June 15, 2022
A Message From The Supervisor:
Over the weekend, I was able to attend some great community events. Excelsior showed off its community spirit at Sunday Streets. There were tons of great things to do along the commercial corridor. I was captivated by the art and music. Thank you to Katy from Livable Cities and the team for your hard work coordinating this wonderful event.
On Saturday, I was able to attend two events in celebration of Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black Americans. Here in San Francisco, we celebrate this day as a city Holiday which will be observed next Monday June 20, 2021. The first event was held at the Ferry building and showcased many local black entrepreneurs. After attending that event, I attended the OMI Juneteenth Celebration at Unity Plaza on Ocean Avenue. Like the Ferry building, there were incredible vendors.
As vice-chair of the Budget Committee, my office continues to meet with Departments regarding budget allocations. Over the next three weeks, we will be focusing on presenting a budget to the Board that everyone can support. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to my staff.
Our office remains accessible to the public through telephone, email, virtual meeting or in person via appointment. We are available by email: email@example.com or by phone 415-554-6976 (leave a message and we will call you back). You can also check for updates on my Twitter
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Supervisor Ahsha Safai
|COVID-19 Updates from San Francisco Department of Public Health|
While COVID-19 cases remain high, we are also monitoring for a viral disease that’s been detected in our community – monkeypox. It does not spread as easily as COVID-19, and is believed to be a low risk to the general public. However, certain activities that involve prolonged skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluids can put a person at higher risk for monkeypox.
San Francisco saw its first probable case as of last week, and has since detected three more probable cases this week. With upcoming social gatherings and summer events taking place throughout the City, including PRIDE this month, we are urging San Franciscans to be aware and know the symptoms of monkeypox as a distinct rash and sores on the body, including in the genital area.
Having close physical contact, including sex, with multiple people can put a person at higher risk for monkeypox, along with kissing and sharing bedding and clothes. Many of the recent cases of monkeypox in a number of places around the world are currently appearing within networks of self-identified gay and bisexual men, so we believe individuals in these communities may be at higher risk right now and should be aware of the disease of how to protect themselves. However, we know that anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, can get monkeypox.
San Francisco has a rich history of elevating, celebrating, and advocating for the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. We urge media outlets, government officials, and the community at-large to respond with a rights-based, evidence-based approach that increases awareness while actively countering stigma. Open, affirmative and respectful communication about health-related events and issues can help everyone support community health.
As of June 2, the daily average of COVID cases was 457. As of June 9, 84% of San Franciscans have been vaccinated and 73% of vaccinated residents have been boosted. Although masks are no longer required, Bay Area health officers strongly recommend
they be used as an effective tool to prevent the spread of the virus when case rates are high, in settings where they are required, or when additional personal protection is needed, such as when gathering with people who are medically vulnerable or unvaccinated. As evidence continues to show, vaccinations and boosters remain the best defense against the virus.
Read the latest data about COVID-19 cases on our dashboard.
Here’s how you can Be COVID Ready:
SFDPH is Monitoring for Monkeypox Outbreak
Most importantly: stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations (vaccination plus booster, if eligible). This is your first layer of defense against the virus, preventing serious illness and hospitalization.
Keep rapid COVID-19 test kits on hand. There are options to receive free test kits from the federal program, through health systems and community organizations, or be reimbursed by insurance.
Keep masks handy – you may need them during times of high community spread, or when the situation requires. N95s/KN95s or double mask, cloth over surgical, are best.
Plan ahead in case you or a loved one becomes infected. For example, you may need a care plan for a child, or a work plan to cover your work duties.
Know how to reach a doctor. If you are at high risk for serious illness, you may be eligible for COVID-19 medicine, but you must take it within days of onset of symptoms.
Stay informed. Follow COVID news updates and health guidance through reliable and trusted sources of information, such as your local health department (SFDPH) and other government websites
SFDPH is monitoring updates and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CADPH) on the evolving situation of monkeypox in the U.S. and in other countries. SFDPH systems are in place to receive reports of suspected cases from health care providers; identify and reach out to any individuals who have been in contact with cases during their infectious period; and ensure that clinicians remain well informed about testing, infection control and management of monkeypox as the situation develops.
Individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox, or who have symptoms, should immediately contact their health care provider for evaluation and guidance. Clinicians should report suspected monkeypox cases to SFDPH Communicable Disease Control.
How to protect yourself:
If you have symptoms particularly a rash consistent with monkeypox, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox:
Cover exposed skin in dense, indoor crowds
Don’t share bedding, clothing, and food or drink with others
Talk to close physical contacts about their general health like recent rashes or sores
Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are outbreaks
How to get help if you don’t have a doctor:
Cover the area of the rash with clean, dry, loose-fitting clothin
Wear a well-fitted mask
Avoid skin-to-skin, or close contact with others, including sexual contact, until a medical evaluation has been complete
Contact a health care provider as soon as possible for an evaluatio
Assist public health officials to track others who may have been expose
Inform sex partners of symptoms
If you do not have a provider, or have difficulty scheduling an appointment, you can be seen at SF City Clinic at 7th Street San Francisco (628-217-6600) or at Strut located 470 Castro Street (415-581-1600).
Additional information about monkeypox can be found at sf.gov/monkeypox.
Information about how to gather safely and about safer sex by clicking HERE.
Indoor Masking in SF is Still Recommended, Not Required
San Francisco continues to strongly recommend but not require people to wear masks in indoor public settings. While COVID-19 cases are high, and hospitalizations are also increasing, vaccines and boosters continue to protect against severe illness. With our high vaccination rate San Francisco is not seeing high rates of severe illness affect the wider population and among people who are vaccinated and boosted.
At this stage of the pandemic, as we learn to manage COVID as part of our daily lives, we want people to be prepared for COVID and be personally empowered to make the right decisions for themselves, their family, and their community. SFDPH continues to support highly impacted communities and people who are at high risk of severe illness, knowing that health inequities persist. New tools to prevent severe illness have become available through COVID-19 medicines like Paxlovid, and SFDPH has coordinated with the health systems to ensure quick access to care and make sure people who are disconnected from health care can also receive timely treatments.
Through our collaboration with community partners, San Franciscans have achieved one of the highest vaccination and booster rates in the country, including high rates among people of color and youth ages 5-17. Additionally, our death rate per 100,000 residents is among the lowest in California and the nation. We will continue to monitor the data and science and make adjustments as needed.
Clarification on Definition of “Up to Date on Vaccination”
On May 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its definition for being up-to-date on vaccination as follows: “You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.” The San Francisco Health Officer’s orders and directives define the term “Up-to-Date on Vaccination” as including the first booster once eligible. At this time, the orders and directives are not changing the definition,, although the San Francisco Health Officer and Department of Public Health recommend following the CDC guidance regarding getting all COVID-19 vaccine boosters that are recommended once you are eligible. Future conditions may
require a change to this intent regarding boosters beyond the first booster. Learn more here.
CDC Strengthens Second Booster Recommendation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently strengthened their recommendation for second booster doses. The CDC now recommends a second booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna for those 12 and older who are immunocompromised, and those 50 and older at least 4 months after their first booster. While older Americans have the highest coverage of any age group of first booster doses, most older Americans received their last dose (either their primary series or their first booster dose) many months ago, leaving many who are vulnerable without the protection they may need to prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
For more information on eligibility for second booster doses, visit the CDC’s website.
Booster Expansion to Children Ages 5 to 11
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is recommending parents and caregivers to get children ages 5 to 11 a COVID-19 booster, now that this age group is eligible, to give stronger protection against the virus as cases continue to swell. Boosters are a good way to increase personal protection so that kids can go into the summer months with a strong defense against the virus.
With federal and state approvals and recommendations for boosters in this age group recently finalized, San Francisco health providers have begun rolling out booster doses for the more than 32,000 children that are, or will be, eligible at five months past completion of their primary vaccine series. More than 73% of San Francisco children in this age group have completed the two-dose primary vaccine series.
For more information about booster expansion for ages 5 and older, click here.
Vaccine Eligibility Expansion for Children Under Age 5
SFDPH has been working closely with health care systems, including Kaiser, UCSF, Sutter, and San Francisco Health Network (SFHN), and pediatric primary care providers to lay the foundation for COVID-19 vaccinations for children under age 5 when they receive authorization through state and federal agencies. We expect parents or guardians will need to have one-on-one medical guidance and discussion with their pediatricians about the vaccine, which will be a special formulation for this age group.
We are encouraging parents of children under age 5 to seek a vaccine through their pediatrician’s office to ensure the vaccine is offered by a trusted provider and in a comfortable setting. We know that some parents and their children under age 5 are not linked to a pediatrician and we will be planning to offer vaccines for children under age 5 in a limited capacity at our community clinics.
We also know that some pediatric providers may encounter operational challenges in offering the vaccine, such as storage and refrigeration; SFDPH has been helping to problem solve these infrastructure needs to support vaccinations of this age group and identifying gaps where resources could be focused to ensure equitable access within communities experiencing disparities in healthcare access or highly impacted by COVID-19, regardless of immigration status. Additionally, while California health regulations permit pharmacies to administer vaccines to children aged 3 and older, the list of participating pharmacy locations within San Francisco is still to be finalized.
COVID vaccinations are an opportunity to connect children with their health care providers and also address other health care needs they may have, including getting up to date on their other vaccinations such as the annual flu vaccine or other childhood immunizations.
COVID Treatment is Available to Those Eligible
San Franciscans can be prepared for COVID-19 by knowing if they, or someone they love, are at high risk for severe illness and how to get COVID-19 medicines.
With COVID-19 medicines now more readily available and many people eligible for treatment, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is urging people to be prepared by knowing if they are at high risk for severe illness from the virus and how to get timely access to medical care should they test positive.
Most San Franciscans who are eligible for COVID-19 medicines and test positive should access treatment by going to their health care providers. SFDPH is also helping link people at high risk to health care providers, including those who are uninsured or otherwise disconnected from medical care, regardless of immigration status.
COVID-19 medicines, including oral medicines like Paxlovid, and injectable or intravenous infusion treatments are free to the patient and are proven to reduce the risk of severe illness. Time is of the essence, as some of the medicines, namely those taken by mouth, must be taken within five days of the onset of symptoms.
Currently, under federal and state guidance, a person is eligible for treatment if they test positive for COVID-19 and meet at least one of the following criteria:
School Vax Pop ups Extended Through June
Age 65 or older
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated
12 or older and have these common medical conditions
Read more about COVID medicines and resources available here.
Our vaccination pop-up clinics at San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) school sites have been extended through June! Bret Harte Elementary School in the Bayview will continue to operate from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays until June 24. Our pop up site at Balboa High School will operate from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays until June 30.
We continue to redouble our vaccination efforts in SF’s highly impacted communities, and will continue to partner with SFUSD and our local community organizations in an effort to find other creative and meaningful ways to reach families in the coming weeks and months.
Our current SFUSD pop up vax sites:
🧮 Bret Harte Elementary School
1035 Gilman Ave #Bayview
Fridays until June 24 / 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
📊 Balboa High School
1215 Carolina St
Thursdays until June 30 / 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where to get a vaccine or booster:
Here are the following locations in San Francisco where people ages 12 and up can drop in to receive a booster, Monday to Friday, while supplies last each day:
For more information about drop-in sites for vaccines and boosters click here.
ZSFG (1001 Potrero Ave, Bldg 30)
Southeast Health Center (2401 Keith Street)
Chinese Hospital (845 Jackson Street)
Kaiser Clinic (2350 Geary Blvd)
Mission Wellness Pharmacy (2424 Mission St.)
HealthRight 360 (Ages 18+, 1563 Mission St.)
All DPH neighborhood events and sites
For more information about drop-in sites for testing click here
Make Music San Francisco|
Tuesday, June 21
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: All Over San Francisco
Celebrate San Francisco, Celebrate Summer
Make Music San Francisco is inviting your business, your neighbors, your friends, your community and you to celebrate San Francisco and the Summer Solstice with music from the city that brought you the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Dead Kennedys, Avengers, Flipper, Romeo Void, Santana, Journey, and Metallica.
We welcome all musicians, instruments of all types, singers, percussionists, and experimental musicians to join us in welcoming summer. Make Music San Francisco is open to all: professionals, amateurs, children, adults, choirs, soloists… anyone with an ear for music is welcome to join and anyone who loves music will want to attend. Performances will take place from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm across San Francisco in community centers, restaurants, shared spaces, back yards, front steps, libraries, local businesses, and your neighborhood.
Plan your concert experience by visiting the Make Music San Francisco website for your Music Map checklist, an approved list of participants, performance spaces, and collaborating partners.
Make Music San Francisco welcomes musicians, vocalists, and instrumentalists of any type to collaborate on making June 21 a musical summer for thousands of performers and audience members. Church choirs, glee clubs, vocal quartets, MCs, marching bands, solo acts or combos are all welcome.
Want to find out more? Register at Make Music Day San Francisco or contact us at
If you are planning to host entertainment at your business establishment, you’ll need a permit from the SF Entertainment Commission.
Businesses that already have a JAM Permit (outdoors only), Limited Live Performance Permit, or a Place of Entertainment Permit do not need to apply for a new permit unless they want to change their entertainment hours or sound limits. Contact the San Francisco Entertainment Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org you have any questions.
For outdoor entertainment, apply for a JAM Permit. It’s a free permit.
For indoor entertainment, apply for a One-Time Indoor Event Permit.
Gather your friends and neighbors together and plan a musical event. Non-amplified music is allowed in residential neighborhoods between the hours of 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Those who live on slow streets, or near a park are encouraged to take advantage of the open space.
If you are interested in using a park and you want to play a single nonamplified instrument, you are welcome to go to your neighborhood park to play but please note that it is first come first serve and some parks will have other permitted activities that you may need to work around.
For this year we will not be able to accommodate amplified or bigger activations in parks but we will look to offer that option next year.
For those on Slow Streets we would like to remind you that Slow Streets are functional roadways for bike, pedestrian, and local-access vehicle traffic, so activities need to preserve the use of the street. Use of the street should not involve blocking vehicular access, or the addition of any additional materials to the right-of-way (seating, tables, etc). And in keeping with the importance of respecting neighbors, please be mindful of noise levels and the timing of planned community activities. If you have an interest in hosting a larger event that would require a closure as part of Make Music Day, you should go to SFMTA’s
temporary street closure page.
Don’t forget to list your event at Make Music San Francisco!
|Golden Gate Park Free Shuttle|
The free Golden Gate Park shuttle operates seven days a week. Newly expanded shuttle service includes a route from Haight and Stanyan streets, along JFK Drive, to Transverse Drive, with stops along the way at some of the park's most popular attractions. People with disabilities who drive to the park can catch the shuttle by parking at accessible parking spaces near several of these locations (see below).
Shuttle Operating Hours
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Every 15 minutes
Monday through Friday | 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Every 20-25 minutes
Shuttle Stops Include
Haight and Stanyan Street, located on Haight Street next to Whole Foods; Connects to SFMTA lines 7, 33 and 66
McLaren Lodge (eastbound route only; Stanyan & JFK Drive, 501 Stanyan Street; accessible parking and parking lot available)
Tennis Center/Dahlia Dell (Nancy Pelosi Drive & JFK Drive; accessible parking available)
Conservatory of Flowers (Conservatory Drive West & JFK Drive)
de Young Museum/Japanese Tea Garden/SF Botanical Gardens (eastbound route only; Music Concourse loop; accessible parking and parking lot available)
Accessible Lot/Shakespeare Garden (In construction; coming soon)
California Academy of Sciences/Skystar Observation Wheel (eastbound route only; Music Concourse loop; accessible parking and parking lot available)
10th Avenue/de Young North (JFK near the 10th Avenue entrance; connects to SFMTA line 5R; accessible parking available)
Rose Garden (JFK Drive near Park Presidio)
Stow Lake Boathouse (eastbound route only; accessible parking and parking lot available)
Transverse Drive (JFK and Transverse Drive; accessible parking available)
|Accessible parking is available at the following locations:|
Music Concourse Bandshell Lot (in construction; coming soon)
Music Concourse Garage (with access at Fulton & 10th Ave, and MLK Drive & Music Concourse Dr)
MLK Drive & Music Concourse
10th Avenue and JFK Drive
Stow Lake Boahouse
For more information and resources, visit our Accessibility Questions page.
The M Ocean View Transit and Safety Project aims to improve reliability, as well as improve safety and accessibility between Junipero Serra Boulevard and Balboa Park BART Station in San Francisco’s Ocean View district. Have feedback about the M Ocean View? Click HERE to take the M Ocean View survey.
|Muni Overhead Wire Pole Replacement Overhead Wire Pole Work on Mission St from June 6 – June 29, 2022|
The SFMTA is repairing and replacing older worn overhead wire poles that support the Overhead Contact System (OCS) electrical wires that power Muni’s trolley bus fleet at several locations in the City.
What to Expect During Construction?
Pole replacement of the pole located on Mission St. between Excelsior and Brazil streets is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 6 and finalized approximately Wednesday, June 29.
The hours of work will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The project will be completed in two parts. A temporary wooden pole will be installed next to the old pole to support the overhead utility lines while the old pole is removed, the new foundation is prepared, and the concrete is given time to cure. Once completed, the crew will return to the site at the end of June and complete the installation of the new pole, transfer the utility lines, and remove the temporary wooden pole.
Businesses and residents adjacent to the project will experience construction noise and dust during the construction activities in the hours of work. There will be brief intermittent sidewalk obstruction with pedestrian traffic control. There will be two metered street parking spaces in front of the pole that will be inaccessible during the work hours.
For more information contact Jeannette Sanchez, Communications Manager at email@example.com or 415-646-2385
|Bridge Housing: Call for Muralists|
4840 Mission Housing Associates LP is seeking qualified artists in the State of California, preferrably Bay Area, to submit their qualifications for the commissioning of an exterior mural for an affordable multifamily development in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. The developement, currently called 4840 Mission Street, will be affordable to low-income renters. The Mural will be installed and maintained in an area that is clearly visible from the public sidewalk and project's open space feature.
Inquiries to: Rachel Durney at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kate Traynor at
For further information on BRIDGE Housing Corporation,
please go to www.bridgehousing.com.
|Funded through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Excelsior Collaborative Community Action Grants (CAGs) and Community Event Grants (CEGs) will award projects and events started after June 1, 2022 and completed by September 30, 2022. |
APPLICATIONS DUE: Wednesday, June 22nd at 5pm.
Please contact Laura Padilla with any questions: LPadillaGarcia@ymcasf.org
Applications found by clicking HERE.
NBA Grant Information
The NBA Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2022 on a rolling basis. If you feel your organization aligns with the mission of the NBA Foundation, please apply via the steps outlined below. Applications will be reviewed within a few weeks of submission and priority will be given to organizations operating in NBA markets.
In order to be considered for a grant from the NBA Foundation, your organization must meet the following requirements:
Qualify as a registered 501(c)3 tax organization or a T3010 if operating in Canada
Focus on promoting school-to-career employment opportunities that target Black youth ages 14-24 years old
Serve a minimum of 25 youth annually across your programs
In general, and except in specific circumstances, the NBA Foundation does not fund:
Direction donations or grants to individuals
Individual scholarships or sponsorships
Projects or programs primarily focused on serving adults over the age of 25
Political campaigns and lobbying efforts
After school or Pre-K programs
If your organization is interested in applying for a grant from the NBA Foundation, please take the following steps:
Create an account on the grant application portal using the link below
Once your organization is registered, you will receive a confirmation email with credentials for login
Complete the grant application within the portal and provide a 990 form and current fiscal year organizational budget with your application
Apply by Clicking Here:
Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email and the NBA Foundation will be in touch with any updates to your application.
Upcoming Grant Application Webinars
Register by Clicking Here
July 26th at 3:00pm ET
September 27th at 3:00pm ET
November 29th at 3:00pm ET
Last week, we opened the Minna Project. The building has 75 beds and is supported by clinical and case management. This is building on success of our Therapeutic Recovery Community that is abstinence based. The Minna project is lead by the SF Adult Probation Department and could not have been done without the help of Mayor London Breed and the Department of Public Health. |
San Francisco is facing a drug and mental health crisis. This project addresses both of those issues and is run by Positive Directions Equals Change which means this is community lead. We must listen to community when trying to solve our toughest issue.
This past weekend, District 11 hosted the first Sunday Streets since the pandemic started. It was so wonderful to see so many people enjoying our Mission Street corridor with music, local food, games for families and children and more! Thank you Katy at Liveable City and everyone who made this happen. |
The Ferry Building was the place to be to celebrate local black merchants. I was happy to run into San Francisco Black Wallstreet's Tinisch Hollins and MOHCD's Malik Looper who happens to be a District 11 resident. I look forward to this event each year. |
|The OMI Juneteenth Celebration was a hit. It was great to see the community together honoring recent graduates and taking in the culture of Districts 7 and 11. Thank you to the OMI CPP, Invest Black, Youth First , Our Kids First, and all other other community organizations for having my staff and I for this event. |