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DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Message from the Supervisor 
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN THE SUNSET
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season! So much has happened in this past year, and we hope that you and your family have the opportunity to enjoy time with each other and friends. We are excited to announce some of our favorite traditions, old and new, for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season in the Sunset District!
 
Annual Sunset District Holiday Gift Guide
Every year before Thanksgiving, it is tradition for our office to send out our Sunset District Holiday Gift Guide. The Gift Guide is brimming with gift ideas from our local merchants that will help you check off everything on your holiday shopping list. It is always exciting for us to put this together, especially as we add new businesses to the neighborhood. For a list of all of our retail businesses and more, please visit the online Sunset District Holiday Gift Guide and please share with family and friends!
 
Discover Your District: McCoppin Square Holiday
Tree Lighting – Friday December 2nd
Another tradition is our annual holiday tree lighting in McCoppin Square that we host with the People of Parkside Sunset (POPS). For the fourth year, we will be kicking off the season with hot chocolate, carols, and ornament-making with the Parkside Library. Then we will light off the holiday tree and usher in the holiday season. Please join us for this Sunset tradition on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5:30pm at McCoppin Square located on Taraval Street at 23rd Avenue. RSVP online here. 
 
Sunset Holiday Mercantile – Sunday December 11th
Start a new tradition with your family this year of visiting the Sunset Mercantile – holiday version. Sunset Mercantile is a festive pop-up open air metropolis featuring artists, crafters, makers and local merchants. The Sunset Holiday Mercantile will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the San Francisco County Fair Building (1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way). For more information, please visit the Sunset Mercantile website.
 
Happy Holidays Everyone!
 
12 Days of Kittens at "Kitty" Hall Returns
Jeff Schwartz, Sunset resident and longtime D4 volunteer
pictured with adoptable kitten, "Clam" 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the return of our 4th Annual 12 Days of Kittens event in our “Kitty” Hall office at City Hall, Room 264! Every year, we host feline friends in our office to promote the work of San Francisco’s Animal Care & Control (ACC) and to encourage adoption of animals rather than purchasing them. Visitors are encouraged to stop by between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm, bring donations of pet food and supplies (i.e. old linens, carriers, litter boxes), make a pledge to support ACC, and adopt a new friend. The 12 Days of Kittens started on November 28th and ends on December 9th. We will also be holding our 12 Days of Kittens Holiday Party co-hosted by the Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control on December 9th starting at 3:00pm – 5:30pm in our office.
 

Legislative Update: Electric Vehicle Hearing Recap

Last month the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee held a hearing called by Supervisor Tang regarding the status of the municipal vehicle fleet with a focus on advancing the City’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles and improving electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at municipal facilities. Working with the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the City Administrator’s Office, Supervisor Tang requested an analysis and recommendations on what it would take for our city to procure 100 percent of light-duty municipal vehicles (sedans and light-duty trucks) as battery electric (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) by 2020.
 
At the national level, President Obama has made a commitment to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and released an Executive Order in 2015 that requires 30% of federal fleet passenger vehicle acquisitions to be zero emission vehicles (ZEV) by 2020 and 50% by 2025. California also has ambitious climate goals, and as part of the CA ZEV Action Plan, our state has made a commitment to procuring 50% of the state’s annual light-duty vehicles as ZEV by 2025.
 
San Francisco has a goal of reducing GHG emissions by 40% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. Half of our city’s GHG emissions comes from cars and trucks, so we must adopt policies that promote zero and low-emission vehicles, reduce fleet size and single occupancy vehicles, and expand charging infrastructure – starting with our own municipal fleet and facilities.
 
San Francisco is well on the way to having a green fleet, as the City’s 859 sedans include 15 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), 37 battery electric vehicles (BEV), and 106 compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG). Of the remaining gasoline powered vehicles, 491 are efficient hybrid vehicles with only 210 internal combustion engine vehicles. The City installed a telematics system that will provide data about state-of-charge of these vehicles and will help with route management, energy and charge reporting, and battery health monitoring. Additionally, the City is developing a vehicle pool system and a Vehicle on Demand System that will operate much like a car share system – both of which can help reduce overall fleet size.
 
Moving forward, the City Administrator’s office will use existing telematics data and conduct analyses on vehicle costs, maintenance, fuel types, lease versus purchase options, charging infrastructure, electricity sources and costs, and disaster response. This analysis will inform legislation Supervisor Tang plans to introduce early next year with the goal of electrifying the City’s light-duty fleet by 2020.
 
For more information, contact our office at (415) 554-7460 or
email ashley.summers@sfgov.org.
HOME MATCH San Francisco
Presentations in the Sunset District
In August, our office helped launch the HOME MATCH San Francisco program – a joint collaboration of two non-profit organizations that pairs homeowners who have extra space in their homes with low-income home seekers who make under 90% of Area Median Income ($67,850 for one person). The program has successfully matched several homeowner/homeseeker partnerships since its inception, and the program will be hosting a few workshops in the Sunset District for interested participants. Details about the December workshops are below. For more information on the program, please visit the HOME MATCH San Francisco website.
 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:00pm
Parkside Library (1200 Taraval at 22nd Avenue)
 
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00pm
Sunset Library (1305 18th Avenue at Irving Street)
Westside Pump Station
Reliability Improvement Project
The Westside Pump Station (WSS), located on the Great Highway at the Sloat Boulevard intersection, pumps the sanitary and stormwater flow to the Oceanside treatment plant from the West side of the City. Operating daily for decades and subject to the harsh marine environment, the WSS is due for upgrades to ensure it is a reliable facility and complies with State and Federal guidelines. The Westside Pump Station Reliability Improvements Project is part of the larger Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), which is a 20-year citywide project to upgrade and seismically retrofit sewer infrastructure.

As part of the project, the WSS will undergo upgrades that will address critical functions and improve the WSS overall. Project improvements include expansion of the wet-weather pump chamber, screening improvements to improve solids handling, increasing the power capacity to account for additional wet weather pumping capacity, expanding the ventilation system to limit odor impacts, and site improvements including security and landscaping. For more details on specific project elements, view the project factsheet. For questions about the project, contact the SFPUC at (415) 554-3289.

ADA Lawsuit Letters Targeting Small Businesses
 
Small Business beware! Several merchants recently received letters from attorneys and an individual in a wheelchair, demanding monetary compensation for ADA violations. If you receive a verbal or written complaint, you should follow up immediately. Prior to responding to the letter, be sure to contact the Office of Small Business or Lily Lo of Northeast Community Federal Credit Union at 415-434-0738. They have various resources to assist small businesses. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has a program which educates small businesses Citywide about ADA compliance and provides eligible businesses with an ADA assessment report and plan for compliance with ADA law, and provide access to new grant funding and loan programs. For more information, you can visit OEWD’s website.
 
Small businesses throughout California have received ADA demand letters for years, given that state law has inadvertently provided an incentive for attorneys to seek damages for ADA violations. This is why our office passed legislation last year to create citywide program to address accessibility issues in places of public accommodation. The legislation, which is largely modeled after the City’s successful Soft Story Retrofit Program, divides buildings into four categories. Based on the category that a building falls under, the program sets a compliance schedule for three main requirements:
  1. Submitting a compliance checklist (within 12-30 months);
  2. Filing an application for required building permits (if necessary; within 15-33 months); and
  3. Obtaining required building permits (if necessary; within 18-36 months). Property owners will then have 18 months after obtaining building permits to complete the work.
The goal of our legislation is to ensure business establishments provide full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and services to everyone. If you have any questions about this legislation, please contact our office at (415) 554-7460 or Dyanna.Quizon@sfgov.org.   
Cooking for the Holidays?
Don’t Dump that Oil in the Sink!

 
Whether you are cooking for the holidays, or just enjoying meals with your friends and family, please do not pour the used cooking oil down the drain. Clogged sewers can result in back-ups, overflows onto streets, foul odors, and costly damage to sewers. As we enter the holiday season, we urge you to recycle your used cooking oil at one of our convenient drop-off locations in SF year-round. The City will turn used cooking oil into biofuel for use in vehicles, such as Muni buses. If you do not have very much oil to collect, wipe it up with a paper towel and dispose of it in the compost bin.
Neighborhood Meeting on the Proposed Rousseaus’ Boulevard Landmark District Designation
 
The Rousseaus’ Boulevard Tract homes (bounded by 36th Avenue, Kirkham Street, 34th Avenue, and Lawton Street) were built in the Sunset District from 1932-1933 by brothers Oliver and Arthur Rousseau. The 2012 Sunset District Historic and Cultural Resource Survey identified the area as a potential historic district for its exceptional and intact architectural character and a draft of the landmark district designation report was made available to the public on November 15. Join San Francisco Planning staff on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church (3201 Ulloa Street at 22nd Ave) to learn about the designation report findings, next steps in the landmark designation process, and information on property benefits for owning a home in a local historic landmark district. For more information, visit the Rousseaus’ Boulevard Tract Landmark District webpage.
Merchant Spotlight: Avenues Dry Goods
 
As longtime Outer Sunset residents, Eve Batey and Tim Ehhalt have always loved the diverse options to dine, shop, and enjoy themselves in the neighborhood. They were thrilled when they had the opportunity to open their own business among these options in a former wash-and-fold laundry business. According to Eve, shoppers should expect to find at Avenues Dry Goods useful, practical, and delightful things made by local artists, makers, and craftspeople, all at a reasonable price point. From San Francisco-themed shirts to clever cards to intricate jewelry, there is something for everyone. Eve and Tim will guide you through the various options with their warm and welcoming customer service. For the latest on holiday sales, promotions, and extended hours, shoppers can follow Avenues Dry Goods on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @avenuesdrygoods.

 
AVENUES DRY GOODS
4121 Irving Street (between 42nd and 43rd Aves)
(415) 841-2870
Thursday and Friday 2pm-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm
https://avenues-dry-goods.myshopify.com/

 
Eve's shop is full of unique finds!
Announcing the Small Business Acceleration Program
One of the common complaints our office receives is the ability for small businesses to move quickly through our City’s extensive permitting process. Our office has been interested in supporting small business entrepreneurs who wish to either open a new business or expand in San Francisco. During the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget season, Supervisor Tang advocated for funding within the Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD) to provide staffing resources to reduce the permit hurdles that small business go through, starting with restaurants. Our office is excited to announce the pilot phase of the Small Business Acceleration Program (SBAP), a new initiative of OEWD. With the goal of improving service for small food businesses during the permitting process, the program offers businesses a dedicated case manager to assist with:
  • Providing information about the process and requirements;
  • Evaluating business owner needs;
  • Engaging and instructing through the process; and
  • Coordinating City services.
We look forward to seeing this program successfully help restaurant businesses in San Francisco. Learn more at OpenInSF.com or contact open@sfgov.org or (415) 554-6122. You can also visit the San Francisco Business Portal for more information generally about starting or growing a business in the City: https://businessportal.sfgov.org/
Community Boards
By Douglas Walsh, District 4 Intern

The Community Board is a platform that has been put into place in hopes to create an effective and controlled environment to help resolve disputes between neighbors, businesses and schools in San Francisco and in our community. When a problem or dispute takes place, it is important to have a third party who is not directly related to or involved with the issue to mediate and help provide an unbiased and equal resolution for that problem. The goal of the Community Board is to not only come up with a solution that pleases both parties, but to create and foster a relationship that allows both parties to feel their issue has been resolved. If you want to schedule for a mediation or learn more about their service, please visit their Community Boards’ website. You can also call (415) 920-3820.
Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project Open House
Photo credit: sfcitizen.com
Join the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and the Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for an open house to help establish goals for the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the San Francisco County Fair Building (1199 9th Ave). Let staff know how you get around Golden Gate Park, specific locations where you have felt unsafe, opportunities for improvement and priorities for the project.  The departments will share background about previous Park safety efforts and ongoing challenges. Your input will help RPD and SFMTA develop recommendations to make Golden Gate Park safe for all travelers through the Park. For more information visit the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project website.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
November 28 – December 9 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
12 Days of Kittens
“Kitty” Hall | Room 264, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Drive
Visitors are encouraged to stop by between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm, bring donations of pet food and supplies (i.e. old linens, carriers, litter boxes), make a pledge to support ACC, and adopt a new feline friend! For more information, contact our office at (415) 554-7460
December 1 | Thursday | 1:00 – 2:30
Elder Fraud Workshop
Cypress Golden Gate | 1601 19th Avenue
Hear from the District Attorney’s Office and Adult Protective Services about elder financial abuse issues and how to prevent them. For more information, contact our office at (415) 554-7460.
December 2 | Friday | 5:30pm
A Discover Your District (DYD) Event
Holiday Tree Lighting with People of Parkside/Sunset (POPS)
McCoppin Square Playground | Taraval Street and 23rd Avenue
Join us for our 4th annual lighting of the growing holiday tree. Make an ornament to hang on the tree with Parkside Library. Then enjoy refreshments and carols and meet merchants from Taraval Street who spearhead this annual ceremony. (Free) RSVP online here or call (415) 554-7460 for more information. 
December 3 | Saturday | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project Open House
San Francisco County Fair Building | 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln
Provide feedback about the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project and share your opinion on the priorities of the project. For more information, visit the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Project website.
December 3 | Saturday | 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Opening Reception for House and Garden Exhibit by William Aiken and Dottie Weintraub
Far Out Gallery | 3004 Taraval Street
Aiken and Weintraub are lifelong partners and Sunset residents. FOG will host an opening reception from 12:00pm – 6:00pm with an artists’ talk at 2:00pm. The exhibit will be up December 3 – 31, 2016. For more information visit www.faroutgallery.com or call (415) 463-5537.  
December 3 | Saturday | 9:00am – 11:00am
Friends of Sunset Rec
Sunset Recreation Center | 2201 Lawton Street
Join the Friends of Sunset Recreation Center volunteers as they continue to maintain and look after the Sunset Recreation Center. For more information or to get involved, contact recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.
December 4, 11, 18 | Sundays | 9:00am
Boot Camp @ Playland
Playland at 43rd Avenue | 1360 43rd Avenue and Judah Street
Join a free Sunday morning rise and shine boot camp. Start your day by getting your blood flowing, muscles moving and energy flowing. The class will include a variety of cardio, core and strength exercises while using your body weight for a 50 minute total body workout. All levels welcome.   For more information, visit the Playland Facebook Page or Playland’s Instagram.
December 4, 10 | Sundays | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Work Day in Skateland
Playland at 43rd Avenue | 1360 43rd Avenue and Judah Street
Come out, lend a hand, and help volunteers maintain Skateland. They’ll be working on maintenance in the skate area, including installing sound abatement materials. See you there! For more information, visit the Playland Facebook Page or Playland’s Instagram.
December 4, 11, 18 | Sundays | 10:00am
Community Yoga, BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) @ Playland
Playland at 43rd Avenue | 1360 43rd Avenue and Judah Street
BYOM for some outdoor yoga at the newly opened Playland at 43rd Avenue. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. For more information, visit the Playland Facebook Page or Playland’s Instagram
December 5 | Monday | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Green Arts Weaving Workshop
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
Learn how to make a simple loom and re-purpose favorite garments and other household items into unique artworks. For children. Please call 415-355-5700 to sign up. For more events at the Ortega Library, visit the Ortega Library website.
December 6 | Tuesday | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Neighborhood Meeting on Proposed Rousseaus’ Boulevard Landmark District Designation
Grace Lutheran Church | 3201 Ulloa Street at 33rd Avenue (I also fixed in calendar)
Learn about the designation report findings, next steps in the landmark designation process, and information on property benefits for owning a home in a local historic landmark district. For more information, visit the Rousseaus’ Boulevard Tract Landmark District webpage.
December 7 | Wednesday | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Home Match Tabling and Presentation
Parkside Library | 1200 Taraval Street
Come learn more about this new program funded by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development that connects homeowners interested in renting extra space in their home with home seekers who are low to moderate income and live, work, or attend school in San Francisco. Home Match San Francisco is a joint program of Northern California Presbyterian Home & Service and Episcopal Senior Communities. Presentation will be conducted in English and Cantonese. For more events at Parkside Library, visit the Parkside Library website.
December 8 | Thursday | 7:00pm
People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) Monthly Meeting
(formerly Taraval Parkside Merchants Association)
Fiery Hot Pot Buffet | 1626 Taraval Street at 27th Avenue
POPS sponsors special events, advocates on behalf of the neighborhood, and works with residents and other merchants to improve the community. This month, they will be celebrating their annual holiday dinner. Please contact POPS to RSVP. For more information, visit POPS’ website.
December 10 | Saturday | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Make a Delicious Reindeer with Candy Cane
Parkside Library | 1200 Taraval Street
Join for some hands-on creative fun to create your own edible Reindeer! Yum!!! Ages 4 and older! For more events at Parkside Library, visit the Parkside Library website.
*CORRECTION* The date for the Sunset Holiday Mercantile in our November newsletter was incorrect. Please see corrected information below.

December 11 | Saturday | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunset Holiday Mercantile
San Francisco County Fair Building | 1199 9th Avenue
Sunset Mercantile, a "festive pop-up open-air metropolis", will celebrate winter with a Holiday Mercantile.  This fun-filled family-friendly event features artists, crafters, makers, food artisans, local businesses, beer and wine tasting, entertainment, and children's activities.  Come eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local! For more information, visit the Sunset Mercantile website.
December 11 | Sunday | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Conversation with Artist Richard Kamler
Far Out Gallery | 3004 Taraval Street
Explore the necessary role of art in the current political/cultural/social environment with Artist Richard Kamler who has been socially-engaged in art since 1976 when he made his first installation “Out of Holocaust,” a full size reconstructed section of one of the barracks from the Auschwitz Death Camp. For more information visit www.faroutgallery.com or call (415) 463-5537.  
December 13 | Tuesday | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Craft Night: Recycled Holiday Cards
Parkside Library | 1200 Taraval Street
Repurpose old holiday cards to make new ones! Your personalized cards will have a collage effect that will be creative and unique.  Call 415-355-5770 or email psimgr@sfpl.org to register starting 11/29. For more events at Parkside Library, visit the Parkside Library website.

 
December 18 | Sunday | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Playland at 43rd Avenue Garden Work Day
Playland at 43rd Avenue | 1360 43rd Avenue and Judah Street
Playland’s community garden needs TLC!  Help with watering, weeding, mulching, composting. Tools available. Bring your gloves! Succulent Swap follows. For more information, visit the Playland Facebook Page or Playland’s Instagram
December 18 | Sunday | 9:00pm
The Riptide’s 12th Annual Toy SFFD Drive & Concert
The Riptide | 3639 Taraval Street
The Riptide is now open for business! Grab a cup of cheer by the fireside and bring a wrapped toy for the annual toy drive hosted by the Riptide and the San Francisco Fire Department. Music starts between 9:00pm and 9:30pm. For more information, call (415) 681-8433.
December 20 | Tuesday | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Taraval Community Police Forum
Taraval Police Station Community Room | 2345 24th Avenue at Taraval Street
Learn about the latest crime updates and public safety issues from the San Francisco Police Department and express your concerns and questions about public safety in the Sunset District. This month, there will be a holiday celebration with neighbors.  For more information, visit the Taraval Police Station’s website.  
December 21 | Wednesday | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Craft Night: Book Ornaments
Ortega Library | 3223 Ortega Street and 39th Avenue
Create sculptural ornaments from folding books. For adults. Materials are limited, please call 415-355-5700 to sign up (starting December 1). For more events at the Ortega Library, visit the Ortega Library website.
A PHOTO RECAP OF NOVEMBER
FOR A FULL PHOTO RECAP OF NOVEMBER, CLICK HERE!
It was a distinct honor to recognize Bernice Lassiter on her 90th birthday. Bernice formerly owned Polly Ann Ice Cream and has contributed to our community for decades through her work at Grace Infant Care Center and her support of the rebuilding of Ortega Branch Library. Happy Birthday and thank you Bernice! In the photo from left to right: (front) Bernice Lassiter, Supervisor Tang (rear) Pastor Megan Rohrer, Pamela Ryan, Sally Ann Ryan and Nathan Lassiter.
We welcomed the Girl Scouts of Francis Scott Key Elementary to City Hall. They were enthusiastic and had some tough questions! The next generation of women leaders is right here!
Our 7th round of the Front Yard Ambassadors Program was a success! We planted 10 more front yards and removed over 1,000 square feet of concrete! Photos: (top left) Helen and Rocky enjoying their new yard! (top right and bottom left) newly planted front yards (bottom right) volunteers planting on planting day! Visit www.sfbos.org/frontyardambassadors for more information!
Making jam with Jannot Artisinal Preserves as part of our Discover Your District program. Visit www.sfbos.org/discoveryourdistrict for upcoming events!
(Left) Making jam with Heather and Andrew (Right) Stirring the pots with our DYD participants!
Paid for by Katy Tang for Supervisor 2014
Financial disclosures are available at www.sfethics.org 

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