Please do attend the community meeting this Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6pm at the Delancey Street Foundation, 600 The Embarcadero to let the City and County of San Francisco know that we are opposing the foul, geographically discriminatory treatment by the City of our neighborhood in shortcutting any legitimate community input process.
I invite you to help South of Market resident and business operator Adam Mesnick to seed fund his run for Mayor of San Francisco this November. If you follow his Twitter feed, #https://twitter.com/bettersomaBetterSoMa, you know that he sees the drug addiction problem that is going unaddressed by Mayor London Breed. He sees the mental health problem that is going unaddressed by Mayor London Breed. Adam Mesnick is the change that San Franciscans tired of stepping in others’ shit have been waiting for, in my personal opinion.
Mayor London Breed tried to take a shortcut, disrespecting the SoMa Waterfront residents who have been more than accommodating of changes when we are given a seat at the table and listened to.
This is about getting treated the same way along the SoMa Waterfront as the residents of North Beach, the Marina, or Noe Valley. We have not been getting treated equitably, and that is what we oppose – geographic discrimination.
This Mayor and her predecessors have continually practiced geographic discrimination in South of Market – pulling out the rug and shortchanging residents on the respect and opportunity to find a Win-Win configuration like almost every other San Francisco neighborhood does receive. She could have avoided shooting herself in the foot and triggering a legal battle by having a sincere discussion with residents and asking for input. Instead, she wants to strong-arm a community already forced to form a Community Benefit District (CBD) on one side of the Bay Bridge because the City refuses to provide the public safety and clean streets services to us as other neighborhoods take for granted.
Given the discriminatory treatment and dismissive nature of Mayor London Breed towards our equal treatment by our City government, we have been forced to take our gloves off and lawyer up. Please donate what you can to help fund our fight for respect and a place at the table that has thus far been denied with disingenuous talking-down informational presentations. Until we have a back and forth discussion and until the City voluntarily, not via sunshine ordinance requests 10 days later, shares their analysis of the 100+ location, we have to fight!
When every other neighborhood gets 6 months or more of meetings to discuss configuration options for Navigation Center locations to try to arrive at a win-win, but we get shat upon by our Mayor and City government, we have to say TIME’S UP! ENOUGH! Please donate to the neighbors’ legal fund.
Homeless advocates have successfully been fundraising for the non-profit Coalition on Homelessness, though they falsely claim we’re all millionaires – I guess they don’t realize this is a redevelopment zone in South Beach and north of Folsom Street with many inclusionary affordable, all affordable, and some supportive housing units among the skyscrapers. At any rate, I believe Rincon Hill neighbors oppose the shitty treatment of our rights by Mayor Breed, but we do not oppose helping our homeless neighbors – so please consider donating to Coalition on Homelessness too!
If you want another charity, consider donating to Rincon’s Embarcadero YMCA who provide a lot of services for kids from Bessie Carmichael schools and has a high school called Youth Chance High School for students who had challenges in regular public schools,
The SoMa Waterfront continues to be treated with geographic discrimination by our City government. TIME’S UP!
Join me in Fighting for our Equal Rights in SF!
Here’s what you can do to join other neighbors who are tired of the geographic discrimination and who want to get a normal community process to talk about this Navigation Center proposal and negotiate so that our neighborhood is not less safe and less clean:
- Visit the website https://sfresidents.com/act-now and click on your Supervisorial District (SoMa, Mission Bay, and Tenderloin residents are District 6, Supervisor Matt Haney) to have an email auto populate to send – and SEND IT!
- Since Mayor London Breed is not respecting our community, one of our options is to hire a lawyer to fight the City tooth and nail. That takes money, and I encourage you to donate $250 or whatever it is worth to you to try to protect your kids from commonly seeing drug addicts injecting their body parts by our homes, your wives/girlfriends from a high concentration of registered sex offenders, and yourself from knife wielding schizophrenic violent people who really need a mental health hospital – not a bunk on the SoMa Waterfront.
- Please share these bullet points and links with your neighbors. East SoMa has a total count of 50 homeless people according to the latest count – so know that the City’s line about the Navigation Center is intended to help our homeless neighbors already on our streets is a total lie. Hell, I have been walking by the same neighbor on the 100 block of Main Street ever since I moved to Rincon Hill in 2006 – he seems content and I do not expect he’d want to move indoors if invited, frankly. The Mayor needs to be able to take the bad behaving drug addicts and schizophrenic mentally ill out of the other 10 Supervisorial Districts and contain them in District 6 as has been the geographically discriminatory practice of San Francisco government for decades now. Please help fight this inequality that should stop being foisted upon just District 6 instead of shared equitably across all San Francisco Supervisor districts – the Marina, Richmond, Sunset, and so on need to STEP UP.
A neighbor has compiled an excellent booklet that I encourage you to read and share with your neighbors about why this is an awful location, in the midst of San Francisco Giants and soon Golden State Warriors and concert foot traffic along our gorgeous waterfront, to build a mega 225 person drug addict and mentally disturbed institution.
Good news – Port Commissioners are waking up and realizing hundreds of residents are organizing along the SoMa Waterfront, and they had better think twice about rubber stamping this proposed mega drug addict/mental health shelter at Seawall Lot 330. Get involved – don’t be a compliant sheep and allow the inequality and discrimination against the SoMa Waterfront to go uncontested by you and your loved ones. FIGHT!
Notice that none of these meetings provide a forum for sincere public outreach. They are designed for a circus with political teams that want favor from the Mayor enabled to disrupt and cause more stress and anger among the community. This is politics by CONTEMPT being orchestrated to exploit the City’s problem people containment zone aka SoMa, in my opinion.
However, please do attend … and disregard the circus actors who are trying to marginalize and dismiss our legitimate questions by espousing the lies that our very much empathetic neighborhood doesn’t care about our poor neighbors on the streets.
This week, the City will be joining the Fisherman’s Wharf Waterfront Advisory Group meeting on March 19, and a special Joint meeting of the Central Waterfront and Northeast Waterfront Advisory Groups on March 20, to present the proposal, and gather additional feedback and input. Details of the meeting are listed below:
FWWAG Meeting Information
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 9am – 10:30am
1965 Al Scoma Way
Joint CWAG and NEWAG Meeting Information
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Pier 1, The Embarcadero, Bayside Conference Room
The City will also join the South Beach/Rincon Hill/Mission Bay Neighborhood Association Meeting on April 8th from 6pm – 7pm at the South Beach Harbor Building’s Community Room (between the Oracle Ballpark and Pier 40 building, near the South Beach Playground).
The City will also host a follow-up community meeting on April 3 to provide an update and gather additional feedback and community input on the proposed SAFE Embarcadero Navigation Center at Sea Wall Lot 330.
Community Meeting Information
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Delancey Street Foundation
600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107600 The Embarcadero
Lastly, the City is open to attending other community and stakeholder meetings.
Comments or questions about the proposal can also be directed to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing at DHSH@sfgov.org
Here is a link to the City’s Navigation Center Scorecard that may be helpful for learning since the City blindsided the community without doing the legwork of sincere outreach.
Why do the drug addicted and mentally ill keep getting shuffled through a revolving door of a mish mash of services? What does the City REALLY need to invest in and do to stop the revolving door that endangers those individuals and the public?
Learn more about the City’s approach by watching agenda item 3, Departmental Coordination of Homeless Services at the Public Safety Committee hearing of the Board of Supervisors from this past Thursday, March 19, 2019.
Please click here if you would like to download a 75MB file representing the full audio recording (copyright 2019 Jamie Whitaker This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.) of the March 12, 2019 meeting at Delancey Street Foundation about the proposed Seawall Lot 330 Navigation Center. The main speaker was late for arrival, so Delancey Street Foundation President Mimi Silbert took the microphone to fill some time starting at 1 minute 45 seconds, and she had some good words of advice for the Port and City, in my personal opinion.
While the prior results reflected Rincon Hill residents’ points of view, the link to the survey has been shared more widely at this point in time. The survey makes a point of not asking whether a respondent supports or opposes the proposed Navigation Center at Seawall Lot 330 (Embarcadero and Bryant Street parking lot) – it seems a bit premature without first hearing the plans at the Port Commission or the evening meeting at Delancey Street Foundation on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
I put together a survey to try to help policy makers and other neighbors take the temperature, so-to-speak, and try to learn what concerns exist and what the City could do to help ensure the success of the Navigation Center without harming the Rincon Hill, South Beach, South Park, and other nearby residential enclaves.
Hope you have the time and opportunity to attend the meeting at either the Port Commission on Tuesday 3/12/2019 at 3:15pm at the Ferry Building, 2nd Floor, Port Commission Hearing Room or the informational meeting at Delancey Street Foundation at 600 The Embarcadero from 6pm – 7:30pm, also on Tuesday, 3/12/2019.
I hope policy makers start talking on Tuesday about what service increases they will be ensuring to the community.
Unfortunately, there is a long history of broken promises …. like the Guy Place Park that we’ve been waiting 13 years to see built, like the return of the 12 Folsom bus that got rerouted to stop servicing Rincon Hill on December 5, 2009, and like the promise of accessing property tax increment from the Rincon Hill Infrastructure Financing District (formed in the spring of 2011) to speed up the buildout of parks and other public amenities in the neighborhood if the neighborhood created a Community Benefit District. Well, Rincon Hill created the East Cut CBD, property owners tax themselves about $4 million per year in addition to their regular property taxes, and the City broke its promise (thus far) – so there is some context for the mistrust, at least from the Rincon Hill side of the Bay Bridge.
The map of San Francisco’s Community Benefit Districts came from the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development website. Note that CBDs were originally formed by commercial corridors to help boost economic growth for businesses. What is SoMa’s commercial corridor exactly? I honestly don’t believe SoMa has a commercial corridor at present outside of maybe 2nd Street.
Initial feedback preceding the two Tuesday meetings about the proposed Seawall Lot 330 Navigation Center indicate many nearby residents are empathetic to the need for more shelters, but there is little faith that the City will provide the neighborhood with additional police or public works cleaning crews to maintain the quality of life adequately.
In my personal opinion, 225 is a big jump in the number of beds compared to other Navigation Centers, such as the 84 beds at 5th and Bryant. The City will have a high bar of expectations to meet in our neighborhood that already is the home to a national example for helping people who have gone through hell and gotten back up on their feet – Delancey Street. Our 250 neighbors who reside at Delancey Street are among our best, in my personal opinion, because Mimi and her crew teach them ACCOUNTABILITY and RESPONSIBILITY – and give them the tough love that every family member fighting the challenges of substance abuse or otherwise needs to be a respected neighbor.
If you live in the neighborhood (please) and would like to express your opinions in a format that gives you time to think and to spell out your complete thoughts (as opposed to a likely 1 minute limited public speaking opportunity at one of the public meetings), please consider filling out my neighbor to neighbor survey.