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here ten years ago and i started driving four years ago because it was the only way i could make enough money while going to city college. every year, it gets more expensive to live in the city. we've seen our rates go up over time, so in order to make the same amount of money, i need to work 70 to 80 hours a week, and that's not good for everyone and dangerous for everyone else on the road. i have to live with six other people in a studio apartment in the city, and lots of people have to live in their cars so they can save money and support their families while the c.e.o. of uber just purchased a $17 million mansion in san francisco just a couple of months ago.
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we shareholder the cost of gas, upkeep, and depreciation of our cars. uber employees are set to become millionaires and gain more work than they already have. next month, uber and other companies will make millions, but we still deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please.
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>> -- i come to ride share driving after two years of recovery from a severe neck trauma. when i started, i could support my family and ride share looked promising. now it looks like these companies want to destroy protections put in place. these companies are trying to make a game out of people's livelihoods. uber and lyft workers are becoming millionaires while i'm struggling to make ends meet. >> i'm jennie worley from a.f.t. 2121 at city college of
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san francisco. increasingly over the past ten years i've noticed my students moving farther and farther to the far east bay, commuting from places like antioch. the free city program has helped a lot, has let a lot of san francisco students go back to school at city college, but i'm still seeing students really struggling every week to pay their rent. last week, i had a student in my women's literature class who is a newly single mother who was struggling to get out of a dangerous housing situation. she couldn't move in with her mom because her mom had already had to move out of san francisco. she couldn't move in with her dad because he was living in a tiny apartment, driving for uber. so she was missing classes every week. i had the student report to me hopeful going to another open house for an apartment, and had
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another applicant show up and give a year's rent in advance and get the apartment out from under them. our facility are commuting from far away, and despite a new contract that we got, thanks, supervisor mandelman, we're having trouble recruiting faculty? they'll research the housing costs in san francisco and decline the job. so we're hemorrhaging positions in departments like nursing and unfortunately, computer science. the college has been forced between offering a living wage and covering classes that the community wants and needs, and we're currently in the process of cutting classes across the curriculum. this can't go on. we need to turn up a new generation -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please.
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>> i'm pretty good at numbers, and i did a thesis on the information through information that was placed newspapers during the time -- placed in nups during the time that ed -- newspapers during the time that ed lee was alive. i told them $217 billion of uncollected payroll taxes. i went to peskin's office and made a presentation in front of him. i told him you can't keep doing this because you're going to create a negative cash flow. the last seven months of ed lee's life, he told each and every department you have to cutback 10%, stop employing people in your department and cutback on your expenses because you had an $85 million cash flow. and when you took over after his death, you still had an
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$88.5 million cash flow. when the president did his tax cuts and unnecessary tax regulations, all the big companies, multibillion dollar companies such as apple came back to the united states and started booming. apple brought back 500 billion to the united states. that's how you got your 11.5 in your budget. the tax figures that you presented today were disproved by ed lee. companies including twitter broke all the records yesterday, so your figures are not up to date because the record was just broke yesterday. and about the tech boom, the tech boom starts with the
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races, justin herman plaza, when you started with the fillmore and displaced my people -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. my name's kathy burik. i'm a member of seiu 2121. i'm intersectionally here. this wasn't what i planned to say, but after i heard the student with uber speak, they have to be taxed. when he heard the -- when i heard the person talk about how the deals were made in 2012, why weren't community people or community organizations not at the table? why was it just deals with the corporations and whose jobs were being lost? i'm sorry, it's like -- i won't go there because that wasn't
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what i planned to say. what i wanted to -- when i read this article about tech real estate agents from a firm called compass said, are we going to see a one bedroom condo worth less than $1 million in the next five years? probably not. and i'm not surprised because i saw condos built right across the street from where i live starting at $1.1 million. meanwhile, one of the supervisors had to move out of the neighborhood. she was sharing three bedrooms with five people, and she had to move because the rent jumped from 3,000 to 5,000. this is a really low estimate of homeless students on ocean campus, 120 to 150 each
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semester. and those are only the students on ocean willing to go to apply to qualify. even at u.s.f., we have -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is danielle arribe. i'm an east bay native, and i've lived in district one for 20 years. and i've been personally affected just in the stress and worry that i might lose my rent controlled apartment. i've seen friends had to leave, and what i want to talk about is development without displacement because we need to take care of our local residents. all those people that are coming from all over the country and all over the world to make $100,000 and more, what about also training locals, 10,
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15, whatever percent, having -- putting pressure on these companies to train locals in the tech industry, however they can work in these industries, have a living wage with benefits and everything, whether it's uber or lyft or whatever companies there are? we need to take care of our local people so they don't have to move out, and also, that would impact housing. if you keep more people here, then, it'll help with housing costs and racial inequality, and it's just about time that the government takes action on this. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. good afternoon. my name's kathrin kung. i'm here with just cause and also as a provide citizen. i just recently made the move from tech to nonprofits, so that informs a lot of my
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perspective on this. we are talking about money that's insane, beyond what we can really comprehend. also, i think what we're not mentioning is there's a great amount of support for some kind of tax law on these companies for people who are -- i think that the working class people and the people who are being displaced and disenfranchised need to be at the forefront. however, there are people working at these companies who aren't going to get these cuts. they're living in these communities. they're also being squeezed out, but they're also seeing people that they care about and -- you know, being displaced, as well. there's a lot amount of support from folks that are not in the room today. there's this middle class of people that are also in great favor of san francisco standing up and doing the right thing. they don't believe that the companies will do the right thing, so i guess it's someone else's job, and we're all
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looking to the city to do it. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. i'm leslie with housing rights committee, also here as an individual who's been evicted twice in two years by costa hawkins and russell flynn was the last major evictor who's flipping the apartments in order to get in higher paying tech employees. this is actually happening everywhere. cities across the world look to us to see what we're doing tangibly because we handle it first? germany is handling it because they're saying hey, google, you can't have your office here. we need to get bold here, this is serious. i'm going to back up jobs with justice and s.f. rising and their call to tax them. but we have to do more. we have to stop speculation
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right now. to do this, we need you to fight for rent control, for vacancy control. we need you to do something about the housing issue, starting with stopping the sweeps. the city is the evictor every day over and over and over for these people, many who used to be tenants, 21%, actually, when you were born and raised here. so we ask that you take a bold step and do something because these i.p.o. winnings are wage theft. they're making money overall of our data. folks growing up right now don't even know what this is. we need to do something bold and take a giant leap forward. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name is megan. as we all know, we have a housing crisis here in san francisco. last week, the atlantic
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reported that -- more than 50% of properties purchased in san franciscos are purchased by -- san francisco are purchased by tech employees. two of the companies going public, lyft and uber, have never turned a profit. uber is valued at $120 billion. [inaudible] >> even outside of the social yo economic impact of these i.p.o.s, stress is being placed on the city because of them. when pinterest went public, they landed at the bar at 10:00 a.m. it was complete chaos, i was
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told. the lack of completely responsibility impacts all of us who are not earning tech incomes. there should be a degree of response based on multibillion dollar corporations that go public and launch in the city. let's work towards addressing the rampant inequality that exist exists in san francisco. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> i'm here to share my story of the effects that the income inequality has had on myself and my peers. last year, i was homeless and it was because rent was too high. and as a student that's going to school full-time as well, i couldn't afford to live anywhere here in the san francisco in the bay area. i couldn't move in with my parents because they're not here in the bay area.
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the experiences that i've had have been awful because if we're living in one of the richest cities, it's astonishing to me that there's not enough services for people that are placing displacement, facing all of these challenges by the injustices -- housing injustices we face here. i was looking at hearts at ccsf, and there i saw firsthand how my peers were suffering because they didn't have a place to live, couldn't afford a place to live. a lot of them were living in shelters. now i'm at causa justa, and
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landlords are converting their apartments for techies that will pay more rent. all the money that's being flushed in is only going to increase our rent, is only going to make the lives of people living here harder, and people are going to get d displaced. it's obvious that more demand for housing and a population that's willing to pay more is going to increase the rents, so i'm asking you to please -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> hello. my name is tom hartford, and i'm here to speak for some of my members who are unable to live in the city that we actually work and take pride in
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working. many of us have lived in the city from an early time and got apartments that are affordable, and they cannot move and will not move because it benefits them. the rest of us that are coming in as younger members have to travel from great distances, sometimes as far as vallejo to be able to live. those times and distances and the costs in our wages and our labor really affects how we can perform and be a part of this society and community in san francisco. we would much rather not living here and be a part of the city and a part of this. on an annual basis, even though i belong to a union, if i take
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every show, i make $48,000. i ask that you consider making these changes to help all people, even the harder -- upper middle classes that are still within the poverty levels of san francisco. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you, supervisor mar, for opening up this incredibly important conversation. as a young public policy student some decades ago, i remember very, very clearly when a professor made it clear that tax policy is not just fiscal policy, it's not just a fiscal issue, it's a moral and ethical issue. and today in san francisco, we have a moral and ethical crisis on our hands, a good one. i'm not going to repeat all of the tales that my colleagues
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have said today that are heartbreaking, really truly heartbreaking and unconscionable. we need to do something quickly. the wealthy hold their money in property and in stocks. and we have something right now with looming i.p.o.s is a massive opportunity to actually address huge wealth opportunities in the city. we need to look to it towards an eye with not just fiscal efficiency, but an eye towards the people who need it most. you are who we look to in this city to make moral action on this issue, and just to repeat what one sister said earlier, please do the right thing. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please.
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>> my name is c.w. johnson. i'm coming here as a private citizen. this has created a lot of disconnect. i am so scared to go in the hospital. i have to go in the hospital to get an operation pretty soon. i work 40 hours a week. i've lived in the city for 37 years. the last seven years, i lived in an s.r.o. -- i mean, studio, affordable studio. and i'm afraid to go into the hospital because i'm going to lose everything i have, and i'm
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going to be in had a wheel with chair, sleeping on the sidewalk, the one that you're sitting around, talking about what are you going to do with these people? i see so much disconnect in the community. people, places -- i got lost in the city that i call home for 37 years because i didn't recognize the neighborhood. that's ridiculous. we have to do better by our citizens, by our people. if these i.p.o.s are going to invest in us, we need to know about all of them, not just the actual bank accounts. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. is there any other members of the public that wish to speak on this issue? seeing none, public comment is closed. i want to really thank all the diverse community members and workers and advocates for
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sharing your experiences on the i.p.o. and tech earthquake that the city is facing for everyone that's not super wealthily. thank you for the informative presentations from the budget and legislative analysts. colleagues, i know we're going to be having much more discussions about these issues ahead. i actually have some closing remarks and an announcement to make in response to the information presented at the hearing, but i just wanted to see if you had any comments or remarks to make. >> supervisor fewer: i just wanted to say thank you for bringing this forward. i think today we all learned a lot, actually, and i think that this board has been looking for ways to level the playing field a little, and it is our job as
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legislators to actually protect the most vulnerable here because this is the job of city government, quite frankly, too, and our job and responsibility. so i just want to say thanks to everyone who came out, and thank you for the wonderful b.l.a. report. and also, also to our econo economyists, and i think we will be in touch for deeper conversation about this. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. any other comments? well, in closing, first of all, i did want to be clear. the conversations that we're having is not just about i.p.o.s and the tech sector, this is about who you are. we have the highest income gap and the highest housing costs in the nation. they didn't happen by accident. over the last decade, we have seen an incredible amount of wealth flood this city, wealth
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concentrated in the hands of too few, as our wages shrink and wealth grows. we rolled out the red carpet for these companies to tap up and grow here, and -- step up and grow here, and when they threatened to leave, we cut their taxes, gave them offices and luxury condos, and here we are. these companies have been incredibly successful, and i commend them, and i'm glad businesses find san francisco attractive, but success isn't theirs alone. it comes from the service workers, of the public sector. while we need a diverse economy for success, that diversity in
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every record is threatened by this success and the run away inequality by these companies. we know that i.p.o.s did not cause income inequality but they have and will exacerbate it. so today i'm announcing a proposal to tax the i.p.o.s to fund programs to address income inequality. i've worked with a variety of community nonprofits to craft this, organizations representing workers, immigrant families, young people and communities who have already borne the brunt of extreme income inequality in san francisco. with the more than $100 million
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raised by this corporate tax, we will establish the shared prosperity fund with the purpose to protect and stablize working families. this includes funding for affordable housing, programs for vulnerable youth and families, support for low and middle-income workers and stall business stablization. it's time we turn the page on trickle down concepts of the past. it's time to work towards a future where all people benefit from the prosperity that san francisco helped incubate, where the success experienced by many doesn't benefit the few. where corporations are responsible neighbors and where technology and innovation acts in a service to society instead of the other way around. it's time we asked wealthy corporations to start paying their fair share. i look forward to working with my colleagues on the board in
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the coming weeks to put this on the ballot. i'll have more details to share soon and much more discussion to be had. we know what led us here, we know the crisis we face. the only question is what we're going to do about it. the i.p.o. tax won't solve all our problems, but i hope it will turn the tide towards a more just and equal future. thank you to chair fewer and the committee members for your time and consideration in this fairly long but very important hearing. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. mr. clerk, do we have any other business before us today? >> clerk: that completes the agenda for this morning. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. this meeting's adjourned. .
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>> my name is naomi kelly the single-story for the 775 i started with the city and county in 1996 working for the newly elected mayor willie brown, jr. not only the chief of staff a woman but many policy advisors that were advising him everyday their supportive and nourished and sponsored united states and excited about the future. >> my name is is jack listen
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and the executive director of a phil randolph institution our goal to have two pathways to sustaining a family here in san francisco and your union jobs are stroen to do that i have this huge way to work with the community members and i think i found my calling i started in 1996 working for willie brown, jr. i worked in he's mayor's office of housing in the western edition and left 3 years went to law school of san francisco state university and mayor brown asked me to be the director of the taxicab commission and through the process i very much card by the contracting process and asked me townhouse the city purchaser and worked with me and i became the
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deputy administrator and . >> having trouble struggling to make ends meet folks will not understand what importance of voting is so we decided to develop our workforce development services after a couple of years offering pathways to sustainable jobs. >> (clapping.) >> we've gotten to a place to have the folks come back and have the discussion even if participation and makes sense we do public services but we also really build strong communities when i started this job my sons were 2 and 5 now 9 and 6 i think so the need to be able to take a call from the principal of school i think that brings a whole new appreciation to being understanding of the work life balance. >> (clapping.) >> i have a very good team around me we're leader in the country when
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it comes to paid and retail and furiously the affordable-care act passed by 3079 we were did leaders for the healthcare and we're in support of of the women and support. >> in my industry i feel that is male dominated a huge struggle to get my foot in the door and i feel as though that definitely needs to change this year needs to be more opportunities for i don't know women to do what tell me dream i feel that is important for us to create a in fact, network of support to young people young women can further their dreams and most interested in making sure they have the full and whatever they need to make that
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achieveable. >> education is important i releases it at my time of san mateo high ii come back to the university of san francisco law school and the fact i passed the bar will open up many more doors because i feel a curve ball or an where you can in the way can't get down why is this in my way we have to figure out a solution how to move forward we can't let adversity throw in the
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the meeting will come to order. welcome to the april 25, 2019 meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services committee. i'm rafael mandelman. to my right supervisor stefani. we believe supervisor walton will be here shortly. i want to thank sfgovtv for staffing this meeting. mr. clerk, any announcements? >> yes, please make sure to silence all cell phones and electronic devices. items acted upon today will