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remedies. one of the things we were looking at as a problematic, in our process on demolitions is that one of the primary things that is available to us is the five year moratorium. unless you want to build exactly the same square footage - you know, rebuild a demolition to that square footage and basic configuration, you have five years of having it sit follow. we all know that's one of the problems that we have all encountered, with that, is neighbors come in and tell us "i don't want to live next to an empty hole". they have temporary shoring up that is supposed to last a year or two and now you're going to tell me it's been there for five years and i'm worried about my foundation, and i don't want to live next to a hole anyway. i can completely understand that. we always sympathize, or often, not
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always, often, sympathize find that the five year moratorium is putting the burden in the wrong place. one thing i would look for in any further developments that we have is an aggressive pursuit of meaningful and strong remedies that will not overburden neighborhoods and communities but will get ads, especially, the proverbial bad actors that are doing things wrong. next, systematically. we all look at trying to codify anything into 50%, 70%, or 25% of a fa├žade, what constitutes demolition? we all have problems
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with it, in part, it encourages people to do their filing so they come in just under. it's all fine. that is really a pretty terrible way to do things. we get something submitted to planning and it meets all of their criteria. if they have, you know, 50% is their standard and it comes in at 49. low and behold us and as we go and open walls and see what is going on, boy, isn't this surprising? despite all the things we thought about how dangerous and prone to problems the blind walls are, and foundations, suddenly we are amazed to find that we have
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problems which are unanticipated. i think if i spoke to most of our experienced staff who have been in the field a lot, i don't think they would be so surprised to find a lot of dry rot, deterioration, other conditions. i think, you know, the pre-inspection process for threshold projects, especially with vertical additions. it is really something that we should not be afraid of. it will add to upfront expense, but it will add to overall more accurate filings, and i would actually suspect instead of having to go back 4-five times having permitting and delays, and arbitrations, we may actually see the process move through
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faster. really exploring what pre-inspection does for us, is something i would really love to see incorporated into this. similarly, one of the things that always comes up that i haven't seen addressed here, you know, are again legitimate concerns of neighbors. we always hear about, you know, the shoring isn't working, it wasn't meant for this, it has been there too long, it is failing. really being certain that we are incorporating those concerns with great transparency so that any neighbor knows exactly what the shoring plan is has a full list of everybody whether it's a dbi employee to call whether you feel there is a problem, or who is the architect, who is the structural engineer, who is a contractor so that there will be absolutely no question about how
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neighbors living next to these projects can feel that they are being respected and that there properties are not in danger. much of what is written about aggressive enforcement for unprofessional behavior with any licensed professional, is something that really is very needed in my opinion. perhaps we have to be a little bit heavy-handed with possible penalties or prescribed penalties, because clearly the bad actors in the field have forced us to do this. how we reconcile that with honest mistakes, learnings, in process things is something we really
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need to work out. this really, in many ways, started out the acting two really bad actors. being sure that everything that we have here doesn't unduly burden the 99% of people who are trying to build houses, expand houses, most important they improve their houses when they have a legitimate need for it. stop the bad actors from consistently misrepresenting things, and -, you know, developing a track record. i don't think it is a secret that, you know, many of us can identify some of the bad actors. while we are not going to them today, you know, i really think that we need strong protocols
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for reporting to licensing authorities. strong protocols for reporting to the city attorney. and the heightened review of anything submitted by somebody who has a history of violations, where the ordinance comes - calls out some of these things. i think it is something that we really do need. these are many of my concerns, you know - to accomplish all of these things, and to have tenant protections. to really make the considerations with how we densify the city, to really get significant contributions, additional housing. these are all things that i think we are working towards. i think there is not a person here that is not going to commit their time to working with the supervisor, and
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is aid to see how we can move forward on this. i share the feeling that this is a very - very, very broad piece of work. it probably should be broken up into pieces addressing first; demolitions, and you know, penalties on bad actors might be one place to first target and be sure we have that under control since that seems to be the focus of where our concerns originated. all of the other things about, you know, integrity of merged units, sizes, other considerations are very valid, but they may be too much for us to tackle right now.
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narrowing in the focus will serve us all well and allow us to accomplish something. i look forward to being part of that process. as a final thought - we all know that the city has to engage in major seismic upgrades. so, having incentives built into this as well. we all say there is a need for more space, you know, when you think about when you do a seismic upgrade you are very often taking a 7 foot, no habitation space, and you can make it an eight-foot legal habitation space. when you are talking about maybe not expanding the envelope, but making more living space and accomplishing a good
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that we all know is necessary like seismic upgrade. building that into, if you do your seismic upgrade we can work to get you extra living space out of it, as well. there should be ways that we have carrots as well as sticks. being creative, and trying to find those, is a challenge that i think we should be up to. so, again, i applaud the efforts and i do think it needs focus. again, i think >> my name tom hewitt.
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first of all, i would like to welcome everyone to come to this fair. this safety fair, we trying to educate the public regarding how to prepare themselves during and after the earthquake and then to protect themselves for next 72 hours. >> hi. my name's ed sweeney. i'm the director of services at department of building inspection, and we put together a great fair for the city of san francisco to come down and meet all the experts. we've got engineers, architects. we have builders, we have government agencies. >> well, we have four specific workshops. we have the accessible business entrance. >> my name is leah, and i am the
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assistant manager with the department of small business. i am leading the new accessibility ordinance that helps existing owners better comply with existing access laws. so all buildings that have places of public accommodation in san francisco, they must comply with this ordinance. >> the a.d.e. was setup by the board of supervisors, and the ordinance was passed about a year ago. >> one of the biggest updates that we have is that the deadlines were extended, so all of the deadlines were extended by six months. >> and it's really to help the public, the business community to be specific, to cut down on the amount of drive by lawsuits. >> so on this workshop, we're going to be covering what the compliance looks like, what
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business examiand property owne need to know how to comply with the ordinance. we'll also talk about the departments that are involved, including the office of small business, department of building inspection, planning department, as well as the mayor's office on disability. >> hi. i'm marselle, and i manage a team at the building department. today, we'll cover the meaning of a.d.u.s, more commonly known as accessory dwelling units. we'll talk about the code and permitting processes, and we'll also talk about legalizing existing dwelling units that are currently unwarranted. >> this is the department of building inspection's residential remodelling workshop. my name is senior electrical
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inspector cheryl rose, and at this workshop, we're going to be answering questions such as do i need an electrical permit when i'm upgrading my dwelling, when do i need to have planning involved in a residential remodel, and what's involved with the coerce process? we're going to also be reviewing inspection process, and the permitting process for residential remodel in san francisco. there's always questions that need answers. it's a mystery to the general public what goes on in construction, and the more we can clarify the process, the more involved the consumer can be and feel comfortable with the contractors they're working with and the product they're getting in the results. if you have questions that aren't addressed in this workshop, you're always welcome to come up to the third floor of
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1660 mission street, and we're happy to discuss it with you and find out what you need to do. >> the program is very successful. the last piece is already 60% in compliance. >> well, we have a very important day coming up. it's sept 15. last four has to be compliance, which means that the level four people that have to register with us and give us a basic indication of how they're going to deal with their seismic issues on their building. >> i'm francis zamora, and i'm with the san francisco department of emergency management, and today we talked about how to prepare for emergencies in san francisco. and so that's really importantiimportant. in san francisco, it's no secret. we live in earthquake country. there's a big chance we will be involved in a major earthquake
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in the next 30 years, but we don't have to be afraid. these are going to be your first responders outside of the police officers, paramedics, first responders, these are going to be the people that come to your aid first. by getting to know your neighbors, you're going to know who needs help and who can help in case of an emergency. one of the great ways to do that is for signing7for nert, san francisco neighborhood emergency response team. it teaches you how to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your neighborhood in the case of an emergency. information is just as important as water and food in an emergency. san francisco has an emergency text message alert system, called text sf. if there's some kind of an emergency happening in san francisco or your neighborhood, it could be a police action, a big fire, a tsunami or an earthquake. all you have to do is text your
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citizenship code to 888777, and your mobile phone is automatically registered for alert sf. >> my name is fernando juarez, and i'm a fire captain with the san francisco fire department. we have a hire extinguisher training system. you want to pull the pin, stand at least 8 feet away, aim it at the base. if you're too close, the conical laser that comes out, it's too small, and the fire won't go out on the screen. if you step back, the conical shape on the screen is bigger, and it will take the fire go out faster. so it can tell when you're too close. >> my name is alicia wu, and i'm
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the director of a san francisco based nonprofit. since 2015, we go out to the public, to the community and provide training in different topics. today we're doing c.p.r., controlling external feeding and how to do perfect communications in each topic, and also, i hope that they can bring it home and start gathering all the supplies for themselves to. >> on any given day in san francisco, we're very well resourced in terms of public safety professionals, but we all know in the event of a large scale disaster, it will be hours and days before the public safety professionals can get to you, so we encourage people to have that plan in place, be proactive. there's websites. we have a wonderful website
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called 72hours.org. it tells you how to prepare yourself, your family, your pets, your home, your workplace. we can't emphasize enough how important it is to be food in s just about expensive eat but food for everyone and there's organizations in the city that are doing really good work making sure that healthy food it assessable to everyone. more and more as follows are are becoming interested in upper arlthd they want to joy the open green pace sea know where their food it coming from we'll look at 3 programs talking ushering
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agricultural and garden to new heights. so what exactly it, your honor agricultural >> it the growing food or flowers within city limits traditionally we've been referring to communities gardener that is a raised bed over and over upper argument has a more a farming way of farming. >> so tell me 0 what's growing in this garden. >> a really at all plant. in the one of the rare places, you know, people have access to green space 24 is one of the
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places to grow things like the purple floor. it is sort of recognizing that the more diversity in given space the better not to just have one thing by everything supported each another >> it provides the community with an opportunity to get their hands dirty and reach 0 out and congressmen with the community in ways they might have not otherwise to engage with one other. >> now the dpw urban planning program so see how the garden community. >> so i grew up on a farm in air force base we picked the foods open the trees and share with other families and as i drive around san francisco i see
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any trees with apples or mrumdz and lemon trees i can see the food going to waste and brought that idea back to the department many of the trees where the fruit would go to waste we origin or crop and pick other fruits and delivery this to food banks or shelters to people who need them. >> i'm here with nang wong hello nang. >> hello. >> i need to understand house this gleaning work. >> we come and harvest like for example, we'll come over here this is the lemon and plug it like this. >> (laughter). >> made that good, good and ease. >> the trick is how not to hurt
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the branches. >> like the thing. >> i'm so excited about this. the people are so passionate about where the food goes to the private property owners give us the food they're happy that no of a t is going to waste >> oh. thank you. thank you. again job aura natural >> (laughter). >> from backyards to back lots let's take a look at the food and community bonding at the free farm. >> my idea was to start growing food and giving it away. and getting my neighbors to who
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had space and having a kind of event that brings people together not to run our food program this time around but to share the wealth of the abundance of our welfare. we were all divorce and as part of our philosophy of working together and working together. >> what's the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for the free farm stand. >> well, we could is a generalic satisfaction but something about giving food away it's giving something i brought that in and sort it and gave it to you it's primitive to be able to give something some basically to someone else.
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>> now serving number to 49 come on down. >> we have the capability of producing this food and in san francisco you can grow food all year round so the idea we're capable of prougdz food in our own backyards we're here to demonstrate an bans of food and i think that giving it away for free we show individuals it in have to be a comedy. >> we build time together and it's the strength of any ideas of the connections we'll turn that connection and the more connections you make no mistake about it the more you can have a stronger power and not have to rely on money that's the people
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power. >> in this episode we've seen the urban farms and gardens provide more in fruits and vegetation people can have the special produce available it can be a place to give back by donating food to others and teach our children the connection to the earth and environment it's truit. >> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their shop & dine in the 49 within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services in the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique
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successful and vibrant so we're will you shop & dine in the 49 chinatown has to be one the best unique shopping areas in san francisco that is color fulfill and safe each vegetation and seafood and find everything in chinatown the walk shop in chinatown welcome to jason dessert i'm the fifth generation of candy in san francisco still that serves 2000 district in the chinatown in the past it was the tradition and my family was the royal chef in the pot pals that's why we learned this stuff and moved from here to have dragon candy i want people to know that is art
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we will explain a walk and they can't walk in and out it is different techniques from stir frying to smoking to steaming and they do show of. >> beer a royalty for the age berry up to now not people know that especially the toughest they think this is - i really appreciate they love this art. >> from the cantonese to the hypomania and we have hot pots we have all of the cuisines of china in our chinatown you don't have to go far. >> small business is important to our neighborhood because if we really make a lot of people lives better more people get a job here not just a big firm. >> you don't have to go
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anywhere else we have pocketed of great neighborhoods haul have all have their own uniqueness. >> san francisco has to all in this san francisco office, there are about 1400 employees. and they're working in roughly 400,000 square feet. we were especially pleased that cleanpowersf offers the super green 100% clean energy, not only for commercial entities like ours, but also for residents of the city of san francisco. we were pleased with the package of services they offered and we're now encouraging our employees who have residence in san francisco to sign on as well. we didn't have any interruption of service or any problems with
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the switch over to cleanpowersf. this clean power opportunity reflects that. i would encourage any large business in san francisco to seriously consider converting and upgrading to the cleanpowersf service. it's good for the environment, it's good for business and it's >> all right. hello, sunny day. [cheers.] so, so excited to be here with each and every one of you. i am sorry for those we don't have chairs for. we didn't expect a big crowd, but when you talk about the city budget, i guess everyone shows up.
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i am so glad to see the residents here. thank you to everyone who joined us on the tours earlier of the unit. today we, of course, through the tours saw the challenging conditions that people are living right in this neighborhood, just a few miles from our thriving downtown, and yet a world apart. as someone who grew up in public housing, i have lived these conditions. i know these conditions. i don't expect everyone to understand the challenges of public housing the way that i do or the way the residents of sunny dale do, but i do expect everyone to put in the time to understand. i wanted department heading and elected officials to come see for yourselves the hard work that we have to do. thank you to everyone who joined me today, especially the members of the board of supervisors and we have the president with us,
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norman yee, thank you so much. [applause.] thank you for being with us. supervissupervisor per visor gor and earlier we had supervisor safai, and he had to take off. why aren't you in your seat? you know, today is not just about the investments we are making in our up coming budget, it is about the commitment behind those investments. commitments to communities like s un nydale for those who have been left behind. san francisco is a city with a heart but we also have to be a city with a memory. a memory not only for the commitments we have kept but also the ones we have failed to
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keep. for too long our public housing communities were one of those failed commitments. we are changing that with our programs where we have rehabilitated over 2500 public housing units. [applause.] and through hope sf, which is revitalizing and france forming communities in hunters view and right here in sunny dale and with the reconstruction of the long overdue transformation of the san francisco housing authority. we are building and rehabbing housing, creating stronger and healthier communities and investing in the people who live there. we owe it to them to keep our commitment and make a difference for this community and those across the city. with every decision we make, i want to make sure that equity
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and accountability are at the forefront of our minds. we have to be focused on people in all neighborhoods, like the people who live here, who for too long have been living with broken pipes, mold, infestations, dilapidated conditions. people like breanna, a third generation resident. she and her three sisters have lived through the conditions you saw today. despite these challenges, breanna is a leader in her community, and she is fighting for the next generation. she has not given up on this community and we will not give up on you. we have to be accountable to the thousands of residents across the city living in public
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housing and our low income communities. our budget would be accountable to them both by continuing our work to improve the conditions here and our continued commitment to provide funding to keep thousands of housing authority residents secure in their homes. yes, joyce armstrong and happy birthday. also by recognizing that we need to do more to keep people in these neighborhoods safe and supported. for too long this was not a safe community. families were torn apart by violence, gunfire, crime, tragedy, frustration. this community has lived with that. that is why i wanted to come here to acknowledge the past, yes, but also to make a commitment to a better and brighter future. to make communities like this
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safer. it is not just about enforcing the laws to make sure we have more officers on the streets. it is about giving people opportunities and investing in changing peoples' lives. [applause.] it is about interrupting the cycle of violence and despair. that starts with doing more for our young people and so that the next generation can transform their futures. offering stipends to teachers who commit to teach in public schools facing those challenges. and fully funding free city college so that everyone has a path to higher education. [applause.] we are expanding public health
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recreation and nutrition programs for kids, including mental health services to provide support for kids experiencing trauma so that he can build up their lives and thrive. all of our young people, no matter where they live should have access to the amazing opportunities that this city has to offer. (applause). and as we work to support the next generation, we also must do more to help those who sadly are living on our streets. in this budget, we are following through on our commitment to add 1,000 new shelter beds by 2020. we are also using our funding to create 820 new units of permanently supported housing over the next two years.
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however, reducing homelessness means more than just creating places for people to go. we need to do more to prevent homelessness and keep people housed. that is why we are adding $5 million to increase homelessness prevention and diversion efforts. we are fully funding our tenants' right to counsel so they have a right to legal defense when they are threatened with eviction. we are providing housing for transgender who are 18 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. we are creating a new five year pilot program to provide rental
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subsidies -- subsidies for seniors to keep them secure in housing so that rising rents don't force them out of their home in the first place. with these commitments, we can keep people stable, keep them housed and prevent homeless necessary for ever becoming a part of their live. we are helping those with mental illness and substance use disorder by adding 10 new behavioral -- 100 new behavioral health beds including 50 at san francisco general for homeless residents with mental health challenges and 50 beds for those suffering both mental health and substance use disorder. [applause.] combined with the 100 beds we announced earlier this year, that means we are committing to
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200 new beds for our most vulnerable residents. there is the most significant expansion of behavioral health beds in a generation. and, chief nicholson, we are expanding the emx emergency response crew helping those on the streets suffering mental health and substance disorder issues. this will provide coverage 24/7 so the city can help people every day of every minute. these are some of the investments we are making to help our residents today. we have to be accountable to the next generation. we have to have vision and not lose sight of what is going to
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happen to san francisco 10 and 20 years down the line. we know the crisis on the street is not just about a place for indoors or mental healthcare. it is about housing. the costs of housing are too high. we know these challenges did not develop overnight. it won't be fixed overnight. it is going to take fundamental change. let's start increasing funding for affordable housing. i am proud to be working with so many members of the board of supervisors to place a $6 million affordable housing bond on this year's -- $600 million affordable housing.
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thank you, president yee, for working with me on this. it will be on this year's ballot. this is the largest affordable housing bond in the city's history without raising property taxes. [applause.] we are providing support not just for low income households and seniors but also for middle income residents. we are increasing investments in the budget to add over $140 million for the production and preservation of affordable housing so we can buy moreland, fully fund more projects and preserve our much greater rent control housing stock. [applause.] all land through this bond our current budget, our previous spending and other efforts over the first year since i have been in office, we have identified
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$1 billion in new funding to build, preserve and support affordable housing. [applause.] thank you for your help in building housing. this builds on top of the over $900 million that we already have committed to build and support affordable housing throughout our city. however, our support for housing can't just be about funding. if we are ever going to make a difference on housing, we have to make changes to how we build housing. we can't fear solutions that make it easier and faster to build housing. if we say we support affordable housing, our actions have to follow our values. we have to cut the red tape to
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barriers not just for some affordable housing and not just for some homeless shelters but for all housing for everyone. [applause.] and was we build we must expandr transportation and infrastructure to support outer neighborhood goes like here in the southwest. every neighborhood in our city needs better and more reliable access to public transit, and they need better and safer streets. this budget adds $30 million to fund transit operations, including speeding up the purchase of new light rail trains and modernizing the train control system so we see fewer delays in the subways and so that we know that we can get to
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where we need to more faster and more reliable. (applause). we have also added $2.5 million for vision zero improvement projects to make our streets safer. we have seen too many traffic related deaths on the streets. this funding will help double the pace of the protected bike lane and make the streets safe are for pedestrians on the most dangerous corridors through the capital plan we will spend $130 million over the next two years to improve our roads. this will get you excited. that means fewer potholes. [applause.] and smoother rides for buses and bicycles and drivers.
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you are the one who have given us the potholes. we will invest in strengthening the support for cultural centers, libraries, health centers, public safety facilities and improving parks and open space. we will also continue to support improvements to making neighborhoods cleaner, safer and more vibrant. we are adding $12 million to our existing cleaning budget to expand our street cleaning in the tenderloin and soma and chinatown. we are fund being 80 more big belly trash cans and adding new pit stops including expanding the hours so people can use the bathroom with dignity. this is on top of $74 million that we spend every year to keep our streets clean and not only
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are we going to invest money in keeping san francisco clean, we are all going to make sure people know we won't tolerate dirtying up our streets. we are supporting our plan to hire more police officers to get more officers out walking the beats in the neighborhoods and we are going to continue the work to reduce violent crime, property crime and auto break-ins in the city. we are committed to $9 million to support small businesses and commercial corridors which builds on the work to streamline the bureaucracy that gets in the way of growing businesses. our small business owners should focus on serving customers not navigating the bureaucracy of city hall. these are just some of the priorities we are funding in
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this budget. i am proud of the investments we are making and proud of the city we are working to build. i really want to thank everyone who put time into helping with this budget including the budget team and budget option director kelly. thank you for your hard work and thank you to ben from the controller's office and your work. thank you to harvey rose and the budget afternoon r analyst -- analyst team who is not going to touch the money i am proposing in the budget. you know, so many people have been working tirelessly day in and day out to get the budget done, and i am so excited about this. i want to end by talking about a young man named wallace pullet.
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we are so proud of wallace. you know, life hasn't been easy for him. he grew up with the violence i talked about earlier. he faced challenging times, including his own challenges with the law. unlike so many others, we lost to violence or the criminal justice system, wallace worked through all of those challenges. he is now focusing on doing what is right including raising his daughter right here in sunnyda sunnydale. now, just down the hill from here is a construction site. it is the first new building being constructed here at sunnydale as part of hope sf. it is a bright sign for the future of this incredible community. wallace is a member of this
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construction team. he is building up this beautiful new community with his hands and with his heart. he is being accountable to himself, his daughter and his community. he is being accountability to the next generation so they have a sunnydale to grow, live and thrive and building a better san francisco. i am committed to this community. i am committed to this community because people likua like wallae committed. let us remember our job is to be accountable to everyone in the city, not just those who have time to show up and advocate at city hall. we have to be there for those who have hope, those who need hope, this budget is part of the
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commitment and represents is very best of our values in this city. by keeping those commitments, we can and we will build a stronger, more resilient san francisco, a city not just for some, but for all of those in san francisco. thank you all so much for being here today.
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>> the renovation of balboa park, the oldest in the city of san francisco, and now it is the newest part in the city of san francisco. through our partnership, and because of public investment from the two thousand eight fund, we are celebrating a renewal and an awakening of this park. we have it safer, happier, more
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joyous. >> 3, 2, 1, [laughter] =--[applause] >> it is a great resource for families, to have fun in the city, recreation. >> this is an amazing park. we have not revitalized it without public and private investment. the critical piece of the process of this renovation was that it was all about the community. we reached out to everyone in this community. we love this park dearly and they all had thoughts and ideas and they wanted to bring their own creativity and their personality to bear on the design. what you see is what the community wanted. these ideas all came from the
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residents of this community. as a result, there is a sense of ownership, pride and responsibility that goes along with what is going to be an exciting park.
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