Dinh Tran, skater from Tenderloin, medals at nationals [The Mercury News]

Tran lives with his mom and brothers in a studio and has pursued his passion for figure skating with tenacity and grace. We're happy to learn, as the above-headline reads, that Tran did quite well, snagging a silver medal in the US Junior Mens National tournament. Congratulations to Tran and his entire family.

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Save The Date: Tenderloin Talk LIVE January 24th

Please save the date for the next Tenderloin Talk Live on January 24th at 5PM. We will continue the quality of life conversation, reporting back on what we heard at our previous event and presenting our strategy and work plan for improving quality of life in the Tenderloin.

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Microsoft Throws Safe Passage Families Amazing Holiday Party

During the celebration, Program Director Kate Robinson reflected on the growth of Safe Passage from an entirely volunteer operation started by neighborhood moms in 2008. Our Tenderloin resident Corner Captains have become the heart and soul of our organization. It means so much to us that Microsoft would put this together to honor their commitment and to bring extra joy to their families during the holidays.

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Neighborhood Hero: Officer Eric Robinson

From the moment TLCBD communications staff discussed regularly nominating heroes, Safe Passage Corner Captains put forth Officer Eric Robinson as a ‘must recognize’. Have a nomination for our neighborhood heroes column? Tell Fernando@tlcbd.org. Acts of beauty and courage are never too small, and at this time nominations of any kind are considered.

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Supervisor Launches Fundraising Campaign For Tenderloin Fire Victims [Hoodline]

Supervisor Kim's office along with La Voz Latina (with support from the Tenderloin community by way of donations) have been working directly with the families affected and displaced by the fire which took place at 545 O'Farrell on November 30th. Seventy Tenderloin neighbors, many of them working class families including children with special needs, have been affected. At publication time, the "2017 Tenderloin Fire Victims Fund" GoFundMe has raised $31,156.00 through 154 donors. We've received word that Twitter has pledged an additional $2,500.

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TLCBD Clean Team Stats For November 2017

In November, the Clean Team properly disposed of 2088 syringes, removed 781 stickers/graffiti from public surfaces, and collected 781 bags of trash totaling 27,193 lbs among other services. Call the Clean Team at 415-385-5490. Or send us a clean request online.

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Hidden Gem: Inside The Tenderloin National Forest [Hoodline]

The Tenderloin National Forest, nestled between the Aarti and Senator Hotels, was built and sustained by the surrounding community. The space was envisioned by Darryl Smith, who also co-founded the Luggage Store Gallery, a nonprofit arts organization, with Laurie Lazer.

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