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>> it is nice we can do this outside. it is so nice out. >> it is 110 degrees in sacramento. >> we have this weather ten days a year, maybe, but now with global warming, it is 30 days. we are here to talk about affordability. it has got to be one of the number one issues for you. housing, homelessness, cost of living, it certainly is for the state of california. thank you for hosting us, thank you for allowing us this opportunity to dialogue with some people who have beneficiaries of your leadership and the work that has been done at the local level to address the issue of affordability. not just as it relates to the
issues of rent, but also for homeowners, which all of us aspire to be. >> i am still aspiring. [laughter] >> can you take advantage of your own home loan program? >> i wish. [laughter]. >> by the way, you do. >> and then after taxes, it's like, student loans, rent, and this is crazy. >> so let's talk about that. you guys feel the same way, i imagine. you are a firefighter, you just came here for a very short period of time, eight years later, you're still here from illinois and chicago. >> still here. >> and you spent 22 years as a deputy sheriff,. >> i can't believe you retired. >> early. [laughter] >> and you have nothing in common on this topic with them, but you want to have something in common, and you want to be a beneficiary of the program you have all been able to take advantage of. why don't we talk about that
program and mayor, maybe you can set the table on what that loan program is all about. >> what is so great about the programs that we have in san francisco is it is not only the first time down payment assistant program, which we know can help people to get a significant amount of money to put as a down payment on a home, and not necessarily have to pay that loan back right away. there's also the teacher next-door program. sometimes there is just an additional amount of money that you need to put you over the hump because the cost of living here and the cost of purchasing a home is really challenging for so many families, and i know that, you know, when you say, you know, you have a family of four making $200,000 a year, people think, oh, my god, $200,000 a year is a lot, but just think about it. with kids, with the expense of living in the city, it is even
hard to save money to put a down payment on a home in the first place. so having an option like this can be absolutely incredible. so we in san francisco have made a lot of changes. we have put 600 dollar 40 will housing bond, the largest affordable housing bond without raising property taxes, that will provide additional support for programs like this so that we can really get to a lot of our middle income residents and get to our educators and/or public safety officials, and the people that are really struggling to afford to live here to making sure they -- there are easy ways to get access to resources. it is critical to making sure our city remains diverse. it is important. >> let's talk a little bit about , and the practical application of what the mayor set out. you have been a firefighter in
san francisco for three years. >> four new -- four years. >> and you were able to navigate this lottery process. tell us more about that and what ultimately transpired and why you are sitting with us and why you think it is so damn important. >> i'm happy to be sitting here on the other end of this program i am a firefighter of san francisco. i had friends who came -- who went to the program and i know that that would be my only way to stay in the city. my mom and dad live here and i grew up here, i was born and raised, i have had so many friends and coworkers leave san francisco to as far as idaho to find affordable housing. and my own fire academy, i would say about half wherefrom here and a quarter are still with here.
it is still unfortunate that folks who want to stay can't, but i lucked out, and some of my classmates lucked out where we got this program through the city. i haven't even got a chance to personally thank you so thank you. i have a wonderful home in silver terrace, i love it. i love it to death. a great view, it is my dream home. i can't wait to go home every night every morning after work. this program is a help for a down payment and there is no way i would have been able to pay them for the down payment. the amount that you need to compete in this market is astronomical and even with the program, as i'm sure other people no, the only thing that really helped me was my program. if i didn't have the money from the city, -- i have been eyeing
it for years. >> it is at it -- it is competitive. >> it is competitive. >> we put additional money in a couple of years back for first responders, you know, basically trying to get more first responders to live in the city and there's additional money for that and so the money goes fast. >> yeah,. even with that, use it still has to be a lottery because there's not enough money to go around. mine wasn't as large as some of the other lotteries that i saw on their, and some of you guys -- the odds were a little stacked against you guys a
little more than i was, but still, it was still really tough i was doing it -- i knew about this program for a while and i think i had about three years trying to go for it and do it. even with this program, you still need enough down payment on your own and help from all corners of your own community. i scrounged and i saved. a lot of trips i didn't go on, a lot of nights out i didn't go on , and i lucked out. there is not -- no other way about it. >> you lucked out for whatever reason and you decided that you had had enough of the winters in chicago and you came out west. >> i did. >> but you didn't expect to be out here this many years. >> no. i moved from six -- from chicago about five years ago and i thought, it will totally be a temporary thing, so did my family, and eight years later,
i'm still here in san francisco as a teacher. i am teaching second grade. my name is cheryl and i closed on a condo in outer mission around the 4th of july weekend >> just recently. >> it is very close to your school. >> it is very close to the school and the children that i serve. it is a 16 minute drive every morning in rush hour traffic. it is amazing. thank you to the mayor's office of housing. it has been an amazing learning experience similar -- it is a lottery program and it was a good three years that i was trying, but you just keep pushing forward and you keep trying and one day you get lucky and i did. after that, it was a whirlwind process with the down payment assistance loan program, and also i was a beneficiary of the
teacher next door program so that was another good lump-sum. >> both programs you were able to connect with. >> yeah,. and then with a down payment of my own, as well, i was able to get my home, and a home that i live in, that i can go home to every night, and not have to worry about paying rent or be pushed out of the city to go move into -- moved to the suburbs or something more affordable. i just read an article two days ago saying that your income needs to be about three and $43,000 -- $343,000. [laughter] >> yeah, and i was thinking, that is not me, but because of the mayor's office of housing in the down payment assistance loan
program and the teacher next-door program, all of these resources, i was able to get a home and have me stay in the city and serve in the community that i have worked in and lived in and breathed in for the past eight years. >> so you want to be sitting in her seat. >> i have a lot of questions for her. [laughter]. >> tell us about your background , what are your aspirations to stay in the city and struggles with rent and housing? >> my name is yolanda, i teach second grade at san francisco elementary. i was born and raised in the city and went through the public school system. you know, this is home. a lot of people i know have moved out of the city because they can't afford to live here. i know some friends and colleagues of mine that have moved out to the pacific northwest, nevada, other places
where it is more affordable, and they're constantly telling me that i need to get out there because it is a lot cheaper, cost-of-living, houses, it is easier out there to own a home and, you know, every time i am checking listings out here and i see my salary, i'm just thinking , oh, my goodness, maybe i do need to research this a little bit more because it gets harder and harder each time. but i love where i work, i love san francisco, so right now it is a struggle for me to own a home, but i'm constantly trying to save money, you know, and hope that one day that will happen. >> without getting too personal, what percentage of your income do you spend on housing? >> right now i'm living at home
because i'm trying to save. >> you are still with mom and dad? >> i've tried to save them money for a house in the bay area. i have realized that i might not live in san francisco, but hoping i can stay in the bay area because i still want to work where i work. >> what do your parents say? they talk about -- do they talk about the good old days when they could afford to raise a family, and now here you are, you can't even afford the home you grew up in? >> even my mom, she sees how hard it is for me to eventually own my own home. when she and my dad moved here 30 plus years ago, it was hard for them, they were still able to manage to buy a home, and pay mortgage. they worked at hotels and sales. i am a teacher, i can't -- i don't even know if i can afford to live here. >> right. >> my mom wants me to save money and hopefully one day by something in the area, but
realistically, i don't know if i can anymore. we have relatives up in washington who constantly tell us to go up there. >> it is very cold in the winter >> i know. >> it is terrible. >> the other thing is, this is also why, in addition to programs like this, we need to deal with the process. for example, the old campus, where it is slated to be 100% educator housing, the additional two year delay through the process and rezoning of the property is just ridiculous. and that's really presenting an opportunity to make sure that we are building more educator housing, and we need to address bureaucracy. you dealt with that when you were mayor here. you want a project done, then it takes up to seven years before you can even get a 100% affordable housing project done.
it is ridiculous. >> i wanted to talk about that a little bit more. but first, you spent 22 years, deputy sheriff, he retired and you are working. did you grow up in the city? >> yes, in the city. >> and struggled with housing despite a pretty decent salary. we negotiated a couple of those contracts, but not good enough. tell us a little bit about where you have been bouncing around, and your family background. >> okay. my name is elaine and i am a native san franciscan. i went to elementary through high school here, and i just retired as a deputy sheriff up -- sheriff about three years ago i'm still working. as far as housing, i was a homeowner, but i got into an upside down loan and lost it. i'm sorry. >> god bless.
>> it has been hard for me to get home, and probably about four years ago, i lost my home. i had a short sale, i had been looking at this program for a long time, and i was able to put my application in, they picked my name, and i call it a blessing. i'm sorry, i don't want to be in here crying. [laughter] anyway, so my family grew up here and all of my family members moved out. they are in other cities, and my grandmother to this school. >> that's great. >> in the sixties and seventies. so just being able to have a down payment assistance, and
being able -- we need the programs, we need a 100% affordable because it is even hard to save enough money. we have to make a lot of sacrifices to even save to get into the down payment assistance program. another thing that i believe is important is the housing development housing development corporation council because half of them probably would not have even gotten into that program. i could have gotten into something affordable, and that wasn't down payment assistance, that was just regular. so that is very important. and just the education on what to do and what not to do, i was the first person on my mom's side of the family to purchase a home. i grew up in subsidized housing in fillmore. so it is great to be able to
have a home and to also have other people native of san francisco to be able to stay here. i will never leave. i have something to leave my daughter now. it is very important. and they see me with a home, and now they believe they can buy a home because i never believed that i could even own a home. >> it is about your kids, this is real, i appreciate -- i love that you are in bayview. >> yes. >> that is great. >> i am able to give back as a retiree. i do still work, but i can give back to my community because i do make my own schedule. that is one thing i love to do, and they love to share in the program and being a testimony
that people think, you can't even get it, and then, well, i got it, so let me show you how to get in, and then once they pull your name, i believe that god did not take up this part to leave us. once they pull your name, there's all of this red tape you have to go through. they ask you for something, they ask you for something else. just do it. i remember one time i was called up and she said i know this is nerve-racking and i said no, it is not nerve-racking. whatever you need, i look at it because you were getting are getting me down payment assistance. [laughter] so i would say, some people may want to quit once they are chosen because of all of the paperwork, but if they pull your name, you are getting a home. don't quit. don't quit. i can go on thank you.
[laughter] >> i need to talk about it. >> have you started the application process? >> no. i know about it, but i haven't. >> do a lot of your colleagues know about it? >> i believe so. >> is there a buzz about this? [laughter] >> the resources that the city gives you -- a lot of people are just unaware. >> my phone blew up once when i find out -- when i found out i got the program. that is how i found out i got it you become an expert as you walk through the process. you are happy to give it to them because you want a home, and a lot of people are in the same position to own a home. they would do anything. >> yeah. >> thank you, guys, for putting
a human face. thank you for sharing your story , and thank you, mayor for everything you are trying to do at a local level and what is not surprising about this conversation is we could be having this conversation in any other part of the state of california. when you look at the 50 most expensive cities for rent in the united states, 33 of them happen happened to be in the state of california. not surprisingly, not just from a rental perspective, but even more broadly, does finding housing that is accessible in your price range, the costs are astronomical, but for one fundamental reason. we are not building enough housing. we are 49th out of 50 in per capita housing. it is only utah on a per capita basis that develops less than the state of california. it has been decades in the making. it manifests in every conceivable way, but fundamentally, the expression of frustration relates to the time
and value of money and the patient's one has to develop a project, even at 100% affordable , taking up to seven years, foundational he is one of the greatest impediments to this state's future, to your future, to our collective future because i posit that the california dream is in real peril if we do not address the housing crisis. it is a world i went to great lengths over the last 20 years not to say because i think we are often using the word -- over using the word crisis and it dilutes its meaning. but when it comes the cost of housing in this state, it is a crisis. you don't need any more evidence of that beyond this conversation than to see its ultimate form in manifestation and that is homelessness, which is skyrocketing. it is not just growing. i consistently make this point. i said for all of the focus on
san francisco's homelessness, you have one of the most modest increases compared to other parts of the state. this is serious stuff, and it requires a much more serious and intentional response. it is significant, it is important. the challenge is the scale and scope, and the amount of resources that are needed at a local level that can never meet your demand, a collective demand and aggregate demand. we've got to do a lot more. the state of california needs to lead that effort. i wanted to just briefly talk about some of the things that the state is advancing and please feel free to leave or answer any questions. i don't want to keep you away from your skills a great on science, as we were talking -- your skills upgrade on science, as we were talking. this is almost $3 billion of new
investment in housing and homelessness. 2.75 billion dollars to be exact 1.75 of that was to help support local efforts on housing, go through my financing and tax credit perspective as well as loan perspective. $1 billion in new tax credits and loans that were set aside. that is all about leverage. leveraging what is happening at the local level, leveraging what is happening in the private sector, and being able to pull down more federal dollars. we believe our tax credit program can leverage one and a half to 2 billion of additional resources beyond the half a billion that we put into that program. we have put up $250 million to help cities, large and small with their predevelopment work, with their planning work. they update their master plans to get the experts and consultants so that we have mitigated one of the principal complaint i hear, and that is we simply can't afford the staff. there other priorities in the state, so we have offered that
as resources. half a billion dollars just in infrastructure financing. a lot of cities cannot afford the sidewalks, the lighting, the sewer hookups, so we have an unprecedented amount of money in that space to draw down. that was something that came out of a dozen plus conversations that we had with smaller, rural cities, in particular that are struggling, just to, quite literally, do basic things, let alone help invest in jumpstarting housing construction. a billion dollars and homelessness, it is substantially more than we have ever put in the past. much of that is directly to cities and counties for flexible purposes. rapid rehousing, conversions of old motels, to preserve and not just expand s.r.o.s in san francisco and other preservation efforts but all that is not enough. i will close with this. there are three additional things that we are working on in the legislature over the course
of the next few weeks. we have to deal with the rent gouging in this state. some cities of rent control, some don't. some are more aggressive as it relates to those issues. i don't think any city is more aggressive than you are, mayor. it is still challenging. we are working with the legislature to get rent gouging ordinance to my desk, and this is one of our top priorities over the next few weeks before our legislative session ends. we also are trying to get $331 million set aside to help tenants that are on the verge of eviction, to help them with legal support. were trying to create an endowment, instead of -- it is something that with surplus dollars to potentially look at one time investments, forget ongoing because those are stressful for mayors, but an annuity of sorts.
were setting aside $331 million regardless of recessionary pressures that will be set aside for rental protections and legal aid. those dollars will be made available to san francisco and all across the state. that is a legislative effort. and finally, we've got a bill that goes directly to your frustration about permitting. nancy skinner has a bill, i don't want to bore you, but it is a streamlining and permitting bill to address the abuses and address some of the abuses of local government that our down zoning -- that are down zoning in a time of crisis as opposed to up zoning. it is a really important legislative effort that we are hoping comes to my desk in the next few weeks. that is the message we want to send. we're getting more serious about this than ever. we have half a billion
additional dollars. i know you got all of this up, i have lost two, but there is no place like home. it is a bond that we are able to put out for supportive housing, for people with behavioral health issues. a lot more resources than there has been in the past, but never have we had a challenge this big in our state's history. we have to meet it head on. you are doing it at the local level and we need to help you more at a state level. and yes, the federal government needs to help support cities, large and small, that are the economic engine of this country, and increasingly, not just this administration, that previous administrations, government has gotten out of the housing business. it is a skeleton of what it once was. i think it is incumbent upon governors and local leaders to call that out, as well. we can't do this, even at the state level alone. we need the federal government to get back in the housing
business because urban and metro america is struggling with these issues, even chicago, not just here in san francisco, and this is incumbent upon us to call that out, as well. that is the broad strokes message. it is a big issue, an important issue and a complex issue. we are grateful for your leadership and all of you for being with us today. i'm happy to take any questions. do you have any for them? i don't want to burden all of you. >> they are just here for you. [laughter] >> if that is what the mayor is saying, then i need to get out of here. [laughter] that is great. i'm happy to take any questions. [indiscernible] what is your position on the new
ballot measure? >> they have refiled, but i want to complement not only those that have refiled, but others for their willingness to engage and to pursue a compromise, pursue an alternative, pursue a strategy to avoid a historically costly ballot fight. i don't know what will come of those conversations, but those conversations are ongoing. they have been for some time. they have been renewed with a deeper sense of urgency over the next number of weeks, but my position is to see if we can process those conversations along and try to build a monochrome of consensus because at the end of the day, there are winners and losers in a property tax debate, and not everybody
will be left happy. i don't want to overstate these efforts, but those are ongoing negotiations. >> as it pertains to housing, obviously homelessness comes up so much because the problem is so acute. we see the effects on our street everywhere we go. but when you sit down at a roundtable have a conversation like this and you hear from teachers, firefighters, and people make up the service fabric of the communities, and they are being displaced. does that represent an existential crisis? >> i don't thank you do overstate. i love the way you framed it from a moral perspective in terms of who we are as a society and what we represent, how to define community and a commonwealth when so many people that appear to be doing well are actually struggling, and so many people that clearly are struggling are also struggling in historic numbers. so this issue -- it has been with us for decades.
i was a former supervisor here 20 plus years ago. this was the issue. it hasn't gone away. it is just more acute than ever. and the nature of the change has now been fast-track. i am even feeling it as a fifth-generation san franciscan with family here and businesses here. i am acting like that old san franciscan, i remember the days, and this place -- i'm starting to act like that. i know where those impulses come from because they are warning. i'm also concerned about that. i am concerned broadly about the state. rather than complain about it and lament about it, we are trying to do something about it. i'm doing something no previous administration is doing, in a holding folks accountable. i talked about the carrots, not the sticks, but we are suing -- i sued huntington beach because they didn't want to get in the housing business.
they weren't doing enough. forty-six other cities were being threatened with lawsuits. tomorrow we will announce seven of them now that are in compliance. another one across the bay just came into compliance. we're working with the others to get them in compliance. i just passed a trailer bill in the state that will allow courts to actually take over as conservators for some of the cities and the resources that they receive from the state if they don't produce housing. we are going to get much tougher because at the end of the day, the state of california can't develop the housing. at the end of the day, california can't solve the issues of homelessness for local government pick localism is determinative. it has to happen at the local level. my job is to amplify good behavior, support these local efforts in every way i can with support but also accountability and we have to see it on the back and the accountability. we have to see results.
you can't just keep throwing money at this. i want to know what they will do with this billion dollars. i want to see real results. we gave them flexibility, deep urgency, new rules, new regulations, we will help you with the nimby is an that exists , and i will push back against that, as well, but i want to see real results. forgive me if that isn't a soundbite, but it is a mouthful because this is just so profoundly complex and get so simple. more housing, deeper prevention dollars, key people in their homes, and let's preserve existing housing stock. [indiscernible] >> significant. you have seen a number of announcements which are examples
of those conversations now being made public with some of the largest tech companies in the state of california that have committed funds for housing, not just for low income housing, but for workforce housing, as well. i can assure you there are a number of others that will be making public announcements very soon that also will be a point for those conversations. absolutely we believe in accountability. we think it is a two-way frame and i can assure you this, talking to the c.e.o.s, they get it because their number one problem is housing for their employees. it drives up the costs for them as it relates to recruiting talent, salaries, and it drives most principal complaint that they get in terms of retaining their key talent, because their families are earning a great deal of money and can't afford to stay in the bay area. >> developers say they are being distance that devised --
[indiscernible] >> let me just say this. there's more money in this your 's budget than the amount of money that was set aside when we had the redevelopment. i could go through the list on the atkins transaction bill, the no place like home money that we put up, the money we put up for tax credits and loans, we created a new tax increment program called an enhanced infrastructure financing. i don't know why this doesn't get more attention. it doesn't because what the hell does that mean? we have to change the names of all this stuff so people understand it. but it is a variant on redevelopment where we eliminated the voter approval to do tax increments. that was a big deal. in and of itself that was a big deal but it got lost with the larger housing package, but the impact fees are great.
we have to call that out. the reason why is exactly to your frame of the question. it goes to carla's question because the way our property tax allocations work. and prop 13 is the principal source. if you want to go to the y., you go back and you have prop 13. you have to connect that. what i'm trying to do in these conversations is to connect the impact fee conversation to the larger negotiations. that is a bank shot of sorts because it makes it particularly more complex, but i think it is so fundamental and foundational in terms of addressing the affordability issue in the state you can't build an 800,000-dollar affordable housing unit. that is what you are doing here. it is laughable. someplace his and i said you have to be kidding.
they were half a million dollars , not in a big urban center like this. that will never happen. we are incentivizing new styles, forgive me, but in that list of things, we are encouraging and we are prioritizing new modular and prefab strategies. we are doing a lot with excess surplus property in the state. we have 45,000 parcels. we reviewed state property that we could set aside for development and we are prioritizing those methods for those parcels, and we already have six cities that are partnering with us to fast track the development of those units in order to get those costs down and waving all of those state related fees and fast tracking our permitting process. >> in order to be able to afford housing, you have to be making enough money. one of the problems is there's a bigger and bigger part of the gig economy.
would essentially make it harder to make people independent contractors and actual employees with benefits. how do you stand on that? >> we are negotiating on it. we have been negotiating on it for nine months. can you say, wait a second, you have been governor only seven, right after -- i think a week before the election we started having very robust conversations it was continued for about two hours yesterday and six for the day before. my chief of staff is consumed most of her days to see if we can accommodate different points of view. as you know, many folks have been accommodated with amendments to the bill. there have been a number of industries that have been carved out, and i know this impacts all of you, as well. so many others would like carveouts or accommodations
would like to be considered differently, and i'm open to argument. we are pursuing that and i am not naïve about where the prevailing wind is on any of these issues. [indiscernible] >> i had just walked in and i try to avoid my thread on twitter because i have enough emotional issues from my early a early childhood trauma, but i was just made aware of this. it was a very serious issue. it goes to the core of people wanting to live in a city as spectacular as this and that foundation is safety. i hear it all the time. these quality-of-life crimes,
these crimes that were stopped, and it appears, in this case, she was very fortunate. it could have been a terrible incident. it was just a traumatic one, and how often they are dealt with. sometimes people flippantly deal with it and not seriously deal with it. people are back out on the streets, potentially to commit the crime again. i am very sensitive to what was presented to me, but i don't have the benefit of the details and fax to address a tweet, but i deeply respect the emotional tenor of not only that example and that incident, but more broadly, what i hear when i come back in the city about car break-ins, about quality-of-life , about what is happening on the streets and sidewalks, and as a former mayor , i'm deeply sensitive to that. your mayor is doing an extraordinary job, but she is going to need, as we all do, more support and that is one of the reasons we are here in the
city. [indiscernible] >> yeah. he was up in our office two days ago. i asked him about it and we are really looking forward to his exploration. he was very pragmatic about it. he says we are pursuing it, but it continues to be a pursuit. so we are monitoring that closely and i am intrigued by the concept, but i want to see where he takes it and i know that there are a number of people, including the conversation i had with our leadership three days ago in the capital, that are also looking at that and that's all i can say right now. there is no pending legislation, but there is intrigue around
that frame. [indiscernible] >> 2020, that is the most important thing we can do because our current h.u.d. leadership is -- well, 2020 is important. it is not just 2020. i will be candid with you, it has been a point of frustration going back to when i was a parking and traffic commissioner in san francisco. and you look at the trendlines of h.u.d. in terms of their housing support, and it has been declining for three or four decades, and i just think, you know, you meet with mayors, you meet with governor his. i was just with the governor association. the issue of affordability is not unique to california. it is just extreme here. but this persists in large metros all across the country and it is a growing issue in america. the reality is, at the end of the day, we need the government
to help support some of these regional and local efforts, and i thank you will start hearing a united chorus around this that hopefully can fundamentally answer that question, not just with administration change and leadership change, but he foundational understanding of what's at stake in terms of affordability in america at large. >> i came to san francisco in 1969. i fell in love with this city and and this is where i raised my family at.
my name is bobbie cochran. i've been a holly court resident for 32 years. i wouldn't give up this neighborhood for nothing. i moved into this apartment one year ago. my favorite thing is my kitchen. i love these clean walls. before the remodeling came along, the condition of these apartments had gotten pretty bad, you know, with all the mildew, the repairs. i mean you haven't seen the apartment for the program come along. you wouldn't have believed it. so i appreciate everything they did. i was here at one point. i was. because i didn't know what the outcome of holly court was going to be. you know, it really got -- was it going to get to the point where we have to be displaced
because they would have to demolish this place? if they had, we wouldn't have been brought back. we wouldn't have been able to live in burn. by the program coming along, i welcome it. they had to hire a company and they came in and cleaned up all the walls. they didn't paint the whole apartment, they just cleaned up the mildew part, cleaned up and straighted it and primed it. that is impressive. i was a house painter. i used to go and paint other people's apartments and then come back home to mine and i would say why couldn't i live in a place like that. and now i do.streets.
wishes and congratulations the community has shifted a lot of when i was growing up in the 60s and 50's a good portion of chicano-american chinese-american lived in north beach a nob hill community. >> as part the immigrant family is some of the recreation centers are making people have the ability to get together and meet 0 other people if communities in the 60s a 70s and 80s and 90s saw a move to the richmond the sunset district and more recently out to the excelsior the avenue community as well as the ensuring u bayview so chinese family living all over the city and when he grape it
was in this area. >> we're united. >> and growing up in the area that was a big part of the my leave you know playing basketball and mycy took band lessons and grew up. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> allergies welcome to the community fair it kicks off three weeks of celebrations for the year and let's keep everybody safe and celebrate the
biggest parade outside of china on february 11th go best wishes and congratulations and 3, 2, 1 happy enough is enough. >> i grew up volley ball education and in media professional contrary as an educator he work with all skids whether or not caucasian hispanic and i african-american cumber a lot of arrest binge kids my philosophy to work with all kids but being here and griping in the chinese community being a chinese-american is important going to american school during the day but went to chinese school that is community is important working with all the kids and having them exposed to
all culture it is important to me. >> it is a mask evening. >> i'd like to thank you a you all to celebrate an installation of the days here in the asian art museum. >> one time has become so many things in the past two centuries because of the different did i licks the immigration officer didn't understand it became no standard chinese marine or cantonese sproupgs it became so many different sounds this is convenient for the immigration officer this okay your family name so this tells the generations of immigrants where they come from and also many stories behind it
too. >> and what a better way to celebrate the enough is enough nuru with the light nothing is more important at an the hope the energy we. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> relative to the current administration it is, it is touching very worrisome for our immigrant frames you know and some of the stability in the country and i know how this new president is doing you know immigration as well as immigrants (fireworks)
later than you think new year the largest holiday no asia and china those of us when my grandparents came over in the 19 hundreds and celebrated in the united states chinese nuru is traditional with a lot of meani meaning. >> good afternoon my name is carmen chu assessor-recorder i want to wish everything a happy new year thank you for joining us i want to say. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i'm proud to be a native san
franciscan i grew up in the chinatown, north beach community port commission important to come back and work with those that live in the community that i grew up in and that that very, very important to give back to continue to work with the community and hope e help those who may not be as capable in under serving come back and give >> right before the game starts, if i'm still on the field, i look around, and i just take a deep breath because it is so exciting and magical, not knowing what the season
holds holds is very, very exciting. it was fast-paced, stressful, but the good kind of stressful, high energy. there was a crowd to entertain, it was overwhelming in a good way, and i really, really enjoyed it. i continued working for the grizzlies for the 2012-2013 season, and out of happenstance, the same job opened up for the san francisco giants. i applied, not knowing if i would get it, but i would kick myself if i didn't apply. i was so nervous, i never lived anywhere outside of fridays know, andfridays -- fresno, and i got an interview. and then, i got a second interview, and i got more
nervous because know the thought of leaving fresno and my family and friends was scary, but this opportunity was on the other side. but i had to try, and lo and behold, i got the job, and my first day was january 14, 2014. every game day was a puzzle, and i have to figure out how to put the pieces together. i have two features that are 30 seconds long or a minute and a 30 feature. it's fun to put that altogetl r together and then lay that out in a way that is entertaining for the fans. a lucky seat there and there, and then, some lucky games that include players. and then i'll talk to lucille, can you take the shirt gun to the bleachers. i just organize it from top to bottom, and it's just fun for me. something, we don't know how
it's going to go, and it can be a huge hit, but you've got to try it. or if it fails, you just won't do it again. or you tweak it. when that all pans out, you go oh, we did that. we did that as a team. i have a great team. we all gel well together. it keeps the show going. the fans are here to see the teams, but also to be entertained, and that's our job. i have wonderful female role models that i look up to here at the giants, and they've been great mentors for me, so i aspire to be like them one day. renelle is the best. she's all about women in the workforce, she's always in our corner. [applause] >> i enjoy how progressive the
giants are. we have had the longer running until they secure day. we've been doing lgbt night longer than most teams. i enjoy that i work for an organization who supports that and is all inclusive. that means a lot to me, and i wouldn't have it any other way. i wasn't sure i was going to get this job, but i went for it, and i got it, and my first season, we won a world series even if we hadn't have won or gone all the way, i still would have learned. i've grown more in the past four years professionally than i think i've grown in my entire adult life, so it's been eye opening and a wonderful learning