Letter to the Community Regarding the Ocean Avenue Fire
August 7, 2012
My heart goes out to those affected by the fire that occurred this morning along the Ocean Avenue corridor.
Upon learning of the incident, I joined Mayor Ed Lee, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and Police Chief Greg Suhr to survey the damage. It was with great sadness that I learned that nine businesses experienced a near total loss and two firefighters were harmed as they demonstrated tremendous bravery in entering the burning buildings.
Having lived in the neighborhood for decades and having run a small family business, I will be fully supporting my community to recover from this devastation and help our local merchants re-open for business. I am pleased that the Mayor has pledged to allocate all necessary City resources as well as work with the Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District to help the small business owners get back on their feet.
I find solace in the fact that the community has completely revitalized the Ocean Avenue corridor in recent years and know that it is in this spirit that the community will rebuild once again.