefit of our City College students, teachers, and the entire City.

I’m grateful to Mayor Breed for her partnership, AFT 2121, the entire Free City Coalition and City College Board of Trustees and Chancellor Rocha, and former Supervisor Jane Kim for all her work in creating Free City.



Public Safety



Thank you to the 200 neighbors that joined us for our recent Public Safety Town Hall, everyone who came out to our hearing on residential property crimes in April, and all who shared their stories, thoughts, and ideas on how we can make our neighborhood and city more safe. We are incorporating the best ideas into our Sunset District Public Safety Platform and will be announcing some new crime prevention initiatives soon.

Our focus on public safety has shed a light on the lack of transparency for many of the basic functions of the departments tasked with protecting the public, which is why I was proud to join Deputy Public Defender and candidate for District Attorney Chesa Boudin to announce a joint proposal to create a Data Dashboard through the District Attorney’s office to track and report demographic information on the victims and suspects of crimes, and address disparities throughout the justice system.

Our solutions to these problems can only be as good as the information we have, which is why we must start with some structural reforms to data tracking and accountability on crimes, so we can better inform strategies to address and prevent them.



Vision Zero: Safer Streets



2019 is already on track to be one of the deadliest years in recent history for traffic violence and fatalities, and we must do everything we can to ensure our streets our safe.

Large-scale safety improvement projects for 20th Avenue and Taraval Street are coming soon with our support, and we’ve worked to quickly add new safety measures at key intersections, including a new crosswalk at 34th Avenue and Ortega, new signage at 19th and Judah, and more safe and accessible curb treatment for bus stops at 46th and Judah.

I also proudly co-sponsored President Norman Yee’s legislation to expand “daylighting” citywide – a common-sense practice that dramatically increases visibility and safety for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists by painting the curb red at intersections – and I’ve asked SFMTA to expand this safety treatment to 100 intersections in the Sunset this year, prioritizing those where fatal collisions have already occurred, near schools, or intersections with heavy foot traffic.  



What else we've been working on




Holding Government Accountable

We held back-to-back hearings on Muni's performance where I asked SFMTA to commit to end switchbacks on the N-Judah, and to set performance goals that better reflect the experience of passengers. We didn’t get all the answers we wanted, but public transit must be accountable to the public, and I’ll continue to push to hold Muni accountable.

And I’ve called for four audits over the next year, to take a close look at how City departments are performing on key priorities for our neighborhood and City, including homelessness, affordable housing development, workforce development, street tree maintenance, and road conditions and repairs.

Addressing Income Inequality

We officially introduced our proposal to restore a modest tax on corporate IPO wealth to address income inequality—and announced the support of seven Supervisors, more than enough to place it on the ballot.

San Francisco has the highest housing costs in the country, the largest income gap in the country, and the most billionaires per-capita anywhere in the world. The record number of upcoming IPOs will exacerbate each of these forms of inequality—so we’re taking action to end tax breaks for big tech to invest in small businesses; mental health services; affordable housing; vulnerable youth, families, seniors; and low and moderate income workers across this City.

I'm grateful to the community partners who worked with us to craft this proposal, including Jobs with Justice San Francisco, Chinese Progressive Association, and San Francisco Rising Alliance; and to our co-sponsors: Norman Yee, Sandra Lee Fewer, Matt Haney, Hillary Ronen, Shamann Walton, and Rafael Mandelman.

Housing Our Teachers

We’re working on expanding teacher and student housing in the Sunset, and I wrote an Op-Ed for the Examiner with Board of Education Commissioner Mark Sanchez detailing why we can and must invest in housing for educators and SFUSD families, and how we can best move forward on this important priority. 


Standing With Workers

I authored and passed a resolution supporting Kome Seafood Workers' labor claims following wage theft violations and mass layoffs impacting 133 immigrant workers. Despite Kome’s refusal to pay workers, one owner is now invested in Teakee Cafe here in the Sunset. 

This resolution put the Board of Supervisors on record supporting the workers’ demands to settle the wage claim, rehiring the laid off employees at Kome if Kome is reopened, and urging the People of San Francisco to boycott Kome and Teakee Cafe until the workers’ issues are resolved.


Opposing SB 50

After we passed our resolution opposing SB 50, the bill (which would upzone most of the Sunset and San Francisco without requiring additional affordable housing) was put on hold until 2020.

Going forward, I hope State Senator Wiener uses this additional time to address the serious concerns we have with SB 50 -- increasing affordability requirements, providing transit funding, preventing displacement, and giving communities a voice and a seat at the table in planning for the future of their neighborhoods -- and that we can work together to address our affordability crisis in ways that prioritize the needs of our communities, not developers' bottom lines.



In the community

This month, we commended Paul Kozakiewicz, founder and publisher of the SF Sunset Beacon and Richmond Review; joined drivers and gig workers on strike in front of Uber’s headquarters, protesting for fair pay and benefits; honored Sunset small business leaders Mariana and Albert Chow for APA Heritage Month; shared ideas about faith at the Congregation B'nai Emunah Interfaith Ifthar; visited with Father Edward Reese of Saint Ignatius and toured the school; welcomed to San Francisco to the delegates from across the state (and presidential candidates from across the country!) here for the CA Democratic Party Conventio; and toured the new state of the art Van Ness Campus of California Pacific Medical Center with Dr. Warren Browner.


If you'd like to meet with me to discuss your ideas for our neighborhood, email us to book your time slot



Neighborhood Events & Updates



Playland at 43rd Avenue: Upcoming Events

Playland is a  collaborative, all-inclusive, multi-use Sunset community park project on 43rd near Judah. A place to play, connect, create and just be.

Saturday, June 8, 11am - 12:15
FREE DOG TALK: Lost Dog prevention & July 4th Safety tips
Lisa Dossey, Playland neighbor and owner of Pups at their Peak, share strategies to help prevent lost dogs, what to do if you find a lost dog, emergency recalls, and safety tips for dogs in days and weeks leading up to, and day of, July 4th. 

Community Yoga at Playland
Sundays June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00am
Join the community for some outdoor yoga at Playland at 43rd Avenue. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. Donations for the teacher are encouraged. 

Gentle Yoga at Playland
Tuesdays June 4, 18, 25, 1-2pm
Join our weekly Gentle Yoga class every Tuesday at 1 pm. The class begins seated in chairs and progresses towards standing poses using the chairs for support as needed. Great for folks with limited mobility or physical challenges. Works as a gentle stretch and movement session too. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. NOTE: NO CLASS ON JUNE 11.

SFMTA Updates: 20th Avenue Neighborway Project & Fare Increases

The 20th Avenue Neighborway Project is being voted on by the SFMTA Board on Tuesday, June 4th. This project will bring much-needed safety improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers on 20th Avenue, including roundabouts, daylighting, bulb-outs, and a designated bike lane. You can 

In response to concerns from Irving Street merchants about the loss of 5 parking spaces near the 20th & Irving Intersection, I've confirmed with SFMTA that we will move forward with relocating the two designated car share parking spots on 20th St. to open up two additional spots to the public. We've also requested adjustments to the street cleaning schedule for Irving St. to accommodate additional overnight parking for residents. 

You can view the illustrated plan for the project here, and reach out to the SFMTA Board ahead of the vote here

In addition, Muni fares will be increasing starting July 1st. You can learn more here.


Outside Lands Jobs Fair

Outside Lands is hiring! Come to their Job Fair from 4-6pm on Wednesday, June 5th at 461 6th Avenue.

People of Parkside Sunset: June Meeting

Join Parkside merchants and neighbors for their regular May meeting with Supervisor Gordon Mar, and featuring SFPD and SFMTA updates.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:00 p.m. @ Taraval Police Station 2345-24th Avenue.


Events at Parkside Branch Library

Citywide - Summer Stride 2019 – June 1 through August 18

Summer Stride is the Library’s annual summer learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. Program begins June 1 through August 18 bringing more than 1000 free events to deepen reading enjoyment, spark STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning, and active experiences in nature. 
For more information, please go to:


Parkside Branch Library Special Programs for June 2019

Programs for children and families:

7 JUNE, FRIDAY 2019, 3:30-5:00 PM
LEGO Free Play - Race Car Design Challenge 
Get creative building with LEGO. We provide all the pieces you'll need to create vehicles, robots, castles, and more. 

11 JUNE, TUESDAY 2019, 2:00-3:00 PM
National Parks in your Neighborhood
The more you look, the more you see!  Learn about local animals and plants you can find in your neighborhood and national parks.  Join us for a ranger-led interactive experience with stories, songs and show-and-tell. For school age audiences and up. 

15 JUNE, SATURDAY 2019, 4:00-5:00 PM
Show Me Your Self: Felt Portraits - Art on the Go with The Contemporary Jewish Museum 
Create your own portrait using uniquely patterned felt pieces, arranged and rearranged to represent the many sides of yourself. This program is inspired by the work of artist Tschabalala Self and the exhibition Show Me As I Want to Be Seen, which presents artwork that explores the fluid, ever-changing, and complex nature of identity. For children ages 5 and up. 
Limited space; Registration starts Saturday, 6/1. Visit the library or call 415-355-5770 for more information. 

20 JUNE, THURSDAY 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM
Marble Machine Tinkering
Roll a marble down a contraption of your own design, built with everyday materials and your imagination.  For kids who already like to build with LEGOs, or anyone with curiosity, this program will let their inner artist and engineer come out.

22 JUNE, SATURDAY 2019, 3:30-4:30 PM
Alphabet Rockers Rise Shine #Woke 
Speak up and sing out for racial justice at hip-hop concerts led by Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers. Ages 5-10 and their families.

Programs for Teens:

14 JUNE, FRIDAY 2019, 3:00-4:00 PM
Summer Teen Book Trailers 
Find out what’s new, what’s coming out, and something to read.  Watch the latest teen book trailers, author interviews, and more.  We’ll have snacks. For ages 12-18.

28 JUNE, FRIDAY 2019, 3:00-4:00 PM
Life Skills - Sewing Basics – Teen Program
Before moving away from home or setting off for college, learn a life skill. Want to learn how to thread a needle, sew a button, or hem your pants? Bring what you need to repair, we’ll provide the materials. For ages 10-17.


Program for Adults:

18 JUNE, TUESDAY 2019, 7:00-8:00 PM
Button Machine Night 
Use recycled magazines and comics to make unique buttons.  You can also draw your own picture or bring one in.  Pin them to your bag, jacket, shirt, etc.  Buttons are 1 ½ inch in diameter.


Sunday Streets: Sunset / Golden Gate Park

Sunday Streets is a series of free, fun open street events empowering local communities to transform car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect and neighbors to meet. The longest route of the year is coming to the Outer Sunset and Golden Gate Park on June 9th, from 11am to 4pm! Learn more



Career Readiness and Customer Service Training

The Warriors and Chase Center will be facilitating a Chase Center Career Readiness and Customer Service Training at the Bayview YMCA on Saturday, June 15 in partnership with YCD, Chase and LeadersUp. This event is geared towards preparing individuals for the Chase Center public job fairs on June 22 and June 24, and will include aspects such as resume building, mock interviews and other elements to ensure candidates are competitive and are adequately prepared for the hiring process. Register and find more info here!


Stern Grove Kicks Off 82nd Season of Free Concerts on June 16th

Stern Grove Festival, a San Francisco summer tradition, is back on Sundays at 2:00 pm starting June 16 through August 18, 2019 at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.

Every Sunday 10,000 people will gather to enjoy world-class live music in a breathtaking setting. And all for free! Celebrating its 82nd season, Stern Grove Festival is the Bay Area’s original outdoor music festival where the sounds of rock, hip-hop, jazz, folk, classical, funk, and blues all define the experience. With programming as eclectic and diverse as the city it calls home, Stern Grove Festival presents a wide range of musical performances. A distinctive aspect of the Festival’s programming is to introduce local up-and-coming artists and emerging talents from around the globe to a broad audience. Learn more.


SFPD Taraval Station Community Meeting

Tue., June 18, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Taraval Station Community Room, 2345 24th Ave

Celebrate the Summer Solstice and the music of 1969

Join the 3rd annual outtasight, flower-powered night under the stars as we kick off summer with the Psychedelic Photosynthesis and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam. Spread out a blanket for an amazing night of free, live music and psychedelic visuals in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the iconic Conservatory of Flowers on Wednesday, June 19. Register and find more information here.

District 4 Community Clean Team

Get rid of unwanted junk, pick up free compost for your garden, and volunteer to clean & green our neighborhood! Kicking off at Abraham Lincoln High School (2162 24th Ave.) from 8:30am to 1pm on June 22nd. Sign up here!

June Residency at Far Out Gallery

Photographer DeWitt Cheng will be the first FOG resident while
Anne and Peter explore Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and London.

Pedestrianism: Walkabout Photos is extended through July 1. Limited editions of prints will be available.

FOG will not be open regular days and hours. Please contact DeWitt Cheng directly by phone (415-412-8499) or by email if you would like to make an appointment.

Play Streets SF Applications are Open!

Applications are now open for the 2019 season of Play Streets SF, a program empowering San Francisco residents to throw their own series of play-focused block parties and transform their street into an accessible, car-free open space for children, seniors and neighbors to connect. Residents citywide can now get information and apply for their own Play Streets here!


Muni Art 2020 Call For Artists Open for Submissions

The call for artists to apply for Muni Art 2020 is open!  This will be the fifth year that the contest will feature the work of local artists and poets on Muni buses throughout San Francisco. The five winning artists will have their newly created work presented along with five poems selected by the Poetry Society of America displayed on 100 Muni buses that will be transformed into rolling art galleries beginning in January 2020.

 The theme this year is “Hidden Gems in San Francisco”, and in addition to each artist having 20 Muni buses to use as a canvas, each artist will be awarded $1,000 at a press conference held on the steps of City Hall in January.  The artists have until Friday, June 29th at 6 pm to submit their proposals. Apply here!

D4ward: Sunset Rises to Action

There's a new group forming in the Sunset District for folks who'd like to stay informed and get involved in local politics and issues affecting our district and city.

The goal of D4ward is to advocate for:
• Welcoming a diverse population of all age groups, racial groups, and orientations
• Working with the community to develop a thoughtful planning process for growth 
• Providing tenant protection, preserving existing affordable housing, and providing new affordable housing in appropriate locations
• Developing accessible human services, such as quality health care and support for the homeless population
• Protecting the environment by preserving existing outdoor space, expanding public open space, and protecting habitat for wildlife and plants
• Working for safe streets and safe, efficient and affordable transit
• Supporting and retaining our local businesses
• Nurturing local arts and community culture
• Promoting quality, accessible education for all residents

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