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tv   17th Annual Filipino American History Month Celebration  SFGTV  October 30, 2021 9:00pm-12:01am PDT

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>> i'm so so honored to be with you tonight. tonight is so special. tonight is about celebration, culture, friends, family, community. we would like to welcome our guests here tonight. thank you for coming. also for those joining us virtually. october is a month full of
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celebration. not only are we celebrating the birthday of our labor leader. we're also accept braiting celeo heritage month, national coming out day. we understand that we have to have strong relationships with other communities to truly make a difference. we celebrate with you. we also appreciate you celebrating with us. now to kick off tonight's celebration, it is my honor to introduce our national anthem performers. performing the philippine national anthem and performing the united states star spangled
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banner. (singing philippino national anthem) [applause.]
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(singing united states national anthem).
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>> thank you so much. you may be seated. philippino american history month is celebrated every october of every year. it was established in 1992 by philippino national society. it was october 18, 1587. our theme for this year is no history, no self. it should also be read know history, know self. tonight we give tribute not only
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to those who paved the way to achieve our american dreams but also those who are making history today. tonight we'll honor outstanding individuals who are continuing to fight for our advisability >> hi everybody. welcome to philippino american history month. welcome to city hall. so happy to be back again and see each other in person. it's my pleasure to introduce someone who needs no introduction. she always hears our community's
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voice. when mayor london breed first took office she took a broad coalition to meet with her inside city hall to talk about how we can support philippino representation. our mayor, someone who experienced all the good as well as challenges we face as san sanfranciscans embodies hope for our city. our traditions and rich history is the reason our city continues to be bright and resilient. as we focus on san francisco we must focus on our own history.
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it's with deep gratitude and honor that i introduce to you our mayor of san francisco, mayor london breed. >> thank you so much commissioner peres and your leadership and this actual in person to celebrate philippino history month in person. this is extraordinary. you better act like you're happier than that. it's been two years since we've been able to celebrate. it's been very challenging. i want to take the opportunity to thank you council general for being here with us. it's almost like i didn't recognize you.
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the last time i saw you it was probably two years ago in person here in city hall. we have members of the board of supervisors joining us as well. thank you all so much. you all should be incredibly proud of this response to the covid pandemic. because, yes, it was managed and run by extraordinary women including mary carol who led thissest. this effort. but one of the leaders in the philippino community who led the response. we saw the very best of the people in san francisco. we saw so many folks rise to the occasion in our essential work force. so many people stepped up and were essential workers and lead
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our city out of this global pandemic. although we have challenges, we are in a better place. eighty three percent of san franciscans are vaccinated. today we recognize the deep and rich history of the philippino community. we often talk about the history of this community many people know and you can tell your story better than anyone else. so many folks who immigrated here and in particular a lot of philippino americans immigrated to the soma tender loin community and the excelsior
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communities. your community is resilient. the cultural significance has everything to do with you all coming together to recognize your pride and culture and prepare the next generation to carry on that legacy. we talk about san francisco as a diverse city and diverse place. but you are the most important part of that diversity. our diversity is our strength and having various backgrounds makes a difference. it helps us learn and grow. we have to talk about the past and challenges that exist in order to not repeat the mistakes of the past. that we grow from that together
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as one community and one san francisco. i'm honored to be here today. i can't wait until we get rid of these masks so we can really see one another. when we're able to celebrate at the events, some amazing events and performances. even though this celebration happens once a year, i want to continue to be a resource, the city wants to be a resource to be a part of those events that happen in the community, for the community. for the philippino community. i'm looking forward to the performances and celebrations and speeches. commissioner perez i want you to
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come forward as you accept the official proclamation from the city of san francisco declaring it philippino american history month in the city of san francisco. thank you all so much. >> we would like to ask our san francisco supervisors to join us. as well as our consul. daily city counselor. and sheriff paul. as well as the members of the host committee and other elected officials an dignitaries.
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>> thank you so much. thank you so much mayor breed for championing our community and continuing to champion diversity. what would a philippino celebration be without our traditional photo op. our next speaker is our consul general neil who just started his posting here in san francisco in 2021. >> thank you very much. i am joined this evening by my
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wife and colleagues from the philippine consulate in san francisco. our distinguished awardees tonight. members of the philippino community. a pleasant evening to everyone. it's an honor to join you this evening, mayor breed. your efforts in combating covid 19 allowed us together once again together at city hall to celebrate philippino american history month. on behalf of the community thank you very much for all the work you do to keep san francisco
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safe and the covid 19 relief from the pandemic. please allow me to thank our essential workers. especially the philippino doctors, nurses, front liners for everything they have done over the course of this pandemic. for everything that you have done that led us to celebrating philippino american history month in person this night. (speaking foreign language) i also wish to express my gratitude to the arts organization for organizing this
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celebration. promoting philippino culture in the arts in the san francisco bay area a mid the challenges brought about by a global pandemic. during this time of the year we recall arrival in october 18 of philippino sailors in morrow bay california. a ship as part of the trade. their arrival in california 434 years ago is considered the first recorded presence of philippinos in continental united states. this year's philippino history month is is the 75th year when the united states gave its recognition of philippine
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independence on july 4th 1946. our independence happened not too far from here at the theater inside the veterans building when future united nations president signed in june 1945 on behalf of the philippine government. even if we didn't fully achieve independence at the time, to become one of the founding members of the united nations. the san francisco hall is beautifully illuminated tonight. the san francisco public library system houses around 4,000 books
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on philippine history and literature, we thank the city government for its continued support to the center. at the opulent palace hotel in the course of the united states. in the soma area streets were named after philippino heros. at the corner of powell and market street a street marker for the last 60 years. the memory of philippino american history month drive us
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to ensure that the history before us will never be forgotten by philippinos and philippino americans. build a community from the unique diversity of its people. i wish to close by quoting from house resolution which was introduced last tuesday and cosponsored by 32 members of house representatives. the celebration of philippino american history months a time to reflect on and remember the many notable contributions that philippino americans have made to the united states at a time to renew efforts towards the research and examination of history and culture all people of the united states to learn more about philippino americans and to appreciate the story
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contributions of philippino american it the united states. happy philippino american history month. thank you. >> thank you. now we have a special treat for you. here to perform a poem called, because of you. please welcome juniper and alexandra.
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>> you, mother tongue finishing a sentence i tried to for a long time ago. because of you hundreds of thousands of people are proud. a series of chills spread to every inch of my barely fight foot body. you are the immediate response when someone asks me what's the
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history month. celebration of resistance, claiming your place in this kun country, i selfishly ask is this even my history to claim. >> the past is alive. a living thing. you own it. owe it. you have a sacred legacy. a birthright. >> there were no sacred legacies, no birthrights given to me. of the history i learned in school there was nothing that was mine. hands empty because how can i own something that i don't know. how can i truly own my sacred birthright when i doan even know don't evenknow what is supposede
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mine. >> time. searching for you through you. these years set foot on dirt. what does it mean to die here? again, on the page restless. when you fall off the precipice of you. this history that has bent to fit inside convenience and how it digs at my root. >> if i could build a time machine i would. instead i search for you and me. live with the burden that i must do better than those who came before us. i must fulfill the dreams that
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dangle above your head. i don't want to disappoint you. i do not wish to defy you. i do not even know what would make you proud. to claim, to own, because you of i breathe, i wonder, i dream. i live to be what you have pushed me to be. do you think they think about me wherever they rest. even though i don't know their names. how do i live for them, live for me. what does it mean to know something. do i belong to this history and does it belong to me. the story i keep writing and rewriting like am i supposed to be in this. >> because of you. i do it because of you. did you do it because of me and will they do it for me just as i've done it for you.
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>> who is this for? this space room blank on the page still learning how i'm supposed to deal with this. marks left on the paper i can't erase. evidence of myself, ugly. >> i craved whiteness. i craved long legs, green eyes, a button nose. sandwiches with the crusts cut off. my lunch left uneaten not because i wasn't hungry. i craved whiteness. i don't think i was thinking exactly that but that's what it was. i craved whiteness so i shoved down everything else. down a little lower into a box below the surface. i left it there. watched it stay there.
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forgot it was there. i decided to open it up again, this box that was meant for me. given to me. >> but maybe it's not that i was given something to own. maybe it's more like a gift of knowledge was placed in my hands. the power to cherish and hold. the knowledge that i have belonging. my hands should be filled. overflowing to the finger tips and palms through my body. healing forgotten parts. beginning to remember this body again. this outward movement reaching through the ether. maybe this is a part of healing. maybe i will always be healing and learn how to just be here, present. i dare to struggle. i've learned what it means to
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live in this skin, with these roots that haven't reached their center. that are slowly watered by the tears that run unapologyeticly from my face. philippino accents remind me of warm hugs, good food, and laughing at your own jokes. i love loving. i love loving you. i know that brown women have a certain strength and power that no one else does. i am a brown woman. i have a certain strength and power that no one else does. you taught me that. you never said it straight to my face but you didn't have to. i think that you are beautiful.
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your brown skin, crinkling almond eyes and the way you smile. i think that you are beautiful. your grit, your ferociousness. the way you plant your feet. >> i love myself because i love you. i see myself in you and i see you in me. i think that i am beautiful. i think that i am a beautiful, powerful, strong brown woman. >> the way i tell this history. her story, their story. we breathe it in and out like insict. instinct. runs through this blood.
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this body. the story we write and claim and create. to read and own. to fill in the blanks and write in these margins. to be continued. [applause.] >> another round of applause for our young poets. because of you. we move onto the next part of our program. it's the philippino american history month community legacy awards. philippinos have been in the u.s. for so long.
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the soldiers who fought in world war ii. the professionals who came in the 1960's. i moved to the u.s. in 2000 to get my masters. all of us have our own stories. all of us have our own american dreams. many of us have struggled and succeeded. many have made their mark and paved the way for the younger generation. there are those who continue to make an impact especially in this year when we've been suffering so much because of the pandemic. tonight we honor the trail blazers. the essential workers, the student leaders and their educators. to present our first awards,
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please welcome jennifer and raymond. >> good evening everybody. i'm the president of the philippino bar association of northern california. what better way to celebrate know history, know self than to bring together two change makers in the fight for justice. bill retired last july as a community lawyer. rob was appointed justice last march as a first philippino american attorney general for the state of california. listen to how their shared histories inspired them to rise in government leadership and
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remedy wrongs against the philippino american community and communities at large. >> i could probably start. i've known rob's mother since the early days of marshall law. he worked doing work here in san francisco bay area. when her family moved to sacramento, i was going to law school add uc davis and got a chance to interact with a then rambunctious young boy named robe who had a lot of energy.
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it was part of our helping cynthia and other families we would do child care and watch the kids. >> nobody wanted to baby sit me, i was such a handful. i had the opportunity to share with those who had the pleasure of baby sitting me. i've known bill as long as i can remember. growing up as a child of a mom activist who was in the movement pushing back against marshall law. i spent a lot of my youth as a boy at rallies and demonstrations and people's backyards at pot lucks. i always remember bill being there. >> i always wanted to ask you.
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i was in public service for 20 years. the community has a lot of expectations. expectations are high. people don't want to be disappointed. in government, change doesn't happen overnight. how do you approach these questions. >> i try to lead with my values and i came into the doj with the perspective we should be asking ourselves what is the right way, not what is the way we should be doing it. bureaucracy takes a life of its own. i wanted to take a fresh look an continue with the values and the fights for justice and righting wrongs as a legislature. that means making some changes
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and doing things differently. >> i think just to share some similar views. my goal was to make the eeoc relevant meaningful and helpful to these under served communities. i think people were open, there was still a little bit of reluctance of not being aware of the cultures they had to serve. we had had not enough bilingual services to serve people. the challenge of going up against major growers and companies was something -- while there was expectation in the community. there was not necessarily expectation within my organization. in terms of the philippino community, a lot has been said about you being the first philippino american in the
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office of the attorney general. what do you find in terms of your unique role and background what can be done for the philippino community at this time and particularly for asian communities? >> your role, you being a first. my role, i being a first. it's important for philippino americans to take their rightful seats at the table in all areas of leadership. whether it be the law or corporate board rooms or legislative chambers. the list goes on. until you're the first and you breakdown a barrier, it's not real to others. it inspires others to know it's
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possible. if someone says it's not your time. your time is now. >> in our limited time left, you're going to have a lot of young law students wanting to figure out their careers. help the community. maybe it's in public service or something else, they have some doubts. man, change is so hard to make. how do we do this. what advice would you give them. i'll share mine too. >> do what you love. you'll be good at it. it won't feel like you're working. we need you. we have so many challenges we're facing. whether it's the rise of hate or lack of housing affordability. the racial justice reckoning that we're in. wild fires. access to health care.
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attacks on our voting rights. attorneys and young leaders, you can make change now. you are change makers today. you don't need a title, certain age, certain amount of experience. some of the most powerful movements that we're experiencing right now are being led by young leaders. black lives matter, climate walk outs in schools by our young leaders. the students in park land march marching for our lives. they are owning their power. they are being the change makers that we need in this moment. if someone is telling you wait
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your turn or it's not your time. i say, your time is now. you are the leaders of tomorrow. but you're the leaders that we need today in all of these fights to right wrongs and fight for more justice and tackle some of the more pressing issues in our community. >> it's important to fully understand the history not only of the philippines but in particular philippino american history. every person has made a mistake in his or her life. you have to take the risk to make it all happen. work well with others. respect everybody else. even your opponents. they are not your enemy. they are your opponents in an issue. you have to work with them so that you can try to find a good
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solution. >> if you enjoyed that video, you can watch the whole thing. their historic roles continue. in 2017 ben reyes became the first to serve in the court.
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the first philippino american judge in the superior court. >> to commemorate bill. his four decades of service and influence in paving the way for so many. we are honored to present you with a community legacy award. come up here, bill. we would also like mayor london
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breed to join us for a photo op. congratulations again to our awardees. and now let's have some fun facts about our community. take it away, rod. >> hi everybody. good evening. my name is rob. i have the honor today of presenting you with a new part
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of our program which is very apt as we're celebrating our history. know history, know self. a big shout out to this amazing team of competent professionals who put together this celebration. when i think of philippino american history we have to highlight and uplift both. philippino and american. our histories are intrinsically tied in so many ways. we don't know ourself unless we know the things that got us here. it's one of the most beautiful stories. i'm a little biased. let's start off with a little bit of trivia. okay. if you can't read it it's okay. i'll read it a couple times.
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the 1934duffy act restricted immigration of philippino migrants to how many individuals? a, 50. b, 1250. c, 5,000. or ten thousand.
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a? final answer? it's a. correct. i'll be back with another question in a little bit. >> let me call on our next pair of award presenters. please welcome.
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>> covid 19 has had an especially devastating toll on philippino nurses. we would like to remember their sacrifice. here to accept this recognition on behalf of the thousands of
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philippino nurses is the nursing association of northern california. >> we would also like to thank our first responders. approximately 15 percent of sfdem employees are philippinos serving in all levels of the agency. philippinos make up almost 20 percent of 911 dispatch. they have been recognized multiple times as 911 dispatcher of the year. they work twenty four seven to get vital services to residents.
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[applause.] >> let's queue up another question. another very appropriate question. i'm sure all of us essential workers that are close family and relatives an important legacy that's been around for many many years. here is our question that pertains to that. the united states has relied on
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philippino health care workers to men the gaps in the health care. how many nurses trained in the philippines.
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the answer is a. one out of five registered nurses. also we have to reflect there's also a disopposed to proportionate numberof deaths io community. >> thank you. i would like to reiterate the sacrifices of our awardees. you guys truly are our superheros without capes. thank you very much. let me now call on our next group of award presenters.
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>> hello everyone. my pronouns are she her. i'm coming from the university of san francisco. >> hi everyone. i use pronouns she her. i'm also from -- >> i'm a uc sf alumni an current uc sf student.
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>> i once heard a quote that went our ancestors paved the way so we can walk the way. look back at those that came before me and made it possible for me to dream. these people teach us that history doesn't necessarily have to define us. but history will repeat itself unless we learn from it. it opens space for us to tell our stories. fight for our visibility. inclusion. because of all these people who came before us we have the awed audacity to ask for me. celebrate our wins and honor our past resilience. rest is an active form of
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resistance. it is reparation that we are owed. students involved in the community these people made history in our story. one that we continue to write for ourselves. >> we celebrate 50 years since the philippino far west convention. the philippino movement and conversations about philippine american studies. issues including identify, the anti marshall law movement, the student leaders an educators. >> a bridge between college organizations and inspires youth involvement. as a board of students across
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the bay, they connect students from beyond. with organizations to push for the philippine human rights act and fight for the protection of the philippine schools. they are here to receive this award.
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>> articulation of tonightism, connects the global, local stories of struggle, survival and strength to afflict others
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is a corner stone of studies. asian american studies department have touched the lives of thousands. we endeavor to honor her work this year. dr. alison. >> the university of san francisco has the philippino studies program which features a
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wide variety of programs. a strong sense of community through her classes fulfilling many students wishes to connect with culture through language. [applause.]
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>> in the year of the department's 50th anniversary the students at san francisco fought to keep a position vital to the department's growth. the actions were born out of community action and engagement. as department chair she endeavors to continue putting students at the forefront and supports their position as leaders, organizers, and advocates. [applause.] we would like to
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thank all of our student leaders an educators who work so hard to strength current and future generations. let's give everyone a round of applause. >> thank you all so much. truly inspiring entrepreneuration. inspiring presentation.we have l question of the evening. some of you, i don't want you to answer because you may have been a part of this.
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celebrating it's 50th anniversary for 2020 to 2021 academic year. this department is the oldest department of its kind in the world. d is correct. city college of san francisco. thank you all very much. that concludes our quiz portion of the evening. >> thank you.
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a big round of applause for our last awardees. city college of san francisco. congratulations to all our trail blazers, essential workers, educators and leaders. we are honored and challenged by you. are you ready to see some beautiful and colorful philippine dances?
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all right. let me introduce you to tribute. it creates awareness to philippine culture through attire, music, and dance. they will perform three inspired dances. ladies and gentlemen.
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>> we asked what philippino american history month mean it them.
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>> hi. i'm here at the long crow eatery and beer garden right across from the middle school asking young philippino americans what it means to them to be philippino american. >> pride. >> very proud. >> hard working. >> it means being part of a family and supporting one another. >> it feels good. as a philippino american, you grow up with both sides. i grew up in the philippines and over here. humbleness and not having very much. doing with what you have. >> it means a lot. i think there's a lot of history here in the united states in being philippino and first generation philippino here. i feel there's a lot of history.
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>> it means i get to eat good food and have culture here in the united states. >> i like that. when is philippino american history month? >> in october. >> october. >> october. >> it's this month. >> what do you think philippino americans have contributed to our society today. >> joe coy. >> dj. >> food. >> lots of food. >> philippinos are behind the scenes of a lot of crazy stuff. film, fashion, and music. they've done a lot. in any work force. we have the food here. our culture, our hard working
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style. the way we help everyone around and just being friendly. >> i think our culture is getting more popular in food and style. everyone wanting to visit the philippines being such a beautiful place. it's getting the recognition it deserves. >> fine arts, science, technology. >> definitely a lot of strength to break barriers to cross over. >> a lot. the fact that there's a beer garden here. you get a lot of it here in california. >> as a philippino american business owner how does it feel to be a philippino american today. >> super proud. especially from our ancestors who came here and worked their
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butts off. they worked really hard for us to achieve our dreams and goals. one of mine is being a cook and bringing something to the community that's different. making sure there's something special here. >> before we go, we would like to acknowledge the people who have made this event possible tonight. our host committee members who put this together. sfgovtv. golden state warriors.
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many thanks to the community partners who helped make tonight's event possible as well. thank you to our host, san francisco mayor london breed. as we wrap up tonight's event, i would lake to remind everyone of the importance of this year that we have been through so much. we have struggled so much. but despite all of that we have come together and continued to stay strong. we continue to honor our community's incredible history, our achievements, how we are continuing that work today. let us continue to honor the legacy of philippinos in america, the history and make sure it gets passed on. let's continue our stories to the next generation here..
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>> neighborhood in san francisco
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are also diverse and fascist as the people that inhabitable them we're in north beach about supervisor peskin will give us a tour and introduce is to what think of i i his favorite district 5 e 3 is in the northwest surrounded by the san francisco bay the district is the boosting chinatown oar embarcadero financial district fisherman's wharf exhibit no. north beach telegraph hill and part of union square. >> all of san francisco districts are remarkable i'm honored and delighted to represent really whereas with an the most intact district got chinatown, north beach fisherman's wharf russian hill and knob hill and
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the northwest waterfront some of the most wealthier and inning e impoverished people in san francisco obgyn siding it is ethically exists a bunch of tight-knit neighborhoods people know he each other by name a wonderful placed physically and socially to be all of the neighborhoods north beach and chinatown the i try to be out in the community as much as and i think, being a the cafe eating at the neighborhood lunch place people come up and talk to you, you never have time alone but really it is fun hi, i'm one the owners and is ceo of cafe trespassing in north beach many people refer to cafe trees as a the living room of north beach most of the clients are
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local and living up the hill come and meet with each other just the way the united states been since 1956 opposed by the grandfather a big people person people had people coming since the day we opened. >> it is of is first place on the west that that exposito 6 years ago but anyone was doing that starbuck's exists and it created a really welcoming pot. it is truly a legacy business but more importantly it really at the take care of their community my father from it was formally italy a fisherman and that town very rich in culture and music was a big part of it guitars and sank and combart in the evening that tradition they brought this
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to the cafe so many characters around here everything has incredible stories by famous folks last week the cafe that paul carr tennessee take care from the jefferson starship hung out the cafe are the famous poet lawrence william getty and jack herb man go hung out. >> they work worked at a play with the god fathers and photos he had his typewriter i wish i were here back there it there's a lot of moving parts the meeting spot rich in culture and artists and musicians epic people would talk with you
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>> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their business in the 49 square files of san francisco. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and right vi. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business,
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you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies.
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some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful murals. >> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local people will spend their money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪♪♪ ]
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maybe she's having mic difficulties. i can't unmute her for some reason. it won't let me unmute.
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let me see if d.t. can unmute her. member sanderlin, could you please try leaving the meeting and coming back in?
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>> if she can't get her audio and video working, she can phone in i suppose. right? >> clerk: i think so. it was working earlier. we were chatting. i'm not sure what happened.
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she hasn't logged back in. >> chairman: well, it takes a long time to load. let's see. i will see if i can get her on the phone.
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i got her on the phone and she said her laptop shut down on her and she's restarting now and she said she'll be here in a minute. she said if it looks like it won't come back up, she will phone in. but she said it will be on in
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just a minute. >> clerk: okay. >> is that construction noise audible to you guys? no? okay. good.
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>> clerk: i see member sanderlin has joined us, but i don't see she has a mic. there she goes. member sanderlin, are you able to unmute yourself? >> yes. can you hear me? >> clerk: there you are. >> my apologies. that was the most random time for my computer to shut down. i am back. >> clerk: okay. so we have a quorum and just
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for the record, the meeting is starting at 9:44 a.m. chair mchugh, should i go to item two? >> chairman: yes, please. >> clerk: opportunity for the public to comment on any matter within the committee's jurisdiction that are not on the agenda. excuse me a moment. i don't see anyone in the -- we have no attendees. so is it okay to close public comment for this item? >> chairman: yeah. let's move to the next item, please. >> clerk: okay. item three, action item. election of chair and vice chair. >> roseanne, this is ken. what we've typically done in the past, we do the chair first so we have a discussion.
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someone nominates or makes multiple nominations for the chair. then we have a motion, public comment, take action, repeat the process for the vice chair. so i would advise us to do that again on this agenda item as well. okay. >> clerk: okay. are there any nominations for chair? >> this is brian. i'll re-nominate ms. mchugh. if she still wants to do it, she's got my support. >> i would second that nomination. >>. >> chairman: is there anyone else who wants to be chair? i'm happy to step aside if anyone wants to try this themselves. no takers. >> this is an opportunity for
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discussion. >> chairman: yeah. if anybody would like to volunteer, please speak up. >> actually, i've seen you've done a good job and one thing i'm learning about this commission is having a little bit of repetition in time i think it would benefit all of us if you continued. but that's just my opinion. sorry. [ laughter ]. >> chairman: okay. so no nominations and no volunteers, should we take a vote to vice chair? >> before we take a vote, we should check for public comment. >> chairman: okay. sorry. >> clerk: okay. seeing as there are no -- there's no public or attendees, can we move to the vote? >> yes. >> clerk: okay.
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this vote is for chair mchugh to remain as chair. [roll call] member chu is absent. [roll call] does chair mchugh vote for herself? do i call out chair mchugh's name even though she's voting for herself? >> yes. >> clerk: okay. [roll call] so we have a quorum for the vote. it's passed. welcome, again, chairman
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mchugh. >> our apologies. >> chairman: thank you. >> clerk: now we'll move to nomination for vice chair. >> this is brian. i'll nominate tim matthews if he wants it. >> chairman: second. >> clerk: okay. so now we'll move to public comment and seeing that there are no attendees, i'll move to the vote. so this is for member mathews to become vice chair. member chu is absent. [roll call]
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member post is absent. [roll call] okay. so welcome member mathews as vice chair. chair mchugh, shall i move to item four? >> chairman: yes, please. >> clerk: approval with possible modification of the minutes of the august 23, 2021, meeting. >> motion to accept the minutes. >> chairman: second. >> clerk: okay. seeing that there are no attendees, may i go to the vote
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to approve the minutes? thank you. [roll call] okay. the minutes are approved.
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chair mchugh, may i move on to item five. >> chairman: yes, please. >> clerk: presentation from the department of public works about the 2011 road repaving and street safety bond improvement and possible action by the committee in response to such presentation. our expected presenter is edmund lee. >> good morning everybody. i'm edmund lee and i'm the project manager for public works. let me just pull up this presentation here. all right. hope everybody can see this presentation. >> yep. >> all right. so this protection is for the
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2011 road repaving and street safety bond. there hasn't been a whole lot of changes since we last met. all the original scope proposed up to the funding of this bond is now complete. so for the majority of this presentation, i'm just going to go ahead and highlight the accomplishments before getting on to the next steps. so this first one is the overview of just the funding of the bond. essentially, it's about a $250 million bond split into the various items listed here. rerstreet repaving and construction. street scape school pedestrian and safety. traffic signal and improvements. sidewalk accessibility improments, and sidewalk accessibility improvements with sidewalk repairs and the last program is structures. so on to the first program here. the street repaving and
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construction. this program does accomplish 100 -- excuse me 1,4 saulius ritter 1,436 blocks resurfaced to various projects. and under the street scape pedestrian safety improvements program. as i mentioned, there was one project that recently in june 2021. and so now 100% of this program's projects are complete as well. with the current program, we've accomplished 1,563 curb ramps. that's been complete for some time now along with the sidewalk program which has been completed 646 square blocks and also in square footage,
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155,544. the roadway structure program, 41 structures have been completed. and traffic signal improvements through sfmta. new traffic signals and ten intersections and traffic signal infrastructure upgrade in these locations were all completed and so this last slide gives a snapshot of what the current financial situation is for this 2011 bond. as i mentioned, all the projects that were to be funded with the bond originally have now been complete. and so sort of the next steps now is just to reconcile all
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these different projects, confirm the remaining balances and, you know, our intended goal is to extend any remaining balances as quickly as we can. in the previous advisory committee meeting, we mentioned that there has been, you know, some financial challenges with the data, with people in years past and we feel really comfortable in terms of the data that we can produce in how much really just putting our feet in the ground and really working through closing out these projects, confirming all the balances and sending in information proceeds. that concludes my presentation. i'll be happy to answer any questions if anybody has any. >> this is member mathews, i'm the liaison to this bond program and i had the pleasure of meeting with edmund lee a few weeks ago to review this.
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i appreciate his time and the work of d.p.w. and all the related agencies. and, yeah, we're all looking forward to this closing out. as mr. lee highlighted, there was that transition with financials and that was resolved and my understanding is that there's a diverse funding stream for a lot of these projects. so there's these kind of little bit that is are letting up there. got to do the hard accounting work now that the fiscal infrastructure has been built out. so we look forward to continuing to make progress on this bond program and to close it out. so, thank you, edmund. >> thank you, sir. >> i had a question. sorry. edmund, could you tell me a
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little bit about the traffic signal priority. you mentioned you were doing that in coordination with m.t.a. or at least that's what i understood you said. is that traffic signal priority or is that traffic signal hold? in other words, it holds a signal green for an approaching bus. >> good morning. yeah. so that program was led by sfmta just because the traffic signals, they're within their department, but i believe it's the green light, the approaching light for the transit. exactly what you're mentioning. >> yeah. and i can check in with m.t.a. staff about that, but i wanted to make sure it was the same thing and it sounds as though it is. >> yes. >> one other question. the city attorney sent out a memo to contractors last march
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-- pardon me, march of last year about how to handle covid delays and whether there were going to be time extensions granted and things of that nature. have you received any delay claims related to that memo? >> not to my understanding. you know, as i mentioned, you know, a majority of these projects have been substantially complete for some time. and a lot of them pre-covid as well. the only one that was really sort of out there was the through streets which this past june. i can check in with the project manager for that project on the covid-related claims. at this point, to my understanding, i don't believe so. but i can confirm and get back to you. >> i appreciate that. thanks. >> sure. >> chairman: do we have any
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other member comments? should we take public comment? sorry. roseanne, are you muted? >> clerk: there we go. there is no public. public comment for this item. >> chairman: okay. should we move to the next item. >> clerk: yes. >> chairman: great. >> clerk: let me just -- item six, presentation from the san francisco municipal transportation authority about the 2014 transportation and road improvement bond and possible action by the committee in response to such presentation.
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>> okay. good. now i can present. thank you. good morning committee members. my name is jonathan rewers. i'm the acting chief financial officer of sfmta. one of my many jobs of the m.t.a. is to be the transportation 2030 bond manager. hopefully you can now see my presentation on the screen. let me know if we're ready to go. >> we can see it. thanks, jonathan. >> perfect. all right. so just to give you a quick update, we have four total issuances on a general obligation bond. in august 2021, and i actually think it's pretty good, year eight, we did our last issuance of this voter-approved general obligation bond. the first issuance is 98%
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expended. the third issuance is moving in right now. and we just completed the fourth issuance this past summer. you'll see one of the lessons learned is we spread this bond out amongst many projects and many different programs, but you'll see the layout of each of the bond programs. this obligation bond did support some regional projects and those were components of the third and fourth issuances. one of them being the caltrans education project and the second being the canopies over the b.a.r.t. muni metro shared spaces. we're transferring funds that are still available on projects, to other projects that are eligible within the various programs. you'll see the caltrain project
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there at $7.7 million. one of the things i want to mention is there were extreme lessons learned throughout the implementation of this bond program. as you can see here from the first issuance, it took us a bit to get into a spending mode, but then once we had gotten past design and outreach especially on muni forward related projects, we did start expending the bonds at a much more rapid pace. here you'll see the second issuance. a lot of the dollars went to the muni ford improvements. we did end up building a brand new overheadlines facility and upgrading our muni central warehouse as part of this project. improved pedestrian safety on projects. traffic signals also started to come into the second issuance. so you'll see again, kind of slow start-up but then quick
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rapid spending. with each issuance, one of the lessons learned was put more dollars on fewer numbers of projects. and so you'll see with each issuance our ability to expend the bond funds improved so there was another chunk for the cal streets investing in muni forward which was a key program in this bond and improving pedestrian safety. you'll see the projected cash flow and expenditure by the end of 2023 which is within the ten-year period we committed to expend the bond funds. and you'll see the fourth issuance here, you'll see very few projects, but much larger projects. so better market street. the second phase. the bart canopies. the final issuance for the bond
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went for a very large project and a very short lift of them. lessons learned through each issuance that we should focus on larger projects, ready for construction and projects that can spend the dollars quickly. here's just a quick list of projects we have completed over the various years. year over year, projects were completed. a lot of them related to muni forward. you'll see the 419 polk. you'll see the 5 fullton and then you'll start to see those facility improvements. you'll see there's that facility project that i told you about one california. contract 64, our traffic signal staff is great at naming traffic signal contracts. we just name the next contract. traffic signal 64. i will keep moving. geary pedestrian improvements.
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geneva. so just quickly because i know i only have 10 minutes here. specific project improments and these for the lawyers. and the capacity overall the transit capacity required along the t-lane and further development in mission bay. same case in the 22 filmore. we're moving forward on the 16th street project right now. significant pedestrian safety improvements related to vision 0. the geo bond allowed us to make investments in our traffic signal infrastructure specifically timing and placement at 1200 intersections across the city.
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we've made significant progress in adding pedestrian countdown signals and flashing where that was to reduce the number of fatalities or injuries in those intersections. you'll see heres, another 4th street vision 0 project. it's in the report and my staff are going back to look at it. so elevator modernization was related to muni related facilities and you'll see is our castro elevator station. we listed the garages. our report, we have a system that fills the report. we're going to double check on that and get back to thegoboc
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on that. phase one which included a number of pedestrian improvements and signal improvements and pedestrian safety improvements. so that was quick because i promised to be quick and i'm happy to take any questions. now i need to figure out how to stop sharing. >> this brian. as the liaison, one of the liaisons for this, i'm going to report, but should this come before or after the questions? i forget. >> chairman: i think now's a good time, brian. >> okay. and newly elected vice chair tim, i wrote down some notes. bear with me a second while i bring the file up. okay.
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as i said, tim and i met with joel goldberg and his staffers. i believe he's the chief financial officer for this bond. we met on october 12th, two weeks ago tomorrow, and we reviewed the june quarter report from him. and you heard a bunch of that from jonathan just now. we ambiguous discussed the up coming bond measures for the june 2022 ballot and as i think jonathan was saying one of its features is a smaller number of categories which will help avoid the staff intensive exercise of shifting money between program categories. in order to transfer money between categories, staff has to go through a long arduous board of supervisors approval process which can be a big thing to do in managing a
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program like this. i don't know if the board of supervisors has taken any action to retain that requirement. and given the recent problem they had with p.u.c., some malfeasance in p.u.c., they're slow to respond to that possibility. anyway. speaking for myself only, my venue into go back was my background in capital programs and that's where most of my questions for the staff come from. as i wrote in our annual report, of greatest concern to me is the lay claims for which the owner has to get his project done late. which m.t.a. staff believes has a delayed component, but the contractor hasn't yet provided enough detail to be certain of
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that. the city attorney issued a memo last march, march 30th of last year, the contractor on the city project. and i referred to this in the cleksz that i asked a few minutes ago. as of now, the city attorney is not aware of any claims coming from that. there is the possibility of a claim coming on the central subway, but, jonathan, correct me if i'm wrong on this, there is no 2014 bond money paying for the central subway, is that not right? >> that is correct. >> okay. anyway. as i said, the city attorney ms. robin rightness, hope i'm saying that right, at the time we xhuvengted which was by e-mail on september 21st. finally, i went through the most recent report for this bond and each of the projects
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reported in appendix c add a section called 'concerns and challenges.' that was blank. there were no concerns and challenges, but there were probably a dozen of them that did have an entry in that case. i followed up with m.t.a. staff, but in doing so first sent the wrong file to them. instead of sending the questions, i sent a copy of our draft annual report. so i haven't had a response on that yet, which is totally my fault. when a sponsor needs any area of concern, i'll report it at the next meeting or i'll caucus with peg and karen and roseanne about the website about something that might rate more immediate attention from c.
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goldback. and i'll turn it over to tim and he can add as he sees fit. >> great. thanks, brian. real quick. i appreciate the presentation and the speed with which it was delivered. so thank you. i'm really excited for this kind of transition to larger scope -- larger projects smaller scope. hope i'm saying that right. but moving from a million different individual projects to big categories. particularly the m.t. 56789 stuff, we've got to deal with the loss of the sales tax, broad case stuff and just generally funding transit to get real results on the street be it bus signals, bike infrastructure, pedestrian infrastructure, that's fantastic. so i'm really looking forward to the results and seeing that time spent gets smaller and smaller and the voters will
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have on the streets moving around. so thanks. >> chairman: great. do we want to move to committee member questions if there are any? i think we've heard from half the committee now. [ laughter ] if there's no member questions, roseanne, is there any public comment? okay. should we move to the next item? >> thank you everyone. >> chairman: thank you. >> you're muted, roseanne. >> clerk: sorry about that.
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discussing item possible action embarcadero seawall earthquake safety bond. >> i believe that's me. good morning, fellow commissioners. >> chairman: hang on a second. roseanne, did we lose member sanderlin again? there she is. my mistake. go ahead. >> all right. my name is bart pantoja and i'm the liaison for the san francisco embarcadero seawall. i just have a short recap from my last report which was in 2018 the port was set that a two and a half year assessment which, of course, landed around covid-19 so there was some delays. but approximately two years
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later not too bad as far as the assessment on the embarcadero which was a stress. basically from the ball park, fisherman's wharf. the army corps of engineers, the port was expecting a sum report and ultimately, the bond which in my notes if i'm not wrong was about $425 million most likely will not cover the 3.5 miles of the embarcadero. so the idea was federal funding and federal aid. this was in discussions i've had with the port. the army of engineer core report. there's a possibility of -- after that report it's done, there's a possibility of a generally 50/50 split on that cost. and, lastly, the army corps of engineers report will hopefully trigger a flood study which
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will be vital to figure that federal aid. so, to date, the study did begin. unfortunately, it's stuck in a federal process and their scheduled completion for that study is 2022. the port commission has estimated around $700 million to $3 billion of proposed projects in regards to safety of the port. this is many other things. this includes earthquake, disaster response, along with immediate seismic risk and response risk. about 20+ projects are focuseded on this bond money we have released and it's going to be tied with local investment. so basically sea rise, possible
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seismic earthquake could change everything and everybody -- it would affect -- they're looking to continue to have a community outreach to work and collaborate with the city and vendors, property owners to develop a plan and get off some short-term projects. so the port has short-term goals and long-term goals for our coastal defense including tracking the army corps of engineers and keeping the fires burning on this issue. there's a lot there. the port is there. the report is coming april, april 2022. there's a sense of urgency that's twofold. one is sea level rise and
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possible flooding. i mean, looking at some of the research they've done and some of what we'll probably see in april, their current presentation. you know, there's a lot of concern there. it's been there a long time. our biggest concern is keeping the momentum of the priority of these issues and the schedule to get this project started and completed. but i also do understand that a thorough study, preparation, and planning is paramount to the success of the coastal defense. i also understand a minor portion of our money has been spent towards all this. it's all been preparation to kind of get this thing going. so, again, i really look at this position as i'm the
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regular joe on the street, looking at something much bigger than me. you know, i personally didn't realize going into this what was going on there when i walk on the embarcadero. so, you know, i hope that the city, army corps of engineers, they were able to get some progress. like i say, i look forward to their report coming this april and i'll continue to be the liaison and meet with them leading up to that. that's my report for today. anybody have any questions that i probably may not be able to answer? >> chairman: thank you, bart. if there's no questions, do we take public comment on this? >> yes, we do. >> chairman: okay. >> clerk: there is no -- there are no attendees. so we can close public comment.
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>> chairman: okay. great. >> clerk: should i move to agenda item eight? >> chairman: yes, please. >> clerk: thank you. opportunities for committee members to comment or take action on any matters within the committee's jurisdiction. number one, fiscal year 2021-2022 cgoboc work initiatives. a., standardized templates. b-, housing public perception survey. c, independent review of whistleblower program. two, other committee business. a., public finance-up coming bondishes. b., expenditure audits, c, public integrity reviews.
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d, csa fiscal year 2021-2022 work plan. e, cgoboc fiscal year 2021-2022. >> so i'll just go. i'll touch briefly on each of them. standardized templates. the proposal was to look over the reports that were issued some of the bonds and look at any opportunities for a standardization or efficiency. we have not had staff and we'll return back to this when we talk about the member terms. member chu has been assigned liaison for this and if and when you shuffle your liaison
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rules in the next couple of meetings, that may affect the work on this. we also have to wait for staff availability. the housing public perception survey, the committee has had a desire to do public satisfaction surveys. we did one successfully that touched on a street project and a parks project a couple of years ago. the next subject matter was the affordable housing. we've done one round of drafting a scope of work with member natobe's input. she and her expertise are no longer available to us on this. and i've had concerns all along with just the ability to focus
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on. what i discussed with the chair is what i thought. i will likely go up with a broader survey on housing issues generally when we get some of our city survey work under way next calendar year and that we would include affordable housing as a top ic in that and hopefully shape the public's understanding of how these things are funded. i guess, i hope it feels optimistic to the committee that we probably will be in the field with surveying to the san francisco citizenry on housing survey on this topic and a broader survey. and at the same time, we can bring you again what i proposed to chairman mchugh is we bring you a list of completed projects in the last. i think when we showed the last time from the completed
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project, everything that had been completed in the previous 36 months and the committee chose a couple of projects out of that to survey on. so that's what i propose that we will run that report again, bring this topic up for discussion so that the committee can make a different choice on the program and/or projects to survey on and, again, designate a new liaison to work with us. so we will go forward with a goboc survey and hopefully get it completed by the end of the year, but it probably won't be on housing. so i'll pause there in case chair mchugh had any followup she wanted to say on that or if there are any questions. >> chairman: no. i think that covers everything we've been discussing. if any other members have questions. okay. >> this is bart. so you're saying that we
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originally proposed a survey on public housing had a few projects, but we're going to move towards doing a survey on something else or will we still be looking at those projects? >> we'll be moving towards doing a survey on something else. what we'll do is run a list of completed projects in the last 24 to 36 months and we'll put some criteria in there similar to what we used the last time the goboc chose their focus. you can look at it and if there's a liaison designation, they can work with us and choose a couple of projects to survey on. they wouldn't be in the housing program. for housing, we broadly more collectively in my office, we have other public survey processes that we will be conducting, including we're now lagged on the general city survey because it didn't go out during the covid period and
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there's a lot of interest on the part of mohcd and other actors and stakeholders in the housing world to do public opinion on the subject of housing. so we'll be working to design something that such as on, you know, kind of a myriad of issues that would be in this area. public funding and development, private funding and development, the city's role in public housing and we'll work to have questions that focus on topics that would be of interest and focus for goboc. and so i guess what i'm saying is the affordable housing bond fund that you oversee will be included in a broader housing survey, that might take longer, but i think it's probably the better approach. >> thank you.
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>> chairman: thanks. >> so independent review of the whistleblower program. short progress report. we have a draft scope of work and a meeting that's been held to advise staff and chair mchugh is the liaison. i've sent her more information just at the end of last week on which contractors might be available for this. so she needs a little bit of time to digest that and work with us on a decision depending on how we made it to market. it will be -- you know, if we use our contractor, we can probably promise completion before the end of the fiscal year. if we go out to a broader market, it might take a little longer, but that feels like good progress and i'll pause there and see if chair mchugh would like to comment. >> chairman: nope. that covers it. thank you, peg. >> okay.
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8.2.ais the up coming report on bond issuances and i'll see if [inaudible] would like to touch on that. >> all right. i think my colleague is actually here to -- >> yes. good morning members of the committee. this is the office of public finance. the memo in your packet hasn't really changed from the last time. as you may be aware, we've done a lot of bond issuances in cal 2021 for transportation, the housing bond, the easter bond, we've done multiple instances. for the remainder of this fiscal year, we are potentially looking at the followup issuance for some of the homelessness and d.p.h. projects for the health and recovery bond that were not issued in the first issuance and we've been in contact with the port and they're working on their approach for the next
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issuance. so we have a place holder in the calendar for them as well, but we'll know more probably early next year. additionally, we may move forward with refunding of geo bonds if there turns out to be savings that we can achieve in the spring. so nothing really changed since the last time, but i'd be happy to take any questions. >> chairman: if there are no questions for public finance, we'll move on to b and c which are the audits division with mark dela rosa. >> yes. thank you. i'm here. for the expenditure audits, there are no new updates. we do have one expenditure
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audit that is on our current year work plan which is on the 2018 improvement bond program. we hope to begin that in q3 of this fiscal year and to issue that either towards the latter part of this fiscal year. on the public integrity review which is a.2.c, since the last we have issued one additional public review which is on the department of building inspection. we issued that on september 16th. we are working on three additional current assessments, one at the p.u.c. and another at the department of environment, and then one on city wide ethics reporting requirements. that's the one that we've been working on that basically touches on the various city departments compliance with ethical reporting and that's all i have for the expenditure
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audits and public integrity. happy to answer any questions. >> chairman: thanks, mark. >> chairman: if there are no questions or comments from mark, i'd d is our workplan. my unit, performance unit, and mark's unit, the audits unit. we don't have a formal report to you at this time, but we do at your next meeting in december. so at your december meeting, you'll be hearing from us, a more general progress report on how we're doing getting back to full staffing and progressing to our planned workplan. e is the committee's work plan. no changes since the last time as far as i'm aware. we included it again in the packet that you received. and so you can see the agenda items will be coming up in december. the only change to this i think
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this also goes to the next item, f, which is moving out the calendar for issuing your annual report. so i'll transition into that. many of you submitted your content for the annual report. thank you. there are a couple of items that were a little bit lag. that's good news. we'll be compiling all of your submissions into a draft and getting to common formatting and that type of thing. we're a little bit delayed in the schedules that my office will prepare to attach to your report which is a broad summary review of scope, schedule, and budgets, but we will get those done and compiled and provide the chair and vice chair with a reviewable draft along the lines of the calendar that i
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included in your packet. i don't see anything that should get in the way of our being able to have a draft, go out to you with your packet before the next meeting and then to approve it at your december meeting. so, chair mchugh, anything you wanted to add on that? i'll reach out to individuals if we have any questions or need additional content. >> chairman: nothing to add. >> okay. great. last but not least on the members' terms. so there was already one open seat and jean natolly's resignation creates another open seat. the seat that was open is nominated by the board of
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supervisors. jane's seat is nominated by the mayor. we've reached out to the nominations staff responsible in both cases and i will personally dog them and work with them to see if they need help researching possible candidates and calendaring the processes that need to take place to make appointments. it would be great. the conversation had been with the chair if we can have new members nominated in time to see them at the february meeting. december would be great, but i don't think that's realistic given how long it takes to find people and in the board's case their public process that's involved. so that's just to touch on the open seats. and our conversation was that when we do have new members available and seated by
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february, at that time, it's probably smart to relook at the liaison assignments just because you'll have new people to spread the workload to and a couple of gaps. so i will pause there and turn it over to chair mchugh for any comments she'd like to make on this subject. >> chairman: yeah. i don't have any comments. i think we're running low on comments here today with the low attendance. but we can revisit all of this in our next december meeting if we have more board members present, that might be valuable. >> and i will -- ben rosenfield is also interested and willing to help us lean on the appointing offices and help them seek candidates. so i will use his good offices to help get that done. and then, lastly, we wanted to make you aware of a resolution
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that we will add to your december agenda. this is where all the public bodies at this time need to pass a resolution making findings and authorizing you're continuing to meet remotely while the covid emergency order is in place. so just so you're not surprised, that will be on your next agenda and i'll see if ken ru would like to comment on it. >> yeah. just as a general sort of background on this. so our meetings laws are artifacts -- the state brown act, local law, the sunshine ordinance, both of those require us to meet in person, public comment, a lot of the routines that you're familiar with. when covid struck, both the state acting to the governor and the city acting to the
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mayor suspended a lot of the requirements relating to open meetings law including the requirement or the prohibition against meeting remotely. in i think june of this year, the governor amended some of his changes to the brown act and one of those amendments requires public policy bodies like this committee starting this fall to pass a resolution i believe every 30 days that describes why they will continue to meet remotely. all of our public policies will be doing that and we are -- our offices drafted kind of a form that our public policies -- public policy bodies can adopt and as peg said, you'll be seeing that the at your next meeting. and i'm happy to super any questions anybody might have.
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>> so what is the -- what does it look like? we're going to decide whether we stay virtual or meet in person? >> yeah. >> what's the current understanding of what that is? >> i'm sorry. that is exactly right and the assumption is we'll continue to meet remotely for a while. i have to talk to some of the folks in our office, but certainly until the end of this calendar year, i would expect us to continue to meet remotely. >> chairman: are there any committees meeting in person? >> none that i'm aware of. peg, do you know of any? i'm not aware of any. >> only the board of supervisors and no public joins that meeting, just the members. >> right. >> chairman: okay.
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>> so that concludes the item on eight, and i will reach out to people individually to make sure we have all the content for your draft annual report and, thanks. >> chairman: thank you, peg. thanks, everybody. do we need to check for public comment one last time? >> yes, we do. every item we need to check for it. >> clerk: there are still no attendees. so can i close public comment for this item? >> chairman: please. >> clerk: and may i adjourn the meeting? >> chairman: yes, please. so we will meet again in december? >> yeah. just to remind people, we moved up the meeting. not the fourth monday because of the holidays. so it's december 6th. >> chairman: great. okay. thank you everyone. >> clerk: thank you. for the record, the meeting
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adjourned at 10:40. >> roughly five years, i was working as a high school teacher, and i decided to take my students on a surfing field trip. the light bulb went off in my head, and i realized i could do much more for my students taking them surfing than i could as their classroom
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teacher, and that is when the idea for the city surf project was born. >> working with kids in the ocean that aren't familiar with this space is really special because you're dealing with a lot of fear and apprehension but at the same time, a lot of excitement. >> when i first did it, i was, like, really scared, but then, i did it again, and i liked it. >> we'll get a group of kids who have just never been to the beach, are terrified of the idea, who don't like the beach. it's too cold out, and it's those kid that are impossible to get back out of the water at the end of the day. >> over the last few years, i
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think we've had at least 40 of our students participate in the city surf project. >> surfing helped me with, like, how to swim. >> we've start off with about two to four sessions in the pool before actually going out and surfing. >> swimming at the pool just helps us with, like, being, like, comfortable in the water and being calm and not being all -- not being anxious. >> so when we started the city surf project, one of the things we did was to say hey, this is the way to earn your p.e. credits. just getting kids to go try it was one of our initial challenges for the first year or two. but now that we've been doing it three or four years, we have a group of kids that's consistent, and the word has spread, that it's super fun, that you learn about the ocean.
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>> starting in the morning, you know, i get the vehicles ready, and then, i get all the gear together, and then, i drive and go get the kids, and we take them to a local beach. >> we usually go to linda mar, and then occasionally ocean beach. we once did a special trip. we were in capitola last year, and it was really fun. >> we get in a circle and group stretch, and we talk about specific safety for the day, and then, we go down to the water. >> once we go to the beach, i don't want to go home. i can't change my circumstances at home, but i can change the way i approach them. >> our program has definitely been a way for our students to find community and build friends. >> i don't really talk to friends, so i guess when i started doing city surf, i started to, like, get to know
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people more than i did before, and people that i didn't think i'd like, like, ended up being my best friends. >> it's a group sport the way we do it, and with, like, close camaraderie, but everybody's doing it for themselves. >> it's great, surfing around, finding new people and making new friendships with people throughout surfing. >> it can be highly developmental for students to have this time where they can learn a lot about themselves while negotiating the waves. >> i feel significantly, like, calmer. it definitely helps if i'm, like, feeling really stressed or, like, feeling really anxious about surfing, and i go surfing, and then, i just feel, like, i'm going to be okay. >> it gives them resiliency skills and helps them build self-confidence.
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and with that, they can use that in other parts of their lives. >> i went to bring my family to the beach and tell them what i did. >> i saw kids open up in the ocean, and i got to see them connect with other students, and i got to see them fail, you know, and get up and get back on the board and experience success, and really enjoy themselves and make a connection to nature at the same time. >> for some kids that are, like, resistant to, like, being in a mentorship program like this, it's they want to surf, and then later, they'll find out that they've, like, made this community connection. >> i think they provided level playing fields for kids to be themselves in an open environment. >> for kids to feel like i can go for it and take a chance that i might not have been
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willing to do on my own is really special. >> we go on 150 surf outings a year. that's year-round programming. we've seen a tremendous amount of youth face their fears through surfing, and that has translated to growth in other facets of their lives. >> i just think the biggest thing is, like, that they feel like that they have something that is really cool, that they're engaged in, and that we, like, care about them and how they're doing, like, in general. >> what i like best is they really care about me, like, i'm not alone, and i have a group of people that i can go to, and, also, surfing is fun. >> we're creating surfers, and we're changing the face of surfing. >> the feeling is definitely akin to being on a roller coaster. it's definitely faster than i think you expect it to be, but
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it's definitely fun. >> it leaves you feeling really, really positive about what that kid's going to go out and do. >> i think it's really magical almost. at least it was for me. >> it was really exciting when i caught my first wave. >> i felt like i was, like -- it was, like, magical, really. >> when they catch that first wave, and their first lights up, you know -- their face lights up, you know you have them hooked. >> i was on top of the world. it's amazing. i felt like i was on top of the world even though i was probably going two miles an hour. it was, like, the scariest thing i'd ever done, and i think it was when i got hooked on surfing after
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>> this is one place you can always count on to give you what you had before and remind you of what your san francisco history used to be. >> 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.
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♪♪ >> 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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. ♪♪
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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
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mayor, so our transadvisory 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
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to impact trans black folks, so 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
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what i wanted to do. 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
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of the supportive allies that 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
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>> vice president rick swig will be presiding officer tonight and joined by commissioner and lazarus, chan and lopez . president honda is absent this meeting. brad will provide the board with any advice. the board's legal assistant alice one way and i am the board's executive director . we will be joined by representatives from the city department presented before the board this evening . the administrator representing the planning department as well as scott sanchez, zoning administrator. we have joe duffy, acting acting deputy director and the building inspector both from department of bu


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