December 2014 Newsletter

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December 2014 Newsletter

I want to start by wishing you and your family and friends the happiest of holidays and a happy New Year. As I reflect on 2014 - I have much to be thankful for. From re-election, to the health of my family and friends, and the positive direction San Francisco continue to move towards - I look forward to building on a successful 2014 throughout 2015.


Even though our work inside City Hall during December is cut a little short given the holidays, we were still busy working away at projects and policies here at the Board of Supervisors.  Highlighted amongst the activities included co-sponsoring legislation with Mayor Lee that will set the framework after vigorous public discussion and input for San Francisco and the Bay Area to potentially host the Olympics in 2024, and releasing a report we compiled on supportive housing for the homeless in San Francisco, in addition to setting a hearing date for the report in February.


I wish you and your loved ones a very happy holidays, and look forward to being back in touch in the New Year!





Supportive Housing System Improvements Hearing

At the December 16th Board of Supervisors meeting, I introduced a hearing request at the Board of Supervisors meeting to discuss improvements that we need to make to our citywide supportive housing system for the homeless. The hearing request was prompted by two of the most comprehensive City reports compiled to date on our City' supportive housing system portfolio. While both reports affirm supportive housing as cost-effective and necessary, they also provide concrete recommendations that the City should explore and implement in order to reduce our overall homeless population and help the formerly homeless become self sufficient. I plan on scheduling the hearing at Committee in February, and I look forward to discussing those recommendations at my upcoming hearing, and implementing the ones most worthwhile. 

Olympics 2024 Bid

At the December 16th Board of Supervisors meeting, I co-sponsored legislation with Mayor Lee that will set the framework for San Francisco and the Bay Area to potentially host the Olympics in 2024. San Francisco has a long history of bidding for the Olympic Games and previous bids have won the support from diverse leaders such as former Mayors Brown and Newsom, and former Board Presidents Aaron Peskin and Tom Amiano. The legislation authorizes the City to sign necessary agreements with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee, if San Francisco is selected, which could be as early as next month. The legislation and the benefits and responsibilities that go along with hosting the Olympic Games deserve and will receive a full and transparent public hearing in January at the Board of Supervisors. I am excited about our opportunity to host the games, and know that our City and our region can put together an agreement, if selected, that we can all be proud of. 


At the December 9th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board unanimously supported legislation that I co-sponsored with Mayor Lee to restart GreenFinaceSF. GreenFinanceSF is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program for residential buildings that are four-units or less that provides affordable and favorable financing options to San Francisco homeowners to pay for the installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements to their homes. GreenFinanceSF is a strong environmental policy and financing tool that will help the City further meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, help property owners make upgrades to their homes that will save money and energy, and will create new local jobs on local projects in the emerging clean energy economy. The program is expected to be up and running in early spring of next year.

Gas Station Bathrooms & Open Government

At the December 16th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board unanimously supported my legislation to update and outdated City law. Back in March of this year, I announced ReimagineSF, a scholarship opportunity for our City's undergraduate and graduate students where they could earn scholarship funds by interacting with and suggesting updates to City laws on a new website hosting our city's laws and codes - One of the participants noticed an outdated city law that mandates that City gas stations have separate toilet facilities for men and women, and suggested that since many of these stations are small businesses run by franchise owners that the mandate could become too costly in certain situations. I agreed, and introduced legislation that would eliminate the dual bathroom requirement and amended the law so that gas stations can provide one unisex bathroom for their customers. This ordinance is an example of my commitment to using technological tools to better interact with our residents and remain accountable to them while in office. 




December 1, 2014: Presidio Restoration Advisory Board

I was honored to recognize members of the Presidio Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) at the December 1st Board of Supervisors meeting. These volunteers helped guide and ensure public input on the remediation of the former U.S. Army sites in the Presidio. They generously donated so much of their time, and I am tremendously grateful for all of their work! 



December 16, 2014: Asano's Barber Shop

Small, local businesses are what makes District 2  and San Francisco so special. Tests Asano served our neighborhood for 45-years on Sacramento Street, and we will miss one of our local gems.  Mr. Asano owned and worked at Asano's Barber and had a loyal following of customers that commented on his kind and generous heart. His dedication to serving the people of this city with great customer service is commendable. Asano's Barber Shop will be truly missed, and I wish Mr. Asano all the best. 
Office of Supervisor Mark Farrell
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November 1st, 2014: Rev Paul J. Fitzgerald Installation USF's 28th President

I was honored to attend the University of San Francisco's inauguration of Reverend Paul J. Fitzgerald as the 28th president of the University. I look forward to working with him and the University on some of our city's most pressing issues.


November 4th, 2014: Election Day

I am honored to have been re-elected and given the opportunity to serve District 2 and San Francisco on the Board of Supervisors for another term. There is much work ahead and I look forward to continuing working to move our city forward.




November 5th, 2014: Marina Community Association Annual Meeting

I had a great time meeting with neighbors at the MCA annual meeting. We talked about upcoming projects and events in the Marina, and also projects and legislation I am working on here in City Hall.



November 9th, 2014: Veteran's Day Parade

Veteran's Day is always a special holiday for me and my family. My father served in the military and it is important to me to do whatever I can to show gratitude to our nation's veterans. It was a great time getting to celebrate and participate in the parade here in the city.



November 18th, 2014: Silver SPUR Awards

It was great to attend the Silver SPUR Awards and be in the company of 1,800 civic and business leaders gathering for the 54th annual luncheon honoring the lifetime civic achievements of the 2014 honorees: Clothilde Hewlett, Barbara & Ron Kaufman, Michael Painter and Leslie Tang Schilling.


November 20th, 2014: Monthly Chamber of Commerce Meeting

I attended my monthly meeting with the Chamber of Commerce to discuss with their members projects and legislation that we are working on here in City Hall that could affect their members and to hear concerns from the business community.



November 29th, 2014: Small Business Saturday

I enjoyed supporting our local community by participating in Small Business Saturday: a day dedicated to strengthening the community and preserving what makes our city special by shopping and dining local. Local businesses are the heart of San Francisco and it is important to do all you can to support them year-round.



District 2


Creative Family Fun: Let's Go Fly a Kite

December 20th and 21st 11am to 4pm at the Officer's Club 50 Moraga Ave

For December this activity honors the Presidio's aviation history!  The children of the Crissy Field pilots probably spent a lot of time down at Crissy Field flying kites on windy days. Come make your own kite at the Officers' Club - later you can head down to Crissy Field to test it out and watch the wind surfers out on the Bay!

To learn more please visit 


SF Star Parties

Saturday December 27th at 5:30pm

Take in the view from San Francisco's picturesque Land's End or other fantastic view points like the Randall Museum, socialize with more experienced amateur astronomers and get some tips about the night sky. Come join us for our monthly City Star Party. SFAA members provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. See our City Star Parties page for directions on how to get to the site. To learn more about the location please visit 


Presidio Parklands Project Gallery

Weekdays and Weekends from 10am to 5pm at 103 Montgomery Street

Explore this multi-media exhibition connecting the Crissy Field waterfront with the Presidio's Main Post. The exhibition allows for active participation in imagining the future of this new landscape.


Palace of Fine Arts Request for Concept Proposals

February 2nd at 2pm

February 5th at 10am

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce the Request for Concept Proposals for the lease of the Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco.

Request Free Bulky Item Pick Up Through 311

Year Round

San Francisco residents can now request free curbside pickup of bulky household items. Now unwanted appliances, mattresses, furniture and electronics can be easily scheduled for pickup to help keep the neighborhood free of illegal curbside dumping. Check out and to learn more. 


City Wide


Cirque du Soleil

Performances through January 18th at AT&T Park  

The iconic performing arts empire unveils its 35th full-scale production, Kurios. Taking on a distinctly steampunk theme, Kurios takes inspiration from the latter half of the 19th century, when railroads made travel more accessible, and inventions like the telegraph improved long-distance communications. 

For more information visit: 


Holiday 3D Light Show

Nightly Shows through December 31st, 2014 at Westfield Mall

"Nutcracker Under the Dome" will come alive under the iconic dome every night at 5pm until 30 minutes prior to the mall's closing. This free events has a spectacular 3D light show and integrates performance footage of the San Francisco Ballet.

To learn more, please visit 


Embarcadero Fireworks Show

Wednesday December 31st 

This annual all-ages Embarcadero waterfront fireworks show kicks off the new year at the stroke of midnight. The free show runs about 15 minutes and is put on by the same folks that design fireworks for the World Series-winning San Francisco Giants. The fireworks are set off over the Ferry Building.

For more information please visit 


November 1, 2014

Marina Times, "Free Wifi Begins"


November 3, 2014

The Bold Italic, "What Should Go In the Palace of Fine Arts Space?"


November 5, 2014

SF Appeal, "Four Board of Supervisors Incumbents Up for Re-Election Beat out Competition"  


November 5h, 2014

SI College Prep, "Mark Farrell '92 Re-elected San Francisco Supervisor"


November 6, 2014

SF Appeal, "SF Election 2014 Wrap Up: Chiu Leading Assembly Race; Incumbents Re-Elected; Soda Tax Falls"


November 7th, 2014

7x7, "A Preview of Pac Heights' Luxurious New Condos"


November 10th, 2014

CBS, "Over 100 Homeless San Francisco Vets Find a New Home in Renovated Financial District Building"


November 12, 2014

SFGate, "Medical Migration Clears Path for High-End Housing in Posh S.F. Areas" 


November 12, 2014

Techwire, "Civic Makers: Access to Democracy Cuts Both Ways"


November 13th, 2014

Digital Communities, "CivicMakers: Access to Democracy Cuts Both Ways"


November 14th, 2014

SF Chronicle, "Former Marina Inn Provides Home, Hope to Teens and Young Adults"


November 18th, 2014

SF Bay, "Katy Tang Rises to Lead SF Board of Supervisors"


November 19th, 2014

SF Examiner, "Supervisor Katy Tang Wins Interim Board President Seat"


November 20, 2014

SF Public Press, "Formerly Homeless Residents May Face Higher Eviction Rate Than Other S.F. Tenants"


November 27th, 2014

MCA, "Public Safety Community Meeting"


November 30, 2014

Marina Times, "Be the Help that is Needed"


November 30, 2014

Marina Times, "Farrell Seeks Evictions Reporting"


November 30, 2014

Marina Times, "Four More Years for Farrell: District 2 Supervisor Plans Next Steps"


December 2nd, 2014

O My, "Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to SF parks"


December 7th, 2014

SF Chronicle, "Helping Hand for Greener Homes: SF Moving to Finance Upgrades"


December 9th, 2014

SF Gate, "S.F. Supervisors Move Forward with Green Energy Program"


December 10th, 2014

Report News Today, "Helping Palm for Greener Homes: SF Relocating to Financial Upgrades"

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:,, & 
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