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to be your number one cheerleader on this legislation. and i think the process of establishing the cultural district will benefit all of san francisco. my only apprehension, one thing that does make me nervous is we'll make san francisco so desirable that more and more people will try to come and live here that will create a different type of problem for us. anyhow, i'm delighted to be your number one co-sponsor on this. i think this is a direction the city should be moving in to celebrate the different cultural contributions that historically have permeated in neighborhoods, even officially and unofficially. the recognition of many members of san francisco and their contributions should be celebrated and acknowledged, thank you. thank you. supervisor ronen? thank you. i forgot to also mention a huge thank you to both katarina morales who's been working her tail off on this legislation.
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as well as nate who worked with me when he was legislative aids to create a cultural district. it's something we've been passionate about for a long time. supervisor cohen is absolutely right. it was a child born out of supervisor compost's office. huge thanks to him as well. thank you. and it is past 2:30. and before we take a vote on this, i am trying to confirm with the leaders of japan town that they have no issue with being included in this legislation. looking forward to passing it and setting, you know, the standard for how we address issues and provide cultural school districts in the future here in san francisco. so maybe we can come back to it later in the meeting and continue with our honorees. sure, i just wanted to let you know that sandy was at the hearing on the district and she's very excited about it. thank you, thank you so
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much. all right. colleagues, it is now 2:34. and this afternoon, we are proud to honor 11 small businesses that are making an incredible impact on san francisco. we are recognizing all sorts of businesses. retail, restaurants, night life, early childhood education and are celebrating the diversity of our local businesses. small business is the backbone of san francisco. of the 133,664 active businesses registered here in san francisco, over 73,000 are sole proprietors with no employees. more than 95% have fewer than 100 employees. and more than 80% of registered businesses have 10 or fewer employees. nearly 350,000 people are employed by one of these small businesses. as i'm sure our honorees can attest, owning and operating a small business, especially here
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in san francisco, is not easy. thankfully, we have an office of small business led by executive director regina and the small business commission who work diligently to help our small business owners. this office provides programs like shop and dine in the 49, mayor lee's legacy by local campaign that encourages residents to shop locally inspired other cities. open in san francisco, which has helped more than 150 businesses with free services to open small brick and mortar businesses within the city. invest in neighborhoods, a program that has invested more than $11 million in small businesses in neighborhoods city wide and provides neighborhood empowerment development projects and programs. access to capital, direct small business assistance grants to businesses for disaster relief,
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ada improvement, sf shines, women entrepreneurship fund and construction mitigation. 166 businesses have received grants city wide and 1139 small businesses have received technical assistance to date. the office of small business also focuses on our legacy business program with 132 long time businesses receiving assistance and 53 businesses added from april 2017 to march 2018. the office also works so hard to promote manufacturing facilities and the city, night life and women entrepreneurship. and i'd like to now turn it over to the president of the small business commission, who will give introductory remarks and then we will welcome our honorees to the floor, steve adams? thank you, president breed and thank you board of
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supervisor members. again, this year, you all have tremendous honorees for your district. and every year, i am so amazed at the small businesses in your districts that you honor. my name is steve adams and i'm the president of the san francisco small business commission. supervisors, it is my honor to be here with you today to recognize this group of outstanding businesses. san francisco small business commission is the proud host of the 14th annual small business week, along with our 9th annual small business week board of supervisor honorees ceremony. san francisco small business week is in partnership with the u.s. small business administration, the city and county of san francisco and the san francisco chamber of commerce. and i have joey here today who is also co-chairing small
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business week with me. and 15 other san francisco business organizations. this week, it's our opportunity to put small businesses at the center stage to highlight and celebrate small businesses that make san francisco diverse and unique. san francisco small businesses, we make up 95% of businesses that employ one or more persons in the city. and 80% employ 10 or fewer employees. san francis san francisco small businesses employ approximately 348,700 individuals. the san francisco office of small business will end this fiscal year assisting nearly 3500 new and existing small businesses in san francisco, which is a 5% increase over last year. and this is the one thing i am very proud of. the legacy business registry, we now have 132 businesses.
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and most of them came referred by all of you here on the board of supervisors. and i want to give a shout out to supervisor peskin. an italian restaurant received the sba northern california of the year. so thank you. and supervisor peskin is one of our leading advocates on the legacy business. and with the legacy businesses, 72 businesses out of the 132 took advantage of the business assistance grants. and 16 businesses took advantage of the rent stabilization grants and extended their leases with their landlords. and that's nothing but a good thing in this town. the san francisco business portal, which we launched a few years ago, you can go online and navigate all your issues that you have with your permits and everything in san
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francisco. we have open in san francisco, which is a small business acceleration program focusing on the food and restaurant business. we've helped over 150 entrepreneurs open small brick and mortar food based businesses in the last year. this is nothing but good news for all of us. once again, i want to thank the supervisors for this honor to be here before you today and celebrate small business week with your honorees. and again, you all have great honorees. supervisors, you have nominated a great group of businesses that include restaurants, realtors, hardware stores, neighborhood food markets, children's centers, jazz clubs, each are an integral part of
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each neighborhood they are located in. this speaks to the close relationship that you have with the small businesses in your district. thank you again to the san francisco small business community. we really appreciate the many contributions to your neighborhoods and the city overall. and it is the small business commission that remains dedicated to representing your interests in city hall. the office of small business and the san francisco small business commission look forward to a continued collaboration in the coming year and we need more legacy businesses, so send them our way. now i want to turn it back over to president breed. thank you very, very much. this, to me, is the best part of small business week is honoring all your local small businesses, so thank you. thank you, commissioner adams. yes, you [applause] [laughter] >> julie: now we will turn it
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over to supervisor tang for our first honoree. oh, thank you. i guess i get to go first since i was last last week. today it is my honor to bring up other avenues. i know we have many, many people here in the audience joining as well for the honoree shonta. you're welcome to join her at the podium. she's retiring after more than three decades of working with the other avenues community. [applause] i want to welcome her to our chamber, her husband richard, her son and all of the workers and supporters who have joined her here today to accept this honor. having grown up in the sunset district, it's really clear to me that other avenues is not just a store. it's a community that has stood the test of time and one that has a timeless motto, healthy business, healthy people,
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healthy planet. other avenues was established in 1974 by food conspiracy, a grass roots organization of food buying clubs dedicated to distributing wholesale food to tit -- its members. over the years, these clubs expanded and collectively called themselves the people's food system, opening more than a dozen food cooperatives like other avenues and living by the motto, "food for people, not for profit." we are so fortunate that even though by the 1990's, most of these food co-ops closed their doo doors, that both rainbow groceries and other avenues remained open, preserving the legacy of the system. currently, other avenues is operated by 18 workers. and all workers manage other avenues collectively, making
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all different types of decisions on a consensus basis. the co-op is deeply connected and involved with the community. the workers participate in local events like world vegetarian day. they organize conferences locally and nationally and have social events for shoppers and neighbors. they also provide discounts for senior shoppers, members of the bicycle companilation and workers who work in the neighborhood. they're also a certified sf green business. they have solar panels purchased with community funds in 2015. and of course, this is a store that carries all vegetarian goods. there is nobody that is better.
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we also went to the food market, the farmer's market which is still going and that's where we purchased our fresh produce and that 's where we met a lot of our people to share recipes and different stories. this is also where we decided that we should buy into this idea of opening up collectively bargaining with farmers to get a lot of food directly and from other venues so that we can
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distribute food easily and mor
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the legacy left behind -- in addition to that, we have other things going on in the food system as far as food and justice issues go. we have other farmer's markets. we have lots of them now. we also have community gardens and we have other food co-ops such as the bakery. the food community is still very much in demand for more cooperative ventures and other small businesses. there's a lot going on and i'm really happy with what the president said about gaining
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some more leverage to support small businesses. but more needs to happen. we need more of these venues. we need more food co-ops. the city needs more small businesses. the city has the resources. but we have to demand for more and more of a share. we have to ask of our elected representatives, such as you people here and other financial institutions and banks to help small businesses and co-ops to keep their doors open. with the financial help of our community, other avenues was able to purchase our building. workers also need affordable housing. so affordable housing too should be considered a human right, not a privilege for the wealthy.
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[applause] i want to finish with a positive 70's slogan. and i want you to repeat that. power to the people. power to the people. thank you. [applause] thank you. and again, congratulations. colleagues, i want to just remind you that these commendations take some time. we have another ten people to provide awards to. so let's show the honorees respect and stick within the time limit so we can give them as much time to speak as we possibly can. i'm gonna need to implement the five minutes into this particular presentation at this time. and so thank you again to all the honorees for your patience.
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supervisoor stefani, you're up next. thank you, president breed. colleagues, today i am proud to honor eleanor carpenter and lesl leslie, the co-owner of jess jewels. jess jewels is a san francisco based company sxeshlizing in fashion and fine jewelry along with accessories including hats, bags scarves and fun gifts for all sorts of occasions. the store has been a neighborhood leader serving the community and residents on union street for 32 years. they just opened their newest location in hayes valley right next to the grove. i've always loved jess jewels, but when i started working as an aid, i realized that it was
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not just a cute store to go into, but it was a community hub for the desire district. we've worked on so many issues together over the years, addressing pub crawls, street cleaning, zoning issue to increase the amount of restaurants and getting benches finally along union street. we've worked together to make sure their annual
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it really has always been a dream of mine to be in this position so that i could honor you. for now, i'd like to turn the mic over to you. wow, that was incredible. i don't even know what to say after that. you were such a great ad. katv lin, i'd like to thank you for all you've done for union street, speaking as the president. but also, you helped us create a tremendous neighborhood where the customers love to come and they love to come to the street. i want to thank you for the benches and all the news racks and everything you've done for us.
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okay, congratulations. and next up, supervisor sheehy. >> thank you. i would like to call up rick and nadia malu. you have friends from the neighborhood. the chief's boutique. you are welcome to come up and take pictures. the chief's boutique has been an icon and fixture in glen park for 25 years.
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rick and nada are both refugees from turmoil in the middle east. rick from lebanon, nada from syria. this store has been, you know, you first came to glen park, a quieter village. i still remember when the grocery store, we had the neighborhood grocery store go out, the chief boutique filled the gap. i remember bringing my daughter michelle in, while she was in a baby bjorn, took a bite, almost blinded me with the squirt to the eye but lucky he didn't charge me for the squirt of the tomato. hand made sandwiches, homemade hummus, which is the best in san francisco, along with
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babaganoush but what is important about the chief's boutique is part of the family and fabric of glen park. his daughters use to babysit my daughter. they have, and other people will have stories about how the cheese boutique has been almost like a community center in the middle of our village. always warm and friendly. just the sweetest place in the neighborhood. i really want to give a shout out to marianne delair who is their landlord. when we talk about this, and we always talk about retail spaces and businesses being able to survive we never recognize the landlords who go out of their ways to keep these anchors in our community. and i do want to take a minute because a lot of these small businesses here today are only
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still in our city because there are landlords in our city who are willing to forego getting the maximum dollar because they want to preserve their neighborhoods. they are part of the neighborhood, they care about the neighborhood and i really do think, and i'm not a big fan of landlords per se, but when they go far beyond to keep an icon in our neighborhood like the cheese boutique, i want to give them a shout out. i think we could bring dozens of people from across glen park, everything you do is filled with love, so thank you. give you a minute. >> thank you. hello everyone, i'm just very excited and honored by supervisor sheehy for nominating us, and what is true will the land lady who helped us stay in glen park this is definitely an important issue
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because we have been over 26 years now in glen park. and if it wasn't for her, it would have been much shorter. that said, it's great to be serving this community in glen park. an opportunity for me, for myself as a businessman with my wife and children would help me a lot. to really say thank you to the neighborhood who really reciprocated with love and support all these years between now i know the kids who became kids and have children also, they have children too. it's a pleasure to serve them as a community and i cannot ask for anything more than that, thank you.
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>> congratulations. next up, supervisor safai. >> thank you, madam chair. today i have the great pleasure of honoring "lil joe"'s pizzeria and a family that has carried out a wonderful legacy in the excelsior by the rodriguez family. joseph "lil joe" russo started in 1958. the oldest pizzeria under the same name and moniker operating in the excelsior in district 11. we are proud in the last year to have made "lil joe"s the second legacy business ever in the history of the excelsior so
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we are super excited about that. they do it just like 1958, you can stand on the sidewalk or walk in the pizzeria watch them toss, catch and spin the pizza dough and that's exactly what a lot of kids in the neighborhoods have done for let's say almost 60 years. so the current owners, the rodriguez took over at 5000 east mission street back in the early 70's. they have pictures of their parents on the wall, gloria and fred senior displayed in the hallway and everyone enjoys seeing the family. they immigrated from nohales mexico, and they are a wonderful family who supports neighborhood activities, they hire local family members and residents. they work to contribute gift certificate and support our local schools. and as i said, they just became
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the second legacy business in our district. just a few months ago "lil joe"s hosted first pizza community dinner with the ingleside police station and it was sold out, people were standing outside the door. if you have ever been there and i know supervisor yee likes to frequent a couple breakfast spots in the district, probably more than i have been alive, just kidding supervisor yee, but if you go into "lil joe"s, you feel like you have stepped back in time. people come from all over and i was just talking to fred in the hallway and said if i ever do a movie that's where i want to shoot the movie because it's such an iconic old school san francisco feel, the leather bucket seats, the red and black wallpaper on the wall. it is wonderful. and i can say we just had my daughter's 8th birthday. kids came from all over san
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francisco and were just absolutely blown away at what a beautiful place and restaurant it was. so it's with this pride i take great honor in honoring "lil joe's". wonderful pizza with a wonderful name, and so many ways represents what makes the excelsior in district 11 special. so thank you. [applause] >> thank you, supervisor. i want to thank everybody here, our district 11 is sometimes on the south end of the city so it's kind of somewhat forgotten but supervisor here is going to change that.
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we are family and we have had generations and we lost our mother and father but me and patty are the main ones there. we have had our nieces work with us and brother-in-law. we keep it a family, keep it tight. last year we became a legacy, which was big, big, because i didn't know there was anything like that. and stephanie from next door introduced me to it, she introduced me to supervisor and we went through everything. it finally started to feel like san francisco started to embrace us. as today, today we feel appreciated, it's tough in a city to survive. we feel appreciated. it really feels like i really belong now and i hope you all feel good about that because i do. so, and i hope all these
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businesses that are here will be here for legacy program because they are going to feel how good it's going to feel. because i know what they go through. and i want to thank everyone we will keep ongoing still for years to come. >> wonderful, thank you. [applause] >> president breed: thank you again and congratulations. now i would like to ask sunshine "sunny" powers to come to the podium please, at this
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time. [applause] colleagues, today i'm thrilled to honor one of district 5's most colorful small businesses. love on haight is located in the heart of the haight ashbury on the corner of haight and masonic. if you haven't been to love on haight yet you will know from the moment you walk in, you are welcome by the color, the tie dye and sunny's trademark sparkles. however love on haight is so much more than a store. the business owner sunshine sunny powers who is here with us today deeply cares about the neighborhood and makes sure her business not only carries the history and the legacy of the haight ashbury community but it also ensures the neighborhood is preserved and more importantly, the psychedelic fashions that come out of love on haight are created by her family and friends. sunny is the kind of small
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business owners who understands the journey of finding your place in life and not just being quite sure where you fit in. she uses her experience and path of discovery to spread love and sparkles to the entire community. welcoming those in need for a little support and representing all of the best values of san francisco. she is also a community leader and a community activist. sunny is an active member of the haight ashbury neighborhood association and also sits as leadership position for the taking it to the streets program. one that has changed lives of our young people by providing job training, substance abuse treatment, housing, exits from homelessness in general. she has been an amazing support and part of the proceeds from her business actually goes to support this incredible program that is serving, as we speak,
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over 64 young people who are now housed. she goes out of her way to continue to help those in need and to improve the quality of life for everyone on the haight. she also cares deeply about the neighborhoods in general outside of san francisco. when our north bay neighbors were experiencing devastating loss during the fires sunny rallied the community members and organized to help them get back on their feet. she made her shop a drop-in location. and all of the donations and the support poured in. it just out grew even her store at the corner and just the love she provided, the support she continues to put forth in helping other people, every time she sees a need she rolls up her sleeves and does everything she can to be a support to the young people in the haight and people in san francisco and we are so grateful to just claim you as our district 5 own, but i know
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you are a native san franciscan, you love our city and community deeply. we just appreciate how much love and sparkles you continue to pour into everyone's lives. so on behalf of the san francisco board of supervisors it's truly my honor to finally recognize you here at the board chamber for doing everything you can to spread love, peace and happiness throughout our city. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much, president breed, for your recognition. it is an honor to be recognized by the board. it is an honor to be a native san franciscan. it is an honor to be on the corner of haight and masonic. when people think san francisco, they think golden gate bridge, fisherman's wharf and a hippie on the corner of haight and ashbury. what happened in the haight 50 years ago shaped who we are as
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a society and hopefully what we are doing here today also shapes the next 50 years as much. thank you for your recognition and a team work makes the dream work. thank you. >> president breed: thank you. [applause]
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all right, let's give sunny another hand, thank you so much. love on haight, make sure you stop by. [applause] all right, next up supervisor ronen. >> thank you so much. i would love to call up nancy terraga and her family. [applause] >> supervisor ronen: the founder, owner and driving force between casa bone in pocket. she immigrated when she was 8 with her mother and sister. nancy and her family eventually made their way to palo alto where they started a restaurant.
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she learned the value of hard work and perseverance from her mother and she also learned the ropes of starting and growing a small family-owned business. in 1996 when she was just 29 years old, nancy opened a small store front on 24th and mission. the business thrived out of the space and moved to its current location on valencia street in 2009. for those who haven't had the opportunity to visit the store on valencia street let me describe the experience, when you walk through the door, you are instantly transported to the warmth and color of mexico and latin america. you are immediately in the mood for fiesta. you can see the paper flowers. hand made jewelry, pottery, clothing and so much more, including wildly popular trump
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pinatas and if you ask nancy she will tell you interesting stories how she got them in the country. the variety and diversity is amazing. it's committed to the principle of fair trade. she works directly with indigenous artisans and families in latin america, and offers fair wages for the products in her store and on their website. in the best entrepreneurial spirit, nancy has managed to blend 21st century technology and business practices with a deep connection to and reverence. thank you for all you do to maintain the vitality, cultural uniqueness and richness. thank you. >> thank you so much. this is such a special day for
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me. you see, there's really only one place, there's only one city in the world where a business like mine can thrive in and really only one district in san francisco. 22 years ago i started my importing business in the back of my truck selling at street fairs and recently designing decorations made for chrissie tegan and john legend's baby shower. this amazing journey could only be described by a song -- i moved in at 24th and mission and it was here on what became a spiritual discovery of self discovery, transformation forever connected to the mission district.
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transformation between north and south t. was this corner i earned my ph.d. on community street life making friends, community members, officials, but also homeless and those with addiction. i earned my energetic strength of character. as my business expanded i moved to a bigger location on valencia in 2009. during the economic recession when rents were lower. eventually the hills become less steep and your running stride begins to even out but the opportunities for evolution and change never stop. the current landscape of amazon and online sales is affecting every retailer i know and it will be interesting to see if costumes on haight, whether long term survival once the hype dies down. we have to constantly reinvent ourselves to keep ourselves
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relevant and for me this means finding the niche in the market, like stanley gatti to provide specialty designs. we are at the whims of the free market and price increases from every angle. the minimum wage increase to $15 is of course a good law but the practical reality how this will affect students and ability to hire community students is real. how will we as small business hire a student for the same wage when we can hire an adult. how i got around this, i have my 88-year-old auntie take an uber from redwood city so i can take the night off and she runs our store with our 17-year-old student intern. you see 88 and 17 kind of averages out to a 50-year-old adult. with that said, i wanted to leave you with a prayer from my
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friend sandy valdez. >> [speaking spanish] [speaking native language] honoring the four cardinal points north, south, east, west may the road ahead be full of good wind, bright energy and peace, maybe your hearts guide your mind and may you be blessed in all your journeys, thank you very much. [applause] >> president breed: up next is supervisor peskin.
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>> thank you, madam president, colleagues, the business, the institution that i'm about to recognize is known to all 11 members of this board and every san francisco elected official over generations and is where rose pack held court. if you ever wanted to talk to ms. rose, you had to go to the new asia restaurant. it is for members of the public the grandest banquet hall in chinatown in city and county of san francisco that seats people and during the chinese new year and spring banquet and as family associations have their annual gatherings is packed every friday and saturday night with the chinese six companies and elected officials and guests who come from all over the country and during the week
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-- we contemplate that at some point this incredible restaurant will not only be rebuilt and live on for generations to come but above it will be 60 units of affordable housing. so with that, i want to thank mr. soh, the new asia gardens restaurant and all of the incredible sweet employees who treat us all like royalty and will treat all of you like royalty if you go into this facility. it has a storied history. it actually originally owned by
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the yick family was a light industrial manufacturing place before the yick family turned it into a restaurant which mr. soh and his family took over almost 20 years ago. with that, it is my pleasure on the occasion of small business week honor the new asia restaurant. congratulations. >> thank you. [applause] >> sorry, my english no good. >> calvin can translate. >> okay. [speaking foreign language] >> he said thank you, san francisco, and board of supervisor. in fact i want to add a little bit, when i was outside with him a little bit, he is a man of few words. today he has a banquet for chinese community health plan at noon. he wanted to be there but he understands how important it is to be here and be recognized,
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this just shows how engaged he is in his community and restaurant and staff even though he 40 staff, he wanted to be there with him. really appreciates this honor. thank you. [applause] >> president breed: next up is supervisor kim. >> thank you, i would like to bring up ted's market. i want to recognize and thank the sozuna family. they were born right here in san francisco, both the children of greek immigrants.
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theodore and penelope opened -- miriam where are you going? opened ted's market at 1330 howard's street in the south of market july 1967. it has now been in operation for over 50 years. now under the guidance of their son and daughter-in-law david and laurine. laurine's family palestinian refugees sold produce to david's family. laurine is a poet and part of san francisco's revolutionary poet's brigade. laurine has been a long time healthy food advocate and diversified the food and snack selection at the store. she created a lot of recipes for salads and hummus, my favorite is a rice dish with lentils, i do eat a lot of rice. i want to talk a little about ted's deli over the years. in the 60's and 70's because of
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a large filipino community emerging in the south of market, ted's market was the only grocery in the store that sold filipino produce. in 1975 when bill graham opened next to ted's market and began a relationship which continues to this day with the bill graham foundation as ted's market is the supplier of the apples given to patrons of the fillmore auditorium. he remembers making dozens of cheese and avocado sandwiches for the grateful dead. that is amazing. in the 70's and 80's david witnessed an unnamed epidemic affecting customers and friends. it was little known at the time that aids and hiv was emerging but what we did know is many folks who sought refuge were estranged and cut off from their families. it was during this rough time in the neighborhood that ted's market lost nearly half of their customer base and david
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had to start bodies of individuals he had known for many, many years. the market continued their strong relationship with the l.g.b.t. community and in 1984 ted's market had a food booth at the fulsome street fair, way ahead of your time. they have two amazing daughters, athena and miriam, mariam serves on our small business commission and we are so honor today have your service. miriam and athena have worked at the store since young, standing on milk crates on top of schools and other jobs. she used to do the 4:00 a.m. shift when she finished college. i got to know mariam while working with arab resource and organizing center when we developed the ordinances in 2002. ted's market continues to give
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back to the community and they support the san francisco mental health foundation, art of san francisco, san francisco mental health, chanty project, aids memorial and so many others. we want to recognize you today not just for running an amazing market in the south of market for so many of our residents but also giving back for over half a century to our community and to our city. we are so proud of you continuing to be part of our city. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you, supervisor for telling my whole life. thank you president breed and supervisors and supervisor kim for selecting ted's market in district 6 as part of small business week.
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in 1966 my father was laid off from orowheat bakery and it was quite a shock for him. i think at some point he was determined to be his own boss. he didn't have credit but convinced a manager with crocker bank to lend him $2,000 with a handshake. so at that point in july 1967 ted and penny opened up ted's market in soma in the 60's. in those days it was named skid row. for the next 30 years theodore and penelope worked side-by-side. they never closed, christmas, thanksgiving, new year's, never took a day off until my father's passing in 1997. at that point my mother penelope didn't put on an apron again or work behind the counter but she came in several
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times a week because she wanted to see her customers and she loved people. so this award is for them. and it's an honor that laurine and mariam and i can continue their legacy. thank you. [applause] >> i want to pass out obituaries from my late grandmother who just passed and still considered the boss on howard street. >> president breed: thank you. and you have our condolences, thank you for thinking about passing those to us. next up, supervisor fewer. > supervisor fewer: thank you very much. while we have many wonderful small businesses in the richmond, today it's my honor
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to present accommodations to standards ace hardware being represented by manager jordan chang. would you please come up to the podium. jordan and his father independently owned the ace hardware locations at 152 clement street as well as 6122 gary boulevard in my district and for many years have been an integral part of the merchant corridors of the richmond district. the chang's first ace hardware location opened 39 years ago at the corner of 11th and clement and since then moved to the corner of 3rd and clement where they have contributed greatly to the merchant's association as well as residents of the inner richmond and beyond. it is my personal go-to place to buy birdseed for my bird feeders among many other items for barbecues and having keys made. it's always been a strong
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partner creating more livable space among clement street. our office and other offices has worked on their intersection and installed a very large mural on the third avenue side of their building known as mr. foggy, which attracts attention of hundreds of visitors each year and yet another example of ace hardware's commitment to the merchant corridor. ace has also been an invaluable partner in ensuring successful community events along clement street. last year when the richmond district neighborhood center and merchants association hosted women's activist through art festival on inner clement ace hardware graciously allowed us to block off the street and ultimately access to their own parking lot in order to make the event a success and finally i would like to honor ace hardware here today for ensuring the safety and
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well-being of our richmond district community. back in the month of march when our office spear headed a d-1 preparedness month jordan and johnny without hesitation offered customers a 10% discount on all emergency preparedness supplies and even helped us film the promotional video to make sure all our community was prepared in the event of disaster like earthquakes and tsunamis, so to jordan and the team at ace hardware thank you for setting such an incredible example, our office is appreciative of your contributions through our merchant corridors and improving the livelihoods of our residents and our district. now i invite you to say a few words. [applause] >> thank you, ms. fewer. thank you for always being there for the community. thank you for making the richmond safer, cleaner and even more beautiful. i