June 2014 Newsletter

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June 2014 Newsletter
Mark Farrell's June Newsletter
Supervisor Mark Farrell's June 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 -

On Tuesday May 20, I introduced two identical pieces of legislation to fully implement Laura's Law here in San Francisco with my co-sponsors Supervisors London Breed, Katy Tang, and Scott Wiener. I am also proud to have the support of Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George Gascon, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Public Health Director Barbara Garcia, and many more. If the measure fails to pass at the Board of Supervisors, I believe that Laura's Law is important enough to take directly to the voters this November. We know we have a mental health crisis on our hands and that many people here in San Francisco are falling through the cracks of our mental health services system and not receiving the proper care and treatment they need to put them on a path towards successful recovery. 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. Laura's Law will most likely be heard in Committee later this month - with a vote at the full Board of Supervisors in July. For more on our Laura's Law announcement, you can see the San Francisco Chronicle's coverage here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Laura-s-Law-adoption-closer-to-being-in-S-F-5490794.php.


Expanding and Enhancing the Homeless Outreach Team - 

At the April 1st meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board voted to approve my targeted investment to expand and enhance our City's homeless outreach team, as well as additional resources for more flexible housing opportunities for our homeless population. At any given time, there are only 2-4 individuals on staff to provide outreach to the over 3,000 homeless who remain unsheltered in our City - that number is simply too low. This targeted investment will help to increase the staffing levels, so that we have more outreach workers in all of our neighborhoods citywide to help the chronically homeless access services, shelter, and housing. We know that there is no silver bullet to ending homelessness, but increasing engagement and housing opportunities are concrete steps that we need to take as a City to end homelessness. You can read more about SFHOT and the great work they do here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-s-homeless-outreach-corps-a-threadbare-team-5222656.php.

Series of Hearings on Homelessness -

Back in February, I called for multiple hearings related to homelessness to analyze programs and policies currently in place to address homelessness in San Francisco, as well as to explore additional options to drive down the number of homeless individuals and families that are sleeping on our streets. The first set of the hearings were housing themed focused, while the second set of hearings focus on the various sub-populations of our City's overall homeless population. We just wrapped-up eight hearings over five weeks and had substantive discussions around new ideas and policies that we can implement to help drive down the number of individuals and families sleeping on our City streets. I already have our City attorney drafting legislation to help the formerly homeless find additional housing opportunities, so that we can get more people housed. I will continue to focus on this issue and look forward to sharing other ideas and initiatives with you that I will be bringing forward on the topic in the near future.  

Housing Task Force - 

It is no question that our City is facing an affordability crisis - with growing costs for both the cost of living and cost of housing in our City. My office has been participating on Mayor Lee's housing task force, which has been tasked with producing programmatic and policy considerations and recommendations to help meet the Mayor's goal of building and rehabilitating 30,000 housing units by 2020 - with one third of those units being permanently affordable. San Francisco has been faced with a housing production shortage for years that has exacerbated the current cost of housing. My office has been participating in task force meetings over the past month that have been examining ways that we can incentivize more housing production where it makes sense, as well as ways that we can further cut government red tape that delays how quickly additional housing can be built. The task force is going to continue meeting through June and will come back with recommendations that will begin to be implemented in July. 


CARES Task Force -

Although we have a rather strong safety net in San Francisco, we know there are individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues who are slipping through the cracks and not receiving appropriate care at times. My office just concluded participating on Mayor Lee's CARES (Contact - Assess - Recover - Ensure Success) task force, in conjunction with our Department of Public Health. It was a community process to determine how to best engage and maintain in appropriate behavioral health treatment for the severely mentally ill, and often dually diagnosed, adults that our current offered programs have failed to successfully treat or adequately engage. The task force was comprised of city staff, community stakeholders, and service providers who all work significantly with this population. We owe it to the individuals that need help, as well as to our City residents to provide adequate and appropriate care for those in need. You can view the final recommendations of the task force here: http://www.sfdph.org/dph/comupg/knowlcol/CARE/default.asp. Many of the programmatic and policy recommendations will be introduced and implemented in the coming weeks and months.  



May 13th, 2014: Small Business Week Honoree, "Allstar Donuts" 

For this year's Small Business Week honoree, I honored the Kor family and their business, Allstar Donuts, for their excellent service and contributions to the neighborhood. Throughout their 20-years of multi-generational business on Chestnut Street, the Kor family has run and managed a business beloved not only by locals like myself, but by residents from all parts of San Francisco. Owners Tom and Louise have put every consideration into creating an environment with good food and friendly conversation. Allstar Donuts promotes a friendly atmosphere and a long tradition of quality that exemplifies to me just what a skillfully run small business can do for the people of our city. On behalf of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I would like thank the Kor family and the entire team of Allstar Donuts for being a fantastic community partner, and wish them many years of further success.



May 1st, 2014: Monthly Chamber of Commerce 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.


May 1st, 2014: Online Budget Town Hall with Mayor Lee

I participated in an online budget town hall with Mayor Lee and his Budget Director, Kate Howard, to give residents an opportunity to have input into our City budget. I was happy to hear from many members of the public on their budget priorities and gave a brief explanation of how our budget it put together. I look forward to passing a budget that reflects our City's values and priorities. 



May 1st, 2014: First 5 District Town Hall

I attended and participated in a town hall event, hosted by First 5 San Francisco. San Francisco is one of a few places in the US which provides preschool education to low-income residents. Several educators and local officials spoke about the successes and challenges they have encountered, and took questions on the program's future to ensure we have programs in place to meet the needs for our children and families.


May 1st, 2014: Mountain Lake Park Fundraiser
The Friends of Mountain Lake Park is a community group dedicated to preserving and enhancing Mountain Lake Park. It has been great to work with the neighbors to help raise funds to make upgrades at the Park.    


May 1st, 2014: May Day Celebration

I was happy to join labor, business, and community organizations for their annual May Day rally and celebration. I spoke for a few minutes about the importance of creating jobs in San Francisco, promoting economic development, and treating our workers with respect.




May 2nd, 2014: Workforce Celebration

I attended a local event in honor of our city's workers, hosted by La Liuna, Local 261. It was great to honor some of our city workers, and look forward to joining them again next year.


May 8th, 2014: Bike to Work Day

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition organizes this event annually, to encourage more and more people to commute via bicycle. We met at Peet's on Fillmore and biked to our work locations shortly thereafter.  



May 9th, 2014: Family Economic Success Forum

I spoke at the Family Economic Success Forum, an event hosted by many family and youth organizations to discuss how we can continue to implement programs and policies to make our City's families more successful. I was also able to preview the new www.sfkids.org website that will be launching soon to serve as a centralized resource for our City's families. 



May 9th, 2014: City Youth Now Gala

I attended the City Youth Now Gala, where I was extremely proud to be an honoree of the event. City Youth Now is a valuable and groundbreaking nonprofit which works with foster and probation youth, offering them advice and scholarship opportunities for college. Several promising young people received scholarships and were recognized for their hard work. 




May 12th, 2014: Cow Hollow Association Annual Meeting

I was thankful to get a chance to speak with neighbors at the Cow Hollow Association annual meeting. The Cow Hollow Association is a neighborhood group representing homeowners and residents in Cow Hollow, dedicated to keeping the neighborhood livable and safe. I addressed my recent efforts to help our city's homeless and our plans to revitalize the Lombard St. corridor. 

  May 14th, 2014: Small Business Conference Panel -- The Future of Small Business in San Francisco

I was honored to be selected as the moderator of this important discussion panel. A part of San Francisco's Small Business Week, the panel's topic was how small businesses could survive and thrive in the modern San Franciscan business climate. It was a real pleasure to meet with several community members and respected small business-people for this critical discussion. 



May 18th, 2014: Commissary Opening Reception

I was pleased attend the opening of Commissary, a new restaurant in the Presidio on Montgomery. It is always a pleasure to see new businesses flourishing in San Francisco. 


May 22nd, 2014: Marina Earthquake Memorial House Party

 I attended a house party celebrating our progress on the Marina Earthquake Memorial. There will be many more community meetings in the near future. I look forward to working with our neighbors and our City staff and departments to produce a Marina Earthquake Memorial that we can all be proud of. 


May 22nd, 2014: William Hammond Hall Awards

I was honored to be invited to speak at the annual William Hammond Hall awards. William Hammond "Ham" Hall, the legendary custodian of Golden Gate Park, would be proud of the gardening and cultivation work that goes on in our City's parks today. Green space is critical to our city, whether curated or preserved, and I was glad to recognize the value of these intrepid park workers.




May 23rd, 2014: D2 Budget Coffee

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet for coffee with several constituents and community stakeholders regarding our City's recently proposed budget and our District's priorities within the City budget. 



May 26th, 2014: Memorial Day Observance

It was moving to attend our city's Memorial Day observance ceremonies, honoring those who gave their lives for our country. I was proud to introduce my father, a veteran, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. I have long admired our nation's veterans, and I was humbled to participate in this event. 



May 28th, 2014: Transportation Town Hall

Public infrastructure and transportation is a critical part of life here in San Francisco. To keep people informed, I joined the SFMTA and DPW to address our neighbors about the transportation bond that will be on this November's ballot, as well as other transit and streets related information. It's always inspiring to hear questions and productive suggestions from our constituents.



May 29th, 2014: No Guns Allowed Event

I was honored to attend this important public event, benefiting the No Guns Allowed campaign. Ending gun violence in our communities is a critical issue both in urban and suburban areas, and it was encouraging to hear speakers at this event making strong arguments for truly necessary common-sense reforms on firearm purchases.


District 2  


Lombard Street Corridor Improvement Community Meeting
Thursday, June 5th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Claire Lilienthal Elementary Auditorium, 3630 Divisadero
Join Supervisor Farrell's office and UC Berkeley Graduate Students from a planning studio as they explore a new vision for Lombard Street. Come and listen to student presentations, findings and ideas as you get an update on the City's next step for Lombard.

"Off the Grid" Friday Night Food Truck Party

Friday, June 6th, 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.  


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.


Presidio Campground Stewards

Tuesday, June 3rd from 10 am to 1:00 pm, Inspiration Point Overlook

Presidio Campground Stewards, a new volunteer drop-in program, invites the community to help take care of the Presidio's Rob Hill Campground, San Francisco's only campground. Right now the campground is going wild with weeds and we need many hands to help bring it under control! Individuals and families or groups of 4 people or fewer are welcome to attend without pre-registration. No experience is necessary.


Personal Readiness Seminar

Wednesday, June 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Sunnyside Community Center, 1654 Sunnydale Ave 

Wednesday, June 11th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Richmond Library 

Personal readiness leads to a resilient community, and at this workshop hosted by Supervisors Cohen and Mar, your family, friends and neighbors will learn the basics to take care of themselves and others in an emergency. Not only will you gain the skills necessary to be prepared for emergencies big or small, but you'll get to know the neighbors on your block as well! 


The Little Lantern Ballet: Experience the Magic - Discover the Light

Friday, June 6th from 7 pm at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater

In 2005, Artistic Director Sherene Melania fell in love with the Arabic story of "The Little Lantern", and has turned it into a ballet production combining the beauty of dance with global issues and solutions. Come view the world premier of this multicultural endeavor as it explores the way in which collaboration - despite social standing or pre-existing borders- can establish a sense of unity.


San Francisco's Union Street Festival

Saturday, June 7th & Sunday, June 8th at Union Street from Gough to Steiner

In its 38th year, The 2014 Union Street Festival is held on fashionable Union Street where historic Victorian buildings have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Introducing new, exciting additions like different "world themes" for each block. Join us for one of San Francisco's storied traditions with shopping, food and craft beer!


Cow Hollow Community Safety Meeting

Thursday, June 12th at 6:30 pm, Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

Cow Hollow Association is sponsoring a Community Safety Meeting, where Captain Greg McEachern of the Northern Station will be sharing a neighborhood update. Allison Burke of SAFE will also be providing an overview of the Neighborhood Watch program. 


Bocce Ball in Aquatic Park

Saturday, June 14th from 10 am to 2 pm at Aquatic Park

Join us in our Bocce Ball competition "Playing for Change" to support the Coalition of Homelessness in combating homelessness and poverty in San Francisco, along with BBQ, Kid friendly games and fun for the whole family! For more information and registration details, contact (415) 346-3740. Individual registration is $25.


Free Disaster Preparedness Training

Tuesday Evenings

June 10th ~ July 15th for Saint Kevin's Church, 702 Cortland Ave@ Ellsworth St 

June 19th ~ July 24th for Nob Hill Memorial Hospital, 900 Hyde Street

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

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.


City Wide


Shape Up SF  

Until 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/ 

40th Anniversary Celebration for Beach Blanket Babylon

Friday, June 6th from 6:30 pm at San Francisco City Hall

For 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon has been an iconic fixture in this great city. Now join Mayor Ed Lee along with city, civic and arts leaders along with the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon as The City of San Francisco salutes the world's longest-running musical revue in this open to the public, "only in San Francisco" event!


June San Francisco Street Fairs & Festivals

June 7-8 on Union Street, June 8 on Haight-Ashbury and June 14-15th on Columbus

Celebrate the diversity of life in San Francisco with the numerous free street fairs and festivals, with each neighborhood sharing its culture through live entertainment, vendors and tasty street food. From family-friendly events like the Union Street Econ-Urban Festival to the cultural offerings of the North Beach, there's something for everyone in San Francisco.


2014 Housing Expo and Home Ownership Resource Fair

Saturday, June 14th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Saint Mary's Cathedral

Home ownership SF is a collaboration of experienced nonprofit home ownership service providers which serve as a centralized resource for affordable home ownership opportunities in SF! Home buyers: Get the latest information about down payment assistance programs, credit tools and special mortgage products, and even look at affordable homes for sale!

Homeowners: Check out counseling and on the spot loan modification services that along with programs like Keep Your Home CA can help you avoid foreclosure.

To register for this event, visit www.homeownershipsf.org   


San Francisco Summer Learning Day Resource Fair

Friday, June 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA

Summer Learning Day is a national event designed to raise awareness about the importance of high-quality summer enrichment opportunities for young people and working families. A resource fair, youth programming organization Mo'Magic and featuring numerous non-profits and dozens of young people, will be held in Civic Center Plaza. Please feel welcome to stop by and witness summer youth programming in action!


SF Gay Pride Parade & Celebration

Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th

One of the most exciting ways to celebrate LGBT Pride in San Francisco, San Francisco Pride 2014 offers  attendees the opportunity to enjoy a sprawling street fair full of food, drink, and live entertainment. Revelers have no shortage of things to do, as the festival houses more than 300 exhibitors and 20 unique stages and venues.


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/ 


May 1st, 2014

SFBay.ca. "San Francisco takes another run at free Wi-Fi"


May 9th, 2014
SFBay.ca. "Funding aims to reduce homelessness"


May 12th, 2014
SFGate. "Supervisor wants homeless to have priority for affordable housing"   

May 20th, 2014
SFGate. "Laura's Law adoption closer to being in S.F. voters' hands"

May 21st, 2014

SFBay.ca "Laura's Law aims to help mentally disabled"


May 21st, 2014
SF Examiner. "SF considers adopting law to compel some mentally ill persons to receive treatment" 

May 21st, 2014
SFGate. "Sparks fly over mayor's effort to raid clean-energy fund"

May 22nd, 2014
SFGate. "Time for San Francisco to Support Laura's Law"


May 24th, 2014

SF Chronicle. "S.F. district attorney pushes for special mental health unit"



May 29th, 2014

SF Examiner. "Focusing on young homeless"


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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