The GrowSF Report: Joel Engardio calls out Mar's lies in Supervisor race debate
PLUS: Dreamforce draws 40,000 attendees to SF
What You Need To Know
Here’s what happened around the city for the week of September 19, 2022:
- Joel Engardio calls out Mar’s lies in supervisor race debate
- Japantown Peace Plaza gets revitalization funds
- SFPD may access private security cameras, but only with permission
- Dreamforce draws 40,000 attendees to SF
- The ocean is coming for the Great Highway
Joel Engardio calls out Mar’s lies in Supervisor race debate
The San Francisco Standard hosted a District 4 Supervisor race debate between Joel Engardio and Gordon Mar on Thursday. Joel Engardio called out Mar for not supporting the recalls of the School Board and Chesa Boudin.
While District 4 voted around 80% in favor of the Board of Education recall, Gordon Mar vocally opposed the recalls. Mar consistently sides with radicals who oppose new housing and oppose making it easier for small businesses to open and operate. Gordon Mar is out of touch with his district.
Joel Engardio helped run the Board of Education recall and is a strong proponent of public safety, small businesses, personal property rights. That’s why GrowSF has endorsed Joel Engardio for Supervisor.
If you live in the Sunset, don’t forget to vote for Joel Engardio this November 8th.
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Japantown Peace Plaza gets revitalization funds
The state government has provided $6M to revitalize the Japantown peace plaza. The space has not been updated in two decades, the last time being in 2001. It is hoped the changes will bring more visitors (and vibrancy) to the Japantown district. We look forward to enjoying the new space!
SFPD can access private Security Cameras
Should private citizens have the right to give the SF Police Department access to their home security cameras? That question was up at the SF Board of Supervisors this week.
The Board passed a policy authorizing the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to temporarily monitor live video from privately-owned surveillance cameras without a warrant, but only in specific circumstances, and only when businesses or homeowners provide permission.
Under this policy, SFPD can request 24 hours of access to live surveillance in the following situations:
To respond to a life-threatening emergency
To decide how to deploy officers during a large event
To conduct a criminal investigation
The policy emerged as a compromise between Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Aaron Peskin. It’s important to note that the policy merely affirms the right of private citizens and businesses to share live video footage with SFPD. In addition, the policy is only authorized for 15 months, at the end of which the SF Board of Supervisors will need to take another vote if they want to revise or extend the policy.
Dreamforce draws 40,000 attendees to SF
Marc Benioff, Salesforce co-founder, kicked off the latest annual Dreamforce conference, the city’s biggest in 3 years. The sold-out event boasted 40k attendees, and brought some much needed energy to the city’s downtown core and SOMA neighborhoods.
Benioff was well aware of the importance of a successful Dreamforce to San Francisco’s recovery, he also highlighted the need to diversify downtown space, and especially to fill it with residential capacity to bring life back to the area.
GrowSF is thrilled to welcome Dreamforce back to San Francisco, and we hope more conferences and businesses return soon!
The ocean is coming for the Great Highway
Rising sea levels are causing coastlines to recede inland, eroding the Great Highway. City planners understood this risk, and came up with a plan in 2012 to address it. They were particularly concerned about the sewage infrastructure, which is at the edge of the ocean.
Unfortunately, a group is working to roll back this climate resilience plan through Proposition I. This effort not only flies in the face of the realities of climate change, it will also shut down the extremely popular JFK Promenade (the car-free space in Golden Gate Park which 70% of San Franciscans support) and shut down the weekend-only Great Highway Park.
Proposition I would undo all of the planning and implementation to shore up our sewage infrastructure and provide safe outdoor recreation space, and cost the city an additional $80 million. Vote NO on Proposition I to avoid this costly mistake.
Your Action Plan - Elections are Coming!
Now that you know what’s happening, help us shape what happens next:
Support Prop D to build Affordable Homes Now
If you want to see SF build more affordable homes, come learn about the Prop D: Affordable Homes Now ballot measure & why to vote YES on D! Register today.
Tuesday, September 27 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Manny’s, 3092 16th Street
Support Prop J to keep car free JFK promenade
Sign-up to join the Yes on J campaign and the Yes on D campaign for door knocking in Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, & Twin Peaks!
Saturday, October 1st - 10:00am-1:00pm
Noe Valley Courts, Douglass Street & 24th Street
District 8 Debate & Prop D Housing Conversation
RSVP for a double header at the Noe Valley Town Square. From 5-6pm, Noe Valley Dems President Carrie Barnes will moderate a debate between incumbent District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and challenger Kate Stoia.
From 6-7pm, the Chronicle's J.K. Dineen will host a conversation between the proponents of the dueling housing measures on the upcoming ballot. Todd David of the Housing Action Coalition will represent the Affordable Homes Now measure (Prop D), and Rudy Gonzalez of the SF Building Trades Council will be speaking on behalf of Homes for Families & Workers (Prop E).
Monday, October 3rd - 5:00pm-7:00pm
Noe Valley Town Square, 3861 24th Street
Celebrate San Francisco
There’s a lot to love about our city. Here’s what makes it great:
Rooftop garden on 1925 Ferry open to the public
The Klamath ferry has returned to San Francisco almost 100 years after it first started ferrying passengers across the bay. Now it houses the offices for the Bay Area Council and a cool rooftop deck open to the public. The SF Chronicle article show you how to find it and also gives great tips for finding other hidden public spaces along the Embarcadero.
Illuminate activates the JFK car free promenade
Illuminate is leading an ambitious activation of a mile-long stretch of JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park.
Temporary activations will include 12 large-scale street murals, live music on two stages every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a weekend beer garden, grand pianos in the middle of JFK, the addition of 100 golden Adirondack chairs, coffee kiosks, street games, culinary delights, storyboards, street performers, and more. Visitors to The Golden Mile Project will be immersed in a whimsical kaleidoscope of art, music, food, play, relaxation, and beauty.
If you love the JFK car free promenade, it is critical to vote YES on Prop J this November!
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JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park is lookin’ groovy thanks to Illuminate!