It has been a tumultuous week for public health advocates. On June 28, the California legislature passed a bill championed by Big Soda that will pre-empt any new local beverage or food taxes for 12 years. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill in exchange for Big Soda removing an initiative on the November ballot that would have prevented local communities from raising taxes without approval from two-thirds of voters or an elected body, rather than a simple majority. Such a change would have made it much more difficult for localities to pay for police, fire, transit and other public services. As described in the NYT, “Scott Wiener, a state senator who represents San Francisco and parts of San Mateo County and a champion for the 2014 soda tax, said the beverage industry had successfully held California ‘hostage’.” Although the taxes passed in jurisdictions like Berkeley, Albany, Oakland and San Francisco may be implemented, the legislation bars them from increasing existing taxes for the duration of the twelve years. In response, on July 2nd major healthcare groups announced that they intend to pursue a statewide soda tax initiative on the 2020 ballot to fund public health programs. We’re encouraged by the response of healthcare groups and advocates. Actions like the preemption ban by the beverage industry motivate us to work even harder and smarter to protect the public health of our most vulnerable community members who are most heavily burdened by preventable chronic diseases perpetuated by the consumption of sugary drinks.
Our SUSF Coalition meeting is right around the corner, where we will go in depth on the direction of our strategic plan and discuss some modifications to our current structure to not only more effectively respond to Coalition and community priorities, but to also better position us to make policy, systems and environmental change that are so critical to ensuring that all San Franciscans can eat healthy and live an active lifestyle. We hope you’re ready to roll up your sleeves so we can start making some headway on our visionary goals to enhance community capacity and engage in more strategic policy advocacy work to achieve greater health equity.
The Coalition meeting is on JULY 11, 2-4pm, 25 Van Ness, room 610.
Sarah Fine, Shape Up SF Coalition Co- Chair
Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee (SDDTAC)
SAVE THE DATE!
Summer Tips for Biking Families
1. Enjoy car-free streets and paths. The next Sunday Streets is July 15 in the Mission: there will be two miles blocked off so the family can stroll, roll and bike together and free Freedom From Training Wheels lessons for young children. JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park is car-free every Saturday and Sunday all summer long. For a new family adventure check out the southeast Blue Greenway, Lake Merced, McLaren Bike Park, or Chrissy Field.
2. Find the best neighborhood routes to the playground, a friend’s house, the library or the store. It’s even more fun when you invite a friend to join your bike ride. If your child is not yet ready for the road, up to age 13 she may legally ride on the sidewalk. Make your ride together safer and easier when you know the Rules of the Road.
3. Find a biking class for yourself or your child at sfbike.org/events. Get free family biking resources, including equipment and teaching tips including the free Family Biking Guide at sfbike.org/family
4. Most of all, enjoy the ride!
July Wellness Program Schedule
Rafiki Coalition’s mission is to eliminate inequalities in San Francisco’s Black and marginalized communities through education, advocacy, and by providing holistic health and wellness services in a culturally affirming environment
All programing will be implemented at
601 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94124
Rejuvenating time to be still and relax with fellow community members.
Thursday, July 5th at 5:00 pm
Stretching and strength building movements
that provide therapeutic benefits! All are
welcome and encouraged to come and participate in this
healing and strengthening practice.
Thursday, July 12th at 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 19th at 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 26th at 5:30 pm
Active movement for men and women to gain
body strength and move with flexibility and
Saturday, July 7th at 9:30 am
Saturday, July 14th at 9:30 am
Saturday, July 21st at 9:30 am
Saturday, July 28th at 9:30 am
Qigong, often referred to as Chinese Yoga, is a
traditional wellness system designed to optimize
one’s entire being - physical, mental, emotional,
and spiritual. The movements are martial in
nature, however, they are not intended to fight
others, and used to fight off the
true killers of our community—cancer, heart
disease, and diabetes.
Part 1 of Training Intensive
Good Circulation Good Health, Saturday, July 21st, 11 am – 2:00 pm
According to traditional Chinese Medicine, stagnation is the root cause of all ailments. This foundation course introduces a variety of methods to improve overall circulation of all vital fluids throughout the entire body to provide participants with access to lasting health and wellness.
The HealthyRetailSF (HRSF) Program, in collaboration with our amazing community partners, had a very busy June.
In the Bayview, a taste test was held in front Friendly's Market. HRSF staff and partners gave out samples of fruit salad and free healthy soul food cookbooks. The taste test allowed staff to discuss the HRSF program with Friendly's customers, and the cookbooks were so popular that we ran out! Palou Market, also in the Bayview, received their Program Year 2 incentive from the HRSF Program.
For Palou Market's incentive, store owner Ali expressed that he would like to improve his storefront visibility, so the HRSF Program staff printed and installed bright fruit and vegetables decals in the windows.
Sav Mor Mart redesign has been rescheduled to early July. Stay tuned for updates and photos in next month’s newsletter!
In the Tenderloin, HRSF community partner, the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition and resident Food Justice Leaders held a taste test at the Sierra Madre SRO (Single Room Occupancy hotel/housing). Sierra Madre is located less than a block away from HRSF participating store, Amigo's Market, which has done a phenomenal job of stocking a large variety of unique produce like coconuts and yucca. Food Justice Leaders helped promote Amigo’s Market, the Coalition and the HRSF Program to Sierra Madre residents.
Stay tuned for the information on the upcoming redesign of Econo Market in the Tenderloin this late summer!
For more information about the HealthyRetailSF Program, please see www.healthyretailsf.org.
We will host free public viewing parties of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the Semi-Final matches on Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11 beginning both days at 11AM at Sue Bierman Park along with the Final on Sunday, July 15 beginning at 8AM at Civic Center Plaza.
These free World Cup viewing events are presented in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. In addition to the screenings, there will be soccer activities for kids, the mobile rock climbing wall (at Sue Bierman) and food trucks. Civic Center Commons Initiative will also be offering lawn games like giant Jenga and cornhole for guests to enjoy for viewing of the Final at Civic Center Plaza. See you on the pitch!
PeopleForBikes is a national movement to make riding better for everyone. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, the organization is uniting people to create a powerful, united voice for cycling and its benefits.
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program provides funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.
PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. PeopleForBikes only funds projects in the United States.
Grant guidelines are posted athttp://peopleforbikes.org/grant-guidelines/.
The on-line application process can be accessed athttp://peopleforbikes.org/apply-now/.
Fall 2018 Grant Cycle
Online application opens: June 11, 2018
Online Letter of Interest due: July 23, 2018
Notification of LOI status: August 31, 2018
Full Applications due: October 19, 2018
Grant Award notifications: by December 3, 2018
Sunday Streets Returns to the Mission on July 15
San Francisco – Livable City celebrates summer with Sunday Streets “10 for 10” anniversary season, returning to the sunny Mission District on July 15. Streets will be closed to cars — but open to dancing, biking and community-building — on Valencia Street from Duboce Avenue to 26th Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy Valencia Street as it transforms into a car-free community space and partake in fun and free activities and cultural performances, including capoeira from Abadá-Capoeira and Taiko percussion and dance from Maikaze Daiko and live music from California Bluegrass Association.
Visit two activity hubs, located at 16th and 24th Streets, for health and fitness activities, arts and culture programming, bike education and free rentals, and lots of options for children and youth. Visit SFMTA’s booth to get the scoop on the 16th Street and Valencia Street Bikeway Improvement Projects and upcoming public workshops in July.
With a “Keep it local” motto, Livable City strives to support, collaborate with and uplift the neighbors and neighborhoods who make the program. Sunday Streets hires local event ambassadors, showcases local businesses and ensures supplies and merchandise are created by, or purchased from, local vendors. A City partnership provides a crucial piece of that collaborative framework by connecting City resources to residents, nonprofits and local groups.
“We see Sunday Streets not only as an opportunity to bring neighbors and communities together, but as an important component of our overall strategies to encourage the use of all modes of transportation and make them more accessible to everyone,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin.
Sunday Streets believes providing space to bring people together is one of the most powerful ways to build meaningful relationships, engage the community, and bring a sense of joy and mutual connection to our neighborhoods. And it all starts with opening up the same streets we live, work, commute and walk down every day.
Sunday Streets invites all San Franciscans to be part of a collaborative event made possible by the very people and communities it serves. Help transform your streets and your City by donating, exhibiting, volunteering or sponsoring Sunday Streets in 2018. For more information, visit www.SundayStreetsSF.com
Sunday Streets 2018 Season Schedule
July 15 - Mission 2
August 19 – Mystery Route
September 9 - Western Addition
September 23 - Tenderloin 2
October 14 - Excelsior 2.0
CDA, CMA file statewide soda tax measures for 2020
A ballot measure to protect public health through a state soda tax was filed today for the November 2020 ballot by CDA and the California Medical Association. Read More
New State Law Bans Local Soda Taxes
Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday (June 29) signed a measure banning California cities and counties from passing taxes on sugary drinks through 2030, leading Palo Alto dentist Ken Horowitz to abandon his six-month crusade to tax soda in town. Read More
OP-ED: Big Soda Is the New Big Tobacco
Extortion. That’s what people called it—and that’s certainly what it was. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other beverage giants just held California hostage and won. The American Beverage Association, whose largest contributors include those two companies, raised most of the $8 million dollars backing a November ballot measure that would have required a two-thirds majority vote to pass any local tax increase, including those for public services from parks to firefighters—you name it. Read More
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