Registrati​on Deadline Extended! OEWD – Workforce CBI Workshop Reminders – Register Now!

UPDATE: Registration Extended for FreeOEWD-Sponsored Workshop
OEWD has two upcoming CBO Capacity BuildingInitiative (CBI) workshops, outlined below. Seating is limited and registrationis required;  register today by emailing us at:



Register nowfor the following OEWD workshops:

Workshop Description
Target Audience

9am – 12pm
Measure & Improve Business CustomerSatisfaction with Your Services
If you want to get better outcomes withthe private sector and improve your business services you need to knowhow well you are doing with your private sector relationships.  Learnhow to use the same revealing measures of success that private sector businessesuse to evaluate their customer relationships.  Don’t assume you’redoing well with companies until you understand how to measure their satisfactionwith your services.
Program Managers, Lead Staff
UNTIL10/06 at 5:00PM

To register please send an email
L. Robbin

9am – 1pm

Organizational & Programmatic Sustainability  (Half-Day Workshop)
This highly interactive and practical sessionoffering staff and board leaders the opportunity to define sustainabilityfor their organizations, identify the current challenges and opportunitiesfacing their business models, and outline immediate decisions and nextsteps they need to take to strengthen their organizations. This class isfor Executive Director/CEOs, experienced Senior Managers, and board leaders.Participants should bring current financial statements and any currentstrategic or annual plans.
Executive Directors,  UpperManagement, Managers
IS OPENUNTIL10/11 at 5:00PM

To register please send an email


On-going workshops:

Workshop Description
Target Audience

see online catalog

MOH Capacity Building Workshop Vouchers
On-line catalog of workshops:

To inquire about workshop vouchers contactPierre Stroud, Community Builder, MOH: 415.701.5588;
Workshop Vouchers are onlyavailable to CDBG Grantees

TBD – annually

Controller’s Office – Capacity BuildingSeries
For more information:
To sign up for announcements of upcomingtrainings, please email
CBOs w/City Contracts



**Please Note: If you are unableto make a workshop that you registered for, please let us know in advanceso that we can open up the opportunity to others.

Not available to attend these workshops?Don’t worry, over the course of this fiscal year, OEWD will be offeringa variety of workshops as part of our new CBO Capacity Building Initiative(CBI).  These professional development training sessions are designedto enhance organizational and staff capacity to deliver workforce servicesof the highest quality.

Topics will address:
·        EmployerEngagement
·        CaseManagement
·        Organizationaland Programmatic Sustainability
·        FiscalAdministration

Executive Directors, Program Managers andCoordinators, Vocational Counselors, Case Managers, Job Coaches, and otherprogram operations staff will all find sessions targeted to meet theirparticular interests and needs.  All OEWD workforce granteesare invited to send staff to attend these training sessions.  Someworkshops will also be open to other community based organizations.  Asseating is limited, registration will be taken on a first come, first servedbasis. However, priority may be given to OEWD grantees for certain workshops.  OEWD may also limit the total number of registrations per organizationdue to capacity limitations.  

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities! Register today for the October 13th workshop by emailing:
Health Care Academy’s MedicalAssisting (MA) Program
is now recruiting for our Septemberclasses !

To learn more about this programand to become an applicant, you must attend one ofthe following two orientation sessions:
Wednesday, October 5that 10am
JVS at 225 Bush St., 4thFloor, San Francisco


Thursday, October 6that 10am
One Stop Career Center at1500 Mission St., San Francisco
If you have additional questions, pleasecontact Kathleen Pera:
(415) 782-6218 or
PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE:A 9 month Medical Assistant programintended to provide students with a solid foundation in clinical &administrative duties needed for successful entry into the healthcare field.This includes a one month externship at a local clinical site
Three certifications upon completion:National Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT1)license, and National Certified EKG Technician
Job search and placement assistance– we’ll help you get your first or next healthcare job

TO BE ELIGIBLE:You must be at least 18 years of age
Possess proof of proof of U.S. authorizationto work  & selective service for male
Meet income eligibility or dislocated workerstatus
Must have a HS Diploma/G.E.D.
Ability to pass background check
Meet MA training’s 8th gradereading  level and  program’s math requirements
Available to be a full time student forthe 9 months of training
Comfortable working:
o  with people and a lot of directpatient interactions
o  with needles and blood draws
o  in front/back office setting workingwith computers & administrative duties

New Self-Suffi​ciency Standard Reveals Skyrocketi​ng Costs; Helps Combat Poverty

 New Data Helps Combat Growing Poverty in California

Self-Sufficiency Standard Gives Local Agencies the Tools to Make A Difference
Oakland, CA – Today, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, in partnership with elected officials and agencies throughout the state, unveiled the newly updated 2011 California Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard (Self-Sufficiency Standard) — a county-specific measure of the true cost of living for working families in California. In recent years, theSelf-Sufficiency Standard has become a key tool in helping agencies across California address poverty at the local level. Due to rising costs, stagnant wages and increased unemployment over the last three years, direct service providers, charitable foundations and labor unions throughout the state have turned to the Self-Sufficiency Standard as a tool to help them make better decisions about how to effectively allocate resources to help working families in their own community. 

“The Self-Sufficiency Standard is critical to the work of the United Ways throughout the state; it provides us with a true picture of the needs within the communities we serve, informs how we tailor our approaches to increasing financial stability and helps us measure progress toward our collective goals,” said United Ways of California President and CEO Peter Manzo. “We believe that to build financial stability, you have to see and address all the issues including health, education, and income. For example, SparkPoint financial education centers exemplify this holistic approach by offering multiple services in one location and use theSelf-Sufficiency Standard in one-on-one coaching with clients and to evaluate client progress toward reaching financial stability.”
But it’s not just charitable foundations and direct service providers that are using theSelf-Sufficiency Standard to make a difference. During contract negotiations in recent years, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) used theSelf- Sufficiency Standard to win a higher wage floor for UC service workers by demonstrating how far below theSelf-Sufficiency Standard their workers were being paid.
“In 2005, the Self-Sufficiency Standard showed that 93% of service workers at the University of California did not earn a wage high enough to sustain a family of one adult and one child without public assistance,” said AFSCME Local 3299 President Lakesha Harrison. “In 2008, we were appalled to find that UC workers had lost ground, with 96% falling below theSelf-Sufficiency Standard. This information helped us convince UC in 2009 that we needed a statewide minimum wage that is now lifting our families out of poverty.”
The Self-Sufficiency Standard is based on the costs families face on a daily basis – housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and other necessary basic costs – and is calculated for 156 different family compositions. Moreover, theSelf-Sufficiency Standard uses geographically specific data to provide a county-specific measure of the true cost of living for working families.
In contrast, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is the more commonly-used measure for income adequacy, is a four-decade-old, one-size-fits-all measure based solely on the cost of the basic food budget needed to meet minimum nutritional requirements. Yet, the FPL is used to allocate state and federal resources to local communities and determine income eligibility for many public programs. As a result, many families earn too much to qualify for public programs, and yet do not earn enough to make ends meet.
A Comparison of the 2008 and 2011 Self-Sufficiency Standards
The 2011 Self-Sufficiency Standard reveals that rising costs over the past three years have significantly increased how much families need to earn to make ends meet.TheSelf-Sufficiency Standard for California has increased by $10,000 to $63,000 a year for a family consisting of two adults, one preschooler, and one school-age child, while the minimum wage has remained the same, leaving families earning well below what they need to make ends meet.
Other key findings* include: The cost of individual expenses has gone up since 2008, with significant increases in child care, health care and taxes.Child care costs rose an average of 22% since 2008.
Health care costs climbed an average of 27% since 2008.

At the local level, increases in the overall cost of living fluctuated between 15-25% for the two most populated counties in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California:

Together with stagnant wages, increased unemployment and limited state resources, the rising cost of living has widened the gap between what many working families have and what they need to survive in California. The minimum wage, calculated at $16,640 a year for a full-time job, leaves working families well below the threshold of what they must earn in order to meet their most basic needs.
“In light of these challenging economic times, state and local policymakers and agencies need the best tools possible in order to fight poverty and build economic security in their communities,” says Jenny Chung Mejia of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. “The Self-Sufficiency Standard is exactly the kind of tool that policymakers and local agencies need to make informed decisions about policies, programs and services that impact working families in California.” 
Calculated by Dr. Diana Pearce at the University of Washington, the Self-Sufficiency Standard is a peer-reviewed measure that accurately assesses the financial needs of California’s working families. The Self-Sufficiency Standard methodology uses widely accepted and credible national and state data sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Geographically relevant data is used for each county in California, reflecting local market rates for items such as housing, food, health care, child care, and transportation.
The newly updated data for every county in California is available online at

*In order to produce comparisons that were indicative of changes to the Self-Sufficiency Standard from 2008 to 2011, the findings in this section are based on data from the two most populated counties of the Central Valley, Southern California, and Northern California (Fresno County, Sacramento County, L.A. County, San Diego County, Alameda County, and Santa Clara County).
The Insight Center for Community Economic Development (formerly NEDLC) is a 42-year old national research, consulting, and legal nonprofit organization dedicated to building economic health and opportunity in vulnerable communities. The Insight Center utilizes a wide array of community economic development strategies including: industry-focused workforce development, individual and community asset building, connecting early care and education to economic development, providing legal support to California’s legal service programs and community-based organizations, and advocating for the adoption of the Self-Sufficiency Standard as a measure of income adequacy and an alternative to the Federal Poverty Level.
For more information on the Insight Center and the Self-Sufficiency Standard, please or contact Jenny Chung Mejia by phone 213.235.2614, or email


Thursday October 13 from 3pm to 5pm at 555 Franklin St. in the Board of Education meeting room, we will be hosting a forum with Jane Quinn, a leader of the national Community Schools movement.  YOU ARE INVITED TO SHARE THIS SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY.


Jane is the Director of the National Center on Community Schools, which is run by the Children’s Aid Society in New York.  She has led the development of a network of Community Schools in New York City, as well as supported efforts throughout the country. She is the co-author of the major reference on community schools “Community Schools in Action: Lessons from a Decade of Practice.”  Jane has been a leader in the youth movement nationally for many years – working on youth development for the Wallace Foundation, and overseeing the seminal study published by the Carnegie Corporation called “A Matter of Time: Risk and Opportunity in the Non-School Hours.”  Jane is one of our heroines who says about Community Schools: “If you have the word ‘yes’ written in your heart, you can get almost anything to happen.”


Jane has been advising the San Francisco Community Schools work, and it is a privilege to have her here to meet with us.  On October 13, she will be giving a national overview of community schools, as well as comments about our work in San Francisco.  She will also be responding to questions. 


We are scheduling this as a special meeting of the Community Schools Council, so Council members will be able to address with Jane our local implementation issues.


Please feel free to invite your colleagues who are working in or interested in promoting Community Schools.



CommunityG​rows is hiring!

Hi All,

We are looking for an experienced, dedicated and creative Garden Educator to join our team.  Please look over the attached job description and pass it along to any qualified applicants you may know.  Applications are due ASAP.

CommunityGrows, Garden Educator Job Description, October 2011


Programs Manager
John Muir Elementary School Office
380 Webster St., Room #6
San Francisco, CA  94117
cell: (415) 424-5770
fax: (415) 431-9938

Reminder about Infinite San Francisco: Tenderloin Event on Thursday

Dear Community Partners,

This is a reminder that the McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is kicking off its Infinite San Francisco event series THIS WEEK on Thursday, October 6th in McLaren 250 on the USF Campus.  The first event will celebrate and explore the culture, history, demographics, assets, and dilemmas of the Tenderloin neighborhood.  The agenda for the event is below, and an informational poster is attached.  This event serves as a response, through the lens of public service and community engagement, to Rebecca Solnit’s 2010 publication, Infinite City.  Please consider attending, bringing your colleagues, and/or passing along this information to community members.  Note that lunch will be provided to attendees.
9:30-10:00am Refreshments

10:00-11:30 Panel Discussion (Moderated by USF School of Education Professor Christine Yeh)

Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness
Evelyn Y. Ho, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at USF
Rev. Glenda Hope, Executive Director of Network Ministries
Kimberly Pirring, Former DeMarillac Academy Student and Current USF undergraduate
Don Stannard-Friel, Tenderloin Historian and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Notre Dame DeNamur University
11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Facilitated Round Table Discussions: Attendees and Panelists will engage in conversation around timely local issues
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Networking
If you plan to attend and haven’t already RSVP’ed, please let me know.  I’m trying to get a sense of our attendee numbers.  I can also answer any questions you have.  Feel free to share broadly!



Star Moore
Associate Director for Community-Based Learning
Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Infinite SF Lecture Series: Celebratin​g the Tenderloin Oct. 6

The University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good presents the Infinite San Francisco event series.
 The purpose of these events is to explore and celebrate unique aspects of some of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, including the Tenderloin, Mission, Western Addition, Bayview, and Chinatown.  Participants will learn about neighborhood histories, demographics, assets, dilemmas and opportunities from a panel of local historians, community activists, service providers, and USF faculty.  Engage in dialogue around timely issues and enduring themes that shape and complicate our perceptions of, and relationships with, our community. 

 What: Infinite San Francisco Event Series Kickoff: Celebrating the Tenderloin
 When: October 6, 2011, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: The University of San Francisco campus, McLaren 250
 The event includes panel conversation, round table discussions, and networking lunch.
Tenderloin Event Panelists
 Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of Coalition on Homelessness
Evelyn Y. Ho, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at USF
Rev. Glenda Hope, Executive Director of Network Ministries
Kimberly Pirring, USF undergraduate and DeMarrilac Academy Alum
Don Stannard-Friel, Tenderloin historian and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Notre Dame DeNamur University
Moderator: Christine Yeh, Professor, School of Education, USF
 This event series serves as a response, through the lens of public service and community engagement, to Rebecca Solnit’s 2010 publication (and USF’s required first year reading), Infinite City, a multilayered thematic examination of the geography of San Francisco.
Upcoming Events
 November 16, 2011 9:30am-1:30pm, McLaren 250
 Western Addition
 Spring 2012 (date and location TBD)

 Spring 2012 (date and location TBD)
 Spring 2012 (date and location TBD)

General Public Meeting – Safety & Economics – Thurs. Oct 6th @ 6PM

Fillmore/ Lower Fillmore Neighborhood Association (F/LFNA)


General Public Meeting – Safety & Economics

Date: Thursday, October 6th

Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Location: West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street, SF

Contact Information: 415-424-0155



1) Urban Waterproofing Local Hiring on its Fillmore Center Job – Presentation by BFC, INC

2) CBD – Existing Resources/Potential Discontinuance October-2011/Next Steps

3) November Election Candidates Endorsements by F/LFNA; and presentation and Q&A with Sherriff’s Captain Paul Miyamoto who is running for Sheriff

4) Public comment on items not appearing on agenda


Should the neighborhood association be engaged during this political season?


For the Fillmore to be a community we must have a better understanding and indulge in the politics because it governs everything around us from using park and recreation facilities like the Fillmore Mini Park, public safety and Black Flight. 


As a small and growing neighborhood association we have to priorities what the executive committee does and right now what needs to be addressed is the political season.  We want to have a broader approach and be able to deal with more than one issue and that is where members and residents come in.  Whatever you see that needs to be addressed that is outside of the political season we ask that you form a committee around it with the blessings of the neighborhood association and take the lead.  At each general public meeting there will be an agenda item for committee reports where each committee can report and have discussion and gain support from the broader community and move forward. 


This is the power of being organized, everybody can’t do everything. 


Become a member!



(Complete information below and email back / You can pay your monthly membership at a later date)


Monthly Membership Dues:

Regular Membership:  $5.00

Senior Membership:  $2.50

Youth Membership:  $1.00

Financial Hardship: $0.00


Membership Type:       

First Name:                   

Last Name:                    


Day Phone:

Evening Phone:      



Are you registered to vote?           

Are you ready to volunteer?          


Are you interested in the sub-committee(s) 

(Check one or more)           

Public Safety___               

Business Development___   

Civic Engagement___       


Why are you interest in the sub-committee(s) you selected?

Do you have a current issue you would like addressed?       

What special skills or resources can you bring to the neighborhood association?


More information go to:

“Lives Worth Living” premieres on the PBS series Independen​t Lens on October 27, 2011 at 10PM and Gen Silent Film

See this powerful documentary that chronicles the history of America’s Disability Rights Movement. See attached press release and Gen Silent Film in San Francisco and film screening of Gen Silent.

Gen Silent flyer_SF

Richard Gallo

Resource Coordinator

Martin Luther Tower (MLT)


1001 Franklin Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 885-1084

FREE Legal Office Hours – Oct. 5th



REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 28th @ 5 pm

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th, from 4 pm – 6 pm
WHERE: West Bay Conference Center 1290 Fillmore Street at Eddy

Presented by: Hanson Bridgett & Legal Services for Entrepreneurs



At Legal Office Hours, small business owners and entrepreneurs can makeappointments with Urban Solutions to receive the following legal services:
Appointment     with a lawyer from Hanson Bridgett LLP about your business legal issue,     and
Appointment     with a lawyer from Legal Services for Entrepreneurs for referrals to other     resources for your business legal issue.

Hanson Bridgett, LLP
During your appointment, Hanson Bridgett lawyers will be available to discussyour business transactions, common legal terms used in the business world, andthe impact of your business decisions on your legal rights and obligations. Raisequestions concerning:


LEASING TERMS, NEGOTIATION AND RENEGOTIATION(tenant’s rights, right to terminate, option to renew)
ENTITY FORMATION (forming a corporation orlimited liability company)
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (trademark, softwarelicense, website privacy policy)
CONTRACT TERMS AND NEGOTIATION (scope of work,limiting liability, right to terminate)
EMPLOYMENT ISSUES (hiring and firingpersonnel, working as an independent contractor)


Legal Services for Entrepreneurs

After your Legal Offices Hours appointment,LSE attorneys will be available to offer the following services:
Referrals to LSE programs that provide legaltraining and free legal assistance on an ongoing basis
Referrals to other legal service providers,including immigration, employment, and civil rights organizations
Referrals to moderate-fee attorneys who canhelp you with your business needs

Reserve your appointment today! Space islimited.

Call (415) 553-4433 ext 101 oremail with questionsor to reserve a spot.

* Attorneys will not be able to addressthreatened or pending litigation.

** Hanson Bridgett attorneys are available ona pro bono basis to Urban Solutions clients during the scheduled Legal OfficeHours appointment only, unless the attorney indicates otherwise in writing.Urban Solutions requests that you do not share the contact information ofHanson Bridgett attorneys with others for any reason. If legal advice isrequired outside of Legal Office Hours, please contact Janelle Block at415-553-4433 ext. 101 and resource assistance will be provided.