OWL-SF Alert February 20: END BIASED POLICE STOPS IN SF Feb 21

SITUATION: The Coalition to End Biased Stops has been working for over 2 years to eliminate racially biased police stops in SF. The Police Commission did finally vote unanimously in favor of Department General Order 9.07, a comprehensive policy to prohibit racially-biased traffic stops in San Francisco. HOWEVER – since then, this policy has been stuck in the “meet and confer process” with the Police Officer’s Association (POA).

It has taken nearly an entire year, but the policy is finally coming back to the Police Commission for its second and final vote TOMORROW, February 21st.

ACTION:

  • Please take 20 seconds to send an email to the commission urging them to finally implement DGO 9.07 by using this easy email tool.
  • Please post on social media, urging the commission to finally implement DGO 9.07, using this social media toolkit!
  • Meet us at Police Commission tomorrow at 6:30pm at City Hall, Room 400! We want to show force, and while the meeting starts at 5:30pm, this item is 8th on the agenda.

To learn more about DGO 9.07, why it’s so important for our clients, and why it has been held up so long, please read this letter drafted by the coalition.

And please share this message with colleagues, friends and family in San Francisco.

OWL-SF Info Alert: CARA Event to Repeal Unjust Utility Tax

A fixed-rate utility tax protects utility profits,
not California consumers.

This unjust tax will hurt seniors. OWLs can learn more about this tax and how to repeal it by attending CARA’s Feb. 23 Forum

CARA’s Fabulous Friday Forum

Click HERE to read California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) article about the history and current status of the utility tax.

Click HERE to register to attend the event.

OWL-SF RECOMMENDATIONS for SF BALLOT MEASURES

SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSITIONS A, B, E, AND F
RECOMMENDATIONS

The OWL Board studied these Propositions on the ballot for the March 5th election in San Francisco and came to the following conclusions:

YES ON A – Bond issue for affordable housing including designations for seniors, families and abuse survivors.

NO ON B – Dubbed the “Cop Tax” and would require approval of new taxes to support this vital service which should be funded from current tax. Would actually delay increasing police force.

NO ON E – Decreases oversight by Police Commission, allows increase of dangerous vehicle chases on our crowded streets, allows more use of surveillance technologies without safeguards, decreases police accountability by decreasing reports of “incidents.”  

NO ON F – This proposition would require anyone receiving CAAP/public assistance benefits to be screened for substance use and if dependent on illegal drugs referred for professional evaluation and possible treatment. If they refuse, they will lose their public assistance money that they depend on to live! This measure is punitive, intrusive and depends on treatment services that are currently scarce and not easily accessible. 

OWL ALERT February 7: SUPPORT SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE IN CALIFORNIA

SITUATION:  Today’s US health care system is a complex, fragmented multi-payer system that still leaves wide gaps of coverage and poses significant issues of affordability. Despite health care spending in the US far exceeding other high-income, industrialized countries that offer a publicly financed single-payer system, we consistently report worse health outcomes and disparities among vulnerable populations.
 
An estimated 3.2 million Californians remain uninsured and millions more with coverage often delay or are unable to access necessary medications or health care services due to cost.
 
California Assembly Bill 2200—known as the California Guaranteed Health Care For All Act, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra—sets in motion a single-payer health care coverage system in California, called CalCare, for all residents, regardless of citizenship status. By streamlining payments and lowering per-capita health care spending, CalCare guarantees quality health care and long term care without creating barriers to care or out of pocket costs. 
 
ACTION: National Nurses United  has a petition urging legislators to pass AB 2200. Click HERE to read the petition, and HERE to sign it.  Click HERE to locate your California State Assembly Member, contact them, and urge passage of this crucial legislation. 

ALSO: Share this message with friends, family and colleagues in California. 

OWL-SF Meeting February 24: WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE

Women and Heart Disease
Zoom meeting
Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • Common myths about heart disease
  • Risks and Prevention of heart disease
  • How to tell if you’re having a heart attack
  • What to do if you think you are having a heart attack

Speaker:

Arete Nicholas, R.N. returns to OWL by popular demand after her informative and popular talk on Stroke in October, 2023. Ms Nicholas is a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience in clinical care management, consulting, health education and staff training in both long term care and acute care settings with a specialty in geriatric care management.               

Zoom link to follow
For more information:
Call (415) 712-1695, or email info@owlsf.org

OWL ALERT January 27: PRESERVE JUSTICE BY STAYING EDUCATED ABOUT OUR COURTS

SITUATION: Understanding our courts is vital to preserving justice. We have wanted an informative discussion on why independent judiciaries matter and how voters can thoughtfully evaluate judicial candidates. To educate ourselves on our judicial system before casting our ballot.
 
ACTION: Sign up and join the League of Women Voters SF on February 1 for an informative discussion on why independent judiciaries matter and how voters can thoughtfully evaluate judicial candidates. With nonpartisan insights from prominent judges, this event will empower you to consider qualifications, over money and politics, when choosing the judges who serve our communities. Leave informed and inspired about citizens’ impact in upholding the integrity of America’s courts. Click HERE to sign up for the event.

AND: Forward this message to friends, family and colleagues.

OWL ALERT January 19: SUPPORT A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR CITY COLLEGE

SITUATION:  City College of San Francisco does not yet have or follow a climate action and sustainability plan, despite efforts begun almost two decades ago. As one of the largest property owners in San Francisco, CCSF must do its part to ensure and contribute to a sustainable future and a just transition to a green, all-electric City.
 

ACTION:  Before Jan. 25 urge the City College Board to support the proposed resolution Supporting a Green New Deal for City College and Adopting a Climate Action and Sustainability Plan. (See the full text of the Resolution here. ) You can voice your support in person, by phone or in writing. Click here to access information on all forms of support on City College website and read the suggested talking points.

ALSO: Share this message with friends, family and colleagues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SF Public Library Free Will Writing

 

 

 

Ready to turn the page? Begin with peace of mind.

 

2024 promises new beginnings and cherished continuations at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. With the turn of the page to this new year, we’re reminded of the importance of preserving the narratives that mean the most to us. Crafting your estate plan is a profound way to protect your personal story for future generations.

In partnership with FreeWill, we’re delighted to offer you a straightforward way to create a will, at no cost to you. This accessible online tool guides you in communicating your wishes, safeguarding your loved ones, and bringing you peace of mind as you write the future chapters of your life.

CLICK HERE TO WRITE YOUR STORY

We encourage you to turn the page and articulate your legacy. Your life’s story is unique, and having a will ensures that your personal script is followed, chapter by chapter, line by line. Thank you for being an essential part of our book-loving community!

Warm wishes for a year of joyful storytelling! And if you’ve already crafted your will and included a chapter on Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, please let us know so we can thank you!

OWL-SF Meeting (in person) January 27: PREPARE FOR MARCH ELECTIONS

Be Ready to vote on important local matters a
t the Upcoming Presidential Primary Election in March!

In person meeting!

When: Saturday, January 27, 11 AM to 1 PM
Where: SF Main Library, Hispanic Room (lower level)
100 Larkin St., Civic Center, San Francisco CA

“For and Against” Speakers on
Selected S.F. Ballot Measures:

 

Measure BPolice Officer Staffing Levels and Amending Tax Funding (Charter Amendment)

Measure E: Police Department Policies and Procedures (Ordinance)

Measure F: Illegal Substance Dependence Screening and Treatment for Recipients of City Public Assistance (Ordinance)

Coffee and Refreshments!

The Public and Guests Welcome!

For more information:
Call: 415-712-1695, or email: info@owlsf.org

SF League of Women Voters Online Event: SAN FRANCISCO REPARATIONS IN CONVERSATION

OWL-SF is proud to announce the upcoming free, online event hosted by the San Francisco League of Women Voters on January 10 at 6 p.m.: 

                  San Francisco Reparations in Conversation

Want to know what’s next in the plan for reparations in San Francisco? Come to the free online event, Reparations in conversation, to hear from African American Reparations Advisory Committee Chair Eric McDonnell about the plan to support thriving Black communities across the city. The committee has made recommendations for addressing the discrimination that Black residents have historically faced and continue to experience.

 

The event is hosted by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco with partners including the SF African American Chamber of Commerce; the SF Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; GLIDE; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, SF Branch; and the National Council of Negro Women, Northern California Region.

 

OWL ALERT December 9: END CALIFORNIA FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES

Big Oil does not want you to know that they get millions of dollars of subsidies in California every year.

SITUATION: The corporations responsible for decades of climate destruction are padding their profits with our tax dollars—on top of the hundreds of billions of dollars they make selling polluting oil and gas. Then, they turn around and use that money to subvert our democracy for their gain. Between 2020 and 2022, oil corporations and their trade groups spent more than $36.3 million in California alone lobbying state regulators and elected officials to delay climate action.

Even this year, when faced with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, our state still gave away millions in subsidies to fossil fuel corporations and cut climate investments as a result.

California must stop bailing out wealthy fossil fuel corporations.

ACTION: Governor Newsom has the power to end their special treatment and reinvest that money in a climate-safe future. Newsom will unveil his next budget proposal in January. This is our chance to make sure not a single cent of taxpayer money goes to oil and gas corporations. Email and/or call Governor Newsom: END FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES.

Governor Gavin Newsom
1021 O Street, Suite 900
Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 445-2841
Click HERE to email Gavin Newsom.

OWL ALERT November 17: OPPOSE THE SOCIAL SECURITY “DEBT COMMISSION”

OWL-SF has been fighting against Social Security and Medicare cuts for decades. Efforts to cut these programs have taken various forms.  
 
SITUATION: Currently a very dangerous “debt commission” is being suggested by House Speaker Mike Johnson, and Senators Manchin and Romney have introduced legislation that would establish such a commission. (Some of you may remember the Bowles-Simpson Commission back in 2010.)
 
This “debt commission” would likely operate behind closed doors, have no input except from its members, and be fast-tracked without debate in Congress. It would try to reduce social security benefits, rather than providing new revenue to strengthen these earned benefits.
 
ACTION: This is extremely dangerous. It is time for us to tell our legislators again that we want them to vigorously oppose the establishment of a “debt commission”, which will give cover for cutting Social Security/ Medicare benefits.

And: Please share this message with friends, family and colleagues. 
 
Alex Padilla:
333 Bush Street
Suite 3225
San Francisco, CA 94104
415) 981-9369
Click HERE to email Alex Padilla

Laphonza Butler:
One Post Street
Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 393-0707
Click HERE to email Laphonza Butler

Nancy Pelosi:
90 7th Street Suite 2-800
San Francisco, CA  94103
Phone: (415) 556-4862
Click HERE to email Nancy Pelosi
 
Kevin Mullin:
1528 S. El Camino Real, Suite 307
San Mateo, CA  94402
(650) 342-0300
Click HERE to email Kevin Mullin

OWL ALERT November 5: Keep Billionaires Accountable by Funding the IRS

SITUATION: Representative Mike Johnson, the newly elected Republican Speaker of the House, has advanced legislation to balance funding for Israel by slashing the proposed IRS budget.

Many studies have shown that the proposed IRS increased budget will pay for itself many times over by forcing billionaires and other high income individuals and groups to pay fairly owed taxes.

ACTION: Call our California senators to tell them that cutting proposed IRS funding is a non -starter.

And forward this messages to friends, family and colleagues. 

Alex Padilla
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3553
Click HERE to email Alex Padilla

Laphonza Butler
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-12
Washington, DC 20510 
(202) 224-3841 
Click HERE to email Laphonza Butler

OWL ALERT October 31: TELL CONGRESS TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS

SITUATION: In May OWL devoted its Membership Meeting to a discussion of Gun Violence with a speaker from the Brady campaign.

And now we have yet another mass killing using a high-powered automatic weapon.

We must tell our Congress people to ban the sale of all automatic assault weapons.

ACTION: Please write again to Congresswoman Pelosi, and Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler. Tell them how you feel about this preventable violence in our country, town after town—565 mass shootings so far in the U.S. this year!

Also please share this message with friends, family and colleagues. 

Contact info:

Nancy Pelosi
1236 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC  20515
Phone: (202) 225-4965
Click HERE to email Nancy Pelosi

Alex Padilla
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3553
Click HERE to email Alex Padilla

Laphonza Butler
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-12
Washington, DC 20510 
(202) 224-3841 
Click HERE to email Laphonza Butler

OWL ALERT October 26: INFORM AND PROTECT SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY APEC

SITUATION: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting being held in San Francisco from November 11th to the 17th will involve dignitaries and heads of state visiting from 21 member nations—including U.S. President Joe Biden and potentially his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. For this reason, U.S. Homeland Security has designated the APEC summit a “National Special Security Event,” and has called for an “exclusion zone,” which will close streets and limit vehicular and pedestrian mobility in the South of Market Area.
 
This area is home to many vulnerable residents, including immigrants, unhoused and seniors, plus small businesses, childcare centers and schools.
 
The Mayor’s office recently announced that they surpassed their fundraising goal, and the bulk of these funds have been budgeted to advertise and promote APEC, along with plans and events to host dignitaries—while there has been very little information shared with the affected communities on how their daily lives and movement may be impacted.
 
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution urging Mayor Breed to prioritize funds—currently on reserve for residents and neighborhoods including community based organizations, schools, small businesses, and workers—to address and mitigate the local impacts and disruptions that will be caused by the APEC related activities.

SOLUTION: OWL-SF is very concerned about the impacts of the coming APEC summit. Please contact Mayor London Breed to request that she spend some of the $10 million in reserve funds set aside for the APEC conference to inform and assist seniors and people with disabilities as well as families living in the area. 

Mayor London Breed
phone: (415) 554-6141
E-mail:
 MayorLondonBreed@sfgov.org

OWL ALERT October 19: CELEBRATE OWL VICTORIES

OWL-SF would like to thank Members for your political participation via OWL Alerts. Congratulations are in order for a pair of recent victories:

The OWL Alert for September 6 asked Members to contact California State legislators to urge them to pass AB 645, which creates a pilot program in several California cities—including San Francisco—installing cameras to enforce speed limits. Not only did the legislature pass the bill, Governor Newsom signed it into law on October 13.
 

C   O   N   G   R   A   T   U   L   A   T   I   O   N   S   !
 
Then on September 28, the OWL Alert asked Members to contact Newsom to urge him to sign AB 360, a bill that will prevent the mislabeling of wrongful in-custody deaths as “excited delirium,” which frequently—and wrongly—justified the use of force by law enforcement. The Governor did in fact sign the bill into law on October 8, another victory!
 
C   O   N   G   R   A   T   U   L   A   T   I   O   N   S   !   A   G   A   I   N   !
 
OWL-SF is deeply proud of our contribution to grassroots social change!