Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

News Briefs: San Mateo LGBTQ panel seeks members


The San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission has three vacancies.
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The San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission has three vacancies and is seeking applications from interested members of the public.

The panel, which officials said is the first county or city commission focused on the needs of the LGBTQ community, helps cultivate the county as a welcoming and safe environment.

The commission consists of 11 voting members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Commissioners meet approximately 10 times a year and are developing a work plan for 2018. They provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors at least once a year.

Applicants must live in San Mateo County.

Ideal candidates will possess several of the following attributes: an abiding interest in furthering equality for LGBTQs; demonstrate knowledge of LGBTQ issues affecting under-represented communities such as youth, people of color, and seniors; demonstrated ability to effectively provide outreach to underserved and at-risk LGBTQ populations; and a willingness to work collaboratively with other members of the commission.

The deadline to apply is January 16. Applications can be obtained from Sherry Golestan, deputy clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City, or by calling (650) 363-4609. Applications are also available online at

For more information, contact Tanya Beat, interim director of the LGBTQ commission, at (650) 363-4467 or


SF housing survey

The San Francisco Planning Department is asking residents to complete its online Existing Housing Survey, which is designed to better understand how well the current housing stock meets the needs of those who live here – at all income levels.

The survey is part of a broader research project by department staff to better identify the current state of existing housing and the trade-offs San Franciscans make when choosing a place to live.

The department would like to know how long people have lived in San Francisco, whether they own or rent, and what matters when they make housing decisions, among other information.

Officials said in a news release that the information collected will complement secondary data sources in order to identify and assess the housing needs of different incomes in the short, medium, and long term.

The survey should take between eight and 10 minutes to complete. It can be found at


Free Muni and other NYE transit plans

Several Bay Area transit agencies are extending hours for New Year's Eve, encouraging people to take the bus, train, or BART instead of driving, especially if they've been partying.

In San Francisco, Muni will be offering free service for the 18th consecutive year. The free service runs from 8 p.m. Sunday, December 31, to 5 a.m. Monday, January 1. Service on the historic F-Line trollies will be provided by bus all day; service on the cable cars is provided by bus after about 6 p.m. Sunday.

There will be extra Muni Metro service all night.

Riders should not tag their Clipper cards or activate a MuniMobile ticket, officials said.

At midnight, there will be a city-sponsored fireworks show off of the Embarcadero, south of the Ferry Building. People should anticipate delays from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For more information, visit

BART will run its standard Saturday service until 8 p.m. New Year's Eve. Special service to and from San Francisco starts at 8 and extends to 3 a.m. Trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight, with extra trains standing by in downtown San Francisco after the fireworks show.

BART officials said that during the late night service, trains will skip some stops into and out of San Francisco. For a list, visit

On the Peninsula, Caltrain and SamTrans will offer free service from 8 p.m. Sunday, December 31, to 5 a.m. Monday, January 1. (Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9 p.m. following special events. Disruptive passengers will be asked to detrain.)

Caltrain will provide extra capacity for northbound trains headed to San Francisco during the early evening and will operate additional southbound trains after the fireworks show. Departure times will vary, depending on crowd size. Trains will depart when full, with the final train departing San Francisco at 2 a.m.

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