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this is where our participants, they come to learn about gardening. they learn about our work in the greenhouse. we have plants that we actually harvest, and eggs from our chickens that we take up and use in cooking classes so that our participants learn as much as anybody else where food comes from. we have two kitchens here at the pomeroy center. one is more of a commercial kitchen and one is more setup like a home kitchen would be, and in the home kitchen, we do a lot of cooking classes, how to make lasagna, how to comsome eggs, so this grant that we received has tremendous value, not only for our center, for our participants, but the entire community. >> the thing about climate, climate overlaps with everything, and so when we start looking at how we're going to solve climate programs, we solve a lot of
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other problems, too. this is a radical project, and to be a part of it has been a real honor and a privilege to work with those administrators with the sf carbon fund at the department of environment. >> san francisco carbon grant to -- for us, opened the door to a new -- a new world that we didn't really have before; that the result is this beautiful garden. >> when you look at the community gardens we planted in schools and in neighborhoods, how many thousands of people now have a fabulous place to walk around and feel safe going outside and are growing their own food. that's a huge impact, and we're just going to keep rolling that out and keep rolling that
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>> are we ready? okay. five, four, three, two, one. here we go -- whoops. roll it. [applause] >> the hon. lond >> the hon. london breed: it is trans awareness month in san francisco. just have a seat and ignore the reserved seats signs because
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everybody for the reserved seats signs are probably behind me. happy trans awareness week in san francisco. we need to do it bigger. let's do a month, and this is where we are, celebrating so many amazing things, so many amazing accomplishments. but we also know, sadly, that our trans community all over the country is under attack. just recently, sadly, we shouldn't be surprised, but the president has rolled out some new discriminatory plan against our trans community, trying to take away millions of dollars of federal funds from our cities throughout the country. and we are of course, in san francisco style, going to
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continue to fight back time and time again against the discrimination that continues to attract -- attack our trans community here in this city. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: we understand, more than anyplace else, despite the differences that we may have, that our diversity is our strength. that is what makes san francisco such an incredible, unique place. and i'm proud that every single time this president tries to put forth a discriminatory policy, we come back harder and badder than ever with more investment, with more policy changes, with a new approach to doing things. the fact is this didn't happen because of us, it happened because of you. it happened because we have incredible leader like senator
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scott wiener and supervisor rafael mandelman who continue to lead the charge. it happens because of people who make sure we are making the right investment. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: now more than ever, we have to be bold, and i want to really thank mickey callahan for being here. because when i put out the forms last year to make the training and initiatives and other things possible so that people who work for the city and county of san francisco can have the appropriate training to work with our trans community, that we make changes to our documents so people can choose whatever they want to identify with on our forms in the city, she was a leader in moving forth that effort, so thank you, mickey, for being here to celebrate with us
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today. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: but i will tell you, one of the proudest things that i think san francisco has done is to put forth not only millions of dollars of investments in organizations that not only serve our community, but trans home sf will really be a game changer for our community when it comes to supportive housing. we see, saddly, that our trans community is 18 times more likely to experience homelessness than any other population in the city, so we have to be deliberate about the investments that we make to make sure that we change that. and so thank you so much for all of your work and advocacy. when i first became mayor, and
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we had that initial meeting, we talked about -- tony, you remember -- not just housing and homelessness, but investment in the arts, investment in resources to make sure that we as a city aren't just talking about what we support, we're putting our money where our mouth is, and we've seen record numbers of investments. i'm excited about the future of san francisco, and i'm excited to be here with each and every one of you today, and yes, i wore the deliberate colors of the flag. i wore my pink on my shoes and my white on my ears to let you know how proud i am to be here in san francisco at this moment, celebrating a resilient community, one that represents san francisco so well in how we continue to push the envelope
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on policies that really not only support this community but support all communities that continue to be left out of what prosperity should be for all citizens of this city. and so i want to thank you all for continuing to shine a light on issues of equity that need to be addressed in san francisco, and i want to really thank claire for her leadership and her hard work and commitment. and i also want to acknowledge that we have other elected officials here today to support this incredible occasion. thank you so supervisor matt haney for joining us as well as treasurer jose cisneros. i think i we're not
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only funding trans programs, but that we're doing it in an equitable way. so you know, san francisco has really had a long history of championing the community, and we've been a beacon of hope. so this morning, when i was thinking about what i wanted to share -- it wasn't that -- i
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was reminded of a quote by robert f. kennedy that says each time we're asked to standup for an ideal or strike out against injustice, we send forth a tiny ripple of hope. and i see that san francisco in these times where folks are under attack, black folks are under attack, immigrants are under attack, trans folks, lgbtq folks are under attack, san francisco can be a beacon of hope. so if we want to have better investments, it starts with recognizing and creating awareness. so we kick off this month filled with wonderful events. we have the amazing trans film festival, spear headed by shawnna that's been a prominent fixture in our city, and we'll get to hear from her today.
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we also get to kick off our trans home, which is a $2.3 million investment in our community, which will include rental housing and subsidy for our community. [applause] >> and also through the leadership of supervisor mandelman, we'll be doing the board of supervisors first trans leaders recognition and accommodation day this month through city hall. and lastly, you know, there's a lot of events to share, so i won't go into all the detail. but we have our trans day of remembrance, which, you know, is often a very sad day. this year specifically, we've lost more and more black trans women. i know for many of us in this room, we've been going to these events year after year, and we continue to see the same challenges. so today, i want to commit my office, with the support of the
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mayor, to really focus on how we can end violence in our communities. we are grateful that san francisco has done incredible work on this, but we know that we need to do more. and as we look out to the rest of the country where we continue to see such loss of life, it's important that we remember that we can be that change. so as we move forward, i really want to recognize, and i'll bring her up later, nicky colma, who's been leading the charge. nicky? [applause] >> wow. i have a lot of notes here. i don't know how i thought i'd get through them all. you know, so as the mayor mentioned today, trump again came out against lgbt health care. it seems like he has something against fridays and trans people. it's like every friday, there's
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something else. and so i just want to remind folks, because i think this can be a scary time, that outside of even november, that san francisco and california will continue to protect our community. and so regardless of what happens in washington, you will be protected. we will stand together, and we will make change together. [applause] >> so in closing, you know, i really want to encourage us all to get involved and encourage our allies to be a part of this change. we know that being open about your love and respect and value of trans co-workers and friends and partners is key to shifting the landscape of violence that our community faces, and that also starts with policy and our elected officials. so as kennedy said, we'll move forward with a ripple of hope,
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and i hope today is just one moment of that, and i really appreciate you all for being here. and with that, i would love to introduce our first speaker who's going to share a little bit more about our trans home and has been a leader of change, miss tony newman from st. james infirmary. [applause] >> i am so excited to be here. i wrote a book in 2011 called "i rise," and it was in mind that transgender people can get power and rise. and i see that san francisco is the only city in the country who's financially supported trans home and safety and housing, and that deserves a round of applause. [applause] >> i would like to thank mayor breed for your support, the supervisors for their support, especially rafael and matt.
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matt has been very supportive to st. james, and we're thankful to him. and i would like to thank larkin and their team. i want to announce that we've hired the trans home team. the social worker is matthew peda. would you stand, please? [applause] >> the housing navigator is camden carter. [applause] >> my bilingual navigator is jessie santos. [applause] >> we're also in touch with john mckinley, who's the housing project manager at t t.g.i. justice manager project. we can help you immediately or with your own apartment. we're here to serve you with the community, so come to st. james starting december 1.
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we're not quite ready. we have to train these folks. they just got hired yesterday, so come to st. james starting december 1 with your needs, and we will do the very best we can to serve you in the capacity as your ambassadors. thank you. [applause] >> are we ready to get our community housed? yes. i also want to do a shout-out to aria saheed who's leading our cultural district. aria, thank you for all of your work. so next, we're going to move on, and it's my honor to introduce someone who was in the office and has been leading the charge in trans and lgbt policy on the state level, our state senator, scott wiener.
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>> thank you, claire. i also want to acknowledge aria saheed who we honored as our district 11 woman of the year, so thank you, aria, for all you do. you know, we've made a lot of progress, and we tend to focus on the challenge because it's important, and we have to overcome them, but sometimes we need to step back and recognize where we've been. in 2011 when mark leno authored the program to extend health care to trans people, it was lambasted by fox news. fast forward to 2012, when we
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were able to get health care to extend full coverage to trans people in san francisco. we braced ourselves for this explosion, and you could have had a pin drop. that's just in a decade. that shift was extraordinary. but we know there's still huge challenges around poverty and unemployment and homelessness and around the violence. and the epidemic of trans people and particularly trans women of color who are being brutally murdered all across the country and living in fear. and people should not be in fear to walk down the street, and yes that is the atmosphere that we have for so many trans people in this country, and that is unacceptable. and you have to call out the elephant in the program. part of the problem is there is lack of trust in the criminal justice system in the trans community, and it is well earned mistrust, and we have to change that.
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and this year, we were able to pass legislation, and i want to thank toni and st. james infirmary for sponsoring it, to provide that when a sex worker is reporting a violent crime, they can't be arrested for sex work, because -- [applause] >> -- when we talk about keeping people safe, and keeping trans people safe, the last thing we want is if i go to report i was being assaulted, raped, or kidnapped, or i saw someone getting assaulted, raped, or kidnapped, that they're afraid to report it, that creates a community of fear. we're working to pass
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legislation to ensure that trans people who are incarcerated. that if they choose, they can be incarcerated and housed in the housing that they choose, not their birth gender. we're going to continue to work -- i want to thank the amazing trans leaders who make all of the work we do in city hall and in the capitol possible. and the fine -- another challenge i want to leave you with is we need to help elevate more trans people into high leadership in this society. [applause] >> i would never have thought
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that we still would not have a transgender member of the board of supervisors. we have never had a trans state legislator in california, but we might change that. so i know we have a lot of work to do, but thank you, everyone. [applause] >> so speaking of leadership, i want to recognize my team. we're a small and mighty team. hal craigo and mateo pearson. we're also taking on a training officer to train all our departments. i know it's only one person, but we're going to do our best. i also want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor. to our trans advisory committee members, if you could raise
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your hands. give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your leadership. so now, it's my honor to introduce someone who's been doing incredible work both as a director of community health projects, formerly a.p.i. wellness center, but also leading the charge for trans day of remembrance, trans march, trans visibility day. i don't know how she has the energy she has, but please welcome nicky colma. >> thank you, claire. good afternoon, everyone. my name is nicky colma, and i work for the san francisco health center, formerly known as the agency a.p.i. wellness center, and i oversee our programs and community engagement of the organization. so i'm very honored to be here with everybody and speaking here, you know? i came to san francisco in
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1989, and i was right behind mark leno when they were doing all those initiatives to -- to give health care for all the city employees. and i wasn't wearing glasses then, and now i'm wearing glasses coming back here. so -- but i just wanted to let you all know what's going on, the contribution that we're doing. you know, i've been doing a lot of events for my community, and this one -- this one event is something that every time it comes near, i always have to think about if i want to really spearhead it and make sure that it's happening because i think it's something that we just don't want to have it anymore, you know? it's the transgender day of remembrance, and for many of those who don't know, the transgender day of remembrance started in 1989 by transgender
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advocate gwendolyn smith to honor the memory of her friend, rita hester, who was killed in 1988. and this day is to remember those who we have lost. sadly, across the country, in 2019, we have seen 22 transgender people shot or killed by violent means. 22 people of color or transgender african american women. the body of b. love slater, 23 years old, a trans woman of
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color, was found on august 23. her body was badly burned, and she had to be identified with dental records. this hasn't stopped. so i would like to invite all of you to join us this coming november 20. it's going to be a city event. we have a march from city hall to u.c. hastings, where we held it last year, as well. it's going to be at 5:30 to 6:00 for the march and a celebration at 6:00 at u.c. hastings. and i would like to invite folks to come to our annual trans giving event. i think it's official that san francisco was the very first city that had a drop-in center for the transgender community, and that was trans pride, so that was trans at that time. and we do this wonderful brunch
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for our community on thanksgiving day itself from 11:00 to 2:00, and we'd love to see folks who could like to serve or like to help out or just, you know, talk with all the clients that we have at trans tribe. i'd like to also mention the trans pride board is here, who we just brought somebody new on board, our president, carol and anjalie. we're going to rock s.f. pride and make sure we are there, so everybody, thank you so much. [applause] >> so before we continue, i would love to just take a moment of silence and really honor all those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this year.
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now, i'd like to thank tom horn for helping us make this event happen. it would not happen without his leadership and support. standup, tom. okay. [applause] >> he doesn't like the attention. and charlotte, too. thank you so much for your ongoing support and work. these events are done with love, and it takes resources to make them happen, so thank you so much. so speaking of resources, we have a huge champion for our community and our lgbt community. our district 8 supervisor, and the only out lgbt member on the board. please welcome supervisor raphael mandelman.
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[applause] >> supervisor mandelman: thank you claire. and as others have said, thank you so much for the extraordinary work that you and your office do. and thank you, tom horn. the mayor was whispering to me before we started that tom horn always comes through. thank you. [applause] >> supervisor mandelman: i guess i'll begin where senator wiener finished, in that harvey milk knew how important queer representation is, how important it was for people to come out, and for people to be elected and serve. i think i had said at other events i look forward to the day when i am speaking after a trans elected supervisor. we need to do that, and it will happen soon. we have other queer people who
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are serving on school boards and other places, tom temprano and mark sanchez. since we're quoting great elected american officials from decades ago, i often think about hubert humphreys quote, about the three groups of american citizens. in san francisco our actually in the united states in 2019, i think the moral test of our queer community and certainly here in san francisco, the moral test of our community is how we treat our trans community. and until recently, i think we all know -- and continuing to this day, by that measure, we are failing, and we have failed. but i do want to thank this mayor, london breed, for the
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focus she has brought to the trans community and the unprecedented achievements she has made, but we need to do more. these shelters particularly around homeless and the workforce events we are doing is so important to this community. but we need to do these things not because the trans community is in need but because the trans community is our strength. certainly as queer people, we know our movement began with trans folks. the reason that donald trump finds repeated reasons to attack the trans community is because the trans community is everything that donald trump is not. and ultimately, donald trump will lose, but every single trans person in this country presents a fundamental threat
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to what donald trump is all about. so the future is trans if we're lucky and if we work for it, which i know we're going to do. have a fantastic month, everybody. [applause] >> wow. the future is trans, and for now, we'll start with a month, but -- so i also wanted -- we have one more speaker, but i want to recognize our lgbt commissioners, and our department heads. if folks could wave. i see you back there, naya, being all shy. [applause] when we talk about pathways to leadership, the supervisor spoke, they're a great way to be on one. so come talk to me. it's my pleasure to introduce two people that have been doing incredible work in the arts,
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shawnna veraga and shawn dorsey have been leading the way for the trans festival and the fresh meat festival every year. and last week, shawn, who's on our trans committee, met with the mayor about the need to preserve trans art in our city. we come to san francisco with the hope to be able to share that with the rest of the city. and with so many of us displaced, it's really important that we invest in art so that we not only remember our history but that we preserve the stories and art that make our community so important. so with that, please welcome shawnna veraga and shawn
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dorsey. [applause] >> excuse me. i -- i can't right now. speaking to the mayor. okay. bye-bye. hi, everybody. my name is shawnna verago. i'm the artistic director of the san francisco transgender film festival, and i'm so honored to be here today. i'm so grateful to be here today. i came out in the 1980's, and so when i go to trans events, whether it's the san francisco transgender film festival or fresh meat or anywhere else where a lot of trans people gather, i'm usually the only person from my generation of friends that's still alive because of suicide, hiv/aids, poverty, murder. and so i feel very driven to continue our battles and our --
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and our fight against our avowed enemy. you know, it's interesting because i'm primarily an artist, and i'm been thrust into being an activist. and i've heard so much inspirational wisdom here today, and i would like to thank -- i have a long list of gratitudes, but i do want to thank senator scott wiener, supervisor mandelman, everyone at the office of transgender initiatives, and especially the mayor's office and mayor breed for helping us continue to thrive, to increase our budget. we -- when we started, we -- one of the codirectors had a credit card, and that's how we were able to rent the theater. we applied for years to get grants. we couldn't get a grant to save
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our lives. and so through grit, through punk rock toughness, really, we managed to survive since 1997. and we're the longest running transgender film festival in the world. and we started here. we started in the mission district. we've screened over 300 films since that time, and i do think, as we know, our communities are under attack, but that the san francisco transgender film festival, i think we kind of all have to know what our expertise and our lane is. and i think there's these political geniuses behind me. but we need to change the narrative of how we're viewed in our culture. and i think we've proven since we have been here since 1997
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that trans people won't be silenced, we won't be erased, and we're going to continue the fight through the arts, so thank you very much. [applause] >> hello, everyone. i just want to add -- i don't know if you shared that the trans film festival was founded at the world's first trans film festival, so i feel like we should give ourselves a round of applause. hello. i'm shawn dorsey, and i'm the director and founder of the fresh meat festival. we're all about investing in the creative expression and
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cultur cultural community in the trans community. right now, i want to invite all of us to take part in a creative expression exercise. so i want everyone to please repeat after me. i love trans people. [repeating] >> except say it like you're not so sad about. i love trans people! i love gender nonconforming people! and as we talk about the continued genocide and murder of black trans women, that's an equation. so the other side of that equation is please repeat after me. i will invest in the well-being and leadership of black trans
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women. i love trans people! [cheers and applause] >> thank you all so much. please -- yes, check out our work and please come to the san francisco transgender film festival next week. it's thursday through sunday. sftfs.org. two programs are closed captioned and a.s.l. interpreted. no one turned away for lack of funds, so please join us. thank you so much. [applause] >> so it's almost that time for drinks and food. i'm sure you're all ready for it. it's friday, but i also want to recognize honey mahogany from the dccc and supervisor haney's
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office and ana deyano and her team. [applause] >> so as we move forward, as i mentioned, we need to continue to prioritize communities that are impacted in our city and beyond. and the mayor has taken leadership and really supported mental health and housing four -- for people in our city, and that includes the trans community. and over the last year, we've lost so many to suicide. so it's really important we reach out for help, we see each other in our community because you are loved, as shawn said. we want to continue to be a part of a community that continues to grow. and as i said, have a great trans month of awareness. yes, drinks. let's get drinks.
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♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to work together. it will take city departments and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together. [♪] >> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses,
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hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is
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confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central.
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we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check
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in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with
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their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like this gives a whole bunch of people a lot of good opportunities to give back and be supported. [♪]
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shop and dine on the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within neighborhood. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and vibrant. where will you shop and dine in the 49? san francisco owes the charm to the unique character of the neighborhood comer hall district. each corridor has its own personality. our neighborhoods are the engine of the city. >> you are putting money and support back to the community you live in and you are helping small businesses grow. >> it is more environmentally friendly. >> shopping local is very
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important. i have had relationships with my local growers for 30 years. by shopping here and supporting us locally, you are also supporting the growers of the flowers, they are fresh and they have a price point that is not imported. it is really good for everybody. >> shopping locally is crucial. without that support, small business can't survive, and if we lose small business, that diversity goes away, and, you know, it would be a shame to see that become a thing of the past. >> it is important to dine and shop locally. it allows us to maintain traditions. it makes the neighborhood. >> i think san francisco should
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shop local as much as they can. the retail marketplace is changes. we are trying to have people on the floor who can talk to you and help you with products you are interested in buying, and help you with exploration to try things you have never had before. >> the fish business, you think it is a piece of fish and fisherman. there are a lot of people working in the fish business, between wholesalers and fishermen and bait and tackle. at the retail end, we about a lot of people and it is good for everybody. >> shopping and dining locally is so important to the community because it brings a tighter fabric to the community and allows the business owners to thrive in the community. we see more small businesses
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going away. we need to shop locally to keep the small business alive in san francisco. >> shop and dine in the 49 is a cool initiative. you can see the banners in the streets around town. it is great. anything that can showcase and legitimize small businesses is a wonderful thing. >> look at that beautiful jellyfish. the way to speak to students and motivate them to take action, to save the planet, they do, they care and my job is to speak to them in a way that they can understand that touches their heart and makes them feel
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powerful with simple actions to take every day. ♪ ♪ >> i was born and raised in the desert of palm springs, california. my dad was the rabbi in the community there. what i got from watching my father on stage talking to the community was learning how to be in the public. and learning how to do public speaking and i remember the first time i got up to give my first school assembly, i felt my dad over my shoulder saying pause for drama, deliver your words. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a teacher. and then when i got into high school, i decided i wanted to
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get into advertising and do graphic art and taglines and stuff like that. by the time i was in college, i decided i wanted to be a decorator. but as i did more work, i realized working my way up meant a lot of physical labor. i only had so much energy to work with for the rest of my life and i could use that energy towards making a lot of money, helping someone else make a lot of money or doing something meaningful. i found the nonprofit working to save the rainforest was looking for volunteers. i went, volunteered and my life changed. suddenly everything i was doing had meaning. stuffing envelopes had meaning, faxing out requests had meaning. i eventually moved up to san francisco to work out of the office here, given a lot of assembly through los angeles county and then came up here and doing assemblies to kids about
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rainforest. one of my jobs was to teach about recycle, teaching students to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, i'm teaching them they have the power, and that motivates them. it was satisfying for me to work with for the department of environment to create a message that gets to the heart of the issue. the san francisco department of environment is the only agency that has a full time educational team, we go into the schools to help teach children how to protect nature and the environment. we realized we needed animal mascot to spark excitement with the students. the city during the gold rush days, the phoenix became part of the city feel and i love the symbolism of the phoenix, about transformation and the message that the theme of the phoenix
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provides, we all have the power to transform our world for the better. we have to provide teachers with curriculum online, our curriculum is in two different languages and whether it's lesson plans or student fact sheets, teachers can use them and we've had great feedback. we have helped public and private schools in san francisco increase their waste use and students are working hard to sort waste at the end of the lunch and understand the power of reusing, reducing, recycling and composting. >> great job. >> i've been with the department for 15 years and an environmental educator for more than 23 years and i'm grateful for the work that i get to do,
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especially on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. i try to use my voice as intentionally as possible to suppo support, i think of my grandmother who had a positive attitude and looked at things positively. try to do that as well in my work and with my words to be an uplifting force for myself and others. think of entering the job force as a treasure hunt. you can only go to your next clue and more will be revealed. follow your instincts, listen to your gut, follow your heart, do what makes you happy and pragmatic and see where it takes you and get to the next place. trust if you want to do good in
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>> here we are responsible to oversee the drinking water distribution system. in san francisco changes in the fire code required anyone doing representtro fit to the home to get a new fire service this caused the need for new water services to spike. we used to do 200 a year. now we are up to 600. >> if you are building a new house you need fire protection. you have to make application to the water department for that. if you go through the process we come out and install the new line and the new fire line. >> the project got kicked off by two of our a gms, steve and eric. they recognized the need for improving this process. they pulled together the project and selected the team members and asked me to lead the effort. >> on c cd there is permit and no parking signs and installing
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the service, having water caught at the check off and pave. >> it is a lengthy application process with manual tracking. for construction because we communicate with ccd we have to stay in touch with ccd to inform the customer for updates. >> at one time there was three separate visits to activate the fire service. water quality and gate manment and then gate man would go back. now the gate man goes one-time, one visit and it is done. >> we dissected the process and looked for ways to streamline the process and use technology to make the experience smoother and what we are building is an online portal for customers to apply without coming downtown and they can get updates.
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>> with the online application everything is there. it is built in condition logic with tracking to communicate with the customer without having to take notes. >> we want to tell you these are 10 steps and you are on step three or four. >> we streamlined the process. we knocked it down to 65 days. the goal is half of that. from the time you make application to put the check on the table to the time we pave the street, we want it down to 30-days. >> i am proud of the team for the work to get together to understand each other's work and come up with solutions. i really wanted the rest of the team to understand the time and deliberation and thought so they could get the recognition that could get the recognition that
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>> i'd like 20 call to order the regular meeting of the san francisco public utilities commission. today's date is tuesday, november 12th, 2019. roll call, please. >> before i call, i'd like to let everybody know that items 6, the citizens advisory committee quarterly update will be removed from calender at the request of the cac chair and we'll reschedule that. [roll call] >> we have a

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