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areas of -- >> thank you. >> thank you so much. >> thank you, again, directors. i did spend much of the morning looking over this report. i think it's a good first step. i hope that some effective regulation comes out of it. but i wanted to specifically talk about the tncs and has been noted by a couple of directors, this -- the biggest part of the congestion problem in the city is undoubtedly the tncs. the city has thus far taken the position they don't have regulatory authority over tncs, but certainly you have regulatory authority in so far
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as it goes -- the general rules, the rules of application that apply citywide to all vehicles or even, i would say, to certain classes of vehicles such as the ones that are contained in this report. so i would love to see some effective regulation having to do with that. i would particularly call attention to the idea of congestion pricing because it's more than just stopping in bike lanes and double parking. it's sheer numbers. it's the sheer numbers of them that are on the street. if a handle can be gotten on that, i think it will have a tremendous benefit across the board and across the city. so i hope you take a good, close look at that. i hope you also take a look at regulations that find ways that
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you can regulate tnc as long with other forms of transportation. thank you. >> thank you. yes, mr. gilberte. >> tom gilberte. numbers matter. i heard just recently that it's 6,000 uber lifts on the road at one time versus 35,000 uber on the road at some point. numbers matter. again, quality of life. do we want 6,000 more cars downtown? even if they're giving another government will take a nice profit or tax or, you know -- but do we want them? is that where we want to go? insurance, if a scooter with a helmet hits a person in a wheelchair or a little kid or an old folk, we get broken a whole lot easier.
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the uber lit insurance pattern, if there's no one in the car, they have a different set of insurance, what they'll pay. this is a billion dollar -- billions of dollars corporation. i'm sitting here thinking that if you had children and they were going to spend the rest of their life paralyzed, duh. and 6,000 or 40,000 or 30,000 cars are going to add more tension to drivers that are on the street. that includes the tourist drivers that don't know what they're doing. if you're driving in the city and you're making money in the city, you should sign into a $5 million damage policy per person. the city can arrange that funding through a public bank. we need to go that route. we don't need more sprawl of
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mechanical machines in this city. thank you. >> thank you. herbert winer is the last speaker. >> there's one thing -- two things that have been left out. one is accessibility to transportation. now, people are expected to walk a quarter of a mile to the bus stop. if you're a senior or a disabled person, it's a hardship. now, that plan should address this. the second thing about congestion, you remove parking spaces, you remove driving lanes. you have an increased volume of cars coming. yeah. you are going to have congestion. that's one contributory factor. in addition to uber and lyft. i think this should be examined as part of the plan. this is a long-standing problem. it's not been addressed.
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when you increase the walking distance, less people are going to take public transportation. also, when you constrict the driving lanes, there's more of a pileup of cars. there are areas -- neighborhoods where congestion did not exist before. now it does. try california streets in the richmond district. it didn't used to be this way. now it is. now there's several streets that are could not justed. i recommend that the mta and cta examine their could no congesteg and be more realistic. >> thank you. anymore public comment? no? seeing none, public comment is closed. directors, this is a discussion item only. there's no action, but the public speakers, we did, you know, hear, again, about the hardships that tncs are causing and it will be good to have a strategy to come out of
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this report. personally, i think congestion charging is an idea with a discussion coming back is very good. i applaud that. that's going to be an interesting one to hear. maybe this time people will see there is a need and we can do something with it. director rubke, did you have thoughts? >> i'm sorry. thank you. so thanks for this report. it was comprehensive and got into details on a lot of things that i thought were really forward thing and helpful. i just wanted to question the metric used in the accessibility piece. i think they were good in general, but i thought the first one caused me a little concern, by i think, if i'm recalling, the phrasing is something like the percentage of that services users who have disabilities or who identify as disabilities as
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having disabilities. and i guess i'm concerned about using that as a metric because i think that in a lot of the cases where this service clearly doesn't have accessibility or disabled access, you're not going to get a very good or useful metric from that in my mind because the user -- people with disabilities won't sign up as a user of a service where there's no obvious access. so, for example, bike share, i love the idea. it's so awesome, but i'm not going to sign up for bike share. but i think it's important that, as we're looking to these emerging technologies and seeing how they com comply with our principles, it's important we keep pressure on then. i understand the report did address those other things. i want to highlight that as a little bit concerning. i think in connection with the other metrics that you have, i think you'll get what you need. i just had a little concern with
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that. so that's my piece. thank you. >> that's a good point, director. thank you very much. yes, director ramos. >> thank you, madam chair and thank you to the ta staff for this incredible report. i've been anticipating it for a while, and i was very pleased with what you all produced. it's quite a bunch of information. i hope it's going to be required reading for anybody that's working in transportation today. it really is a nice comprehensive bunch of information. it's very -- it's so comprehensive, there's very little that i can add. i think that speaks to all the brilliant minds that went into the review and the peer review and everybody else that looked at this. it looks really -- you guys covered your bases, which i applaud. there are two questions i had. i saw that you just -- it seems
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to me like you're going to be evaluating folks with respect to vmt that's related as service vmt. i see that phrase service vmt a bit. i assume that what you mean by that is that once a car comes into service as opposed to generating to get here from wherever it came, i'm wondering if you can spear to that or if you thought about that much at all and what i would like to do is make sure that we're trying -- this kind of speaks to my next question, which maybe you can do a twofer. with respect to how you're going to be monitoring and rating the percentage of local hire. i saw you refer to the policy, and i applaud that. i didn't quite catch how you would be evaluating the compliance or how they would be
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effectively hiring people locally, but i do think that those two things are related, which then ultimately gets to sustainability and congestion and what have you. so i'm just hoping that you thought a little bit about that and i'm sure that you did. i would love to hear more about it. >> sure. to your first question about vmt, it actually is a metric that shows up in several places. i'm going to take your point and sort of project it outward. >> okay. >> when we think about autonomous vehicles as a not too far distant future, they are out of service like you're not in the car, but it is still driving around. that counts in this evaluation. so even though under congestion, we're talking about service vmt, which is your point of -- i'll use this as an example. in the vehicle versus the person that's driving around, vmt finds its way into the financial impact principle under state of good repair. so we are also counting the total vmt that is just associated with that service.
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so, for example, the driver who picks you up, susan, if they had to drive five miles to get to you and then you took five miles, it will count as five miles in congestion and ten miles under the finance impact principle. that in fact is covered. then under sustainability, we look at people miles traveled because it's a matter of how many people are in that vehicle. are we moving people or vehicles? does that answer your first question? >> i think so. >> is that more information you needed? >> it's more information than i needed. maybe we can talk more after, but i certainly -- i'm glad you took it into consideration because i do think that's part of the issue is because there's driving around out of service that it's something i think we -- i would like to make sure that we as a city are addressing. so it sounds like you thought about it and you're addressing it in some capacity. maybe we can talk more. i don't want to be the only one
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holding us up. this speaks to the point from what i understand, a lot of the reason why a lot of the state appreciates these tn cs so much is because they're job providers in towns that don't have a whole lot of alternatives. then they come here to provide services and that contributes to congestion. i appreciate the nod to the local hire policy, i'm wondering if you'll be doing or thinking through more to acknowledge the companies or the providers that are doing their best to give opportunities to our local residents. >> your approximately is with the taken and we're happy to add that as a future consideration. other documents like our tnc report has documented as an example how many drivers had business licenses before the state granted, about where they were originally located and then driving in san francisco. we are well aware of that phenomenon. >> thank you. >> thank you, director ramos.
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that is good. i would remind everyone, though, in terms of the tncs providing jobs, i think the last data point i heard which was quite recently because that the average ten tour of the uber drivers is 6 months. they are not providing sustainable jobs and they're not necessarily providing a living wage, but you're right. it's a low barrier to entry. so it's a quick oh, i have a job driving an uber and then it might take them six months to figure out that it's actually not paying -- >> i think that my perception, i could be wrong, but it's such a short tenure because they're tapped into an infinite workforce that they're treating as disposable. you get one star rating now and you're gone or whatever. >> yeah. it's unfortunate. mr. logan, thank you again. do i have any other discussion questions, comments? no. thank you so much both of you for the work on that. i'm glad we'll be seeing you again with a strategy because we
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look forward to that very much. all right. i see i have a public speaker comment card up there, but we've closed public comment on this item. what is that on? >> this is for discussion as to whether to invoke -- >> excellent. >> madam chair, would you like to discuss 10.5 at this point? >> yes. do we have -- i believe we need to continue that item. is that correct. >> yes. >> all right. so as we continue that item, i would just remind staff to circle back with the cac since they had concerned around this as well. as we're figuring out what to do about that one, we can also loop back with the cac to explain that as well. all right. so 10.5 we will continue. so we will move on. >> discussion as to whether or not to invoke the important client privilege. we have a comment.
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>> thank you, again. i note that the closed session concerns the lawsuit that the san francisco federal credit union has brought against the mta on the medallion sales program. i don't have an opinion on the legal issues in this lawsuit, but i do believe that it is part of a larger discussion that needs to take place around the medallion sales and what to do about it. it's a broken program. it has to be resolved at some point. you can't keep people prisoners in these medallions for the rest of eternity. we've had over 120, i believe, for closures. so we're going to let it go until every last one is foreclosed. and then the problem goes away.
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no, i don't think so. so again, i think that something needs to be done about this, and in new york, for instance, they're beginning to come to the same conclusion. there is now a new effort, first of all, to reign in tncs. you may be aware that four taxi and delivery drivers have committed suicide in recent months over desperate economic conditions and that's causing the city to look at this again. a recent editorial in the new york sometimes abou"newyorkt to read you these sentences. over time, the city should consider whether it owes something to drivers who sunk their savings into taxi medallions. many went into debt to buy these permits because the city promised them a monopoly on picking up passengers, a promise it has not been able to keep. so i think the simple answer is
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that the mta needs to make these people good and needs to find a funding source to do this. thank you. >> thank you. do i have a motion to go into closed -- i have one more public commenter. >> i want to agree with the comments that my friend mark just made. i hope you'll bear that in mind as you convene your closed session. i just also wanted to clarify your action just know on 10.5. is that to continue it later in the meeting, or is that to continue to t. to a future meeting. >> a future meeting. >> i'm good with that, and i hope to talk to staff before then. >> thank you very much. anymore public comment on closed session? no. seeing number, it's closed. do i have a motion? do i have a second? all in favor. hearing none, we will move to a >> chairman brinkman: all to a right. so we are back into open session. all right. item 14 announcement
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of closed session, the mta board of directors went in closed section but no action. it would be item 15 would be appropriate for a motion to disclose or not disclose the information. a first. a second? all in favor of not disclosing? we will not disclose. >> chair, that concludes the business before you. >> chairman brinkman: thank you all for spending your tuesday with us. adjourned. >> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and
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>> welcome to our 2018 mayor's teacher paraeducator and principal of the year awards. this is our 11th year of honoring our public schoolteacher and ninth year of honoring our principals and first year of honoring our paraeducator. [applause] this honor awards five of our city's most accomplished teachers, principals and a paraeducator. all candidates nominated by members of their community throughout the year and the finalists selected by the mayor in april. they received awards on behalf of the their tireless work and i wanted to just highlight a couple of things you all will be getting so it teases you a
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little bit. [applause] >> we already had the teachers on norred a honored at the giane on monday and you will get a beautiful tiffany apple. you will also get an award from the mayor and from the mason foundation for $1,000. [cheers and applause] we have some really great gifts from our championship basketball team the golden state warriors and and we still love them, they are not here with us any more but our san francisco 49ers. you will also get amazing tickets to outside land, beach blanket and elle k elcatraz ande
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final arts museum. so al we are super excited. gift certificates for dirty water, the mall, and his tor hic john's grill. we also had personal gift bags, messenger bags made by rickshaw which is a local company and mark has been incredibly wonderful donating every year and he puts the logo on the bag and it's an incredibly high quality bag and for when you go away on the long weekend we have a great tumi bag donated by alaska airlines one of our newest partner. thank you anna belle for all
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that. iqan is here and always gives you a bag of goodies, so you will see a quad and octopus and a membership and he is rolling out his k-5 academy for all, so all of your students will be able to come to the academy throughout the year because of a generous endowment, so we are really, really happy about that. [cheers and applause] all of these partnerships and gifts and prizes are aregarded and fully reflect the great love that san francisco holds for its educators and we wouldn't have been able to do this without many of our partners and i wanted to call out the ceo, to thank the teacher for teacher
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appreciation month. recognizing our educators for their work promotes prestige within the profession and dem states appreciation for those dedicating themselves to providing our students with an excellent education. i want to highlight once again the public school paraeducator that we are honoring tonight and for those of you who didn't know, our late mayor was a paraeducator and this award is to honor him and it's in his name. we are really happy to be able to do that. [applause] some of this would not happen if we did not have a leader in our city that continues to appreciate all of our educators and i am really happy to stand next to our mayor. please join me in welcomes mayor mark ferrell.
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[applause] >> thank you. i have to say after all those goodies that have been announced i don't know anyone that won't be striving for these awards. what i understand is it's $35,000 worth of goodies that we are going to be giving out today so that or the giant's game is a pretty cool few days. congratulations everybody. i want to welcome everybody to our award's ceremony as we honor our teachers, paraeducator and principals of the year award. this is an incredible time here in san francisco. you are the glue that makes our families work so thank you for all that you do. hydra mentioned mayor lee, i know this is one of his favorite things to do every year and to stand as his successor for now is awesome and reminds me of him
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quite a bit. this is named after mayor lee, so you are the inaugural honoreehonhohonorees. i have want to thank the school district, dr. matthew is here and hydra, please a round of applause for her. [applause] i say this very sincerely as a parent of three young children, teachers and principals you are the glue that makes everything work for families in our city and i mentioned that. you are providing the foundation and you are really leading the path for the next generation of
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san francisco children. i know many in the room are born and raised san francisco people and to be setting foundation for our city is powerful and you are here and awarded tonight because you have been nominated by so many people for all your hard work, but let's never forget what we are doing and the power behind that is incredible. i would like to recognize supervisor sandy fewer who is here. [applause] i want to thank the blue ribbon panel for helping select these nominees and obviously a difficult decision-making process for doing that. you know the four principal winners were selected because of their dedicate and leadership just like the teachers and our paraeducator. congratulations to you all. this is a fun thing to be here and a fun thing to go to the giant's games and beon the field.
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we don't get to do that every single day, but thank you for all that you do for our children on behalf of san francisco. we can't do it without you. please know how important you do is to all of us. i know it's one of the most challenging jobs in the world, but i want to say thank you on behalf of a grateful city. [applause] >> thank you mr. maryou. maryour. mayor. a wonderful partner of you are ours the president of the leaders of san francisco, lit lita blonk. >> thank you for being chosen
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for this award. not a single person goes into the field of education for honor or glory, but it is still extremely well appreciated to have one's commitment and hard work acknowledged. thank you mayor ferrell and hydra and thank you to your families without your support they would not have the fortitude to continue what you do and thank you to the community because a good teacher or educator can only thrive when supported by their community. you all are receiving educator of the year awards but you deserve much more. i remember my first year as a reading recovery teacher i had a student who was a cute little 6-year-old but he was clinically
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depressed. he came from a traumatized background and i remember telling my supervisor i don't think i can teach this child to read. she said you are a reading teacher, teach him to read and see what happen. i was able to teach him to read and write and he reached proficiency and somewhere his self-esteem shifted and it was part of him turning the corner. dition to receiving the award that you are receiving, i would like to nominate you all for psychologist of the year, social worker of the year. [laughter] life coach of the year. [applause] event planner of the year. at vadvocate of the year and the list goes on because any educator knows you are wearing some of those hats all the time and many of those hats all the
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time. appreciation comes in many form. today it is expressed in kind words and many generous gift. i want to thank the donor to made that possible. there are gift bags and there is beautiful posters and you will see what's in there, some surprise. we also give, we don't have millions of dollars but we do have thousands of members who stand together for your every day of the year and we are proud of that. appreciation can also come through the gift of making sure that you have time to do your job properly and each of you knows what that means in your own job. i have a particular angle i want to share with you. it also means in this world of 2018 making sure that educators are not spending time giving assessment that is are not useful for their teaching and sharing with you the information that the board of education
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received recommendations from a joint district family union assessment community which includes i limb natio eliminatie assessment, so brought we forward and that means less teaching and more learning. that is a gift to you of time. i know that is really stretching it, but i had to put it in. [laughter] one last form of appreciation which you are all aware, appreciation can and should mean a living wage, so i'm shameless. [applause] i'm shameless and determined that educators in the city will have a living wage from here on in and so on june 5 san francisco ha has the opportunito vote yes on prop g. thank you
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very much and enjoy the rest of the reception. [applause] >> thank you is there anything else you would like to share with us? [laughter] lita is leaving and retiring after 33 amazing years with us, so thank you for your service. as we shared earlier, this next speaker is recognized for the work that she does to represent our peer educator. she is the vice president of our paraeducators with u esf and i know carolyn fought hard for this award. carroll, why don't you come on up. [applause] thank you and good afternoon everybody. this is really exciting for me
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because i have been pushing for about nine years to get a paraeducator of the year. i have talked to the mast mayors and hydra so it's really aye maizing. amazing. i want to give a shout-out to our first paraeducator to receive achievement. [applause] she is an incredible para and i'm so honored she is the first one to get it. mary knows i don't like to speak in front of a mic., but i said i will do this just for you. stewart and katie was a paraeducator and jolene, so a lot are now admi administratorse
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and teacher. it's hard for me what happened last year in mayor lee and we had the paraeducator housing last june and we were talking hydra and -- and me. i said this is great, but are we going to do a paraeducator of the year, and he said carolyn, yes, we are this year. i know you have been pushing for it and then he proceeded to tell me i was a bilingual para and i went oh, wow, i never knew that. we talked about paris for ten minutes and how he had been and how important they are. this is very special and so glad it's mary avalade that's getting
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it. congratulations to everyone and thank you. >> thank you carolyn. i did want to highlight the housing that carolyn was eluding to because of the partnership with the school district and educators we are breaking ground on 100 affordable units for our educators in the next couple years and we have just selected a developer through the mayor's process and we are really excited to do that for our educator. [applause] so our last speaker is a representative of our united administrators, so these are the folks that make sure our principals are well supported and getting what it is they need in order to be amazing principal, so join me in compels
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jolene washington. >> good afternoon everyone. caro line was spoked to be here this afternoon but was able to come so at our last meeting she asked who was interested in speaking and so i did not raise my hand. [laughter] i said who is going to be receiving awards. she said lina, i said i love lina, and then she said sam, and i said i love sam and then she said emmanuel and we have the same principals an and then he . eli horn. and with that i had to be here. i just want to say that again my james jolin washington and i am
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here on behalf of united administrators of san francisco and thank you for allowing us to speak at this important event. it gives us the opportunity to brag about our amazing, hardworking administrators like sam, lina, emmanuel, and eli. they are courageous leaders and put student's needs and interests first. we are proud to honor them today and recognize them for everything they do every day every month every year to benefit their students, families, staff, and school community. on a personal note, i remember the experience of receiving the honor of principal of the year from mayor lee in 2011 and this honor allows you school
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community and your families to see that the enduring long days the sleepless nights, the ongoing dedication to teachers, families and students in your school communities is not done in vain, so lina, sam, emmanuel and eli, enjoy this recognize and celebrate with the ones you love. congratulations. [applause] >> thank you so much jolin. before we bring up all of our award winners, let me tell you about how this is going to work. we are going to call out the award recipient's name and i will have maker yo ferrell, supervisor matthews and supervisor fewer and we will take a picture and then have leadership take a picture of all the recipients with all of our sponsor. that is how it will work.
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i want to give a shout-out and recognize our blue ribbon panel because these are the folks that made the difficult decision. if you are part of the blue ribbon panel, if you would please stand up so we can recognize you. camille, owen hit. hoyt, and simone who is working u upstairs and we had cara tweed and annie sang from pinterest, so we also had a community that read with us. thank you for being part of the blue ribbon panel. without further adieu our first award recipient is kitty lock, a
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teacher at comm stockton elemeny school. she joined 31 years ago as a paraeducator and has been at comma dore stockton for the last 31 year. in addition to all of the goodies they are getting, they are getting certificates from mayor ferrell, u.s. representative nancy pelosi, state senator wiener -- and there is lots of goodies over there. our next award recipient is jack
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lively. third grade teacher at star king elementary school. thank you jack. he grew up speaking mandarin an canton knees in china. he wanted to be a high school teacher but when he got to job to teach he fell in love with the school, the staff and the kids, so he decided to stay. thank you jack. [applause] because we have so many elementary schools we honor two elementary schoolteachers and our second is jennifer partika, 5th grade teacher at argone elementary school. she is dedicated to growing the number of females in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematic.
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she recently led the argon robotics take too a victory at the lego robotics competition. excellent. your middle grades teacher of the year is erin wise, 6th grade teacher at middleton middle school. aaron is spending his 11th year where he teaches sixth grade math and science. he runs parent groups, sits on committee, and most importantly he is the dj for middle school dance. [applause] thank you aaron.
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our high school teacher of the year is christian castillo, a 10th and 11th grade teacher albalboa high school. she has worked within the school district for 11 years now in different capacities. , pulse pathway and a special shout-out to my fellow philippinea. all right, give it up for our teachers of the year. [applause] our next award is this very special mayor lee's award for our paraeducator of the year and it goes to mary lavalane.
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since 1970, 1970, i was five, mary has worked in early childhood development at several different organization. in 1986 mary joined the sfusd as student advisor at fairmont elementary school and been at san francisco community for the last 18 year. thank you mary. [cheers and applause] our next award recipients are our principal. please join me in welcoming our principal for early education because that is education by the way.
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mr. eli horn. [applause] [cheering] and ally's fan club. i have known eli for about 20 year. before eli became an early education administrator he served as director for th thevis valley beacon where he worked to provide partnerships for the school. he joins the school district in 2011 as early education administrator. ally, thank you. [cheers and applause] our elementary school principal of the year is one of mayor ferrell's favorites because they have a blooming, wonderful
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bromance because they did some amazing, amazing work through the shared schoolyards partnership and that take as lot of work to open a school to the city. principal of the year for elementary, emmanuel stewart, george washington carveer. he has worked in public education for 27 year. he now leads the school where he taught for 14 years and committed to the bay view hunter's community and he does that with excitement, passion and dedication. super happy for him. >> go stewie!
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>> our middle school principal of the year is a dynamic leader, lina va vanherran and her daugh. oh, not anymore. lina is in her 8th year of leading middle school unified and her 5th year aspirins pal. she has worked passionately alongside passionate teaches and leaders to turn around everett middle school from one of the lowest performs to a thriving place that now has a wait list of students wanting to go to
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everett middle school. [applause] congratulations. last but not least samuel bass our high school principal of the year. [applause] he is with burton high school. he received the axa middle school of the year award in 2016. he is driven to provide as many opportunities and possibilities to traditionally under served students in san francisco as possible. we will have to give you guys a little basket next time to put all your goodies.
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congratulations sam. give it up for our principal of the year awards recipient. [cheers and applause] congratulations to our teachers, our paraeducator and our principal. all of this is not possible without the incredible staff that put this together. a big shout-out to rebecca mcdowell. we have snacks in the back and we would love for you to stay and continue and mingle and mayor ferrell thank you for your support and leadership and ensuring that our teachers, principals and paraedge kay kays continue to get recognized in san francisco. congratulations!
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>> welcome to "culturewire." today we are at recology. they are celebrate 20 years of one of the most incredibly unique artist residency programs. we are here to learn more from one of the resident artists. welcome to the show, deborah. tell us how this program began 20 years ago. >> the program began 20 years ago. our founder was an
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environmentalist and an activist and an artist in the 1970's. she started these street sweeping campaigns in the city. she started with kids. they had an exhibition at city hall. city officials heard about her efforts and they invited her to this facility. we thought it would coincide with our efforts to get folks to recycle, it is a great educational tool. since then, we have had 95 professional artists come through. >> how has the program changed over the years? how has the program -- what can the public has an artist engage with? >> for the most part, we worked with metal and wood, what you would expect from a program like ours. over the years, we tried to include artists and all types of mediums. conceptual artists, at installation, photographers,
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videographers. >> that has really expanded the program out. it is becoming so dynamic right now with your vision of interesting artists in gauging here. why would an artist when to come here? >> mainly, access to the materials. we also give them a lot of support. when they start, it is an empty studio. they go out to the public area and -- we call it the big store. they go out shopping, take the materials that, and get to work. it is kind of like a reprieve, so they can really focus on their body of work. >> when you are talking about recology, do you have the only sculpture garden at the top? >> it is based on work that was done many years ago in new york. it is the only kind of structured, artist program.
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weit is beautiful. a lot of the plants you see were pulled out of the garbage, and we use our compost to transplant them. the pathway is lined with rubble from the earthquake from the freeways we tour about 5000 people a year to our facility, adults and children. we talk about recycling and conservation. they can meet the artists. >> fantastic. let's go meet some of your current artists. here we are with lauren. can you tell us how long have been here so far and what you're working on? >> we started our residency on june 1, so we came into the studio then and spent most of the first couple weeks just digging around in the trash. i am continuing my body of work, kind of making these hand-
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embroidered objects from our day-to-day life. >> can you describe some of the things you have been making here? this is amazing. >> i think i started a lot of my work about the qualities of light is in the weight. i have been thinking a lot about things floating through the air. it is also very windy down here. there is a piece of sheet music up there that i have embroidered third. there is a pamphlet about hearing dea -- nearing death. this is a dead rabbit. this is what i am working on now. this is a greeting card that i found, making it embroidered. it is for a very special friend. >> while we were looking at this, i glanced down and this is amazing, and it is on top of a book, it is ridiculous and amazing.
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>> i am interested in the serendipity of these still life compositions. when he got to the garbage and to see the arrangement of objects that is completely spontaneous. it is probably one of the least thought of compositions. people are getting rid of this stuff. it holds no real value to them, because they're disposing of it. >> we're here in another recology studio with abel. what attracted you to apply for this special program? >> who would not want to come to the dump? but is the first question. for me, being in a situation that you're not comfortable in has always been the best. >> what materials were you immediately attracted to when you started and so what was available here? >> there are a lot of books. that is one of the thing that hits me the most. books are good for understanding, language, and art in general. also being a graphic designer, going straight to the magazines
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and seeing all this printed material being discarded has also been part of my work. of course, always wood or any kind of plastic form or anything like that. >> job mr. some of the pieces you have made while you have been here. -- taught me through some of the pieces you have made while you have been here. >> the first thing that attracted me to this was the printed surface. it was actually a poster. it was a silk screen watercolor, about 8 feet long. in terms of the flatwork, i work with a lot of cloddish. so being able to cut into it come at into it, removed parts, it is part of the process of negotiating the final form. >> how do you jump from the two dimensional work that you create to the three-dimensional? maybe going back from the 3f to 2d. >> everything is in the process
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of becoming. things are never said or settled. the sculptures are being made while i am doing the collages, and vice versa. it becomes a part of something else. there's always this figuring out of where things belong or where they could parapets something else. at the end goal is to possibly see one of these collage plans be built out and create a structure that reflects back into the flat work. >> thank you so much for allowing "culturewire" to visit this amazing facility and to learn more about the artists in residence program. is there anything you like our viewers to know? >> we have art exhibitions every four months, and a win by the public to come out. everybody is welcome to come out. we have food. sometimes we have gains and bands. it is great time. from june to september, we accept applications from bay area artists. we encouraged artists from all
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mediums to apply. we want as many artists from the bay area out here so they can have the same experience. >> how many artists to do your host here? >> 6 artist a year, and we receive about 108 applications. very competitive. >> but everyone should be encouraged to apply. thank you again for hosting us. >> thank you for including us in "culturewire." ♪ >> this is the regular meeting of the small business commission monday, may 21, 2018. the meeting is being called to order at 2:10 p.m. small business commission thanks media services and sfgov-tv for televising the meeting, which can be viewed on sfgov2, channel 78, or sfgovtv.org. members of the publ