November 2014 Newsletter

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November 2014 Newsletter

First and foremost, I want to say thank you for entrusting me to serve another four-years as your District 2 Supervisor. I am forever thankful to all of the individuals and organizations that came together to make our campaign a success. I look forward to continuing our work together to keep moving our City forward in the right direction. 


Leading up to Election Day, we were still pushing forward with projects and policies here at the Board of Supervisors. I introduced eviction transparency legislation that mandates annual reports on evictions from publicly funded units, so that we can make sure eviction is truly a last result for some of our most vulnerable populations. We also approved a regulatory framework for short-term rentals throughout San Francisco after months of discussion, and I co-sponsored legislation regarding equal pay that will help to ensure City contractors are paying equal pay for equal work.


I hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving, and I look forward to being back in touch soon. 




Eviction Transparency Legislation: 

 At the October 28th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, I introduced straightforward legislation that will require city-funded housing providers to submit annual reports detailing how many eviction notices were issued that year, how many evictions resulted, why people were evicted, and how many tenants were impacted. As a City government, we place great priority on providing housing opportunities for our most vulnerable residents, especially the homeless. This legislation will help both our City government and housing providers understand trends in their eviction data, with an eye towards reducing the total numbers. The more data and information we have as a City regarding evictions in our publicly funded units, the better plans and programs we can have in place to ensure that evictions from publicly funded units are truly a last resort. The legislation will be heard in committee in early December, and for more information you can see a recent article in the Chronicle here:


Short-Term Rentals Legislation 

Earlier this month, along with six of my colleagues, we approved legislation that created a regulatory structure to better regulate "short-term rentals," which allow tenants and property owners to rent their units or spare bedrooms on a short-term basis, under certain conditions. The legislation that passed sought to strike a balance between preserving our housing stock in this tight housing market, and allowing City residents to earn extra income under certain conditions while also ensuring that neighborhoods concerns and impacts were addressed. I worked with my colleagues to insert amendments that required property owner notification any time a tenant wants to use their unit as a short-term rental, and made sure that every host of a short-term rental had at least a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance. Both of these amendments were made to address neighborhood quality of life issues, as well as concerns regarding public and personal safety. While not everyone was completely satisfied with the final regulatory structure put into place, I feel that the ultimate package was a reasonable compromise. As the short-term rental industry continues to operate and grow, I pledge to keep an active eye on the situation and propose and advance necessary updates to the law as needed to continue to protect the quality of life that we value across our neighborhoods.


Equal Pay Legislation

I am co-sponsoring legislation introduced by Supervisor Campos that seeks to ensure that equal pay is being paid for equal work here in San Francisco by those who contract with the City. The legislation will require City contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual report that provides information on compensation paid to employees identified by sex, race, sex and race, and other data points to be determined by the Human Rights Commission. The annual report will help to bring to light any wage disparities that may exist based on race and gender, so that we can continue to ensure equal wages are being paid for equal work. The legislation is expected to be voted on by the full Board at the November 25th meeting. For more on the legislation, you can read an article in the Chronicle here


October 8, 2014: Summer READ Winners

I was happy to announce this year's Summer READSF Scholarship winners: Alexis Barrios of Lowell High School, Michelle Chen of Galileo High School, and Chidera Onyeonwu of Lowell High School. For the past two years I have supported  this program to continue to encourage San Francisco's youth to continue reading during the summer break. Congratulations to all the winners, and I look forward to participating again next year. 


October 21, 2014: Restaurant Appreciation Month

I was happy to honor Delarosa, a family-style restaurant located in the heart of the Marina, at 2175 Chestnut Street, for Restaurant Appreciation Month. The family-style, Italian food restaurant has evolved with the District 2 community over its five years in business, and has become a staple of Chestnut Street. We thank owners Adriano Paganini, Ruggero Gadaldi - who is also the chef, and Deborah Blum for bringing Delarosa to the neighborhood and for their outstanding service to District 2.



October 28, 2014: Filipino-American History Month

I was proud to honor Commissioner Al Perez, in recognition of Filipino American History Month for his accomplishments in and service to the Filipino community here in San Francisco. He serves as the president of the Filipino American Arts Exposition, helps to organize the annual Pistahan Parade and Festival, and spearheads the Filipino Heritage Games for the Giants, Warriors, Raiders and Athletics. I thank Commissioner Al Perez for his dedication and service to the Filipino community and to the City of San Francisco.

Office of Supervisor Mark Farrell
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October 1, 2014: Free Wi-Fi in Parks Announcement

I was thrilled to announce the launch of the free Wi-Fi in the parks initiative that I have been working on for more than two years. This project is a first step towards bringing internet access to all of our residents in the City because we know that internet access is now an economic necessity rather than a nice utility to have. I am particularly excited about the potential this project will have to help further close the digital divide in our City.



October 1, 2014: Pac Heights Residents at Association Annual Meeting

I had the opportunity to speak to the Pacific Heights Residents Association at their annual meeting. I spoke about ongoing projects at the Board and about the policies and projects I had worked on over the past year, inside and outside of the neighborhood. I was joined by Mayor Lee, who also came and addressed the group.

October 2, 2014: SF Towers

I was honored to speak about the status of the California Pacific Medical Center Project and cleaning up Polk Street to make it safer for residents to a group of neighbors at the San Francisco Towers. 




October 3, 2014: Shared Schoolyards Project Annual Fundraiser

I was thrilled to host my annual Shared Schoolyards fundraiser, and want to thank everyone who came and supported the Project. The event raised money for the project, which helps to open up public schoolyards citywide to create more open space and build a greater sense of community.  

October 8, 2014: Walk and Roll to School Day

I had a fantastic time with all the Sherman Elementary students, teachers, and parents for Walk and Roll to School Day! It's important to encourage our children to live an active lifestyle. The mission of the day is to advance safe, healthy and equitable transportation to and from school in order to foster livable and sustainable communities for San Francisco students and families. I look forward to participating again next year!


 October 9, 2014: Leadership SF Forum

I joined City department heads, elected officials and other city leaders for the annual Leadership SF Forum. We heard City department heads perform mock pitches for increased funding. We then discussed the effects and implications these increases would portend. It was a great experience and I hope to participate again next year. 



October 10, 2014: Professional Property Management Association

I was happy to attend the PPMA meeting to discuss issues at the Board and at the ballot that are important to their members. We had a great discussion and I look forward to coming back again.


October 12, 2014: 2nd Avenue Block Party

I was happy to attend the 2nd Avenue Block Party to interact with my neighbors. It's an annual event to help build a stronger neighborhood, and I look forward to attending next year.  



October 15, 2014: Alta Plaza Park Community Meeting

My staff attended the recent Alta Plaza Community meeting to discuss forming a master plan for the park. I look forward to working with the neighborhood to make Alta Plaza Park the best it can be.


October 16, 2014: Mountain Lake State of the Lake Meeting

My staff attended this meeting to discuss the eradication of the invasive fish in the lake. We also discussed future renovations and upgrades in the near and long term.


October 17, 2014: Loma Prieta 25th Anniversary Event

I was honored to share my personal experience at the 25th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake commemoration event. This event is a stark reminder that we all need to be prepared for when the next earthquake will hit.

October 17, 2014: Lafayette Park Annual Fall Social

I had a great time at the Lafayette Park 4th Annual Fall Social. Thanks to the Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP) for this great event and for all that they do to take care of this incredible park. FOLP is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the enjoyment, safety, and improvement of Lafayette Park in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.



October 18, 2014: Mountain Lake Park Explore and Play Day

My staff attended the Mountain Lake Park Explore and Play Day to celebrate the San Francisco Children's Bill of Rights. It was a great event and I want to thank all the neighbors for organizing it.


October 18, 2014: Jordan Park Centennial Celebration

My dad was able to attend the Jordan Park Centennial Celebration with Jordan Park neighbors for this fantastic event. He presented the group with a Proclamation to commemorate the event, and I look forward to working with the neighbors for years to come.


October 22, 2014: KQED Forum

I joined host, Michael Krasny, and Dean Preston, from Tenants Together for a discussion regarding Proposition G.

October 22, 2014: San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association 25th Anniversary

I was happy to help The San Francisco Neighborhood Association celebrate its 25th year anniversary. This is a special organization as it is compromised of 13 local, community newspapers who keep San Francisco residents informed of local events and projects happening in their communities.


October 24, 2014: Scaregrove

I had so much fun attending the Scaregrove with my family this year. We had a great time engaging with the community and participating in this fun Halloween event.


October 31, 2014: Chestnut Street

I had a blast attending the annual Halloween Parade on Chestnut Street with my family. It was fun to see all the costumes and local businesses participating in supporting the community making the day special for the children.


District 2


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.


Coit Tower Murals Guided Tour

Year Round Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am

Created by 25 of California's leading artists of the 1930s, these recently restored murals reflect scenes of the Great Depression, landscapes, farm workers, industries, a stylish soiree, and vibrant city life. Includes some murals not usually open to the public. Free (donations welcome), 415-557-4266,


Fort Mason Farmer's Market

Sundays, year round, 9:30am-1:30pm

Stop by and pick up fresh California produce to cook delicious, seasonal meals, while engaging with the community.


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.


Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 29th

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community and preserving what makes our city special by supporting local small businesses.


Palace of Fine Arts Request for Concept Proposals

December 1st at 2pm

December 15th at 2pm

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.


Reception for the Edward II Housing Program

Monday, December 8th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us for light refreshments and to learn more about the newly launched Edward II program, a collaboration between Larkin Street Youth Services and Community Housing Partnership which provides safe housing, education, and employment services to youth ages 18-24.


City Wide


San Francisco History Night

Tuesday November 25th at 7:30pm

Stop by and learn about San Francisco's rich history in depth. Each talk provides light refreshments while learning more about the diversity of San Francisco's past.  


San Francisco Turkey Trot

November 27th in Golden Gate Park  

Come kick off a great Thanksgiving with an invigorating fun run or walk in the park-before the parades, football games, and feasting commence!

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S.F. Farmers Markets: The Full List

San Francisco is lucky to have several farmers markets operating year-round throughout the entire city. Find your local one at the link below and enjoy fresh, seasonal produce the Bay Area has to offer.


October 1, 2014

SF Gate, "S.F. rolls out free WiFi in public spaces throughout city"


October 1, 2014

Marina Times "Farrell Seeks More Car-Sharing"


October 1, 2014

Potrero View, "Board in the Back Seat on Budget"


October 7, 2014

SFBG "Endorsements 2014"


October 9, 2014

SFBG, "Strange bedfellows: Moderate Mark Farrell endorses progressive David Campos for Assembly"


October 9, 2014

SF Examiner, "SF Examiner endorsements for November election"


October 14, 2014

SF Examiner, "SF to explore registry program to assist longtime businesses with rising rents"


October 15, 2014

Marina Times, "Important ballot initiatives this November"


October 16, 2014

MCM, "Councilmember Hans Riemer Joins Free Law Founders"


October 21, 2014

SF Parks Alliance, "November 2014 Candidate Forum"


October 22, 2014

SF Gate, "S.F. Supervisors send 'Airbnb Law' to Mayor Despite Objections" 


October 27, 2014

SF Gate, "Farrell Wants City-Funded Housing Providers to Report Eviction Statistics"  


October 28, 2014

SF Gate, "Where They Stand: S.F. Supervisor District 2"


October 30, 22014

Bay Area Reporter, "Supes OK PrEP Funding" 

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
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