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tv   Mayors Press Availability  SFGTV  May 27, 2022 5:00am-6:01am PDT

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>> good morning everyone. i am the c.e.o. of a housing and community development organization serving the entire city of san francisco. really prioritizing children and families for the future of our success. what an honor and joy to be with you today celebrating this amazing community. fantastic visuals on this
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beautiful day. it is an honor to have with us speaker pelosi. madam speaker. we are here today to celebrate 143 families that live in this community. also to really celebrate what we can do when we work in partnership, stay focused and create quality projects to house our community. 2828 16th street is more than an opportunity. a long-standing commitment by p nbc, mayor's office local communities to build a healthier future for the current and next generation of san franciscans.
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[applause]. i will clap for myself. yes. i am proud to build this community and support and prioritizing community health, individual growth for families and children. tndc will support by on site social work and property management, residents will have fresh produce. from the rooftop garden. the urban agricultural team. we will also have free fiber internet. thanks to the city's fiber housing program. that is really important. let's hear from the families of this community. [applause].
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it takes an entire city, more than a village. i would like to thank our long standing partner, speaker pelosi, mayor breed, mayor's office of housing. century housing corporation, multi-family capital and massachusetts mutual. brothers general contractors, architects, non-profit partners. lastly, the mission neighborhood and community. residents, the board, staff and count less others that have really combined and helped us
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make today possible. we built this community. we can build more. i would now like to introduce supervisor ronan. >> supervisor ronen: can we give a hand for themeta team that made this possible. [applause]. >> supervisor ronen: there is no better days than the days to celebrate new affordable housing in district nine and the mission and our community. there is no greater need in this city than truly affordable housing. can we just take a moment to think today we accomplished something amazing. that doesn't happen every day. today it is happening.
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congratulations again. [applause]. so often when we build affordable housing because we need it so badly. we stuff as many units as possible in. a lot of times it is studios. not every day we celebrate family housing. housing where kids have enough space to breathe, to do homework, to feel at home. we still have kids in the city living in sro rooms where their development, they were homeless. they can't move around and have the space we all deserve as a human right to grow up with dignity. it is these kinds of buildings that are the solution to that. thank you everyone who is part of this effort. you are all amazing.
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let's do it again and again until every child and every family has a safe, affordable home to live in to grow up with dignity and can succeed. congratulations. [applause] i would like to introduce the managing director of the san francisco east bay market executive of bank of america. [applause] >> thank you so much, supervisor ronan. what an amazing day and honortosh with you today. bank of america was founded in san francisco 1904 and is steadfast to the city. financing the bridges to the wonderful affordable housing developments we partner within
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san francisco. we cannot be more honored. i will thank our long standing partnersmeta, mayor's office of housing and community development, supervisor ronan, nancy pelosi and the family and century housing corporation and big thank you to bank of america teams that made this possible as well. thank you so much. >> now, i would like to introduce from meta. >> good afternoon, everyone. i want to share gratitude to everyone who contributed to make this project reality. we could not have had a better partner. i am so glad to celebrate with you. i want to recognize you whose
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work was second to none. supervisor ronan to build affordable housing we have hundreds of units. mayor breed i am not sure if she is here yet. she and her administration have sheath pardoned this project to the finish line. the related note i want the policies and her focus has resulted in the san francisco latinos with the highest vaccination rate of any latino community in the nation. that is her legacy. we thank her for that. speaker pelosi, you are responsible for bringing federal resources to the san francisco latino community and other communities of color throughout
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the nation. i think you stood up to the last administration. you visited ukraine to give support to those great people. thank you. also, our meta team. you come to work every day. thank you very much. i especially want to thank carol today. [indiscernable] six years ago whenmeta when i look at the site. what if we could build homes?
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what if we can ensure the non-profits had a stable place to be? what if we could trade learning opportunities for the children to the mission promise neighborhood? here we are celebrating the communities with those goals with 140 affordable homes. 16,000 square feet of commercial space. building the showcase is what big governments can accomplish. this is our collective win, effort. thank you to everyone. as a community we know the focus on housing, housing, housing. we advocated this was for 100% affordable housing. it is unusual. we have not often competed with the private sector. $15 million to the mission from
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affordable housing in 2015. it is those funds that made this project a reality. we thank everyone for advocacy and focus on affordable housing. i have to mention mr. are other entities to make this happen. meta is a contributor. cnbc, century housing corporation. we all contributed our open money to make this happen. we know that creating affordable housing is transformational for the city and neighborhood. this is what makes the mission special. it is a place. it is where you go to sleep and where you live and play and work. this is part of that effort.
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this is why it offers long time spaces. it is very important for the community. . [indiscernable] this is a priority for the neighborhood. the city office of work force development extended the program with $1.2 million -- $1.3 million for this property. is covid-19 crisis showed more than ever how critical stable housing is for most vulnerable community members. health is housing. housing is health. today's event celebrates this
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community for decades to come. with that said with it being san francisco affordable housing week it is my honor to invite speaker of the house nancy pelosi to the podium. for decades she has been a supporter of affordable housing. to keep this a welcoming place for everyone. just this year she chaired $2 million for mission place keepers. that funding will support the build out from san francisco, the mission. thank you for working on that. this is also national. [indiscernable] pandemic relief. help the latino businesses
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weather the storm. they are to thrive not just survive. speaker, pelosi your long-term commitment is unparalleled. thank you very much. >> thank you for your kind be words, great leadership, for the opportunity to be here with you, to be here with supervisor ronan, supervisor safai joined us now. congratulations. alga ander ma. you will hear from them as they tell their story.
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all of the tenants of the building. i know tyrone. this place is about respect, respect for the tenants. 100% affordable housing is such a remarkable thing. it is about dignity and how lovely it is for the at thenants. i salute president biden for putting money to local government and to recognize jason, the official administrator for hud. because when covid hit, we photo get resources for the state but also for the cities and counties to meet the needs. the healthcare providers are --
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it is also public education week. so many things to celebrate and observe. again, the president saw all of this as one. he saw it also as public private non-profit partnership. we have fought a long time for low income housing tax credits. it was formed many years ago. it was the bank. the italians started it. [indiscernable] as we celebrate ethnicity and itis important to note it is public private nonpartner partnerships that may being this possible and the mayor's office of housing is essential to
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bringing it altogether. let us be very grateful for mayor london breed for her great leadership in all of this. this mission has the latino identity. we have everything here. that is a wonderful thing. now we want the mission to become. it is unaffordable. we can't have that. personal stories. last year the house democrats passed $24 billion for housing vouchers the largest expansion in decades. $228,000 affordable -- 228,000 affordable housing in california. president biden's leadership.
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i will tell you a story. when i was a little girl growing up. my mother first lady her focus was affordable housing. she said. [indiscernable] all of our children be and families affordable housing. i was so proud when she died many years later obituary. this is so important. to see the community and the tenants take the responsibility for the housing they would like to see all of this happen, that
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makes it better. it is coming down from on high, it is from the community. let us thank louise and others to make this possible. thank you for your leadership in terms of the tenderloin neighborhood development is going to do to help with the services here. it is quite exciting. reason to celebrate. what a perfect way to celebrate. i want to acknowledge the great work of our president joe by don and great mayor london breed for prioritizing and again allocating resources to make all
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of this possible. thank you very much for what you did to make it possible. [applause]. >> i want to pay my respects and appreciation. she said she would introduce herself. i yield the floor to caroline. [applause] >> good morning. i am directtor of community real estate and honored to be a mission resident. today would not be possible without the mission community coming together to fight for this. you connect us to our history and our future.
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i made our voices heard to create equity. you are our future. thank you for sharing your stories. 2828 becomes part of the new mission community. i now welcome to the stage two community members. (applause). >> thank you, caroline. i was asked to speak today as a long-time member of the community if you wonder about my title. a friend said you know we are going to be there for the fight. i am honored to be here. let me share a few words on behalf of the community.
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the history has been told in unconventional ways not always through the history books or archives of established institutions. it is from the organizations that provide direct services to our youth, to our children and families, and by creating foundational space for artists. the three community-based organizations that will now have permanent space. permanent space. you know how many of us have been displaced. certainly a lot of people that i know. the organizations displaced. they have been around the mission until now. we know that they have a space
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here. it is the visionary. the three community-based organizations will now have permanent space complete the new model of buildings with affordable housing in community service providing organizations. as speaker pelosi said public private and government and community investment. the visionary collaborative work of cnbc and meta recommended in responding to the neats of family housing and community services. those are the needs of the community. with this building being an example of that along with buildings around us. to know there are buildings around us housing good am and they are elevating all
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communities in the mission. it was made possible with crucial san francisco city funding and federal support to build out the organizations here and it would be for the support of mayor breed apspeaker pelosi. importantly this has come about because of reslept less advocacy and organizing of the affordable housing champions in our community. it could not have happened without them and could not have happened without the support i mentioned. that is how we need to build things. yes. more, more, more and again and again, yes. >> i have been part of this community since the early
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1970s. twenty-fourth and brian was transformative for so many of us. the struggle to survive and thrives in system to take away humanity. those were given voice, dimension by the artist through the paintings, murals and films and music and poetry that kept us strong to continue organizing on behalf of our communities. that is why i was strengthened to continue fighting and advocating. we went to washington, d.c. this past weekend to advocate for reunification of children that are separated. that is part of what we kin to do. th is community support and arts
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that give us that break. >> did i say life saving? i mean it generally. when i was held a political prisoner in argentina in 1974-76. it was a community that rallied that gained my release. it was the artist who created posters and flyers to help to mobilize people. it was the poet and musician who gave strength to my family and friends until i was released and able to come home in 1976. from that historic corner to this powerful new buildings all families of 143 locations that are here to welcome families and
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residents. they cannot calm this home. pat last we are home. [applause]. >> good morning. i would like to thank everyone for coming today to the grand opening. 2828 15th street. i have been living here with my two daughters five months. i will share my experience here. for the past four years in san francisco. in this building i feel safe and at home. the community feels much better, neighbors are kind. the staff are like property managers. are friendly. we are like one big family here. i love it.
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where we live before in san francisco it caused a lot of stress. in this building we don't have to worry about it. it makes a big difference. in the every day for health and energy and volunteering to give back to my neighboreds. the building i volunteered doing bingo and working on the rooftop garden and helped teach english and spanish classes. now that my family is safe and secure i feel like my daughters can leave their dreams. they both graduate high school next year and i want them to go to college. [applause]. one wants to become a nurse the other wants to work with kids with disabilities. i am proud of them and this has
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felt like a real family. thank you for making this building possible. [applause] >> now our very own mayor london breed. >> mayor breed: i can't tell you how good it feels to be here today. it is even more incredible to be here to share this amazing moment with our speaker, man see pelosi, who, let me tell you. what it comes to taking carry of not just the city of san francisco but this entire country there is no more fearless leader than nancy pelosi and she is a daughter of this amazing city. [applause]. we probably wouldn't be able to
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do this project and so many other things in this city were it not for her work and advocacy with the federal government. we wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the advocacy of the people of this community. i remember when i served on the board of supervisors and supervisor ronan was ad to the previous supervisor. this community we saw a significant decline in residents. 2000 and 2019 a loss of 9,000 latinos? the community. people had the conversation and i couldn't help think about the filmore, what happened to the loss of african-american population, and the need for us as a city to do more. may other ed lee put $50,000 in
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the budget to see more homes built in this community. this in addition to eight other properties are part of that legacy. not enough to build housing. one of the things that would happen when we would build housing in these neighborhoods. people who lived here had to go through extensive lottery process with thousands of applicants. when i announced my plans to fly to dc after they told us no and with support of our leader and this community we stood in front to announce what people in this community we were going to fight for neighborhood preference. now 157 units here, 143 units. the work this community has done has led to 700 units so far and
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almost 500 units to come. we are well on the way to finally realizing the dream of the people who make the fabric of the mission community and are critical to what makes san francisco special. i am honored to cut this ribbon today. it feels so good and rewarding and exciting. child care center and resources. i am excited that home is an organization that i work with as the executive director of african-american art and culture complex. i had a last comment request they would meet the deadline. thank you homey for being there. so many amazing people. this is a dream realized. i want be to say how grateful i am that this community said yes to supporting our residents in
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public housing in sunnydale and potrero hill. there were units set aside because of remodel of hope sf projects. people needed a safe place to call home as we began that process. we didn't want families displaced from san francisco. this is part of the fabric what makes san francisco so special. i cannot wait to continue to cut the ribbons, purchase properties to get homes built so san francisco is a place for all. thank you so much for being here today. [applause]. >> i will split the other program. i just want to thank mayor breed for being here today and for her leadership in this issue and other issues. thank you very, very much.
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gratitude to everyone who made this map. when you see the layers of government from the board of supervisors to the mayor's office to the speaker of the house, this is what good government can accomplish. as non-profits like homey. we made it happen. we made it happen. i am hoping that your role in this project. as you walk by the project in years to come you are full of pride in what you accomplish and what we accomplished together. i want to build another 10 buildings like there in the next five years. thank you very much. >> mayor breed: count together. five, four, three, two, one. [cheers and applause.]
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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.
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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. 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!
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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. 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
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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. >> hi. welcome to san francisco. stay safe and exploring how you can stay in your home safely after an
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earthquake. let's look at common earthquake myths. >> we are here at the urban center on mission street in san francisco. we have 3 guest today. we have david constructional engineer and bill harvey. i want to talk about urban myths. what do you think about earthquakes, can you tell if they are coming in advance? >> he's sleeping during those earthquakes? >> have you noticed him take any special? >> no. he sleeps right through them. there is no truth that i'm aware of with harvey that dogs are aware of an impending earthquake. >> you hear the myth all the time. suppose the dog helps you get up, is it going to help you
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do something >> i hear they are aware of small vibrations. but yes, i read extensively that dogs cannot realize earthquakes. >> today is a spectacular day in san francisco and sometimes people would say this is earthquake weather. is this earthquake weather? >> no. not that i have heard of. no such thing. >> there is no such thing. >> we are talking about the weather in a daily or weekly cycle. there is no relationship. i have heard it's hot or cold weather or rain. i'm not sure which is the myth. >> how about time of day? >> yes. it happens when it's least convenient. when it
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happens people say we were lucky and when they don't. it's terrible timing. it's never a good time for an earthquake. >> but we are going to have one. >> how about the ground swallowing people into the ground? >> like the earth that collapsed? it's not like the tv shows. >> the earth does move and it bumps up and you get a ground fracture but it's not something that opens up and sucks you up into haddes. >> it's not going anywhere. we
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are going to have a lot of damage, but this myth that california is going to the ocean is not real. >> southern california is moving north. it's coming up from the south to the north. >> you would have to invest the million year cycle, not weeks or years. maybe millions of years from now, part of los angeles will be in the bay area. >> for better or worse. >> yes. >> this is a tough question. >> those other ones weren't tough. >> this is a really easy challenge. are the smaller ones less stress? >> yes. the amount released in small earthquakes is that they are so small in you need many of those. >> i think would you probably
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have to have maybe hundreds of magnitude earthquakes of 4.7. >> so small earthquakes are not making our lives better in the future? >> not anyway that you can count on. >> i have heard that buildings in san francisco are on rollers and isolated? >> it's not true. it's a conventional foundation like almost all the circumstances buildings in san francisco. >> the trans-america was built way before. it's a pretty conventional foundation design. >> i have heard about this thing called the triangle of life and up you are supposed to go to the edge of your bed to save yourself. is there
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anything of value to that ? >> yes, if you are in your room. you should drop, cover and hold onto something. if you are in school, same thing, kitchen same thing. if you happen to be in your bed, and you rollover your bed, it's not a bad place to be. >> the reality is when we have a major earthquake the ground shaking so pronounced that you are not going to be able to get up and go anywhere. you are pretty much staying where you are when that earthquake hits. you are not going to be able to stand up and run with gravity. >> you want to get under the door frame but you are not moving to great distances. >> where can i buy a richter scale? >> mr. richter is selling it. we are going to put a plug in
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for cold hardware. they are not available. it's a rather complex. >> in fact we don't even use the richter scale anymore. we use a moment magnitude. the richter scale was early technology. >> probably a myth that i hear most often is my building is just fine in the loma prieta earthquake so everything is fine. is that true ? >> loma prieta was different. the ground acceleration here was quite moderate and the duration was moderate. so anyone that believes they survived a big earthquake and their building has been tested is sadly mistaken. >> we are planning for the bigger earthquake closer to san francisco and a fault totally
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independent. >> much stronger than the loma prieta earthquake. >> so people who were here in '89 they should say 3 times as strong and twice as long and that will give them more of an occasion of the earthquake we would have. 10 percent isn't really the threshold of damage. when you triple it you cross that line. it's much more damage in earthquake. >> i want to thank you, harvey, thanks pat for >> in the bay area as a whole,
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thinking about environmental sustainability. we have been a leader in the country across industries in terms of what you can do and we have a learn approach. that is what allows us to be successful. >> what's wonderful is you have so many people who come here and they are what i call policy innovators and whether it's banning plastic bags, recycling, composting, all the different things that we can do to improve the environment. we really champion. we are at recycle central, a large recycle fail on san francisco pier 96. every day the neighborhood trucks that pick up recycling from the blue bins bring 50 # o tons of bottles, cans and paper here to this facility and unload
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it. and inside recology, san francisco's recycling company, they sort that into aluminum cans, glass cans, and different type of plastic. san francisco is making efforts to send less materials to the landfill and give more materials for recycling. other cities are observing this and are envious of san francisco's robust recycling program. it is good for the environment. but there is a lot of low quality plastics and junk plastics and candy wrappers and is difficult to recycle that. it is low quality material. in most cities that goes to landfill. >> looking at the plastics industry, the oil industry is the main producer of blastics. and as we have been trying to phase out fossil fuels and the
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transfer stream, this is the fossil fuels and that plastic isn't recycled and goes into the waste stream and the landfill and unfortunately in the ocean. with the stairry step there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. >> we can recycle again and again and again. but plastic, maybe you can recycle it once, maybe. and that, even that process it downgrades into a lower quality material. >> it is cheaper for the oil industry to create new plastics and so they have been producing more and more plastics so with our ab793, we have a bill that really has a goal of getting our beverage bottles to be made of more recycled content so by the time 2030 rolls around t recycle content in a coke bottle, pepsi bottle, water bottle, will be up to 50% which is higher thatten
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the percentage in the european union and the highest percentage in the world. and that way you can actually feel confident that what you're drinking will actually become recycled. now, our recommendation is don't use to plastic bottle to begin w but if you do, they are committing to 50% recycled content. >> the test thing we can do is vote with our consumer dollars when we're shopping. if you can die something with no packaging and find loose fruits and vegetables, that is the best. find in packaging and glass, metal and pap rer all easily recycled. we don't want plastic. we want less plastic. awe what you we do locally is we have the program to think disposable and work one on one to provide technical assistance to swap out the disposable food service to reusables and we have
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funding available to support businesses to do that so that is a way to get them off there. and i believe now is the time we will see a lot of the solutions come on the market and come on the scene. >> and is really logistics company and what we offer to restaurants is reasonable containers that they can order just like they would so we came from about a pain point that a lot of customers feel which wills a lot of waste with takeout and deliver, even transitioning from styrofoam to plastic, it is still wasteful. and to dream about reusing this one to be re-implemented and cost delivery and food takeout. we didn't have throwaway culture always. most people used to get delivered to people's homes and then the empty milk containers
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were put back out when fresh milk came. customers are so excited that we have this available in our restaurant and came back and asked and were so excited about it and rolled it out as customers gain awareness understanding what it is and how it works and how they can integrate it into their life. >> and they have always done it and usually that is a way of being sustainable and long-term change to what makes good financial sense especially as there are shipping issues and material issues and we see that will potentially be a way that we can save money as well. and so i think making that case
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to other restaurateurs will really help people adopt this. >> one restaurant we converted 2,000 packages and the impact and impact they have in the community with one switch. and we have been really encouraged to see more and more restaurants cooperate this. we are big fans of what re-ecology does in terms of adopting new systems and understanding why the current system is broken. when people come to the facility, they are shocked by how much waste they see and the volume of the operations and how much technology we have dedicated to sort correctly and
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we led 25 tours and for students to reach about 1100 students. and they wanted to make change and this is sorting in the waste stream they do every single day and they can take ownership of and make a difference with. >> an i feel very, very fortunate that i get to represent san francisco in the legislature and allows me to push the envelope and it is because of the people the city attracts and is because of the eco system of policy thinking that goes on in san francisco that we are constantly seeing san francisco leading the way. >> kids know there's a lot of environmental issues that they are facing. and that they will be impacted by the impact of climate change.
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they will have the opportunity to be in charge and make change and make the decisions in the future. >> we are re-inventing the way the planet does garbage founded in the environmental ethic and hunger to send less to landfills. this is so many wonderful things happening in san francisco. i feel very fortunate and very humble to live here and to be part of this wonderful place.
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>> chinatown battleground is something i have always wanted to do because we have never had the chinese americans in the military. our history goes back all the way to 1861 to afghanistan. the exhibition is two-parts. one is a visual history which is told through the banners. then basically what i wanted to do was make sure that people understood that every one of these objects tell a story. for example, my uncle was one of two chinese american pilots during world war ii.
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they come planed they were giving baggy men's coveralls to wear. we have a veteran of the war. now what is notable is that he is the first and only chinese american prisoner of war. we have the met kit. that was the only thing he has for water, rice and soup. he carried for over four and a half years in captivity as prisoner of war. this exhibition is a first base undertaking. also important and i want to take away the big picture that the chinese americans have been involved in united states
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military since the civil war, over 150 years. we have given service to the country, blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice for a long time. our story of chinese americans are part of the mainstream. chinese american history is american history that is the take away i want to come off with, especially the younger generation.
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come to order. this is the may 25, 2022 budget and finance committee meeting. i'm hillary ronen, chair of the finance and budget committee. i'm joined by