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i think we have already walked you through the breakdown of the c.o.p. for both of these acquisitions. >> we can move on. >> okay. >> we will switch gears and go to the tenant improvement side. we are vacating the hall of justice basically at three levels. on the acquisition side, we have the new medical examiner building at 1828 egbert. on the leasing side, we have 350 rhode island, the new home of the district attorney, 945 bryant, the home of adult probation, the future home. it looks like it will be the new home of police i.d., which is fingerprint, and sure if warrant and records.
the units still left to be relocated and will be part of the internal relocation. you see those units there. the space available for a re stack are the spaces that are being occupied currently on the east wing by the units that are moving out as well as the medical examiner, the d.a., the police basis and some commission the proposed use for the restack and these are preliminary, for the 19.2 million in project cost , will be using the medical examiner to has a units that we see in the right. we will be using information from the d.a. for police investigation and the commissioner and auditorium rooms are for police overflow and other needs within the building.
that concludes my presentation. i would like to thank supervisor peskin for his sponsorship of items 11 and 12 and the mirror mayor for her sponsorship of 11 through 14. i also want to thank the b.l.a. for their hard work on this item , and we concur in their recommendation. that concludes my presentation. >> thank you very much. >> i see you have the report for items 11 and 12 and a separate one for item 13 and 14. >> that's correct. item 11 is the authorization that shows the participation in the amount of $94.6 million for -- to repay the short-term debt that was used to pay for the purchase of the bryant street properties next to the hall of justice and pay for the purchase of 1828 egbert avenue.
all of these properties, the board of supervisors has previously approved these. at that time it was understood that it would be issued to pay for the purchase. we summarize on table one of our report the total appropriation. the board has previously approved the appropriation of $60 million for the bryant street property purchases, and would be approving 70.6 million for the purchase of egbert street. in terms of the overall impact of the discussion about the debt to cost, the city policy is to limit debt to 3.2 5% of general funds. our understanding is that the legislation before you today, not just the 94 by $6 million, but the $62 million, would fall within that debt policy. total debt service, if you combine both of these pieces of legislation, these are general
fund costs. the other point that i think is very important is that the city 's capital plan calls for $1,301,000,000 in project costs in 2020 for hall of justice projects, so item number 12, the appropriation of funds for egbert street and bryant and six threet, will cost $79 million towards that hundred $21 million that was approved within the capital plan. for these two pieces of legislation, we recommend approval. then 13 and 14, item 13 is approving the issuance of $62 million. it is appropriating these funds. this is sort of a new legislation before the board. if you look at page 27, table
one of our report, again, of the $62 million, $51 million our project costs. this is part of the overall 1,301,000,000 that was anticipated in 2020 and the city 's capital plan. as we have talked about previously, the $62 million would be combined with the $94.6 million and costs would be about $11.6 million in general fund debt service each year. it is within the city's debt policy. and his it's terms of the specific projects to be approved , i will skip to the $19.2 million, table three, page 29. this is for relocating existing functions within the hall of justice and other locations. this is a preliminary look at
this. there is the current use here in the first column and the plan to use, and the relocation and the cost of the relocation. the relocation costs are based on public works and the estimates. we have reviewed the costs for square foot and we found them to be reasonable. we are recommending approval. if you go back to table two on page 28, this is for the construction of holding cells in the hall of justice. these are not new jail cells. these are holding cells for people coming from san bruno who have court dates and have to be held for a number of hours at the hall of justice. the cost of the construction of these holding cells is based on 2017 estimates that were made by the consulting engineering firm and were escalated for 2019,
2020 costs. in terms of this, out of the project cost of $19.6 million, there is an additional $6.8 million in contingency. and while we recognize that projects of this magnitude is complex, it will have a lot of uncertainty. we actually had concerns about the contingencies that equaled about 35% of the total project. our recommendation is to place $618 million on the budget and finance committee to the extent that it would be need to be used we recommend approval as amended >> thank you very much. >> are there any members of the public who would like to comment seeing none, public comment is closed. any comments or questions? i have a couple. i understand that it has moved
into the hall of justice as we are trying to get people out of the hall of justice. can you talk to that? >> i was just made aware of that fact myself very recently. we are in discussions with the police department to see if we can rectify the situation. it is not, unfortunately, uncommon for city departments to take over a vacated space. as soon as one unit moves out, before i can move another unit in, someone will take -- squat the space. >> i think this is a different situation. i think we are trying to get everyone out of the building. we see hundreds of millions of dollars and people trying to do that.
when it moves in, it is a little concerning because, quite frankly, my next question is, is this budget committee going to be expanded to prove -- approve expenditures to relocate the unit? >> if i can interrupt, i share that concern and we are in discussions with the police department that they will have to sell their space needs elsewhere and we can't, as part of the ho jay exit, absorbed that cost. so they moved into the building without my knowledge or permission, and we are working with them to try to resolve that situation, but it is not anticipated that real estate or this committee would be asked to solve so how is it that we move into the hall of justice without your knowledge or permission?
>> just to fact check, i heard this number yesterday also. if i could just read the information that we provided about what has been going on. it was january of 2019. we increased by 16 to extend the hours of healthy street services to 11:00 p.m. the total number was 43. as of september 2019, the total number assigned was reduced to 40. they stated that they do want to vacate the hall of justice and understand the need to do so and did not validate this number. >> i think people who have personnel on that building know there are 80 people. i have heard this, not just from
one source. i just want to say, could you please fact check that? and the idea that they could actually put people into this building that we are trying to vacate. it is somewhat frustrating considering that we are asked to approve millions of dollars to relocate people and then we put new people -- it is a crazy thing. and how are they doing that without our permission? there is a lack of control about who is allowed to move in there and who is not allowed to move in there. and what is -- are we not putting new units in there, or are we deciding that yes, we will put new people in there, but if you are going to make those decisions, i think we should be notified before we are asked to approve these expenditures. >> you are absolutely right. i share that concern. the situation that we have is the police department control
certain spaces within the building, and then as we are moving certain units to other areas, they backfill with some units. we try our best to control that, but we can't be everywhere, and we don't know exactly what personnel they have in the building so it is a little bit hard to wrap your fingers around it but it is a problem we recognize and that we are trying to address. >> thank you. i appreciate it. i just want to say, for the record, we don't blame you. can you please tell us who composed that e-mail to you? >> that was d.c. greg year from the police department. >> now we know. thank you very much. so we have had public comment now. colleagues, this is a huge
expect -- huge expenditure. as we have heard, we have already agreed to by these places, so i would like to move items 11 and 12, and 13 to the full board with a positive recommendation. fourteen has an amendment. items 11, 12, 13, and 15 to the full board with a positive recommendation and we can take that without objection. thank you very much. item 14, i think we heard, we called all the items together. is that correct? yes. would you like to hear more on i. to 15?
okay. i rescind that. without objection can we rescind that? thank you very much. item number 15, please. >> thank you, supervisors. i am with the office of public finance. item 15 is a resolution that approves the preliminary official statement and final official statement which are offering documents to disclose the current financial information in order to comply with federal securities and exchange commission regulations. if approved, the resolution will allow the controller to distribute these documents to prospective vendors -- bidders and investors as it relates to the upcoming sale of the c.o.p. related to the 49 south van ness project. by way of background following the board's 2017 authorization for the $321 million in c.o.p. 449 south van ness, the controller has issued commercial paper in approximately
140 million-dollar income to balance the project. in order to refinance these notes and finance the remaining portions of the project, the office of public finance public finance intends to sell these later in october. the financing parameters previously authorized by the board have not changed and our intention is to sell them within the not to exceed authorization amount, in terms of project updates, the project is about 70% complete and is scheduled for completion in may of 2020. i'm available to answer any questions related to the finance piece. >> okay. >> good, i think we are all good
are there any members of the public would like to comment on item 15? seeing none, public comment is closed. i would like to make a motion to move items 11 and 12, 13 and 15 to the board with a positive recommendation. we can take that without objection. thank you very much. i would like to make a motion to approve the recommendation from the budget legislative analyst to put $3 million on reserve for contingency for construction of the holding cell. is that correct? >> it was $3 million. >> 3 billion. >> thanks. here we go. can we take that without objection? thank you very much. i would like to move item 14 as amended to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you very much.
are there any other items before us today? >> there are no other items. >> thank you very much. we are adjourned. >> san francisco and oakland are challenging each other in a battle for the bay. >> two cities. >> one bay. >> san francisco versus oakland. are you ready to get in on the action? >> i'm london breed. >> and i am oakland mayor libby schaff. >> who will have the cleanest city? >> we will protect our bay by making our neighborhoods shine.
>> join us on september 21st as a battle for the bay. >> which city has more volunteer spirit? which city can clean more neighborhoods? the city with the most volunteers wins. sign-up to be a bay protector and a neighborhood cleaner. go to battle fo >> hi. my name is carmen chiu, san francisco's elected assessor. in our seven mile by seven mile city, we have over 210,000 properties and close to 90% of their are residential like the homes you and i live in, so you might ask, how can we possibly
value all these properties? well, to better understand our work, we need to explain the state's proposition 13 law. in 1978, california voters passed proposition 13. under prop 13, we value your property at market value when you first buy it. every year after, that value goes up by the c.p.i. or the california consumer price index. but if the c.p.i. is more than 2%, prop 13 caps the increase at 2%. we'll walk-through the maximum increases prop 13 would allow. let's take a home with initial value of $400,000. in the second year your assessed value grows by a maximum of 2%, growing from $400,000 to $408,000. in year three, that $408,000 is increased by 2% to roughly $416,000. every year, the value grows by the maximum rate of 2%, and
that is called your prop 13 value. keep in mind as time goes by your prop 13 value may not be the same as market rate. what do we mean by that? let's say over the last ten years, home prices in san francisco have gone every roughly 10% every year. despite that, your prop 13 value is capped at 2% growth creating a difference between your market value and prop 13 value. know that the value recessed when there's a change in ownership. a change in ownership means that the property has a new zoner. maybe through a -- new owner. maybe through a sale, a gift or adding or dropping names through title. at that time the home will be assessed a new market rate. that value becomes a new starting point for the property. just like before, the growth continues to be limited at 2% until the next transfer happens. remember, the new owners are responsible for paying taxes at the new level from the first
day that they own it. value might also be added when construction happens on your property. that would be another instance when growth in your value might exceed 2%. here, we would add the value of construction on top of your existing prop 13 value. every july, we'll let you know what your assessed value is by sending you a letter called a notice of assessed value. you can use that information to estimate your property taxes early. please note that a separate office called the treasurer tax collector's office will send you a letter in october and they're responsible 230r collections. for more information, visit our website, >> shop and dine in the 49 promotes local businesses, and challenges residents to do their shopping within the 49 square miles of san francisco. by supporting local services in our neighborhood, we help san
[♪] >> so good morning and welcome. i'm jack gardner and president of the john stewart company. on behalf of our related partners in california, san francisco housing corporation, and ridgepoint non-profit housing corporation, it's my great pleasure to welcome you to the grand re-opening of hunter's point west and westbrook. give it up. [ applause ]. >> hunters point east-west in westbrook are two of the city's rental assistance demonstration projects. the overall program consisted of transferring 29 of the housing authority profits to local non-profit and private housing organizations for
recapitalization, renovation, and private management. more detailed information is available if you're interested. this mammoth city-wide program which included almost 3500 units of affordable housing throughout san francisco required the collaboration of a host of public agencies, developers, consultants, contractors, funders, and, most importantly, the residents of hunters point east-west and westbrook themselves. the program demonstrates the city's commitment to leaving none of its residents behind and we are very proud to have been part of it. none of this would have been possible without the vision and leadership of our local elected and appointed officials, many of whom are here today and we'll do some shout-outs a little bit later. thank you for celebrating with us. let's get started. it gives me special pleasure to introduce our first speaker. i'll tease you a little bit here, see if you can think about who that would be.
she's a native san franciscan. a former redevelopment agency and fire department commissioner. former executive director of the african-american art and culture complex in the western addition. president of the board of supervisors. you might be getting it. presently our current and future mayor. so a steadfast champion of affordable housing, community empowerment, and the creation of a more just and equitable san francisco for all. great pleasure to bring to the stage our very own mayor london breed. mayor. [ cheering and applause ]. >> mayor breed: thank you. hello, everyone. i am really excited to be here today because this is a long time coming. when we first set out on a path to just reenvision public housing throughout san francisco, it wasn't easy. i remember when i first became a member of the board of supervisors and i went to our
mayor ed lee and talked about our priorities, i made it clear that public housing was my number one priority. he supported those efforts. in fact, i grew up in plaza east in the western edition, where i lived in public housing for over 20 years of my life. those conditions were very challenging. it wasn't just sadly the poverty and the violence that existed in my neighborhood. it was also the actual physical conditions of where i lived. the mold, the bathroom that basically had a number of challenges. we never even had a shower in the public housing unit that i lived in. the roaches, the lack of support that we got from our facilities crew to actually make the kinds of repairs where we could live in a place that was safe and
live in a place that was the way that it should be for any resident of this amazing city. it was important to me that we made a change in san francisco because the same conditions that i lived in are, sadly, some of the same conditions that still exist in public housing today. so we set down this course to try and make changes. no, we didn't have the resources completely to basically start all over from scratch, but we did have an opportunity through the r.a.d. program, the rental assistance demonstration program, to really make investments now so that we can change the conditions of where people live now. that was so important. there were people who were concerned, including the residents who were skeptical about whether or not what happened in the filmore would
happen in the bayview hunters point community. i too was concerned about that. in fact, the public housing development i lived in had 300 units and after it was rebuilt through hope 6 which was a whole other program before hope s.f., there were only 200 units built. so clearly, everyone was not coming back. that's why when i first started as a commissioner on the san francisco redevelopment agency and we set out on our path to try and rebuild double rock and other places, it was important to me that we did it differently than we did in the past, so that residents played a critical role in not only deciding what fixtures and windows and how they wanted their community to be, but they remained a part of their communities. so that's exactly what we did. it did require a lot of patience and moving around and a number of things. yes, again, i know that people
were a little uncertain as to whether or not we would get this project done because promises have been made over the years and promises not kept. but today a promise is kept. 439 units of affordable housing for people, for families, for this amazing community. through the r.a.d. program, we have already been able to rehabilitate more than 3,000 public housing units in san francisco. no longer are we going to treat our residents, who happen to live in public housing, differently than we treat everyone else. that's why this investment is so important. not only in rehabilitating something as simple as making sure that the windows can open, that the heater is working, that the showers are working, that there isn't opportunity for mold or other things to impact the
living conditions, but free wifi. free wifi for all of the residents here so that folks have access to do job searches, housing searches, or anything else that anyone else could do in our great city. so i am really happy and excited to be here because this is a new day in san francisco. part of what my goal is to not only change the physical conditions of our community, but to make sure that we take care of these communities and we take care of each other. because we are one community, we're one san francisco. sadly, we have lost so much over the years due to violence, due to hopelessness and frustration. part of my commitment to communities all over the san francisco that feel neglected, that feel like they're forgotten
and not necessarily a part of san francisco is that i'm coming to your neighborhood. i'm coming to make sure that we make the right kinds of investments, that we provide job opportunities or opportunities for you to start your own businesses, that we make sure that we are taking care of kids in this community. in fact, our investments in our public school system has been one that's unprecedented. over $80 million of investments, including additional teachers' stipends so that we can focus on teacher retention in schools that serve this community. making sure when our kids are dealing with trauma, that we have mental health experts in our public schools. my commitment is to make sure that there are wellness centers in every public school in san francisco. it starts with our kids. it starts with taking care of each other. it starts with developing a new
generation of hope for san francisco. so this project is so much more than just rehabilitating units. it's really changing a community and making things better now and for the future. it starts with us and we're in this together. we're going to get there one step at a time. i want to thank the john stewart company, mayor's office of housing, bank of america, and who else was part of this project? related. thank you. it means a lot to have incredible partners. we don't do this work alone. but most importantly, i want to thank the people who live here, who trusted us to make this happen, who work with us every step of the way. it means a lot to have the support and trust of a community in order to get things done. that's exactly what we were able to accomplish through this
amazing project together. so congratulations. this is just the beginning of i know more that's get to come. thank you. [ applause ]. >> that's what i'm talking about. mayor, you're so good at that. you're just flying without notes. i'm hanging on to these things for dear life. we do the work, but that's the leadership that gets it done. thank you also for the $23 million in local financing and rent subsidies that made this effort possible. [ applause ]. >> and your unwavering support for affordable housing and ending homeless in our city. >> [ indiscernible ] -- >> i'm about to do it. okay. that's what i was going to say. most recently the leadership, in the form of the proposed $600 million housing bond, which we are going to pass in november,
okay. [ applause ]. >> thanks also and a shout out to our current supervisor for his ongoing leadership around the housing issues in district 10. thank you. supervisor walton. our next speaker is bill witty, chairman and c.e.o. of related california. one of california's largest developers of affordable and mixed-income housing. since founding this company 30 years ago, bill has overseen the development of 16,000 residences, including over 12,000 affordable housing units and he has more than 5,000 units in development. he is a busy guy. earliest this year also completed the rehab of another r.a.d. cluster, 300 units. it's my pleasure to my friend and colleague bill witty up to say a few things. bill.
>> thank you, jack. it's a pleasure to be involved with a company, john stewart company, who has not only been a stalwart provider of affordable housing for years, but close friends of mine. i'm particularly pleased that john stewart is here because i'm no longer the oldest person in the room. cheap shot. sorry. i have to tell you, i've been involved in affordable housing in the public and private sector for 40 years. i'm pretty familiar with what's going on around the country. there is no mayor in the united states who has spent more energy and effort to ensure that public housing is given new life and upgraded and become part of the community than mayor breed. we should acknowledge that. it doesn't get the attention that it should. you heard why, but we don't read about that so much. it's really a story that needs to be told.
i just want to say that this is great. i appreciate the residents' patience in letting this process unfold. but we expect to be judged not just by how it is today, but how with jack and david sobel, how we are as long-term partners and owners. so the story is, as the mayor said, just beginning. i can assure you that it will remain a good story. this housing, just so everybody is clear, is permanently affordable. it's not just affordable for 10 or 20 years. this will always be high-quality affordable. [ applause ]. >> i want to thank some people who were operating in the weeds to make this all happen, starting with under the mayor's guidance the mayor's office of housing, dan abrams and his
staff who have been involved in all of these around the city. mayor's office of housing technically didn't used to be around public housing. they've taken over the task and done a remarkable job under the guidance of the mayor. the contractors who spent a lot of time and energy to make sure that we got the rehabilitation right. nibby brothers, cahil construction who worked on east-west deserve a lot of credit. mimi sullivan who is the architect. while you couldn't change the buildings that much, a lot of time and effort was spent on designing the interior of these buildings so, as the mayor said, these would be market-rate
quality units, not just for the short term but for the long term. then our own staff at related. our project manager andrew sccofar in the back and our northern california affordable group. as i said, this isn't the last you're going to see or hear from us. i expect to hear from you if you think that there's something that warrants attention. finally another prop a plug. don't just clap. you got to vote. show up and vote for prop a. thank you. [ applause ]. >> show up and vote, bill, because i think your call to me involved a very large check as well. donate as well. he left that part out, but feel free. bill, i hate to break it to you. when john arrived, you were not only the oldest guy, but not
quite the funniest guy either. john, we're going to give credit where it's due. bill, thank you, very well said. next up is another of our co-developers and the lead provider of supportive services for our residents here at hunters point east-west in westbrook. david sobel is the c.e.o. of the housing development corporation. a 31-year-old community-based non-profit located here in bay view, hunters point. over the last six years david has assembled support and staff. under his leadership, the organization has grown from four people to a staff of 30, which provides housing development, preservation, financial empowerment, counselling, supportive services, economic development opportunities to over 5,000 low and moderate income residents every year. also well-known, at least to me as an accomplished jazz, blues, and rock keyboardist, but you'll have to go to their annual gala
to hear that, please help me welcome david sobel. [ applause ]. >> by the way, the board of directors did my performance review last night. it would have been great if you were there. good morning, everyone. we are indeed proud to have partnered with such an auspicious team that others are mentioning in name and i will save time and not repeat everything. it has been extremely gratifying to take part in and witness a transformation of extremely dilapidated housing, turning it into safe, comfortable homes for families that remain affordable in perpetuity. but it is also about more than just the housing here. the city has the great foresight to ensure that there was workforce development and onsite service connection to make sure
residents have at their doorstep access to other resources. we are proud to have partnered with hunters point family. dev mission on the stem program that we have initiated across the sites here, all of whom are doing fantastic work and enhancing what resources are available to residents every day. i want to call out our services team, an amazing group of people, some of whom are here today. even if they're not, they deserve some recognition. [ applause ]. >> this team is fantastic. you show up every day doing challenging work and being a big support to residents. we cannot talk about services without acknowledging hodc who
every day, week, and month are pushing, supporting, and guiding our programs, as they should. thank you for that. finally, these past five years are not about all of us speaking today. it's about the residents who endured decades of deplorable conditions. five years of hard work is great. but the people who live here suffered through much longer hardships. that's what this project is really about. developing community, bringing onsite services, engaging with residents, having a long-term vision with our city partners and everybody up here and all the residents, that has been the most rewarding part. we have really appreciated the positive impact of walking hand in hand with residents every day. learning from them. they hold us accountable, and we've appreciated that as well. at the very beginning of this project, five years ago or so,
when we went to our initial meetings, the residents said this is a ploy to kick us out. they said, you're going to raise our rents. we didn't. they said, you're not really going to renovate these buildings. we did. you're not really going to have services onsite. we did. this was founded to help people stay in san francisco, remain in their homes, communities, schools, businesses, congregations, and that's what this project is about as well. thank you for all of your support all around. the resident leadership especially, we've enjoyed working with you. i know we're going to hear from one of the resident leaders. thank you all. it is our pleasure to be with you here today. [ applause ]. >> well said. it really does make one think
that how -- while certain leaders in washington seem to be doing their best to pull our country apart, here in san francisco we are doing our best to reknit these properties into the fabric of our communities and neighborhoods. we are doing our best to now bring the san francisco housing authority itself more directly into the family of city agencies that work closely with mohcd and the other agencies at the city to provide affordable housing. and the kind of work we do here as david so eloquently articulated, to just bring people together, reintegrate things, and really fight back against the forces that are trying to pull us all apart. thank you, david. well said. while it probably goes without saying, that's when i say it anyway. none of this can happen without money, lots of it. for that, we in the city turn to
bank of america, merril lynch. they have been key to our success. we're talking about over three-quarters of a billion dollars in debt and equity for the program. here at hunters point, they provided over $150 million in construction financing and over $120 million tax credit equity as well as funding for residents during construction. we went to bank of america for funding because that's where the money was. they were ready to put it to good use. to paraphrase elanie, where is the money at, that's where i'm going. okay. i didn't get it quite right. you can school me later. don't beat box it? okay. i get a little carried away sometimes. anyway, back to the script. it gives me great pride to
introduce a proud resident of san francisco herself, liz minik. >> these are always hard acts to follow. thank you so much for having us today. bank of america was founded in this amazing city in 1904. two years after, we had one of our largest earthquakes. at the time bank of italy at the time spent most of their resources getting people back in their homes. housing has always been integral to what we do. that's when the call to action and rehabilitating the 3500 units around our city came, we were so delighted and honoured to provide $2.2 billion. so $2.2 billion in financing for the san francisco r.a.d. program. as has been said, this is all
about the residences. this is ensuring that people can be in the homes that everyone deserves. again, thank you so much for having us today. i will continue with a thanks for our great partners related, john stewart, and san francisco housing development. our wonderful team who has worked tireless over the last six and seven years to get this done. mayor breed, we couldn't have done this without our leadership. thank you. [ applause ]. >> $2 billion doesn't go as far as it used to, but it adds pick up. the engagement and support of our residents was absolutely crucial to our success. i'd therefore like to acknowledge quickly and thank all the officers for our three tenant associations at the three different sites, many of whom are with us today.
susan mcallister, renitia raina, elise minor, ivan sepulona. those are all from the east association. from the west we have joe nyamalaga, ronald anderson. and from the other associations we have many people as well. thank you all. it takes a lot of work. you're volunteers. you're out there helping the residents organize and bring issues to us. you're keeping us honest, committed, and engaged.
we appreciate the partnership that that represents. speaking on behalf of the residents today is renée, as i mentioned earlier, president of the westbrook tenant association. she's a passionate community leader who encourages and assists residents in advocating for their own best interests. born in the bay area, she takes great pride in engaging and helping her community, understands the challenges of the residents, has a strong commitment to educational values, and her skill and compassion make her both a voice and a beacon of hope for the residents. it is my pleasure to have renée mangdangle to the stage. >> hi, everybody. thank you, mayor breed. i would like to thank related, john stewart company, of course my tenant association.
yesterday was my birthday, 9/11. anyways, i'm kind of nervous. i'm not much of a speaker. anyway. this building came a long way. i come from the peninsula, and when i came in here it was like pulling teeth. i did not want to move here, but i did. made the best out of it. i became a community leader. and hunters point west with marlene harris, she hired me to be event planner and personal chef for all three sites. then i met hunters point east and of course westbrook residents at that time. i just want to thank everybody. thank you. [ applause ].
>> you're following the sage advice of roosevelt, be sincere, brief, and be seated. you're going to go far in politics. anyway, this is short and sweet. we want to spend time listening to some more music, touring apartments, having some food, breaking bread together. i want to thank again all the distinguished speakers. i want to do a special shout-out to our technology program partners for the wifi, the training, et cetera, here at this site. it includes the city's department of technology, monkey brains, dev mission who's been mentioned, the community tech network, microsoft, you've heard of them, adobe. they all pitched in on the technology side. we appreciate it. there are so many companies and public agencies that have contributed their time, energy,
and hard work to making these properties a success. i wish i had time to recognize them all. i can't. time is short. i'm going to name a few, sort of speed recognition. our architects, our general contractors did an amazing job renovating and breathing new life into these communities. thank you. i'm going to repeat a few thanks that came up earlier. from the city and county of san francisco thanks -- [ indiscernible ]. from the john stewart company itself, i want to shout out to our founder and chairman john stewart himself, margaret miller, dan lavine, jenny collins. and our former project manager adam levine who came from east bay to see the fruits of his
labors. i want to say hi to many of those who couldn't be here [ indiscernible ] -- thanks to michael mincus and thanks to all the other people who contributed their time and energy to this impressive effort. so that's it. thanks for coming. please stay for food in the community room, tours of apartments, more music. so if i could just get the speakers all to follow. [♪] >> i moved into my wonderful,
beautiful, affordable housing march 7th. i have lived in san francisco since i was two-years-old. i've lived in hunters view for 23 to 24 years now. my name is vlady. i use titus and i am the resident commissioner for the san francisco housing facility. from the very beginning, this whole transition of public housing and affordable housing was a good idea. but many, many residents didn't think it would ever actually happen. it's been a life changing experience. and i'm truly grateful for the whole initiative and all those
that work on the whole sf initiative. they've done a wonderful job accommodating the residents, who for many years have lived in delap tated housing. now they have quality housing. i was on a street where the living room and the kitchen and stairs. it wasn't large enough to accommodate. the children are grown. i had the accomplish of having a dishwasher in my home. i really like that. [laughter] i really like not having to wash dishes by hand. we still do it from time to time. the mayor's office has been a real friend to us, a partner. we know that our city supports us. i love san francisco. just to be able to stay in my community and continue to help the residents who live here and
continue to see my neighborhoods move into new housing, it's been a real joy. [♪] >> i just wanted to say a few words. one is to the parents and to all of the kids. thank you for supporting this program and for trusting us to create a soccer program in the bayview. >> soccer is the world's game, and everybody plays, but in the united states, this is a sport that struggles with access for certain communities. >> i coached basketball in a coached football for years, it is the same thing. it is about motivating kids and keeping them together, and giving them new opportunities. >> when the kids came out, they had no idea really what the game
was. only one or two of them had played soccer before. we gave the kids very simple lessons every day and made sure that they had fun while they were doing it, and you really could see them evolve into a team over the course of the season. >> i think this is a great opportunity to be part of the community and be part of programs like this. >> i get to run around with my other teammates and pass the ball. >> this is new to me. i've always played basketball or football. i am adjusting to be a soccer mom. >> the bayview is like my favorite team. even though we lose it is still fine. >> right on. >> i have lots of favorite memories, but i think one of them is just watching the kids enjoy themselves. >> my favorite memory was just having fun and playing. >> bayview united will be in soccer camp all summer long. they are going to be at civic centre for two different weeklong sessions with america
scores, then they will will have their own soccer camp later in the summer right here, and then they will be back on the pitch next fall. >> now we know a little bit more about soccer, we are learning more, and the kids are really enjoying the program. >> we want to be united in the bayview. that is why this was appropriate >> this guy is the limit. the kids are already athletic, you know, they just need to learn the game. we have some potential college-bound kids, definitely. >> today was the last practice of the season, and the sweetest moment was coming out here while , you know, we were setting up the barbecue and folding their uniforms, and looking out onto the field, and seven or eight of the kids were playing. >> this year we have first and second grade. we are going to expand to third, forth, and fifth grade next year bring them out and if you have middle school kids, we are starting a team for middle school. >> you know why? >> why? because we are? >> bayview united. >> that's right.