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systems or infrastructure to address that fact of life here in the city? >> thank you for that question. right now, our awss water system was built in 1913. only the northeast corner of san francisco has enough fire protection to take care of itself. the entire west side is not protected. the last big main runs through 19th avenue, and it serves the areas east of there. if there was an earthquake, there would be 100 fires that break out on the west side, and we don't have the infrastructure. we have 32 cisterns. there's one on my block. you need two pumps, one to pump the water out, and another one to pump it into the fire. we only have six hook and ladder trucks. that's not nearly enough.
six fires can be put out, or three fires can be put out, and we can have 100 break out here. we have to improve the systems so we can include water coming from the ocean and lake merced, so i encourage getting the infrastructure rapidly fixed up. >> thank you very much. miss basan. >> thank you. mr. tom and i were at a forum just a few nights ago where we went overall of this about the a awss, which is the auxiliary water supply system. so i echo everything that mr. tom said, but i would piggyback on what he said, and i would add this, this issue of an earthquake happening imminently, and the resulting fires is an extremely good reason not to increase building density, not to have four and five and six story buildings in the sunset, on any corridor,
transit or otherwise. it's also a good argument not to encourage accessory dwelling units. when the big one comes, we are not going to have enough food or water, and i hope that you are not going to rely on your government to take care of you, and i hope you are all aware of 72hour.com. this is reasons to improve the awss and take the administration of the p.u.c. and give it back to the fire department who is the expert on this issue. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. mr. kim? >> so it's clear that it's not just our emergency infrastructure that's outdated. we have a lot of public service infrastructure that needs replacing. we have storm drains that go straight out to the bay or to the ocean, and we have our drinking water hooked up to
. >> thank you very much. and mr. mcneil? >> i definitely would favor the community approach. i'm a nert, you can look that up, and i think the system does need repairing. the west side of town is not prepared for a major emergency, and we need to do something about that. generally, i think this has to do with how we treat infrastructure in the city.
we do a terrible job. there are some thing that's we need to do -- some things that we need to do, and i think i mentioned about fixing policy in the long-term. politicians want to get their name on something or pass a resolution, but what happens is they're not thinking 20 years down the lines. we've got $2.4 billion in maintenance fees that are identified that are current. one of the solutions, we could be moving towards a real estate developed model. the g.s.a. at the federal level does this, and i think it's something that san francisco could easily implement for practical policy solutions on infrastructure. >> thank you very much. mr. murphy? >> yeah. we need to take a close look at all of our infrastructure systems in the sunset. not just our emergency systems, but our delivery systems, which is mixing toxic groundwater
into our potable supply. also our sewer systems, which every time it rains dumps raw sewage into the pacific ocean. these are not hall marks of a green city, not the hall marks of a future focused government. in terms of readiness for an emergency, i believe our firds responders -- first responders do need our support. luckily, i live down the street from a fire station. i'm thankful for that. instead of show pony projects, we need to come together and support our first responders. that's the most significant way, and take the -- take away from the p.u.c., which is enterprise agency, the ability to dictate which infrastructures prioritized. >> thank you so much. and mr. win? >> i think we can all agree
that climate change is real. i could have to echo the sentiments of all my colleagues over here next to me in regards to their concerns for the west side and the city. i am supportive of the improvements of the seawall and the master plan that's happening down at ocean beach to protect our seawall, as well. water wars, i mean, they're coming. quite frankly, we really have to improve our nert training, as well, and the infrastructure, and that includes working with pg&e, with their lines out here, which i think are super arre archaic. the big one is coming, and i think we need to review our processes and ensure that everything is correct and in order. >> thank you very much. okay. and our next question, what is the major industry if not the
major industry in san francisco is tourism. and one issue that we're having now, and if you walk the streets of san francisco, you probably see broken glass as you're walking along the street. so the question is, do you believe there should be harsher criminal penalties for crimes such as break-ins or do you feel there's another way we can address this issue to reduce this type of crime? and we're going to start with miss basan. >> proposition 47, which was a california state initiative ballot, has been a disaster because it reduced the category of car break-ins from a felony to a misdemeanor, which whas simply encouraged the criminal element. that's why car break-ins have sky rocketed to 30,000 last year. the criminals are coming -- a
lot of them are coming from outside the jurisdiction of san francisco. they take b.a.r.t. over, and they know where to target tourists. this sends a sorry message to the rest of the world that san francisco cannot protect tourists when they come here. i do favor harsher penalties for criminals. i think proposition 47 should be overturned and that these crimes should be reclassified as the felonies that they were originally. and i think that the city could do a much better job in terms of having some sort of ambassador program, fully staffed at all tourist sites 24-7 to protect the tourists. >> thank you very much. mr. kim? >> i'm not a fan of increasing penalties being a deterrent to crime. part of that is because if we're not even catching the criminals, how are we -- why would the penalty matter to them?
and the problem is a lot of our police officers are wasting their time downtown busting the homeless when they should be patrolling the streets in every neighborhood. and that's what we need, we need more police presence, we need police engagement with the community. if the officer knows neighborhood, then people in the neighborhood are less likely to commit a crime because they know their authority figure. the more engaged the police are with the community, the less likely they are also to be perceived as a threat of violence and more as a community leader, and that's what we need, just better community leadership overall to watch over our streets in a joint effort. >> thank you. mr. mar. >> i work down in civic center and kind of at ground zero of those crime problems, and i've had my car broken into a number
of times, so i certainly would agree that we need to do a much better job of addressing auto burglaries in our city. and one idea that i have that i would like to push for is the creation of a citywide auto burglary unit that's just focused citywide because right now there's staff from the different district stations that are focused on the issue, that we have a district wide auto burglary unit that can develop a more comprehensive strategic approach to the problem. it would also free up our district station staff to focus on the neighborhood and district issues. beyond that, i just wanted to say on public safety overall, we all deserve to feel safe in our homes without fare of crime disrupting our communities. for then suite district, i would -- the sunset district, i would really prioritize strategies that build relationships between the law
enforcement and communities they serve, and focus on more multilingual staff. >> thank you. mr. mcneil? >> the first place i lived in was across from golden gate park, and my car was broken into four times in there. i am glad that the sfpd has started having district focus on this, and we actually have seen a decrease in property crime like that with police staffing, so one obvious place to start that would differentiate me from other members of the current board of supervisors is i'm in favor of police staffing. we are technically actually are at full police staffing, except that was at levels designed in 1994. i'm proud to have the police officers association union endorsement, and there are other things that we can do. like miss basan said, there's organized crime of this. most car break-ins are by
people who do this again and again and again. wherever you are on prop 47 aside, if you have -- someone's part of a crime ring like this, you are missing the point. we need to punish people who are serial car breakers. >> thank you very much. mr. murphy? >> i believe in community based policing, not broken windows policing. stable communities are safe communities. my street used to have 40 families on it, 40 families. now there's, like, six. airbnb complaints on both ends of the street. so we need to stablize our communities, and i earlier mentioned a number of ways we can do that. in terms of tourism, i think what we're headed toward is another sort of generia, with little pockets of san francisco that's recognizable, like the painted ladies and the golden gate bridge.
i'd like to preserve the entire city, the unique, rich fabric of our neighborhoods. and community policing, there used to be beat cops in north beach who looked like beat cops. i'd like to see more of those characters on our streets. in terms of auto break-ins, i don't believe -- they dropped 40% in the last count. it's dog whistle politics. >> thank you very much. mr. win? >> yeah. the tourist industry is a big industry in the industry, and what i notice is tourists, they look at the fact that we have dirty streets, the homeless issue is not a purported 10,000 homeless issue, it's more of a 15,000 person issue. we're losing conventions, as well. but i'm more concerned about our residents and the
protection of our residents and the safety of our residents. we have 30,000 break-ins of property crimes a year, and i think in the last couple of years, we only had 13 convictions. that's unacceptable. and while sfpd talks about a task force and decreasing those numbers, i think we could do a lot better. i do support increased police beats and the walking of beats, and then, i also support police staffing to the mandated level, as well. i do agree with trevor in that capacity. >> thank you very much. mr. tom? >> i know we have a lot of tourists in san francisco, but i don't see them coming to, like, quintara or yorba to look around. what i see is people coming out to the sunset thinking it's an easy pickings place because people don't complain and they're breaking into cars out
here, and that is more of a concern to the residents. i started a safe neighborhood watch group that gave people more confidence to report crimes, and now, we have on-line something called nextdoor that gives people an awareness of the crimes that are going on. i would like to see individual cameras and merchant cameras linked to the police system, and see more community policing. and if the -- as it was mentioned earlier, full police staff goes from 1600 to 2,000, that would help increase our safety here. public safety is paramount for residents and families in the sunset. thank you. >> thank you very much. one of the hot topics this year has been campaign financing, so we're going to ask the question -- or the question was asked, i guess, how will you be funding your campaign and what's your philosophy on campaign financing, and we're going to start with mr. kim.
>> we have a lot of dark money in politics, even in san francisco where we have probably some of the stronger campaign finance law. and, you know, even though we're limited to $500 perdonation, somehow, we have candidates who come in with, you know, .5 million. i'd like to see more public financing available at a lower level, but on top of that, you know, i would like to see more accountability coming from the ethics commission to track where these donations are coming from. personally, i have a very people-based campaign, so i'm not taking any corporate dollars in my campaign at all. >> thank you very much. and mr. mar? >> i -- i'm proud to have qualified for the city's public
financing matching program, and through that, i've agreed to a voluntary spending cap of $250,000, and i'm able to get city matching funds for my campaign. by qualifying, we've been able to show that i -- or my campaign or i have broad base support, i'm in the neighborhood in the city from a large range of small, individual donors, so that's a key part of my campaign. i do want to say, though, that the city's public financing program does need to be looked at in how it's being implemented because i do think the fact that a number of candidates, my colleagues, were not able to qualify for public financing. it was very problematic, and a lot of it was because of the poor way that the program's been implemented. so yeah, i guess i would really support efforts to improve our city's public financing program and make sure all candidates are able to have the necessary
information to apply. >> thank you very much, and mr. mcneil? >> there's too much money in san francisco politics. we'll stop, period. i'm the only one up here who's run for office before. i was elected to the democrat central committee when i was in 24, in 2006. i did it by working hard. i believe there is a diminishing level of returns when it comes to money in politics. i don't know how many mailers you got in the last mayoral election, but hey, here i am, here's why you should consider voting for me. the inundation of special groups that only exist to prop up their person, that kind of thing, i think is bad for san francisco. i'm naive. i like politics. i think it's a great chance to learn from voters and be represented and do wonderful things for your community. it's like community service, but the amount of money that's
spent on politics is ridiculous. i'm proud to run a grassroots campaign. i'm just going to be knocking on your door with a door happeninge hanger, and that's it. >> thank you very much. mr. murphy? >> yeah. our last candidate took over $200,000 associated with the real estate industry. in her second campaign, she ran unopposed and took $100,000 from the same people. that money obviously didn't buy votes, it bought access. i think it behooves voters to be informed and look at where the money's coming from in campaigns. the one that's run here is going to be well funded. my colleague, mr. mar, has a not for profit and can tap that network for donations. my donations come from friends, family, neighbors, people who
support me. and i actually have some pluk. i ran for green -- pluck. i ran for green party. i did so successfully without being visited by a developer and visited by the f.b.i. >> thank you. >> so -- thank you. >> thank you. mr. win? >> we've seen recently how the mayoral race went. it got dirty with certain candidates not signing pledges of not accepting certain expenditures. this is a supervisorial race, smaller race. 70,000 people. i did qualify for public financing, but the ethics commission makes it very difficult to meet certain thresholds, and because of that, you're not playing with house money and city money and be given an opportunity to compete competitively.
i've run for profit and nonprof nonprofit campaigns in the city for the last 17 years, so i understand what it means. there's 70,000 people out here -- the candidate with the most amount of money and most amount of support and endorsements doesn't necessarily win. it's about pounding the pavement and going door to door, so in that capacity, i look forward to the next 58 days. >> thank you very much. mr. tom? >> i'm in the same boat as many of my other colleagues here. i am not going to get public financing, and i'm not depending on it. i think that money could be better spent on city services. i'm going to go the old fashioned way, meeting people in the community. i'm getting my fund raising from other constituents, neighbors, residents, family, and i'm going to work the old fashioned way, meeting people
at meet-and-greets, door knocking, calling you, if you don't mind, so i'll look forward to seeing you out there. >> thank you very much. and ms. basan? >> this is my first campaign. i am not a professional politician, so the first thing i did was get some how to books. i learned because i was new to politics, i had no name recognition. and the advice was go door to door. knock on everyone's door and introduce yourself, and that is exactly what i have been doing. i am very proud to say that i have covered many of the precincts already, and have met many of you, either by miyself or by the door hangers i left you. i believe i am running neck and neck with mr. mar in terms of
funding. i am not going to be getting public financing, so i am doing this from my house. that's my campaign headquarters. i have no office, i have no professional staff, i am not wasting any money, and if i were your supervisor, i wouldn't waste your money, either. i am very frugal, and that's how i'm running my campaign. >> okay. thank you very much. okay. ladies and gentlemen, this will be our last question. and i think it will give us more -- we've gotten an idea how the candidates think and who they are, but this'll give us even more of an idea. so candidates, we're going to star with mr. mar. could you give us your vision of your city and for the sunset district, and could you tell us in light of what programs or projects you've worked on in the district or in the city to make it a better place. so we're going to start with
mr. mar. >> i moved to san francisco actually 30 years ago as a young person just after graduating from u.c. berkeley, and then my wife and i move today the sunset district 13 years ago, as i said, to raise my daughter here. a lot of what attracted me as a young person 30 years ago really fills that risk of being radically changed right now due to the affordability crisis and the dramatic changes that are playing out in our city. this has motivated me to shift from being a community leader and nonprofit executive director for the past few decades to seek a leadership position here in district four, and it's to ensure that san francisco can continue to be a place where anyone, regardless of income or social condition, to live, to work, to raise a
family, to retire with dignity. this is also why i've been working on these conditions as a community organizer for 25 years. >> thank you very much. mr. mcneil? >> my vision of the sunset and the city is visionary. it's where i live and work, and it's where i brought my children home from the hospital. it's where i want them to live. it's at the heart of sort of all my passions and policies. you know, i think this -- we need to have strong communities. i used to be on the board of the inner sunset parks board association. i think we need to have people with deep roots here. my first teaching job was at l lawton, and i also think understanding how government works is important. i'm running a grassroots campaign. i am an outsider. i don't work in city hall, but
i do have experience in politics. i do have experience in representing district four in city hall, so i think there is a level of which that my biography, my backgrounds, my hopes for my family's future, and my skill set and recess may are enough to make me a supervisor if i'm lucky enough to get elected. >> thank you. mr. murphy? >> yeah. my experience is typical of someone who's invested in ecology. it's a seventh generation vision. right now, our city is being sold out to the highest bidder. land use economics is the biggest crisis we face. this is where i surf. this is where i run. this is where my son and i play basketball. i envision a place where he could return, to this neighborhood. i love it here. this is the dream that i've
had, and i've lived here for -- in san francisco for over 20 years. i don't see a future here for myself. i don't see a future here for my son. i don't see a future here for the sfusd's youngest students unless we take it back. we need an independent hard nosed legislator who's not connected to city hall, who's not connected to the machine, and i'll be that lejs laytor. >> thank you. -- legislator. >> thank you. mr. win? >> san francisco is a first world city with third world problems. bureaucrats love to have excuses in the city. and i grew up in the city, went to holy, went to s.i. it's a different san francisco now. it's always been a changing san francisco, but we've got to fight for the every day people
in san francisco, which we're losing. middle class families can't afford to live here anymore, and i want to be a part of leading san francisco to ensure that we are still diverse. we can't continue to give break to see lyft and uber -- breaks to lyft and uber, and hopefully we can continue to build a better san francisco with everybody involved. >> thank you very much. mr. tom? >> my family first came to san francisco in 1851. i'm born in san francisco, i'm a native. i live here, and i moved here after berkeley because i wanted to come back to the city that i called home, the place that i love. i met my wife here, who's also a san francisco native, and our kids were born here. we live in the sunset and attend lawton school here in the sunset. i'm hoping that they can stay here for another generation and have the life that we've had the privilege to living in this
city, but it's looking more difficult all the time. what have i done in this neighborhood that i love it so much? i've founded a group that rebuilt the playground that's become a community center. also in terms of the library that's around there, and in the city, i've served on three commissions. i might be the only candidate that's done so, the immigrants right commission, the taxi commission, and two templs on the assessment -- terms on the assessment appeals board. i have the experience in city hall, and i currently work as a city auditor. i understand the situations very well. i look forward to working for you. >> thank you. ms. basan? >> my vision for san francisco is this: i used to be proud to tell people i'm from san francisco, and now i'm embarrassed. i don't want it to be known. i would like it to go back to
the way it was when i could be proud to say i'm from san francisco. i'm from a world class city. i invite you to come. but right now as it is, it's a cess pool. it's filthy, disgusting, and it's dangerous. if i am supervisor, i am going to vote no on the policies that keep perpetuating those problems and are keeping us down trodden? are you afraid to go downtown? i'm tired of wearing work boots to civic center because i don't know what i'm going to step in. this is my vision, to bring it back to where it's clean and beautiful. i've spent any entire career to fighting for my clients. if i'm elected supervisor, i will fight for you and your quality of life. >> thank you very much. mr. kim? >> i moved to the bay area ten years ago from the chicago
area. i also went to the university of illinois at urbana-champaign. growing up in the midwest, it's hard to fit in when you're not your typical midwest cookie cutter person. but i found a home here in the bay area, here in san francisco, and because of the diversity, i feel it's home. and we're in trouble of losing that diversity to gentrification and homogenous tech broke culture. it's our least privileged people who are being forced out, and those are the people that i want to see stay. i want to see a place where everyone can live, not just rich people, and everyone has a home, and people are paid wages that can fulfill reasonable living costs. and it might be a pipe dream,
but that's what i'm going to fight for. >> thank you very much. and now, ladies and gentlemen, we've come to the candidates' closing statements. so let me first remind you, if you are not registered to vote, please do so right away and urge others you know to register also. if you move, you need to reregister again at your new address. now i've said my thing. thank you very much. we will do the closing statements in reversal if a bet c -- reverse alphabetical order, and remember that you have one minute, and we'll start with mr. tom, closing statement. >> thank you. i love san francisco, and the sunset is my home. i'm like you. i'm raising my family, and we
have multigenerational deep roots. i want to see it that seniors have activities to do, young children, and the next generation. that two workers families can have services where they can have activities enriching for their kids while they're at school and after school. these are just the common-sense things that i'm looking for for all of us, the residents. my door is always open. i want to know what your needs and concerns are because those are my needs, those are the needs of the community, and i hope to serve you well. thank you. >> thank you very much. mr. win? >> as a sunset native and community advocate and organizer, i've attended hundreds -- hundreds of community meetings. i know who you are, i know where you live, where you eat. this is -- this is just -- we are the sunset, and quite frankly, we're fighting for the soul of san francisco. i've -- for years, 20 years or
so, been a consultant or campaign manager. worked my up as a field director, and had an opportunity to meet bill clint and obama, and fortunate enough to learn from a lot of great individuals and leaders in san francisco, including gavin newsom and fiona mah. we all remember what happened in the sunset district with the whole residency issue. i hope to lead the sunset in a very positive way and connect and work with both moderates and progressives because i worked on both campaigns and both sides of the ledger, and hopefully i'm a uniter in that capacity. i look forward to meeting everybody door to door, and please take a look at my
website, swanforfour. >> thank you. mr. murphy? >> yeah. we really need to step back from our series of appointed incumbents in the sunset. we've been abandoned to city hall politics for so long, most residents are checked out. they don't want to vote. i as supervisor will operate under a new model for transparency and governance. you'll know what my opinions are -- decisions are before i vote. you'll hear me at community advisory boards, that i'll stage. right now, we don't have the budget for that, but we'll do it any way. i will hear your input into the planning process so that together, we can help temper the problems that we have with big money in real estate and tech, which place our community
at risk, at risk for being turned into another generia. i don't want to see that happen, i will not allow it. thank you. >> thank you very much. mr. mcneil. >> most important question to ask us is why we're running for office, and i think most of us would say the same thing. we love san francisco, we care about the issues, and we love helping people. my love for san francisco is deep. i'm a native san franciscan. i love helping people. i am a public teacher. i also like being service outside of the classroom. that's why when katey tang wanted somebody to sit on a community advisory board, i raised my hand. when it comes to caring about these issues, it might be corny, but i have three kids under four. clean streets isn't an abstract idea for me. quality schools, affordability aren't abstract to me. i really care about the sunset,
i really care about the city, and i hope that you'll consider voting for me for one of your three votes. i have been endorsed by community leaders like doug chan and ron dudam, so i think i am of the sunset, i am of san francisco, and i would be very honored to receive your vote. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. mr. mar. >> so again, i've been a community leader and a nonprofit executive director for over 25 years in the city. i've led efforts to create policy and -- on issues of importance to working people, families, seniors and students, i am a leader in the -- i was a leader in the campaign for state city college, and freetor all residents -- free for all residents. i've also created policy and led efforts to expand services for seniors and people with disabilities, including creating the support at home program, so i'm bringing my
decades of experience to address the critical issues facing our neighborhood and our city. i think about my daughter and whether she and her friends will be able to afford to live in the city that they're being raised in. i also think of my daughter coming to visit me at the office, at the hotel union worker's office in the tenderloin, stepping over needles on the sidewalks, and so many of our community members living on the streets. i believe we can solve these krit kill issues, and -- critical issues, and i would bring the leadership to tackle that from day one. thank you. >> thank you very much. mr. kim? >> so -- so somehow, out of all the candidated that are qualified, i've been in this race the longest. even though i don't have an great work history as some of these other history, somehow
mike murphy and i have challenged the incumbents and changing the status quo. we've had a history of supervisors and administration that give tax breaks to big tech and to real estate developers, and you know, that needs to stop. we need to cut the money out of san francisco's politics and give power back to the people. and that's what we're standing for, and, you know, we have a rampg choice voting system, so -- rank choice voting system, so it doesn't have to be vote for your favorite. vote for your three favorites who give your voice back -- like, put your voice back in city hall. >> thank you very much, and miss basan. >> i've lived in san francisco since 1960, and i have been a homeowner with my husband in the sunset on noriega street for 25 years. you sat here today, thank you very much, and you heard my
answers. i have answered every question very directly. you know my opinions, and you know where i stand on the issues, and i have not said what i think will get me votes, but what i believe, and you know now what i believe. i'm a fighter. i have been all my fight. i've had adversities in childhood. i worked my way through college, university and high school, and in my career as a lawyer, i've fought for each and every client. i am the best voice for district four. i am a strong voice, i'm a tough negotiator, i am not a puppet, and i am not a pushover. you know that i will put your interests first at city hall. i will bring a balance to the board of supervisors of common sense. thank you. >> thank you very much. and now, i ask all of you,
please give a great round of applause to all these persons who want to be your representative in district four. [applause] >> and now, on behalf of myself, the sunset park side education and action committee, coalition for san francisco neighborhoods, and the league of women voters of san francisco, our thanks to the candidates for participating and unfortunately, and you might have noticed that there was one empty chair. miss jessica ho unfortunately could not attend this morning, although i'm sure she probably wanted to. but thanks to each of you for taking time to inform yourself about your choices on november 6. have a great rest of your saturday, go home safely, have a good time, enjoy.
, histories of these spaces and places that we occupy in today's postcolonial secular settler society. it is important that we recognize we have a responsibility to the earth. indigenous peoples have been stewards of the land for thousands and thousands of years i am honored to be present here that you acknowledge that. i am here to offer a song. my mother and grandmother believe that one song and ceremony and dancing stops, so does the earth. i too believe that and i would like to offer this song. without that we would not be here. we share this time and space together for a reason. it is with humility and gratitude and present mindedness that i welcome you here to our territory. [singing]
>> can i hear a good '02 send that out in a good way? we have a responsibility to the earth. we need to ensure safety. don't support carbon trading and please keep the fossil fuels in the soil. honor our mother earth and our father sky and our next generation. [cheers and applause] [♪] >> please welcome our master of
ceremonies, the head of communications for bloomberg, linda douglas. [♪] >> hello and welcome to the global climate action summit. i am honored and humbled to be here in san francisco was such extraordinary leaders from around the world. these are leaders from every sector, every industry, business , government, technology , philanthropy, entrepreneurs and artists, inventors, investors, scientists and students. all united by a common goal. the goal of protecting the people who live on our planet by confronting the existential threat of climate change. we are off to an auspicious start. on saturday, tens of thousands of citizens around the world march to demand greater climate action to fulfil the promises made three years ago in paris. our task becomes more urgent
every day. can this summer, temperatures, once again reached record highs. people are dying as wildfires burned their houses to the ground. they are starving as droughts destroy their crops. hurricanes and other disasters have claimed thousands of lives. displacing entire populations causing billions and billions of dollars in damage. of course, at this very moment, hurricane florence is bearing down on the eastern seaboard and already one and a half million people have been told to evacuate their homes. florence is said to bring 50% more rainfall due to climate and human -induced climate change. meanwhile, tropical storm olivia is sweeping across hawaii. since the start of the hurricane season, this is an astonishing number, there have been eight other named storms in the atlantic and 14 more in the pacific. here in california, more than a
dozen different wildfires are tearing across the state. so now is not the time for us to rest. this year marks the halfway point between the adoption of the paris agreement and 2020. a critical moment when carbon emissions must peak if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. by mid century, we must be carbon neutral. these are ambitious goals. by the speakers you will be hearing from over the next few days are working hard to achieve them. it won't be easy and the solutions won't be perfect. we are learning by doing. as we undertake a more radical shift in our global economy that has ever been previously undertaken. we will make mistakes and we will see some failures along the way. but we cannot and we will not back away from this fight. so all of you here today and all of you watching around the world are proof that we will not back away from this fight. please join me in welcoming
someone who is heading the way right here in san francisco. the newly elected mayor of san francisco, london breed. [♪] [cheers and applause] >> mayor breed: hello, everyone. is my distinct pleasure to welcome all of you to san francisco for this incredible, a global climate action summit. we are united here today to take action on the defining issue of our time. protecting our environment and fighting against climate change. this is an issue that is bigger than one city, one region or country. the choices and commitments we make over the next few days and are sustained cooperation will determine if we are able to lead a better future for the next
generation. california has long been a leader on climate action and san francisco has been at the forefront of those efforts. since 1990, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and cut our landfill disposal in half. all while growing our economy by 111%. [cheers and applause] >> mayor breed: we are proof that you can have a strong and growing economy while advancing ambitious environmental policies we were the first major safety to ban single use plastic bags and i pushed legislation to establish the strongest set -- styrofoam ban and enact drug takeback policies to test 40 tons of prescription medication out of our bay and landfill. [cheers and applause] and our 100% renewable energy
program, clean power s.f., has produced and resulted in greenhouse gas reductions, equivalent to taking 17,000 cars off our roads. by the year 2030, we are committing to for major initiatives in san francisco. cutting our landfill waste in half. decarbonization all new buildings, achieving 100% renewable energy and continuing to issue more green bonds to finance critical infrastructure that is desperately needed to combat climate change. today, thank you. [applause] >> mayor breed: today i ask you to join us. the impacts of climate change are not constrained by borders. our actions shouldn't be either. let's send the world a bold message of action, unity and determination. together we can go further to protect our planet and our
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