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to my left raphael mandelman. with that, madam clerk, do we have any announcements? >> clerk: yes. [agenda item read]. >> chair peskin: could you please read the first item. >> clerk: item one is a resolution declaring a climate emergency in san francisco. >> chair peskin: all right. with that, this item has been brought to us by supervisor mandelman and cosponsored by any number of members of the board, and i will turn it over to supervisor mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, chair peskin. we're here to talk about our resolution declaring an emergency in san francisco. i want to talk about that in
context and some solutions that we're proposing. cities like berkeley, hayward, richmond and oakland have already taken the step of declaring a statement of climate emergency and san francisco was as a local climate leader should join them, using these as a model, our office worked with advocates a advocates and tailored an emergency response to the memo. since that time, my office has been working with both city departments and advocacy groups on improvements to the resolution, we convened a meeting with department staff to solicit feedback and amendments in the spirit of promoting greater collaboration among city agencies going forward. the amendments i'm introducing today reflect that
collaborative spirit which we know is necessary regarding law on climate change. i believe you all have the amendments in front of you. they do the following: they reiterate the importance of addressing wealth and equality in the nature of climate justice, they clarify the nature that the technical report that the department of environment will produce as a result of this resolution, they expand the scope of the hearing called for by this resolution to include partner city agencies and promote citywide collaboration. they include language on climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, and they clarify our intent to develop budget priorities in conjunction with the mayor's office, the controller and the capital planning agency.
with that, i'd like to extend my thanks to the advocates who worked to bring this resolution forward. and i want to thank the group that's have been a part of the process, and i also want to express my gratitude to our friends in the labor community, including jobs for the justice, seiu 1021 and others. san francisco has long been a leader on environmental issues and we should all be grateful for the tremendously talented staff in our department of the environment. this resolution seeks to build on and amplify their efforts and i want to thank them for moving it forward as well as the various departments and
city staff that we will be working with. i want to thank kyle in my office who has done all of this work herding cats, and thank you, kyle for that. with that, i have a number of folks from different department that that would like to speak, but let's start with director raphael. >> thank you, supervisor mandelman. the resolution before you is not a surprise. it's very much about pace and scope. that's what it's calling us, pick up the pace, broaden the scope. we're already working on climate action. what do we need to be doing to ensure our planet survives? so clearly, climate change is here. we've seen it in the fires that ravaged or state this year,
flooding, we had the worst air quality we ever had. we were being compared to beijing. in fact people were pressing to be be -- preferring to be in beijing than san francisco during the fire. why we got here and how we got here is not a mystery. the science is clear when you look past hundreds of thousands of year, you see that something is very dramatically different in 2019. and that is our carbon die objection it
oxi drk-dioxide levels. mayor breed declared that we need to get our emissions down to net zero levels by 2050. we've set some deadlines, 1990 levels. in 2025, we need to be 40% below, and by 2025, we be net zero. so what this means, we reduce our emissions as much as possible, with that little differential, we pull co2 out
of the air. how are we doing? we are ahead of schedule, so this is kudos to san franciscans, the business community, the faith community, the government, the residents. we have been doing a lot. we have not been sitting and waiting for the end of the earth. we have been implementing programs and paying attention. so since 1990-2016, we've reduced our emissions by 30%, all the while our population has grown and our economy has grown. but as we all know, that is not sufficient, that is not going to get us to where we need to go, and in fact, the future's a little challenging because san francisco is set to grow. the whole bay area, according to the city planners and the regional planners predicts that the bay area will go by 20% by
2040. if we stay at the current level of -- at the current level of policy, what we will see is that in fact our emissions will grow. so because of the increase, if we maintain our current standard, all of the things that we do now that we are proud of that have got us to 30% below, that will not be enough. we need to acknowledge that 2030 is a critical year for us. in the next ten years, we need to redouble our efforts so that we make sure that red line is going down, not up. so how we do that?
when you look at the source of our emissions today, things will jump out at you from this pie chart. the first thing is that the biggest contributors to our emissions are the fuels we use. our transportation fuels, that's diesel and gasoline, and the fuels that we use to occupy our buildings and operating our buildings, that's natural gas. electricity is important. cleanpowersf is important. that's how we reduce the size of that pie, and we will continue to do so, but we have huge challenges ahead when we look at our transportation sector and building sector. this is not the hearing to go into that. we will go into that later when we go into the 100-year report. it's just how do we do it and what pace. so when i look at it in terms
of planning and the year ahead engagement, this is what the year looks like to me, that we start on this focus of 2030. the board of supervisors receives that report and creates an opportunity for the community to come together and talk about our ambition as a community. then we need to look at the environment code. it is very much out of date. we need to revisit it and bring it up to the 2019 state of affairs. buns we have that policy in plain -- once we have that policy in place, then, we work on community, making sure we have an equitiable approach by designing a city strategy that everyone use as a rallying cry to move forward.
and we do all of that with our city agencies, with our community members, with our businesses, because we've god to make sure we're ready for the changes that are coming to us through our resilience and adaptation work as well as reducing the amount of carbon that's emitted into the atmosphere. so the dates at the bottom are rough, but that is the path ahead. and we do all that planning and all that engaging while we are making change, while we are committed to action. because ultimately, we are in this together. cities represent 70% of the emissions that are going into the atmosphere today, so san francisco has an opportunity, an obligation to lead my example. this emergency is of our making, therefore, it is incumbent upon us to do something about it. the department of the environment is ready and poised to work with our city agencies, with you as the elected officials, with our community members and our businesses to
find the right ways and the bold ways to move forward. so thank you, supervisor mandelman, for giving us the opportunity to bring this to people's attentions. it's very important. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, director raphael. i believe that john scarpulla from the p.u.c. is also here and would like to say something or other. >> good afternoon, supervisors. john scarpulla from the p.u.c. i want to thank supervisor mandelman and all the other supervisors for their leadership on this issue. thank you, kyle from supervisor mandelman's office. i want to thank the department of the environment for their collaboration and leadership. the sfpuc fully supports this
resolution and our agency recognizes climate change is an urgent crisis to san francisco. as such, every endeavor that we undertake are directly related to reducing our carbon foot print and prepare for a future that unfortunately looks very different than today. we look forward to collaborating with the mayor's office, the department of environment and other city agencies, not only in preparation of the 100-year report, but to work together to ensure a resilient climate future for all san franciscans. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, mr. scarpulla. i believe we have a representative from the sfmta.
>> good afternoon, supervisors. sarah jones from the sfmta. i will reiterate all the thanks to supervisor mandelman and his staff as well as all the sponsoring supervisors and s.f. environment and all the other city departments. we are all aligned with you and fully support this resolution. i think from the very large blue chunk of the pie chart that director raphael pointed out, that's why we're here. many elements of the city's multimodal transportation are vulnerable to sea level rise. we can't allow that to continue. we have to decrease emissions, and we won't be able to keep this city functioning in the future if we don't adapt our transportation system to the physical challenges that are coming with climate change.
so thanks to our long-standing transit first policy, what we found as that san francisco reached its mode share goal with more than 52% of all trips to, from, and within san francisco using transit, bicycling, and walking. so this means that over half of the trips in the city are generating less than 2% of the emissions, so a very small piece of that pie chart. the muni system alone which is the greenest fleet in north america carries 26% of trips and is responsible for approximately 1% of our emissions in the city. so this balance is showing why 50% mode share goal is not enough. we will need to be at our city goal of 80% sustainable trips by 2030 to adequately respond to our climate situation, so the math is simple. we need to put people where
they can walk, bike, and use transit, and we need to make the systems and inyou cfrastru a better option for people to use. additionally, we're working with local, regional, state, and federal partners to build more resilient communities and transportation infrastructure to address sea level rise and flooding along our shore. so in closing, san francisco has been a climate leader over the past decade and is uniquely positioned to remain a climate leader today. however, the biggest climate challenges remain ahead and will require bold moves from all of us as we transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one powered by renewable energy. the sfmta looks forward to
working with the city family and nunt partners -- community to work this action together. >> thank you. mr. chairman, we have lisa fisher from the planning department -- we do. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you to supervisor mandelman and also to the department of the environment for their leadership on all of these very critical issues. i'm lisa fisher, san francisco planning department, sustainability and part of the interagency climate resilience effort. our department supports the proposed climate emergency proposition and the actions expressed. we also agree san francisco should play a leadership role
in this global crisis and contribute to knowledge sharing across our borders and jurisdictions. we support these goals and will continue to collaborate on the best ways to achieve meaningful greenhou greenhouse gases and emissions. we've been applying our staff resources and knowledge towards these issues and working with our interagency colleagues to foster rich collaboration, and we really appreciate the board's recognition that the climate challenge is too complex for any one agency to tackle alone, and thus necessitate new ways of working together and new ways of
allocating city budget. we appreciate the city faces numerous challenges in affordability, congestion, equity, education, and more and that the disproportionate threats of climate change hit our most vulnerable populations the hardest. we must future proof us for climate impacts while addressing today's critical issues. it demands we seek synergies, and within that, deliver cobenefits to our neighbors housing, mobility, economic development, parks, school, and infrastructure. together, we can demonstrate to the citizens of san francisco that the city can develop and implement just and equitiable climate action as part of our civic duty. thank you very much. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. and lastly, we have brian strong from the office of resilience and capital planning. >> good afternoon, committee
members of the brian strong, chief resilience officer. thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to comment on this. thank you, supervisor mandelman, for introducing it, and kyle on your staff for help us work through what was here and having an opportunity to comment on it. i'm excited -- as a chief resilience officer, i'm excited to address any issues that we have to think about, not just short-term, but long-term, and some of any r my comments would be, as other -- and some of my comments would be, as other people have mentioned, as we can take this new climate resilience working group and leverage the improvements to make sure we're creating what we call resilient ready
buildings, or kyoto japan, they refer to them as disaster proof buildings. i was excited about some of the amendments in job and labor and the role they play. whenever we're moving these big efforts and big projects forward, we really want to think about how we take advantage of the entire benefits and how we're bringing up the community. finally, i would just mention that we wanted to have some real discussions will the feasibility of this and about the budget impacts. i really do see this as a long-term program, similar to our seawall and those things. we really want to understand what we're going to be able to get, what some of the costs are going to be and how we can work it into our ten-year tomorrow, but really, the city's
long-term strategic plan, so thank you very much. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. mr. chair and committee, that's all i got. >> chair peskin: okay. so thank you for all of that testimony from the various departments. we have a number of speaker cards here before us. joanie eisen, followed by tracey breiger, susan kerasoff, josh cliff, and sarah greenwald. >> i'm joanie eisen from san francisco tomorrow and citizens climate levy. i thank supervisor mandelman, and i'm very encouraged by the strong support from the departments, and thank you, kyle, too? so on behalf of san francisco tomorrow, they are in strong support of this resolution. we've worked with other organizations, and it's an
emergency, come on, yeah. we've got to get this going. and also, speaking on behalf of robin cooper, dr. robin cooper, and she says, i'm a psychiatrist, practiced in san francisco over 35 years on the clinical faculty of ucsf department of psychiatry and cofounder and steering member of climate psychiatry alliance. as a physician, i'm particularly aware of the profound impacts on climate change on health. many medical organizations have recognized climate disruption as the most significant threat to public health facing our generation, and that our continued fossil fuel dependancy will continue to erase many gaines in 50 years or less. mental health, it's no different. i want to call to your attention the specific and
severe impacts that the mentally ill and the mentally ill homeless face. it's for this voiceless population that i add my voice, advocating for the passage and implementation on both mitigation and adaptation policies. thank you. >> chair peskin: thank you, joanie. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is tracey brieger. i'm the executive director of jobs with justice for san francisco. i really appreciate the leadership of supervisor mandelman and many cosponsor in recognizing climate change for what it is and taking bold and swift action. we also really appreciate your willingness to accept amendments to include families and homeless. we must make sure that working people and impacted community members don't bear the economic and social cost of this transition. we know there's nothing
inherently labor friendly or worker friendly about complete transportation, wind or solar. the renewable energy revolution won't be any friendly more than the industrial revolution unless we make good neighborhood policies that good union jobs are the foundation of a just transition. jobs with justice brought forward some suggested amendments that make consulting with and meaningful opportunities for labor and working families a necessary part of the city's response to the climate crisis. they're also absolutely critically important to exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities. so thank you supervisor mandelman and kyle for your help in incorporating these amendments, and we look forward to working together to adjustment climate change to help working families in san
francisco. >> chair peskin: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i wanted to thank you all for your ad vocation and biodiversity enhancement. biodiversity are directly impacted by climate change and land use. thank you for this resolution, and please consider linking it to your equally excellent biodiversity resolution so everyone is clear that biodiversity is impacted by climate change. thank you all for your good work. >> chair peskin: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. i'm margaret pierce. i'm taking sarah greenwald's place because she had to leave. it's good that you understand how terribly urgent it is. 350 san francisco applauds this resolution, and we urge you to
see it and implement it as quickly as possible. thank you. >> chair peskin: next speaker. >> hi. my name is josh clip. i am a long time san francisco resident, a long time volunteer with friends of the urban forest, and in my nonvolunteer life, i am an attorney and a certified access specialist. the thing i would encourage the city is an aggressive forestation policy. trees are the only thinthing -- known thing that eat pollution for breakfast, that absorbs stormwater, and also conserve energy as we're trying to reduce our energy efforts here. san francisco has the smallest urban canopy of negaany major
in the united states. in 2016 we rolled out an urban forestati forestation plan, and every year, we've failed it. in the last ten years, the sfpuc has removed 475 trees and planted 39. if we want to have a -- appreciated representative from the sfmta stated earlier, one of the keys to making them more walkable is more trees, so again, would i request that forestation be an important and prioritized action of any climate action plan. >> chair peskin: thank you. agreed. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. cory smith on behalf of san
francisco housing action coalition. i also want to thank supervisor mandelman and the department for putting all this together. as many of you know, and if not, i'm happy to share more information, the biggest bang for your buck that we can get from an environmental perspective as a city and as a state is to put housing next to jobs in order to avoid people commuting for long period of times of time. a report found -- and these numbers are actually i'm told pretty conservative, about 250,000 people commute every day from the central valley to the bay area urban core. the majority of them by urban passenger car use, for the total city of san francisco, i've got the state numbers here. 38% of the state's total co2
come from passenger cars; but in total, about 25% of the state's total pollution comes from people driving their vehicles. oftentimes to and from work because we don't build housing next to where we build jobs. that's why we're starting to see the nrdc and league of conservation voters speak up and say housing policy is an environmental policy when done right. there's an interesting article from the sierra club -- [inaudible] >> -- they actually had to clarify, and this is from their website, long-standing sierra club policy supports transit oriented policy, and this is supported by these principles. if we don't go after the biggest chunk of this, i frankly think we're wasting our
time. thank you. >> chair peskin: thank you. next speaker. [please stand by]. >> we would emphasize the recognition of specific local environmental justice communities by name, such as bayview-hunters point. identification of specific communities is crucial to the specific development of effective environmental policies that recognize each community's historical trajectory, economic and cultural context and lived experiences. several resources can help inform this identification. san francisco, the san francisco indicator project managed by the san francisco department of public health
collects neighborhood level data on factors such as proximity to contaminated sites, employment and incoming resident opportunity. bcdc has developed extensive digital maps of the bay area under the adapt tiff rising tides project. this includes community indicators such as the cost burdens of housing and transportation, income level and racial and ethnic composition. this resolution signals great promise to equity in san francisco. thank you all for your time and consideration and thank you supervisor mandelman for your important leadership on this issue. >> chair peskin: thank you so much. are there any other members of the public that would like to testify on this item number one? next speaker, please. >> i believe that the proposed
declaration underscores the global proliferation of an increasingly common feature of toadyism. there's clearly and factually no climate emergency in san francisco. some of the testimony i've heard today reflected selective bias of data and the false attribu attributions. nature tends to be self-correcting and our reservoirs are all full today. if you want to reduce global emissions related to public transportation and housing, for example, you can do so without the unnecessary alarmist packaging or framing. >> chair peskin: thank you. seeing no other members of the public for public comment,
public comment is closed. colleagues, is there a motion to adopt the afore mentioned amendments proposed by supervisor mandelman? moved by supervisor safai, and we will take that without objection, and we will send this to the full board with recommendation. supervisor safai? [inaudible] >> chair peskin: and we will add supervisor safai as a cosponsor. without objection, that will be the order. madam clerk -- oh, and supervisor clemandelman, if yol get the clerk a red line. next item, please. [agenda item read]. >> chair peskin: thank you, miss major. colleagues, if this file looks
familiar, it's because it is familiar because we actually had the topic of office space conversions in the c-3-r, the downtown zoning district, which is essentially around union square before this committee earlier this year at which time we duplicated the file and sent one back to planning with a $6 fee and the rest of it, we sent to the full board with some amendments about the third floor, and i indicated at that time -- i hate to throw him under the bus again, that billy rutland recommended we could take that to $6 a square foot, and everyone agreed with that, or at least they weren't that up set about it. the amendments that you have just distributed to you and given to miss flood earlier make it abundantly clear what
we're doing, so those amendments that are before you reflect the fee increase only on page four, line eight, along with additional findings in section two on page two and revised unchaptered section four on page four. we will hear from miss butkus in a moment, but unlike last week, i always to you it when the planning commission recommends it unanimously, and not talk about it when the planning commission does not recommend it unanimously, but regardless, miss butkus, the floor is yours to talk about.
is there any public comment on this? >> i wanted to thank supervisor miss kin f peskin for working with the property owners and business legislation and specifically the permit and controls that have already been adopted, and thank you also for the clarification that we are only addressing the fee today, so thank you. >> chair peskin: yeah, and just so everybody knows, when -- at the moment that we duplicated the file was before we had made the amendments with regard to the third floor, so hence the amendments that are before the committee today. thank you for all of your help in getting us here. and while we're all thanking one another, i really want to thank my staff who had to deal with all of you guys in the
planning department and me these oh, so many months. miss flood? >> yes. good afternoon, chair peskin, supervisors. karen flood, executive director of union square bid. also just wanted to thank you for making that clarify about third floor. i read the agenda and heread t handouts, and confirmed it hadn't been changed, but you confirmed it will be the same as the legislation already signed by the mayor. we're on board. >> chair peskin: and of course all of these dollars that are generated will be used for improvements in the c-3-r. >> we're looking forward to meeting with you to see how that process will work. >> chair peskin: you are going to drive that process. >> yes.
and thank you very much for driving that process and getting us to where we are today. >> chair peskin: thank you, miss flood. are there any other members of the public wishing to testify on item 2? seeing no others, public comment is closed. do i have a motion to send this item forward to the full board with a positive recommendation? motion and a second by commissioner haney. we are adjourned.
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. 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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