To bring District 5 back from the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to think and act broader and bolder. We need an aggressive and community-based path forward for District 5 to emerge from this crisis – one that will protect and enhance our safety, neighborhood vibrancy, and diversity.
Without action, the impacts of this crisis will permanently devastate vulnerable communities, shutter restaurants, cafes, bars and commercial corridors, exacerbate inequality, and lead to more housing insecurity and ingrained homelessness with more despair than before. With the right approach that includes all of us working together, we can emerge as stronger neighborhoods in a stronger City.
This is going to be a long haul. Regardless of how the public health aspects develop in the coming months, the impacts of this crisis will continue to be felt in our city budget, our local economy, and our health in the years ahead.
My approach has always been to bring people together and bridge gaps where they exist. This is no time for politics. It’s time for all of us to pitch in, work together, and rejuvenate District 5 and all of San Francisco.