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mayor, last friday. in regards to the state legislation, ab-161, i'm not sure i mentioned it in the last meeting, it now eliminates the requirements or e-mail receipts. it is pretty much down to just requiring toxic free paper. it still does have that small business exemption, but our office has worked with the department of the environment, where we will be submitting a joint recommendation to the city , legislative committee saying that we support the legislation -- i'm sorry i didn't finish this, should the event be that if the legislation does eliminate the small business exemption, i think we are fine with that. i think, statewide having all businesses provide that paper it helps create a greater market demand.
in all likelihood, that would be something that would be coming forward, if the exemption stays in place, at the state level, probably coming forward at a local level to require all businesses. >> do we have any kind of idea on the date for ab-161? >> it is still in the senate. we do not have a date, at this point. then, lastly, i just want to say that the last strategic plan that the department has is from 2013-14. i have discussed this with the president, and the vice president, that it needs be updated. i think this is something we could work on during the commission meeting without having to have a separate meeting. we will be working with president adams and vice president dwight to bring that
to you. >> great, thank you. >> quick question, going back to the earlier thing. you mentioned one-stop shopping for the new portal. this goes into an idea, i was just wondering, what does that mean like you can apply for all of the permit, just through the portal, or? >> we were working to work with the departments to get there, but now with the 49 south van ness which is at the corner of van ness omission being created, a permit center that will have all of the agencies there, instead of working through our portal, the focus has now been working on doing technology --
and communications between the department where they can streamline in terms of applications. there focus now on delivering that. >> that is great. >> any other questions for the director? to be have any public comment on item number six? seeing none. public comment is closed. any other questions for the director? item six is closed. item seven, please. item 7, commissioners' reports. allows president, vice president, and commissioners to report on recent small business activities and make announcements that are of interest to the small business community. .discussion item. >> i just want to let everyone know that our meeting -- i want to make sure i get this right, monday the 26th, we will not be having a meeting on monday the 26th.
our next meeting will be on monday, september 9. >> mr. president, is not in honor of my 40th birthday? it sure is. [laughter] >> i have nothing else. do we have any other commissioner comments? commissioner ortiz. >> last week i attended a conference in san diego. it hosted array of things that concerned the latino community. obviously i was there to represent the small business issues area what did arise, and i want any small business to be very, very concerned about is i-9. make sure your i-9's are filed properly, regardless of the business. you can get find for having a scribble, or not following it properly. i think, as a small business owner, we are not experts in
that. let's make sure our i-9's are in order. another thing that affected california, is the bail bond issue. so, if you get arrested friday night, you won't be released until monday, because there is no longer the bail option. that does affect a lot of our small businesses. i was in the conference, right or wrong, i'm not getting into why you got arrested friday night, if you do have the bail option you could lose your job. it affects a lot of the food industry, believe it or not. saturdays and sundays are our busiest days, for whatever reason. i'm not going to get into the details, if my staff doesn't have the option to bail out. there is legislation, to put on the ballot. the spirit of the original legislation. but, if there is another tier where you do have the option, it does impact our small
businesses, especially the food industry over the weekend. just putting that out there. >> thank you. >> yes, i attended the chinatown , it is a new item that is organized by the entertainment commission. he worked with the local merchants to put it together. every sunday, for the next eight sundays, counting yesterday, there will be activities, you know, in chinatown. they have different themes. yesterday was classic car exhibition, and antique car fare. they had a little parade, and the lion dance. and a fashion show.
august 18, 25, september 1, september 8, and september 15. there will be different themes. they will have a history day, and a pop up food fest, martial arts, and also the other one is healthy and safe chinatown. one of the merchants told me, because of this, her business has gone up 30%. they're hoping to bring more people to chinatown to help with the business economy. >> thank you. >> so, i was asked to speak at an event on the eighth call the real food, real stories. it's a nonprofit. i got to speak to a whole crowd of millennial's that consider themselves foodies, but really don't understand the struggles
that our small businesses, particularly our minority, and immigrant retailers deal with. that was really cool, because i got to tell them about our work and how they can be engaged with their favorite businesses, and try to understand about what they go through, and how they can support. that was neat. also, i went to a couple of hearings, in the last month, with some other merchants and we have been tracking amazon, and the cloud kitchen applications for off sale alcohol permits. i was also asked that we keep track of that, in new business, and add it to our resolution that are affecting small businesses. and, also, i will ask, if i have a moment at the end to close the medium in memorial of one of our local legacy businesses got lost
someone in the gilroy garlic festival shooting. >> absolutely. >> i just wanted to bring the commissions attention, there was an article in the chronicle last week, i don't know if any of you saw it it was about ice sandwiches. maybe some of you have had the sandwiches? what is not to like about like? i think the article is directly relevant to our work, because he talked about how he has one location in san francisco, and 49 locations outside of san francisco and a number of other states. they asked him, why didn't you open anymore locations in san francisco? he mentioned the permit process, which we are well familiar with. he also mentioned the formula retail provisions, as being something that locked him out.
by sheer coincidence, i was wrestling with my son, on the couch, knocked over my laptop and destroyed the screen and had to take the laptop -- i wanted to take it to apple, but apple said it would be two weeks. >> we want to know who won the wrestling match, though? >> clearly heated. he's 11 years old. -- clearly he did. he's 11 years old. the laptop lost. apple recommended i go to the store, mobile kangaroo, whom i've never heard of before. i was a little iffy, i went, they they are in north beach. kind of a schlep where i'm coming from. i made it up there. i was greeted by the owner, ted. he said, you are lucky you came here, because we can turn it around faster than apple can. i said, geez, it's so hard to
get out here, why don't you open up something on the other side of town? people have laptops there, too, phones and whatnot. he said, we have 15 locations in the bay area, but i cannot -- we have tried, we looked into it, but it's too hard to open another one in the city, because of the formula retail. i thought this is the second time, in 48 hours, that i have read about a local hometown hero who has built up a successful business, in the city, hiring fellow residents, made it through that rigmarole that makes it so hard to succeed, so hard to get ahead. finally built a successful business, and we slammed the door shut and tell them to get out, and get lost. i think we can do better. i get it, we don't want mcdonald's, and wendy's opening up on guerrero and haight street , nobody wants to see
giant targets everywhere, although it seems like we have a couple in the city anyway. that leads to another point. it seems like the formula retail provision primarily seems to benefit the larger companies that have the capacity, to circumnavigate it and lock out these smaller businesses that are hometown heroes. they have found something that works. we should be celebrating them. we should be encouraging them to open up more locations. we should be helping them anyway we can. i am pretty fired up about this. by the way, sheer coincidence, my business would also be prohibited from opening another location in san francisco, because we have 15 locations on the threshold is 11. this isn't about me, i don't want to open another location, even if i was allowed to come i wouldn't do it. the point is, i think we can do better. i think we can do better for our local hometown heroes.
i wanted to bring the commissions attention to these articles, get us thinking about this. i will certainly be reaching out to the relevant supervisor's office, trying to determine if there is any room for negotiations here on any of the stuff, so we can have another ike place, or a mobile kangaroo. these services that our residents want, and enjoy, that our local entrepreneurs to celebrate and encourage them. >> good timing, because san francisco business times this weekend also had an article, they had an editorial that we need to relook at our formula retail rules because molly stones has put in a bid to open in the old lombardi sports, because whole foods could not because it cannot get past the formula retail hurdle for the neighbors. molly stones can, because they
have nine locations. upon opening the store, if they are approved, and they open at lombardi's, they can never open another store in san francisco. they will be at the formula retail limit and they will go through that process. here we are, they're going to come in, right underneath, solve a problem for us, and basically were going to lock them out. i think, you know, 10-11 is an arbitrary number. we have to draw a line in the somewhat -- sand somewhere, i guess. we are finding that the arbitrary number is too low. >> my observation would be locally owned area may be a separate consideration from looking at international corporations coming in. my other observation would be, there may be some room to negotiate lower talking about the size of the footprint. >> there are others that have been affected by this.
>> if you want, we can move both of these items under new business instead of under commission reports. you both have made good. especially with ike. i know ike, and i know his frustration. i know that article was coming out. especially when the first ike's was in my neighborhood, the first superduper was in my neighborhood. he's not opening up anymore anymore in the city, for that reason. those are the best burgers. >> friends of the caliber owner, i disagree. i know he would like to open more locations, as well. >> okay. any other commissioner comments, or report? to be have any members of the public who would like to make comment on item number seven? seeing none. anymore reports? number seven is closed.
next item, new business. new business. allows commissioners to introduce new agenda items for future consideration by the commission. discussion item. >> i want to ask for a couple. i have been talking to a lot of the taxis lately, because i happen to be at a board of supervisors hearing that they are at. they are going regularly. they are organizing themselves, and have documentation and case studies for what they are going through. i wanted to put that on our new business to see where the city is at, in supporting that. they are small businesses. i would like our office to at least be able to report with the city's outs, and if we for these small businesses. secondly, i think in the spirit of really waking up our elected to how they are going after small businesses with almost
every new law that is introduced you know, in conversation with commissioner dooley, largely disproportionately immigrant and minority businesses are being affected by the regulations that are being in place, whether, you know, they are big picture ones are technical ones. i think this might warrant a joint hearing with immigrant, i've talked to their doctor before about this. i think we need to have a really strong voice in this, not just the regulations. i know when ice is in town, i know businesses that close their doors. we need to have a serious conversation about that. the sector i am in, is being harassed by city departments in bringing regulatory bodies that are state and federal, and there has been some horror stories that even reference people's religion.
i think the environment of enforcement is also something they need to consider how they are contributing to this environment appear. >> thank you. >> following up on our previous discussion, i would like to officially ask that we have an assessment of our formula retail rules. >> great. any other commissioner new business? do we have any members of the public who would like to comment on new business? seeing none. public comment is closed. >> sf gov tv please show the office of small business slide. >> it is our custom to begin and end each small business commission meeting .-dot the office of small business is the only place to start your new business in san francisco, and the best place to get answers to your questions about doing business in san francisco. the small business commission is the unofficial public form to
voice your opinions and concerns about policies that affect the economic vitality of small businesses in in san francisco. if you need assistance with a small business, start here at the office of small business. i'm going to turn it over to commissioner zouzounis. >> i would like to request that the commission close our meeting today in memorial for kitchen manager at the old clam house on bayshore. their daughter was kayla salazar , who was a 13-year-old, that was killed at the gilroy garlic festival. in honor of kayla. >> i second. item 8, adjournment. closing the meeting in honor of kayla salazar. [roll call] meeting is adjourned at 6:49 p.m.
so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> i'm one of three owners here in san francisco and we provide mostly live music entertainment and we have food, the type of food that we have a mexican food and it's not a big menu, but we did it with love. like ribeye tacos and quesadillas and fries. for latinos, it brings families together and if we can bring that family to your business, you're gold. tonight we have russelling for e community. >> we have a ten-person limb elimination match. we have a full-size ring with barside food and drink. we ended up getting wrestling
here with puoillo del mar. we're hope og get families to join us. we've done a drag queen bingo and we're trying to be a diverse kind of club, trying different things. this is a great part of town and there's a bunch of shops, a variety of stores and ethnic restaurants. there's a popular little shop that all of the kids like to hanhang out at. we have a great breakfast spot call brick fast at tiffanies. some of the older businesses are refurbished and newer businesses are coming in and it's exciting. >> we even have our own brewery for fdr, ferment, drink repeat. it's in the san francisco garden district and four beautiful muellermixer ura alsomurals.
>> it's important to shop local because it's kind of like a circle of life, if you will. we hire local people. local people spend their money at our businesses and those local mean that wor people willr money as well. i hope people shop locally. [ ♪ ] ♪ ] >> manufacturing in cities creates this perfect platform for people to earn livelihoods and for people to create more economic prosperity. i'm kate sosa. i'm cofounder
and ceo of sf made. sf made is a public private partnership in the city of san francisco to help manufacturers start, grow, and stay right here in san francisco. sf made really provides wraparound resources for manufacturers that sets us apart from other small business support organizations who provide more generalized support. everything we do has really been developed over time by listening and thinking about what manufacturer needs grow. for example, it would be traditional things like helping them find capital, provide assistance loans, help to provide small business owners with education. we have had some great experience doing what you might call pop ups or temporary selling events, and maybe the most recent example was one
that we did as part of sf made week in partnership with the city seas partnership with small business, creating a 100 company selling day right here at city hall, in partnership with mayor lee and the board of supervisors, and it was just a wonderful opportunity for many of our smaller manufacturers who may be one or two-person shop, and who don't have the wherewithal to have their own dedicated retail store to show their products and it comes back to how do we help companies set more money into arthur businesses and develop more customers and their relationships, so that they can continue to grow and continue to stay here in san francisco. i'm amy kascel, and i'm the owner of amy kaschel san
francisco. we started our line with wedding gowns, and about a year ago, we launched a ready to wear collection. san francisco's a great place to do business in terms of clientele. we have wonderful brides from all walks of life and doing really interesting things: architects, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, other like minded entrepreneurs, so really fantastic women to work with. i think it's important for them to know where their clothes are made and how they're made. >> my name is jefferson mccarly, and i'm the general manager of the mission bicycle company. we sell bikes made here for people that ride here. essentially, we sell city bikes made for riding in urban environments. our core business really is to build bikes specifically for each individual. we care a lot
about craftsmanship, we care a lot about quality, we care about good design, and people like that. when people come in, we spend a lot of time going to the design wall, and we can talk about handle bars, we can see the riding position, and we take notes all over the wall. it's a pretty fun shopping experience. paragraph. >> for me as a designer, i love the control. i can see what's going on, talk to my cutter, my pattern maker, looking at the designs. going through the suing room, i'm looking at it, everyone on the team is kind of getting involved, is this what that drape look? is this what she's expecting, maybe if we've made a customization to a dress, which we can do because we're making everything here locally.
over the last few years, we've been more technical. it's a great place to be, but you know, you have to concentrate and focus on where things are going and what the right decisions are as a small business owner. >> sometimes it's appropriate to bring in an expert to offer suggestions and guidance in coaching and counseling, and other times, we just need to talk to each other. we need to talk to other manufacturers that are facing similar problems, other people that are in the trenches, just like us, so that i can share with them a solution that we came up with to manage our inventory, and they can share with me an idea that they had about how to overcome another problem. >> moving forward, where we see ourselves down the road, maybe five and ten years, is really
looking at a business from a little bit more of a ready to wear perspective and making things that are really thoughtful and mindful, mindful of the end user, how they're going to use it, whether it's the end piece or a he hwedding gown, are they going to use it again, and incorporating that into the end collection, and so that's the direction i hear at this point. >> the reason we are so enamored with the work we do is we really do see it as a platform for changing and making the city something that it has always been and making sure that we're sharing the opportunities that we've been blessed with economically and socially as possible, broadening that
>> hi, everyone. i'm the executive director of the richmond neighborhood center , and i want to welcome you all today. thank you for coming. [cheers and applause] we are so excited to be hosting this budget signing today. i want to tell you a little bit about the richmond neighborhood center for those of you who might not know. then neighborhood center offers a number of programs for families, children, seniors, and adults in the richmond. we strive to be a hub of resources, providing services directly and working with our partner nonprofits at this location. whether through our afterschool program, our food pantries, or
our community festivals, like our upcoming autumn the moon, we are a center for building community and a sense of belonging for everyone. these are the values that our mayor is committed to and has prioritized in her budget, which she will be signing here today. we are excited to continue partnering and working with the city to create opportunities and strengthen our support for all of our diverse communities all over san francisco. thank you all for being here today. [applause] >> thank you, michelle, and thank you for letting us use this amazing facility which serves so many young people and families across the richmond district. welcome to the richmond, but i know supervisor fewer is also anxious to welcome you here. this is an incredible community and i think that sometimes, when we are doing a lot of work in city hall, we forget about so many neighborhoods because we
are right there in the middle and we are downtown, and of course, we are in d5 and other areas, and d6, but we don't make it to the west side of the city sometimes. we don't make it to the southeast sector of the city, so michael as mayor is to make sure that we not only spend more time and provide more resources to various parts of our communities in san francisco that sometimes have been neglected, that we make that right kinds of investments in those communities , and so that's why we're here in the richmond today yes, we work with supervisor fewer as the budget chair. this year was absolutely amazing and yes, she fought for this district, but she also fought to prioritize equity and the things that are important to all san franciscans. it was truly a pleasure to work with her and to get this budget done. [applause]
when i think back to why i got involved in politics in the first place, i think back to the first time that i advocated for resources for the western addition to the board of supervisors. that advocacy, carol was actually on the board at that time, many, many years ago, and a big supporter of the communities and equity, and really fighting for resources both here and in sacramento. we would show up, we would advocate, we would talk about the importance of our issues, and members of the board would answer the call to make the right investment. yes, we still have a number of challenges in this city, a number of important investments that we know we need to make, in this board of supervisors spend countless hours listening to the public, listening to me,
sometimes, but ultimately, putting together what i believe is a very comprehensive budget that is fair, that is equitable, that makes new investments, and that is really focused on accountability, as well. and it was under the leadership of president of the board who had the vision to appoint sandy fewer as the budget chair because he knew that she would not take any mess from her colleagues and they all put forth their ideas, but ultimately, she wanted to make sure that this was a consensus budget, and everyone had something to be proud of. thank you to both supervisor fewer and president yee for your leadership. thank you to rafael mandel and who is here today. incredible advocates and supporters for the communities
and incredible advocates and supporters for residents of the city. i also would like to thank our budget team and kelly kirkpatrick who is the director of the budget. [applause] kelly, stand up, we can't see you. [cheers and applause]. >> her countless hours and worker work to get this budget done. harvey rose and his team from the budget and legislative analyst. usually the mayor doesn't think them, but as someone who served on the board of supervisors and has a lot of love for the work that they do to really analyse the budget within a short time period, i just want to thank them for their hard work to get this job done was pause -- [applause]. >> thank you to brendan rosenfield for crunching the numbers, him and his team. all the department heads, the ones that were grilled hard-core and were able to fight for their resources and get what we needed for the public.
i mean, the budget was a battle, but it was a good battle. it was one of the best budget processes i've seen in a really long time, and i'm not just saying that because this is my first budget as mayor, i am saying it because everyone had an opportunity to make a request and have their voices heard. and so i'm just proud of how comprehensive this budget is. yes, it is the highest budget in our city's history, $12.3 billion, and i don't want people to think we have control over the spending of all these dollars, because we do have enterprise departments like the airport, the port of san francisco, the public utilities commission, but ultimately, we made some new investments because not only did i spend time having a number of budget town hall meetings all over san francisco, i know the supervisors spent time with their various constituents, and we took that feedback to
incorporate it into our budget, and i just wanted to highlight a few of the things that i know are some of the most pressing issues that we face in san francisco. since i've taken office, about a year ago, we have been able to make over a billion dollars of investments in affordable housing throughout the city and county of san francisco. [applause] we have been able to do that because our unexpected windfall of the funding, because of our investments in our current budget, and because you all are going to pass the 600 billion-dollar affordable housing bond this fall without raising property taxes. [applause] part of that budget includes not only building new affordable housing and providing support for low and middle income families, it also provides preservation of existing affordable housing, and so i know that preservation around a
small sight acquisition was really important to supervisor fewer because of so many seniors in the richmond district living in some of these buildings that are up for sale and have the ability to purchase those buildings and protect them for those low income seniors and it is so critical to the long-term stability of affordable housing in san francisco. i am excited about funding for rent subsidies and trying to keep people housed, our rights to civil council, and making sure that people who are facing eviction are not doing it alone. so many amazing investments in housing, and now we've just got to get rid of some of the bureaucracy that gets in the way of housing. homelessness, which we know as a number 1 issue that we face in tenth -- in san francisco. we have additional support for more navigation centers, for more shelter beds, because we know we need them and we need them yesterday.
providing 100% affordable housing with wraparound services for formerly homeless individuals is something that is critical to addressing the number 1 crisis in our city, and we made those investments. $53 million to expand our behavioral health program and other health services in san francisco. [applause] thank you supervisor mandelman for your support and leadership around mental health reform in our city. we have already opened 100 new mental health stabilization beds on top of what we already have, and with this additional funding , we will be able to open another 100 new beds by the end of this year. we also have a need for people to use the bathroom, so we are adding more pitstops, we are adding more big belly trash cans , we are adding more targeted street cleaning, and we are using our 311 data to really make those investments strategically in the right
places. we're deploying another 250 officers, hopefully, as we get them across the finish line of the academy, so that they can walk the beat in various neighborhoods, talk to merchants , get to know the communities, and help with preventing crime from happening in the first place. we know that our commercial corridor and so many neighborhoods need so much help and support, so we have made investments to support for sought improvement, tenant improvements, pay various fines and fees, and other things that we know small business communities face, including seven businesses right here in the richmond district you will benefit from some of the new small business investment our city proposes to make. it is the beginning. there's more that we need to do to protect and support are small businesses, and i have been fighting with my director of small business because i want us to cut even more fees for small businesses in san francisco so
that it's not a burden to them staying open in the city. [applause] through hard work, the minimum compensation ordinance was done. it was brutal, but we got through it, and so many very low income wage earners in san francisco are going to get a well-deserved raise and have already, in some cases. we have expanded our cal fresh program and our county assistance program, and we know that equity was at the forefront of this budget. and thanks to the leadership of supervisor vallie brown and supervisor fewer, they helped create an office of equity where we are making investments to really try and shine a light on what we know are real challenges around access, education, affordability, and the things that continue to show really racial disparity that needs to -- that we need to take a look at, provide the data, and really make the right investments to turn it around.
opportunities for all, as you will know, is a program that is near and dear to my heart. making sure that every high school student in san francisco has access to a paid internship, and i want to thank all of the city departments for stepping up and providing internships, and now it is time to halt -- holds the private sector accountable, to not only contribute, because a deafening contributed to opportunities for all, but they need to have more placement for our young people, and that is what i'm committed to moving forward. thank you to supervisor mar who is not here with us today. we worked together to fully fund free city college for san francisco. [applause] so i just want to say, to all of our senior folks who are here today, you don't have to be a young person to go to city college, you don't have to be a kid living at home with your parents to go to city college. city college is for all san
franciscans. so let's take advantage of the amazing classes that they have. in one of the things i want to mention before i turn this over to supervisor fewer, as i know that, as mayor, i don't necessarily have complete control over our board of education, but i went to public schools here, and we know that supervisor yee and supervisor fewer also went to public schools here in san francisco, and the challenges that sometimes exist as certain schools versus other schools is something we need to address when we talk about equity. so for the first time ever, this city is making significant investment in addressing what we know are the biggest challenges at those schools. and includes teacher retention at certain schools in the southeast sector and other parts of the city, we are making a 10 million-dollar investment to provide additional bonuses to teachers in those particular schools to make sure that we try
and hold onto them to work with so many kids that have, what we know sometimes are real challenges, but we are also making investments and wellness centers in our public schools. to make sure that kids have the support that they need when going through what we know can be a very challenging time in their lives. so many great things. again, 12.3 million. i could be here all day talking about all of the things that we are doing to make the right kinds of investments, but i just wanted to highlight those few to let you know that in addition to these investments, as i have said from the very beginning, it is important that we understand the value of a dollar. the value of how this city makes investments, and what it means to people's lives. it can be the difference between a young person ending up dead or
in prison or in some terrible situation, and someone ending up mayor of san francisco. and that's how i see our investments, as an opportunity to make sure that good things happen for people here in san francisco, and we create a better future with these incredible investments. so make sure, all the departments, you spend this money wisely. you don't take pen and paper home that you don't need. [laughter] and you do your very best to show folks in this city that we are the greatest city in the world because we put our money where our mouth is, and because of that, we are able to create a more thriving, equitable, safe, and secure city for all san franciscans. thank you all so much for being here. [cheers and applause] with that, i would like to turn it over to our budget chair,
supervisor sandy fewer. [applause] >> thank you, madame mayor. good morning, everyone. wow. on behalf of my 80,000 residents in the richmond district, i would like to welcome you to this part of town where our summers look like this every day off mac. >> but where we are doing good work to strengthen and grow communities. the richmond district neighborhood center is leading that effort with the work on the one richmond initiative, the home delivered grocery program, and is the main provider of active school programming in the richmond. i would like to thank the executive director and her staff for hosting us today. thank you all for coming out. i am glad that the budget is being officially finalized today
as together to witness the signing of the budget by the mayor, i'm also appreciative that i was given the opportunity to serve the city in the capacity as budget chair this year. this, is most of you know, is a process that involves the expertise, commitment, and hard work of many, so i would like to take a moment now to recognize and thank them. chelsea, i know she is here somewhere. my legislative aide who worked tirelessly meeting with community groups, playing and -- planning and designing the entire budget process and was the go to person with all things budget related. our interns for the summer helped us tremendously on the budget, working behind the scenes. so many things to jack, melissa, and janine. i must also acknowledge my other legislative aide, angelina, and ian, "kept the office running at the knees of my district addressed while we were deeply busy with the city budget. i would like to thank the
members of the budget committee, president yee, supervisors mandelman, stefani, and ronen. after many long hours, shared anxiety, and a lot of learning. it is with a sigh of relief and pride that we are at this point in the process. many thanks and recognition to the wonderful budget legislative analyst. with whom we work closely with and depended on heavily for guidance and recommendations. i want to thank our controller and his office for all the support, advice, and expertise, and many thanks to the mayor's budget office and to mayor breed for working so closely with us to ensure a smooth and collaborative process. my deepest appreciation for the clerk's office and linda wong for keeping me on track. thank you to john for keeping this legit. of course, this process would not be complete without the voices behind the 400 million-dollar in community asks. so thank you to community
advocates who took the time to educate us on how this budget can help supply the need and support for safety net for the most formable in the city. and lastly, i would like to thank the city workers. the backbone of our city that makes the whole machine work to serve our residents. i want to especially thank our department heads who fight not only for their budget, but for their ability to serve the people of san francisco well. honorable work beyond measure, and most of the time, without recognition or appreciation. being devoted, dedicated, public servants. [applause] this budget prioritizes the issues of affordable housing development, the expansion of beds for homeless residents, and rental subsidies for some of our most vulnerable tenants. it focuses on services and support marginalized communities , including children, seniors, and people with disabilities, immigrants,
communities of color, lgbtq communities, low income workers. with an ever growing wealth gap, and inequitable opportunities by race, language, gender, sexuality and more, it is critical we invest in assurance that every san franciscan can thrive. i think this is a budget that reflects those values. this is a budget that says, to those of you who are struggling to stay here, for those of you who are struggling to provide here, we see you. thank you again to mayor breed, and to president norman you for entrusting me with this responsibility. and now that it is all over, i am not sure, actually, that my colleagues or my staff would agree, but i think i'm willing to do this for another five years. [laughter]. [applause] i want to thank all of my colleagues at the board, especially board, especially our budget committee members for
your confidence and collaboration. thank you to the people of san francisco who entrust us with the money earned off the hardbacks of hard-working san franciscans. and now let's -- let's get this thing signed. i like to present the president of the board, norman e. -- norman g. -- president norman yee. [applause] [laughter] >> i'm sorry, i can't hide the fact that i'm freezing. [laughter] welcome, everybody. this district is the most important district in the northwest sector of san francisco. [laughter] i really want to think them air, your staff, and i know i will be repeating what has been said,
but it is worth repeating when people work so hard to put the most important document together for san franciscans. so once again, mayor, your director over there, kelly, thank you very much. thank you very much to ben rosenfield and your team. and the budget legislative analyst. thank you for putting this budget together. but more importantly, when i became president in january, one of the first things i said was that i'm going to make this board of supervisors, this set of 11 people, the best that we can ever have in san francisco. to serve our community, to serve
our residents, to serve the most vulnerable, and the most important committee to help serve these people is the budget committee. and i knew i had to make the strongest budget committee that i could think of, so as mentioned, it was really an honor for me to ask supervisor fewer to be chair of the budget committee, and i was so happy. she just kept on saying, oh, no, no, i don't know, i don't know. for christ sake, sandy! you were chair in the budget committee on the board of education, yes, you know how to do a budget. you are as good as anybody on the board of supervisors. so thank you for accepting it. you did a marvellous job. give her a hand. [applause] but like all of us, one person
can't do it all. she needed a team. she needed four other supervisors to help her. that includes supervisor mandelman right here, thank you. [applause] and supervisor ronen and supervisor stefani who were also part of that team. and to really make it special, to make it the best team, i put myself on it. [laughter] in all seriousness, i'm really glad that this budget was put together the way it was, and it was as transparent as i've seen it over the last 70 -- seven years. people were engaged, people had a voice. everybody felt like they had a voice, and that was because of the openness of everybody, not only the budget committee, but also the mayor's office. advocates came, we went out into
the community, and we put a budget together that has, to me, one of the best budgets i've seen because we are beginning to look at the issues and see what we need to do to solve it. we needed to do things. we needed to be creative and putting the money where it could be effective, and i think people really looked at it carefully with that lens. you know, how do we get equity on this? how do we serve the people? how do we make sure people can be successful whether they are regular people working, whether they are people on the streets that can't work right now, whether it's the children that we are talking about that could be great adults, and also, our seniors.
i can't say enough that we are the fastest growing population in san francisco is seniors. we need to make investments because, as many of you know, right now over 50% of the people entering homelessness for the first time our seniors. we need to make investments. i think this budget reflects that need. thank you very much for that. the other thing that i want to say that hasn't been mentioned in this budget is, you know, when families are struggling already, you can barely pay the rent, and all of a sudden they are strapped with childcare, maybe for one child, $25,000 a year, or two children, of the $50,000 a year. a teacher couldn't afford that. nobody could afford that. so once again, this budget reflects that need. we are really trying to support the low to middle income families so they can raise her
children in san francisco. this is what this budget does. on top of all that, we didn't forget about our infrastructure. we did not forget about our parks, our fire department, our police department, and our department of public works to have more staff to clean up the streets and so forth, so this is what this budget does. it supports the infrastructure, and it also is created to find solutions where we need to find solutions. let's get it on and signed this budget. thank you very much! [applause] >> all right, folks. it is time. let's do this. supervisors, please join me.