District 8

Rafael MandelmanSupervisor Rafael Mandelman
District 8

gravelSupervisor Rafael Mandelman
represents District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Prior to his election, Supervisor Mandelman served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland and as an elected Trustee on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees.  As a Deputy City Attorney​, Supervisor Mandelman practiced primarily in the areas of real estate, economic development, and affordable housing.  READ MORE


D8 Newsletter - COVID-19 Update - Saturday, April 4


The Stay Safe at Home order was extended through May 3rd, so let’s do our part and stay at home and keep our distance from others when we go out for essentials. Doing this will hopefully allow us to move past the need for these strict measures as soon as possible. My office is working hard to support our neighborhoods and share critical information as it unfolds. Please see these latest updates, and share this information widely. 

Information and Outreach

Here are the best ways to stay up to date on the City’s current information and guidance:
  • Sign up for text alerts by texting COVID19SF to phone number 888-777
  • Visit sf.gov/coronavirus for one-stop City resources and information, including on how to get tested in San Francisco. 
  • Visit www.sfdph.org for up-to-date information on the public health situation
  • Call 311 for specific questions or concerns
Also see the City’s Outreach Toolkit for Coronavirus for links to up-to-date posters and videos in multiple languages that you can post and share. And thanks to Mission Local for this list of Spanish language resources

Even though our office remains closed to the public, we are checking our email and voicemail every day. Please continue to contact us with pressing concerns or questions. 

Shelter In Place Order

On Tuesday, the Stay Safe at Home order was extended until May 3 in San Francisco and surrounding counties, and updated as follows: 

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Use of playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, barbecue areas, shared recreational facilities like golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, and climbing walls are prohibited. 
  • Sports or activities that include the use of shared equipment, like frisbee, basketball, or soccer, may only be engaged in by members of the same household. 
  • Use of enclosed dog parks is prohibited. Open spaces that allow dogs, like Crissy Field are open.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate must post a social distancing protocol to ensure proper sanitation and distancing.  
  • Non-essential businesses must cease all activities at their facilities within San Francisco, except to provide minimum basic operations, such as maintaining the value of a business’s inventory, keeping the business site safe and secure, ensuring that employees are able to work remotely, or providing for the delivery of existing inventory to residences or businesses. Employees may otherwise work from home.
  • Most construction work must stop, with exceptions for healthcare and other essential projects, homeless and affordable housing, and work necessary for safety and habitability. Social distancing requirements apply at all times.
  • The order was also updated to require corner stores selling alcohol be closed to the public every day between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Stay at Home FAQs are updated regularly, and Public Health Orders are available online. 

Public Health Preparations

  • Commercial and clinical laboratory COVID-19 testing options are currently available to the public upon clinician referral . All COVID-19 test results must be reported to the State and local health authorities. The City and the SFDPH Public Health Laboratory continue to prioritize limited COVID-19 testing resources for hospitalized patients; vulnerable, at-risk populations; and front line first responders and health care workers providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The City announced plans to establish three new mobile testing locations for North East Medical Services (NEMS), and Brown & Toland Physicians patients in San Francisco. Patients will need a clinical referral to be tested at these mobile testing locations. These new sites augment the four COVID-19 mobile testing locations currently available through Kaiser Permanente, UCSF, One Medical and Brown & Toland/Sutter CPMC.
  • State and federal assistance arrived this week to aid the City’s response to an outbreak of coronavirus at Laguna Honda Hospital . Infection control nurses from the California Department of Public Health and infectious disease experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are on campus to assess the situation and make recommendations for the ongoing management of the outbreak and help to develop a prospective outbreak prevention and response plan for long-term care facilities in San Francisco.
  • Governor Newsom launched a California Health Corps initiative to expand the health care workforce and recruit healthcare professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join.

Nutrition and Meal Services

  • The Human Rights Commission launched a food distribution program to public housing sites called "City Suppers", feeding 1,300 people a day across 14 public housing sites. 

Seniors and Disabled Adults

  • See the Disability and Aging Services (DAS) resource page with information about how to call in for help, and for how volunteers can connect with their services or call the DAS Helpline seven days a week 8:00 - 5:00 at 415-355-6700. This is the best one-stop place for those in need to connect with help.
  • 30th Street Senior Center’s Aging and Disability Resource Center connects seniors and disabled adults with services, community resources, and referrals by phone at 415-550-2221 daily from 8:30 - 5:00 Monday to Friday. 
  • The San Francisco Public Library resumed phone Librarian reference service during business hours at (415) 557-4400.
  • Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls at 1-800-971-0016. Trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with older adults experiencing depression and loneliness.

Small Business and Non-Profit Assistance

Keep track of the City’s assistance programs for small businesses and nonprofits including grants, loans, and technical assistance at www.oewd.org/coronavirus, or by contacting the Office of Small Business at 415-554-6134 or sfosb@sfgov.org
  • The Federal CARES Act includes forgivable loans and grants to small businesses and certain nonprofits, including loans through a new SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program that can be forgiven when used for payroll costs (including paid leave, health care, and other costs), including for independent contractors, sole-proprietors, and other self-employed people. Small businesses can also apply for up to $10,000 in grants to retain workers and pay for debt obligations.
  • Mayor Breed announced a new Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to support small businesses facing sudden revenue loss from COVID-19. The $10 million fund commits $9 million to a new Emergency Loan Fund, and an additional $1 million to expand the COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund.
  • The Mayor also announced the creation of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force charged with guiding the City’s efforts to sustain and recover local businesses and employment, and mitigate the economic hardships that are already affecting the most vulnerable San Franciscans. 
  • On Thursday, the Governor announced that the state is allocating $50 million to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for loan guarantees to small businesses to help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities. The state is also allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months.
  • The Governor also issued an executive order to provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses including a 90-day extension to July 31 for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes, and to extend the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers.

Assistance for Workers

Keep track of the City’s assistance programs and resources for workers and employees, including independent contractors and gig workers, at www.oewd.org/coronavirus, or by contacting the Worker Information Line 7 days a week from 8:00 - 6:00 at 415-701-4817 or workforce.connection@sfgov.org
  • The Federal CARES Act includes a major expansion of Unemployment Insurance, including for furloughed workers, contractors and gig economy workers, and the self-employed; and direct cash payments depending on household income. 
  • Governor Newsom announced $17.8 million in new state initiatives to support California workers impacted by COVID-19. The allocation will come from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds with $7.8 million going to the Los Angeles region and $10 million made available statewide.
  • The Governor also joined Bitwise Industries in announcing OnwardCa.org, a platform connecting COVID-19 displaced workers with over 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries.
  • Covered California has extended open enrollment for federally-subsidized health insurance to June 30. Anyone can sign up.

City Services and Muni Updates

  • SFMTA announced new service and parking enforcement updates this week. All Muni rail service will be replaced with buses, and Muni Metro stations will be closed except for downtown stations serving BART. The 5R, 9R, 28R, and 38R rapid bus routes will be discontinued but local routes will continue. Additionally, MTA will not longer be issuing citations for parking meter violations. Keep track of Muni service and parking enforcement updates here
  • Caltrain also announced a reduction in service. See www.caltrain.com for updated weekday scheduling.

Renters and Homeowners

On Tuesday, I introduced a resolution in support of State legislation for a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for residential and commercial tenants since the Governor’s declaration of emergency on March 4 until the emergency is over. The legislation would also create a one year "recovery period" when tenants could claim financial hardship due to COVID-19 in the face of an eviction attempt. This was in addition to the resolution we passed unanimously calling for a statewide freeze on rents, mortgage payments and foreclosures, and our resolution last week calling on the Governor to issue a moratorium on all forms of residential evictions during the emergency. 

Below is a summary of the relief options that are currently in place: 
  • The Mayor issued a local eviction moratorium on March 13 that prohibits most types of no-fault evictions, including for unpaid rent due to COVID-19, until June 21. My office is working with the Mayor’s Office and Rent Board to ensure an accessible process and adequate support for all tenants.
  • The Governor announced that most financial institutions in California will be offering mortgage relief for homeowners effective March 25, including a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments, and a suspension of fees and late charges, and a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.
  • As the San Francisco shelter-in-place order has been extended and in accordance with state law, the new property tax deadline is May 4, 2020 (the first business day after the shelter-in-place order is lifted). Taxpayers who are unable to pay by this date for reasons related to COVID-19 should submit a request for a penalty waiver online. Please note that penalty waiver requests will not accepted until after the property tax deadline. Click here to read the full statement from Treasurer José Cisneros.
  • On March 17, the Mayor announced a commercial eviction moratorium for unpaid rent due to COVID-19 for small and medium-sized businesses with less that $25 million in annual gross receipts until at least May 3. See more information and resources or contact the Office of Small Business at 415-554-6134 or sfosb@sfgov.org
  • Under the Federal CARES Act , renters in public or assisted housing who are unable to pay their rent are protected from eviction for 4 months; and homeowners with FHA, USDA, VA, or Section 184 or 184A mortgages (for members of federally-recognized tribes) and those with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac have the right to request forbearance on their payments for up to 6 months, with a possible extension for another 6 months without fees, penalties, or extra interest. 
To find out more about how the order may apply to your situation, we recommend the following resources: 
  • San Francisco Rent Board sfrb.org at 415-252-4631 
  • San Francisco Tenants Union sftu.org at 415-282-6622
  • Housing Rights Committee hrcsf.org at 415-703-8644 or 415-947-9085
  • Legal Assistance for the Elderly at laesf.org/COVID19 or 415-538-3333

Alternative Housing and Shelters

  • Moscone Center West will provide spaces for people who are currently living in City shelters and Navigation Centers to allow for social distancing in existing shelters and Navigation Centers. The new facility at Moscone West will open next week and will operate throughout the duration of the public health emergency.
  • The City is working to activate thousands of hotel rooms for individuals who cannot self-quarantine safely at home, including individuals experiencing homelessness. To date the City has secured hundreds of hotel rooms for people to better be able to self-quarantine and anticipates thousands more will become available shortly. Individuals moving into the hotel rooms will receive City services, including three meals per day, hygiene products, and access to nurses.
  • For the latest updates on what the City is doing for our homeless population, please see the Homelessness and Supportive Housing website.

Volunteer Opportunities and Giving

  • This week the City announced the Mon Ami volunteer match program to enable volunteers to call isolated seniors for friendly check-ins and to coordinate errand runs for groceries, prescriptions, and other essentials. In partnership with the City, Mon Ami will provide free access to its smartphone app for the month of April to all impacted community members and volunteers. The program is being piloted by OpenHouse, our fabulous local service provider for housing and support services to seniors and adults with disabilities. The Office of Transgender Initiatives is assisting with the pilot program.
  • See more options to become an emergency volunteer here.
  • This City is hiring Care Providers to meet San Francisco's growing demand for caregivers at this time. Salaries range from $18.50 to $30 an hour with opportunities for great health and transportation benefits. Find out how to apply here. 
  • SFUSD is accepting donations to support the free meal program 
  • The City’s Give2SF Fund is accepting tax-deductible monetary contributions to be spent on efforts to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, including providing shelter, food and other assistance to individuals, families, and small businesses in San Francisco that are impacted by the virus. Find out more about the fund at www.give2sf.org

Blood Donations

Blood donations are critically needed in response to a severe shortage due to closures of large-scale blood drives. Blood donations are allowed as an essential activity under local health orders, and can be made on an appointment-only basis at multiple locations in San Francisco and the Bay Area, including the Red Cross (San Francisco and Oakland locations), Vitalant (2 San Francisco locations), and Stanford Blood Center (3 locations in Peninsula and South Bay). 

On Tuesday, I introduced a resolution calling on the FDA to lift the longstanding ban on gay and bisexual “men who have sex with men” from donating blood, joining the call of the American Medical Association, AIDS Research Institute at UCSF, and American Association of Blood Banks. I was encouraged to see the partial relaxation of the ban announced by the FDA on Thursday, but this action still doesn't go nearly far en ough. The new policy still requires that men who have sex with men abstain from sex for 3 months in order to donate - a restriction that is not placed on heterosexual donors. If the FDA is serious about addressing our COVID-19 blood shortage, it needs to fully put aside these discriminatory restrictions immediately.

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