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drawn. if it works for the board? . may i? my client wants me it put something on the record i hope you don't mind. that there has been confusion the last hour there have been e mails back and forth with the board and myself and the appellate's attorney which the appellate made statements that they are with drawing without prejudice. but your forethat you will is filled out by the appellate states that it all with drawls are with prejudice. there is confusion. and -- mis rosenberg reminded the appellate attorney that my client asked me to say that we are not going to present today we are relying on the good faith of the appellate and the appellate's attorney that they are indeed with drawing with
prejudice and we don't understand the tactics that are going on. we are waiving our right to speak and thank you very much. and good to be back and see you all meeting each other for the first time. >> thank you >> thank you. okay we will hear from callers ending in 8217. please unmute. press star 6. yes. >> hi. good evening temperature is georgia, thank you for approximate principle veiling and having your hearing. i sent in the sheet eg02 that was issued in december 2021 to replace the 2013 earlier sheet the same number rescinded in october of 2021. it was rescinded it was not in compliance with the california state fire marshall.
this deals with egress for bedrooms and r3 occupancy buildings in san francisco. i thought the board should be made aware of had issue ask this the general public an issue important with bedrooms that are designed to be within excavations and egress issues for the fire department. the cac and ddi and planning and the aia are dealing with it. i did not know if you were aware and thought you should be it may be an issue. in projects that you see. thanks, take caring well and safe and good luck. thank you is there other general public. if you call in the dial star 9. i don't see -- 577, asked for
it. jot phone number ending in 0575, go ahead. you need to press star 6 to unmute yourself. 0577. 0577? >> yes, can you hear me now? >> yes. go ahead. >> thank you. hello. i'm dan heinz president of national cab company. national cab introduced the lawsuit and there are 4 aspects of the suit which need clarification with regards to the application to medallion revocation. one, no [inaudible] were picked be representatives of elderly and disabled medallion holders no way a personal lawsuit. both were modeled career
drivers. bill sloan loves it he brought his oxygen tank to work. neither in suspension or revocation >> 2, cost appeal born by the major companies in the city because of the clear implications for the industry. 3, the appellate court at the request of the city and the plaintiffs agreed to part the appeal while the parties crafted an industry solution. and 4, the introduction of disability protection coupled with compensation for medallion surrender addressed the grounds and suit was dropped. the did a terrible thing allowing them to operate on city streets without regulation.
crippled the taxi industry. all the many of these medallion holders left the hope this some day it might be worth something. city wants to take that away, too. and they are demanding your acquiescence saying have you no choice they changed a few lines of code. i hope that you resist this attempt to neuter your oversight >> thank you. any other general public commend? raise your hand. i don't see. we will move on to item 2. commissioner comments and questions? >> i would like to welcome everyone back and the 2 commissioners never in this room before. jose lopez and mr. tina chang, glad to see everybody here >> thank you, anybody else?
okay. okay >> is there public comment on this item. please, raise your hand. item 3, the adoption of the minutes. before you discussion possible adoption the march 23, 2022 meeting >> commissioners and comments or a motion. >> i will make that motion. >> okay >> is there any public comment on the motion to adopt the minutes. raise your hand. i don't see any so on commissioner hoond's motion. commissioner lopez. >> aye vment >> vice president lazarus. >> aye. >> chang. >> aye vment >> that carries 5-0 and the minutes are adopted. item 4 this it is a rehearing for 21-0 knife. dirk nay heart appellate is requesting a rehearing of 21-095
dirk neyhart vs. municipal transportation gaej. board voted 2-1. deny andup hold the tomorrowination on the basis it was. lacking the votes needed to pass it failed. and the determination description dirk neyhart does not have a california driver's license. without the license the taxi medallion can be revoked pursuant to the code as a prilimnary matter. you have an opportunity to review the material and watch the videos for the hear thanksgiving took place on march second. i did and read it in the report. >> thank you. we will hear first from mr. heidi the attorney reporting the appellate. welcome, have you 3 minutes. >> thank you. why good evening, commissioners.
representatives dirk neyhart and reserving about a minute of my time or half a minute to pam my client. >> we brought this request for a rehearing on the basis that extraordinary circumstances exist and a rehear suggest needed to prevent manifest injustice. despite the mta's attempt to gas light us by disarc vowing the basis we see it in black in white not only on the board's own website under standard of review, but also under rules of the board section 9b we provide as an exhibits. the idea of manifest injustice proved e louisary like there is in the a such a thing we looked it up and provide a definition
that is a direct, obvious and observable error. everybody makes mistakes under the law it is an error. on march second, due to the absence of commissioner lopez, i requested what our options were to provide neyhart with the benefit of a full panel. thus optimizing my cline's chance of a favorable outcome. by way of answer, we heard the rules of the board saying that the hearing would be continued in the event the missing board member's vote could have made a different. however when commissioner hoblda motion to condition was called the chair failed for lack of one vote. executive secretary rosenberg said bringing in the tie breaker on this vote did not count because it was like nonsubstantive motion.
having reviewed the rules and having an opportunity to argue them tonight, we disagree. the rules don't distinguish substantive and nonsubstantive motions. thus, commissioner lopez should have a chance to weigh in. as well, the resulting in mr. neyhart's matter failed to follow precedent set boy this board this leaves medallions in the hands of other disabled medallion holders. sfmta has not argued against the points we made in our brief. respectfully we ask for rehearing and prevent manifesting justice i defer to my client. >> hi i'm brook neyhart. restoration medallion 2444 so i
can continue to import people and pay business taxes to our city as has been done for 30 years was asked in the difficulty -- >> mr. neyhart. thank you. your time is up. we will hear from the assistant da. welcome, you have 3 minutes y. good evening. president, commissioners i'm philip the enforcement affairs manager taxi service this is rehearing request is subject to rule 90. as she stated except in extraordinary cases. the board may grant a rehearing request upon a showing of new or different material facts or s arc risen. where facts or circumstances if known at the time could have affect the the outcome of the hearing. writ requests state one the nature and character of the new
facts or circumstances. 2, the names of the witnesses and or description of the documents to be produced. and 3, why the evidence was not produced at the original hearing. appellate has not raised new facts let, lone material facts that would or could impact the outcome of the original hearing. they did not allege any of the 3 required things in the written requests. it says shall state. they did not state any of that the nature or the character of any new fact. they did not provide new witnesses or source or documents and did not explain why anything was produce federal you did not state new fact there is is no facts or evidence to prove. lastly, the other hearings that is you in moved the other hearings have been called i believe by the chair and are not sure of the date i will defer to the director.
the other 2 matters sight in the appellate's brief are now on calendar. >> thank you. >> thank you. is there public comment. raise your hand. >> i see mr. raspon, go ahead. >> good evening board member i'm charles i'm one of mr. nay hard's medallion holer the extraordinary circumstance is every one of the taxi cases involved a disabled person. a systemic purging of disabled people from the permit system this it is manifestly unjust n. light of the discrimination and because previous case were handled differently mr. neyhart should be granted a rehearing before the full board this concludes my comment. why thank you. >> we will hear from carl mc
murdo. >> thank you very much. the comments just now i don't think are relevant because first of all the -- fact that a couple of cases are called to being brought up in a month this is fine. wait until that happens. but -- the point was this he was saying new evidence was required but the standard of review does not require new evidence if -- if it is extraordinary circumstances or manifest unjustice. the extraordinary circumstances after you read the rules about the fact this mr. lopez should have participated, that rule is ignored you violate your own rule and the manifest injustice cost dirk his permit. which you know according to the way the votes are done similarly would not have happened.
i want to irrelevant address commissioner swig and lazarus tonight is you in how you feel about the merits of an individual it whether or not the standards met for rehearing. and there is that you didn't follow your own rules. if you want to be a constructionist your rules said mr. lopez had to pip he would have counter some of the add vice you got. works for the same people we are arguing against the city attorney's office. >> i'm sorry i'm here. everyone makes mistake i think you did make an error. look at the mistake i made i paid for this suit. i want to go to to something else. one of the things he advised about was that the sloan agreement is dan heinz spoke earlier pertained to i couple of
people. negotiateors in the mediation had to know that hundreds of case would come to policy and resolution 09138 that shows ad a does not apply is in the off the table it is arc veiled by hundreds of disabled medallion holders now. it has been there. >> recording stopped. >> people -- confused here. but so i will go on a couple of other things. i'm proud of dirk neyhart if he was a victim of a violent crime >> thank you and if that happened to me or most of us you know we would go in a shell this guy has been a tremendous inspiration to people. he is productive. has a cheerful oura. i want to say again to the 2 commissioners need one of your votes we don't want this to go
to the department of justice and something that came out again there is more trouble for the city. do you want a full investigation. thank you very much. >> thank you we'll hear from our fellow. >> what does it mean when it is not recorded anymore >> i'm sorry one moment >> why don't we pause and make sure it it is being broadcast. >> there you go. >> recording in progress. yea. they have to do that so -- better run or stop. okay. we are fine? okay. >> marcello. go ahead. >> can you hear me?
>> yes, welcome have you 3 minutes >> thank you. >> i'm mar will cello long time member of the taxi industry. i'm call nothing support of mr. neyhart's request for rehearing. i believe this board failed to follow its rules by excluding commissioner lopez from participating in the march second decisions when only 2 votes out of 5 were enoughment permit for disabled medallion holer. this is an extraordinary circumstance. and it is unjust. i urge you to grant mr. neyhart's request and will remind you the ends of his shift he got stab in the his face and made blind. how can anyone expect him to have a driver's license and go
become to driving a taxicab. he is given his time to the taxi industry. and -- so i again. i urge you to grant his request for a rehearing, thank you. >> thank you. why is there any other public comment. mrs. evelyn cortez. >> good evening. can you hear me? >> yes, >> welcome. >> good evening president swig and commissioners i'm evelyn cortez president of alliance cab company. we have been in the business for 30 years. i like to support rehearing request for mr. neyhart on the item on march 2 hearing commissioner lopez was not able to participate. did we meet the standard of
review according to article 5 section 7 of the board's rules. i think this is know extraordinary circumstances missing member could alter the board's decision. prior to this, case of george and jim cortez responded in i different outcome when commissioner lopez participated. therefore, given the conflicting outcome of similar case the appellates are entitleed a rehearing where all 5 commissioners can vote. further, the most compelling reason we are appealing for the medallions not to be revoke well is on going talk with mta and the credit union. any appeal and adjudication can bring bath medallion which is there only hope to recover.
i thank you for hearing me. take care, all. >> thank you. >> any other further public comment on this item. raise your hand. i don't see any more public comment. commissioners. this matter is submitted. >> i have a question for the deputy city attorney they had a couple questions regarding the substantive and nonregarding commissioner lopez's absence and for clarification, they think that the manifest injust rules different than what i have been vowing the last 9 and a half years. could you give a definition of manifest injust what is required and is up assistantive or not regarding commissioner lopez's absence. article 5 section 7 provides mechanism that prevents allows the board to continue the
deliberation. if there is a circumstance the board makes a decision in the matter. there it is a missing commissioner possible this missing commissioner's participation could change the were alter the board's decision. in terms of the board [inaudible] motion to continue [inaudible] that's a procedural motion that refers to [inaudible] so the by the wording of the rule there is no difference with procedural and substantive. when you look at the intent of the rowel it is against in terms of decision when you look at other section and it is board's rules section 8 would talk about consideration of written findings the board adopts findings and reasons for the decision. the decision can make a determination in the case. not about scheduling or want to
hear a matter. the board can figure it out [inaudible] in terms of manifest injustice that is defind in the many ways. [inaudible] am. i don't disagree with what [inaudible] i general low it is about the plainly or obviously unjust result. an error in law this is the guideline with manifest injustice. [inaudible] >> for some reason i thought it was unless there was no material information not brought on during the case that real heard that will create manifest injustice now the way you explain it, it is different. why under the rehearing rule, there is 2 basis for the board to grant rehearing of the first an extraordinary circumstance and to prevent manifest injustice.
that is one. the other is there is new material facts or circumstances different facts and circumstances that come after of the initial hearing if the board would have known it could have changed the decision. those other 2 basis. i don't think appellates make the argument well is new circumstances that are coming forward the argument in board's interception and application of article 5 section 7, that's what they disagree with by not granting the --mentes to you continue the motion to continue to allow commissioner lopez to participate. that's what they are saying manifest injustice >> thank you for that description. thank you deputy senior attorney. >> okay. anyone have a motion? a direction?
i don't feel it meets criteria. in either set of criteria. >> to make they a motion or would you like to make a xhint or anyone else. >> commissioner darryl honda: i rarely felt manifest injustice in this case i believe that the commissioner did create a manifest injust i know this is a losing fail but i will vote my conscious. >> a motion. commissioner lopez? commissioner chang? >> commissioner jose lopez: what -- vote do we need for a motion. >> 4. >> grant a rehearing request the question needs 4 votes. >> yea. i will make a comment that i -- i understand the deputy city
attorney's position and i think it is well noted the reading of -- article 5 section 7 -- does lends itself to that. i think -- for me what is propelling me is -- part of this may be due to the fact that -- i'm the commissioner who was not here left time. right. and do regret this and wish i had the opportunity to participate in this hearing. but both you know -- due to that and due to just the stakes of the substantive underlying you know matter on which the rehearing request is stemming
from; i would also support a rehearing. for this question. >> i have to agree with the compelo commissioners. commissioner chang can you speak up. >> commissioner tina chang: i agree with my fellow commissioner here i would support a rehearing request. [inaudible] >> a motion. anybody. >> i will make that motion i foal tell fail. i make a motion to grant the appeal or the rehearing request, thank you. on the grounds of manifest injust that the absence of commissioner lopez would have made a difference y. we have a motion from commissioner honda on the basis there is manifest
injustice buzz commissioner lopez was absent when the matter was decided. on that motion -- commissioner lopez? aye. >> vice president lazarus. >> no >> commissioner chang. >> aye. >> president swig. >> no. >> that motion fails. we have another motion on the table? >> move to deny the rehearing on the basis well is neither new information nor extraordinary circumstances result nothing manifest injustice j. a motion from vice president lazarus to deny there is no new information. on that motion commissioner lopez. >> point of information what result did we need. the same thing. [laughter]. if it does not pass it will fail. >> um -- neigh.
>> okay. commissioner honda. >> no. >> commissioner chang. >> no. >> president swig. >> yes. >> okay that motion fails, too. so -- we have another motion on the table? so -- the question fails by lack of a vote. >> so the under lying decision is upheld as not allow the question is denied. so -- we will move on to of item 5 the rehearing for female 21-091 john russo a rename the mta decided march second, the this time upon motion by commissionering honestlieda the board vote the 2-2-1.
continue the matter to the call of the chair. the motion failed upon a motion honested and and chang descent the to uphold the tomorrowation on the basis it was issued looking the 3 vote its need its failed. board voted 2-2-1. commissioner lopez absent to continue this matter. lacking approval pass the motion failed the determination upheld by operational and the determination description john russo did not have a license or card. and again the matter commissioner lopez did you have an opportunity to review the material and watch the videos that took place on march second. >> i did and i'm ready to participate y. we will hear from the requestor first.
i believe his representative mr. mc murdue. >> thank you. >> there is no points in belaboring your time taking up your time because you made your decision and the prior case. i just think it it is a travesty. the one situation that is different for mr. russo is that he presented a letter at that time. compliance officer for mta had been advising people fur in the disability program you did not have to renew your card or have a california driver's license he followed that advice. but you know what you did to dirk is no reason for me to say anything else. i will turn my time over to
john. thank you. >> thank you. we'll pause the time until he come on. >> it is paused. mr. russo. he called in. is he in the queue? did he call in or join by zoom? i thought he was on the hearing. i did we not see his name tonight. i thought he was -- >> it is his hearing i don't know why. >> i don't see him was hoe going to call in or join by computer. >> does alec has his phone number. >> yes we can try to reach out
to him. sure. >> i like the pen suit. >> thank you. i appreciate that. i bought it on a dare, if you will. especially when you got the are the pack behind you. thank you. yes. it is fun i don't wear it often as you can understand. >> julie i did talk to union for an hour and indicated he would be on the call. we will try to reach out to him.
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>> okay. well, let me think i'm disappointed that the commissioners who are not voting for rehearing are segregating out the nature of what this is. which is something unfair happened. but so be it. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> we'll hear from the sfmta. >> good evening. philip concerna enforcement manage taxi mobility service. in this case, the appellate did not argue or present new evidence pursuant to the rule. board may guarantee a rehearing upon a showing of different facts or circumstances where facts or circumstances if known at the time account have affected the out economist hearing the written request they
need to state the character of the new facts and circumstances the name of witnesses and documents. appellate did not state any of this in their request for rehearing. additionally, the vote was 2-2. so assuming that commissioner lopez voted to i can't remember uphold or -- uphold the appeal pardon me. that would have no bearing or change on the impact 4 votes are required. there were 2 votes to deny. assuming that voting block carried over to a new hearing, it would be the same outcome y. we are moving on to public comment. we will hear first from mr. von secka. go ahead.
>> long time member of the taxi industry. it is very hard not to show emotions after witnessing all of this. for the past 10 years this city created a medallion program monetizing taxy permits and the members of the taxi industry were part of this program did so hoping some dithey could leave the industry with dignity. and you are stricken the dignity, way from us. perhaps some of you should try driving a cab for a month to understand what we go through and we endured years and decades of punishment hoping something to get some value out of this medallion. this city our transportation
agency and all [inaudible] of our municipal government they are totally against cabdriverers a stigma about our procession. i did it with pride i'm proud of serving this community for more than 30 years hoping some day if i get old and stay healing issues. hoping that i can leave the industry. all segments of our municipal government lineup with the mta who in my opinion, destroyed the taxi industry. our former mayors destroyed the medallion program. hoar here we are facing injustice. time after time and again and again. am so far i want to -- let you
know i'm disappointed you are allowing our transportation agency to harvest medallions from disabled people who gave their physical and mental health. to i medallion system they believed in and that has been destroyed. who is to be blamed for the senator of the medallion program this is a consequence of such failure. this is a human traj deviate wa that can be placemented on the city of san francisco. >> thank you. >> any further public comment. raise your hand. if you call in the press star 9. now taking public comment on this item. okay. i don't see further public
comment. so commissioners this matter is submitted. >> commissioners? >> commissioner chang? >> commissioner tina chang: i think that outcome of this will be replicate in the future. >> can you speak up? >> the outcome of this vote will replicate what occurred on the previous item. so -- i will what would you like to happen? >> somebody make a motion and unless -- anybody else -- would like to comment? >> commissioner tina chang: we can make the same motions as before. so i'm happy to -- start the process and move to grant the rehearing request. on the basis that commissioner
lopez's absence would have made a different in the outcome of the hearing and what is at stake that is not [inaudible] experiencing the same [inaudible]. okay. we have a motion from commissioner chang to grant the request on the basis that commissioner lopez was absent previous hear and this is resulted in a made a difference i believe you said and created manifest injustice. on that motion commissioner lopez. >> aye. >> vice president lazarus. why no. >> commissioner honda. >> aye. >> president swig. >> no >> that motion fails. do you have another motion? commissioner lazarus. >> the hearing request fails in the under lying matter.
there's so much involved with becoming a firefighter. and as a component of being a woman in the field, it takes a lot of perception. it takes belief in yourself. it takes asking the right questions of people who already have the job so that you have the confidence to build it and it takes someone telling you that this job is a possibility for you. my job has given me 25 years of satisfaction. the primary thing is that i grew up here in san francisco and i'm serving in the city where i grew up. i transitioned to community training and i was able to build disaster resilient padre of volunteers and bringing us all the latest information so that we can be ready for a disaster. pride and loyalty are the heart of a firefighter. it's in the way we do our job from the very smallest thing from our everyday checks we do of our equipment. from the way that we treat each other and the community we come
in contact with every day. and loyalty is to our own families is to the pride we have in this department. it's to the other members when we're out in a dangerous situation keeping each other safe. it goes throughout every aspect of being a firefighter. i'm really proud of the way our department approaches diversity, equity, and inclusion. i was hired in a class that had 45 people and 17 women. it was an accomplishment at the time, but there were many women that came before me that laid the ground work and i had to see it to be it. someone had to recruit me into this job. i didn't know it was a possibility for myself. and so the importance of young women seeing what it takes to be a firefighter, seeing themselves when they look at me. it really brings myself a lot of pride and joy in this work..
>> (speaking foreign language.) >> i wanted to wish you a best wishes and congratulations the community has shifted a lot of when i was growing up in the 60s and 50's a good portion of chicano-american chinese-american lived in north beach a nob hill community. >> as part the immigrant family is some of the recreation centers are making people have the ability to get together and meet 0 other people if communities in the 60s a 70s and 80s and 90s saw a move to the richmond the sunset district and more recently out to the excelsior
the avenue community as well as the ensuring u bayview so chinese family living all over the city and when he grape it was in this area. >> we're united. >> and growing up in the area that was a big part of the my leave you know playing basketball and mycy took band lessons and grew up. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> allergies welcome to the
community fair it kicks off three weeks of celebrations for the year and let's keep everybody safe and celebrate the biggest parade outside of china on february 11th go best wishes and congratulations and 3, 2, 1 happy enough is enough. >> i grew up volley ball education and in media professional contrary as an educator he work with all skids whether or not caucasian hispanic and i african-american cumber a lot of arrest binge kids my philosophy to work with all kids but being here and griping in the chinese community being a chinese-american is important
going to american school during the day but went to chinese school that is community is important working with all the kids and having them exposed to all culture it is important to me. >> it is a mask evening. >> i'd like to thank you a you all to celebrate an installation of the days here in the asian art museum. >> one time has become so many things in the past two centuries because of the different did i licks the immigration officer didn't understand it became no standard chinese marine or cantonese sproupgs it became so many different sounds this is convenient for the immigration officer
this okay your family name so this tells the generations of immigrants where they come from and also many stories behind it too. >> and what a better way to celebrate the enough is enough nuru with the light nothing is more important at an the hope the energy we. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> relative to the current administration it is, it is touching very worrisome for our immigrant frames you know and some of the stability in the country and i know how this new president is doing you know
immigration as well as immigrants (fireworks) later than you think new year the largest holiday no asia and china those of us when my grandparents came over in the 19 hundreds and celebrated in the united states chinese nuru is traditional with a lot of meaning. >> good afternoon my name is carmen chu assessor-recorder i want to wish everything a happy new year thank you for joining us i want to say.
>> (speaking foreign language.) >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i'm proud to be a native san franciscan i grew up in the chinatown, north beach community port commission important to come back and work with those that live in the community that i grew up in and that that very, very important to give back to continue to work with the community and hope e help those who may not be as capable in under serving come back and give
>> the hon. london breed: welcome to chinatown, everyone. it has been a very, very challenging two years. we have missed our incredible parade. we had to distance ourselves and celebrate virtually, so the fact that we are here today to start the new year, to kick off lunar new year in san francisco, is extraordinary.
>> well, good afternoon. we are now experiencing a massive surge on the national, state, and regional level, and let me be clear: san francisco is in the midst of a major surge of covid-19 cases. >> i've been a resident of chinatown for the past ten years, and prior to that, my mother's family grew up there and lived up there for almost 40 years. when the pandemic first started, i noticed that chinatown was down a ton. there wasn't the hustle and bustle on the street, so in an effort to try to create business for them, i asked my friends, can i order food for you, and i'd deliver it to them. eventually, it went from 10 to
15 orders to 60, and the final week, we did almost 500 orders. it was really cool to see family and friends who maybe didn't have a connection to chinatown want to help in any way they could. then, 2021, this is usually a time when businesses get a big portion of their annual revenue. i think there was a lot of excitement around chinatown as things started to get better, but the vaccine wasn't here yet. it was just a couple of months away, so we didn't feel the excitement as we usually did during chinese new year. >> last year was sort of an easy hard decision. we knew there was a lot of uncertainty. what did our staff, what did our volunteers feel about exposing themselves in a time where we really didn't know what covid was. we were still learning about it as the world was still learning about it. >> in the last year, we're
aware that the situation is there, but we also keep a very close tab on the main players, and of course, that's the san francisco health department because they're the ones that were affected the most. so instead for the safety and health of everybody, we decided to replace the live, in-person parade, with a virtual one. >> we decided to do a retrospective parade broadcast. we had old performances, new performances submitted, and we did digital floats. we also did a public art project called ox on parade.
>> our community is basically about bringing people together to experience things, so in a time when we can't bring people together, it's been incredibly difficult. not just for artists in the parade world, but everyone has struggled in some way. i am extremely grateful for the parade committee who had so many suggestions in creative ways, and they gave people an opportunity to be here, even if it was socially distanced. >> the hon. london breed: we're here today to talk and announce that the city and county of san francisco, along with the university of san francisco and the department of public health, we have discovered our first case not only here in san francisco but in the entire country. >> the entire parade has been challenging to plan, but then, there's thissaicing from the
community to come out and celebrate almost like we did before. >> the -- this aching from the community to come out and celebrate almost like we did before. >> the first chinese immigrants arrived in the 1800s in the united states. at that time, they wanted to showcase their culture with parades in the united states. at that time, they had walkers, dragons, acrobatic jumping. >> in the late 1950s, when the chinese chamber of commerce took over to start planning the parade, it was really just a small community parade that came down grant avenue, but as the celebration kind of grew and evolved, they wanted to really expand it to include as many people across san francisco as possible, so they added a lot of events that
really hit all different age groups and interests. >> always about two weeks long, so we like to add more events to be more inclusive, from the young to the elderly to the young at heart. >> chinatown has -- >> supervisor peskin: chinatown has a great story to tell. officials were worried that the pandemic would rage through these buildings. the opposite happened. this is a community that first started wearing masks. this is a community that was first to lineup for tests, this is a community that was first to lineup for vaccines, and actually, chinatown in san francisco has had the lowest transmission rates and the lowest hospitalization rates and the lowest death rates. and that's a story to tell not only because we're so proud but
because we want to tell the region and the country and international travelers, this is the safest place in the safest city to be. >> the hon. london breed: so the fact that we're here today to kick off lunar new year today in san francisco is extraordinary. not only is the flower mart that you are used to experiencing, the parade this year will be back in san francisco. >> this represents the diversity and cultural freedom that we have here that makes the country work. being from here, it's really important as a historical part of my community. >> i'm excited to see everyone back together to do the parade. it's exciting to see everyone from different backgrounds, different ethnicities,
different cultures, come together to celebrate. >> so this is the first time in 13 years -- prior to covid, we utilize 20 to 30 people through the season, and this year, we've utilized six to ten people wearing masks, and we've got to utilize parameters to ensure that we can do our jobs and do it safely. >> today, we're roaring back to a normalcy, and it's the resiliency that the tiger will bring for 2022. [♪♪♪]
>> candlestick park known also as the stick was an outdoor stadium for sports and entertainment. built between 1958 to 1960, it was located in the bayview hunters point where it was home to the san francisco giants and 49ers. the last event held was a concert in late 2014. it was demolished in 2015.
mlb team the san francisco giants played at candlestick from 1960-1999. fans came to see players such a willie mays and barry bonds, over 38 seasons in the open ballpark. an upper deck expansion was added in the 1970s. there are two world series played at the stick in 1962 and in 198 9. during the 1989 world series against the oakland as they were shook by an earthquake. candlestick's enclosure had minor damages from the quake but its design saved thousands of lives. nfl team the san francisco 49ers played at candlestick from feign 71-2013. it was home to five-time super bowl champion teams and hall of fame players by joe montana, jerry rice and steve jones. in 1982, the game-winning
touchdown pass from joe montana to dwight clark was known as "the catch." leading the niners to their first super bowl. the 49ers hosted eight n.f.c. championship games including the 2001 season that ended with a loss to the new york giants. in 201, the last event held at candlestick park was a concert by paul mccartney who played with the beatles in 1966, the stadium's first concert. demolition of the stick began in late 2014 and it was completed in september 2015. the giants had moved to pacific rail park in 2000 while the 49ers moved to santa clara in 2014. with structural claims and numerous name changes, many have passed through and will remember candlestick park as home to the legendary athletes and entertainment. these memorable moments will live on in a place called the
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
the tenderloin is home to families, immigrants, seniors, merchants, workers and the housed and unhoused who all deserve a thriving neighborhood to call home. the tenderloin initiative was launched to improve safety, reduce crime, connect people to services and increase investments in the neighborhood. as city and community-based partners, we work daily to make these changes a reality. we invite you to the tenderloin history, inclusivity make this neighborhood special. >> we're all citizens of san francisco and we deserve food, water, shelter, all of those things that any system would. >> what i find the most fulfilling about being in the tenderloin is that it's really basically a big family here and i love working and living here. >> [speaking foreign language]
>> my hopes and dreams for the tenderloin are what any other community organizer would want for their community, safe, clean streets for everyone and good operating conditions for small businesses. >> everything in the tenderloin is very good. the food is very good. if you go to any restaurant in san francisco, you will feel like oh, wow, the food is great. the people are nice. >> it is a place where it embraces all walks of life and different cultures. so this is the soul of the tenderloin. it's really welcoming. the. >> the tenderloin is so full of color and so full of people.
so with all of us being together and making it feel very safe is challenging, but we are working on it and we are getting there. [♪♪] fisherman's wharf, this is a working wharf and it's part of the beauty of the san francisco area. >> before the restaurant, before the t-shirt shops. >> at first the fishermen would go out and do the harvesting. they process the crab. >> it really is industrial. it is fish processors. >> it's a working, living, breathing place. and it's a great place to visit and there's a lot of history. >> i'm a third generation
italian fisherman. we're one of the oldest fishing families at fishermen's wharf. my family's been working here since 1908. my boat's called the lovely martha. sport fishing means when you come out and catch your own fish on the boat. commercial fishermen come out, catch fish, it gets processed and they sell it to a store. they're selling crab off the boat. there's nothing more fresh than a crab. our crab are sweeter and better tasting. the meat is firmer. >> more crab. >> we love crab. we love the people out on the boats. they're awesome. >> what a good meal tonight. >> we just barely got down here in time. we would have come earlier if we knew how much fun it was. >> this is the place to get crab if you're looking for it. >> some of these boats have salmon permits. so every boat kind of does a different thing.
you can come down here and have wild caught salmon that was just caught that morning or the night before and there's nothing fresher than that. >> that's the whole thing of coming out on a party boat. you can catch your own crab, lock cod, halibut, salmon, you can't get that kind of fish. >> now the consumer can just buy here if they want to and take it home which is great. or they can buy it here and take it to one of the restaurants and they can have a glass of wine and enjoy the crab we just brought in for them. >> come on over. it's great. nice and beautiful here in san francisco and the port. definitely come. >> our fishermen are super excited. it's great to have the public come down here and interact. >> it's a whole experience for the family, where they bring the kids and interact and say wow, the crab's alive. it's going to claw me and everything. >> they really get excited they're coming down here and posting their recipes or
pictures of the food. or their kids picking up the crab. they're making a whole experience out of it. >> it is going to give the locals a part of san francisco that was taken away from them. >> now i have a reason to come back. >> i had a guy the other day come and say he hasn't been down to fisherman's wharf in 10 years. he said i'm going to come down here every weekend. i forgot
>> we have private and public gardens throughout the garden tour. all of the gardens are volunteers. the only requirement is you're willing to show your garden for a day. so we have gardens that vary from all stages of development and all gardens, family gardens, private gardens, some of them as small as postage stamps and others pretty expansive.
it's a variety -- all of the world is represented in our gardens here in the portola. >> i have been coming to the portola garden tour for the past seven or eight years ever since i learned about it because it is the most important event of the neighborhood, and the reason it is so important is because it links this neighborhood back to its history. in the early 1800s the portola was farmland. the region's flowers were grown in this neighborhood. if you wanted flowers anywhere future bay area, you would come to this area to get them. in the past decade, the area has tried to reclaim its roots as the garden district. one of the ways it has done that is through the portola garden tour, where neighbors open their
gardens open their gardens to people of san francisco so they can share that history. >> when i started meeting with the neighbors and seeing their gardens, i came up with this idea that it would be a great idea to fundraise. we started doing this as a fund-raiser. since we established it, we awarded 23 scholarships and six work projects for the students. >> the scholarship programs that we have developed in association with the portola is just a win-win-win situation all around. >> the scholarship program is important because it helps people to be able to tin in their situation and afford to take classes. >> i was not sure how i would stay in san francisco. it is so expensive here.
i prayed so i would receive enough so i could stay in san francisco and finish my school, which is fantastic, because i don't know where else i would have gone to finish. >> the scholarships make the difference between students being able to stay here in the city and take classes and having to go somewhere else. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] >> you come into someone's home and it's they're private and personal space. it's all about them and really their garden and in the city and urban environment, the garden is the extension of their indoor environment, their outdoor living room. >> why are you here at this garden core? it's amazing and i volunteer here every year. this is fantastic. it's a beautiful day. you walk around and look at gardens.
as latinos we are unified in some ways and incredibly diverse in others and this exhibit really is an exploration of nuance in how we present those ideas. ♪♪ our debts are not for sale. >> a piece about sanctuary and how his whole family served in the army and it's a long family tradition and these people that look at us as foreigners, we have been here and we are part of america, you know, and we had to reinforce that. i have been cure rating here for
about 18 year. we started with a table top, candle, flowers, and a picture and people reacted to that like it was the monna lisa. >> the most important tradition as it relates to the show is idea of making offering. in traditional mexican alters, you see food, candy, drinks, cigarettes, the things that the person that the offerings where being made to can take with them into the next word, the next life. >> keeps us connects to the people who have passed and because family is so important to us, that community dynamic makes it stick and makes it visible and it humanizes it and makes it present again. ♪♪ >> when i first started doing it
back in '71, i wanted to do something with ritual, ceremony and history and you know i talked to my partner ross about the research and we opened and it hit a cord and people loved it. >> i think the line between engaging everyone with our culture and appropriating it. i think it goes back to asking people to bring their visions of what it means to honor the dead, and so for us it's not asking us to make mexican altars if they are not mexican, it's really to share and expand our vision of what it means to honor the dead. >> people are very respectful. i can show you this year alone of people who call tol ask is it
okay if we come, we are hawaii or asian or we are this. what should we wear? what do you recommend that we do? >> they say oh, you know, we want a four day of the dead and it's all hybrid in this country. what has happened are paper cuts, it's so hybrid. it has spread to mexico from the bay area. we have influence on a lot of people, and i'm proud of it. >> a lot of times they don't represent we represent a lot of cultures with a lot of different perspectives and beliefs. >> i can see the city changes and it's scary. >> when we first started a lot
of people freaked out thinking we were a cult and things like that, but we went out of our way to also make it educational through outreach and that is why we started doing the prosession in 1979. >> as someone who grew up attending the yearly processions and who has seen them change incrementally every year into kind of what they are now, i feel in many ways that the cat is out of the bag and there is no putting the genie back into the bottle in how the wider public accesses the day of the dead. >> i have been through three different generations of children who were brought to the procession when they were very young that are now bringing their children or grandchildren. >> in the '80s, the processions were just kind of electric.
families with their homemade visuals walking down the street in san francisco. service so much more intimate and personal and so much more rooted in kind of a family practice of a very strong cultural practice. it kind of is what it is now and it has gone off in many different directions but i will always love the early days in the '80s where it was so intimate and sofa millial. >> our goal is to rescue a part of the culture that was a part that we could invite others to join in there there by where we invite the person to come help us rescue it also.
that's what makes it unique. >> you have to know how to approach this changing situation, it's exhausting and i have seen how it has affected everybody. >> what's happening in mission and the relationship with the police, well it's relevant and it's relevant that people think about it that day of the dead is not just sugar skulls and paper flowers and candles, but it's become a nondenominational tradition that people celebrate. >> our culture is about color and family and if that is not present in your life, there is just no meaning to it you know? >> we have artists as black and brown people that are in direct danger of the direct policies of the trump administration and i think how each of the artists has responded so that call is
interesting. the common >> it was an outdoor stadium for track and field, motorcycle and auto and rugby and cricket located in golden gate park, home to professional football, lacross and soccer. adjacent to the indoor arena. built in the 1920s. the san francisco park commission accepted a $100,000 gift from the estate to build a memorial in honor of pioneers in the area. the city and county of san francisco contributed an additional $200,000 and the stadium was built in a year. in the 1930s it was home to several colleges such as usf, santa clara and st. mary's for competition and sporting. in 1946 it became home to the san francisco 49ers where they
played nearly 25 years. the stayed de yam sat 60,000 fans. many caught game the rooftops and houses. the niners played the last game against the dallas cowboys january 3, 1971 before moving to candlestick park. the stadium hosted other events before demolition in 1989. it suffered damages from the earthquake. it was reconstructed to seat 10,000 fans with an all weather track, soccer field and scoreboards. it hosts many northern california football championship games. local high schools sacred heart and mission high school used the field for home games. the rivalry football games are sometimes played here. today it is a huge free standing element, similar to the original
featuring tall pink columns at the entrance. the field is surrounded by the track and used by high school and college football and soccer. it is open for public use as well. >> roughly five years, i was working as a high school teacher, and i decided to take my students on a surfing field trip. the light bulb went off in my head, and i realized i could do much more for my students taking them surfing than i could as their classroom teacher, and that is when the idea for the city surf project was born.
>> working with kids in the ocean that aren't familiar with this space is really special because you're dealing with a lot of fear and apprehension but at the same time, a lot of excitement. >> when i first did it, i was, like, really scared, but then, i did it again, and i liked it. >> we'll get a group of kids who have just never been to the beach, are terrified of the idea, who don't like the beach. it's too cold out, and it's those kid that are impossible to get back out of the water at the end of the day. >> over the last few years, i think we've had at least 40 of our students participate in the city surf project. >> surfing helped me with, like, how to swim. >> we've start off with about
two to four sessions in the pool before actually going out and surfing. >> swimming at the pool just helps us with, like, being, like, comfortable in the water and being calm and not being all -- not being anxious. >> so when we started the city surf project, one of the things we did was to say hey, this is the way to earn your p.e. credits. just getting kids to go try it was one of our initial challenges for the first year or two. but now that we've been doing it three or four years, we have a group of kids that's consistent, and the word has spread, that it's super fun, that you learn about the ocean. >> starting in the morning, you know, i get the vehicles ready, and then, i get all the gear together, and then, i drive and go get the kids, and we take them to a local beach. >> we usually go to linda mar,
and then occasionally ocean beach. we once did a special trip. we were in capitola last year, and it was really fun. >> we get in a circle and group stretch, and we talk about specific safety for the day, and then, we go down to the water. >> once we go to the beach, i don't want to go home. i can't change my circumstances at home, but i can change the way i approach them. >> our program has definitely been a way for our students to find community and build friends. >> i don't really talk to friends, so i guess when i started doing city surf, i started to, like, get to know people more than i did before, and people that i didn't think i'd like, like, ended up being my best friends. >> it's a group sport the way we do it, and with, like, close
camaraderie, but everybody's doing it for themselves. >> it's great, surfing around, finding new people and making new friendships with people throughout surfing. >> it can be highly developmental for students to have this time where they can learn a lot about themselves while negotiating the waves. >> i feel significantly, like, calmer. it definitely helps if i'm, like, feeling really stressed or, like, feeling really anxious about surfing, and i go surfing, and then, i just feel, like, i'm going to be okay. >> it gives them resiliency skills and helps them build self-confidence. and with that, they can use that in other parts of their lives. >> i went to bring my family to the beach and tell them what i
did. >> i saw kids open up in the ocean, and i got to see them connect with other students, and i got to see them fail, you know, and get up and get back on the board and experience success, and really enjoy themselves and make a connection to nature at the same time. >> for some kids that are, like, resistant to, like, being in a mentorship program like this, it's they want to surf, and then later, they'll find out that they've, like, made this community connection. >> i think they provided level playing fields for kids to be themselves in an open environment. >> for kids to feel like i can go for it and take a chance that i might not have been willing to do on my own is really special. >> we go on 150 surf outings a year. that's year-round programming. we've seen a tremendous amount of youth face their fears
through surfing, and that has translated to growth in other facets of their lives. >> i just think the biggest thing is, like, that they feel like that they have something that is really cool, that they're engaged in, and that we, like, care about them and how they're doing, like, in general. >> what i like best is they really care about me, like, i'm not alone, and i have a group of people that i can go to, and, also, surfing is fun. >> we're creating surfers, and we're changing the face of surfing. >> the feeling is definitely akin to being on a roller coaster. it's definitely faster than i think you expect it to be, but it's definitely fun. >> it leaves you feeling really, really positive about what that kid's going to go out and do. >> i think it's really magical almost. at least it was for me.
>> it was really exciting when i caught my first wave. >> i felt like i was, like -- it was, like, magical, really. >> when they catch that first wave, and their first lights up, you know -- their face lights up, you know you have them hooked. >> i was on top of the world. it's amazing. i felt like i was on top of the world even though i was probably going two miles an hour. it was, like, the scariest thing i'd ever done, and i think it was when i got hooked on surfing after
pools in the world. after decades of use, less people visited. the pool deteriorated and was demolished in 2000. built by herbert flyshaker, pumps from the pacific ocean that were filtered and heated filled the pool. aside from the recreational activities, many schools held swim meets there. the delia flyshaker memorial building was on the west side of the pool. it had locker rooms with a sun room and mini hospital. in 1995, a storm damaged one of the pipes that flowed to the ocean. maintenance was not met, and the pool had to close.
in 1999, the pool was filled with sand and gravel. in 2000, the space became a spot for the san francisco zoo. these are some memories that many families remember swimming at flyshaker pool. well, happy women's history month to you all. i'm kimberly ellis. i'm the director for the san francisco department on the status of women. and i have the incredible honor of not just