On December 3rd, President Breed hosted a Tenants Rights Forum to help educate constituents about their rights as tenants, and what to do when facing an eviction. She invited many City Departments and community-based organizations to share their expertise. Panelists included (from left to right): Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development at the Mayor's Office of Housing; Debra Walker, Building Inspection Commissioner; Rosemary Bosque, Chief Inspector at the Department of Building Inspection; Robert Collins, Deputy Director at the Rent Board; Ryan Murphy, Staff Attorney at Eviction Defense Collaborative; and Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Counseling Director at Human Rights Committee.
We Stopped the $300 Million Jail
San Francisco has six jails. Two are in the Hall of Justice building at 850 Bryant, which is old, seismically unsafe, and borderline inhumane. The City has long planned to replace those jails with...another $300 million jail.
I have seen way too many people from my community-friends, even family members-end up on the wrong side of iron bars. My brother spent years in 850 Bryant. Yes, it needs to come down. But more than a building, we need to tear down the system of mass incarceration it represents. I will not support continuing to lock up people who have mental illness or substance abuse issues and need treatment, not imprisonment.
I led the effort to reject the $300M jail. I proposed we purchase the same land and use it for a more humane, effective facility. Then I introduced legislation creating a diverse working group to plan for the closure of 850 Bryant and the investments we need to uphold public safety and better serve at-risk individuals. My plan passed unanimously.
Mario Woods, the Police, Healing
I was shocked by the images of 26 year-old Mario Woods being shot by San Francisco Police on a Bayview sidewalk. Shortly after the shooting, Supervisor Avalos and I released a joint statement. We offered our condolences and asked for healing and collaboration so our city can develop new police practices that focus on de-escalation, and keep officers and the community safe so no mother endures a tragedy like this again.
At the Board's first meeting in the new year, I introduced legislation calling for a full, independent federal investigation of Mario Woods' shooting. The resolution passed unanimously.
Click here to read my resolution.
I've mourned the loss of far too many young African American men in my life, and since December 2nd I've mourned yet another. I'm not interested in heated political rhetoric, with the Police Officers Association or anyone else. I just want justice, and the comfort that maybe this won't have to happen again.
In the News:
President Breed started off the year by swearing in Debra Walker (third from left) for her re-appointment to the Department of Building Inspection Commission on January 7th. Commissioner Walker was joined by her friends, family, and supporters at this celebration, including (from left to right) Aimee Ellis; Hene Kelly, Sergeant at Arms at San Francisco Labor Council; Alex Walker, Field Representative for Assemblymember Phil Ting; and Alyce Brown, President of the Access Appeals Commission.
Stopping the Unacceptable Gas Line Breaks
in the Haight
Last year the City's Department of Public Works hired Ghilotti Brothers, Inc. and their subcontractor Synergy Project Management to install new water mains, replace sewers, and repave Haight Street. Synergy crews ruptured gas lines on five separate occasions, and adding insult to injury, we experienced two sinkholes in the same area. On one occasion, someone ran into a Haight store and told everyone to evacuate, only to be followed by someone else running in to tell everyone to stay inside.
I asked Public Works to suspend all work. Then we got Synergy removed from the project. I am thankful - and frankly surprised - no one was seriously hurt. Now I am working to ensure the community is safe when work does resume, and that we have city contracting policies in place to prevent repeated safety violations like this in the future.
On January 14th I held a hearing at the Board's Government Audit and Oversight committee to investigate the issue further. Thank you to
James Sword, with the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council,
Christin Evans with the Haight Ashbury Merchants Association, PG&E, and all the city and state staff who have helped us stop these unsafe conditions and plan for a better path forward.
In the News:
Ambulance Response Times Are Improving
For two years I have been working to improve ambulance response times in the City. In 2014, people were being forced to wait for ambulances and paramedics that the Fire Department simply did not have available to send.
There were 374 times when patients had to wait 20 minutes or more for an ambulance - just in August 2014 alone.
I led a citywide response to the ambulance crisis. And now, as a new Controller's report shows, our
on-time (OT) performance
rate is roughly 90%, "meeting the [City's] policy goal for the first time since the inception of the system-wide OT metric".
From crisis to the best response in recent City history, our efforts have paid off.
I am proud of the work we've done to keep everyone in San Francisco safe.
In the News:
President Breed attended the 93rd Annual San Francisco NAACP Freedom Fund Gala on December 12th. She is pictured here with (from left to right): Derick Brown, Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services; Keynote Speaker Roland Martin, Commentator for News One Now and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award; Supervisor Malia Cohen; Airport Commissioner Linda Crayton;
Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney.
Become a Clean Power Super Hero with CleanPowerSF!
Today, only about 27% of your electricity from PG&E is generated from renewable sources such as solar and wind. You have the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint with up to 100% renewable energy from CleanPowerSF - San Francisco's new community-based electricity generation provider. As CleanPowerSF rolls out throughout the City, you'll automatically begin receiving energy that's between 33-50% renewable. Plus, you'll have the option to take a bold step toward combating climate change by stepping up to SuperGreen - CleanPowerSF's 100% renewable energy option, for a small premium.
Bringing Clean Power to San Francisco
In December, I sponsored two pieces of legislation to support the process of delivering clean power to San Francisco.
The first allows the Public Utilities Commission to enter into contracts for clean electric power and related services to launch CleanPowerSF. It allows the City to get the best price for clean power, and increases financial protection with requirements for contractors.
Click here to read the legislation.
The second piece of legislation provides a $4 million bridge loan to CleanPowerSF, so we can begin signing contracts to purchase clean power immediately.
Click here to read the legislation.
Since these two pieces of legislation passed, the PUC General Manager has signed the first power contract that will officially launch the program. We expect clean power to be delivered to San Francisco homes starting in the spring. I hope you'll sign up for the SuperGreen option!
President Breed joined Grammy nominated artist
Ledisi (second from left) on Christmas Eve to pass out toys during Lefty O'Doul's 15th Annual Christmas Eve Toy Drive. They passed out toys to many families in District 5, including this family in Robert B. Pitts Apartments. They were joined by
Police Chief Greg Suhr (left) and S
anta Claus (aka De'Anthony Jones). Photo by
Don Bowden | ALVS Photography.
Reject PG&E's Increased Fees
In response to Pacific Gas & Electric Company's proposal to nearly double exit fees for customers transferring to local green energy like CleanPowerSF, I co-sponsored Supervisor Avalos' two pieces of legislation urging the California Public Utilities Commission to not only reject PG&E's proposal, but also look at alternatives that will minimize fees and ensure customers receive a fair price.
San Franciscans should not be penalized for obtaining clean energy that is is cheaper and better for the environment. I am working hard to make sure consumers like you do not get the short end of the stick.
President Breed joined Chabad of Cole Valley at the Cole Valley Menorah Candle Lighting and Chanuka Celebration on December 6th. She is pictured here with (from left to right) Dr. Scott Lebus, Avraham (Rabbi Nosson Potash's son), and Rabbi Nosson Potash.
More Muni Drivers and New
Many of you may have experienced the effects of Muni's operator shortage for the past few years; a lack of drivers means fewer buses and trains on the streets and slower service. In November, SFMTA announced that it has hired and trained nearly
700 new Muni operators since September 2014, made possible in large part by the funding efforts of my colleagues and I on the Board of Supervisors.
And in December I carried legislation to purchase an additional
152 standard and 113 articulated low floor diesel-hybrid buses.
Over the past three years I have carried legislation to purchase hundreds of buses, as well as replace and expand our entire train fleet. These improvements, along with the increase in operators, have increased Muni ridership while decreasing crowding. Step by step, we are making it easier to get around on Muni.
Making Gough Street Safer
I carried legislation to transfer nearly $450,000 in MTA bond money toward pedestrian safety improvements along Gough Street in District 5. The legislation passed unanimously, and we will now have safer intersections at Gough and Turk, Grove, Hayes, and Fell.
On January 7th, President Breed attended the Japantown New Year Celebration. She is pictured here participating in Kagami Biraki, a ceremony performed at celebratory events where the sake barrel is broken by a wooden mallet, and the sake is served to everyone.
State Funds for Van Ness BRT
I carried legislation authorizing the allocation of
$7.3 Million in state funds for the construction of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project. My legislation advances the work between Caltrans, SFMTA, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
I am excited to support work that makes transit along Van Ness, one of the busiest transit corridors in our city, a safer, more efficient experience for everyone.
Expanding Bike Share Throughout Bay Area
Bike sharing has become a popular way to get around San Francisco for tourists and residents alike. It allows everyone to enjoy the pleasures of biking along trails and parks, without the hassle of returning bikes to the original location or maintaining them yourself. That is why I sponsored legislation to expand the number of bike-share bikes in San Francisco from 328 to 4,500,
without spending any public money. Not only that, but the legislation expanded bike sharing to Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Jose!
On December 10th, President Breed attended Generation Citizens Civic Day, where high school students presented their semester-long actions civics project. Generation Citizens ensures civic engagement by providing students with the knowledge and skills to participate in our democracy as active citizens. In San Francisco, students designed projects to solve a wide range of issues, from affordable housing and homelessness to water conservation and public transportation. She is pictured here with David Moren (second from left), who is the Bay Area Site Director, and students from Gateway High School.
Help Our NoPA Neighbors Displaced by Fire
On Saturday, February 13th, a three-alarm fire in the North of the Panhandle neighborhood
ravaged several homes on Fulton Street near Lyon.
The North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and is collecting donations (listed as membership fees) to help several dozens displaced residents. It will direct all donations directly to the victims. Please make a donation if you can!
New 555 Fulton Grocery Store
President Breed toured different New Season Market stores in Portland on January 15th. She was joined on the trip by Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Board member Jim Warshell (left), and Freedom West residents Walidah Burrell (center) and Barbara Thompson (second from right).
New Seasons Market could be coming to the Hayes Valley! This Portland-based grocer is looking to move into the new 555 Fulton St. building. I visited its stores in Portland in January, and was very impressed with the service, selection, and business model of the company. At the January Hayes Valley
Neighborhood Association meeting, I spoke about how excited I was to see such a wonderful business and hoped the community would support their desire to entern into a long term lease for the 555 Fulton street site. New Seasons Market sells locally-grown, organic produce at affordable prices and hires local community members. You can also open and taste anything sold in the store - anything!
On January 9th, President Breed performed a swearing-in ceremony for John Konstin, who was appointed by President Breed to the Department of Building Inspection Commission.
Volunteer to Serve on the
2016 - 2017 Civil Grand Jury
San Francisco Superior Court is recruiting volunteers to serve on the 2016-2017 Civil Grand Jury. Made up of 19 members randomly drawn from a pool of applicants, this group will vote on the issues within the City and County of San Francisco government to investigate, including its officers, departments, and agencies.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have lived in San Francisco for at least the past 12 months, and be U.S. citizens.
Golden Gate Restaurant Association's Culinary Scholarship Application Now Open
Since 1968, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation (GGRASF) has awarded annual tuition assistance to students seeking higher education in the culinary and hospitality field. The recipients of the GGRASF awards are local Bay Area residents in need of financial assistance to pursue their education.
In 2015, GGRASF awarded a total of $32,000 to 9 students.
For more information on the scholarship and past recipients, please visit ggra.org/scholarships. Applications must be submitted by no later than April 30th.
President Breed spoke at the Stand Against Violence Rally on December 12th. She is joined on stage by
Mattie Scott, President of the San Francisco Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and main organizer for the rally. The day included a gun buyback event at United Playaz and a screening of "Shell Shocked," a New Orleans documentary about youth and gun violence.
The Community Challenge Grant Program Spring 2016 Grant Cycle is Now Open!
The Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG) provides resources to community groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods. This grant focuses on projects that directly engage residents and businesses in creating green spaces, gathering places, public art, and other neighborhood amenities by featuring and applying ecologically friendly amenities and practices.
Grant funds are awarded for projects at three levels:
- Small projects: Up to $15,000
- Medium projects: $15,001 to $30,000
- Large projects: $30,001 to $100,000
Applications and copies must be received no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 18th.
For more information about the grant program, please visit
, or contact CCG Program Manager Lanita Henriquez at 415-554-4830, or
4505 Meats' Feed the Pig Fundraiser
to Benefit Mo'MAGIC
Join 4505 Meats in support Mo'Magic during February! Mo'MAGIC is a San Francisco neighborhood-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the community and youth through collaboration.
Donations may be made at the cash register all month long.
On the last Monday of the month, February 29th, 5% of the daily total will be donated to benefit Mo'MAGIC.
On December 12th, President Breed joined volunteers at Community Grows to make holiday wreaths! The organization cultivates healthy youth by growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities.
2016 Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program:
Get State Funds to Retrofit Your Home!
Does your home have a crawl space? If yes, chances are it might not be bolted to its foundation. In a strong earthquake, this crawl space is vulnerable to collapse, causing the house to slide off its foundation.
To help homeowners address this structural vulnerability,
the California Earthquake Authority's Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program is offering up to $3,000 to California homeowners to seismically retrofit these houses. Such retrofits include bolting a house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of a crawl space to secure the house.
Applications are open until February 20th.
President Breed presented a Certificate of Honor on December 14th to
David Perry, host and producer of "Ten Percent," to commemorate the show's 300th episode! This show is the longest running LGBT show in Northern California's history. Mr. Perry conducts weekly interviews on matters to the LGBT community, making sure that their issues are represented in the media.
San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT)
New Dispatch Numbers
For All Urgent/ Emergent Medical Providers:
NEW Contact number: 415-355-7445
NEW Fax number: 415-355-7418
SF HOT Services include:
- 24/7 Urgent/Emergent Client Transportation
- Transportation to Shelter Drop-In Centers or Resource Centers
- Client Care Coordination
For Non-Urgent/Emergent Provider, Citizen, and Businesses:
NEW Contact number: 415-355-7401
SF HOT Services include:
- Outreach Requests and/or Client Wellness Checks
- Client Consultation
Please note that non-urgent calls to the urgent dispatch line will be asked to call the non-urgent line.
It is important to keep the urgent/emergent medical providers line and operators available for emergency situations.
Technology and Job-Search Classes at
The Western Addition Community Technology Center
Go back to school this winter! The Western Addition Community Technology Center (WACTC) is a non-profit organization that aims to help neighbors move successfully into the 21st century and compete in the emerging fields. Everyone is invited to participate in these free classes, without exceptions. Sign up to learn how to search for jobs on the web, write resume and cover letters, earn a GED degree, and more!
Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point
Can Help ALL San Franciscans Find a Job!
Looking for a job? Western Neighborhood Access Point hosts regular workshops and career fairs that can help you connect with potential employers!
The center is located at 1449 Webster Street, and is open:
Mondays - Wednesdays: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursdays: 9 am - 7 pm
Fridays: 9 am - 1 pm.
President Breed visited volunteers at the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Holiday Food Box Stuffing on December 17th. Volunteers packed 250 food bags, each with a turkey and fresh produce for the holidays. Police officers from Northern Station delivered them to nominated families at the Western Addition Beacon Center at John Muir Elementary School, Hayes Valley Apartments, Don Fisher Clubhouse of Boys and Girls Club, and other housing sites!
SFPD Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)
Interested in working with police officers in citywide emergency response? SFPD ALERT is a citizen disaster preparedness program designed for volunteers 16 years of age or older who live, work, or attend high school in San Francisco.
Volunteers will receive training from both the San Francisco Fire Department and Police Department. In the event of a disaster or emergency, ALERT volunteers will be deployed to support SFPD with:
- traffic control
- safety patrols with police officers
- well being/welfare safety checks on vulnerable individuals
- reunification assistance at shelters and schools
- and much more!
President Breed celebrated the holidays with the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association on December 5th at St. Cyprian Episcopal Church.
Local Farmers Markets in Your Neighborhood
Visit your neighborhood weekly farmers markets to get fresh produce, meet your neighbors, and support your local community!
10 am - 2 pm Parnassus at UCSF - 505 Parnassus Avenue (January 9th-December 11th)
9 am - 1 pm Fillmore Center Plaza - O'Farrell & Fillmore Streets (Year-round)
9 am - 1 pm Inner Sunset - Irving between 8th and 9th Avenue (Year-round)
10 am - 2 pm Divisadero - Grove and Divisadero Streets (Year-round)
Free Yoga Classes Available for Seniors
Looking for a gentle way to stay active? The Buddhist Church of San Francisco (1881 Pine Street) hosts free yoga classes
every Monday, 1:30 - 2:30 pm! This class is especially designed for seniors and features a gentle form of chair yoga to maintain health, flexibility, and strength. Entrance into the yoga studio includes some stairs, so this class requires some basic mobility.
To make a reservation, call the Buddhist Church of San Francisco at 415-776-3158.
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
Provides Free Legal Services to Residents
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates aims to support the economic well being of all residents by providing free legal services focusing on all household financial concerns. From medical debt and identity theft to student loan concerns, how to build credit safely, unfair debt collection, and mortgage concerns, the organization's goal is to help people be successful and break free from abuse.
For more information about the broad range of services available, visit
President Breed attended the 25th Annual Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Holiday Block Party on December 4th. The evening was also a fundraiser for the neighborhood association, with a silent auction at Patricia's Green. She is pictured here with (from left to right in the front): HVNA Board member
Barbara Thompson, (back row) HVNA Vice President
Gail Baugh, NOPNA President
Tim Hickey, HVNA Board member
Jim Warshell, and HVNA President
Intern for me in City Hall
Do you want to be involved in local neighborhood and citywide issues?
Would you like to gain experience working in a local government office? I am
looking for hard-working and passionate individuals with an interest in District 5 to work with me and my staff.
For more information and to apply,
visit our website
1300 on Fillmore 3rd Annual Sips with Soul
Tuesday, February 16th
5:30 - 8:30 pm
1300 on Fillmore - 1300 Fillmore
In honor of Black History Month, 1300 on Fillmore is bringing the top African American Vintners and their wines to pair with Chef David Lawrence's soulful hors d'oeuvres. The evening will be a celebration filled with good wine, food, and live music!
Success Center SF Open House
Wednesday, February 17th
5 - 7 pm
Success Center SF - 1449 Webster St
Come and tour the newly renovated Success Center! The newly refurbished facility will help the center better serve its clients in preparing for and finding new jobs, and help local businesses connect with local talent! Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served from neighboring Fillmore restaurants.
District 5 Housing & Rental Counseling Workshop
Saturday, February 20th
10 am - 12 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex - 762 Fulton Street
Organized by the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development and African American Art & Culture Complex, this workshop will be a one-stop shop for you to learn about homeownership and rental counseling resources in the city. In addition to city agencies, many housing non-profit organizations will be on hand to provide guidance and answer your questions!
Chinese New Year Parade
Saturday, February 20th
5:15 - 8 pm
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with President Breed, Miss Chinatown USA, the Golden Dragon, and hundreds of colorful floats!
Get the best seat in the house by purchasing tickets to the bleachers located on Sutter Street between Grant Avenue and Post Street!
Click here to buy tickets.
Black History Month Celebration with
President London Breed and Supervisor Malia Cohen
Thursday, February 25th
6 - 9 pm
City Hall - 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Celebrate Black History Month with President Breed and Supervisor Cohen in City Hall! The evening will be filled with entertainment, as well as food and drinks from local African American-owned restaurants!
28th Annual Russian-American Celebration of Food, Dance, Music, and Art
Friday, February 26th
5 - 9:30 pm
Saturday, February 27th
11 am - 10 pm
Sunday, February 28th
11 am - 7:15 pm
Russian Center of San Francisco - 2460 Sutter St
Enjoy the traditions of Old Russia with food, music, vodka tasting, samova booth, kids' craft, and more! Be sure to not miss the historic treasures in the Museum of Russian Culture, and enjoy artwork made by local Russian artists!
Alvord Lake Clean Up
Saturday, February 27th
9 am - 12 pm
Meet and Stanyan and Haight
Join the Alvord Lake Task Force to help keep the lake clean!
John Muir Elementary School
Introspection & Connection: Student Art Fair
Saturday, February 27th
11 am - 3 pm
John Muir Elementary School - Webster & Page Street
John Muir Elementary School and Western Addition Beacon Center invites students, families, friends, and neighbors for art, food, and fun! The day will include a student art exhibition, a performance by dance troupe, and live poster painting!
Traffic Skills 101: Classroom Workshop
DAY 1 - Classroom Course
Saturday, February 27th
1 - 5 PM
Miraloma Park Improvement Clubhouse - 350 O'Shaughnessy Boulevard
DAY 2 - On-Road Course
Saturday, March 26th
Park Police Station - 1899 Waller St
Looking for more than an introduction to urban riding? Using the League of American Bicyclist curriculum, Traffic Skills 101 is a FREE two-part course that covers everything you need to know about biking in the city. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to refine their urban bicycling skills, or for those who are interested - but intimated - by urban biking.
The course is divided into two days: Day 1, a classroom course, and Day 2, the "On-Road course." The Day 1 Classroom course is a prerequisite for the Day 2 course.
Adult Learn to Ride Workshop
Sunday, February 28th
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Panhandle Blacktop - Ashbury and Fell St.
You're never too old to bicycle! Instructors will work with you one-on-one at this FREE workshop to teach the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike. You will also receive training on a proper helmet fit and adjustment. The SF Bicycle Coalition's skilled and patient instructors will help you get rolling in no time.
Margaret Hayward Playground Project
Planning Meeting #2
Thursday, March 3rd
5:45 - 7:30 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex - 762 Fulton St
Come and provide your feedback on what you'd like to see in the new Margaret Hayward Playground!
For more information about the Margaret S. Hayward Playground Improvement Project, please visit
Shared Schoolyard Project Opening Celebration at Independence High School
Saturday, March 5th
11 am - 1pm
Independence High School - 1350 7th Avenue
Join President Breed in celebrating the opening of Independence High School's playground! Spearheaded by Supervisor Mark Farrell, this project provides every child access to safe, clean playgrounds. Beginning March 5th, the schoolyard at Independence High School will open on the weekends for children in the whole neighborhood to enjoy!
165th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Saturday, March 12th
Parade: 11:30 am
Parade route begins at the corner of Market and Second Street
Festival: 9 am - 5 pm
Join President Breed in celebrating the West Coast's largest Irish event! Celebrate Irish history and culture with Irish dance troupes, marching bands, hundreds of colorful floats, and more!