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president walton. >> president walton: present. >> clerk: mr. president, you have a quorum. >> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. can i get a motion to excuse supervisor stefani and supervisor dorsey from today's meeting. seconded by supervisor mandelman. >> clerk: on that motion [roll call vote] there are six ayes. >> president walton: thank you. motion to excuse supervisor stefani and supervisor dorsey from today's special meeting is approved. the san francisco board of
supervisors acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the ramaytush ohlone. who are the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula, as the indigenous stewards of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the ramaytush ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as caretakers of this place. as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. as guests we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders and relatives of the ramaytush ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as first people. colleagues, please join me in recreating the pledge of allegiance.
>> [pledge of allegiance] >> president walton: and on behalf of the board of supervisors, i would like to acknowledge the staff at sfgov-tv, and today we have sue singos and kalina mendoza who record our meetings and make transcripts available online. madam clerk, any announcements this morning? >> clerk: the board of supervisors is convening moatings that allow in-person attendance while still providing remote public access via telephone if you wish to watch this meeting remotely you may do so by watching at sfgov-tv's award winning channel 26 or the live stream at sfgov-tv.org and when we take public comment those attending in person will be allowed to speak first and then we'll take those waiting on the tech line.
telephone line. for those waiting to provide comment remotely use your telephone to connect to the remote call-in system. the number is 1-(415)-655-0001. meeting i.d. is 2499 288 9130. and then pound and pound again. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions but you will be muted and in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up please press star 3 to enter the system line and the system will indicate that you have raised your hand. wait until you have been unmuted and that is your cue to begin your comments. both items on the agenda are eligible for public comment and we'll call public comment separately for each. the board of supervisors also accepts written correspondence by u.s. mail using the address the san francisco board of supervisors, number 1, dr. carleton b. good look place, san francisco, 94102 or the email address, and that concludes my communications, mr.
>> president walton: thank you so much, madam clerk. and just want to thank the public who is here in attendance and those tuning in. as you know this is a special board of supervisors meeting, and then we will take a brief 10-minute recess after this meeting and go right into our budget and appropriations. so if you hear from budget and appropriations we'll start that meeting after this meeting. madam clerk, let's go to item number 1. >> clerk: adopting and implementing the memorandum of understanding with the service employees international local union, and staff and per diem nurses to be effective july 1, 2022, through june 4, 2024. and the members of the public who wish to provide public comment may line up to speak or remotely call the comment number scrolling on the screen. once you have connected to the meeting press star 3 to enter the speaker line. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you, madam clerk. and i don't see anyone on the roster, but before we take roll
we're going to take public comment on this item. public comment is specific to this item only and due to this being a special meeting and a hefty budget and appropriations meeting following, we allow one minute per speaker on this item only for public comment. madam clerk. >> clerk: yes, the members of the public who wish to speak on this item and are joining us in-person should line up to speak now against the windows. for those listening remotely call into the public comment number, and press star 3 to enter the speaker line if you have not already done so, do we have any speakers here joining us in person? seeing no one coming to the podium, mr. atkins who is manning our public comment line today is checking to see if we have any callers and it appears that we have no callers, mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much. seeing no one wishes to speak, public comment is now closed on item number 1.
madam clerk. please call the roll on item number 1. >> clerk: on item number 1 [roll call vote] there are nine ayes. >> president walton: thank you, without objection, this ordinance is passed on first reading unanimously. madam clerk, can you please call item number 2 from our for adoption without committee reference agenda. >> clerk: yes, item number 2 is a resolution rescinding the resolution with an historic property contract with leah culver revocable trust, the owner of 714 steiner street, and assessor's parcel block 803. and you can line up to speak or if joining remotely use the
public comment number that is scrolling across the screen and press star, 3, to enter the speaker line. please wait until the system indicates that you -- the system prompt will indicate that you have raised your hand and wait until we take public comment on this item and the system indicates that you have been un-muted. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you so much. supervisor preston. >> supervisor preston: thank you, president walton. this property that is the subject of this item is within 500 feet of my residence so i request to be recused. >> president walton: thank you so much. and the vote made by supervisor peskin and seconded by supervisor ronen. >> clerk: on the motion to excuse supervisor preston from this item [roll call vote]
there are eight ayes. >> president walton: thank you, motion to excuse carries. supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president walton. i rise to speak to item 2 on today's calendar, and i say that as the author of the first mills act contract in san francisco almost 20 years ago. and i'm very pleased that san francisco now has over 40 mills act contracts. as you all know, colleagues, the mills act is a state law that gives this board of supervisors discretion pursuant to chapter 71 of the administrative code to give property tax relief and incentives over minimum periods of 10 years and as long as forever to property owners who put capital improvements and
ongoing maintenance into existing historic resources. the board has -- as i said, a broad discretion in that and this item came before the government audit and oversight committee on two occasions. i actually visited the property and worked with the planning department and ultimately came to a mills act contract 20 years in duration worth in excess of half a million for property taxes to the city in exchange for renovation of 714 steiner street in alamo square. the board of supervisors approved that contract with the property owner, the leah culver revehiclable trust on may 17th, only to find out three days later through newspaper publications and the multiple listing service that the property was listed for sale.
a fact that was not disclosed to the board or the committee. we are all in receipt of an email from the property owner indicating that she is not going to sign the mills act contract, which has been pursuant to the resolution that we passed, put before her by the planning department, pending that sale. given that, a new property owner may have very, very different intentions. given the broad discretion that this board has, and the fact that we came it a conclusion that we were willing to forego in excess of half a million dollars in property tax revenue and the fact that the property owner did not disclose that to the committee or the board of supervisors, before us is a resolution rescinding our approval of the historical property contract. future owners are welcome to
apply, but i think that it is the wrong policy move for this board to add value to a property based on the representations of a property owner which representations have ceased to be true and have not been disclosed to this board of supervisors. thank you, president walton. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor peskin. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: thank you, president walton. i agree that to disapprove this contract simply because i think when it came before us at the rules committee we approved in good faith. to think that this is someone that is going to care for this property -- historic property, thinking about the long-term investment to protect this property. for really san franciscans that we all -- it's a major attraction, and it's a pride of our city, and it is unfortunate
that when i saw it on the chronicle, in fact, when it was put for sale, i was actually very disappointed to see that. it's the reason why i will be supporting to rescind this contract today. thank you. >> president walton: thank you so much, supervisor chan. and i would just echo both the sentiment of supervisor peskin and supervisor chan, it's unfortunate when someone comes to this body and misrepresents how they want to move forward. and so i appreciate supervisor peskin and his team catching that this has taken place. again, we will now -- before we vote, we will take public comment on this item and i want to remind everyone that public comment is only for this item, item number 2, and every speaker will have one minute for public comment. madam clerk. >> clerk: yes, members of the public who wish to speak on this item and are joining us in
person should line up to speak now against the windows, your right, my left. for those listening remotely, use the call-in number scrolling across your screen. and for those already in the queue, please continue to wait until the system indicates that you have been unmuted and that's your cue to begin your comments. can we have the first speaker in person to come forward. you have one minute. >> hello, everyone, supervisors. i'm leah culver, the owner of 714 steiner, one of painted ladies on the square. i was going to read to you sort of the email that i already sent, but as it seems that -- it seems that the issue is misrepresenting myself in front of the board of supervisors, i apologize. i did plan to restore this home and live in it with my future family. unfortunately, 2 1/2 years into this process my life has changed
and i would like to let you know that i originally applied for the mill tax in 2021 and it was not approved and it was delayed, and it was delayed again with extra conditions. and i have to keep coming before and you asking for this contract. and i think that based on sort of your response and sort of the delays and getting permitting and everything else, that it's made it really not a fun project to work on. and i think that it's really sad. like, this could have been really amazing. >> thank you for your comments. thank you for your comments. i apologize for cutting you off but we're only provides one proe minute today. seeing no other speakers here in person and we'll go to our remote public call-in line. as indicated if you have not already pressed star, 3, please do so now to line up to speak. mr. atkins is checking to see if we have callers in the queue and it appears that we have at least one remote caller.
if you could put them through. >> caller: and i think that based on sort of your response, and sort of the delays in getting permitting and everything else -- it's made it really -- >> clerk: sorry, speaker -- you must have your phone. thank you for your comments. is there a caller on the line? >> five minutes today. >> clerk: all right, mr. atkins. >> madam clerk, our one caller on the line appears to be an unattended line and there are no further callers. >> clerk: thank you. mr. president. >> president walton: thank you. seeing no other speakers public comment is now closed and seeing no one else on the roster, madam clerk, will you please call the roll. >> clerk: yes, on item number 2 [roll call vote]
there are eight ayes. >> president walton: thank you, without objection this resolution is adopted unanimously. supervisor peskin, you are welcome to return. madam clerk, any further business? >> clerk: that concludes our board business for today. >> president walton: teach me and i remember and involve me and i learn. we will come back for budget and appropriations in five minutes and this meeting is adjourned.
>> all right. hieverybody . i've i'm sanfrancisco mayor london bree . [applause] welcome to the tried raising flagceremony . and i have a very, very big announcement today . holes want to crybecause i'm so happy . but i along with our lgbt queue public safetyofficials will be marching in pride this year . [applause] and so let me just
startby saying something . i want to first apologize to so many members of the lgbtq community who were hurt by the decision that i made to stand by our various public safety officials of the lgbtq community. and i apologize for not also recognizing the hurt and pain that i know some feel as a result of their own interactions and engagements with law enforcement. because i know pride is a really important time for the lgbtq community and at the time where i have always felt that i
was always welcomed and i can be whoever it is thati want to be , and i am so happy that the theme of this year is love will keep us together. because seeing the people from our various law enforcement and public safety agencies who are also an important part of the lgbtq community, seeing how they came together with the pride board to come up with a compromise so they too can be proud of who they are and what they represent and the understanding and respect from both sides is a symbol of love bringing ustogether .
[applause] pride is so amazing in san francisco and in fact i remember my first pride parade and i remember thinking all these cars going by. then, if i go use the bathroom i'm goingto lose my spot . which is why i always had a float is why i always wanted to have something with a smile on people's faces. and so many people come from all over the world to celebrate pride in san francisco and i'm so happy that love truly did bring us together .and i want to thank the pride board and i'll say a few words . carolyn weisinger andsuzanne or . [applause] i want to thank the
person who is in charge of the pride alliance for as fpd, catherine winters is joining us today. [applause] i want to thank so many of our electedofficials including the persons that helped facilitate a lot of this . who is the cofounder of the transgender cultural districtin san francisco , arya sayiid. yes, the family had a family fight butnow we are back together again . and with thatbefore we get started with our program , that is truly really more meaningful this year than ever before especiallyafter not having pride or any major activities in the city for the past year ,
i want to introduce a person who really in some ways needs no introduction. tim philip has been leading the gay men's chorus in san francisco the last five years and this year she's going to be conducting a number of farewell concert concerts but although you may be leaving your role my hope is that you're still going to be all around and today he wanted to bless us with a special performance which is very rare indeed. ladies and gentlemen, tim seelig. >> i was invited to do this yesterday and i asked people will there be an orchestra and they're like number a piano? number a harmonica? no, just you.
but i'm thrilled to be here. i came out in 1986 out of the will of the southern baptist church. i had two children,seven and nine years old . it was a rough time. in 1989 or game and the flirtations withcassette . followed eighttracks . they didn't have a track but cassette with a song on it that when i heard it i got my kids inthe car, the cassette in and pleaded for them on loop over and over . i just imagine and i wanted them to know all of us in this room had we had someone sing this song to us how our lives would have been different. >> you can be anybody that you want to be. you can love whomever you will. you can travel any country
where your heart leads.♪ ♪ and you know i willlove you ♪ ♪ still .♪ ♪ you can live by yourself.♪ ♪ you can gather friendsaround ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ you can choose one special ♪ ♪ one.♪ ♪ but the only measure of your ♪ ♪ words and your deeds will be ♪ ♪ the love you leave behind ♪ ♪ when you're gone.♪ ♪ some girls grow upstrong and ♪ ♪ bold .♪ ♪ some boys are quiet and ♪ ♪ kind.♪ ♪ some race on a head,some ♪ ♪ follow behind .♪ ♪ some grow in their own space ♪ ♪ and time.♪
♪ listen to this kids.♪ ♪ some men love women and some ♪ ♪ men love man.♪ ♪ some raise children and some ♪ ♪ never do.♪ ♪ you can dream all the day, ♪ ♪ never reaching theend .♪ ♪ of everything possible for ♪ ♪ you.♪ ♪ don't be rattled by names, ♪ ♪ by thoughts or games.♪ ♪ but seek out spirits ♪ ♪ through.♪ ♪ you can be anybody that you ♪ ♪ want to be.♪ ♪ you can love whomever you ♪ ♪ will.♪
♪ but the only measure of your ♪ ♪ words and your deeds will be ♪ ♪ the love you leave behind.♪ ♪ when you're gone.♪ ♪ oh, the love you leave ♪ ♪ behind when you're gone.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you tim.♪ ♪ we're so gratefulto have you ♪ ♪ here today .♪ ♪ my month in san francisco, ♪ ♪ we have so many events and ♪ ♪ activities, so muchto do and ♪
♪ i'm so glad i'm not going to ♪ ♪ miss any of it .last night ♪ ♪ we were feeling the effects ♪ ♪ of a summer in san francisco ♪ ♪ in twin peaks.♪ ♪ when we lit up the pink ♪ ♪ triangle and you'll be old ♪ ♪ to see it from outer space ♪ ♪ even ifyou fly somewhere ♪ ♪ with what's that guys name ♪ ♪ that flew out in this ♪ ♪ patient ?♪ ♪ elon musk.♪ ♪ he can see it from space.♪ ♪ but the pink triangle is lit ♪ ♪ up for all of us to see.♪ ♪ it will illuminate san ♪ ♪ francisco over the next ♪ ♪ month and we have raised the♪ ♪ flag .♪ ♪ we have the various ♪ ♪ activities.♪ ♪ we even have a juneteenth ♪ ♪ pride celebration at the ♪ ♪ african-american complex.♪ ♪ [applause] and i want to ♪ ♪ take this moment to really ♪ ♪ recognize so many of our ♪ ♪ leaders for joining us today♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ not everyone will have the ♪ ♪ opportunity to a say a few ♪ ♪ words but they are here to ♪ ♪ support and starting with ♪ ♪ supervisor matt dorsey was ♪
♪ going to be speaking as well ♪ ♪ as supervisor mandelman and ♪ ♪ supervisor melgar.♪ ♪ thank you for being here ♪ ♪ from the board of ♪ ♪ supervisors.♪ ♪ we had another one west and ♪ ♪ mark i like that shirt.♪ ♪ supervisor catherine ♪ ♪ driscoll, thank you for ♪ ♪ being here today.♪ ♪ we also have walking torres, ♪ ♪ our city administrator, paul ♪ ♪ mia moto.♪ ♪ our attorney david chu.♪ ♪ i'm trying to get these ♪ ♪ titles right and our ♪ ♪ senators scott weiner and i ♪ ♪ want to acknowledge and ♪ ♪ thank many of our lgbtq ♪ ♪ department heads who serve ♪ ♪ and protect and work hard ♪ ♪ for the city every day ♪ ♪ including our fire chief jim ♪ ♪ mickelson♪ ♪ director of the sf mta jeff ♪ ♪ tomlin .♪ ♪ a person who got us through ♪
♪ covid even though we had a ♪ ♪ fight every day.♪ ♪ and i think how is here from♪ ♪ the transgender district .♪ ♪ thank you for your work♪ ♪ paul henderson, office of ♪ ♪ police accountability .♪ ♪ carol huizinga was trying to ♪ ♪ hide from everybody but the ♪ ♪ contracts are doneno need to ♪ ♪ hide .♪ ♪ and some of our other i ♪ ♪ think directors are here and ♪ ♪ i see donna say hurry up and ♪ ♪ get this over with but you ♪ ♪ look good in your red.♪ ♪ so many amazing people who ♪ ♪ helped to run the city and i ♪ ♪ want to send a special shout ♪ ♪ out to the director of the ♪ ♪ department ofthe human ♪ ♪ rightscommission , cheryl ♪ ♪ davis .♪ ♪ for all the amazing work she ♪ ♪ does.♪ ♪ as well as our commissioners ♪ ♪ who are in the house.♪ ♪ raise your hand, thank you ♪ ♪ so much for the committee ♪
♪ many commissioners whoare ♪ ♪ joining us today .♪ ♪ and with that we have our ♪ ♪ wonderful president of the ♪ ♪ pride board who is going to ♪ ♪ say a few words.♪ ♪ we are family again.♪ ♪ well, let me just say ♪ ♪ carolyn has been really ♪ ♪ weathering the storm for the ♪ ♪ past coupleof years.♪ ♪ it has been very challenging ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ we remember last year in ♪ ♪ 2019 when we were able to ♪ ♪ celebrate pride.♪ ♪ it was a wonderful drive for ♪ ♪ the city and county of san ♪ ♪ francisco and of course all ♪ ♪ changed with covid but the ♪ ♪ pride board found a way for ♪ ♪ us to come together in ♪ ♪ various capacities that have ♪ ♪ a lot to do with the ♪ ♪ leadership of the president ♪ ♪ of the board of pride.♪ ♪ carolyn weisinger.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪
♪ >> thank you.♪ ♪ my sister called from texas ♪ ♪ telling me don't cry and she ♪ ♪ told me don't fall out so ♪ ♪ i'm not going to do that.♪ ♪ but i will say and you will ♪ ♪ hearme say this a couple of ♪ ♪ times .♪ ♪ i have a lot of speeches i ♪ ♪ didn't know if we would make ♪ ♪ it.♪ ♪ i remember after we found ♪ ♪ out about this thing called ♪ ♪ covid and we said we can ♪ ♪ just hang itup, close down ♪ ♪ the organization, there will ♪ ♪ be no problem .♪ ♪ we were able to figure out ♪ ♪ how we would still celebrate ♪ ♪ when we were all stuck in ♪ ♪ the house.♪ ♪ i want to give a shout out ♪ ♪ to grant lopez, our former ♪ ♪ executive director is not ♪ ♪ here with us but a lot of ♪ ♪ figuring out to talk to ♪ ♪ community members.♪ ♪ how can we still get you to ♪ ♪ buy in to sitting in the ♪ ♪ house and celebrating pride♪ ♪ but we have a lot of our ♪ ♪ former board members .♪ ♪ a lot ofour former ♪
♪ executives .♪ ♪ longtime board members that ♪ ♪ ithink i'm going to bring ♪ ♪ this up and iwant to do this ♪ ♪ correctly .♪ ♪ if you've never been to one ♪ ♪ of our board meetings , you ♪ ♪ know the mission of the san ♪ ♪ francisco lesbian gay ♪ ♪ bisexual transgender pride ♪ ♪ celebration committee is to♪ ♪ educate the world , ♪ ♪ commemorate our heritage, ♪ ♪ celebrate our culture and ♪ ♪ liberate our people.♪ ♪ said very loudly every ♪ ♪ meeting just like that.♪ ♪ we believe very much in the ♪ ♪ liberation of ourpeople and ♪ ♪ one thing we learned in this ♪ ♪ pandemic is we are fallible ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ we had two years to figure ♪ ♪ out how we could liberate ♪ ♪ our people and as much as we ♪ ♪ like marching down the ♪ ♪ street it was so much more ♪ ♪ than that.♪ ♪ i want to thank mayor bree ♪ ♪ and i'm going to thank her a ♪ ♪ little personally because i ♪ ♪ will say the first time i ♪ ♪ stood here in 2019 with ♪ ♪ instant jeansand a ♪ ♪ button-down and she said ♪
♪ girl, we don't do that here ♪ ♪ in city hall .so i want to ♪ ♪ thank the mayor.♪ ♪ i want to thank all of the ♪ ♪ black sanfranciscans who ♪ ♪ took me in .♪ ♪ [applause] if i never get to ♪ ♪ say it again, you all gave ♪ ♪ me all these great hair gray ♪ ♪ hairs in front of my head ♪ ♪ taught me how important it ♪ ♪ was to have a black ♪ ♪ president in this ♪ ♪ organization and what it ♪ ♪ meant to liberate the ♪ ♪ organization and change ♪ ♪ policy so when we came back ♪ ♪ in 2022 we knew we were ♪ ♪ centering all our folks.♪ ♪ youhave the river collective ♪ ♪ , one of the what did they ♪ ♪ say?♪ ♪ they said we will know ♪ ♪ everyone isfree when black ♪ ♪ women are free .♪ ♪ i always said we will know ♪ ♪ everyone is free when black ♪ ♪ queer and trans women are ♪ ♪ free though i want to thank ♪
♪ arya sayid andthose who made ♪ ♪ this happen.♪ ♪ happy pride for the first ♪ ♪ time in three years you all ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you carolyn and ♪ ♪ who's been working and ♪ ♪ following carolyn's ♪ ♪ direction every step of the ♪ ♪ way is the executivedirector ♪ ♪ of the pride board for san ♪ ♪ francisco, suzanne ford .♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you mayor bree.♪ ♪ no truer words has been said ♪ ♪ that i am following the ♪ ♪ direction of carolyn ♪ ♪ wiseman.♪ ♪ thank you to the department ♪ ♪ heads.♪ ♪ that's not true.♪ ♪ i woke up one morning and i ♪ ♪ was executive director of ♪ ♪ the most iconic queer ♪ ♪ organization in the world ♪ ♪ and i appreciatethat.♪ ♪ i have felt the ♪ ♪ responsibility of that ♪ ♪ lately to .2 and a half ♪ ♪ years ago i dreamed of being ♪ ♪ president of the board and i ♪ ♪ got a phone call from kevin ♪
♪ weisinger and i hope i don't ♪ ♪ cry.♪ ♪ she asked me for my support ♪ ♪ to her presidency.♪ ♪ and i had been taught by ♪ ♪ very smart black trans women ♪ ♪ in my upbringing to make ♪ ♪ space for black women and ♪ ♪ that's one of the best ♪ ♪ decisions i ever made.♪ ♪ carolyn has been the moral ♪ ♪ compass for san francisco ♪ ♪ pride the last two and half ♪ ♪ years and she will continue ♪ ♪ to and every decision is ♪ ♪ made insan francisco pride ♪ ♪ carolyn's voice is a strong ♪ ♪ decision-maker in that ♪ ♪ process .♪ ♪ thank you carolyn.♪ ♪ [applause] i want to pack ♪ ♪ some of the pride family.♪ ♪ you might not know this but ♪ ♪ there's a ton of people that ♪ ♪ do work all year long so ♪ ♪ those two days in the last ♪ ♪ weekend ofjune we can have a ♪ ♪ parade andcelebration and ♪ ♪ allcome together and a lot ♪
♪ of people in that family you ♪ ♪ don't know , younever know ♪ ♪ about them .♪ ♪ lisa williams is standing up ♪ ♪ here .♪ ♪ donna sachet.♪ ♪ george really .♪ ♪ gary virginia, marshall ♪ ♪ levine, you probably don't ♪ ♪ know all those names of ♪ ♪ those are a few of the ♪ ♪ people in our family.♪ ♪ it's a hard job.♪ ♪ the board ofdirectors, ♪ ♪ there's two board members ♪ ♪ appear right now .♪ ♪ our vice president and my ♪ ♪ daughter.♪ ♪ [applause] the board of ♪ ♪ pride is a non-paid position ♪ ♪ and i did it for 3 and a ♪ ♪ half years.♪ ♪ it's not a glamorous job to ♪ ♪ get to stand up here once a ♪ ♪ year.♪ ♪ they're not paid and they ♪ ♪ work really hard andthey ♪ ♪ take the weight of the ♪ ♪ community so seriously .♪ ♪ they actually represent all ♪ ♪ the people you see here ♪ ♪ today and pride represents a♪ ♪ different picture than we ♪ ♪ might have represented back ♪ ♪ in the 1970s, 1980s .♪
♪ it's a queer familythat ♪ ♪ looks different and that's ♪ ♪ what we're supposed to do ♪ ♪ andi'm so proud of that .♪ ♪ mayor, thank you for having ♪ ♪ me today .♪ ♪ i had a speech buti wasn't ♪ ♪ sure i was going to give it ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ i want to thank arya and ♪ ♪ supervisormandelman and ♪ ♪ dorsey for their help .♪ ♪ all right, thank you all.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you for your words ♪ ♪ and thank you for working ♪ ♪ slope so closely with our ♪ ♪ office.♪ ♪ i'm going to take a point of ♪ ♪ privilege as mayor.♪ ♪ and take advantage of this ♪ ♪ opportunity because as i ♪ ♪ said this past week has been ♪ ♪ i know very hard and in ♪ ♪ particular there was a woman ♪ ♪ who had to sit me down and ♪ ♪ have a hard conversation ♪ ♪ about some of the challenges ♪ ♪ that we were facing here in ♪ ♪ the city and we were able to ♪ ♪ come together and a lot of ♪
♪ the reason why we were able ♪ ♪ to come together had a lot ♪ ♪ to do with arya sayid who is ♪ ♪ cofounder of the ♪ ♪ transculturaldistrict in san ♪ ♪ francisco and i wanted her ♪ ♪ to say a few words if she's ♪ ♪ open to it .♪ ♪ >> happy pride.♪ ♪ that was a little late.♪ ♪ can you do that one more ♪ ♪ time?happy pride.♪ ♪ i don't want to hold you all ♪ ♪ because i'm sure they have ♪ ♪ something.♪ ♪ anyone that knows me, i ♪ ♪ don't love public speaking ♪ ♪ is much but i want to say ♪ ♪ i'm so grateful for this ♪ ♪ moment.♪ ♪ i'm so grateful to mayor ♪ ♪ bree that you are in the ♪ ♪ parade and that are lgbtq ♪ ♪ officers will also be ♪ ♪ represented in the parade ♪ ♪ and we're all coming ♪ ♪ together to celebrate the ♪ ♪ little bit of victories that ♪ ♪ we do have a time where our ♪
♪ rights are consistently ♪ ♪ being taken away by the ♪ ♪ supreme court, where there's ♪ ♪ over 200 anti-trans ♪ ♪ legislation pieces across ♪ ♪ this country taking away the♪ ♪ rights of trans-kids and ♪ ♪ trans people .♪ ♪ the don't say gave bill in ♪ ♪ florida.♪ ♪ all these things are ♪ ♪ happening and we have a ♪ ♪ little bit of rights and a ♪ ♪ little bit of freedom so ♪ ♪ this month we celebrate that ♪ ♪ and keep fighting for our ♪ ♪ rights.♪ ♪ everyone say i. thank you.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you aria and so you ♪ ♪ know i think covid might ♪ ♪ have said had something to ♪ ♪ do with the snack situation ♪ ♪ afterwards so iapologize but ♪ ♪ i'mlooking at tom who's ♪ ♪ always the snack man .♪ ♪ i'll keep my fingers crossed ♪
♪ that we will have a few ♪ ♪ snacks next year .♪ ♪ in the meantime go out and ♪ ♪ spend moneyat all the ♪ ♪ restaurants thatsurround the ♪ ♪ city and make sure you tip ♪ ♪ your waiters and waitresses ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ and with that , aria said we ♪ ♪ have to continue the fight ♪ ♪ and i have to say there is ♪ ♪ no more fears of an advocate ♪ ♪ and fighter thansenator ♪ ♪ scott weiner .♪ ♪ and i also have to say i ♪ ♪ appreciate his hard work.♪ ♪ i appreciate his ♪ ♪ consistency.♪ ♪ i appreciate how hard he ♪ ♪ fights for sanfrancisco but ♪ ♪ how much he cares about the ♪ ♪ people of this city .♪ ♪ so i'm so grateful for him ♪ ♪ and honor tointroduce our ♪ ♪ incredible us senator scott ♪ ♪ weiner .♪ ♪ you guys know what i meant.♪ ♪ u.s. congress, i mean, state ♪ ♪ senator.♪ ♪ >> i got called supervisor ♪
♪ on the street a lot and once ♪ ♪ the supervisor, alwaysa ♪ ♪ supervisor .♪ ♪ i'm just so happy to be here ♪ ♪ because i think a lot of us ♪ ♪ doing pride year after year, ♪ ♪ decade after decade we start ♪ ♪ to take itfor granted .♪ ♪ it's just something that ♪ ♪ happens every year and we ♪ ♪ know that it takes unending ♪ ♪ work every year but for a ♪ ♪ lot of people in the ♪ ♪ community i think it gets ♪ ♪ taken for granted and not ♪ ♪ having pride for the most ♪ ♪ part for two years and not ♪ ♪ having the parade for two ♪ ♪ years and these gatherings, ♪ ♪ it really reminded people ♪ ♪ not to take it for granted.♪ ♪ and how critically important ♪ ♪ pride isfor all of us to ♪ ♪ recharge our batteries, to ♪ ♪ reconnect and see people you ♪ ♪ may not see throughout the ♪ ♪ year and to recommit to the ♪ ♪ fight .♪ ♪ this is really exciting and ♪ ♪ i want to thank thepride ♪
♪ board and stan and carolyn ♪ ♪ and everyone else for not ♪ ♪ giving up during the ♪ ♪ pandemic and keeping it ♪ ♪ going .♪ ♪ [applause] and so i looked ♪ ♪ at my first pride in 1994 in♪ ♪ philadelphia and san ♪ ♪ francisco pride my first ♪ ♪ time was 95 .♪ ♪ and it really just doesn't ♪ ♪ matter so much.♪ ♪ you know, with some of the ♪ ♪ turbulence this year, the ♪ ♪ disagreements around pride ♪ ♪ and our police and mayor and ♪ ♪ then there's a separate ♪ ♪ prideprotest that's going to ♪ ♪ happen on polk street some ♪ ♪ people were coming up and ♪ ♪ stressing ,what's happening♪ ♪ and i'm like don't worry ♪ ♪ about it .♪ ♪ it's all going to be good, ♪ ♪ we're all going to come back ♪ ♪ together .♪ ♪ it's okay to have family ♪ ♪ disagreements and arguments ♪ ♪ becausein the end we are all ♪ ♪ family so i'm so thrilled we ♪ ♪ are going to be coming ♪ ♪ together .♪ ♪ and just really excited ♪ ♪ about that.♪
♪ we have tounderstand what ♪ ♪ ever our disagreements in ♪ ♪ san francisco and we have ♪ ♪ many disagreements, we love ♪ ♪ arguing with ourselves as a ♪ ♪ city .♪ ♪ we have to keep our eye on ♪ ♪ the ball and i think aria ♪ ♪ mentioned it and it is so ♪ ♪ true.♪ ♪ we have laws getting past ♪ ♪ that are similar to vladimir ♪ ♪ putin's gay propaganda laws ♪ ♪ that he passed.♪ ♪ not just in the us, laws ♪ ♪ that are compared to fascist ♪ ♪ laws passed by vladimir ♪ ♪ putin.♪ ♪ we have literally laws such ♪ ♪ as what's happening in texas ♪ ♪ and alabama and elsewhere to ♪ ♪ really think about what it ♪ ♪ means that you have a trans ♪ ♪ kid whose parents are ♪ ♪ supporting that kid.♪ ♪ so many queer kids in ♪ ♪ general are rejected by ♪ ♪ theirfamilies .♪ ♪ kickedout and they become ♪ ♪ homeless .♪ ♪ and you have families that ♪ ♪ are supporting their kids ♪ ♪ and what's going to happen ♪ ♪ potentially?the kid is ♪
♪ going to be taken out and ♪ ♪ put in foster careand the ♪ ♪ parents are going to be put ♪ ♪ in prison and the doctor put ♪ ♪ in prison to up to 10 years ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ imaginewhat universe where ♪ ♪ in in the united states of ♪ ♪ america in 2022 that is♪ ♪ happening .♪ ♪ just imagine these kids are ♪ ♪ not living in a cave .♪ ♪ these kids have bones, ♪ ♪ internet, they see the news♪ ♪ they know what's happening .♪ ♪ can you imagine your some 10 ♪ ♪ or 13-year-old queer kid in ♪ ♪ florida or texas oralabama , ♪ ♪ really anywhere and you hear ♪ ♪ powerful politicians running ♪ ♪ around saying we're taking ♪ ♪ you away from your parents, ♪ ♪ putting yourparents in jail ♪ ♪ and we're going to blow up ♪ ♪ your life .♪ ♪ and is it any wonder the ♪ ♪ rates of suicide are so high ♪ ♪ among lgbtq youth.♪ ♪ that's not random.♪ ♪ that's because of things ♪ ♪ happening in this country in ♪
♪ 2022.♪ ♪ people are still dying from ♪ ♪ hiv particularly in black ♪ ♪ and brown communities and 50 ♪ ♪ percent of homeless youth ♪ ♪ are lgbtq so we have worked ♪ ♪ out for us.♪ ♪ we're going to recharge our ♪ ♪ batteries and get out there ♪ ♪ and fight and win so happy ♪ ♪ pride everyone.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you senator weiner ♪ ♪ for that very insightful♪ ♪ perspective .♪ ♪ and it's why i'm really so ♪ ♪ proud and happy about all ♪ ♪ the amazing work that we do ♪ ♪ here in san francisco and in ♪ ♪ fact this upcoming budget ♪ ♪ which i'm hoping the members ♪ ♪ of the board will support ♪ ♪ because they're the next ♪ ♪ speakers up so maybe we'll ♪ ♪ getthere commitment on the ♪ ♪ mic .♪ ♪ but we've started a program ♪ ♪ called trans home sf because ♪ ♪ of the trans community and ♪ ♪ in fact looking over that ♪ ♪ program and looking at what ♪
♪ was possible in terms of the♪ ♪ numbers and the disparities ♪ ♪ and all that information , ♪ ♪ it was really great to have ♪ ♪ a member of the board like ♪ ♪ supervisor rafael mandelman ♪ ♪ who understood what we ♪ ♪ needed to do to make those ♪ ♪ investments and our ♪ ♪ commitment to and trans ♪ ♪ homelessness in san ♪ ♪ francisco.♪ ♪ our commitment to provide ♪ ♪ universal income and a ♪ ♪ number of other initiatives ♪ ♪ and again, this is not just ♪ ♪ coming from me and ♪ ♪ supervisor mandelman.♪ ♪ this is coming from whatthe ♪ ♪ community is asking for .♪ ♪ and aren't we lucky to have ♪ ♪ a city that believes in ♪ ♪ supporting the people that ♪ ♪ have the direct not only ♪ ♪ experience but also the ♪ ♪ direct engagement with the♪ ♪ community to understand ♪ ♪ where the needs are .♪ ♪ and i am really grateful ♪ ♪ that supervisor mandelman ♪
♪ has been a real partner in ♪ ♪ fighting for this community ♪ ♪ in general and fighting for ♪ ♪ this city and i can't wait ♪ ♪ until we're able to cut the ♪ ♪ ribbon on our new lgbtq ♪ ♪ museum in the castro.♪ ♪ i'm looking forward to so ♪ ♪ many wonderful things to ♪ ♪ celebrate and uplift the ♪ ♪ lgbtq community, not just ♪ ♪ during pride but year-round ♪ ♪ and the person that's been ♪ ♪ an incredible partneron the ♪ ♪ board of supervisors in ♪ ♪ helping to do that is ♪ ♪ supervisor rafael mandelman ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> i'm so relieved.♪ ♪ i just want to say how ♪ ♪ grateful i am and i think ♪ ♪ our san francisco queer ♪ ♪ community is and i think the ♪ ♪ whole city is that people of ♪ ♪ goodwill have sent spent a ♪ ♪ lot of time and a lot of ♪ ♪ meetings over the last ♪ ♪ several months to get us to ♪ ♪ the point where we are all ♪ ♪ feeling comfortable about ♪ ♪ being in the pride parade ♪
♪ and i, one of the things ♪ ♪ i've been saying to folks is ♪ ♪ as we approached this month ♪ ♪ was i'mnot sure anybody's ♪ ♪ wrong here .♪ ♪ iagree with everyone in this ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ so suzanne and carolyn and ♪ ♪ the pride board, thank you ♪ ♪ so much and to cast and ♪ ♪ michael who's somewhere and ♪ ♪ all of the members of the ♪ ♪ pride alliance for being♪ ♪ thoughtful about this .♪ ♪ to supervisor dorsey i think ♪ ♪ kind of helped out and gave♪ ♪ us a final push in the end .♪ ♪ to aria.♪ ♪ people heard each other and ♪ ♪ listened and thisis how you ♪ ♪ want things to happen and ♪ ♪ thank you mayor agreed .♪ ♪ i'm getting emotional too.♪ ♪ i mean, i'm so happy we're ♪ ♪ here for a number of ♪ ♪ reasons.♪ ♪ one is i want us to be able♪ ♪ to celebrate pride this year ♪ ♪ because it is our first ♪ ♪ pride back in three years .♪ ♪ and because our pride board ♪ ♪ has kept the flame alive ♪
♪ this pastseveral years ♪ ♪ thinking about ways to have ♪ ♪ pride without having pride.♪ ♪ it's been hard but they've ♪ ♪ done it .♪ ♪ and then the other thing.♪ ♪ the reason i am relieved ♪ ♪ about being here right now ♪ ♪ and thought i have that i've ♪ ♪ been carrying with me is i ♪ ♪ don't agree with london ♪ ♪ breed abouteverything london ♪ ♪ breed is annoyed by me ♪ ♪ frequently .♪ ♪ i know.♪ ♪ i've always screw up these ♪ ♪ things.♪ ♪ but one thing i have never ♪ ♪ doubted and have no doubt ♪ ♪ about is london breed's ♪ ♪ commitment to the queer ♪ ♪ community.♪ ♪ if you look ... [applause] ♪ ♪ >> our terms in office ♪ ♪ overlap but if i look back ♪ ♪ is that these last three ♪ ♪ years every single year this ♪ ♪ woman comes forward with ♪ ♪ groundbreaking and ♪ ♪ unprecedentedinvestments in ♪ ♪ queer people .♪ ♪ and the most vulnerable ♪ ♪ queer people.♪ ♪ she focuses on the ♪
♪ transgendercommunity and ♪ ♪ she's talked about some of ♪ ♪ it .♪ ♪ universalbasic income in san ♪ ♪ francisco .♪ ♪ unprecedented investment in ♪ ♪ directed at unhoused trans ♪ ♪ folks, if we don'tfocus on ♪ ♪ unhoused transports we will ♪ ♪ not trans folks .♪ ♪ not a commitment to and ♪ ♪ transgender homelessness ♪ ♪ within five years in san ♪ ♪ francisco.♪ ♪ we can do it it's still ♪ ♪ amazing and this mayor is ♪ ♪ going to make it if you look ♪ ♪ at investments in queer ♪ ♪ communityinstitutions , ♪ ♪ housing for seniors, we're ♪ ♪ going to get a building ♪ ♪ that'sgoing to house more ♪ ♪ than 100 , more than 100 ♪ ♪ lgbtq seniors where they ♪ ♪ will be have a home and if ♪ ♪ they get convicted is not ♪ ♪ going to mean leaving the ♪ ♪ state or the bay area.♪ ♪ and weather is going to be ♪ ♪ the museum, investments in ♪ ♪ tim seelig's billing and ♪
♪ these investments inpeople ♪ ♪ and the recognition of the ♪ ♪ talent in the queer ♪ ♪ community .♪ ♪ the number of queer ♪ ♪ department heads as i look ♪ ♪ around, they're all ♪ ♪ brilliant.♪ ♪ but that's amazing that our♪ ♪ city is led by so many queer ♪ ♪ people.♪ ♪ our commissioner deborah ♪ ♪ walker was about to step on ♪ ♪ to the police commission, ♪ ♪ good luck .♪ ♪ so i didnot, one of my fears ♪ ♪ , i get anxious about a lot ♪ ♪ of stuff but one of my ♪ ♪ anxieties was that reality ♪ ♪ of one degrees record like ♪ ♪ it obscured and won't also ♪ ♪ they're going to have a ♪ ♪ fantastic party♪ ♪ i'm looking forward to it .♪ ♪ i'm excited.♪ ♪ i think i'm supposed to ♪ ♪ announce the newest queer ♪ ♪ supervisor in san francisco ♪ ♪ and in the bay area and up ♪ ♪ until now i've been able to ♪ ♪ say i'm the only one i can't ♪ ♪ say itanymore but i'm super ♪ ♪ happy about that and that is ♪ ♪ areflection i think of the ♪
♪ mayor's commitment to the ♪ ♪ queer community .♪ ♪ matt dorsey , you helped us ♪ ♪ get to this point with this ♪ ♪ year's pride and i am so ♪ ♪ excited to see all the ♪ ♪ things you're goingto do on ♪ ♪ the board.♪ ♪ it's a joy to serve with you ♪ ♪ and thank you for appointing ♪ ♪ matt dorsey to represent ♪ ♪ district 6 .♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you so much.♪ ♪ i want to express my ♪ ♪ gratitude to carolyn and ♪ ♪ suzanne.♪ ♪ yesterday in a conversation ♪ ♪ carolyn said i'm going to be ♪ ♪ blunt and i say good because ♪ ♪ we don't have time for ♪ ♪ nuance.♪ ♪ getting this done was ♪ ♪ important and i want to ♪ ♪ express my gratitude to joe ♪ ♪ weitzman in myoffice, lisa ♪ ♪ williams .♪ ♪ the human rightscommission, ♪ ♪ cheryldavis .♪ ♪ the lgbtq advisory ♪ ♪ commission .♪ ♪ people are having a ♪ ♪ difficult conversations and ♪ ♪ i especially want to express ♪ ♪ my gratitude because you ♪ ♪ know how personal it is tome ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ the officer catherine ♪ ♪ winters, all the men, women ♪
♪ and non-binary members of ♪ ♪ the san francisco police ♪ ♪ department, san francisco ♪ ♪ firedepartment, san ♪ ♪ francisco sheriff's ♪ ♪ department for going to the ♪ ♪ table with a spirit of ♪ ♪ collaboration and consensus ♪ ♪ and getting this done .i ♪ ♪ am so excited like the mayor ♪ ♪ tobe marching in pride and i ♪ ♪ want to acknowledge too when ♪ ♪ i said i was going to sit ♪ ♪ out , it was partly because ♪ ♪ i spent two years in the ♪ ♪ police department and these ♪ ♪ are my colleagues and ♪ ♪ friends but i want to ♪ ♪ remember when i moved to san ♪ ♪ francisco as a young gay man♪ ♪ , there was aformer police ♪ ♪ commissioner named wayne ♪ ♪ striker who was a mentor to ♪ ♪ me .♪ ♪ dennis collins was a ♪ ♪ groundbreaking da ♪ ♪ investigator who was a ♪ ♪ mentor to me.♪ ♪ joey daly was the first ♪ ♪ lesbian police commissioner ♪ ♪ appointed in 1980.♪ ♪ i got to work for two years ♪ ♪ and a police department ♪ ♪ that's been the beneficiary ♪ ♪ of lgbtq leadership from no ♪ ♪ fewer than 10 police ♪
♪ commissioners and we're ♪ ♪ going to have an 11th and ♪ ♪ i'm excited to be supporting ♪ ♪ deborah walker.♪ ♪ it means the world to me to ♪ ♪ our foreign public safety ♪ ♪ officers and firefighters ♪ ♪ and emts and sheriffs that ♪ ♪ we got thisdone.♪ ♪ happy pride everybody.♪ ♪ let's get out and celebrate ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> this brings us to the end ♪ ♪ of our program.♪ ♪ i just want to thank ♪ ♪ everyone who is joining us ♪ ♪ here today and i also want ♪ ♪ to simply call out and thank ♪ ♪ tom horne.♪ ♪ many of you know that tom ♪ ♪ does extraordinary work ♪ ♪ mostly behind-the-scenes in ♪ ♪ this community and a big ♪ ♪ supporter of all things ♪ ♪ pride but also a big, major ♪ ♪ ambassador to the city and ♪
♪ county of san francisco so ♪ ♪ we arehonored by your ♪ ♪ presence ♪ ♪ grateful to have you and ♪ ♪ grateful to have each and ♪ ♪ every one of you .♪ ♪ lovewill bring us together .♪ ♪ lovehas brought us together ♪ ♪ and in the spirit of love , ♪ ♪ let's celebrate pride like ♪ ♪ san francisco celebrates ♪ ♪ prideand let's turn it up .♪ ♪ you also much.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ >> .♪ ♪ >>
>> i love teaching. it is such an exhilarating experience when people began to feel their own creativity. >> this really is a place where all people can come and take a class and fill part of the community. this is very enriching as an artist. a lot of folks take these classes and take their digital imagery and turn it into negatives. >> there are not many black and white darkrooms available anymore. that is a really big draw. >> this is a signature piece. this is the bill largest darkroom in the u.s.. >> there are a lot of people that want to get into that dark
room. >> i think it is the heart of this place. you feel it when you come in. >> the people who just started taking pictures, so this is really an intersection for many generations of photographers and this is a great place to learn because if you need people from different areas and also everyone who works here is working in photography.
>> we get to build the community here. this is different. first of all, this is a great location. it is in a less-populated area. >> of lot of people come here just so that they can participate in this program. it is a great opportunity for people who have a little bit of photographic experience. the people have a lot, they can really come together and share a love and a passion. >> we offer everything from traditional black and white darkrooms to learning how to process your first roll of film. we offer classes and workshops in digital camera, digital printing.
we offer classes basically in the shooting, ton the town at night, treasure island. there is a way for the programs exploring everyone who would like to spend the day on this program. >> hello, my name is jennifer. >> my name is simone. we are going on a field trip to take pictures up the hill. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. >> actually, i have been here a lot. i have never looked closely enough to see everything. now, i get to take pictures. >> we want to try to get them to
be more creative with it. we let them to be free with them but at the same time, we give them a little bit of direction. >> you can focus in here. >> that was cool. >> if you see that? >> behind the city, behind the houses, behind those hills. the see any more hills? >> these kids are wonderful. they get to explore, they get to see different things. >> we let them explore a little bit. they get their best. if their parents ever ask, we can learn -- they can say that
they learned about the depth of field or the rule of thirds or that the shadows can give a good contrast. some of the things they come up with are fantastic. that is what we're trying to encourage. these kids can bring up the creativity and also the love for photography. >> a lot of people come into my classes and they don't feel like they really are creative and through the process of working and showing them and giving them some tips and ideas. >> this is kind of the best kept secret. you should come on and take a class. we have orientations on most saturdays. this is a really wonderful location and is the real jewel to the community. >> ready to develop your photography skills?
the harvey milk photo center focuses on adult classes. and saturday workshops expose youth and adults to photography classes. welcome to the bridge to excellence scholarship awards ceremony. please, give it up. what a beautiful day we've been blessed with. it's warm. it's sunny. and we're going to give out some amazing awards to some tremendously talented and perseverance students. the bridge to excellence scholarship is awarded to seniors who are highly dedicated to their academic success. the award is giving to students
so they can overcome the financial barriers that come along with attending a four-year university. and so today, i would like to introduce mayor breed. i would just like to say a couple words about mayor breed. she was born and raised in plaza east public housing by her grandmother. fast forward to 2018, she was elected to be the first african american woman to serve as mayor of san francisco. in 2019, she was re-elected and her and her administration have worked very hard and tirelessly to focus on some of the most crucial issues in san francisco including homelessness, public housing, workforce development,
and, of course, covid-19 recovery. we all remember 2020 and we want to thank mayor london breed for taking a leadership role in recovery. the vaccination point was very scary times. but she set up many vaccination sites all around the city. and, today, over 89% of eligible residents are vaccinated, so let's give it up for that. not only did she help the public health, but she also helped the businesses, the small businesses recover. she gave over $65 million in grants and loans to 3,000 small
businesses around san francisco. since 2020, she's been working on a homeless recovery act where over 6,000 units are being created as we speak to help house unhoused individuals. i can go on and on about mayor breed. she was the executive director of the african american art and culture complex for over seven years and it just goes to show how much effort and how much she cares about the youth in san francisco and that's why she created this scholarship in 2019 to help youth overcome the hardships and barriers that come along with attending
college. these students have maintained a very high gpa. they have overcome some of the toughest situations of being a young person in san francisco and these students have been dedicated to going to a four-year university and being one of the first people in their family to go to university. so let's give it up for them. once again, i would like to introduce one of my personal heroes, mayor london breed. all right. how are you doing? >> good morning. come on. the first thing i'm going to say is obviously i'm not mayor london breed. so we got that out the way. my name is murell green.
my name is dr. murell green. i am the newly appointed board of trustee for city college of san francisco by mayor london breed. and she asked me to come here this morning, today to express a couple words to the scholarship recipients. first of all, i'd like everybody to clap for our scholarship recipients and i think you can do a little better than that. please. there you go. secondly, it wasn't too long ago, well, actually it was that i was sitting in your place. a product of the san francisco unified school district, george washington high school off going to clark atlanta university and received a scholarship from various organizations.
now, let me tell you what that did for me. if it wasn't for those scholarships, i would have been able to afford to go to the college of my choice. someone somewhere believed in me. and, so this is what i did while i was in college. so this is the first lesson for the recipients. college is a time where you're going to have options some good, some bad. you're going to have to make decisions. whatever you do, remember who was that invested in me to get here and i have to make them proud. i have to follow through with what was delivered to me. as you think about the scholarships, it's more than money. it's a privilege. and i want you guys to take advantage of that privilege as you go on to your universities. i've looked over the list of outstanding universities. we have the cal state
university system. university of california system. one of my favorites historically black colleges and universities. but, congratulations to all of you. but remember there's somebody somewhere that's invested in you whether you know them or whether you don't know them. none of you know me. i'm invested in your future. there are people here today that are invested in your future and there are people who are not here that are invested in your future. so go forth, do well. we are so proud of you. thank you. [applause] and, with that, i will introduce the mayor of the city and county of san francisco, the honorable mayor london breed. [applause] >> i'm so -- testing, one.
two. i'm so really excited to be here with all of you today. i know it's been a long journey to get here and i want to thank murell for joining us and murell and i are still friends despite the fact i want to gal and he went to wash. are those rivalries still going on? kind of. a lost generation back in the day. anyway, i am really excited to be here because i started this program when i first became mayor. and i started it along with opportunities for all where young people can access to a paid internship and also folks who are first in their families to go to college can have access to a scholarship. and i've got to tell you, you know, i'm the mayor here of san francisco today because i had people who believed in me
because i had support and even though i had a lot of challenges growing up, i'm here. and i was able to attend college. and so when i started this scholarship fund, i wanted it to be something that really focused on kids who kind of grew up through similar challenges like i did. because i will tell you that people who i grew up with, are they didn't in some cases make it. sadly, they've ended up on drugs. they've ended up in jail. they've ended up dead. and, i remember going to more funerals as a teenager than i can even count and thinking to myself what can change? what can we do to make a difference? and i remember being in college and getting the phone calls of people that i loved and i care about who we had lost. there was a lot of pain and a lot of suffering to the point
where i felt like i wanted to give up. i didn't always have all the financial resources i needed. my grandmother who raised me in public housing, she didn't have the money to help. she did what she could. every now and then she'll send me a card in the mail with $20 and say stay focused and do good and $20 was a lot. and, what i am so excited about today is with my story knowing that regardless of my circumstances that i could be here with you all today and be in a position as mayor and to tell you directly if someone like me can grow up in the most challenging of circumstances, then you all can grow up in the most challenging of circumstances and you can still overcome that and you can still succeed in life. and, i don't want you to tell anyone -- i don't want anyone
to tell you what you can't do because the fact that you were able to maintain a high grade point average. the fact that you were able to graduate from high school. the fact that you were able to focus on applying to major universities in this country. and the fact that all of you, each and every one of you has a story that probably most people wouldn't even believe that you've gone through these extraordinary obstacles to be here today. and so i wanted you to know how important you are. how hard it was to make a decision to receive this scholarship. more importantly, this is really about making sure that money is not a barrier to your success. and that's what it means to make sure that we provide scholarships, that we provide
resources, that we provide support. and, today, i have a special surprise. yes, you're still getting your scholarships, but you're also getting something real special because i also think what you see is what you know you can be. the reason why i brought all these special people here today is because i want you to see yourself in them. i want you to know that there are people who have experienced the same challenges you have experienced and have become successful in life. so today i have a very special guest. this person grew up in san francisco just like all of you. he graduated from lowell high school. he participated in various programs including project level where he received a stipend because of the opportunities for all the programses. all these great things and he went on to be this
multi-platinum artist with 1.6 million, you know that stuff on spotify, streams. thank you. ya'll know i'm old. but here's the special thing about him, he continues to give back to the community. and so ladies and gentlemen, i want to platinum recording artist 24k golden. where's the walk-up song? ♪ oh, baby you you got what i need, but you say i'm just a
friend ♪♪ ♪ oh, baby you, you got what i need ♪♪ >> so let me just say, i wanted to invite him here because not only did he participate in some wonderful programs in san francisco, he's really a star. he's performed on the grammy's. he performeded here at what was that concert here? yeah. outside land in front of thousands of people, but he's not just a talented singer and recording artist. he worked so hard to perfect his craft. ment he worked so hard to do everything it is that he's doing and because of his hard work, he's a success and he's right here from the city and county of san francisco. so you should be proud. so i wanted to do something
special and i asked him to come talk to all of you and he said yes without hesitation. he gets paid a lot of money to show up. so when we asked him to come and talk to all of you about his experiences he said without hesitation, yes. but i wanted to do something special for him because he's been doing a number of things. he has not forgotten where he came from. when he had an opportunity to give to any charity he wanted, someone else's money, he chose project level and i see big rich in the back. thank you for having here. big rich works with project level who works with young people through a number of things, not just using their talents, but their skills and choreography and graphic arts and all these things that you all do and he chose this organization to not only give back, but he continues to be actively engaged in the community in some capacity. he knows that it's meaningful
to ensure that regardless of your success and how successful you become in life, it's so important that you give back and you provide opportunities to other people. so he's here to talk to you today, but before he does, i wanted to do something special to welcome him back home with all of his success to give him something that i hope would be beneficial, something he can be privileged and honor to carry around the world. today on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, we're going to officially declare it 24k golden day in san francisco. >> thank you so much. oh, my god. yo, can ya'll hear me all right? i'm a little more familiar with this one. first of all, thank you so much, mayor breed. i didn't know that this was
going to be happening coming in today. this is a huge surprise and i just want to say that this city made me who i am today. you know, it wasn't so long that i was in all your guys' position right there applying for college, trying to get scholarships and i know how crazy it is to grow up in this city, how beautiful it is, how special it is to all of us and even though you've put in a lot of work in the last 12, 13 years in the public school system, that's just the beginning. what ya'll are about to do now, that's the real beginning of your story. that's the real first step. so wherever you're going next whether it's college, university, community college, just make sure that next step is a stride and sorry to my mom because she probably wanted to be here to see this happen but i forgot to tell her.
so my bad. congratulations to all the talented scholars for your excellence that you demonstrated. >> let's make some noise for 24k golden. 24k golden day. right on, bro. so i'd like to just say that this is a very special moment for our young people right now. and i just want to say give yourself a round of applause once again, please. i'll be mcing and i'll be awarding, not awarding, but i will be telling the young folks to come up here. but before we do all that, are i'd like to introduce a special guest. mike hill gregory.
someone who i think is just an amazing person. i just have a few remarks to say about mikel. i've known him since i think he was a freshman in high school and he's always been such a hard worker, great leader and just a dedicated and motivated individual. i'm very praud of him. he went to u.s.f. getting his b.a. in communications, kept it going. he got his miner in african american studies and was on the pre-med track to go to columbia. he's getting his medical degree at columbia university. he's striving to help folks that are not usually comfortable going to the medical office or comfortable with doctors. he wants to change that. he wants to intersect communication and medicine.
he's super interested in medicine and that's what keeps him going. that's what keeps him motivated. mikel, i'm really proud of you and i would just like to say, you're going to do great things and i know it and i've seen it from the very beginning. so please come up here. mikel is so happy that his family, spiritual parents, his parents have all come to support him and it takes a village and that village. yes, sir. thank you so much. >> give another round of applause for nico. i'm from a baptist church. so i like call and response. amen? amen? thank you. i am a village project. my name is mikel gregory. i am a village project. that means 100% college prep. that means more magic. that means collective impact.
opportunities for all. college track, seo scholars, the list goes on. i can definitely acknowledge i'm not where i am right now by my own merit without my parents and my community, it would not be possible. again, good morning. ya'll playing. i'm call and response. good morning. there we go. my name is mikel gregory. and i'm the first in my family to attend college and now a proud graduate of the university of san francisco. yes, sir, clap it up. where i majored in communication studies and biology on the premedical track. i know that was a mouthful. but each of those identities and i'm talking to you 15 and those accolades were so pittal to my success up until this very moment. i know this time is many speeches and overdone messages so i'm not going to stand before you here long. i want to recognize as a peer,
as a peer graduate who stood in your shoes a little over four years ago, i know those emotions that you are currently feeling. excitement about the new journey ahead. anxiety over how you're going to pay for it. nervousness as to how it will work out and lastly, fear on whether or not you should be the one that's chosen or if you're capable of doing the work. let me be the first to say although i understand, i know you can do it. if i can do it, that if the individuals sitting here with degrees can do it, then by golly, you can too. and not to mention, you have us here to support you as well. i'm going to leave you with three critical aspects to success. if you remember anything from my words that i've given you, i want you to remember this, own your story. your full authentic self is needed in that classroom, at that university. don't filter it. don't hide it or for the fame.
don't filter it, don't hide it, the real you because of shame. stand proud of your story even the painful elements because it was the accumulation of that story that brought you to this very place. it's not about where you start, but about where you're going. and, fail forward. and what i mean by that is i always like to tell people their story about me in my biology class and how i failed two tests and how i was asked to leave the major. but trust yourself and your journey enough that even in the times of perceived failure, you can still make it. if i didn't grow to believe that the valleys in my life were necessary to my development, i wouldn't be preparing to attend columbia university in the fall. and, finally, remember to give back and share gratitude about what you've learned. to let people -- to let the people know who've poured into you thank you. the teachers, the relatives,
the mentors, the friends. they were individuals that poured into you on nights you didn't want to pour into yourself. so be careful enough to offer your deepest appreciation and thanks on this day and forever more. i promise you it will go a long way. but also, your words of wisdom and expertise being shared to the generations coming after you is almost required at this point. because after all, the more you know, the more you owe. again, i'm going to say that for you one more time. the more you know the more you owe. it's not stopping with you. thank you, congratulations bridge of excellence scholars. i wish you the best. please use me as a resource in the future. [applause] >> okay. let's give it up for mikel one more time. please. [applause] so i would like to bring up mayor breed to issue the
certificates and i will be announcing the names. students will be coming up. d.j. carlos will be playing their song. >> i'm going to ask some special guests to join me to issue the certificates. first of all, 24k golden, he's going to issue you your certificates. so he's going to be joining me as well as the president of the board of education, jenny lam. and then there's also a member of the board of education who's here, ann chiu. and finally the people who will make magic happen for students shgts the director of the department of children, youth, and families, maria sue and the human rights director cheryl davis. and, last but not least, when we're done issuing the certificates, we're going to take a group photo and then you
all can also take your blow-up photographs with you. something you can walk away with. all right. let's get started. you're going to use that microphone. >> yeah. sure. okay. our first recipient of the bridge to excellence scholarship is ayindi hamilton. [applause] [♪♪] ayindi attended mission high school. graduating from mission high school and is going to u.c. berkeley. [♪♪]
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
>> my name is sharky laguana. i am a small business owner. i own a company called vandigo van rentals. it rents vans to the music industry. i am also a member of the small business commission as appointed by mayor breed in 2019. i am a musician and have worked as a professional musician and recording artist in the 90s. [♪♪♪] >> we came up in san francisco, so i've played at most of the live venues as a performer, and, of course, i've seen hundreds of shows over the
years, and i care very, very deeply about live entertainment. in fact, when i joined the commission, i said that i was going to make a particular effort to pay attention to the arts and entertainment and make sure that those small businesses receive the level of attention that i think they deserve. >> this is a constantly and rapidly changing situation, and we are working hard to be aggressive to flatten the curve to disrupt the spread of covid-19. >> when the pandemic hit, it was crystal clear to me that this was devastating to the music industry because live venues had to completely shutdown. there was no way for them to open for even a single day or in limited capacity. that hit me emotionally as an artist and hit me
professionally, as well as a small business that caters to artists, so i was very deeply concerned about what the city could do to help the entertainment committee. we knew we needed somebody to introduce some kind of legislation to get the ball rolling, and so we just started texting supervisor haney, just harassing him, saying we need to do something, we need to do something. he said i know we need to do something, but what do we do? we eventually settled on this idea that there would be an independent venue recovery fund. >> clerk: there are 11 ayes. >> president walton: thank you. without objection, this resolution is passed unanimously. >> and we were concerned for these small mom-and-pop businesses that contribute so
much to our arts community. >> we are an extremely small venue that has the capacity to do extremely small shows. most of our staff has been working for us for over ten years. there's very little turnover in the staff, so it felt like family. sharky with the small business commission was crucial in pestering supervisor haney and others to really keep our industry top of mind. we closed down on march 13 of 2020 when we heard that there was an order to do so by the mayor, and we had to call that show in the middle of the night. they were in the middle of their sound check, and i had to
call the venue and say, we need to cancel the show tonight. >> the fund is for our live music and entertainment venues, and in its first round, it will offer grants of at least $10,000 to qualifying venues. these are venues that offer a signature amount of live entertainment programming before the pandemic and are committed to reopening and offering live entertainment spaces after the pandemic. >> it's going to, you know, just stave off the bleeding for a moment. it's the city contributing to helping make sure these venues are around, to continue to be part of the economic recovery for our city. >> when you think about the venues for events in the city, we're talking about all of them. some have been able to come back adaptively over the last year and have been able to be
shape shifters in this pandemic, and that's exciting to see, but i'm really looking forward to the day when events and venues can reopen and help drive the recovery here in san francisco. >> they have done a study that says for every dollar of ticket sales done in this city, $12 goes to neighboring businesses. from all of our vendors to the restaurants that are next to our ven sues and just so many other things that you can think of, all of which have been so negatively affected by covid. for this industry to fail is unthinkable on so many levels. it's unheard of, like, san francisco without its music scene would be a terribly dismal place. >> i don't know that this needs to be arrest -- that there
needs to be art welfare for artists. we just need to live and pay for our food, and things will take care of themselves. i think that that's not the given situation. what san francisco could do that they don't seem to do very much is really do something to support these clubs and venues that have all of these different artists performing in them. actually, i think precovid, it was, you know, don't have a warehouse party and don't do a gig. don't go outside, and don't do this. there was a lot of don't, don't, don't, and after the pandemic, they realized we're a big industry, and we bring a lot of money into this city, so they need to encourage and hope these venues. and then, you know, as far as people like me, it would be nice if you didn't only get encouraged for only singing opera or playing violin. [♪♪♪]
>> entertainment is a huge part of what is going to make this city bounce back, and we're going to need to have live music coming back, and comedy, and drag shows and everything under the sun that is fun and creative in order to get smiles back on our faces and in order to get the city moving again. [♪♪♪] >> venues serve a really vital function in society. there aren't many places where people from any walk of life, race, religion, sexuality can come together in the same room and experience joy, right? experience love, experience anything that what makes us human, community, our connective tissues between
different souls. if we were to lose this, lose this situation, you're going to lose this very vital piece of society, and just coming out of the pandemic, you know, it's going to help us recover socially? well, yeah, because we need to be in the same room with a bunch of people, and then help people across the country recover financially. >> san francisco art recovery fund, amazing. it opened yesterday on april 21. applications are open through may 5. we're encouraging everyone in the coalition to apply. there's very clear information on what's eligible, but that's basically been what our coalition has been advocating for from the beginning. you know, everyone's been supportive, and they've all been hugely integral to this program getting off the ground. you know, we found our champion with supervisor matt haney from district six who introduced this legislation and pushed
this into law. mayor breed dedicated $1.5 million this fund, and then supervisor haney matched that, so there's $3 million in this fund. this is a huge moment for our coalition. it's what we've been fighting for all along. >> one of the challenges of our business is staying on top of all the opportunities as they come back. at the office of oewd, office of economic and workforce development, if you need to speak to somebody, you can find people who can help you navigate any of the available programs and resources. >> a lot of blind optimism has kept us afloat, you know, and there's been a lot of reason for despair, but this is what keeps me in the business, and this is what keeps me fighting, you know, and continuing to advocate, is that we need this
and this is part of our life's blood as much as oxygen and food is. don't lose heart. look at there for all the various grants that are available to you. some of them might be very slow to unrao, and it might seem like too -- unroll, and it might seem like it's too late, but people are going to fight to keep their beloved venues open, and as a band, you're going to be okay. [♪♪♪]