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energy and commitment to shape the city's future but for considering a career with the city and county of san francisco >> san francisco, the most beautiful city on the planet. let me take a moment to introduce myself. my name is kimmy, and you listen to me every morning on the morning dream team. it is a pleasure to be here. there are events that i do, but there's events that mean a lot to me. i'm born and raised in san francisco san francisco. i'm a bernal heights baby,
courtland kid, so when i hear that galileo high school is not only the city champs but the state champ, it makes me extra excited. and when president london breed asked me to emcee this event, it's clear there's no place i would rather be than right here right now. so we are here to honor you guys. the focus is on you. we are so proud of you, and on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, can we just all say congratulations? cha yes. give these young men a standing ovation for all the times you were tired, you wanted to quit, they didn't you couldn't do it, they didn't believe in you. what are these guys from san francisco going to do?
they're going to bring home the ship. see, bring home the ship. so we have a lot of people here to celebrate all your success, and it is my pleasure, i would love to bring up our first speaker. we have the incredible vice president of the school board, stevon cooke, please. >> it is such an honor to be here to represent the san francisco unified school district at city hall, but i think because the walls are lit with purple, it's somebody else today. whose house? whose house? we have the state champion g-house to that because these
incredible student athletes, as a previous speaker said, won the city championship, but took it all the way to win the 6 a championship state title. i would like to take a moment to recognize some leaders from the school district. we have president hydro-mendoza mcdonald today, our athletic director for the school district, don collins, is also here. and the principal of galileo high school has joined us. dr. matthews, our superintendent, wanted to be here, but unfortunately, his father passed this weekend, so if we can keep his family in our hearts and our prayers as they go through this difficult time. this is a really incredible occasion. the first time in the history of our city we can gather in
honor of a state football champion. so welcome to city hall, congratulations, galileo high school. let's do it again next year. [applause] >> now, as you know, you have a very famous alumni who went out of her way to put this together for you. she's sitting here in the front row. she's been here for all the right reasons, and we all trust her, and if it wasn't for her, i wouldn't be standing here. so ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the one and only president london
breed. [applause] >> the hon. l. breed: all right, all right. it's time for a real celebration, and let me start by saying that galileo is always making history. when i went to galileo, with tyrell and dari, and i don't have any glasses on, so i can't see anyone else back there, but it was the first time in the history of the city and county of san francisco that there was ever a threepeat, where we won turkey day three years in a row. first time in the history. no one, no one has ever broken that record. galileo is known for always having an incredible football team. and i was there turkey day when
you guys beat mission. now i love all the kids, but mission's basketball team was here a couple years ago, and i had to give it to them because they were the first to bring a basketball state champion to san francisco, and the galileo lions are the first to bring a state championship to san francisco. [applause] >> the hon. l. breed: thanks to the leadership of coach huynh, who is a lot older than i am, but we went to galileo at the same time, a at some poico ago when galileo won, we honored them here at the board of supervisors, and what is so incredible about what you did, the hard work, the team work, the commitment, the consistency, the drive. when you were out there playing turkey day, i just felt like i was a teenager again, routing for the teams that i used to
root for when i was a kid. i was so proud, i was so excited, and i was so incredibly grateful that you basically brought the galileo spirit back to the hearts of so many generations of galileo lions. so you're not just inspiring the people you go to school with, you're inspiring the entire city. this is the first time that a school, not just a public school, but a private school, any school in the history of this city, they have never done what the galileo lions have done with the state championship. [applause]. >> the hon. l. breed: and there are so many people here to celebrate. they are alumni, they are family, they are friends. this is all for you, but i have
a surprise, one that you probably didn't anticipate. now, you know, when you win the superbowl, what do you get for winning the superbowl? you won a state championship. you're getting rings for the state championship. [applause]. >> the hon. l. breed: you're getting rings, yes. yes. so i'm so excited. you're getting rings. you're also getting, which is probably not as exciting, certificates of honor from me personally -- [applause].
>> the hon. l. breed: from our assessor-recorder, carmen true, who's here. and the point is i was when at galileo high school, the reason why i even thought about going to college is because there were so many amazing people who supported me, who encouraged me, who looked out for me and who ensured that i stayed the course. you all have inspired so many people, and you've got to continue to work and continue to stay the course. here in the city and county of san francisco, we celebrate and we honor you tonight. and the real work continues the next day when you study and you've got to make sure you go pass those tests. we are counting on you. we are counting on you to be the next generation of leaders. we are counting on you all to go to college. we want to see great things out of each and every one of you, and it is on behalf of the city and county of san francisco,
truly, my honor, as an alumni of galileo, to be here today to celebrate with you and your family and friends. thank you so much for being here, and at this time, i am going to issue the certificates of honor and ask -- am i? i know we have some more speakers here -- or we can do it at the end. we'll do it at the end? okay. so at this time, i'm going to turn it back over to kimmy, and we didn't have the rings tonight because you have to do what? give your ring size, but you're going to have rings, so i want you to wear those rings with pride and show them what the galileo lions are made of. thank you, everyone, for being here. [applause]. >> once again, thank you
president london breed. you guys are getting rings. whoo, you guys are getting rings. now, with every team, you have to have a leader, and every leader has a story. in this era, we're talking about dreamers and people with dreams. i bet you $5 at no point did coach huynh ever dream that he would be sitting here in city hall with state champions at his fingertips. you think so? coming from vietnam at the age of seven, making his way up, coming over here, and look at the young men that you've inspired, coach. it is time for us to honor you. san francisco, get on your feet for your championship coach, coach huynh.
[applause] >> i didn't know i was supposed to talk, so i got this prepared. actually, now, before i speak, we have a gift for london. i'll bring it down to you. we have the boys signing this for you, uh-huh. and we have this for you. there you go. [applause]. >> all right. it's thank you for -- for this.
i was telling them earlier, when we came in 2013, we didn't have this. we had upstairs in a quick meeting, we had a picture here. when i first walked in, and i saw this, i was impressed. are you guys impressed? i just want to say, for me, as a coach, you're right. when people ask me, did you ever think you'll win a state championship? no, not in my lifetime. i thought i could help build a program leading up to the state championship. i knew we had a chance to win the city championship, but to move on two more games and win the state championship -- i had a player who always asked me after the day is over, how do you feel, coach? i feel excited. big norcal game, i'm excited.
state championship, i have no words. and it's the fact that you guys, you don't feel it yet, but you guys are part of a tradition at gal, a part of a family at gal. you guys feel it, right? [applause]. >> and it's not -- it's not going to leave, right? nobody's taking this away from you guys, so as a coach, i do appreciate being a part of you guys winning the state this year. so i'm blessed in that way, all right? and other than that, there's nothing to say. honestly, i think we'll do it again next year. so you guys go to class and take care of your class academics. that's it. thank you. thank you. [applause]. >> thanks, coach. now, you guys speak football, right? and we represent the red and
gold all day. 49ers. so who better else to give you a celebratory message than a person who's actually represented that team. galileo high school, the one and only san francisco 49er legend dennis brown. [applause]. >> wow. did you say rings? you guys are getting rings in high school? wow. i don't know -- i don't know about you, but listening to miss breed speak, i was getting fired up, 'cause she was talking football, and she was talking pride. and i think -- i mean, i've come out here every year to be a part of this. and i tell the young men, the young athletes every year, now you're champions, and a lot comes with being champion -- a
champion. folks are looking up to you. your community, they're looking up to you. everywhere you go now, you are -- now, you guys -- first time you guys have won the state championship, correct? you guys are now role models. understand that. a lot of athletes don't get that part. you are now a role model. everything you do in the city, in school, at home, everybody's looking up to you now. huge responsibility. congratulations to you, but understand, there's a lot of responsibility, and everything you did to win that state championship, you've got to do it in the classroom. all that dedication, all that extra work, you've got to do it. that's what's got to happen. now, i wear my ring with pride. everywhere i go, i tell people, i am a former san francisco 49er, but i am a champion, and i carry myself as a champion.
so this day is fun, but understand you guys are role models, and everyone's looking up to you. so congratulations, thank you from the san francisco 49ers, thank you, london for having us out here. thank you, london. understa understand, you've got a responsibility now, and let's do it again. thank you very much. >> thank you very much, and it's at this time may i please call the captains of the championship team to the podium, please. [applause]. >> all right. who's going first? talk to your team.
[applause]. >> i'm not good at speech, so i would like to say thank you for inviting us here, and thank you coach mark for the dedication for four years, saying i want to be a quarter back. coach black, i hate you so much on the field sometimes, but deep in my heart, i love you. i love you so much, coach. especially you guys, i love you guys. and keep it a secret, you'll always be my family. baseball...and yeah, thank you so much. [applause]. >> all right. all right. all right. i say it's been fun, a lot of fun. i didn't think we'd make it to state, but then i saw, i
realized all the talent we had, some of it. and thank you for inviting us here. it's very nice. i've never been here, so it's a good experience. and thank you to my coaches for letting me play. we did all the hard work through my four years here, and it was fun. thank you. [applause]. >> all right. these four years have been really fun. i never -- like, never thought i would get here to this point. i was, like, being a wide receiver, because my freshman year, i want a lineman. now, it's really new to me. and then, i just slowly transitioned over, and i never knew that it was -- like, this can happen. i -- like, we won a championship my freshman year, and i really wanted to win it, like, either my junior or senior year, too, but i never
knew we could go, like, farther than that. okay. thank you. [applause]. >> first of all, i want to say thank you for inviting us. also, i have fun this four years. i never knew it would come this fast, but also, i'd like to thank my whole team for actually showing me what brothers are. but in my freshman year, i wasn't doing so good, and my grades weren't so good. then, my coaches, they motivated me and said i couldn't play because of my grades. so i decided my sophomore year to do better. also my team, they are one of a kind. they are one of a kind. they put what happens in their lives for football, and that's what makes our team special. we're all different, but when we come on the field, we all
act like one, so thank you. [applause] [ inaudible ] >> the captains, they'll look back on this one day: i spoke in there one time. so it's at this point, we are going to award the special certificates, so at this time, i need a little help. president london breed, would you give me a hand, as well as assembly woman carmen chiu, mr. brown, hydro mendoza, as well as council member cooke, we've got a plan.
you guys feeling good? give yourselves a round of applause. but before we get out of here, let's give our time to the woman of the hour, the one who made this all happen, your president -- i love how that sounds -- london breed. [applause]. >> the hon. l. breed: just a few remarks to close it out. again, thank you each and every one of you for being here. thank you, mr. brown for being here, thank you to derek brown for all the work he did to bring it together.
thank you so much. [applause]. so you're getting rings, you got certificates, and tonight, city hall will be lit in purple and gold in your honor. [applause] >> the hon. l. breed: whose house? whose house? whose house? let's get fired up and ready to go. thank you, everybody, for being here this evening. have a wonderful night. [applause].
third district. for those of you who do not know, i have long served in another capacity as the president of an environmental nonprofit that for the past 20 years has worked to negotiate the purchase of land and water rights on behalf of native american tribes in the great basin nations in the united states. for those who don't know where that is, the great states of nevada, utah, parts of arizona and oregon. and before that i worked at the trust public land. and i'm happy to lead with london breed, malia cohen, our former supervisor who first championed this issue, in favor of the full divestment from fossil fuels. i want to start by thanking the broad coalition of environmental advocates, public health
advocates, clean fuel transportation activists, democratic party officials, grassroots advocates and retirement board members and as of last night, the commission on the environment who have turned out today to demand that san francisco employee retirement system divest now from fossil fuels and we're getting to labor, we're saving the best for last. and i mean that sincerely and it is in my notes. i want to start by saying that sciu 10-1 has been the wind at our backs. i cannot thank you enough. to the folks from dapo, i cannot thank you enough. we'll hear from all of them. i want to start not with our president, not with our retirement board member but with our former supervisor. we have a lot of great speakers but this started with supervisor
john ovolose who first issued the resolution unanimously adopted by the board five years ago that has not yet be heeded but perhaps with malia cohen's leadership will be heeded today. >> good morning. it's great to be here. but also kind of strange to be here. five years after we had first voted unanimously to call upon sfers to divest from fossil fuels. since that time i'm a retiree of the sitting council of san francisco, so i depend on sfers to respond. what we have done in five years of analysis, we know fossil fuel investments is a bad investment. we're seeing the great
volatility of fossil fuels while our sfers overall fund has grown from $19 billion in 2013 to $23 billion in 2018, our fossil fuel portfolio has only stayed about the same, meaning this is a really poor investment while we see growth elsewhere. we know why it's a bad investment. we are seeing increasingly, the harm that's caused low income communities of color, to cities and towns along the waterfront are suffering from sea level rise, from climate, from dramatic climate events, from hurricanes and typhoons and in california we have our fires. these are all signs that our economy founded on oil and fossil fuel is one that harms life on earth. and it's way past time that we start moving our economy to renewable power, renewable
energy generation. we have called upon sfers for five years to do this, take our money out of fossil fuels and put in renewables and they have dragged their feet almost all the way, like they have the donald trump administration on the board to deny the fact that the world is becoming harmed every day as we continue to invest in fossil fuels. i want to thank supervisor peskin, supervisor london breed and supervisor malia cohen to continue with the work to make sfers do their part to divest and today we'll see if they're going to move this the way they have had to these five years. it's time to divest, divest now, sfers your time is up, thank you. >> thank you. this has been a tough 24-hours in this building, but president
breed said something which is profoundly important, that our relationships have to transcend and that number one, it's all about public policy. and with that, under president breed's leadership, we, again, unanimously adopted last year the same resolution that a different board adopted when john was on the board of supervisors. it is my pleasure to introduce on the same policy page, the president of the san francisco board of supervisors, london breed. >> thank you. hi everybody. i'm happy to join many of our environmental leaders and our community members and members of the board of supervisors and everyone who is here today, who is committed to a cleaner planet for future generations. there are many people to thank,
but i want to start by thanking supervisor malia cohen, who is a member of the retirement board who has been leading the fight on this divestment at the retirement board along with victor macres who is also on the retirement board. thank you both. i want to acknowledge sophie maxwell for her long time work to protect at-risk communities from polluting power plants and i want to thank labor. the members of sciu 10-1 and 350.org for your advocacy and staying on top of the issue and members of the commission of the environment for ongoing advocacy on this measure. san francisco has always been a national and global trail blazer for environmental practices.
we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions 28% below 1990 levels, cleaning our air while our population was growing and our economy was booming. we have launched our clean power program, clean power sf, the single most important thing we can do to combat climate change and i was proud to lead that initiative here on the board of supervisors. with the enrollment of clean power sf, we're well on our way to achieving the 50% renewable target by 2020 and 100% by 2030. goals that even outpace the ambitious goals set by the state of california. and we're providing reliable energy at great prices. through the work of so many community leaders, we closed the last two fossil fuel plants eight years ago in this city. and we are leading the nation in
waste reduction and resource recovery thanks to the recycling and composting programs. we are recovering more than 80% of materials from landfill. we are preventing many harmful products from entering our city at off we were the first in the country to ban plastic bags and through legislation i proudly wrote we have the largest styrofoam plan and drug take back program that has kept more than 24,000 pounds of the bay and landfill. that's what we're doing here in san francisco. san francisco has been at the forefront of so many ground breaking environmental issues and today, our retirement board has a chance to make history. we cannot continue investing in companies that pollute our ea h
earth. it's time to divest. it's time to divest. it's time to divest. it's time to divest. and do so, quickly. washington d.c. may ignore climate change. our president may ignore climate change. but here in san francisco, we are going to put this at the forefront. we're going to make sure that they know we have to make change and we have to make change now. it's not fair to our planet and future generations to come. divest now, do the right thing, let's get this done. thank you for being here today. (applause) >> thank you president london breed and thanks for shouting out sophie maxwell.
we had two polluting plants, the hunters point plant that supervisor maxwell led the fight on closing and years later with the incredible work of the city attorney's office, the murrant plant was closed. as supervisor breed said at the forefront of this, inside the belly of the beast, supervisor cohen has been a star in making sure that we divest. and that vote is happening shortly. she has to go in a closed session at 11:30. supervisor cohen has been leading that fight and god willing, a little after 1:00 p.m. we'll get that vote. it's still on the bubble but i know malia is going to make that happen. >> thank you. ladies and gentlemen, good morning. first, i want to recognize many people that have brought us to
this point today. i don't see jed holtsman, he's been attending the sf retirement meetings for years. i want to recognize supervisor peskin for bringing this issue to us and lending his voice in the desire to put pressure on the staff to make this vote happen today. and i want to recognize supervisor ovolose, he took an unpopular position early on and i want to appreciate his leadership style, although different from mine. but nonetheless, here we are today. i think it's a testament that you need both moderate and less support to make this happen. it's not a political issue, this is really the right thing to do when we think of the health and
wellness of our entire world. i want to recognize the members of siu 10-1 who have spoken in two minute intervals. many i had to cut off because your comments were too long but it was good to see you all. and the retirees making the most of their retirement time coming out to support. and i want to recognize the number of staff people to help me and educate me on the importance on this movement and how we can continue to move forward and uplift and recognize our indigenous folks who are here that led the way when they were fighting dapo. there are many people whose shoulders i stand on that we need to recognize. the seriousness of the issue we're going to vote on today is not missed on me. we all know fossil fuels emissions are harming our children and health and doing
irrepairable damage to our planet. as a city, we cannot build our pensions on the health and wellbeing of our children and future generations. but divestment is not just a moral imperative. this is not just a talking point, a political issue of the day. as a fiduciary member, we have a responsibility, as fiduciary member of the retirement board, i have to make sure every person can retire with dignity, with assurance that their pension is safe and no one is taking a gamble. the investments in fossil fuel endanger that promise. the board of supervisors has repeatedly demanded that staff implement divestment plan and frankly we have no plan. the "engagement strategy" that has probably had a hand in jed
holtsman's hair falling out, i think you would agree that engagement strategy has been very hard to stomach. the staff has touted the strategy but honestly there's been no accountability. they've had no mandated timeline for any company's responsiveness. i'm getting in the weeds but the retirement board has a process on how they pull back divestments and it's a multi level multi tier response. it's too much pollution. they have not identified an acceptable ratio of returns to emissions. due diligence hasn't been done. the process for evaluating environmental and social risk has been haphazard and
inconsistent. as our city continues to pay out money for healthcare and invest in mitigating sea level rise and trying to prevent flooding on our streets, we must put our money where our mouth is, we must stand up and shout out. our pension budgets must not exassrbate the issues. we must limit for the safety of our residents and wellbeing of employees, working and retired. i call on my colleagues on the retirement board to join us, take our children's future seriously and finally divest from fossil fuels. ladies and gentlemen, i stand with you, i'm excited and i'm looking forward to casting my vote this afternoon. thank you. (applause) >> thank you supervisor cohen. i want to make a few more shout-outs. first, as we just heard, this is
not a conservative issue. this is not a liberal issue, this is not a moderate issue. this is not a progressive issue. this is a moral and financial imperative. to that end, supervisor cohen, supervisor breed and myself serve as members of the democratic county central committee and it was our colleague keith boraka that issued it to divest. that passed unanimously. thank you keith for that leadership. thank you to bay.org, fossil free sf, indian people organized for change, next gen america. sf bernie-c.r.a.ts.
and last night with incredible testimony from victor who talked about the way the investment industry works, about score cards, out of the half a billion dollars that the san francisco employee retirement system has invested in fossil fuels, over 20% of it has not yielded a positive return to the fund. just what supervisor cohen was saying, for five years or more. that's what we call a bad investment. that is a bad investment. this decision can be made as a fiduciary decision and moral imperative as we did around guns and ammunition and tobacco. it makes prudent sense for the retirement system to divest. i want to shout out the
commissioners gathered here who took the very bold step and at the department of -- commission of the environment last evening voted for full divestment within 180 days. which is a strong demand. thank you commissioners. with that, i would like to bring up isabelle sezie who is a young leader, a grassroots leader and thank you isabelle for being here and thank you for your work. >> good morning relatives. i come from the northern tribes.
i'm 23 years-old and live on occupied territory. i want to first pay acknowledge to the people of the land we do stand on because indigenous voices, indigenous rights and sovereignty is important to remember and acknowledge. i am a member of idle no more sf bay. sfd fund dapo coalition and defending mother earth treaty. i want to start by saying we welcome the pension board and seiu public sector members to join our ranks as water protectors. the vote to defund is critical. it's critical to protecting the water. the divestment vote and movement in san francisco has been initiated and fostered by long standing grassroots, indigenous
advocacy throughout turtle island and mobilizing groups that have fought long and hard for this moment today. we have seen and continue to see the violation of indigenous rights and the threats to our water. all of the sacred systems of life. the standoff at standing rock to stop the dakota access pipeline is not over and it's just the beginning. to show that the many other standing rocks around the world that we are not afraid to stand up to big oil and to divest. the assault on mother earth is real. the climate crisis is real. and all who are living in those yet to be born need clean air, clean water and clean soil. and we need to remember that. we all need clean air, clean water and clean soil to live a healthy and sufficient life here
on mother earth. and i want to thank the san francisco board for hearing us out and responding to the frontline call to divest from fossil fuel projects and the investments. and last, i want you all to know that my generation, the next seven generations and all our non human relatives, we thank you for this and we will be completely relived of any hardships and i send my best regards to the vote in favor for us to divest completely of fossil fuel projects and infrastructure, expansions and any investments because we all know we need to keep it in the ground. keep the oil in the ground, keep fossil fuels in the ground and divest. thank you. (applause)
>> thank you for those profound words. before i introduce the final speaker, i want to say that all aspects of our government minus the sfers board, at least until 1:00 this afternoon, are on the same page and i want to shout out our city attorney who has initiated some of the most ground breaking litigation against some of the largest fossil fuel polluters in the united states of america. and the reason i bring that up, because as cities and states start this kind of litigation, these investments become more and more risky. these become stranded assets and i speak to you not only as a member of the board of supervisors but as a member of the california coastal
commission, where last year more emergency permits were applied for because of sea level rise, king tides, beaches being buried under the sea, than any previous year. as we just heard, this is real. we would not be here without the strong support of labor advocates. sciu 10-1 have led on the fight and they take it personally because many are vested pensions invested in the risky big oil assets. thank you joseph bryant, thank you martha hawthorne. with that, my friend joseph bryant. >> who is ready to divest in fossil fuels? >> we are! >> we're not in the chamber. i want to hear noise. who is ready to divest in dirty fossil fuels?
>> we are! >> that's right. i'm the regional vice president of sciu 10-1. we represent in san francisco over 15,000 city workers who are vested in the city's pension fund and we're urging the board of retirement to divest in dirty fossil fuels now. i want to give a huge shout out to everyone who has played an important role in this, it's been a village that has come together to help move this. thank you former supervisor ovolose, supervisor peskin, supervisor cohen, president breed. and the commission on the environment for your resolution pass last evening. thank you very much and i would be remissed without acknowledging our retirees here who have broken their backs to ensure this is a priority for
sciu 10-1, particularly david page, melissa hawthorne and many others here who have led the fight. with this, we have reached the point of insanity. it's a bad investment. we're losing money on this investment and destroying our communities and we still have to spend our time, energy and effort here to fight for it. what is going on. this is absolutely insane. with all the challenges we're facing right now from the federal level, from throughout this country, we're having to spend our time in the most progressive city in the country to fight for a very basic concept, to do the right thing, divest in fossil fuels. we're here for that and we're not just asking to say do it eventually. we want a timeline. we want something real. we need something real.
so please join us today sciu 10-1, again adamant supporter, we'll be up there in the chamber causing whatever ruckus we need to to ensure it happens. thank you very much. >> all right. let's keep it real, let's make it real at 1:00 p.m., at 1145 market street on the sixth floor is the meeting. i hope all of us will be there sitting in the audience ready to testimony. and with that, martha hawthorne leading us in a few chants. ♪