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damon's. because a value democracy, i tolerate having offensive art that insults my race, yet get now, intolerant nonwhites want to dismantle my artistic heritage by amputating early gaze off the pioneer monuments. i suggest a win-win solution so everyone can have something to feel proud of in the civic centre. if the indians let the white people keep early days, then i will personally get the funding, the technical expertise and the city approval to install a life-size bronze bust here in civic centre. in return, you have to let the white people keep it's art. white community, i refer to the white people who are still justifiably proud of civilization's magnificent accomplishments. if the indians want to stay true in civic centre, i will personally recruit -- will create one if you stop trying to vandalize my sculpture. i will hang around after the meeting to talk to any indians who want to make a deal so we can erect a statue in civic centre. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> i am paula randle. i am a guest living in the inner richmond. i was really interested in your question about what was the intention of the first dorsal person who gave $100,000 in regard to that statue. my question is, who cares klee individuals and cities and organizations make mistakes all the time. a mistake was made in 1890, whatever it was, it can be rectified in 2017. it is time that we did this. >> thank you. >> i am a third generation of my family to be so proud and happy to call san francisco my home. it is with humility that i offer
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myself as an ally and solidarity with the people here. i am an artist. all art is a reflection of its time. this artwork was put up in 1894. with only 45 years after the gold rush. the goldrush came with a very specific mandates against native people that were sanctioned by the state and by the government. they included a bounty of five dollars for a decapitated head. at 25 cents for a scalp. and another amount for an ear but i was too second to remember that was only spoken of just a few days ago. i couldn't, i was too traumatized to hear it. so i don't believe we want to perpetuate the morality, the sociopolitical values of that time by continuing this. i ask you to have empathy. it has already been spoken by other people here, to think
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about the healing and justice that you want to see for the city, that you might have had to overcome in your own lives or senior families or relatives. and to welcome change. even though native americans may be a small percentage of the population, i want to point to the climate change march which came to san francisco about 30,000 marchers and edges -- indigenous people were put in the front. they are leading the way for us to be able to live in an environmental -- in environmental balance on this earth. i also want to speak to the declaration of the rights of indigenous people and hope that this council can uphold those values. thank you for listening. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> district nine. i am obviously not native american in any kind. i have lived here for 20 years and my son was born here.
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i am embarrassed the city still has that statue up. i only found out a couple weeks ago. i am ashamed that the city hasn't done anything about it. i rest there. i am an old white guy. [laughter] >> good evening, commissioners and staff and the audience. my name is diana and i shall be diligent with my language. i often say that i am in san francisco native but i shouldn't should now resolved to say that i am a guest on the land and i am born and raised in san francisco. i am also here today for the record, i am no indigenous american just dissent. i am chinese-american. i absolutely, like the previous gentleman before me, i'm mortified and embarrassed that we are still talking abouthis. thank you for your thoughtful and democratic process. i was up at night checking my
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facebook and i thought what, this is still not done klee so i thought it was my duty to come down after work to let the record stand that i too think that there are more important issues for my tax dollars, then for d.p.w. to clean or maintain a statue, done not to go down on golden gate avenue and clean poop up. but what i would like to say, i have a great hope. whether or not we like it, we will be on the evening news and tomorrow's news. we can either be heroes or villains and custodians of our own history. i think i have great hopes for this body and for the leadership , given that the arts commission is saying that they have, you know, the jurisdiction to have all these recommendations for its. that you can be our great closers at once and for all, we can all go home and celebrate
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and remember that we did not collude with someone's oppression. please take it down and take back the comments. thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good evening. my name is michelle. i am from the nation, born and raised in san francisco. my family is here through the relocation program. i'm here to say it take the statue down. we come here and we are not going away. we will stay here until this is resolved. we need the statue removed. it doesn't help our well-being of the people that are here. as you hurt, for all the reasons previously stated, the statue has been to come down. it is unacceptable and racist. what else do you need to hear klee it is plain and simple. i don't understand why we are still here. i really don't understand. we deal with all of this trauma to our community.
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we have been here over 500 years fighting this and fighting these types of issues. again, san francisco, do the right thing and get rid of it. all the cities you heard before our more progressive than san francisco. i don't think so. we claim that we are. here we are dealing with all of this addiction, suicide and high rates of dropouts. we are slowly changing that because we are becoming stronger and we are getting back to our culture and we don't need this to be right in city hall again in front of the civic centre plaza for all the city and all the tourists to see. this does not reflect well on our city. it doesn't help the well-being of our indigenous communities here. get rid of it. it needs to go. that is saying it mildly. it needs to go. we are not leaving and we will be here. we are that strong.
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>> thank you. >> my name is mark. i am here -- my opinions are my own. they are not reflective or related to any entities of which i may be involved. i want to make for brief points for all of us in this room, all of us. denying the reality of our flawed history, by erasing physical reminders of past wrongs does not ultimately advance our society toward avoiding similar mistakes in the future. the continued existence of this authentic historic artifact which gives insight into the misguided thinking of the past, makes that wrong demonstrate a bowl. it gives forest to awards with the right and their words we speak with past wrongs.
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how helpful is having a row of authentic slave cabinets in the market to help teach us about slavery? help helpful is it to be able to see rosa parks' bus that was not scent to a smelter? how useful is it to have a california missions which impart can teach about what goes on at those missions? and what you really want to obliterate every last stick klee artifacts like this do not glorify actions, events and prevalent thinking of the past, which the advocates, rightfully, joined by others like myself uphold. instead, when accompanied by an appropriate explanation, they are the tools to teach about wrongs that have occurred. if the current plaque explaining is inadequate, it should be revised. the historic preservation commission appears to have aired , making a political decision, rather than applying
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the legal framework that was appropriate. again, i would ask everyone to consider the possibility that this particular artifact does not glorify white supremacy. it serves as partial proof of the wrongs that we all want to educate about. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good evening commissioners. i hear a lot about preserving this history so we don't make this mistake again. i am a historian. i -- my credentials, i hope work with people in this building on san francisco history. this is not a historical, accurate interpretation of what happened in our history. it is a gross exaggeration that was built and designed, sculpted in a time that was with an
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agenda. there is no need to keep this in public display. it is not like a slave market or a make-believe slave market that will teach us about our racist past. it is a gross depiction, it is exaggerated with racist tropes. it is not educational. the plaque is not educational. it does not serve the public good for this to remain in the public sphere. i ask for you tonight to remove the statue from the public sphere and put it back in the mothball storage where it belongs. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you for hearing me today. i am cherokee, mexican and white and mom up to my 9-year-old daughter who is also mayan. i also feel personally responsible for the children of
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our community. i stand in solidarity with the nations on whose land we stand and the planes people whose image is used to represent all native americans or native californians. this image is not only denigrating to all native people , but existing within our world where we are severely lacking in proud images, celebrating native people. please, not only support removal of this very harmful image, but please support visibility and celebration of the beauty of marginalized communities. it is all our responsibility to raise up the next generation so that they will do better than past generations. this is more than a matter of procedures and processes. this is a matter of survival of future generations. we need positive images of our
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people and this is not. we need visibility. we need a voice. please don't silence us. black and brown lives matter. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> take down the pioneer statue. [cheering] >> thank you. next speaker,. >> good evening. thank you for your time. i want to acknowledge we are still on our land and think the people for allowing me to reside on their territory. i have heard a few comments that i want to speak to briefly. the first is the appellant mentioned that removing the statue would be a tyrannical act i think this is pretty rich
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because what the statue is depicting is exactly a tyrannical act. [laughter] >> i think all of us in this room can agree that we are opposed to tyrannical acts. to me a, to clear action in opposing tyranny would be to take down the statue. we have also heard about depicting the history of california and speakers have repeatedly reminded us that this is not an accurate depiction of the history of california. and finally, to speak to the suggestion that these statues serve as a reminder of history, the people who have been victimized by injustices are the experts on how to remedy those injustices. we have heard clearly from native folks what the remedy should be on this issue. so please do the right thing. remedy this injustice and remove the statue. thank you. >> thank you. his.
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>> good afternoon. i would like to thank all of my relatives, all of you for speaking from your heart. it is obviously the following. what you feel in your heart. thank you for that. as a member of the community, i would like to welcome you to our traditional territory and also, to all of you, i would like to welcome you to our traditional territory and to welcome you to educate yourself and to also follow your heart if you still can feel your heart. please follow it. thank you. >> thank you. [speaking foreign language] >> good evening. my name is deedee. i am the tribal chair and i am also on the elder his council of
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american indian movement. i am here tonight after writing letters for a few years beginning with the city, the arts commission, add to you at the appeals board for a few years. knowing that our other relatives had been fighting this battle for 30 years. the statue is horrendous. our people, our people, we suffered trauma at that time. of course, we were not asked if that statue was ok. there were bounties on our scalps and we would not come forward and say here we are, we don't want its. they didn't care. we are nothing more than savages at that time. you know, you need to make the right decision on this. our people are also very spiritual. our ancestors come to us in our dreams. they are sad. they are hurt. we do carry this through our
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d.n.a. we have so many people suffering so many elders through this hurt through the abuse that happens. so many more teenagers committing suicide and turning to drugs, feelings of hopelessness because these types of visuals are always there to remind us of what happened. i want to leave you with a story in the book his jacket is written at the missions by the priest, that the women, the native women sang so beautiful at night that they had the most beautiful voice as. the women saying to cover up the screams on the cries of the others that were being raped and murdered. by those priests and by the spanish shoulders shoulders. any time you hear one of our songs, think of that. i hope that stays in your mind. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> hello.
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again, and again, and again. we have done this song and dance before. i am mohawk and filipino. my baby is a same and also part navajo and mexican. i just want to say something. the appellant called everyone who is taking down the statue, these people they used to describe are the people who want the statue, i want to say we are not these people, we are the people. we are native americans. we are san francisco residents and where the human rights commission. where the arts commission. we are the historic preservation commission. where most media outlets. we are the current mayor. we are at the mayor ed lee who appointed all of you on your seats sitting there today to do justice. so i really want to remind you why you are in that seat. why you are here. it is to be on the right side of
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justice. darrell honda, last time you are here, you identified yourself with indigenous background and ancestry. i want to ask you personally, what would your ancestors to get the vote you casted before cleat not too late to change it. let's make those ancestors stripped off ancestors proud. you are proud about your mayan roots. all of you, what would your ancestors say about that? how about your ancestors clearly there's something very disrespectful to the chinese-americans, what you want backed up they are cleat how about you lazarus, how about women? what about women being burned in a witch trial cleat would you appreciate that? i don't know what to say to you swig, but i hope you have compassion and she really dig deep. because you are definitely not making most people possess ancestors proud. do you think your ancestors would be proud? i don't know your background, but really think.
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do you really want the newspaper tomorrow to say that you are on the wrong side of history? they are all texting me and they're all writing up articles. it will be in the paper tomorrow thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good evening. i was born and raised in the city which is the traditional territories. and even though my folks are working-class immigrants in san francisco, i also have -- i am also a settler on the land. i also want to acknowledge that it is not only inaccurate but blatantly disrespectful to call it a foreign language on a screen when indigenous folks are testifying the native languages of these lands. i also like to see the same fervour of the appellants to advocate for more indigenous artists and indigenous arts made by indigenous people for
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education in the name of education. and also i want to say that i have been raised in the city my whole life. symbols of terrorism have no place in san francisco. people take pictures and end up spreading white supremacy to the friends and children. dispatch this better be taken down or else the opposition -- people will take down the statue and it will only be escalated. so do everybody a favor and vote on the side of justice. thank you. >> thank you. >> is there any other public comment this evening cleat ok. we are going to move on to rebuttal. we will hear from the appellants you have three minutes. >> thank you, very much. i have not been called a racist, a white supremacist indirectly, the worst insult i got all
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evening is old. these people, i am referring to these people who spoke against me who are so bigoted and biased , so lack of any compassion that they espouse. they are beyond belief. let's take the word from an old black man. mayer brown said he envisioned a pioneer monument as a centre of a civic centre complex that he thought would be the most interesting in the nation. he said that san francisco had always been a site of controversy between cultures. and that you can see is in the h.p.c. brief, exhibit 1, dated april 16th, 2018. i would submit to each one of you, yes, i am not angry. i am passionate. i have passion. i agreed with that.
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i would have just as much passion if these people want to have a depiction with american natives, then why don't they take the quarter of a million dollars that someone wasted and stick it into something that they can put out here? put it across the street. i would support that 100%. i will paraphrase lincoln, but i think lincoln said something in the words of effect, if you're tearing down someone's house all the time or property, you are not building your own. that is what we ought to reflect on here. let's build instead of destroy. let's build instead of destroy. ultimately, regardless of the attempt to tug at your heart, this is not an issue of morality in the sense that they are talking about. this is a legal issue and vice president, his wake, to answer your question about the tipping point, this is a historic
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resource. there's no question about it. there was nothing done in this matter that was worth a grain of salt. of the simple fact of the matter is that they have misconstrued the standards. the standards that we are talking about, the national standard required that whatever be done to foster history, while tearing down history is not fostering. hiding history is not fostering it. this is about history whether we like it or not. it is part of our history. thank you for your time and i appreciate your energy. >> thank you. we will now hear from the h.p.c. >> good evening. i am from department staff. one clarification based on the appellant's comments. i want to clarify. the h.p.c., in it's action
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calculated make finding us and did clear this based on the conformance with the secretary of interior his standards. we don't see that as a valid issue in this case. i have no other comments but i am available for questions. >> thank you. with the arts commission? would you come forward, please? >> thank you. thank you for your time this evening. i wanted to add date and correctly cite restrictions of the act and the federal visual arts act. it does not apply to the removal of early days. the duration of protection under the civil code extends for 50 years following the death. because the artist died over 50 years ago in 1932, capital rights and duties expired in
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1983. we have done due diligence on the legal exposures that would be there, as we do with the removal of any artwork. we are in compliance on both of those. >> i have a question. as the acting agency for removal and storing the statue, is their associated cost that is attributed to that? have you done a report in regards to that? >> i might ask a senior registrar to share the figures on the estimate from george for our removal and storage. -- from -- for our removal and storage. >> this project has been faced. we did an initial cost estimate back at the beginning of this in october when we first reported to the commission. and the cost overall of removing the sculpture, cleaning it and preparing it for long-term storage, conserving it, dealing with the remaining plinths and
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returning it to its original state, waterproofing it, bringing the piece to storage of subsequent and subsequent storage for approximately ten years. it comes in around $120,000. >> ok. i think i heard it on social media or the news, there was other counties interested in this particular piece of work? >> yes, the arts commission has received interest. the interest received was in the early part of the process towards the end of 2017. we have not heard recent interest. but, again captured a scenario that presents itself on the commission decides that it could be appropriate, that is on the table. >> so rather than being in storage in perpetuity, it could go somewhere else other than this place? >> correct. the contextualization is an important factor in that decision. >> thank you.
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>> ok. thank you. commissioners, this matter is submitted. >> may i? >> thank you. we have been living, for most folks in this audience, you have been living with this all your life. your ancestors have been living with it for hundreds of years. and the pain of that has been reflected very clearly today and in previous hearings. i was just like to thank you for all of your energy about being here. i thank you for the educational offerings. because i have learned a tremendous amount. also, thank you for the enlightenment, which actually is one of the reasons why i serve on this commission. i like to be enlightens. i like to be enriched. i appreciate that you all, with your comments, even those which
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were kind of nasty towards me, gave me the opportunity of enlightenment enlightenment. i appreciate it. this is the week of the day of atonement his. for my tradition, which is the jewish tradition. it is a time for me, personally to atone for my sins. and so in that spirit, what i would like to do, as i would like to apologize for, -- during these hearings, for any of the commentary which may have come from myself, or others that have caused harm to any of the participants here and i hope that you accept that apology is very heartfelt. and also, as i look on -- even on our own board, including our just departed african-american women, i pray for relief of the pain from our mutual histories
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of genocide. and that in those prayers, that we all find healing. i really pray for your healing, everybody here and everybody who has been here, and everybody listening. so moving on to that, i would also thank you for respecting the diversity of opinions, whether these opinions might relate to the existence of a piece of art to continue conversation by being there, or the opinion that the subject matter has created such trauma that the piece of art should be retained. i would ask you to respect the opinions of all in those areas. right or wrong, i will not cast judgement.
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god has not given me that position. now it is time to figure out what we will do about this. and it is the role of the commissioners to uphold legal statues and come to an agreement on the appropriate resolution as custodians of the citizens, as appointed by myself. i was a board of supervisors appointee. the others here were appointed by mayor lee. i think, frank, you were appointed by a different mayor in 19 -- sorry. >> he was around during the statue. a while ago. so i understand -- that there is a legal piece of this and there is a judgement piece to this. we do it on this commission, especially. i have sat on another commission
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and tried to uphold the same spirit that we find both legally and with our hearts. if you want to, back our record, i have been here two and a half years. it is a pretty good record. there has been a a lot of compassion from this commission. but sometimes it is kind of tough. in the spirit of this, the arts commission had a job to do. the arts commission put forth -- and quite frankly, i must tell you, i wish that the presentation that you made today , both from the historical commission and the arts commission, which was very, very strong today, in my opinion, it may be different from somebody else's process opinion, was fully appropriate. very, very well thought out. very well researched. and much better than it was the first time we heard you. thank you for creating this hearing so we could hear you with even more information and
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stronger information. in that spirit, the arts commission has to find from a legal position which they have, and in their hearts that they have made the choice, whether it is one opinion or the other packet to make the recommendation to the historical commission. the historical commission, and that is why i asked, doesn't want -- does one statue and one artistic element, does not take priority over an entire historical district? the answer was know, it doesn't. it is a historic district in that one element and it can either come nor go. and the ambiguity of the tipping point is for discussion for the future. i hope that you continue to consider that as we move forward to. it is my opinion that it was appropriate and that the findings of both the commission were appropriate and dealt with effectively.
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there may be a difference of opinion from the rest of my commissioners. thank you. >> i will be preferred. >> thank you. i tend to be verbose but since i got clicked on the most i figured i have license. >> we had shared concerns of the first hearing about the certificate of appropriateness and it's conformity with the secretary of interior standards. when the rehearing request came through, we realize that we did not have sufficient information. i was very satisfied with the information. i thought it was very well put together and i feel that how'd we had that the first time around, we probably would not be sitting here tonight. so, i appreciate the work that went into the demo, it was clear to me how it was all supposed to fit together. so i have reached my decision based on that. >> i have no comments.
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>> i like to reiterate a little bit of what my fellow commissioners have said, not passing the buck, but this hearing was much more informative. it was much more thoughtful than the original. i do want to thank all the people on both sides that gave very thoughtful, heartfelt and mostly respectful comments considering how passionate they are in regards to this particular topic. after the hearing tonight, i learned quite a bit more. and inaccuracy alone on the statue that is sitting 1,000 feet from us gives me reason to support my fellow commissioners if they go that way for the removal of the early days statue. >> is that a motion? >> motion to deny the appeal on the basis that both the arts commission on the historical
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preservation commission acted appropriately with their findings. >> ok. we have a motion from vice president swag to deny the appeal and uphold the certificate of appropriateness on the basis that it was properly issued by the h.p.c. is that correctly on that motion , [roll call] that motion passes and the appeal is denied. [applause] >> this meeting is adjourned. >> thank you. i would like to thank the sheriff's office for their assistance. i appreciate it. thank you.
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>> it is a great day in the bayview today. the sun is shining. here, on third street attacking the bayview to celebrate the opening of an extraordinary business and an extraordinary san franciscan eric my name is joaquin torres. i'm the director of the economic workforce development and a proud partner in this community. and very much i am looking forward to cutting the ribbon today with all of you and to have a moment to introduce our esteemed mayor breed supervisor cohen. i want to recognize folks who are here today. i want to thank the bayview merchants association, the african-american chamber of commerce, the young community developers, our southeast community facility commissioners , diane gray and lavonne kang.
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i want to thank d.j. for being here. thank you for being here from down the block. [laughter] >> we have coffee out there for you. renaissance, and economic development on third. and our partners at bay area, local initiatives support corporation, bay area list. with that, we will kick it off with our mayor, london breed. [applause] >> mayor breed: thank you everyone for being here today. it is a beautiful day in the bayview and it is a beautiful day to cut the ribbon on this incredible business. i'm sure some of you from back in the day remember the monte carlo. [laughter] >> mayor breed: some frequent visitors of the monte carlo and i know the former owner of the monte carlo, teresa, has joined us here today. i'm grateful she is here to support what we know is going to be a new and incredible addition
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to the bayview hunter's point community. that is café envy. [applause] >> mayor breed: the owner as café envy track shaft april spears, a.k.a. auntie april, is here with her mom today. she is born and raised in the hunter process point community." for ten years ago she opened one of our favourite restaurants in this community. auntie april's has stuck with this community time and time again. instead of using her incredible talents which he learned from her grandmother's kitchen to open a restaurant and other cities and other places in our city, she chose to stick with her community. she chose to invest in the bayview hunter process point community because she truly believes in this community and what we need to do to make sure that people who are part of this community actually have a stake
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in keeping it the way that it needs to be for the residents of this community. the san francisco -- unfortunately it has suffered a decline in our african-american population. we know that that continues to be a challenge. that is why we are so grateful to april for choosing this community to invest in. for choosing to invest in her home. so i don't know about you, but some of you might be familiar with her fried chicken at auntie april his. you may want to get familiar. supervisor cohen and i have had more than our fair share. we continue to support her business and continue to make sure that she is growing and thriving. this second investment in this corridor is proof that she is going to continue to grow and thrive and be an important part of the small business community here in the bayview hunter's point. and part of what made this
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possible are a number of important things, including open and -- opening s.f. it helps small businesses navigate the crazy and bureaucratic process that exists in city hall. many of you know about that when it comes to small businesses, when it comes to housing, when it comes to a number of things in order to get something as simple and incredible as this business open, the city sometimes can be an obstacle. so open s.f. played an important role to navigate the system. the other program that is incredibly important in making sure that this business grows and thrives is the ability to get a liquor license at an affordable price. three state legislation clock we were able to make this possible and make it more affordable because most of you no kak that there is a limit to liquor licenses in san francisco. they can range in the market
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anywhere from $250,000 and because of our program and because of our ability and our desire to invest in communities like the bayview hunter's point, the liquor license for this establishment was about $15,000. huge. [applause] this is the first new liquor license in san francisco in more than 80 years. that is incredible. [applause] >> mayor breed: the other program that has helped in this business is s.f. giants which is a grants that provided assistance with façade improvements. ultimately, we want this business to be a success and provide investments like this provides the opportunity for these businesses to grow and thrive. again, it takes incredible will. it takes a lot of patience. simon siren -- simon siren --
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>> mayor breed: it takes good views -- good food. april spears has stepped up to the plate to be this incredible anchor tenant in the bayview hunter's point community and we must support her. thank you april for this incredible step and thank you so much to all of you for being here. i want to make sure, especially, if it is your first time here at café envy, it will not be your last, let support the small business and let's make sure that it continues to be here for generations to come. thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you mayor breed. i want to recognize the captain for joining us today. i want to shout out some of the businesses in the house. luxurious males, -- luxurious males -- males -- nails.
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>> i hope we are showing you we are doing this today. mayor breed and supervisor cohen , with no further ado, supervisor cohen. >> good morning, community. i was listening to the mayor's remarks and i was reminded and i want to call this out. what you have here are the public of the public school system. i went to middle school with april. [siren wails] >> she is a graduate of galileo high school. [laughter] >> of galileo high school. i went to lolo and i want to recognize meghan mitchell who is also a graduate from the san francisco unified school district. today is really significant. what you have is folks who grew up in the community -- communities were standing together and organizing themselves in opening businesses i want to pay homage and pay a tremendous amount of respect to
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the folks who went before us. they really laid down the rules, as well as a foundation that allows us to stand here today. ms. miss vincent is a regret representative of an entire generation that is transitioning but has passed on very important key community organizing principles, but most importantly , the important knowledge of self determination and collective economic growth. when i think of economic growth, i also think about earl shattuck they started an organization, the economic development of third street. at the third street corridor. the mayor's remarks, sheet talk about how people fight and choose to be here in the corridor and that is asked -- absolutely the case. times have changed when people are fearful and they don't want to locate into the bayview. most of the businesses that were recognized by joaquin torres our new businesses. we have laughing bunk, we have anderson's business -- word caée
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there is a lot of momentum that is happening. so i was one of the people that turned 21 and thought this is one of the first bars and clubs that i went to. [laughter] >> i followed the rules. i did not use my fake i.d. they were -- they would put something in the lane here and it was fun. that liveliness and the vibrancy that the bayview was known to have is coming back. it is coming back. i'm excited. it is a new crop of leaders and businesses that are committed. not only are they committed to their own respective businesses but they are committed to the entire community. they are hiring from the community, they are sharing the resources and the money that is generated and staying and capturing in the community. that is critical as we continue
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to uplift ourselves and move forward. keeping in mind that we leave no one behind. from my perspective as representing district ten for the last eight years, this is a long time coming. it is an exciting celebration. a lot of the hard work and dedication that we put in, hours of community meetings, right? hours of community meetings, four, five, six years ago are finally bearing fruit. finally bearing tacos and bearing fried chicken. finally bearing whiskey finally bearing wine and grappa. there are many things that are bearing fruit along this corridor and i'm excited and delighted to be here to see this transformation and rebirth. congratulations to all of them. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you very much supervisor cohen. as mayor breed and supervisor cohen said, it would not be possible unless you had someone who was willing to make the
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investments initially in the community and serving the great food, but beyond being an extraordinary entrepreneur, being a great mentor to those who have gone through the women 's program make sure -- making sure folks know it is possible to find opportunity in the city with determination and creativity and extraordinary food. with that, chef spears, thank you so much and we love to hear a few words from you. [applause] [cheering] >> i was looking for my notes but no one wrote notes for me. [laughter] now that all the food is cooked on the doors open, i think i don't know i have to speak now. i just want to say that i am so grateful for this opportunity. being born and raised in the city of san francisco, my parents first home was here in bayview on bridgeview. i learned how to ride my bike up and down third street, at least when it was much safer to ride your bike on third street. we have a lot of obstacles now.
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cars and trains. it has been a long time coming. it has been a journey. i've been in business for 12 years now. and i am just excited to be able to bring this new business to the community and to really make sure that we are preserving the legacy of african-american business. it is really important to me in the community. moving forward, and anything that i do, i have decided to bring along a community partner because i would like to reach back and pull community with me in everything that i do to make sure that we are all successful. meghan mitchell, who is here to my left, is kathy -- café envy's community partner. she is so wonderful and we'll try and bring as much livelihood and great things to this corridor. we are excited to be part of a
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merchant separate your belchertown, a.k.a., the mob. [laughter] >> which was started by a group of great women here in bayview. we have barbara grappa from greta lyons and we have her partner, kathy hanson. we have missed bernadette from the jazz room is a big part of our movement. we have -- i see andrew out there from laughing bunk. we have josh out there somewhere from bayview pasta. earl shattuck as part of merchants about your town and our executive for e. dot. that is economic development on third street. our goal is to enhance and bring business to the corridor door. i see michael hammond out there as well. my mom to the right. please forgive me if i forget people. i get a little nervous with all these cameras. my mom is here.
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here to support me in everything that i do. [applause] >> she has always been here. my aunt brenda smith spears. she has always been a great supporter of me and she is here today to support --dash i see bernie mac out there. she raised her hand like don't forget me, girl. we have miss bernie out there. i see my homeboy out there. i see video out there, deal ellington of district ten, running for supervisor. i see you out there. i am glad to see you here as well. a lot of people out there. please forgive me. marcus, i see you out there from renaissance. such great people. i see my home by dutch homeboy for giving me the eye. i see richard washington of luxurious nails. please make sure you support your black owned nail salon here and i see mother vincent. she is my angel and i love her.
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she has been by my side through a lot of things. i'm glad she is here to share the stay with me. gary and teresa, the owners of the previous monte carlo are here to support as well. i see you all out there. thank you so much for being here i am just really excited and hopefully that everyone comes out and supports businesses on the corridor are. we have a lot of great things going on in bayview. we sometimes get a bad rap out here for all the negativity, but there is so much positive things going on here in bayview. so many positive people. we want to highlight those positives and those businesses and community members. please support us here in bayview. we are here to serve you and hopefully you can all come down and have a great meal and a drink on us here, while not honest, but with us. [laughter] >> with us. with us. thank you so much. then, ben who walked me through
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-- i lost some sound, ben who helped facilitate and get everything going with the 87 liquor licenses. without you, i would not have got through that process. it wasn't that hard but you made it so easy for me. i really appreciate all the work that you did. walking, thank you so much for always being here and rolling with us in the bayview. and our corridor manager. mr larry who is on the pavement every day. he works hard every day with us and we are also, you know, we have a great movement going on. larry is a big part of that. we hope that we will be able to succeed in that -- thank you. supervisor cohen, i appreciate you for being here and supporting the businesses, as always. mayor breed, i love you and i'm
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glad that you are able to take out a bit of your time from your busy schedule to be here. i really appreciate you coming to support. thank you guys talk so much. come on in and a few seconds, i guess. back to you cleat back to walking. thank you guys, so much. [cheers and applause] >> i want to give a shout out -- i think everyone can see one singular small business, please come on in. do it. >> auntie jackie. i love you. she is way in memphis and she is a person who helped me put my business plan together to make sure we were able to secure this business. i love you, if i did not remember to say that i would be in so much trouble. there would be no more at me and there'd be no more business if i forgot. i love you and thank you so much for everything. [applause] >> thank you auntie april and thank you chef spares. as everyone can tell, driving spaces make thriving spaces outside and that is the work
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that we invest in and every single business as you can see here, we have not been to the bayview before, this is th community that is here to support you. it is here to welcome you, with loving and wide open arms in this extraordinary neighborhood at extraordinary corridor. i want to give a shout out to the team members. holly lunn, as well as at darcy who helped support some of the signage here as well. and, with that, we would love to formally, with you and with the mayor and with the supervisor, and partners, cut the ribbon. >> all right. [applause] >> five, four, three, two, one! [cheers and applause] >> congratulations!
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>> clerk: -- for thursday, september 13, 2018. i would like to remind members of the public that the commission does not tolerate any outbursts of any kind. please silence your mobile devices that may sound off during these proceedings. and when you speak to the commission, please state your name, if you would like to. at this time, i would like to take roll. [roll call] >> clerk: commissioners, first on your agenda is consideration of items proposed for

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