April 2014 Newsletter

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April 2014 Newsletter
Supervisor Mark Farrell April Newsletter Intro
Supervisor Mark Farrell April Newsletter Introduction

Office of Supervisor Mark Farrell
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 554-7752 Fax: (415) 554-7843
Legislative Aides: Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org, Margaux.Kelly@sfgov.org, & Jess.Montejano@sfgov.org 

Free Wi-Fi  in 31 Parks, Plazas, and Open Spaces

After over two-years over work, I am thrilled to announce that my free Wi-Fi in 31 parks, plazas, and open spaces project was unanimously supported by the Board of Supervisors. I want to especially thank Google for their generous gift to allow the project to happen and to our Recreation and Parks Department and Department of Technology for working with me every step of the way to turn this project into a reality. Free Wi-Fi service across many San Francisco parks and plazas will have a number of positive benefits and implications: it will further close the digital divide in communities where Internet access is limited, it will increase government efficiency by providing our city's Recreation and Park Department staff with more tools to more effectively manage their recreation centers and community programs, and finally, it will enable organizations that serve our youth, seniors and populations - with no Internet access - the free opportunity to further enhance their programs' effectiveness and outcomes. Installation at the 31 sites is expected to start this spring, and all of the sites should be functional by mid-summer. You can see a full list of the sites here: http://sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=15191


Comprehensive Homelessness Report

On Tuesday, March 11, I released a comprehensive Budget and Legislative Analyst (BLA) report on City services and benefits for persons who are homeless, and an analysis of the criteria to qualify for those services and benefits. In order to significantly impact homelessness in San Francisco, we have to better understand the dollars we are spending as a City and the outcomes we are receiving for those dollars. This report served as an unbiased base for me to understand more about the homelessness services we provide as a City, and as a starting point for me to further analyze where we can improve. I plan to use the new in report to help me inform my decisions during the budget advocacy season that will be underway soon here in City Hall, so that we continue to wisely invest in homelessness services that have been proven to produce the best outcomes. You can see the report in full here: http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=48239, and local news coverage here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-homeless-youth-count-nears-1-000-despite-5307431.php (San Francisco Chronicle), http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-spends-1657-million-on-homeless-but-its-still-not-enough/Content?oid=2730887 (San Francisco Examiner). 

Deep Dive on Supportive Housing

On Tuesday, March 11, I also publicly requested that the BLA produce a comprehensive report on supportive housing that will specifically focus on the varying costs and public subsidies for the program, as well as tenant assessment and outcomes at supportive housing programs citywide. I am also looking for the report to examine intake and compliance criteria for entry into supportive housing programs. I hope the BLA report will serve as another valuable tool to help us make better data-driven decisions regarding supportive housing programs here in San Francisco. Ultimately, we need to better understand our assessment of individuals entering and exiting supportive housing, so that we can continue to house more of our homeless population, which has proven to be more cost-effective than allowing individuals to remain on our streets and continue to utilize our emergency medical infrastructure. 

1st Open Legislation City in the Country

On Tuesday, March 18, I introduced a motion at the Board of Supervisors to make San Francisco the first "open legislation" city in the country - mandating that the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors upload all legislative information in machine-readable format, consistent with our City's recently passed open data standards. Making the City's legislative information available in these more modern data formats allows the data to be reused and repurposed by constituents, third party providers, and outside developers in modern applications, platforms, and services that can serve to keep City government accountable, open, and responsive. For some more background and coverage, you can see articles written about the topic here: http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2014/03/17/farrell-wants-to-make-proposed-laws-more-accessible-to-public/ (San Francisco Chronicle), http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/understanding-the-super-boring-super-important-new-city-data-ordinance (San Francisco Magazine),  http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/whats-different-about-san-franciscos-open-legislation-proposal (NextCity.org).  


Saving the 3-Jackson  

When the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) first released their Transportation Effectiveness Project (TEP) - which intends to overhaul Muni service for the better - they initially recommended eliminating the entire #3 Jackson line. The proposal was met by the community with disbelief and outrage. Thanks to outstanding community activism our office worked with the Save the #3 Jackson group and the SFMTA to come up with a compromise.  After numerous meetings and endless hours of back and forth negotiations, the SFMTA recently announced that they would NOT eliminate the #3 Jackson line but will reduce frequency to better match demand. In the evenings, the #3 will now run every 30 minutes from 7:00 pm to 10:00pm instead of every 20 minutes.  Our office intends to keep the pressure on the SFMTA to make certain they maintain MUNI service to this area. This was all possible thanks to 1,500 members of our community who signed the petition to save the #3, for the hundreds that wrote emails expressing their concerns and for the hundreds who came out to the Planning Commission and the SFMTA Board of Directors meetings to make your voices heard.  


Tuesday March 4th, 2014: Women's History Month

I was proud to celebrate Women's History Month by honoring Robyn Thomas for her rigorous work as the Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. This national non-profit provides comprehensive legal expertise on America's gun laws. During her last eight years as Executive Director, Ms. Thomas has helped to increase the Law Center's budget by 40%, allowing for more hours of legal support to legislators, activists, and the media in search of realistic solutions to gun violence. Recently, the Law Center helped Sunnyvale pass a ballot measure for smarter gun control. This legislation has since influenced other cities nationwide to adopt similar measures. On behalf of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I would like thank Ms. Thomas for her ongoing outstanding and courageous service as Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.



March 4, 2014: Monthly Chamber Meeting   

I attended my monthly meeting with the Chamber, and their members to update the Chamber on policies & legislation happening at the Board of Supervisors.


March 5, 2014: Project Homeless Connect Volunteer Day

I was honored to attend and speak at Project Homeless Connect. For ten years, Project Homeless Connect has been dedicated to helping provide care for the homeless in San Francisco to help them have better outcomes in their lives. I was honored to speak to the volunteers of Project Homeless Connect about our cities efforts to reduce homelessness and thank them for volunteering their time.


March 5th, 2014: Calvary Church for TEP Community Meeting

I was pleased to attend SFMTA Transit Effectiveness Program community meeting regarding the #3-Jackson. I spoke about the importance of this line for our community members who frequent the route. Happy to report that we worked out a compromise that will keep the #3-Jackson running.
March 7th,2014: Irish Flag Raising

I was pleased to MC the annual Irish Flag Raising ceremony held by the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco and Mayor Lee to acknowledge the contributions of the Irish Community in San Francisco. The Irish flag is raised each year in front of City Hall to honor St. Patrick's Day. After the ceremony, I hosted a reception for community members to celebrate the occasion.


March 8th, 2014: Park Greening Alta Plaza Park

I had a great time attending the park greening at Alta Plaza Park. The day was filled with planting, cleaning up trash, and connecting with neighbors.  Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to work on the park.


March 12th,2014: Presidio Pedestrian Safety Project

I was honored to attend and speak at the unveiling of the Presidio Safety Project. The project is among the first to be funded and completed using Proposition AA vehicle registration fee revenues since voters approved the measure in 2010.  This project made pedestrian safety and bicycle friendly upgrades, which I was happy to support and see implemented. 



March 15th, 2014: St. Patrick's Day Parade

My family and I were very happy to participate in the annual St. Patricks Day parade. Live music and spectators - dressed all in green - lined our city.  I had a great time celebrating with the community and my family.



March 18th, 2014: Alta Plaza Park Community Meeting

I had a great time attending the Alta Plaza Park community meeting. Following the greening of Alta Plaza Park earlier in the month, the neighbors and I discussed the upcoming renovation of the northern half of the park. I also enjoyed being able to catch up with our fellow neighbors.


March 20th, 2014: The Marina Community Association and Cow Hollow Association Happy Hour

I had a great time attending the joint happy hour of the Marina Community Association and the Cow Hollow Association. Both the Marina Community Association and the Cow Hollow Association are associations committed to bettering our neighborhoods. This event was the first joint happy hour that the two associations hosted and I look forward to more in the future.



March 21st, 2014: Sacramento Seminar

I was honored to be invited as speaker for Sacramento Seminar. The Sacramento Seminar was founded in 1983 by three legislators. Today, the Sacramento Seminar is comprised of politically interested people who get together weekly over lunch to talk about different issues  I had a great time visiting with the participants and was happy to share about my work being done at the Board of Supervisors.




March 22nd, 2014: Celebrate Spring Gala

I had a great evening attending Celebrate Spring Gala at Stuart Hall & Convent of the Sacred Heart School. Schools of the Sacred Heart has been a San Francisco institution since 1887. I was happy to attend and support Schools of the Sacred Heart.



March 28th, 2014: San Francisco Human Services Network

I attended a meeting of San Francisco Human Services Network to discuss the City's upcoming budget and service provider priorities. I was happy to join the Mayor's Budget Director and Controller's office for this important meeting. 


District 2  


Supervisor Farrell Walk to Work Day

Friday April 11th 8:30 am. Petes @ 2197 Fillmore, at Sacramento

Join fellow City Hall employees on this years annual walk to work day. Free WTWD goodie bags will be given out and Pete's is offering $1 off coffee for all participants!


Camping at the Presidio

Tuesday and Wednesday April 15-16,

Camping at the Presidio Programs provides San Francisco children who normally don't get to experience camping with a meaningful overnight camping experience. Bay area kids get the opportunity to socialize all while having a great time camping for an affordable price. For more information visit http://www.parksconservancy.org/learn/educators/camping-at-the-presidio/ or contact Miguel Gutierrez  mgutierrez@parksconservancy.org  

or (415) 561-7757.  


Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's 4th Annual Spring Big Book Sale

Wednesday April 16th-20th, 10AM-6PM Fort Mason Center

Come join the friends of the public Library for their annual book sale. This is a day long event with preview day on April 15th. Buy, sell, and trade your favorite books!


Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl

Thursday, April 17, 2014  4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  701 Mission St

This event is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. Yerba Buena neighborhood galleries, museums, restaurants, and bars will host an event every third Thursday of the month which will be an exciting chance to explore the Yerba Buena district.

"Off the Grid" Friday Night Food Truck Party

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Fort Mason Center

Off the Grid 

is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-11 pm at the historic waterfront campus of Fort Mason Center. In 2014, with a focus on new and innovative food, Off The Grid features 15 new vendors and 24 established favorites coming out to Fort Mason Center rain or shine for great street food, classic arcade games, and specialized retail vendors.  


Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration

Sunday April 20th, 10am- 5pm Union Street, Gough to Fillmore

This free event is great for families.The Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco is a special event for the entire family and reflects the diverse community of the Bay Area. With the parade, a variety of family activities are offered like large inflatable bounces, kid's rides and games, a climbing wall, costumed characters, a petting zoo, a pony ride, live music and some of Union Street's best restaurants serving attendees in an outdoor bistro. Come out and celebrate Easter at this great event! For more information visit UnionStreetSF.com or call (800) 310-6563.


Bike to Work Day

Thursday May 9th

This citywide celebration is a great time to try commuting by bike or to ride together with tens of thousands of other San Franciscans. I will be leading the District 2 Commuter Convoy, which leaves from Peet's Coffee (2156 Chestnut St.) at 7:45 AM and will end at City Hall for a press conference at 8:15 AM. These rides are a small group of neighbors who will leisurely bike to downtown together, riding safely and legally -- to help show you the best bike route toward Downtown from our neighborhood. Join me, or stop by one of the 26 Energizer Stations for free prizes for bike commuters on May 9th.  Find out more about Bike to Work Day and RSVP to ride with my Commuter Convoy at sfbike.org/btwd 

Mother's Day Marina Green 5K

Sunday May 11th, 9 a.m. at Crissy Field

A 5k is a great way to kick off celebrating Mother's Day start and finish are located at East Beach, Crissy Field. A great event for the whole family. The 5k also includes a ½ mile kids run starting at 9:45 at the same location for children 12 & under. For more information visit  http://events.sfgate.com/san_francisco_ca/events/show/369233932-mothers-day-marina-green-5k.


Farmer's Market
Sundays, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Located at the corner of Marina and Buchanan in the Marina district, the Fort Mason Center is home to a Farmer's Market every Sunday, year round. Head over for some fresh produce and good company with fellow community members.

SF Connected 2nd Swap Meet  
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:30am - Noon at First Unitarian Universalist Center 
1187 Franklin Street (at Geary)
Join SF Connected for the 2nd Swap Meet to bridge the digital divide.in San Francisco communities. Come receive hands on training on computers, Skype email, and accessible technology. Receive information regarding affordable computers, internet access, volunteer opportunities and more.  There will also be opportunities to share your ideas about how to bridge the digital divide along with raffles and refreshments. For more information visit www.sfconnected.org/home or call (415) 355-3555


City Wide


Gross Receipts Tax Seminar 

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street in the Latino Room from 2:00-3:30pm 

JOIN US for a free seminar to learn more about how business tax will be changing. 
In 2014, the City will phase in a Gross Receipts Tax and reduce the Payroll Expense Tax over the next five years. The Gross Receipts Tax will only apply to businesses with more than $1 million in annual gross receipts, exempting most small businesses. Business Registration Fees will also change for all businesses. The seminar will include an overview of new changes and a schedule of tax filing. Seating is limited, please RSVP to Marianne Thompson at 415-554-6297 or by email at marianne.thompson@sfgov.org.   



Shape Up SF  

March 31st - June 6th 

Shape Up SF is a walking challenge open to those who live, work, and play in San Francisco. The goal is for a team to collectively walk or exercise the equivalent of 1,106 miles the length of the California coastline. It kicks off on the last day of March, and this year Shape Up participants are expecting to set new records. For more information please visit http://shapeupsfwalkingchallenge.org/ 


San Francisco Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

Sunday, April 6th, 2014 - 6:30 am

The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon through historic San Francisco will start at the Great Highway & Fulton St. and end at Civic Center Plaza. The race will start at 6:30 am and shuttles will be available to get you there on time. Check out

 http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-francisco/event-detailsfor more info.  


Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm| 200 Larkin Street

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history.


Treasure Island Flea Market

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - All Day Great Lawn, Ave of the Palms

The Treasure Island Flea is a monthly open-air flea market showcasing hundreds of local vendors ranging from indie designers, up-cyclers, collectors, handmakers, makers, bakers, and more plus outdoor exhibits, scavenger hunts, and gourmet food trucks. The two-day flea market, which takes place the last weekend of every month, is on the Great Lawn on the west side of Treasure Island with spectacular views of downtown SF.


Bug Day
April 27th, 2014 10am - 2pm

Come join us at Randall Museum to celebrate the annual Bug Day. The day will include beekeepers handling hives, an Insect Olympics, bug crafts, and even bug tasting! http://www.randallmuseum.org/bugday.aspx

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month.

Participating Museums include:

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum (SF)
  • Legion of Honor (SF)
  • de Young Museum (SF)
  • San Jose Museum of Art (SJ)
  • The Tech Museum of Innovation (SJ)
  • Chabot Space & Science Center (OAK)
  • The California Museum (Sac)
  • Crocker Art Museum (Sac)
Please contact individual museums for specific hours as some museums are not open both Saturdays and Sundays.

March 11th, 2014

The San Francisco Sentinel, "On Scene with Bill Wilson: Luck of the Irish"



March 12th, 2014

The San Francisco Gate, "A Toast to the Irish, past and present, who help define S.F."


March 12th, 2014

The San Francisco Gate, "S.F. homeless youth count hears 1,000 despite spending"



March 13th, 2014

The San Francisco Gate, "St. Pat in SF: Going for the Green"



March 13th, 2014

Streets Blog SF,  "Section of Arguello Blvd in the Presidio Widened for Sidewalks, Bike Lanes



March 13th, 2014

The San Francisco Examiner, "With spending on homeless revealed, SF can now smart analyze data" http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/with-spending-on-homeless-revealed-sf-can-now-smartly-analyze-data/Content?oid=2731930 


March 17th, 2014

The San Francisco Gate "Farrell wants to make proposed laws more accessible to public"



March 18th, 2014 

SFGate. "Supervisors committee approves increased investment in homeless outreach program" http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2014/03/17/farrell-wants-to-make-proposed-laws-more-accessible-to-public/ 


March 18th, 2014

The San Francisco Gate "Rem Koolhass picked to design S.F. Residential Tower"



March 18th, 2014   

San Francisco Magazine. "Understanding the Super-Boring But Super-Important New City Data Ordinance" http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/understanding-the-super-boring-super-important-new-city-data-ordinance  


March 20th, 2014

Citv Source "San Francisco Moves Toward "Open Legislation" http://civsourceonline.com/2014/03/20/san-francisco-moves-toward-open-legislation-model/#sthash.ocAjfRtu.dpuf 


March 20th, 2014

The Examiner "Funding secured for planned Loma Prieta Earthquake memorial at Marina Green"



March 20th, 2014

The Examiner"Supervisors committee approves increased investment in homeless outreach program"



March 20th, 2014

The San Francisco Gate. "Anti'-Prop. B argument replaced in voter guide"



March 25th, 2014

NextCity.  "What's Different About San Francisco's 'Open Legislation' Proposal" http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/whats-different-about-san-franciscos-open-legislation-proposal 

Office of Supervisor Mark Farrell
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 554-7752 Fax: (415) 554-7843
Legislative Aides: Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org, Margaux.Kelly@sfgov.org, & Jess.Montejano@sfgov.org 
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