tv BOS Rules Committee SFGTV July 12, 2021 6:00pm-9:01pm PDT
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2021. i am the chair of the committee aaron peskin joining by supervisor mandelman and committee member supervisor chan. our clerk is mr. victor young. mr. young, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes. due to the covid-19 health emergency and to protect board members, city employees, and the public, the committee rooms are closed. however, members will be participating in the meetings remotely. committee members will attend the meetings through video conference and participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were physically present. public comment will be available on each item of the agenda. both channel 26 and sfgovtv.org are scrolling the public comment number across the screen. the meeting i.d. is 146 014
4426 then press pound and pound again. you will hear the meeting discussion but you will be muted and in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up, please dial star three to be added to the speaker line. best practices are to call from a quiet location and speak clearly and slowly and turn down your tv or radio. you can submit public comment to myself at email@example.com. that concludes my initial comments. >> chairman: thank you, mr. young, could you please read the first item. >> clerk: yes. item number one is an ordinance amending the administrative
code by codifying a grant award. two, require an advertisement of solicitation. three, reserve the city's right to cancel or reject to readvertise. four list required grant terms. six authorizing the purchaser to promulgate rules and regulations for effectively carrying out and requiring, carrying out the requirements of the ordinance. seven, set forth grant requirements based on grant's funding source. eight set forth administrative debarment procedures. and nine advertisement and rebate incentive programs. >> chairman: thank you, mr. young. colleagues, we heard this five weeks ago as you'll rule. it was brought by supervisor stefani and has since been sponsored by supervisor chan and then the rules committee
had to go dark during the budget process. so it is back before us today. i want to thank supervisor stefani and her staff for their work on this matter in large part after the unfortunate if not tragic revelations after the muhammad nuru dpw scandal amongst others and i have reviewed the amendments that supervisor stefani will make. some of which we suggested in committee and would like to fix my name, mr. clerk and supervisor stefani as a proud cosponsor of this legislation which had people not abuse the process, would not be necessary but is now clearly long overdue and with that, supervisor stefani, good morning and welcome. >> supervisor stefani: good morning, chair peskin and thank you for those remarks and thank
you for your cosponsorship. i truly appreciate it. i will be exceptionally brief because we did hear this in june. i am happy to read those into the record. but the most significant change is to make the operative data january 21st, 2022, and the purpose of that is to give the city purchaser enough time to draft the rules and regulations that this ordinance requires her to complete and as a result, most of the reporting dates have been pushed back to reflect the new operative dates. i won't repeat my remarks from from the last hearing and, chair peskin, you just stated the reasons why this is so necessary. i do believe this legislation is important in preventing the kind of corruption we've seen. we know nearly $2 billion is awarded in grants by city departments without any required competitions.
open solicitation transparency, fairness or even documentation. so i really do believe with this legislation, that will end. so, chair peskin, i don't know if you'd like me to read the amendments into the record? >> chairman: why don't you actually you or your staff actually sent a summary of those. i have read them yesterday and again this morning. but if you want to do a high level summary of them, that would be great for the public to be able to hear them. >> supervisor stefani: great. okay. so starting on page line 11, we're adding the phrase "set forth the requirements" to the long title. also "notice of availability" on title. line 6, changing the word effective date to "operative date." and changing the annual due date report to june 21st,
2023. page 6, line 22 through 23, we're then changing the date accordingly reportedly so that it begins from 2021 to 2022 because we're already more than halfway through 2021. page 8, line 21, we're adding the phrase "rules and" to the sentence reading in accordance rules and regulations to be consistent with the other parts of the admin code.' this is your recommendation from if last hearing, chair peskin, on page 9 line 5 through 6. we're adding the phrase "grant recommendation be awarded as a sole source." page 9, line 12, changing requirements for grants to rules and regulations to make the phrase consistent with other sections of ordinance. page 9, lines 14 through 18, adding these rules and regulations shall among other things permit sole source grants when competitive process is impracticable.
or when may be accomplished by one particular grantee. they may update these rules from time to time as needed. this language makes the ordinance more consistent with other parts of the admin code and, again, thank you, supervisor peskin for those recommendations. and then, page 10, line 23, and page 11, lines 3 and 4, make the operative date january 21st, 2022, instead of 30 days from enactment which would allow the city purchaser to draft the rules and regulations to implement the ordinance or subscribe by the ordinance. those are all of the amendments today and they are non substantive. i want to thank supervisor peskin and supervisor chan for
your cosponsorship and andy mullen for all of his help on this. >> chairman: thank you, supervisor stefani. are there any questions or comments from committee members? if not -- supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, chair peskin. i want to thank you and would like to be added as a cosponsor. >> chairman: it's unanimous. before we move those, why don't we open this up to public comment. are there any members of the public who would like to comment on item number one. >> clerk: yes. members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item should call (415) 655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 146 014 4426 and press pound and pound again. if you haven't already done so, please press star three to line
up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. at this time, it appears we do not have any members of the public in line to speak. >> chairman: okay. public comment is closed and i will make a motion to move the aamendments. on that motion, mr. clerk, a roll call please. >> clerk: on the motion to approve the amendments, [roll call] the motion passes without objection. >> chairman: and i will make a motion to send it with recommendation to the full board of supervisors. >> clerk: yes, on that motion, [roll call]
the motion passes without objection. >> chairman: thank you, mr. clerk. can you read items two through four together. >> clerk: to establish and operate food empowerment markets and designate the human services agency to administer and establish rules for the program. item number three is a ordinance amending the administrative code to direct the department of public health to report by annually on food security and equity with input from other departments. and item number four is an ordinance amending the code the sunset date of the food security task force assisting
with the department of public health, food security and equity report. i believe there's a request for a committee report on all three of these items. >> chairman: that is correct. these three items have been brought to us by supervisor safai. supervisor safai, welcome, and good morning. >> supervisor safai: hi everyone. good morning. so, colleagues, as the supervisor said and chair peskin said. i'm bringing three ordinances all in one. in our efforts to reimagine how we distribute food and food related services to our most vulnerable residents here in san francisco. these three ordinances build
off one another. the food security task force was first created by former supervisor sophie maxwell in 2005. for 16 years, the department of health under the fundamental leadership of ms. paula jones and susie smith community based organization silos. as our city begins to recover from the covid-19 pandemic, the role of security passport has become even more important. and more certain in covid in what we're all experiencing. agenda item number four seeks to reauthorize the food security task force for another three years. while tasking the body to provide a more expensive report. the new report and data that we
seek for nearly the last 18 months of the covid pandemic, our city has seen first-hand of bankrupt undocumented community members and long time residents and seniors. many residents in my district did not have the option to work from home. they were in the and many of them were in the food restaurant and retail industry and lower level government jobs and had this and were not able
to stay home during the pandemic. as a result, my district was hit harder by covid-19 and food insecurity than many parts of san francisco. at the beginning of the pandemic, there were over 1,000 people seeking food at balboa high school in many locations. my district had well over ten differential food pantries. just believing we as a city could do better to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents, my office started attending the food security task force and talking to community stakeholders. after witnesses some of the incredible work the mission hub was doing with their food pantry and seeing them employ community members in the commercial kitchen and some of the work that was also happening by the excelsior strong, we began to reimagine food security within food
sovereignty lands. agenda item number two, the food empowerment market in my mind is the city's first step toward assist engine the most vulnerable communities in the information of food sovereignty and food justice. to cook should be a basic right to all of us. having culturally specific food that's readily available to our most vulnerable residents for eight to ten hours in the market located in the commercial corridor is the goal and should be the city's plan long-term. i have met with the san francisco marin food bank new leadership dennis crosby and they are on board with a larger distribution of food in san francisco. we have also gotten the support and principle from the mayor and as you heard during question time about a month and a half ago, the mayor spoke of her own experience of having to
wait in line and how these three ordinances codify our commitment to end food insecurity in our city and county of san francisco. today, i have several speakers from the department of human agency and the department of public health. first, we'll be calling on the department of public health and the director of food insecurity in the population health division. ms. jones, can you talk about the food security task force and by annual security and equity report that would replace the former report and lastly, can you speak about other departments having more active role in this new report defining data in the new report. unless colleagues want to jump in, i'd like to go to ms. jones, mr. chair. >> chairman: absolutely. i don't see any hands raised by committee members.
i do have some questions, but it can certainly wait until after the presentations. ms. jones, good morning. >> supervisor safai: thank you. >> good morning. good morning chair peskin, supervisor safai, supervisor chan, supervisor mandelman. my name, again, is paula jones. i'm the director of security for population health. i'm also vice chair to the food security task force and i also provide staffing to the task force as well. and as supervisor safai has talked about and you all know food is integral to health, equity and justice, and assets to adequate food is both an individual right and collective responsibility. we as a city can solve this complex and persistent problem and we have the ability and we have the resources to make sure all san franciscans have the food that they need. as you all know, prior to covid-nineteen, food insecurity was a crisis with one in four
residents at risk as not always having enough food because they lack income with the pandemic and food closure programs, it became reliable to everyone. and i want to thank again supervisor safai for introducing these three pieces of food security legislation that all work together to reimagine food security in san francisco and to jafria morrow and to work to advance this legislation which really provides this incredible scaffolding for san francisco to collectively work to make sure all san franciscans have this basic need. so for the talking about the by annual food security and equity report, this really builds and advances our food security work through building on our past
food security assessments conducted by the food security task force. adding more departments that will be apart of this report that will provide data and that will work with us to make sure that we're all doing everything that we can to make sure that everyone has the food that they need. it will build on the lessons and opportunities from covid-19 and also, by adding the section on economic development, it really looks at this economic development potential of community food systems and food initiatives and that part to be led by the office of economic and work force development and it leverages the food security task force in reviewing the data sets and reaching out to the community for additional data and the development of recommendations for policy programs and funding and also presenting this information back to you all at the board of. >> supervisor: s and one of the
things i think that is key is that this will allow a more in-depth analysis and presensitive analysis as it applies to food security programs. we're really going to be looking closely at our city investments and what we and all do collectively to make sure that everyone has food and i also want to say supervisor safai, we're very appreciative of your support to reauthorize the food security task force and for the partnership and leadership of your office and especially jafria morris to just really work with us to advance this issue and to make sure we as a city are doing everything we can to support the community. so we're very supportive. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. >> supervisor safai: chair, i do have some amendments i'm happy to do them whenever you
want. i don't know susie, ms. smith, if you had anything you wanted to add, but absolutely, i'd just say really quickly, ms. jones and her team and, susie, ms. smith and her team have worked really well with our office. i really appreciate all the partnership. we've spent a lot of time to implement a vision that the community will support. it's come from the community and as you said, ms. jones appreciate the hard work from my team and the city attorney for the great work they did to put this together. ms. smith, did you have something you wangted to add? >> yeah, supervisor, i would love to take this moment to introduce cindy lynn from our food coordination here. and a few words about the legislation. >> hi, good morning. can everyone hear me okay? >> yes. >> great. good morning supervisors.
thank you to supervisor safai for inviting us today. my name is cindy lynn. i'm the manager for the covid, well, for the food coordination team at h.s.a. within d.a.s.. we are excited to see the model of student empowerment imposed and we're looking forward to seeing it once passed. we are a newly formed team first from the covid command center. we're currently a team of four and we have all had experience working in the food security space. i myself grew up in chinatown and was raised on food stamps, so this work is incredibly meaningful to me. in the last 16 months, we have worked to administer over $80 million. we look fat to continuing the support of some of the innovative programs which addressed the heightened needs of the community and to contribute towards ending food insecurity in san francisco.
in order to learn and draw from the expertise of the d.a.s. team which has long supported a network of meal services for seniors and adults support thousands of seniors many low income throughout san francisco. d.a.s. supports congregate meals and groceries. we know that two of these models are apart of the foundation of food support for many low income san franciscans facing hunger. by allowing them to shelter in place. we will continue to learn from this success of the d.a. and programming in order to offer impactful programming that worked towards ending food insecurity. as we continue to support the community with their needs, we have held listening sessions with over 40 organizations that work in the food insecurity space and have committed to holding the following as ouring
principle for our work moving forward. number one, we seek to provide dignity for our community members include choice, quality, and culturally appropriate food options. second, we commit to an equity lens to offer the appropriate resources. these two principles are aligned with the food empowerment market that is proposed and we look forward to implementing the markets with these principles as our foundation. i'd like to turn it back over to susie to discuss a little more about the markets. >> thanks so much, cindy, and thanks, supervisor safai for your steadfast leadership on food security, empowerment and sovereignty. we've seen the unbelievable numbers as a result of covid don't seem to be. we are really excited by this concept. it aligns with our principles
of choice, dignity, and equity and really importantly, the importance of destigmatizing access. currently, there's no organization operating models like this in san francisco creating a market where you can not only choose culturally appropriate food but adding linkages and job component in the culinary sector. in the coming months, we need to do the hard work in taking this concept and building frame work and undering what the costs are and food sources. the staffing, eligibility, availability of space in all of that. so we're really excited to do that. our hope is that. our goal is to issue an rfp by the end of the fiscal year to be able to launch this model as a pilot and learn from it and hopefully be able to scale it in a more spread way next fiscal year and, of course, we're going to be mindful of how this fits into the existing
network. so, again, just wanted to thank supervisor for bringing this issue and vision for sympathying about another way we can distribute food in a way that respects peoples' dignity in san francisco. >> supervisor safai: thank you. it's great to see all this work coming together. yes, we're excited to have a pilot. we believe that pilot will naturally grow out of district 11 and hopefully will spread to other parts of the city. we look forward to working in partnership with you. and, i'll just say i think for the longest time, we've done a tremendous job of getting food into peoples' homes that really need it in the city. i think just like our conversation around shared spaces or slow streets or so many of the different things
that we're doing differently after covid, i think just giving us the opportunity to really think about how we get food to people and i know each and every one of us on this board was involved in delivering food to peoples homes and seeing people that we had never seen before need food and have food insecurity and i think our city, this is another example of the way our city really stepped up in a tremendous way incorporating in restaurants, getting food to seniors and families that english is not their first language. just doing so many different things to ensure that no one went hungry. but now we have the opportunity to truly reimagine this and we appreciate your partnership and willingness to work with us as well as the marin food bank and other entities that have been doing this for years.
the idea of having to stand in line outside often times in front of residential homes or in whatever the weather or whatever the elements are to stand there and get a prepackaged box, i is an older model that now this allows us the opportunity to reimagine. so, thank you very much. chair, i have a number of amendments some of it is readjusting. some of it is inserting new language. >> chairman: and this is item number two file number 21067 right? >> supervisor safai: yes. >> chairman: i have read those amendments but please feel free to describe them. i do have some little questions and a couple of larger questions. the floor is yours. >> supervisor safai: okay.
i'll just go through them for the members of the committee if they have any questions. the first one, as you said for file number two hundred ten thousand five hundred sixty-seven excuse me. item number two. and then i do have a little one in the constitutal for agenda item number four. on page two, we're adding a section c. so it would. >> chairman: you mean you're adding a section c2. >> supervisor safai: we're adding a section c2 and that would be adding has free delivery for reasons of their age or other underlying health problems and then the remaining numbers change to three, four,
five, and six. >> chairman: so on that one, and i might have a small clarification. i assumed that the definition of food empowerment market is meant to include all six of these criteria and it might because there's no word after each one of those items. so would it make sense to in the original two lines of section c say for purposes of this section, having insert all of the following characteristics? >> supervisor safai: yes. >> chairman: unless. i don't want to impose anything on the h.s.a.. i think it's either all of or we start putting oregon one or
all of these characteristics. >> i don't know. let's ask h.s.a. >> yeah. i think that would be helpful to have one or more. we have the space to has the ability as well as an organization that can do the training. so i think to have a little bit of flexibility would be helpful for us at least. >> then i would. >> supervisor safai: well just to make it clear. >> supervisor safai: yes.
i think if you want to make it even more clear. i would add the word all and we'd give a time frame on when some of these that might be harder to achieve are achievable i think we can work without it at that point. >> supervisor safai: we'll insert the word online 2 having all of the characters and then i read the first amendment and the second amendment was now under section 6 which is the old section 5 would read a new section c an occupant of a residential hotel unit as defined in administrative code 41.4 and says the word "or".
>> chairman: yeah. i have one question it seems like in which seems like you're receiving public assistance or you're a member of the undocumented community or a resident of the hotel. so i think we should put "or" after a after b. it is in c. anyway. anybody can feel free. >> supervisor safai: i think you're right. i don't think you're going to be all of those. you know, you could be, but it doesn't mean you have to be all of them. so i agree with that. i think that's a good amendment. >> chairman: thank you. >> supervisor safai: okay.
and then on page 3, we're adding under the administration of the fund, we're adding a subsection that will say subject to the budget of the provisions of the charter. hsa made contract with the grocery store to consult hsa with developing the rules for the grant program with setting up the food empowerment markets and the cost of such contract may be charged to the fund
about the facility and its op rooms and that's the last amendment that i have for that other than remaining numbers now go up to six, seven, and eight. >> chairman: got it. and thank you i'm fine with all those amendments and thank you for humoring my additional little changes. >> supervisor safai: no. those were great. >> chairman: originally, i was interested in but i think in the presentation, it became clear why the first ordinance is h.s.a. and the second ordinance is d.p.h. but it sounds like d.p.h. and h.s.a. are really well coordinated and my first thought was they should all be in the hands of one agency or another. but i think the presentation got me over that question. excuse my ignorance, but my
next question is what is the category 4 found. i should have called the controller and ask, but i didn't have time. >> supervisor safai: i would defer to the city attorney on that. i don't know that off the top of my head. unless ms. smith or ms. jones can answer that question. >> chairman: and i apologize for not having the time to answer that myself. >> deputy city attorney ann pierson. i know it's very defund on how interest is managed and whether appropriations are automatically authorized for expenditure. but i'll have the detail officer category 4 and let you know. >> chairman: if they are automatically confirmed for expenditure and don't need an accept and expend resolution, then we can remove that clause for it is redundant in that
lines 21 and 22 of page 1, but we can research that as i go with my other questions. so that was a question: i assume this one is for third party grants. is that true? is that the way -- what's the source of funds? >> supervisor safai: wells, initially, i believe it will be general fund and then it also says there might be some additional cost that could be assumed by grocery stores or
supermarket businesses, but essentially, i believe it is general fund. ms. smith, did you want to jump in there? >> sure. so to answer your prior question, supervisor peskin, my understanding is this category of funding is similar to the fire victims funds where if fires are dedicated and they can be public or private. that's my understanding, but obviously, city attorney will do more research with the controller and get back to you on that issue. in terms of the source of funds, we are looking to identify funding from the general fund on h.s.a.'s budget to launch a pilot this coming fiscal year. so we. >> supervisor safai: so a general fund. >> yes. >> chairman: general fund h.s.a. and relative to the budget that's pending before the board of supervisors, is
that in there? is that continue plated? you're looking? it's coming when we vote on this next week? >> a combination of we're trying to see if there's any savings from last fiscal year that we were carrying over for this purpose and looking at our current food budget to see if there's any savings that we can project to pull from it. i guess i just want to emphasize we do have a food budget that's focused mostly on continuing operations under covid and that we started under covid to support efforts and we want to sustain so there's not a gap in funding between last fiscal year and this year for those uppers. having said that, we all believe in this concept and so we're looking to see where we might find savings. so that may be a source. so we're looking to identify some funding to get this going
this fiscal year. but since we all agree we want to make this happen as did the mayor. you know, we're looking for funding from general fund. >> chairman: yeah. i suspect we all belief in it, all want to support it and want to make sure that we are voting for something that actually will be implemented in so far as the legislation calls it out in no particular order and says it can expand from there and insofaras. i thought it would be appropriate for this committee to ask how much does this cost and where's the money. >> so i'll just jump in on that, chair.
i think those are great questions. the intent of this was to create the fund. also, the intent in the budget negotiations was to continue a lot of the food distribution that was currently happening and rfp is about to go out as we speak and the idea is to launch a department and we're working with the department and ms. smith and ms. jones is nodding her head so that we can get a cost structure and then have further conversations about expanding this into those other districts initially and potentially others city wide with a better analysis. so we can't give you a final number right now. that process is ongoing and we'll obviously continue the
conversations with the budget committee and the mayor's office and these departments. >> do we have a ball park about what one is worth? >> ms. smith, we've been in those conversations with h.s.a. and ms. jones. i think it's probably in the $4 million to $5 million a year range. we're going to do this on a more condensed basis so we're probably going to be doing the initial from half the year. >> chairman: it sounds like somehow you're going to boot strap this money together and not ask for appropriates. i think those were the magic words. >> we've got a very savvy
finance director. >> chairman: great. and just relative to the fact that the use of the fund is to fund nonprofit organizations. you mentioned great plates. are there any nonprofits in this arena but what's the universe out there look like relative to service providers? >>. >> is that directed to me, supervisor? >> sure. why not. so one of the things we wanted to do was to find out or talk to current providers but to see what would it take from a current model to this model and we don't have answers to that
we to seek more information so we need a little time. you're asking all the right questions. right now, this is a piece of legislation that is a great concept and we want to take it to the next level to get a better understanding and plan for something larger next fiscal year when we have an answer to all of these questions. >> chairman: understood, i might suggest, supervisor safai, a three-word amendment given the ever evolving and unknown in each of this wonderful under taking which would be in subsection d which would be the new number eight.
funding for the empowerment market. so i think it might be prudent to add the word subject to the funding. >> i debris with that amendment. and that's so you don't go beat up on them when he wthey don't have money for one or two. >> that was my nefarious plan and you swarted it. and i know dr. jones has her hand up. >> yes. thank you. i'd just like to say how incredibly inspaegsal and supportive i know the task force is and the community is around this idea. once it gets piloted, once it gets launched, there's incredible support in this community for this idea of having a place where people can
go every day, not dependent on a pop-up hour, but can go every day to get the food that they need. i think we should also look at the cost savings on this type of a model. to our health care. to all sectors of society is very high and can be quantified. possibly some changes that might support some of the food cost of this so i think we have to work together as a city and city agency to really launch this and learn from it, but i believe it is the right way to go. we need to people to not have food insecurities this is
something that i think is just the right way to go. so i'm excited to see it here and hear the support for this. >>. >> chairman: thank you. then a couple other questions. this one you might laugh at. >> supervisor safai: mr. chair? did we verbally say subject to funding for line 24. that's enough to say that? >> yes. subject founding award grants or yeah. >> chairman: and then on the next item, item three on the agenda and this is i'm sure my ignorance, but on page two on the reporting departments. there's a department of family
and benefit support. i'm familiar with all 53 or so agents in this government, but i've never heard such a department. did i miss something? >> supervisor peskin, agents say recently went through a name change for one of its departments. so we have a human services agency and previously, we have the department of human services so we renamed the department of human services the department of benefits and family support. >> chairman: okay. well, that was a teaching moment. i just wanted supervisor safai to know i was reading every single line. >> and then in the fourth and final item in this package. >> supervisor safai: yeah. item number four i have a shortened change for the long title. >> chairman: yeah. go ahead and address those. so for the short title.
it will read, let me make sure i'm on the right page, administrative code food security task force sunset reauthorization and date extension. so that's the short title. the long title will read ordinance amending the administrative code to reauthorize food security task force and extend the sunset date to july 20, 2021. and the task force duties assisting with the department of public health, food security and equity report. >> chairman: so, supervisor safai, i would like to raise some questions for our discussion relative to the 2024 date that i was on this board a long time ago when my then colleague paula maxwell.
i was wondering why have a sunset date so relatively short for an issue that's going to be so relatively unfortunately long? >> i think as i understand i'll defer to dr. jones, but i understood it as something that's reauthorized every three years. is there a need to do that consistently, dr. jones? >> i agree with you chair peskin that this is an issue that unfortunately has persisted. it's very complex. the task force had suggested reauthorizing for five years. it has been reauthorized at times three years, at times two years. it is quite a lot of work when it comes to reauthorizing. so i do believe additional
years would be fine to add to the reauthorizations. >> chairman: if on item number pouchlt, we were to move the reauthorization date from 24 to 2026, will that be substantive or not? >> no, that would not be substantive, but if i may, i would like to like to add on why that sunset date is there. and that's because under the board's rules, there are rules about regular meetings of subordinate bodies and the rules say the ellening legislation shall also include the qualifications of each member, the length of terms of appointments and the sunset clause not to exceed three years. so that is in the bortd's rules
of order. of course, the board may be ordinance exceed that limit, but it is really what we use as a default and where the board seeks to establish a body that will extend for more than three years. this body shall exist for a longer period than three years. so that is a policy choice, but i wanted to give that background for why that default deadline exists. >> so supervisor safai, based on the recommendations of the task force, i would so that everybody can concentrate on the work at hand and not have
to go before the board two years earlier. the good thing is it forces a conversation, but i don't think that given all of the focus that that we need to focus the conversation. i think the conversation's focused and it's going to stay focused and appreciate your leadership on it. i think that would be a discussion as the chief's sponsor. >> supervisor safai: no. i think in the past, having shorter dates, but with this new concept and the work that it will take to implement that and oversee that and expand that throughout the city, i think that will naturally continue a conversation and collaborative work between h.s.a., the food security task force, and the department of public health and all the other
parties involved. we've also incorporated in to the previous legislation a report that will come annually to the board of supervisors and the mayor about the implementation of the grand program for empowerment markets. so i think all that together allows us to extended date of the reauthorization. so i agree with that. i think that's a good suggestion and i would move to make that july 1, 2026. >> chairman: and add the language suggested by deputy city attorney. >> supervisor safai: yes. i was looking for that and i didn't see 2.21 reference at all. but, yes, we should call that up. okay. >> chairman: okay. >> one more thing if i may. the amendments to the short and long constitute l were recommended by the clerk's
office and i think there was a little bit of a version control problem. and so if i can read the amendments. >> chairman: and that would be to item number four. >> yes. it would read food security task force reauthorization and the long title would read ordinance amending and now we will change that end date from 2024 to 2026 as you so moved. >> chairman: excellent. is that acceptable to you, supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: yeah. i think that's what i read. >> chairman: yeah. i think what ms. pierson was saying is that the actual document had slightly different language from what you he'd.
it sounds like we're all on the same page with that. >> yes. i had a chance to look into that and a category four. one is that it does allow for the automatic accumulation of interest and it does not involve automatic appropriations. >> does not. so then having that line on 21 to 22 is good. >> chairman: how do those interact? >> yes. i think it would. >> chairman: okay.
let's keep category 4 and let's keep. so, but let me understand this for just a second. the donations deemed approved would not apply to a general fund appropriation. they would only apply to third party donations or the donations could be put into it separately. >> right, but what i'm saying is inso farce ms. smith is scratching around for 2021 money for an appropriation that's part of the 20212022 budget those would not be in any event would not be deemed, would not require an accept and expend resolution because
they're general fund dollars. is that correct? >> right. it would not be required for city dollars. >> right and so here's the policy. i generally like to see where our donations come from and i think it's important. and insofar as it seems to me the bulk of the money i would lean on the side of the donations for the fund because it doesn't sound like we have anybody lined up who's about to donate and it sounds like this is all going to go to the budget. >> well, i mean, the bulk of the money, yes, right. so the donations. the money from the general fund
is there, but i think the idea of that, supervisor peskin was to reference section c or grocery stores or the markets, anyone's coming in it's to facilitate the ease of flow of that. >> all right. supervisor chan. >> supervisor chan: i don't know i think i'm kind of i'm glad that we're diving deeper in this conversation. you know, i think kind of given the fact that just some of the around public kitchen and food delivery and some of the questions around it in and around this donation always is
good to be more transparent. but i too on the side of more transparency is better. i'm trying to connect the dots. i'm also trying to be careful of not to associate this great legislation into any other possible commercial use or other purposes by possible potential donors, and how this would fund but i understand. i think that i do understand the concern around this. >> chairman: why don't we leave that as an open issue. and supervisor mandelman, any comments? why don't we move item two through four up for public
comment. are there any who would like to speak to any of these sets of ordinances. >> clerk: yes, members of the public should call (415) 655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 146 014 4426 then press pound and pound again. if you haven't already done so, please press star 3 to line up to speak. a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. and you may begin your comments. at this time, we have approximately five listeners and one person in line for public comment. >> chairman: first speaker, please. >> supervisors, first and foremost, i would like to know if ya'll have done a needs assessment in all of the districts. stop choosing four centers or four districts and then point
to the general fund. as far as i understand, the other population of 840,000 and a budget of $13.7 billion and for a long time and i've been monitoring this for 40 years that a lot of people who have been feeding the poor without any help from the city. i've been one of those. so now, in these times of the pandemic, taking into account all the restaurants that have been closed, the churches that can fulfill some of the obligations who are you empowering or you want to get people to go into a place and
eat the food. do you have the ability to provide in the city and county of san francisco that has the community and cultures and different types of food. you haven't done your study well. i've been involved with it and i know that people like to eat what they like to and they say beggars can't be choosers, but there has to be some balance in that and we are provided that balance. now, in the middle of the pandemic $400,000. you should mention that. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you. next speaker, please.
>> hey everybody. my name is patricia. i work in excelsior. i want to thank all the work that has been done to make this possible. we've been working with families in the excelsior through our six pick up program and we have seen that families are in need which may clarify more under the working pour that don't have time or feel like standing in a line or being part of a resource where they have to pick up. they decided to opt out of the program. so that tells me we need to do more research about how we need our families and how we support our families and i look forward
to having those conversationings, coming up with that concept specifically for district 11. thank you. >> chairman: thank you, next speaker. >> hello, supervisors. i'm the executive director of eat sf. a san francisco resident concerned about food security and the current chair of the san francisco food security task force. i want to mention the food security task force has been addressing providing essential food security recommendations. it highlights new interventions, lived experiences and lifts community voices of those impacted by food incurt. and the need for equitable access. more than ever, the food security task force is essential to gaps, and needs
and affordability issues in san francisco. i respectively urge the and to also the by annual food security and equity report. i encourage the adoption of food empowerment markets as an example of innovations and food security solutions for san franciscans. thank you. >> chairman: thank you. next speaker. >> clerk: i believe that was the last speaker. mr. enial, can you confirm if that was the last speaker. that was the last speaker. thank you. >> chairman: okay. public comment is closed. and supervisor safai, thank you to you and h.s.a. and d.p.h. and your staff, ms. morris for all of your work on this.
i would like to be added as a cosponsor to all three items and in so far as you are not a member of the committee, would like to move the aforementioned amendments to file number 210567 which were those that you read into the record plus the little changes that i suggested that you accepted the all of before the following characteristics of page two relative to the definition of empowerment market with the inclusion of or 6 avmgd and 6b subject to funding in d sub 8 after "shall" and then in item
four, the amendments that the city attorney and clerk agreed to that you read into the record with the change to have the date be five years to july 1, 2026, with the language over riding 2.21 in the board of supervisors rules. are there -- so i'll move that. are there any comments or questions from committee members? seeing none. a roll call please. >> clerk: yes. on the proposed amendments to item two and item four, [roll call] the motion passes without objection. >> chairman: and we'll let the accept and extend matter go. good luck on getting grocery
stores to contribute. with that, i'll make a motion to send item two as amended item four item get you to in a second amended to the full board of supervisors for a hearing tomorrow, supervisor safai. >> supervisor safai: i just wanted to end by saying i know dr. jones has committed the last six teen years and i just really wanted to appreciate that work and call that out and rensz that what we're building on is that part of her career and dedicating that time. so i just wanted to specifically call her out and if any other colleagues want to sign on as a cosponsor, it would be greatly appreciated.
>> thank you, supervisor safai. >> chairman: thank you for your work, dr. jones. all right. we've got a motion on the floor. >> yes, on the motion for recognition for item number two and item number four recommended as a committee report, [roll call] the motion passes without objection. >> thank you, colleagues. >> chairman: thank you, supervisor safai. mr. young, can you read the fifth and final item. >> clerk: yes. item number five is a motion for approving the mayor's nomination of jason wright december 31st, 2024. >> chairman: thank yous,
mr. young, colleagues, i was not able to discuss this with either one of you, but let me just start by thanking both of you for the actions that we previously under took and thank mayor breed for finding the nominee that we were seeking. i had the chance to meet with mr. jason wright in person yesterday set forth in his resume, he is indeed qualified for this this was proposition jay. when i offered that i believe that he will be an experienced qualified independent spouse
and if there are any comments from committee members, feel free to make them now. thank you again to the administration for finding the nominee that i think we were seeking. supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: i would concur with all of that, chair pes kin. i think that we've or i think the mayor has landed on someone really good for the spot who addresses some concerns that i had around prior options so i'm glad and grateful the mayor has nominated. we just recently got an e-mail from shane watson who cannot be
on the historic preservation, but if there's anyone who cares about lgbtq heritage and preservation and has done a lot around that in san francisco it is shane watson and so that recommendation means a lot to me. so i'll get out of the way. i'm happy about this nomination. >> there you go, and we've also received letters from city historical society who served on the then landmark's advisory board from good words from san francisco architectural heritage. so, mr. wright. the floor is yours, don't blow it. >> thank you. good morning to the rules committee and to everyone on the call. my name is jason wright and i'm
really excited and humbled to be nominated for san francisco's historic preservation commission. a little background, i grew up in ohio and studied historic preservation at the university of cincinnati. it really was the reason for my attendance of architecture school. at the time when i was coming out of high school, i had no idea there was a whole sector of the field devoted to historic preservation and thought i would get to work on a preservation project once in awhile and almost 17 o. those years living in san francisco. over those years, i have volunteered for various
organizations in san francisco including san francisco heritage, young preservation groups and have extensive involvement within the lgbtq communicate dedicated to historic places working groups and the arts and culture group. i've recently been involving in supporting the effort to landmark in mille valley. through the presidio historical association, i also have experience working within the federal section and have gained an in depth to understanding our historic resources. the lgbtq preservation work has
shed light on the shifting national and international perspectives on interpreting and preserving our intangible heritage. having grown up gay in small town ohio and now living the lgbtq's reality in san francisco has given me great appreciation for its value not only for the city but to the nation and the world. in practice, i work on many project types and my niche tends to focus on assessments. i have worked on historic structure reports and building maintenance plan projects and have been involved in building projects through design and
construction includes preservation, rehabilitation. and i understand the article 10 and landmarks. i've been involved in sustainable preservation for the last 15 years or so. i've learned that press observation is inherently this substantiates historic preservation and that we're not going to build ourselves out of climate change but that existing buildings are also key to the fight. i hope that my strong technical
background and my interest in cultural preservation will aid me to the past current and future residents of san francisco. a couple goals i have would be to push for the city wide surrender way and to further recognition and preservation of san francisco's cultural districts and legacy businesses. completion of the citywide survey will aid in the addition of important landmarks and historic districts. in project review and having a good sense of when materials can be preserving and hoping that through preservation to further the city's goals and further the fight against climate change. i believe in my experience and the support letters i have will
vouch for my qualifications and as supervisor mandelman noted for the other supervisors, there was a late letter that came from shane watson this morning and i very much appreciate and thank you very much. >> chairman: yeah. we all got it. >> great. that's all i have, but thank you for your time. >> thank you, mr. wright. are there any members of the public who would like to comment on this item? yes, members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, should call (415) 655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 146 014 4426 then press pound and pound again. if you haven't already done so, please press star three to line up to speak.
please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comment. at this time, we have two listeners but nobody in line to speak. one moment. we do have one person. >> chairman: please speak. >> good morning, chair peskin, and supervisor chan and supervisor mandelman. i'm calling to support jason. i think he'd be a great addition to the commission. i'm aaron highland and as you know, i had the great pleasure of serving on this commission for 18 years. i guess i got to know jason. in turn at a.r.g.. we thought highly enough of jason for a permanent position. and his work with san francisco heritage. most notably and he was a little hill more humble in this, he was one of the key people who started the
preservation group at san francisco heritage. they did this knowing they could have joined the already existing group of young architects. that group was critical in executing the preservation pub crawls which are aimed visited to legacy bars and restaurants. and this is starting before our own legacy business industry and fund program. he definitely has the expertise and the years of experience here in san francisco. i would like to thank you, supervisor mandelman for insisting be held by a member of the lgbtq community. it is more impactful for us to have a seat at the table and definitely more so than having an ally. although, we always appreciate allies. jason has been engaged and will continue to be engaged as he so
well put in furthering the lgbtqq landmarks. i would like to impose to each of you four of the commissioners are new and we have a new planning director. we continue to make progress on and i was glad to hear jason wanted to continue that. the citywide survey. the lgbtq context. the draft was in 2016. >> chairman: thank you, commissioner high land and thank you for your service of almost a decade. yesterday, when my staff and i met with mr. wright. to continue our work of the
city wide survey and hope that commissioner wright will be that person. i know from personal experience that supervisor mandelman is equally committed to that effort from the board of supervisors side and mr. high larnd, do not hesitate to continue your engagement and involving historic preservation in san francisco. mr. clerk, are there any other members of the public who are in line for public comment. >> clerk: that completes the list for public commentors. >> chairman: okay. public comment is closed. supervisor mandelman, would you like to do the honors of amending the short title by removing the word "rejecting" and amending the body of resolution by removing the word "rejects". >> supervisor mandelman: i would like to do those honors and make that motion and also just to say thank you to commissioner highland for his
service and thank you colleagues for sticking be this and supporting the lgbtq community and thank you to the mayor for this appointment and thank you, mr. wright for your willingness to step into this role. >> chairman: and before we call the roll on supervisor mandelman's motion, mr. wright, this will go before the full board next week on the 20th and if the mayor swears you in, you can attend your first h.p.c. meeting on wednesday, the 21st. with that, mr. clerk, a roll call please. >> clerk: on the motion to amend delete "rejecting" throughout the motion, [roll call] the motion passes without
objection. >> next motion please. >> supervisor mandelman: i would like to move forward this item to the full board of recommendation. >> clerk: on the motion to recommend as amended, supervisor mandelman, [roll call] the motion passes without objection. >> chairman: congratulations, mr. wright. colleagues, we are adjourned.
>> i lived in the mission neighborhood for seven years and before that the excel see your district. 20 years a resident of the city and county of san francisco. i am the executive director of a local art space nonprofit that showcases work that relate to the latino community and i have been in this building for seven years and some of my neighbors have been here 30 year. we were notified from the
landlord he was going to sell the building. when we realized it was happening it was no longer a thought for the landlord and i sort of had a moment of panic. i heard about the small sites program through my work with the mission economic agency and at met with folks from the mayor's housing program because they wanted to utilize the program. we are dealing with families with different needs and capacities. conversations were had early in the morning because that is the only time that all the tenants were in the building and finally when we realized that meda did have the resources to buy the building we went on a letter writing campaign to the landlord and said to him we understand you want to sell your building,
we understand what you are asking for and you are entitled to it, it's your land, but please work with us. what i love about ber nell height it represents the diversity that made me fall in love with san francisco. we have a lot of mom and pop shops and you can get all your resources within walking distance. my favorite area of my home is my little small patio where i can start my morning and have my coffee is a sweet spot for me and i >> hello, everyone. and welcome to the ribbon cutting ceremony for 490.
i'm the deputy executive director for mission housing development corporation and it is my honor to welcome you back isn't that exciting? we are back into our neighborhood. you know, after, what, more than a year of collectively fighting the covid-19 virus. thank you, mayor, london breed. and thank you supervisors and all of the community effort that allowed us to be here today in this outdoor space to be able to celebrate 490. and we would like to remind you though as we are so proud to be hosting you here today, we want to encourage you to kindly wear your masks as you enter the building, and to respect still the social distancing guidelines that 490 is basically asking from all of us. for our own safety. now it is my great pleasure to welcome today's guest to conduct the ceremony for us, we're very excited that she's here today.
and a community-based organization that is going to be headquartered here at 490. and we're very excited about that. [applause] they'll be located at the flex place at the corner of 16th and south van ness very, very shortly. basically what they do -- they provide immigrant families in the bay area with social services and emergency support for most cultural values and serve as a bridge between our community and consulates and the governments. so we are very pleased to have them come today to conduct a blessing to make sure that this building is blessed today. and i invite lydia to come up to the stage and begin that blessing ceremony. come on over. [applause] >> good morning to everyone. i am going toed in spanish and
[speaking spanish] (speaking foreign language) >> thank you very much. thank you. [applause] >> [speaking spanish] i just want to recap because we didn't have someone to translate in english what she just finished saying, but she wants to thank brim housing and mission housing, the mayor, all of the agencies, and anybody that had a contribution to make this building a possibility for the community. she wants to express her gratitude. she also talked a little bit about the journey for many -- you know, from yucatán. i am so sorry. and they came here to look for a better -- and just more positive opportunities. and i get a little choked up because i know what that trajectory looked like as an
immigrant person and someone that as myself, i know what that means. and she wanted to remind every member those that we lost during this pandemic. and so, again, she wants to have you all keep the good fight to make sure that we can continue to build affordable housing and she's looking upon all of you guys to be able to do that. mucho gracias. so, let's continue on. and let's talk about what is 490. it's an 80-unit affordable housing building that you're sitting here today that is located in the san francisco mission district. just a couple blocks from here we have the authentic 1950 mission that is another wonderful partnership with the partnership of bridge housing and ourselves that we were proud to do a groundbreaking very recently. what has that done for me, and for those that may be wondering what that word represents. we decided to name it for various reasons because it actually means to "move upward,
forward, and a desire to always advance." and we believe that it embodies the resilient spirit of this neighborhood, a neighborhood that fought and they were very vocal about what they needed. and so here together as a community, as a group, we're celebrating this amazing, amazing celebration for 490. so we continue to [speaking spanish] so we'll continue to move forward, right? right? yes! yes! yes! [applause] mission housing and bridge housing are proudly basically celebrating the -- what we consider to be such a great accomplishment. and so we just want to be sure that you celebrate along with us because this is actually a little piece of history that we are sharing with you today. we saw about 230 families that moved into their homes here. we actually have several -- several -- several -- looking --
several -- please wave to those residents that moved in here, and i just want to welcome them to their new home. we're so excited. it really makes me get choked up because there's nothing to fight for something, deliver something, and then see the families moving in and this is what we're celebrating today. this is for you. so now it is my great pleasure to welcome someone that is an advocate for affordable housing and i know that she's been very, very vocal about it for many years and she continued to be a partner and a supporter of our organization and everyone here that is sitting here today -- our mayor -- our mayor of san francisco that has been extremely busy for the past year or so, and we're very thankful for her to have time to join us today. that being said, mayor london breed, would you please come up and share your thoughts. [applause] >> thank you, marcia. i've got to say today is definitely very special because it's been a long time coming, and i think that some of the
folks that are joining us here today don't really realize the history and the struggle and the challenges that have existed for so many years, specifically in the mission community. and supervisor ronen can recall at a time when we saw a huge amounts of displacement of the people in this community, she was working as an aide for the supervisor in the office that she now occupies and i remember when i was on the board of supervisors and this community rallied together -- rallied together to ask for more support in san francisco, more support from city hall to build more affordable housing. and at the time i remember thinking to myself, what difference is it going to make when the people in this community may not even have an opportunity to get access to these units? and so together, myself and members in this community supported my efforts when the federal government, hud, said,
no, we could not use neighborhood preference. i flew on the red eye to d.c., they changed their mind because all i did was tell them my story about my experience of growing up in the philmore and what happened there, the redevelopment that came in, tore down a lot of beautiful homes owned by black people, rebuilt a number of affordable housing developments, but made it difficult for the people who lived in this community to have access to those units. i was watching as what was happening in the mission already happened in the philmore western edition community. so it was important that when we started, and we identified the number of the developments in this community, the community did a whole walk-thru, and i went through that walk-thru and that drive-thru to identify a number of properties and at the time our late mayor ed lee helped to put $50 million in the budget to begin the process of
acquiring these sites, and i picked up the mantle and we were able to acquire some additional sites as a result of the work of this community, the advocacy of this community, not only do we have seven sites identified for affordable housing in this community, we also are using neighborhood presence to make sure that people from this neighborhood have right of first refusal to access these units and to live in their community. [applause] that was -- i mean, this is -- i get emotional too, marcia, because i think about what's going to happen differently in this community for the people in this community. and so i was there for the opening of the childcare center, for the ribbon cutting and the ceremony. i was here when we did the groundbreaking, the amazing groundbreaking here with the space, to cleanse off all of the negative spirits and bring in the positive energy that these families deserve. we were on shopwell when we
opened up a new senior developpent in and we have other properties where we're going to be doing a lot of ribbon cuttings in these community. in total almost 800 units and counting. so that is absolutely amazing. [applause] but we know that there's more that needs to be done. this pandemic, although it set us back, we were still able to get this project done. we were still able to continue to build. and that is so critical because families, like the ones that we see here today, they're counting on us. they're counting on us to move as quickly as possible to get this housing built so that they can move in and raise their families in these incredible communities. i can't help but get excited, especially because i know that this is going to change and save lives. housing has to be the priority. san francisco has not done the best job of moving forward as aggressively as it should in building more housing opportunities.
i can't imagine my grandmother who raised me -- i can't imagine what she would have to go through now in san francisco and what would happen and how difficult it would be for her to be able to raise her grandchildren and take care of her developmentally disabled daughter nowadays and the access to affordable housing. it would be almost virtually impossible. what we want to do in this city is to change that to make sure that people have safer, affordable places to call home. and i'm so grateful that we are partnering with mission housing and with bridge housing to create these incredible spaces that are not just about buildings -- they're about people -- and people's lives. and their ability to live in dignity and take care of their families and live in a place like san francisco. and to be able to come back and tell those stories about their families emigrating to san francisco, or their grandmothers raising them. to be able to tell those stories, because they will have
a future in this incredible city. and i'm so grateful that housing here will provide that opportunity. so, thank you, everyone, for being here. thank you for all of the folks that had a role -- the mayor's office of housing and the bank of america and our financers. so it took a village. it really did take a lot of people coming together, but more importantly -- more importantly -- it took this community rallying and demanding what they know that they deserve in order to live in dignity in the community that they call home. so, thank you all, so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you, joan, for coming out. >> thank you, all. thank you for making this (indiscernible) i'm so grateful. [applause]
>> these are the stories that we are very proud of, that we should all be proud of. thank you, mayor london breed, and thank you so much for acknowledging and for being here and for the work, you know, that everyone was able to do to make this happen. our next speaker is our executive director at extension housing to say a few words. i'm sure many more words but just a few. come on over. >> thank you, everybody. joan got me crying up here. give me a sec. thank you all for coming and i feel that i get to do this now and after 10 years it's kind of hard to believe that we're having a ribbon cutting every few months in the mission. marcia and myself took over the housing 10 years ago, well, we didn't look like what we look like now. we had a lot of growing to do, and we couldn't have done that growing without the support of our community. without the support of the late mayor lee and then mayor breed
herself, and you know, most especially i'd like to thank bridge housing. we forced our way in the door and no one could get rid of us, and bridge housing is the one that opened that door up. so we wouldn't be able to grow the way we are and to provide the things that we provide on a daily basis, not just in these new buildings, but in all of our buildings, if we haven't had the trust and respect of bridge housing. so, thank you very much, for showing up. [applause] >> coming to these ribbon cuttings, as great as they are, it has me thinking about the past and how far we've come and just how important it is for us to stop right now. we've all just gone through a really hard ordeal and we're still going through it, and it's important to look forward. you know, it's important to come together and to say here we are at this point in time. and i know that these things happened in the past and i know
this person said that, and this person -- this company did that -- but here we are as a community together supporting each other. and we're standing on something tangible, on a physical structure that was erected with the blood and sweat and tears -- and i guess a little bit of money from the san francisco government, of course, but without all of that coming together, working together, we wouldn't be here right now. we'd still be talking about how many people are displaced in the city and we would still talked about what if we could have built that. and we're standing on something that we did -- that we accomplished. and i just really want everyone to take a moment and to pat yourself on the back because it wasn't easy. it was exhausting. it was emotionally trying. but we're here now and we're about to have some empanadas later and have a good old time. so from the bottom of my heart i just want to thank everyone. thank you very much.
>> thank you. right back at mission housing. really interesting story about this building and i want to talk about that and talk about relationships and how powerful and important they are to achieving what we're here to celebrate today. back in the day when we were just fighting to stand in justification, you know, people forced out of the mission and we weren't under the cloud of a global pandemic like today. mission housing and bridge housing had partnered a block away from here. and he came to my office and said we'd like to get back in the game and that was a momentous day. not only did that happen but a few months later, and the mayor's office of housing acquired some land that we're standing on, it was fully entitled for a market rate condominium project. they had drawings that were
done, they were ready to break ground. the mayor's office had the vision and the wherewithal at the time to acquire this shovel ready -- remember that term that we used to talk about? and the city took some grief at the time because they paid a lot. in hindsight it looks like a pretty good number, a pretty good deal by today's standards. so i want to thank the mayor's office and the leadership for making that happen. and then sam and i, i think that we decided we should get the band back together after what happened here in 1950, and fast forward, and here we are today. you know, as sam said, a lot of blood and sweat and a lot of hard work and a lot of talented people that, you know, we're not going to be able to thank everybody today, but i want to thank the relationships that we value most and, really, the mayor's office of housing -- mission housing, as sam said, bridge and mission got together and we might have helped mission on some things, but they
certainly helped us to understand what the mission is all about. and thank you for the blessing today. it's a complicated neighborhood, one that has been under a lot of pressure and, you know, if we can come here and to be a part of helping to stem that tide, that's part of our mission. so i thank mission housing for helping to educate us about the mission itself. and we're not done. we're going to be working with mission housing and we're busy trying to finance the infrastructure, but bridge is going to build there and mission is going to build there and we'll have a couple more of these ribbon cuttings. so i look forward to that. and i also need to thank a few of the key actors here, and from architects, who we're working with in portland and here in the san francisco bay area. and those who built this building, and thank you, bob, and your team. and nibe is building in berkeley, another very complex neighborhood and a complex project. and i want to thank some of the folks at bridge briefly.
mitch, who couldn't be here but his namesake here, this caterpillar was named after mitch apparently. so for all of you who know mitch, really helped to get this off the ground and he was helped by anna and sarah and david from our team that worked with sam and michael and marcia and the folks from mission housing. so thank you all for helping to execute that initial vision and for being here today to help to celebrate. congratulations. >> i would like to introduce -- >> i would like to introduce -- god, you're tall -- even with heels. i would like to introduce the next speaker, supervisor hillary ronen. come right on over. [applause] >> supervisor ronen: thank you, everyone. it feels good, madam mayor, to keep coming to these ribbon cuttings. it's incredible. like sam said, after 10 years of
not doing any of this, to be able to celebrate every couple months with, you know, the opening -- the ribbon cutting of a new affordable housing complex. and like our mayor said, this isn't about buildings, it's about people. and talking to the incredible families that are living in this building we've got to remember where those families were coming from. there are so many families in the mission that are living in tiny s.r.o. hotel rooms -- four people, five people, to a room. and if that wasn't -- that's always been unacceptable, but after this year of pandemic when we weren't allowed to leave those rooms, when kids had to open up their computers and sit on their bunkbeds and be in a tiny space for 24 hours a day, and weren't allowed to hang out in the hallway because they could get sick -- that is cruel
it almost feels -- it makes your home feel like a jail. and those are the kind of conditions that families moved from to finally be in a proper home where their kids can run outside and be safe, where they can have their own bedroom and feel like they have that -- that privacy and that space to grow up and be kids. that's what projects like this make happen. and so thanks to the mayor's neighborhood preference -- thank you for that law, that was one of the best and the most important laws that we've ever passed in san francisco. making that happen, going to washington, and -- and not leaving and not taking no for an answer, it's one of your great legacies, mayor breed, because that is what made it possible for families that live in the s.r.o.s in the mission to move into proper, adequate housing for themselves and their families. and we can't stop -- like you
said, we're going to keep on going because while there remains one family improperly housed in an s.r.o., where there remains thousands of people living on streets of san francisco, we can't stop. we've got to keep this going. and thank you, mission housing, for resurrecting your housing development or we wouldn't be here and we wouldn't do all of these ribbon cuttings without you. thank you, marcia, and thank you, sam, and, bridge -- of course, you never stop. so thank you for partnering with our local community-based developers, because we need that local -- that local voice and that local commitment and those folks from the community that are doing this work, like sam, marcia and oscar and so many members of the mission housing team. thank you so much, this is a great day. congrats. [applause] >> i would like to introduce our next speaker, kevin blackburn, from the federal home loan bank
of san francisco. [applause] >> well, again, it's an honor to be here this morning and, sam, with your giant shirt there, and i am the last one to speak and i am feeling like the cleanup like willie mays right now. but i don't know if you have noticed but there's been a common theme that has gone through each speaker today and that is the stories. you know, i have some facts to share with you, but facts tell, but the reality is that stories sell. and the stories of the people whose lives have been impacted by having access to quality, affordable housing are the things that drive us to keep working hard to provide justice and equity for those who need it most.
so i'm privileged that the federal home loan bank of san francisco, this is, like, the best thing that i get to do. i spend a lot of times on planes, well, prior to the pandemic, anyway, a lot of time on planes going back and forth to d.c.. and that is hard work. but this is really where it all makes a difference. so, you know, the facts that i just want to share with you and i want to really congratulate mission housing development corporation and bridge housing for collaborating because to build affordable housing, it is the most difficult type of housing to build, period. and to do it and to see what you'd be able to create here, i think they deserve a big round of applause, don't you? [applause] of course it doesn't happen in a vacuum. you know, years ago i'd say, well, building affordable housing is like a seven-layer cake because you have so many layers of financing and
expertise and, and now with the cost of housing continuing to increase it's probably a 10-layer cake now. but there are three layers of that cake that i just want to talk about and one is the federal home loan of san francisco. we know what is going on in washington, and once upon a time there was an atmosphere where both sides of the aisle worked together for a common good. one of the things they created was the affordable housing program. and so the federal home loan bank of san francisco gives away 10% of its profits annually in the form of grants for affordable housing with. bridge as a partner, that has translated to about $33 million in grants to bridge. and the congressional district, speaker nancy pelosi, created 5,40 units of affordable housing and that's quality work. but we don't do it alone. we do it with community capital, and the members, the federal
home loan bank that provided the grant. and then it takes affordable housing developers to bring it all together. and so for the federal home loan bank of san francisco, we're honored to continue to be the legacy of building affordable housing in san francisco and we want to just acknowledge mayor breed and her vision to -- to be a fighter. you know, it's one thing to get in office and to kind of move things along. it's another thing to drive an agenda that really matters. and there's nothing that matters more than providing quality housing for people. so not only are we working to continue to support affordable housing, but right now with the legislation introduced in washington that would allow the home loan banks to support infrastructure, and that is important -- it is worth it. i was on the phone at 6:00 this morning back in d.c., because this legislation is really important and we want to be able as the infrastructure bill comes together to be another tool that banks can use to support the
infrastructure development, because we need it. and so just keep your ears open we appreciate the support from supervisor ronen and from speaker pelosi as well. so, thank you all for being here today. thank you, mission housing development, and bridge housing and this is a great day. and will we're honored to be able to celebrate it with you. thank you. [applause] >> all right. thank god i'm wearing my heels. i was going to wear my flats but i wore my heels. anyways, before we get moving on to the ribbon cutting ceremony, i just want to acknowledge the team that actually worked so hard to make sure that we can do this celebration, which is bridge housing team, and also mission housing team. for all of you that worked really hard here -- where is the staff? mission housing and bridge housing, lift your hands up?
big and proud. [applause] there's a few here too that are shy to come out, but thank you so much. i hope that you guys enjoy this space. you are standing and sitting here today and it's basically the place where our children are going to be able to play. parents are going to actually be able to go right here and do their laundry and to be able to have their kids run around here so i just wanted to acknowledge this space because i think that it's beautiful. and i'm a parent of three and if my little one his an opportunity to be in this space, i would be proud to have them run around because it's a beautiful, safe space. with that being said, we'll continue on with the ribbon ceremony and we'll ask the speakers to move up here. but before we would like to remind all of you that we have a reception on the rooftop. if you haven't been to the rooftop yet, we left that for last. and we partnered with a neighbor of ours, a commercial tenant of ours that is providing amazing
empanadas to enjoy. so if you want to be at the reception, the elevators to my right, and another right there's going to be staff there directing you to take you to the rooftop. and so you can grab a bite to eat and take it with you. and the other thing that we have are some amazing t-shirts. so for all of you joining us today, pick up your t-shirts. it's very nice -- nice t-shirt that you can take with you. very proud of that t-shirt. besides that i just want to say -- actually ask everyone that is here today -- i want to ask for a commitment. would you -- would each one of you guys commit to be supportive of affordable housing? we have learned about the stories about what this building represents and all of the work that everyone that is here today, and i just want to make sure that i hear you loud and clear that you are committed and to keep affordable housing efforts moving forward. can i hear that? [applause] okay.
richmond in the last business area of this city. this area of merchants is in the most western part of san francisco, continue blocks down the street they're going to fall into the pacific ocean. two blocks over you're going to have golden gate park. there is japanese, chinese, hamburgers, italian, you don't have to cook. you can just walk up and down the street and you can get your cheese. i love it. but the a very multicultural place with people from everywhere. it's just a wonderful environment. i love the richmond district. >> and my wife and i own a café we have specialty coffee drinks, your typical lattes and mochas and cappuccinos, and for lunches, sandwiches and soup and salad. made fresh to order. we have something for everybody
>> my shop is in a very cool part of the city but that's one of the reasons why we provide such warm and generous treats, both physically and emotionally (♪♪) >> it's an old-fashioned general store. they have coffee. other than that what we sell is fishing equipment. go out and have a good time. >> one of my customers that has been coming here for years has always said this is my favorite store. when i get married i'm coming in your store. and then he in his wedding outfit and she in a beautiful dress came in here in between getting married at lands end and to the reception, unbelievable. (♪♪)
>> the new public health order that we're announcing will require san franciscans to remain at home with exceptions only for essential outings. >> when the pandemic first hit we kind of saw the writing on the walls that potentially the city is going to shut all businesses down. >> it was scary because it was such an unknown of how things were going to pan out. i honestly thought that this might be the end of our business. we're just a small business and we still need daily customers. >> i think that everybody was on edge. nobody was untouched. it was very silent.
>> as a business owner, you know, things don't just stop, right? you've still got your rent, and all of the overhead, it's still there. >> there's this underlying constant sense of dread and anxiety. it doesn't prevent you from going to work and doing your job, it doesn't stop you from doing your normal routine. what it does is just make you feel extra exhausted. >> so we began to reopen one year later, and we will emerge stronger, we will emerge better as a city, because we are still here and we stand in solidarity with one another. >> this place has definitely been an anchor for us, it's home for us, and, again, we are part of this community and the community is part of us. >> one of the things that we
strived for is making everyone in the community feel welcome and we have a sign that says "you're welcome." no matter who you are, no matter what your political views are, you're welcome here. and it's sort of the classic san francisco thing is that you work with folks. >> it is your duty to help everybody in san francisco. >> look at that beautiful jellyfish. the way to speak to students and motivate them to take action, to save the planet, they do, they care and my job is to speak to them in a way that they can understand that touches their heart and makes them feel powerful with simple actions to take every day. ♪♪♪
♪♪♪ >> i was born and raised in the desert of palm springs, california. my dad was the rabbi in the community there. what i got from watching my father on stage talking to the community was learning how to be in the public. and learning how to do public speaking and i remember the first time i got up to give my first school assembly, i felt my dad over my shoulder saying pause for drama, deliver your words. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a teacher. and then when i got into high school, i decided i wanted to get into advertising and do
graphic art and taglines and stuff like that. by the time i was in college, i decided i wanted to be a decorator. but as i did more work, i realized working my way up meant a lot of physical labor. i only had so much energy to work with for the rest of my life and i could use that energy towards making a lot of money, helping someone else make a lot of money or doing something meaningful. i found the nonprofit working to save the rainforest was looking for volunteers. i went, volunteered and my life changed. suddenly everything i was doing had meaning. stuffing envelopes had meaning, faxing out requests had meaning. i eventually moved up to san francisco to work out of the office here, given a lot of assembly through los angeles county and then came up here and doing assemblies to kids about rainforest.
one of my jobs was to teach about recycle, teaching students to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, i'm teaching them they have the power, and that motivates them. it was satisfying for me to work with for the department of environment to create a message that gets to the heart of the issue. the san francisco department of environment is the only agency that has a full time educational team, we go into the schools to help teach children how to protect nature and the environment. we realized we needed animal mascot to spark excitement with the students. the city during the gold rush days, the phoenix became part of the city feel and i love the symbolism of the phoenix, about transformation and the message that the theme of the phoenix provides, we all have the power
to transform our world for the better. we have to provide teachers with curriculum online, our curriculum is in two different languages and whether it's lesson plans or student fact sheets, teachers can use them and we've had great feedback. we have helped public and private schools in san francisco increase their waste use and students are working hard to sort waste at the end of the lunch and understand the power of reusing, reducing, recycling and composting. >> great job. >> i've been with the department for 15 years and an environmental educator for more than 23 years and i'm grateful for the work that i get to do, especially on behalf of the city and county of san francisco.
i try to use my voice as intentionally as possible to support, i think of my grandmother who had a positive attitude and looked at things positively. try to do that as well in my work and with my words to be an uplifting force for myself and others. think of entering the job force as a treasure hunt. you can only go to your next clue and more will be revealed. follow your instincts, listen to your gut, follow your heart, do what makes you happy and pragmatic and see where it takes you and get to the next place. trust if you want to do good in this world, thattoday. >> (clapping.) >> i've been working in restaurants forever as a blood alcohol small business you have a lot of requests for donations
if someone calls you and say we want to documents for our school or nonprofit i've been in a position with my previous employment i had to say no all the time. >> my name is art the owner and chief at straw combinations of street food and festival food and carnival food i realize that people try to find this you don't want to wait 365 day if you make that brick-and-mortar it is really about making you feel special and feel like a kid again everything we've done to
celebrate that. >> so nonprofit monday is a program that straw runs to make sure that no matter is going on with our business giving back is treated just the is that you as paying any other bill in addition to the money we impose their cause to the greater bayview it is a great way for straw to sort of build communicated and to introduce people who might not normally get to be exposed to one nonprofit or another and i know that they do a different nonprofit every most of the year. >> people are mroent surprised the restaurant it giving back i see some people from the nonprofit why been part of
nonprofit monday sort of give back to the program as well answer. >> inform people that be regular aprons at straw they get imposed to 10 or 12 nonprofits. >> i love nonprofits great for a local restaurant to give back to community that's so wonderful i wish more restrictive places did that that is really cool. >> it is a 6 of nonprofit that is supporting adults with autism and down syndrome we i do not involved one the wonderful members reached out to straw and saw a headline about, about their nonprofit mondays and she applied for a grant back in january of 2016 and we were notified late in the spring we would be the recipient of straw
if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer thems in the month of genuine we were able to organize with straw for the monday and at the end of the month we were the recipient of 10 percent of precedes on mondays the contribution from nonprofit monday from stray went into our post group if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer theming fund with our arts coaching for chinese and classes and we have a really great vibrate arts program. >> we we say thank you to the customers like always but say 0 one more thing just so you know you've made a donation to x nonprofit which does why i think that is a very special thing. >> it is good to know the owner takes responsibility to know
your money is going to good cause also. >> it is really nice to have a restaurant that is very community focused they do it all month long for nonprofits not just one day all four mondays. >> we have a wall of thank you letters in the office it seems like you know we were able to gas up the 10 passenger minivan we were innovate expected to do. >> when those people working at the nonprofits their predictive and thank what straw is giving that in and of itself it making an impact with the nonprofit through the consumers that are coming here is just as important it is important for the grill cheese kitchen the more
restrictive i learn about what is going on in the community more restrictive people are doing this stuff with 4 thousand restaurant in san francisco we're doing an average of $6,000 a year in donations and multiply that by one thousand that's a lot to >> it did take a village. i was really lucky when i was 14 years old to get an internship. the difference that it made for me is i had a job, but there were other people who didn't have a job, who, unfortunately, needed money. and they were shown to commit illegal acts to get money. that is what i want to prevent. [♪♪♪] today we are here to officially kick off the first class of
opportunities for all. [applause]. >> opportunities for all is a program that mayor breed launched in october of 2018. it really was a vision of mayor breed to get to all of the young people in san francisco, but with an intention to focus on young people that have typically not being able to access opportunities such as internships or work-based learning opportunities. >> money should never be a barrier to your ability to succeed in life and that is what this program is about. >> there's always these conversations about young people not being prepared and not having experience for work and if they don't get an opportunity to work, then they cannot gain the experience that they need. this is really about investing in the future talent pool and getting them the experience that they need. >> it is good for everyone because down the road we will need future mechanics, future pilots, future bankers, future whatever they may be in any industry. this is the pipe on we need to
work with. we need to start developing talent, getting people excited about careers, opening up those pathways and frankly giving opportunities out there that would normally not be presented. [♪♪♪] >> the way that it is organized is there are different points of entry and different ways of engagement for the young person and potential employers. young people can work in cohorts or in groups and that's really for people that have maybe never had job experience or who are still trying to figure out what they want to do and they can explore. and in the same way, it is open for employers to say, you know what, i don't think we are ready to host an intern year-round are all summer, but that they can open up their doors and do site visits or tours or panels or conversations. and then it runs all the way up to the opportunity for young people to have long-term employment, and work on a project and be part of the employee base. >> something new, to get new
experience and meet people and then you are getting paid for it you are getting paid for doing that. it is really cool. >> i starting next week, i will be a freshman. [cheers and applause] two of the things i appreciate about this program was the amazing mentorship in the job experience that i had. i am grateful for this opportunity. thank you. >> something i learned at airbnb is how to network and how important it is to network because it is not only what you know, but also who you know to get far in life. >> during this program, i learned basic coding languages, had a had to identify the main components and how to network on a corporate level. it is also helping me accumulate my skills all be going towards my college tuition where i will pursue a major in computer science. >> for myself, being that i am an actual residential realtor,
it was great. if anybody wants to buy a house, let me know. whenever. [applause] it is good. i got you. it was really cool to see the commercial side and think about the process of developing property and different things that i can explore. opportunities for all was a great opportunity for all. >> we were aiming to have 1,000 young people register and we had over 2,000 people register and we were able to place about between 50 and did. we are still getting the final numbers of that. >> over several weeks, we were able to have students participate in investment banking they were able to work with our team, or technology team, our engineering 20 we also gave them lessons around the industry, around financial literacy. >> there are 32,000 young people ages 16 and 24 living in san francisco. and imagine if we can create an
opera skin it just opportunity for all program for every young person that lives in public housing, affordable housing, low income communities. it is all up to you to make that happen. >> we have had really great response from employers and they have been talking about it with other employers, so we have had a lot of interest for next year to have people sign on. we are starting to figure out how to stay connected to those young people and to get prepared to make sure we can get all 2400 or so that registered. we want to give them placement and what it looks like if they get more. >> let's be honest, there is always a shortage of good talent in any industry, and so this is a real great career path. >> for potential sponsors who might be interested in supporting opportunities for all , there is an opportunity to make a difference in our city. this is a really thriving, booming economy, but not for everyone. this is a way to make sure that everyone gets to benefit from
the great place that san francisco is and that we are building pathways for folks to be able to stay here and that they feel like they will belong. >> just do it. sign up for it. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> i personally love the mega jobs. i think they're a lot of fun. i like being part of a build that is bigger than myself and outlast me and make a mark on a
landscape or industry. ♪♪♪ we do a lot of the big sexy jobs, the stacked towers, transit center, a lot of the note worthy projects. i'm second generation construction. my dad was in it and for me it just felt right. i was about 16 when i first started drafting home plans for people and working my way through college. in college i became a project engineer on the job, replacing others who were there previously and took over for them. the transit center project is about a million square feet. the entire floor is for commuter buses to come in and drop off, there will be five and a half acre city park accessible to
everyone. it has an amputheater and water marsh that will filter it through to use it for landscaping. bay area council is big here in the area, and they have a gender equity group. i love going to the workshops. it's where i met jessica. >> we hit it off, we were both in the same field and the only two women in the same. >> through that friendship did we discover that our projects are interrelated. >> the projects provide the power from san jose to san francisco and end in the trans bay terminal where amanda was in charge of construction. >> without her project basically i have a fancy bus stop.
she has headed up the women's network and i do, too. we have exchanged a lot of ideas on how to get groups to work together. it's been a good partnership for us. >> women can play leadership role in this field. >> i tell him that the schedule is behind, his work is crappy. he starts dropping f-bombs and i say if you're going to talk to me like that, the meeting is over. so these are the challenges that we face over and over again. the reality, okay, but it is getting better i think. >> it has been great to bond with other women in the field. we lack diversity and so we have to support each other and change the culture a bit so more women see it as a great field that
they can succeed in. >> what drew me in, i could use more of my mind than my body to get the work done. >> it's important for women to network with each other, especially in construction. the percentage of women and men in construction is so different. it's hard to feel a part of something and you feel alone. >> it's fun to play a leadership role in an important project, this is important for the transportation of the entire peninsula. >> to have that person -- of women coming into construction, returning to construction from family leave and creating the network of women that can rely on each other. >> women are the main source of income in your household. show of hands. >> people are very charmed with the idea of the reverse role, that there's a dad at home instead of a mom.
you won't have gender equity in the office until it's at home. >> whatever you do, be the best you can be. don't say i can't do it, you can excel and do whatever you want. just put your mind into it. por i'm san francisco mayor london breed and i'm so excited to be here at the port today. we were just here celebrating juneteenth. every weekend there are some incredible markets and it was so crowded. the waterfront was alive and well. and, in fact, last weekend i think it was, these days go by so fast, i was at the giants game celebrating with roscoe. a full -- almost a full house, but it was amazing. amazing to see the waterfront active, to see it alive, to see
the excitement and now we have a couple other things to add to our re-opening efforts. in fact, ferry service started today. additional ferry service around the bay area. and, we also have opening this weekend the exploretorium and for tours the s.s. brian. and we even have more common includes fireworks on the northern waterfront for the 4th of july. and, finally, to top it all off as we get ready to re-open our city, it just wouldn't be the same unless we had fleet week returning in october. so a number of incredible milestones. a lot of great activities. san francisco has been through
so much this past 15 months and i want to take this opportunity as i always do to really thank the people of the city for complying with the very challenging orders to shelter-in-place to wear a mask, to get vaccinated. over 82% of san franciscans have been vaccinated and we just saw the announcement from the cdc that people were vaccinated don't necessarily need to wear a mask, however, we know there are still a lot of people that are not vaccinated and just because san francisco is doing a great job, doesn't mean there are others out there that aren't. we want to ask you because the cdc talked about today the variants and how the vaccine protects you from the variants and those who are vaccinated and we don't want to go backwards. we don't want to go back to that place where we're shutting
our city down. i hope we don't have to go back to that place. in the meantime, it's so important that we enjoy our city. we enjoy all these great attractions. we support one another, we have a great time. and what i've also consistently said, it is so important that when you are out in the streets now that our city is re-open that you keep a smile on your face because, right now, this is a privilege. and we have to remember, we were on lockdown for over 15 months in san francisco in the bay area and other parts of the country and so how much do we really appreciate being out here, being able to see faces without masks, being able to enjoy this cloudy, beautiful san francisco day. i will tell you that i am showing up to everything i'm invited to if i'm available. i've been to baby showers already, and birthday parties
and other activities. openings. block parties. i even crashed a block party before when i was just driving by. i said you know what, i'm going to say hi to a couple of neighbors because it feels good to see people again. because it feels good to be out again. keep that same positive spirit as we re-open and as activities begin and as folks are out doing and eating and drinking and being merry and having a good time because san francisco's coming back and we've got a lot of making up to do with the activities that we want to do that we missed out on the past year. thank you all so much for being here. enjoy the waterfront this weekend and some great activities and at this point, i want to introduce the director of the port of san francisco, elaine forbes.
[applause] >> welcome everyone. i have a smile on my face. it's great to see everyone here at the waterfront not wearing a mask. we're welcoming back 4th of july fireworks and fleet week. two cornerstone events for the waterfront. today we're celebrating the re-opening of the exploretorium and the s.s. jeremiah. increased ferry service starts today with 30% more ferries running. the ferries are here to enjoy the beautiful bay while commuting or just having some fun. next month, we have the return of cable cars and meanwhile we have the f-line running up and down the embarcadero. summer on the waterfront is here. there are so many adventures to be had. the port is proud to be home to really an amazing seven and a half miles of bayside waterfront in the city. our water front includes peer
39, fisherman's wharf, and amazing parks and opens and heron's head park in the southern waterfront and more than 10 installations of public art. i want to thank our mayor, mayor breed for her incredible support of this waterfront and bringing back events like the 4th of july and fleet week. and of course, for her stellar leadership in navigating the pandemic and getting us safely to today as she re-opens and oversees the comeback of our city. the port welcomes more than 24 million visitors a year. economic activity here supports $4 billion in economic annual output for the city and more than 16,000 jobs. that is why we're excited to welcome back cruises this fall which brings about 300,000 visitors to the waterfront each year. our cruises will follow the cdc guidelines and we'll have vaccinated passengers and crews
and we're expecting our first cruise ship in september. this fall, we're partnering with small businesses and local artists. we want to show case our local talent and create tailor made experiences for fun and enjoyment. from crane cove park to pier 29, activities draw people to the waterfront supporting economic recorpse. these will happen as we welcome cruises, cable cars, fleet week, and hopefully a giants playoff season. thank you all for coming out today supporting our waterfront, a prosperous waterfront is a prosperous city. we welcome you to come down and enjoy some of the world's best views, best food, and best experiences. and now, please join me in
welcoming phoebe white. this museum brings hundreds and hundreds of children and adults to our water front for learning fun. following phoebe white, we'll hear from louis lovan and rear admiral wayne bays. thank you so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you, elaine, and thank you, madam mayor, for your remarks today and more importantly for your leadership. we're so proud to be part of the san francisco community. i'm absolutely thrilled to see the progress we have made against the pandemic. it's an absolute honor to be here today and with our colleagues and neighbors on the waterfront of this wonderful
city. i am delighted to share and you already know that after 15 months of closure, the exploretorium opened today. it is wonderful to see our community re-opening fully and to be part of the collective energy that is reemerging and gaining momentum in the bay area. i would also like to personally take the opportunity to thank elaine forbes and the port for their support and partnership since we first moved to the waterfront in 2013 the exploratorium is a learning organization. we as a community have also learning and experienced more directly than ever the critical
role that science plays in all of our lives. whether it's the science behind the pandemic or vaccines or climate change or the role of technology in our lives today. some of the defining issues of our time have all highlighted how important it is for everyone to engage in topics of science. our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, questions answered and understand the world around them. at the exploretor yum and explore topics of science and ways that work for them. we don't tell people what to think, where to go, what to do. there are no right or wrong answers when you're exploring and learning.
so come on down. go online, purchase tickets yes, we're managing capacity and we honor all e.b.t. and museums for all card holders at the door but most of all, have fun. thank you madam mayor for the privilege of speaking today and i'd like to introduce louis lovan executive director of san francisco fleet week. thank you.
>> let me take off my super cool san francisco fleet week mask. thank you very much, phoebe. by the way the exploratorium rocks. do you guys still have the tactile dome? okay. that's the thing to do. it's true, we have all these events that are going to take place out on the waterfront. i have commander of strike group 3. admiral bays' assets are what will be coming up to san francisco and he'll talk to you about that. i'm very excited to bring back the live fleet week events including the fleet week air show presented by united. if you don't know it, you'll know when it arrives. it comes big and loud and it's a wonderful thing to do down on the marina green throughout the city and the bay.
most of our events are outdoors. we'll have neighborhood concerts. the parade of ships, of course. and a number of other things that you can find out about by looking at our website fleetweeksf.org or follow us@fleetweeksf. get the up to date information. right now, it's a full complement of fleet week events and, with that, i'm going to introduce admiral bays. >> wow. what a pleasure it is to be out here live in person without a mask on. thank you, mayor, for including me in today. yes, admiral wayne bays. i'm honored and excited to be with you today on behalf of your navy corps and coast guard team. as you all know, we could not do a fleet week in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. but i'm really happy to say
we're going to bring service members from the navy, marine corps and coast guard to be here with you in person for fleet week 2021 to celebrate the strong, long-lasting bonds that exist between the military and this community which is a wonderful place. we're bringing ships, we're bringing aircraft, we're bringing equipment. we're going to bring the navy blue angels. i'm going to bring bands from the navy and marine corps. but the best thing we're going to bring -- yeah, that's okay. bring the hands. but the best thing we're going to bring is young sailors and marines and coast guard men and women to be part of this city and to meet you. [applause] yeah. so the last 15 months, we couldn't get out and about. but because of the change conditions, i want these sailors and coast guard men and women to come outlet amongst the community and meet you in person. i was here last time in 2014
when u.s.s commissioned. you're going to be as proud of them as i am. now, fleet week is fun, but it's not just all about a port call. we also do training while we're here. we take advantage of all these ships and equipment and people getting together and we work to do training on things like disaster recovery efforts with local experts here. so i'm talking about emergency management, police, fire and medical professionals and other recovery people. this is about practicing our skill sets so that during times of emergencies or crisis, the military can support military authority its effectively and efficiently. it's really important training i think when you look back at the pandemic, it kind of puts an accent on the importance of that continued effort. so we cannot be with you in person in 2020, but i do
believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder. so we're super energized to bring everything we've got to make this the best fleet week possible in 2021. i thank you so much for the hospitality of this city. i look forward to meeting you all and my wife and i sincerely thank you if from the bottom of our hearts for celebrating our men and women that serve the military on behalf of this great nation. thank you so much and i hope to meet everybody in october. >> thank you, admiral bays and we really appreciate having you here and just touching a little bit about fleet week and our plans around emergency preparedness and our director of the department of emergency management is here. mary ellen carol. thank you so much for being here. she did an incredible job leading the efforts around covid here in san francisco. and so we will definitely take full advantage of the opportunity during fleet week
to make sure that our emergency personnel are working with federal officials to take advantage of the opportunities to train, to learn, to grow, and to be prepared for any situation for each and every one of you. when i look out into the waterfront and this area, again, i tell you all to keep a smile on your face. when this waterfront had the freeway before the '89 earthquake. and i remember when i was at galleleo high school. they would fly over at practice when we were out at lunch. it was incredible to have these planes fly directly over our schools and i think about those times and i think about where we are now as a city today. we've experienced challenging
times before, but like this beautiful waterfront that's now open with no freeway in sight and if you didn't know about the history, and you probably would never imagine how our freeway could block such a beautiful place. san francisco is a beautiful place and we celebrate our history and our diversity, but more importantly, as we come out of this pandemic, we celebrate our resilience to survive another situation that could have knocked us down. it set us back just a tad bit and as a result of that, we're coming back stronger. the phoenix will rise again. san francisco is rising again as we begin to re-open and having these incredible spaces, all these wonderful activities along our waterfront is going to make re-opening so much better. so i hope you will take advantage of these great opportunities to enjoy san francisco, to welcome your
friends and family members from around the world, an the united states, around the bay area. there will continue to be activities and always great food and wonderful views that will just continue to put a smile on your face. so thank you all so much for being here and thank you all for helping us get through this pandemic. san francisco is back. thank you. [applause]
>> we have private and public gardens throughout the garden tour. all of the gardens are volunteers. the only requirement is you're willing to show your garden for a day. so we have gardens that vary from all stages of development and all gardens, family gardens, private gardens, some of them as small as postage stamps and others pretty expansive. it's a variety -- all of the world is represented in our gardens here in the portola. >> i have been coming to the portola garden tour for the past seven or eight years ever since i learned about it because it is the most important event of the neighborhood, and the reason it is so important is because it
links this neighborhood back to its history. in the early 1800s the portola was farmland. the region's flowers were grown in this neighborhood. if you wanted flowers anywhere future bay area, you would come to this area to get them. in the past decade, the area has tried to reclaim its roots as the garden district. one of the ways it has done that is through the portola garden tour, where neighbors open their gardens open their gardens to people of san francisco so they can share that history. >> when i started meeting with the neighbors and seeing their gardens, i came up with this idea that it would be a great idea to fundraise. we started doing this as a
fund-raiser. since we established it, we awarded 23 scholarships and six work projects for the students. >> the scholarship programs that we have developed in association with the portola is just a win-win-win situation all around. >> the scholarship program is important because it helps people to be able to tin in their situation and afford to take classes. >> i was not sure how i would stay in san francisco. it is so expensive here. i prayed so i would receive enough so i could stay in san francisco and finish my school, which is fantastic, because i don't know where else i would have gone to finish. >> the scholarships make the difference between students being able to stay here in the city and take classes and having to go somewhere else. [♪♪♪]
[♪♪♪] >> you come into someone's home and it's they're private and personal space. it's all about them and really their garden and in the city and urban environment, the garden is the extension of their indoor environment, their outdoor living room. >> why are you here at this garden core? it's amazing and i volunteer here every year. this is fantastic. it's a beautiful day. you walk around and look at gardens. you meet people that love gardens. it's fantastic. >> the portola garden tour is the last saturday in september every year. mark your calendars every year. you can see us on the website
>> ever wonder about programs the city it working think to make san francisco the best place to work and will we bring shine to the programs and the people making them happen join us inside that edition of what's next sf sprech of market street between 6th is having a cinderella movement with the office of economic workforce development is it's fairy godmother telegraph hill engaged in the program and providing the reason to pass through the corridor and better reason to stay office of economic workforce development work to support the economic vital of all of san francisco we have 3 distinctions
workforce and neighborhood investment i work in the tenderloin that has been the focus resulting in tax chgsz and 9 arts group totally around 2 hundred thousand square feet of office space as fits great as it's moved forward it is some of the place businesses engaged for the people that have living there for a long time and people that are coming into to work in the the item you have before you companies and the affordable housing in general people want a safe and clean community they see did changed coming is excited for every. >> oewd proits provides permits progress resulting in the growth of mid businesses hocking beggar
has doubled in size. >> when we were just getting started we were a new business people never saturday a small business owner and been in the bike industry a long needed help in finding at space and sxug the that is a oewd and others agencies were a huge helped walked us through the process we couldn't have done it without you this is sloped to be your grand boulevard if so typically a way to get one way to the other it is supposed to be a beautiful boulevard and fellowship it is started to look like that. >> we have one goal that was the night to the neighborhood while the bigger project of developments as underway and also to bring bring a sense of community back to the neighborhood. >> we wanted to use the says
that a a gathering space for people to have experience whether watching movies or a yoga or coming to lecture. >> that sb caliber shift on the street is awarding walking down the street and seeing people sitting outside address this building has been vacate and seeing this change is inspiringing. >> we've created a space where people walk in and have fun and it is great that as changed the neighborhood. >> oewd is oak on aortas a driver for san francisco. >> we've got to 23ri7b9 market and sun setting piano and it was on the street we've seen companies we say used to have to accompanying come out and recruit now they're coming to