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or the genesis of it? >> i'm not entirely sure how long ago, but the purpose of the telegraph hill-north beach residential s.u.d. in section 249.49 is pretty concise. it is to preserve existing affordable housing and prevent the creation of new garages in new housing in order to preserve the existing affordable housing stock. so, you know, kind of designed around preserving the existing affordable housing, and just while i'm up here, if i may, commissioner fong's point, separate from the rationale about existing residence and converting to nonresidential use, the other goal which i hope came out in my original speech, identifying the possible sites for new development in the district and really prioritizing residential use for those new developments. it's not just about the
conversion, but prioritizing that use for new development. >> president hillis: just, sorry, clarifying question. in the rh district, you can't get a c.u. for a hotel, can you? >> you can, but it's more like a bed and breakfast type use you can do. >> commissioner johnson: so, it is really interesting these two have, the last two items have been next to each other, just looking at one, how do you protect the character of a neighborhood and find a balance, and i think on this one in particular, and both of them, frankly, i hear the concerns around community protection, and i think it's really interesting point that you just brought up about prioritizing the use that ultimately gets approved, and that's something that we are all kind of like-minded and looking
at as well, we want more housing, and i think the approval housing can be done through working with community groups, working with offices and working with us, and so i just have a question about again whether the legislation as is truly gets to the heart of hitting some of the goals that you have laid out and making sure that there is a balance, making sure that where prioritizing housing production, while recognizing that it's the wonderful thing about north beach is, it is this place that people come to be able to experience the beauty of san francisco. that's my statement. but you can respond. i would love to hear your thoughts. >> just briefly, i mean, i would go back to the rationale we have
used for tweaking zoning tables in the past, and there are no hotels in this area. there are a few very small inns and it is a tourist destination, and in as much as there aren't any big hotels in the area right now, we are crafting an amendment to the zoning table that matches reality, matches the priorities that this commission and the city have prioritized in the past. we are just kind of making it clear this is what we want done with the s.u.d., and so, and to the extent that north beach is a tourist destination, absolutely it is a tourist destination. it is abundantly well served by the 26,000 existing hotel rooms in the district that are maybe not directly in this, the boundaries of the s.u.d., predominantly a presidential community serving part of town, but extraordinarily well served by the 26,000 beds that are either in union square or fisherman's wharf or nob hill,
adjacent walking distance to north beach. >> president hillis: if i could ask you, interesting, we had an item before similar. so, why, why is north beach different than, you know, the mission? so, a lot of people now who come to the city and go to the mission, hotel would need a c.u. there. tell us why, why north beach is distinct in this case to have a ban, versus other areas in the city. granted they are not as popular with tourist as north beach, fisherman's wharf, help us make the distinction. >> i think the most simple way that i can make the distinction, supervisor peskin is the supervisor of district 3 and he is a fan of using zoning tables in these ways.
he's done things in the past to prioritize existing uses and match the nature of what we see in reality to the planning code. you know, maybe district 9 should think about this, or want to think about this. i have no idea. i really, you know, have -- have my focus is on, you know, our district and that is supervisor peskin's focus as well. >> president hillis: what i would see, it is adjacent to areas, this neighborhood, you know, tourist-oriented and adjacent to heavily tourist areas, that would be the rationale in my mind if there is one to ban them here and not elsewhere in the city. just -- the pressure probably is greater in north beach because it's where it is. adjacent to kind of areas. >> sure, and the staff representation, nothing in the pipeline right now. there may be ideas bubbling but
this is not staving off a threat. this is really matching the code to reality for us and in as much as it's well served by adjacent hotels and has remained a very vibrant tourist destination, 96% of the hotels in the city are in district 3. i think we can do this and it not be the end of the world for anybody. but, that's our perspective, of course. >> commissioner richards: i think the reason why north beach is so attractive to tourists, it is neighborhood serving, like walking into some other place you can't get anywhere else. it's really unique. and you know, the caster was a tourist destination and there are shops that tourists go and stuff in the window. in the 25 years i've lived here, i have never walked into them, i'm not a tourist in my neighborhood. god forbid north beach gets those stores and loses some of the luster as that unique place,
i can see that's where this i think really goes, what it hits to. the mission i think if we had a big hotel project on mission street, we would have pitch forks and knives and again t try -- gentrification of the neighborhood. >> commissioner moore: i think we need to add a comment that hotels are a higher and better use, we also see a trend of large hotel chains breaking into the smaller subsidiary type of hotel creations that are just looming out there to find another place an among themselves. i think a description of the neighborhood is uniquely mixed use, without hotels, like going
to italy and having a little part of how italy functions. and i believe that the presence of many motel rooms as mr. hepner said is plenty to support the viable tourist industry, particularly these larger hotels, including those at the edge of fisherman's wharf, bordering the district are enough to walk as anchors walking from one end to the other and knowing where they are and where they are going. so support of the legislation as it stands, just to support it and not to open it up to hotel development in the district. >> commissioners, there is a motion that has been seconded, and unless there is anything further, should i call the question? the motion was to approve this legislation without staff modifications as was originally written by the supervisor. on that motion, commissioner
fong. >> no. >> johnson. >> no. >> koppel. >> no. >> moore. >> aye. >> richards. >> aye. -- fails 3-4. is there an alternate motion? if there's no alternate motion -- >> i can't make a motion but i would support it with staff recommendations. >> second. >> no, he cannot make a motion. would you like to make a motion? >> make a motion to approve with staff recommendations. >> and also, the north side of broadway. >> and the north side of broadway. >> second. >> very good, commissioners. on the motion to approve this legislation with staff's modifications, as well as broadening the north side of broadway, commissioner fong?
>> i want to welcome you to this rededication ceremony today. my name is gail gillman and i am the ceo of community housing partnership. i want to acknowledge some people here with us today. supervisor kim from district s six. her district is joining us this morning along with senator mark leno who is right here and i don't see him yet, but supervisr safae and mayor ferrell is unfortunately not able to join us today. i really want to thank all of the elected officials and
dignitaries joining us today. i will be thanking other people in a minute. i think we should pause and think back to 2014 when mayor lee had a vision, a vision that housing authority properties, units, what was known as public housing could be transformed, and the mayor had this idea that nonprofit developers throughout san francisco should step up, lean in, and take responsibility to help these assets before more and transform the lives of residents who live there and he brought us all together and we sad around a table with my partners and other organizations and we thought about how we could look at these assets, the
over 3400 units they encompassed and found out how we could transform them. the mayor had a vision that the financial institutions could do their part too. i want to pause here because i think ices something to note. of all the institutions here, bank of america stepped up and looked at this from a portfolio perspective and looked at all 29 assets how they could under write them and affect the lives of san franciscan. we need to acknowledge that a bank in the united states stepped up with a $2.2 billion investment in a single city and in a single coun we are so proud to have bank of america as a partner. our mission is that we help homeless people secure housing
and become self-sufficient. here at 666 ellis street we are helping the over 100 residents transform their lives and have greater levels of self-sufficiency. we are so profoundly happy to be part to have project and this building. the property next door is a esses hotel that we own and the property down the street, we are happy to call ellis street our home. i want to thank the staff and residents of 666 ellis street who have gone through occupied rehabilitation, construction on-site for over a year. i want to thank them and the mayor's office for commune develop, federal home loan bank, pollard tag guard architect. d & h construction and jeff, i
know you arecome where here in the audience, i want to thank you and your team for everything you did on the housing side. , and other. it take as village to do these projects and bring all of this together. with that, it is my honor to introduce supervisor jane kim. [applause] >> i first just want to thank gail gillman and the amazing family and team at community housing partnership for taking on yet another rehabilitation of affordable housing here in san francisco and in the neighborhood that i represent, the tenderloin. it was maybe only a year na year-and-a-half ago we were at
the opening of the cambridge down the street as just as exciting as it is to build new construction and new housing, to rehabilitate housing in san francisco to we can ensure the life of these units for the senors that depend on it. we know that millions of seniors across the country live in poverty and 21 million seniors live 200% below the poverty line here in this country. many of us hope to age in place in the city that we love. there was a time when our government actually built and invested in the production of middle income housing and we have largely gone out of that business for the last 40 years and during the same time we saw
homelessness emerge as a crisis in our street. these types of investments prevent homelessness and housing is the only solution and community housing partnership was born out of that understanding as the only nonprofit organization that builds and produces for those who are formerly homeless. we must also provide services that keep people in housing. i want to congratulations commune partnership and all of your partners and bank of america. we need our financial partners to invest in us. it is an investment in our city. this work is not altruistic. it is quite selfish because we are better off and we are safer and healthier when our neighbors have access to affordable, permanent, stable housing. congratulations to everybody
involved today and to the 100 seniors that will be able to stay in place at 666 ellis. >> thank you supervisor kim. [applause] on behalf of the honorable mayor mark ferrell who again apologizes for not being here it is my pleasure to introduce kate hartley. >> thank you gail. i am so happy to be here and be here with all the amazing people in this area who made this happen. mayor ferrell sends his regret. he really wanted to be here today. he's been so thrilled with the opportunity to come to buildings like this and see the amazing work and the transformation of these project. we are so lucky to be able to do this work and our city is so
much better for the opportunity to have housing like this and allow all the seniors and help all the seniors and residents of buildings like 666 ellis stay here and be part of our great city. this work took so many people in 2014 when we started it was overwhelming and scary and so many times where we thought this is not going to work and here we are a great success and it's only because of the contributions of everyone here today. i want to say thank you to bank of america, ari and tom newman here today. we could not have done it without you. bank of america stepped up in a way that was unprecedented. it was a his to transaction. gail and your team and dave the
facilities manager is here. serena. we thank you so much. the housing authority, our partners, barbara and darr and joaquin and all the team it's been a long journey and so nice to be here with this great success. hud helped us every step of the way. trevor and ed war do we are really grateful to you. supervisor kim thank you so much for your support. again, couldn't have done it without you. the resident services team, such great work the mocd team and georgia and jackie, and helen hail who led the service. thank you. lydia was the quarterback of all this. really amazing work. i don't want to forget anybody,
but -- i'm sorry? bisonkrepp, the elevator company. having a working elevator sr. one ois oneof the greatest thine world. [applause] i am so happy the elevator works so thank you to them especially. my congratulations and i'm really looking forward to working with you on this development and making sure that it stays permanently affordable, habitable and great condition forever. thank you. >> okay, so before i bring up our next speaker i do want to acknowledge that housing authority commissioner joaquin
tor res has joined us. thank you for joining us. it take as village and part of that village is our partners in the federal government, so proud to introduce edwardo cabrillo. >> what a great day to be here. i will be brief. we are exciting to hear from all of you and the reason this is possible because of your great work. an unsung hero at hud. , trevor, thank you for your help and your role here at hud. san francisco as many of you know and other cities across the country are going through a severe and growing affordability crisis, so so much so in fact that hud's worst case study
published numbers that are astounding. 8.3 million households in the country are facing affordability challenges, either increase in rent, sub standard housing or a combination of the two. in way, way hud is looking to address this is through the hud demonstration program called rad and here you are see results of that effort. rad was piloted here in san francisco is setting the gold standard across the country in terms of rad conversions and giving housing authorities a powerful tool and a means to preserve affordable housing by converting public housing properties across the country and a $26 million ba backlog.
hud has leveraged $5 million in capital to make critical repairs, something that hud could not have done alone, so critical to have public, private partnership. what does it mean for places like san francisco? 1400 units have been preserved including the hundreds of units here and what is exciting to me is that over 2,000 are in the pipeline. if everything goes as planned by september 2019 we should have 2000 additional public housing units preserved through rad. we arweare not stopping there. hud is seeking to extend the rat
and we have lifted the cap from 455,000 units from 225,000 to 455,000, and it more than doubles the capacity of units that can participate in the program. in the 2019 budget we are seeing $100 million to help housing authorities who need the support in converting. i will close with this. i will give you a sense of what it would be like without rad, it would take public housing authorities over 50 years to do what you all have done with the infusion of private capital in just the five years, so fifty years down to five. the reason this is so important is because public. >> president hillis: residents deserve better and they have been waiting long enough for decent, safe, housing and rad is
making that a reality for them now. thank you very much. [applause] >> okay another great partner and then we will get to the really exciting stuff hearing from residents who actually live here in this apartment is that san francisco housing authority and i will just say community housing partne partnership prioo entering this process was one of the largest providers of homeless housing and this has deepened our relationship. it's been an honor to work with that team and to work with barbara smith whom i would like to invite up to have some mark. >> thank you gail it's been wonderful working with community housing partnership too. we are working hard to keep that
you are subsidies flowing on a regular basis. thank you for having me here. before rad i would go to bed at night and pray and none of our senior and disabled residents in the high-rise would end up without elevator service or worse yet be stalled in a stucked elevator. all too oven often i would getn the middle of the light -- get call. the residents here, you know what i'm talking about, and we are thrilled that things have changed. this was a stressful situation for our residents but with
declining federal dollars the housing authority wasn't able to keep up with the needs at 666 ellis and all the other properties. we are thrilled that ellis and the other propertyities can get these improvemented through rad. this leveraged 2.2 million in financing and 750 million in hard construction improvements did require the brilliance, dedication and support from an incredible team beginning with mayor lee and including the mayor's office of community housing and development, commune housing partners, bank of america, hud, our commissioners, we have commissioner wa keep tories.
thank you so much for making life better for our public housing resident. a special thank you to the 666 ellis resident who is had faith in the process and were able to endure the relocation they had to go through and living in a construction zone. at last you have decent and safe housing where you can live in your communities and also benefit from community-based management and connection to service. we are really pleased that this has been able to make life better for all of you. thank you. >> so as we said bank of america has been instrumental in all of the rad con versions and also for community housing partnerships so whether it was a neighborhood builder in 2008 or ongoing investment in us, bank of america has helped community
housing partnership grow over the last 17 years from four properties and 47 employees to 17 properties and over 300 employees, so it's my pleasure to invite up tom ewan. he is the retail bank president for bank of america. [applause] >> i would like to on behalf of bank of america to thank everybody who is here particularly the mayor's office, supervisor kim, gail, and the long list of people all the way down. but a particular thank to mayor lee whose vision contributed to making this possible and that is his personal commitment from having grown up in public housing and advocating as a
young layer. lawyer. the first time i met him the first thing out of his mouth was affordable housing and two things to make it happen. we have been in the bay area starting with the 1906 earthquake we were helping with the golden gate and the bay bridge and the ferry building. our partnership to help the community of san francisco has long standing and that is part of our strategy. we thrive because of our communities and our clients thrive because of the communities they live in and it stand to reason that it behooves us to support the community so
that our kind thrives and we thrive. it is really an ecosystem and you can be assuredded of our commitment. when mayor lee approached us and says given to how important it is to us and our history, we are in there is not doubt about it. the commitment nationwide is a little bit over $4 billion and san francisco has more than half of it. that is on top of $5 million that we are contributed to a nonprofit in san francisco. i would like to thank all of our bank of america associates and their team to do that as well. thank you especially to the 66
ellis residents here and you can be assured that we will continue to support and this is only a start. thank you. [applause] >> so as we said it's our last speaker and i think the most prestigious, the residents of 666 ellis, we could not have done that without being in partnership with you and we will continue to be as we own and operate this building, so paul trudby is going to share his experience with you. >> i am a resident here and when i came here everything looked great. it's not quite loud enough. oh, i'm not speaking right.
all right. when i came here from the franciscan after the fire, i thought everything looked great in the building and it looked nice at first until i realized that things were wearing out. now, what a difference to have all new bathroom fixtures, kitchen fixtures, new stove, no refrigerator, new windows, beautiful floor coverings, it's made quite a difference. it's like walking through a new door into a new building. [applause] >> thank you everyone. this concludes our program and we would like to have all the speakers and our dignitaries come up with a ribbon-cutting and then we will also be taking you on a private tour. please enjoy the rest of your morning. thank you.
>> hi everybody, we down here at the /ep is a center which is our pop up space down here in san francisco where we operate a store front to educate the policy from the home owner who has center which is our pop up space down here in san francisco where we operate a store front to educate the policy from the home owner who has never done anything in the house to the most advanced structure engineers we have working around here. we we're going to here from kelly to talk a little bit about san francisco. how are you doing kelly? >> very well, thank you for having us here. >> in front of us, we have a typical soft story building. when i see this, i think this is some of the most beautiful architecture our city has. a lot of people don't know these are problematic buildings. why don't you tell us about some of the risks he we have in these buildings? >> soft stories are
vulnerable in past earthquakes and the northridge earthquake to this type of building and character of building. when we talk about the soft story, what we're talking about is generally a ground story that has less wall or other /pwraeugs to resist the lateral forces that might be imposed by the earthquake. so we're looking for something that is particularly weak or soft in this ground story. now, this is a wonderful example of what some of the residential buildings that are soft stories in san francisco look like. and the 1 thing that i would point out here is that the upper force of this building have residential units. they have not only a fair amount of wall around the exterior of the building but they also have very extensive walls in the interior and bathrooms and bedrooms and corridors and everything that has a
certificate amount of brazing yea it's significantly less country /srabl in those stories. now very often, we get even a garage or storage or sometimes commercial occupancy in this ground story. that very often not only has a whole lot less perimeter wall but it often has little or no wall on the interior. that wall is the earthquake bracing and so he see very significant bracing in the top floor and very little on the bottom. when the earthquake comes and hits, it tries to push that ground floor over and there's very little that keeps it from moving and degrading and eventually /paoerblly keeping it from a collapse occurring. so we know they're vulnerable because of this ground story collapsing >> is this only a problem we see in sentence france? san francisco? >> no, this is certainly a
national problem. more acute in western but more up to california, washington, moving out into other states. this kind of building exist and this kind of building is vulnerable. >> when you're involved with the community safety, this is a different way of thinking about these types of things. we had a community group of over 100 people involved and upper 1 of them. tell us about * how that conversation went. why did we decide as a city or a community to start fixing these types of buildings? >> there were a lot of aspects that were considered well beyond just the engineering answer that these are vulnerable. and that effort brought in a lot of people from different aspects of the community that looked at the importance of these buildings to the housing stock and the possible ramifications of losing this /houbgs in the case of an earthquake. the
financial implications, the historic preserve vacation s implication as you mentioned, these are very handsome looking buildings that are importance to the tourist city ask which make san francisco something that people are interested from outside in coming and visiting. >> it's such animation story when you think about the 10 years that the community spent talking about this /seurb but we actually did something about it. now we have an order unanimouses put in place to protect 100,000 residents in san francisco and retrospective in 2020. so on behalf of residents and employees in san francisco, we want to say thank you for the work you've done in pushing this forward and making people more aware of these issues. >> and it was a fantastic community effort. >> so in an earth quake, what happens in these kinds of buildings? >> what happens when an earthquake comes along is it moves the
ground both horizontally and vertically. it's mostly the horizontal that we're worried about. it starts moving the building back and forth and pushing on it. when you see i'm pushing on it, the upper stiff of the wall stay straight up but the lower floors, they actually collapse just like i did there. >> luckily, we can put this building right back up where it came from so it's a lot easier. now kelly, obviously these aren't real frame walls here but when you talk about buildings, what makes the property for stiff? >> the easiest and most cost-effective type of bracing you can put in is either put in a brand new wall or to potentially go in and strengthen a wall that's already there where you don't need to have an opening is where you maybe have a garage door or access to commercial space,
you might go to a steel frame or other types of bracing systems that provides the strength and stiff if necessary but at the same time, allows continued use of that area. but some combination of walls or frames or other tools that are in the tool kit that can bring the building up to the strength that's required in order to remove the vulnerability from the building so that when ground shaking comes, it in fact is a whole lot more resistant and less vulnerable. ideally, this story down here would be made as strong and stiff as the floors above. >> if i'm a property owner, what is the first thing i should do? >> the first thing you should do is find professional that can come in and help you evaluate your building in order to, 1, figure out that indeed it does need to be retro fitted
and 2, give you some idea of what that retro fit might look like. and third, evaluation and design to help you determine the retro fit requirement. >> well kelly, i can't thank you enough for being here today. thank you so much for your wealth of information on how we can take care of our soft story problem in san francisco. and you the viewer, if you have any questions, please feel free to visit our website >> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our culture is something that can be reckoned with. >> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos.
so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy her achbl heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of
filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese.
>> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us
bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia, but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp
shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon cheese burger lumpia. there was a time in our generation where we didn't have our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a
tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture. i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and
empathy can create. when you're positive and committed to using that energy. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i wanted to wish you a best wishes and congratulations the community has shifted a lot of when i was growing up in the 60s and 50's a good portion of chicano-american chinese-american lived in north beach a nob hill community. >> as part the immigrant family is some of the recreation centers are making people have the ability to get together and
meet 0 other people if communities in the 60s a 70s and 80s and 90s saw a move to the richmond the sunset district and more recently out to the excelsior the avenue community as well as the ensuring u bayview so chinese family living all over the city and when he grape it was in this area. >> we're united. >> and growing up in the area that was a big part of the my leave you know playing basketball and mycy took band lessons and grew up.
>> (speaking foreign language.) >> allergies welcome to the community fair it kicks off three weeks of celebrations for the year and let's keep everybody safe and celebrate the biggest parade outside of china on february 11th go best wishes and congratulations and 3, 2, 1 happy enough is enough. >> i grew up volley ball education and in media professional contrary as an educator he work with all skids whether or not caucasian hispanic and i african-american cumber a lot of
arrest binge kids my philosophy to work with all kids but being here and griping in the chinese community being a chinese-american is important going to american school during the day but went to chinese school that is community is important working with all the kids and having them exposed to all culture it is important to me. >> it is a mask evening. >> i'd like to thank you a you all to celebrate an installation of the days here in the asian art museum. >> one time has become so many things in the past two centuries because of the different did i licks the immigration officer didn't understand it became no
standard chinese marine or cantonese sproupgs it became so many different sounds this is convenient for the immigration officer this okay your family name so this tells the generations of immigrants where they come from and also many stories behind it too. >> and what a better way to celebrate the enough is enough nuru with the light nothing is more important at an the hope the energy we. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> relative to the current
administration it is, it is touching very worrisome for our immigrant frames you know and some of the stability in the country and i know how this new president is doing you know immigration as well as immigrants (fireworks) later than you think new year the largest holiday no asia and china those of us when my grandparents came over in the 19 hundreds and celebrated in the united states chinese nuru is traditional with a lot of meani meaning. >> good afternoon my name is carmen chu assessor-recorder i want to wish everything a happy
new year thank you for joining us i want to say. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i'm proud to be a native san franciscan i grew up in the chinatown, north beach community port commission important to come back and work with those that live in the community that i grew up in and that that very, very important to give back to continue to work with the community and hope e help those who may not be as capable in under serving come back and give
>> the garden contains plants referred to by william shakespeare's plays and poems. located near the academy of sciences, shakespeare's garden was designed in 1928 by the california spring and wild flower association. here is a truly enchanting and tranquil little garden tucked behind the path of a charming rot iron gate with romantic magic. the overarching cherry trees, the gorgeous big walkway and brick wall, the benches, the rustic sun dial. the pack picnic, lovely bench, enjoy the sunshine and soft breeze and let the extensionive
agenda today -- extensive agenda today. let's begin. i now call to order the regular meeting of the health service board for the city and county of san francisco. i would like to have you all please stand and join me with the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president scott: now i will ask the secretary to please call