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>> good morning, everybody. >> good morning. glad to see you her. welcome to her majesty and the mayor and the ministers joining us today and everybody joining us today. i'm alicia belligerent star and the president and ceo of spur which is an urban policy and urban planning nonprofit that focuses here on the bay area but we constantlily are looping at the netherlands for inspiration so i'm excited to be with you for an a hissing set of conversations. we're going to have panels tackling different topics and it's going to be fun and excited about it and to start our program i have the honor as introducing mayor london breed to give us a few
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remarks and mayor breed as you may know is the 45th mayor of san francisco. she was born and raised here and in her tenure she has been very focused on a lot of the challenges and opportunities that we are going to be discussing today in our panels and otherwise and in particular, has really made the affordability and availability of housing one of her commitments as mayor. she, i think as part of her experience growing up in san francisco has brought from my perspective, i'm editorializing, a practical approach to the way she works as mayor, she's very committed to results more so than ideology and that i think serves the city of san francisco very well. she's of course gained national recognition even international remembering fission under the stewardship of san francisco throughout the covid-19 pandemic and in my experience has been a
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true champion and so pleased and excited to introduce mayor london breed. [applause] >> first of all, thank you for joining us here today and i want to start by welcoming her majesty to san francisco. it's an honor to have you here. we were in the castro talking about the history and the culture of the movement with a number of leaders and did a walking tour of the castro and it was so, not only beautiful because the weather in san francisco is always perfect but it was amazing because -- [laughter] just the people out there and the information they provided and the natural chemistry that existed between the queen and people in san francisco. it's wonderful and so i'm grateful to be here to have these conversations and the one complaint i have is that there is no fun on the queen's agenda, so hopefully you could at least
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make this panel a little interesting. [laughter] not all work. we're really honored to have you here today and we're really sorry that the king was unable to join us but we are definitely wishing him a speedy recovery and make sure he knows he is truly missed. we just, as i said, while we might be far away from each other on the map, our values and our borders, share a close bond and that's why we're here today. to is about bringing california and the netherlands and recognizing the values we share, the challenges we face and the opportunities that we have to learn from one another, so that we can see growth and we can see excitement in our various locations. here in san francisco and in california, so many of our conversations stem from our lack of housing. i know that the netherlands faces these same challenges especially in its
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largest city like amsterdam. we're working on our plan to meet our goal of adding 82,000 new homes over the next eight years in san francisco. very ambitious goal. this is a significant number of homes which we need but it's going to take real change and the queen and i were talking about not only the homes that need to be built but the transportation network that needs to be connected to move people around efficiently and safety. we can't continue to do things the same way. we have to be aggressive because when you don't have enough housing, the impacts ripple throughout the city as we continue to see. it impacts our workforce that can't afford to live here, near near places like (indiscernible), it's not just the people who work and do the more high-tech jobs but it's also the people who are hr managers, the people who are janitors and security and all of the different layers that make a
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building like this works. it impacts the environment because people have to drive long distances instead of taking a short bus ride or walk to work. the lack of housing impact homelessness and the conditions that sadly we see on our streets. and dries away our families and they want to raise their kids in a dynamic and growing city. you create healthy cities by having housing for people, not just for those who are the wealthiest and the few to who can access our limited subsidized housing but for everyone and here in san francisco, we have an opportunity for real change much we can't just keep talking about it. we have to do something about it. we have solutions before us now to get rid of the obstruction that gets in the way of actually building the housing we need in the city but even with that, we need to do more. i'm eager to learn more about how the netherlands is approaching the same housing shortage problem especially in its largest cities and as we build housing, we're creating
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more sustainable cities, people walking and biking and taking public transit, people living near their friends and family where they can knock on the door and have a glass of wine or champagne or something. [laughter] cities like san francisco are also much more climate friendly, not just because of the nature of our urban living but because of the aggressive goals we set in our climate action plan. we set a goal of getting to net zero emission by 2040. the netherlands have similar goals which is why we're similarly aligned and that's who we are, our shared values of california and the netherlands and this isn't just about being a leader on climate but it's about protecting our cities catastrophe and sea level is looming blocks from here, it's not hard to imagine what could happen if we don't take action to reverse climate change. it's
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why this work is so important. it's why i'm honored to have our special guests, her majesty and her delegation here today to have this dialogue, so thank you to everyone who is joining us to participate in these critical conversations. all of you are doing incredible work of creating healthier urban environment and i'm looking forward to the discussion ahead to talk about it and then to finally make it happen, so that we see a better future for california and the netherlands, thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you so much, mayor breed. i would love to welcome our first panel. you are already here. perfect. go ahead. and i'll do some, i was going to do a full bio but then i realized that was going to take the entire time so i'm going to introduce folks by your current
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role, so first we have yana gonzalez who is the secretary for the california department of environmental or the environmental protection agency. sorry about that. and just recently if i'm correct, right. one of our first public appearances is here with you all. [applause] next we have ann capers. i feel as though i'm not saying this in the proper pronunciation but i'm trying. minister of health welfare and sports from the netherlands and vifsh january hanna -- vivian hanna, minister for the environment for the netherlands and pleased to be with you today and mayor breed touched on part of what i had been thinking about which is, we share so many similarities between the bay area and the netherlands and really anywhere you go in the world, people have some basic requirements that they need in order to live
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healthy, full lives. i would love to know, given that we have this incredible array of people, you're going to be speaking with so many different groups while you're here, what it is that you are hoping to gain from this exchange? and how that relates to the policy areas in which you work and secretary gonzalez maybe we can start with you. >> sure. first of all, thank you so much for having me. this is my second full day -- oh, apologies. thank you so much for having me. this is my second full day on the job. laufr laugh i took my seat early. i didn't want to take the panel late. thank you to the majesty and the pin sters here and the mayor is in the audience, mayor breed, thank you for having us and it's an honor to be here on a momentous occasion. mayor breed touched upon the importance of equity and i think you know,
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some of the issues that transcend both california and the netherlands and in many of my former roles, this is my primary focus to embed equity into the framework of all it is we do and i think there is, there's no more urgent of a time to do that right now. we are in the mist of an unprecedented heat wave this late in the summer for us here and yes, the weather is nice and it is also very hot for the season, so the relevance of being here together to build this type of a partnership through the execution of this mou, it's extraordinarily timeline and i'm excited to move forward in the work plan, the joint research that i think we're going to effectuate but to take action here. i think it will, it is known that governor newsom and our administration takes climate change and the threats of our new climate reality very
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seriously. we are committed to investing in the resilience of our state, the resilience of each community across our state, just last week, the legislature passed an an ambitious legislative package really led by governor newsom's administration and this package does many, many things. one of which is to codify our goal to be climate neutral by 2045 at the very latest. it also a fek yates the largest climate change. $50 billion for climate investment and that's across the economy, that's across our state as a whole so excited just to be here today, to be able to discuss some of the shared priorities with our partners and really ultimately to roll up our sleeves and get to work in what our communities are asking of us and what we really need to meet this moment. thank you. >> thank you so much, secretary.
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mr. capers. >> yeah, thank you, alicia. when looking out of the window of my hotel room this morning, i thought that it has been more than 30 years since i first visited your beautiful city and at that time, i came with my girlfriend, now my wife and two friends and we were using a very typical dutch way of transport. we arrived the golden gate by bike. after having been on the road for more than three weeks, it was a beautiful trip and after a few years, we found ourselves working in the united states closely collaborating with colleagues from kaiser permanente from usf and in my area was cancer prevention. if you look at the 30 years since then, we have made a cost (indiscernible) very significant progress in health care and i'm understanding disease and diagnosis and treatments and et cetera and if you look at the
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situation where we are now, then the challenges are far longer than they were 30 years ago. this has to do with health and equity and equality. it also has to do with limitations and access in your and ours health care system. it has to do with limitations and shortage in staff and staff attrition and on top of that, it has to do with the quality of our environment, our urban environment, living conditions, what people do not work quickly under estimate as a significant impact this has on the health, the daily health of many, many people. so what i hope we will learn here at this focus of knowledge is a lot about these issues which we both here and i'm proud to bring with me, a very launched delegation of representatives from dutch cities, universities, hospitals, and also from a whole ranch of
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companies and i hope this will increase collaborations and bring new solutions. >> thank you so much, minister. clause ms. hannan. >> i'm excited to be here to be honest and that sustainability mobility is a nice addition to also making the environment and the health of people benefit a lot. one of the good things is that in the netherlands, we have a lot of knowledge when it comes to sustainability mobility and we have a lot of companies that's investing a lot in the infrastructure for the charging systems, for cars for example. but cycling is also something that is very important in the netherlands and we have more bikes than people over there and i think that we can also learn from the system you're using here if san francisco and in other places in the u.s. because i'll be visiting los angeles later on this week and it's very
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i am policive to see what is -- it's impressive to see what's happening here. i had an opportunity to walk around on sunday and i visited some of the areas and what you see is that this particular area is very much focused on improving the environment but focusing on sustainable transport and sustainable ways of transport and here are enormous opportunities and i had the opportunity this morning to speak some companies share -- speak to some companies sharing their knowledge on sustainable charging system but sustainable transport systems and vice versa because there's also a lot of knowledge hereof course. and in order to reach all these ambitious climate goals but also the health goals, we have to be able to innovate and invest and here we can really learn from each other and i'm really hoping that all the companies that are present here today will share experiences, share knowledge, share in that work in order to
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make sure we are all getting better in a faster pace even than we already want to reach. >> thank you so much. [applause] i really appreciate all of the elements that each of you have highlighted from what we're hoping to get from this experience and i will say, i'm often accused of being very ambitious in the policy work that my organization does but you have given us a lot to go over in the next few days and next panel. i appreciate your time this morning and i'm going to let you return to where you're going and bring up our next panel. thank you so much. [applause] so, if the panelist want to join me. i'm going to do introductions while getting settled. all right. so my direct right is eric shaw and eric is
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the director of the san francisco mayor's office of housing and community development. he oversees the development of affordable house and ensures local communities have access to essential resources. he has a broad range of experience in government leading planning, community and economic development and worked in emergency services which seems to be very appropriate for the current times. and worked in many jurisdictions as well including salt lake city, utah, washington, d.c. and here in san francisco san francisco and for the state of california. next, we have lauren. she's the sustainable officer for the city of los angeles where she's driving the implementation of la's green new deal which is a policy for local action to confront the climate crisis and build an inclue sifsh green economy that prioritizes equity. and lauren works on environmental issues from the defense fund which is the major ngo and working as a senior
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policy advisor at the british embassy and secretary for climate change programs at the california environment protection agency. next we have sharon. she's the 332nd mayor [laughter] . we thought we were getting up there with 45 in san francisco. 332nd. not getting up in there age but numbers. [laughter] so, prior to this, she has held a number of important government roles including as member parliament and state secretary for education, cultural and science, states secretary for economic affairs and state secretary of infrastructure and the environment. she served as deputy mayor for traffic and transport, water and air quality for the municipality of amsterdam. our panel; josha is
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the direct of urban plan and sustainability at the city of amsterdam and she focused on major housing development ask connectivity and she was active at the director of facilities cam tuesday organization at the friday university for ten years. focusing on sfashl spatial planning and back ground in urban geographer and aerial developer, welcome each of you. again, i'm excited to be in conversation with all four of you this morning. you could cover a lot of topics and we have heard rays, i made a note for myself in the prior comments, housing, equity and inequity, health, climate and sustainability mobility. as i referenced in the opening panel, there's, every time the spirit of the study, we do study trips all over the world to learn from other cities and how we can incorporate solutions from elsewhere, what i'm struck by is
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how similar we are across the planet because people are people. and we may address our challenges differently because we work in different context and different cultures but we've generally face the same challenges in cities and as humans, we need things like safe and affordable housing, clean environments and the ability to belong in a community so there's different components that make up a healthy urban environment and each of you is working at a municipal scale to bring that into being. i'm hoping that you can talk just a little bit about what you see as one of the sort of primarily issues facing your current or your city where you work and what you're doing to address it. eric, why don't we start with you. >> hello, thank you very much and your majesty. i have the fortune for working for mayor breed. what we have learned, to address a challenge requires
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leadership and she and i grew up in the bay area and we have left in the space of sustainability of equity and of intention. and so as we approach this challenge of building much-needed affordable housing at all scales for all incomes as fast as possible, i think you heard my charge from the speech here, we really are just really trying to be leaders in this space and be intentional. i have a wealth of riches right now. i'm saying we do more with more in san francisco. we have really aggressively leadership on expediting the creation of housing and we have state leaders that are promoting the ability to get affordable housing done faster, we're very fortunate that our public has voted for $1.5 billion for the creation of affordable housing, $1.3 billion to help solve homelessness. in addition to that, we form relationships with the federal and state government although we need more from the state, to really accelerate that so it's requiring us to think
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outside the box and show leadership and leverage those resources and lever arrange the relationships to advance this work. i'm fortunate this time the community has support, we have the support of the mayor and we have support of the partnerships to advance that and so, i wake up everyday, resource to meet the challenge. and a lot of organizations and even the miss region don't have that leadership. that's what i want to lead with you. >> thank you, interesting concept. the resource meets challenge. lauren, how about you. >> it's nice to see you and your majesty. thank you for allowing me to participate from los angeles. i'm the chief sustainable officer for the city of los angeles and it's a city of $4 million residents nestled in a county of 88 cities and we're the largest but that puts us in ten million. and it may not be a surprise that coming from l.a. that i would say that
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one of our largest challenges as it relates to urban health is air pollution and gridlock and so, i say that because los angeles has some of the worst air quality in the country and angeleno spends double the amount of time in their cars as the national average and what we see is that those issues of unhealthy air, of time spent in your car, the inability to have a high access, high-quality public transit, it really affects our health, it affects the climate, it affects racial inequality that we're seeing a history of dissecting the city through our freeways and high density transit where communities of color, black and latinos are trapped in and around the freeways through a history of institutional racism and it also is affecting our
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prosperity and economic mobility when you don't have the opportunity to move around. so you're stuck in unhealthy spaces and so everything that we do to combat air pollution and combat traffic is addressing all of those issues and addressing our greenhouse gas emission ask addressing pollution and transportation is by far the largest source of air pollution on road cars, buses, trucks, so as we electrify those vehicles and as we help people get out of their cars by developing zero emission car share, electric vehicle car sharing and building out our public transportation system in los angeles, we are embarking, we have embarked on the largest infrastructure project in the history of the united states times two by building out the public transportation system of los angeles. and in so doing, we are putting a down payment on equity, on air quality and on
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economic mobility. access to those jobs when you can move around. we're seeing that every single major electric bus manufacturer is located in the los angeles area. so it's a huge amount of job opportunity and building out the electric infrastructure in that manufacturing so all those things are the types of things we're doing to address these challenges. >> thank you so much. mayor? >> yes. first of all, thank you for having me here. i also would like to thank the mayor under her excellence opening speech. you really are a breath of fresh air, i would say. that's what we actually need. [applause] and we need this because i fully agree with the minister of health that the times that we are living now are not only challenging. they are sometimes even frightening actually. there are a lot of crisis going on. in
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the netherlands, for instance, we're heading for a new crisis, the energy crisis since the russian invasion in ukraine. we have the refugee crisis, working force crisis, et cetera. so, what keeps me going as mayor is to combine all these challenges and to find solutions for the citizens which really make them trust us as governance and that's something we most of the times face that nobody trust the institutions anymore, so that is maybe the biggest challenge for all of us, how to become more trustworthy to work for our citizens so yes we need to build affordable houses and we need to make them sustainable to the energy prices of the citizens are going down instead of up. we need to rebuild infrastructure which makes cycling more
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challenging and attractive instead of taking a car. in immediaty val city and this is why i'm the 322nd, there is just not enough space for all these cars. [laughter] so we need to try to find a way to attract people to temp them to make different choices and it that's to be the cheap choice. i would last with one example, what we are doing, we are -- nobody knows so i'm telling you know, don't forget this, we are the cycling capital of the world. it's really true. and it is not because -- [applause] yeah. and it is not because we have so many people only using the bike but that's because we have a whole holistic program of infrastructure which is bike-friendly. cars are guests
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on the street. this is why we help out poor families whose children are not able to afford a bike to give it to them so we have a whole program and this is why you can really make a big step forward and i wish we would team up with all the companies here, all the scientist because with a triple approach, we can face these challenges, thank you. [applause] >> thank you. osha, we would love to hear from you. >> thank you, your imagine tree and mayor breed for welcoming us in san francisco. i feel really, really welcome. and i'm happy so many companies out here -- to learn more about the traffic, low traffic program we have because it is a total way of planning our city from modal to where we give back to the public
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realm to the people where you can meet, where they can express themselves, so we don't start with the traffic. we start with the space to stay, to meet, and space for bicycles and of walkable city and linked this policy with bicycle storage facilities, with car -- with bicycle sharing, but also with mobility hubs, so i'm really glad that the companies here with help us with that. what brings with that? it brings more clean air and healthy environment, more possibility to meet and if i look further on, maybe i can make that (indiscernible), is that right. or do you want to do that? >> no, go ahead. >> okay. because mayor breed was talking about the housing crisis of course and what we're doing
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in amsterdam, we're expanding the city with the problem of urban sprawl and at least getting people on a longer distance to work but to really focus on the pollee central area, metropolitan area where we strengthen the centers in the same way with a tight connectivity with the amenities and with schooling and employment. i think that's also the model which (indiscernible) is promoting on the (indiscernible) model and we embraced that model as a framework for a responsible economic growth because the cities will stay magnets, it will be a trend which will be stop. so it's our responsibility also as urbanist
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and planners to choose for this sustainable approach and responsible growth within the planetary boundaries on the social justice city. >> thank you so much. [applause] so, you know, mayor, you raised something i wanted to bring back to the panel and you talked about how there's so many crisis you deal with on a daily basis and working with public service in the past, the focus of public service is so often today dear with the crisis of today and yet, our job as public servants is also to think ahead, to think about what happens in ten years and in 20 years and i wonder if you could speak a little bit about where you're focused on the future, what you hope to see in that next timeframe? >> yes. i agree with you. i think that one of the reasons
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why sometimes corporations between for instance public administration and companies is difficult because companies need this long-term security on what is the course, where are we heading for? i think we try to have a vision on 2040 and to tell everybody this is the amount of houses that we need. we need them also in special categories for being available and affordable for many people, also with lower income and then we also want to include what is necessary for people to have a heathy and also happy life because you are not only there with building houses, what you need to do is build the old infrastructure around it. like, theaters, schools, doctors, everything. so, we include this in a so-called bar code in which we had found out a way that if you build a certain amount of houses, we already know that
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what is else needs to be included in the whole package in order to build a, not only sustainable city but also a city which is future proof and what we try to do for instance with the infrastructure is heavily invest in public transport and in our cycling infrastructure because we know this is the future and we do not want to take any step back, but that ask sometimes that you are able and a little bit rebel rebel yours because you have to step over your line so you have to raise above your grade, so-to-speak instead of staying in your own area and time. this is something that is really asking people who are willing to take both steps and not afraid and that is what this time needs, i think.
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>> thank you. [applause] and lauren, it strike me that in some cases responding to the crisis is actually a tenure endeavor or 20-year endeavor, but how are you thinking about balancing what we need today verses what we need tomorrow? >> that's exactly right and mayor, you really touched -- mary you touched on something i was thinking about. we think about the future, when we plan, we have to listen to our residents, to our local businesses about what they want, what they need, and we also have to benefit from looking around us to our sister cities and our partners around the country and around the world and that's why working with amsterdam and san francisco, mayor, san francisco is such an incredible leader on so many, as the netherlands on zero waste and green buildings and mobility and we learn and we take so much away from others as mayor garcetti always says, good
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mayors borrow and great mayors steal. [laughter] so that is our montra when we think about how to look ahead and develop the solutions now that's going to improve communities today. i'm going to leave you with two examples, one, in downtown los angeles, downtown community plan, growing up in los angeles, there was no reason, i never went to downtown, there was no reason to go down there and now i work there, but when we look at our community plan and how to plan for the city by 2040, we're anticipating housing 20% of the population growth between now and 2040 and one percent of the land area of los angeles in downtown and what does that look like? that looks like mixed-use housing, it could be anything from micro units to work/live setups and of course being transit oriented and going from a city that was all about parking minimums to doing away with that and now moving toward bike parking minimums. and you know, that is really changing
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the face of a blighted under invested part of the city that is becoming awe city center so that's a really exciting process underway. another example is what we call a universal basic pilot in south los angeles which is a city on to itself. south los angeles and it is made up of predominately black and latino angelenos and under invested community, so we rolled out a nearly $18 million investment in what we call universal basic mobility so that's bringing forward electric vehicle car sharing and e-bikes, subsidizing transit passes and electric vehicles charging across the neighborhood, looking at expanding our workforce development in all of these different transportation, clean transportation modes, so we can demonstrate how all of these different modes fit together and that improves mobility and
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health and fights climate change. >> thanks, lauren. you're just doing a little bit. [applause] yosha, do you want to speak to this. i'm recognizing the parallels between what lauren was raising and what you were raising. do you want to speak, what comes in the next 10 to 20 years? >> it's very important that we chose to densify within the current city so we can make use of the public transport which is there so we'll focus on the multimodal centers and we have to densify high rise because we have to invest in the quality of green spaces and also taken into consideration the climate adaptation because we -- we have, now we have a heat wave also and (indiscernible) in the
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soil and et cetera. but in the meantime, we also have lots of rains, extreme rains and winds where we have to combine the public, design of the public space not only for the green but also by diversity and also to retain water a longer time, so it's not to flood the streets. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> this is all sounds very familiar and i'm going to come to you, eric with the last word. >> well, thank you once again. so, it's about investment and you know, once again, as we talked about how to do more with more. it's about investing in people, it's about investing in place and about investing in community. to really create resilience systems. we are being extremely intentional about understanding how capital and policy have created system
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racism and economic inequity and we work everyday to be intentional in the work we do, to unwind that work. also it's amazing, if you guys don't know, san francisco's is the forth large effort city in california but we're one that is the global capital and i think that we need to do two things. one, be very honest with global capital but how we have expectations around equity and investment to invest with heart here in san francisco, like we do. but also the second in the end is, sometimes capital moves really fast and you don't realize one day how rents went up or prices went up and we have to do? deep reflection --? deep reflection on the boons and the crash and how we're being strategic in the investment to make sure we can leverage and weather and ride out those systems so it's being very intentional and public globally with all of our partners here, that san francisco leads with heart,
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invest in people and community and hopes to have partners that believe in those same intentions. and also in the end, just being mindful of learning from the past. we have been the global capital since -- but it takes leadership and reflection because things move so fast and you have to slowdown for a second and do that analysis as well. so, anything with data and the people know here, any gis, any trend analysis, any history folks here, i would welcome any input and partnership in that space as well. >> thank you. [applause] so i want to thank all for a fantastic conversation this evening. i speak more than myself, it makes me feel optimistic and confident to know you're in positions of leadership in the cities you serve so thank you for all you do and your time this morning. i
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really appreciate it, thank you. [applause]
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>> manufacturing in cities creates this perfect platform for people to earn livelihoods and for people to create more economic prosperity. i'm kate sosa. i'm cofounder
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and ceo of sf made. sf made is a public private partnership in the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the
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most recent example was one that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco. i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san
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francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot
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about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're
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making everything here locally. over the last few years, we've been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really
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looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a wedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible,
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>> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this. i am familiar with what people are going through to relate and empathy and compassion to their struggle so they can see i came out of the struggle, it gives them hope to come up and do something positive. ♪ ♪ i am a community ambassador.
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we work a lot with homeless, visitors, a lot of people in the area. >> what i like doing is posting up at hotspots to let people see visibility. they ask you questions, ask you directions, they might have a question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the
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area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us. we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about
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escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are
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caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now. learned and expand
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it across the city.nd expand [♪♪] 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 homeless outreach team links those people with those resources and the tenderloin needs that more than anywhere
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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 really just providing the neighborhood with a face, this is something that we've seen
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work and something you can trust. >> together, city and community-based teams work daily to connect people to services, >> good morning and welcome to rules committee of san francisco board of supervisors for today, monday, september 19, 2022 i'm the chair aaron peskin joined to by supervisor mandel