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met last year, including dennis rogers. we're all here on that rainy day last year when we kick started this project with the developers and housing advocates. your story here also with supervisor and board president david chiu with supervisor kim and our newest supervisor, christina olague. thank you for all being here. [applause] first, let me begin by saying that during the campaign for mayor and certainly post- campaign, there has been a very strong effort on our part to make sure that job creation and economic development, as i said in my speech and inauguration -- that that becomes a priority for
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me and my administration. i have a lot of support that the board for this as well. part of that not only is when we talk about jobs and talk about the training and getting people involved that the early level of their education to get into the work force and making sure that they see san francisco as full of hope for them, but also, we have got to take care of some of the other important elements of having a good, strong work force, and that is housing. not just for low-income, although here, that is what this is focused on. that is why we have so many advocates here today, but they will agree that work force and middle-class housing is just as important in this town. as we see a lot of expensive housing going up -- and that is good, too, but middle-class housing, housing for folks that are working and taking care of families is as important. that is why today, i wanted to use this site and use the
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opportunity to bring all of our housing advocates together with developers, with financial people, with people representing real estate association, property owners, and so forth, to come together and talk about the need to fill the void, as we have been talking about, where redevelopment is thought to be eliminated on february 1, and where there are constant challenges. in my opinion, have to use the word of abandonment. but the end of state-funded programs. the curtailment at the federal level of programs that we could use to create an ongoing source for funding housing in the creation of housing. i know that our housing authority commissioners who are here -- director henry alvarez is here as well -- they will immediately agree. we are not going to take this lying down. we will not become victims, as i said earlier. even if they eliminate redevelopment, we are coming back. we are bringing people together
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and coming back with private enterprises, developers, people who have worked together with us. they know that delivery of promises has never been about a reliance on government programs, that we would fail ourselves and fail our community if we are so inclined to allow ourselves to lie down. that is why i have helped to assemble this group of people behind me. also people in front of me that are represented in the private sector. people who have been very successful in producing housing. we need everybody to work together. today, i am announcing that in light of the idea that we had about forming the housing trust fund, that we begin forming a housing trust fund working group. a working group of people reflective of all the talent in our city, from advocates to developers to producers to people who maintain housing stock in the city well.
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that is the private housing developers, the real estate association, to the business mines and the city, and that i would like a trust fund working group to help me help our whole city come up with the best ideas possible and afford ourselves with an opportunity to work with our borders supervisors, leadership of the board to amass the best ideas we can and bring it if need be to the ballot in november. i want this working group to welcome all the best ideas and then to struggle, if you will, with those ideas to make sure that we come out with the most agreeable schedule of ideas that we can present to the voters and residents that we are not going to abandon our commitment to this city to build housing for everybody. we are not going to allow
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ourselves to lie down and say that just because the state and defense do not find this to be their highest priority, in san francisco, we do. as we build training programs for our employees, as we build the technology and the grain industry to complement our tourism industry for good jobs, that we also are talking about the housing that we need to support our local industry and our local workers. i think that we need a press, a thrust at this housing trust to bring everybody together and say that we could challenge ourselves to come up with the best ideas and to forge alliances that maybe have been in the past only at the affordable housing level for only at the luxury housing level or the market rate housing level, that we can forge an alliance together to build middle-class housing that the
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city desperately needs. so i am announcing today this forging. i am asking the director of our mayor's office of housing to take the leadership up on this and ask everybody to come to gather on an agenda. some of the people that we have asked today to come together here, both in front and behind me, include the housing advocates, the council on community housing organizations, enterprise community partners, the non- profit housing association, mercy, bridge, chinatown community development, tabernacle, who is part of this effort here. the community housing partnerships. tenderloin housing. i know randy is here today. mission housing. south of market. community action. enterprise community partners. and then, of course, the developer family. san francisco planning and urban research, the housing action coalition.
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lennar is here today. thank you for being here. jackson. pacific. hei capital. bank of america. tenants union. coming together to join all of us to make this effort genuinely open for dialogue and for hopefully reaching an agreement again so that we can house our middle-class families and make sure that we represent everybody can have housing for everyone in the city. with that, i would like to ask members of our board of supervisors to join with me on this. president chiu. [applause] supervisor chiu: thank you, mayor lee. i am really happy that we have represented to a really a wonderful spectrum of folks that care about a topic of folks that i think we all have been talking about for quite some time. mayor lee referred to the proposals he put out last year
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on the campaign trail. i can tell you that every candidate last year was talking about the importance of affordable housing. it is time to move beyond talk, though, to figure out what the solutions are, but something on the ballot, and get it done. i want to thank all my colleagues who are here. i know supervisor wiener has been leading in making sure we remember the importance of workforce housing. our newest colleagues supervisor olague has been making sure to work with tenants. we all have a real commitment to making sure that we're bringing together all the diverse voices, and i know that every constituency who is here wants to make sure that we see housing built at different segments and different parts of the housing need that we have. we have to figure out how we get it all done. i know that the mayor is committed to this and i am committed to making sure we're figuring out how everyone can be at the table, how we can all craft solutions that will represent a good stepping board in building was san francisco is
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going to look like in the 21st century. thank you for being here. we look forward to getting this work done. [applause] supervisor olague: hello. most of you know me because we have worked together on all sides of the housing issue. i wrote a very brief note that i want to put out there to confirm my commitment to this dialogue and to this working group. i want to say that i am very excited to be coming to the board as these conversations begin. i look forward to working in collaboration with tenant activists and developers and others who have worked with in the past over the past several years to find ways to address the overwhelming need the city has for low and middle-income housing. the need is great and immediate, but we cannot begin to find solutions without dialogue.
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please feel free to stop by my office if you want to have individual conversations so we can go and have a little bit more in-depth talk about this because sometimes when you get into the working group, it is, you know, that format is a little bit constrained. i would like to have conversations with those of you here who are open to that. again, i am excited to be part of this. [applause] >> thank you again to all of the variety of members and advocates and developers that are here today. many of you know that affordable housing has long been one of my top priorities. i knew this year that housing would be a big issue. it was not just low-income
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families and individuals coming to our offices. it was writing e-mails about how hard it was to continue to live here in san francisco when middle income and even middle upper income tenants and residents in the south of market in the mission were e-mail in our office and telling us how tremendously hard it was for them to remain in the city. i knew this was an issue we would have to begin to tackle. last year ended on a down note with the abolishment of redevelopment where we lost our only permanent stream for affordable housing in the state of california. it is great to be part of a city that is taking a proactive step only a week later to state that we are all going to work together to build housing for everyone in san francisco. i look forward to this work as well. working my colleagues, i know the ones who are standing behind me have also said housing is a priority for them. we need to make sure we continue to keep the city diverse and livable for everyone. thank you. [applause]
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>> reverence --rev. fong and reverend mckay were here when we started this. we will need your prayers as we continue forward. rev. fong, i know you have been such a committed person. we ask you to bless us here and encourage us to do well on these efforts. of course, supervisor scott wiener. thank you for being here. supervisor wiener: thank you. i am really excited about what we are doing. what i want to really stress is the critical importance of focusing on moderate and middle- income housing and making sure
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it does not get lost in the shuffle. we do a lot in this city on affordable housing, and we talk about workforce housing, moderate income housing, middle- income housing a lot. to be perfectly honest, we do not always put our money where our mouth is, and of course, we need to do more and more on low- income housing, but we have, i think, in the past, sort of but moderate middle-income housing to the side and not really move forward in a substantive way on that. it going through this process, i intend to hold our city accountable to making sure we are actually taking care of our middle income residents and families in this city because we are in danger of falling out our middle-class in this city, and indeed to prevent that from happening. i intend to work closely with the mayor, my colleagues, and the mayor's office of housing to make sure that we are having a hell looked -- housing policy that is inclusive of everyone and that we continue have a thriving middle class in san
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francisco. thank you. [applause] mayor lee: thank you, supervisor. i know there would be other supervisors that would show up, but for the conflict of interest. i think with this large number of supervisors, there will be others that will be release supportive of this effort. thank you for being here. i may have been in haste, but i will ask olson lead to come up, who was a designated person to head this effort to. -- effort. >> this is a great day. i think my emotions on this day are so different than december 29. as a former redevelopment deploy e -- employee and going to that website and seeing the supreme court decision and wondering what we will do in san
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francisco, and coming to this even when the mayor is taking the lead and solving the problem and taking the initiative is just a great, great event. i cannot tell you how much my colleagues in the state of california are envious. unfortunately, through the governor's decision, there was chaos in the affordable housing community throughout california. this project is a redevelopment project which will not be funded without tax increment, and that tax increment provided $40
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million a year towards affordable housing. one of his questions to me was, "what are you going to do now?" i think we have the answer. thank you, for taking the leadership on this. we now are going forward and trying to create this housing trust fund. we do not have a lot of specifics at this point. that is why we have a working group. we will look at all the possible resources that may go into a housing trust fund and look at sort of the best ideas of other housing trust funds in the country. we will also look at how we're going to use this in a san francisco way. the federal government created a housing trust fund and never funded it. the state government had a housing trust fund program that has really been sort of fair to middling to say the best. we're going to create a housing trust fund in san francisco that
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once again shows that san francisco is the leader in affordable housing development and finance. i really appreciate the mayor giving me this responsibility to work with all of you, both in front of me and behind me, to shepherd this effort through. the mayor clearly believes in the big tent. this is probably the size of the first working group meeting. we will look and receive all sorts of ideas because i think we really, truly want to take this opportunity because it is going to be a permanent source. it is not just a one or two-year program. this is a permanent program, and we are going to do it, and we are going to do it right. again, i want to thank the mayor for this opportunity to lead this effort. [applause] >> ok, this one is for mayor lee. it is more of a chart, but it is
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an illustration as well. "time" magazine said 2011 was the year of the protester, right? i want 2012 to be the year of collaboration and getting it done. this is new. this is different. we are talking about the super bowl of life. we are in the playoffs already. we need offense, defense, protesters, advocates, a business community, religious leaders. you know, we cannot just pray about it. we have to put some of our money where our mouth is. we need san francisco to pull together to deal with the super bowl of life issue, which is housing. why were people protesting last year? there is no housing. we have to do something. the state let us behind. the feds did, too, but san francisco was going to find a way. i want to give a big hand to the coach, the quarterback. we are calling the play now, right?
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san francisco, we want to score for affordable and moderate rate housing. thank you. this is a beautiful illustration of that. the one and only rev. dr. mcrae. a brother, an advocate. he can do better than i could. >> the mayor used the word promise. for many in the religious community, we live with the promise. the promise is that the cities will be repaired and that the former devastation will be reversed. the mayor said we come together because of a promise. i stand with brother roger's. his mother five years and years in this community for the promise -- this project took many years, many iterations, did it not?
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it took the whole community working together because we believed in the promise that san francisco will be repaired. san francisco will go into the future, and san francisco will remain a model city for all of these united states. mayor lee, thank you. because you gave us a promise last sunday afternoon that this was going to be an item. before i could almost get home, the item is coming to fruition. because we are taking the first step. thank you. as i say all of the time, maybe lord bless you and keep you. maybe lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. maybe lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. thank you. [applause]
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>> thank you, reverend. i know we are on the verge of a very memorable and promise- filled weekend. martin luther king weekend as well where we renew those promises all the time, but in san francisco, it is also about delivering on those promises. i know we have been delivering on a lot of stuff, not only for investors, but also things that have been working with everybody to produce housing. oz, come on up. >> thanks. sunday, the mayor talked about the really important things in san francisco. he said jobs, jobs, jobs. it is great to read in the paper about salesforce leasing 300,000 square feet. it is great to hear them leasing 300 million square feet. 400,000 square feet translates
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into 1000 units of needed campus -- needed housing. 2 million square feet is 5000 units of housing. we have an incredibly difficult problem supplying housing. we need 20,000 units of housing over the next 10 years. at a minimum. more like 30,000 with the growth in jobs if the mayor has his way. this is a very urgent, needed process. i am very optimistic that we will all be able to work together and come up with a program that will deliver housing and affordable housing for san francisco. [applause] mayor lee: let me be it -- let me reiterate by closing that there is no prescribed solution going into this process. we have to be open to everybody's input. i make that commitment that we are going to open ourselves up. there's nothing to say that any
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idea coming forward cannot be a good one but also be integrated with everybody else's idea. i want to signal that to everyone that is going to participate and watch as this effort continues, but at the end of the day, we have to act, and we have to get an agreement, and we have to produce housing that is affordable to all in comes in san francisco. we must do that, and we must honor an opportunity that i think the voters are giving all of us, that we have to come up with solutions and come up with them quickly in a timely fashion. with that, i charge everybody here today -- put your best effort forward. be honest. be delivered of. the collaborative -- be deliberative. be collaborative. let's get it done. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> i came out to san francisco about seven years ago. i was trained as a carpenter. i got sick of the cold weather and the hot weather. i wanted to pursue art. i thought i really be here for about three years.
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here i am, 7 years later. ♪ i have problems sleepwalking at night. i wanted to create a show about sleep. a mostly due painting kind of story telling. these are isolated subject matters, smaller studies for the larger paintings. i fell in love with it and wanted to create more of them. it is all charcoal on mylar. it is plastic. i was experimenting and discovered the charcoal moves smoothly. it is like painting, building up
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layers of charcoal. it is very unforgiving. you have to be very precise with the mark-making. a mark dents the paper and leaves the material embedded. you have to go slowly. the drawings are really fragile. one wipe and they are gone completely. it is kind of like they're locked inside. all of the animals i am showing are dead. i wanted them to be taking -- taken as though they are sleeping, eternal sleep. i like to exaggerate the features of the animals. it gives it more of a surreal element. it is a release subtle element.
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-- it is a really is subtle elements. the range of reactions people get is that normally they get what i am trying to achieve, the sense of calmness, it's really gentle state of mind -- a really gentle state of mind, i guess. ♪ >> is this working? all right. let me start by thanking everyone for coming out today. as everyone knows, there are several city agencies, several community groups, and i will get to the city family and leadership who is out here today. every chinese new year, all the departments all get together, and we all work very hard in making sure that the chinatown
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area is clean, free from graffiti. that the merchants are allocated -- educated about our ordinances. this year, we're going to do something special and a little bit different. we have been working with the merchants association, the chinese chamber of commerce and many associations here to come up with a great idea to make walking much easier but also to make buying merchandise and enjoying chinatown much easier. hopefully also allowing the bus to run smoothly while these activities are going on. without further delay, i would like to introduce our mayor, who is no stranger to chinatown and who is really spearheading this idea. thank you. [applause] mayor lee: let's see if everybody can occupy the parking space.
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exactly what we want to do is make sure people use the sidewalks as much as possible. first of all, how the new year, everyone. i know that as we celebrate the traditional new year, as soon as i finish with one new year, i get ready for the next year, because chinese new year is also a huge celebration not over chat -- not only over chinatown, but all over the city. the city really makes a lot of money with a lot of tourists that come in. the department of public works has already started -- you are already cleaning up the big gate down there and the graffiti. one of the things that is part of the tradition -- and it is already happening in my own hous