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June 2013 Newsletter

Office Phone: 415-554-6968

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In this Newsletter

 

Policy Work

Budget Update

Pedestrian Safety

Food Trucks

CEQA Appeals

Public Transit Work

TIC Reform

Entertainment Regulations

Noe Valley Town Square

Soft Story Update

Parking Tax Collection

 

Community Updates

Noe Courts Renovation

Glen Canyon Rec Center

Castro Streetscape

 

Community Calendar

 

Office Hours

 

Thursday, July 11th

9:30am-11:00am

City Hall, Room 274

 

Saturday, July 13th

11:00am-1:00pm

Maxfield's House of Caffeine

398 Dolores Street

 

NOTE: Occasionally, we need to reschedule office hours.  To ensure that you learn of any changes before making the effort to attend, please check with the office a day or two before or alternatively call the office to put your name on the office hours list so that we can notify you if any changes occur.

 


 

 

March With Me At 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
10:00am


To join us in the celebration, please email your name and mobile number to Adam Taylor at [email protected] or call my office at 415-554-6968. If you're interested in helping to organize or get other people involved, please contact Adam. Don't miss out on this fantastic, only in San Francisco celebration!

Policy Work

Budget Update:  Roads, HIV/AIDS Services, Clean Public Spaces and Parks
We’re at the height of budget season, and I’m hard at work as a member of the Budget Committee.  While we are having a strong budget year due to the good economy and recovering tax receipts, we also have challenges on which I’m quite focused.  The Mayor’s proposed budget contains some very good news, including full funding of road resurfacing and significant backfilling of federal HIV/AIDS cuts.  Now that the budget is in the hands of the Budget Committee, I’m focused on a number of key priorities, including backfilling the remaining $3 million in federal HIV cuts that the Mayor’s proposal doesn’t backfill, increasing our LGBT youth housing capacity in the Castro, improving the Department of Public Works’ capacity to clean public spaces, and improving park maintenance.  I look forward to a successful conclusion to our budget process in the coming weeks.

Pedestrian Safety Legislation Passes
Making our streets and sidewalks safe for pedestrians and other users is a priority for me.  For example, I’ve worked hard to move streetscape projects forward, including the Castro Street sidewalk widening project and improvements to the Dolores/Market and Bosworth/Diamond intersections.  Last week, the Board approved my legislation to improve the City’s process for implementing pedestrian improvements by requiring better coordination among city agencies and updating outdated codes.  Our current process is disjointed, causing delays, watering down pedestrian projects, and sometimes killing those projects.  By improving coordination and updating applicable code provisions, we can move forward more efficiently in making our roads safer for all users.

Scott at the Lafayette Park opening with DPW Director Mohammed Nuru, Senator Mark Leno, Supervisor Mark Farrell, Rec and Park GM Phil Ginsburg, Treasurer Jose Cisneros and community members


Food Truck Reform Legislation Passes
This week, the Board of Supervisors passed my legislation reforming and improving our regulatory approach to food trucks in San Francisco.  Food trucks have quickly become an exciting part of our city’s innovative food culture. These small businesses are often run by young people, women, and immigrants, and they add vibrancy to our streets.  However, the rules around food trucks are inconsistent, outdated and insufficiently detailed, leading to an uncertain and chaotic permit process.  These outdated rules cause problems for both food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants. Two years ago, I was approached by the impacted parties and asked to broker a compromise to bring a better and more balanced approach to food truck regulation – one that would allow both food trucks and traditional restaurants to flourish.  After two years of negotiation and analytical work, we were able to achieve a compromise that was unanimously passed by the Board.

CEQA Appeals Process Legislation Moves to Board
For the past year, I’ve been working on legislation to create a more transparent and predictable process for appeals to the Board of Supervisors under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  This past week, after a huge amount of work and dialogue, my legislation was forwarded out of the Land Use & Economic Development Committee to the full Board, where it will receive a vote next week.

CEQA appeals to the Board range from mega-projects to small home improvement and park projects.  San Francisco has no statutory process for how these appeals are to be handled and doesn’t even have a clear deadline for filing the appeals.  As a result, the process is chaotic and frustrating for both proponents and opponents of projects, leading to multiple appeals and even appeals in the middle of construction.  Three previous Supervisors have attempted to pass legislation over the past decade to establish clear procedures, but none have been able to move the legislation forward.  Last November, I took another stab at the problem and introduced legislation.  Since then, the legislation has had 11 public hearings, has been the subject of numerous meetings with both supporters and opponents of the legislation for feedback, and has been endorsed by nearly 30 affordable housing, transit, park, neighborhood, and good-government organizations.  Both the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission have recommended its passage.

Condo/TIC Conversion Legislation
Last year, I joined Supervisor Mark Farrell in introducing legislation to provide one-time relief for tenancy-in-common (TIC) owners while protecting the small number of tenants who live in these overwhelmingly owner-occupied buildings.  TIC owners are frequently first-time homeowners, and because of a huge backlog in our condo lottery, many are struggling with high-interest joint-ownership mortgages. Several months ago, three of my colleagues amended the legislation in a way that made the legislation highly problematic for TIC owners.  As a result, Supervisor Farrell and I were no longer able to support the legislation, which passed over our dissents. The legislation may still be helpful for many TIC owners – I certainly hope that it will be – but it creates risk as well.  Click here for information about how TIC owners may be affected by the legislation.

 

Scott speaking to students at McKinley Elementary School


My Public Transportation Work
As always, public transportation – and particularly Muni – is a high focus for me.  I have the honor of representing San Francisco on the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and serving as Vice Chair of our County Transportation Authority.

 

Muni Performance Hearing

While anyone who rides Muni every day (including me) knows that the system suffers from frequent delays and overcrowding, it’s important to move beyond general experience and to understand the data underlying the problems.  We need more than stories to fix Muni – we need real numbers that shine a light on where Muni is struggling, how this affects the city, and what we need to do to improve. Last month, I convened the inaugural hearing on Muni Performance and  Productivity Impacts, at which Muni provided a detailed statistical performance report, including data about on-time performance, vehicle shortages, and how extended service delays impact the city’s economic productivity.

Some key numbers from this hearing for the current fiscal year:

  • Muni’s average on-time performance is 58.7%, compared to 85% as mandated by the voters.
  • Muni has insufficient light rail vehicles on 2/3 of weekdays and insufficient electric trolley coaches 50% of the time.  This lack of vehicles has a direct impact on service capacity.
  • Muni experiences, on average, 216 line delays per month of more than 10 minutes.
  • Muni meltdowns during weekday rush hours conservatively cost San Francisco $50 million a year in lost productivity.

These numbers paint a stark picture of Muni’s current service levels. The goal of this hearing, and the ensuing quarterly reports I’ve requested, will keep a bright light on Muni’s performance and help build public awareness and support for making better investments in the system.
 

Planning for Muni’s Future in Light of Growth

As evidenced in the Muni Performance Hearing, Muni is struggling due to frequent vehicle breakdowns and insufficient service capacity for our current population.  These deficiencies will only get more severe as our population grows and the system continues to age, unless we take bold action to shore up the system and expand service. With a growing population – San Francisco is estimated to grow by as much as 150,000 residents in coming decades – significant new development, and a possible new sports/concert arena at Piers 30-32, now is the time to ensure that Muni can meet not only today’s transit needs, but also the transit needs of the future.  How will we sustain significant new ridership along Market Street, South of Market, along our waterfront, and in the southeastern neighborhoods if we don’t have enough Muni capacity to meet current demand?  We ignore this challenge at our peril, and, frankly, we are not doing enough to plan for this future need and to fund it.

I’ve taken to recent steps to help the City understand and plan for this future transit need.  First, I recently requested a hearing where City staff will report on how the City is planning to expand Muni’s capacity – and how that expansion will be paid for – in light of significant planned development as well as Muni’s current severe shortcomings. Otherwise, we are going to see more people using cars, and our congested roads will become even more clogged.  Second, I asked the Controller to conduct a study on the feasibility of a transit fee surcharge on all tickets sold for large entertainment and sports events in San Francisco. The study will consider a range of fee levels to generate revenue for improving transit service, for example, purchasing more light-rail vehicles and rehabilitating the vehicles we have. Preliminary estimates are that a modest transit surcharge can generate as much as $22 million annually to improve Muni reliability.

 

Light Rail Vehicle Seat Configuration

Until Muni can renovate its fleet and purchase additional vehicles, it needs to make the most of its current fleet.  In particular, our light rail vehicles are often packed during rush hour, with insufficient standing room.  Recently, I joined Supervisor London Breed in requesting that Muni consider reconfiguring the LRV seating to increase standing room. The current configuration minimizes standing room and makes the boarding and de-boarding process difficult and slow.  By reconfiguring the seating to maintain enough seating for those who need it while increasing standing room, Muni can increase its capacity in a cost-effective manner.
 


Scott at the Cow Palace wishing the AIDS/LifeCycle participants (including Leg Aide Adam Taylor) good luck.

 

Entertainment Legislation: More Live Music and Better Enforcement
The Board of Supervisors recently passed my legislation to make needed improvements to our approach to live music and enforcement around places of entertainment.  The legislation creates new permits for live music in plazas – where no such permits currently exist – and allows day-time and early evening use of DJs in restaurants, cafes, galleries, and other places where a low-key DJ in the background ads to the environment.  These improvements will allow for more live music in our city.  The legislation also gives the Entertainment Commission more flexible authority to enforce against nightclubs and other venues that violate their permit or have no permit.  Finally, the legislation allows for better enforcement of the noise ordinance on our sidewalks in extreme situations, for example, the drummers in Union Square who continually violate the noise ordinance with their deafening and disrespectful sound levels.  The legislation won’t impact street music generally, much of which doesn’t come close to violating the noise ordinance.


Legislation to Acquire the Noe Valley Town Square
A few weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors passed my legislation to acquire the Noe Valley Town Square site.  This long-desired acquisition will be complete by the end of June, thus preserving this critical public space.  The Noe Valley Farmers Market will be able to continue at the location – and possibly expand – and the parking lot will be transformed into a public plaza instead of being developed as condos.  I’m very proud of the Noe Valley community for coming together, putting forward this great idea, and persevering over years to see the project through.  Even without a commitment from the city to purchase the site, the neighborhood was able to raise a half million to support post-acquisition work.  This was truly a grassroots process.

This Saturday June 22nd at 10:30 a.m., we will be having a small celebration at the Farmer’s Market to celebrate the acquisition.  For more information on the Town Square, to make a pledge, or to find out about Saturday’s celebration, you can click here or contact Todd David at [email protected]

Soft Story Legislation Update
The Soft Story legislation that I co-sponsored has been approved and signed by the Mayor. As we move toward implementation, I want to be sure that property owners are aware how this legislation will affect them, what steps they need to take, and what financing options are out there.  The ordinance became operative on June 18th, and the first step will be the noticing and screening of all the buildings within the scope of the ordinance. The Mayor’s Office is estimating that the notices, which are currently being worked on, will be going out around mid-September. Once these notices go out, the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Building Inspection will be convening financing workshops both citywide and in our district. You can learn more about the soft story legislation and its implementation here.

 



Scott at the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association Breakfast

 

Parking Tax Collection Amnesty Period Ending June 30th
The amnesty created by my Residential Parking Tax Legislation will expire at the end of this month.  Property owners who have been renting out parking spaces in their buildings to non-building tenants who come forward by June 30 will be liable for no more than two years worth of back taxes, with no penalties or interest.  For years, small property owners were unaware that they had to pay taxes when renting out parking spots to people who didn’t live in their buildings. However, this has always been the law. When the Tax Collector started to seek back payments from property owners – with hefty penalties and interest – for uncollected taxes, I authored legislation providing a window to allow property owners to come forward, pay some back taxes without being penalized, and begin complying going forward. The legislation, which applies to residential property owners who rent out up to five spots to non-residents, also simplifies the process of paying parking tax by eliminating a high annual fee, bond and fingerprint requirements, and an equipment requirement, as well as making the tax payment annual instead of monthly. You can learn more about the new law and access the parking form here.

Community Spotlight

Mary Jung

During the recent Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration at the Board of Supervisors, I was  proud to honor Mary Jung. Mary is the current Chair of the Democratic Central County Committee, where she uses her years of experience of service in the community and as an elected member of the DCCC to bring people together from all sides of the political spectrum.

Scott and Mary Jung at the Board of Supervisors AAPI Month Celebration

 

Community Updates

 

Noe Courts Renovation
I’m working closely with Noe Valley residents and the Recreation & Park Department to develop a renovation plan for Noe Courts.  This important neighborhood park is worn down and needs a lot of work.  On June 10, we held the second community meeting to brainstorm about possible improvements and changes to the park.  Over forty park users were in attendance to review three options for park improvements, ranging from enhancements to the current park layout, to repurposing the tennis courts to accommodate more park users, to shifting the location of the basketball court. All three options strive to dedicate lawn for people-only use, while preserving multi-use dog-friendly lawn space. To review these options and provide input, please visit www.sfrecpark.com. Please join us at the 3rd and final community meeting on Saturday September 7th, 10-noon, at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall, at 725 Diamond Street. For more information, please contact Marvin Yee, Rec & Park Project Manager, at [email protected], or (415) 581-2541.

Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation
As part of the 2012 parks bond that I championed and that the voters passed (thank you!), we now have funding to completely renovate the aging and inadequate Glen Canyon Rec Center.  We recently held the first community meeting to discuss the renovation and to receive feedback. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, July 13th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, at the rec center. Please come and be a part of this process. Visit http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-2012-bond/ for a summary of past community meetings and to view the latest design ideas. For more information, contact Karen Mauney-Brodeck at 415.575.5601 or [email protected]

Castro Streetscape Update
For a number of months, I’ve been working with city departments and people in the community on the widening of the Castro Street sidewalks, a long-overdue project for which I obtained funding last year.  The sidewalks are currently quite narrow and inadequate for the neighborhood’s pedestrian volumes.  Wider sidewalks will create a better environment for pedestrians, allow for sidewalk café and restaurant seating, and improve business for local merchants.  The plan anticipates no net parking loss.

The final conceptual design was unveiled at a community open house on May 14.  Over 170 people attended the open house and shared their thoughts with City staff. The open house followed two community design workshops, which were each attended by hundreds of residents.  In addition, a survey on the project resulted in a large number of responses.  Both the workshops and the survey showed very strong community support for the project.  There will be a public hearing on the project at the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors, tentatively scheduled for 1:00 PM on July 19th in Room 400 of City Hall (contact my office for confirmation). The physical work on the project is expected to begin in early January 2014 and end in October 2014.  All materials from the planning phase of the project and the open house are available on the Planning Department’s website.  For more information, please contact Project Manager John Dennis at [email protected]

 

 

Scott with the top 3 male finishers at the San Francisco Marathon

 

 

Community Calendar

 

Emerging Business Loan Fund
The City launched the Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) which will make $12 million in affordable loans available to support San Francisco businesses and entrepreneurs.  Eligible applicants can borrow up to $1,000,000 in loan funds for a variety of investments such as equipment, predevelopment costs, working capital, physical improvements, real estate, and expansion opportunities.  The EBLF program expands accessible financing to businesses that cannot access capital from traditional sources and institutions.  Loans are available Citywide, but priority is given to Invest in Neighborhood’s 25 commercial corridors.  For more information on the City’s loans and grants for neighborhood businesses, please visit http://www.oewd.org/Neighborhood-Grants-Loans.aspx

NERT Training
The San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is free training from the San Francisco Fire Department in how to help yourself and your neighbors prepare for and respond to a disaster by working together. The 20-hour training taught by First Responders includes personal preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster medicine, shutting off your utilities, and how to participate as a member of a neighborhood response team. NERT also offers continuing training for graduates and activities that support building robust neighborhood teams. For more information, visit the NERT website at http://sfgov.org/sffdnert, or. NERT is also holding a Personal Readiness Workshop on June 24, 2013 at 301 Main St. at Folsom. Contact Lt. Erica Arteseros at (415)970-2022 or [email protected]

SFPD: Bicycle Storage Info
Members of the Park Station Community Police Advisory Board recently visited SFPD's storage facility (evidence room) located in the old Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard yesterday to see the storage of recovered bicycles. They reported the following that there are 1200 bicycles stored there in states of disrepair, as well as a few piles of frames and wheels. 90% of these bikes are considered evidence in a crime. Citizens have 120 days to claim their bike and most are never claimed. The CPAB wants to establish a voluntary bicycle registration system in San Francisco so that recovered bicycles can be matched up to their owners by using a data base available to any SFPD officer. If a citizen does not report their bike being stolen, then there is no chance that SFPD will contact them, so it is important to have a picture of your bike, the serial number, and a description of any distinctive marks or dents so that you can provide an accurate report in case of theft. Working with Morgan St. Clair and SAFE, the CPAB will be continuing our work to establish this  program in San Francisco. If you have any questions about the CPAB’s visit or program, please contact Morgan St. Clair of SF SAFE at [email protected]

 


Scott at Hero, a pop-clothing store in the former KardZone space on Market Street, with Dennis Richards and proprietor David Wilson (photo courtesy of rick camargo photography)

 

Noe Valley Town Square Celebration
Saturday, June 22nd
10:30am
Noe Valley Farmers Market

3861 24th Street
Come join the Noe Valley community in celebrating the opening of the brand new Noe Valley Town Square. Residents of the neighborhood have worked very hard to make this dream a reality, and their efforts will be celebrated at the farmer’s market. We are very proud of everyone who has helped out with the project and delighted that the neighborhood will have a nice, communal town square. Join me, Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Supervisor David Chiu, and former Supervisor (and current Director of HOPE) Bevan Dufty.


 Street Soccer Opening Event
Saturday, June 22nd
11:00am-1:00pm

 Market Street at Justin Herman Plaza
Street Soccer USA will set-up custom built street soccer courts in Justin Herman Plaza where Street Soccer USA social program teams from 5 west coast cities will compete against one another. Is a separate tournament, amateur, corporate and business teams will play in support of the cause. All money raised at the tournament funds Street Soccer USA’s work with homeless and impoverished youth and adults in the Bay Area throughout the year. The Street Soccer USA program has a 75% success rate connecting graduates to further education, housing and employment.


Bicycle Music Festival Mission Party
Saturday, June 22nd
5:00pm-10:00pm

Bartlett St @ 22nd St – next to the Revolution Café
The Bicycle Music Festival is the largest 100% bicycle-powered music festival in the world. The free, all-day (and into the night) event takes place annually in San Francisco on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice. The Bicycle Music Festival features: a 14,000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, multiple festival stops, outrageous Critical Mass-style bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks. With its completely bike-haulable stage, the event is packed up and deployed numerous times: staged sequentially at different public parks and also on a moving “Live On Bike” stage which rolls down city streets.


 St. Aidan’s Church Auction
Saturday, June 22nd
6:00pm-8:00pm
101 Gold Mine Drive

It’s time for the St. Aidan’s annual auction! Join neighbors for a night of fundraising, catered dinner, professional musicians, a comedian, and a live auction, in which I will be auctioned off for brunch or a morning with me at City Hall. For more information, go to http://www.saintaidan.org/.

 

 

 

Scott delivering a Certificate of Honor to Glory Dalere (center), who is retiring after 45 years running Dalere's Beauty Salon in Glen Park. Also pictured are her sons David and Santos, her daughter Marian, and Glen Park Merchants Association President Ric Lopez.

 


Pride Concert
Saturday, June 22nd

6:00pm and 9:00pm showtimes

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street
I will be emceeing two shows at the 35th annual Pride Parade Concert. The first starts at 6:00 P.M. and the second starts at 9:00 P.M. The theme of the concert this year is “Ripped from the Headlines,” which celebrates landmark events the history of LGBT Civil Rights Movement. The LGCSF (Lesbian and Gay Chorus of San Francisco) and the Freedom Band, along with special musical guests, including the Metropolitan Community Church and Vocal Minority, the small ensemble of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the 6:00P.M. show, and the Metropolitan Community Church Choir and the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, featuring its small ensemble OnQ. will perform at the 9:00 P.M. show. For more information, go to http://annualprideconcert.com/.

 

Pride Gospel Brunch

Sunday, June 23rd

12:00pm-3:00pm

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church

101 Gold Mine Drive
The Rev.Tommy Dillon and The Grand Ducal Council of of San Francisco Present a Pride Gospel Brunch on June 23rd at St Aidan's. The Pride Week kick off event is entitled "Getting to church can be a drag!!" Brunch will be provided by Small Potatoes Catering. An exciting show hosted by Pride Grand Marshall and member of St Aidan's Bebe Sweetbriar will take place during the Brunch. The event is a benefit for the ministries of St Aidan's. Do not forget to wear your big church hats! For more information click here or contact the Rev. Tommy Dillon at [email protected] or call 415.285.9540 Ext 2.


American Heritage Awards Celebrating the LGBT Community
Friday, June 28th

6:30pm-9:30pm

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Grand Ballroom
333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco

Come celebrate the achievements and talents of outstanding LGBT individuals who exhibit a commitment to preserving our heritage as a nation of immigrants and enjoy an unforgettable performance by San Francisco legend Peaches Christ. For more information, click here.


PINK TRIANGLE- Volunteers Needed for Installation and De-Installation
Installation

Saturday June 29th
7:30am – 10am
Commemoration Ceremony at 10:30 am
De-Installation
Sunday June 30
4:30pm – 8:00pm

Volunteers are needed to help install and de-install the huge one-acre Pink Triangle for Pride Weekend on Twin Peaks. Help is needed to both set it up on June 29th in the morning - and/or - take it down on June 30th in the late afternoon. Volunteers: BRING a HAMMER and Gloves ! ! ! Wear closed-shoes, sandals are not recommended. Wear sunscreen. Fashionable Pink Triangle t-shirts will be provided to all who help. For more information or to sign up, contact Patrick Carney at (415) 726-4914 or [email protected]

 

Scott at a previous Pink Saturday with Treasurer Jose Cisneros, Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor John Avalos

 

 

Pink Saturday
Saturday, June 29th
5:00pm-12:00am

Market Street from Noe to Diamond
18th Street from Hartford to Diamond

Coinciding with the Dyke March, kick off Pride 2013 right with a bit of street party fun in Castro! Join many thousands of people in celebrating this year’s pride parade. Pink Saturday is the largest underground party in the city.

 

Dyke March
6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, June 29th
Mission Dolores Park

Coinciding with Pink Saturday, kick off Pride 2013 with the Dyke March. The March has played a vital role in advocating lesbian visibility and LGBT rights. The San Francisco Dyke March is the largest Dyke March in the world and a pillar of consistency in the ongoing fight for LGBT visibility and equality across the nation. For more information, click here.

Pride Parade
Saturday, June 30th
10:30am-3:30pm

Market: Embarcadero to Van Ness
The Pride Parade is not only the most important day of the year for some, but is also an event that unites the entire city in celebration of acceptance and, of course, pride. If this will be your 1st or 40th pride parade, we urge you to join in the celebration. It is always a truly spectacular parade and has been a San Francisco classic for over 40 years. Parade attendees come from all over the world to celebrate equality and acceptance. Be sure to look out for the District 8 float (or better yet, email [email protected] to join us)!

Giant Sweep: Dolores Park
9:00am-11:00am

Saturday, July 13th
Giant Sweep is coming to clean up Dolores Park.  Join me, the Department of Public Works, community leaders and neighbors for a day of clean-up in the park. In February 2012, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the World Champion San Francisco Giants launched Giant Sweep, a citywide campaign that brings together local schools, residents, businesses and community groups to create a culture of clean. For more information, click here.

 

Castro Farmers' Market
Weekly on Wednesdays
4:00pm-8:00pm
Noe Street at Market Street

The Castro Farmers Market runs every Wednesday from March 31st to December 18th. For more information, click here.

Glen Park Farmers' Market
Weekly on Sundays
10:00am-2:00pm

Glen Park BART Parking Lot (Bosworth and Diamond)
The Glen Park Farmers' Market runs every Sunday from March 31st to November 24th. Click here for more information.  
 
Noe Valley Farmers' Market
Weekly on Saturdays
8:00am-1:00pm
24th Street (between Sanchez and Vicksburg Streets)

The Noe Valley Farmers' Market is a year-round California certified farmers' market operated primarily by community volunteers and run in partnership with the Noe Valley Ministry. Click here for more information.

 

Scott, Treasurer Jose Cisneros, and UCSF staff at the Free UCSF Skin Cancer Screening at the Castro Mission Health Center.

 


Family and Adult Bicycling Classes
Ongoing
Locations TBD

Learn how to ride a bike, practice road safety, develop good traffic skills, bike while pregnant, bike with your child/toddler and much more. Workshops fill up quickly and are offered throughout the year.  Click here for more information

LGBT Drop-In Club Weekly Workgroup at The Center
Weekly on Tuesdays
10:00-11:30am
The SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street

The Center's Workforce Development Program is pleased to provide a free workgroup open to all job seekers.  Come network and get support with your job search. The Job Club is a peer-to-peer discussion group where you can share experiences / best practices and receive ongoing direction and advice from a career coach to help manage a productive job search. One-On-One drop-in is the best first step before attending the workgroup.  If you have question regarding the group please contact Clair Farley, [email protected] If you are interested in One-on-One job search and coaching please contact [email protected] or (415) 865-5614. Please note the building does not open to the public until noon. Job Club attendees please wait at the Center's main door and someone will let you in by 10:00am. Click here for more information

ADA Merchant Committee
1st and 3rd Thursdays
9:30am
Sally Brunn Library (Noe Valley Branch), 451 Jersey Street

For merchants who are struggling with ADA compliance issues, please attend a meeting hosted by the ADA Merchant Committee.  They are seeking the active participation of all merchants and all agencies city-wide to assist small businesses in coping with this very complex situation.  The library is closed at that time, so please knock on the door to enter.  Any questions, please contact Gwen Sanderson, Video Wave, [email protected], 415-509-6261 or Susan Walia, Castro Computer Services, [email protected], 415-826-6678.

Open Gyms
Every Sunday
5:00-8:00pm

Eureka Valley Recreation Center (100 Collingwood at 18th Street)
Basketball players of all skill-levels and ages are invited to Open Gyms every Sunday. For $5, the San Francisco Gay Basketball Association hosts these open-court style games. All are welcome. Bring a dark t-shirt and a white t-shirt to signify which team you are on. Click here for more information

Free Rapid HIV Testing for Youth
Weekly on Tuesdays
5:00-7:00pm

The SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street
Free Rapid HIV testing for youth 24 and under offered by Larkin Street Youth Services.
Click here for more information

 

Paid for by Scott Wiener for Supervisor 2010, FPPC # 1319353.