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Greetings!  
  

Last month, I shared with you my priority of public safety.  This month, I want to tell you about the exciting work we are doing to make public transportation more transparent and accessible to all San Franciscans, including our children.


Children on MuniYoung people from across the city have told me that the cost of riding Muni has gotten out of reach of working class communities.  In May 2010, Muni youth fares increased 100 percent from $10 to $20.  In response, the Board of Supervisors and the MTA Board of Directors supported the creation of the Youth Lifeline Program, which would offer a discounted pass to eligible low-income youth.  Most eligible youth live in households with incomes at or below 130% of the poverty line (that's $28,665 a year for a family of four).  However, administrative challenges at the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) led to major delays, and the Program has yet to be launched.  


In response, our office partnered with the SFMTA, SFUSD, Supervisors Avalos, Cohen, Kim, Mar, and Mirkarimi, Mayor Ed Lee, the Youth Commission and community-based organizations to find solutions to implementing the Program.  On February 22, the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported our resolution urging the SFMTA Board of Directors to provide free Muni passes to 12,000 eligible low-income youth for the last 3 months of this Fiscal Year.  It's a small way of providing reprieve to low-income families hit hardest by this economy, and to ensure our children can get to school.  In the fall, the Program will be implemented as a discounted pass.


The SFMTA Board of Directors will consider this proposal on Tues, March 1 around 3:30pm at City Hall, Room 400.  Youth and families from across the city will be speaking on behalf of this proposal. We hope you will join us.


Authority LogoAlso, I am honored to continue serving as Vice Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (Authority) and Chair of the Authority's Plans and Programs Committee.  In these capacities, I have asked independent consultants to conduct the second part of a two-part management audit of the SFMTA.  The audit will gauge the SFMTA's effectiveness at managing its capital program, construction projects, and fleet and systems procurement, and provide concrete recommendations to improve current agency practices.  Last year, we asked the Budget and Legislative Analyst to conduct the first part of the audit, which revealed excessive costs as a result of scheduling inefficiencies, and the lack of Board oversight.  We anticipate results from the second part of the audit in late spring 2011.

                                    


 

Working for You

  

SPECIAL JOINT PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE / POLICE COMMISSION HEARING ON COMMUNITY POLICING IN SAN FRANCISCO

 

Community policing

Event: Hearing on Community Policing & the Community Police Advisory Boards

Department: Board of Supervisor's Public Safety Committee & Police Commission

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Board of Supervisor's Chamber - City Hall

Description: Come testify about what Community Policing means to you and whether you believe SFPD implements a strong Community Policing program in San Francisco. Also share your thoughts and experiences about the Community Police Advisory Boards. Are these boards effective? How do they work? Add your voice to the discussion and hear from city officals about the status of Community Policing in San Francisco.  

 

For more information:
 Contact Hillary Ronen, hillary.ronen@sfgov.org or

415-554-7729 

 

WALK FIRST 

 Walk First

Department: Department of Public Health, SFMTA, and the Planning Department

Description: The WalkFirst project will identify where people walk and how to make safety improvements to best serve pedestrians. The project's goal is to improve walking conditions in San Francisco and encourage walking as a way of getting around the city. The City wants to know where you walk and the conditions you face.

 
Visit the website and take the survey:

 SPRING YOUTH BASEBALL

SIGN-UPS

Youth Baseball

        

Department: SF Rec and Park

Description: Individual and team sign-ups for boys and girls, grades K-8, are happening now. SF Rec and Park and the SF Fire Department's Flame Athletics present the San Francisco Youth Baseball League, the oldest and largest youth baseball league in the city.  Last year Rec and Park had over 1,500 players on 115 kindergarten t-ball through 8th grade kid-pitch teams.  To sign up:   register on the SFYBL website.

 

 

  
Spotlight on 9
San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network

 

 

SFILEN

 

SFILEN is a unique and groundbreaking collaboration of thirteen organizations (8 of the thirteen are located in the Mission!!!) - each with decades of experience providing free immigration legal services and community education to low income immigrants in San Francisco. Immigrants make up one-third of San Francisco's population, yet many are faced with the challenges of isolation and limited access to services. SFILEN works hard to confront these challenges. Its mission is to promote full access to social services, direct legal services, civic engagement, legalization, freedom of movement, and reunification with family and community, for all immigrants and their families regardless of their immigration status. Learn more about this dynamic network at http://www.sfimmigrantnetwork.org/  


 

 
District Events
  

 

Planned Parenthood

 

Event: Planned Parenthood Open House

Organizer: Planned Parenthood

Date: Thursday, February 24 (4 - 6 pm) or Thursday, March 10 (5 - 7 pm)

Location: 1650 Valencia Street

Description: To visit the brand new health center that recently opened in the Mission. For security reasons, RSVP's are required.  To register, please e-mail: kwolford@pp-sp.org or call (925) 676-0505 Ext. 5220

 

 
Romero 
  
Event: Romero Vive Celebration
Organizer: CARECEN

Date: Thursday, March 31st

Time: 6 - 9 pm

Location: San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 410 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Description:  Join CARECEN to celebrate the life of Monsignor Óscar Romero and the 25th anniversary of CARECEN's founding by honoring three outstanding people who embody Mosignor Romero's legacy: Father Jon Sobrino,S.J., Maria E. Gallo, and Eric Quezada. To purchase tickets and learn more information, visit the website.  


 

  

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District Events
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Community Office Hours In Bernal Heights 

Nervous Dog Coffee

Please visit Supervisor Campos on Friday, March 4th, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for community office hours at Nervous Dog Coffee - 3438 Mission Street (at Kingston). Hope to see you there!