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you can come up. >> i want to thank you guys for coming. other thing is, one, i feel like i need to say this. one we are compromising in our own proposal. a normal p.o.e. goes to 2:00 a.m. every day of the week. if our proposal, we are compromising. the other thing is, i feel like now we're being penalized because l.l.p. works go to 12:0g which we have. now getting the p.o.e., now we can't do that? it seems like there's a bit of -- we're trying to go the route of the le l legit route. now we can't extend at all going for p.o.e. affiant it noi --
>> actually that's not true. the p.o.e. only to 11:00. not the p.o.e., but l.o.p. if you start getting complaints, you won't be able to. >> they are allowed to extend 12 times per calendar year. they are allowed to do entertainment until 11:00 p.m. daily because they got approved for the extending l.l.p. they are allowed to extend to 2:12 times a calendar year. what you're allowing them tonight is to have 2:00 a.m. 104 times a year. we should definitely look at that. not every single place of entertainment has unlimited rules. it's based on the location and what's going on with it. >> i hear that. the thing that will happen as a result of you not allowing us to extend 12 times a year is that we will lose significant revenue
even with the ability we pay $400 to extend. we sometimes pay that $450 to make that happen. by us going through the process doing right thing, compromising with the neighbors, open to multiples and showing up, following the rules with very few, if none the record complaints even when we've extended, it's penalizing us by saying we cannot extend 12 times a year even with the 2:00 a.m. expansion on friday and saturday. that's about our private rental income. now i can't extend. now i won't be able to. >> you will have that extension but only for fridays and saturdays.
>> that's one the reasons i asked about the use of the onetime event times. it sounded like they were primarily on the weekend. >> yes, the 2:00 a.m. friday and saturday fine perfect. we actually, the 2:00 a.m. on sunday through thursday, would be so rare and unusual. there's one with this festival coming up that we know about. other than that, i don't want to be up past that time. i have children. when we have an opportunity to do something that could be amazing for the arts community and amazing zero flexibility because we came for p.o.e., it's penalizing to us. i will be open to limiting that to six times a year or something. but not to say to us, we can right now if we walked away from this process, extend to
2:00 a.m. but now we can't on a sunday through thursday. it's punitive. during the week issue on thursday night, if microsoft calls me and they'll give us $5000 to rent the shop, they can only do it if they go to mitt night. i'll be like yes, let me apply for $450 license. >> commissioner falzon: we got it. let me share thoughts. for the police department i did the liquor licenses for almost 20 years. i'm familiar with the approach. it's not a bad approach. we should be looking at the long game. each license has pros and cons. from a long game perspective, i think you guys are on the right track. i don't know if you missed it, my key that i really was locking in on is if we proceed on what's currently on the table, i would encourage you guys to come back in settlemen six months. in six months you'll have your new permit license and we'll
have real data. i really get the revenue side of it. we have to see balance. you're in incredibly dense part of the city. i should probably stop. tell by your face you're not a happy camper. >> mainly -- it's not that i'm not happy. it's that small businesses really challenging. >> commissioner falzon: i get it. let me ask you real quick. first off, you want to go back to your liquor license. you got pretty restrictive hours. alcohol sales during the week basically end at 10:00 p.m. by definition no alcohol should be out. >> we don't sell alcohol past 10:00. >> can can't be out. people cannot be consuming? >> if you bring in a private
catering bartending service, there's many of them in the city. they travel with their own liquor license. >> commissioner falzon: conditie address specific. you're caters condition that's violation of state law. >> the caters in our experience that was not the case. we don't actually specific the liquor. it's a rental. we can look into that and wouldn't break if that was against the law. >> commissioner falzon: that is problematic. we might be going down a path you don't want to go down. liquor licenses are address specific. thank you.
>> vice president caminong: i like to make a comment. >> commissioner thomas: the one thing that i would like to do based on that last conversation is continue with friday and saturday at 2:00 a.m., sunday and thursday until 11:00 with one exception for this already schedule event that would happen during the week. i also would say that we would use that as a test in terms of seeing how the community or residents upstairs is able to manage with that. i do hear that you got a onetime event coming up. otherwise i would like leave it
with no exceptions out of respect for the residents of the hotel and move forward with that. >> do you want to address the applicant? you guys can take a seat. >> commissioner tan: i would make a very similar exact same proposition as commissioner thomas. i think the long game is what you guys should be looking at and it is two days that you're going to 2:00 a.m. that you never had before. it's prime time fridays and sateds. i understand, the interest. every time there's a permit that comes up here or permit applicant, i want to give them the full thing. unfortunately, there's neighbors to consider and unfortunately we live in a city with we have to figure out how to get along.
i think commissioner thomas is great. we don't want to put anyone out of business. weapon want -- we want to make sure business will succeed. i think you guys will do great. i feel like some perception issues going on here. that's my two cents. >> one thick i -- thing i like to say, tenderloin is close to my heart. to see residents here advocating
for your rights to have quality life and to have your needs addressed, i'm like 100% behind you guys. i really appreciate that. there's almost a dozen of you that are here with us right now. one thing like to address with the permit holder is i'm surprised thatoff been here this long and you have not had the opportunity to really engage with your residents. you said on the microphone that it's something that you intend to do better. you acknowledged that it was an issue. you were really committed to doing better. i appreciate that. you have at least 42 residents if the same building. you guys share space. you guys should know each other. you should know each other's names. it shouldn't have to go through the third party for you to be able to settle your issues. the common threat through our
conversations happening here is do the work to get to know your neighbors so that you guys will be able to work through all of it. it would save everybody a rot of time, lot of anxiety, lot of stress. i do understand the pressure you guys as small business owners. i don't necessarily think it's wise for us to take away the opportunity for you guys to have x amount of events to able to accommodate any of the special rentals that do come your way. if microsoft or outside group want to come if and give you $10,000, you want you to be able to work them on monday night, tuesday night. i hope that you will be able to do more engagement with your heartland residents with t.h.c.
i hope it's something that you consider to make contribution to the residents so they can become better organizers they can become more engage, there's more full circle this kind of work. my ask is you do consider giving them a number to play with. i'm not saying give them 12. giving them one isn't necessarily enough more for them to be able to grow their business. i agree that we should very -- revisit it in six months. i don't know what the time line is for the grant process to do any of -- to apply for the r.f.p. for the sound work. that time line is on government time.
i ask my colleagues to consider that we do give them a few options to extend somewhere between 1:00 and 12:00 a good compromise here. i expect the residents it hold them accountable to becoming better neighbors and being better actors in this work. >> commissioner lee: i want to give my big rebuttal for that. i think i'm only one thon board that have place of entertainment permit. i was there when there was limited life. we spent lot of money and lot of effort to get a p.o.e. to hear that you would forego a
p.o.e. and play around and extend, using the limited life for that, really kind of bothers me a lot. limited live was there hope the small business like the record shop or coffee shop and go to 10:00 or 11:00. because you got that extra time, it was actually -- most of the limited lives don't have that. that's a great thing. for you to come forward and now obviously you have neighbors that are complaining. it takes time, 7:30 for them to come here. there's an issue. and we're not trying to cut it off and say you can't have it. just work with them. i didn't like what i heard. i'm ready to vote. >> i don't think there's a
formal motion. >> there's no motion. >> i was hoping commissioner thomas listen take -- thomas wd take a hot. >> my motion would be that we approve this place of entertainment permit with the staff recommendations, specifically security and providing positively calendar of events as indicated including to the heartland hotel and that their hours of operation be limited to sunday through thursday to 11:00 p.m. friday and saturday until 2:00 a.m. with no exceptions except for the one time that is already scheduled. is that sufficient?
>> you're not doing any friendly amendment? >> i like to make a friendly amendment and a motion and allow them up to four extensions. >> you could also just vote on commissioner thomas if she doesn't agree. >> fix bundle, very insignificant, i like to get that there's number available to the community. >> that's within the g.n.p. we're covered. >> how many days we're looking for? up to four? i would second it if that's the motion. >> up to four? >> right up to four.
>> i would accept three. >> my concern is that i'm hearing loud and clear that folks from the heartland they don't want any exceptions. it's time to balance out providing some flexibility to a small business owner with being able to provide a predictable clear quality of life and sleep for the residents of the heartland. i'm fine with three and then we can come back and revisit this at some point. i want to try and find some flexibility and compromise here. i understand what the residents
agreed was a compromise. i'm asking you all to compromise little bit further on this. i'm hoping those three nights in particular we can ensure that the communication mechanism is working so that people are able to express their concerns if the sound is too loud and if that is not working, if the communication mitccommunicationl apart. we're asking lott folks in the heartland with this. i would ask you to bare with us. >> public comment is actually closed. >> they are the permit applicants.
they are a party to the permit. public comment is closed at it point. >> at the same time, there's been no record of infractions from this permit applicant. i feel like we really punishing them by limiting their extensi extension. >> i feel like the form that the complaints are taking is the residents of the heartland coming in front of us this evening saying here's what's going on and here's what we want and need. in san francisco right now we need to be protecting our residents of our s.r.o.s. ty i know there's a balance here. >> i appreciate that
commissioner thomas. i'm okay with three. >> just couple of things that might be helpful. this was approved by the district station. the tenderloin station on board with this. other thing we may have lost track of and had some balance of this conversation, they have been having late events. they have been going on. i do think that compromise is critical. i think we found it. i think this is probably as far as we're going to get for now. if commissioner thomas motion still in play for three days, i would second that. >> is it with the addition of coming back in settlemen six mo? >> the permit holder can make a request to commission staff at any point to be reheard for reconditioning.
that's up to the president to decide whether we want to rehear them at that time or not. i'm assuming they'll likely come at the six month point and we'll likely approve that. >> we're ready for a vote. [roll call] >> your permit application is conditionally granted. please follow up with the deputy for next steps. the final item on the agenda is agenda item number 7 commissioner comments and
questions. >> this is kind of interesting thing. i'm kind of lost track on lot of different things. the limited live was a helpful tool for restaurants and things that couldn't get a normal p.o.e. for whatever zoning. when i hear these things that we want everybody to have a full p.o.e. and have unrestricted use. when the neighbors come out like that -- >> sorry, i'm not quite catching -- >> i'm trying to figure out the limited live situation. like the limited live for what it does. it mens small business -- >> i was really up set by your comment. the limited live performance permit in this situation was
helpfully to a small business who could not afford the application fee. they were zoned for the place of entertainment permit, they didn't apply for it at that time because of the it's over $2000 and it requires inspections from every city department. >> i know that. >> can i interrupt too? like to advise our current chair, this issue has been resolved. if it's pertaining to this permit, let not talk about it anymore. >> i'm talking about in general limited live and usage. that's what i'm talking about. i'm just making a comment about it. it helps because of the fees and all that. that was the spirit of why it was granted. commissioner perez was here. there's some of us who went to the process to get the full p.o.e. and i remember when i had to go back 10 times to deal with my neighbors and things.
what upsets me, to open the door, i have this thing unti until 12:00. >> you're talking about the application that we just talked about. if we want to discuss limited live permit, let's talk about that on future agenda. limited rival permit has evolved. we made amendments to it. it might be functionally differently. >> it's not fair for the other people who went through the process. >> okay. >> noted. >> commissioner falzon: i wanted to bring up because it was intriguining --
>> i like it. >> just one quick thing, i think for those of you who are friends of --ty switched jobs recently to start working for the project. i'i'm the head city planner for bernieman. the event that happens out in the black rock desert. the hats i worn have been as a city employee, working for the m.t.a. and department of children, youth and families. i guess i'll have to recuse myself when bringing that project up. i hope to invite you to the office. it's really beautiful. they have really great
interesting art. >> congratulations. >> thanks. >> the office is in the mission. i forget the address. but it's in the mission. >> commissioner thomas: san francisco, the board of supervisors, created a task force to use at methamphetamine use in san francisco. i have been appointed to that task force and one of the issues that came up even first meeting was the intersection of methamphetamine and night life. we're going to be meeting four times over the next few months and through the department of public health presenting a report with some policy options on how san francisco can better address methamphetamine use and problems related to methamphetamine use. i'll make sure copy of that
report comes back to this commission from that task force. >> congratulations. >> we need good people. thank you. >> commissioner perez: i completely miss the summit it year. i want it take the opportunity to thank the staff. >> vice president caminong: next week thursday april 25th, the youth commission will be hosting youth advocacy day here at city hall. for one of the panel, we're going to be hosting here in this hearing room. it's highlighting san francisco native who are city and county workers. i'll be able it sit on that
panel. i'm very excited to bring in 200 young people, high school students from throughout the city and for us to share what our first person narratives of growing up the city and our commitment to public service. i wanted to shot out my youth advocacy crew. i want to acknowledge commissioner tan was one of the founders. >> wow. >> commissioner tan: i was. it's kind of crazy. >> vice president caminong: any other comments or questions?
>> third thursdays at the commons is a monthly event series to really activate krisk centkrisk -- civic center, fulton mall, and other locations through social operation. >> in 2016, an initiative called the civic center progress initiative was launched, it was launched by a bunch of city agencies and community partners, so they really had to figure out how to program these places on a more frequent basis. i'm with the civic center community benefit district, and i'm program manager for the civic center commons. also, third thursdays will have music. that was really important in the planning of
these events. >> we wanted to have an artist that appeals to a wide range of tastes. >> i'm the venue manager. good music, good music systems, and real bands with guitar players and drummers. >> we turned uc center and fulton street into a place where people want to be to meet, to laugh, and it's just an amazing place to be. there's a number of different exhibits. there's food, wine, cocktails, and the idea, again, is to give people an opportunity to enjoy what really is, you know, one of the great civic faces in america. when you look from the polk street steps, and you look all the way down the plaza, down
market street, daniel burns' design, this was meant to be this way. it's really special. >> the city approached us off the grid to provide food and beverages at the event as kind of the core anchor to encourage people who leave a reason to stay. >> it's really vibrant. it's really great, just people walking around having a good time. >> this formula is great food, interesting music, and then, we wanted to have something a little more, so we partnered with noise pop, and they brought in some really fun games. we have skeeball, we also have roller skating lessons, and we've got a roller skating rink. >> if you're a passion jail
skeeball player like me, and you're deciding whether you're just going to roll the ball up the middle or take a bank shot. >> our goal is to come out and have fun with their neighbors, but our goal is to really see in the comments that it's a place where people want to hold their own public event. >> i think this is a perfect example of all these people working together. everybody's kind of come together to provide this support and services that they can to activate this area. >> there's no one agency or organization that really can make this space come alive on its own, and it's really through the collective will, not just of the public sector, but both the public and our business partnerships, our nonprofits partnerships, you know, neighborhood activists.
>> i really like it. it's, like, a great way to get people to find out about local things, cuisine, like, it's really great. >> it's a really good environment, really welcoming. like, we're having a great time. >> we want to inspire other people to do this, just using a part of the plaza, and it's also a good way to introduce people if they're having a large scale event or small scale event, we'll direct you to the right people at the commons so you can get your event planned. >> being a san francisco based company, it was really important to connect and engage with san franciscans. >> how great is it to come out from city hall and enjoy great music, and be able to enjoy a
comtail, maybe throw a bocci ball or skee ball. i find third thursdays to be really reinrig rat reinriggating for me. >> whether you're in the city hall or financial district or anywhere, just come on down on third thursdays and enjoy the music, enjoy an adult beverage, enjoy the skee ball; enjoy an adult playground, if you . >> welcome, everyone.
hi. my name is clara filey,and i'm the director of the office of trans initiatives, and i'm so proud to work for a mayor that supports lgbt initiatives in the city of san francisco. [applause] >> today san francisco is launching, open to all, a national campaign to build understanding and discussion about the importance of protecting all people from discrimination. as a federal administration continues to attack our diverse communities, it is important that we stand by our values as being open for all, and call on other cities to follow suit. 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.
>> i would say i am a multidimensional artist. i came out of painting, but have also really enjoyed tactile properties of artwork and tile work. i always have an interest in public art. i really believe that art should be available to people for free, and it should be part of our world. you shouldn't just be something in museums. i love that people can just go there, and it is there for everyone. public art is art with a job to do. it is a place where the architecture meets the public. where the artist takes the meaning of the site, and gives a voice to its. we commission culture, murals, mosaics, black pieces, cut to mental, different types of material. it is not just downtown, or the
big sculptures you see, we are in the neighborhood. those are some of the most beloved kinds of projects that really give our libraries and recreation centers a sense of uniqueness, and being specific to that neighborhood. colette test on a number of those projects for its. one of my favorites is the oceanview library, as well as several parks, and the steps. >> mosaics are created with tile that is either broken or cut in some way, and rearranged to make a pattern. you need to use a tool, nippers, as they are called, to actually
shape the tiles of it so you can get them to fit incorrectly. i glued them to mash, and then they are taken, now usually installed by someone who is not to me, and they put cement on the wall, and they pick up the mash with the tiles attached to it, and they stick it to the wall, and then they groped it afterwards. [♪] >> we had never really seen artwork done on a stairway of the kinds that we were thinking of because our idea was very just barely pictorial, and to have a picture broken up like that, we were not sure if it would visually work. so we just took paper that size and drew what our idea was, and cut it into strips, and took it down there and taped it to the steps, and stepped back and looked around, and walked up and down and figured out how it would really work visually. [♪]
>> my theme was chinese heights because i find them very beautiful. and also because mosaic is such a heavy, dens, static medium, and i always like to try and incorporate movement into its, and i work with the theme of water a lot, with wind, with clouds, just because i like movements and lightness, so i liked the contrast of making kites out of very heavy, hard material. so one side is a dragon kite, and then there are several different kites in the sky with the clouds, and a little girl below flying it. [♪]
>> there are pieces that are particularly meaningful to me. during the time that we were working on it, my son was a disaffected, unhappy high school student. there was a day where i was on the way to take them to school, and he was looking glum, as usual, and so halfway to school, i turned around and said, how about if i tell the school you are sick and you come make tiles with us, so there is a tile that he made to. it is a little bird. the relationship with a work of art is something that develops over time, and if you have memories connected with a place from when you are a child, and you come back and you see it again with the eyes of an adult, it is a different thing, and is just part of what makes the city an exciting place. [♪]