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most of them, kely, were men of their time. presumably, most of them were imperfect in some ways. but this particular street is named after a particularly imperfect person. whether or not we are talking about the father or the son, we are talking abou family and we're talking about a mayor w got his father's name on a street. i'm not proud to work on that street. and i really want to recommend supervisor norman yee for having the wherewithal to say we don't want this street name in our neighborhood. and i know that is potentially an unpopular decision, but he was very clear that we didn't want this kind of anti-asian
racism memorialized and honored in the district. and i have a lot of respect for that. what we don't have in cit t and in this nation are a whole lot of streets that are named after women, after women of color, after mexicans, after artists, after disabled folks, after social justice warriors, after bisexual folks, after feminist icons. this is an opportunity to do this. frida kahlo, though she was not a long time san francisco resident, i believe she and diego rivera were married in this very building. and san francisco had a mark on her diego rivera were married this very building. and san francisco had a mark on her art. thank you.
[applause] i introduce students to frida kahlo every semester. a studentho is the president of our associated student's council spoke at the press conference when supervisor norman yee announced that frida kahlo way had the most votes. as a middle eastern student, he said phelan would have been no friend m people. he loved that frida kahlo spoke for the indigenous people and for all poor people and against those that have exploited them. to me, it is also a romantic story. because the mural of diego rivera, the love of frida kahlo's life, as you've heard today, will be installed in the performing arts education
center to be built on that street. i'm going to end with two quotes from local newspapers, opinion pieces. the first is from the crusader. a high school student newspaper. let june 11th be the day we take another important step on a path to a just society based on the principle of inclusion. it celebrates creativity and compassion. thank you so much. [applause] my name is robert white.
i'm a resident of phelan avenue and i'm an instructor at city college. with that in mind, i see both points of view. with that in mind also, i want to stress that the greatest impact of the name change is going to be on the residents of phelan avenue. the individuals that have homes there that have to deal with the name change. and we will not accept it, one. number two, what june has asked for and what the residents are asking for is that the biographies of the phelan's and whoever the name change go to, they make public record accessible to everyone that is involved in making the
decisions about the name change. so that the facts are evident. it's evident that phelan avenue was named not after who is being deflamed here, it was named after his father. do not blame the parents for the sins of their children. thank you. [applause] good afternoon. frida kahlo, the artit, lived with a lot of pain, a lot of physical and emotional pain. and through that pain, she was able to -- the pain of an artist, pain of a human being, through the pain she was able to convey the beauty of what it is to be human in all its
imperfection. if you want to know the values of a place, look at who the streets and the monuments are named after. in the words of james baldwin, and i think it's befitting that frida kahlo is honored in this way. to quote the ws of james baldwin, he said, "only an artist can tell and only artists have told, since we have heard of man, what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it. what it is like to die or to have somebody die. what it's like to fear death, what it's like to fear. what it's like to love and what it's like to be glad. hymns don't do this, churches really can't do this. the trouble is only the artists and only the artists alone can do it." thank you.
thank you. [applause] any other public comments at this moment? seeing none, supervisor kim, would you like to close public comments? at this time, we will close public comment for item number four. let me make a couple remarks here. rst fif all, did you want to make -- okay, when i called you didn't stand up. can we open it back up? we have to take a motion to reconvene or to open up public comment again. can we do that without objection? we can do that without objection. >>great, thank you. my name's paul fitzpatrick. i live on phelan avenue for 30 years. i'm opposing the name changing. one of the things i was thinking about was the irish immigrant that phelan was. the chinese immigrants.
well the chinese and the irish worked a lot together to build this country and the railroad. for them to be fighting over this and to want to change because of that, i don't feel that's appropriate. also, i'm a student at city college for the last ten years. and this lady's saying everybody agrees that ty're against it to vote for frida, the name, which is not true. e is no vote there for the students to vote for this. i'm totally in disagreement for that. thank you for listening. thank you. [applause] i think there's no more public comments, supervisor kim. so public comment will now truly be closed for item number ur. thank you very much. once again, i want to thank the public for coming here. i truly want to acknowledge that for those living on
phelan, it will be an inconvenience. although we're gonna try our best to mitigate as much of th possible. i want to say that this whole process, when we stted 3-4 years ago. we started looking at the unity plaza on ocean and phelan. and there was a community attempt to go through a process and choose a name. they eventually chose unity plaza. and then they created the bus loop there, which mta kept on calling it phelan loop. and at that point, the community at large sort of pointed out what the phelan name represented.
mta agreed and eventually called it the ocean avenue loop. this process for me was several years old. and it came up again, popped up again mainly becaus of what the usf students were able to point out. a said you know something, if usf will be brave enough to take this on, then i should step up myself. you know, history is history and nobody is trying to sweep history under the rug. in fact, the gentleman that came up and talked about we should make this one big learning moment, if i didn't bring this up, we wouldn't have this discussion, so it is a learning moment. i appreciate the people that actually participated in the renaming, even though it was set up for a short time.
and again, i have no pathway, there was no official process. basically, the process is i submit a resolution to change the name. that's all i had to do. instead, i want today give some input from the community at the ti time. in fact, i really had no particular name i wanted to name it. when the committee met, we game up with five names and i thought they were pretty good suggestions. elma johnson street wone. livg around that area at the time before people took -- the western world sort of took it over.
everyone knows we're doing this and whether the issue of somebody saying it's a business issue, i have no idea. at least that was not my intent. my intent is very clear. i've been clear all along. to the school, i did with reach the principal will -- there early on. we invited the school to be part of the renaming council therwas no response, so i didn't know what to make of it. as i was talking to the president on the phone oneday, i tried to explain that. it's one thing for me to just invite. i can't force anybody to come to the table.
say, why did we have this. worrhat w back then.don't n't have to worry about it now. i said, why are you passing this out? i was very persistent because my kids were at the age where they're gonna ask questions. i don't want to sit here and say i did nothing to prevent this. eventually, some of the people that were -- didn't want to be inconvenienced, they were saying it's gonna cost us money. fin finally, a young lawyer stands up and says i'll do it for free. and then they kept on
objecting. only after that, people claiming inconvenience and so forth, that i was able to get them to change the language to reflect the values of the day 30 years ago. again, i acknowledge that there's gonna b inconvenience. i try to do my best to lay out a process for us to have some input, having really no temp tn. work with the community and try to help you as much as
possib possible. that's my commitment. hopefully you will understand what my intentions are. and that 'sitbout business issue. i have no idea what's that about. it's not about trying to say chinese fighting. nobody said chinese fighting the irish. i'm sorry, that's a little bizarre to me. i'ust lve it at there. thank you. thank you, supervisor yee. i'd like to add my name as a co-sponsor to this item. and you know, i think the dialogue that we heard today really resembhe national dialogue around the removal of the confederate statues. and we heard it on the debate about removing the statue in front of the main library.
there's a whole dialogue about remembering our history. but i think t mayor of new orleans really hit it on the nail when he said that we must distinguish remembrance and reverence of history. and when we name streets and put monuments of names, it is not just remembering the history. it is part of what is the
making of this nation. we still live with the consequences of those decisions, the pain that followed. and to remember that during this time, the chinese exclusion act was m than just the chinese exclusion act. and the statement of keeping california white and san francisco white was a lot more than st a statement. there were deaths, there was terror,
it's very clear that this name would be nae d -- both are part of a history that was particularly involved in institutional racism. they were particularly involved in acting and codifying and behaving an extremely exclusive and racist way toward a segment of our population that has been an important part of our history. so this is not the scrubbing of history, this is actually righting history that should never have taken place in the first place. i mean, i personally believe if not fort pitical connection, the street might never have been named for the father. he might have been a philanthropist and might have been involved in other things. but at the end of the day, that is what we do. cities evol, they're constantly growing, constantly maflecting and constantly
osing pvechange i see this as a positive change. i appreciate your leadership on this and would love to be added as a sponsor as well. thank you. and so we have a motion on the floor. motion on the floor, do we have a second that? i second that wholeheartedly. we have a second and a wholehearted motion and we can do that without objection. i want to thank the members of the public for coming out to speak on this item. madam clerk, any other items before this board? there's no further business. meeting is adjourd. thank you very much. we closed public comment, there's no public comment once we close it. .
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grandfather a big people person people had people coming since the day we opened. >> it is of is first place on theest w that that exposito 6 years ago but anyone was doi that starbuck's exists and it created a really welcoming pot. it is truly a legacy business but more importantly it really at the take care of their community my father from it was formally italy a fisherman and that town very rich in culture and music was a big part of it guitars and sank and combart in the evening that tradition they brought this to the cafe so many characters around here everything has incredible stories by famous folks last week the cafe that
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>> i'm rebecca and i'm a violinist and violin teacher. i was born here in san francisco to a family of cellists, professional cellists, so i grew up surrounded by a bunch of musical rehearsals an lessons. types of activities happened in my house. i began playing piano when i was 4. i really enjoyed musical activities in geral. so when i was 10, i began studying violin in san francisco. and from there, pretty much never stopped and went on to study in college as well. that's the only thing i've ever known is to have music playing all the time, whether it is someone actually playing next to you or someone listening to a recording. i think that i actually originally wanted to play flute and we didn't have a flute. it's always been a way of life.
i didn't know that it could be any other way. >> could you give me an e over here. great. when you teach and you're seeing a student who has a problem, you have to think on your feet to solve that problem. and that same kind of of thinking that you do to fix it applies to your own practice as well. so if i'm teaching a student and they are having a hard time getting a certain note, they can't find the right note. and i have to think of a digestible way to explain it to them. ee, d, d, e. >> yes. then, when i go on to do my own practice for a performance, those words are echoing back in my head. okay. why am i missing this? i just told somebody that they needed to do this. maybe i should try the same thing. i feel a lot of pressure when
i'm teaching young kids. you might think that there is less pressure if they are going on to study music or in college that it ise mor relaxing. i actually find that the opposite is true. if i know i'm sending a high school student to some great music program, they' to get so much more instruction. what i have told them is only the beginning. if i am teaching a student who i know is going to completely change gears when they go to college and they never will pick up a violin again there is so much that i need to tell them. in plain violin, it is so difficult. there is so much more information to give. every day i think, oh, my gosh. i haven't gotten to this technique o we haven't studies they meese and they have so much more to do. we only have 45 minutes a week. i have taught a few students in some capacity who has gone on to study music.
that feels anaysing. >> it is incredible to watch how they grow. somebody can make amazing project from you know, age 15 to 17 if they put their mind to it. >> i think i have 18 students now. these more than i've had in the past. i'm hoping to build up more of a studio. there will be a pee ono, lots of bookshelves and lots of great music. the students will come to my house and take their lessons there. my schedule changes a lot on a day-to-day basis and that kind of keeps it exciting. think that music is just my favorite thing that there is, whether it's listening to it or playing it or teaching it. all that really matters to me is that i'm surrounded by the sounds, so i'm going top keep
francisco. we have 3 guest today. we have david constructional engineer and bill harvey. i want to talk about urban myths. what do you think about earthquakes, can you tell if they are coming in advance? >> he's sleeping during those earthquakes? >> have you noticed him take he sleeps right through them. there is no truth that i'm aware of with harvey that dogs are aware of an impending earthquake. >> you hear the myth all the time. suppose the dog helps you get up, is it going to help you do something >> i hear they are aware of small vibrations. but yes, i read extensively that dogs
cannot realize earthquakes. >> today is a spectacular day in san francisco and sometimes people would say this is earthquake weather. is this earthquake weather? >> no. not that i have heard of. no such thi. >> there is no such thing. >> we are talking about the weather in a daily or weekly cycle. there is no relationship. i have heard it's hot or cold weather or rain. i'm not sure which is the myth. >> how about time of day? >> yes. it happens when it's least convenient. when it happens people say we were lucky and when they don't. it's terrible timing. it's never a good time for an earthquake. >> but we are going to have one. >> how about the ground
swallowing people into the ground? >> like the earth that collapsed? it's not like the tv shows. >> the earth does move and it bumps up and you get a ground fracture but it's not something that opens up and sucks you up into haddes. >> it's not going anywhere. we are going to have a lot of damage, but this myth that california is going to the ocean is not real. >> southern california is
moving north. it's coming up from the south to the north. >> you would have to invest the million year cycle, not weeks or years. maybe millions of years from now, part of los angeles will be in the bay area. >> for better or worse. >> yes. >> this is a tough question. >> those other ones weren't tough. >> this is a really easy challenge. are the smaller ones less stress? >> yes. the amount released in small earthquakes is that they are so small in you need many of those. >> i think would you probably have to have maybe hundreds of magnitude rthquakes of 4.7. >> so small earthquakes are not
making our lives better in the future? >> not anyway that you can count on. >> i have heard that buildings in san francisco are on rollers and isolated? >> it's not true. it's a conventional foundation like almost all the circumstances buildings in san francisco. >> the trans-america was built way before. it's a pretty conventional foundation design. >> i have heard about this thing called the triangle of life and up you are supposed to go to the edge of your bed to save yourself. is there anything of value to that ? >> yes, if you are in your room. you should drop, cover and hold onto something. if you are inschool, same thing,
kitchen same thing. if you happen to be in your bed, and you rollover your bed, it's not a bad place to be. >> the reality is when we have a majoearthquake the ground shaking so pronounced that you are not going to be able to get up and go anywhere. you are pretty much staying where you are when that earthquake hits. you are not going to be able to stand up and run with gravity. >> you want to get under the door frame but you are not moving to great distances. >> where can i buy a richter scale? >> mr. richter is selling it. we are going to put a plug for cold hardware. they are not available. it's a rr complex. >> in fact we don't even use the richter scale anymore. we use a moment magnitude. the
richter scale was early technology. >> probably a myth that i hear most often is my building is just fine in the loma prieta earthquake so everything is fine. is that true ? >> loma prieta was different. the ground acceleration here was quite moderate and the duration was moderate. so anyone that believes they survived a big earthquake and their building has been tested is sadly mistaken. >> we are planning for the bigger earthquake closer to san francisco and a fault totally independent. >> much stronger than the loma prieta earthquake. >> so people who were here in '89 they should say 3 times as
strong and twice as long and that will give them more of an occasion of the earthquake we would have. 10 percent isn't really the threshol da. when you triple it you cross that line. it's much more damage in earthquake. >> i want to thank you, harvey, thanks pat for sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the missi i sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important
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