June D7 Newsletter

Dear Neighbors,This month we celebrate two significant events in San Francisco and it looks like the weather will be outstanding.Juneteenth events across the city commemorated the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The federal government’s recognition of Juneteenth last year as a national holiday was long overdue. Celebrations kicked off early on June 11th in our District at the OMI/Lakeview Juneteenth block party at the newly renovated Unity Plaza. This event was the result of a city sponsorship to the Ocean Ave Association acquired last year.Secondly, no one can miss the LGBTQ+ Pride events and sculptures across our city. San Francisco which has long been known as a safe harbor for LGBTQ youth, adults and elders. I will be joining Supervisor Mandelman’s contingent in the main Pride Parade on June 26th and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the rights and prosperity of our LGBTQ community.On that theme, I have chosen Eddie Kaufman to honor at the Board of Supervisors full meeting on June 28th in honor of Pride month. Eddie is a resident of Sunnyside and the Executive Director of Mission Graduates has many educational programs to encourage and support low income latinx and immigrant children, youth and families to join the path to college. For 19 years, he has also taught curricula on gay studies at City College so that social workers can understand aspects of gay relationships.

Finally, District 7 now includes the Inner Sunset neighborhood near Golden Gate Park. My staff and I will be present at the July 10th Flea Market to introduce myself to new constituents and get to know their concerns. The details are below. I hope you can stop by!Myrna MelgarTable of Newsletter Contents:Participatory Budget – Vote Now!LGBTQ / Pride eventsUpdate on Laguna Honda HospitalInner Sunset Flea Market AppearanceWest Portal Graffiti EffortsOcean Avenue Transit Improvement SurveySpecial City Hall Commemorative LightingAids Quilt MemorialPG&E Discount ProgramsTrash Can Prototype TestingLocal library ActivitiesSupervisor Melgar (In-person) Meet and Greet – July 10thSenior Corner PARTICIPATORY BUDGET – VOTE NOW!I am proud to announce that the 2022 Participatory Budgeting Voting is now live! Voting is open now until June 27th. District 7 residents aged 16 and up can vote!  Residents of District 7 and community groups submitted projects. There are 11 projects that would improve our neighborhoods. Your vote decides which projects are funded. We fund projects that get 400 votes or more. So get your neighbors to vote too!
What is Participatory Budgeting (PB)?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. The process involves the brainstorming of project ideas, the development of proposals, and the selection of successful projects through voting.District 7 organizations have gone through the process of submitting their ideas and proposals through our Participatory Budgeting 2022 program. A Participatory Budget Community Review Committee (PB CRC) was established in order to review the high volume of proposals that were submitted and check for feasibility, the strength of the proposal, and community improvements to name a few. As a recap, proposals go to the PB CRC for review and the proposals with the highest scores move forward to the ballot for voting.
 Visit Our Participatory Budgeting Website to learn more!
For English use (VOTE) For Spanish use (VOTE)For Chinese use (投票 )For Filipino use (BUMOTO)GAY PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL – 6/25 & 6/26 The annual event with a large parade will cruise along Market Street. The festival is two days long and located around the Civic Center District and City Hall. The celebration will be on June 25th & 26th (11am-6pm) and the parade on June 26th (begins 10:30am).#LoveWillKeepUsTogether #SFPRIDE52Click here for more details!UPDATE ON LAGUNA HONDA HOSPITAL The Laguna Honda Hospital began discharging patients as required by the closure plan. Although they are continuing to fight for their recertification, the hospital is still required to present and implement a plan relocating all of their nearly 700 patients by the hospital’s closure date (September 15, 2022).The Department of Public Health and the entire City Administration is doing everything they 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 must serve those that will no longer have a place to go for life-saving treatment. We appreciate the level of transparency from the Laguna Honda Hospital leadership and their willingness to be accountable. This important institution must be saved!For more information about the situation at Laguna Honda Hospital, please visit the data dashboard at this websiteSUPERVISOR MELGAR AT INNER SUNSET FLEA MARKETThe Inner Sunset Flea Market is now in our District 7! This is an event with over 30 resident, artisan, nonprofit, and local business vendors as well as food, activities, and more (open on the second Sunday of every month).In lieu of virtual office hours, Supervisor Melgar and staff will be tabling at the Inner Sunset Flea Market on July 10th from 10am – 2pm (located on Irving Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue, in the commercial center of Inner Sunset). Stop by and share your concerns or questions. We hope to see you soon!
 WEST PORTAL GRAFFITI EFFORTS
Our District has seen a rash of graffiti on storefronts, most recent in West Portal. Supervisor Melgar has asked SFPD to increase patrols in the area, especially at night.

The Graffiti Pilot Ordinance she authored, is still awaiting a vote by the Board of Supervisors. The pilot program would allow property owners in commercial areas to opt into graffiti abatement by Public Works at no cost to the property owner. With this pro-active approach to covering over tags we hope the city can control graffiti from spiraling out of control.

 OCEAN AVE TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT SURVEYThe 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.

Complete the survey in EnglishEspañol(Spanish), or  中文 (Chinese) and share your feedback to help improve Ocean Avenue for a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card (Ocean Avenue Mobility Action Plan).

Click here to learn more!SPECIAL CITY HALL COMMERATIVE LIGHTING
Keep an eye out! City Hall will be lit in special lighting on the following days:Tuesday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 23, 2022 – Rainbow – in recognition of SF PRIDE WeekFriday, June 24, 2022 – blue/pink/white – in recognition of the annual SF Trans MarchSaturday, June 25, 2022 – pink – in recognition of the de-illumination of the 2022 Pink TriangleSunday, June 26, 2022 – Rainbow – in recognition of SF PRIDE WeekendUCSF SPONSORS THE LARGEST MEMORIAL QUILT DISPLAY EVER IN SAN FRANCISCOSince 1981, UCSF has steadfastly been at the forefront of patient care, research and community partnerships in the battle against HIV and AIDS.Read more about UCSF’s 40 years of work here!As a major sponsor of the 2022 AIDS Memorial Quilt Display— the largest display of the Quilt in San Francisco history — we celebrated the progress we’ve made, while reflecting on the work still ahead.PG&E DISCOUNT PROGRAMS
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 householdClick here for more info!
 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC WORKS TRASH CAN PROTOTYPE TESTINGGot Feedback? SF Public Works wants to hear your views on the next public trash can!In early July, San Francisco Public Works will place prototypes of our next generation public trash cans on the street for real-life testing. Community members will have the opportunity to evaluate the cans and give input into the final selection. During the 60-day test period, custom and off-the-shelf models will be placed in neighborhoods around the City. Each prototype will have a QR code affixed to its exterior. The QR code will connect people to an online survey. Also, Public Works will be promoting the web address for the survey through social media and other communications outlets. In addition, staff from Public Works, nonprofit organizations and Recology who maintain, clean and empty the cans will be polled for their input. Public Works then will review and assess this information and land on a final design for the new City can. EXPLORE UPCOMING EVENTS AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARYWest Portal Library: Will be hosting multiple workshops, activities, presentations, and family Storytimes. Learn More Here!
 Merced library: Will host a workshop on yoga for kids. Click for more informationSENIOR CORNERFinding a caregiver is a major issue in the senior community. SeniorBeat has an informative article about the search for help. . Read the article here!—————————————————80over80sf.org is a collection of 80 stories about seniors by Dr. Anna Chodos, a geriatrician at UCSF, and a team of 20+ over reporters. While Anna lives in the Outer Sunset, many of the interviewees are district 7 Lake Merced area residents. In May, many of the stories played on KALW’s crosscurrents. All of the stories are available on the 80over80sf.org website.OFFICE HOURSDistrict 7 – Supervisor Myrna MelgarWe will be in the District on July 10 at the Inner Sunset Flea Market, in lieu of office hours this month.  Please stop by! You are always welcome to contact our office for support at:

415-554-6516
melgarstaff@sfgov.org

Board of Supervisors | District 7 | Myrna Melgar1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 260
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6516 | Fax: (415) 554-6516
melgarstaff@sfgov.org

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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

COVID Update – BART

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

SAVE LAGUNA HONDA HOSPITAL
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

INTERVIEW WITH GOLDEN GATE EXPRESS
Supervisor Melgar discusses SF State, the cost of housing for students and establishing a Safe Parking Site for those living in vehicles.
READ THE INTERVIEW

OCEAN AVE MOBILITY ACTION PLAN TOWNHALL
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

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

YOUTH COMMISSION 2022-23
Applications will close on June 1st at 11:59 p.m. 
Apply Here! SUNNYSIDE CHALK MURAL PAINTING & BIKE TEST RIDESPG & E
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

VOICES FROM THE STREET
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…
OUR NEXT OFFICE HOURS
District 7 – Supervisor Myrna Melgar
VIRTUALOFFICE HOURS 
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2022
10:30 to 11:30 AM

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VIRTUAL OFFICE HOUR APPOINTMENTBoard of Supervisors | District 7 | Myrna Melgar1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 260
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(415) 554-6516 Fax: (415) 554-6516
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