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this is a tragic and shameful. and the veterans administration, partnering with the salvation army and so many others, are doing specifically the right thing. there are many causes, of course, for homelessness. one loses a job. they are at risk of homelessness. it increases exponentially. of course, with three-quarters of our veterans dealing with issues of alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and mental health issues, keeping a job and stabilizing in one's life is merely becomes impossible. it is only by working together that we are going to get this done. and i have -- a little love from the california state senate. yes, we're busted, but we put this together to be able to bring you this recognition
today and in thanking the san francisco's veteran administration medical center, and of course our great friends of the salvation army here at the harbor light centered for joining forces, for the check presentation, which will be made in a moment, in support of this expansion. of course, this does not solve the problem. as we say in jewish tradition, we're taught that ours is not to complete the task. neither is it for us not to begin in it. today we begin the task. if i may present this to you. [applause] >> thank you. [applause] >> our next speaker is edwin
lee, mayor of san francisco. he first began working for the city and county of san francisco in 1989 as the investigator for the city's first whistleblowing ordinance and has since served as executive director of the human rights commission, director of the city purchasing, and director of the department of public works before he was first appointed as the city administrator in 2005. please join me in welcoming mayor lee. [applause] >> that is good. she said the microphone was already set for me. [laughter] it is my honor to be here. certainly my honor to joint leader policy and senator leno, the veterans administration, the doctor, chief suhr, and are homeless coordinator for the
city. bobbi, i wanted to make sure that you knew this city and county of san francisco, my administration, we're absolutely not firmly committed to ending homelessness for our veterans by 2015. no doubt here. no doubt here. [applause] i am here in ottawa celebrate the additional beds, which are absolutely needed, but they're also want to make sure i say this -- people who have served in our armed forces, thank you very much. to wipe everything you have done but you have been there for us. it is a return to be here for you. -- thank you for everything you have done. thank you for your service to our country. [applause] our work at the local level, as dr. jesse mentioned, is in coordination with our regional partners, our federal partners, and we all, as mentioned earlier, have to do this
together. that is why we have had great partnerships with our social service teams, our state -- are salvation army, and our chinese community development corporation, our hud, which expressed to sean donovan some time ago that there were making great strides and efforts to make sure that there was going to be more housing targeted for our veterans. we have been doing that right at the local level. some years ago, we began with the veterans academy, 102 units built in the presidio. now, today, san francisco, through our project always connect that created the veterans connect, a very dedicated, focused out reach on our veterans to make sure they know how to connect up with all of our services. social services, mental services, health services, housing, and appointment. just last year, we started the
veterans portal, which would connect to one of our most in the city, our 311. wherever it can just make a call and online, and all the services are set together so you can navigate. not physically trying to run around to look or things are, but it is all in one portal, you can find all the services. that is a tremendous contribution. and then today, as we speak, we're building a 75-unit partnership with a source of housing share and chinese community organization, right there at 150 otis street. supportive housing with a $1.7 million grant from hud. we continue working with you,
bobbi. i wanted thank you for your work because you make it so seem less, and you're always looking for the gaps that we have. we know at the local level, we cannot afford to have any gaps as far as veterans. i want to thank all of you for being here. i want to acknowledge that we do work with our federal -- i want to thank president obama. i want to thank leader pelosi. i want to think secretary shinseki in the whole veterans administration for working together with us. because it will happen right here at the local level. again, i want to thank our veterans, the men and women who serve in the armed forces. we will be there for you right here in san francisco. thank you very much. [applause] >> our next speaker needs little introduction. since 1987, nancy pelosi has
represented california's eighth district in the house of representatives. overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as the democratic leader of the house of representatives. nancy pelosi is the first woman in american history to lead a major party in the u.s. congress. on january 4, 2007, she was elected as the first woman to serve as the speaker of the house. since 2010, she has served as the democratic leader. leader pelosi has been -- [applause] leader pelosi has been a longtime supporter of veterans, but she has also been a longtime supporter of homeless veterans. i do not know if you remember this, but i do. about 15 years ago, her and former mayor brown came to 13th and mission. they heard about this
government's of homeless center to serve homeless veterans, and she took the time to come and to tore and see what we were doing at 13th and mission. i was a young social worker at the time, and i was very impressed, so thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. it is a personal pleasure to be here at the salvation army today. thank you so much for your hospitality. coming here, walking through, almost double-seen this a beautiful space came as a surprise, but how appropriate that it is here for our homeless veterans but i am honored to join the major. thank you mr. mayer for being such a great mayor of san francisco and your commitment to veterans. we're proud of the work that is done in the community here, and it serves as a good example
nationally. bobbi is a wonderful person. her persistence in this i know has been paying off for our veterans and will continue to do so. i am pleased to be here with mark leno, another member of the official family in san francisco as well. thank you for your leadership. i join my friends in welcoming you, mr. secretary, dr., thank you for coming, honoring us, dr. jesse, for honoring us with your presence. and sheila cullen is relentless when it comes to veterans, and thank you so much for your leadership. she knows how many issues we have been involved in an overtime, and she has been a tremendous leader. i want to would knowledge two more people. one is a veteran of the 21st
century, serving in the early part of this century. and another one from the 1970's, a veteran from the 1970's. as we acknowledge them, let's have all the veterans who are here on the audience stand so they can be acknowledged. [applause] thank you all for your service to our country. i want to take a couple of moments to tell you why i think this is such a special occasion and a pivotal one. i will be a little personal about it. i said it was a personal pleasure to be at the salvation army. one of the little girl and as a teenager, my father was the mayor of baltimore as first lady, my mother's special charity was the salvation army. we were all so always dressing dolls, ringing bells, having luncheons. i grew up with a very healthy regard for the salvation army and its contribution to our society.
thank you to the salvation army. [applause] thank you, colonel smith, and all of your colleagues here for what you're doing for our homeless veterans. when i became the leader -- what was that, 2003, 2005, something like that, we planted a flag for our veterans. we said everybody talks about these things, but there is so much more that needs to be done. we're going to plant a flag. we're going to establish our priorities and listening to what the veterans have to say to us about their situation. and we put together -- it must be about, would you say, michael, 100 representatives of veterans' service organizations, blue start families, a goldstar wives, the whole kit and caboodle of service, to hear how we can do a better job to reach
out. thank you to your leadership and outreach, because that is so important. our representative from this committee, michael blecker, who was here, thank you so much for your leadership. [applause] a speech so eloquent as to what we're doing in the community- based way. that is why, yes, i would want to come over and see that particular initiative. because when we do these things here, sometimes it requires a change in at the law to facilitate the effective implementation of a community- based idea. sometimes we have to change the law. sometimes we have to increase the funding. sometimes we have to raise the visibility. end -- and the presidio would
not have happened without that. your ideas, community-based, developed by veterans themselves and those who care about them, not only are effective here to serve as a model for the rest of the country. one thing that has told this is they wanted their own budget in wanted it early. the want to get involved in all the budget debates that had uncertainty as to how the veterans would be funded. we said if we win, we will have a veterans of budget, and it will be advanced funding. any arguments you see budget, none of that applies to vets, because there advanced funding for another year. they said it wanted -- [applause] they said they wanted a gi bill for the 21st century, and we did just that for the iraq and afghanistan events. all together with the changes in the va, the funding, and all the rest, more changes were made
then since the original gi bill so many years ago. i want to say something about general shinseki. i first met him when i went on an intelligence visit to sarajevo, and he was leading the fight in the balkans. i saw him, this strong leader, cared so much about his troops. effective leadership. we were in awe of him as a commander, and we are in awe of him as secretary of veterans affairs. because he knows how to lead, and he cares about our veterans, as secretary jesse pointed out so clearly. so i want to acknowledge his leadership. and that of president obama's as well and mrs. obama and dr. joe biden as well for caring for our military families. -- and dr. jill biden as well. [applause]
when we visited general shinseki on the battlefield, i was reminded of the say in the military, on the battlefield, we need no soldiers in kind. and we say in congress, and when they come home, we leave no veterans behind. no veterans behind. [applause] for us in congress, every day is veterans day. because every day we understand the moral obligation we have to our veterans for making as the home of the brave -- and the land of the free and the home of the bridge. and we're very, very proud of your patriotism, your courage, sacrifices that you're willing to make for our country. and now we have important work to do. we have more important to work to do to end homelessness, and we're on that track. thank goodness for the local
initiatives, bobbi, secretary shinseki, president obama -- it is everybody's priority. we want to have the health services that our veterans need be available to them and that they know about what is available. that is why that support is very important. are you a veteran? a reserve in the military? however you want to say it, that they will respond to, is a very important. but president obama as american jobs that makes specific reference to jobs for our veterans. as michael will tell you, in our meeting, jobs, jobs, jobs. of course homelessness is an issue but the issue of jobs for our veterans is very important. we have story after story that is so sad about veterans coming home from service to our country, risking their lives, and the job they had before -- not only is the job not there,
the factory is not there. but we have a make it an american initiative that says we want to honor all agencies of government as a model to the private sector to make it in america and provide jobs to our veterans when they come home. [applause] we have the hiring heroes act for small businesses and contractors. what i have talked to the administration about and what we have legislation for is to say, our veterans, they, too, know how to lead. we want them to have jobs. not only that, we want them to have ownership. we want them to have equity. we want them to be about to start their own small businesses and be job-graders. so they, again, not only have jobs, that they can reach out and create jobs for others. we want the federal government
in every agency in government to honor the veterans and make that a party, reaching out to veterans and so that they can take their rightful place at having a stake beyond a job. and great president of united states, abraham lincoln, said, for those who return home, it is our responsibility to care for him. now we will say, and her, who should have borne the battle. he also said this for his widow. for the sacrifices that you all have been willing to make for our country, for the opportunity to provide for the rest of us to drive and again be the land of the free and the home of the brave, we are enormously grateful. today, this is an example of what people working together can do.
about changing public policy in washington to accommodate the local initiatives that advance the cause of our veterans. let there be no doubt that homelessness for our veterans will end. it is really sad that we have to make this initiative, but we do, and we will succeed with it. and we will do so with the full understanding of how you, our veterans, would like this done, what works for you as you have observed and lead for our country. so i congratulate the salvation army. i congratulate the va. i personally command bobbi for her persistence, her energy on behalf of helping us all honor our commitment to our veterans. god has currently blessed america with your service. may god bless america forever.
thank you. [applause] >> thank you. today has been a day about honoring our community partners and demonstrating our commitment to end homelessness among veterans. to illustrate the commitment, the department of veterans affairs is presenting the salvation army are perlite center with a check in the amount of $297,561 to support the expansion of their veteran dormitory. [applause] this money will help support the creation of 10 new beds, so the salvation army will now have 34 beds to serve homeless veterans and their families, and the
residents should be open in 2011. i now invite the chairman of the heart perlite center advisory council to accept the check from dr. robert jesse. and did you bring the check in your pocket? ok, thank you. carrying the check, we have veterans and residents, czech and delight. thank you both for being here, and thank you for your service. [applause]
>> welcome to "culturewire." today we are at recology. they are celebrate 20 years of one of the most incredibly unique artist residency programs. we are here to learn more from one of the resident artists. welcome to the show, deborah. tell us how this program began 20 years ago. >> the program began 20 years ago. our founder was an environmentalist and an activist and an artist in the 1970's. she started these street sweeping campaigns in the city. she started with kids.
they had an exhibition at city hall. city officials heard about her efforts and they invited her to this facility. we thought it would coincide with our efforts to get folks to recycle, it is a great educational tool. since then, we have had 95 professional artists come through. >> how has the program changed over the years? how has the program -- what can the public has an artist engage with? >> for the most part, we worked with metal and wood, what you would expect from a program like ours. over the years, we tried to include artists and all types of mediums. conceptual artists, at installation, photographers, videographers. >> that has really expanded the program out. it is becoming so dynamic right now with your vision of interesting artists in gauging
here. why would an artist when to come here? >> mainly, access to the materials. we also give them a lot of support. when they start, it is an empty studio. they go out to the public area and -- we call it the big store. they go out shopping, take the materials that, and get to work. it is kind of like a reprieve, so they can really focus on their body of work. >> when you are talking about recology, do you have the only sculpture garden at the top? >> it is based on work that was done many years ago in new york. it is the only kind of structured, artist program. weit is beautiful. a lot of the plants you see were pulled out of the garbage, and
we use our compost to transplant them. the pathway is lined with rubble from the earthquake from the freeways we tour about 5000 people a year to our facility, adults and children. we talk about recycling and conservation. they can meet the artists. >> fantastic. let's go meet some of your current artists. here we are with lauren. can you tell us how long have been here so far and what you're working on? >> we started our residency on june 1, so we came into the studio then and spent most of the first couple weeks just digging around in the trash. i am continuing my body of work, kind of making these hand- embroidered objects from our day-to-day life. >> can you describe some of the things you have been making here? this is amazing. >> i think i started a lot of my
work about the qualities of light is in the weight. i have been thinking a lot about things floating through the air. it is also very windy down here. there is a piece of sheet music up there that i have embroidered third. there is a pamphlet about hearing dea -- nearing death. this is a dead rabbit. this is what i am working on now. this is a greeting card that i found, making it embroidered. it is for a very special friend. >> while we were looking at this, i glanced down and this is amazing, and it is on top of a book, it is ridiculous and amazing. >> i am interested in the serendipity of these still life compositions. when he got to the garbage and to see the arrangement of objects that is completely spontaneous.
it is probably one of the least thought of compositions. people are getting rid of this stuff. it holds no real value to them, because they're disposing of it. >> we're here in another recology studio with abel. what attracted you to apply for this special program? >> who would not want to come to the dump? but is the first question. for me, being in a situation that you're not comfortable in has always been the best. >> what materials were you immediately attracted to when you started and so what was available here? >> there are a lot of books. that is one of the thing that hits me the most. books are good for understanding, language, and art in general. also being a graphic designer, going straight to the magazines and seeing all this printed material being discarded has also been part of my work. of course, always wood or any kind of plastic form or anything
like that. >> job mr. some of the pieces you have made while you have been here. -- taught me through some of the pieces you have made while you have been here. >> the first thing that attracted me to this was the printed surface. it was actually a poster. it was a silk screen watercolor, about 8 feet long. in terms of the flatwork, i work with a lot of cloddish. so being able to cut into it come at into it, removed parts, it is part of the process of negotiating the final form. >> how do you jump from the two dimensional work that you create to the three-dimensional? maybe going back from the 3f to 2d. >> everything is in the process of becoming. things are never said or settled. the sculptures are being made while i am doing the collages, and vice versa. it becomes a part of something
else. there's always this figuring out of where things belong or where they could parapets something else. at the end goal is to possibly see one of these collage plans be built out and create a structure that reflects back into the flat work. >> thank you so much for allowing "culturewire" to visit this amazing facility and to learn more about the artists in residence program. is there anything you like our viewers to know? >> we have art exhibitions every four months, and a win by the public to come out. everybody is welcome to come out. we have food. sometimes we have gains and bands. it is great time. from june to september, we accept applications from bay area artists. we encouraged artists from all mediums to apply. we want as many artists from the bay area out here so they can have the same experience. >> how many st