July 2014 Newsletter

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July 2014 Newsletter
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July 2014 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 


Laura's Law

After working with my colleagues here at the Board, I introduced friendly amendments to my legislation that would fully implement Laura's Law here in San Francisco in order to earn more support from my colleagues. I introduced the friendly amendments at the June 23rd meeting of the Rules Committee, which heard both pieces of my legislation. The friendly amendments enumerated further responsibilities for our Department of Public Health while implementing Laura's Law, and ensured that staff will take all the necessary steps to offer voluntary mental health treatment services before moving forward with the petition to initiate involuntary, court-ordered mental health treatment services. We know that many here in San Francisco are falling through the cracks of our City's mental health service system, and Laura's Law will be another tool in the toolbox for our City to help treat people with severe mental illness. Laura's Law will provide community based outpatient treatment services to help those with severe mental illness, enhance public safety by alleviating some of the burdens felt by our first responders, and help San Francisco save significant resources through reductions in incarceration, homelessness, and the utilization of our City's emergency services infrastructure. The full Board of Supervisors will hear and vote on Laura's Law at the July 8th meeting. For more background on the amendments and the legislation's potential to pass at the Board - see the recent San Francisco Chronicle article here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Looks-like-Laura-s-Law-will-pass-without-trip-to-5573727.php  


Our City Budget

As Chair of our Budget and Finance Committee, I have been working the entire month of June to help put together a final City budget that reflects the priorities and values of all of San Francisco. After deeply examining each of our City Department's proposed budgets at the Budget and Finance Committee through June, the Committee found additional savings that were then reinvested in citywide and district specific priorities. I led the negotiations with my colleagues at the Board to come up with a consensus budget deal that we can all be proud of. The two-year budget the Committee and my colleagues put together builds on Mayor Lee's proposed budget by adding additional investments in: crucial city cleaning and maintenance services, public safety, food security, homelessness services, pedestrian safety, family-friendly policies, and parks and open spaces. The full Board of Supervisors is expected to have its first vote on the new proposed balanced budget at our July 15th meeting. For more background on the consensus budget deal, please see the link here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Supervisors-wrap-up-budget-negotiations-early-5582031.php.

June 28th, 2014: MeqM Design Community Meeting

At this first major community meeting about the Marina Earthquake Memorial, the public came to share their stories and memories about the events of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. In the coming months, Merge Conceptual Design will present their artwork to the Arts Commission for approval to commemorate and honor the fire fighters and the fire boat Phoenix. The final design unveiling will be featured at the 25th anniversary commemoration event of the Loma Prieta Earthquake on October 17, 2014. Details for the location and timing are to be determined by the commemoration event planning committee led by the Department of Emergency management. I am proud to support this project, and look forward to its completion. 


June 1st, 2014: Monthly Chamber of Commerce Meeting   

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

June 1st, 2014: 27th Annual Stars & Chefs & Vintners Gala for Meals on Wheels

My wife and I had the privilege to attend this exciting dinner event hosted by Meals on Wheels at Fort Mason. Meals on Wheels raises millions of dollars every year in order to deliver meals to homebound seniors. While there, I had a chance sample some of the great food and wine San Francisco's chefs and vintners have to offer, while raising funds for a great organization. 


June 3rd, 2014: PPIE Celebration Plans Community Meeting

I met with the California Historical Society and Maybeck Foundation to 
discuss the next steps for the upcoming Panama Pacific International Exposition celebration. This historic building has been a San Francisco landmark for over 100 years, and will now host an exhibit honoring the Exhibition that made its construction possible.             

June 4th, 2014: Prime Minister of Ireland Reception

It was an honor to join Mayor Lee in welcoming the Taoiseach of Ireland back to San Francisco and
 to present him with the honorary key to the City.

June 5th, 2014:  SF Travel Public Policy Council

I had the chance to speak with SF Travel regarding our work on Laura's Law, including an overview of the legislation. This meeting also gave me a chance to let the Council know where the board stands on implementation of the law.



June 5th, 2014: Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards

I attended the Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards reception, which commemorated prominent chief financial officers for key corporations in six categories that have improved our quality of life here in the Bay. In addition, 

the event helped raise over $460,000 for Larkin Street Youth Services.  


June 5th, 2014: Tour of Stem Cell Facility

I had a chance to tour the UCSF Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine, which carries out studies to understand and develop treatment strategies for serious illnesses. It was inspiring to see one of the     country's most comprehensive stem cell research programs in action,   especially one right here in San Francisco.



June 13th, 2014: Keynote at MIT Legal Hack-a-thon

I gave a keynote address at the MIT Legal Hack-a-thon, and together with New York City Councilman Ben Kallos announced a "challenge" to civic hackers to help us create an Open Democracy 2.0 platform to achieve our goal of bringing open legislation to cities and states across the country.


June 14th, 2014: Northern California Rally for Film Incentives

I was honored to speak at the Northern California Rally for Film Incentives, which stood in solidarity with the Northern California film industry. The film industry is critical for the local economy here in San Francisco. Hopefully, programs like the film rebate incentive program I helped to advance here locally, will continue to support the workers who make the industry possible here.  


June 15th, 2014: Play Space in Parks Announcement

I spoke at a press conference to announce the Play Space in Parks initiative for the November ballot. This initiative would create more recreational space and athletic fields for our city's youth.. As the father of three small children, I know first-hand what these places offer our kids in the community, and that we should do our best to ensure their creation for future generations.


June 16th: 2014: Middle Polk Neighbors Event 

It was a privilege to talk to the residents of Polk regarding our plans to create a 4-acre park at the site of the Francisco Reservoir. Our plans will create new open space in the Russian Hill neighborhood, and with the transfer of jurisdiction from the PUC to the Recreation and Parks Department we are one step closer. 



June 18th, 2014: PHAN Annual Meeting

It was a pleasure to speak at the Presidio Heights Association of Neighbors annual meeting. I heard and discussed constituent concerns about a variety of topics, including the UCSF Laurel Hill campus redevelopment, the growing use of AirBnB, neighborhood crime and traffic issues.



June 21st, 2014: Social Innovator Award 

I was honored to receive the Social Innovator Award from K to College. I spoke about the importance of meeting the healthcare and educational needs of disadvantaged youth in our city. I support K to College's plan to address these needs. 

June 28th, 2014: SPUR Public Policy Committee

I had the chance to speak to another policy organization, SPUR, about our work on Laura's Law. This included an overview of the legislation and how it will effect our city, if implemented.



 June 29th, 2014: SF Pride Parade
 It was great to be able to participate in San Francisco's annual Pride Parade with my family. Everyone should have the right to be proud of who they are. I was happy to participate with so many others across the world in this annual city tradition



Palace of Fine Arts Update


This is a special time for the Palace as we look forward to celebrating the centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) next year.  In order to mark this important milestone in history, the rebirth of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire, the Recreation and Park Department is partnering with the California Historical Society, the Maybeck Foundation and the Innovation Hangar to provide for curated exhibits and programming on the PPIE, to celebrate innovation at the PPIE and showcase what innovation and entrepreneurship looks like today.  The concept of the celebration is "Then, Now and Tomorrow."  The California Historical Society and the Maybeck Foundation will be focused on providing programming to support the "Then" portion of the celebration with Innovation Hangar providing exhibits, programming, and educational opportunities on the "Now and Tomorrow" portion of the celebration. Innovation Hangar, a nonprofit organization, proposes to partner with a number of additional organizations including the Smithsonian Institute, Maker Faire, Kaboom!, Stanford d.school, and ThinkFun to provide interactive programming that engages the public, inventors, entrepreneurs, and students in the modern innovation process.  Innovation Hangar will provide a living classroom and a window into how innovation and entrepreneurship happens. 


As part of the Department's long term vision for the space, they plan to commence the competitive bidding process in September of this year to obtain a long term tenant for the Palace.  Additionally, please check out their website, sfrecpark.org, for updates.


The Department will be presenting the lease agreement for the PPIE programming along with an extension of the Palace Theater lease to be coterminous with the PPIE celebrations, to the Recreation and Park Commission at the Full Commission on June 19th at 10am, both meetings at City Hall in Room 416. 


For questions, please contact Cassandra Costello, cassandra.costello@sfgov.org, 415-831-2791


District 2  


"Off the Grid" Friday Night Food Truck Party

Fridays, 5:00 pm to 11:00 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.  


Farmer's Market

Sundays, 9:30 am to 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.


Free Walking Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge

Every Thursday morning at 11 AM

If you want to learn more about the colorful Golden Gate Bridge, then it is highly suggested you take a guided tour. Every Thursday morning at 11am the SF Public Library offers a free two-hour walking tour of this magnificent structure. No reservations are required. Simply show up at the Strauss Statue in the Visitors Plaza on the San Francisco side of the bridge shortly before 11am.


Free Disaster Preparedness Training

Wednesday Evenings @ 6:30 

July 16 ~ August 20th St. Teresa's Church, 16th @ Connecticut St  

Thursday Evenings @ 6:30 

July 31 ~ September 4th St. John of God Newman Center, 1290 5th Ave 

NERT is a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in San Francisco.  Through this program, individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness
 and prevention.  The training also includes hands-on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team. To register, please call (415) 970-2024.                                                    

All dates must be attended for the specified location.


Presidio Crown Jewels Exhibit

February 19th to August 17th, Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

Explore the challenges and triumphs of national parks around the world through Crown Jewels, a new exhibit at the Presidio presented by the Presidio Trust. Crown Jewels showcases five international parks through the eyes of experts, each with a lifetime's work in that part of the world. Through narratives and striking photographs, learn about the challenges facing protected areas in Tibet, East Africa, Italy, Amazonia, and Australia. The exhibit is accompanied by a lecture series that invites the public to hear these remarkable stories from the researchers themselves.


Fourth of July Fireworks Over the Bay

Friday, July 4th at Aquatic Park

Aquatic Park is San Francisco's premier spot to celebrate America's Independence Day holiday. Visitors can enjoy free, fabulous entertainment at nearby Fisherman's Wharf, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over San Francisco Bay visible from the Park's perfect vantage point.


Writeous Writing Group

Wednesday, July 9 at 6pm, Books Inc. Laurel Village

Children's book authors! Are you looking for feedback on your manuscript? Bring it on over to this hands-on critique group. Moderated by children's book editor Julie Romeis Sanders, you'll be sure to take something away from this experience.


Salsa Festival on The Fillmore

Friday, July 11th to Saturday July 12th

This two days festival is an extranvangaza of salsa lessons, dance performances, live music, outdoor and indoor dancing. This is the Fifth year of the Salsa Festival and it will have several music clubs, retail shops and restaurants participating in the event. There will be some of the Bay Areas best Salsa Bands, DJ's and Dance instructors in attendance.


14th Annual Breastfest Beer Festival and Fundraiser

Saturday, July 12th

The Breastfest in a unique fundraiser in that it is 100% organized by volunteers and 100% of all proceeds go directly to low-income women who are battling cancer right now. These women are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, friends, and, cousins. They are truly grateful for your support.


Sustainable Race, First Annual San Francisco 11k

Saturday, August 2nd

An 11k race along the San Francisco waterfront, dedicated to getting San Francisco to 100% renewable. San Francisco is currently about 46% renewable, so there's still progress to be made. You can be a part of the solution and have a great time too. 


Marina Family Fest

Sunday, September 28th

This is a public event designed for local families to come and enjoy a variety of entertainment including; bounce houses, petting zoo, climbing wall, music, gourmet food trucks and a beer & wine garden, as well as local merchant sponsored booths. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit SF SAFE.


City Wide


SF Mime Troupe opens with 55th Season Premiering "Ripple Effect"

Parks in the Bay Area throughout the summer

Skyrocketing rents. Loss of diversity. Google Glass wearing nouveau riche attacked in bars. The War on the Poor. What is The City coming to? The Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe opens Friday, July 4 at 2 p.m. in Dolores Park with its 55th season premiering "Ripple Effect.


Stern Grove Festival

Sunday, June 22nd to Sunday, August 24th

The Stern Grove Festival presents a variety of music and performing arts including classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, blue, and, world music. It is the oldest running free admission music festival of its kind of America, and this year is its 77th year.


SF Giants Games

All of July

Come out to AT&T Park to watch the SF Giants baseball team in action. In July they play fourteen games at home against the Oakland A's, the Saint Louis Cardinals, and LA Dodgers. It's a great way to spend the afternoon, or an evening, in the city!

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2014

Saturday, July 5th and Sunday, July 6th on Fillmore between Jackson and Eddy

The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz event on the West Coast, covering more than twelve blocks in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood. In addition to live jazz music, you can sample gourmet food and enjoy cool beverages. Dozens of artists will also showcase their work in everything from photography to pottery. For more information visit http://www.fillmorejazzfestival.com/ 


AIDS Walk San Francisco

Sunday, July 20th

San Francisco's annual AIDS Walk will be this July 20th in Golden Gate Park. Come walk with your fellow San Franciscans in the pursuit of a day where HIV/AIDS will be defeated once and for all. 


Fair Trade Bazaar

Friday, July 25th

A world of art awaits at the de Young Museum showcasing products from global artisans. Shop for unique items including jewelry, textiles, native handcrafts, and decorative accessories reflecting the many cultures represented in the museum's collection. Members receive a 10% discount on purchases while event admission is free.



June 9th, 2014
SF Examiner. "Francisco reservoir plan touches on San Francisco parks and housing issues"
June 11th, 2014
SFGate. "S.F. to put $15 minimum wage on ballot"
June 17th, 2014
SFGate. "S.F. artificial-turf war likely to be fought at polls"
June 17th, 2014
SFBay.ca. "Initiative promotes parks, muzzles pushback"
June 17th, 2014
SFGate. "Mentally Ill individuals need care and treatment not jail"
June 18th, 2014
SFGate."S.F. Mayor Lee Proposes compromise on affordable housing"  
June 21st, 2014
NBC Bay Area News. "Lombard Street Closed to Cars 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. This Weekend"   
June 23rd, 2014
SFGate. "Laura's Law Appears Headed For Adoption in S.F."
June 24th, 2014
SFGate."S.F. moves closer to adopting Laura's Law to compel some mentally ill into treatment"   http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-moves-closer-to-adopting-lauras-law-to-compel-some-mentally-ill-into-treatment/Content?oid=2828684

June 26th, 2014
June 26th, 2014
SF Examiner. "SF supervisors reach late-night consensus on budget changes"
June 26th, 2014
SFGate."Supervisors wrap up budget negotiations early"
June 28th and 29th, 2014
SFGate. "A decade of homelessness: Thousands in S.F. remain in crisis"
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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