For such a short month, February certainly was an eventful one. Here are some highlights of the things we worked on this month.
Our effort to bring transparency and accountability to the Municipal Transportation Agency continues. I'm happy to report that the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed our motion to conduct a management and performance audit of Muni. The last time such an audit took place was 14 years ago. In the audit, we will look at a number of key areas, including whether the current Board of Directors is providing adequate, meaningful and independent oversight to the agency; whether, before deciding to raise fares and cutting services to its riders, Muni and its Board considered all options, including finding additional sources of revenue; why, when faced with a $16.9 million deficit, Muni is still spending $67 million in work orders to other departments for services which may or may not have anything to do with public transportation; and why Muni's overtime costs continue to increase to the point that the MTA now accounts for half of the City's overtime costs. *Bond Oversight.
I'm proud to report that we worked hard to make sure that the $412 million Public Safety Bond that will go on the ballot this June complies with best practices to ensure transperancy and accountability. Among the things we successfully pushed for are making sure that as much of the work actually goes through a competitive bidding process that ensures that local companies have an opportunity to compete for the work; making sure that there are meaningful workforce development efforts to provide jobs for local residents; and making sure that, before being asked to vote on the bond, voters get as much information as legally possible about how the money will be spent, including detailed information about the projects that will be completed if the bond passes. *Community Office Hours.
I'm happy to report that we continue with our efforts to hold office hours in the District. On Friday, February 26, I held office hours at L's Cafe in the Mission. Thank you to all the Mission residents who showed up. It was a pleasure speaking with you. To accommodate people's working schedules, I will be holding office hours this coming Saturday, March 6, at Progressive Grounds (400 Cortland Ave.) in Bernal Heights. *Hilly Ronen.
I'm happy to report that Hillay, our new Legislative Aide, began her employment this Monday, March 1. We welcome Hillary to our office and hope you all have an opportunity to meet her soon.
Working for You
In 2008, the Community Corridors Partnership Program and the Department of Public Works implemented an elevated street cleaning service in busy merchant corridors called an Eco Blitz. This past month, the program was reinitiated with the addition of Night Walks. An Eco Blitz is comprised of street steaming, litter pick-up, graffiti removal, and maintenance of tree basins. All of this was coupled with outreach to merchants and residents about relevant policies and citations for lack of compliance. Due to the positive response the program now includes Night Walks, the same service provided between 7 PM to 10 PM to accomodate merchants with later hours.
District 9 has two scheduled Night Walks.
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: 24th St, Potrero-Folsom
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: 24th St, Folsom-Valencia
For more information or to see the complete schedule of Eco Blitz's and Night Walk's, please visit this website.
Representatives from SF Environment and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be visiting the Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods to help businesses cut energy costs through the San Francisco Energy Watch program. A partnership between the City of San Francisco and PG&E that delivers energy efficiency services and incentives to local San Francisco businesses.
Call the San Francisco Energy Watch hotline at 415.355.3769 or visit the website for more information.
Spotlight on 9
As part of Black History Month, we had the privilege of honoring one of our outstanding District 9 residents--Karen Huggins. For many years now, Karen has been dilligently fighting to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community, residents of our public housing developments. We honored Karen for her invaluable work advocating not only for the residents of Holly Courts, where she lives, but also for the residents of Alemany. Most recently, Karen and others convinced the Housing Authority to finally provide Holly Courts with more than $500,000 in funding for badly needed repairs.
"Salute to Heroes"
Date: February 1 - March 15
Time: regular business hours
Location: California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
SF, CA, 94118Description:
Please join the Academy in saluting our local heroes. From Feb 1-March 15 teachers, firefighters, police officers, and military personnel will receive free admission with proof of occupation and a valid ID. The promotion is good for one individual
For more information:website.
Please contact Alison Rempel Brown, 415-379-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the California Academy of Sciences
Grease Removal Device Town Hall Meeting
Date: Wednesday, March 3
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, in partnership with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, will host a meeting to discuss the new grease removal devices that some food service establishments will be required to install due to a new San Francisco Ordinance. The SF PUC will discuss the who will need a new device, the costs associated with installation, and the long term savings in reduced sewer bills. Feel free to stop by and learn more about the ordinance and if your food service establishment is affected.
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street,
San Francisco, 94118
Bayshore Boulevard Economic Action Plan
Please attend this community workshop to discuss plans for the future of Bayshore Boulevard. Please join a team of consultants proposing various strategies to help existing businesses and revitalize the corridor. The meeting is open to the general public and officials will answer questions about the project as well as the Lowe's store being constructed. Future meetings will follow.
Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Alex Pitcher Room,
Southeast Community Facility
1800 Oakdale Avenue
Contact: Licinia McMorrow, SF Redevelopment Agency
Opportunity For Immigrant Youth
If you are a young immigrant and either attended high school in SF or currently attend college in the San Francisco Bay Area then you are eligible for up to a $5,000 scholarship. Educators for Fair Consideration established this opportunity through there 2010 New American Scholars Program. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and demonstrated community impact, regardless of their citizenship status. The scholarship also includes mandatory community service and professional development activities. Applications are due March 5th and require an online and paper application. For more information or to access the online application please visit the website
The Mission Asset Fund is currently looking for a Program Assistant. The desired applicant is ideally bi-lingual (english/spanish) and has an interest in developing asset-building opportunities and social justice in the Mission community. The position is funded through the Jobs Now Program and applicants must meet the programs eligibility criteria. For more information or to find out how to apply please visit this
Event: Plaza Adelante Grand Opening
Community Clean Team Annual Kick Off
Organization: SF Department of Public Works
Date: Saturday, March 6th
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
700 Alemany (@ Ellsworth)
Description: Join the SF Community Clean Team as they wander portions of Districts 9 & 10 to help beautify them. Volunteers will participate in gardening, litter-pick up, plant fruit trees, paint-out graffiti, and other activities. Alemany Farm will host a green resource fair with activities for children.
For more information: Please dial SF Clean City at 415-552-9201 or email them at email@example.com.
Event: Juan Cuba:Boleros, Tangos, and More!
Organizer: Red Poppy Art House
Date: Saturday, March 13
Time: Doors 7:30, Show 8PM
Location: Red Poppy Art House
Description: Please join well known artist Juan Cuba for a night of diverse latin and french music. It covers music from the 30's to the present and Juan is a favorite at the Red Poppy.
Organizer: Plaza Adelante
Date: Saturday, March 6
Time: Press Conference 11:30 AM, community festival to follow until 4 PM
Location: Plaza Adelante
2301 Mission St
Description: Plaza Adelante is the only community based asset-development center in San Francisco. Come join the opening day festivities and enjoy free entertainment and tax preparation provided by Bank of the West.
Event: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Open Board of Directors Meeting
Organizer: Mission Cultural Center for Latino ArtsDate: Date: Wednesday, March 17
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Mission Community Council
1850 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Description: An open Board of Directors meeting where the public will be able to ask questions about any issue relating to the centers interests.
Event: Mission Station, Community-Police Relations Meeting
Organizer: Mission Community Council (MiCoCo)
Date: Tuesday, March 6th
Time: 6 - 8PM
Location: Mission Station
630 Valencia St,
Description: Join MiCoCo for an organization update looking at relations between the community and the SFPD.
For more information: Contact Emily Caassen,
Organizer: Cafe Revolution
Date: Friday, March 19
Time: 8:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Location: 3248 22nd Street
Event: Sunday Streets 2010
Organizer: Livable City
Date: Sunday, March 14
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM
Note: In both June and July, the Mission will host Sunday Streets events.
Location: Embarcadero, From Fisherman's Wharf to China Basin
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Sat, March 6
10:00AM - 12:00PM
400 Cortland Ave. (x: Bennington St.)