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about the different groups. they have the heart for the community and no one could wear stillettos like brenda wright. and let me tell you she will step just as good in those halls of power in those stillettos just as she would step in the halls of the hood to transform community in the way that uplifts people. and so the reason why we're honoring brenda wright for her philanthropy is because of her not only able to support and uplift organizations, but to support and uplift a mentor for young women and girls. part of why i dress so nice is because brenda wright and i see
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her daughters all in here. her daughter amanda, but her children. pull your dress up right, fix your hair because she cares. her whole life has really been about uplifting people. helping to support young women. helping to provide opportunities. helping to make sure that the right resources are at the right place and nothing was too little, nothing was too big for her work, for her advocacy and for her efforts and no one fries chicken better than brenda wright. but at the end of the day, she has not been appreciated for all she has done for san francisco. she has not been recognized in a way she should for what she's done to help people in san francisco. yes, when she did her job, she made sure that the ballet and
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the symphony and the opera and the large institutions received resources, but so many organizations were the beneficiary of wells far go because brenda wright didn't see through them, she saw who they were and what they represented and it meant a lot to be recognized by brenda right because you know that you must be doing something right if she took the time to understand what your organization was about and how she could help you because she was always there wanting to help. she's saying okay. no. brenda, this is about you. yes, she served on the retirement board and the asian art museum board and now the war memorial board. she's worked and opinion
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appointed by the california for i can't even read my own writing here. yes. and you can talk a little bit be about that. the women's foundation of california. a number of other very great organizations that have led to real change and, yes, she's my friend, but i'm also in awe of her ability to continue with grace to always figure out a way to do something great, to touch the lives of other people and, brenda, on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, today in celebration of women's history month, we recognize you for your contribution to san francisco and we are grateful and honored for everything you've done to touch the lives of individuals and organizations in san francisco.
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[ applause ] >> these are beautiful. thank you. >> you can say a few words. >> amanda. >> be a dear. >> okay. you want us to take the picture. >> and we're going to do more afterward. >> well, thank you. you know, i'm like the biggest cry baby. i have all these emotions that always show up but i want to thank you and one of the things
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that makes me so proud is to see london and the woman and the leader, i mean, are a courageous warrior in the woman she has become. so if you ever do anything for everyone i don't know why i'm here, but i do know that in my very young life, i was taught that it was always about service, it wasn't about you and my mom said this is not about you and when you're little, you don't understand why it's not about you because you think you're everything and my grandpa used to always say, if you want something to change, go do the work.
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and that's all i know is doing the work. but i just wanted to say there's so many wonderful women in san francisco doing so many wonderful things and for you i'm very grateful because many times, we do them together. so i'm very grateful for that. i'm thankful to my friends who hold me up, lift me up. my partner steve who gets the brunt of my anger at home. not at him. thank you for always supporting me. thank you to amanda, my daughter. and a person growing up saying i'll never have children, it was the best thing i've ever done. but i just want to say that when you think about, i want to
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tell you, one of my favorite quotes and you've heard it before but it's a tenant by which i live and exist. service is a rent you pay for living and i always ask people, have you paid your rent today? if you can't answer "yes" when you leave here, you need to go pay your rent. even if you put a down payment on a bigger place, you know, because the world needs you. we're just in such desperate times. you know, the world needs you and no disrespect, but if you want a job done, give it to a woman. no disrespect and those of you men that are here and the women, you're probably yeah i
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know. i know. you don't want to hear it. thank you so much. i'm so proud of you. i'm proud of your courage every day and i know this isn't an easy job, but i'm proud of you. to my fellow honorees, thank you. i'm just proud to be in your company and just know that we are not finished yet. so thank you. >> all right. i'm just feeling good already. our next honoree is my next friend who is equally amazing and sophisticated. i've got to say i've heard
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about dd and her. when the de young museum was getting built and the whole ventilation system on the ground. they said, no, we have to make sure they're just small enough to dee dee's heels don't get stuck in the vents. i said i know that's right, take control and get it done. dee dee has been an institution in san francisco for as long as i can remember. the work she has done is people have heard about how she single-handedly raised all the money to rebuild the beautiful deyoung museum today. she continued to give to over
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100 organizations annually both large and small. but i do know what her favorite organization is and it has a lot to do with her canine babies, an organization that she has been giving to for so many years, they recently honored her for her philanthropy. and the thing i like about dee dee is when you call her, she didn't even know who i was and she still took the time to talk to me. and this was before i was an elected official or anything else. she wanted to know more about the organization and what she could do and she's like that with everyone. yes, she looks amazing all the time just like b. wright. but, again, another woman who cares about giving back but she
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consistently vests in san francisco and as i said, whether it's our cultural institutions like the deyoung, like the opera, like the symphony, there have been times i'm at events and the whole event is sponsored by dee dee and she's not even there. because she always makes herself available to give. to give up her time if she can, but also give up the resources to support the causes that, of course, are worthy. and when i think about how fortunate we are in san francisco, how fortunate we are to have dee dee and her desires to want to be that person to contribute and support, it's important for me to make sure
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she knows how much she's appreciated. i remember when the new millionaires came to san francisco. she feels as though when you have it, you have to make it a responsibility to help somebody else's life. for continuing to serve the city and making sure that she is spearheading a lot of the major causes that keep the opera, the symphony and the ballet, these incredible world
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class institutions here in san francisco that are recognized all over the world and they're like that because of dee dee. so, today, let me just honor you and let me make sure i don't forget the other thing. we honor you because as a woman in philanthropy, dee dee doesn't ask for anything. all you do is ask for something that's going to make san francisco better. it's never about anything personal. it's always about how do you change the lives of people in san francisco. how do you work on this project. how do we get this done, how do we clean up this, how do we make things better. so today, dee dee, we honor you because of your commitment to san francisco and i know you don't do it for the recognition. i know you do it because you love to do it. i know you love san francisco. and we are so fortunate and
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blessed to have you as one of our well-known, well respected citizens of the city. and so on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, we honor you today for women's history month. thank you so much for your philanthropy. so this is your little gift in there. >> well, london, thank you for everything. i have to say i have been a grown-up in san francisco because i didn't come here until i was a grown-up and i've known a lot of mayors and some have been really fun, but no one's been fun like london.
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nobody is the breath of fresh air and you know when you call her or she calls you, i always just sort of get a dog, put it in my lap and think this is going to be nice and relaxing and funny and i laugh and i laugh and even if it's something serious, we find something to laugh about, something that's good. i have to say when i was 14, i was growing up in washington, d.c. and one day, my father said to me, "do you realize that you could grow up to marry the president of the united states. you could be the first lady of the united states." and i said to him, "daddy, i'd like to be the president." [cheers and applause] >> well, that didn't go over. in those days. in the late '50s, early '60s absolutely didn't work. my father at first was
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horrified and then he laughed. that's really she's so funny. so i have to say, i listened to him because he used to always say, "you were lucky enough to be born in the good right bassinet, now you have to give back." and he always said that to me. it took me into my early 20s to figure out what he was talking about because i lived in the city with a building called the capital. and i couldn't understand how you possibly could spend it. those are the two things i kind of live by. i have to say as far as the president goes, i'm very pleased to live in a time now where i have two beautiful, smart granddaughters. one is here today. i am absolutely convinced either one of them could be
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president if they wanted to. at least they have that possibility which my generation has not. i have hit more glass ceilings and glass walls, even some glass floors that most people that you'll ever meet because i couldn't understand why i couldn't go where i wasn't supposed to go and often that was in a room full of men and i will never forget being introduced to an important dignitary from china when we were building the deyoung. i was standing next to my husband who was alive at the time and harry said i'd like to introduce you to the chairman of the board and the guy puts his hand right out across me to my husband. i thought, that's interesting, isn't it. i guess in china, they don't have chairman who are women. my husband had a very good sense of humor and he directed his hand and said i'm so happy for you to meet my wife.
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i thought, lessons learned. this is the way it is and we have to work very hard, very carefully and try not to irritate as many people as possible and find a way to be sure that women have the opportunity they may not want to do some of these things, but we just need to have the opportunity to do that and, of course, i agree with brenda if you really want a job, well done. you should find a woman. and i'm happy you found all of us, london. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> don't you just love her. so now i have the privilege of honoring merriam -- merriam m..
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i met merriam at her house that larkin street was holding focused on ending youth homelessness. the rising up campaign has beenen about raising millions of dollars to get to a point to end youth homelessness. we're talking about kids who are in their early 20s as well and a passion of hers has been to focus on the challenges of homelessness for children, for families, for young people and she's been consistent in her advocacy and i was really not only impressed by her work, but also her excitement for the work and it wasn't just about raising the money or giving the money. it was also about being apart of the various committees and rolling up her sleeves and being actively engaged on the
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ground with these various organizations to understand what they're doing and how we can make a significant impact. and the nitty-gritty, and the nuts and the bolts. and i thought to myself, goodness, this woman is amazing. and she's the chair of the opera gill. she's still involved in the arts in san francisco. she still is actively engaged in the san francisco bay school and other various causes, but i know that her desires to help address homelessness in san francisco for young people is something that she is never going to walk away from because it's important to her and until we're at a point where we end homelessness in san francisco, we know that we have an advocate in merriam. and so i am so grateful that
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she is actively engaged in the city, in this capacity that i found you at this event. she wasn't i don't think trying to get involved in the world of politics. she was just trying to do her part and you know what's very interesting is when you're out there doing the work you never know who's watching and part of why you do the work is not because of who's watching, but because of what you care about, what's near and dear to your heart. so for all the time and the resources you spent as a native san franciscan caring about this city, investing in youth homelessness, investing in the arts, supporting our city in various capacities, we are so grateful for you for your time, your commitment, and, yes, you've been hiding out a little bit too long, but we're bringing you to the surface, merriam. and so on behalf of the city
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and county of san francisco, thank you. and congratulations. we honor you for women's history month. >> wow. it is truly an honor to be recognized amongst these legendary women with woman i've looked up to for quite some time and mayor breed thank you for your leadership in this city and for your continued support and trust. for all the efforts that we all do for our beautiful city that we love. you set an example for everyone and we are truly grateful for
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that. you know, my father talking about family anecdotes, when i was younger, he said you have to be stronger than everybody else around you because if you have a husband who leaves you with five kids, you need to be able to take care of yourself. luckily, that did not happen and i ended up with a very supportive husband who is always supportive of all of my efforts on a daily basis and as you mentioned, mayor breed, i love our city. i love every inch of our city and i believe that every single one of us is here because we truly believe in our efforts to enhance and preserve our -- what we want to do for the
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youth and for investing in early education and celebrating the strong legacy in arts and culture. so we're all here i think with a common theme of our love for san francisco and i really appreciate this recognition. and someone said if actually we had an all-women group chat late at night inspired by ruth bader ginsburg who always stood strong and recommended to act virtuously, then our world would be a better place. so thank you again. >> thank you. and last but not least and she couldn't join us here today, i wanted to honor susie tompkins
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buhl. she's really been an extraordinary person in san francisco. a person who supports and uplifts and pushes women in office. she's supported programs like emerge. she is really when it comes to getting women elected. she does what's near and dear to her heart is the environment and making sure this is a better place we leave for our children. i'm proud of san francisco and its focus on equity and our plans around our new
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environmental climate action plan. they are the professionals and they should decide what happens around san francisco. it centered around making sure that communities that have been disenfranchised like the bayview hunter's point and i know we have some women here today that they are at the forefront of the change we need to make in san francisco. and susie believes very strongly in not only focusing on the environment, but making sure that equity is at the center of the decisions that we make as a city and as a country. she believes again firmly and supporting and uplifting women and she is consistently doing everything she can to support those causes. now i've got to tell you, i
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became a big fan of susie once she found out i was the founder of the sfree. i don't know if you remember the spree outlet we'd go to this free outlet that was off of 3rd street near mission rock. you guys all know it. yes. but she took her resources and used them to support causes that mean a lot to uplifting and supporting women and we are so grateful for her work and wish she could have been with us here today but she's here with us in spirit. to congratulations to susie tomkins buhl for her work in san francisco. and so with that, we are going
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to bring an end to our program but we see the man of the board of supervisors joined us late. but he's here nevertheless. supervisor asha safai, thank you so much for joining us. and i just want to say as i know kimberly ellis mentioned earlier, it's been a tough time in the world. it's been a tough time with what happened during covid. it's been a very challenging time we know with what's happening sadly every single second in ukraine. we know that there are people in this city and this world who are suffering, but i have hope. i have hope because when i look around even the group of people that i see here today, i know so many of you from various
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points in my life and the consistency and the involvement that you all continue to do in the city is going to help transform it for the better. yes. it won't be easy, but we're not going to give up. we're going to keep fighting. we're going to keep working hard. and because we have these extraordinary honorees with us here today, i know that we're going to get to a better place one day at a time. i want to thank all of you for joining us and celebrating women's history month in san francisco. and i feel really good right now. so because of i feel so good right now, i want to invite all of you into the mayor's office where we will have champaign, and a few appetizers and enjoy
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1 another because after two years of a global pandemic, i'm just happy to see your faces. so thank you all so much and please talk with us afterward. thank you. i worked on the it for 16+ years and i workeded an endless cycle of people going to the emergency room. i wanted to address those unmet needs. i have a satisfaction when we make a real difference in our clients' lives. we were getting people housed, connecting them to treatment, and seeing them through sobriety. don't be afraid of failure. i have failed at things in my
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career and they are opportunities to continue on. it's important for women and women and people of color to see representation matters. when i first started my career 25 years ago, there were not that many other women. so it is amazing to respond to meetings and go to meetings and see other female leaders and learn from each other. this career is my dream job from working on [ indiscernible ] to being the chief and overseeing a division. it's been challenging and rewarding and inspiring. >> one more statement. we are the one. that is our first single that we
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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. 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
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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. 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
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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 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
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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. >> 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.
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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. 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.
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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, 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,
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if they bring it here to us, we can preserve it and archive it and make it available to the public in the future. >> hi everybody, we down here at the /ep is a center which is our pop up space down here in san francisco where we operate a store front to educate the policy from the home owner who
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has center which is our pop up space down here in san francisco where we operate a store front to educate the policy from the home owner who has never done anything in the house to the most advanced structure engineers we have working around here. we we're going to here from kelly to talk a little bit about san francisco. how are you doing kelly? >> very well, thank you for having us here. >> in front of us, we have a typical soft story building. when i see this, i think this is some of the most beautiful architecture our city has. a lot of people don't know these are problematic buildings. why don't you tell us about some of the risks he we have in these buildings? >> soft stories are vulnerable in past earthquakes and the northridge earthquake to this type of building and character of building. when we talk about the soft story, what we're talking about is generally a ground story that has less wall or other /pwraeugs to resist the lateral forces that might be imposed by the earthquake. so we're looking for something that is particularly
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weak or soft in this ground story. now, this is a wonderful example of what some of the residential buildings that are soft stories in san francisco look like. and the 1 thing that i would point out here is that the upper force of this building have residential units. they have not only a fair amount of wall around the exterior of the building but they also have very extensive walls in the interior and bathrooms and bedrooms and corridors and everything that has a certificate amount of brazing yea it's significantly less country /srabl in those stories. now very often, we get even a garage or storage or sometimes commercial occupancy in this ground story. that very often not only has a whole lot less perimeter wall but it often has little or no wall on the interior. that wall is the
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earthquake bracing and so he see very significant bracing in the top floor and very little on the bottom. when the earthquake comes and hits, it tries to push that ground floor over and there's very little that keeps it from moving and degrading and eventually /paoerblly keeping it from a collapse occurring. so we know they're vulnerable because of this ground story collapsing >> is this only a problem we see in sentence france? san francisco? >> no, this is certainly a national problem. more acute in western but more up to california, washington, moving out into other states. this kind of building exist and this kind of building is vulnerable. >> when you're involved with the community safety, this is a different way of thinking about these types of things. we had a community
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group of over 100 people involved and upper 1 of them. tell us about * how that conversation went. why did we decide as a city or a community to start fixing these types of buildings? >> there were a lot of aspects that were considered well beyond just the engineering answer that these are vulnerable. and that effort brought in a lot of people from different aspects of the community that looked at the importance of these buildings to the housing stock and the possible ramifications of losing this /houbgs in the case of an earthquake. the financial implications, the historic preserve vacation s implication as you mentioned, these are very handsome looking buildings that are importance to the tourist city ask which make san francisco something that people are interested from outside in coming and visiting. >> it's such animation story when you think about the 10 years that
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the community spent talking about this /seurb but we actually did something about it. now we have an order unanimouses put in place to protect 100,000 residents in san francisco and retrospective in 2020. so on behalf of residents and employees in san francisco, we want to say thank you for the work you've done in pushing this forward and making people more aware of these issues. >> and it was a fantastic community effort. >> so in an earth quake, what happens in these kinds of buildings? >> what happens when an earthquake comes along is it moves the ground both horizontally and vertically. it's mostly the horizontal that we're worried about. it starts moving the building back and forth and pushing on it. when you see i'm pushing on it, the upper stiff of the wall stay straight up but the lower floors, they
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actually collapse just like i did there. >> luckily, we can put this building right back up where it came from so it's a lot easier. now kelly, obviously these aren't real frame walls here but when you talk about buildings, what makes the property for stiff? >> the easiest and most cost-effective type of bracing you can put in is either put in a brand new wall or to potentially go in and strengthen a wall that's already there where you don't need to have an opening is where you maybe have a garage door or access to commercial space, you might go to a steel frame or other types of bracing systems that provides the strength and stiff if necessary but at the same time, allows continued use of that area. but some combination of walls or frames or other tools that are in the tool kit that can bring the building up to the strength that's required in order to remove the
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vulnerability from the building so that when ground shaking comes, it in fact is a whole lot more resistant and less vulnerable. ideally, this story down here would be made as strong and stiff as the floors above. >> if i'm a property owner, what is the first thing i should do? >> the first thing you should do is find professional that can come in and help you evaluate your building in order to, 1, figure out that indeed it does need to be retro fitted and 2, give you some idea of what that retro fit might look like. and third, evaluation and design to help you determine the retro fit requirement. >> well kelly, i can't thank you enough for being here today. thank you so much for your wealth of information on how we can take care of our soft story problem in san francisco. and you the viewer, if you have any
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>> my family's starts in mexico in a small town. my parents are from a very, very small town. so small, that my dad's brother is married to one of my mom's sisters. it's that small. a lot of folks from that town are here in the city. like most immigrant families, my parents wanted a better life for us. my dad came out here first. i think i was almost two-years-old when he sent for us. my mom and myself came out here. we moved to san francisco early on. in the mission district and moved out to daily city and bounced back to san francisco. we lived across the street from the ups building. for me, when my earliest memories were the big brown trucks driving up and down the street keeping us awake at night. when i was seven-years-old and i'm in charge of making sure we get on the bus on time to get to school. i have to make sure that we do our homework.
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it's a lot of responsibility for a kid. the weekends were always for family. we used to get together and whether we used to go watch a movie at the new mission theater and then afterwards going to kentucky fried chicken. that was big for us. we get kentucky fried chicken on sunday. whoa! go crazy! so for me, home is having something where you are all together. whether it's just together for dinner or whether it's together for breakfast or sharing a special moment at the holidays. whether it's thanksgiving or christmas or birthdays. that is home. being so close to berkley and oakland and san francisco, there's a line. here you don't see a line. even though you see someone that's different from you, they're equal. you've always seen that. a rainbow of colors, a ryan bow of personalities.
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when you think about it you are supposed to be protecting the kids. they have dreams. they have aspirations. they have goals. and you are take that away from them. right now, the price is a hard fight. they're determined. i mean, these kids, you have to applaud them. their heart is in the right place. there's hope. i mean, out here with the things changing everyday, you just hope the next administration makes a change that makes things right. right now there's a lot of changes on a lot of different levels. the only thing you hope for is for the future of these young kids and young folks that are getting into politics to make the right move and for the folks who can't speak. >> dy mind motion. >> even though we have a lot of fighters, there's a lot of voice less folks and their voiceless because they're scared.
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good morning. the meeting will come to order. welcome to the thursday, march 24th, 2022, meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services committee. i'm supervisor gordon mar and i'm joined by kathryn stefanie and supervisor haney shortly. i'd also like to thank sfgov tv for staffing this meeting. madam clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes, i do, mr. chair. the board while still providing remote access and public