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please say a few words and introduce yourself if you would like. [applause] >> thanks everyone. so it's great to be here. i want to introduce some of my command staff that's here. victor is here. [applause] >> deputy chief of administration, jose is here. [applause] >> and the guy really charge in the diaster, the assistant chief of homeland security. [applause] >> thank you so much. so the north bay fires of 2017 and 2018 caused unprecedented damage and significant loss of life as we're all well aware. in response to this tragedy, they have instituted and been
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approved by the c.p.c. to move forward with the public safety power shutoff program where they made power transmission lines during certain climate conditions and weather conditions to decrease the ability of fires starting. as noted, the c.p.c. approved this adoption of the guidelines for this as a preventive measure against imminent and significant fire risk. san francisco is consider add tier 1, which is the lowest risk for fire, but the transmission lines run through the east bay hills and up the peninsula. those both are tier 2 and tier 3, which are higher risk areas. turning off either side transmission lines, either south or east could lead to blackout
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conditions in san francisco. this loss of power outage could be 24 hours and potentially longer. d.m. and other agencies have been taking steps to manage for the consequences of these potential power outages. last week, we had over 120 participants from city departments that came together at bill graham, to really sit down and work through preparedness and coordination, looking at impacts of these. i'm going the turn this over now to our acting deputy director for emergency services and he will continue to talk to you a little bit about what we've been working on. >> thank you director carol. when we brought everyone together we had three primary objectives. we wanted to gather information on what the potential impact of this may look like and we wanted to make sure we were sharing information among departments so
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they knew what the consequences might be and what steps they would need to talk and that third piece was form a future preparedness activity for what the city could do. what we're going to do is show you a quick video of what actually took place last thursday and ill -- i'll talk to you about some of our learnings and what some of the next steps are. >> we are here today, we have almost every city and county of san francisco department represented to prepare for the possibility of power shut downs, complete loss of electric power to san francisco, as a result of the public safety power shut off program. this program is intended to mitigate the affect of wildfires. san francisco is not so much at risk of those fires, but due to
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the configuration of the electric grid should they do a transmission shut off on east bay or the peninsula, san francisco can be affected. we have all the major public safety departments, and the health department, and all our infrastructure departments, the p.u.c. and public safety, and our support departments. the power outage will affect everyone and our ability to perform city services, so it was important to have all the representatives from across city programs here today. >> we in d.p.h. are working very closely with the rest of the city to help people prepare. for us in d.p.h., we really want people to make a plan, and especially make a plan with the people they care about. it's time to reach out to your neighbors, to think about your best circle of people. in a disaster, it's trust that saves live and that's why in
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d.p.h., we're working with all of our partners as fast as we can to put together a network to respond in a diaster. >> we're having really productive conversations around the table here today. i think one of the most fruitful results is our expanded understanding of the inner dependencies of different departments and infrastructures, for example, communications will be disrupted so how do we coordinate when we don't have our normal mode of communication, fuel, transportation, traffic lights will be out, it will be difficult to get around town. we have a lot of follow up after this meeting and lot more work to do, but this is a great first step for san francisco. [applause] >> thank you to sfgov tv for
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helping us pull together that brief. for mary ellen, a lot of stuff is going to happen and we need to know more about it. some of the key takeaways is the significant impact to public safety and our health system. we're so dependent on power now. two of the big agencies that will be impacted, the routine forms of communication, these devices calling our public cell towers, on data systems, they're all going to be impacted. we also heard about challenges traveling. people don't respect that four way stop when the lights go out. it will be challenging to get around the city. we're also going to have other disruptions because of child care centers. they may not be able to function. having our own staff come to work, that will be a challenge. there will be some extended operational periods. we're not asking people to come in to work 8 hours, but we may have to expand that. when we don't have power, one of the other things we will rely on
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is fuel. fuel for our vehicles and generators. mary ellen mentioned that we're not going to be the only ones facing this. if our power is out, other people's power is out as well. this will be a bay area concern and one we need to make sure we need to get ahead of. also, this is one of the learning elements. power outages will require a time for recovery. just because the lights and the power comes back on, it doesn't mean that everything will be fine. we need to make sure if there are individuals that may have been specifically impacted, we need to reach out to them. if there are data systems that are impacted by an automatic shutoff, then those are brought up properly. things won't go back to normal immediately. we looked at what's next, our people, processes we need to have and technology. for people in particular, it's working and making sure we're extending out to our private sector partners, vendors, an
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contractors. what are their plans? how are we going to coordinate with c.b.o.s and other groups to make sure neighbors are helping neighbors and they're checking on one another during and after the event and cross train staff. if transportation isn't working, are there other staff members that may be able to provide some of the front line services, which goes along with departments identifying those essential business functions they have, what are the continuity of the plans they have. that's part of the process, identifying the plans, identifying functions that can be done remotely. maybe not all the bay area is out. can someone be at home use their personal devices and access systems and process things? also, should we need to, going back to paper forms. we heard there was a cyber attack in baltimore, they went back to paper form to process things. on the technology and equipment side, we have a lot of fuel in
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the city, how do we get what's in the ground, out of the ground, looking at ways we can use that resource while we're getting additional sources brought in. also, talking to capital planning about why are some investments we can make now, perhaps for solar and storage, so we have some other back ups available and also integrating, if we need to, the replacement of electronics if things go down. those are some of the initial things we identified from this exercise, but this isn't the only workshop we're going to do. some of the follow up steps will be in the middle of july, we're going to meet with our private sector and c.b.o.s from what we heard from p.g. & e. and how we're going to work together. the frequency of these e.m.s.s may come up. something that director carol mentioned before, often these types of events doesn't happen in isolation, but when it's hot or when there's an air quality
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event. we heard of all these things we're doing. if we have this unfortunate trifecta, this will put a lot of train -- strain on our resources. these are some of the steps we are taking to make sure that we as a city family can all work together. director. >> thank you, does anyone have any questions or comment? i want to thank everyone who participated. i believe it was a good use of time. i'm very cognisant of using all the city salaried people into the room and not wasting our time, but we do have some good follow-up and we will be meeting with our private sector partners in a couple weeks, and however, we have to be ready to flex at any time. we already had our first heat wave and pg & e did implement
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their plan. we are affected if the conditions are closer to the peninsula on the east bay, which is why we have to be prepared for the trifecta effectiveness. so i want to thank everyone for coming together. one of the -- i'm trying to find a silver lining in all of this and one of them, i've been talking about this a lot and feeling like i'm bumming everyone out all the time, but one of the great things about this, and that we will accomplish over this summer is increased preparedness. the data shows when there is an actual event or a truly perceived threat that people take action. so, i think that the call to action for everybody in this room and anyone watching this is a call to action to do something, get your plan together, reach out to your neighbor, think through your mind what would happen if you did not have electric power for one, two, and three days, and take some steps now if you are able to prepare yourself.
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this will be the most important thing that we can do. frankly, the conditions that we'll experience after an event like this are similar and would be worse after an earthquake, so if nothing else happens, my hope is carl the fog stays around all summer. we spend a lot of time getting ready and we're just that much further along when the rain comes again. so thank you. i want to open it up to public comment, if there is any on this item. okay, seeing none, oh, i'm sorry. please. >> sorry, can you use the microphone? >> thank you, my name is nick mccoy. so i just wanted to make sure you don't under state the value of the staff, the people that you work with, or the folks that have actually served as the support and done the research, made the calls, put up with the late hours and also put up with
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people that don't have the same level of knowledge as you may have in your careers, or in your time that you spent on the subject, or you spent in the city. like none of the ideas, none of the theories would be worth anything without your structural help and processes to put that in place. so that's part of like the integration of what you're talking about in the interagency work. i think working with state partners as well, and other international organizations who may have some sort of the resources or the stake in seeing how we deal with our upcoming challenges or the things that we already face. i think that opens up new revenue streams as well. it also produces an opportunity for us to grow, i think scientifically, as well as just the hypothesis of what could happen. you guys, all of the presentati
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presentations were sound and like, the information was great. i just wonder if like, the worse case scenario, what is it like if we don't succeed? what will those numbers look like? are we prepared to have that sort of conversation prior to, with the community at large. also dealing what is the heart of escape, if we have to vacate a particular part of the city or have to change our strategy in regards to whether or not we go up, down, out, and then like even the scale of like equipment that could possibly be used or need to be used. where would we store that? you know, that light production, i think there are entities out there that are interested in building cities for their own corporate purposes, so they can build the perfect city. you guys already did that.
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for hundreds of years, like the work has already been put piece by piece in the place. anyway, thank you i just look forward to participating in the conversation. >> thank you. do we have any other public comments? okay, seeing none, we'll move on to number 7, the disaster council member round table. if anyone around the table have a diaster announcement. michael. >> sure, the san francisco interfaith council in collaboration with major faith institutions have been posting vigils following terrorist attacks on houses of worship. the mayor has been faithfully attending and offering comfort at each of those vigils and she said that people should feel safe when they go to worship. as a result of that, we're responding and taking action. we assembled a steering
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committee consisting of the f.b.i., san francisco police department, the sheriff's office, the antidefamation lead, muslim community center, the san francisco human rights commission, the jewish federation, the department of emergency management, the department of public health, the archdiocese, and the san francisco foundation. it's an incredible group of folks and what we're looking to do in early september, we're going to have a workshop for congregation leaders to provide them with the resource us that they need to keep their houses of worship safe and in the event that something should happen locally here, we taken that initiative. >> thank you michael. that's so incredibly important and thank you for your leadership on that. is there anyone else?
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yeah. >> about two weeks ago, i got notice from our chief medical examiner that he will be moving on to another county, so today is his last day in the office and as of today, we're going to start a national recruitment. in the interim, we'll have acting chief medical examiner be dr. amy hart and the assistant acting chief medical examiner erin moffett. we'll keep you updated. >> thank you. anyone else? any general public comment we haven't already heard? then we will adjourn the meeting, thank you all for being here. [applause] [♪]
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san francisco, 911, what's the emergency? >> san francisco 911, police, fire and medical. >> the tenderloin. suspect with a six inch knife. >> he was trying to get into his car and was hit by a car. >> san francisco 911 what's the exact location of your emergency? >> welcome to the san francisco department of emergency management. my name is shannon bond and i'm the lead instructor for our dispatch add -- academy. i want to tell you about what we
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do here. >> this is san francisco 911. do you need police, fire or medical? >> san francisco police, dispatcher 82, how can i help you? >> you're helping people in their -- what may be their most vulnerable moment ever in life. so be able to provide them immediate help right then and there, it's really rewarding. >> our agency is a very combined agency. we answer emergency and non-emergency calls and we also do dispatching for fire, for medical and we also do dispatching for police. >> we staff multiple call taking positions. as well as positions for police and fire dispatch. >> we have a priority 221. >> i wanted to become a dispatcher so i could help people. i really like people. i enjoy talking to people. this is a way that i thought that i could be involved with people every day. >> as a 911 dispatcher i am the first first responder. even though i never go on seen --
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scene i'm the first one answering the phone call to calm the victim down and give them instruction. the information allows us to coordinate a response. police officers, firefighters, ambulances or any other agency. it is a great feeling when everyone gets to go home safely at the end of the day knowing that you've also saved a citizen's life. >> our department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. >> this is shift work. that means we work nights, weekends and holidays and can involve over time and sometimes that's mandatory. >> this is a high stress career so it's important to have a good balance between work and life. >> we have resources available like wellness and peer support groups. our dispatchers of the month are recognized for their outstanding performance and unique and ever changing circumstances. >> i received an accommodation and then i received dispatcher
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of the month, which was really nice because i was just released from the phones. so for them to, you know, recognize me for that i appreciated it. i was surprised to even get it. at the end of the day i was just doing my job. >> a typical dispatch shift includes call taking and dispatching. it takes a large dedicated group of fifrst responders to make ths department run and in turn keep the city safe. >> when you work here you don't work alone, you work as part of a team. you may start off as initial phone call or contact but everyone around you participating in the whole process. >> i was born and raised in san francisco so it's really rewarding to me to be able to help the community and know that i have a part in -- you know, even if it's behind the scenes kind of helping the city flow and helping people out that live here. >> the training program begins with our seven-week academy followed by on the job training. this means you're actually
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taking calls or dispatching responders. >> you can walk in with a high school diploma, you don't need to have a college degree. we will train you and we will teach you how to do this job. >> we just need you to come with an open mind that we can train you and make you a good dispatcher. >> if it's too dangerous to see and you think that you can get away and call us from somewhere safe. >> good. that's right. >> from the start of the academy to being released as a solo dispatcher can take nine months to a year. >> training is a little over a year and may change in time. the training is intense. very intense. >> what's the number one thing that kills people in this country? so we're going to assume that it's a heart attack, right? don't forget that. >> as a new hire we require you to be flexible. you will be required to work all shifts that include midnights,
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some call graveyard, days and swings. >> you have to be willing to work at different times, work during the holidays, you have to work during the weekends, midnight, 6:00 in the morning, 3:00 in the afternoon. that's like the toughest part of this job. >> we need every person that's in here and when it comes down to it, we can come together and we make a really great team and do our best to keep the city flowing and safe. >> this is a big job and an honorable career. we appreciate your interest in joining our team. >> we hope you decide to join us here as the first first responders to the city and county of san francisco. for more information on the job and how to apply follow the links below.
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>> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our culture is something that can be reckoned with. >> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos. so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy
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her achbl heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of
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different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a
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long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia, but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into
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my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon cheese burger lumpia. there was a time in our generation where we didn't have
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our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown,
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japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
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>> undercover love wouldn't be possible without the help of the mayor and all of our community partnerships out there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture. i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san
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francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and empathy can create. when you're positive and committed to using that energy,
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>> this unique neighborhood, we noemie know miguel's over there shaking his head like, yeah. [laughter] we know there is something special about the city and something special about the neighborhoods and to have everything to do with the people who are part of these amazing neighborhoods. and i'm just really excited about some of the other things that we've done and more of what we will do to make sure that we are protecting affordable housing in the mission for generations to come. [applause] now we all know the sad history of rewoment in our city. the community that i grew up in the western addition and what happened to that community. a lot of propsses were made. a lot of housing was built. but when the time came, for
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example, in the public housing that i grew up in, 300 units torn down, 200 units built and the difficulty of so many of us being able to move back to the community. you remember this joyce armstrong, what happened in the western addition and how it really sadly destroyed a very vibrant african american community. and we look at this as a lesson learned and we have to think of the challenges that existed back then and what we have to do to change that for the future of san francisco. and we are going to protect our diversity and our communities. we have to start making the right kinds of investments. it's why, when i was on the board of supervisors with this community, roberto hernandez was there and we stood proud to fight for and josh arsay, we stood proud to fight for neighborhood preference so that
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when we actually build the affordable housing in these communities, that the people who live in these communities have right of first refusal to access those units. [applause] and also when we have revenue this this city that we make the right kinds of investments that will make a tremendous impact for a community. i got to take a tour. in fact, it was a low-rider tour with roberto. yes, it was a nice day and the sun was shining and yes, we were bouncing up and down in the mission and people thought i was having a good time and i wasn't there working. i was working. i was working. i was on a fact-finding mission to really see what opportunities exist in this community so that we can build more affordable housing. and so we were standing out here on 26th street talking to a number of folks who grew up
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here, some who don't live here anymore because they can't afford to. and others who were just trying to hold on and they talked about housing and their children and their future. i'm really excited because government sometimes takes a really long time to make things happen. and we were really lucky that we got this windfall money that you heard about. and the first thing i thought about were all these sites in the commission and whether or not we would be able to acquire these sites for 100% affordable housing. and today that's what this announcement is about. 1515 south van ness will be acquired to potentially build 150 new family units sglfp [applause] and i have to tell you -- it wasn't necessarily fast for this community because this community had been working so
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hard to really identify locations, coordinate and work together and really address what we know has been significant dig placement. with the accusation of the site along with the four sites that we broke ground with, for affordable housing, with more to come, in the mission neighborhood, we would have preserved and built over 1,000 new units for this community. now we know this community has a goal of getting to 2500 and i definitely want to make sure that we get there. but i will say that this is a step in the right direction. and i just also would like to put in a plug for the housing bonds. $600 million without raising property taxes for affordable housing.
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woe have the money to buy the site, but we need the money to build it. so i'm going to be counting on the voters in san francisco to support the upcoming housing bond so that we can get this housing built for this community right away. and more affordable housing throughout the city of san francisco. [applause] so i want to thank all of you and so many of the community members that have joined us today. it just really is not only a beautiful day in san francisco, but an exciting time for this community. i've been to four ground breakings in the mission since i've been mayorment we look at other sites and we have been acquiring property. we've been looking at ways on small sites and making tremendous investments. and this is really just the beginning of what i think is going to be an incredible future for this community. but it won't be that way unless we work hard for it because we have to also make sure that the investments happen, we have to
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make sure that the resources are there to make this investment happen and we'll continue to do everything we can to make sure that the community is a part of this process every step of the way. before i thank all the folks that are responsible for this, besides, i just want to give a special shout-out to kate hartley from the mayor's department of housing for all the really hard work that she did to make this possible -- [applause] along with a number of city departments to help and jumpstart s.f. and the m.t.c. or m.t.a., which one is it? m.t.c. we have somebody from one of those transportation agencies. so, thank you so much for that and thank you to all the community members and everyone who's with us today. and to acknowledge so many incredible people from this community.
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including herself who myrna milgaard has been an incredible resource and incredible advocate. [applause] and just working with young people and staying focused. not only is she the president of the planning commission of san francisco, she runs jamestown community center, an incredible space for young people in this community. myrna melgar. >> thank you, mayor. so i was appointed to the planning commission by then president of the board of supervisors, london breed. [laughter] and people ask me why -- why are you doing this? [laughter] so muchwork! it is a lot of work. but i'm doing it because i, in addition to running the jamestown community center, i'm a mother of three girls who were born and raised in san francisco. and i want them to have a life
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in san francisco. i want my family close by and my community all around me. it's what makes my life worth living. like many of you. and i think there is no more important thing that we're doing right now than building affordable housing. and when then president of the board of supervisors breed asked me to do this, i was on it because i believed in her vision. so when i saw that she went to h.u.d. to advocate for neighborhood preference despite decades of people saying no, it can't be done, people in affordable housing saying it can't be done, she took her advocacy and got it done. and i was so proud of her. you know? because that was a game changer for us in san francisco. and, you know, i think that the
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advocacy, that community and this mayor's office is doing in terms of building affordable housing, of just thinking outside the box with small sites, with different ways of getting to where we need to go is amazing and groundbreaking and i'm so proud to be part of this. so i think that for the first time i'm looking around at all of my colleagues in nonprofit and all of the community, instigators and collaborators and this is the moment that i feel like in the whole time i've been in san francisco where the submission united. [applause] the first time. we're all on the same page that we are building affordable housing. not only preserving our community, but getting it back. those 8,000 families that have been displaced from san francisco that are part of our
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schools, of our churches, of our community organizations, we're getting them back. and we're all working really hard for it and this project is going to be a part of that story. we also have a supervisor who is on the same page with us. she has made affordable housing her priority. when she ran and also during her office and i am so glad that she is working with us hand in hand. and with that, i'm going to introduce supervisor hillary ronan. [applause] >> thank you so much. what an incredible, incredible day. i don't think there is anything that energizes all of us more than breaking ground on an affordable housing site or acquiring an affordable housing site. there is nothing that manges us feel like the work that we do in the city so important. when i was running for office, i made a goal and a pledge to
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build 5,000 units of affordable housing in district nine in a decade and i'm counting each and every unit and right now we are at 1182 units! [applause] and that is because the mission is united. and not only is the mission united with itself, the mission is united with city hall, with our mayor whose priority is housing and affordable housing for this neighborhood, with the supervisor whose priority is housing and affordable housing for this neighborhood, with the director of the mayor's office of housing and community development whose priority is housing and affordable housing. we're truly, truly united and we have two extremely strong organizations. affordable housing developers right here in the mission district. mission housing and economic economic development agency. [applause]
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anja emphasize how important these organizations are. the executive director of one of those organizations because there was a decade, a decade when we didn't build a unit of affordable housing in this neighborhood. and part of that reason was because we didn't have affordable housing developer organizations who were at a stage that they could build housing. now we don't even have one. we have two. we have two and we have a community that is not going to stop for a second fighting for more affordable housing. and i just -- before i hand it over to roberto hernandez, i wanted tos also thank the former supervisor of district nine, david campos. because part of the funding to acquire the site, $5 million, was the first time ever david campos got that money from the m.t.c. it's a regional transportation body that i now sit on that has
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never financed affordable housing in its entire existence. but david made the point that you can't talk about transportation and jobs without talking about housing. you can't talk about housing without talking about transportation and jobs. he married those two and this is the first pilot project for the m.t.o. that they are investing regional dollars in affordable housing. so, that is a major milestone as well. so thank you, david campos, for your hard work. and now i wanted to introduce roberto hernandez who has been on the frontlines of this fight from day one. roberto hernandez. [applause] >> buenos dias! [speaking in spanish]! come on. let me hear you say it!
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[speaking in spanish]! [crowd repeats] >> a very wise, elderly man taught me at a young age that we write our own stories. every day when we get up, it is a page that's written and we have -- we can decide how that story is written every day. and then we write chapters and, by the end of our lifetime, there's a book written about us. that we write. we're the writers. because we're the creators of our own story. but i take it to another level and say we as a community here in the mission have been writing not one book, but many, many books because this story doesn't end here. it's a story that began back many, many years that actually started mission housing development corporation. it was a story that started off by a group of us who banned together called the mission
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coalition organization. the m.c.o. and aim glad to see that my compadre, my brother santiago reese is here because he was part of that. and michael nolan and pete gallegos and many others here in this space today. and speaking about my compadre, happy birthday, feliz cumpleanos because today is your birthday. this is your gift, my brother. this is your goift. this is your gift. there's senior housing that is being built right down the street and i know you're getting ready to retire. if you need a spot, there are applications given out. you can apply with them. you have it, brother? all right. we have a little spot. you want the top? penthouse? ok. all right. all right.
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then i want to be on top. [laughter] all kidding aside, our mission no eviction was created by jose carasco and myself because we picked up after the dot-com boom. we recognized when we started getting people calling us up and saying hey, am i getting evicted? and within a period of 90 days, 56 people we knew were getting evicted. you know? and so we formed our mission which iss a -- what did you call it? instigators? we are revolutionaries, you know? really. that's what we are. we're not funded by anybody. we're not incorporated. we don't have bylaws. we don't have a structure. we're just a group of people
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that band together and have been fighting. it is a beautiful end of the story, right? [applause] we didn't need no more luxury units. we needed 100% affordable housing, you know? and we tried working with them. we told them build 100% affordable housing. they say it doesn't pencil out. oh, really? i guess you won't make that much money, right? then we said build 100% affordable housing for teachers. because teachers need housing and they make a decent salary so they can pay a little more than somebody who's a dishwasher, right? is and they said it doesn't pencil out, right? and then we said just give us the land back. just donate the land back to the community because you're a major corporation. everybody knows lennar, right? they're a major corporation. and this is like to me like a
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little cucharacha, you know? it's so small compared to all the big projects that they do. but at the end of the day, we lost and the planning commission approved it. the board of supervisors approved it. we appealed and appealed and after appeal after appeal and i want to thank scott weaver who is an attorney who volunteers his time for us and has done so much work. [applause] for free. pro bono basis. you know? and like him, there is so many other attorneys and so many other people who volunteer their time to give. and so this story ends like right here. and i want to thank mayor london breed from my corazon for going on that cruise with us. [applause] you know? and you're right. you don't know how many hits i got on facebook and twitter and
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everybody was blowing me up. oh, you were cruising with the mayor? think that we were having fun. i've been telling the story -- >> working! >> yeah, we were working and in fact there is a picture somebody gathered of me driving and showing her. sorry i shouldn't have been doing this. but i'm showing and explaining to her and it was like magic. you know? for her to go and get this done with kate -- thank you, kate. thank you very much. [applause] for doing all the work that you did. but for getting this done. you know? because this gives a lot -- us a major victory, more different than the other ones that we've gotten. but this one i believe in my corazon it will make a difference and give people hope and understanding that the times have changed. we have a mayor who loves and cares for the mission district. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you! i will say i'm just really excited to see my portrayal
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hill folks out here. [applause] supporting the mission. thank you all so much for coming out. thank you to our artist community. thank you, deborah and tammy. tammy from the fillmore. thank you, sam moss and all the people who are here and the work that you do to make san francisco a better place. and i just want to end it by saying that we have to be aggressive when it comes to getting more housing in this city. and, yes, the housing bond is significant. it's the largest housing bond ever introduced in this city's history and it doesn't raise property taxes, but we have to fight to get that bond passed. let me also say there two other measures that i'm proposing and i'm asking all of you to contact your supervisors for my proposed charter amendment. that charter amendment will make it possible so that all
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100% affordable and teacher housing can be built as a right. so when meta and mission housing, when they're trying to go through this process to build housing and they have sadly sometimes people who are trying to stop it and they're not asking for anything other than what's already required by the code, they need to get it built and get it built faster. [applause] and there are people who don't want us to do that. they say they want affordable housing now, but i'm proposing policies that will get that affordable housing delivered now. so contact wherever you live, contact your members of the board of supervisors and express how important it is to pass this charter amendment out of the board so that we have no more delays around affordable housing. [applause]
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our future is depending on it. i don't want what happened to so many of us who actually grew up in this city, born and raised, and then we turned around and we looked and we were wondering where's our community? they couldn't afford to live here because we have not built enough affordable housing. yes, everyone wants affordable housing. yes, everyone wants to make sure that san francisco remains diverse. but it's going to take work to make it happen. it will take work. it will take changes to policy. it will take bold and brave leadership. so i'm asking for your support to get this done. the other thing i'm proposing is an ordinance, which i don't have to go through the board of supervisors, thank goodness.
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because the property is not zoned for housing. but the community wants teacher housing. i want teacher housing. and so it shouldn't take an additional two years to rezone the property. [applause] this is how we are going to create a better future. we're going to have to do things differently. we're going to have to make the right investments and, yes, we're going to have to come together because if we don't want san francisco to continue to change so significantly,
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where neighborhoods are neighborhoods that we don't even recognize anymore, we're going to have to make an aggressive investment in affordable housing. that is what today is about. it's an aggressive investment in affordable housing. it is the support from this community that has made it possible. so i plan to do everything i can to put housing at the forefront of our decisions, at the forefront of our discussions. at the forefront of how we invest our dollars and so i ask each and every one of you to continue your advocacy, to make sure that we not only acquire this property, but we get it done in less time than it typically takes us to get a project like this done. [applause] thank you all. thank you anne cervantes. thank you so much for being here, the mission community. now let's get it done. thank you. [applause]
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>> my son and i was living in my car. we was in and out of shelters in san francisco for almost about 3.5 years. i would take my son to school. we would use a public rest room just for him to brush his teeth and do a quick little wipe-off so it seemed he could take a shower every day. it was a very stressful time that i wish for no one. my name is mario, and i have
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lived in san francisco for almost 42 years. born here in hayes valley. i applied for the san francisco affordable housing lottery three times. my son and i were having to have a great -- happened to have a great lottery number because of the neighborhood preference. i moved into my home in 2014. the neighborhood preference goal was what really allowed me to stay in san francisco. my favorite thing is the view. on a clear day, i'm able to see city hall, and on a really clear day, i can see salesforce tower. we just have a wonderful neighborhood that we enjoy living in. being back in the neighborhood that i grew up in, it's a
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wonderful, wonderful experience. now, we can hopefully reach our goals, not only single mothers, but single fathers, as well, who are living that. live your dream, live your life, >> chair fewer: hello, everyone. [gavel]. >> chair fewer: hello, everyone. i am sandra lee fewer. the meeting will now come to