Scott Wiener





April 2015 Newsletter

Office Phone: 415-554-6968
Email: scott.wiener@sfgov.org
Website: www.scottwiener.com

Office Hours
Saturday, May 30th
11:00am-1:00pm
Church Street Cafe
260 Church Street

NOTE: Occasionally, we need to reschedule office hours.  To ensure that you learn of any changes before making the effort to attend, please check with the office a day or two before or alternatively call the office to put your name on the office hours list so that we can notify you if any changes occur.

Join Me for Pride!
Please join me for the 45th SF Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28th.  Don't miss out on all the colorful and outrageous fun that makes Pride a must-attend event every year.  For those who have never marched in the Parade before, this will be an unforgettable experience.  Friends, families, children and pets are all encouraged to join in the festivities. To join us in the celebration, please email your name, t-shirt size and mobile number to Adam Taylor at adam.taylor@sfgov.org or call my office at 415-554-6968.  Don't miss out on this fantastic, only in San Francisco celebration!

 


Celebrating Jewish Heritage Month at City Hall
Please join me for the first-ever celebration of Jewish Heritage Month at City Hall. I will be co-hosting this event, which will be a great evening honoring the Jewish community's contribution to the city's cultural heritage, civic fortitude, and economic growth. The event will take place on Wednesday May 20th at 6 pm in City Hall. The event is free, but registration is required.

Scott on PBS NewsHour Discussing HIV Prevention

I was interviewed by PBS NewsHour in its story on San Francisco’s innovative strategy called “Getting to Zero” – a program with the goal of getting to zero new HIV infections in the city, zero HIV deaths, and zero HIV-related stigma. My interview focuses on my use of PrEP, which is one of various prevention tools that we can use to reduce new infections. You can watch the story here.

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POLICY WORK


Water Reuse Legislation
Our statewide water shortage is a long-term structural problem that we must address through a wide range of aggressive water conservation policies.  Water reuse/recycling is a key component of any environmentally-sensitive long term strategy to address the drought. I recently introduced legislation to require onsite water reuse systems – for example, graywater, rainwater and foundation water recapture systems – in new large developments and to push city departments to use non-potable water for all cleaning and irrigation of public spaces within the next 5 years. Increasing the use of non-potable water for toilet flushing, irrigation, and other uses will decrease the waste of Hetch Hetchy drinking water.

Allowing In-Law Units in Noe Valley, Glen Park, and Diamond Heights
Earlier this month, I introduced legislation allowing for the addition of in-law units in Noe Valley, Glen Park, and Diamond Heights.  In-law units are the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing. They are often more accessible than other units, and they can be spread throughout a neighborhood. Over the past year, I’ve authored two pieces of legislation, passed by the Board of Supervisors, to allow for more in-law units.  One ordinance allows for the construction of new in-law units in the Castro area, and the other allows for new in-law units in soft story buildings undergoing seismic retrofits. This new piece of legislation expands the Castro in-law legislation to Diamond Heights, Glen Park, and Noe Valley.  As with the previous pieces of legislation, these units must be constructed within the building envelope, and new units added in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled as well. The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) recently issued a report on the benefits of in-laws.

Tenant Notification Legislation
Given our housing crisis, one of the most important things we can do is to keep people stable in their housing.  I recently asked our City Attorney to draft legislation to close a gigantic loophole in our city code that allows building owners to demolish rental units without even providing tenants with notice ahead of time, thus allowing them an opportunity to contest the demolition and effective eviction.  Specifically, when a unit isn’t officially recognized – an “illegal” unit – the owner can obtain a building permit to demolish the unit without alerting the tenant.  By contrast, for officially recognized units, the owner must provide notice to the tenant ahead of time.  Because an owner isn’t required to provide tenants in illegal units with notice, the tenant has no opportunity to contest the permit, for example, by appealing it to the Board of Permit Appeals.  The legislation will require the same notice to all tenants – whether or not their unit is officially recognized – before the owner obtains a building permit to demolish the tenants’ units.

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Scott with Supervisor Malia Cohen at the opening of the Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library


Increasing Police Staffing
Today I joined Mayor Edwin M. Lee to announce a significant acceleration of ‎police hiring to address our police staffing shortage in ‎San Francisco. In the upcoming fiscal year we will fund five police academy classes instead of the three we've been funding. Five academy classes equates to training 250 new officers. Our police department is hundreds of officers short of where we need to be for our growing city. It's not acceptable that we have fewer officers now than we had 10 years ago despite the fact that we have a significantly larger population and workforce. With more officers, we will have more cops walking beats, more community policing, more traffic enforcement, and so forth. Our public safety infrastructure needs to keep up with our growth. Mayor Lee is also leading to increase transparency and accountability for our police department, by announcing funding for both body cameras for officers and an increase of civilian oversight through the Office of Citizen Complaints. I want to thank Mayor Lee for his leadership and support around this critical public safety issue.

Planning for State Legalization of Cannabis
Within the next two years, it is likely that cannabis will be legalized in California. We need to be prepared with smart public health, zoning, and other local implementing regulations if this happens, so we don’t end up in a chaotic fire drill trying to formulate policies. To plan for this, I’ve introduced legislation to form a Cannabis State Legalization Task Force, which will be composed of residents, businesses, advocates, and government leaders who can propose thoughtful local approaches to social, economic, land use and enforcement issues that arise.

Economic Impact Study on Outdoor Events
Here in San Francisco, we love our outdoor festivals, concerts, and parades, and we understand how important they are to our city’s culture.  Yet, we’ve never quantified the economic contribution of these events to our economy. That’s why I asked our City Economist to conduct an economic impact report for these outdoor events – from huge celebrations like Pride to neighborhood festivals like the Fillmore Jazz Festival. The report found that in 2014, these events generated $1.1 billion in economic impact and drew 3.3 million attendees, whose spending supported 9,300 private sector jobs in industries like retail, food services, hospitality, and transportation. The report was based on various data points, including an extensive survey of 3,644 people who attended outdoor events in 2014. The findings of the report support stronger public policy to support these events, improving the current difficult and expensive permit process.  I will be holding a hearing on the report – and possible public policy responses – at the Board of Supervisors in the coming month.

Hearing on Seniors Transitioning from Private Disability to Social Security
Last month, I held a hearing to evaluate the financial needs created by the growing population of people living with HIV who will lose their private disability insurance, and experience a significant income drop and resulting housing instability, as they turn 65 and become eligible for Social Security. At the hearing, the Budget and Legislative Analyst presented this report, which I requested and which details the size of the population affected, and what the expected costs are to address this problem.  I look forward to working with our city departments, members of the community, and housing and HIV advocacy organizations to determine how best to address this growing problem.

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Scott with advocates after the hearing on HIV seniors transitioning from disability to private security


Bay Area Bike Share Expansion
A robust and sustainable bike share network is a key part of being a transit first city. I’m excited about the newly announced program by the mayors of five Bay Area cities, including our own Mayor Ed Lee, to expand the regional bike share network through a public-private partnership. The proposed program will increase the number of bikes in San Francisco from the current 328 to 4,500, with no funding from public tax dollars. I look forward to moving this program to reality, in my capacity as a member of the Board of Supervisors and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the regional transportation funding body which will oversee the program. 

LGBT Seniors Long-Term Care Facilities Bill of Rights Unanimously Passed by the Board
Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved our groundbreaking legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities. Along with Daniel Redman, a member of the LGBT Aging Task Force who was key in drafting the legislation, I co-authored an essay in the Huffington Post describing what this new law does and why it matters. I want to thank Daniel and the members of the LGBT Aging Task Force for their advocacy, as well as all of the supporters of this first-in-the-nation proposal.  We must continue to work to protect the rights of our LGBT seniors, who paved the way for the rights we have today.

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Scott with Mayor Ed Lee and Daniel Redman from the LGBT Aging Task Force at the signing of the LGBT Senior Long-Term Care Facilities Bill of Rights


Swedish-American Hall Historic Landmarking
Landmarking buildings is an important way to preserve our cultural and architectural history. I authored legislation passed by the Board to landmark the Swedish American Hall, which was built in 1907 and has for decades served the Swedish and Scandanavian communities, including through the famous Cafe du Nord. Landmarking the building affords a high level of protection to the building, with oversight by the Historic Preservation Commission for any significant modifications.

Armenian Genocide Resolution
I authored a successful resolution at the Board of Supervisors declaring April 24th, 2015, as the Centennial Commemoration of Armenian Genocide Day in the City and County of San Francisco. From 1915 through 1923, the Armenian people were subjected to severe persecution by the Ottoman Turks that included the deaths of 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children. I’m proud to join with the Armenian-American community to commemorate the centennial of the genocide, so that we never forget the Armenian’s people tragic loss of life, land, and human rights.

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Scott at the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration with Supervisor Norman Yee and Charles and Diane Paskerian

 

COMMUNITY UPDATES


Pink Party (Formerly Pink Saturday)
Excitement about the Pink Party – formerly Pink Saturday – is building!  Over the past few weeks, many people who have been involved in past years have reached out to the SF LGBT Center so that they can continue to support the event.  We are pleased to see that the great spirit of volunteerism in the community is thriving and that people are looking forward this Pride Weekend tradition. After conferring with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Center will rename the event the Pink Party.

George Christopher Playground Replacement in Diamond Heights
The planning process for George Christopher has begun and the community outreach meetings will being this summer. I was able to get this failing playground included in the 2012 Parks Bond. The playground was built with pressure-treated lumber, meaning that it contains arsenic.  The bond funding will allow us to replace the playground entirely.  We look forward to a community discussion about how best to design the new playground.

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Scott at the 1st Annual National Filipino Health Equity Symposium


Police Redistricting and Duboce Triangle
Every 10 years, the police department analyzes and rationalizes its district station boundaries and makes adjustments based on population, crime statistics, and other factors.  The Police Commission recently adopted revised district lines, and District 8 is largely unaffected by the changes. The one exception is that Duboce Triangle is no longer split between Northern Station and Park Station. The previous border between the two stations was Sanchez/Steiner Streets. Park Station’s boundary has now been moved east to Church Street, meaning that Duboce Triangle is now entirely in Park Station. The original draft map had Duboce Triangle entirely within Northern Station.  The Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association – while acknowledging the tremendous work of Northern Station and its attentive Captain, Greg McEachern, suggested that Park Station was a better choice for the neighborhood given how large and busy Northern Station is. Park Station is less busy, and the neighborhood has historically had a closer working relationship with Park Station Captains.  After advocacy by the neighborhood, the Commission listened and moved the neighborhood entirely to Park Station.  Of course, Northern Station will still play a key role in helping keep the neighborhood safe, since the station encompasses the area around the Market Street Safeway. I look forward to continuing to work with both stations, as well as Mission Station, on Upper Market public safety issues.

Dolores Park Updates

  • Project Status -- Over the last month the Recreation and Park Department has made great strides toward completion of the north side of Mission Dolores Park. The sport court fences are now up and the courts will be striped over the next few weeks. Rec and Park has also continued the critical task of letting the new grass take root, and soon we’ll see new sod planted along the 18th Street edge of the park. Soon we’ll see the new, colorful plants installed at the corner of 18th and Dolores Streets, along the 19th Street Promenade, and adjacent to the new restroom building. Rec and Park will also begin work on the Church Street edge and the 19th Street bridge. This is an area that will receive a new walkway and get cleaned up to match the improvements on the north side. For additional updates throughout the month, check out the Recreation & Park Department’s website here.
  • Donation by Cemex of Sand for Helen Diller Playground -- In response the massive vandalism of the sandbox at Helen Diller Playground in Dolores Park – specifically, a huge amount of broken glass – Cemex USA donated 20 tons of sand to the Recreation and Park Department – free of charge. Cemex does significant contracting work in San Francisco, pouring foundation concrete for significant projects like the Transbay Terminal. We are all grateful to Cemex for this civic contribution.
  • Trash in the Park:  New Approaches -- We’ve all been intensely frustrated with the amount of trash being abandoned in the park.  It’s to the point where Dolores Park gardeners spend half their time picking up trash. Litter laws are notoriously difficult to enforce.  Several positive things have been happening.  First, some amazing community members formed Friends of Dolores Park and have been educating park users and providing them with garbage bags. [link to press coverage and also include photo of me with the volunteers] Second, I recently joined Rec & Park and Recology to announce a new Eco Pop-Up on Dolores Street where people can bring their recyclables and compostables from 12:00pm to 8:00pm every weekend.  A recent analysis by Recology showed that 2/3 of trash in Dolores Park is either recyclable or compostable.  Big thanks to Recology for supporting this effort.  Third, Rec & Park is working on a significant public education campaign around respecting the park and keeping it clean. Stay tune for more information.

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Scott at the Eco Pop-Up in Dolores Park with community members


Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)
The San Francisco Police Department has developed a volunteer citizen disaster preparedness program. The Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) will recruit, train, credential, and uniform volunteers to assist law enforcement in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and live, work, or attend high school in San Francisco. The ALERT program is modeled after and works in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). The ALERT program will train members of the public to assist law enforcement in essential tasks after a major disaster. Such tasks may include: traffic control, foot patrol of business and residential areas, and reporting criminal activity.

Volunteers will receive training from both the San Francisco Fire Department and the San Francisco Police Department. ALERT volunteers will first complete the Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training (www.sfgov.org/sfnert), and then graduate into an eight hour Police Department course specifically designed for ALERT team members. For more information, please email sfpdalert@sfgov.org, or call Sergeant Mark Hernandez (SFPD, Ret.), SFPD ALERT Program Coordinator, at (415) 401-4615. For a comprehensive overview of the ALERT program, click here.

Guerrero Median Greening Project
Last year, I secured funding to green the remaining un-greened medians along Guerrero Street.  The Department of Public Works will complete the remaining blocks, beginning with the median from 16th-17th Streets on April 29th, and half of the median from 15th-16th as well as the full median from 18th-19th streets by May 10th.

Additionally, Public Works is looking for neighbors who would like to volunteer as Guerrero Median stewards.  These stewards will help support Public Works’ efforts to maintain the medians by: (1) organizing quarterly clean-ups coordinated with Public Works’ efforts to keep the medians looking great, (2) help communicate any updates regarding the medians to neighbors, and to (3) inform SF Public Works about any major damage or to request any assistance with keeping the medians maintained. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jerad Weiner, Community Programs Manager at Public Works, at jerad.weiner@sfdpw.org or (415) 595-6933.

24th Street Urban Village Streetscape Project
Construction is progressing with the completion of the Noe/24th Street bulbout and curb ramp and sidewalk replacements at the corners of Sanchez and 24th Street.  Paving of these intersections is scheduled to take place the week of May 7th. Fire hydrant valve relocation has been completed at Castro and 24th Street and work to install the two bus bulbouts at Castro and 24th Street has begun.  Installation of decorative crosswalks which will complete the project at Castro, Noe, Sanchez, and Church are slated to be installed by June.

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Scott at Walk to Work Day with MTA Director Ed Reiskin and Walk SF Executive Director Nicole Ferrera


Tree Wells on Castro Street
The Castro Streetscape Project now has a Landscape Contractor on board who has been working to complete installation of tree stakes and improvements to tree wells on Castro Street. The new Landscape Contractor is under contract to maintain new trees for the next three years as trees become established. We’ve heard from a number of concerned residents that the tree wells were being paved with concrete.  However, the substance in the tree wells isn’t cement, but rather stabilized decomposed granite (DG) per city standards. A gray-colored DG was chosen to complement the color of our new wide sidewalks, which led to confusion since most tree wells on San Francisco commercial corridors are paved with a gold-colored DG. Rest assured that stabilized decomposed granite is permeable, allowing air and moisture to penetrate assuring healthy roots and trees. If you have a chance, stop and say hello to our new Landscape Contractors Suzanne and Catarino, who will be looking after the new trees and can answer any questions you might have about them.

Muni Forward
Muni Forward aims to make getting around San Francisco safer and more reliable. Informed by the Transit Effectiveness Project and extensive community input, Muni Forward brings together in one place the long list of projects and planning efforts underway to achieve this vision. Muni Forward’s upcoming route changes and service improvements will help reallocate limited resources where they are needed most. Implementation of a Rapid Network of core routes serving nearly 70% of all riders will provide a frequent and more reliable trip. Updating our transit fleet and making important safety and accessibility projects across the city, will help us to better accommodate the needs of families, seniors, and the disabled, and enhance comfort and safety for all our customers while aligning with the City’s Vision Zero goals. Using technology more effectively by improving the integration of our transit system with traffic signals and bringing more real-time information to our customers will make our transit system smarter, safer, and more reliable.

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Scott honoring Larry Guiterrez, Noe Valley resident and the "Mayor of Church Street" who is moving up north



Cayuga Avenue Flooding Meeting
Please join me and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) on Wednesday, May 13th from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM at the Excelsior Library Community Room (4400 Mission St at Cotter St) for a meeting about flooding along Cayuga Avenue. At the meeting, the SFPUC will provide an update on their technical analysis of the current combined sewer system, the topographical challenges of this area, and types of potential projects that could improve drainage in the area. For questions or comments, please contact Ari Frink, SFPUC Communications at afrink@sfwater.org.

Upper Market Street Project Update
San Francisco Public Works is scheduled to repave the Market Street from Clayton Street to just North of Argent Street this week. The sewer work is complete and they’re now scheduled to repave the aforementioned section of Market Street. The sequence of work will be to “grind” away the existing asphalt from the road, perform “detail work” (jackhammer) near any castings/manholes in the road, and repave the street. The work will be completed over 3 days. Traffic delays are possible, so please allow more travel time during this phase of construction.For more information, contact Alex M. Murillo from San Francisco Public Works at (415) 437-7009.

Creative Arts Charter School
Creative Arts Charter School is celebrating its 20th anniversary of offering innovative, project-based, arts-integrated public school education to San Francisco children.  They are a K-8 school that focuses on supporting students in small classes in a small community. Employing a constructivist philosophy to equip our students with a strong academic foundation, their curriculum is integrated across disciplines, and is structured around collaborative learning activities. They are determined to offer a wide variety of access points to all core concepts by fully incorporating the arts. Please visit www.creativeartscharter.org , or stop by for a visit at 1601 Turk Street in the Western Addition neighborhood. Their official tour season begins in September.

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Scott at Project Openhouse's Annual Spring Fling


Plan Bay Area 2040 Open Houses
Beginning in late April, residents from across the Bay Area will come together at a series of public open houses to discuss how to plan for our region’s future growth. Plan Bay Area, the region’s long-range transportation and housing roadmap, is being updated. The Plan looks to the year 2040, when two million more residents and 1.1 million new jobs are expected in the nine-county Bay Area. How this growth takes place will affect us all. Please consider attending a workshop, where you can view displays, ask questions and offer comments on long-term goals to (1) house the projected population, (2) maintain and enhance our transportation infrastructure, (3) reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and (4) improve public health and much more. Plus, you’ll be able to learn about how future housing and employment numbers are forecast and what transportation improvements are already in the pipeline for our county and the region. A complete list of the open houses is available at PlanBayArea.org. Can’t attend the open house? Join the online discussion at PlanBayArea.org or share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to receive updates about Plan Bay Area 2040, sign up here.

SF Treatment Plant Tours for SF Resident
San Francisco’s treatment plant tours are engaging and interactive for ages 10 to 100. They showcase the work we do to protect the bay and ocean, and the environmentally-conscious work we do to manage resources.  You’ll learn how you can help protect your community and environment, from grease-recycling to what you can/cannot flush down the toilet! The Public Utilities Commission is kicking off their summer tour season this month and want to make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunities. To sign up, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS



LYRIC's 27th Anniversary Open House
Thursday, April 30th
5:30-7:30pm
127 Collingwood Street San Francisco, CA 94114
Join the LYRIC organization for an evening of food, community, memories and youth art. RSVP on the LYRIC Annual Open House Facebook Page.

Atmosqueer Spring Fling
Saturday, May 2nd
1:00-5:00pm
LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street
AtmosQueer’s Spring Fling LGBT Community Connection Fair is back. Come find a new activity, make new friends, and have a great time at their 3rd annual event. Join Atmosqueer for an afternoon of exploring what our community has to offer and what you have to offer the community. Email atmosqueerinfo@gmail.com with any questions you may have or click here.

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Scott at the Castro Cares fundraiser with Alan Beach-Nelson, Andrea Aiello and Mission Station Captain Daniel Perea



Upper Market Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 5th
5:30-7:00pm
IEBW Local 6 Meeting Hall, 55 Fillmore Street
Come to an open house to learn about street safety improvements the MTA is proposing for Upper Market.

Taiwanese American Cultural Festival
Saturday, May 9th
10:00am-6:00pm
Union Square, San Francisco
The 2015 Taiwanese American Cultural Festival officially kicks off for the 23nd year in a row. Over 8,000 people from all across the Bay Area attend this event yearly to enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese delicacies, rock out to live performances and experience the vibrancy of Taiwanese culture. Come out and celebrate the best of Taiwanese American and Taiwanese culture! We are always open to more volunteers and community sponsors. The festival is free and open to the public.
http://tafestival.org/

SF Porchfest
Saturday, May 9th
12:00-6:00pm
Porch/Outdoor Spaces between Church & Folsom, and 18th & 24th Streets
An afternoon of music on the porches, backyards and stoops of Noe Valley and the Mission. SF Porchfest will celebrate community and music of every genre, all for free and all created by YOU. Everyone is welcome to participate, as musicians, porch hosts, volunteers or roving audience members.

Sunday Streets Mission
Sunday, May 10th
11:00am-4:00pm
Valencia Street between McCoppin and 26th Streets
Sunday Streets are events that encourage recreation, community activities and fun in San Francisco. Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic, and opens them to people for several hours on a various Sundays throughout the year, so participants can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity. Non-profit and health organizations offer free activities and share information about their services during the event. Click here for more.

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Scott at the Stand Up 4 Transportation Rally with BART Board Member Nick Josefowitz


Cayuga Avenue Flooding Meeting
Wednesday, May 13th
6:30-7:30pm
Excelsior Library Community Room, 4400 Mission Street
Please join Supervisor Scott Wiener and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for a meeting about flooding along Cayuga Avenue. At the meeting, the SFPUC will provide an update on their technical analysis of the current combined sewer system, the topographical challenges of this area, and types of potential projects that could improve drainage in the area. For questions or comments, please contact Ari Frink, SFPUC Communications at afrink@sfwater.org.

Bike To Work Day
Thursday, May 14th
7:45am
Jane Warner Plaza, Castro and 17th Streets
Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 14th a with morning bike commute from District 8 to downtown! This will be a leisurely ride suitable for all fitness levels. The District 8 Commuter Convoy will assemble at Jane Warner Plaza (Castro St at 17th St) and depart for downtown at 7:45am. Click here for more.

Family and Community Info Sessions on the New Assessment System
Thursday, May 14th
5:00-7:00pm
Civic Center Auditorium, 727 Golden Gate Avenue
Join the San Francisco Unified School District for Family and Community Info Sessions on the New Assessment System. Talk with representatives from the English, Math, Educational Technology department in a hands-on workshop. If you have questions, please call the Achievement Assessment Office at 415-241-6400 or email us at aao@sfusd.edu. Click here for more.

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Scott at the Pride at Work Panel hosted by Slalom Consulting


Meet the Judges: A Community Forum
Thursday, May 14th
5:30-7:30pm
UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister Street
Meet the judges of San Francisco Superior Court during a free community forum and reception.  Judges and representatives from two San Francisco Superior Court departments will be on hand to explain their departments and answer your questions about the Court, processes and more.  After the moderated discussion, there will be light refreshments and a time to meet the judges. These court departments will be represented: Civil Harassment/Restraining Orders, Family Law, Housing, Traffic, Small Claims, Access Self-Help Center and the Jury Service Department. Click here for more.

Buena Vista Park Capital Improvement Plan Meeting
Wednesday, May 20th
6:30pm
Randall Museum, Buckley Room, 199 Museum Way
Buena Vista Park is both a central and critical natural resource to San Francisco and its residents. As such the Departments of Public Works and Recreation and Park are embarking on a planning effort to identify both long- and short-term strategies to help sustain and improve the park. The final outcome will identify and prioritize several critical small short-term projects. Go to the website to learn more.

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Scott at the Mar Family Benevolent Association Banquet with Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma


Jewish Heritage Month Celebration
Wednesday, May 20th
6:00pm
San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Join me at San Francisco City Hall on May 20th at 6:00pm for the city’s first-ever celebration of Jewish Heritage Month! The San Francisco Jewish community has made countless contributions to the city's cultural heritage, civic fortitude and economic growth, and we are looking forward to an exhilarating program commemorating these deep historical ties. There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.

Free NERT Training
May 21, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 1
May 28, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 2
June 4, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 3
June 11, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 4
June 18, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 5
June 25, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 6
Holy Innocents Church, 455 Fair Oaks Street
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. San Francisco is made up of many neighborhoods. We are training to be one ready community when it counts. The Emergency Response is important but building the Team as a Neighborhood comes first. Learn more here.

Hal Fischer: Gay Semiotics Opening Reception
Friday, May 22nd
6:00-8:00pm
Ratio 3 Gallery, 2831A Mission Street
Gay Semiotics stands as one of the most significant conceptual works coming from the West Coast in the late 1970s, capturing a pivotal moment in San Francisco’s history before the assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, the trauma of Jonestown, and the devastation wrought by AIDS. On Friday June 26, at 6:30pm, Ratio 3 will host a discussion between Fischer and Lawrence Rinder, director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. This event will happen at the gallery; admission will be free and open to the public. Seating will be limited.

San Francisco 147th Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 25th
10:30am
Presidio’s Main Post, Intersection of Montgomery Street and Sheridan Avenue
Join me and the Veterans of Foreign Wars for a march in observance of Memorial Day. Details available here.

Diamond Heights Community Association Meeting
Saturday, May 30th
4:00-6:00pm
San Francisco Police Academy, 350 Amber Drive
Join myself and Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru for a community meeting to discuss issues of interest to Diamond Heights.