City Administrator's October 2022 newsletter

Costume-wearing kids and parents fill the Great Highway

Get Your Spook On! Celebrate Halloween at the Great Hauntway

This Sunday, October 30, Great Highway will transform into the Great Hauntway for trick-or-treating and Halloween activities for the whole family! The Hauntway will appear on the Upper Great Highway between Judah and Taraval. Bring your costume and your trick-or-treat bag to this uniquely San Francisco Halloween block party!


Let's Roll! San Francisco Opens Roller Rink in Civic Center

The San FranDISCO Fulton Plaza Roller Rink is a new, one-of-a-kind outdoor rink in the heart of the City! Located at Fulton Plaza between the Asian Art Museum and the SF Main Library, the rink features live DJs, disco balls, colorful lights, traditional roller rink flooring, and a roof to keep the fog and sun off your moves! The new family friendly rink supports the City’s economic recovery initiative to bring residents and visitors to downtown areas. 

San FranDISCO is open now through December 31, 2022. Purchase tickets at 

Citywide women leaders, dressed in purple, gathered in front of City Hall to celebrate Women's Equality Day.

Have Your Voice Be Heard!

Make Your Voice Heard! Vote in the November election

Ballots have been mailed to all registered voters for the November 8 election. City Hall will stay open over the weekends of October 29-30 and November 5-6 and on Election Day from 7am – 8pm to allow San Franciscans to vote in-person at the City Hall Vote Center. Review all the ways to vote on the Department of Elections website. 


Help the City Plan for Sea Level Rise

The Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, the Port of San Francisco, and other City agencies recently released draft strategies that will guide how San Francisco will adapt to and plan for sea level rise over the next 100 years. The Final Waterfront Adaptation plan will include a collection of strategies to defend our waterfront from flood and earthquake risk, while creating jobs, improving public spaces, and protecting our Bay habitat. Learn about the draft Waterfront Adaptation Strategies and provide your feedback to help create a vision for a more resilient waterfront.



Help Inform the Future of the City's Monuments and Memorials

The Monuments and Memorials Advisory Committee (MMAC) is seeking your feedback to help determine the future of monuments and memorials in the City's civic art collection. Take the San Francisco Monuments and Memorials Survey by October 31.


City Administrator Carmen Chu poses with a small business owner of a Chinese restaurant.

Resources for Community Groups and Businesses

Community Challenge Grant Applications Now Open! Apply for funding for community-led improvement projects

The Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG) provides needed resources to support community-led beautification and greening projects that improve neighborhood spaces throughout the City. Previous CCG-supported projects include public art installations, community gardens, streetscaping, children’s play areas, mosaic staircases, and more. CCG also partners with the SF Public Utilities Commission to support community-based green infrastructure projects through the Urban Watershed Stewardship Grants program. 

CCG is now accepting applications for Community Challenge Grants and Urban Watershed Stewardship Grants to support community-led projects of various sizes! Applications are due on November 30, 2022. Learn how to apply on CCG’s website. 


Secure Business Opportunities with the City

Interested in doing business with the City? The San Francisco Small Business Summit, hosted by City Administrator Carmen Chu, supports small businesses in navigating the process of securing business opportunities with the City. Watch summit workshops or download summit resources any time on the Small Business Summit website.


Public Health Emergency Leave - New Law Effective Oct 1

A new Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance, passed by San Francisco voters in July this year, is now effective. Beginning on October 1, 2022, businesses with 100 or more employees worldwide must provide up to 80 hours of paid Public Health Emergency Leave to each employee working in San Francisco. Learn more about the new law here. For questions or to report a violation, contact the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement at 415-554-6271 or email


SFGovTV Takes Home 18 Awards

SFGovTV, the official television station of San Francisco, recently won 18 awards for its coverage of public meetings, city events, public service announcements, documentaries, stories showcasing San Francisco’s diversity, and more! SFGovTV’s 2022 SCAN NATOA Star Awards, which recognize excellence in local government television in California and Nevada, included 6 prestigious first place honors and an award for Overall Excellence in Government Programming. Watch the award-winning programming on SFGovTV’s YouTube Channel, live on, or on cable channels 26 and 78. 

Exterior of City Hall with colorful rainbow lighting

Learn More About Your Government - Spotlight on Real Estate Division

Have you ever been curious about the colorful lights that shine on City Hall? The Real Estate Division of the City Administrator’s Office manages the City Hall lights, including creating special lighting schemes to celebrate events, seasons, holidays, and, yes, even sports teams, with assistance from Information Technology (IT) of the City Administrator’s Office. View the Lighting Schedule on City Hall’s official webpage! 

The Real Estate Division is responsible for acquiring, leasing, and selling real property as needed to conduct the City’s business. It also provides full-service property management services and custodial and engineering services to a number of City departments and City-owned buildings. 

Last updated November 29, 2022