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alternative cooking areas. >> you can barbecue and if you have a regular propane bark could barbecue. >> thank you for joining us. and thanks for this terrific space that you have in this exhibition space and thanks for helping san francisco stay safe. >> let me begin by saying good afternoon to everyone. i am mohammed nuru, the director of public works. i want to thank everyone for joining us today to celebrate this construction milestone of station number five. it brings me great joy to honor the progress made on this tremendous project located here
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in the west end neighborhood. this will deliver a crucial piece of city infrastructure to thousands of nearby businesses, residents and visitors. our agency, public works, is proud to have designed a modern fire station that is expected to exceed national accreditation standards and serve the essential needs of our first responders. it may not look like it yet, in less than a year's time, a seismically sound fire station will be standing in this very place. it is true public works fashion, the project team has been working hard to ensure this facility will be delivered in timely and fiscally responsible
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manner. on time and on budget. with that said, it's important that i think the entire public works staff, our project team led by our city architect, project managers and i want to thank all the staff from public works who worked on this project. but most importantly i want to thank our construction partner in this, alton construction, leading the project and getting it this far. you'll hear from a lot of speakers about the station itself. it will be the most resillent station of all the fire stations here in san francisco because it is a very well designed facility and will meet all the standards as i said earlier. we have quite a number of speakers. i'll start by introducing the president of the board of
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supervisors and supervisor of the district london breed. please welcome her. (applause) >> good afternoon everybody. thank you all so much for being here today. you know, i have a special love for this fire station because i grew up just a couple of blocks from here. every year, every time i look at this fire station, all i can think about when i was a kid is toys. this is where i actually came on the door that was located on turk street, that's where we went to pick up our toys during the christmas holiday because of the firefighters toy program. and so i know tom o'connor who is the president of local 798 is here, thank you for continuing that program and your leadership in this city. you know, there's another reason i love this place is because many of the men and women behind me, this is where they work
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every single day and my aunt, who was mentally disabled, she would come here all the time. sometimes she would be in a good mood and compliment the guys especially and talk about how handsome they were, but sometimes she had difficult times and the people at station five treated her like family, they took care of her, and i know who is our deputy chief was a captain here during that time, they love michel so very much and i want to thank you for taking care of my aunt and being there for her. this is really a family, and the folks here, they save lives every single day and take care of this community and love this community. so this station is really not just a gift to our city, it's to demonstrate to the men and women of this department, we want to make sure they have a great station, a station that works for them. a station that is state of the
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art so they can do the job they're doing for our citizens and city and county of san francisco. i want to say thank you to all the folks working on this, to alton for their work on the construction project, moving on time and on budget thus far. and thank you mohammed nuru for leading construction projects all over the city, i know they're not always on time and budget but that's okay, we'll get to that another day. and our chief will be saying a few words later and our commissioners. this station is going to be a jewel in the city, it's the station we deserve for our residents. i look forward to being here and cutting the ribbon when we open in one year. take care. (applause) >> thank you supervisor breed. and also i have to say from the bottom of my heart, the last few weeks have been very difficult
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for all of us. london woke up in the middle of the night and took over the city and really did an excellent job. let's give her a hand for that. (applause) now i want to introduce our partner who has worked with us from the beginning all over our city, whether it's trying to work on systems, whether it's remodelling fire stations or building new fire stations, leading the effort of going through the whole effort to make sure we have resillant structures and the correct tools that the fire department needs to do its job, welcome chief hayes-white. >> good afternoon everyone. the job is looking great. first and foremost, i want to acknowledge four of our five fire commissioners that are
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here. the fire commission is under the direction of president cleveland. thank you for your support every step of the way. (applause) as director nuru eluded to, there's been a lot of change and difficulty in the past several weeks and i would like to also acknowledge the great vision and support always of public safety that mayor ed lee had, if not for mayor lee we would most likely not be standing here. i want to acknowledge mayor lee and certainly president breed, this is near and dear to her heart. this is a vital part of this neighborhood and community. we are all very excited about
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it. so thank you president breed for being here. and certainly it is a partnership. i have a lot of respect and admiration to my colleague, director of public works, there's a phenomenal team, all those standing here. thank you for what you do. and i want to acknowledge tom o'connor, vigilant making sure we have healthy safe work places and the men and women standing behind me, members of this very station looking forward -- many drive by each day to look at the progress of the station. hat's off to alton construction. these are the men and women who will be working out of the station, led by the assistant chief here at this division house. we only have two division houses in the city, one at 19th and the other right here. it's a vital part of our operation.
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assistant chief is with us and the members assigned to engine five, truck five and battalion five, who by the way are still at work, reassigned to local stations. i just wanted to say thank you, great job and we look forward to cutting the ribbon as president breed said. appreciate it. (applause) >> we all know no project happens without the partnership of the actual contractor. so we're going to ask the contractor from alton construction to come up and say a few words. i will tell you, i have made quite a number of visits to the site during constructions and some of the beams and bolts are the largest and strongest i have seen in construction. being built, i know this is not going anywhere. welcome. come say a few words.
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(applause) >> they don't usually let us talk at these things. rolling the dice with that one. i'm the vice president of operations for alton construction. we are the general contractor on this project obviously. for the last 20 plus years we have operated almost exclusively in the public sector, schools, police stations and obviously fire stations. when our group -- when i said i was going to say a few things, i thought about the common stuff, site constraints like working in a big city and it occurred to me that the aspects of this project are not particularly unique at least for me. this is what we do every day. we work in this environment. and the truth is, the materials that go into a building like this are not often the reason a project like this is successful.
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it's much more often due to the personalities and work ethic of the people on the ground working on this every day. so you know -- sorry -- i'm happy to have the opportunity to say that the group of architects, engineers and project managers i work with every day out here, sort of lower level are of the highest caliber. you know, the architects who are here, the engineers are here. shawn o'brien, the engineers, i'm not sure if they're here. and captain mcfarland, the fire department representation at our
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weekly meetings. so to say that i have been impressed with this group's professionalism would be a dramatic understatement. we operate in the nine bay area counties and have hit every corner of every county and i can say without uncertainty this group is exceptional without question. they're workers, they're not delegators. they get into the problem and get us what we need every day to keep going. we haven't always agreed on everything. this isn't a fairy tail but the group has been fair and direct with us every single time and it's not as common as you might think. i for one am excited to be part of this team and on behalf of our small team, the superintendent, project engineer without whom i would be under water on this job. bob and shannon alton, disappointed they can't be here today and on behalf of our
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entire alton construction family, congratulations to all stakeholders on the milestone and a special thanks to the people i work with every day. it's been a real pleasure so far and i'm looking forward to a strong finish. (applause) >> thank you andrew. and all those guys you name are from public works. this project was from a scratch to getting out to contract was done in-house and speaks to the capability of what the public works department can do, it wasn't like that many years ago. now we have healthy projects and we're proud of that. the next part of the event, we're going to sign a beam. we do have markers that all of the guests can sign. but before i do that, on behalf of public works i want to say thank you to all the men and women of the fire department who protect us and make sure our city runs smooth every day.
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(applause) thank you, thank you all of you. supervisor breed, commissioners, we have pens over there, if you can start the signing process on the beam. we will sign the beam and allow everybody to go back to work. yes, sign. ♪ ♪
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>> we are here to celebrate the opening of this community garden. a place that used to look a lot darker and today is sun is shining and it's beautiful and it's been completely redone and been a gathering place for this community. >> i have been waiting for this garden for 3 decades. that is not a joke. i live in an apartment building three floors up and i have potted plants and have dreamt the whole time i have lived there to have some ability to build this dirt. >> let me tell you handout you -- how to build a community garden. you start with a really good idea and add community support from echo media and levis and take
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management and water and sun and this is what we have. this is great. it's about environment and stewardship. it's also for the -- we implemented several practices in our successes of the site. that is made up of the pockets like wool but they are made of recycled plastic bottles. i don't know how they do it. >> there is acres and acres of parkland throughout golden gate park, but not necessarily through golden community garden. we have it right in the middle of >> so, actually i think it's
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officially good afternoon, i've been saying good morning all day, but it's afternoon. welcome. i'm the director of the department of children, youth and their families. [applause] the only time i get applause is for saying that. at press conferences! [laughter] it is so exciting for me to be here with you all. this is a labor of love that has taken over two years to come to. and i am so happy to be here with young people, in community, and with our key partners. we have the police department, the chief of police is here, adult probation, we have rec and park partners and school district partners. so i'm so proud to be here with everyone and with our mayor. first, want to thank our host, our school district, james denman middle school.
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particularly principal lisa, thank you so much. [applause] we had an opportunity just a few minutes ago to tour one of the classrooms that i have to say, it is amazing. it's wonderful to see people curious and excited about what they're learning. it makes me want to go back to school. maybe, maybe. i want to recognize and thank century -- i thought i saw him around here. yay! applause >> been helping to make -- really helpful for us. san francisco has made this very powerful commitment over the many, many years within the city, but more importantly in
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the last two years, to ensure equitable access to opportunities and services for all of our children. so that they can lead lives full of opportunity and happiness. dcyf is one of those departments trying to envision that dream and goal set out by mayor ed lee. we're not the only department that can move toward the goal of having access for all. we're one of many departments. we're a city of community and city of leaders who want to work together. and with that, i would like to bring up to the podium, a person who needs no introduction. our mayor, mayor mark farrell. [applause] >> mayor farrell: first of all,
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any deacons in the house? come on, we can cheer! all right. listen, i want to thank maria for all of your hard work on behalf of the city's families and children. i want to acknowledge a number of people here today. first of all, supervisor safai is here. district attorney gascon next to him and our school board members. we have our president. as well as commissioner walton. and as well as our vice president of our school, please give him a hand as well. and i know commissioner haney was coming as well. today is a chance to celebrate the bright future of our city's children here in san francisco.
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while we do honor the legacy of our late mayor, edwin lee. mayor lee was a longtime champion of children here in san francisco and today, we also will celebrate that. you know, it is our responsibility as a city to uphold the values of san francisco. of inclusiveness and hope that we ensure san francisco remains affordable for families. and that we invest in the health and success of all of san francisco's children. as a father of three young children, i understand that, mayor lee was a devoted father of his two daughters and there are so many fathers and mothers today with us. with that, we need to make sure our children receive quality education, they live in safe homes in communities and with that, they can achieve amazing things in life. as city, we are committed and will always be committed to serving those most vulnerable and most needy here in san francisco. we know that our families are
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face ago crisis of affordability. of childcare. after school programs. and we need to make sure that parents know that their children are safe at school, after school, and on the weekends. and we want a city that provides programs to support our families and our children. whether it's the transitional aged youth here in the city, families with single mothers or working class families. that is who we are going to support as a city of san francisco. that is who we are as a city of san francisco. and today, it's so amazing. i am most excited about the fact that the beacon school community strategy that is currently in nine middle schools is now available on all 27 middle schools across the entire city of san francisco. [applause]
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it's going to mean such an amazing change for cities and families. it's going to allow us to serve over 8,000 more children than we're serving today. we're investing through high school partnership programs and $16 million for the youth here in san francisco. when we fund these programs, we're not only investing in our residents, we're investing in the future of san francisco. and we know that those are investments that i am proud of as a mayor of san francisco and that i know mayor lee was proud of when he was mayor as well. it's something that we all should be proud of together and something we should all celebrate. today is a day of celebration. i want to say a special thanks to our principal here. we got to know each other last year when we opened the middle school as a shared schoolyard projects. for the weekends here that our
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children can play here. if we're not doing everything we can in our city government to support our families and children, i don't know what our government is all about. so i am so proud to be here today, so proud to stand with the people behind me who do all the hard work to make this happen and so proud to support our families. thank you, everybody. [applause] >> thank you, mayor farrell. so in order to deliver the best result for san francisco's children, youth and families, we have to work in deep collaboration with our city's partners and stakeholders to ensure the most effective and efficient use of resources. one of our proud and key partnerships is with the san francisco unified school district. with that, we have dr. vincent matthews. [applause] >> thank you. one of the things i'm most proud
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of is when the partnerships come together to make things happen for our children. it is said that you can judge the true character of a community by how they treat their children. and so when we come together like this, this is exactly what it's all about and this is what makes me most proud to be a san franciscan. in order for us to do our work, we're guided by the work of our board. i'm going to introduce him one more time, the president, vice president cook and commissioner walton and one of the supervisors in the audience, she's shy now, but you should hear her in meetings. we thank you for your hard work. we are fortunate to live in a city that is so deeply committed to the health, wellness, emotional development and academic success of our students and families. i want to thank the mayor for supporting the commitment of mayor lee and to maria for her
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efforts in continuing to strengthen our partnership. let's give them a big round of applause. [applause] we at the school district benefit from the generous support of the city through the rfp process. the school district works with over 150 community based programs that provide a wide range of support for our students. and the majority of the funding from dcyf. this allows us to work with partners to enrich and enhance our after school programs, student leadership programs, social emotional development and much more, which directly contribute to building prosocial, positive learning environments in all of our schools. i want to take just a couple of minutes to mention two areas in particular that we are especially thankful for.
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for many families providing after school programming is essential, especially for working families, who without them, would have to pay for childcare. over 20,000 san francisco unified school district students are enrolled in after-school programs and they not only provide a safe place for students to be, but through the partnership with dcyf, we have collaborated to provide to assess and strengthen the quality of the programs. another area we are particularly excited about is the beacon expansion. they and the school district have partnered to provide beacon programs at nine of our schools. it's helped the district to better understand the community school strategy we see as a successful model in our own city and is showing success in cities all across the country. the district has been wanting to expand on this model and we
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wanted to for some time now and dcyf heard our call and will increase funding and support from 9 schools to 27 schools. [applause] tripling the number of schools will begin in july 2018. these 27 schools represent all of our comprehensive middle schools and identified high-need elementary schools. we're very excited to see the beacon programs soar by aligning the needs of the school communities with the rich resources offered by our community partners and we welcome them into our schools. i want to thank dcyf and the san francisco community for all that you do. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. so before i continue, i want to acknowledge that we have a lot of the dcyf staff in the
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audience here. without our staff, we would not be able to do this work. so, staff, could you just raise your hands so people here know who you are? thank you, thank you. [applause] having amazing staff really makes my life much easier and makes all of us look amazing and good. right? mr. mayor? i know, i know. on top of that, we're also guided by an oversight and advisory body and today, we're fortunate to have the chair, eddie zhang here with us, the vice chair, linda jordan martin. and one of our oversight members, dr. gibson. [applause] so in 2014, the voters of san francisco overwhelmingly passed proposition c, the children and
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youth initiative. which increased the children and youth fund from three cents to four cents for every $100 of property tax revenue. adjusted the age limit to allow us to serve transitional age youth. extended the fund up to 25 years. and then most importantly created a coordinating council, called the our children, our families council. as the official steward of the children and youth fund, we administer the funds to community based organizations and public partners, public agencies to provide services for children, youth, transitional age youth and their families. today, dcyf is extremely proud and honored to share that we will be funding 294 programs throughout the city administered
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by 151 different nonprofit agencies, for a total -- get ready -- for a total of $377 million over the next five years. [applause] [cheers and applause] that is a true demonstration of deep commitment that the people of san francisco is making for our children, youth and families here. over the next five years, nonprofit agencies will be receiving $75 million to provide services for our children, youth and families in over 300 schools and community-based agencies and sites throughout the entire city. in every single district, in all 11 districts. in this commitment, in strategic funding, powered by equity,
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quality services, community engagement and collaborative partnerships, this investment, by the city of san francisco and its residents, is more than just money. it is a demonstration of love and dedication for our future. we are committed to ensuring equitable access to the services and opportunities that all of our children, youth and families need to lead lives full of opportunity and happiness, with a deep focus ensuring access for san francisco's children who need it the most. we have reached the culmination of this exciting multiyear planning cycle. and i am extremely proud of the new grant portfolio resulting from this process. we welcome all 151 agencies into
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the dcyf family. our funding decisions were guided by the population level data that we track regularly. and by intentionally listening to our community, to our young people, to stakeholders, about what our children and families need to live in san francisco and to thrive. dcyf new investments and programs ranging from academic support to emotional well-being, from arts and music to literacy. and everything in between. this includes a commitment in our -- i'm sorry -- this includes an investment in our commitment to building the capacity of our agencies that we fund. the programs we're funding will support and strengthen san francisco's children, youth, transitional aged youth and
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families with greatest needs and people who serve them. we believe that the continuum of services that our grantees will provide, will make san francisco an even greater place to grow up. the power of san francisco to be committed in our youth and families, this is what makes san francisco strong. it is now my pleasure to introdu introduce dante callaway. a san francisco native. you're not from denman, are you? >> i am from denman. >> a denman alumni, a beacon center alumni, who came back and worked at the beacon center. and now is a school district
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employee. >> yes. [cheers and applause] >> let's hear his story. >> thank you, i appreciate that. raise this up a little bit. first, i give glory and honor to god for this opportunity and everybody else in their rightful places. much like what she was saying, i was a former participant here, i am a native san franciscan and worked for the beacon program. i am here and proud of it. i did receive my diploma, but i am still here. now, i never would have thought i would return to this place or be back in the positions -- the opportunities that i was given. while working for the beacon, i climbed the ladder. i started off as support and ended as site coordinator.
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and it was a wonderful opportunity. the beacon has given me so many opportunities and i want to give them thanks for where i am in my life. i grew into the young man i am today. and james denman middle school,ive to give them credit. it's wonderful to hear they opened up the school during the weekend, because as a young person, i used to jump the fence to play basketball here with siblings and by myself. thank you, i appreciate that. no students have to jump over the fences anymore. growing up here in san francisco, it's not always the easiest place to grow up. especially, you know, when you're growing up with a struggling family, struggling mother here to take care of 4-8
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children. and everything she's instilled in me, i give her credit for had who i am. i am grateful for the many opportunities i have here and that i'm even able to give back. i truly believe what you sow, you shall reap. the times i was mean, rude torques the majority of the staff here, i'm reaping that sometimes. but again, i have an investment to give the kids, what was given to me. as a former beacon student, i had many, many different staff members continue to invest their time in me, treat me like a little brother and even like a cousin. however they wanted to do me, but though, sometimes i was being rude, sometimes i was an obnoxious student, they still loved on me. and i decided that, ok, i have to go ahead and give back. i never thought i would be in
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this position i'm in now, but i'm honored to give them what was given to me. to hear we're going to be receiving $377 million over the next five years, to invest in our children, the youth and their families? it literally touches my heart. because now i know for a fact that san francisco is definitely invested in our young people. and want to see them grow. it's a beautiful -- into beautiful young adult. so again, i would love to give honor to everyone else in the rightful places and i thank you guys. me, myself, having two children, a son and daughter, i know that their futures are going to be very successful if they have a place like san francisco that cares for their children and families. thank you, guys. [applause]
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>> thank you dante. i want to acknowledge that our public defender just arrived. thank you. so that concludes our very exciting announcement. for our nonprofit agency ins -- agencies in the crowd and some behind me, we'll be releasing the reward announcement later, 1:00 today. so check your e-mails. and you'll be pleasantly surprised. thank you so much.
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>> neighborhood in san francisco are also diverse and fascist as the people that inhabitable them we're in north beach about supervisor peskin will give us a tour and introduce is to what think of i i his favorite district 5 e 3 is in the northwest surrounded by the san francisco bay the district is the boosting chinatown oar embarcadero financial district fisherman's wharf exhibit no. north beach telegraph hill and part of union square. >> all of san francisco districts are remarkable i'm honored and delighted to
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represent really whereas with an the most intact district got chinatown, north beach fisherman's wharf russian hill and knob hill and the northwest waterfront some of the most wealthier and inning e impoverished people in san francisco obgyn siding it is ethically exists a bunch of tight-knit neighborhoods people know he each other by name a wonderful placed physically and socially to be all of the neighborhoods north beach and chinatown the i try to be out in the community as much as and i think, being a the cafe eating at the neighborhood lunch place people come up and talk to you, you never have time alone but really it is fun hi, i'm one the owners and is ceo of cafe trespassing in north
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beach many people refer to cafe trees as a the living room of north beach most of the clients are local and living up the hill come and meet with each other just the way the united states been since 1956 opposed by the grandfather a big people person people had people coming since the day we opened. >> it is of is first place on the west that that exposito 6 years ago but anyone was doing that starbuck's exists and it created a really welcoming pot. it is truly a legacy business but more importantly it really at the take care of their community my father from it was formally italy a fisherman and that town very rich in culture and music was a big part of it guitars and
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sank and combart in the evening that tradition they brought this to the cafe so many characters around here everything has incredible stories by famous folks last week the cafe that paul carr tennessee take care from the jefferson starship hung out the cafe are the famous poet lawrence william getty and jack herb man go hung out. >> they work worked at a play with the god fathers and photos he had his typewriter i wish i were here back there it there's a lot of moving parts the meeting spot rich in culture and artists and musicians epic people would talk with you and you'd get
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♪ >> about two years ago now i had my first child. and i thought when i come back, you know, i'm going to get back in the swing of things and i'll find a spot. and it wasn't really that way when i got back to work. that's what really got me to think about the challenges that new mothers face when they come back to work. ♪ >> when it comes to innovative ideas and policies, san francisco is known to pave the way, fighting for social justice or advocating for the environment, our city serves as the example and leader many times over. and this year, it leads the nation again, but for a new reason. being the most supportive city of nursing mothers in the work place. >> i was inspired to work on legislation to help moms return to work, one of my legislative
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aids had a baby while working in the office and when she returned we had luckily just converted a bathroom at city hall into a lactation room. she was pumping a couple times a day and had it not been for the room around the hallway, i don't know if she could have continued to provide breast milk for her baby. not all returning mothers have the same access, even though there's existing state laws on the issues. >> these moms usually work in low paying jobs and returning to work sooner and they don't feel well-supported at work. >> we started out by having legislation to mandate that all city offices and departments have accommodations for mothers to return to work and lactate. but this year we passed legislation for private companies to have lactation policies for all new moms returning to work.
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>> with the newcome -- accommodations, moms should have those to return back to work. >> what are legislation? >> we wanted to make it applicable to all, we created a set of standards that can be achievable by everyone. >> do you have a few minutes today to give us a quick tour. >> i would love to. let's go. >> this is such an inviting space. what makes this a lactation room? >> as legislation requires it has the minimum standards, a seat, a surface to place your breast on, a clean space that doesn't have toxic chemicals or storage or anything like that. and we have electricity, we have plenty of outlets for pumps, for fridge. the things that make it a little extra, the fridge is in the room.
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and the sink is in the room. our legislation does require a fridge and sink nearby but it's all right in here. you can wash your pump and put your milk away and you don't have to put it in a fridge that you share with co-workers. >> the new standards will be applied to all businesses and places of employment in san francisco. but are they achievable for the smaller employers in the city? >> i think small businesses rightfully have some concerns about providing lactation accommodations for employees, however we left a lot of leeway in the legislation to account for small businesses that may have small footprints. for example, we don't mandate that you have a lactation room, but rather lactation space. in city hall we have a lactation pod here open to the public. ♪ ♪
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>> so the more we can change, especially in government offices, the more we can support women. >> i think for the work place to really offer support and encouragement for pumping and breast feeding mothers is necessary. >> what is most important about the legislation is that number one, we require that an employer have a lactation policy in place and then have a conversation with a new hire as well as an employee who requests parental leave. otherwise a lot of times moms don't feel comfortable asking their boss for lactation accommodations. really it's hard to go back to the office after you have become a mom, you're leaving your heart outside of your body. when you can provide your child food from your body and know you're connecting with them in that way, i know it means a lot to a mommy motionlely and physically to be able to do that. and businesses and employers can
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just provide a space. if they don't have a room, they can provide a small space that is private and free from intrusion to help moms pump and that will attract moms to working in san francisco. >> if you want more information visit ♪ ♪
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this is a special meeting of the budget and finance committee. i am supervisor fewer, vice chair of the committee, i'm joined by supervisor stefani. our clerk is mr. victor young. i would like to thank sf gov tv, jessie and charles for broadcasting this meeting. do you have any announcements? >> clerk: