September 23 was Dignity Day and the community of supporters and elected leaders gathered to show their support for Proposition I – The Dignity Fund. Mayor Lee and members of the Board of Supervisors spoke of the importance of supporting seniors and adult with disabilities. Community leaders shared their stories about how Prop I will make a difference. And around the city, Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers distributed information about this November 8 ballot measure to meal sites. Hundreds of seniors, adults with disabilities and their supporters showed their enthusiastic support by pledging to help get the word out with house signs, phone banking and outreach engagements. You can learn more about how you can help here. Enjoy the pictures and remember to vote Yes on Prop I!
This November’s election is an important one, from local ballot measures like Prop I that provides funding for senior and disability services in San Francisco, to the Presidential election. Now is the time to make sure you’re registered to vote and that you have the information you need to make decisions on the many, many state and local ballot measures.
Here’s a handy list of sites that can help you make your voice heard this November.
California Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 24th, 2016
Register to vote at registertovote.ca.gov or you can register to vote using a paper form.
Are You Registered to Vote?
- Request vote-by-mail ballot online or call the Department of Elections at 415-554-4375. Requests must be received by November 1, 2016.
- Track your Vote by Mail ballot
Check Your Polling Location & View Sample Ballot
- Check your polling location online, check accessibility and view a sample ballot
- Vote Tuesday, November 8. Polls are open 7am. – 8pm.
San Francisco County Department of Elections
City Hall – 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, Room 48
Open weekdays from 8am – 5pm, weekdays
- Voting Information
- November 8 Election Information
- Vote Early at City Hall
Any voter may vote at the City Hall Voting Center, located outside Room 48. The building is fully accessible and an accessible voting machine is available for voters with disabilities.Monday to Friday, October 11-November 7, 2016 – 8am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30 and November 5-6, 2016 – 10am-4pm (enter City Hall on Grove Street)
Tuesday, November 8 Election Day! 7am-8pm
- SF Dept. of Elections Official Voter Pamphlet
- CA Secretary of State Official Voter Pamphlet
- Easy Voter Guide (in 5 languages)
- Voter’s Edge (League of Women Voters)
- California Alliance for Retired Americans Voting Guide (PDF)
- Senior & Disability Action Guide to Ballot Measures
Know Your Rights
- CA Secretary of State: Know Your Rights (Assistance at the polls, voters with disabilities, voters with limited English, etc.)
- Disability Organizing Network – Voting
- CA Secretary of State: Voting Resources for People with Disabilities
- Disability Vote HOTLINE: 888-569-7655 (TTY: 800-719-5798)
- Voting Rights for people who are homeless: People who are homeless may register to vote. On the online form, choose “I do not have a street address” and enter cross streets where they most often stay (to establish voting precinct). Add a PO Box or Post Office General Delivery as the mailing address.
Note: A home address CANNOT be a P.O. Box, however, a mailing address CAN be a P.O. Box or “Post Office General Delivery” with zip code (for the voter to pickup)
- Voting Rights for people who are imprisoned or have had criminal convictions.
- Voter’s Edge Voting Basics
- San Francisco Department of Elections Frequently Asked Questions
- California Secretary of State Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Patrick Arbore was the special guest as this year’s honoree for the Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award, held on September 22 at the Marine’s Memorial in San Francisco. Once again, the community of individuals and organizations who believe in the importance of helping seniors and people with disabilities age in community came together. Highlights included CLC Board member Colt Stander, who introduced a special, intergenerational hip hop performance by Bert Houle and Rebecca Fazio, information about the award by Norma’s daughter Debby Satten, introductions of CLC Good Neighbor Awardees, chosen by their community earlier in the year. These good neighbors include Paul Hendrickson, Mel Noguera, Jimmye Mae Bynum, Ned Reese, Vernice Ross, Donna Wilmott, and Jim Stevenson. Another highlight was Anne’s introduction of Dr. Patrick Arbore and his heartfelt call to help reduce isolation and create connections. Jim Illig closed the evening with a toast and a call to keep working hard to make this a better city in the year ahead. Enjoy the pictures and mark your calendar to come next September.
Article by Betty Traynor, Convenor
Since 2010, the Community Living Campaign has been active at St. Francis Square (SFQ), a 50 year plus residential cooperative founded by the ILWU with close to 300 units in the Western Addition, across from Japantown. Our CLC group founded by Marcia Peterzell and Linda Silver was a very welcome addition to the Square as there are many seniors living here, who moved in when they were “kids” in the ‘60s and ‘70s and are now aging in place. Many seniors welcomed the chance to join the CLC committee to learn about issues important to them, to exercise together, and to just have fun.
The CLC sponsors birthday parties through the year where everyone is invited to celebrate those with birthdays in the past four months, with party favors, music and gifts. We have Coffee and Conversation three Friday mornings a year with breakfast snacks and relevant speakers on hearing, the vial of life, health issues, and aging empowerment to name a few. One of our members, Jimmy Bynum, started up a weekly Walking Group on Wednesday mornings to get around our delightful neighborhood from the Fillmore to Japantown and in between. To specifically help those in need at SFQ, the CLC group formed “Neighbor to Neighbor” soliciting volunteers from all our residents who could be called on to give a hand: give a drive to the grocery store or medical appointment, move a couch, walk a dog. The volunteers are on-call and not far away. Our monthly meetings on second Tuesday mornings in our Social Hall are when we plan all that is coming up and look back on what we’ve done to improve for next time.
We decided recently that we needed to add some enjoyable “outside the Square” activities, so we’ve met for happy hour at a local club, Sheba Lounge on Fillmore, and one of our Square members who owns Picnic on Third restaurant in SOMA invited us to check it out for lunch a few months ago. We not only had a great meal but were treated as honored elders by the owner and her staff. So for now that is the Community Living Campaign at St. Francis Square Cooperative—ready, willing and able to be there for each other and to have fun along the way. For more information, contact Betty Traynor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dignity Fund Coalition rallied its supporters on July 19th, the day that the Dignity Fund legislation was scheduled for its final vote at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. A broad cross-section of senior, disability, veterans, HIV survivors, those with other chronic conditions and their supporters gathered to hear their Supervisors and Coalition leaders speak to the importance of this legislation to build a foundation to address the needs of a growing number of seniors and adults with disabilities. The pictures tell the story. See one you like? Right click and download.