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tv   BOS Public Safety Neighborhood Services Committee  SFGTV  June 9, 2022 10:00am-1:01pm PDT

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>> clerk: -- in either of the following ways. e-mail them to the public safety and neighborhood services clerk at
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a-l-i-s-a-s-o-m-e-r-a@sfg.org. you may also send your written comments via u.s. postal service to our office in city hall, 1 dr. carlton b. goodlett place, san francisco, california, 94102. items acted upon today are expected to appear on the board of supervisors june 22 agenda unless otherwise stated. >> chair mar: thank you. can you please call item 1?
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>> clerk: yes. item 1 is a hearing to consider that the premise-to-premise transfer of a type 21 off-sale general beer, wine, and distilled spirits liquor license to bitter badger, inc. , doing business as soda popinski's, located at 1548 california street, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of san francisco. >> chair mar: thank you. first, we're going to hear from officer samuelson from sfpd. >> thank you. i have zero letters of protest,
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zero letters of support. they're located in plot 35, which is considered high crime. they're in census tract 1100, which is considered high saturation. northern station has no opposition, and a.l.u. has two conditions. one, shall monitor the property to prevent the loitering of any persons on the premises, and number two, signs shall be posted at all entrances from -- stating no open containers of alcoholic beverages beyond this point. thank you. >> chair mar: thank you,
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officer, and i want to present soda popinski's [indiscernible] to present. >> yes. thank you. i'm going to let my client, ben bleiman, present. we agree with these conditions. this has been a bar on california and larkin for about ten years. we want to take 120 feet in front of it and create a very small -- basically, two shelves and a cabinet of refrigeratored cabinet, but we're going to focus on micro-brewery and microcraft from san francisco manufacturers that are actually fairly rare and some of the best craft beverages on the planet, and i'll let ben bleiman tell you about it.
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>> thank you for letting me stand before you. i stand before you in one of my many hats and striped shirts. full disclosure, i am president of the small business commission. if you were to walk in and see the area, you would note it's almost hilariously small, which is why i think the planning commission saw no problem with it. under the a.b.c., we have to have a separate area for the store itself that the people can come in and out of, and the bar is super long and narrow, so there's no way that we can make it larger. it's just not feasible. so you may be wondering why we want to do something in such a
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small area, and there's three reasons. the first is we really, really want to support local manufacturing and local brands, local whiskies, local stills, seven gins. we feel that we can dedicate a space to that here. the second is that during covid, we were doing virtual events, where we would put together kits for cocktails and send them out to usually sales team or teams in businesses around the bay area and sometimes in california, and then, we would do virtual cocktail classes, and it became a really significant portion of our business during covid. the state has removed our
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ability to continue doing that, so the only way we can continue doing these little cocktail classes to have a type 21 -- classes is to have a type 21. secondly, covid devastated our business. the area that we're in, between california and -- or between polk and larkin on california, it really, really died, and almost everybody on both sides of us is currently vacant. we lost encore karaoke, and we lost the turkish spot. we're trying to bring life back that's ambitious and fun. so thank you for that. happy to answer any questions, and yeah, thank you. >> chair mar: great.
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thank you so much, mr. bleiman, and mr. renne for that, and just this wonderful bar and business that has been serving the community for a decade now and for looking at ways to better serve the community and adapt to the challenges, so thanks. colleagues, do you have any questions? supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: i don't have any questions, but i just wanted to say that ben has been an incredible community partner and has done so much for community causes. i know for a fact because when i was part of the t.n.t. leukemia and lymphoma society, and i just want to thank you for always, you know, not only thinking about how you can sustain your business but
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how you can always give back to the community and help others, as well. >> we had a massive event for that last night. >> supervisor stefani: thank you so much. >> chair mar: well, thanks again so much. why don't we go to public comment. madam clerk? >> clerk: thank you, mr. chair. members of the public who are joining us now in person should lineup by the window. for those joining us remotely, dial 415-655-0001, then meeting i.d. 2486-270-4569, then press pound and pound again. press star, three to enter the queue. please wait until the system indicates your line has been unmuted before you begin your comments. it looks like we have six
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listeners and no callers in the queue. >> chair mar: okay. public comment is closed. i will make a motion that this license will serve the public convenience and necessity and that we forward this to the full board with a positive recommendation. on that motion, please call the roll. [roll call] >> clerk: you have three ayes. >> chair mar: so this'll be sent to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, please call item 2. >> clerk: item 2 is a hearing to consider that the issue wean of a type 64 special a-sale general theater liquor license to thelostchurch.org, inc. located at 665 chestnut street,
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will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of san francisco. >> chair mar: once again, i'll invite officer samuelson to present. >> okay. thelostchurch.org have applied for a type 64 special asale license. they're in section 35, which is
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high crime, tract 1100, a high saturation. we recommend approval with two conditions. that they monitoring property to prevent loitering, and no noise shall be audible at any nearby residence. >> chair mar: thank you. so i'd like to invite representatives from thelostchurch to present. >> hi. my name is brett cline. i'm the executive director and cofounder of thelostchurch. a few years ago, we started doing our stupid games in my living room/art gallery, and i
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don't know how they found my name, but people wanted a small venue to bring about 50 people. there are far more artists that need a small space, so we kind of think of ourselves as the first rung in the ladder to help them move along the way. now, we don't serve very much booze or alcohol or anything like that. we are very much a nonprofit theater. it's a seated, quiet, two-hour performance. i just got to appear before ben a few months ago. he's a tough act to follow, by the way, and so it really is -- the whole point of it, we do make a little bit -- we have a type 64. we expanded to santa rosa about three years ago, and we have a type 64 liquor license up
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there. we don't serve a lot, but it is crucial so we can give a little bit more back to the artists. it is crucial for people who don't want to go to a bar, don't want to go to a night club, maybe have a glass of wine while they sit and watch a show. we are going to hire extra people because of this new part being on columbus street to keep it nice and clean, especially since most of our people are about 60 and over. we don't want anything happening to them, either. it's located in a basement, which is what i was so excited about when we finally found our place on columbus street. there's no apartments above us, and we should be able to contain all sounds within and not have any leakage of noise. thank you for your time. >> chair mar: thank you so
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much, mr. cline, for your -- this really important effort, and really filling a gap, i think, in our city in support of our local performing artists and performances in our neighborhood, so thanks. colleagues, do you have any questions? why don't we go to public comment on this, madam clerk? >> clerk: members of the public who wish to speak on this item and are joining us in person should lineup to speak now alongside the window, and for those of us joining us remotely, please call 415-655-0001, enter meeting i.d. 2486-270-4569, then press pound twice. press star, three to enter the speaker line and wait until the system indicates your line has been unmuted, and you may begin your comments. we don't have any people in person, and we have four
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listeners in the queue. please put the first caller forward. >> my name's amy campbell, i'm a long time customer and supporter and donor of thelostchurch in its mission location. and what i love about it, thelostchurch is not a bar. it's a homey nonprofit community venue. they have a long running series about grief, and they're doing comedy. i would say that people who go there want that homey experience with the artists,
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and you can't get that in a large establishment, and you can't get that if you're loaded. haven't gone there for a long time, i've never seen anyone loaded there, i've never seen anyone overindulge. having heard me say that, know that i represent a lot of people, and thank you for your time. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. please put the next caller forward. >> good morning. my name is blair hillson. i'm a resident of north beach. i've been a former audience member of the mission location of thelostchurch. i think their opening is something like the small coffee
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houses and bars of years past. i think the approval of the liquor license is very important to them. as brett had mentioned, it's a small capacity venue, and the margin for any profitability would certainly hinge in part on the ability to have sales in the club. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your time. please put the next caller forward. >> hi. i'm [indiscernible] and when i first came to san francisco, i was invited to an event at thelostchurch in the mission. it just was a wonderful
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experience. i myself, i'm a musician, and it's so important for people like me. it's a halfway point to gain experience performing, and it's a wonderful place. people who perform there love it, people who attend it love it. it's just a wonderful experience, and i'm in support. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. can you put the final caller forward? >> hi, good morning. my name is mark [indiscernible] and i'm also a long time supporter of thelostchurch, and i'm also a board member. i've lived in san francisco for 25 years, and i really would like to echo, like, what the prior caller just said, that
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this is why we live there, to be able to go to places like thelostchurch. it serves such a wide range and diversity of people. tourists, visitors, and residents of the north beach community are going to be able to go. i just urge you to vote in favor of the liquor license being approved today, and just thank you for the opportunity to speak. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. we do have one more caller in the queue. if you are listening and would like to make public comment,
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please use meeting i.d. 2486-270-4569. >> hi. my name is pete lee. i'm just a long time patron and sometimes performer of thelostchurch. as someone who likes to go to, like, beautiful intimate spaces, i consider myself a connoisseur. these places, they tend to close down a little sooner --
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they used to, like, close down a little bit sooner because they were run by people who just want to throw parties or people with huge egos, but that's not brett. he just really cares about the artists and the neighborhood, the neighborhood around it. it was a beautiful treat to just be able to walk into that in the mission, and i can't imagine a more beautiful place than north beach for that to wander into. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. please put the next caller forward. >> yes. this is christopher [indiscernible], a.k.a.
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[indiscernible] my musical performer. what an amazing venue it's been in the mission. i'll second what the previous caller said. after all of these years, i've never seen any issues with anyone being overserved or having had too much, and i just think it's because of the intimacy and the type of business it is, thelostchurch. i think they need this to keep it running and to give back more to the artists, as well, even first-time performers, so
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yeah, definitely am supporting this opening in this location, so thank you, again, for the time to speak to the committee today. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. do we have anybody else in the queue? looks like that was the last caller. >> chair mar: public comment is closed. i do want to just thank all the folks that called in during public comment, and i think it really highlighted, again, how unique and important thelostchurch is as a local enterprise bringing live performances to our neighborhood, so thank you again, mr. cline, and all your supporters for your work. i understand that supervisor peskin is also supportive of this license transfer, so given
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that, i will direct the clerk to draft a motion deeming this license a necessity, and that we move this item forward to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, will you please call the roll. >> clerk: yes. on the motion to forward this to the full board with a positive recommendation -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have three ayes. >> chair mar: so this will be sent to the full board with a positive recommendation. madam clerk, can you please call item 3? >> clerk: item 3 is a hearing to consider that the premise-to-premise person-to-person transfer of a type 21 off-sale general beer, wine, and distilled spirits liquor license to zeid samir
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batshoun, doing business as north beach food mart, located at 900 columbus avenue, will serve the public convenience or necessity of the city and county of san francisco. >> chair mar: thank you. i'd welcome officer samuelson back up to report the a.l.u. report on this item. >> okay. north beach food mart has applied for a type 21 liquor license. they're located in plot 14, considered a high crime area. census tract 10401, which is
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considered high saturation. central station has no opposition, and a.l.u. recommends with no additional condition. >> chair mar: thank you, officer. and i'll welcome the north beach food mart representatives. >> thank you, chairman mar, supervisors. mark renne again. i'm here with my client, zeid batshoun, who has run the food mart since 1998. because there's a little extra sidewalk space, my client has created a little outdoor space. he's had a type 20 license, an
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a.b.c. type 20 license is an off-site general beer and wine. he's got a friend who has an off-sale general beer, wine, and spirits. the reason for the upgrade is economic viability. like most businesses in san francisco, he's running 50, 60% of precovid gross. i notice today. this is very interesting. this is kind of a north beach day for the p.c.n.s, the public convenience and necessities. this is nob hill, one of the more successful parts of the city that's coming back. i represent people in places like the haight, that are looking at 40% of growth, and so we're having this sort of spotty recovery. i'd like to say thank goodness
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for north beach. it's a place that attracts tourists, it's a place we support, and this will help the economic viability of this business. over the last 24 years, zero people congregating in the space, causing problems. this is just asking for an upgrade in their liquor license, and i'll turn it over to zied to tell you a little bit about himself. >> yes. my name is zeid batshoun. we took over the business on october 5, 1998, and i will never forget the day because it was my 18 birthday.
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my father passed away about five years ago, and i'm trying to keep the business running. my mother still helps run the business. she comes to the business every morning, the store. everybody loves her. they come in and check in on her, everything. a lot of times, my wife is there, helping to run the business. a lot of times, my kids are there, as well. this is a family business. they come in with their children. they appreciate the products we offer, the services and the cleanliness. with the product we sell, we have a very specific criteria with what we sell and who we sell because we have a lot of kids and families coming to our
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store. our garden is actually -- we did that about five, six years ago. we started with a small bush, and it's grown from there. anybody in the neighborhood, they have extra flowers, they bring it in, and we've expanded it all the way down the alley, down to the park. i've dedicated the space to my father. the regular customers who come in, they consider us the kitchen. a lot of times in their flip-flops, their p.j.s, they're missing this, they're missing that. a lot of times, they say they wish we sell liquor, and that's the thing that we're missing. that's why i want to add that to my business. thank you for that. if you have any questions,
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please let me know. >> chair mar: thank you, mr. batshoun, and thank you to you and your family for operating this wonderful business for 25 years now in the north beach community. colleagues, do you have any questions? why don't we go to public comment. >> clerk: members of the public joining us now should lineup to speak along the windows, and for those joining us remotely, call the 415-655-0001 comment line. our meeting i.d. is 2 # -- 2486-270-4569. press star, three to lineup to speak, and wait until the system indicates your line has been unmuted before you begin your comment.
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currently, we have one person listening and no callers in the queue. >> chair mar: thank you. with that, public comment is closed. i will make a motion to send this item to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> clerk: thank you. on that motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have three ayes. >> chair mar: it will be sent forward with a positive recommendation. can you please call item 4. >> clerk: item 4 is a hearing on public safety and calls for service at san francisco's parks and playgrounds, specifically, to explore nonpolice public safety resources such as park rangers, community security cameras and lighting, and requesting the
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recreation and park department and committee on information technology to report. >> chair mar: colleagues, supervisor safai and the recreation and park department have asked that we continue this item to the call of the chair because the chief of the park rangers is out on national guard training right now, so i will make that motion. why don't we go to public comment. >> clerk: members of the public who wish to speak on this item and are joining us remotely because we have no one in person, call 415-655-0001, enter meeting i.d.
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2486-270-4569, press pound twice, and then press star, three to enter the queue. it looks like we have no callers in the queue. >> chair mar: thank you. seeing no callers, public comment is closed. madam clerk, can you call the roll. >> clerk: on the motion to continue this item to the call of the chair -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have three ayes. >> chair mar: thank you. madam clerk, do we have any further business today? >> clerk: we have no further items on the agenda today. >> chair mar: okay. i just want to thank sfgovtv. we are adjourned. learned and
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it across the city. [♪♪] 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 emergency initiative was launched to improve safety, reduce crime, connect people to services, and increase investments in the neighborhood. >> the department of homelessness and supportive housing is responsible for providing resources to people living on the streets. we can do assessments on the streets to see what people are eligible for as far as permanent housing. we also link people with shelter that's available. it could be congregate shelter, the navigation center, the
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homeless outreach team links those people with those resources and the tenderloin needs that more than anywhere else in the city. >> they're staffing a variety of our street teams, our street crisis response team, our street overdose response team, and our newly launched wellness response team. we have received feedback from community members, from residents, community organizations that we need an extra level and an extra level of impact and more impactful care to serve this community's needs and that's what the fire department and the community's paramedics are bringing today to this issue. >> the staff at san francisco community health center has really taken up the initiative of providing a community-based outreach for the neighborhood. so we're out there at this point monday through saturday letting residents know this is a service they can access really just describing the service, you know, the shower, the laundry, the food, all the different resources and referrals that can be made and
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really just providing the neighborhood with a face, this is something that we've seen work and something you can trust. >> together, city and community-based teams work daily to connect people to services, [♪♪♪] >> i really believe that art should be available to people for free, and it should be part of our world, you shouldn't just be something in museums, and i love that the people can just go there and it is there for everyone. [♪♪♪] >> i would say i am a multidimensional artist. i came out of painting, but have also really enjoyed tactile properties of artwork and tile
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work. i always have an interest in public art. i really believe that art should be available to people for free, and it should be part of our world. you shouldn't just be something in museums. i love that people can just go there, and it is there for everyone. public art is art with a job to do. it is a place where the architecture meets the public. where the artist takes the meaning of the site, and gives a voice to its. we commission culture, murals, mosaics, black pieces, cut to mental, different types of material. it is not just downtown, or the big sculptures you see, we are in the neighborhood. those are some of the most beloved kinds of projects that really give our libraries and recreation centers a sense of
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uniqueness, and being specific to that neighborhood. colette test on a number of those projects for its. one of my favorites is the oceanview library, as well as several parks, and the steps. >> mosaics are created with tile that is either broken or cut in some way, and rearranged to make a pattern. you need to use a tool, nippers, as they are called, to actually shape the tiles of it so you can get them to fit incorrectly. i glued them to mash, and then they are taken, now usually installed by someone who is not to me, and they put cement on the wall, and they pick up the
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mash with the tiles attached to it, and they stick it to the wall, and then they groped it afterwards. [♪♪♪] >> we had never really seen artwork done on a stairway of the kinds that we were thinking of because our idea was very just barely pictorial, and to have a picture broken up like that, we were not sure if it would visually work. so we just took paper that size and drew what our idea was, and cut it into strips, and took it down there and taped it to the steps, and stepped back and looked around, and walked up and down and figured out how it would really work visually. [♪♪♪] >> my theme was chinese heights because i find them very beautiful. and also because mosaic is such
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a heavy, dens, static medium, and i always like to try and incorporate movement into its, and i work with the theme of water a lot, with wind, with clouds, just because i like movements and lightness, so i liked the contrast of making kites out of very heavy, hard material. so one side is a dragon kite, and then there are several different kites in the sky with the clouds, and a little girl below flying it. [♪♪♪] >> there are pieces that are particularly meaningful to me. during the time that we were working on it, my son was a
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disaffected, unhappy high school student. there was a day where i was on the way to take them to school, and he was looking glum, as usual, and so halfway to school, i turned around and said, how about if i tell the school you are sick and you come make tiles with us, so there is a tile that he made to. it is a little bird. the relationship with a work of art is something that develops over time, and if you have memories connected with a place from when you are a child, and you come back and you see it again with the eyes of an adult, it is a different thing, and is just part of what makes the city an exciting place. [♪♪♪]
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>> we are providing breakfast, lunch, and supper for the kids. >> say hi. hi. what's your favorite? the carrots. >> the pizza? >> i'm not going to eat the pizza. >> you like the pizza? >> they will eat anything. >> yeah, well, okay. >> sfusd's meal program right now is passing out five days worth of meals for monday through friday. the program came about when the shelter in place order came about for san francisco. we have a lot of students that depend on school lunches to meet their daily nutritional
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requirement. we have families that can't take a hit like that because they have to make three meals instead of one meal. >> for the lunch, we have turkey sandwiches. right now, we have spaghetti and meat balls, we have chicken enchiladas, and then, we have cereals and fruits and crackers, and then we have the milk. >> we heard about the school districts, that they didn't know if they were going to be
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able to provide it, so we've been successful in going to the stores and providing some things. they've been helpful, pointing out making sure everybody is wearing masks, making sure they're staying distant, and everybody is doing their jobs, so that's a great thing when you're working with many kid does. >> the feedback has been really good. everybody seems really appreciative. they do request a little bit more variety, which has been hard, trying to find different types of food, but for the most part, everyone seems appreciative. growing up, i depended on them, as well, so it reminds me of myself growing up.
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>> i have kids at home. i have six kids. i'm a mother first, so i'm just so glad to be here. it's so great to be able to help them in such a way because some families have lost their job, some families don't have access to this food, and we're
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>> this is a huge catalyst for change. >> it will be over 530,000 gross square feet plus two levels of basement. >> now the departments are across so many locations it is hard for them to work together and collaborate and hard for the customers to figure out the different locations and hours of operation. >> one of the main drivers is a one stopper mitt center for -- permit center. >> special events. we are a one stop shop for those three things. >> this has many different uses throughout if years. >> in 1940s it was coca-cola and the flagship as part of the construction project we are retaining the clock tower. the permit center is little
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working closely with the digital services team on how can we modernize and move away from the paper we use right now to move to a more digital world. >> the digital services team was created in 2017. it is 2.5 years. our job is to make it possible to get things done with the city online. >> one of the reasons permitting is so difficult in this city and county is really about the scale. we have 58 different department in the city and 18 of them involve permitting. >> we are expecting the residents to understand how the departments are structured to navigate through the permitting processes. it is difficult and we have heard that from many people we interviewed. our goal is you don't have to know the department. you are dealing with the city. >> now if you are trying to get construction or special events permit you might go to 13
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locations to get the permit. here we are taking 13 locations into one floor of one location which is a huge improvement for the customer and staff trying to work together to make it easy to comply with the rules. >> there are more than 300 permitting processes in the city. there is a huge to do list that we are possessing digital. the first project is allowing people to apply online for the a.d.u. it is an accessory dwelling unit, away for people to add extra living space to their home, to convert a garage or add something to the back of the house. it is a very complicated permit. you have to speak to different departments to get it approved. we are trying to consolidate to one easy to due process. some of the next ones are windows and roofing. those are high volume permits. they are simple to issue.
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another one is restaurant permitting. while the overall volume is lower it is long and complicated business process. people struggle to open restaurants because the permitting process is hard to navigate. >> the city is going to roll out a digital curing system one that is being tested. >> when people arrive they canshay what they are here to. it helps them workout which cue they neat to be in. if they rant to run anker rapid she can do that. we say you are next in line make sure you are back ready for your appointment. >> we want it all-in-one location across the many departments involved. it is clear where customers go to play. >> on june 5, 2019 the ceremony was held to celebrate the placement of the last beam on
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top of the structures. six months later construction is complete. >> we will be moving next summer. >> the flu building -- the new building will be building. it was designed with light in mind. employees will appreciate these amenities. >> solar panels on the roof, electric vehicle chargers in the basement levels, benefiting from gray watery use and secured bicycle parking for 300 bicycles. when you are on the higher floors of the building you might catch the tip of the golden gate bridge on a clear day and good view of soma. >> it is so exciting for the team. it is a fiscal manifestation what we are trying to do. it is allowing the different departments to come together to issue permits to the residents.
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we hope people can digitally come to one website for permits. we are trying to make it digital so when they come into the center they have a high-quality interaction with experts to guide then rather than filling in forms. they will have good conversations with our staff.
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>> welcome to the chase center arena. you guys feel that? [cheers and applause] >> that's that winning energy. okay. [applause] >> let's give a round of applause for the gold letter warriors for last night's performance. that was amazing! [cheers and applause] >> still confetti on the floor over here. well, welcome to the opportunities for all summer kickoff. we're so happy you're here. i'm your mc, niko romand and i'm a program manager, a partner of opportunities for all. [cheers and applause] >> thank you! and -- >> hi, i'm miracle. i'm a graduate senior from mission high school. [cheers and applause] >> i'll be attending san jose
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state in the fall. [cheers and applause] >> well, we are honored to introduce somebody very special and one of my dearest mentors, i'll going to give the mic to miracle because she has a special place in her heart for this amazing individual. >> okay. davis is an executive director of the san francisco human rights commission. and serves as a commission including a tenure of the vice-chair of the commission. prior to joining hr c director davis was the executive director of collective impact overseeing more magic, magic bone and the community center. director davis is passionate about serving the community and a leader and opportunities for all. [cheers and applause] >> let's give a warm round of
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applause for dr. cheryl evans davis. [cheers and applause] >> all right. we're passing this mic around. i don't know all about that. this is clean. [laughter] good morning, everyone. i want to say it is a beautiful site and give yourselves a round of applause for getting here on a monday morning for the official week of no school for those who just finished sf usc. first and foremost because i always, always forget to i want to first and foremost thank our amazing partners that serve as employers off the top which i want to recognize and they are the people that make sure that folks get their checks, even though we sometimes are a little bit behind and don't get it always right, they take all of the fuss and complaining and make sure it happens. i want to recognize jc,
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japanese community are, jackie and alvin, and i don't know if ivolet is here. who likes to get paid? give them a bigger round of applause than that. this year is extremely special because we have an influx and the ability of new dollars to be able to serve more people and so i want to thank the californians for all the california volunteers, josh friday, the chief service volunteer, for the state of california for their partnership and their support, give it up for them as well. [cheers and applause] and our partners and team members from collective impact will join us shortly and i'll hear from tinder loin and they take hundreds of teachers in the cone so give donna a round of applause and eldon rose who make
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it all happen and i want to thank the public defender's office, who is here, will be able to share more. [cheers and applause] as i know as i start calling names, it goes downhill and i'm going to forget someone but i want you to understand how many people it takes to make this possible and i want to talk about this is more than a summer job so in that regard, the chief of police is here, the chief of the fire department and the director of the officer of economic and workforce development, the workforce development arms, they have worked with us along with maria from the department of children youths and their families to create pipelines, morgan tucker is here, morgan started as an intern and works for the police department now. so give the police department a hand. [cheers and applause] last year, the police, i mean, the chief of the fire department launched a new program called the city emt. those folks went through that program as interns and now she has, i think how
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many people, chief? five people working for the fire department that came through that program. [applause] could not have done that program without maria sue and josh, so really want you to understand this is a pipeline, this is not just a summer job. i want to in the same way recognize the commitment to build these pipelines because i would say asena who you'll hear from later graduated from law school and we were fighting over who gets to hire asena so she graduated and had a job. i say all of that to say, do not think of this, as i'm going to get paid this summer. this is really about career expiration. this is about trying to see which industry you like and where it sits and where you can go. at this point, later you'll hear from mayor breed but this is the idea and vision of mayor breed saying i do not want to be the exception. i want to be the rule. i want folks to go
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to school and no no matter what they do at the end of it, they choose which path they take and that's what opportunities for all is all about, so give yourselves another round of applause for being here. [applause] much like you all, we are all having growing pains. we're trying to figure it out and how to get it right and thank you for going with us on this journey. i also just want to make sure to recognize if you'll indulge me and the opportunities for all and the human rights, if you would come out because they're doing the work. danielle, sarah williams and kathy meyer has been helping. i know britney ford is helping. you all don't want -- i know you're not all hiding behind this. come on. [cheers and applause] i want to thank the team. don't say i didn't recognize you. is
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somebody taping this? i hope so. oh, zena, zena is our research and documents all of that. thanks, zena. i'm going to get out of the way now but challenge us, push us to do more and if there's something you want to experience, it's not working let us know because this is how do we make sure that everybody gets an experience not to just make money but build networks and build the connections you need to be the best you can be. thank you so much, commissioner hajabi for joining us as well. thank you. >> let's make more noise for dr. davis, please. [cheers and applause] i'm way too tall for this. stand here. but i would like to introduce how our musical
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performances and the curtis family senos and after we introduce them, we're going to introduce the young defenders. there are two representatives, athena edwards and jordan clarke and they'll be giving remarks about osa and their experience so far, but just a little bit about the curtis family seno, they're an african american and tunga game from san francisco. they're made of curtis and their five children, isis, key key and phoenix, they play instruments and they can all sing very well, might i add. and they will be here to perform and so let's welcome the curtis family. [cheers and applause] senos!
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>> yes. >> hey, yo. let's get energy in here. can i hear you stump your feet. let's go. i need some energy, can i we get hand claps. come on. >> let me say quickly that i was a part of a summer program under joseph aliaota and i might not look that old but that was in the summer of 1969 and i know how empowering these programs can be for us. i went on to get a ph.d., two bachelor's. [cheers and applause] and two master's degrees. i'm also an ex-police officer so i know what the power of these programs can do for you. and i just want to encourage you all and this song is about that. it's about understanding the love that's inside of you. and at the end of the day when you don't have anyone to turn to, look in the mirror and say i
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love you >> that's right. >> look in the mirror and say, i believe in you. >> can i get an amen. can i get a witness. [applause] >> oh, we want to thank mayor london breed for opportunities for all. this song that we are seeing for you is called "love is where you go," which is on our upcoming album and we hope this song brings you love and encouragement to those who are getting their first job. >> we also have a graduating senior right here. [cheers and applause] ♪ [ music ] ♪ ♪ >> turn it up! ♪ where do you go when you're
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feeling low ♪ ♪ ♪ what do you do when you're all alone ♪ ♪ ♪ when it feels like the weight of the world is going down on your shoulders ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ and remind yourself you were created define. ♪ ♪ ♪ find your truth. ♪ ♪ ♪ believe and see the light in you ♪ ♪ ♪ and you can always speak your truth ♪ ♪ ♪ speak your truth ♪ ♪ ♪ that's where you go when you're feeling low ♪ ♪ ♪ that's what you do when
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you're all alone ♪ ♪ >> clap your fingers with us. ♪ [ music ] ♪ ♪ ♪ when you shine your light on the world, you share the love that lives within you ♪ ♪ ♪ despite what you may go through, love will see you through ♪ ♪ ♪ liven up your truth ♪ ♪ ♪ believe and see the light in you ♪ ♪ ♪ so you can speak your truth ♪ ♪ speak your truth ♪ ♪ ♪ where do you go when you're
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feeling low ♪ ♪ ♪ what do you do when you're all alone ♪ ♪ ♪ it's all about love where you go when you're feeling low ♪ ♪ ♪ what do you do when you're all alone ♪ ♪ [singing] ♪ where do you go when you're feeling low ♪ ♪
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♪ love where you go when you're feeling low ♪ ♪ ♪ love is what you do when you're all alone ♪ ♪ >> thank you! [cheers and applause] >> let me hear a big stomp, let's go. [stomping feet] >> are follow us on instagram at the curtis senos, thank you. [applause] >> look for our album, it will be out on the eighth. [applause] >> thank you, mrs. curtis. let's give another round of applause for the curtis family senos. they are simply amazing and i don't know if you guys remember but they were on america's got talent and they also have a
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really cool commercial for jc penny, so they're talented and they're going super far, so thank you guys for coming to this event and blessing us. [cheers and applause] >> we have two representatives from the young defenders which is a cohort with osa that has to do with the public defender's office and social justice and so, we have athena edwards and jordan clarke and so a little bit about them, i hope you guys don't mind me gassing you up a little bit but jordan clerk is a rising senior at bishop art. he's been 2020 and as active intern of the public defenders team and a public defender's office, young defender, joe jordan has learned about
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criminal justice and a career in law. let's give a round after clause for jordan and athena edwards has been instrumental in ofa young defender as program and she's an alumni of the california los angeles and earned her doctorate at the university of san francisco in 2022. [cheers and applause] congratulations, girl! athena has made a change in serving the community and she currently serves as the ofa coordinator, please welcome jordan athena edwards. [cheers and applause] >> how is everyone feeling today? [cheers and applause] >> yeah! all right, all right!. hello everyone. thank you to mayor breed, director davis and ofa for having me. my name is jordan and i've honored to work with the san francisco young defend ares for two years now and two years ago a family friend told me about the
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initiative here in the city led by mayor breed who i have looked up to for years called opportunities for all. all of the social movements in 2020 with thousands of people fighting for equity and justice around the country made me want to do it more. i wanted to know my own rights. an advocate for justice for others and i knew the young deferneds cohort was the perfect place to do that. i can say without a doubt my work over the past few years informed my perspective and shaped my dream and changed my life and i want to be a lawyer that fights for justice and freedom and i wouldn't have learned about this profession without the experience. thank you. [cheers and applause] i must say i have enjoyed every bit of my experience here and i'm excited to explore every new assignment. as someone who wanted to step in the field of law, it's important i carry these skills with me as i go to college and eventually law school. the people who truly
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made all this possible, i cannot appreciate them enough. they're my bosses, athena and jason. they aren't just our bosses but role models for us as people and professionals. they have put in countless hours to create this program for us, but beyond that, they take time to get to know us and our families and check in on how we're doing. [cheers and applause] when we are not at work, they reach out to make sure we're doing well. they really care about us as people, that's extremely important to me because it shows how much ofa cares about each and every intern. so thank you so much to athena and jason for shaping my first work experience and thank you to my coworkers who teach me so much with positive attitudes and diverse experience and thank you to ofa for showing me what it means to be a lawyer and a professional. everyone at ofa continues to inspire me everyday when i come to work and i'm grateful for this experience and
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this opportunity. thank you! [cheers and applause] >> talk about a tough act to follow after that. my name is athena and i'm honored to be here today, as you have heard, i served as an intern with the department of police accountability and then i had the amazing opportunity to serve as a fellow for the young defend, cohort and criminal cohort and criminal justice cohort and i'm excited that i have the opportunity to be here today as the fellow coordinators along with my copartner dom and i know you're out there. thank you for being a partner that a girl could ask for. when i was asked to speak about my experience with ofa i was overwhelmed. there were so many
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words that came to mind. sorry if i get choked up by the way. two words that came to mind the most was life changing and impact. ofa has been a life changing opportunity for me and set a course for my career and my life. thanks to ofa i have a family away from my family. i would not be standing here today as a 2022 law school graduate and a newly member as hr c if it wasn't for ofa providing me a pathway to develop myself, my skills and pursue my dreams. and it is that impact ofa has and it's that impact that every intern, every fellow, every senior fellow, every mentor and every partner feels. i would like to tell a little story about my first days as a fellow of a young defender's cohort when we had the opportunity to join the public defenders office
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this past year. so, on my first days, i got to meet the lovely mr. patrick getis who served as a mentor for the cohort and what did he do? he came to us with a coke bottle and a glass and a straw. [laughter] and he asked us this question and asked us to answer this question, how would you, without using your hands get the straw out of the coke bottle? very unusual task by a very tall man. but it wasn't about any of that. as we went through, you heard each and every intern including myself be tasked with the question of answering that and we heard each other's strategies, methods and we commented on each others, talk about a crazy time in a crazy office. upon reflection, i gained a little perspective. i realized that the task was never
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about getting the straw out of the bottle. there's no right or wrong answer. it was about how we each have our own voice, our own method and our own approach. and that provided with the opportunity and a little bit of mentoring we can all succeed in pursuing our path. it was about everyone in ofa and every intern and every fellow and every senior fellow and every partner and mentor that brings something to the table and that's a unique perspective and our own set of skills and talents that you can't find anywhere else. and it is ofa, along with all of the people that provides youth like myself with a space to develop our skills and our perspective along with our talent. as a life changing experience, that can't be bottled. thank you!
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[cheers and applause] >> let's give another round of applause for jordan and athena, those heartfelt words. amazing, thank you guys. [cheers and applause] miracle, go ahead. >> now, i'm going to be introducing mayor london breed. mayor london preed was born and raised in san francisco, california. her vision of the city is rooted in her experience growing up in public housing. and living in neighborhoods impacted by redevelopment and her commitment to creating opportunities for all, san francisco to live and thrive. mayor breed understands the importance of internships and career opportunities for all of san francisco youth. through mayor breed's opportunity for all, inventioned more than five thousand paid internships helped sfa prepare for future careers.
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[cheers and applause] now, i would like to give the honor first of all, to mayor london breed, thank you. [cheers and applause] >> how cool is this to be here in the chase center the day after the warriors just won its game. [cheers and applause] first of all, i want to say congratulations to miracle because she's going to san jose state on a full ride. [cheers and applause] i knew this before she was born and i also knew the senos before they were all born. we see papa c and mom a c and the talented artists and i heard over the
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microphone when i came in and you get better and better and better. thank you again for being here today. and asena and jordan wherever you are, man, that's the future. that's the future of our city. that's the future of our country and that's the reason why i started opportunities for all. because believe it or not, i wasn't this polished mayor that you see today. [laughter] in fact, i was a little rough around the edges especially in elementary school and junior high school. sadly, i was a little, what they would say hard headed. sometimes i wouldn't listen. a lot of times i got into fights. many times i got suspended. and you know my teachers, i would get all these good grades. i would get a's and b's but under my behavior, i would get all u's and sometimes
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s's but my behavior wasn't the best. but the good news was there were a lot of people who didn't give up on me. despite how challenging my behavior was, i could have gone someplace completely different and my behavior had, i think a lot to do with you know my environment, the people i was surrounding myself with and luckily, i had a dmrand -- grandmother so when i got in trouble i got in trouble and paid the price for it but more importantly when i did good things i was rewarded and it made me feel good. the first day of band, i had to write lines and back then when you played in ben franklin middle school panned, you were somebody so i didn't want to get kicked out of band so i wrote the lines and changed my behavior real fast. finally, when i turned 14, i got one of the lucky slots working for the mayor's youth and training program and i started working for a place called the family school. and in
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fact, i showed up, probably not the most appropriately dressed for my first day on the job and i answered the phone like this, hello! who are you looking for? what do you want? i mean, it was not a good look for someone getting paid to do a job. but instead of seeing me as a problem or seeing me in a way that, you know, looked at my behavior and thought there's no way this is going to work and this girl cannot work here, they took the time to work with me. they taught me how to answer the phone. they made me write out a script and it went from hello and all that other mess to hello, this is london breed, thank you for calling the family school. i still remember it to this day. i had to repeat it over and over and read it every time i answered the phone. changed my attire, not because they told me what to wear but they took me shopping to pick out the appropriate clothes to
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wear for an office environment. so when an internal justice -- it turned to an intern to year-round and this is a nonprofit agency with not a lot of resources and they found a way to help pay for me to come there on the 22 fillmore everyday after school to work at that location, letting me do my homework first and making sure i learned about the funks of the location -- the functions of the location and provided assistance and still earned a decent paycheck so that i could cover the expenses of my school clothes or lunch money or all the things my grandmother couldn't afford to provide me with. it was more about money but an opportunity. it was about people who believed in me when i didn't really believe in myself. it was about opening the doors for something that was possible and i can guarantee each and every one of you, there's to way
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that i would have went to college, been able to take on different job responsibilities and eventually become mayor had it not been for that first opportunity i had at age 14 working for the family school. i guarantee you that. [applause] and it is why i started opportunities for all because i never ever because there's all kinds of internships. there's families who have relationships with people and resources to help cover the expenses of their young folks, their kids being able to take advantage of these opportunities but not everyone has that. so, i wanted money to not be a barrier to success. this program was started because we wanted you all to be exposed to anything that you wanted to do, for you to know that anything in life is possible, that there are great things out there and so, i know everybody
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wants to be steph curry or clay thompson but guess what, there's coach ker and there's a general manager, there's a president and ceo, there's the graphic designer, there's a person who designs a t-shirt, they are the people that run chase center, not just with the basketball games but also with the various concerts and activities that take place. there's the hr department, there are so many different components that go into everything that exist just to make chase center run and any of those positions whether you want to be the owner of a team or anything else in between, that's all possible. it's all possible if you strive -- [applause] if you strive for the very best, you put your mind to it. there's nothing you can't accomplish. do you know how many people told me that if i ran for office that i
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couldn't win? it felt real good to prove them wrong. [applause] so my point is, don't ever let anyone tell you what you can't do. know in your heart and in your mind what you're capable of. bring your very best to the table every single day. every single day! it's important that you are confident in the work that you do and if you don't know something, it's okay to ask questions. i ask questions all the time. it's okay to ask questions. know that you're special. know that you belong. know that you are here for a reason. take advantage of the opportunity to not only learn about the work environment but develop new relationships, new friendships, people who are
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positive and people who want to do great things in life. it makes the world a difference because we're counting on you. we're counting on you because the young folks of this city and this country are going to help change things for the better for this world. [applause] we know that. you're going up with technologies and other things that didn't exist when i was growing up even though i know i look almost the same age as all of you. [laughter] but at the end of the day, we are here to support you. we are here to uplift you. we are here to encourage you. and we want to make sure that we focus on how do you get to yes, how do you get to the right answer? how do you get to what it is that you know you're capable of? never give up on yourself. never give up on your dreams, strive for
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excellence because opportunities truly do make the difference in anyone becoming anything that they want to be in life and i'm so glad to see all of you here today and i hope you have a wonderful summer, i'm looking forward to running into you at a number of the various events that are going to take place throughout this city, so make sure you have a good time, keep a smile on your face, get the job done, and keep pushing, thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, mayor breed. that couldn't have been said any better. let's give her another round of applause. [cheers and applause] one of my personal heroes. thank you so much. so, we are going to introduce donna hilliard. she's a director of co-tinder lone and she's going to say a few things about opportunity for all and thank you for being a partner of ofa. they host over 200 interns
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each year so they have an impressive program and we're happy she's going to say some comments, thank you. [applause] >> i guess i'm load -- i'm guess i'm holding the mic. i want to say wow you're at the warrior stadium and give it up for yourself because if this isn't telling you important you are, come o. people pay thousands of dollars to sit in the seat you're in. we had the mayor come out. first of all, i can't believe i'm going after the mayor. it's such an honor and thank you for creating this program and director davis, thank you for all the work you do and being a wonderful mentor to so many. i wanted to talk about the warriors. the warriors, do you think they became champion players overnight? no. the first time they pick up that basketball and first time they dribbled and the
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first experiences are important so for many of y'all, this is your first internship. your first time even thinking about a job. right. so don't take this opportunity lightly because i will tell you it is going to shape the rest of your life. now, i want to tell you a story about an employee i have. he told me i want to be a software engineer. i said great. start teaching these classes and he's sitting here and i'm not going to tell you who he is and i said we're going to teach these classes and you're going to learn how to code and i said i need you to take on this project for me. i want you to start setting up the volunteer of this that we have with all the tech companies. so he said, that's not on my job, that's not my job duty. i said to him, dude, do you not see what i'm trying to do for you? i'm trying to help you create relationships because what i'm going to tell you today, the most important thing
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you're going to get this from internship is building the relationships and how important they will be. this is opportunities for you to get in front of folks with someone you won't have the opportunity. you'll get five minutes in front of someone who is busy who you wouldn't. connect with that person. build relationships because the relationships will help you get where you're trying to go. so, sometimes you'll get a task or get -- my phone is ringing, you'll get different things thrown at you. when i first came to tinder loin, i was a volunteer and they couldn't afford to pay me but i did it because if i surrounded myself around grateful, that would open up doors for me. thank you, semor. [applause] it's important for you guys. you're get on owe you're getting
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in this space but take the time to know what you want to do in the future and make the connections and it's important. we teach people how to code and playing with robotic and these are wonderful career path but we're teaching you a skill, if you don't want to work for a tech company and you want to build something for your community, do it. right. because you're empowered to do those things and to me when i think about opportunities for all, that's what it is. we're exposing y'all to all the opportunities that are out there and it's now your turn to take that are and run with it. with that, i say let's go. opportunity for all this summer and i'm excited to have you all and i'm pass the mic back. >> thank you so much, donna. [applause] >> okay. angel, i know you guys have been sitting up here for a while but you guys are finally going to be able to say your remarks. i'm going to give mayor cole the chance to introduce yourself and your amazing bios,
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so.... >> okay. i'm introducing lay reyes. he's studying international relationship and sociology. as ofa fellow, lay is learning the hone of strategic thinking and time management skills so please come up. [applause] >> hello. i'm really grateful to be here and talk to you about my big experience working with ofa as an intern. i have been an intern for six months. latino task force made me -- i wouldn't be that without ofa. i have been a latino immigrant, having a place to belong is really hard -- and having all high school
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and find what i can be and i can have a new skill and new experience. this city and this place gave me that space. with the help of the task force and working with the education team, i (indiscernible). but we're a family who everyday come to latino task force and talk about the problems they have, all the opportunities they're having to know have and a place to learn a new skill and opportunity. others who want to learn english and help the kids to have a better opportunity here. it made me realize the importance of education we have. and being able to say -- it made me realize how my job is important in the city and the latino task force and for all those that
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come everyday. we see a reason to be here. we see all the opportunities, they are amazing. this -- we see every single person who sits down in front of me and talk about their problem and i'm learning from them. i'm -- i'm learning about the impact and they're listening. this makes me feel powerful to be here and tell you that be grateful to be here. and i want to say thank you for having this opportunity and everyone have that opportunity. i want everyone to have the opportunity to be able to understand, sorry, to understand and be able to have another time or space to grow up and have an opportunity to be able every single day to
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have -- thank you to all coworkers and interns and we're working together to have a place to grow up. thank you! [applause] >> thank you so much. now, i'm going to be introducing angel lee. she began as an intern and continues working with ofa today. she has served as a fellow for the cross -- and the change is sf cohort and served as a 2022 senior fellow, supporting other college students on their leadership journey so please come up, lee. [applause] >> thank you so much for the opportunity to speak here today, so i have been with ofa for two years and through the two years i have learned so much from facilitating dialogue and planning six week -- like on
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human trafficking and mental health. i have been work -- it was great to partner with usf and support interns with the research and mental health and also exploring different careers and this is so fulfilling to see the growth throughout the years. and also working with such amazing people and i'm inspired to and to continue supporting teacher generations with their job and my work fuels my passion in social work where i can work towards the future where backgrounds don't dictate your success and health and well-being is a human right and equity is not performative but truly achieved and ofa given me the opportunity to work towards that. and so for this summer, i look forward to working with everyone and continue working towards a better future together. thank you! [applause] >> thank you, angel. really appreciate you and thank you lay
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so much for those great words. we're going to have dr. davis come up here and she's going to introduce chief scott of the san francisco police department. so, give it up again for dr. davis. [cheers and applause] >> i'm going to be really quick. i wanted to provide thanks for the chief. as you can see, we've have the senos and the police and we have the fire and we have donna talked about tech, we have positions and work that we do with goggle and linked in and other places. there's such a wide array of opportunities and i just want to really recognize and thank chief scott who has been with us even before ofa was a former program to really do some hard work, to have young people come in and their soul purpose is critique the police and to talk about how to improve community and police relations and so i think milwani done that
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in the past and we want to say it's not automatic and the chief has been receptive and open and i want to say thank you chief and allow you to say a few words. [applause] >> thank you, director davis. good morning, everybody. i'm going to start off by saying thanks to members of our team and i can't see them out there but director tiffany staten, are you there. where is tiffany? over there. director sutton, stand up. sergeant tina toe. [applause] officer garcia. [applause] officer prima. [applause] and i see morgan tucker over there. i want morgan to stand up because morgan is an alumni of
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this program, so morgan stand up. [applause] >> thank you. so, i wanted to introduce you to those leaders because they're the people that makes this all happen for this. this year we have 24 interns and during my time here, we have had hundreds of young people that have worked with the police department, learned some new things but more importantly, hopefully we have helped them get the skills they need to do whatever it is they want to do in this world and in this life because i do think as the mayor said that anything is possible. i never would have thought i would be standing on this stage in chase center as a chief of police when i was 15, 16 years old but here i am. and that's, thank you. [applause] and really that's because somebody believed in me. somebody gave me an opportunity. somebody gave me the chance to make good on what god gave me and that's what we want for you all, so again thank you and
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thank you to director davis for all the work that she's done with us, with the police department to make our city better and our police department better and more importantly, to give young people the opportunities they deserve to thrive. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, chief scott. really appreciate that. so, we're going to have josh friday come up here for some closing remarks. i want to say a couple of things about josh. he was appointed by the governor, gavin newsom to serve as california chief service officers and leads california volunteers. this is appointment, california volunteers have launched the nation's first statewide climate action cohort. california's for all volunteer initiative and the california for all college course program and the californias for all youths youth
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jobs program. friday is a military veteran and the former mayor of his hometown, nevada. so wow, that's really cool. [applause] >> thank you, mr. friday. >> i appreciate it. oh, mayor, i love this energy. it's great to be here. you're inspired. i'm inspired. i hope everyone there in the back gets a chance to come down and take a picture so you can show your friends you got courtside chase center seats. as i was driving from sacramento today, i had a sense of nostalgia thinking about my job that was in san francisco and it was in government and i remember feeling because nobody in my family had done anything like that, how nervous i was. i was embarrassed because i didn't know how to tie a tie correctly. i was thinking, my first day was nothing like this. i'm jealous of all. we didn't have this for
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us, so you guys, you guys are here to sell operate and you should be -- here to celebrate and you should be sell rated and we're here to celebrate you and san francisco and also california is celebrating. today is a special, special day. and i get to be here as chief service officer for the state of california on behalf of governor gavin newsom because newsom has a bold vision for service and civic engagement because governor newsom believes as i do and you do, that we have big problems we cannot turn away, climate change and growing in equality, mind-boggling food insecurity and racial injustice just to name a few. he believe as i do and maybe you do too that too often we become divided and disconnected from each other and polarized and we look passed
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our common humanity that brings us together that's important for our democracy and society to function. we believe a big part of the answer to the big problems are you. he believes we believe that california volunteers that by creating opportunities for young people just like you to come together in your communities, to make a difference, to gain experience, to learn how to become a leader, that's how we're going to solve these big problems, that when we do that, we all win. and by joining the opportunities for all program which is part of the californian for all youth jobs core, a statewide initiative and $185 million to create opportunities for young people just like you throughout the state. i want you to know that you also are becoming a part of an inspiring group of people statewide. that because of governor newsom's commitment to
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these programs not just to the california jobs core and partnership with opportunities for all but because of the state's first claimant core to put low-income communities to organize around climate change and the first college course to create debt free pathways for students who commitment to serve in their community and that includes for the first time ever our eligible dreamers. [applause] and other service programs to clean the environment, to tutor mentor and school, that all this together, you're joining a group of the next two years of over 20,000 young people that are serving in their communities, that are coming together to solve problems and to make a difference. and this is historic. think about that. 20,000 young people like you with your passion, your spirit, your ability, that's real opportunity and that's historic. that's a historic commitment because we are a historic
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problem. and today is historic. today is historic because this is the first california youth jobs core event we're launching with opportunities for all. like many things, san francisco is leading the way you should be proud about that. [applause] during covid, i think we heard a lot about a great resignation and what we largely saw was a great reevaluation. a reexamination of what it means to have a career and a life of dignity and meaning and purpose, and you heard it before from director davis, we hope that this job is, this summer is not just about a job but it's about creating meaning for you, it's about granting you the dignity that you deserve and it's about creating purpose. purpose, that you can go and make an impact in
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your community, purpose to wake up everyday wanting to help others and that was my experience as a military veteran and i hope it's your experience and i'm excited to see you change the word and you're going to be supported and you heard this from mayor breed and you're going to be supported through your journey. look at the cheering squad. you have people singing for you. that's amazing. take advantage of this incredible opportunity you have because san francisco is investing in you, california is investing in you, because the truth is, we need you. i'm going to let you in on a little secret which my guess is you know already and that's if we're going to tackle our bigot -- our biggest challenge, homelessness and pandemic and we need to rely on our most reliable asset and that's california home. that's you. the
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answers are not going to come from nancy places like city hall -- from fancy places like city hall or sacramento. we need to be a part of the solution. we're counting on you and opportunities for all and counting on the tens of thousands of young people that you are joining by being part of the program across the state. that's how we're going to create change together. that's how we're going to create more and future london breeds we need and that's how we create a californians for all. i'm proud to be here today. [applause] i'm so proud to be here today with mayor breed, with director davis, with our chief, with so many community leaders but most importantly, i'm proud to be here with you. those who are beginning this program, beginning your journey because you're the future of sacramento and you are the future of california. so we've been talking enough now and it's time to get to work. thank you so
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much. i appreciate it. [applause] >> all right. i feel like i have to copy the senos and say let's stomp those feet. a little bit of stomping and good energy and have i to do an apology because i called emani and he didn't say anything. he just graduated from high school and going to uc berkeley got a bunch of scholarships, born and raised in san francisco and has been through so much and representative of all we want to see happen with our young people. [cheers and applause] so we have food and some, like, little bags and things for folks in there. we are just, can you again give yourselves another round of applause. [cheers and applause] i would say this is like the best group of folks we have had since we have done that. you have been attentive and focused. y'all are really trying to -- this is a job interview, you're acing it. you're killing the game right now so
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congratulations! thank you so much for being here with us. give yourselves another round of applause. you're going to go into the club to the chase lounge. you're going to get some food and opportunities for all bag and our opportunities for all folks that have their shirts on, some of the fellows like asena and dominic and danielle for those who have questions and want to makeshifts and changes or have some questions or concerns and then i just want to say how excited are you, i was like i'm so -- i'm on the floor. this is the closest i'll get to the floor because i can't afford it during a game but i want to recognize and thank the chase team and warrior team and miguel and allyson, if you would come out. just amazing. they have been awesome. they opened the doors up and thank god the team won last night because they may not let us in otherwise, so
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let's keep that energy. make sure you bring, if there's haters in here, do not touch the floor on your way out. [laughter] this is warrior's ground, right. so we want good energy on these floors. [cheers and applause] thank you all. we'll see you in the chase lounge. [cheers and applause]
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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
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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.
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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.♪ ♪ >> my name is luis granados.♪ ♪ thank you for gathering to ♪ ♪ celebrate the grand opening ♪ ♪ of casa de lancet, 2060..♪
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♪ this project is another ♪ ♪ collective win affordable ♪ ♪ housing for the mission and ♪ ♪ san francisco.♪ ♪ to me this project is all ♪ ♪ about building community ♪ ♪ through advocacy, capacity ♪ ♪ building and partnership.♪ ♪ it is a combination of this ♪ ♪ housing development along ♪ ♪ with the park next to us ♪ ♪ that is making me a little ♪ ♪ bit nostalgic because the ♪ ♪ roots of this project are ♪ ♪ longhard-fought winsfor the ♪ ♪ mission .♪ ♪ by the mission .♪ ♪ for they led the effort in ♪ ♪ creating the park and then ♪ ♪ led on the affordable ♪ ♪ housingside of things .♪ ♪ for many of us back in 1999, ♪ ♪ 2000 with the creation of ♪ ♪ the mission outside♪ ♪ displacement coalition .♪ ♪ which fought the first wave ♪ ♪ of displacement resulting ♪ ♪ from the tech boom.♪
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♪ at that time, those efforts ♪ ♪ included carlos romero, eric ♪ ♪ estrada, antonio diaz and ♪ ♪ ana maria loyola among ♪ ♪ others.♪ ♪ back then, i was a district ♪ ♪ 9 supervisor andwillie brown ♪ ♪ was mayor .♪ ♪ it has been that ♪ ♪ long-standing advocacy as in ♪ ♪ part led to the creation of ♪ ♪ this and othersimilar ♪ ♪ projects in our neighborhood ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ however this project story ♪ ♪ is also very much about ♪ ♪ having the technical ♪ ♪ capacity to make thisproject ♪ ♪ and other similar projects a ♪ ♪ reality .♪ ♪ with a focus on housing ♪ ♪ latino families, providing ♪ ♪ permanent space to ♪ ♪ organizations serving latino ♪ ♪ children and youth and the ♪
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♪ art which speaks to the ♪ ♪ issues of ourcommunity ♪ ♪ created by artists in our ♪ ♪ community and from our ♪ ♪ community ♪ ♪ this project verymuch feels ♪ ♪ like it belongs in the ♪ ♪ mission .♪ ♪ it is the mission .♪ ♪ it is projects like this ♪ ♪ that showcase what a ♪ ♪ difference it makes to have ♪ ♪ the technical capacity to ♪ ♪ develop affordable housing ♪ ♪ by our organizations led by ♪ ♪ people of color for people ♪ ♪ of color.♪ ♪ let me say that again♪ ♪ organizations led by people ♪ ♪ of color focused on people ♪ ♪ of color .♪ ♪ and mehta we know despite ♪ ♪ all the efforts and work ♪ ♪ this project was possible ♪ ♪ through a strong partnership♪ ♪ , in particular iwant to ♪ ♪ highlight the partnership of ♪ ♪ chinatown community ♪ ♪ development center which has ♪ ♪ been invaluable in creating ♪ ♪ this project .♪ ♪ [applause] through malcolm ♪ ♪ young specifically partnered ♪
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♪ with mehta intentionally to ♪ ♪ leverage the extensive ♪ ♪ developerexperience to help ♪ ♪ mehta grow a track record as ♪ ♪ an affordable housing ♪ ♪ developer .♪ ♪ paying it forward mehta is ♪ ♪ working to help other ♪ ♪ organizations and in the ♪ ♪ country by the way to ♪ ♪ develop their own capacity ♪ ♪ and track record as ♪ ♪ up-and-comingaffordable ♪ ♪ housing developers .♪ ♪ fast forward 20 years later, ♪ ♪ given the collective ♪ ♪ advocacy efforts building ♪ ♪ meda's technical capacity ♪ ♪ and port partnerships, we ♪ ♪ now have 126 units ♪ ♪ affordable housing project ♪ ♪ with commercial space ♪ ♪ providing prominent ♪ ♪ locations to four of our ♪ ♪ long-standing many partners, ♪ ♪ sitting in front of a ♪ ♪ beautiful park.♪ ♪ [applause] this is how to ♪ ♪ build a community in the♪
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♪ mission.♪ ♪ this feels like the mission ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ so i will end my statement ♪ ♪ by sharing my gratitude to ♪ ♪ all of us who have ♪ ♪ contributed to making this ♪ ♪ project happen.♪ ♪ start with speaker pelosi, ♪ ♪ to secure a $2 million ♪ ♪ appropriation that will help ♪ ♪ out unity partners carry out ♪ ♪ their statements.♪ ♪ and there's mayor breed ♪ ♪ whose administration has ♪ ♪ been key in assuring the ♪ ♪ affordable housing in the ♪ ♪ mission insan francisco ♪ ♪ remains a top priority .♪ ♪ us that provided the ♪ ♪ financing for this project ♪ ♪ and has been a strong ♪ ♪ partner at meda for over 20 ♪ ♪ years, about 12 years ago ♪ ♪ they financed possibility ♪ ♪ when noone else would do it ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ again see cdc for your ♪ ♪ partnership.♪ ♪ i still want to thank the ♪ ♪ meda board of directors ♪
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♪ that's provided guidance and ♪ ♪ support as we became ♪ ♪ affordable housing ♪ ♪ developers over the last ♪ ♪ eight years and they trusted ♪ ♪ we would know what we were ♪ ♪ doing and we were going to ♪ ♪ take care of their ♪ ♪ organization let the tail ♪ ♪ wag the dog.♪ ♪ but i also must thank our ♪ ♪ meda staff.♪ ♪ so for me, working with them ♪ ♪ i've seen the remarkable ♪ ♪ abilityfor them to be ♪ ♪ audacious by adapting and ♪ ♪ fitting to meet the needs of ♪ ♪ our community at any moment ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ during covid, after covid.♪ ♪ our next speaker has worked ♪ ♪ so veryhard to make this ♪ ♪ project happen .♪ ♪ you very much caroline.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you lewis.♪
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♪ good afternoon.♪ ♪ welcome.♪ ♪ the encinitas.♪ ♪ as i look around this ♪ ♪ amazing building and i don't ♪ ♪ think i really fully ♪ ♪ conceptualized how amazing ♪ ♪ it is the way we ♪ ♪ conceptualized one word ♪ ♪ comes to mind.community.♪ ♪ the communities that brought ♪ ♪ this from a large parking ♪ ♪ lot and fought so hard to ♪ ♪ make it into affordable ♪ ♪ housing and a part.♪ ♪ our community members who ♪ ♪ nowcall the building home .♪ ♪ 126 households.♪ ♪ and the community anchors♪ ♪ that now have permanent ♪ ♪ homes in the mission .♪ ♪ we welcome all of you to ♪ ♪ your new home in the heart ♪ ♪ of themission .♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> when we first♪ ♪ conceptualized this building ♪
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♪ as i housing opportunity♪ ♪ facing the park we were a ♪ ♪ neighborhood in transition .♪ ♪ our families were fighting ♪ ♪ for their roots in the ♪ ♪ mission .♪ ♪ wewanted 20/60 ♪ ♪ cannot just be the fight but ♪ ♪ be the future for our ♪ ♪ families .♪ ♪ from our 125+ homes we ♪ ♪ intentionally established 29 ♪ ♪ homes for transition age ♪ ♪ youth for the future of our ♪ ♪ community.♪ ♪ and an additional 89 for our ♪ ♪ families two and three ♪ ♪ bedroom homes so that they ♪ ♪ could have the space that ♪ ♪ they needed and deserved.♪ ♪ and if the pandemic has ♪ ♪ taught us anything that ♪ ♪ space isreally important.♪ ♪ housing is health .casa ♪ ♪ adelante is the future of ♪ ♪ energy.♪ ♪ as the.♪ ♪ first fossil fuel free large ♪ ♪ all electricaffordable ♪ ♪ housing building in san ♪ ♪ francisco .♪ ♪ [applause] today is the day ♪ ♪ for celebration and ♪ ♪ gratitude.♪ ♪ we're celebrating obviously ♪
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♪ all of us are here to ♪ ♪ celebrate the trend of ♪ ♪ displacement for latinos in ♪ ♪ the mission♪ ♪ immigrants and ♪ ♪ community-based ♪ ♪ organizations can now say .♪ ♪ we're also offeringgratitude ♪ ♪ to our mayan elders, our ♪ ♪ community members .our ♪ ♪ residents.♪ ♪ elaine e, r deputy director ♪ ♪ of community real estate who ♪ ♪ was our team and partners ♪ ♪ from chinatown led the ♪ ♪ development of the building ♪ ♪ from our proposal that we ♪ ♪ put in front of mohcd to ♪ ♪ what you see today.♪ ♪ larkin street youth center ♪ ♪ forproviding on-site ♪ ♪ programs , our architects ♪ ♪ and why a studio.♪ ♪ our contractor robert ♪ ♪ kobayashi and our funders ♪ ♪ we'll get to hear from in a ♪
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♪ bit.♪ ♪ i want to offer a tribute to ♪ ♪ the late artist yolanda ♪ ♪ lopez.♪ ♪ with herlegacy celebrated on ♪ ♪ the north wall of this ♪ ♪ policy i hope you guys get ♪ ♪ to turn around and see it on ♪ ♪ the other side.♪ ♪ it was designed by talented ♪ ♪ your list .♪ ♪ the four walls now the ♪ ♪ towering portrait of yolanda ♪ ♪ whose art focused on the ♪ ♪ experiences of mexican ♪ ♪ american and working-class ♪ ♪ women and she challenged ♪ ♪ ethnic stereotypes featuring ♪ ♪ the blackpanthers and ♪ ♪ slogans from our past social ♪ ♪ justice movement .♪ ♪ she represented our past and ♪ ♪ future.♪ ♪ this is truly been a ♪ ♪ collective achievement and ♪ ♪ meda looks forwardto ♪ ♪ continuing to build with ♪ ♪ you.♪ ♪ you .♪
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♪ >> good afternoon everyone.♪ ♪ and you be okay?♪ ♪ good.♪ ♪ my name is also the ds and i ♪ ♪ am honored to be at this ♪ ♪ grand opening or casa ♪ ♪ adelante.♪ ♪ this day and this place is ♪ ♪ very special as luis ♪ ♪ mentioned we are here ♪ ♪ because of community ♪ ♪ organizing and community ♪ ♪ planning led by community ♪ ♪ members, artists, small ♪ ♪ businesses and ♪ ♪ community-based ♪ ♪ organizations in 2000.♪ ♪ over 20 years ago to make ♪ ♪ this a reality.♪ ♪ and i'm grateful to see the ♪ ♪ seeds of the vision of the ♪ ♪ people's plan.♪ ♪ meda and any other ♪ ♪ organizations organized ♪ ♪ outside the coalition.♪ ♪ it's all electric 100 ♪ ♪ percent affordable housing ♪
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♪ building right next door to ♪ ♪ thisbeautiful park and ♪ ♪ guarded .♪ ♪ truly a community asset and ♪ ♪ a win environmental and ♪ ♪ climate justice and i also ♪ ♪ want to say that this is ♪ ♪ here because of a commitment ♪ ♪ to build a better ♪ ♪ neighborhood for the same ♪ ♪ neighbors.that community ♪ ♪ leaders such as our ♪ ♪ assembly.♪ ♪ maria out perez who are here ♪ ♪ today.and we honor their ♪ ♪ work and i invitethem to ♪ ♪ come up and say a few words ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ [applause] [applause] ♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ >>.♪
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♪ [speaking spanish] ♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> we are very grateful ♪ ♪ about thiscommunity and it ♪ ♪ shows that yes, we can win .♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] ♪ ♪ >> i've worked in the ♪ ♪ community for many years and ♪ ♪ this is one of the biggest ♪ ♪ events we've ever had.♪
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♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] ... ♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] ♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >> she is a very ♪ ♪ inspirational speaker so i ♪ ♪ don't know if i can catch ♪ ♪ all that but she said this ♪ ♪ isn't just going to be on we ♪ ♪ will have for this year, we ♪ ♪ willbe celebrating every ♪ ♪ year .♪ ♪ to have housing where we can ♪ ♪ live and support that we♪ ♪ continue organizing .♪ ♪ that's important for the ♪ ♪ mayor to be here not just to ♪ ♪ cut theribbon but to work ♪ ♪ with us to make things like ♪ ♪ this happen .♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] so thank ♪ ♪ you and may you continue ♪
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♪ working hand-in-hand with ♪ ♪ all the politicians and♪ ♪ everyone else .♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] ♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ [speaking spanish] maria is ♪ ♪ very emotional about seeing ♪ ♪ this project come to life.♪ ♪ it's very moving and yes, we♪ ♪ can win .♪ ♪ [applause] so in closing i ♪ ♪ just want to offer an ♪ ♪ invitation to all the ♪ ♪ partners, lenders, ♪ ♪ decision-makers that are ♪
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♪ here with us today.♪ ♪ to continue tocollaborate ♪ ♪ with us .♪ ♪ and to work and invest in ♪ ♪ community rooted solutions ♪ ♪ because as the companyarose ♪ ♪ have been saying we can win ♪ ♪ .[applause] ♪ ♪ >> good afternoon.♪ ♪ good afternoon.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ my name is michelle, i'm ♪ ♪ proud to introduce myself as ♪ ♪ executive director.♪ ♪ shout out to every artist in ♪ ♪ the room.♪ ♪ every arts organizer, every ♪ ♪ cultural leader.♪ ♪ shout out to you.♪ ♪ let's give itup for all the ♪ ♪ artists in this space .♪ ♪ i have all of three minutes ♪
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♪ here tothank all the people ♪ ♪ that have made this happen .♪ ♪ 25 years ago i was 19, 20 ♪ ♪ years old.♪ ♪ my first open mic wasin that ♪ ♪ green building across the ♪ ♪ street 25 years ago .♪ ♪ if it were not for the work ♪ ♪ of christie johnson, meda, ♪ ♪ the office of economic♪ ♪ workforce development, the♪ ♪ office of mayor london ♪ ♪ breathe, we would not be ♪ ♪ here so i want to pay the ♪ ♪ first of all to christie .♪ ♪ yes ♪ ♪ let's celebrate, yes.♪ ♪ i also want to thank our ♪ ♪ partners .♪ ♪ there are four arts ♪ ♪ organizations, community ♪ ♪ building youth organizations ♪ ♪ that are here.♪ ♪ we are so proud and honored ♪ ♪ that meda, chinatown edc and ♪ ♪ city of san francisco is ♪ ♪ honoring youth and cultural ♪ ♪ leaders that are established ♪ ♪ in this community.♪ ♪ yes?♪ ♪ i'm not sure.♪ ♪ yes.♪
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♪ i promise i'm going to get ♪ ♪ off in 2 seconds but i must ♪ ♪ say this.♪ ♪ you speak and first ♪ ♪ exposures, the director is ♪ ♪ righthere.♪ ♪ i just wanted to say hi eric ♪ ♪ .♪ ♪ you may be here together in ♪ ♪ this moment because we ♪ ♪ believe in a young person's ♪ ♪ ability to change the world ♪ ♪ throughtheir words .♪ ♪ there wonder, their♪ ♪ imagination .♪ ♪ 25 years ago youth speak was ♪ ♪ founded on the social and ♪ ♪ cultural imperative that ♪ ♪ says we must seekout the ♪ ♪ voices , the texts and the ♪ ♪ narrative of solidarity and ♪ ♪ love.♪ ♪ yes?♪ ♪ especially when our stories ♪ ♪ have beenexcluded from the ♪ ♪ dominant american narrative, ♪ ♪ yes ?♪ ♪ this is a part of that ♪ ♪ larger story♪ ♪ so i'm going to stop talking ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ you're welcome .♪ ♪ i am so excited to introduce ♪
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♪ the money who to me ♪ ♪ represents our vision both ♪ ♪ at sf and youth speaks.♪ ♪ miss zoe corrado.♪ ♪ zoe is a 17-year-old, can i♪ ♪ read it ?♪ ♪ 17-year-old spoken word poet ♪ ♪ and musician.♪ ♪ she is also the alamedayouth ♪ ♪ poet laureate .♪ ♪ the inaugural youth poet ♪ ♪ laureate of alameda county ♪ ♪ andserved on our youth ♪ ♪ advisory board .♪ ♪ please put your hands ♪ ♪ together in bringing up zoe ♪ ♪ dorado.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ >>.♪ ♪ >> hey everyone.♪ ♪ i wrote this poem about a ♪ ♪ year ago so let's see, ♪ ♪ perpetual violence that has ♪ ♪ happened in the past few ♪ ♪ weeks i thought would be ♪ ♪ important to hear this poem ♪ ♪ and share it with you today♪ ♪ so this is called we briefed ♪
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♪ .♪ ♪ lola slips murmur out of ♪ ♪ morningbreath .♪ ♪ reuse out her skeleton and ♪ ♪ her mother's voice sits.♪ ♪ yes but also because isn't ♪ ♪ thishow you wake ?♪ ♪ you think of the body from ♪ ♪ sleep through the bodies of ♪ ♪ her hallway.♪ ♪ she asks if i do want to ♪ ♪ wake up at 7:30 and maybe ♪ ♪ since i stopped going to ♪ ♪ church years ago.♪ ♪ so now lola lisle wheaties ♪ ♪ alone at half mast as i ♪ ♪ caught myself asking her to ♪ ♪ stay home stay home because ♪ ♪ streets somewhat sometimes ♪ ♪ carry brett.♪ ♪ maybe it's always been like ♪ ♪ this lying in wait because ♪ ♪ he cries 164 percent since a ♪ ♪ year ago says 283 percent ♪ ♪ since yesterday.♪ ♪ an 80-year-old asian man was♪ ♪ attacked there by a group of ♪ ♪ black and brown boys .♪ ♪ one year more than me ♪ ♪ another one year with my ♪
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♪ little sister.♪ ♪ we were 11 and 17.♪ ♪ since watched it all happen ♪ ♪ through a screen.♪ ♪ the one i hold in my hand ♪ ♪ who grew so many days until ♪ ♪ i down the dirt so i tried ♪ ♪ to dig out the dogma axes to ♪ ♪ the bone marrow of our blood ♪ ♪ is another way of saying ♪ ♪ this is another way of ♪ ♪ saying violencebetween ♪ ♪ communities of color begins♪ ♪ with this .♪ ♪ we begin with peter lang , a ♪ ♪ cop shop.♪ ♪ a 29-year-old latin american ♪ ♪ or when a filipino american ♪ ♪ was walking near times ♪ ♪ square and was attacked by ♪ ♪ brandon elliott a security ♪ ♪ guard walking alongside the ♪ ♪ lobby to close the door.♪ ♪ another form of violence in ♪ ♪ which we pledge our bodies ♪ ♪ inside our own diaphragms so ♪ ♪ we can hold our shoulders ♪ ♪ in, down.♪ ♪ because we didn't breathe ♪ ♪ the same air as that sister ♪
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♪ did because we didn't carry ♪ ♪ aweapon in our mouse , ♪ ♪ typing it in strategically ♪ ♪ and then call the neighbors ♪ ♪ other.♪ ♪ call country and continent a ♪ ♪ disease.♪ ♪ creep across each other's ♪ ♪ backboneand asked how it got ♪ ♪ there.♪ ♪ america , my♪ ♪ immunocompromised country .♪ ♪ will you cross a ♪ ♪ bloodstained anatomy and ♪ ♪ look, see what we all need.♪ ♪ you evoke the soilin my ♪ ♪ lowest garland .♪ ♪ so the seeds and also under ♪ ♪ that blackberries blackand ♪ ♪ brown bodies .♪ ♪ the ones that wound ♪ ♪ themselves through the break ♪ ♪ of arms and legs for what ♪ ♪ you grow and i say our ♪ ♪ histories are intertwined ♪ ♪ but i mean that we weave the♪ ♪ same air .♪ ♪ the kind that countries ♪
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♪ claiming other countries, ♪ ♪ the wide kind that white ♪ ♪ supremacy likes also, the ♪ ♪ kind that circulated a ♪ ♪ filipino american war when ♪ ♪ black american soldiers ♪ ♪ chose to fightalongside ♪ ♪ filipinos .♪ ♪ the kind of uproots ♪ ♪ colonialism who called ♪ ♪ ethnicstudies in 1965 during ♪ ♪ the deliberations right .♪ ♪ how the list isn't finished ♪ ♪ yet and wego to the streets ♪ ♪ when one of us calls .♪ ♪ how we hold ourselves gently ♪ ♪ but alsohold ourselves ♪ ♪ accountable and the same for ♪ ♪ those around us .♪ ♪ which is another way of ♪ ♪ saying this country needs to ♪ ♪ call itself out and call ♪ ♪ himself in the country ♪ ♪ willing to share the same ♪ ♪ breath.♪ ♪ to read the same air.♪ ♪ placing our hands to chest ♪ ♪ and belly.♪ ♪ keep the other way.♪ ♪ to face that type of ♪ ♪ otherness instead of our ♪ ♪ name.♪ ♪ we allies the names of black ♪ ♪ and asianamerican activists, ♪ ♪ to audrey lord .♪
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♪ glenn, miriam.♪ ♪ pay homage to my teachers ♪ ♪ and bus drivers who helped ♪ ♪ and healthcare workers like ♪ ♪ my mom.♪ ♪ our singular exhale in.♪ ♪ the union of filipino and ♪ ♪ mexican immigrants passing ♪ ♪ on a singular bus ♪ ♪ celebrating, still alive.♪ ♪ filled up waking up in the ♪ ♪ morning.♪ ♪ still her body aching, our ♪ ♪ bodies aching and tired.♪ ♪ what is work without ♪ ♪ movement?♪ ♪ not the willingness to ♪ ♪ attach, receive andpass on .♪ ♪ not us breathing ourselves ♪ ♪ in.♪ ♪ my instinct.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ [applause] ♪
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♪ >> how do i follow that?♪ ♪ that was beautiful.that ♪ ♪ was beautiful.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ thank you.♪ ♪ good afternoon everyone.♪ ♪ my name is sherry and i'm ♪ ♪ one of the residents here at ♪ ♪ 2060..♪ ♪ i've been here for a little ♪ ♪ bit lessthan a year and i'm ♪ ♪ here to speak about my , ♪ ♪ there is.♪ ♪ i want to say that first and ♪ ♪ foremost i am grateful.♪ ♪ i am absolutely grateful for ♪ ♪ the experience to be able to ♪ ♪ live in a community in which ♪
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♪ i can actually grow roots♪ ♪ here not have the fear of ♪ ♪ being upgraded .♪ ♪ and so i'm grateful to all ♪ ♪ of you who've gotten ♪ ♪ together andhave made this ♪ ♪ happen .♪ ♪ [applause] so the beautiful ♪ ♪ thing about being here is ♪ ♪ what i've experienced is ♪ ♪ this is a reflection of my ♪ ♪ own culture.♪ ♪ i am biracial, filipino and ♪ ♪ black american and i have a ♪ ♪ son who is six years old and ♪ ♪ he's.. so i call him my ♪ ♪ future baby.♪ ♪ truly he is a reflection of ♪ ♪ this community and i'm so ♪ ♪ grateful to be raised around♪ ♪ children who look like him .♪ ♪ and who he can actually ♪ ♪ relate to.♪ ♪ again we are here andwhere ♪ ♪ rooted and he had grow up ♪ ♪ with them and not have this ♪
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♪ fear of making friends and ♪ ♪ then leaving .♪ ♪ i'm also an entrepreneur so ♪ ♪ this building has been ♪ ♪ giving me the opportunity to ♪ ♪ continue running my own ♪ ♪ company where i've been able ♪ ♪ to own my own time and the ♪ ♪ one thing i do understand is ♪ ♪ everything starts with an ♪ ♪ idea and it starts with a ♪ ♪ unique idea and in order for ♪ ♪ you to be successful in that ♪ ♪ idea you need five things.♪ ♪ you needtime.♪ ♪ you need support . you need energy, resources and funds and you need that division so everyone can see and follow and align themselves with what this community is. we all have a mission that's our call to duty. what do we need need to do to make this happen and it has to be instilled in values in which we can all come together and have a gut check.
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when you havethis type of community where you have differentcultures coming together with different economic backgrounds, there is somewhat of an explosion that happens . so everyone has to get to know one another . i have to know what works for meand i think that we are forced to understand one another in this type of capacity . i'm so grateful that i also see there's also community organizations here because i do have a creative myself i connect to the essence of who they are and i really am about the grand experience. i do consulting anddesign work. it is really about how you want to feel when you get there . i think that's what it's about andif any of you do energy work like i do , you're going to manifest how you feel so if you want to feel safe youhave to surround yourself with people who are safe . if you want to feel like that you have security, you have to
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make sure that you're surrounded by people have that same type of understanding. but i think the one thing that starts every one off the starting line is the way you think and your philosophy. you have to be on that same page in order to nurture one another so i'm grateful for the organizations thatare here . i'm excited for my sons to be exposed to that type of energy. i want to get too much time what i'm grateful forthe part. it's so nice to have that as in our front yard . that's what i call it. that's our cart. and i love that it's open to the community because my son makes friends every day. new friends every day so it's beautiful. i've also been able to support the surrounding organizations and companies. that live and run their businesses so for me it's about how i feel if i'm going to
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spend my resources so they make me feel like i'm a part of the family as well so i'm going to invest in their success and they add to the community here . one thing i do know is when you launcha brand is that you have to manage it and that has to be based off of what are the benefits , how do we all processed on the amicable culture of the community and i think he to this community is that we have so many different cultures coming together in which we can learn from one another and to this community and right now we're kind of a blank slate in a way so we're waiting for that to happen and so that's kind of where i am right now is definitely the management of it. i love how clean it is and i love for them to keep this budget to be able to keep it clean like this.it's awesome, right? and as far as like safety and security i hope that's also a
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priority here because the community i would hate for something to happen to my neighbors . because we all kind of look out for each other and that's what's running to the businesses aroundhere is looking out for each other so would hope we would create a community of safety and security . andconvenience for everyone . so thank you again to everyone who made this possible . ijust want to let you know that the work that you put in has made a huge difference . [applause] >> good afternoon. my name is now, young chinatown community development center. you know, i had a written speech. it was on my phone. forget it, i'm not going to bother. you can't follow zoe dorado
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with a written speech so i'm going to speak from myheart . this has been a heavy weekfor us so i'm grateful to be here . just yesterday we had a fire in one of our buildings. we had a stabbing. fatality in front of another and sometimes it makes you question how hard this work is. how challenging day-to-day can be. but coming to a moment like this,seeing this building, seeing the residence here , seeing the leaders here reminds me of why we do this and why we struggle through the hard parts of this work to makethe great part-time . i want to thank course all the partners have been here today . i have made thishappen . i do of course want to get a special shout out to our team chinatown. whitney and kim back there, the way your hands. i was going to call youguys up but i forgot to read my speech .
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thank you so much to the hard work ofthe chinatown team . due to the partnership with meda. thank you meda for choosing us to be yourpartners, frankly and i want to make three points . i was trying to be inspirational but ican't after all these incrediblespeakers . one , i find it amazing that this building is not a hold to residents but home to a bunch of community-basedorganizations . because to me housing at the very top level is a place of stability . it's a place to make whole. it's a place to rest and a place to find shelter away from all the hard things in the world but when we care for buildings, when we care for residents and our communities the residence can do miraculous things and get back and i think they can get back by becoming theleaders , the future leaders forcommunities like the mission . they can be the next hillary
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ronan, the next london breeze. that i think is going to be the gift of this building back to this community so iwanted to acknowledge that. that housing is not just housing . it's a place to grow leadership if we do it right and we need to do it right. the second point i want to make is that this relationship that we have with meda i deeply cherish. and i've come to cherish it even more in this moment where we have so much tension and he is in our communities, within our communities, withinour city . the fact that we can sit down with the mission-based organization. do something so special to, physically build a building together means in many ways we are married to this and it means when we have issues with each other we have to talk. we have to work it out. we have to go home at night and have dinner.
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we have to talk, we have to work it out and i hope and i want that relationship to extend beyond this organization but also into our communities andmake this a bridge or communities like chinatown, like mission share so much in common , we are working folks, we're in a way where housing, we the places where in his really really for me incredibly gratifying that we can be part of meda's journey to become an anchor for this community to build housing, to control its assets and fulfill this vision of my talk lead cc and i want topoint at eric because i know you share that vision and that's why i love you . don't know if you talk about it publicly but when we talk behind closed doors eric knows that's where he wants to go and he wants his city to go and i think that's exactly where we
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need to go . sothank you meda for letting us be a part of that . the last thing i also want to say is that chinatown cdc is. we're going to be in this buildinga little bit and continue to property management and provide resident services but i want to be clear about our intention . this is a building run by the mission and it is our intention mohcd, when you guys are ready and of course meda when you're ready our intention to make sure this building becomes meda's so in mission-based organization can run a mission-based building and we canjust be a friend at that point . so luis the entire community, iq for letting us be a part of this. this is an inspiring moment i needed this and i'm so glad i can be here today . [applause]
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>> good afternoon everybody. my name is hillary ronen and i'm the lucky one that gets to be the supervisor of this district and i thought i was goingto be lucky going after malcolm . then they have to give this amazing inspiring speech. you guys havereally the anti-here . i just want to say that we've gotten so lucky. i feel madame mayor that we're always in the mission doing these groundbreaking's and it is the best by far part of our jobs. really nothing brings us more happiness and much more joy and more of a sense of accomplishment but i have to say this building is even extra special. i don't know about all of you but when i write down all. and i see your gorgeous beautiful face staring down at
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me all that difficult stuff malcolm was talking about just sheds away and i remember how they had this vision for this space where they wanted part because there wasn't enough green and open space on the side of the mission and how they wanted affordable housing with community-based organizations on the ground floor. maria was there, miriam was there and antonio was there. so much of their families and it was just a dream. to now see the reality, see the kids playing and seeing this marriage between two noxious affordable housing developers but community-based affordable housing developers . it's just like's the load and reminds us that we're going to be okay. at times are tough, they seem to be getting taller and
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tougher but when we got each other's backs and we work together that were going to be okay and we can makedreams a reality . congratulations . thank you forproducing this building . that makes me feelbetter every time i nearest thanks for all your inspiration . congratulations. >> good afternoon everyone. i'm withu.s. bank community development corporation . like malcolm i had written statements i was going to share with you ridof a lot of numbers . things to do and all that but i really can't. i was inspired by your work. the 20 years that you've been fighting for this project . i'm honored to be here. i'm also here to let you know that behind the stereotypical bankers there is a lot of
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people who truly care about what we do. it's not about the numbers, about change. it's about changing people's lives about changing neighborhoods. about asking forwhat you want whenyour voices are not heard . but we hear you . we truly are you. i've worked with an organization with 600+ people atthis point fordedicated to making the world a better place . numbers matter . we're still dangerous,however it's the human story . it'syour stories . it's your poem that was so touching especially during this time . whether it be local or state or international, your poem really touched a nerve and i thankyou for that . i'm going to take your stories. the end of the day we sell a story. the numbers are there but it's the story that makes the
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difference. thank you very much for letting usbe here . i really appreciate it. it's an amazing project. both meda, i really appreciate. [applause] >> good afternoon. i'm the executive director of the california council and i am so excited to be withyou here today . one of the distinct privileges i have within my organization is in partnership with housing and community development leaving the affordable housing sustainablekennedys program which one of the funding streams help make this project a reality today . and our core mission and my organization is to create a lead, thriving communities and said to support that self-determined goal and when i
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look around today i see help and i see a community thathas come together to make an incredible project come to life so congratulations to all of you . one of the things i think is so important about the affordable housing sustainable communities program and where we are today is that intersection of affordable housing, equity goals and climate change. we all know that we need to be creating a community-based that gives people sustainability, both in terms of their daily lives but also our ability to live on this earth. so the goal of this program is to buildtogether all these elements in a way that's holistic , that builds upon one another and gives us better community spaces for our future and that can be hard and one of the things that is important about making this come together is when you have partners that are willing towork together to think about solutions and come up with ideas and ways to make it happen . this is an exciting year for us
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or the affordable housing sustainable community program is in our last funding round we awarded over $800 million to aroundthe state to project like this. in the governor's budget , he proposed another $1.5 billion for projects that create show that housing is climate solutions and that by bridging these two together we can solve some of our most pressing challenges and address the needs in a way that is meaningful and sustainable. so i guess my asked to you all is as more of these applicants and programs and partnerships for to be able to re-create what you have here and webring them here to show you how you've done it ? can we use this as a project show how you can do 100 percent electric, large projects, use san francisco in a way that meets all the needs of the community is what you've done your is game changing and it's something we can replicate acrossthe state . ireally appreciate being able to joinyou here today .
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thank you . >> afternoon. we're almost done. thank you very much. first let me talk briefly to some of the people. [speaking spanish] it is great to be here. you got not one buttwo members of the administration , meaning myself and we are here to demonstrate that for the state of california, this partnership is so important.
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this partnership with the city of san francisco who is doing a terrific job in prioritizing affordable housing. mayor, your administration has been fast in prioritizing affordable housing.the partnership with meda, chinatown tec and the state government. it's very important. and we have in sacramento historic investments at the moment in affordable housing. for the last couple of years we've been doing is we've been entering that we at first that we choose what the state priority is to create more affordable housing and then we harmonized those priorities across the dozens of multi family housingrental production programs that there are . and this project here exemplifies it, embodies so well those priorities. let me mention three. first deeply affordable. when i hear that the units will
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serve individuals and families that earn between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income that is essential. because housing for people with very low income is the housing that has been under produced most in the state of california for many years we have to ensure that housing that is deeply affordable, it costs more money but it's worth it. it's absolutely worth it. the second priority is fair housing. to ensure that we have inclusive projects, inclusive communities of opportunity and malcolm you and i don't agree on everything but i've been learning a lot from you when we know that we have to invest more affordable housing not just in the more affluent areas
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in the more well resourced areas because we know a lot of affordable housing in the state of california has been created in areas of concentrated poverty but it is just as important to continue to build affordable housing in stead of government in neighborhoods and communities where you protect and retain the cultural heritage .where people in good and bad times that were living through stick around and they want to stay in this community so fair housing is essential the third lynn explained so well. the connection between warehousing is being built and the ability to have a cleaner air. less pollution. that is a factor of where we build on the proximity to restaurants and the things that matter mostproximity . get them out of the car. walk to a job, to the school, to theplaces they need .
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this project is such a great example of the kinds of things the state government is prioritizing in a time where we havehistoric levels of investment . we need to maximize those resource andcontinued to create the housing . and with that let me bring to the stage the biggest champion ofaffordable housing in the city of sanfrancisco, arguably one of the biggest champions of affordable housing in california , mayor of london breed . [applause] >> first of all thank you gustavoand let me say this . don't tell the governor this but you are my favorite person insacramento . and he's my favorite person in sacramento because he understands why a project like
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this is so important to the people of san francisco and ha been very supportive of the work that we do . because it doestake a village. in fact , these projects that started as a supervisor ronen mentioned we've been a number of these groundbreaking's in the mission and these projects started when i was on the board of supervisors and you were working for the supervisor of this district and this community rallied and came together with data. also experience about what was happening specifically in the mission. i want to see change. wanted the city to invest and at that time mayor lee made a $50 million investment to begin the process of analyzing this district and looking for properties . this was a parking lot and other sites were in the places that we were able to purchase.
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and to work together to come up with the resources to make sure we made theinvestments . those resources involve money from the city that we couldn't do it alone and get itdone this past in bureaucratic years. we wouldn't be here right now . and the fact is we came together. we worked with thestate . we worked with the speaker of the house who was an important part of this project in particular and others in the mission . as of today, this is a 649 unit that we've been able to open in the mission community so far. with more to calm. and i wish it was a lot faster. but here's thething and what i remember when i started on the board of supervisors as well . there was a lot of push for more housing opportunities but
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what i remembered in the fillmore and what happened to the community i grew up with there is all this housing was built but we weren't always able to get into the housing was built in our community . that's why this community joins me in fighting for neighborhood preference. so that we can make sure that when we tell the community we're going to build housing that there's a real opportunity for the people who actually live here to have access to these units. that was so much more important to me than anything else. a commitment tothe community and because of that we have neighborhood preference with this project . we want to end youth homelessness and shirley adams is here and i'm so glad that we have used speaks that do extraordinary work for young people and our goal in the city is to do everything we can to end youthhomelessness so housing for transitional aged
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youth in this project as well this is a dream . this is what's possible when we come together. this is what's possible when we work hard to do extraordinary things. can youimagine being a kid , hanging out in this courtyard. and i don't know if kids still play hopscotch andjumping jacks and all that stuff weused to play. maybe video gamesbut they need to beoutside anyway . but playing in this courtyard , yelling up to the window, , i'm going to go to the park . heading up the store to the park to enjoy their neighborhoods and to grow up talking about these experiences . this is the dream. it's so much more than housing. it's a community. filled with community-based organizations who been doing extraordinary work.filled with meda and ccc who believe in affordable housing for
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people in san francisco of all ages. this is an extraordinary project and i'm so happy to be here today and so proud to represent the city in this way. now it's time to do what we've all been waitingfor even though everybody's already moved in . covid put us in this situation so we don't want to miss out on these milestones even though we couldn't stop people from moving in needed thesehousing units right now so here we are , ready to cut theribbon . are you ready? supervisor ronen are you ready? yes, let's do this!>> four, three, two,one . [cheering]
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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
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during world war ii. 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
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the chinese americans have been involved in united states 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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