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>> ladies and gentlemen, friends, distinguished stakeholders, welcome to this historic sunnydale classic groundbreaking. [applause] >> we are honored to bring up our most distinguished guest, the leader of the city and county of franchise, please give a warm welcome to mayor london breed. [applause] >> mayor: good afternoon, sunnydale! are you here? [laughter] >> mayor: all right. i'm excited to be here today. i feel like i spend a lot of time here doing some
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amazing things. we know this is a long time coming. and, in fact, i keep going back every time we come to any of our public housing locations -- i continue to go back to when i grew up in the western addition in plaza east, and there were 300 units there that were torn down and only 200 built. and all over the city, we brought forth a program, through the federal government, called "hope fix." you remember "hope fix" ran out of money, ran out of resources. and the people who were promised in places like sunnydale and all over the city, there was no support from the federal government to do that. and so at that time, gaff gavin newsom was governor, and they created "hope s.f.," and they were coming up with creative solutions and saying, you know what, we made a commitment.
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we need to follow through and we need to get this done for the residents of sunnydale and batrail, and any other public housing that exists in san francisco. today is a day we're breaking ground on 126 units, and we would think that would be easy, but it hasn't been easy. and it took not only the community and the trust from the community to make this happen, it also took the resources, the process -- and don't get me started with the bureaucracy and the drama that exists with city government with trying to get an amazing project like this done. and so i'm really happy to be here today because it definitely took a village. but it is not just about rehabilitating or redoing or rebuilding the homes that people live in. it is about investing in this community. and looking at the fact that for so many decades, public housing residents have been treated,
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honestly, like second-class citizens in san francisco, and not been provided with the resources that are necessary to make sure that as families grow in these communities, they thrive. just think about it. thank you, phil ginsburg burg, it looks beautiful over there. a safe, great place for people to swim. and part of this project, and what i am most excited about is boys and girls clubs, working with the developers, related and mercy housing, and they're not going to just help build a new place that will serve this community and serve families in this community with child care, basketball court, tutoring places and other things that are needed, they are investing their time in raising the dollars necessary to get this job done and do it right for the residents of sunnydale. and so we have come a long way, folks. i know it took almost
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supervisor cohen's entire term to get here, but we are here, and i'm optimistic about the future. earlier this year, when i held my budget announcement right here, in sunnydale, in this location, i made a commitment to make sure that this community is not forgotten, and that we fulfill the promises that we made to not only redevelop it and provide unit opportunities, but one for one replacement, look at opportunities for people hoorays their kids, and their kids to have access to the affordable housing in their communities. making sure we're providing and bringing the resources, and, in fact, coming up soon in the next month, there will be a job fair and other things that many of the young people have expressed that they want in this community on a more consistent basis. so we've got a lot of catching up to do. but it starts with so many of the folks that you see
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here, who have made the commitment to continue to invest and support this amazing community. and, yes, it is hot today. so we're going to try to keep these speeches short so that we can get on with the ceremony and the festivities and get on with breaking ground on what i know will be an amazing, amazing contribution to this community and the best is yet to come. all 775 units that exist in sunnydale, one of the largest developments of public housing in our city, will be a one for wuone replacement. the mistake that happened at plaza east will not happen here. and we will continue to do everything we can to maintain that trust, to maintain that support, to listen to this community and continue to make the investments so that this is no longer a forgotten community but a thriving community of families, of
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people who are just growing and loving one another, and really moving our city forward in a positive direction. thank you all so much. with that -- you can clap. [applause] >> mayor: and with that, like i said, the way we get housing built is people who not only care about making the money from what they are making from these projects, but what are they doing to give back? what are they doing to hire from the community? what are they doing to invest in the community so that the impacts of what they do in building these infrastuctures has a sustainable impact for generations to come. i have to say that mercy housing and related have been invested in raising the dollars necessary so that we can build an amazing facility that this community wants. so at this time, i want to bring up phil witty from
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related, and doug shumaker from mercy housing to say a few words. [applause] >> we flipped a coin, and i'm going first. so i want to first of all thank the mayor and all of her staff for the incredible work on this. as some of you know, this sunnydale project is an incredibly long process, longer than i think any of us would have wanted it to be. what is incredible about all of it is just elected official after elected official, you see two former supervisors here, current supervisors, past mayors -- just the dedication and commitment to this is unusual, i think, for anything else you see in government. it is wave after wave of people committing themselves to this. i want to do a few thank yous. we would like to thank our incredible architect, and the general contractors
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that are doing the work that the mayor described earlier, the commitment to hiring and making sure that folks from this community get good jobs and career paths. i want to thank the staff from related, they've been our partner since the very beginning of this. couldn't ask for better partners on this. i want to thank the staff from o.c.d. i know we are sometimes less than easy to work with. it is a passion that we care about these projects as much as you do, and i think it has been a great partnership over the years. i want to give thanks to all of your hard work and dedication to this alongside our staff. and i want to thank a couple of groups of folks specifically. if the folks who work on the ground here at sunnydale, whether you're from mercy housing or any other organization, could take a moment to stand up. because this is much harder work than any of the rest of us do. and i just want to acknowledge you.
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[applause] [applause and cheering] >> i am repeatedly amazed at people's commitment to work here and other locations like this, where it is not esee. easy. we're not giving you the most incredible new offices to work out of. and the conditions and other issues that have come with it are tough. i'm amazed by the commitment i see by the mercy staff, and i know the other staff from the boys and girls clubs and the "y" is equal. i want to just acknowledge that. we also have a great team of folks working on this from our development office, david fernandez, and other folks. i want to single out one person in particular, and that's rani dare. [applause and cheering] >> she is probably hiding,
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as usual. she doesn't seek the spotlight. i can tell you mercy housing and related would not be here today celebrating this moment if it were not for her and her persistence. she deserves a tremendous amount of thanksp respect for the work she has done. and i want to bring up our partner, bill witty. people often ask me, what is a for-profit develop percent doing on this project? i think bill secretly wishes he ran a non-profit. bill? [applause and cheering] >> thank you. i won't comment on the last statement. but i will tell you what you just saw, when those folks stood up, is why we're here today, and why this is going to continue to be successful. because what doug and his team at mercy have done,
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led by rani, is not just work on land use approvals and design and construction, but being out here with the residents, in the community, letting us know what the problems are, how we can respond, hopefully building some trust and credibility. so i also want to thank the residents for their patience, because it has been a long haul. but i hope you can see we're making progress. i will tell you, i said this at a meeting in clara's point last week, i've been working in and around public housing for 40 years. there is no mayor i've ever seen devote more attention to improving the lives of people in public housing than london breed. [applause and cheering] >> what it tells us -- going through these 10 years, and i was there at the beginning -- we've had the unwavering support of everybody who had an influence here. supervisor calia,
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currently supervisor walton, and we're blessed, as san francisco is, with the leaders in affordable housing in the state, including scott weiner. maybe there is something in the water here, but it sure helps. i would lend my thanks, as doug mentioned, to the mayor's staff, theo has coordinated this, dan and his staff at mayor's office of housing, and everybody who worked on this. and finally to pick up on something the mayor said, doug and i and our teams are heavily involved in raising the money, with the help of phil ginsburg in the rec and parks department, to build a work class facility that we're calling the hub, that will have all of the services that will make this a community, and not just bricks and mortar. we're going to get this done. we're going to get the whole development done, and we're going to be with you for the long-term. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much, bill. so briefly, before the
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pool party after this, we have an incredible list of speakers. and my only job is to keep you on time. it is hot, you're a distinguished group. we have in many ways the most important speaker to come first, a resident, a mom, a leader of this community. i welcome ms. betty hunter. [applause and cheering] >> hello, and good afternoon. good afternoon, everyone. my name is betty hunter. i'm 28 years old, and i'm a san francisco native. i've been living in sunnydale since 2011. growing up in san francisco, east/south districts, has not been easy. my parents were both addicted to drugs, and there was not much normalcy in my life. but with the help of my family members, they created some, and were very supportive. since i have become a mother, i have tried to instill the same values, support, and structure in
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my child's life. the affordable housing act will allow me to give my child the opportunity to grow up in a community where he is safe, and with habitable, loving conditions. it is a pleasure to know that fractured communities like these ones have been disenfranchised, and looked at as a waste of space, are now, in the near future, going to be a place we can all call home. being here and being able to speak today is an honor and a pleasure, and with the new development and promise from the mayor's office, as well as the housing office of development and mercy housing, i know that this project will be a great -- i'm sorry -- [applause] >> it will be great for those who have been
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disenfranchised, and the children that live here. i want to say thank you so much for your time and for allowing me to speak. [applause and cheering] >> let's give it up for betty hunter. amazing. thank you, betty. [applause and cheering] >> next we're going to bring up our field office director from the department of housing and urban development. it gives us -- you can't do this without leaders in b.c., and i'm honored to bring up mor gerard wynn. [applause] >> thank you. first of all, i would like to acknowledge betty. the reason we're here is because of the families in this community. we're so proud of what you've done with your life, what you're continuing to do, and what you will do. first of all, also, i'd like to thank an unrecognized, unsung hero at hudd, who does a lot of work for san francisco and
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sunnydale. his name is trevor alser, and he works for me in the local san francisco office. i would just like to acknowledge his contribution. [applause and cheering] >> thank you, trevor. i mentioned those cities across the country that are going through a severe rental challenge. the worst case housing needs study says that they pay half of their income on rent or sub standard housing. one way shud hudd is addressing this is to build housing in the portfolios. the strategies and programs are assisting the san francisco housing authority here at sunnydale. the san francisco housing authority has been a national leader in repositioning the public housing units. the housing authority has completed many projects in its commitment to preserve and approve public housing. to date, theyv approved
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more than 4,000 affordable housing units and leveraged millions of dollars to make these critical improvements. hudd looks forward to partner with san francisco and the city to help families living in public housing. and i would like to thank and congratulate joaquin torrez and barbara smith for their leadership and commitment to public housing in san francisco. please join me in congratulating barbara smith on her well-deserved retirement. [applause and cheering] >> i would also like to say thank you to the housing authority and mayor's office of housing staff. a lot of people made this. i want to thank you for the service that you provided. it is essential to this project. i would also like to thank tanya lake and her staff, the housing authority team, and her
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commitment to continue to address public housing challenges here in san francisco, and i look forward to working with her and her team in the future. i close by thanking, again, the families living here in sunnydale for their commitment to the community, for your patience during this process to obtain decent and safe housing. thank you again to the sunnydale community. [applause] >> mayor: thank you, and before i bring up the next officials, i also want to just remind everyone that we have a $600 million affordable housing bond on the ballot this november, that not only doesn't raise property taxes and is the largest housing bond in our city's history, it is the first time ever that we set aside $150 million to provide support and rehabilitation in the infrastructure needs of
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public housing in san francisco. so this is really exciting. [applause] >> mayor: and so with that, i'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the fact that we are so fortunate to have incredible state officials, people who do amazing work in sacramento, focusing on the kinds of things that are going to help create a better state with san francisco as a beneficiary because of the challenges that we deal with here locally. and two amazing advocates have been absolutely incredible. first of all, assemblyman david chu is joining us, and i want to acknowledge him and thank him for being here today. and at this time, i would like to invite our state senator, scott weiner, up to say a few words. [applause] >> thank you, madam mayor. having served with the mayor and colleagues on the board of supervisors, and now in a new role,
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working with our strong state/city partnership, it is just amazing to see her deep commitment to residents of public housing in the city and county of san francisco. for far too long we have -- this city almost forgot about the people who were living in public housing, often in terrible conditions, and that was never acceptable. and this mayor has been playing such a key role in turning that around, and making clear that public housing is critically important for so many families in this city. but it is also part of the future because we need to do more than just rebuild. we need to expand. we need to make sure everyone has a place to live in our great city, and that we are taking care and supporting all of our residents in all parts of the city. so it's a real honor to represent san francisco and sacramento in the legislature, and working hand in glove every day with assemblyman chu.
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the two of us chaired the two housing committees, and we're very lucky that san francisco holds both of the housing committee chairs. we worked very hard as a team to make sure that we are moving not just san francisco, but all of california in a positive direction on housing. we've spent a long time in california considering a negative approach to housing, that it sort of has driven the car into the ditch, if you look at the cost of housing in the bay area, and increasingly in other parts of california as well. and a lot of people are suffering as a result. so we are working very, very hard, with the support of the mayor, to try to turn things around and have a more positive approach towards housing, and recognizing that housing of all varieties is a good thing, and public housing is part of the solution and part of the future. but, of course, we -- whatever we do in sacramento, we don't build housing in sacramento. it is local communities that make sure working as
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a city, and with the non-profit partners and developers, to make sure that housing gets built. that's what this is about today, that the city, and mercy housing, and everyone working together to get these units built and to make sure people can live in them, and to keep going from there. this is incredibly exciting, and i want to congratulate and thank everyone who has made this possible. thank you. [applause and cheering] >> thank you, senator weiner, and assemblyman chu. this work wouldnit would not hae been possible without the tireless work of alita cohen. it is a great honor to bring up the board of equalization chair and former supervisor, malia cohen. >> how much time do i
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have, theo? 60 minutes? all right! this is amazing! you just look around, can you not -- look at the glorious day! blessings are falling upon us! and i'm so excited to be here, to leave hot sacramento to come to only milding hot samildly hot san fr. i feel like this is my victory lap. nine years ago, when i was a candidate running for supervisor, rani sat down and briefed me on just the plan, just the vision of what supereddal sunnydale could. this was nine years ago. i was a candidate, and i wasn't even guaranteed to win. the only person i could depend on was me and my mother. i was excited, not only did we win, but we continued to move forward and persevere. and it has been real interesting to watch how this community has grown,
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how it has matured over the years, from the towers coming down -- remember that? you've got the brick homes, and mercy coming in. all the while, there were all of these promises made about rebuilding sunnydale. today i kind of represent the class of folks who are no longer here with us. people who also had a commitment to this project and to ensuring the success of sunnydale. remember sharon hewitt? we must take a moment just to recognize sharon hewitt because her spirit is here with us. you remember the many residents who have lost their lives, one way or the other. the elders who have transitioned, and the young people who have been lost to violence. we remember them and we celebrate and honor them during this groundbreaking as well. it is with great pride that we also recognize and uplift mayor ed lee.
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my predecessor, sophie maxwell, also had an unwavering -- was a visionary in laying out the bones of this infrastructure. so we've come a long way. and i want to be honest with you, because today we're here celebrating and it feels really good, but maybe i'm the only one who has ptsd from the meetings, from all of the folks who told me it couldn't be done, that we couldn't rebuild sunnydale and paturo trail. they said we would never be able to raise the money to make this a reality. they said it couldn't be done. it is too expensive. but here we are today, by the grace of god, standing together shoulder by shoulder. i want to recognize also doug shumaker and bill witty, who have been
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instrumental in this project. [applause] >> thank you. and kate hartley, who has also recently departed, had an instrumental effect in this project. hope s.f. has been raising leaders and encouraging people to get involved in this community. theo, thank you for taking the helm of that awesome task. i'm here just to run this victory lap with you. my name is melia cohen, and i'm chairman of the board of equalization. the board of equalization is interesting, because it is the board that makes sure that projects like this maintains an extension status, which means it allows this property to remain affordable. remember the fears of displacement and out-placement and being pushed out -- we need to continue to band together and celebrate and sing these praises because we're thwarting those
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forces. this san francisco is for folks like betty and her children, who were raised here and live here and want to remain here. thank you forgiving me an opportunity to speak and to the entire residents and the community, talofa, my heart is filled. i love. thank you very much. [applause and cheering] >> thank you, mad madam chair. and last, but not least, bill ginsburg is here. we bring up the supervisor of district 10, mr. shamann walton. [applause and cheering] >> thank you, theo. good afternoon! >> good afternoon! >> to some this is just block six, a place in sunnydale. to others, it is a public
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housing community. but to the residents, this represents hope, this represents home, this represents a community where many promises have been made over the past. i am excited to see the second building, the second homes go up here at sunnydale. you've heard from a lot of the leaders who have been working on this for years. i've been fortunate enough to work on this project as executive director of w.c.d., working to make sure that people in this community actually got to work on the projects here in their community. it is exciting, as i look around and see some of the residents that live in other hope s.f. communities that came to support, because they know and understand what this represents here today. and as i look around, i see phil, and we talk
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about the hudd that we're going to bring to this community, a world class community center, basketball courts, things that make a community thrive, things that make you want to be here, want to live here, and want to take care of. as i look around and see residents coming together on this beautiful sunny today, which we know district 10 is the most beautiful place here in san francisco, but i continue to be filled with joy every time we get to do a groundbreaking like this. in the words of that great philosopher jay-z -- you wonder why they call it the projects? because it is a project. but we are changing with hope s.f. these are communities that demand the respect, that
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demand for us to pay attention to them and make sure that that isolation that has existed changes. so this is not just about the housing that is going up; it is also about the grocery stores that we fight for to come to this community. it's also about making sure that the streets and the roads look like other areas here in san francisco. it is about the joint partnership with bains and nibby, and bains being the biggest black contractor that we have working on projects here in san francisco. it's about all of those pieces working together to create a vibrant community for the people who have been made so many promises for years. as someone who has lived in public housing, and who had opportunities and mentorship and people helping me be able to grow, so we can come back and work together to realize the things we've talked about for decades. and that is the vibrancy of hope s.f. communities.
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so i just want to say i'm excited, of course, to see block six go up. i'm excited as we look over and see parcel "q." and we know and understand that this is only the beginning. this is only the beginning. so i just want everyone to look at this beautiful day and remember this because once we have this new affordable housing come up, once we raise the $600 million that mayor breed talked about, we're going to continue to see more housing come up in this community, across all hope s.f. sites, and continue to thrive and grow and give the community what they deserve. thank you. [applause and cheering] >> real quick, i just want to acknowledge my colleague on the board of supervisors, supervisor safai. thank you for showing up and supporting us.
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we share aborted, and so it is definitely a pleasure to have someone who supports this work showing up and standing with us in force. thank you, supervisor. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor safai. let's lead the mayor over to that incredible shovel and dirt over there, please thank our i incredible speakers. madam mayor. [applause] >> i moved into my wonderful, beautiful, affordable housing march 7th. i have lived in san francisco
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since i was two-years-old. i've lived in hunters view for 23 to 24 years now. my name is vlady. i use titus and i am the resident commissioner for the san francisco housing facility. from the very beginning, this whole transition of public housing and affordable housing was a good idea. but many, many residents didn't think it would ever actually happen. it's been a life changing experience. and i'm truly grateful for the whole initiative and all those that work on the whole sf initiative. they've done a wonderful job
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accommodating the residents, who for many years have lived in delap tated housing. now they have quality housing. i was on a street where the living room and the kitchen and stairs. it wasn't large enough to accommodate. the children are grown. i had the accomplish of having a dishwasher in my home. i really like that. [laughter] i really like not having to wash dishes by hand. we still do it from time to time. the mayor's office has been a real friend to us, a partner. we know that our city supports us. i love san francisco. just to be able to stay in my community and continue to help the residents who live here and continue to see my neighborhoods move into new housing, it's been a real joy.
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[♪] >> i just wanted to say a few words. one is to the parents and to all of the kids. thank you for supporting this program and for trusting us to create a soccer program in the bayview. >> soccer is the world's game, and everybody plays, but in the united states, this is a sport that struggles with access for certain communities. >> i coached basketball in a coached football for years, it is the same thing. it is about motivating kids and keeping them together, and giving them new opportunities. >> when the kids came out, they had no idea really what the game was. only one or two of them had
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played soccer before. we gave the kids very simple lessons every day and made sure that they had fun while they were doing it, and you really could see them evolve into a team over the course of the season. >> i think this is a great opportunity to be part of the community and be part of programs like this. >> i get to run around with my other teammates and pass the ball. >> this is new to me. i've always played basketball or football. i am adjusting to be a soccer mom. >> the bayview is like my favorite team. even though we lose it is still fine. >> right on. >> i have lots of favorite memories, but i think one of them is just watching the kids enjoy themselves. >> my favorite memory was just having fun and playing. >> bayview united will be in soccer camp all summer long. they are going to be at civic centre for two different weeklong sessions with america scores, then they will will have
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their own soccer camp later in the summer right here, and then they will be back on the pitch next fall. >> now we know a little bit more about soccer, we are learning more, and the kids are really enjoying the program. >> we want to be united in the bayview. that is why this was appropriate >> this guy is the limit. the kids are already athletic, you know, they just need to learn the game. we have some potential college-bound kids, definitely. >> today was the last practice of the season, and the sweetest moment was coming out here while , you know, we were setting up the barbecue and folding their uniforms, and looking out onto the field, and seven or eight of the kids were playing. >> this year we have first and second grade. we are going to expand to third, forth, and fifth grade next year bring them out and if you have middle school kids, we are starting a team for middle school. >> you know why? >> why? because we are? >> bayview united. >> that's right.