March 2014 Newsletter

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March 2014 Newsletter
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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:,, & 

Hearing on the "10-Year Plan to Abolish Chronic Homelessness"

I hosted a hearing, on February 5th, at our Budget and Finance Committee, about our City's progress on our "10-year plan" to abolish chronic homelessness with city department heads, and non-profit and community leaders and stakeholders who all play a significant role working with our homeless population throughout San Francisco. I spent the months leading up to the hearing meeting with individuals and organizations inside and outside of San Francisco about which programs were moving the needle on homelessness and which programs were not. We need new ideas and policies - beyond and including those that have already been implemented - to move forward if we are serious about reducing and ending homelessness in our City. The hearing was well-represented from a broad and diverse group. It was a substantive discussion about our current homeless population and what can be done to help provide them with better outcomes. The hearing can be viewed in full here:, and you can read my op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner calling for a renewed focus on homelessness in San Francisco here: 


Homeless Outreach Team Targeted Investment

Shortly following our hearing on the "10-year plan," I introduced a targeted investment at the Board of Supervisors to double the capacity of the homeless outreach team and add 100 additional stabilization beds. At any given time in San Francisco, there are only 2-4 individuals on staff to provide outreach to the over 3,000 homeless individuals who remain unsheltered. There was consensus around increasing the capacity of the HOT team that came from virtually everyone that I met with and also came to light in the hearing as well. Increasing engagement is one step towards reducing homelessness in our City, and we have seen great results and outcomes from the HOT team given the resources. You can read more about the targeted investment here:

Taking a Comprehensive Look at Homelessness

I introduced multiple hearing requests at the February 25, 2014 meeting of the Board of Supervisors to focus on cost-effective strategies for housing the homeless, our City's role in housing homeless, and the key sub-populations of the overall homeless population in San Francisco. I will use the upcoming months to work with federal agencies and staff, city department heads and staff, non-profit service providers, and community leaders and stakeholders who all work significantly with the homeless to put the hearings together. The first of the hearings are expected to be held in late-April and early-May.

"Open Law" 

At the January 7th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, I introduced an update to an outdated housing code law that came directly from constituent feedback on a new, more user-friendly platform for our City's Charter and codes that launched recently - - in partnership with the OpenGov Foundation. This new civic engagement tool brings our city's laws and policies in a more accessible and modern format that can be used and reused to bring down the barriers to accessing, understanding, and navigating the laws of our City. We now live in the global center of technology and innovation here in San Francisco, and I believe it is incumbent upon everyone in City Hall to find ways for technology to drive further civic engagement. The legislation is working its way through the legislative process currently and is expected to be at the Board of Supervisors in March. You can read more about the law and tool here: 


Chairing Our Budget & Finance Committee 

The new committee assignments for the Board of Supervisors were recently announced and I am proud to be our City's Budget and Finance Committee Chair for the second year. Last year, we were able to expand and enhance crucial city services while at the same time putting away a record amount in our City's budget reserves to protect against the next economic down turn. I look forward to working with our Mayor, City departments and my colleagues on the Board to pass a consensus budget that reflects the priorities and values of San Francisco. 


January 28, 2014: BASIC Fund Certificate of Honor Ceremony

I was very proud to present a certificate of honor to the BASIC Fund. The Bay Area Scholarships for Inner-City Children Fund has helped children of low-income families afford tuition at private schools throughout the Bay Area. The scholarships not only make private school accessible to students of low -income families but also fill seats at Bay Area private schools while enriching the school's student body. The BASIC Fund has increased their high school graduation rates among their scholarship recipients from 50% to 95% over the last 14 years. It was great being able to thank the BASIC Fund for their service to Bay Area students and recognize the organizations momentous accomplishments since 1998. 

February 25th, 2014: Father Kenneth M. Westray 

In honor of Black History Month, I was proud to honor Father Kenneth M. Westray for his dedication to San Francisco as a faith and community leader. Ordained on November 28, 1981, Fr. Westray was the first African American ordained as a priest in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He first served as an associate pastor to Sacred Heart Parish in the Fillmore, a parish long noted for its community outreach and multi-ethnic makeup. He later served as pastor to Sacred Heart for fifteen-years, during which time he continued the parish outreach and community focus. He currently serves as the pastor for the St. Vincent de Paul parish. In this role, he gives back to the community by tending to the spiritual needs of the parish and the educational needs of the students at St. Vincent de Paul School. I would again like to thank Father Kenneth Westray for his years of dedicated community service. 






January 9, 2014: Public Safety Town-Hall

I hosted a community meeting with Police Captain McEachern of the Northern Station regarding crime in District Two. We discussed various safety tips and measures to help keep our District safe. 


 January 15, 2014: Union Street Merchants Association

I was honored to be the Union Street Merchants Association first guest speaker of 2014. I spoke of the successes gained at City Hall during 2013 and how those achievements will positively affect San Francisco's economy and our local merchant corridors. I had a great time answering community member's questions and addressing their concerns for the New Year.

January 15, 2014: Concordia Club

I had a great time speaking to Concordia Club on matters such as the rapid construction growth in San Francisco, traffic congestion, and the housing affordability issues we're currently facing.   



January 17, 2014: State of the City Address

I joined the rest of the City Family at the Hunter's Point Shipyard to listen to Mayor Lee's priorities for this year in his State of the City Address.


January 17, 2014: Pincushion Sew & Craft Ribbon Cutting

I was honored to be a part of the grand opening of this new, Union Street business. Best of luck, and wish for many successful years on Union!



January 22nd, 2014: Korean American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco Meeting

I had the opportunity to meet with the Korean American Chamber of Commerce . The Korean American Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1967 and today has over 200 hundred members who better connecetions between the U.S. and the Korean-American community. I spoke about upcoming legislation at the Board of Supervisors and how the past years successes will continue to grow San Francisco's economy in 2014.



January 23rd, 2014: Chamber Monthly Meeting

I attended my monthly meeting with the Chamber, to discuss with their members policies and projects happening at the Board of Supervisors. The Chamber and I also discussed upcoming legislation for the year. 



January 23rd, 2014: City Hall Tour

I was happy to give a tour of City Hall to the second grade class of Convent of the Sacred Hart Elementary School. I enjoyed showing the second graders the beautiful Board of Supervisors Chambers, my office, and the rest of the building.




January 30th, 2014: North East Medical Services Tour 

I had the pleasure of touring North East Medical Services with Dr. Eddie Chan. Dr. Chan showed me around the non-profit clinic and explained the bounty of services that North East Medical Services offers to the citizens of San Francisco. It was a wonderful experience seeing a non-profit clinic in action.




February 6th, 2014: Council of District Merchants Annual Dinner

I was honored to speak at the Council of District Merchants annual dinner. The Council of District Merchants is dedicated to creating opportunities for small businesses and working with the city on community issues as well as providing exposure for new local businesses. I was happy to say a few words about how important small businesses are to our city. 



February 8th, 2014: Family House Dinner

I had a great time attending the Family House annual dinner. Family House is a great organization in San Francisco that provides housing to families of children with cancer or other life threatening diseases receiving care at UCSF. I was honored to lend my support to Family House and celebrate their success over the last 33 years of service. 



February 13, 2014: Heroes and Hearts Luncheon  

I was proud to attend the annual Heroes and Hearts Luncheon benefiting San Francisco General Hospital.  This year the luncheon went to benefit the Hearts Grants program at San Francisco General.



February 15, 2014: Chinese New Year Parade 

I had an amazing time participating in the annual Chinese New Year parade with my family. The San Francisco Chinese New Year is the largest and most famous Chinese New Year Parade outside of China. Happy year of the horse!



February 25, 2014: Monthly Chamber Meeting

I attended my monthly meeting with the Chamber, to discuss with their members policies and projects happening at the Board of Supervisors 






February 28th, 2014: Grand Marshall Dinner Dance 

I had a great time attending the Grand Marshall Dinner Dance at the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco. The dinner was in celebration of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day. The United Irish Cultural Center is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the Irish community of San Francisco and I look forward to seeing them again at the annual Flag Raising Event in City Hall.  



District 2  


Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Opportunity

Ongoing till April 30th.

Do you know a student currently studying in a culinary or hospitality program who could use financial assistance? If so, encourage them to apply for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association annual scholarship! The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation (GGRASF) is a 501©(3) and has provided scholarships annually since its inception in 1968 to students dedicated to careers in the culinary and hospitality fields. The foundation also contacts all Bay Area high schools, community colleges, colleges and universities with culinary/hospitality programs to promote the opportunity to their students. The application is available to and is also available in an online version.  Applications are due April 30th.  Winners will be announced in early June.For more information about the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation, contact Donnalyn Murphy at or call (415) 781-5348 ext 2.

SFMTA Community Meeting   

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 6pm-8pm at the Cavalry Presbyterian Church  

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED! SFMTA is hosting a new series of public meetings to inform  and capture feedback from residents about proposed service and route changes as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). There will be a meeting on Wednesday, March 5 from 6-8pm at the Cavalry Presbyterian Church to discuss TEP projects within our area. Also, there will be two general, citywide meetings on Thursday, March 6 from 6-8pm and Saturday, March 8 from 10am-12pm. Please visit to view an up-to-date meeting calendar. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can also provide your feedback through the online tool at


Van Ness BRT Community Advisory Committee Recruitment
Applications will be due on March 15th. 

The SFMTA is looking for recruits for a new Community Advisory Committee (CAC) over the upcoming Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The ideal committee should consist of a broad range of candidates who will be involved with reviewing the Van Ness BRT design, construction, and implementation, as well as provide comment and input to agency staff. 

The application will go up at  


Presidio Trails Y Run
April 27, 2014
Go for a run! Interested in a 10K, 5K, or 1.5mi run at the Presidio? Then come join the YMCA in April. Everyone, including youth, families, and even more serious runners are encouraged to attend. Finishers in each category (male and female for youth and adult) will receive special awards.Sign up by March 15th to receive an Early Bird discount.
Sign-up and sponsor information can be found at


City Wide


MTA City Wide Community Meetings

March 6th and March 7th at One Van Ness in the 2nd floor Atrium 

Muni Needs Your Input! Give Feedback on Proposed Service Changes at Upcoming Meetings.


Muni is considering proposed service and route changes as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). Developed with extensive analysis and community input, the TEP proposals will modernize Muni for its 700,000 daily passengers. Attend this meeting to provide input and learn more. You can also visit to give feedback and sign up for updates. In March, the SFMTA Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed service changes and all community input received.


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.

Office of Assessor-recorder Moves to Paperless 571-L Business Property Statements 
Beginning February 18th, Workshops begin in March 

Beginning on February 18, San Francisco business owners will be offered a more convenient way to file their 571-L Business Property Statement with the Office of the Assessor-Recorder.  Filing the property statement is how businesses report the taxable business property they own (machinery, equipment, fixtures, etc.) and is required by State law. By using the online portal (, business owners will be able to quickly and securely file their 571-L form via the internet.  Remember, E-Filing is an on-line application, where no new software is needed and no downloading is necessary.  Offering the option to e-File is part of the Department's on-going efforts to improve convenience to taxpayers while reducing costs like printing costs. 

We are also offering workshops on how to file a 571L form in March and have posted an online manual ( as an additional resource. If you are interested in attending a workshop, or have any questions, please call us at (415) 554-5531 or email  


January 7, 2014


"San Francisco supe proposes getting rid of nonsense laws"


January 7, 2014

SF Gate, "S.F.'s golden dome may liven up in 2014"  


January 7, 2014

SF Gate, "A push to abolish 'ridiculous' S.F. laws"

January 7, 2014

SF Examiner, "Board of Supervisors back with a bang with proposed legislation"


January 7, 2014

SF Gate, "Good Morning Mission!"


January 8, 2014


January 10, 2014

SF Gate, "Good week for Jerry Brown, bad week for Chris Christie"


January 11,2014

Front Page Mag, "San Francisco May Legalize Storing Bicycles in Garages"


January 13, 2014

SF Gate, "Governor paying down state's debt"


January14, 2014

SF Gate, "Ballot measure on supervisors having second jobs is shelved"

January 17, 2014

SF Gate, "S.F. Chamber of Commerce grades the supervisors"

January 21, 2014

SFBG, "GOOD TECH ISSUE: Opening government with tech has possibilities and pitfalls"  


January 24, 2014

SF Gate, "Old S.F. reservoir's future finally filled with hope"  


January 24, 2014

SF Examiner, "Ethics reform proponents push for November ballot measure"


January issue

Marina Times, "Addressing our city's homeless population" 


February 5, 2014

SF Examiner. "A renewed focus on SF's homeless population"


February 5, 2014

SF Examiner, "SF renews long-range plans to help people living on the streets"


February 11, 2014

SF Gate, "S.F.'s homeless outreach corps a threadbare team"


February 12, 2014

SF Examiner, "SF officials seek to expand investment in homeless outreach program 


February 13, 2014

SF Gate, "3 ways to think outside the box on S.F. homelessness"


February 18, 2014

SF Gate, "S.F. needs new thinking on homeless problem"


February 24th, 2014

SF Gate, "Supervisor Mark Farrell: Let's talk about homelessness. A lot." 


February 25th, 2014

SFExaminer, "SF turns focus to supportive housing in efforts to combat homelessness" 


February 28th, 2014 

SFBay. "Farrell Give Homeless Housing a Fresh Look" 


February Issue

Marina Times.  "Saving Lombard Street"

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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