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protection under the law. that's not equal protection under the law, price fixing. the requirement to be a tenant in the building to start at an income bracket that you know good and well, the most vulnerable people in the city don't have that income and can't even put an application to be a tenant in the building. and this building that you're proposing is in the tenderloin area, and you call it gentrification. it's not gentrification, it's discrimination based on geographical location and you're harming and displacing people of color. you did the same thing in the western addition with that justin hermann pulling that nonsense. you tried it in the mission district, and you're doing it again. then, when you get concrete information claiming that the low-income people supposed to be part of the program like at mission rock, you call about 40% affordable housing, but yet, you make the lowest income will require to be a -- [inaudible] >> president cohen: thank you. any other member of the public?
all right. seeing none, public comment is closed. all right. colleagues, i don't know if there's any discussion. okay. i have no questions. i'll make a motion to approve and send to the full board with a positive recommendation as a committee report. thank you. without objection. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: please call items five and six [agenda item read] [agenda item read] >> president cohen: okay. so we've got supervisor mandelman and mayor breed as sponsors of this legislation, and bill present.
bl [agenda item read] >> president cohen: mr. blum. >> would you like me to speak first? i'm actually speaking on the care site, item number six, would you like to do that -- >> president cohen: both of them have been called together, it doesn't matter which goes first. >> okay. i'll speak to six, and my colleague, john can speak to five. first of all, good morning, good to see you all supervisors, fewer, cohen, and stefani. so i'm asking you to approve a resolution for a grant for hiv or hiv funding for the ryan white part a. san francisco has applied for on a yearly basis and received this for about 30 years. we're one of about 60 geographic areas around the united states
that apply for it. as you know there's over 15,000 people living with hiv in san francisco, slightly less than half of them, about 7400 actually touch our public health system at one point or another, and well over 3,000 get primary care services. the amount requested is 105% of last year's application, which is the maximum we're allowed to apply for. over the last 30 years, we've received some cuts, some big, some small, with occasional flat funding. i want to thank all the supervisors current and past. you've done a great job of supporting us. of that funding, about 92.5% will come to san francisco. we are what's called an eligible met poli metropolitan area, which means that three counties are grouped together by the feds. that includes marin and san
mateo, so i'll stop there. >> good morning. my name's john melicar, and i'm with chip. chip is a branch within the population health division that is primarily responsible for h.i.v. presentation funds -- prevention funds. we've received funds for this for about 30 years. these funds are only offered to help departments through funding opportunity 181802. it comes in two different components. the first component is one that is in a grant form, and that we were -- we did not have to apply for, we just had to explain our services. it's changed in two ways from previously. the c.d.c. has made this an integrated epi and prevention
grant which means that we plan and report to the c.d.c. on both of those activities. operationally for us, it doesn't make a lot of difference because we've always worked very closely with epi to get the information to do our planning. the other changes for component a is that it represents about a 22% decrease from the previous funding cycles, which c.d.c. has been decreasing over time. we'd like to thank the board of supervisors, the department, and the mayor for their ongoing backfills of this. component b is a competitive part of the grant, and san francisco was one of the two jurisdictions in the country that received this. because the health outcomes and h.i.v. rates for the homeless and injection drug uses have
plateaued or decreased, we are pledging outreach to street medicine or other linkage efforts. >> president cohen: thank you. i actually have a couple questions. annually, the ryan white funding is always cut or we don't receive as much as we anticipate. and we certainly have -- certainly i've been on the board eight years, so to the best of my knowledge, we are always asked through the best of our budget process, to do a backfill. can you explain to me the reason why this happens all the time? >> sure. you know, ryan white act actually has expired. they don't work to reauthorize it because of the danger that it wouldn't actually pass. so at the federal level, they continue to fund it, but what they fund it as at flat funding, and as time goes by, funding is determined by incidents of or prevalence of h.i. vichv. or ai
a given area. cases are expanding most recently in the southeast united states, most recently, southwest, so there's different areas competing for the same pot of funding. >> sounds like there's no relief until congressional seats change and there's a little bit more progressive minded folks occupying in the white house. >> correct. >> okay. so we should -- during our budget process should just plan to set aside -- what exactly would be a fair amount? >> you know, it's fluctuated. we had a really, really big cut about seven years ago, i want to say, when pelosi was unable to secure additional stop loss. i can go back and provide you an exact number, but i think if you annuali
annualize it, it 's been about 1.5 to 3% cut each year. >> president cohen: thank you. i'm just looking forward in anticipation. we've always been fortunate to have the resources, whether on reserve -- well, they come from the reserve, is that correct and i'm looking to the budget director. perhaps she can opine a little bit about these particular cuts. i'm grateful we always have the resources to backfill them, but i'm fearful if there's ever a day that comes to us that we won't due to a severe economic downturn. i'm going to pivot back to the budget office director, kelly kirk patrick to answer. >> thank you, director cohen. yes, we work closely with d.p.h. staff in the spring to understand anticipated potential cuts to both ryan white and c.d.c. related funding. and we've been fortunate enough, as you stated, to backfill almost all of those over the last five, six, seven years.
and so we work very closely with the department. we will keep the board apprised as the information comes through, but it is always top of mind as we work with the department on the budget in the spring. >> president cohen: can you give me a range as to what -- >> we have an analysis. i don't know offhand, but we can get that to you. in coordination with d.p.h., we work with them on that. >> president cohen: okay. one more question related to the ryan white funding. what's the level of grant funding that we've received from each of the two grants that we're talking about today? what's that level of funding, and how does it compare to what we're approving today? is it less? are you noticing a trend where it's decreasing, are you noticing a trend where it's increasing? >> these are great questions, and actually, we are -- we sit in two different branchs, and we work very closely together, and so we are -- we are kind of one, but we're also a little bit
separate, different application processes. so in terms of the ryan white part a, you should know there's ryan white part b, c, d, e, and f, so this is a piece of the pie. but i think the question that you're asking, is that this amount represents the bulk of the federal fund we get, and it's slightly less than half of the total amount we get. the rest is general fund. have i answered your question? >> president cohen: yes. okay. that's all i have. i appreciate your time. colleagues, do you have any questions? all right. the b.l.a. has no report. all right. we will go to public comment on items five and six. seeing none, public comment is closed. all right. i'll make a motion to send this to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you. without objection. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: please, item seven. >>clerk: item seven, resolution
proofing an afmta contract with all top for vendor management transportation to manage parts for the fleet for a total term of three years to commence upon approval by the board of supervisors. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. we've got this legislation before us is sponsored by supervisor tang and it's got mr. john haley from m.t.a. to speak to us on this. >> good morning, chair cohen, supervisors. some seven or eight years ago, we came to this body with a proposal to overhaul the rail and the bus fleets for the sfmta, and with your support, we have made tremendous strides in improving our maintenance and the reliability of our fleets. the action in front of you today is a request to make permanent a contract that results from a very successful five-year pilot
program which i renewed twice, and which we appreciate that has led to a tremendous improvement not only in our day-to-day reliability of our old cars, which many are older than 20 years, but also our historic vehicles. so just briefly to highlight the importance of this program -- go ahead -- one more, please. okay. thank you. i just want to point out that prior to the introduction of a vendor managed inventory, which fills a key void in the city classification and personnel systems because there's -- what this contract does is give us an individual that manages the inventory on a day-to-day basis. as a result of that, when you go back to the times before this contract, what you had most importantly was not only sometimes inspections and repairs being done and not having any parts, cars being on
hold for parts, but most importantly, we have virtually eliminated at this point a practice where we took parts off of one train to put them on another, referred to as canniballizing parts, and that needs to not happen. we've moved beyond that in this contract. i think this allows us to better plan and forecast. this is a major business improvement for us. it's also increased our reliability of our fleet. the biggest customer complaint we have remains crowding. this contract has been a vital management tool to help us improve maintenance on our older fleets while we introduce a brand-new fleet to deal with our growth and expansion. some of the results, just specifically, we've got our car availability. that means we're putting cars on
the street 20% greater. another one i would point out is the parts consumption over a five year period. that's one of the best indicators that we're doing our maintenance on schedule, we're replacing the parts that the manufacturers say we should replace. that's a commitment we made to this body several years ago and we'll continue to honor that. and having this management tool has been a key element in our fulfilling that commitment. i'd just point out here again, this is an improved business practice. it allows us to better plan and operator inventory, reduce our inventory. here's a shot of a nearby warehouse where we have access to parts and get them down once we're there. or -- our ask today is that you approve this contract. we appreciate the work that the
budget analyst has done. the contract would be for three years with two two-year options for an amount not to exceed $64.5 million. it's been a key element in helping us improve the reliability of the fleet, and we intend to use it even more aggressively going forward. so with that, i appreciate your time, and certainly available to answer any questions you might have. >> president cohen: supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer: did we discuss how long this contract is for? oh, i see that -- did we -- this is from 2018 to 2037, is that correct, the contract? >> it's a three-year with two two-year options, so starting
right now, in 2019. >> supervisor fewer: in 2019. okay. thank you very much. >> president cohen: thank you. we'll hear from the budget legislative analyst at this time. >> yes. this contract was selected through competitive process. it was the highest ranked proposer, and as mr. haley said, it's a three year contract with two two-year extensions for a total of seven years. our budget is on page three of the report. it shows a total budget of 64.5 million. we recommend approval. >> president cohen: thank you for the recommendation. we will go to public comment on item seven. any member of the public please come. all right. seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, i see no names on the roster, so i'm assuming there are no questions. i make a motion to approve and send this to the full board with a positive recommendation, and
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experienced over the years in this playground is now filled with these voices. >> 321, okay. [ applause ] >> the park was kind of bleak. it was scary and over grown. we started to help maclaren park when we found there wasn't any money in the bond for this park maclaren. we spent time for funding. it was expensive to raise money for this and there were a lot of delays. a lot of it was just the mural, the sprinklers and we didn't have any grass. it was that bad. we worked on sprinkler heads and grass and we fixed everything. we worked
hard collecting everything. we had about 400 group members. every a little bit helped and now the park is busy all week. there is people with kids using the park and using strollers and now it's safer by utilizing it. >> maclaren park being the largest second park one of the best kept secrets. what's exciting about this activation in particular is that it's the first of many. it's also representation of our city coming together but not only on the bureaucratic side of things. but also our neighbors, neighbors helped this happen. we are thrilled that today we are seeing the fruition of all that work in this city's open space. >> when we got involved with this park there was a broken swing set and half of -- for
me, one thing i really like to point out to other groups is that when you are competing for funding in a hole on the ground, you need to articulate what you need for your park. i always point as this sight as a model for other communities. >> i hope we continue to work on the other empty pits that are here. there are still a lot of areas that need help at maclaren park. we hope grants and money will be available to continue to improve this park to make it shine. it's a really hidden jewel. a lot of people don't know it's here. >> 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 and 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. 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 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 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 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 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 -- >> 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. >> 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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 -- 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 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 that we invest in and every single business as you can see here, we have not been to the bayview before, this is the 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!
>> in 201,755.7 million passengers traveled through san francisco international airport. we have on average 150,000 people traveling through the airport every day. flying can be stressful so we have introduced therapy dogs to make flying more enjoyable. the wag brigade is a partnership between the airport and the san francisco therapy animal assistant program to bring therapy animals into the airport, into the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. i amgen fer casarian and i work here at san francisco international airport. the idea for therapy dogs got started the day after 9/11. an employee brought his therapy dog to work after 9/11 and he
was able to see how his dog was able to relieve passenger's jitter. when we first launched the program back in 2013, our main goal was to destress our passengers however what we quickly found is that our animals were helping us find a way to connect with our pang. passengers. we find there are a lot of people traveling through the airport who are missing their pets and who are on their road a lot and can't have pets and we have come in contact with a lot of people recently who have lost pet. >> i love the wag brigade. >> one of my favorite parts is walking into the terminals and seeing everybody look up from their device, today everybody is
interacting on their cell phone or laptop and we can walk into the terminal with a dog or a pig and people start to interact with each other again and it's on a different level. more of an emotional level. >> i just got off an 11.5 hour flight and nice to have this distraction in the middle of it. >> we look for wag brigade handlers who are comfortable in stressful situations. >> i like coming to airport it's a lot of fun and the people you talk to are generally people who are missing their dogs. >> they are required to compete a certification process. and they are also required to complete a k9 good citizen test and we look for animals who have experienced working with other orgorganizations such as hospits
and pediatric units and we want to be sure that the animals we are bringing into the airport are good with children and also good with some of our senior travelers. i think toby really likes meeting kids. that is his favorite thing. he likes to have them pet him and come up to him and he really loves the kids. >> our wag brigade animals can be spotted wearing custom vets and they have custom patches. >> there is never a day that repeats itself and there is never and encounter that repeats itself. we get to do maximum good in a small stretch of time and i have met amazing people who have been thrilled to have the interaction. >> the dogs are here seven days
a week, we have 20 dogs and they each come for a two hour shift. >> there is a lot of stress when people have traveling so to from these animals around to ease the stress and help people relax a little bit. i think it's great. >> one of our dogs has special need and that is tristine. he wears a wheel around. >> he has special shoes and a harness and we get it together in the parking lot and then we get on the air train. he loves it. little kids love him because he is a little lower to the ground so easy to reach and he has this big furry head they get to pet and he loves that. >> he doesn't seem to mind at all. probably one of the happiest dogs in the world.
>> many people are nervous when they travel but seeing the dogs is just a wonderful relief. >> what i absolutely love most about it is the look on people's faces, so whenever they are stressed and flying is stressful these days you get these wonderful smile. >> i am the mom of lilo the pig and she is san francisco's first therapy pig. >> lilo joined the wag brigade as our firs first pig. >> wag brigade invited us to join the program here and we have done it about a year-and-a-half ago. our visits last 1.5 to 2 hours and it does take a little bit
longer to get out of the terminal because we still get a lot of attention and a lot of people that want to interact with lilo. >> i feel honored to be part of the wag brigade. it's very special to meet so many people and make so many feel happy and people that work here. it's been a great experience for me and a great experience for to totoby. >> it's been an extremely successful program, so the next time you are here, stop by and say hi.
save the planet, they do, they care and my job is to speak to them in a way that they can understand that touches their heart and makes them feel powerful with simple actions to take every day. ♪ ♪ >> i was born and raised in the desert of palm springs, california. my dad was the rabbi in the community there. what i got from watching my father on stage talking to the community was learning how to be in the public. and learning how to do public 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. 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 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 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 your gut, follow your heart, do what makes you happy and pragmatic and see where it takes you and get to the next place. trust if you want to do good in
this world, that >> let's talk a little bit about the format and get this party started. all right. after you make your opening statements, i have two little bags. my little bags. the questions have been divided into, how will you get it done? and working with the community? you all have had these questions in advance, most of them. so they shouldn't be a surprise to you. but each candidate will be asked one question and a different question at a time, okay? and we'll go through the questions. if we run out of questions, we'll recycle, all right? [laughter] all right.