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to transfer $400,000 from the historic preservation fund in order create a new program for legacy businesses. during the budget process this past june, our offices advocated for a much needed expansion of grant funding for the legacy business program. at the current $1 million in annual funding is not nearly enough to sustain this popular and successful program. that supports our most cherished small businesses in san francisco. so thanks to the support of the budgets and appropriatations committee we were able to allocate $500,000 to the legacy business program with $100,000 allocated for additional staff person, for processing applications. and remaining $400,000 to qualifying small businesses. this is a technical fix.
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which would allow the office of small business to develop a new grant program for legacy businesses that is more responsive to these businesses's needs. as you mentioned, the office of small business is here today to present on this proposal more detail and answer any questions you may have. we wanted to thank supervisors peskin and ronen for their co-sponsorship and also president walton for waiving the 30-day rule in order to ensure that we can get these funds out the door to our businesses as quickly as possible. alsos thank you to your, chair haney and the committee members. last but not least, a big thank you to director
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andruzzi and her staff for all their hard work and for supporting our small businesses across the city. at this point, if it's ok with you, i'd like to pass it on for representation. thank you so much. >> sorry. thank you. welcome. you're on mute. >> thank you. thank you, chair haney, and good afternoon and supervisors mar and safai. i do have a powerpoint presentation and i don't know if that is something that you will be driving, linda. or i share that now. >> my colleague will provide you with sharing access. >> thank you.
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>> i'm not sure that i see that at this point? >> through the chair to the director. you should already have access. >> ok. there we go. all right. thank you. so thank you, supervisors. and thank you for that introduction, ian. as ian has noted, this ordinance, this
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appropriatation ordinance is deappropriating the $400,000 from the legacy business historic preservation fund and reappropriating it to a different fund or line item in oewd's budget which will ultimately be in our budget so that we can administer a new grant program which i'll give you a bit of an overview for. the office of small business, as ian has noted, received $400,000 in an ad back for the legacy business program from the board of supervisors in the 2021-22 budget. the board of supervisors specifically recorded the ad back as $400,000 for replenishment of the legacy preservation fund to be used for direct grants to qualifying small businesses, meaning legacy businesses.
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the legacy business historic preservation fund was added to the administrative code by the voters through prop j in november of 2015. as a result, it can only be amended or changed by going back to the voters. and just to reiterate, the fund consists of two programs. based on the appropriation language, the $400,000 ad back would need to be added under the grant program because it is the only grant to legacy businesses within the legacy business historic preservation fund.
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there are problems with this current particular grant program under the historic preservation fund. one, it -- the grants pays the grantees per f.t.e., full time equivalent, and so as a result, with this $400,000, a grantee, based upon the number of their f.t.e.s could -- it would pay out $75 per f.t.e. the grant would be too small for micro and small businesses, which often need the greatest financial assistance. businesses that struggle the most during the pandemic lost the most f.t.e.s and would be getting smaller grants than they may have prior to the pandemic. and the range of grants would be too large. so they would range from $75 to about $7500.
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based upon the average f. t. e. calculations that we've used. also it is difficult for applicants to calculate their f.t.e.s based upon what the preservation grant program requires. and many applicants don't calculate their f.t.e.s correctly and then to verify this and correct it is very time consuming for staff. the solution is to develop a new grant program which we're calling the legacy business grant, featuring a more equitable grant distribution that is not dependent upon f.t.e.s. it will be a simple application and an easier review process. under the new grant, there will be four categories of grantees based upon property ownership and business types.
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it would award funding based on business type and property ownership prioritizing for-profit businesses over nonprofits and renters over property owners. the city attorney's office advised the city cannot create a new grant program under the legacy business historic preservation fund. but could create a new grant program outside that fund which is why we are -- which is resulting in this appropriation ordinance before you today. the proposed ordinance would appropriate the $400,000 from the preservation fund. ahem . and then transfer it into a new account line item in the
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office of economic and workforce development. and office of small business for the legacy business grant. i wanted to give you also an overview of an example of what this looks like in relationship to a comparable between the legacy business historic preservation fund grant and what the proposed legacy business grant would be. so i have an example of six different grants demonstrating the difference between business -- so row a, c and e in the green are all small businesses, for profits that are renting their space. these are also in neighborhood commercial distributes. all three would receive less than $320 through the business assistance grant program. but would receive over 1600 through this new legacy
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business grant. row b in yell slow a large for-profit business that also own their own property. and they would receive 5600 under the business assistance grant program but about 1200 through the legacy business grant. which is much closer to what small businesses would receive. and rows d and f in orange are large nonprofit rentsers in district three and nine that would receive up to $3700 through the business assistant grant and would receive $823 through the legacy business grant. the small business commission heard this matter on monday and is recommending that the board of supervisors approve this ordinance and i want to
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thank the budget and legislative analysts for their recommendation of approval. and with that, i will take questions. >> great. thank you. i appreciate your creative approach to making sure we can provide the support and i want to thank supervisor chan's office also for her leadership and this is a priority to fund during the budget process. supervisor ma?r, >> thank you, chair haney. yeah. thank you so much, director andruzzi. i had questions about the -- well, i think this makes sense.
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this proposal to sort of address the problems with the existing guidelines for the business assistance grants and create a new program and get around the -- yeah, the charter provisions. but i had questions around the overall program and the amount. so, there will be some significant changes to the amount for some of the categories, particularly large nonprofits and -- yeah, and looks like the land lords for large for-profit businesses, a reduction. and then it is an increase in some. is the amount just determined by dividing up the pot of money that is available and
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the eligible businesses or are the amounts for business assistance determined through some policy guidance on what -- you know, what's needed for legacy businesses or to incentivize the land lords? >> our initial approach was looking at the existing legacy grant under the historic preservation fund. and in that, there is a fairly broad criteria of which businesses can apply for the grant and utilize it.
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so, for this -- for the legacy business grant, the new one, we're still kind of modeling that in a sense that like the proposed amounts are based upon should every legacy business apply for the grant. right? property owners wouldn't be applying for the grant. it is just with the rent stabilization grant under the historic preservation fund that property owners are able to apply for a grant. and we are close to, you know, maxing out on the $1 million in the grant -- the annual grant allocation to the historic preservation fund through the rent stabilization fund. i don't know if that answered your question. >> yeah. that is very helpful. thanks. and maybe a follow-up question. so, just in terms of the grant amount to the legacy
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businesss that apply. we're going from -- it was previously based on an f.t.e. sort of calculation and now it is going to be based on the size or type of the business and -- but is the amount -- how is the amount determined under the new grant program? >> what we're estimating right now -- and we can -- the amount is determined by a weighting and perhaps i should turn it over to richard who spent more time in developing the creation. rick, can you turn it off just one second? so we have a weighting.
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and so there is -- there is a weighting -- actually, i'll just turn it over to you, rick, for your -- so you can explain it. >> sure. hi. this is richard carillo. i hope you can hear me through the mask. as you mentioned in your option a or option bs, it's the former that we'll be doing. we'll calculate based on how much money we have, which is $400,000 and how many applicants we have. we determine an amount x and so nonprofit property owners would get 2x and for profit renters would get 4x.
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so the application is very easy. you just have to figure out which category the businesss are in and guidelines for all of that and figure out how many applicants you have and really simple and easy. >> got it. yeah. thank you for that explanation. so it sounds like the actual amount that each legacy business will receive, it -- it's based on the category and the weighting but also the pot of money, the $400,000 that is available and that the pot of money that is available is sort of the key determinant really of the amount that they'll get. and i was just wondering if there's been an effort to figure out what's been needed from a policy perspective in terms of grants to legacy businesses, to achieve the goal for this program.
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>> and the number of applicants affected into the -- and i'll let you speak to your last question. >> we have been taking a look at -- in terms of the legacy business grant program. what -- what might be needed to be supporting this program. and i think coming out of the pandemic, we're looking at all businesses and trying to ensure supporting many types of businesses. so, i think moving forward, as we are coming out of the pandemic and could give some
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consideration in terms of normal opportunities -- grant opportunities for the legacy business program will be taking a closer look at that and then likely, you know, be having that conversation as we're looking at the 20 to 23 budget. >> thank you for all of your work on this. i would like to be added as a co-sponsor to this as well. thanks. >> all right. could we open this up for public comment? >> we do have a report on this item. i'll be brief. the proposed ordinance appropriates $400,000 from the office of small business, legacy business historic preservation fund and reappropriate the same amount for the provision of a new grant program for legacy businesses in this fiscal year. the purpose of the transfer
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is to fund a new grant as described by the director of office of small business. for legacy businesses based on business type and property ownership, that prioritizes for-profit businesses over nonprofits and renters over property owners. we showed the amount of estimated funding by business type on page 26 of our report, assuming all the legacy businesses applied for the grant. this is consistent with the budget approved by the board of supervise source and therefore recommend approval of this ordinance. >> great. thank you for that. can we go to public comment, please? >> yes, mr. chair. operations is checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide comment, please press star 3 now to be added to the queue. those on hold, please continue to wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. please let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item number 9.
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operator: there are no callers in the queue. >> i would also like to be added as a co-sponsor to this and appreciate the way this has come to fruition and everyone's leadership. are there any final comment folks would like the make? i don't see any. a motion to move this to the full board with a positive recommendation? >> sorry, chair. i was slow to hit my button. i apologize. just real quick i want to be added as a co-sponsor and really appreciate the effort being put in to supporting our legacy businesses and helping them in this time. thank you. thank you for bringing this forward and i'm 100% behind it and please add me as a co-sponsor.
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can we take a roll call vote, please? >> yes. on the motion -- [roll call] >> can you call item number 10? >> yes. hearing on the city's plan to transition those currently housed in shelter in place hotels into permanent supportive housing and requesting the departments of homelessness and supportive housing to report. please dial star 3 to speak and please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comment. >> let's take public comment before i ask for the continuance.
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>> yes. members of public who wish to provide public comment on this item, please press star 3 now to be added to the queue. for those already on hold, please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. please let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item number 10. operator: there are no callers in the queue. >> great. public comment is now closed. i want to make any motion to continue this hearing until the meeting of october 20. if we can have a roll call vote from there, please. >> yes. on that motion -- [roll call] >> there are three ayes. >> great. thank you. this will be continued to october 20. and i want to return back to item number 2. >> yes, mr. chair. item number 2 is a motion approving an updated emergency declaration of the
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san francisco public utilities commission pursuant to administrative code section 6.60 to replace and repair [inaudible] on sfpuc in alameda sandwiched by the complex by increasing the [inaudible] costing $4.250 to $11 million. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted and you may begin your comments, mr. chair. >> great. welcome back, mr. laman. any updates? >> yes. thank you, chair haney and supervisors for the opportunity to do additional research on the question. i spoke to the staff that is responsible for implementing the project labor agreement and i was informed that, in
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addition to contract value, there is explicitly in the project labor agreement, paragraph 2.7 subsection-h, that emergency work is excluded from the project of labor agreement. so, that is why it was not included in the contracts. >> ok. we are -- we're requesting to extend the emergency declaration, the resolution is to extend the emergency and that would extend these contracts and they would continue to be exempt from the project labor agreement. >> ok.
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vice chair safai? >> yes. i'm 100% fine with that. that is the same information. the emergency nature of this order is covered on the second 2.7 as mr. laman stated. so we're 100% fine with this moving forward. >> all right w. that, a motion to move item number 2 to the full board with the positive recommendation. could we have a roll call vote, please? >> mr. chair, could we have public comments on the item? >> oh. we had comment earlier. can we call public comment? >> yes. operations checking to see if there are any callers in the queue. members of the public who wish to provide comment, please press star 3 to be added to the queue. please let us know if there are any callers who wish to comment on item number two. operator: there are no callers in the queue. >> thank you. >> public comment is now closed. i want to make a motion to move item 2 to the full board with a positive recommend dalesing. could we have a roll call vote -- >> i think the b.o.a.
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recommended that this item be amended. >> i thought we did all of that before we went into it. ok. yeah. the b.l.a. had an amendment. do you want to -- mr. menard, do you want to summarize that again? >> yeah, chair haney. they are recommended an amendment to reduce the resolutions not to exceed amount from $11 million to $10.9 million. and i believe the department agrees with that. >> great. all right. i want to make a motion to accept those amendments. could we have a roll call on the amendment, ?raoez >> on that motion -- [roll call] ? make a motion to move item number 2 to the full board with a item as amended. >> on that motion -- [roll call]
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>> you have three ya*is. >> great, thank you. are there any other items in front of us today? >> there is no further business. >> great. thank you so much, everyone. meeting is adjourned.
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>> the hon. london breed: this is the first event held in city hall since the pandemic, and we are celebrating latino heritage month and san francisco. so i want to say thank you.
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we know that the reason why this theme for this celebration today is essential and present is because when we experience this pandemic in san francisco and things were challenging, this community was the community that stepped up for the people of the city and county of san francisco. so we're here to pay homage,
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we're here to talk about the tremendous incredible culture, community, and history. today, we honor three extraordinary women. i want to start with my friend, olga miranda. i love when olga dresses up, because when olga dresses up, it means we're going to have a good time. she's usually out there in the trenches, fighting for the women of local 87, and it's because of her we were able to keep people safe, cleaning the places of business, keeping people safe. this is a community that served san francisco during such terrible times, so we are honored to have you and your members here, olga.
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thank you for your work that you have done to be essential and present. when we talk about all this incredible work that the latino task force did to help distribute p.p.e., to help make sure that people were fed, to help get the resources to the kids who could not do work at home, who needed someone to help them, the latino task force was so instrumental to help this city work with the
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latino community, and mama bear was right there, helping them do it, so we're here to honor you, valerie. now, our third honoree, rita alvara, is not here, but we are honoring here because consistently, she's always been here through her life, being a part of her community, so we honor her here today. these three extraordinary women really are incredible. they're just not working hard for the latino community during the pandemic. this is what they do, this is who they are, so it's really an honor to be here, to kick off latino heritage month in the city and county of san
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francisco, to celebrate this resilient and extraordinary community. thank you for working with this city. thank you for understanding the challenges of this city and holding us to deliver. we know that our latino community faced significant challenges, and you all didn't just say this is what the city needs to do, you said this is what we're going to do. help us help the community, and as a result, even though we know that 83% of san franciscans are fully vaccinated, we also know that 83% of the latino community have received at least their first dose of the vaccine, and that is extraordinary. [applause]
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[applause] let's remember the sacrifices we've made over the last 16, 17, 18 months and show when respect and appreciation for how we've made it through because of those who were essential and present. thank you all so much for being here today. and joining us today, who emceed the program last year,
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rodrigo, you're looking good. thank you, everyone. [applause] >> gracias, mayor london breed, for hosting us in this beautiful space today. aqui estamos. we appreciate you. buenas tardes. buenas tardes. good evening. [speaking spanish language] >> welcome to this year's hispanic heritage celebration. my name is rodrigo, and i am excited and honored to be your emcee this evening. but before we get started, we would like to recognize the ramaytush ohlone. as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working
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on their traditional homelands. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders, and relatives of the ramaytush ohlone and by acknowledging their sovereign rights as first people. our theme for hispanic heritage month is -- [speaking spanish language] >> and i think of frijoles, i think of arroz, and i think of our dishwashers who keep our places clean, the construction workers who build our places,
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and the nannies who take care of our children while others go out and dine. three times a week for the last 18 months of this pandemic, i have seen the faces and the souls of this country's backbone, our essential workers. even though they have been disproportionately affected by covid-19. me dice. they say -- [speaking spanish language] >> we're going to be all right. their tone speaks of decades and decades of holding this nation on their shoulder, asking nothing much but a gentle guidance from this country. [speaking spanish language] >> my mama would say, pray to
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god, but never stop taking action while you wait for a milagro, and that is what our people have done during the pandemic. we've supported one another by educating ourselves on covid-19 through our own languages, customs, and traditions. we collectively learned to navigate bureaucratic systems in order to provide for our families, provide rental relief for parents, and to vaccinate our own communidad. si se puede. it's what's positioned us to be able to say, 18 months later, si se pudo.
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thanks to the essential workers like our parents, like my parents, like your parents, we are here today, shaping our cities and its policies with our vote, fueling the national economy with our 2 trillion buying power and rapidly becoming the new face of america. they say the future belongs to those who can imagine it. [speaking spanish language] >> onward and upward.
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[applause] >> now it is my honor to introduce our opening performers more than 25 years ago in san francisco's mission district. since then, the group has been dedicated is to build a community in the bay area around the traditions and ceremonia preserved from precolombian times.
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>> we used to only be able to dance outside. it's beautiful, for a positive event to be inside. it shows we're growing. [applause] >> and what you see in front of you is not just our traditions, they're all of ours. what we're doing right now is we're sharing a little bit of our energy, a little bit of our tradiciones, and letting everybody know that we're not gone, that we're still here. every time we dance is a form of resistance.
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we're not supposed to be dancing. we're supposed to be distancing, but this one -- [speaking spanish language]
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youth of all socioeconomic backgrounds and to promote the increditable r in culture of our community through the latin jazz represent san francisco values at their best. thank you so much for all you do. [applause]
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>> land jazz ensemble. let's give them another round of applause for the amazing work they do in our community. thank you! [applause] i'd like to welcome now asasor torez to the podium. [applause] >> as a preacher used to tell me, it sounds like someone has to be up here with me! [laughter] [applause] happy latino heritage month. it's an honor to be here again together with all of you. 11 years ago, previous honorees, benjamin and peter brat won for their film and this year it reminded us who we are in a nationally recognized, nationally watched, abc
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documentary, reminding us that we as a latino community, are the soul of this nation, we are the corasone of this country. to our community leaders, to our families, to our friends, who are sharing this moment of history, our indigenous roots, and recognizing the valuable contributions that we as community members have made here in san francisco, and beyond. many thanks to mayor breed for recognizing our community throughout this pandemic and into our recovery. and to all of you, the leaders and the honorees, today, and in the past and future you are in the gratitude and we salute you. unprecedented global pandemic over the last 19 months. facing social and political
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uncertainty. just remember where we were one year ago, one year ago, thinking about what the future of our country would be. uncertainty and unrest. we've turned a corner. and our recovery is at hand. it's anna achievement that we have realized, collectively, in solidarity with the diverse communities of san francisco. our a.p.i. communities, our african american communities, our samoan communities, our communities. we kept faith in one another. as i look around here tonight, or in community, or in our neighborhoods, amongst our leaders, i feel a sense of hope and possibility for constant and beneficial changes. knowing that we have latino leaders and advocates at the federal level, at the state level, at the city level, at the community level, in our homes
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and in our schools. and especially tonight, our strong latinas who have been advocates and advocating for what matters to us most throughout this pandemic. this year's theme shines light on the vital role we have played and we celebrate those educators, as enrique eloquently said, the organizers, workers, artists, musicians, parents who have been our champions throughout this time. whether insuring equitable access to covid testing or vaccines or advocating for worker rights or safety in the workplace or their dedication to the development of our youth. our commitment to family and community continues to shape san francisco into a beacon of hope and opportunity. brown lives matter. white lives matter. there's a black and brown common
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ground that we have developed here in our city. our voices matter. [please stand by] these two facts were never more a parent when our communities were together and solidarity with our allies in the 2020 election, latino voters were the largest minority voting group growing by nearly 30% from 2016 to 2020. women of color played a significant part in the joe biden-harris ticket. latina turnout grew by 24%. georgia's latino voter turnout doubled and here at home, in california, we're home to the largest number of latino voters in the united states with 7.9 million eligible voters only today. [applause] we played a decisive role in the outcome of this recall election.
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democratic counties like los angeles and san francisco's latino population voted against the recall at 84% and 82% alone. you are welcome, gavin newsom. and in our city, in our city, our latino population has grown by nearly 16% based on the last sentence. there's a strength in those numbers and responsibility in those numbers and there's a respect in those numbers. what they remind me of, what they remind us of, what our honorees remind us is we are as giant and we are san franciscan as our cable cars, and we are as american and californian as the greatest speakers in the greatest novels
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ever written. [applause] to close, i just want to recognize the names. olga molanda. valerie kuehl ier. rita aliar. in the words of that character from our novel, our story, we're part of one big soul that belongs to everyone. that will be everywhere where you can look and where there's a fight so hungry people can eat. where there's a cop beating up a guy. we draw from our strength, we draw from our roots.
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[ speaking spanish ] [applause] >> i see a few tier president in our next poet. her name is hennessey. and eight-year daughter of undocumented honed dur yan parents who is passionate about her culture and her people. [ speaking spanish ]
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she wants to help underserved families in her puebl-o hennessey, this community here will ensure that all of your dreams, and more, come true [speaking in spanish] [applause]
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>> hennessey -- [speaking in spanish]
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[applause] so, it's my great honor to present this year's cesar chavez labor award to the fierce, savvy, olga miranda. [applause] olga is the highest ranking latina in the san francisco labor movement a long time feminist, mother to her son jaoquin rubio, wife to hector rubio and her other titles include, sha fear, housekeeping, baby-sitter and loyal friend like all of us latinas here, right. [laughter] my goodness. olga was born in las vegas, nevada. is the first in her family to be born with union health insurance. she was raised by a single
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mother, maurice a marin da flores in los angeles, california. her mother worked as a union housekeeper in las vegas. her first organizing experience was with her mother, a long time los angeles community activist fighting for housing, education, equity, immigrant rights. attending here in city hall are picket lines at the los angeles unified school board was not an option in the miranda household, summer vacations with spent picketing at safeway and storefronts, boycotting with her mother and siblings and in high school, she led walkouts against the governor pete wilson in prop 187, do you remember that? that was for our generation. the seminal political so against anti immigrant, propositions in prohibiting immigrants from any public service and prop 209 which was the affirmative action
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initiative which we're still fighting. she was elected for local 87 at the age of 22. making her the first union officer within seiu in the country and then in 2005, at the age of 29, seiu local 87 members elected her as the president of sciu local 87 making her the first woman, the first mom, the first chicana to hold the position of secretary treasurer making her the highest ranking latina in labor. today, olga represents over 5,000 local 87 janitors which is one of the most militant, and diverse unions in san francisco. as the president of local 87 she has ensured to maintain the
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highest standards in wages and benefits for her members. making local 87's contract the standard for the west coast and olga notes that could have been accomplished without her vice president, ahmed, and her secretary treasurer yang shin may and including all of our siblings and labor she led contract and her members who defied expectation and many thought impossible to internet .they led with two strikes for contracts and witness essential workers, not being treated right. as a union of immigrants, every day the members defy expectations and fighting to make the quality of their lives better and the union, local 87, proudly answers that call because of olga's leadership and
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the strength of the members of the union brothers and sisters who work in labor. olga, it's my great honor to present to you, the cesar chavez award on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. recognizing your labor in this 2021 latino heritage month and your work advocating for our cities essential workers and especially during the pandemic has helped thousands of san franciscans create better lives for themselves and for their families and your role as the highest ranking latina in the san francisco labor council, you represent your community with all of your resilience, your strength, your presence, your commitment and dedication to our communities represents san francisco with values at their best. thank you her mana, for everything you do and for who you are. >> thank you. [applause] >> oh, wow.
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[applause] [applause] >> i do believe supervisor safai has something. thank you. >> they just keep on giving. [laughter] [applause] >> all right. >> every time i get flowers, i always think of bread and roses. and the fight that every day it takes to wake up for our members. i have to say it in english and spanish, because we have members that are watching right now that are working. [speaking in spanish]
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>> my mom when she was an organizer community organize ser made it clear to us that we are nothing if we are not serving, we have to serve and contribute. [speaking in spanish] as the youngest, it's a lot harder to keep up with that type of standard. [speaking in spanish] i want to be able to tell you that, i appreciate the awards and the recognition and a few weeks ago, i was on a zoom meeting imploring to the committee to please, not give me an award. and they please not -- i was not deserving of any award and to
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please, i had a long list of members and other siblings in labor that you guys can give the award to. i'm really moved today by that speech of this young girl. and what the generation looks like for all of us in the future. [applause] so i'm sorry if i'm trying to catch my breath. [speaking in spanish] >> i want to be able to tell you that during the last 19 months, there have been no parades, things didn't stop at 7:00 p.m. for my janitors. even in spite of this invisible thing we were fighting, there were people that were waking up every morning to work at the super markets, our sisters and brothers from ufcw5 and the
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teamsters picking up trash and workers trying to make ends meet and the january sorries. at 5:00 in the morning you can see all the essential workers and 5:00 in the morning. and you can also see for myself, i will ask all of you, to do this exercise tonight and every night that you go on your way home. when you look up to the beautiful sales force buildings, all of the beautiful skyline, and you see the twinkling lights, i need to remind you those lights are my members working in those buildings. [applause] [speaking in spanish] these last 19 months have been difficult. we lost 30 members.
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in spite of a pandemic, in spite of a pandemic, there were still a lot of babies born during the pandemic. with that, god was blessing our families this past weekend, baby benjamin, who was an addition to our family and a miracle, right, even in a pandemic, there's light at end of the tunnel, right, with new life comes new -- life and a light. brothers and sisters, i am so proud that i can share this light and be with you in this hall today. i want you, not to remember my name, but i want you to remember the members, the names of my members. i'm going to ask them if they can please come up here and these two women are not just members of my union, but they led and they were at the strike lines and picket lines, telling building owners we deserve a raise in a pandemic.
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and they stood there night after night, day after day for nine months of negotiations. side like for you to remember these names. esperanza, marina and they have a message to all of you. [speaking in spanish] [speaking in spanish]
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[applause] so, with that, thank you so much for allowing me an opportunity to be able to have our rock stars that are our members. thank you so much.
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to my family, my brother carlos in los angeles and my sister iris, who is here, they're my influencers everyday and to my best friend, ahsha safai, a note is the supervisor but to me is my friend and my brother from another mother. thank you roberto, valerie, sister, thank you so much, so much for all the work that everyone has done to josh, to jaoquin, thank you so much. to la-london -- where she is at another event, i want to thank her for opening up the doors and not being scared to have us all here in the presence celebrating not just our heritage and our culture, but our contributions that we've worked so dam hard to be able to get done. i know there's nothing more that unites us than a baseball game, i will not say who i'm rooting for, but i will say that we're in san francisco! thank you!
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[applause] [speaking in spanish] >> next i would love to have a good friend of mine, my mentor, the mayor of la mission, roberto hernandez. [applause] >> i love you too. i'm so proud of you. did you hear him earlier. my god! you know what, right on, brother. you know, we do -- our future is so solid rock with all these
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young brothers and sister. genesis, you know, i first met her at the mission food hub and i heard her speak and since then we're taking her everywhere. we are taking her everywhere. she is another one with a big future. thank you, mija. [applause] you know, they say, a while back i remember being rodrigo's age and people talking about we were the sleeping giants. well, now they know. we're not sleeping anymore. [applause] because we were never sleeping. like olga said, we're in the sales force towers while they're
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sleeping. while people were shelter in place, we were working. it's an honor for me today to share with you this next -- [please stand by]
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>> and i've hadded the honor of knowing her growing up in many different circles and in many different movements and i cannot tell you how her corazon is just so gentle, so pure.
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her spirit lights me up. i am never afraid when i'm with valorie. i have strength when i am with you. her soul dances. we grew up with soul train, but i'm not talking about 'soul train.' on saturdays we used to watch "soul train" early in the morning and get up and dance. and the intelligence. not only because she graduated from san francisco state, but because she has gone deep in learning about our raisis and
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you listener about a full balance and that's what she brings. more recently, a little over 18 months ago i called her up because i already knew about covid-19 before a lot of people did. i knew about it since december of 2019 and i called her. i called tracy brown. i called gloria romero and veronica garcia and we created the san francisco latino taskforce. we had no idea of what was in
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front of us and earlier, mayor london breed referred to her as 'mama bear' that was no joke. that was no nickname. she is mama bear. in the native traditions just like in other traditions, people who are elder are given names and it's not a nickname, but it's a name that you earn and valorie has earned that name 'mama bear' because she has not only taken care of herself because that's where it begins is taking care of oneself, but she's taking care of her son, she's taking care of her husband just like they have taken care of her. throughout these 18+ months, we
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meet every single monday at 9:00 in the morning, and don't be late because she'll call you out and she facilitates the meeting. imagine having 30+ latinos and latinas and government officials on a zoom call and the discipline that she has to get us through a one-hour meeting from 9:00 to 10:00 and get that agenda completed and done. [ applause ] that's discipline. that's respect. and she does it respectfully. in addition to that, besides
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facilitating, she also -- five of us are on an executive committee and we meet on mondays and wednesdays at 5:00 and she gets us through an agenda. sometimes we go a little longer because there's a little bit of that. every step of the way when we started with food and we started covid testing in u.s. weeks or less. and then the demand to say we need testing in the mission and then to say we need rental assistance and then to say we need to educate our children.
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so from health to food to education to employment to financial assistance, we created committees after committees after committees. and all that work that collectively that we've been able to do, you know, valorie, i just want to thank you today [speaking spanish] for your time, your energy, your guidance, your soul, your spirit, and most importantly for your love for our community. so today it's my honor to present to you a certificate of honor, valorie. today, being october 14th, 2021, whereas on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, i am pleased to recognize and honor you as the
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rosario anaya community award recipient for the 2021 latino heritage month celebration. [ applause ] your work as co-chair of the latino task force has helped thousands of san franciscans find stability and hope for the future during a truly unprecedented time and a legacy in serving your community will forever be accommodated here in the city's history. your advocacy to ensure the latino community is heard and represented at city hall and beyond represents san francisco's values at its best. [ applause ]
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>> oh, my goodness. thank you. [ applause ] thank you so much. oh, my goodness. i'm not used to this. thank you so much. i appreciate that. thank you, roberto, for those beautiful words. yes. thank you to much for always being there. the grounding for us. so i just want to say really quickly. for those who know me, i have two minutes, right. you've been at my meetings. i'll take three tonight.
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and i'm also in violation of the latino -- violation of the dress code. don't play. some of those young girls come in with their cut-off jeans. i go not-uh. we treat our community with respect. we're modest. when we're outside of work we go wherever we want or however we want. so somebody's going to have to time me, right. set the tradition. first, i'd like to acknowledge the ancestors of this land, the ramaytush ohlone and may i have their permission to speak tonight. there's so many sheroes and heroes to thank. first my husband and son because they are good, in good health, and they give me permission to go out and serve the community. then there's executive committee mayors. of course the mayor of the
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mission. gabriella romero, and of course, my partner in crime tracy brown gallardo. [ applause ] there's also dr. davis of the human rights commission. masut orikami. the 30+ community based organizations. d.p.h. and covid command center who at times wanted to ring my neck and still do occasionally. the l.t.f. funders, the mission locals, the 13 latino task force committees, their members and their chairs and the youth for making the latino taskforce multigenerational. i love when the youth call me 'auntie' it just warms my
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heart. it's my pride and joy to always introduce the youth that work for the l.t.f. and of course, my mayor, mayor london breed. i have said it a million times. she was born and raised here. she grew up like many of us. she is us. may i share with you the medicine of the latino task force success. what we share in all of our services. we cannot be arrogant because we have a skill or access to resources. rather, we serve with humility because the community has given us permission to serve them. they trust us. they allow themselves to be vulnerable with us. and that is what my community has given me permission to do. they have put their trust in me to share my gift of facilitation which by the way was taught to me after thousands of community meetings to bring together peoples'
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relationships and talents. and now that my academy award speech is over. besides being so loving, kind, professional, a sharp dresser, she opened n.l.v.s. vocational school to all communities. it has become the home for the mission food hub and the latino taskforce. anyway, one time she asked one of our staff if i would write a letter of support. well i didn't do it and it has haunted me ever since. so when the building was threatened to be taken away from the community after she passed, i stepped up and helped fight for it. as a home for the latino taskforce i would and still do give tours to share with others what we do. the last stop on each and every tour is a large poster of
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rosario in all her glory with so many of the who's who in politics. i talk about her being the first latino on the school board. i recognized her smile in the picture and tell people that she's pleased at what her building as done for the community during covid. so i'm still making it up to her for not writing that letter. so this award is letting me know that i can release my guilt and that i have finally made it up to her in heaven, the spirit world. [ applause ] i just want to say to you that i love my community so much and, tonight, i feel how the community loves me back. thank you so much for this award. and thank you to everyone. i wish i could name each and
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every one. thank you. [ applause ] i just want to give a quick shout-out to roberto pena, he's helped the mission food hub over and over again and prayers for him and his family. thank you all so much. [ applause ] >> thank you, valorie. and congratulations. i hope we can all just take a very quick moment and send some light and healing and prayers to the family who could not be here tonight as we recognize our next honoree. it's on honor to present the delores chisma lifetime
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achievement award. it's an award that honors outstanding leaders who've made significant contributions to the advancement of our latino communities over time and over their lifetime. the recipient officer this award represent the best of us. exemplary leadership, rippling impacts throughout our communities, and have changed entire generations for the better. our current leaders, our future leaders, our youth can look to the recipient officer this award for motivation, for example, and for inspiration on how to create positive change. named after delores juerto one of the most inspirational activists, a leader in the chicano civil rights movements. to create better conditions for our people, better outcomes for
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our children and to be more what the main stream america has told us we can be. so it's my pleasure to recognize and present the lifetime achievement award to the founder and director of mission education projects and her leadership for over 47 years. rita, and your family when you watch this, i hope you can hear that applause because like mission language vocational school, like jamestown, like every single anchor in our community that serve our youth, meti has been that anchor to learn from and to be safe to be fed and educated. she started in the '60s as one of the organizations that grew out of the mission coalition organization. she served as the chair
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coalition ceo and she knew from first-hand experience what was missing in educational settings and she knew the change that was needed. her drive to gather all the resources available turned into a robust program for over 40 years. her programs have supported thousands of nonenglish speaking children from the mission district and their families. with academic and learning services and, today, yes, still today the impact continues for children and families in the mission which rallieded during the covid pandemic to provide virtual programming for children and youth who are unable to attend in-person learning. at 84 years young, rita, 84 years young, rita and her daughter continue to be supporters and champions of the latinos in our community.
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her compassion, deep commitment and change has been noticed by san francisco supervisors, police chiefs, and of course, mayors. she has demonstrated a track record in changing childrens' lives to ensure marginalized children can realize their path to success. please, one more applause por favor for rita in her absence. [ applause ] >> gracias.
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our next performance is a tribute song. she was a trail blazer, a mother, an educator and all-around powerful. our sincere condolences to her family. the tributes will be song by a mission district cultural worker, musician, language justice advocate and a family friend. >> buenos noches. viva yolanda. it is such a pleasure to be here tonight seeing your beautiful faces.
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i am such a proud mission district resident and advocate. [speaking spanish] congratulations to the award recipients this evening. [speaking spanish] [♪♪] this is a little medley. courageous women. we know so many and tonight we pay tribute to this beautiful woman yolanda lopez. and much love to rio lopez.
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[ ♪♪ clez [ [♪♪] [singing in spanish] [♪♪]
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♪ ♪ arriving on the mission of the border land, she carried out her vision with a plan ♪♪ [singing in spanish]
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♪ who is the illegal one, pilgrims ♪♪ yolanda lopez. [ applause ]
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muchos gracias. [ applause ] >> gracias, liliana. our condolences. [speaking spanish] founded and directed by ms. suzana orosco, the mission was to promote the rich and diverse cuban both popular folk and dance traditions from the
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percussive to the rumba making it accessible to wide audiences via performances and classes. born from a commitment to educate and enrich the communities in which ms. pedrozo lived, the dance company inspired the hearts and minds of dances, audiences and bringing the musical culture to life. [speaking spanish] [ applause ] [singing in spanish]
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[all singing in spanish]
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>> [speaking spanish]. >> [speaking spanish] [singing in spanish]
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[spanish music] [ applause ]
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. >> arenas dance company everyone. let's give them a round of applause. [ applause ] that's a great way to close this session. it felt like we were in church and city hall was ours to celebrate our triumphs, our passions, our memories.
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but before we close, i'd just like to invite my wife to join me right here. [ applause ] we got married here at city hall two years ago and i just want her to be next to me as we close. thank you very much. gracias. i love you. [speaking spanish] good night. stay safe, healthy, love one another, and go giants! don't forget to get your goody bag right over there before you leave. buenos noches.
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>> candlestick park known also as the stick was an outdoor stadium for sports and entertainment. built between 1958 to 1960, it was located in the bayview hunters point where it was home to the san francisco giants and 49ers. the last event held was a concert in late 2014. it was demolished in 2015. mlb team the san francisco giants played at candlestick from 1960-1999. fans came to see players such a willie mays and barry bonds, over 38 seasons in the open ballpark. an upper deck expansion was added in the 1970s. there are two world series played at the stick in 1962 and in 198 9.
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during the 1989 world series against the oakland as they were shook by an earthquake. candlestick's enclosure had minor damages from the quake but its design saved thousands of lives. nfl team the san francisco 49ers played at candlestick from feign 71-2013. it was home to five-time super bowl champion teams and hall of fame players by joe montana, jerry rice and steve jones. in 1982, the game-winning touchdown pass from joe montana to dwight clark was known as "the catch." leading the niners to their first super bowl. the 49ers hosted eight n.f.c. championship games including the 2001 season that ended with a loss to the new york giants. in 201, the last event held at candlestick park was a concert by paul mccartney who played
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with the beatles in 1966, the stadium's first concert. demolition of the stick began in late 2014 and it was completed in september 2015. the giants had moved to pacific rail park in 2000 while the 49ers moved to santa clara in 2014. with structural claims and numerous name changes, many have passed through and will remember candlestick park as home to the legendary athletes and entertainment. these memorable moments will live on in a place called the stick. (♪♪♪) [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> so i grew up in cambridge, massachusetts and i was very fortunate to meet my future
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wife, now my wife while we were both attending graduate school at m.i.t., studying urban planning. so this is her hometown. so, we fell in love and moved to her city. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> i was introduced to this part of town while working on a campaign for gavin, who is running for mayor. i was one of the organizers out here and i met the people and i fell in love with them in the neighborhood. so it also was a place in the city that at the time that i could afford to buy a home and i wanted to own my own home. this is where we laid down our roots like many people in this neighborhood and we started our family and this is where we are going to be. i mean we are the part of san francisco. it's the two neighborhoods with the most children under the age
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of 18. everybody likes to talk about how san francisco is not family-friendly, there are not a lot of children and families. we have predominately single family homes. as i said, people move here to buy their first home, maybe with multiple family members or multiple families in the same home and they laid down their roots. [♪♪♪] >> it's different because again, we have little small storefronts. we don't have light industrial space or space where you can build high-rises or large office buildings. so the tech boom will never hit our neighborhood in that way when it comes to jobs. >> turkey, cheddar, avocado, lettuce and mayo, and little bit
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of mustard. that's my usual. >> mike is the owner, born and bred in the neighborhood. he worked in the drugstore forever. he saved his money and opened up his own spot. we're always going to support home grown businesses and he spent generations living in this part of town, focusing on the family, and the vibe is great and people feel at home. it's like a little community gathering spot. >> this is the part of the city with a small town feel. a lot of mom and pop businesses, a lot of family run businesses. there is a conversation on whether starbucks would come in. i think there are some people that would embrace that. i think there are others that would prefer that not to be.
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i think we moved beyond that conversation. i think where we are now, we really want to enhance and embrace and encourage the businesses and small businesses that we have here. in fact, it's more of a mom and pop style business. i think at the end of the day, what we're really trying to do is encourage and embrace the diversity and enhance that diversity of businesses we already have. we're the only supervisor in the city that has a permanent district office. a lot of folks use cafes or use offices or different places, but i want out and was able to raise money and open up a spot that we could pay for. i'm very fortunate to have that. >> hi, good to see you. just wanted to say hi, hi to the owner, see how he's doing. everything okay? >> yeah. >> good.
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>> we spend the entire day in the district so we can talk to constituents and talk to small businesses. we put money in the budget so you guys could be out here. this is like a commercial corridor, so they focus on cleaning the streets and it made a significant impact as you can see. what an improvement it has made to have you guys out here. >> for sure. >> we have a significantly diverse neighborhood and population. so i think that's the richness of the mission and it always has been. it's what made me fall in love with this neighborhood and why i love it so much.
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>> once i got the hang of it a little bit, you know, like the first time, i never left the court. i just fell in love with it and any opportunity i had to get out there, you know, they didn't have to ask twice. you can always find me on the court. [♪♪♪] >> we have been able to participate in 12 athletics wheelchairs. they provide what is an expensive tool to facilitate basketball specifically. behind me are the amazing golden state road warriors, which are
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one of the most competitive adaptive basketball teams in the state led by its captain, chuck hill, who was a national paralympic and, and is now an assistant coach on the national big team. >> it is great to have this opportunity here in san francisco. we are the main hub of the bay area, which, you know, we should definitely have resources here. now that that is happening, you know, i i'm looking forward to that growing and spreading and helping spread the word that needs -- that these people are here for everyone. i think it is important for people with disabilities, as well as able-bodied, to be able to see and to try different sports, and to appreciate trying different things. >> people can come and check out this chairs and use them. but then also friday evening, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., it will be wheelchair basketball we will make sure it is
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available, and that way people can no that people will be coming to play at the same time. >> we offer a wide variety of adaptive and inclusion programming, but this is the first time we have had our own equipment. [♪♪♪] >> i love teaching.
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it is such an exhilarating experience when people began to feel their own creativity. >> this really is a place where all people can come and take a class and fill part of the community. this is very enriching as an artist. a lot of folks take these classes and take their digital imagery and turn it into negatives. >> there are not many black and white darkrooms available anymore. that is a really big draw. >> this is a signature piece. this is the bill largest darkroom in the u.s.. >> there are a lot of people that want to get into that dark room. >> i think it is the heart of this place. you feel it when you come in.
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>> the people who just started taking pictures, so this is really an intersection for many generations of photographers and this is a great place to learn because if you need people from different areas and also everyone who works here is working in photography. >> we get to build the community here. this is different. first of all, this is a great
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location. it is in a less-populated area. >> of lot of people come here just so that they can participate in this program. it is a great opportunity for people who have a little bit of photographic experience. the people have a lot, they can really come together and share a love and a passion. >> we offer everything from traditional black and white darkrooms to learning how to process your first roll of film. we offer classes and workshops in digital camera, digital printing. we offer classes basically in the shooting, ton the town at night, treasure island. there is a way for the programs
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exploring everyone who would like to spend the day on this program. >> hello, my name is jennifer. >> my name is simone. we are going on a field trip to take pictures up the hill. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. >> actually, i have been here a lot. i have never looked closely enough to see everything. now, i get to take pictures. >> we want to try to get them to be more creative with it. we let them to be free with them but at the same time, we give them a little bit of direction. >> you can focus in here.
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>> that was cool. >> if you see that? >> behind the city, behind the houses, behind those hills. the see any more hills? >> these kids are wonderful. they get to explore, they get to see different things. >> we let them explore a little bit. they get their best. if their parents ever ask, we can learn -- they can say that they learned about the depth of field or the rule of thirds or that the shadows can give a good contrast. some of the things they come up with are fantastic. that is what we're trying to
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encourage. these kids can bring up the creativity and also the love for photography. >> a lot of people come into my classes and they don't feel like they really are creative and through the process of working and showing them and giving them some tips and ideas. >> this is kind of the best kept secret. you should come on and take a class. we have orientations on most saturdays. this is a really wonderful location and is the real jewel to the community. >> ready to develop your photography skills? the harvey milk photo center focuses on adult classes. and saturday workshops expose youth and adults to photography classes.
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>> we worked very hard with the san francisco venue coalition, the independent venue alliance to advocate for venues. put this issue on the radar of the supervisors and obviously mayor breed. the entertainment commission and the office of small business and we went to meetings and showed up and did public comment and it was a concerted effort between 50 venues in the city and they are kind of traditional like live performance venues and we all made a concerted effort to get out there and sound the alarm and to her credit, maybe breed really stepped up, worked
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with matt haney, who is a supervisor haney was a huge champion for us and they got this done and they got $3 million into the sf venue recovery fund. >> we have represented about 40 independent venues in san francisco. basically, all the venues closed on march 13th, 2020. we were the first to close and we will be the last to reopen and we've had all the of the overhead costs are rent, mortgage, payroll, utilities and insurance with zero revenue. so many of these venues have been burning $1,000 a day just to stay closed. >> we have a huge music history here in san francisco and the part of our cultural fab lick
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but it's also an economic driver. we produce $7 billion annual' here in san francisco and it's formidable. >> we've been very fortunate here. we've had the department of emergency management and ems division and using part of our building since last april and aside from being proud to i can't tell you how important to have some cost recovery coming in and income to keep the doors open. >> typically we'll have, three to 400 people working behind the teens to support the show and that is everything from the
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teamsters and security staff and usualers, ticket takers, the folks that do our medical and the bar tenders and the people in the kitchen preparing food for backstage and concession and the people that sell key shirts and it's a pretty staggering amount of people that are out of work as a result of this one verne you going tarkanian. it doesn't work to open at reduced capacity. when we get past june 15th, out of the into the blue print for our economy we can open it it 100% and look at the festival in full capacity in october and we're just so grateful for the leadership of the mavor and dr. coal fax to make us the safest ♪ america and this is been hard for everybody in san francisco and the world but our
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leadership has kept us safe and i trust them that they will let us know when it's safe to do that. >> a lot of people know about america is military stuff, bullying stuff, corporate stuff. when people like me and my friends go to these foreign country and play music, we're giving them an american cultural experience. it's important. the same way they can bring that here. it sounds comfy buyia, you know, we're a punk band and we're nasty and we were never much for peace and love and everything but that's the fertilizer that grows the big stuff that some day goes to bill graham's place and takes everybody's money but you have to start with us and so my hope is that allel groups and people make music and get together because without out,
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hanging together we'll hang separately, you know. >> other venues like this, all over the place, not just in the san francisco bay area need to exist in order for communities to thrive and i'm not just talking about the arts communities, even if you are here to see a chuckle bucket comedy show and you are still experiencing humanity and in specific ways being able to gather with people and experience something together. and especially coming out of the pandemic, the loss of that in-person human connection recovering that in good ways is going to be vital for our entire society. >> it's a family club. most our staff has been working with us for 10 years so we feel like a family.
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>> what people think of when they think of bottom of the hill and i get a lot of this is first of all, the first place i met my husband or where we had our first date and i love that and we love doing weddings and i expect there to be a wedding season post 2021 of all the make up we haddings and i hope that many people do that because we have had so many rock ep role weddings. >> i told my girlfriend, make sure you stand at the front of the stage and i can give you a kiss at midnight. at this got down on one knee at the stroke of midnight. it wasn't a public thing, i got down on one knee and said will you marry me and is he she had are you [beep] kidding me and i said no, i'm dead serious and she said yes. we were any time homicideel of the show.
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we just paused for new year's eve and that was where i proposed to my wife. this is more than just a professional relationship it's more than just a relationship from a love of arts, it's where my family started. we'll always have a special place in my heart. >> venues, you know, represent so much. they are cultural beckons of a city. neighbors can learn and celebrate and mourn and dance together. venues and arts and culture are characterized as second responders to crisis and they provide a mental health outlet and a community center for people to come together at and it's the shared history of our city and these spaces is where we all come together and can celebrate. >> art often music opens up people to understanding the
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fellow man and i mean, taz always necessary and if anything, it's going to be even more necessary as we come out of this to reach out and connect with people. >> we can sustain with food, water and shelter is accurate and does anybody have a good time over the last year? no. >> san francisco is a great down. i've been here many years and i love it here and it's a beautiful, beautiful, place to be music and art is key to that. drama, acting, movies, everything, everything that makes life worth living and that's what we've got to mow proteasome no san francisco and that's what is important now. [♪♪♪]
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>> how i really started my advocacy was through my own personal experiences with discrimination as a trans person. and when i came out as trans, you know, i experienced discrimination in the workplace. they refused to let me use the women's bathroom and fired me. there were so many barriers that other trans folks had in the workplace. and so when i finished college, i moved out to san francisco in the hopes of finding a safer community. >> and also, i want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor, so our transadvisory
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community members, if they could raise their hands and you could give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your help. my leadership here at the office is engaging the mayor and leadership with our lgbt community. we also get to support, like, local policy and make sure that that is implemented, from all-gender bathrooms to making sure that there's lgbt data collection across the city. get to do a lot of great events in trans awareness month. >> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so
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grateful for clair farley because she represents us so intelligently. >> i would like to take a moment of silence to honor all those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this year. >> i came out when i was 18 as trans and grew up as gay in missoula, montana. so as you can imagine, it wasn't the safest environment for lgbt folks. i had a pretty supportive family. i have an identical twin, and so we really were able to support each other. once i moved away from home and started college, i was really able to recognize my own value and what i had to offer, and i think that for me was one of the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had.
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it was how can i make sure that i transform those challenges into really helping other people. we're celebrating transgender awareness month, and within that, we recognize transgender day of remembrance, which is a memorial of those that we have lost due to transgender violence, which within the last year, 2019, we've lost 22 transgender folks. think all but one are transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country. i think it's important because we get to lift up their stories, and bring attention to the attacks and violence that are still taking place. we push back against washington. that kind of impact is starting to impact trans black folks, so
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it's important for our office to advocate and recognize, and come together and really remember our strength and resilience. as the only acting director of a city department in the country, i feel like there's a lot of pressure, but working through my own challenges and barriers and even my own self-doubt, i think i've been try to remember that the action is about helping our community, whether that's making sure the community is housed, making sure they have access to health care, and using kind of my access and privilege to make change. >> i would like to say something about clair farley. she has really inspired me. i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know what i wanted to do.
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i'm back at college, and clair farley has really impressed on me to have a voice and to have agency, you have to have an education. >> mayor breed has led this effort. she made a $2.3 million investment into trans homes, and she spear headed this effort in partnership with my office and tony, and we're so proud to have a mayor who continues to commit and really make sure that everyone in this city can thrive. >> our community has the most resources, and i'm very happy to be here and to have a place finally to call home. thank you. [applause] >> one, two, three. [applause] >> even in those moments when i do feel kind of alone or unseen or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power of the supportive allies that
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are at the table that really help me to push past that. being yourself, it's the word of wisdom i would give anyone. surely be patient with yourself and your dream. knowing that love, you may not always feel that from your family around you, but you can >> what we're trying to approach is bringing more diversity to our food. it's not just the old european style food. we are seeing a lot of influences, and all of this is because of our students. all we ask is make it flavorful. [♪♪♪] >> we are the first two-year
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culinary hospitality school in the united states. the first year was 1936, and it was started by two graduates from cornell. i'm a graduate of this program, and very proud of that. so students can expect to learn under the three degrees. culinary arts management degree, food service management degree, and hotel management degree. we're not a cooking school. even though we're not teaching you how to cook, we're teaching you how to manage, how to supervise employees, how to manage a hotel, and plus you're getting an associate of science degree. >> my name is vince, and i'm a faculty member of the hospitality arts and culinary school here in san francisco. this is my 11th year.
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the program is very, very rich in what this industry demands. cooking, health, safety, and sanitation issues are included in it. it's quite a complete program to prepare them for what's happening out in the real world. >> the first time i heard about this program, i was working in a restaurant, and the sous chef had graduated from this program. he was very young to be a sous chef, and i want to be like him, basically, in the future. this program, it's awesome. >> it's another world when you're here. it's another world. you get to be who you are, a person get to be who they are. you get to explore different
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things, and then, you get to explore and they encourage you to bring your background to the kitchen, too. >> i've been in the program for about a year. two-year program, and i'm about halfway through. before, i was studying behavioral genetics and dance. i had few injuries, and i couldn't pursue the things that i needed to to dance, so i pursued my other passion, cooking. when i stopped dance, i was deprived of my creative outlet, and cooking has been that for me, specifically pastry. >> the good thing is we have students everywhere from places like the ritz to -- >> we have kids from every area. >> facebook and google. >> kids from everywhere. >> they are all over the bay
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area, and they're thriving. >> my name is jeff, and i'm a coowner of nopa restaurant, nopalito restaurant in san francisco. i attended city college of san francisco, the culinary arts program, where it was called hotel and restaurant back then in the early 90's. nopalito on broderick street, it's based on no specific region in mexico. all our masa is hand made. we cook our own corn in house. everything is pretty much hand made on a daily basis, so day and night, we're making hand made tortillas, carnitas, salsas. a lot of love put into this. [♪♪♪]
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>> used to be very easy to define casual dining, fine dining, quick service. now, it's shades of gray, and we're trying to define that experience through that spectrum of service. fine dining calls into white table cloths. the cafeteria is large production kitchen, understanding vast production kitchens, the googles and the facebooks of the world that have those types of kitchens. and the ideas that change every year, again, it's the notion and the venue. >> one of the things i love about vince is one of our outlets is a concept restaurant, and he changes the concept every year to show students how to do a startup restaurant. it's been a pizzeria, a taco bar.
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it's been a mediterranean bar, it's been a noodle bar. people choose ccsf over other hospitality programs because the industry recognizes that we instill the work ethic. we, again, serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. other culinary hospitality programs may open two days a week for breakfast service. we're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner five days a week. >> the menu's always interesting. they change it every semester, maybe more. there's always a good variety of foods. the preparation is always beautiful. the students are really sincere, and they work so hard here, and they're so proud of their work. >> i've had people coming in to town, and i, like, bring them
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here for a special treat, so it's more, like, not so much every day, but as often as i can for a special treat. >> when i have my interns in their final semester of the program go out in the industry, 80 to 90% of the students get hired in the industry, well above the industry average in the culinary program. >> we do have internals continually coming into our restaurants from city college of san francisco, and most of the time that people doing internships with us realize this is what they want to do for a living. we hired many interns into employees from our restaurants. my partner is also a graduate of city college.
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>> so my goal is actually to travel and try to do some pastry in maybe italy or france, along those lines. i actually have developed a few connections through this program in italy, which i am excited to support. >> i'm thinking about going to go work on a cruise ship for about two, three year so i can save some money and then hopefully venture out on my own. >> yeah, i want to go back to china. i want to bring something that i learned here, the french cooking, the western system, back to china. >> so we want them to have a full toolkit. we're trying to make them ready
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>> as a woman of color who grew up in san francisco i understand how institutions can have an impact on communities of color. i think having my voice was important. that is where my passion lies when the opportunity to lead an office in such a new space came up. i couldn't turn it down. i was with the district attorney's office for a little over nine years, if you include
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the time as an intern as well as volunteer da, all most 13 years. during the time with the da's office i had an opportunity to serve the community not only as the assistant district attorney but as director of community relations. that afforded the opportunity to have impact on the community in an immediate way. it is one thing to work to serve the rights of those without rights, victims. it is really rewarding to work to to further the goals of our office and the commitment we have as city employees and advocates for people who don't have a voice. i don't know of anyone surprised to see me in this role. maybe people have an impression what the director of the office of cannabis should be like, what their beliefs should be. i smash all of that. you grew up in the inner city of
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san francisco. my career path is not traditional. i don't think a person should limit themselves to reach full potential. i say that to young women and girls. that is important. you want to see leadership that looks diverse because your path is not predetermined. i didn't wake up thinking i was going to be a prosecutor in my life. the city administrator reached out and wanted to have a conversation and gave me interest in the new role. i thought you must not know what i do for a living. it was the opposite. she had foresight in realizing it would be helpful for somebody not only a former prosecutor but interested in shaping criminal justice reform for the city would be the right person for the space. i appreciate the foresight of the mayor to be open how we can be leaders in san francisco. i was able to transition to the policy space. here i was able to work on
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legislation, community relations, communication and start to shape the ways our office was going to reform the criminal justice system. it is fulfilling for me. i could create programs and see those impact people's lives. i am the change. it took truants youth to meet with civil rights movement leaders who fought to have access to education. being a young person to understand that helped the young people realize this was an important thing to give up. what we find is that young people who are truanted have a really high homicide rate in our city, which is a sad statistic. we want to change that. >> coming from a community we are black and brown. i don't reach out to other people. i don't think they feel the same way. >> i had the great opportunity
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to work on prison reform issues and criminal justice reform issues. we created a program at san quentin where we brought district opportunities to lifers and talk about how we are all impacted by the criminal justice system. we brought over 40 elected das to san quentin for the situation. now we are inviting the police department. our formerly incarcerated group born out of this programming asked for the opportunity to work on a project where we could bring the men in blue on the outside to come speak to the men on blue inside to start the healing dialogue around how the criminal justice system specifically in san francisco impacts the community. i was attracted to the role. there was a component of equity that was part of this process. the equity community here in san francisco is a community that i
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had already worked with. before i took steps to visit cannabis businesses i thought it was important my team have a chance to go inside and speak to men who had been impacted. that conversation needed to happen so we know how we are making an impact with the work that we are doing. the da's office as we were leading up to the legalization of marijuana in the state we started having conversations on the policy team what that could look like. the district attorney was really focused on the right side of history for this. we realized it would be quite a heavy lift for individuals who have been negatively impacted by the war on drugs to expunge the record. it was important to figure out the framework to make it seamless and easy. they put their minds to it after some time and many conversations
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the data analysts and other policy walk throughs on the team came up with the idea to engage the tech community in this process. code for america helped us developed the rhythm to be used for any jurisdiction across the state that was important to create a solution to be used to assist all jurisdictions dealing with this matter. the office of cannabis is the first office to have a completely digital application process. we worked with the digital team to develop the online application. there are going to be hiccups. we are first to do it. it is one of the most rewarding parts to offer a seamless -- to offer a seamless approach. that is how they can find solutions to solve many of the community challenges. the best way to respond to prop 64 was to retroactively expunge
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9,000 cannabis related records for san francisco. it feels like justice full circle for my personal experience. in the past i was furthering the war on drugs just as my directive. really coming from a place of public safety. that was the mandate and understanding. it is nice to see that pass a society we are able to look at some of our laws and say, you know what? we got it wrong. let's get this right. i had the privilege of being in the existing framework. my predecessor nicole elliott did an incredible job bringing together the individuals super-passionate about cannabis. >> the office was created in july of 2017. i came in early 2018. i have been able to see the
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office's development over time which is nice. it is exciting to be in the space, stickily in thinking about her leadership. >> looking for the office it is always we might be before my time when i was working for the forboard of supervisors. i learn new things every day it is challenging and rewarding for me. >> we get the privilege to work in an office that is innovating. we get to spearhead the robust exprogram. >> i am excited she came on board to leverage experience as a prosecutor 10 years as we contemplate enforcements but approaching it without replicating the war on drugs. >> i was hired by cam laharris. i haven't seen a district attorney that looked kind of
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like me. that could be a path in my life. i might not have considered it. it is important that women and certainly women of color and spaces of leadership really do their part to bring on and mentor as many young people as they can. it is superimportant to take advantage of as many opportunities as they can when they can intern because the doors are wide open. plans change and that is okay. the way this was shaped because i took a risk to try something new and explore something and show that i was capable. you are capable, right? it was about leaning in and being at the table to say my voice matters. you find your passion, the sky
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>> good morning, then, the sky meeting will come to order. welcome to the thursday, october 14th meeting of the public safety & neighborhood services committee. i'm supervisor gordon mar, and i'm joined by vice chair catherine stefani, and we'll be joined by supervisor aaron peskin for item 2. i want to thank this committee's john carroll mr. clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. the committee members are participating in this meeting through video conference to the same extent as if they were physically present in choir there committee room. public comment will be available on each itm


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