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level rise, was one of the first legal papers to recognize the impacts of climate change on underserved and disadvantages communities not only in california but around the world. she went onto author a chapter in a legal textbook outlining california's environmental law to protect the environment and communities from sea level rise impacts and now as an attorney she applies that in her job. she was a keeper of the california coastal alliance for eight years, and in that role urged legislative actions against polluted run off, and the ongoing damage of the trump administration. she creates new networks and campaigns to build power in sacramento for the environment, including the blue business council, which took on offshore oil drilling under this federal administration, and the clean
water accountability projects which helped strengthen our state and regionial water boards, but one of my favorite stories about sarah i think illustrates her intrepid nature or maybe that she's just a bad ass. in all of these meetings, we only once adjourned early. we were up in santa rosa, california. so sarah talked a number of the commissioners into going on a canoe trip down the russian river. and not only did she beat everyone relative at the speed category, with you right at the top of the river, six months
pregnant, she rescued a man whose canoe had tipped over and rescued him. it was a sight to behold. she created the swimmable california campaign, working with san francisco artists, three fish studios, to design a swimmable bear, pledging to keep california swimmable, which managed to end up hanging in both conservative and progressi progressive legislators' offices in san francisco. i even got her to come swimming with me in san francisco bay, and unlike supervisor stefani, she did not wear a wet suit. she also founded the king tides project, capturing the images of ultrahigh tide events to spur recognition of what rising
sea level events will look like, and i actually managed to participate in this as a citizen, taking pictures and putting them on social media, along with many others in the northeast corner of the city. sarah now serves as a water program officer at the pisces organization. she's joined today by her husband, max, and her son, who i recommended be named caltrans, but is actually named henry, and she -- who she brings to many of our coastal commissions, to the joy of all of her colleagues. congratulations, sarah. [applause] >> thank you so much. you know, i would say that there must be some kind of a mistake for me to be counted among this group of women, but as we all know, supervisor peskin does not make mistakes
like that. i am truly humbled to be sitting here, and listening to the lifetime achievements of all of the honorees, i am awe struck. when i was in law school, i hoped i would deliver fiery remarks before the board of supervisors or make a made. i never thought i would be on the coastal commission to make decisions about the way our coast and land was use and had to have the potential to defend it against sea level rise and climate change impacts, so i'm truly blessed for that reason. and i just want to say, you know, supervisor peskin has been a mentor to me on the commission. not only for executing political power plays, but also really to uplift women.
he's truly a champion for women, not only on days like today, but every single day in ways that are visible to all. i also want to thank my husband, max, who is a civil rights advocate in his own right and a champion of women. and that's true in general, and that's true specifically. he took him off to take our son to coastal commission meetings and to be here today, and i'm truly grateful to both of you, and i'm truly grateful to be here today. thank you. >> supervisor peskin: thank you so much, sarah. before i present this to you, i wanted to tell you that supervisor safai, who had to step out, told me to tell you happy naruz.
>> president yee: okay. next up, supervisor gordon mar, district four. >> supervisor mar: thank you, president yee. the theme for this year's women's history month is peace and nonviolence. in recognition that there could be no sense of peace without justice, i'm pleased to honor someone who's been a tireless advocate for justice in our cities, our state, and our country. as an organizer for the san
francisco coalition protest transgender the dakota access pipeline, jackie has been at the forefront of lifting up native voices, protecting our earth, water, and climate. as a leader of madaska talks, she follows the money, tracing injustice to its roots, speaks truth to those in power, and gives power to those without. she serves on the board of the young women's freedom center, working on the system that keeps women, girls, and gender' nonconforming people of color stuck in various cycles. she recognizes that it's time san francisco put our money where our mouth is in divesting from public prisons and fossil you fuels. jackie we are better for your hope and leadership. you provide so much hope for
the future of our planet and our humanity, and i'm grateful to have you as a constituent and for the chance to recognize you today. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. thank you, supervisor mar. i'm really humbled to be in such a cohort of women with entire legacies in this city. i'm pretty new to the city of san francisco. i was born and raised in lob, and san francisco is, as we know, it's ground zero for lots, lots of social issues, one of them foremost being homelessness and affordability, economic inequality, two of the buzz words that we year. but two years ago, i was in this chamber with a group of
strangers that felt really passionately struck by this movement called the no dakota access pipeline, started at standing rock in protest of this pipeline that went through indigenous territory of the lakota people. my grandpa grew up on the cheyenne river reservation which is just south of standing rock. and our families' generations go back to since before this country was ever even founded into that river. so the -- thinking about women's history month and the theme of nonviolence, what drew people to this chamber, and after a seven-hour board meeting, talking about eucalyptus trees or what else -- not that that's not important, but what drew people was the explicit violence of a
militaryized police force coming after the indigenous people of this continent in service of a corporation and in service of the nation state that upholds the property laws and other laws that allow that corporation to exert its autonommy on whoever it deems exposable. water protector, indigenous person, nonindigenous person staring down the barrel of a gun. but we also don't acknowledge the violence that comes from just living a passive existence in this city, whether it's a
single plastic or maybe walking by and seeing the police exert their force on the homeless or someone else. it's economic violence if, and i think something that we forget in san francisco and being our bubble of politics and tech and innovation is that whatever we do here affects people not even in this city. and that's the whole reason why after that movement, after the -- that drive here in this chamber for diversement and -- that -- divestment that still continues today, and the public pension divestment, decided to stay here in the city despite the affordability struggles. and so many activists and organizers know that struggle to just cave to the crushing
affordable here, and the heart break that one has to endure just walking the streets. and so i want to thank all of the woman and men and gender nonconforming nonbinary people in my peoplife who have contin to stay here in the city who point out the different types of violence and the apathy of the world, who have chosen to not run away but continue standing here.
[applause] >> president yee: okay. next up, supervisor mandelman, representing district eight. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, president yee. karen scultede, come on up. meet karen, everyone. our district eight visionary women, noe valley resident, and proud mom. she is the executive director of open house, a nonprofit that provides housing, and community engagement for lgbtq seniors. she joined open house in february 2017 just as they opened the door to san
francisco's first 40 units of lgbtq welcoming senior housing at 45 laguna. thanks to karen's leadership, they will be opening 95 more doomore -- 75 more units, at 95 laguna. now, of course, as i keep saying, we need about a dozen more of these in san francisco, and we need dozens more throughout san francisco that are culturally appropriate for all of the communities that need senior housing in this city. so -- but more on that later. no discussion about open house's accomplishments can happen without first recognizing dr. marcy adelman. she founded open house in 1998 with her late partner, and it's thanks to her vision that this is a reality in san francisco.
karen is part of that proud tradition of strong, queer women now continuing the work and reminding us that the fight for queer libberation is not over until this is housing, acceptance, and safety for all. they recently joined powers with on lock to address the fear that many queer elders face when trying to access housing or care. 70% of lgbtq individuals feel it would be unsafe to be out in the care community.
far too many of our elderes retreating back into the closet to get care or not accessing care at all. i'm grateful to karen and the staff at on lock to take on this critical effort. she served as the vice president in health services, overseeing the institute on ageing pace program and psychology and counseling services. in 10, she received the california association of adult day services for her clinical and exemplary work in enhancing health care. i want to thank karen for continuing that work today. i am looking forward to working with karen on the next dozen open house developments. are you ready, karen? >> i'm ready. >> supervisor mandelman: and would you like to say a few words? >> well, thank you, supervisor
mandelman. i have to remember not to call you rafi when we're in formal chambers. when they called to say i had been nominated for the award, i said i didn't think i was worthy of receiving the award or ready to receive the award because i hadn't done enough yet. and i thought now wait a minute. my male colleagues should have readily accept -- would have readily accept the award. the women in the chamber and the women coming after me, i'm pretty sure i'm back in the position of feeling not quite worthy of receiving this yet. so thank you very much for doing that. you know, i have a funny thing that happens to me, which is when i tell people that my career and my work and any passion is in serving seniors, they say lovely things back to
me, like ugh, and that must be so depressing. and i want to tell you that i am incredibly fortunate. i go to work every single day to serve the people who created the privileges that i enjoy. i go to work every single day, standing next to my heros and really, the people who started the lgbtq movement not just in san francisco but across the country. i don't really get any of those comments because i feel pressure like i have the luckiest job that a person could ever have. so i accept this award on behalf of them, on behalf of the queer women who never would have been nominated for any kind of award, for the trans women who we still need to be nominating for more awards for their fierce leadership in starting the lgbtq movement and for all of the seniors and queer people who know we can build a
community where elder people are central in our lives and in our fight for social justice. i believe we can do it, and it means a lot to me that you believe it, too. [applause] >> and i totally did not thank my wife because i'm the worst, so i just want to also say thank you to my wife, sarah, and to our two kids, quinn and noti nova, who share me with open house in the important work that i do. i'm probably the first women in a bow tie to accept the women's leadership, and let there be many more.
[applause] >> president yee: okay. thank you. supervisor fewer, you're up next, from district one. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much, president yee. i'd like to call up to the podium sarah wan. colleagues, i am proud to introduce our honoree for women's history month, our champion for peace and
nonviolence, a district one resident, sarah wan. sarah truly wears many hats and see a heavy weight when it comes to moving minds, hearts and policies impacting young people in san francisco. c.y.c. has been an integral part of many communities, including richmond, and bayview. she attended university of california berkeley, and pursued her masters of social work degree at san francisco state university in 2002. after graduating from u.c. berkeley, she received a scholarship for a year-long cultural exchange program in japan. she was multicultural, multilingual, and has dedicated her work on improving the lives of young people in san francisco. as a former school board
member, i know firsthand how hard sarah works to support and empower our immigrant a.p.i. youth to be the leaders of tomorrow. her work at c.y.c. also includes assisting immigrant families to navigate our educational systems and providing a safe place for them to meet their potential in our society. when reflecting on this year's theme of champions of peace and nonviolence, sarah naturally came to mind as her entire career has been dedicated on youth leadership development with a strong focus on gang violence and juvenile delinquency prevention. sarah created at c.y.c. the program young asian women
against violence, otherwise known as yawav. youth leaders learn about the root causes and impacts of violence in asian and pacific islander communities. the goals are to strengthen the resilience, knowledge, and skills of youth leaders so they can educate their communities. participants in yawav receive classes in leader community and community organizing to help strengthen nondescribe lenses in all women and girls. they strive to advocate for equality and social justice for all women and girls. her positions have included positions as a young and family council, assistant director and executive director. she has served on the juvenile
justice commission since 2013 and has served on the commission for the environment since 2013. she serves on a number of community based council and collaboratives including serving as a cochair on the a.p.i. council. sarah, we want to thank you for all your work, creating a world of peace for future generations. thank you so much. [applause] >> president yee: hold on. hold on -- sarah, hold on. there's -- supervisor walton who wants to say a few words, and i'll say a few words, also. >> supervisor walton: so thank you so much, president yee. i just wanted to say that i was excited to see supervisor fewer is honoring sarah today. sayer is a colleague that i worked for for several years. unifying community is exciting and it's been exciting to watch
her in her work over the years. so i just wanted to say that i'm excited to see you here today and wanted to thank supervisor fewer for honoring you because this is well served. >> president yee: supervisor peskin? >> supervisor peskin: thank you, president yee. i just wanted to echo what my colleague said. i think it's amazing i can see you every day all over the community, doing everything that needs to be done in the community, with benefits that go beyond employment. she's helping people make chinatown cleaner and cleaner and cleaner, but also she's in that district and that district and that district. so sarah, it's pretty amazing what you do. thank you for everything. >> president yee: sarah, i guess i've known you the longest, since you first
started at c.y.c. i watched you grow. and you think that in 22 years, you must have started when you were ten years old or something. what i've seen is you being program director and eventually interim director -- interim executive director, and you kept it up, and they said you're going to be the permanent executive director. i was really glad when i seen that happen because what i've seen with the organization itself, the impact that i've seen was more community oriented in chinatown. and what i've seen now is an organization that has impact throughout san francisco, so congratulations to you. sarah? >> thank you, supervisors. supervisors, you're really the leaders that i love up to, so
it's really honor to receive the award from supervisor sandra lee fewer. as you know, i really can't accept this honor without really acknowledging the dream team that i have because that's what move me every day to come to work and make sure that we show up at this district, that district, and this district. i can't go out calling them out, including my director of operation, my program managers, and also some that cannot be here because without this dream team, it's possible that we serve over 8,000 youth per year. this is not my award, this is a recognition of the great work that they have done. i will accept it on behalf of them. thank you. i come before such great woman
>> thank you. today, for women's history month , and a true champion of peace and nonviolence, i'm proud to recognize mother and activist , mattie scott. [applause] -- mattie scott. she is a long-term resident of the western edition, and i have known known her and her work for over 15 years. she is a san francisco chapter leader, of mothers in charge. she is also the executive director of a healing for our families and our nation. her journey began with a heartbreak.
on july 17th, 1996, her youngest sun mac was shot and killed while attending a graduation party in the western edition. she says this senseless act of violence produced a ripple effect of an even greater pain on my family, neighbors, community and our city. ninety-six homicides ripped our safety of san francisco that year, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and fear for my other children's lives set in and disrupted my life. three months later, i went to my first support group. friends and family of murdered victims, and the rest is history since this tragic loss, she has been -- had a nationwide -- has been on a nationwide mission to address the root causes of gun violence for over 25 years. she was chosen to be mothers in charge chapter leader for san francisco because of her
compassion, commitment, and dedication on violence prevention. as executive director of healing for our families and our nation, she works with all law enforcement agencies, government officials, clergy, educators, c.b.o. and others in her campaign for gun violence. i remember my time as an aid went these killings completely ripped our community apart. with every loss, it was a painful reminder of the potential being stolen away from our community, but it was also leaders like her who said, enough. we need to focus on prevention, we need to focus on education, and we need to focus on jobs. she has been there every step of the way supporting families, especially women, mattie has created a safe space for grieving. she has wiped many tears, fed many hungry bellies, but even in the light of these tragedies,
she remains resilient and focused. maddie is an inspiration to me and our community, and i'm so thrilled to be able to recognize her today. maddie, thank you for your incredible work to make healthy, safer neighborhoods in our community. i commend you. [applause] [cheering] >> before you speak, there's several supervisors who would also like to add their remarks. supervisor stefani? >> thank you. maddie, i just love you so much. i first met maddie when i was building the mom his demand action for gun safety. i met her after -- when we were planning the memorial for the first year of sandy hook, and we worked together every single year since, and and it's shooting after shooting. you and i see each other. i was just thinking, we need to
see each other for dinner, not just after shootings, we see each other too often because of that. i remember after the vegas shooting when we were standing on the steps of city hall, just a few of us, from the brady campaign, from mom his demand action, and you had us get in a circle and we all held hands and you started singing "this legislative mind." i remember weeping, and you were just there, a source of strength your voice is incredible, by the way. you could have a singing career. you are absolutely amazing. every time i see you, i am inspired. i know you've been through so much. you have turned that into strength for others -- others. you are there for survivors. you are they are. you were there in my committee hearing on getting the nra out of our police code, and i cannot thank you enough. when i think of that song, you are a light in this world and i
absolutely love you. i think supervisor brown for honoring you today. [cheers and applause]. >> thank you. >> supervisor haney? >> thank you. thank you for honoring maddie. i look at this award, a champion of peace and nonviolence, and you are exactly the embodiment of that. i got to work with you on the gun buybacks, and all things that have happened in our community, and i just think that for many of us one really awful tragic and unimaginable things happen, many of us want to run away. we want to turn away, and you are somebody who goes directly towards it and shows up every single time, and i think very often when we talk about successes that we've had as a safety on reducing violence or reducing murders, we often look to what the police have done or what the official city response
has been, but we know that the real reason for that is because of your work, and because of mothers who show up every time and bring that peace, not just to those who are suffering or who have lost their loved ones, but to make sure that we don't continue that cycle of violence and that we end it and we see the humanity in all of us. i just want to thank you for doing that. i have seen you do it first hand you have done it when nobody was watching. you do it every time. i want to commend you for representing the best of nonviolence and peacemaking, and to all the mothers who do it alongside you as well. congratulations. [applause] >> supervisor watson? >> thank you. my colleagues have definitely said mostly everything i want to say, but i also just wanted to add that not only did you start this work and turn a tragedy
into triumph, but you've done it for years, and you have done it citywide and you have done it across the state, and you have done it at the policy level, the grassroots level across this country, because you know that losing anyone from violence is something we want to eliminate and stop. i want you to know how much we appreciate your work on a consistent basis. i don't get to tell you that all the time because we are always scrambling, but just know that your work is an inspiration to all of us, and i thank you for stepping it up and doing this for all of us to see and being a role model to ask. thank you. [applause] >> okay. it is now your turn. >> to my supervisor, vallie brown, to all of you who are present, catherine, matt,
schumann, and all of the board of supervisors who are present, i am honored today to be standing here and making our city a better and safer place for all. it is truly an honor. i got choked up when i saw sharon hewitt's name on here. she is my hero. she taught us that this took us out of hand as parents in district ten, sunnydale, when bullets were wriggling that neighborhood, and so many parents were on the couch, and could not get up. losing one, two -- one, two, three, sums to tragedy. i stand on the shoulder of sharon hewitt and all these amazing women who are honor tear today. shirley jones and so many others
, espinoza jackson, and many others who have gone on. it is an honor to be here because 22 years ago, when i lost my 7, his case is still unsolved, and i have to see the young man in my neighborhood sometimes at the grocery store who took my son's life. i see them behind the walls of san bruno, and got the message that i have forgiven him. if i have not, i would not be standing here today. every day, an average of 96 americans are killed every day. one in three homes have children with a gun inside that is left unlocked, or loaded. the presence of a gun and the domestic violence situation increases the risk of the women being killed and even her children, five times greater.
sixty 2% of firearm -related deaths in the united states are suicide, so i stand here today for us to be a safer nation because this is about all of us or none of us, and i think often about this place, city hall, over 30 years ago when we lost harvey milk and our mayor to this senseless tragedy of gun violence. we've gotten better, but there's more work to do. there's more work to do. we must stop the killer and start the hearing, and i just want to thank you, supervisor brown, for your coming out there with us and shamann mountain -- shamann walked in and mapped, when those murders happen to, you were there on the scene with us with those families. were there on the scene with those families during the funeral processions. you were there with us, meeting those families in the aftermath
of violence. everyone goes away and has to deal with this nightmare on a daily basis. i want to thank, on behalf of edward powell, who just lost his second child to gun violence in the bayview, gabriel powell, along time colleague of mine. he and his wife, i accept this honor on his behalf. accepted also on the behalf of my dear friends who lost victor, our champion of music at usc to gun violence, and to every mother and every father who is on the couch or dealing with substance abuse issues because of this epidemic. on behalf of dr. marianne jones, who supports me at the westside community services, and block to the future, to alma jackson and collected jackson, and to my granddaughter who is here, sasha scott, and my other
grandchildren who are not able to be here for school. to george and mary fryer from the brady campaign. we are on this road for victory. with h.r. eight, background checks, universal all over the country, we are going to win that, we are going to win that. [applause]. >> the nra cannot stop us. we will win that legislation. and the gdr oh, gun violence restraining order. we are not going to stop, we stopped. as i said right here, every breath is a gift, and every breath that i use every day to get up, i get up for the purpose of saving lives. i get up because another mother can't get up. i get up because of incarcerated mothers that aren't able to get out to go to her own son's funeral. that is why i get up so that children don't have to hide under desks, and so we don't have to look over our shoulders and the movie theatre in the
shopping mall during christmas time, so we don't have to worry about someone pulling a gun and for the 50 lives that were just lost in new zealand. i get up. so i thank you, supervisor vallie brown. i thank you, supervisor walton, supervising and attaining supervisor catherine stefani and to all of you, the members of the board for your dedication to us being the city of san francisco to us being that one nation under god. for us being the leader on the road to victory to stop the killing and start the healing. thank you very much. [applause]
honouree be postponed until our next meeting. thank you for letting me know. so this concludes our women's history month presentations. thank you to my colleagues for such such wonderful people that you presented today. it is truly one of -- to me, the best punch i have seen in the seven years that i have gone through this. thank you very much so break now , i would like to go back. madame clark, let's go back to our agenda and call item number 29, i believe. >> item 29 is a motion to appoint supervisor gordon marjie the bay area air quality management district board of directors term and in february 1 st, 2021.
>> colleagues, can we get a motion to ask you a supervisor mar from this hygienically. >> moved by supervisor fewer and seconded by supervisor brown. without objection, supervisor mar is excused. madame clark, please call the roll on this item. >> item 2029... [roll call] >> there are ten imacs. >> this motion is approved by a 10-0 vote. madame clark, please call the next item. >> item 30 is a motion to appoint supervisor simone walton to the peninsula court --
corridor powers board for an indefinite term. >> and we have a motion to excuse supervisor melton -- walton from this item? without objection, supervisor walton is excused. madame clark, please call the roll on this item. >> on item 30... [roll call] >> there are ten imacs. >> thank you. this motion is approved by 10-0 vote.
let's see. madame clark, let's go to the next item. >> item 31 was considered by the rules committee at a regular meeting on monday march 18th, and was recommended as a committee report with a new title. it is a motion to approve the mayor's appointment of man to the retirement board for a five-year term ending february 20th, 2024. >> supervisor fewer? >> thank you. i just wanted to mention that i will be voting no on this item. i don't know him, and i'm sure he is fine and this is not personal. i failed the board has been performing exceptionally well. i don't understand for the change in leadership, and so i will be not supporting disappointments. thank you. >> thank you. i will concur with supervisor fewer with her remarks and not vote for him.
>> roll call for introductions, supervisor stefani is first to introduce new business. >> thank you. >> as i'm sure you can expect, i would like to close immediate memory of our muslim brothers and sisters who lost their lives to senses -- senseless violence in new zealand last week, and i want to thank president you for the moment of silence at the beginning of the board meeting. i am so incredibly saddened and outraged. it is hard for me to fathom this kind of hatred towards one another, let alone the fact that people so filled with hatred can so easily arm themselves to inflict such horror. we should all be able to live and worship freely without fear of gun violence, yet once again, we have learned that hate, armed with a gun is deadly. whether worshiping at a mosque in new zealand or a synagogue in pittsburgh, a starkly african-american methodist church in charleston, a baptist
church in texas, a temple in wisconsin, people should never have to worry about gun violence when praying or attempting services at their place of worship. our hearts are with the muslim community in new zealand and here at home over the last week, dozens of families became members of a club that no one wants to join, the millions of people whose lives have been forever ripped apart by gun violence. among the 50 people who lost their lives in new zealand's, there was a 3-year-old, a 4 -year-old, a 12-year-old, a 14 -year-old boy, and a community absolutely devastated so many lives were senselessly shattered once again. it is really up to us to make our voices heard and call on leaders at every single level of government to put the safety of our families and communities first. we saw how the prime minister of new zealand reacted by vowing to ban assault weapons.
i wish we had leadership like that in washington, d.c. she led with sit with the, love and integrity. i want to thank all my colleagues for leaning on this issue in the same way. i feel so lucky to work with all of you that share my thoughts on this issue. when hatred comes armed, it is deadly. the fact that those with such hatred in the hearts can show easily on themselves no matter where it occurs. we must do everything in our power to disarm heche. my heart is broken once again. we stand with new zealand, united against hate in all forms i would like to adjourn in memory of the brothers and sisters who lost their lives in this tragic event. the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor stefani >> can i ask permission that the board adjourn it?
>> thank you. >> next is supervisor walton. >> thank you. this afternoon i will be introducing two ordinances, also one resolution in memorial. i want to start with the fact that we have issues with they have been targeting young people with their colours and flavours that entice adolescents and pulled them towards addiction to nicotine. companies like jewel are increasing to increase number of people addicted to nicotine, people who never would have picked up a cigarette. prohibiting vaping products that target our young people and push them towards addiction to nicotine and tobacco is the only way to ensure the safety of our youth. today alone, along with a city
attorney, i'm introducing an ordinance amending the health code to prohibit the sale, manufacturer, and distribution of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes on city property. i'm also introducing an ordinance amending the health code to prohibit the sale by tobacco retail establishments of electronic cigarettes that require but have not received an order from the f.d.a. food and drug administration approving their marketing and prohibiting the sale and distribution to any person in san francisco of tobacco products with a purchaser -- where the purchaser is under the age of 21. this goes for flavored tobacco products, electronic cigarettes that require but have not received an f.d.a. orator approving their market. i also want to introduce a resolution, along with
supervisors ronen, president yee , and supervisor haney, the trump administration to stop the massive deportation i've rehabilitated, formerly incarcerated southeast asian nationals. between 1975 to the early 1990s , the united states accepted hundreds of thousands south -- of southeast asians escaping the vietnam war and the genocide of cambodia. california is home to nearly a million southeast asians originating from cambodia, vietnam and laos. most of the immigrants settled in california, major cities like san francisco, san jose, fresno, long beach, and los angeles. these immigrants were typically placed in the poorest parts of the communities with inadequate financial support, and many of these individuals and their children languished in severe
poverty. in particular, cambodian refugees which predispose seven to the criminal justice system. the illegal immigration reform and immigration responsibility act of 1966 expanded the definition of what type of crime that could result in deportation the bill also allowed the expanded definition to be applied retroactively. the southeast asia resource action centre estimates that the 1996 immigration reform and immigrant responsibility act impacted more than 16,000 southeast asian americans, many of whom were refugees fleeing the vietnam war and the cambodian genocide. president trump and his administration have continued to place harsh limits on immigration and asylum with his national policy, and he has
particular -- particularly sought out and specifically targeted immigrants in the reentry community. in 2019, more than 1700 nonduty cambodians were given final orders of removal. with many individuals who are district ten residents, you have more than 20 years from the time of their criminal convictions. these individuals have become pillars of their communities, homeowners, fathers, mothers, and great tenured employees. the trump administration's approach to deportation is controversial because it breaks up families, and in some cases, the returnees have never lived in their country of origin, nor they have they lived -- and org have they a living relative. in the state of california and jury brown starting in 2018 has taken active roles in trying to stop to combat the massive
deportation of southeast asians. so today, we are also joining in the effort. final piece of my business, i wants to offer an in memoriam today, and this in memorial is an owner of a man who was the father of natalie g. in our office. natalie passed away early this month on march 1st, 2019 at the age of 90. he came from humble beginnings and was born in 1928 in china in the 1940s at the age of 13. he quit school and immigrated to san francisco for a better life. he was parts of the last wave of paper sons, and had to assume a
different name, as well as be part of a different family in order to immigrate. on paper, he was part of the hong family. he was able to change his name after the immigration act of 1965. his first job after arriving to san francisco is to work at our father judgement laundromat to repay his debt for coming to the united states, as well as becoming a chauffeur for his father, driving him to important events in chinatown, and around san francisco because of his work in the chinatown family association. throughout his life, he worked blue-collar jobs at department stores in san francisco, and finally worked as a taxi cab for yellow cab from the late seventies to 2003. he met natalie's mother in the 1980s in china through the
help of friends and relatives. as newlyweds and new immigrants, they struggled while working multiple jobs to save money. eventually, they were able to settle in san francisco in the mid-eighties. their daughter was born shortly after. he and his wife, karen, were married for 38 years. he has always been humble, sincere, and hard-working his entire life. he had a strong sense of family responsibility and worked hard to build a foundation for his family. he was a good father and good husband, and his legacy lives on through his daughter, natalie, who i am proud to call my chief of staff. he will be dearly missed, may he rest in peace. the rest i submit.
>> supervisor viewer? >> yes, my condolences to the family. i respectfully request to be added to your resolution denouncing the deportation of southeast asians. >> thank you, commissioner, supervisor viewer. >> supervisor ronen? >> thank you so much. i'm just shocked i didn't know about the passing of him. i just wanted to express my profound condolences to natalie, who i know was his pride and joy , and rightfully so because she is absolutely incredible and i just wanted to express my love and support for natalie and her mom, a beautiful family. residents of my food -- of my district. if you'd be so kind to add me to the in memoriam, i would appreciate that. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> okay. next up is me.