This is the second edition of our District 9 newsletter, "Campos Connect," which aims to give you a brief overview of some key developments in City Hall and throughout our District.
It has been an eventful couple of months and below is a highlight of some of the main issues we have been working on.
A number of us on the Board of Supervisors have raised questions about the SF Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) proposed budget. SFMTA faces a $126 million budget deficit. However, the department has been paying other departments (e.g., SFPD, 311) more than $83 million in work orders that may have nothing or little to do with public transportation. This is happening as SFMTA is proposing to increase Muni's daily fare from $1.50 to $2. On top of this, SFMTA is proposing severe cuts in Muni service, including many service cuts that will directly impact District 9. While I don't relish the thought of rejecting SFMTA's budget, as a Supervisor, I will not support a budget that doesn't ensure that SFMTA's money is actually spent on public transportation, nor will I support a budget that doesn't try to minimize Muni service cuts and avoid fare increases. In my opinion, given the state of the economy, as well as people's reliance on Muni, cutting service and increasing fares is the last thing we want to do. The revised SFMTA budget is going back to the SFMTA Board of Directors and we will keep you posted on the latest.
Public Safety and Budget Cuts. It takes a lot of things to keep a neighborhood safe. And while law enforcement is an important part of the equation, public safety is also affected by the violence prevention work of many community- based organizations and City agencies. The police will be the first to tell you that, without the services provided by many of these groups, as well as the after school and other services provided by City agencies, our communities would not be as safe. This is why, as Chair of the Board's Public Safety Committee, I will be holding a hearing (on Monday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m., in the Board's Chambers in City Hall) on the impact that some of the proposed budget cuts could have on public safety. Please come to City Hall and let us know your thoughts on this important issue.
Minimizing Service Cuts. Unfortunately, service cuts will be a reality in these tough economic times; but I want you to know that my staff and I are working as hard as we can to make sure that the impact on our communities is kept to a minimum. This is why we fought hard to keep Recreation & Park from significantly reducing the hours at Garfield pool and why we will continue to fight any effort to reduce the important services our City provides.
Presence in the Community. We continue to be out and about in the community as much as we can. I have met with a number of neighborhood organizations, including the Mission Merchants Association, the Mission Dwellers, and the Shotwell Neighborhood Watch. I have also visited a number of community-based organizations and institutions, including the Mission Beacon, Arriba Juntos, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, SRO Families United, and John O'Connoll High School.
Working for You
To report a pothole, call 311, or submit a service request online
. The Department of Public Works will respond and repair any pothole that is its responsibility within 48 hours during weekdays. An action plan will be developed for projects that require more than 48 hours to address. Before you call, please determine the street address and the nearest cross-street where the pothole is located.
Hearing on the Impact of Budget Cuts on Public Safety
Organizer: Office of Supervisor David Campos
Date: Monday, May 18, 2009
Location: City Hall, Legislative Chamber Room 250, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
Description: Provide your input at this important hearing on the impact of budget cuts on public safety. The Juvenile Probation Department, Department of Children, Youth and their Families, and the Department of Public Health will present, and the public will have an opportunity to comment.
Your Input on Universal Planning Notification
The Planning Department invites you to a community outreach meeting regarding reform of the Planning Department's public notification processes (also known as the "Universal Planning Notification Project").Event:
Community Outreach Meeting on the Planning Department's "Universal Planning Notification Project"Organizer:
SF Planning DepartmentDate:
Tuesday, May 19, 2009Time:
Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Room 431, San FranciscoDescription:
The Universal Planning Notification Project ("UPN") is part of the Planning Department's Action Plan 2008-2010, an effort adopted by the Planning Commission to improve and enhance the experience for all that work with the Planning Department, including the public, applicants, stakeholders and Department staff. The UPN project seeks to consolidate, simplify and improve the Planning Department's public notification processes, which currently number more than 40.
RSVP: Maria Oropeza via phone at 415-558-6307 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2009For more information: Website
Help Us Transform Your Muni System
Join us to refine proposals to make Muni service more reliable and efficient! Event: Tranportation Effectiveness Project Community Meetings
Organizer: SF Municipal Transportation Agency
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2009
Location: Mission YMCA, 4080 Mission Street at Bosworth Street, San Francisco
Nearby Muni routes: 14, 23, 49 & 67
Description: To help us shape these proposals to make Muni into a transit system that works for you, we've scheduled 11 community meetings throughout San Francisco. With your help, a revitalized Muni system will not only benefit current transit customers, but will improve mobility for everyone who lives, works in or visits San Francisco. Interpretation in Cantonese and Spanish will be provided. There will be a Fast Pass raffle.
Bernal Heights Townhall with D9 Supervisor David Campos
Organizers: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and Office of Supervisor David Campos
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009
Location: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave, San Francisco
Nearby Muni Lines: 67 & 24
Description: Find out the latest news impacting our neighborhood from Supervisor Campos and how you can get involved in creating solutions. Spanish and Tagalog translation will be available. Please RSVP for childcare needs.
For more information: Rachel - 415-206-2140, ext. 152 or email@example.com; Sabrina - 415-206-2140, ext. 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spotlight on 9
Central American Resource Center
CARECEN provides vital direct services and advocacy to help create a vibrant and thriving Latino immigrant community in San Francisco and the Bay Area. CARECEN offers:
- in-person and telephone counseling on immigration legal matters
- top-quality, comprehensive, low-cost dental services for the underserved and uninsured Latino and immigrant communities
- comprehensive primary healthcare as well as education on health topics (e.g. diabetes, obesity, hypertension, substance abuse) of interest to the Latino immigrant community
- free, bilingual after-school obesity prevention program
- a family wellness and empowerment program that provides families with necessary skills and resources to help them manage crises and become engaged in their communities
- community education on issues vital to Latino immigrants
- civic engagement opportunities
For more information about CARECEN: Website
|San Francisco Small Business Week: From Survive to Thrive in 2009!
Organizers: Small Business Administration, Small Business Commission, Office of Small Business, SF Chamber of Commerce, SF Council of District Merchants Association and Small Business Network
Dates: May 16-23, 2009
Description: This national celebration honors the spirit and impact of small businesses. We host a wide array of events that honor those who make our community unique by hosting a wide range of events that inspire, educate and connect us. On May 16, merchants all over San Francisco will hold sidewalk sales in more than 18 different neighborhoods to show off the style, creativity and plain old neat stuff that you'll find throughout San Francisco's local business corridors. On May 18, we have our Gala Kick-off, Flavors of San Francisco, hosted by the Office of Small Business Assistance, SBA, Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo. The great networking event also includes a resource fair, awards ceremony, and highlights some of the unique City's restaurants and lounges. All week long we host free workshops on technology, marketing, finance and green business; networking events and expos to help you access resources, make connections and thrive in 2009!
To register for events and for more information: Website
Join the 2009 Community Clean Team
Volunteer to clean and green our neighborhoods, parks, schools, and community gardens!
Organizer: SF Department of Public Works
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2009
Location: Folsom Playground, 21st Street and Shotwell
To volunteer: 415-641-2600 or send an email to email@example.com
Description: The Community Clean Team is a citywide volunteer program that partners city agencies with residents, merchants and students to clean and beautify San Francisco neighborhoods. Volunteers sweep up litter, plant and tend to neighborhood trees, paint out graffiti and help take care of our schools, parks, and community gardens.
For more information: Website
|Event: Bike to Work Day with Supervisor Campos
Organizer: SF Bicycle Coalition
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009
Time: Commuter Convoys assemble and depart at 7:45am
Location: Nervous Dog, 3438 Mission Street at 30th Street (with Supervisor David Campos)
Description: We're getting newbie cyclists comfortable on their morning commute by providing an opportunity to roll downtown in the company of other cyclists. Formerly called "Bike Buses," we'll have Commuter Convoys departing each of the eleven districts from neighborhood meet-up spots, bound for downtown.
For more information: Website
Event: Third Friday Art Reception
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos, and David ChiuDate:
Friday, May 15, 2009Time:
Offices of Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos, and David Chiu - City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San FranciscoAdmission:
As part of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, Supervisors Campos, Avalos and Chiu are hosting exhibits of APA artists in their offices. Supervisor Campos will be featuring the work of Laura Campos, a local artist that has been painting murals in the Mission district for the past 5 years. Laura recently exhibited her work at the De Young Museum. She loves to work with youth, and is working on a mural project call "Strange Fruit," which raises consciousness about police violence in the Bay Area. Her work reflects love for the neighborhood, teaching and learning from the people she encounters every day.
Event: For All the Babies' FathersOrganizer:
BRAVA! For Women in the Arts, 2789 24th Street at York StreetDates:
Now through Saturday, May 16, 2009 (World Premiere)Location:
BRAVA Theater CenterTickets:
Written by Molly Rhodes
Directed by Jessica HeidtDescription:
How do fathers, who do not wish to be fathers, who are not treated as fathers, and yet have fathered a child, struggle to face and accept what is expected of them as "fathers"? Molly Rhodes' world premiere play debates the 'responsibility' thrust upon men in a women's pro-choice world.For more information: Website
Event: Community Congress
Organizer: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Location: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave, San Francisco
Description: Join your neighbors on Saturday morning, May 16th for our largest annual community meeting! This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and discuss important issues facing our neighborhood. Together we'll review what we accomplished last year, and make plans for the next. Elected officials will come to answer questions and talk about how they will work to address our concerns. Candidates for the Neighborhood Center's board of directors will also address the group, and then BHNC members can cast their votes for the new board members of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Childcare, breakfast, and lunch are provided. Come have a voice in your community!
For more information:
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Rachel Ebora - firstname.lastname@example.org
or 415-206-2140, ext. 152, WebsiteEvent: CulturArteOrganizer:
Instituto Familiar de la RazaDates/Times:
Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 6:00PM and Friday, May 29, 2009 at 7:00PMLocation:
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, San FranciscoTickets:
$5-15 Sliding ScaleDescription:
Individual and collective spoken word and theater performances written and performed by CulturArte youth.For more info: Website