Dear Eureka Valley Neighbors,
The fall season is here, and with it, the resumption of Board meetings here at City Hall after an August break.
My office has been working on a broad set of issues, from improving transit to helping small businesses, but addressing homelessness and mental health remains a daily priority. Here are a few initiatives we’ve been working on lately.
Last fall, I requested a Budget and Legislative Analyst report on the City’s use of Lanterman-Petris-Short conservatorships. That report was released in late July, and it showed that, despite the number of sick and vulnerable people languishing without intervention on our streets, San Francisco's referrals to the LPS conservatorship program have dropped by 50% since 2012. I believe we need to do more to get sick and mentally ill people off the streets and into care — that is why I worked hard to locally implement the expanded SB1045 conservatorship program, and why I am continuing to make sure the pilot program is implemented successfully.
In addition, I joined Mayor London Breed in September to launch an initiative that will provide evidence-based, comprehensive services and solutions to meet the needs of nearly 4,000 people suffering from severe mental illness and substance use disorders, starting with the 200 highest needs individuals. By prioritizing this group for housing and public health resources we can save lives and direct our resources to have the biggest impact.
Focusing on our neighborhoods, my office has been working with the Mayor’s Policy Director on Homelessness as well as the Healthy Street Operations Center to create a list of District 8 hot spots, including locations in the Castro, for increased outreach, street cleaning, and police presence. We have also created a list of the highest-need individuals who are dealing with substance use issues and/or mental health challenges, to help get those people wrap-around services and ensure they stop cycling between our jails, hospitals, and city streets.
Lastly, the Mayor’s Meth Task Force which I have co-chaired since April has been working hard on our recommendations for the City’s response to the methamphetamine epidemic. On September 9th I co-sponsored a Town Hall discussion about meth use in the LGBTQ community, and on September 12th we hosted the fourth and final meeting of Meth Task Force. I am looking forward to releasing the Task Force’s recommendations in a final report this October, and to working with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor to implement those urgently needed changes.
As always, if you have a question or concern, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office, at