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because of that, unemployment is on a steady decrease, while investment and job creation are on a steady increase. unemployment in san francisco went down dramatically, from 9.9% when i stood before you last january, to 7.8% in november. ladies and gentlemen, that means 17,000 san franciscans went back to work last year. [applause] while we can be proud of that, it is of little comfort to the single parent, recent graduate, or attorney veteran that find themselves out of work. we must do better. we will. we will do better, by continuing to attract good
businesses and jobs. if we could take on the issues like pension reform, surely we could reform the tax structure to incentivize job creation, not discourage it. we must reform it. now is the time to finally get it done. small business is the backbone of our local economy and foundation of our vibrant neighborhoods. we can do more to help them. we will strengthen our office of small business and dramatically increase support for small businesses with loans and targeted investment in our commercial corridors. at the same time that we are recruiting those high-tech companies in san francisco, we need to make sure that our young people, as well of those in the middle of their career who are out of work and looking for change, to get the skills and
jobs that those companies are creating right here at home. we can do it by working with people like the thing that -- like zynga to partner for nonprofits and city college. through the diversity of our people and geographic locations on the pacific, san francisco is uniquely positioned to be the preeminent gateway for goods and visitors from latin america and beyond. growing our international trade and tourism generates jobs for san franciscans at home and abroad. with organizations like sfmade, from bike messenger bags to ceramic tiles, a new market is being created around the world for local goods made right here
in san francisco. [applause] clearly, i can go on and on about jobs. i will. jobs will remain the top priority of the administration. you should care about jobs, the economy, and innovation. if you care about muni, like i do, you should care about jobs, our community, and innovation. whether it is parks, health care, the arts, public safety, the environment, where schools, our ability is directly connected to giving every family the ability of a paycheck and willingness to embrace innovation. through all of this, we are partnering with a new generation of community oriented business people, joining a long time neighborhood and community
activists to help san francisco realize its goals. whether it is the great new economy, like ron and gail conway or mark danny cox, who is leading the 21st century movement, or neighborhood and community leaders, like rows in chinatown, mary and al harris in the mission, or dr. joe marshall in the bayview, san franciscans from across the city are working together to find new and exciting ways to address social problems. they are bringing legions of committed people to the table with them. we all want a city where a kid from any neighborhood can grow out safely, play in his local park, and go to a good public school. we want a city where kids can go to college and get the education that they need for a job.
or opening a small business in the outer sunset. at its best, san francisco is a city for everyone. we are a city for the 100%. [applause] we will only realize our true promise and potential when we serve the needs and aspirations of each and every one. i will tell you one of the ways that we can do that. we need to create a permanent source of revenue. for funding of production and housing in san francisco. creating a space that is livable for everyone at every end of the spectrum. but just low-income housing, but working-class housing. we must never let up on our efforts to fight homelessness,
move people off of the streets and into supportive housing. we must continue to embrace innovative approaches to help families and individuals find permanent homes. so, this week that will direct the mayor's office of housing to convene a broad working group of housing advocates, city officials, developers, and community leaders to develop a measure that we can place on the november ballot to create a permanent housing trust fund. san francisco must remain a place. [applause] san francisco must remain a place where everyone of us can call home. let's roll up our sleeves. let's go to work and get it all done. [applause] i am aware that this is not just government. sometimes it is politics.
some of us will be tempted to derail the process for our own political of vantage, looking to demonize one group or another. i am telling you right now, as your mayor, i have no time for that. we are all elected by our same boss. the people of san francisco. they expect us to get things done. [applause] you may not always agree with me, but every day i will make one pledge. that every decision that i make is what i think is best for the city and all of the people of san francisco. that is my standard. san francisco is the greatest city in the world. the greatest city in the world. [applause] and because of our people, and because we are the innovation
mr. mayor, that was a marvelous message. some of the people here are here to share this moment with you and say congratulations. names have arrived on these little yellow cards. first and foremost i should acknowledge, the closest thing that we have to a president, charlotte's secretary, george schulz. [applause] diane acknowledged, in a group of mayors, identifying the ones who are here now. but this city has a legacy of all the people who have served
state comptroller, john chomp. [applause] and your own controller, ben rosenfield. [applause] school board member, rachel morton. [applause] school board member, sandra lee [applause] you referred earlier to selecting the chief. which is great, sir. gavin named the first female fire chief. [applause] and you kept his chief of staff,
steve caller. where are you, steve? [applause] then, mr. mayor, all of this did not just happen. all of the business of this beautiful blue drapery, decking out city hall with a blue carpet and horns of plenty, heralding your arrival. that all happened because you had an inaugural committee headed by none other than charlotte, matthew, and martha. they put all that together. standup if you are a member of that inaugural committee. [applause] then, of course, mr. mayor, you posted during the christmas holidays an event for a very
important international unit. as the city unfolds in its international importance, the core of san francisco is going to be very important. please rise of the people concede we really are. [applause] san francisco, frankly, would never be complete -- i left my heart in san francisco? that is part of what we are about. there is something that has become equally important in this city. that is none other than what john silver has been putting together now, one way or