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door. rock to be basically my hand in leading me out of the city. i don't think that i would have had the courage, which is one of rock's virtues, to go off to college, to have experiences as i have. it is an imprint on your heart and on your life. rock will be with you forever, and 10 years from now when you are in college or graduating college, you are going to walk the stage thinking about rock. that is what i did. rock changes lives. it changed my life. it changed my sibling's life and my parents' lives. it just changes lives. [applause.]
>> thank you for that. partnership was organizations such as the golden state warriors makes stories like marrigherspossible. they are a fantastic organization. we do receive some financial support. it is great anal allows us to do what we do and expand our programs. the financial support is great. activities get me excited. i want to share the things we have done with the warriors in the 20 plus year history. we have attended basketball games. we have had dance clinics on site. we renovated two courts and classrooms. for the old school warriors fans we have been visits to the camps. one of my favorite is clint.
10 years ago he took us to seaworld in san diego. it is fantastic. this is a warriors game a couple years ago. you can see the smiling faces, the number ones because we believe. see what i did this. we believe the warriors despite personnel changes will make it back on top and open up the chase center. give it up for the warriors. basketball clinics with the warriors on site at middle school. you can see the numbers. i see 27. i saw the nametag here as well. old school stuff right there. if you have a chance to work with them, they are fantastic. finally, the strip to sea world. there is shamu. fantastic experience. those young people are how adults. about half have worked for rock
or currently are working for rock. one of my favorite quotes is by basketball coach john would den. the true character is what a man does with no one is watching. that is true for the warriors organization. the vast majority of the time there is no cameras, no reporters, no need for media attention. they are doing this because it is the right thing to do, they know how to work with the community, it is in their dna. what you hear is true. they are a true high class organization and we are a proud partner. if you want to learn more about us and the work we do and watch more stories. we are on social media. thank you. enjoy the rest of your breakfa breakfast.
[applause.] >> thank you to rock and to the warriors foundation. a big hand one more time. [applause.] it is time for a special announcement. the san francisco chamber of commerce with the long standing relationship with the golden state warriors welcome the warriors to chase center. we are kicking off a month long campaign to encourage the business community to contribute to the foundation and utilize employer matching programs. we encourage you to visit the foundation. that is the website to donate online to enable your employer to match your donation. the company with the most donations during the month of september will have the opportunity to win 340 warriors -- 30 warriors ticket. the link to the donation page
will be included in the e-mail. 30 tickets get your self and be your employer involved. on the tables is a pledge card if you would like to participate in all of the things happening with the foundation. you are encouraged to do so. i am thrilled to announce this campaign today presenting the community foundation with a check for $25,000 to help the fund with the commitment to the youth in the bay area. it is our great honor. [applause.] i want to just personally thank ever bed for coming to -- everybody for coming to the breakfast today. there is a program ahead. thank you very much. i look forward to seeing you in the future. thank you.
[applause.] >> thank you. we want to keep the spirit of giving going. i am honored to introduce the leaders to speaking to the social impacts of their work in san francisco and in the bay area. let me welcome to the stage first the moderator. jobena is a reporter for the 7 news. she was a an anchor in louisvile kentucky. [applause.] also on the panel it gives me great pleasure to welcome melanie moore vice president of community relations for the
golden state warriors. amy wallace, vice president at j.p. morgan chase and company. managing director of the technology lab. take it away. >> thank you so much. good morning, everyone. come on. there were some good pancakes on the table. good morning, everyone. thank you so much for having me this morning. i am a reporter with abc 7 here in san francisco. we are talking about community engagement through partnerships with an incredible panel. i will go down the line. this is melanie moore, executive director and vice president of community relations golden state warriors. briefly can you talk about what you do? >> i have a fun job. i get to work with so many of
our community partners, corporate and nonprofit organizations on a range of projects from as curt talked about funding nonprofit in the community and players going out and spending time with young people, whether it is refurbishing a basketball court or a season of sharing gifts for families at the holidays. our community relations team are at the audience at your tables make that happen. we do so much through our corporate partnerships. we are able to design programs to help people find employment. chase center training was a great example. as we build the new arena we think about environmental sustainability. when we think about social responsibility it is beyond
showing up at the school which i am not diminishing. that can be life-changing. it is about what is the long-term impact on the community? we think about that every day. >> thank you so much, amy wallace. j.p. morgan chase. good morning, amy. >> good morning everybody. i am in charge of the grant making for the northern california region and focus primarily in the bay area. we are really focused pretty squarely on issue of affordability. we do this in a variety of ways through the grant making and work with nonprofit partners. around neighborhood revitalization affordable housing making sure neighborhoods are strong and thriving. we do work around financial health. this can range from everything from helping a family establish
an emergency savings account to working with high school students around their own financial planning so when they graduate from college they are not overly burdened with debt. we do a lot of work in job training so helping local residents have the skills they need for jobs today and jobs five and 10 years from now as our economy changes. we also do a lot around small business assistance through programs like the entrepreneurs of color fund which is designed to help local small businesses start, stay and grow right here in san francisco. we really try to do all of this as melanie said in partnership with other stakeholders, with the community and with non-profits. >> thank you, amy. now mary hamilton, manager director. good morning. >> good morning.
i am excited to be here. i lead our labs for the americas. that is the research and development organization. we are responsible for identifying the next wave of technology trends to be impacting our clients, business, partners, society, and figuring out how to bring them to life. i get to work with great technology like artificial intelligence, robotics. it is a responsibility that comes with that. we think about how to use that technology. we have tech for good which is thinking how to apply that in new ways to been fit society. thinking about the ethics how we use that technology. i lead our lomsa lom-- lomsan francisco lab. it is part of the community to
think about the new skill that we are going to grow and think about that through generations and apply that locally as part of the community. >> thank you so much. this first question is for the entire panel. you discussed what your organization focused on. what are you finding to be the biggest challenges you face in this field? >> thanks for the question. it is always top of mind to think very much about the people in the community that are the beneficiaries of the work that we do. it is easy to look around to see the challenges. we have income inequality and housing issues, transportation challenges. people commuting long hours. this affects young people. they are working harder than ever to get an education. we want the bay area to be a place to find a great job. thinking about young person's
development, there are some challenges that are natural. curt talked about the youth development work. young people have to have a sense of belonging and attach to a teacher or community organization. they have to be offered the opportunity to develop mastery in mathematics or dance or theater arts. that is character building to help them become the person that they are. access. i think so many on,s we work with are trying to help young people as they grow into young adults get access to opportunities they might not otherwise find. those seem to be challenges for any young person. in the bay area we have challenges we need to address collectively with government and nonprofit and corporate partners to make this a place where everyone can thrive. >> as i said, obviously,
affordability is a major challenge for us in the region. that is not only seen in housing afford built which we think about and do work in. it also impacts small businesses and nonprofits ability to serve the communities that they need to. we are spending a lot of time working on nonprofit capacity building, also small business assistance as i said to really make sure that our businesses, our nonprofits and families are able to stay in the neighborhood to keep it diverse and vibrant and have access to all of the sort of resources that they need. i think addressing those challenges is key to us. the other challenge that we have is really coming together around partnership. this is a challenge and opportunity. a great example of this for us has been a partnership around chase center training.
we were able to partner with the warriors, our colleagues in the city and nonprofit sector with labor and contractors to really put together a training program to help local residents have access to the skills they need, not just to help build the building but to launch a career in the construction field so they can stay in neighborhoods in san francisco as we address afford built challenges. thinking about this in a holistic way is a challenge but gives us a great opportunity for impact. >> i will take it from the technology angel. obviously, we are living in unprecedented times in terms of technology advancement. i think if we think about how that affects our community. wwe are the center of innovation in silicone valley, in san francisco especially. the world is watching what we
are doing. you know, we have to start at home and think what kinds of programs can we do to leverage technology and grow skills, to create access. there are a number of programs that we are doing programicly but our employees are applying their own skills to do things in a grassroots roll tear way. -- volunteer way. addressing elementary and middle school and bringing math skills along with emotional skills andd applying to the basketball court tolert the critical -- to learn the critical skills. it is thinking across
generations. what about thinking about homelessness in the bay area as well? we are working with back on your feet to take a different approach to homelessness where we have proven that by using a running base model to build up self-esteem and confidence to help people find a new way to jobs and homes and new lives. that is a program we are proud of. there is the grassroots thing we can use our own skills. when the fires hatc happened wed volunteers that went to help. they mobilized forces to be on the ground working and applying consulting skills to make that better to bring to the next recovery we need to go through. there is a great program like our researchers going out there to teach preschoolers how to do
robotics to get them excited about their next generation skills. there is so much to do to bring that to the next generation. >> i am looking forward to tackling the challenges and what they will present in the year ahead and this exciting chapter. can you please give our panelists a round of applause. >> thank you for having us. we have a special guest coming to the stage. we will make way for her. >> a round of applause for the panelists. thank you so much. it is my honor to welcome the chief champion of the city and number one fan of golden state warriors basketball.
the san francisco mayor london breed. [applause.] >> mayor breed: good morning everybody. are we all recovering from stevie wonder last night? those who were here, i didn't see a loud applause i assume some of you weren't able to make it. it was absolutely amazing. i really want to thank the warriors just for opening up this incredible chase center in style. you know, yesterday when we cut the ribbon to open chase center, we really closed a chapter on this new mission bay community. this community of families, people, businesses, u.c.s.f., this is absolutely becoming an incredible neighborhood to live in and work in and thrive in.
the warriors being here is really icing on the cake. i am so excited about the future of our city because of what this has done for our business community, our economy, job growth. we also know that there are so many more challenges we have to overcome. i am going to look to the business communities in the next couple years to help us address what we know are serious challenges. yes, today is a celebration. today is about supporting the warriors foundation and the work that they do to bridge the gap between the business community and neighborhoods throughout san francisco. in fact, i am really proud what they have already done in refurbishing 70 courts throughout the bay including 15 courts right here in san francisco. there is more work they will do to make critical investments in
improving the lives around san francisco. there is still work to be done. in fact, after i leave the breakfast this morning, i am headed over to the south of the market community to make an announcement about a number of investments we will be making to address what we know is the biggest crisis we face. yes, homelessness, but also mental illness. it is a very complex issue that we are facing here in our city that we need to address. we in this past budget inn vested over $53 million in addressing behavioral health through out san francisco. we made a critical additional $100 million investment in homeless services. it is not just that we need to invest these dollars. we need to make sure that they are effectively delivering on the promises they make to help people that we know who are
struggling on our streets, to have a better city, to have a better economy, we have to get at the root cause of these issues to make sure that we are making the changes so that they are changes that we can see and people every single day. i want to take this opportunity to express that the work also including making san francisco more affordable, making sure that as the jobs increase, as the amazing chase center has opened and an you will of these other incredible opportunities in mission bay exist that we build more housing for people to live here and be able to afford to live here. this fall we have a $600 million affordable housing bond that won't raise property taxes so i am sure that should be appealing to so many voters throughout san francisco. i hope the business community
would rally around thistic initiative. there is something for everyone low income residents, educators, seniors and middle income families. we have to look at how we are at a city just like we envision mission bay 10, 15 years ago. what we have to think about is what is san francisco going to look like 10, 15 years from now? how are we going to make the changes we know will make our city better? how will we make sure our streets are cleaner, the homeless population is serviced? we have economic diversity so people can live here from all economic backgrounds. that means deliberate investments, partnership with the business community, supporting the small businesses and working together. that is exactly the kind of approach we have already taken
with the number of initiatives and investments. i am hoping over the next few months you will begin to see and feel a difference. already the city is electric. it is electric because when we cut the ribbon, we cut the chanter on -- we opened the door for a new chapter in mission bay and the opportunity to begin to make san francisco just really an incredible attraction for so many people and events and a world class team that we can be real proud of. i want to thank each and every one of you for supporting the warriors foundation, for supporting the chamber. welcome to the new chase center. congratulations to rodney fong, the new executive director. i am looking forward to the future and the work to do to
make san francisco an incredible place just like this amazing center you are enjoying here this morning. thank you all so much. [applause.] >> thank you very much, mayor breed, we celebrate the opening of chase center. i invite you to welcome to the stage the san francisco chamber of commerce board chair and chief revenue officer, john gingrich. ♪ get ready . >> thank you all for being here today. nice to see a lot of friendly faces in the crowd. i serve as board chair for the san francisco chamber of commerce. i do want to say thank you to all of the sponsors and
especially my former colleagues. thank you for being the presenting sponsor today. the san francisco chamber is excited to watch the business community grow throughout mission bay and here with the retail, restaurants, public plaza and office space. also the chase center, this amazing venue which is going to create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and economic growth for san francisco. happy to have this here. i spent a number of years working with the warriors to see this come to fruition. it is amazing. i am happy we are here welcoming everyone to chase center. you also probably know the economic growth will be fueled not only by the warriors, our
basketball team here, but through top recording artists. some of the acts coming up include janette jackson, elton john and the san francisco symphony and metallica on friday. i hope you experience the first concert here as well. i would like to recognize the wonderful partnership over the years between the golden state warriors and chamber. it dates back to the early days of the team looking to build an arena in san francisco and it is hitting a new high with our welcome together and our event today as we welcome the warriors to san francisco. thank you, warriors, for being a great sponsor and partner over the years and we look forward to many more years to come. i am delighted to welcome the next panel. these folks need no introduction.
please welcome joe, rick, president and coo of the warriors, bob meyers, general manager of the warriors, c.e.o. and the moderator bob fitzgerald, the play by play announcer of the golden state warriors. welcome, guys. [applause.] ♪ if you are going to san francisco ♪ ♪ be sure to wear some flowers in your hair ♪. >> how many people are morning people? do we have any morning people? 25 years in the nba we are nighttime people. these are amazing. i was thinking just sitting here
the building got built. how many people lived here longer than 15 years? raise your hand. did you honestly think privately financed in san francisco for $1.6 billion, the ultimate arena in the world would be built right here? anybody believe that? we are here. let's start with joe on that. the ribbon-cutting yesterday. this is a sieve vick asset -- civic asset. this is the camp fire for 2019, a gathering place for sports and entertainment. can you believe it is here in believe me your thoughts that friday night metallica kicks it off? >> it is surreal, to be honest. yesterday was quite the day, thanks to rick and kim and all of the people that made this place happen. it is amazing that it went off
as well as it did given how hard of a process this has been to get done. it is here. it is real, and we are just incredibly proud as a team and organization for it to be done. i hope you enjoy it as much as we already enjoy it. i don't view it as done. there are a few more things to do. >> rick, you talked where the warriors fit as community citizen. we had great presentations today on what impact this will have for the bay area. walking around i see art everywhere within the whole concourses and outside, restaurants activated over the next year, a park, ferry service, so much where this will be a new destination spot for san francisco. >> yesterday was a great day. we christened a couple of new
san francisco land be marks that will take the place on the set here in the future. we started with presenting the art installation as part of the huge commitment to public art here. for those who didn't come in that way, i want you to walk around the whole three plus acres before you leave today and really see the whole depth of the art presentation around this place. i texted joe a couple mornings ago. i was here really early. something that summed it up. >> rick, you are always here. >> a little cot back here. i happened to walk into the building and two parents and their kid were riding by on a bicycle. just as they passed me, this kid yelled out to his parents, i can't believe how many days in my life i am going to spend in
that building. wow. right? that is what these are. these are places for basketball games, concerts. stevie wonder was there last night. ultimately they are places to create memories and influence our lives. i wouldn't be sitting up here today if i didn't go to the games at the old come seumwith -- coliseum with my dad. if i asked all of you where and who did you see for your first concert, nine out of 10 could answer that question because it is part of your life that goes on forever. that is what we are in the business of doing, creating memories. this place is going to be a very special place for that i will attribute to the morning and lack of coffee. the warriors we had nice applause. this is the greatest five year run in the history of the nba,
most wins ever. 63 -- 73-9. five straight trips to the finals, three championships and a guy who actually went to the coliseum as a kid is the president of basketball operations, bob meyers, the next chapter of the warriors, eight new players the practice facilities right here on site. give us the basketball perspective and the excitement of the new roster and new goal to keep it going. >> it is interesting to hear you. i have to remind myself what everyone has accomplished. i do it every morning when i brush my teeth because i had 20 other years that weren't as great as the last five. joe trained me so look ahead. i don't know if i get to look
back. we are moving forward. we won the championship. i remember the joe moment we won in cleveland, i guess that was 2017, and we have a party and i kind of went in. it is the one night where you feel like you can pause and enjoy it. joe is sitting there at the table. he says sit down. what do you think about the draft? what are we doing in a week? can we just not for tonight study any film tonight. yes, i am proud of the last five years as everyone should be that supports our team. heading to this building i think it is appropriate that we are bringing a lot of new players into a fantastic new building. it was a time. i loved oracle.
i think you probably felt the same way. we have our favorite old pair of tennis shoes or sweater. eventually you have to give that up. it doesn't mean it didn't serve you well. there is a time for a new sweater or shoes. this is a pretty damn good one here. you will be introduced to a lot of new players. i don't know how it fits. that is the joy of it all. we took a puzzle and now we will put it together. we have great cornerstones. we are adding russell and a lot of youth. we went from second or third oldest to the second or third youngest team. it is all going to happen here. i am so excited as a basketball fan. when people ask about chase center the thing that comes to
my mind is i can't wait to watch a basketball game here. i just can't wait. >> the associations with rackets we wear the badge proudly on our jerseys, it made the wo warriors global. how does chase center enhance that and add to that association? >> there is no doubt the association with the warriors held records. we look at a couple different dimensions. we set out on the goal three years ago to become a household name like we have in japan. we felt there were a couple things to do. we had to connect with consumers and find ways to do that. when you look at the history, there is a lot of sports in how we do that. to raise our brand recognition and awareness which was zero
before the warriors. it has helped inputting ourselves on the map to start the journey with consumers. we strongly believe in hospitality and building relationships with businesses and the partners that we work with. this provides a great platform. we believe our success is success of the partners and together we win. it is aligned with empowerment plant forge. last but not least is our employees, our people. when we started we had skeptics. we had to convert our people. our people are the ones who will take us on the jennie of putting our -- a long journey of putting ourselves on the map. i can't tell you how much of a change it was when we announced the partnership with the
warriors. we suddenly had believers and people wanting to be part of the journey. for us this partnership and association has been tremendously successful on many different fronts. when you think about chase we feel like this is just another step in that mission. we feel like this venue may get remembered or called upon as a sports and entertainment arena. we think of this as a symbol of innovation and optimism. i think those two things are things that the warriors and founding partners share in common. we are extremely proud about the association we have. super-excited about the venue. like bob, i can not wait to fill this thing up. i see throwing down a
three-pointer. bring it on. >> we have seating arranged. joe has never attempt with skeptics. this guy bought the team and pointed in front of 20,000 people that is a lonely championship banner we want another one. everyone said let's have a winning record. let's build a new building and make it state-of-the-art and set the standard for entertainment venue anywhere in the world. people said come on. now the next thing is you are saying supports and entertainment company. i hear that with 40 or 50 basketball games but 200 events. people don't realize the warriors are running everything from the converts, concessions, parking, sponsorships. what does sports and entertainment mean for the company and the team?
>> you have to have something to strive for. you can't it is on your laurels, bob. >> i have to go back to the office now. (laughter) >> you know what is really interesting about this effort and opening this building is what a lot of you don't entirely understand. in oakland, we were tenants. we rented the building. most of the employees you ran into were not hours. we didn't have a lot of control. there was only one kitchen. it is a very, very facility, great place for a basketball team with a lot of great history. this is a whole new thing for us. rick has done an amazing job. bob has done an amazing job, too, so far. rick has done an equally amazing job. the fact not only getting the building built while we were
building a business organization up, doing well on the court but getting the place built and hiring the people. we 500 employees. we run all of this. this is a whole new this. this is a challenge to make this operate smoothly. i was worried. last night i was like i wonder what it will sound like, the entrance and exit. friday should be the ultimate challenge meltta metallyca and e symphony. we have to transform to your question as an organization completely. this is a whole new thing not just a basketball team. we are sports entertainment operation. we have to run the things going on, restaurants outside,
ingress, egress, so many things we have to do. if we can do that going forward we can do more. we can maybe become a bigger organization to do more things. >> now, rick, with the warriors there are two football teams and two baseball teams one basketball name. the golden state name is in the entire area. you were involved in the community coming together for this. you think of the entire bay area. where the warriors fit in the community and the community as septs and resources it took for this building with the kid righting buy-in the bike the touchstone of memories for everybody in the bay area for years and years, give me a thought how people pulled together from all different communities knowing this is the new spot. the warriors are representing the entire bay area. >> that is what i said all last
year. our whole organization did. we were leaving a of course, not leaving a city. oakland is an integral part who we are and will remain that way in the future. one of the things i am most proud of iskaiser permanente. all of our offices are here as of now. we moved everybody here from downtown oakland headquarters which was our practice facility. we have this amazing facilities to repurpose. with kaiser we are taking those basketball courts that had to be reserved for players. we will teach more kids to play basketball and taking the business offices and re-purposing those for the not for profits the war warriors sut
for space where they are focused on different aspects trying to improve educational and career outlooks for kids. it is powerful. we have one if the in the east bay. the other foment now is firmly planted here. this always will be the bay area team. [applause.] >> very well said. before you had joe breathing down your neck, you were a player agent, and you know in terms of different perceptions, different cities have and the warriors have changed that perception in this building now adds to it. when you deem with colleague -- deal with colleagues around the league and you see the practice facility overlooking the bay and see the amount of every asset that could be there for our
players within the basketball operations campus right here. how does that enhance where the warriors it is within the nba? >> speaking of my prior life as an agent, you get a sense from the players standpoint what organizations speak to them and places they would like to go, and i remember as an agent i was talking to a client. i said golden state wants to work out and the guy looked at me and said what is that? i said the warriors are in california. he said yeah, yeah, i have to work out for them? i said it is a high pick. this is 10, 15 years ago. it is amazing now to see what we have become and really testament to joe and people like rick that spearhead this thing. when you are in the position i
am in with intense pressure from an owner like joe you want the tools to succeed. pressure is fine. everybody that chooses this job. joe, pressure is to embraced. if you are afraid of it you should probably do a different job, buts when you are out there in the world of trying to recruit four or five or 10 of the best people at what they do, you better come with something very good. you better come with good ownership, good coach, pay these guys. you better provide a great place to go to work. even if you do that it is hard. with this arena, i feel like we are now able to check all of the boxes. if we lose a player it is not because we are de efficient in a area. sometimes they go another way.
if we don't want to lose any ties. i think a place like that you win every tie. i don't care how cynical. players are young with great options. take any player in the league walking in the locker room that you may or may not have seen. they will say wow, this is prettpretty good. when you can provide a place to work where they can get excited to go. those excited to go to your job knew what that feels like. you perform better. thank you to everybody that built this place. it is unbelievable. the construction workers. i don't know how many thousands it is going to help our basketball team to win more wherever the banners are up there. more of those. >> i want to add one thing. you have done a great job,
really. great job, however, we can keep going on the next question. >> i want to say one thing thiss is the san francisco chamber of commerce, is it not? we must remember we do have a goal here. we have a new goal. that is to bring a championship to san francisco in this building. [applause.] >> why basketball? i see in rick welch the architect of the dream team the first professionals in the olympics. that spawned others the 7 billion people in the world we watched the most talented 450 individuals. it is a team sport where they say great athletes do for
themselves. really greatness is doing for others. what is it about basketball? you enhanced the nba in addition to the partnership of the warriors. >> sports in what we do. iin japan weep we own champions. you know, we love the association with organizations like this and the nba because there is a crossover between the values when you think about it from a business standpoint and sports standpoint. you can have the best players in the world, best employees and talent in the world. if they don't come together as a team, you will get beat. if they are not innovating on the court and we are trying to innovate in business, you are going to get beat by somebody else. if you are not putting in the
extra hours, you are not going to be successful. for us there is so much, so much between the businesses that we are in and then that connection point with the fans. there is that passion, emotion that sports brings. that is when we feel like we can connect with people in a very authentic and meaningful way. we believe sports is the way to do that. we seek out opportunities within sports to find that connection. we are very fortunate to be able to take that globally. >> joe, the final word you said in addition. >> that was the final word. >> it is your building. i will let you finish. with two with two 00 events -- 0 events. you wanted to hear feedback for
any event here. i would like to give joe the opportunity to give his cell phone to anybody. if you have any issues starting on friday, this is the guy. he said he wants to hear about everything in the building. i think given the bay area starting friday you will hear a lot of feedback. you will get exactly what you were hoping for. >> how many years have you worked for the team, bob? >> 25. >> i want to make sure. look, the truth is rick will take your calls. (laughter) >> we would both take your calls is the truth. anything you see that is wrong with this building, anything that you are not being treated properly, it is on us. we want to make this not only a great basketball team and great building to look at. we want to make this a great
experience to everyone in the building. please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve it. >> chamber breakfast is fun. it signifies the beginning of basketball season. as we finish up. october 5th lakers in this building. the first basketball game. thanks for having us. we appreciate the support. open up chase center the right way. thank you very much. [applause.] >> you're watching quick bite, the show that has san francisco. ♪ ♪
♪ >> we're here at one of the many food centric districts of san francisco, the 18th street corridor which locals have affectionately dubbed the castro. a cross between castro and gastronomic. the bakery, pizza, and dolores park cafe, there is no end in sight for the mouth watering food options here. adding to the culinary delights is the family of business he which includes skylight creamery, skylight and the 18 raisin. >> skylight market has been here since 1940. it's been in the family since 1964. his father and uncle bought the market and ran it through sam taking it over in 1998.
at that point sam revamped the market. he installed a kitchen in the center of the market and really made it a place where chefs look forward to come. he created community through food. so, we designed our community as having three parts we like to draw as a triangle where it's comprised of our producers that make the food, our staff, those who sell it, and our guests who come and buy and eat the food. and we really feel that we wouldn't exist if it weren't for all three of those components who really support each other. and that's kind of what we work towards every day. >> valley creamery was opened in 2006. the two pastry chefs who started it, chris hoover and walker who is sam's wife, supplied all the pastries and bakeries for the market.
they found a space on the block to do that and the ice cream kind of came as an afterthought. they realized the desire for ice cream and we now have lines around the corner. so, that's been a huge success. in 2008, sam started 18 reasons, which is our community and event space where we do five events a week all around the idea of bringling people closer to where the food comes from and closer to each other in that process. >> 18 reasons was started almost four years ago as an educational arm of their work. and we would have dinners and a few classes and we understood there what momentum that people wanted this type of engagement and education in a way that allowed for a more in-depth conversation. we grew and now we offer -- i think we had nine, we have a series where adults learned home cooking and we did a
teacher training workshop where san francisco unified public school teachers came and learned to use cooking for the core standards. we range all over the place. we really want everyone to feel like they can be included in the conversation. a lot of organizations i think which say we're going to teach cooking or we're going to teach gardening, or we're going to get in the policy side of the food from conversation. we say all of that is connected and we want to provide a place that feels really community oriented where you can be interested in multiple of those things or one of those things and have an entree point to meet people. we want to build community and we're using food as a means to that end. >> we have a wonderful organization to be involved with obviously coming from buy right where really everyone is treated very much like family. coming into 18 reasons which even more community focused is such a treat. we have these events in the evening and we really try and bring people together. people come in in groups, meet friends that they didn't even know they had before.
our whole set up is focused on communal table. you can sit across from someone and start a conversation. we're excited about that. >> i never worked in catering or food service before. it's been really fun learning about where things are coming from, where things are served from. >> it is getting really popular. she's a wonderful teacher and i think it is a perfect match for us. it is not about home cooking. it's really about how to facilitate your ease in the kitchen so you can just cook. >> i have always loved eating food. for me, i love that it brings me into contact with so many wonderful people. ultimately all of my work that i do intersects at the place where food and community is. classes or cooking dinner for someone or writing about food. it always come down to empowering people and giving them a wonderful experience.
empower their want to be around people and all the values and reasons the commitment, community and places, we're offering a whole spectrum of offerings and other really wide range of places to show that good food is not only for wealthy people and they are super committed to accessibility and to giving people a glimpse of the beauty that really is available to all of us that sometimes we forget in our day to day running around. >> we have such a philosophical mission around bringing people together around food. it's so natural for me to come here. >> we want them to walk away feeling like they have the tools to make change in their lives. whether that change is voting on an issue in a way that they will really confident about, or that change is how to understand why it is important to support our small farmers.
each class has a different purpose, but what we hope is that when people leave here they understand how to achieve that goal and feel that they have the resources necessary to do that. >> are you inspired? maybe you want to learn how to have a patch in your backyard or cook better with fresh ingredients . or grab a quick bite with organic goodies. find out more about 18 reasons by going to 18 reasons.org and learn about buy right market and creamery by going to buy right market.com. and don't forget to check out our blog for more info on many of our episodes at sf quick bites.com. until next time, may the fork be with you. ♪ ♪ >> so chocolaty. mm. ♪ >> oh, this is awesome.
oh, sorry. i thought we were done rolling. ♪. >> all right, let's have some sound from west africa. the band right there is looking great. awesome. you know what i want to say? let's get ready to cleanup! hopefully it is not trademarked. i don't think it is. thank you so much for coming out here on this beautiful day in treasure island. we are ready for battle for