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Greetings! I hope that you enjoyed the first month of the new decade.  It has been a wet couple of weeks but it hasn't stopped business in the city for a minute!  This is the next issue of Campos Connect, the monthly newsletter that allows me to inform you about big developments in City Hall and throughout our district.
Ribbon Cutting CeremonyLibrary Opening
I want to first congratulate Bernal Heights on the beautifully renovated library branch that just reopened.  It is truly lovely! I hope that everyone who has not had the chance will find time to stop by and see it.
Fast PassesIf you are not aware, I am actively looking for ways to help Muni become more accountable, transparent and responsive to its ridership.  To this end, I have requested an official management and performance audit of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).  The full board will vote on this issue next week and I am hopeful that it will pass.  It has been 14 years since the last management audit of the system, and it is important that we analyze all aspects of Muni's expenses and performance so that we may best address its future needs.  In addition to the audit, I'm working with a broad coalition of neighborhood and public transit activists to put together a possible charter amendment (for the November ballot) to make sure that Muni's governing structure is more independent, accountable and transparent.  We will keep you informed of our progress. Our goal is to make Muni as effective and reliable as possible.
Garfield PoolIt has come to my attention that the public pool in Garfield Park is closed for maintenance and has been for some time now.  This past week I submitted a Letter of Inquiry to the Department of Recreation and Parks.  In this letter, I asked for information regarding the current maintenance status of the pool, particularly when it will reopen.  Beyond this, I have also inquired about budgetary concerns on the whole pool system in the city.  It is important that we maintain equitable neighborhood access to this important resource that is offered in the city.  I know how much this pool means to everyone in District 9 and I will certainly find out what is happening so that you may get back to the business of swimming as soon as possible.
At the end of January, I held my first community office hours, which is something I will be repeating throughout the year and throughout the District.  At least once a month, I will spend some time at a different business in District 9 where I welcome all constituents to bring their concerns directly to me while also supporting a local business.  I was very pleased with the turn out as well as the passion and wide-range of issues that the residents of District 9 presented to me.  I am very excited for the next meetings and look forward to meeting you in the District! (See upcoming dates)
311 LogoThis month we also introduced legislation that makes the 311 Call Center accessible to a very vulnerable population -- residents of single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels, who historically have had problems navigating the City's bureaucracy to address some very important concerns about their living conditions.  The legislation would require SRO hotels to post signs informing tenants that they can call 311 to report violations of the housing code.  311, in collaboration with the Department of Building Inspection, the Fire Department, the Department of Public Health, community advocates and our office, has created a one-stop shop to ensure that tenant problems are addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.
Finally, as many of you are aware, we have been looking to hire a new Legislative Aide.  With the assistance of Sheila Chung Hagen of my office, we put together an extensive and thorough selection progress that attracted more than 200 applicants, including numerous top-notch candidates.  Selecting from such a strong pool of applicants was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make and I want to thank all the applicants for putting their names forward.
Even though it was a very difficult choice, I could not be happier about our selection of Hillary Ronen.  Hillary is a very special person.  She has all the qualities and experience you want in a Legislative Aide.  I know that she will do a great job for District 9.  She and Sheila will make an impressive team.  I hope you have an opportunity to get to know Hillary in the very near future.  Hillary will be starting on March 1, 2010.  A brief bio of Hillary is included in this newsletter.
Thank you again for reading our newsletter and I hope to see you in City Hall or in the District.
Warm Regards,
David Campos 
Working for You
Newspaper Job ListingOne Stop San Francisco
Did you know the City and County of San Francisco offers services to residents designed to help you find employment and keep it?  One Stop Career Link Centers offer a "home base" for employment, education and supportive services, referral services, counseling, career and job skill assessments, employment workshops, job search computers and a library of resources to further employment preparation.  The centers also provide services to local employers, bridging the gap between those looking for jobs and those offering them.

The center in District 9 is located at:

Mission Center
3120 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 401-4800
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
For more information, including a complete list of One Stop SF locations, please visit the One Stop SF website.
Spotlight on 9

Instituto Familiar de la Raza Banner

Instituto Familiar de la Raza was founded in 1978 as the first mental health center to focus on the needs of San Francisco's Latino/Latina communities.  Since it's inception, Instituto has continued to grow offering services to more than 4,000 clients and their families annually.  With 60 multilingual staff, Instituto seeks the overall health and well-being of the Mission's multiracial/multicultural communities by focusing on mental health, HIV-oriented social services, family support, and other important behavioral health issues.  Instituto promotes services that allow for self-determination, empowerment, and cultural affirmation grounded in a strong belief in social justice.  For more information about programs and services, or to find out how to volunteer please visit their website.
Boarding MUNISFMTA Board Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 16
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Rm. 400
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Description: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors governs the SFMTA, including the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) and the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT). The SFMTA Board of Directors also serves as members of the San Francisco Parking Authority.
For more information: Website
CellFamilies Undertsanding the System
If you have a child negotiating the Juvenile Justice System then there is a group for you.  Parents are invited to meet with other families learning about this same process in an open forum where questions may be answered and stories are exchanged.  Don't miss this opportunity to meet others like you and find answers from people who know first hand.  This is a collaboration project between the Mission Neighborhood Center, the San Francisco Youth Commission, and the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department.
Date: 2nd and 4th Wenesday of every month
Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
Location: Precita Valley Community Center
534 Precita Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Working Families Credit BannerSan Francisco Working Families Credit
The San Francisco Working Families Credit (WFC) gives up to $125 to qualified low-income working families in San Francisco. It also raises awareness of the other money and benefits for San Francisco working families including:
-- Up to $5,600 through the Earned Income Tax Credit
-- Up to several hundred dollars per month in food assistance
-- Free and low-cost health coverage for children and many parents
-- Free job search and career services
-- Free or low-cost checking accounts
-- Other services for working families
For more information or to access applications please visit the official website
District Events
Event: Meet and Eat (A Bernal Heights Community Convener meeting)
Organizer: Bernal Heights Community Center
Date: February 11, 2nd Thursday of every month
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Location: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
515 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
Description: A monthly gathering for Bernal Heights organizations and groups to get together to share resources, collaborate and get to know each other.
For more information: Website  
Red Hill Books LogoEvent:
Red Hill Books Children's Story Times
Organizer: Red Hill Books
Date: Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Time: 10 AM
Location: Red Hill Books
401 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Conatct Information: Website 
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center LogoEvent: Bernal Public Education Community Forum
Organizer: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
515 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Description: This is an opportunity to gather key leaders -- teachers, parents, students, merchants and community members -- to create a unified strategy in preparation for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Budget Town Hall on February 25.   
For more information: Website 

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Event: Mission Community Council February Gathering
Organizer: Mission Community Council (MiCoCo)
Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: Valencia Gardens Community Room
390 Valencia Street (X: 15th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Open to: Mission District community based organizations, schools, libraries, and community members.
Description: Join us for a MiCoCo organization update, work plan overview, and the results of our recent survey and assessment.
Why join us?
-- Keep connected with the community in difficult times.
-- Provide opportunities for new and ongoing discussion and connection to take place.
-- Provide opportunities for neighborhood projects to gain community wide-support.
-- Professional development opportunities for emerging leaders.
For more information: Website 
pickPocket EnsembleEvent:
The pickPocket Ensemble: Café Music for Dreamers
Organizer: Red Poppy Art House
Date: Friday, February 26
Time: Doors open: 7:30, Show: 8:00 PM
Location: 2698 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Description: The pickPocket Ensemble makes music at the crossroads. Inspired by global folk and instrumental traditions-from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, from klezmer music to French musette, swing, and even contemporary classical-the pickPocket Ensemble creates haunting, invigorating tunes.
For more information: Website
IN THIS ISSUE: February 2010
Working for You
Spotlight on 9
District Events
Hillary Ronen
Hillary Ronen brings a wealth of legal, organizing, case management and legislative experience to the District 9 office. A graduate of UC Berkeley's Boalt School of Law, she has worked as an employment law attorney, representing low-wage workers denied minimum and overtime wages. As an organizer with the Mission District-based La Raza Centro Legal, she has built a diverse worker coalition to reform statewide labor laws. Hillary has also worked closely with City departments to educate our local workforce on San Francisco's health security, minimum wage, and sick leave ordinances.  Hillary is fluent in Spanish. We welcome her to the District 9 Office!
officehours COMMUNITY
Fri, Feb 26
11:30AM - 1:30PM
L's Cafe
2871 24th St. (x: Bryant St.)
Sat, March 6
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Progressive Grounds
400 Cortland Ave. (x: Bennington St.)

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