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could see page 3. it would make it less massive and martin scale with the adjacent houses. the san francisco design guidelines referred to floor to floor height as noted. >> please speak louder into the microphone. >> to make it compatible which seems like a fair request. we share concerns about the proposed façade design too. there is a long row of houses on this block built in the same year that have the same ceiling height and façade character. and 279 as part of this group. so discontinuity is important to maintain in any changes to its façades pick the san francisco design guidelines emphasize the same points. we see that the proposed design is incompatible with the block face in a number of ways. there are four examples. number 1, design draws on precedents from houses of a different style and from different block faces, see page 6. number 2, looking at page 7,
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although the proposed façade is taller -- is not taller then the current overall building height, the stucco wall portion would increase about 5 feet in height and so would be significantly out of scale with the adjacent façades. the problem is that the top floors is supposed to be raised 29 inches above his current level. see page 3, which is throwing many things off in the design. the guidelines asked, does the building seem oversized in relationship to the building around it? also related to page 7, the projecting building portion, this is number 3 pick the protected building portion looks awkward his with so much wall area under the area and so little above it. again, because of the 29-inch top floor level change. note how the ceiling height at this projection is about 6 feet as a result. also, entry portal is taller then the adjacent entry portal. the guidelines ask, to certain elements of the building seem to be the wrong size in relation to
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other parts, and can the dimensions of the project be adjusted to relate better to the surrounding buildings? the answer to both is clearly yes. number 4, the proposed windows do not match the current sizes and one is off-center, in the current roof and guardrail over the entry portal have been removed, so the proposed design does not fit well with the block face pattern in these ways either. the park improvement club provided a letter during neighborhood notification, see page 8, stating many of these same concerns about the additions and façades. it also noted concerns about inaccuracies in the drawings. for example, the façade at pat chechen house in mind have not been shown accurately in a number of drawings. see pages nine and ten and compare them with the photo on page 5. often making them look more massive than they are which raises questions about whether these drawings have visually justified the proposed design to the planning department and neighbors. given all of the design issues with the proposed façade, it
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seems obvious that the best solution is to either keep the existing façade and make only cosmetic changes to it, or at the least, keep the existing ceiling heights of the façade and use the other façades in the block face as guides to ensure compatibility of the new design with a block face character and scale. in conclusion, i hope the commission will support my concerns about the scale and sidewalls of the top floor addition and will require a façade design that is truly compatible with the block face in its scale and character. thank you. >> thank you. it's or any public comment in support of the d.r. requester his? okay. project sponsor? >> later. >> thank you. project sponsor? >> good evening, commissioners.
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my name is matt hollis, i am the architect and the project sponsor. my wife and daughters are probably watching from the live feed right now, and we will all be living -- and we currently reside at 279 bellavista temporarily, not living there, anticipating future construction our house was built in 1947, over 70 years ago. as the record shows, we're not the first house to propose a vertical or horizontal envelope expansion in the neighborhood. given the current housing crisis that was described at length earlier, i think we can be reasonably sure we will not be the last. we are proposing a 1600 square-foot increase to accommodate our growing family
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that observes the park design guidelines and the san francisco planning department residential design guidelines. per the planning department recommendations, we have minimized the overall height of the building to nestle the proposed second floor addition behind the massing of the façade i've got a drawing of that. could i do the overhead? thanks. >> pull it down. >> what you are currently looking at is existing, and the
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red overlay indicates the neighbor to the west which would be in cone whose representative just spoke, and this next drawing represents the proposed. so you can see that basically right now there is an area as we are essentially filling in. so the proposed vertical edition -- addition is not visible. aside from some improvements of the building façade, which have been outlined, the proposed vertical edition is nonvisible from the street. in accordance with the park design guidelines, we're working with the existing site topography rather then against it. the proposed site -- the
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proposed design seeks to take advantage of the sizable existing crawlspace that is below the street level and converted to habitable living space. we have maximize the allowable convertible area, mindful of the neighbor charge of foundations. we don't want to do anything massive around the front of the building and we are trying to concentrate the improvements to the rear portion. the horizontal addition to the back of the building is stepped below extreme level and is proportional to the existing pattern of rear decks seen on the house to either side. again, this is existing, and
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this is a portion where we are filling in, and this is proposed the 12-foot expansion of the building envelope is set back from both adjacent property lines by 3 feet to address concerns regarding diminished light and view to the areas below both neighbors charge at decks. the rear stairway which provides access to the backyard navigates the severe grades changes by tucking it discreetly into the . i should mention that as was mentioned earlier, a previous version of this design had a stairway popping up the back, but a rear neighbor had expressed so much concern about
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that, and as we pulled the building in on both sides by 3 feet, it seemed to make sense to try to make that stairway less obtrusive by nestling it in the 3-foot setback. it's also more straightforward and more buildable. we have maintained the massing of the street façade to preserve this scale and rhythm of the existing houses on either side. >> so the top row here represents the existing bro of houses and you can see 279 el avista. and being mindful of the massing
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-- mapping, we have sought to maintain the pattern and work with the existing pattern, rather than be -- stick out. the height of the building, the scale of the windows, the door opening have all been considered for planning staff recommendations, we are happy to continue to engage with neighbors' input as the front façade is further revised. in closing, after much consideration and hard work, we feel the design as submitted represents a sensitive approach to horizontal and vertical additions in the neighborhood. in anticipation of other homes, we feel the proposed design would be an asset to the community and serve as a model
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for future development. thank you very much. >> thank you. is there any public comment in support of the project sponsor? okay. you have a rebuttal. you can ask us questions too. >> yeah, my question is, i've forgotten it. they were two other neighbors who wrote into the planning department to kathleen campbell, and i in fact, later sent to those exact same two letters, including the maryland park improvement which was number 3 to david winslow, so i just wanted to have that on the record that i personally have proof that three people did object to this project. i would like to say two things. the back, the lower neighbor did disapprove of a deck that was
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supposed to come off the very lowest and that deck was about n determine, that was their main concern. they did not want people on that deck half that -- has the -- hovering over them. but i am envisioning a walkway, some steps, i totally agree the deck is good for their benefit, but there be a walkway, stairs, then going down to the side and into the backyard so the backyard would be accessible. on the massing thing, i wanted mr. hollis -- i wanted to mention that my house is incorrectly represented. it shows my house as being quite high, and it -- it is in fact not. it has a flat roof, so it makes it a little smaller, a little shorter, but that is not my
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issue. my issue is it is a false representation and it shows me house to be very high, almost matching his peak and my house is actually way below that. it does not even reach the peak of the neighbor on the lower side. so i would just hope that you would consider my -- is that it? >> that is your time. thank you, but you have a rebuttal also,. >> the one point i would make is the scale -- >> his please speak up because we can hardly hear you. >> i was not born with a voice. when you look at an elevation that matt hollis showed of the block face, it is true. i would say again, although the proposed façade is not taller then the current overall building height, the stucco wall portion which occurs at the top of which is at the bottom of the sloped roof now, would extend 5
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feet higher. what we're talking about with the façade is something like that. 5 feet higher. erases the floor about 29 inches , about the height of a desk. what happens with the façades, if you look at the photos in that handout, everything is fine scale if that makes sense, smaller dimensions. so if you are increasing something 5 feet in height or floor height, it starts throwing everything off. so i would say although it is true, the scale fits the block, it is in the fine points that this really is an important decision to keep it in scale and fitting with the block face. i would just reiterate what jennifer has provided in the statement and say if the commission can support it, she would ask that the floor levels spee where they are now to keep the scale compatible with the
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block face, which has a very consistent design pattern. >> thank you, his or. okay. commissioner koppel? >> i'm sorry. what did you say? >> don't they have a rebuttal? >> i'm sorry, i'm so tired. you have a rebuttal. >> i guess i just wanted to provide clarification. this is a rendering of existing, which i believe is accurate. we've heard concerns that our representation of the neighbor façades were not accurate previously and we've attempted to try to make things as
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accurate as possible, and you can see that there is a flat roof, and the existing house at 279 bellavista has basically a different roof, as does jen's house. and what we are proposing is basically it is more of a straight, flat façade that is, in some ways, similar to pat's house, and she has a streamline house, and we are basically looking for -- to make it more contemporary then the existing, and we do not have a parapet. basically the roofline is able
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to accommodate the interior dimensions. >> okay. thank you. commissioner koppel? >> i know the area very well. this is one of those instances where on one side of the street, it goes uphill, the other side of the street it goes downhill, so the way to add onto the house is on the rear. we do think the front should match the existing houses as much as possible, so i would highly recommend that discussion continue, but i am in favor of the work in the rear as proposed >> commissioner moore? >> i personally do not have a problem with the scale of how the building expressed itself on the front because change and
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having a flat façade still is really keeping the scale. mr. winslow, when you hear the d.r. requester's are there other thoughts in your mind when you talk about scale? i personally i am not interested in actually lowering hides and accommodating something that i don't think will be resolved by doing that. >> if i can define the question in the form of an answer, to respond to the d.r. requester's issues, there is two things. it is the mass. you're adding three talk to 5 feet based on the proposal, but as you mentioned, it is -- it basically appears no different then the existing building because of the roof. what is thrown off, the contention of what is thrown office because you have floor plates that are different now,
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and so window proportions become important. what's really important in the design guidelines is that level of specificity of when, and in this context, in particular where you have extremely consistent block face character, which is defined more by the proportions of the windows, the stepping and the regularized pattern as it ascends up or descends down with the topography, the scale of the entries, and then there's relatively few things going on in these façades. i mean, they are beautiful buildings, but the building has a very nice detail at the parapet, and then brackets on that solid volume projecting out and a nice entry. and then there is horizontal bands. i think there is additional references that could be used in a modern way to respect some of those patterns in the environments that could still
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satisfy the modernization building. that is what we're talking about , as some of those levels of detail refinements on the façade. >> but getting back to my original question, that particular tuning is not basically achieved by lowering floor plates. it is in a subtlety where you deal with horizontal and proportional elements. >> i call it tricking the façade in other words, you can play and make up the deltas in these cases with windows that seem to do two things at once. they kind of match proportionally to the façade that we are talking about which happens to have a higher floor-to-ceiling then the existing neighbors, but at the same time, have some connection with the lines along the block face. you're kind of mediating two opposing things.
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>> i believe the addition to the rear is sensitive. i do think that them filling in under the deck is a good way of expanding the home but staying with the predominant massing. the recommendation is to basically take it but approve the modifications which deals with tuning the façades, so to speak. i would basically make a motion to do exactly that. >> second. >> if there's nothing further, there is a motion that has been seconded to take d.r. and approve the projects as proposed , working further with staff to produce those façade modifications. [roll call] >> so moved. that motion passes unanimously.
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>> okay. >> we are adjourned. >> thank you all for being here so early in the morning. and, i've got to tell you, we're here early because the fire commission has a meeting at 9:0:00 a.m., so this is the best time. nothing is more important
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to me in the city than public safety. and as a former fire commissioner, i've worked closely with the department on issues impacting our city. as a former supervisor, i saw how critical the department is in responding to fires and emergencies in the district. and as mayor, i see every day the important role that the department plays in keeping our city safe. and i know how critical this department is when a disaster strikes. we have some amazing men and women who go out every single day to protect our residents and to do the hard work. they run towards the danger. these men and women deserve a leader who has seen what they've seen, who have fought those same fires. who knows what all of them are going through on a day-to-day basis. and i am pleased to
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announce that i have chosen a leader for the department that has done all of that and more. it is my honor to announce that the next fire chief for the city and county of san francisco will be deputy chief janine nicholson. [applause] [applause] >> chief nicholson is a dedicated public servant and a tremendous leader and has put her heart into san francisco and the fire department. she has been a firefighter, a paramedic, a lieutenant, a captain, a battalion chief and deputy chief. she will be the second woman to lead this department after chief joanne hayes white, and the first lgbt fire chief
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in our city's history. [applause] >> she has survived being burned in a fire in 2009. she has survived breast cancer. she has been on the frontline fighting fires, and she has saved lives as a paramedic. she has done the complicated work as a deputy chief to manage multiple divisions. this woman is tough. this woman is resilient. this woman is a leader. and i am confident that she will lead the department on day one. before bring up deputy chief nicholson to the podium, i want to take this opportunity to recognize our current fire chief, joanne hayes white for her years of service to the city and county of san francisco. [applause]
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>> thank you, chief, for not only your work as chief over the years, but also your support during this really challenging transition. and i also would like to thank all of the members of our fire commission. we actually have a quorum here today. the number of interviews that they had to do is the number of interviews i never would want to do for any position. but they were absolutely amazing. president nicoshi, and commissioners, thank you so much for your commitment and the countless hours you spent to help us make the right choice for our next fire chief. i also want to thank so many of the men and women in the department, again, for your role, for your
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patience, and all of the work that you continue to do to make sure that our department is one of the best in the country. and, i see that tom o'connor is here. i didn't know you would be here? did you fly back from l.a. -- or d.c.? you didn't leave? i want to thank tom o'connor for being here, who was the executive director of the local 798 union. i know sean buford is in d.c. and couldn't be with us. i see sherman tilman with the black firefighters -- so many people who played a role in helping to make this selection. and the former fire commissioner, thank you so much for being here. this was a very difficult decision to make, and i also want to thank all of the candidates who applied, as well as so many candidates who put countless hours into just really doing the work so that we could vet everyone
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and make the right decision here. thank you to our elected officials who are here, including the only supervisor who showed up this morning, supervisor walton. [applause] >> treasurer jose, and our city attorney, dennis. we have so many incredible leaders in our city. and now as we move forward to address what we know are serious challenges that we face as a city with public safety, i know we're going to be in good hands with our next fire chief. ladies and gentlemen, deputy chief janine nicholson. fla[applause] >> good morning, san francisco. i warned the mayor this morning that i'm a hugger, and she didn't want a hug. just give me the stiff arm.
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i'm good with that. i can respect boundaries. so good morning, everyone. first of all, i'd like to thank mayor breed for this incredible, incredible opportunity and honor. thank you so much. thank you chief hayes white for bringing me into your command staff. and thank you to all of my colleagues, all of you. i am excited to work for the breed administration, which is one of bold new ideas. i am honored to be able to continue to serve the citizens of san francisco. i am extremely humbled to lead this department and all of our firefighters, e.m.t.s, paramedics, investigators, inspectors, and civilians. one of the things i love about the fire department is that it is always a team effort.
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i appreciate the hard work you do every single day. 24/7, 365. you are my family. i love this city and this department, and i love being of service. i vow to work hard, to continue to carry out the mission and vision of the san francisco fire department, and to keep moving us forward in a positive way. thank you, all. and, mayor breed, again, with humility and determination, i accept. now let's get back to work. [applause] >> short and sweet, just the way we like it in the morning. i also want to take this opportunity to recognize our police chief, bill scott, who is here, and
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our sheriff, vicki hennessey. thank you both for joining us this morning. at this time, i would like to give our chief, joanne hayes white, an opportunity to say a few words. >> thank you, mayor breed. good morning, everyone. this will be even shorter and much sweeter. i'm thrilled to be here. i wanted to acknowledge mayor breed for her emphasis always and prioritization of public safety of first responders and the critical role that they play in our city. so thank you for that. and i'm also here to offer my heartiest congratulations to janine nicholson. she has worked diligently in over 25 years with the san francisco fire department. she gets the importance of teamwork, which is what we're all about. within our department and working with other city agencies. and i was really proud last year to promote her to deputy chief of of administration, where i think on top of her excellent career, she got
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a taste of what it is like to work and juggle different priorities. and you shined in that role. so i wholeheartedly endorse mayor breed's selection. and i wanted to acknowledge the fire commission and the panel that worked to select our new fire chief. we both guarantee, chief nicholson and i, a very smooth transition. i'm here working and i'll finish strong. i know nothing different. the next five to se six weeks will be a period of transition. chief nicholson and i will be working shoulder to shoulder to make sure this city is protected and safe. and that's what we commit to, and that's what the city deserves. thank you very much. and also to the command staff, everybody stand up that is here, that actually works in the fire department. tom sherman, olivia -- this is part of the team. thank you very much. deputy chief gonzales over there. and thank you to chief
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scott and sheriff hennessey and other department heads that are here as well. good morning, and have a great day. >> thank you, chief. and the folks who actually, again, did a lot of the heavy lifting, with the countless numbers of interviews was our fire commission, starting with president king cleveland -- when king cleveland served as president, and steve nicoshio carrying on that legacy. i wanted to ask our president of the san francisco fire commissioner, steve, to say a few words, please. [applause] >> thank you very much, mayor breed. we, on behalf of the fire commission, and cleveland commissioner, and covington commission, and commissioner hartiman, express our support.
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congratulations, chief nicholson. at this point, as well, we want to thank and appreciate the 15 years of service that joanne hayes white has served this great city. we are looking forward to working together to accomplish what we need to do. we are the fire department, we save lives, we respond to emergencies. we ensure that the buildings in san francisco are safe, and we make sure that our duties and staff are well-kept. thank you very much, mayor breed, for this. congratulations, and as we say, let's get working. thank you. [applause] >> all right. that concludes our press conference. there will be a swearing in at a later date. you all will be invited. i'm really excited about this, along with so many other incredible things happening in san francisco. thank you all for taking your morning to be here. and, again, congratulations to our new
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fire chief. and we will be happy to take questions on the side from the press. that concludes the press conference today. thank you. [applause]streets. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i wanted to wish you a best wishes and congratulations the community has shifted a lot of when i was growing up in the 60s and 50's a good portion of chicano-american chinese-american lived in north beach a nob hill community. >> as part the immigrant
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family is some of the recreation centers are making people have the ability to get together and meet 0 other people if communities in the 60s a 70s and 80s and 90s saw a move to the richmond the sunset district and more recently out to the excelsior the avenue community as well as the ensuring u bayview so chinese family living all over the city and when he grape it was in this area. >> we're united. >> and growing up in the area that was a big part of the my leave you know playing basketball and mycy took band lessons and grew up.
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>> (speaking foreign language.) >> allergies welcome to the community fair it kicks off three weeks of celebrations for the year and let's keep everybody safe and celebrate the biggest parade outside of china on february 11th go best wishes and congratulations and 3, 2, 1 happy enough is enough. >> i grew up volley ball education and in media professional contrary as an educator he work
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with all skids whether or not caucasian hispanic and i african-american cumber a lot of arrest binge kids my philosophy to work with all kids but being here and griping in the chinese community being a chinese-american is important going to american school during the day but went to chinese school that is community is important working with all the kids and having them exposed to all culture it is important to me. >> it is a mask evening. >> i'd like to thank you a you all to celebrate an installation of the days here in the asian art museum. >> one time has become so many things in the past two centuries because of the different did i
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licks the immigration officer didn't understand it became no standard chinese marine or cantonese sproupgs it became so many different sounds this is convenient for the immigration officer this okay your family name so this tells the generations of immigrants where they come from and also many stories behind it too. >> and what a better way to celebrate the enough is enough nuru with the light nothing is more important at an the hope the energy we.
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>> (speaking foreign language.) >> relative to the current administration it is, it is touching very worrisome for our immigrant frames you know and some of the stability in the country and i know how this new president is doing you know immigration as well as immigrants (fireworks) later than you think new year the largest holiday no asia and china those of us when my grandparents came over in the 19 hundreds and celebrated in the united states chinese nuru is traditional with a lot of meani
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meaning. >> good afternoon my name is carmen chu assessor-recorder i want to wish everything a happy new year thank you for joining us i want to say. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> (speaking foreign language.) >> i'm proud to be a native san franciscan i grew up in the chinatown, north beach community port commission important to come back and work with those that live in the community that i grew up in and that that very, very important to give back to continue to work with the community and hope e help those
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who may not be as capable in under serving come back and give . >> welcome, everyone. hi. my name is clara filey,and i'm the director of the office of trans initiatives, and i'm so proud to work for a mayor that supports lgbt initiatives in the city of san francisco. [applause] >> today san francisco is launching, open to all, a national campaign to build understanding and discussion about the importance of protecting all people from discrimination. as a federal administration continues to attack our diverse communities, it is important that we stand by our values as being open for all, and call on other cities to follow suit.
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san francisco is a beacon of hope for the rest of the country, with some of the strongest policies and programs here in san francisco. we make sure that until the work is done, until all of our communities are safe, we continue to do the great work. because what happens in san francisco happens in the rest of the country. so as we go through our daily lives, from going to the gym or going to the school or hanging out with friends, no one should have to worry about being discriminated because of who they love, because of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, expression, disabilities, or religious beliefs. but sadly our president continues to divide us. but in san francisco, we will continue to share the love. so here in san francisco our diverse communities and our small businesses are the bedrock of our cities. here i go. and despite all of these
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bias attacks, san francisco will continue to open our doors to all. so today, as we know, we are on the eve of the equality act being introduced in the senate, in the house. now, more than ever, we need protections. and, like i said, what happens in san francisco happens throughout the country. so now it is my honor to introduce a champion for lgbt rights and diversitiy for all, our mayor, london breed. >> thank you, claire. it is really great to be here with so many incredible leaders, to really launch something that we shouldn't have to launch. you would think after what happened, especially with the history of our country during the civil rights movement, where african-americans were discriminated against,
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asian-americans were discriminated against, and so many folks were not welcome to do something as simple as eat at a lunch counter, you would think that in 2019 anyone would be able to go any place that is a public business and be able to get just a basic service that they request. and we know that it is windy out here. [laughter] >> and this campaign -- shoot, my hair is in my eyes. this campaign stems from two -- stems from two men who wanted a wedding cake, who wanted to share their love. and on the day that was supposed to be one of the best days of their lives, picking out a wedding cake, it turned into just really a very serious challenge with being refused that basic option. here in san francisco, we
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know that we won't tolerate that kind of behavior in anyone who owns a business. if your business is open and available, and you're a public business, then you either are open to all, or you should find another city to do business in because we won't tolerate that here in san francisco. [applause] >> you know, we still have, as we know, a number of challenges, including, sadly, people, two african-americans who were receiveed in a starbucks. we all remember that. we remember the gay couple who was put out of a ride share. we remember some of the situations that continue to occur all over this country. and today, now more than ever, we need to come together. we need to continue to push and support good business practices because
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we know that throughout the united states there are still over half of the cities in this country still discriminating against our lgbt community. we won't do business with those states. we won't tolerate discrimination, and here in san francisco, we will continue to be open to all. so as we launch this incredible campaign that signifies all our great values and what we stand for, we acknowledge so many incredible people who have made this possible. i first want to acknowledge molly, who is with the movement advancement project for spearheading this campaign to advance the conversation, the policy work and collaborations on this subject all over the world. the haas junior fund who funded this campaign. we are going to encourage people to put up these signs and to bring
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awareness to this very challenging issue. thank you. thank you, the wind is blowing in my eye. i can't even see. i want to thank each and every one of you for being here today. and on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, at this time, molly, i want to ask you to come up so i can present this proclamation to you, thanking you for your commitment and your work. oh, buried back there. [applause] >> thank you. >> and with that, i'd like to turn it over to supervisor rafael mandelman for some remarks. he represents this amazing district. and i'm always happy to be here. i see all of the incredible businesses and the merchants. this is a beautiful community, and the sun is shining, so we're going to have a good time today. thank you, everyone, for being here. [applause] >> thank you, mayor breed. thank you for your
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commitment to this community and this neighborhood, the best neighborhood in the world. one of the places where the lgbt civil rights movement began just two blocks down at harvey milk's camera shop. this is a very appropriate place, of course, to be doing this for people in search of acceptance, refuge, or opportunity, san francisco has long provided a safe place to be who you are. from young queers fleeing violence, to families who immigrate here to create a better life, san francisco welcomes and celebrates our diversitiy. unfortunately, as the mayor noted, in more than half the country, discrimination is still protected under the law. only 20 states provide full legal protection from discrimination in employment and housing. hate-fueled attacks are also on the rise, with the f.b.i. reporting a 17% increase in hate crimes in
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2018. even right here in the castro, we continue to see homophobic and sometimes violent attacks on members of our community. as we in san francisco resist a president who works to divide the nation, it is more important than ever that we lead by example in the fight against hate. by becoming the first city to join the national "open to all" campaign, we can send a strong message that hate will not be tolerated here. today we have the support of 200 national and state organizations committed to civil rights, racial justice, lgbt equality and civil rights. the mayor and i are putting forward legislation that make san francisco open to all. i want to thank claire
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farley, marianne thomson, who is hiding behind the sign, but is amazing. [applause] >> not to say that any of the other five public servants up here are not amazing, but marianne is amazing. adrina, at the office of small business, thank you. tom tamprano, also amazing in my all of my office. and we have a number of elected queer and non-queer elected officials here, but i'm super excited we have my predecessor bevin dusty is here. thank you, bevin. i'm going to introduce some more of our electives in a second. i want to thank daniel and the castro association for your great help in kicking off this campaign, and, of course, the staff of "open to all." with that, i'll be introducing our next speakers, two of these
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amazing public servants. we are so lucky that the people taking care -- collecting and taking care of our money and figuring out how much we have to pay each year are so talented and wonderful. we have our treasurer, jose, and our assessor, carman chu. please come on up. >> hello, everyone, i'm jose, the san francisco treasurer, and i'm happy to stand here with carman chu. both of our offices work very hard to not only provide funding and the vital income of cash to the city to make its work possible, but between our offices, we actually support hundreds of thousands plus businesses in this city every year. and we do that no matter what kind of businesses they. entrepreneurs come to us and set up their businesses, open their
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properties, begin to become successes here in san francisco, and we step up and make sure they can be a success right here in san francisco. i'm proud of the work we do in our office. and i stand by the "open to all" program. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. i think jose and i love getting up together because we're like peanut butter and jelly. a money sandwich partnership over here. but we're all really happy to be here to support the "open to all" campaign. my parents used to have a small business, and my parents were immigrants to the united states many, many years ago, and they, too, faced discrimination. you never knew sometimes if you walked in the door, if you couldn't speak english, what kind of service you'd get. i think a campaign like this is so important because when you see that sign on a window, when you see that sign on a doorfront, you know that people in that store recognize the importance of diversitiy and
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inclusion. i couldn't be more proud of san francisco for being, i believe, the first city to be doing this. congratulations to molly and claire and to everybody who has been part of this wonderful project. we're really happy to be part of it. [applause] >> and speaking of all of those incredible businesses here in san francisco that are opening their doors to everybody in our community, i would like to introduce linda o'hara. >> thank you. thank you, mayor breed, for being our hometown girl made good. the mayor of our amazing city, she grew up around japan town, and that is where our family business. my name is linda mihara, and i'm a owner of paper tree. the business was started in 1958 by my mother and
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father, who are actually here today. [applause] >> we have recently become a san francisco legacy business. we're very proud to be that. to be a legacy business, you have to be in business at least 35 years, and we're entering our 51st year in business, and we're happy to do so. thank you. san francisco is an amazing city. we are a world class city. we have always been the example of how being -- no matter what your background is, your religion, your sexual orientation, everybody has been welcomed. and we make it work here in the city. we're a world class city because of our world class people. i believe one of the key things that makes san francisco so unique not only are the people, but are the different neighborhoods. so we have our little identities, but we still get together and we mingle and respect each other. we work together and we open our doors to the world. and as a business, having your business in san francisco, you know, we've
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always run our paper tree as open to all. our family goes back 100 years. through those 100 years, we've experienced, you know, establishing life here in the states. we've experienced intermment during the war. my dad was actually interned at hart mountain, wyoming. and i know a lot of different levels of discrimination. iinterment is just one example. there are those who discriminate based on who they see in front of you, and i think that's really wrong. everyone has had at least some experience of some type of discrimination. and i think for our family, having lived through that, also coming back to reestablish a business in san francisco, san francisco's japan
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town, has been a great -- you know, we kind of live by example. you open your doors to the world. and it is amazing what you see. growing up in the business, i had a front-row seat to all those that came to san francisco because san francisco is such a great city. you know, of course we have those beautiful landmarks. we've got the goldengate bridge and all of those, but it is getting into the neighborhoods and getting to meet the people is really what makes san francisco unique. having us be the first city to jump on board with the "open to all" campaign reminds everybody, yes, as a business owner, you need to be open to all. there is no room for discrimination. there is no room for any of that negativity. we are, as business owners, examples of how it can work and respecting everyone that walks through the door and everyone that comes to visit this wonderful city. we pledged already, "open to all," and so all of the
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business owners that are here today, i definitely encourage you to think in the same way. go ahead and register, and let's continue to make san francisco the living example of how it should be. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you so much. so are we ready to be open to all? >> yes. >> as you can see, we've had our electives already sign this, and the mayor has signed the pledge as well, and as she said, we will not allow businesses in our city that are not open for all because everyone deserves fairness and equality. we're asking other cities to join san francisco's lead to becoming open to all cities across the country. we're asking you to reach out to your favorite businesses and ask them to join this pledge because where we shop and where we spend money, we want to make sure that that is our san francisco values. and, finally, please ask
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your elected leaders -- so many of them have already signed the pledge, but we're asking leaders to join us today. so with that, thank you, all, and welcome to "open for all" day.
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