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go morning, welcome to the rules committee for san francisco. i am chair aaron peskin joined by mandelman and chan. mr. young, do you have any announcements? >> the minutes will reflect the committee members are participating through video conference to the same extent as if present. public access to city services is essential. public comment will be available on each item on the agenda
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channel 26, 78 or 99 or sfgovtv. each speaker is allowed two minutes. opportunities to speak are available by calling 415-655-0001. id24888378588. press pound and pound again. when connected you will hear the meeting discussions and be in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up dial star 3. best practices call from quiet location and speak clearly and slowly and turn down your television or radio. e-mail public comment to myself at sfgovtv. if you submit public comment by e-mail it will be forwarded and
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included as part of the file. written comments may be sent by u.s. postal service to city hall. that completes my initial comments. >> thank you. could you please read the first item. >> first three or just the first. >> just the first. >> item 1. motion approving or directing the nomination for apminutementt of mark gonzales. >> we heard from this nominee and continued last week because of technical problems one nominee had in presenting.
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earlier this morning we receive a letter from the mayor withdrawing mr. gonzalez from this nomination to the seat on the sheriff's over side board. why don't we take public comment and then take roll for this item. are there any members of the public to speak to item number one? >> yes, members of the public who wish to comment call 415-655-0001. id24888378588. press pound and found r pound again. dial star 3 to speak. the system prompt will indicate you are unmuted to begin your comment. at this time we have one listener but nobody in line to speak. >> all right. public comment is closed. on behalf of the mayor i see you are attending.
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any comments before we call the roll on the motion to table item 1? >> you want me to turn on my video. >> sure. we would love to see your smiling face this morning. >> i don't have any particular comments. i apologize for last comment withdrawal. we feel like for the betterment of the oversight committee it was the best decision at this time. i appreciate you making it easy for us to amend. >> thank you, ms. funnel. >> item 1. roll call, please. >> motion. supervisor chan. >> aye. >> vice chair mandelman. >> aye. >> chair peskin.
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>> aye. >> the motion passes without objection. >> thank you, please call items 2 and 3 together. >> item 2. motion approving or rejecting the appointment of julie soo to the oversight board term ending march 1, 2025. item 3 is appointment of dion-jay brookter for a term ending march 1, 2025. >> last week ms. soo had a bad connection. we have an opportunity to hear from here this morning. we have tested her line and it is working perfectly or so we have been told. we will hear from ms. soo. i will ask the same questions we
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asked the other two nominees last week. the floor is yours, ms. soo. >> thank you, supervisor peskin. i took your advice and left twin peaks. as to the questions, you have my background. i am no stranger to city hall and public service is personal to me. my family dates back to the late 1880s. public service is about my reputation, family reputation. background in mathematics and statistics. masters degree and law degree. majority of my career is enforcement attorney for the california department of insurance. where i evaluate individuals and companies, perform disciplinary action hearings and evaluate rehabilitation. i may being policy
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recommendations -- make policy recommendations to the agency and state legislature. i define how laws are enforced that requires public notice and hearing. i am no stranger to city hall. before the millennium as a former legislative aid i worked on the data call for all departments, language with city attorney and conducted public hearings. the supervisor i worked for lost by 36 votes. supervisor mark leno carried the legislation. i would like to remember wilma chanwho took this to alameda county. the first to have an equal access to service. i have had nine years as fiduciary trustee on the board of st. francis memorial
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hospital. 12 years on the commission on status of women. i gained importance of committee approach to human trafficking and violence cases. i engaged in data collection and public education. the family council reports began in 2009. four years without a domestic violence homicide between 2011 and 2013. through that work we reevaluated the needs of community, looked at resources, accountability, training of responders and community input. i continue to serve on the california democratic plat fork commit -- platform committee. i was reappointed. i have served as co-chair since
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2009. appointed as lead in 2019. the platform committee developed documents reflect the values, vision and policy of the parties on testimony intake. i manage 28 committee members to build consensus into a product ratified by 3500 delegates. still sets are important to lay foundation of new deputy sheriffs over site board to evaluate policies and practices and look at budget and resources. this goes to act ability, social contract between personnel, those in custody and the community. in particular, i really believe in rehabilitation. that means those in custody
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receive education. charter school is one such and i did it is through the school board meeting as they were tasked to reup the contract with the charter school. our job skills in incentive to rehabilitation for domestic violence offenders, completion of counseling. supervised visitation with children and through that is with the rally family visitation services initiated through the st. francis memorial hospital. in terms of questions last week public law enforcement reform. six years ago i chaired the democratic platform criminal justice plank. it took 10 years to have as declaration of policy
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elimination of death penalty. another question was when i advocated for someone in custody. i haven't directly advocated for someone in custody. i was a character witness at a sentencing hearing and filed papers for federal pardon. those who served for crimes they committed as young add did you tells now face -- adults now face deportation from the family they have. conversations about jails closing. i have not engaged in the conversation about the jail closures. surveillance technology. yes, i would be in favor every visiting the surveillance technology policy for the protection of both personnel and individuals in custody.
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>> thank you, ms. soo. you answered all of the questions i asked. so i have no questions. colleagues any questions for ms soo? if not why don't we -- we heard from mr. brookter. any public comment on items 2 or 3? >> members of the public should call 415-655-0001. the meeting id24888378588. press pound and pound again. if you haven't done so, dial star 3 to line up to speak. the system prompt will indicate you raised your hand. wait until you are unmuted and begin your comments. we have two caller on the line for public comment. >> first speaker, please.
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>> thank you, chair peskin and committee members. i am arnold townsend calling on behalf of ms. julie soo who i have known for a number of years and i know her to be a person of outstanding talent, commitment and compassion which i consider essential to this role. she is someone that i consider a true ally to many who are challenged in this society and do not have the same opportunities in life nor same opportunities when they fall into the hands of the judicial system. i would urge you to support her for this important work. the only other thing i will say this is the first time i hear about her great background in
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math, which makes me wish i would have known her in high school. thank you so much. i hope you will endorse her candidacy for this job. >> thank you, reverend town be . next speaker, please. >> i am larry yee. i am in support of julie soo for the sheriff oversight. she would make an excellent choice. he hit the point i was going to say. she is a long time activist in our community and standing up for social justice. i hope this committee moves it forward. i thank you all for your time and service, too. thank you very much. >> any other members of the public to testify on items 2 or 3? >> we have one more speaker.
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we are down to no speakers. three listeners, no speakers on the line. >> public comment just got closed. colleagues any motions that you want to make? if not, i would suggest we forward these two individuals to the full board of supervisors with recommendation as committee reports. i see supervisor mandelman nodding on that motion. mr. clerk, roll call, please. >> let me redo that. i would like to make an amendment to both subject motions file numbers 211147 and 211148 to remove the word rejecting in line 3 and remove
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the word reject in line 11 on that motion a roll call, please for both items. >> on that motion. supervisor chan. >> aye. >> vice chair mandelman. >> aye. >> chair peskin. >> aye. >> the motion to amend is adopted without objection. >> on the items as amended to send to the full board with recommendation as committee reports. a roll call, please. >> motion to recommend as committee report. supervisor chan. >> aye. >> vice chair mandelman. >> aye. >> chair peskin. >> aye. >> the motion passes without objection. >> next item, please. >> item 4. motion approving or rejecting
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the mayor nomination for tonightment of timothy kojo min take to the redevelopment successor agency over sight board term ending january 24, 2024. >> successor agency mr. timothy kojo minta. tell us about yourself and why you want to serve on this thing. >> i go by kojo. to make this short, i was my parents -- my parents are from ghana, i moved to san francisco in 2005. lived in nob hill for been 10 years. when i moved here i wanted to get involved in the community the easiest way to become a big brother in the big brother and
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big sister program. i was able to get deeper understanding of the challenges the under privilege lemminged in san francisco face. i -- underprivileged face in san francisco. seven or eight years ago i wanted to get more involved. i had constraints due to apply y professional obligations. i became a volunteer for david chu in the campaigns that he had at that time. through my relation with him, i was able to get a better understanding how the city government works, how the board of supervisors operating. it was important for me because being a 16 year resident of the city this is my home. i want to try to understand it
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better and do what i can as a citizen to help out. through that process, working with david, i realized that, okay, maybe at some point if it made sense i would like to get involved at a deeper level. that is where this nomination comes up. i heard about it through kira. my background and data analyst. i work at adobe as expert solution consultant on the platform. because of the opportunities i heard about being a member of this oversight committee, i thought it would be a good way to evaluate it deeper than before. i think, i know it is not the most sophisticated math involved having the financial background i can be a good fit and help out
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with the efforts of this oversight board. i think that is about it. i am excited for this opportunity. i love the city. i believe i could really help out with this committee. i think i could, you know, be a positive member of this body going forward. thanks for your time. >> thank you, kojo. i appreciate your enthusiasm. the two basic questions i was posing and the beginning. what you think this body does and how you see yourself fitting into that. >> my understanding the body was created to wind down the redevelopment agency so i
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believe that that's an effort that is more financially oriented to make sure the budget is allocated to conduct the actions necessary. i will be transparent. i am not aware of the details of that but i believe with my background i would get a grasp on that fairly quickly. >> can you tell us a little bit about the history every development in ocii and their current projects and your interest is. i understand you have a background in finance. i am looking more about your knowledge of the redevelopment agency and reconstituted as the successor agency.
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>> again, in spirit of full transparency i didn't do a ton of in depth research on the prior activities of the redevelopment agency. my understanding was it is an agency that is being wound down. there is an oversight board to make sure it happens in the appropriate manner. i was told my general background could be useful. more importantly that i am passionate about the city and want to be involved. between the background on that front and the opportunity, i just my understanding it is getting ramped up on what is needing to happen as a member of that board would not be beyond the realm of my comprehension. i understand that maybe you are
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looking for a deeper understanding of the prior activities of the redevelopment agency. i apologize. i am not prepared. >> a sense of what is currently under their jurisdiction. this wind down is not happening in the next two minutes or two months or two years. it is going to go on for a long, long time. do you known know any current properties under their jurisdiction, do they build housing? do they have tax increment? do you know what tax increment is in. >> it is my understanding these are the detail that i would learn as a member of the board so i do not have that knowledge at the moment be. apologies for that. >> no worries. any questions from colleagues?
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supervisor chan. >> so now, i am wondering. this is one of the questions i do ask any candidate for any appointment. i want you to know this is very standard coming from me. typically i would ask how do you know about the appointment. you know it through tyra. what makes you want to be on the board? it sounds to me you want to have a deeper involvement with the community. now this is the typical question i would ask. what will be your priority once you are appointed to the body? i am having a little concern that it is a very critical body, in my opinion, especially as a former aid to former district 10
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supervisor maxwell. redevelopment, in fact, has a deep history in san francisco, not just in this district but district five. thinking how it is throughout the city as well as, you know, you have alluded to we are transitioning. it is a critical role. what would be your priority once you are appointed to the body? >> well, overall my priority would be to participate as an active contributor to the body, bringing my time and my relevant expertise as it might pertain to my role and really devote myself to it completely.
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i don't be have a lot of other public service activities at the moment. i volunteer at a couple other agencies. i have plenty of free time and i hope to fill a gap in the sense of not having the background and full understanding of the agency at the moment. i have the willingness and time and passion to learn quickly. being a meaningful contributor to the extent that i can be. >> why don't we open up to public comment. are there any members of the public who would like to comment on this item number 4? >> members of the public who wish to comment on this item call 415-655-0001.
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id24888378588. press pound and pound again. dial star 3 to speak. a system prompt will indicate you raised your hand. wait until you are unmuted to comment. at this time it does not appear there are any members of the public in line for public comment. >> public comment is closed. given that there is no time pressure on this, the board doesn't have to act in any compressed timeframe or at all. i would suggest that we continue this item to the call of the chair and see what evolves. on that motion, mr. clerk, a roll call, please. >> motion to continue the matter to the call of the chair. supervisor chan. >> aye. >> vice chair mandelman. >> aye. >> chair peskin. >> aye. >> the motion passes without
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objection. >> next item, please. >> chair peskin. >> yes, supervisor chan. >> chair peskin. this is a discussion more if i may ask or make a comment really. you know, i think that this is not -- should not be a reflection of mr. minta's qualifications. from my experience from the appointee that withdrew mr. gonzalez from sheriff oversight committee through the questioning we had last week. let's be more thoughtful moving some of these great candidates but may not be suitable for the body. they are probably very committed
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community members to do the right thing, let's be more thoughtful when we start moving forward and sending appoint beties to the rules committee for appointments and to think through about the qualification and interest and the expertise of these individuals. that is all i have to say. thank you, mr.minta, for submission of your application. >> thank you for those very well-taken, very mature comments. supervisor mandelman anything to add or subtract? >> i think this is a nomination like this raises interesting questions. in general i would like to defer to the mayor's choices for who she would like to appoint to commissions where she has that ability. on the other hand, it is troubling to have applicants who don't seem to have the very
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basic understanding of the commission they are joining or the job that it has to do. i think, you know, i am a past redevelopment lawyer. i know this as part of my fiber, but i think knowing the history every development in san francisco should be a prerequisite on any commission and having understanding of tax increment and the projects they are responsible for is something i would expect for an applicant to have before they come here as supervisor chan said. that is not the fault of the applicant who might server well on the body. you don't need to be an expert. i think it would be reasonable to expect folks before rules to know that stuff. that is all i got.
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thanks. >> thank you, vice chair mandelman. i associate myself with your constructive and well-stated comments. thank you. that is a very clear message to the administration and no reflection on the individual nominee. with that we have taken action on item 4. mr. clerk please call item 5. >> item 5 a motion appointing rejecting the mayor nomination for reappointment of al perez to entertainment commission for a term ending july 1, 2025. >> good morning. greetings, supervisor mandelman, chan, peskin. i am al perez. resident of san francisco for over 40 years. family integrated from the
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philippines. i was born and raised in the philippines. after living here a few years after college i started working in the corporate world and realized i needed to reconnect to my roots because as we were growing up here in san francisco after we first integrated, my -- immigrated. after graduation from college i really wanted to reconnect with my roots. i became a volunteer and started reaching out to give back to the community to relearn my language and roots. as i found this non-profit organization called the philippine architects position.
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i volunteered there. i am a graphic and designer. i do posters for the festival. year after year they invited me to come back until i became the president of the organization. now after being a volunteer for 20 years i am serving as president of the non-profit and leading a team of 200 volunteer to produce the annual festival. the largest philippine cultural celebration in the country bringing together community stakeholders, exhibiters, performing artists, cultural torchbearers in celebration of the culture and cuisine. through that experience i have also been very, very active in the philippine community in organizations the cultural and
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community events. film festivals, heritage night with the san francisco giants, golden state warriors, oakland as and other teams. i am serving in the filipino food movement, and also. [indiscernable] i have been serving in the entertainment commission for three terms this would be my fourth term. san francisco is a city of celebration. city activated by entertainment that strengthens the diverse neighborhoods and welcomes the world. our nightlife and events, community festivals and parades bring the community together to strengthen the community ties and is an economic driver. i thank the mayor for trust and
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confidence in me to continue in this reappointment and thanks to the commission staff led by the wolf executive for the executive work she has done. i am proud to live and work in san francisco, a city that welcomes diversity and equity. i would like to receive your approval for continuing to serve on the entertainment commission. >> any questions from committee members? >> supervisor chan. >> thank you, chair peskin. thank you for all your service, mr. perez. i have a quick question out of curiosity. giving your service with the
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entertainment commission especially during the pandemic, what would be your priority as we recover from the pandemic from your point of view as the role the entertainment commission can play? >> during the pandemic the goal is to help them get back on their feet. in fact our commission has been working hard with them as well as with the city hall as far as with the shared spaces program and also streamlining the permit process to give folks who want to have entertainment as an accessory to business model to get that process as quickly as possible including i believe we are part of providing grants for venue operators, especially last
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year. also as a community representative i work with a lot of community non-profits and organizing festivals and parades and giving them an opportunity to recover so we can come back again celebrating our communities in a safe manner to provide information and resources to do that as quickly as possible. >> any members of the public to speak to item number 5? >> yes, members of the public who wish to comment call 415-655-0001, id24888378588. pound and pound again. if you have not done so dial star 3 to speak.
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a system prompt will indicate you have raised your hand. wait you are unmuted to begin your comments. we do not have anybody in line for public comment. >> public comment is closed. the sense of this committee is to make a motion to forward this individual to the full board with recommendation. i will make a motion to amend the subject motion by removing the word rejecting online 3 and making a change. >> motion to amend. supervisor chan. >> aye. >> vice chair mandelman. >> aye. >> chair peskin. >> aye. >> the motion passes without objection. >> a motion to send the item as amended with recommendation to the full board of supervisors. >> on that motion supervisor
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chan. >> aye. >> vice chair mandelman. >> aye. >> chair peskin. >> aye. >> congratulations on one more tour of duty. we are adjourned. >> thank you so much.
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as a society we've basically failed big portion of our population if you think about the basics of food, shelter safety a lot of people don't have any of those i'm mr. cookie can't speak for all the things but i know say, i have ideas how we can address the food issue. >> open the door and walk through that don't just stand looking out. >> as they grew up in in a how
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would that had access to good food and our parent cooked this is how you feed yours this is not happening in our country this is a huge pleasure i'm david one of the co-founder so about four year ago we worked with the serviced and got to know the kid one of the things we figured out was that they didn't know how to cook. >> i heard about the cooking school through the larkin academy a. >> their noting no way to feed themselves so they're eating a lot of fast food and i usually eat whatever safeway is near my home a lot of hot food i was excited that i was eating lunch enough instead of what and eat.
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>> as i was inviting them over teaching them basic ways to fix good food they were so existed. >> particle learning the skills and the food they were really go it it turned into the is charity foundation i ran into my friend we were talking about this this do you want to run this charity foundations and she said, yes. >> i'm a co-found and executive director for the cooking project our best classes participation for 10 students are monday they're really fun their chief driven classes we have a different guest around the city they're our stand alone cola's we had a series or series still
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city of attorney's office style of classes our final are night life diners. >> santa barbara shall comes in and helps us show us things and this is one the owners they help us to socialize and i've been here about a year. >> we want to be sure to serve as many as we can. >> the san francisco cooking school is an amazing amazing partner. >> it is doing that in that space really elevates the space for the kids special for the chief that make it easy for them to come and it really makes the experience pretty special. >> i'm sutro sue set i'm a chief 2, 3, 4 san francisco. >> that's what those classes afford me the opportunity it breakdown the barriers and is
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this is not scary this is our choice about you many times this is a feel good what it is that you give them is an opportunity you have to make it seem like it's there for them for the taking show them it is their and they can do that. >> hi, i'm antonio the chief in san francisco. >> the majority of kids at that age in order to get them into food they need to see something simple and the evidence will show and easy to produce i want to make sure that people can do it with a bowl and spoon and burner and one pan. >> i like is the receipts that are simple and not feel like it's a burden to make foods the
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cohesives show something eased. >> i go for vera toilet so someone can't do it or its way out of their range we only use 6 ingredients i can afford 6 ingredient what good is showing you them something they can't use but the sovereignties what are you going to do more me you're not successful. >> we made a vegetable stir-fry indicators he'd ginger and onion that is really affordable how to balance it was easy to make the food we present i loved it if i having had access to a kitchen i'd cook more. >> some of us have never had a
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kitchen not taught how to cookie wasn't taught how to cook. >> i have a great appreciation for programs that teach kids food and cooking it is one of the healthiest positive things you can communicate to people that are very young. >> the more programs like the cooking project in general that can have a positive impact how our kids eat is really, really important i believe that everybody should venting to utilize the kitchen and meet other kids their age to identify they're not alone and their ways in which to pick yours up and move forward that. >> it is really important to me the opportunity exists and so i
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do everything in my power to keep it that. >> we'll have our new headquarters in the heart of the tenderloin at taylor and kushlg at the end of this summer 2014 we're really excited. >> a lot of the of the conditions in san francisco they have in the rest of the country so our goal to 257bd or expand out of the san francisco in los angeles and then after that who know. >> we'd never want to tell people want to do or eat only provide the skills and the tools in case that's something people are 2rrd in doing. >> you can't buy a box of psyche you have to put them in the right vein and direction with the right kids with a right place address time those kids don't have this you have to instill they can do it they're
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good enough now to finding out figure out and find the future for >> 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
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advisory committee who advises our office as well as the 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.
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>> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so 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
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the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had. 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
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washington. that kind of impact is starting 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.
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i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know 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
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or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power 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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