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. >> president cohen: good afternoon, and welcome to a special meeting of the san francisco board of supervisors. today is december 18, 2018. thank you all for being with us today. for this important meeting. to the members, begin with attendance, lead the pledge of allegiance, communications and nominate and vote for their president pro-tem. so let's start with the roll call. [roll call vote taken]
tang. my office has received communications asking to be excused from the meeting. a pro-tem officer is appointed by the members, a motion to excuse the members the first order of business. but first, board president malia cohen is among those members not present, pursuant to the rules, clerk calls the meeting to order, and opens the floor for members to make nominations and to vote for their pro-tem. all right. though this appointment would terminate after today's meeting. any member may make a nomination, a second a nice touch and majority vote of the members present. so, if there's one nomination, we'll take the vote. if there are multiple names in nominations, we'll take a different type of a vote. so, are there any members who would like to nominate president pro-tem? >> yes. >> supervisor yee: i would like
>> colleagues, thank you for your confidence in your vote today to allow me to preside over our special board of supervisors meeting for tuesday, december 18th. more than anything, i want to thank my colleagues for coming in for this special meeting to allow me to be able to vote for this charter amendment to bring this forward to our voters. may i take a motion at this time to excuse president cohen, supervisor peskin and supervisor tang? motion from ronen and second from brown, do that without objection. madam clerk, call today's one and only item. >> clerk: item 1, charter amendment third draft to establish the free city college
fund to defray certain costs of city college students and to require annual appropriations in designate the amounts to the fund, at election to be held november 5, 2019. >> i want to thank the members, primary sponsor, supervisor mandelman, supervisor yeah, ronen, brown, fewer and safai. i did promise a brief meeting, but i did want to make a couple of points before we took a vote on this charter amendment. i just want to recap the journey that we had been on since 2015 when i first introduced a revenue measure to create more equity here in san francisco. we have one of the fastest growing economies to the envy of cities and states around the nation, yet we also have the
fastest growing income gap between the rich and the poor in the nation as well. the great equalizer or one of the great equalizers in our country has always been education, and in the mid 20th century when this country made a very expensive and at the time a very radical decision to fund a free and universal k-12 education system we saw a middle class grow in this country. while that was not the only factor for the growth of the middle class, it was certainly one of them. and during this time we also found a high school diploma was enough to get a middle class job. 30, 40 years later we have seen technology has raced ahead of education, and that by 2020, 70% of all u.s. jobs will require some type of post secondary degree training or certificate. i believe it's our role as elected officials and as government to constantly review and reexamine the social compact we have with our citizens to provide them a foundation to
become successful in our nation and education of course continues to be one of them. in 2015, we started to hear candidates for the democratic party and president talk about tuition-free college, and community members reached out to me in december of 2015 examine what it would mean to use revenue measures for a free city college. over the next four months we worked with our controllers office, ben and his team and in particular, thank jalieal, and my chief of staff, to look at what the investment would look like and found it does not cost that much. with an estimated revenue of between 20 to $44 million through luxury real estate transfer tax we realized we can make san francisco the first city in the nation to make community college free for all of our residents regardless of age, income or any type of g.p.a. prerequisite and thank my
colleagues on the board at that time for supporters a charter amendment with ten votes, i'm sorry, supporting a revenue measure with ten votes that became proposition w, luxury real estate transfer tax, asking those who are doing tremendously well in the real estate economy to invest back in the city to create more equity. the average job available for city college graduate, $11,000 more than the same individual with a high school diploma. l 62% passage in november, able to raise $27 million in just the first year of implementation and able to make city college free that fall of 2017. however, as you know, through that process, we were able to allocate only 6.4 million of the 27 million to this free city program. we wanted the pilot to begin and get our foot in the door and the program has been much more wildly successful and popular than i think any of us even the
strongest advocates have anticipated. we saw a growth that looked to be about 20 to 25% of increase enrollment of san francisco residents and we saw city college adding classes and hiring faculty again. one of my favorite quotes was one of the, one of the faculty members saying that she enjoyed being screamed at by a student for not being able to get to the class because it was full, instead of telling a student that they could not get into the class because it was canceled due to underenrollment. since that time we have gotten so many letters from city college students. including this letter that we received, on behalf of the students of city college, i want to express my gratitude toward the victory of free city college. as a student and as a graduate who continues attending ccsf, the removal of financial barriers has opened greater skills necessary to prepare for the 21st century work force. i'm a mother of three young children and been working towards a career change in life.
obtaining this education is essential and purposing career path that is fulfilling. free city contributes to their talents, and pursue new career paths without going into financial debt. reduced education iniquity and made education accessible for all of our city residents and thank the board for championing free city. it's so important in a city that talks about innovation and disruption, we need to make sure the opportunity is provided for all of our residents. so, colleagues, i just want to thank again our co-sponsors, i want to thank our rules committee for expeditiously allowing this to come before the board. i know this is one of the quickest charter amendments that have come before the board of supervisors but i really do look forward to working with all of you to champion this in the november 2019 election. i want to recognize the college board of trustees for adopting
this charter amendment and recognizing the president, the vice president, and others, and also my former chief of staff, ivy li, the architect behind proposition w. thank the city attorneys for working tirelessly to make sure we could get this done since july, janet and john, and recognize the controller's office, ben rosenfield and his team, michelle and jayliel, will work on this in a different hat without your office and all the data and numbers we would not have been able to move forward with proposition w or the charter amendment before us. and last but not least, i want to thank the free city coalition. i have really enjoyed standing in front of this campaign but this idea came directly from the community and not from any elected official. it was again members of labor
and afc2121 that brought the idea of investing in free city and said this was possible and tremendous amount of research across the country to see what what it would take to make this a successful program in san francisco, examining the tennessee promise, chicago promise, oregon promise, the strengths and pit falls of the program to make sure we would implement a program in san francisco that drew on the strength and also addressed and mitigated some of the challenges they saw, one most importantly, low income students in households did not enroll in free college, we found that books and transportation and child care costs exceeded the cost of tuition and that was also a barrier attending the college, so unique not only tuition free but for the lowest income students enrolling in city college part and full-time, providing additional stipend to
pay for books and other things to be successful in the school. i want to thank afc2121, our president jenny warly, our former president, aleesa, james tracy who worked on it at the partnership, and labor council, connie ford, rita gonzales, and kim paulson. community housing partnership, anokvil rama, and the student solidarity committee co-chairs. among others. any comments or questions you would like to make before our vote on the question? this is really going to be a short meeting. so -- at this time, madam clerk, please call the roll.
>> on the question shall this charter amendment be submitted to the department of elections. [roll call vote taken] >> clerk: there are seven aye and one no, with supervisor stefani in the dissent. >> colleague, ordered and submitted to the november 5, 2019, election. and failed to thank kitty fong for working so hard the last couple of months. madam clerk, general public comment. yes, still doing that for the special board meeting. >> at this time the public may address the board up to two minutes on subject matter items within the board's jurisdiction, but not on a free city college.
first speaker, please. >> city college for free, first of all, i want to point out to you that there's nothing for free. during the budget cuts, two executive females for city college came up here and said it's a good program but we here before the budget today because we are $5 million in debt. so that's proof nothing for free. you just testified you got multi-million dollars of dollars from proposition w, if so, why is city college $5 million in debt per year. you want to continue this program for 20 years, 20 years times 5 million, $100 million that the city is in debt. another example of the situation enjoyed by preferential treatment said the people but not enjoyed by the most vulnerable people. you have lower level institutions of schools in order to get to the best schools, junior high and elementary
schools, and other school institutions, you have to go to school based on the lottery system. whereas city college is for free and no lottery system involved. in fact, i have to speak up for the teachers as well, because the teachers are not getting paid on time, and just this past holiday season, s.f. -- over 200 instructors that did not get paid. and as a result, they received foreclosure notices from the banks, eviction b notice from the apartment owners, and by the same response, some homeless teachers out in the streets, too. and i want to point out another example of differential treatment, because scott wiener and the previous mayor put together a $44 million homeless bond for teachers only to build 100 units and 120 units for homeless teachers only. you have a situation enjoyed by homeless teachers but not enjoyed by nonhomeless teachers. moreover, another situation where this homeless bond after
seven years of living in the building the teachers have to be evicted and start the homeless teacher situation all over again. >> thank you for your comments. just a reminder, general public comment. not comment on free city college for future speakers. >> thank you, thank you. mr. wright is throwing fastballs and they are covering the plate. this issue, this is coming back to bringing our government back home. this is just one government, and this government needs to say well, we have other governments, the federal and the state, and there are budgets there, dropping. littering yemen with bombs, couldn't we get a few more, instead of bombs, schools. i mean, this is across the country. people are not going to have a lot of money for the programs for the people but yet we need to bring the governments back
home and this is a perfect example of it. good luck finding funding for bringing the governments back home. thank you. >> thank you, mr. gilberte. any of the other members in general public comment? >> i would generally like to say thank you very much from a city college person, it was free -- i'm not commenting about the i think this, just saying thank you. it was free for me and i've taught there 39 years and if it had not been free, that would have never happened. i know we are not allowed to clap or sing, so, hey! thank you. >> i think we are allowed to sing. >> thank you. ♪ we've got a charter amendment ♪ ♪ we've got a charter amendment ♪ ♪ to keep city free, from the bottom of my heart i say thanks to thee ♪ ♪ we have free city college for you and for me ♪ >> thank you. >> thank you, police berg.
-- miss berg. >> all right, madam president. >> oh, yeah. i just want to say, i wasn't here last week for all the great accolades that, thank you jane kim for a wonderful eight years. i'm proud to be a district 6 resident and close out as board president, one of the great moments. thanks for pushing universal child care, ban the box, and raising the minimum wage wage, and the other thing we are not supposed to talk about in general public comment. thank you. >> thank you so much, to members of the public. sorry -- flip the page. madam clerk, any further business before us? >> after you close public comment, madam president, i believe that brings us to the
end of our agenda and a year that we will remember. >> thank you so much, madam clerk. thank you so much to mike colleagues for coming in today for a special board meeting. we look forward to seeing everyone in the new year. thank you also to our staff and clerks for organizing this special board meeting for december 18th and for the members of the public for coming. today's special meeting is adjourned. .
>> my name is naomi kelly the single-story for the 775 i started with the city and county in 1996 working for the newly elected mayor willie brown, jr. not only the chief of staff a woman but many policy advisors that were advising him everyday their supportive and nourished and sponsored united states and excited about the future. >> my name is is jack listen and the executive director of a phil randolph institution our goal to have two pathways to
sustaining a family here in san francisco and your union jobs are stroen to do that i have this huge way to work with the community members and i think i found my calling i started in 1996 working for willie brown, jr. i worked in he's mayor's office of housing in the western edition and left 3 years went to law school of san francisco state university and mayor brown asked me to be the director of the taxicab commission and through the process i very much card by the contracting process and asked me townhouse the city purchaser and worked with me and i became the deputy administrator and . >> having trouble struggling to make ends meet folks will not
understand what importance of voting is so we decided to develop our workforce development services after a couple of years offering pathways to sustainable jobs. >> (clapping.) >> we've gotten to a place to have the folks come back and have the discussion even if participation and makes sense we do public services but we also really build strong communities when i started this job my sons were 2 and 5 now 9 and 6 i think so the need to be able to take a call from the principal of school i think that brings a whole new appreciation to being understanding of the work life balance. >> (clapping.) >> i have a very good team around me we're leader in the country when it comes to paid and retail and furiously the affordable-care
act passed by 3079 we were did leaders for the healthcare and we're in support of of the women and support. >> in my industry i feel that is male dominated a huge struggle to get my foot in the door and i feel as though that definitely needs to change this year needs to be more opportunities for i don't know women to do what tell me dream i feel that is important for us to create a in fact, network of support to young people young women can further their dreams and most interested in making sure they have the full and whatever they need to make that achieveable. >> education is important i releases it at my time of san mateo high ii come back to the
university of san francisco law school and the fact i passed the bar will open up many more doors because i feel a curve ball or an where you can in the way can't get down why is this in my way we have to figure out a solution how to move forward we can't let adversity throw in the >> mayor breed: -- >> wow. we are making it rain in san francisco today. let me tell you, i am so excited to be here today. my name is london grade and i am the mayor of san francisco. [cheers and applause]
>> i am here with a diverse group of people who basically are amazing individuals in organization -- and organizations that do some incredible work for residents in our city. residents who are some of our most vulnerable residents from our senior communities, to our families, to our homeless population, the people here today represent how we can accomplish all the things that matter. as you know the controller recently announced an unexpected windfall of $450 million. [cheers and applause] >> this kind of opportunity does not come along easily and frequently, and the value of a
dollar is so important to me, and how we spend this money matters. it can be the difference between life and death. it can be the difference between someone being able to pay their rent or not, and part of what we have a responsibility to do is make every single dollar counts. this is why i am proposing a detailed plan to use our shelter for our homeless population, to fund the affordable housing that we so desperately need. to preserve our existing affordable housing so that people don't lose their homes. to expand our capacity to handle what we know is a real problem on our streets. those who are struggling with substance abuse disorder and mental illness, and clean up our streets.
clean up our streets. [cheers and applause] >> part of it is this investment , but the other part of it is we have to take pride in taking care of our city. the city charter states that a certain percentage of the revenues must be allocated to critical functions, but of the $415 million, $54 million will go to support children and youth throughout san francisco. [cheers and applause] >> $35 million of which is dedicated to our public schools, and an additional 19 million to support children and family programming and workforce development programs to include opportunities for all to support our young people and prepare them for the opportunities that exist all over this city, 9 million is going to our public libraries, $38 million to
transportation so that we can speed up the purchase of more light rail trains to get you all around the city to work and school on time. [applause] >> and $2 million for street tree maintenance. $130 million going to shore up our economic reserves so that when we are not dealing with this economic prosperity in the future, we are prepared to address those challenges. this leaves us with $181 million remaining to spend. every day. [laughter] >> every day i am out in the community. you all see the same things i know that i see. we see people struggling. we see people sleeping on the sidewalks. we are wondering, in a city as wealthy as san francisco park what will we do about it? how are we going to make the
right investments? some things are not necessarily working caps on so what doing to speed up the number of shelter beds, and to increase the number of units so that we can help those that we know need it the most? i know that our service providers, some of them who will be talking, they know how important this is. so our community leaders and residents in the mission, the tenderloin, in chinatown and across the southeast sector neighborhoods who fight for more affordable housing and improving the lives of the residents that we all serve calf caps off this money for health to advance many of the causes that they are already working on. i am proposing that we spend $90.5 million on affordable housing, and $90.5 million on homelessness, behavioural health programs and cleaning our streets.
[applause] >> so this important investment will allow us to create over 300 more shelter beds and navigation center beds. it will allow us to take critical steps forward in achieving my goal in opening 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of next year so that we clear the nightly waitlist for our shelter beds. no one should have to sleep on our streets. we need alternatives. we have to have places for people to go, and we need to move faster in making that possible. we also know the struggles with mental illness, so this proposal will also include 86 behavioural health and substance abuse recovery beds so that we can help people suffering from severe mental illness and addiction get the help they need
, rather than continuing to cycle in and out of our jails. it will support funding for over 900 units of new affordable housing. 900 use its -- units. [applause] >> which includes 300 more units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals who are master -- through the master lease program these are the people that often times are left out. these are the people who need housing the most. we need to think about the fact they are not all seniors. they are not all seniors. some of them are 40 and 50 years old, and they need affordable housing too. this not only creates new homes for them, but it opens up 300 more spaces in our homeless network for individuals who need them. it will close the funding gap on a new affordable housing site of
255 homeless adults and seniors just next door at 1064 mission. that empty lot will be 255 new homes. >> there are challenges with the changes of gentrification in our city. so i support some of the efforts of many of our leaders in the mission community, and part of this funding proposal will go toward purchasing additional sights in the mission, and neighborhoods that have been impacted to purchase sites so we can build 100% affordable housing in the communities that we know need it the most. [applause] >> it will help accelerate the development of three additional
affordable housing projects which could produce another 370 units of affordable housing to talk about that we purchased, the mcdonald's sight -- site where we will build a hundred% affordable housing for families. we are also making investments in preserving existing affordable housing, because we talk about new affordable housing, wishes to do so desperately needs, but what about people who are living in buildings that are being sold? what about people who live in public housing and some of the most horrible conditions? what are we going to do to make sure that when we have a windfall of this nature, that they are not left out? we are going to be making some significant investments to assist in preserving and improving over 1,000 units of
existing affordable housing in our city through increasing our funding for the small sites acquisition program so we can purchase those buildings that are in threat of going to market rate. [applause] >> and sunnydale and potrero hill. you are not forgotten. you are a part of san francisco too, and so parts of this additional funding will go towards making sure that we change the living conditions of the people who live in sunnydale and potrero hill specifically. [applause] >> this investment will bring us closer to not only helping to rebuild those properties for the
current residence, but more importantly to increase the number of units on those sights. to increase our housing stock in san francisco. it will accelerate the process. these are just some of the things we can accomplish under our proposed plan. these funds alone are not going to support every shelter beds bed or every affordable housing unit that we need to tackle the challenges that all of you know that we face. for making the right investments and moving these projects forward faster is the difference between someone getting housed tomorrow, and someone getting housed a year from now. what is the difference? sooner rather than later. this is about making sure that everyone has an opportunity to have a seat at the table, for the purposes of making the right investments that are going to
lead to great results for the people who need it the most. i want you to feel the difference. feel the difference. when you walked on the streets, we want the streets to be clean, mohammed nuru. when you are trying to get to work and school on time, i want the buses and the trains to be right there, and not completely full where you are filling everybody's armpits. i want to make sure that when the residents of sunnydale call and ask for their plumbing to be fixed, or the moulds to be removed from their unit, i want someone to answer that call and respond within 24 hours. [cheers and applause] i don't think that is asking for much. here today, with this proposed responsible plan that we have,
we can get to a better place in san francisco where we feel the difference. and with that, ladies and gentlemen, i want to introduce someone who has been working hard to address many challenges that we know are the most pressing issue. people who sadly struggle with substance abuse disorder and mental illness, i want to introduce a doctor from health rates 360 who has been on the frontline working on these issues and so many more. [applause] >> thank you so much mayor breed , for being good for your word, for your ongoing commitment and support for addressing lack of affordable housing and homelessness in san francisco. i am with health right 360 and
we are a healthcare provider. for us, there is no ability to achieve health in an ongoing health improvement if you are living outside. if you are living on the street. if a person has a substance use disorder in san francisco, and they are low income, chances are they have come to us at some point. we touch many people in san francisco. but the treatment needs to stay -- length of stay is kind of short. ninety-four% of the people who come to us for services are unsheltered and they are living outdoors. with your plan, what you have proposed, we will be able to maintain people in treatment longer for a long enough period of time so that they cannot only gain the full benefit of their healthcare, but be able to find housing and move out independently, because without that it is simply inhumane. it is wrong. you treat people and we send them back out on the streets. who can maintain recovery living
inside of a tent? i thank you because you recognize this and this plan and you have committed to support the folks that we serve. tomorrow is december 21st. it is the longest day of the year -- longest night of the year. it is a long and cold tonight. it is also the national memorial day for acknowledging all of the people who have died as a result of homelessness. i think it is very fitting they you announce this plan and this commitment on this day. tomorrow, let's think about this and give a moment of thought to the people who have lost their lives and a moment of hope for the people who will gain housing because of what you proposed. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. i just realized that my cosponsor for the legislation for this proposed legislation that will be going to the board of supervisors is here, even though she is going to be leaving us fairly soon as
supervisor of district ten, she has been a real force and advocate for all of the things that we are proposing and working on. i want to ask president of the board of supervisors, melia cohen to say a few words. [cheers and applause] >> what a politician that doesn't want to talk? [laughter] >> good morning, everyone to. today is an exciting day. i don't know what else i could possibly say peered the mayor covered it all. this is just a monumental occasion. i do have one challenge that i want to acknowledge the board members who will be voting on this. is incredibly important and we need to put our political differences aside and remember who we are elected to serve. that needs to be at the forefront of our hearts and mind every single day. this is not a mere proposal. this is not a board of supervisors proposal. this is a proposal for san
franciscans. that is all i have to say peered thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you president cohen. congratulations on being elected as a member of the board of equalization for the state of california. [cheers and applause] >> next i want to bring up not just a community advocate for housing and affordable housing in general, but also someone who is a member of the planning commission who has been really a fighter for addressing what we know is a serious challenge with moving development of affordable housing forward faster, especially in some of our gentrified communities like the mission district, ladies and gentlemen, him or not mel garr -- mirna mel garr.
>> i am the vice president of the planning commission. in addition, and executive director of the jamestown community centre. is one of the oldest youth development agencies in san francisco serving at risk youth and their families since 1971. i am here to strongly support our mayor's leadership and division. investing every penny of available funds into affordable housing and homelessness. we have been running on a deficit of housing in san francisco for many, many years, and it is a particular crisis in affordable housing. nothing else we do, we have many needs, education, transportation , youth, but nothing else works if a family does not have stable housing. we have families in the mission sleeping on the floor of the gems because they have no place else to go. so this deficit that we have is a debt.
we have a debt to our african-american community, latino families, seniors, seniors in chinatown who have been evicted, every person who has left us is part of the fabric of our community. they are members of our churches , members of our community, they are our neighbors and we owe that debt. we particularly owe that debt to my kids and your kids. the children of tomorrow for not going to be able to make a life here because they cannot afford it. so i spent a bunch of my life doing homeownership at the mayor 's office of housing and financial capability. one of the principles of financial capabilities when you are maxed out on your credit cards and you have a lot of debt , and you get a big tax refund, you don't go out and buy a new shiny thing. you also don't pay your rent with it. that is something that will be recurring every month. what you do is you pay your debt , that is what we have to do with this money. we have to pay our debt to our
children, to our community, we have to invest in affordable housing. we have to invest every penny into affordable housing. thank you, mayor breed for your leadership. i still appreciate it, for my kids, for the kids at jamestown, the kids at san francisco and for all of our families who are facing homelessness and displacement. this is exactly the leadership that we need to. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, commissioner. let me also add that some of the funding is proposed to go to opportunities for all, which is a program where we make sure that every high school student in san francisco has access to a paid internship. [applause] >> a paid internship. now one of our incredible partners who has really focused on advocating for affordable housing for families, for
homeless families in our safety, and has been a champion in this particular issue, along with homelessness in general, and how we address some of the challenges around equity as it relates to our homeless population, ladies and gentlemen , the executive executive director of hamilton family services, tamika moss. [applause] >> good morning. it is a glorious, glorious day. i am so honored to be here with you all. mayor breed, your leadership on this issue is so critical. we talk about homelessness a lot it is the issue of our time, and in order for us to make this really the issue of our time, we declared it a crisis. you have to be about action, on this plan is about action. we do not have the luxury of talking about how important it is for us to address homelessness in our city and not putting our money where our
mouth is. and this plan represents exactly that. and it is not everything, but guess what, accelerating affordable housing production, acquiring new sights for more of our families and individuals to live in our city, we are actually standing on a property where i got my start as a supervisor and community organizer in 15 years ago. [cheers and applause] >> and i want to be able to have many more projects like this serve folks now. we do not have the luxury of waiting, and these resources will accelerate all of our efforts to really be about solving the crisis, not just talking about it. i am so honored to stand with you and all of my colleagues and allies in our community. we have to fight for the people who need us most. it is our responsibility as citizens of the globe, and it is
our responsibility as citizens of this bay area to make sure that we are supporting the most vulnerable individuals, families , everyone in our community. i'm grateful for this opportunity. i want to be able to go back to hamilton families and look the families that i work with in the eye and say, guess what? your city didn't just talk about the problem, they did something about it today. thank you very much for this opportunity. [applause] >> now i wanted to bring up a young person who actually does this funding will impact her life because of where she lives in terms of the rehabilitation work. the work we will do in potrero hill and sunnydale. ladies and gentlemen, rihanna. [applause] >> hello.
as a hope s.f. resident, my family and i have experienced mould and mildew which was covered by plastic fixture in the house we experience feces and sewage coming up through our kitchen sinks, of all the residents of in our building, and maintenance coming and saying that the cleaner was fabulous. after that incident, we had to wait days to use the kitchen because we had to wait days for them to insert a new sinks and cabinets. we have experience the water heater breaking twice in a one-week stand to be told maintenance had 30 days to fix the issue. sunnydale residents also have to become very innovative because we experience a lot of power outages. when it is time to feed your family to make sure your kids do your homework and keep your food fresh, you have to find innovative ways to do that or have your kids do their homework by candlelight.
the children of sunnydale have suffered. they have no safe place to play. no healthy place to play with mould being in the houses and drugs being on our streets. there is no healthy place for them to play outside. and with all that, they suffer from asthma and other health issues. i want to thank you for wanting to make this investment to the revitalization of our neighborhood. there is an extreme amount of potential in it and it needs to be seen. [applause] >> thank you so much. i would also like to bring up another partner in your effort from the episcopal community services. >> i want to say this is very
gauche and amazing facility. this is an amazing project that we are standing in right now. i want to congratulate don faulk and the team for their continued efforts and leadership in developing the wonderful example of what works and what works is integrated affordable housing. thank you for that. further, an example of what works are evidence of what works is that homes and homelessness. that is being developed right next door as mayor breed stated before, i will add three units to that. 258. but what is being developed next door is an example of that, and that is what mayor breed is supporting. 100% supportive housing, and those are solutions for chronically homeless, in that building will be for seniors and adults. it is a partnership with mercy housing, ecf, and our city partners.
again, all of our efforts need to be corrected and we need to be part of a very large tent. i want to say to everyone, happy holidays, and i am beth stokes and i am delighted to be here with you to share our support of mayor breed's leadership, and her determined path forward toward our shared goal of ending homelessness. [applause] >> this is a path with a clarity of vision to remain focused on proving solutions such as supportive housing for the most vulnerable and on how san franciscans. yet it is also a path that remained steadfast in our continued commitment to invest in the dignity and respect of every un- housed san franciscan that through these continued investments, in temporary housing intervention, there is no question that the work before
us is extremely challenging, yet mayor breed's plan makes sense. every unit of housing as a solution in ending homelessness, and we should support that plan. thank you for your leadership, mayor breed. [applause] >> i want to thank each and every one of you for being here today. i'm looking around the room at this amazing group of people, and we have so many incredible leaders from everywhere in san francisco. we have rudy from united players ,. [cheers and applause] >> and we have roberta hernandez from the mission. [cheers and applause] >> we have randy shaw from the tenderloin. [applause] >> we have martha ryan from homeless prenatal and joyce armstrong who is representing all public housing tenants.
thank you to sherilyn adams from larkin street youth. all of the folks here today, norman fung from chinatown community development. thank you reverend fong. we have so many people who are doing such incredible work throughout san francisco. people who care about making sure that we at city hall are doing our job to make the right investments to make their jobs easier to provide the support necessary to change people's lives. that is what this is about. it is about providing a better future for san francisco. i want to thank each and every one of you for being here today, and this proposal will be in the hands of the board of supervisors, and at this point, as a mayor, i don't have a vote on the board of supervisors anymore, so i would encourage you all to reach out to your board member, and those that you
have relationships with to express how important the investments that we are trying to make our do what you care about here in san francisco. that is what this is about. making sure we are taking care of san franciscans. this is not a proposal that i came up with. this is something that has been communicated to me through members of the community. the things that they know are the priorities in their respective neighborhoods, are based on the work that they do to help support the people they are trying to help. so i just want to thank you all, and i'm really excited about this. i'm so happy about this money. i don't know what to do. [applause] >> yes, we will change lives, and we will make san francisco a better place for each and every one of us. thank you all so much for being here today. [cheers and applause]
childhood education and after school programs. i have light upstairs and down stairs. it's been remodelled and i like it. some of my floors upstairs was there from the time i built the place, so they were very horrible and dark. but we've got lighting. the room seems lighter. they painted the place, they cemented my back yard, so i won't be worried about landscaping too much. we have central heating, and i like the new countertops they put in. up to date -- oh, and we have venetian blinds. we never had venetian blinds before, and it's just cozy for me. it meant a lot to me because i didn't drive, and i wanted to be in the area where i can do my shopping, go to work, take the kids to school.
i like the way they introduced the move-in. i went to quite a bit of the meetings. they showed us blueprints of the materials that they were going to use in here, and they gave us the opportunity to choose where we would like to stay while they was renovating. it means a lot. it's just that i've been here so long. most people that enjoyed their life would love to always retain that life and keep that lifestyle, so it was a peaceful neighborhood. the park was always peaceful, and -- i don't know. i just loved it. i wanted to be here, and i stayed.
. >> happy holidays, san francisco. hundreds of festive lights are illuminating san francisco streets using 100% greenhouse gas free hydroelectric power. this year, the city is celebrating 100 years of providing this power from hetch hetchy system which powers muni, our schools and libraries, street lights, san francisco international airport, city government buildings, private developments, and more. look for holiday bell lights along third street, and illuminated snowflakes on market street. the san francisco public utilities commission and the san francisco public works welcome all to enjoy the magic of the