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p.l.a. this was a lot of hard work. i want to thank supervisor peskin for all his hard work along with supervisor i fewer ad mayor proceed for calling us in at the end and asking all parties to knuckle down and come to an agreement. we were able to come to an agreement. the rest i submit. i wanted to differ an -- give an update. thank you. >> president breed: supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you. today i'm introducing a resolution declaring our support for the tree of life synagogue, the global jewish community and
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all communities ripped apart by gun violence. this terrifying shooting must be a reminder that the status quo is unacceptable and a we as a nation can do better. after the parkland high school shooting, where 14 students and three staff februaries wer -- me killed -- students marching in streets signs saying, am i next? i met the co-founder for march our lives cameron cassky. he wrote a story when he was hiding in the closet while the shots were fired. he terrified and he was scared, he was sad and he was angry.
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he said, the worst thing he felt was that he understood what was going on. that columbine wasn't not anomaly. he understood what was happening. that was the sickest thing he felt, shooting in a high school was common and he understood what was happening. there has been almost 300 mass shootings and so far this year in this country. mass shooting is defined by four or more people shot in one time. we should be able to live and worship freely without fear of gun violence. 1 again, we hav -- once again wd that hate armed with a gun is deadly. people should never have to worry about gun violence when
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praying or attending services at their place of worship. on october 24th in kentucky, a gunman tried to enter an african-american church, when he failed, he went to a nearby grocery store and shot and killed two african-american customers. we foe on october 27th in pittsburgh, a gunman entered the tree of life synagogue, killing 11 and injuring nine others. a 97-year-old holocaust survivor was shot by a neo-nazi by arc r15 in america. let that sink in. our hearts are with the jewish community in pittsburgh and all the families who have been affected by the gun violence epidemic affecting our nation. over the last week, dozens of families became members of club that no one wants to join. the millions of americans who's
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lives have been ripped apart by gun violence. in an average year, more than 10,300 hate crimes involve a firearm. more than 28 each day of those over 2000 were motivated by biased against a faith. most often anti-semitic or anti-islamic prejudice. we must do more to disarm hateful people. hate and guns are a deadly combination made possible and embolden by a divisive administration and fun lobby and allies in congress. no other high income information accepts this. it is it is up to us to make our voices heard. call on leader every level of government to put the safety of our families and communities first. in words of the tree of life rabbi jeff myers, who wrote
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recently about gun violence, we deserve better. the rest i submit. >> president breed: supervisor tang? preview yee? supervisor brown? >> i like the board to jaune in member of kelsey olarry who tragically passed away in house fire. kelsey was 28 years old. she was a hard worker and dedicated her family and coworkers at the third rail bar and benefited the whole dogpatch neighborhood. she never stepped excelling in her job.
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we know that the inner sun set neighborhood in the community of the third rail will miss kelsey dearly and is grieving loss of a community member, friend and family member. the rest i submit. >> president breed: thank you supervisor. mr. chair that conclude our roll call for introductions. >> thank you, next item is public comment. >> public may address the entire board of supervisors for up to two minute on items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board to includes september 25 board of supervisors meeting and items 39 to 41. public comment is not allowed when an item has been sum to public comment. speakers using interpretation assistance will be allow extra time. if you like to display your document on the projector please
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state such to sfgov. >> goo
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>> this city is part of the state of california. speak out. the city's crying. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker, please. >> as a sports fan, the most difficult thing for me to root
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for is when my favorite team is led by ownership that is blatantly racist and greedy. but when my favorite city cosigns these acts of greed and racism, i see a classless act of governance. last week, an arbitration judge ruled the golden state warriors must pay oakland the $40 million they owe oracle in bond debt. warriors sued oakland and alameda to avoid paying the debt in a ridiculous technicality. just because they felt they were leaving they didn't need to pay their bill. when i wrote proposition i, i had this in mind, this lame
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excuse in mind. the measure stated that san francisco would stand opposed to all professional sports teams owners who tried to avoid paying public debt. 98,000 san franciscans and an arbitration judge agreed with me. but 131,000 san franciscans, including every member of this board, disagreed with me. what did they say? it is okay to dine and dash, as long as we get the warriors to come back to the city we sent them from. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker.
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>> good evening, supervisors. mayor breed has announced that she is addressing the problem of homeless young adults and internships for these young adults. rapid rehousing is the model currently under study for the housing and internships with young adults that are forth coming. one of the keys to this action being successful jobs. having accessibility living wage jobs assures that the mayor's ideas will have a chance of being successful because they have choices. make them shine is a social enterprise with a green bottom line. we are a green certified lead finish floor company, and he with put the shine back into floors and lives. all of our surfaces and products are green, and i've been -- [inaudible] >> -- that all buildings in san francisco aspire to, an environmentally clean building. our platform allows nonprofits that have job metrics placements in them the ability to connect
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with us and help fulfill our hiring goals of 300 people in our first quarter. the training and orientation period for this job is ten days, and that vetting will be done for san francisco residents only. we will be paying a living wage at $20 an hour with full dental and medical and assistance with child care for single parents and incentive based pay raises. any way, my reasons for being here in this chambers is to connect with the nonprofits in their districts that can meet up with us to meet our job goals and for the nonprofits to meet goals with their clients. i am particularly interested in working with people of disabilities because our ease of application allows us to offer jobs of that community of people
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and other disen frfranchized an marginalized and people of color. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> all right. so the deal is, this homeless hate has just got to be recognized. i'm telling you that the language that's out there in the paper, it's like homeless people and all the homeless people, in other words, leave trash. all the homeless people make messes. and now they are starting to criminalizing and decivilizing mentally ill people that have drug and alcohol problems that are homeless, but not the ones that live in houses. gays have a lot of alcohol issues, a lot of mental health issues, housing issues, should we force them to get help? no, just the homeless. i'm contacting all these world
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organizations. maybe they'll care. maybe i'll start my own organization, or maybe god is going to care. i'm cleaning twin peaks, still, and people are pigging backing off of me. i don't get enough to eat, and i'm poor. the tour company doesn't pay a penny, you don't pay a penny. i'm picking up the trash, i'm going hungry. i've restored tourism before. tourists wouldn't come here because the city was filthy. it wasn't the homeless people, the city didn't clean. i have evidence of this. it's the scapegoating the homeless people, shame, shame, shame. you' you're like picking on a little sissy girl. i want you to pay me what i need because people aren't paying me what i deserve. my name was been trashed by you.
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i want a retraction by you. you're going to be sued or something's going to be happening. >> thank you for your comments. next speaker. [inaudible] >> i don't have quite the mojo that some of the other speakers have had. i come here to point out that this november 11 is the centennial of the great war, armistice day. the only member of that board who sat in this room who got a congressional medal of honor is philip katz. further, there are two more members i want to point out.
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they are memorialized. one was daniel callahan that stood up to the japanese tokyo express in november 1942 at guadalcanal, and the other is richard schoenman who was also on that ship, and he taught at st. ignatius. i would point out that callahan was a graduate of that institution. i would like to wish some supervisors the best of holidays. i know some of you are retiring. i would like to invite you to the irish pub, drinks, god bless
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you. >>clerk: thank you for your comment, sir. next speaker. >> hello. my name is nicholas reynald, and i am a conservative jewish man, and i would like a moment of silence for all the jewish folks that were killed this past saturday at shabbat, so can we have a moment of silence, please. thank you. >> thank you, everybody. i also want to publicly acknowledge that i have been a person who has said hateful things in these chambers. i think supervisor peskin said you can't fight hate speech with
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hate speech, and today, i acknowledge that that is true, supervisor peskin. i want to apologize to kathy -- katy tang for all the vile, ad hominem attacks that i have perpetrated on her for close to 18 months. i have never intended to hurt or scare or make any board of supervisors or any staff member here ever fearful. i can only say i let myself righteous indignation justify saying disrespectful things, so i respectfully apologize to all the asian community, to the supervisors and to the asian community that was here on other
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issues. from the bottom of my heart, i apologize, and i hope that at some point in time you can accept my apology. thank you so much. >>clerk: thank you for your comment. next speaker. >> thank you. >>clerk: overhead. >> tim gilberti. an old neighbor of mine. she was born in south beach minimal apartments, and the day she was born, her mother went back in the emergency room, ambulance, to the hospital. touch and go for a few days.
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and they're a happy family. a lovely family, and we would have loved to have them stay. but they got a full -- $400 rent increase, and the next year, they got the same. before i could snap another pictures of the baby that was successful, mother and son survived pleasantly, they had to leave. i couldn't even get a photograph. another neighbor, south beach apartments. she was there, living with her daughter, mid50's, worked at ucsf. lived there about six, seven years. they got a $600 rent increase mostly because we could accommodate an admiral at the
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america's cup. both of these groups of people just wanted -- would have loved to have been part of our neighborhood. we need to change market rate rents in this city. they need to be come down to where you can live, you can raise a family, and you can die in your place and keep the fabric of the society whole and healthy. it's up to you guys to make some moves. the same is lame. i saw that on a jacket just recently. thank you. >>clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker. >> my demonstrations today is going to further demonstrate a misappropriations of funds.
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there's approximately on or about $400,000 spent on a report that was bunk, okay? it was fraud and put together by the department of public works, claiming that the city is in near cleanliness and one of the better cities in the overall united states, okay? the findings cost the department of public works $408,745 with j.b.r. partners which began in 2014 and expires in 2018. these are examples of the streets of san francisco are not up to code. in fact, in 2017, you had a cleanliness score in 2017, the san francisco services had 58,819 complaints about trash across the city. complaints of trash
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>>clerk: thank you for your
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comments. next speaker, please. >> thank you, madam clerk. my name is wynne chip hilliard. as you know, the response to the 9-11 attacks, the patriot act basically gutted the foreign intelligence act of 1978, allowing
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9-11, and an average of 40 filings per week after 9-11. this cannot be accounted for by lpsa involuntary commitments through 5150 or related code sections because the san francisco mental health code system did not increase in capacity by a factor of 19 in one month. they can also not be explained by laura's law. laura's law wasn't even passed until 2002, and it didn't go into effect in this city until 2014, which is not even on that
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graph. these -- these, i believe, are involuntary incompetency to stand trial determinations arranged -- well, i'm out of time. madam clerk. >>clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker. >> i just wanted to say, i've removed several truckloads of weapons from the latino community in a deweaponization attempt under u.n. authorization. there is a new customs and immigration facility in ciudad hidalgo. there were buildings that were 25, 30 years old, so three months later, they received those buildings. i let the u.s. embassy know
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there was a glitch in the system. [inaudible] >> i used to know the military patrols that patrol the borders. recently, two individuals lost their lives in unnecessary and preventible deaths while participating in approximate a caravan of illegal immigrants. press reports have stated that bay area press organizations have helped to organize this tragic spectacle, and i believe that one nation can only have one immigration policy, so you guys should try not to encourage law breaking. >>clerk: thank you for your comments. next speaker. >> madam president, it happened
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to be the case that there was a killing a few years ago at northern illinois university, and my sister was the head administrator at the hospital there. she had to -- she had to cleanup the mess from that, and myself, you know, i live a couple blocks from the dalt shooting a few years ago. only thing i noticed out of place was a gun man on top of a building a couple blocks away. it was a police officer. i think we're heading into troubled times, and the dismissal of the president and the failure of the federal authorities to do anything about this. you know, it's almost like they're part of the problem. you know, the other thing that was said at this meeting that struck me was a few years ago, my campaign staff moved up to
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the little town of bidwell, and we were walking around, and we thought we saw these big fish in the water. and no, bidwell creek is only 2 feet deep. but it turned out it was trout, it turned out it was salmon, chinook salmon, and we went up to a different part of the creek, and we saw more of these fish two and 3 feet long. the interesting thing is the last time we saw them are 30 years ago. some people might say these are disconnected, but i think they are connected. we're heading into hard times, and i think we should think about broad solutions. >>clerk: thank you for your comment. madam president? >> president cohen: thank you very much. all right. madam clerk, could you read the
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adoption without -- excuse me? public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: madam clerk, could you please read the adoptions without reference. >>clerk: [agenda item read] >> president cohen: thank you. is there any member that would like to sever an item in supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: sever item 41. >> president cohen: thank you. are there any other colleagues that would like to sever any items? all right. supervisor ronen would like to sever item 41. can we take the remaining items same house, same call. all right. we'll adopt these unanimously. >>clerk: item 41 would be a motion for the board of supervisors to sit at as a committee of the whole to
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consider the marriott workers strike in san francisco. >> president cohen: supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. i want to thank those who signed on requesting a special meeting, and a special thanks to president cohen who's not going to be able to be here that day, but who helped us facilitate this process. as you know, 2300 workers have been on strike now. they walked out alongside thousands of other workers. this goes to the heart of the economy, it raises questions about the kind of jobs we will support in the coming years, and these are questions that i think the board needs to hear about firsthand. therefore, i have called a hearing on the strike. the motion before you is to have this hearing heard as a committee of the whole as a special board meeting so the entire board can hear testimony about the strike, its causes and
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its effects. this strike touches on every subject that everyone in our committee deals with, and i understand a similar hearing during the hotel lockout in 2004 played an important role in bringing that dispute to the resolution. i hope not only workers will come but marriott executives, as well. i have formally requested that ann sorenson, president of marriott international attend this board meeting. again, i want to thank president cohen and my colleagues and staff for working with my office on scheduling this meeting. i would like to make a motion to amend the motion to include the date and time of the special meeting which will be november 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the chamber. i would also like to add the date the clerk of the board received the special meeting request, which was october 20, 2018. >> president cohen: supervisor
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peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i just wanted to announce that unfortunately, i will not be in the city and county of san francisco on november 2 and will be unable to attend but did attend the 2006 special meeting on a friday when the lockout happened. >> president cohen: all right. we'll give you extra credit for that one. any other comments, colleagues? all right. so supervisor ronen has made a motion. is there a second to her motion. supervisor yee has seconded supervisor ronen's motion. can we take this same house, same call. >>clerk: we need to take the amendment without objection. >> president cohen: take the amendment without objection. okay. as amended, what do you say, colleagues, same house, same call? okay. without objection. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: thank you. all right. madam clerk, i think that brings us to close to our end of our agenda. >>clerk: yes. >> president cohen: is there any other business? >>clerk: we have our in memo
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memorials? >> president cohen: all right. please read them. >>clerk: on behalf of the entire board for the following victims who lost their lives in the pittsburgh synagogue shooting, irving wax, jerry rabinowitz, joyce fienberg, daniel stein, richard gottfried, cecil rosenthal, and david rosenthal. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, i just want to say thank you to our friends at sfgov tv for assisting us in this broadcast, and our meeting is adjourned. thank you.
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>> good afternoon. welcome to the special meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. today is november 2nd, 2018. thank you all for being here with us for this important matter. i will begin with attendance and i will lead the pledge of
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allegiance. we'll move to communications and then the members will nominate and appoint their presiding officer pro tem for the day. to roll call for attendance. [ roll call ] >> we have a quorum. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. please join me in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the
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flag of the united states of america. to the republic, one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. >> thank you. during the call of the rolls those marked present, those marked not present were supervisor kim, supervisor peskin and president cohen. my office is in receipt of three requests to be excused from today's meeting by supervisor kim peskin and president cohen. in a moment, a motion to excuse the members from today's meeting will be presented by the presiding officer pro tem, when appointed by the members. but first, to our organizational issue, given that the president of the board is not present at today's meeting, pursuant to board rule 4.7 the clerk of the board will call the meeting to order and additionally, given that the president is not present, the members will decide who, among them, will be the
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presiding officer for today's meeting. historically, the most senior member of the board is appointed to be the chair. but it can be another member of the board. once this member is appointed, the appointment will terminate at the end of the meeting today. the nomination requires a first, a second and a majority of the members present. and if you are ready, i will call the names on the roster as they appear. if there is one nomination, we will just vote on that nomination. if there are more names than one, then a different type of voting will occur and we'll cross that bridge if it's necessary. so, if you are ready to make a nomination, nominations are open. supervisor ronen, your name is on the roster. >> thank you, madam clerk. i have an opportunity to talk to supervisor yee and ask him, as one of the senior most members of this board if he would be willing to pre side as president pro tem of this meeting and he
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said that he would. and so i'd like to nominate norman yee, supervisor yee and thank him for his willingness to play this role. >> thank you, supervisor ronen has nominated supervisor yee. is there a second? >> second. >> supervisor safai is the second. are there any other nominations to be made? >> call ones and twice. there are no other nominations, nominations are closed. so then, supervisor ronen, thank you for removing your name from the roster. motion made by supervisor ronen and seconds by supervisor yee to nominate supervisor safai to nominate supervisor yee. can we do that with unanimous content. ok. supervisor yee, congratulations.
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chair yee now. i'll take a moment to hand him the gavel. let's get started. first of all, i have your chair protem. colleagues, may i have a motion
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to excuse president cohen, supervisor peskin s there a second. supervisor fewer. madam clerk. can i have roll call. >> clerk: on the motion to excuse supervisors kim, peskin and president cohen. supervisor fewer. >> aye. >> mandelman. >> aye. >> supervisor ronen. >> aye. >> supervisor safai. >> aye. >> supervisor stefani. >> aye. >> tang. >> eye. >> yee. >> aye. >> brown. >> aye. there are eight ayes. >> good. president cohen, supervisor kim and supervisor peskin are excused from today's meeting by unanimous vote. please call today's item. >> clerk: the board of supervisors approved a motion to convene as a committee of the
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whole today, at a special meeting of the board of supervisors. for a public hearing regarding the month-long major labor dispute between san francisco hiss pit tally industry to include the 2,000 hotel workers who walked off the job at southern marriott operated hotels citing the company's failure to keep up with the escalating cost of living and growing job insecurity. >> ok. thank you, as a clerk stated the motion to enter into a committee of the whole was approved on october 30th. therefore, we will now convene as a committee of the whole. are there any opening statements from the members before i open to public comment? supervisor ronen. >> thank you so much, chair yee. i wanted to just start out by thanking my colleagues and thanking the clerk and the city attorney's office for being
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here. it's very unusual that we call a special meeting of the board of supervisors to hear an item on a friday afternoon, especially four days before an election. i think the willingness of my colleagues to come and hold this special meeting and for us to make these arrangements is testament to how important this issue is to the city and county of san francisco. so i just really wanted to thank all my colleagues for moving around your busy schedules to be here. i also want to note, my disappointment that the c.e.o. of marriott isn't here. i did send mr. sorenson a letter asking for him to be here. i did receive a letter in response declining to come here. but i just wanted to ask now if there's any representatives from marriott who showed up today?
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if you have, can you please make yourself be known. i don't see anyone. i know we do have overflow rooms in room 263 and in the north side court. if there is any representative of marriott, please come to the board chamber because we would like to hear from you. i will say that there are thousands of workers, of your workers from your hotel here and all over this building right now and i'm incredibly, incredibly disappointed and in fact insulted that you decided not to show up today. i just wanted to give you an opportunity to come and you will be welcome to speak at any point during this hearing if any representative shows up. i proposed that we hold this hearing because i've been becoming more and more concerned about the marriott hotel strike, which is just entered its second
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month. and as far as i'm aware, this is the biggest strike that san francisco has seen in any industry in more than a generation. as i said last week, i know that going on strike is one of the hardest decisions that anyone could possibly make. when thousands of san franciscans feel the need to lay down their tools and to walk off the job, it is a sure sign that something is not right in our city. that is why i'm again, so grateful for my colleagues who agreed to hold this special meeting as a committee of the whole and i think all of us agree we need to hear from the work worse have taken this action. we would like to hear from the company effected again, i will say it's unfortunate that they're not here. this strike touches on nearly everything we, as supervisors, are asked to weigh in on. from income inequality to environmental sustainability, to healthcare and the budget.
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almost everything at stake in this dispute is something that all san franciscans hold important. looking out at the audience and having seen everyone in the howl ways on the way to this room, it's obvious who these striking workers are. they are across section of our city. they are our neighbors, our family members, our friends. they represent the best of what san francisco has always been, a community of working people from diverse backgrounds who stand together united in a common cause. we all know how important the tourism industry is to san francisco. in 2017, visitors spent $9.1 billion in san francisco. hotel companies clearly play a key role in that economy. i have already mentioned that i reached out to mr. sorenson to speak of this hearing. i really sincerely hoped they
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would be here to tell their side of the story. after all, san francisco is known as one of the most important tourist destinations in north america. we generate some of the highest room rates in the country and are a market every hotel company wants to be in. our city isn't just another profit center on a spread sheet somewhere. our city is a place where real people struggle to build a future, to raise families, to grow old together. doing that is getting harder and harder for so many. from what i hear, that's the reality that led to the strike, which is the subject of this hearing today. i want today see if any of my colleagues wanted to make opening remarks before i call up the president of local 2 to speak from the union's perspective about what is driving the strike and what this dispute means to the city as a
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whole. i want today give an opportunity to any of my colleagues, if anyone wants to make opening remarks. i'm not seeing any. >> supervisor ronen, i just want to say i'm very thankful that you called for this hearing. this issue is very important to many of us here. if not all of us. and certainly what is happening in the city is not what i like to see of san francisco. we need to help this situation be resolved. thank you, very much. >> thank you so much. with that, is it ok if we call up the president of unite here local 2. >> colleagues, would you -- is there any objection to have him
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speak as a speaker, presenter? >> thank you, supervisors. thank you for taking this very rare move to call for this urgent special hearing about a crisis with the marriott corporation in this city that's in fact turned this city, turned san francisco and its tourism industry upside down. i, along with striking workers, a short time ago, met with mayor breed, who continues to be very supportive of our campaign and it's central goal. that one job should be enough. today, this board, this committee of the whole, will hear firsthand testimony from striking marriott workers. about why this crisis occurred in this city. what is at stake for this city? if it's not quickly and fairly resolved. and make no mistake about it, folks, this is a crisis. there are 2500 families that
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have been out on strike for a month now. they made that difficult decision, they made that sacrifice, they took that step after months of failed negotiations with this company. you know, a century ago, in this country, working people fought and struck and did everything they could to impresses on their bosses the need for an eight-hour workday due to the exploitation of those times being driven and overworked. the need for a weekend. they were successful in making that demand heard. they were successful in winning the weekend. they were successful in achieving the promise of security and security and quality of life. today that promise is all but gone. you know, too often hotel workers, service sector working, marriott workers here and across this country have to work
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multiple jobs just to survive. the work they provide reaps record profits for the corporations for which they work. just to pay rent in this city, a housekeeper working at the marriott has to work 40 hours a week. 40 hours a week, a full-time job that only does enough to pay the rent in this city. that's why more and more of our members, that's why more and more working people in this city are working two sometimes throwe jobs. they're commuting longer and from longer distances from further away. that's a burden, not just born on our members, on those wor workers. it's on their families and especially their children. the average full-time marriott worker in this city earns $44,000 a year. i don't have to tell you what you already know.
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that's enough to make ends meet here in the bay area in today's bay area. so, that is what has driven this campaign. that's the under pinnings of our campaign. that one job should be enough. that is why workers took this step. this courageous step to walk out on strike to fight for themselves and their families. 30 days ago. now, since that time, we've seen some movement at the table from this corporation. in negotiations earlier this week, we made, for the first time, significant progress on one of our key objectives. real job security. the ability to really negotiate over new technology and the workplace. and food and beverage operations. we believe that progress was made and that we took those steps because of the action that workers have taken. that being said, we are still significantly a part on issues that matter most to working
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people in this city. on the issue of healthcare, healthcare in this market in northern california here in this city, healthcare is all but out of reach for working peoplement for hotel workers, union hotel workers in this city, because of years of struggle, because of campaigns in the past, we have achieved a standard where the cost associated with health insurance are born by the employer. and while some employers may squawk and say it's an unfair burden to impose on employers, it certainly can't be born by working people, who just barely make enough to pay the rent. we, as of today, as of today, 30 days into a strike, our contract expired august 1st. months of failed negotiations.
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we still today do not have a commitment from this company to maintain workers ehealth' health benefits over the next several years. the marriott corporation, worth $49 billion, in this city, a city that is a life blood industry worth over $9 billion. if the marriott corporation is not going to step up and say yes, we will protect your healthcare, yes, we have a responsibility as a corporate citizen in this city to do right by our workers, if they won't do that and if we won't hold them accountable to do that, then what will other corporate citizens do? who are we as a city? this brazen position that this company has taken and unreasonable position, has an impact on the entire industry and in fact, it's an attack, not
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just on the workers at the marriott corporation. not just on hotel workers in this city. but on working people in this city and in fact on this city as a whole. and that's why we're here today. we're here to tell our stories. we're here to tell you about why workers have taken this step. why we're out on strike. what this strike means to us. what it means when we say one job should be enough. at the end of the day, when you boil it all down, to its real core. when you think about those words. one job should be enough. it really is a modest demand and it's something that marriott can achieve today. we go back to the table with this company here in san francisco on november 12th. we know we're gathering stanley cup or the and we're stronger by the day. we will last one daylonger than the marriott corporation. with the support of this board and the city and the mayor, we
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know we're going to win this fight. i can't say it any better than the strikers themselves many of with that i'll turn it back to the chair. you will hear testimony today directly firsthand from striking workers that will really tell the story of what this campaign is about. i thank you. [applause] >> i just want to remind the audience, if you need to express a positive expression, just wave your hands. we'll see all your hands. it's against the rules for us to make noise out there. if you are hearing something you don't like, just go thumbs down. [laughter] >> thank you, very much. supervisor ronen. >> yes, i just had a couple of
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questions for you. you made a couple points that really struck me. through preptation for this hearing, i learned that marriott employs more people worldwide than google sales force and facebook combined. is that right? >> that's accurate, yes. marriott is the largest hotel corporation in the history of the world. and they're the largest hotel employer here in san francisco. >> so then, the outcome of this strike and the precedent that's sent about this contract, about what healthcare benefits these workers received, what job security in this changing economy happens, the impact of this is not just going to impact these 2500 workers here in the san francisco but potentially millions of workers through out the country and perhaps the world. i wanted you to speak a little bit about that. i didn't realize that until i started researching this, and
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the severity and what is at stake in the strike hit me very hard. >> i think that's absolutely right. you know, the marriott corporation is not the worst hotel corporation in this country. i mean we're not making the point that marriott is somehow any worse than any other corporation, any other corporate employer. marriott is by far the largest. as the largest, they are the industry leader in this industry and they have a unique responsibility as the industry leader. here in this city, you know, as a large employer, certainly what we achieve here in san francisco will set a benchmark and will set a standard for the other hotel workers in this city. i think when you look nationally, when you kind of zoom back to the rest of the
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country, what marriott does in multiple cities across the country will set a standard for working people across the country. but to your point, supervisor, ronen, it's not just about hotel workers. it's about working people, it's about service sector ploy's and working people in general in some of our largest cities. and what role do corporations have and what responsibilities to the largest corporations in our cities have to do right by working people. we argue and we fight and we strike because we believe that they do have a responsibility. it's not just about their bottom lines and it's not just about repeating record profits off working people. it's playing a role as a corporate leader and supervisors corporate responsibility. >> i want to make sure we have the facts right. so, you said that the average
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hotel worker here in san francisco is earning about $44,000 a year. >> that's right. >> and that the c.e.o. compensation s. in 2017, was $1 million? $13 million? >> i believe that is correct. >> look, another reason why i call this hearing and why i think this strike is so important is because to me, it's at the heart of so many battles happening right now in san francisco. employers are saying look, the burden shouldn't be on us for healthcare, then, join us in the fight for single pay healthcare and don't accept tax breaks that make you millions of dollars more but make it impossible for the government to provide quality healthcare to the citizens. it's like we're damned in we don't and damned if they don't. they complain and complain but they're not part of the solution. the homeless crisis in san francisco, the battle that is