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apprenticeship numbers of lb6. number one. when we take a look at graduation rates, again, we don't see these guys coming anywhere close to what we do. when we take a look at total enrollment over the past 16 years, over northern california, over the entire northern california -- >> it's okay if he can just finish this last slide. >> this is the last slide. local apprentices, blue line, light blue line, women. gold, abc. again, 40 times the number of apprentices done in these union programs. the abc is another bad contractor. >> thank you, mr. lanesburg. [applause] >> good morning, supervisors. mayor elect. john doughty, electrical 6.
at least been a really coordinated misinformation campaign coming across to us today here. the p.l.a. doesn't restrict l.b. contractors from bidding to work, doesn't require that they're no longer eligible to bid this work. it's in the law. we have to do that. local hire is not under threat by this p.l.a. local hire is a success because of the building trades unions in san francisco. based on the slides you just saw from alex, northern california abc who was helping to coordinate this misinformation campaign can't in half of one of the most populous states in the country cannot match the numbers we do in 49 square miles because they don't have a complotmemitm
women. they don't have a commitment to african-american -- [applause] >> thank you. >> good afternoon, supervi supe. thank you for moving this forward. i'm a life-long resident of san francisco. i'm also a representative of liner workers local 377. unfortunately, i'm here about myself because all of our apprentices and journeymen are working. i represent over 3,000 members in the bay area, hundreds of apprentices and journeymen in san francisco. i urge you to move this forward and ignore the false information that's coming out from both sides. we appreciate your help. we look forward to moving this forward. thank you. >> thank you very much. [applause] >> are there any other members that would like to speak on this item before i close public comment? please line up. step up to the mic as soon as possible.
>> hello, committee members. i'm here representing the electrical contractors association. our associations members have served san francisco and the residents since 1909, employing 3,900 electricians and administrators and support staff. the association's practices encourage living wages and coverage and benefits for over 3,000 families. we partner with ibw in journeymen and training. some of the things we ensure are that we meet the local and private requirements, support numerous neighborhood programs, volunteering with rebuilding together projects, offering scholarships and internships to local students. we fully support the p.l.a. and hope you do as well. thank you. >> thank you very much. [applause] >> seeing no other members of
the public come up for this item. we'll close public comment on item no. 22. colleagues, i'm closing comments or questions. supervisor safai. >> thank you, madam chair. i appreciate everyone's comments today, those that kept it within the bounds of kind of focusing on advancing a positive conversation. i think, again, this is not an easy conversation to have. in my short time on the board, this is probably the most difficult issue that i have been involved in. i appreciate, again, supervisor fewer and peskin for engaging in this as well as the city staff along with president breed over the last number of months. i do have a few follow-up questions because i think that base on what i have learned in these conversations over the last few months, i have heard some things that i don't find to
be -- things that i find to be true as well as i think it's not helpful for our conversation to put things forward that i don't think are really factual. one of the things i want to ask directly to our city administrator is: from where we were in our conversations the other day, there's this conversation of l.b.e. discount or a 10% discount, how that kind of plays into the contracting process, i would like you to talk about that a little bit. and this is something we had in our conversations with the l.b.e. city folks as well as the building trades. there's a threshold in terms of contracts that -- and i believe -- correct me if i'm wrong -- 5 million and above, usually the folks that are bidding on the projects in this city, contracts in this city, that are about 5 million or more, they're almost 100% sigtory with the trades. i think this talk about
threshold and excluding l.b.e.s, i think in our contracting process -- i would like you to illuminate. there's a threshold with which we see 100% of the folks that are signatory with our local building trades. can you talk about that a little bit? >> supervisor naomi kelly. let me take the first question you asked about explaining the local business enterprise ordinance quickly in a nutshell. it has evolved as prop 209 was enacted and minority and women owned business ordinance and is now our local enterprise ordinance. we buy many different types of product services in construction from the city, but when it comes to construction, contracting a small local business can be
certified to do contracting if they have an average gross receipt of $20 million over three years. and then in construction, per state law, you bid on these contracts, and the lowest bid wins the award. since then, chapter 6 has different delivery methods, but if you do the traditional low-bid method, then if that dollar amount of that construction contract is under $10 million, then the lowest bid, they happen to be a certified l.b.e., that they can prove they are principally headquartered near san francisco, have the average gross receipts of 20 million or less, and are licensed in that trade that the business is on, then they can get up to a 10% bid discount. with all construction contracts, no matter how big or small, there's a subcontracting goal
tied to that contract based on the availability of l.b.e.s that are there. when we're looking at thresholds, we're looking at -- and i don't have the numbers with me. it's something that we can come back to and provide that, but we see that a lot of the micro-l.b.e.s in the construction industry are bidding up to about 5 million. as everyone represented, frankly, we traditionally have been a union town on most of the big contracts that most of the contractors have been signatory, but i can't give you -- i just know the -- i don't have the facts here with me today. >> what you would you say is the percentage generally of the folks -- i mean, how often are l.b.e.s winning or certified, as you said, in that 5 to $10 million range? are they winning a significant share of the contracts in the city? >> i would like to defer that
information. we have here in the chamber, romulus -- >> that would be great. >> we have edgar lopez, the deputy director of public works and our city architect and oversees project management. i know phil ginnsburg is here who can talk about the work at brecken park. >> okay. why don't we call up romulus? that would be helpful. i'm trying to build somewhat of a picture of how often, how well l.b.e.s are doing in that range. i think it's a credit to the l.b.e. program in our city and how the discount plays into helping to advance and support that environment. >> so the question was regarding how they're winning from five to ten? >> yes. at five to ten, they are -- i
don't have the exact percentage, but it's definitely not as successful as that below the threshold. certainly you will see a good amount of l.b.e.s. >> so a good amount of l.b.e.s are winning in the contract range. >> correct. >> so through the city administrator kelly, you talked about the subcontracting goals, and you said up to 5 million. can you explain how that plays into our conversation today? >> so we talked about bidding as a prime. many of the micro-l.b.e.s are successful --
>> so five to ten million. >> no matter how big or small the construction contracts are, the former human rights commission put subcontracting goals on the project, whatever is being bid. no matter if it's a $5 million project or $25 million project or larger. with that, there's no magic number. it's based on the contracting availability. the subcontract can be anywhere from, like, a million dollar or $500,000 to much more than that. that's all negotiated out. >> and so they tend to be less represented -- they're less signatory. correct? >> it all depends on how small. anecdotally, i don't have this evidence. the smaller shops that are what we've seen. other folks could come back. the smaller shops that are, like, four people, five people,
they've tended not to be union. the larger shops, a lot of those larger l.b.e.s tend to be signatory to a union. >> i'm trying to focus the conversation a little bit more for the audience. i want to help disspell some of the information that's out there. we have a program that to your credit and to the credit of the people in the city, we've created over the course of time, as you said, 14b has been in existence, and a major piece of that is the discount. that happens between the five to ten million range. some of those have spoken here today and are represented here today. they're signatory to labor. i'm sure they started out in the mic microrange but they graduated to a signatory.
that's all i have for now. also, through the chair, i wanted to call josh back up, director of city build. mr. arsay, so for the audience, some of these questions i already know, but sometimes i ask questions so we get it on the record. for those listening, the audience. how long have we been in existence and how long has the business been in the city? how does that interface with this conversation? and then i have a follow-up question. >> okay. absolutely, supervisor. josh arsay, city build. city build was established in 2005 and began training candidates in the community starting in 2006. it was an initiative that was
cataali cataalized. it's graduated more than 1,200 graduates going back through what is starting now in the third week of our 29th class. it's an 18-week program. you can do the math in terms of two classes a year, sometimes during the summer. as i mentioned, sometimes we recruit with organizations in our most disadvantaged communities. we're trying to find workers of color, women, limited english-speaking, formerly incarcerated, to help them gain access to the construction industry. our partnerships are with jointly administered apprenticeship programs and the counterparts of the training centers. they're called jtcs.
to your point, i think very specifically, which is how it works, when we graduate city build pre-apprentices who are ready to become apprentices through our partnerships with the building trades -- as i mentioned, they were 49 graduates -- they go in and become apprentices, then the contractors go out, win contracts, it's everything covered under the mandatory local hire ordinance -- >> i'm just going to trust you one second. i'm going to say for the record that as part of the conversations, we made a strong affirmation in this joint agreement to say local hire would in no way, shape, form, be undermined by an alternate agreement in the p.l.a. >> i haven't seen the information in the details. i'm speaking to the general way we do business. if you're a contractor, you have
requirements to have a 30% local workforce on every single classification on workers you bring on the job and 50% local apprentices. in order to reach city build grads, you can think of it honestly. a lot of them are working too. there's 1,200 out at the moment. the only way to bring them on the job is to work with the labor partners we work with to bring them into the apprenticeship. that's the thing about the way it works. >> i know you haven't had a chance to read this, but just in your experience and the time you've been working with city build and i know you were involved with local hire. do you see this as a way to strengthen, as a pathway to enhance and support the work you're doing at city build, potentially? >> i do. i mentioned in a project labor agreement, you have all of the partners together at the table.
i do absolutely want to be cognizant of the concerns of the l.b.e. contractors. again, these are a lot of contractors who are out there who have testified and started with the tools and became company owners, and they benefit from the l.b.e. program that you said is successful and being replicated around the country, most recently san jose. i think a project labor policy that puts everyone together at the same table and addresses these policies, is going to continue to allow us to expand city build like we're going with glen eagle, doing training inside the jail, all these things mean more graduates come out, there are more contractors working with our trainees.
all these programs and things, we want to make sure they're sustained under whatever policy we take, but we're ready to make it work. >> thank you. i don't have any other questions right now. >> thank you, supervisor safe -- supervisor safai. >> supervisor peskin. >> first, i could like to move -- by the administrator. i would like to set out at least where i'm coming from, which is a do-no-harm theory, which is to say that we've done p.l.a.s before. as a matter of fact, they did not only not do harm, they did good. and the question here is: what is the mechanism for independently assessing whether any of the stated fears from the community are actually coming to pass? to that end, i think there's a
role for our independent controller to play in making those assessments through an agreed upon set of metrics and data, what we want to see, whether it's work stoppages, whether it's demographics, whether it's l.b.e.s who have been adversely impacted. so it is in that area -- i just want to be transparent with everybody -- that the negotiations are moving. i really want to thank, actually, ms. troy and mr. garza, who have been very helpful in those negotiations and look forward to some good faith, tough negotiations over the next few days. and if the committee adopts it, there's nothing like having a deadline to move things along. so i would ask that this be scheduled at the next regularly
scheduled meeting of the government and audit oversight committee so that the pressure stays on all of us to get this done. >> thank you so much, supervisor peskin. supervisor peskin has made amendments to items number 22. can we take those amendments without objection? and we can. i just want to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders for engaging in vigorous negotiations over the last couple of weeks. this has been pending for over a year. it's great that we're finally making movement and having a dialogue amongst our building trades, minority contractors, city departments, and naomi kelly, our city administrator. i look forward to these continuing conversations around the scope of the work that a p.l.a. would cover, the source of revenue for the programs that would be covered under the p.l.a., the threshold, and core
workers which came up in public comment. i do feel like we're really making a lot of good steps forward. i look forward to an agreement that we will all be unified around, which will increase worker protections and ensure that we are providing all of our trade workers with the benefits and the wages that they deserve as we continue to grow our city, but to allow our minority contractors to continue doing work with the city and to compete for many of these projects as well. so i do just want to acknowledge everyone's work and also want to give a special thanks to supervisor peskin, fewer, and safai for taking on the leadership for these negotiations. we do have a motion to continue this to the next gao committee. i would suggest that we continue it to the call of the chair because we have only one scheduled committee meeting in july, and we have a number of items for that meeting as well. >> you are the chair. i just want to make one point
about the core employee issue, which is -- there was actually very good negotiations around that where i think the contractor community, the city departments all came together. so part of the reason to have these hearings and not make a vote today is to people can actually sink their teeth into it. i heard comments from a woman-owned business who was worried. the way it's written is at at least two. i actually think that the building trades and the contractors, both of whom are signatories, understood that this would actually get hammered out in the p.l.a. itself. i just want to put that on the table. it's not as onerous as it looks. >> it is my understanding that it's a minimum of two workers that's been reached an agreement by now, which will later get
negotiated after we pass this ordinance at the board. so supervisor safai? >> thank you, madam chair. i just want to re-emphasize some of the points that supervisor peskin said here at the end. there's some important conversations that we had in our negotiations that are not reflected in the updated version that you all get. i know that a lot of reaction today was based on an older version of the legislation. that often happens. unfortunately because of drafting, because of timing, because of where we are in the process of negotiations, what's online and what is available to the public is not what we are actually working on. we may be two or three steps ahead, and it's just based on the legislative process. i want to be clear. i think there was a lot of consensus on both sides about the data driving the conversation further and trying to achieve goals in this legislation, in this overall
agreement, based on data. and supervisor peskin touched on those. we're not going to get into the overall details right now, but i just want to say that will be reflected in the next version when we come back on the 18th in july. there will be agreements around what data we're measuring and how we move the conversation forward based on data. that's a very important point. so i just wanted to overemphasize that a little bit. so thank you, madam chair. >> thank you so much, supervisor safai. are there any other comments from committee members? >> i'm seeing none. we have a motion to amend. i think we passed that objection. i will ask for a motion to continue to the call of the chair. we'll schedule it in july but not at a date certain. we have a motion to do that. we can do that, again, without objection. i want to thank all the members of the public who waited patiently through all 21 items and came to speak at number 22. we look forward to seeing you at
the future audit and oversight committee meeting. mr. clerk, i would like to call up items number 23. -- 23 through 29. -- if members of the public could exit quietly, we're continuing our committee meeting. thank you very much. >> clerk:ing a items are various ordinances authorizing lawsuits against the city and county of san francisco. >> thank you so much. at this time, we'll open up for public comment on items 23 through 29, if any members of the public would like the speak on any of these items, please come up. seeing none public comment is closed. can we have a motion to continue in closed session. we can do that without
>> clerk: we are now back in session. >> thank you, mr. clerk. we're reconvening in open session. i'm going to call on your attorney. >> during closed session, the committee voted with 2-0 with supervisor breed absent to forward items 23 through 29 to the full board with positive recommendation. >> thank you so much, mr. gibbner. we have that motion. >> and i will make a motion not to disclose. >> we have a motion the move forward with recommendation to the full board.
we can do that without objection. motion to not disclose first. we have a motion to not disclose, which we'll do without objection. and, finally, we have a motion to move these items to the board. we can do that without objection. >> is there any other items before the committee. >> there are no other items. >> thank you very much. meeting is adjourned.
>> i strive not to be a success but more of being a valued person to the community. the day and day operations here at treasure island truth in family is pretty hectic. the island is comprised of approximately 500 acres, approximately 40 miles of sanitary sewer, not including the collection system. also monitor the sanitary sewer and collection system for maintenance purposes, and also respond to a sanitary sewer overflows, as well as blockages, odor complaints. we work in an industry that the public looks at us, and they look at us hard in time. so we try to do our best, we try to cut down on incidents,
the loss of power, cut down on the complaints, provide a vital service to the community, and we try to uphold that at all times. >> going above and beyond is default mode. he knows his duties, and he doesn't need to be prompts. he fulfills them. he looks for what needs to be done and just does it. he wants this place to be a nice place to live and work. he's not just thinking customer service, this is from a place of empathy. he genuinely wants things to work for everyone and that kind of caring, i admire that. i want to emulate that myself. that, to me is a leader. >> i strive not to be a success but more of being a valued person to the community. the key is no man is an island.
when anything actually happens, they don't look at one individual, they look at p.u.c. stepping in and getting the job done, and that's what we do. my name is dalton johnson, i'm the acting supervisor here at treasure island treatment plant. so i want to thank everyone for being here today at the civic center bart station. we are all here today because we
care. we care about our commuters in san francisco, we care about the residents that visit and work in our city. we care about the people on -- the residents who live in our city. we care about civic pride here in san francisco. civic center and the bart station is at the heart of san francisco. it is the door way to our city government and city hall, it is -- that's better. it is the doorway to the plaza, to market street and mid market, the growing part of our downtown corridor. this is the heart of san francisco. it has become unfortunately a glimpse into the homeless and behavioral health issues that we have here in san francisco. it is not safe. it is not acceptable anymore.
so today i'm proud that we are announcing a partnership between our san francisco police department and part that is going to increase staffing here at civic center bart station. san francisco police department, we are going to be increasing foot patrols by over 300 hours per week. bart is also going to be increasing their staffing levels as well. we need to make a difference for the commuters that use bart. we need to make a difference for san francisco residents and we need to make a difference for visitors who come to our beloved city of san francisco. let's also make sure to know that this is not a police matter alone. i'm proud to be joined by barbara garcia who runs our department of public health. this is also a public health issue and an issue that we are going to be dealing with through our healthy streets operation center. bart is now going to be a participant in this effort.
we are going to coordinate with our homeless department, with our department of public health, with our department of public works. this will be a coordinated effort to make sure that civic center bart station once again is an area at civic center station that we can be proud of. at the end of the day this is building upon a lot of initiatives that we have focused on over the last six months around homelessness, around behavior health on our streets, around the cleanliness of our streets. this applies to every area of san francisco as well including our bart stations and our city. civic center bart station has been the example of what has gone wrong and now our city government in partnership with bart is stepping up and making sure that we have a plan into the future that will once again make our civic center bart station an example and a symbol of pride for the residents of
san francisco as they commute through here. so i want to thank everyone for being here today. i'm going to turn it over to our police chief, bill scott. >> we are increasing and chief scott can -- actually, why don't i let chief scott talk about it. >> good morning, everyone. first of all let me thank mayor farrell for his leadership. the last month he introduced the idea that we had to collaborate better to get things done in this bart, in this platform to make it safer and make it cleaner and to make it the pride of our great city. at that time he brought all the parties together and asked us to draft a plan that would address the issues and concerns that have been repeatedly voiced by members of our community. although the platforms between our community platform and the bart platforms are shared underground in this corridor we
do, between chief rojas and our folks, we knew that we had to work better and more collaboratively to get these problems solved. both riders in both systems go back and forth to school, work and visit the many great tourist attractions in our city and the idea that each system or each department is responsible for separate law enforcement duties in this platform cannot be a barrier for us working together. the only concern that we have is that people when they come here and take public transportation that they feel safe, that they have a clean environment and that they are able to go to and from where they need to go to without worry and without concern. i agree with mayor farrell wh e wholeheartedly that the only way that will occur is all these people standing here working together. this partnership we believe will
do just that. the san francisco police department, as the mayor said, we have a healthy street operation center, better known as hsoc. we use that initiative to collaborate efforts between our various city departments to address the very issues that we have in this bart station. with that we will be increasing our footly presence almost five fold by nearly adding approximately 500 patrol hours a week to this effort. we believe that will make a tremendous impact and enable us to do what we need to do to keep this platform safe, clean and for our residents and our people that use this transportation hub to enjoy it. i'd like to thank keith carlos rojas from the bart pd who has
really been a partner in this and we believe jointly that we will really make a difference in terms of realizing mayor farrell's vision to make this the safest transportation hub in this region by working together our officers will be able to respond to immediate concerns and more appropriately proactively work to identify on going behavior that we get calls about all the time that contribute to threats to public safety. additionally, we will work in partnership with all of the city agencies and organizations under the healthy street operation center initiative that i mentioned to be able to get the individuals who need help to that help. so with that i'd like to turn this over to chief rojas and thank you this morning for being here. >> good morning. chief carlos rojas with the bart police department. i'll keep my comments brief.
we are very excited with this new partnership with the san francisco police department. while historically we worked well with the san francisco police department i think this has really refocused our commitment to the civic center station that is truly the gateway to san francisco for many people. as both mayor farrell and chief scott stated this is one team and it doesn't matter if it's a san francisco patch or a bart patch we are in it together and we want to make sure that our riders feel safe in our stations as well as throughout the city and county of san francisco. we do cover a very large area and there isn't a better partner than the city and county of san francisco so we are very excited about this. i would be remissed if i didn't also recognize our board of directors for their leadership and then allowing me to do the difficult job. director joe is with us today if you want to say a few words. >> thank you very much. member of the bart board of directors. i think it's clear
that anyone who rides bart or anyone who rides muni comes off at civic center station the problems that we are seeing aboveground with homelessness with drug addiction are really coming down into our stations. bart is not a social service agency, bart is not a public health agency and the only way we can get to grips with these problems is indeed collaboration with the city of san francisco and with the other cities and counties that we serve. that's why this is such an exciting moment because not only are we starting to collaborate much more deeply with the san francisco police department and the bart police department because ultimately our riders are not particularly concerned whose badge it is, they just want to know that they are going to be safe. we are independent -- integrating much more deeply into problems and i think that's something that's going to be critical to making sure that our riders and muni riders have the
safe and clean experience that they deserve. so i'm going to hand it over to barbara garcia at the department of public health. thank you. >> good afternoon. barbara garcia, director of health. i want to thank mayor farrell for all his support in the last many months of expanding services for us. many of those services will help individuals who people are concerned with who are seeing open drug use and mental health issues. i also want to thank the san francisco department of -- the san francisco police department and the bart police. we've been working for many months with both of these agencies to identify individuals who they have been concerned with for many years at times. we have those individuals in our hands in terms of their names and we are identifying them and trying to get to them and trying to provide support. so we really are doing an individualized approach to this and we are also looking at the
issue of ensuring that today we have our homeless out reach team from our homeless department as well as our street medicine team and they will work together to make sure that we are working with individuals as they come across them in bart, leaving bart or in the surrounding areas. i'm very proud of the work and collaboration that we've done and i can tell you that we have worked and have helped individuals that both of these entities have identified to us and it's complex work. many of these individuals have long term mental health issues. they deserve the kind of support they need. we are going to refocus on this and really provide as much support as we can to individuals. this is the end of this press conference but we are going to be taking questions, not from the podium but from the side. i want to thank all of you for coming today and being interested in this issue. thank you so much.
>> i lived in the mission neighborhood for seven years and before that the excel see your district. 20 years a resident of the city and county of san francisco. i am the executive director of a local art space nonprofit that showcases work that relate to the latino community and i have been in this building for seven
years and some of my neighbors have been here 30 year. we were notified from the landlord he was going to sell the building. when we realized it was happening it was no longer a thought for the landlord and i sort of had a moment of panic. i heard about the small sites program through my work with the mission economic agency and at met with folks from the mayor's housing program because they wanted to utilize the program. we are dealing with families with different needs and capacities. conversations were had early in the morning because that is the only time that all the tenants were in the building and finally when we realized that meda did have the resources to buy the building we went on a letter
writing campaign to the landlord and said to him we understand you want to sell your building, we understand what you are asking for and you are entitled to it, it's your land, but please work with us. what i love about ber nell height it represents the diversity that made me fall in love with san francisco. we have a lot of mom and pop shops and you can get all your resources within walking distance. my favorite air area of my homes my little small patio where i can start my morning and have my coffee an is a sweet spot for me and i
. i >> my name is dave, and i play defense. >> my name is mustafa, and i am a midfielder, but right now, i am trying to play as a goalkeeper, because they need a goalkeeper. >> soccer u.s.a. is a nonprofessional organization. we use sports, soccer in particular to engage communities that can benefit from quality programs in order to lift people up, helping to regain a sense of control in one's life. >> the san francisco recreation and park department and street soccer u.s.a. have been partners now for nearly a decade. street soccer shares our mission in using sport as a
vehicle for youth development and for reaching people of all ages. rec and park has a team. >> i'm been playing soccer all my life. soccer is my life. >> i played in the streets when i was a kid. and i loved soccer back home. i joined street soccer here. it was the best club to join. it helps me out. >> the tenderloin soccer club started in the summer of 2016. we put one of our mini soccer pitches in one of our facilities there. the kids who kpriez the club team came out to utilize that space, and it was beautiful because they used it as an opportunity to express themselves in a place where they were free to do so, and it was a safe space, in a neighborhood that really isn't the most hospitalable to youth -- hospitable to youth
playing in the streets. >> one day, i saw the coach and my friends because they went there to join the team before me. so i went up to the coach and asked, and they said oh, i've got a soccer team, and i joined, and they said yeah, it was he for everybody, and i joined, and it was the best experience ever. >> a lot of our programs, the kids are in the process of achieving citizenship. it's a pretty lengthy process. >> here, i am the only one with my dad. we were in the housing program, and we are trying to find housing. my sister, she's in my country, so i realize that i have a lot of opportunities here for getting good education to help her, you know?
yeah. that's the -- one of the most important things that challenge me. >> my dad was over here, making some money because there was not a lot of jobs back home. i came here, finish elementary in san francisco. after that, i used to go back to my country, go to yemen, my country, and then back here. last time i went back was a couple years ago. >> i came here six months, i know nobody. now i have the team has a family, the coaches. amazing. >> i'm hoping for lifelong friendships, and i'm super inspired by what they've been able to achieve and want to continue to grow alongside them. >> i love my family, i love my team. they're just like a family. it's really nice. >> street soccer just received a five year grant from the
department of children, youth and family, and this is an important inreflection point for street soccer u.s.a. because their work in our most important communities is now known beyond just san francisco recreation and park department, and together, we're going to continue to work with our city's most vulnerable kids and teach them to love the beautiful game. >> i want to tell everybody back home, i hope you all make it over here and join teams like this like street soccer u.s.a., and live your life. get a better life. >> right away, just be patient, and then, everything will be okay.
>> when i open up the paper every day, i'm just amazed at how many different environmental issues keep popping up. when i think about what planet i want to leave for my children and other generations, i think about what kind of contribution i can make on a personal level to the environment. >> it was really easy to sign up for the program. i just went online to cleanpowersf.org, i signed up and then started getting pieces in the mail letting me know i was going switch over and poof it happened. now when i want to pay my bill, i go to pg&e and i don't see any difference in paying now. if you're a family on the budget, if you sign up for the regular green program, it's not going to change your bill at