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change is a very difficult thing, but we're committed to doing the changes that we know we need to. and it won't be an easy task, but we're committed, focused and we'll get it done. out of the 16 law enforcement agencies that were once a part of the u.s. department of justice collaborative review process, we're proud to step forward today to continue this work and i think we're really the first department that has taken this on in this form. so again, san francisco leads the way. we're proud to do that. and we really think this is going to be value-added to get us where we need to go. the california department of justice will provide us with the technical experience and assistance to help us stay on the right track and achieve the goals that we committed to. this agreement gives our work validation, the attorney general mentioned it, gives us credibility. it gives us transparency. and more importantly, this is about maintaining and building trust with the community we
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serve. we believe this is a means to get there. ultimately, all we want to see is the best department that we can, we want to see less use of force, we want to see answers to some of the questions about disproportionateality i believe that san francisco will lead the and i don't say that bragging, i say that because we're proud to get to that leadership position in law enforcement. this is another challenge, a big one, but it's just another challenge i'm confident and the people along the wall are confident we'll get there. thank you all for being here and thank you to the folks standing with me at the podium for your leadership on this matter. without further adieu, i'd like
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to present president of the board of supervisors, london breed. >> i want to thank our attorney general and our mayor ed lee for working with supervisor cohen and i on the request to partner with the city to implement the 272 recommendations proposed by the department of justice. issues of police reform are very personal for me. i've seen firsthand the consequences that stem from the lack of trust between communities of color and law enforcement agencies. i grew up in a community where the police were not always called when violence occurred, but that is not the future that i want for san francisco. in the ten years i spent as the executive director of the african-american art and culture complex, working with young people and my five years as supervisor, i've worked with the flifrs our community -- police officers in our community, from northern police station and i know some of the former captains
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are here today. as well as our fearless leader during the time she served as police commission president, to work with the community on a better model for community policing. and i am so proud of the work that we did together, working with the community, working with the department, working with a lot of the folks who are here today, like sean richard from brothers against guns, and the healing circle with mattie scott. it was an incredible effort and i'm proud of the work we did in the western edition community. our residents and our police officers all want the same thing. they want our city, our families and our communities to be safe. this is our charge as leaders. president obama's task force on 21st century policing recommended that the police departments request
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investigations of use of force incidents in order to increase transparency and accountability to the communities they serve and we have done that here in san francisco. we continue to follow those recommendations. two years ago i, along with supervisor cohen had a resolution for the department of justice to conduct a thorough independent review of our police department. for me, it was important that we put san francisco on record requesting this review through a formal action of the board of supervisors, but we didn't stop there. at the same time supervisor cohen and i held regular hearings on use of force policies in order to have a public discussion to evaluate how training procedures could be improved to prevent escalation of violence and to ensure that we put the right policies in place to prevent these tragic incidents from ever happening to anyone else. no poll alone can -- no policy alone can account for every
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scenario, but the review i fought for from the department of justice shows that we clearly have work to do. it identifies several key areas where we need to improve, updating our use of force policies, addressing inadequate police data. it included the 272 recommendations that we've been talking about here today and as said by our chief, more than half of which, we've already begun to implement. recently, the current federal administration made it clear that the reform efforts between the department of justice and local police department was not a priority. under attorney general sessions, the department of justice will no longer issue audit reports or suggest reforms for local police departments. as they see it, the elimination of these reform efforts fulfills
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their commitment to respect local control and accountability. but not here in san francisco. we won't accept that. we are not going to let this go. we're not go to stop our collaborative efforts to improve relationships between our police department and communities of color. that is why i'm so grateful that our attorney general is working in partnership with our city. we're going to continue to do everything we can to implement those 272 recommendations. these reforms, in an effective manner, and i'm committed along with, i know, supervisor cohen to doing all we can to do that. i am more hopeful now than ever. our values in san francisco are just as important. our fight never more clear and our role to implement these reforms never more needed. i look forward to working with attorney general and the california department of
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justice. our chief, our police commissioners, the police officers association and many of our communities that -- many of the folks from our communities that are here today to implement these really important reform efforts. thank you all so much for being here. with that, i want to introduce my colleague on the board of supervisors, supervisor cohen has been a champion on police reform effort, including her ballot measure on police accountability that was passed by voters to make sure that there are independent investigations when there is an officer-involved shooting. with that, i would like to introduce supervisor cohen. >> good morning. i know this is a heavy topic, but i wanted to affirm that we all in this room come together to stand collectively for peace and justice. particularly paying attention to
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those members that we have lost in the community that no longer have a voice. that is the spirit that i bring to this body of work. that i'm really proud of. it's been very difficult. today we stand before you patting ourselves on the back for work that we got over the line in 2018. but this work has been going on and quite frankly, for generations and unnoticed. there have been people in the communities that i represent, that president breed represents that have been crying out for generations, for transparency, justice. today it feels good because it's a culmination of the blood that has been spilled, the tears, that we stand before you recognizing that finally policies are stepping up and catching up. i started this work really in 2015 when mario woods was shot and killed. through a series of conversations with mothers that
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were grieving, with community members that wanted to do more and couldn't understand why things were happening. so we introduced and got past the series of legislation that created a department of police accountability that is head by paul henderson, formally joyce hicks, who was part of the initial conversation. the one thing consistent through all of this, as a result of that pivotal moment in 2015, i had a conversation with ed lee. and ed lee listened. and he helped me and he rolled up his sleeves and we went to work. we didn't do it alone. we can never do anything alone. president of the police commission at the time was instrumental in helping us get through policies that had not been touched in 20 years. use of force policies hadn't been touch since the 90s. fortunately, we started laying the groundwork and started doing the work, which allows us to be
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here today. which allows mayor farrell to step in the death of ed lee to celebrate. which allows our attorney general to step in the very big heels that harris occupied. it was the work of women that brought us where we are today. it's the mothers that remind us we must get the murders solved. it's the mothers that remind us why we do what we do. so, i'm very pleased to see representatives of the community here today. it's important -- important announcement. see what it means is that with this memorandum of understanding, it brings us one step closer to bringing truth and transparency, to heal the
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rift that we have been experiencing for generations. and i know that every officer in this room, every law enforcement officer in the department, always wants to do what is right and what is best. i don't have any question in that. that is why you see a decrease in officer-involved shooting because we got serious, we created policies and said we're not tolerating this anymore. that is the movement that we're here to celebrate, to talk about. this memorandum of understanding means that we are continuing to do the work that we set out to do years ago, when nobody was paying attention. when sometimes i felt nobody cared. so, gentlemen, thank you, chief scott has stepped in and stepped up. but it was greg that started the process, that came to the table, thank you for picking up that mantle, chief, and making sure
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that these 272 recommendations and a couple hundred more if you include gascon and his recommendations, all of these efforts are all to make sure that law enforcement are safe when they're policing. and that there is trust when we call the police into the community, that there will be fairness. chief mentioned some legislation that i passed also a few years ago about counting. if we don't keep track, we don't count. we must know who is getting stopped, where, for what reason they're getting stopped. collecting this data matters because every life counts. we must continue to pay attention. i will end on a very positive note, i'm exuberant, happy to be here, happy to be part of that considering i was there in the beginning. and many of you have been here from day one. and i just want to say thank
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you. [applause] >> we'll take a few questions. >> hi, this is for the attorney general, what message do you think president trump and jeff sessions are sending in not wanting to pursue these police reform measures? >> all people decide to take whatever message they take from what is going on in d.c. the important message is what you hear today. i think all of us understand when our mothers are watching us, we better do it right. and the only message i hope that people hear today is not one emanating from washington d.c. with all its dysfunction, i hope what people hear today is that we know how to make it work, we're going to do this as a partnership and all of us, whether it's city leaders, whether it's everyone who wears
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the badge and every family that is looking for that opportunity to say we have confidence, the work starts here. it's our mothers who are watching us. >> could you outline some of the work that is -- what broadly is still in the works of these 112 outstanding recommendations? and does that include finalizing an agreement with the district attorney's office to take the lead in the shooting investigations that are officer-involved? >> we're in the process of meeting on that. mou. i've been here a year and we've been in that process -- the first part was negotiating language to get us to a meeting to confer. and we had to sit down with the police officers association, by rule, and meet and confer on this process, because it impact the membership of the police
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department. that's in process and we have to go through that. as i said, what i think we all want is fairness. we can't -- there are the best recommendations in the world, but it has to be done fairly. we're doing that, following the rules, and then we'll see how it comes out. but it's our intention to do everything we can to implement the recommendations. to the other part of your question, what remains to be done? there is a lot of work that that remains to be done. accountability is one of the five findings we have to work on. over half of those recommendations still need to be implemented. the finding that we've done the worst -- not the best in terms of implementation is use of force. over half of those recommendations are in the process of being implemented, so we really are pleased with that. but there is, i mean, each category has significant recommendations. one of the recommendations is to
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what supervisor cohen mentioned, the revising of our policies. coming up, i think in the next police commission meeting, there is policy to set the stage to have an actual schedule to revise our policies in a timely manner. that's a huge recommendation and improvement in the department. so i think i'll be here all day if i list out all that needs to be done, we have a lot of work to do, but the point we're trying to make are the attorney general made it, the mayor, both supervisors and i made it, that we're committed to this work and we won't stop until it's done. >> last september or october when the department of justice announced the end of their collaboration, they said they wanted to work with the police department on locating areas, including tactics to target drug and gun violence, you know the list better than i -- have they
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been doing that? >> well, yeah, clear that was the focus. there is a process to that as well. if it's funding that is involved in that, we have to apply for the funding. and so we have at this point not gotten any funding for violent crime, that's one of the areas they wanted to focus on. but we're committed to addressing those issues. there is a lot going on there. there is lot going on in the question you asked, but the bottom line, we're committed, we're going to use every resource available that is appropriate for us to use and we're going to keep pushing forward. >> how would you assess the department of justice's interaction with -- since you took over? [laughter] thanks for clarifying. >> no, we still have a relationship with the department of justice, we have to. they're in the same business we are. and their goal is to have a safe
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country, our goal a safe city. >> how are they working with you? >> they're working with us just fine. i want to stay focused on the reform for this purpose, but we're working with them just fine. they concluded the work and efound a way -- we found a way to continue it, that's what is important. >> [inaudible] no secret, might as well tell the truth, the trump administration and jeff sessions have -- all of the initiatives of mr. barack obama. we still got miles to go and promises to keep. before we fall asleep. let me say finally, [inaudible] situation here, that it was on
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the heels of ferguson that we had a come to jesus meeting at the third baptist church. and to our former chief's credit, he was honorable, he listened, and i presented to him that 21st century document that came from the washington bureau of the national association of advancing colored people. nd -- [inaudible] -- we owe a lot to our late mayor ed lee. who met with naacp, who listened and was committed and he was the one who looked down to los
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angeles and brought the sky here. that the truth and nothing but the truth. now we've come to this day. naacp was the agitator, made sure we stirred up the coffee with a spoon, and be able to say -- [inaudible] -- maxwell house slogan. it was good to the last drop. [laughter] that's the way it's going to be in this department. good to the last drop. thank you, chief, for stirring it up on this day. [applause] >> thank you, the attorney general -- to the attorney general, is there funding here
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involved that you will for sure, the city of -- assure the san francisco that these policies for all to build? >> the commitment -- i thank the chief as well, the police department has made a commitment to move forward with the reforms even in the absence of the federal cops program to oversee the reforms. the city and the police department never dropped the ball and continued forward. they're going to do these things. on my side, this is just too important not to do. and so i'm not going to wait until sacramento, the legislature decides to give me resources to do this. we're going to do it because the city and the chief, the mayor, the supervisors, leadership here has said they want to see this through and have the independent review continue and so, they're committed and so we're going to be in there with them. we'll find the resources to make it happen on our end as they are finding on their end the resources to make it happen.
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it's just too important not to get it done. and it shouldn't be excuse you can't find the money to do right, so we will do right. [applause] thank you.
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>> usf donates 100-120 pounds of food a night. for the four semesters we have been running here, usf has donated about 18,000 pounds of food to the food recovery network. ♪ ♪ >> i'm maggie.
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>> i'm nick. >> we're coe-chairs of the national led organization. what food recovery does is recover and redistribute food that would go wasted and redistributing to people in the community. >> the moment that i became really engaged in the cause of fighting food waste was when i had just taken the food from the usf cafeteria and i saw four pans full size full of food perfectly fine to be eaten and made the day before and that would have gone into the trash that night if we didn't recover it the next day. i want to fight food waste because it hurts the economy,
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it's one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. if it was a nation, it would be the third largest nation behind china and the united states. america wastes about 40% of the food we create every year, $160 billion worth and that's made up in the higher cost of food for consumers. no matter where you view the line, you should be engaged with the issue of food waste. ♪ ♪ >> access edible food that we have throughout our lunch program in our center, i go ahead and collect it and i'll cool it down and every night i prep it up and the next day i'll heat it and ready for delivery.
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it's really natural for me, i love it, i'm passionate about it and it's just been great. i believe it's such a blessing to have the opportunity to actually feed people every day. no food should go wasted. there's someone who wants to eat, we have food, it's definitely hand in hand and it shouldn't be looked at as work or a task, we're feeding people and it really means so much to me. i come to work and they're like nora do you want this, do you want that? and it's so great and everyone is truly involved. every day, every night after every period of food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, i mean, people just throw it away. they don't even think twice about it and i think as a whole, as a community, as any
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community, if people just put a little effort, we could really help each other out. that's how it should be. that's what food is about basically. >> an organization that meets is the san francisco knight ministry we work with tuesday and thursday's. ♪ ♪ by the power ♪ of your name >> i have faith to move mountains because i believe in jesus. >> i believe it's helpful to offer food to people because as you know, there's so much
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homelessness in san francisco and california and the united states. i really believe that food is important as well as our faith. >> the san francisco knight ministry has been around for 54 years. the core of the ministry, a group of ordain ministers, we go out in the middle of the night every single night of the year, so for 54 years we have never missed a night. i know it's difficult to believe maybe in the united states but a lot of our people will say this is the first meal they've had in two days. i really believe it is a time between life or death because i mean, we could be here and have church, but, you know, i don't
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know how much we could feed or how many we could feed and this way over 100 people get fed every single thursday out here. it's not solely the food, i tell you, believe me. they're extremely grateful. >> it's super awesome how welcoming they are. after one or two times they're like i recognize you. how are you doing, how is school? i have never been in the city, it's overwhelming. you get to know people and through the music and the food, you get to know people. >> we never know what impact we're going to have on folks. if you just practice love and kindness, it's a labor of love and that's what the food recovery network is and this is a huge -- i believe they
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salvage our mission. >> to me the most important part is it's about food waste and feeding people. the food recovery network national slogan is finding ways to feed people. it's property to bring the scientific and human element into the situation. >> all right. well, first of all, good afternoon everybody, and in case everybody is wondering, today is not only valentine's day, but ash wednesday, hence the marks on my for head. [ inaudible ] in sro here in san francisco are available for every single resident. i am incredibly pround to be
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standing can supervisor ronen and supervisor sheehy. it is incredibly important for so many of our constituencies here in san francisco, both in terms of gender, our transgender community, it affects so many people here in san francisco. i think as we continue to see push back from our federal administration in washington d.c., just this week, our department of education announced they're no longer going to be investigating transgender student bathroom complaints, which is a step absolutely in the wrong direction, but in san francisco, we are different. we are not going to allow hatred todom namt, we will continue to standup for our communities here in san
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francisco. we will be a beacon of hope. i do want to thanks tha severa individuals for being here today, as i mechanicsed, these issues take a lot of leadership outside of city hall, and this one was led by two incredibly courageous supervisors, and so i want to introduce the first one, supervisor hillary ronen. >> thank you so much for being here. i'm very, very honored and excited to be here. i also want to extend a special thank you to jordan davis who brought this legislation to our office and said, when you were supervisor campos's chief of staff, you forgot sro hotels to
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include that specifically in this lemggislation, so it was pleasure to correct that mistake, which we would have put in the original legislation but accidently left it out. so thank you, jordan. i just want to say what we've learned about this legislation about making bathrooms all gender bathroom is when the traps gender stands up and fights for itself, for recognition, for dignity and safety, it ends up benefiting everybody. i don't know about you, but every time i'm out in public, and there's an all gender bathroom, that benefits me as a woman, it helps disabled individuals who might have an opposite gender caretaker. it just makes our society better, safer, and more welcoming to all of us.
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so i just think we should look to the transgender community fore guidance on all policies that we work on in san francisco, because it always ends up benefiting not just the community but all of us. so my deep, deep thanks to everyone that's here today, to claire, to the mayor who made an unprecedented move of joining us onto the legislation before he even signed it because that's how much he supports this community. and to the only out member of the queer community on the board of supervisors, jeff sheehy, who always is the first to standup for and advocate for his community. thank you. [applause] >> so first, i just really want to thank jordan davis. i've been in your chair. that's how i started. i hope i'm still considered an activist, but when someone can
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come to city hall this change, that's brilliant. thank you for your leadership. i also want to thank mayor farrell for his supporting this and signing this and leadership along the way. i think this is really very important that sro's are brought into the mix. you know, this is where many people live without a lot of resources, who are marginalized, and making sure that the dignity of our trans and gender nonconforming community is recognized, respected dignity of this community is recognized on all level in our society is absolutely critical. i'm very proud to sponsor this, and i just want to make one other point, since mayor farrell brought up what's going on in washington. we need to, every time we come together, with one of the communities that have been particularly targeted by this
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administration, they have sought to target the most vulnerable communities in our mix: immigrants, muslims, and the trans community because they think they can get away with it. so even though every time we come together, even though we're making headway and we're leading in san francisco, we have to remember that around the country, people's rights are being taken away, and in this city, immigrants' rights are being threatened every day. we have to align ourselves with other communities in solidarity, that are particularly targeted in these times. so again, thank you to jordan, supervisor ronen, to mayor farrell. this is great work today. [applause]. >> sorry. claire. i was just supposed to introduce claire who's so
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great, really doing a tremendous job in filling the shoes and taking on off tereaf teresa sparks, so i'd like to introduce claire farley, who's senior assistant to the mayor. >> good afternoon, everyone. i'm so happy to be here with all of you today in this historic moment, and this would not be possible without you, mayor farrell, for your continued support of making sure that our city is committed to lgbt folks. also, thank you to supervisor ronen for your incredible leadership on this, as well as your office, and specifically, also to supervisor sheehy, and all the cosponsors on this important legislation. i also want to take a moment to thank joerd on and the -- jordan and all the members on
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the sro task force. this victory really does belong to all of you, so thank you. [applause]. >> as trans and gender nonconforming people, we are all to familiar with the stress, the violence that comes with trying to use the bathroom that match our gender identity and expression. as our rights continue to be attack in the country and under the federal administration, it is important now more than ever that san francisco continues to be a leader in the movement towards fair and quality rights for all. no one should have to worry about facing the stress of going to the bathroom in the place that they call home, so all gender sro ordinaryians will extend our existing protections and will ensure that our rights are extended to the full community. furthermore, it will increase
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access for people with disabilities, residents who have caretakers. this resolution is important to make san francisco better. of course we know there's more time to be done, and together we will continue to advance the initiatives, the policies and programs that support a thriving trans and gnc community here in san francisco. we will work to implement policies like this, future policies and programs that help sustain the livelihoods of our communities. let's make sure that san francisco continues to be the beacon of hope and change that the rest of the country desperately needs right now. depend, thank y again, thank you so much for being here today and for this amazing step forward. i hope you will join us in the work ahead. thank you. [applause]. >> all right. we're going to get to the
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signing here. all right. here we go. [applause]. it.
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>> my name is philbegiginsburge director of your parks and rec department. welcome to this balmy valentine's eve. [ inaudible ] he thinks the big red slide was always fun, but this isn't
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about him. it was her, as much as ever. he missed her, hanging from her jungle gym lips, swinging through memories. creaky hinges for laughs, but what does a child on the playground know of love, except that paradise is here and now beneath his feet. [applause] >> no, samuel clemens wrote that. i'm just reciting it. so one year ago today on valentine's day, we broke ground on the most transform ative playgrounds in our history. today, on valentine's day we celebrate their grand reopening on a day reserved for expressing love to who we hold most dear. [ inaudible ] today, on valentine's day we
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express love for our city and its amazing parks system. today on valentine's day, we express love for this place, civic center plaza. this place belongs to all of us, whether you are young or old, rich or poor, whether you were born here or not. today on valentine's day, we say thank you. first of all to jackie and helen diller foundation. jackie, where are you? jackie, you've been unflinching in your generosity and optimism in our confidence to pull this off. to my colleagues at the trust four public land, your expertise, and your giant collective heart have helped make san francisco parks
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better. your work is noble and we san franciscans are lucky to play on your home court. thank you to my professional family at rpd, your professionalism, yu your competence and commitment are inspiring. special thanks to the park and rec department for your leadership, and to my staff, and all of our park rangers and all of the park and recs staff are here today. [applause] >> to our city and civic center, cpd partners. there are so many to thank, chief scott and commander lazar is here and the entire sfpd team who has been so helpful. our home department, thank you
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for your work to showcase the potential of civic center commons as an emerging place of joy, recreation, and civic and community engagement. lastly, to our civic and elected leaders, we thank you. may mayor farrell, supervisor kim, thank you, for ensuring we have a thriving and equitiable city. our city has one of the nation's best park systems, and it's because of your stewardship and support. a brief remark about our beloved mayor, ed lee. mayor lee was so excited to see the playgrounds open. these playgrounds will for decades project his light. it is my great pleasure to introduce our mayor, mark farrell. mayor farrell grew up in these city parks. he worked at the city
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recreation and park department, and because of his leadership on proposition b, we are well poised to care for this incredible gift. ladies and gentlemen, mayor farrell. [applause] >> all right. happy valentine's day, everybody. anybody forgot to get flowers, we've got roses up here for you, by the way. i just want to say who an honor it is to be here. opening up parks is probably the best thing any of us get to do being up here on stage. first of all, i would like to get a round of applause for phil ginser for the entire rec and parks department. yes, i was at rec and parks for an entire summer, and they had me back at city hall. i want to say what an amazing thing to be here tonight to
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reopen our parks, because parks are all about families, they're about children, they are about seniors. they are the great equalizer in san francisco. it is for everybody in our city to enjoy, and what an amazing place that we have, two new playgrounds in civic center for our city to enjoy. you think about this neighborhood here, where we have more families living here. you mentioned this is mayor lee's legacy, and i remember working with supervisor kim so closely, we talk about all the improvements going from fulton plaza to here, it's been an amazing transformation over the course of the last few years, and we couldn't do it without or partners, to the jill and helen diller family foundation, thank you for all of your support. please, a round of applause for them.
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and to all of the parents that are here today, i want to say thank you. thank you for raising your children here in san francisco. we are giving our children an amazing gift that they may not know today, but years later when they can claim to be native san franciscans, when they can claim that they grew up on our parks and playgrounds, and they can claim to be the new generation of san francisco leaders, they can claim this. so thank you for being here on this amazing night in san francisco, and again, thank you to the entire park and rec department for all of do all the time. thanks, everybody. >> i am now honor today bring up guillermo rodriguez of the state department for public land. they have worked with us to build parks in some of our most
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needy and challenging communities, and we are the park system we are because of them, and we are so proud to have worked with tpl on this amazing project. guillermo rodriguez. >> thank you, phil, really appreciate that. the trust for land has a simple mission: land for people, and what that means is not out projecting the sierras, it doesn't just mean growing yosemite park, it means growing cities. the projects in the trust for project land it s in the bayvi, it's in the tenderloin, it's here. we have a goal, a big, audacious goal, that everyone
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should be a ten-main walk to a park and open space. that's an impressive goal, and for the families who live here in midmarket and the tenderloin and in hayes valley, what an amazing ten-minute walk to come to not just one but two amazing playgrounds, the most inventive, interactive playgrounds in the country. absolutely amazing. but as philmentioned, a years ago, trust for public land stood with the helen diller family foundation as well as mayor lee, they stood her and said to have a vision for san francisco. the reason we're here one year later is because of the amazing team work that was put together to make this happen. i want to shout out to ph phil ginser and the amazing park and recs department, to
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all of the staff that have worked with the trust for public land to make this happen, thank you. a shout out -- you'll see it a little later, but to cory barr, who brought light to connect these two places. my thanks to bossman and plant construction who assembled this all together. >> and i'd be remiss and i didn't comment on another person, alejandra quesada an amazing person, and to all of the park and rec star who put this amazing evening together, thank you. lastly, i have to say none of
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this would have been possible without the helen diller family foundation. you spent a lot of time going overall the details. the reason we're successful today is because of your personal leadership and dedication. what a wonderful gift to the people and children of san francisco. thank you, jackie, and the helen diller family foundation. >> thank you, fear mow. before i bring up our next speaker, let me thank alejandra quesada. [ inaudible ] [applause] >> all right. i am so honored to next bring up supervisor jane kim. supervisor kim's been on the board of supervisors since 2010 and has been a fierce and
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determined advocate for the people in her district, and the idea that everyone deserves accessible open space. we are so proud to have partnered with supervisor kim to have invested more than $30 million in her district in park improvements during her tenure, not just here at helen diller, but also other projected with tpl, like south park, victoria manolo, and we've got up coming renovations planned. we thank supervisor kim for being such a great park champi champion. [applause]. >> first of all, i should just say i'm one of the lucky san francisco residents who is a 30 second walk from a park and
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recreation center. i live right across the street from general fred rec center, so i -- gene fred rec center, so i do appreciate the team who does an incredible job activating and maintaining our parks and rec in district six. i am so honored to be here for the third opening of helen diller park. i still remember when ph phil ginsburg and trust republic land came to my office with the original plans on what we could do to transform the original area. and i had never seen a design to innovative and whimsical, as well. i'm sure many of our adults will be wanting to play on these structures, as well,
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joining their childrens, in quotation marks. i think it's amazing that we're able to do something so innovative and amazing in san francisco. i represent a district with the smallest number of parks in san francisco. i also want to acknowledge our residents who have pushed us to prioritize parks and open spaces in our district. i see pat zamora from the boys and girls club, and it is really our residents who have taken the initiative to say we want to rhenvate bodecker park and make it a true oasis for our families and our seniors, and we accomplished that with the trust for public land, thanks inform phil2k3w i gin--
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phil ginser and mayor ed lee. we are going to make district six the best place for parks in the city. so i just want to thank everyone for their immense involvement. i also want to recognize san francisco police department because if not for their partnership at bodecker park, we would not have been able to maintain the beautiful and safe environment that we have there, so i want to recognize the captains and professionals that have maintained that. we have deputy commander chief mike redman, and david lazar. i again want to thank the entire staff at park and recs, and of course we have our own district six representative on rec