Malia Cohen for Board of Equalization

Bay Area new girls’ network is getting results

For only the second time in our city’s history, the mayor is a woman. And for the first time, the mayor is a woman of color. Finally, that glass ceiling has been broken.

Breed embodies the future of this country — the rising American electorate made up of people of color, unmarried women and Millennials...Now, with the election of Malia Cohen as president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, two African American women are leading the city.

Navy Releases Plan to Retest Hunters Point Shipyard for Radiation



San Francisco supervisor Malia Cohen announced Friday morning that the Navy has also agreed to test another parcel at Hunters Point, Parcel A, for hazardous material. Parcel A is a section of the shipyard where people are already living in new condos.

Regulators have always said Parcel A is clean and safe, that it does not pose a health risk, and that it was never contaminated with radiation to begin with. But Cohen hopes the tests will give the public peace of mind.

"For decades, workers and community members throughout the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods have expressed concerns about the dangers of the Shipyard, while millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on fraudulent testing by Tetra Tech," Cohen said. "More still needs to be done to give assurances of the health and safety of the public and the environment at the Shipyard and we will continue to place pressure until regulators do the right thing."

The Navy will pay for the testing of Parcel A with money secured by U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Cohen said.


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Cohen introduces cannabis tax for November ballot



Cohen’s proposal is expected to generate between $5 million and $10 million in 2021.The first $500,000 in gross receipts would be exempted from the tax. Medical cannabis also would not be taxed.

A City Controller’s analysis on a cannabis tax last year said a 1 percent cannabis gross receipts tax without exemptions would generate between $1 million and $2 million annually. A 5 percent cannabis gross receipts tax would generate between $6 million and $12 million.

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Election 2018

In the race for the District 2 seat on the state's Board of Equalization...San Francisco District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen...took first place with 36 percent of Tuesday's vote.

"I look forward to making history in November as the first African-American woman elected to the BOE," Cohen told the Bay Area Reporter Wednesday morning...

Cohen said she was "tired" from staying up late watching the election returns come in, "but extremely grateful for the overwhelming response" from voters to her candidacy.

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Flavored Tobacco Ban Triumphs at the Polls

San Francisco voters on Tuesday night rejected the campaign influence of Big Tobacco by overwhelmingly voting to ban flavored tobacco.

With 68 percent approval, Proposition E now bans flavored tobacco products — menthol cigarettes and vape liquids included —  in San Francisco. Opponents spent more than $11.5 million to defeat it, while supporters only had $2.3 million to convince others...

Supervisor Malia Cohen authored the ban, which the Board of Supervisors approved in June before the ballot challenge, arguing that flavored tobacco lures children who might otherwise develop a distaste for regular tobacco. The American Heart Association, African Cancer Society, African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition and others joined the list of supporters.

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Farrell’s two-year budget proposal includes $21.1M in soda tax revenue

Mayor Mark Farrell’s budget proposal will include millions of dollars from San Francisco’s soda tax for services to improve the health of low-income communities of color who are most impacted by the sugary beverages.

Farrell is expected on Tuesday to announce the plan to use the anticipated revenue from the one cent per fluid ounce tax on soda that went into effect in January with Supervisor Malia Cohen, who championed the November 2016 soda tax measure...

Said Cohen, “As the sponsor of this law, I am proud to stand with the community and uphold the promise of directing soda tax revenue towards reducing health disparities for people of color and working class people.”

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Hearing held to discuss SF Hunters Point toxic cleanup discrepancy


Hearings held Monday called for the retesting of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard after allegations surfaced of fake soil samples that were collected. The company in charge of the cleanup has offered to pay for and hire an independent contractor to prove their work was valid.

"I want to say on the record, unequivocally, that I want the U.S. Navy to commit to testing parcel A," said SF Supervisor Malia Cohen.

Cohen represents the Hunters Point neighborhood, which for decades has been undergoing testing and removal of toxic materials left behind by the Navy. But recent allegations of improper cleanup by outside firm Tetra Tech has an entire community demanding an investigation...

Tetra Tech has received hundreds of millions of federal dollars to perform the work. The company is now offering to pay for and hire an independent contractor to do the re-testing.

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City supervisor calls for hearing on Hunters Point Shipyard cleanup


Supervisor Malia Cohen on Tuesday called for a hearing on the data falsification scandal that has emerged from the decades-long effort to redevelop the Hunters Point Shipyard.

Cohen’s request came after documents released last week revealed that a review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found almost all of the soil samples taken from two contaminated shipyard sites that were deemed as safe by Tetra Tech — the former U.S. Navy contractor that was tasked with the shipyard’s cleanup — had been compromised.

“I have families reaching out with questions about air quality. I have people asking about how to get out of their leases because they are concerned about the lives and safety of their families,” said Cohen, adding that the Navy “has done an exceptionally poor job [at] communicating with the public.”

Calling the data falsification an “environmental injustice of a huge proportion,” Cohen said that she was most upset by the lack of accountability on part of the Navy and Tetra Tech.

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Bayview's 'The Jazz Room' Awarded Legacy Business Status

On Monday, the Small Business Commission for the Legacy Business Registry unanimously voted to add Bayview-Hunters Point bar The Jazz Room to its growing list of legacy businesses. The pub, which opened in 1962, is the 130th enterprise to be added to the registry. 

“The Jazz Room has grounded its cultural and historical significance in the Bayview-Hunters Point community,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who nominated the business. “Bernedette Smith’s family-owned business is a critical asset to the city of San Francisco." 

The Legacy Business Program recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses that have been nominated by the Mayor or a member of the Board of Supervisors. Businesses are eligible for grants worth $500 per full-time employee each year, along with rent stabilization grants of $4.50/square foot. Each year, the registry accepts up to 300 businesses.

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