November/December 2016 Newsletter
Earlier this month, I took the oath of office to begin my second term as your Assemblymember for the 17th Assembly District. My deepest appreciation goes out to the voters of San Francisco for giving me the opportunity to continue representing our great city in the California State Legislature. My personal thanks also go out to my wife Candace, my parents, my wife's parents, my dedicated staff, and the amazing volunteers and community leaders who inspire me every day.
The national election results will challenge our values in a way we have not seen in generations, but they also provide a sobering reminder of why public service matters. Throughout the election, we witnessed continuous attacks on communities of color, immigrants, women, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, the media, basic facts, our democratic norms and even common decency.
In the months and years ahead, we must again show that San Francisco and California can be shining examples of inclusive and progressive government. To that end, I want to encourage everyone to be vigilant and engaged in government by participating in my 2nd annual "There Ought to be a Law" program (more below).
This week, I was joined by my Assembly colleagues in announcing a package of bills to take on the affordable housing crisis. Since there is no single solution to the crisis, my colleagues and I have put forward solutions to increase housing funding, incentivize housing creation, enforce existing housing law, and shift the paradigm in how we address chronic homelessness. We've proposed to use scarce housing investments smartly by focusing on those who lack affordable housing, not on those few fortunate who own a second vacation home (see below).
I look forward to working with our legislative leadership, the Governor and all of you during this crucial moment in our history. Please feel free to contact my District Office if we can help with anything. I hope to see you soon at one of our events or my office hours.
Wishing you and your family a warm and safe Happy Holidays!
Assemblymember, 17th District
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore
In this newsletter:
- 2nd Annual "There Ought to be a Law" Program
- Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis
- Bayview's Hilltop Park Reopening
- San Francisco Happenings
- Office Hours
As we reflect on the results of the Presidential election, it is more important than ever that we stand up for all those who have been discriminated against during this very ugly campaign season—women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, labor, people of all faiths, veterans, people with disabilities, and so many more. While we have yet to fully realize the day-to-day effects of a Trump presidency on California and San Francisco, we have started to plan how we will protect the most marginalized in our communities.
While many in government already have ideas, I want to hear your ideas. That is why I invite you to take part in our 2nd annual "There Ought to Be a Law" program. All constituents in the 17th Assembly District are invited to submit your best ideas for improving our city and our state. Proposals can vary from local community improvements to statewide reforms. Applicants can create new laws or revise laws already on the books.
Together with last year’s contest winners, Paul Monge-Rodriguez and Cindy Dinh, we passed AB 2455, which will make it easier for California students to register to vote and participate in our democracy. I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions and working with you to make a difference in our city and our state.
Please submit your bill ideas here.
This week, my Assembly colleagues and I announced a package of four bills to address California’s affordable housing crisis, which threatens our state's economic prosperity, climate goals and deepening inequality. Our bills will fund the creation of housing for struggling families by eliminating a tax break on vacation homes (AB 71), incentivize local governments to complete upfront planning and environmental review and approve housing permits to increase housing supply (AB 73), fund the enforcement of existing state housing law by the Attorney General (AB 72), and provide rental assistance to homeless Medi-Cal recipients (AB 74). You can read more on these housing bills here.
I have a new favorite meeting spot - at the top of a play structure, in the newly renovated Hilltop Park - as discovered with Senate President Kevin de León and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. We recently took part in a wonderful ribbon-cutting at the Hilltop "Sundial" Park in the Bayview, which includes a new skatepark, playground and trails. This renovation was only possible with the incredible work from Bayview advocates, The Trust for Public Land, San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, Supervisor Malia Cohen and state funds through our Senate President. Baby Lucas is thrilled about our neighborhood park!
Back in San Francisco for the legislature’s winter recess, it’s been great to join many of our neighbors at events across the district.
Opened Union Square’s 9th annual Holiday Ice Rink - with a little help from Lou Seal from the San Francisco Giants!
Thanks to the Union Square Community Benefit District for organizing the festivities, and for letting me take a spin on the ice.
Joined Friends of Kenny Alley, the Excelsior Action Group, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance for the grand opening of the
Kenny Alley “Waterfall” mosaic stairs in the Excelsior. This community effort was spearheaded by local residents working together
to revitalize their neighborhood. Congratulations -- can’t wait to take Baby Lucas back!
Celebrated with SFILEN (San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network) for their 10 years of fighting for our diverse
immigrant communities. I've been honored to work alongside SFILEN to protect our sanctuary city, achieve
immigrant parent voting, establish language access, and fund immigrant legal representation.
Bayview Office Hours
I look forward to meeting with you at our upcoming district office hours in the Bayview. Please email Genesis Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Friday, January 13
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Ritual Coffee Roasters
1634 Jerrold Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124