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>> sorry for the delay. the overhead, please. tom gilberty. we've done this a couple of times before, we'll do it again. let's see if we can get a good spin on this. as good as we're going to do. our weather, for 10,000 years it's been kind of normal. now we're going into the wobbles. the civilization -- and you see what happens. that's our climate right now. the wobbles just get bigger and bigger. and i would love for somebody to ask the supreme court nominee what he thinks of global climate
change. um... oh, judy wood, november 6, 2013, said on the news hour, on the briefs, global climate carbon in the atmosphere of 393. the stock market just went up to a new record level. i think it was 20,000. so the thermometer of our health, of our country, of our world is not the stock market. we have to get away from that. right here in san francisco, better planning -- [bell ringing] -- we have 4th street, the 1200 block of 4th street is falling away from the buildings. it's sinking. we have the millennium tower that may shed glass. what is going to happen in earthquake with all of those
panels on all those different windows? it will be a flock of glass flying down. our high-rise buildings are not designed to be functional after an earthquake. they're designed to stay -- [bell ringing] -- and not fall down -- >> thank you for your comments, sir. >> you know, mr. reich taylor, i guess, number 56 just gave us a speech, alex jones interviews him all the time, about rush limbaugh's show, i forget the substitute's name, he had a caller about the 301 priests getting in trouble for what they're doing to the kids in pennsylvania. and -- [laughter]
-- this is amazing what god is doing. i thank god for president trump, man. and this is the mercy of god. and when dianne feinstein is trying to pull this 11th hour thing about brett kavanaugh, what joke. the guy has 65 women saying hey, he's a great guy. it's a lie. if i ever see that woman, i'm going to try to get her saved and that's what i'm going to try to do. well, now, if you were to ask me, why am i a christian? there is a verse in peter, it says if somebody asks why you're a christian, tell them why, but with generalness, i'm going to try to do that. i try to you know, there is a verse in the bible that says thou shall not revial the gods, so i'm in between a rock and a hard place, you're here by the appointment of god, and that is
what god says. i have to show proper respect, even though hillary here, talks about a guy -- [bell ringing] -- bearing a woman's attire and calls him, her. i have to remember that, you know, even though she's lying, because there is only male and female, i have to remember proper respect. >> i'm going to pause your time. address the board as a whole. do not call out individual members of the board. address the board as a whole. i'm reserving you're time. >> ok, ok, it comes down to this. jesus is the judge. he raised from the dead and said if you don't honor me, you don't honor the father that sent me. >> clerk: thank you for your comments. any other members of the public who would like to address the board.
madame president >> president cohen: thank you very much. looks like we're almost to the end of the agenda. if we could go to the inmemoriam. >> thank you, today will be adjourned in memory of two beloved individuals, the late ms. mercedes miller and for the late mr. art peterson. roen roen >> if there is no further business before us today, i think we can adjourn. >> that concludes our business for today. >> thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we're adjourned.
>> families and students from this school, from cesar chavez, from john o'conel, and other schools around the district that we're so lucky to be a part of. i want you to come to this area so that you can actually see the lineup of amazing speakers and hear what they have to say. [speaking native language]
>> without further adieu, i'd like to introduce richard aya on behalf of mission promise neighborhood. thank you. [applause] >> gracias. thank you, principal de la rios moran. bienvenidos. i'm the director of mission promise neighborhood. we all know that we are in the midst of a housing crisis. according to the school district, more than 2,000 -- there are more than 2,000 homeless students in san francisco unified, and the majority of them are latino, in the face of this crisis, this school right here, buena vista horseman opened its gym nasium to homeless families to spend the night. i'm proud to say that mission
promise neighborhood will now be expanding to support this brave school and four other schools, bringing our total to nine schools in the mission altogether. our family success coaches will work closely with on-site providers jamestown, mission graduates, seven teepee, and institutefamily de la raza to connect hamlies with jobs, legal services, health and more. we know that public schools are where we come together to care for each other's children. we are increasing our investment in children aged zero to five by expanding our programs at mission neighborhood centers, support for families, and for the first time ever, family child care providers. we're partnering with meta real
estate to keep our families in place. for example through the city's small sites program, meta recently purchased a six unit building and provided affordable housing for four of our families. meta's higher density projects will not only house thousands more of our low-income families. there are more partners working with mission promise neighborhood, and you can learn more about them to the resource tables to my left. over the past five years, the graduation rates for latinos at our high school went from 62% to 88%. [applause] >> the graduation rate for african american students went from 46% -- i said 46% to 93%. and there are now more
neighborhood children in preschool, more parents reading to their children, and tremendous gains in developmental assessment scores for these kids. these dramatic results can only come from a community working together. this was never a certainty. our funding recently sunseted. we were at risk of losing this community infrastructure. during a moment in time when we needed it most. we submitted a proposal to the department of education for an extension grant, but there were only three available grants for 12 promised neighborhoods across the country. we reached out to our congress woman, nancy pelosi, and she supported our proposal. [applause] >> and against steep odds, during a challenging national political climate, we received a call from leader pelosi's office, saying we won the
$6,000,002-year extension grant for the mission district. [applause] >> congress woman, thank you for your leadership and for working so hard for our community. every please join me in welcoming our congress woman and house democratic leader nancy pelosi. >> thank you, very much, richard. richard is the director of the mission promise neighborhood. let us thank him for his tremendous leadership. it's an honor to be with you and with supervisor hillary ronen, and school board member mark sanchez, our very special guest today, yimi marino, and john nelson, a student who used the m.n.t. to get into college. later, we'll be joined by mayor
london breed. isn't that an honor for all of us. we thank you principal claudia de la rios moran. again, it's a privilege to be here with each and every one of you, and i congratulate you because the example that you all had set here is why we're able to get additional funding, and you are also a model of national significance to the nation because it makes our argument easier for us to do the same thing in other neighborhoods across the country. but let me tell you just a little bit about this. the story of mission promise is one of local transformation and national impact. it was the vision and courage and leadership of president barack obama that we are proud of what we have accomplished so far. [applause] >> i'll put it on the internet.
i won't repeat everything i said. i promise to put it on the internet if you promise maybe to read it. any way, we have so much more work to do because 30% of mission families do not have bank accounts. two thirds do not have bank accounts. unemployment, financial security, two in five families go without basic needs, health care, food, etc. how could this be in the greatest country that ever existed in the history of the world? well, we have made a promise that we intend to keep, intend to keep in a culturally appropriate way. we have some challenges in washington now with some of the policies that are coming forth that are not helpful, but you know what we say? we don't agonize, we organize.
so again whether it's in the budget or the farm bill, our promise is for the people, lowering your health care costs, increasing your paycheck, and cleaning up government so that it works in the people's interest, not in the special interest. so with that -- so we've shared some thoughts here. some you've heard, some you didn't, all about thanking you, congratulating you for making this mission promise work so that it could be continued here and that it could be replicated so people all over the country are in your debt because your success equals there are -- their success, and i thank you all for the opportunity to say hello today. [applause] >> are you ready to organize, not agonize? i thought so. now, it is my privilege to yield the floor to the very distinguished supervisor from this area, a woman who has a
child in public school, as well. her daughter and my granddaughter are friends. that means a lot to me, but she means a lot to our community. supervisor hillary ronen. [applause] >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much. another big hand for leader pelosi who's going to save our federal government from going in the wrong direction. we are so lucky so interest -- have you as our representative. you bring us so much pride and joy every single day so thank you for your tremendous work. i have the extreme honor of representing the mission district on the san francisco board of supervisors, and i happen to be biased, but i think it is probably the most special neighborhood in the city. [applause] >> supervisor ronen: i'm glad there's lots of people who agree with me.
and it is so special it is unique. i mean, we have more beautiful political and artistic murals than -- in a small area than anywhere in the entire world right here in our neighborhood. we have a concentration of the best community-based organizations celebrating the culture and the vibrancy of the incredible community and especially the strength historic latino community who have so much presence in this neighborhood and has for so long. and at the same time, we have incredible challenges in that neighborhood. we know that over the last decade, 1,000 latinos, individuals and families, have displaced from this community, and we have a homeless crisis that has taken shape in tent
encampments all over. and prior to mission promise neighborhoods, we had seven of the ten lowest performing schools in the entire city. in comes mission promise neighborhoods, and what this incredible project and strategy does is it takes the heart and soul of our communities, starting with four schools, now going to nine, and says we're not only going to wraparound the incredible kids that we have in these schools to make a difference and reverse these trends, we're going to wraparound the entire family because we know that students are successful when parents are successful. we know that students succeed when parents are able to come home and spend the night with them instead of working their second or third job just to be able to pay the rent, the incredible expense of rent. so i just want to express my
extreme gratitude to mission promise neighborhoods, a very, very special thanks to luis granados, the executive director of meta. please give him a round of applause. [applause] >> supervisor ronen: and someone who doesn't get nearly enough public appreciation and attention, jillian spindle who is one of the most talented and amazing director of fundraisers that i've ever met. thank you, jillian, thank you for so much you've done for our community. you are an unsung hero that i appreciate so much. i wanted to say a couple of extra thank yous to ahsha safai, my district 11 supervisor who i saw in the crud. ahsha? thank you so much for being here. i wanted to thank the esteemed
principal of this school, claudia morales moran, and i wanted to let you know in celebration of latinx month, we are going to be honoring her. and then, finally, we are going to give a special thanks to sheela nicolopoulos and to urban soccer for this beautiful soccer field that's also brand-new and something to celebrate at this school. and finally, if i could ask richard to come up, i have a special proclamation that you can all look at later that is recognizing mission promise neighborhoods and itscrine he hadible accomplishments. i'll just read the further resolve clause that says the board of supervisors praise mission promise neighborhood on the notable success that have achieved thus far and further
congratulate miss promise neighborhood on being -- mission promise neighborhood on being awarded a grant to continue their significant efforts towards establishing he convalescent for the latino community. si se puede. >> thank you, supervisor. thank you for this wonderful proclamation, and i just want to hand this over to the team because they're doing all the work, so thank you for all the work you've been doing, mission promise neighborhood team. [applause] >> thank you, thank you, supervisor. yes. thank you for your support, as well, on our -- on our application to the department of education and next up, i
would like to invite commissioner mark sanchez who has a little bit of history at this school, and i'll let him share that with you. >> technical difficulties. hello, everybody. on behalf of the superintendent of san francisco schools and the san francisco board of education, i'd like to thank mission promise neighborhood and meta for all the work that they've been doing. let's give it up for them again. wonderful work, partnering with organizations in the neighborhood and making sure our families get what they need. the numbers speak for themselves and the data collecting that you're doing is amazing to show that this type of work does work. i'm here to also say that i used to be the principal of this school when it was horace mann. i've seen it grow into this community with this amazing
courtyard garden as well as this amazing soccer field. it is one of my missions on the board to make sure that every school gets a soccer field. frankly, the first soccer field to get put into a school in san francisco was at cleveland elementary, where i was principal, and now, they're being rolled out all over the city. i really want to thank urban soccer park -- john where jen is, but i want to thank them. let's give it up for urban soccer park for putting this field in. they donated the field. sheela was instrumental to getting the field in. partly, it's been mentioned a couple times, because this community, this special, this amazing community is welcoming,
wanting, endorsing to have essentially a shelter placed here at this site, i think in november . frankly, what they've been going through is having families being pushed out of the city and their community being torn up because of that and they want to make sure that families aren't pushed out, and the families that need this support, up to 20 families that need this support get this support at this school. it'll be the first project of its kind in the nation. it's never happened before. in a way, it's amazing, but in a way, it's just sad, right, where we're having to use schools to shelter our families, but we have to do it and we will do it. lastly, i want to thank -- we do have some folks here from our district, kevin truitt and
armand traut, and we wanted to make sure we had representation from the district, and again, thank you everyone for being here today. do you want to do the honors? >> thank you, commissioner. i'd also like to acknowledge that we have the director of the department of children, youth and families, maria sue. thank you for coming. and next up, i would like to welcome jessica linares. she is the director of the beacon community centered schools program. welcome. welcome. [applause] >> on before or after of the jamestown community center, i want to welcome you all to the bbhm beacon site, which is also going to be hosting this amazing soccer field and housing -- a shelter for families, up to 20 families at one time, which is an amazing feat. also want to say -- give a special thank you to leader nancy pelosi, mayor london breed, and our supervisor
hillary ronen for their time and participation at our event. [applause] >> so just to share a little bit about myself. my name is jessica linares and i'm currently the director of schools for jamestown community center. i am the first generation of migrant guatemalan family that arrived here in san francisco. i'm born and raised in the mission district. i had the privilege to attend horace mace ma-- horace mann school. back then, i did not understand what jamestown was about. i learned quickly it was a latino led and community led organization that focused on asset building. and i share this term because it's really impactful what that
means. it means that within our community, we can build ourselves up. we do not need the support from others need to build what we already have, and i think that with m.p.n., we are able to do this and clarify that because with m.p.n., we're able to support things like our beacon strategy. for those that don't know, beacon community schools are ways of wrapping around all of our youth, providing from housing to additional housing as well as being able to provide medical care to our families so that we can provide equity and success for all of our students, not just for some. [applause] >> as we're able to relaunch the promise of m.p.n. and focus our beacon community schools, we are thankful and we invite all of you to continue providing support to all of our families in all of our public schools, but being able to see
the student outside the academic lens and approaching them as a whole child because every child has assets, and what we need to do is build upon those. [applause] >> that way, when we're building our youth, we're also building our families and we're building the san francisco that we want to see, the san francisco that's actually youth led, community led and making it livable for all of us. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, jessica. next up, we are going to hear from one of our parents who's actually used mission promise neighborhood. i'd like to welcome jamie
so another accomplishment while i was undergoing eviction, yadira was crucial to connecting me to resources where i was connected to homeless prenatal and get a housing subsidy through hamilton, and now i live in oakland. so some of my future goals are to learn english, enroll in english classes at good samaritan, and i also continue to apply for the b.m.r. applications in the city.
and what i'd like to say to families is you need to follow your dreams, follow your goals, and as cesar chavez said, si se puede, yes, we can. >> thank you, jamie, and thank you, efrain, for interpreting. i want to acknowledge the director for education is here in the audience. thank you for coming. [applause] >> next up, i'd like to welcome
julia nelson. you heard about our incredible graduation rates at our school. now you get to hear from one of our students and what he's doing through our partner, mission graduate. >> hello, everyone. my name is julian nelson. i graduated from john o'connell after three years and i'm now attending sf state on a full ride scholarship. [applause] >> with that scholarship, i was able to buy myself a new laptop, buy supplies for school, pay my whole tuition, eat, sleep, enjoy life, and even go on vacation to new york. [applause] >> i was able to get these scholarships and attend sf state because of mission graduates, a program that was
connected with me school and helped me out one-on-one in order to succeed. with -- with the help of mission graduates, i was able to do all my a.c.t. scores thanks to tutoring, help out with english courses, college applications, scholarship applications, they were always there for me to give me information on new scholarships that were up coming, give me information on new programs that i could get involved in, internships, and help me out with something, whether it was an interview or anything else that would help me further my career. currently, i'm majoring in computer science, and my goals for the future is to influence others, influence the youth in the future so that they can succeed and so they can do what they want in their future and not worry about money or racism or any other issues that
involve our communities. and thanks to mission communities and the mission promise neighborhood i was able -- or i'm able -- able to reach those goals or able to pursue those goals that i have in the future. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, julian. next, i would like to welcome our mayor, london breed. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: hello, everybody. i am so excited to be here. now, believe it or not, when i was in middle school, i was a handful. so it's always great to come back and say thank you to all the incredible teachers and
counselors who made amazing program support to make sure that the next generation of young people who attend public school in san francisco have a real opportunity for success. i remember those times where when i first was in band class, jack martin's ben franklin middle school band, and the first day, because i talked too much, mr. martins made me write lines. but i also -- after i finished writing those lines, he told me i had a lot of talent. he told me i could be anybody that i wanted to be, and he was willing to take extra time out of his schedule to tutor me because he knew i really wanted to play french horn and be first chair. that helped me be a first chair advanced band sooner than anticipated and that's what mission neighborhood is about. we can't leave any of our kids behind. we know what the numbers say.
mostly, sadly, the loss of so many african american boys and latino boys in san francisco out of high school, they have an opportunity to succeed if we move forward with programs, we invest in the right programs for the purposes of providing them with the support they need to be a success, and we have proof right here with us today. i want to thank leader pelosi who has been a fearless, fearless advocate. she's not just fighting the challenges of what's going on in the white house in washington, d.c. every day, she's bringing home the bacon. she knows the challenges we face here. thank you for supervisor ronen to be here. this is her district, she's going to continue to be here
for her district and continue inform fight for you all on the board of supervisors. i want ho thank the city partners and the -- i want to thank the city partners and the organizations because of your commitment in making this program a success. it's why the graduation rate at john o'connell high school has increased by 24%. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: the numbers don't lie, and we have to continue to invest -- i'm really excited about this incredible opportunity and today to celebrate with all of you and to cut the ribbon on the soccer field. please, to all the parents and community members and organizations, don't give up. we are going to work harder and strong stronger for the kids who are here in san francisco to public schools. as some of you know, my commitment as mayor is to make sure high school kids have a paid internship in our schools so they're not worrying about whether or not they have lunch money or some basic needs
because sometimes their parents might be struggling. we know it's possible. mission promise neighborhood has made something that people didn't think was possible, possible. and so we are going to work on even more initiatives to make things even better for more kids throughout san francisco. thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you, mayor breed. we're really honored to have you join us today. we're going to move onto our final speaker, but before we do that, i just want to take one more opportunity to thank leader pelosi for making it out here from d.c. to be here for this grant. and of course thank you to hillary ronen and mark sanchez. we would not be here without you. [applause] >> and now i would like to give the microphone to our principal, claudia de la diaz
moran. [applause] >> i'm going to talk about horace mann. it's been raising up san franciscans from this very spot for 100 years. this school has raised the children of our neighborhood since the days of duck tail hairstyles, and creased white pants, back when all the cars looked like the low riders that line our streets. it's an institution here in the heart of our neighborhood. one day, an older gentleman walked into my office and said, i remember coming here in the 1960's, and when i get in trouble, the dean would spank me with a paddle. what do you do these days to discipline kids, and my first
response was we just love on them until we change their responses. this building is full of mission kids still bursting with pride for their families, still with love for their friends and neighborhoods and still very connected to this place right here that they call ho home. there are teachers among us that have invested decades in this school. horace mann has been and always will be a central part of our san francisco story. let's hear it for horace mann is still with us, still a part of this community. and then, we have buena vista, and buena vista was one of the very first spanish immersion schools in california, daring to bring a dream to life, that students with different backgrounds speaking different
languages could go to school with one other and exchange their perspectives with one another, that they could tell of the experiences of their grandparents, learn about each other's mom and dad's struggles, and triumphs, and they would pick up more than another language but also empathy, awareness and appreciation for others who aren't like themselves. their minds would open like parachutes, and they would become the strong, visionary leaders that our community deserves. buena vista, that's a legacy of buena vista. and so when buena vista and horace mann joined forces eight years ago, this place became a model and a rock and a place of spanish immersion. what we knew for sure from the outset is we would keep our commitment to our neighborhoods, we would keep meeting the needs of our mission kids, providing them and their families the services and supports they need in and out of the classroom, in and
out of the classroom in order to learn. and this is the beauty of our school, that it truly aspires to be a resource for our community. this is what it means to be a community school, a school that sees every one of our children as unique and deserving of love and infinite types of opportunities. and we are grateful to have found a incredibly strong partner in jamestown and to have the funding necessary to provide much of that support to the beacon initiative. and now, we're incredibly excited to join the family of mission schools who receive services through the neighborhood grants and we sue this ribbon cutting as a symbol of our entry into the world of ways. this grant will make our school stronger, as we celebrate the addition of our fantastic soccer field, we want to welcome all of the hard work done by students, parents,
commissioners, community members, public and private organizations that made this project and others like it possible. [applause] >> our children benefit every day from all of your advocacy, and we're grateful for it. thank you very, very much. [applause] >> now that's a principal. thank you. thank you for that vision. we're going to engage in a ribbon cutting ceremony now. before we do that, i want to acknowledge the google employees, angela for replying the latino employees from google to help with today's event. thank you. and anything else is a community of partners. if you're a partner of mission promise neighborhood, please raise your hand. [applause] >> thank you. thank
. >> 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
[♪] >> when my mother decided to buy that house, nobody knew where it was. it seems so far away. for a long time, we were the only chinese family there but we started to see the areas of growth to serve a larger chinese population. the stress was storage of the birthplace of that. my father would have to go to chinatown for dim sum and i remember one day he came home and said, there is one here now. it just started to grow very organically. it is the same thing with the russian population, which is another very large ethnic group in the richmond district. as russia started to move in, we saw more russian stores. so parts of the richmond is very concentrated with the russian community and immigrant russian community, and also a chinese immigrant community. [♪]
>> i think as living here in the richmond, we really appreciate the fact that we are surrounded three natural barriers. they are beautiful barriers. the presidio which gives us so many trails to walk through, ocean beach, for families to just go to the beach and be in the pacific ocean. we also also have a national park service. we boarded the golden gate national recreation area so there is a lot of activity to do in the summer time you see people with bonfires. but really families enjoying the beach and the pacific ocean during the rest of the time of year. [♪] >> and golden gate park where we have so many of our treasures here. we have the tea garden, the museum and the academy of sciences. not to mention the wonderful playgrounds that we have here in richmond. this is why i say the richmond is a great place for families.
the theatre is a treasure in our neighborhood. it has been around for a very long time. is one of our two neighborhood theatres that we have here. i moved here when i was 1959 when i was two years old. we would always go here. i love these neighborhood theatres. it is one of the places that has not only a landmark in the richmond district, but also in san francisco. small theatres showing one or two films. a unique -- they are unique also to the neighborhood and san francisco. >> where we are today is the heart of the richmond district. with what is unique is that it is also small businesses. there is a different retail here it is mom and pop opening up businesses. and providing for the neighborhood. this is what we love about the streets.
the cora door starts on clement street and goes all the way down to the end of clement where you will see small businesses even towards 32nd. at the core of it is right here between here and 20 -- tenth avenue. when we see this variety of stores offered here, it is very unique then of the -- any other part of san francisco. there is traditional irish music which you don't get hardly anywhere in san francisco. some places have this long legacy of serving ice cream and being a hangout for families to have a sunday afternoon ice cream. and then also, we see grocery stores. and also these restaurants that are just new here, but also thriving. [♪] >> we are seeing restaurants being switched over by hand, new owners, but what we are seeing is a vibrancy of clement street
still being recaptured within new businesses that are coming in. that is a really great thing to see. i don't know when i started to shop here, but it was probably a very, very long time ago. i like to cook a lot but i like to cook chinese food. the market is the place i like to come to once a year. once i like about the market as it is very affordable. it has fresh produce and fresh meat. also, seafood. but they also offer a large selection of condiments and sauces and noodles. a variety of rice that they have is tremendous. i don't thank you can find a variety like that anywhere else. >> hi. i am kevin wong. i am the manager. in 1989 we move from chinatown to richmond district. we have opened for a bit, over 29 years.
we carry products from thailand, japan, indonesia, vietnam, singapore and india. we try to keep everything fresh daily. so a customer can get the best out a bit. >> normally during crab season in november, this is the first place i hit. because they have really just really fresh crab. this is something my family really likes for me to make. also, from my traditional chinese food, i love to make a kale soup. they cut it to the size they really want. i am probably here once a week. i'm very familiar with the aisles and they know everyone who is a cashier -- cashier here i know when people come into a market such as this, it looks like an asian supermarkets, which it is and sometimes it can be intimidating. we don't speak the language and many of the labels are in chinese, you may not know what to buy or if it is the proper ingredients for the recipe are trying to make.
i do see a lot of people here with a recipe card or sometimes with a magazine and they are looking for specific items. the staff here is very helpful. i speak very little chinese here myself. thinks that i'm not sure about, i asked the clerk his and i say is this what i need? is this what i should be making? and they actually really helped me. they will bring me to the aisle and say this is battery. they are very knowledgeable. very friendly. i think they are here to serve not only the asian community but to serve all communities in the richmond district and in san francisco. [♪] >> what is wonderful about living here is that even though our july is a very foggy and overcast, best neighborhood, the sleepy part outside on the west side is so rich with history, but also with all the amenities that are offered.