Here is a summary of some of our work over the past few months:
Illegal Dumping on Bernal Hill
Photo by Todd Lappin
Recently, the top of Bernal Hill has been the site of several instances of illegal dumping. The piles have included lawn trimmings, construction materials, and a pile of demolition debris which the perpetrator set on fire. This behavior is outrageous, dangerous, and unacceptable. I have been working with Captain Mahoney of the Ingleside Station, the Recreation and Parks Department (Rec & Park), the Department of Public Works (DPW), and the District Attorney's Office (DA) to address the situation.
In the short term, the Recreation and Parks department will be installing a sign to make it clear that dumping is illegal and will be investigated by the authorities. We are also working to get lighting installed in the areas where the dumping occurred - an area that is currently completely dark. Finally, thanks to evidence collected by a Bernal resident, the DA is in the process of investigating a series of leads that will hopefully locate the perpetrator(s) of the most recent string of illegal dumping.
Read more: DPW's Illegal Dumping Page
Unanimous Passage of Legislation Creating a Wage Theft Task Force
The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation, co-authored with Supervisor Mar, to create a Wage Theft Task Force. The Task Force, comprised of city staff, worker advocates and business representatives, will make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on legislation needed to address wage theft, additional resources that should be directed to city departments to adequately address the problem, and data, studies, or research required to better understand the issue. The Task Force will provide an important and necessary opportunity for city departments, worker advocates, and responsible businesses to coordinate their efforts to address this wide-scale form of worker abuse.
Read more: The National Employment Law Center Blog
Free Muni For Low Income Youth Approved By the MTA
Photo from POWER
We achieved two significant victories in our campaign to secure free MUNI for San Francisco Youth! The San Francisco MTA Board approved the plan for low-income San Francisco Youth and the County Transportation Authority designated $400,000 to fund the 2 year pilot project. We have also secured $4.9 million from the School District and MTA, getting us closer to achieving enough funds to make MUNI free for all low-income San Franciscan youth! We will be seeking additional funds from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in June.
Free Muni youth passes rack up $400K boost
S.F. agency OKs free Muni for low-income kids
Legislation Creating Tax Exemption for Small Businesses
In an attempt to stimulate job creation. I co-sponsored legislation with Supervisor Mark Farrell that would establish a four year payroll expense tax exclusion for small business' new payroll expenses. I believe we should be prioritizing the fiscal health and encouraging job creation in small businesses - that account for a large amount of economic activity in San Francisco - but don't always receive the benefits that big business enjoy. I was proud to work with Supervisor Farrell to include a section in the legislation ensuring that any small business that benefits from the exemption, has not committed any violations of San Francisco's worker right's laws.
See legislation: Here
Hearing on San Francisco's Ethics Laws
I asked our Budget & Legislative Analyst to prepare a report comparing San Francisco's Ethics Laws and Enforcement to Los Angeles. The report focused on campaign financing, enforcement and education, lobbying, and transparency and found several instances where Los Angeles' laws were stronger than San Francisco's laws. We held a hearing on the report at the Rules Committee and heard from many government ethics advocates about how we can improve our Ethics laws and enforcement. I look forward to continuing to work on these issues to ensure that our laws allow for the best informed electorate possible.
Read more: Hearing looks at ways to improve Ethics Commission
Watch hearing: Rules Committee 6/7/2012
|Photo from the Bay Area Reporter|
Saving HIV/AIDS Services
We are proud to have worked with Mayor Lee and Supervisors Wiener and Olague to ensure the full restoration of $6.6 million for HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention funding in Fiscal Year 2012-13. Given massive cuts in federal funds for HIV/AIDS services, San Francisco's commitment to filling the funding gap is essential to protecting this vulnerable community.
Read more: San Francisco AIDS Funding Restored: Ed Lee Promises $6.6 Million To AIDS/HIV Services
The Mission District Is The Pilot Neighborhood for Monthly Sunday Streets
We are thrilled that our advocacy helped in the decision to hold Monthly Sunday Streets in the Mission District! The Sunday Streets 2012 season features a four-event Mission Sunday Streets Pilot project, consisting of four consecutive events the first Sundays from May to August on the popular Mission route. The purpose of this pilot is to explore the feasibility of holding more frequent Sunday Streets events on an established route by holding one Sunday Streets on the first Sunday of each month to see what the challenges are and how it works for the community.
Read more: Sunday Streets returns to Mission, with lots to do
Visit Sunday Streets Website: Here
Introducing Portola Community Groups To Other Community Groups In District 9
We are so excited to incorporate the rest of the Portola into our district. We recently hosted a meeting and invited three wonderful community organizations - The Portola Neighborhood Association, Portola Family Connections, and the San Francisco Empowerment Center - to meet and share information with community based organizations in the Mission and Bernal Heights. We look forward to continuing to work with our new constituents in the Portola and North Mission as the new district boundaries take effect.
Announcements & Events
FOLLOW-UP COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT THE
MISSION ALCOHOL SPECIAL USE DISTRICT
For decades, there has been special controls limiting the number of establishments that call sell Alcohol in the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use District. The Special Use District was formed with the intention of preserving the residential character and the neighborhood-serving commercial uses in the Mission. The District includes the area generally bounded by Guerrero Street, San Jose Avenue, Randall Street, Mission Street, Cesar Chavez Street, Potrero Avenue and Fourteenth Street.
In April, Supervisor Campos hosted a community meeting to discuss potential changes to the legislation. Individuals posed many questions at the meeting including question regarding enforcement of the current law. Please join Supervisor Campos, representatives from the Planning Department, the Alcohol and Beverage Control Department, and SFPD at a follow-up meeting on this topic.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Plaza Adelante - 2301 Mission Street (at 19th).
Feel free to contact Hillary Ronen (415) 554-7729 with questions.
RENT BOARD NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH
Come learn about your rights and responsibilities under San Francisco's Residential Rent Ordinance. Rent Board staff will provide an informational presentation on the Rent Ordinance and the Rent Board's services followed by first-come first-served individual counseling. Presentation will be provided in English and Spanish.
Saturday, June 16th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Women's Building, Room A, 3543 18th Street.
For more information, click here.
STERN GROVE CONCERT SERIES BEGINS IT'S 75TH YEAR IN JUNE
San Francisco's original music festival, Stern Grove Festival, has announced its 75th season of admission-free concerts, Sundays at 2 p.m., from June 24 through August 26, at Sigmund Stern Grove. This summer's 10-week concerts series features an array of pop and jazz music greats, including Anita Baker, Sheila E, Al Jarreau, OK Go, Ozomatli, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Meshell Ndegeocello, as well as the City's three classical institutions-the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera. Stern Grove Festival is the only venue in the world where all three of these renowned cultural institutions perform every summer, completely admission-free.
SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION UNVEILS MADE-IN-THE-MISSION PUBLIC ART PROJECT
On May 22nd, the Recreation and Parks Department opened the newly remodeled Mission Playground featuring a new public artwork commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission. Mission-based artist Michael Bartalos transformed the park fence adjacent to the Valencia and 19th Street entrances into a parade of animals and whimsical characters. The project was made possible because of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Public Art Program.
To read more about the Public Art Program,click here.
SUMMERBRIDGE VISITORS DAY
For over 30 years, Summerbridge has provided tuition-free academic enrichment and advocacy to motivated but underserved middle school students, making the best educational opportunities available to students with limited resources. Come by Summerbridge Visitor's Day. The theme of the day is how education allows youth to own their own future. The keynote speaker at the event will be Charles M. Collins, CEO of the YMCA.
Wednesday, July 11th from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at San Francisco University High School. 3065 Jackson Street (between Lyon and Baker).
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GET REALLY READY - NERT TRAINING
Join the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team and the San Francisco Fire Department to celebrate and learn how to prepare for any emergency, large or small.
Each workshop covers what you need to know to prepare individually, as a business, and as a community, including: Risk Awareness, Disaster Supplies, Personal Disaster Planning, Utilities Overview, NERT Overview, SF SAFE: Organizing your block.
Sunday, July 8, 2012 from 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3:30 p.m. at SFFD Division of Training, 2310 Folsom Street at 19th Street (enter on 19th Street). Street parking only. Public transit advised.
RSVP to 415-970-2024 or email email@example.com with "Get Really Ready" in the subject line.
Community Office Hours in the Portola
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 Bernal Heights neighborhood.
Date: Friday, July 20th
Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Location: Fat Beli Deli, 2598 San Bruno Ave. (between Burrows St & Felton St)