Please stay home this holiday season. Don’t travel, don’t mix indoors with other households. Be mindful of who you see and who they see. We MUST remain vigilant if we are ever going to get out of this. If you do leave the house, WEAR A MASK and be cautious. Here in San Francisco, we know how to do this right. Let’s keep leading by example.
I hope you all are able to enjoy a virtual visit with your loved ones this season, no matter what you celebrate. Life will return to a reasonable imitation of normal soon and we can all celebrate together safely next year.
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Last Saturday, City Hall was lit blue in recognition of World Children’s Day. As a society, we need to be treating early care & education as a basic right. The reality is that the entire system is bleeding out and we need to keep providers afloat in order for these dollars to be the most effective. Yes, Prop F passing unlocks some of the necessary funding for a number of programs, but so much more is needed. Our coming Early Education Economic Recovery Program will provide grants and support for child care providers serving 0-6 yrs.
We are crafting the details of this legislation, but I wanted to share this with all of you because in the past few weeks, I have been meeting with child care providers outside the system who are often unseen and unheard. Many of the operators are living off of their own savings to keep these programs afloat. Can you imagine that? Our child care providers are so deeply committed to their educators and the families they serve that they will sacrifice their own paychecks to keep their doors open. Stay tuned for more.
As I reach the end of my term representing our district, I have the pleasure of being able to shine a light on some of our neighborhood heroes, from businesses to organizations to individuals who have provided extraordinary services and support to our community. Since we can't present them to people at City Hall during COVID, we have taken the show on the road. I'll be sharing the presentations of these certificates of honor with you during these final weeks.
Ingleside Presbyterian Church & Community Center
Have you heard about the great work Ingleside Presbyterian Church & Community Center are doing with their learning hub? They have made it possible for students in our area to continue to learn and socialize safely during these crazy times. If you haven't ever seen the collage in their gymnasium, it's a sight to behold. Thanks to Rev. Gordon, Michael and the whole team there for all you do!
Cherry Blossom Bakery
Thanks to Mary and her team at Cherry Blossom Bakery for consistently being there to support our community. I was happy to stop by to recognize them with a certificate of honor last week, too. Stop by to try their treats!
While we should all be aiming for minimal in-person contact this whole season, if you do gather: keep it safe, small, short and stable. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households is strongly discouraged.
OUTSIDE IS SAFER Gather outside and follow safety guidelines. The risk of COVID-19 transmission is highest in indoor spaces without enough ventilation. That’s why gathering inside is discouraged, except as permitted under the state’s health order. Covered outdoor spaces are okay, as long as 75% of the space is open to the outdoors. People may go inside to use restrooms, as long as restrooms are sanitized often and attendees only go in one at a time.
SMALL: Limit gatherings to no more than 3 households. When people from different households are together at the same time in the same space, the risk of spreading COVID-19 goes up. That’s why gatherings of more than 3 different households are discouraged.
SHORT: Limit gatherings to no more than 2 hours The longer people gather together, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading. That’s why gathering for longer than 2 hours is not allowed, under the state’s health order.
STABLE: Do not participate in multiple gatherings with many different households. If you are getting together with a small group, make sure you all agree to only be in contact with those households.
One of our Participatory Budget projects has grown and evolved into another neighborhood beautification project. The Detroit Steps Project (DSP) is kicking off an online art competition and fundraiser. Local residents and art enthusiasts are encouraged to pick up their markers and crayons to draw on a downloaded or a paper copy of the Steps. All submissions will be considered for conceptual designs toward the official tiling of the Detroit Steps.
You can submit your ideas until Dec. 6. An adult and a child winner will be selected through an online voting process by the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association members.
An online raffle with items from local businesses and residents alike will also be included. The goal is to raise $1,500 to help the DSP buy native plants for the upper steps, located on Detroit Street between Joost Avenue and Monterey Blvd. To sign up for raffle and the drawing contest, participants should go to: https://detroit-steps.squarespace.com/drawing-contest.
The DSP began efforts on this beautification project in November 2018. It was awarded District 7 Participatory Grant funds in 2019 and most recently submitted a request to receive funding through the Community Challenge Grant to continue its multi-phased beautification project.
Heavy Rains Causing Damage on Your Property? Don’t miss out SFPUC’s Floodwater Grant webinar on Dec 9* to start your Grant application to get reimbursed up to $100k for your project. If your property experiences flooding or sewage backing up when it rains, apply for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s Floodwater Grant Program: