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October 2015 Newsletter

Office Phone: 415-554-6968
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours
Friday, November 13th
San Francisco City Hall, Room 274

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 call the office to put your name on the office hours list so that we can notify you if any changes occur

Volunteering at City Hall
We’re looking for volunteers! If you have a few hours available during the workweek and are interested in a volunteer position at City Hall, please contact Adam Taylor at [email protected] or (415) 554-6968.


Code Enforcement Reform Legislation
Keeping our buildings safe and habitable is important for tenants and our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, our current code enforcement process lacks coordination among the different departments charged with inspecting and enforcing codes, and creates accountability gaps that prevent the city from addressing significant violations. Working with both tenant advocates and property owners, I’ve crafted legislation to strengthen our code enforcement process and help code violators who want to correct their violations but cannot afford to do so. This legislation will create a unified enforcement process that city departments will follow, grant the City Attorney the ability to pursue serial code violators without waiting for departments to act, and establish a low-interest revolving loan fund for small property owners to bring buildings up to code. We need to empower our city departments, and then hold those departments accountable, for keeping homes in our city safe.

Scott with Supervisor Julie Christensen at a rally in support of extending the Central Subway to North Beach

Subway Master Plan Moves Forward
This week, my legislation requiring the creation of a Subway Master Plan – plotting out future expansion of our limited subway network – moved out of the Land Use and Transportation Committee to the full Board of Supervisors, which will take it up next week. As our city and region continue to grow, it’s critical we move more transit underground or our streets will become even more clogged with traffic. You can read my opinion piece – San Francisco Should Always Have a Subway Under Construction.

Residential Water Recycling Legislation
Water recycling is key to addressing California’s structural water shortage, and we need to reuse more and more water. Earlier this year, I authored legislation, passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, to require water recycling in new developments. This week, I introduced additional legislation to make it easier for residents to install simple greywater systems in their homes to use sink and shower water to irrigate landscaping. This basic water recycling system is an effective way to conserve water while also maintaining the landscaping and greenery so necessary for a clean environment. However, adding even a simple greywater system requires a plumbing permit that adds cost and hurdles making this improvement. To streamline this process, my legislation eliminates the permit requirement for these residential systems. Eliminating this permit requirement is authorized by the California Plumbing Code. Marin County has already eliminated the permit requirement, and Santa Barbara County is considering doing the same.

Scott with Genevieve Jopanda and Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma

Tenant Notification Before Demolition
I’m authoring legislation to close a loophole that currently leaves tens of thousands of tenants vulnerable to losing their homes without even being notified or provided with an opportunity to contest the loss.  Currently, tenants who live in illegal units – such as many in-law units – are not legally entitled to notice if a property owner applies for a building permit to demolish that unit. Without that notice, people have limited or no ability to avail themselves of their appeal rights to protect themselves from eviction. My legislation requires that property owners provide notice to tenants before applying for a permit to demolish their units, whether the unit is legal or illegal. The legislation was recommended by the Planning Commission and the Building Inspection Commission. It will now go to the Board of Supervisors for a vote shortly.

Assembly Bill 96 -- Stopping the Ivory Trade
This month, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 96, which closes a loophole in state law allowing some elephant ivory to be bought and sold in California. This legislation – sponsored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Ricardo Lara – also outlaws the sale and purchase of rhinoceros horns in California. I’m proud to have authored a resolution earlier this year to put San Francisco on record in support of AB 96. Closing this loophole will help put an end to elephant and rhino poaching – a barbaric practice that threatens to render these majestic animals extinct.
The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition recently honored Scott as one of its Housing Heroes, along with Barbara Gualco from Mercy Housing. Here, Scott is with Barbara and HAC Executive Director Tim Colen.

Barbara Taylor
At the October 6th Board of Supervisors meeting, I had the pleasure of presenting Barbara Taylor - longtime San Francisco City Hall Bureau Chief for KCBS - with a Special Commendation on the occasion of her retirement.

Scott honoring Barbara at the Board of Supervisors meeting


Noe Valley Town Square
After 5 years of engaging the community, fundraising, and perseverance, we will break ground on the Noe Valley Town Square this January. Two years ago, I authored legislation to acquire the parking lot on 24th Street and since then my office has been directly engaged with planning and community process. I have also worked to secure funding in the budget to complete the project's financing. The community has also done a terrific job raising a significant amount of money for the construction costs. This project has been a great collaboration between the community,Rec and Park and City Hall. Questions can be directed to Residents of Noe Valley Town Square President,Todd David at [email protected] Look for monthly updates in the Noe Valley Voice or check out the Town Square's website at www.noevalleytownsquare.com.

Diamond Heights Sidewalks Construction
Construction of new sidewalks throughout Diamond Heights has begun, and will continue through the end of the year. The scope of the work will include the Beacon Street, Topaz Way, and Gold Mine in the initial phase. My office advocated to Public Works to add the sidewalks after the Diamond Heights Community Association identified paths where no sidewalks exist and asphalt sidewalks were in disrepair.  We are appreciativee of Public Works’ response. The DHCA is committed to making Diamond Heights more walkable, and other sidewalks are scheduled for construction next year in conjunction with the repaving of Diamond Heights Blvd. Please contact Grace Moore of Public Works at [email protected] or (415) 554-8343 with any questions you may have.

Scott partying with seniors at A Senior Moment, in the Western Addition, sponsored by the Village Project

Dolores Park Construction Update
We have exciting updates from the last month of construction at Dolores Park. We’ll see a dramatic change in the look of the park over the next two weeks as we install the new turf on the South side of the park. The vast majority of the new irrigation has been installed and tested. We anticipate having all of the new lawns installed by the first week of November. Plumbing is finished in the South Restroom and we’re about to begin tiling the interior. After that we’ll start installing the partitions and fixtures. Most of the new walkways have been installed. The rest will be completed over the next couple weeks. Also, next week Rec and Park will be pouring the concrete for the new overlook at 20th and Church. The Dolores Street sidewalk improvements are nearly complete, too.

Glen Park BART Station Platform Escalator
One of BART’s platform-level escalators at Glen Park Station experienced a significant mechanical failure in the drive system. This requires removal of the system and a complete overhaul. The work will require that the escalator be taken out of service until approximately mid-January 2016. These repairs are vital to the safe operation of the escalator. There is another platform-level escalator and an elevator available in the station. BART apologizes for the inconvenience this will cause you.

Scott at the Sheet Metal Workers Union conference

Submit Your Proposal For A Target Youth Programming Wellness Grant
Between now and Nov. 11, 2015, Target is encouraging charitable 501c3 organizations, pre-K-12th grade U.S. schools, and public agencies to send them proposals for research-based and outcome-oriented programs that will help drive sustained changes in healthy attitudes or behaviors.

Affordable Housing Bonus Program
The Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) provides incentives for developers to include more affordable housing for very low, low, moderate, and middle-income households. Development bonuses, such as increased density, would be offered on a graduated scale based on the percentage of affordable units provided. This proposed Program is one of the tools put forward by the City to address its housing goals.

Participate in Golden Bridges School Coat Drive
At All Hallows Garden Apartments in San Francisco, there are many families who can’t afford to purchase jackets this year -- and we’re gearing up for a cold and wet season. Golden Bridges has organized a coat drive (through One Warm Coat) to support this housing complex in the Bayview District. It's a great opportunity to clear out your closets and help local families in need! Please drop off your clean, gently used coats to St. Aidan’s Church from October 22 through November 12 during the hours of 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The collection bin will be in the front lobby of St. Aidan's. Enter along the driveway on Gold Mine Drive. Questions? Contact Allyson, [email protected] Thanks for caring about our greater community and sharing the warmth.

Scott at the Citywide NERT drill


Filipino American History Month Celebration

Wednesday, October 28th
Rotunda, San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Please join use as the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Filipino American Arts Exposition host this year’s Filipino American History Month Celebrat, “Celebrating Our Communities.” Register via this link.

Scott at the Filipino History Month Celebration

Election Day
Tuesday, November 3rd
Assigned Polling Places and City Hall
Don’t forget to vote on Election Day! Click here to find out your assigned polling place, and to answer any other questions you may have.

Financial Planning Day
Monday, November 7th
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street
The City and County of San Francisco and the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco invite you to attend San Francisco Financial Planning Day where you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with dozens of highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals to discuss your personal finance questions, concerns and interests. Don’t miss this opportunity for a free, private consultation with an expert on a wide variety of personal finance issues, including debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, and estate planning, among many others!

San Francisco Veteran’s Day Parade
Sunday, November 8th
Start: Embarcadero at North Point Street
Join me as we observe Veteran’s Day this year.

Scott at the Asian Peace Officers Association Scholarship Dinner

District 8 Immigrant Rights Commission Meeting
Monday, November 9th
Ceremonial Room, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street
Supervisor Scott Wiener and the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs in partnership with the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and the Haas Jr. Fund Present the District 8 Neighborhood Meeting & Special Hearing. The Commission will be hearing from District 8 residents, immigrants and community members on the following Quality of Life issues: Immigration, Housing and Affordability, Economy and Education, Healthcare, and Civic Engagement. Language services are available for this meeting, please contact the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs at (415)581.2360 for assistance.

The Glenridge Auction
Saturday, November 14th
Janet Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Boulevard
The auction benefits the children of Glenridge Co-operative Nursery School, a non-profit preschool located in Glen Canyon Park where parents share in the instruction and care of their children. Enjoy a night of live music featuring local musicians and great food, and snag amazing deals on over eight hundred items - vacations, wine, children's classes, spa treatments, tickets to museums and local attractions, jewelry, art, toys and books, handmade crafts, you name it. Best of all, all your money goes to supporting Glenridge and its commitment to making a child centered and nature based education affordable for all families.

Scott pumpkin painting in the Sunset with Dyanna Quizon, legislative aide to District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang

Intro to Urban Bicycling with Bay Area Bike Share
Thursday, November 19th
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, 1720 Market Street
Come learn the basics of biking in San Francisco at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop. In partnership with Bay Area Bike Share, we are offering our 1-hour course covering bicycling for everyday riding in SF, the rules of the road, route planning and how to dock and check out a Bay Area Bike Share bike. This course is a great introduction for people who are considering bicycling with Bay Area Bike Share, or looking to brush up on skills. All participants will get a coupon good for $10 off a Bay Area Bike Share annual membership, and a free Bay Area Bike Share helmet (while supplies last). No bicycle, or experience is needed. Register on the website here.

Light in the Grove
Monday, November 30th
National AIDS Memorial Grove, Nancy Pelosi Drive
On November 30th, the eve of World AIDS Day, the National AIDS Memorial Grove will once again hold its annual Light in the Grove fundraising gala.  A sell out every year, this iconic event offers a unique evening experience in Golden Gate Park; an outdoor, transparently-tented celebration with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner, featuring music, performance, art and evocative light displays.  It receives nation-wide media attention and draws over 600 attendees.  Voted “Best Bay Area LGBT Fundraiser” by Bay Area Reporter readers in 2015, it is a one-of-a-kind celebration and remembrance.  Festive, warm attire is suggested, coat-check will be available.  Experience the exquisite beauty of this national memorial “after hours”.

The Mask You Live In
Wednesday, December 2nd
Doors at 7:00pm, Screening at 8:00pm
Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. Q&A wit Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom by Joy Venturini Bianchi, with Special Guest Gavin Newsom.

Scott at the 30th Street Senior Center's Autumn Magic Celebration

Stand United Against All Violence
Saturday, December 12th
Various times and locations throughout San Francisco
Since Dec. 14, 2012, when 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, innumerable shootings have occurred across our country. As of today, San Francisco is at 34 homicides for 2015. We hold vigils to support families, law enforcement, and communities affected by homicide and gun violence. Our heart is saddened for every hurting family; and we feel less safe today than three years ago. The 3rd anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting is a time to remember all lives lost to senseless gun violence in our community. Here are the events taking place on Saturday:

Gun Buyback
United Playaz, 1038 Howard Street

“Shell Shocked: A New Orleans Documentary About Youth And Gun Violence”
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street

Stand United Against All Violence Rally
UN Plaza, McAllister & Leavenworth Streets
Last updated: 10/29/2015 10:32:30 AM