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pizza. all these places are right here that are community assets and we all have to remember to patronize. i don't want to just see you all here today as we have this opening ceremony, i want to see you supporting harold, supporting nema, supporting? asia on a daily basis, on a weekly basis consistently. that peace is important. we need you here every day and not just for a ribbon-cutting in the grand opening ceremonies. with that said, i do have the pleasure and the honor of introducing the stars of bayview bistro, first will hear from nema romney, a san francisco native. they have a food truck with a latin twist and then we will hear from harold big h. and then we will hear from mr. johnson, a san francisco native and owner of yes, putting
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-- putting -- putting -- pudding we want to make it easier for small businesses to thrive in san francisco, especially along the corridor here in district ten. with that said, i want to bring up nema romney. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, everyone. i first want to say thank you for coming. out -- i wrote a script, so have patience with me. my name is nema romney, i have been a native of san francisco all my life. i would first like to thank our mayor for taking out her busy schedule to come down and support us. [applause] in no specific order, i also like to thank the p.u.c., oewd, brown and cobb -- caldwell, black and fitch, salt wash,
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jacob engineering, and emerson. last but never least, i would like to thank andrea baker and peugeot, without their opportunity a would not be standing here today. [applause] i opened so bull october 27th, 2017 with the joys and dreams of becoming a business owner. i have bounced around san francisco because of the permit process that san francisco has in place. so when andrea reached out to me , i could not resist. my grandmother has lived in -- i have lived in bayview all my life. have patience. so the decision to be part of bayview was not hard to make at all. we are facing our challenges, but with the support and the help of our community, as well as bayview with big h., i hope
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we have high hopes that high dreams of how far this space can go. again, i like to thank our mayor , i'm like to thank everyone for coming out, and i see my son back there in the back. love you so much. thank you for coming to support your mom, as well. [cheers and applause] >> hello, everyone. my name is harold. i own big h. barbecue. born and raised in san francisco , bayview. i have been kicking for a long time with my grandfather, my mom , it's been a beautiful thing i want to thank you all for coming out and supporting us. bayview bistro got me out here and it has been a beautiful thing. getting my foot in the door, trying to move up and go farther places to support my family a little bit better. i wouldn't be able to do it without you all here. miss mayor, thank you so much.
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i appreciate it. [applause] >> hello. i own a desert business where i create a variety of putting desserts. it all started with banana pudding but has evolved into everything. stop by my booth to learn more about my business. i would like to thank andrea baker for giving me this opportunity to grow my business here. being here will allow me to serve customers, gain more customers and just gain the experience that i need to own and operate a business. thank you. thank you to the mayor for coming out and supporting, and thank you to bayview for their continued support. [cheers and applause] >> all right. it is time to eat, people.
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[laughter] it is time to order up the barbecue and the desserts and everything in between. make sure, as was said earlier, that you not only show up today for the opening, but you continue to come back and support these incredible entrepreneurs who are part of the fabric of what makes the bayview hunter's point such a special community in our great city. thank you for being here today. enjoy yourselves. [cheers and applause]
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shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services within our neighborhoods, we help san francisco remain unique, successful, and vibrant. so where will you shop and dine in the 49? >> my name is ray behr. i am the owner of chief plus. it's a destination specialty foods store, and it's also a corner grocery store, as well. we call it cheese plus because there's a lot of additions in addition to cheese here. from fresh flowers, to wine, past a, chocolate, our dining area and espresso bar. you can have a casual meeting if you want to. it's a real community gathering place. what makes little polk unique, i
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think, first of all, it's a great pedestrian street. there's people out and about all day, meeting this neighbor and coming out and supporting the businesses. the businesses here are almost all exclusively independent owned small businesses. it harkens back to supporting local. polk street doesn't look like anywhere u.s.a. it has its own businesses and personality. we have clothing stores to gallerys, to personal service stores, where you can get your hsus repaired, luggage repaired. there's a music studio across the street. it's raily a diverse and unique offering on this really great street. i think san franciscans should shop local as much as they can because they can discover things that they may not be familiar with. again, the marketplace is changing, and, you know, you look at a screen, and you click a mouse, and you order something, and it shows up, but
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to have a tangible experience, to be able to come in to taste things, to see things, to smell things, all those things, it's very important that you do so..
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>> good morning. welcome to life learning academy. my name is craig miller. i am a founder and the chief operating officer at the school. we are so thrilled to have everybody here today to celebrate this milestone event for the school, to provide a home for the kids who need us the most. terry and i and the entire life learning community could not be more grateful to all of you for everything you've done. i'd like to thank the sponsors for today's event. bear with me, it is a very healthy list. the northern california carpenter's regional council, ey, lows, jamel and tom perkins,
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linkedin, russell reynolds first bank, community vision and capital consulting, rubicon, kayhill construction, and oliver and company. i also want to recognize a few donors who have made the dorm possible. tipping point. valerie powder, the zeler box foundation, the louis r. laura foundation and linkedin. this group, along with the city, and sfusd exemplify a public-private partnership model that has come together to meet the needs of young people in san
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francisco. we are honored to have mayor breed with us here today and to have mayor willie brown's daughter, susan brown, here with us as well. without question, it is because of the support of mayor breed and mayor brown that we are standing here today about to open this beautiful dormitory for kids. [ applause ]. >> it's pretty cool. i would like to begin our program by introducing susan brown, who is going to comment on her father's long-term commitment to life learning academy. susan. [ applause ]. >> thank you very much, craig, for that very warm introduction. i'm susan brown and my father is willie brown, former mayor of
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san francisco. he was unhappy because he could not be here today, but he asked me to see what i could possibly say. so i'm here to give you a few words. so our family is extremely proud and extremely happy and extremely excited for these dormitories. in 1998 when my father was mayor, he formed a partnership. and because of that partnership, life learning academy exists. what began with that partnership would culminate into what you see here today life learning academy, an organization which not only provides excellent educational excellence and experience for students but has acted as a catalyst for change for so many people who have walked through the doors. hundreds of lives have been
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positively impacted by -- through their programs over the years. and the dormitories today is a goal that they set, which is basically their mission statement at life learning academy. so it is my great honor to introduce to you today the principal of life learning academy dr. terry delane. [ applause ]. >> okay. some people out there who really know me know that i don't need a microphone, but i'm going to do what i'm told to do today. number two, i left my notes at home. so what i'm going to have to do is just go from what i know. i have been here from day one for 20 years i have witnessed kids come through these doors and in this school and commit to
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change and commit to non-violence. i am really lucky because i am somebody that has never forgotten where i come from. when i was 16 years old what stands out in my mind as a runaway and heroin addicted, i was with a boyfriend who was really violent. one night he beat me up, threw me out of the apartment we were in, in the middle of the night. what stands out for me is i was sitting on the street corner crying and alone and trying to figure out who to call. everyone needs to have somebody to call. not too long after that i got a chance -- a second chance at my life and i went to delancy
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street foundation, where my life was saved. i met mimi and i learned about community and i learned about fami family. and it has been my mission because i know that i owe for the rest of my life to right what's wrong for our kids. and especially those that don't have a safe place to live. [ applause ]. >> this building which you will all see is not a dorm. it's a home. what it represents is love and support where these students that live here will be able to thrive and grow and have the best of what they deserve.
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to build a circle of support of which you all are now a part of. when we go through this dorm, you will see how covered we are. we have the willie brown memorial -- mayor willie brown memorial family room. we have mayor london breed's beautiful baskets that she sent to us yesterday for every kid that's going to be living in there. we have mayor ed lee's legacy in our memorial garden named after him. we can't be better covered than that. [ applause ]. >> i am managing not to break into sobs because this is such an amazing day and i am thrilled
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because it is now our mission to make this a model so that other schools know what is possible when you can no longer go home each night knowing that you have kids that you love every day that don't have safety, not okay. and can nobody tell you what can't be done. now i'm tired of yelling at you all. it's not your fault. sorry, craig is used to that. he said, no, that's not you yelling. that's you talking. so i have here with me a young woman named lynnie. i call her lynnie and i've known her since she was 16. she knows what it's like not to have a safe place to live and she found herself a family. and then after being in a few high schools, she came to life
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learning academy and thrived. i want her just to tell you a little bit about herself and she came here from long beach to be with us. she is family for ever family. our life learning family has been going on for 20 and our kids never forget us. so i'd like to introduce lynn ward. [ applause ]. >> good morning and thank you so much for having me. my name is lynn ward and i'm a proud alumni of life learning academy. i was raised in a housing project by my grandmother. i'm the youngest of five sisters born to parents struggling with addiction and mental illness. i found comfort in books early on and excelled academically. i earned scholarships.
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i was always seemingly good on the surface, but my life home was very chaotic. the environment was making it hard to succeed and my neighborhood was filled with the enticing entrapments of the street lifestyle. this all came to a head in my junior year in high school where i was incarcerated for a robbery with a group of girls. this was a culmination of a long-time struggle for me on two diverging paths: the school or the streets. i had a choice to make and it grappled internally with this decision. i had a hard time believing in myself and could not see that there was a life different than the one i was born into. so there i was facing serious charges, kicked out of high school. i needed a change in my life and my best friend's dad asked if i was ready and to make a phone call. that phone call was to terry, the principal of life learning
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academy. i interviewed with her, and during my conversation i realized my life was not a game, that turning my life around was important to her, to the school, and that i had a community that was willing to support me. i knew this because terry told me herself that she would be on me like white on rice. those were literally her words, and she was. so was my college councilor, the vice principal. i knew the school's number and terry's cellphone number by heart because if i missed school or was late, they were calling me and asking me where i was at. a kid like me, that's what i needed. i needed caring and constant adults who noticed when i missed class, provided me with the resources to earn money and the environment to self reflect. i needed real conversations about the struggles i faced and opportunities for future success. i graduated this past june from
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cal state university long beach with a master's degree in political science. [ cheering and applause ]. >> i am a senior employee with a small business in long beach, having been with the company for four years. i'm a mentor. i volunteer. i like to travel. i like yoga. i live a positive life. without life learning academy, i would not be where i'm at today. sorry. life learning academy helps give you the building blocks to build my life to something better than i thought i could be. because of the impact on me, i was invited to speak about life learning academy at a conference this past october in san francisco. mayor breed gave the keynote address at the conference and i was fortunate enough to meet her. she took time to talk to me. she offered me an unpaid
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internship upon graduation. like me, mayor breed was raised by her grandmother and the housing projects of san francisco and was able to fight her way out through the support of her community and educational opportunities. i admire her because she's charted a path for herself, rising above the obstacles to become the first african-american woman mayor of san francisco. [ applause ]. >> she never forgets where she comes from, where we come from, and continues to advocate for more equitable society, especially for youth, evidenced by, among other things, her ongoing support for l.l. a. that is why i am so honored to introduce her today. ladies and gentlemen, mayor london breed. [ cheering and applause ]. >> mayor breed: thank you so much. thank you so much. it really is an honor to be here and let me just say thank you to
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lynn. we are so proud of you and this is what this school represents. i got to tell you, when i was growing up, we didn't have life learning academy. in fact, the very same kind of circumstances that lynn experienced was the same kind of circumstances that i experienced. the reason why i was raised by my grandmother had a lot to do with challenges with my family. and unfortunately, it didn't end up so well for my brother, who's still incarcerated, and my sister who i lost to a drug overdose. so i'm one of six siblings who was really fortunate to have supportive people in my life. that's why the work that i do is so important to support young people, because i know the difference that it can make. so when i worked here at the treasure island development
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authority many, many years ago -- some of you probably didn't know that -- i remember the day that mimi silver came to the treasure island development authority, building 1, and someone said, well, mimi is downstairs and they called upstairs. they're like mimi silver, send her up right away. people lost it because of the fact she was there because they knew how hard she worked for the community. she along with others were really putting together under the leadership of the former mayor willie brown this incredible life learning academy and i had the pleasure of working on the lease to get this thing done. i'm really proud of the work that i did. i made the mistake of attending the first graduation 20 years ago. for those of you who go to this graduation, you make sure you have your tissue because i was -- i think i was sitting
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next to mike delane, terry's husband, and i was boo-hookiing the whole time. these people couldn't believe they made it through. i remember the story of one of the young men who said he wasn't going to school that day when the delancy van showed up to pick him up. and the guy who was driving said i'll be right here waiting until you get into the van. they would not take no for an answer. they were on those kids like white on rice. they were not going to let one of those kids fail. so that's why today is so incredible. it's long overdue. it's long overdue to have a place for kids who may not have the best environment at home, where we know the challenges of sometimes living in poverty can
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take you in the wrong direction. where we have seen too many of our kids cycle in and out of the criminal justice system, when we know they have so much indecreed potential to do amazing things. providing a safe place for them to be, a safe place to call home and be amongst one another and a supportive environment where they are part of a real family, because delancy street is a loving family, they provide love and good food and hugs. terry hugs everybody. that is what you need to grow and to thrive. they've been doing it for 20 ye years. over the years i worked with young people at the african-american culture complex and as soon as i had a child that was in and out one of the schools -- like, i've had kids who sadly went to almost every high school sometimes in san
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francisco. the person i would call and ask, can you please take my baby because he needs structure, he needs support, terry without hesitation always tried to make a way for any kid at the life learning academy because she knew if she got her hooks on them they were going to graduate and they were going to go on and succeed in life. now she's probably going to move into this dormitory because this is going to be an incredible place so that we can make sure that despite the circumstances that some of our young people are facing in their home environment, they have a home right here at the delancy street life learning academy. this is one of the most -- and i'm not crying. my allergies are killing me. but this is one of the most amazing things that we can do. this example that we're setting today by opening up this
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dormitory will be a model for other schools throughout the country. this is how we make sure that our kids succeed. this is how we make sure that despite the obstacles they're facing, that we provide that wrap-around support which includes a place that is safe, that is secure, and provides the love and the support that they need to succeed. in san francisco we know we have some major challenges with homelessness. when i'm walking the streets in the tenderloin in particular, i see a lot of folks who i grew up with who fell through the cracks. and i can't help but think if we as a city can do better by all of our young people, we will prevent that from happening to them in the first place. part of the investments that we have been making to end youth homelessness in san francisco,
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including the rising up campaign, has led to -- although the homeless point in time count has gone up for the city as a whole, for youth homelessness we've seen that decrease by 10%. we need to get that to 0. because we have an obligation. i believe as folks who have been fortunate to succeed in whatever capacity, it doesn't matter if you're rich or poor or what have you, we all can give time and of ourselves to invest in young people to make sure that they grow and they thrive. that's what i'm committed to, not only with the rising up campaign, but with the opportunities for all programs where we will make sure that every high school student in this city has access, lynn, to a paid internship if they desire. so today is an incredible day of
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celebration. we have waited so long for this, and i can't thank all of you enough, especially the people who have contributed to making this possible. yes, the city was able to provide some support and we should provide support and i will continue to make sure that we make investments to support this incredible institution. but the people who really contributed and continue to support the life learning academy and making this dormitory a reality for our kids, thank you so much. this is absolutely amazing. it's really an honor to be your mayor and really great to see projects like this happen because this is going to save and change lives for future generations here in our great city. thank you all so much for being here today. [ applause ].
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>> okay. so, i mean, mayor breed said she -- the city put in some, but the truth of the matter is without mayor london breed we wouldn't be standing here. the city came to our -- what we asked for, the city gave us. the belief in us and the support from mayor breed, the vision and leadership from mayor willie brown is why we're standing here right now. so again, i want to really thank them and thank susan so much for coming. she took pictures of willie brown's beautiful plaque when you'll see as we do tours of the dorm. now, what we're going to do first is take some pictures -- well, we're going to take some pictures up here for a few minutes. i'm going to have my kids come up. you can mingle around and have a
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bite to eat. our chef derrek is amazing. we eat like this every day. food is so important to us. then we'll come back and have tours of the dorm. thank you all so much. [ applause ] [♪] ♪ >> about two years ago now i had my first child. and i thought when i come back, you know, i'm going to get back in the swing of things and i'll find a spot. and it wasn't really that way when i got back to work. that's what really got me to think about the challenges that
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new mothers face when they come back to work. ♪ >> when it comes to innovative ideas and policies, san francisco is known to pave the way, fighting for social justice or advocating for the environment, our city serves as the example and leader many times over. and this year, it leads the nation again, but for a new reason. being the most supportive city of nursing mothers in the work place. >> i was inspired to work on legislation to help moms return to work, one of my legislative aids had a baby while working in the office and when she returned we had luckily just converted a bathroom at city hall into a lactation room. she was pumping a couple times a day and had it not been for the room around the hallway, i don't know if she could have continued
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to provide breast milk for her baby. not all returning mothers have the same access, even though there's existing state laws on the issues. >> these moms usually work in low paying jobs and returning to work sooner and they don't feel well-supported at work. >> we started out by having legislation to mandate that all city offices and departments have accommodations for mothers to return to work and lactate. but this year we passed legislation for private companies to have lactation policies for all new moms returning to work. >> with the newcome -- accommodations, moms should have those to return back to work. >> what are legislation? >> we wanted to make it applicable to all, we created a set of standards that can be
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achievable by everyone. >> do you have a few minutes today to give us a quick tour. >> i would love to. let's go. >> this is such an inviting space. what makes this a lactation room? >> as legislation requires it has the minimum standards, a seat, a surface to place your breast on, a clean space that doesn't have toxic chemicals or storage or anything like that. and we have electricity, we have plenty of outlets for pumps, for fridge. the things that make it a little extra, the fridge is in the room. and the sink is in the room. our legislation does require a fridge and sink nearby but it's all right in here. you can wash your pump and put your milk away and you don't have to put it in a fridge that you share with co-workers. >> the new standards will be applied to all businesses and places of employment in san francisco. but are they achievable for the
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smaller employers in the city? >> i think small businesses rightfully have some concerns about providing lactation accommodations for employees, however we left a lot of leeway in the legislation to account for small businesses that may have small footprints. for example, we don't mandate that you have a lactation room, but rather lactation space. in city hall we have a lactation pod here open to the public. ♪ ♪ >> so the more we can change, especially in government offices, the more we can support women. >> i think for the work place to really offer support and encouragement for pumping and breast feeding mothers is necessary. >> what is most important about the legislation is that number one, we require that an employer
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have a lactation policy in place and then have a conversation with a new hire as well as an employee who requests parental leave. otherwise a lot of times moms don't feel comfortable asking their boss for lactation accommodations. really it's hard to go back to the office after you have become a mom, you're leaving your heart outside of your body. when you can provide your child food from your body and know you're connecting with them in that way, i know it means a lot to a mommy motionlely and physically to be able to do that. and businesses and employers can just provide a space. if they don't have a room, they can provide a small space that is private and free from intrusion to help moms pump and that will attract moms to working in san francisco. >> if you want more information visit
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sfdph.org/breastfeedingatwork. ♪ ♪

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