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soloman for all of your work over the years. madam clerk, can we have the roll for item 44. >> clerk: on item 44, [roll call] there are 10 ayes. >> president walton: without objection. this resolution is adopted unanimously. madam clerk. do we have any items on the
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imperative agenda. >> clerk: none to report, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much. and do we have. i'm sorry. would you please read the in memoriums. >> clerk: yes. today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the following individuals and on behalf of supervisor chan on honor of the board president on behalf of the board of supervisors for the late irene tal. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. do we have anymore business before us today. >> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> president walton: thank you, and colleagues we are in the middle of pride month and i just want to say that the sun is shining, it's a great day for this quote. there will not be a magic day
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when we wake up and it's now okay to express ourselves publicly. we make that day by doing things publicly until it's simply the way things are. tammy baldwin. this meeting is adjourned.
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>> again, thank you all for coming. this is a celebration. >> excuse me -- >> (indiscernible). >> so, again, we are here to celebrate juneteenth, but for those of you who know me, we do want to celebrate juneteenth, but also part of juneteenth and the last place in galveston, texas, who were freed, it is also black people and our allies -- hi, andrew, i love you. is that we also have to talk
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about our issues. we can't continue to hold up red cups with alcohol and party and nobody is a party animal worse than me, but when you look at black san franciscans, let's talk about black san franciscans and where we stand here in san francisco. we are experiencing trauma, pain, suffering, and all parts of our lives, all parts of our lives. education, mass incarceration, homelessness, housing, just -- mental health. and we have -- mayor -- a mayor who holds no guard to say that she fights for us, for all san
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franciscans, but because she is what -- she said i'm black first and i'm a woman, and then our issues are important to her. and so we are here, not only to support mayor breed, but also to spend her a message that we need to talk with her -- black folk. we want to have a roundtable discussion with our mayor. because, one, the city departments, they're not doing justice by black people. we need to raise our justice. we need to raise up equity. and we need to raise up equality for black san franciscans. and you guys look fabulous. i'm glad you're here, because it is important. the more numbers is the more power that we have. and so without further adieu, without further adieu, she
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always coming in looking good, right -- always beautiful -- and i have her back no matter what, i don't care who has it, i don't care who doesn't have it -- i have my mayor's back. so here you are, a genuine black queen, mayor london nicole breed. [cheers and applause]. >> thank you, phylicia. first of all, let me thank wealth and disparities and felicia jones for their unwavering commitment to address some of the challenges that continue to plague african-americans in san francisco. yes, we have the first african-american woman to serve as mayor. but we know the challenges that have persisted in this city far too long, not just with
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african-americans in general. i am acutely aware of the challenges that exist with african-american employees. and i am committed to continuing to work with you all to address many of those issues. don't you remember juneteenth back in the day? raise your hand if you remember [applause] the pony rides. the carnival. the black cowboys. we put on our best clothes and we go show off and we go have fun. and there was barbecue. but, you know what? there was a history. there was a history in san francisco as to when juneteenth started. here in san francisco, it was around 1965 when walter johnson jr., who -- what that was club called, diane, linda? -- you know, the club that i'm talking about? the one they started at. anyway, i'll remember it in a
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minute. no, it was way before the plaza so he started juneteenth and started one of the first parades and they were walking up and down the streets and it was black people at their very best and it was absolutely beautiful if you look at many of the photos, you see the happiness and the excitement, and it felt good. it felt good, despite the challenges that our community continues to face. it felt good to be black in san francisco. but, you know what, it should feel good every single day. it should feel good every single day that we walk down the street. and last year we saw a real reckoning in this country like never before. an uprising, where people said, not no more. people talk about the death of george floyd as a catalyst for the rest of the country. but, sadly, in the african-american community, this
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is too familiar with us. on a regular basis we experience the discrimination and the death and the destruction that has plagued our community for far too long. but there is hope. we have an incredible opportunity. we have an incredible opportunity to rise up, despite those challenges. when you think about it, look at where we are today. we have a less than 6% population of african-americans in san francisco and you all still help to elect the first african-american woman mayor in this city. [applause] and the president of the board of supervisors is a black man. and the leadership of this city in so many ways presents us with an opportunity. an opportunity to see growth and to develop and to see prosperity in our community.
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but you know what, i can't do it alone. it takes work and it takes us coming together and it takes us putting aside our differences in order to support the collective and as a result of so many of you who have been at the forefront of these challenges, today president biden is signing to make juneteenth an federal holiday in this country. [applause] now for black folks it's been a holiday, but we'll share the holiday with everybody else. no problem. and as mayor -- as mayor i plan today to sign a declaration giving all city employees juneteenth off as a holiday. [cheers and applause]. now if you are already going to
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work, go ahead and go to work, because you've got the whole weekend. but you get a holiday in lieu, don't worry, you can take it off later. the fact is that we honor our heritage, we honor our history, we honor our culture when we remember the past, and we use the past to not repeat the same mistakes, we use it to grow and to become better. san franciscans, this weekend as we celebrate juneteenth with so many amazing events. at the african-american art culture complex, as we celebrate at gilman park in the bayview and as we celebrate at the ferry building, so many amazing juneteenth events this weekend, let's remember, let's have a good time, and let's re-dedicate ourselves to the cause that we all know that continues despite the gains that we have made. thank you so much for being here
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today. have a wonderful juneteenth. [applause] >> excuse me, everyone, if you're not speaking can i ask that you step off the steps and go into the audience, please down below? if you're not speaking at this time, please go down the steps, please. thank you. okay -- okay -- all right, all
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right, cheryl davis -- is cheryl davis -- i saw her earlier. where is cheryl davis? come on up. director, dr. davis, she's going to say a few words. director, dr. davis, come on up come on up. another strong doing marvelous things in the city and county of san francisco. and i just want her to say a few words to the people. and just come in your own way. just come in your own way. she's going to kill me later, but that's okay. >> i am like the mayor, i can't be up here, i'm distracted when other people are talking when i'm talking. [laughter] just happy
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juneteenth, as someone who was actually born in texas and it is really a national holiday down there from our folks, and i'm grateful for the mayor's declaration and i'm grateful to the president, but ultimately this is not the end of it all, right? because i think that if we're going to be really honest, juneteenth was a signing of a piece of paper that was already two years in action. so we're not really as free as we think we are. so let juneteenth be a day to remember that we are still in the fight and the struggle, and similar to the folks in texas, some of us have not yet opened our eyes to the reality of freedom. so i just want to say to let's celebrate juneteenth, but let's not relax and sit down and let's not forget is that we need to keep moving. -- >> sing a song!
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(indiscernible). >> no, i'm not doing no song up here. >> (indiscernible). >> i'm going to give you -- let me see if have a poem. no, i can't do that. so this is my -- one of my favorite poems, poets is mya angelou and there's a line in there -- there's a couple lines that i love and one she says, pretty women wonder where my secret lies and i'm not cute and built to the fashion model size but when i try to tell them they think that i'm telling lies. so our beauty and being special is not wrapped how we look, it's where we come from and that's who we are. she says, when you see me walking by it ought to make you proud, i'm a woman, phenomenal woman, phenomenally, that's me. [cheers and applause].
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for those of you who don't know that mayor breed and president walton through police reform have given the black community $120 million. [cheers and applause]. $120 million. $60 million for this year, $60 million for next year, and also in her budget she also put $60 million to the black community at the baseline. and we want to make sure as black people that we are going to honor her wishes, that we're going to push back on the board of supervisors, and we're going to push back on the board of supervisors -- what? being black in san francisco. and so our group is called
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"mega-black, budget watchdog group." so may i have them come and stand beside me on both sides. mega-black budget watchdog group. we're fighting. we're fighting. no doubt, we're fighting. we're fighting. we're fighting. and we're not afraid to go up in the board of supervisor's chambers and let them know, black folks, three reports, 55 years, and black folks are worse off now than we were 55 years ago, and we want our due. we want our due! come on, y'all tell me, power to the people. we want our due! we want our due! we have it coming. and then the other thing that i want to say, mayor breed -- oh, yes, she's still here is this --
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y'all ain't -- don't be putting your hands on that $60 million, all of you 54 departments. you 54 departments, take some of that money from your budget and give it to the black community, because you have neglected us for 55 years. so you're not going to use us with the moneys that mayor breed and president walton have given us to say, oh, that's enough, go over there and get it from director davis. she has all of the money. no. so we're pushing back. and so i want to introduce our watchdog group, tanya williams. nate ford. john henry. tina heinz. and there's monique francine. and so tanya is going to come up and speak to you about what our demands are for mega-black budget watchdog group.
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thank you. >> there's not enough noise in this audience. i need to hear y'all. i got some questions for y'all. you ready? so on the first of january in 1863, that was 158 years ago, the 16th president of the united states named abraham lincoln signed into effect an emancipation proclamation which changed the legal status under the federal law of more than 3.5 million enslaved african-americans, and let's be serious, we were called negroes then, from enslaved to free. so i've got one question for y'all -- anybody who is black in san francisco, answer my question. are we free? >> no. >> okay, there you go. so now you know why we had to establish what we've established. the mega-black budget watchdog group demands that the city and
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the county close the gaps of black san franciscans. and three reports and 55 years of studying black san franciscans found we are worse off today than we were back then. so here go our demands. number one -- we demand that $60 million to be a baseline for the human rights commission to continue the dreamkeepers initiative for black san franciscans. number two, we demand $40 million to address black disparities in closing educational gaps, mass incarceration gaps, gaps in job training programs, and to reestablish the black workforce and to pay the fines and the fees that are associated with those disparities. number three, we demand culpability, meaning that we want them to be held accountable, all right, for all 54 city and county departments
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to be held accountable again, so that everybody can hear me, for the disparities that i have deliberately caused to black san franciscans due to a lack of dollars, care, which they have, right, we think -- well, we know they've got the dollars and we don't know about the care, we're still working on that, okay, to this day has failed to address in our community. number four. we demand that the controller's office conduct a 15-year audit of previous moneys given to the black community and compare these dollars to all other ethnicities who received funding in the same 15-year period. and, lastly, right, is that we do not accomplish financial equity, we will never be free. so let me be clear with y'all, you're not asking anymore -- we're not demanding -- we are demanding -- we're not begging. it's not about begging.
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i told you that it started 158 years ago, so it's time for us to get what we came here for, right, we, the mega-black budget watch -- sorry -- we, the mega-black budget watchdog group unapologetically are demanding that the city and county of san francisco finally address the disparities of black san franciscans. thank you. [applause] >> all right, power to the people. >> power to the people. >> oh, y'all sound so weak. come on, say it like you mean it. power to the people! >> power to the people! >> i love it. power to the people! >> power to the people! >> yes, yes, that's what we came out here, to regain our power. (♪♪)
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>> today we're kicking off summer together. and it's a program that we created because we know that it's been a really hard year for all of you. missing an entire year of school, i can't even imagine what you've been dealing with. nor did i think that we'd be in the midst of a global pandemic. we were able to save lives because we all sacrificed and now it's time for to us make sure that you have the opportunities that you deserve. "summer together" was created as a way to bring you all together, but to also open the doors of opportunity so that you can have an experience like the one here today at stripe. and i want to thank stripe, and thank you carmel for being here and thank you, stripe, for opening up their space to make this program possible for our young people this summer. [applause] i mean, you guys got a real
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professional chef that is well known. i'm sure that the food is good. it looks and smells good. so how lucky is that? goodness. and do all other programs have a chef? no? okay. you guys better not tell anybody because they're going to be mad the aus. but i want to thank kanish, and maria, and all of our different partners and the people who worked hard -- all of these people here are the ones who worked hard to put this program together. and as a result we're able to support about 26,000 kids in san francisco with a program like this. i don't know if they're at a nicer space like this, but there are rec and park sites and other things going on, and we want you to take full advantage of this opportunity. learn everything that you can to get ready for the fall. in fact, we have books here, 10 books -- maybe you can take one
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at a time home. but i know that carrying 10 books might be hard on muni. but we have books here for you that are age appropriate. i went to gallelo high school and when i was applying for colleges, the fact that i was able -- one of my counselors gave me this reading list of books that i should read before i went to college. and none of those books were on the curriculum for any of my classes. i thought, that's odd. and what i'm excited about here today is providing books that many of you should take full advantage of, reading everything that you can, and learning all that you can, so when you go back to school you're fully prepared to take advantage of the educational opportunity that is provided to you. this is what this summer is about. and, yes, i want to you have some fun too. because it's been a hard year. and so it's time for us to learn
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everything that we can. it's time for us to grow and to participate in these programs and to get ready, but, more importantly, it's time for us to just really appreciate all that life has to offer, especially after we survived a global pandemic. one that no one thought that we'd ever be in. but, quickly, let me also say that i'm a product of gallelo high school, and i went there, and my grandmother raised me here in san francisco. i grew up in poverty and i grew up around a lot of violence and a lot of trauma and, sadly, i do have a brother who is still incarcerated. and i have a sister that i lost to a drug overdose. yes, i'm mayor of san francisco and what i want -- [applause] what i want you all to know more than anything else -- never let
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your circumstances determine your outcome in life. don't let anything stop you from being what you know in your heart that you can be. you can be an artist and you can be a mayor, you can be a lawyer don't let anyone stop you. if i could make it out of some of the most challenging of circumstances and to be mayor of san francisco, then you can do anything that you want. and that's why this program is so important to me personally. because i never, ever want kids in this city to have the kids of struggles and barriers that i had to endure. i want you to be successful. and i want you to grow. i want you to thrive. and i want you to realize your full potential. that's what "summer together" is about and i appreciate you letting me take a moment in your
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lunch to say hello, and to welcome you to the first day of what i think is going to be an amazing summer after a very, very challenging year. so, thank you so much, and have a wonderful summer. [applause] >> there's a new holiday shopping tradition, and shop and dine in the 49 is inviting everyone to join and buy black friday. now more than ever, ever dollar that you spend locally supports small businesses and helps entrepreneurs and the community to thrive. this holiday season and year-round, make your dollar matter and buy black. >> all right, mayor, we've got a
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program. so be patient with us. all right. it's been a long time coming. hi, everybody, my name is phil ginsburg and i'm the manager of your recreation and park department and it's about time. it's really happening. it's really happening. you look over my right shoulder and you can see all of the work that's already started on our pathway to environmental justice. and -- and joy and community and resiliency. but before we jump into our program, we want to do a couple of things. and the first is that we want to acknowledge that the land that we are currently standing on is the unceded ancestral home of the first nations people. as stewards of parkland, our department recognizes the duty to honor through thoughtful and informed preservation and interpretation of ancestral lands. as uninvited guests let us all affirm their sovereign rights as
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first peoples and pay our respects to the ancestors of the people. thank you. [applause] just a few hours ago our recreation and park department, and i see numerous commissioners here, commissioner anderson and probably a few others that i'm not seeing behind the crowds, passed the land acknowledgement and i want to thank greg castro and jonathan cordero who worked with our department in the crafting of this acknowledgement. and i want to -- you should please join me in thanking our amazing entertainers for their performances prior to the program. first the tai chi group, give it up. [applause] the sasamoan community dancers. lion dance me. [applause] and following the program, there
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will be a performance by seilin finesse. [applause] we have a lot of partners, and i want to acknowledge -- before i turn it over to our m.c., first of all, mayor breed, thank you, thank you for believing in this project and thank you for pushing for it. and thank you for supporting it the institute, and i'll turn it over to jackie in a few minutes i want to thank our e.d.p. leadership committee, what is an e.d.p. leadership committee? this project is like no other, we're not just renovating a park, we're trying to work hard to understand what the community needs to thrive in this space. so it is yours. and there are several e.d.p. members and i see oscar james and michael wong, and jill fox here. so i want to thank you a few of the e.d.p. members and for all of your effort in guiding us, in not just how to build this park, but to make sure that it is
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really for this community. i want to thank the trust for public land, and the san francisco parks alliance, drew becker is here and numerous members of his team. we have several representatives from our city family. i saw ken nimm and i say caller eisen, there may not be a city department that is not working on this in some way, shape or form. and i want to acknowledge our partners across the basin from bill dink, and i see lou vasquez here, lou, thank you for being here. and i want to give a special recognition to a guy standing right in front of me, john, thank you. john fritzker whose philanthropy turned this from a dream and a vision actually into a project. so, thank you, john. let's give him a round of applause. and thank you, moe, and john and moe were recently married just a few days ago and they came back early from -- moe doesn't really
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call it a honeymoon, called it a camping trip, but they came back early to be here with us today. so thank you both very, very much. [applause] this project has many, many, many people rooting for it. it's gotten private philanthropy and it's gotten local bond money through the leadership of our mayor and several -- and san francisco voters. and it's also gotten a lot of money from the state of california, senator wiener, and commissioner chu, thank you for your leadership in making it happen. this project has even gotten federal money. we've gotten money from the e.p. e.p.a., and we have gotten -- anywhere that there's money we're trying to raise it for this project and it's actually starting to work out. today's groundbreaking is the culmination of seven years of planning, outreach and fundraising on a project that will finally address decades of pollution and environmental
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degradation in a neighborhood that once helped to drive the economy of san francisco during world war ii. after the decline of butcher town, the decommissioned -- the decommissioned shipyards and the forced removal of the chinese shrimping villages, indian basin, was shut down to decay. the work that we're kicking off right now will restore public access to the shoreline, and create a robust wildlife habitat, laying the foundation for a new $140 million park in the heart of the bayview. this clean-up phase of the project is led by the bayview's own rubicon builders whose officers are just down the road on third street. the team highlights a key goal of the india basin project, to serve for equitable and inclusive growth, which includes providing workforce and business opportunities for all bayview
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hunters point residents, regardless of income, race or demog raggy. and giving disadvantaged individuals the first opportunity to apply for entry level jobs in san francisco. the program is administered by oewd, and you'll probably hear more about that, but thank you, ken, and thank you oewd, for your incredible partnership. lastly, remember that this project is only made possible as much money from government as we've been able to obtain for this project, it's only made possible through substantial private/public partnerships. some of our partners, like t.p.l. and the parks alliance, have been working on this for years. and others like arpi, arguably even longer and have now stepped into new and indispenseable roles to move this project. i want to thank everyone for their support. i'll now turn the program over to one of the leaders of this project, jackie flynn.
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jackie has been working on this thing for i don't know how long and has been a community advocate for even longer. she is my colleague, my partner along with drew and ali and their organizations on this project. and she is making sure that this community is involved in every single aspect of what happens next. thank you, jackie. [applause] >> thank you, phil. and welcome. first of all, i want to say welcome back, san francisco. it's so nice to see everyone and see your faces. and thank you so much, mayor, with your leadership on getting our city back and up and running. my name is jacqueline flynn, and i'm the executive director of the philip randolph institute and i'm your m.c. today, so i wear many hats in this community. and my -- my small organization, apri, i want to thank my team because i could not do this work without amazing supportive casts.
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so thank you, my team at arpi. and i have the pleasure of also serving as the equitable development plan manager on this project. and ultimately what that means is that for every step of the way on this project we want to make sure that we're looking through a lens of equity. and thinking about building back within our community, and making sure that we're supportive of the existing community. and, you know, as we continue to invest in this park, i want to make sure that those investments actually make it and impact the families that i work with every day. as we kick off this year's juneteenth, i have been inspired by my ancestors and thank you so much, brother clint, for acknowledging the adversities that folks have gone through to be here and the fights they have won and lost. i'm very proud to stand behind so many folks before me. this park is very near and dear to my heart. my office is literally a block away. and as you all know as a
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community leader, i've been here over 20 years. and i used to knock on doors to get folks to vote and i still do it now. but really what i'm interested in is making sure that this next generation is inspired to do the same and to be leaders in their community. you know, i see how much this project can impact this community right behind me. so i also want to acknowledge all of the folks that live on this hill that have been here for generations. and it's so important that this park is being built for our residents. so i'm excited to say that this is just the beginning. and we have a wonderful brief program, so i'd like to introduce our first speaker, mayor london breed. mayor london breed -- [applause] -- is a san francisco native. definitely raised by her grandmother in plaza east in philmore western edition, but, definitely roots here in san francisco. and she was elected as the first african-american woman, and second woman in san francisco's history to serve as mayor.
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she's been re-elected to her first full four-year term in november of 2019. i know that we lost a year in this last year, but we are going to keep pushing. mayor breed is a tireless advocate for all san franciscans and helps to lead our city through a very tumultuous time as we helped to rebuild this great city and come out of that terrible pandemic. so without further adieu, welcome, mayor london breed. [applause] >> welcome, mayor. >> hello, everyone. first of all, phil, i don't know why we have to subject these kids to this when there's a park right over there. are you guys going to be able to play in the park? >> no. >> no? what's going on. they're supposed to be having a good time this summer. okay, well -- if any time during this event you want to take them over to the park, feel free to
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do so because we want them to have a good time. it's been a long year for our kids in this city. and it's time for them to have fun again. [applause] i'll start by saying yes, i'm from philmore. but i do have roots in the bayview hunter's point community. in fact, my grandmother's father worked at the shipyard. he was in the navy at a time when there was segregation. and he worked with what was considered a colored group of men and i find it quite interesting that in our not so distant past, the level of discrimination that existed in this city, you know, what's interesting is that my grandfather served in the shipyard in a segregated unit
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and now today his granddaughter, the first black mayor woman of san francisco, signed an official declaration after the president declared it a national holiday. i declared it a holiday in the city and county of san francisco. [applause] juneteenth is an official holiday for all of our city employees. i'm not saying don't go to work tomorrow. i'm saying for those essential services that we still need to you go to work but you do get a holiday in lieu. you're welcome -- no, not you're welcome, mayor, you're welcome black people. [applause] so let me just start by saying thank you. phil ginsburg, i want to just say to you, because let me tell you when phil came to me with this project, i'm like, phil, well, what about, you know, some of the other parks in the
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bayview hunters point? and we talked around our plans of retrofitting a number of parks and what was important to the community. and i thought about it for, like, really long and hard because at the time i was supervisor for district 5 and ma leah cohen was the supervisor here in the bayview hunters point community, and this community pushed hard for a change because of the environmental contamination that took place here, because of what was happening all along this area. and i think about the many people who had asthma in the bayview hunter's point community and cancer and other ailments because of the environmental injustices that have existed in this community. it is so fitting and about time that we clean up india basin. we clean it up. [applause] and just a couple weeks ago i was just at the power plant where we broke ground on what
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will be 2,600 units here at a polluting dirty power plant that former supervisor sophie maxwell led the charge on shutting down, and here we are connecting this bayview community, india basin, and the power plant and all of this beauty together in a way like never before. you know, it is amazing also that this community decided what was best for them. and that was really important, making sure that india basin task force of residents, of people who lived here, provided input. and cleaning up a place like this is expensive. and making it beautiful is even more expensive. so i am incredibly thankful to the voters who time and time again passed propositions to allow us to invest in parks? i am grateful to people who just, you know, are amazing san franciscans like john prixter
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and his family for committing this money -- as many things that he could have committed, this $25 million to the largest parks contribution in the history of this city. he said that he wanted that to support the bayview hunters point community, so we are so grateful to you, john. [applause] we are grateful to the parks alliance and the land trust and so many organizations for helping to work, to see this project through. it does take a village. it does take $140 million to do exactly what the community wants to see here in india basin. and i also want to take this opportunity to thank governor newsome and thank senator scott wiener and david chu and phil ping for their support on the state level. it was a $25 million commitment, and we still have a few ways to go, but we are committed to cleaning up this area so that those kids that you saw right here can play freely and safely
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and not be concerned about their health. that is what is most critical for us is transforming this beautiful waterfront and making it what it -- what this community deserves. and so i'm really excited about this. and i cannot wait until we are able to see it through. it's going to be absolutely beautiful. we've seen the pictures, but it's nothing like seeing it in person, connecting the bayview hunters point all the way around the waterfront of san francisco to the golden gate bridge. now you know what the marina looks like? that's what the bayview hunter's point is about to look like. [applause] with green and structures and all of the amenities that this community so deserves. so, you know, congratulations to this community for your hard work and your effort and sticking to it, and staying together. we know that the challenges that exist, specifically for the
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african-american community in this city and this country still persist. but in me you have a leader who is committed to transforming that and i want to make sure that everyone in this city, no matter what your race is, understand that when we see injustices anywhere, it is clearly as dr. king would say a threat to justice everywhere. everywhere it is a threat, and it is up to all of us to take it upon ourselves to push aggressively for change. so thank you in joining me for change in india basin. congratulations to the bayview hunters point community. and let's get this project going. [applause] >> thank you, mayor. before i give it back to jackie yet again, just a couple more thank you and acknowledgement. alex walker, thank you for being here on behalf of assemblyman phil king. assemblyman king calls almost every year and says what i can
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do for india basin, and we appreciate it. and david lazar, thank you for being here. i already acknowledged carol eisen and i want to acknowledge the co-chairs of the bayview alliance. and talking about coalition building and trying to pull people together to do good, thank you, sissy and chuck for all of your work and counsel on this project. i know that jamie bruni-myles, the current c.e.o. of the ymca is here. and the ymca will partner with us to teach all kids to swim and to make sure that everybody feels safe around the water in this beautiful park from this neighborhood. and then i also want to acknowledge dr. nina roberts who is here from san francisco state. she's been our academic advisor on our equitable development planning efforts, and thank you for your support. and i turn it back to jackie. >> thanks, phil. and just before i get into our next speaker i want to acknowledge the leadership committee that has served on behalf of this community,
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committing their time and their vision to the project and making sure that the community voice is heard. so i see a few of them, jill fox, and oscar james, tanansha ocori, and i see a ton of you guys, and thank you for your time again on the project. so next i'd like to introduce one of our assembly members, a neighbor in our -- in our community -- and someone that -- you know, i have known for the last decade and he's worked extremely hard for the city of san francisco. and i would like to introduce our assembly member of district 17, david chu. [applause] >> thank you, jackie. good afternoon, san francisco. are we ready to play? all right! let me first ask the mayor -- the mayor refer the as herself to the resident of philmore. do we have residents of the hunter's point, bayview here? all right, this is our day. let me first start by thanking -- it takes a village to do this, and it takes the
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leadership of a mayor working with amazing departments and an amazing rec and park department and working with the private sector and working with philanthropy and working with civic partners and working at the state level and i want to thank you for that. as the mayor was talking, i thought 13 years ago when i was on the board of supervisors, i had a conversation with then supervisor sophie maxwell and she said, you know, david, the southeast neighborhoods are forgotten. and we don't invest in these neighborhoods. and a couple years later i remember having a conversation with supervisor cohen and she said, you know, david, the city forgets about the southeast neighborhood and doesn't invest in us. well, today the city hasn't forgotten these neighborhoods and the city is investing in india basin. phil ginsburg invisitted me and
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then supervisor walton to come to india basin. phil, you will probably remember this and we didn't know what we were coming to see and we got here and he looked at me and said, hey, chu, i need a couple million bucks. so i said, all right. and scott wiener, and phil and i, we got together and one year of the budget we said, okay, phil, we have $4 million for you. and then ginsburg said that we need another $8 million. so i said, okay, all right, you know, money -- we'll get another $8 million. and then he said, we need another $25 million. and then we asked, well, how much does this darned thing cost? and we all know the answer to that. but let me also say a week after that conversation right here, i was sitting in room 200 with mayor breed and she said -- and i think that this is one of those one-two things. she said, david chu, you heard about this project called india baseip? and i said -- basin. and i said, i have.
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well, we're making this a priority. and i just have to say, mayor breed, thank you for your leadership. i think that but for you -- and i know that supervisor walton and phil ginsburg and so many folks here, you are the village that is making this happen. so thank you. [applause] let me just end with one thing. so i am a resident. i live about 10 minutes from here and i moved to the southeast neighborhood the day that my son was born five years ago. and i moved -- we moved here in part because i believe that the future of san francisco is reflected in the southeast neighborhoods. if we can lift these neighborhoods up, there is no end to what our city will be about. and so the last thing that i'll just say is that there are a lot of folks who refer to this project as the chrissy field of the southeast. and i'm going to say that by the time that my kid is a teenager, i think that chrissy field is going to be referred to as the india basin of the north, all
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right? [applause] and with that, have a wonderful afternoon. and thank you so much for being here. >> thank you so much, assembly member chu. we have a few changes to our program, but it's okay, we always make adjustments and i want to make a couple more acknowledgements before we continue to move forward. we have additional park commissioners here and our president, mark beull, and i would like to acknowledge the president and the commissioners here and also eric mcdonald, i'd like to acknowledge you guys. thank you for all of your work in serving for our parks commission. before we move too much forward, one acknowledgement that we would not be here without the work that supervisor cohen did prior to moving into our state. so i just want to make sure that everyone acknowledges the work
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that our previous supervisor malia cohen did. and so let me go ahead and get to our next speakers. please let me introduce drew becker of the san francisco parks alliance and guillermo. and drew is from the san francisco parks alliance and guillermo for the trust for public land. drew has served as the chief executive officer for the san francisco parks alliance since 2017. and in 2018 alone, drew led the organization as it completed 20 plus park projects engaging over 100,000 plus residents in park programming and helped to raise over $20 million for capital projects across the city. also helped to celebrate the 150th year at golden gate park. and then also guillermo was appointed to our california state director for trust for
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public land in 2017. he brings over 20 years of successful non-profit private sector and local government experience to the organization. many people don't even know that guillermo mentored me way back in the day. and he's responsible for leading the trust for public land ak sigdz, park development and policy activities throughout the state. really both organizations have immersed in the community and they'll briefly share their role on the renovation project and the other work that they're doing in the community. so come on up, guys. >> i'm here. >> okay. okay. and just after them i will follow up with another speaker, but come on in. >> this is not guillermo, this is alex with the trust for public land so that everyone knows. we're going to tag team here. i'm with the park alliance. so exciting to be here today. we're all here because we love san francisco and we know that
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it could be better. we have been doing that for 50 years at the parks alliance and we're honored to be part of this important project. indian basin is part of a larger project called the blue green way. and india basin is the largest public investment as part of that blue green way project. and it is a large step forward on creating a more equitable city. and it is a part of a better, safer, more accessible southeast side. public/private partnerships are vital to the success of public spaces and have been for decades. we are proud to partner with trust for public land and also the rec and park department to raise private funds through philanthropy for this project. we think that is truly important. all public space does better with a mix of funding. it shows commitment by the community and it shows commitment by the leader and it shows commitment from the city and commitment from the state. so we're proud to be part of that. the community engagement is the heart of what we do, grateful to
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the bayview hunters point community for their continued involvement and advocacy for this world-class park for which in a few months you're going to see the transformation of a basketball court up in india basin shoreline park that we transformed by artists with murals similar to what happened at hayward playground. i know that the mayor knows that one pretty well. it will be pretty cool when that happens here. i would like to thank the parks alliance team on making this a reality. mya rogers, thank you so much. and phillip wynne and mark hannon and steve frederick, and sonya gonzalez-banks and our board of directors for their commitment to project. i want to also thank the mayor and her leadership and the bayview for steadfast support of the parks alliance and for her vision for san francisco. we are proud to work with you, and i'm really excited to work with your team on making and reopening san francisco. the investment in san francisco's parks and public spaces have been extraordinary
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throughout this pandemic. and i think that you saw that in all of the residents saw that. and what you are doing with investing in this park and others and supporting other departments on our public projects and our public spaces is second to none. we support your vision 100% and anything that you need we're behind you. thank you, mayor, so much. and i also would like to thank -- i would also would like to thank president walton and his team in the mission to build a more equitable san francisco. i also want to wish everyone a happy juneteenth. thank you so much. and i'm going to turn it over to ali, my partner in crime on the non-profit sector. >> hello, everyone, as you can see i'm not guillermo, he got stuck in traffic so you have me i'm the bay-area director of the trust of public land. and as jackie, i wear many hats and i have been deeply involved in this project and working in
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the neighborhood for years. actually, mya and i worked on another park to see it happen before we started on this project. so i am so honored to be here celebrating this milestone with all of you today. at the trust for public land, we believe that the parks are essential for healthy communities. and parks should not have a nice-to-have amenity for a few, but a must have for all. we see that what is happening here in india basin, we see it as a national model for how we should do parks throughout the nation. this project is not just about building an amazing park, which it will be amazing, but it is much more than that. as you have heard, it is about equity, it is about investing in this community that has been suffering this investment for decades. and it is about renewal and environmental justice.
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we're cleaning up, and giving it back to the community so they can have access to this beautiful shoreline. every time that i come here and i look at this view and it takes my breath away. so we need to make the shoreline better so that everyone can enjoy this. this project is about opportunity, it's a -- it's about giving opportunity to local businesses, workforce and youth. it is about celebrating and honoring the bayview hunter's point community and the rich history and the culture. and it's about resilience and hope. this community fought really hard for change. they faced many injustices. and we are here starting to build the park they fought so hard to have. so this wouldn't have happened without all of you, without the many partners that have been mentioned. i want to acknowledge a few.
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phil ginsburg and his staff, and the rec park commission, amazing partners throughout this. drew becker, mya rogers with the san francisco parks alliance. also amazing partners. jackie flynn and the apri staff, having worked tirelessly, you know, you have seen them operating the tech hub and really fighting hard for this community. and then the many other groups -- there are too many to mentiog support for this. of course, our elected leaders. without you, mayor breed, supervisor walton, without assembly member chu and phil king and senator wiener we wouldn't be here. as you heard, there's a lot of investment in this project. also our funders -- john fritzer
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and his funds for taking the risk and the same with the public funders. you know, they took a risk. they invested. they believed in this community and last, but not least, i want to acknowledge again the bayview hunter's point community for their resilience and advocacy. without you we wouldn't be here thank you very much. [applause] >> thanks, ali. i made a quick mistake in the program, we always have different updates last minute, but i forgot to mention someone that has worked fearlessly in this community, and i don't know how i can miss him because he's probably one of the tallest folks out here. but i would just like to welcome up our state senator scott wiener for a few brief remarks on behalf of the project. thank you so much for bearing with me as i adjust and thank you for -- >> thank you, jackie.
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they didn't like to bring me up because i mess up the microphone for everyone else. sorry. so i'm just -- i have been a huge fan of this project for a long time. and i remember early in my time on the board of supervisors, some community folks asked me to come down and i came down and they're like, okay, we know that it doesn't look awesome right now and there's a lot of sort of neglected areas, but we have a vision. and i am just so proud of this community for coming together and moving that vision forward. and then also i had an opportunity to have involvement when i represented the park area on the board of supervisors and we wanted to buy what is now the noe valley to turn it into a park. and working with noe valley and rec and park we decided, you know what, we don't want noe valley to just move forward but we want to make this about various parts of the city and we want bayview to be involved and
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our southeastern neighborhoods to be involved because this is a part of the city that has been neglected for so damned long and we need to be there for all parts of this city and lift everyone up. so we were able to acquire not just the noe town square but at the same time that parcel right there as well as a parcel delta market. and it's just amazing. and noe valley town square is a much smaller, simpler project, but it is done. and it has added so much to that community, but that pales in comparison to what india basin is going to add to our southeastern neighborhoods and we talk about it being like the marina. let's think about embarcadaro, and taking a neglected part of the city, in piece of a piece of land, and turning it into an inspirational place for people to be, and i know that is what this is going to be. and we have a lot of other work to do around housing and making sure that we can connect with
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transportation so that people can get in and out of our southeastern neighborhoods more easily. but, boy, having a world-class waterfront beautiful park is just going to be a game-changer so, congratulations, you will have my -- i know that assembly members chu you will have our support to get this project going. so thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you so much, senator wiener. a few more acknowledgements to my community. my friend, and her organization "from the heart" has been doing a significant amount of work here on the shoreline and connecting families to health resources and housing access. i just wanted to say thank you guys for your commitment on this project. and i've gotten her on our leadership committee as well so that the voice of the community is truly heard on the project. so i do have one last speaker,
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did you want to make a few remarks? i will ask her to come up for remarks before i bring up our last speaker. come on. [applause] >> hello, everyone. i'm mieka pinkston, i'm the founder of "from the heart" and it's been a pleasure to work with arpi. i'll tell you that i don't trust many people, so it was -- [applause] it has been beautiful. it has been -- phil, david, everyone has been really, really, really helpful to me and to our community and i truly appreciate it. i know that this is in regards to a park, however, we have so many other things to address here. and i thank everybody -- i thank the mayor, david -- everybody. we are all going to be a part of this, because it's not just about this park.
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we can't have a park and people homeless. so, you know, we -- i just want to say that. and i am here to help our community to better ourselves, so to educate our community on living a healthy and natural lifestyle. you know, i come with healing so that we can boing some of that good energy in. and i just try to keep us all on a positive page. if we can stay on a positive note we're going to be all good, y'all, that's all i want to say let's all just stay positive, let's heal together. and let's remember that it's going to take all of us -- no matter what color we are -- no matter what we do with ourselves, it's going to take each and every last individual here in this park and outside of this park to make everything that we want to happen look like the marina. it ain't going to just take a park, okay? so that's what we need to remember is that it's going to take everything that we have to
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rebuild hunter's point. i'm born and raised here. so we got this. let's do it. thank you, guys. >> and that's just one of the examples of making sure that we make a commitment to this existing community and involve our residents every step of the way as we go. there's one last speaker that i'd like to invite up and i have known this young man over the last, i want to say six or seven years that we have been doing this work. darryl watkins came up in one of our youth programs, and he continued to come back and serve with our organization, volunteering for events, going door-to-door to pass out fliers for voting. and when the opportunity came around with our resource development firm, c.c.s., they were happy to bring on a fellow and they said they wanted to make sure that we made a commitment to this local community. and i was very proud when darryl applied and he actually scored one of the highest scores
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through the application process and at the end of the day, i wanted to make sure that that opportunity went to someone that understood the legacy of what it was to grow up in this neighborhood. the generations that have served many years before we got here, and i really am proud that i think that he is going to be a great model for all of the young people that you guys saw a little earlier, but he will be serving with our resource development team, really helping to figure out how to come up with a strategy to fundraise, not just for the park, but equitable development, really investing back in this community. so without further adieu, i know that his parents are here and his sister is here, really excited. darryl watkins, please come on up. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. thank you, thank you. my name is darryl watkins. sorry. my name is darryl watkins and
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i'll i'm an incoming junior at the university. i'm excited and honored to accept this position, to be a part of this community and to be a part of this u.c.s. project. i want to first thank the apri for the leadership development to prepare me for this opportunity. next, i want to thank my family for always being here and supporting me. [applause] this park is a symbol of hope. it starts with us. i really want to help this community in different ways and it starts with this park. thank you, thank you. i want to encourage all youth of all ages and all races to help this community. so together we can change how
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the bay view looks. it starts with the youth, so when we get older we can be in the same position that everyone else is. but thank you for your time. [applause] >> all right, thank you so much, darryl. and, again, that's just one very small example of making sure that we invite our young people to participate on this project and build equity from within. so we're going to just acknowledge a couple more folks from our mohcd, eric shaw, and thank you so much for coming. from oewd and city build, ken nim, our trades workers over here. and i want to say thank you for jessica fontanelle from our success center. thank you so much. and so we are going to go ahead and do the shovel ceremony. just remember that like our shovel ceremony, it's really a
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way to honor, you know, not only the gift, but this is an opportunity for future prosperity and success on this project. so i've got a few folks that are going to be coming up to get a shovel in the ground. >> are we ready? okay, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... [cheers and applause].
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>> restaurants will be open for take out only, but nonessential stores, like bars and gyms, will close effective midnight tonight. [♪♪♪] >> my name is sharky laguana. i am a small business owner. i own a company called vandigo van rentals. it rents vans to the music industry. i am also a member of the small business commission as appointed by mayor breed in
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2019. i am a musician and have worked as a professional musician and recording artist in the 90s. [♪♪♪] >> we came up in san francisco, so i've played at most of the live venues as a performer, and, of course, i've seen hundreds of shows over the years, and i care very, very deeply about live entertainment. in fact, when i joined the commission, i said that i was going to make a particular effort to pay attention to the arts and entertainment and make sure that those small businesses receive the level of attention that i think they deserve. >> this is a constantly and rapidly changing situation, and we are working hard to be aggressive to flatten the curve to disrupt the spread of covid-19. >> when the pandemic hit, it
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was crystal clear to me that this was devastating to the music industry because live venues had to completely shutdown. there was no way for them to open for even a single day or in limited capacity. that hit me emotionally as an artist and hit me professionally, as well as a small business that caters to artists, so i was very deeply concerned about what the city could do to help the entertainment committee. we knew we needed somebody to introduce some kind of legislation to get the ball rolling, and so we just started texting supervisor haney, just harassing him, saying we need to do something, we need to do something. he said i know we need to do something, but what do we do? we eventually settled on this idea that there would be an independent venue recovery
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fund. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is passed unanimously. >> and we were concerned for these small mom-and-pop businesses that contribute so much to our arts community. >> we are an extremely small venue that has the capacity to do extremely small shows. most of our staff has been working for us for over ten years. there's very little turnover in the staff, so it felt like family. sharky with the small business commission was crucial in pestering supervisor haney and others to really keep our industry top of mind. we closed down on march 13 of
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2020 when we heard that there was an order to do so by the mayor, and we had to call that show in the middle of the night. they were in the middle of their sound check, and i had to call the venue and say, we need to cancel the show tonight. >> the fund is for our live music and entertainment venues, and in its first round, it will offer grants of at least $10,000 to qualifying venues. these are venues that offer a signature amount of live entertainment programming before the pandemic and are committed to reopening and offering live entertainment spaces after the pandemic. >> it's going to, you know, just stave off the bleeding for a moment. it's the city contributing to
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helping make sure these venues are around, to continue to be part of the economic recovery for our city. >> when you think about the venues for events in the city, we're talking about all of them. some have been able to come back adaptively over the last year and have been able to be shape shifters in this pandemic, and that's exciting to see, but i'm really looking forward to the day when events and venues can reopen and help drive the recovery here in san francisco. >> they have done a study that says for every dollar of ticket sales done in this city, $12 goes to neighboring businesses. from all of our vendors to the restaurants that are next to our ven sues and just so many other things that you can think of, all of which have been so negatively affected by covid. for this industry to fail is
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unthinkable on so many levels. it's unheard of, like, san francisco without its music scene would be a terribly dismal place. >> i don't know that this needs to be arrest -- that there needs to be art welfare for artists. we just need to live and pay for our food, and things will take care of themselves. i think that that's not the given situation. what san francisco could do that they don't seem to do very much is really do something to support these clubs and venues that have all of these different artists performing in them. actually, i think precovid, it was, you know, don't have a warehouse party and don't do a gig. don't go outside, and don't do this. there was a lot of don't, don't, don't, and after the
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pandemic, they realized we're a big industry, and we bring a lot of money into this city, so they need to encourage and hope these venues. and then, you know, as far as people like me, it would be nice if you didn't only get encouraged for only singing opera or playing violin. [♪♪♪] >> entertainment is a huge part of what is going to make this city bounce back, and we're going to need to have live music coming back, and comedy, and drag shows and everything under the sun that is fun and creative in order to get smiles back on our faces and in order to get the city moving again. [♪♪♪] >> venues serve a really vital function in society. there aren't many places where
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people from any walk of life, race, religion, sexuality can come together in the same room and experience joy, right? experience love, experience anything that what makes us human, community, our connective tissues between different souls. if we were to lose this, lose this situation, you're going to lose this very vital piece of society, and just coming out of the pandemic, you know, it's going to help us recover socially? well, yeah, because we need to be in the same room with a bunch of people, and then help people across the country recover financially. >> san francisco art recovery fund, amazing. it opened yesterday on april 21. applications are open through may 5. we're encouraging everyone in the coalition to apply. there's very clear information
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on what's eligible, but that's basically been what our coalition has been advocating for from the beginning. you know, everyone's been supportive, and they've all been hugely integral to this program getting off the ground. you know, we found our champion with supervisor matt haney from district six who introduced this legislation and pushed this into law. mayor breed dedicated $1.5 million this fund, and then supervisor haney matched that, so there's $3 million in this fund. this is a huge moment for our coalition. it's what we've been fighting for all along. >> one of the challenges of our business is staying on top of all the opportunities as they come back. at the office of oewd, office of economic and workforce development, if you need to speak to somebody, you can find
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people who can help you navigate any of the available programs and resources. >> a lot of blind optimism has kept us afloat, you know, and there's been a lot of reason for despair, but this is what keeps me in the business, and this is what keeps me fighting, you know, and continuing to advocate, is that we need this and this is part of our life's blood as much as oxygen and food is. don't lose heart. look at there for all the various grants that are available to you. some of them might be very slow to unrao, and it might seem like too -- unroll, and it might seem like it's too late, but people are going to fight to keep their beloved venues open, and as a band, you're going to be okay. [♪♪♪]
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>> good morning. today is wednesday, june 16, 2021. this is the regular meeting of the building inspection commission. i would like to remind everyone to mute yourself if you are not speaking. the first item on the agenda is role call. president mccarthy. >> unmute yourself. >> thank you. and vice president tam? >> present. >> commissioner alexander-tut. >> here. >> commissioner bit