San Francisco Magazine Profile
I was profiled in the March issue of San Francisco Magazine. Check out the profile here.
Micro-Units on CBS This Morning
CBS National News interviewed me as part of a story on the new micro-unit developments in San Francisco and my legislation allowing for micro-units. You can watch the story here.
I recently sat down for a Q&A with the San Francisco Chronicle. If you ever wanted to know why I didn't become a veterinarian, click here.
Join Me for Pride
Please join me for the 44th SF Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30th! Don't miss out on all the colorful and outrageous fun that makes Pride a must-attend event every year. For those who have never marched in the Parade before, this will be an unforgettable experience. Friends, families, children and pets are all encouraged to join in the festivities. Date & time for the start of the parade are as follows:
Sunday, June 30th
To join us in the celebration, please email your name, t-shirt size and mobile number to Adam Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 415-554-6968. Don't miss out on this fantastic, only in San Francisco celebration!
|Scott at last year's Pride Parade with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence|
My Policy Work
We have one of the highest pedestrian injury rates in the State, and it's imperative that we do all that we can to make our streets safer. Recently, I introduced legislation that will expedite delivery of pedestrian safety projects -- like bulb-outs and sidewalks extensions -- by streamlining city processes and amending City codes to favor pedestrian upgrades. While our city polices identify pedestrian safety as a priority, our actual rules undermine pedestrian safety by causing projects to get tangled up by interagency bureaucracy, conflicting policy priorities, and outdated codes.
This legislation is composed of four parts: an ordinance that mandates interagency coordination by creating a centralized Street Design Review Committee; an accompanying resolution calling for city agencies to modernize street code provisions, better coordinate their efforts around public projects, and formulate clear procedures to do so; an ordinance making it easier for developers to build pedestrian safety projects and gift them to the city; and an ordinance amending the Fire Code to ensure that pedestrian safety projects are not unnecessarily impeded by the code's definition of minimum street width.
Improving Entertainment and Nightlife
Entertainment and nightlife are a central part of our city's cultural identity and economic strength. According to an Economic Impact Report released by the City Economist last year, the industry creates $4.2 billion a year in economic activity, 50,000 jobs, and $50 million in tax revenue. In my continued work to ensure a vibrant and responsible nightlife sector, I've introduced amendments to the Police Code to allow for more live music and DJ performances. Specifically, the legislation will simplify permitting for venues (e.g., cafes, art galleries) that want to use a DJ before 10 p.m., allow limited outdoor music in plazas and courtyards, and enhance and expand the enforcement powers of the Entertainment Commission. The legislation will also clarify and clean up outdated or redundant parts of the Code. This legislation fosters live entertainment while also heightening our ability to monitor and regulate people violating the law, which will help us to ensure that we have a thriving nightlife that draws residents and visitors to our local businesses.
|Scott presenting an award with Sister Roma at the Nitey Awards|
The recent rash of robberies in various parts of the district - indeed, all over the city - has been jarring to many in the community. We need to stay safe and make sure we are holding these perpetrators accountable. Over the past two months, I've held several community meetings in the district with residents, community groups, the police and the district attorney to discuss these crime trends. These meetings have been productive in connecting the police, residents, and neighborhood safety organizations. I also continue to communicate almost daily with our local police stations and to work as part of our budget process to continue funding new academy classes. For a number of years, SFPD had no academy classes, and as a result, the department is short 300 officers. That shortage undermines our ability to have enough officers on the street. We are now funding three academy classes per year, and the shortage will eventually end.
It's critical that everyone participate in making our neighborhoods safe. Even with a fully staffed department, true public safety requires strong public participation. There are a number of ways you can help:
--Form a neighborhood watch on your block. SF SAFE (www.sfsafe.org) provides free training to neighbors about how to have an effective neighborhood watch. You'll learn safety tips and also get to know your neighbors better, which is key to neighborhood safety.
--Join your neighborhood's public safety organization, or organize one if none exists. In the Castro, Castro Community on Patrol (www.castropatrol.org), which I co-founded in 2006 after a series of rapes in the Castro, engages in walking patrols and public education efforts around safety. For those who are interested in getting involved, there is a volunteer training on Sunday, March 24th from 1pm-4:30pm at the Chase Community Meeting Room. In order to register, anyone interested must send their full name, mailing address, and primary contact telephone number to Training@CastroPatrol.org. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence started the "Stop the Violence" program to educate the public about personal safety. More information here.
--Report burned out streetlights by calling 311. Ask for a tracking number, and if the light isn't fixed within one week, please call my office (554-6968) and provide the tracking number so that we can follow up. The Glen Park Association is trying to identify particularly dark spots in the neighborhood that can use more lighting. Encouraging neighbors to keep their porch lights on at night can also improve street lighting.
--Always be safe when you are walking outside, including in broad daylight. Don't use your phone unless necessary, and don't be oblivious on the phone. When walking at night, try to walk with someone else if that is possible.
We also need to pressure cell phone manufacturers and carriers to make it possible to "brick" (i.e., kill) cell phones that are stolen. As long as these phones can be reused, a black market will exist for them, and there will be an incentive to rob people of them. I recently conducted a hearing about smart phone and tablet robberies. At the hearing, SFPD, the District Attorney's Office, and representatives from MTA discussed robbery trends and prevention strategies. District Attorney George Gascon has been pushing hard on this issue, and I support his efforts.
City-Wide Bike Share Program
Starting this year, San Francisco will participate in a bike-sharing pilot program that will include 350 bikes and service a small portion of the downtown core of the city. While this is an important first step, it's not enough, and we need to ensure that this pilot quickly leads to a broader city-wide program. That's why I introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling on the MTA to implement a full-scale, citywide bike share program by 2014. By offering residents publicly accessible bicycles at stations throughout the city, a larger bike-share program will reduce traffic, improve public transit, and stimulate our economy.
|Scott throwing out the first pitch at opening day of the San Francisco Gay Softball League|
Muni Funding Op-Ed
I recently published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle urging the City to start prioritizing transit funding. Transit funding has been deprioritized in San Francisco, and too often, money that should be going to Muni is used for other policy needs that - while important - should be funded in ways that don't reduce money that is critical for Muni's maintenance and reliability. I look forward to a continuing dialogue about how we can better prioritize transit funding and make the system more reliable.
Transportation Task Force
Mayor Lee is convening a Transportation Task Force to address both local and regional long-term transportation planning and funding, and the Mayor has asked me to serve on the Task Force. I applaud the Mayor for focusing on transportation issues, and I look forward to working with various stakeholders to improve the way we fund and plan for our transportation system.
CEQA Appeals Reform Legislation
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is an important state law that ensures both public and private projects don't have a negative impact on the environment. This is a good law for our city and state, but San Francisco's local process for appeals of CEQA determinations is badly flawed. The process is unpredictable and chaotic and in bad need of reform. Last fall, I introduced legislation to establish a transparent, predictable CEQA appeals process for our city that encourages public participation through an increase in public noticing as well as creation of a clear timeframe for CEQA appeals. (Currently, the deadline to file CEQA appeals in San Francisco is unclear, which leads to delays and confusion.) My legislation is supported by various good-government, neighborhood, transit, affordable-housing, and labor organizations. After months of public outreach and 34 amendments to the legislation, the Planning Commission, last week, recommended approval. The legislation will come to the Board of Supervisor for consideration next month.
As my legislation moves towards the Board, one of my colleagues, Supervisor Jane Kim, has introduced alternative CEQA appeals legislation. Supervisor Kim's proposal will make the CEQA appeals process longer, more bureaucratic, and more expensive, which is the exact opposite of what this process needs. I will continue to work to bring my legislation to the full Board in the coming weeks, so we can see meaningful reform of this broken process.
2001 Market Pedestrian Plaza
Last week, the Planning Commission approved a plan to dramatically improve the Market/Dolores intersection by improving pedestrian access and creating a beautiful new plaza in this growing area . I'm a big supporter of this project and worked to move it forward. These improvements, which will be built as part of the development that is bringing the Whole Foods to the area, will increase pedestrian safety and activate public space. I look forward to seeing this underutilized public space become a more attractive place for pedestrians.
|Scott and Mayor Ed Lee sporting orange ties in honor of MS Awareness Month|
The State of Urban Trees
Trees beautify our streets, clean our air, filter storm water and cool our neighborhoods. A report by the National Recreation and Parks Area demonstrates the important of these effects on air quality near parks, including how they relate to air temperature, pollution, ultraviolet radiation, and carbon dioxide levels. Unfortunately, we have not been doing a good job of protecting and growing our urban forest to ensure these benefits. Recently, a report by American Forests came out listing the top 10 best cities for urban forests, and we didn't make the cut. Though we strive to be environmentally conscious in San Francisco, we are failing in the development and maintenance of our urban forest. We must do a better job maintaining, replacing, and adding to the trees in our parks and on our streets. We also need to stop forcing property owners to care for street trees that they may not have planted, may not want, may not know how to care for, and may not have the ability to care for. For a number of months, I've been working with people in the community, city departments, and my colleague John Avalos to develop a dedicated funding stream for our urban forest, conditioned on the city taking back full responsibility for street trees. I hope that we can come up with a solution that works for our city and that better maintains and expands our urban forest.
HIV/AIDS Funding Hearing
Last year, at my urging, the City worked to backfill federal and state cuts to HIV/AIDS programs by adding in funding to our local budget. Thankfully, we accomplished that, but this year the same problem has arisen, and before we go into the budget process, we need to know what these federal and state cuts are, and how much we need to replace. Next week, I will hold a hearing at the Budget and Finance Committee on this critical healthcare issue. It's essential that we protect funding for these HIV care and prevention programs, so that we ensure uninterrupted treatment for our most vulnerable citizens.
Dr. Sue Carlisle
Vice Dean of University of California, San Francisco
As part of Women's History Month, I honored Dr. Sue Carlisle at the Board of Supervisors for her years of work at San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Carlisle has been invaluable to our community in leading UCSF's efforts in the rebuild of SFGH, educating the next generation of doctors at UCSF, and elevating the status of women at UCSF and SFGH.
|Scott and Dr. Carlisle at the Women's History Celebration at the Board |
Castro Streetscape Project
The design process for the Castro Streetscape Project is continuing full steam ahead. We are continuing to work to implement the long-desired widening of the Castro Street sidewalks, as well as other pedestrian upgrades on this critical thoroughfare. The community design phase will be wrapping up in the next couple of months. The next community meeting for the project will be April 3rd from 7-9 pm at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy (19th St., between Collingwood and Diamond). Please join us to hear about design plans and to add your input to the project. To stay up-to-date on the project, add yourself to the project's mailing list by signing-up at: http://signup.sfplanning.org. Just check the box for the "Castro Street Design Project."
Glen Canyon Park Construction
Construction at Glen Canyon Park started in early January and is progressing steadily. When complete, the project will feature improvements to the tennis courts, children's play area, recreation center, landscaping, and Elk Street entrance. There are signs around the park that direct visitors to the open entrances, as well as provide information about the renovation project. Also, there are ADA-accessible porta-potties available seven days a week; they may be found near the Bosworth Street entrance. To date, the tennis courts and their surrounding retaining walls, as well as the old children's play equipment, have been removed to make way for the new courts, playground and other amenities. Some of the park's benches and tables have been removed for safekeeping; they will be returned when the renovation nears completion. Later this month, the construction crew will begin to make way for the new tennis court walls. There will be some new equipment on site to perform the work. Some folks have noticed that it has been quieter around the site for the past couple of weeks. Over the last few weeks there has been work performed by utility companies, which is less visible. Assuming there are no additional delays, the project is anticipated to be completed in November 2013. For more information, visit the project's website or contact Karen Mauney-Brodek at email@example.com or (415) 575-5601.
Dolores Park Renovation Update
The Dolores Park renovations remain on schedule to be completed by the Fall of 2014. The Environmental Review process is anticipated to be completed by mid-April. Under the phased construction plan, the project will take place in two six-month stages beginning in Fall 2013. The new Helen Diller Playground will remain open throughout construction. Last week I attended a meeting held by Dolores Park Works where I spoke about the project. Jake Gilchrist from the Recreation and Parks Department also attended and gave a presentation on the project. For more information, visit the project's website or contact Jake Gilchrist at Jacob.Gilchrist@sfgov.org or (415) 585-2561.
|Scott with Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and Police Chief Greg Suhr at the|
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Entertainment and Nightlife Project Manager
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development is hiring a Project Manager position for the Entertainment and Nightlife Sector. This is an important position that grew out of the Economic Impact Report on Entertainment and Nightlife that I called for when I first came into office. If you're interested in applying, click here.
Giant Sweep Anti-Litter Campaign Poster Contest
Deadline: April 29th
San Francisco's Giant Sweet wants to showcase our students' creativity and communicate the importance of keeping litter off the street. Giant Sweep is looking for a dynamic, attention-grabbing poster that conveys the spirit of the anti-litter campaign launched by the City and the San Francisco Giants last month. One winner will be selected from each of the three following grade categories: elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12). The prizes: $500 for the student artist, $500 for the sponsoring teacher, and $500 for the school! Submission must be completely original. All submissions must incorporate "Giant Sweep" into the design. All posters need to be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The design size of the file must be a printed size of 11"x17". File size must not exceed 5MB. Files accepted as .pdf only. Please retain original artwork in the event your design is selected. Include your first and last name, e-mail address, home phone number, name of school, name of sponsoring teacher, grade, and title of submission.
City Attorney targets Check 'n Go borrowers eligible for $4.3 million in refunds
City Attorney Dennis Herrera launched a website to identify borrowers of Check 'n Go who may be eligible for refunds in interest, fees and finance charges. The website www.CALoanRefund.org offers downloadable claim forms and information about the statewide refund program. You may qualify for refunds if you obtained a four-month installment loan online between Nov. 2006 and June 2008 through the websites: checkngo.com, ilp.fbdel.com, or commandloans.com. Claimants must mail in a claim form and the required ID, postmarked by March 28, 2013
License 123 - Find Out Which Permits & Licenses Your Business Needs
Are you ready to take that next step to start your own business in San Francisco? Whether you're opening a restaurant and hiring 10 employees or starting your own consulting service in your home office, you will need to apply for the proper permits and licenses in order to comply with City, State, and/or Federal requirements. San Francisco wants to make this process as easy as possible by gathering all the necessary forms in one place. Rather than visiting numerous departments to pick up application forms, or downloading them from various websites, business owners can now download everything from one place. You can always receive customized, one-on-one assistance from the Office of Small Business if you have any questions regarding License 123 or how to start your business in San Francisco. Services are available by phone, walk-in, and by appointment, M-F, 8am-5pm, at City Hall, Room 110. To schedule an appointment, please call 415-554-6134, or email, email@example.com. All services are available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish."
Executive Director of the Positive Resource Center
As part of the Board of Supervisors African-American History Month celebration, I honored Brett Andrews, the Executive Director of the Positive Resource Center. Brett has been an important leader in the community, especially in providing services to those living with HIV/AIDS and fighting against HIV/AIDS funding cuts.
|Scott and Brett Andrews at the African-American History Month Celebration|
Recology Rate Increase Workshop
Thursday March 21st
City Hall, Room 421
Recology, the San Francisco refuse collection and processing company, has filed an application for an increase in residential refuse collection and disposal rates for trash, recyclables and compostables (black, blue and green bin services). The Department of Public Works will host an informational workshop to review the final application with interested members of the public. Representatives from Recology, the Department of Public Works and the Department of the Environment will present an overview of the rate application and take public comment at the workshop.
Support for Families - 2013 Information & Resource Conference
Saturday, March 23rd
John O'Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St, San Francisco
This free annual conference is geared towards families of children with disabilities and special health care needs and the professionals who work with them. The event will feature 25 different morning and afternoon workshops including topics on behavior, bullying and the law, iPads and apps, conservatorships, and more; Keynote Speakers; free lunch for attendees who pre-register; and an exhibitor fair including a variety of Bay Area agencies. For more information and to register, please visit www.supportforfamilies.org.
Spring Community Party at Walter Haas Park
Saturday, March 23rd
Walter Haas Park in Diamond Heights
Join neighbors at the Spring Community Party in Walter Haas Park. This public event features the Easter Bunny, food, beverages and entertainment by The Babar Jug Band. The party is sponsored by the Resilient Diamond Heights Project, SF CARD, St. Aidan's Church, and Walgreen's.
|Scott riding with Supervisor Malia Cohen in the Chinese New Year Parade |
LGBT Center's Annual Soiree: Studio 11
Saturday, March 23rd
San Francisco Design Center Galleria
2 Henry Adams Street
The SF LGBT Center is pleased to announce its annual soiree, Studio 11, will be held on Saturday March 23, 2013 from 7 to 11pm at the SF Design Center Galleria. We bring you the exclusive opulence of the discotheque era, for one night only and this time everyone's a VIP. Surprise impromptu performances throughout the night, as well as appearances by drag superstars Ambrosia Salad, Dia Dear, Anna Conda, Fauxnique, Manacure Versace, and more. Dance to the beats of world famous DJs Bus Station John, Dr. Sleep, and Sergio Fedasz. Like the Center, Studio 11 allows everyone ages 21 and up to feel like the VIPs they are. On March 23, come join the party as an equal. You're in! Tickets available at www.SFCenter.org/Studio11
Castro Community on Patrol Volunteer Training
Sunday, March 24th
Chase Community Meeting Room
501 Castro Street
Castro Community on Patrol (CCOP), founded in November 2006, is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safety and safety awareness in the Castro and Duboce Triangle neighborhoods. Anyone 18 years or older can participate in training which helps prepare people to act as the "eyes and ears" of the police department, whether they are formally on patrol or just enjoying the neighborhood. For those who wish to patrol with CCOP, once they complete training, they will be asked to complete four supervised patrols with more experienced patrollers in order to be fully certified. All patrols are made up of three patrollers with the most experienced person leading the patrol. Patrols are typically 2.5-3 hours long on different days and times. CCOP also assists the community at many special events.
Nuns of the Above Boulder Dedication
Saturday, March 30th
AIDS Memorial Grove
Golden Gate Park
Please join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for the dedication of the first permanent Sister memorial in the world: the Nuns of the Above Boulder in the National AIDS Memorial Grove. A few months ago my office helped organize a fundraising event for the Nuns of the Above Boulder, which is a wonderful tribute to so many members of our community.
|Scott speaking at an Organizing for Action press conference about how sequestration will affect HIV/AIDS funding |
Castro Streetscape Community Meeting
Wednesday, April 3rd
Please join us to hear about design plans from city staff and to add your input to the Castro Streetscape project. To stay up-to-date on the project, add yourself to the project's mailing list by signing-up at: http://signup.sfplanning.org. Just check the box for the "Castro Street Design Project."
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
19th Street (between Collingwood and Diamond)
LGBT Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic
Saturday April 6th
Low-income households can take advantage of a FREE tax filing assistance clinic. Skilled volunteers will make sure that your taxes are filed correctly, confidentially and securely. Registered domestic partners and same sex married couples are welcome, and childcare is available upon request. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Maximum household income is $51,000. To reserve a spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come see this month's FREE Tot Concert at the Upper Noe Valley Rec Center. The concert is for all ages, and is sponsored by the Friends of Noe Valley Recreation Center.