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what does that mean? there's a bill in congress right now, which i think the city supervisors should pass an emergency resolution endorsing. it's called h.r. 1489. there's an ancient chinese saying, all things under the heaven are for the people. that's what it is. it says screw the bankers who created this crisis and defend the people. that's the choice government has. of course the city of san francisco can't pass it, but they can take the responsibility for their constituents and citizens and tell the federal government to get their -- >> thank you very much. >> -- and pass this resolution. if you can comment on it, we'd like an emergency resolution. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please.
>> good afternoon, mayor lee, supervisor chu. thank you for coming to our neighborhood, our community. i realize that the city staff has done a tremendous job -- >> could you pull that up? >> oh, i'm sorry. -- of addressing cuts. i'm joined with my multilingual team. some speak more than four languages. we help new and recent immigrants who are monolingual how to be effective, caring parents, keep their children safe and healthy, how to provide -- get access to public and private services to ensure families and most importantly their children's success. h.s.a. has recently adopted a research-based visitation model called safe care to ensure they're using state-of-the-art practices for families and practice. we applaud their expensive to federal funding and the call to be accountable for outcomes, but for all the research that's been done it's been research only in english, and newly in spanish, and will leave these case
managers and our community out. each staff speaks english. we're asking to be given the chance to participate in the model and adapt a safe care method to our clients. we've been told efficiently that other arrangements will be made for our almost 200 clients that we serve. we've not been told where the resources will come or how it will be handled. this needs to be addressed otherwise many will be left in the gap. this is my question of h.s.a. thank you. >> thank you for your comments. i will communicate that that him on monday when he get back from san francisco. >> why don't we hear from our next speaker, if you could please step up.
>> thank you very much. [applause] >> good afternoon. i'm the president of the large tenant-based organization of over 1,000 members, all low-income senior tenants. we have over 40 members present today, and we would like to express our concerns regarding social servicesçy to the san francisco chinese population, chinatown is the main hub for their daily routines, where they receive the majority of their services they need. therefore the demand for services is great, and definitely exceeds the social services available right now. we hope that the city will not balance the budget deficit on the backs of the low-income vulnerable community. we need to expand the capacity for more services and resources for chinatown and not the opposite. also, we hope the mayor can adjust needs for affordable
housing as well, especially in economic hard times. if cannot find affordable housing, they may have to relocate out of the city. lastly, i want to thank mayor lee and other department representatives for coming to chinatown and i hope there's more opportunity for meetings such as these in the future so you can all hear from the residents in san francisco. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much for that question. i also want to thank the members from c.t.a. the mayor would like to address the last comments. >> there's a lot of concern here from people who need and want more affordable housing. i agree with that. it's very complicated, because as you know federal government has decreased their funding, and so the city has to come up with it. we will try to work hard as our economy improves. we will try to make decisions that will increase the supply of
affordable housing. we know that there are many families who are kind of jammed into s.r.o.'s that are very limited, and we don't like that either. we will do our best to fund community-based programs that will produce more affordable housing. we have ones that are about to begin, particularly the broadway street. there's a project we're working with the community development center to get that started. we know that's going to increase, but clearly that's not enough. we'll continue looking for other opportunities as our budget allows us to. thank you. >> thank you. next question. [speaking foreign language]
>> hi, everyone. i'm an organize at the families collaborative. our families live in a tiny living space and there's no place for the children to play. there's not even a beacon center in downtown. there's no way for the children to go. also recently there are many fire incidents in chinatown. so it's important to prevent fires, but imagine whenever there's a fire, a low-income
person faces tremendous difficulties without a place to live. it also increases the burden on the city to relocate them. so i'm asking the city government to provide more childcare and more places for our children to play and more fire prevention for our chinatown buildings. thank you. >> i want to address that for a moment, specifically with regards to fires. in my time in office, i have probably taken part, along with my aide in responding to half a dozen major fires in the district. this has been a very serious situation. i do want to thank many of the departments that are here, particularly our human services agency, rec and park, the police department, the fire department for their response in helping us deal with the aftermath of these fires. all that being said, we as a city need to do more to invest to make sure our buildings are safe, that these fires don't happen in the first place, the neighborhoods that are in the
>> hi. i'm also a peer organization at the families collaborative. when we go talk to the families a lot of them tell us we're unemployed. industries and businesses have been leaving the city. it's hard for us to find a job. without training and jobs that can -- that we can for without a lot of english, community organizations always tell us that we need to learn english in order to have a job, but what about making a living before i learned english? what can i do? so the jobs now will program in the past doesn't really help people without a lot of english. we're hoping -- we're asking the city that next round of job now's, please have a plan and have some money to help people who doesn't speak a lot of english. thank you very much.
>> thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, everybody. thank you for your presence in chinatown, district 3. the thing i want to say definitely it's about concentrating on the youth inávd district 3, because many youth in district 3 are monolingual speakers, and don't have places to hang out. there's the parks and rec in chinatown, but because it's under construction, they have limited space to go to. in the evening time, they have limited space to go to, so the park they go to, they have improper lighting. so it creates a dangerous situation. there's a lack of staffing from the rec and park into creating those programs for the youth hanging out on the street, you know, creating an issue, because they do have to deal with gang
affiliation issues, alcohol abuse and marijuana. we've experienced that in a lot in the past two or three years, an increase in our community. i've been working with captain cashman on how to create more programs, collaborations with our people to make sure the police officer are out walking in the area, just hold them accountable. i think that's great, but we definitely need more funding for jobs, because the mayor's employment and educational program, it's very important, because just now there's 40 slots. we need more of that. i'll finish up real quick. please take the offer from the nob hill association to get the help to put more money -- you know, not just in the chinatown, but in the bayview, in the
mission, because they have the money, they have the resources. please do that to help people find jobs. and affordable housing, just real quick, there's four young people living in one unit. all right? they cannot function that way. >> thank you very much. >> i appreciate all the work that you guys are doing. >> great, than. thank you. let's hear from the next speaker. by the way, department representatives are taking questions, and closer to the end we'll hear answers and feedback from our city heads. next speaker. >> my name is mitch bonner. i'm with the laotian community. the last few years they've done a festival for the l ao
community. in 2010, they wanted almost $8,000. this year they wanted $12,500 for nonprofit organization for a one-day basic fee, which is too much for the lao community to afford. we were lucky this year to be able to rent u.n. plaza instead, still only $750, but we don't what it will be in the future. there are a lot of small organizations in san francisco that don't have big budgets. and they will probably be driven out of the city because they can't afford the very expensive fees imposed on sites and other things like that. >> i know there have been a couple questions that have built up. the last question that was asked
had to do with some of the employment opportunities for young people. this is something i've discussed with the mayor, as well as with dcyf. i'd like the mayor to provide a perspective on that. >> with respect to the summer youth employment program, that was another program that we heard all through the rest of the city. i want to -- in cooperation, and also, of course, supervisor david chu has been talking about this for some time, asking our officers to take reconsideration of the cuts. so we've been working very closely with our director of the children, youth and family, and tonight we just want to announce that we are moving an additional $500,000 to the youth, summer youth program, and there will be 300 more slots made. we'll be able to divide that to make sure that chinatown gets enough slots for the summer youth program. you'll definitely have more. we're making those decisions as
of today. you'll hear more details about it. there will definitely be more summer youth slots will aimed at both chinatown and all the other districts for the summer. >> mr. bonner, just in response to fees, the rec and park department does charge for special events. the rates actually for nonprofit organizations are 50% or half of what we would charge commercial organizations. over the last -- we actually haven't raised fees in a number of years, but what's happened is we've been gradually implementing some fee increases that went into effect a number of years ago. how much a particular event costs certainly depends on the type of event and the nature of the event, but i think our permits and reservation staff is very focused on working with organizations to -- you know, to accommodate their financial realities and try to find the right location for the right type of event.
i would, you know, very much welcome the opportunity or welcome a conversation with you and our permits and reservations staff to see if we can work together more closely next year to accommodate the event. and just by way of example, youp know, portsmouth square, we would charge $500 for an event there, for a commercial organization, but only $250 for a nonprofit. >> why don't we hear from our next speaker. [speaking foreign language]
[speaking foreign language] >> thank you very much. >> good afternoon. mostly households are immigrant families and seniors, low-income. we're here to urge the mayor and supervisors, city officials, to provide services to low-income residents as well as we are still in a recession, working class, people worried about getting laid off, and seniors who depend on s.s.i. are having that cut. the senior meal program help seniors to spend money on other needs. these services are fundamental to low-income seniors like me.
we rely heavily on these services to improve our quality of life. we urge for a fair and humane budget that reflect the needs of those who are the most vulnerable. also one more concern is please keep regular clean services at the development. like mrs. lee said, cleaning the common area once or twice a year to pass a h.u.d. inspection is unacceptable and unfair. thank you. >> thank you. i want to thank you for your leadership on these issues in the community as well. next speaker, please. >> hello. i'm an organizer with a political action committee. like my colleague, i wanted to
really hammer home this idea that the -- that the government of san francisco should fight with the congress to get this resolution passed. it's a bill actually in the congress now. you have eight congressional members of the congress who are behind. the question that many people are asking, are we in an economic recovery? the answer from any honest thinking patriot of the united states is absolutely not. we are right now in the greatest global economic breakdown probably in recorded history. and if we don't declare the united states independent from this bankrupt banking system, which is killing us, every city, every state, every nation, you see it in europe, you see it in the united states, they'll have nothing but budget cuts.
where will we be in 50 years? where will we be? how many of us will be left? so the real question is -- look at the american patriots. did alexander hamilton cut the budget after the revolutionary war? did abraham lincoln cut the budget building the railroads during the civil war? did john f. kennedy cut the budget -- >> thank you very much. >> this is absurd. >> thank you very much. >> it shouldn't happen. you should fight and get your guts together. >> thank you very much. >> we should have a meeting and discuss this resolution. >> thank you. >> i'd like your comments on it. thank you. >> next speakers. next speaker. [speaking foreign language]
today. thank you. >> hi. my name is mimi. my son's been going to the asian human resource center for a couple of years. the family workshop is very important for all the families, whether it's for the kids, nutritional, or talk about what the discipline. so i want the city to consider to extend the budget for us. thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is gloria. i represent the asian resources center. i'm here to speak of two priorities. one would be the importance of preserving affordable housing. the past two months i've had the
challenging project of trying to relocate 23 of my women to find a relocation units in chinatown because of upcoming construction in our building. and it's been one challenging project of trying to find clean, affordable and safe housing in chinatown neighborhood. my second prior would be helping families to continue family support programs. many families, asian immigrant families, and they need the support from nonprofit, of helping them to be able to stay here in the city of san francisco for their children to be able to go to will school here, for them to be supported knowing that -- that there's some nonprofits that they can turn to if they need help. thank you. >> thank you, gloria.
>> hello. i wanted to thank all of you for hoeing this board meeting. i wanted to specifically thank supervisor chu and phil ginsburg, other elected officials who have done so much in these overwhelming times to support families and children. your efforts are making a difference despite all of the crisis. i wanted to let you know specifically that the work that you've done has revitalized programs. i know it's also making an impact at the library, at joe dimaggio park, and i wanted to also let you know that you're not only helping families to get access to vital services, but you're also -- those public faces, when you invest in schools and parks and libraries, you're also investing in community meeting places. it's through those places that we can get to connect with each other as neighbors, and also
connect with our city. and because of that work we now have more volunteers and more parents interested in giving back to their parks and back to their libraries. i just wanted to say thank you very much. and i want you to continue working and we will continue to respond to your investment in us by working as communities to support -- support our neighbors. thank you very much. >> thank you. al thank you fothank you for mat the community of folks that we all represent get served. thank you. next speaker. >> thank you, guy, for coming. my name is ken. i'm an organizer for a chinese organization. in the community that we work