tv Citizens Govt Bond Oversight Committee SFGTV December 16, 2020 8:00am-10:01am PST
>> do you want to take questions report or do the liaison report? >> i have a quick yes, if you don't mind. >> sure. >> so thank you for this. this speaks to the confined -- this is stuff that i'm near and dear to. i was wondering i know it's really hard to do with stuff like this. but in terms of like the dispositions, definitely saw that you had, you know, goals when it comes to close rates. did you have any sort of similar goals with dispositions? or are you, you know, is that kind of still up in the air? i know it's been going on for several years now. it can be hard to set kind of an expected -- we're going to close out "x" with this disposition of, you know, investigated, with this kind of stuff. just curious if you had anything
like that. >> sure. we don't have a goal set for outcomes. the outcomes are going to be what the outcomes are going to be. and we'll go where that leads us. what we have found is that within the last several years of data, that we've been am collecting and publishing in these reports, that we stay within a band of 30%, 35%. it will go up and down from year-to-year, depending on what we're finding and the disposition, like the facts lead us. so we don't have a set number. but we found that we're kind of in that 30% to 35% band historically. >> thank you. >> this is bart pantoja, if i may, chair. i have a question. could you define for me purchasing, one of the things you described as possible fraud. >> yes.
>> the purchasing occurs when an agency is trying to get around a spending limit. typically that will be in the prop f, with the $10,000 threshold, requires additional scrutiny. and i can think of an instance where an agency wants to get a contract out for basically $15,000 job. but didn't want the additional scrutiny. so what they did was have the contractor split the purchase order into two separate bids. and so that would be what we consider a split purchasing. so instead of one $16,000 invoice to pay, that would trigger the $10,000 threshold. they ended up with two invoices for $8,000 each. so that's an example of what we consider split purchasing. >> thank you. i misheard you. i thought you said flip with an
"f." i appreciate the description. >> absolutely. >> should we do the liaison report, peter. >> sure, let's do it. good morning again, everybody. three points that we'd like to cover. this is chair mchugh and i together are liaisons to the whistleblower program. and it's been a pleasure working with you. i think actually it's a good model to have toulouses on one top -- two liaisons on one topic. we'd like to share some observations, as well as we'd like to share what it is we have actually done. what our activities have been, in order to generate these observations that we'll share
with you this morning. and then finally, a third point to share some ideas about what we think we should be doing in the parks committee and with the liaisons going forward, with respect to the whistleblower program. so, number one, what activities have we done? well, dave just mentioned we have been participating in the program's webcasts. and they've been helpful and it's great that the program does that. we have been meeting with the program, with mark and dave and others quarterly. we have gotten finals from the program of could sees of actual whistleblower reports, complaints, if you will. and we've gone through them quite studiously, to ensure that
we conclude that the whistleblower program is adequately and appropriately pursuing whistleblower reports, at least based on what we can see in the files. and then finally, in conjunction with the quarterly these that we have with the program, we've been reviewing draft reports, like the one dave said was just released for the most recent quarter. we have the opportunity to review those reports, look at them, ask questions and that has been helpful as well. so those are the typical activities that chair mchugh and i have been doing on an ongoing basis, since we became the liaisons for the whistleblower program. and so our observations. point number two. based on all of that activity, what observations are we forming about the program. i think, first and foremost, we conclude that the program is
well managed. that the employees working in the whistleblower program are professional and serious about what they are doing. overall, in conjunction with that, we would say we believe that the program is well aligned with its charter appendix f mission, of what the program is suppose to be doing. it's striving to do exactly that. with respects to the investigations it does, it acts on those investigations that are within its scope. a number of investigations get passed to other departments, other parties and sometimes there just isn't enough information in which to conduct an investigation. where something appropriately follows -- excuse me, where something appropriately falls into the whistleblower program lap, they are doing thorough
investigations we believe. you know, if there's a rabbit hole to go down, they go down the rabbit hole. that's all good. finally, i think we'd also note that it's been great to see how the program, with respect to staffing and activities, has flexed with the covid-19 pandemic. it hasn't been business as usual and the program has adapted effectively. before looking forward to where we think the program -- rather where we think cgoboc should be headed, with respect to the whistleblower program, we did want to make a comment. you know, given the current environment of criminal investigations, allegations of corruption in the city and so forth, i think one reasonably may ask, one reasonably should ask, so where has the whistleblower program been, with respect to some of these activities?
and it's important to note that there is a defined scope of the whistleblower program, and so it is not the whistleblower program that is necessarily with the jurisdiction to pursue investigations of certain activities, that might fall in that category of corruption and criminal proceedings. secondly, it's also important to realize that if somebody does not file a report with a whistleblower program, then the whistleblower program has nothing to investigate. that said it's great that the whistleblower program is part of -- has its own hotline, that went into effect and that, in fact, has -- as dave noted, has generated some additional inputs. and then we saw, to my prior point, how many of those actually diverted to city attorney, for example, or other areas then the whistleblower program.
the whistleblower program is left with just very few claims coming in -- reports coming in from the hotline, for itself to investigate. and then finally, the whistleblower program went back, i believe it's over the course of the past few months, and looked at dozens of reports that had been previously investigated, that, for example, from san francisco u.c. to look -- p.u.c. to look for where there's potential relevant issues around senior management activity being reported on. was there something missed. and has concluded that, no, the reports were investigated as the whistleblower program is suppose to. and not come up with findings that are relevant or that it
missed. so i think chair mchugh and i are, in conclusion, comfortable with how the program is being managed and conducts its activities. indeed, it does not investigate -- cannot investigate everything, but where it does have the jurisdiction and the responsibility and a report has been made, the investigations in our view are being appropriately and thoroughly pursued. finally, going forward, the third and final point, chair mchugh and i have been talking about and looking to promote a study, benchmarking study, if you will, about the whistleblower program relative to best practices. and that's something that we wanted to have done by an independent party, independent of the city and of the
whistleblower program. and we've had some discussions with respects to that. but not made progress -- excuse me, have not been able to see progress being made with respects to getting a list of potential vendors and an r.f.p. out to actually -- again i apologize. to actually engage an independent third party in conducting this best practices practices/benchmark review of the program. more recently we've been thinking of another think that's important for study would be something along the lines of employee opinion survey to assess what city employees are thinking about the program, how much confidence they have in it. and confidentiality. while we recognize the whistleblower program itself is doing good outreach to promote
the program to ensure employees of confidentiality and so forth, we don't know from the employee perspective what they're thinking, how willing they are to use the whistleblower program. and if not so willing, if they don't have so much confidence in it, why not. and then act upon that. so those are a couple of initiatives that, one older that we haven't seen progress on, one newer that we haven't thoroughly discussed yet. it would be a good path forward for cgoboc, with respect to the oversight of the whistleblower program. that concludes my -- our liaison report. open to questions or comments. >> i'd like to comment, even though you just covered everything beautifully that we would like to say. i'd just like to comment that this may be peter's last
meeting. and how much i appreciate all of the work you've done how much i've enjoyed being co-liaison with you. i have learned a lot. i think you've been such a great asset to this committee and to the whistleblower program liaison role. i so appreciate all the time and energy put in and all of your thoughtfulness. and i thank you personally for being such a good coliaison to me and a support. and we will miss you. >> well, thank you very much. you're exceedingly sweet. i appreciate that. >> i expect you to still participate, though. going from that, i'd a little like to thank dave, member mills and i had worked very closely with dave for a long time now. and i really appreciate your presentation and your professionalism and your responsiveness. and frankly your openness to
answer any of our questions and to talk through a lot of the issues that are going on in the city right now. i really have a lot of confidence in the whistleblower program. and i hope that by stating that publicly, that that -- that i can reiterate what member mills said in the liaison report, that our program, no matter how good of a job they do, they're only as good as the tips or whistleblower complaints that they get. and part of what we are hoping to achieve, going forward, is to encourage members of the public, for the employees to report any wrongdoing that they see, whether it's on a small scale or a large scale, because even if you see something small, all of these tips add up to a bigger picture. and dave can -- and his team have done a great job at putting
them together. so i encourage -- i commend the program. and thank dave and encourage -- so part of what member mills might have discussed, as he said, is finding ways to further encourage its use with the city, whether that's communication or outreach or whatever that's going to be. that's one of our goals moving forward, that i hope to carry forward after member mills is gone. that will be our focus. so any other member comments? >> i have a question. this is lauren post. your recommendation regarding an outside consultant to conduct the best practices survey, is there a reason that we think we aren't adhering to best practices? i just get nervous when i think about spending taxpayer money on a benchmarking survey we may or may not need. >> i do not believe there's
anything that chair mchugh and i have seen that would suggest to us that we are diverging from best practices. i think we see the initiative more as just a healthy, independent third-party expert look at the program to make sure we're not missing some opportunities to perhaps do even better. >> yep. and continuing on that thought, even just that that good government study, hopefully will -- if nothing else, provide more confidence in the public use and confidence in the program. and another note, i'd just like to mention is that member chu and i have been talking a lot about cgoboc budget. and we do have quite a large budget that we should be using to do studies and to sharky that we're operating to -- to ensure
that we're operating to our best capacity. we need to have more conversations about what that budget is and what it can be used for. and how as a committee we all decide we should be using. because it shouldn't just sit there in my opinion. >> great. thank you. >> hopefully some of that budget can be used to do that study. the city attorneys will say if we can use it for program outreach or communication. i think we need to hear from the city attorney on some of the best uses for that. do we have a city attorney on? >> hi, folks. this is peg. the city attorney had to go to another meeting. i will relay questions to him. and just a little bit of comment on this. so i think the -- as far as we know, the funds that you have can be spent on a couple of
different purposes. many different purposes for oversight and sort of quality assurance and public response to bonds. and we think it's a permissible used to both this type of review and public surveying, as we have done in the past. i think you should feel comfortable on that score. we've talked a couple of times about the whistleblower independent review and ways to go about it. at our last meeting, we talked about using a possibility of taking the pre-qualified pool that we already have of audit and review firms and putting out a review to that group and sort of gist of the discussion is that you would prefer a separate r.f.p., r.f.q. process to have that possibility over to the whole market. it still needs staff support and work for working with you to draft a scope of work and
shaping it up for putting it out to city contracting. my hope is that we would be able to provide that kind of staff support to you. it's not going to be in the january, february, march quarter. i know there's some tension over this. but we have -- we have all of our staff fully deployed to the covid emergency. and i think that's going to be the case with the surge and vaccination planning for at least another quarter. but we'll try to pull time for it for you in the last quarter of the fiscal year. and i can keep you updated on how that's looking for us. >> thank you, peg. >> clerk: member mchugh, would you like to move forward with public comments? >> if there's no other member comments, let's move forward. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, should call (415)655-0001, access code 146 921 9782.
then pound and then pound again. if you haven't already done so, please dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system note will indicate you've raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you've been unmuted and you may begin your comment. please note you have three minutes. i'm checking the attendees list now for any hands raised. there are no hands raised for public comment. i just wanted to bring attention to the time. it's 12:13. i wasn't sure if you wanted to move forward with the item number 8 or if you wanted to move that to the next meeting? >> yeah. let's try and run through as much of this as we can get through, if everybody has enough time?
>> clerk: okay. okay. i just want to note that chair chu has left the meeting -- i'm sorry, member chu has left the meeting at this point. we have quorums. i'd read item number 8. opportunity for committee members to comment or take action on any matters within the committee's jurisdiction. 1, fiscal year 2020-2021 gamecock work initiatives. standardized templates, b, expenditure audits, c, public finance upcoming bond issuance. number two, other committee business. cgoboc fiscal year 2020-2021 work plan. "b," housing public perception survey. c, follow-up on the public integrity review. d, the housing forbearance decision-making process. e, independent review of the whistleblower program. >> so is this part of the meeting where we just openly
discuss any of these items or go in order and see if anyone has any comments? >> this is peg. i can comment just a little bit on each of the items, if that's helpful. and i'm not sure if members might have done other work since the last time you met about any of them. some if you want to do that first or i can speak to where we are on the items? >> okay. i know personally we've probably covered the whistleblower program 2e. we're short on time, i want to make sure we get to 2d, the housing forbearance decision-making process. i think we were expecting a memo on how that happened, which i think is important from mark blake. he's not here obviously. but did he submit a memo or anything for us to review?
>> clerk: there is a memo circulated internally at this point. once that's finalized, i'll go ahead and circulate it to the members, as soon as i can temperatur.there has been some correspondence. i just haven't had the opportunity to present it to the committee at this point. sorry about that. >> so we should expect that, just being emailed to each committee member maybe within the next week? >> yes. next week or the following week. as soon as possible. as soon as i'm able to. so by this week, if not the following week. i need to tie up some loose ends. >> okay. okay. should we hit the list in order then? now that we've covered those two things? does anyone have any comments? okay. >> so this is peg. i'll just speak quickly to each item. then please if there are any member comments, stop me or
follow-up. i believe the process on standardized templates was member chu. i think had volunteered to be the committee lead liaison on this. and would work with our staff to look at the way reports are being submitted and take member feedback and try and come to a more standardized template for going forward. and again that's a staff time issue for us, which we won't be able to work on in the current quarter. but member chu might want to speak to it. expenditure audits. we will have them on your calendar whenever they're completed by the mark de la rosa's unit. when developing your future agendas, we'll place those for you for review, whenever they're completed by the audit group. public finance,iuming bond issuances. there should have been in your packet a list of upcoming bond
issuances. and we can speak to any questions that you have on that. so i will stop there before going on to the next list, in case member questions or comments. >> if anybody has any feedback for how they do or don't like the presentation templates or any additional information, that would be helpful to you guys, shoot an email into myself or kristin or staff. >> okay. so going on to 8-point it. the gamecock work plan. again in your packet was a list of items for your next couple of upcoming meetings. and we will work with the chair and vice chair to keep adjusting those, so that you get appropriately caught up to your schedule and then add items of interest to the committee.
and i think we're mostly there now, because you've heard preparations on significant bond groupings. housing public perception survey. again we've talked about doing this and the value of it. we all think there's high value to it. we have survey contractors who could perform this capably. and i would really highly recommend using our qualified pool for it. but again it's not something we're going to be able to provide staff time to work on in the current quarter. i hope to be able to pick it up with you in the last quarter of this fiscal year. follow-up on the public integrity review. we have this as a standard item on your agenda. and as products are issued by the audit's unit on the public integrity review, mark de la rosa and his staff would bring presentations, if that's of interest to you, on the products and investigations. and i think you've already covered housing forbearance and
the whistleblower program. i'll stop there and see if i can help with questions or comments from the members. >i do apologize for not being able to be more responsive to your work plan. it's just a fact of our deployment for the covid emergency. we are managing really serious staff shortage for at least one more quarter. >> this is bart. so, peg, you had mentioned the upcoming bond issuances was in the packet. so the links provided in the email -- i was trying to find that. maybe you can help me out. can you share your screen or what that looks like. maybe i'm missing it. >> i will share my screen. hang on a second.
mary, can you pass me the presentation. >> clerk: yes. give me one second. thank you for that. sometimes you have to clear your cache. i have noticed that to be a problem as well with some people not being able to load the information. so once you do that, sometimes that will help. >> so what link was that on the agenda, where we were sent an email with cgoboc -- >> it's labeled december 2020 memo. >> got it. the one i didn't open. the very last one. thank you.
>> shall we move then to public comment? members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, should call (415)655-0001. then pound and then pound again. if you haven't already done so, please dial star 3 to line up to speak. a system public comment indicate you have raised your hand. please wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. and you may begin your comments. please note you have three minutes. i'm checking the attend elicit now. and -- attendee list now. i do not see any hand raised. would you like to adjourn the meeting?
>> welcome everybody. i want to say thank you for catching this important moment. this is a really very critical issue that we're all here dealing with. this is a real nationwide effort to end senseless gun violence to get guns off the street. this is our ninth annual gun buyback. we have lot of people who are on here today who want to share some information about ending senseless gun violence. before i bring on the mayor, i want to say i'm not against the second amendment, but i am against senseless gun violence. with that said, i want to bring on our mayor, fierce leader, hard working committed, intelligent, beautiful, mayor breed. >> thank you so much for joining this press conference supporting the ninth gun buyback that will take place this saturday,
december 12th between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. you don't center to get out your car no questions asked. rudy will provide the details. we want to get as many weapons as possible off the streets. many of us here have been affected by gun violence. sadly, i feel like it's been my entire life. so many of you know that i grew up in the western addition. we have lost friends, family members and this senseless violence continues. if we can get these guns off the streets, get the guns out of the hands anyone who will use them, it is in the best interest of our communities and it is in the best interest of our families and friends. whether it's a friend or family member or someone we know from the neighborhood, as we are addressing this global pandemic, we are seeing heart breaking news. there's an increase in gun related incidents in our nation.
some of the victims being young kids, children. in san francisco, we saw an increase in firearm related incidents during the first seven months of this year compared to the same period last year. although, we don't know all of the reasons, there's likely a relationship between the isolation, absence of in-person support people usually get during normal times and gun violence. sadly, many of the critical in-person support systems are unavailable to do so in person. there are fewer opportunities for intervention. what we know is that the loss of a life from gun violence has to stop. we all need to work together to save lives and keep our community safe. many of you who are here today, who have been fighting to end
gun violence for years. we need you. the gun buyback program provides people with the opportunities to get these guns out ever their hands, off the streets and out of our communities. thanks to the charitable giving and fundraising efforts of our community partner, we will be able to purchase firearms from anyone who would like to turn them in, no questions asked. this event has brought in 2000 firearms in the past, getting them off the streets. think about in. 2000 guns off the streets because of this program. that means lives saved. this year, we are still continuing this effort to make sure that we are doing everything we can to reduce the harm and the violence on our streets and in our communities as many people are struggling with so many different challenges. this is part of our broader effort both locally and nationally to end gun violence. we need to create common sense
gun control legislation so these guns don't end up on the streets. we need to engage local university and residents is so they don't feel compelled to act violently in it first place. every year in we do this gun buyback, we go and do it at the united player's office and facility location. every year, when i look at those walls, surrounded with african-american men that i grew with, that i dated, that i went to school with, that i played in the playground with, these are men that that are my age that did not center to die. this is what this is about. to make sure there's not one more black man, lost at the hands of anyone. whether that be law enforcement or any other community member.
this is about changing the future, especially because african-american men in san francisco and around this country continue to be victims of gun violence in this country at a young age. we can do better than that. it starts with each and every one of us. i don't want to see another photo go up on that wall. i don't want to see another life lost. help us change that. help us change that by turning in your guns. help us change that by making sure that you're a part of the solution and not part of the problem. thank you to rudy and the united playaz team. we appreciate george floyd brother and his friend who will be speaking with us today. we are so sorry for your loss.
we are so grateful that you have taken the time to be here with us to share your words and your advocacy for ending gun violence, especially in the african-american community. thank you to all the community partners who are here to fight against violence every single day on the streets. i hope all you will continue to join this fight to end gun violence here in san francisco and across the nation. remember, this year's gun buyback event is between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. this saturday, no questions asked. thank you. >> thank you so much mayor london breed. this gun buyback is from different partners from music industry and mother who lost their kids to gun violence, to
sfpd and to the private sector. there's so many people here to make this happen. it's not justs doing it. it takes lot of different people to make it happen. when a bullet comes out one of those chambers, it doesn't discriminate, it doesn't matter. that's what we're doing is to make sure we end senseless gun violence. it's my honor to have this brother coming on next. he's out there in louisiana, baton rouge, he fights all over the world to make sure we end senseless gun violence. he's a good friend of mine. our brother silky. >> thank you, rudy. i want to commend you on the work in you're doing and let you know i and we appreciate you allowing us to be part of what's going on. due to covid, we have to do it virtually. it's better to do it virtually
than not do it at all. you still thinking about those that lose their lives to the violence and senseless killing that take place in the community. that's one of the things that we're very, very, pushing and i'm tearing up because i lost my brother two years ago to senseless killing in louisiana. we're very, focused on getting these guns off the streets and you know like you say, we're not against the second amendment. we want to get the illegal guns off the streets and bring awareness to gun owners that you can take your gun to work and leave it in your car and it becomes illegal gun on the street. this is important for us to make sure that we get weapons out of the hands of the criminals that's committing senseless acts of violence in our communities.
to have the police department to be part of this. even though what happenedly to george, is not something it turns either of us anti-police. we understand that we need the police and we can't let the action of one bad person turn our feelings toward the police to be negative. this is an important event this you're giving. i want to commend you on that. thanks to the mayor for her kind words to the family. we have to get the guns off the street to in order to stop the violence. rudy i commend you and thank you so much for what you're doing. >> neighboring, brother. usually around this time when we go the gun buyback, it's a
nationwide effort. this year with the covid, i believe we're like the only organization that's doing the gun buyback. it's the actual anniversary sandy hook and mayor breed and our late mayor who appointed this gun buyback. make sure we acknowledge them. i want to bring on george floyd's brother. he's been so kind and been involved in the gun buyback helping us out and supporting us. for him to take his time. brother felonious. >> how you doing, i'm brother of george floyd. happy to speak with you guys today. the buyback program, this is something that -- this is my first time being part of one. it's great knowing that you can decrease violence by taking guns off the streets. many people out in the world don't understand just because
you can go get a license, it still doesn't mean you should have a gun. they don't show when they look at your background that you have a mental problem. it's not showing certain things. just me growing up in a neighborhood where i feel -- i see my friends, it wasn't until covid didn't take them out. they died because somebody pulled the trigger, senseless violence killing young men, men that are growing up, wanting to be something in their life. me understanding that california had bad situations in the past. i look at lot of different things when it comes to the gangs and killing. i live in houston, i don't live see a lot but people are still
doing it in different neighborhoods. we don't have lot of gangs and stuff. i commend you all for doing what you are doing. we need to have many more all across this nation. not just here in the united states, we need to see it everywhere. we need to take control of our neighborhood. we need to make sure that we will be here tomorrow. me, thank you all so much by having me here. i want to decrease violence everywhere across the nation. rudy, i can see the heart and your passion. i thank you all, the mayor for participating in this event. i wish i can be there. we're going to have a good time while we're here. thank you all so much. >> we can't never forget that. it takes a hood to save the
hood. the hood-to-hood connect. >> if you turn in a thousands guns today, rudy agreed to cut it in half. [laughter] >> thank you so much. >> i appreciate you for joining us. >> rest in peace to your brother george floyd. i knew we had jamie foxx, i know he's a busy man. he provides support with us also. next, i want to bring on the ceo of empire records, one of the biggest record labels in the country. my brother who's also native of san francisco like me and mayor
london breed. >> i wanted to say i appreciate everything that you're doing for the community. i've known you for over 20 years. it means a lot to me who you're doing for the community, what mayor london breed is doing for the community in helping to keep the streets safe and better place to raise our children and conduct business and run operation in the city. i wanted to say, i truly appreciate. it means a lot to me. i lost a lot of people that i love over the years to senseless gun violence. quite few in the last 60 days. i wanted to do my part to contribute and just be a battery in your back. thank you so much for everything that you do. >> thank you so much, brother godley. he's being really humble. this gentleman here was instrumental of actually contributing to this cause and making this happen. big respect to you.
i know you're going through a lot because we lost a lot of good brothers in the music industry. thank you so much. i salute you man and look forward to working with you. >> i appreciate it. god bless you. >> i want to also bring one of our main partners to make this happen. we can't make this happen unless we got sfpd i agree with them. without them we couldn't do it. i want to bring on our captain of the southern district. >> thank you, rudy. thank you everyone who's participating making this a successful event. gun buybacks are part of a proven strategy to address gun
violence and help get firearms out of the wrong hands. we thank you, rudy for your partnership with the police thousand us to participate in providing the resources you need to make this a successful event. i like to thank mayor london breed for her leadership on this and public safety initiatives, programs like this, they are designed for the sole purpose of raising awareness about gun violence and reducing the likelihood of future gun violence by getting these firearms off the streets. that continued partnership and we at southern station are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and reach out to the community. it's not just one day. people hear about united playaz and they see the work you're doing and they start talking about gun violence. that's one of the things like to get people talking about gun buyback to make sure the word gets out. lot of people will be surprised to know how many of their friends and family members have firearms in their home.
we want to make sure these guns are taken off the streets. some people maybe they had a relative passed away and they found a gun in the house and don't know how to get rid of it. please bring it back to the gun buyback. no questions asked. we don't want guns left carelessly in homes where there can be tragedies with children find guns or if burglars get in your home and they find homes that aren't properly stored. we're glad to be working with you, rudy, the staff at city hall who are helping us with this. we will bring the resources necessary to collect the firearm safely, to get them off the streets and we'll destroy them afterwards. please get the word out and look forward to seeing you there, rudy, little before 8:00 on saturday morning at 10:30 howard street.
please everyone, get the word out, get the guns out the house and keep them out of the wrong hands. thank you. >> thank you, so much, captain. when we leave in the morning, we'll have some breakfast burritos. how about that? [laughter] thank you so much. we have one more speaker. i save the best for last you guys. before i bring the sister on, the outreach that's being done prior to our gun buyback is done by 15 people and everybody who's doing fliers or putting up the post of all ex-lifers. who did a life sentence behind murder but now they're giving life instead of taking life. when captain talked about the destroying the guns, these are the guns right here from the last gun buyback. we're actually invoicin -- destg
them. with that said, my partner who actually helped destroy the guns and creates art out of them, is a mother who lost her son to gun violence and she's the founder of the robby foundation. i want to welcome you, patty. thank you. >> thank you so much. i wanted to thank the united playaz and mayor breed for bringing us together. i'm the founder of the foundation. it's an organization i found in honor of my son robby who was shot and killed who obtained a gun illegally after the weapon was used to kill my son, it was resold on the streets where it was used to commit some other crime. i believe in gun buyback because i know firsthand that one gun has the potential to commit numerous crime and take numerous lives. the week that my son was killed,
he laid out his suit on the bed in preparation for a job interview that he was guaranteed to get the job. instead it was the suit that he was buried in. that's what gun violence does in a matter of second. it can rob someone of their life and change the life of everyone left behind and that includes the prethe perpertrator. now we're in covid-19 this existing health crises of gun violence. since the expand, we've seen sharp increase in gun sales in in june, there was 2.6 million additional sales. we now have more guns in circulation with i millions of children home from school, domestic abuse victims, we have people facing depression due to unemployment and isolation. when you add access to guns, you're facing a convergence of major health crises and more
loss of life. i think we all know that low income black and brown community suffer the most when it comes to both gun violence and the pandemic. 2020 has been a challenging year but it has been a transformative year. it's a year of reckoning where people across the country have marched against systemic racism and injustice. i believe we have to be just as passionate about preventing gun violence which disproportionately exacts -- impacts communities of color. i can do whatever i can to make sure there are fewer mother who lose their children. i want to thank mayor breed. i want thank united playaz and family of george floyd for theiring their passion. so we can put an end to senseless gun violence. i want to encourage everyone to bring your unwanted guns to
buyback saturday. you'll never know how many people lives you saved by doing so. thank you. >> real talk. thank you so much. may your son robby, prest in peace. i want to thank everyone for sharing their knowledge and experience. i'm a survivor gun violence, twice. last time i was shot at in 2012 in this neighborhood that i'm at with someone who got murdered yesterday three blocks up. one gun off the streets where people who say this doesn't work, one gun off the streets can destroy one person's life. that one person life can be the person who can save this whole planet. you never know who that can be, who that person will grow up to be. we want to make sure we get all the guns i can. i'm not against the second amendment, i'm against senseless gun violence. if shouldn't be little kids and innocent people, people going to
work working hard for their families and get killed. i'm not trying to advocate violence, i understand the streets. i understand the world that we live in. i want to be real clear. i'm not against second amendment. one gun that you may turn in, will be the life you may save this world. how about that. thank you guys for all, everybody on here. mayor london breed, patty, captain, silky, all you guys for your effort for help us end senseless gun violence. we got to do it together. united we stand and divided we play. i'm a united player for real. bullets, they don't discriminate
and no namessen them. don't wait somebody you love or you know get killed and for you to be involved. you want to be involved now. you play your part. by turning in your gun that's in your house. thank you guys, thank you mayor london breed for being the leader that you are. >> thank you rudy. can you remind people of the date, time and the location one more time? >> it's this saturday december 12th at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 at my headquarters. i will give you a $100 for a handgun, shotgun or rifle. if it's a assault rifle, i'll give you $200. you bring me five handgunnings i will give you $500. >> you don't have to get out your car or do anything. drive up, keep your mask on and we'll get it out your trunk. you don't have to do anything.
you don't center t -- to talk to anybody. >> we've been planning this for the last two or three months. we have a way where it's all covid free. it's all covid free. everybody masked up. everybody got chills on. our team with the captain, captain mcdonnell and damien has been together and planning it. we got a great plan to stay covid free and sucker free. thank you. any questions? i want to turn it over to maria valdez. >> thank you, rudy. i'm the san francisco covid command center. we're happy to address any questions that you may have. please e-mail us.
firstname.lastname@example.org. >> this saturday, december 12th anniversary is sandy hook, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. $100 for your guns, $200 for assault rifles. 1038 howard street. if you want to contact me, get more details, my number is (415)716-4100. any questions? >> not at this time. thank you everyone. >> thank you guys. appreciate you.
i have always been passionate about gelato. every single slaver has its own recipe. we have our own -- we move on from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having
their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself. >> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like. what we give back as a shop owner is creating an ambient lifestyle. if you do it in your area and if you like it, then you can do it on the streets you like.. >> neighborhood in san francisco are also diverse and fascist as
the people that inhabitable them we're in north beach about supervisor peskin will give us a tour and introduce is to what think of i i his favorite district 5 e 3 is in the northwest surrounded by the san francisco bay the district is the boosting chinatown oar embarcadero financial district fisherman's wharf exhibit no. north beach telegraph hill and part of union square. >> all of san francisco districts are remarkable i'm honored and delighted to represent really whereas with an the most intact district got chinatown, north beach fisherman's wharf russian hill and knob hill and the northwest waterfront some of
the most wealthier and inning e impoverished people in san francisco obgyn siding it is ethically exists a bunch of tight-knit neighborhoods people know he each other by name a wonderful placed physically and socially to be all of the neighborhoods north beach and chinatown the i try to be out in the community as much as and i think, being a the cafe eating at the neighborhood lunch place people come up and talk to you, you never have time alone but really it is fun hi, i'm one the owners and is ceo of cafe trespassing in north beach many people refer to cafe trees as a the living room of north beach most of the clients are local and living up the hill
come and meet with each other just the way the united states been since 1956 opposed by the grandfather a big people person people had people coming since the day we opened. >> it is of is first place on the west that that exposito 6 years ago but anyone was doing that starbuck's exists and it created a really welcoming pot. it is truly a legacy business but more importantly it really at the take care of their community my father from it was formally italy a fisherman and that town very rich in culture and music was a big part of it guitars and sank and combart in the evening that tradition they brought this to the cafe so many characters
around here everything has incredible stories by famous folks last week the cafe that paul carr tennessee take care from the jefferson starship hung out the cafe are the famous poet lawrence william getty and jack herb man go hung out. >> they work worked at a play with the god fathers and photos he had his typewriter i wish i were here back there it there's a lot of moving parts the meeting spot rich in culture and artists and musicians epic people would talk with you and you'd getetetetetetetetetet
>> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their showing up and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique successful and vibrant so where will you shop & dine in the 49 san francisco owes must of the charm to the unique characterization of each corridor has a distinction permanent our neighbors are the economic engine of the city. >> if we could a afford the lot
by these we'll not to have the kind of store in the future the kids will eat from some restaurants chinatown has phobia one of the best the most unique neighborhood shopping areas of san francisco. >> chinatown is one of the oldest chinatown in the state we need to be able allergies the people and that's the reason chinatown is showing more of the people will the traditional thepg. >> north beach is i know one of the last little italian community. >> one of the last neighborhood
that hadn't changed a whole lot and san francisco community so strong and the sense of partnership with businesses as well and i just love north beach community old school italian comfort and love that is what italians are all about we need people to come here and shop here so we can keep this going not only us but, of course, everything else in the community i think local businesses the small ones and coffee shops are unique in their own way that is the characteristic of the neighborhood i peace officer prefer it is local character you have to support them. >> really notice the port this community we really need to kind
of really shop locally and support the communityly live in it is more economic for people to survive here. >> i came down to treasure island to look for a we've got a long ways to go. ring i just got married and didn't want something on line i've met artists and local business owners they need money to go out and shop this is important to short them i think you get better things. >> definitely supporting the local community always good is it interesting to find things i never knew existed or see that that way. >> i think that is really great that san francisco seize the vails of small business and creates the shop & dine in the 49 to support businesses make people all the residents and visitors realize had cool things
123450 you are watching coping with covid-19. today's special guest. >> i am chris matthews. you are watching coaching with covid-19. my guest is the director of the therapy center of san francisco and counselor at the university of san francisco. welcome back to the show. >> thank you. nice to be here. >> it is six months since we last talked. we know a lot more about how the virus works. we are back in the same place. now pandemic fatigue is affecting everybody. could you talk about pandemic
fatigue and what it is and provide advice for people so they know how to prepare for the long haul. >> well, pandemic fatigue is a complex of symptoms. any one you will see most of us are experiencing one of those. physical exhaustion. we feel tired. changes in mood, more worrying leading to increase in anxiety, sense of this is never going to end, hopelessness. it can lead to mild depression, aches, pains, headaches, back pain, decreased motivation, kind of hard to get things done, difficulty concentrating. just can't seem to focus on anything. in the short fuse. we are attending to get more irritable.
you can experience one or more of these things. that is generally considered the pandemic fatigue. another level of pandemic fatigue we are letting our guard down. we are not being as diligent following through on the things we are supposed to be doing. >> it seems like chaos all around this personal lives, across the country, in the local communities. how can we maintain balance when everything feels like it is in disarray. >> good question. we need to get out of denial. this all started in february, march. we thought it was going to be a week or two, maybe a month, maybe a month or two at the most. now it is eight months later. we are in a little worse shape than we were then. things have not improved. the first way to cope is to deal
at a more patient level. we need patience. this is not going to end quickly. even with with a with the vacc. most offices are not coming back until july. self-control techniques, relaxation or yoga, any of those. breathing exercises. i think combining that with taking good care of ourselves, getting enough sleep, exercising which is critical. it is critical for two reasons. one it keeps you active and makes you feel better. two, for most of us you can get out of the house to do it. the whole notion of social
connections has not changed. it is just exacerbated. most of us lost connections to other people in the wayne it used to be. we used to hang out with friends, go out for beer, go out to lunch, go visit now it is much more constrained. i think that did not eliminate reconnecting with people. i think the social distance visits are a good way to go. visiting people, keeping your distance. no, it is not the same. it is better than no contact at all. video visits, face time, skype, pullout photos if you are alone. online classes are another way to stimulate yourself. online religious services to deal with some of the spiritual
issues i think is important. i think you also need to remember you can reach out to mental health workers. most therapy is online now. there are community programs, private practitioners. i would not rule that out. last, i think is skill. we need to be assertive. people are encroaching on our space. it is difficult for people. i have heard this repeatedly. i was at an outdoor social distance event and people kept trying to come give me a hug. i had trouble saying no. saying no is not easy. practicing learning to say, no, please. keep our distance is helpful. i think another thing to do to cope with this is to stay flexible. particularly, as recommendations from healthcare providers
change, which they do. a lot of people criticized this as the reason not to listen to science. well, first they said that you didn't need a mask. now you need a mask. you could be inside, then outside. this is how science works. science works by accumulation of research. each study changes things slightly. it is not just contact. it is in the air. we do need masks. another is finding a community of friends that reinforces taking care of oneself and being safe. i think that is important. >> i hesitate to talk about the flip side of the pandemic. are there benefits to spend more tame with your family and having a chance for more introspection.
>> there are a number of silver linings. one is the family. people are spending more time together. now that can be prob ematic if you have fou poor family dynami. i saw a study that 70% of fathers said they felt closer to their kids because they were home more. not to say that mothers aren't having the same experience. the bonding is different. that is a very positive thing. we have cleaner air and water. you can see the bottom of the canals in venice now. from an aesthetic point of view there are gains. telehealth has exploded both medical kinds of problems and mental health. most therapy is online now.
i have not been in my office since march, since the first of march. virtual education is something you can do as a way of coping with everything. we can bring a lot more learning experiences into our environment that we were not able to do before. that is really taking off. >> finally, can we talk about this upcoming holiday see on how the pandemic will make it more difficult for everybody? how do we avoid feeling guilty if we need to limit the exposure to the virus? >> that is big. the holidays are hugely important time for most of us. it just brings up everything around family. on the one hand that motivates us more to connect. we need to remember the virus is
not forgiving. it doesn't care how badly you want to see your family. when you have guilt for not doing things for thanksgiving, think the flip side is not being guilty for exposing other people in the family to unnecessary health risks. a lot of people justify more social connection with family on the basis of a big holiday. all i can say is the vice president russ doesn't care it is a holiday. >> how are we going to do the holidays? we get more creative. people are talking about virtual meals, when possible. we will all fix a meal at the same time and eat it together online or just some kind of ritual together online. even if it is let's meet for an hour with the family on thanksgiving. i think that is important.
another thing if we can't be with family, help people who really can't get out and are as lated. take a meal to somebody. do you have a friend or neighbor somebody who is alone? it is going to be dramatically different this year. i don't think that means we can't have a nice holiday. i will miss my family reunion. it is what it is. >> assertiveness makes sense. if you are pressured by a family member that says we all get together every home day with all of the kids. if you are not comfortable you need to say no. >> one thing that i would like to say. somebody who teaches assertion all day. it is a critical skill and good coping. it is not easy. i have difficulty sometimes.
it is a simple concept that takes work. practicing assertion is helpful. what you are alone practice. what will you say to people who are too close or come in for a hug. you have to be able to say, i'm sorry, i would love to do that or your own words. >> thank you for coming back on the show. i appreciate the time you have given us today. >> we will be back with more information shortly. you have been watching coping with covid-19. thanks for watching.
>> this is one place you can always count on to give you what you had before and remind you of what your san francisco history used to be. >> we hear that all the time, people bring their kids here and their grandparents brought them here and down the line. >> even though people move away, whenever they come back to the city, they make it here. and they tell us that. >> you're going to get something made fresh, made by hand and made with quality products and something that's very, very good. ♪ >> the legacy bars and restaurants was something that was begun by san francisco
simply to recognize and draw attention to the establishments. it really provides for san francisco's unique character. ♪ >> and that morphed into a request that we work with the city to develop a legacy business registration. >> i'm michael cirocco and the owner of an area bakery. ♪ the bakery started in 191. my grandfather came over from italy and opened it up then. it is a small operation. it's not big. so everything is kind of quality that way. so i see every piece and cut every piece that comes in and out of that oven. >> i'm leslie cirocco-mitchell, a fourth generation baker here with my family.
♪ so we get up pretty early in the morning. i usually start baking around 5:00. and then you just start doing rounds of dough. loaves. >> my mom and sister basically handle the front and then i have my nephew james helps and then my two daughters and my wife come in and we actually do the baking. after that, my mom and my sister stay and sell the product, retail it. ♪ you know, i don't really think about it. but then when i -- sometimes when i go places and i look and see places put up, oh this is our 50th anniversary and everything and we've been over 100 and that is when it kind of hits me. you know, that geez, we've been here a long time. [applause] ♪
>> a lot of people might ask why our legacy business is important. we all have our own stories to tell about our ancestry. our lineage and i'll use one example of tommy's joint. tommy's joint is a place that my husband went to as a child and he's a fourth generation san franciscan. it's a place we can still go to today with our children or grandchildren and share the stories of what was san francisco like back in the 1950s. >> i'm the general manager at tommy's joint. people mostly recognize tommy's joint for its murals on the outside of the building. very bright blue. you drive down and see what it is. they know the building. tommy's is a san francisco
hoffa, which is a german-style presenting food. we have five different carved meats and we carve it by hand at the station. you prefer it to be carved whether you like your brisket fatty or want it lean. you want your pastrami to be very lean. you can say i want that piece of corn beef and want it cut, you know, very thick and i want it with some sauerkraut. tell the guys how you want to prepare it and they will do it right in front of you. san francisco's a place that's changing restaurants, except for tommy's joint. tommy's joint has been the same since it opened and that is important. san francisco in general that we don't lose a grip of what san francisco's came from. tommy's is a place that you'll always recognize whenever you lock in the door. you'll see the same staff, the
same bartender and have the same meal and that is great. that's important. ♪ >> the service that san francisco heritage offers to the legacy businesses is to help them with that application process, to make sure that they really recognize about them what it is that makes them so special here in san francisco. ♪ so we'll help them with that application process if, in fact, the board of supervisors does recognize them as a legacy business, then that does entitle them to certain financial benefits from the city of san francisco. but i say really, more importantly, it really brings
them public recognition that this is a business in san francisco that has history and that is unique to san francisco. >> it started in june of 1953. ♪ and we make everything from scratch. everything. we started a you -- we started a off with 12 flavors and mango fruits from the philippines and then started trying them one by one and the family had a whole new clientele. the business really boomed after that. >> i think that the flavors we make reflect the diversity of san francisco. we were really surprised about
the legacy project but we were thrilled to be a part of it. businesses come and go in the city. pretty tough for businesss to stay here because it is so expensive and there's so much competition. so for us who have been here all these years and still be popular and to be recognized by the city has been really a huge honor. >> we got a phone call from a woman who was 91 and she wanted to know if the mitchells still owned it and she was so happy that we were still involved, still the owners. she was our customer in 1953. and she still comes in. but she was just making sure that we were still around and it just makes us feel, you know, very proud that we're carrying on our father's legacy. and that we mean so much to so
many people. ♪ >> it provides a perspective. and i think if you only looked at it in the here and now, you're missing the context. for me, legacy businesses, legacy bars and restaurants are really about setting the context for how we come to be where we are today. >> i just think it's part of san francisco. people like to see familiar stuff. at least i know i do. >> in the 1950s, you could see a picture of tommy's joint and looks exactly the same. we haven't change add thing. >> i remember one lady saying, you know, i've been eating this ice cream since before i was born. and i thought, wow! we have, too.
>> this is a huge catalyst for change. >> it will be over 530,000 gross square feet plus two levels of basement. >> now the departments are across so many locations it is hard for them to work together and collaborate and hard for the customers to figure out the different locations and hours of operation. >> one of the main drivers is a one stopper mitt center for -- permit center. >> special events. we are a one stop shop for those three things. >> this has many different uses
throughout if years. >> in 1940s it was coca-cola and the flagship as part of the construction project we are retaining the clock tower. the permit center is little working closely with the digital services team on how can we modernize and move away from the paper we use right now to move to a more digital world. >> the digital services team was created in 2017. it is 2.5 years. our job is to make it possible to get things done with the city online. >> one of the reasons permitting is so difficult in this city and county is really about the scale. we have 58 different department in the city and 18 of them involve permitting. >> we are expecting the residents to understand how the departments are structured to navigate through the permitting processes. it is difficult and we have
heard that from many people we interviewed. our goal is you don't have to know the department. you are dealing with the city. >> now if you are trying to get construction or special events permit you might go to 13 locations to get the permit. here we are taking 13 locations into one floor of one location which is a huge improvement for the customer and staff trying to work together to make it easy to comply with the rules. >> there are more than 300 permitting processes in the city. there is a huge to do list that we are possessing digital. the first project is allowing people to apply online for the a.d.u. it is an accessory dwelling unit, away for people to add extra living space to their home, to convert a garage or add something to the back of the house. it is a very complicated permit. you have to speak to different
departments to get it approved. we are trying to consolidate to one easy to due process. some of the next ones are windows and roofing. those are high volume permits. they are simple to issue. another one is restaurant permitting. while the overall volume is lower it is long and complicated business process. people struggle to open restaurants because the permitting process is hard to navigate. >> the city is going to roll out a digital curing system one that is being tested. >> when people arrive they canshay what they are here to. it helps them workout which cue they neat to be in. if they rant to run anker rapid she can do that. we say you are next in line make sure you are back ready for your
appointment. >> we want it all-in-one location across the many departments involved. it is clear where customers go to play. >> on june 5, 2019 the ceremony was held to celebrate the placement of the last beam on top of the structures. six months later construction is complete. >> we will be moving next summer. >> the flu building -- the new building will be building. it was designed with light in mind. employees will appreciate these amenities. >> solar panels on the roof, electric vehicle chargers in the basement levels, benefiting from gray watery use and secured bicycle parking for 300 bicycles. when you are on the higher floors of thing yo of the buildt catch the tip of the golden gate bridge on a clear day and good view of soma.
>> it is so exciting for the team. it is a fiscal manifestation what we are trying to do. it is allowing the different departments to come together to issue permits to the residents. we hope people can digitally come to one website for permits. we are trying to make it digital so when they come into the center they have a high-quality interaction with experts to guide then rather than filling iin forms. they will have good conversations with our staff.
>> how i really started my . advocacy was through my own personal experiences with discrimination as a trans person. and when i came out as trans, you know, i experienced discrimination in the workplace. they refused to let me use the women's bathroom and fired me. there were so many barriers that other trans folks had in the workplace. and so when i finished college, i moved out to san francisco in
the hopes of finding a safer community. >> and also, i want to recognize our amazing trans advisory committee who advises our office as well as the mayor, so our transadvisory community members, if they could raise their hands and you could give a little love to them. [applause] >> thank you so much for your help. my leadership here at the office is engaging the mayor and leadership with our lgbt community. we also get to support, like, local policy and make sure that
that is implemented, from all-gender bathrooms to making sure that there's lgbt data collection across the city. get to do a lot of great events in trans awareness month. >> transgender people really need representation in politics of all kinds, and i'm so grateful for clair farley because she represents us so intelligently. >> i would like to take a moment of silence to honor all those folks that nicky mentioned that we've lost this year. >> i came out when i was 18 as trans and grew up as gay in missoula, montana. so as you can imagine, it wasn't the safest environment
for lgbt folks. i had a pretty supportive family. i have an identical twin, and so we really were able to support each other. once i moved away from home and started college, i was really able to recognize my own value and what i had to offer, and i think that for me was one of the biggest challenges is kind of facing so many barriers, even with all the privilege and access that i had. it was how can i make sure that i transform those challenges into really helping other people. we're celebrating transgender awareness month, and within that, we recognize transgender day of remembrance, which is a memorial of those that we have lost due to transgender violence, which within the last year, 2019, we've lost 22 transgender folks. think all but one are
transgender women of color who have been murdered across the country. i think it's important because we get to lift up their stories, and bring attention to the attacks and violence that are still taking place. we push back against washington. that kind of impact is starting to impact trans black folks, so it's important for our office to advocate and recognize, and come together and really remember our strength and resilience. as the only acting director of a city department in the country, i feel like there's a lot of pressure, but working through my own challenges and barriers and even my own self-doubt, i think i've been try to remember that the action
is about helping our community, whether that's making sure the community is housed, making sure they have access to health care, and using kind of my access and privilege to make change. >> i would like to say something about clair farley. she has really inspired me. i was a nurse and became disabled. before i transitioned and after i transitioned, i didn't know what i wanted to do. i'm back at college, and clair farley has really impressed on me to have a voice and to have agency, you have to have an education. >> mayor breed has led this effort. she made a $2.3 million investment into trans homes, and she spear headed this effort in partnership with my office and tony, and we're so proud to have a mayor who continues to commit and really make sure that everyone in this
city can thrive. >> our community has the most resources, and i'm very happy to be here and to have a place finally to call home. thank you. [applause] >> one, two, three. [applause] >> even in those moments when i do feel kind of alone or unseen or doubt myself, i take a look at the community and the power of the supportive allies that are at the table that really help me to push past that. being yourself, it's the word of wisdom i would give anyone. surely be patient with yourself and your dream. knowing that love, you may not always feel that from your family around you, but you can
lesb ri >> by the time the last show came, i was like whoa, whoa, whoa. i came in kicking and screaming and left out dancing. [♪] >> hello, friends. i'm the deputy superintendent of instruction at san francisco unified school district, but you can call me miss vickie. what you see over the next hour has been created and planned by our san francisco teachers for our students. >> our premise came about for san francisco families that didn't have access to technology, and that's
primarily children preschool to second grade. >> when we started doing this distance learning, everything was geared for third grade and up, and we work with the little once, and it's like how were they still processing the information? how were they supposed to keep learning? >> i thought about reaching the student who didn't have internet, who didn't have computers, and i wanted them to be able to see me on the t.v. and at least get some connection with my kids that way. >> thank you, friends. see you next time. >> hi, friend. >> today's tuesday, april 28, 2020. it's me, teacher sharon, and i'm back again. >> i got an e-mail saying that i had an opportunity to be on a
show. i'm, like, what? >> i actually got an e-mail from the early education department, saying they were saying of doing a t.v. show, and i was selected to be one of the people on it, if i was interested. i was scared, nervous. i don't like public speaking and all the above. but it worked out. >> talk into a camera, waiting for a response, pretending that oh, yeah, i hear you, it's so very weird. i'm used to having a classroom with 17 students sitting in front of me, where they're all moving around and having to have them, like, oh, sit down, oh, can you hear them?
let's listen. >> hi guys. >> i kind of have stage flight when i'm on t.v. because i'm normally quiet? >> she's never quiet. >> no, i'm not quiet. >> my sister was, like, i saw you on t.v. my teacher was, i saw you on youtube. it was exciting, how the community started watching. >> it was a lot of fun. it also pushed me outside of my comfort zone, having to make my own visuals and lesson plans so quickly that ended up being a lot of fun. >> i want to end today with a thank you. thank you for spending time with us. it was a great pleasure, and see you all in the fall. >> i'm so happy to see you today. today is the last day of the
school year, yea! >> it really helped me in my teaching. i'm excited to go back teaching my kids, yeah. >> we received a lot of amazing feedback from kiddos, who have seen their own personal teacher on television. >> when we would watch as a family, my younger son, kai, especially during the filipino episodes, like, wow, like, i'm proud to be a filipino. >> being able to connect with someone they know on television has been really, really powerful for them. and as a mom, i can tell you that's so important. the social confidence development of our early learners. [♪]