tv Mayors Press Availability SFGTV December 14, 2021 12:00pm-12:31pm PST
>> hi everybody. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and it's great to see all of you here today and miguel even dressed up for me today. looking good. i like your hair cut. looking real, real good. first of all, let me just say, this is a long time coming. and i know many of you are apart of the fabric of what makes san francisco great and this l.b.e. program was so important to ensuring that
businesses in san francisco have an opportunity to succeed and so we were looking at reforming this program to ensure that it is available it's accessible in general and it helps not only those companies that want to get city contracts and do work in the city, but, also, we wanted to make sure that once companies are part of the fabric that you're able to grow and thrive and to continue to succeed and then to hire and then help raise the next generation of contractors in san francisco. and so the program, of course, has been complicated, it's been challenging, it's difficult to deal with and everything in between. even when i was a member of the board of supervisors, we've
been talking about reforming this system and i want to take this opportunity to really thank all of you because especially darilyn and miguel who helped to lead the efforts on getting us to this point where we were able to get legislation finished, passed, and now signed today. and i want to thank our city administrator carmen chiu. and i said, carmen, we've been talking about this for too long. we have to build some consensus. we have to raise the threshold, we have to get to a better place and she got it done. this is like a major accomplishment for our city and i want to also thank the board
of supervisors president shamman walton. he helped to provide these opportunities for all of us to be here to do to sign this legislation, so i appreciate his leadership and the other board of supervisors members who are involved in our l.b.e. program. thank you supervisor safai and supervisor melgar for being with us here today. and once i sign this legislation, i'm sending all my friends and family from the neighborhood to each and every one of you and i want you to hire them because i know as a result, your businesses are going to grow. you're going to continue to do work in the city and i know the city is not without its challenges. and i hope that you see how all of you working together, how we
are able to accomplish so much more than working apart. so much compromise has been made to get us to this point and my hope is that this is the start of what can be transformative about this program so that it doesn't depend on who's the mayor, who's the supervisor? but we have a structure now in place to allow for consistent increases in the threshold to make it easier for someone to make it into the program and succeed in the program in the first place. so i'm really excited about the future of this. [ applause ] and the last thing i'll say before i turn it over to the president of the board of supervisors shaman walton is, you know, getting an opportunity like this i know has been amazing for you for so many and what i really love
about miguel is the conversations we have and the push he has not just to make his company a success, but how he wants other companies in the program and how he has given back he's provided that opportunity and i know so many of you have done the same. and, what that makes for is really a better san francisco. i want all of you to be working in some capacity with the city and 'i also want all of you to be mentors for the next generation that wants to be apart of the city. that's what this program is about and that's how we're going to make san francisco a better place is continuing to work together and i want to thank all of you and at this time before i sign this legislation, i want to ask the president of the board of supervisors shaman walton to come up and say a few words.
>> president walton: we definitely want to say thank you so much, mayor breed and really just want to agree in terms of the fact that this has taken us awhile to get to this day. i can even remember being at this and talking about l.b.e.s and making sure they have jobs in san francisco and to really make sure that it's advantageous to be a city business that's based in san francisco. and so i'm proud of each and every one of you for working together because when we have conversations with miguel and we have conversations with darilyn and you super conversations with patrick and a whole gamut of business owners, different sectors of employment and then getting
everybody to work together was very important. in the beginning of the conversation, some of you remember, i said if you all don't work together and go in a room and have these conversations with each other, we're not going to be successful. and you all did that. and so i really want to commend you for getting together, working through the hard details and am copping to us with a unified front. i do want to thank city administrator chiu. i also want to thank the city attorney that worked closely to draft this legislation. that is important and so the last thing i'm just going to say is this is one step forward. obviously, we have continued work to do to make sure our contractors have the advantage when it's time to do business here in san francisco, but we're going to do everything we can in our roles to make sure that happens. i do want to thank and acknowledge supervisor safai, supervisor melgar for their
co-sponsorship and all their hard work with everyone on this as well. thank you so much. [ applause ] my apologies. i forgot to introduce the person who had her and her team make this happen and they worked very hard. she had to put together all of the things that you all are communicating and all the conversations over the number of years that took us to get to this point. so city administrator carmen chiu. thank you. [ applause ] >> hello. it's so exciting to be here today. i think for many of the folks who've been in the room and been in these conversations, i want to thank you all for your patience and continuing to work with us to make sure that we make sure our economic recovery is going to be a strong one and one that's led by our local businesses. i think for many of us who are here, i grew up in a small business as well.
we know that when our local businesses succeed, our community succeeds. our local businesses, they go and they shop in the local areas. they go and eat at the local restaurants. they hire from the local community and they know people here and i just want to say thank you for your continued investment in san francisco. it makes all the difference to know that you're with us and that you're going to continue to grow your businesses here. the program, the legislation that our mayor is signing today thanks to also the help of our president, shaman walton and members of the board who also co-sponsored. it will do many things. it's going to mean that we see more prompt payments for our local subcontractors who can't afford money not to get paid back or reimbursed. we're going to have pilot programs to make sure we
encourage more l.b.e. participation and as the mayor mentioned earlier, this is the program that's going to help us to make sure we incentivize mentor protoge programs and mentorships. so i want to thank folks like miguel and patrick who really invest back into our community and how important it is to do that. i do want to thank a few folks from the city side who really made it happen. of course, mayor breed, she mentioned the conversations we had from the beginning and i will tell you it was relentless. as you know, every meeting i had with the mayor was about how is this program going? are we getting to consensus? are we figuring out a way forward? so i want to thank her for continuing to push all of us to head in that direction and get to where we are today. and i want to thank jennifer brush on our team.
she was an amazing partner. i think yadira was mentioned with our city attorney. she knows so much how contracting works and helped us through all the different complexities of contracting. you know, our job is to make sure a good idea gets married with the right administration. making sure we can carry out the things that we promise we're going to do. and i want to thank, of course, all of the community members whether it's juliana choy from the economic equity and alex chiu. darilyn, miguel, patrick, all the folks who advocated and came to our office. thank you so much. with that, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce miguel gallarza to come up. above and beyond that, someone with a big heart who continues to reinvest time and again to
people to make sure we are successful as a city. thank you, miguel. [ applause ] >> thank you everyone for being here and showing the support we've had all year for the last two or three years. it makes a difference. it shows we're engaged as a community. it shows we believe in the true spirit of the government because it can make a difference for all of our lives. i really appreciate all of my partners have worked really hard from the l.b. advisory committee. from those member that is don't get the recognition. dr. ansani, of course, darilyn and all of them that have taken part in helping us draft this and make sure that we had the right message that we listen to the right community members. people that were not part of the advisory committee, the well bonders and the patrick to make sure they engage with the
small community and help that voice come out so that we can listen to them, pay attention to them, focus on their needs and make sure we created the opportunity for them to succeed. and, most of all, i remember 30 years ago when i was a wee young lad and how a civil servant came to me and says, you know, miguel, we need young entrepreneurs and young people to be engaged in the community. we have older generation that's retiring. we need young blood and that person and he told me be engaged, bepart of the community. focus in on what you can do for your community and you'll benefit greatly and rewardingly. and so i'm taking that to heart. now that i'm looking forward to passing that baton on to those young entrepreneurs that want to make a difference. you know, i was a kid from the mission district. and, yeah, i went to but you know what, at the end of the
day, we made a difference and at the end of the day, we're here because this program is meant to empower our people so that we can rise our community. so that we as african american latinos, asians can all benefit and raise your community so we can all strive to be true san franciscans and join the prosperity that this affords us and gives us the opportunity to succeed by. with that, i want to introduce somebody who was pushing me, pulling me to my left, to my right, encouraging me, inspiring me, and making sure that we had the right things to say to our legislators so that we had the right message. with that, come up here, ms. davidson. take a bow. [ applause ]
>> i'm going to be very brief. i just want to say most of all thank you to all of the supervisors, to my partners, my friends, people i've gotten to know over the years of working through this legislation for many, many years. i started on this probably about 15 years ago when it was h.r.c. and didn't get much traction then in 2015. thought we were almost there and then at the last minute, there were some changes to the legislation. so ever since then, i've been working on making sure that small businesses like mine who are in san francisco have an equitable opportunity to do business here in the city that i was this legislation is going to allow me and a whole lot of other people. a lot of other small companies continuing to work and do
business here in san francisco. so thank you all for all the help in the work. it's been -- we had many long nights. lots of conversations about whether this could happen and it actually hasn't. it's hard for me to believe that we're here because i've been on this fight for so long that actually, we actually have crossed over to having a piece of legislation that will make a difference for all of us. so thank you [ applause ] >> all right. let's get this legislation signed. come and join me, the two of you.
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