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service transit vehicles in a negative way and they wonder if you can folk -- comment on a pulmonary way on the impacts on transit of t.n.c.s. >> sure. thank you for those questions. with regards to recommendations, we were very intentional about not putting them in this report. we wanted this to be, again, grounded in facts, objective, and neutral. and what we hope is that policy makers can take what we have put out there and use it to develop reactions. with support from staff, of course. but we see that as a next step. with regards to the effects of t.n.c.s on transit, again, we have forthcoming work on this subject. there has been a growing body of literature that shows that
t.n.c.s tend to take people off of transit. and this report shows that they had to add to congestion to the extent that buses and trains, particularly those operating on the street, are subject to congestion. it affects them as well. >> i know you said this wasn't about recommendations at this point, but i was wondering if the t.a. was reexploring or talking about the issue of congestion pricing. i know it is a study goshen area we looked at before before we had the traffic and congestion issues we had today given the limitations of the state level and what we can do. it is something that we could do is not something that is being contemplated are considered particularly when you talk about district three, which is downtown. it had a huge rise in congestion >> yes. our board has directed us to look at congestion pricing and we are working on developing a scope for that project now.
>> so what is the timeline on something like that? >> i am not prepared to say. >> ok. [laughter] >> thank you. >> any more questions or comments before i go to public comment? >> one more thing if no one else wants to speak, other cities have looked at a fee on the transportation network companies , but mostly my understanding is that it is compensate for a bit of the loss in transit revenues as opposed to a congestion management approach on the t.n.c.s. given the recent bill that was passed this year that will authorize a t.n.c. fee in san francisco with vote approval. is there something you would be looking into general pricing? which you look at a congestion based t.n.c. fee to address these congestion impact issues? >> with regards to that, i believe that all options are currently on the table. [laughter]
>> thank you, very much. we appreciate the presentation and the work and now we will go to public comments. >> two minutes, please. >> thank you. i did want to -- this is a very welcome reports. it is reflecting things that many of us taxi drivers have been saying for years. and we kinda felt like like we were voices in the wilderness because every time the t.n.c.s would go to the cpuc or go off to sacramento, they would be touting their credentials and people were accepting this at face value. now we have not just this report , with several others that put the lie to that. it is welcome in that sense. it does note that other key
questions including transit ridership and safety are not covered and i wanted to talk specifically to the question of safety because it just happens that in the last week or two there was an article in forbes, which is, you know, basically business publication, the headline which is uber and lift may increase road deaths study. claims, in the study has not yet been published, but the preliminary information about an academic study, you know, comes to the conclusion that there have been more fatalities on the roadways owing to write share companies. which may be a result simply of increased traffic. but other hypotheses such as, again, anecdotally, what we see every day on the streets.
the driving habits of t.n.c.s drivers may very well be a contributing cause. so when you are looking at these issues, it is not just congestion. it is safety and other issues. certainly the city must have the power to deal with this and deal with their own city streets. thank you. >> thank you. good reminder how important it is to have the data. >> hello. i'm with the south of market community action network. we are happy this report is out because it confirms everybody -- something everybody already knew and where we as an organization had been saying since buber was dumped on our streets and that is that t.n.c.s dramatically increase congestion in san francisco. especially in the south of market and especially in district six. further, the report shows that t.n.c.s greatly increase the total number of vehicle miles
travelled which is another significant indicator of automobile usage. this is all hugely significant for a number of reasons. traffic and congestion have tremendous negative impacts. the increase in cars directly increases global warming as does the increase in v.m.t. and idling that occurs. aside from the obvious and immediate environmental impacts, the huge increase in congestion due to t.n.c.s as lasting negative impacts on the physical and mental health of residents, workers and community members, including families and children. it is completely unacceptable that streets are clogged with these ridesharing companies that exacerbate the neighbourhood his existing pedestrian safety issues and this is an issue that is really about community health and healthy communities. about children, families, seniors and people with disabilities and some of our city his most vulnerable's residence. this study must be a wake-up call to the city.
regarding the text sharing economy, t.n.c.s and the need for aggressive regulation. the unregulated nature of t.n.c.s in san francisco has led to an unprecedented level of congestion with the south of market shouldering a disproportionate burden of this reality. in addition to the fact that an entire taxi industry has been decimated by companies such as uber. that city and sfmta must address these out-of-control t.n.c.s. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you. the report that the c.t.a. did has led to a ballot measure that peskin is putting together for the tax congestion tax on uber and lift. it will raise $30 million a year projected but based on 70 million rise.
is 40 cents a ride. can be passed on to the passengers. and spokespeople are very happy with that solution. but i don't think it goes to address the root problems that t.n.c.s are causing. the traffic congestion. this will not get better. pollution, unfair business practices, rampant insurance fraud, a.d.a. violations, deterioration of all workers' income. you look at the business model that cooper has, they are using venture capital to create a monopoly to destroy legitimate competitors. i applaud taxi companies for having filed an antitrust lawsuit a couple of years ago against uber technologies. and interestingly, three days ago, a writer, -- a writer says the inside story of how uber got into business with the saudi arabian government, saudi arabia royal family now owns ten% of uber. the same people who murdered a
journalist, apparently. there are bright spots that have been shown elsewhere. he has worked well over the years with the taxi industry. we are challenging on you to be the best and the brightest and find a way to get half of these uber his off the street. there will be so much less traffic to get places faster. at the same time, you will be able to help people. you need to keep the taxi industry healthy and cut back on the insurance logic -- fraud. there is rampant insurance fraud i have run out of time. thank you. >> thank you. do i have any more public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. thank you, again. is very valuable information and we look forward to the next report. thank you. >> thank you.
welcome. >> good afternoon. although i think we are approaching good evening. i will keep my remarks very short. i am the acting director of transit. with me i have janet, our v.p. program manager and monique, who is our director -- deputy of capital finance. they have been tremendous partners with the agent we are bringing to you today. i will start with the bad news first. the bad news is that this is old
and they're getting old. as they get older, they are becoming increasingly hard to maintain. harder to get parts. we are having to do reverse engineering because we don't even have a parts pipeline. and as you know, a major breakdown in the subway can create a bad day for an entire system of customers. the silver lining, the good news is that the program has delivered on all of our expectations and promises. it is a reliable vehicle.
it has the advanced customer information systems that we have an innate high transit using city. and that was not by accident. that was through the leadership and a really strong procurement process. so what we have before you today is an information item to let you know that although there is a lot of things that have to happen between now and then, it is our recommendation that we look to expedite the replacement of the fleet. so that we are on track and exceeding our timeline for the
first 68 vehicles, which are expansion vehicles. they are desperately needed for our crowding and for our customers. and we are now looking for opportunities to bring the replacement portion of the contract quicker and also to shortage in its overall timeline that will reduce the amount of time we spend with a mixed fleet , which in and of itself, is a complication in terms of maintenance and it will really expedite getting an excellent service product to our customers i know you guys have had the presentation, i think i covered a lot of the highlights. this is the current timeline. as you can see, we are talking about the hundred 51 replacement of the current. at a stretch over a an extremely long. for financial reasons when we bought these, we did not have enough money to buy it in a
short duration. so that got stretched out. but there are a lot of trade-offs with that. and most immediately, not having the new vehicle sooner. the vehicles themselves, we are getting tremendous amount of positive feedback from our customers. they are more spacious and more energy efficient and quieter. they have advanced accessibility features. we are getting some negative feedback related to the interior design on the seating. the great news -- >> i'm not alone. >> you are not alone. the great news is 151 as an opportunity for us to internalize and respond to the feedback. so that is part of this process. is in addition to some smaller mechanical fixes that we need to make based on how the vehicles
are performing and some of the feedback we are getting from mechanics, we are also looking at this seating issue is one of the primary things that we want to address. our main ask today is to build on the momentum that we have. to take advantage of what is already an institutional knowledge, both on our side and on siemens, which could be lost by an extending gap in the procurement and in the process. i think that the document that we shared with you kind of documents some of the financial positives as well as the negatives. some of the costs are associated with the financing of purchasing the vehicle sooner. but there is a lot of financial benefits that we anticipate, including not having to pour a lot of money. we will have to pour some money,
because we still need them, but not having to pour a lot of money into expensive capital campaigns, as well as just the fact that the new vehicles, because they had a lot of input from maintenance staff in their design, they are easier to maintain. easier to do preventative maintenance. more efficient for staff resources. so our two key benefits are we are not spending money to maintain old equipment and we are getting benefits to customers sooner. >> yes. >> two things. first of all i think it would not be fair to her on her last day here to not point out that one of the reasons that finance costs for this will be so low is because she has done such a good job maintaining our credit rating and that sort of thing. is a finance cost but it could be worse if we were in different streets. this is a great presentation. i'm supportive of what you are
doing. the one question i have from a customer service standpoint is this. as i envision this, the idea of a mixed fleet, going forward meant a bigger fleet and meant that perhaps the use of three, perhaps even four car trains where we really need them. take for example, the klm rolling through castro, already full. and expanded shuttle service. my understanding is the goal is still to give as much life as we can out of the old lrp and have the biggest fleet possible. but it is just when a vehicle is -- there is a point where it is better to take a vehicle out of service because it is likely to hold up the entire tunnel and we are managing that. is that the correct analysis of this? >> if i could, what we are aiming to do is speed up the acceleration. or to accelerate the replacement
of the vehicles. not to -- we would still have, at the end of next year, before we will have 68 more vehicles than we had 20 years ago in service. we will be at that level until we potentially exercise the option. at the back end of this, for an additional 45 vehicles. what we change during the time is the mix of the different vehicles and we want to accelerate changing over from the vehicles. we will still have the 200 and something vehicles in service and we want to retire the old ones faster by replacing them. not just parking them, but by replacing them with new siemens cars. to the extent that we have vehicles that we can't make it perform reliably. they are because we need to make but the real purpose and what we are proposing is not just to put cars aside, it is to replace them with new vehicles spewing to the extent that we have a new
vehicle and an old vehicle that both work, will keep them both rolling and not just replace for the sake of replacing. >> correct. the 68 are all expansion. it is keeping everything we have in service and adding, which is a very significant increase in the fleet. >> that is the key point. thank you for clarifying that. >> go ahead. >> the seating -- >> there were so many complaints about the seating. >> that is just from malcolm. [laughter] >> he hasn't returned my calls. are you kidding me? >> we owe the board and we will be coming back to the board with a summary of what we are hearing some feedback, the process and some options to consider that we would be able to potentially pilot within the existing fleet and have resolved before we go into production.
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i know the road to get here wasn't easy, but we all came together to make sure that we provide the support that will make hopefully a difference in what you receive in your paychecks. this discussion started over a year ago at the board of supervisors and it's one that i'm committed to. thanks to the tireless work and dedication of everyone here today, we now have an ordinance that will create a path to success for those who take care of our most vulnerable communities. this starts first with our in home support services workers. these are people who support our seniors and persons with disabilities so they can remain in their homes and in their communities. they help with tasks that we often take for granted, like getting groceries or taking a
bath or going to the doctor. i know personally about the importance of this difficult work and how challenging it can be. it was in home support services workers who took care of my grandmother when she could no longer take care of herself. we have more than 20,000 workers who support 22,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities in san francisco. and if it was not for this important work, these individuals do every day so many of our seniors and difficults living with disabilities would not be able to stay in their homes and get the care that we know they need. in addition to our in home support services workers, we have many nonprofit organizations who provide essential services in san francisco to those of all income levels and backgrounds.
this ranges from homelessness to workforce development, housing, domestic violence prevention to child care and so many others. these workers are on the front lines of taking care of our most vulnerable communities, our in home support services and nonprofit workers provided tremendous support and care for so many throughout san francisco, but they often are paid the least and, like so many of our residents, are too often struggling to get by in an expensive city like san francisco. san francisco has always demonstrated a commitment in supporting our lowest wage workers. when the governor significantly reduced financial support to counties for in home support services programs, san francisco stepped up to fill in that gap. we have led the way in raising our minimum wage to one of the highest in the country, and we are continuing that leadership today with this legislation.
the negotiations were difficult, very difficult, and they were long, but that's because we all knew the importance of making sure that everyone had a seat at the able in this conversation. as a result, we have an ordinance that reflects our commitment in taking care of what are the lowest wage earners in san francisco and moving them to a better place although we know they deserve a lot more. our in home support service workers will see a wage increase of $3.75 from their current wage over the course of next five years. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: the minimum ordinance will also raise the wages of our cities, contracted nonprofit workers for $1.50 over their current wage
effective july 1 of 2019. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: and we should also mention the minimum compensation ordinance and how it's impacted the airport workers and their increase. this is part of my commitment as mayor to make sure that all san franciscans have equal access to opportunities and can live in the communities they serve. san francisco has some of the highest paying jobs in the nation, but we need to make sure that our economic success doesn't leave low and middle-income families behind. by harnessing our thriving economy, we can lift up those communities who have been left behind for far too long and give them opportunities to succeed. this includes investing in why we are here today, and i am just really grateful for your hard work and the work that you continue to do to take care of so many of our elderly and
disabled folks throughout san francisco. and at this time, i'd like to bring up supervisor sandy fewer, who was a lead sponsor on this legislation. [applause] >> supervisor fewer: thank you, mayor breed. i'd like to thank a couple of people here today that actually helped to make this happen. of course our labor partners and their leaders here today. suiu 1021 and 1015. without their urging and direction, i don't think this would have happened, and their tenacity, actually to stay at the table. i'd also like to thank my cosponsors, supervisor ronen, yee, and kim, and to recognize with us today supervisor jeff sheehy who actually started this conversation. [applause] >> supervisor fewer: and then, i would also like to take a moment to thank our mayor, mayor breed, and her wonderful staff
who came back again and again and again at the table to come to an agreement to serve these workers in san francisco. i am honored to have helped create this legislation and to be part of this historic moment. this legislation is important for three reasons: one, the immediate relief that it will give to over 20,000 of our low wage workers. these workers who take care of our elderly, our disabled, people who staff our nonprofits, they are struggling to make ends meet in this city, and who are they? they make $15 an hour in our city. the average age of 58 years old, and 78% of them are women, and almost 80% of them are people of color. they are on the verge of homelessness themselves. second, this legislation demonstrates that we value this workforce. they do important necessary work
that binds our community together, at that allows our seniors and disabled to age in their own homes and with greater health out comes and also to greater mobility. and so i think it's so important that this legislation actually lifts up the work that they do, and the city as a whole recognizes how important that work is. and third, this reinforces our commitment to seniors and people with disabilities, children and their families, and we are planning for the future of our senior population that will increase 69% from 2010 to 2030. this, to be frank, is not a living wage in san francisco. this will give workers some relief, but this is definitely not a living wage in san francisco. we are experiencing the largest wealth gap that we have ever had historically in san francisco, and these workers will continue to struggle as they do their
hard work. this legislation today actually gives them some relief, but let's just be frank. it is not a living wage here in san francisco. i think it's important to do this, because this is the right thing to do. in a city where the economy is booming, where some of our low-income and moderate wage workers wh workers should have a piece of the pie. we don't leave anyone in this city behind, people who makeup the fabric of what san francisco is and who we are. this is a bold statement, and i just want to honor everyone who was at the table and thank you to mayor breed and her staff once again for coming to this agreement. i'd like to take a moment, also, to introduce my colleague, hillary ronen, who was so instrumental working with me on this legislation. supervisor ronen? [applause] >> supervisor ronen: thank you so much, supervisor fewer.
i just wanted to make two quick points. thank you to the mayor. one of your biggest budget commitments that you've made to this workforce says a lot about your values, and we just want to thank you so much for that incredible, incredible commitment. and then, number two, this piece of legislation really shows and reminds us what san francisco is all about. not only do we do the morally right thing by our incredible workers who give so much love and support to our seniors and our homeless population, and so many who are struggling to survive here in san francisco, but this legislation is smart planning. we have an exploding senior population in san francisco, and we don't have the infrastructure to take care of this population. we have a homeless crisis raging in our streets, and we depend on nonprofits who aren't able to hire the workforce to take care
of those struggling the most. this legislation is so forward thinking, and that's what san francisco is known for. we have the heart but also the brain to do the right thing and to think about our future. so congratulations, everyone. this is a wonderful, wonderful day, and a huge round of applause to my colleague, supervisor fewer, who is a fighter through and through. and it was so fun to work with her on this lemgislation. >> supervisor fewer: and now i'd like to introduce from the labor council rudy gonzales. [applause] >> good morning. i have to tell you that there are a lot of things that are left unfinished. it's important, coming from the labor movement where miners and long shore men were murdered in this city for standing together. wow, is it a sign of the times that our workers were able to stand together from electricians to teachers, airport workers,
everybody stood shoulder to shoulder to make sure this important legislation was realized. i want to take a moment to recognize the leadership of our labor council. without their leadership and mentorship of this council, we wouldn't have been able to do this. we're used to be attacked, or used to being the resistance in a moment of resistance. it's okay to celebrate these wins. we have a lot of thing that we disagree on policy wise, but this is a statement of value, and a time to celebrate because the lowest paid people in our city are getting the attention and commitment of this fine government, and this is an example of people coming to a table with leadership, an initiative that was started 18 months, when some people weren't even in elected office at the time and coming together and saying we're going to pick up the pieces, we're going to do our hard work and commit our
staff, our hard work, our budget, and our values to the people who need it the most. when i say the people who need it most, i want to talk about the clients. we talk about our ageing population, but there are disabled children that need care. some of the most null verbal in our city who need -- vulnerable in our city who need addiction treatment and housing services and supportsive services, they're being supported not only by our city workers in our city, but our nonprofit workers. i want to take a moment to recognize the incredible leadership of our mayor, mayor breed, who took this issue head on. [applause] >> supervisors fewer and ronen and supervisor yee, and everyone who voted to support this. supervisor kim, obviously. without people at the team and
everybody in the supervisors' office who are dedicated to seeing this thing through, and all the courageous workers, that would not have been possible. i want to introduce you to one of the courageous workers, one of the people who gets this work done, claudia, will you join me? claudia is a 25 year inhome health worker, and i wanted to let her say a few words about what she does. >> yeah. [speaking spanish language] >> yes.
as rudy was saying, my name is claudia, and i'm an in home support care services worker. i've been doing this work for 25 years. of those 25 years, i've been involved in the union movement 22 of those years. i'm so excited to be here today. this is a historic moment today as mayor breed signs this legislation that will have a huge impact on our lives. >> yes. [applause] [speaking spanish language] >> i also want to recognize the incredible and fierce leadership of several boards of supervisors who because of their leadership, we were able to get to this final deal. i feel like as a home care service worker that finally our work is being recognized, that we do have dignity and respect.
[applause] [speaking spanish language] >> i remember when mayor breed met with many of us workers of home care, and she actually has a home care story, as well, and she understands how difficult this work is, so i was not surprised when she made a decision to support this legislation. [applause] [speaking spanish language] >> and i just want to remind everyone, without a doubt, this has a tremendous impact on the roughly 20,000 home care providers here in san francisco, but the day after the election,
this also sends a message that the city and county of san francisco has created a new standard for home care providers. that message will be sent across the country, across the region and throughout the state of california. thank you, si se puede. [speaking spanish language] >> thank you, again, mayor and supervisors for your support and for your understanding and valuing the important work that we do. thank you. thank you. [applaus [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you all so much. and i'd like to also recognize other supervisors who have joined us today. it was a unanimous vote at the board of supervisors, including the leadership of the president of the board of supervisors, malia cohen is here. along with supervisor safai and
supervisor yee. thank you for joining us. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: now, let's get to the important task, and i'm going to ask former supervisor jeff sheehy to join us as the original sponsor of this legislation as we sign this very important piece of legislation to guarantee the commitment that we are making as a city for inhome support services workers and nonprofit workers in san francisco. thank you all so much for being here today.
currently which this of the family forum we put this event dough went to a lot of community meetings and we're he and she about families worries and troubles aaron planning for the future and ahsha safai for buying a home and college and retirement and for many of the seniors how to passing on their prompts to their kids. >> the family forum benefits throughout san francisco i'm supervisor norman yee representing district 7 people are homeowners fritter buyers and they don't thinks the planning. >> what you'll notice if you walk around today's activities multiple languages transactions available for people in the seminars and 101 counseling and the today, we not only have vendors that have come here the seminars where people are lining about important topics was of
most unique pieces we have one-on-one free counseling for people so important that people understand about taxes and how you transfer your assets to our next generation because we do it wrong as you may know to lose much money. >> we did if grassroots on the radio and worked with all nonprofit and partners to get the word out we personally went to community meeting to tell people about this event we'll have a whole line of people that will wait to ask skews i'm thinking about passing on my property or so glad i can speak but i cannot speak english well we created in first every family forum and hope that will bring a lot of people good information to plan for their future three
hundred people signed up for 101 counterand we so hope that is a model for success for the future and hope to do more if we learn from this one to be better >> this is one place you can always count on to give you what you had before and remind you of what your san francisco history used to be. >> we hear that all the time, people bring their kids here and their grandparents brought
them here and down the line. >> even though people move away, whenever they come back to the city, they make it here. and they tell us that. >> you're going to get something made fresh, made by hand and made with quality products and something that's very, very good. ♪ >> the legacy bars and restaurants was something that was begun by san francisco simply to recognize and draw attention to the establishments. it really provides for san francisco's unique character. ♪ >> and that morphed into a request that we work with the city to develop a legacy business registration. >> i'm michael cirocco and the
owner of an area bakery. ♪ the bakery started in 191. my grandfather came over from italy and opened it up then. it is a small operation. it's not big. so everything is kind of quality that way. so i see every piece and cut every piece that comes in and out of that oven. >> i'm leslie cirocco-mitchell, a fourth generation baker here with my family. ♪ so we get up pretty early in the morning. i usually start baking around 5:00. and then you just start doing rounds of dough. loaves. >> my mom and sister basically handle the front and then i have my nephew james helps and then my two daughters and my wife come in and we actually do the baking. after that, my mom and my sister stay and sell the
product, retail it. ♪ you know, i don't really think about it. but then when i -- sometimes when i go places and i look and see places put up, oh this is our 50th anniversary and everything and we've been over 100 and that is when it kind of hits me. you know, that geez, we've been here a long time. [applause] ♪ >> a lot of people might ask why our legacy business is important. we all have our own stories to tell about our ancestry. our lineage and i'll use one example of tommy's joint. tommy's joint is a place that my husband went to as a child and he's a fourth generation san franciscan. it's a place we can still go to today with our children or grandchildren and share the stories of what was san francisco like back in the
1950s. >> i'm the general manager at tommy's joint. people mostly recognize tommy's joint for its murals on the outside of the building. very bright blue. you drive down and see what it is. they know the building. tommy's is a san francisco hoffa, which is a german-style presenting food. we have five different carved meats and we carve it by hand at the station. you prefer it to be carved whether you like your brisket fatty or want it lean. you want your pastrami to be very lean. you can say i want that piece of corn beef and want it cut, you know, very thick and i want it with some sauerkraut. tell the guys how you want to
prepare it and they will do it right in front of you. san francisco's a place that's changing restaurants, except for tommy's joint. tommy's joint has been the same since it opened and that is important. san francisco in general that we don't lose a grip of what san francisco's came from. tommy's is a place that you'll always recognize whenever you lock in the door. you'll see the same staff, the same bartender and have the same meal and that is great. that's important. ♪ >> the service that san francisco heritage offers to the legacy businesses is to help them with that application process, to make sure that they
really recognize about them what it is that makes them so special here in san francisco. ♪ so we'll help them with that application process if, in fact, the board of supervisors does recognize them as a legacy business, then that does entitle them to certain financial benefits from the city of san francisco. but i say really, more importantly, it really brings them public recognition that this is a business in san francisco that has history and that is unique to san francisco. >> it started in june of 1953. ♪ and we make everything from scratch. everything. we started a you -- we started a off with 12 flavors and
mango fruits from the philippines and then started trying them one by one and the family had a whole new clientele. the business really boomed after that. >> i think that the flavors we make reflect the diversity of san francisco. we were really surprised about the legacy project but we were thrilled to be a part of it. businesses come and go in the city. pretty tough for businesss to stay here because it is so expensive and there's so much competition. so for us who have been here all these years and still be popular and to be recognized by the city has been really a huge honor. >> we got a phone call from a woman who was 91 and she wanted to know if the mitchells still owned it and she was so happy
that we were still involved, still the owners. she was our customer in 1953. and she still comes in. but she was just making sure that we were still around and it just makes us feel, you know, very proud that we're carrying on our father's legacy. and that we mean so much to so many people. ♪ >> it provides a perspective. and i think if you only looked at it in the here and now, you're missing the context. for me, legacy businesses, legacy bars and restaurants are really about setting the context for how we come to be where we are today. >> i just think it's part of san francisco. people like to see familiar stuff. at least i know i do. >> in the 1950s, you could see a picture of tommy's joint and looks exactly the same. we haven't change add thing. >> i remember one lady saying,
you know, i've been eating this ice cream since before i was born. and i thought, wow! we have, too. ♪ >> my apartment burned down 1.5 years ago in noba. my name is leslie mccray, and i am in outside beauty sales. i have lived in this neighborhood since august of this year. after my fire in my apartment and losing everything, the red cross gave us a list of agencies in the city to reach out to and find out about
various programs that could help us get back on our feet, and i signed up for the below market rate program, got my certificate, and started applying and won the housing lottery. this particular building was brand-new, and really, this is the one that i wanted out of everything i applied for. and i came to the open house here, and there were literally hundreds of people looking at the building. and i -- in my mind, i was, like, how am i ever going to possibly win this? and i did. and when you get that notice that you want, it's surreal, and you don't really believe it, and then it sinks in, yeah, i can have it, and i'm finally good to go; i can stay. my favorite thing about my home, although i miss the charm about the old victorian is everything is brand-new. it's beautiful. my kitchen is amazing.
i've really started to enjoy cooking. i really love that we have a gym on-site. i work out four days a week, and it's beautiful working outlooking out over the courtyard that i get to look at. it was hard work to get to the other side, but it's well worth it. i'm super grateful to the mayor's office of housing for having this for us. >> good evening and welcome to the november 14th, 2018 meeting of the san francisco board of appeals. president frank fung will be the presiding officer.