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so i am really excited about tomorrow. i am grateful to each and every one of you. i look forward to a better san francisco i know that none of s is perfect but as a person who is responsible for leading this city, i commit to you that i will do everything i can add to -- can to make a unifying voice. for someone who works with you and provides an opportunity for us to make together -- work together and talk about those issues. we know politics sometimes is a politics and politics will never go away. but at the end of the day, i want to know that i will do everything i can to put the politics aside for the purposes of running the city and doing a good job so we can all be a proud of the results that we get because of the work we are doing
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here for the residents of our city. i want to thank each and every one of you looking forward to tomorrow and i can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get started. thank you. >> supervisor cohen: thank you very much. we need to approve these remaining resolutions, item 28 and 29. i want to point out that this will be, i will call for a roll call vote and this will be the last one for all of our colleagues. [applause] roll call vote. [laughter] on items 28 and 29. supervisor cohen? [roll call]
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>> supervisor breed: resolutions will be adopted. the motion is approved unanimously. congratulations. madam clerk, please read the imperative agenda items. >> clerk: the in memoriam items? >> supervisor cohen: yes. >> clerk: on behalf of supervisor fewer fort george pisano. up for a supervisor came, the late mr anthony knew when. supervisor ronan, the late mr jamie poole junior. and on behalf of the entire board of supervisors, board of supervisors, for the late aaron goldsmith and elaine lambright and former cyclist, mr kevin
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manning. >> supervisor cohen: thank you. this brings us to the end of our agenda. we will be remiss if we did not say happy belated birthday to our colleague jane kim who celebrated her birthday yesterday and we want to celebrate to you and welcome to the 40 club. is there any further business before us create. >> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> supervisor cohen: thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we are adjourned. are adjourned. [♪]
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speaking and i remember the first time i got up to give my first school assembly, i felt my dad over my shoulder saying pause for drama, deliver your words. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a teacher. and then when i got into high school, i decided i wanted to get into advertising and do graphic art and taglines and stuff like that. by the time i was in college, i decided i wanted to be a decorator. but as i did more work, i realized working my way up meant a lot of physical labor. i only had so much energy to work with for the rest of my life and i could use that energy towards making a lot of money, helping someone else make a lot of money or doing something meaningful. i found the nonprofit working to save the rainforest was looking for volunteers.
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i went, volunteered and my life changed. suddenly everything i was doing had meaning. stuffing envelopes had meaning, faxing out requests had meaning. i eventually moved up to san francisco to work out of the office here, given a lot of assembly through los angeles county and then came up here and doing assemblies to kids about rainforest. one of my jobs was to teach about recycle, teaching students to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, i'm teaching them they have the power, and that motivates them. it was satisfying for me to work with for the department of environment to create a message that gets to the heart of the issue. the san francisco department of environment is the only agency that has a full time educational team, we go into the schools to
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help teach children how to protect nature and the environment. we realized we needed animal mascot to spark excitement with the students. the city during the gold rush days, the phoenix became part of the city feel and i love the symbolism of the phoenix, about transformation and the message that the theme of the phoenix provides, we all have the power to transform our world for the better. we have to provide teachers with curriculum online, our curriculum is in two different languages and whether it's lesson plans or student fact sheets, teachers can use them and we've had great feedback. we have helped public and private schools in san francisco increase their waste use and students are working hard to sort waste at the end of the
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lunch and understand the power of reusing, reducing, recycling and composting. >> great job. >> i've been with the department for 15 years and an environmental educator for more than 23 years and i'm grateful for the work that i get to do, especially on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. i try to use my voice as intentionally as possible to suppo support, i think of my grandmother who had a positive attitude and looked at things positively. try to do that as well in my work and with my words to be an uplifting force for myself and others. think of entering the job force as a treasure hunt. you can only go to your next clue and more will be revealed. follow your instincts, listen to
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>> good afternoon everyone. good morning and afternoon. i am the director of international trade and commerce in the mayor's office. it is an honor to welcome all of you here for this special occasion. special welcome to the counsellor core who is here with us today. and a special welcome to the many chairs of our sister city committees and to the other city officials who are here from so many departments. and to all of you in the general public. it is an honor to have you here. without further ado, i'd like to turn this over to the man whose idea at this project it was.
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our mayor, mark farrell. [applause] >> mayor farrell: than >> mayor farrell: thank you, mark. isn't this awesome? [applause] i am very excited here. i talked to our office of protocol, about my first week in office as mayor. i said why don't we have one of these poles with our sister cities? he said you know what? we can make this happen. here we are. two weeks before leaving office. this is an awesome way to go out. i want to say how proud i am to be here as the mayor of the city of san francisco. on the mayor of a city that prides itself on our sister city relationships. especially in this era today with the federal government, where we are building walls, we are tearing down relationships. we are literally creating tariffs. here in the city of san francisco, we are leading the way in a different manner. we are leading the way building
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bridges between our different countries and different cities throughout the world. our sister city program in san francisco, it dates back to 1957. with the inaugural sister city of osaka. it was done just a year after president eisenhower in 1956 started the sister city program in our country to really get citizens involved amongst different cities throughout the world to build those bridges and between our different cultures and in between our different countries. we are literally, now in san francisco with 19 sister cities from 8-z-letter. we are so lucky and so blessed to have so many amazing volunteers and individuals working in the city of san francisco for our sister city committees and for our sister city relationships. and a few quick funds statistics about our sister cities. if you haven't been able to look at the kilometre clock up there,
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the shortest distance from san francisco is a court, in ireland. there's a lot of people here from there. the longest one is bangalore in india. our smallest sister 60 -- sister city is in italy. it is the namesake of st. francis which our city is named after. i looked up today, a population of 26,000 people there. be due at a large and small here. we have bangalore, shanghai, sydney, paris, but we do it across the entire little world. thank you for coming here today. this is an awesome monument that will last forever here in san francisco to really talk about and exemplify how we believe our role in international community will always stand and how important our city believes it to be. again, thank you to all of the volunteers. many of you are here today. thank you to all the consular generals for all of your hard work.
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i want to give a special recognition to anita lee, mayor lee's wife. she is here today. mayor lee was a huge support of our sister cities. he went to so many of them. we went, last year with mayor lee and anita to sign the sitter -- sister city agreement in kiel which was signed recently. a special recognition to our chief of protocol who is back with us. [applause] and thank you again to mark chandler and certainly the person who i had the initial conversation with, matthew. thank you for all your hard work on this. and last, but certainly not least, thank you to our department of public works. and the s. of nt s.f. nta sign u have made this happen. in any case, thank you for being here. this is a great celebration and we can always come visit here going forward into the future.
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with that, i would like to introduce a gentleman who has been, there he is, right behind me. he has been the longest, i believe the longest serving chair of a sister committee or the longest-serving chair of the sister committee of osaka. again, it was our first sister city relationship in san francisco. the gentleman is literally a stalwart in our japanese community here in san francisco. i would like to bring up alan oka moto. [applause] >> while. being introduced by the mayor. that's pretty cool, isn't it? i did not expect that. anyway, before i give my very, very brief remarks. i would just like to acknowledge charlotte again. the chief of protocol. you know, the other day i overheard a conversation between mayor willie brown and mayor -- the mayor of san jose. willie brown -- norman said, i
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have an airport named after me and willie brown said, i have a bridge named after me. charlotte has topped them all. she has the stairs on the rotunda of san francisco city hall named after her. how cool is that? also, since i am giving out some thanks. we should give great thanks to mark chandler. the director of international trade. without him, our sister cities would not be able to function. mark, thank you. and then, again, as the mayor said, the right hand man the does all the hard work, matthew. thank you. [applause] you know, i am so honored to represent the 19 sister cities that san francisco has. excuse me. as the mayor said, i am the cochair of the san francisco city association. the cochair with me is kathleen. [applause]
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and the heart and soul of the sister city, the hardest working person, the most important person is our executive director. as the mayor said to, osaka is the oldest sister city relationship that we have. last year we celebrated our 60th anniversary. we hope to go for another 60 years. the mayor mentioned that in order to provide better relations between the united states and japan, president dwight eisenhower asked the current mayor at the time, george christopher to establish the san francisco socket sister city association. the mission statement of the sister city is very similar to all the other sister city association's. we were attempting to build bridges of friendship and commerce between the two great
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powers of the pacific rim. san francisco, and osaka. i know that we will continue on despite anything that anybody has said. san francisco and the osaka relationship will continue far into the future. i know everybody is anxious to get to lunch, so i just wanted to mention the other sister cities and their chairs. they are all here. everyone likes to hear their own name. if you would allow me to mention their names, and please, i apologize for the pronunciation. some of these are pretty difficult. anyway, we have frankie gillett. amann jordan. richard r. menino. james hurley.
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is that correct? >> mayor farrell: german. >> i apologize. kim when. arthur will tell. hannah fleck. christopher carew ski. carmen colette. thomas horan. candace bender. james brigham and gmo tail
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costanza. i think all of you for attending and thank the city of san francisco for this wonderful sign. thank you. [applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you allen. and for all of your hard work. i want to say special thanks to day to all of our police officers who are here and chief scott as well in our police department. thank you for being here. thank you to all of our officers. i would like to bring up the person who keeps our city clean. he has been responsible. this is his land here that we are able to put the statue on. please welcome up mohammed knew rue. [applause] >> thank you. it takes a village to really put together a project and to this project, when we got the call a few months ago from the mayor's office of protocol, we went to work and our partners donated the pole to us. and our friends at m.t.a., the sign shop, they had the
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responsibility of, you know, making all the science. and then it came to our shop where we had to figure out the order of what the signs go. our division of architectures and engineering, they helped put all these signs into the correct places. they went through several different iterations. and then, of course, our operations department. our building shop came and builds the foundation, and we still have to come back and finish it. a big hand to all the city family for coming together to make this happen. [applause] also, as part of our public works, we are leading the charge were several agencies to make market street really the street of the future. market street is a project we have been working on for several years. we are close to completing a design. that design will include the redo of the holiday plaza itself. some of the ideas out there is actually two make over this
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plaza. it will not be a sunken hole and create a lively space. but also make it much easier for people to get on the cable cars and the buses i get to where they are going. holiday plaza is ground zero for public works. we spent a lot of time trying to make sure all of the designs were in the works and they come to fruition. with the leadership of our mayor's office and the sister cities, this would not have happened. i am proud to be part of this project. a few names of people i should think. kevin from bvr, he lives -- he literally made sure we got this done on time. a big hand for him. [applause] and greta jones who oversaw the details to make sure this happened. i'm excited. this adds another beauty to our city and lets people know how far you are too many of our sister cities. charlotte, i know we are working on getting a few more sister cities.
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i'm looking forward to that. lets havlet's have a great day. thank you very much. [applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you. again, thank you to all the consulate general's who are here. charlotte, do you want to say a few words? will this one work? can you get up? [laughter] >> let me come over there. [applause] want to fight? >> mayor farrell: absolutely not. [laughter] >> you should see what the other guy looks likely it happened in new york. be careful where you go. it won't happen in any of these cities. i really wanted to thank the mayor. he's been a mayor for a very short time, but he has done some wonderful things. this, for us, in protocol and the sister cities, tops the list. it really says that, you know, san francisco is a city of many, many nations. that is what makes us so great,
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and this brings people together. as you know, the sister cities are for exchanges and culture, business, art, science, it goes on and on. what it is really about is about friendship. and you think about all the things that are going on in the world today, and we need more friendship. these committees that work so hard, and they represent the constituency of their particular countries, in this city, and in exchange with the cities across the way, so many miles away. but these may be lots of miles, but really, our hearts, and our arms are very close to the cities that our sister cities. may friendship rained with all the other things that are going on. and san francisco is a city that is a friendly city. we can do it better than anybody else. right, mayor? >> mayor farrell: yes. >> all right. [applause]
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anybody want to fight? [laughter] >> mayor farrell: one more round of applause for our chief of protocol. [applause] again, thank you everyone for being here. to our consular general for your service. on behalf of your countries in the city of san francisco, to all the volunteers. the sister city committee heads and all the volunteers behind its. so many department heads are here as well. and a city family. this is a monument for years to come. let us take with us today the idea, the mission, the spirits, and the city of san francisco. let us build bridges. let us not build walls. let us carry with us the values of san francisco. thank you everyone. [applausit.
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>> first of all, welcome everybody. we will make this routine. i'm very glad that everyone here has partnered to end s.f. gun violence. all over the world, it is a phenomenon that is going on. we are playing our part that we end this gun violence. we live in a country that has villains everywhere. but one thought -- gone off the streets, potentially packed could save one person's life. you could save the planet. what i mean by that, you do not know who will be the person that you might save. i will give you a prime example. we have a mayor in san francisco who is born and raised. she is a native from san francisco, born and raised in the o.c. projects. if anyone knows san francisco, it is one of the hardest projects in san francisco. to come out at the o.c. projects and fillmore as a negative, you tell me that? [laughter] come on.
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so look at her. she is the mayor now. give it up for the mayor of san francisco. [applause] you never know who is going to be affected, and who is going to be saved by doing the work that we do together as partnerships. we will have four speakers. i will have the current mayor right here and then the elected mayor come speak. and then i will have, where is captain redmond? i went to school with him. we go back like a hot bowl of menudo. and then i will have my sister right here, patty, who lost her son to gun violence. i just want to welcome you all here. i want to welcome everyone here. and all of our partners pick without further ado, i will bring up mark farrell, our current mayor. [applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you. first of all, i want to thank you at the united players for holding this event, as well as
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the gun buyback program. i want to thank mayor elect reed who has been a champion for a long long time. this is not something new to her. kudos to her. [applause] i want to thank our police department for being here. to the captions that are here. give them a round of applause, please. [applause] and i also want to give a shout out to our late mayor ed lee, he was a huge supporter of this program as well. for all of his support over the years. we are here to talk about gun violence in san francisco. this is an issue that affects our entire country. it affects us in our streets. ever.every year, in our countr whoa. >> it was ed lee exco. [laughter] >> every year in our country we have 12,000 people killed by gun violence. 106,000 people -- 106 people every day. for everyone killed by guns, and other two are injured.
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24,000 are injured on the streets of our country. and that has to stop. we are going to continue to push in san francisco. and mayor elect breed will push in san francisco for policies and commonsense policies to get guns off our streets. we are here today that san francisco is going to continue to lead the effort to get them off of our streets. [applause] >> i'm so excited to be here today. san francisco is doing something different, once again. we are leading the charge. when our country and our congress and our presidents continue to do everything that flies in the face of san francisco values, san francisco is stepping up. we're doing things different. doing things a san francisco way. we are here to protect the youth of san francisco and here to protect the generation of san francisco leaders. i'm proud to be here today and proud to join everyone behind me. thank you for being here. [applause]
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>> i want to acknowledge a lot of our partners who made this happen. mothers in charge right there, mattie skye. [applause] her son is actually on the wall right here. she has been tremendously fighting throughout many, many years to end this gun violence. you have sfpd, the mayor's department. a whole array of community-based organizations that are here. project level, the brothers against guns, rate? we have the suicide prevention organization. we have the brady campaign. who else have we got up in here? the foundation. john did what we you all heard that. that is the honey on my tongue. sometimes i can't spit it right.
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you heard that. does a lot of other organizations. i want to thank our business partners who actually funded this event. that you all see them out there. [applause] all my homeboys who wanted -- to run the dispensaries. [applause] elevated, green boy, grassroots. am i missing anymore? we need to get some more because they have a lot of weed stories in san francisco too. i'm sure there's plenty more. i want to acknowledge salesforce, boston property, kilroy, clients, all partners. there are so many different dimensions that are coming together as one to end gun violence. i want to thank all the leadership from everybody who has been a part of making this happen. without further ado. i will bring up the amazing and intelligent and beautiful london breed. our mayor chair applause -- [applause] speed you --
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>> it is so exciting to be here for something that i know, for certain is going to save lives. last year, when we did this in december, 280 guns were collected through that last buyback. that is 280 lives saved. i have to tell you, rudy said that i come out of the concrete. o.c. projects, out-of-control projects. let me tell you a story about ocp. i was about 12 years old, one night, and i know sean richards will remember this. we were all hanging out and purging in a place called the tunnel. some of you will remember the tunnel if you grew up in the western addition. most people did not come to the projects that i grew up in.
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but the people who lived there and were welcomed there would hang out in the tunnel. at night, we were playing music and having a good time. we were just hanging out and enjoy ourselves. and sadly someone came through the tunnel and started shooting. that person was after somebody. there were a lot of people out there. that is where we hang out at. when all the dust settled, there was one person who was dead. do you all remember when stacy died? stacy, if you know -- if you knew stacy, all the mothers loved stacy. all the kids loved stacy. everybody loved stacy. and he wasn't, again, even the person that this shooter was targeting. he is not here with us today. that could have been me. that could have been anybody else in the tunnel that night that could have died because of a gun. because of senseless violence. this is why, what we do here today, is so important.
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our goal is to save lives. our goal is to help people who are out there with guns understand the tragedy that they are inflicting on the lives of the people that have to suffer the consequences because of their mistakes. we want a safe city. we don't want to see our young people continued to die to gun violence. we do not want our kids to feel like every time they hear a loud noise, they have to get on the ground. where they are learning and they are learning environment and in our schools. we not only have work to do in the city and county of san francisco, we have work to do around getting guidance out of our communities all over the country. and as your future mayor, this will continue to be at the forefront of my advocacy efforts, as long as i am a part of the city can't get as long as i am living and breathing, i
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will always be an advocate for getting rid of guns on our streets on a regular basis. [applause] so here is an opportunity. we need to change our lives. for those folks who feel they have to have a gun, no questions asked. no questions asked. no judgement. turned them in. we are asking you to help be a part of the solution and make our city safe. thank you so much and i hope to see you here on saturday. thank you. >> right on. [applause] spoken like a right -- a real mayor. i just want to -- i apologize, i didn't acknowledge who does the outreach for the gun buyback. you have to catch this. they did it by you, and ten gentlemen who did a life sentence in prison. come on up here. you all have to be up here. you are part of it. all these brothers right here
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did a life sentence in prison and are now back advocating to stop gun violence. [applause] we have over 300 years of prison time up here. instead of taking lives, they are saving lives. [applause] i have to make sure i acknowledge glenn holden, our reentry leader there he did 45 years in prison, straight and is out now leading the charge to end gun violence. forty-five years. longer than probably -- you probably didn't have cameras back then. [laughter] this brother right here, in these brothers right here are miracles that are walking legends. let's not neglect and forget these gentlemen right here. theories are the gentlemen that are pushing the line to get the guns off the streets. with that said, from convicts to the police -- police, my brother there, thank you.
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i want to bring up one of his fellow brothers who i went to school with at mission high school. brother tony chapman. [applause] >> first of all, it is hard to follow our current mayor and our mayor elect. both are detailed. they are faced -- they have detailed what we are facing and how we are facing it as a team. i want to, before i say anything, i want to give a shout out to the mayor, and everything that he has done and the mayor elect for everything she has done and will do. think both of them. thank you. [applause] secondly i did go to school with rudy and he has been passionate about everything. and stories about me taking his lunch money are all false. [laughter] let me start off with the good news. let me start off with the good news. the good news is the homicide rate in san francisco is down
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43%. [applause] another piece of good news, the shootings are down double digits, but in the teens. we want to get that a lot better. now the bad news, last night and early this morning we had two shootings and two different neighborhoods in the bayview hunter's points that illustrates the point we need more guns off the street. the thing that this country has to wrap his mind around and the city and county of san francisco, we get it here. the rest of the country, we need to drag them along. a study came out and it was a national study. there are more guns in this country than there are people in this country. anyone who thinks we don't have to do this gun buyback, they are mistaken. if you have a gun that is sitting at home and you are not using any think is there for protection, and it has been sitting there for a long time packed think about the potential of your house been broken into and that gun being used and consider bringing it down and turning it into the gun buyback program. what we aim to do, and pardon
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the bad pun,'s ge is get as manf these weapons off the street as possible. again seized as a life saved. the reason our numbers have been dropping every year, is we have been doing these gun buybacks every year. were getting more and more of these weapons off the street. i implore anybody out there with a gun to come and turn it in. there are no questions asked. we will not call you later and talk to about the weapon. turn it in and we will take it from you. my last shout out has to go to the united players. they are right. this partnership is necessary. it takes a hood to save the hood. thank you. [applause] >> me and him went to school and he had a jerry curl back then. [laughter] yeah. [laughter] before we bring on our last speaker, there's a lot of people who also have been in the background. they are sometimes, sometimes they don't get acknowledged, but
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they do all the major work that makes it happen. i have to give a shout out to my brother damien posey with paradise. where are you at? you see that hampso hamsun brotr right there? [laughter] and sean richardson. my brother right there. big rich. project level. these are people that you can't forget about behind-the-scenes. we have a lot of women who did this. this world is ran by women. how about that. are supervisor president? and a sister. come on, now. so i want to acknowledge carolyn and misha who are often behind the background who don't like to get acknowledged. you know, add to my beautiful daughter right there. she has all of her teeth. [laughter] i want to bring on a mother who i met to his amazing and incredible. she is doing big things. i will bring her on up. her name is patty. her son passed away, we will dedicate this gun buyback on saturday, june 30th, from 8-12
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to her son, robbie. come on up, patty. [applause] >> good afternoon. i want to thank you rudy for inviting me to come here and think united players for the great work they do in the city and beyond. my name is patty. on the founder of the robbie pub d. foundation. i have a very unique perspecti perspective. for almost a decade, i was working at the chronicle just down the street as a metro editor. at a columnist and an editorial writer. for years, i ran headlines about gun violence. when my son was shot and killed in 2014, i understood what it meant to have that headline me about your family. all we know is that headline. we don't know the aftermath. there aren't stories about what happens to the family and the life sentence that is imposed on the family. within seconds of pulling that trigger. i gained a lot of appreciation.
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i didn't understand it when i was writing the stories what it meant to those families to have that last story about their loved one. and my son was just on the verge of getting hired full time. he was learning how to weld. he had set his suit out for his interview on his bed. that was a suit that we buried him in. so, you know, for two years, i had a really bad ptsd. i couldn't even return to the place where i called home for 30 years because of that ptsd. one day, i looked at my daughter and said she had lost her brother and she will not lose her mom. i created the foundation. we do gun buyback just like rudy. that is why we are so proud to partner on this one. we get that metal and we redistributed to artists throughout the country. they create art out of them. alameda county has adopted that there. there are two exhibits made out of guns that were confiscated in
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homicides and gun violence throughout the country. i hope to bring that way the rudy to san francisco. the other thing we do, as we provide paid vocational scholarships for exoffenders and at-risk young adults because there's no better challenge to crime then a good paying job. i wish, i wish someone gave the four men who killed my son that opportunity. we can take the guns away, but that does not address the desperation and hopelessness that causes them to pull the trigger. i applaud rudy. i applaud everyone here. all the partners that support him. it takes all of us. i can't do this alone and he can't do it alone. it takes all of us. thank you so much for supporting all of this. [applause] >> before we close out, i want to thank our mayor, mark farrell, for coming. our mayor, london breach. the real deal seal. [laughter]
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>> don't forget about your brother. come on, now. my brother tony chapman. i know right now they have a bad rap. but you can see there's a lot of good cops, you know what i mean? we have to build relationships with the police to. we want to make sure they holds the bad police accountable. what is fair is fair. if we all commit a crime, we should all go to jail. so, thank you to everyone coming out. it takes all of us to make this happen. all of us. i want to say this last. you wonder why i am carrying this shovel? there's an organization that's called lead to life that me and patty match. they are in oakland. they flew us out there. the guns we took off the street, 280 guns that was given to us by
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sfpd, 5, 50 of them were melted down and we made shovels. [applause] this is made out of a gun. we planted 50 trees in atlanta where martin luther king's granddaughter was there to help plant 50 trees, right? the soil be used came from young men who were lynched back from mississippi mississippi alabama. they were lynched and the dirt was thrown in the chattahoochee river which they preserved, and they gave it to me. we use that soil and to be shovels, and the trees that martin luther king, he likes them cherry trees, cherry blossom trees. we planted 50 of those trees in commemoration of the 50 year anniversary of his assassination. way that these shovels. the mothers through and th in ts that we had got from the buyback. so they are melted and people say, you give them to the police. no, look. this is living proof. , this out. feel that, brother. [laughter]
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as we decompose a violence, made the earth, again be free. i want to thank everybody for coming out. this saturday, june 30th, 8-12, we are doing the gun buyback. one hundred dollars for a handgun, $200 for assault rifles. [applause] let's get these guns off the streets, you guys. one life can save the whole planet. thank you. where is your players club aptly the heart and soul. make sure we get those starts for the ladies. that is right. last year we got a rocket launcher. a cannonball. we destroyed them all. and we think the police thank te department. we can't do it.
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we might go and sell them if we got them. [laughter] i am lying. [laughter] that was 87 rudy. [laughter] but we are here. it is about saving lives now. and preserving the future for our youth. and so let's do this together, everybody. we have all of our community-based organizations. we have our developers. we have our tech people and we have all our foundations kick all of us together, when the bullet fires out of that chamber, they don't care if you are black, white, straight or striped. i am a gun violence survivor. believe that. it takes a hood to save the hood. god bless you guys and thank you for coming. i had to give a shout out to my man who got baptized last week. welcome to the kingdom, baby. [applause]
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>> we take a lot of pride in what we do. the electric shop covers all of waste water, so out of this
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location here, we cover everything from oceanside to southeast plant and all the computations including treasure island and yerba buena. we have all the preventative responsibility, maintaining maintenance and also keeping up with work orders from operations. i would say one of the things fortunately for me is the staff is incredibleably motivated. the staff here knows what to do, how to do the job safely, and it makes my job incredibly easy. >> they know the job, and they know the challenges, and i think it's all about personal pride. they want to do a good job. from our maintenance group to our i.n.c., dedication to the people. when they're going home, and they're crossing the bay bridge, and they get a call
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that there's a problem with a pump station on treasure island, they return to work. they turnaround in westbound traffic and get back to work and get this pump back in line, and i can't tell you how much that means to me as a boss and the city and county of san francisco. >> as a group, if they didn't do what they do, the streets would be flooded with waste and gray water, and it could become a health hazard. we take a lot of pride in what we do, and we do the jobs right, and you walk away fulfilled that you've done the city a >> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our
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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,