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[gavel] >> the meeting will come to order. good morning. this is the june 29, 2022, budget and finance committee. i'm supervisor, hillary ronen, chair of the budget and finance committee. i'm joined by committee members, supervisor safai and supervisor mar will be here shortly. we're joined by chair >> supervisor mandelman: . our clerk is brent jalipa. i would like to thank sfgov tv. mr. clerk, do you have announcements? >> clerk: thank you, madam chair. for the record, member mar is currently online. so he's joining us remotely.
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>> chair ronen: okay. >> clerk: please make sure to silence all cell phones, hand electronic devices. board of supervisors and committees are convening hybrid meetings that allow in-person attendance and public comment by telephone. the board recognizes equitable public access is essential and taking public comment as follows. first public comment on the item of the agenda. those attending in-person will speak first. we will take those waiting on the telephone line. for those watching channels 26, 78 or 99 and, the public comment call in number is streaming across the screen. that number is 415-655-0001. again, that's 415-655-0001. and enter the meeting i.d. of 24892610924. then press pound twice. when connected, you'll hear the discussions but you'll be muted
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in listening mode only. when the item comes up and public comment is called, joining in-person, line top speak and those on phones, press star 3. turn down your tv and listening devices you may be using. alternatively, you may submit public comment in writing. email them to myself it will be forwarded to the supervisors and included in official file. you may submit comments to city hall, 1 dr. carlton -- room 244 san francisco, ca, 94102. items enacted upon today are expected to appear on the board of supervisors' agenda of july 12th, unless otherwise stated. madam chair. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. could you please call item
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number one. >> clerk: item number 1, ordinance approving new 2022 transportation expenditure plan for the county transportation authority and submitting to the voters at an election to be held on november 8, 2022, amending the business and tax regulations code to continue in effect the existing local transactions and use tax at the existing rate of 0.5% for 30 years to fund transportation improvements under the 2022 transportation expenditure plan. increasing the transportation authority's appropriations limit by the amount checked under the transactions and use tax for four years from november 8, 2022, authorizing the transportation authority to issue limited tax bonds secured by transactions and use tax revenues. affirming the transportation authority's determination under the california environmental quality act and making findings of consistency with the general plan and the eight priority policies of planning code
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section 101.1. the members of the public joining us remotely and wish to comment on this ordinance, call 415-655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 24892610924. then press pound twice. once connected, press star 3 to enter the speaker line. madam chair. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. thank you for being here, chair mandelman. could you make opening remarks. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, madam chair and members of the committee for making time for this wednesday morning after a very long monday. this item is an ordinance placed initiative on the november 2022 ballot to renew san francisco's transportation sales tax. this half cent sales tax has been in place since 1989 and renewed in 2003 as prop k with 75% voter approval.
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prop 8 currently brings in $100 million per year and primary source for long-term transportation funding, road repair, street safety improvements and paratransit service. in had march in our capacity as county transportation authority board, we unanimously approved updated expenditure plan that will guide the next generation of transportation investments in san francisco. with the prior expenditure plan managed by the transportation authority in 2003, the 2022 expenditure plan would not raise the tax rate but allow for extension of the current sales tax level upon approval of 2/3 of san francisco's voters. investments called for in the expenditure plan will support transit agency's recovery from the pandemic and delivery and reliable service for riders and enhance goals around street safety, vision zero climate action. and closing equity gaps. this plan increases share of
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sales tax dollars available for the downtown cal train extension, muni and investments and increases funding for paratransit service, essential lifeline support for seniors and people with disabilities during the pandemic through the essential trip program. in the coming years, we will have historic opportunity to leverage billions of dollars in new federal and state infrastructure funds. this spending plan sets us up to maximize those authorities. this revenue will be more critical now following the very narrow failure of prop a, the muni reliability and street safety bond earlier this month. i hope we can take the lesson from that result and cannot take the voters for granted. it's critical to build broad community support for these long-term investments if we want them to pass. fortunately, the measure today stands on a solid foundation, thanks to the great work of the more than two dozen community
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members who spent over six months as members of the expenditure plan advisory committee or epac. they included every district, neighborhood, advocates and civic interests. from transit paritys and departments for the desire use of funds, deliberated among themselves and with t.a. staff. in the end, arrived at a fair and realistic balance of our many pressing transportation priorities. i want to thank everyone who served, especially epec chair and vice chair for their hard work and thank maria lombardo, michelle obu and tilly chang at the t.a. for guiding that process. i see charlie labra here and friends in labor who participated in that process and have been already enormously helpful setting the foundation for a campaign for this measure.
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and thank jacob millib in my office. the expenditure plan was approved in april. thank you, chair ronen. now is time to take the next step putting the tax renewal on the ballot for this ordinance. thank you for your cosponsorship. i hope you could move this out of committee today to stay on track for the november election. i think that tilly chang is here remotely and would like to say a few words. and we have maria lombardo with the t.a., who i think has a brief presentation and could answer questions. thank you. >> thank you so much, chair, and good morning to thank you for your leadership in recognizing over a year ago, the importance of continuing our 30-year track record and the benefits of the
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transportation program, benefitting neighborhoods across the city with projects large and small. the city-wide projects are particularly important right now as we have historic opportunity for leverage, the infrastructure bill and state budget, which our chair mandelman referenced. i thank you for your leadership. which was led by your chief deputy maria lombardo to give a short preparation and available to answer questions. with that, i'll turn it to maria. >> good morning, maria lombardo, chief deputy of the transportation authority. let me pull up my slides.
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can you see my slides? yes. great. after those thorough introductions i will brief. three days after the committee set up by the board of supervisors would allow placement on the november ballot, allowing the extension of the existing half cent sales tax for 30 years to fund the new 2022 transportation expenditure plan. it would not increase sales tax rate but extend the duration and establish a new set of funding priorities. passage of the ordinance requires affirmative 2/3 majority vote. i have two quick slides for folks who may not be familiar with what the half cent sales tax has done. it's been in place since 1990 with the current expenditure plan in place since 2003. the expenditure plan tells voters how the sales tax is
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spent, who could receive funds, and how the program will be administered. a few examples of the types of things that the sales tax has helped deliver are shown on this slide. it ranges from helping the fmta to replace motor buses and light paratransit vehicles, funding for regional travel operators, with improved connections between bart and muni at the station. helped maintain and enhance cal train and including cal train electrification. and it's also a critical funding piece for muni paratransit operations for seniors and persons with disabilities. i've been talking about large projects and programs. but most of the sales tax goes to neighborhood-level projects, traffic signals, signs, street resurfacing. these programs shown on the slide that fund improvements in every corner of the city.
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many neighborhood-scale programs are focused on safety, accessibility, such as sidewalk repair, curb ramps and traffic calming. so why now? i'll do this quickly since our transportation authority chair mandelman said it so concisely. in the current expenditure plan, all of the major capital projects have been delivered under construction except for the downtown extension, which needs additional funding from this new expenditure plan. several of the ongoing programs that we have in the current measure are about to run out of funds. replenishing them by extending the sales tax allows us to continue the important project delivery work in retaining jobs and supports the city's economic recovery. a new plan also let's us add new things that we can fund to the measure, such as next generation of major transit capital project and roadway projects. and as the chair mentioned, the sales tax is critical in helping projects prepare themselves to be competitive for discretionary
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funds and provide needed matching funds. the sales tax over the years has been a powerful tool leveraging other dollars. with each dollar in sales tax funds on average bringing in $4 to $7 in other funds. i won't give this the justice it deserves time-wise, but i want to say there was extensive and varied outreach plan to support this effort that includes things ranging from town halls and surveys, to joining communities where they already were gathering to meet, plus additional strategies to make sure we reach folks who don't typically participate in outreach like this, including listening sessions of community-based organizations who work in equity priority communities, holding focus groups for mono lingual communities and epac. groups of folks were amazing. they spent time in meetings and outside of meetings.
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and despite their very different perspectives at times, they all came together and unanimously adopted the expenditure plan before you today. in the outreach themes, i won't read the slides, but i want to say as we went through all of this outreach feedback, there were themes that popped to the surface, for instance, improving transit, improving safety for bikes, motorists, all uses top pry art as well as equity at the forefront. there were differences that will come as no surprise. some areas of the city were more concerned about parking congestion, others about safety. that's why this expenditure plan has broad type of projects and significant funding for neighborhood-based planning so you can identify the priorities and improvements appropriate for each neighborhood. so what is in the plan? here it is. it will make states safer and smoother. help improve the reliability and
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safety and convenience of transit and paratransit, help improve congestion and improve air quality. this is my last slide. the most concise way to get you know what's in the expenditure plan. there are five large sort of buckets or categories in the program forecast to donate $2.6 billion in $2,020 over the next 30 years just from the sales tax. that's aside from the leveraging based on priority one, more conservative forecast. and more optimistic, we think reasonable priority 2 forecast. the percentages indicate the share of sales tax revenues that go to each categories. the details in the expenditure plan are in the agenda packet. those have further detail in the share of funding for each of the different programs. i'll highlight a few of the things on this chart, starting in the left-hand corner. the largest category is transit, maintenance and enhancements. it provides crucial maintenance and enhancement funding for
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muni, bart, caltrain, ferries, customer touching improvements such as station access and weigh finding and money to allow plan to go occur for the next generation of transit projects. this company a website rail project, northern extension of the central subway or express bus planning. the next largest category is major transit project, which includes things such as next generation of muni forward projects to improve reliability, muni and bart core capacity projects. these contain train control and power upgrades designed to improve capacity, frequency and reliability of systems and funding for the caltrain downtown extension. which is really a regional foundational project to bring rails to downtown san francisco on the base of the sales force transit center and set up possibility of a connection with additional trans feed tube. on the right side, streets and freeway category has lot in
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there about safety, for pedestrians, bikes, motorists. traffic signals and signs and seed money for planning for major street and freeway redesign projects. these are projects designed to help prepare some of the harms created by past major infrastructure projects. and will require significant amount of community planning and technical work. paratransit is the only piece of the program that is operating. it provides a key operating support to the paratransit program. as chair mandelman mentioned, higher than the current measure. last but not least, transportation demand -- sorry. transportation development and management is our smallest pot but has a lot of cost effective programs that encourage folks to take transit to reduce congestion and expands the transportation improvement programs to develop pipelines in neighborhood communities and mass funding to implement the
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recommendations from plans. and there are two other neat programs i want to mention. one is similar to the neighborhood program. the equity program is the same focusing on equity priority communities and city-wide equity studs and lastly, development oriented transportation program newly set up for development, such as many of the priority development programs recently designated on west and south parts of the city and may need additional planning. that's a lot of information. [chuckling] >> there's more on our website. i'm happy to answer questions, as well as our director tilly chang and our deputy director who is remotely. thank you, chair. >> chair ronen: thank you for the preparation. is there any questions? colleagues? no. can we open this item up for public comment. >> clerk: yes, madam chair. members of the public should line up now to speak. for those listening remotely,
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call 415-655-0001. enter the meeting i.d. of 24892610924. then press pound twice. once connected, press star 3 to enter the speaker line. for those in the cue, continue the wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. that will be your cue to begin comments. yes, we have a speaker in chamber. go ahead and start and i'll start your time. >> good morning, chair ronen, supervisors. i want to thank you for your civic service. i'm charlie robbery, trustee and represent with the engineers noon and trustee with the building trades and on the executive board of san francisco labor council. i'm here this morning to he will it you san francisco labor and authority are united in support of this measure. it means thousands of jobs. it means millions of hours of union wages and benefits that are life blood of so many san francisco communities. but there's more than that.
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there's something for everybody. transit and transportation means equity. working class people getting to work, from their neighborhoods where the jobs are. it means housing. we can build housing around the transit hubs and out lying areas so people can get into the city to access the economic recovery we can all en -- we all enjoy. children, students getting to work. janitors, hotel and restaurant workers. child care workers, teachers, nurses, all being able to get to work faster. more conveniently. firefighters and peace officers able to respond faster. historically, labor have all united around measures like this, because it's the right thing to do for our city, for our workers, and benefits all of us. this measure means jobs, equity, climate change regulation --
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[beep] >> assurance against the recession just like the trans bay transit center work and in the last recession, projects like bike paths, treasure island, caltrain station into bay view, construction of maintenance facilities, bart upgrades, muni upgrades and d.t.x. we enjoyed the first high speed rail project in the country. [beep] >> i rode -- it's time to take the lead in california -- >> thank you. >> thank you >> thank you for your comments. seeing no more -- okay. you should line up. >> what is the time limit? >> clerk: two minutes. >> distinguished members of the board, i'm larry marso, author of the opponent argument for
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proposition a. i was the leader in the organized proposition to proposition a along with colleagues in save muni, the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods, twin peaks central council, sharp and speak. we struck a blow for the san francisco taxpayers and future of responsible and sustainable public transportation in the city of san francisco. proposition k is not a post-pandemic plan. it is not a plan that takes into account the voters voting no on proposition a this is a plan that does not listen to the voters. in 2016, the voters of san francisco rejected a renewal of proposition k, very much like this quote-unquote renewal of proposition k. proposition k was authorized in 2003 for 30 years. we have heard this is another
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30-year extension. notice it is not 2033. it is 2022. why are they extending this? in 2017, after the failure of 2016's proposition k renewal, san francisco went out and borrowed $250 million on future sales tax revenue... [beep] >> ignoring the will of the san francisco voters. and right now, 25% of sales tax revenue is devoted to paying off those bonds. the renewal of proposition k on the november ballot is about borrowing more money. this is financially irresponsible. and i call on the board to vote no. listen to voters of san francisco. craft a post-pandemic plan for muni... [beep] >> for san francisco county
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transportation authority -- >> >> clerk: thank you. >> thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. george wooding, san francisco land use coalition. this bond or tax will fail in november. just like the last tax failed. people are very unhappy on the west side with sfmta. my district, people look at precinct by precinct, you'll start to notice there used to be solidly for sfmta are no longer supporting sfmta. voting for less than 50%, which drives down the 2/3.
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so there are many reasons why this happens. for example, my neighborhood sfmta has about ruined it by going in and cutting twin peaks in half. after several promises, we're left with a crime-ridden, vandalized area that used to be pristine. that whole area is voting against sfmta and all the neighborhoods i used to be president of the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods, president of the west twin peaks central council, and i'm still president of the... [beep] >> homeowners association. all of these groups are fully prepared to not vote for this muni bond. i think the other thing -- i'm
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sure they've done a lot of outreach. no one has talked to me at all. and somebody should have. it's too late now. but you know, things are not going to go well. [beep] >> thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. seeing no other speakers in the chamber, mr. atkins, could you admit our first caller. >> can you hear me now? >> clerk: please begin. >> great. david pilltow. i join with the previous speakers, the -- i still believe in maintaining over enhancing and expanding. i don't think that bodes well for this sales tax measure in november. and encourage people to vote no on the tilly tax. the november 2022 electorate may be less liberal and less tax
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positive than june. there's no district attorney to save on the ballot. if people think sunset voters are unhappy, that's correct. forcing transfers at the l line at west portal won't help. further inaction on slow streets will annoy people on both sides. federal operating funds are drying up and ftma are squandering time and fiscal cliff looms large. i hear discussions are under way about ballot measures for operations at regional and local level in future years. i'm concerned about sb-917. i believe agencies can coordinate without any new state mandate which is another distraction. mta only saves money from the temporarily emergency transit lands if they remove running time from schedules, but they haven't. months ago, mta promised a rail service plan, which may discuss capital and service plans. passengers south of the channel on the t line, shouldn't have to
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transfer at 4th and king to the -- [beep] >> crossing platforms at 4th and king. that will be unsafe. bottom line, voters do not trust the mta. there should be no new money to the mta or other transportation purposes until there is real mta governance reform. it's unfortunate there's no charter amendment proposed for november to accomplish governance reform at mta. i encourage this put off until there's serious discussion to that end. thank you for listening. >> other callers in the cue? >> no further callers in the cue. >> mr. clerk, i apologize. we have one more that jumped in. >> clerk: very well. next speaker, please. >> the program to -- we have to do things right the first time.
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we've had to constantly refit of the cars with the sheeting, track brakes and operators camera. the central subway will involve costly delays. the 3rd streetlight is now subments by the 15 bus substitution. and also, extension of the central subway to fisherman's wharf is really a real estate development project, filling in the gary underpass is questionable use of fund. not everyone is capable of riding a bicycle. however noble of the labor way project, connecting the neighborhoods is creation of an additional slow streets, which is not necessarily acceptable. also, the federal deficit increased and believing we can get historical matching funds is questionable. also, the planting of trees
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should be a separate proposition and not part of the transportation taxing. thank you. >> clerk: thanks so much for your comments. mr. atkins, next speaker, please. >> hello, operating engineers local 3. i would like to reiterate comments from earlier regarding supporting the passage of this measure. and get ting on the november ballot. passing this measure will make san francisco competitive for federal matching funds for our transit. as a life-long san fransican, i grew up on muni and didn't need to get a driver's license until i was in my 20s because of the excellent state of our travel system. passing this measure will make muni and san francisco transit
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competitive into the next century so children could be the same thing. i urge the board to pass this measure. and get it on the ballot so we can pass measure k in the fall. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, anymore speakers in the cue? >> mr. clerk, no further callers in the cue. >> clerk: thank you much. >> chair ronen: public comment is now closed. [gavel] >> chair ronen: before i turn it back to supervisor mandelman, i want to thank the transportation authority staff. i hear public comments. we could do a better job to do better outreach and consult with all of not only our constituents but constituents that play a leadership role in the community. i acknowledge that. but i am a very proud cosponsor of this measure. i will certainly do everything in my power to make it pass.
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the bottom line is our transit system is in crisis, and it's not just our transit system in san francisco. this is not the fault of muni or muni staff. this is the problem that exists everywhere in this country, because covid shut down public transportation, and we haven't been able to get the ridership back since covid started. if we are to have any chance of maintaining an environment that human beings could live in -- and i sadly say that in all seriousness. we have got to have a robust public transportation system that gets us out of our cars. that stops us from emitting those toxic pollutants that are
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driving climate change. there's just no other option. and to no fault of our own -- and i say that in seriousness. of course we could improve. of course muni could improve. but the true crisis in public transportation today is not because cities aren't doing everything we could do to make our system better. it's because of an international pandemic that set us back decades. this ballot measure is not only crucial to making sure that we continue to bring back a world class public transportation system in san francisco. it's crucial to fight back against climate change and to preserve a planet that we can all live in. so i want to thank the chair of our transportation authority and supervisor mandelman for all of your leadership and work on this. this board of supervisors and the mayor's office are united.
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we are going to campaign hard to pass this. and my message to voters is: we don't have another option. this is it, so we need you to support this. thank you. now, supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you for those strong words of support, madam chair. i want to apologize for not reaching out to george. and i will happily come and talk to the many member organizations as they're willing to have me and yell at me about the failures of the city in various respects. i do think this is an important measure. i think it's important to get it done this year for a couple of reasons. one, is just to set the record a little bit straight. this is not 2016. this is not an increase in the sales tax. which was what was contemplated in 2016. this is the maintenance of an existing sales tax. and really, the approval of a new expenditure plan. now, there are things in the
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expenditure plan that folks don't like. we can talk about that. but it was the result of unlike the process that led to the muni bond, this was a participatory process with open meetings and lots of people from various different communities and various different transit agencies making their case. i think it's quite different from the way the muni bond went onto the ballot. this is not a measure for the mta or any particular leadership or set of decision makers at the mta. this is for any transit that comes through san francisco, including caltrain, bart, the ferry system, and including many things within the mta even our friends on the west side would agree are very necessary. roads, bridges, buses, trains. now, there may be -- again, i'm happy to have the conversation about the areas where san
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fransiscans disagree. i hope we get to the point san fransiscans can rally behind this. the reason i think we should do it this year is we don't know how much biden runway we have. i hope we have six years of biden runway. or ten years or 14 years of democratic leadership. i think democracy depends on it. but as the chair, i'm less concerned about democracy and more concerned drawing down billions of dollars of money when other jurisdictions around the country are doing that. i know of particular projects we cannot do that. downtown extension is one. there are others where if we're going to get our applications in and be sure to get the decision made while biden is the president, we need to get it in next year. and to do that, we need to have the money to put forward. so i hope that this is the start of a conversation rather than the end of a conversation.
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i'm -- i'm -- i would be honored if folks want to continue it. and i want to thank the chair for her support and my colleagues for their support and clearly, we have a steep climb ahead. but i'm hoping we can make this something that there will be many fights on the ballot in november in many ways with san fransiscans who disagree with each other. i am hoping we can come together and agree around this. so thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you, supervisor mandelman. with that, i would like to make a motion to continue -- we have to continue it for a week? >> clerk: no madam chair, we can forward to the full board for recommendation. >> chair ronen: i would like to make a motion to send this item to the full board with positive recommendation. can i have a roll-call vote.
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yeah, roll-call vote. >> clerk: on that motion to forward the ordinance to the full board for positive recommendation. safai absent. [roll-call vote] >> clerk: we have two ayes with safai absent. >> chair ronen: that passes unanimously. are there any other items on the agenda? >> clerk: madam chair, that concludes our business. >> chair ronen: the meeting is now
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>> candlestick park known also as the stick was an outdoor stadium for sports and entertainment. built between 1958 to 1960, it was located in the bayview hunters point where it was home to the san francisco giants and 49ers. the last event held was a concert in late 2014. it was demolished in 2015. mlb team the san francisco giants played at candlestick from 1960-1999. fans came to see players such a willie mays and barry bonds, over 38 seasons in the open ballpark. an upper deck expansion was added in the 1970s. there are two world series played at the stick in 1962 and in 198 9. during the 1989 world series against the oakland as they were shook by an earthquake.
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candlestick's enclosure had minor damages from the quake but its design saved thousands of lives. nfl team the san francisco 49ers played at candlestick from feign 71-2013. it was home to five-time super bowl champion teams and hall of fame players by joe montana, jerry rice and steve jones. in 1982, the game-winning touchdown pass from joe montana to dwight clark was known as "the catch." leading the niners to their first super bowl. the 49ers hosted eight n.f.c. championship games including the 2001 season that ended with a loss to the new york giants. in 201, the last event held at candlestick park was a concert by paul mccartney who played with the beatles in 1966, the stadium's first concert. demolition of the stick began in late 2014 and it was completed
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in september 2015. the giants had moved to pacific rail park in 2000 while the 49ers moved to santa clara in 2014. with structural claims and numerous name changes, many have passed through and will remember candlestick park as home to the legendary athletes and entertainment. these memorable moments will live on in a place called the stick. (♪♪♪) >> manufacturing in cities creates this perfect platform for people to earn livelihoods and for people to create more economic prosperity.
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i'm kate sosa. i'm cofounder and ceo of sf made. sf made is a public private partnership in the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education.
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we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco.
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i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban
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environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made
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a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to
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overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a wedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible, broadening that
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you're watching san francisco rising. today's special guest is monique gray. >> hi. i'm chris mannis and you're watching san francisco rising. the our guest today is marquise
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gray. he runs out of the office of the mayor in the city and county of san francisco. and he's with us today to talk about the recent progress of the sunnidale hope sf housing project. welcome to the show. >> good morning. thank you for having me today. >> let's start by talking about the existing residents of sunnydale and their history. >> so sunnydale was built in the 1940s for a workers. it's the largest public housing community west of the mississippi. it's about 50 acres. pretty huge. about 760 single story units one to four bedrooms. >> i understand it's an ambitious rethinking of the residences. can you briefly describe the scope of the program and hope sf's involvement? >> yeah. the work of hope sf is this
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idea of more than housing. that acknowledging that our public housing community, the levels of violence and poverty that are in these communities are not by accident. you know, it's our opportunity to address a system issue, you know, that people need more than housing. they need health services. resources. economic investment opportunities, jobs and things of that nature. and so hope sf strives to work with our city systems to better serve our public housing communities. >> so recently, mayor breed and speaker pelosi toured the site to both put focus on a national housing initiative and also to highlight the completion of the first new building. how many units does it contain and when will people start moving in? >> yeah. it was an amazing event. honored to have the secretary here with us as well in our community. it's 167 units. it's about 75% going back to
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the original families that currently live on site. so the replacement. so i did forget to mention i want to say real quick, the beauty of hope sf is housing development, new development without displacements or anti-displacement initiatives. so, for example, the building is 167 units. 75% of those units going to families that have lived there in the community for generationings and the other 25% are tax credit units adding to the affordable housing stock here in san francisco and those units are up and running now. they're leasing them as we speak. people are picking their units each week until they're filled up. >> so was this particular building put on a new plot of land or did people have to move out so it could be constructed? >> that's a good question. our first building was vacant which you may have saw across the street from this building and then this plot of land is
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the way we kind of do it, we do it in phases. once one goes in, we're able to move families into the new unit and where they previously were occupying, able to demolish old buildings to build the new. so this area had some older units that were demolished. >> it's impressive that construction has been able to continue during the covid-19 pandemic. can you talk about some of the challenges that needed to be overcome and how the community has managed during the crisis? >> that's a great question. you know, in san francisco, if i understand it correctly, i could be wrong, i believe housing was an essential service. the mayor made a strong commitment early on in the pandemic that we would continue to build housing as housing has been a critical issue in our city. so the housing part hasn't impacted us too much. 67 units have been going on its
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current time line. the bigger challenge for us was showing the families in our communities, low income families had the resources we need to survive the pandemic. many of our families didn't have the luxury of working from home, working in the zone and things of that nature. making sure they had access to covid testing and things of that nature. so i want to give a big shout out to our resident leaders, our service providers across all four sites. for those that don't know, hope sf is four sites. sunnydale is one of the four sites. and so across those four sites, the most critical thing was making sure folks in these neighborhoods which have historically have been disconnected from resources have the things that they need to remain healthy, to, you know, survive the pandemic as
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we all had to survive the pandemic and we did pretty well. we were able to bring back scenes and covid testing on site. food distribution was happening all throughout the week. wellness services and things of that nature were all happening on site thanks to our resident leaders and our service providers across the sites. >> so, finally, when could we expect the next set of residents to be ready? despite -- i guess we just said covid doesn't have an impact on the schedule. when will the next residences be ready? >> yeah. things are rolling. we have block a3 and block b3 to the building we were referring to earlier. and things are on pace. things are going really well. so we're looking at starting construction spring of 2022 and that will be 170 units and the goal is to have that lease up around 2024. >> well, thank you so much. i really appreciate you coming
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on the show, mr. gray. thank you for giving us the time today. >> thank you, chris, and i really appreciate your time as well. >> and that's it with this episode. you've been watching san francisco rising for sfgov tv i'm chris manners. thanks so much for watching. >> as a woman of color who grew up in san francisco i understand how institutions can have an impact on communities of color. i think having my voice was important. that is where my passion lies when the opportunity to lead an office in such a new space came up. i couldn't turn it down. i was with the district
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attorney's office for a little over nine years, if you include the time as an intern as well as volunteer da, all most 13 years. during the time with the da's office i had an opportunity to serve the community not only as the assistant district attorney but as director of community relations. that afforded the opportunity to have impact on the community in an immediate way. it is one thing to work to serve the rights of those without rights, victims. it is really rewarding to work to to further the goals of our office and the commitment we have as city employees and advocates for people who don't have a voice. i don't know of anyone surprised to see me in this role. maybe people have an impression what the director of the office of cannabis should be like, what
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their beliefs should be. i smash all of that. you grew up in the inner city of san francisco. my career path is not traditional. i don't think a person should limit themselves to reach full potential. i say that to young women and girls. that is important. you want to see leadership that looks diverse because your path is not predetermined. i didn't wake up thinking i was going to be a prosecutor in my life. the city administrator reached out and wanted to have a conversation and gave me interest in the new role. i thought you must not know what i do for a living. it was the opposite. she had foresight in realizing it would be helpful for somebody not only a former prosecutor but interested in shaping criminal justice reform for the city would be the right person for the space. i appreciate the foresight of the mayor to be open how we can be leaders in san francisco. i was able to transition to the
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policy space. here i was able to work on legislation, community relations, communication and start to shape the ways our office was going to reform the criminal justice system. it is fulfilling for me. i could create programs and see those impact people's lives. i am the change. it took truants youth to meet with civil rights movement leaders who fought to have access to education. being a young person to understand that helped the young people realize this was an important thing to give up. what we find is that young people who are truanted have a really high homicide rate in our city, which is a sad statistic. we want to change that. >> coming from a community we are black and brown.
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i don't reach out to other people. i don't think they feel the same way. >> i had the great opportunity to work on prison reform issues and criminal justice reform issues. we created a program at san quentin where we brought district opportunities to lifers and talk about how we are all impacted by the criminal justice system. we brought over 40 elected das to san quentin for the situation. now we are inviting the police department. our formerly incarcerated group born out of this programming asked for the opportunity to work on a project where we could bring the men in blue on the outside to come speak to the men on blue inside to start the healing dialogue around how the criminal justice system specifically in san francisco impacts the community. i was attracted to the role. there was a component of equity that was part of this process.
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the equity community here in san francisco is a community that i had already worked with. before i took steps to visit cannabis businesses i thought it was important my team have a chance to go inside and speak to men who had been impacted. that conversation needed to happen so we know how we are making an impact with the work that we are doing. the da's office as we were leading up to the legalization of marijuana in the state we started having conversations on the policy team what that could look like. the district attorney was really focused on the right side of history for this. we realized it would be quite a heavy lift for individuals who have been negatively impacted by the war on drugs to expunge the record. it was important to figure out the framework to make it
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seamless and easy. they put their minds to it after some time and many conversations the data analysts and other policy walk throughs on the team came up with the idea to engage the tech community in this process. code for america helped us developed the rhythm to be used for any jurisdiction across the state that was important to create a solution to be used to assist all jurisdictions dealing with this matter. the office of cannabis is the first office to have a completely digital application process. we worked with the digital team to develop the online application. there are going to be hiccups. we are first to do it. it is one of the most rewarding parts to offer a seamless -- to offer a seamless approach. that is how they can find solutions to solve many of the community challenges.
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the best way to respond to prop 64 was to retroactively expunge 9,000 cannabis related records for san francisco. it feels like justice full circle for my personal experience. in the past i was furthering the war on drugs just as my directive. really coming from a place of public safety. that was the mandate and understanding. it is nice to see that pass a society we are able to look at some of our laws and say, you know what? we got it wrong. let's get this right. i had the privilege of being in the existing framework. my predecessor nicole elliott did an incredible job bringing together the individuals super-passionate about cannabis. >> the office was created in july of 2017. i came in early 2018.
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i have been able to see the office's development over time which is nice. it is exciting to be in the space, stickily in thinking about her leadership. >> looking for the office it is always we might be before my time when i was working for the forboard of supervisors. i learn new things every day it is challenging and rewarding for me. >> we get the privilege to work in an office that is innovating. we get to spearhead the robust exprogram. >> i am excited she came on board to leverage experience as a prosecutor 10 years as we contemplate enforcements but approaching it without replicating the war on drugs. >> i was hired by cam laharris.
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i haven't seen a district attorney that looked kind of like me. that could be a path in my life. i might not have considered it. it is important that women and certainly women of color and spaces of leadership really do their part to bring on and mentor as many young people as they can. it is superimportant to take advantage of as many opportunities as they can when they can intern because the doors are wide open. plans change and that is okay. the way this was shaped because i took a risk to try something new and explore something and show that i was capable. you are capable, right? it was about leaning in and being at the table to say my voice matters. you find your passion, the sky a city like no other, san
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. [♪♪] i've got time i've bp got
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with 25 jobs so for young people one of my favorite days in san francisco thank you, thank you to the companies that are hiring. >> (clapping.) >> the city of san francisco and united way are calling an employers to have jobs for youth in 2012 president obama issued a challenge and the challenge was get disconnected young people connected to jobs and so mayor ed lee said we should lead this challenge that the city will have 25 hundred jobs that first summer 6200 jobs and been building. >> i'll high are ups we like to
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pledge 50 jobs so for youth this summer. >> excellent. thank you. >> a large part of the jobs it did manual resource center started off a a youth program and our first year 35 percent of the young people working full-time we know there the pressors looking for committed young people the resource fair attracts over 6 hundred people if all over the city and the greater bay area. >> we have public and private partnership the employers came from hertz rent a car and many private sector jobs sea have the city staff so the airport is here, starbuck's is here we've been retail we have restaurants, we have offices and so the young people will get an opportunity to partner search warrant with
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so many of the great champions for jobs. >> for the past 5 years we've hired over 3 willed youth to work as business traces they have been promoted to supervisors. >> if you're doing a job at starbuck's the opportunity for them allows them to understand math if tire working at anothers architectural firm understanding debris or a media to understand reading and writing differently those are opportunities that the mayor is clear he wanted to provide we're going to be do mock interviews helping young people that the resumes a it pulls them to the career opportunities and building inspection commission make sure they're prepared for those opportunity educational and in terms of their preparation skills by the time many of them leave they'll leave with jobs and new relationships
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building their network of the opportunity to thrive and i think i could focus and i check around the booths to see had is available i'm hoping to get a job but have employers you know employers give practice. >> i feel this will be a great way to look for jobs we can do this like you get paid. >> when our young people walk we capture their information so we can do follows up and we have a room that has a our computer lab an opportunity for them to do cover letters and talk about updating their profile and i think how you do things on the internet we help quam and they can update tare resume and can look in interviews and on the
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spot job officers we hire about one hundred young people today lee alone it is exciting out of that it is if they come through with one hundred walk out with a job. >> we'll rock and roll i guess in the job interviews it went great. >> as a youth we get to go through experiences 3 builds a great foundation gymnasium a positive outlook and more importantly confidence. >> we really want to do at the end of the day exist a young person with the possibility of what we can be and do we have them go home i want to get there let me connection with those folks and ultimately got on the path. >> good morning good morning caitlin i'm caitlin
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lopez 23 years old i moved out to california and san francisco, california had i was about 8 years old and actually put in foster care at the age of 9 or 10 had a baby at the 16 years old so i've kind of had this crazy like youth experience. >> despite the challenges she faced caitlin finished high school and take advantage of program. >> i heard will mayor ed lee's program through my social worker and i interviewed with entrepreneurs after i was matched walking sweet spots office i thought imitated not been in that type of office ones i got into the office with my supervisor we boptd and i got a call from h.r. i got the position and i'm in.
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>> i have. >> we hired merry for 8 weeks and saw how she did she was only going to work 8 weeks but at the end question offered her a position part time. >> i have those traits it has been great working here my term of 5 weeks was pretty much like family supporting each other i feel like the mayors job program helped me to get in job without the jobs plus program i - i probably would have not even had a job. >> in her case she's a mother of two now going to school full-time and making it happen so if she can do it differently anyone that has a willingness to try at least try to make it can
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do it. >> those programs are amazing they're so important for young adults to really go out there and make a better future for themselves and despite not having a traditional - you can go out there based on the programs that's what they're for they want to help you succeed. >> we'll be committing to 25 jobs in the tech. >> the san francisco rec and park is hiring 3 and 50 youth that summer . >> (clapping.) >> and only child born in the office development allocation to r so for me is a network of the community that made the difference no way i'll be with united way this network was here for me this was personal and professional so important we create the opportunities who
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know the next ceo or champion of the community is coming today to find their path. >> that's the roll in san francisco we really by helping each other out >> (clapping.) >> the goal for 2017 to create 5 thousand jobs for youth if you want more information invite them at sf
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when i shoot chinatown, i shoot the architecture that people not just events, i shoot what's going on in daily life and everything changes. murals, graffiti, store opening. store closing. the bakery. i shoot anything and everything in chinatown. i shoot daily life. i'm a crazy animal.
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i'm shooting for fun. that's what i love. >> i'm frank jane. i'm a community photographer for the last i think about 20 years. i joined the chinese historical society. it was a way i could practice my society and i can give the community memories. i've been practicing and get to know everybody and everybody knew me pretty much documenting the history i don't just shoot events. i'm telling a story in whatever photos that i post on facebook,
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it's just like being there from front to end, i do a good job and i take hundreds and hundreds of photos. and i was specializing in chinese american history. i want to cover what's happening in chinatown. what's happening in my community. i shoot a lot of government officials. i probably have thousands of photos of mayor lee and all the dignitaries. but they treat me like one of the family members because they see me all the time. they appreciate me. even the local cops, the firemen, you know, i feel at home. i was born in chinese hospital 1954. we grew up dirt poor. our family was lucky to grew up. when i was in junior high, i had a degree in hotel
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management restaurant. i was working in the restaurant business for probably about 15 years. i started when i was 12 years old. when i got married, my wife had an import business. i figured, the restaurant business, i got tired of it. i said come work for the family business. i said, okay. it's going to be interesting and so interesting i lasted for 30 years. i'm married i have one daughter. she's a registered nurse. she lives in los angeles now. and two grandsons. we have fun. i got into photography when i was in junior high and high school. shooting cameras. the black and white days, i was able to process my own film. i wasn't really that good because you know color film and
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processing was expensive and i kind of left it alone for about 30 years. i was doing product photography for advertising. and kind of got back into it. everybody said, oh, digital photography, the year 2000. it was a ghost town in chinatown. i figured it's time to shoot chinatown store front nobody. everybody on grand avenue. there was not a soul out walking around chinatown. a new asia restaurant, it used to be the biggest restaurant in chinatown. it can hold about a 1,000
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people and i had been shooting events there for many years. it turned into a supermarket. and i got in. i shot the supermarket. you know, and its transformation. even the owner of the restaurant the restaurant, it's 50 years old. i said, yeah. it looks awful. history. because i'm shooting history. and it's impressive because it's history because you can't repeat. it's gone it's gone. >> you stick with her, she'll teach you everything. >> cellphone photography, that's going to be the generation. i think cellphones in the next two, three years, the big cameras are obsolete already. mirrorless camera is going to take over market and the
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cellphone is going to be better. but nobody's going to archive it. nobody's going to keep good history. everybody's going to take snapshots, but nobody's going to catalog. they don't care. >> i want to see you. >> it's not a keepsake. there's no memories behind it. everybody's sticking in the cloud. they lose it, who cares. but, you know, i care. >> last september of 2020, i had a minor stroke, and my daughter caught it on zoom. i was having a zoom call for my grand kids. and my daughter and my these little kids said, hey, you
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sound strange. yeah. i said i'm not able to speak properly. they said what happened. my wife was taking a nap and my daughter, she called home and said he's having a stroke. get him to the hospital. five minutes later, you know, the ambulance came and took me away and i was at i.c.u. for four days. i have hundreds of messages wishing me get well soon. everybody wished that i'm okay and back to normal. you know, i was up and kicking two weeks after my hospital stay. it was a wake-up call. i needed to get my life in order and try to organize things especially organize my
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photos. >> probably took two million photos in the last 20 years. i want to donate to an organization that's going to use it. i'm just doing it from the heart. i enjoy doing it to give back to the community. that's the most important. give back to the community. >> it's a lot for the community. >> i was a born hustler. i'm too busy to slow down. i love what i'm doing. i love to be busy. i go nuts when i'm not doing anything. i'm 67 this year. i figured 70 i'm ready to retire. i'm wishing to train a couple for photographers to take over my place. the younger generation, they
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have a passion, to document the history because it's going to be forgotten in ten years, 20 years, maybe i will be forgotten when i'm gone in a couple years but i want to be remembered for my work and, you know, photographs will be a remembrance. i'm frank jane. i'm a community photographer. this is my story. >> when you're not looking, frank's there. he'll snap that and then he'll send me an e-mail or two and they're always the best. >> these are all my p
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dev mission's goal is aiming to train young adults, youth so we can be a wealth and disparity in underserved communities like where we are today. my name is leo sosa. i'm the founder and executive
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director for devmission. we're sitting inside a computer lab where residents come and get support when they give help about how to set up an e-mail account. how to order prescriptions online. create a résumé. we are also now paying attention to provide tech support. we have collaborated with the san francisco mayor's office and the department of technology to implement a broad band network for the residents here so they can have free internet access. we have partnered with community technology networks to provide computer classes to the seniors and the residents. so this computer lab becomes a hub for the community to learn how to use technology, but that's the parents and the adults. we have been able to identify what we call a stem date. the acronym is science
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technology engineering and math. kids should be exposed no matter what type of background or ethnicity or income status. that's where we actually create magic. >> something that the kids are really excited about is science and so the way that we execute that is through making slime. and as fun as it is, it's still a chemical reaction and you start to understand that with the materials that you need to make the slime. >> they love adding their little twists to everything. it's just a place for them to experiment and that's really what we want. >> i see. >> really what the excitement behind that is that you're making something. >> logs, legos, sumo box, art, drawing, computers, mine craft, and really it's just awaking opportunity. >> keeping their attention is like one of the biggest challenges that we do have
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because, you know, they're kids. they always want to be doing something, be helping with something. so we just let them be themselves. we have our set of rules in place that we have that we want them to follow and live up to. and we also have our set of expectations that we want them to achieve. this is like my first year officially working with kids. and definitely i've had moments where they're not getting something. they don't really understand it and you're trying to just talk to them in a way that they can make it work teaching them in different ways how they can get the light bulb to go off and i've seen it first-hand and it makes me so happy when it does go off because it's like, wow, i helped them understand this concept. >> i love playing games and i love having fun with my friends playing dodge ball and a lot of things that i like.
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it's really cool. >> they don't give you a lot of cheese to put on there, do they? you've got like a little bit left. >> we learn programming to make them work. we do computers and programming. at the bottom here, we talk to them and we press these buttons to make it go. and this is to turn it off. and this is to make it control on its own. if you press this twice, it can do any type of tricks. like you can move it like this and it moves. it actually can go like this. >> like, wow, they're just absorbing everything.
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so it definitely is a wholehearted moment that i love experiencing. >> the realities right now, 5.3 latinos working in tech and about 6.7 african americans working in tech. and, of course, those tech companies are funders. so i continue to work really hard with them to close that gap and work with the san francisco unified school district so juniors and seniors come to our program, so kids come to our stem hub and be exposed to all those things. it's a big challenge. >> we have a couple of other providers here on site, but we've all just been trying to work together and let the kids move around from each department. some kids are comfortable with their admission, but if they want to jump in with city of dreams or hunter's point, we
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just try to collaborate to provide the best opportunity in the community. >> devmission has provided services on westbrook. they teach you how to code. how to build their own mini robot to providing access for the youth to partnerships with adobe and sony and google and twitter. and so devmission has definitely brought access for our families to resources that our residents may or may not have been able to access in the past. >> the san francisco house and development corporation gave us the grant to implement this program. it hasn't been easy, but we have been able to see now some of the success stories of some of those kids that have been able to take the opportunity and continue to grow within their education and eventually become a very successful
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citizen. >> so the computer lab, they're doing the backpacks. i don't know if you're going to be able to do the class. you still want to try? . yeah. go for it. >> we have a young man by the name of ivan mello. he came here two and a half years ago to be part of our digital arts music lab. graduating with natural, fruity loops, rhymes. all of our music lyrics are clean. he came as an intern, and now he's running the program. that just tells you, we are only creating opportunities and there's a young man by the name of eduardo ramirez. he tells the barber, what's that flyer? and he says it's a program that teaches you computers and art. and i still remember the day he walked in there with a baseball
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cap, full of tattoos. nice clean hair cut. i want to learn how to use computers. graduated from the program and he wanted to work in i.t.. well, eduardo is a dreamer. right. so trying to find him a job in the tech industry was very challenging, but that didn't stop him. through the effort of the office of economic work force and the grant i reached out to a few folks i know. post mates decided to bring him on board regardless of his legal status. he ended his internship at post mates and now is at hudacity. that is the power of what technology does for young people that want to become part of the tech industry. what we've been doing, it's very innovative. helping kids k-12, transitional age youth, families, parents,
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communities, understand and to be exposed to stem subjects. imagine if that mission one day can be in every affordable housing community. the opportunities that we would create and that's what i'm trying to do with this >> we are providing breakfast, lunch, and supper for the kids. >> say hi. hi. what's your favorite? the carrots. >> the pizza? >> i'm not going to eat the pizza. >> you like the pizza? >> they will eat anything. >> yeah, well, okay.
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>> sfusd's meal program right now is passing out five days worth of meals for monday through friday. the program came about when the shelter in place order came about for san francisco. we have a lot of students that depend on school lunches to meet their daily nutritional requirement. we have families that can't take a hit like that because they have to make three meals instead of one meal. >> for the lunch, we have turkey sandwiches. right now, we have spaghetti and meat balls, we have chicken
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enchiladas, and then, we have cereals and fruits and crackers, and then we have the milk. >> we heard about the school districts, that they didn't know if they were going to be able to provide it, so we've been successful in going to the stores and providing some things. they've been helpful, pointing out making sure everybody is wearing masks, making sure they're staying distant, and everybody is doing their jobs, so that's a great thing when you're working with many kid does. >> the feedback has been really good. everybody seems really appreciative.
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they do request a little bit more variety, which has been hard, trying to find different types of food, but for the most part, everyone seems appreciative. growing up, i depended on them, as well, so it reminds me of myself growing up. >> i have kids at home. i have six kids. i'm a mother first, so i'm just so glad to be here. it's so great to be able to help them in such a way because some families have lost their job, some families don't have access to this food, and we're just really glad to be
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>> good morning everyone. [speaking spanish] act one, scene two. thank you so much, eric. i'm the ceo of tndc. it's great to be here with you to celebrate this ground breaking of 70 affordable homeses at 180 jones. today is a milestone for the tenderloin and for the community that came out to celebrate with us today. we're here because of the power of the community and