July District Newsletter
July / 31 / 2017
District 1 Newsletter from Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer

I hope you all are enjoying your summer!  Just a reminder that August is a legislative recess for the Board of Supervisors; that means that I will not be holding neighborhood office hours this month, but will resume in September.  My office will also be closed during the week of August 7th, and will reopen on Monday, August 14th.  

Commendations

I had the opportunity to honor three incredible Richmond residents in July! I presented a commendation to Nancy DeStefanis, better known as the “Heron Lady of Golden Gate Park”. A long time social justice advocate, Nancy founded the San Francisco Nature Education program and has been serving young people and families for many years. In May I had the pleasure of visiting the fabulous Heron Watch program at Stow Lake that Nancy runs with the help of volunteers.


I also honored two everyday heroes from the Richmond District: Dino Anderson and William Fitzgerald. Concerned by increasing income inequality, they began to provide food and clothing to some of their homeless neighbors, and built a relationship with a Sara, a homeless elder (raised in the Seacliff) who had been sleeping in a bus shelter on La Playa. While providing her with meals, Dino and William realized that her medical issues were increasingly urgent and they coordinated with my office and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to get her medical attention-- now, she is happily in temporary housing!  Thank you to Dino and William; may you be inspiring examples for all of us.

In the Neighborhood

During the month of July, there was much to celebrate! Supervisor Katy Tang and I (along with Public Works, RDNC, Surfrider Foundation and wonderful neighborhood leaders) announced the exciting installation of forty new cigarette butt ashcans in Districts 1 and 4, to reduce cigarette butt litter in our neighborhoods!  I connected with constituents representing the Richmond’s Russian-speaking community, and attended a townhall with Chief William Scott on public safety for the Asian Pacific Islander community.  I joined the Planning Association for the Richmond’s meeting about neighborhood news outlets, and participated in a community meeting to discuss the upcoming summer concerts in Golden Gate Park. And I was able to attend the Clement Street Merchants Association for a lively summer social, as well as the Richmond District Democratic Club’s summer soiree!


On June 30th, we had a reception to highlight two Richmond District artists, Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock; their art will be up in our office through September.  I celebrated with our Public Works “pothole crew” who were dedicated to the Richmond District during the month of June; these hard workers filled a total of 368 potholes in the district!  And finally, our heartfelt thanks to Assemblymember Phil Ting who secured $2 million in state funding for improvements to the Golden Gate Park dog park!


Please join us at the National Night Out at the Richmond Police Station on August 1st at 4:00-7:00 pm. BBQ, activities, station tours and fun for the whole family.  Come and meet the officers in our neighborhood!

Budget and Legislative Updates

In July, I called for a hearing on undergrounding utilities, with regards to estimated cost and any progress on the development of a master plan. Undergrounding utilities is first and foremost a safety issue.  I have concerns about the risks associated with overhead wires in the event of a disaster, and unfortunately neighborhoods like the Richmond District were not included in the initial undergrounding work that took place between 1996-2008.


My office is also working to schedule hearings on vacant storefronts, workforce development in the technology sector, and strengthening the city’s “good food” policy relating to local and sustainable agriculture and fair labor practices.


Finally, I am proud to share that through the city budget process, $1 million in new resources will be coming into the Richmond District for infrastructure and beautification, youth and family services, senior services, neighborhood safety efforts, tenant counseling, and more.  I am especially pleased to announce the funding of a new initiative called “One Richmond” that my office will be working on with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.  Designed to uplift principles of inclusion, interconnectedness, responsibility, and supporting neighborhood resources like small businesses, One Richmond will be launching sometime this fall with exciting ways for everyone to get involved and strengthen our neighborhood!

Neighborhood Office Hours

Here is one final reminder that August is a legislative recess for the Board of Supervisors; that means that I will not be holding neighborhood office hours this month, but will resume in September.  My office will also be closed during the week of August 7th, and will reopen on Monday, August 14th.  


As we enjoy the last month of summer, play safe and have fun in our wonderful neighborhood. Let’s work together to keep it that way.