tv Mayors Press Availability SFGTV November 28, 2021 5:30am-6:01am PST
welcome everyone. beautiful botica park. my name is sandan bertrain. it's our job to lead the evolution of the neighborhood into a vibrant community for all. we're here today to pick up some litter in the tenderloin, but we are going to do a lot more than that. we're going to be building connections and civic pride and neighborhood pride. so, first, i'm going to introduce a bunch of the partners that are here and explain how we're going to do that together. thank you to next door and --
yes, next door. and our friend katie kobe. when next door moved into the neighborhood, they reached out to try to figure out what can we do to get involved in our neighborhood. we also have next door volunteers joining our safe passage kids to their after school programs. welcome to the neighborhood next door. we're really excited at the beginning of this partnership. and just like all these next door employees, people in san francisco are really eager to help. everywhere i go, people are looking for ways they can engage with the city. they don't often know how. and i think we're lucky at this moment coming out of this
pandemic we have all these new groups. so, today, this event was organized by together sf which is a new organization helping to get people informed and engaged in their communities. . we have vince young who's helping us lend a hand and so, together, we can refuse refuge. and then, of course, we also have shine on sf all of them figuring out how we can work together and i really want to say thank you to the mayor for bringing this together. the private resources. we have public works who's out there every day cleaning up we have all the private resources coming together. and this is i think the first of many events that are going
to be about cleaning up this city and bringing those public and private resources together. today's obviously about cleaning. we're going to be picking up litterment i want to make two points. this is really about bringing that neighborhood pride. so bepaired you with a clean team member or a staff member who works in the safe pass program. these are people who were out on the sidewalks every day helping to keep this neighborhood clean and safe for people who live here. just to call them out, we have clean team members. every day, they're walking these cell racks and they're picking up and you're going to see. you're going to see how much litter there is out there and then you're going to be very appreciative of the hard work that this team does every year. and then we have safe passage
and pedestrian program. they are going to be leading teams and they're out there every day helping kids get to and from school every day. so in addition to these staff members that are going to be there to help you connect to the neighborhoods, their main job is also going to be to keep you safe and i'm going to give you a bit of a safety briefing. i think the reason we're doing this today is that we want you to be able to connect to this neighborhood. we want next door who just moved in we really appreciate it. can't wait to introduce you to all the restaurants in the tenderloin. we have some of the best food here and i think you're going to be very excited that your office is in the tenderloin because you're going to have a
chance to give a chance to connect to them, say high to them. gets kids as they're walking to the playground. anything that any san francisco can can walk out the door. our job is to make sure it's clean and safe to do that. one last call. urban showed up in force today. they're one of our community partners helping us to keep these streets safe every day. we have a team 10 now. some of the blocks that we didn't want to put the volunteers in touch with and now i am excited to introduce
the mayor of our great city. mayor london breed. thank you. >> thank you. as someone who grew up in the city not too far from the tenderloin, this community over the years unfortunately has always had a lot of challenges. and what we are trying to do as a city is to make sure that despite those challenges, it's important that people know and feel the love that we have for the tenderloin. and part of that is what the department of public works does every single day. when they come into this neighborhood, clean up and power wash the sidewalks and maybe an hour later, it looks like no one was here. shine on sf is an initiative that was started more so because it is time to restore pride in this beautiful city. you hear people talk about it all over the world right now.
sadly, sometimes negatively. and you also hear people talk about it and how oh, my goodness, san francisco is so beautiful. and what we are doing today is we're changing the narrative so that more people know that it's still beautiful in every part of the city and especially the tenderloin. this community needs so much love and support. we have so many children who live in this community and it breaks my hard when i have to see a parent walk out onto the streets with a baby stroller because people are completely occupying the sidewalks, committing illegal acting and doing things that we don't want to see in the middle of the day anywhere in our city. it's not fair to the people who live here. it's not fair to the people who work here. so we are going to do everything we can to clean up this neighborhood and next door, i want to express my appreciation for not only being here to be apart of the
community, but investing in san francisco as our economy begins to recover. we want people back at the offices. we want people enjoying the great restaurants. i go to la cocina once or twice a week because the food is not just amazing, but it's affordable as well. and it changes my mood and part of why we're here is to make sure we're going to change this, we're going to turn this around, but it's going to require a lot of work and a lot of patience and that's why we are here today. so many people play an important role in not only keeping this neighborhood clean, but keeping it safe and i don't feel anywhere safer than when i come to the tenderloin and i see urban alkamie in full effect. the work that they do along with the police department here, it is amazing. we have our street outreach workers. we have a number of initiatives
that are blanketing the tenderloin and i'm hopeful that eventually, we will see and feel a difference. so, today, they're going to feel us out there. phil ginsburg from rec and park, thanks for being here. and with together sf, we'll be consistent in our efforts to go out there and clean. i was asking to come out here and to speak and get you all excited. and i was like i need you guys to carve out time in my schedule. so i'm going to go out there and clean out the hard areas with urban aklakmine because i'm a good cleaner and because it's important that we lead by example and part of what i'm committed to especially now that we re-opened. the city used to be a number of these clean team city initiatives all over san francisco. my hope is that you will continue to join us and i will be out there with you and we
may even have some sort of contest so you can clean with me because i'm determined to clean up this city, get it done and all of you play an important part in making that happen. so we are so appreciative to have you all here today. let's get san francisco clean and the person who is also a fellow native san franciscan who cares so deeply about this community and this city. she spent some so much time with this department of public works making sure we get every nook and cranny and ladies today in charge of the department of public works, join me in welcoming dejada. >> thank you so much. i appreciate that. thank you, mayor for the kind words. look at all of these volunteers. it's a long time coming and well deserved.
thank you, next door. give yourself a big hand. so as deputy director of operations, it's tough to keep the city clean, do our job with the sweeping, but we can't do it alone. we need residents, schools, business owners, nonprofits, everybody hands down to help clean our city. we definitely need your support. i'd like to educate you a little bit on public works. our community engagement program will work with residents throughout the city. we work with over 3,500 volunteers and with 200 events throughout the city just like this to clean up your neighborhood. it's important for everybody to have a buy-in your neighborhood. it's important for us to step out and it's important to have groups like this. this is what we do. like she said, i'm from up the street and i love this neighborhood. i came to this park and i was just saying how beautiful this
park is. i remember playing in this park when it didn't look so beautiful. look at it now. it's because of the community and because of the people. we deserve it. it's well overdue. so working with groups like shine on sf, together sf and the tenderloin cbds and all the cbds throughout the city. let's acknowledge those people for standing out. i want to let you know that public works is here to support anyone on any volunteer group. >> thank you. i'm happy to say, a rescue dog
momma, avid gardener, and enthusiast as well as a proud san franciscan. katie. >> thank you, simon. hello, neighbors. how's it going. i'm katie. i'm so thrilled to be here. i love san francisco. i moved to this city to go to sf state and i loved it so much that i never left. and i'm really proud to be working at next door. i don't know why they picked me to be up here, but all of you, your passion for the neighborhoods. i'm so grateful to all of our partners at the city with the department of public works. can i just say there's a community elm bass so thank you to urban alkamine for being so passionate about neighborhoods you're doing amazing work in
the city and i think what's really cool about today is that this is probably one of the first times we're really seeing this multi-layer partnership between companies, between and people of the city who live here and work here. for all of you for showing up on this special day. to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can belong and kindness, exactly what we're doing today showing it making our world giving back to others i'm so thrilled that our headquarters is just a few blocks away that we're going to be able to contribute to this neighborhood. so thanks so much for having us here. [ applause ] >> thank you, katie.
and we have one mr. speaker. vince, who i mentioned before came out of nowhere in the sense of in like the last year has developed a whole organization dedicated to helping all of us figuring out how to lend a hand to clean the streets. >> real quick show of hands. raise your hands if you've done a community clean-up before. still a lot haven't. so i apologize. once you see the trash is very hard to unsee and they dropped you in the tenderloin which is the major leagues of trash. you're going to see that tenderloin, all the cbds, they
cannot do it alone. us residents need to step up and put in the work. there will be sacrifices and and now we've turned them into handy trash back holders so i started this not knowing what and it blew up and so thank you for next door for making it happen, you know. so i want more neighbors to continue to join me and it's a cultural change. you know, we have to make public service, community service in the san francisco dna whether you're a native like mayor breed. you're expected to put in the work and show up for your communities. thank you guys for showing up
today. have fun out there. [ applause ] >> thank you, vince. two more items. we're going to have two more discussions. i want to remind everyone that the number one priority when you're out there. please be aware of your surroundings. your team will be there to help you with any situation. specifically, if you're picking up trash in the gutter. please stay on the sidewalk. also, really importantly, if you find anything that's either sharp, maybe it's a syringe maybe glass, maybe code brown, alert your team lead. and we'll follow to be able to deal with that. you're not prepared to pick up those things today. so alert your team lead if you
>> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this. i am familiar with what people are going through to relate and empathy and compassion to their struggle so they can see i came out of the struggle, it gives them hope to come up and do something positive. ♪ ♪ i am a community ambassador.
>> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and adults to commute through the streets.
when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good.
because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now.
>> hello everyone. welcome to the bayview bistro. >> it is just time to bring the community together by deliciousness. i am excited to be here today because nothing brings the community together like food. having amazing food options for and by the people of this community is critical to the success, the long-term success and stability of the bayview-hunters point community.
>> i am nima romney. this is a mobile cafe. we do soul food with a latin twist. i wanted to open a truck to son nor the soul food, my african heritage as well as mylas as my latindescent. >> i have been at this for 15 years. i have been cooking all my life pretty much, you know. i like cooking ribs, chicken, links. my favorite is oysters on the
grill. >> i am the owner. it all started with banana pudding, the mother of them all. now what i do is take on traditional desserts and pair them with pudding so that is my ultimate goal of the business. >> our goal with the bayview bristow is to bring in businesses so they can really use this as a launching off point to grow as a single business. we want to use this as the opportunity to support business owners of color and those who have contributed a lot to the community and are looking for opportunities to grow their business. >> these are the things that the san francisco public utilities commission is doing. they are doing it because they feel they have a responsibility
to san franciscans and to people in this community. >> i had a grandmother who lived in bayview. she never moved, never wavered. it was a house of security answer entity where we went for holidays. i was a part of bayview most of my life. i can't remember not being a part of bayview. >> i have been here for several years. this space used to be unoccupied. it was used as a dump. to repurpose it for something like this with the bistro to give an opportunity for the local vendors and food people to come out and showcase their work. that is a great way to give back to the community. >> this is a great example of a public-private community partnership. they have been supporting this including the san francisco
public utilities commission and mayor's office of workforce department. >> working with the joint venture partners we got resources for the space, that the businesses were able to thrive because of all of the opportunities on the way to this community. >> bayview has changed. it is growing. a lot of things is different from when i was a kid. you have the t train. you have a lot of new business. i am looking forward to being a business owner in my neighborhood. >> i love my city. you know, i went to city college and fourth and mission in san francisco under the chefs ria, marlene and betsy. they are proud of me. i don't want to leave them out of the journey. everyone works hard. they are very supportive and passionate about what they do,
welcome to the november 15th, 2021, regular meeting of the land use and transport committee. i'm supervisor melgar joined by supervisor preston and supervisor peskin. the clerk today is erica major and i would like to acknowledge the folks at sfgov tv for staffing the meeting. thank you. >> clerk: minutes will reflect on participation through this meeting, public access to city services is essential and we