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my name is roselle, and i have been working with the water department >> president cohen: good morning, ladies and gentlemen. welcome back to the budget and finance committee. i'm malia cohen, the chair. our clerk is miss linda wong. are there any announcements? >> yes. please silence all cell phones and electronic devices. items acted upon today will appear on the october 16 board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> president cohen: thank you
very much. could you please call item number one. >>clerk: yez. item one, item authorizing the public utilities commission -- each with an agreement amount not to exceed 14 million and each with a term not to exceed ten years from january 1, 2019 to december 31, 2019. >> good morning. i have a very short presentation. can i have the slides, please. >> president cohen: good morning. >> thank you. just as a kwiquick reminder, th contracts are to supplement or staff to conduct work primarily on the watershed lands outside of the san francisco. we're the second biggest land holder in alameda county, second largest in santa clara.
there's a lot of property. we have very specific requirements in some cases to monitor and maintain these areas, especially our mitigation sites for your capital improvement program, and a bulk of the contract authority we're seeking is to support those efforts. we were here at this committee in april to extend our contract service we had at the time, cs-211. we promised we would be back, and here we are. we said we would issue a new r.f.p. and bring on a new contracting authority to continue this work. a lot of the work goes on in perpetuity. we received four proposals, and selected three teams. all this was very well presented in the staff report. thank you for all of that hard work, and we're here to seek your approval to move forward so we can have additional contracting authority to continue our staff work. we'd be happy to answer any
questions. >> president cohen: thank you. appreciate that. i don't have any questions. do any of my colleagues? i think the contract is pretty straightforward. we'll here from the budget analyst. >> severin campbell. the contracts are each $14 million or $42 million over ten years for the three contracts. page three of our report, table two, shows estimated spending by year, the p.u.c. thinks that given the expending plan that they'll spend most of the funds over the first eight years of the contract, and we 'em are approval. >> president cohen: thank you for that. i still see no questions from my colleagues. we'll go to public comment at this time. is there any member of the public that would like to comment on item one? seeing none, public comment is
closed. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: colleagues, is there a motion to send to the full board with a positive recommendation? all right. we'll take that without objection. thank you. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: madam. >>clerk: clerk item 2, item retroactively approving a contract for behavioral health services for children and families in an amount not to exceed approximately 36.5 million for a contract term of four years from july 1, 2018 to june 30, 2022 with one five-year option to extend. >> president cohen: thank you. we've got michelle ruggles from the department of public health to make a presentation. good morning. >> yeah. so this is one of our contracts that we are bringing forward to you. it's an ongoing services provided by family service agency, but we conducted
multiple solicitations and out of four of them, these are the services that they were awarded and are continuing. you can see that there is about 12 service category programs. they have a strong focus on older adults, reaching out to monolingual clients who may feel isolated in their ability to reach out and get care. they also have children to programs. any way, they have the whole range of programs. each year, we do a monitoring. our -- we have a team that goes out. they monitor at each program location facility, and all the programs that are at -- at that address, so each of those, essentially, in your list gets a separate program monitoring, which we do to ensure that they are achieving their objectives, and i can say for the last completed report in '16-'17,
they demonstrated outstanding performance on all of their objectives. as a system, what we're looking at for this type of program is, for example, we require all clients to get an annual needs assessment -- i mean, to get a needs assessment when they begin, and then, it's repeated so that we can measure progress of the client towards meeting their treatment plan. we also have a goal that all clients who request treatment have -- are offered an appointment within ten days. we look toward measuring the success of the treatment by measuring who had rescidivism t an acute psychiatric inpatient episode within 30 days of discharge. within the program, we measure did they deliver the needs assessment to all 100% of
clients, and then, digging down deeper, great, they did that, and, which they did do that 100%, but they also have objectives which measure improvement within the scale, so it's not just did you do it, but are the clients getting better? so for each one of these programs, there's common objectives and then there's unique objectives that pertain to the age group that's being treated. and so as -- again, just to repeat, we measure each of those annually, and in our last completed year, they demonstrated outstanding performance in virtually every category, and we agree with the budget analyst's recommendations. >> president cohen: great. thank you. appreciate that, 'cause i think we will go to the budget legislative analyst at this point. so miss campbell, this is a resolution for a contract between d.p.h. and family
services agencies for our behavioral health services for children and families. what are your thoughts? >> so this contract was selected through a competitive process in 2017. there is an interim contract in place pending approval of this contract. this contract is retroactive to july 1, 2018. it will replace the interim contract once it's approved. our budget for the contract is shown on page 8. it's about 8.1 million a year, or 36 million over the four year term of the contract. it's funded through both state and local general funds and we recommend approval. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. and it sounds like, miss ruga ruggles, in the department of public health, they're in agreement with you at this time. we'll take public comment.
anyone wishing to speak, come up. >> this is a good program. it helps families, and it helps children, but i want to point out to you that the success of this program could be a lot higher and more beneficial to everybody involved if you provided housing for the people who you're trying to treat. you set the income requirements for families of low-income and very low-income back at people where they can get permanent housing and not recycle in and out of your shelter systems and these navigation systems where they have permanent housing accommodation with their disabilities and the treatment of their behavior situations, which is a negative impact, and their impact in their lives would be easier to manage if you had permanent housing. you set the requirement at the a.m. i. at a requirement equal
to their income where they have opportunity to apply to be a tenant, and all the apartment buildings that's being built in san francisco, you have better success and a lower race of homeless people out in the streets. sincerely. and about taking an inventory and setting the median of the incomes in the communities. these developers are not being fair. i appreciate and respect the line of questions that cohen had when she asked, how did you come about the median income for the neighborhood, when the truth of the matter is that the calculations was only made by people in the community who are in high income brackets, and you didn't include the calculation of the income of the lower level people incomes which make you have a median of about $90,000 a year, which is not true, sincerely. >> president cohen: are there any other members of the public
to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: all right. i'll make a motion to accept the b.l.a. amendment and make a motion to send to the full board -- >>clerk: madam chair, i believe the b.l.a. does not have any recommendations. >> it turns out the legislation was changed to already include the retroactivity. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. thank you, madam clerk. well, let's make a motion to approve and send to the full board with a positive recommendation, and we will take that without objection. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: okay. item three, please. >>clerk: item number three, resolution authorizing the mayor's office of housing and community development to execute a grant application which provides funding for counties to develop multifamily housing specifically for persons with serious mental illness who are homeless, chronically homeless or at risk of chronic homelessness. >> president cohen: all right. thank you. we've got amy chan from the
mayor's office of housing to present. welcome. >> good morning, chair cohen and supervisors fewer and stefani. so item three is a resolution that authorizes the mayor's office of housing and community development to apply for the no place like home program. it's developing housing specifically for persons with serious mental health illness for homeless, chronically homeless or at risk of chronic homelessness. the $20 million in noncompetitive funding will be available to each county proportionately's housing count. they will award funds based on the approval of documents submitted to the county with the county's application. san francisco expects to receive
an allocation of about $100 million. as part of the application, h.c.d. requires that the county submits a resolution from the local governing body that authorizes the county to apply for funds. as such, that resolution allows mohcd to apply, and it will allow us to receive and an center our allocation of funds with h.c.d.'s approval. we are requesting some amendment language today because h.c.d. issued new instructions yesterday that require resolutions to include very specific language that references state code. this language does not make any substantive changes. it basically references this code section and requirements under the no place like home program, and we're asking the committee to accept the amendments and to forward the item to the full board with a positive recommendation, and i have copies of the marked up amendments for the committee
members. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you, miss chan. the language amendments that you're passing out, it's just to ensure that the application complies with the state grant requirements, is that right? >> yes, that's correct. >> president cohen: okay. is there anything else that you want to highlight for us? >> no, that's it. >> president cohen: okay. thank you. there is no budget legislative analyst's report. thank you. we will go to public comment on item three. >> this, too, is a good program and an example how in order for it to be a success, when you calculate the amount of money that the tenant must be charging rent, you must be sure that no price fixing is done. sf, viewer, please. >> president cohen: any other member of the public? oh . >> here's a true and correct copy of the income brackets. the people who you trying to help are mostly on social
security benefits, the program that's called s.s.i., when you have a mental disability and a chronic mental disability, a combination of both mental and physical disabilities, these people in these income brackets are on the scale at 20% and 45% of the area median. every apartment building complex that the city publicizes that's affordable housing, the lowest income you start, you target a minimum of 55% of that median income scale, which is 44,400. these people who you trying to help are not eligible to apply because their income is below these two arrows where the income bracket starts. these are the very low and low-income bracket incomes of the people who all of you want to help, but yet, when you have the housing opportunity, you
always start the median affordable housing at 100%. you set 100% affordable housing, and then, you claim that the median is the starting price. and that's 80,700 a year. people in the low-income brackets are not making this type of money peryear and don't even have the housing opportunity to apply. and a good example of that is mission rock. it's supposed to be 15% for low-income and low-income bracket people. that means 225 of those apartments are supposed to be for low -- [inaudible] >> president cohen: thank you. seeing no other public comment, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: the matter is in the hands of the body. any questions, colleagues? i think this is real straightforward. all right. i'll make a motion to approve and send to the full board with a positive recommendation. i'd also like to note that i'd like to send it as a committee
report? >>clerk: madam chair, would you like to accept the amendment proposed by miss chan? >> president cohen: yes, as amended. do you have a question, supervisor? okay. [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: thank you. item four. >>clerk: item number four, resolution declaring the intent of the city to reimburse expenditures from proceeds of future bond indebtedness and authorizing the mayor's office of housing and community development to submit an application to the california debt limit allocation committee to permit the issuance of residential market revenue bonds in an aggregate principle amount not to exceed 7 million for 411 eddy street. >> item before you is for eastern park, located at 711 eddy street. this is a project that the northern california presbyterian homes and services will be acquiring and rehabbing. this consistents of 2 --
consists of 212 units, and the rehabilitation work will include window replacement, mechanical heating system upgrade and rehab of the units and common areas. this authorizes the mayor's office of housing development to execute up to $95 million in multifamily revenue note to finance the project. this is conduit financing that will not require the city to pledge any funds for the repavement of the bonds -- repayment of the funds, and we're asking the committee to forward this to the full board with a positive recommendation. thank you. >> president cohen: thank you. appreciate that. let's go to public comment, item four. >> this is another example of the discriminatory practices and tricking devices that i'm demonstrating before you for a long period of time. now she just testified that the new republic built complex which is in the tenderloin area, the
lowest income is 50% of the area medium. that means in order to be a tenant in this building, you have to make -- can you focus that a little clearer so you can see? that's not coming in too clear. >> president cohen: we can see it clearly. >> 40% of the median is $40,350, so that means that all the income brackets that are between these two area points is not being included in the conclusionary rule to be a tenant in the building. that's discrimination. okay. so you're deep and involved in your discrimination that you discriminate against people that's the same narcotic on yourself. i can't get you discrimination based on race, but i can get you on constitutional law pertaining to due process and equal 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 we can take that without objection. thank you.
[ gavel ] cope co [ gavel ]. >> president cohen: madam clerk, is there any further business before us? >>clerk: no, there's no further business. >> president cohen: thank you. we are adjourned. br >> well, good morning. i am thrilled and excited to welcome you to day one of dream force and kick us off with some exciting events. as many of you know, giving back is at the heart of what we do here at salesforce, and nowhere is it more evident than at dream
force. and we couldn't be more excited to get this dream force community involved in giving back to important causes. so now, i'd like to turn it over to salesforce co-c.e.o. >> well, thank you, he been keb thank you so much for being here. as a fourth generation san franciscan and someone who grew up in this city and who loves this city so dearly, the reason why today like today is -- why a day like today is so important to me is we can take the power of salesforce, the power of all our customers, our community, and all of our trailblazers who are here and give it back to the city in a meaningful way. this dream force is dedicated back to san francisco, and this morning, it started by giving
$15 million in donation to our san francisco and oakland public schools. [applause] >> that was exciting to me because now we've given over $50 million to the san francisco and oakland public schools, and we're more than halfway on our way to our goal of giving $100 million to our public schools. the reason why that is so important is because if you want to participate in all of this amazing energy and activities and part -- this incredible economy that is emerging, you need a strong education. you have to have the background, you have to be able to know what it means to be able to work with this amazing technology. but you're only going to be able to do that if you have strong public schools, and that is why
we're recommitting again back to our local public schools and why i'm so excited that vincent kuyler here representing the san francisco and oakland public school district. [applause] and i'm also very excited because for me, we're making further and further gains against our number one issue in our city, homelessness. we have a phenomenal new mayor, who we're about to hear from, london breed. we all know that homelessness is our number one issue in our city, and we're giving millions more to our homelessness. we've already raised more than $37 million for our homeless families. now we're continuing the fight into homeless individuals, and we know that we need to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to directly address the homeless individuals' problems. it's our number one issue in our city. we're working on making san francisco a stronger city, a
stronger city with strong public schools. a strong city by working with our homelessness, a strong he city by cleaning up our city, and we're doing all this together. san francisco is the number one employer in san francisco, so salesforce combined with san francisco can do more together, and that's what we're here. and let's not forget, there is no strong san francisco without a strong oakland. the metaphor of the bay bridge, that we are connected, that we are all connected, and we are deeply connected to oakland. we will never forget oakland, which is why we're giving this money to the oakland schools, and why our programs extend to oakland, as well, and why i'm so excited that mayor schaaf is here, our phenomenal mayor of oakland. so you look behind me, you look at vince, kayla, you look at mayor breed, mayor schaaf.
together we're focused on a stronger bay area. this is why i'm excited today. i'm excited the dream force is happening. i'm honored to be here, and now i'm going to turn it over to mayor breed. mayor. >> the hon. london breed: thank you, mark, and thank you to the salesforce team. i am london breed, and i am honored to be mayor of such an incredible city. welcome to the city and county of san francisco. mark and i both grew up in san francisco, native san franciscans. we know the experiences of the city over the years and how much it's changed. we have a growing economy where we have a 2.4% unemployment rate, but yet, we still see the challenges that exist on our streets. i went to public schools, but so many of my friends who i grew up with, sadly, ended up behind bars, sadly, dropped out of high school, and sadly, lost their life to gun violence. we are going to change what is
normal in san francisco because we are going to invest in our kids on the front end. we are going to make sure that the doors of opportunity in the technology field are available to them. that's what this contribution is about, leaving no child behind. many of you know that making sure that our kids get a good education and the companies that are part of san francisco contribute to pain internship opportunities and -- paid internship opportunities and invest in our kids. mark bennio has helped up to the plate time and time again before i was even mayor saying we're going to create opportunities, invest in our kids, and make sure the doors of opportunity are open for them. so i am really proud to be here today because we are going to change what is normal in san francisco for the future. it starts with the contributions of salesforce, and i challenge other companies here in san francisco to continue to support
our school districts both in san francisco and in oakland. thank you also for supporting the challenges that kids face with homelessness. larkin street youth and hamilton have been at the forefront to helping to address this crisis, and we are going to address and end family homelessness by working together. the marin food bank, our playgrounds and open space, all these investments contribute to a vibrant san francisco. today, it's a new day in san francisco, a new investment, but more importantly, new opportunities of hope for the future. i just want to thank you all so much for being here, and i want to thank my partner across the bridge in oakland, mayor libby schaaf, who is coming to the mic now to talk about the amazing work that she's doing in
oakland. mayor schaaf. >> what a good day. it is so exciting to be here on the first day of dream force, and i love the trail blazing theme because we are here with a trail blazing c.e.o. trail blazing to recognize that companies cannot sit on the moral sidelines any longer, that companies have a responsibility and a need to take positions. trail blazing because mark recognizes that this is an interdependent region, that san francisco does not exist in a bubble, and i am so excited about my fellow native girl mayor, can i just say that? i'm sorry. that regionalism is the new trail blazing order of the day.
we have got to work together to solve the problems that we share. homelessness is not a problem that is unique to oakland. housing affordability is not going to be solved in an isolated bubble in san francisco. these are issues that require regional collaboration, and that includes our private sector leaders, as well. trail blazing. now, i've got to say, i am so grateful that oakland was invited into this fold three years ago, and this third year of investment in the oakland public schools is truly paying off. i also stand before you as an oakland native, an oakland public school graduate, and i'm even an oakland public school parent. and because of salesforce, this year, 1300 students took
computer science courses in oakland. [applause] >> and mark, that is double from the year before, which was your first year of investing in computer science education in oakland. and i'm excited to tell you that our kids are loving it. they are engaged. 76% of those students got an a or a b grade in their computer science class. it's clicking. and we even have a school in deep east oakland, elmhurst, that setup our first coding cafe. that sounds tasty to me, a coding cafe. so it is with so much gratitude, but also a sense of trail blazing hope, that i stand here in partnership with some of my
[applause] >> thank you -- thank you, mayor, for that incredible introduction. good morning. it is an honor to be with you all today with mayor breed and mayor schaaf, whose leadership on this issue is critical to our success. mark and ebony, you all are tireless champions. this moment marks an important milestone in our work, and a celebration of a critical
partnership. the reality that we have today is that nearly 2,000 kids in san francisco are without homes. they are at risk of an unstable future and a cycle of poverty for their lives. i came to hamilton families because i believe that family homelessness is solvable, and no child experiencing homelessness in our cities or in our region is acceptable. and this partnership with salesforce.org, with mark and lynn, has shown up and helped to address homelessness across our entire region. i grew up with some housing insecurity as a child, and it was so powerful to me to have my family and community around us as we rallied through that difficult time.
this problem is complex, and it necessitates our vigilance, our commitment to innovation and resources so that we can figure out the best strategies to combat this persistent challenge. salesforce.org has been a partner to hamilton families for more than a decade. this is not new, you all, okay? they have shown up and shown out for this issue. and this manifestation of that partnership is truly a commitment that we get to see not only from mark and lynn personally but the staff at sales force who show up and volunteer at our shelter, who make move in packets and school lunches for our students every single year. we couldn't do this partnership without other organizations across this entire region who tirelessly combat homelessness every single day.
i stand here in their honor, shoulder to shoulder. larkin street, i know is here. we could not do this together -- apart, we can only do it together, and we have to do it across sectors. you heard from the speakers before me that it takes everyone doing their part to combat this issue, and we've got to do that. it actually isn't a choice anymore if we want a vibrant region and a few tour that we know is possible -- future that i know is possible with our young people. it is my pleasure to introduce and be here today with my colleague, ebony freeland. >> thank you for all the speakers for showing up today. now i want to let you know how you can get involved at dream force. you can check out ddfgives.
behind us is a kids coding zone where all this week, students from oakland and san francisco unifi unified school districts will be there learning and completing coding classes and challenges, and hamilton families student will be there, as well. and for the first time this year, i'm so excited to announce that we are hosting over 400 young adults from local workforce development programs at something we're calling the future executive summit. and part of the future executive summit, we are encouraging all attendees to participate and help teach and learn -- learn from and impart your skill and wisdom onto these young adults. so thank you, everyone for joining us, and have a great and happy dream force.
>> third thursdays at the commons is a monthly event series to really activate krisk centkrisk -- civic center, fulton mall, and other locations through social operation. >> in 2016, an initiative called the civic center progress initiative was launched, it was launched by a bunch of city agencies and community partners, so they really had to figure out how to
program these places on a more frequent basis. i'm with the civic center community benefit district, and i'm program manager for the civic center commons. also, third thursdays will have music. that was really important in the planning of these events. >> we wanted to have an artist that appeals to a wide range of tastes. >> i'm the venue manager. good music, good music systems, and real bands with guitar players and drummers. >> we turned uc center and fulton street into a place where people want to be to meet, to laugh, and it's just an amazing place to be. there's a number of different
exhibits. there's food, wine, cocktails, and the idea, again, is to give people an opportunity to enjoy what really is, you know, one of the great civic faces in america. when you look from the polk street steps, and you look all the way down the plaza, down market street, daniel burns' design, this was meant to be this way. it's really special. >> the city approached us off the grid to provide food and beverages at the event as kind of the core anchor to encourage people who leave a reason to stay. >> it's really vibrant. it's really great, just people walking around having a good time. >> this formula is great food, interesting music, and then, we wanted to have something a little more, so we partnered with noise pop, and they
brought in some really fun games. we have skeeball, we also have roller skating lessons, and we've got a roller skating rink. >> if you're a passion jail skeeball player like me, and you're deciding whether you're just going to roll the ball up the middle or take a bank shot. >> our goal is to come out and have fun with their neighbors, but our goal is to really see in the comments that it's a place where people want to hold their own public event. >> i think this is a perfect example of all these people working together. everybody's kind of come together to provide this support and services that they can to activate this area. >> there's no one agency or
organization that really can make this space come alive on its own, and it's really through the collective will, not just of the public sector, but both the public and our business partnerships, our nonprofits partnerships, you know, neighborhood activists. >> i really like it. it's, like, a great way to get people to find out about local things, cuisine, like, it's really great. >> it's a really good environment, really welcoming. like, we're having a great time. >> we want to inspire other people to do this, just using a part of the plaza, and it's also a good way to introduce people if they're having a large scale event or small scale event, we'll direct you to the right people at the commons so you can get your
event planned. >> being a san francisco based company, it was really important to connect and engage with san franciscans. >> how great is it to come out from city hall and enjoy great music, and be able to enjoy a comtail, maybe throw a bocci ball or skee ball. i find third thursdays to be really reinrig rat reinriggating for me. >> whether you're in the city hall or financial district or anywhere, just come on down on third thursdays and enjoy the music, enjoy an adult beverage,