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with the low numbers of people of color and diversity in their employment, i would suspect that the jobs didn't come from our community. i have a son born in san francisco general hospital 40 years ago. he lives in south san francisco. he's unemployed, and an unemployed tech employee at the moment. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you, supervisor mar, for your leadership on calling for this hearing. this is definitely very important. my name is shen lee, and i'm with seiu 1021. i'm speaking as a long-term resident of this city. i've been here 26 years, currently living in a rent
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controlled apartment, and thanks to that rent controlled apartment, i'm still here today. as a resident, i'm very concerned that our public services are already super under funded and overloaded. we have a public health crisis? my car got broken into three times in the last three months. there's definitely -- there's going to be increased crimes since it's already really bad with inequality? and then also our members reported at h.s.a. as a client, some people have to take four hours to wait to get access to basic services? so our hospitals are underfunded. my mom had cancer for eight years. i go with her to every doctor's appointment at s.f. general where we wait anywhere from two hours to four hours to see a
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doctor for is a minutes and receive cancer -- 15 minutes and receive cancer treatment? we need more affordable housing, we need public infrastructure, with you need investment in public schools. as someone who went to public school, i can tell you when i was growing up, i did not have enough to eat from the lunches that were provided as a student. so we need -- san francisco needs to lead by example as a progressive city? if we have the highest wealth, then we should be the most progressive in how we enforce the taxes on wealth? >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is julie, and i'm a proud member of jobs with justice. yesterday, there was a hearing at city college regarding major cuts in classes, taking away from our multiracial working
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class youth that hope for a good future. it is time to standup for our working families where housing, health care, good jobs, public education and more are under attack. please do the right thing. do not give the rich more wealth that they already have. close the tax loophole, and support our teachers, our restaurant workers, and more who deserve justice and equality. >> supervisor mar: thank you. if there's others that would like to speak on this item, please get in line on the side. next speaker. >> good afternoon, speakers. my name is cila. after hearing the presentations and seeing the slides, it's impossible for me not to not distressed by what san francisco will be going through over the next few weeks and months. thousands of our members have had to leave san francisco because they have been unable to live here, to afford it, and it is this growing disparity
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that drives them to become more and more involved in making sure we eliminate disparity in san francisco. many of them have been driven from communities that were vibrant, walkable, that were really examples of what a community should be. and now they're spending weeks every year driving to and from san francisco if they're lucky enough to have a job here. i myself have lived in san francisco for about a decade. i've been evicted, i've seen what's been going on from the students here. i was evicted from the mission like thousands of other latinos. i'm fortunate enough to continue living in san francisco, but ultimately, i keep seeing households having to double up, living on their cars, eventually living on the streets sometimes and that in a city that's this wealthily should not be happening. these businesses have the opportunity to be good neighbors, to have solidarity with their neighbors, so i urge
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you to intervene and make sure this disparity is addressed immediately. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, everyone. my name is mustafa, and i moved here ten years ago and i started driving four years ago because it was the only way i could make enough money while going to city college. every year, it gets more expensive to live in the city. we've seen our rates go up over time, so in order to make the same amount of money, i need to work 70 to 80 hours a week, and that's not good for everyone and dangerous for everyone else on the road. i have to live with six other people in a studio apartment in the city, and lots of people have to live in their cars so they can save money and support
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their families while the c.e.o. of uber just purchased a $17 million mansion in san francisco just a couple of months ago. we shareholder the cost of gas, upkeep, and depreciation of our cars. uber employees are set to become millionaires and gain more work than they already have. next month, uber and other companies will make millions,
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but we still deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> -- i come to ride share driving after two years of recovery from a severe neck trauma. when i started, i could support my family and ride share looked promising. now it looks like these companies want to destroy protections put in place. these companies are trying to make a game out of people's livelihoods. uber and lyft workers are becoming millionaires while i'm
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struggling to make ends meet. >> i'm jennie worley from a.f.t. 2121 at city college of san francisco. increasingly over the past ten years i've noticed my students moving farther and farther to the far east bay, commuting from places like antioch. the free city program has helped a lot, has let a lot of san francisco students go back to school at city college, but i'm still seeing students really struggling every week to pay their rent. last week, i had a student in my women's literature class who is a newly single mother who was struggling to get out of a dangerous housing situation. she couldn't move in with her mom because her mom had already had to move out of san francisco.
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she couldn't move in with her dad because he was living in a tiny apartment, driving for uber. so she was missing classes every week. i had the student report to me hopeful going to another open house for an apartment, and had another applicant show up and give a year's rent in advance and get the apartment out from under them. our facility are commuting from far away, and despite a new contract that we got, thanks, supervisor mandelman, we're having trouble recruiting faculty? they'll research the housing costs in san francisco and decline the job. so we're hemorrhaging positions in departments like nursing and unfortunately, computer science. the college has been forced between offering a living wage and covering classes that the community wants and needs, and
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we're currently in the process of cutting classes across the curriculum. this can't go on. we need to turn up a new generation -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> i'm pretty good at numbers, and i did a thesis on the information through information that was placed newspapers during the time -- placed in nups during the time that ed -- newspapers during the time that ed lee was alive. i told them $217 billion of uncollected payroll taxes. i went to peskin's office and made a presentation in front of him. i told him you can't keep doing this because you're going to create a negative cash flow. the last seven months of ed lee's life, he told each and every department you have to
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cutback 10%, stop employing people in your department and cutback on your expenses because you had an $85 million cash flow. and when you took over after his death, you still had an $88.5 million cash flow. when the president did his tax cuts and unnecessary tax regulations, all the big companies, multibillion dollar companies such as apple came back to the united states and started booming. apple brought back 500 billion to the united states. that's how you got your 11.5 in your budget. the tax figures that you presented today were disproved by ed lee. companies including twitter
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broke all the records yesterday, so your figures are not up to date because the record was just broke yesterday. and about the tech boom, the tech boom starts with the races, justin herman plaza, when you started with the fillmore and displaced my people -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. my name's kathy burik. i'm a member of seiu 2121. i'm intersectionally here. this wasn't what i planned to say, but after i heard the student with uber speak, they have to be taxed. when he heard the -- when i heard the person talk about how
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the deals were made in 2012, why weren't community people or community organizations not at the table? why was it just deals with the corporations and whose jobs were being lost? i'm sorry, it's like -- i won't go there because that wasn't what i planned to say. what i wanted to -- when i read this article about tech real estate agents from a firm called compass said, are we going to see a one bedroom condo worth less than $1 million in the next five years? probably not. and i'm not surprised because i saw condos built right across the street from where i live starting at $1.1 million. meanwhile, one of the supervisors had to move out of the neighborhood.
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she was sharing three bedrooms with five people, and she had to move because the rent jumped from 3,000 to 5,000. this is a really low estimate of homeless students on ocean campus, 120 to 150 each semester. and those are only the students on ocean willing to go to apply to qualify. even at u.s.f., we have -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is danielle arribe. i'm an east bay native, and i've lived in district one for 20 years. and i've been personally affected just in the stress and worry that i might lose my rent controlled apartment. i've seen friends had to leave, and what i want to talk about is development without displacement because we need to
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take care of our local residents. all those people that are coming from all over the country and all over the world to make $100,000 and more, what about also training locals, 10, 15, whatever percent, having -- putting pressure on these companies to train locals in the tech industry, however they can work in these industries, have a living wage with benefits and everything, whether it's uber or lyft or whatever companies there are? we need to take care of our local people so they don't have to move out, and also, that would impact housing. if you keep more people here, then, it'll help with housing costs and racial inequality, and it's just about time that the government takes action on this. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi. good afternoon. my name's kathrin kung.
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i'm here with just cause and also as a provide citizen. i just recently made the move from tech to nonprofits, so that informs a lot of my perspective on this. we are talking about money that's insane, beyond what we can really comprehend. also, i think what we're not mentioning is there's a great amount of support for some kind of tax law on these companies for people who are -- i think that the working class people and the people who are being displaced and disenfranchised need to be at the forefront. however, there are people working at these companies who aren't going to get these cuts. they're living in these communities. they're also being squeezed out, but they're also seeing people that they care about and -- you know, being displaced, as well. there's a lot amount of support
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from folks that are not in the room today. there's this middle class of people that are also in great favor of san francisco standing up and doing the right thing. they don't believe that the companies will do the right thing, so i guess it's someone else's job, and we're all looking to the city to do it. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. i'm leslie with housing rights committee, also here as an individual who's been evicted twice in two years by costa hawkins and russell flynn was the last major evictor who's flipping the apartments in order to get in higher paying tech employees. this is actually happening everywhere. cities across the world look to us to see what we're doing tangibly because we handle it first? germany is handling it because
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they're saying hey, google, you can't have your office here. we need to get bold here, this is serious. i'm going to back up jobs with justice and s.f. rising and their call to tax them. but we have to do more. we have to stop speculation right now. to do this, we need you to fight for rent control, for vacancy control. we need you to do something about the housing issue, starting with stopping the sweeps. the city is the evictor every day over and over and over for these people, many who used to be tenants, 21%, actually, when you were born and raised here. so we ask that you take a bold step and do something because these i.p.o. winnings are wage theft. they're making money overall of our data. folks growing up right now don't even know what this is.
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we need to do something bold and take a giant leap forward. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name is megan. as we all know, we have a housing crisis here in san francisco. last week, the atlantic reported that -- more than 50% of properties purchased in san franciscos are purchased by -- san francisco are purchased by tech employees. two of the companies going public, lyft and uber, have never turned a profit. uber is valued at $120 billion. [inaudible] >> even outside of the social
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yo economic impact of these i.p.o.s, stress is being placed on the city because of them. when pinterest went public, they landed at the bar at 10:00 a.m. it was complete chaos, i was told. the lack of completely responsibility impacts all of us who are not earning tech incomes. there should be a degree of response based on multibillion dollar corporations that go public and launch in the city. let's work towards addressing the rampant inequality that exist exists in san francisco. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> i'm here to share my story of the effects that the income inequality has had on myself and my peers. last year, i was homeless and
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it was because rent was too high. and as a student that's going to school full-time as well, i couldn't afford to live anywhere here in the san francisco in the bay area. i couldn't move in with my parents because they're not here in the bay area. the experiences that i've had have been awful because if we're living in one of the richest cities, it's astonishing to me that there's not enough services for people that are placing displacement, facing all of these challenges by the injustices -- housing injustices we face here. i was looking at hearts at ccsf, and there i saw firsthand how my peers were suffering because they didn't have a place to live, couldn't afford a place to live.
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a lot of them were living in shelters. now i'm at causa justa, and landlords are converting their apartments for techies that will pay more rent. all the money that's being flushed in is only going to increase our rent, is only going to make the lives of people living here harder, and people are going to get d displaced. it's obvious that more demand for housing and a population that's willing to pay more is going to increase the rents, so i'm asking you to please -- >> supervisor mar: thank you. thank you so much. next speaker, please. >> hello.
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my name is tom hartford, and i'm here to speak for some of my members who are unable to live in the city that we actually work and take pride in working. many of us have lived in the city from an early time and got apartments that are affordable, and they cannot move and will not move because it benefits them. the rest of us that are coming in as younger members have to travel from great distances, sometimes as far as vallejo to be able to live. those times and distances and the costs in our wages and our labor really affects how we can perform and be a part of this society and community in san francisco. we would much rather not living
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here and be a part of the city and a part of this. on an annual basis, even though i belong to a union, if i take every show, i make $48,000. i ask that you consider making these changes to help all people, even the harder -- upper middle classes that are still within the poverty levels of san francisco. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you, supervisor mar, for opening up this incredibly important conversation. as a young public policy student some decades ago, i remember very, very clearly when a professor made it clear
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that tax policy is not just fiscal policy, it's not just a fiscal issue, it's a moral and ethical issue. and today in san francisco, we have a moral and ethical crisis on our hands, a good one. i'm not going to repeat all of the tales that my colleagues have said today that are heartbreaking, really truly heartbreaking and unconscionable. we need to do something quickly. the wealthy hold their money in property and in stocks. and we have something right now with looming i.p.o.s is a massive opportunity to actually address huge wealth opportunities in the city. we need to look to it towards an eye with not just fiscal efficiency, but an eye towards the people who need it most.
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you are who we look to in this city to make moral action on this issue, and just to repeat what one sister said earlier, please do the right thing. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is c.w. johnson. i'm coming here as a private citizen. this has created a lot of disconnect. i am so scared to go in the hospital. i have to go in the hospital to get an operation pretty soon. i work 40 hours a week. i've lived in the city for 37
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years. the last seven years, i lived in an s.r.o. -- i mean, studio, affordable studio. and i'm afraid to go into the hospital because i'm going to lose everything i have, and i'm going to be in had a wheel with chair, sleeping on the sidewalk, the one that you're sitting around, talking about what are you going to do with these people? i see so much disconnect in the community. people, places -- i got lost in the city that i call home for 37 years because i didn't recognize the neighborhood. that's ridiculous. we have to do better by our citizens, by our people. if these i.p.o.s are going to invest in us, we need to know about all of them, not just the actual bank accounts. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. is there any other members of the public that wish to speak
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on this issue? seeing none, public comment is closed. i want to really thank all the diverse community members and workers and advocates for sharing your experiences on the i.p.o. and tech earthquake that the city is facing for everyone that's not super wealthily. thank you for the informative presentations from the budget and legislative analysts. colleagues, i know we're going to be having much more discussions about these issues ahead. i actually have some closing remarks and an announcement to make in response to the information presented at the hearing, but i just wanted to see if you had any comments or remarks to make. >> supervisor fewer: i just wanted to say thank you for
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bringing this forward. i think today we all learned a lot, actually, and i think that this board has been looking for ways to level the playing field a little, and it is our job as legislators to actually protect the most vulnerable here because this is the job of city government, quite frankly, too, and our job and responsibility. so i just want to say thanks to everyone who came out, and thank you for the wonderful b.l.a. report. and also, also to our econo economyists, and i think we will be in touch for deeper conversation about this. thank you. >> supervisor mar: thank you. any other comments? well, in closing, first of all, i did want to be clear. the conversations that we're having is not just about i.p.o.s and the tech sector,
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this is about who you are. we have the highest income gap and the highest housing costs in the nation. they didn't happen by accident. over the last decade, we have seen an incredible amount of wealth flood this city, wealth concentrated in the hands of too few, as our wages shrink and wealth grows. we rolled out the red carpet for these companies to tap up and grow here, and -- step up and grow here, and when they threatened to leave, we cut their taxes, gave them offices and luxury condos, and here we are. these companies have been incredibly successful, and i commend them, and i'm glad businesses find san francisco attractive, but success isn't theirs alone.
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it comes from the service workers, of the public sector. while we need a diverse economy for success, that diversity in every record is threatened by this success and the run away inequality by these companies. we know that i.p.o.s did not cause income inequality but they have and will exacerbate it. so today i'm announcing a proposal to tax the i.p.o.s to fund programs to address income inequality. i've worked with a variety of community nonprofits to craft this, organizations representing workers, immigrant families, young people and communities who have already borne the brunt of extreme
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income inequality in san francisco. with the more than $100 million raised by this corporate tax, we will establish the shared prosperity fund with the purpose to protect and stablize working families. this includes funding for affordable housing, programs for vulnerable youth and families, support for low and middle-income workers and stall business stablization. it's time we turn the page on trickle down concepts of the past. it's time to work towards a future where all people benefit from the prosperity that san francisco helped incubate, where the success experienced by many doesn't benefit the few. where corporations are responsible neighbors and where technology and innovation acts
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in a service to society instead of the other way around. it's time we asked wealthy corporations to start paying their fair share. i look forward to working with my colleagues on the board in the coming weeks to put this on the ballot. i'll have more details to share soon and much more discussion to be had. we know what led us here, we know the crisis we face. the only question is what we're going to do about it. the i.p.o. tax won't solve all our problems, but i hope it will turn the tide towards a more just and equal future. thank you to chair fewer and the committee members for your time and consideration in this fairly long but very important hearing. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. mr. clerk, do we have any other business before us today? >> clerk: that completes the agenda for this morning.
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>> hi. i am cory with san francisco and we're doing stay safe and we're going to talk about what shelter in place or safe enough to stay in your home means. we're here at the urban center on mission street in san francisco and joined by carla, the deputy director of spur and one of the persons who pushed this shelter in place and safe enough to stay concept and we want to talk about what it means and why it's important to san
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francisco. >> as you know the bay area as 63% chance of having a major earthquake and it's serious and going to impact a lot of people and particularly people in san francisco because we live on a major fault so what does this mean for us? part of what it means is that potentially 25% of san francisco's building stock will be uninhibit tabl and people can't stay in their homes after an earthquake. they may have to go to shelters or leave entirely and we don't want that to happen. >> we want a building stock to encourage them to stay in the homes and encourage them to stay and not relocate to other locations and shelters. >> that's right so that means the housing needs to be safe enough to stay and we have been
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focused in trying to define what that means and you as a former building official knows better than anybody the code says if an earthquake happens it won't kill you but doesn't necessarily say that can you stay in your home and we set out to define what that might mean and you know because you built this house we're in now and this shows what it's like to be in a place safe enough to stay. it's not going to be perfect. there maybe cracks in the walls and not have gas or electricity within a while but can you essentially camp out within your unit. what's it going to take to get the housing stock up to this standard? we spent time talking about this and one of the building types we talk about
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was soft story buildings and the ground floor is vulnerable because there are openings for garages or windows and during the earthquake we saw in the marina they went right over and those are -- >> very vulnerable buildings. >> very and there are a lot of apartment buildings in san that that are like that. >> and time to. >> >> retrofit the buildings so people can stay in them after the earthquake. >> what do they need? do they need information? do they need incentives? mandates? >> that's a good question. i think it starts with information. people think that new buildings are earthquake proof and don't understand the performance the building will have so we want a transparent
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of letting people know is my building going to be safe in it after an earthquake? is my building so dangers i should be afraid of being injured? so developing a ranking system for buildings would be very important and i think for some of the larger apartment buildings that are soft story we need a mandatory program to fix the buildings, not over night and not without financial help or incentive, but a phased program over time that is reasonable so we can fix those buildings, and for the smaller soft story buildings and especially in san francisco and the houses over garages we need information and incentives and coaxing the people along and each of the owners want their house to be safe enough. >> we want the system and not just mandate everybody.
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>> that's right. >> i hear about people talking about this concept of resiliency. as you're fixing your knowledge you're adding to the city wide resiliency. >> >> what does that mean? >> that's a great question. what spur has done is look at that in terms of recovery and in new orleans with katrina and lost many of the people, hasn't recovered the building stock. it's not a good situation. i think we can agree and in san we want to rebuild well and quickly after a major disaster so we have defined what that means for our life lines. how do we need the gasolines to perform and water perform after an earthquake and the building stock as well, so we have the goal of 95% of our homes to be ready for shelter in place
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after a major earthquake, and that way people can stay within the city. we don't lose our work force. we don't lose the people that make san francisco so special. we keep everybody here and that allow us to recover our economy, and everything because it's so interdependent. >> so that is a difficult goal but i think we can achieve it over the long time so thank you very much for hosting us and hosting this great exhibit, and thank you very much for joining >> a way of life in san francisco. when the next major quake hits, the city hopes a new law requiring seismic upgrades to five story buildings will help keep more residents safe and sound. tell me a little about the soft story program. what is it?
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>> it's a program the mayor signed into law about a year and a half ago and the whole idea behind it was to help homeowners strengthen buildings so that they would not collapse. >> did you the soft story program apply to all buildings or building that were built in a certain time frame? >> it only applies to buildings built in the time frame of 1978 and earlier. it's aimed at wood framed buildings that are three or more stories and five or more units. but the openings at the garage level and the street level aren't supported in many buildings. and without the support during a major earthquake, they are expected to pancake and flatten ~. many of the buildings in this program are under rent control so it's to everybody's advantage to do the work and make sure they protect their
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investment and their tenant. >> notices have gone out to more than 6,000 owners of potentially at-risk properties but fewer than one-third have responded and thousands might miss an important deadline in september to tell the city what they plan to do. let's talk worst case scenario. what happens in a collapse? >> buildings have the tendency of rolling over. the first soft story walls lean over and the building collapse. in an earthquake the building is a total loss. >> can you describe what kind of strengthening is involved in the retrofit? >> one of the basic concepts, you want to think of this building kind of like rubber band and the upper three floor are very rigid box and the garage is a very flexible element. in an earthquake the garage will have a tendency to rollover. you have to rubber band analogy that the first floor is a very tough but flexible rubber band such that you never drive force he to the upper floors.
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where all your damage goes into controlled element like plywood or steel frame. >> so, here we are actually inside of a soft story building. can we talk a little about what kinds of repairs property owners might expect? >> it's a very simple process. we deliberately tried to keep it that way. so, what's involved is plywood, which when you install it and make a wall as we have done here already, then you cover it with this gypsum material. this adds some flexibility so that during the earthquake you'll get movement but not collapse. and that gets strengthened even more when we go over to the steel frame to support the upper floor. >> so, potentially the wood and the steel -- it sounds like a
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fairly straightforward process takes your odds of collapse from one in 4 to one in 30? >> that's exactly right. that's why we're hoping that people will move quickly and make this happen. >> great. let's take a look. so, let's talk steel frames. tell me what we have going on here. >> well, we have a steel frame here. there are two of these and they go up to the lower floor and there is a beam that go across, basically a box that is much stiffer and stronger. ~ goes so that during the earthquake the upper floor will not collapse down on this story. it can be done in about two weeks' time. voila, you're done. easy. >> for more information on how to get your building earthquake ready, >> in 201,755.7 million passengers traveled through san francisco international airport.
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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 was able to see how his dog was able to relieve passenger's jitter. when we first launched the
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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 the terminal with a dog or a pig and people start to interact with each other again and it's
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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 to be sure that the animals we are bringing into the airport are good with children and also
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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. >> there is a lot of stress when people have traveling so to from
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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 is just a wonderful relief. >> what i absolutely love most about it is the look on people's
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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 people that want to interact with lilo. >> i feel honored to be part of
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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. better. san francisco department of environment is a place where climate hits the street. we know that we don't have all the answers.
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we need to support our local champions, our local community to find creative solutions and innovations that help us get to zero waste. >> zero waste is sending nothing to landfill or incineration, using reuse and recovery and prevention as ways to achieve zero waste. the grant program is a grant program specifically for nonprofits in san francisco to divert material from landfill. it's important to find the san francisco produce market because there's a lot of edible food that can be diverted and they need positions to capture that food and focus on food recovery. >> san francisco produce market is a resource that connects farmers and their produce with businesses in the bay area. i think it's a basic human right
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to have access to healthy foods, and all of this food here is available. it's a matter of creating the infrastructure, creating jobs, and the system whereby none of this goes to waste. since the beginning of our program in july 2016 to date, we've donated over 1 million pounds of produce to our community partners, and that's resulted in over 900,000 meals to people in our community, which we're very proud of. >> carolyn at the san francisco produce market texts with old produce that's available. the produce is always excellent. we get things like broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers. everything that we use is nice and fresh, so when our clients
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get it, they really enjoy it, and it's important to me to feel good about what i do, and working in programs such as this really provides that for me. it's helping people. that's what it's really about, and i really enjoy that. >> the work at the produce market for me representing the intersection between environment and community, and when we are working at that intersection, when we are using our resources and our passion and our energy to heal the planet and feed the people, nothing gets better than
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