Supervisor Cohen’s May 2018 Newsletter

Supervisor Malia Cohen’s


Keeping San Francisco’s District 10 affordable, working, healthy, and safe!

Key Information for June 5th Election

May 7 – First day of voting at the Elections Department in City Hall. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Voting is also available on the weekends of May 26-27th and June 2-3rd. The Center is closed on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28th).

May 21 – Deadline to Register/Re-Register to Vote for the June election. Forms must be mailed (postmarked by this date), submitted online, or delivered to the San Francisco Department of Elections by this date. Contact a member of my staff or the Department of Elections for assistance.

June 5 – Polling places, the City Hall Voting Center, and Vote-by-Mail ballot drop-off stations are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Search the Department’s online database at to find your polling location.

8:00 p.m. – Polling locations close/Deadline for all ballots – including Personal Delivery of Vote-by-Mail Ballots and Faxed Ballots from Military/Overseas Voters.


California Voter Bill of Rights

Voter Information Pamplet – If you did not receive a Voter Information Pamphlet & Sample Ballot via mail, visit to download an electronic copy.

If you have any questions regarding the election, the department is available weekdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at (415) 554-4375 or

SFMTA Board Approves Dogpatch Parking Project


Dogpatch Parking Plan

On April 17, the SFMTA Board voted unanimously in favor of the Dogpatch 

Parking Management Plan. The Board was gratified to see a lot of support at the hearing from Dogpatch residents, businesses, and other stakeholders, which doesn’t always happen wit h new parking regulations.

With more building developments and commerce in the area, parking spots are already scarce during the day – and bigger developments are on the horizon. As activity in Dogpatch grows, on-street parking regulations must be updated to help ensure that parking spaces can be used efficiently and made available for those who need them most. When parking spaces are left unregulated despite high demand, they tend to stay occupied, which leaves drivers circling for a spot. That adds to traffic congestion and transit delays, and it makes streets less safe and pleasant for people who live in, work in and visit the neighborhood.

The agency estimates the signs and meters will start being installed in late summer.

Free Legal Assistance for Immigration & Low-Income


The California Department of Social Services and the State Bar of California funds qualified nonprofit organizations to provide services to immigrants who reside in the state of California. Immigration services include the following five service categories:

  1. Services to Assist Applicants seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  2. Services to Obtain Other Immigration
  3. Services to Assist Applicants seeking Naturalization
  4. Legal Training and Technical Assistance Services
  5. Education and Outreach Activities

Use to obtain a list of local nonprofit agencies. People residing outside California can use Administrative Relief to find assistance.


The Legal Services Trust Fund Program of The State Bar of California administers three funds: Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA), the state Equal Access Fund (EAF) and the Justice Gap Fund. Eligible nonprofit organizations provide free civil legal services to low-income Californians, provided by licensed attorneys or other supervised by licensed attorneys. Visit for a list of nonprofit groups.

Note: Do not seek legal aide from solicitors or people not authorized to practice law.

Summer Stride at the Library


SFPL Summer Stride 2018

Saturday, May 19th – Sunday, August 19th

San Francisco Public Library

SFPL is bringing back its popular Summer Stride program, which features more than 1,000 free events for people of all ages, including free shuttle rides from libraries to local national parks, nature walks and hundreds of STEM-based programs. Learn about raffle prizes, reading incentives and view the Stride Guide at

SFUSD Students: Looking for more things to do during the summer?

In conjunction, SFUSD and SFPL librarians produced a list of fun, engaging books to keep you reading all summer long. Speak with your local library if you need accommodations (e.g. large print, eBook, audiobook, translation).

Rising 8th to 12th graders are encouraged to join Summer Squad, a teen volunteer opportunity which provides support to the Stride program.

Upcoming Events

District 10

FREE: San Francisco Exploratorium on Mother’s Day 

Sunday, May 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)

Happy Mother’s Day! All mothers-and especially Mamás latinas-and their families are invited to a day of fun at the Exploratorium.

To honor this special day, we offer bilingual programming for moms. Enjoy fabulous performances of folklórico dances and a mariachi concert serenading mothers, and make paper flowers as gifts.

Pay-what-you-wish on Community Days, when museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. We don’t accept group or field trip reservations; group entry is discouraged due to large crowds. Public transportation is encouraged.

Exhibit Schedule:

Noon, 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m. Making Paper Flowers with Irma Ortiz
1:00 p.m. Cuicacalli and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión
3:30 p.m. Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano

Pancakes in the Park by Help McLaren Park

4Saturday, May 19th, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Louis Sutter Clubhouse, McLaren Park
The Help McLaren Park group’s mission is to attract more park users for San Francisco’s McLaren Park from all walks of life through beautification, restoration, repair and most importantly, safety for all while enjoying the peaceful and natural surroundings within the park.

Our group hosts one fundraiser a year, and this year we hope to raise enough funds to add swings and a sand element at the new playground. Please mark your calendars and spread the word.


SFPL’s Connect with Tech Week

Monday, May 7th – Friday, May 12


San Francisco still has a digital divide! It’s time to get connected. Attend free classes (Connect with Tech program guide PDF), a tech expo and engaging panel discussions to help build your skills and take the next step into the world of tech. During May 7-12, tech training programs (Connect with Tech program guide PDF)(ranging from basic computer skills to beginning coding classes) are offered throughout the Library system and partnering locations. Library staff, tech workers and industry professionals are on hand to help bridge the digital divide and improve your quality of life.

View the Connect with Tech program guide (PDF) or visit for more information.

San Francisco’s Annual Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 10th


This is San Francisco’s biggest day of the year to show City leaders and the country that SF bikes. Take the pledge to join us on Bike to Work Day and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a SF Bicycle Coalition hoodie.Take the Bike to Work Day pledge at!

FREE: GLBT History Museum Day on Harvey Milk Day

Tuesday, May 22nd, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

GLBT History Museum (4127 18th St)

The State of California annually marks Harvey Milk’s birthday, May 22, as a statewide day of significance. The GLBT History Museum will honor the occasion this year by offering free admission to all visitors throughout the day.


Courtesy SF Examiner Archives

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the first in the United States. He served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for 11 months before he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot to death on November 27, 1978, by Dan White, a former board colleague of Milk’s. The GLBT History Museum commemorates Harvey Milk on an ongoing basis in a number of ways.

“Queer Past Becomes Present,” the long-term exhibition in the museum’s Main Gallery, includes a display on Milk’s life and death. Among the historical objects exhibited are a “Harvey Milk for Supervisor” t-shirt from Milk’s own wardrobe, as well as the suit he was wearing at the moment he was assassinated. Visitors also can hear Milk’s voice in the political will he recorded just days before his death.

In addition, the museum shop offers a reproduction of a t-shirt produced by the committee that raised funds to defend protesters arrested during the White Night Riot, an uprising that took place at San Francisco City Hall in 1979 after a jury found Dan White guilty of manslaughter instead of murder in the killings of Milk and Moscone. Also available are reproductions of Milk’s 1977 campaign t-shirt, as well as postcards of photographs of Milk.

Reserve your free ticket at For more information on the museum, go to

San Francisco’s Camp Congress for Girls

Saturday, June 9th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Residence Inn SFO/Oyster Point (1350 Veterans Blvd, SSF)

Camp Congress for Girls San Francisco 2018 is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 10 to 15 to politics. Camp begins with a lesson on the structure of our political system. Each girl will choose to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign marketing materials and a political ad. All campers will register to vote and then vote in an election. Once elected to Congress and sworn in, the newly installed members of Congress will learn how to introduce a bill, debate the merits of the bill, lobby fellow legislators, collaborate with the Executive branch and finally vote on the proposed bill. Camp will culminate with a ceremonial signing of the bill by our Ms. President.

Girl Scouts participating in Camp Congress for Girls will receive a Citizen Legacy badge upon completion of the program. The general camp fee is $160, the Girl Scout registration fee is $160, the military family registration fee is $120 and the group registration fee is $120 per ticket for any ticket purchase of 5 or more. The registration fee includes program materials and lunch, and no refunds will be given for registration fees unless the organizer cancels the session. For additional information, visit or our Eventbrite page.


Sweep Alarm

7Do you forget to move your car before street sweeping? Get notified on the upcoming street cleaning in San Francisco in 3 easy steps. No internet connection required.

This is how it works:

  1. Find the block of your parked car
  2. Check the street sweeping signs
  3. Select ‘Set Alarm’

You will be notified at different times before the street cleaning so you won’t forget to move your car. You can use the quick message feature to let some else know where you’ve parked your car and when it should be moved.

Get Sweep App on your phone from the App Store and Google Play.

311 Mobile

8The official SF311 app for residents and visitors to San Francisco allows users to quickly and easily report quality of life issues by sending pictures, a brief description, and a map based location.

Whether reporting issues such as graffiti, potholes, or street cleaning, the app will route requests directly to the appropriate servicing agency for quicker response time. The user can view the status of the case in the app and receive a notification of its completion.

Download SF311 free from the App Store and Google Play.

Supervisor Malia Cohen, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102