As this year winds down, I wanted to reflect on all that we have accomplished together in 2011. I continue to be wowed and humbled by the incredible volunteerism and creativity of District 9 residents, businesses, and organizations. Without you, my office would not have been able to accomplish so much to improve our neighborhoods and incredible city. I look forward to continuing our work together next year. With warmth, our office wishes you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season.
Now, a quick look back on 2011:
- Good Government: I authored legislation with Supervisor Farrell to reign in overtime expenditures by City Departments projected to overspend their budgeted overtime amounts by nearly $40 million. The new law requires the City's top ten overtime departments, which are responsible for 97% of the City's overtime spending, to seek approval from the Board of Supervisors if they want to spend more than their budgeted overtime amounts. I also authored legislation to televise the Ethics Commission's regular monthly meetings to provide the public with a chance to monitor and understand the commission's role in regulating campaign laws and the conduct of local officials.
- Public Safety: Working with the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and a group of District 9 residents we wrote and passed an ordinance defining Community Policing. Police Chief Suhr used this ordinance to implement the first of its kind Departmental General Order on Community Policing that will require greater officer interaction with the community and more visible presence in our neighborhoods. We look forward to continuing to work with the department to implement the new General Order. In addition, I have been working with beat officers in the Mission to find jobs and higher education opportunities for gang involved individuals that are ready to escape street violence.
- Worker's Rights: Together with the Progressive Workers Alliance and Supervisor Mar, we achieved unanimous passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance. This ordinance will give San Francisco's Office of Labor Standards Enforcement increased power to ensure that all San Francisco workers are rightfully paid for their work. We also held a hearing on abuse of low-wage workers that lead City Attorney Dennis Herrera to bring a lawsuit against Tower Carwash for failing to pay its workers for the time they wait to begin work each day.
- Immigrant Rights: Together with immigrant rights leaders, we helped convince Mayor Ed Lee to finally begin implementing a City law that provides undocumented youth the constitutional guarantee of due process. The law that I authored passed by a supermajority of the Board in November 2009 but former Mayor Newsom refused to execute the law.
- Transportation: I worked with community groups, the SFMTA, and SFUSD to implement the Youth Lifeline Pass program as a free transit pass for 12,000 low-income youth during the last three months of Fiscal Year 2010-2011. Responding to a 43% cut in yellow school buses and a 110% increase in the price of youth transit passes, we are continuing this campaign by working to provide free youth passes to all San Francisco youth ages 17 and under. As part of the campaign, I am working with multiple agencies to raise funds to cover the cost of the program. In addition, the Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed me as a representative to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.
- Health: Together with the San Francisco Labor Council and health advocates, we passed legislation to close a loophole in the Health Care Security Ordinance that allows employers to claw back unused money in workers' Health Reimbursement Accounts at the end of each year. Unfortunately, Mayor Lee vetoed this legislation. However, we brought the public's attention to the issue, including the fact that restaurants were pocketing the majority of consumer surcharge dollars they collect in the name of employee health care. We also held a hearing on how corporate consolidation of hospitals relates to higher costs. The hearing helped the Mayor negotiate favorable terms in its development agreement with California Pacific Medical Center as it seeks to build a mega hospital in Cathedral Hill. Finally, we passed a resolution urging the federal government to stop harassment of landlords that provide space to medical cannabis dispensaries.
- Budget: During this year's budget cycle, we worked closely with community partners, the Budget & Finance Committee, and the Mayor's Office to protect funding for vital services such as violence prevention, child development, supportive housing, workforce development for youth and adults, labor protections, legal counseling for immigrants, and public health services for transgendered persons and seniors.
- Planning: We passed legislation to protect vintage signs, such as the 1940's Coca Cola sign on Tompkins Street in Bernal Heights, by streamlining the application process and clarifying the definition of vintage sign. I was also a strong proponent of the successful streets bond measure on the November ballot. This measure will provide the City with much-needed funding to address deferred maintenance of our roads, and provide for pedestrian, bicycle and streetscape improvements.
- Environment: As chair of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) and working with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, I helped move forward CleanPowerSF, a public power program that will offer San Francisco residents and businesses 100 percent renewable energy by 2017. I also called on LAFCo to survey how other Bay Area cities procure waste collection, hauling, and disposal to ensure that the City and its residents were getting the best deal possible prior to approving a 10-year, $112 million contract for the city's waste disposal.
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REDISTRICTING: Make Sure to Include Your Voice in this Important Process
On March 8, 2011, the US Census Bureau released its 2010 decennial census data for California. According to this data, San Francisco's population is 805,235, an increase of 28,502 people (3.7%) from the 2000 census count of 776,733 people. Because this population growth was uneven across the City's supervisorial districts, this required that the district lines would need to be redrawn based upon the Charter. The Board of Supervisors convened a Task Force to carry out the required redistricting with members appointed by the Elections Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor. The Charter vests the Task Force with the responsibility of redrawing supervisorial district boundaries by April 15, 2012. The Task Force is also charged with educating the community about the redistricting process and receiving community input regarding how district lines should change.
The redistricting Task Force holds regular community outreach meetings. To see the meeting schedule, click here
. The next meeting to specifically address District 9, will be February 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
YouthWorks is Hiring!
San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program designed to expose youth to public service careers and build job readiness skills in a supportive environment. Our District 9 Office has very happily employed several YouthWorks interns over the years! Perhaps you or your son or daughter could be next!
- Be enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2011/2012 school year
- Live AND go to school in San Francisco
- Be able to work at least 6 hours per week , Monday-Friday between 9am and 5:00pm
- Be able to attend mandatory workshops on Monday or Tuesdays from 4 - 6PM twice a month
- Commit to participate for the entire Spring session (January 2012 through May 2012)
- Be able to present original documents to meet YouthWorks' requirements.
For more information and to download the application, click here. Please note, the deadline for applications is January 6th 2012 before 5:00 p.m.
Don't Let Good Water Go to Waste
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has launched year four of our popular Discounted Rain Barrel and Cistern Program. Starting now, get discounts of 30-60% off 60-gallon rain barrels and up to $640 off cisterns!
You may also wish to consider utilizing graywater. Our Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater Program lets you convert your clothes washer into a garden-watering system -- for less than $15! You'll get a Laundry-to-Landscape kit, installation training, in-home technical assistance and more!
Get details on both of these programs here.
Project Update Meeting: Cesar Chavez Sewer & Streetscape Improvements
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012
Location: Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School Auditorium - 3125 Cesar Chavez Street (at Harrison Street)
Description: Join the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Public Works for a an update on the Cesar Chavez Sewer and Streetscape Improvement Project. Construction work on the sewer improvements is currently underway and will be followed by streetscape improvements. Both phases of construction are estimated to be complete by the Summer of 2013.
For any questions regarding the meeting, please contact:
Alex Murillo, Department of Public Works, Alex.M.Murillo@sfdpw.org / (415) 437-7009
Idil Bereket, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, email@example.com / (415) 554-0741
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
Date: Opening Reception January 18th, 2012; Deadline to Submit a piece for the exhibit January 6th, 2012
Location: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts - 2868 Mission Street
Description: 'You Are Beautiful' is a simple, powerful statement aspiring to create moments of positive self realization. The intention behind the message is to be received as a simple act of kindness, an innovative approach to a fundamental concept. This exhibition is inspired by a 2005 Los Angeles exhibition that resulted in over 100 works from 50+ artists from around the world. Thisis an open call to make your own 'You Are Beautiful' piece. Any size & media. Work may be curated for the exhibition itself. All works will be documented and displayed on the website, or in future publications. You may have your work returned to you, or installed on the streets of San Francisco at the end of the show.
For more information, click here.
Community Office Hours at Charlie's Deli Cafe
Please join us for our next community office hours. It's an opportunity to bring your ideas, concerns and comments directly to Supervisor Campos, while supporting a local business. Thanks to those of you that joined us at our last community office hours in the Mission neighborhood.
Date: Friday, January 6th
Location: Charlie's Deli Cafe, 3202 Folsom St. (Across from Precita Park)
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights