This remodeled park in the TL opened for just a few weeks, provided safe, healthy, stewarded play & respite. It is soul crushing that it will be required to close.

Meanwhile on blocks surrounding it, literally 100s of people are still congregating on sidewalks, mostly w/o masks.
Up the street on Larkin, we've had outdoor dining which this community fought for and everyone was told was safe. It has security, it's brought community, and safe dining. We struggled to convince people to come out. Now it'll have to close too maybe for good. It is very painful
I hope that everyone understands the need to take some greater protective measures, but the inequities in who carries the burdens, the inconsistencies, lack of economic support, especially with this order is hard.
The TL and SOMA have really experienced a huge burden here, as communities that already struggle with inequities, including poverty, homelessness, untreated drug addiction and mental illness, lack of space and safety on our streets, which have all been exacerbated.
I'm hopeful that these new health orders work, that they are grounded in research & science & get us through this quicker. But ultimately we have to step up for the communities and neighborhoods most impacted negatively, and share info more transparently.

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6 Dec
I stopped by our Tenderloin outdoor dining on Larkin to thank everyone for their hard work over last few months--there was a lot of resistance, doubt, skepticism initially. But people came together & made it happen.

TY @TLCBD @UrbanAlchemyUA TL Merchants & all the businesses
It may have been just a couple of blocks, but we also were able to demonstrate that the TL wants & deserves transformational street changes, that better utilize city streets for positive safe community and economic activity. I'm hopeful about what we can accomplish in the future
I'm disappointed that people were put in the position of relying on outdoor activities for months, encouraging them to make investments, to tell customers, friends, family that it was perfectly safe, only to turn around & prohibit it. Like everyone, I hope that this is over soon
Read 6 tweets
5 Dec
The CA state regional public health orders allow retail and malls to stay open at reduced capacity, but requires all outdoor playgrounds to close.

I am yet to hear a public health explanation for that, good or otherwise, & am very concerned about impact on families & kids.
I represent a dense district where many families live in small apartments, often far from larger city parks. Where can they go outside safely for the next month? Malls? Here in SF we've invested a lot into staffing at playgrounds, signage, making sure they can be used safely.
If there's a good explanation for this other than "that's what the state said," I believe families deserve it, along with real solutions. Families and kids have been hit especially hard--it has taken a huge toll on their emotional, physical, academic and mental well being.
Read 4 tweets
4 Dec
The 5 Bay Area county health officers just announced a shut down starting this Sunday.

SF, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara.

No more outdoor dining or fitness, only takeout, personal care services will close, essential retail must reduce capacity.
People are encouraged to stay home, unless essential, similar to the first shut down.

No meeting in person with people you don't live with, even if outdoors.

The goal is to ensure there are adequate ICU beds, as hospitalizations and cases have skyrocketed.
The restrictions will be in place until 1/4, so a month.
Read 8 tweets
3 Dec
To anyone who was wondering, I live on Hyde St in the Tenderloin. I walk around this neighborhood and D6 everyday. I go to All Star Donuts everyday. If you want to come say hello or go for a walk together, pull up anytime.
PS: I live here with my two kittens.
Open invitation to anyone who wants to meet for coffee, say hello to my kittens, and go on a walk together.
Read 6 tweets
10 Aug

A year ago, I stood w community against filthy streets & assaults on human dignity, fought for 24 hour bathrooms. There were ZERO in SF

Despite DPW opposition, I added $ into budget, we got our first 3 24 hr “pilot” bathrooms.…
It was clear they were an overwhelming success in the first 3 months at the 3 sites. Each were receiving 1000s monthly uses, saving city $ in cleaning costs, & providing for essential human right, human need. We immediately called for citywide expansion.…
When the pandemic hit in March, as cafes, restaurants, libraries etc closed their bathrooms, I immediately introduced legislation requiring public bathrooms to be at 1 per 50 people on the streets, plus all to be 24 hour bathrooms.…
Read 8 tweets
3 Jun
I cannot support an indefinite curfew in San Francisco. Such a curfew would include unprecedented restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, and peaceful protest. It will allow residents to be searched or arrested for simply being outside at 8:01pm for any reason.
This is one of the most broad, indefinite, expansive curfews of any City. We are one of the few cities that has issued an indefinite curfew. This curfew bans anyone from being outside between 8p-5am, with few exceptions. There's no free speech exception, or "peaceful" exception.
This is largely unprecedented in San Francisco.
It has been decades since anything like this has been imposed in our city, if ever. I have not seen any evidence demonstrating an indefinite threat that justifies such indefinite restrictions on the rights of residents.
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