D7 Participatory Budgeting Voting NOW live

Thank you so much for participating in Supervisor Melgar’s 2022 Participatory Budgeting Program.

As a reminder for the Sunnyside Neighborhood nominee:

Make a parklet on Monterey Business Corridor in Sunnyside

Area: Sunnyside

Submitted by: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association

Category: Community Recovery

We want to make the sidewalk in the Corridor better by putting in 2 benches and a planter. This will increase foot traffic and provide seating for shoppers.

Attached you will find an English flyer for the program – the link (see below) and QR code included. Translation is a little slow so working on the translated flyers over to you all to distribute. Voting is open from June 13th to June 27th. District 7 residents aged 16 and up can vote! With a 400-vote minimum please make sure you share widely and Get Out the Vote to get your projects funding!


WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING? Participatory budgeting is a democratic process that gives community members the opportunity to set budgeting priorities and make decisions on what community projects should be funded. 

For more details visit Supervisor Melgar’s Participatory Budgeting Website HERE! You can find out more about what projects are being placed on the ballot etc.

Link to virtual ballot:

The short link to the voting page is SF.GOV/D7VOTE 

The long link to the voting page is: https://sf.gov/vote-fund-community-projects-district-7

For Spanish use: https://sf.gov/es/vote-fund-community-projects-district-7

For Chinese use: https://sf.gov/zh-hant/vote-fund-community-projects-district-7

Filipino will be updated by COB today as well.

People can also vote in person at the Ingleside, Merced, or West Portal Libraries if they don’t have internet access!

Full list of Projects on the Ballot:

1. Better traffic flow and pedestrian safety at Yerba Buena Ave and Miraloma Drive

Area: Monterey Heights

Submitted by: Monterey Heights Housing Association

Category: Vision Zero

We want to make it easier to cross the street, by improving the signs and crosswalk and painting. We also want to extend the concrete median to make the intersection safer for cars and people.

2. Add a pedestrian island at Teresita and Reposa

Area: Miraloma Park

Submitted by: Miraloma Park Improvement Club

Category: Vision Zero

We want to add a pedestrian island at the intersection. The island will make it easier for people to cross the street safely.

3. Make a parklet on Monterey Business Corridor in Sunnyside

Area: Sunnyside

Submitted by: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association

Category: Community Recovery

We want to make the sidewalk in the Corridor better by putting in 2 benches and a planter. This will increase foot traffic and provide seating for shoppers.

4. More trash cans = less litter in Lakeside Village

Area: Lakeside Village

Submitted by: Friends of Lakeside Village nonprofit

Category: Community Recovery and Vision Zero

We want to add trash cans on the sidewalk. We think this will stop litter on the sidewalk. 

5. Make it easier to play sports at the Commodore Sloat school

Area: Balboa Terrace

Submitted by: Commodore Sloat Parents’ Community Organization (PCO)

Category: Recovery

We want to make it more fun for people to use the vacant blacktop in the Commodore Sloat schoolyard. We will do that by putting in benches, a volleyball net, basketball hoops and painting a baseball diamond on the blacktop.

6. Train teens for work

Area: Stonestown and Lake Merced, Outer Sunset, Oceanside, Merced Heights, Ingleside

Submitted by: Stonestown Family YMCA

Category: Community resiliency

We want to fund a 12-week program to train 12 teens in Lifeguarding, CPR and Foundations of Youth Development. These classes help teens find work. We want to run this program every 3 months. 

7. Slow down traffic on Pacheco at 8th Ave and Alton Ave

Area: Forest Hill, District 7- Pacheco, 8th, and Alton

Submitted by: Forest Hill Association (FHA)

Category: Vision Zero

We want to install speed bumps in the area. We think this will make it safer for pedestrians by slowing down cars.

8. Neighborfests in D7

Area: All neighborhoods in D7

Submitted by: Resilient D7

Category: Community Resiliency, Public Safety Activities, Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness, and Community Recovery

Neighborfests, or neighborhood block parties, bring neighbors together. That’s important in a disaster like an earthquake or a fire. We need to help each other, but we need to know who our neighbors are to be able to help them. We want to fund 27 neighborforests in D7.

9. Community space, garden and emergency hub

Area: Westwood Park

Submitted by: Aptos Middle School

Category: Community Resiliency, Public Safety Activities, Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness, and Community Recovery

We will build a community vegetable garden, seating, and memorial space at the Aptos Middle School. We will also make an emergency response hub with emergency supplies.

10. Traffic calming and added crosswalks on Hearst Ave

Area: Sunnyside

Submitted by: Friends of Slow Hearst

Category: Vision Zero

We want to put in 4 painted crosswalks and new speed humps. Crosswalks would be at:

Hearst and Baden

Hearst and Congo

Hearst and Detroit

Hearst and Ridgewood

11. Supplies for monthly volunteer trash pick up and graffiti clean up

Area: West Portal Corridor

Submitted by: Resilient West Portal

Category: Community Recovery

We want to have supplies for a monthly volunteer trash pick up and graffiti clean up on the West portal corridor.

Supervisor Myrna Melgar – May D7 Newsletter

PHOTO: Bianca Heredia, from Golden Gate Xpress interview below

Greetings Neighbors,

It has been a busy Spring and we have a number of updates for you. 

After a contentious process, the Redistricting Task Force, which redraws Supervisorial district lines based on the latest Census figures, finalized a new map. They added new residents, schools, businesses, and institutions to District 7.  We intend to introduce ourselves to our new neighbors in community meetings. We did lose parts of Ocean Avenue and Ingleside to District 11; and Merced Manor and Lakeshore Acres to District 4, so we are working closely with those Supervisors’ offices to ensure a smooth transition of representation and handing over pending projects. The new District 7 includes the Inner Sunset, and Golden Gate Park south of JFK Drive.

This month we also celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Small Business Week with commendations presented at the Board of Supervisor meetings! APA Jordan Mar was celebrated for his work in building multi-ethnic, multi-cultural ties with community organizations, small businesses, residents, and local artists. We also recognized Monza Pizzeria, which is owned by Juraci Filho who is originally from Brazil. Juraci has invested his heart into this business. He’s there 7 days a week – working long nights as Monza offers one of the few  late-night dining options for our westside neighborhoods.

GRAFFITI ABATEMENT PILOTI introduced legislation to launch a 2 year pilot for no-cost graffiti abatement to address the scourge of graffiti that has overtaken our commercial corridors and vacant storefronts. Property owners can opt-in to have the Department of Public Works take a proactive approach to abate any graffiti it sees along regular routes. Businesses who are not yet signed up can avoid fines also. The City remains responsible for abating graffiti in public locations and residents are encouraged to continue using 311 to report graffiti.

AIR POLLUTION AND TECHNOLOGYIn March, I introduced legislation titled, “The Healthier, Cleaner, Quieter Communities Act,” that will prohibit the use of small gas-powered landscaping equipment in San Francisco to support the transition to electric equipment. Besides the noise issues that equipment like leaf blowers are known for, gas-powered equipment is a major source of pollution that disproportionately affects the health of workers and communities of color.

Specifically, this legislation will phase out the use of small gas-powered landscaping equipment by the City and its contractors starting on January 1, 2024. A prohibition for the general public would not begin until January 1, 2026. The program will include wholesale purchasing of equipment for City departments, a small engine gas-powered buyback program for landscapers, and support for the disposal of old equipment. There will be a waiver process as well.

Secondly, on May 5th, I held a hearing about where our city fleet of cars is as far as meeting the goal to be 100% Electric by December 31st 2022. We discovered that the City is pretty far behind. As a city, we need to lead the way in fortifying our commitments to this earth. After hearing how far behind we are, I will be drafting and supporting legislation that re-prioritizes our environmental goals and look forward to revisiting this topic in a public hearing to see where we are.

I aim to utilize my position as a good steward of the Earth before us and am excited that there is more to come.

Myrna Melgar Table of Newsletter Contents:
Save Laguna HondaInterview with Golden Gate ExpressOcean Ave Mobility Action Plan Townhall


SF Youth Commission 2022-23 RecruitmentSunnyside Chalk MuralsPG & E Discount ProgramsVoices from the StreetsSenior CornerVirtual Office Hours – May 25

For 250 years, Laguna Honda Hospital has been a critical asset for our community, specializing in providing skilled care for a diverse array of patients from all walks of life. In July 2021, the Department of Public Health self-reported two nonfatal overdose incidents, which prompted extended review by the State. While corrective measures were taken, other compliance issues surfaced during inspections. Since last fall, Laguna Honda has been working diligently to address areas of improvement to maintain certification by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Despite working to make significant improvements, however, CMS made the decision to end funding and mandated the Hospital to prepare a transition and relocation plan for patients. Without these funds, it will be nearly impossible for Laguna Honda to serve those patients who rely on Laguna Honda for quality care they often cannot receive elsewhere.

The Department of Public Health and the entire City Administration is doing everything we can to reverse the decision. The only path forward is to meet all mandates and re-certify the Hospital to save the critical beds we need to serve those that will have no other place to go for life-saving treatment. I appreciate the level of transparency from the Laguna Honda Hospital leadership and their willingness to be accountable.

I want to express my support to the over 700 residents in Laguna Honda and their families.  While the Hospital must prepare for the worst case scenario, please know that we are not giving up. As a City, we are united and we will stop at nothing to save Laguna Honda. I will continue to monitor this issue closely and want to assure the residents and their families that this is an issue we take seriously and will work proactively to resolve. The Board of Supervisors will be holding a hearing next month to discuss the strategy for re-certification tentatively planned for Tuesday, June 14th at 3:00pm. If you are interested in participating, please email my staff Jen.Low@sfgov.org.  

For more information about the situation at Laguna Honda Hospital, please visit https://sf.gov/information/laguna-honda-hospital-path-recertification

Supervisor Melgar discusses SF State, the cost of housing for students and establishing a Safe Parking Site for those living in vehicles.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is developing the Ocean Avenue Mobility Action Plan in partnership with District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar to prioritize projects to improve transportation along Ocean Avenue. 

Please register and come to a virtual town hall to learn more and give feedback about transportation improvements. Cantonese interpretation will be provided if a request is made at least 72 hours before the meeting. 
Learn more and sign up for updates at sfcta.org/OceanAve
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
 Register Here

Masks are once again required on BART –  rule is effective until July 18, 2022, unless it is extended by the BART Board.

Applications will close on June 1st at 11:59 p.m. 
Summer’s warm weather is coming, and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) customers can benefit by participating in a variety of programs to prepare for the inevitable increase in air conditioning usage associated with hotter weather that typically drives up summer energy costs.

To prepare eligible customers are encouraged to take advantage of income-qualified assistance programs including:
 • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program saves 20% or more each month on energy bills• Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program offers a monthly discount on electric bills with three or more people in the household

Nikki Childs article:
“After losing her job due to cutbacks, and then being evicted from her apartment, Nikki found herself living on the streets of San Francisco. People experience homelessness for various reasons and the impact of being unhoused can be extremely detrimental to an individual or family. It exacerbates existing health problems, increases risks for new ones, including communicable diseases and the potential for encountering physical, mental and emotional harm. For women, there is often an added layer of abuse. “ Listen to interview with Nikki Childs on how she escaped homelessness:MORE…
SENIOR CORNERSENIOR CORNER:District 7 Phys Ed teacher, Scout leader, coach and professional basketball ref may be retired, but he’s still getting people out to exercise…Story from Senior Beat…
District 7 – Supervisor Myrna Melgar
10:30 to 11:30 AM

You can book a ten minute appointment here:
VIRTUAL OFFICE HOUR APPOINTMENTBoard of Supervisors | District 7 | Myrna Melgar1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 260
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6516 Fax: (415) 554-6516

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2022 Sundown Cinema schedule – hosted by SF Parks Alliance

From movie nights to community improvement projects, when a neighborhood has vision, we’re here to help make that happen.

At SF Parks Alliance, our goal is to encourage people to get out and explore their parks. Over the years, we’ve found that one of the best ways to achieve this goal is through event programming. Check out some of our event-based programs below, taking place all over the city!

Love movies? Love your parks? Join us at our annual Sundown Cinema movie nights in the park! Each summer, we head to some of our favorite parks to host a movie night, complete with food and drinks from some of the best vendors in the city. Members get discounts on reserved seating and drinks on us.

Be a Poll Worker!

The Department of Election is currently recruiting poll workers to serve on June 7, 2022. Prior to their service, poll workers receive training and materials to make sure they are prepared to help voters on Election Day. Poll workers arrive at their assigned polling place by 6 a.m. on Election Morning and end their day around 10 p.m. Upon completion of their Election Day assignment, poll workers receive a stipend of $180-$240. https://sfelections.sfgov.org/serving-poll-worker

You must meet all the requirements to be eligible to serve as a poll worker in San Francisco:

  • U.S. citizen and registered to vote in California or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States
  • At least 18 years old or an eligible high school student (If you are a high school student, apply by submitting a High School Student Poll Worker Application)
  • Comfortable assisting voters in English 
  • Able to 1) comply with San Francisco’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement policy; 2) complete the required training; and 3)serve on Election Day from 6 a.m. until all tasks are completed (approximately 10:00 p.m.)

SFMTA Parking Enforcement Update – October 1, 2021

Below is the link from Jeffrey Tumlin, Director of Transportation to the SFMTA Board of Directors on October 1, 2021.

This memorandum serves as a follow-up to the May 4, 2021 presentation outlining the plan to resume parking enforcement for vehicles with expired registered over six months, parking over 72 hours, and five or more overdue citations, in addition to proposals to expand fee discount and waiver programs to provide relief for people with low incomes and experiencing homelessness.

If you have any questions, please reach out to SFMTA.

Link to the Memorandum.