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My April Newsletter

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

4/17/14 -- My latest newsletter is now available. If you wish to be added to my mailing list, scroll to the bottom of this page and sign up.

Hearing on Russian Divestment

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

4/11/14 -- Yesterday, I held a hearing to encourage the San Francisco Retirement System to explore divesting from any Russian holdings, in light of the extreme anti-LGBT laws that have put in place there. The amount of money SFERS has invested in Russia is small (about .16%), so hopefully there is a way to divest while still maintaining fidiciuary responsibility to current and future retirees. San Francisco should not be associated with a government that is using laws to criminalize LGBT people. 

Board of Supervisors Passes Castro In-Law Legislation

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

4/9/14 --Addressing our housing affordability crisis requires a wide range of solutions, including efforts to expand new housing opportunities. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply.

Calling for Hearing on Funding HIV Service Cuts

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

4/8/14 -- Today at the Board of Supervisors meeting, I will call for a hearing on the federal funding shortfalls for HIV services, and how the city proposes to backfill these cuts in the upcoming budget. Ensuring continuity of services for those living with or at-risk for HIV has been one of my top priorities. 

Legislation to Improve the Placement of Utility Boxes on City Streets

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

4/2/14 -- Earlier this year, I convened a hearing on the placement of AT&T boxes on our streets. For over two hours at that meeting, we heard from members of the public who expressed concerns and frustrations abot the process of how these boxes are placed. To address this,  I have introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors to codify and establish an improved  process to govern the placement of utility boxes (like AT&T boxes) on city sidewalks. These rules will give both utilities and residents clarity and a voice in the process. 

Land Use Committee Recommends Castro In-Law Legislation

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

4/2/14 -- On Monday, the Land Use and Economic Development Committee of the Board of Supervisors unanimously recommended by legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units in the Castro. In-law units are more affordable than other units and tend to be more accessible, as they're usually on the ground floor. I want to thank my colleagues on the Land Use Committee for their support, and I look forward to voting on it at the Board of Supervisors next week.

LGBT Aging Task Force Releases Report

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/26/14 -- Two years ago, Supervisor David Campos and I authored legislation to create the LGBT Aging Task Force.  Yesterday, the Task Force released their report, which shows a significant need for housing for our seniors. We will work quickly to implement many of the changes recommended by the Task Force, so as to better protect our aging LGBT community.

My March Newsletter

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/20/14 -- My latest newsletter is now available. If you wish to be added to my mailing list, scroll to the bottom of this page and sign up.

Glen Canyon Renovations Complete

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/20/14 -- Last weekend we celebrated the reopening of Glen Canyon's rec center facilities, which includes new tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds and pathways. This is a great improvement for the Glen Park neighborhood and I was happy to join the neighborhood to celebrate.

Castro Streetscape Project Groundbreaking

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/20/14 -- Construction work has begun on Castro Street to make our neighborhood more pedestrian friendly, vibrant and beautiful. I want to thank the city departments, the community and the merchants for all their work to help this project move forward.  I've been proud to champion this project and I look forward to seeing this project take shape over the coming months.

Proposed F Market Fare Hike

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/11/14 -- Last week Board President David Chiu and I sent a letter to the MTA asking to reject the proposal to increase the fare of the F Market line as high as $6. The F Market is a critical transit line for everyday Muni riders moving between the Castro, downtown and the northeastern waterfront. The F connects a large stretch of Market between Church and Van Ness and along the Embarcadero, and is a significant lifeline for travelers when the subway experiences a service disruption.

Planning Commission Unanimously Supports My In-Law Legislation

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/7/14 -- Yesterday, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended my legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units in the Castro. In-law units are the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing, so allowing this kind construction is a positive step towards creating more affordable and accessible units in our city.

Dolores Park Renovations Begin

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/7/14 -- Last weekend, I joined community members and city leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Dolores Park renovation project. This much needed work will be done in two phases, which means that at all times half the park will remain open while the other half is under construction. The project includes installing new irrigation/drainage systems, increasing restroom capacity, resurfacing the tennis and basketball courts, improving the park entrance from 19th and Dolores, and making the park more accessible, among other improvements.

Bay Area Reporter Editorial: Castro can handle in-law units

San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8

3/6/14 -- Today the Bay Area Reporter published an editorial supporting my legislation to allow the construction of new in-law (also known as granny or accessory) units in the Castro. This legislation will allow the creation of the most affordable kind of non-subsidized housing  in our neighborhood where rents have risen to extremely high levels. We need to find more creative ways to build new housing, and this is just one tool that we should be using to address our housing shortage.