February 2015 Newsletter


It is great to be back in touch after our winter recess and a full month back here in City Hall.  I hope you, your families, and friends all had a spectacular holiday season and New Year.  It was great to be with my family and friends during the winter recess, and we are re-energized for 2015.

Our office started off the New Year without skipping a beat.  We passed legislation earlier in the month to restart an environmental and financial policy known as GreenFinanceSF, which will allow residential property owners to make renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency upgrades to their homes.  In addition, we passed legislation to make evictions from publicly funded units more transparent and truly a last resort for our most vulnerable populations.  We have a ton on our plate during the short month of February, and look forward to an active year.

I hope you enjoy the rest of our newsletter, and look forward to being back in touch next month.

Legislation & Policy Update


Eviction Transparency 

At the January 13th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board unanimously supported my eviction transparency and reporting legislation for publicly funded housing units.  As a City, we place a great priority on providing housing opportunities for our most vulnerable residents - especially the homeless. The legislation mandates that our City-funded housing providers provide annual reports to our City departments with housing portfolios on eviction statistics and information in their respective buildings – with an eye towards reducing the total overall number of evictions. This legislation is an important step forward to improve our City's approach to evictions in our publicly funded housing units, so that we can continue to keep as many of our residents housed as possible.

Feb._10_Budget_and_Finance.jpgBudget and Finance Committee Chair 

I look forward to once again leading the Board on our City budget as Chair of our Budget and Finance Committee. Once again, I pledge to work with the community, the Mayor, and my colleagues to pass a City budget that is reflective of our City's values and priorities while also recognizing that during the good economic times we should prepare and save for the bad economic times. 

Crime_Trend.pngCrime Trends and Police Staffing Hearing 

I am co-sponsoring a hearing being led by my colleagues Supervisors Cohen and Wiener on San Francisco’s crime trends and how the Police Department is addressing the trends and increase in crime with the Department being currently understaffed. Public safety is one of my top priorities as Supervisor, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to have a substantive hearing that leads to solutions to enhance our public safety citywide. 

Bi-Annual Homeless Count Hearing  Feb._10_Homeless.jpg

 At the January 27th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, I introduced a hearing request on the biannual point-in-time homeless count - that took place on Thursday January 29 - to discuss and review the new information and statistics collected and compiled during the count regarding our City's homeless population. The biannual count serves as one of the most significant markers for our successes and failures in addressing homelessness in San Francisco - we are able to see bluntly whether our homeless population has decreased, increased, or remained stagnant. Numbers do not lie - and the information collected during the count helps us as a City to make data-driven decisions on how to implement successful solutions for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. I expect to host the hearing when the data is revealed for public consumption in early summer. 


Community Spotlight

california-pacific-medical-center-office.jpgAs many of you may be aware, the California Pacific Medical Center's California Campus - on California Street in District 2 - will turn into another use once the new hospital at the Van Ness and Geary Campus, and the replacement hospital at the St Luke's Campus open. CPMC has initiated a community discussion with the neighborhood and my office about the process we need to undertake to find the best use for the California Campus property following the 2019 transition. They recently announced that TMG Partners is the developer they chose to partner with the neighborhood and my office on a new vision for the property. I look forward to working closely with Sutter Health, TMG Partners, and the community to break ground on a project that we can all be proud of. I know TMG has a strong track record of working closely with the community to address and meet their concerns and needs, and I expect this project to be no different from their past work. I'll be sure to keep you up to date as more meetings start to take place and are announced. 

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 

In the Community

Jan._7_Julie_Christensen.jpgJanuary 7, 2015 – Appointment of District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen
I was honored to welcome Julie Christensen to the Board of Supervisors as my newest colleague representing San Francisco's District 3. I look forward to working together to make positive changes in our great City.

Jan._8_Inaguration_Day.jpgJanuary 8, 2015 - Inauguration Day
I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished together, and am honored to continue to represent District 2 and the entire City of San Francisco on the Board of Supervisors for my second term. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate my second Inauguration and for all of your support. It is a cherished responsibility that I will never take for granted. I’m excited for the next four-years and look forward to the work ahead.
City_Camp_SF.JPGJanuary 10, 2015 – City Camp SF

I was honored to speak at this event that was focused and dedicated to creating collaboration between technology, governments, community organizations and citizens. I spoke about my effort to bridge the digital divide by expanding WiFi access in San Francisco and my other open data and open government initiatives. 


January 11, 2015 - Nancy Pelosi New Year Celebration
It was an honor to attend this annual event, which brings together the community in celebration of the new year. It is always great to meet with others who share the common mission of working to make San Francisco a better city.

Jan._14_Maritime_Trades_Council.jpgJanuary 14, 2015 - Maritime Trades Council

I was honored to attend this event and participate in discussions about protecting our ports in San Francisco. The Maritime Trades Council has a strong grassroots foundation, and I was able to hear about their efforts and look for ways in which to make a difference. 

Jan._14_Fontana_West.jpgJanuary 14, 2015 - Board of Directors of Fontana West

Fontana West is the largest assisted living residence in San Francisco. I enjoyed visiting and speaking with the residents to hear directly from them about their concerns and hopes for policies that they would like to see at City Hall. It’s important for leaders to ensure all age groups are represented and heard from, and I look forward to working on continued initiatives with them in the future. 

Jan._26_SF_Safe_Block_Captains.jpgJanuary 26, 2015 – SF Safe Block Captains and Community Leaders

It was great to meet with SF Safe, a local non-profit, to discuss with them their priorities and talk to the community about how to get more neighbors motivated and involved with the Block captains program.


January 28, 2015 – South Beach District 6 Democratic Club
I was happy to attend this event to discuss and review my 2015 priorities at the Board. I also had the opportunity to meet with their members listen to what their concerns and ideas are.

Upcoming Events

District 2

Slices of Life, California: Composite Photographs on Canvas. Photography by Michael Smith-Heimer
Fort Mason, Building A. Through April 30th
Stop by this daily exhibit on cold winter days to view these composite photographs. With his shift to digital photography, in addition to conventional images, Michael has turned his attention to creating large-format images to capture broad "slices" of the visual environment. These photographic images are composites; merging as many as 40 images in scenes that portray large, sweeping views of locations, often including elements from the peripheral vision that are missing from traditional photographs of scenes. Visit the link for more information.

Community CPR at Sports Basement
February 18th 5-8:30pm
One of the many life-changing services we provide includes a weekly CPR certification class. This course teaches you how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including sudden cardiac arrest and choking for adult, child, and infant victims. You also learn how to perform quality CPR using a barrier device and how to effectively use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) through hands-on training and classroom lecture. Please visit the website to learn more at:

Shakespeare's Sonnets for Valentine's Day at the Presidio's Officers Club
Thursday February 12th 7-8pm
Experience a delightful celebration of romance just in time for Valentine's Day. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival resident artists will perform a selection of Shakespeare's best-loved sonnets, accompanied by the scandalous story of Shakespeare's great love affairs narrated by festival artistic director Rebecca J. Ennals. Suggested for adults and older teens. Visit the link to learn more.

Capturing the Presidio: From Guardian of the Golden Gate to Contemporary Urban Treasure at the Presidio Trust
Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Presidio of San Francisco is a National Historic Landmark with a rich natural and cultural legacy. The site played an important role in the in the life of the nation in times of war and times of peace for two centuries and today has been transformed into a national park site unlike any other.
Take a compelling photographic journey through this contemporary urban treasure - from the Presidio's military past through its transition from post to park and into its new chapter - with local historian/author Rebecca Schall and photographer/author Charity Vargas. The talk will be moderated by KGO's Jennifer Jones Lee.
Following the talk the authors will sign their respective books, Historic Photos of the Presidio and The Presidio: Portraits of a Changing Landscape.

City Wide

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 www.recyclemyjunk.com and www.sf311.org to learn more.

SPUR is hosting an Accessory Dwelling Unit Discussion
6:00 p.m. | Friday, February 20, 2015
Thanks to the Planning Department’s recent partnerships with Openscope Studio and California College of the Art’s (CCA) Urban Works program, you can come see what an ADU could look like in your home or neighborhood. The architects at OpenScope Studio developed an ADU Handbook detailing the design, process, regulations and costs around the addition of an ADU in several typical San Francisco housing typologies.  Building on that work, CCA’s students visualized an Accessory Dwelling Unit by asking key questions such as: Who occupies it? How does it function? This is an event for property owners, contractors, architects, designers, students and the general public alike to learn more about a variety of affordable housing in the City and the innovative methods being used to meet the housing needs for all San Franciscans.

SF Bicycle Coalition Urban Street Skills: Classroom Workshop 
Saturday February 21st from 10am-2pm
Looking to get comfortable riding in San Francisco? Join us for a presentation covering all you need to know for biking in SF and the Bay Area. This is the perfect class for anyone already riding to hone their skills, or people interested -- but intimidated -- by urban traffic.
This comprehensive course uses the curriculum of the League of American Bicyclists and completion of this classroom session will allow you to take part in a future On-Road class.
Topics covered:
Rules of the Road, Biking in city traffic, Handling intersections, Avoiding collisions
No bicycle is necessary for this class. Please contact Eric Tuvel at eric@sfbike.org with any questions about this program.

 Give Kids a Smile Day (Ages 4-17)
 Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 9am-4pm
 UCSF School of Dentistry, 707 Parnassus Avenue at 4th Avenue
 Students and faculty from the UCSF School of Dentistry will be offering free dental services  - screenings, sealants, and fluoride treatments - for kids aged 4-17. The screening satisfies  the K-1 school oral assessment requirement.  You can learn more about the event here:  https://www.facebook.com/ucsfCPHAN 

In the Media 

December 2, 2014
O My, "Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to SF parks"

December 4, 2014
ABC, "Large Sinkhole Opens Up In San Francisco During Storm"

December 7, 2014
SFGate, "Helping hand for greener homes: S.F. moving to finance upgrades"

December 9, 2014
SF Gate, "S.F. supervisors move forward with green energy program"

December 10, 2014
Report News Today, "Helping Palm for Greener Homes: SF Relocating to Financial Upgrades"

December 10, 2014
GovTech, "San Francisco Supervisors Move Forward with Green Energy Program"

December 18, 2014
SF Business Times, "'Evolving' Bay Area Olympic bid seeks insurance to reduce risks"

December 19, 2014
PR Newswire, "San Francisco Approves HERO Program, Restoring Residential Clean Energy Financing to First Major City Where Concept Debuted"

December 30, 2014
SF Business Times, "Developers seal deal to build housing at UCSF's Laurel Heights campus"

December 31, 2014
RedTri,"Secret School Playgrounds Open for Weekend Fun"

January 8, 2015
Governing, “Cities Try to Promote Technology Solutions with New Initiative”

January 13, 2015
SF Gate, “S.F. bill seeks to ensure a third of new housing is affordable”

January 13, 2015
SF Appeal, “Supes Adopt Ordinance Requiring Annual Report Of All Subsidized Housing Evictions”

January 14, 2015
Examiner, “New law allows SF gas stations to offer unisex bathrooms”

January 14, 2015
Examiner, “Supervisors reject appeal against e-cigarette business as part of packed agenda”

January 16, 2015
SF Gate, “Farrell tells FCC to get more from Comcast for poor households”

January 18, 2015
EdgeMedia, “Housing Key Concern for SF Supes”

January 26th, 2015
Beyond Chron, “SF Must Join Navigation Center with Street Outreach

January 26th, 2015
SF Gate, “Supervisor Mark Farrell — and wife — to help count homeless people Thursday”

January 28th, 2015
TechWire, “Thoughts on a Successful CityCampSF”

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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