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match way united way, thank you for allowing me to have a job that will be useful to me in the future. so, i just wanted to talk about the importance of youth jobs and also -- also i wanted to say that the youth is our future. so, we need to focus on our youth so that when the future, when the older people leave, we're going to take over. so, we need to have those series of jobs that will help us in the future. thank you, mr. shake. have a good day. (applause) ~ thank you, my name is tama shake, have a good day. (applause) >> thank you. we have about 45 minutes for comments and questions from the public. and we've taken a number of cards. we're going to call people up for one minute comments in groups of five. so, supervisor tang and i will be calling people up here. let me start by calling the first five. we have man lee. kay lee erickson.
balton kukox. jen ruhau and kevin chin. and maria. it doesn't have to be in the order. if your name was called, please come forward. and try to keep leo chi up here for the time. hi, good morning. my name is kay lee erickson. i work here at the richmond village. began at washington high school. my question and sort of comment is one about youth workers' rights and my question is to mayor ed lee, do you have a plan regarding undocumented youth and their access to jobs during this budget year? because one of the issues that we come across daily and annually is the access our youth have to jobs even if
they're not documented and legal. so, thank you. >> thank you, kay lee. we're going to have comments towards the end, but people can point -- pose questions or make comments, but thank you. next speaker. hi, my name is jen. i am a student here at george washington high school. i'm a junior. i also work for the beacon at presidio middle school nyca. yeah, i just wanted to mention that, and that funding for us is a really important and it helps people like me and other students who are here today get jobs and be able to work. hello, my name is kevin chin and i am also a at george washington high ask and richmond village. i am in multiple programs in the beacon such as young workers leadership academy and the beacon leider ship team.
in those programs i learnment, many activities ~ and i learn skills, skills that will obviously help me in the future, like learning to speak in public like i'm doing now. [laughter] which is really hard. learning to speak in public, making presentations, conducting counsel. and i would like to thank you for funding the beacon and to continually support the beacon and the youth leadership -- and the youth employment. thank you very much. (applause) >> thank you, kevin. next speaker. hi, good morning, eddie lynn. i was told one minute. i thought it was two minutes so i'm going to be really, really fast. so, listen carefully. hi, good morning. i am in charge of the city leadership program and self-help for the elderly. as you see today we have a
[speaker not understood] seniors come from our agency. and the seniors, we have to go through a lot. the road to be a citizenship, chinese, citizenship is very long and difficult one, especially for those who [speaker not understood]. almost every of our senior [speaker not understood] help with completing the form [speaker not understood] the form to become united states citizens. but we are very grateful for the funding provided to us through the office of [speaker not understood] immigration affairs past. thank you very much. so we can provide [speaker not understood], 2000 seniors each year. we anticipate an increase for the service if the [speaker not understood] pass this year. so, many more asians will be applying for legal status as
well as citizenship. [speaker not understood]. and we help prepare seniors for their roi exams. we are very proud of our success of 95%. that's why many seniors come to us for help from us. we need your help in providing more citizenship service to our community, especially for those who live in the richmond and sunset district. thank you tov. >> thank you. (applause) >> next speaker, marie. thank you, my name is marie jobling and i work with the community living campaign and our goal is to keep people from -- to age in place and to not be isolated as they get older. and today i'm here as part of the keep us connected campaign. as many of you know, over three years ago, the san francisco
was awarded a b-top grant, a large federal grant that over the last few years has put over 275 accessible computers in 54 sites across the city. together the trainers of which we are a part have provided over 400,000 hours of student trainers -- of training to seniors, people with disabilities and their caregivers. but that grant will end in september. and without it, while the computers will stay, there will be nobody to maintain them or keep them connected to the internet. there will be no one to train and recruit students or volunteers. there will be no more paid lab coordinators, computer trainers or 101 tutors to help people feel more comfortable in this digital age. with that that means there's fewer less part-time jobs that are available. many of these jobs have gone to people who are bilingual and can help people access the internet. we know that san francisco strives to be in the forefront of innovation and is slated to spend over $375 million on
technological -- on information technology over the next five years. and a portion of that is really to give the public access to information like the open data project that you heard about. and it's there to help people apply for services, communicate with their elected officials, learn about their neighborhood, everything from crime statistics to how to report a pothole or graffiti. but if we spend more and more on technological innovation without funding the training to help people, we just have a wider digital divide that we had before. so, we would ask you today if you're prepared to support continued funding for the now called s.f. connected program, and enjoin us in being a part of the campaign. some of you have computers in your pocket and you know how to do this. so, please like the community keep us connected campaign, and join efforts to get more folks involved in technology. thank you. (applause) >> we're going to call up the next five speakers here.
amber carol. rariko ruby he espinosa. [speaker not understood]. and one more, vera hale. hi, everybody. it's really nice to see such a good turnout of community members and community collaboraters. my name is amber carol. i'm here representing the aging and disability resource center as part of a community services of san francisco. i'm here on behalf of both district 1 and 4. we provide information, referral and a sis tabtion to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout san francisco. ~ assistance we have a very small staff of 7 people who go to different senior centers and community organizations and provide these services for the community. we serve nearly 10,000 individuals each year.
what i'm asking for is continued support of this program. we provide translation support. we help people with housing applications and give them really any information that they need. we're really doing our best to reach out to communities that are not as reachable. we're bringing in a lot of volunteers right now to reach communities whose languages are not represented very well in organizations throughout the city. so, i ask for your continued support and thank you very much. >> thank you. (applause) >> next speaker, please. i'm peter war field, director of library users association. we're an independent group working for better libraries. and i want to alert the supervisors and the public to what looks like further book dee emphasis at the library, which is most unfortunate in this very important research --
resource which is city wide. two years ago the san francisco public library administration said that its top priorities are books and open hours. those were the top two priorities. yet with its budget increasing more than $2 million, they proposed a book budget cut of $500,000 and there hadn't been an hour's increase in years. this is an example of the library's ongoing de emphasis of books. library users association and our allies made a big noise about this ~ including at the board of supervisors, the library commission, and at the library citizens advisory committee which was then in existence as a creation of the board of supervisors where we got a unanimous vote to alert the supervisors to this -- these poor priorities. so, it looks like at the last library commission the book
budget is frozen, while huge increases are scheduled for electronic resources, unclear what those mean. and again, we want to alert the public and the supervisors to check closely the library's what appears this ongoing book de emphasis and to rearrange the priorities in a more correct way for books and hours. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker, please. [speaking through interpreter]
and for all the workers here today and not here today, i wanted to let all the department heads know that currently we're earning at 11.54 an hour. that was the same wage five years ago and it is the same rate right now. and there has been a lot of inflation and, so, their standard of living has gone down. and there's been a reduction of 3.6% for the work hours. they want to see another 4.4% reduction in work hours. so, we hope that more services and resources could be placed for ihhs workers.
oftentimes it's very hard because the seniors may have behavioral issues or they may be frustrated and we take up a slot of the slack when we try to work and serve the needed seniors. >> thank you. (applause) we want all the workers to thank you. you can allocate more funding to allow us to have an increase with our pay. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'll call up the next group. irena from s.f. safe. bradley weed meyer.
she wow lee from home care. brian mark who is our community advisory committee member for transportation for the richmond. and eric wu. go ahead, irena. good morning, mr. mayor, supervisors, department heads. my name is irena [speaker not understood]. i am a program director for san francisco safe. it's a program that stand for safety awareness for everyone, and we are a small nonprofit sponsored by the [speaker not understood] department. what we do, we are going to neighborhood watch groups. we conduct security assessments. we give safety presentations. in a nutshell, we try our hardest to make sure that everyone who lives and works in san francisco knows how to
protect themselves, their houses, their businesses, and we conduct our services in five languages, only 10 of us. i'm going to give you some numbers. only in 10 months in district 4 and 1, we facilitated 30 neighborhood watch meetings. we give more than 20 safety presentations. organized five merchant walks and, of course, not to mention the new year press conference organized by safe, david chen who is in the audience. so, needless to say we are very, very passionate about what we do, but we are also very, very fortunate that we have the support that we do. we know nothing would have been
possible without the support from the building department. thank you very much. and it's so good to see captain long and captain here in the audience. thank you. again, we don't take it for granted. and, of course, supervisor mar, supervisor tang, supervisor farrell board of directors, thank you so very much. supervisor mar, we just started a new and exciting program with your office, bike registry to address a growing problem with bike theft in the city. we're looking forward to many, many new projects. and again, many, many thanks. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker, please. supervisors and mayor lee and city officers, i want to speak today as an ihhs home care worker who serves seniors
and disabled. points have been made, but let me just state we're not coming to ask for a raise. we're asking for the city to backfill a state cut to keep us where we're at. right now we are facing this 8% cut. you know, our clients have had assessments where a certain amount of work is required to meet their needs, and we'll still have to do this work after the 8% hours cut, one way or another. and year after year, you know, we've phased these cuts. we appreciate the board of supervisors stepping in and not reducing our or making our members pay more for health premiums in a recent budget process. but right now we're not asking for a raise overall, but we are asking for the city to help backfill.
and from the state cuts we have this reduction. but from the federal government we have help that has come to the city in the form of a new face for home care funding that the city has to send to the state. and you've already budgeted a higher figure that it's now been reduced. so, we're asking that that difference be contributed to help backfill the cut that our members are facing. and i know that sometimes for people who make less, 11.54 doesn't sound like such a bad deal. but in san francisco, the livable minimum wage for a 40-hour week is $12.43. so, our members are not making that. and our average members work only 21-1/2 hours, so that 11.54 has to be stretched out. when you take that 6, 21-1/2 hours and stretch it to a 40 week, that's like $6 an hour.
so, help us help our seniors and disabled, keep them at home, keep the costs down, keep them out of our institutions, and keep them happy and flourishing. thank you. >> thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker, please. good morning, city staffers, elected officials. i'm brian larkin, larkin like the street. i'm here to request that we underground our utilities out here in the richmond district. pg&e has a schedule to do it, we're not even on it. we've heard about senior citizens and the number of us in san francisco -- i'm over 60 -- so there is a certain sense of urgency to get them done so i can see it before i die. also, speaking of transportation, eric mentioned that i'm an advocate for that. i'd like to see us build a subway, lrt system out here, extend the central subway out to our neighborhood. no one has ever built a subway in any community and regretted it later on.
the person i currently take care of, his son is away from home and so it's very important for us to make sure they take their medication on time, that their needs are met. with the limited income that we have, we really hope that there's more funding to our income. there hasn't been an increase for six years and it's really important that bemake sure we serve all the needy seniors and
disabled individuals. please let us to live a good and quality mannered life in the city and county of san francisco. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. do we have any other folks here from [speaker not understood]? good morning, city officials. my name is eric wu. i am a member of the san francisco youth commission. the youth commission is a body of 17 young people ages 12 to 23, that advises the mayor and the board of supervisors on issues that affect the young people in san francisco. one of our priorities is actually the summer job plus program and supporting that and expanding that. currently there's still a significant population of job-seeking young people in our city that are currently
unemployed and we hope that the city will collaborate with our -- with the nonprofit organizations and the private sectors in bringing more jobs to young people this summer. last summer, s.f. summer job plus program was extremely successful. we brought over 5,000 jobs to our young population. and this summer we hope to bring 6,000 jobs to our young people. and on behalf of san francisco youth commission and the young people in san francisco, i would like to thank the mayor and all those who have worked and collaborated in bringing jobs to the young people in san francisco. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. do we have other speakers? all right. with that, i just wanted to also take some time just to
layout from here on out the process. so, the mayor, his team, and some of the department representatives will be traveling throughout the next several weeks to hold other budget town hall meetings throughout different districts. i know that the mayor's office as well as supervisor farrell have on their website information about where those next dates and locations will be. so, check those websites for the latest upcoming town halls. in addition to that, just wanted to kick it over to supervisor mark farrell. he's going to show a little about his budget priorities as the budget chair this year. >> thank you, supervisor tang. and i'll keep it brief, but i want to say thank you all for being out here today, especially those who spoke at the podium. you know, from my perspective, we are feeling a lot better as a city of san francisco. as i just mentioned to mayor lee, our unemployment is actually at 6% right now this month, down from over 9.8% just a few years ago under mayor lee's leadership we've gotten so far down the road. but we do have a challenge in
the budget. as was mentioned before, we have a $123 million budget deficit heading into next year. but we're all committed as a budget here to you and everyone in san francisco that we will have an open and transparent process, that we will manage our finances in a very fiscally responsible manner going forward, and that our budget that comes out will reflect the priorities of all people who live here in san francisco. i commit that to you and i look forward to a long process and coming in july having a budget that, again, reflects all of our priorities together. so, thank you for being here today. (applause) >> there are actually a number of other people that i think had signed cards, but i'll make sure that any of the questions and comments that people wrote on the cards are given to kate howard and leo and the budget office so that they're integrated into the budget process. i also want to thank everyone for the very thoughtful comments.
also, if anyone has any questions or comments for the budget process, please fill that out in the cards and we'll make sure it gets integrated. for my role on the budget committee as well, i think supervisor farrell has been doing a great job as a budget chair and we're looking forward to taking as much input in, not only for districts 1 and 4, but for the whole city. i also wanted to say that before i let mayor lee wrap us up today, i wanted to thank all the richmond district folks for coming out and speaking. i also see disability organizations like the fdr club and jonathan lions back there. i see merchants associations david heller and [speaker not understood], and others that are here representing our small businesses as well. and ray holland and nick baloney from the planning association for the richmond. and i see the director of the richmond area multi-services, which really provides significant and culturally sensitive and multi-cultural
mental health services not just for the richmond but throughout the city. also i really appreciate all the senior and youth and family service agencies and child care and organizations that have spoken today. lastly, i wanted to thank the city department heads and reps from all of our departments for spending their beautiful saturday morning in this dark but great auditorium of the washington eagles. and i wanted to say that i hope you have a great weekend and a beautiful saturday and sunday and earth day as well on monday. and thanks so much to victor lim, [speaker not understood] and peter from my staff and supervisor tang's staff as well. but also our mayor's office of neighborhood service staff and our office of civic engaged immigrant and civic engagement and the mayor's budget office for making this first of our series of budget hearings a great one. so, now i'll let mayor ed lee wrap us up. (applause) >> thank you, supervisors.