It was enjoyable to see so many children out and about during Halloween 2021. With COVID-19 vaccines now available to children 5-11 (see below) and booster shots readily available, we hope that a sense of normalcy returns soon to the city.
Improvements for our district which were previously planned and funded are beginning to come to fruition. These include pedestrian safety designs around Lake Merced, plans to address known flooding areas, and L Taraval improvements. And budget season will be starting after the new year, so expect even more exciting innovations down the road.
As I have stated many times, I am deeply committed to creating a San Francisco that is welcoming and safe for all. When public safety concerns arise, I will work diligently to understand the issues and support the agencies and organizations who share this responsibility. My office is in constant communication and collaboration with SFPD, city agencies, and neighborhood associations to ensure we can work together on long-term solutions and improvements. We have heard your concerns during this pandemic about the rise of crimes of opportunity, gun violence, hate crimes, vandalism, and break-ins.
Therefore, we have organized a virtual event to discuss your concerns and provide an update on public safety efforts in District 7. Invitees include SFPD Chief Scott, D7 station Captains (Taraval, Ingleside, and Park), SF SAFE, Interim Chief of Victim Services and DA Community Liaisons. This will happen on Thursday, November 18th at 6pm.
See below for details on how to register and attend.
The City celebrates the first full day of vaccinations for this newly eligible age group and renews its commitment to offer low-barrier vaccine access in communities that have been highly impacted by COVID-19.
San Francisco children ages 5 to 11 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), health system partners and pharmacies have begun administering the vaccines this week.
October kicked off the rainy season with an atmospheric river in San Francisco. We also experienced moderate to heavy rain on Monday, Nov 8 and Tuesday, Nov 9. We hope more rain is expected for the months to come. It’s as good a time as any, if you ever experienced damage on your property due to heavy rains to take advantage of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s Floodwater Grant to make property improvements, and get reimbursed up to $100k.
At this FREE Floodwater Grant Webinar on Wednesday, November 17th, 5:30-6:30 pm (PST), you will learn how to qualify, apply for the grant, as well as learn about example projects you can potentially do on your property: install a backflow preventer (if you ever had sewage backing up onto your property when it rains), flood barriers on your doorways, sump pumps, and more. Please help spread the word with your neighbors who may need to apply.
Are you a renter? Talk to your landlord about how they can reduce flood risk on their property with a $100k grant.
As it's about to rain, and that we're in the rainy season, we would like to remind you of resources on how you can get ready for the rains: visit sfpuc.org/RainReadySF, or contact us at RainReadySF@sfwater.org or 415-554-3289 (this phone is monitored daily while we're working remotely). And remember, 311 is the best venue to submit sewer (or water and power) issues to dispatch crews.
WORLD REMEMBRANCE DAY
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is Sunday, November 21 at City Hall
Each year, San Francisco holds an event to honor those who have been hurt and killed in traffic crashes by Walk SF.
This event, held on the steps of City Hall, is open to all. The program begins at 3:00PM. Together, participants will create a memorial in front of City Hall, and we will close with interfaith prayer and song.
Current and former Supervisors joined with city officials, community members and dragon boat racers at Lake Merced to say ahoy to a new boat dock and gangway that allows safer recreation for seniors and people with disabilities and ensures future access for the public, including youth and cultural groups.
The $1.68 million overhaul included removing the old gangway and freeboard wooden dock and replacing them with improved and upgraded facilities that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The slope of the new gangway is more gentle and the dock is slightly larger at 140 feet, allowing for safe access to boats docked on either side. Additional improvements include landscaping, an accessible parking stall, a concrete path leading to the new dock, a new light pole and an asphalt driveway. The project was funded through the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Community Opportunity Fund thanks to the advocacy of youth and adult boating communities. General fund support was provided from the Board of Supervisors, including current District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar and her predecessor, Norman Yee.
L TARAVAL IMPROVEMENTS
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) completed the first of two segments of the L Taraval Improvement Project in July 2021 and is now preparing for Segment B which will continue the same improvements on Taraval Street between Sunset Blvd. and West Portal. The improvements have made pedestrian crossing safer, increased accessibility and improved transit reliability for Muni customers, rehabilitated water and sewer infrastructure and enhanced landscaping along Taraval Street (from the Lower Great Highway to Sunset Blvd.).
Understanding that Segment B construction will be disruptive to the community, the project team is developing a Construction Mitigation Program to support businesses in the project area. In partnership with the Office of Workforce Development (OEWD), the SFMTA is forming a working group comprised of neighborhood businesses and members to ensure we develop and implement a program with community input. The partnership with the working group will ensure that the local small business support is customized to mitigate the impacts of construction to the community.
From abortion to guns to elections to COVID to civil rights and police reform, the Supreme Court’s decisions touch every American’s life in one way or another. At this unusually contentious time in politics and law, the SF Law Library has organized a panel of experts to discuss what they think of the Court today—and what they expect to see in the future.