What a busy winter! I am excited to highlight some of our work and changes in our office over the last few months.
I am excited and grateful to my colleagues for appointing me as president of the County Transportation Authority. Created in 1989, the Authority is responsible for long-range transportation planning for the city. It analyzes, designs, and funds improvements for San Francisco's roadway and public transportation networks. Given this new position, my seat on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and our work securing free MUNI for San Francisco youth, I look forward to continuing to work hard to ensure that San Francisco has a world class transportation system.
President Chiu also decided to shift the membership of many Board committees. I am no longer the Chair of Government Audit & Oversight Committee. Instead I sit as a member of the Rules Committee and I chair the joint City and School District Select Committee. I also chair the Local Agency Formation Commission that has been working to implement Community Choice Aggregation to bring a clean energy alternative to San Francisco.
Elections & Ethics
We have been working to preserve and improve our Ranked Choice Voting system, enhance education and outreach to voters, and ensure that our ethics laws and commission fulfill their responsibility of limiting improper influence exercised by campaign contributors over elected officials. Towards this end, today I introduced a hearing request on the efficacy of San Francisco's Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance and its enforcement.
Promise Neighborhood Grant
The U.S. Department of Education has selected San Francisco's Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) to receive a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant of $500,000 to support school improvement and revitalize the Mission neighborhood. I am extremely excited to be working with MEDA, dozens of other Mission based organizations, and SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia, to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to improve the quality of the schools in our district and further coordinate neighborhood resources and services to strategically support children and families in the Mission District. If we are successful in our planning effort, we have the potential of bringing up to $30 million in additional funding for our schools in the next five years.
Hearing on Issues Affecting LGBT Seniors
On January 26, I held a hearing together with Supervisors Scott Wiener and Christina Olague on the needs of LGBT seniors in San Francisco. The hearing inspired large turnout of LGBT seniors and community based organizations providing services to this community. I was deeply moved to hear the significant challenges faced by LGBT seniors including those who lack family care as they age, continued discrimination by senior services providers, and the unique challenges that elderly people face when living with HIV. I look forward to participating in an ongoing working group to continue the conversation and develop solutions to these critical issues.
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City Sponsored Activities & Events
REC & PARKS BOND DISCUSSION
Please join Supervisor David Campos, the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance for the District 9 Parks Bond Program neighborhood meeting.
We will be discussing the 2012 park bond planning process and seeking your ideas during this stage of the community driven process. Community feedback and outreach played a crucial part in the success of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and we are building on that successful framework. Approved by 71.6% of San Francisco voters, the 2008 bond has helped to address the more than $1 billion in capital needs faced by the city's park system by implementing $185 million in park improvements project at sites all across the city.
We would like to hear from you and see what might currently be missing from our community parks and what new needs might have emerged since 2008.
Join the conversation tomorrow, February 29th at 6:00 p.m. at
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue.
SAN FRANCISCO FAMILY SUMMER
Come to learn about over 200 summer activites for San Francisco children, youth, and their families! There will be family fun activites and giveaways!
This Saturday, March 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Concourse Exhibition Center at Eighth and Brannan Streets.
For more details, click here or call 311.
FREE DISASTER PREPARDENESS TRAINING
Take this FREE training series by the San Francisco Fire Department to become certified as a part of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). This six week course will train you in earthquake awereness, preparedness and hazard mitigation, basic disaster skills, disaster medicine, light search and rescue, and team organization and management.
The course begins March 13th and follows each Tuesday for six weeks. The classes are from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Valencia Gardens Community Room, 370 Valencua Street @ 15th Street.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-970-2024 to register.
Visit here to learn more.
REGISTER FOR SPRING ACTIVITIES AT SAN FRANCISCO PARKS
Registration for Spring activities and classes at San Francisco parks begins March 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Spring Activities will be running March 11 - May 26, 2012.
Sign-up quickly before the classes fill up! Scholarships are available!
See the catalog and Sign up on-line here. You can also sign-up in person at Mission Recreation Center - 2450 Harrison Street @ 20th Street - 695-5014.
Stay tuned because Summer sign-ups are also right around the corner on Saturday, March 17th at 10am!
NEXT REDISTRICTING MEETING
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. The next community meeting is on March 1st at 6:00 p.m. at Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street. .
GRAND OPENING OF CASA QUEZADA
Join Supervisor Campos to celebrate the completion of this 52-unit building providing housing to formerly homeless individuals in our community.
This event is also the official unveiling of the building's new name, which honors Eric Quezada, former Executive Director of Dolores Street Community Services, who helped to make this dream a reality for the community.
Event will include Refreshments, Brief Remarks from City officials and Community Leaders, and Building Tours.
Thursday, March 1st, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at 35 Woodward Street.
JOIN HOMEY & SUPERVISOR CAMPOS FOR
- EN LAK ECH -
Join us to celebrate HOMEY and its 12 years of reconnecting youth to their indigenous roots. The event will include music, a silent auction, light refreshments, and HOMEY apparel.
We are reaching out to you with the Maya teaching 'En Lak Ech' (Tu eres mi otro yo/You are my other self), a proverb that embodies HOMEY's core values, by helping others you help yourself.
We hope that you can support these essential programs.
Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Women's Building, 3543 18th Street.
VETERAN & MILITARY RESOURCE FAIR
The San Francisco Armed Forces Community Covenant announces an all day free resource fair for servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The organization's mission is to bring the community together to ensure comprehensive support and accessibility to those who serve.
Friday, March 2, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue.
For more information, click here.
|Community Office Hours in the Mission
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 Portola neighborhood.
Date: Friday, March 16th
Location: Sunrise Restaurant, 3126 24th Street btwn Shotwell & Folsolm