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'This is kind of a travesty': SF supervisors slam monkeypox outbreak response

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, one of two LGBTQ members of the board and the supervisor who called for the hearing, compared the response to the monkeypox outbreak to the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, calling it "eerily familiar" for those who remember the epidemic's early days.

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SF supes pass ordinance to provide shelter for homeless population

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed Supervisor Rafael Mandelman’s “A Place For All” ordinance to provide shelter for “everyone willing to accept it,” the county announced.

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It’s Official: Supervisors Vote 7-4 in Favor of Car-Free JFK Drive

JFK Drive will stay car-free indefinitely after a 7-4 vote at a joint hearing between the Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority [...] Supervisors Rafael Mandelman, Dean Preston and Haney each spoke at the rally in support of keeping the road closed to cars permanently. 

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S.F. supervisor's creative proposal: Make it hard to build McMansions, easier to build small apartments

Take a walk around the Glen Park neighborhood, as I did the other day with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, and you’ll run into reminders that San Francisco often operates in open defiance of the values we say we hold dear.

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S.F. moves to expand health care for thousands of airport workers, families

Thousands of workers at San Francisco International Airport were expected to see expanded health care benefits from their employers after an increase in coverage was unanimously approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors this week. Sponsored by Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Shamann Walton, the legislation would require family health care for private-sector employees to meet a higher standard, at no cost to workers.

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San Francisco to create Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

As the City prepares to celebrate San Francisco Pride this weekend, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday authored by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to create the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, bringing additional funding and resources to one of the country’s most important LGBTQ neighborhoods.

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SF to mark nation's first LGBTQ API Week

At the request of gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who now represents the Castro neighborhood, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday, May 18, to adopt a resolution officially declaring May 22-29 as QTAPI Week in the City and County of San Francisco. He noted it was fitting for the city to be the one to establish such a week due to its being home to

a number of LGBTQ trailblazing groups and individuals.

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New bars have been banned in S.F.’s Castro neighborhood since 1987. A city ordinance just changed that

For the first time in 35 years, new bars will be allowed to open in a commercial district of the Castro, thanks to a new ordinance that the city’s Board of Supervisors passed unanimously Tuesday afternoon. “It feels like common sense: You should be able to open a bar in the Castro in 2022,” said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who sponsored the legislation.

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San Francisco Supervisor Wants City to Declare a Climate State of Emergency

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced a resolution Tuesday that would declare a state of climate emergency for the city. 

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San Francisco Celebrates the Passage of an All-Electric Building Ordinance For Newly Constructed Buildings and Framework for a Just Transition

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to pass the all-electric new buildings ordinance introduced by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and co-sponsored by Supervisors Dean Preston, Gordon Mar, Shamann Walton, and Matt Haney.

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Castro homeless woman known for wandering into traffic is dead. Why couldn't S.F. save her?

Neighbors in the Castro knew her as Princess Leia because she often wore her long hair in two buns on the sides of her head, sometimes held together with syringes. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman knew her as Individual M, a reference to her placement on his list of 17 distressed and distressing people in his district whom he tries to help with intensive services. 

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San Francisco Supe Calls For Allowing 4-Unit Apartments In Corner Lots To Alleviate Housing Crunch

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman on Tuesday proposed legislation that would allow for small apartment complexes with up to four units to be built in areas of the city currently reserved for single-family homes.

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Amid drought concerns, S.F. supervisor wants new large buildings to recycle and use less water

As California struggles with an intensifying drought, new San Francisco legislation would seek to make large buildings consume less water after they’re occupied.

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SF Supervisor Wants to Limit 'McMansions,' Allow Fourplexes Where Single Family Homes Roam

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman is coming for the city's mansions, while also turning up the heat on housing production.

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Hummingbird opens second SF mental health respite center on Valencia

A new mental health facility on San Francisco’s Valencia Street just opened 30 beds on Tuesday for those at the crossroads of homelessness, mental health illnesses and drug dependency [...] District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman said in a statement:

“The Hummingbird model is a proven concept that can make a real difference in the crisis on our streets, and we need many more of them.”

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