President Cohen’s September 2018 Newsletter

President Malia Cohen’s


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

Malia 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 

 EDOT Bayview

India Basin Neighborhood Association 

Potrero Hill Boosters Neighborhood Association 

Potrero Hill Neighborhood Yahoo Group 

Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association 

Rebuild Potrero 

San Francisco 3-1-1 

San Francisco Bay View 

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation 

Southeast Community Facility Commission (SECFC)

Unite Potrero 

U.S. Navy HPNS 

Visitacion Valley Greenway 

Young Community Developers 

CalMod: Caltrain Electrification Project Overview

Electrification is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization (CalMod) Program and will electrify the corridor from San Francisco’s 4th and King Caltrain Station to the Tamien Caltrain Station. Electrification improvements include converting diesel-hauled trains to Electric Multiple Unit (EMU), increase service to six trains per peak hour per direction, and maintain operating speed up to 79 mph.

The purposes of CalMod is to improve system performance and curtail long-term environmental impacts by reducing noise, improving regional air quality, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Electrification improvements will better address commuters’ vision of increased service and improved travel times in an environmentally friendly and reliable way. These service improvements are also expected to help accommodate increased system ridership through improved system operations.

Caltrain Electrification construction activities are underway! Read the latest updates at

BMR Homeownership for District 10 Artists

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development currently has a Below Market Rate homeownership opportunity available specifically to an artist.

The unit has been posted on our website since Aug. 27, 2018 for an application period of 21 days. If by the end of the application deadline no artist applied, the unit will become available on a first-come, first-served basis until we find a qualified artist buyer.

Detailed information about the unit and buyer’s requirements can be found at

One City One Book: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

San Francisco Public Library is excited to announce that the 14th Annual One City One Book selection is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui.

In what Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child. Thi Bui documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves in America. The Best We Could Do is a haunting memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for a simpler past. As the child of a country and a war she can’t remember, Bui’s dreamlike artwork brings to life her journey to understanding her own identity in a way that only comics can.

Since the publication of the hardcover in March 2017, The Best We Could Do has made a place for itself in the graphic novel canon and has received 5 starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness. It was also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category and made it onto over thirty “Best of 2017” lists everywhere from the Washington Post to Entertainment Weekly. Thi Bui is a rising star in the comics and literary world, and her debut work is not to be missed.

Copies of The Best We Could Do are featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city.

Beginning October 2018, join book discussions, view themed exhibits, attend author talks and participate in many other One City One Book events. Check out the One City One Book website at

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

This September, the library is encouraging everyone to check out your neighborhood branch and see what you’ve been missing. Sign-up for a new library card or renew your existing card for a chance to win a pair of JetBlue tickets. More details at

With a free library card, you can download books and magazines; stream music and movies; borrow new vinyl records, best sellers, portable internet devices (MiFi), DVDs; attend free computer classes, sign up for a online high school diploma program, immigration legal aide, and much more. The sky’s the limit with a San Francisco library card!

National Library Card Sign-Up Month is sponsored by the American Library Association. The campaign started in 1987 as a response to then Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated, “Let’s have a campaign … Every child should obtain a library card and use it.” ALA’s theme this year is “The Incredibles” and we think the San Francisco Public Library is pretty incredible as the winner of the 2018 Library of the Year award.

There are ten San Francisco library card designs to choose from including Warriors’ cards! Anyone who lives in California and presents a valid photo ID at any of our 27 library locations or at our four bookmobiles is eligible for a new library card.

Full list of campaign terms of conditions and rules are available at or upon request at your local library branch.

Upcoming Events

District 10

Volunteers Needed for District 10 Cleanup Day

Saturday, September 15th, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Warm Water Cove (300 – 24th St)

Community Clean Team is San Francisco Public Works’ longest-running and largest volunteer program that keeps San Francisco beautiful through landscaping and gardening projects, graffiti removal and litter cleanup in our neighborhoods.

Register to volunteer at:

Family Movie Nights in the Park: Wonder

Sunday, September 16th, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Palou Phelps Mini Playground (Palou Ave At Phelps St)

The San Francisco

Recs and Park, in collaboration with BMAGIC & Parks 94124 leading the BVHP Park Collaborative, will host a community movie night for District 10 neighborhoods.

Free food & snacks provided, please bring blankets & lawn chairs. The first 50 families will receive a free blanket and water bottle! The film will start at 7:00 pm.

For more information, contact Mie,, or Tandia,


Vision Zero Action Strategy Coffee Chat / Tea Talk – District 9

Thursday, September 20th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Portola Family Connections (2565 San Bruno Ave)

The Vision Zero team wants to hear from you! Vision Zero is the city’s commitment to creating safe, more livable streets with the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and reducing severe injuries. Join us for a Coffee Chat / Tea Talk and share your ideas and priorities for safer streets in District 10!

3rd Annual Butchertown Jazz Festival

Sunday, October 14th, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Lane Stre

et (between Van Dyke and Underwood)

Once a year, the Merchants of Butchertown and EDOT, throw a street party on Lane, celebrating connections through food and music. Come enjoy flavors of the Bayview Hunters Point district, accompanied by sounds of the Bay Area.

We have three great groups this year, plus violinist Kippy Marks who will perform between sets. Our stage will be MC’d by local radio legend Greg Bridges of KCSM + KPFA.  And the best part? It is FREE and family friendly. Join us!

Visit for more details.



SF Public Works’ Love Our City Cleanup

Saturday, September 8th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

San Francisco needs you!

Join your neighbors on Saturday September 8, as we get swept up with civic pride and all do our part to keep our city clean. The ask is simple: LOVE OUR CITY! Grab a broom and dustpan, sweep the sidewalk in front of your home or business and pick up litter in your neighborhood. Together, we can make a meaningful, positive impact.

Join us at the kickoff at Mendell Plaza on Saturday, September 8 at 9:00 am. Other kickoff sites include St. Paul of the Shipwreck, Woods Yard Park (22nd and Indiana), and Leland Greenway at Peabody.

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it takes teamwork to keep it looking good. On September 8, we’ll make a community-wide push to improve our neighborhoods – with a goal of keeping the momentum going. Every day.

If you don’t have the tools you need to get the job done, Public Works does! You can get supplies during a LOVE OUR CITY event at a neighborhood kickoff location near you. Let us know you’re part of the team by registering on or call (415) 641-2600.

San Francisco Fleet Week

Monday, October 1st – Monday, October 8th

Save the date for San Francisco’s Fleet Week celebration, a Bay Area naval tradition honoring those who serve in our armed forces and facilitating disaster preparedness. Standard entry to the festival is free, but premium box seats, VIP flight deck club access, and private chalets are available for purchase at

Join Us for the 2nd Resilient Bayview Neighborfest!

Saturday, October 6th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bayview YMCA (Quesada Ave at Lane St)

The Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen and the members of Resilient Bayview invite you, your family and friends to a fun filled day of live music, free food, youth activities, safety trainings and a health fir. The event will feature:

  • Live Music (Gospel / Steel Drum / Navy Brass Band – Courtesy of FleetWeek)
  • Free Lunch
  • Big Shaker Earthquake Simulator – Courtesy of Earthquake Country Alliance
  • Free CPR  Training – Courtesy of CYC
  • Health Fair
  • And much more….

To learn more, please visit the Resilient Bayview Neighborfest website at Looking forward to seeing you!



SFMTA Offers Two Permits for Powered Scooter Pilot

After a thorough review of 12 applications and more than 800 pages of proposals received, the SFMTA will grant permits on October 15th to Scoot and Skip for participation in a one-year, powered scooter share pilot program.

The SFMTA’s decision is based on the strength of the proposals submitted by the two companies, combined with their experience of owning, operating and maintaining a shared mobility service in the public right-of-way. The agency looked for applications that prioritized the city’s concerns around safety, disabled access, equity and accountability.

The SFMTA has made public a variety of information and materials at If you have any questions regarding the program, contact Miriam Sorell,, or Ben Jose,

Healthcare Open Enrollment Begins October 15th

Open enrollment for healthcare coverage in 2019 is right around the corner, and understanding the different – and often times confusing – options is important for you and your loved ones.

Below is an overview of the healthcare plans available to San Franciscans for coverage in 2019. Please note the enrollment dates and plan accordingly. If you need assistance, contact at 1-800-318-2596 or Health for California at 1-877-752-4737. Please note that the information attached below is subject to change without notification

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Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Resources 

Homelessness-related matters are one of the most reported cases to SF 311. To better assist concerned residents, the department put together a guide to properly reporting cases.

Below are links to the appropriate resources for common reports:

If the person(s) is exhibiting behavior that is endangering themselves or the public, it is advised to make contact with the individual and call 9-1-1. If you are unsure whether medical care is necessary, dial 9-1-1. Please use your best judgement.