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. >> >> supervisor mandelman: -- to implement ab 1784, so i'd like to make a motion to add that language. >> president yee: okay. there's a motion to amend. is there a second? seconded by supervisor peskin. if there's no objection, then we'll take these amendments outlined. [gavel]. >> president yee: colleagues, can we take this item, same house, same call, as amended? seeing no objection, then, this resolution passes unanimously. [gavel].
>> president yee: number 62. >> clerk: 62 is a resolution to support the rights of san francisco veterinary specialists. >> president yee: supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: yes. i am so proud to have the cosponsorship of every single colleague on this board. thank you so much for standing by these workers. as i stated last week, sfvs is owned by v.c.a., a company that owns 800 animal hospital. in 2018, v.c.a. was purchased by mars, the candy company.
the next step is for the company and union to negotiate a contract. that started 14 months ago, but unfortunately has resulted in delays, not a contract. colleagues, bypassing this resolution unanimously, we are sending a strong message to mars-v.c.a. and san francisco veterinary specialists that we expect them to honor the law and do right by their employee. they need to know that san francisco is a strong union town that will always fight for justice. >> president yee: okay. colleagues, can we take this same house, same call? okay. with no objection, this
resolution is adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: number 65? >> clerk: 65 is an authorization to written ballot arguments for submittal to the voters for the 2019 consolidated municipal election. >> president yee: okay. colleagues, the amendments to the motion have been distributed to authorize preparation of ballot arguments for the november 2019 election as follows. number one, president yee to write the proponent argument for the charter amendment regarding the disability and ageing services commission and department. number two, mayor breed to write the proponent argument for the g.o. bond regarding affordable housing. number three, mayor breed to write the proponent argument for the initiative ordinance
regarding the tax on net rider fares. number four, supervisor fewer to write the proponent argument for the initiative regarding the affordable homes for educators. number five, supervisor mar to write the proponent argument for the initiative ordinance regarding prohibitions on campaign distributions. number six, supervisor walton to write the opponent argument for the petition initiative ordinance on vapor products. can i have a motion for -- on these amendments? motion by supervisor walton, and seconded by supervisor fewer. then, without objection, these amendments are adopted. [gavel]. >> president yee: on the resolution, can we take this item, same house, same call as amended?
without objection, this amendment is approved unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, let's go back to item 60 which was scheduled pursuant to motion m-19. >> clerk: this is where public comment to enter into closed session was taken for the board to convene in closed session for the purpose of receiving advise or conferring with the city attorney in a case which pacific gas and electric is an adverse party. >> president yee: okay. we've already had public comment on that, and we'll go into closed session.
[inaudible] >> president yee: members of the public, we ask that you exit the chambers and the sheriffs to lock the doors behind them. we will open . >> president yee: okay. we are back in open session. may i have a motion that the board finds that it is in the best interest of the public that the board elect not to disclose this closed session deliberations. motion made by supervisor ronen, seconded by supervisor mandelman. then without any objection we will not disclose our closed
session deliberations. madam clerk, please read the in memoriams. >> clerk: today's meeting will be adjourned in memory of the of the following loved individuals, motion made a supervisor walton by the late mr. walton, sr., and on behalf of clifford benjamin henry, on behalf of supervisor brown on behalf of the late hannah sigri, and on behalf of supervisor stefani, on behalf of the victims of the gilroy shooting. >> president yee: colleagues, that brings us to the end of the agenda. madam clerk, is there any further business before us today? >> clerk: that concludes this session.
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recipe. we have our own -- we move on from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential. people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato.
i love this street itself. >> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like. what we give back as a shop owner is creating an ambient lifestyle. if you do it in your area and if you like it, then you can do it >> i went through a lot of struggles in my life, and i am blessed to be part of this. i am familiar with what people are going through to relate and
visitors, a lot of people in the area. >> what i like doing is posting up at hotspots to let people see visibility. they ask you questions, ask you directions, they might have a question about what services are available. checking in, you guys. >> wellness check. we walk by to see any individual, you know may be sitting on the sidewalk, we make sure they are okay, alive. you never know. somebody might walk by and they are laying there for hours. you never know if they are alive. we let them know we are in the area and we are here to promote safety, and if they have somebody that is, you know, hanging around that they don't want to call the police on, they don't have to call the police. they can call us.
we can direct them to the services they might need. >> we do the three one one to keep the city neighborhoods clean. there are people dumping, waste on the ground and needles on the ground. it is unsafe for children and adults to commute through the streets. when we see them we take a picture dispatch to 311. they give us a tracking number and they come later on to pick it up. we take pride. when we come back later in the day and we see the loose trash or debris is picked up it makes you feel good about what you are doing. >> it makes you feel did about escorting kids and having them feel safe walking to the play area and back. the stuff we do as ambassadors makes us feel proud to help keep the city clean, helping the
residents. >> you can see the community ambassadors. i used to be on the streets. i didn't think i could become a community ambassador. it was too far out there for me to grab, you know. doing this job makes me feel good. because i came from where a lot of them are, homeless and on the street, i feel like i can give them hope because i was once there. i am not afraid to tell them i used to be here. i used to be like this, you know. i have compassion for people that are on the streets like the homeless and people that are caught up with their addiction because now, i feel like i can give them hope. it reminds you every day of where i used to be and where i am at now.
>> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our culture is something that can be reckoned with. >> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos. so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy
her achbl heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of
memories. >> the binca is made out of different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it.
this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia,
but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon cheese burger lumpia. there was a time in our
generation where we didn't have our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest
challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
>> undercover love wouldn't be possible without the help of the mayor and all of our community partnerships out there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture. i think in san francisco, we've
kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and empathy can create. when you're positive and >> here we are responsible to oversee the drinking water distribution system. in san francisco changes in the fire code required anyone doing
representtro fit to the home to get a new fire service this caused the need for new water services to spike. we used to do 200 a year. now we are up to 600. >> if you are building a new house you need fire protection. you have to make application to the water department for that. if you go through the process we come out and install the new line and the new fire line. >> the project got kicked off by two of our a gms, steve and eric. they recognized the need for improving this process. they pulled together the project and selected the team members and asked me to lead the effort. >> on c cd there is permit and no parking signs and installing the service, having water caught at the check off and pave. >> it is a lengthy application
process with manual tracking. for construction because we communicate with ccd we have to stay in touch with ccd to inform the customer for updates. >> at one time there was three separate visits to activate the fire service. water quality and gate manment and then gate man would go back. now the gate man goes one-time, one visit and it is done. >> we dissected the process and looked for ways to streamline the process and use technology to make the experience smoother and what we are building is an online portal for customers to apply without coming downtown and they can get updates. >> with the online application everything is there. it is built in condition logic with tracking to communicate with the customer without having
to take notes. >> we want to tell you these are 10 steps and you are on step three or four. >> we streamlined the process. we knocked it down to 65 days. the goal is half of that. from the time you make application to put the check on the table to the time we pave the street, we want it down to 30-days. >> i am proud of the team for the work to get together to understand each other's work and come up with solutions. i really wanted the rest of the team to understand the time and deliberation and thought so they could get the recognition that could get the recognition 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]