SAN FRANCISCO –Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced that he had secured $19.8 million in funds from the state budget for local needs in San Francisco. Senator Wiener championed these community projects and investments to improve city resources for low-income communities and communities of color. These funds will also support local artists, science education and museums.
Senator Wiener secured the following funding:
-$5 million for the Sunnydale HUB, a community services and recreation center. Sunnydale is a public housing community in the southeast part of San Francisco, made up mostly of low-income people of color. The community lacks the basic amenities of a San Francisco neighborhood, such as fresh food, access to a public gym, and safe spaces for young people to play. The HUB will serve as a community service and recreation center for local residents.
-$5.5 million to help establish the nation’s first large-scale LGBTQ history museum in San Francisco, celebrating and recognizing the history of the LGBTQ community. This museum will also serve as a community gathering space for conferences and events, and an economic engine for San Francisco, attracting visitors from around the world.
-$500,000 for the Tenderloin Museum basement expansion project. The Tenderloin Museum explores and amplifies the untold stories of a long marginalized neighborhood through a permanent history exhibit, art gallery, resident-led walking tours, and a robust schedule of public programs. This year, the Tenderloin Museum began the planning process of renovating its basement so that it could serve as exhibition and event space, doubling the capacity of the facility.
-$2.1 million to the California Academy of Sciences to fund its burgeoning environmental learning plan in California. Thriving California is a major Academy initiative that has the power to transform all California residents by harnessing science and mobilizing the state’s diverse communities to fight climate change, halt biodiversity loss, and advocate nature in the Golden State. The Environmental Learning Plan aims to bridge the science learning gap by providing every family, community, and K-12 student and teacher in California with the opportunity to understand, care, and act on the local nature name.
-$5 million to upgrade the SF Market (San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market) at Bayview-Hunters Point. Bayview-Hunters Point is an underserved community – 85% of its residents live below the poverty line. The SF Market is the only non-profit wholesale commodity market of this scale in the country. With this investment, The SF Market will be able to upgrade its facilities and surrounding infrastructure, which will directly benefit the neighborhood and all who depend on the market. The SF Market serves as a vital connector for Bayview-Hunters Point and supports economic development as well as food security for the entire Southeast Corridor.
-$1.7 million to The Box Shop, a collaborative art workspace providing affordable studio space for Bay Area artists focused on metal and industrial arts. As their lease ends, The Box Shop hopes to purchase new space in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. This funding will allow them to purchase and open a new space to continue supporting local artists.
“With California’s historic budget surplus, now is the time to invest deeply in our community, especially in key infrastructure needs,” said Senator Wiener. “These investments will tangibly improve people’s lives. I am proud to represent such a vibrant community and to champion it in the Legislative Assembly.
“These investments will help ensure that San Franciscans, especially those in communities that have historically been underserved, have access to support and resources to lead fulfilling lives,” Mayor London Breed said. “As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we need continued investments from all levels of government to support the development of our communities. I want to thank Senator Wiener for all his work in securing this funding in the state budget for the people of San Francisco. »
“The SF Market is deeply grateful to Senator Wiener for his support of our reinvestment project,” said Eli Zigas, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SF Market. “This funding allows us to continue to upgrade the critical food infrastructure we provide to the 26 merchants in SF Market, supporting food businesses in San Francisco as well as farmers across California. This investment also directly benefits our Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood and also supports our ongoing community programs that address significant food insecurity throughout the Southeast Corridor.
“With the myriad environmental threats facing California, engaging the next generation in science and conservation is more important than ever,” said Scott Sampson, Executive Director and President William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball of the Academy. California Science. “We are extremely grateful for Senator Wiener’s efforts to secure state funding for our thriving environmental learning plan in California and for his continued support of science education. From teacher and youth mentoring to after-school programs and family nature clubs, the range of educational resources made possible by this funding will be transformational for teachers, students and families across California. It will provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to help save and regenerate the natural world.
“The Box Shop would like to sincerely thank Senator Scott Wiener, his staff, and the State of California for the generous support in securing permanent housing for us,” said Charlie Gadeken, owner of The Box Shop. “The Box Shop has served artists and small businesses in San Francisco and the Bay Area with our affordable art studios, collaborative workshop, tools and equipment for nearly 20 years. Our space allows artists to do their work and bring our city and region to life with their artistic creations!Our lease will end in 2024 without the possibility of renewal.To continue to serve local artists and the artistic and cultural community, our best opportunity to continue our services at long term is to buy a location. This funding helps us take a giant step towards our goal of saving The Box Shop and keeping San Francisco creative. Thank you!”