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[gavel] >> the meeting will come to order. good morning. this is the june 29, 2022, budget and finance committee. i'm supervisor, hillary ronen, chair of the budget and finance committee. i'm joined by committee members,
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supervisor safai and supervisor mar will be here shortly. we're joined by chair >> supervisor mandelman: . our clerk is brent jalipa. i would like to thank sfgov tv. mr. clerk, do you have announcements? >> clerk: thank you, madam chair. for the record, member mar is currently online. so he's joining us remotely. >> chair ronen: okay. >> clerk: please make sure to silence all cell phones, hand electronic devices. board of supervisors and committees are convening hybrid meetings that allow in-person attendance and public comment by telephone. the board recognizes equitable public access is essential and taking public comment as follows. first public comment on the item of the agenda. those attending in-person will speak first. we will take those waiting on the telephone line. for those watching channels 26,
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6:03 pm it will be forwarded to the supervisors and included in official file. you may submit comments to city hall, 1 dr. carlton -- room 244 san francisco, ca, 94102. items enacted upon today are expected to appear on the board of supervisors' agenda of july 12th, unless otherwise stated. madam chair. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. could you please call item number one. >> clerk: item number 1, ordinance approving new 2022 transportation expenditure plan for the county transportation authority and submitting to the voters at an election to be held on november 8, 2022, amending the business and tax regulations code to continue in effect the existing local transactions and use tax at the existing rate of 0.5% for 30 years to fund transportation improvements under the 2022 transportation expenditure plan. increasing the transportation authority's appropriations limit
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by the amount checked under the transactions and use tax for four years from november 8, 2022, authorizing the transportation authority to issue limited tax bonds secured by transactions and use tax revenues. affirming the transportation authority's determination under the california environmental quality act and making findings of consistency with the general plan and the eight priority policies of planning code section 101.1. the members of the public joining us remotely and wish to comment on this ordinance, call 415-655-0001. the meeting i.d. is 24892610924. then press pound twice. once connected, press star 3 to enter the speaker line. madam chair. >> chair ronen: thank you so much. thank you for being here, chair mandelman. could you make opening remarks.
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>> supervisor mandelman: thank you, madam chair and members of the committee for making time for this wednesday morning after a very long monday. this item is an ordinance placed initiative on the november 2022 ballot to renew san francisco's transportation sales tax. this half cent sales tax has been in place since 1989 and renewed in 2003 as prop k with 75% voter approval. prop 8 currently brings in $100 million per year and primary source for long-term transportation funding, road repair, street safety improvements and paratransit service. in had march in our capacity as county transportation authority board, we unanimously approved updated expenditure plan that will guide the next generation of transportation investments in san francisco. with the prior expenditure plan managed by the transportation authority in 2003, the 2022 expenditure plan would not raise the tax rate but allow for
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extension of the current sales tax level upon approval of 2/3 of san francisco's voters. investments called for in the expenditure plan will support transit agency's recovery from the pandemic and delivery and reliable service for riders and enhance goals around street safety, vision zero climate action. and closing equity gaps. this plan increases share of sales tax dollars available for the downtown cal train extension, muni and investments and increases funding for paratransit service, essential lifeline support for seniors and people with disabilities during the pandemic through the essential trip program. in the coming years, we will have historic opportunity to leverage billions of dollars in new federal and state infrastructure funds. this spending plan sets us up to maximize those authorities. this revenue will be more critical now following the very
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narrow failure of prop a, the muni reliability and street safety bond earlier this month. i hope we can take the lesson from that result and cannot take the voters for granted. it's critical to build broad community support for these long-term investments if we want them to pass. fortunately, the measure today stands on a solid foundation, thanks to the great work of the more than two dozen community members who spent over six months as members of the expenditure plan advisory committee or epac. they included every district, neighborhood, advocates and civic interests. from transit paritys and departments for the desire use of funds, deliberated among themselves and with t.a. staff. in the end, arrived at a fair and realistic balance of our many pressing transportation priorities. i want to thank everyone who served, especially epec chair
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and vice chair for their hard work and thank maria lombardo, michelle obu and tilly chang at the t.a. for guiding that process. i see charlie labra here and friends in labor who participated in that process and have been already enormously helpful setting the foundation for a campaign for this measure. and thank jacob millib in my office. the expenditure plan was approved in april. thank you, chair ronen. now is time to take the next step putting the tax renewal on the ballot for this ordinance. thank you for your cosponsorship. i hope you could move this out of committee today to stay on track for the november election. i think that tilly chang is here remotely and would like to say a few words.
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and we have maria lombardo with the t.a., who i think has a brief presentation and could answer questions. thank you. >> thank you so much, chair, and good morning to thank you for your leadership in recognizing over a year ago, the importance of continuing our 30-year track record and the benefits of the transportation program, benefitting neighborhoods across the city with projects large and small. the city-wide projects are particularly important right now as we have historic opportunity for leverage, the infrastructure bill and state budget, which our chair mandelman referenced. i thank you for your leadership. which was led by your chief deputy maria lombardo to give a
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short preparation and available to answer questions. with that, i'll turn it to maria. >> good morning, maria lombardo, chief deputy of the transportation authority. let me pull up my slides. can you see my slides? yes. great. after those thorough introductions i will brief. three days after the committee set up by the board of supervisors would allow placement on the november ballot, allowing the extension of the existing half cent sales tax for 30 years to fund the new 2022 transportation expenditure
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plan. it would not increase sales tax rate but extend the duration and establish a new set of funding priorities. passage of the ordinance requires affirmative 2/3 majority vote. i have two quick slides for folks who may not be familiar with what the half cent sales tax has done. it's been in place since 1990 with the current expenditure plan in place since 2003. the expenditure plan tells voters how the sales tax is spent, who could receive funds, and how the program will be administered. a few examples of the types of things that the sales tax has helped deliver are shown on this slide. it ranges from helping the fmta to replace motor buses and light paratransit vehicles, funding for regional travel operators, with improved connections between bart and muni at the station. helped maintain and enhance cal train and including cal train
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electrification. and it's also a critical funding piece for muni paratransit operations for seniors and persons with disabilities. i've been talking about large projects and programs. but most of the sales tax goes to neighborhood-level projects, traffic signals, signs, street resurfacing. these programs shown on the slide that fund improvements in every corner of the city. many neighborhood-scale programs are focused on safety, accessibility, such as sidewalk repair, curb ramps and traffic calming. so why now? i'll do this quickly since our transportation authority chair mandelman said it so concisely. in the current expenditure plan, all of the major capital projects have been delivered under construction except for the downtown extension, which needs additional funding from this new expenditure plan. several of the ongoing programs that we have in the current measure are about to run out of
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funds. replenishing them by extending the sales tax allows us to continue the important project delivery work in retaining jobs and supports the city's economic recovery. a new plan also let's us add new things that we can fund to the measure, such as next generation of major transit capital project and roadway projects. and as the chair mentioned, the sales tax is critical in helping projects prepare themselves to be competitive for discretionary funds and provide needed matching funds. the sales tax over the years has been a powerful tool leveraging other dollars. with each dollar in sales tax funds on average bringing in $4 to $7 in other funds. i won't give this the justice it deserves time-wise, but i want to say there was extensive and varied outreach plan to support this effort that includes things ranging from town halls and surveys, to joining communities where they already were gathering to meet, plus additional strategies to make
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sure we reach folks who don't typically participate in outreach like this, including listening sessions of community-based organizations who work in equity priority communities, holding focus groups for mono lingual communities and epac. groups of folks were amazing. they spent time in meetings and outside of meetings. and despite their very different perspectives at times, they all came together and unanimously adopted the expenditure plan before you today. in the outreach themes, i won't read the slides, but i want to say as we went through all of this outreach feedback, there were themes that popped to the surface, for instance, improving transit, improving safety for bikes, motorists, all uses top pry art as well as equity at the forefront. there were differences that will
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come as no surprise. some areas of the city were more concerned about parking congestion, others about safety. that's why this expenditure plan has broad type of projects and significant funding for neighborhood-based planning so you can identify the priorities and improvements appropriate for each neighborhood. so what is in the plan? here it is. it will make states safer and smoother. help improve the reliability and safety and convenience of transit and paratransit, help improve congestion and improve air quality. this is my last slide. the most concise way to get you know what's in the expenditure plan. there are five large sort of buckets or categories in the program forecast to donate $2.6 billion in $2,020 over the next 30 years just from the sales tax. that's aside from the leveraging based on priority one, more conservative forecast. and more optimistic, we think reasonable priority 2 forecast.
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the percentages indicate the share of sales tax revenues that go to each categories. the details in the expenditure plan are in the agenda packet. those have further detail in the share of funding for each of the different programs. i'll highlight a few of the things on this chart, starting in the left-hand corner. the largest category is transit, maintenance and enhancements. it provides crucial maintenance and enhancement funding for muni, bart, caltrain, ferries, customer touching improvements such as station access and weigh finding and money to allow plan to go occur for the next generation of transit projects. this company a website rail project, northern extension of the central subway or express bus planning. the next largest category is major transit project, which includes things such as next generation of muni forward projects to improve reliability, muni and bart core capacity
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projects. these contain train control and power upgrades designed to improve capacity, frequency and reliability of systems and funding for the caltrain downtown extension. which is really a regional foundational project to bring rails to downtown san francisco on the base of the sales force transit center and set up possibility of a connection with additional trans feed tube. on the right side, streets and freeway category has lot in there about safety, for pedestrians, bikes, motorists. traffic signals and signs and seed money for planning for major street and freeway redesign projects. these are projects designed to help prepare some of the harms created by past major infrastructure projects. and will require significant amount of community planning and technical work. paratransit is the only piece of the program that is operating. it provides a key operating support to the paratransit program. as chair mandelman mentioned,
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higher than the current measure. last but not least, transportation demand -- sorry. transportation development and management is our smallest pot but has a lot of cost effective programs that encourage folks to take transit to reduce congestion and expands the transportation improvement programs to develop pipelines in neighborhood communities and mass funding to implement the recommendations from plans. and there are two other neat programs i want to mention. one is similar to the neighborhood program. the equity program is the same focusing on equity priority communities and city-wide equity studs and lastly, development oriented transportation program newly set up for development, such as many of the priority development programs recently designated on west and south parts of the city and may need additional planning.
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that's a lot of information. [chuckling] >> there's more on our website. i'm happy to answer questions, as well as our director tilly chang and our deputy director who is remotely. thank you, chair. >> chair ronen: thank you for the preparation. is there any questions? colleagues? no. can we open this item up for public comment. >> clerk: yes, madam chair. members of the public should line up now to speak. for those listening remotely, call 415-655-0001. enter the meeting i.d. of 24892610924. then press pound twice. once connected, press star 3 to enter the speaker line. for those in the cue, continue the wait until the system indicates you have been unmuted. that will be your cue to begin comments. yes, we have a speaker in chamber. go ahead and start and i'll start your time. >> good morning, chair ronen, supervisors. i want to thank you for your civic service. i'm charlie robbery, trustee and
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represent with the engineers noon and trustee with the building trades and on the executive board of san francisco labor council. i'm here this morning to he will it you san francisco labor and authority are united in support of this measure. it means thousands of jobs. it means millions of hours of union wages and benefits that are life blood of so many san francisco communities. but there's more than that. there's something for everybody. transit and transportation means equity. working class people getting to work, from their neighborhoods where the jobs are. it means housing. we can build housing around the transit hubs and out lying areas so people can get into the city to access the economic recovery we can all en -- we all enjoy. children, students getting to work. janitors, hotel and restaurant workers. child care workers, teachers,
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nurses, all being able to get to work faster. more conveniently. firefighters and peace officers able to respond faster. historically, labor have all united around measures like this, because it's the right thing to do for our city, for our workers, and benefits all of us. this measure means jobs, equity, climate change regulation -- [beep] >> assurance against the recession just like the trans bay transit center work and in the last recession, projects like bike paths, treasure island, caltrain station into bay view, construction of maintenance facilities, bart upgrades, muni upgrades and d.t.x. we enjoyed the first high speed rail project in the country.
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[beep] >> i rode -- it's time to take the lead in california -- >> thank you. >> thank you >> thank you for your comments. seeing no more -- okay. you should line up. >> what is the time limit? >> clerk: two minutes. >> distinguished members of the board, i'm larry marso, author of the opponent argument for proposition a. i was the leader in the organized proposition to proposition a along with colleagues in save muni, the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods, twin peaks central council, sharp and speak. we struck a blow for the san francisco taxpayers and future of responsible and sustainable public transportation in the city of san francisco. proposition k is not a post-pandemic plan. it is not a plan that takes into account the voters voting no on
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proposition a this is a plan that does not listen to the voters. in 2016, the voters of san francisco rejected a renewal of proposition k, very much like this quote-unquote renewal of proposition k. proposition k was authorized in 2003 for 30 years. we have heard this is another 30-year extension. notice it is not 2033. it is 2022. why are they extending this? in 2017, after the failure of 2016's proposition k renewal, san francisco went out and borrowed $250 million on future sales tax revenue... [beep] >> ignoring the will of the san francisco voters. and right now, 25% of sales tax revenue is devoted to paying off
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those bonds. the renewal of proposition k on the november ballot is about borrowing more money. this is financially irresponsible. and i call on the board to vote no. listen to voters of san francisco. craft a post-pandemic plan for muni... [beep] >> for san francisco county transportation authority -- >> >> clerk: thank you. >> thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. george wooding, san francisco land use coalition. this bond or tax will fail in november. just like the last tax failed. people are very unhappy on the
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west side with sfmta. my district, people look at precinct by precinct, you'll start to notice there used to be solidly for sfmta are no longer supporting sfmta. voting for less than 50%, which drives down the 2/3. so there are many reasons why this happens. for example, my neighborhood sfmta has about ruined it by going in and cutting twin peaks in half. after several promises, we're left with a crime-ridden, vandalized area that used to be pristine. that whole area is voting against sfmta and all the
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neighborhoods i used to be president of the coalition for san francisco neighborhoods, president of the west twin peaks central council, and i'm still president of the... [beep] >> homeowners association. all of these groups are fully prepared to not vote for this muni bond. i think the other thing -- i'm sure they've done a lot of outreach. no one has talked to me at all. and somebody should have. it's too late now. but you know, things are not going to go well. [beep] >> thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. seeing no other speakers in the chamber, mr. atkins, could you admit our first caller. >> can you hear me now? >> clerk: please begin.
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>> great. david pilltow. i join with the previous speakers, the -- i still believe in maintaining over enhancing and expanding. i don't think that bodes well for this sales tax measure in november. and encourage people to vote no on the tilly tax. the november 2022 electorate may be less liberal and less tax positive than june. there's no district attorney to save on the ballot. if people think sunset voters are unhappy, that's correct. forcing transfers at the l line at west portal won't help. further inaction on slow streets will annoy people on both sides. federal operating funds are drying up and ftma are squandering time and fiscal cliff looms large. i hear discussions are under way about ballot measures for operations at regional and local
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level in future years. i'm concerned about sb-917. i believe agencies can coordinate without any new state mandate which is another distraction. mta only saves money from the temporarily emergency transit lands if they remove running time from schedules, but they haven't. months ago, mta promised a rail service plan, which may discuss capital and service plans. passengers south of the channel on the t line, shouldn't have to transfer at 4th and king to the -- [beep] >> crossing platforms at 4th and king. that will be unsafe. bottom line, voters do not trust the mta. there should be no new money to the mta or other transportation purposes until there is real mta governance reform. it's unfortunate there's no charter amendment proposed for november to accomplish governance reform at mta.
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i encourage this put off until there's serious discussion to that end. thank you for listening. >> other callers in the cue? >> no further callers in the cue. >> mr. clerk, i apologize. we have one more that jumped in. >> clerk: very well. next speaker, please. >> the program to -- we have to do things right the first time. we've had to constantly refit of the cars with the sheeting, track brakes and operators camera. the central subway will involve costly delays. the 3rd streetlight is now subments by the 15 bus substitution. and also, extension of the central subway to fisherman's wharf is really a real estate development project, filling in the gary underpass is questionable use of fund. not everyone is capable of riding a bicycle.
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however noble of the labor way project, connecting the neighborhoods is creation of an additional slow streets, which is not necessarily acceptable. also, the federal deficit increased and believing we can get historical matching funds is questionable. also, the planting of trees should be a separate proposition and not part of the transportation taxing. thank you. >> clerk: thanks so much for your comments. mr. atkins, next speaker, please. >> hello, operating engineers local 3. i would like to reiterate comments from earlier regarding supporting the passage of this measure. and get ting on the november ballot. passing this measure will make
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san francisco competitive for federal matching funds for our transit. as a life-long san fransican, i grew up on muni and didn't need to get a driver's license until i was in my 20s because of the excellent state of our travel system. passing this measure will make muni and san francisco transit competitive into the next century so children could be the same thing. i urge the board to pass this measure. and get it on the ballot so we can pass measure k in the fall. thank you. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. mr. atkins, anymore speakers in the cue? >> mr. clerk, no further callers in the cue. >> clerk: thank you much. >> chair ronen: public comment is now closed. [gavel] >> chair ronen: before i turn
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it back to supervisor mandelman, i want to thank the transportation authority staff. i hear public comments. we could do a better job to do better outreach and consult with all of not only our constituents but constituents that play a leadership role in the community. i acknowledge that. but i am a very proud cosponsor of this measure. i will certainly do everything in my power to make it pass. the bottom line is our transit system is in crisis, and it's not just our transit system in san francisco. this is not the fault of muni or muni staff. this is the problem that exists everywhere in this country, because covid shut down public transportation, and we haven't been able to get the ridership back since covid started. if we are to have any chance of
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maintaining an environment that human beings could live in -- and i sadly say that in all seriousness. we have got to have a robust public transportation system that gets us out of our cars. that stops us from emitting those toxic pollutants that are driving climate change. there's just no other option. and to no fault of our own -- and i say that in seriousness. of course we could improve. of course muni could improve. but the true crisis in public transportation today is not because cities aren't doing everything we could do to make our system better. it's because of an international pandemic that set us back decades. this ballot measure is not only
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crucial to making sure that we continue to bring back a world class public transportation system in san francisco. it's crucial to fight back against climate change and to preserve a planet that we can all live in. so i want to thank the chair of our transportation authority and supervisor mandelman for all of your leadership and work on this. this board of supervisors and the mayor's office are united. we are going to campaign hard to pass this. and my message to voters is: we don't have another option. this is it, so we need you to support this. thank you. now, supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you for those strong words of support, madam chair. i want to apologize for not reaching out to george. and i will happily come and talk to the many member organizations as they're willing to have me
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and yell at me about the failures of the city in various respects. i do think this is an important measure. i think it's important to get it done this year for a couple of reasons. one, is just to set the record a little bit straight. this is not 2016. this is not an increase in the sales tax. which was what was contemplated in 2016. this is the maintenance of an existing sales tax. and really, the approval of a new expenditure plan. now, there are things in the expenditure plan that folks don't like. we can talk about that. but it was the result of unlike the process that led to the muni bond, this was a participatory process with open meetings and lots of people from various different communities and various different transit agencies making their case. i think it's quite different from the way the muni bond went onto the ballot. this is not a measure for the mta or any particular leadership or set of decision makers at the mta. this is for any transit that
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comes through san francisco, including caltrain, bart, the ferry system, and including many things within the mta even our friends on the west side would agree are very necessary. roads, bridges, buses, trains. now, there may be -- again, i'm happy to have the conversation about the areas where san fransiscans disagree. i hope we get to the point san fransiscans can rally behind this. the reason i think we should do it this year is we don't know how much biden runway we have. i hope we have six years of biden runway. or ten years or 14 years of democratic leadership. i think democracy depends on it. but as the chair, i'm less concerned about democracy and more concerned drawing down
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billions of dollars of money when other jurisdictions around the country are doing that. i know of particular projects we cannot do that. downtown extension is one. there are others where if we're going to get our applications in and be sure to get the decision made while biden is the president, we need to get it in next year. and to do that, we need to have the money to put forward. so i hope that this is the start of a conversation rather than the end of a conversation. i'm -- i'm -- i would be honored if folks want to continue it. and i want to thank the chair for her support and my colleagues for their support and clearly, we have a steep climb ahead. but i'm hoping we can make this something that there will be many fights on the ballot in november in many ways with san fransiscans who disagree with each other. i am hoping we can come together and agree around this. so thank you. >> chair ronen: thank you, supervisor mandelman. with that, i would like to make
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a motion to continue -- we have to continue it for a week? >> clerk: no madam chair, we can forward to the full board for recommendation. >> chair ronen: i would like to make a motion to send this item to the full board with positive recommendation. can i have a roll-call vote. yeah, roll-call vote. >> clerk: on that motion to forward the ordinance to the full board for positive recommendation. safai absent. [roll-call vote] >> clerk: we have two ayes with safai absent. >> chair ronen: that passes unanimously. are there any other items on the agenda? >> clerk: madam chair, that
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concludes our business. >> chair ronen: the meeting is now
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>> i moved into my wonderful, beautiful, affordable housing march 7th. i have lived in san francisco since i was two-years-old. i've lived in hunters view for 23 to 24 years now. my name is vlady. i use titus and i am the
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resident commissioner for the san francisco housing facility. from the very beginning, this whole transition of public housing and affordable housing was a good idea. but many, many residents didn't think it would ever actually happen. it's been a life changing experience. and i'm truly grateful for the whole initiative and all those that work on the whole sf initiative. they've done a wonderful job accommodating the residents, who for many years have lived in delap tated housing. now they have quality housing. i was on a street where the living room and the kitchen and stairs. it wasn't large enough to accommodate. the children are grown. i had the accomplish of having a
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dishwasher in my home. i really like that. [laughter] i really like not having to wash dishes by hand. we still do it from time to time. the mayor's office has been a real friend to us, a partner. we know that our city supports us. i love san francisco. just to be able to stay in my community and continue to help the residents who live here and continue to see my neighborhoods move into new housing, it's been a real joy. it's been a real joy.
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>> [inaudible] i'm a illustrator by day and a [inaudible] composition teacher. right now i'm practice by transscribing [inaudible] that is what i have been doing the past couple years, teaching myself. california college of the arts, illustration there has really great teachers. robert hunt, vance story taught me a lot. what i'm working on is a portfolio [inaudible] riding a donkey unicorn in the process. >> my name is dawn richardson and musician, drummer and drum teacher. i guess i would say i started my
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professional path quh i started playing in bands and teaching drum lesson when i was in college. they were definitely not that many women that would do what is doing. in 198 8 i graduated from cal state los ang and studied mostly classical percussion and music education but at the same time i was in hollywood so played at night in rock bands so was doing two different things. >> the reason i'm [inaudible] the people. there is a extremely vibrant art community especially arounds the red poppy art house [inaudible] as a artist in the past 2 or 3 years there is a event called the [inaudible] every 3 months a free art music festival that
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i usually play at and just met so many people. >> i was teaching a little bit and doing odd jobs like waitressing and going at night and playing in bands and meeting a lot of people. i chss in ban that had cool break jz get parts on tv shows or things like that. a friend of mine, we had mutual friends that got signed to a record deal in san francisco called 4 nonblaunds and i addition frd the bands and moved to the bay area. i think things are different now than 30 years ago, the world evolved a lot. it could be a challenge but have to know how to negotiate everything and sometimeatize is [inaudible] it was great to get to a point where i was just treated like another one of the people, a
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musician not a female musician and that is always what [inaudible] >> you don't hear stuff on the radio [inaudible] i need to write music [inaudible] be more conscious in their decisions and somehow make that poetic so they will be convinced. i think i will do that. [singing in backgrounds] drawing and writing music since i was a really little kid and fortunate enough to have a good education in art and parentss who supported me. i hope my life will continue to allow me to do both. >> for me now having all male, female girls, boys students it shows the world has changed a lot and people areope toon open to a lot more than
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they were in the past. you can get a deep satisfaction from responding a lot of year practicing in one thing and becoming really good at something. sometimes i think that it is better to get lost. you have to practice and become good at what you do, so if you have everything together then go out in the world and do what you do and then i think people weal accept that. welcome to the bridge to excellence scholarship awards ceremony. please, give it up. what a beautiful day we've been
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blessed with. it's warm. it's sunny. and we're going to give out some amazing awards to some tremendously talented and perseverance students. the bridge to excellence scholarship is awarded to seniors who are highly dedicated to their academic success. the award is giving to students so they can overcome the financial barriers that come along with attending a four-year university. and so today, i would like to introduce mayor breed. i would just like to say a couple words about mayor breed. she was born and raised in plaza east public housing by her grandmother. fast forward to 2018, she was
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elected to be the first african american woman to serve as mayor of san francisco. in 2019, she was re-elected and her and her administration have worked very hard and tirelessly to focus on some of the most crucial issues in san francisco including homelessness, public housing, workforce development, and, of course, covid-19 recovery. we all remember 2020 and we want to thank mayor london breed for taking a leadership role in recovery. the vaccination point was very scary times. but she set up many vaccination sites all around the city. and, today, over 89% of
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eligible residents are vaccinated, so let's give it up for that. not only did she help the public health, but she also helped the businesses, the small businesses recover. she gave over $65 million in grants and loans to 3,000 small businesses around san francisco. since 2020, she's been working on a homeless recovery act where over 6,000 units are being created as we speak to help house unhoused individuals. i can go on and on about mayor breed. she was the executive director of the african american art and
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culture complex for over seven years and it just goes to show how much effort and how much she cares about the youth in san francisco and that's why she created this scholarship in 2019 to help youth overcome the hardships and barriers that come along with attending college. these students have maintained a very high gpa. they have overcome some of the toughest situations of being a young person in san francisco and these students have been dedicated to going to a four-year university and being one of the first people in their family to go to university. so let's give it up for them. once again, i would like to introduce one of my personal
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heroes, mayor london breed. all right. how are you doing? >> good morning. come on. the first thing i'm going to say is obviously i'm not mayor london breed. so we got that out the way. my name is murell green. my name is dr. murell green. i am the newly appointed board of trustee for city college of san francisco by mayor london breed. and she asked me to come here this morning, today to express a couple words to the scholarship recipients. first of all, i'd like everybody to clap for our scholarship recipients and i think you can do a little better than that. please.
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there you go. secondly, it wasn't too long ago, well, actually it was that i was sitting in your place. a product of the san francisco unified school district, george washington high school off going to clark atlanta university and received a scholarship from various organizations. now, let me tell you what that did for me. if it wasn't for those scholarships, i would have been able to afford to go to the college of my choice. someone somewhere believed in me. and, so this is what i did while i was in college. so this is the first lesson for the recipients. college is a time where you're going to have options some good, some bad. you're going to have to make
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decisions. whatever you do, remember who was that invested in me to get here and i have to make them proud. i have to follow through with what was delivered to me. as you think about the scholarships, it's more than money. it's a privilege. and i want you guys to take advantage of that privilege as you go on to your universities. i've looked over the list of outstanding universities. we have the cal state university system. university of california system. one of my favorites historically black colleges and universities. but, congratulations to all of you. but remember there's somebody somewhere that's invested in you whether you know them or whether you don't know them. none of you know me. i'm invested in your future. there are people here today that are invested in your future and there are people who are not here that are invested in your future. so go forth, do well.
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we are so proud of you. thank you. [applause] and, with that, i will introduce the mayor of the city and county of san francisco, the honorable mayor london breed. [applause] >> i'm so -- testing, one. two. i'm so really excited to be here with all of you today. i know it's been a long journey to get here and i want to thank murell for joining us and murell and i are still friends despite the fact i want to gal and he went to wash. are those rivalries still going on? kind of. a lost generation back in the day. anyway, i am really excited to be here because i started this program when i first became mayor. and i started it along with
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opportunities for all where young people can access to a paid internship and also folks who are first in their families to go to college can have access to a scholarship. and i've got to tell you, you know, i'm the mayor here of san francisco today because i had people who believed in me because i had support and even though i had a lot of challenges growing up, i'm here. and i was able to attend college. and so when i started this scholarship fund, i wanted it to be something that really focused on kids who kind of grew up through similar challenges like i did. because i will tell you that people who i grew up with, are they didn't in some cases make it. sadly, they've ended up on drugs. they've ended up in jail.
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they've ended up dead. and, i remember going to more funerals as a teenager than i can even count and thinking to myself what can change? what can we do to make a difference? and i remember being in college and getting the phone calls of people that i loved and i care about who we had lost. there was a lot of pain and a lot of suffering to the point where i felt like i wanted to give up. i didn't always have all the financial resources i needed. my grandmother who raised me in public housing, she didn't have the money to help. she did what she could. every now and then she'll send me a card in the mail with $20 and say stay focused and do good and $20 was a lot. and, what i am so excited about today is with my story knowing that regardless of my
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circumstances that i could be here with you all today and be in a position as mayor and to tell you directly if someone like me can grow up in the most challenging of circumstances, then you all can grow up in the most challenging of circumstances and you can still overcome that and you can still succeed in life. and, i don't want you to tell anyone -- i don't want anyone to tell you what you can't do because the fact that you were able to maintain a high grade point average. the fact that you were able to graduate from high school. the fact that you were able to focus on applying to major universities in this country. and the fact that all of you, each and every one of you has a story that probably most people
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wouldn't even believe that you've gone through these extraordinary obstacles to be here today. and so i wanted you to know how important you are. how hard it was to make a decision to receive this scholarship. more importantly, this is really about making sure that money is not a barrier to your success. and that's what it means to make sure that we provide scholarships, that we provide resources, that we provide support. and, today, i have a special surprise. yes, you're still getting your scholarships, but you're also getting something real special because i also think what you see is what you know you can be. the reason why i brought all these special people here today is because i want you to see yourself in them. i want you to know that there are people who have experienced the same challenges you have experienced and have become
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successful in life. so today i have a very special guest. this person grew up in san francisco just like all of you. he graduated from lowell high school. he participated in various programs including project level where he received a stipend because of the opportunities for all the programses. all these great things and he went on to be this multi-platinum artist with 1.6 million, you know that stuff on spotify, streams. thank you. ya'll know i'm old. but here's the special thing about him, he continues to give back to the community. and so ladies and gentlemen, i
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want to platinum recording artist 24k golden. where's the walk-up song? ♪ oh, baby you you got what i need, but you say i'm just a friend ♪♪ ♪ oh, baby you, you got what i need ♪♪ >> so let me just say, i wanted to invite him here because not only did he participate in some wonderful programs in san francisco, he's really a star. he's performed on the grammy's. he performeded here at what was that concert here?
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yeah. outside land in front of thousands of people, but he's not just a talented singer and recording artist. he worked so hard to perfect his craft. ment he worked so hard to do everything it is that he's doing and because of his hard work, he's a success and he's right here from the city and county of san francisco. so you should be proud. so i wanted to do something special and i asked him to come talk to all of you and he said yes without hesitation. he gets paid a lot of money to show up. so when we asked him to come and talk to all of you about his experiences he said without hesitation, yes. but i wanted to do something special for him because he's been doing a number of things. he has not forgotten where he came from. when he had an opportunity to give to any charity he wanted, someone else's money, he chose
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project level and i see big rich in the back. thank you for having here. big rich works with project level who works with young people through a number of things, not just using their talents, but their skills and choreography and graphic arts and all these things that you all do and he chose this organization to not only give back, but he continues to be actively engaged in the community in some capacity. he knows that it's meaningful to ensure that regardless of your success and how successful you become in life, it's so important that you give back and you provide opportunities to other people. so he's here to talk to you today, but before he does, i wanted to do something special to welcome him back home with all of his success to give him something that i hope would be beneficial, something he can be privileged and honor to carry around the world. today on behalf of the city and
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county of san francisco, we're going to officially declare it 24k golden day in san francisco. >> thank you so much. oh, my god. yo, can ya'll hear me all right? i'm a little more familiar with this one. first of all, thank you so much, mayor breed. i didn't know that this was going to be happening coming in today. this is a huge surprise and i just want to say that this city made me who i am today. you know, it wasn't so long that i was in all your guys' position right there applying for college, trying to get scholarships and i know how crazy it is to grow up in this city, how beautiful it is, how special it is to all of us and even though you've put in a lot of work in the last 12, 13
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years in the public school system, that's just the beginning. what ya'll are about to do now, that's the real beginning of your story. that's the real first step. so wherever you're going next whether it's college, university, community college, just make sure that next step is a stride and sorry to my mom because she probably wanted to be here to see this happen but i forgot to tell her. so my bad. congratulations to all the talented scholars for your excellence that you demonstrated. >> let's make some noise for 24k golden. 24k golden day. right on, bro. so i'd like to just say that this is a very special moment for our young people right now.
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and i just want to say give yourself a round of applause once again, please. i'll be mcing and i'll be awarding, not awarding, but i will be telling the young folks to come up here. but before we do all that, are i'd like to introduce a special guest. mike hill gregory. someone who i think is just an amazing person. i just have a few remarks to say about mikel. i've known him since i think he was a freshman in high school and he's always been such a hard worker, great leader and just a dedicated and motivated individual. i'm very praud of him. he went to u.s.f. getting his b.a. in communications, kept it going. he got his miner in african american studies and was on the
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pre-med track to go to columbia. he's getting his medical degree at columbia university. he's striving to help folks that are not usually comfortable going to the medical office or comfortable with doctors. he wants to change that. he wants to intersect communication and medicine. he's super interested in medicine and that's what keeps him going. that's what keeps him motivated. mikel, i'm really proud of you and i would just like to say, you're going to do great things and i know it and i've seen it from the very beginning. so please come up here. mikel is so happy that his family, spiritual parents, his parents have all come to support him and it takes a
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village and that village. yes, sir. thank you so much. >> give another round of applause for nico. i'm from a baptist church. so i like call and response. amen? amen? thank you. i am a village project. my name is mikel gregory. i am a village project. that means 100% college prep. that means more magic. that means collective impact. opportunities for all. college track, seo scholars, the list goes on. i can definitely acknowledge i'm not where i am right now by my own merit without my parents and my community, it would not be possible. again, good morning. ya'll playing. i'm call and response. good morning. there we go. my name is mikel gregory. and i'm the first in my family to attend college and now a proud graduate of the
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university of san francisco. yes, sir, clap it up. where i majored in communication studies and biology on the premedical track. i know that was a mouthful. but each of those identities and i'm talking to you 15 and those accolades were so pittal to my success up until this very moment. i know this time is many speeches and overdone messages so i'm not going to stand before you here long. i want to recognize as a peer, as a peer graduate who stood in your shoes a little over four years ago, i know those emotions that you are currently feeling. excitement about the new journey ahead. anxiety over how you're going to pay for it. nervousness as to how it will work out and lastly, fear on whether or not you should be the one that's chosen or if you're capable of doing the work. let me be the first to say although i understand, i know you can do it. if i can do it, that if the individuals sitting here with degrees can do it, then by
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golly, you can too. and not to mention, you have us here to support you as well. i'm going to leave you with three critical aspects to success. if you remember anything from my words that i've given you, i want you to remember this, own your story. your full authentic self is needed in that classroom, at that university. don't filter it. don't hide it or for the fame. don't filter it, don't hide it, the real you because of shame. stand proud of your story even the painful elements because it was the accumulation of that story that brought you to this very place. it's not about where you start, but about where you're going. and, fail forward. and what i mean by that is i always like to tell people their story about me in my biology class and how i failed two tests and how i was asked to leave the major. but trust yourself and your journey enough that even in the times of perceived failure, you can still make it.
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if i didn't grow to believe that the valleys in my life were necessary to my development, i wouldn't be preparing to attend columbia university in the fall. and, finally, remember to give back and share gratitude about what you've learned. to let people -- to let the people know who've poured into you thank you. the teachers, the relatives, the mentors, the friends. they were individuals that poured into you on nights you didn't want to pour into yourself. so be careful enough to offer your deepest appreciation and thanks on this day and forever more. i promise you it will go a long way. but also, your words of wisdom and expertise being shared to the generations coming after you is almost required at this point. because after all, the more you know, the more you owe. again, i'm going to say that for you one more time. the more you know the more you owe. it's not stopping with you.
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thank you, congratulations bridge of excellence scholars. i wish you the best. please use me as a resource in the future. [applause] >> okay. let's give it up for mikel one more time. please. [applause] so i would like to bring up mayor breed to issue the certificates and i will be announcing the names. students will be coming up. d.j. carlos will be playing their song. >> i'm going to ask some special guests to join me to issue the certificates. first of all, 24k golden, he's going to issue you your certificates. so he's going to be joining me as well as the president of the board of education, jenny lam. and then there's also a member
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of the board of education who's here, ann chiu. and finally the people who will make magic happen for students shgts the director of the department of children, youth, and families, maria sue and the human rights director cheryl davis. and, last but not least, when we're done issuing the certificates, we're going to take a group photo and then you all can also take your blow-up photographs with you. something you can walk away with. all right. let's get started. you're going to use that microphone. >> yeah. sure. okay. our first recipient of the
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bridge to excellence scholarship is ayindi hamilton. [applause] [♪♪] ayindi attended mission high school. graduating from mission high school and is going to u.c. berkeley. [♪♪] next, we would like to introduce amy woo who graduated from galleleo high school.
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next, we would like to introduce chris yang. he graduated from lincoln high school and is attending the university of california berkeley. [♪♪] >> next, we would like to introduce diani dillard who graduated from soto high school and is attending [ indiscernible ] [♪♪]
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. >> next up is hayley. [♪♪] >> please make some noise for jayden degree who's graduating from miss high school and is attending u.c. davis. [♪♪]
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>> please make some noise for jasmine bailey. [♪♪] >> jasmine is graduating from galileo. she's attending san jose state university. [♪♪] >> index is joanna lam. [♪♪] >> jasmine is graduating lowell
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high school. and she will be attending u.c. berkeley. [♪♪] >> let's give it up for john huwin. [♪♪] >> john has graduated from balboa high school. john will be attending u.s.c. [♪♪]
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>> johnny linn, come on up here. johnny graduated from george washington high school. [♪♪] >> now he's attending u.c. berkeley. [♪♪] >> folks, make some noise for jordan nicholson smith.
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jordan has graduated from mission. he will be attending southern university. [♪♪] >> please welcome constance ford. constance has just graduated from lincoln high school and she'll be attending cal state los angeles.
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[♪♪] >> give it up for shayla dubose. shayla has also graduated from lincoln high school and she will also be attending cal state los angeles. [♪♪] >> please, give some applause to vanessa perez. [♪♪] >> vanessa has just graduated from gateway high school.
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she will be attending colorado college. [♪♪] >> and, last but certainly not least, let's give it up for wynona [ indiscernible ] [♪♪] >> wynona just graduated from burton high school. she will be attending san francisco state university. [♪♪] congratulations, wynona. [♪♪]
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>> all right. let's give it up for the class of 2022! [cheers and applause]
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>> hello, i am with the san francisco parks department serious we are featuring some wonderful locations in your and very own backyard. this is your chance to find your heart in san francisco with someone special. we are here at the lovely and
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historic palace of fine arts, located in the bustling marina district. originally built for the 1950's exposition, the palace is situated along san francisco's waterfront. it is ada accessible and is reached by the 28, 30, and 91 bus lines. with its rotunda, columns, uncut the reflecting waters against the eucalyptus trees, it is one of the most romantic settings for special dates, and memorable proposals. it is also a perfect spot where you can relax with that special someone while listening to the water and fountain in the lagoon. beautiful to view from many locations, and inside is an ideal place to walk around with your loved ones. the palace is the most popular
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wedding location in the city park system. reservations for weddings and other events are available at shakespeares' guard and refers -- has plants referred to in shakespeare's plays and poems. located near the museum and the california academy of sciences, shakespeares garden was designed in 1928 by the california spring blossom association. flowers and plants played an important part in shakespeares literary masterpieces. here is an enchanting and tranquil garden tucked away along a path behind a charming gate. this garden is the spot to woo your date.
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appreciate the beauty of its unique setting. the cherry tree, the brick walkways, the enchanting stones, the rustic sundial. chaired the bards'w ro -- share the bard's words. the garden is a gem to share with someone special. pack a picnic, find a bench, enjoy the sunshine and let the whimsical words of william shakespeare float you and your loved one away. this is one of the most popular wedding locations and is available for reservations. shakespeares garden is ada accessible. this park is located at the bottom of a hill. it is a secret garden with an
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infinite and captivating appeal. carefully tucked away, one block from the bottom of lombard street, it makes the top of our list for the most intimate picnic settings. avoid all tourist cars and parking hassles by hopping on the cable car. or the 30, 45, 41, or 91 bus. this garden was designed by a the landscape architect thomas church in 19 to -- 1957. grow old with me, the best is yet to be is inscribed at this gem of a park. a lush oasis anchored by gazebosanchoreddekcs, -- gazebos, anchored by decks. this is the place to tell your
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family the love you share. reservations are available for this hidden gem. i am jamie hopper. until next time, don't forget to get out and play. for more information about reserving one of these romantic locations, or any other location, call 831-5500. this number is best for special events, weddings, picnics, and the county fair building. for any athletic fields and neighborhood parks, 831-5510. you can also write us. 501 san francisco, calif. 94117. or just walk in and say hello. and of course you can find more
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information and reach us at >> there's a new holiday shopping tradition, and shop and dine in the 49 is inviting everyone to join and buy black friday. now more than ever, ever dollar that you spend locally supports small businesses and helps entrepreneurs and the community to thrive. this holiday season and year-round, make your dollar matter and buy black.
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>> i'm rebecca and i'm a violinist and violin teacher. i was born here in san francisco to a family of cellists, professional cellists, so i grew up surrounded by a bunch of musical rehearsals an lessons. all types of activities happened in my house. i began playing piano when i was 4. i really enjoyed musical activities in general. so when i was 10, i began studying violin in san francisco. and from there, i pretty much never stopped and went on to study in college as well. that's the only thing i've ever known is to have music playing all the time, whether it is someone actually playing next to you or someone listening to a
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recording. i think that i actually originally wanted to play flute and we didn't have a flute. it's always been a way of life. i didn't know that it could be any other way. >> could you give me an e over here. great. when you teach and you're seeing a student who has a problem, you have to think on your feet to solve that problem. and that same kind of of thinking that you do to fix it applies to your own practice as well. so if i'm teaching a student and they are having a hard time getting a certain note, they can't find the right note. and i have to think of a digestible way to explain it to them. ee, d, d, e. >> yes. then, when i go on to do my own
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practice for a performance, those words are echoing back in my head. okay. why am i missing this? i just told somebody that they needed to do this. maybe i should try the same thing. i feel a lot of pressure when i'm teaching young kids. you might think that there is less pressure if they are going on to study music or in college that it is more relaxing. i actually find that the opposite is true. if i know i'm sending a high school student to some great music program, they're going to get so much more instruction. what i have told them is only the beginning. if i am teaching a student who i know is going to completely change gears when they go to college and they never will pick up a violin again there is so much that i need to tell them. in plain violin, it is so difficult. there is so much more information to give. every day i think, oh, my gosh. i haven't gotten to this technique or we haven't studies
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they meese and they have so much more to do. we only have 45 minutes a week. i have taught a few students in some capacity who has gone on to study music. that feels anaysing. >> it is incredible to watch how they grow. somebody can make amazing project from you know, age 15 to 17 if they put their mind to it. >> i think i have 18 students now. these more than i've had in the past. i'm hoping to build up more of a studio. there will be a pee ono, lots of bookshelves and lots of great music. the students will come to my house and take their lessons there. my schedule changes a lot on a day-to-day basis and that kind of keeps it exciting. think that music is just my
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favorite thing that there is, whether it's listening to it or playing it or teaching it. all that really matters to me is that i'm surrounded by the sounds, so i'm going top keep doing what i'm doing to keep my life in that direction. >> i love teaching. it is such an exhilarating
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experience when people began to feel their own creativity. >> this really is a place where all people can come and take a class and fill part of the community. this is very enriching as an artist. a lot of folks take these classes and take their digital imagery and turn it into negatives. >> there are not many black and white darkrooms available anymore. that is a really big draw. >> this is a signature piece. this is the bill largest darkroom in the u.s.. >> there are a lot of people that want to get into that dark room. >> i think it is the heart of this place. you feel it when you come in. >> the people who just started
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taking pictures, so this is really an intersection for many generations of photographers and this is a great place to learn because if you need people from different areas and also everyone who works here is working in photography. >> we get to build the community here. this is different. first of all, this is a great location. it is in a less-populated area.
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>> of lot of people come here just so that they can participate in this program. it is a great opportunity for people who have a little bit of photographic experience. the people have a lot, they can really come together and share a love and a passion. >> we offer everything from traditional black and white darkrooms to learning how to process your first roll of film. we offer classes and workshops in digital camera, digital printing. we offer classes basically in the shooting, ton the town at night, treasure island. there is a way for the programs exploring everyone who would like to spend the day on this
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program. >> hello, my name is jennifer. >> my name is simone. we are going on a field trip to take pictures up the hill. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. >> actually, i have been here a lot. i have never looked closely enough to see everything. now, i get to take pictures. >> we want to try to get them to be more creative with it. we let them to be free with them but at the same time, we give them a little bit of direction. >> you can focus in here. >> that was cool.
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>> if you see that? >> behind the city, behind the houses, behind those hills. the see any more hills? >> these kids are wonderful. they get to explore, they get to see different things. >> we let them explore a little bit. they get their best. if their parents ever ask, we can learn -- they can say that they learned about the depth of field or the rule of thirds or that the shadows can give a good contrast. some of the things they come up with are fantastic. that is what we're trying to encourage. these kids can bring up the
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creativity and also the love for photography. >> a lot of people come into my classes and they don't feel like they really are creative and through the process of working and showing them and giving them some tips and ideas. >> this is kind of the best kept secret. you should come on and take a class. we have orientations on most saturdays. this is a really wonderful location and is the real jewel to the community. >> ready to develop your photography skills? the harvey milk photo center focuses on adult classes. and saturday workshops expose youth and adults to photography classes.
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women's network for a sustainable future . >> san francisco streets and puffs make up 25 percent of cities e city's land area more than all the parks combined they're far two wide and have large flight area the pavement to parks is to test the variants by ininexpensive changing did new open spaces the city made up of streets in you think about the potential of having this space for a purpose it is demands for the best for bikes and families to gather. >> through a collaborative effort with the department we the public works and the
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municipal transportation agency pavement to parks is bringing initiative ideas to our streets. >> so the face of the street is the core of our program we have in the public right-of-way meaning streets that can have areas perpetrated for something else. >> i'm here with john francis pavement to parks manager and this parklet on van ness street first of all, what is a parklet and part of pavement to parks program basically an expense of the walk in a public realm for people to hang anti nor a urban acceptable space for people to use. >> parklets sponsors have to apply to be considered for the program but they come to us you know saying we want to do this and create a new space on our street it is a community driven
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program. >> the program goes beyond just parklets vacant lots and other spaces are converted we're here at playland on 43 this is place is cool with loots things to do and plenty of space to play so we came up with that idea to revitalizations this underutilized yard by going to the community and what they said want to see here we saw that everybody wants to see everything to we want this to be a space for everyone. >> yeah. >> we partnered with the pavement to parks program and so we had the contract for building 236 blot community garden it start with a lot of jacuzzi hammers and bulldozer and now
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the point we're planting trees and flowers we have basketball courts there is so much to do here. >> there's a very full program that they simply joy that and meet the community and friends and about be about the lighter side of city people are more engaged not just the customers. >> with the help of community pavement to parks is reimagining the potential of our student streets if you want more information visit them as the pavement to parks or contact pavement to parks at
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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 able to provide it, so we've been successful in going to the
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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. >> i have kids at home.
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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 just really glad to be
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>> by the time the last show came, i was like whoa, whoa, whoa. i came in kicking and screaming and left out dancing. [♪♪♪] >> hello, friends. i'm the deputy superintendent of instruction at san francisco unified school district, but you can call me miss vickie. what you see over the next hour has been created and planned by our san francisco teachers for our students. >> our premise came about for
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san francisco families that didn't have access to technology, and that's primarily children preschool to second grade. >> when we started doing this distance learning, everything was geared for third grade and up, and we work with the little once, and it's like how were they still processing the information? how were they supposed to keep learning? >> i thought about reaching the student who didn't have internet, who didn't have computers, and i wanted them to be able to see me on the t.v. and at least get some connection with my kids that way. >> thank you, friends. see you next time. >> hi, friend. >> today's tuesday, april 28, 2020. it's me, teacher sharon, and
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i'm back again. >> i got an e-mail saying that i had an opportunity to be on a show. i'm, like, what? >> i actually got an e-mail from the early education department, saying they were saying of doing a t.v. show, and i was selected to be one of the people on it, if i was interested. i was scared, nervous. i don't like public speaking and all the above. but it worked out. >> talk into a camera, waiting for a response, pretending that oh, yeah, i hear you, it's so very weird. i'm used to having a classroom with 17 students sitting in front of me, where they're all moving around and having to
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have them, like, oh, sit down, oh, can you hear them? let's listen. >> hi guys. >> i kind of have stage flight when i'm on t.v. because i'm normally quiet? >> she's never quiet. >> no, i'm not quiet. >> my sister was, like, i saw you on t.v. my teacher was, i saw you on youtube. it was exciting, how the community started watching. >> it was a lot of fun. it also pushed me outside of my comfort zone, having to make my own visuals and lesson plans so quickly that ended up being a lot of fun. >> i want to end today with a thank you. thank you for spending time with us. it was a great pleasure, and
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see you all in the fall. >> i'm so happy to see you today. today is the last day of the school year, yea! >> it really helped me in my teaching. i'm excited to go back teaching my kids, yeah. >> we received a lot of amazing feedback from kiddos, who have seen their own personal teacher on television. >> when we would watch as a family, my younger son, kai, especially during the filipino episodes, like, wow, like, i'm proud to be a filipino. >> being able to connect with someone they know on television has been really, really powerful for them. and as a mom, i can tell you that's so important. the social confidence
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development of our early learners. [♪♪♪] >> okay, good afternoon and welcome to the san francisco planning commission killer hearing for thursday, june 23, 2022. in person and remote hybrid hearings will