tv Board of Appeals SFGTV July 23, 2021 4:00pm-6:01pm PDT
on the final slide, this debt was issued in it the amount of 47.6 million with a fare box revenue pledge to refinance the earlier issues in 2015 bonds, and under this item, we'd like to fund this with the measure rr. we'd estimate this saves anywhere from 1. -- this savings anywhere from$1.5 to $2 million. these items rely solely on j.p.b.s measure rr sales tax revenues and do not come from
any other agencies. next slide, please. i think that was the final slide. thank you, and this concludes our presentation. peter and i are available to answer any questions for the board. >> chair preston: thank you, and any questions from colleagues? seeing none, let's open this item for public comment. >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. we're checking to see if we have any callers in the queue for this item. for those watching this meeting on cable channel 26 or streaming via sfgovtv daughter considering, follow the instructions streaming on your screen, calling 415-655-0001,
enter meeting i.d. 146-150-5087, and then press pound and pound again, then press star, three to enter the queue, and president preston, i'm receiving word that there's no members of the public lined up to speak. >> chair preston: okay. seeing no public comment, public comment is closed. seeing no other names on our roster to speak, i would like to refer this item to the committee as a report. >> clerk: on the motion offered by chair preston that this resolution be recommended to the board of supervisors as a committee report -- [roll call]
>> clerk: mr. chair, there are three ayes. >> chair preston: thank you, mr. clerk. the motion passes, and thank you to our presenters for your work on this item. appreciate it. and finally, mr. clerk, our final item, numbers -- item number 6, if you can call that. >> clerk: item number 6 is a motion directing the budget and legislative analyst to conduct two performance audited in fiscal year 2021 to 222 of the office of economic and workforce development economic development programs, including community grants programs and small business programs in and coordination with the office of small business, and affordable housing funds administered by the mayor's office of housing and community development, including sources and allowable uses of funds, dedicated and actual use of funds over prior ten year period and available fund balances, and planning, decision making, and reporting
on fund allocations and balances. members of the public who wish to provide public comment should call 415-655-0001, enter the meeting i.d. 146-150-5087. press pound twice and then press star followed by the three key to enter the queue to speak. the system will indicate that you have raised your hand, and mr. president, i have a memo from your desk indicating that this item would be referred to the full board as a committee report for consideration on the 27th of july. >> chair preston: thank you. and i want to thank the b.l.a. office for sketching out possible audits, and we'll be hearing from miss campbell on
this item after i give quick introductory remarks, but what's before us is a motion directing the b.l.a. to conduct two audits for 2021 and 2022. the first will be on the office of economic and workforce development, asking that they you haddet their economic development programs and community grants programs and their programs with the office of small business. the department has a broad range of programs and is tasked with disbursing grants to community organizations and small businesses alike, absolutely essential funding, but at times it can be
difficult for the public, and i will say for, at times, supervisors, as well, to learn and really track the data, the outcomes, the impacts of these various programs, so my hope is the office will provide greater transparency with those oewd programs and better tracking of grants that are so important to the community. the second audit is the request that the b.l.a. audit the affordable housing funds administered by the mayor's office of housing and community development, mohcd, including sources and allowable uses of funds, dedicated and available uses of funds over the prior ten years, as well as planning, decision making, and recording on fund allocations and
balances. i think how and when and why money is available for mohcd for projects is not always clear -- it may be clear internally, but it often is not clear even to very long-term affordable housing advocates, when there is and is not funding available, and we consistently have bumped up against a lack of clarity around that, and in terms of not just what projects can be undertaken but also in terms of total number of units and the affordability levels and issues that we've discussed repeatedly. so i want to -- you know, i hope with both of these, the audited will help promote transparency and -- and looking forward to -- to the results of these audits and want to turn over to miss campbell of the
b.l.a. for any further comments or description of this item. >> yes, chair preston, members of the committee. i'll just be very brief sort of about the process, which we have recently completed two audits, one of the public works street services and tree program and one of the affordable housing policies for acquiring -- the mayor's office of housing and community development policies for acquiring affordable housing. so we don't have any outstanding audits at the moment. we would be prepared to begin these audits as soon as they're adopted -- or passed by the board on next tuesday, with the goal of trying to complete them by -- hopefully by december of this year, and no later than that. it would be within our regular work plan and regular schedule. i do want to say a little bit about the affordable housing just in case. we've completed the audit of
mayor's office of housing and community development acquisition of affordable housing. we really focused on policies by defining where our housing would be developed and the solicitation process and develop a capacity. that audit did not address financing, loan approval, or anything of that nature, so the proposed audit today would actually build on that question, and it would be a new question, not duplicating what we've already done. and then, of course, you've sort of described the intent and the scope of the audit of the economic development programs in the small business and community grants program. i'm here to answer any questions that you may have. >> chair preston: thank you, miss campbell. unless there are questions or comments from colleagues, let's open public comment on this item. >> clerk: we'll check one last time to see if we have any callers in the queue, mr.
chair. for those watching on cable channel 26 or streaming on-line and who wish to provide public comment on this item, call 415-655-0001, enter today's meeting i.d. 146-150-5087, press pound twice, and star, three to raise your hand. mr. president, i'm receiving word that we have no callers in the queue. >> chair preston: thank you. seeing no public callers, public comment is closed, and i would make a motion to move this forward to the full board as a committee report. >> clerk: on the motion to move this forward to the full board as a committee report --
[roll call] >> chair preston: thank you, mr. clerk. the motion passes. mr. clerk, do we have any further business before the committee? >> clerk: there is no further business. >> chair preston: well, thank you, colleagues, and thank you, mr. clerk, and your whole team, and the sfgtv team for bearing with us. we covered a lot of ground today, and there's -- obviously, the legislative recess is upon us soon, so we will not be meeting again soon, and we have a lot of items to get to to make sure that we heard them before the recess. so thank you, everyone, for your patience and hard work today, and we are now adjourned.
it feels different from the rest of san francisco. people know each other. they shop here, they drink wine here. what makes it different is not only the people that live here, but the businesses, and without all these establishments, you wouldn't know one neighborhood from the other. el toreador is a unique restaurant. it's my favorite restaurant in san francisco, but when you look around, there's nowhere else that you'll see decorations like this, and it makes you feel like you're in a different world, which is very symbolic of west portal itself. >> well, the restaurant has been here since 1957, so we're going on 63 years in the neighborhood. my family came into it in 1987,
with me coming in in 1988. >> my husband was a designer, and he knew a lot about art, and he loved color, so that's what inspired him to do the decorations. the few times we went to mexico, we tried to get as many things as we can, and we'd bring it in. even though we don't have no space, we try to make more space for everything else. >> president yee: juan of the reasons we came up with the legacy business concept, man eel businesses were closing down for a variety of reasons. it was a reaction to trying to keep our older businesses continuing in the city, and i think we've had some success, and i think this restaurant itself is probably proof that it works. >> having the legacy business
experience has helped us a lot, too because it makes it good for us because we have been in business so long and stayed here so long. >> we get to know people by name, and they bring their children, so we get to know them, also. it's a great experience to get to know them. supervisor yee comes to eat at the restaurant, so he's a wonderful customer, and he's very loyal to us. >> president yee: my favorite dish is the chile rellenos. i almost never from the same things. my owner's son comes out, you want the same thing again? >> well, we are known for our mole, and we do three different
types of mole. in the beginning, i wasn't too familiar with the whole legacy program, but san francisco, being committed to preserve a lot of the old-time businesses, it's important to preserve a lot of the old time flavor of these neighborhoods, and in that capacity, it was great to be recognized by the city and county of san francisco. >> i've been here 40 years, and i hope it will be another 40 year
from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself. >> we created a move of an area
>> we hear that all the time, people bring their kids here and their grandparents brought them here and down the line. >> even though people move away, whenever they come back to the city, they make it here. and they tell us that. >> you're going to get something made fresh, made by hand and made with quality products and something that's very, very good. ♪♪ >> the legacy bars and restaurants was something that was begun by san francisco simply to recognize and draw attention to the establishments. it really provides for san francisco's unique character. ♪♪ >> and that morphed into a request that we work with the city to develop a legacy business registration.
>> i'm michael cirocco and the owner of an area bakery. ♪♪ the bakery started in 191. my grandfather came over from italy and opened it up then. it is a small operation. it's not big. so everything is kind of quality that way. so i see every piece and cut every piece that comes in and out of that oven. >> i'm leslie cirocco-mitchell, a fourth generation baker here with my family. ♪♪ so we get up pretty early in the morning. i usually start baking around 5:00. and then you just start doing rounds of dough. loaves. >> my mom and sister basically handle the front and then i have my nephew james helps and then my two daughters and my wife come in and we actually do the baking.
after that, my mom and my sister stay and sell the product, retail it. ♪♪ you know, i don't really think about it. but then when i -- sometimes when i go places and i look and see places put up, oh this is our 50th anniversary and everything and we've been over 100 and that is when it kind of hits me. you know, that geez, we've been here a long time. [applause] ♪♪ >> a lot of people might ask why our legacy business is important. we all have our own stories to tell about our ancestry. our lineage and i'll use one example of tommy's joint. tommy's joint is a place that my husband went to as a child and he's a fourth generation san franciscan. it's a place we can still go to
today with our children or grandchildren and share the stories of what was san francisco like back in the 1950s. >> i'm the general manager at tommy's joint. people mostly recognize tommy's joint for its murals on the outside of the building. very bright blue. you drive down and see what it is. they know the building. tommy's is a san francisco hoffa, which is a german-style presenting food. we have five different carved meats and we carve it by hand at the station. you prefer it to be carved whether you like your brisket fatty or want it lean. you want your pastrami to be very lean. you can say i want that piece of corn beef and want it cut, you know, very thick and i want
it with some sauerkraut. tell the guys how you want to prepare it and they will do it right in front of you. san francisco's a place that's changing restaurants, except for tommy's joint. tommy's joint has been the same since it opened and that is important. san francisco in general that we don't lose a grip of what san francisco's came from. tommy's is a place that you'll always recognize whenever you lock in the door. you'll see the same staff, the same bartender and have the same meal and that is great. that's important. ♪♪ >> the service that san francisco heritage offers to the legacy businesses is to help them with that application
process, to make sure that they really recognize about them what it is that makes them so special here in san francisco. ♪♪ so we'll help them with that application process if, in fact, the board of supervisors does recognize them as a legacy business, then that does entitle them to certain financial benefits from the city of san francisco. but i say really, more importantly, it really brings them public recognition that this is a business in san francisco that has history and that is unique to san francisco. >> it started in june of 1953. ♪♪ and we make everything from scratch. everything. we started a you -- we started
a off with 12 flavors and mango fruits from the philippines and then started trying them one by one and the family had a whole new clientele. the business really boomed after that. >> i think that the flavors we make reflect the diversity of san francisco. we were really surprised about the legacy project but we were thrilled to be a part of it. businesses come and go in the city. pretty tough for businesss to stay here because it is so expensive and there's so much competition. so for us who have been here all these years and still be popular and to be recognized by the city has been really a huge honor. >> we got a phone call from a
woman who was 91 and she wanted to know if the mitchells still owned it and she was so happy that we were still involved, still the owners. she was our customer in 1953. and she still comes in. but she was just making sure that we were still around and it just makes us feel, you know, very proud that we're carrying on our father's legacy. and that we mean so much to so many people. ♪♪ >> it provides a perspective. and i think if you only looked at it in the here and now, you're missing the context. for me, legacy businesses, legacy bars and restaurants are really about setting the context for how we come to be where we are today. >> i just think it's part of san francisco. people like to see familiar stuff. at least i know i do. >> in the 1950s, you could see
a picture of tommy's joint and looks exactly the same. we haven't change add thing. >> i remember one lady saying, you know, i've been eating this ice cream since before i was born. and i thought, wow! we have, too. ♪♪ >> : hello everybody. welcome to union square. well, it's been a long road, hasn't it? it's been a long 15 months. i just want to start -- hi, everybody. i'm san francisco mayor london breene. i want to start by recognizing the people of san francisco. i know the steps we had to take to address this global pandemic
in this city. and the success of the steps that we've had to take had everything to do with all of you listening to our health directives, looking out for one another, supporting and uplifting one another. if you look at what's happened in other parts of the world and what happened in san francisco. this is one of the densest cities in the country, we have one of the lowest death rates in the country. good luck, ma'am. good luck. thank you. as i said, san francisco fortunately has had one of the lowest death rates in the
country. that has everything to do with all the work you have done to keep everyone safe. i want to say thank you to san francisco. thank you for all your hard work because it was a very challenging time and now that light that we keep talking about is finally here. i know you can't please everybody, that's okay. today, why are we here. as someone who grew up in san francisco. you hear me talk a lot about my grandmother. you hear me talk about living in public housing and my own experiences. when i think about some of the things my grandmother did and values she instilled in me, cleaning up in front of where we live. i would do it kicking and screaming, we would wash the stairs. in my mind, i'm like why are we
cleaning up for everybody else. she said this is your community, this is is your home. i don't care what people say about the projects, we're going to take care of our community. it's important that we make sure that we take care of this community so we can make sure that folks who care about it live here. i think about san francisco in the same way. it's not just about what i'm doing. it's not just about what the department of public works is doing. what are we collectively doing? what are we collectively doing to make sure that we take care of our city. a lot of what my grandmother taught me, i didn't understand the importance of it but it rubbed off on me what i got older. when i was the director of the arts and culture complex, we
kept it spotless. what i notice about the kids who go there, when they drop something on the ground by accident, they immediately pick it up. it's the values that were instilled in them. it's what i want to exist across this entire city. it can't just be about one city agency or one non-profit agency taking care of and cleaning up some of the challenges that exist here. it requires all of us to do our part. when we see some trash on the corner, we should call 311 immediately. we should never feel it's okay to dump trash on the corners of the most beautiful city in the country. we should feel bad about throwing trash out side our cars
or out on our streetses. we should feel bad about dirtying and messing up this beautiful city. we're a major city, we have challenges like any other major city. we know people struggle. we know we're making investments to address those challenges. that is no excuse for letting our city fall apart. why are we here today? san francisco is shining right now. we're a beckon of hope. when you think about it, we're a beckon of hope. people come here from all over the world, sometimes seeking refuge or a new opportunity. folks like myself were born and raised here, i want to be a part of the success of this city. when i think about san francisco
and shining. i don't care if it's foggy, i love our foggy weather. it's still shining. the hearts and minds and souls of the people of this city are shining. today is about reminding us how much we love this city and have to fight for this city. how we as a collective have to make sure that the work we do today demonstrates that we care about this city enough to ensure that it continue it shine on. so what does that mean? shine on san francisco. what does that mean? it means we are focusing on the things that aren't necessarily the most popular thing it talk about, like new trash cans that are easier for the public to
use. making sure they are strategically placed for people to throw things away. we know it's not exciting to talk about the 311 system so it's easier to use for the public. all of our non-profit agency that's do incredible work providing support for additional power washing sometimes is not really exciting but it is. that work that all of these people behind me, that work that they do to keep san francisco green and clean is so critical to making sure this city continues to shine. we are here today to announce what i think is an incredible initiative. an initiative that we're hoping will catch on. yes, we have beautiful trees and other things that we're going to
plant all over the city but we're announcing a campaign called shine on sf. as you can see from some of the buttons people are wearing is really about reminding us how important san francisco is to us. we have to take responsibility for this city. we have to work harder to keep it it the green an clean and beautiful city we all know an love. we're going to be making some unprecedented investments. trees, garbage cans, making things easier to get things cleaned up in their communities. we have a lot of work to do in san francisco. this is a critical part of our recovery, our economic recovery.
not just people who visit and shop here an visit from all over the world but the people who live here. people who want to walk down the streets and feel they are safe and clean. how do we make san francisco better? we have to work hard for it. we have to fight for t. that's . that's what we're here to do today. fight for the future of san francisco. let me just go over a few of the initiatives. one point eight million dollars to make this shine on sf program permanent. power washing and mobile teams, office of economic and work force development, that's in addition to the power washing of streets and sidewalks that we already do. activation in our public spaces. randomly some performers and
singers are going to start performing. it's going to be really fun. a total of ninety six point two million in the budget for cleaning and beautifying for our communities. ninety six point two million dollars. it's not just the work of the city. i want to take this opportunity to thank some people who decided that they wanted to support this city and came up with a concept of shine on sf. they worked with a number of folks, a number of community stake holders because they wanted to do something to give back to the city. howard, are you here today. thank you. thank you so much for your vision an work and support in
making this a realality. thank you to jennifer kiss for the consultant work you did and the advocacy. because of their vision an leadership, this shine on sf commitment is a reality that i'm committed to supporting in our upcoming budgets and partnering with our private and public sectors to make sure we are consistent in the work that we need to do to take care of our city. i also want to thank so many of our department heads including our assessor recorder, our city administrator, our department of the environment director, three 11 director, director of department of public works, and director of the office of
economic work force development. incredible leaders, it does take a village. they will be working hand in hand collectively and working withing the ambassadors who are always out here taking care of the community and your department of public works team. so many folks in the district and the union square community business district, so many people. it does take a village. when you see these folks working everyday, just say thank you. thank you. because they are out here working hard. they are showing up when others are not. we appreciate them. what we want to happen is when people come to san francisco or people come from other parts of the sety to union square or any other incredible spaces to enjoy live music or shop at our great
department stores or have a live experience at a restaurant, we want it make sure they walk away with a smile on their face. that's what shine on san francisco is all about. reminding us we have to fight like heck to keep it a way to make sure all of us continue to love it and be proud of t. thank it.thank you for being here tod. with that, i want to bring back our partner in this effort. bring up a person who has been traveling all over to get people excited about returning to san francisco. to visit from all over the world to come back to san francisco from a number of the conventions and all the great things that are happening. the head of the sf travel association for san francisco
joe. >> : thank you mayor. thank you for your leadership during the pandemic and our recovery which is essential. thank you for your budget initiatives. it's going to make sure san recovers quickly. we cannot do it alone. it has to be given by all of us. private sectors, associations, individuals. all of us have to be a part of it. why is it so important now? travel is the backbone of san francisco's economy. $10 billion in that economy. the telling the story of san francisco. travel and tourism is not just about visitors. it's about the people who work in san francisco and the
industry to support the city that we love. the employees who count on san francisco to feed their families. those that inspire us to help the the city shine. we want to be part of the solution to make this city shine that we love so much. with all of us coming together with the public and private sector. we are inspiring action and change. we appreciate the investment that the mayor is making. encouraging travel and tourism to come back and get the city back on its feet. encouraging return to conventions. it's all about making people welcome in san francisco. we're committed to make shine on sf successful in san francisco. come together to care for our city to make san francisco the best and brightest destination
for economic recovery. i'm tired of this narrative of people jealous of san francisco who tell terrible stories. it's time for us to take over this narrative and take charge back. look how beautiful and diverse this city is. it's the city we love. shine on san francisco. i'm pleased to be a part of this initiative. now i'd like to invite one of our partners. the executive director of the tender loin community business district to come up and say a few words. >> : thank you. i'm the executive director of the community district. i'm proud to be a part of shine on sf. we deal with some of the city's toughest issues. we support an incredible
neighborhood. immigrants, families, long time san franciscans who found a safe haven from rising housing costs. our cleaning team out there everyday sweeping up the streets. it's a lot of need in the neighborhood. people are struggling on our sidewalks, more so during the pandemic. we see it everyday. we see other neighborhoods getting more attention. that's why shine on sf matters. it brings people together. my organization with city organizations it brings many of us together from all other the city to work together towards a
common goal to make this city, our city the most beautiful city in the world. we know how hard that work is going to be. it takes coalitions. large coalitions working together, that works. people working together towards a common goal, that's what is going to deliver change to the city. a group of us came together with a vision for community safety. we were worried about our neighborhoods and had an idea about how to deliver community safety. we presented that idea to the mayor. i have to say, mayor, thank you. she stepped up and took our request and made it happen. right now we have more officers walking the beach, more practitioners and more on the way engaging with people to build community safety. we have a presence and
commitment from the city to work with us. that's what a coalition can do. in partnership with sf, 15 other community benefits in the city, we'll integrate our operations in 311. it's one of the most exciting things to happen in this district in the last three years. the city administrator to say what will happen if we can integrate all of these teams in addition to public works who are out there everyday cleaning up the sidewalks. we can close that request with a photograph to go back to the person who submitted the request. it's going to be a revolution. in addition to that 311 integration, that exciting element, we're excited about the
trash can receptacle and the vision that the mayor brought to think about a comprehensive system to the trash cans in the tender loin. the funding from those two sources at every intersection. there's a pilot. we think it's important for a major city with a lot of commercial traffic to have a place for people to throw their litter so it doesn't end up on the sidewalk. that's something shine on as brought as well. the coalition an the stake holders working together. we need a boost. it's been a hard year for the city, nation. it's not always going to be easy. there's going to be hard days. we're san francisco. we care about our city. that's how we do it in the tender loin. that's how it will bring us
together in each and every neighborhood in the city. now i'm supposed to introduce vince. a hero who emerged with a new model for thinking about cleaning the city. >> : i'm humbled and honored to be here as part of shine on. i've only recently done what many of these people's life's work has been to take care of this city. i learned how to become an adult here. i met my wife here. i'm raising two girls here in the city who go to sfusd. in pandemic life trying to figure out thing it do outdoors. let's pick up right in front of our streets. it turned into streets getting
cleaner. let's clean up the rest of our block. maybe other people could do the same thing. i started to notice a few things. there were a lot of people already doing this and going out on their own and organizing maybe hood clean ups. a lot of city services and non-profits dedicated to keeping the city clean. it's so easy. how hard is it to pick this up? how much does it cost? i promise at least for myself to keep refusing refuse. it's a small and simple thing we can all do. it doesn't take much. just get up off your couch and come out. it's not that giant sweep that's going to keep the city clean, the tiny pick everyday. the trash is relentless but we are more relentless.
it doesn't matter where you live, everyone deserves a clean street. people are coming out of their houses and we're creating opportunities to join us and making it really easy and fractionless to come out. i think more people are going to feel empowered like i have. that's my hope. i'm really hopeful for this city. i really love it here, of course. i invite you to come clean with me. go to my website. shamelessplug. a lot of people doing a little bit that's going to make a big difference. if you have been here or just moved here, can you do something. we have these golden tree that's are fantastic, so beautiful. thank you so much for creating them. genius idea. it asks, what makes san francisco shine?
for me, we are leaders. we are leaders in environmental justice, stewardship, activism. we're leaders in lgbtq plus rights and we're fighting for that. we're a place where a young girl of color from the projects can can grow up to be our leader. i love mayor breene. i hope everyone comes out because the next question should not be -- there's so many reasons to love san francisco. the next question is how do you love san francisco. what do you do each day to show and demonstrate that you love san francisco. we can be that light that shows the rest of the world how it's done. we're going to get it done here. i hope to see you out there
cleaning the streets with me. >> : hello, everybody. i represent the artists of our city. thank you so much. i work with an organization called san francisco, we're a street team of sellers in the area. we advocate for each other to raise our voices up. we help make the city more fun. we're so excited to be involved in the shine on sf project. we helped to create build intrigue not alone. we helped to create the art as part of the tree. on behalf of all of the shine on partners, i see them all today. jennifer, and howard and
phillip. i want to mention everybody. they are going to start the music here soon. the san francisco parks -- we couldn't do this tree without them. i hope you will join us today and tell us what you think makes san francisco shine. everybody has something that you love about the city. the park alliance they coordinated all the volunteers and the site hosts. they are active activating these trees over the summer. check it out. these trees are creating a conversation in the city. i was out at the skate and place which is one of our site hosts. it brought me to tears to hear the conversations about all the things people love about san francisco. it made all of the work feel really good. now, i would like to invite the
mayor, an members of all the shine on sf leadership committee to gather at the golden tree and we're going to fill out a card. thank you all. >> : thank you all for being here. let's remember to keep san francisco green and clean and also with covid, we weren't able to do our monthly clean ups in neighborhoods. department of public works will be resuming those most likely in august. we invite you to come out and help us clean up the streets. in fact, i'm going to be at the next couple of clean up initiatives and randomly picking people who show up to clean with me so we can hang out and talk while we clean up and green up. let's show them what we're made
the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the
city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco. i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a
year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care about good design, and people
like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've
been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to wear perspective and making
things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a wedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible, broadening that
shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a corner grocery store, as well. we call it cheese plus because there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine, past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to.
it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i think, first of all, it's a great pedestrian street. there's people out and about all day, meeting this neighbor and coming out and supporting the businesses. the businesses here are almost all exclusively independent owned small businesses. it harkens back to supporting local. polk street doesn't look like anywhere u.s.a. it has its own businesses and personality. we have clothing stores to gallerys, to personal service stores, where you can get your hsus repaired, luggage repaired. there's a music studio across the street. it's raily a diverse and unique offering on this really great street. i think san franciscans should shop local as much as they can because they can discover things
that they may not be familiar with. again, the marketplace is changing, and, you know, you look at a screen, and you click a mouse, and you order something, and it shows up, but to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell things, all those things, it's >> i'm rebecca and i'm a violinist and violin teacher. i was born here in san francisco to a family of cellists,
professional cellists, so i grew up surrounded by a bunch of musical rehearsals an lessons. all types of activities happened in my house. i began playing piano when i was 4. i really enjoyed musical activities in general. so when i was 10, i began studying violin in san francisco. and from there, i pretty much never stopped and went on to study in college as well. that's the only thing i've ever known is to have music playing all the time, whether it is someone actually playing next to you or someone listening to a recording. i think that i actually originally wanted to play flute and we didn't have a flute. it's always been a way of life. i didn't know that it could be any other way. >> could you give me an e over here. great. when you teach and you're seeing
a student who has a problem, you have to think on your feet to solve that problem. and that same kind of of thinking that you do to fix it applies to your own practice as well. so if i'm teaching a student and they are having a hard time getting a certain note, they can't find the right note. and i have to think of a digestible way to explain it to them. ee, d, d, e. >> yes. then, when i go on to do my own practice for a performance, those words are echoing back in my head. okay. why am i missing this? i just told somebody that they needed to do this. maybe i should try the same thing. i feel a lot of pressure when i'm teaching young kids. you might think that there is less pressure if they are going on to
study music or in college that it is more relaxing. i actually find that the opposite is true. if i know i'm sending a high school student to some great music program, they're going to get so much more instruction. what i have told them is only the beginning. if i am teaching a student who i know is going to completely change gears when they go to college and they never will pick up a violin again there is so much that i need to tell them. in plain violin, it is so difficult. there is so much more information to give. every day i think, oh, my gosh. i haven't gotten to this technique or we haven't studies they meese and they have so much more to do. we only have 45 minutes a week. i have taught a few students in some capacity who has gone on to study music. that feels anaysing. >> it is incredible to watch how they grow. somebody can make amazing project from you know, age 15 to
17 if they put their mind to it. >> i think i have 18 students now. these more than i've had in the past. i'm hoping to build up more of a studio. there will be a pee ono, lots of bookshelves and lots of great music. the students will come to my house and take their lessons there. my schedule changes a lot on a day-to-day basis and that kind of keeps it exciting. think that music is just my favorite thing that there is, whether it's listening to it or playing it or teaching it. all that really matters to me is that i'm surrounded by the sounds, so i'm going top keep doing what i'm doing to keep my life in that direction.
>> supervisor preston: good morning. this meeting will come to order. welcome to the july 23, 2021 meeting of the government audit and oversight committee. i am dean preston, chair of the committee, and i am joined by supervisor connie chan and supervisor rafael mandelman. mr. clerk, do we have any announcements? >> clerk: good morning. the board recognizes that public access to see services -- city services is esnt