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equity investment, california tax credit allocation committee and strategic growth counsel. we're using cap and trade dollars that will fund this development and bearing for permanent fitnessing. i like to introduce mayor breeder for her continued support for affordable housing. >> mayor breed: thank you. i'm really excited to be here today. this is a long time coming. i know that the mission community has tried to push for more affordable housing and it's taken years to get to a point where we're going to build 127 units on this site and we know that there are six affordable housing projects in the pipeline. today, in my state of the city address, i talked about taking a charter amendment to the ballot.
sonjso we can do projects liking this faster. it shouldn't take years to gets a project that is 100% affordable housing done anywhere in the city. people need housing now and this will give us an opportunity to make sure that it doesn't take years reverend fong. i know you're ready to build it. i they're ready to be incredible community partners so that we have more housing in this particular community. more importantly, when we buildabuilding a housing, 40% be of the work we did years ago to pass neighborhood preference legislation. 40% of the units built in any affordable housing built in this community will go to the residents of this community first. that is significant.
now supervisor ronan won't get all those compliments from her residents about folks who may not have access. we're going to make sure that the resources are provided so that the residents are submitting applications for the affordable housing that's built in your community. i'm so indicated. i'm always excited when there's an opportunity to break ground on a new project, especially because incredible partnerships that exist. we know there's more work to be done. not just with building new housing but preserving the existing affordable housing stock. we will continue to invest in our small size acquisition program so that we can acquire building and keep people housed and keep those buildings permanently affordable. we will continue to do all we can to coordinate with this community, to obtain more site and to make sure that we're
investing in more affordable housing. the city is not done the best job of building housing period. we can do better. we are do better. we are do a better job of nation thesinmaking these right invest. working together, i know there's nothing we won't be able to do in our city. some of you may also have heard about the $300 million affordable housing bond that we are going to bring to the ballot soon. the goal is to make sure that when we need support for projects like this, they don't have to wait years. they don't have to wait too long. we are going to get some things done in san francisco and this project, as we all know, which is taken long time, it's going to be completed and going to be an incredible addition to this community, we want to make sure that we continue in this direction and same spirit and that the housing that's built in
the mission is for the residents of the mission. thank you all so much for having me here today. [applause] >> thank you mayor breed. when meta to take affordable housing crises in the mission we needed to partner with an expert in the field. teaming up with chinatown cdc was a right choice. i like to invite executive director reverend norman fong to the podium. >> i'm supposed to thank everybody, she already did it. i'm supposed to introduce the mayor, she already did it. we're going to do it together now. people blessing, just repeat after me. we want to bless this project. you can yell, all right.
>> give me something here. >> i want to say congratulations. this is amazing. we are so excited. >> thank you supervisor ronan. i'm going to hand it over to preston. >> we're going to continue on with the program folks. preston here again with chinatown. it's an honor and so grateful to be standing in front of you guys today representing this wonderful partnership. i joined the project last fall. i've been getting more and more excited about the work we're doing here. we're not only building a construction, 127 units of new
i'll start while they make their way up here. it is really an honor to be at the groundbreaking of a development that was birthed from vision and people power solution. knowing we've been working on this site for more than 10 years prove this was no small feat. to thank the ancestors for taking care of this land and the creek below us. this particular victory is an example of the power of organizing, conviction and the success of demanding for more
affordable housing. landlords won't stop evicting outrageously raising prices because greed knows no bound. it tiptoes quietly in the background while the rest of us are left to fight for crumbs to live in tha this city. take a moment to think of of loved one, neighbor, friend, acquaintance that have been displaced or lived in fear on a daily base. gentrification kills. there's stories into the spirit of this space about two men targeted by gentrification. the market is not here to build community, it's it destroys and breaks spirit. my friend was killed because of
gentrification by the tools that makes gentrification possible and police brutality. they should be here today. when i see their names, [indiscernible] [speaking foreign language] this lot was won by organizing by creativity, by vision, by love and community. when we hear that affordable housing is not possible, here's what we show the nonbelievers, that it is possible here.
2060 folsom. that doesn't include the mission. our demand don't stop here. we are well aware there's more gentrification coming and not enough affordable housing to resist it. laws that aren't strong enough to the protect us. we have people power, abundance of hope and history of winning and this abundance goes on for generations, moving hearts and minds along the way. this richness, this profound energy of community will win us more affordable housing without compromise. everyday people can and have shaped our neighborhoods, that the mission. it is happening. you have to hear us and let us lead.
we build by community design. we will defeat the monster and the mission and we will build 100% affordable housing on 16th and mission. we are fuel it with people power without compromise and led by our community. thank you. >> thank you so much. thank you for that heart felt speech. next up, i like to introduce mario from good samaritan family resource centre. >> thank you. that's a hard act to follow. i'm going to follow your lead. i would like to ask staff to join me please. please come up.
good afternoon everyone i'm the executive director of good samaritan family resource centre. this is a beautiful day. i was speaking to reverend fong earlier, he was praying we wouldn't be sitting in the rain now. i grew up in the city in this neighborhood. we know that in the mission, we need the sun, we get it. the sun always shines on the mission. first i want to convey our sincerist thanks to the great meta team and the city and county of san francisco for county of san francisco for inviting us to be part ofa project. we know that for low income families in san francisco, there are two greatest challenges are cost of housing and theç cost d
access for affordable early care and education. good samaritan is excited we'll be able to open new child development at this site. we're so honored to be por partf this mission. i want to thank our district supervisor and the mayor who had to leave, i know you share our hope that san francisco can be a city where all children and families can live and thrive. not just the fortunate few. that's what we're fighting for. we stand with you and i know together we'll achieve that vision. this is the first step to achieving vision. last and most importantly, i want to thank our community. the hard working parents who struggle each and everyday just to survive to stay in the city. we know what your sacrifices
are. they are here. they are the ones who inspire us, all of us to achieve a city can truly be prosperous for all. all i can say is, thank you for your struggle and this project is for you. thank you again. [applause] >> thank you mario. last but not least, we have mission graduates. i like to introduce eddie coffman. >> all right. hello everyone. i'm eddy coffman i'm executive director of mission graduates. we as an organization are dedicated to ensuring that more student from the mission are prepared for and complete a college education each year. i want to thank hillary ronan
and mayor breed and ccdc and the mayor's office of housing and community development for committing to the mission and to the nonprofits that worked daily to support the lives of mission students and families. we believe that higher education is the strongest tool we have to level the playing field for latino youth and families. mission graduates focuses on the whole family through our pipeline of services from kindergarten through college. casa will be a permanent home here in the mission that will allow us to continue to grow and serve more youth and students each year. joining me today are students from our elementary school, middle school and high school college access program as well as some of our parent leaders from our parent engagement program. we're all here to celebrate our new home. tonight, we're taking the first step to ensure that mission graduates continues to serve the
mission district for the next 50 years. as a partner if this innovative housing development, mission graduates will be able to expand our programming, to ensure that more students not only graduate from college but find meaningful careers that will allow them to remain here in the mission. we're excited about this partnership aknow that together we can emphasize college as a means for economic equity and strengthen the fabric of our community. together, we look it make college the expectation, not the exception for mission youth and their families. thank you. >> can we get another round of applause? good samaritan family resource centre and mission grads? now we heard from some of the
community partners, none of thus gets built without money pipelike to as.i like to ask liz come up to speak on behalf of u.s. bank. >> thank you reverend. hello i'm lisa gutierrez from u.s. bank. we are very excited to be here to celebrate the groundbreaking of casa, u.s. bank is proud to partner with economic agency and chinatown cdc to provide housing and services to vibrant neighborhood in the mission district. as a financing partner, u.s. bank provided commitment of $51 million in construction financing and $39 million in low income housing tax credit equity. as you can see by the agenda, financing partners, it takes a village to close a transaction of this magnitude. hats off to the team.
this one was a feat at the end of the year. with that, i like to thank a few of my u.s. bank teammates in the audience here who play a role in this project. u.s. bank, we believe in community possible, which is the foundation for how we provide time and resources in the communities that we serve. community possible focuses on u.s. bank community investments in three pillars, which is home, work and play. the building blocks of all thriving communities where all things are possible. but the foundation is home and without a safe affordable place to rest your head, it feels impossible to move forward. casa embodies all u.s. bank three pillars with affordable housing and rent burden cities, education enrichment programs
with good samaritan, and access to this beautiful park where children can play and families with gather. on behalf of u.s. bank, we are honored to be a partner ton this project and can't wait for move-in day which is one of my favorites to celebrate with newest residents. thank you all. >> thank you lisa. i would like to thank everybody for being here today, today is a historic day for the mission and for san francisco. you're invited to stay around and enjoy the beautiful park it's right next door to us. we will like to let you know that we look forward to having you coming back in late 2020 when the building built. it will be 127 homes for families as well as transitional
age youth. thank you very much for being here and enjoy. thank you. >> okay. we want to especially knowledge preston and elaine for being the housing project team and also, i think we forgot to mention larkin street are help us too. anyone else? anyone else? >> i believe that shannon dodge, you're here as well in the back. shannon has been working on this project as well previously before preston joined. thank you shannon. that's it. thank you.
southeast portion of the city. we have four neighborhoods that i represent. st. mary's park has a completely unique architecture. very distinct feel, and it is a very close to holly park which is another beautiful park in san francisco. the bernal heights district is unique in that we have the hell which has one of the best views in all of san francisco. there is a swinging hanging from a tree at the top. it is as if you are swinging over the entire city. there are two unique aspects. it is considered the fourth chinatown in san francisco. sixty% of the residents are of chinese ancestry. the second unique, and fun aspect about this area is it is the garden district. there is a lot of urban agriculture and it was where the city grew the majority of the flowers. not only for san francisco but for the region. and of course, it is the location in mclaren park which is the city's second biggest
park after golden gate. many people don't know the neighborhood in the first place if they haven't been there. we call it the best neighborhood nobody has ever heard our. every neighborhood in district nine has a very special aspect. where we are right now is the mission district. the mission district is a very special part of our city. you smell the tacos at the [speaking spanish] and they have the best latin pastries. they have these shortbread cookies with caramel in the middle. and then you walk further down and you have sunrise café. it is a place that you come for the incredible food, but also to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood and how you can help and support your community. >> twenty-fourth street is the birthplace of the movement. we have over 620 murals. it is the largest outdoor public gallery in the country and possibly the world.
>> you can find so much political engagement park next to so much incredible art. it's another reason why we think this is a cultural district that we must preserve. [♪] >> it was formed in 2014. we had been an organization that had been around for over 20 years. we worked a lot in the neighborhood around life issues. most recently, in 2012, there were issues around gentrification in the neighborhood. so the idea of forming the cultural district was to help preserve the history and the culture that is in this neighborhood for the future of families and generations. >> in the past decade, 8,000 latino residents in the mission district have been displaced from their community. we all know that the rising cost of living in san francisco has led to many people being displaced.
lower and middle income all over the city. because it there is richness in this neighborhood that i also mentioned the fact it is flat and so accessible by trip public transportation, has, has made it very popular. >> it's a struggle for us right now, you know, when you get a lot of development coming to an area, a lot of new people coming to the area with different sets of values and different culture. there is a lot of struggle between the existing community and the newness coming in. there are some things that we do to try to slow it down so it doesn't completely erase the communities. we try to have developments that is more in tune with the community and more equitable development in the area. >> you need to meet with and gain the support and find out the needs of the neighborhoods. the people on the businesses that came before you. you need to dialogue and show respect. and then figure out how to bring in the new, without displacing the old. [♪]
>> i hope we can reset a lot of the mission that we have lost in the last 20 years. so we will be bringing in a lot of folks into the neighborhoods pick when we do that, there is a demand or, you know, certain types of services that pertain more to the local community and working-class. >> back in the day, we looked at mission street, and now it does not look and feel anything like mission street. this is the last stand of the latino concentrated arts, culture and cuisine and people. we created a cultural district to do our best to conserve that feeling. that is what makes our city so cosmopolitan and diverse and makes us the envy of the world. we have these unique neighborhoods with so much cultural presence and learnings, that we want to preserve. [♪]
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[gavel]. >> chair peskin: good afternoon and welcome to the land use and transportation committee of the san francisco board of supervisors for today, february 11, 2019. i am the chair of the committee, aaron peskin. joined to my right by vice chair supervisor ahsha safai and to my left by committee member matt haney. our clerk is miss erica major. miss major, could you please give us any announcements and then please call the first item. >> clerk: yes. please make sure to silence all cell phones and electronic devices. speaker cards should be submitted to the clerk. items acted on today will appear on the february 26, 2019 board of supervisors agenda. item one is a resolution to designate theodore roosevelt
middle school, 460 arguello boulevard as a landmark under article 10. >> chair peskin: thank you. i went through the pending items of this committee and realized there were a few landmark nominations that came from the hez torque preservation commission that had not been scheduled for a hearing before this committee. one of them, 22 beaver street, was before this committee and is actually before the broard f supervisors tomorrow on its second and final reading. two of them were before us today. they were part of the historic preservation's mandated work program back in 2016 when christopher plank and his partner, ms. graves, prepared the case reports for these two items. they were actually introduced to the board of supervisors in
december 2017 and have languished before this committee along with 48 other items that i am going to try to run through this committee if the sponsoring supervisors want to hear them as quickly as possible to get rid of our backlog. the first of those, the committee clerk, miss major just read, which is the landmark designation for 460 arguello as san franciscans call it, or arguello, as it should be pronounced, also known as theodore roosevelt middle school. with that, i would like to ask the planning department, who brought this before the historic preservation commission, which recommended it to us unanimously well over a year ago to present. i believe that miss shannon ferguson, who this committee has heard from on numerous occasions will make the presentation and mr. tim frye,
who is the senior staff to the historic preservation commission, is available to staff. ms. ferguson, the floor is yours. >> thank you, supervisor. my name is shannon ferguson, and i'm here to present two community sponsored landmark designations. the first is theodore roosevelt middle school. >> chair peskin: lead me interrupt you. miss clerk, could you please read item number two. >> clerk: item 2 is an item designated sunshine school a landmark and affirming appropriate findings. >> chair peskin: miss ferguson, they both hail from the same era, the progressive era of
franklin delano roosevelt. maybe we can have the staff presentation and hear about the case reports for both items. obviously both of them are san francisco unified school district properties. i know the school district is here today, and of course there are other sfusd properties that benefit from landmark status, including but not limited to mission high. i believe there are others in addition to that. so feel free to present on both of them. >> yes. thank you. so both designations for theodore roosevelt middle school and sunshine school were community sponsored landmark designations. the landmark designations reports were prepared by plank historic preservation coordinating by donna graves with coordination provided by san francisco heritage and funding provided by the historic preservation fund committee. the h.p.c. initiated
designation on october 18, 2017, and unanimously recommended landmark designation on december 6, 2017. the proposed designations recognized san francisco's progressive era and underrepresented communities and histories. the first designation is roosevelt middle school, and it's located at 460 arguello boulevard. it was constructed in 1930 and it's architecturally significant as san francisco's only dutch expressionist style building. it has high artistic values, and it also contains three new deal murals. these murals were three important artworks parented by local -- painted by local artists, and they were employed by the public works art project, which was a new deal program. some of the murals include education by george wilson walker and harvest by nelson
poole. also note the really beautiful brick awowork with the diaper pattern on the tower. the second landmark decision nation is the sun -- designation is the sunshine school. it was constructed 1937. it's significant for its association with events. it was the first public school specifically designed for children with disabilities built west of the rockies, and it was constructed using funds from the public works administration. it's also very architecturally significant. it embodies the characteristics of the spanish colonial revival style and it has colonial and moorish being sets. it exhibits high artistic values in its ingenius floor plans which was to combine two specialized schools for
chronically ill students and disabled students into one campus. the building also had a therapeutic pool for the children. there is no known public or neighborhood opposition to the designation of these three schools. staff has presented to the building and grounds committee of the san francisco school board about the landmark designation process. staff has presented three times. on october 23, 2017, march 3, 2018, and again on september 28, 2015. our last correspondence was a letter dated december 5, 2017 saying they are not prepared to support designation for a landmark presentation at that time. the department believes the buildings meet the established eligibility requirements and
landmark status is warranted. designation of the roosevelt middle school and sunshine school also meet the historic preservation commission's desire to designate underrepresented neighborhood property types. the h.p.c. recommended decision nation of both properties. this concludes my presentation and i'm happy to answer any questio questions. >> chair peskin: thank you, miss ferguson. i have some questions, and my colleagues might, but i believe we might ask -- miss viva mogue is here on behalf of the san francisco unified school district and as the owner of those properties, i wanted to offer her or any representative of the school district tell the committee what the school district's position is at this time. obviously, we are aware of the
2017 and 2018 letters that are part of the file as well as the e-mail communication that is part of the file. miss mogue, the floor is yours. >> thank you, chair peskin and land use committee members. we will have an additional representative if you have any further technical questions from our chief facilities officer? but as of right now, we did submit a letter dated in march 2018 that the board of education is not supportive of moving forward with any landmark designation at this time? and we are hoping to request a one-week continuance to discuss with our new board -- we actually have four new board of education members, and we want to provide them some background before this gets moved forward, and we also have our chief facilities officer if you have any additional questions. >> chair peskin: thank you. and we also will want to hear from miss kamala naughton, who
we hold in high esteem. my understanding is the h.p.c. forwarded three landmark designations to this body, and that one of them, washington, was the subject of controversy with regard to certain murals. and my understanding -- and maybe my now colleague on my panel who was a member of the school district might be able to elaborate. but my understanding is that all three of them got conflated with the controversy at wash, and that actually, as i understand it, i would watch the tapes of that meeting over a year ago, except for that i can't find your school board meetings on-line. but at any rate, my understanding is -- no, they don't exist. >> they do exist. >> chair peskin: they do? >> yes.
i can send that link to you. >> chair peskin: okay. i was not able to find them. but my understanding -- and supervisor haney can elucidate for this panel what it was. my understanding all three landmark designations was really directed at one, which is not before this panel, and i have no intention as chair to bring before the land use committee of the board of supervisors. but with that, miss kamala naughton as the facilities manager, replacing mr. golden, would like to address the land use committee, the floor is yours. >> supervisors, kamala naughton representing sfusd. supervisors, i was not at that particular meeting. my understanding as the board's direction has been passed onto me is yes, there were
considerable concern own the murals at george washington, but also the significant cost of renovation at these sites if designation should go forward. i'm going to remain agnostic on those points, but i think just echoing miss mogue's point in that the board was unequivocal in its opposition for the motion, now, we have a new board and we would like to reengage them and see if they would like to understand the topic in more depth, if they have any feedback that they'd like to share, it's as simple as that. there's not a significant content objection to the work that's been done by the preservation staff. i think these are acknowledged resources within the district, and you know, i -- i don't
think there are questions per se about the legitimacy over the future of these assets, but more of a procedural etiquette. >> chair peskin: so you are aware that the state law relative to our -- as the city and county of san francisco designate -- designation should this panel and should the full board designation, is mostly honorific. insofar as the school district is a subdivision of the state of california, it can, and i believe many times in the past i believe as to other locally designated landmarks in sfusd's jurisdiction has chosen not to come before the land use board, not request c.r.s., although it would be a nice thing for your agency to do. but mostly, this is honorific
with certain exceptions when they do not concern educational purposes. >> yes, and i am aware of that. >> chair peskin: and you're also aware in the case of theodore roosevelt, the facilities have been upgraded and there are no facility improvements that would compromise the historic fabric of the building that are contemplated. >> i am aware that there is relatively recent work within the kind of capital life ticyc of the building that was conducted at roosevelt. i'm not certain that all the entire facility was captured top to bottom and therefore that there might not be some structural or mechanical issue in the future, so i'm not familiar enough with this particular asset to know if it merits the fact that it's completely off the table for
the near future. something north of $30 million, i don't think something is anticipated in the future for roosevelt. >> chair peskin: okay. thank you. anything else you would like to add? >> no, thank you, supervisor. >> chair peskin: thank you. so we have -- i do have questions for the planning department, but we have a number of speakers, so i thought we'd start with professor robert turney, who is a renowned historyian, who is here today in his capacity as a member of the historic preservation fund committee. colleagues, if you do not know about that, that is actually part of the city and county of san francisco, and many years ago was given some $2 million out of a legal settlement that they have spent on doing
historic surveys and other good historic preservation work in the city and county of san francisco through -- under oe -- the office of economic and workforce development. professor turney, thank you for coming. >> good afternoon. thank you, supervisors. >> chair peskin: and by the way, just so you know, insofar as you're testifying on two items, you have four minutes. >> thank you. the historic preservation fund committee several years ago set out a priority list of things that we wanted to accomplish before the $2 million was all spent. among those was a historic context statement for the great depression new deal era in san francisco, and that has been completed. it's been reviewed by the historic preservation commission. and as one part of that larger project, we were especially interested in seeing landmark nominations for the three schools that you mentioned.
1930's in almost every part of the united states where the children of the unemployed were unable -- >> chair peskin: thank you, professor. as always, i always enjoy hearing from you. >> thank you. >> chair peskin: our next speaker -- and we may have questions for you, so if you would, please stick around. our next public commenter is mike bueller from san francisco heritage. mr. bueller, not to exceed four minutes on the two items. >> good afternoon, committee members of the mike bueller with san francisco heritage. i don't have much to add regarding the significance of the believe. we believe that was manifest.
san francisco heritage in 2016 received the grant referenced by professor turney to complete both the new deal context study. in conjunction with that, we received a grant to prepare the three-school city landmark nominations, knowing that these three school buildings are among the most significant school buildings in the district and among the most significant buildings associated with the new deal era. as referenced earlier, both were unanimously endorsed by the historic preservation commission. the nominations themselves are of the highest caliber. i believe each is over 100 pages in length and in our view will serve as valuable information signal documents to the district as they contemplate future improvements to their properties. they list what is significant about the school buildings so that future planning efforts can ensure that those futures are protected if at all
possible. one important benefit of official designation that is not currently available to the district is that listing will enable the district to apply the state historical building code, which if you're not familiar is a more flexibility alternative to the uniform building code that often times results in a cost savings alternative to the u.b.c. thank you for bringing those nominations forward and i'm happy to answer any questions, as well. >> chair peskin: thank you, mr. bueller. the next speaker card i have is from richard rothman. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is richard rothman. i'm a richmond district resident, and i want to -- roosevelt, you know, roosevelt was designed by timothy fluger,
and that he was unusual in that he was a mission boy. he grew up in the mission. he did not go to formally architect school, he was a draftsman. he's probably one of our most prominent architects in the city, and i think it would be a great tribute to honor him in the city in naming this as a city landmark. and as it's said before, the school district is a state agency, so really, they can do -- they don't need to follow the san francisco building codes or follow the landmark status, so it's just an honor of a recognition. and i think would be a great honor to -- for his tribute to make this a city landmark. thank you. >> chair peskin: thank you, mr. rothman. and as the previous speaker said, there is actually a benefit to the school district which is this designation can
actually allow the sfusd to avail themselves of the state historic building code instead of the uniform building code of the state of california. both of these case reports -- and colleagues, i don't know if you've read them carefully because there's a lot of pages in them -- were prepared by christopher verplank and donna graves. and mr. verplank is here. i have to tell you, i enjoyed reading both of these case reports this weekend. mr. verplank, the floor is yours. >> greetings, supervisors. my name is christopher verplank. i am a resident of miraloma mark, and a parent of a student next year. i believe the architectural and artistic significance as well as historical is beyond
question. what really strikes me about these two schools is they're both built during a can-do era long before most americans had been trained to hate their governments. the new deal and schools in particular were about the government helping to improve people's lives, to providing work to the unemployed, modern educational infrastructure to san francisco school children as well as public art for all of its citizens to enjoy. in our contemperary -- and that everyone deserves access to high quality infrastructure. >> chair peskin: thank you, mr. verplank, and for that report inext infrastructure. miss karen kai. >> good afternoon, supervisors.
these are two wonderful reports, and they're like anything that i've seen from h.p.c. adequate and quite thoroughly document them. i want to applaud the h.p.c., the funding committee, and this committee because, you know, there really hasn't been much effort to reach into the schools, and i think they're so important as mr. verplank noted, they teach. the places that send our kids that have value that tell them about our history and what we valued. because of that, it's a lesson where they are. and i've seen what can happen by little bits. i live in district eight, but i do a great deal of work at rosa parks elementary school in the western addition, and rosa parks was the site of the last buses that took japanese