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Hotel Council of San Francisco Announces New Board Members: Franco Finn, Gail Isono, Sheena Way

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Hotel Council of San Francisco Announces New Board Members:
Franco Finn, Gail Isono, Sheena Way

19 October 2022— San Francisco, CA: The Hotel Council of San Francisco (www.hotelcouncilsf.org) today announced three new board members: Franco Finn (Alaska Airlines), Gail Isono (Harbor Court Hotel), Sheena Way (Golden State Warriors)

“These three new additions to our Board expand our reach and our expertise,” said Terry Lewis, Board Chair for the Council. “These professionals are well known in their respective fields and know how vital tourism is for our economic recovery.”

“I’m excited to announce our newest additions to the Hotel Council’s Board of Directors: Franco Finn, Gail Isono and Sheena Way,” said Alex Bastian, President & CEO of the Council. “This pivotal moment in our city’s history highlights the importance of creating partnerships that benefit our industry, its workforce, and the city of San Francisco. Our collaboration with our Allied Partners, the world champion Golden State Warriors and Alaska Airlines, is incredibly valuable because it is representative of San Francisco’s tourism industry. We will be working collectively to fast-track our city’s recovery by doubling down on tourism in 2023.” 

The Hotel Council of San Francisco is a non-profit membership-based organization advocating for the economic and social vitality of the hospitality industry in San Francisco. With a membership roster of over 200 hotels, allied members, and partner organizations, the Council is dedicated to protecting the San Francisco hospitality industry and connecting its members to support its growth and success.

Franco Finn is a first-generation San Francisco native. Born and raised in the Mission & Excelsior districts in Francisco and eventually settled in the Sunset District.  Franco attended French American International School (FAIS) in grade school, then Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep for High School, and then received his B.A. in Communications at Santa Clara University.  For nearly a decade, Franco has been an aviation professional, working in many capacities within the airline industry from Brand Marketing, Communications, External Relations & Employee Engagement. Currently, Franco manages the Community Relations & Engagement for the state of California at Alaska Airlines.

Franco is an active member in the San Francisco community where he also serves on the Executive Board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.  When he’s not working his full time job, many people may also recognize him and his voice over the last 20 years as the in-arena MC/Host and TV Personality for the NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors. Now in his 20th season, many fans of the beloved sports franchise, fittingly know him as the “Hypeman” at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, where he energizes and entertains the sold out crowd of 18,000+ fans each and every night.  You’ll hear him introducing the team’s starting lineup, hosting the pre-game show “Warriors TV” and conducting all the contests and promos at the arena.  

Franco Finn is also a well-known professional auctioneer, the “Hypeman Auctioneer”, where he shares his voice and influence at many charity benefits, galas, and fundraiser events all around the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond.  He’s a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in North Carolina, a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) with a Benefit Auction Specialist (B.A.S.) designation. Franco has been involved in a multitude of fundraising events for many years, working with some of the most recognizable non-profit charities and organizations from the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, The Ronald McDonald House, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just to name a handful, helping to raise millions of dollars and counting, in his career! 

His media background and experience includes being a segment host on KRON 4 TV and freelancing as an MC/host for the San Francisco Giants’ special events for the past 13 seasons. He is a local and national MC, hosting a variety of sporting events from NASCAR to Red Bull’s extreme sports events.  His previous stints include being an on-air personality and host for TV and Radio for CBS, Comcast SportsNet, the Oakland Raiders (NFL Network), KOFY-TV, Radio Disney, KGO AM 810, and guest appearances on ESPN Radio.  

Gail Isono is the General Manager for the Harbor Court Hotel. Prior to joining the Harbor Court Hotel, Gail was the General Manager for the Hotel Abri, and previously, the Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa for over 16 years, her pride in working in San Francisco has been a focal point in the guest and employee experience. She has been a member of the Hotel Council and was previously involved in the Union Square Business Improvement District, Nob Hill Association and Vistage. Gail attended the University of Hawaii, majoring in Travel industry Management and worked in the hotel industry i n Hawaii before moving to San Francisco. Her upbringing i n Hawaii has been a strong influence for the importance of “ohana” (family) that we share in our industry.

Sheena Way joined the Golden State Warriors organization during the 2020-21 NBA season as Vice President, Content and Programming, and is now in her second season.  In her current role, Way’s primary responsibilities include oversight over Chase Center and Thrive City programming opportunities, as well as concerts, sporting events, premium live events, special events, and outdoor plaza activations. Way has focused on new ways to bring the different communities of the Bay Area together through unique specialty events such as Lunar New Year Celebration, Black History Month Celebrations, Women Small Business Market, and Hanukkah Celebrations. Under her direction, Chase Center and Thrive City have welcomed hundreds of thousands of guests for live entertainment of all kinds. When Chase Center reopened for fans coming out of the pandemic in 2021, she orchestrated the bookings of the rescheduled and new concerts and performances highlighted by Tame Impala, The Eagles, Dave Chappelle, Luke Combs, Metallica and back-to-back sold-out Trevor Noah shows. Prior to joining the Warriors, Way served as Vice President, Live Entertainment for the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), where she oversaw the bookings for Rogers Place—home to the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers—the Downtown Community Arena, ICE District, and all Premium rental spaces within OEG. There she managed the grand opening of Rogers Place, including the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and public house, along with 11 shows in its first 60 days.  Way’s experience expands over 25 years in Talent Management and Live Entertainment Programming; previously she served as Director of Live Entertainment for Canucks Sports and Entertainment. She was responsible for all bookings at Rogers Arena, home to the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. She spent additional time in the Vancouver market in positions with Live Nation Entertainment, House of Blue Concerts, and the Sam Feldman Agency. A native of Vancouver, Canada, Way spent her childhood in the British Columbia Province, where she started in the entertainment industry as an artist manager at 16 years old. In her free time, Sheena is an avid skier and cyclist and enjoys Bay area adventures with her husband, Mike.

Dezart Performs Wins 8 Desert Stars Awards for landmark productions The Mountaintop and Every Brilliant Thing

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Dezart Performs Wins 8 Desert Stars Awards
for landmark productions The Mountaintop and Every Brilliant Thing
www.dezartperforms.org 

19 October 2022 – Palm Springs, CA: The Desert Theatre League has honored the critically-acclaimed 14th season for Dezart Performs (www.dezartperforms.org of Palm Springs with Eight Desert Star Awards in the 35th annual occurrence in honoring outstanding performances and productions. The emotionally-charged The Mountaintop exploring the final night of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took home six awards including Outstanding Props and Special Effects, Greg Thorneycroft;  Outstanding Sound Design – Professional, Clark Dugger; Outstanding Set Design – Professional, Thomas L. Valach; The Michael Cruickshank Award for Outstanding Director of a Drama, Professional, Michael Shaw; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, Shante Deloach; and Outstanding Production of a Drama – Professional.  The one-person dramatic comedy performed in the round, Every Brilliant Thing, garnered two awards: Outstanding Director of a Comedy – Professional, Deborah Hamon and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy – Professional for Joel Bryant.

“The evening of awards was a long-overdue gathering of all of our friends in the theatre community,” said Dezart Performs Founding Artistic Director Michael Shaw. “The joy of seeing everybody in one room after three long years of separation, and basking in the glow of the night was magical and so missed! Receiving the recognition from the Desert Theatre League was the icing on the cake.”

Below is the full schedule for the upcoming 15th Season for Dezart Performs, beginning on October 28.

15th Dezart Performs’ Season Listing

CHOIR BOY

October 28 – November 6, 2022

Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Drama with music

2019 Tony nominee for Best Play 

2019 Drama Desk winner for Outstanding Music in a Play

“… the choral music is rich and rousing.” – New York Stage Review

“[CHOIR BOY] registers with potency, examining its themes with a mixture of poignancy and humor…it soars.” – The New York Post

“CHOIR BOY is a drama so infused with emotion that it cant help breaking into song.” 

– Hartford Courant

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A BRIGHT NEW BOISE

 January 13 – 22, 2023

Written by Samuel D. Hunter

Dark comedy

2011 Obie Award winner for Playwriting

2011 Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Play

“[Samuel D. Hunter] is one of the finest playwrights at work today.” – The Wall Street Journal 

“… the playwright brings humanity and humility to his repressed characters as they struggle to connect and find a means of self-expression.” – Theatermania

“Hunter’s sense of place is richer and more peculiar than any other American playwright working today.” – The New York Times

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT THE MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY

March 3 – 12, 2023

Written by Halley Feiffer

Comedy 

“[A FUNNY THING HAPPENED…is] a play that is as deeply felt as its name is long. – The New York Times 

“The play is as defiantly unconventional as its title, but it is also satisfying in traditional ways.” – The Los Angeles Times

“Feiffer again demonstrates a talent for crafting caustically sharp comic dialogue.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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THE GARBOLOGISTS

April 14 – 23, 2023

Written by Lindsay Joelle

New comedy/drama

“THE GARBOLOGISTS takes us on a ride of sadness, joy, anger, disbelief, and understanding.” –Grid Magazine

“Lindsay Joelle’s finely crafted play is laced with wit and wisdom.” – Broadway World

[THE GARBOLOGISTS] is delightfully intimate, surprising, and profound, filled with sometimes unexpected laughter and even tears..” – onStage Pittsburgh

Dezart Performs, one of the Coachella Valley’s preeminent theatre companies, recognizes that the performing arts enrich the life and culture of a community, promote greater understanding and provoke insightful discussion. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre company, its mission is to provide an artistic home for bold and cutting–edge plays, creating an atmosphere of artistic growth for actors, writers, and directors who uniquely contribute to the diverse theatrical environment in the Coachella Valley.

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Emmylou Harris, Beso Negro, Margaret Belton & The Patsychords and San Francisco’s own Tim Flannery Rock the House to Benefit Rocket Dog Rescue in its 21st Anniversary Year

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Emmylou Harris, Beso Negro, Margaret Belton & The Patsychords
and San Francisco’s own Tim Flannery Rock the House
to Benefit Rocket Dog Rescue in its 21st Anniversary Year

Celebrity Auctioneer Liam Mayclem

“The Bummer’s Ball”: Saturday, November 12 at SF Jazz

www.rocketdogrescue.org

11 October 2022 – San Francisco, CA: If you’ve ever had a rescue dog look into your eyes, you understand.   For 21 years, the esteemed San Francisco nonprofit Rocket Dog Rescue (www.rocketdogrescue.org) has united cold noses with warm hearts. To celebrate that milestone – and raise funds to continue that mission – the annual Bummers Ball takes place on Saturday, November 12 at the spectacular SF Jazz Theatre (201 Franklin Street) with a litter of incredible talent headlined by Emmylou Harris and featuring  Beso Negro, Margaret Belton & the Patsychords and San Francisco’s own Tim Flannery. Rounding out the evening will be a live-and-silent auction overseen by San Francisco’s popular “Foodie Chap” Liam Mayclem. Tickets may be purchased online at https://bit.ly/3zKB0Fi

“Rocket Dog is all about making an emotional connection,” said Pali Boucher who founded Rocket Dog Rescue in 2001“The bond between humans and dogs is something that has to be experienced to be understood. I should know, a dog, literally saved my life.”

Boucher, a San Francisco native, is a recipient of a 2001 Points of Light Award for outstanding volunteerism. A onetime homeless spirit, burdened with the diseases of addiction and HIV, Pali found a better existence though recovery, the arts, the adoption of a dog she called Leadbelly and the formation of a nonprofit that saves canines.  Since that day two decades ago, Rocket Dog Rescue has tagged and adopted over 14,000 dogs. And, its mission has expanded.

Rocket Dog has rescued pigeons, crows, hawks, falcons, put out alfalfa and hay for deer during California wildfires, and provided troughs of water for wildlife and farm animals during the same. They’ve even rescued pigs.

“Our animal family can’t always defend or protect themselves,” says Pali. “That’s where Rocket Dog comes in. I know, if they could, our furry, and sometimes not-so-furry friends, would do the same for us.”

The help goes both ways, as “helping animals” is also a way to help their humans. Other ways that Rocket Dog assists foster the relationship between the species includes:

  • Paying for vet care for those experiencing homelessness
  • Food for homeless dogs and people
  • Waiving adoption fees for families who are on the lower income level 
  • Helping those who struggle with health issues and abuse to get pets and/or keep their pets 
  • Free of charge boarding when low income or veterans are in the hospital
  • Volunteer dog training for youth and adults

“We’re also international,” says Boucher, noting that Rocket Dog has provided canine vaccines to Africa and set up free spay-and-neuter clinics in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Maria. “We are of the community, by the community, for the community and lives in the heart of the community no matter where that community is.”

All of this is more amazing when you consider that Rocket Dog spends around $500,000 annually on vet bills, and that’s without natural disasters. Staff costs? There are none. Rocket Dog has an all volunteer staff.

“Our volunteers’ hearts glow the brightest when we are out there in the midst of insane crazy rescue energy,” says Boucher. “They are the real heroes and heroines of Rocket Dog.”

Clearly, entertainment royalty agrees. This year’s 20th Anniversary Gala is, pardon the pun, really putting on the dog.

“Emmylou said ‘yes’, right away,” says Audrey Joseph, longtime event producer in San Francisco. Puppy tracks tattooed on her arms bear witness to her motivation. “Beso Negro, Margaret Belton and Tim Flannery jumped in too to make for what will be not only a really good cause, but a really dynamite evening of music at San Francisco Jazz.”

About the Artists:

Iconic  singer, songwriter and musician, Emmylou Harris has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and has won 14 Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other honors, including becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1992 and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2018, she was presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Harris’ work and recordings include work as a solo artist, a bandleader, an interpreter of other composers’ works, a singer-songwriter, and a backing vocalist and duet partner. She has worked with numerous artists.

Throughout his baseball career, Tim Flannery had his guitar in hand.  He writes songs about his family roots, love, and the surrender that comes when you understand some things are out of your control. He writes about baseball and being on the road, the call of the highway, and the beacon of home. He has an ace band, the Lunatic Fringe, that bring his songs roaring to life in various musical genres like bluegrass, country, and rock.  Flan has three World Series Championship rings as a third-base coach with the San Francisco Giants, and he has released 14 albums of original music over the years.  He and his wife, Donna, created the Love Harder Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to anti-bullying and funded by proceeds from his performances and public donations. His latest album, Waiting On A Miracle, was released this year.

Beso Negro has an all-star lineup of internationally experienced musicians who have brought drive and passion to Gypsy Rock. The love for tradition has collided with a modern sensibility and has transformed the genre into a vibrant new beast. Darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy, Beso Negro’s indelible fingerprint brings Jazz Manouche to a new generation and to the 21st century.

Javier Jimenez of Madrid adroitly conjures the ghost of Django with his phenomenal guitar playing. Adam Roach’s vocals are singular, soulful and penetrating. Steve Gardner’s fiddle playing is fluid and dark. Cheyenne’s Bass playing locks with Ethan Turner’s hard swinging drums, driving the rhythm and laying down the foundation. One night with Beso Negro and you will understand what is means to get the “Black Kiss”.

Margaret Belton is that rare artist who fuses her exceptional talent with a genuine warmth that makes audiences feel they’re part of the family. 

A true renaissance woman, She is a songstress, theater and film actor and a visual artist. She has starred in many independent films, theater

productions and crooned various stages around The Bay Area and beyond.  She founded her Patsy Cline Tribute band called ‘The Patsychords’ 

in 2011 and has accomplished five rounds of her critically acclaimed portrayal of Patsy Cline in ‘Always… Patsy Cline’.   Margaret continues to 

croon, perform and collaborate with artists near and far and she is over the moon to be here at the SF Jazz Center for another round of The 

Bummers Ball to benefit our four-legged friends! 


The Patsychords are comprised of Maurice Tani on guitar, David Phillips on pedal steel, Ken Owen on drums, Henry Salvia on piano, Kathleen Salvia on harmonies and Jeanine Richardson the tambourine queen.

CITY OFFICIALS DETAIL EFFORTS TO TARGET OPEN-AIR DRUG DEALING  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 

Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, mayorspressoffice@sfgov.org                                   

***PRESS RELEASE***  

CITY OFFICIALS DETAIL EFFORTS TO TARGET OPEN-AIR DRUG DEALING  

Prioritization of narcotics arrests and prosecutions in addition to work to expand services and treatment   

San Francisco, CA – Mayor London N. Breed, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, and Police Chief William Scott today provided an update on the City’s strategies to confront open-air drug dealing in San Francisco. In a briefing at Police Headquarters, the City’s top public safety officials provided details on strategies and data, as well as examples of partnerships to improve outcomes. Supervisor Matt Dorsey joined the briefing to detail work being done at the Board of Supervisors to support these efforts, as well as to expand access to treatment.    

At the briefing, Officials detailed new approaches they’ve undertaken in recent months to arrest and prosecute drug dealers. For example, in the last three months:  

  • SFPD officers have made over 260 felony arrests for narcotics sales and seized over 28 kilograms of narcotics, including 18 kilograms of Fentanyl alone.  
  • The District Attorney’s Office has increased felony narcotics charges filed by 95% over the same time period from the previous year.  

Officials also discussed efforts to intervene with those using drugs on the street to better compel them to seek treatment. Over the last year, 4,500 people have been connected to specialty services for substance use in San Francisco. To expand on this, the Department of Public Health (SFDPH) recently launched a new Overdose Prevention Plan with targeted goals that include increasing the number of people in services and on medication to treat addiction. The Board of Supervisors is also considering a wide range of solutions to expand services and treatment under Supervisor Dorsey’s SF Recovers.   

“The sale of drugs on our street is killing people and open-air drug markets are disrupting neighborhoods for our residents,” said Mayor Breed. “We need to be more aggressive with our arrests and prosecution for those dealing these drugs, while balancing that with an expansion of services and treatment for those struggling with addiction, so that people have an option to get the help they need. The flood of Fentanyl into our City is going to require all levels of government working together, including enforcement against those dealing drugs in our City.”  

Since taking office, District Attorney Jenkins has implemented new policies to hold drug dealers accountable and disrupt open-air drug markets including revoking over 30 lenient plea deals, prohibiting drug dealers arrested with more than five grams of drugs from being referred to the Community Justice Center, and adding school enhancements for drug dealers accused of selling deadly drugs near schools. Additionally, the District Attorney has sought pre-trial detention for serious drug dealers, with a focus to admonish suspected drug dealers to warn them in open court that if found to have sold a drug that results in a death, they may face murder charges. 

Between July 1 and September 25, the District Attorney’s Office was presented 214 cases with felony narcotics charges as the most serious charge. Of those cases:  

  • 183 cases were filed, compared to 90 for the same time period last year, representing a 95% increase.   
  • The filing rate which represents the number of cases filed over the number of cases presented for this time period is 86% compared to 69% for last year.  
  • 157 individuals were arraigned this year during this time period as compared to 78 last year, representing a 101% increase.   
  • The District Attorney has also filed nine motions to detain serious drug dealers and is advancing new legal theories and arguments to keep drug dealers off our streets. 

The District Attorney also announced a new policy to help those struggling with addiction get connected to services and treatment through the Community Justice Center by bundling misdemeanor public drug use citations and requiring any individual with five citations be referred to the Community Justice Center to be able to access treatment.  

“Since taking office, one of my primary focuses has been holding drug dealers accountable and disrupting open-air drug markets,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “I have worked to rebuild our partnership with the San Francisco Police Department and to do everything in my power to address the drug dealing and overdose crisis on our streets with every legal means available to us. We are starting to get dangerous drug dealers off our streets while restoring public safety and accountability. We are also taking important steps to help those struggling with addiction get the services and treatment they need.”  

At the press conference, Chief Scott described the San Francisco Police Department’s(SFPD) role and responsibility in enforcing the law and disrupting open-air drug dealing and drug use. Enforcement operations are driven by a multitude of factors, including community input, data analysis, calls for service, uniformed presence, observed street conditions, and plainclothes operations. In the downtown and Tenderloin neighborhood, which is the most heavily impacted by the drug crisis, SFPD has supplemented uniformed patrol officers with members from its Narcotics Unit, Traffic Company, and civilian ambassadors.   

“Our officers are working hard every day to stem the rising tide of illegal drug sales, open-air drug use, and overdose deaths in San Francisco. I recognize that disrupting the open-air drug use and sales in our City is a complex enforcement challenge. I believe we can get to a much better place when we work together, and that is why we are here today. It is partnerships with other City leaders and agencies that are vital to our success. Our goal is simple: identify the dealers based on observed activity, make arrests, build strong cases, and save lives,” said Police Chief Scott. “This is about helping those who are suffering from addiction. It is about reducing harm to our communities and saving our children from bearing witness the toll on human life the drug trade is taking. This is about the people feeling safe in their communities. This is about holding those responsible for this crisis accountable for their actions.”  

While enforcement operations vary, the goal remains the same: identify the dealers based on observed activity, make arrests, build strong cases, and save lives. So far in 2022 the SFPD has: 

  • Made over 600 arrests for narcotics sales and possession for sales citywide. 
  • And in the Tenderloin alone, seized over 68 kilograms of narcotics, 42 kilograms of which was Fentanyl.  

Supervisor Dorsey highlighted his work around San Francisco Recovers, a first step toward a comprehensive citywide strategy to reduce drug overdose deaths, incentivize recovery for those struggling with substance-use disorders, and end street-level drug dealing and open-air drug scenes.  

“Since January 2020, drug overdoses have claimed the lives of more than 1,700 San Franciscans, surpassing nearly twice over COVID-19’s lethality during the same time period,” said Supervisor Matt Dorsey. “San Franciscans are demanding solutions as big as our problems, and none of the problems facing our City right now are more visible, more destructive or more deadly than rampant street-level drug dealing, open-air drug scenes and overdoses. We need to implement real solutions to get people into treatment while holding drug dealers accountable for their crimes. I look forward to working with my colleagues at the Board, as well as the San Francisco Police Department and District Attorney’s office to make the progress San Franciscans deserve.”  

The scoping resolution calls more than two dozen city departments and commissions to report to the Board of Supervisors to identify existing and needed resources, current policies and practices, and barriers to progress. It will be heard at the Oct. 13 Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting, in a process that will enable the Board to begin forging consensus on evidence-based solutions.   
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All Out SF Seeks to “Show Love” to San Francisco

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All Out SF Seeks to “Show Love” to San Francisco

City Business, Nonprofit, Government and Community Groups
Unite for Weeklong Celebration
October 16 – 23

www.alloutsf.com 

3 October 2022 – San Francisco, CA:  Today a unique partnership of small businesses, community groups and local government announced a week-long festival of events called All Out SF (www.alloutsf.com) that will celebrate all things San Francisco. The events, themed each day by an aspect of what makes the City great, are designed to inspire civic pride and support the City’s local and small business community impacted by the COVID induced economic downturn. 

“All Out for SF is a great way to bring residents together to celebrate all that San Francisco has to offer,” said Mayor Breed. “From our beautiful outdoor parks, to our incredible waterfront views, small business community, and our arts and culture, it’s important that we take time to appreciate our City while we work to make it better.”

“This is the perfect time to gather round and remind ourselves why we love our City,” says Manny Yekutiel, 32, founder of the Mission District community engagement space, Manny’s, and one of the lead organizers of All Out SF.  “After the darkness of the last few years I’m proud to have helped organize something that will bring levity and joy back to San Franciscans right when we need it.”

All Out SF is a dedicated week to celebrate San Francisco and get people involved in making it better. Citywide events will span the week ranging from beautification projects, civic conversations and advocacy, arts, culture, and community.

“All Out SF is a truly group endeavor with partner organizations across the City bonding together to make this week possible,” says Yekutiel.

All Out SF is a partnership between Refuse Refuse, Sunday Streets, Porchfest, the San Francisco Office of Small Business, Illuminate, Together SF, the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, San Francisco Public Works, and the San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development, and countless small businesses and individual volunteers and activists.

According to Yekutiel, the partner organizations have curated a week of events around the City with the goal of celebrating San Francisco and giving people ways to make it better.  Each day is themed around celebrating a different aspect of San Francisco: streets, outdoors small business, arts, civics, music, beautification, and community.  Participants will be encouraged to participate in each day’s activities and take photos and tag #AllOutSF throughout the week.

“Illuminate is delighted to reinvigorate and build upon the rich tradition of live free concerts in Golden Gate Park,” said Ben Davis, founder of Illuminate.

Keeping our city clean is up to us,” said Refuse Refuse Founder Vincent Yuen. “We aim to motivate fellow San Franciscans to take actions needed to clean our streets, beautify our neighborhoods, and encourage others to join our cause. We’re excited to be a part of All Out SF with the ultimate goal of keeping San Francisco free of refuse.”

“Small businesses do so much to improve our daily lives,” said Katy Tang, Director of the San Francisco Office of Small Business. “Let’s overwhelm this incredible community with our love, especially after these challenging years.”

The themes are:
Sunday, October 16: – Phoenix Day from Sunday Streets, with streets closed to cars and open to pedestrians only for block parties around the city.

Monday, October 17:  Outdoors with people encouraged to walk the San Francisco Crosstown trail together culminating with a picnic at Land’s End.

Tuesday, October 18: Small Business with six small business flash mobs around the City where people will group up and go from business to business to support the local economy.

Wednesday, October 19:  Civics with Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors hosting coffee office hours in their districts to give their constituents an opportunity to meet them. 

Thursday, October 20: Art with people receiving a map of art galleries in their neighborhood and a set of nighttime art events including ArtSpan’s Art Launch and late night at the SFMOMA. 

Friday, October 21:  Music will see free concerts at the Bandshell in Golden Gate Park as well as buskers on the JFK Promenade.

Saturday, October 22:  Beautification will bring 12 trash pickup trucks together with the goal of picking up all of the trash in the City in one day. 

Sunday, October 23:  SF Ice Cream Sundays is a sweet ending to the week with sundae making kits available at neighborhood ice cream shops to encourage ice cream socials among neighbors. NOTE: advance registration required.