It is incredible how fast my second year as District 9 Supervisor has flown by. I continue to feel humbled and grateful to have such a meaningful job. I am privileged to spend each day working with district 9 residents, strong progressive community based organizations and unions, small businesses, and my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to improve city government and help all San Franciscans thrive.
I want to thank you all so much for working with us to achieve so many victories. Some of these victories include:
· We passed groundbreaking legislation to ensure that medical institutions take into account the health care needs of our residents when building or expanding existing facilities in San Francisco;
· We developed a plan for the revitalization of Bayshore Boulevard in collaboration with Supervisor Maxwell's Office that supports existing businesses on the corridor, promotes local hiring, attracts new businesses, and mitigates traffic concerns;
· For the first time in 14 years, we launched a two-phase performance and management audit of the SFMTA to improve the Agency's accountability and practices;
· We worked with key City leaders to pass a balanced budget and preserve the most critical services for residents of San Francisco and District 9;
· Together with the Lower 24th Street Merchants & Neighborhood Association, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, we launched the Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative to improve the 24th Street corridor;
· We spearheaded the boycott of Arizona to denounce the anti-immigrant Senate Bill 1070;
· We worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to reopen Garfield Pool;
· We helped create the first LGBT friendly homeless shelter in San Francisco;
· We supported the launch of the Mission Community Market, a weekly, outdoor marketplace that celebrates the Mission District's diversity;
· We worked with the Department of Public Workers to improve our City's infrastructure including the repavement of Bernal Heights Boulevard; and
· As the Chair of the Rules Committee, we vetted hundreds of Commission appointments to make sure the nominees were the best representatives to advise the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on policy decisions.
In spite of all our tremendous victories, I know that most San Francisco families are struggling more than usual this year. I recommit to working with you throughout 2011 on the issues that matter most to families and working people in San Francisco. We want to create economic opportunities for all San Franciscans and also need to protect our safety net services in the budget despite the large deficit. We must focus on public safety and especially on directing our youth towards excellent educational opportunities and stable jobs as an alternative to street gangs. We will focus on overall job creation, affordable housing, and access to health care. We must improve MUNI. Given the bleak economic climate, our work will be challenging. However, just as we did this past year, by working together, I believe we can not only survive these challenging times, but prosper.
I wish you and your family a very happy, healthy, and fun holiday season and look forward to working with you next year. As always, do not hesitate to contact our office if we can help with anything.