July 2016 Newsletter
With the Assembly back in our respective districts in July, I've been able to spend time in San Francisco working with community members on a wide range of issues and projects. We came together to promote crucial data collection to improve health outcomes in the LGBT community. We've celebrated the renovations of the Bayview Opera House - a city treasure. And on a somber note, I joined many San Franciscans to reflect on - and stand against - the terrible violence that has afflicted our nation this summer.
Looking ahead, August is the last month of the 2015-16 legislative session - and thus the busiest time of the year in Sacramento. Hundreds of bills will move to the Governor's desk, while some will have to wait until next year. In addition to pushing to make my bills law (more on them below), I will continue to fight for funding for affordable housing - a crucial lingering challenge after the overall budget was passed in June.
Please be in touch with my District Office if there are issues we can help with - and I look forward to seeing you at one of our events or office hours.
In this newsletter:
- August Policy Priorities
- 2016 Veteran of the Year
- Bayview Opera House Reborn
- Upcoming Events
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
August Policy Priorities as Session Ends
As the two-year legislative session concludes in August, housing remains my top policy priority. In addition to the ongoing fight for funding to address the housing affordability crisis impacting San Francisco and our entire state, I have six housing bills that hopefully will become law. Together, these bills (AB 2817 - 2822) would create thousands of affordable housing units, encourage community land trusts as an innovative model of housing ownership, keep tenants from being unfairly blacklisted by property owners, prevent rent gouging after emergencies, test the idea of using healthcare funding to provide housing assistance for homeless individuals, and provide emergency financial assistance to community college students in danger of homelessness.
I will also continue to push my other bills forward that would make sure tour buses are safe, protect LGBT parental rights, ensure accountability for the testing of sexual evidence assault kits, increase student voter registration, expand access to healthy nail salons, eliminate current anti-immigrant provisions in state law, and move forward the Mission Rock project.
It's going to be a busy month.
Honoring Master Sergeant Eduardo Ramirez as 2016 Veteran of the Year
Congratulations to United States Air Force veteran and Bernal Heights resident Eduardo "Eddie" Ramirez, who is the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 17th Assembly District! Eddie served in the Air Force for over 20 years and retired as a Master Sergeant.
Eddie has remained committed to serving his fellow veterans in San Francisco as the founder and CEO of OneVet OneVoice, an organization that refers veterans to health care services. He also created the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative and the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival. A past President of the San Francisco Veterans' Affairs Commission, Eddie is the co-owner of the Excelsior's Mama Art Cafe, a neighborhood cafe providing artistic space and entrepreneurship opportunities to veterans.
Congratulations to Eddie, with a big thank you from your neighbors and your community for your service and your great work!
Ribbon Cutting: Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater
It's been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait! This month, we celebrated the completed renovations at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre before it officially opens its doors to the public on Saturday, September 17.
The much-anticipated renovations will not disappoint. They include improved ADA access in and around the building, a new outdoor plaza with a stage, new restrooms, and more. The Bayview Opera House is a vital institution in the neighborhood for youth, adults, and seniors as the main hub for cultural activities and various art programs. As a Bayview resident, I was thrilled to help welcome the Bayview Opera House back to its community. Congratulations!
Districts 6 & 8 Community Forums with Assemblymember Chiu
Continuing in our series of district-based neighborhood forums, please join me and our city leaders for our District 6 and District 8 community forums. Come hear about my work in Sacramento and how we can collaborate to make the diverse neighborhoods in our city a better place to live.
District 6 Forum with Supervisor Jane Kim
Saturday, July 30
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Gene Friend Recreation Center
270 6th Street
District 8 Forum with Supervisor Scott Wiener
Saturday, August 20
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Upper Noe Recreation Center
295 Day Street
Public transportation is encouraged, as parking will be limited. Please email Jen Kwart at email@example.com for more information or if you plan to attend.
Mission Sunday Streets
Please join the Chiu Crew, baby Lucas and hundreds of San Franciscans for Sunday Streets in the Mission for walking, cycling and fun. Be sure to check out the activity hubs for free live music, education & professional development resources, blood pressure screenings, food demos and more!
Sunday, August 21
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The event takes place on Valencia Street from 26th Street to McCoppin Hub Plaza.
Please contact Genesis Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dogpatch Office Hours
I look forward to meeting with you at our August district office hours in the Dogpatch. Please email Genesis Garcia at Genesis.Garcia@asm.ca.gov if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Saturday, August 13
12 - 1:30 p.m.
2295 3rd Street