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meeting, and i will make sure the agenda accounts for a for that. we are looking forward to interesting findings. that is it for our items with you, and anna can't comment on the public finance calendar which is also listed under this item. >> thank you. so on our forward calendar, we have a few bond issues. the one that is coming up soon is for the 425 million-dollar seawall bond that was approved in november of 2018. we are going to be issuing the first series of bonds under that program, expected to close in june of this year, and then next we will be looking -- some of the programs that still have outstanding authorization such as clean and safe neighborhood parks is about $3.1 million left. the affordable housing, 2015
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bond, and then the public health and safety bond are all financings that could come to market before the end of the calendar year. >> to be have that written in here? it wasn't in my version. >> we have a different -- there was a different chart this time which is actually the authorized bonds outstanding, and the authorized and unissued , but next time we will go back to our typical format. >> yeah, that was great. who created this? can someone walk us through this? >> sure. so this is a table that we use when we go out to markets, so when we sell bonds, we prepare an offering statement, and as part of that offering statement in the appendix, we include a table that is very similar to this one, so it has been updated a couple times a year at least. what this shows is -- i think if you look at the middle columns and the total there of
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the $2.5 billion, that's all of our geo- bonds that are currently outstanding, and then the way they are categorized you can see on the left here. so they are categorized by authorization. so the seismic safety s.f. lp is with the repurposed thing because that was repurpose in a seismic safety, and then you can see there is the 2008 parks , and so on. those are all the different authorizations ending with the most recent seawall one, and then the next category, we also show our geo- refunding bond. so you can refinance your mortgage, you can also refinance general obligation bonds, so those are listed at the bottom. the issued column shows what has been issued to date of items that fall under these authorizations, and that's a total of about $4 billion, that as -- since we pay down debt
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after we issue it over time, the current balance of what's been issued is to $.5 billion which is the middle column, and then finally, the authorized by and issued, you can see, if you look at the bottom, that total is a $1.1 billion, at the bottom, we'll be issuing the first serious for the seawall. we have $425 million that is authorized and unissued, and so that's just the balance of what's left, and what can be issued and will likely be issued in the coming years. and in tranches for some of them. >> for my colleagues, this is the scope, this is what we are responsible for. it also -- it replaces -- they're thinking about replacing this one in your packet which is a little bit harder to read, i don't thank you completely does, some of
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the things i see missing on here is what is called here and authorized amount. so i don't know what we want to do about reconciling these two documents to each other. >> would it be helpful in our document to have an additional column that show the initial authorization? >> i think so. it was a billion-dollar bond. we have issued half a million of it, that is the interesting part is that half a million is unissued. the outstanding column, i'm not sure, that is a financing. >> i think that the investors care a lot about that. it is just how much debt is currently on our books. that is why we showed that column. >> right. >> we can add the authorized and then you can see -- >> i have a point for the outstanding column that is
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important. i think it relates to oversight because they are outstanding, the issues have been funding -- funded, and these are actually the dollars that end up in the expenditures that we are supposed to oversee. do you think it -- if you think of it that way because the outstanding -- the dollars that have been issued -- >> i don't think it is a bonds that is paid for, i think the city of san francisco hasn't paid it off yet. which one of those is it? >> correct, when we sell bonds, we will get a lump-sum up front , but then we pay back those bonds over time, typically over a 20 year period , except for -- >> it is not, you know, you are right, you are missing a huge part of this, which is saying, you know, we gave you half a million dollars, and you have only spent near 20,000 of it, what happens, you're sitting on a whole bunch of cash, right? i don't know how to reconcile that. that is the interesting thing,
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from our perspective, is how much -- why is it going out for another issuance if they already have hundreds of thousands -- hundreds of millions of dollars? >> that is why i am saying the outstanding relates to -- it relates to some of the ongoing expenditures, maybe i'm missing something totally. >> yes, maybe it's just a terminology issue. outstanding, the debt has been issued, we have the funds, we have spence them, they are in repayment schedules. >> or in the process. >> or in process of being spent [laughter] >> wait, we've got feedback. >> just to quickly clarify, the amount on the table that you are seeing is outstanding and that is the amount we have to
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pay back, which doesn't relate to the amounts that we are spending on the bond. so the yellow charge that you are referring to, that comes from accounting, and they are tracking the proceeds that we received from the bonds and how quickly we are spending them, so if you would like, we can make sure the total authorization is reflected on that, and that might be useful for you. >> right, but in the outstanding thing, just to be clear, it is different -- >> that is different. that is how much we have to pay back to the investors, completely unrelated to how much is spent. >> right. >> that might be clearer if you separated it, but in my own thinking, we received the funds , that's why they are outstanding and we have to pay that back. because the fact that we have received the funds, those funds have gone into expenditures, part of which we are responsible for, so if we didn't expand them, we wouldn't
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have to pay them back. >> no. for example, like the sfgh bond from 2008, we have spent all the funds that we issued bonds for and we got the proceeds. we spent those proceeds, with the bonds are still outstanding , that is still debt we have to pay back, so there are no more proceeds to conduct oversight over, but there's still outstanding debt that we have to pay back. that is what is reflected on the chart. >> no, i understand that. maybe it is just the way these numbers are presented that is making some of us ask questions , because it is not the other format we are used to seeing. >> right. >> any public comment? >> awesome. i think we are adjourned. are we adjourned? [laughter] >> i have -- sorry, for the
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chair, we need to, i think, define bond areas. i think some people are overworked because they are carrying two or three. how do you want to proceed? okay, that sounds great. okay. >> awesome. >> thank you.
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>> i view san francisco almost as a sibling or a parent or something. i just love the city. i love everything about it. when i'm away from it, i miss it like a person. i grew up in san francisco kind of all over the city. we had pretty much the run of the city 'cause we lived pretty close to polk street, and so we would -- in the summer, we'd all all the way down to aquatic park, and we'd walk down to the library, to the kids' center. in those days, the city was safe and nobody worried about us running around. i went to high school in spring valley. it was over the hill from chinatown. it was kind of fun to
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experience being in a minority, which most white people don't get to experience that often. everything was just really within walking distance, so it make it really fun. when i was a teenager, we didn't have a lot of money. we could go to sam wong's and get super -- soup for $1. my parents came here and were drawn to the beatnik culture. they wanted to meet all of the writers who were so famous at the time, but my mother had some serious mental illness issues, and i don't think my father were really aware of that, and those didn't really become evident until i was about five, i guess, and my marriage blew up, and my mother took me all over the world. most of those ad ventures ended up bad because they would end
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up hospitalized. when i was about six i guess, my mother took me to japan, and that was a very interesting trip where we went over with a boyfriend of hers, and he was working there. i remember the open sewers and gigantic frogs that lived in the sewers and things like that. mostly i remember the smells very intensely, but i loved japan. it was wonderful. toward the end. my mother had a breakdown, and that was the cycle. we would go somewhere, stay for a certain amount of months, a year, period of time, and she would inevitably have a breakdown. we always came back to san francisco which i guess came me some sense of continuity and that was what kept me sort of stable. my mother hated to fly, so she would always make us take ships places, so on this particular occasion when i was, i think, 12, we were on this ship getting ready to go through the panama canal, and she had a
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breakdown on the ship. so she was put in the brig, and i was left to wander the ship until we got to fluorfluora few days later, where we had a distant -- florida a few days later, where we had a distant cousin who came and got us. i think i always knew i was a writer on some level, but i kind of stopped when i became a cop. i used to write short stories, and i thought someday i'm going to write a book about all these ad ventures that my mother took me on. when i became a cop, i found i turned off parts of my brain. i found i had to learn to conform, which was not anything i'd really been taught but felt very safe to me. i think i was drawn to police work because after coming from such chaos, it seemed like a
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very organized, but stable environment. and even though things happening, it felt like putting order on chaos and that felt very safe to me. my girlfriend and i were sitting in ve 150d uvio's bar, and i looked out the window and i saw a police car, and there was a woman who looked like me driving the car. for a moment, i thought i was me. and i turned to my friend and i said, i think i'm supposed to do this. i saw myself driving in this car. as a child, we never thought of police work as a possibility for women because there weren't any until the mid70's, so i had only even begun to notice there were women doing this job. when i saw here, it seemed like this is what i was meant to do. one of my bosses as ben johnson's had been a cop, and he -- i said, i have this weird
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idea that i should do this. he said, i think you'd be good. the department was forced to hire us, and because of all of the posters, and the big recruitment drive, we were under the impression that they were glad to have us, but in reality, most of the men did not want the women there. so the big challenge was constantly feeling like you had to prove yourself and feeling like if you did not do a good job, you were letting down your entire gender. finally took an inspector's test and passed that and then went down to the hall of justice and worked different investigations for the rest of my career, which was fun. i just felt sort of buried alive in all of these cases, these unsolved mysteries that there were just so many of them, and some of them, i didn't know if we'd ever be able to solve, so my boss was able to get me out of the unit. he transferred me out, and a
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couple of weeks later, i found out i had breast cancer. my intuition that the job was killing me. i ended up leaving, and by then, i had 28 years or the years in, i think. the writing thing really became intense when i was going through treatment for cancer because i felt like there were so many parts that my kids didn't know. they didn't know my story, they didn't know why i had a relationship with my mother, why we had no family to speak of. it just poured out of me. i gave it to a friend who is an editor, and she said i think this would be publishable and i think people would be interested in this. i am so lucky to live here. i am so grateful to my parents who decided to move to the city. i am so grateful they did. that it never
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>> in 201,755.7 million
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passengers traveled through san francisco international airport. we have on average 150,000 people traveling through the airport every day. flying can be stressful so we have introduced therapy dogs to make flying more enjoyable. the wag brigade is a partnership between the airport and the san francisco therapy animal assistant program to bring therapy animals into the airport, into the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. i amgen fer casarian and i work here at san francisco international airport. the idea for therapy dogs got started the day after 9/11. an employee brought his therapy dog to work after 9/11 and he
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was able to see how his dog was able to relieve passenger's jitter. when we first launched the program back in 2013, our main goal was to destress our passengers however what we quickly found is that our animals were helping us find a way to connect with our pang. passengers. we find there are a lot of people traveling through the airport who are missing their pets and who are on their road a lot and can't have pets and we have come in contact with a lot of people recently who have lost pet. >> i love the wag brigade. >> one of my favorite parts is walking into the terminals and seeing everybody look up from their device, today everybody is interacting on their cell phone or laptop and we can walk into
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the terminal with a dog or a pig and people start to interact with each other again and it's on a different level. more of an emotional level. >> i just got off an 11.5 hour flight and nice to have this distraction in the middle of it. >> we look for wag brigade handlers who are comfortable in stressful situations. >> i like coming to airport it's a lot of fun and the people you talk to are generally people who are missing their dogs. >> they are required to compete a certification process. and they are also required to complete a k9 good citizen test and we look for animals who have experienced working with other orgorganizations such as hospits and pediatric units and we want
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to be sure that the animals we are bringing into the airport are good with children and also good with some of our senior travelers. i think toby really likes meeting kids. that is his favorite thing. he likes to have them pet him and come up to him and he really loves the kids. >> our wag brigade animals can be spotted wearing custom vets and they have custom patches. >> there is never a day that repeats itself and there is never and encounter that repeats itself. we get to do maximum good in a small stretch of time and i have met amazing people who have been thrilled to have the interaction. >> the dogs are here seven days a week, we have 20 dogs and they each come for a two hour shift.
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>> there is a lot of stress when people have traveling so to from these animals around to ease the stress and help people relax a little bit. i think it's great. >> one of our dogs has special need and that is tristine. he wears a wheel around. >> he has special shoes and a harness and we get it together in the parking lot and then we get on the air train. he loves it. little kids love him because he is a little lower to the ground so easy to reach and he has this big furry head they get to pet and he loves that. >> he doesn't seem to mind at all. probably one of the happiest dogs in the world. >> many people are nervous when they travel but seeing the dogs
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is just a wonderful relief. >> what i absolutely love most about it is the look on people's faces, so whenever they are stressed and flying is stressful these days you get these wonderful smile. >> i am the mom of lilo the pig and she is san francisco's first therapy pig. >> lilo joined the wag brigade as our firs first pig. >> wag brigade invited us to join the program here and we have done it about a year-and-a-half ago. our visits last 1.5 to 2 hours and it does take a little bit longer to get out of the terminal because we still get a lot of attention and a lot of
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people that want to interact with lilo. >> i feel honored to be part of the wag brigade. it's very special to meet so many people and make so many feel happy and people that work here. it's been a great experience for me and a great experience for to totoby. >> it's been an extremely successful program, so the next time you are here, stop by and say hi.
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good afternoon, everyone. thank you so much for joining us today. mi'm the founder of persian women in tech, in partnership with our mayor, london breed, and the supervisor, asha safai, we have been working on this event, this all-day event, for six months. thank you so much for being here. [applause] [cheering] >> maruse is a celebration of new year in many, many cultures. and it also has the meaning of new day, and also signifies the first
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day of spring. behind me you will see a table spread, which we create several days before persian new year. and on this table you see different symbols. and i will go a little bit over what they are and what the significance is. i apologize that i don't know all of it perfectly, so i'll give you an overview. and what we call it is a heff seen, so seven symbols. seep is apple, somal, seki is coins, gold coins. sumbold, which is a flower. samanu is a persian sweet. let's see. sanja is a persian fruit. seer is garlic.
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and sabsa, which is wheat grass. and everything that you see on this table is basically symbolizing health, wealth, and happiness. so what we are looking forward to when we look at this table is looking forward to what we can have in the new year. and with that said, i would like to ask our supervisor safai to come up on the podium. [applause] >> i threw steffi in there at the last minute so she could say what the seven symbols are of our culture. and it's such an honor to be here. 2004 i was working for mayor gavin newsom, and the community came together and we talked about all of the different things that were important to our community in terms of our culture and how to reflect it and so on. it was during that time the community said, we would love to be able to host a persian new year in
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maruse in city hall. in 2005 was the first time we put that together, and it was a wonderful event. and here we are, 14 years later, and we're celebrating this in city hall. we never had it spread early so people can come and enjoy it and partake and understand what it means. in general, i explained to everybody we celebrate from the first moment of spring. it is the spring equinox when the day and the night are equal the same all over the world. and this celebration has been celebrated in the greater persian and particularly in iranian culture and community, for thousands of years. it pre-dates the islamic influence in iran, and it is something that iranians all over the world and persians all over the world joyous the
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celebrate. we celebrate it for 13 days. and each day we start off with going to the most senior, the most elder people in the family, and work our way down. and then finally, on the last day, the 13th day, so that the year doesn't begin with bad luck, we go and have a national day of picnic. and everyone goes out and enjoys a barbecue and picnic with their family, with watermelon and cantaloupe and all types of barbecue and wonderful food. as you all know, that are iranian and persian, i'm explaining mainly for those who are not. this also symbolizes, in many ways, a coming together. i started my career in this city in the year 2000, and that's when i met my friend, who is now the mayor, london breed. when i asked her if we could host this event and do something special in city hall, without hesitation, she said, absolutely. we want to continue this wonderful tradition and to
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celebrate naruse. this is our way of saying, happy naruse, and welcoming in the new year for all of iranians and persians all over the bay area, and all over the united states. and it's with great honor that i introduce my friend and our great mayor, ms. london breed. [applause] [cheering] >> mayor: good afternoon, everyone. we no that naruse has been celebrated in the iranian and persian communities for more than 3,000 years. and while we know that there is a rich community with a rich history here in the bay area, in san francisco, we celebrate our diversitiy. we come together to learn about various cultures, and this is no exception. we will be celebrating all day and all night in city hall. with friends, with family,
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with community. it's a time for renewed spirit. it's a time for new beginnings. i was reading about the celebration of naruse, and one of the things i thought was so interesting is basically this concept of moving, you know, old things out of your home to make way for new things. and what a great concept to basically think about how you cleanse, how you open up yourself, even, for new opportunities and new beginnings. today, although we celebrated naruse here in city hall over the years, supervisor safai wanted to do something special. and that's why we're going to be hosting events this evening, in an amazing gala with so many people in our persian communities throughout the bay area. and i want to take this opportunity to thank
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persian women in tech, and stefi, and the women behind me. they are the ones who really put in the work to make this event an amazing event, a successful event for each and every one of you. so, stefi, i wanted to ask you to come up and thank you because i don't think people realize how much work goes into really bringing together such an amazing celebration. and so we appreciate the time, the commitment, the work, the fundraising, and all that you and your team have done to make this day special for our communities here in san francisco. so thank you so much. [applause] [cheering] >> so thank you, everyone, for being here. and we will see you tonight. [applause] [cheering]
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>> >> my name is sofy constantineo and a documentary film maker and cinema togfer, producer and director. it is inevable you want your movie to get out and realize yoi need to be
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a commune tee organizer to get people together to see the story you will tell [inaudible] pretty rich and interesting. in what we do as film makers is try to tell the best story possible so i think that is where i [inaudible] learn everything. lighting and cinematography. i got jobs of stage manger at some place and projectionist. i kind of mixed and matched as i went and kept refining i feel like it isn't just about making things that are beautiful and appealing and rich and [inaudible] the way that the films [inaudible] it has to tell a story. >> my name is sumell [inaudible] free lance multimedia produce. my project is [inaudible] mostly oof street photographry with a few portraits. i'm going arounds san francisco and
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capturing the [inaudible] as we started to do this project i was reading about the decline of african american population in san francisco and i wondered where the remaining population was and what they were doing and how life was for them. >> i wasn't very inspired by school, i wasn't very inspired by continuing to read and write and go to class. i watched a lot of movies and saw a lot of [inaudible] i said that is what i want to do. i had this very feminist [inaudible] and i felt like there was not enough of a womans vision on the stuff that we see, the movies that we make and the beginning of the [inaudible] the way we look at women and the roles women take in the
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stories being tolds. they felt [inaudible] they did want feel complex. i was like, i have a different frame i like to see the world shaped by. >> my grandsmother was a teacher and taught special education for 40 years in los angeles and when i was growing up she inspired me to record everything. we recorded our conversations, we recorded the [inaudible] we recorded everything to cassette players. learning multimedia skills, from the other crossover employment opportunities for young people. someone who grew up in la rks san francisco feels like a small town. i lived in western addition and i was looking for someone to cut my hair, i found [inaudible] he seemed like a very
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interesting guy and grew up in the neighborhood and had a lot to say about something that was foreign to me. that local perspective and so important to me because i think as someone who isn't from here, knowing that history allows me to be more engaging in the community i live in and want the same for others. i want people to move into a new neighborhood to know who was there before and businesses and what cultural and [inaudible] shape what we see today. >> my guiding principles have been, if you stick to something long enough and know what it is and go for it you will get there. [inaudible] where i want to go, what i want to do and it is totally possible so, the impossible is you know, is not something to listen to.
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>> okay. , i am a project manager of bridge housing, and it has been my pleasure to work on this project for 2.5 years, and it is so exciting to see us breaking the ground and getting started. i am really thrilled. you will hear a lot of fabulous things about this project from other speakers, but the one thing i thought i would focus on is the transit-oriented nature of the project. so of course, the barge line is running underneath us. we have tons of bus lines in the neighborhood. we will provide 260 bike parking spaces in the building. over on the side of the project, we will have a pedestrian walkway that will allow and provide a new pedestrian
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connection between the block here and provide space for gathering and events, and then we have a fantastic bike program for youth that is specifically oriented towards latino youth in the mission. that will be called too. and part of our financial support that we got for the project will go towards improving bike lanes in the neighborhood, sidewalks, and the 22 fillmore line. it is not just an affordable housing project, it is a transit investment project which is really neat. every bridges c.e.o. was really excited about this event but she caught a bug. everyone seems to be sick these days. she couldn't wake it -- make it. she sends her regards. i just wanted to take a moment offer appreciation to some of the people who have made this possible. there's dozens and dozens of people who have worked on the project, but i wanted to thank a couple folks. first, sam, michael, john, you are codeveloper us.
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you guys are literally breaking the ground. this is your sight, so thank you for everything you are doing. i'm a architect -- architects. you have designed a beautiful, beautiful building that will make the mission -- enhance the beauty in the mission. cindy, kevin, jenny, mara, kate for the mayor's office of housing. you are our partner. we talk all the time and it is a pleasure to work for you. heather, eileen, joshua and amy, rebecca, alexa, jamie, alley, justin, doug, our construction manager, and david, thank you for everything we -- you do. it is now my great pleasure to welcome london breed. we are grateful for everything you are doing to create more affordable housing in the city. mayor breed? [cheers and applause]
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>> thank you. it is about time. i am so excited to be here to see the housing that we have promised this community. we stood here, you remember, in 2012 when i was going to washington d.c. to convince h.u.d. to support our neighborhood preference legislation. one of the things that you said to me loud and clear, we are fighting for affordable housing, but we have to make sure that residents in this community have a fighting chance of getting access to the units that are being built in this community. with your support and so many leaders in this community, not only do we get them to change their mind and support a neighborhood preference legislation, we finally got the steak to support a 25% preference which will happen
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with this particular project because of state funding. it is a huge victory. 155 units, and 40 of those units will go to homeless families, and that is also equally exciting because we know -- [applause] >> we know that we need more affordable housing, and i have to tell you, i'm excited about the fact that we just broke ground on two family housing projects, over 200 more units and a hundred 55 units here. we are just getting started on making sure that we are making an investment in the future of san francisco because we know we have not done our fair share of not only building enough housing in san francisco, the building enough affordable housing for families, i am excited about this project. [applause]
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>> and i am excited that we were able to work with the school district to purchase this property, that we were able to work with the school district to make sure we had an underutilized site for the purposes of developing housing. we knew in san francisco bureaucracy years, it would take a long time to get housing built , and so the interim use was a navigation center where we were able to provide support to so many people in our homeless community. i know we have a lot more work to do to get housing built in san francisco, but working with nonprofit developers like mission housing and bridge, i know the best is yet to come. the work that you do to not only help build affordable housing, but what you do to work with the community and create and maintain communities so critical to the survival of so many of our neighborhoods and we are
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truly grateful for your work and your partnership of working together to make this incredible project happen. i am also looking forward to making sure that when we go to voters this november that we build affordable housing and teacher housing, and that we put a bond for 100% affordable housing on this november ballot. [cheers and applause] >> we can't just say we support affordable housing and not provide the resources necessary to build it and get it done. we have to do more and we have to do that over san francisco. i'm committed to continuing the work that i know we need to do in order to make sure that these 155 families who are going to be moving into this place have a safe and affordable place to call home where they have access to transit and great community resources, and i would also like to thank the office of housing
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and the office of homeless services because with the families that will be moving in, they will have wraparound support services. thank you to just sit kaczynski for the work they will do. to keep them housed and provide them with resources to support and the hope that they need for a better future in san francisco thank you, all soma. [applause] >> i would like to take this opportunity to introduce the mayor of the mission, roberto hernandez who is not only an incredible, dedicated advocate for this community, and as i said, he has been a fighter for so many years, and he has said to me, time and time again, we have to make sure that people who need access to the housing are here in the mission, that
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they have homes, that they are able to be part of their community, and so he is helping, along with so many of you to make that a reality. ladies and gentlemen, roberto hernandez. >> i want you all to stand up. you have been sitting too long. here in the mission, everything we have is because we have fought for it. we have fought for every single thing, so i will just -- for those of you who have not been part of the movement, today you will be part of the movement. i will baptize you and i will baptize you like i have for so many, and we will clop very slowly and then very fast, and we are going to -- usually we say -- [speaking spanish] -- >> we will say --
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[speaking spanish] >> all right. [speaking spanish] [cheers and applause] >> you may have your seat back. >> i have a couple of stories about this place. in the eighties, here in the mission, there was a lot of -- [speaking spanish] >> some of you might not know what that is, with those of you do know what it is. they were dropping out out of school, not because they wanted to drop out, but they were being suspended and they were being expelled from school at that time. i had the honor of being the leader at the rural alternatives program, at that time, the superintendent -- i went to bob one day and i said, you are losing over $896,000 a year
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because of all these young people that are being expelled. how about we make a deal. you give me 1950 mission for 1 dollar a year, and nobody will know that i am only paying 1 dollar a year. just let everyone know i leased it. we will call it -- [speaking spanish] >> i have worked with some professors from stanford to develop a curriculum, and i gave him the curriculum. the curriculum was about reading , writing, math, and science in biology, and it all revolved around a little brighter, how to build a low rider and how low riders work, let me tell you, bob was not too serious about what i was telling him, but when i said about low writing, all of a sudden he got really excited and he started, and literally the whole
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curriculum had me sit there for 20 minutes while he read the whole thing. he said, i love it, let's build low riders, and let's make money for the school district while we're at it. he gave us this site. we had numerous people. how many people are here from rap today? there is a whole lot of people. there's a couple of teachers who were here back in those days. great. and then you have phoenix continuation school. and when my sister was talking, this is a healing ground, we took dropouts, people who the schools not want, when you fell behind, and you couldn't keep up academically.
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i know that feeling because i was one of those. i could not keep up academically so phoenix was a great school that was here and healed a lot of people. we were here, and we send her off with a building to wash -- a blessing to washington bill c2 demands that they make sure our people got preference, which i believe should be 100% preference because here in the mission, we have had 10,000 people who have been evicted. all the housing that we are building, you should be 100% for our people for american unity, and most importantly, when you talk about 8,000 latinos, all those latinos come back, just like all the african-americans should come back to hundred's points, bayview, onto the western edition. they were promised that and that promise was not kept. >> i want to end by saying, we are going to continue fighting
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and we will fight and we will fight and fight because we need 2400 units of affordable housing to have some equity and justice in our community, i want to thank all the mirrors -- the warriors from our mission for all the times a volunteered your time for all the times you marched and we marched and we protested, and i know some of you are always schedule get arrested with me, but that's okay. i always have the lawyer and the bishop with me, and i always have failed money. i told you i have bail money, and i look forward to having the contractor that has been hired. they told us to be responsible through this project. i want to make sure this contract hires latinos and hires people from this neighborhood. i also want to -- [applause] >> i also want to make sure that what we built here, we built across the street, and that means no monster in the mission,
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absolutely no monster in the mission. [cheers and applause] , it has to be just like this, and we are going to fight and fight, and fight against that monster. and last, i want to thank sam, the white guy, come here, sam, come here, this is the white guy i said i love this white guy. i said i am baptizing him to make him brown. you will turn brown, brother, you will turn pink, but i love him because you know what? marsha, come here. this sister is from nicaragua. [cheers and applause] these two are my heroes because both of them, for over ten years , along with the board of directors, struggled because there were people in the safety that defended mission housing, they didn't want to mission housing be around no more, and
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you know what, there was a problem, but they fix problems, look at city college, there is a problem. it got fixed, but nobody wanted to fix mission housing, they just wanted to see a closed, and these two people are my angels and for ten years they stuck it out and rebuilt it and fixed it and made it happen. so thank you very much. i love you both. [cheers and applause] >> i would like to welcome supervisor hillary ronen from bernal heights and portola. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. welcome -- look at this gorgeous day for this groundbreaking. the fourth in the mission recently, there is two or three more people to come by the end of this year. that is seven projects.
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seven buildings that will be 100% affordable housing for everybody. [applause] from everybody with formerly homeless families, to the working-class families that are making minimum wage in the city and county of san francisco, and thank you to mayor breeds. a lot of them will be people that came or were raised and born right here in the mission district. thank you very much for your groundbreaking neighborhood preference legislation. it means the world to this neighborhood, it truly does. i just want to say how proud i am to be the supervisor of the mission district. this is the most, if not one of the most, the most special neighborhoods in this amazing city of san francisco.
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and the reason is, we have one of the most engaged communities in the entire country. they don't just accept the status quo and let things continue to happen when 10,000 latino individuals and families are displaced for the community, they fight and they fight, and they fight to make sure that we we build affordable housing again, and if there is not enough affordable housing in the market, they fight and they fight, and they fight, until there is enough affordable housing in those projects. and it is not just affordable housing. when there's 260 people living in tents in the street, they welcome navigation centers into the neighborhood and say there is a better way, there's a kinder way, there's a more dignified way for people to get their issues figured out until they can get stable housing, and we will not let them die on the streets. we will bring them inside.