Strut - the new center for health and wellness from San Francisco AIDS Foundation
at 470 Castro Street - opens its doors for drop-in sexual health services starting January 4th. Serving gay, bisexual and transgender men, Strut will bring together community engagement and support, sexual health and substance health services. Strut will offer sexual health services, including PrEP, PEP, HIV and STI testing and counseling, hepatitis C testing, and hepatitis A and B vaccinations; substance use counseling; mental health counseling; HIV support and information; wellness services such as massage and acupuncture; and community events and support. I obtained $1 million in public funding and authored zoning legislation that allowed this incredibly important center to move forward.
Scott at the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Holiday Party
Finding the nearest health provider willing to prescribe you pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) just got easier in California. With individuals looking to renew or change their insurance plans during open enrollment season, PleasePrEPMe.org
, a searchable location-based PrEP provider directory website, launched to remove PrEP access barriers and take the guess work out of figuring whether a provider is knowledgeable about PrEP or not. PleasePrEPMe.org connects users interested in taking PrEP to willing providers with its unique searchable location-based capabilities. After entering a user’s location, the website scans the directory of more than 180 PrEP providers to list and map the nearest PrEP providers within a 30 mile radius. The website also offers resources for patients to learn more about PrEP and how to pay for it, as well as provider to increase their capacity to include PrEP in their practice.
Updated Guide for Choosing a Health Plan Through Covered California
Access Support Network, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Project Inform, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation have released an updated guide
for people living with HIV, HCV, HBV, and those considering PrEP on choosing a health insurance plan through Covered California. The guide explains important things to consider when choosing a plan and includes an analysis of the availability of HIV, HCV, HBV, and PrEP drugs on each of the 12 plans’ drug formularies.
Dolores Park Construction Update
It’s really starting to feel like the home stretch on completing Mission Dolores Park! All of the new lawn has been installed and the Recreation & Parks Department is patiently letting it grow and take root. The South Restroom is nearly complete and the Department expect to have final inspection sign off within two weeks. The overlook at 20th and Church has been paved with new concrete and—weather permitting—the plan is to finish the remainder of the sidewalk and pathway work in the next two weeks. The Recreation and Parks Department will install all of the new benches and tables soon after and then we should be nearly ready for opening in early 2016!
For more information
, contact Project Manager Jake Gilchrist at [email protected]
or (415) 581-2559.
Scott at the First Annual Celebration of San Francisco Changemakers
Guerrero Street Median Greening
The final phase has begun! Public Works crews have started the demolition of the remaining concrete medians, and will work over the next few months to construct and green the final medians. For more information, contact Public Works Community Programs Manager Jerad Weiner at [email protected]
or (415) 595-6933.
Upper Douglass Dog Park Annual Winter Closure
The Recreation & Parks Department has closed Upper Douglass Dog Park for its annual winter closure
from December 1st, 2015 - February 29, 2016 (weather dependent and may be subject to change). The closure will provide time to properly aerate, overseed, topdress and fertilize the filed so that the Department may re-establish healthy and resilient grass for the spring.
Residential Parking Permit Evaluation
The SFMTA is undertaking a comprehensive, data-driven evaluation of the Residential Parking Permit, or RPP, program. The program, which provides residents with an exemption to parking time limits in their neighborhood, has been largely unchanged for 39 years, even as San Francisco has changed considerably. The SFMTA is seeking to update the program, align it with the agency’s overall strategic goals and improve customer service for permit holders. The evaluation will include data collection and analysis to reveal existing trends; a review of best practices in on-street parking management in residential areas; and robust public engagement, including a citywide survey on residential parking. A full program evaluation, including policy and process reform recommendations, will be presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors in fall 2016.
Every year the Noe Valley Chabad celebrates Hanukah by lighting a menorah in the heart of Noe Valley
Highland Avenue Bridge Re-Opens
City’s contractor, MH Construction Management Company, successfully completed the removal of the protective scaffolding and the debris net from the Highland Avenue Bridge that was put in place for the important infrastructure improvement and safety project. Upon completion of the Highland Avenue Bridge Infrastructure Improvement and Safety Project, the bridge was re-opened for vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle access
. Public Works anticipates the remaining phase of work will be completed by December 31, 2015.
MuniMobile – A New Way To Pay For Muni
enables customers to purchase and use transit fares across the Muni system: bus, rail, cable car and SF Access paratransit. The app will include the following features: ability to purchase, store and use single or multiple Muni fares on one mobile device, allow passengers to pay for single-ride fares, cable car rides, and one-day, three-day and seven-day passports, industry-leading security to protect personal information and payments, multi-language support (early 2016), and responsive eCommerce website for online ticket purchases. To download the app on your iPhone or Android, visit the App Store or Google Play and search for “munimobile.”
Shop and Dine in the 49
San Francisco has launching a citywide campaign to raise visibility on the importance and value of buying local. Shop & Dine in the 49
is a buy local initiative which focuses on bringing spending back into our diverse neighborhoods. By shopping, eating, drinking, playing, and utilizing local services within our neighborhoods, we ensure unique corridors and local businesses remain thriving, successful, and vibrant. San Francisco’s Buy Local campaign is a collaboration between the City and the local business community. The goal is simple: to encourage residents, and visitors to shop locally and to experience local restaurants, events, and cultural institutions.
Become a Docent for the San Francisco Zoo
Become a docent
and inspire future conservationists. Docents support our mission by connecting guests to wildlife through informative talks, biofact presentations, and school tours. You can be a part of a vibrant community of volunteers who care about conserving wildlife. You'll meet new friends and learn all about animals from Zoo staff. To be a docent, you must be at least 18 years of age and you must participate in our docent training program, offered annually. In this 10-week course, you’ll be trained on public speaking, conservation, Zoo history and operation, animal care, taxonomy, and behavior. Docents are required to volunteer 10 hours per month. Contact us to learn how to get involved before the next training class, to register for the course, or to learn more about our Docent Program.
What You Can Do About Climate Change
Global climate: it’s complicated. Any long-term solution will require profound changes in how we generate energy. At the same time, there are everyday things that you can do to reduce your personal contribution to a warming planet. Click this link
for seven simple guidelines on how your choices today affect the climate tomorrow.
The Randall Museum groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the start of construction to upgrade and modernize this tremendous learning institution for our kids.
Interfaith Memorial Service For Our Homeless Dead
Monday, December 21st
San Francisco City Hall, Goodlett Steps
Join me, the San Francisco Interfaith Council and the San Francisco Night Ministry for a memorial service
to remember the City’s homeless dead.
San Francisco Zoo Docent Information Event
Sunday, January 10th
San Francisco Zoo
Become a docent
and inspire future conservationists. Docents support our mission by connecting guests to wildlife through informative talks, biofact presentations, and school tours. You can be a part of a vibrant community of volunteers who care about conserving wildlife. You'll meet new friends and learn all about animals from Zoo staff. To RSVP, email [email protected]
or call (415) 753-7122.
Scott joined members of the Teo Chew Community Center at the annual Board of Director Ceremony and Banquet
District 8 Bike Share Workshop
Tuesday, January 12th
6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm
Harvey Milk Rec Center, 50 Scott Street
The community is invited to attend a neighborhood workshop for Bay Area Bike Share where they live, work or visit, and provide input on new potential bike share stations in the area. This workshop is offered at two times with the same material covered during both times – you’re welcome to attend either session. People who cannot attend the workshop are encouraged to submit station ideas via the online suggest-a-station portal here
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor & Community Breakfast
Monday, January 18th
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Avenue
Join the San Francisco Labor Council for their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor & Community Breakfast
for inspirational speakers, music, and more! This year we’ll be honoring Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani.
8th Annual Charles Schwab Youth of the Year Luncheon
Wednesday, January 20th
The Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street
Youth of the Year
celebrates the remarkable lives of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances. Each Clubhouse, and Camp Mendocino, chose a teen as their Youth of the Year nominee based on their active involvement in their Clubhouse or Camp, service to their community, commitment to education and modeling of healthy behaviors for younger Club members.
Recently the Castro Theater held a premiere of Jennifer Siebel Newsom's new documentary "The Mask You Live In", which explores how young men handle the role of masculinity in modern society. Here Scott is at the premiere with Greg Lynn and Glenn Riso (Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography)
Glen Park Association Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, January 21st
Police Academy, 350 Amber Drive
Join me for the Glen Park Association’s first quarterly meeting of 2016
Corbett Heights Neighbors Meeting
Thursday, January 28th
Castro Community Meeting Room, Bank of America, 501 Castro Street
Join me for a meeting with the Corbett Heights Neighbors
for an update from City Hall and to discuss topics of interest to the neighborhood.
The Bay Lights Return
Saturday, January 30th
Save the date for the return of the Bay Lights
. After a 2-year pilot, the lights were taken down to install a permanent array. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, come down to the Embarcadero to see the return of the lights to the Bay Bridge.