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Responding to Mission Shootings

I am saddened and deeply concerned about the recent homicides and shootings in the Mission district. I am in constant contact with Captain Corrales about the situation. The Captain and Chief Suhr have informed me that most of the shootings were not random violence but rather personal conflicts between individuals. They assure me that District 9 residents are safe in our neighborhoods and, although there was a string of violent crime, that the crime was not focused on the general public. I am joining the Police Commission in the Mission District today  to discuss violence in our district in greater depth. I hope to see you at the meeting tonight (Wednesday, September 28th, 6:00 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 825 Shotwell)

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Proposing Free Muni for Youth

Youth, parents, and community groups across the city have told us that they are worried about rising transit costs, shrinking school bus service, and a weak economy.  Last week, we launched a public campaign with dozens of community groups and City leaders calling on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to institute a program that would provide Muni free-of-charge to children 5 to 17 years of age.  We have also identified possible sources of funding and efficiencies.  Supervisors Avalos, Cohen, Kim, Mar, Mirkarimi, and I introduced a resolution encouraging our local, county and regional transit agencies to work together to make this program a reality. It's one critical step we can take to improve the quality of life for all families in the city, and to support and encourage a new generation of transit riders for our future.  Join us as the Board of Supervisors considers the resolution at the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee on Thurs, Oct 6 at 4pm in City Hall Room 263, and the SFMTA Board discusses the initiative on Tues, October 18 at 4pm in City Hall Room 400.  To learn more:
loopholeClosing the Health Care Loophole, Ending Consumer Fraud
I have been involved in a legislative fight to remove a loophole in the Health Care Security Ordinance that is allowing employers to claw back money they are required to set aside for workers' health care, leading to widespread consumer fraud, especially of restaurant patrons, and causing unfair competition for the vast majority of San Francisco businesses that provide meaningful health care to their employees. To learn more:
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Celebrating Victory Against Wage Theft

I am proud of our recent victory and work with the Progressive Worker's Alliance and Supervisor Mar to combat wage theft in San Francisco. We passed a Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance with unanimous support from the Board. The ordinance increases the powers of San Francisco's Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to recover unpaid wages of San Francisco's low-wage workers. We look forward to continuing to work on these issues to ensure that the basic value of a fair day's wage for a fair day's work is a reality in San Francisco. To learn more:


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Photo by Jason Winshell
Are you the parent of a San Francisco public school student in middle or high school? 
Take part in a focus group hosted by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to share your opinion on school transportation options. Contact Alexis Smith at or (415) 364-0000 to sign up. Focus group attendees will receive $50 for their participation. You also can take our online survey-or encourage your child to do so. Visit Website. Please note that the survey will close on Friday, October 7, at midnight.


Fall Classes at Mission Arts Center are now open for registration!
Aztec Dance, Belly Dance, Tot Dance & Tumbling, Parent / Child Woodworking, Youth Paint Exploration, and the Art of Dia De Los Muertos
Mission Arts Center
745 Treat Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
To register online please visit: Website




District Events


Event: Lanyee: A Ballet from Guinea, West Africa 

Organizer: African Advocacy Network and Duniya Dance Co.

Dates & Times: September 30-October 1, 8pm; October 2, 6pm

Location: Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., San Francisco

Description: A spectacular performance of high energy West African dance and music directed by Bongo Sidibe, "Lanyee" follows the story of a man named Mamadou, who leaves his disharmonious village in a quest for peace. He encounters many obstacles along the way, including a skirmish with immigration police. Mamadou finally reaches a land of musicians and dancers, and brings them back to his village, showing his king and fellow countrymen how art has the ability to bring people of different ethnicities and classes together.Featuring some of West Africa's most highly acclaimed dancers and musicians, including Bongo Sidibe, Alseny Soumah, Karamo Susso, Mohammed Kouyate, Ousseynou Kouyate, Balandugu Kan Los Angeles, and more. This performance has been generously supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission's Arts and Communities Innovative Partnerships grant and Dancers' Group's New Stages for Dance program. Leadership support for the New Stages Dance Initiative is provided by MetLife Foundation. 

Tickets: $15/advance, $20/door and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets


first fridays on 24th streetEvent: First Fridays on 24th Street

Sponsors: Sponsored by the Lower24th St. Merchants and Neighbors Association in collaboration with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, The Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Office of Supervisor David Campos. Other Sponsors include: Live Local, SF Guardian, SF General Hospital and El Mensajero
Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2011
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Location: 24th Street from Mission Street to Potrero Ave.
Description: Discover 24th ~ Something for all! Enjoy street performers, discounts, food tasting, art, music and childrens activites in the heart of the Mission. Including longer hours from 6 to 10 PM and more childrens activites. Some performers include: Fire jugglers, Pre-Teen Rock band, Samba dancers, Puppet show for kids, SF Lowrider Car Clubs and more....
For more info: Website


Event: Free Haircuts!
Organizer: Homey
Date: Fri, October 7, 2011
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: 1337 Mission Street, 2nd Floor (@10th st)
Description: Have an upcoming job interview? Need to sharpen up? Oye!!!! Marinello School of Beauty - San Mateo Campus is offering FREE haircuts, blow drys & flat iron styles, and nail polish change (for men, women & kids). First come, first serve!!!!! Tips accepted but not required.
For more information: Contact Marinello Instructor Nasha Aquino at or 415-994-5175, or Roberto E. Alfaro of Homey at or 415-861-1600  


Event: 5th Annual Portola Garden Tour

Organizer: San Francisco's Portola District Garden Tour

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: 22 gardens in the Portola neighborhood

Description: Come and explore San Francisco's Garden Distrist at the 5th Annual Portola Garden Tour. You'll see many gardens of all types hidden in the backyards of the sunny Portola District. All proceeds benefit The Portola Garden District Scholarship at City College of San Francisco (CCSF).  The tour is a wholly volunteer event with all monies raised benefiting our scholarship fund. Tickets are now on sale on San Bruno Avenue outlets: Family Connections, Fat Beli Deli and Sterling Bank and at Flora Grubb Gardens at 1634 Jerrold at 3rd Street. Our tour is a benefit for The Portola Garden District Scholarship at City College of San Francisco for a deserving student of the Environmental Horticulture and Floristy Department. The 2011 tour will be our 5th year as a benefit. This year we have 22 gardens in total, nine of which are brand -new to the tour and unseen publicly, several more have been revamped and all are worth a second or third look. The Portola enjoys uncharacteristically sunny weather for San Francisco and is home to many avid amateur and award winning gardeners. The neighborhood also boasts one of the highest rates of homeownership in the city. The Portola is located in the Southeast sector of the city, from Silver Avenue at the north to Mansell to the south with highway 101 as the eastern border and McLaren Park to the west. 

For more information: Website


fiesta on the hill logoEvent: Fiesta on the Hill 2011

Organizer: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2011

Location: Cortland Avenue

Time: 11:00am-6:00pm

Description: Fiesta celebrates the diversity that is part of the rich fabric of Bernal Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods. This family-friendly, alcohol-free festival features activities and entertainment for all ages. Past musical performers included Venezuelan Music Project (2010), Baba Ken (2009), and SambaDá (2008). Fiesta on the Hill draws over 15,000 people from San Francisco and the Bay Area.

For more information: Website 






IN THIS ISSUE: Sept 2011
District Events
SPECIAL NOTE  cinderella
Jane Willson, the artist whose work is on display in the District 9 office, 
opened a new exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library:

The Shocking Truth About Cinderella
Description: An exhibition by San Francisco artist and writer Jane R. Willson
Location: San Francisco Main Public Library in the Fisher Children's Center gallery
Dates: Sept 1 - Nov 1, 2011
Exhibit Info: Website
Workshop Info: Jane Willson will also offer a free Shocking Truth About Cinderella arts workshop in the Main Children's Center on October 23, 2011, from 2 pm - 4 pm. She welcomes children, parents and interested adults to an afternoon of art making, where participants will dive into the wildly creative world of mail art, using the Cinderella Library exhibit for creative inspiration. For workshop details and registration, see The San Francisco Public Library Events page.