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the analysis of the material i have ever seen. i think it was, we don't want to put in -- first of all, they're confidential. we don't want to put in anything that would restrict participation in or reporting of information but i have never understood -- so closed does not speak to the merits of the number of complaints received. i'm wondering if there's a reason and i think there is, but if you could tell me again, i would appreciate it. >> you are correct. because the complaint is closed doesn't mean it was substantiated. we evaluate the complaint, the investigation determines if there's a factual basis for the
allegations and then if the allegations are true, if the alleged conduct would violate city criteria, policy and procedure or city code -- does that answer the first part? >> substantiated or unsubstantiated are both inside the closed category. >> and in the quarterly and annual reports it breaks down -- it breaks out by department. there's a table in quarterly reports or chart showing which percentage of complaints closed led to department taking corrective or preventive action. >> or even it shows whether or
not the department moves on the recommendation of the whistleblower controller office, somewhat outside your control. but at least you can measure accurately the number of recommendations measured against the overall complaints, you said to the department we have investigation pursuant to the authority, we recommend disciplinary action to whatever department and they can be measured. are they? >> i think the stae tick statis you're asking for, it's by publishing in the reports which part investigated and closed resulted in a corrective and
preventive action by the departments. those are published in the annual reports. >> in the annual report. >> and quarterly. >> fantastic. thank you. >> i think going forward something we can do that will help the committee and help the dialogue that we'll have across the podium is pull some of the stats in our presentation just so that we can focus attention on those in a more public form. but definitely all of that work is published on our web site annually or quarterly. >> any other comments? any public comment? >> thank you. >> seeing none -- yes. >> good morning committee
members, i'm a whistleblower. i would like to thank committee member carlson for his inquiry about complaints that linger for a year or more. i have a complaint filed with the program and it's well over 11 months, close to a year. i'd like to echo mr. flaherty's concern that when complaints linger for a long time, people tend to think they're not being taken seriously. that's true. but there's another concern. the vast majority of the complaints are sent right back to the department that the complaint was filed against. and given human nature, there's going to be resistance and
reluctance to investigate one's own colleagues. particularly when it's a high level official, which is what my complaint was about. i don't know how to resolve this, except that the program outlines certain reasons why complaints take a long time but they never mention the awkwardness and resistance that departments face when they have to investigate their own people. one thing that would be helpful, if a complaint drags on for a year or more, that the complainant would be contacted and informed. we check on the computer and all it tells you is under investigation. under investigation. but why for a year? so anyway, i just wanted to put
that out there. thank you. >> thank you dr. kerr. any other public comment? if not, call the next item. >> item seven, opportunity for committee members to comment or take action on any matters within the jurisdiction. pad am co-chair these are items fiscal year 2017/18 work initiatives, items a-g. >> i can give background on those. so brenda and i met with peg to go over some of the great ideas that have come up over the past few meetings for ways to get information out to our voters. so we finally decided to write them down in one place and peg has agreed to give us updates on all of them at every meeting so we can understand the progress of these good ideas.
probably better to do it from here. so peg stevenson from the controller's office. i'll make brief comments on each items and answer any questions you might have. the benchmarking work is well underway. we have chosen jurisdictions, a couple of them here in the city of san francisco, a couple other cities have similar functionality. we have basic information and doing interviews, we expect to issue a report before the end of the calendar year and have this available for presentation to you in your january peting. so that's where we are with the benchmarking. the standardized template,
comparing it to the material that was in our annual geo bond report presented on in september and the table that i included in your packet has differences between them. i guess my suggestion here are that the same information is largely in both. there isn't a substantial schedule or report that you're not getting in your quarterlies that was in our annual. i do think there are some visual and layout improvements that the quarterly would benefit from just looking at it and looking at some of the ways the information is presented. the changes in format and that sort of thing. there are consistency
improvements across the program that could be made. could be added to the quarterly and improve it, visual graphs for context like the little fuel gauge graph on completions for some of the bond program confines that i think are mostly presented in text right now. they're doing bullet points of text completion and that sort of thing. what i'm proposing to do, i'll meet with julia dawson, the finance and administration at public works and the person who is the owner of the quarterly template, i'll see if we can go ahead with some of the improvements we're observing and fold them into the next couple of programs that come before
you. there's detail in the quarterlies that is not in our wrap up program report. change orders for example you wouldn't want to not have. it's not entirely a 1 way street. let me have that meeting with julia and see where they are having updated financials and then we can report to you on improvements. >> one quick question it's two separate reports. >> the report they do for the presentation, there's more details in the quarterlies that are present. there wasn't anything to compare it to in the geo bond.
>> there's still work to be done. web site improvements, our technical people have met to talk about this, similar improvements to controllers own web site. i think what will happen next, we're probably going to get a short contract through the text door, a web designer to do a better job for us. if there are tests formats we think you should look at before we publish them, we can do that with them. probably mostly make the improvements and report them to
you. >> great. >> the satisfaction survey, we have a pool of providers that do public satisfaction. all different surveying. we'll bring you a couple of options to the january meeting. the conversation was feedback on what you want public satisfaction survey to contain. do you want to try and test the opinion of users of a facility, voters, the general public, probably a couple of different possible constituencies you might be interested in. there are different ways to test. there are surveys you're in the facility people are using, handing them a survey and asking
them, phone polls, web polls. different sampling approaches. we have some opinions about this and our providers will have opinions, too. what i'm proposing to do is bring you a couple of options in january and see if we can get some feedback from you. ben's suggestion, he has in mind, streetscape improvement project and then a facility project such as a rec center. i think i can speak to him that those would be a good scale test of opinion and we know how to survey the users of those. a voter test could be harder. the public finance forward calendar, you got the memo which jamie prepared, that's a regular feature of the packet, already proved its usefulness i think.
expenditure audits are underway and before tanya leaves the room, i don't know off the top of my head, when they are expected to be completed, certainly not january but one of the following meetings in the fiscal year. >> it will be third and fourth quarter. >> thank you. and finally geo bond report is on the list. we didn't talk about that specifically but just keep it on our calendar. >> any comments, questions? thank you.
>> other matters not in the list? >> all right. can you -- barb, i think we all got this in the mail. did you guys -- >> yes. >> go over quickly what it is we're signing here. thank you for sending it out. >> the item that co-chair, she was referring to is the harassment policy education from the city that is dube at the en of the year, for those commissioners who supervisor city staff. and so, this committee does not supervisor any city staff and so you were given instructions via e-mail and guidelines as to how to complete and submit that form to me. >> great. >> okay. thank you. >> any other matters?
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continue it jeopardizes the level of service that city government can provide in you hear or see any dishelicopter behavior boy an employee please report it to say whistle blower program more information and the whistle blower protections please seek www. food in san francisco isn' just about expensive eat but food for everyone and there's organizations in the city that are doing really good work making sure that healthy food it assessable to everyone. more and more as follows are are becoming interested in upper arlthd they want to joy the open green pace sea know where their food it coming from we'll look
at 3 programs talking ushering agricultural and garden to new heights. so what exactly it, your honor agricultural >> it the growing food or flowers within city limits traditionally we've been referring to communities gardener that is a raised bed over and over upper argument has a more a farming way of farming. >> so tell me 0 what's growing in this garden. >> a really at all plant. in the one of the rare places, you know, people have access to green space 24 is one of the
places to grow things like the purple floor. it is sort of recognizing that the more diversity in given space the better not to just have one thing by everything supported each another >> it provides the community with an opportunity to get their hands dirty and reach 0 out and congressmen with the community in ways they might have not otherwise to engage with one other. >> now the dpw urban planning program so see how the garden community. >> so i grew up on a farm in air force base we picked the foods open the trees and share with other families and as i drive around san francisco i see
any trees with apples or mrumdz and lemon trees i can see the food going to waste and brought that idea back to the department many of the trees where the fruit would go to waste we origin or crop and pick other fruits and delivery this to food banks or shelters to people who need them. >> i'm here with nang wong hello nang. >> hello. >> i need to understand house this gleaning work. >> we come and harvest like for example, we'll come over here this is the lemon and plug it like this. >> (laughter). >> made that good, good and ease. >> the trick is how not to hurt
the branches. >> like the thing. >> i'm so excited about this. the people are so passionate about where the food goes to the private property owners give us the food they're happy that no of a t is going to waste >> oh. thank you. thank you. again job aura natural >> (laughter). >> from backyards to back lots let's take a look at the food and community bonding at the free farm. >> my idea was to start growing food and giving it away. and getting my neighbors to who
had space and having a kind of event that brings people together not to run our food program this time around but to share the wealth of the abundance of our welfare. we were all divorce and as part of our philosophy of working together and working together. >> what's the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for the free farm stand. >> well, we could is a generalic satisfaction but something about giving food away it's giving something i brought that in and sort it and gave it to you it's primitive to be able to give something some basically
to someone else. >> now serving number to 49 come on down. >> we have the capability of producing this food and in san francisco you can grow food all year round so the idea we're capable of prougdz food in our own backyards we're here to demonstrate an bans of food and i think that giving it away for free we show individuals it in have to be a comedy. >> we build time together and it's the strength of any ideas of the connections we'll turn that connection and the more connections you make no mistake about it the more you can have a stronger power and not have to rely on money that's the people
>> my name is angela wilson and i'm an owner of the market i worked at a butcher for about 10 years and became a butcher you i was a restaurant cook started in sxos and went to uc; isn't that so and opened a cafe we have produce from small farms without small butcher shops hard for small farms to survive we have a been a butcher shop since 1901 in the heights floor and the case are about from 1955 and it is only been a butcher shot not a lot of businesses if san francisco that have only been one thing. >> i'm all for vegetarians if
you eat meat eat meat for quality and if we care of we're in a losing battle we need to support butcher shops eat less we sell the chickens with the head and feet open somebody has to make money when you pay $25 for a chicken i guarantee if you go to save way half of the chicken goes in the enlarge but we started affordable housing depends on it occurred to us this is a male field people said good job even for a girl the interesting thing it is a women's field in most of world just here in united states it is that pay a man's job i'm an encountered woman and raise a son and teach i am who respect woman i consider all women's who
work here to be impoverished and strong in san francisco labor is high our cost of good ideas we seal the best good ideas the profit margin that low but everything that is a laboring and that's a challenge in the town so many people chasing money and not i can guarantee everybody this is their passion. >> i'm the - i've been cooking mile whole life this is a really, really strong presence of women heading up kitchens in the bay area it is really why i moved out here i think that we are really strong in the destroy and really off the pages kind of thing i feel like women befrp helps us to get back up i'm definitely the only female
here i fell in love i love setting up and love knowing were any food comes from i do the lamb and that's how i got here today something special to have a female here a male dominated field so i think that it is very special to have women and especially like it is going at it you know i'm a tiny girl but makes me feel good for sure. >> the sad thing the building is sold i'm renegotiating my lease the neighborhood wants us to be here with that said, this is a very difficult business
it is a constant struggle to maintain freshness and deal with what we have to everyday it is a very high labor of business but something i'm proud of if you want to get a job at affordable housing done nasal you need a good attitude and the jobs on the bottom you take care of all the produce and the fish and computer ferry terminal and work your way up employing people with a passion for this and empowering them to learn >> good morning, everyone. my name is todd rufto of the workforce development program. it's great to be here at the san francisco museum of ice cream.
i want to thank the entire team here for hosting us for this event. this is a special day. we are doing the fourth annual launch of the mayor's shop and dine in the 49 local shopping campaign. this is a really big deal because it is a partnership between a great many members of the small business community and the neighborhood throughout the city focused on helping san franciscans spend more money in our local commercial corridors and at small businesses in san francisco. but it is also an opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurs that are making -- that keep san francisco strong, that are keeping the city thriving and vie brand. one of the things that i'm really excited about and want to focus on today is the incredible partnership of all the members of the small business community that are here today. where are you, jason? raise your hand. hi, jason from shop small saturday. thank you very much for your
partnership and continued klb ration. -- collaboration. we have mark quite thesing, regina dickendreezy, the council of district merchants has been a critical partner of ours as well. we have the council district of merchants here as well. juan of the things that we're really proud of and really inspired by is our mayor, ed lee. the mayor came to us four years ago, the office of economic workforce development and said i challenge you to create a program and campaign that gets more shopping done in our local neighborhoods. increase the amount of spending to support jobs and small businesses and also support taxes and the vitality of our neighborhoods. and we, through the incredible work of mariane thompson and gloria chan, joaquin torres in the office of economic workforce development launched this program to do exactly that. to encourage and challenge san franciscans to do more in our small business community.
mayor lee has done more than any mayor that i know to invest and support in small businesses, directing more money and investing more money than any administration in the city's history to support small businesses through the invested neighborhoods program, by launching a small business portal, by meeting constantly with our small business leaders and as a tireless advocate for the issues that they care about most. it is my honor and privilege to introduce mayor lee. [applause] >> thank you. thank you, todd. good morning, everybody. let me correct todd because i want to make sure you understood the challenge. i challenged him to find me more ice cream. that was the real challenge. and i'm really happy to be here. at the ice cream museum. this is one of those innovative ideas, very unique to the city and, of course, they're getting booked up like crazy and we're in the heart of our shopping and union square and, of course, the chief and i already have enough chants.
we need some opportunities to smile and, of course, we're about to jump into this speckle pool. forgive us if we have too much fun. the holidays are beginning. we're going to have lots of fun. i want people to not just come to the city but take advantage of really supporting the backbone of our business community and small businesses and people here, karen fled knows union square is at the heart of a lot of things that we do during the holidays. you have jeffries toys, my favorites. they're a legacy business in the city. and keep supporting them. [shouting] we'll have all of the different business associations that are working together with us. but the experience is all about fun. safe fun. and that is why the chief and i will be doing a lot of things over the holidays to make safe shopper programs, to provide the safety level that people have. reduce the harm reduction program on our streets. make sure people, as many
people can get off of our streets. while work on those hard things. in between those difficult, challenging things, we want to work with our business community to provide safe fun for the kids that will be here. thousands of kids over the holidays, families. people from all over the world that are taking advantage of this wonderful city that we have. and we're doing this with programs, yes, that we funded but we want to make sure that everything else is working for folks on the long-term. small businesss are so important to cities like san francisco. more than the backbone, they provide the innovative, the cultural diversity all over our neighborhoods. this is one big area. but listen, shop and dine in the 49 is about shopping in all of our neighborhoods. allow them to give you cultural innovation, small business innovations, shopping small innovation because when people put their entire lives behind
their small businesses, you should see the innovation that comes out of their ideas, their service, their good patronages of products and designs that are locally sensitive and culturally rich. wanted to say thank you to this museum for starting out their innovation. i think kids already have ice cream in them because they are jumping up and down before they come in. to our restaurants, our golden gate restaurant association will be very full this year. probably hard to get reservations. but persevere. use every app that you can or, like i do, walk in with a $5 bill or something and hand somebody. then they will give you a seat. the old-fashioned way. but i know mark is excited because small businesses really are our engine and creating even more and they not only love our support, we love supporting them. but i want to emphasize shop
and dine in the 49. go to that app. if you really want to have a lot of information about those stores. and we'll be on the streets to make sure everybody is safe and enjoying themselves. of course, this is thanksgiving. so, we're going to, just after this, we'll be handing out a lot of turkeys to people if their need. we have fire victims up north that are in need. we have people on the streets that are in need. i want to make sure that the spirit, the principles that we operate on, are right in front of us. right in the front of everything that we do, that we support, everybody that needs that help and that's why these -- this is so wonderful because they are often the untold, unknown heroes that come out and do a lot of gift donations and support that never gets covered and i want the media to cover them. cover all of our small
businesses as they really are the help that we want to have. so thank you very much, everybody. and shop and dine in 49. happy holidays. [applause] >> thank you, mayor. as the mayor said, this holiday season is about shopping local and shoppinging safe. it is my honor to welcome our fantastic chief of police, chief scott. >> thank you. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. i couldn't have said it better than mayor lee. [kids shouting] and this place is fun in here. i'm not a big ice cream eater, but my entire family is. i'm sure i will be here many times during the holidays. this is my favorite time of year and it is my favorite time of year because the holiday season, thanksgiving, the holiday season, it brings out the best in communities. it is a time where we're selfless, we give, we come together as a community. and definitely shop and dine in
the 49 is, i think, the way to go. this time last year, even before i got hired by mayor lee to be the chief here, we were here during this period last years and i remember walking around, basically walking around this area and just going to the different businesses and it was an experience. for those of you who have lived here all your lives, when you come here from another city and experience this great city, it is really something to behold. so, we want to make sure that that experience is shared and that people can do that safely. i have a couple of tips that i want to share with you. i have a long list. but i'm going to be very quick in reading -- rattling off this list of safety tips. first of all, cell phones. we all have 'em. we all use them. and sometimes i'm as guilty of it as anybody else. i'm walking and texting and on the phone and i'm not paying attention to what i'm doing. take a minnesota pay attention to your surroundings.
i know we're a cell phone generation. we live on these things but they can be distracting. it is really important when you are shopping, particularly going to the bank and the a.t.m., buying things for your family and loved ones, pay attention to your surroundings. there is nothing more important than vigilance. if we are to be a resilient city, there is some basic things that we can do. if you're using your a.t.m., block your p.i.n. number so it is not visible. really basic thing. but unfortunately we still have people if our society that will make a living and make a profit off of stealing p.i.n. numbers and then getting into your bank account and taking your funds. block your p.i.n. numbers. make sure you look at your surroundings when you are at the a.t.m.. no matter what you are, look at your surroundings. if you are driving to your location, number one, public transportation is great here. take advantage of public transportation. but if you are driving, make sure you lock your car, first of all. make sure that you put things
away that are visible. if you have a trunk, put it in the trunk. don't leave valuables if your car. we have a program we're calling park smart. it has been very successful. but that means to park smart. don't leave your valuables if your car for somebody else to take them away. the last thing you want to do have your hold day season ruined by somebody else breaking your car window and taking out the things that you work hard to provide your family and friends and loved ones. so park smart. the next thing, if you are shoppinging, make sure when you -- some people will shop and they'll go and load up their car and then go and shop. there are things you can do to prevent being an easy victim for that. if you are shopping, if you are going to load your car, take the time to move your car to another location. because people that are going to prey on innocent people, they do watch what you do. so move your car around. i know it is a little bit of an inconvenience, but it does help. if you're walking around with
packages and loaded up on the arm, again pay attention to your surroundings because you don't want to become easy prey. our city overall is a very safe city. but there are things that we can do to be resilient and individual lends and some of these things may sound like common sense. when you are caught in the moment of the day sometimes you lose track of what you are doing and you get distracted. the main thing is to pay attention. pay attention to what you are doing. if you do that your resiliency goes up and your vigilance goes up. the last thing is look out for your neighbors. if you see something, say something. the cell phones that i just mentioned, be safe in doing so. but if you have a situation where you need to call 3-1-1 or 9-1-1, do that. 9-1-1 is an emergency situation. somebody is getting a, thated f you see a crime in progress, that's a 9-1-1 call. if your car gets broken into and there is no danger, that is a 3-1-1 call.
we'll get there and take a report. or you can do that report online. i want to end this on a positive note. i started this with this season is all about giving, sharing and taking care of each other. i think if we do that, that is a resilient san francisco that we all know we can be. let's take care of each other and be a community and enjoy your holiday season. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, chief. as i mentioned earlier, the shop and dine the 49 campaign is a partnership with the small business community but also with other government leaders. it is my honor to introduce and recognize our s.b.a. district representive, fewly appointed just a couple of months ago. come on up, julie. [applause] >> good morning. first of all, mayor lee and chief scott for your great support of the small business community.
s.b.a. is really proud to co-sponsor, again, small business saturday with american express and women impacting public policy. they have been tremendous supporters of this initiative across the country. and i know jason and lynn are here today and we have a representative from american express. thank you for your dedication and your support of the small business community. we have been part of this -- or the small business saturday has been around since 2010 and it's really been exciting to watch this initiative grow year after year. last year was a record-breaking year with about 112 million consumers out shopping small and dining small across the country. they saw 68% increase in the neighborhood champions can. i know this year with all this momentum and excitement, maybe fueled by a little sugar from the ice cream, that we can even beat those numbers. i'm looking forward to seeing everyone out and about on saturday. in your various communities.
so why small business? i mean, we all know small businesses create jobs, they fuel the local economy, spark innovation. that's all true. but small businesses are more than that. they are actually what makes our communities unique. it helps us define our neighborhoods. so, when you support a small business, you are supporting your friends and neighbors. they tend to hire from a local community. they tend to support local initiatives. philanthropic events. so when these small businesses thrive, we all benefit. so, at s.b.a., of course, we're here to be your small business resource. so any small business loaners out there today, know that you have the skills and talent and ambition, but if you ever need a little bit of help, s.b.a. is here to help you as well, where you need counseling, training, financial assistance, or you're looking for new opportunities such as exporting or government contracting. please remember to call upon us. but the message for the takeaway today is saturday.
please go out, take your friends and neighbors and remind them it is small business saturday. go shop at your favorite local merchants, go dine at your favourite local restaurant and if you have out of town guests, this is the perfect time to show off all those fun places that you love and adore to patronize on a daily basis. so i encourage everyone to amplify this message and encourage all of your friends and neighbors to shop small and dine small. [applause] >> thank you, julie. as you all know, what this ultimately is about is about the small businesses and we're doing this to support them, to support their vitality in the city. it is an honor to be able to welcome up matthew lunn who's the owner of jeffery's toys. now jeffery's toys was nominated by mayor lee as a legacy business. they have been around since 1938 in san francisco. and that is a really long time. i know matthew is going to explain a little more action their story. but i want to welcome you up there to tell that story for all of us.
[applause] >> thank you. first up i want to say that my dad and my step mom are the owners of jeffery's toys. i'm here as one of the supporters of jeffery's toys. you know, when i was born, it was not -- it was pretty unusual that my parents owned the most family-run toy stores in the bay area. find that as a normal way to grow up as a kid. prison awesome when it is your birthday or a holiday, right? but my parents didn't start the toy stores, jeffery toys. my grandparents operated it before them and then my great grand parents are really the ones that started the toy stores. wow. what a great way to grow up. all that creativety and play and uniqueness made me want to continue to live a life where i could play and be creative. and i ended up working at pixar at the very beginning when the studio began. on "toy story." no coincidence, right? [applause]
[laughter] and you better believe when we needed to give reference on what toys would be in that film, you know the toy store we went to, we went to jeffery's toys "toy story" one, two, and three. i spends over half my life at pixar, which has been awesome. when i hear that the toy store was being closed down on market street, it broke my heart. i was like this cannot be possible in a city that is all about creativity and play and uniqueness. we can't lose jeffery's toys. that is when i came in and said to my dad and step-mom, there is no way we're letting this happen. and then with the support of the city, support of the mayor and the legacy program, we were able to just open up our toy store once again in the city, just a couple of months ago. so, we think -- we think we can still safely say we've been here since 1966. but, you know, in a world of amazon and wal-mart and all
this, people still want an experience. people still want to come in and be able to touch the toys, be able to touch the productses, to be able to have an experience. the same kind of experience you get when you see a film. right? people still want that. and in the city that is the most, in my opinion, the most creative, unique city in the world, we gotta have a toy store. we gotta have shopping and dining experiences that are one of a kind. so we're so happy to be part of this shop and dine in the 49 and, once again, since 1966, creating a fun place, a creative place for people to come and buy their toys. so, thank you. [applause] >> in closing, i think matthew hit on a good point which isn't just about shopping or dining, this is about experiencing in the 49. i obviously believe there is no better place to spend the holidays, but also year round than here in san francisco.
and on that note, on the note of experience, i think with the closing of this event, i think you are going to take us on a tour of the ice cream museum here and maybe the chief and everybody here can join the mayor and maybe we go and check out the sprinkle pole just down the way -- [laughter] and see everything that the ice cream museum has to offer. thank you for joining us today. thank you to all of our partners for your support. have a wonderful and safe holiday season. thank you. [applause]
>> good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to city haul. my name is london breed. i'm president of the san francisco board of supervisors, and i represent district 5, the amazing district that houses the incredible 3rd baptist church, which we plan to make official landmarking status today. aren't we excited? i just want to say one, praise god, right? praise god, thank you for being here, thank you for supporting this ceremony. we are honored here to have the mayor here to perform the ceremony who will speak in just a little bit, but i want to thank my colleague, aaron pes k kin for sponsoring this legislation, and thank you for supervise cohen for joining us here today, as well as our city
administrator, naomi kelley. this is a wonderful day today. i'm so excited. remember when we celebrated with reverend brown and lady jane brown at the celebration with bill clinton, and i told you we would make this happen, and we made it happen, and look how quickly we made it happen? well, i didn't have a choiz because reverend brown was calling me every single day, every day fighting for this community, every day fighting for this community, and one thing i want to say about 3rd baptist church, which is my church, my home, thank you for welcoming me. thank you for continuing to a beacon of light in this community, who need a place of sanctuarn, who need a place to call home, who need a place to feel welcome. 3rd baptist has been doing this longer than almost any other place in san francisco.
it is an unappreciated institution because of its advocacy for being on the front line for anything related to challenges with our community, the displacement of our community, the issues with our children in the public schools. every single occasion when there has been an issue in the city and county of san francisco related to our community, 3rd baptist is at the front lines, trying to make sure we speak truth to power and we change the city for the better, and so it is only fitting that we come here today in city hall, and we celebrate our community, our accomplishments, and all that we have done to make san francisco a better place, but more importantly, we leave a lasting legacy with the changes in san francisco making 3rd baptist church a landmark location, make sure that the next generation of young people, and the next generation know that we are still here, we have left a lasting impression.
we have built this city, and we are not going anywhere. and so -- so with that, i'd like to turn it over to our mayor to speak a few words, and then, we'll get to a few other comments from some of the amazing members of 3rd baptist church. ladies and gentlemen, welcome mayor ed lee. >> president london breed, you have already said and expressed a lot of my feelings about this legislation today, but let me welcome each and every one of you here to the people's palace. this is your house, as well, and this whole city is all of yours because we want this city to continue the strong efforts of being inclusive, being the
rainbow city, welcoming everybody, but also working for everybody, and i want to say thank you to each member of the board of supervisors that are here today, our city administrator, our commissioners, our department heads for all sharing this wonderful moment. but i also want to start out by saying thank you to reverend amos brown. your leadership on so many issues, reverend, kind of defines what the 3rd baptist church is all about, especially on challenges that face people of color. you've been consistent, you've been steady, and you've been guiding us with the greatest amount of integrity in whatever capacity that you have filled. and this is exactly why the supervisor and president breed said that when amos and his wife, mrs. jane brown,
celebrated their 40 years at 3rd baptist church a few months ago, they didn't celebrate by themselves, it wasn't just community, it was people from all over the country that came in here: bill clinton, governor jerry brown, reverend jesse jackson, they all came out because they recognized the historic center that the 3rd baptist church represented, but they also know that the reverend not only speaks locally, he speaks nationally and internationally. so congratulations reverend on 40 years of your life here at 3rd baptist church and for the city and county of san francisco. thank you, reverend brown. 3rd baptist church has been around since 1855, ladies and gentlemen. 160 years! -- 52? 1852.
okay, my notes, my staff, go back to the history books, correct that history. make sure we have the right history. it's important because, you know, when other parts of the country talk about their landmarks, and we get kind of embarrassed, what kind of history they're embracing, i think we're embracing the right history right here with a building that has housed people of african american descent and worship since 1852. and you know what's significant about the 3rd baptist? 'cause i've always felt welcomed, that it wasn't just african americans, what the reverend, what everybody else did was make it a center for everybody to feel comfortable with. that's the significance of 3rd baptist church. it was for everyone, and when you go there, and you do wrong things, you're going to be condemned. i've been there when people are condemned. sometimes i use the word, oh,
looks like a crucifiction have been going on, but i've also been there with the greatest moment of blessings happen because people do the right thing. and you know, 3rd baptist does have that line, what's right and what's wrong. that's what we have to do with our kids, help them figure out what's right and what's wrong, and when you go to 3rd baptist, you can help them gain the moral ground. that's important to kids these days. they don't know the difference between right and wrong, we're going to lose more folks. this is what's important to 3rd baptist, and this is why it's been so welcoming to me and to so many others, so by making the 3rd baptist church a historic landmark today, we're not only preserving the building, we're sending a larger