This year marks 50 years for San Francisco PRIDE, a time of remembrance of the lives stolen by hate and intolerance and a time of celebration of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming community. We will continue to fight for equal rights and liberation. Join us online for virtual celebrations including the illumination of the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks at 9:06pm tonight at: https://illuminatethepinktriangle.org/
As we have seen this week in the rise of COVID-19 cases in California and San Francisco, we cannot stress enough the need to remain vigilant. We will know in a few days what the next steps will be.
Please urge your friends and family members to continue wearing face coverings, maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from others, avoiding gatherings, and washing hands frequently. The easing up of these measures could cost us all the progress we have already made.
If you suspect exposure, please get tested. It is free and can help us save lives by containing the spread. Read on for more resources.
We thank you for all you are doing and we remain hopeful we will all do our parts in the coming weeks.
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On Friday, Mayor London Breed announced that San Francisco will be temporarily delaying the reopening of certain businesses due to a concerning increase in local COVID-19 cases.
While this pause may be disappointing to residents and businesses owners, the decision is based upon health considerations and community safety. A recent and alarming spike in cases and increased rates of infection were part of the considerations for this pause.
The good news is the State of California granted San Francisco’s application for a variance to the state roadmap. This allows San Francisco greater flexibility in setting a timetable for lifting restrictions, rather than waiting for a green light from the state.
While I and the members of the Board of Supervisors supported the City’s application for a variance, it is ultimately up to San Francisco’s Health Officer on how or when to reopen or phase in activities. I continue to support ongoing conversations to help decide what works best for our City and residents after consideration of what is in the best interests of our overall health and safety.
Once the Health Officer determines it is safe to do so, the next phase of our reopening can continue for personal services businesses such as hair salons and barber shops, nail salons, tattoo and body piercing studios, massage establishments, outdoor bars, outdoor swimming, and museums, including zoos. There is no change to businesses and activities currently allowed under prior reopening phases. For more details and the most up-to-date information, please visit the City’s page on reopening or the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 information site.
Anyone who lives or works in San Francisco can get tested for free at City College and at a new Bernal Heights Pop-Up site. You do not need to have symptoms and you do not need to have medical insurance
In particular people who have been participating in demonstrations and protests are encouraged to make appointments at these two sites.
To register or for a more complete map of all test sites, both free and paid, please visit:www.sf.gov/GetTestedSF.
SFUSD Re-Opening Town Halls
As San Francisco’s public schools are planning for the fall, they are seeking feedback from SFUSD families and students through a series of Fall Learning Town Halls the week of July 6-9, 2020.
These town halls will cover the SFUSD’s process for fall planning, lessons learned from the spring semester, an overview of public health guidance for schools, and the scenarios the school district is considering for re-opening.
There will be Town Halls in English, Cantonese, and Spanish and events specifically for SFUSD teachers, staff, community partners, and students.
The meetings will be hosted online using YouTube Live and Thoughtexchange. Anyone interested in participating will need access to the internet and an account on Thoughtexchange. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit the SFUSD website.
There is still time for people to weigh in on SFMTA's proposal for temporary emergency transit-only lanes in key routes across the City.
As people return to work, SFMTA is expecting a crushing amount of traffic as people will likely be reluctant to take public transit in the near-term. This proposal is an attempt to keep transit running in an efficient manner, along the following four MUNI lines: the 43 Masonic, the 14 Mission/14R Mission Rapid, the 19 Polk, and the 44 O'Shaughnessy.
The routes and streets being considered are:
District 2 - 43 Masonic from Presidio, Geary to Sacramento
District 5 - 43 Masonic from Masonic, Geary to Haight
District 6 - 14/14R Mission from Mission, 1st to 11th
District 6 - 19 Polk from 7th Townsend to Market
District 6 - 19 Polk from 8th Townsend to Market District 7 - 44 O'Shaughnessy from Woodside, Portola to Laguna Honda
District 7 - 44 O'Shaughnessy from Laguna Honda, Clarendon to Dewey
District 8 - 44 O'Shaughnessy from O'Shaughnessy, Portola to SOTA school driveway (~800 feet south of Portola)
District 8 - 44 O'Shaughnessy from Bosworth, Elk to Arlington
The SFMTA Board of Directors will be meeting on Tuesday, June 30th at 1:00 pm to discuss these changes. You may watch the meeting online at: www.sfgovtv.org. To make public comment, you may call in: (888) 808-6929, Access Code: 9961164. You can also submit your public comment by sending an email to: MTABoard@sfmta.com
Great Plates Program has been extended through July 10. The Great Plates Program is a temporary State emergency food assistance program for older adults sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Great Plates Delivered SF serves eligible seniors over 65, as well as those aged 60 - 64 with certain underlying health conditions. Eligible seniors must not be able to obtain or prepare meals on their own, live alone or with another eligible senior, and earn less than $74,940 for a single-person household or $101,460 for a two-person household.
Unfortunately, under the state’s program rules, older adults who currently receive state or federal food assistance such as CalFresh or home-delivered meals are not eligible for Great Plates. To enroll, call (415) 355-6700 or visit: www.sfhsa.org/greatplates. The City's helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for Families Application Deadline Extended
Due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. You can apply online at: ca.p-ebt.org. You may also submit questions through a secure online inquiry form at https://inquiry.pebt.dss.ca.gov.
Board of Supervisors | District 7 | Norman Yee
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