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bren >> chair ronen: good morning, everyone. i hope you all do your best to stay inside today and keep your loved ones safe inside, and our thoughts and solidarity and love are going out to the people of northern california and sonoma county who are suffering tremendously, and we will continue to fight to keep each other safe and very
grateful to the mayor who's setting up a shelter as we speak to do our part in keeping our neighbors to the north safe. so our thoughts are with the people of our region. and the meeting will come tord on. welcome to the october 28, 2019 meeting of the rules committee. i'm chair hillary ronen. seated to my right is rules committee supervisor shamann walton, and to my left is gordon mar. mr. clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes. items acted upon today will appear on the november 5 board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> chair ronen: thank you. can you please read item number
one. >> clerk: item number one is an ordinance dissolving the workforce advisory committee and a statement on the workforce alignment. >> good morning, supervisors. i'm angela calvillo. i'm simply before you because of the housekeeping language in the ordinance which actually sunsets these two bodies and sunsets these in july. i understand that there is a desire for the bodies to be reauthorized, and if that is the case, we are happy to work with the committee and the supervisors to reach that organization. this is just a housekeeping step to remove them from the administrative code. if there is to be reauthorizing legislation, it would just be
put back into the code. i'm available for any questions. >> chair ronen: okay. no questions? okay. i also see joshua arce and lisa pagan from oewd, if you wanted to make any comments. >> thank you, supervisors. joshua arce, director of office of economic and workforce development. as clerk calvillo mentioned, the committee has sunseted, but we just wanted to answer any questions that you might have. we're here joined by -- if not now, then in moments, the cochair of the committee, the
esteem esteemed chair, sheryl davis. we're also here joined by one of the members of the workforce committee advisory committee and that's annie chung, the executive director of self-help for the elderly, as well. just to give you some high-level components -- it's just this one, lisa? thank you. thank you, lisa. we've also got members of our workforce team to make sure we can answer any questions that you have. the committees we're going to talk about today were established in 2014 under an ordinance 84-2014 establishes what we called the workforce lines committee, and workforce c.a.c., and those committees were scheduled to run through july 2017. in 2019, there was a second ordinance there which extended the sunset dates of those committees to june 30, 2019.
there's -- we've referred to this period as kind of the first period of extension. throughout this entire time, we've continued to meet and continued to work to perform the duties of these bodies as we've discussed because the work is just too important not to continue as we seek direction here from the board. and in the current year, the plan is to convene, and we've convened these committees twice. we'll convene them again in the next several weeks pending the direction of the board because our opinion, the work is too important not to. we report back to the mayor, the workforce, and city departments and as of last week, you should have the latest report out from the
body. through the ordinance, it is made up of agencies listed on the slide. director davis and i chair these committees. director joaquin torres joins us at the meetings, as well. human services agency, department of public works, department of children, youth, and families, san francisco public utilities commission, and the department of human resources participate in these committees. and in the next slide is the question that i think is appropriate. what do the committees do? we're charged under chapter 30, the admin code, to increase access to job seekers, to stable sufficient employment with sufficient wages and benefits to support families and advance the needs of vulnerable populations, improve business engagement strategies to engage those workers and also to have a better system across the different agencies about how we track and report
out comes across the city and city. we talked about the members. there's two additional agencies that have joined as of 2017. that's when we sought director of human resources and workforce advisory committee. i think in conversation, had a question from supervisor walton, had vacancies in the committees. we would wait for the direction from the board, and in the case of the c.a.c. are board appointees or the mayor appointees on the community advisory committee. and if we can hold on just for one second, i want to make sure we identify our community
developers. self-help for the elderly, bayview-hunters point center for arts and technology, and episcopal community services, among others. lastly is just a quick rundown of the policy recommendations that have been developed and reported out by the committee over the past several years. we've talked about the need for the work to continue both at the alignment committee and the workforce c.a.c. because it's just now in the report that we've finalized to the board a set of recommendations and in some ways now is when the real work begins. and so the five areas that have been identified as we've seen here, breaking the cycle of poverty for san francisco through better workforce delivery, support and services. a what is called in the report,
a workforce map, how they engage different agencies, how they end up being served and coordinate through the different departments. a data-sharing infrastructure so that we're all looking and getting apples to apple comparisons about the number of clients served, placements, long-term retention, objectives. and then fourth is what the workforce policy called demand side, which is looking at the industries where there's growth and opportunity for good-paying jobs and to help guide the programming. so these industries that can help the problems that we seek to breakdown. and streamlining the contacting process, which is making it easier for service providers and contractors, whatever we can do to make things easier and better is the goal in that regard. as i mentioned, we've med
informally. we'll continue to do again. at oewd, everyone seeks to contribute something individual that's maybe core to our agencies as we coordinate across the different departments. at oewd, one of the things that we always talk about especially when we look at these industries, that we partner with organized labor because i think for a lot of us that come into this work from a community labor perspective, community labor is one of the most effective means of advancing workforce objectives. i'm happy to answer any questions and happy to explain any recommendations. we respectfully would love your support to continue this important work. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. any questions or comments? no. thank you so much for all your work. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you. if there's no more speakers,
then we'll open this up for public comment. is there any member of the public who would like to speak on this item? please come forward. >> good morning, supervisors. i'm an executive committee member of the san francisco labor council. first, i want to start by thanking you, supervisor ronen, for all your work. also, i did not have an opportunity to speak you with about this particular item, but i did speak with supervisor walton. supervisor mar, thank you, also for all of your work to help us find a little bit more information about transparency and accountability mechanisms in this space which we highly value. i think director arce did mention that one of the most critical components of success in this space is that labor piece. we're all friends with labor, but it does jump out with me
that labor is not a part of this committee and has not been. we are enthusiastic about the continuation of these efforts, but primarily for the following reasons. we believe that there's a lack of transparency in this space. while we want people to get paid and we want to expedite those processes, on the back end, we do believe there should be an enforcement mechanism in connection with transparency and accountability measures. we've seen too much fragmented approaches to workforce development especially with the lowest paid workers. what happens as a result of lack of coordination is we undermine the minimum labor standards for people that have already been provided a real career opportunity, instead, cannibalizing these strong wage positions, we need to be thoughtful how we expand that
through preapprenticeship and apprenticeship and a real pathway together. thank you so much. >> chair ronen: thank you. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> chair ronen: supervisor walton? >> supervisor walton: thank you, chair ronen. thank you to everyone for bringing this farther and making sure we do our due diligence and act in accordance with our duty with the city. i just want to start off -- and i'm not going to go deep into history, but these committees were started to make sure that opportuniti opportunities were provided for folks in community to be able to work here in san francisco and also to make sure that our c.b.o. community that was providing workforce services could work together with the cities to figure outweighs to stream line resources because
we have so many different pots of workforce money from several different departments and we wanted to put together something that was going to provide a space, an opportunity, for all of our city departments that provide workforce services to figure outweighs to stream line services so that it makes it easier for the workforce community to provide services to our most vulnerable populations. i do want to say that even though unemployment is down here in san francisco, we have a very low unemployment rate, certain subsections of folks here in the city are still unemployed at disproportionate rates. lgbtq, folks of color, people that are living in low-income housing, so we need to continue
to work to stream line resources is very important. i want to definitely work very closely with the city attorney and the clerk's office to bring this body back as soon as possible, and we will make sure we look at the recommendations, what has been presented, and that these bodies are very active, and that they will continue to actually do the work that is necessary for us to keep folks employed here in san francisco and address the wealth gap and disparities that are here in the city. so i will be working closely to make sure that does happen. i know we have to deal with the formalities with the city here today, but rest assured that we're going to move forward. thank you all for being here this earning month. i ju -- this morning. i just wanted to make sure i put that on record. >> chair ronen: any other comments?
>> supervisor mar: yes. i have some questions, but i'm glad to hear that supervisor walton is intending to -- to -- to introduce legislation to continue these -- these important bodies, that both the alignment committee and community advisory committee, but i think we're taking action today just to dissolve them. i do have some questions about the work of the committees and the outcomes, so mr. arce, i'm wondering -- well, i was just curious -- i guess for the alignment committee and the community advisory committee, how functional have they been since they've been created, how many meetings have been held, and what are the significant outcomes of the two bodies? >> absolutely.
there's been 14 meetings of the workforce alignment committee, meaning there'll be 15 here on november 13. there'll be our -- our sixth meeting of the workforce c.a.c. will be on the 19, shortly thereafter. i have to apologize, one of the hardest working members, we lost because he was elected to district ten, but he was responsible for driving a lot of the work that came out of the workforce c.a.c. i think one of the big picture achievements of the work together was that there was a time i think when the city was prepared to otherwise look at a record low unemployment rate
and take a step back and say the notion of full employment has been achieved. and i think the workforce c.a.c. really weighed in to push our agencies and the city departments to really go deeper in some ways at 1.8% unemployment which is what we saw as of september. the work really begins because black and brown communities, two to three times higher. the public housing community, those with housing challenges, it's really to take the jobs that are on the table to address the racial, genders, socioeconomic and all the problems that we see. so in some way, having opportunities for all, which has been a topic of all the last couple of meetings -- ensuring that all 22,000 high school students should have access to a paid internship last summer, it speaks to how
all the departments work together to partner this that. a partnership between our offices and the office agency -- but civil service required that they have a college degree to go make the next step up in city employment. so our office put resources in in collaboration with human services agency for those men and women to do their college education in the evenings on-line when they're not doing their work at the -- at their host agency. another example is the city drive program, which is when city -- the chariot company went out of business and our
office offered those men and women who are losing their jobs to come and drive for muni as muni drivers. so i think the alignment committee, which especially you have this report, kind of recommendations what we're able to achieve, especially now that you're looking at the ordinance provides stability to look at some of these outcomes and i'm happy to go deeper on some of the examples that you might have, supervisor, but to take on certain initiatives and projects. the last meeting we had, we said we all want to express to the idea to continue the work, and one of the ideas was to look at public sector workers, particularly where they need to do better and have a strategy with our office to engage private sector and have a coordinated strategy to do that. but i want to introduce the
cochair of our strategic alignment committee, sheryl davis. >> number one, with the workforce alignment, we got to a place where we -- to be honest, not a lot of alignment. i think building trust was the most important piece, and i think we got to a place with the departments around the table to say we know we can do a better job specifically with the groups that have already been mentioned, people living in public housing, understanding the reality of racism and the way that it impacts your ability to move through society. i so i think being able to have those honest conversations and getting to a place where we're saying, not to talk in the he greggahe -- in the agreggate and that's
where we are, and to be real and to start measuring impact. >> supervisor mar: thank you so much director davis, carr ardi arce, sharing some of the results of this amazing work. i had another question. could you point to the points of organized labors not being represented in this committee -- actually, i guess there are some seats on the workforce investment board. >> yes. and supervisor, your question, i don't see anything in the ordinance that would preclude participation and partnership with organized labor in those conversations, the meetings, and maybe in a certain sense. so i think we're open to
that -- that kind of conversation because whether it's a part of this committee or whether it's part of the workforce c.a.c. or otherwise, from our perspective, you heard from building trades that apprenticeship and preapprenticeship is something in the industry. you all unanimously approved for the cannabis industry. we're all in conversation, city drive utilizing a apprenticeship. we're in discussion with other labor unions, other industries, because the idea pay training and the ability to partner with our office, city college, educational partners and the service providers to be able to earn while you learn is critical to the men or women
not included in the 1.8%. there are tens of thousands who have been shut out, who might have a barrier, past justice involvement, might have other reasons that they're not looking for work. so the idea of labor, apprenticeship work, is a real key to the puzzle. not just with respect to those men and women who are at risk of being left behind, but certainly, the economy is not always going to be like this. but to be able to address the inequities that we see, are key. but to the composition, i know that we're open to whatever structure we have going forward, i think from our perspective is we want to make sure the work continues. >> supervisor mar: thank you so much. and i just want to thank
everybody here today that's been a part of all this work. yeah, it is so critically important to ensure that we maximize job opportunities for san francisco residents, particularly disadvantaged residents as our economy continues to grow. so look forward to supporting the -- the -- the -- the continued work of these bodies, and thank you so much. >> chair ronen: is there a motion to move this item forward with positive recommendation? and without objection, that motion passes. [gavel]. >> chair ronen: thank you, everyone for coming. >> clerk: would you like me to read two and three together? >> chair ronen: please. [agenda item read] [agenda item read].
>> chair ronen: thank you so much. is aimee brown here? hello. good morning. >> good morning. i'm aimee brown, and i'm pleased to have already served one term on the treasurer's oversight committee, so i'm here today as a candidate for reappointment. in reviewing the ordinance when i was reapplying, it set forth a number of the duties or skills that you need to have in order to be on this committee and to review it for you, it's expertise in public finance, experiences with audits, investments, and regulatory oversight and understanding the duties of boards and oversight committees. and in fact my background matches all three of these areas. first, my career was in financing state and local governments for almost 30 years, and i'm proud to say i served as financial advisor on
many san francisco projects and with some of your departments. i worked for a major investment banking firm for 15 years, but i'm most proud of the time that i was owner of a nationally recognized s.f. owned and women employees. my firm caused me to have experience in the second area because my firm was subject to regular and quarterly audit from oversight bodies, and i served on a number of their boards for a couple of years. and also as part of my career, i also helped many of my clients invest their bond proceeds, which is one of the roles that the treasurer's office takes on in this committee or oversees.
i've also had experience in my retirement serving on and advising some small corporations and nonprofit boards, and, you know, in this role, i can effectively communicate and collaborate with other board members. so as i said, i've served on these boards actually throughout my career, not only on some of those regulatory boards but sort of wide ranging public finance-type nonprofits and securities city related boards. in san francisco, before my term on the treasury oversight committee, i was a member of the revenue bond oversight committee, and i was chair for five years of my term. currently, i'm chair of core of
northern california, and i've served on the bay ecotarium, and the angel island conservancy, and been involved with them in a lot of financial oversight and governance issues. i'm interested in continuing my membership on the oversight committee because i can use my skills to contribute to my committee and i'm happy to answer any questions you might have. >> chair ronen: thank you so much for your willingness to serve. >> okay. thank you. >> chair ronen: and next, we have brenda kwee mcnulty. good morning. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is brenda kwee mcnulty and thank you for considering my application to sit on the treasury oversight committee.
first, let me share with you my professional experience. i've been retired for a while, but i have over 40 years experience in the financial services industry. i have experience in the fixed interest instruments, which is basically what the treasury oversight committee invests in. i have past experience in product development and fixed interest instruments, in sales of fixed interest instruments and in the actual portfolio management of fixed interest instruments. so i feel very qualified and attracted to be part of this oversight committee. in addition, i want to share with you that i have some experience in serving as a commissioner. i served in the cgoboc, the citizens general obligation bonds oversight committee for
four years, and in the last two years, as co -- in the last two years, as cochair and chair. and in that opportunity, it gave me the opportunity to learn to work with staff, with committee members, and also with running committee meeting with the public. so i feel very public that i can take up this next commission with that service behind my belt. in this particular committee, a lot of discussion is over interest rates. because i'm a former banker, i also serve as the director of the association of asian american bankers, so that's one of the various areas that i keep myself updated to market trends and -- and continually
supplement what i'm reading following the markets with a -- with an association. as i have pledged when i served on goboc, is i am selected to serve on this committee, i pledge to you and the taxpayers of the city and county of san francisco that i will do my utmost ability to live up to all my obligations, and without further adieu, i'm happy to answer any questions. >> chair ronen: thank you so much for your willingness to serve. any questions from my colleagues? thank you so much. >> thank you so much, supervisors. >> chair ronen: now open this item up for any comment. if any member of the public wishes to speak, please come forward. seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> supervisor walton: we're taking two and three together, right? i move that we amend items two
and three to say the treasurer's nomination of aimee brown, and number three, the treasurer's nomination of brenda kwee mcnulty. >> chair ronen: and which will take those nominations without objection. thank you. [gavel]. >> chair ronen: mr. clerk, can you please read item number four. >> clerk: item number four is a charter amendment to amend the charter of the city and county of san francisco to provide retiree health care benefits to the employees of the housing authority of the city and county of san francisco who started working for the city and county of attorney on march 7, 2019 and before march 1, 2021 without a break in service with the housing authority of the city and county of san francisco. >> chair ronen: thank you. and andrea bruce is here.
>> hello, supervisors. andrea bruce with the mayor's office. this would allow the city to recognize the years of service worked by certain housing authority employees for purposes of determining their eligibility for city retiree medical benefits. so i know as you are aware, the city is currently working with the housing authority on an overall restructuring in order to come into compliance with various requests from the federal department of housing and urban development? as part of this restructuring, we do anticipate there will be housing authority who transition to city employment? and actually as of october this year, we've had 25 housing authority employees that have transitioned to city employment. and this charter amendment we expect will be a direct impact on them. unlike the city's retirement system which has reciprocity
with calpers, without a change to the city charter, the city has no ability to provide that sort of comparable reciprocity for determining medical benefits. as part of this reenvisioning of the housing authority the mayor has made it a priority to the extent we can the personal impacts on housing authority employees, so by allowing their years at the housing authority to count towards what they would be eligible for city retiree medical benefits, this charter is an important component of that benefit. this was developed in consultation with the employees of the housing authority and the respective unions that represent them. we have had the required meet and confer sessions with them.
we have carol eisen, myself, and eric rappaport from the city attorney's office here. thank you, supervisors, for your support, and we respectfully ask to move this forward to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> chair ronen: thank you. supervisor walton? >> supervisor walton: thank you. this is one of the things that we have to do to ensure that employees receive the benefits they are entitled to through your previous service. it's important that we make sure that they have the appropriate health care and benefits as they move forward. so i'm 100% in support of this, and just wanted to make sure that that was noted and thank the mayor and all of my
colleagues for bringing this forward. >> chair ronen: thank you supervisor mar? >> supervisor mar: yeah. i just wanted to thank the mayor's office and d.h.r. for all your work on this ordinance, and the overall work in supporting the housing authority employees to -- to be able to transition and hopefully to -- to -- mostly to city jobs. so -- and i would like to be added as a cosponsor on this. thank you. >> chair ronen: and miss bruce, i just had one question. you said 25 of how many employees are currently city employees? >> sure. so we anticipate the restructuring to take place over multiple phases, so the first phase that were impacted, there were 90 employees that were impacted in the first round of restructuring, those primarily working in the hud house program.
and the housing authority provided a pretty -- throughout a number of months, skills assessments, job fairs, job matches. we made over 60 city positions available to those 90 impacted housing authority employees, as well as the housing authority completed their negotiations with their labor entities which also provided a pretty robust severance package. so what we saw in that first group of 90 employees, we had a number of retirees, we had a number of employees that chose to take severance, and we had 25 employees that opted to take city positions. every housing employee who expressed interest in receiving one of those designated positions had the opportunity to get them. so we saw as of october 1, 25
people who are now working in various city departments and city agencies. so one of the reasons why the outside date of this charter amendment is several years from now is we expect there will be another phased restructuring when we get to the public housing piece. so we don't know the number of employees that will opt to transition to the city, which is why we kept it broad in that respect. >> chair ronen: the number of transition employees is so low. i don't know why that is? >> you know, i don't know why they made that decision. we made every option available to them, and it was a very personal decision for each and every one of them, but we remain committed to helping the next round of employees to transition. and we will continue to make city employment and benefits available to them. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. we'll now open this up for public comment.
good morning. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is kristina fong, and i'm the deputy director of the municipal executives association. today, we're here -- i just wanted to say and express our appreciation of your support for the amendment of the charter as well as to thank the mayor for all the work that they've done to move this forward so all those employees who transition into city employment to not -- to be able to continue to have retiree health benefits. we have had many long-term employees at the housing authority and they're there for 20 to 30 years. unfortunately, many of them may not have the -- at their -- they don't have the age to retire, so they would not be able to take advantage of the calpers retiree health that would be coming to them if they
were able to continue employment. so we do want to express our appreciation and thank you so much for everything people have done to help support the housing authority people and the employees that transitioned to the city and county of san francisco. thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. any other member of the public wish to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> chair ronen: anyone like to make a motion? >> supervisor mar: sure. yeah, i would move we move this forward to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> chair ronen: great. without objection, that motion passes. [gavel]. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. mr. clerk, can you please read item number five. >> clerk: my apologies. just the motion was to recommend? >> chair ronen: yes. >> clerk: thank you. item number five is an ordinance amending the administrative code to extend the sunset date for the
pedestrian safety advisory committee and requiring the committee to recommend changes to its structure and duties. >> chair ronen: hi. we have a representative from president yee's office here to speak on this item. >> good morning. good morning, chair ronen, and supervisors mar and walton. the legislation before you today would extend the pedestrian safety advisory committee for a year, and by may of 2020, the committee would have the opportunity to make recommendations for any changes they'd like to see in terms of structure, duty, members, etc. i'm happy to give more background or answer any questions you may have. representatives from sfmta janet martinson and michael jacobs are here to answer any
questions. >> chair ronen: thank you. any questions? seeing none, thank you for being here and thank you for this work. any member of the public wish to speak ? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> chair ronen: anyone make a motion? [inaudible] >> chair rone >> chair ronen: and that motion passes. [gavel]. >> chair ronen: mr. clerk, is there any other items on the agenda today? >> clerk: that completes the agenda. >> chair ronen: thank you very much. the meeting is adjourned.
>> good morning, everyone. i am william rogers, i am the president and c.e.o. of goodwill san francisco san mateo. [cheers and applause] [laughter] i want to welcome all of you, our friends, our supporters, our partners. we are here today to celebrate together the grand opening of goodwill's state-of-the-art training and career center. [cheers and applause] i wanted to take a moment to do a couple of things. let's show a little bit of love to the retail team. [cheers and applause] this store is opening tomorrow and it is going to be beautiful. they did a great job. i want to give special thanks to
the honorable mayor breed. thank you so much for being here [cheers and applause] to the honorable willie brown. [cheers and applause] supervisor peskin, we moved from your district to your district. [laughter] i want to thank the p.u.c., because without the p.u.c., we would never have gotten into the building on time. thank you to the p.u.c. [applause] i also want to thank, i will call her shelley b.b. who is the former president of the planning commission, and aaron peskin introduced me to her and she came up to me and she said, mr. rogers, so nice to meet you. i am 100% against your project but i have a open mind. [laughter] i said all right. and we spent three hours together. after that three hour period, she looked at me she says, i
hate you and i said wise that? and she said because i am 100% for your project. [applause] i also want to thank tidewater who is here. they actually manage this project. thank you so much. are mw architects, and then some of our partners. the sitting county of san francisco has been amazing. mayor breed, your staff has been amazing. i also want to thank some of our funders who are here. microsoft, google, wells fargo salesforce, and linkedin. thank you all for being here today. [applause] the building we are standing here with right now was built in 1914. it has been in san francisco for as long as san francisco goodwill has been in san francisco. who knew that, right? we have both been here for over
100 years. this building has been a parking garage, it has been an art gallery, and now it is home to a training and community center for this community to participate, share, and learn. i want to take a quick moment to introduce our board chair. he served on the board for almost three years. he has been an influential entrepreneur. he is a philanthropist, a volunteer, and a compassionate human being. i just want to introduce eric. [applause] >> i usually don't get such nice introductions. thank you. we are proud to be moving here to the tenderloin. it is really, really exciting to be in this space. they're going to be some any great opportunities for us to part with great organizations here and i can't tell you how proud we are to be here. as an investor, i look for
misunderstood organizations where there is a real difference between perception and reality. that are managed by strong management teams, driven by strong purpose, where my investment, whether it is time or money, can make a real difference. i want to unpack that for a second. really, what's misunderstood about goodwill is our mission. when i talked to most people out there, people really don't seem to understand what we stand for and why we're doing what we are doing. so i think that really the best way to understand is the old story about if you catch a man of fish, he will eat for a day. if you teach them and how to fish, you will eat for life. that is what we are all about. we are all about providing second chances by providing jobs and training for those who have barriers to employment. whether it is formerly incarcerated, recovering addicts , people who struggle with english as a second
language, veterans, and a whole bunch of other people that really need a second chance. i am really proud to be part of this organization to help that. of course, we have strong management, that is another thing we look for with william and his team. they are fabulous. i really feel like we are making a difference here. i feel like we are addressing housing and security, we are addressing food insecurity, we are addressing mental illness by providing job training and jobs. so i really appreciate all of you coming today and i hope we can do great things together. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, eric. almost everybody know something about goodwill, right? you either might know through the donation sites or you drop off still -- stuff that you no longer want or need, you may know it as a store, to find a treasure or get a good deal, and
yet there -- we are so much more than that. today, no matter what you know about goodwill, i will ask you to take a closer look. when you take a closer look, what you will find is that san francisco goodwill is, by its very nature, and with great intention, and innovator in our approach to workforce development, sustainability, and economic inclusion. we focus on those who face barriers to employment, that is who we partner with, and we are highly unique in our approach, so we provide paid employment with benefits, industry training , customized career support, all under one roof, but in fact,, we have learned that is not enough. we have also created programs to help people develop the resilience and confidence to be
successful in today's ever changing labor market because we know the world of work is rapidly of all thing and we all need to be ready. when you take a closer look at goodwill, you will see an organization that is highly committed to sustainability. you will learn that we divert over 31 million pounds every year from the landfills. you will learn that we were the first -- one of the first entities in the united states to convert half of our fleet to electric tracks, so no, we have 11 electric powered commercial trucks with note tail pack admissions. and with these trucks, we eliminate 55,000 diesel emissions and replace them with clean, quiet zero emissions. [applause] over the next couple of years we will use warty what he thousand gallons less diesel fuel and that enables us to reduce carbon
emissions by 400 tonnes. what you will also learn is through our computer technology recycling and refurbishing program, we divert over 3 million pounds of electronic waste from entering our landfills every year. and last year, we refurbished over 200,000 electronic units for reuse. this year, we begin working with recycling innovators who can take a shirt that is 50% cotton, 50% polyester, separate that polyester from the cotton, and actually use that as five or to make new clothing. so for the stuff we get that is torn or ripped or stained, we will be able to recycle those things and make them into new clothing. [cheers and applause] when you take a closer look at goodwill in the state of california, you will see that goodwill drove 2.4% of the state
's job growth and that was by creating jobs for people who have been left behind and left out. i am the current chair of the california council of goodwill, i always hear the four% all-time low and employment rate in the state of california, but what we know about that is that that unemployment rate is significantly higher for the populations that we serve. so the fact that goodwill his in the state of california have driven that 2.4% of the job growth with the populations that we serve, is a significant accomplishment and we are just getting started. [applause] today i'm also inviting you to take a closer look at our facility. we are excited to have you toured our training center little bit later today after the program where you will see the goodwill microsoft maker space, which is the first of its kind in this neighborhood.
you will learn about our career pathways and career services which include training for sick -- technology certifications. you also get to experience our computer refurbishing team in action. our work at goodwill is centred on the belief that everyone deserves access to a career pathway that can lead to economic security. and that the right combination of work experience, skill developments, and confidence can accelerate a person's economic mobility. we are very proud of what we do and yet we are also very clear we do it alone. our work is strengthened by our partners and our collaborators and many of you are here today, and i thank you for that. people can change their lives. in fact, people do change their lives. together, we have an opportunity to transform lives, support
families, and strengthen communities through training, and the dignity of work. the collective power in this room is tremendous. we have the opportunity to make a real difference and to foster a legacy of keeping san francisco the special place that it is. and so today, let's celebrate our new home. tomorrow, was roll up our sleeves and work together to create a new legacy where san francisco works for everyone and where everyone in san francisco can work. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. i now have the great and distinct pleasure of introducing
a true trailblazer, the mayor of san francisco, mayor london breed, a native of san francisco you have been a fierce advocate for more equitable and just san francisco. i know she needs no introduction , but i'm so proud and happy that you are here. i'm pleased for everyone to welcome mayor london breed. [applause] >> thank you. i have to say, this place is phenomenal. it is absolutely amazing and i have a long history with the goodwill, especially during the time where i served as executive director from the african-american art and culture complex. i grew up in the western addition community and i've had people who were coming home from prison who were struggling with trying to find job opportunities and the only folks that were willing to work with me and work with people in the community was goodwill industries and i'm really grateful for that because
as you are still hearing today, so many people talk about the difficulties of finding employment opportunities after they have, unfortunately, you know, they have served their time and they're coming back into society, and they want a new start, a fresh start and i'm proud of san francisco for the work that we did when we worked on this board of supervisors in making sure that people who have a criminal record, it is not used to a barrier of employment even in san francisco because we have to start changing the stigma that is attached to people who sadly have gone through the criminal justice system, they have done their time, they want a second chance, and goodwill has done this and made this an important part of their program before anyone else started to do it, so we really appreciate the fact that goodwill is so many things, including a trailblazer. thank you so much for the work you continue to do for the city. in addition to the young adult
court, which is really an important part of the work that we do to make sure that first-time offenders have an opportunity to get a job, to work, to develop a career because we have seen how being part of this community of goodwill has really changed people's lives for the better. so it does mean a lot for me to be here and to see a lot of this stuff come full circle and see how much more innovative and exciting goodwill has become over the years and i'm excited about doing even more. in san francisco we know that there is more to be done and part of some of the work that we have been able to do with people -- i kind of got this ideal from you when we went to your location on clement street, and we talked about the drivers for goodwill and the challenges with
their suspended license and how they couldn't drive the trucks, but they could work for the companies and then you had to drive. one of the things we did, aaron peskin, thank you for your support on making sure that we were getting rid of some of the past fees and other things in giving people a clean start so that they could get their license, and they can get employment opportunities like things like what are offered through goodwill. it really is a partnership. we can't change the city for the better alone. we need organizations who care deeply and who are invested in the people of san francisco, and goodwill, for the past 103 years , in san francisco, in particular, has been demonstrating time and time again it really is about providing an opportunity for people to take care of themselves and making sure that they have a thriving, a comfortable community to do so because it is challenging