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so then, when there was a request to create an independent energy efficiency program, was that approved by the cpuc? o >> i think what the question is there was back in 2015, an idea that we would create -- that the local governments would create their own statewide program and submit a business plan for it? that got rejected by the cpuc. >> commissioner pollock: yeah. do you know if there was any progress on using prop c funds that was the housing trust funds on energy efficiency? >> i am not aware. i have no information on that. >> commissioner pollock: okay. >> okay. it's a great question. >> commissioner pollock: okay. it's 2012 of prop c efficiency? >> okay. >> commissioner pollock: it was a housing trust fund and there was -- i know that supervisor
avalos had talked about potentially there could be funds in that that could be used for energy efficiency. >> i am going to find out. i did not believe there were any. i do not believe staff has gotten any of those funds. i like the way you're thinking. thank you. >> commissioner pollock: the other question i have is were the programs that -- have programs come out of the energy efficiency task force? is that still happening? >> that's a great, very timely question. the energy efficiency task force has completed its work. they completed a report. i have read the report. it's outstanding, and i believe they would like to present that report either to our commission, to you, to the board of supervisors. we're working with them to figure out just how to do it. their recommendations are -- they're interesting.
they're very much about ramping up and scaling and fast, and a fo fork -- focus on low-income and disadvantaged communities. there isn't anything in that report that wouldn't be reflected in my story in our focus. >> commissioner pollock: i think it's so important to highlight the findings from that task force just because of the inclusion of community groups like poder, and i think it represents rate payers in a different way and builds in equity, and that's something i feel like we want to have baked into every program. >> and i hope that my presentation showed you how much we take that seriously? and your point about that report coming out of such a diverse group, such an intentionally diverse body is a good one, and that speaks to the importance. i believe they're going to be presenting on the commission to
the environment, and we can see how much more we can get those fundings out. >> commissioner pollock: okay. my last question has to do with the timeline. when we heard from the department last, there was -- there was thoughts that the timeline of the launch of cleanpowersf would coincide with the timeline of those rate payer funds. >> we did hope that. >> commissioner pollock: so now where we are with cleanpowersf, what does the timeline to look like to really have, you know, a strong partnership between department of the environment and the sfpuc to really utilize the energy efficiency programs to help cleanpowersf rate payers? >> so back when -- before cleanpowersf was actually launched, i think the department was a little bit
overly optimistic and ambitious when revenue dollars would come in and time would be allotted to set it up. it turned out this launches was a big endeavor and continues to be? i think we're at a time where the end of full enrollment is in sight? cleanpowersf staff have told us that they feel like the timing is right for them to work on this intentionally? they have asked us to give them in the next two weeks a deeper analysis of what it would take to file a business plan, which is the heavy lift that they need to do? so i would actually expect -- when we look at what happened in the city of marin and lancaster is another county that applied through the cpuc. s how long they sit on it, that's hard to tell. so we have done our own
business plan through the bayren program so we have some experience how to do it. we'll be working closely with the sfpuc to work with the consultants that they bring in because it needs to be done through sfpuc. they are the ones, not us, but we are there to serve at subject matter experts and hopefully implementers at the end? so my conversations with barbara hale, michael hyams make me incredibly excited that this is not going to be on the back burner of our plate? >> commissioner pollock: i just ask that we be apprised of the timeline and how that changes. i know we had a sort of rolling timeline where we were looking at the launch, if we could be kept up to date on the energy efficiency programs.
>> we can do that. >> commissioner pollock: the last question is do you know when the updated climate action plan will be released. >> so i'll tell you what -- our story arc, our work for 2019. we have supervisor mandelman and many of his colleagues just introduced an emergency climate resolution. as soon as it passes, we will hold a hearing. after that, we will be looking for changes to chapter nine, the environment code which is railroad our goals with codified? once we get that, we will look at our climate action strategy, which will be a community-led process? so i'm hoping by 2020, which is when we need to have our next update, we will have our next climate action plan. it doesn't mean everything would be done, but that's when we can publish it.
>> chair fewer: colleagues, any other comments? questions? you know, debbie, i have one question just related to the fact that we're looking at transportation and that we have to not rely on fossil fuels anymore and that would mean going electric. so that would mean privately going electric or even our public vehicles. now there has been a lot of research on the use of cobalt, in these electric cars and all of our cell phones, and what is happening to exploitation of people in the congo, which holds two thirds of the world's reserves of cobalt. there has been a lot on the exploitation of those people in the mining almost in the same way that we're looking at blood diamonds. so i'm wondering, do you have any suggestions for us as a
city as we're moving towards electric vehicles and how we can purchase this responsibly and not hurting another country. in fact, this part probably of the world is so mineral rich, it should probably be the richest country in the world and yet, it is amongst the poorest. so not to add to a world exploitation but to move us toward a climate action goals. is there a way we can move to zero emissions without endangering the rest of the world? >> i don't have an answer for
you. >> -- individual cars, so that's part of it. you can do that, and that can be part of the plan right away. i wanted to highlight something that might have gone overlooked in debbie's excellent presentation about this great program work that they've been doing, and that is the importance of getting these funds down to the local community under cleanpowersf and potentially under a public power system. as debbie said, you have to separate are yrenewable funds
energy efficiency funds. as commissioner pollock noted, microgrids, all these things need to be installed together and they become much more cost effective and energy efficient. so we need to draw those funds down to the local level so we can combine these things together when we do these installations, and that's get to the next item, which is the importance of getting a sydney style local build out plan and hired experts to make that happened so integration can be planned out as if it's a big always on power grade for the city. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> thanks, chair fewer and commissioners. jed holtson.
senior analyst for 350 bay area. i think we do a lot of work at the bay area quality management district, first of all, thank you to the department and debbie for her presentation and these data. getting actual gas out of existing buildings is really kind of the building piece that no one knows how we're going to get at. certainly compared to the rest area, san francisco has a very hold housing stock. i've lived here for 20 years and i don't think i've lived in a house newer than 1910. the incentive structure for even pushing through energy efficiency is pretty much absent. i would also say anywhere we measure normal gas emissions,
they're lower than expected, and so getting natural gas out of buildings has to be seen as part of energy efficiency, which debbie's data, it makes clear so anything that the city and county can do to get cpuc or funds at the state legislature, i think that's key getting to where we need to go. i would also say the presentation showed that there's an outstanding need for policy framework for the heating electrification which is basically building, water, and space heating, natural gas. something we've suggested that the air district institute future effective dates to ban the sale of natural gas furnaces in the bay area to basicy put the marker down by x year, we're going to need to be total electric? that is something we can do at the local level while we are getting our ducks in a row, and i would suggest that we pursue that.
>> chair fewer: thank you very much. any other public speakers? seeing none, public comment is now closed. thank you very much, director raphael for this. i have one question for you, and this is just something that just triggered my thought was that are we by any means promoting the discontinuation of water heaters, those really big gas ones that everyone installs in their homes or are we going -- i have one of these water heaters. we had one of those things that was heating water continuously. and now, it's an electric things that goes through the pipes. like, they do it in germany and japan and everything else. and what are we -- are we doing
anything about that? >> thank you for the question, chairman. we are. so with the bayren program we have a pilot where we're using district money to try to persuade a certain number of single-family homes as well as 250 multifamily to convert from natural gas water heating to heat pump electric water heating, and that was a pilot that just started in january and we're actively recruiting interested test homes. >> chair fewer: so i would love to work with you in my districts because they have a lot of single-family homes, and they have these big water heaters. we converted maybe about seven years ago i guess to this new heating system, but i just think is so -- which i just think is so much more
efficient. but i would love to partner with you if you're doing an upgrade in my district. >> i just want to say, we're also looking proactively at our building codes to try and make sure that we can have the latest version -- the best and most strict building codes so that as people do major remodels and as we have major construction, we're moving this in. it's a multipronged, but it's definitely coming back to the board of supervisors. we're going to need legislation and leadership to lead up to that. >> chair fewer: i would love to work with you on that. there is another public commenter. did i close public comment, mad madam clerk? >> clerk: you can reopen. >> chair fewer: okay.
we can reopen public comment. >> i know tha lot of things in getting things like mcdonald's and burger king to add to alternative power activities in the community. i wanted to know if the city had any feelings about that or willingness to work with those businesses or others on seeing through a vegetable diesel component to alternative energy experiments or funding of some sort in. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. are there any other members of the public that would like to comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is now closed. and thank you for your presentation. madam clerk, can you please call item five? >> clerk: yes. and just for the record, no
action was taken on item four. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. [agenda item read]. >> chair fewer: mr. goebel, i think you have a presentation for us. >> yes. brian goebel, chief executive officer. today, i am asking for your request for qualifications for a renewable energy expert. as the sfpuc start developing their local energy access and a build out of local energy projects, this would allow us to have an energy expert in place at lafco to help provide effective oversight feedback and what i hope are going to be some really graeat ideas. that person would work with lafco, community groups and other stakeholders to provide
feedback during the capital planning process at the p.u.c. in an effort that supports clean energy for all san franciscans. this firm or person would ideally also have some experience on power issues to assist us there, should the need come from lafco. sfpuc staff, mike hyams who's here today are supportive for extending the m.o.u. for this purpose. i had a really great meeting with general manager harlan kelly, so i would work with commissioners, the advocates, other stakeholders to develop the r.f.q., and i have one slight change to my recommendations. in your memo, i ask for authorization to issue an r.f.q. for cleanpowersf consulting services. i'd like to request we broaden
the title to renewable energy expert. this gives us a little more flexibility in case we want to call on this person to advise us on energy issues outside of cleanpowersf. so with that, i'm happy to answer any questions that you may have. >> chair fewer: sure. commissioners? commissioner pollock. >> commissioner pollock: sure. thank you -- excuse me. thank you, mr. goebel. i'm really excited that you want to broaden the scope just a bit? we learned a couple meetings ago that cleanpowersf could potentially buy energy from a hetch hetchy project that is built out of renewables -- out of hetch hetchy and clean po r
cleanpowersf. and i think if we have the scope so narrow, maybe we're missing that has to do with the operation which is included in the -- in the m.o.u. language but could be missed by just having it as a cleanpowersf consulting services. >> thank you, commissioner pollock, and i'll be happy to work with you on the r.f.q. and the language to make sure it's comprehensive. >> commissioner pollock: is there a reason that we're doing an r.f.q. instead of an r.f.p.? >> i think this gives us the option of potentially having a few experts if we want them, so we would qualify a firm or person to do work and then hand them a specific project. >> commissioner pollock: and then, could you just summarize for us any amendments or feedback that you got from the sfpuc on this proposal? >> well, i will just tell you
that the memo that i gave you was done with feedback from the p.u.c., and they particularly wanted me to address in the memo providing feedback on the integrated resource plan, which is really their road map for cleanpowersf going forward. and the job description that you have in your memo, as well, that was also -- that was also -- i got the advice of the p.u.c. on that, as well. >> commissioner pollock: okay. thank you. i know there are a number of updates that you receive from the p.u.c. just to keep this commission apprised of what's going on? and i think that the addition of this subject matter expert could help in the way that you update commissioners on just the progress of the program so we aren't so reliant on the p.u.c. to give us incremental
updates. >> for sure. thank you. >> commissioner pollock: if no one else has comments, i would like to move that the commission adopt and authorize the r.f.q. for executive officer to develop -- or to issue the request for qualifications for a renewable energy expert. >> chair fewer: thank you, commissioner. before we take a vote on that and make a motion, i think we should open it up for public comment. >> commissioner pollock: okay, my apologies. >> chair fewer: is there any member of the public that would like to comment on these items? >> one more time, eric brooks. so i just want to stand in strong support of this motion. it's crucial that we do this
first contracting process to get the ball rolling on a citywide and county wide local build out for renewable energy. so -- and i would also support expanding the scope because that's crucial. if we add public power. that totally changes the game and we've got to be able to have consultants to tell us what to do on that. just as a side note, if we adopt public power, we've got to make sure we're mandating these things. this is what we're going to do on clean energy under the public power system. i would just like to reiterate what i and many others have said over and over at this podium for last decade. it's great to have consultants advise the p.u.c. on what to do with their integrated resource plan and what to do with their projects, but we need to make
sure we're couching that within the vision of a sydney, australia style green new deal vision so that sfpuc vision is just a component. it leads to a whole thing in an integrated way as i just said on the last item so we're creating what's called a virtual power plant. the goal needs to be what's called a virtual power plant and that means you're implementing so many different types of energy, efficiency and battery storage it's like you've always got a 24-hour always on power plant. >> chair fewer: thank you. next speaker, please. >> jed holtsman.
i would -- i do support this, and i'm sorry, i haven't gotten around to reading the proposal. -- that we need to meet our greenhouse gas targets as well as our kind of vision for workforce development and green jobs and local resiliency from earthquake, storm surge, sea level rise, etc. that we've all talked about or not. and just feeding into existing processes or not, i think, is -- is not necessarily representing the discussion at this commission, i would say. i think the commission or the board of supervisors and/or the public of san francisco might
already or at time goes on have a broader ambition or driving to take care of energy or climate issues than are being handles through existing sfpuc processes? so i think that this commission and this consultant or set of third parties needs to be able to analyze kind of the big picture of what it would take the city and county to get where it needs to go up to and including changing the charter in various ways. not suggesting that today, but very much dedicated to the goal -- excuse me -- to the goal rather than the process and kind of setting the process up to meet the goal that we want to meet most effectively. so i would hope that -- that part of the advising and feedback to the sfpuc is be kind of a gap analysis of where we want to get to and what still needs to be done by on
folks. thanks so much. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. >> good afternoon, madam chair. my name is bruce wolf from the haight-ashbury council. we're a members of san francisco advocates and californiians for energy choice. i agree with all the previous commenters, my colleagues, and just want to say it's an interesting and smart idea to do the r.f.q. that way, i agree, if you have -- can develop multiple projects and you have them all at the same time or close together so that we can achieve the goals faster. so i urge your aye vote. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. any other public speakers for this item? seeing none, public comment is now closed. i believe there's a motion on the floor now. i'd like to second the motion by commissioner pollock, and if we can take that without
objection, thank you very much. [gavel]. >> chair fewer: madam clerk, can you please call item number six. [agenda item read]. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. mr. goebel. >> commissioner goebel: thank you, madam chair. brian goebel, executive officer. i'd like to update you on the study of on demand workers in san francisco. i've told you that our survey which will be the largest survey to date of on-demand workers in the u.s. is estimated to cost about $300,000. that figure was based on feedback from the washington state department of commerce which is conducting a similar survey? our survey will happen in three phases, and this body has allocated $55,000 for the first phase. that will allow the contractor to work with us to develop the methodology and questions and what type of incentives we're
going to offer to workers. the update is that this week, i had some very positive discussions with a local foundation, and there was strong interest in helping us close our funding gap for this survey. i can't really say much more than that, but it is encouraging. we are expecting proposals from some really qualified bidders who are ae reached out -- what have ae reached out to express interest, and i've been working with them to get their answers. this is taking a little more time. today was the deadline for proposals, but i've now extended the deadline to march 29 and now expect to award a contract by the end of april. so that's the update on our labor survey. and then finally, i've provided, as i do as every meeting in your packets, an
expenditure update. really no surprises there. next month, i will be bringing a draft budget for the next fiscal year to you for your approval. and that's it. thank you. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. colleagues, any questions for mr. goebel at all, or comments. thank you. there's no action taken on this item. mad madam clerk, can you please call item number seven. >> clerk: number seven is public comment. >> chair fewer: are there any members of the public that would like to speak during public comment. >> hello, again. eric brooks, our city san francisco. just wanted to touch on something that got raised in the environment department report but that is a tangential issue that's really important that no city agencies or committees have dealt with yet, and it has to do with these big water -- gas powered water boilers in large old buildings, like the one i live in, which is why i know about this
problem. as you know from reports in the news from meteorologists, it's getting hotter, and it's getting a lot hotter. and i don't know if you've ever lived in one of those buildings that has piped water heat, but during the summer, the way you have to time the turn on and turnoff of those big boilers, you will get 80, 90, 100° temperatures, and the hot water's also running, and the building becomes an oven, and especially people with compromised immune systems, and people with other problems. it's gotten to where every summer, i have to put a fan in my window and pull air in from outside. i'm thinking of getting an air conditioner. so at some -- at some future agenda item as we're deal wg this issue of the boilers and -- dealing with this issue
of the boilers and energy efficiency, we need to solve this problem before the temperature gets so high and combines with this crisis that it kills people. it could actually be a scenario like the one that happened in europe when they got that big heat wave. these buildings are really dangerous in that respect and we need to address that. no agencies or committees have done so yet. thank you very much. >> chair fewer: thank you. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, can you please call item number eight. [agenda item read]. >> chair fewer: commissioners, are there any future agenda items to note? seeing none, let's open this up for public comment. hello, mr. brooks. >> last time, i promise. eric brooks, our city san francisco. so this is about treasure island. we -- there was a report in the examiner today that was really good about treasure island. treasure island is opening up to become exactly the same sort
of crisis that we're experiencing in the bayview-hunters point. as i said last meeting, a key part of the treasure island problem is the agencies and especially the treasure island development authority, which is sort of an independent rogue agency that is acting very badly, and its director, bob beck, has gone around literally telling all your offices that, for example, tetratech didn't do any cleanup work on treasure island, which is totally false, and i can send you the documents to show that. so that's -- i think it's a perfect position for lafco because tida is a separately independent agency. it's a perfect thing for the lafco to have part of one of its future meetings to be about tida's roll and how it's caused
this chaos on treasure island, and whether we need to disband tida and get some elected access like that or maybe what we do with lafco, appoint supervisors to run the treasure island authority so we've got real democratic oversight. i don't see other agencies doing that or other committees talking about this, and it seems to me that lafco would be the perfect place to talk about the role of tida and what it's doing wrong and how it probably should be replaced with a public process. thanks. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is now closed. madam clerk, is there any other business before us today? >> clerk: that concludes the business before us today. >> chair fewer: our meeting is adjourned. thank you. it.
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>> we know more must be done and can be done and community business districts are a way to enhance neighbourhoods and to make sure that our small business is still supported, and in this particular case, the 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
defense. >> my name is mustafa, and i am a midfielder, but right now, i am trying to play as a goalkeeper, because they need a goalkeeper. >> soccer u.s.a. is a nonprofessional organization. we use sports, soccer in particular to engage communities that can benefit from quality programs in order to lift people up, helping to regain a sense of control in one's life. >> the san francisco recreation and park department and street soccer u.s.a. have been partners now for nearly a decade. street soccer shares our mission in using sport as a vehicle for youth development and for reaching people of all ages. rec and park has a team. >> i'm been playing soccer all my life.
soccer is my life. >> i played in the streets when i was a kid. and i loved soccer back home. i joined street soccer here. it was the best club to join. it helps me out. >> the tenderloin soccer club started in the summer of 2016. we put one of our mini soccer pitches in one of our facilities there. the kids who kpriez the club team came out to utilize that space, and it was beautiful because they used it as an opportunity to express themselves in a place where they were free to do so, and it was a safe space, in a neighborhood that really isn't the most hospitalable to youth -- hospitable to youth playing in the streets. >> one day, i saw the coach and my friends because they went there to join the team before
me. so i went up to the coach and asked, and they said oh, i've got a soccer team, and i joined, and they said yeah, it was he for everybody, and i joined, and it was the best experience ever. >> a lot of our programs, the kids are in the process of achieving citizenship. it's a pretty lengthy process. >> here, i am the only one with my dad. we were in the housing program, and we are trying to find housing. my sister, she's in my country, so i realize that i have a lot of opportunities here for getting good education to help her, you know? yeah. that's the -- one of the most important things that challenge me. >> my dad was over here, making some money because there was not a lot of jobs back home.
i came here, finish elementary in san francisco. after that, i used to go back to my country, go to yemen, my country, and then back here. last time i went back was a couple years ago. >> i came here six months, i know nobody. now i have the team has a family, the coaches. amazing. >> i'm hoping for lifelong friendships, and i'm super inspired by what they've been able to achieve and want to continue to grow alongside them. >> i love my family, i love my team. they're just like a family. it's really nice. >> street soccer just received a five year grant from the department of children, youth and family, and this is an important inreflection point for street soccer u.s.a. because their work in our most important communities is now known beyond just san francisco
recreation and park department, and together, we're going to continue to work with our city's most vulnerable kids and teach them to love the beautiful game. >> i want to tell everybody back home, i hope you all make it over here and join teams like this like street soccer u.s.a., and live your life. get a better life. >> right away, just be patient, and then, everything will be okay. >> good morning. oh, my gosh. this is not only an