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Dear <<First Name>>,

It's been almost a year since I took office, and my team and I have been hard at work tackling the District's biggest challenges: safety, cleanliness, affordability and homelessness. Stay connected with our office on Facebook or email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org.

 

Overhauling our Mental Health Care System
For the past 7 months, Supervisor Hillary Ronen and I, along with a coalition of nurses, doctors, social workers, unions, community organizations, Assemblymember Phil Ting, hundreds of supporters, and our incredible staff, have been fighting for Mental Health SF to fix our broken, disjointed, inaccessible system of mental health care and substance use treatment.

Earlier this month, after countless meetings and negotiations, Mayor Breed and the Department of Public Health endorsed Mental Health SF. Both of the measures that were filed for March will be withdrawn--and Mental Health SF will pass through the Board of Supervisor and signed into law!

Mental Health SF is the bold vision, drafted with and by frontline workers, to fix our system. We are done with the incrementalism and tinkering. The system needs to be revamped and reorganized. We need a 24/7 Mental Health Services Center, where anyone could go for care. We need intensive case management and an office of care coordination, so that people don't fall through the cracks. We need a street response team, so that the first responders to mental health crises are not the police.

Mental Health SF will make San Francisco the first city in the country to provide universal access to coordinated mental health care and substance use treatment. If you are homeless, uninsured, and diagnosed with a serious mental illness or substance use disorder, Mental Health SF will ensure that you get the medical treatment you need, and if you are insured but not getting the care you are entitled to, the city will help advocate on your behalf.

We are not done yet. I will not stop fighting until Mental Health SF is fully implemented, funded, and effectively gets people off the streets and into treatment. There is so much work left to do. But this framework and vision will give us a path forward, thank you!
 
Housing for SF Workers and Families
Our housing crisis has been fueled by the city's failure to pay for critical affordable housing—which has led to low and middle income workers and families leaving the city at alarming rates. We have the worst ratio of jobs to housing in the Bay Area, the highest cost of housing nationally, and an out of control homelessness crisis. 

That’s why for the past 6 months, I have fought alongside the labor community, affordable housing advocates like CCHO, community organizations like Jobs with Justice and SOMCAN, and community members to pass the “Housing for SF Workers” legislation that raises a 20-year-old “Jobs-Housing Linkage” impact fee that new, large scale office developments pay to mitigate the housing needs they create.

The legislation was passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors and will create nearly $400 million in funding for approximately 1,000 new units of housing for low-to-middle income workers, 715 units for people experiencing homelessness, and acquisition of 150 units at risk of losing affordability over the next 7 years alone. Thank you to everyone who showed up for rallies and public comment, sent letters of support, and supported this legislation along the way! 

In other affordable housing news, the measure I sponsored with Supervisors Fewer, Peskin, and Walton, the SF teachers union and city college faculty unions (United Educators of SF and AFT2121), and non-profit affordable housing developers—the Affordable Homes for Educators and Families NOW Initiative on the November Ballot— passed earlier this month!

Paired with the $600M affordable housing bond, this groundbreaking measure is the most comprehensive housing package our city has seen in recent years. With the measure in place: we will streamline and approve educator housing and affordable housing within a strict timeline all across the City!
 
Taking Emergency Action on the Drug Crisis
The open-air drug use and overdose deaths in our city are absolutely devastating, and are increasing at a terrifying rate. It is the most deadly public health and safety crisis facing our city, and people in our downtown neighborhoods like the TL and SOMA are feeling the impacts.  But the response from city departments and the Mayor has mostly been business as usual.  

For months, I have not only been requesting a plan, but also updated data on overdose deaths and causes from the Department of Public Health and the Chief Medical Examiner. They have been either unwilling or unable to respond with the information.  

So last month I introduced legislation declaring a Public Health Crisis that requires DPH to present a comprehensive emergency plan to:
  1. improve street level crisis response to address people who are using drugs, in psychosis, or overdosing;
  2. increase access to Narcan;
  3. expand street outreach;
  4. provide regular reporting of overdoses and overdose deaths;
  5. increase support to frontline emergency responders and public safety personnel;
  6. identify and establish emergency detox and drop-in facilities;
  7. request additional support from local, state and federal sources; and
  8. coordinate efforts to stop the flow of deadly drugs into the Tenderloin and SOMA. 
An emergency response will save lives, and must address the devastation in our neighborhoods resulting from this drug crisis. 

And while we work to transition people who need it into treatment and detox services, we’re also gearing up to launch our “Street Level Drug Dealing Task Force” in early 2020.  

In response to the City’s lack of any comprehensive plan to meaningfully address street level drug dealing and the deadly drug use epidemic, I introduced legislation to create the City's first "Street Level Drug Dealing Task Force"--and it passed unanimously at the Board of Supervisors.
                                                          
Comprised of experts, city departments, and those directly impacted by drug dealing--and all appointed by the Board of Supervisors--the task force will identify and implement immediate evidence-based solutions to tackle the problem. We also secured funding in the city budget to fund the operation of the Task Force. 
Opening an Overdose Prevention Site
While we wait for an emergency plan from the Department of Public Health, we’re also taking immediate action: 

Last month, a federal court ruled that Overdose Prevention Sites, also known as Safe Injection Sites, do not violate federal drug laws--a huge win!! SF was prevented from opening a site in 2017 because of potential threats from the federal government.  

We are exploring every single option available to to open an Overdose Prevention Site in our city. Approximately 100 of these live-saving facilities are operating in over 65 cities around the world, and it’s time for San Francisco to take the lead in the US. I have prepared legislation to open a site here in San Francisco, and am working with the Mayor and a coalition of providers to prepare for the next steps. 
Protecting Renters from Eviction
Source: Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Under San Francisco’s eviction protection portion of the Rent Ordinance, a landlord can only evict for one of 16 reasons – called just causes.  The landlord cannot perform an eviction for arbitrary reasons, and can only evict with a just cause like nonpayment of rent or illegal use of the unit. It’s a protection that has kept many renters in their homes in San Francisco. However, these eviction controls currently apply only to apartment buildings built before 1979 with two or more units, with some exceptions. 

There are thousands of units who are not granted the same protections--simply because they are in a building that was built after 1979. It’s arbitrary and wrong, and we’re going to change it.  

Last month, we introduced legislation to expand Just Cause protections to buildings built after 1979. This is estimated to bring an additional 35,000 units under eviction control. 

According to the Planning Department, 15% of respondents who are renters reported having been threatened with eviction in the previous 5 years, roughly half of which were for cause and half were no fault. And in the 2017 San Francisco Homeless Count, eviction accounted for 12% of responses. No one should have to live in fear of an arbitrary eviction, and I encourage you to show up on December 2nd at the Rules Committee to show your support for this critical legislation! 
Taking Bold Action on Vision Zero to Protect Pedestrians and Cyclists
District 6 has some of the most dangerous streets in the whole city, and because of it people are living in fear of being injured or killed by cars while going about their daily business. In partnership with WalkSF and Board President Yee, I called for a Traffic Safety State of Emergency to demand more life-saving changes immediately--and it was passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors. 

The declaration calls for SFMTA, SFPD and all relevant city agencies to take emergency action to: 
  • Double the number of red light cameras on the High Injury Network (there are currently less than 20 citywide!)
  • Expand Parking Control Officer Enforcement to reduce dangerous behaviors
  • Increase enforcement by SFPD to focus on the most dangerous vehicle violations
  • Immediately identify solutions to lower speed limits and observed speeds to 25 mph or the lowest legal limit on the High Injury Network 
  • Immediately begin planning pedestrianized ("car-free") blocks in the Tenderloin
We also held a hearing on the SFPD and SFMTA’s enforcement efforts, which are not keeping pace with the expansion of cars and people on our roads--and are advocating for better reporting, and more accountability for drivers committing the most dangerous traffic violations. 
 
Other Exciting Updates!
  • We’re naming a street after the late Jeff Adachi! In 2020, a small stretch of Gilbert St. across from the Hall of Justice will be renamed “Jeff Adachi Way” for the former Public Defender, who fearlessly led the Public Defender’s office for 17 years. 
  • Federal Plaza has been plagued by overwhelming substance use and drug-dealing for years, and last week we called on the federal government, SFPD, the Mayor, Department of Public Health and other stakeholders to take immediate action to make the plaza more safe for everyone.  
  • When the new Treasure Island toll goes into effect in 2021, current residents on the Island will be exempt from the charge thanks to a decision made this week at the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency. 
  • Treasure Island residents who moved in after 2011 and are income-qualified will now be granted priority in affordable housing when the new development (which will turn the Island into a brand new 8,000 unit neighborhood) is built--allaying some resident fears that they would be displaced. 
  • We celebrated the long-awaited opening of the Mission Bay Dog Park at a “Howl-O-Ween” Party last month. It was great to see one of our top neighborhood priorities come to life! 
  • Thanks to a new policy we fought for with homeless service providers, homeless individuals who are pregnant will now be eligible for family services and housing (they previously had to wait until they were 5 months pregnant!) so they can get off the streets and into a stable environment. 
Upcoming D6 Office Events
  • 12/4 SOMA Constituent Response Meeting, 5:30-6:30PM at the Bayanihan House (88 6th St)
  • 12/11 D6 Pedestrian and Bike Safety Open House, 6-8PM at Bessie Carmichael Elementary (375 5th St)
  • 12/16 South Beach/Rincon Hill Constituent Response Meeting, 6-7PM at the South Beach Harbor Community Room (Pier 40A)
  • 12/17 D6 Holiday Party, 6-8PM at PianoFight (144 Taylor St)
Community News
Chase Center
  • Every month, the Chase Center will send an update about upcoming events, street closures, and more. Get your updates hereNearby residents can also call the dedicated neighborhood hotline at (415) 496-0820 for concerns or questions related to activities occurring during events. 
SFMTA Project Updates
  • Dozens of projects are underway in District 6 to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and to make it easier to travel on pubic transit. Want an update on a project near you? Use this search tool and find the right contact person. Or feel free to email haneystaff@sfgov.org and we'll get you connected. 
  • The 3rd St Bridge will be under construction through December with with intermittent closures. Find closure dates and more updates on the project page. 
As always, you can contact our office at haneystaff@sfgov.org with your questions and concerns. 

Thanks! 
Matt & the D6 Team

 
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney

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