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leadership you have, and power. the more power and leadership we have that we can put out >> chair bustos: this is regular meeting on committee of community investment and infrastructure for tuesday october 19, 2021. i like to welcome member who are listening to us live as well as the staff and those presenting in today's meeting. following the guidelines set forth by local officials at this time, the members of the commission are meeting plotely to ensure the safety of everyone including members of the public. thank you all for joining us this afternoon. please call the first item. >> clerk: first order of business is item 1, roll call. commission members please respond when i call your name. [ roll call ]
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chair brackett is absent. commissioner bycer is absent. commissioners brackett and bycer are both absent. we have a quorum. next order of business is item 2, announcements. next regularly scheduled meeting will be held remotely on tuesday november 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. please advise the member of the public has up to three minutes to make public comment on each agenda item. during each public comment period, viewers online will be instructed to dial (415)655-0001. enter the access code.
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1:03 pm next order of business is item 3, report on actions taken at a previous closed session meeting. there are no reportable actions. next order of business is item 4, matters of unfinished business. there are no matters of unfinished business. next order of business is item 5, matters of new business consistenting of consent and regular agenda. first is the consent agenda. item 5a approval of minutes. regular meeting of september 21, 2021. mr. chair? >> chair bustos: is there anyone from the public who wishes to provide a comment on the meetings for september 21st? >> clerk: at this time members of the public who wish to provide public comment on minutes should call (415)655-0001. access code, 2494 312 8930 press the pound sign and then
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press star 3 to be placed in the queue. we'll allow few minutes to call in. at this time, i do not see any members of the public wishing to comment. >> chair bustos: i will now close public comment. commissioners, may i get a motion for this consent item? >> commissioner: i move that the minutes be accepted. >> chair bustos: a second? rosales i will second that. >> chair bustos: please take the roll. [roll call vote]
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the vote is 3 ayes and 2 absent. >> chair bustos: motion carries. please call the next item. >> clerk: item 5b authorizing first amendment to the personal services contract with diamond technology services l.l.c. to increase the contract now by $116,550, from $45,000 to a total aggregate amount not to exceed $161,550 for database development services and extend term of the contract for two years. discussion and action resolution number 35-2021. >> thank you, good afternoon commissioners. this item is in regards to some we're doing to ensure that the
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active databases that ocii uses are up to date. we've been making progress on updating few of the days bait -- database this item before you continues this work. >> good afternoon. thank you for your time today. the item i will be presenting to you for your consideration is the personal services contract with diamond technology services. in july 2019, diamond technology services was awarded personal
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service contract to provide support for the microsoft database upon retirement of our prior i.t. support very low. during the term of the contract, ocii observed two critical issues. ocii database experienced serious technical malfunction given the age of the database. to preserve its functionality for the future, ocii recognized the need to migrate its data to a more current and viable microsoft sql server. as we begin to do this work, we did a test pilot of migration of our correspondence database which is for all documents created for the agency. we also did a test pilot migration of the resolution database which stores all related commission related items for retention and also record
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retention. this pilot was successful. we are now seeking a contract amendment for your consideration to migrate our additional databases and programming support so ocii can transition to a more current method of document storage. the contract terms are as follows. we wish to amend the contract to increase the contract amount by $116.550 from $45,000 to a total $161,550 for the additional migration, design and support work. there's two phases or two portions of this contract. one is one portion is 56,000 $50
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for data migration services. there's a budget of up to $20,000 per year for total of three up to $50,000 for annual support services. this is a time and material-base expenditure. we are also seeking to extend the contract by two years through june 30, 2024. this is the sum of my presentation for your consideration. we do have public comment. our ocii i.t., we have james diamond from diamond technology and paul anthony from diamond technology to answer any questions you may have. thank you for your time and consideration. >> chair bustos: thank you, monica for your presentation. do we have anyone from the public who wishes to provide a
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comment on this item? >> clerk: before i proceed to public comment, i like to acknowledge that commissioner bycer has joined us by phone. he is present. i want to make that comment. >> chair bustos: welcome. >> clerk: at this time, member of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item call (415)655-0001. access code 2494 312 8930 press the pound sign and pound sign again. when you're on the call, press star then 3 to be placed in the queue. automated voice will signal when it's your turn. it does not appear any members
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of the public wishing to comment on this item. >> chair bustos: i will close public comment. i'll turn to my fellow commissioners. i like to start with dr. scott? >> commissioner ransom-scott: i want to thank monica for her report and the information given. just commend you all for the fact that you're staying up with the 21st century and moving forward with getting the best expertise for your database. so thank you. >> chair bustos: thank you commissioner, scott. vase chair rosales, any comments or questions? >> vice chair rosales: no comments. >> chair bustos: commissioner bycer? any questions or comments? i want to say monica, thank you
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and echo commissioner scott's comments. it's important to be able to document and have historical record on what ocii is doing. the fact that we're going to have upgraded system that will not only categorize and make sure we preserve the history that's being made by the work of ocii. thank you very much for that. commissioners, may i get a motion for this item? >> commissioner ransom-scott: i move that we authorize the first amendment to the personal services contract with diamond technology services and to increase the contract amount by $116,550 from $45,000 to a total contract amount not to exceed $161,550 for database
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development services and to extend the terms of the contract for two years. resolution number 35-2021. >> chair bustos: thank you. may i have a second? >> vice chair rosales: i second. >> chair bustos: please take roll. [roll call vote] >> chair bustos: motion carries. please call the next item. >> clerk: next is 5c, authorizing a personal services contract with scholarship america for scholarship application and management services on behalf of the legacy foundation for bayview hunters point for the lennar bayview
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college fund for contract term of five years to expire no later than january 31, 2027, total contract amount, $547.500. including up to cost of administration. hunters point shipyard and bayview hunters point redevelopment project area. discussion action, resolution number 36-2021. >> commissioners, as you may recall, the legacy foundation strategic plan identified educational needs being one of the central tenants of their work. we're pleased to bring this item before which provides funding for scholarships and administrative services to grant scholarships to scholarship america using community benefit funds provided from the shipyard
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phase 1 and phase 2 developers. the team is here to present this item. >> good afternoon. chair bustos, commissioners and interim director oerth. i'm here today to discuss the personal services contract with scholarship america for bayview hunters point legacy foundation, academic scholarship and living stipends fund. i'm requesting authorization for the enter into a personal services contract with scholarship america, for scholarship application and management services on behalf of
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the bayview hunters point legacy foundation for the lennar bayview scholarship fund and scholarship living stipends fund. for five years to expire no later than january 31, 2027 and total amount not to exceed, $547,500. we will discuss briefly the community benefits. the legacy foundation, their goals, the strategic plan overview, the lennar bayview scholarship fund and college living stipend fund and legacy foundation award to date. this is an overview of the phase 1 community benefit. you'll see the top is the
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community benefit fund of one of the community benefits and that is a portion of what we will be discussing today. this is a brief overview of the legacy foundation's purpose which you will find detailed in the five-year strategic plan. which is attached to the memo. the purpose of the legacy foundation is to reinvest in the bayview hunters point community, to benefit low and moderate income families including social services, affordable housing, education, art and public safety. the legacy foundation mission and core value which includes transparency, integrity,
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respect, accountability, collaboration and community. as i mentioned earlier, today we'll be discussing implementing one of the community benefits that is found in the five-year strategic plan. the legacy foundation actually came before this commission in 2017 to have the five-year strategic plan approved. this program is part of implementing the program down in the strategic plan. the five-year strategic plan was adapted in 2017. it included strategic priorities of neighborhood building, education and workforce and homeownership.
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this slade -- this slide details the phase 1 funds and allocation of each of the programs in the phase 1 of the strategic plan. this slide shows the programs and allocations for each program for the phase 2 fund, which we'll be discussing today. this is an overview of the scholarship and living stipend fund budget for the five years. the total use of funds projected management fees is $40,000 over the five-year term. the projected scholarship award
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amount is $457,500 over the five years. the living stipend amount is $50,000 for a total of $547,500. this slide details the education goals of the legacy foundation which can be found in the strategic plan. it includes mobilization, educational support to make post secondary education possible, legacy foundation also has a goal to be a leader in providing scholarships, financial support to students living in the bay -- bayview hunters point community.
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the family income cannot exceed h.u.d. a.m.i. the annual distribution for academic scholarships will be $91,500 and living stipend will be $10,000. for students that are eligible
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in pursuing a diploma or certificate program with a g.p.a. of 2.5 or passing grade, they will be eligible to receive a scholarship for $1000 to $2700 depending on the need of the student and the program. students pursuing four-year graduate degree with a minimum 3.5 g.p.a., they will be eligible to receive a $5000 scholarship. students -- [ indiscernible ] depending on what type of program a student is pursuing, the students will be eligible for either a $500 or $1000
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college living stipend. here's are the details of the r.f.p. if it's released on apri. a panel was assembled and made a recommendation to recommend ocii enter into a contract with scholarship america on may 19, 2021. the legacy foundation held a meeting and voted unanimously to recommend ocii enter a contract with scholarship america on may 27, 2021. here's a list of organizations that legacy foundation partner with to do outreach to ensure that students that may be
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eligible for the scholarship can receive the information and assistance with the application. this is a schedule for the scholarship. if approved today, you sign personal contract with scholarship america and then building the website, the application website which will have a launch for january 2022. a deadline for application is around april 2022 and disbursement of scholarship in august 2022, the next academic year. to date, the legacy foundation have awarded $25,000 to irvin ed
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academy and $180,000 to the mayor's office of housing community development for a homeownership down payment assistance program. thank you, that concludes the presentation. i'm available for questions and i also would like to invite dr. honeycutt, the chair of the legacy foundation to speak on behalf of the legacy foundation and their efforts to implement this program. >> thank you so much for this opportunity to speak with you. good to see those of you who are here. you are always doing great work on behalf of the city and county
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of san francisco. i want you to know that the legacy foundation work very hard on this program. we set up a separate education working group which met outside of the actual legacy foundation meeting and that group met three times. those meetings were in addition to the work that we did in terms of the scholarship research. we talked to students about their financial needs. i can tell you i can remember one student telling me that when he got to college, he didn't have sheets to put on his bed or clothes to wear. we became back to the l.f. board on a well thought out program
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with the full l.f. board immediately adopt it. from my experience as an educator, i was able to get in the community and talk to the students. they desperately need and deserve these resources which this scholarship program will provide. it's a privilege to know that the legacy foundation with your support, will be providing resources in this area. for the long-term. the legacy foundation has always had strong feelings about providing stipends for students. we're really concerned because some of the students don't have computers to use when they go to college. they don't have toiletries to
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use. it became very important to us that we have a remarkable program that would service those needs. i want you to know that we are part of the community. we plan to use our connections to make sure that organizations who work with students will receive this information so they can act on it appropriately. we will be looking at organizations that can get the information to the students who need this support. we are focusing our outreach in district 10 since that is the area of benefit for the scholarship dollars. we will also make sure that we're reaching organizations that work with families who can get this information as well.
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we at the l.f., we need your support. we need you to pass this agenda item so we can get this scholarship program going. we need you to join with us in providing scholarship opportunities for the community. this has taken a long time to get to this point. you can't tell it, i'm excited about being here today, i'm also adamant that we get this done, folks. our community needs it. they need this desperately. i want you to know that we are very grateful for all of you at ocii. you always had your heads on straight and cared about the community. we are very grateful for the support. if you have any question questil
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free to ask me. rake now we need your support. we need movement so we can get this money into the community so our students will have opportunity to excel with their education and with their lives. thank you very much. >> chair bustos: thank you dr. honeycutt. let's see, do we have anyone from the public who wishes to provide a comment on this item? >> clerk: before i move to that item, i would like to acknowledge that commissioner brackett joined us few minutes ago. she's also present. she's calling in by phone. >> chair bustos: welcome. >> clerk: at this time members of the public who wish to provide public comment on this item, item 5c, should call (415)655-0001. access code 2494 312 8930
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followed by the pound sign and pound sign again. press star 3 to be placed in the queue. we do have one caller now. >> chair bustos: hello, caller. >> caller: hello. can you hear me? >> chair bustos: yes, please it state your name. >> caller: i'm oscar james i'm a native resident of bayview hunters point. one of the first person to sit on the task force some 47 years ago. as a commissioner of model cities, my concern is, first of all, i would like for this particular program to be supported by the ocii commission. i really am pleased with what dr. honeycutt and the legacy committee has done to make this
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thing come to fruition. in 1973 when hunters point first closed, there was lot of people in their community that has been relocated since that time. lot of students in our community has been relocated. i would like for them to have the opportunity, their kids, to have the opportunity to pick up some of these scholarships too. they were part of the community when it first closed. the mayor of san francisco, was in support of the community benefit. the navy definitely was a part of the community benefit. i came down today to see hopefully to get in the meeting which the doors was closed. i have some papers that i would like to present to this board given some of history of the things that we asked for. i would like you guys to vote on this to make sure this happens for the betterment of our community. it's something that's badly
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needed. thank you very much. >> chair bustos: thank you, mr. james. >> clerk: we have one more caller. >> caller: my video is disabled. this is lesean. >> clerk: you can speak now. >> caller: i wanted to say good afternoon again commissioners. thank you. my name is lesean walker. i was director of community affairs for lennar and now i'm the vice president of the community affairs for five point. i came on this afternoon to speak to this item just to acknowledge that while it has
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taken time -- the project is still proving forward on community benefits obligations . i encourage you to follow the direction of the beautifully articulate dr. honeycutt and pass this item today. >> chair bustos: thank you ms. walker. >> clerk: mr. chair, it does not appear there's any members of the public wishing to comment on this item. >> chair bustos: okay. hearing no further request to speak, i will close public
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comment. ly turn to my fellow commissioners for any questions or comments they have. i like to start with commissioner bycer. >> commissioner bycer: no comment. thank you so much for the presentation. dr. honeycutt thank you for adding a personal message part of this. it feels that the community helped design the scholarship program. i really liked that element of the program and am excited to see this move forward and help students get to college. >> chair bustos: commissioner scott? >> commissioner ransom-scott: th ank you mr. chair. thank you dr. honeycutt for your report. i'm pleased listening and having the opportunity to watch this movement and sit and hear from even years ago, the movement
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where it's come to. you pushed deeper to go into the nicks and craneny to find out the deep need. that is so as a missionary. that's what it takes to really serve a people in need. to hear that you found they need sheets and clothing, this is what you want to include. i'm so grateful because i have heard of the hope and the encouragement that this is giving the community and there's so many more people rising up. i only had one question in light of covid. so many of the head of households that are looking for work, new work that have lost jobs. would they being over 30, some up to 35, would that be
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something you might consider with including these head of households in your scholarship that are looking for new jobs and taking classes? i had one here yesterday. she's 32. she's going to college, school of phoenix. she's looking for a new job. i thought it will be a help for them, many of them, men and women are looking for something new. they are having to put out moneys for that. i got calls where gentleman was asking, he said i extended myself, i really, really need work. they are still waiting on programs to open up. thank you for all of your
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expertise. lesean, thank you. dr. honeycutt and all of your team. thank you for what you are doing. >> chair bustos: thank you, commissioners. >> thank you dr. scott for the question. i will quickly respond. that may be something that the legacy foundation may be able to consider in the future. when additional funds are received by the legacy foundation into the community benefit fund. the d.d.a. for this specific program is very specific and the requirements for the agents. it does specify that be for up to age of 30 for this program. that might be something in the future with future funding that the legacy foundation may be able to consider for other programs that might have more flexibility.
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>> commissioner ransom-scott: th ank you. >> chair bustos: commissioner brackett? >> commissioner brackett: hi, everyone. i don't have any questions today. i wanted to thank everyone for their hard work. i know that scholarship program has been a long time coming. i want to thank everyone for their due diligence and for hanging in there and getting this thing to the finish line. thank you. >> chair bustos: thank you. vice chair rosales? >> vice chair rosales: i too pleased with this item. so much work has gone into it. sometimes when you take a little longer and you dig a little deeper and you talk to community, you end up with a better offer. i was pleased to hear dr. honeycutt explain the conversations, the need and the
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interest of the community in this scholarship program. the only question that i have were answered. i was interested in knowing the depth and the extent of the outreach to might sure that folks knew that there are opportunities here and certainly get them thinking about it. i remember my own experience where i financed my own college and law school education because my mother as a widow, was not able to do it. even little scholarship back in the day of $1000 went a long way to allow me to get the legal education and the college education that i had. i fully support this. i want to make sure that it sounds like we got the right systems in mace to -- place to reach the folks who will be the applicant. >> chair bustos: thank you.
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i want to say that it takes pressure and time to create a diamond. it took the pressure of the community as well as the time that has been allotted to make sure that this is done right. it's going to create diamonds out of the young people in bayview hunters point. the first of my family to go to college, i owe it to people who believed in me. people at the legacy foundation and staff at lennar and everybody working on this, you tell us and you show us that believe in these young people in this community that deserve to be molded and shaped into an incredible diamond.
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there could be someone who finds cure for cancer or supreme court justice or president of the united states. you never know. i'm proud and thrilled that it took the pressure and the time to make this happen. i want to thank everybody who is involved. commissioners, we would need a motion to move this item. >> commissioner ransom-scott: i move that we approve of this personal services contract with
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scholarship america for scholarship applications and management services on behalf of the legacy foundation for the bayview hunters point for the lennar bayview scholarship fund and the college living stipend fund for contract term of five academic years to expire no later than january 31, 2027 and a total contract amount not to exceed $547,500 including up to $40,000 for cost of administration from the phase 1 and phase 2 community fund for scholarship administration and award resolution number 36-2021. >> chair bustos: thank you. may i have a second?
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>> commissioner bycer: second. >> chair bustos: please take roll. [roll call vote] the vote is 5 ayes. >> chair bustos: wonderful news that this motion carries. best of luck everyone. thank you for your work. please call the next item. >> clerk: next order of business is item 6, public comment on non-agenda items. >> chair bustos: do we have anyone from the public who wishes to provide a comment? >> clerk: at this time, members of the public who wish to provide public comment on it up should call (415)655-0001.
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access code 2494 312 8930 press the pound sign and pound sign again. press star then 3 to be placed in the queue. if you're listening to us by phone and like to provide public comment, please press star 3. it does not appear there's any member of the public wishing to comment. >> chair bustos: i will close public comment. please call the next item. >> clerk: next order of business is item fetcher -- 7 report of the claire. >> chair bustos: there's nothing to report today. >> clerk: next order of business is item 8, report of the executive director. madam interim director?
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>> i have no report today. >> chair bustos: okay. thank you. next item >> clerk: order of business is item 9, commissioner's questions and matters. >> chair bustos: commissioners, are there any questions or matters you like to bring up? none? okay. seeing none. please call the next item. >> clerk: next order of business is item 10, closed session. there are no closed session items. the next order of business is item 11. >> chair bustos: i need to adjourn -- motion to adjourn this meeting. may i have a motion? >> commissioner ransom-scott: i move that the meeting be adjourned. >> chair bustos: thank you commissioner scott. is there a second?
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>> commissioner bycer: second. >> chair bustos: it is now 1:47 p.m., we will adjourn this meeting. thank you very much everybody for your help. a city like no other, san francisco has been a beacon of hope, and an ally towards lgbtq
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equal rights. [♪♪] >> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and
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initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table. where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advisory committee which advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the
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country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can to combat them. >> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger. >> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans
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community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the work at the covid command center and they did incredit able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care. part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and
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coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming people have access to a wide range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou
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allows us to provide more information on the ground. we're allowed to get. and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make sure our community is thriving and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i
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feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years. it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about things we can do when we really put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i
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want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to education, employment, and advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far.
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>> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this. i am familiar with what people are going through to relate and empathy and compassion to their struggle so they can see i came out of the struggle, it gives them hope to come up and do something positive. ♪ ♪ i am a community ambassador.
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we work a lot with homeless, visitors, a lot of people in the area. >> what i like doing is posting up at hotspots to let people see visibility. they ask you questions, ask you directions, they might have a question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the
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area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about
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escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are
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caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now. a>> good morning, everyone. today is the october 26 meeting of the san francisco county transportation authority. good morning. i'm rafael mandelman. i chair this board. our vice chair is aaron peskin, our clerk is britney milton. madame clerk, please call the roll. >> yes, chair. [roll call] it's been a while since i've done this.