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tv   Mayors Press 71615 Tenderloin Museum Opening  SFGTV  August 1, 2015 11:15pm-12:01am PDT

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the bistro and they will say where is this museum and they will discover that and hopefully get into the jazz and cadillac hotel again and hopefully into more jazz. as 400 mayor's discovered in one of their most enlightening sessions ever to join our memorial in that session. so there is to say a lot of things happening and it's just a matter of us linking it up, talking about it, and introducing more people to it. when we get the lighting down with the harlan's leadership on the lighting, the pathways are going to be better lit and you see people at the park providing for all the people that we want our parts to reflect. on valencia, that's going to sprout. you
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see ice cream in the middle of the tunnel coming. i can't wait for the day we serve free ice cream in the tenderloin. they deserve it. that will be a lot of fun. there is a lot of new things happening and i think this is a moment to an attribute all the spirit of the people that have come here to make this happen. engineers, there is a reason why they are the most successful and good reputable contractor in the city. they are building the big downtown buildings but also help rehab lead with many others with this incredible museum. i can't wait when they start counting the numbers of people that come through here. because when they come through here, all the other shops you have to be exposed to. this is part of uptown tenderloin. it is part of the story, the history to arm themselves with so they
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will know what they are looking at and appreciate this entire part of our city that now is going to become an even bigger contributor. they have contributed. we just haven't recognized it. and i know that muhammad and others, we struggled in our capacities for public works to allow pathways for more people to come here will continue doing that, but all the agencies are working together now in a much better rhythm because we appreciate the investments that are made here because this is going to cause more investments especially the investment in people and we are going to see more of that from our administration. the tenderloin is going to be a great story, but so is church street and bodega and central market and so much more of an
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investment for people who want to create a better place and time for a chance to celebrate and have this sharing for a lot more people. thank you for this milestone, but i am excited to see this cause even more excitement in this entire community and randy, your leadership, your unfettered commitment to this. i want to say thank you from the entire district. [ applause ] >> i do want to mention that kevin louis is sitting in the third row. he and my paint job, we opened an art gallery for art a half bl down 236 leavenworth street. and so many
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people said to me, who did this museum, it's so great. if you need someone to do a museum for you. steve is right there and give him your card and he'll get a hold of you. so i'm very honored by the presence. we have the history on the walls and the history sitting here and reverend cecil williams. one thing i want to say about reverend williams i have been in the tenderloin, i know him. i didn't know in 1963 there were only 35 families as members. he had a remarkable organizing strategy. i don't think anyone would have thought of it. he said we are going to hire a minister for youth who has no money. that's what he did. he led the power grass roots and organized
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this. how many knew that? how many read my books? [ laughter ] the legacy is so much more powerful in the tenderloin. we are so glad you are here. do you want to say a few words? >> greetings, everybody. thank you men and ladies. thank you the people who put the time and effort and money. this is the most important thing that's happened in the city and county of san francisco. no matter what you are looking at and how you see it. this place certainly is something that is vital and will continue for years and years to come. and having said
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that, janis, i could not have done it without you. i'm telling the truth. [ laughter ] in fact she did before i did. we did. what you don't know i will tell you. every inch of this, every group that came to san francisco, we had something to do with them in what they did in this city. you name it. we saw at nighttimes what you can probably see on television because we felt very strongly that the voice of those folks who came through san francisco, that led me to be here. we never
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gave in to their philosophy. we have philosophy and a commitment and an unconditional love as a base. there were moments where it was getting pretty tight at times. actively came here. secondly, we had also to begin to relate closely and openly with gay and lesbian groups. we could find ways in this community, large population of gays and lesbians. that was very important. so we identified with whatever the movement was. so as a leader to the nation we responded to the gay and lesbian community. the third thing is i don't know if you know this or not but we have
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10,000 volunteers who come through every year. that is something that is very critical. lastly but not least, you need to know this, there is no doubt about it, right in the block from where we are located there are large groups of african americans. there is a large number of african americans in the tenderloin. large numbers. some of them they have problems and confront issues. they are ours and we are theirs. we will always be theirs and they will be ours, always. i want to hear him say, janis without your time, i don't know where i would be without you. [ cheers and applause ] [ laughter ]
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>> talking about all people well generally i was going to open the first office in 1980. ed glide raised it to $75 a month and we said we can't afford that and right next door was a vietnamese community development center which started my work with do. remember we had some refugees who came to the tenderloin and started to transform the neighborhood and i worked with toe for 10 years until local 2 which is in the tenderloin. i thought the coincidence that you and i met in glide. toddo. [ applause ]
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>> being here just feels like so much coming home. although i never really left the tenderloin. i came just a little bit from a personal perspective. i came to the lend lion when i was 18 and i'm 56 now and i'm still working on the tenderloin. working as the vietnamese youth development center what is under the leadership of lamb do you -- and the memorial church where we do a lot of community outreach. we provide after school. i was one of those youth that benefited from the program and north of market plan and coalition. i think we have one of our first southeast asian housing committee in the city because
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of the diversity of the members who live in here which is vietnamese laotian and cambodia. we do our best effort to incorporated ourselves to learn about our right as a tenant and also we want to learn about being a part of the bigger picture of passing rent control. we have a lot of memories where we have our first picket line to protest one of the evictions. one of the buildings right here but we have a sad moment where i don't know if you remember where there was a person that died in the building. the cause because of the space between the floor and elevator and the space was too small. as a community we overcome a lot.
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the unite development center is providing youth with a different focus with technology and recreation that we when you are growing up poor you don't have the opportunity but now growing up and you have the location. that is what we do and we also survive a lot of turmoil and that's what you do with us. and reverend i have to remember his name. when our community was going through a lot of turmoil with what's going on in our homeland we continued to be able to be about and provide the best service we can regardless of whether or not you are supporting the republican or supporting the reunification of
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vietnam today. i feel very much at home and thank you for all the work that everybody had done to continue to work the community forward. one thing i have to mention is that because a lot of our members in local two become more self sufficient as working in the hotel because of the effort of you and randy from the planning coalition after making sure that these hotels when they build they are sure she hire a resident from this area. [ applause ] so some of our members graduated from here and able to provide a home and live better. i know they have a much better life. the tenderloin is a lot of memories for me and a lot of struggles and a lot of cobwebs as well. [ applause ]
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i should mention the cultural center used to be the waitresses union. it's the largest waitresses unit # -- union in the united states. we are a big union area. many of you know kathy looper from here friday concerts. i worked with her as long as i have known lee roy and she's 79. everyday when we have our tours, which is really important for this museum because we want people to go out to the community and get to know the tenderloin. we have pam coats, one of our tour guided. kathy is also a tour guide. the first time i take
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everyone is through the cadillac hotel they are blown away because they hear negative things about the sro's. they see it and they say is this the sro? because of kathy is the unsung hero in the tenderloin. kathy? [ cheers and applause ] >> that was all fully sweet. it's night to be in a room full of people who love the tenderloin. i have to tell you it's heart warming to be here and see this with this out pouring of support. when lee and i built this, it failed because it was an isolation. there wasn't enough around it to draw people
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in even just for a meal. if anybody knows me, you know i will get to the point. we need your continued support. we need you to support serve -- every business. we need you to go to the museums, then go to one of our restaurants. randy has done an incredible job of bringing investment into this community. it's not just his job, it's our job. we have to do the same. we have to encourage people to come in and spend their dollars in our community, help support this community and this museum is a great entry way for people to do that. so, that's it. bring your pocket books. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> to continue on that theme because we don't have philanthropic support, we have all kinds of items for sale that are sold in a museum. if you haven't bought any before, buy some today. getting people to come to the museum and pay the admission fee and to have them take the tours which we have on thursday nights. that could help. all of you who are inspired by this and talk the language by mayor lee and doddo is to talk about it. we need to you do that you can't just walk away and say that was fun, where is lunch and it's all forgotten. i have told people the story about how sitting down
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with gratsdz wealthy people and when they are with me it was a great idea but they didn't give any money. when you are here you are excited and back home you are in another environment. if you just give to momma. we are working very hard to raise every dollar in the tenderloin. when you do that, it's great to be here. we have word of mouth and otherwise you have ways to go to the museum. our opening night event at 6:30. we have a rare extraordinarily rare assistance. if you see
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sierra strike and mark. susan striker and victor hernandez. victor the co- director will both be here along with marching and veronica, the activist and if you want to know the gay and lesbian history of san francisco and where it began, it began here right in the tenderloin. cover charge covers the free wine. see you all here and in the future. thank you. [ applause ] px.
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>> today is tuesday, july 28, 2015 time is 508 first item is roll call. >> commissioner arce commissioner stephenson is commissioner wald is excused