October 2014 Newsletter

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October 2014 Newsletter

Happy Fall!


As we enter the heart of Fall here in San Francisco, our Giants are driving into the NLCS and our "summer" weather was recently in full swing.


Our office came back from legislative recess through the month of August, and we're back at it here at the Board of Supervisors. I announced the launch of our WiFi in Parks Project that brought free #SFWiFi to 32 parks, plazas, and open spaces across San Francisco. And, I also put forward legislation that mandates the use of car-sharing vehicles for our City's fleet whenever practical. 

We have a lot of great information and updates to share, so I hope that you enjoy, and we'll be back in touch soon!






Free Wi-Fi in 32 Parks Project

On Wednesday October 1, I joined Mayor Lee, our Department of Technology, our Recreation and Park Department, Google, and many community organizations and leaders to announce the formal launch of our free Wi-Fi in parks project at the Tenderloin Recreation Center. Free Wi-Fi service is now available at 30 parks, plazas, and open spaces - with two additional sites at Dolores and Boedekker Park coming online after construction at both parks is completed. This first project builds on a larger vision I have to help bring free Wi-Fi to every resident in San Francisco, in every corner of our City. Free Wi-Fi service across many of our parks, plazas, and open spaces will have numerous benefits. It will further close the digital divide in communities where Internet access is limited, it will increase government efficiency by providing the City's Recreation and Park Department staff with more tools to more effectively manage their recreation centers and community programs, and finally, it will enable organizations that serve our youth, seniors and populations - with no Internet access - the free opportunity to further enhance their programs' effectiveness and outcomes. You can access the free Wi-Fi service at any of the locations by connecting to the #SFWiFi network, and for a full list of the sites where this service is at - please see the link here: http://sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=15191.

City Fleet Reduction with Car-Sharing 

At the September 9th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, I introduced legislation that creates a new policy mandating the use of car-sharing vehicles rather than City-owned vehicles whenever practical, and mandates the reduction of "non-essential" City fleet vehicles (passenger vehicles & light duty trucks) by 25% every three-years. The legislation will impact the combined number of passenger vehicles and light duty trucks, which total roughly 1,454 vehicles. Other municipalities with similar models, such as Chicago, have realized significant cost-savings, environmental benefits, and better management of their city fleet by transitioning to car-sharing models, and I believe San Francisco should explore the same. The legislation also mandates that all of the City fleet be installed with telematics data systems technology to better track the usage of our City fleet, so that policymakers will be in a position to better evaluate vehicle purchase requests and can hold City departments to a greater level scrutiny and accountability. The legislation is expected to be heard in Committee in late October. 


Gas-Station Bathrooms & Open Government 

Back in March of this year, I announced ReimagineSF, a scholarship opportunity for our City's undergraduate and graduate students where they could earn scholarship funds by interacting with and suggesting updates to City laws on a new website hosting our city's laws and codes - www.sanfranciscocode.org. One of the participants noticed an outdated city law that mandates that City gas stations have separate toilet facilities for men and women, and suggested that since many of these stations are small businesses run by franchise owners that the mandate could become too costly in certain situations. I agreed, and introduced legislation at the September 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors that would eliminate the dual bathroom requirement and amended the law so that gas stations can provide one unisex bathroom for their customers. This ordinance is an example of my commitment to using technological tools to better interact with our residents and remain accountable to them while in office. The ordinance is expected to be heard in committee in  late October. 

My Priorities for the November Ballot 

This November ballot contains numerous local measures that will have an impact on the future of San Francisco. Though I have opinions on all of the propositions on the ballot, I wrote about four in particular that I feel strongly about. Please see the link here in the Marina Times for my priorities on this year's ballot: http://www.marinatimes.com/2014/09/important-ballot-initiatives-this-november/


Friends of Alta Plaza Park

For this month's community spotlight, we're highlighting the work of the Friends of Alta Plaza Park. On September 16th, I joined the Friends of Alta Plaza Park, our Recreation and Park Department, and our Department of Emergency Management to announce that I secured additional funds through our City's budget process for further renovations and upgrades at the park. We also announced Alta Plaza Park's outdoors warning system siren which will provide a vital communications link for Pacific Heights residents. Thanks to the Friends of Alta Plaza Park's tireless advocacy and efforts, they have been able to lead the charge in raising funds privately, as well as City funds to make needed upgrades and renovations to the park. Community groups like the Friends of Alta Plaza Park are vital to getting work done here in San Francisco, and I want to thank them for all the great work they have done and will do in the future. 



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 


September 3rd, 2014: SF Symphony Opening Night Gala

I was happy to attend the Opening Night Gala with my wife. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and I thoroughly enjoyed the symphony concert. I am looking forward to next year's event.

September 6th, 2014: Aquatic Park Senior Center 2014 Fundraiser Pier-to Pier Walk

I was happy to attend the Aquatic Park Senior Center 2014 Fundraiser Pier-to Pier Walk at the maritime museum building. The fund will be used to provide resources and opportunities for seniors to live independently in their homes and communities.

September 8th, 2014: JCRC Civic Connection hor d'oevres Reception with Jewish Community Leaders

I enjoyed attending the JCRC Civic Connection hor d'oevres reception with Jewish community leaders. I look forward to further collaborations in our future.


September 10th, 2014: ForecastSF

I was thrilled to be a part of ForecastSF at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. The topic of innovation districts and how San Francisco might act as a hub, weaving together other Bay Area regions and locales, was very intriguing. 

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September 14th, 2014: Annual Police Fire Memorial Service

I attended the annual Police and Fire Memorial Service. It was a great tribute to our public servants, and I'm always happy to join the community in thanking our first responders for their sacrifices on our behalf. I look forward to attending next year's memorial. 


Alta Plaza Siren
September 16th, 2014: Alta Plaza Park Siren and Funding Announcement Event (Friends, DEM, DT)

I was happy to attend the Alta Plaza Park siren and funding announcement event with so many community leaders and advocates. Significant progress is evident and renovations to the park are underway. 

September 17th, 2014: Union Street Association Monthly Meeting

I was very glad to attend the Union Street Association Monthly Meeting to hear directly from merchants about their concerns and to give an update on policies and projects happening in City Hall that will impact the corridor. 




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September 17th, 2014: AIDS Conference Event

I was very pleased to attend an event with the International AIDS Society, the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals. They provide critical platforms for presenting new research, promoting dialogue and building consensus to advance the global fight against HIV.

September 17th, 2014: CivicMakers Salon

I was excited to speak on the panel about "connectivity." I outlined plans for how we'll tackle internet accessibility, and I had the opportunity to hear new and promising ideas from those in attendance. 

September 18th, 2014: Circle the Schools Initiative Launch

Circle the Schools is a partnership between sf.citi, the San Francisco Education Fund, and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) designed to cultivate our corporate community as champions and stewards of our schools. I was happy to attend the announcement and look forward to more partnerships in the future. 

September 18th, 2014: Ball in Blue

I was happy to attend that San Francisco Young Democrats annual fundraiser the Ball in Blue. It's great to see our younger generation be engaged on civic issues, and I look forward to attending again next year. 

September 21st, 2014: Housing Coalition Inauguration Banquet

I was honored to attend a banquet for the Better Housing Coalition - a group formed to advocate fair housing policies and encourage more housing stock in order to combat sky-high rents.  

September 23rd, 2014: Reopening of the Presidio Officer's Club

I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reopening of the Presidio Officers' Club. The Officer's Club is one of the jewels of our City and thrilled that it's back open. 


September 28th, 2014: Marina Family Fest

I was happy to join many families out on the Marina Green for the annual Marina Family Fest that my office has helped to sponsor. As a father of three, I am proud to help host events like these for our City's families. 


September 30th, 2014: Prenatal Program 25th Annual Luncheon

I was honored to attend this annual luncheon to support the organization's efforts to help connect homeless mothers and families with affordable housing.



October 1st, 2014: Wi-Fi Announcement

I was very happy to announce the launch of free WiFi in the Parks of San Francisco. It is now available to the general public at 30 parks, plazas and open spaces across the city - with two additional sites coming soon!



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Free Walking Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge

Every Thursday morning at 11:00am

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.   


1st Annual Fitness Court Challenge Fundraiser For The Parks

Saturday, Oct 25 at 9:00am

Marina Green Bright Blue Fitness Court, San Francisco 

National Fitness Campaign Proudly Announces The 1st Annual Fitness Courts Challenge Fundraiser For The PARKS Help raise $300,000 to build free outdoor Fitness Courts in San Francisco!


Cow Hollow Run Club 

Monday, October 29th

1981 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 

Join us for Run Club with Cow Hollow lululemon team! We will meet at the store at 6:00 pm every Monday for a 4 mile fun run. All levels are welcome! See you there! 


Tiny Tot Halloween Parade

Friday, October 31 10:00am-12:00pm

All are welcome to join us on the 1800 block of Chestnut Street in front of the Moscone Recreation Center to create spooky art projects and play carnival games before you head down Chestnut street to Trick-or-Treat at numerous stores! Cow Hollow neighbors and merchants will be providing free trick-or-treat bags to the first 500 participants!


SF Village Marina/Cow Hollow Informational Meeting

Sunday, November 2 at 2:30pm

Moscone Recreation Center - 1800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco Village is dedicated to supporting active aging for San Francisco residents over 60, helping them remain independent in their own homes and neighborhoods. They provide a network of service providers to help with everything from transportation to meal prep to computer assistance. For more information visit: www.sfvillage.org or call 415-387-1375. 


Richmond Village Beacon


The Richmond Village Beacon is looking to identify seniors in need of a food delivery program, as well as volunteers who are interested in helping out their neighbors. Please contact Sarah Huck, the Neighborhood and Family Services Program Manager for the Richmond Village Beacon, at 415-750-8554, if you or anyone you know is interested. 


City Wide


Stand Out Photographic Forums | San Francisco 2014

Saturday, Oct 18 11:00am, Academy of Art University Morgan Auditorium

Stand Out! Photographic Forums Come get inspired, informed and motivated! The Stand Out! Photographic Forums' mission is to bring the photographic community together to inform, inspire and excite. Hear from inspiring and innovative industry creatives and icons. Explore new ideas to differentiate yourself and your business.
The Stand Out event will also bring leading photographic brands under one roof to demonstrate their products to you in an intimate and meaningful manner. A face to the brand, meet 
some of the most knowledgeable resources in the industry.
This event is ideal for professional photographers, photo assistants, advanced students or any imaging professional that would like to learn about the latest cutting edge products and techniques being used in the professional digital image capture market in a hands-on and seminar based forum.


Master Magician Jay Alexander in his once-a-year Family Show!

Sunday, Oct 19 11:00am, Randall Museum

The Bay Area's award-winning and longest-running shows for families, The Buddy Club, returns for its 28th season of presenting America's funniest family entertainers!
Master Magician Jay Alexander is one of America's most sought-after high end Magicians and corporate entertainers, and rarely has the time to do a family-oriented show. His illusions and sleight of hand are remarkable and amazing.. do not miss this rare appearance by a Bay Area treasure.
Birthday party rooms are very popular and are always sold out, so reserve yours early. Bring your advance ticket with you to the show for priority seating. A limited number of tickets are sold the day of the show at the door.

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show 2013

Festival Pavilion- Oct 23rd through Oct 27th

The show features decorative and fine arts approximately 70 dealers from across the US and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Confidential, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs. The SF Fall Antique Show is vetted in cooperation with the Antiques Dealers Association of California to ensure the highest quality merchandise.


9th Annual Children's Halloween Hootenanny/ a haight ashbury street fair production

Saturday, Oct 25 11:00 am

Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco

The 9th Annual "Children's Halloween Hootenanny," a freee event designed to provide the children of the Haight-Ashbury and surrounding neighborhoods with a safe and fun place to celebrate the spirit..



SF Examiner. "Looking back and moving forward on chamber's legislative agenda"




SFGate. "S.F. supervisor seeks to phase out fleet, use car sharing"


SFBay. "Plan would shift City workers to shared cars"






Reuters. "San Francisco looks to car-share to reduce city vehicle fleet"



SFGate. "Homeless Outreach Team cuts back, regroups to do street medicine"




SFGate. "New tweaks for proposed Airbnb law"




SFGate. "S.F. supervisors consider revisions to short-term rental rules"



SF Weekly. "Urban Triage: Faced with a Housing Scarcity, San Francisco Focuses on Keeping Its Homeless Alive, if Not Sheltered"
SFGate. "S.F. rolls out free WiFi in public spaces throughout city"
ABC 7. "San Francisco Expands Free Wi-Fi Access in Public Parks"

Time Magazine. "Google Gives San Francisco Free Wi-Fi in Public Places"
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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