New Workshop added: Business credit basics



In this DIY workshop, you’ll learn how to Build, & Maintain Excellent BUSINESS Credit!

Topics covered include:

  • Business Credit Defined
  • Benefits of Business Credit
  • Business Credit vs Personal Credit
  • Business Credit Scoring Model
  • Steps to Building Business Credit
  • Business “Bona Fides”
  • Business Credit Reports
  • Vendor Accounts
  • Revolving Accounts
  • More Ways to Build
  • Business Credit & Funding Suite Program

Date: May 24, 2018

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Financial Empowerment Center

4439 3rd Street @ La Salle

San Francisco, CA 94124


SFHDC | 4439 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

Supervisor Cohen’s May 2018 Newsletter

Supervisor Malia Cohen’s


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

Supervisor Cohen


Keep in touch: 

(415) 554-7670




Asian Pacific American Community Center

San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society 

Bayview Footprints 

Bayview Magic

Bayview Merchants Association 

Bayview Opera House

Bayview Police Station Public Safety Updates

Bayview Residents Improving Their Environment (BRITE) 

D10 Watch

India Basin Neighborhood Association

Ingleside Police Station

Potrero Hill Boosters Neighborhood Association

Potrero Hill Neighborhood Yahoo Group

Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association

Rebuild Potrero 

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation

Southeast Community Facility Commission (SECFC)

Unite Potrero

Visitacion Valley Greenway

Young Community Developers

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

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

Dogpatch Parking Plan

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:

Services to Assist Applicants seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Services to Obtain Other Immigration

Services to Assist Applicants seeking Naturalization

Legal Training and Technical Assistance Services

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

Saturday, May 19th – Sunday, August 19th

San Francisco Public Library 

SFPL Summer Stride 2018

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

Saturday, 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 thro

ugh 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

Do 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.

Courtesy: Wit Dot Media

This is how it works:

Find the block of your parked car

Check the street sweeping signs

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

The 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.

May News: Member Party, Vote Yes on 68 & Biggest Plant Sale of the Year!

Member Party, Vote Yes on 68 & Biggest Plant Sale of the Year

Member Party in the Garden this Sunday!


Get outside with the Parks Alliance on Sunday, May 6th to celebrate our first Member Party at Garden for the Environment! Enjoy pizza from the garden’s wood-fired oven, beverages, and live music with fellow park lovers at this wonderful space.

Special thanks to our event partners, Garden for the Environment and Fort Point Beer!

This event is free to all members. If you’re not a member, you can sign up at the event check out. 

RSVP here.

Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Garden For the Environment, 1590 7th Ave.

Vote Yes on Prop 68


The Parks Alliance proudly supports Yes on 68! This June California will vote on a state bond to upgrade parks and make sure the state’s water supply is clean. This includes $1 billion for local and state parks, with $725 million going to local parks in the highest need neighborhoods.

It has been 15 years since California has passed a bond to provide funds for parks, water, and natural areas. Vote yes to ensure every child in California has safe and accessible places to play. It’s a no-brainer!

Find more info on #YesOn68 at

Annual Plant Sale at SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park!


The Bay Area’s largest plant sale is coming back to San Francisco for its 51st year in operation this Saturday, May 5. With over 20,000 plants for sale including 2,500 different species, the Botanical Garden’s Annual Sale boasts the largest selection of plants available for purchase to the public.

This sale has it all—succulents, edibles, native plants, alpines, rhododendrons, ferns, perennials, houseplants, shrubs, trees, and more. In addition to plants, peruse the largest sale of used gardening books in Northern California!

Entrance is free! Find more info here.

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave.


The Temescal String Quartert returns in concert! Music will include Beethoven Opus 18 #1, Stravinsky 3 pieces, Brahms #3, and possibly a surprise.This will be a wonderful way to start the weekend, and admission is free!

Concert co-sponsored by the Friends of Sunnyside Conservatory and the SF Recreation and Park Department.

Find more information here.

Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 6;45 p.m
Location: Sunnyside Conservatory, 236 Monterey Blvd.

Note from Drew

The Parks Alliance launched its first annual Partner Conference on April 14th at the City Club of San Francisco, bringing together 96 representatives from our fiscally sponsored Partners and community members from across the city. This was an awesome gathering to connect and share information with San Francisco’s community leaders who are making a huge difference in our parks, open spaces, community gardens and plazas. We’re excited for next year and look forward to your input on future panels, speakers and themes!


Drew Becher
Chief Executive Officer

1663 Mission St. Suite 320, San Francisco CA, 94103 | Tel: 415.621.3260
San Francisco Parks Alliance © 2018 All rights reserved.

Community Alert: Save the Date: Family Empowerment Summit #6 on May 10th

Join the Western Addition Wellness Coalition for:

Family Empowerment Summit #6, May 10, 2018


Mindfulness Meditation Sessions: Free Every Tuesdays

7:00 pm; St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyon


With regular mindfulness meditation practice, there are well-documented benefits to mental and physical health and spiritual well-being, including relief from symptoms of stress and a greater capacity be compassionate. When making time to practice in a safe and quiet place, being still, and turning attention inward, the mind can more easily become aware of present moment experience. This is where habitual patterns of thinking and behavior can be noticed, presenting an opportunity for change in ways that may improve one’s health and promote peace for oneself and for the world. The meditation will be led by Mary Costello who practices meditation with the Insight and Zen communities in San Francisco. She has a graduate degree in Integrative Health and professional training in both Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and in mindfulness facilitation. There are free, weekly, 30-minute meditation sessions. Each will begin with a 10-minute guided meditation, followed by a 20-minute silent meditation.

The Village Project, 2097 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94115