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l.b.e. and the fact that we should be increasing. i think that is phenomenal. can you please give me a breakdown of the l.b.e. for the contracts awarded? >> the contracts awarded during this reporting period, we had six contracts awarded. of the six, three went to l.b.e. firms, 50% of them. two of those want to o.b.e. firms, and one went to the business enterprise. >> percentages meaning, in dollars? >> i don't have those numbers in front of me. i can tell you that if we take out the outlier. >> no. [laughter]. >> total. >> i can provide that. >> if you can just let me know, i would like to know that. and we always assess question because i really want to know if
we are increasing equity in contracting at all. also, for the giants and forth for pier 70, those are both such huge contracts that i would like to see it broken out. i want to know who they are contracting with, what firms are being used, whether percentages are, but not just the numbers, and then mission rock, how much has been spent over ten years already? what have they been doing over the last ten years? i don't need to know that 40% of the respondents were o.b.e. you know, what have they actually spent, and what have they spent with the l.b.e. that would be great to know for future reports. >> i will include that in future reports. >> thank you, thank you so much for this. >> thank you.
>> thank you. >> item hbs informational update on deferred found issuance request and the amount of $45.8 million for the $425 million general obligation bonds to support phase i of the seawall, earthquake safety and disaster prevention program. >> good evening, commissioners. i am the port c.f.o., and i will endeavor to make this quick. i am here this afternoon with an informational presentation regarding the first proposed sale of the 2018 seawall bond. staff plans to return to commission at your next meeting on march 26th to ask for approval to submit a request to the mayor and the board of supervisors for the sale and appropriation of this first round of geo bond funding. as you know, nearly 80 3% of san francisco voters approved a
$425 million general obligation bond to fund improvements to the embarcadero seawall this past november. port staff -- they have been doing our due diligence and are proposing a first bond sale and the amount of $45.8 million plus the additional cost of issuance. the proceeds from this first sale would support planning and preliminary design for phase one of the seawall program. the bond measure received such strong voter approval because san franciscans recognize the critical role that the seawall plays in protecting tcd assets including transportation and utility infrastructure, emergency response facilities, and billions of dollars in economic activity. throughout the program, the port
has articulated six key goals to act quickly, minimize damage, improve resilience, enhance our landscapes, preserve economic resources, and engage the community. this first bond sale will help to support each of these goals. staff propose that proceeds from the first bond sale will fund program management including port staff, program development, project planning including technical engineering work such as site and geotechnical investigation, risk assessments, and alternatives analysis, and identification of potential pilot projects as well as stakeholder engagement and preliminary design. additionally we are proposing to use -- as you all know, the port
was awarded a new start from the army court last fall. since then, port staff and jacob's, which was formally pill , our engineering consultant , have been working very hard with the army court of engineering on the flood study. while our r.f.p. from our contract with jacobs envisions that the port might add flood control work to the contract, the contract that the board and this commission approved did not actually include that scope of work, so port staff expects that it is possible that we will return to the commission set at some point in the next month with a request to increase our contract scope with jacobs. this would also require approvals from the city charge it civil service commission as well as from the board of supervisors. as you can see, the section
highlighted here in green on the schedule slide shows that the port expects that the first bond sale will fund seawall program activities through june of 2021. the port continues to budget $500 million for phase one of the wall program and staff continues to seek sources, including contributions to the state and development of special taxes defines the remaining $54 million gap in phase i. the first bond sale will reimburse $6 million of the 9 million-dollar realm that the city charge at revolving capital fund made to the seawall program we would anticipate reimbursing the remaining $3 million. at the porch is also proposing to reimburse $3 million in port capital that it has contributed
to the seawall program to date, allowing us to reapply those funds to seawall program work that is not bond eligible. today is the first in a series of presentation -- presentations and approvals that are necessary to complete and appropriate the bond sale. staff will appear at the city charge a capital planning committee on monday, march 25th , and as i mentioned, return to the port commission for its approval on the bond sale. we hope to introduce legislation at the board of supervisors on april seconds. we will then have a hearing at the board touch a budget and finance committee, and are targeting board approval for the bond sale on april the 23rd. if all goes according to plan, we will sell the bonds in the middle of may and then have proceeds in hand by the middle of june.
well port staff are deeply appreciative of the passage of this general obligation bond, we continue to seek a wide range of resources to fund both phase one of the program, as well as the next phases of work, which we estimate may cost up to $5 billion over the next 20 or 30 years. we all appreciate the work of the lifetime. we are very proud to be showing the start of their protected waterfront and the city. i am more than happy to answer questions. >> thank you. is there any public comment on this item? seeing him, public comment has closed. >> who does the selling, do we pick the company, or does another agency? >> the office of public finance manages the geo bond sale, so they pick the finance manager
and the bond people. >> and do you happen to know, do they have a pool of people? >> yes, they do. >> yes, they do. >> do we have any say and how we direct -- >> they check in, but my response to them, they have a pool, they run through their list in order and they asked me if we had any objections, and i said to the people who were next in line, i said no. >> i just see this as an opportunity for the programs and beliefs that we had. it is our bonds, and we would be able to give it to a particular contractor that we want to give a san francisco business to. so i would just throw that out,
and if we really do have the action and we are just yielding completely to another agency -- >> we do have that action. because this is a general obligation bonds that the voters to repay. the office of public finance has that responsibility. we know there are lb programs, and very also share our goals. >> i hope everyone shares our goals, but delivering them, sometimes a little prodding is more successful. who is bond council? >> i don't know. we are waiting for the city attorney to find the bond council for the sale and then we have a revenue bond refinancing. they have an r.f.p. out and we are waiting for them to select. >> is there an update? >> i don't know who they
selected. but when it comes to the issuance of nec bonds including port bonds, that the city attorney's office selects a prime contractor that would be dedicated towards port property and port bond sales as well as a co- bond council so there would be what they typically referred to as a majority form and an o.b.e. firm, and they will quote me and it. >> who negotiates the fee? and do we have control of that and can renegotiate it? that is managed by the office of public finance. >> do they charged our fee on the 458 or do they charge the fee based on the cumulative bond sales that they will do for the day. >> it will be on our 45 a. there are cases where you might partner with another agency that is also selling bonds at that
time that were -- but -- that were alone in this sale. >> do we fill out the financial statement based on the port? >> it is a city charge a financial statement. >> thank you. >> president adams? >> i appreciate the good question. it is good to see you present, i hope you present more often. >> i'm glad to be here. >> thank you. no, this is good, and i see that on our next meeting, we will vote on this. >> yes, we will bring it as an action item. >> it seems like things are going pretty good. i will look forward to when you come back. it seems like you have a lot of support for the path, to the bond sale, and clearly it is what we are meant to do. >> katy, thank you so much for this presentation. this is exciting.
a lot of good stuff happening. i want to make sure that once we approve this, this is just for the bond setting. if once we decide how we are going to spend the money, then you are going to come back to us , or this goes into the capital budget, or how does that work? >> we'll be taking two pieces of legislation to the board of supervisors. a resolution appointing disapproving the bond sale, any supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating the proceeds from the sale. so that becomes the budget authority for that $45 million. >> and so the appropriation is in here? [laughter]. >> yeah. >> so the items that we come back to you with at the next commission meeting would be requesting the commission's approval as to forward of a
request to the mayor and the board of supervisors both for the sale and as well as for the appropriation of funds. so by the time we come back to you, we should have a draft supplemental appropriation ordinance for you to review. >> we shouldn't have that for the info item? >> i think what katy is going to show is a budget item which is overwhelmingly designed and an engineering contract, but we can break it down into a subcomponent, and then there is an additional contract.
we will do the budget peace, and if you need additional time, let us know if you need to watch what reads. >> okay. >> i am just here to listen. [laughter] >> are you finished? if i can just loop around. i think we are just bellow -- better off. if we are selling bonds, at the end of the day we will publish something different. because of the cost and everything that is associated. it gets added on.
>> it is a 458 plus -- >> i think we are doing basically half a million and we share these moments and we know we are competitive. it just doesn't get lost. we wake up ten years from now or five years from now and say, hey , you approved these bonds, and we spent $25 million on costs. the transparency, i think would be helpful, because we will continue to go to the public and ask them for money, and we have the whole seawall to fund and following fair cost for all of this, particularly since we are not putting a bid, particularly because we are not in charge, i think we should create transparency for checks and balances of their figures. >> okay. commissioner, specifically, are you talking about the transaction costs for the bond,
or are you talking about the overall budget for the 45.8? >> for the cost. the council, selling them -- >> okay. we will work with them to get a fight -- an estimate for what we expect the transaction cost to be, and once a transaction is complete, we can report back on what they actually were. >> i'm not sure if i did not introduce my colleagues, but we will bid up cheaper than what we are going to take. that will give us our own sense of how the market will treat us in the future of our bond. >> we can do that. >> any other comments? >> no. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> item nine is new business. >> i would like to make a special point of -- i would love to get the commissioner's comments on president brandon about the navigation. i think it ought to be on the records. she was here for most of this
discussion, if it is okay, i would like for her to put her comments on record. >> i think that given all the comments that we did here from the public, i think the process was a little bit accelerated and i think that i would have differed that we need to have the mayor's office of homeless work with the community more on some of their issues and concerns. i think we are just the landlord and we are trying to be good and work well with city hall. i think we do understand the issue of homelessness, and i think the couple things that i thought we heard before all the comments were related to the size, the location, the safety, and the purpose is that on the one hand, we do know that we want to the wall to have the best and highest use and this is always a not the best.
if he were to proceed with the interim use and if the community was comfortable with all the issues that they raise -- raised , if the homeless, if the department of homeless can edify their concerns, that i think i would have suggested that we have a very clear transition plan in the lease way before the end of the lease, because this is an interim use, i think from the port commission standpoint, i would say we have to make a very clear it is an interim use. it is not a permanent use. that not -- that may not be according to what the public has said, but from our perspective, would you want to get the best and highest use in the long term , but there isn't -- we also want to work within the city family, and i don't think that we are in a position to address all of the issues that the public raised within the port commission, and i think it had to be deferred and sent back to city hall and the department of
homelessness to address those concerns in more detail, and i think the process has to be a little bit more detailed and probably the speed of this was too fast. the community was not ready, and i don't know if they ever will be ready, and i did not have the benefit of all the comments of my fellow commissioners in terms of what their reactions are. i think we want to be able to work with everybody. i think we want it to be a win-win for everybody. today, we are not in a win-win situation with the community and with city hall and ourselves. that is still missing in the equation. >> okay. , anymore new business? seeing none, can i have a motion -- >> motion to adjourn. >> second. >> all in favor?
like most immigrant families, my parents wanted a better life for us. my dad came out here first. i think i was almost two-years-old when he sent for us. my mom and myself came out here. we moved to san francisco early on. in the mission district and moved out to daily city and bounced back to san francisco. we lived across the street from the ups building. for me, when my earliest memories were the big brown trucks driving up and down the street keeping us awake at night. when i was seven-years-old and i'm in charge of making sure we get on the bus on time to get to school. i have to make sure that we do our homework. it's a lot of responsibility for a kid. the weekends were always for family. we used to get together and whether we used to go watch a movie at the new mission theater and then afterwards going to kentucky fried chicken. that was big for us. we get kentucky fried chicken on
sunday. whoa! go crazy! so for me, home is having something where you are all together. whether it's just together for dinner or whether it's together for breakfast or sharing a special moment at the holidays. whether it's thanksgiving or christmas or birthdays. that is home. being so close to berkley and oakland and san francisco, there's a line. here you don't see a line. even though you see someone that's different from you, they're equal. you've always seen that. a rainbow of colors, a ryan bow of personalities. when you think about it you are supposed to be protecting the kids. they have dreams. they have aspirations. they have goals. and you are take that away from them. right now, the price is a hard fight. they're determined.
i mean, these kids, you have to applaud them. their heart is in the right place. there's hope. i mean, out here with the things changing everyday, you just hope the next administration makes a change that makes things right. right now there's a lot of changes on a lot of different levels. the only thing you hope for is for the future of these young kids and young folks that are getting into politics to make the right move and for the folks who can't speak. >> dy mind motion. >> even though we have a lot of fighters, there's a lot of voice less folks and their voiceless because they're scared. . >> thank you for coming today. my name is debbie mezlo, and i commissioner near on the status of women. [applause] >> thank you, i'll take
it. the women's rrs history month. i want to thank all of the people that are here today as we launch women's history month. it is an incredible thing to see elected officials, commissioners, community leaders, our male allies who are here, so thank you for coming to spend this time with us. i'd like to recognize my colleagues on the commission on the status of women, and if you will tanstand as i call your name. commissioner sonya melara. [applause] >> commissioner melara. [applause] >> they're celebrating, too. [laughter] >> i know. commissioner andrea shorter. [applause] >> commissioner cary pomerance. [applause] >> i also -- if you'll indulge me, i wanted to
introduce and recognize marge fillhour, who is on the commission with us. and introduce our director, dr. emily maraza. [applause] >> i wanted to say a couple quick things. i wanted to see what a privilege it is to serve on the commission on the status of women in san francisco. it is the strongest commission in the country. and there are a couple of reasons why: number one, we have a department that backs us up, as well as res sources dedicated to us per authority of the mayor to implement our mission, which is to uplift the quality of life for women and girls in san francisco. we have a particular focus on prevention of violence and economic equality. we also have a very unique history in san francisco, which is this: many decades ago the u.n. adopted human rights treaties specifically for women and girls. it is called the "convention to end the discrimination against women." it codifies us as equals
in the law. now, the people of san francisco voted to adopt this locally. we were the first city to do this, and for many years the only city to do this. and we did it in the face of the federal government failing to do this, which i think speaks to history repeating itself now. but the people of san francisco adopted this, saying to the women and girls in our community, we see you, we respect you, and you deserve dignity. so i'm always proud to be a san franciscan when i think about that, so it is such a privilege to serve on the commission. march is my favorite month because it is women's history month, and it gives us a focus around highlighting women and really honoring these unsung heroins we which in our community every day. speaking of honoring heroines, i have the opportunity to introduce our mayor, mayor london breed. this is our first opportunity to celebrate her during women's history month.
i wanted to say a couple of things about her. i've known the mayor for many years. before she became a supervisor, before she answered the call and really led us through a difficult time in this city, before she answered the call to leadership and became our mayor, and i can tell you a couple of things about her. number one, she has always been a leader in this community around strength and grit and resilience and self-determination, so thank you for that, even before you were in an elected office. she has always been there for women. she has been a mentee on senator kamala harris, whom i've worked for for many years, and she was there through the good times and the bad. so when she supports you, she supports you, and i think that is rare. and she is a person of action. she is going to get stuff done. since she has been the mayor, she has worked for strengthening protections for sexual assault survivors, and for sexual
harassment guidelines here at the city, underscoring that all people have the right to work in their work places without violence. she has el held up our youth, making it a priority to give internships every summer, that economic pathway that is so important, as well as for girls in our community. i'm proud every time i get to say mayor london breed. [applause] [cheering] >> thank you commissioner mezlo, and thank you to everyone who is joining us here today. i also would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge some of our elected officials. our chair, vicki hennessey is here. thank you for joining us. and our treasurer, jose, is joining us as well. and thank you to our fire chief, joanne white, for being here, as well as the director of emergency management, mary ellen
carroll, thank you so much. some amazing women leaders in the city and county of san francisco. i'm just loving the crowd today. i am so excited. it is about time that we kick off women's history month with a woman mayor, isn't it? [applause] >> and oftentimes when you talk about women and you talk about incredible women, it's usually names that most of us recognize as important figures, like kamala harris, who is running for president, and nancy pelosi, who is the speaker of the house, and amazing woman, and all of these incredible women from san francisco and all over the country. today i chose to honor a number of women who are also heros, who are heros in this city, who are heros in their respective
communities, and they are doing things that are absolutely amazing, not because they're looking for recognition but because they love and care about their community. and they have spent their entire lives serving other people for the purposes of making sure that their communities and their cities thrive. and so the first person that i am recognizing is someone who have known my entire life. we know her as utey. and there is little utee rutherford has been an important figure in our community. let me tell you, this woman has done so many amazing things for so many people. the list goes on and on and on. yes, we know in the filmore western community about the work that she
has done around the turkey give-aways, the toy give-aways, the -- every time there is a funeral, she is the one who is cooking the food. every time someone comes home after serving time, her house is the house that they go to to get some support. and oftentimes she is doing this by pulling her own money out of her own pocket to help support people in the community. utey is there to uplift us, she is there to pray for us, she is there to support us, she is there to comfort us, especially during challenging times in the western addition community. she is this unifying support and voice. she is just a constant support. and even when we're going through oftentimes very challenging times, she is right there to lift us up. in a way that just makes us feel better. we are so lucky to have her in the western addition community. we are so lucky to have
had here in our lives for so long. whether it is feeding the seniors at queen ada, and they love to see you coming. they love to see you coming because you always give them a smile and a kind word. you don't just serve food. you give of yourself to people. you've been doing it for so long, you have raised two amazing kids. look at little rodney over there. i see you, big rodney, and your partner who has been there for you. you guys are like the first couple of filmore. they're like the first mom and the first daddy of filmore. we are just so blessed and lucky that, you know, you are such a kind person with a kind heart, who gives back to the community time and time again. and so when i was thinking about people to honor, all i can think about is utey, utey, whether it is me calling and saying, i need some chicken, and you're
like, big rodney, you've got to fry linda some chicken. or we need your help, utey, we need you to come and take up the mantel for whatever it takes, and you always say yes. you always answer the call. so many people are here today because you answered the call when they need you the most. [applause] [cheering] >> we're going to have to make some new rules around here. no, somebody is getting married. they're happy. but, you know, it just means so much to just know you and to have you as a part of my life and so many folks who are here today. so i just thought it was more appropriate than ever, as we celebrate the kickoff of women's history month, to honor a true phenomenal woman. ladies and gentlemen, today we honor utey rutherford. thank you so much. come on up. [applause] [cheering]
>> i would just like to start off by saying, thank you so much, mayor london breed, for recognizing me. i truly appreciate it. and to the beautiful city of san francisco. to my lovely family, to my lovely family, and to my wonderful friends, that always stand by me, always stand by me. for everything i ask for for the community, i call them, and they come. they stand by me and for me. and i would like to acknowledge my husband rodney, my god son jimmy,
my brother sadik, my brother sean, and my brother wendell is not here. anything i ask them for to help me with the community, they help me. i love working for my community. it is something i love to do. and i have a briend, and she is here, stephanie jackson. we've been friends for 28 years. and she worked at raw aid, and they've been volunteering with seniors for over 10 years. and i just have this drive in my heart to help, to do. and i just want to make san francisco and my community the best i can. and i just want to thank you again, mayor, for this wonderful, wonderful award. [applause] [cheering] >> we also have for each of our honorees -- as mayor, i get a scarf with
my name on it. and, in fact, i wanted to take this opportunity to show you the scarf. each of the honorees will be getting one. of the city and county of san francisco. if you look close, you'll see the african-american on the culture complex, right there. [applause] [cheering] >> and courtesy of john's grill. they wanted to make sure you had a lovely romantic didinner for two for you and your husband. so her is a gift certificate for john's grill and a scarf. congratulations. [applause] >> and all of the friends and family that are here are going to treat her to dinner, right? [applause] >> so the next honoree, i actually started working for back in, i think, kind of right out of college,
back in 1997. anne-marie conroy was my former boss, and sometimes still believes she is my boss. but, she has not just been a great boss, she has been a great friend. you know, it was -- i was fresh out of college, working my first job, and didn't know everything i thought i knew. and she has been not only a friend and a great boss, but she has been a great mentor. someone who helped guide me in my political career. her work started early. she is a lawyer, but she served on the board of supervisors. she was the director of the treasure island development authority. she was the dreblght director of the department of emergency management, but what inspired me most about her work was when she served as a board member for partners ending domestic abuse, and how she was committed to
raising money to help provide support for women who were escaping some of the most challenging of circumstances. her work oftentimes was not always recognized. in fact, when i worked for her at the treasure island development authority, there was a lot of challenges around the housing there. and a percentage of that housing went to formerly homeless families. and anne-marie and i had this conversation about how we could make that work. i'm, like, how are we going to make it work for the families? she just basically said, we're going to make it work for the families. we have this housing and part of what we're going to do is make sure we improve the bus routes. there was a program that she and john stewart's company worked on to provide furniture and other opportunities for the families who were getting started, who had been formerly homeless. the work that she did to not only make the housing work at that time, but in the future and to incorporate it into the agreement, so that
families who can't afford to live on treasure island wouldn't be left out of the process, is work that i've always admired about what she has done. she is now working at the u.s. attorney's office, dealing with some of the most challenging of crimes, and continuing to bring innovative resources and plans to the job that she does. she is one of those persons who is very creative, and she is very fun. and she knows how to decorate a house or anything else, for that matter. she is oftentimes the person that i go to for advice and counsel on how to handle things. and in every single instance, every single time, in giving advice and talking about issues, it really comes from the heart. and it comes from her love of community. and it comes from her love in wanting to help and support people. as a daughter of san francisco, she has made us all proud with her accomplishments and everything that she has done. and i wanted to take this
opportunity to just acknowledge her work, and just to say thank you for being a great role model, a great friend, a great mentor. ladies and gentlemen, anne-marie conroy. [applause] [cheering] >> so thank you so much, mayor. you're an incredible mayor, and such an accomplished speaker and such an accomplished person. i couldn't be more proud. i know this is only a short stop on a long and incredible career. and we're very lucky for the years that we'll have you in san francisco, but i think there are some other cities, such as sacramento and washington that may be having their time with london.
as london said, she did work for me at the treasure island development authority. i'll never forget the first day she walked in the door. i could see this was a young woman full of smarts with a 10,000 watt smile, and she said, hi, i'm london breed, and i'm going to be your assistant. this is just an interview. if that gives you an insight into something can stop london. that was one example. i want to dedicate this honor today to my mother, maureen conroy, also known as "mighty mo." she went to u.c. berkeley at the age of 16. she skipped didn't grades and started berkeley at age 16. it was during world war ii, and there weren't many opportunities for women with great educations. you were pretty much trapped into being a school teacher or nurse. she got her teaching credential, and then she met my father, a great war
hero. and then went to have a happy life together. back then, in his world, women didn't work because it made a man feel like he couldn't support his family. so she decided to recreate -- or create her own stay at work mom track, and she became president of just about everything. and whatever she did, she did a phenomenal job at. so there is quite a spread in my family of sisters. there are four girls. my older sister is 13 years my senior. so when i finished law school, my second eldest sister, peggy, who is here today, said, mom, why don't you stop using all of your time helping people with compaigns and electing judges and doing petitions and fighting city hall and make some money. you know, you just turned 60. go do something. stop doing everything for free. and she said, peggy, what
am i going to do. and she said, go get your real estate license. and she was, like, okay. and so she did it. and she went up to the office in lakeside. a 60-year-old woman with her certificate. and they said, yeah, we don't have a desk for you. and so she went back and peggy said, well, mom, you need a resume. and she said, oh, okay. so peggy helped her. and it is a two-page resume of the phenomenal accomplishments of this woman, how many compaigns she had run, how she had been president of just about every organization of san francisco. and they took another look at her and said, i think we found you a desk. so she became rookie -- this is at the age 60, she became rookie of the year, and she became the top seller, lister, and producer for caldwell for the next 15 years of her life in the country.
i want to let people know that at age, don't let anyone tell you no. don't let anything hold you back from your dreams. and that's what i've always mentored women, is with that story of my mom, you can do anything at any age. and her big thing and my big thing as a mentor to women, is education. as far as we have come as women, you still need letters after your name. and that has always been my advice, whether it is j.d., m.d., m.a., m.s. -- whatever those letters are and those certifications, it gives you that instant credibility. and unfortunately as women, we still need that. and i think it is very important, and i still tell -- this is why this young woman has a master's. i tried to make her go to law school, but she got her master's instead. every week, london, law school or master's, what is it going to be?
so that is extremely important. debbie mezlo, emily, how much work with did in the world of domestic violence. and when the super bowl came to san francisco, how much work we have done around human trafficking. and how much more work has to be done. and we found a high-profile case that has led to having those tough discussions about human trafficking and what goes on around big sporting events and other things in every city of america. deb has held the domestic violence consortium together for decades. i take this honor today honoring all of you and all of the work that we've done. i want to shout a special shout out to chief hazel white. i want to give her a happy birthday. [applause] >> joanne is actually two
days older than i am. and i have to say again about age, when margan exacted me about this award, i said i think i'm a little too young to be part of history. and as joanne knows, and you can look this up because our profiles have always been public, with our age, she is 55, and i'm not, until tomorrow. [laughter] >> and how unfair the press can be sometimes because when joanne became fire chief, and i helped her a lot get there with mayor newsom, and it said chief hazel white, 39, and two months later, i became head of l.e.s. emergency services, and it said conroy, 40. and i thought, that is so unfair. but there is just so much love and camaraderie in
this room. i think part of that is our great mayor. she is so good at bringing everyone together, not letting waring faction continue. getting people to work together because she cares so incredibly deeply about this city. i just want to thank you, mayor, for being our mayor. there were several times in the tough talks we've had over london's career, when she ran for supervisor, i actually begged her not to do it. i said, you have so much promise, you have so much potential, the world is your oyster. do not waste your life's energy on the mud puddle of city politics. and she said, that's my seat, anne-marie, and i'm going to take it. and i said, okay, kid, i'm with you all the way. and i'm glad she didn't listen to my advice. and i look very much forward to the great things she is going to do for our city. thank you.
[applause] [cheering] thank you. okay. last, but not least, marlene tran. now, marlene tran is one of those persons who is kind of a quiet/loud force. she works for the san francisco unified school district and city college for over 35 years, teaching bilingual courses, working to fight for her community, in visitation valley, it is a community on the south side of san francisco that sometimes feels forgotten, feels left out, but marlene doesn't let that happen. she makes sure that everyone who is supervisor, that anyone who is mayor, they are not going to forget about visitation valley and
providing this community, and especially seniors -- especially seniors -- with the support that they need to thrive and feel safe in their community. i got to know her over the past years in just watching her run for supervisor in district 10. you didn't win, but you sure did create a lot of heck. and i said, i really was drawn to her because i love the fight in her. he is unapologetic in her commitment to fight for people who oftentimes don't have a voice, especially many of the seniors who in visitation valley, they may not speak english. and she is right there helping with bilingual courses, helping with translation, helping to be the voice to fight for the resources that this community needs. and we really appreciate you. because oftentimes she doesn't stop to realize how impactful she is. every time we have a
conversation, it's about muni, it's about police officers, it's about what's going on. and today it is about you. it's about you and the work that you have done in order to make the lives of so many in the visitation valley and the southeast sector of our community and our city so much better. we appreciate you for your advocacy, for your commitment to education and our young people, and how you continue to hold young people accountable. i'm sure you had a few young kids in your classes that gave you problems, and you said, those are the best ones because you know that those are going to be the ones to go on to do great things. we talked about so many things involving improving the quality of life of san francisco, and she has, for years, put her words into action and has made not only the visitation valley community a better place, she has made san francisco a better place. ladies and gentlemen, marlene tran.
[applause] [cheering] >> i think i am so overwhelmed. i was going to make a speech, but right now i'm lost for words. what a great honor it is to be with the mayor, and utey and carol. and i am -- and all of my friends and supporters from my educational background, from my police background, community -- oh, i am so overwhelmed. and everybody is here to support all of us. mayor breed, you already
summarize a lot of things i do. yes, i am quiet in my ways, but i'm very determined. i'm very persistent because we're talking about women's rights, equal rights, immigrant rights, human rights. those are the things i've been fighting for all my life because for 35 years, when i taught at the san francisco unified school district, every morning i put my hand across my heart and said "with liberty and justice for all." these are the things i work for every day. even though i retired from 37 years, teaching evening and sundays the city college, and 35 years in the daytime teaching newly arriving immigrant kids, i continue my passion to do whatever is best for the community, for san francisco, for the voiceless. that's what i do because i am buddhist, and i feel any time we have, any energy, we should be able to share that. i just want to give you a little brief background about what happened years
ago, when my mother and i and my two siblings came to san francisco. she was a new widow and struggling a lot because obviously she didn't speak the language. in those days, everything was english only. so being the oldest of three, i had to assist my mother in every way while also going to school, to navigate all of the services for her, funerals, and so on and so forth, for my stepfather. i witnessed her daily frustrations and dispair. but with her ongoing encouragement -- keep on doing it. so as a result, i earned several college degrees and credentials, that launched my rewarding 35 years of teaching newcomers. so never forgetting the difficult times my mother had endured, i used my multi-lingual and immigrant background to do community work. and i am very fortunate
that we are having a lot of people involved. and one of them happens to be susanna, the young lady here, who, you know, is doing more work. we need a lot of young blood because there is only so much we can do. so, of course, i was very surprised that the town newspaper called me, am movinamusing in some ways, a modern day warrior. those were the terms i wasn't familiar with and i thought, this is what everybody should be doing. i'm great that this women's month kickoff offers the opportunities to hear of each other's successes. people have been wondering, marlene tran, why are you wearing this green hat? i want to honor mother earth. mother earth. and then, of course, my symbols. i have a lot of symbols here. this is our earth. we have to do everything to protect our environment. i am so grateful that san francisco is doing all of
that. and every time you see my facebook, i'm always talking about environmental issues because without mother earth, without helping her, we are nowhere. so today while we're here to honor all these amazing honorees, and i'm so very grateful to have so many dignitaries, city officials, family members, i also want to give the mayor a little token. it says "100%," because she is doing 100%. may i also give her a little token of our appreciation. [applause] [cheering] >> okay. thank you. [applause] >> and this is for you. >> well, well, well...
[laughter] >> aren't these ladies outstanding. let's give them another round of applause. i want to thank all of you for joining us here today. thank you for honoring three phenomenal women who have just really touched the hearts and lives of so many people throughout our city, over so many years. we are grateful for your service and your commitment, and all that you have done and will continue to do to make life better for so many people. thank you for accepting this honor. thank you to all of the folks who are here today, the friends and family members who came to celebrate them. and as we celebrate women's history month, kicking off today, let us make sure that we take time in our lives to honor some phenomenal women that have played a role in our lives in some capacity. the way that we make our
city, our country, a better place, is how we treat one another. how we support one another. how we encourage one another, and how we make sure that we prepare the next generation for the incredible opportunities that exist in this world. i wouldn't be here if it wasn't for phenomenal women like the ones we honor today. and so now it is our time to make sure that the next generation has the same opportunities that we are so lucky to enjoy in the great city and county of san francisco. thank you all so much for coming here today. [applause] >> so now we're going to do a couple of pictures.