Our legislation to keep SIP hotels open passed out of Committee tonight.

With COVID-19 cases spiking, cold coming, shelters mostly closed, lack of housing placements available, FEMA reimbursing most of cost--its common sense to keep hotels open for health, safety, humanity.
Thanks to the many people who called in, organized, including the SIP residents, operators, providers, workers.
The legislation passed 2-1. It'll take more work to get a veto-proof majority to pass it at the Board next week.
The Shelter in Place hotels have been one of the most successful, effective, and cost effective programs we have had as part of the COVID-19 response. It's reckless and non-sensical to shut them down, will absolutely lead to more people on the streets during this plague.

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13 Dec
SF's health order has been changed to now allow people to interact outdoors with 1 person from another household to:

- Take a walk
- Hang out at the park
- Play low-contact sports like golf, tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball

This is a change.

In-person dating is no longer banned in San Francisco.

But you can only date outdoors and no double dates.
And wear a mask. No kissing.
Read 12 tweets
10 Dec
Today I am having another hearing--demanding urgency, a bigger coordinated comprehensive plan from city departments, accountability, for the most deadly epidemic impacting SF residents right now--the drug overdose epidemic

It's at PSNS committee, we expect it to be heard at 11am
Over 550 people have died of drug overdose thru Oct of this year. That's nearly 2 a day. Most of them had fentanyl in their system. That's nearly triple the number of 2 years ago. Tragic, preventable, horrific.
The brutality of it is so clear for everyone to see. There are people who are working tirelessly to save lives. But what we are doing is not enough right now, it is inadequate on all fronts. And it is only going to keep getting worse unless we have bigger and better responses.
Read 5 tweets
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
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.
Read 5 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.
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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.
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