Meet Joe Castagnola, TLCBD Clean Team's Operations Manager

The TLCBD Clean Team welcomes Joe Castagnola, our incoming Operations Manager to the Tenderloin. One of the things we are most enthused about is that Joe knows what it takes to do the job. He started with our service partner, Block by Block, as street sweeper in Oakland in 2015. Over the years, through dedication and hard work, he’s grown in the company to Operations Manager position, most recently in the Castro. We’re extremely grateful and excited to have him on board with our team.

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Tenderloin Arts LIVE, December's Arts Listing

Welcome to Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a collection of monthly Tenderloin arts events sourced from organizations, individuals, and venues from the neighborhood. Want to submit your events for next month’s listing? Fill out the submission form here.

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'Life is Fare' Director Sephora Woldu on her “love letter” to the Tenderloin [KALW Radio]

When self-taught San Francisco filmmaker, Sephora Woldu began production on her debut feature-length film Life Is Fare, she wanted to make what she describes as a “love letter” to the Tenderloin neighborhood she calls home. Listen to her interview on KALW Public Radio segment.

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San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs [VOA News]

The city of San Francisco is home to some of the nation’s largest technology companies, including Twitter and Uber. At the same time, it has one of the largest homeless populations in the country. Homelessness and job displacement for local people continue to rise. But, one program is helping to connect the two worlds for job seekers. Check out this video on Code Tenderloin and its founder Del Seymour. Watch the video segment and read the article at VOA News.

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TLCBD Safe Passage Receives Commendation from Supervisor Jane Kim

On Tuesday, November 27, TLCBD Safe Passage received commendation from Supervisor Jane Kim at the Board of Supervisors meeting at City Hall. This special honor served as another great moment on the TLCBD Safe Passage’s 10 year timeline and a chance to thank everyone involved, especially the Tenderloin residents who are the heart & soul of this program. Check out the video and photos.

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Photos: TLCBD Safe Passage 10 Year Anniversary Party

Here are some photos from the TLCBD Safe Passage Ten Year Anniversary Party at Tenderloin’s PianoFight. The party served as a momentous occasion to thank our many Safe Passage Corner Captains, show off some karaoke skills (shout out to Supervisor Jane Kim and incoming D6 Supervisor Matt Haney for the duet!) and recognize the program’s founders, funders, and everyone in between.

The party also marked the start of our fundraising efforts for the next 10 years. Donate here, every bit helps to expand and continue this vital neighborhood work.

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Shop Local: Holiday Gift Ideas from the Tenderloin

From the #BlackFriday buzz to #CyberMonday, one shopping trend stood out to us: SHOP SMALL & SHOP LOCAL. There are a number of local businesses and independent retailers in the Tenderloin that might just have the perfect holiday gift for you and the loved ones on your gift-giving list. Here are a few ideas.

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Photos: Dia de Los Muertos x Walk for Wellness

Such a beautiful night with the Aztec dancers and community out in full at tonight’s Dia de Los Muertos x Walk for Wellness celebration.

Community partners include: La Voz Latina, CounterPulse, Lower Polk CBD, Demonstration Gardens, Tenderloin SFPD, and more!

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Tenderloin residents march to City Hall to vote [SF Gate]

A group of Tenderloin residents marched to San Francisco City Hall Saturday to cast their ballots in an event hosted by Skywatchers and GLIDE's Leadership Academy. Read more here. Also, make your voice heard and get out and vote! City Hall is open for voters now. The City Hall Voting Center is open, Monday-Friday (8am-5pm), Saturday and Sunday, two weekends before Election Day (10am-4pm), and on Tuesday, Election Day, 7am-8pm.

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The LINE Hotel is Coming to SF With a Restaurant and Rooftop Bar [Hoodline]

A branch of the LINE Hotel, the boutique hotel chain that operates in LA, DC, and Austin, is coming to San Francisco at 950 Market Street. The Chronicle also reports that Sydell Group has signed on to a major forthcoming housing and hotel project from developer Group I, scheduled to arrive in fall 2020. In addition to the hotel, the development project at 950 Market includes 242 condos, a space for the city’s historic Magic Theater, and 60 to 70 units of affordable housing in a related development at 180 Jones. Read more via Hoodline.

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Tenderloin Arts LIVE, November's Arts Listing

Welcome to Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a collection of monthly Tenderloin arts events sourced from organizations, individuals, and venues from the neighborhood. Want to submit your events for next month’s listing? Fill out the submission form here.

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Temporal Cities archives shares the lesser-known stories of the Tenderloin [SF Chronicle]

Nearly 30,000 people live in the Tenderloin. Not counting all the people who have passed through or moved on, right now, in this moment, there are no less than 30,000 stories to be told about this neighborhood of 50 square blocks. There are stories of births and deaths, of falling in love and getting dumped, then drunk. There are stories about a church that has saved more than a few lives, and a bar full of glittered-up drag queens. These are the messages Temporal Cities is on a mission to share. Read more on SF Chronicle here.

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Celebrating 10 years of service in the TL, Kroc Center kicks off annual Kroctober fest this week [Hoodline]

Kroc Center, which provides kids and the community at-large with a safe place to gather, learn, and play, is celebrating 10 years! Read more about this outstanding organization and Tenderloin neighbor. On November 1st, connect in person at the Dia de Los Muertos “Walk for Wellness” event, alongside TLCBD Safe Passage and other neighborhood partners. Read more on Hoodline here.

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Tenderloin Safe Trick or Treating with CounterPulse, Safe Passage & more!

Join CounterPulse and other Tenderloin theater venues like PianoFight and EXIT Theatre for a fun, free, and family-friendly Halloween adventure! TLCBD Safe Passage Corner Captains will be leading the guided Trick or Treating route for kids, with support from officers at the Tenderloin Police Station.

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The Tenderloin and SoMa: San Francisco’s safe sites for drug dealers [SF Chronicle]

In a recent position paper, we noted the drug trade as the most frustrating and difficult issue affecting our community. We hear regularly from parents, merchants, and residents about these impacts. In recent years we’ve made strides and continue to push our safety efforts through our programs, including Cleaning, Safe Passage, Block Safety and the Camera Network, as well as through our partnerships, including with law enforcement, criminal justice, harm reduction, health workers and city partners. TLCBD is dedicated to leading the evolution of the Tenderloin into a vibrant community for ALL. Read Heather Knight’s column more on SF Chronicle here. Read Heather Knight’s column more on SF Chronicle here.

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