Supervisor MALIA COHEN Serving San Francisco's 10th District

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March 2013 Newsletter

Keeping District 10 Working, Healthy, Safe 

Cohen Community
Office Hours

Friday, April 26
2:00 - 4:00pm

Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, Fraiser Room
953 De Haro St.
(btw Southern Heights Ave & 22nd St) 
Meetings available by appointment. Please call (415) 554-7670
to schedule. 
Community Calendar

2013 Asthma Walk
When: Sat. March 30
11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Starting at Gilman Playground, Gilman Ave. and Giants Drive
Free Easter baskets, refreshments, prizes and raffle
Quesada Gardens Initiative
When: Sat. March 30
11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Latona Community Garden (Latona St. at Thornton Ave.)
A Healthy Community Celebration. Everyone Welcome! Spring Garden, Planting Composting Demonstration, Arts and Crafts, Egg Decorating, Games, Face Painting, Balloons, Healthy Snacks!

Green Benefit District Workshops
When: Sat. March 30
2:00 - 4:00pm
Where: The NABE, 953 DeHaro St.
When: Saturday, April 6
2:00 - 4:00pm
Where: Rickshaw Bagworks, 904 22nd St.
Come learn about a proposal to create a funding source for improved maintenance of neighborhood parks, gardens, and green spaces called a Green Benefit District (GBD). The GBD could also support small capital improvements to enhance existing green spaces and add new ones. Your input is needed on this proposal! Please join one or both of these workshops to learn more about the GBD and the formation process, review the current maps of green spaces in our neighborhoods, help test and improve the community survey, and envision the future together.


Rebuild Potrero: Community Building Group
When: Thurs. April 4
6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: The NABE, 953 De Haro St.  
This meeting will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the Rebuild Potrero Community Building Initiative and to launch the new Potrero Community Mural Project.   
Walk to Work Day!  
When: Fri. April 12       Join the City-wide celebration. Wherever you live, add a few fun steps to the start or end of your daily commute to work. It just takes walking for 15 minutes of your commute to arrive awake, refreshed, and healthier.  Go to

 for more information and to enter to win prizes.


8th Annual War Against Gun Activity Peach March

When: Sat. April 13

10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street
The War Against Gun Activity is a non-violent march spreading the message to stop the senseless killings in our community. 


San Francisco Fire Dept. Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) Citywide Drill

When: Sat. April 20
8:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Everett Middle School, enter on 17th Street (btw Church and Sanchez)
Volunteers will practice search and rescue techniques, triage victims and set up their own NERT staging area using ICS in preparation for a catastrophic event here in San Francisco. Contact: erica.arteseros

Black Health and Healing Summit "Alive, Aware & Taking Action"
When: Sat. April 20
9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., Cesar Chavez Student Center
Contact: communityorganizing@
Complementary health screenings, massage, acupuncture and more

Peace March and Rally 2013 "Creating and Providing Opportunities for Change"
When: Wed. May 1, 10:00am
Location: Potrero Hill Park and Recreation, 801 Arkansas Street
For more information call 415-206-2121

Dogpatch Foodie Bike Event
When: Sat. May 4
10:00am - 12:30pm
Please RSVP for meeting location
Join Supervisor Cohen for her second District 10 foodie event, this time with stops at five fabulous Dogpatch food and wine purveyors. Hear the businesses interesting stories while tasting yummy sample bites. Special discount coupons will be distributed at the event's end. Please RSVP to supecohenvolunteer

SF Giants Sweep!

Help keep your community litter free. Join Mayor Ed Lee, The SF Giants, and the Department of Public Works in an anti-litter campaign to keep our city clean and beautiful. For more info go to

KIPP Schools Now Enrolling New Students for the 

2013-14 School Year...

KIPP Bayview Academy is a tuition-free, college-preparatory, public middle school serving grades 5 through 8. KIPP Bayview Academy is now enrolling students who will be 5th or 6th graders during the 2013-14 school year. To apply, visit KIPP's website or call the school at (415) 467-2522. KIPP is also starting a new, tuition-free public high school this fall. To learn more about this new high school, please contact Principal Caroline Gifford at 

(408) 234-6807.


Tell the City Where you Need Curb Ramps

Do you use a wheelchair, scooter, or walker?  The Department of Public Works wants to know where curb ramps are needed. Call 311 or go to

New Potrero Healthy Eating and Gardening Program with Rebuild Potrero
Workdays and classes take place at the Family Resource Center Garden, located behind 85 Turner Terrace. Join your neighbors, friends and family at the Family Garden Workdays. The Family Garden Workdays (Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Saturdays 12-3pm) are an opportunity to harvest and take home fresh, organic produce and share in a productive and healthy outdoor activity with your community.  Kids garden and healthy living workshops, as well as gardening classes are also available.  

Asian Pacific American Community Center (APACC)
2442 Bayshore Blvd. 
San Francisco, CA 94134 
(415) 587-2689

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Continuing Efforts to Stop Gun Violence...

In addition to legislation that I passed on the local level to strengthen the City's regulations on especially lethal forms of ammunition and to increase the transparency and reporting requirements for those who purchase large quantities of ammunition, I was proud to join Senator Mark Leno and many District 10 residents to support SB475. Over the years we have heard loud and clear from many of our neighborhoods that gun shows at the Cow Palace have a negative impact on public safety in our communities. If passed, this bill would give both San Francisco and San Mateo Counties a voice in determining if the gun shows can continue at the Cow Palace. This is one more tool that we can use on the local level to regulate access to firearms in our communities.
Malia SB-475 press conference
Potrero Hill Public Safety Meeting...
On March 12, I joined with SFPD Bayview Station Captain O'Sullivan and dozens of Potrero Hill neighborhood block captains to discuss the recent public safety issues. This was a great opportunity for many of the neighbors who have formed neighborhood watch groups to share some of their concerns with me and the Police Department and discuss ways that we can continue to work together to address violence in our communities. A key item coming before the Board of Supervisor's Government, Audit and Oversight Committee in April is an audit of the funding that City departments received from the State as a result of the Governor's Realignment Initiative (SB 109). A component of last year's State budget, Realignment, discharged hundreds of low-level non violent offenders back to local counties to process and supervise. As a component of this effort the City received funding from the State for management of these offenders who are on probation and services to prevent recidivism. The audit that the Board of Supervisors Budget and Legislative Analyst conducted shows a number of areas where we can improve on managing this population. Click here to read the audit and its recommendations. I will be leading the discussion on how we can implement many of these reforms at an April meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Protrero Gateway Park Makes Progress...  
In the latter part of February, the MUNA group held a community planning meeting to discuss the Potrero Gateway Park. The community interviewed a number of architects and settled on Sarah Moss and Marcel Wilson of Bionic to create the master landscape plan. The project has raised $10,000 of its needed $15,000 in funding to create the park's design. There will be two more community meetings for neighbors to share their thoughts on this proposal before the group creates a  final master landscape plan. A copy of the presentation can be found here from the MUNA website. If you are interested in seeing more creative green spaces in District 10, please consider participating in this effort.  
Photo Courtesy of MUNA Presentation


Visitacion Valley Family Day Celebrates its 15th Year...
On March 9, I took place in a long standing annual tradition of celebrating families in Visitacion Valley. I joined with community leader Ruth Jackson and dozens of neighbors for the fifteenth annual parade and celebration at Hertz Playground. On a beautiful Saturday, this event showcased the diversity of our Visitacion Valley neighborhood and brought together dozens of residents to celebrate what it means to be a family in Visitacion Valley. Congratulations to Ruth Jackson and her family on another successful event.
New Preschool Opens in Dogpatch...
I was thrilled to join with parents, children and community leaders to cut the ribbon on District 10's newest preschool in Dogpatch. This beautiful new school which is being run by some of the most dedicated parents in the City, will provide quality bi-lingual education for our local kids. This is the second campus that has been built by the Potrero Residents Education Fund (PREFund). All of our District 10 neighborhoods are growing and we are seeing a tremendous need  for more quality preschool options in our community.With this second location, PREFund's Potrero Kids preschool will be serving over 100 children.
Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Betti 


Fire in the Bayview...
Early in the morning on Wednesday, March 27th a four alarm fire at 3rd Street and McKinnon Ave. damaged several apartments in multiple buildings. More than 30 tenants were affected and over 130 firefighters fought the blaze for hours.  Thankfully all tenants were safe.  Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.  My office has been working with the Red Cross and City departments to support the property owners and displaced tenants.  A special thanks to SFFD Battalion Chief Tom Abbott and all the first responders.
This month I spent a few days in Washington DC meeting with our Congressional leaders and White House staff to discuss priorities for San Francisco and District 10. I had the opportunity to meet with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Department of Energy, White House Business Council on Environmental Quality, Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and the Department of Labor. We discussed ways that the federal government can support our local efforts around economic development, job training, disaster preparedness, and increasing federal investment in local infrastructure. 
MC- Pelosi in DC



Creating a New Bayview Citizens Advisory Committee...

Over the last year and a half the City has spent significant time addressing the impacts of the Governor's decision to abolish Redevelopment Agencies. One impact that is not often discussed is the elimination of our local Project Area Committees, particularly the Bayview Hunters Point Project Area Committee. This month I introduced legislation to create a new community based body that will have the ability to review projects proposed for Zone 2 of the Bayview Hunters Point Redevelopment Project Area or any proposed zoning changes and make recommendations to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on these items. It is my hope that this body will increase transparency and provide residents an opportunity to review many of the proposed development projects that will come forward in this area and provide thoughtful direction to City decision makers as they consider these items. Please click here to read the legislation and qualifications for this body. If you are interested in serving on this committee please email your resume to


Honoring Marlena Jackson for Women's History Month...

This month I had the pleasure of honoring a wonderful woman from Bayview for Women's History Month, Marlena Jackson. This year's theme was "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Technology, Engineering and Mathematics." Marlena grew up in the Bayview neighborhood and has recently started her own organization NexGene Girls, which is focused on improving the visibility  of women in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers by inspiring young girls to see themselves in future STEM professionals.


Welcome Michael P. Lee!

I am pleased to welcome Michael P. Lee to our City Hall team! Michael will be serving as on of my three Legislative Aides and will be focusing on neighborhood quality of life issues throughout District 10, constituent services and community engagement in Visitacion Valley; as well as legislative matters as they arise. Michael has worked over a decade in foundations and policy nonprofits, is a small business owner, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Columbia University. Michael speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and Toisanese. He can be reached at or by phone at (415) 554-4566.




I always look forward to keeping in touch. Please call (415-554-7670) or email me with your thoughts and ideas on how we can build a stronger, more united community.


Best regards,

Malia Cohen

Member, Board of Supervisors 
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