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Happy New Year and best wishes for the new decade!

It has been more than a year since I was sworn in as your Supervisor. Serving as your representative in City Hall has been the most amazing professional experience of my life. I don't have the words to express how honored and grateful I am for the opportunity. It's a responsibility I take very seriously; I wake up every day committed to do the best job possible for our District.

As we begin a new year and a new decade, it's appropriate to highlight some of our accomplishments this past year and give you an idea of some of our goals for the future.

As a member of the Board of Supervisor's Budge Committee, I am proud of the following:
-Fought to minimize the number of cuts to key services. Working with other members of the Committee, we were able to restore an unprecedented $43 million in cuts in areas such as mental health, recreation and parks, health and human services, senior programs, and other community resources. In Bernal, this meant keeping the Bernal gym open, protecting funding for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, and saving the geriatric center on Mission Street.

-Fought to bring more accountability and transparency to the Muni budget, eventually voting against a Muni budget that led to reduced services, fare increases and allowed tens of millions of Muni dollars to be used for non Muni functions. This year, we will continue to push for Muni reform not only with respect to the budget, but quality of service and safety.

-Fought for our public schools, and, working with the School District and a broad coalition of parents and educators, opposed efforts to reduce the amount of money that the School District received from the Rainy Day Fund and Proposition H. Because of everyone's efforts, the School District received more than $20 million, which meant no teacher lay offs in San Francisco.

-Strong believers in good government, we have been pushing for more accountability and transparency in City contracting, including push City departments to competitively bid contracts to ensure that when a contract is awarded, it goes to the company that will do the best and most cost-effective job for the City. While we know that these efforts have already led to some improvements in how contracting is done, we are working on future legislation to further incorporate best practices.
On the legislative front, we are proud of a number of achievements, including

-Passage of the Juvenile Justice Ordinance, which we passed after successfully overriding Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto. Backed by eight of eleven Supervisors, and a broad coalition that included interfaith, civil rights, education, neighborhood and LGBT leaders, the Ordinance ensures that basic Due Process rights are provided to all children and youth in San Francisco, irrespective of their immigration status.

-Passage of legislation that attempts to curtail the number of home foreclosures by providing legal safeguards and penalties against individuals who have manipulated refinancing schemes to defraud some of our most vulnerable home owners.

-Passage of legislation that brought in additional resources for the Department of Building Inspection, thus avoiding having to lay off a number of housing inspectors, who play the critical role of ensuring the habitability and safety of our residential stock; and

-Passage of legislation that gave our new Chief of Police George Gascon the authority to hire from outside the department when needed to address a specific need or expertise. This allowed the Chief to hire a Comp Stat expert, whose knowledge and expertise in data-driven policing is already making a big difference.
As this year progresses, we will continue to focus on the budget and make sure that basic services are protected throughout our community. Because of the state of the economy, we are making job creation and workforce development a top priority and are putting together legislation that will create economic opportunities for local residents and businesses. Public safety will remain a top priority, and we will continue to work with our new Chief of Police to ensure he has the resources and tools he needs to bring the Department into the Twenty-first Century.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank our tremendous office staff, including our numerous and wonderful volunteers for all they do for our office. I especially want to acknowledge the work of my Legislative Aides, Sheila Chung Hagen and Linnette Peralta Haynes, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. We wish Linnette the very best and congratulate Sheila who (along with her husband Paul) became a Bernal Heights resident this year!
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Mission Cultural Center
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts continues to support the exciting and unique creations incubated by the Latino community in San Francisco.  For 30 years the center has worked to make accessible the Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean peoples experience through the unique medium of artistic creation.  They positively enrich not only the Mission neighborhood and San Francisco but the entire Bay Area by offering a range of programs geared at nurturing new talent while supporting current lights in the community. 
New Work on Display in our Office
Join Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos at our next office art party on Friday, January 22 from 5-7PM!  With the help of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, the District 9 Office will be showcasing the work of painters Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez, mixed-media artists Richard Nyhaeen, Rafael Vieira, and Michael Roman, silkscreen artists Gina Contreras and Marshaw Shaw, and the prints of Jose Guadalupe Posada from the James Nikas collection. The Office of Supervisor John Avalos will be unveiling the new work of artist Chris Lux.  It promises to be a night of good conversation and beautiful art.  I hope to see you here!
Location: Supervisor David Campos Office & Supervisor John Avalos Office, Rm. 272 & Rm. 244
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, Ca 94102
Date: Friday, January 22, 5-7 PM
Contact: For more information please email
Friends of the Urban Forest
FUF logoFriends of the Urban Forest, a local non-profit that works to green and beautify the concrete jungle of our city will be paying special attention to two locations in District 9.  On January 31, they will be working with volunteers to plant 40 trees around Bernal Heights.  They will also host a second planting day on February 27 where they have commitments for 25 trees.  The February date is still open for volunteer sign up and interested individuals may also sponsor a tree.  For more information or to learn about other volunteer opportunities in the Mission neighborhood please contact Greg Harrell-Edge at greg@fuf.netwebsite
Portola Family Connections
In Portola, Portola Family Connections continues to provide community based programs to aid families and create deeper connections within the Portola neighborhood.  Please check out their website to view the calendar and see what programs are offered this month. website
Bernal Heights Branch Library Reopens
Please join the San Francisco Public Library and the Bernal Heights community in celebrating the reopening of the Bernal Heights Branch Library.  The celebration begins Saturday, January 30 at 1 PM and full library services begin at 2.  As many of you are aware, the library has been under construction for some time.  We are excited to welcome the branch opening, winding down years of hard work and creating a beautiful new building that adds to the charm of the area.
Location: 500 Cortland  Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110
Date: Saturday, January 30 1 PM
Envisioning New Open Space in the Mission
The SF Planning Department will be hosting a meeting to allow the public to submit ideas and help plan the new park to be constructed on the corner of Folsom and 17th St.  The space is currently a parking lot and the city hopes to build a new park to benefit the community.  They are particularly interested in the types of activities and programs citizens wish to see.  Childcare, light refreshments, and English-Spanish translation will be provided.  For more information contact Susan Exline at or 415-558-6332.
Event: Envisioning New Open Space in the Mission
Organizer: SF Planning Dept.
Date: Saturday, January 23
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Marshall Elementary School
Address: 1575 15th St. (at Capp)
District Events
Event: First Time Homebuyer Education Workshop
Organizer: Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA)
Date: Saturday, January 23
Time: 9 AM-4 PM (lunch is not provided)
Location: 3rd Floor, Plaza Adelante
2301 Mission St.
SF, Ca 94110
Conatct Information: Ana Rosario at 415-282-3334x26 or
Organizer: Galeria de la Raza
Date: Friday, January 29
Time: 7:30
Location: 2857 24th St.
San Francisco, Ca 94110
Contact Information: Website.
Event: SOUR MASH HUG BAND: Klezmer, Ragtime, Hot Jazz Cabaret
Organizer: Red Poppy Art House
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: 2698 Folsom St
San Francisco, Ca 94110
Contact Information: Website.
IN THIS ISSUE: January 2010
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Holiday Party Thank You's
I want to thank everyone who attended our holiday party this year!  I also want to send a special thank you to all of the merchants who provided food and drinks for everyone, especially Jorge Garcia who made the delicious chile relleno.  Make sure to stop by and enjoy a delicious meal in any of these fine establishments. 
El Metate
2406 Bryant Street
San Francisco, Ca
George's BBQ
3231 24th Street
San Francisco, Ca

La Coroneta
2731 Mission Street
San Francisco, Ca
La Parrilla Grill
2801 Folsom Street
San Francisco, Ca
Roadhouse BBQ
3751 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, Ca