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move rapidly in getting people out of the hall of justice. we know that no one should be in that building. here we are a step closer to moving one of those departments at least out of that building and into a state-of-the-art facility. members sometimes will have to make that journey to this particular place in order to find out exactly what happened. and the great news is that they will have a warm, welcoming, beautiful facility, incredible public art. i think that the staff will probably feel a lot better, too, working under these conditions. so i'm excited about the future. i'm excited about what is to come. i think this is a step in the right direction. i wish it were raping money all over the place so we can do this for every city department we know needs to be out of the hall of justice. i know everybody shaking their heads right now actually work in the hall of justice. we're going to get to each and every one of you.
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because here in san francisco, we're really fortunate, as the mayor said, to have some generous voters. emwho say, you know, when we put something on the ballot, they support it. they know it's the right thing to do. the infrastructure project, all of the things that we need to do to make sure not only that our city is working today. we need to make sure it is working for generations to come yes, we're all upset over the congestion. yes, we don't like van ness avenue right now and a couple of other places. but at the end of the day, it's going to be even better. this is an example of what we can accomplish when we make these projects work for san franciscans. so thank you to each one of you. thank you to the department of public works, thank you to clerk. thanks for these folks who had the opportunity to work in their backyard. this is really amazing for the city today. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> thank you, supervisor breed. next we're going to hear from
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city administrator, city administrator actually chairs our planning committee. when these projects get delivered or they get conceived, they actually go through a serious vetting process. it is a process to approve them. it is through her leadership that these projects are actually able to happen. when we work on these projects. when we have challenges or we have concerns, we always have to make sure the city administrator knows what happened h. we're very thankful to the voters. there's only so much money. we have to finish these projects on time and on budget. under her leadership, we developed another one. welcome as city administrator. >> thank you, mohammed. i don't know if anyone said it yet, but welcome to the new medical examiner facility. >> and you heard the mayor and supervisor breed talk about the
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hall of justice. we are trying to decant the hall of justice so we can demolish that building. i was watching the historic movie, "bullet" with steve mcqueen in the late 60s. they filmed a lot of the scenes in the medical examiner facility. i thought to myself, oh, my goodness. nothing has changed 50 years later. i don't know if there was even an upgrade or renovation. it was exactly the same thing. look at how we've evolved over the last 50 years, new technology. we were skinnier around the waist so it was for skinnier people and it was undersized and didn't meet standards. and this is a project near and dear to the city administrators' hearts. it started for me in 2013 when i was trying to get this facility to be part of the easer program
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and with the director of public finance we were successful in convincing our capital plan colleagues to put this as part of the 2014easer bond, which went to the voters. it was a $64 million bond. i want to thank the voters because they moved forward with us to bring this new facility, so i just wanted to thank all of you for that. so we hit the ground running in 2014. what you may or may not all remember. i had an interim director of the office of the chief medical examiner. he was not a doctor. he was not a forensic pathologist. he was not a toxicologist. he was a great administrator while we started the international search to find dr.
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bukowskih. it started the design. i've been working with public work works when we worked with recruitment. and i found dr. hunter. i'm telling you i found you just in time, dr. hunter. we tried our best. when he came in, our input into the facility made it -- when you go on a tour, i think you'll see what a state of the art facility is and how lucky we are to have this building. it was a lot of your great input. so thank you, dr. hunter. when you tour this facility, supervisor breed touched on it. the family room. i mean, this is a time when you are grieving, especially when the families who come here, it is you'rely an unanticipated death, so you're in shock. and the family room in here
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compared to what was at the hall of justice was just -- it will change the experience. it will try and -- it will be more comforting and warming to what you're already going through. and then for those who are squeamish, like myself, at the hall of justice, i would take circiquitous routes to make sure that i didn't pass out. the flow of this facility is excellent. like i said, all of you will be very impressed when you go on the tour. i want to thank clark, public works, the contract monitoring division and city build. because you heard the mayor and the director say that we hit all types of goals with our local business enterprise goals and our local hiring goals. 6,100 working hours of local residents on this building, half of them from the bay view hunter 's point neighborhood. 34 of the construction crews
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were from san francisco. i want to thank all of your leadership throughout the city. so thank you very much and enjoy the tour. >> okay. we're almost there. we're almost there. as i hear her speak i remember working for the city one of my jobs was to maintain the hall of justice. can i tell you that facility with the news we just heard with the leadership of the board of supervisors and the mayor we are all moving out of there and delivering this facility. one thing at public works that we take very, very important is to work closely with our client and make sure that we deliver the state of the art project that our clients expect to have. and leading that effort is our chief medical examiner, dr. hunter. please come up and speak.
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and i'm also impressed with the amount of dedication and hard work of mohammed's team at public works shepharding this project from infancy to completion and that is what we have here today. i would like to recognize two individuals that were dedicated to this project and really did get us to where we are today. they worked very closely with me and the finer points of this building, i
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think, is -- is due to that interaction. i do want to -- it's magdalina ryer in the crowd? okay. magadelena was the project manager who worked with the staff to ensure the design and construction of the facility completed as desired. completed as desired meaning that is not an easy thing to do. we want this facility to be functional now and functional in the future. we want it to work. so we were arm in arm with public works and magdalena did a fan taftic job of making that happen. and did an amazing job at that. i would like to recognize a member of my staff. christopher warziak who is my director of operations. and christopher is right next to
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magdalena over there. and at this point, i suspect a lot of you in the crowd know christopher. if you had anything to do with this project or had anything to do with the coordination and the move, you know who christopher is. he's been dedicated to the office. you no he him as a fierce advocate for the office, the medical examiner. he's worked tirelessly from the early stages of the building design to construction and finally to coordination to make sure that this all come shz together and works cohesively. i cannot fully express my gratitude to christopher, other than to say thank you very much for a wonderful job. lastly, i want to thank the residents for the city and county of san francisco for making this facility possible. thank you, san francisco. [ applause ]
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>> let's give another hand to the medical examiner's office. they work hard jobs. i mean, these are tough jobs. okay. our last speaker is from the san francisco public art program when we do projects in the city we are required to set aside some funding for art. and i think that it's a very good policy because, when we do these buildings, we are able to also add some beauty and some art to the project. and speaking on behalf of the arts commission today is susan pontiaz, who will tell us a little bit about the art in the building. and when you get to tour it, it is beautiful, beautiful art that reflects the neighborhood and reflects san francisco. welcome, susan. [ applause ] >> thank you. save the best for last. we are really lucky to live in a city that values art to beautify its public spaces like san francisco. but many of you, to be blunt,
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may be asking: with what is the role of art in the morgue? many members of the public, when they come and are here in the midst of decent and deep grief with no art. yet, it is prove than certain kinds of imagery can reduce stress and anxiety. this was our very special goal from the very onset of this project. our goal was to select art that contributes to a sense of calm, peace, and tranquility. it is part of the way that the city expresses compassion, and we are really proud to be a part of that effort. and i know all of the artists who participated are also proud to be part of that effort. so as you enter the lobby, the first piece you'll see is my murial axelrod.
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is murial here? yes. murial is right there in the purple sweater. she has created a beautiful collage inspired by the salt marshes and wildlife of india basin. the work was created with thousands of pieces of fabrics that the artist has carefully arranged, pinned, and sewn together. i invite you to take a close look. it is really amazing. some of the fabric that is in the birds, as merilee mentioned was a jacket worn by g. boyd steven who's served the city over 30 years as the chief medical examiner. there's also a collection of framed art works on the walls in the publicly accessible areas of the building. and these, woulds are all by san francisco bay area artists, inspired by the unique beauty and scenes of the bay area. the artists are in the collection, and i ask you to raise your hand if you're here. susie barnyard, who i know --
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right behind me there. whose studio is in the bayview. elaine kummes, there. stanley goldstein, b url e landow. there is b url e and alan mazetti. they're way in the back. and coming soon to the landscaped area right behind me will be a large-scale sculpture entitled alma by sculptor, richard doitch. i don't know if richard is here student. the stainless steel sculpture is inspired by alma, a flat-bottomed schooner built in 1891 by fred seamer in his shipyard at hunter's point. at 22 feet tall, it will help identify this facility as a civic building and provide a major art asset to the community
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si also want to give thanks to all of the artists for their great, would. i want to thank project manager, mary chu, from our office, who was on the front lines making sure all of this -- coordinating all of this work to get into the building. i also want to thank other staff from our arts commission, jennifer lavorne, who is our senior project manager, and jennifer krane-doyle who is here as one of our registrars. i want to thank elaine from d.r.w., the project manager for all of their support in helping us realize this project. thank you very much. >> okay. so at this time we are going to cut the ribbon. and after the ribbon cutting, the facility will be open for tours for just one hour. so we'll go from 12:00 to 1:00.
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so if you are available or have time, i would encourage you to walk through it. it is a very beautiful state-of-the-art facility to seeing how things work through to how things flow from all of the labs that are up there to these capabilities to what this modern lab will do for us. so thank you very much for coming out today. i just really appreciate it. we look forward to delivering more projects on your behalf. thanks. [ applause ] >> countdown. >> ready. 10, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one! whew! [ applause ] [music]
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>> (clapping.) >> in san francisco the medical examiner performs the function of investigating medical and legal that occurs with the city and county of san francisco from a variety of circumstances in san francisco there is approximately 5 thousand deaths
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annually i'm christopher director for the chief mr. chairman the chief my best testimony a at the hall of justice on 870 drooint street that is dramatically updated and not sufficient for the medical chairman facility i've charles program manager public works should a earthquake of a major are proportion occurs we'll not continue to perform the services or otherwise inhabit the building before the earthquake. >> we're in a facility that was designs for a department that functions and in the mid 60s and friends scientific has significantly changed we've had significant problems with storage capacity for evidence items of property and also personal protective if
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you're doing a job on a daily basis current little storage for prirjs are frirnlsz we're in an aging facility the total project cost forever ever commercial is $65 million the funding was brought by a vote of go bond approved by the voters and the locations is in the neighborhood the awarded contract in 2013 and the i'm the executive director we broke ground in november 2015 and that started with the demolition of existing facility we moved into the foundation and january so pile foundation and then with second construction of the new facility. >> one of the ways that we keep our project on time on budget and we're having quality
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to have regular meeting and the variety of meetings with construction process meeting as well as cost of control meeting and i'm a project manager for public works the office of chief commercial we want walk the project site when we sign up and also with a contractor insinuates for a change over we need to verify what or what was instead of. >> the building is 42 feet tall so it is two stories and 46 thousand square feet roughly we're that's a great question to be on time and budget have the roof complete a the exterior moving with the site work. >> and as you can see we've got a lot of the interior finishes installed. >> in an effort of an differentiate the facility that designed to work for 72 hours. >> not taking into account
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there was a lot of structural updates made into this building not seen in other construction throughout san francisco or other barriers we have friday morning examiners from 8 to one public comment monday to friday because of air circulation we literally have to shut the doors and so the autopsy is done without staffing being able to come and go or exit the space and literally lock down the autopsy in the new facility we have bio build one door opens and closed behind you you can gown up and go through a second seizures of doors that has its own independent air supply and now in the exterior opt space having that middle space have
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greater flexibility of staff as they move in and out of the area. >> in the current facility investigative unit has small tiny, tiny place in the area of the new facility is almost doubled in all divisions from the current facility and the new facility. >> the planning we have here gives them the opportunity to have the pool needs to complete theirs jobs in a much more streamlined fashion. >> we're looking forward to have secured parking to minimize the egress of you know visiting and the members of the public but really to minimize the investigators remaining remains from our advancing and so the facility. >> we have a new visitors area we're building that is a little
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bit more friendly to families. >> one thing you may notice in the room no windows there is no natural light not good for most autopsy but in the new facility at new hall we made that an objective they want to insure we were able to look up in the middle of exam and see the sky and see natural lights. >> that's one of the things the architect did to draw in as much light as possible. >> we have staff here onsite we insure the design of the new design enables the investigators and other investigators skiefksz to consider to house on site this meant we needed to design and plan for locker room facilities and shower rooms the
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ability to sleep. >> third of the construction going into the building has been by contributions of small businesses. >> part of the project is also inclusive to the sidewalk have all new sidewalks and new curve cuts and landscaping around the building we'll have a syrup in front of the building and rain guardian. >> the medical examiner's office has been a several if in their contributions of the understanding the exception and needs. >> it's a building that the chief medical examiner has been looking forward to quite a few of the. >> it is extremely valuable contribution to the, neighborhood address san francisco as a whole. >> the building will allow is to have greater very much and serve the city and county of san francisco and the neighboring
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>> happy holidays. >> happy holidays. >> all right. i'm glad to be here with our supervisors, council district merchants, community mbz, but of course, we're here to thank local 798, our fire department. what a -- what a challenging year that we've had. and i know our hearts always go out to the people who will put themselves in danger in order to save others. time and time again, our firefighters, whether it's fires up north or around the bay area, they jumped to it and saved a lot of people's lives and property.
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but they give joy and can do that more than other people that we know that may not have that opportunity. this toy program is something that we all take great pride in, because it represents so much of our valve -- values of giving back and making care of children in our city so they can have a similar experience when the holidays come. not everyone gets that same experience, but our firefighters and our union know how to do it. on that christmas day, they will make that extra effort as well to visit the families that didn't even have something that arrived for them. that's a special treat. it is something that i value so much, that represents a city that keeps our city really strong. so, tommy, do you, to the union, to all of the members, to the fire department, congratulations on the toy program,
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reverberating a wonderful place, for the collection, and for its distribution and also to say thank you to each and every one of the members for the over-the-top contributions to the families of the city. happy holidays to you. [applause] >> thank you. appreciate it. good evening. i would like to welcome you to our johnny v. toy haul, named after a firefighter. johnny v. left us years ago in a tragic accident, but he's never been forgotten and we're offered to name this after him. thanks to generous contributions, we're standing in a beautiful, beautiful toy hall. it will allow us to better serve
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the program. our toy program is the city's largest and nation's oldest. it started in 1949, with firefighters fixing up old bikes. and it has grown to serving 40,000 children and delivering over 200,000 toys every year. [applause] this effort doesn't stop and start at christmas. it's a year-round effort. after the napa and sonoma fires, we sent toys up there immediately, to try to put some normalization into the children's lives. in the next few days, we're sending toys down to ventura county. we send toys to pediatric aids wards, cancer clinics, anywhere where there's a child in need. there is is done through the generosity of our donors and san franciscans that put toys in the red barrels that you see, in firehouses and lobbies and for
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me the holiday season kicks off when i'm dreaming home, frustrated, overworked, and i see firefighters carrying toys out of a building and it reminds us of what the holiday spirit is all about. what the holiday season means. how you can't forget people and you need to make sure that even in this rising economy that we don't leave the poorest behind. i want to thank our special partners that have made this possible. first and foremost, we have the academy of art, who let us sleep on our couch for five or six years now and deliver toys from their warehouse. at&t, air bnb, ron calloway, san francisco giants, barberie coast, alex turk and ground floor public affairs. and our elected family as well.
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mayor ed lee, mark farrell, fiona ma, malia cohen, district supervisor, who will speak right now because she's giving me the look. ladies and gentlemen, malia cohen. [applause] >> thank you. i want to recognize councillor safai and jeff sheehy. local 78 has been incredible, whether they're fighting fires or collecting toys or making chili, they know how to have a good time. i want to recognize the board members that are here. i think we have jill running around. and we have sally running the
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program. and i want to give a shoutout to clinton park also, and if there is any other staff persons that i missed, i apologize. it's just wonderful. thank you for giving us a reason to come out here to district 10. thank you for giving us a reason to bring a gift and to remind you, this is not the only opportunity. when you see a red barrel across the city, please, please donate a present. and also want to remind you to come on down to city hall because we'll have kris kringle in the house, as we do annual i will giving out toys and taking pictures. again, i want to welcome you into our house in district 10 and let's let the holiday season begin. thank you. [applause] >> now before our next speaker, i want to give a special thanks to mark leno who has set up this fundraising committee. and also a very, very special thanks to jill peeler and sale
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gizasa and sally jacobs, our volunteers that make this happen. they ruin their entire christmas season up to and including christmas morning, where they're still giving out toys. a special thanks for making this happen every year. and our next speaker will be supervisor jeff sheehy. >> thank you, tom. it's so great to be here with local 798. tremendous work you do keeping us safe. oldest fire department in the country. and this toy program is so amazing that you are able to do it year-round and help kids that lost everything due to fire. i know it's been really hard up north. my mother-in-law lives up there. we had her for a while, which was interesting, when she evacuated. it was fun. thank you to the donors making this possible. it's a great list of folks and your leadership on this, it's
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fantastic. and happy holidays to everybody. this is really beautiful. and one of the great things that i was proud to do with my colleagues was get support for this building in last year's budget round. and so i was very proud of that. it may have been the best thing that we did. but thank you, everyone, and happy holidays. [applause] >> all right, thank you, supervisor. and our next speaker and co-chair will be mark leno. thank you, senator. [applause] >> thank you, tom. i think we all knew tom as santa claus is a san francisco firefighter. don't you know when you are in san francisco when you are in a union hall and there are chandeliers. think of that, where else, but in our san francisco. it's been a great honor to co-chair this evening with our dear friend halah.
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thank you. and if you have never been on the receiving end of a phone call with a request from halah, you want to say yes. and i have to say, no one works it like halah does. and that's why she's so in demand and so accomplished. so we all love this program so much for all the reasons stated. tom mentioned over 40,000 disadvantaged children will have a smile on their face as a result of 200,000 plus toys that will be distributed. and the involvement it takes, the money it takes, is not insignificant. let me add my thanks to our corporate sponsors, foundational sponsors, individual sponsors. there are a couple of things in life that we can count on.
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number one, that the san francisco fire fighters will be there in our hour of need. and that every season around this time, their hand will be in our pocket trying to raise money for toys for kids in need. and i think, tom, there is no doubt why we're here. we want to be supportive of you and our supervisors, president reed, thank you for your leadership. i was going to introduce the mayor, but i don't think i have to do that anymore. i hand it back to you to please help me welcome our president of the board of supervisors, london breed. >> thank you for supporting this program. when i was a kid in san francisco, my grandmother to take me shopping to buy school clothes or whatever else. we went at woolworth's, k-mart,
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things like that. and i would leave her and i would run to the toy section. and i would have a fit. oftentimes, i was never able to leave wal-mart -- not wal-mart, but k-mart or woolworth's with a toy in my hand. i thought my grandmother was being mean, but the fact of the matter is, we couldn't afford to buy toys. she could barely afford to get us the clothes on our backs, which she oftentimes would put on layaway. and how fortunate that i had station 5 right down the street from my house and i knew no matter what i didn't get throughout the year that in december we would line up outside that door and get handed a bag of toys. [applause] what it does to put smiles on kids' faces, when you hear the
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gunshots and craziness and everything around you, the time that you can pick up the toys, there is nothing else that matters at that time. no matter if i'm supervisor or anything else in this city, it's a program near and dear to my heart, that it made a difference in my life. it took care of kids in my community and they're consistently there every december, delivering the toys, delivering the bikes, delivering the smiles, delivering the love. and so i want to thank all of the sponsors and all of the people that are here to support this amazing program. we couldn't do it without you. just this past monday we held an ethnic doll and book drive thanks to jill, over there with her mouth full. jill and i worked together.
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they would donate to african-american art complex. but we did have a number of the challenges, with kids being african-american, we couldn't get a lot of african-american dolls. having a doll that looks like you, makes a difference. this toy program this launched this ethnic doll and book drive that they do every single year to recognize that here in the city and county of san francisco we come in all shapes and sizes, colors, races, everything that you can think of. and so all kids deserve an opportunity to smile during christmas with a toy, but more importantly, to get something that is going to make a difference and remind them that they are beautiful, that they are loved, and they are special. again, thank you to each and every one of you for all the work that you continue to do. thank you, tom o'connor, jill,
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sally, halah, and senator mark leno for the work that he did to make this happen. this is amazing, a great turnout. let's keep the checks coming in. let's keep the volunteers getting toys out to the kids in the community. have a wonderful evening, everybody. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor. our last speaker will be supervisor mark farrell. san francisco has been very good to the san francisco firefighters. you treat us well, come ppensats well and our toy program is giving back to the program. and every once in a while, that thank you boomerangs and this year, supervisor mark farrell secured a $250,000 grant. and for that, we're immensely thankful. it helped us to put the finishes
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on the chandeliers that state senator marck leno loves so muc. but without the leadership of this next supervisor, we couldn't have done it. welcome supervisor mark farrell. [applause] >> i get to be the closer tonight. i don't think it's because i secured the grant. i think it's because i'm the only one in this room wearing green this evening. i see a lot of red out there. [laughter] i will be quick because i'm at the end here. a few things. first of all, to hala and the senator, thank you for co-chairing this event. you deserve a ton of credit. my colleagues on the board, i mentioned this the other week. one of the best things that i've done as a parent since being at the board of supervisors, my wife and i take our three children down to station 1 and we go out and we rise with the officers, with the firefighters, into the tenderloin and other areas and hand out toys. as you think about being a
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parent, the best thing you can do is teach them that it's better to give than receive. you are doing exactly that. whether you financially contribute, whether you are out there giving the toys out yourselves, this is what it's all about. this is the spirit of san francisco. i'm so proud to be a supporter here. i will always be a supporter, as i know everybody in this room will. it's a personal thing. as london mentioned, so personal to so many in so many ways. as we enter this holiday season, that we never forget those we're trying to serve. i want to say on behalf of myself, my family, thank you for all that you do and thank you to 798 and to the firefighters in this room. thank you for what you do for us every single day in san francisco. thanks, everyone. [applause]
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>> thank you, supervisors and all guests. 5 -- i want to thank you all to johnny v toy hall and thank you to sf realtors. welcome and give generously.
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>> i love teaching. it is such an exhilarating experience when people began to feel their own creativity. >> this really is a place where all people can come and take a class and fill part of the community. this is very enriching as an artist. a lot of folks take these classes and take their digital imagery and turn it into negatives. >> there are not many black and white darkrooms available anymore. that is a really big draw. >> this is a signature piece. this is the bill largest darkroom in the u.s.. >> there are a lot of people that want to get into that dark room. >> i think it is the heart of
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this place. you feel it when you come in. >> the people who just started taking pictures, so this is really an intersection for many generations of photographers and this is a great place to learn because if you need people from different areas and also everyone who works here is working in photography.
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>> we get to build the community here. this is different. first of all, this is a great location. it is in a less-populated area. >> of lot of people come here just so that they can participate in this program. it is a great opportunity for people who have a little bit of photographic experience. the people have a lot, they can really come together and share a love and a passion. >> we offer everything from traditional black and white darkrooms to learning how to process your first roll of film. we offer classes and workshops in digital camera, digital printing. we offer classes basically in
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the shooting, ton the town at night, treasure island. there is a way for the programs exploring everyone who would like to spend the day on this program. >> hello, my name is jennifer. >> my name is simone. we are going on a field trip to take pictures up the hill. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. >> actually, i have been here a lot. i have never looked closely enough to see everything. now, i get to take pictures. >> we want to try to get them to be more creative with it. we let them to be free with
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them but at the same time, we give them a little bit of direction. >> you can focus in here. >> that was cool. >> if you see that? >> behind the city, behind the houses, behind those hills. the see any more hills? >> these kids are wonderful. they get to explore, they get to see different things. >> we let them explore a little bit. they get their best. if their parents ever ask, we can learn -- they can say that they learned about the depth of field or the rule of thirds or
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that the shadows can give a good contrast. some of the things they come up with are fantastic. that is what we're trying to encourage. these kids can bring up the creativity and also the love for photography. >> a lot of people come into my classes and they don't feel like they really are creative and through the process of working and showing them and giving them some tips and ideas. >> this is kind of the best kept secret. you should come on and take a class. we have orientations on most saturdays. this is a really wonderful location and is the real jewel to the community. >> ready to develop your photography skills? the harvey milk photo center focuses on adult classes.
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and saturday workshops expose youth and adults to photography classes. - >> tenderloin is unique neighborhood where geographically place in downtown san francisco and on every street corner have liquor store in the corner it stores pretty much every single block has a liquor store but there are impoverishes grocery stores i'm the co-coordinated of the healthy corner store collaboration close to 35 hundred residents 4 thousand are children the medium is about $23,000 a year so a low income neighborhood
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many new immigrants and many people on fixed incomes residents have it travel outside of their neighborhood to assess fruits and vegetables it can be come senator for seniors and hard to travel get on a bus to get an apple or a pear or like tomatoes to fit into their meals my my name is ryan the co-coordinate for the tenderloin healthy store he coalition we work in the neighborhood trying to support small businesses and improving access to healthy produce in the tenderloin that is one of the most neighborhoods that didn't have access to a full service grocery store and
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we california together out of the meeting held in 2012 through the major development center the survey with the corners stores many stores do have access and some are bad quality and an overwhelming support from community members wanting to utilities the service spas we decided to work with the small businesses as their role within the community and bringing more fresh produce produce cerebrothe neighborhood their compassionate about creating a healthy environment when we get into the work they rise up to leadership. >> the different stores and assessment and trying to get them to understand the value of having healthy foods at a reasonable price you can offer people fruits and vegetables and
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healthy produce they can't afford it not going to be able to allow it so that's why i want to get involved and we just make sure that there are alternatives to people can come into a store and not just see cookies and candies and potting chips and that kind of thing hi, i'm cindy the director of the a preif you believe program it is so important about healthy retail in the low income community is how it brings that health and hope to the communities i worked in the tenderloin for 20 years the difference you walk out the door and there is a bright new list of fresh fruits and vegetables some place you know is safe and welcoming it makes. >> huge difference to the
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whole environment of the community what so important about retail environments in those neighborhoods it that sense of dignity and community safe way. >> this is why it is important for the neighborhood we have families that needs healthy have a lot of families that live up here most of them fruits and vegetables so that's good as far been doing good. >> now that i had this this is really great for me, i, go and get fresh fruits and vegetables it is healthy being a diabetic you're not
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supposed to get carbons but getting extra food a all carbons not eating a lot of vegetables was bringing up my whether or not pressure once i got on the program everybody o everything i lost weight and my blood pressure came down helped in so many different ways the most important piece to me when we start seeing the business owners engagement and their participation in the program but how proud to speak that is the most moving piece of this program yes economic and social benefits and so forth but the personal pride business owners talk about in the program
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is interesting and regarding starting to understand how they're part of the larger fabric of the community and this is just not the corner store they have influence over their community. >> it is an owner of this in the department of interior i see the great impact usually that is like people having especially with a small family think liquor store sells alcohol traditional alcohol but when they see this their vision is changed it is a small grocery store for them so they more options not just beer and wine but healthy options good for the business and good for the community i wish to have
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more >> welcome to the december 5 entertainment commission. i'm laura thomas sitting in for brian tan, who couldn't be with us here today. we want to remind everyone, who you have cell phones or other devices to please put them on silent.

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