|Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead
As we embrace the New Year, I want to take the opportunity to reflect on the progress we made in District 7. We have seen improvements in pedestrian safety, the initiation of promising open space projects, and a more unified vision for the future of our City.
Pedestrian safety remains a top priority for my office. The community’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety are working. Last year, there were fewer pedestrian fatalities caused by vehicles in District 7 as compared to 2013. My office was able to expedite safety measures along Sloat Boulevard. The full project will be completed early this year. We supported having a traffic signal placed quickly at the Sunset Boulevard and Yorba Street crossing where pedestrians were struck on three different occasions by vehicles, resulting in two fatalities at the beginning of 2014. Our office was also successful in lowering the speed limit to 25 miles per hour along the first mile stretch of Monterey Boulevard from the freeway to Plymouth Avenue.
We also successfully revived the Student Crossing Guard program, which trains young students to help fellow classmates get to and from school safely. There are now programs at Commodore Sloat Elementary and Lakeshore Elementary. Alice Fong Yu will also implement this program in the coming months.
Student crossing guards increase safety and remind drivers to be more vigilant around school zones.
This year, we will work closely with SFMTA to begin and complete nine additional pedestrian safety projects. Many of these projects were made possible with grants provided by the District 7’s Participatory Project Program that my office created last year. The proposals came from District 7 residents and were voted on by District 7 residents. We are also expecting more proposals for the 2015 Participatory Budgeting Program (deadline to apply is February 1st). My office will also continue to work on legislation to support the City’s Vision Zero policy, a policy I co-authored to end all pedestrian fatalities by 2024.
FOCUSING ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
We are also making strides in our goal to make San Francisco a family-friendly city. The passage of Proposition C in November renewed the Children and Youth fund, the Public Education Enrichment Fund, and called for the City to develop a citywide plan with goals and strategies on how we will support children and families in San Francisco. My office spearheaded the development and passage of Prop C and now in 2015 we will be developing legislation to create the Children and Families Council to realize these efforts. I will be asking Mayor Lee and Superintendent of Public Schools, Richard Carranza to co-chair this body. The Council will not only be looking at ways to improve efficiency in services, but also re-thinking infrastructure issues such as demand for affordable high quality early care services for families.
SUPPORTING OUR SENIORS
We hear from residents the desire to have more senior engagement in the city and especially in our District. Last year, during the Participatory Budgeting process, a project was selected to bring senior programming to the West Portal Playground Clubhouse. Starting in February, the Clubhouse will host activities ranging from bingo, nutrition classes, smartphone/technology classes, and field trips. We are excited to have this opportunity to serve our seniors and hopefully expand this model to other existing spaces.
Last year, our office also worked closely with advocacy organizations to urge the SFMTA to implement the Free Muni for Seniors and People with Disabilities program. Starting in March, eligible seniors and people with disabilities will be able to ride Muni free, giving them the ability to stay independent without burdening them with additional costs.
With the growing number of children and seniors in the city, we also recognize that open space and playgrounds are important to our residents. In West Portal, parents and residents worked hard to build a vision for an improved playground. With their successful organizing, our office was able to advocate for funding to begin the first phase of the West Portal Playground renovation. We will also see a new boat ramp at Lake Merced, a ramp that had been lost to nature years ago. My office is also working closely with residents in the Golden Gate Heights Park, who have not had a functional playground for many years.
And finally, after two years of hard work, our office brought together the Public Utilities Commission, Rec and Park, and Department of Public Works to agree on building a garden area for the Ingleside Library. The Ingleside Library open space project will be breaking ground in mid-February.
We are grateful for the many engaged neighbors who organize special events to enrich the lives of our District 7 and San Francisco residents. We hope to see more opportunities for our community members to come together this year!
|Judging the Cutest Puppy Contest at the First Annual “Taste of West Portal” organized by the West Portal Merchants Association
|Youth Arts Exchange student architects unveil the mobile parklet at Foglifter Cafe on Ocean Avenue. A great example of a partnership between the Ocean Avenue Association, Youth Arts Exchange, and the owner of Foglifter Cafe.
|Kids enjoying the bouncy house at the Annual Ocean Avenue Arts and Cultural Festival organized by the OMI Cultural Participation Project.
|Adelante performing at the Ocean Avenue Arts and Cultural Festival. Despite gloomy weather, residents came to enjoy live music, food, booths, and activities
We have many great aspirations and changes to look forward to in 2015. I would love to hear about your ideas on what you hope to see happen this year.
|LEGISLATIVE AND PROJECT UPDATES
FREE MUNI FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
After several months of advocacy from community groups such as Senior Disability Action and the Chinatown Community Development Corporation, and the Community Tenants Association, the SFMTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to implement the Free Muni for Seniors and People with Disabilities program.
With the passage of the Transportation Bond, Proposition A, in November’s election, SFMTA is projected to have the critical funding they need moving into this new year. In November, Supervisor Yee introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors urging the SFMTA Board of Directors to implement a program for Free Muni for Seniors and People with Disabilities.
“With our city’s widening affordability gap, the implementation of Free Muni for Seniors and People with Disabilities is a step in the right direction for us to ensure access, mobility, and independence to support our most vulnerable residents,” states Supervisor Yee.
Starting March 1st, residents over the age of 65 and have, for a single person, lower than a $67,950 annual income, or have disability verification will be able to receive free MUNI services. This is a huge win for elderly residents of San Francisco, where a fixed Social Security income may not even offer them the option of taking the bus.
Applications for Free Muni for Seniors and People with Disabilities is available now. Please share widely! Download forms here.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
New Traffic Signals on 47th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard and John Muir Drive and Lake Merced Boulevard.
On Thursday, January 29th, new traffic signals were activated at the intersections of 47th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, and John Muir Drive and Lake Merced Boulevard. The installations include countdown pedestrian signals, new curb ramps, and accessible push buttons. The signal at 47th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard is located in front of the entrance to the Zoo and directly between the Zoo and the terminal of Muni’s L Taraval line. The signal at John Muir Drive and Lake Merced Boulevard is at the south end of Lake Merced and adjacent to popular recreational facilities for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Both new signals were funded by Proposition K Local Transportation Sales Tax Funds administered by the Transportation Authority.
Tell us what you think about these new signals. E-mail me at Norman.Yee@sfgov.org.
District 7 Participatory Budgeting:
Project Proposals due by Friday, February 1st!
Thanks to those of you who came to our Participatory Budgeting workshop last weekend. We were impressed by the many ideas you are working on for this year’s Participatory Budgeting ballot. If you have any one-time project ideas to help improve District 7, please apply!
The deadline for project proposals is this Friday, February 1st. Download the 2-page proposal form here or fill out an online form here.
For more information, please contact Matthias Mormino, Matthias.Mormino@sfgov.org
Your Ideas. Your Voice. Your Vote.
In March, District 7 residents will get the chance to vote on which final projects are selected. Stay tuned about the voting process and let us know if you want to get involved!
We will need volunteers to help with getting out the vote and helping to assist with our voting locations. Sign up here!
BALBOA RESERVOIR COMMUNITY MEETING – UPDATES
Last week, an initial community meeting was held to discuss the development of the Balboa Reservoir site (located off of Ocean and Phelan Avenues). Through a public process, San Francisco can take steps to better utilize the 17-acre SFPUC property and achieve many of the City’s objectives and talk about the amenities that are best suited to fulfill the needs of the neighborhood.
Our office will continue to work with the Planning Department and community members to ensure that projects proposed will be compatible with the needs of the neighborhood. We understand that people have a variety of opinions and we would appreciate your feedback directly to our office by calling us at 415.554.6516 or e-mailing me at Norman.Yee@sfgov.org.
We also encourage you to fill out the survey below to help SF Planning with collecting public input to ensure that the feedback they receive is reflective of the opinions of neighborhood adjacent to the site. The next community meeting will be held in March.
Fill out this Community Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VJH5GK6
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Jeremy Shaw at the SF Planning Department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINAL OPEN HOUSE:
Ocean Avenue Corridor Design Project
February 11, 2015
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Lick-Wilderming High School,
755 Ocean Avenue, Room C
(between Howth Street and I-280)
Come check out the final designs for the Ocean Avenue Corridor! After several months of community workshops and meetings, staff at City Planning have compiled your feedback to unveil designs and other project materials, including:
- Designs for Ocean Ave between Phelan Ave and San Jose Ave
- Designs for Ocean Ave between San Jose and Mission Street
- Designs for Geneva Ave between Phelan Ave and I-280
- Designs for Gateway Nodes along Ocean Ave.
- Proposed streetscape amenities
City staff will be on-hand to answer questions and get feedback on your priorities for improvements. Refreshments will be provided! For more information, please visit: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3740.
Monterey Boulevard Median Weeding
Saturday, February 7, 2015
9am to Noon
Join the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association’s Greening Committee and the Department of Public Works to help clean up Monterey Boulevard! Volunteers are needed to help with weeding along the medians from the freeway to the Ridgewood exit. Lanes will be closed to ensure your safety and food/refreshments will be provided.
BONE MARROW REGISTRATION DRIVE
10 Minutes Could Save A Life.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Noon to 2PM
Congregation Beth Israel Judea
625 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132
Congregations B’nai Emunah and Beth Israel Judea is partnering with Be the Match registry for a bone marrow registry drive. They are looking for those ages 18-44 to register. IYou can help save a life in just 10 minutes with just the swab of your cheek.
Join us at the event to register to be a donor through BE THE MATCH Registry and see if you are a match. There is a match out there somewhere for every patient…you could be the one to save a life! If you are not in the age group there are still ways to help- just ask!
For more information: click on the Be the Match Flyer
CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS:
SAN FRANCISCO ZOO NEEDS YOU!
Looking for something meaningful to do with your extra time? Be a zoo docent!
If you love animals, enjoy sharing information with others and think it is important to conserve wildlife, this activity is for you. Come to the zoo’s special event on February 14th from 10:00 am – 12:00 and find out what being a docent is all about.
There will be a one hour tour, a power point presentation and demonstrations. And, some refreshments to boot.
To RSVP call the San Francisco Zoo at 415.753.7122 or email
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the West Portal Library
Thursday February 12th from 6:30pm to 8pm
Come celebrate Lunar New Year! Make a lantern with Chinese red envelopes. Supplies provided…just come and have fun! Space limited, registration required. Call or email us at 415.355.2886 or email@example.com.
Discover the Expo
Book Shop West Portal, 80 West Portal
Thursday, February 12th at 7pm
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Meet Lee Bruno, the author of Panorama: Tales From San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition, a fully illustrated coffee table book focused on the groundbreaking exhibition and its fascinating participants. The book contains a history of the development of the fair through the eyes of the author’s great-grandfather, Reuben Hale, who was responsible for its vision and realization.
Merced Library February Programming
155 Winston Drive
Toddler Tales & Playtime
– Mondays, February 2, 9, & 23 at 10:15 a.m.
Rhymes, songs, and books. For ages 16 months to 2 years and their caregivers.
Music with Keenan Webster – Tuesday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Hear the beautiful West African harp (kora) and other instruments of African origin and play some too! For children of all ages and their caregivers.
Baby Rhyme & Playtime – Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 10:15 a.m.
Rhyme, rhythm, and song. For infants up to 18 months and their caregivers.
Merced Book Club – Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion of James McBride’s novel, The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction. New members are always welcome to the Book Club, which meets bimonthly. For more information or to locate a copy of the book, please contact library staff at 415.355.2825.
A Question of Color: John Harris vs. Sutro Baths – Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Ranger Rik Penn discusses an 1897 case when John Harris, an African American, sued Adolph Sutro, the former mayor of San Francisco, charging that he was not allowed in the pools at Sutro Baths solely on the basis of his race. This story illuminates a pivotal moment in race discrimination and civil rights law.
Knitting Circle – Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m.
All levels of knitters, please join us with your knit projects and spread the inspiration! Practice supplies provided, but bring your own if you have a special project in mind. For ages 13 and up.
Emancipation Proclamation: Race, Image, and Sound:
From Minstrel Coon Songs to Negro Spirituals – Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
For Black History Month, Bill Doggett showcases audio and video samples of rare and famous Minstrelsy Coon Songs and Negro Spirituals that he places in the context of American social and cultural history.
Birds–Near and Far – Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Sidney Hollister raises awareness of the birds that are around us and what roles they play in our world. Bird behavior, which can sometimes be comical, usually has a serious purpose.
Please send us an email if you want your event to be included in our newsletter.