June 2013 Newsletter
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Supervisor Breed at Bike to Work Day here 
Supervisor Breed discusses public housing in SF Local Magazine here  
 D5 Supervisor Breed rolls up to City Hall during "Bike to Work" day.
 Photo courtesy of SFBC/Flickr
District 5 Park Priorities
In our prior newsletter, we asked you what the D5 park priorities should be. Through that feedback, and our own work with the Recreation and Parks Department, we came up with a list of our most pressing needs for:
  • Panhandle Playground
  • Grattan Park  
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Kezar Track
  • Kezar Drive
  • Kimbell Playground  
I am happy to report that we have made progress. For starters, the Grattan Park tennis courts are scheduled to be repaired by the end of June 2013. Secondly, we have secured funding to repair the Kezar Track! We still have work to do with the other priorities and we are working hard to get them all done! Thank you for your feedback.

Alvord Lake and Upper Haight

Our office recently introduced legislation to add a bike rental station at Alvord Lake, located on the eastern entrance to Golden Gate Park at Haight and Stanyan.  This area has been troubled by ongoing safety issues for years.  I am working closely with the Recreation and Parks Department, the Police Department, merchants and residents to provide a package of solutions that will make the area safer and more family-friendly, and a more inviting entrance to one of the greatest parks in the world.  As a first step, creating a bike rental station will activate Alvord Lake and make the Upper Haight area even more attractive for tourists and residents alike.   
The bike vendor, Parkwide, has rental locations throughout the City, allowing customers a unique 'hop on, hop off' experience where they can pick up a bike at one location and drop it off at another.  This new location at Alvord Lake will make it easier to travel the City by bike, advancing our Transit First goals while providing a valuable amenity in our park.

Supervisor Breed and Northern Police Station's Captain Greg McEachern

talking with residents of Hayes Valley North


Hayes Valley

Last week I introduced legislation to help protect Hayes Valley's local small businesses.  For several years now Hayes Valley has had a ban on chain stores, or what the Planning code calls "formula retail."  The diversity and success of Hayes Valley's small businesses are a testament to the value of these formula retail controls. 


Unfortunately, there have been some leaks in the dam, so to speak.  The formula retail controls do not currently apply to new brands created by large chain stores.  So 7-11 could open a store called 8-12 without any restrictions.  My legislation will expand the definition of formula retail and help prevent large corporations from pushing small, local businesses, out of Hayes Valley.  I want to thank Russell Pritchard and the Hayes Valley Merchants Association for their support.


Also, I am happy to announce that we have reached an agreement to extend Proxy Development's lease on the city-owned lot at Octavia and Hayes.  Proxy, which hosts businesses such as The Biergarten, Ritual Coffee, Smitten Ice Cream, and the Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours, has become a model of innovative urban development.  They have also created over 100 jobs and partnered with community organizations to help local residents create and fill yet more jobs.  This unique development is a true asset to Hayes Valley, and is far better for the community, far more enriching, and more fun than a parking lot, which was the area's previous use.  I am grateful that with this new lease Proxy will remain in Hayes Valley for another eight years. 


Bay to Breakers 

I am very pleased that the 102nd annual Bay to Breakers was not only a lively celebration but, as attested by neighbors and the Police Department, also quite peaceful.  We have seen great improvement in the last couple years, and the credit goes to the many dedicated volunteers and neighborhood groups who have come together to improve the event.  However, there is still work to be done.  For starters, we need the event's organizers to provide more porta-potties, particularly in the Hayes hill area around Alamo Square park and the Panhandle.  


Bay to Breakers is a truly San Franciscan tradition that I am proud to help host in District 5.  Let's keep up the good work improving the event, deterring property damage, and making Bay to Breakers fun and safe for the neighbors and participants alike.


A tragedy occurred on the day of Bay to Breakers which I feel compelled to discuss.  Several hours after the race ended, someone fell from a rooftop along the Panhandle and passed away.  My thoughts and prayers go to the victim's family.  Sadly, this is not the first time someone has fallen during a rooftop party in the City.  It happened recently in the Marina during Fleet Week.  I am investigating what the City can do to make rooftop parties safer, perhaps by revising fire codes and/or increasing their enforcement, or revising building codes to create more safety barriers for roofs with resident access.  




A Galileo Graduate, Supervisor Breed was the Keynote speaker for the 2013 graduating class of Galileo Academy at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium


Rebuilding Together  

Rebuilding Together offers FREE renovations to low-income homeowners and local nonprofit organizations in San Francisco. If your home or nonprofit site is in need of interior painting, landscaping, space planning, or minor repairs, contact Rebuilding Together and apply for the Rebuilding Day renovation program. They are currently reviewing applicants for our Fall Build Day, scheduled for October 26th, 2013. For more information, contact: info@rebuildingtogethersf.org.


Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF)
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 the neighborhood businesses, please click here.

Supervisor Breed at Urban Bazaar with store owner Briana Bers. Urban Bazaar is a woman-owned fair trade gift store with locally handmade goods located in the Inner Sunset. More details here!

SFMTA Launches New Customer Friendly Website

The new site has been redesigned to better serve both San Francisco residents and visitors whether they are traveling by Muni, bike, taxi, car or foot. The website is easier to navigate and mobile device friendly, designed to work on any smartphone or tablet. It will provide SFMTA customers the tools they need to better access San Francisco's busy transportation network. Key new features:

  • Easy access to real-time maps helping customers track approaches and arrivals of their Muni buses or trains.
  • Calendar, latest news, upcoming events and maps and guide sections. 
  • Friendly "How-to" pages such as how to use Muni's accessibility features or how to take your bikes on the bus.
For more information please visit:

Job Opportunities 

TRANSITIONS SF provides enhanced case management and subsidized employment opportunities to noncustodial parents who live in San Francisco and have difficultly meeting their child support obligations.


Eligibility requirements:

  •  Currently unemployed
  •  Have an open child support case
  •  Reside in San Francisco
  •  Difficulty making child support payments

If you are a San Francisco resident who is an unemployed noncustodial parent, please call (415) 356-2942 to see if you qualify for this wonderful opportunity.  The next orientation will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 AM at the San Francisco Main Public Library at 30 Grove Street in San Francisco.  

Information is also available at www.sfgov.org/dcss  




Connections for Healthy Aging Workshops

Friday, June 7th

Western Addition Senior Center 1390 1/2 Turk at Fillmore Street
Workshop topics will include Assessing your own personal goals for Healthy Aging, important documents every senior should have, proven ways to prevent isolation and loneliness and many more. 
For more information please contact Marcia Peterzell at 415.359.1816 or



Panhandle Park Community Workday

Saturday, June 8th


Meet at the Bulletin Board on the Oak St. side of the Playground near Ashbury.   


African American Art and Culture Complex Clean up

Saturday, June 8th

AAACC 762 Fulton Street
AAACC is looking for volunteers to help clean up around the building. They need help removing cement from the tree basin directly in front of the entrance, removing graffiti and fennel in parking lot, planting lavender and more. Light morning refreshments and lunch will be provided for volunteers.

NOPA Little Ones monthly playgroup

Sunday, June 9th  


NOPA little ones is a playgroup specifically for families with children newborn to five years old. The groups goal is to create a fun and easy way for parents and their kids to get to know one another, talk, share ideas, and generally take advantage of the growing community of families. For more information click here. 

Public Safety Meeting
 Monday, June 10th
Oasis Cafe, 901 Divisadero Street
Join Supervisor Breed and the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association for a Public Safety Meeting. This is an opportunity where we can come together to address public safety concerns, learn about safety precautions from the San Francisco Police Department and SF SAFE. It is also a great chance to meet our neighbors.


Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor

Tuesday, June 11th


Electrical Workers Union Hall, 55 Fillmore Street 

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) invite you to help plan for a green infrastructure and traffic calming project in your neighborhood. The Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor will improve stormwater management and walking and biking conditions along the iconic Wiggle route and surrounding neighborhood streets. For more information click here.


NERT Training (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team)

Beginning Tuesday, June 11th
6:30pm-9:30pm weekly
St. John of God Newman Center, 1290 5th avenue  
The goal of this program is to help the citizens of San Francisco to be self sufficient in a major disaster situation by developing multifunctional teams cross trained in basic emergency skills. Through this program, individuals will learn how to help themselves and their loved ones prepare for and better respond in a disaster. The training includes preparedness training as well as hands on disaster training.  Sign up here


San Francisco Black Film Festival

Thursday-Sunday, June 13th-16th

For more information, click here.   


San Francisco Juneteenth Kick-Off

Friday, June 14th


City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place   

& Evening Reception  


African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery and has been an African-American tradition since the late 19th century. We will be kicking-off this years festivities with a gathering in front of City Hall at 12pm with a reception to follow later in the evening from 5pm-7pm at the African American Art and Culture Complex.   

San Francisco Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 15th
11am - 7pm
Fillmore Street between Post St. and Turk St. 
A kick off parade with special appearances by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisors London Breed and Malia Cohen. The event will also include a car show, arts and crafts booths and a variety of food vendors.  Children's activities include a Kids Zone with pony rides, a petting zoo and jumpers. For more information click here

Second Chance Legal Clinic

Tuesday, June 25th


West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street

Second Chance Legal Clinic assists people with criminal records in removing the legal barriers to reentry. Receive advice in the areas of employment, housing driver's license suspensions, occupational licenses and more. For more information please call (415)814-7610.


Join Supervisor Breed's Pride Parade Contingent

 Sunday, June 30th
Location: TBD near Embarcadero in San Francisco
We are bringing the City of London to San Francisco. Join me on the London bridge float as we dance, sing and celebrate pride.
This year's theme is "Embrace, Encourage and Empower." Friends, families, children and pets all encouraged to join in the celebration of PRIDE.
Please email your name, t-shirt size and mobile number to Juan Cerda at juandcerda@gmail.com.



Date: Saturday, June 22nd  

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: The Ice Cream Bar  

815 Cole St  San Francisco, CA 94117


***District 5 residents only please


Paid for by London Breed for Supervisor 2012
Office of Supervisor London Breed 
City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 256
San Francisco, Ca 94102-4689
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