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I want to take the opportunity to talk about a crucial issue in our communities - foreclosures. The issue of foreclosures isn't just a problem for places like Daly City, Stockton and Riverside. It is also an issue hitting close to home - right here in District 9. An estimated 88 families in Bernal Heights alone are facing home foreclosures or foreclosure-related evictions, and they span throughout our neighborhood.


The crisis has galvanized groups like Occupy Bernal, a collective of neighbors supporting other neighbors facing foreclosures and evictions to bring an end to the crisis. They have teamed up with organizations like the Occupy San Francisco, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, a HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) certified counseling agency. These organizations have been helping families facing foreclosures in San Francisco, especially in the Bayview and other southern neighborhoods.


Occupy Bernal has raised awareness about the impact of foreclosures at City Hall. Together, we met with representatives from Wells Fargo Bank, a key mortgage lender, and successfully delayed the auctions of homes facing eminent foreclosure. Now we will begin shedding light on new data about foreclosures throughout San Francisco and identifying strategies to address the crisis head on.


In February, the San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder released a report that reviewed the mortgage industry's compliance with California's foreclosure laws in San Francisco foreclosure cases. The study looked at 382 of the 2,405 San Francisco loans (16% of the total) that resulted in foreclosures between January 2009 and October 2011. The findings identified one or more irregularities in 99% of the subject loans, and found one or more clear violations of law in 85% of the loans.



Being deeply concerned about these findings, I and my colleagues Supervisors John Avalos and Christina Olague, introduced a hearing request to give the public an opportunity to learn about the details of the Assessor-Recorder's study. The hearing will also consider a resolution authored by Supervisor Avalos that supports the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, urges City and County officials and departments to protect homeowners from unlawful foreclosures, and requests that City contractors, and all mortgage and banking institutions to suspend foreclosure activities and related auctions and evictions until State and Federal measures to protect homeowners are in place.



The Hearing is scheduled for the Land Use & Economic Development Committee on Mon, April 2 around 2pm. I hope to see you there. 







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City Sponsored Activities & Events


Girls Sports Play Day in Bernal Heights!


Girls, stop by Bernal Heights Rec Center (500 Moultrie) on March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a Taster's Choice Girls Athletics Play Day, where you'll get to meet coaches, make new friends and get a sampling of a variety of sports, including soccer, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, and four square. Ages 5-12.


For more information, call Melvina Hill at (415) 203-9509.


 MTA Holds Community Workshops on the Transit Effectiveness Project


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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), will hold a series of outreach workshops for the next phase of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), a joint effort by the SFMTA and the City Controller's Office that aims to transform Muni so that people can get where they want to go more quickly, reliably and safely. The SFMTA will host 10 TEP community workshops in March and April to review the TEP proposals, facilitate future community involvement and shape the final proposals.


Two meetings that will address the 14 Mission bus will take place April 4th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the Bayanihan Center, 6th and Mission streets and April 11th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the Women's Building, 18th and Valencia.


For more information, click here. 


District 8 & 9 Budget Townhalls

Please join Mayor Edwin Lee, Supervisor David Campos, and Supervisor Scott Wiener for the District 8 & 9 Budget Townhalls. This is your opportunity to influence the San Francisco annual budget - what many people call the most important policy document that comes out of city hall. How we spend and prioritize $6.6 billion each year determines everything from the services we can offer in our health clinics, to how many pot holes we fill, to the number of officers we assign to foot patrol beats in our neighborhoods.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 4th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Buena Vista Horace Mann, 3351 23rd St. at Valencia.



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Community Events


San Francisco Mime Troupe

Youth Theater Project (YTP) 2012


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YTP is an after-school program for Bay Area teens running from February 13th through April 20th. In this internship students will be producing the Youth Theater Project 2012, learning stage production, acting, playmaking, improvisation and earning a small stipend!


Come see the final production of TYP on Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m. Both shows will be at the Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street. Admission FREE!


For more info: Call (415) 285-1717.


Bernal Library Art Project Painted Tile Fundraiser


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Precita Eyes Muralists and Precita Valley Neighbors invites families and Bernal Heights residents to partcipate in creating a painted tile that will be installed in Precita Park Children's Playground. Donations of $100 per tile will support the Bernal Heights Library artwork by Precita Eyes Muralists for the Cortland Facade.


Come paint your tile on Saturday, March 31st. There are two sessions (10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm) at Precita Eyes Mural Arts Studio - 348 Precita Avenue.


For More Information, call (415) 285-2287










IN THIS ISSUE: March 2012
City Sponsored Activities & Events
Community Events
Community Office Hours in Bernal Heights



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, April 20th

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Location: Nervous Dog Cafe, 3438 Mission Street
: Bernal Heights