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its framework. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good morning, chair ronen, supervisors, i'm here on behalf of the teamsters union to express strong support. doug black asked me to thank supervisor fewer and note with pride it was the teamsters who brought this policy to her at the school board. the teamsters represent 75,000 workers in california's food change. they pick, process, and distribute food into public institutions and private businesses. as such, the teamsters strongly support the good food purchasing program. there is a long history of exploitation in california's food chain, especially toward immigrant workers. but there is also a long history of workers and unions coming together to address the injustices.
this policy will make sure we use dollars to employ companies that treat workers humanely. that's why teamsters are strong spouters. thank you. -- supporters. thank you. >> good morning, my name is ruth. i'm here on behalf of stop slavery, a northern california coalition. catholic sisters against human trafficking. as opponents of coerced labor we are in support for good purchasing of a valued workforce and its goal of achieving healthy working conditions and fair compensation for all workers and producers in the food supply chain. among those working in the food supply chain are migrant workers, including agricultural labors who are vulnerable to risk forecasts for human trafficking. a study published by san diego state university found in 2010, among undocumented spanish
speaking migrant workers in san diego county, over 30% were subjected to practices meeting the legal definition of human trafficking and as many as 55% had been exploited. they fight against the abuses to establish transparency. the good food purchasing standards are based on third party verification. these audits provide an impetus for positive change and working conditions through the supply chain. we must not ignore the human rights abuses suffered by those who feed us. none of us should benefit from the exploited labor. this program provides an important step in eliminating modern day slavery from the food
supply chain. next speaker. >> good afternoon. i'm here representing the humane society of the united states. i spent 12 years as a food service director of a small high school district and worked directly with students. what i found working there was that my biggest hurdle was not getting the students to like plant based meals, it was getting the cooks to cook it. the high school students these days, they want plant based food, they want the rainbow on the plate. my biggest issue was educating the staff that worked at the school for many years still relying on cheeseburger type of fallback. working for the humane society has been a huge blessing for me, i'm now able to teach
plant-based cooking to cooks all across northern california, which is my territory. i do this for the humane society as a way of reducing that carbon footprint that happens with the meat industry and also increasing fruits and vegetables consumption. i'm here to support this act on behalf of the humane society. thank you so much. good morning, supervisors. my name is lia i'm a staff attorney with the justice center. we provide free immigration services to courageous women and children who have suffered gender-based violence. i was the director of the anti-trafficking and i want to tell you a story about my client, we'll call him adam. he is from indonesia, grew up in poverty. he was recruited to work as a seaman.
they promised him good wages. they arranged his transportation and documentation from indonesia where he boarded a large fishing boat. out in the middle of the sea, he was transferred to two other boats against his will and in violation of his contract. on the last boat he worked on, life was a nightmare. he worked under terrible labor conditions, upwards of 20 hours a day. the captain denied him sufficient food, threatened him and physically assaulted him if he did not work. human trafficking has a range of activities. he was a victim of labor trafficking. it was docked here in san francisco and he escaped the boat for protection. he was safe here in the united states, was able to apply for a visa designed tore victims of
human trafficking. he has been reunited with his family. this program won't stop labor trafficking, but it will help curb it. a food purchasing program that addresses the workplace that has baseline standards that support the safety and fair compensation of food chain workers is a positive and necessary step in the right direction. good morning. i'm here representing prevention institute. we're a national nonprofit based in the bay area dedicated to advancing community health and health equity through community based prevention. i am also a registered dietician and do a lot of work looking at
the quality of nutrition standards and nutrition policies. often discussions of healthful food are reduced to focusing on nutrients and nutrition, when in reality, nutrition is just one facet of what makes up healthy food, because healthy food must be produced, transported in ways that sustainable, equitable and just. many local governments are working to use the power of the purse to shift food systems toward healthier food. in my experience, the good food purchasing program is the strongest model of standards that account for the full spectrum of ways that our food system can be designed to support the health of people who consumer food, as well as the health and safety of those who produce the food. local economic development and environmental sustainability. last year, we had the pleasure of developing a profile on the
success of the program in los angeles and through the city, and i would love to leave behind a couple of copies that describe that. thank you very much for your time. >> good morning. my name is lana. i'm a food policy advocate for the natural resources council. we are a national environmental organization with over 3 million members and activists that engage on issues. i'm also long time san francisco resident and a parent. i appreciate the opportunity to share my opinion. they have worked on critical food use challenges, eliminating
food waste, pesticides and advancing healthy menus in all sectors of the food industry. we believe if these issues are addressed, that it would create a far healthier and more sustainable food system for all san francisco residents and certainly beyond. we're excited to see these are addressed with the environmental sustainability standard. i think it offers a solid platform for san francisco to use as it expands its sustainable procurement programs over time. because if adopted the gfpp would serve as a consolidated home for many of the food purchasing resolutions and ordinances already on the book in the city and county. as well, i think it could lend kind of a formal home and support for the voluntary measures that are under way in the hospitals and jails as we heard from speakers today. given that many of these
policies have been passed in san francisco quite some time ago, the adoption of this program offers a fresh opportunity to have updated comprehensive food standards across the city purchasing operations, but most importantly the gfpp offers a clear pathway to measure and benchmark progress. that accountable measure we heard earlier. >> thank you. >> i'm just going to call a few more names. eli, andrew, susan, carrie, catherine. >> i'm the seniorsy advocate
you've heard a great deal with the work that the organization has done in evaluating the program in the oakland school district, i don't need to repeat that here, but we want to emphasize that our organization sees this initiative important enough that i made it here today. this is not actually my normal realm of work, i tend to work in sacramento, but we really believe the city of san francisco could do something here to help california to make sure it meets with the rhetoric of being a global leader. we hope you'll continue, thank you.
>> i'm a volunteer with food san francisco and also a conscious consumer. i'm here on a personal note because for ten years of my life i suffered severely from depression. and when i was 18, i attempted suicide and shortly after i was put on zoloft and when that didn't work, well beau well. and prozac, and then i was told he could no longer write me prescriptions because i had moved. being the 22-year-old i was, i had no idea how insurance worked to i decided to wean myself off of it. by myself, just doing research
online. and that is when i discovered quality food and nutrition and i was able to get out of that state of being addicted to anti-depressants and it's been four years since and i have not had a depressive episode. it was important to come here today because we are dealing with health institutions and jails, a lot of which deal with mental illness. and i am somebody that knows the power of nutrition and quality food. so i support this measure. thank you so much for your time. >> good morning. i'm an attorney with the human trafficking project at asian pacific island outreach. the five values should guide
city food procurement because a valued workforce is a valuable workforce. it's synonymous with respecting human life, not sacrificing human dignity. workers in agriculture, fishery and livestock industries are some of the most vulnerable in the country. they're comprised of immigrants, both documented and undocumented. and they're engaged in one of the top three dangerous occupations. payment to the workers to help feed the rest of the nation is stock at poverty level wages. the food and drinks we consume may have been farmed and fished by workers in involuntary serve attitude. while it may not be the majority, it is rife. this program is the best choice for procurement standards because it takes a holistic approach to the food system. it's community investment, self-investment, creates a model that will equally benefit those
that are part of the chain of production as well as those in the community that will ingest what is created. san francisco hospitals and jails should adopt this policy. individual consumers have the power to demand that the supply chain be transparent which assists in the fight against exploitation and trafficking and those fed in the hospitals and jails have no say where the food is coming from. we're like a brother and sister keeper, and helping them to choose wisely, thank you. >> good morning, i'm the policy director at farm forward. i want to thank the supervisors for taking time to hear testimony on this issue. farm forward's mission is to end factory farming and support food choices that reduce animal suffering. industrial production of animals is wourch the leading
contributors of environmental pollution, including climate change. it includes more greenhouse gases than trains, planes, automobiles combined. there is an immediate need to address this problem. and the good food purchasing policy has a strong framework for city of san francisco, school districts, to use their purchasing power and to leverage the food that they buy to change the way animals are raised for food. we know this can be effective. the farm forward has been working with the purchasing policy as well as universities and businesses across the country, university of california, office of the president, to chain their procurement -- change their procurement policies and led them to buying the chicken that they buy from the certified higher welfare sources, one of which is produced here in
california. so we know that institutions can be part of the solution and we're eager and looking forward to working with the community partners in the room to support san francisco in this transition. thank you so much. >> next speaker, i'll call a few more names. albert. maria. victoria, and dr. tom newman. >> i'm the research and program manager of defense. our work is focused on environmental sustainability and empowering local communities. we believe that the value of the program, that of environmental sustainability and local economies, would be a great step forward for the food procurement policy. because of the education to sustainable production practices and the support of regional economies by sourcing from locally owned food processing
operations. we also appreciate supervisor fewer's thoughtful and hard work around the issue and look forward to helping see the policy move forward in the future. thank you. >> i'm going to call the rest of the cards. maria, lucy. and meta. >> good morning, thank you for having the hearing. i'm the food and agriculture policy director. we are here nnd spur supports this every because of the benefits into local food purchasing and the benefits of sustainable agriculture and healthier food access. i want to thank, we've been working on this and want to thank the hospital food team and the sheriff's department for engaging on this. we're asking them to do something out of the norm and that takes work. they've been great partners.
i want to thank supervisor fewer. los angeles and oakland have shown this can work. it doesn't necessarily have a higher cost. there can be extra work involved for everyone up and down the departments, but it can work and it doesn't have to cost more. and that's really important. another thing you're seeing the value to the city is in in room. there are very few frame works that gather this many people who care about food from a lot of angles. antibiotics, labor, sustainability, this framework tries to address all of them in a way that is easier for agencies to handle and cities to set policy. san francisco has the opportunity to be the first county to adopt this across all the agencies that are offering food directly to people in city and county run institutions. and what we'd love to see the board do is a couple of things,
first, call on the agencies to submit baseline assessments within a few months. use that information to set goals and then institutionalize those goals with a follow-up resolution or ordinance. that way we can have a well thought out milestone of where we want to go and start implementing this and truly adopt is to align money with values. thank you. >> good morning, honorable members of the committee. i'm senior director of state legislation for the american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. on behalf of the spca and the 6.5 million supporters including thousands here in san francisco, i'm please to speak in support of the policy. the spca has been a strong and consistent supporter of the policy given that one of the five core values is sport for ethical standards of animal
welfare. 10 billion land animals are raised for food, from birth, the vast majority live in inhumane conditions. farm animals have very few protections. however the principle set forth set in motion the change that could lead to improvement this their lives. the policy encourages the use of animal welfare certification programs and reductions in the reliance on animal forced foods. you have the opportunity to establish a humane and sustainable standard for the community by ensuring that public funds are spent in a manner consistent with the city and county environmental values. by adopting the program, you have the opportunity to use your purchasing power to source healthy high quality foods that support a strong economy, fair treatment of workers, fair treatment of animals and sustainability. we encourage you to -- for
consideration and on behalf of the spca i thank you for your humane leadership. thank you. >> hi, i'm from pesticide action network. we support the adoption of the program. the most important thing that resonates with our organization is the fair labor standards as well as protection for farm workers and farming communities, children who live in farming communities because there will be stricter environmental standards. as per 2014, the department of public health report, half a million children in just 15 counties were exposed to pesticides within a mile of their schools. this will continue unless cities, counties, take action to put dollars toward safer
procurement and supporting farmers, form workers and communities to move toward agricultural policies and practices that are health protected and protective of the environment. we're strongly behind this and hope that san francisco will make a big stride and provide leadership on this. and protect communities across california and beyond california in this matter. thank you. >> hello, i'm dr. tom newman. past chaired on cofounder of ucsf sustainability committee and represent physicians for social responsibility in the san francisco bay, which i chair and i'm so concerned about climate change sustainability i moved out of my comfort zone to testify at a board of
supervisors and wrote all my comments, but realize you're all on board and know about the greenhouse gas footprint of animals having the biggest greenhouse gas footprint and water. and i want to mention the antibiotics that is another big thing as a pediatrician. so was happy to see that having meat raised nonantibiotics was part of it. i want to thank you for what you're doing. and strongly support this move to include the department of public health and the sheriff's department in the good food purchasing program. >> my name is christina. i'm here on behalf of the animal legal defense fund. it's a membership organization
with 250,000 members nationwide, including 2000 in san francisco county. they support the adoption of the good food purchasing policy by san francisco hospitals and jails. the emphasis on reducing the total volume of animal products purchased as a strategy for improving environmental sustainability and animal welfare is essential to the overall well-being of individuals. reducing the dairy consumption will have direct and beneficial impacts on the environment. reducing consumption of meat and dairy is one of the most impactful for mitigating climate change. jails and hospitals would reduce the carbon footprint. finally because meat and dairy
are recognized to contribute to heart disease, diabetes and cancer, reducing consumption of both is a critical component of hospitals and jails. we strongly support and ask that you do as well. >> thank you for giving time and attention to the good food purchasing policy and all the folks that turned out to testify. i'm the heal food alliance, agriculture labor, we're a national alliance of 50 organizations that represent different sectors of organizing for food and farm justice, including 350,000 workers that are across the food system, as well as environmental groups like concerned scientists an pesticides at work, and a bunch of farmers around the country as well. you're already aware of many of the impact of our current food
system, how exploit it is for workers. 6 of the 8 worst paying jobs are food system jobs. it contributes to a third of greenhouse gases, as well as the health impacts you're heard about, increasing diabetes, obesity, heart disease and so on. large institutions like schools and hospital and prisons, currently purchase about $150 billion worth of food every year. and so investing in good food purchasing policy is an opportunity to di vest from those frame works. we encourage san francisco not only to adopt the framework but also to fully adopt and implement the good food purchasing policy here. there is a couple of examples we've seen from los angeles. essentially that they've already reduced their carbon footprint by 22% by adopting this program.
and we know that adoption of gfpp increases competition and helps drive the market force. to make a point, we've seen in l.a. that every dollar that is spent on food has the ability to bring in between $1.60 and $3.12 that can be invested in local jobs, creates local revenue and so on. we strongly support you. >> my name is sophie, i'm an organizer at the russia opportunity center of the bay area. rock is a national nonprofit center that advocates for increased wages and working conditions. we understand the connection within the food chain and want to support all workers from the farm to the fork. i'm here today to support the good food purchasing policies and its values because we know
healthy environment and good jobs are necessary to maintain healthy communities and sustainable economy. thank you. >> good afternoon, i'm also here on behalf of the restaurant opportunity center, and here to voice my support for the good food purchasing program and all of its values because of how holistic they are and particularly the valued workforce component. at rock the bay we believe that ensure safety of the food, we must ensure the safety of the workers. and as we all know, workers are ones that run the food system and that's right hand that feeds. we're excited that labor is a component of the policy and are excited to voice our support. thank you. >> good morning, i'm also here with the russian opportunity
center our focus is worker advocacy and we here complaints and abuse of the food service workers in this area of the country. so i think supporting the good food purchasing program is essential because they focus on the safe and healthy working conditions of our food service workers. thank you. >> good morning, i'm albert, i'm from born and raised in mission value, native san franciscan. i've been over in the southeast district all my life. i'm here to speak to the public safety and neighborhood committee regarding specifically jeff sheehy, i believe you're
district 11? what district are you? 8? mandel street is a death trap. this is public safety and neighborhood service committee issue. >> no, i understand, we're now on item number 4. which is -- no problem, we don't have general public comment at committee. we have it at the full board of supervisors on tuesdays. that way you'll have an opportunity to speak to the entire board of supervisors. >> someone was killed on mandel yesterday and i was [inaudible] >> if you could come back on tuesday to speak to the full board, that would be the appropriate -- >> trying to get it reconfigured. >> if you'd like to talk to the office, you can do that, i'm hillary ronen, i'm district 9.
district 9. >> my neighborhood. >> supervisor ronen: is there any other member of the public that would like to speak to item number 4? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> any questions from my colleagues or comment? >> i would like to thank you for your work on this, supervisor fewer. i hope that you do additional work on this at the full board and i will be cosponsor of that when you do. on so many levels i feel very connected to this and have appreciated the comments of all of the members of the public today. i used to be the worker rights attorney and represented a lot of restaurant workers, so i wanted to thank rock bay area for coming out. i know the need for advocacy on workplace conditions and treatment of workers in the restaurant industry and the food industry. i want to say as a mother of
a-year-old in the public schools who eats the breakfast every morning, that is incredibly important to me to make sure she starts out the day in a healthy way. it's so refreshing to hear so many talk about the impact on the climate of food production in our country, because it is not something you hear regularly. you hear so much about fossil fuels and when you learn -- i learned recently what an impact food production has on climate. and it was shocking to me. i didn't know it because you don't hear it often. so hearing your voices talk about that today was hopeful for me. and hearing the impact on mental health and on the health of all of us that the importance of eating fresh antibiotic-free, i know supervisor sheehy has done a ton of work on the issue.
i'm really just grateful to supervisor fewer for holding the hearing. all of you coming out today and i'm really excited about the next steps we'll work on collectively. supervisor sheehy? anything? no. >> i want to thank everybody for coming out today. i was a big fan of the program to begin with, but actually i really learned a lot today through all our testimony about the other benefits of it that i didn't even realize. i have a question for alexa. i noticed that what we received from los angeles was that they worked closely with the department of public health and we heard from the department of public health about challenges they may have in implementing the program, can you address those challenges and how maybe we can partner with los angeles
city and county around the issues they had working with they're public health department. >> sure, we have worked closely for years with the los angeles county department of public health. they have a wonderful team that is focused on transforming their procurement policies within the counties. i know they would be more than happy to lend their perspective on the work they've been doing over the years. i think one of the challenges that was mentioned was working with the group purchasing organization and some of the distributor existing distributors in the supply chain. the experience of l.a. county department of public health has been one in which they begin a conversation with their current vendors and find the vendors receptive to addressing the concerns of their client. and they'll do anything to keep
that business. so often the vendors have never been asked for the type of information, or the type of changes before. and it's just simply a matter of starting this conversation, seeing what is possible and recognizing that this is a journey, not a sprint. and change will take time. but you'll never get -- nothing will ever change unless you start the process. and so i would be happy to connect to the appropriate people at l.a. county. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. so i think today we've seen that actually the power of our procurement dollars could really extend far beyond just the millions that we spend on the actual food. that it actually has an added benefit. not only to the people that are eating the food, the people in custody, but also the deputy supervisors a-- sheriffs and th
people who are in hospitals, but the people in human trafficking and i want to recognize the teamsters. because it's true the teamsters were the first people to come to me and say, we have a problem and we'd like to work with you on this. they're the ones that connected me to the good food purchasing program. i'm so happy to here that san francisco unified is on its way and the hope san francisco county can be the first county in the united states, as we lead the way on many things here, to be the first county to adopt this program for hospital and sheriff and maybe other cities and counties will follow suit. so thank you very much today to everyone who came out. and our office will be pursuing this and next steps to bring it to the full board. and thank you to my colleagues for listening to the public testimony and educating ourselves around this very important subject.
edition of building san francisco, stay safe, what we are going to be talking about san francisco's earth quakes, what you can do before an earthquake in your home, to be ready and after an earthquake to make sure that you are comfortable staying at home, while the city recovers. ♪ >> the next episode of stay safe, we have alicia johnson from san francisco's department of emergency management. hi, alicia thanks to coming >> it is a pleasure to be here with you. >> i wonder if you could tell us what you think people can do to get ready for what we know is a coming earthquake in san francisco. >> well, one of the most things that people can do is to make sure that you have a plan to communicate with people who live both in and out of state. having an out of state contact, to call, text or post on your social network is really important and being able to
know how you are going to communicate with your friends, and family who live near you, where you might meet them if your home is uninhab hitable. >> how long do you think that it will be before things are restored to normal in san francisco. >> it depends on the severity of the earthquake, we say to provide for 72 hours tha, is three days, and it helps to know that you might be without services for up to a week or more, depending on how heavy the shaking is and how many after shocks we have. >> what kind of neighborhood and community involvement might you want to have before an earthquake to make sure that you are going to able to have the support that you need. >> it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors and your community. go to those community events, shop at local businesses, have a reciprocal relationship with them so that you know how to take care of yourself and who you can rely on and who can take care of you. it is important to have a
battery-operated radio in your home so that you can keep track of what is happening in the community around and how you can communicate with other people. >> one of the things that seems important is to have access to your important documents. >> yes, it is important to have copies of those and also stored them remotely. so a title to a home, a passport, a driver's license, any type of medical records that you need need, back those up or put them on a remote drive or store them on the cloud, the same is true with any vital information on your computer. back that up and have that on a cloud in case your hard drive does not work any more. >> in your home you should be prepared as well. >> absolutely. >> let's take a look at the kinds of things that you might want to have in your home. >> we have no water, what are we going to do about water? >> it is important for have extra water in your house, you want to have bottled water or a five gallon container of water
able to use on a regular basis, both for bathing and cooking as well as for drinking. >> we have this big container and also in people's homes they have a hot water heater. >> absolutely, if you clean your hot water heater out regularly you can use that for showering, drinking and bathing as well >> what other things do people need to have aren't their home. >> it is important to have extra every day items buy a couple extra cans of can food that you can eat without any preparation. >> here is a giant can of green giant canned corn. and this, a manual can opener, your electric can opener will not be working not only to have one but to know where to find it in your kitchen. >> yes. >> so in addition to canned goods, we are going to have fresh food and you have to preserve that and i know that we have an ice chest. >> having an ice chest on hand is really important because
your refrigerator will not be working right away. it is important to have somebody else that can store cold foods so something that you might be able to take with you if you have to leave your home. >> and here, this is my very own personal emergency supply box for my house. >> i hope that you have an alternative one at home. >> oh, i forgot. >> and in this is really important, you should have flashlights that have batteries, fresh batteries or hand crank flashlight. >> i have them right here. >> good. excellent. that is great. additionally, you are going to want to have candles a whistle, possibly a compass as well. markers if you want to label things if you need to, to people that you are safe in your home or that you have left your home. >> i am okay and i will meet you at... >> exactly. exactly. water proof matches are a great thing to have as well. >> we have matches here. and my spare glasses.
>> and your spare glasses. >> if you have medication, you should keep it with you or have access to it. if it needs to be refrigerated make sure that it is in your ice box. >> inside, just to point out for you, we have spare batteries. >> very important. >> we have a little first aid kit. >> and lots of different kinds of batteries. and another spare flashlight. >> so, alicia what else can we do to prepare our homes for an earthquake so we don't have damage? >> one of the most important things that you can do is to secure your valuable and breakable items. make sure that your tv is strapped down to your entertainment cabinet or wall so it does not move. also important is to make sure that your book case is secure to the wall so that it does not fall over and your valuable and breakables do not break on the ground. becoming prepared is not that difficult. taking care of your home, making sure that you have a few extra every-day items on hand helps to make the difference. >> that contributes
dramatically to the way that the city as a whole can recover. >> absolutely. >> if you are able to control your own environment and house and recovery and your neighbors are doing the same the city as a whole will be a more resilient city. >> we are all proud of living in san francisco and being prepared helps us stay here. >> so, thank you so much for joining us today, alicia, i appreciate it. >> absolutely, it is my pleasure. >> and thank you for joining us on another edition of building >> raise your right hand please. >> i mark farrell. >> i mark farrell. >> do solemnly swear. >> that i'm support and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> and the constitution of california. >> against all enemies foreign
and domestic. >> i will bear true faith in allegiance. >> to the constitution of the united states. >> and the constitution of the state of california. >> i take this obligation freely. >> without any reservation or purpose of evading. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> the duties upon which i'm about to enter. >> and during such time as i hold the mayor of city and county of san francisco. (cheering) >> good evening everybody. it is an honor to stand before you this evening. the past six weeks have been an
incredible roller coaster for the city of san francisco. for those of us who knew and worked with mayor ed lee, it has been an incredibly challenging time. he was someone i admired greatly, both personally and professionally. he was incredibly kind to my family, in particular our three children, and he's gravely missed. agree or disagree with his politics, we can all agree he was a great human being, a devoted public servant to the city of san francisco and someone whose life i hope we celebrate as a city for years to come. i personally want to thank london breed for her grace and leadership during this difficult time. she led our city during the mourning of mayor lee and i know she works tirelessly for the residents of san francisco. i want to thank my colleagues on
the board of supervisors for trusting me with this position. i assume this role with great pride and humility. the most important concern for me is the continuity of the government of the city and county of san francisco. residents waking up tomorrow morning, expect muni buses to run on time. they expect police officers to be walking the beat, public works cleaning our streets and all vital services that the public expects us to deliver as a city and we'll do exactly that. and it means tackling the most pressing issues, getting homeless off the streets and into shelter and housing. making sure our streets are safe and clean for san francisco residents. continuing to build on mayor lee's legacy of housing and addressing the housing crisis. the next six months will be
incredibly active. san francisco residents deserve nothing less. san francisco's future, our future is incredibly bright. and despite our issues, we live in the most amazing city in the world. thriving local neighborhoods, the booming economy, natural beauty unrivalled anywhere in the world and adversity and inclusion. this is a time for leadership. it's a time to look ahead. i look forward to the road in front of us all. thank you very much. >> will you take a couple of questions now? go ahead. >> reporter: the reaction to your nomination and vote to point you in this position were
very emotional, people were very upset in the board chamber, claims of racism. there's a division in the city and how will you bring people together and what's your reaction? >> to me this is not about politics. it's about moving the city forward and the continuity of our government. all i can say is i will work to represent every single san francisco resident, no matter the race, ethnicity, religion. it doesn't matter. my job for the next six months is to build on the legacy of mayor lee, to build on what supervisor breed did during her time as acting mayor and make sure san francisco residents get everything they deserve out of the city government and that will be my job. >> reporter: did you see the nomination coming for mayor? >> again, i have heard many different rumors as many people had. but, again, to me, this is not
about politics. my focus is not now on the past. i thank my colleagues on the board of supervisors for entrusting me in this position. i appreciate their support and trust. in my office this is about moving the city forward though. >> reporter: mayor farrell, perhaps -- or wait for june. which path do you choose? >> to me there's one path, making sure that the city and county of san francisco continues to function, deliver the services it does for the city and residents. there's going to be a heated mayoral election and campaigns that have already started over the past few weeks and that will continue through june. my job over the next half year is to make sure our muni buses run on time, we do everything we can to get the homeless off the street. have police officers on the
street, make residents feel safe and deliver all functions that residents expect. >> reporter: you didn't touch on affordable housing. that seems to be the biggest issue. >> affordable housing is top of the list. that's an issue mayor lee spent his entire time in office focusing on and i will continue to build on that through housing and everything else in the city that san francisco is as affordable as it can be for every resident. >> reporter: [indiscernible]. >> to me, again, this isn't about politics, this is a situation that our city charter contemplates. my colleagues, i do trust their -- i appreciate their trust and their judgment in putting me in this position. i look forward to leading the
city of san francisco for the next six months and making sure that everything that our san francisco residents expect continues to get delivered as a government. >> reporter: there were people so passionate and so upset tonight, what do you as mayor now say to them and the people they represented tonight about what has happened and how you plan to charge a path forward. >> i heard the emotion in the room, i was there as well and felt that also. people were passion on many sides of the discussion. over the course of the last month as i have talked with people and residents across the city of san francisco, those emotions have come through. what i will say, i will be mayor for every single san francisco resident. my focus and job as mayor is to represent everybody in the city of san francisco. no matter what their race, ethnicity, religion. my job is to represent everybody