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Good morning Grow The Richmond friends,

It's been a month and a half since the June election and our last update and now we can report that London Breed is our new YIMBY Mayor! Thanks again to everyone that took time to knock on doors, make phone calls, write texts, and generally help advocate for the YIMBY Action endorsed candidates & measures that Grow The Richmond volunteers helped vote on.

Elections matter and your involvement in this election was critical in a race as close as this one. 

However there's still a lot going on, and a lot has happened in the last 40+ days. Here are a few of the highlights on what has been going on in the neighborhood that is related to our advocacy for more housing and better transit: 

  1. Jane wrote about the need for expanded dockless bike share, while Bobak observed that the changes along the McAllister route have been positive for speeding up the 5-Fulton bus route.
  2. Bobak and other Grow The Richmond volunteers urged Supervisor Fewer to vote in favor of an ordinance that would streamline below market rate housing & simplify noticing requirements. The ordinance ultimately passed with some amendments on June 26th. 
  3. The housing proposal at 3700 California Street that would add 250+ homes is slowly moving forward. If anyone wants to help write a formal letter of support for this project, please reach out by replying to this email. 
  4. Socketsite reported on new research that the Planning Department published on our "housing needs and trends". TL:DR - effectively, we've segregated away apartment buildings by making them illegal to build on the Western side of town. Download the full report here.
  5. Finally, our very own Jane wrote about the aforementioned report in Medium, and generally called upon the Western neighborhoods of San Francisco (including the Richmond) to step up and do their fair share to reduce our crushing housing shortage. 

Grow The Richmond and Westside = best side volunteers combine to take on #SundayStreets in Golden Gate Park
Below are a few critical things you can do right now to help Grow The Richmond and the broader YIMBY movement:
Join us for our July Happy Hour
We're finally getting back to our regular cadence of alternating between happy hours and coffee hours every other month. This week we're getting together for a drink at 540 Club & to meet all the new folks that have joined recently.
RSVP to the Happy Hour
Join the YIMBY Slack
A lot of the conversations, articles, banter, and research that YIMBYs throughout the city and the Richmond District have takes place in the Slack that is maintained by YIMBY Action— if you haven't done so already, please join us there by becoming a YIMBY Action member
Join YIMBY Action

Save the Date - August 14th, 2018
Over the next few weeks there will be a steady stream of candidates and campaigns for various initiatives visiting with the YIMBY Action membership over at 1260 Mission St to make their case for why YIMBY should endorse them for November. Keep up with these meetings by subscribing to the YIMBY calendar

We're just asking you to save the date for when we're going to review all of these competing candidates and measures and debate the pros and cons for all of them. 
RSVP to the Ballot Measure Discussion

Upcoming Events

Here are other ways you can get involved with Grow The Richmond in the coming weeks!

  1. July 18th - Come to a community meeting at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center at 6pm to give your opinion on the Outside Lands concert, held every year in our very own GGP.
  2. July 19th - Join neighbors & other Richmond District stakeholders for our July happy hour at 6pm. We'll be at 540 Club this time. 
  3. July 19th - Can't make it out to the happy hour? There will also be an event on the other side of town at 6pm (1260 Mission St) where YIMBY Action members will be hearing from several candidates for public office, including one of our own members running for BART board Kanishka Cheng
  4. July 23rd - New to all this YIMBY stuff and not sure where to go? Come to Intro to YIMBY! 
  5. July 28th/29th - Join fellow YIMBYs in a weekend retreat as we help YIMBY Action staff with structure improvements and things that will generally make the lives of both volunteers and staff easier. Drop by for a few hours, or come by for the entire day! 

We look forward to seeing you at one of these events. Bring a friend or neighbor too!

Grow The Richmond volunteers Bobak, Kanishka, and Jane attending the Pride parade
Editors note: Several folks already know about this news, but two of our volunteers, friends, and neighbors, Claire and Peter have allowed me to disclose this on the GtR newsletter: 

Alayne Fedewa, Claire and Peter's daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia the evening of May 14th. 

Read Alayne's story on their GoFundMe page and if you're able to, please consider giving to them as well: 
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