There have been a lot of recent developments, and I want to make sure that you are staying informed. In this newsletter, we cover:
The killing of Bernal resident Sean Monterrosa
San Francisco’s curfew
Update on Bernal Rock
Free COVID-19 testing for those who have been protesting
New face covering orders
San Francisco’s Reopening Plan
A list of resources, including more financial relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19
The heaviness around us can be overwhelming, but I hope that you are also finding inspiration in the beautiful expressions of unity and defiance we are seeing all around us. Now is the time to commit to taking concrete actions to fight white supremacy.
Here are some of the efforts I am working on to effect local change:
Co-sponsoring legislation to ban police use of body parts, including the knee, to cut off a person’s airway
Introducing the Right to Protest Safely Act, which bans the use of dangerous weapons, chemical sprays, and use of military equipment against protesters
I miss seeing all of you, and I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.
My office may not be in City Hall these days, but we are still here for you. We are available by email: email@example.com or by phone at 415-554-5144 (leave a message, and we will call you back-- we are checking voicemail frequently). Check for updates on my Twitter and Facebook.
Justice for Sean Monterrosa
Photos via Jennifer Li
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that yet another young life was taken away by police violence this week. Sean Monterrosa was a District 9 resident and was a member of our community.
Sean Monterrosa was the child of Argentine immigrants who grew up in Bernal Heights and attended Aptos Middle School and Independence High School. As a youth, Sean was involved with local nonprofit organizations including Horizons Unlimited, where he demonstrated a passion for learning, reading, and mentoring other young people.
I honored his life at our June 9th Board of Supervisors meeting and introduced a resolution urging the Mayor and City Council of Vallejo to release police body camera footage of the incident that claimed Sean’s life.
On Sunday, May 31, 2020, the Mayor ordered a citywide 8 pm-5 am curfew. It was issued without an end date. Taking away our residents' right to free speech and movement and freedom from searches and seizures without probable cause between 8 pm and 5 am is a very extreme act.
The Mayor’s curfew was a huge overreach and a massive violation of protestors' rights. Responding to protests against police violence by giving the police carte-blanche to arrest anyone who steps out of their house after 8 pm was frankly, outrageous.
On Wednesday, June 3rd, San Francisco youth, many from Mission High School, organized an inspiring and peaceful protest of tens of thousands of San Franciscans. There was no destruction or violence to my knowledge. That night, a small group of young people were still in the streets of the Mission. Two to three dozen police surrounded the group.
The youth in the group were begging to go home. Instead, the police arrested them for violating the curfew - a mere handful of hours before it was set to expire.
This is why I am introducing “The Right to Protest Safely Act” ordinance with Supervisors Matt Haney and Shamann Walton to prevent the militarization of crowd control with the use of chemical agents and “nonlethal” projectiles.
After I pushed the City for weeks and weeks, on May 27th, my staff and I finally met with four teams of dedicated City and community workers to survey every block in the Mission. We spoke with unhoused individuals in every corner of the Mission in order to develop a plan to improve street conditions for all residents.
I’d like to express my thanks to all the community partners who helped lead these efforts, including the Latino Task Force on COVID-19, San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective, the Coalition on Homelessness, Gubbio Project, Fire Department, Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, HOT team, Emergency Operations Center, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and so many more. And a very special thanks to Alejandro Pimental from the City and Paul Monge from my office for organizing the entire operation.
Will not stop until the Mission is safe for everyone.
I was incensed after I found out that a city crew arrived yesterday morning to paint over the rock's #BlackLivesMatter message. The artists are repainting it for the sixth time.
I called the director of Department of Public Works, Alaric Degrafinried. He apologized for DPW and said it was an awful mistake by a worker responding to a graffiti service request at Bernal Rock. He assured me DPW has a policy to never paint over murals and confirmed this will not happen again.
He said that this action in no way reflects the position of DPW on the BLM movement. He has issued an apology. I requested that DPW donate paint and supplies to the artists and I'm glad to report that he has agreed to do so. I appreciate our neighborhood solidarity. Black Lives Matter!
Get Tested If You Have Been to Recent Protests
San Francisco residents who have been to recent protests and want to get tested for COVID-19 can do so for free at the Fillmore Pop-up Testing Site.
People do NOT need to have symptoms to be tested at this site. The best time to get an accurate test is about 5 days after potential exposure.
The site is located at the Cathedral of St. Mary’s at 1111 Gough (cross street is Geary) and is open to all San Francisco residents
The city has announced a plan for safely reopening San Francisco to help keep all residents safe and healthy.
The reopening plan allows businesses and activities to resume in different phases over the coming weeks and months. The city will rely on our health experts and health indicators to determine when to safely enter each next phase. The plan is also informed by the San Francisco COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. I have been in close communication with the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. If you have specific questions about your business, please contact my office at RonenStaff@sfgov.org.
SF Resiliency Fund: The second phase of San Francisco Resiliency Fund grant program is now open with grants for up to $10,000 for San Francisco small businesses affected by COVID-19 with less than 5 employees. Businesses who have applied for the Phase One of the Resiliency Fund but were not selected for funding will automatically be entered into Phase Two. You do not need to reapply. For more information, and to apply, visit https://sf.gov/get-small-business-grant-resiliency-fund. Applications will be accepted until June 17, 2020.
SF Hardship Emergency Loan Program (HELP) The second cycle of smallbusiness funding that Supervisor Ronen pushed for is now open for applications. SF HELP provide small businesses with up to $50,000 in zero interest loans. San Francisco businesses who have been financially impacted by the pandemic and have not received a federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan are encouraged to fill out a form. Applications will be accepted until June 18, 2020. For more information, and to submit a form, visit https://medasf.org/sfhelp/.
Family Child Care Emergency Operating Grant: The City has announced new program to support Family Child Care (FCC) educators. FCCs provide child care for children ages 0 to 12 and are a vital resource for families. The Give2SF Fund will create a Family Child Care Emergency Operating Grant program. The program will provide up to 150 FCCs with funding they can use to cover operating expenses Additional program details and application information will be available on OECE’s webpage: https://sfoece.org/
The SF Public Utilities Commission has launched an emergency Community Assistance Program—providing discounts of up to 35% on water, power and sewer services. Apply today.
Essential Worker Ride Home: SF Environment the SFCTA launched a program to help essential workers commuting home late at night and don't have a reliable transit option. Click here for more.
High Risk Community Housing Program: This new city program provides complimentary, temporary hotel accommodations to San Francisco residents living with others in neighborhoods with higher COVID-19 rates. Please visit, www.sfhsa.org/EmergencyHousing for more information about program benefits, eligibility, and to apply.
El Programa de Vivienda Comunitaria de Alto Riesgo (HRCH, por sus siglas en inglés) de San Francisco brinda alojamiento temporal y gratuito en el hotel a los trabajadores de San Francisco que viven con otras personas en vecindarios con tasas COVID-19 más altas. Si necesita ver esta aplicación en español, haga clic aquí .
Summer Camps and Programs: Rec and Park Summer Programs Registration: The Recreation and Park Department opened registration here. Families who are interested in enrolling their children in summer camps and programs, visit here.
Free Meals for Kids Will Continue This Summer SFUSD’s grab and go meal sites will continue throughout the summer. Free meals will be available to all children. For locations and updates, visit sfusd.edu/schoolfood. Summer school will be remote this year
Blood Donors Needed: Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, patients continue to require blood products for childbirth, cancer treatments, essential medical procedures, and everyday emergencies. Currently, there’s a critical need for all blood types, especially type O, A-negative and B-negative. Go to www.bloodheroes.org
Please move your car so we can keep our streets clean for everyone. If you are able, please be a good neighbor and do your part on your designated street cleaning days.
Please keep your dogs on a leash when walking them outside.