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july 1st. >> we are assuming the annual allocation of 1 million a year. the allocation was 250,000 previously. the added carry forward and the year of release brought the budget above 1 million. >> the next section is the tableization grant. it continues on to the second page. as you know, the grants awards annual grants to landlords that provides to a legacy business for a term of 10 years or extends the terms. we see the grant for each year on the new lease. for example, for the existing 5-year lease, that is extended to 20 years.
the landlord would be entitled to 15 years of grants. the grants pay up to 4.50 per square foot to a maximum of 5,000 square feet. since february, 2017, the average number of applications received per year have been 17. we received 9 so far this fiscal year. for the budget, we are assuming, a, the applications this year and 17 new applications each of the coming fiscal year. the average square footage has been 2873 square feet. we gave that number as an assumption for all the applications.
and the consumer price index adjustment, it was 1% for the fiscal years '17 through '19. and for the budget, we are assuming it will be 3% for the next biannual adjustments. to date, there have been 28 grants for the 151 businesses. one out of five legacy businesses benefiting from long-term lease and secure term. an effective strategy to stabilize the businesses in san francisco. the motion was recommended. the commotion directs businesses to prioritize funding to qualify for other grants paid through the legacy preservation fund.
i am suggesting this motion, if we follow the policy recommendation, the bottom line here, it would be the estimated available for other grants. you can see that by fiscal year '21, '22, it is expected to be the funds from the stabilization grants. for the section 2a, 243, specific procedures are in place for handling grants shortfalls. essentially grants from prior years are given a priority and are decreased proportionally. they would pay less than 4.50 per square foot. the grants shall not exceed available funds. moving on, the next section, the run stabilization accessibility grant. this fiscal year, it will be a
one-time of $150,000 available through the reserve release. to help pay for disability access and reports and improvements. that brings us to the assist grant, number two on the agenda for this protectiere presentati. it is $500 per year. the fiscal year, we have 3 million thousand dollars in grant applications and '17, '18, we have $625,321 in grant applications. we were able to pay a full $500 for the two years. the spreadsheet shows that the front amounts were paid in the entirety each fiscal year.
that was not the case. some payments were made the following fiscal year. that actually changed and cas carried to the next fiscal year. the true carry forward were slightly different than the spreadsheet. we did this on the spreadsheet for simplification, the long-term projections came out the same. for the fiscal year, '18, '19, we received 105 business assistant grant applications approximately. using the average of 8,685 per grant, the grant request for '18, '19 are expected to $911,925. we are projecting the available funds to be 550,000. we will pay less than $500 per fge. the amount available to the business assistance grant would decrease over the next two fiscal years and assuming we continue receiving $1 million.
we would not have enough funds to pay the business assistant grant starting fiscal year '21, '22. that brings us to the final agenda item, policy recommendations for the future consideration. january and february, 2019, we will come before you with a policy recommendation regarding the business assistant grant and in may, 2019, we will have a policy recommendation regarding the stabilization grant. i will close the presentation today. any questions? commissioner? >> thank you very much for the presentation. what this says is that when you come to year 2021, you have run out of money. effectively with the amount of grants and subsequently doubles with your assumption of grants
per year. is there a magic to the 17 number? >> that is what we have seen so far. we had 28 grants from 2017. taking an average. >> all right. so the remaining 17 for this period. >> that's correct. all right. so i guess, the decision comes at the end of 2020, 2021, and do we either stop giving new grants or keep giving grants and then start decreasing the amount that we are granting. they would be paid first and then decrease. it would be less than 4.50 per square foot and then, we would bring on new people next year that apply. the prior years grantees, it is
increasing. >> the prior year, you have the option to reduce their benefits of the grantees. you can either stop giving grants and continue to give them the benefit, or if you keep giving grants, and then have some decrease in the amount given to the prior grantees. >> unless we got additional funds from the city. there is some lobbying. >> and i think, you know, what we are -- for this year, definitely, we don't have enough to fund both programs. we definitely need the approval of the direction of the staff in recommending. as rick said in january of 2019, we will come forward with some set of recommendations and so, it could be, you know, you might -- it could be your
decision is to direct staff in the future years to -- when it comes time to discuss the budget with additional dollars. >> so the current period, with assistance grants. >> we received applications. we told the applicants it could take quite a few months to go through and we have to go through all of them before we pay the grantees. the recommendation of paying less than 500... >> there is that suggestion you have approval of 550,000 and change available. >> available for them, that's correct. >> if you chose to roll that over, you risk not getting more funds. it sounds like the city is giving money -- with the $1 million over head. so the you want to make those
grants. can we pull more people into the stabilization pool? >> that is up to your discretion to give us direction to say, we think we get more than 17 grants. we want to ensure that we are able to award those grants. so we would like for you to keep an additional, you know, we want to make sure we have the availability to have 20 grants. then we will just adjust that budget. adjust the budget. we over estimate funding available for those rents stabilizations. we sort that particular -- >> do you have enough
allocations to administer the $550,000. >> i am thinking since -- to go through all the applications, that we would come to within an exact number. we do have to allocate an exact number to the grant until we have to. and we would have more knowledge of how the rent stabilization grants are doing. >> i would recommend you stay the course on this. you have signalled that is available. >> and i think, from the experience that we have been observing through this grant program, that the rent stabilization grants have a higher value and meets closer to the mission of what the legacy business program is. which is why in our recommendation, that we ensure that we are able to fully fund them. more so than the business
assistance grant. >> yes, i see the logic in that, for sure. >> so that we are obligated to -- because we did issue the grant, we are obligated to -- a grant obligation to the business assistance grant this year. whether it -- even if it is not the full amount of the full 500. >> i am encouraging you as much as i can. >> any questions? >> we would like to get a motion just to approve the direction of fully funding the rent stabilization grant, since we don't have enough to fully fund both. >> i make that explosion. -- motion.
>> members of the public, we would like item number 7. >> the policy direction as presented today. to prioritize the rent stabilization grant program. >> okay, we have a motion by the commissioner, seconded by the commission duly. commissioner adams? motion passed. next item. item 8. updated report of the small
business assistance centre. policy and matters. the announcements from there. announcement regarding small business activity for discussion. >> commissioner, i have a written report for you. so i will verbally go through it. first, i want to say we had a great weekend with small business. and the district 2 last week. and then good activity with merchants associations on small business saturday. and with the merchants there. and i want to extends my appreciation to attend that and being at the right place at the right time when media was there. we are directing media to some of our other small businesses
that promote our -- that promote our manufacturing. you can elaborate on that. and i want to extend happy birthday to the president of our commission as well. and the business assistance grant, the business -- the successful business program, the checklists are coming in a little slower than i think -- although the agencies are wanting -- they are coming in. we do have 19 business -- company owners that filed for unreasonable hardship. those have yet to be heard at the access appeals commission. i did present to them, and have a discussion with the commission a week before last on things to give consideration for in
granting, consideration for regarding a hardship particularly when the property owner is requiring the business tenant to act as his agent. so they are still finalizing some of the criteria that they want to ask, and -- but we have lent our assistance in helping if they need support in helping to do some financial review. we have lended our support and given some suggestions to follow a grant guidelines that we will be using and we will be presenting to you at the december 10th meeting for the grant program under the business program. and we are developing a grant program through the funds that we are directed through the business registrations and so we
have $332,700 that was collected through the business registration through the disability access fund that we are able to use. we have $100,000 left over from the $1 fee that was collected. so we are first looking at helping the businesses that are required by the property owner to comply. we are helping them first and then we will be working with the two, three and four property owners. and then, there is an outreach event this next monday, the inner agency. it is not a full presentation, but all agencies will be present to be able to answer questions. and then, for the legacy business program, thank you for allocating the funds for the
grants. i have decided in discussion instead of quarterly reports, we will move them to every six months. you are mostly updated on what we have been doing. so the primary thing that you are not is the business technical that is provided to the businesses. so i think once every 6 months is a good update. and the legislation of policy. i worked with the supervisor's office to make a specific modification to the catering permit. restaurants are going to have to -- retrofit. if they have a food truck or grant to get a food truck, that they are able to operate their
food truck and their existing business during the time that the business is closed to the retrofit and for the same days and hours. doing that ki i wanted to extend appreciation for helping us figure out and the willingness to turn this around quickly. we businesses in january, they will have to close their business. this is an option that they really wanted to have to be able to retain to having some income, but mostly retaining employees and keeping them employed. so that -- we were not able to bring that before the commission. it is on a fast time line. the land use committee before the meeting approved it. moving forward next week for the board of supervisors.
and then an update on the separation compliance that you heard at the last meeting. so supervisors in response to hearing about the data changed the criteria for a large generator from 30 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards. that involved many restaurants and some non-profits. and especially our neighbourhood, grocery stores. a meeting with the department of environment, there is a three year implementation plan for the auditing, and so because these are -- these types of businesses are already really working hard to properly sort their refuge, they will be sort of the latter ones to be audited and the
supervisor when i explained the programming and the education that the businesses have, he felt that they would actually meet -- still to be affirmed by the department of environment. that likely they will meet the needs of having the waste facilitator currently on staff. it is not a mandatory full-time job. they can be part-time. the supervisor affirmed that there is a discretion that the department of environment has there. so i do know in talking to some of the small neighbourhood grocers, that they actually want to improve their profits as we mentioned, one of them has -- as part of the corp., to achieve certification, they need to meet the waste goals. we wanted to meet with the department of environment to figure out the best solutions to
be able to pass the audits because of the challenge of having the refuge exposed to the public when it is being picked up. so this will help meet both those goals. and so anyway, i think we have come to a good solution here. so really i want to thank you for your direction that you provided the department of environment, the supervisor's office. and then the committee this week will be the cannabis regulations you heard last time. the hiring of apprentices. that will be heard. i have not seen an updated amended piece of legislation.
your response, is conditional to the amendments being made. and then, i will provide a detailed -- analysis. that you heard the supervisor flexible retail. it has legislation, you approved it for district 4. it has now evolved to temporary retail and activity uses. and so district 1, the supervisor, and district 5, district 10, the supervisor and district 11 with the supervisor have signed on to the legislation. i will provide the legislation
in writing. the districts have now signed on. it is not limited. those districts are allowing the flexible retail in addition to what was amended in adding temporary pop-up retail and activities. >> it has expanded from one district. >> in the time since you heard it, and then moving on from legislation, so the next meet we will have the new commission, policy commission secretary. so i wanted to thank the staffing for the meetings. he will jointly staff with dominica on december 10th. and then, i do -- i am hoping to
be able to schedule super tang as an acknowledgment for her service. and also i just recently learned that jim lazarus is leaving the chamber after 15 years and he is moving over to the senator's office. we will reach out to him and see if we can get him scheduled. if not the 10th, then in january to acknowledge him for the service and all the support he provided for us and the policy. and lastly, i will be sending over to you, the schedule for our 2019 meeting schedule. we will not have to -- there will be some adjustments. small business week is the first week of may. we will not need to change the first meeting of the month.
but we will be needing to make a change to the second meeting of the month of may because of memorial day. so i have already prescheduled meeting times. i will need to affirm with you as to whether these adjusted times will work with your schedule. because of the indigenous peoples day in october. and november, because of veterans' day, i have reserved veterans' day is monday, november 11th. so i have reserved november 12th, which is a tuesday, 2 p.m. just so that i have room on the book. because these rooms book up quickly. ((please stand by)
>> even later in the afternoon, there was a good crowd therapeutic it was a great event hopefully the beginning of many of those. a couple of shout outs for upcoming holiday fares picked the dogpatch holiday fare is this saturday, december 1st coming up. s.f. made has a city hall pop up coming up next tuesday, on december 4th at city hall. and the s.f. made holiday fare at california college of the arts is on saturday, december 15 th. all kinds of opportunities to buy local and support the local maker community and small business community. that set. >> i love it. commissioner riley quach. >> i was invited by the committee to their goodwill mission in china, they are very
interested in the office of small business. the small business commission, as well as the assistant centre. we met with the assembly and parliament and some of the department his. anyway. we talk about the office of small business and talk about the business portal as well as some of the programs we have. they seem to be very interested and they seem to be very strong interest of the vietnamese people to come do business with the u.s. it was a very busy.
i just got back. >> welcome. thank you. commissioner dooley law specter. >> i spent several hours with the small business saturday with the xc maker fair at pier 35. it was an amazing success. it was so crowded there with shoppers. it was hard to walk down the aisles. which was very exciting. i got to meet it with lots of wonderful makers, designers, and i'm happy to see such a good turnout. the other thing i wanted to mention is that after many, many months of negotiation with city agencies, north beach merchants association has worked out a settlement for when they shut down and do an enormous amount of construction in washington square park. we actually have gotten to the point where we have signed a contract with them, holding
various various city departments ' feet to the fire we are hoping it will be a change to the positive for big construction jobs that do effect our small businesses that shows we are those that we can and should have some say in how that will affect all of the businesses surrounding such a place. >> great. thank you. any other comments quach seen none, public comment is closed. are there any comments on item number 9 quach. >> seeing none, public comment is closed. next item, please. >> item ten is new business big allows commissioners to introduce new agenda items for future consideration by the commission. >> commissioner riley. >> this meeting and the last meeting, and we have quite a few people who came and talked about cannabis and how they don't like
it and how it's bad for the community, bad for this and that i wondered if we need to do something on the outreach to let people know that to the voter already voted for this to be legal. for them to come and protest and tell us to stop them, may be there is lack of understanding and it is already being approved by the voters. may be that is something we need to think about. >> i would like to add to that period when we hear people talking, even though i'm not in the room, the massive amount of misinformation that we are hearing from folks. it would be nice if there is some way to point out the actual truth about many of these things and reminds them they can't compare finding needles on the
ground to a cannabis dispensary that is so highly regulated. it makes a liquor store look like you could just -- a 5 -year-old could walk in compared to the type of steps that are being taken to safeguard these communities. and we need to get that out there. >> especially today. i noticed one of the reporters here from the world journals sitting in the back. i don't know what we would take out of this whole public comment i don't want them to think that we don't care and we don't hear what they say. on the other hand, is already being approved by the voter. it is legal. there is nothing we can do other than may be they can work with their district supervisor to come up with something rather than -- i don't think they are wasting time. but i think they need to be
informed. >> and they can't continue to protest based on misinformation. >> right. >> that is not serving anyone. >> and you said something very important with working with district supervisor his. they did work with supervisor peskin with chinatown and not opening up any new dispensaries in chinatown. >> that's why i suggested it. >> and that is what should be done. there is a lot of misinformation entering public comments today, she was making comments about needles and cannabis. neither one has anything to do with the other. i agree. it should be a general information that is put out there. is it sr is at the office of cannabis? who actually does that? >> since they came to us to protest, me beat we need to think of something. >> they also go to the planning
commission to too. >> right. >> those individuals and the board of supervisors, there is a fine line in allowing people to voice their opinion and then there's, you know, i will still reach out to director elliott and the department of public health to ensure that suggestions of the distinction between those issues between needles and/or the fact that it's not legal to smoke on the sidewalk. people do. but just because we have legalized cannabis, does not mean -- just because we have legalized cannabis. does not legalize smoking on the public right-of-way. i think, perhaps there is
opportunity to be able to make sure that some of those standards are very clear. but to note that we are not the only commission that those individuals show up to, that anytime cannabis is on the agenda, they are there. no matter what body is hearing it. >> we are going to talk to elliott. >> i will talk to the city attorney and see what we will utilize for us as a commission. >> whenever they have public comment, we are not supposed to engage in the conversation. it is almost like a one way. >> you can respond in general.
suggestions that you have and want to submit them. we can agenda dies it when the commission is ready to affirm that position. >> thank you. >> that was it. >> any other new business? are there any members of the public would like to make any comments on new business here at the commission? seeing none, public comment is closed. next item, please. >> san francisco government television, please so -- showed show the office of small business like. >> it is our custom to begin and end each small business commission meeting with a reminder that the office of small business is the only business to start your new business in san francisco and the best place to get questions to your answers about doing
business in san francisco. the san francisco small business commission is the official public forum to voice your opinions and concerns about policies that affect the economic vitality of small business in san francisco. if you need assistance with small business matters, it starts here at the office of small business. >> item 11 is adjournment. action item. >> do we have a motion? >> moved to adjourn. >> second. meeting adjourned. >> motion passes 5-0, total absent.
>> this is one place you can always count on to give you what you had before and remind you of what your san francisco history used to be. >> we hear that all the time, people bring their kids here and their grandparents brought them here and down the line. >> even though people move away, whenever they come back to the city, they make it here. and they tell us that. >> you're going to get something made fresh, made by hand and made with quality products and something that's very, very good. ♪ >> the legacy bars and restaurants was something that was begun by san francisco simply to recognize and draw attention to the establishments. it really provides for san francisco's unique character. ♪
>> and that morphed into a request that we work with the city to develop a legacy business registration. >> i'm michael cirocco and the owner of an area bakery. ♪ the bakery started in 191. my grandfather came over from italy and opened it up then. it is a small operation. it's not big. so everything is kind of quality that way. so i see every piece and cut every piece that comes in and out of that oven. >> i'm leslie cirocco-mitchell, a fourth generation baker here with my family. ♪ so we get up pretty early in the morning. i usually start baking around 5:00.
and then you just start doing rounds of dough. loaves. >> my mom and sister basically handle the front and then i have my nephew james helps and then my two daughters and my wife come in and we actually do the baking. after that, my mom and my sister stay and sell the product, retail it. ♪ you know, i don't really think about it. but then when i -- sometimes when i go places and i look and see places put up, oh this is our 50th anniversary and everything and we've been over 100 and that is when it kind of hits me. you know, that geez, we've been here a long time. [applause] ♪ >> a lot of people might ask why our legacy business is important. we all have our own stories to tell about our ancestry.
our lineage and i'll use one example of tommy's joint. tommy's joint is a place that my husband went to as a child and he's a fourth generation san franciscan. it's a place we can still go to today with our children or grandchildren and share the stories of what was san francisco like back in the 1950s. >> i'm the general manager at tommy's joint. people mostly recognize tommy's joint for its murals on the outside of the building. very bright blue. you drive down and see what it is. they know the building. tommy's is a san francisco hoffa, which is a german-style presenting food. we have five different carved meats and we carve it by hand at the station.
you prefer it to be carved whether you like your brisket fatty or want it lean. you want your pastrami to be very lean. you can say i want that piece of corn beef and want it cut, you know, very thick and i want it with some sauerkraut. tell the guys how you want to prepare it and they will do it right in front of you. san francisco's a place that's changing restaurants, except for tommy's joint. tommy's joint has been the same since it opened and that is important. san francisco in general that we don't lose a grip of what san francisco's came from. tommy's is a place that you'll always recognize whenever you lock in the door. you'll see the same staff, the same bartender and have the same meal and that is great. that's important.
♪ >> the service that san francisco heritage offers to the legacy businesses is to help them with that application process, to make sure that they really recognize about them what it is that makes them so special here in san francisco. ♪ so we'll help them with that application process if, in fact, the board of supervisors does recognize them as a legacy business, then that does entitle them to certain financial benefits from the city of san francisco. but i say really, more importantly, it really brings them public recognition that this is a business in san francisco that has history and that is unique to san francisco.
>> it started in june of 1953. ♪ and we make everything from scratch. everything. we started a you -- we started a off with 12 flavors and mango fruits from the philippines and then started trying them one by one and the family had a whole new clientele. the business really boomed after that. >> i think that the flavors we make reflect the diversity of san francisco. we were really surprised about the legacy project but we were thrilled to be a part of it. businesses come and go in the city. pretty tough for businesss to stay here because it is so
expensive and there's so much competition. so for us who have been here all these years and still be popular and to be recognized by the city has been really a huge honor. >> we got a phone call from a woman who was 91 and she wanted to know if the mitchells still owned it and she was so happy that we were still involved, still the owners. she was our customer in 1953. and she still comes in. but she was just making sure that we were still around and it just makes us feel, you know, very proud that we're carrying on our father's legacy. and that we mean so much to so many people. ♪ >> it provides a perspective. and i think if you only looked at it in the here and now,
you're missing the context. for me, legacy businesses, legacy bars and restaurants are really about setting the context for how we come to be where we are today. >> i just think it's part of san francisco. people like to see familiar stuff. at least i know i do. >> in the 1950s, you could see a picture of tommy's joint and looks exactly the same. we haven't change add thing. >> i remember one lady saying, you know, i've been eating this ice cream since before i was born. and i thought, wow! we have, too. ♪ >> are you guys ready? five, four, three, two, one. [cheers and applause]
>> e.a. all right. e.a. >> thank you so much for joining us today. today with mayor breed, we are honored to celebrate our community's -- community's brazilians as we continue to advocate for equality and human rights. -- community's equality as is to continue to advocate for equality and human rights. thank you. [applause] from the cafeteria riot to the nation's first trans- city department to, we have, so far. thanks to many of you and the community leaders and allies who have paved the way before us.
today, you are part of making history. as the trump administration continues to attack our communities in san francisco, we stand up against these attacks and celebrate each other. here in san francisco, we don't erase people. we understand that our differences are what makes us special. i'm so proud to work for a city that stands firm that we will not allow discrimination of any kind unchecked. san francisco continues to protect all of our communities and be a sanctuary city regardless of the federal administration. regardless of how they want to redefine gender, ban us from military service or strip away our rights -- rights for medically necessary care. at the office of transgender initiatives, we are working every day to advance policies, program and equity for trends
and nonconforming gender communities. earlier this month, we partnered with mayor breed to release a directive requiring all city departments to broaden gender identity options across all city forms. [applause] >> furthermore, we are providing trans- inclusion training across all city employees because everyone should feel safe when reaching our city services. also, last week, our advisory committee had the opportunity to meet with mayor breed and discuss several community priorities that we identified through a series of community stakeholder meetings. i'm looking forward to working with the mayor and the board of supervisors and other city departments to move these important priorities for words. i am excited to share that we are launching two exciting pilots this year to better serve our diverse communities including our trans- and lgbt emigrant fellowship program, as
well as a civic bridge program to increase navigation services so trans folks can access the wide range of services we have in the city. as i started in this role in december, i have had many opportunities to engage but our community has been under attack more now than ever before. we work to create name policies across the city and we track anti- lgbt legislation and we will make sure that any state that tries to discriminate against us gets added to the travel ban, and contracting ban because we will not do business with states that think discrimination is okay. [applause] >> furthermore, we are advancing our workforce program to provide direct trends services to the tenderloin and the soma areas. we are also creating antiviolence programs to make
sure that housing programs and providers are inclusive of trans people. we all deserve a home in san francisco. [applause] >> in conclusion, as the chump administration tries to strip away our rights, it's important we all remember that we will continue to be protected in san francisco through our leadership , through our office, and the work that each of you are doing every day. together we can remember our trans resilience and that we are never alone. i hope you will join us for this important work because we cannot do it alone. volunteer with local programs, get involved, volunteer and give because we all need a fierce cheerleader. so together, let's make sure that no one gets left behind. everyone deserves a safe place to sleep, wellness and a community that celebrates them. now it is my great honor to
welcome our wonderful mayor, lyndon breed. [applause] -- london breed. [applause] >> thank you. aren't we lucky to have such incredible leadership for our office of transgender initiatives here. we really appreciate you. thank you. thank you all for joining us here today. we are here to celebrate our transgender and gender nonconforming communities in san francisco and across the country i would also like to thank the supervisors who have joined us here today, including supervisor raffaella mandelman, supervisor vallie brown and president president of the board of supervisors, melia cohen. thank you for being here. [applause] today, we are recognizing this important week by lighting up city hall in the trans- flag
colours. blue, white and pink and if you are lucky to get one of these pens, may be asked anthony, i think he has a few extra. as well as raising the transgendered flag, which we just did, outside of the front of city hall. these are symbols that recognize our commitment to protecting the rights of all san franciscans. in these challenging times, i am so proud to be a mayor of a city that celebrates our diversity and our rich history with our trans- community. from our roots as a first city in the country to honor transgendered date, a remembrance to today, where we have the first office of transgender initiative. and a great leader in claire. as i look around, i think about the challenges facing us as a nation and as a safety. i am reminded, constantly, of
the resilience of the trans community. we have a federal administration that attacks our most vulnerable communities, time and time again here in san francisco, we won't stand for it. we will fight against it each and every time by standing together. that's why, earlier this month, i sent an executive directive to all city departments requiring the expansion of gender identity options across all city forms and mandating trans- inclusion training for all city employees working with the public. [applause] >> this is just one way we can make sure that our trends community is respected and supported, and in san francisco, no one is erased. i am proud of how far we have come as a city and being inclusive and welcoming, but i know, i know there is still a
lot of work to do. just as you have remained resilient in the face of adversity, i will remain committed to addressing the needs and priorities of the trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. last week, i had an opportunity to meet with the transgender advisory committee to discuss many of the priorities that we all share. we talked about things like the crisis that has unfortunately impacted disproportionately our lgbtq community. thanks to their work and our office of transgender initiatives, we are focused on expanding employment, healthcare , and educational opportunities for our lgbtq community. we are committed to preventing any discrimination or violence or any assaults against all of our residents, as well as bringing justice for those who have experienced these tragedies
we will not rest until there is equity and ensure a basic human rights for all of our communities. but i know i can't do this work alone and i want to thank all of you for joining us here today. not only for what we have all ready achieved but for what we will continue to achieve by working together. and that is why i wanted to do something really special to commemorate this time and -- here it is. [laughter] >> i am not only committed to making sure that we celebrate our transgender community, but we honor it by doing something that has not been done anywhere else in our country. today, i am happy to recognize the entire month of november as transgender month in