OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
Supervisor Malia Cohen
Keeping San Francisco’s District 10 affordable, working, healthy, and safe!
City Cannabis Forum with Supervisor Cohen
Saturday, October 21, 10:00am- 2:00pm
Bayview Opera House (4705 3rd St)
This forum will feature expert panels and information booths to bring more information to the public about the seed-to-sale landscape in San Francisco under Proposition 64, including:
- Job opportunities
- Permitting and regulation
- Equity and access in the cannabis industry
- Record expungement consulting for those incarcerated for activities now legal under Prop 64
Please bring any and all questions about cannabis policy in San Francisco!
Obtain your free ticket via Eventbrite at www.bit.ly/D10CannabisForum.
North Bay Fires – Tips for San Franciscans
The multiple fires currently burning in the North Bay may be creating the potential of a health hazard in San Francisco. Smoke from wildfires and structure fires can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. You should immediately minimize outdoor activities, especially those with health concerns (e.g. heart or lung disease, asthma), are elderly, pregnant, or have a child. Contact your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms:
- Repeated coughing
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness or pain
- Nausea or unusual fatigue
The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is performing wellness checks and providing transport upon request for unsheltered people. If you are or know someone who is homeless and needs care, please contact the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Services by calling 3-1-1.
Those interested in volunteering to support the North Bay wildfire relief efforts can sign up with the American Red Cross at http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017. Please do not call 9-1-1 to report smoke unless you see fire.
Sign up for emergency alerts from city officials by texting ‘AlertSF’ to 888-777 on your mobile device or register online at alertsf.org.
SFPUC Warning Customers of Telephone Scam
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is warning customers to be aware of a recent telephone scam involving water bills. Over the past few weeks, the SFPUC has heard from several dozen customers who say they have received a call from someone impersonating a representative of “SF Utilities.” According to the reports, the alleged representative is threatening to shut off water service unless immediate cash payment is made. Customers have been directed to make payment at Walgreen’s, CVS and Rite Aid stores in San Francisco.
These calls are not coming from the SFPUC and at no time does the agency direct customers to pay their water bills in-person anywhere outside of authorized payment locations.
The SFPUC is conducting an internal investigation and, at this time, there is no evidence that there has been a breach of private customer information. Additionally, the SFPUC has reported the incidents to the San Francisco Police Department, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission.
Customers who receive these calls and wish to report them directly to law enforcement should contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357. Customers who have questions about their water bill should call the SFPUC customer service line at 415-551-3000.
Academy of Science District 10 Free Weekend
Friday, October 20th to Sunday, October 22nd
California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr)
California Academy of Sciences is inviting San Francisco residents to explore the Academy for free. Residents in District 10 only (94110, 94124, and 94134) are invited on the third weekend of October! Join us and come see the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum!
Mark your calendars for District 10’s Spring 2018 free weekend from March 16th to the 18th!
For more information, visit calacademy.org/free
NOTE: Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:
- A driver license or state ID card
- Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date
- Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)
San Francisco Street Food Festival
Sunday, October 15th, 11:00am-8:00pm
420 23rd St. (old PG&E Power Station)
Featuring 30+ Bay Area chefs, restaurants and Instagram stars, this year’s San Francisco Street Food Festival is an intimate celebration of the delicious and complex story of American food with offerings including Vietnamese noodles, Palestinian köfte kebab, Pali-Cali man’oushe, Guanajatan pozole, Southern fried chicken, Nepalese dumplings, Salvadoran plantains and so much more. Through the stories and food s of these chefs, attendees will explore the ways immigrants have always and will continue to shape the ways we eat and the communities we live in.
Details can be found at www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/
MED-Project Medication Take-Back Event
Saturday, October 28th, 10:00am- 2:00pm
Visitacion Valley Branch Library (201 Leland Ave)
Local take-back events offer residents a free and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted medicines. If you have expired or unwanted medications, proper disposal is important and easy. Safely dispose of your medicines at the FREE MED-Project Take-Back Event. All San Francisco residents are welcome to participate; we unfortunately cannot accept medicines from businesses.
For a list of accepted and not accepted medications see: www.med-project.org/sf.
Pumpkin Patch on 3rd Street
Sunday, October 7th – Tuesday, October 31st
4101 3rd Street
This Saturday, a pumpkin patch is opening at 4101 3rd Street. The following week, All Good Pizza will be hosting another Fire Pit Project where Public Glass will be blowing glass pumpkins to be sold all week to benefit their capital fundraising efforts.
San Francisco Department of Public Health Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic
San Francisco County health officials urge everyone six months and older to get vaccinated early in the season.Protection against the flu is especially important for pregnant women, children younger than 5 years, adults 65 and older, and those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes. In addition to getting the flu shot, here are some other ways to protect yourself and your loved ones:
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue.
- If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitize.
- Stay home when you are sick.
For more information on SFDPH flu vaccinations, call 3-1-1 or visit www.sfcdcp.org/flu.
Civic Center Commons Free Block Party
Thursday, October 19th, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Civic Center Commons – UN Plaza, Civic Center Plaza, and Fulton St.
The Commons on 3rd Thursdays is a series of FREE family-friendly events held on the third Thursday evening of each month through October 2017. The event features live music on three stages, food trucks, over-21 beverages, and activities for all ages from 5pm to 9pm.
The event series grew out of the Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in these public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons”. Neighbors, community organizations and cultural institutions are working with City agencies and people who frequent these spaces to bring interactive art installations and play structures; more frequent activities and events; additional food and drink options; new stewardship approaches; and innovative workforce development partnerships.
To learn more about the event, visit www.commonsthursdays.com.
Saturday, October 15th (12:30pm) & Saturday, October 21st (12:00pm)
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park (Mansell St & John F. Shelly Dr)
A hidden gem in the middle of San Francisco’s second largest park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater hosts an eclectic group of performers each summer season. These performances surprise and delight neighbors in the know as well as anyone lucky enough to stumble upon the amphitheater while exploring McLaren Park.
In years past these events have each existed in their own universe, but this year those universes will intersect at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, the place where community and culture collide.
The last two events for the season are San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival on October 15 and McLaren Park Metal Music Festival on October 21.
Howard Zinn Book Fair – A Celebration of People’s History: Past, Present and Future
Sunday, November 19th, 10:00am-6:00pm
City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus
The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present and Future. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we reco gnize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small.
Go to www.howardzinnbookfair.com for details.
Just One Tree
WHERE ARE THE LEMONS? Just One Tree is a self-sufficiency project that aims to have 12,000 lemon trees growing in San Francisco-the number needed for each resident to have three pounds of lemons per year, our average consumption. The goal is to promote urban agriculture and show that a city can be sustainable in an edible crop. So far, Bayview has 89 and Potrero Hill has 77 registered lemon trees but we know there are more out there. Know of a lemon tree? Visit us at JustOneTree.org to register a tree, earn lemon perks and learn about planting events.
Free LED Light Bulb Giveaway for Qualifying City Residents
The San Francisco Department of the Environment is conducting a large-scale LED giveaway to benefit low-income, senior, and disabled residents. LED bulbs last years longer than older lighting, lower electricity bills and maintenance costs, and improve safety. They can be costly to purchase, but are available free with this initiative.
Contact Becca Raybin with questions regarding the giveaway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malia Cohen, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 279, San Francisco, CA 94102