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to be filmed or have her picture taken. when i talked to her about that and i felt it from my heart because she would be discriminated -- there was a chance of her being discrimin e discriminated for getting a job and her work. to me that, made me really pissed off that here we are in 2019, in san francisco, and we have someone that's fearful of work discrimination because of who she is. let me tell you a little bit about kenya and why i wanted to commend her today. she's lived in san francisco since 2014 and in district five since 2015. she's an amazing young woman, and she has spent her time in our city constantly giving back to the people around her. while attending san francisco state university, she has remained hoeiighly active in he
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community, serving on many committees. in 2015, she began to volunteer as a hotline operator with trans lifetime. she launched and sold a dating site called honey jar. kenya, you are driven and talented, and you will go far in life. thank you for invaluable contributions and engaging inspiring black trans women. kenya, we see you, and we stand with you. i'm just going to tell you a little bit about felicia flames. come to the podium, felicia. [ cheering ] [ applause ] >> now, felicia and i lived in the same neighborhood for over 20 years. i met her when i was knocking doors. when i said how come i don't know you? she says, how come i don't know
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you? she started talking to me and telling me her stories. of course, i didn't knock on any more doors because i was completely enthralled with her stories. she won me as one of her biggest fans. it's one of the reasons i wanted to honor her today. i have to say -- let me tell you a little bit about felicia. in 1966, felicia was a significant figure in the conform on the cafeteria right where she and others fought back the against violence by the san francisco police department. [ applause ] >> she's a self-made trailblazer, trans historian, and a legend and icon to many. as a self-proclaimed tenderloin queen, she has made vast contributions to the lgbtq and community during her time here. she has worked for non-profit
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organizati organizations. in 2015, she had the great honor of serving as the grand marshal of the san francisco pride parade. felicia, i appreciate all you have accomplished and contributed to san francisco, especially in breaking down barriers for transfolks in san francisco. thank you for coming today. we have come a long way, but we've got, as you can see today, a long way go. we know that in 2019, trans people are still facing server discrimination in the workplace, violence, and even death, simply for existing. we need to address the academic of unjust treatment that disproportionately targets transgender people of color and particularly trans women of color. it's really important as a city to continue to be that beacon for others around the country
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and the world who look to us to lead on justice and equity for transgender people. i want to thank mayor breed for declaring the month of november as trans awareness month, supervisor mannedalman and they are staff for recognizing this and to the initiatives for organizing these accommodations today. and my staff, caleb and kenya and felicia for coming down to city hall today to be recognized. felicia? >> thank you very much for having me. my name is felicia lazando. also, felicia flames. i'm an entertainer, a tenderloin queen, a historian, an icon, a diva, and 32-year survivor of
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aids, and a vietnam veteran. [ cheering ] . >> i was born july 23rd, 1946. i was called names that destroyed my whole way of educating at school, so i lost all interest in school. i came to san jose in early '60s. and i had a sugar daddy that brought me to the tenderloin where at the time, in the early '60s, queens were arrested for wearing long hair, dressing up like a girl. they were arrested for obstructing a sidewalk. we were nothing but trash to the police and to the city of san
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francisco. i have fought a long time for this. i have been beat up. i have been thrown in jail. i have been raped, but i couldn't tell anybody because if i would have gone to the police, they would have told me, you asked for it. i am a long-time survivor. i came to the tenderloin -- no. wait a minute. i came to the tenderloin in 1993 -- 1967. i'm sorry. i had a whole page full of stuff, but, you know, seniors forget they're going to the bathroom. [laughter] >> anyway, i want to thank everybody. i have a long history, and you
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will read everything, the real transgender history of how i was treated in 1960. i think if it wasn't for us to do what we were doing, to be who we were meant to be, to be the balls out there in the tenderloin, the kids of today wouldn't be who they are today. [ applause ] [ cheering ] >> i am -- i volunteered everywhere. i was the project in san jose where i volunteered from 1987 to '94 as a caregiver for aids, for people with aids. i had to take guys to the doctors, to clean their beds, and take them everywhere.
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i didn't tell them that i was transgender until after six months. and they say, ah, you're transgender, and you're taking care of me. i said, i'm a human being. i've been hiv positive for 32 years. i've joined the eighth memorial quilt. i have made almost 88 memorial quilts for my friends who have died of aids. i have worked in projects, open houses, volunteered in the lgbt community center, but i have a good friend that i have been friends with for 52 years, and we started together in the tenderloin, and i want to bring her in. deedee ubeda. come here, girl. we have been friends for 52 years. we met in the tenderloin, and we
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started going to jane compton's where jane compton's was the center of the universe for the sissies, the s, the people who had been thrown out by their families because we were different. i don't know if i could say this, but she was the best cock sucker in the tenderloin. i'm sorry. i'm a senior. i'm very forward. we fought. we've done everything. one thing i have been an activist for a long time, and one thing that is the best thing that's ever happened to me is that i got a letter from president barack obama honoring
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me for my service and my years of contributing to the transgender community to make sure that our history was never forgotten. cecilia chung was the one that put the plaque on the corner of chuck and taylor. i honor her for the great work she's done. i spearheaded the event at 100 turk street. i participated in the jane compton riot, naming it jane compton's cafeteria way, but the best thing that ever happened to me is i'm still here, still fighting, not as much as i wanted to, but i'm still fighting. thank you to everybody for all the people that have helped me
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put the names on the streets of the tenderloin. every year, every august, i try to put the names of all the girls that were there in the '60s. two years ago, the manager -- i'm almost done -- two years ago, the manager of the corner of turk and taylor, i asked him if i could put the names and do a cake outside. he said, no. you can come in. when she told me i could come in to where the riot actually happened, i told her when i can come? she says when can you? i said, i will be there in 10 minutes. i walked into that place, and i
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saw and remembered what the girls went through that night, what happened that night, and tears fell to my arms. i started crying. i couldn't stop, just thinking i was there in the place of where it actually happened. three years before stonewall. thank you, san francisco. thank you, that the transgender community hadn't felt that. and thank you for this honor for me and my friends and for all the girls that were there that day and all the girls that have been murdered, killed, and raped for who they are. i vow to you because we're still fighting from day to day, hour to hour, and to all these people that are heros, like claire and
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mateo and all these guys like tia and all the girls. thank you, thank you, thank you. i vow to you because i will tell you i am your history. you will see it in my book, and i will make sure that our trans history will never be forgotten another 40 years and susan striker, i pledge and i hope you all pledge that to honor the girls that were all there before you because it wasn't for them, you wouldn't be who you are today. thank you. [ applause ] >> and don't forget my book!
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i can talk for hours. [ applause ] [laughter] >> okay. i want to thank everyone for being here, celebrating our first transgender celebration in the chambers. so this concludes our special accommodations for today. madam clerk, let's go to our committee reports. please call items 44 through 48 together. >> clerk: items 44 through 49 were considered by the budget and finance committee at a special meeting on monday, november 18th, and were forwarded as committee reports. they're five resolutions that approve multi-family housing revenue bonds for the following projects.
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for item 44, it authorizes 85 million in revenue bonds to provide financing for the acquisition of a 202 multi-unit family housing unit known as the eastern park apartments. [ reading document [ reading document ] [ reading document ]
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>> okay. colleagues, can we take these items, same house, same call? items 44 to 48, right? okay. objection? these resolutions are adopted unanimously. [ gavel ] >> madam clerk, please call item 50. >> clerk: and just for the record, item 49 was not forwarded to the board. item 50 was considered by the rules committee at a regular
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meeting on monday, november 18th, and was forwarded as a committee report. item 50 is a motion to reject the appointment of susan diamond to the planning commission for a term ending june 6th, 2020. >> colleagues, a motion to amend this item must be made to either approve or reject the mayor's nomination. may i have a motion? motion made by supervisor stephanie. what is your motion? >> i would like to move to approve the nomination. >> okay. there's a motion made. is there a second? seconded by supervisor walton. then let's have roll call. [ roll call ]
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>> 9-2 vote, and this motion passes. madam clerk, let's go to roll call for introductions. >> clerk: mr. president, i believe you would like to be called first today. >> yes, thank you. i'm going to take myself out of order because i want to offer close this meeting in memory of auta safai who passed away on
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november 16th. i'm sorry for your loss, supervisor safai. please, supervisor safai, accept our condolences on behalf -- ahem -- on behalf of the entire board of supervisors, and would you please accept these flowers offered by supervisor peskin. [ crying ] >> clerk: thank you, mr. president. supervisor haney. >> thank you, madam clerk, and my condolences, as well,
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supervisor safai. i have a hearing i'm calling today for the joint school committee on educator housing. now that the affordable homes for educators and families now initiative and the affordable housing bond have passed, propositions a and e, thanks to the unanimous support of this board, the united educators of san francisco, afp2121, and the mayor and so many others, the next question we have is how do we implement these measures and keep our educators and their families in the city. with that, i'm calling for a hearing at the joint school committee on the implementation of the affordable homes for educators and families now initiative, specifically to explore how the city, the school district, and the city college will play a role in financing projects that are streamlined under the initiative. it is imperative that we follow
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the will of the voters by protecting public land by public good and building on lands that's dedicated and affordable. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor. supervisor mendelman. >> thank you, madam clerk. i have an in memorialance for jack porter. he passed away at the age of 81 in san francisco. jack was known as the mayor of the grove, thanks to the countless hours he dedicated as a volunteer, caretaker, and original board member of the aids memorial grove in golden gate park. born in fort dodge, iowa, jack earned a degree in marketing in 1960 and joined the u.s. army where he served overseas. in the 1970s, jack moved to the bay area, and he met his life partner in a chance meeting.
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he helped raise his children and grew close with stephen's former wife. in the late 1980s, together with a group of friends devastated by the aids crisis, imagine the garden where the people who lost their life to aids could be remembered. after stephen lost his own life, jack helped in his memory. his dedication helped transform a swamp into a treasured and safe gathering space. he rarely missed a volunteer day, often showing up with cookies he baked himself. he looked at the garden and the circumstance of friends for those who lost their lives to aids are permanently inscribed in the ground. he looked after the momentos
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left by loved ones. he volunteered at the annual christmas toy drives and food drives, and he volunteered to big brothers where he was a mentor to youth. he loved to sing karaoke with friends, attend the san francisco opera, enjoyed concerts by the gay man's chorus and hosted a part to remember his partner. he's survived by many. jack will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the thousands of visitors, volunteers, and supporters of the aids memorial grove as well as the broader lgbtq community as well as his neighbors on 27th street and all those lucky enough to know him. he was one of the very, very, very good ones. the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor. supervisor marr. thank you. supervisor peskin.
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>> submit. >> clerk: thank you. supervisor ronen. >> today i'm introducing legislation to establish the first ever american indian cultural district in the city and county of san francisco. i want to thank, especially, the co-sponsorship of supervisors brown, part of the american indian community, and supervisor mannedalman who will share the cultural district that spans both districts eight and nine. thank you very much. i would like to thank supervisors fewer, peskin, and marr for your co-sponsorship as well. not only the november american heritage month, it's a historic week -- by the way, our colleague, supervisor brown, was honored by the community at the mayor's celebration that was
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gorgeous the other night at city hall. so congratulations, supervisor brown, for that honor. it was very, very beautiful. sorry. just an interlude. during this historic week, it is my immense honor to bring forward this effort in partnership with incredible leaders from the american indian community. cultural districts are one of the most important tools that we have as a city to proactively strengthen the cultural identities of neighborhoods and communities that face the pressures of jenification and displacement. and there are few communities in the country that have experienced displacement as violently and as profoundly as the american indian community. for many years, american indian culture and history in the san francisco bay area has been severe. [ please stand by ]
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>> clerk: oh, supervisor brown, you wanted to comment on?
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>> supervisor brown: no. i just wanted to thank supervisor ronen for bringing this through in november because i know it was awareness indigenous people month, that it was really important to bring this forward to start the process. we're just at the beginning, but i also want to thank supervisor mandelman because this is a shared district line, and it's going to be really important for us to get this right. i know the -- you know, the census say we're not even 1% in this city, but you have to realize these people, and especially the american indian people, they don't take the census test, sign off on the census because a lot of people that are federally recognized don't feel that they need to. and this is something that we really have to look at. and you also have to look at even though it's been 500 years resistance -- over 500 years
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resistance, that there are people that have had to move out of san francisco but they're still part of this community and this city, and we need to look at things like health care and have a cultural competent health care, housing, education. it's so important for this community to survive. i just want to thank everybody that's here today and who have rolled up their sleeves to make this happen in this historical year that we've done so much. and i just see this moving forward, and i'm definitely a lot of it. and now that we have this department of racial equity that's going to be started and created in the beginning of 2020 -- and i want to thank supervisor fewer for really being the champ i don't know of that, also and thank my staff,
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shakira simley, who thinks this is so important. i'm just so happy with the department of racial equity, i think we're going to start seeing everything moving forward and really positive and i just want to thank everyone for their time moving forward, and so thank you. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor brown. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: so first, please add me to this important designation. i had the great privilege of working for almost a year and a half in the clinton white house, and the main work that we did was with the native american community, and at that time it was with the 558 federally recognized tribes was one group, but there was also a special group that they talked about, and that was urban indians. those that lived in urban centers that were not
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recognized, that were not on the map. so we went out of the way with president clinton. we hosted the first national conference for native americans with president clinton, so that's something that i carrie with me to this day. so i really appreciate supervisor ronen, supervisor brown, addres well as the enti community coming out for this important item. secondly, i'm moving for landmark designation for 4767 through 4776 mission street. both of the the royal bakery company was built in 1935 and is one of san francisco's most exuberant examples of our deco design as
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noted by the original green and yellow ceramic tile cladding, saw tooth peak parapet with pins and speed lines. it also has significance in my neighborhood for its association with italian american history. it began in north beach and was moved to -- the company moved to the excelsior in the 60s and 70s. the original operator that works there for almost 60 years is still alive, and we gave him a certificate of recognition for turning 100 this past spring. there's been movies filmed at this location, and many, many businesses around san francisco, many of them in north beach and other places, actually get their daily bread from this particular location. it's also a wonderful reflection of the blend of the diversity of our neighborhood which historically consisted of
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latin americans and italians living side by side. so i'm requesting that the committee prepare a landmark historic report to present to the historic preservation commission based on this mission street location and to determine whether this site warrants historic designation. i want to thank the folks from s.f. heritage who have also reached out immediately to talk to us about their support for this particular location. i think this is an important piece of history.
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we also intend for the record to initiate legacy business status for this particular business that has operated almost uninterrupted for 100 years in san francisco. and finally, i'm going to do my best to try and say a few words about my father. if i can, i'm going to ask supervisor peskin to read it for me. ahsha safai was born in tehran in 1927. after atta graduated high school, he became a part of the
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early wave of iranian students in the push broad. prior to his entrance to the university of texas to study architecture, during his undergraduate years, he became a father to my sisters, learning to a student, father, and husband at the same time. upon graduation from the university of texas in 1965, atta received many offers to teach architecture at the university level, finally decided to move the family to the university of oklahoma. strangely enough, he turned down an opportunity to teach at s.l.o. and was not really familiar with california at the time. i kind of wish he had in many ways, but he went to the university of oklahoma instead.
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he truly enjoyed his students and truly enjoyed exposing them to architects of many different cultures. after a few years of teaching, applied and was accepted to m.i.t. in architecture and planning where he earned a dual master's in architecture and planning. after graduating, he returned to tehran where he would be part of the largest modernization program in the country's history that they had ever seen. he taught at the university level for a while but quickly became part of the shah's government. my father rose quickly through the ranks to become department minister of planning and spatial planning for the country and was involved in the placement of roads, bridges, highways, dams, and importantly the locations of major centers
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of housing and economic development to ensure balanced development throughout the country. it was during this time my parents had me. after all -- all of his life's work came abruptly to a halt in 1979 the when the people rose up to the shah and deposed him. this was wildly popular and atta was part of the new government at the time until the new party violently solidified its hold on power. it was after this violent revolution and the beginning of the iran-iraq war that my father left iran and went to the united states. during this time, he became a
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member of a joint program in architecture at m.i.t. and harvard. during this time at cambridge and later europe, my sister, rina was born. later, he returned to his home country and worked until the day he died this past saturday, committed to building iran's infrastructure and his commitment to its modernization. my father cared deeply about humanity and up until his sudden death would always talk about politics with me, constantly encouraging me to be a good person, a leader and as good as i could be and kind to all. he loved all his children equally and wanted only the
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best for us. may i rest in peace. the rest i submit. >> clerk: my sincere condolences, supervisor safai. supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, madam clerk. my condolences to supervisor safai. your dad should be very proud of who he raised as a son. you are amazing. colleagues, today i'm introducing resolution to fully raise gun laws in san francisco after learning of a man suffering from delusions and later placed on a 5150 hold had a rifle and several other weapons directly across from an elementary school in my district. after consulting with the san francisco police department, that legislation is finally
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ready for introduction. i'm pleased that we will have a program in place to fully implement gun violence restraining orders in san francisco. gun violence restriction ord-- restraining orders are also known as red flag laws in order to petition a court to temporarily remove a person's access to firearms before they commit violence. we need gun violence restraining orders because we know there are often warning signs before someone commits an act of gun violence. we know that in several of the mass shootings that have occurred in this country, family members or friends noticed warning signs that the shooters were dangerous and at risk of harming themselves or others. not a day goes by -- i know i sound like a broken record. not a day goes by in this country without the tragic loss of life due to gun violence.
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100 people die every day and more are injured because of gun violence. just last week in san diego, a man murdered his wife and three young children with a gun just 24 hours after she obtained a restraining order against him. he put his fourth child in intensive care and then concluded the rampage by turning the gun on himself. two days before that, in santa clarita, a saugus high school shot at his students, killing two, before ending his own life. last saturday in fresno, two gun men opened fire on a party where more than 30 friends and family were gathered to watch football in a back yard. they murdered four people and injured six others. on monday, a man brutally shot his former wife and her
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companion in the parking lot of a pawalmart in oklahoma. we need to empower individuals to petition the court whenever there are warning signs, a history of violence, and access to deadly weapons. for far too long, that toxic combination has created the kind of carnage we see on the streets every day in this country. and unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents that i just read. this year, there have been 389 mass shootings in the united states. 460 people dead because of them, and 1,537 people injured in acts of mass gun violence. in more than half of all the shootings in which a gun man kills at least four people, one of the victims is a partner, former partner, or family member, and we know there are
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signs. the centers for disease control reported nearly half of all women who are killed in the united states are killed by a former or current partner. we all know the sense of urgency with which gun violence should be addressed. we know that gun control saves lives, but san francisco has not implemented a gun restraining order program, and we must. i want to thank chief lozar and those with the san francisco police department who will help craft this ordinance. with this ordinance, it will now be the policy of the city and county of san francisco and the san francisco police department to actively seek a gun violence restraining order whenever appropriate to disarm those who would harm themselves or others and to give those who would be victims of crime every
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advantage of making sure they have all tools to protect themselves. the final step to ensuring this policy has the maximum impact is to work with all of our community partners and the public about the availability of gvros. we must educate hospitals, community health organizations, all of our nonprofits and all of our city departments about this new policy. women, peers, colleagues, and victims of violence no longer need to suffer under the threat of someone with a firearm, and everyone needs to know about this legislation. there is no single way to win the fight against the gun violence epidemic plaguing this nation, but we will not win unless we urgently pass legislation needed to prevent gun violence and swiftly implement all policies. i also want to thank senator nancy skinner for sponsoring the original legislation that allowed our gun restraint to go
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into effect in 2014, and ab 61 for families who can petition the court for a gun violence restraint order. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor. supervisor walton? >> supervisor walton: thank you, madam clerk. first, i would just like to be added as a sponsor to supervisor ronen's and brown's resolution in support of our native community. second, i also want to extend my condolences to supervisor safai and his family. i'm here for you as a friend and colleagues. and i would love to be added to the memoryam in his father's honor. and i would urge you to listen
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to your father and be a good person. the rest i submit. >> clerk: mr. president, do you have anything to introduce? >> president yee: yjust that i ask that i be added to supervisor stefani's ordinance, and to supervisor ronen's ordinance for the native american zone? >> clerk: yes, we will see to that, mr. president. >> president yee: okay. the rest i submit. >> clerk: supervisor brown, did you have further business? >> supervisor brown: yes. i just wanted to add my name to the condolences to supervisor safai. if you need anything, we are here. i would like to add my name to supervisor stefani's ordinance. the rest i submit.
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>> clerk: thank you. supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer: yes. i also want to add my name to the condolences to supervisor safai, and to the memoriam for his father. i want to say, my own father died when i was 14 years old, and i want to say how lucky you are for all those years. >> president yee: i want to say i want the memoriam to be noted for the entire board. >> clerk: supervisor fewer, that concludes your introduction? supervisor peskin, you asked to be rerefered? >> supervisor peskin: yes. i submitted the rest of my roll call, but i want to thank those of you that will be attending the special meeting of the board of supervisors on thursday where we are submitting the vacancy tax. the march 2020 ballot will be considered, and i want to thank
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the chair of the budget committee and the members of the budget committee for hearing that twice with one more to come on thursday as well as members of the public who have been very important in crafting it. and i want to apologize in advance that i will not be there on thursday. i will be submitting a letter to all of you noting that i will not be there, and again, i apologize in advance for not being at the thursday meeting where in legislation that i'm at the primary sponsor in, but thank you in advance for your consideration. >> clerk: mr. president, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president yee: okay. thank you. i guess what we want to do right now is go ahead and go to public comment. >> clerk: at this time, the public may now address the entire board of supervisors for up to two minutes on items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the year to include items 53 through 63 on
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the adoption without committee reference to calendar items. public comment is not allowed when an item has been previously subjected to public comment. please address your comments to the committee as a whole and not to individual board members. if you're needing public assistance, you'll be allowed twice the amount of time to testify. if you need the overhead assistance, please place your document on the overhead, and remove it when you want it to go back to the meeting. and mr. president, we have a member of the public who will be making public comment by telephone pursuant to the americans with disabilities act. >> president yee: okay. before we take public comment from the live people in the room, i will allow this. in accordance of title 2 of the americans with disabilities act which provides people with
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disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services offered through the city, we will make this commendation for public comment. to the caller on the phone, let's have you make the first comments today. so the floor is yours for two minutes. please begin. >> thank you so much for that disability accommodation. i very much appreciate it. i appreciate everything i've heard today, including lgbtq rights, native american rights, and other rights. i spend a lot of time trapped in my home because my building was built before the a.d.a. in
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1991, which gives better disability access for buildings. this is a real problem because the rent control ordinance was passed in 1979 to give protections to renters, and rent control's a very important thing that keeps san franciscans like me from being homeless and more than 4,435 san franciscans are homeless right now are disabled, that number according to the san francisco point in time court. i'm trying not to be one of those numbers but it's ae very hard living in my home when i can't get a ramp. the code does not say that any disabled person should get a ramp in buildings built before 1991. it's really very inhuman to me, and i think it's something this board will think to address.
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i al the disabilities commission has been meeting less this year. i think the mayor's office on disabilities is a good office that should hopefully be given some more support from the board of supervisors and increase meetings so that people with disabilities -- >> president yee: okay. thank you very much for your comments. your two minutes was up, and hopefully, we'll hear from you again in the future. thank you for actually making -- making an effort to make your comments for the public to hear. so right now, i'll go ahead and begin with the next speaker. go ahead. >> it's amazing. time is consistent. it's -- the guy seemed like he had five minutes, but he got two minutes. it's just strange.
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mine seems to me like it's ten seconds. but any way, there's a prayer where david said, here in psalm 86, show me a token for good, that they which hate me my see it be and ashamed because thousathou lord has helped me and comforted me. on june 4 -- not this one, the previous one -- this lesbian i'm trying to convert lesbians and sodomites because of what happened on june 4. jesus says, you can ask me anything in prayer. i like to preach on the street, but i also like to go up to people's doors. after praying this, i went immediately to this lady's house in san jose, okay, and she went to the same church
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that i had gone there for maybe 15, 20 years and raised my ten kids there basically, and no one knew up until that day that she had a hate has no place here sign on her front lawn. and i asked her if she's a lesbian, and she denied it. hate has no home here, their own website said that educators and families are devoted to celebrating diversity. now as a christian, i cannot celebrate an abomination on anything that would be considered an abomination by the lord -- >> president yee: next speaker,
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please. >> my name is serina unger. i am here to thank all the supervisors to support the u.n. rights confrontation on the rights of the child. i am a long time resident of san francisco, a mother of a seven-year-old, a city and regional planner, and advocate for child friendly cities and child responsive urban planning. as an advocate, i've been going around the city giving presentations to different organizations, listening to people say what they want san francisco to become. when i explain the concept of a child friendly city to people, i say, imagine how the city would work and feel if we planned and designed it at the view of 45 inches, the height of a four-year-old? to seize opportunities that are in front of us, we need to put on a child friendly lens when we tackle vision zero, when we look at safe streets.
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we need a public realm that is clean, inviting and inclusive to children and to everybody. we need our transit to be the easiest and best way to get around the city for families and kids. these things are not insur mountable. we can do all of this year. that is what people are ready for. and speaking of a child friendly city, here are two recommendations from my seven-year-old who decided to scratch out his own vision on origami paper as he listened to youth vision last night. make roads to kids can go to school by themselves. for homeless, make homes that aren't worth a l-- that they dt have to pay a lot of money. children krcrave independence.
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they need to get around the city on their own. to me, that's what children's rights are about. thanks for supporting this resolution. it makes me believe we're on the path to great things. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is isaac peter. i live in the castro neighborhood, and i'm here to urge action on our housing shortage crisis in san francisco. specifically, i ask the board of supervisors to update our zoning codes so we can increase housing density on the limited amount of land we have in san francisco. most of our land is zoned as rh-1, 2, and 3, and i urge the supervisors to upgrade the density of them to four homes per lot. i've lived here for four years, and the more that i feel -- the more that i feel my dreams are
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fading. i can't afford living here. i can barely afford my old, tiny, and moldy apartment, and to get that moldy apartment, i had to compete with close to 100 applicants from a two-hour showing. stores and restaurants in our city charge higher than comparable establishments in other parts of the city, and it's obvious it's to cover cost of wages to cover the cost of rent here in the city of san francisco. i urge the supervisors to look at other cities that has housing crises such as minneapolis, minnesota, because they totally eliminated single-family zoning throughout the city. i urge the supervisors to upgrade the zoning rh-1, 2, and 3 to a minimum of four homes per lot so that san francisco can be a city not just for the
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wealthy. thank you. >> president yee: next speaker. >> goverod afternoon, supervis. my name is tom mcdonough. i sense on -- a certain sense of animosity coming from this board in terms of cars and moving vehicles. to help make the streets safe for all of us, all of us, you need to be more aware as we -- as we walk around the city, whether we shouldn't jay walk, we should use the intersection, the pedestrian crossing, and we shouldn't pass in front of a car that's coming because if it hits us, the pedestrian, you
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know, is is ysusceptible to in. you know, it's common sense, and we just need to work together on this. i just thought of the word law enforcement. it's a tough term, i think -- i think myself. i think of police as having a roll in our society. the u.s. has a huge prison population relative to the entire population of the country. that indicates that there's something -- something wrong and it needs to be addressed. we live -- we all need to live in a far more civil society. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. hell hello, -- >> hello, supervisor. i love all of you, but i came in late as i always do about that