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>> that is pretty incredible, but i remember this. my question is, it sounded as if she was saying there was approximately 40,000 new individuals for cal fresh, and so is this effort supposed to help with that? is that part of this contract? >> correct, this is seen as just one part of a larger effort.
the county department of social services sent some money over to the department of aging saying, how about you help with targeting folks 60 and over. and do an allocation base throughout the state and come up with $66,000 which comes down to us, which is to be used to target older adults, 60 and over , solely recognizing that six a $6,000, and the grand scheme, is not the largest amount of money, but we hope to at least cover some staff time to support the much larger coordinated effort. >> one other question, what would you see as being successful at the end of the day if we were able to in role tenth out -- able to unroll 10,000? >> they are asking us to meet a couple of targets with these
funds, and their two categories. there is an outreach category, how many people do we send this information to? that is usually calculated as an estimate. the numbers are asking us to meet on that level within the thousands. there's also someone asking us to actually track the amount of applications which are submitted , that is actually not approved, but submission and there is a mechanism to do that. i do not have this exact numbers to me, i will send them through budget to you. those are probably good targets for us to reach. >> any other comments or questions? any comments or questions from the public? hearing none, may i have a
motion to approve? >> so moved. >> do i have a second? thank you. any further comments for discussion? all in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? thank you. motion carries. item b., requesting authorization to motto -- modify the contract with central communications inc. for provision of hotline answering services for adult protective services and family and children's services for the time period of september first, 2019 to august 31st, 2021 in the additional amount of $50,000 plus a 10% contingency for a total amount not to exceed $110,000. welcome, carrie wong. do i have a motion to discuss? thank you. carry? >> good morning, commissioners. i am pleased to present to you the central communications contract for your approval.
we are requesting for the contract lot to extend two years of $50,000. i do want to note a typo that was kindly pointed out this morning that the annual amount is for fiscal year 19-20, not 18 -19 for 25,000, and fiscal year 19-20 is actually 2021, so it is a total $50,000 modification moving forward. so per state regulation, both adult protective services and family and children's services are mandated to accept and respond to reports of abuse and neglect on children, older adults and adults with disabilities. this is on a 24-hour basis and we have been providing the services for a number of years. we are adding to the scope of services for the next two years
to extend to hotlines for the public guardian and public conservatorship. this will also be for evenings and weekends, issues range from medical decisions to psychiatric issues that may arise after hours. sometimes individuals are sick or require cold -- code org palliative or palliative care decisions, or if they passed away. this will allow the public guardian and public conservator to be more responsive to the care needs of providers such as hospitals, skilled nursing homes , and boarding cares. we will also provide care only 24-hour basis for individuals who are under conservatorship. there will be a pilot phase this first fiscal year for three months in the fall, during the pilot phase, there will be no direct impact on the contract. workers will contact the public guardian or public conservator staff directly based on internal costs. the contractor will be contacted
after the after hours program is ready to launch and we will arrange for the numbers and have a market and strategy and be able to do presentations to community hardware his. the call volumes are 2504 abs and family and children's services respectively. abs tends to average more of these calls. we are not adding new dollars because the contract itself, there tends to be contract savings and we understand a little bit. and then whatever we develop in terms of the points, we will establish the trends and reset the amount for future needs if needed. >> thank you very much. are there any comments or questions? >> i want to add that carrie graciously moved over from her previous role of long-term-care director to the public administrative public right-hand role. she has currently -- is currently the manager.
i wanted to point that out because we have seen her in a different role before. >> congratulations. that is a significant challenge, but i'm sure you are up for it. any other comments or questions? >> i have a question. >> this program was established in 2017. how do you measure that it is working? >> this contract is for the after hours contract itself, and so family and children services have had this contract continuously since 2009, and then four abs, it is one -- and then for a.p.s., they reached all the targets every year. we haven't received any complaints or issues from the
public regarding any dropped calls or any problems with the hotline. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> you mentioned the number of calls, i thank you said 250 -- i thank you said 250. the particular contract, the extra hours. what are the usual number of calls that you get. >> we get monthly reports and then every time there is a call, we also get actual daily reports of the calls. so we average about 250 per program, per month. family and children services of his about 250.
a.p.s. tends to have more of them. >> and this contract will include more -- you are seeing it expands into the conservatory of the public guardian. >> so during the pilot phase, it will probably be around september to december, so about three months for us to work out the processes internally, and the training staff, and that sort of thing, so there's no direct -- we are not launching any marketing campaign. the public doesn't know, so there is nothing -- there will not be an influx of calls. we will just go through the normal cause of calling -- because of calling adult protective services. we just deal with it internally. really, there is no direct impact on the contract, at earliest, springs. >> that expands a lot. they give very much. >> thank you. any other comments or questions? any comments or questions from the public?
hearing none, i have a motion to approve. >> so moved. >> do i have a second? >> any other comment? all in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? thank you. motion carries. item c., requesting authorization to enter into a new contract with thomson reuters for the provision of firm central case management and westlaw online legal research tools during the period of july first -- september 1st, 2019 through june 30th, 2022 in the amount of $100,495 plus a 10% contingency for a total grant amount not to exceed $110,544. welcome to janet for the discussion. do i have a motion to discuss? >> so moved. >> second. >> thank you. janet? >> good morning, commissioners.
i am the head attorney for the public administrator and the public guardian, which are two offices housed in dawes -- housed in daas. the office is currently using both products, however, it is my understanding that in the prior year, we are able to enter into this arrangement through our i.t. department and procurement. due to a change in process, even that there is a ppi and a baa, it needs to be an interest gated contract, and that requires commission approval. that is why i am here. i'm happy to answer any questions about the contract if you have them, but i think it is
somewhat self-explanatory. >> thank you, very much. >> my question is, i looked at the budget every year and there is a 5% increase. i am just asking this question. >> that is my understanding if you approve it, it will be allowed. >> any other comments or questions from the commission? >> also, when i look at the last page, someone should read out the number because the number is a little bit off. it is still not the correct number. >> okay. >> thank you, commissioner. any other comments or questions? any comments or questions from the public? may i have a motion to approve? >> so moved. >> second. >> any further comments or questions? all in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? thank you. the motion carries. thank you very much. item d., requesting
authorization to enter into a new contract agreement with net smart technologies inc. for access to home health electronic record system during the period of september first, 2019 through june 30th, 2022 in the amount of $45,000 plus a 10% contingency for total amount not to exceed $49,500. may i have a motion to discuss? >> so moved. >> second? >> second. >> thank you. >> good morning, commission. my name is rhea and i am the nurse manager for the clinical quality assurance unit here at daas. we started leading nurses into the function of adult protective services and in-home supportive services while our social
workers are doing their hard work investigating abuse or allegations of abuse. our community based nurses and public health nurses are focusing on the clinical needs of the clients. client. clients with complex functional needs and clinical needs. we partner with a.p.s. chi , i hs with addressing the needs of the clients. to document or chart the medical records, our assessments, medication records, we use net smart and that is the software that we use to not only document our clinical findings, but also we want to report so you better know or understand our client population and also address the
risk involved with the population we are serving. the commission is requesting we continue to use the software that allows us to document client records and allows us to prioritize what we need to see when we are partnering with our programs. >> thank you very much. any comments or questions on the commission? just one. are we confident and comfortable with the confidentiality? >> i am. >> thank you.
>> thank you. any other questions from the commission? any comments or questions from the public? hearing none, i have a motion to approve. >> so moved. >> second. >> second. >> thank you. all in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? thank you. motion carries. >> thank you. now the item on the agenda is general public comment. hello, jessica. >> good morning, commissioners and welcome to the new commissioners. i am with senior and disability action. i wanted to comment on the conversation earlier about pedestrian safety. thank you so much for your interest and attention to this topic. one thing, commissioner asked us about the electric vehicles on
the street. that has been a great concern to a lot of us with electric scooters and delivery robots. folks most likely know it, but we let scooters run wild in the streets and then fortunately, we really clamped down and put a lot of limits on it. it has been a lot better. we are concerned that once the pilot concludes that, it may change. we will need to be on top of making sure there are serious limits because even with things being better than they were, they are still not perfect, and we still should not have any scooters on the street. we know it is dangerous for everyone, especially seniors with disabilities. similarly, we do need to advocate for the m.t.a. to have clear guidelines about delivery robots, and it is also part of the bigger question of what is happening to public spaces, that are public sidewalks being shrunk and taken over by private companies that are using them to
make money? instead of really being spaces at the public can get around freely. it was mentioned about bus shelters and that has been a concern as well that a lot of but shelters have been removed, which makes it difficult for seniors and people with disabilities to wait for the bus , whether it is about not having a place to sit, and not being able to be protected. it looks like the transit system is very closely linked to people being able to leave their house and get around the neighborhood and community. as far as the m.t.a., it has been an interesting challenge that we have worked for a lot of engineers, but there are different engineers working on all these different projects. it is a matter of educating all of them to be thinking about accessibility concerns, and we have seen with the parking protected bike lanes, they have been pushed for good reason to make it safer for bicyclists, and it is not good solutions
that we don't restate -- restrict accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities. we have been trying to work on coming up with solutions. and educating m.t.a. engineers about how they can think about it and coming up with some new ideas. so, i would invite any of you are interested to come up and participate in senior and disability action's transit justice group at least once a month. is a community group putting together seniors and people with disabilities to work on these issues. and tyra is the head of that. there is also a vision zero senior and disability pedestrian safety group that is coordinated by walk s.f. and we also meet once a month and meet representatives of different coalitions. i spoke -- i also want to ask people to save the date at the annual celebration on thursday, october 3rd, and we will have invitations at the next meeting.
>> hello, everyone. welcome to the bayview bistro. [cheers and applause] i am san francisco mayor london breed, and i have to tell you, first of all, when it is hot in san francisco, it is hot in the bayview. [laughter] i mean, really hot. on a regular basis in the bayview, and potrero hill neighborhood and the mission, we know that those are the hotspots in san francisco. i just came from the sunset and it is hot in the sunset. i knew it was going to be even hotter in the bayview. i'm really excited to be here today because nothing brings the community together like food, and here is an incredible opportunity to really not only enjoyed the delicious food provided by some amazing vendors , but this is also an opportunity for the community to come together. when i was growing up in san francisco, we had food houses. remember? we could go to somebody's house and buy some nachos or some
chicken or some banana pudding, but times have changed. we don't have the grandmothers and the folks who are the ones that were taking care of the community the same way that we do now. things have changed. the community has changed a lot. we know the bayview hunter's point community has a thriving african-american population here , a community filled with love and excitement, and the need for us to come together for occasions like this. especially because we know that as there is a lot of work that is happening in the bayview hunter's point community, there are a lawsuit -- also a lot of people working in this community , a lot of people living in this community. having amazing food options for and by the people of this communities critical to the success, the long-term success and stability of the bayview hunter's point community. i cited eight.
[cheers and applause] >> if you're from hunter's point and you don't know harold, you are not from hunter's point. we have sold bowl... [cheers and applause] and we have yes, putting. with all things sweet. so today is really about making sure that we support them and we support what they are trying to do here for the community. there are a lot of folks who are going to be working on the sewage plants and other projects we just broke ground on one of the public safety buildings that is not too far from here, so i was just thinking to myself, what was that building that we just broke ground on, the forensic building and some other something, the traffic company. thank you.
anyway, we were breaking ground over there and i said i wonder where all these workers are going to eat. where are the restaurants? so we have café envy, we have other places here and we want to make sure that, you know, we know that there are places to go to to eat in the bayview hunter 's point, places to hang out in the community and our goal is to do everything we can to make the right investments so that this community continues to thrive. i want to thank all of you for being here today to support these incredible businesses and thank you to harland kelley kelly with the public utilities commission for having the foresight to know that it is not just about rebuilding and investing in our infrastructure and making sure that the communities part of these projects, it is also about investing in other things that play a critical role to support this amazing community. with that, another amazing
supporter of the bayview hunter 's point community who used to be your supervisor and is now public utilities commission are, ladies and gentlemen, sophie maxwell. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. what a day. what an amazing day in san francisco. any time it is warm, i mean, i never get to wear sleeveless clothes. i'm always scared to death because i feel the wind will come up any minute. but i can relax. we can relax and be warm in this beautiful space. i'm really proud to be a commissioner. thank you so much. i thought it, but it is a great thing because the p.u.c. is sponsoring this. these are the kinds of things that san francisco public utilities commission is doing. they're doing it because they feel they have a responsibility to san franciscans and to people in this community. it is a place where we can connect, where we can laugh, where we can talk about issues
and politics, and 45 and kentucky and everything else. we can talk here and this is a good thing. we don't have any banks to wait in line anymore. you are in the bank used to talk to people about things, that is gone. walgreens, used to meet people at walgreens, well, that is gone , and so we have this and this is where we will connect. i want to thank all of you and i want to thank our partners. i want to think people who have a vision, you understand that, yes, while you are building in the programs, while you are building the sewage plant, there were other things. there are other places and people around you, and that these people have come to the conclusion that is part of their responsibility to help us live and thrive in this community. i want to thank the p.u.c. and i want to thank all of those people who helped make this possible. and now i get introduced one of my most favorite people.
one of my most favorite people, that is shamann walton because he will make sure that this continues and it will be bigger and better. shamann walton, supervisor shamann walton. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, supervisor maxwell good afternoon, everybody. welcome to bayview, and as our mayor said, and we always let everyone know, where the sun is always shining in bayview, california. this is an exciting time. is a look around and see a lot of our business owners up and down the third streetcar door, and one of our main focuses is to make sure we have a vibrant corridor where businesses get to thrive, not only for folks in the community, because we want to make sure we have a place to go like supervisor maxwell explained, so we can talk, we can spend time with our families right here in our own community, but we also want to make bayview a destination place. we want folks to come from all over san francisco, from all
over the bay area to enjoy the culture, to enjoy the businesses , to enjoy the food that we have right here in our own community. so as we look at our own businesses activating space outside and an atmosphere like this, that is an exciting thing for us. that is something that we should all be celebrating and be excited about. i want to thank everyone for coming over today and spending time to get to know our business owners who i will introduce in a minute, but i also want to talk about the public, private community partnership. as you know, the sewer system improvement program is coming. there's going to be lots of construction, lots of change in our community, and community benefits were something that we fought hard to make sure happened for our community. working with the p.u.c., working with the joint venture partners, we got the resources to make sure that this space was activated, that our businesses were going to be able to thrive because of all of the
opportunities that are on the way to this community, and we want to continue to be supportive of all of that. i want to thank our joint venture partners and thank the p.u.c., i want to thank the office of economic and workforce development, i want to thank larry mcquillan for his hard work on this corridor. [applause] we pushed larry very hard. i want to thank andrea baker consulting for all of her work on activating this space. [cheers and applause] she has been working hard to make sure that we have places like this in our community. if you look at -- this is really towards the front of the gateway into bayview, and if you continue up the corridor, we have another space like all good pizza. all these places are right here that are community assets and we all have to remember to patronize. i don't want to just see you all here today as we have this opening ceremony, i want to see you supporting harold, supporting nema, supporting? asia on a daily basis, on a
weekly basis consistently. that peace is important. we need you here every day and not just for a ribbon-cutting in the grand opening ceremonies. with that said, i do have the pleasure and the honor of introducing the stars of bayview bistro, first will hear from nema romney, a san francisco native. they have a food truck with a latin twist and then we will hear from harold big h. and then we will hear from mr. johnson, a san francisco native and owner of yes, putting -- putting -- putting -- pudding we want to make it easier for small businesses to thrive in san francisco, especially along the corridor here in district ten. with that said, i want to bring
up nema romney. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, everyone. i first want to say thank you for coming. out -- i wrote a script, so have patience with me. my name is nema romney, i have been a native of san francisco all my life. i would first like to thank our mayor for taking out her busy schedule to come down and support us. [applause] in no specific order, i also like to thank the p.u.c., oewd, brown and cobb -- caldwell, black and fitch, salt wash, jacob engineering, and emerson. last but never least, i would like to thank andrea baker and peugeot, without their opportunity a would not be standing here today. [applause]
i opened so bull october 27th, 2017 with the joys and dreams of becoming a business owner. i have bounced around san francisco because of the permit process that san francisco has in place. so when andrea reached out to me , i could not resist. my grandmother has lived in -- i have lived in bayview all my life. have patience. so the decision to be part of bayview was not hard to make at all. we are facing our challenges, but with the support and the help of our community, as well as bayview with big h., i hope we have high hopes that high dreams of how far this space can go. again, i like to thank our mayor , i'm like to thank everyone for coming out, and i see my son back there in the back. love you so much. thank you for coming to support your mom, as well. [cheers and applause]
>> hello, everyone. my name is harold. i own big h. barbecue. born and raised in san francisco , bayview. i have been kicking for a long time with my grandfather, my mom , it's been a beautiful thing i want to thank you all for coming out and supporting us. bayview bistro got me out here and it has been a beautiful thing. getting my foot in the door, trying to move up and go farther places to support my family a little bit better. i wouldn't be able to do it without you all here. miss mayor, thank you so much. i appreciate it. [applause] >> hello. i own a desert business where i create a variety of putting desserts.
it all started with banana pudding but has evolved into everything. stop by my booth to learn more about my business. i would like to thank andrea baker for giving me this opportunity to grow my business here. being here will allow me to serve customers, gain more customers and just gain the experience that i need to own and operate a business. thank you. thank you to the mayor for coming out and supporting, and thank you to bayview for their continued support. [cheers and applause] >> all right. it is time to eat, people. [laughter] it is time to order up the barbecue and the desserts and everything in between. make sure, as was said earlier, that you not only show up today for the opening, but you continue to come back and
>> welcome, everybody. it is such a pleasure to be able to welcome you to our event to commemorate not only the acquisition of 270 turk street and the barcelona apartments, but to recognize the partnership among the mayor and city, the san francisco housing accelerator fund and others. the barcelona apartment is important, not only because of the accomplishment itself in this building, but also because it represents an important policy direction, and a bigger attempt to address the housing crisis in san francisco. please join me in welcoming our mayor and partner, london breed.
[applause] >> thank you, don, and thank you for being an amazing partner in the effort to acquire welding his all over the safety to keep them permanently affordable. because we know that having affordable housing isn't just about new construction, it is about making sure that we preserve existing affordable housing, whether it's property that we built under the old redevelopment agency, that are in disrepair, or its buildings like this where we are able to acquire it through our small sight acquisition program so that we can keep it permanently affordable. those are the things that are necessary to make sure that san francisco is a more affordable place for all san franciscans of all income levels. we have work to do, folks. the good news is that in this
particular efforts, they basically kept their eyes open and saw that this was an incredible opportunity for the small sight acquisition program. in fact, even though we are celebrating 86 units here, we know that number one, we have almost -- we have acquired almost 300 unit so far through this program, there's another 110 in the pipeline, which is absolutely incredible. i am really excited about the future of this program, but a more excited about the 600 million-dollar affordable housing bond on the ballot this november. [applause] because it also provides us with an opportunity to acquire more property. i see randy shot in the back. thank you for coming. we just open the doors to the bristol hotel. another incredible site here in
the tenderloin, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that our residents have a safe, affordable place to come home -- call home. nothing makes you feel better than to have a roof over your head, to have that kind of security, to know that you will be able to afford to pay your rent. this is not just about acquiring this building, this is about providing a new home for formerly homeless families, it is about providing wraparound supportive services, because we want to not only house them, we want to keep them housed. we want to make sure that they have a thriving existence while they are living in their homes, so sometimes it is just more than a home, it involves making the place feel like home and creating the kind of community that we know we can when we acquire sites like this. so i am very excited because this is like my favorite thing to do, and i think that we need to spread the word more about so
many great things that we are doing to ensure affordability for all of our residents in san francisco, and so i would like to invite you up to say a few words. he is one of the new residents of this incredible establishment come on up and say a few words. [applause] >> okay, hello, everyone. my name is richard, and i live here at 270 turk street in this building. it is really nice, yeah. i come from cambodia, and i came here quickly and settled down in
this building with my family and i feel comfortable. i am happy in this building. i have some people who are from cambodia that live here in the tenderloin, and i am so grateful for this building, for the new owners, for the tndc. everything, you know, is close, everything. i'm so happy, and i will -- i am comfortable to live in this building. thank you for everyone coming
for today. that's all i have today. [applause] thank you so much. >> thank you. rebecca foster from the san francisco housing accelerator fund. >> thank you. thank you so much. stories like yours are why we all do this work. my name is rebecca foster, i'm the c.e.o. of the san francisco housing accelerator fund and we are a nonprofit housing fund that was formed by the mayor's office and community stakeholders like many of you who are in the room. our job is to innovate smart approaches to housing finance that put public, private and philanthropic money to work to fund affordable housing.
we were created to support important and ambitious projects just like this one. we are a nonprofit developer like our awesome partners at tndc. we are working every day to protect affordable housing, but they don't always have the right funding when they need it. when tndc approached us with this project, we immediately understood its importance. a chance to save 86 units and protect 72 current residents in the heart of the tenderloin in an old, beautiful historic building. we knew that if these residents would be displaced, and many of them are long-term teachers, nurses assistance, technicians, restaurant workers, they would likely not find another home that they could afford in san francisco. to purchase 270 turk, tndc needed $24 million. about 18 million to buy the building, which is still a lot, and about $6 million for improvements to ensure that the
building continues to provide a very safe and healthy place for all of the residents to call home. our partners in the mayor's office and the great team there will be able to come through with a long-term -- with the long-term funding for this building, but they didn't have the funds ready in 60 days at tndc needed to compete with market rate buyers to save this building. deals that are over $10 million are often nonstarters for most lenders, but at the housing accelerator fund, we pride ourselves in being a creative and flexible lender, and even for us, $24 million is very significant, but we knew how important this was, his we rolled up our sleeves and sprinted to raise $50 million in additional capital in a few months, working with the mayor's office, and then working with the mayor's office tndc and the department for housing -- for homelessness and supportive housing where we structure the partnership that the mayor referenced that is really the first of its kind so that we cannot only prevent the
displacement of the current residents here, would also open up 24 units over the next few years so that individuals currently experiencing homelessness can also have really quality homes in this building. and not only is that the right thing to do and an amazing way to use the money, it also helped be the piece of the puzzle that helps the financial issue work. we are thrilled that we could step into support tndc and work with the mayor's office of housing and community development to get this project across the finish line. this is really hard work. deals like this happened really quickly and other small sights projects and they require very significant capital resources and a high level of collaboration and creativity and persistence, which is exactly why mayor breed continues to bring together such diverse coalitions of funders like ours to support much-needed
preservation of affordable housing. some of those partners are here. partners lake city community development, thank you, dignity health, the san francisco foundation, just recently the betty ferguson foundation, and tipping point communities. we can't do this work without all of those partners, and that -- we have been able to over the last two years deploy $100 million to enable the preservation and construction of 417 permanently affordable deals -- permanently affordable units. a very complicated transaction, but like this one at the barcelona apartment projects that are way too important to walk away from. to keep it critical, we are working with the mayor to raise $50 million more in philanthropic and mission aligned capital so when nonprofit developers like tndc and the city need a trusted partner for the comp looks project like this, we can continue to stand at the ready. thank you. [applause]
>> think, rebecca. thank you, mayor, for your partnership. i want to close with a few observations about why this is so important to tndc and to our community and the tenderloin. the tenderloin, like so much of san francisco, is gentrifying, and there has been a long-standing fear dating back to the seventies that the tenderloin would someday not to be affordable to people with low incomes. when we buy a property like 270 turk street, one of the things that is really important about it is the fact that it is no longer owned by a for-profit. i want to break that down a little bit in terms of the way rent control works in san francisco. of course, under rent control, rent can only go up so much for an existing tenant, however, when a tenant voluntarily vacates, not is displaced, voluntarily vacates, that unit's rent can float up to market. that means that the next
occupant will be higher income household. one can see that when one looks at the rent roll of barcelona apartments, and 80 or so people who live here, the people who moved in recently are paying a lot more rent than the people who moved in ten or 15 or 20 years ago. the key for us is that, number one, tndc can consider -- we consider ourselves forever owners, so we intend to own this property in perpetuity, and when somebody moves out voluntarily, we won't raise the rent to market. we will essentially freeze the rents and the incomes of the people living here now for future occupants for generations so over time, this will become more and more and more affordable housing. it is a key part of the strategy of the tenderloin housing clinic , the tndc, and a lot of groups here to keep the tenderloin affordable for a group of people with low income.
with that, we have a unit open on the seventh floor and i want to welcome people to go open -- go up to see it. i don't know if you want to take questions, mayor, or if anyone wants to comment. >> no. okay. thank you so much. i really appreciate your being here. thank you for joining us, mayor. [applause]
>> ok. so, good evening, everyone. my name is vivian po. i'm the communications director for assessor carmen chiu and i wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being here. and i would like the introduce our host for tonight, assessor carmen chiu. she is the only asian-american assessor across the state of california. and she is definitely one of our women leaders in the city. so, may i present assessor carmen chiu. [applause] >> hello! welcome, everybody, to san francisco's women equality day kickoff! [cheering] [applause] i don't know if folks know what the history of women's equality day is, but it is to simply do this -- to remember and to celebrate when women fought for right to vote and the passage of the 19th amendment.