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. >> good morning. the meeting will come to order welcome to the may 9th meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services. i am the chair of the committee.
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we expect to be joined. our clerk is john carol. i want to thank sfgovtv for staffing this meeting. >> please silence cell phones. your completed speaker cards should be submitted to the clerk. items today will appear on the may 21st supervisor's agenda. >> please call the first a tem. >> a hearing to consider the premise-to-premise transfer of a type-21 off-sale general beer, wine and distilled spirits liquor license to dalda's inc. doing business as dalda's market. >> i am from the san francisco police department. they applied for a type-21
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license. if approved they would be allowed to sell the beer, wine and distilled spirits. they are located in 176 which is a high crime area. 125.01, a high saturation area. tenderloin station has no opposition. they approve one sales service and consumption of the alcoholic beverages between 8:00 a.m. and 12 a each day of the week. the petitioner shall be ponce ie responsible for obtaining the area of litter adjacent to the premises. petitioner shall actively monitor the area under their control to prevent loitering as depicted on abc 253 form.
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no noise permitted or audible at any nearby residence. i would like to note the applicant may first the applicant has not agreed to the above listed recommended conditions. >> thank you. could we hear from the applica applicant. >> mr. chair, supervisors. i am here today with my client who owns dalda's market at 200 eddy street. he is in the tenderloin neighborhood development committee building which is being rehabbed soon. there is a brand-new building across taylor street on the other corner, and through two or three year process, and it is in your pocket, i think i handed out the letter. it goes through the whole
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process. there were many, many public meetings. he is a community leader. when the north market cbd business district was formed in 2008 he was treasure until 2012. he got a certificate of honor in 2011 in recognition of volunteering in that tenderloin community. he is a fixture. his store is well loved. it is never a problem. tndc put him through rigorous screening. what the neighborhood wanted was a larger healthier community market. you will hear from a couple of persons who will testify today but we will talk about his standing in the community and his commitment to build a larger community market with healthier
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food for the neighborhood. dalda's itself at 200 is well managed without problems since 2007. he was a manager at a local seven 11 store. he knows how to operate a store. i have a client across the street b be piano. i said i am working on daldas. i love that guy. he loans people on the last of the month because they don't have money to the last day. what we are asks is that the full board make a determination under california business professions code 239.58 that public need and convenience of the citizens of san francisco
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would be served by allowing transfer of the liquor license to the new location at 168-186 eddy street. we thank you for your consideration of this request. if you have any questions my client is here and i would love to answer anything you have got. >> i don't see any comments or questions from colleagues. i am trying to wrap my head around the conditions that were recommended but not accepted. >> it is funny. i went to the abc. have you heard from planning? what about conditions. i haven't gotten the conditions from the police. i said i will put it on the record my client is fine with the conditions. typically the way it works as you know, it is the abc that sets the conditions. they will, i think is alu will send it up to the alcohol
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beverage control and she will hand them to us. we will sign, they will go in the file along with the pcn requirement needed. there are certain thinks needed. one is pcn and signed conditions. we are fine with the conditions. we just the first time i ever saw them was the other day when i got an e-mail from john carol and i went down to talk to the investigator at abc. >> i want to add a couple things. thank you, supervisors. we have been working in the neighborhood community for almost 12 years, and we got an opportunity to set up the store which is staff is here, and this is our third year in helping with the produce and some having healthier options, but right now
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we have larger scale, more convenient for the local residents which is more option of produce and healthier need to have, and adding alcohol which is we want to have one stop shopping for the convenience of the customers. then in the jurisdictions, i was asking mr. hark. at 8:00. we open at 7:00. we have been working with the pilot program started two years ago through cbd to sell alcohol before 7:00 and close at midnight which is already in place so if you guys can help us to start at 7:00 a.m. to midnight, we would appreciate it for the convenience of the customers when they stop. they have one stop shopping for
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everything. thank you. >> if i could add. i believe this market was the first market to join the coalition of healthy markets. their current conditionsal them to sell alcohol until 2:00 a.m. every day. they voluntary relinquished that back to 12:00 a.m. now they start at 7-m. they can sell airline bottles. they don't want to sell airline bottles because that is purchased by alcoholics and trashes the streets. my client has shown good faith that he really does want to build a healthier environment in the tenderloin. he is the perfect person to open this market. >> thank you. the pd would like to come up and clarify. >> thank you for letting me come back up.
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aou doesn't set the conditions. they are set by abc. we make the recommendations based on our investigation into the premise. i faxed these on march 13th of this year. they have had the conditions since march 13th. i don't know what the hold up is getting those signed or agreed upon. when they send that over they say 7:00 a.m. or 1:00 a.m. we go from there. it is a negotiation. we figure out wha what makes see and is best for the city. i haven't her correspondence from them and that is why we are here with no signed conditions. >> it appears there is a disagreement. >> it sounds like there is. it would have been nice to know we could have hashed this out before we came here today. >> it is unusual for us to have an application where the conditions have not been
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approved. i understand we have been pushing to get these before the committee within the 90 day requirement that my colleagues on the board want us to deal with them. this is unusual. clerk carol. >> one quickky t quick question. your first condition indicates the hours 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. was that 12:00 a.m.? >> my apologies. yes. >> i will correct that. >> thank you both. supervisor walton. >> you asked my questions in my follow-up. i wanted clarification. it seems like the discrepancy of the start time to sell alcohol. >> supervisor stephanie. >> do we know if district 6 supervisor's position on this? >> we were aware, my office was aware of this sort of weirdness
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around not having agreed upon conditions and we did mention it to the district 6 supervisor this might need continued to get this worked out. >> one more thing. when you mention the word that the airline bottles or whatever are purchased by alcoholics. we talk about words matter. there are a lot of alcoholics in recovery. more appropriate is those suffering from addiction. it has a negative connotation. we are trying to de stigmatize mental illness and substance abuse disorders. the word alcoholic has a negative connotation when there are a lot of alcoholics recovering. it is important that words matter when we are talking about these things that are so sensitive to what is happening in the city and county of san francisco. >> thank you.
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now, we will go to public comment. are there any members of the public to testify? i have four cards. i will call people. michael, alexander and john and anybody else who wants to speak on your right side of the room. speakers have two minutes. state your first and last name and speak direct three t to leoo directly to the microphone. no applause is permitted. in the interest of time speakers are to avoid repetition of previous statements. good morning. >> good morning. thank you. i am shelly dire. i am the program supervisor with the neighborhood development corporation and i am to speak in support of dalda's moving to the
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new market space. they have been a healthy corner store since 2015 and have been successful in the program. some of the big successes over the past few years. they are not selling any alcohol on credit. they reduced the selling area of alcohol by 20% since they have been in the program. they are a true staple in the community. they are participating in community engagement such as every first friday a better lower eddy street campaign event. the staff and bill is very supportive of the event supporting us in taste tests or community engagement. they are a staple. many residents wanted to see dalda's moving to the new space. we are excited about them move goes to that space. they have a lot of healthy
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signage to promote the healthy items available in the corner store. they are an outstanding participant and have two phases every design. this have a refrigeration case selling produce. they are distributing 1600 units of produce every month and we would love to see them continue to contribute in that capacity. >> next speaker. >> good morning, thank you for the opportunity to speak. i am gabriel. i live and work and study here for 20 years. i am a business own bener and part of the healthy program and lead consultant. in 2015 we developed the criteria for stores in the program. one of the criteria i remember
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was reputation of the store and business owner in the community. since then he has contributed to make it bigger and better for the store owners. i really support that his license is approved. the news when the store in the new space i understand the stays he gave to alcohol sales will be 10% less the space will be bigger for healthy food and affordable prices. with low margins we need to understand the store to be sustainable and profitable. thank you. >> next speaker. >> hello. i am john mccormick. i work with healthy corner store coalition. i want to speak on behalf of bill. as you all know, the tenderloin
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does not have a full access grocery store. there isn't an abundance of healthy food in the neighborhood. the corner store coalition seeks to change that. we have five corner stores in the coalition that are in the tenderloin, and dalda's is one of the corner stores that is the best community serving, one of the best in terms of keeping the produce fresh, and, you know, i am not just saying that. i go in there a couple times each week. i see how bill interacts with the community. i see how his staff interact with the community. it is positive and warm. him and his staff are sort of like in the community and having this legal license transfer across the street would continue to add more of that healthy produce and more of that great
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access to vegetables and fruits that we strive to get to the neighborhood. that much stronger so we are hoping that this application gets approved to increase the health of the neighborhood. thank you for your time. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i am alexander goldman. planning and policy manager at neighborhood development. the healthy corner store is part of the space that they are moving from. tnc is for a while hoping to expand access to healthy food in the tenderloin. that is why we are working with the coalition. as part of building the new building at eddy and taylor where dalda's is moving we talked to over 200 residents in
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the community, did interactive surveys. it was a great example of community planning. what the community said they wanted a place to buy healthy affordable food. we had a town hall kind of to summarize and get more feedback. at the town hall a bunch of community members started chanting bill, bill, bill. it was just like a remarkable example what the best of community planning can be and the best of community development can be. it is a testament to dalda's presence in the neighborhood. we have looked at the financial agreements and agree that the store would not be financially viable without the sale of alcohol. we want to limit the amount of substances in the community, however, this is part of doing business. we are really happy to support the transfer. the liquor license i am excited
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to get more healthy produce in the community. >> next speaker. >> i am dan williams. i am across the street and down a bit on taylor from bill and dalda's. i spend a lot of time there. it feels like 24 hours a day at times. a lot of my time there is in the evening to the night. i can definitely speak to those tough operations around the alcohol sales. bill is not only a model entrepreneur, a model corner store operator, a model employer, but he is a great steward of his space and i think we all know on eddy and placings in the tenderloin the sidewalk space is challenging. the way bill managed not only the inside of the store but the
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street around if store is helpful as my patrons go in and out. from one entrepreneur to another, this man needs raised up and held as a model. just one neighbor to another, he is a fantastic person to have. i am absolutely in support of this. >> next speaker. >> i also have the overhead. the corner store analysis was done in 2007, and i was part of the 33 person advisory committee. i am michael nolty the executive
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director for district 6. the site is in the north to market special use district, which is the planning code, which governs is alcohol licenses that are off sale alcohol licenses. there was mentioned that the eddy and taylor development retail space there was 40% of the people that were surveyed wanted to have this store there when they were surveyed, what would go in that location. again, we are talking about the eddy and taylor street project. back in 2008, gavin newsome
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created the ordinance and i want to point out the owner was recognized by the mayor for being an outstanding citizen and community - community partner. they are recognized for the north to market community benefit district. >> thank you. any other members of the public who would like to speak on this item? >> i just wanted to say we passed a thing that outlawed menthol in cigarettes. it is used to open up people's
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throats, vicks for a long time is used to open up kids' lungs when they have trouble breathing. at the moment that is not a product we can access when we were a kid. that is why these stores are more important to be open when we need alcohol around for things like, you know, finding alternatives to that. there are other things that can be used. things like menthol have done a lot to keep people healthy with asthma and other things aggravated by smog. iit is a a problem in the commuy people not being able to get vicks vaporub. this is an alternative to get this in the area that needs it. >> any other members of the public to speak on this item?
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>> 50% of me wants to approve it and 50% of me does not want to. people are addicted to alcohol. it is perpetuated excesses drinks in the neighborhood. by the same response, with the services that every department in the city wants to provide you can't provide to the people who need help because the homeless are out in the street. that is why i am striving to build the apartment houses instead of navigation centers. you can only stay there 60 days. then you are right back on the street. after you experience that transaction several times you realize you are wasting your time and you don't want to go
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there. by building those two towers like i said where you house 1926 people who you are trying to help, they are building the apartments where you can give them services nowhere to see them because they are housed. you don't have to run around like a chick wenwith his head cut off trying to find them. the other 50% of me he has a constitutional right to have a license to sell liquor like in the areas that are predominantly white that don't have this problem. the neighborhood has that question before you today. it is a decision where you have to weigh both ends of the scale, the intoxication of the most alcohol people, 99cents thinking
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they are getting a good deal or his constitutional right to have a liquor license to sell. >> any other members of the public to speak on the item before i close public comment. public comment is now closed. soon per visor walton. >> i want to ask the police department and store owner if we can get a guarantee these conditions will be worked out prior to the alcohol sales. >> we absolutely agree this is the only thing my client was requesting was an hour earlier time. i will commit to the alu and inspector we can work it out.
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we have no problems with the other things. we have shown good faith. we have backed off what is allowed under the current license to take it back two hours. we will work it out, and i would say in support of the abc, i have worked there 30, 40 years down there and i have never seen it busier. this town is crazy with churning of alcohol licenses, they are swapped. i met with gertie today. they are probably sitting somewhere. i will commit right now to living with whatever the two of us agree to. hopefully we can agree to it this week. >> we will be able to agree on something this week.
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we will get it taken care of and get it signed. as long as abc is in the office and allows the transaction to happen. we will come to an agreement on the hours. >> colleagues. it is unusual not to have agreed upon conditions by this point as we are considering this. i think we have a few options. we could continue this for two weeks until the 23rd. i am not seeing colleagues having any desire not to make findings of public convenience a necessity. i am hung up on the paperwork. we can continue to the 23rd and by that time it sounds like people think it would be worked out with agreed upon conditions and we could make the finding.
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we could, i suppose, forward without recommendation to the full board and assuming that in fact these issues have been worked out, the full board could pass the resolution finding the means of necessity. do those seem reasonable to the own? all right. i don't know, i would probably continue to the 23rd would be my inclination. it is not strong. i am happy to be persuaded. >> to the applicant would a two week continuance be a burden in any way? >> again, it might be a burden more to the persons moving to the store because they get a 20%
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discount on products. i think the tndc hopes to get this. the people are moving in, trying to get the ground floor done. a two week delay would be $4,000 worth of benefit to that building they wouldn't have in two weeks. if we could, send it up unrecommended with a notice if it is not -- if the conditions aren't signed prior to the 2 21t when it goes to the full board take it off th the calendar. we will work it out this way. >> i want to mention one thing. the hours we are recommending are only limiting the sales of alcohol. they could open at 6:00 a.m. and sell the produce and milk and cheese. we are just limiting the alcohol
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from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. we are not preventing them from operating. >> i tend to think that is reasonable and this should be worked out before it gets to us. i think we should continue this for a couple weeks. >> i am going to make a motion we continue this item until the may 23rd regular meeting. can we take that without objection? >> all right. we have done that. thank you. mr. clerk, are there any more items before us today? >> clerk: no further business. >> all right. then we are adjourned. thank you. .
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and successful where will you shop and dine shop and dine the 49. >> my name is neil the general manager for the book shop here on west portal avenue if san francisco this is a neighborhood bookstore and it is a wonderful neighborhood but it is an interesting community because the residents the neighborhood muni loves the neighborhood it is community and we as a book sincerely we see the same people here the shop all the time and you know to a certain degree this is part of their this is created the neighborhood a place where people come and subcontract it is in recent years we see a drop off of a lot of bookstores both national chains and neighborhoods by the neighborhood stores where coming
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tons 10 thousands are textile and unwanted listen ones doesn't have to be find in the trash. >> i could has are the ones creating the partnerships with the rail kwloth stores putting an in store collection box near the checks stand so customers can bring their used clothes to the store and deposit off. >> textile will be accessible in buildings thought the city and we have goodwill a grant for them to design a textile box especially for families. >> goodwill the well-known store has been making great strides. >> we grateful to give the
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>> we're here today to kick off the celebration of a.p.a. heritage month. i hope all of you when you are coming to the civic centre have seen all of our banners up around civic centre. i hope you take a look at them. they are really beautiful, and really a source of pride. all of our basses, our adds are on the muni mobile buses. this is the month that we are celebrating our diverse asian-pacific heritage. we have a whole month of art and cultural programs offered to our citizens, as well as everybody from the bay area and abroad. we have a whole month of activities because of all of our celebration partners and their hard work. the san francisco public library , city librarian, michael lambert his here. [applause]. >> our celebration partner. every other day, there is a program at one of the libraries in the city, in the many neighborhoods. thank you. and then we have our largest
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asian american film festival as part of our celebration with cam fast, our festival director is here. [applause] >> thank you. please look up all of the movies and go to see more movies. we are really glad that it moved from march to may last year and it was really great. and the last but not least, the asian art museum right across the street from city hall. they also have a month a very special exhibits. so i hope -- now we have compiled a master calendar of events. you can pick up a copy when you are on your way out, but it is also online at our website. you can see a whole month listing of activities, and we welcome you to go and enjoy yourself, and most importantly, tell your friends about it. last year, as far as the awards
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and programs are concerned, and milestones and recognitions, last year was the first year that we started first annual agyeman -- edwin motley public service award in honor of his legacy and piglet -- public service. at this moment, i would like to invite carmen to, the first winner of our awards last year to give her greetings. carmen? [applause] >> thank you. good morning, everybody. i am the elected assessor of san francisco. it is amazing how much changes in just one year, but i am so thrilled to be here to be able to kick off a.p.a. heritage month. i think for a young asian-american who grew up in the united states with parents who immigrated here, i can't tell you of a more important thing to do that to recognize our heritage, to remember where we came from, and to celebrate
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all of our struggles, but also all of our accomplishments over the years. i think as our mayor has spoken about in the past, we have a wonderfully diverse community and city here that is our strength. and part of that is recognizing all of the contributions everyone makes here. i was so honored to be selected to be the first recipient of the edwin lee award last year. he is a person, i think means a lot to many of us, not only as a mentor, but also a role model. somebody who dedicated his whole life to supporting not only our civic work here in government, but also before then, really advocating for civil rights and making sure that our community was heard, and heard loudly, and heard effectively. i want to thank each and every one of you. there are numerous people who are here that i want to thank because you are commissioners, you're participating, you are making your voices, your legacy be known here, and that is incredibly important.
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i could not think of something that our mayor -- i relate mayor would it be more proud of fantasy all of your faces are gathered to make sure that legacy continues on. there are many commissioners who are here, i want to recognize, of course, i.v. lee who is one of our newest members on the city college board. [applause]. >> i also want to recognize jenny lam who is one of our newest members on the san francisco unified school district board. [applause] >> two incredibly smart and able women of color, a.p.a. leaders that i am incredibly proud to serve alongside. i hope that everybody takes advantage of this month to celebrate our culture, to talk about our culture, to show it, to be proud to, because it is something to be proud about. i also want to make sure to thank our official sponsors as well as our community sponsors. just taking a look at this list, there are so many impressive organizations who have been part of this fabric of san francisco.
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whether it is an industry or our communities. thank you for supporting and recognizing how important the event is today. thank you so much. [applause] with that, of course. i want to introduce someone who is very special to us and very well-known, in native san franciscan, our mayor, london breed, who i am telling you, any event that there possibly is in the city, she is at. it doesn't matter what time of day, where it is across the city , there she is looking fabulous, but also really espousing the values of the city about the importance of diversity, the importance of creating opportunity, and so i want to invite appear mayor london breed. [applause] -- invite up here mayor london breed. [applause]. >> thank you so much to our assessor recorder, carmen chu who is an incredible leader in the city, and the reason why we
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are able to generate so much revenue, to spend on all the really important things that we know we need to do to really change our city for the better, because we know, as she said, that our strength is our diversity, and with diversity, we protect our diversity, we celebrate our diversity, and we are excited about the launch of a.p.a. heritage month in san francisco, beginning may 1st. there will be a celebration, and a number of activities throughout san francisco. i want to thank claudine chang for her vision in 2005. [applause] >> she really stepped up to the plate and said it's important that we really focus on a celebration of our community, of our heritage, of what makes san francisco special, that we elevate that and we come together and those put -- reticular celebrations.
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thank you so much to claudine on the committee who continue to volunteer countless hours to make a.p.a. heritage month in san francisco such an amazing time for all of us, and thank you so much, no need to give me another pin, because i have about seven of them. [laughter]. >> i'm happy to share with anyone who doesn't have one because i would get one every year. claudine is right there, but it is so great to be here and to celebrate, and to really take this opportunity to remember i relate mayor ed lee and the work that he did as an incredible public servants. he wasn't just our mayor. before he even became mayor he was so committed to san francisco, and what i really appreciated about him, especially as they served as the director of public works, he would basically bring his kids out to help clean up district five when i was at the african-american culture complex and i used to think, that is
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kind of messed up. they are rubbing their eyes, you know, out there early in the morning, he is saying grabbed a broom, grabbed a broom. really, the kind of values he instilled in his children, the kind of love and support he has had for san francisco over the years, just really made him an incredible public servants, and what a great honor to name this awarded the edwin motley public service award that has -- that is given every single year during the celebration. carmen, of course, carries on his legacy and has those same values and commitments to our city. definitely fitting that she receives the inaugural award, and today i wanted to take this opportunity to really acknowledge the award recipient this year who has been a dedicated public servant for
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look a day over 49, but sandy morey has really been a trailblazer in san francisco, a fighter for our seniors, a fighter for japan town in the western edition, a fighter to try and bring equity and programs to communities that are often neglected, she, along with steve nakata joe, founded a place for seniors to live, a place for seniors to get hot, home-cooked meals and delivery programs and providing culturally supportive meals throughout san francisco their fight and advocacy for food equity and ensuring seniors to get three square meals a day through support with their delivery program providing millions of more funding that is
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dedicated to helping seniors age indignity, age in their communities, the list goes on and on, when i was on the board of supervisors, people know that one of the persons i could never say no to west sandy morey. anytime anyone wanted something, to send sandy to talk to london breed because she would come in there and give it to me straight and give it to me -- just really focusing on the people, focusing on the community, and then she would also remind me that her husband signed my first paycheque at age 14 when i was with the mayor charge at youth employment and training program. you never forget the person who signed your first paycheque, do you? it was jeff morey, at that time, minimum wage i want backpage --
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backpay, jeff both her and her husband have been so committed to the community, they have an incredible legacy and she has been an incredible force for decades, and we were so grateful to have you here and your advocacy. she is a kind of person who does the work and really skates under the radar so that is similar to how mayor lee was. i will tell you, i was going to his office and i would say i need your help with this, and he said sure, i will help you with this, and then i would say, but i need to take the credit for it , and he would say, okay. i don't do that as mayor, don't think about it, anybody. [laughter] >> just really a quiet force, your commitment to really taking care of people and making sure
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people have access to all the incredible things that san francisco has to offer. we are so grateful for your service and your commitment to san francisco, and excited about you being honored. i know that the official recognition will take place on may 1st, hopefully you will all be there with us to celebrate sandy morey and her contributions to san francisco, as well as so many of the events and the performances, and all that this a.p.a. heritage month has to offer. thank you to all the sponsors who are listed here, but especially to post mates who is a heritage champion, and may 1 st hasn't started, because they would be a heritage champion, with so many people who time and time again continue to support this incredible celebration. we also have a lot of commissioners here and i'm going
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to be honest, i just appointed some of them, so i know who they are, but some of the ones that have been serving for some time, i may not be familiar, but thank you also much. if all the commissioners who are here for the city and county of san francisco, we just took a photograph out of the rotunda. can you please raise your hand so we can give you a hand for your service? [applause] >> i see malcolm young we just appointed to the airport. and alan lowe who is on the recreation and park commission. sharon you're on the treasure island board. and we have stephen lee who is on the entertainment commission, and a little secret about stephen, what was the club, the one up club that i used to go to before i was 21? remember you used to let us in? [laughter]
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>> you know i am just kidding. it was the first club i went to when i turned 21. [laughter] >> but an incredible force in the nightlife industry. thank you, stephen, for all your hard work in the city, and so many other commissioners who do a great job to really commit their lives and to dedicate their time to serve san francisco. that is what it is all about. it is really about serving our city, making our city better for so many folks, and i also want to acknowledge, i know earlier our new librarian, michael lambert. [applause] he actually was just tired, even , though i thought he was already the librarian. he was the acting librarian, and he was definitely acting like he was a librarian. of course, it is only fitting that we made him permanent. great to see all of you here today. i am looking forward to this
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amazing celebration, thank you also much for all you do and continue to do to make san francisco that syllable -- >> thank you everyone. i want to acknowledge the committee. is always in the details of it comes to organizing a month like this, and thank you may or breed for that wonderful introduction. i want to thank my husband for
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being here who has been a long time supporter and advocate in san francisco, and all my friends from japan town, and all my personal friends who are here today. thank you for being here. i want to make a point in terms of our relationship with japan town and mayor lee. we knew him when he was with the asian law caucus, and he started out as an attorney. he was doing community work and advocacy then, and then he went to the city. he became the head of hrc, then he became the head of d.p.w., anything he became the chief administrative officer and then our mayor. all of those times that he was the leader in those areas, he always, always supported japan town, and we really appreciate it all these years. it is one of those things where you remember the people from the very beginning, and when they become really people in power, you still remember them to. thank you so much. [applause]
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>> thank you, may or breed, and thank you, sandy. during the event wednesday, the a.p.a. heritage awards event, we are also going to recognize two very, very historically significant milestones. the first one is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the agents of san francisco state. that was a result -- [applause] >> they will we'll hear from them at the event. it is really history and the making. at that time, 1969, it was the first asian-american southeast department in the entire country today, they are still the largest such department in the entire country, so we look forward to celebrating that and hearing more details next wednesday. the second milestone that we will be recognizing is the chinese railroad workers.
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we thought about the 150th anniversary. [applause] >> there are a lot of celebrations, a lot of talks this year, were there has been about the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. we think about everything and we think about what about the railroad is relevant to our community? what it is irrelevant about us because of the 90% of the workforce constructing the railroad are chinese-americans. they got recruited to come here, they built the railroad against all of us, but they were never recognized. they were never recognized, given a day when the completion ceremony happened in 1969, may 10th. there was -- the golden spike was put into utah, and none of the workers were invited to the ceremony, even