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>> president cohen: we're live now. good afternoon. i want to welcome all of you to the september 25 board of supervisors meeting. thank you for being here with us today. madam clerk, can you please call the role for attendance? >> clerk: [roll call] >> clerk: madam president, you have a quorum. >> president cohen: thank you. will you please join me in
pledge of allegiance? [pledge of allegiance] >> president cohen: thank you. madam clerk, are there any communications? >> clerk: yes. on september 19, 2018, supervisor norman yee submitted a memo requesting his absence. >> president cohen: colleagues, may i have a motion to excuse supervisor yee? motion made by supervisor peskin. seconded by kim. without objection, supervisor yee is excused from today's meeting. madam clerk, please call the consent agenda. >> clerk: items 1-17 are in consent. these items are considered to be routine. if a member objects, an item may
be removed and considered separately. >> president cohen: on the question, shall these items be passed, could you please call the roll? >> clerk: on items 1-17 -- [roll call vote] [roll call vote] >> clerk: there are 10 ayes. >> president cohen: these items are passed unanimously. thank you. madam clerk, let's go to the regular agenda to unfinished
business. please call item 18. >> clerk: item 18 is an ordinance to amend the planning code to permit affordable housing on undeveloped arts in service, arts, light industrial and to make the appropriate findings. >> president cohen: can we take this same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is finally passed. please call 19 and 20. >> clerk: these items are being called together. these waive separate sections of the public works code. for 19, to wave permits between september 1, 2018, and june 30, 2019, tree maintenance rincon hill also known as east cut community district. item 20, 180734 for 100 banners to be on city-owned utility
poles filipino american arts exposition advertising the fish town festival and parade. >> president cohen: same house, same call? without objection, these are passed. next item. >> clerk: item 21, ordinance to amend the business and tax regulation code to add provisions to administer the early care and education commercial rents tax, to amend the time to file returns and other changes. >> president cohen: same house, same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed. can you call 22 and 23 together? >> clerk: we have two resolutions that approve contracts for the san francisco inter national airport. for 22, it's retroactive, an emergency contract for general airport security services between the city and covenant aviation security llc in an amount not to exceed $1.7
million from april 9, 2018, october 8, 2018. for item 23, eighth modification to project management support services contract for terminal 1 center renovation project between the city and acjv not to exceed $28.25 million through april 30, 2019. >> president cohen: same house, same call? without objection, adopted. next item. >> clerk: item 24, approved a 30-year term general agreement between the port and the national parks service with two 10-year options allowing ferry concessioners to use port piers 31-33 on embarcadero on bay street embarkation to alcatraz and lease agreement with golden gate conservancy to develop and
operate visitor amenities for 30-year term, two 10-year options to affirm ceqa and make appropriate findings. >> president cohen: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: i want to thank all of you for putting up with the ceqa appeal hearing and congratulate the port of san francisco and national parks service and city of sausalito for getting on the same page so that this important visitor-serving amenity can move forward. thank you, madam president. >> president cohen: thank you, supervisor peskin. colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? seeing no objection, resolution adopted. next item. >> clerk: item 25 resolution to authorize rec and park department to accept and expend $150,000 grant from the san francisco parks alliance to benefit the department scholarship program for the project term of november 1,
2018, june 30, 2019. >> president cohen: seeing no names on the roster, colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, resolution adopted. madam clerk, can you call 26 and 27 together? >> clerk: item 26, resolution to declare a shelter crisis pursuant to senate bill 850 and authorize department of homelessness and support of housing. for item 27, authorize the department of public health to participate in a one-time homeless mentally ill outreach and treatment funding opportunity through the california department of healthcare services for $3.2 million from january 1, 2019, june 30, 2020. >> president cohen: all right. colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? all right. without objection, resolution is adopted.
madam clerk, can you call 28 and 29? >> clerk: 28 and 29, items approve annual reports for two community benefit districts. 28, ocean avenue community benefit district, fiscal year 2016-2017. 29, rincon hill, doing business as east cut community benefit district for fiscal year 2016-2017. >> president cohen: thank you. colleagues, if we take this without objection? same house, same call? these resolutions are adopted. madam clerk, please call items 30 and 32? >> clerk: these items are being called together. we have three mills act. it is a property contract with alta laguna llc, 215 and 229 haight straight. for item 31, approved the resolution recording nonrenewal of historical property contract with john helmstead and allison
bransfield for 627 waller street. item 32, rain tree, 973 market street. the owner and for all three properties to notify the assessor recorders office of nonrenewal and authorize the planning director to send notice of nonrenewal of the contract to the property owner and record the notice of nonrenewal. >> president cohen: thank you. we can take this same house, same call? without objection, these resolutions are adopted. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 33 is a resolution to urge dikaiser permanente to protect parking attendant and licensed nurses and secretary employees from being outsourced.
>> supervisor fewer: on the request of the sponsor, i'm making a motion to continue this item until next week. >> president cohen: okay. motion has been made on behalf of supervisor yee by supervisor fewer and seconded by supervisor ronen. and we will continue for one week's time. we'll take that without objection. >> clerk: to october 2. >> president cohen: without objection. thank you. all right. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 34, approve the mayor's nomination for appointment of amanneda eaken to the municipal transportation agency board of directors term ending august 31, 2018. >> president cohen: colleagues, same house, same call? without objection, motion is approved. madam clerk, 35 and 36 together. >> clerk: approve two motions
for mayoral ro aal reappointmen. 35, ike kwon and, 36, anson moran, to august 1, 2022. >> president cohen: supervisor brown? >> supervisor brown: i support the reappointment of ike kwon. i've known ike for years and have always known him to be compassionate and dedicated public servant, plus an activist in the community at large in the inner sunset. i supported his leadership at clean power s.f. he's been an amazing advocate for all of san francisco, especially the earth. it's a true gem in district 5 and has enriched the lives of thousands of young people. i encourage my colleagues to reappoint him.
>> president cohen: thank you, supervisor brown. any other colleagues? okay. can we take them same house, same call? looks like we can. without objection, motions are approved. madam clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: item 37, motion to approve the mayor's nomination of lieutenant david falzon to entertainment commission term ending july 1, 2022. >> president cohen: seeing no names on the roster, same house, same call? without objection, motion is approved. madam clerk, next item. >> clerk: item 38, motion to appoint jose bernal, angela coleman, victoria westbrook, and theodore tolliver to re-entry council. >> president cohen: same house, same call? without objection, motion is approved. please call the next item. >> clerk: given that it's not
quite 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., we'll move to committee reports. item 47 was considered by budget and finance committee at a regular meeting on thursday, september 20, 2018, and forwarded as committee report. 47 was appointed with the same title, to amend administrative code to increase the minimum hourly compensation rate of contractors to $17 per hour and followed thereafter by cost of living increase to increase the minimum compensation rate for employees under contracts with nonprofits and public entities to minimum wage and that contractors pay the minimum rate to employees who perform any work under the contract with the city. >> president cohen: good
afternoon. i wanted to talk briefly on item 47. thank you for hearing this item in committee and i want to thank specifically my budget committee women who have served with me and heard this item for a long time. the legislation has been a long time coming and i'm thrilled that we are finally moving forward to support airport workers. this file was originally introduced by our former colleague, supervisor jeff sheehy in march, 2017. and it was to give a phased-in increase to our brothers and sisters working for our for-profit city contracts and these are specific to the employees working at the airport, sfo airport. over the last 18 months, this legislation has been duplicated, amended, and continued 10 times while the city negotiated with a greater coalition around wages for a broader group of public
authority and for nonprofit workers. we have now reached an agreement, which is why we're here today to vote. we've reached an agreement with not only the labor coalition to move forward and an agreement with the for-profit workers, who unfortunately have incurred limited fiscal impacts on the city, the costs are born out of the contracts of employers, so meaning that the -- the impetus to move this forward is urgent. this ordinance will move employees for property city contractors to an hourly wage of $17 an hour, up from the local minimum wage, which at the airport is only $13.50. so as you can imagine, that's a pretty significant wage increase. this raise will go into effect as soon as possible and the date we have designated is november
3. that's the soonest most possible date it get this implemented. i would like to thank a couple of people. first and foremost, i want to thank tim pollson, who at the time was the chair of the labor council and i want to recognize rudy gonzalez, who was -- is now the leader and head of the labor council, who helped to get this legislation, ordinance to the finish line. i want to recognize mike casey's leadership. i want to uplift the san francisco labor council to make this a priority as they've been working on this now and most of last year. i also want to recognize the members of local 2 unite here for their commitment to the cause and extreme patience as we hammered out this final deal. i want to thank and recognize ben rosenfeld, sevrin campbell, kelly kirkpatrick, as well as melissa whitehouse, both women from the mayor's budget office.
and, of course, my colleagues, supervisor fewer and supervisor stefani, who serve with me on the budget and finance committee. i want to give special attendance to sophia kitler, my legislative aide, who assisted on this start to finish. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: yes, madam president? >> president cohen: i'm done. >> supervisor safai: thank you. supervisor kim? >> supervisor kim: i wanted to recognize that we are finally passing this ordinance that we introduced in the beginning of 2017 and i know it's been a long process. i'm glad we're moving forward
with our airport workers and i know it's an easier vote today. i want to encourage this board that we push the envelope and work hard to raise the wages of our lowest paid workers. this is something that comes out of the city's general fund. we just passed a major wage increase for our police officers, who certainly deserve it for the work they do. i will argue that our lowest paid city workers deserve this raise as well. as it becomes more difficult for all of our residents, including middle-class residents, to live in san francisco or even the bay area, it is even more critical that we ensure a continuation of very critical work that these workers do, in providing them a modest increase in their wages slightly above minimum wage. colleagues, happy that we are able to pass this ordinance today. i want to quickly recognize
supervisor jeff sheehy, who did -- who was a lead sponsor of this ordinance. i then took over after he deported the board and i look forward to working with supervisor fewer and ronen on the remaining pieces of this ordinance. >> president cohen: thank you for your thoughtful remarks, supervisor kim. i want to recognize supervisor fewer at this time. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. i want to thank supervisor kim for sponsoring this and i was proud to be a co-sponsor and today we're voting on raising the minimum compensation for airport workers $17 beginning november 3, 2018. i'm fully supportive of thinks long-in-coming raise, but this piece of legislation is only part of the original minimum compensation ordinance that was introduced by supervisors kim and sheehy about 18 months ago. the initial legislation included
for-profit and non-profit contractors in the city. as we move to enact this legislation, we cannot forget that our nonprofit and ihss, in-home supportive service workers, desperately need a living wage. i urge my colleagues to vote for this today, as this is long coming and this would give our -- some of our lowest wage workers some relief. thank you. >> president cohen: supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you. i was going to speak to this during introduction, but it makes sense to do it in this context. this morning, we -- supervisor kim, fewer and i held a press conference with home care workers and nonprofit workers that care for the most vulnerable people in our city. and the stories that we heard were truly gutting. and while i am very thankful to supervisor sheehy, who first
introduced this ordinance and supervisors kim and fewer for carrying it on, i was impressed that for over a year all of these workers stood in solidarity with one another, saying that all of us deserve a wage that even gives us a chance to continue to live in san francisco. even at $17, that only equals about $35,000 a year and we all know that it -- we would all be hard-pressed to survive in this city on $35,000 a year salary. so, you know, we have -- this is not just a moral issue. and i think that oftentimes when we ask, demand, fight for, and make sacrifices in certain areas to make sure that workers earn a living wage, we talk about it on moral grounds and it is a moral issue, but in san francisco, giving a living wage to home care workers and to nonprofit
workers is actually critically smart planning. we have an exploding senior population in san francisco. in fact, between 2010 and 2030, we're going to have 69% more seniors living in san francisco than we did 20 years ago. we only have 29 residential care beds, assisted living beds, for every 1,000 seniors that live in the city. and over 50% of our shelter residents today are over 50 years old. so this is only a crisis that's going to get worse. home care worker work force is aging itself. and in order to attract new, younger workers to do this incredibly difficult work, we cannot have them continue to be minimum wage jobs. we will not attract the work force we need to provide this
critical work and allow seniors to age in place with dignity in their homes in san francisco. and so i would really urge my colleagues, not just because it's the morally right thing to do, but because it's smart planning. you think we have a homeless crisis on our street right now with an outrageous amount of seniors living on the streets of san francisco? wait until you see what happens in 10 years when we have more seniors than we've ever seen in this city. this is a basic issue about not only something we can be proud of that we treat our eldest citizens with dignity, but also, we need to start planning and need to start planning now. thank you so much. >> president cohen: thank you. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: thank you. i would like to associate myself with a lot of the comments made by my colleagues. i want to say in particular
really speak about what the word solidarity means in labor and how it meant that workers at the airport and folks that were making some of the lowest paid workers put off in solidarity with their co-workers and other brothers and sisters in labor the opportunity to have this over two years ago. and what that means to forego that raise and what that means to their families and to their siblings and their entire brothers and sisters in labor. so i just want to recognize the men and women from local 2 unit hre, those from teamsters 856, all the folks in the airport and nonpublic sector jobs that will be impacted by this particular raise here today and thank all the men and women from labor for coming out and supporting this. this is an important vote here today. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you, supervisor safai, i agree, it's
an important vote. colleagues, seeing no other names on the roster, can we take this without objection? all right. this ordinance passes unanimously. thank you. madam clerk. i believe it's 2:33? >> clerk: that's correct, madam president. >> president cohen: let's go to our special order. are you ready? all right. colleagues, today's board meeting, we're celebrating latinx heritage month. [cheers and applause] this is an absolutely exciting and historic moment. this is the first time we have ever in this chamber celebrated latinx month and i am hopeful that it will be just the beginning of many future celebrations. and with that, i'd like to bring forward supervisor stefani -- supervisor ronen.
sorry, hillary. supervisor hillary ronen. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. [applause] thank you, president cohen. it is such an honor to welcome you all to the first annual latinx heritage month here at the board of supervisors. and as the supervisor of the mission district, which i could not be more proud of, representing the historic and cultural center of the latino community here in san francisco, i felt like it was incumbent upon my office to organize the event today, but since i am not latina myself, i want to bring forward my legislative aide, catalina morales, venezuelan immigrant that put her heart and soul into today's event to open us up with some comments. >> president cohen: thank you. >> thank you, president cohen
and, thank you, supervisor -- i was going to call you another name also. i don't know what's happening to me today. supervisor ronen. board, members of the public, thank you so much for being here. i'm really excited. and actually to start, we have a very special treat for all of you today, to give you a small taste of the flavors. i would like to introduce a local gem that provides empowerment tools in our use of color and captivates or hearts and hips. let's welcome. [cheers and applause] (♪)
the group merged to exemplify our latino heritage. our latinx people have deep roots in this continent. movement and migration between indigenous nations, from argenti argentinan patagonians to alaska were common for hundreds of years the latino culture of today builds on this history of cultural exchange across the american continents. the contributions of latinos and latina to this nation called the united states are part of these long traditions. we've created and re-created music genres. we've produced culinary staples in the u.s. diet. we provided a critical arm of the labor form. we've been in the trenches of
social justice struggles and so much more. today more than ever, it is important for us to recognize and celebrate the latino identity, our culture and our heritage. the federal administration has not only used our communities as a scapegoat for some of the nation's economic problems, but they have also emboldened racist narratives about our people and our nations. we are honoring today an exceptional group of people that 'em exemplify what latino people bring to our city of san francisco. supervisor ronen and our office are humbled and honored to celebrate all 11 of you and your achievements. we thank you for all you do every single day to build this diverse city.
we also want to thank and acknowledge community partners who donated food, decorations and love to make our reception and ceremony more lively and true representation of the latino identity. so thank you to the dean of the mission city college campus, director of the center of economic independence for women and youth, thank you so much, for all you have given to us. [applause] and without further ado, thank you, supervisor ronen for allowing me to share some words and building together a new tradition of annual celebration of latino heritage month and i pass it back to you.
>> supervisor ronen: thank you so much. catalina morales, can we give her a hand, ladies and gentlemen? [applause] it is my great honor today to bring up our first-ever honoree for latinx heritage month here in san francisco. district 9's honoree claudia morales moran. claudia, please come up. [cheers and applause] claudia is the principal of buena vista horace man k-8 on valencia street in the heart of the mission. i had the good fortune to meet claudia last year when i was touring the school for my daughter for kindergarten. after the tour, claudia came up to me and i could see on her face the deep trouble and concern. and she explained to me that
there are a large number of students in her school who are experiencing homelessness and do not have a safe place to sleep every night. and she said some of the students had come up to her and asked her if they could sleep in the school because they didn't feel safe anywhere else. she told me, i started to think about it, hillary, and i thought, why not? we have two gyms in our school. we have one gym where students could sleep at night if we started a program. will you partner with me and will you make this happen with me together? i looked at her and i said, wow, this will be controversial, but, you know what, it's the right thing to do, so absolutely, i will be with you every step of the way. and together with carolyn goosen in my office, with an incredible staff at buena vista horace
mann, 100% of which were on board with this project and with claudia's perseverance and clear direction, knowing that if she wanted to achieve her role as a principal and make sure that her students received the best education it, wasn't enough just to teach them the core curriculum and they had to look at what is happening in their broader lives and that they couldn't concentrate in class if they didn't have a safe place to sleep at night and her teachers that work for her could not concentrate on educating students if they were preoccupied with finding a place for their students to sleep. that's the kind of leader we have in claudia morales moran. yes. that deserves ha round of applause. [applause] but i also want to tell you a little bit about her history, because believe it or not, she did not become a leader just the
other day with this idea. claudia was born and raised in san francisco and attended public high schools and afterschool programs in north beach and chinatown. [laughter] claudia was steeped in the values and culture of the latinx community since early childhood. her father emigrated from argentina as a young man and her mother, patricia, first generation chicano. they met in berkeley. claudia grew up extended by her immigrant family, a family of activists, connecteded to social justice. as a youngster, she fell in love with education by teaching beginning swimmers at the local pool while learning from those a few years her senior. by high school.
she was developing and delivering lesson plans through peer resource. she organized against 181, 207, aging us both. she pushed for change at the board of education and understood her role as a city kid was to be active in her community. she attended city college in san francisco, san francisco state university, u.c. santa claus and usf. she dedicated her adult life to serving public schools as a case manager, peer leader, teacher, and now principal. her greatest joy is getting to serve the very same school that her daughters, sonya and lucia, attend right now. the fact that buena vista horace mann is spanish-immersion, k-8, guided by equity driven mission makes claudia's heart soar.
she lives in and works for the thriving mission district and is committed to advocating for her fellow citizens. thank you, claudia, for your dedication to your family, school, latinx community and mission district. the city of san francisco is deeply, deeply grateful to you and for all you do to make our city a better place. as you say your comments, i would love to invite up your family, your daughters to stand behind you, your mother, your husband and your dad. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, hillary, for your advocacy on the shelter project and, board, for supporting us. we're in uncharted territory, but it's the right work. i thank you for your support. and i thank you for setting the
spirit today. they're part of our community in the district in the mission but also at our school. so thank you for having them kick us off. it's an honor to be recognized here today. as a city kid, you kind of dream about this moment. i feel like i'm trying to live up to the expectations that my family and community have set for me. and i was raised in north beach, where in the 1980s that working class children of many races played and got into trouble together. it was special about my childhood that it was very public. we were in front of our apartments at all hours of the day and night. on the sidewalks, alleyways, blacktops, playgrounds, library, swimming pool. and it felt like everyone knew each other. and my neighborhood was home and my friends and i were raised by tough and caring adults that showed us how to take care of
each other in community. and i grew more empowered by every teacher that looked me in the eye and told me the truth, counselled me when i needed it, challenged me when i deserved it. if an adult takes the time to show you that if you have something special to offer your community, you will believe it. and it will be your mission to do the same. i had incredibly warm, demanding role models in my rec centers and after school programs. ms. gin, greg scott, north beach pool, mr. fleming, journalism teacher, and my washington high school peer resource counsellor. and all of them made me feel respected, believed and included. they made me want to do for others what they did for me. they allowed me as a child to feel free to explore, have opinions, take a stand, and to
grow. and so, of course, i grew up to become an educator, returning to the same environments that i learned so much from to help raise the next generation of leaders that will, in turn, be the holders and advocates of their community. and the mission district in many ways reminds me of north beach in the '80s. children in my neighborhood feel connected to it much the same i i felt last then. loving adults do their best to steer kids in the right direction. to wrap their arms around the entire family and help them grow. and school for me is still a welcome and inspiring place. at my school, the staff is guided by feelings of great love and a commitment to building our students into strong bilingual, multicultural agents of change. my job is to ensure that students rise to high expectations and bloom to healthy, competent, confident leaders. our job is to empower them for
congratulations, claudia. friends, looks like we're off to a really good start. are you having a good time so far? all right. i want to -- i will be the next person presenting and i would like to introduce to you a fantastic human being. his name is roberto ariel vargas. come on down, roberto. [cheers and applause] roberto, are you here? [laughter] wow. okay. we'll come back to you, roberto. supervisor stefani, we'll go to you. oh, roberto. he's here. [cheers and applause] what a way to make an entrance. >> i wondered if you were going to let me in. >> president cohen: we will. i want it say a couple of things about thinks gentleman before he gets on the microphone. it's with great pleasure that i honor roberto vargas today for
our first but not last latinx heritage month. now roberto is currently a navigator for the center for community engagement and community engagement and health policy programs to the university of california-san francisco clinical and translational science institute. in this role, he leads many multistake holder health initiatives that provide leverage paying particular attention and focus on equity. i cannot think of a better champion than this man here. roberto helps to disseminate practices nationally, promoting equitable practices and health policy and important research. he is a proud son of san francisco, second generation graduate of mission high school.
and twice alumna of san francisco state university. as a second-generation resident of the fillmore, mission district and bayview hunter's point, roberto is happy to serve communities impacted by systemic health disparity. now, he's also served on the board of caresn, co-chair of bayview heal zone, shape up, and the most recently san francisco sugary drink that advisory committee. that's where our paths came to cross. i love this man. i have a tremendous amount of respect for him. this is a man who is so empowered and not only is he empowering the people in the communities around him, but educating research and when it comes to health outreach and health outcomes that we need to be included in the research. this man is keeping the doors open and that we're included and our needs are reflected in
providing healthy outcomes for every san francisco. and this is a man that not only walks the walk but talks it. he's raising his family in the community -- up until recently, but that's another story. nonetheless, this is a true husband, father, just amazing son of san francisco. in addition to his day job, he finds time to serve on the leadership of the chicano-latino coalition of san francisco, national cancer institute research advocate. i'm telling you, there is no limit to this gentleman, that's why i'm enthusiastic to support you, roberto ariel vargas. >> thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, president cohen, board of supervisors and san
francisco. my work is in collective impact what i do is about partnership. so it's about teaming up with many great people to get these things done. and so i have to acknowledge folks at ucsf, like laura schmidt, who first proposed this idea of a soda tax and help to spread this and other policies for improved health worldwide, wiley, lou, for supporting this work and my time to do this work, kevin grumback and his leadership and the entire team at cce. the shapeup coalition and christina gota for helping us to understand how we can leverage the research to do work citywide around sugary drinks. the soda tax committee, including my co-chair, joy, jackson morgan, who collectively we made recommendations for $21
million in chronic disease prevention money to support good health in san francisco and focusing those resources on under-resourced communities, the communities that are paying the bulk of this tax. and so this resource should go back into those communities and support health work and other good work to support the communities. the health equity coalition for advocating for good health in communities of color for san francisco in under-resourced communities. supervisors avalos, mar and weiner for first introducing the soda tax policy and supervisor cohen for taking it to the finish line. the community organizations and organizers that helped to make it happen and my family for giving their love and support and allowing me to make time to do this. i don't want to leave you all
assured, however, that we as a soda tax committee will make it happen and happen in the right way because i prefer you remain skeptical and stay engaged. because there are many folks i know that would like to divert the taxes so they don't serve the low income communities or address chronic disease prevention. so i want you all to stay skeptical and engaged because democracy is not a spectator sport. you have to participate. and so it's nice of you to feel good about me perhaps today but come on down to the soda tax committee meetings and see what we're talking about, see what we're doing, and speak up and bring the community with you to make sure that your needs are taken care of, okay? thank you, all, so much. [cheers and applause]
>> president cohen: supervisor tang, could you come relieve me? thank you. >> supervisor tang: next, we'll turn it over to supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: thank you, supervisor tang and supervisor ronen for kicking this off. what a great thing we're doing here. i am proud to honor an amazing woman, natasha dolby, as district 2 honoree for latinx month. one of my favorite quotes, "a river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but because of its perseverance." and i believe this quote encapsulates the amazing spirit
of our district 2 honoree. natasha is co-founder of freedom forward, organization that works to end the commercial exploitation of youth in san francisco. she recently completed an independent research fellowship with stanford university's honda center for human rights and justice on sex trafficking in brazil, where she's originally from. natasha has spent 15 years in the nonprofit and philanthropic centers in san francisco, new york and washington, d.c. specializing in financial analysis and program strategy in organizations like the robin hood foundation, education sector, american institutes for research, and san francisco-based pacific foundation services. natasha joined the board of directors in human rights watch and is board member of beyond 12, whose mission is to increase the number of underrepresented students that graduated from
college in the united states. she's also on the board of asha rising, responding to the need of shelter, safety, dignity and care for older women who have aged out of the sex industry in india. she serves on the advisory board of a leading policy organization that protects children from sexual exploitation, and council advocates of freedom fund, which invests in frontline efforts to eradicate modern-day slavery. she is an investor in impact partners, a fund that finances documentaries to address social issues and game-changer, first equity fund that finances narrative feature films directed by women. she is an alumna of the philanthropy workshop, leader in ongoing strategic philanthropy
network. natasha is an accomplished publish servant, who has spent years working to improve the lives of others. she's dedicated herself for fighting for human rights and the welfare of women and children across the globe. natasha is an active member of our district 2 community who lives in pacific heights, but shifting to presidio heights with her husband, dave, daughter stella, and 6-month-old daughter, zexia. i'm proud to present natasha for her commendation and ongoing commitment to human rights. i would love for you to speak at this time. >> thank you. i'm honored to receive this award and humbled i the work of other honorees here today in a time where we seem to be living in an empathy deficit in our country and the world. it's good to be reminded that
many do care. i came to the united states from brazil as an 18-year-old with a full-ride scholarship, a suitcase, backpack and big dreams. for my first steps after my flight landed at j.f.k. in 1998, i've taken every opportunity that's come my way to grow and to do more for my community. i'm reminded of eleanor roosevelt's quote, "where after all the universal human rights begin? in small places, close to home. so close and so small, that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world." starting freedom forward with two other incredible women here in san francisco reminds me of this quote. so often the social justice issues i care deeply about happen on such large scales in far corners of the world including brazil. but it's through my work here in the bay area, trying to decrease the number of youth who are
commercially sexually exploited that i find most meaning beyond all of my human rights work. we know the trafficking of the youth under 18 in the u.s. is by in large a byproduct of systemic failures that are deeply rooted in racial and historical racism, sexism and imbalances of power. we also know the majority of trafficked youth experience child abuse and neglect with most experiencing multiple episodes of trauma and family disru disruption. this affects brown and black girls disproportionately. we know san francisco can do better. we can do better in orchestrating services with child healthcare and behavior and juvenile justice and
engaging the private sector and leverages what we have for good. i'm honored to share this with my mother, here from brazil, my husband, and my colleagues at freedom forward who care so much for our community and beyond. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> supervisor tang: thank you. i want to make a quick announcement. some of the must be here for the appeals before the board of supervisors. we've heard that some of the
honorees for today are still outside of the chamber. so if you wouldn't mind allowing some of those honorees to come in first and then we'll bring you back in when the appeal happens, that would be wonderful. with that, i will call up supervisor brown from district 5. >> supervisor brown: thank you. i have two honorees today and you will soon find out why. come on up. in celebration of latinx history month, i'm proud to be able to recognize alejandro rodriguez and gonzalez guzman. i'm recognizing them together because after reaching out to the owners and staff at nopa and nopalita restaurant group it was clear that there was no way to honor just one of them they're the heart and soul of this family. let me make it very clear, i'm not honoring them today to get a table at pa