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>> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos. so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district. >> i studied the bok chase choy her achbl heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy.
working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky
road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful
opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia, but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in
are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon cheese burger lumpia. there was a time in our generation where we didn't have our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most
exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers.
there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture. i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones.
nightlife is supported, small businesses and our restaurants are supported. our neighbours and communities are supported through extra cleaning services and power washing and additional security and ambassadors who have continued to make sure that soma west is a thriving community in the city and county of san francisco. we are so grateful to all the people who play an important role in adding number 17, community districts in the city, and also one of the largest community business districts in san francisco where the revenues generated here will not only pay for additional services, but will provide marketing and support to enhance the experiences of this neighbourhood. you know, what i love most about san francisco is when things work, and when things come together, and so this is one of those instances where everyone came together for one common goal, to make something amazing
happen for a community that definitely deserves it, so it is my honour to be here today to sign this legislation so that we can start collecting the dose so that we can start investing the money, and so we can get to work to make this one of the best neighbourhoods in the city and county of san francisco. so thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you. [laughter] >> welcome everybody. thank you so much for helping us commemorate this occasion and making what has been extraordinary hard work. now we would like to bring up the newest leader in this district, our supervisor in district six to kick us off as well. supervisor matt haney. [applause]. >> thank you. thank you may or breed for your support and leadership. i want to shout out my predecessor, supervisor kim who is here. she was a huge part of this effort. i want to make sure that we're so excited that we are having
this advert -- event at the park the supports everybody and includes everyone in the neighborhoods. this is a neighborhood that has a lot of families, that has a lot of kids. a shout out to united players in the mirror here, because in reality, this is something that will benefit everybody. everyone will immediately see the quality of life improve because of what this community benefit district can bring to the neighborhood. i'm so proud of james and the committee behind me who worked hard to -- i think they had dozens and dozens and dozens of meeting. every time i looked up they were were inviting me to a new meeting. they really brought everyone to the table. this is going to be about tenants, about small businesses, it will be about community organization, and it will be about how we can all work together to make this neighborhood better for everyone we know that west soma is an area of high needs. it is an area that gets a lot of
311 calls, a gets a lot of calls to my office about how we can get more cleanup, more outreach to homeless folks, and more safety and i am committed to being a partner with this this committee benefit district and its leadership to make sure we work together to see immediate and positive concrete improvements in the people who live here and their lives. so thank you for your leadership everyone, thank you for your hard work to otw d., to everyone who will be a great partner in this. thank you for wanting to work hard for a positive change. thank you all. [applause]. >> thank you supervisor haney. we all know it takes the hard work and diligence of so many leaders to make this happen, and someone who helped us champion this was a former supervisor jane kim. would you like to say a few words? [applause]
>> this process was far longer than three years. it took many, many years, and i want to acknowledge so many people who were involved in this work. when i came into office, west soma was a collection of a lot of small alleyway associations, and it took quite a bit of work to bring these leaders together through the five months. they use a cornet with our office, and over time, and some of us starting on some other notes, many residents really pushed our office to provide more attention and care to these neighborhoods that do not have additional services and their benefits -- benefit districts. and we wanted to see these additional services and in this
part of the city that needs so much additional attention. so want to thank all the community benefit districts for your advice. i would like to recognize the office, who i always joked was a fourth legislative age. thank you, may or breed for providing additional resources in district six to make sure we cross a finish line, and most importantly, i want to recognize our resident leaders who spend countless hours volunteering to make this a reality while still holding down down there full-time jobs, small businesses , to james, to alex, and. and deborah, miriam and to the united players. it took a lot of doorknocking, a lot of meeting to bring this to fruition, and this couldn't have happened without all of you standing behind me. thank you to supervisor haney, now my representative on the board for taking us across the finish line. and now as a constituent, --
when i need additional services, and i think no one will be happier than director new roux who is the person that i call every time i see something on the streets. thank you everyone for everything involved in thank you , may or breed for the strong support of our district. thank you. [applause]. >> a supervisor kim and supervisor haney and me or breed have all said, it takes community leadership to take extraordinary efforts in our neighborhoods. it takes someone who is willing to step into that role for all of us. i want to invite up the head of the steering committee to say a few words. >> i would like to thank our new mayor london breed, and our new supervisor, matt haney. we have the same vision as they do, which is to take what is good in the neighborhood and make it even better.
this process for me started when i neighborhood watch group on my block started and i saw that as a unified body, we could actually make a difference. we were able to work with the police venture, we are able to work with city officials much better, and i was excited to see how that was happening. i started to reach out and i started to talk to other people, and i realized that i wasn't alone in this endeavour. it was a people that are behind me, it was neighborhood associations, was other neighborhood watch groups, it was western center soma. these are all people in the neighborhood who were voicing frustration, but also believed in the neighborhood, and it was all of them who gave me the encouragement to share this endeavour, but it wasn't just me , it was everyone, it was all the people that we reached out to, it was all the people that we connected to, it was the people who signed our petitions and assigned our ballots, and even the people who had opinions
weren't necessary positive for us, we listen to them. we wanted to make sure that all their voices were heard when we reached out to people with our surveys and everything else. this was a collective agreements that we all just worked together i'm a soap -- i'm so appreciative for the committee, i'm appreciative for every single person that he spoke to along the way. i'm appreciative for our new supervisor and and our prior supervisor, and of course, our new mayor, london breed. [applause] as we get forward, this is entirely for the neighborhood and about the neighborhood. we are going to be starting off by housing three big events for the neighborhood to, and i invite everyone to join us. our first one will be on may 1 st at soma arts from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. it will be called the some os c.b.d. kickoff meet and greet. you be able to come, asked questions, learn more about
c.b.d. and be involved in figure out how -- are other two will be later in the summer and in the fall. definitely join us because it's all about the neighborhood and the community. the services will start in early 2020 and i look forward to everyone joining us. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you so much, james. we all know it takes the hood. so it really is a testament for all of you who have been doing such hardware in being the names and faces and voices to make this happen. i want to invite up misha from united players to say a few words. >> hello, everyone. i work with the united players. i am a small business owner, nonprofit worker in the neighborhood with the soma youth
collaborative. we support the school, with runs of the park, we are in employer who asked my staff to come into the neighborhood. i'm a mother who is raising my children in this neighborhood. i am wearing all those hats today and a party had to because this is huge, and it's just really a testament to what neighbors can do when they come together across differences, across economic status, across however long or short they been in san francisco, i am a native san franciscan. real people actually live here. this was an actual community. i am so proud of this effort today. our director always likes to say that we build bridges and not walls. because the reality is this is ground zero for a lot of the change that is happening in the city. and while our neighborhood is a really -- has a really rich history and heritage, it is also the place for the future of this
city. so this effort has really embodied our motto. i will bring up one story. there was a western soma voice meeting at our center, and james cain -- came and he had a box of needles that he had collected in the two block walk from our center to wherever he was. he had over 50 needles and some folks were upset that he had brought them to our place, but i left it because the reality is when you live here, day in, day out, it is a different experience than for folks who are maybe here from nine to to five, folks are here to visit a restaurant, folks who are here to come to an event or something i appreciated the dramatic way that he highlighted the problems and whatever kids are experiencing in the neighborhood so this has just been a super embodiment of our motto. it takes the hood to save the hood and we are so excited about
the positive changes to come. tenacity was unduplicated. i think this guy could do anything, and we just really appreciate and are so looking forward to get to the improvements that the c.b.d. will bring to our homes. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much. it really is important for these moments to say the names of those who have been involved. i -- just indulge me as we list off the names. so many of us, whether it is our officers, the supervisors and the mayor knows, we are the vessels to getting your work done so you can see the benefit that you have in the community. i want to shout out again.