by Desirée Aquino
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced on March 6 the city’s intentions to double the number of housing authority sites that receive community policing patrols. He also introduced three criminal justice measures to reduce crime and violence including enforcement of federal trespassing on housing authority property, social services and an advisory committee for housing authority sites.
In addition to Sunnydale, Alice Griffith, Hunters View and Potrero, housing authority sites Yerba Buena Plaza East, Hayes Valley North and South and Alemany will see community policing beat patrols.
First Marin-based Women’s Initiative for Self Employment class graduates
Twelve women enrolled in the first Marin-based WISE class will be honored by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey on March 16. The event will be emceed by Marisol Muñoz-Kiehne, Ph.D. Dr. Muñoz-Kiehne was named one of the “MostInfluential Hispanics in the San Francisco Bay Area” in 2006. Congresswoman Woolsey is the first former welfare mother to serve in Congress.
Women’s Initiative for Self Employment assists high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership. Through an intensive 20-session program — in English or Spanish — women are enabled to start, or expand their business.
San Mateo County surveying needs for seniors
San Mateo County is launching a study to help predict future characteristics and needs for adults over 60 years of age in the year 2020 and beyond. “Aging 2020” will develop a forecasting model and initial projections using existing data sources, focus groups and a county-wide household survey.
A survey firm will be calling approximately 850 randomly selected households and asking residents to spend 25 minutes completing the survey. San Mateo County’s fastest growing age group is seniors, with the fastest growing segment of the aging population among those over 85. The project is sponsored by the Health Department in collaboration with the Department of Housing, SamTrans and the San Mateo Medical Center.
Californians make up more than 10 percent of unclaimed IRS refunds
The Internal Revenue Service has unclaimed refunds totaling over $2.2 billion for 1.8 people who did not file a 2003 federal income tax return. To collect the money, a 2003 return must be filed with an IRS office by Tuesday, April 17, 2007.
California makes up more than 10 percent of the total, more than any other state. About 200,000 California taxpayers have over $236.3 million in unclaimed refunds outstanding. The IRS provides taxpayers with a three-year window for claiming a refund in cases where a return was not filed.