“Join the Team. Keep SF Clean.” The message came across loud and clear as more than 500 Francisco Middle School students excitedly chanted the slogan to launch the second year of the City’s Giant Sweep anti-litter campaign.
The Feb. 7 rally got off to a rousing start with a lion dance to welcome in the Year of the Horse for the Lunar New Year. Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisors David Chiu, Scott Wiener and Katy Tang, City Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, City Administrator Naomi Kelly, San Francisco Giants Sr. Vice Jack Bair and representatives from Public Works, the Department of the Environment, the Fire Department and the Recreation and Park Department joined the festivities.
Giant Sweep mascot Sweepy also showed up to the delight of the middle-schoolers.We want to extend a big shout-out to Francisco Middle School Principal Ken Lee for hosting the event, and to his faculty, support staff and student body for getting into the Giant Sweep spirit and taking the Giant Sweep pledge, promising to help keep San Francisco’s sidewalks, buses and parks free of litter and graffiti. Working with our young people to take civic pride in San Francisco is a key tenet of Giant Sweep.
There are a lot of great Giant Sweep activities and contests on tap for 2014. We will be giving away iPad minis, Major League baseballs signed by Giants ace outfielder Hunter Pence, an electric bike, Giants tickets and other great prizes to say thank you for joining the team. Learn more about Giant Sweep at www.sfgiantsweep.com.
On January 24th, 2014 hundreds of San Francisco’s residents and community leaders joined together in the rotunda of City Hall to celebrate the 6th Annual NEN Awards. Representing public work and service from Best Graffiti Watch Volunteer to Outstanding Parks Volunteer Group, the stories and projects led by some of the City’s most engaged and dedicated individuals lend to the ever growing sense of community and opportunity in San Francisco.
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Joel and Mary McClure, project leaders for the Bridgeview Garden, got the event planning in motion weeks earlier, along with Vidal Perez who did most of the work on the stunning garden entryway. Vidal supplied music for the event, and brought a hearty soup to go with fresh local fruits and a sweet potato pie from the kitchen of Quesada Gardens Co-Founder Corine Pettus.
Under blue skies and overlooking a skyline that puts the “view” in Bayview, Alejandro Murguia delivered a poem written for the occasion. Alejandro and his partner Magaly Fernandez have been supporters of the Quesada Gardens Initiative and the showcase Bridgeview project for years, and live across the street from the garden.
Alejandro is not only a neighbor, but also a National Book Award-winner and San Francisco’s Poet Laureate. In his poem, palm trees tip their hats as Bayview’s past, present and future swirl about them.
The event also served as a celebration of the accomplishments of a group of service-learning students from University of San Francisco. Over the past several months, these young people have done gardening in several gardens, staffed five community events, and installed a new sign in the Quesada Garden.
Robyn Brault and Anthony Terrazas shared moving reflections about their experience with Quesada Gardens. Anthony introduced his mother to the group, and read an essay about his family’s immigrant journey and his own personal part of it.
See Anthony’s moving reflection online now. “[Quesada Gardens] offers community members the opportunity to not only define and create their physical surroundings, but to cultivate a place where one is capable of developing his or her abilities and exercise his or her capacities.”
Serenity, who won a national youth gardening award at Quesada Gardens GRO1000 event last year, shared her essay about the Bridgeview Garden where she and brother Legend and mom Quay Markham have connected with their neighbors.
“In my neighborhood garden we are planting food for everyone in our community….”
Many student stars contributed to Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in recent months. One student group reported: “Now we’ve become the voices that will carry the positive image of the Bayview Community.”
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the dates for community engagement events to get the public more involved in the City’s budget process and hear from residents about their budget priorities to build a balanced two-year budget for San Francisco. Mayor Lee will co-host District-based Budget Town Halls with members of the Board of Supervisors and provide other forums to hear from San Franciscans about their budget priorities and ideas.
“We are excited to hear directly from our residents about their top priorities on issues that matter the most to them,” said Mayor Lee. “We must craft a balanced budget that keeps our City on a steady course of continued fiscal stability, stimulate the local economy, create good jobs, invest in key capital and infrastructure improvements, as well as address long term challenges identified in the proposed Five Year Financial Plan and ensure that San Franciscans can access City services they need.”
As part of this year’s budget process, Mayor Lee will meet with the Board of Supervisors, community-based organizations and advocacy groups, neighborhoodand business leaders, labor representatives, representatives of City Commissions and Department Heads to discuss budget priorities and innovative cost savings ideas.
The six District Based Budget Town Halls will be spread around the City at various community venues. For more information and updates on this year’s Budget Town Halls, go to: www.sfmayor.org/budget.
Schedule of Budget Town Halls with Mayor & District Supervisors
Districts 1 & 4 with Supervisors Eric Mar & Katy Tang
Saturday, April 20, 2013 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
George Washington High School, 600 32nd Avenue
Districts 10 & 11 with Supervisors Malia Cohen & John Avalos
Monday, April 22, 2013 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
Southeast Community Facility, 1800 Oakdale Avenue
Districts 8 & 9 with Supervisors Scott Wiener & David Campos
Saturday, May 4, 2013 (9 – 10:30 a.m.)
Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 825 Shotwell Street
Districts 4 & 7 with Supervisors Katy Tang & Norman Yee
Saturday, May 11, 2013 (10 – 11:30 a.m.)
Districts 5 & 6 with Supervisors London Breed & Jane Kim
Monday, May 13, 2013 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street
Districts 2 & 3 with Supervisors Mark Farrell & David Chiu
A short conversation about the importance of San Franciscans ability to stay safe in their homes after an earthquake during repairs and how this can contribute to the resiliency and speedy re-building of San Francisco. This is episode 1 of 10 episodes which illustrate easy steps to take before an earthquake to stay safe in your home after a major earthquake.