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6. i want to thank honored guests for being here tonight to hear from people. in district 6, we have two clubhouses for boys and girls clubs of san francisco, the tenderloin clubhouse, and the treasure island club house. we serve between both clubhouses 1500 kids a year from all ethnicities. i thought it would be really important to hear from the young people, and if there are some other teams or children in the audience, could you please stand up? [applause] >> hello. i'm troy. i go to boys and girls club, and i am part of keystone, vice president, and i'm also youth leader for the tenderloin clubhouse. growing up in the tenderloin, i
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see a lot of homelessness, violence, and drug use, and i have a lot of friends and family members that died of violence and drug use, and most of them are high-school dropouts. i feel that a lot of programs in the tenderloin -- they really support youth to go to schools, and they just do good. i feel that if we take money out of programs like this, kids are not going to have a place to go. they are going to go to the streets and be exposed to the violence, the drugs, and the homelessness. [applause] and basically, i just feel that instead of spending money on things that stop people from doing that stuff, i feel like it should be put into schools and youth programs because that is what really keeps the youth -- and we are a people that is going to be the future. [applause]
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[applause] >> good evening, fellow citizens. thanks for your time. i am a muni drivers. i was born in san francisco, 1947. i still live here. the economic crisis is a scam. to me, i union, my pension, my salary, or any other public service worker is the problem. the problem, as this gentleman so alice tully said, is lack of revenue. this time says at a time when san franciscans are facing an
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economic crisis -- well, they are not. in san francisco, there are 18 billion is, including the heavyweight democratic party. they control san francisco. sf has the 10 highest gdp of all american cities, 18th in the world. there is extreme wealth here. go down to union square. there is 100 companies that are located here. earlier, an african man was crying here, and a latino woman was crying here. that is a crime, a travesty. that they are crying of here, and these people are pandering to larry ellison. he is worth $18 billion. right? he got the city to give him all kinds of tax breaks, property, everything else. that is who they pandered to and try to tell us we are the problem. it is a crime. these police officers should be addressing them -- for arresting
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them. san francisco is controlled by the white, the wealthy, and their businesses and corporations. they do not come to a town hall meeting and get two minutes to a top. larry ellison had his ear right away. they stuffed the agenda. they profit from san francisco, and i will tell you -- their agenda is not our agenda. me? i do not give a fuck about race. fat is not my agenda. we need health care. we need services. we do not need more rich white men and their agenda. [applause] >> before our next speaker, the next three people i would like to call up. [reading names] >> i am director of shelters for
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episcopal community services. i am here to plead on behalf of the people that we serve, on the cutting the contingency but it is closing the next or shelter during the day along with the resource centers. i would encourage decision makers to think about homelessness and folks on the street. it is never just homelessness. folks that we serve, it is homeless and mental illness, homelessness and being seen and not having family. homelessness and unemployment in an economy that is really difficult for the best of us to compete in. homelessness in so many other issues, and what we are asking with these budget cuts is 334 people to now -- do not now have a resource center to go to, to not be able to use restrooms at
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the shelter to be able to rest. if you are in a wheelchair. this is what the budget cut will do. again, it is resident impact. also, staffing impact. you see us at the shelters. we employ 25% of our staff are formerly homeless. we are employing formerly homeless at $12.13 an hour. we will lay off -- we will have to lay off some of our staff. again, these are the working poor, and we ask that they not be penalized by these cuts. finally, the neighborhood impact. again, i say that having the shelter opened, having a place for them to watch tv, to rest, to be with each other instead of being on the street is going to save on police calls, save on emergency calls, and in the long run, save money for the city. again, i plead that we consider these cuts and not make them on the backs of the homeless.
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thank you. >> good evening. my name is connie ford, and i happen to live in district 5, but many of the members that are represented by union works in soma. i am also vice-president of the labor council, and i just wanted to let you know if you do not already that many of the workers who provide the services that are continually on the chopping block here are represented by union and our working poor, trying to make ends meet. many of these workers come from the communities in which they serve, whether it is homeless, mentally ill, drug addiction, all these things. these workers have done the really hard work to get up there every morning and do the work that is required of them to
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carry out the mission of the services that we all care for. these are living wage workers with health benefits. as you have heard, there have been cuts and cuts and cuts. these contractors have not had an increase in money since 2007. so when you are thinking about making additional cuts, when you say 10% and 10% more, it does not sound like much, but when these contracts for most of these cbo's , about that have not been raised since 2007 and are doing the hard work that everybody up here has been talking about, an additional cut is called starvation. i am urging you to look for other places to take the cuts. the people in this community are the most vulnerable. the workers in this community are ready to, you know, keep continuing the work. we are not asking for a raise this year, although of course,
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that is what our members would like. we are asking you to maintain these services and the work being provided as a whole unit. i wanted to give you a brief lead with -- leaflet. i'm done, thanks. >> thank you. we have time for a couple more over here, and then we are going to call two more names. >> about three years ago, i moved here because they were cutting a lot of hiv services and taxes. i figured i would be able to get better. it is really frustrating because we do not have enough economic opportunities. disabled people in general cannot work the eight hours a day that a lot of people are able to.
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there's just not the economic opportunity, and we have all these cuts that we're talking about here, and one thing about revenue, and i think that for each of these cuts, we need to have something producing revenue, whether it be organizations employing hiv- positive people or disabled people that work within the facilities -- we need to come up with some kind of innovative thinking like we are doing with the cuts for revenue because it is not going to fly just cutting things. we are going to continue to see people flooding in throughout the country to san francisco because they are still making cuts out there, what little they have, and we kind of ignore that fact, but people are going to still come here, and there is nothing -- this is the only place that gay people have to come to live and be free. i spent years and years in texas trying to be employed, and it does not work, so i come here, and there's no economic
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opportunity for us, so we need to think about that. thanks. [applause] >> hello. i am here representing the treasure island community. i'm here -- mayor, thank you for being here this evening. just to support the catholic charities and development center. we really need funding for that. and to reestablish the muni link that helps our families to the grocery store. there are no grocery stores on the island. population consists of a transitional community. we used to have about 180 kids to provide academic success, job readiness, healthy lifestyles, and we're taking from the
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children that are the future of our generation. so please reconsider budget cuts, and i just want to say hello to maria and thank you for all the work you do. please do not cut our children funds. thank you. [applause] >> i am just a parent on treasure island. my kids go to treasure island boys and girls club. they need that clubhouse, just like i need my kids to do their homework. [applause] one more question for the mayor and supervisor -- i just want to know what are you guys doing with the money from the number one cash crop in california, which is cannabis? i know you guys are charging cannabis club a large tax. i want to know where that tax money is going and why we are having a budget crisis when
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you're getting that much money from each club in san francisco. [applause] >> hello. in the coordinator of the friends of but never part. the reason i'm speaking today is particularly for our rec and park department and our clubhouses. the park is in the tenderloin at the corner of jones and eddie. it is only open three hours a day five days a week, and it is the only park in the north of market tender one that is open to all ages. seniors, kids, and adults. the other parks are for young people. so it is very urgent for us to have our park open more often. also, i do not know if you are aware that all the clubhouses in san francisco are not staff now. it is really urgent that we have more staffing at our club houses
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in san francisco. they mainly have to be rented out to private organizations to provide the programming. even though that might be necessary, i feel and i think many others feel that we should have our own city staff at the club houses providing programming. it is a funding issue, of course, but i think it is really urgent to be able to have our own staff for representative and park department in our clubhouses and recreation centers, particularly for our own part in our own district 6 in the tenderloin. we need more staffing. thank you very much. fosdic-- >> hello. my name is susan bryant. i live in district 6 in the heart of the tenderloin.
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i want to say to the elected officials, the decision makers of san francisco -- do not give away the store with tax cuts. do you remember the dot-com situation? we could not do enough for those guys. we were building lofts and not charging any taxes for schools. we were so happy that they were here and they were going to generate all that money for us. you know what happened -- those guys went back to live in their parents' basement. [laughter] san francisco -- everything starts here. where is our pride? they should be happy to be here and not have us give them tax cuts all the time. we gave the fisher family $30 billion a while back. where did that go? what good does that do us?
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anyway, our muni, our bart brings these employees to the doors of where they have to work. we service them. that money has to come from somewhere, and it should not come from us. they should pay the freight. i mean, because, where is our pride? we have all the good ideas. anybody moves away, what is going to happen is they are going to die on the vine. thank you. [applause] >> [inaudible] you know, we want you all you allsro -- let sro people know what is going on. we did not feel we get a fair representation. we want to have a better city.
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an earthquake should not have to come before we all come together. it is time that everyone in this city that brings money to the city and loves this city is a fear it will want to know what is going on at city hall. we need to let people know what is going on. people do not know what is going on. we want people to know that is not free shelter. thank you. >> thank you, everyone, for coming out. i want to thank all the speakers. i want to thank everybody who is here. i am a district 6 residents. i am a parent in this neighborhood. i am a service provider, and it is beautiful to me to see our community here. district 6 is a lot of times the overlooked community in this city.
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people forget that families live here, people live here, so it is beautiful to see you all he appeared on april 16, the department of public works is doing a community clean-up in the south of market, so look into that. come out and support, and remember, this is just the beginning of the process. this is just the beginning of the budget process. if you were not able to speak, write down your comments and put them on the wall back there. i'm sure you can contact supervisor kim's office. there are many ways you can continue to be engaged in this because that is what we need, for the community to come out and be at the table. thank you very much. we are going to pass it on to close, but thank you all for being here tonight. [applause] >> let me add my thanks to
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everyone here tonight for your time, for your patience, listening to each other. it is very important that we get this information, and i also want to just thank our staff at the office of civic engagement. i see they are working very hard to make sure everyone understands what is going on. the budget is very serious. one of the most important things we do in the city, and i want to make sure everybody is included throughout the city. if it is as smooth as tonight, i do not mind going to seven more of these things. thank you very much for being patient with us and sharing your ideas and passion about how you love to be in this city and to be part of it. thank you very much. [applause] >> again, just want to reiterate, thank you so much for being here. i want to thank our department heads, our budget director for being here. we asked him to come and just
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listen. you often get to hear us, and we do not always get the same opportunity to hear you, so they all came knowing that they would not get an opportunity to speak or respond, but they came to get feedback from you as they develop their budget, so we thank you for giving of that tonight. also, this would not have been possible if not for the many community residents and organizers that brought people out, that organized folks and educated people about the budget and budget process, so i really want to thank all the organizers and the volunteers. also, the greeters, the people that provide child care. all the folks out there, raise their hands. paul, chris, tiffany, johnny, diana, chilly -- thank you so much for helping me tonight. and i want to thank everyone because this is a tough and painful and emotional process, and everyone really came ready and also very respectful. it did not have to go like this, and i just really wanted to
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appreciate that, and this is just the beginning of a dialogue and process for our office. we will continue to hold budget stakeholders meetings, so please, come up to our staff and signed up so you can find out when our meetings are and continue to engage. i wanted and community members for being irresponsible about what we can contribute to these cuts. we will come out and do more clean up and held out if you can help us bring lights to the victoria park. those other types of solutions. we can all can cheviot to that process as well. we really heard a lot of things that were said tonight. district 6 is home to one of the most diverse constituencies here in the city. we have the poorest residents of san francisco. we have lgbt, immigrants, people of color, youth, and a high proportion of seniors as well. we heard that people want to see more jobs, want to see access to
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more jobs for our residents. we want to see more preventative compared to just reactive, so we want to see after-school programs versus the police picking up our youth because they are out on the streets. we want to see more preventative health versus going to the emergency room. those were all things that were said tonight, and we have to come together and support revenue in the city. that is where you can come together to help us put that together. thank you again. also want to recognize security here from tenderloin station. he hosts regular community meetings, so please, though. he has really been a community partner for us. are there any other announcements? >> please return your translation headsets. [laughter] them all right. thank you again so much. i hold office hours were you did not have to make an appointment with me every first friday and first saturday of the month, said czech our website.
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>> san francisco is home to a renowned civic art collection that includes a comic works -- iconic works by local and national artists integrated into our public buildings and six basis. the arts commission has struggled to take care of the priceless collection because of limited resources. in an effort to gather more funding for the maintenance of the collection, the art commission has joined forces with the san francisco art dealers association to establish
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art care, a new initiative that provides a way for the public to get involved. the director of public affairs recently met with the founder and liquor -- local gallery owner to check out the first art care project. ♪ >> many san franciscans are not aware that there is a civic art collection of numbers almost 4000 works of art. preserving the collection and maintaining it is something being addressed by a new program called art care. it is a way for citizens to participate in the preservation of the civic art collection. with me is the creator of the
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art care program. welcome. the reason we wanted to interview you is that the artist in question is peter volkas. why is he so important to the history of san francisco art? >> he is a very famous ceramic ist. knowing the limitations of clay, he got involved in bronze in around 1962. he was teaching at the university of california, berkeley. >> your gallery celebrated the 50th anniversary of continuous operation. you are a pioneer in introducing the work and representing him. >> i have represented him since 1966. i was not in business until 1961.
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he made a big deal out of working in clay. the things he was doing was something never seen before. >> it is a large scale bronze. it has been sitting here of the hall of justice since 1971. talk about what happens to the work of art out of the elements. >> the arts commission commissioned the piece. they did not set aside money for repair. it has slowly changed color. it was black. it has been restored. >> it has been restored to the original patina. >> there was no damage done to its. i do not think there were any
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holes made in it. they have been working on it for six or eight weeks. it is practically ready to go. i am very excited to see it done. >> over the course of the arts in richmond program, we have added almost 800 works of art into the public space. maintaining that is not something that the bond funds allow us to do. this is why you came up with the idea of art care. >> i hope we get the community going and get people who really like to be involved. we will give them a chance to be involved. if you are interested in art, this is a marvelous way to get involved. there is work all over the city where every year ago. -- there is artwork all over the
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city wherever you go. my idea was to get people in the neighborhood to take care of the pieces and let the art commission have the money for the bigger pieces. >> i was talking to the former president of the arts commission yesterday. the 2% ordnance is something he helped to champion. >> it is all over california and other states now. we really were the forerunners. it is a wonderful thing to bring the community into this now. people have seen art being put into the community. this has not been touched by any graffiti. it just faded over time. it is so open here. theris