tv BOS Rules Committee SFGTV June 6, 2022 10:00am-12:01pm PDT
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welcome vice chair supervisor raphael mandelman. please read our first item. >> clerk: item 1 is motion approving rejection nomination for the appointment lynne newhouse for the term ending july 2, 2026. >> chair peskin: colleagues, this is another continuing appointments to the public works commission under proposition b. we have forwarded a number of other appointees we are joined by lynne newhouse who has been nominated by mayor breed for the seat on the public works commission. i will start with ms. alonzo from our city administrator's office before going to
ms. newhouse. >> good morning. i'm excited that we have our third public works commissioner here today. this would officially give us quorum and allow us to us to proceed with the meeting which we have planned for july 28th. we have identified approximately 150 staff across the department who will need to prepare materials for commission approval or for commission presentations. we haven't been meeting with staff for several months as we finished putting the plan together. i'm excited to begin to get facetime with the staff again, and have them know what's coming up. it's about seven-week lied time -- lead time to prepare time.
for instance, a meeting on september 2nd, staff will need to submit the item for approval by mid-july. just beginning to prepare them and have them understand what the of all the commission mandates are. i'm joined by the public works commission secretary. i like to have him stand up here and introduce himself. >> chair peskin: absolutely. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is bob fuller. i'm the commission affairs manager for the public works commission. i previously ran the oversight committee for the alameda county, affordable housing bond. before that, worked for the city of chicago's committee on housing and real estate. i'm proud resident of district 8. >> chair peskin: thank you mr. fuller. congratulations or condolences whatever is in order. >> congratulations, we're lucky to have bob with us. [ laughter ] he and i are working to put all
the finishing touching on the onboarding plan. beginning in september, the public works commission will oversee the department of public works. the s.e.s. commission will oversee the department on october 1st. they'll have another month onboarding and training. we're working through what material commissioners need to oversee the department. thank you for having us here today. thank you for approving the commissioners so that all the plans we've been putting in place can be realized starting on july 28th. >> chair peskin: thank you ms. alonzo for all of that work. welcome, mr. fuller. why don't we go to ms. newhouse
seagle. >> i'm hearing-impaired. for some reason, next time i do something in this room, i will adjust my hearing aid better. you can hear me, i'm sure. good morning supervisors and thank you so much for considering me for this very important assignment and brand new commission. i'm very excited about it. i have served on several different government commissions and boards and i've been involved with them during periods of transition, we hired
new executive directors and new leadership. i'm prepared for this. i want to thank supervisor chan for your comments two weeks ago, for saying that i had your quote, actually here. i thought it was better that i can ever say. you said that i basically was on the ground, saw things and kept the project moving without holding it up, and made sure that after questions, made observations and didn't hold up the project. i hope i can stem with that same commendation when this is all over.
infrastructure couldn't be more that holds the city together when we need more housing. thank you, do you have any questions? >> chair peskin: are there questions from the committee members? i don't think there is ms. newhouse segal in relative to the comment supervisor chan made in the role you made in advocating for the van ness b.r.t. project as it related to the lighting of that project. you did in a way that was very effective and that acknowledged the costs and the timing and that ultimately, was successful. we have you to thank for that. clearly, showed your ability to effectuate something in the public realm under the jurisdiction of public works and
m.t.a. that, alone, qualifies you for this seat. are there any questions or comments from committee members? seeing none. i will open this up to public comment. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment on it item, should line up to speak along the side by the window. for those listening remotely you can call (415)655-0001. meeting i.d. 2496 949 4989 # #. once connected, you will need to press star 3 to enter the speaker line. for those already in the queue, please continue to wait until the system indicate you have been unmuted. there's nobody in line to speak in the chamber. we have three listeners but nobody online to speak. >> chair peskin: okay public comment on item 1 is closed. i will make a motion to amend the subject motion by removing
the word rejecting in the title and removing the word reject at line 7 on that motion. a roll call please. >> clerk: on that motion to amend. [roll call vote] the motion passes without objection. >> chair peskin: i will make a motion to send this item as amended with recommendation to the full board of supervisors. >> clerk: on that motion. [roll call vote] the motion passes without objection. >> chair peskin: next item please. congratulations ms. newhouse segal. sounds like you will have no summer vacation. rachael, tell her she can't go anywhere in august. she's here in august. all right. next item please. >> clerk: next, item 2, hearing
considering appointing two members. to the mental health s.f. implementation working group. we have two seats and two applicants. >> chair peskin: thank you. why don't we hear from the applicant. colleagues, you will recall, we heard this earlier and filled a number of seats. we have two more seats to fill. today, we have two applicants for those seats. mr. fields for seat 6 and ms. la sar for seat 8. let's start with mr. fields. steve, are you on? >> yes, i am. good morning. i'm seeking reappointment to the implementation working group mental health s.f. as you remember, it almost seem
likes a long time ago with the initiative that resulted in the establishment of this effort to take a serious look and make strong recommendations for the kind of behavioral health system we need going forward. to put in place a coherent, recognizable system of care that can meet the needs of our client. it happened before covid. lot of the optimism and energy that was behind the initial setting up of the working group and are going to work with the department of public works on implementing this important legislation, took a shift in the way it's been implemented through the rules and protocols that were affected by the serious pandemic that we're facing.
i think we also learned, even more about how important it is to develop a coherent and focus behavioral health system if we're going to get in front of these challenges. it's been an exciting couple of years. it's one of the original members, i think we're coming to a very important stage of recommendations, and movement towards seeing an implementation strategy for our behavioral health system. i'm excited to continue my work on the working group do see this through. i'm seeking your support to be reappointed to the working group for another term. >> chair peskin: thank you, mr. fields. supervisor mandelman? >> supervisor mandelman: thank you mr. fields for being willing to continue to serve. i'm going to vote for your
reappointment, given that you're here, i thought i take the opportunity to get your thoughts this morning about our behavioral health service response in san francisco. that is our seeming inability to stand up new placement for some of the sickest folks in a timely way. through many budget cycles this board appropriated for more locked beds. yet, year after year, we have analysis and talk about the scarcity of these beds and find out that any expansion that may have happened has been incredibly modest. i know you and i talked about
the legacy closure of the mental institutions beginning in the 60s and failure to stand up inadequate community-based response. how are we going to get out of this? how are we going to get beyond the talking about solving this problem and moving much more aggressively on this? that's the first half of the question. the second half, how are we going to keep the stuff that we have now? related to the goal of trying to expand capacity is preserving the capacity we have. in the last several months, we found both on the public side and private side, some of the most important providers of the kind of placements that we need weigh more of are having trouble doing what they are doing now. it feels like a very challenging
moment several years into mental health s.f. wondering if you have thoughts on how we're going to get out of this. >> thank you, for the question. my day job is exactly director of nonprofit, progress foundation, that has been developing various responses to the various challenges we faced since the institutionalization was implemented as a public policy, not necessarily an actual reality. i pretty much thinking about how to come up with the next response all the time. let me say this about the status that we're in now, which is the continuum of care, range of services that we need in our
community. if we believe in principles of recovery. if we believe in the fact that people at two ends of the spectrum, who are challenged with behavioral health treatment needs and can't find that treatment, [ indiscernible ] my work has been trying to find every possible way to develop services in the community that can avoid that necessity. that necessity is always going to be there. the balance of our continuum of care is critical. there have not been, yet, i know the intention of the health department is to get there, they shared that goal with the implementation working group every time we meet. the other end of that spectrum is preventing recidivism. we invest in treatment sometimes. we invest in early crises intervention sometimes.
what's lacking are the resources to build on those interventions so that when clients and individuals come back to the community, they have the right kind of treatment support in the community. people leave lock care in stabilized situation. they return to a community system of care that is not expanded, that has not developed treatment-based alternatives and continuing recovery based intervention, to support their stability when they return to the community. for too often, we get into this dichotomy high intensity, involuntary care and supportive housing as a solution. people will leave hospital beds after eight days of stabilization and go back to a community where there's no treatment ongoing in the community for them. case management is a critical part of any behavioral healthcare system, but it isn't treatment. housing is critical.
housing that doesn't have a range of supported treatment in that housing is not going to build on helping that individual who's now will return to their living in the community, stay healthy. what we need to do now, from my point of view from the i.w.g., look at whatever we want to implement at the involuntary or locked end of the system, having a corollary and return to support them when they come back. i think my of us have seen the emergency situation that we're in our communities, and responded with even more earlier intervention. we have yet to build out the treatment community to refer to them. there are too many times we
intervene in various drop-in centers, people express in treatment, there's still a wait list. there's still too long to get on the list. duel diagnosis, residential and other treatment opportunities in the community. those beds have an expanded significantly at all. i don't mean some of the housing interventions that have been implemented recently, but ongoing treatment. the key to getting a handle on our challenge is to prevent recidivist. so many of our clients are returned over and over because they leave intensive treatment settings and go into a community environment where they are not yet ready to deal with being clean, sober and meeting the challenge of their mental health
condition. that's our next job. we have to actually build out a fully articulated continuum of care that supports our clients when they come out of intensive treatment settings so they're not returning to the hospital or to the emergency room again in three days or one week or even a month. we know how to do that. we have the models. we have the way in which we can implement it. that part has been delayed while we have put online so many early intervention models, they are all critical. you can't send someone ready for treatment. it's not going to be successful. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you for that. i think that point is -- i sense that as well. we have spent whole lot of time and energy and effort over the last several years standing up. lot of different kinds of outreach teams and lot of
places, low barrier places for folks to come in off the streets. even those seem to take an incredibly long time to get stood up. what we have not done is that dramatic expansion dual diagnosis beds we promised three years ago, the acute beds that we need the stabilization and pretty significant expansion of care beds. it just feels like we are not moving on those places or anywhere near the intensity that we ought to given the crises that we're in. thank you for the work that you do. thank you for the progress foundation. hoping we can make some changes soon. >> chair peskin: thank you. why don't we go to another reappointment. dr. monique lesarre.
>> good morning. wow, that was a great conversation. i'm monique lesarre i'm executive director for health and wellness. i wanted to thank you so much, chair peskin and supervisor mandelman and chan for having me this morning. really appreciate your time and energy and effort throughout the pandemic and other recent appointment. i appreciate the board of supervisors so much. it's been an incredibly challenging time for the last two years. i have been operating as chair since december 2020. we had a -- [ indiscernible ] i have been operating as chair of the committee.
we have four hour meetings every month. we spent lot of time in discussions with working students, incredibly challenging seasonal of care. only thing i would add, i think that we haven't learned our lesson yet for the things we used to have. we used to have african-american focus image. general hospital used to have latinx and lgbtq. one thing that the entire committee has been doing, really focused equity as well as parity
for both the staff within the city and county, as well as the community-based organization. really pushing to have system of care. one of the things, we don't have enough all the different types of beds. this is one of the most significant problems. however, it's also making sure that we have the seemlessness that mr. fields spoke about. we keep pushing the department very hard with love, but also very hard. they do respond to us. we have been pushing for them not to get too far ahead of pus. that has been some of the problems that we had. we haven't had a chance to have some of the discussions before things are stood up.
we are in a very challenging time. we need to move quickly. at the same time, we need to move smartly and with critical engagement. i think those are the things that, hopefully, we've been able to do under my leadership and we have an incredible dedicated group of people. i want to thank you for supporting, hopefully supporting my continuous in this position. i will be very delighted to answer any questions. i appreciate your time. >> chair peskin: thank you, for your continued service and willingness to serve for your work and your leadership. are there any questions from committee members? seeing none, let's go to public comment on this item number 2. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to speak on this item who are joining us in person, we do not have anybody in the chamber at this time. we'll move on to those listening
remotely. please call (415)655-0001. meeting i.d. 2496 949 4989 # #. once connected, you will need to press star three to enter the speaker line. for those already in the queue, please continue to wait until the system indicate you have been unmuted. that will be your cue to begin comment. we have two listeners but nobody in line to speak at this time. >> chair peskin: okay, public comment is closed on. i will make a motion to send these items to the full board with recommendation noting that seat number 6 mr. fields requires a residency waiver. mr. young, roll call please. >> clerk: on the motion to recommend residency waiver for in fields. [roll call vote].
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♪ this project is another ♪ ♪ collective win affordable ♪ ♪ housing for the mission and ♪ ♪ san francisco.♪ ♪ to me this project is all ♪ ♪ about building community ♪ ♪ through advocacy, capacity ♪ ♪ building and partnership.♪ ♪ it is a combination of this ♪ ♪ housing development along ♪ ♪ with the park next to us ♪ ♪ that is making me a little ♪ ♪ bit nostalgic because the ♪ ♪ roots of this project are ♪ ♪ longhard-fought winsfor the ♪ ♪ mission .♪ ♪ by the mission .♪ ♪ for they led the effort in ♪ ♪ creating the park and then ♪ ♪ led on the affordable ♪ ♪ housingside of things .♪ ♪ for many of us back in 1999, ♪ ♪ 2000 with the creation of ♪ ♪ the mission outside♪ ♪ displacement coalition .♪ ♪ which fought the first wave ♪ ♪ of displacement resulting ♪
♪ from the tech boom.♪ ♪ at that time, those efforts ♪ ♪ included carlos romero, eric ♪ ♪ estrada, antonio diaz and ♪ ♪ ana maria loyola among ♪ ♪ others.♪ ♪ back then, i was a district ♪ ♪ 9 supervisor andwillie brown ♪ ♪ was mayor .♪ ♪ it has been that ♪ ♪ long-standing advocacy as in ♪ ♪ part led to the creation of ♪ ♪ this and othersimilar ♪ ♪ projects in our neighborhood ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ however this project story ♪ ♪ is also very much about ♪ ♪ having the technical ♪ ♪ capacity to make thisproject ♪ ♪ and other similar projects a ♪ ♪ reality .♪ ♪ with a focus on housing ♪ ♪ latino families, providing ♪ ♪ permanent space to ♪ ♪ organizations serving latino ♪
♪ children and youth and the ♪ ♪ art which speaks to the ♪ ♪ issues of ourcommunity ♪ ♪ created by artists in our ♪ ♪ community and from our ♪ ♪ community ♪ ♪ this project verymuch feels ♪ ♪ like it belongs in the ♪ ♪ mission .♪ ♪ it is the mission .♪ ♪ it is projects like this ♪ ♪ that showcase what a ♪ ♪ difference it makes to have ♪ ♪ the technical capacity to ♪ ♪ develop affordable housing ♪ ♪ by our organizations led by ♪ ♪ people of color for people ♪ ♪ of color.♪ ♪ let me say that again♪ ♪ organizations led by people ♪ ♪ of color focused on people ♪ ♪ of color .♪ ♪ and mehta we know despite ♪ ♪ all the efforts and work ♪ ♪ this project was possible ♪ ♪ through a strong partnership♪ ♪ , in particular iwant to ♪ ♪ highlight the partnership of ♪ ♪ chinatown community ♪ ♪ development center which has ♪ ♪ been invaluable in creating ♪ ♪ this project .♪ ♪ [applause] through malcolm ♪
♪ young specifically partnered ♪ ♪ with mehta intentionally to ♪ ♪ leverage the extensive ♪ ♪ developerexperience to help ♪ ♪ mehta grow a track record as ♪ ♪ an affordable housing ♪ ♪ developer .♪ ♪ paying it forward mehta is ♪ ♪ working to help other ♪ ♪ organizations and in the ♪ ♪ country by the way to ♪ ♪ develop their own capacity ♪ ♪ and track record as ♪ ♪ up-and-comingaffordable ♪ ♪ housing developers .♪ ♪ fast forward 20 years later, ♪ ♪ given the collective ♪ ♪ advocacy efforts building ♪ ♪ meda's technical capacity ♪ ♪ and port partnerships, we ♪ ♪ now have 126 units ♪ ♪ affordable housing project ♪ ♪ with commercial space ♪ ♪ providing prominent ♪ ♪ locations to four of our ♪ ♪ long-standing many partners, ♪ ♪ sitting in front of a ♪ ♪ beautiful park.♪ ♪ [applause] this is how to ♪ ♪ build a community in the♪
♪ mission.♪ ♪ this feels like the mission ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ so i will end my statement ♪ ♪ by sharing my gratitude to ♪ ♪ all of us who have ♪ ♪ contributed to making this ♪ ♪ project happen.♪ ♪ start with speaker pelosi, ♪ ♪ to secure a $2 million ♪ ♪ appropriation that will help ♪ ♪ out unity partners carry out ♪ ♪ their statements.♪ ♪ and there's mayor breed ♪ ♪ whose administration has ♪ ♪ been key in assuring the ♪ ♪ affordable housing in the ♪ ♪ mission insan francisco ♪ ♪ remains a top priority .♪ ♪ us that provided the ♪ ♪ financing for this project ♪ ♪ and has been a strong ♪ ♪ partner at meda for over 20 ♪ ♪ years, about 12 years ago ♪ ♪ they financed possibility ♪ ♪ when noone else would do it ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ again see cdc for your ♪ ♪ partnership.♪ ♪ i still want to thank the ♪
♪ meda board of directors ♪ ♪ that's provided guidance and ♪ ♪ support as we became ♪ ♪ affordable housing ♪ ♪ developers over the last ♪ ♪ eight years and they trusted ♪ ♪ we would know what we were ♪ ♪ doing and we were going to ♪ ♪ take care of their ♪ ♪ organization let the tail ♪ ♪ wag the dog.♪ ♪ but i also must thank our ♪ ♪ meda staff.♪ ♪ so for me, working with them ♪ ♪ i've seen the remarkable ♪ ♪ abilityfor them to be ♪ ♪ audacious by adapting and ♪ ♪ fitting to meet the needs of ♪ ♪ our community at any moment ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ during covid, after covid.♪ ♪ our next speaker has worked ♪ ♪ so veryhard to make this ♪ ♪ project happen .♪ ♪ you very much caroline.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you lewis.♪
♪ good afternoon.♪ ♪ welcome.♪ ♪ the encinitas.♪ ♪ as i look around this ♪ ♪ amazing building and i don't ♪ ♪ think i really fully ♪ ♪ conceptualized how amazing ♪ ♪ it is the way we ♪ ♪ conceptualized one word ♪ ♪ comes to mind.community.♪ ♪ the communities that brought ♪ ♪ this from a large parking ♪ ♪ lot and fought so hard to ♪ ♪ make it into affordable ♪ ♪ housing and a part.♪ ♪ our community members who ♪ ♪ nowcall the building home .♪ ♪ 126 households.♪ ♪ and the community anchors♪ ♪ that now have permanent ♪ ♪ homes in the mission .♪ ♪ we welcome all of you to ♪ ♪ your new home in the heart ♪ ♪ of themission .♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> when we first♪ ♪ conceptualized this building ♪
♪ as i housing opportunity♪ ♪ facing the park we were a ♪ ♪ neighborhood in transition .♪ ♪ our families were fighting ♪ ♪ for their roots in the ♪ ♪ mission .♪ ♪ wewanted 20/60 ♪ ♪ cannot just be the fight but ♪ ♪ be the future for our ♪ ♪ families .♪ ♪ from our 125+ homes we ♪ ♪ intentionally established 29 ♪ ♪ homes for transition age ♪ ♪ youth for the future of our ♪ ♪ community.♪ ♪ and an additional 89 for our ♪ ♪ families two and three ♪ ♪ bedroom homes so that they ♪ ♪ could have the space that ♪ ♪ they needed and deserved.♪ ♪ and if the pandemic has ♪ ♪ taught us anything that ♪ ♪ space isreally important.♪ ♪ housing is health .casa ♪ ♪ adelante is the future of ♪ ♪ energy.♪ ♪ as the.♪ ♪ first fossil fuel free large ♪ ♪ all electricaffordable ♪ ♪ housing building in san ♪ ♪ francisco .♪ ♪ [applause] today is the day ♪ ♪ for celebration and ♪ ♪ gratitude.♪
♪ we're celebrating obviously ♪ ♪ all of us are here to ♪ ♪ celebrate the trend of ♪ ♪ displacement for latinos in ♪ ♪ the mission♪ ♪ immigrants and ♪ ♪ community-based ♪ ♪ organizations can now say .♪ ♪ we're also offeringgratitude ♪ ♪ to our mayan elders, our ♪ ♪ community members .our ♪ ♪ residents.♪ ♪ elaine e, r deputy director ♪ ♪ of community real estate who ♪ ♪ was our team and partners ♪ ♪ from chinatown led the ♪ ♪ development of the building ♪ ♪ from our proposal that we ♪ ♪ put in front of mohcd to ♪ ♪ what you see today.♪ ♪ larkin street youth center ♪ ♪ forproviding on-site ♪ ♪ programs , our architects ♪ ♪ and why a studio.♪ ♪ our contractor robert ♪ ♪ kobayashi and our funders ♪ ♪ we'll get to hear from in a ♪
♪ bit.♪ ♪ i want to offer a tribute to ♪ ♪ the late artist yolanda ♪ ♪ lopez.♪ ♪ with herlegacy celebrated on ♪ ♪ the north wall of this ♪ ♪ policy i hope you guys get ♪ ♪ to turn around and see it on ♪ ♪ the other side.♪ ♪ it was designed by talented ♪ ♪ your list .♪ ♪ the four walls now the ♪ ♪ towering portrait of yolanda ♪ ♪ whose art focused on the ♪ ♪ experiences of mexican ♪ ♪ american and working-class ♪ ♪ women and she challenged ♪ ♪ ethnic stereotypes featuring ♪ ♪ the blackpanthers and ♪ ♪ slogans from our past social ♪ ♪ justice movement .♪ ♪ she represented our past and ♪ ♪ future.♪ ♪ this is truly been a ♪ ♪ collective achievement and ♪ ♪ meda looks forwardto ♪ ♪ continuing to build with ♪ ♪ you.♪ ♪ you .♪
♪ >> good afternoon everyone.♪ ♪ and you be okay?♪ ♪ good.♪ ♪ my name is also the ds and i ♪ ♪ am honored to be at this ♪ ♪ grand opening or casa ♪ ♪ adelante.♪ ♪ this day and this place is ♪ ♪ very special as luis ♪ ♪ mentioned we are here ♪ ♪ because of community ♪ ♪ organizing and community ♪ ♪ planning led by community ♪ ♪ members, artists, small ♪ ♪ businesses and ♪ ♪ community-based ♪ ♪ organizations in 2000.♪ ♪ over 20 years ago to make ♪ ♪ this a reality.♪ ♪ and i'm grateful to see the ♪ ♪ seeds of the vision of the ♪ ♪ people's plan.♪ ♪ meda and any other ♪ ♪ organizations organized ♪ ♪ outside the coalition.♪ ♪ it's all electric 100 ♪
♪ percent affordable housing ♪ ♪ building right next door to ♪ ♪ thisbeautiful park and ♪ ♪ guarded .♪ ♪ truly a community asset and ♪ ♪ a win environmental and ♪ ♪ climate justice and i also ♪ ♪ want to say that this is ♪ ♪ here because of a commitment ♪ ♪ to build a better ♪ ♪ neighborhood for the same ♪ ♪ neighbors.that community ♪ ♪ leaders such as our ♪ ♪ assembly.♪ ♪ maria out perez who are here ♪ ♪ today.and we honor their ♪ ♪ work and i invitethem to ♪ ♪ come up and say a few words ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ [applause] [applause] ♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ >>.♪
♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] ... ♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] ♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> she is a very ♪ ♪ inspirational speaker so i ♪ ♪ don't know if i can catch ♪ ♪ all that but she said this ♪ ♪ isn't just going to be on we ♪ ♪ will have for this year, we ♪ ♪ willbe celebrating every ♪ ♪ year .♪ ♪ to have housing where we can ♪ ♪ live and support that we♪ ♪ continue organizing .♪ ♪ that's important for the ♪ ♪ mayor to be here not just to ♪ ♪ cut theribbon but to work ♪ ♪ with us to make things like ♪ ♪ this happen .♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] so thank ♪ ♪ you and may you continue ♪
♪ working hand-in-hand with ♪ ♪ all the politicians and♪ ♪ everyone else .♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] ♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] maria is ♪ ♪ very emotional about seeing ♪ ♪ this project come to life.♪ ♪ it's very moving and yes, we♪ ♪ can win .♪ ♪ [applause] so in closing i ♪ ♪ just want to offer an ♪ ♪ invitation to all the ♪ ♪ partners, lenders, ♪
♪ decision-makers that are ♪ ♪ here with us today.♪ ♪ to continue tocollaborate ♪ ♪ with us .♪ ♪ and to work and invest in ♪ ♪ community rooted solutions ♪ ♪ because as the companyarose ♪ ♪ have been saying we can win ♪ ♪ .[applause] ♪ ♪ >> good afternoon.♪ ♪ good afternoon.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ my name is michelle, i'm ♪ ♪ proud to introduce myself as ♪ ♪ executive director.♪ ♪ shout out to every artist in ♪ ♪ the room.♪ ♪ every arts organizer, every ♪ ♪ cultural leader.♪ ♪ shout out to you.♪ ♪ let's give itup for all the ♪ ♪ artists in this space .♪ ♪ i have all of three minutes ♪
♪ here tothank all the people ♪ ♪ that have made this happen .♪ ♪ 25 years ago i was 19, 20 ♪ ♪ years old.♪ ♪ my first open mic wasin that ♪ ♪ green building across the ♪ ♪ street 25 years ago .♪ ♪ if it were not for the work ♪ ♪ of christie johnson, meda, ♪ ♪ the office of economic♪ ♪ workforce development, the♪ ♪ office of mayor london ♪ ♪ breathe, we would not be ♪ ♪ here so i want to pay the ♪ ♪ first of all to christie .♪ ♪ yes ♪ ♪ let's celebrate, yes.♪ ♪ i also want to thank our ♪ ♪ partners .♪ ♪ there are four arts ♪ ♪ organizations, community ♪ ♪ building youth organizations ♪ ♪ that are here.♪ ♪ we are so proud and honored ♪ ♪ that meda, chinatown edc and ♪ ♪ city of san francisco is ♪ ♪ honoring youth and cultural ♪ ♪ leaders that are established ♪ ♪ in this community.♪ ♪ yes?♪
♪ i'm not sure.♪ ♪ yes.♪ ♪ i promise i'm going to get ♪ ♪ off in 2 seconds but i must ♪ ♪ say this.♪ ♪ you speak and first ♪ ♪ exposures, the director is ♪ ♪ righthere.♪ ♪ i just wanted to say hi eric ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ you may be here together in ♪ ♪ this moment because we ♪ ♪ believe in a young person's ♪ ♪ ability to change the world ♪ ♪ throughtheir words .♪ ♪ there wonder, their♪ ♪ imagination .♪ ♪ 25 years ago youth speak was ♪ ♪ founded on the social and ♪ ♪ cultural imperative that ♪ ♪ says we must seekout the ♪ ♪ voices , the texts and the ♪ ♪ narrative of solidarity and ♪ ♪ love.♪ ♪ yes?♪ ♪ especially when our stories ♪ ♪ have beenexcluded from the ♪ ♪ dominant american narrative, ♪ ♪ yes ?♪ ♪ this is a part of that ♪ ♪ larger story♪ ♪ so i'm going to stop talking ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ you're welcome .♪ ♪ i am so excited to introduce ♪
♪ the money who to me ♪ ♪ represents our vision both ♪ ♪ at sf and youth speaks.♪ ♪ miss zoe corrado.♪ ♪ zoe is a 17-year-old, can i♪ ♪ read it ?♪ ♪ 17-year-old spoken word poet ♪ ♪ and musician.♪ ♪ she is also the alamedayouth ♪ ♪ poet laureate .♪ ♪ the inaugural youth poet ♪ ♪ laureate of alameda county ♪ ♪ andserved on our youth ♪ ♪ advisory board .♪ ♪ please put your hands ♪ ♪ together in bringing up zoe ♪ ♪ dorado.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ >> hey everyone.♪ ♪ i wrote this poem about a ♪ ♪ year ago so let's see, ♪ ♪ perpetual violence that has ♪ ♪ happened in the past few ♪ ♪ weeks i thought would be ♪ ♪ important to hear this poem ♪ ♪ and share it with you today♪ ♪ so this is called we briefed ♪
♪ .♪ ♪ lola slips murmur out of ♪ ♪ morningbreath .♪ ♪ reuse out her skeleton and ♪ ♪ her mother's voice sits.♪ ♪ yes but also because isn't ♪ ♪ thishow you wake ?♪ ♪ you think of the body from ♪ ♪ sleep through the bodies of ♪ ♪ her hallway.♪ ♪ she asks if i do want to ♪ ♪ wake up at 7:30 and maybe ♪ ♪ since i stopped going to ♪ ♪ church years ago.♪ ♪ so now lola lisle wheaties ♪ ♪ alone at half mast as i ♪ ♪ caught myself asking her to ♪ ♪ stay home stay home because ♪ ♪ streets somewhat sometimes ♪ ♪ carry brett.♪ ♪ maybe it's always been like ♪ ♪ this lying in wait because ♪ ♪ he cries 164 percent since a ♪ ♪ year ago says 283 percent ♪ ♪ since yesterday.♪ ♪ an 80-year-old asian man was♪ ♪ attacked there by a group of ♪ ♪ black and brown boys .♪ ♪ one year more than me ♪
♪ another one year with my ♪ ♪ little sister.♪ ♪ we were 11 and 17.♪ ♪ since watched it all happen ♪ ♪ through a screen.♪ ♪ the one i hold in my hand ♪ ♪ who grew so many days until ♪ ♪ i down the dirt so i tried ♪ ♪ to dig out the dogma axes to ♪ ♪ the bone marrow of our blood ♪ ♪ is another way of saying ♪ ♪ this is another way of ♪ ♪ saying violencebetween ♪ ♪ communities of color begins♪ ♪ with this .♪ ♪ we begin with peter lang , a ♪ ♪ cop shop.♪ ♪ a 29-year-old latin american ♪ ♪ or when a filipino american ♪ ♪ was walking near times ♪ ♪ square and was attacked by ♪ ♪ brandon elliott a security ♪ ♪ guard walking alongside the ♪ ♪ lobby to close the door.♪ ♪ another form of violence in ♪ ♪ which we pledge our bodies ♪ ♪ inside our own diaphragms so ♪ ♪ we can hold our shoulders ♪ ♪ in, down.♪ ♪ because we didn't breathe ♪
♪ the same air as that sister ♪ ♪ did because we didn't carry ♪ ♪ aweapon in our mouse , ♪ ♪ typing it in strategically ♪ ♪ and then call the neighbors ♪ ♪ other.♪ ♪ call country and continent a ♪ ♪ disease.♪ ♪ creep across each other's ♪ ♪ backboneand asked how it got ♪ ♪ there.♪ ♪ america , my♪ ♪ immunocompromised country .♪ ♪ will you cross a ♪ ♪ bloodstained anatomy and ♪ ♪ look, see what we all need.♪ ♪ you evoke the soilin my ♪ ♪ lowest garland .♪ ♪ so the seeds and also under ♪ ♪ that blackberries blackand ♪ ♪ brown bodies .♪ ♪ the ones that wound ♪ ♪ themselves through the break ♪ ♪ of arms and legs for what ♪ ♪ you grow and i say our ♪ ♪ histories are intertwined ♪ ♪ but i mean that we weave the♪ ♪ same air .♪ ♪ the kind that countries ♪
♪ claiming other countries, ♪ ♪ the wide kind that white ♪ ♪ supremacy likes also, the ♪ ♪ kind that circulated a ♪ ♪ filipino american war when ♪ ♪ black american soldiers ♪ ♪ chose to fightalongside ♪ ♪ filipinos .♪ ♪ the kind of uproots ♪ ♪ colonialism who called ♪ ♪ ethnicstudies in 1965 during ♪ ♪ the deliberations right .♪ ♪ how the list isn't finished ♪ ♪ yet and wego to the streets ♪ ♪ when one of us calls .♪ ♪ how we hold ourselves gently ♪ ♪ but alsohold ourselves ♪ ♪ accountable and the same for ♪ ♪ those around us .♪ ♪ which is another way of ♪ ♪ saying this country needs to ♪ ♪ call itself out and call ♪ ♪ himself in the country ♪ ♪ willing to share the same ♪ ♪ breath.♪ ♪ to read the same air.♪ ♪ placing our hands to chest ♪ ♪ and belly.♪ ♪ keep the other way.♪ ♪ to face that type of ♪ ♪ otherness instead of our ♪ ♪ name.♪ ♪ we allies the names of black ♪ ♪ and asianamerican activists, ♪
♪ to audrey lord .♪ ♪ glenn, miriam.♪ ♪ pay homage to my teachers ♪ ♪ and bus drivers who helped ♪ ♪ and healthcare workers like ♪ ♪ my mom.♪ ♪ our singular exhale in.♪ ♪ the union of filipino and ♪ ♪ mexican immigrants passing ♪ ♪ on a singular bus ♪ ♪ celebrating, still alive.♪ ♪ filled up waking up in the ♪ ♪ morning.♪ ♪ still her body aching, our ♪ ♪ bodies aching and tired.♪ ♪ what is work without ♪ ♪ movement?♪ ♪ not the willingness to ♪ ♪ attach, receive andpass on .♪ ♪ not us breathing ourselves ♪ ♪ in.♪ ♪ my instinct.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪
♪ >> how do i follow that?♪ ♪ that was beautiful.that ♪ ♪ was beautiful.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ good afternoon everyone.♪ ♪ my name is sherry and i'm ♪ ♪ one of the residents here at ♪ ♪ 2060..♪ ♪ i've been here for a little ♪ ♪ bit lessthan a year and i'm ♪ ♪ here to speak about my , ♪ ♪ there is.♪ ♪ i want to say that first and ♪ ♪ foremost i am grateful.♪ ♪ i am absolutely grateful for ♪ ♪ the experience to be able to ♪
♪ live in a community in which ♪ ♪ i can actually grow roots♪ ♪ here not have the fear of ♪ ♪ being upgraded .♪ ♪ and so i'm grateful to all ♪ ♪ of you who've gotten ♪ ♪ together andhave made this ♪ ♪ happen .♪ ♪ [applause] so the beautiful ♪ ♪ thing about being here is ♪ ♪ what i've experienced is ♪ ♪ this is a reflection of my ♪ ♪ own culture.♪ ♪ i am biracial, filipino and ♪ ♪ black american and i have a ♪ ♪ son who is six years old and ♪ ♪ he's.. so i call him my ♪ ♪ future baby.♪ ♪ truly he is a reflection of ♪ ♪ this community and i'm so ♪ ♪ grateful to be raised around♪ ♪ children who look like him .♪ ♪ and who he can actually ♪ ♪ relate to.♪ ♪ again we are here andwhere ♪ ♪ rooted and he had grow up ♪
♪ with them and not have this ♪ ♪ fear of making friends and ♪ ♪ then leaving .♪ ♪ i'm also an entrepreneur so ♪ ♪ this building has been ♪ ♪ giving me the opportunity to ♪ ♪ continue running my own ♪ ♪ company where i've been able ♪ ♪ to own my own time and the ♪ ♪ one thing i do understand is ♪ ♪ everything starts with an ♪ ♪ idea and it starts with a ♪ ♪ unique idea and in order for ♪ ♪ you to be successful in that ♪ ♪ idea you need five things.♪ ♪ you needtime.♪ ♪ you need support . you need energy, resources and funds and you need that division so everyone can see and follow and align themselves with what this community is. we all have a mission that's our call to duty. what do we need need to do to make this happen and it has to be instilled in values in which we can all come together and have a gut check.
when you havethis type of community where you have differentcultures coming together with different economic backgrounds, there is somewhat of an explosion that happens . so everyone has to get to know one another . i have to know what works for meand i think that we are forced to understand one another in this type of capacity . i'm so grateful that i also see there's also community organizations here because i do have a creative myself i connect to the essence of who they are and i really am about the grand experience. i do consulting anddesign work. it is really about how you want to feel when you get there . i think that's what it's about andif any of you do energy work like i do , you're going to manifest how you feel so if you want to feel safe youhave to surround yourself with people who are safe . if you want to feel like that you have security, you have to
make sure that you're surrounded by people have that same type of understanding. but i think the one thing that starts every one off the starting line is the way you think and your philosophy. you have to be on that same page in order to nurture one another so i'm grateful for the organizations thatare here . i'm excited for my sons to be exposed to that type of energy. i want to get too much time what i'm grateful forthe part. it's so nice to have that as in our front yard . that's what i call it. that's our cart. and i love that it's open to the community because my son makes friends every day. new friends every day so it's beautiful. i've also been able to support the surrounding organizations and companies. that live and run their businesses so for me it's about how i feel if i'm going to
spend my resources so they make me feel like i'm a part of the family as well so i'm going to invest in their success and they add to the community here . one thing i do know is when you launcha brand is that you have to manage it and that has to be based off of what are the benefits , how do we all processed on the amicable culture of the community and i think he to this community is that we have so many different cultures coming together in which we can learn from one another and to this community and right now we're kind of a blank slate in a way so we're waiting for that to happen and so that's kind of where i am right now is definitely the management of it. i love how clean it is and i love for them to keep this budget to be able to keep it clean like this.it's awesome, right? and as far as like safety and
security i hope that's also a priority here because the community i would hate for something to happen to my neighbors . because we all kind of look out for each other and that's what's running to the businesses aroundhere is looking out for each other so would hope we would create a community of safety and security . andconvenience for everyone . so thank you again to everyone who made this possible . ijust want to let you know that the work that you put in has made a huge difference . [applause] >> good afternoon. my name is now, young chinatown community development center. you know, i had a written speech. it was on my phone. forget it, i'm not going to bother. you can't follow zoe dorado
with a written speech so i'm going to speak from myheart . this has been a heavy weekfor us so i'm grateful to be here . just yesterday we had a fire in one of our buildings. we had a stabbing. fatality in front of another and sometimes it makes you question how hard this work is. how challenging day-to-day can be. but coming to a moment like this,seeing this building, seeing the residence here , seeing the leaders here reminds me of why we do this and why we struggle through the hard parts of this work to makethe great part-time . i want to thank course all the partners have been here today . i have made thishappen . i do of course want to get a special shout out to our team chinatown. whitney and kim back there, the way your hands. i was going to call youguys up but i forgot to read my speech
. thank you so much to the hard work ofthe chinatown team . due to the partnership with meda. thank you meda for choosing us to be yourpartners, frankly and i want to make three points . i was trying to be inspirational but ican't after all these incrediblespeakers . one , i find it amazing that this building is not a hold to residents but home to a bunch of community-basedorganizations . because to me housing at the very top level is a place of stability . it's a place to make whole. it's a place to rest and a place to find shelter away from all the hard things in the world but when we care for buildings, when we care for residents and our communities the residence can do miraculous things and get back and i think they can get back by becoming theleaders , the future leaders forcommunities like the mission . they can be the next hillary
ronan, the next london breeze. that i think is going to be the gift of this building back to this community so iwanted to acknowledge that. that housing is not just housing . it's a place to grow leadership if we do it right and we need to do it right. the second point i want to make is that this relationship that we have with meda i deeply cherish. and i've come to cherish it even more in this moment where we have so much tension and he is in our communities, within our communities, withinour city . the fact that we can sit down with the mission-based organization. do something so special to, physically build a building together means in many ways we are married to this and it means when we have issues with each other we have to talk. we have to work it out. we have to go home at night and
have dinner. we have to talk, we have to work it out and i hope and i want that relationship to extend beyond this organization but also into our communities andmake this a bridge or communities like chinatown, like mission share so much in common , we are working folks, we're in a way where housing, we the places where in his really really for me incredibly gratifying that we can be part of meda's journey to become an anchor for this community to build housing, to control its assets and fulfill this vision of my talk lead cc and i want topoint at eric because i know you share that vision and that's why i love you . don't know if you talk about it publicly but when we talk behind closed doors eric knows that's where he wants to go and he wants his city to go and i think that's exactly where we
need to go . sothank you meda for letting us be a part of that . the last thing i also want to say is that chinatown cdc is. we're going to be in this buildinga little bit and continue to property management and provide resident services but i want to be clear about our intention . this is a building run by the mission and it is our intention mohcd, when you guys are ready and of course meda when you're ready our intention to make sure this building becomes meda's so in mission-based organization can run a mission-based building and we canjust be a friend at that point . so luis the entire community, iq for letting us be a part of this. this is an inspiring moment i needed this and i'm so glad i can be here today . [applause]
>> good afternoon everybody. my name is hillary ronen and i'm the lucky one that gets to be the supervisor of this district and i thought i was goingto be lucky going after malcolm . then they have to give this amazing inspiring speech. you guys havereally the anti-here . i just want to say that we've gotten so lucky. i feel madame mayor that we're always in the mission doing these groundbreaking's and it is the best by far part of our jobs. really nothing brings us more happiness and much more joy and more of a sense of accomplishment but i have to say this building is even extra special. i don't know about all of you but when i write down all. and i see your gorgeous
beautiful face staring down at me all that difficult stuff malcolm was talking about just sheds away and i remember how they had this vision for this space where they wanted part because there wasn't enough green and open space on the side of the mission and how they wanted affordable housing with community-based organizations on the ground floor. maria was there, miriam was there and antonio was there. so much of their families and it was just a dream. to now see the reality, see the kids playing and seeing this marriage between two noxious affordable housing developers but community-based affordable housing developers . it's just like's the load and reminds us that we're going to be okay. at times are tough, they seem to be getting taller and
tougher but when we got each other's backs and we work together that were going to be okay and we can makedreams a reality . congratulations . thank you forproducing this building . that makes me feelbetter every time i nearest thanks for all your inspiration . congratulations. >> good afternoon everyone. i'm withu.s. bank community development corporation . like malcolm i had written statements i was going to share with you ridof a lot of numbers . things to do and all that but i really can't. i was inspired by your work. the 20 years that you've been fighting for this project . i'm honored to be here. i'm also here to let you know that behind the stereotypical bankers there is a lot of
people who truly care about what we do. it's not about the numbers, about change. it's about changing people's lives about changing neighborhoods. about asking forwhat you want whenyour voices are not heard . but we hear you . we truly are you. i've worked with an organization with 600+ people atthis point fordedicated to making the world a better place . numbers matter . we're still dangerous,however it's the human story . it'syour stories . it's your poem that was so touching especially during this time . whether it be local or state or international, your poem really touched a nerve and i thankyou for that . i'm going to take your stories. the end of the day we sell a story. the numbers are there but it's the story that makes the
difference. thank you very much for letting usbe here . i really appreciate it. it's an amazing project. both meda, i really appreciate. [applause] >> good afternoon. i'm the executive director of the california council and i am so excited to be withyou here today . one of the distinct privileges i have within my organization is in partnership with housing and community development leaving the affordable housing sustainablekennedys program which one of the funding streams help make this project a reality today . and our core mission and my organization is to create a lead, thriving communities and said to support that
self-determined goal and when i look around today i see help and i see a community thathas come together to make an incredible project come to life so congratulations to all of you . one of the things i think is so important about the affordable housing sustainable communities program and where we are today is that intersection of affordable housing, equity goals and climate change. we all know that we need to be creating a community-based that gives people sustainability, both in terms of their daily lives but also our ability to live on this earth. so the goal of this program is to buildtogether all these elements in a way that's holistic , that builds upon one another and gives us better community spaces for our future and that can be hard and one of the things that is important about making this come together is when you have partners that are willing towork together to think about solutions and come up with ideas and ways to make it happen . this is an exciting year for us
or the affordable housing sustainable community program is in our last funding round we awarded over $800 million to aroundthe state to project like this. in the governor's budget , he proposed another $1.5 billion for projects that create show that housing is climate solutions and that by bridging these two together we can solve some of our most pressing challenges and address the needs in a way that is meaningful and sustainable. so i guess my asked to you all is as more of these applicants and programs and partnerships for to be able to re-create what you have here and webring them here to show you how you've done it ? can we use this as a project show how you can do 100 percent electric, large projects, use san francisco in a way that meets all the needs of the community is what you've done your is game changing and it's something we can replicate acrossthe state . ireally appreciate being able to joinyou here today .
thank you . >> afternoon. we're almost done. thank you very much. first let me talk briefly to some of the people. [speaking spanish] it is great to be here. you got not one buttwo members of the administration , meaning myself and we are here to demonstrate that for the state of california, this partnership
is so important. this partnership with the city of san francisco who is doing a terrific job in prioritizing affordable housing. mayor, your administration has been fast in prioritizing affordable housing.the partnership with meda, chinatown tec and the state government. it's very important. and we have in sacramento historic investments at the moment in affordable housing. for the last couple of years we've been doing is we've been entering that we at first that we choose what the state priority is to create more affordable housing and then we harmonized those priorities across the dozens of multi family housingrental production programs that there are . and this project here exemplifies it, embodies so well those priorities. let me mention three. first deeply affordable. when i hear that the units will
serve individuals and families that earn between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income that is essential. because housing for people with very low income is the housing that has been under produced most in the state of california for many years we have to ensure that housing that is deeply affordable, it costs more money but it's worth it. it's absolutely worth it. the second priority is fair housing. to ensure that we have inclusive projects, inclusive communities of opportunity and malcolm you and i don't agree on everything but i've been learning a lot from you when we know that we have to invest more affordable housing not just in the more affluent areas
in the more well resourced areas because we know a lot of affordable housing in the state of california has been created in areas of concentrated poverty but it is just as important to continue to build affordable housing in stead of government in neighborhoods and communities where you protect and retain the cultural heritage .where people in good and bad times that were living through stick around and they want to stay in this community so fair housing is essential the third lynn explained so well. the connection between warehousing is being built and the ability to have a cleaner air. less pollution. that is a factor of where we build on the proximity to restaurants and the things that matter mostproximity . get them out of the car. walk to a job, to the school,
to theplaces they need . this project is such a great example of the kinds of things the state government is prioritizing in a time where we havehistoric levels of investment . we need to maximize those resource andcontinued to create the housing . and with that let me bring to the stage the biggest champion ofaffordable housing in the city of sanfrancisco, arguably one of the biggest champions of affordable housing in california , mayor of london breed . [applause] >> first of all thank you gustavoand let me say this . don't tell the governor this but you are my favorite person insacramento . and he's my favorite person in sacramento because he understands why a project like
this is so important to the people of san francisco and ha been very supportive of the work that we do . because it doestake a village. in fact , these projects that started as a supervisor ronen mentioned we've been a number of these groundbreaking's in the mission and these projects started when i was on the board of supervisors and you were working for the supervisor of this district and this community rallied and came together with data. also experience about what was happening specifically in the mission. i want to see change. wanted the city to invest and at that time mayor lee made a $50 million investment to begin the process of analyzing this district and looking for properties . this was a parking lot and other sites were in the places that we were able to purchase.
and to work together to come up with the resources to make sure we made theinvestments . those resources involve money from the city that we couldn't do it alone and get itdone this past in bureaucratic years. we wouldn't be here right now . and the fact is we came together. we worked with thestate . we worked with the speaker of the house who was an important part of this project in particular and others in the mission . as of today, this is a 649 unit that we've been able to open in the mission community so far. with more to calm. and i wish it was a lot faster. but here's thething and what i remember when i started on the board of supervisors as well . there was a lot of push for more housing opportunities but
what i remembered in the fillmore and what happened to the community i grew up with there is all this housing was built but we weren't always able to get into the housing was built in our community . that's why this community joins me in fighting for neighborhood preference. so that we can make sure that when we tell the community we're going to build housing that there's a real opportunity for the people who actually live here to have access to these units. that was so much more important to me than anything else. a commitment tothe community and because of that we have neighborhood preference with this project . we want to end youth homelessness and shirley adams is here and i'm so glad that we have used speaks that do extraordinary work for young people and our goal in the city is to do everything we can to end youthhomelessness so
housing for transitional aged youth in this project as well this is a dream . this is what's possible when we come together. this is what's possible when we work hard to do extraordinary things. can youimagine being a kid , hanging out in this courtyard. and i don't know if kids still play hopscotch andjumping jacks and all that stuff weused to play. maybe video gamesbut they need to beoutside anyway . but playing in this courtyard , yelling up to the window, , i'm going to go to the park . heading up the store to the park to enjoy their neighborhoods and to grow up talking about these experiences . this is the dream. it's so much more than housing. it's a community. filled with community-based organizations who been doing extraordinary work.filled with meda and ccc who believe
in affordable housing for people in san francisco of all ages. this is an extraordinary project and i'm so happy to be here today and so proud to represent the city in this way. now it's time to do what we've all been waitingfor even though everybody's already moved in . covid put us in this situation so we don't want to miss out on these milestones even though we couldn't stop people from moving in needed thesehousing units right now so here we are , ready to cut theribbon . are you ready? supervisor ronen are you ready? yes, let's do this!>> four, three, two,one . [cheering]
>> my son and i was living in my car. we was in and out of shelters in san francisco for almost about 3.5 years. i would take my son to school. we would use a public rest room just for him to brush his teeth and do a quick little wipe-off so it seemed he could take a shower every day. it was a very stressful time that i wish for no one. my name is mario, and i have lived in san francisco for
almost 42 years. born here in hayes valley. i applied for the san francisco affordable housing lottery three times. my son and i were having to have a great -- happened to have a great lottery number because of the neighborhood preference. i moved into my home in 2014. the neighborhood preference goal was what really allowed me to stay in san francisco. my favorite thing is the view. on a clear day, i'm able to see city hall, and on a really clear day, i can see salesforce tower. we just have a wonderful neighborhood that we enjoy living in. being back in the neighborhood that i grew up in, it's a
wonderful, wonderful experience. now, we can hopefully reach our goals, not only single mothers, but single fathers, as well, who are living that. live your dream, live your life, >> we are right now in outer richmond in the last business area of this city. this area of merchants is in the most western part of san francisco, continue blocks down the street they're going to fall into the pacific ocean. two blocks over you're going to have golden gate park.
there is japanese, chinese, hamburgers, italian, you don't have to cook. you can just walk up and down the street and you can get your cheese. i love it. but the a very multicultural place with people from everywhere. it's just a wonderful environment. i love the richmond district. >> and my wife and i own a café we have specialty coffee drinks, your typical lattes and mochas and cappuccinos, and for lunches, sandwiches and soup and salad. made fresh to order. we have something for everybody >> my shop is in a very cool part of the city but that's one of the reasons why we provide such warm and generous treats, both physically and emotionally (♪♪)
>> it's an old-fashioned general store. they have coffee. other than that what we sell is fishing equipment. go out and have a good time. >> one of my customers that has been coming here for years has always said this is my favorite store. when i get married i'm coming in your store. and then he in his wedding outfit and she in a beautiful dress came in here in between getting married at lands end and to the reception, unbelievable. (♪♪) >> the new public health order that we're announcing will require san franciscans to remain at home with exceptions
only for essential outings. >> when the pandemic first hit we kind of saw the writing on the walls that potentially the city is going to shut all businesses down. >> it was scary because it was such an unknown of how things were going to pan out. i honestly thought that this might be the end of our business. we're just a small business and we still need daily customers. >> i think that everybody was on edge. nobody was untouched. it was very silent. >> as a business owner, you know, things don't just stop, right? you've still got your rent, and all of the overhead, it's still there. >> there's this underlying constant sense of dread and
anxiety. it doesn't prevent you from going to work and doing your job, it doesn't stop you from doing your normal routine. what it does is just make you feel extra exhausted. >> so we began to reopen one year later, and we will emerge stronger, we will emerge better as a city, because we are still here and we stand in solidarity with one another. >> this place has definitely been an anchor for us, it's home for us, and, again, we are part of this community and the community is part of us. >> one of the things that we strived for is making everyone in the community feel welcome and we have a sign that says "you're welcome." no matter who you are, no matter what your political views are, you're welcome here. and it's sort of the classic san francisco thing is that you work with folks.
>> it is your duty to help everybody in san francisco. >> how i really started my advocacy was through my own personal experiences with discrimination as a trans person. and when i came out as trans, you know, i experienced discrimination in the workplace. they refused to let me use the women's bathroom and fired me. there were so many barriers that other trans folks had in the workplace. and so when i finished college, i moved out to san francisco in the hopes of finding a safer
community. >> and also, i want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor, so our transadvisory community members, if they could raise their hands and you could give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your help. my leadership here at the office is engaging the mayor and leadership with our lgbt community. we also get to support, like, local policy and make sure that that is implemented, from all-gender bathrooms to making sure that there's lgbt data collection across the city. get to do a lot of great events in trans awareness month.
>> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so grateful for clair farley because she represents us so intelligently. >> i would like to take a moment of silence to honor all those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this year. >> i came out when i was 18 as trans and grew up as gay in missoula, montana. so as you can imagine, it wasn't the safest environment for lgbt folks. i had a pretty supportive family. i have an identical twin, and so we really were able to support each other. once i moved away from home and started college, i was really able to recognize my own value
and what i had to offer, and i think that for me was one of the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had. it was how can i make sure that i transform those challenges into really helping other people. we're celebrating transgender awareness month, and within that, we recognize transgender day of remembrance, which is a memorial of those that we have lost due to transgender violence, which within the last year, 2019, we've lost 22 transgender folks. think all but one are transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country. i think it's important because we get to lift up their stories, and bring attention to the attacks and violence that are still taking place.
we push back against washington. that kind of impact is starting to impact trans black folks, so it's important for our office to advocate and recognize, and come together and really remember our strength and resilience. as the only acting director of a city department in the country, i feel like there's a lot of pressure, but working through my own challenges and barriers and even my own self-doubt, i think i've been try to remember that the action is about helping our community, whether that's making sure the community is housed, making sure they have access to health care, and using kind of my access and privilege to make change. >> i would like to say
something about clair farley. she has really inspired me. i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know what i wanted to do. i'm back at college, and clair farley has really impressed on me to have a voice and to have agency, you have to have an education. >> mayor breed has led this effort. she made a $2.3 million investment into trans homes, and she spear headed this effort in partnership with my office and tony, and we're so proud to have a mayor who continues to commit and really make sure that everyone in this city can thrive. >> our community has the most resources, and i'm very happy to be here and to have a place finally to call home. thank you. [applause] >> one, two, three.
[applause] >> even in those moments when i do feel kind of alone or unseen or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power of the supportive allies that are at the table that really help me to push past that. being yourself, it's the word of wisdom i would give anyone. surely be patient with yourself and your dream. knowing that love, you may not always feel that from your family around you, but you can a city like no other, san francisco has been a beacon of hope, and an ally towards lgbtq equal rights. [♪♪]
>> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san
francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table. where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advisory committee which advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make
sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can to combat them. >> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger. >> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the
work at the covid command center and they did incredit able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care. part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community
organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming people have access to a wide range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou allows us to provide more
information on the ground. we're allowed to get. and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make sure our community is thriving and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years.
it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about things we can do when we really put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can
be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to education, employment, and advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far. [♪♪]