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tv   Mayor London N. Breeds State of The City  SFGTV  April 4, 2022 6:00am-7:01am PDT

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>> mayor breed: i am san francisco mayor london breed. welcome to the state of the city address. [applause] >> mayor breed: i am happy to have all of you here today. it is really great to be outdoors in person. the mask mandates, vaccine mandates are all gone. if you take pictures answer post. make sure you put disclaimer we removed it in san francisco so i don't get beat up by folk on the internet. thank you and welcome. i want to start by thanking all workers who helped us navigate the latest surge. nurses, police officers, paramedics, educators, all incredible people who kept this city going.
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[applause] over the past two years and months, so many of them have been working over time to take care of the city. thank you, thank you, thank you. you know, sometimes the devastating impacts of the last two years of covid can be hard. this is in 1989 when freeways fell or 1906 when buildings and neighborhoods burned to the ground. they are deep. we see it in the struggles to simply get through the day. struggles with mental health. especially in kids, we see it in their eyes. empty downtown offices and for lease signs in union square. half filled hotels. we see it in those struggling with addiction on our streets.
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we cannot sugar coat it. we have work to do. our recovery will not be easy. it will not be quick. it is coming. it is coming. san francisco is coming back! (applause). as we look ahead to the decisions about where to take this city, we need to listen to our residents. last month voters of the city sent a very clear message. they sept a mess -- they sent a message we must do better by our children. they sent a message while big ideas are important. those must be built on a solid foundation. they must be built on the basics like a well-run school system that puts kids first. government that delivers on the
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essential services. basics like accountability and competence. during our covid response, we delivered on the basics. government, community and residents all came together to protect our collective health to save lives. we protected our hospitals, nursing homes. we quickly and efficiently popped up testing and vaccination sites. we delivered food to seniors. i want be to acknowledge jeff lawson who privately helped to deliver food to the seniors, thank you so much, jeff, for your work. [applause]. we did the basic and we did them well. we showed we could deliver on bigger ideas.
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we transformed the streets to outdoor dining. we helped guaranteed income with those impacted by the pandemic. we experimented to allow people to gather outdoors. some met neighbors for the first time ever. now those covid experiments are transforming our city. we made share spaces permanent for restaurants. we have six guaranteed income programs with more to come. in golden gate park, jfk is on the way to being a permanent car-free space. [applause]. that proofs we can work hard on the basics while pushing the big ideas. that is how we kept people healthy and safe this past two
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years. however, right now we are dealing with another kind of challenge. right now too many people across the city don't feel safe. asian seniors are fearful of leaving home. tenderloin families are living with random gun ideas. homeowners are fortifying garages after another break in. sweeping up broken glass and paints up graffiti on a regular basis. these are complicated problems with twisted roots reaching well below the surface level solutions. again, we have the tools to deliver both the basics and the big ideas. first, we need law enforcement
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to keep people safe, to make arrests to hold people accountable and to support victims. right now police staffs is at crisis level. over 1630 police officers at 250 fewer officers fewer than three years and 540 below what we need according to independent analysis based on a growing population as you can see right here. we do not have police staffing to meet needs of major city as we welcome back workers and visitors. fixing this starts with building the police academy classes. to those who say we don't need the police. i say listen to the residents. they are speaking louder than ever. no, not for return to the past like when i was growing up. there was a deep mistrust
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between the community and police. even then we needed police to protect victims of violence and help us live our lives, not undermine us in our own community. today we are in a different place. while we had more work to do, our police department has embraced reforms over the last five years. leading to fewer use of force incidents and police shootings and rapidly diversifying the department so it reflects the community it serves. [applause]. >> we have also made progress on big ideas. providing solid alternatives to policing through street crisis response team that didn't exist two years ago. it is now out on the streets
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24/7 responding to calls to help those struggling with mental illness. we have community ambassadors program consisting every tired police officers in our downtown and tourist areas. we have multi-racial community guardian teams patrolling neighborhoods. we have the private sector helping. i want to thank chris larson for the work he has done to provide a lot of support around cameras and a number of neighborhood corridors to help small businesses. thank you so much, chris, for your work in the private sector to help make our city safe. we continue to make historic investments in our dream keeper initiative and opportunities for all. these are programs that recognize the root causes of crime. the root causes of crime are driven by poverty.
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decades of disinvestment, by systematic racism. these are programs that will heal our communities with housing, mental health, education. job training and economic empowerment. that is how we get back to serving the community. let's be the national model for reform, for alternatives, and for safety. we can do it all and we don't have to choose. [applause]. you know, there is a lot of noise about what is happening in our city. you see it in the headlines, in the right wing media. they love to talk about san francisco. you see it on social media. one video takes off as if it is telling the whole truth about who we are. i know it is challenging with all of the noise to understand
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what is happening. it is easy to fixate on the problems. i am focused on the problems. today i want to talk about what is possible. hope. hope for a better future for our city. that is what i see right here on this water front. people all over the world. they know the story of the famous waterfront from the golden gate bridge to fisherman's wharf, embarcadero to the ferry buildings that welcomes commuters from across the bay and visitors from all over the world. under the bay bridge to the ballpark where bonds and buster posey became legends. today it stretches south to mission bay where they play in a
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beautiful new home built by the manneds of the holwork force -- by the hands of the local work force. [applause]. what is happening right here as we emerge from this pandemic is a sign of hope for san francisco. now, i want to take a moment to take us back. i talk a lot about my grandmother, what she did for me, how her spirit and body what this city is capable of doing for people. today i want to talk about my grandfather, willie brown. not that willie brown. he is not the grandfather. my grandfather was a world war ii veteran. when word got out to the south that jobs were available, he with so many others moved our families west. not because they believed that racism wouldn't follow. but because of what this city
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represents. a better opportunity. ny grandfather found a union job as longshoremen working alongside a generation of workers building ships and repairing machinery. they were good paying jobs that led to development of freedomnantly black working neighborhoods in bayview and filmore and lake view. the truth is this city and neighborhood where we are today always represented an opportunity for those seeking a better future. our waterfront has been a beacon to newcomers and immigrants for nearly two centuries. that is the spirit where we stand today, a place where hope grows and hard work. look around us. today's waterfront is a beacon
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for jobs, housing, economic opportunity. in this area in the coming years, 7,000 homes will be built as part of three water front projects alone. here at mission rock, pier 70 and at the power station. [applause]. these will be diverse neighborhoods with new housing and all income level including 2000 affordable homes. those are coming after 6,000 homes have been built in mission bay in just the last 20 years. new neighborhoods, new parks, open spaces all along the waterfront throughout the dogpatch. new offices and storefronts. this doesn't happen in a city that is dying. it happens in a city that is growing and thriving. as we grow we are building affordable homes for people who
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live right here in the southeast, thanks to the neighborhood preference policy. [applause]. we are creating jobs for the people who live next door in sunnydale and the bayview. thanks to city build and local hire. i see my girls right there. in september we announced we are doubling the size of city build, training twice as many people to get the good paying union jobs that are available. these are not just statistics. these are people. let me give you an example. right here in mission rock, thanks to women and families first initiative and partnership with the giants. thank you for being here today. we train the first all women construction class.
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(applause). and provide support for child care. okay? i attended the graduation at mission rock academy and seeing those women made me so proud. hearing those stories. that is why i do this job. today we have three women here from that class. they all started in different places. anna was a nanny and caregiver. militia was doing temp work. they all wanted something more. we got all g for the city built graduate, too. anna wanted to learn how people work together to create big
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things. alisha wants to make her daughter proud. twin peaks looking out wondering how to be part of that big beautiful city. all three of them are building what is behind me with good union jobs and bright futures. [applause]. someday alisha's daughter will stand here and look at these buildings and say my mom and her friends built that. we are not just building homes and offices. we are building lives that is what is happening in san francisco. [applause]. the waterfront has so many stories. it has stories about environmental justice.
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the power plant, once stood a mile south from here. a gas power plant polluting the air that the residents of the southeast were breathing asthma, heart are disease. we don't the history. two generations of community activists and former leaders like the city attorney and supervisor maxwell and mayor willie brown. that is power plant that was shut down. now a new story. a whole new neighborhood is being built there with new parks, streets, homes. a stretch of water front open to the public for the first time in over 150 years. [applause]. where smoke once was all over the neighborhood, children will
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play. that is what is happening in san francisco. [applause]. you know, some love the chatter about businesses abandoning our city, leaving california. we have our challenges ahead. again, look around. historic investments in our city right here. just down at 16th street is the exchange. commercial office building purchased last year for over $1 billion. large companies are renewing and expanding leases in downtown and south of market. right now this month so many companies are returning to the office. because they are invested in this city. this is not a story about commerce fleeing the city. this is a story about confidence
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in what lies ahead. will it be different than it was? of course. this water front today is different than it once was, too. in fact, it is better. look behind me at what is being built right here. mission rock. one of those buildings will be affordable housing. another is dedicated to life sciences. the third is a future headquarters of visa on what used to be a parking lot. that is the nature of city. [applause]. we adore and we adapt. no, san francisco today is not san francisco 100 years ago or even 50 years ago. we maintain our values and we grow stronger by learning from the past not simply repeating it. our culture of innovation lives
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on the waterfront with u.c.s.f. and the world class research to help us navigate this pandemic. the reason be the first omicron case in the countries was identified in san francisco. it wasn't because we were first to get it. it is because the researchers at u.c.s.f. were the first to find it that is what is happening. tech companies making groundbreaking discoveries every day in san francisco. waterfront is a place for families. look at the san francisco bay trail, india basin. at mission rock there will soon be a playground for kids to play. [applause]. finally, the central subway will be better connected to the
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waterfront and the bayview with downtown and chinatown. the beautiful new station. strengthening the connections between long divided communities. that is what i see. housing, jobs, environmental justice, technology, investments, innovation and parks and open space is what is happening in san francisco. [applause]. that is the work we need to do all over this city. right now across the state cities are wrestling with the need for more housing. they are looking for ways to block new housing in-laws. in san francisco we should be leaders in housing. we should be the city california looks to. let's be like san francisco. two years ago i set a goal of building at least 5,000 new
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homes per year. 2020, 450000, 2021, we built 4600. the only housing built right now are large projects like mission rock and the pier 70. they need all houses sizes. not just south ease and soma but big neighborhoods across the entire city. to do that we have got to breakdown the obstructionism that blocks housing at every single turn. [applause]. now you know i tried. i am not giving up. i tried inside city hall. we made incremental progress. on the big ideas like my housing charter amendment we have been
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blocked. we are going to the voters. change will happen to come from outside city hall. i am confident that it will. this november. because over and over i have heard from residents. they want be to cut bureaucracy and build more housing. we want future generations like alisha's daughter to live here when she is an adult. san francisco has shown that we can lead. we do it every day with work on climate change. when united states set as goal of net zero emissions by 2050. california set the goal 2045. what do we do? we set the goal 2040. we don't play that. that is how we lead. with our climate action plan, we know how to get there. that is who we are. the climate policy isn't just
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about environmental programs. climate policy is also about housing policy and transportation. getting people out of their cars, creating dense walkable neighborhoods like we are believe right here -- we are building on this waterfront. that is climate action. completing bus rapid transit on van ness this month, finally. [applause]. it is going to open. as well as dozens of quick build projects to move buses faster. to create protected bike lanes across the city over the last three years. that is climate action. san francisco can also be the economic leader our state needs us to be. we have to work at it. for too long we have taken our economic success for granted.
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we assumed the offices would be built. conventions would come to town and taxes with strome in. i have been talking to business leaders across the city. they love this city. they want to invest. they want to support. they want san francisco to grow and to succeed. when i put out the call to businesses about committing to bring workers back into the offices. so many answers. they are investing and they are returning. what i have heard most from business leaders just as i have heard from residents and small business owners is that we need to continue to improve the conditions on our streets. our work in the tenderloin has attracted a lot of attention. supervisor haney was talking about the tl until we declared a
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state of emergency. it has fired a lot of debate. the main take away is that we cannot continue to accept things as they were. the families and the small businesses of the tenderloin deserve better. those on the streets deserve better. the people of the city deserve better. since 2018 we have added more safe shelter space in san francisco than we had at any time in the previous 20 years. two years ago we set an ambitious goal of adding 1500 new units of permanent supportive housing. not only are we going to meet that goal. we are going to exceed it by 70%. that means 2500 new units of permanent supportive housing. that by far is the largest
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influx of new housing from homelessness this city has ever seen. now we must focus on doing the work to fill those homes faster we made progress to move to permanent housing with 1,000 people from the hotels not back on the streets but safely housed. to address the challenges of mental health and addiction, we are adding hundreds of treatment beds. working with community partners we will launch an overdose prevention program and the first drug sobering center in the city's history. [applause]. but it can't just be about spending the resources. we have to balance it with accountability. i am done arguing if it is okay for people to remain on the
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streets when we have a place for them to go because it is not. it just isn't. to be honest, there are some folks who cannot or will not do what is safe for themselves or for others. we have to be honest about the need to deal with those struggling with mental illness. we need to make serious changes to our state law ifs. i am working with other mays across california and members of the legislature to reform mental health laws to better serve our city and entire state. this is not just happening in san francisco. finally going back to where we started today. we have to do better for families in the city. we have to give back to putting our kids first.
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soon i will announce the new members of the board of education. as part of this decision which is really one of the hardest decisions i have ever had to make. i have been meeting with families to hear what they want for their children, what they need from our schools. i got to tell you. it was heart breaking to hear their stories and what they have been through. kids who once were vibrant and eager learners withdrawn. learning loss and mental illness, challenges that they are all experiencing. our public school kids getting less behind -- left behind as private schools begin to rebound. i know no single appointment to an elected body is going to fix all of that. it is going to take years of work. that is why we recently announced our children and family recovery plan.
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the long-term strategy to improve access to the services we do have and expand the programs that are working to make a difference for families. it is really important that we support and protect our children because when we better serve our young people, when we invest in them, take care of them, treat all kids like they are our kids, we create a better future for all of us and for them, too. (applause). for two years, we have had to think about our lives and our city in a totally different way. getting back won't be easy. this shift won't be immediate. we are moving forward. we lifted the indoor mask
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mandate. today we announced we are ending vaccine mandates for businesses. you guys all seem very enthusiasm about that. i look forward to going to a club to have a good time without my mask. [applause]. it is time. it is time to open up our eyes. it is time to open up our city. it is time to enjoy our lives after everything we have experienced to see not just the challenges we faced but the opportunities before us. to feel pride in what our city has done and can do. the first in the country to shut down. we saw one of the lowest death rates in the country and highest vaccination rates. we did that. san francisco did that.
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[applause]. now it is up to each of us to harness that pride, to be motivated to make important change and decisions in city hall to take action in our communities. to tell our stories. just the other day we got an e-mail from a visitor named brittany who had a lay over at sfo and wanted to explore san francisco. her friends told her san francisco is not a safe place for you. brittany said, girl, i am going to party in san francisco. she found out that her friends were wrong. she met two of our welcome ambassadors terrence and joel. she found out what the best cable car routes were to see lombard street. she was recommended to places to eat that were great san francisco restaurants and given directions to the golden gate bridge. they helped give her an
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experience that inspired her and left a lasting memory. they helped create her own story, a true story of san francisco. that is who we can be. a city that tells our own story. we are a city that reaches into our own communities to connect people to incredible opportunities. we are a city that proudly draws dreamers and seekers from everywhere. people come for love, opportunity, escape the past, build a better future. they come to make a difference in their lives and in the world. they come even briefly for a moment of magic. they come because when voting rights are under attack across the country, we deliver ballot to every single voter that is
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registered. with paid postage. they come because we would never ever accept the law like don't say gay. unbelievable. in this city we not only say gay. we sing it loud and proud all year long. [applause]. they come because when abortion rights are under attack. san francisco says we not only protect women's rights but with a woman mayor, speaker, vice president we put them in charge. [applause]. so next time when someone asks what is happening in san francisco, you tell them that. you tell them that this city will rise to meet our challenges
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day after day, relentless in our effort and unyielding in our values. that is who we are. we are san francisco! we are loud. we are proud. we are hopeful. we are resilient, san francisco. let's tell them that. thank you. [applause].
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>> one more statement. we are the one. that is our first single that we made. that is our opinion. >> i can't argue with you. >> you are responsible please do not know his exact. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> i had a break when i was on a major label for my musical career.
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i took a seven year break. and then i came back. i worked in the library for a long time. when i started working the san francisco history centre, i noticed they had the hippie collection. i thought, if they have a hippie collection, they really need to have a punk collection as well. so i talked to the city archivist who is my boss. she was very interested. one of the things that i wanted to get to the library was the avengers collection. this is definitely a valuable poster. because it is petty bone. it has that weird look because it was framed. it had something acid on it and something not acid framing it. we had to bring all of this stuff that had been piling up in my life here and make sure that the important parts of it got archived. it wasn't a big stretch for them to start collecting in the area of punk.
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we have a lot of great photos and flyers from that area and that. that i could donate myself. from they're, i decided, you know, why not pursue other people and other bands and get them to donate as well? the historic moments in san francisco, punk history, is the sex pistols concert which was at winterland. [♪♪♪] it brought all of the punks on the web -- west coast to san francisco to see this show. the sex pistols played the east coast and then they play texas and a few places in the south and then they came directly to san francisco. they skipped l.a. and they skipped most of the media centres. san francisco was really the biggest show for them pick it was their biggest show ever. their tour manager was interested in managing the adventures, my band. we were asked to open to support the pistols way to that show. and the nuns were also asked to open the show. it was certainly the biggest crowd that we had ever played
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to. it was kind of terrifying but it did bring people all the way from vancouver, tee seattle, portland, san diego, all up and down the coast, and l.a., obviously. to san francisco to see this show. there are a lot of people who say that after they saw this show they thought they would start their own band. it was a great jumping off point for a lot of west coast punk. it was also, the pistols' last show. in a way, it was the end of one era of punk and the beginning of a new one. the city of san francisco didn't necessarily support punk rock. [♪♪♪] >> last, but certainly not least is a jell-o be opera. they are the punk rock candidate of the lead singer called the dead kennedys. >> if we are blaming anybody in san francisco, we will just blame the dead kennedys.
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>> there you go. >> we had situations where concerts were cancelled due to flyers, obscene flyers that the city was thought -- that he thought was obscene that had been put up. the city of san francisco has come around to embrace it's musicians. when they have the centennial for city hall, they brought in all kinds of local musicians and i got to perform at that. that was, at -- in a way, and appreciation from the city of san francisco for the musical legends. i feel like a lot of people in san francisco don't realize what resources there are at the library. we had a film series, the s.f. punk film series that i put together. it was nearly sold out every single night. people were so appreciative that someone was bringing this for them. it is free. everything in the library is free. >> it it is also a film producer who has a film coming out. maybe in 2018 about crime.
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what is the title of it? >> it is called san francisco first and only rock 'n' roll movie. crime, 1978. [laughter] >> when i first went to the art institute before the adventures were formed in 77, i was going to be a painter. i did not know i would turn into a punk singer. i got back into painting and i mostly do portraiture and figurative painting. one of the things about this job here is i discovered some great resources for images for my painting. i was looking through these mug shot books that we have here that are from the 1920s. i did a whole series of a mug shot paintings from those books. they are in the san francisco history centre's s.f. police department records. there are so many different things that the library provides for san franciscans that i feel like a lot of people are like,
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oh, i don't have a library card. i've never been there. they need to come down and check it out and find out what we have. the people who are hiding stuff in their sellers and wondering what to do with these old photos or old junk, whether it is hippie stuff or punk stuff, or stuff from their grandparents, if they bring it here to us, we can preserve it and archive it and make it available to the public in the future. women's n sustainable future . women's n >> san francisco streets and puffs make up 25 percent of cities e city's land area more than all the parks combined they're far two wide and have large flight area the pavement to parks is to test the variants by ininexpensive changing did new open spaces
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the city made up of streets in you think about the potential of having this space for a purpose it is demands for the best for bikes and families to gather. >> through a collaborative effort with the department we the public works and the municipal transportation agency pavement to parks is bringing initiative ideas to our streets. >> so the face of the street is the core of our program we have in the public right-of-way meaning streets that can have areas perpetrated for something else. >> i'm here with john francis pavement to parks manager and this parklet on van ness street first of all, what is a parklet and part of pavement to parks program basically an expense of the walk
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in a public realm for people to hang anti nor a urban acceptable space for people to use. >> parklets sponsors have to apply to be considered for the program but they come to us you know saying we want to do this and create a new space on our street it is a community driven program. >> the program goes beyond just parklets vacant lots and other spaces are converted we're here at playland on 43 this is place is cool with loots things to do and plenty of space to play so we came up with that idea to revitalizations this underutilized yard by going to the community and what they said want to see here we saw that
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everybody wants to see everything to we want this to be a space for everyone. >> yeah. >> we partnered with the pavement to parks program and so we had the contract for building 236 blot community garden it start with a lot of jacuzzi hammers and bulldozer and now the point we're planting trees and flowers we have basketball courts there is so much to do here. >> there's a very full program that they simply joy that and meet the community and friends and about be about the lighter side of city people are more engaged not just the customers. >> with the help of community pavement to parks is reimagining the potential of our student
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streets if you want more information visit them as the pavement to parks or contact pavement to parks at sfgovtv.org sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the mission in sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important to us as well. we heard about cleanpowersf and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. it was super easy to sign up. our bookkeeper signed up online, it was like 15 minutes. nothing has changed, except now
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we have cleaner energy. it's an easy way to align your environmental proclivities and goals around climate change and it's so easy that it's hard to not want to do it, and it doesn't really add anything to
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>> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this.
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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 area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know,
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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 escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors
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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 caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of
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where i used to be and where i am at now. you're watching san francisco rising. today's special guest is monique gray. >> hi. i'm chris mannis and you're watching san francisco rising. the our guest today is marquise gray. he runs out of the office of the mayor in the city and county of san francisco. and he's with us today to talk about the recent progress of the sunnidale hope sf housing project. welcome to the show. >> good morning. thank you for having me today. >> let's start by talking about the existing residents of
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sunnydale and their history. >> so sunnydale was built in the 1940s for a workers. it's the largest public housing community west of the mississippi. it's about 50 acres. pretty huge. about 760 single story units one to four bedrooms. >> i understand it's an ambitious rethinking of the residences. can you briefly describe the scope of the program and hope sf's involvement? >> yeah. the work of hope sf is this idea of more than housing. that acknowledging that our public housing community, the levels of violence and poverty that are in these communities are not by accident. you know, it's our opportunity to address a system issue, you know, that people need more than housing.
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they need health services. resources. economic investment opportunities, jobs and things of that nature. and so hope sf strives to work with our city systems to better serve our public housing communities. >> so recently, mayor breed and speaker pelosi toured the site to both put focus on a national housing initiative and also to highlight the completion of the first new building. how many units does it contain and when will people start moving in? >> yeah. it was an amazing event. honored to have the secretary here with us as well in our community. it's 167 units. it's about 75% going back to the original families that currently live on site. so the replacement. so i did forget to mention i want to say real quick, the beauty of hope sf is housing development, new development without displacements or anti-displacement initiatives. so, for example, the building
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is 167 units. 75% of those units going to families that have lived there in the community for generationings and the other 25% are tax credit units adding to the affordable housing stock here in san francisco and those units are up and running now. they're leasing them as we speak. people are picking their units each week until they're filled up. >> so was this particular building put on a new plot of land or did people have to move out so it could be constructed? >> that's a good question. our first building was vacant which you may have saw across the street from this building and then this plot of land is the way we kind of do it, we do it in phases. once one goes in, we're able to move families into the new unit and where they previously were occupying, able to demolish old buildings to build the new. so this area had some older units that were demolished.
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>> it's impressive that construction has been able to continue during the covid-19 pandemic. can you talk about some of the challenges that needed to be overcome and how the community has managed during the crisis? >> that's a great question. you know, in san francisco, if i understand it correctly, i could be wrong, i believe housing was an essential service. the mayor made a strong commitment early on in the pandemic that we would continue to build housing as housing has been a critical issue in our city. so the housing part hasn't impacted us too much. 67 units have been going on its current time line. the bigger challenge for us was showing the families in our communities, low income families had the resources we need to survive the pandemic. many of our families didn't have the luxury of working from home, working in the zone and things of that nature.
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making sure they had access to covid testing and things of that nature. so i want to give a big shout out to our resident leaders, our service providers across all four sites. for those that don't know, hope sf is four sites. sunnydale is one of the four sites. and so across those four sites, the most critical thing was making sure folks in these neighborhoods which have historically have been disconnected from resources have the things that they need to remain healthy, to, you know, survive the pandemic as we all had to survive the pandemic and we did pretty well. we were able to bring back scenes and covid testing on site. food distribution was happening all throughout the week. wellness services and things of that nature were all happening on site thanks to our resident leaders and our service providers across the sites. >> so, finally, when could we
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expect the next set of residents to be ready? despite -- i guess we just said covid doesn't have an impact on the schedule. when will the next residences be ready? >> yeah. things are rolling. we have block a3 and block b3 to the building we were referring to earlier. and things are on pace. things are going really well. so we're looking at starting construction spring of 2022 and that will be 170 units and the goal is to have that lease up around 2024. >> well, thank you so much. i really appreciate you coming on the show, mr. gray. thank you for giving us the time today. >> thank you, chris, and i really appreciate your time as well. >> and that's it with this episode. you've been watching san francisco rising for sfgov tv i'm chris manners. thanks so much for watching.
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