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>> good afternoon. and welcome to the san francisco board of supervisors meeting for tuesday, march 20, 2018. madam clerk, please call the roll. [roll call]
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[roll call] >> clerk: madam president, you have a quorum. >> supervisor breed: ladies and gentlemen, please join us for the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> supervisor breed: thank you, madam clerk. are there any communications? >> clerk: yes. there is one to report. today, march 20. we received a communication from supervisor aaron peskin requesting he be excused from the meeting today. >> supervisor breed: is there a motion to excuse supervisor peskin? made by supervisor yee. seconded by supervisor safai.
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without objection? without objection, supervisor peskin is excused. >> clerk: approval of the the mooing minutes for february 23, 2018. >> supervisor breed: motion to approve the minutes from february 13, 2018? moved by supervisor ronen, seconded by supervisor stefani? without objection? without objection, those minutes will be approved after public comment. let's go to the consent agenda. >> clerk: items 1-5 on the consent agenda. these items are considered to be routine if a member objects, it can be removed and accepted separately. >> supervisor breed: seeing no one's name on the list. madam clerk, please call the roll. [roll call]
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>> clerk: there are 10 ayes. >> supervisor breed: next item. >> clerk: to amend the public works code for fees of autonomous delivery device testing and nighttime work permits. >> supervisor breed: can we take this item same house same call? without objection, the ordinance passes unanimously. >> clerk: referred without recommendation from land use. it's an ordinance to amend the planning code to designated the wall at the intersection of diamond heights and clipper street as a landmark and to affirm the planning department's ceqa determination and make the
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appropriate findings. >> supervisor sheehy: i would like to refer this back to committee. >> supervisor breed: is there a second? seconded by supervisor safai. colleagues, can we take that without objection? without objection, the item will go back to committee. madam clerk, next item, please. >> clerk: item 8 is the appropriate to de-appropriate $900,000 in salaries and put it to the overtime budget to decrease the overtimex pence for security services at the airport in fiscal 2017/'18 pursuant to the charter 9.113 subsection c. this item requires eight votes of the membership. >> supervisor breed: can you read item 9? >> clerk: ordinance to de-appropriate $ turn.3 million from permanent salaries, fringe
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benefit expenses and appropriate to overtime in the police department and emergency management to support the projected increases in overtime and add salaries in the public health department for fiscal years 2017/'18. this item has an 8-vote affirmative of the membership. >> supervisor breed: seeing no names on the roster, can we take these items same house, same call? without objection, those ordinances pass unanimously on the first reading. >> clerk: resolution to approve the duty-free and ruchl ll ll l luxury lease. >> supervisor breed: same house, same call? without objection, adopted
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unanimously. >> clerk: item 11 is a resolution to retroactively authorize the fire department to accept and extend a grant from fema in the amount of $800,000 to purchase thermal imaging cameras and resources for its stress unit for a one-year period of performance of may 5, 2017-may 4, 2018. item 12 is a grant in the amount of $215,000 for the youth fire setter prevention program, september 1, 2017 through august 31, 2017. >> supervisor breed: same house, same call? without objection, resolutions are adopted unanimously. >> clerk: item 13 is to ban the sale and manufacturer of animal fur products in san francisco.
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>> supervisor breed: supervisor tang? >> supervisor tang: i won't say too much on the item, since i spoke in committee, but i will present an amendment due to concerns from the business community. the amendment and what it will do to the fur ban is that the effective date will still be january 1, 2019, but to allow for businesses to be able to get rid of their inventory, we're allowing them to be able to sell it through january 1, 2020, if they can, if retailers can on the spot when an inspector comes produce an invoice that shows that they placed the order for the fur product before or on march 20, 2018. if they cannot produce that invoice on the spot, they will be fined. this is in response to retailers' concerns and we're giving them two years of time to get rid of their fur apparel and
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accessory products. so i would like to make a motion to amend and then hopefully my colleagues will support as amended. >> supervisor breed: supervisor tang motion to amend. seconded by supervisor stefani. can we take the amendment without objection? amendment passes unanimously. on the item as amended, can we take that same house, same call? without objection, ordinance passes as amended unanimously. madam clerk, next item, please? >> clerk: item 14 will amend the park code to treat the rooftop park above transbay as a city park to amend the health code, prevent smoking and affirm the ceqa determination. >> supervisor breed: can we take this same house, same call? without objection, ordinance passes unanimously. >> clerk: ordinance to amend the
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police code to prohibit employers and housing providers from basing employment decisions on decriminalized behavior including cannabis and authorize the city to impose penalties for the first violation to increase the penalties for subsequent violations and increase penalties for victims and a private right of action for the victims and amend the administrative code to require city contractors to adhere to this relating to employment. >> supervisor breed: supervisor cohen? >> supervisor cohen: thank you very much. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. i want to talk a little bit about the ordinance and before i begin, i want to thank my co-sponsor, supervisor kim, who has been my partner since the beginning of this legislation. we partnered with the successful
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passage of the original version of the legislation in 2014 and i also want to recognize supervisor yee, who is a new addition to the team. last year, last year the state legislature passed assembly bill 1008. and that's -- in many ways, it was an outgrowth of the ban the box legislation that this body passed back in 2014. and the legislation before you today updates our city's ban the box ordinance and brings us into conformity with the state language that prohibits housing providers from inquiring about and requiring the disclosure of or basing housing or employment on an applicant's history. i was asked about moving the
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start date from september to january. i want to acknowledge that we've resolved this issue and supervisor stefani is comfortable with the october, 2018, start date. this new position, correct me if i'm misspeaking, is based on an outreach plan by the office of labor standards and enforcement to work with a particular focus -- to work with a sense of urgency of employers that employ 5 to 20 employees. there are three additional points to bring out. it will include hard copy, multilingual mailings in june, english, spanish, and chinese. the emailing notices to all businesses registered with the tax collector and, of course, hold a webinar. i don't believe there are any questions. i think this is pretty much
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straightforward. the private right of action i want to acknowledge was a difficult point for people to get around and get support of. i hope you will support me. it is maintained in this legislation. according to holly thomas, deputy director of the executive program for the fair employment and housing, this is referring to assembly bill 1008, stating it's a new category under discrimination and that the same process and rights apply to assembly bill 1008. and so i hope that you will join me in supporting this legislation, as-is. it's a strong, lawful piece of legislation and i believe it will further eliminate some of the barriers that some of our
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incarcerated members of the community are facing. thank you. >> supervisor breed: thank you, supervisor cohen. can we take the item same house, same call? without objection, ordinance passes unanimously on the first reading. item 16, please? >> clerk: an ordinance to amend the administrative code to modify procedures for the mayor to appear at the board of supervisors for a question-and-answer session. >> supervisor safai: the sponsor of this item asked us to continue this item since he's out of town. i would like to make a motion to continue this second. >> supervisor breed: supervisor safai has made a motion to continue. seconded by supervisor cohen. without objection, this item will be continued to the next meeting, which will be april 3, 2018. next item, please? >> clerk: item 17, motion to
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approve the mayor's nomination of paul henderson as director of the department of police accountability. >> supervisor breed: supervisor cohen? >> supervisor cohen: i don't know if mr. henderson is in the chamber today, but i just want to urge you to support this gentleman. he's a fantastic -- not only law-abiding citizen, but he's been very -- he's just so thoughtful and even-handed when it comes to the application and interpretation of a law and i don't know if you know this, but he's a style icon. and i think he's bringing style back to the department of police accountability. one thing that i want to notice, not only is he very stylish, but he's very personable. and you may recall, two years ago, almost two years ago, we brought a measure to voters to reenvision -- i forgot, what is
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the department name? >> office of citizen complaint. >> supervisor cohen: that's right. changing it to something that's forward-thinking and it was really creative and progressive in thought and nature. it also allows -- this department allows us an opportunity to audit the police department, a function we've not ever had that ability. so this is not only a professional, but also a man that is just a great human being. i'm delighted to see him moving up in the world and i believe our city will greatly benefit from his leadership. thank you, madam president. >> supervisor breed: colleagues, can we take this item same house, same call? without objection, motion is approved unanimously. congratulations. >> thank you. >> clerk: item 18 mayor's
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nomination for kate black to the historic preservation commission. >> supervisor breed: same house, same call, approved unanimously. all right. madam clerk, let's go to committee reports. >> clerk: item 19 was considered by budget and finance on thursday, march 15. and the committee sent it as a committee report. it's a resolution to authorize the general manager of the public utilities commission to accept a gift of snowflake lights valued at $135,000 from market street association for use for the annual market street snowflake program. >> supervisor breed: can we take this same house, same call? without objection. let's go to roll call for introductions. >> clerk: supervisor yee? >> supervisor yee: thank you, madam clerk.
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today i will be calling a hearing on the current employment needs and gaps for older adults and adults with disabilities. we all recognize that ageism and ablism is real when employment is sought. it's unfortunate given the unique wealth of skills, experiences and perspectives that our older adults and older -- and adults with disabilities offer to workplaces and communities. in this age of rising inequity across our country, and especially in san francisco, older adults and adults with disabilities need to achieve financial security also. and several studies show that meaningful employment opportunities provide a sense of purpose, social correctness, and overall improved well-being and quality of life for adults and
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adults with disabilities. according to aging and adult services in 2016, in san francisco, unemployment rate for adults with disabilities is 16%, which is about five times unemployment rate of people without disabilities. 61% of older san franciscans lack basic economic security. and most live on fixed incomes that have not kept up with rising costs of living. according to the 2016 data, 16% of over 25,000 of our city's seniors live below the poverty line, an income of less than $981 per month. half of san francisco seniors live on less than $2,943, which is 300% of the federal poverty
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level. adults older than 65 -- in the most recent 2015 consolidated plan, there was no mention of specific efforts to promote job opportunities for older adults. the purpose of the hearing is to evaluate the current city resources and programs dedicated to connecting older as -- adults and adults with disabilities, such as the national reserve program that matches adults to part time, paid opportunities, to local nonprofits and public agencies the san francisco pilot was posted by the office of san francisco work force development and operated for at least six
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months. the purpose of the hearing is to identify needs so the city can do more to support older adults and adults with disabilities in funding meaningful employment, as well as identify the resources to expand and better promote employment opportunities for the city's older adults and adults with disabilities. i would like to request the following offices and departments to present at the hearing. the mayor's office of disability, the department of aging and adult services, and the office of economic and work force development. as a city, we can, and we must do better, for our older adults than people with disabilities. i want to thank maria jobly from the community living campaign, who has been hosting the san francisco reserve program for bringing this issue to my office's attention.
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her organization will be co-hosting a work matters forum this thursday at the first unitarian church from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. i look forward to working with these city agencies, my colleagues and community-based partners and stake holders to identify programs and reap sources to better support our city's growing-older population and adults with disabilities in finding meaningful pathways to employment. the rest i submit. >> supervisor breed: i have two items today. the first is a resolution commending the men and women of the san francisco fire department for their efforts in addressing saturday night's four-alarm fire at 659 union street. as we know, a four-alarm fire saturday night destroyed a building in north beach, displacing several businesses and neighboring tenants. as a former fire commissioner,
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i've had the opportunity to witness the heroic efforts of our paramedics and e.m.t.s. and saturday's fire was no exception. i was in the area saturday night and visited the scene, along with a few other officials and i saw firsthand the intensity of the fire and the actions by our first responders, who risked their lives by going into a burning building to search for occupants and evacuate buildings and secure the scene. in all, over 40 fire engines, 7 medic units and 130 firefighters were on the scene, battling the fire and protecting the public for hours into the early morning. and i just want to be clear -- the priority of the department, time and time again, is always to make sure that they save lives first. thankfully, there were no civilian injuries.
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unfortunately, one of our own fire fighters was injured after falling from a firetruck. i know that some have raised questions about the timeline of this fire, questions that we know will be answered after the fire is investigated through our standard process. but i think it's important to recognize the incredibly dangerous work that our firefighters, paramedics, and e.m.t.s do every day for our city, particularly when a fire like the -- particularly in the case that we saw saturday night. it was a challenging fire under the most difficult circumstances and they did an incredible job. for that, i plan to introduce a resolution recognizing them for their work. the second item i have is an in memorium for dana harrison. dana was a leader in the san
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francisco arts community. she died tragically march 9. the cause was a rare, fast-moving cancer. she was burning man's director from 1998-2005. she used her skills to turn an eccentric desert art rave to a stable, sustainable, profitable arts organization that last year drew over 70,000 visitors from around the world. during the late '90s and early 2000s, dana devoted much of her personal energy and her own money to convert a rundown west oakland factory to an affordable, live-work space for artists. it provided dancers and theater artists with performance space for several years. she formed her own production
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company to produce "how to survive the apocalypse." it brought together her love of black rock city's creativity with her love for theater. she worked on behind-the-scenes activities center to the theater community. she tackled social issues, promoting nontraditional casting and addressing gender disparity. she worked with the city to bring theater to the mid market revitization efforts. she had taken on a new role with the berkeley based ridwan foundation, an inter national educational organization focused on spiritual and psychological growth. dana worked outside the limelight of center stage. her gift for making deeply personal connections with people helped to touch hundreds of lives. she led and inspired and
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mentored, created change. the city of san francisco greatfully recognizes dana for her contributions to the arts community and she will be truly missed by her family and friends. the rest i submit. [please stand by] san francisco
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>> today we're celebrating women history month and recognizing what women have done to make san francisco a better place for each and every one of us.
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women's history month is a time to appreciate the contributions and the contributions of courageous leaders working to improve the quality of life of all san franciscoens. as we look around this room, i'm proud we have so many female leaders and role models here with us today, but we still have a long way to go for the fight for gender equity. >> every member of the board of supervisors is paid the same thing, and we have men and women on the board. don't we wish it was like that everywhere? and we need to keep fighting for pay equity, resources to allow women to succeed. since 1996, the san francisco commission on the department of the status of women has recognized the vital work and contributions of women in our local communities through this amazing women's history month program. i am proud to be a part of this
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celebration. i would like the welcome the director of the department of of the status of women, emily marase to kick off this occasion. >> hello. happy women's history month. here today, recognizing the strongest representation of women in the country, we're here to launch women's history month and celebrate the exceptional women making history in our communities. this is the first time in 20 years that we have a majority female board of supervisors. [applause] >> someone take a moment to recognize the women on the board of supervisors. president london breed, supervisor malia cohen, supervisor fewer, supervisor
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kim, supervisor tang. the national theme is nevertheless she persisted, honoring women who fight all forms of discrimination against women. in 1998, san francisco became the first city in the world to inact a local ordinance reflecting the principles of the u.n. convention regarding discrimination against women. mayor ed lee launched cities for ceqa. the ngo committee presented to anita lee a courage award to the late ed lee for spearheading the city's campaign that now exists in over 60 cities nationwide. please join us for a reception at 5:00 p.m. at the mayor's
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conference room where we'll be hearing from the mayor's honorees and the honoree george gaston. i'm going to turn it back over to you so you can introduce your honorees. >> thank you very much for continuing to honor the tradition year after year. so with that, i would like to start with supervisor stefani. >> supervisor stefani: activist shannon adler once said it's the time you give away to save a soul like you. this captures the spirit of our
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district 2 honoree. serving as a chair with international sanctuary to embrace those escaping from human trafficking to recognize their worth. there are more people enslaved today than any other time in history. 45.8 million people are trafficked throughout the world, and 80% of these are women. through international sanctuaries, survivors of human trafficking can begin to heal and grow in mind, body, and soul. it is the mission of the organization to support and care for victims of modern day slavery but also to go beyond to empower them to become survivors with true freedom. they combine employment with holistic care to provide a path of reintegration of young women rescued from trafficking. strong and pure leadership is not about the leader but about those they serve. by providing meaningful employment through international
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sanctuary, social enterprise, purpose jewelry, girls are able to support themselves and obtain job training and experience. through this program, they hand craft all jewelry pieces to sell worldwide, and 100% of those profits are returned to support their advancement. she's a faithful supporter and expansion partner for this enterprise that's grown exponentially under her. the brand continues to support life skills training, counseling, and medical care. one of the jewelry pieces commemorating the organization. hundreds of women have been served through the organization's programming, including $120,000 given directly to survivors in the form of paychecks, as we're all very aware, amazing things happen when women help support
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other women. sima's professional career is rooted in recruiting and a focus on promoting inclusion and diversity throughout the tech industry. she continues to be a champion for women of color. it communicates the importance of inclusion and equity. i'm so proud to present her with today's accommodation and thank you for fighting for women's rights and 'empowerment. she's joined by her daughters and her husband. we would love to hear from you. [applause] [ cheering ] >> thank you so much, supervisor. i'm so overwhelmed by this.
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supporting this kind of organization has been very important to me, but even more important to me when i had two little girls. i just want to thank my family, my husband, and my two daughters, and all of the friends i have, these strong women supporting me here today who have continued to support me throughout the years and support this organization. thank you. [applause] [ cheering ]
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>> congratulations and thank you again for being with us here today. with that, supervisor tang, you're next. >> thank you have much. valley beagler from lincoln high school. if i were still in high school, i think she would be my favorite teacher, even though i know we're not supposed to pick favorites. i want to welcome her as well as her dad, robert ziegler who travelled all the way from florida to watch ms. ziegler receive this honor. welcome.
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so in my more than 10 years working in district four, i have not engaged a more engaged, thoughtful, hardworking teacher than ms. ziegler. she's always going above and beyond to make sure her students have a worthwhile and immerseful experience. she found a degree in academy that provides content and work experience in the environmental and energy sector. the course work focuses on sustainability and providing hands-on training for students interested in the careers in the careen economy. she's also a team teacher in the academy. it provides teaching for high school students in careers working with children. in addition to being a team teacher in the green academy and the teacher academy, ms. ziegler is a u.s. history, american democracy, economics, and ap u.s. politics and government teacher. she served for three years as chair of the social studies
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department and is currently, again, as i mentioned, a teacher in the academies. since 2005, she's been taking students to washington, d.c. as part of the close-up program to help them learn the responsibilities of citizenship and the joy of travel. and so it was unsurprising that back in 2010, ms. ziegler was named one of five california teachers of the year, and then in 2011, named the guilder lehrmann california history teacher of the year. critical thinking skills, teaching through simulations are foundations of ms. ziegler's teachi teachi teaching philosophy. she's truly finding ways to work in the community. whether it's proper composting and recycling for students to how they're addressing brown water coming out of their
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drinking fountains at school, learning more about city government, i'm constantly in awe of all that ms. ziegler does. ms. ziegler loves to travel. she spent her winter break on a boat inga lapgoes. she'll be studying stem education in germany over the summer. i think here in our san francisco unified school district, we definitely need people like ms. ziegler to inspire young women and men to be engaged in the community. thank you for always going beyond just what you do in the classroom. with that, i commend ms. valley ziegler has our honoree this year. [applause] >> to echo the speaker before me, i'm pretty humbled myself. i want to say thank you to all the board of supervisors and friends of the commission for hosting this. as said, i'm grateful for the
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collaboration and friendship. she's the role model. every time she comes to my classm radio -- classroom just to speak or work on a class project, she inspires everyone in the room. every day, young women come to school with incredible hardships and burdens that weigh heavy on them. yet they persist. they try to work past obstacles and learn. i think of young women whose parents skipped their high school graduation to attend his brothers because he was the boy. i think of the young woman responsible for taking her cousin to day care, and she was late to school every day, and she failed classes. i think of the countless young women who are dissuaded from a field of study because they don't fit a gender type. i think of my student leslie to created a daca club to support their classmates. britney created a group to support lives.
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i think of all of the students working in the district. i think of all the green academy students that are finding creative solutions to climate change. and i think of my student emily last year who overcame cancer to become a freshman at state. we do our best to help these women persist and fight discrimination that comes their way. we teach a lens of tolerance. i want to thank everyone for being here for advocates for women. it can be really challenging, but it's rewarding. thank you again. [applause]
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>> congratulations again, ms. ziegler. [applause] >> thank you for all you do. okay. it is now my turn. i would like to ask amalia martinez to come forward, please. [applause] >> amalia has been a leader at the ala farmer's market for over 30 years. for those of you who don't know about this incredible market, it was founded on august 12th, 1943, and is the first farmer's market in the state of california. the victory garden council and regional farmers started the market during world war ii to help bring fresh produce from
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small farmers to local households. under ms. martinez' leadership, the market has not only adapted to the changing needs and tastes of san francisco and our neighboring communities, but the market continues to grow and to thrive. farmers and customers have been coming to the market for generations. ms. martinez has built a close-knit community of folks who look forward to seeing each other each and every week. she managed 80 farmers, fostered relationships among the farmers and shoppers. she also oversees the ebt program, making sure all san franciscoens have access to fresh, healthy produce as part of their diet. she does all of this with a humble smile. i am proud to honor such a fierce and dedicated representative of the city. thank you, amalia, for building such a strong community for over 30 years.
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there are so many people who frequent the market who have sung your praises, about your smile, what you've done, how you bring the community together, and what an amazing legacy to have been there for this long and to meet so many different families over the years and provide this incredible opportunity. thank you for your consistency, your activity, and everything you do to ensure that future generations will be able to continue to enjoy san francisco's most treasured farmer's market. >> thank you so much for this award. it means a lot to me. it has been a blessing to work for the city for over 30 years. throughout this journey, i have met amazing people, and i thank each one of them for sharing
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their knowledge, their strength, their support, especially the hardworking farmers who work. they have no rest. so i really do appreciate this award, and from the bottom of my heart, i cannot thank you enough. >> thank you. [applause]
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>> all right. it's only been three people, and already i'm feeling the amazingness of all of these incredible women. next up, supervisor kim. >> supervisor kim: i will bring up ms. connie moye to the podium. [applaus [applause] >> supervisor kim: connie is one of our residents in the tenderloin neighborhood. she was born in 1930 and immigrated to the united states from hong kong right after the world war, world war ii in 1947.
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because at the time the u.s. had a law that mandated that gis could only marry and sponsor wives from outside the united states who were at least 19 years old, connie was, quote/unquote, 19 when she entered our country and married her first husband. this was an arranges marriage. she had six children with her husband. after 12 years, connie divorced her husband and met and fell in love with her second and last husband in reno, nevada, who she had her seventh child with, a daughter named lavita. connie has lived all over the united states. she was a black jack dealer in reno, nevada for over 30 years. [laughter] >> supervisor kim: she eventually came to san francisco where she made the city her
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home. she's the president of the tenderloin chinese organization twice. the membership has grown from 45 members to over 200 residents in the tenderloin neighborhood. and her organizer is with her today. at 87 years old, she goes to every single real i will, meeting event. we see her here often in board chambers as well there. southeast many stories about connie and her advocacy for her community, but i will tell you one story i love so much. in 2002, when i was a youth organize at the development center, maria manner, as well as a group of other single occupancy hotels in the tenderloin were in the process of being purchased by an investor in los angeles. they plan was to demolish all of these buildings, leaving at least 129 seniors and individuals with disabilities without a home.
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connie rallied her neighborhoods who were depressed and saddened to hear the news. she said we cannot give up now. we have to fight back. she organized hearings until willie brown could not ignore her. she invited her and her residents to a meeting with him. she worked with him every day for six straight weeks. this group of seniors led by connie would wait for hours at times, often only told by the mayor's office to come back another day when the mayor would see them. they kept coming back and coming back again. they were finally able to work with mayor brown to stop the sale of these buildings. the city facilitated financing to the tenderloin organization who bought the single occupancy hotels, including connie's home, where she's lived for the last 20 years. and the hotels surrounding it were saved and established as
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permanent affordable housing for our residents since. connie, thank you for all of your work, not just fighting for the senior, disabled men and women who were able to stay in their home because of your efforts, but also your work to preserve affordable housing and your continued work to bring gardens, corner stores, pedestrian safety, the list is endless. thank you so much for being a role model to so many younger women and showing what we can do in a lifetime of committed service. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you so much, everyone. special thank you, ms. kim. we asked ms. kim to come to our
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meeting. she's always there. sometimes we ask and have a little talk with my neighbors or a small meeting, and ms. kim, she always there and try to help us, the tenderloin area to move to the much better way. and i thank you so much, ms. kim. and thank you so much, everyone. thank you. [applause]
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>> congratulations again, connie, and thank you so much for your service. thank you so much. >> may i say couple more
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minutes? almost 88 years old, i've been -- [ off microphone ] >> they want to cut off the coffee hour because the company they want over 100 senior and disabled, they come down every morning, 6:00 a.m. so we give the coffee and donuts. when they changed it to the new company, they want to cut it off. i want to keep the program. i will take care of that 7:00 a.m. i make coffee for 80 people and give out everybody a donut. when the senior and disabled people come down and meet with the neighbors. i continue to do that since 2001. >> thank you.
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[applause] >> okay. next up, supervisor peskin can't be here today and supervisor kim will be presenting on his beh f behalf. >> so i'm really lucky to be able to honor to amazing women today. the next woman i want to bring up is anna handleman. [applause] >> many of you may already know anna of sodini's green valley of north beach. this is supervisor peskin's nominee today. aaron told me to tell you he completely and totally adores you, not just when you give him a free drink. anna is a fifth generation north beach native whose ancestors immigrated from genoa, italy.
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she had a painter father and a mother who ran the spaghetti factory. they married in 1961. her mom and pop still live near coit tower. one of her grandmother graces the towers inside the wall. her great-great-grandparent's business is still in north beach across from the transamerica pyramid tower. she feels most at home there surrounded by loud conversations, delicious home cooked food and a deep community love. i have watched anna in action. you can find her behind the bar almost on any given night wearing her trademark hoop earrings, which she's wearing today, and the 100-watt grin, cracking jokes with locals,
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soothing cranky regulars, and catering to first-time tourists. she's been serving the community for 21 years and has a very loyal following. so watch out when you go in there. she's seen the neighborhood change and has born witnesses to marriages, divorces, bar fights, all vibrant north beach life. i want to recognize people like anna who do back-breaking work in the service industry, working long hours, getting home after 2:00 a.m. it's not just their physical work, it's that they also provide an anchor for the communities that they serve as a part of. anna is not just a server. she's your trusted advisor and confidant. she's a shoulder to cry on and an open ear to listen to. she's deeply committed to the north beach community. her significant cocktail, the
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liz taylor was recently featured two years ago. it's a cosmopolitan with a little -- i can't pronounce it. >> thanks. >> which adds romance, according to anna. when i first met anna, one of the first thing i knew that i related to her was the love for food. it's something that brings us together across culture and ethnic lines. if you're like me, it's a way to express love and gratitude. what she's done has expressed love the old school way. she takes you where you are, warts and all, and celebrates the grit and soul and mess of life. growing up, she wanted to be a housewife and mother because that's what women of her generation were told to do. she's part of the community and north beach won't ever let her
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go. i want to extend our highest honor to you on women's history month. thank you for always giving back. >> thank you. [applause] [ cheering ] >> i would like to thank you, jane kim, and the board of supervisors. i'm very happy to meet some of you. first time here. i don't have much to say, but i do want to say that my great-grandmother was the first woman to be on the planning commission. that was, i don't know what year. a lot of our history kind of faded away. a lot of documents were burned in the 1906 fire/earthquake. i can't go anywhere without seeing someone i know. it's nice. i try to be welcoming in my neighborhood when new people move in with their children and the children, they stay and go to college.
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i say, if the children need anything, tell them to come on by. i will give them food and money if you can't get there. working one place so long, it's like, wow. but thank you for this honor. i don't feel i'm the caliber of -- you know, the schoolteacher, the lady from tl, but it's very nice. >> thank you. >> we love you. [applause] >> congratulations again, anna.
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you're the caliber. thank you. all right. next up is supervisor sheehshee. >> i would like to call rohana ramirez to the podium, please. [applause] >> today i am proud to recognize johana martinez for her courage in surviving domestic violence and becoming an activist for the protection of all women. the systemic violence violates the lives of all women, be they