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any changes to the central soma plan. i imagine we would have to put it in an affirmative language. city attorney, to ensure the five-dollar increase excludes projects within the central soma plan to one file and then to continue the existing amended file through the call of the chair. >> yes, supervisor peskin's amendment but he distributed basically have two different categories. there is all nonresidential except for areas in the central soma plans that are set at five dollars and central soma is that a two-dollar increase, that we would be wiping out the two-dollar increase and leaving the language that says we are going up to five dollars for all nonresidential, except in the central soma plan area.
>> supervisor kim: okay. >> supervisor tang: thank you. i believe that is not debatable, correct? the duplication of the file? supervisor peskin? sorry i mean supervisor safai. >> supervisor kim: the duplication of the file isn't but i did make an amendment to amend it. with recommendation. so i have duplicated file one. i will leave it with the committee to call the chair, but on a separate motion, i will make the motion to amend the first file as stated by supervisor peskin. >> supervisor tang: can we do that without objection on the amendment? we will do that without objection. and now i would like to make a motion to move forward the first file to the full board with positive recommendations. do we need a roll call? >> on the motion stated by
supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: no. >> supervisor tang: we took the amendment already. >> the motion to defer to the full board with recommendation? >> supervisor tang: just to clarify, this is the item that did not contain central soma. >> and just a fee, the five-dollar increase? >> supervisor tang: that is correct. >> on the motion, as stated, members... [roll call] >> supervisor tang: with that said i want to continue this overall conversation. my goal is not to have this dying committee, i want us to continue all of it. both the duplicated and amended file.
either to call the chair or may 21st, whichever you prefer, because i do know that t.s.f. will be heard, i'm sorry, it will be heard at planning commission on may 17th and central soma will be heard on may 10th and back here on june 25th. i am open to when you would like to continue this. >> supervisor peskin: thank you madam chair. it was actually to that specific issue that i wanted to speak, which is in so far as a matter of charter law, the planning commission has lost jurisdiction over this matter and insofar as i have no intention of introducing a resolution to extend their time to review it. i don't have to wait for mr starr or planning department stopped to send us a report. we will listen to what they have to say on the 17th and it would be great if we could take this up again on the 21st. so with all respect to supervisor kim, i would prefer if they could be continued until a date certain on the 21st.
>> supervisor tang: originally i meant to the file will be continued to call the chair, but i would also like to continue this to may 21st. >> supervisor safai: point of clarification, it will be heard at planning on the 17th and central soma is coming to planning, when? >> supervisor peskin: may 10th. >> supervisor tang: you may tend. >> supervisor safai: it will come to the full board? >> supervisor tang: it will come hundred 25th. >> supervisor safai: it has to go to land and rules, i think it is two committees that has to go through from my understanding. anyway, i know that for a fact. anyway, the order of that, but supervisor, that does not impact the conversation from your perspective? we will have the benefit of the planning department and plannine commission deliberations on both items by the 21st. >> supervisor tang: okay so with that said, sorry deputy state attorney? >> one housekeeping question.
you now have two files. one with the five-dollar increase for the noncentral soma plan and one for a five-dollar increase in a two-dollar increase for central soma. is the committee's intention to continue both of those files, or to rescind and just keep the one file alive and deal with that one at your next meeting? >> supervisor peskin: as a matter of housekeeping, i think it would be fine, and thank you supervisor kim through the chair, duplicating the file. if we detailed the five-dollar file and move forward with the five-dollar, two-dollar file and deal with it on the 21st. >> which one is moving forward? >> supervisor tang: we're just giving the original. >> supervisor peskin: the original as amended. >> supervisor tang: the imaginal -- original adds recommended. can we do that without objection? okay. and then we will, so now we have one version, again, and that
one, two we have to make another amendment to that version or is it already done? okay. great. can we have a motion to continue that item to make the 21st? okay. thank you very much supervisor peskin. and staff. okay, now if we call item three. >> item number 3 is a report to provide the implantation and x-linked -... >> supervisor tang: supervisor kim? >> supervisor kim: thank you i have called this hearing so we can hear from our central market tenderloin citizens committee regarding the agreement called for under the central market and tenderloin pay area expense tax exclusion. for anyone that is unfamiliar with these agreements, they are a unique feature in which there is a contract between the company's participating --
companies participating in the payroll explosion, and the city. no other tax exclusion that the city provide such as stock option tax exclusion includes a feature that wrote provides companies after taking this benefit to get back tangibly to the community and to work with us in order to structure that agreement together. i also believe that it is worth noting that since a board of supervisors did not have the authority to approve these contracts, we are unable to delegate that authority to them originally. i certainly would have supported that but i want to take the time to appreciate them for their work in advising and relationship building over the last seven years. we are now in the seventh year of this eight year program which started in mid 2011. the trent 81st met on september 2011 and that chalk -- tax exclusion is happening next year in 2019.
the report today is there a way to provide them with ways to present an overview of the benefits that have provided to the community. recommendations on the board on issues and needs currently confronting our neighbourhoods and being addressed by these community benefit agreements, as well as the insight into the pros and cons of the agreement. as this program ends over the next year, i think it is good for us to review what has gone well and what could be improved. if this city ever does consider taking up a program or incentives like this again, i also want to recognize the chair of the c.a.c. who has already approached the mike. i believe soon we will be joined by bill barnes from the city administrator's office. he stopped the c.a.c. and i'm like my committee members -- and if my community members have any comments... before you start i just want to say a heartfelt thank you so
much for the hours of work and energy that you have put into the c.a.c. it is a volunteer job and we do not provide any benefits for the time that you spent in both hurting a lot of cats, getting people to meetings to get decorum and negotiating agreements on behalf of the community and spending time listening to the committee in terms of what the many needs a are. your ability to listen thoughtfully and to bring people together, in a very divisive climate and to engage effectively and collaboratively bringing both resident stakeholders together as well as companies has resulted i believe intangible help for the tenderloin and central market neighbourhoods. i want to applaud you for all of your efforts. it is not easy to do. i want to hand the floor over to you. >> thank you very much. if we can have the slide show up. i was not quite sure how to get it all the way into its slideshow position.
so what i want to say, first off, it is certainly been a difficult process in the early days. it was a very contentious and we still had moments of contention. the makeup of the committee started at 11 members with designated seat and we had three more, about a year ago, we ended up with five people on the committee unable to fill the other seats. on the board of supervisors passed legislation to bring the number of seats down to five. now we have four members and one more member has informed me they are intending to drop. i wanted to point out the three members who remain are the three residents of the tenderloin. every member who was appointed with an expertise or a particular desire to extract particular interests out have fallen by the wayside as time has gone on. i want to applaud the members of our community who have really hung in there.
the big thing that i would say that we have done is we have managed to keep good relationships with all the companies that we have been working with. can we just give you... can i speak it this one? okay. this year's community benefit, we have two new community benefit companies. we have continuing relationships and we have multiyear agreements that we do not vote on with twitter and microsoft. out of all of these, there are literally hundreds of thousands of dollars and volunteer hours and in-kind donations and grants. and, you know, you can certainly look at our records to see what the content of that is. i will say that what i think is the two things we have been able to accomplish with this committee, especially in the last year, is ensuring that the level of the give back to the community has been higher than
it would be had it been under ordinary circumstances and these are corporations doing ordinary levels of corporate giveback or corporate responsibility. having said that, i also do not think we had, efficient as supervisor kim said, teeth to really be able to enforces from some ways. one of the suggestions that came up from the community quite a bit is that part of the benefit should have been lumped into a common pool that is in -- that the c.a.c. would be able to designate out. there would be an incentive with other partners of the community to participate on the c.a.c., but also so there would be much more attention onto how we could leverage those dollars as a whole. what has happened over the years, more and more dollars have been oriented towards small and specific favoured projects and certainly do not have the level of impacts that we would hope that they would have otherwise. so, having said all of that
about what we have gotten suit so far, i want to talk about the one real accomplishment that we have had this year, which is, in the beginning, we really talked about ways to find ways to leverage the power of crowd sourcing of networking, of being able to bring in additional dollars to the common good. to be able to look at things like acquisition funds, housing subsidies for people within the neighbourhood, various ways that we could pool resources and do substantial good for the common good. that never gained attraction for a variety of reasons. one of which being that there simply was more interested in kind of gaining patronize asian rather than being able to do the calming -- leveraging common good. what we were able to do this year, because we had the two needs -- to new companies and we had in the room parents from the tenderloin and midmarket area
public schools, we started a conversation about how we could increase funding for the public schools. and one of the first signs that we had a great success around stats, was when, at the beginning of the year, the reading school neede school neel dollars for a literacy expert. all the companies gathered together and meet they raised over $40,000 to ensure that literacy expert remained at the reading school and an additional $20,000 went to another school and to the tenderloin community school. that success has fuelled a process where the companies are collaborating with the parents of the midmarket public schools and they are looking to build a strategic plan that may raise between half a million and a million dollars a year and the next three years to support the schools in our neighbourhoods. the reason this is so important is that schools and other neighbourhoods that often have wealthier families and
resources, when they suffer cuts, they are often able to raise three to five thousand dollars. when parents raise funds, they cannot compete and cannot fill the needs that they have. so by bringing together a collaboration with the various companies, we believe they will be able to create some momentum. this is a way of creating resources for the schools that are not dependent on the bottom line of the cba companies but leveraging crowdsourcing and other ways to do the fundraising. this is our great success for this year. it is a model, i think, could be used in other c.a.c. circumstances. to look at how to take revenue from the bottom line of other companies that are receiving a benefit that to leverage those resources so that it is a
substantial good that comes to the community. that is my report that's my hope is by the time we get going a little bit further we will have more to be able to tell you. spee do i just want to say thank you so much for this report. it is actually really encouraging to read that you and the c.a.c. have been at work ito getting more concrete and specific contributions. particularly off to the local economy as well as local schools. we want the prosperity of these companies to extent of the neighbourhood, and i think it was frustrating initially when our businesses were not benefiting from new employees and new company it's coming to this commercial corridor that you have the highest commercial vacancy rate in the city. so getting them to commit to specific percentages and numbers on local purchases commitment really makes a big difference
for the neighbourhood that they are a part of now. >> i would like to add to that it has been so interesting over the years that with every company that has been made, the biggest difference has been in front of the c.a.c. and being asked to do that. many of them would say, we have brought our vendors with us from other locations are really looking to the largest city. in this instance we are able to generate more revenue for local businesses. supervisor safai i want to ask, what has been... >> supervisor tang: for both the community and the companies? >> i had some company -- some feedback from the companies and i would like to read just a couple of those. very often you would not be surprised to hear something like this from a twitter employee that he was a technical operations manager who joins the evictions defence collaborative
and became part of their board, and has since then become a advocate in that area. he had done nothing around edge before and this is really opened his eyes. we also have people who say things like i cannot tell you how much volunteering in the tenderloin means to me. i feel very welcome when i walk around there. i really do. i do good work that makes me feel good and makes the world a better place. but it is also worth it, and i reached out to the older companies as well, they say that they have learned that being present and engage with our community members and stakeholders helps to defuse the perceptions and assumptions of those members about our intentions as a tech company in the neighbourhood. we have been able to rehabilitate our selves in the neighbourhood. so i mean it has helped to improve relationships in that way. it has its limits as well. from one company, they unfortunately have been out priced out of the neighbourhood had and have had to leave.
it is an interesting reflection that the real estate marketing -- market is working against some of the companies to take advantage of what is going on. but they said that they are not to their engagement has changed our relationship with the neighbourhood significantly. they hear frequent comments about stress of having the written office and the location due to little improvement in the safety conditions around the office and the frequent negative interactions employees have with passing vagrants. that is reflective of the kind of engagement burnouts that we are seeing in the whole emphasis on volunteering. i have been to volunteering where people say it does not get better and i will ask, how long have you been volunteering? two years. we think wow. you must have been here for 20 or 30 years and still seeing the
same struggle. that is a key piece of it. that relationship with people who are new to the neighbourhood and finding a way that we can say this is about the long haul as new neighbours and you need to have the same commitment that we have here as well. it will not be instantaneous. this is the ongoing work that we have to do. >> supervisor tang: what you hope to achieve before the end of the tax exclusion program next year? >> my latest hope is that this public project will allow us to build momentum toward a public goods. not only do i want us to be able to raise a kind of money that i think we can, the 500,000 to 8 million for a public schools, i would like the conversation to shift for the employees of these companies, why do we have to raise this money privately? what is going on with the public school system that there aren't enough funds for the schools forward to schools on the rest of the city? and i start looking at things like... how should i vote on that? what happens to our tax dollars? even the materials that we are talking about here today, we have to talk more about the common good as a matter of, i
need to pay part of my wealth generation back into the community so we all have a quality of life. i think the process can really help us do that and if we can launch this particular project in an affirmative way, we may find we will have those conversations with at least discrete groups of employees who are captured by this and we maybe able to extend that out to other things, like it is better to be on public transportation than on a private transportation. because you share the experience of the city with other people and you're able to develop that empathy. you will be able to reap the benefits of everything that we do as we pay into our community. so it is a grandiose scheme for a very small community with very few people, but i think our work is paying off, if we can get them on some of the others to be committed in the longer period, even after what occurs. >> supervisor tang: thank you so much. do you mind naming some of the
members of the c.a.c.? >> absolutely. the ever reliable and to annetta. she is so reliable. whenever i have the greatest fears about forum, if i know she is the one who will make it, i have no. whatsoever. someone who shows up every time and has shown up since the very beginning. and steve as well. >> supervisor tang: and to annetta also served on the south of market redevelopment c.a.c. as well which means she has been attending many meetings for very long time and being a very reliable forum member for over a decade. thank you, so much. >> thank you. >> supervisor tang: i do see mr barnes is here today and i want to give him an opportunity to speak if you would like. seeing no presentation, wanting to open it up for public comment on this item.
>> yeah, i have been involved with a central market planning board and also to the north of market. a slight refocusing. it is a good segue. i have been involved a long time. from its high point in the sixties when mayor shelley was mayor to it's a very, very long decline in the area to the point where around the turn-of-the-century, and erin mentioned this, it had the highest vacant storefront rate in the entire city. under that situation, two mares and a lot of developers really pushing to turn that area into a redevelopment area which have been high cost, loaded, unbalanced, at a massive welfare program for overpaid, extraneous professional bureaucrats. we really did not want it. i would like to correct some ideas that i hear in progressive circles.
what we came up with, this is, the community came up with this idea for the tax break. and the reason it was is because we were being faced with a redevelopment plan that we did not want and would not work for us. and it was the least worst option available. one thing that everyone should know, this plant did not originate with jane kim. it came from the community. we came up with it. it was the least worst option available and jane was our aid in getting it passed. it worked overnight. it was revitalized and two years. my only issue is that for many years ago, it is not a net benefit to the city, it is not a net benefit to the city. you probably should have been closed to new applicants years ago, and finally, i see the board of supervisors is getting ready to close to new applicants and i'm glad that you have the power to do that finally. i also want to say i am pleased that we have people like sam dennison in our neighbourhood yotocan do the heavy lifting.
>> thank you for everyone's hard work on this. the hearing is filed. okay. madam clerk, are there any other items for us today. >> there's no further business. our meeting is adjourned. thank you. >> ever wonder about programs the city it working think to make san francisco the best place to work and will we bring shine to the programs and the people making them happen join
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hundred thousand square feet of office space as fits great as it's moved forward it is some of the place businesses engaged for the people that have living there for a long time and people that are coming into to work in the the item you have before you companies and the affordable housing in general people want a safe and clean community they see did changed coming is excited for every. >> oewd proits provides permits progress resulting in the growth of mid businesses hocking beggar has doubled in size. >> when we were just getting started we were a new business people never saturday a small business owner and been in the bike industry a long needed help in finding at space and sxug the
that is a oewd and others agencies were a huge helped walked us through the process we couldn't have done it without you this is sloped to be your grand boulevard if so typically a way to get one way to the other it is supposed to be a beautiful boulevard and fellowship it is started to look like that. >> we have one goal that was the night to the neighborhood while the bigger project of developments as underway and also to bring bring a sense of community back to the neighborhood. >> we wanted to use the says that a a gathering space for people to have experience whether watching movies or a yoga or coming to lecture. >> that sb caliber shift on the
street is awarding walking down the street and seeing people sitting outside address this building has been vacate and seeing this change is inspiringing. >> we've created a space where people walk in and have fun and it is great that as changed the neighborhood. >> oewd is oak on aortas a driver for san francisco. >> we've got to 23ri7b9 market and sun setting piano and it was on the street we've seen companies we say used to have to accompanying come out and recruit now they're coming to us. >> today, we learned about the office of economic workforce development and it's effort to foster community and make the buyer market street corridor something that be proud of thanks to much for watching and
reside residents across our entire city up and down the ladder about the streets of san francisco. our streets are filled with trash and debris, and it is unacceptable, and i've said from day one the cleanliness of our streets is going to be one of my biggest priorities as mayor of the city of san francisco. san francisco residents are fed up with the conditions, and i am the first to say that i feel their pain, and we are doing something about it. so last week, along with a number of people who are here behind me, we announced a comprehensive budget proposal that we're going to move forward with to aggressively cleanup our streets here in san francisco. we are no -- we know that our conditions on our streets exist across our city. it's not confined to one neighborhood. every single neighborhood is feeling this pain, including right here in the castro district. so this plan that we announced last week includes 44 new street cleaners throughout the city of san francisco, four in
each supervisorial district that will have material impact in the conditions of our neighborhoods, in particular our commercial corridors. we're adding five new pit stops to address the feces and urination issues that we are seeing in many different neighborhoods here in san francisco. and also talked about and announced a dedicated team to picking up syringes and needles across the entire city of san francisco. family members and individuals should not have to step over needles on the way to school, on the way to work. it simply doesn't need to be part of our landscape here in san francisco. and we are also growing our fix it team, sandra, who runs or fix it team, and does such an amazing job. how about a round of applause for her. [applause] >> the hon. mark farrell: we are expanding it to ten new districts in san francisco. because they do such an amazing job in san francisco. when there are areas to be
picked up, when there is anything that needs to be done, they are there doing it, doing such an incredible job. but we need to do more. we need to put our foot on the gas pedal, and as mayor, until i leave office, i am going to do it, and street cleanliness is something i am going to address. we have a big effort to cleanup our streets. san francisco residents do, as well, and now today we're going to have some bigbellys to help us with that effort. and sorry, i had to go there with that line. so today, we are announcing five new bigbelly trash receptacle here in the castro district and 15 others in different neighborhoods throughout san francisco. now these bigbelly trash cans, as you will see, there's going to be a demonstration at the end, are different than your normal trash cans. they have automatic compactors inside, allowing them to hold five times the amount of waste
of any normal garbage can. they tick recycling, compost, and trash, and they're outfitted with wireless technology, real-time technology that alerts those when these are full to come pick them up and empty them. that means no more wasted trips to pick up half full garbage cans. you know, we are the technology capital of the world. we should not be afraid, and you know i believe as mayor, we should embrace technology to benefit the daily lives of our residents, and we are doing that today. we are making this investment now in partnership with our small business leaders. our community benefits districts are the ones that really do the work on the
ground. i want to thank andre who is here today for all of your work in the castro, and we are partnering with them to install these new bigbelly trash receptacles, but also to maintain them going forward. we are going to cleanup our city here in san francisco. we made a number of announcements last week. today is just another step in that direction, and i want to make sure to reaffirm my commitment to the residents of san francisco that cleaning up our streets is going to be one of my biggest priorities, and we will not stop again until the day that i leave office. i look forward to seeing these trash cans across the city of san francisco. we are going to swallow up the trash with our bigbelly garbage cans, once again. so with that, i want to thank everyone for being here. we have a number of speakers, and i would like to introduce and bring up supervisor jeff sheehy, who's right behind me. and i want to make a quick comment about supervisor sheehy. there has been no one, since i have become mayor, who has been more forceful in his advocacy of cleaning up the streets of his district than jeff sheehy.
you can clap. it's great. we have gone on neighborhood walks. we have walked this commercial corridor right here with our department of public works. there's no supervisor more focused on cleaning up the streets of his neighborhood than supervisor sheehy. and with that, i'd like to hear from him. supervisor jeff sheehy. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you, mayor farrell. thank you for those kind words, and i really want to thank you deeply for your leadership on this issue. it's been a challenge, but the inno-nateti innovation that you're bringing to this, the resources, it's making a difference, and i know the people in my district, we're grateful. i also want to thank the department of public works because they have been so steadfast, so diligent in cleaning up this neighborhood, in cleaning up the district. it's a struggle because we know that this is an ongoing problem, and i think your new
initial initiatives are going to help us turn the corner on this. we are moving forward on this. i want to thank the community benefits in the castro for their leadership. these things are great. compacts, signals when the trash is full. and i do want to note that recology is here. recology is doing a great job. this is allow them to be enormously more efficient, so as the mayor said you're not emptiying half empty trash cans, you empty them when they're full. we've seen the problem. we have the open trash cans, people rummage in them. they overflow, and sometimes that creates a mess. so andre, thank you for your partnership with recology, with the mayor. i'm going to address you, but
sandra zuniga, i can't say enough about you. she comes in, she solves problems, she works so closely with the community to identify problem areas and find solutions. she was telling me, for instance at glen park park, we have a little flower stall that was graffitied up. and you know, she just went and painted it herself. that's the type of attitude she brings towards san francisco. that's how much she cares about this city, so i am honored to introduce sandra zuniga, who's director of the mayor's fix it team. >> good morning, everybody. thank you for that introduction and thank you to both mayor farrell and supervisor sheehy for their leadership in this city. special thank you to mayor farrell for giving me this assignment. being able to work on these bigbellys has been fun. so fix it, i run the fix it team, and what we do z we work
closely with communities, talking to residents, listening to residents to find out what concerns they have, and we want to act quickly and effectively to help address those. in the castro, we've been working here about two years, and we've seen improvements, a lot of great improvements to the castro. one of things that's a great concern is litter and the amount of litter we see around our city, especially trash cans, when they've been rummaged through or overflow especially when the wind blows and blows them away. so we're happy today to show you not just an efficient can but a very pretty tran ca-- trh can in the castro that we hope will bring new life, new energy to people who are shopping here, passing through here to use the handing, throw their cigarette butt or bottle away
in the right place. today's announcement is part of a larger strategy that fix it has to make improvements in neighborhoods based on what we hear about from residents, so we plan to implement new strategies in neighborhoods across the city, and find out what works and when something works, we can replicate it in other neighborhoods with confidence. i really would like to thank all of the community benefit districts who are working with me on this project. of course f andre aiello with the community benefit district, and several others who will see their bigbellys this summer, and a special shout out of course to public works, recology, economic and workforce development and kevin from bigbelly, who will give you all a demonstration soon. so with that, i would just like to introduce a wonderful partner in this who has been tremendously hard working and
really fast at turning around a lot of giving us, you know, ideas, information, feedback, andre aiello, for getting the -- from the castro c.i.d. for getting the first big belly on the ground. >> thank you for that. the castro community benefit district is so excited to be the first neighborhood that will be getting these bigbellys in a special program that has been sponsored by mayor farrell, and i want to thank the mayor so much for his dedication to keeping the neighborhoods clean, not only just downtown but the neighborhoods. and we are -- we'll be working with the city to develop metrics on how do we evaluate and measure these to make sure they're effective.
and as everyone has been describing, the bigbellys work because once you put the trash in, you can't take the trash out, and that includes limiting and preventing overflowing trash cans, which i think we've all seen all over the city. the wind is blowing, and the wind takes the paper or the cup out of the trash can, and there's a mess all the way down the sidewalk, and it blows it all the way down the sidewalk. so we're really excited that this is going to help keep the benefit district really clean. the castro neighborhood benefit district works tirelessly to keep the neighborhood clean, keep it vibrant. we have a lot of different strategies around cleanliness, around safety, economic vitality, greening. we have live performances in the jane warner plaza? the summer every weekend. everything fits together in a
puzzle to encourage more people and more pedestrian traffic in the neighborhoods and in an urban environment. cleanliness is probably the first thing because nobody wants to walk around a neighborhood where there's trash and other things, and worse than just trash in a neighborhood. it's community benefit districts working collaboratively with public works who has been absolutely fantastic as a partner and recology all working together to pitch in and keep san francisco clean -- or cleaner, and a great city. so i want to thank everybody and thampg the city family. they have vust been absolutely great. we've pushed through this contract in like a month, so that's unheard of. so thank everybody. i want to thank the mayor for hez creativity and initiative on this. and now, i think we're going to have kevin give a demonstration on how these wonderful things work. take care. >> one, two, three, go!
it was fast-paced, stressful, but the good kind of stressful, high energy. there was a crowd to entertain, it was overwhelming in a good way, and i really, really enjoyed it. i continued working for the grizzlies for the 2012-2013 season, and out of happenstance, the same job opened up for the san francisco giants. i applied, not knowing if i would get it, but i would kick myself if i didn't apply. i was so nervous, i never lived anywhere outside of fridays know, andfridays -- fresno, and i got an interview. and then, i got a second interview, and i got more nervous because know the thought of leaving fresno and my family and friends was scary, but this opportunity was on the other side. but i had to try, and lo and behold, i got the job, and my first day was january 14, 2014. every game day was a puzzle,
and i have to figure out how to put the pieces together. i have two features that are 30 seconds long or a minute and a 30 feature. it's fun to put that altogetl r together and then lay that out in a way that is entertaining for the fans. a lucky seat there and there, and then, some lucky games that include players. and then i'll talk to lucille, can you take the shirt gun to the bleachers. i just organize it from top to bottom, and it's just fun for me. something, we don't know how it's going to go, and it can be a huge hit, but you've got to try it. or if it fails, you just won't do it again. or you tweak it. when that all pans out, you go oh, we did that.
we did that as a team. i have a great team. we all gel well together. it keeps the show going. the fans are here to see the teams, but also to be entertained, and that's our job. i have wonderful female role models that i look up to here at the giants, and they've been great mentors for me, so i aspire to be like them one day. renelle is the best. she's all about women in the workforce, she's always in our corner. [applause] >> i enjoy how progressive the giants are. we have had the longer running until they secure day. we've been doing lgbt night longer than most teams. i enjoy that i work for an organization who supports that
and is all inclusive. that means a lot to me, and i wouldn't have it any other way. i wasn't sure i was going to get this job, but i went for it, and i got it, and my first season, we won a world series even if we hadn't have won or gone all the way, i still would have learned. i've grown more in the past four years professionally than i think i've grown in my entire adult life, so it's been eye opening and a wonderful learning