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n's store and restaurants and scenic spots attract more visitors then the golden gate bridge. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: from the perspective of the tourist, chinatown station would be the most confident name. >> voice of translator: people will know when they are when they see the name. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: if we name a subway station after a person's name it will bring a lot of concerns and troubles to the tourists. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: for example, if the civic center subway station was named after a person's name, it will bring confusions to people who are
from other states or foreign countries. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: i hope you guys can use chinatown to name the subway station. it will help the people, who are from other states in and foreign countries. thank you so much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is mary chen. i am a resident of district six in san francisco. i really feel that the naming of rose rose pack would only bring shame to chinatown in san francisco, so i decided to join
the coalition against naming after rose pack, and volunteer my time over the weekend. i visit my friends about 40 business owners in chinatown. more than 30 of them are against naming after rose pack, and we want to name the subway station of chinatown station. this shows that the business owners in chinatown want to have the name of chinatown station. this is the voice of people of chinatown. i would like to ask the supervisor of chinatown, would you please leave the business
owners in chinatown and listen to their worries, and respect their choices. as a voter of six districts, i would like to also ask the board board, especially my district supervisor, to support the chinatown merchants and residents choice and not name rose pack for any public structure. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: good afternoon for the president and board of supervisors. >> voice of translator: i have been in the district for nearly five years.
[speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: during these five years, our family members go through -- [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: i heard the subway station would be named after rose pack. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: we want to know what the opinion is of chinese merchants in chinatown. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: those are our pictures.
we posted in the merchant. >> are you translating? lang port-mac. >> voice of translator: we had to get signatures for the merchants. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: over 118 merchants post the newspaper against the naming of the subway station. >> voice of translator: only a few business owners who are not present there. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: we want to know if the business owners
agree with the naming of chinatown. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: they told us some of the followers went to the chinese chamber of commerce. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: these people have close relationship with the chinese communist party and the government, so they want to help those people. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: most of them are opposed to use her name [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: many of the merchants also experienced are angry to these men.
[speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: they are angry about who is going to use this name. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: they cannot represent the merchants. lang port-mac -- [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: i hope the board of supervisors will consider to use the chinatown name. >> thank you, next speaker. [speaking foreign language]
>> voice of translator: she gave a couple of dollars to homeless men to a foundation. later on you see the reporter caught the signature twice. and no one knew they would be the mayor five years later. and also it was misled. this doesn't allow her to do that. beware, i am against naming the new bart station after her. >> thank you. comments. next speaker, please.
>> tom gilbert tee, chinatown is chinatown all over the bay area and the tourist world. citizens are trying to bring their government back home. our taxis need and deserve retribution. they are asking this board to make up for the negligence of the mayor's office. they are trying to bring this government back home. last week i referred to my wife, the first three years in north korea, it was bombed to smithereens. the removal of presidents in iran and what amala -- and guatemala. we have the bay of pigs. the first president of the congo , popular and legally elected and was shot down by the
c.i.a. because he was not pro- u.s.a. enough bay of pigs, they of tonkin, vietnam, chile, afghanistan, iraq, libya, honduras, now like north korea we have yemen. and now you're trying to remove venezuela and iran. basically it is a system that needs change. we need big changes. and we need to build where people live at the ends of the freeway and at bart, instead of bringing them back here. do we need higher salesforce towers here? i don't think so. how about building new cities at the end of the bullet train in
the valley? land is cheaper, value is better for everybody. in san francisco, navigation systems that let -- >> thank you. >> thank you. >> before the next speaker approaches, are there any other members of the public would like to address the board during general public comment -- comment? please line up right now. next speaker, please. >> hi, everyone. i am here to be against naming chinatown after rose pack. many of us take time off -- take time off today to come here and to bring our voice forward. i think we provide a lot of evidence and the facts, and i hope those evidence and facts are reported about it.
when you think about this, why are people against this one? why so many voices? i just wanted you guys to know to think about this. when you vote yes, or when you vote no. when we bring so many of these facts to you, think about this. we really don't want to name this such person, with no honor with this name in chinatown. every time we go to chinatown and when we see her name, we think this way. we feel so bad. i think this is a shame for us. today i just wanted to mention that for honor and public service record, what if we bring those effects forward? what if rose pack is a chinese spy? think about it this way.
thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. as you are all aware, the circular iron on our streets only consider a veritable can of worms and shows expired pipes that are leaking. the network is likely compromised in the board should not continue to neglect the responsibilities towards public safety, and that of our property while engaging in small site acquisition and demand a monopoly over local rights and interests. if we cannot conduct future emergencies owing to inadequate preparation of consequence of your inaction, there is potential for displacement, particularly during elections. you must hard in the infrastructure and restore integrity of the public utility at once. we exploit pg and e. for ruptured parts and speak of
piercing the shield of corporate responsibility. it is your conduct that is better than pge -- pg and a judge of board of directors. the estimated rate of pipe replacement at present is at pace that could take 30 years or longer. the plumbing in neighborhoods is precivil war area. you collect no less than 2 billion in property tax annually on a quarter of a trillion dollars in property value, is it too much to ask they take this responsibility more seriously. it would be wasteful, however to issue a 30 year bond to pay for the repair or upgrade of a system. it would be negligent to fully address -- you should mitigate reliabilities and better protect your assets and allow for bid
his -- british petroleum his that serves as a constant reminder of what a plumbing problem could cost you in the long run. it will be a little -- >> okay. seeing no other persons lining up for public comment, public comment is now closed. madame clerk, i would like to refer back to roll call, please. [roll call]. >> thank you, president yee, madame clerk, colleagues, i want to take a brief moment to thank all of you for your patience over the last couple of weeks as we have heard public comment with regard to a resolution that i introduced that many of you cosponsored, and i appreciate the public comments that we are getting, and i want to say something for you and the public
to hear, which is that i personally had a very complicated relationship with her, and she was very complicated as a person. she is no longer with us, but i absolutely believe that with all of that complexity and despite our complicated relationship, she do tremendous things, not only for chinatown, but for the asian-american community in san francisco, particularly the chinese-american community in san francisco, that i think is worth our city taking note of and acknowledging, and that coming from this particular supervisor who was, at times, the best of friends, and at times the worst of enemies of her, i think says something. this item that i introduced, which is an item, as you know, urging the m.t.a., they have
received a lot of public comment , and will continue to receive a lot of public comment, and it's day will come in these chambers, what i wanted to thank all of you for your patience. i realize that these are interesting times that we are living in, and i do want to say that many of the things that i said are true, and many of them were said at a time when she and i were on opposite ends of heartfelt political differences in the city and county of san francisco. with that, i don't want to get the city attorney angry at me, so i will stop talking, but we will have a hearing in do course , that is precisely why we have not yet heard it. thank you, colleagues. >> okay. madame clerk, i think i guess
what we need to do now is call for adoption without committee agenda, items 21 through 30. >> items 21 through 30 word introduced and a unanimous report is required. any supervisor may require a super -- a resolution on first reading to go to committee. irresolution on second committee would be eight votes to approve. >> okay. colleagues, are there any items you would like to sever? supervisor brown? >> yes, i would like to sever item 24. >> twenty-four. >> supervisor mandel mandelman? >> i believe supervisor peskin and i need to sever item 27. >> yes.
>> there are nine aye. >> these motions are approved and the resolutions are adopted unanimously. madame clerk, please call item number 24. >> it is a resolution to recognize may fifth as the national day of awareness for honoring missing and murdered indigenous women. >> okay. supervisor brown? >> yes, thank you. i am submitting amendments on item 24 on supervisor ronen's behalf. she was excused today because of illness. i also cosponsored this with supervisor ronen, and i thank you have amendments, and i would like to read the amendment. it is a reference to the indian relocation act for the native
american community in san francisco to acknowledge the work of san francisco and how they are taking progressive steps in the restoration of american indian traditions and policies and address the challenges that we are continuing to face, including a sovereign sovereign body institutes and getting cooperations to as fpd and in the case of jessica alba. thank you. >> supervisor mar? >> i would like to be added as a cosponsor, please. >> thank you. >> supervisor madwoman? >> as what i supervisor fewer. >> i already signed on and i just want to confirm. thank you very much. >> and supervisor yee, i would like to be added, also. >> thank you. >> me as well. and i think supervisor peskin, as well. >> thank you. >> is everybody in this room?
>> is that the whole board? yes. okay. so there has been a motion to make an amendment. is there a second? seconded by supervisor fewer. can i take these amendments without objection? and we then can take the same house, same call to adopt the resolution as amended. so it is adopted. that will bring us to item number 25. this is my item and -- >> mr. president, shall i read the item? >> is a resolution to create a daylighting plan and systematically implement parking restrictions that intersection corners to improve traffic safety and requesting a report
from the sfmta. >> colleagues, i have already spoken on this item. i spoke about this item when i introduced it. i really want to respect your time, but i do want to think my cosponsors, supervisors mandelman, brown, mar, stefani, ronen, and haney hany, and thank you for cosponsoring. colleagues, can we take this item same house, same call? okay. this resolution is adopted unanimously. right now what i would like to do is -- can you please read item number 27, madame clerk? >> twenty-seven is a resolution to nominate supervisor aaron peskin or in the alternative, supervisor mandelman for the north coast central seat on the california coastal commission. >> can i have a motion to excuse
madame clerk, please read -- i believe we are to the point where we will read the memorial is if we have any. >> mr. president, i have no in memoriam his to read tonight. >> colleagues, that brings us to the end of the agenda. is there any other for the business before us today? >> that concludes our business for today. >> we are adjourned.
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excited about the future. >> my name is is jack listen and the executive director of a phil randolph institution our goal to have two pathways to sustaining a family here in san francisco and your union jobs are stroen to do that i have this huge way to work with the community members and i think i found my calling i started in 1996 working for willie brown, jr. i worked in he's mayor's office of housing in the western edition and left 3 years went to law school of san francisco state university and mayor brown asked me to be the director of the taxicab commission and through the process i very much card by the contracting process and asked me townhouse the city purchaser and
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>> i have a very good team around me we're leader in the country when it comes to paid and retail and furiously the affordable-care act passed by 3079 we were did leaders for the healthcare and we're in support of of the women and support. >> in my industry i feel that is male dominated a huge struggle to get my foot in the door and i feel as though that definitely needs to change this year needs to be more opportunities for i don't know women to do what tell me dream i feel that is important for us to create a in fact, network of support to young people young women can further their dreams and most interested in making sure they have the full and whatever they need to make that
achieveable. >> education is important i releases it at my time of san mateo high ii come back to the university of san francisco law school and the fact i passed the bar will open up many more doors because i feel a curve ball or an where you can in the way can't get down why is this in my way we have to figure out a solution how to move forward we can't let adversity throw in the . >> my name is dave, and i play
defense. >> my name is mustafa, and i am a midfielder, but right now, i am trying to play as a goalkeeper, because they need a goalkeeper. >> soccer u.s.a. is a nonprofessional organization. we use sports, soccer in particular to engage communities that can benefit from quality programs in order to lift people up, helping to regain a sense of control in one's life. >> the san francisco recreation and park department and street soccer u.s.a. have been partners now for nearly a decade. street soccer shares our mission in using sport as a vehicle for youth development and for reaching people of all ages. rec and park has a team. >> i'm been playing soccer all
my life. soccer is my life. >> i played in the streets when i was a kid. and i loved soccer back home. i joined street soccer here. it was the best club to join. it helps me out. >> the tenderloin soccer club started in the summer of 2016. we put one of our mini soccer pitches in one of our facilities there. the kids who kpriez the club team came out to utilize that space, and it was beautiful because they used it as an opportunity to express themselves in a place where they were free to do so, and it was a safe space, in a neighborhood that really isn't the most hospitalable to youth -- hospitable to youth playing in the streets. >> one day, i saw the coach and
my friends because they went there to join the team before me. so i went up to the coach and asked, and they said oh, i've got a soccer team, and i joined, and they said yeah, it was he for everybody, and i joined, and it was the best experience ever. >> a lot of our programs, the kids are in the process of achieving citizenship. it's a pretty lengthy process. >> here, i am the only one with my dad. we were in the housing program, and we are trying to find housing. my sister, she's in my country, so i realize that i have a lot of opportunities here for getting good education to help her, you know? yeah. that's the -- one of the most important things that challenge me. >> my dad was over here, making some money because there was
not a lot of jobs back home. i came here, finish elementary in san francisco. after that, i used to go back to my country, go to yemen, my country, and then back here. last time i went back was a couple years ago. >> i came here six months, i know nobody. now i have the team has a family, the coaches. amazing. >> i'm hoping for lifelong friendships, and i'm super inspired by what they've been able to achieve and want to continue to grow alongside them. >> i love my family, i love my team. they're just like a family. it's really nice. >> street soccer just received a five year grant from the department of children, youth and family, and this is an important inreflection point for street soccer u.s.a. because their work in our most
important communities is now known beyond just san francisco recreation and park department, and together, we're going to continue to work with our city's most vulnerable kids and teach them to love the beautiful game. >> i want to tell everybody back home, i hope you all make it over here and join teams like this like street soccer u.s.a., and live your life. get a better life. >> right away, just be patient, and then, everything will be okay. >> the office of controllers whistle blower program is how city employees and recipient sound the alarm an fraud address
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wellness for 20,000 children. we are breaking ground today on not one, not two, not three, but five playgrounds. i skipped number 4, but 5 playgrounds. [applause]. >> we are breaking ground right here at panhandle, we are breaking ground at alice chalmers, at mclaren, in merced heights and in sergeant mccauley in the tenderloin. we are here today in the panhandle because these types of partnerships, in this kind of investment in parks takes leadership. we are joined today by not one, but two elected officials from this community, from this neighborhood. both of whom have served on the board of supervisors. one of whom has graduated to a different office. so it is my incredible pleasure to introduce our mayor, london breed, and we want to thank her
for keeping equity. [cheers and applause]. >> we want to really thank her for keeping equity at the center of what we do here in parks, and what we do in our city. from playgrounds, to access to more open space, these are all incredibly vital to the health and welfare of all san franciscans, and we are so grateful for mayor breed charge at leadership. it is your turn at the microphone. >> thank you. thank you. welcome to the panhandle. you know, i am so excited to be here because this project specifically, and in this particular playgrounds right behind me, it has been a long time coming. this community has fought to really improve playgrounds throughout this district, and we are doing it one playground at a time. i grew up not too far from here in the western edition. i spent my whole childhood at
margaret hayward playground, and i'm so excited because we just broke ground a few months ago, and that place is going to be transformed to something that's absolutely unbelievable, and will serve young people for generations to come. the work that recreation and parks department continues to do to invest in our recreational assets all over san francisco is critical to ensure that we have a healthy san francisco so that our kids grow up and stay have the opportunities to enjoy themselves in these incredible play structures. now we've spent a lot of time playing, but we also spent a lot of time messing around in the parks. you know what i mean, hanging out, talking, swimming on the swings, when the swing would break, we would figure out creative ways to put the swing back together again. we were resilient in our parks back then and we will continue to be resilient in our parks now
this is an incredible opportunity made possible not just by the support of the parks department, but because the voters, time and time again, continue to support initiatives that allow for us to invest in these parks and playgrounds is why we are able to really transform parks all over san francisco in such an amazing way we do it also because of our private partners, and we are so grateful that the parks alliance and the work that they continue to do to fund raise more parks in san francisco is critical to our ability to do projects like this. i know that the family foundation is here today. thank you so much for your investment and so many incredible opportunities, as well as jeff here from the foundation who continues to really make these incredible investments. it means a lot, it is so great
to have an incredible leader and phil ginsberg and the members of the commission who time and time again bridge those gaps with those partnerships, so that we can do everything we can in this city to make sure our recreation and parks space, our facilities, are the best anywhere, because we love our parks, whether it is running through them, whether it is playing basketball at them, whether it is swinging in the swing set, whether it is playing checkers like i used to do, i don't know if anyone still plays checkers, but i played checkers and chess in the recreation centers and monopoly. whatever it is, to ensure that these safe, great spaces are available to young people is so critical, and that is why san francisco is such an amazing place, and i am just so happy to be here. it is a long time coming." congratulations on this part here in the panhandle, and so
many other recreational spaces that we know are going to be transformed so that these young folks can visit parks all over san francisco and have an amazing time. thank you all so much for being here. [cheers and applause]. >> our other district five champion has been an advocate and commute -- and community member in this neighborhood for 25 years. she is the heartbeat of district five and is continuously fighting for what's best for residents, families, and children. supervisor brown has worked hard to ensure that playground play is accessible for all ages and abilities. she has become one heck of a park champion. it is my privilege to introduce supervisor vallie brown. [cheers and applause]. >> thank you, thank you everyone for being here today. thank you to the donors, all the children that are here, because this is going to be -- you will be here in the next couple of years having a good time, but i
also want to thank the neighborhood groups because i remember, as a legislative age going out and starting to talk to the neighbors about doing this. i remember some neighbors said you are going to take away our park? our playground? this is -- we use this all the time, but what was really amazing is how the haight-ashbury community, north of the panhandle community, we have lilo gail and charles here from north of the panhandle community, and others who said yes, let's do this. how can we help? and that is how we create these amazing parks. i've been around a long time. i've been a legislative aide and it has been so much fun to watch these different parks and recreation centers open up, like hamilton. hayes valley playgrounds. now the panhandle park. we are actually standing in one of the oldest parks in the city.
this area of the park is 100 years old. isn't that amazing? and to think that it is beautiful, when i ride my bike through here on my way to work back and forth, i love seeing this park active. i love hearing the kids yell and scream and laugh. it actually brings me up, especially when i've had a hard day, and to have this park, into have the kind of playground that we will have is so amazing, and to be able to have kids get out, and we all know that when kids go out and they play, they are actually, they are smarter. they actually solve problems easier, they get their vitamin d , all the great things that you need to become an amazing adult, and we are going to see that from these kids who come and play. i want to thank everyone for coming today. it is atypical haight-ashbury
day. we all have our jackets on, and thank you, and let's play. [cheers and applause]. >> the let's play initiative would not be possible without the incredible partnership with the san francisco parks alliance they help provide opportunities for all children to have safe, imaginative, welcoming places to play. through our partnership, and through their work, generous donors have contributed nearly $10 million towards our collective 14.5 million-dollar philanthropic goal. the recreation and park department simply could not have a better partner than all of the hard-working staff and board members in the san francisco parks alliance speaking on behalf of the san francisco parks alliance today is the chair of the board of directors, liz farrell. [applause]. >> thank you all for being here.
on behalf of the parks alliance, i would like to thank me or breed for your support, and for being such a champion of parks and public spaces, and for continuing to make that a priority. thank you. thank you to our supervisors for your support, intercourse thank you to recreation and park, you without your partnership, let's play s.f. would not be possible. playgrounds are one of the most equitable things we have in our city. these playgrounds will help transform the lives of over 20,000 kids, and some of our most high need neighborhoods. playgrounds are a wonderful place for kids to create, play, and explorer, and as a mom of three kids myself, i know how important playgrounds are for both physical and mental health. i look forward to these playgrounds and all playgrounds in our city being a wonderful
place for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect and celebrate what truly makes our city so great together. thank you. [applause]. >> all right, now you get the pleasure of hearing from two neighbors and community members. they are involved in organizations whose kids use this space every day. first up, i want to welcome rodney chin to the microphone. rodney has been a key panhandle community leader. he is involved in the ymca afterschool program at new elementary schools and the ymca has been a great partner in our system. together we worked to work to make sure our kids have healthy and safe places to play. rodney? [cheers and applause]. >> thank you. >> thank you, everybody. it is a great honor to be here today as a resident of the ymca, we let you know that we do run
two afterschool programs in the panhandle area. new tradition school has over 200 kids in that school, and also the chinese immersion school which is here. so this panhandle playground falls right in the middle of both sections that we operate our programs in. it is so important for our kids and their families to have a place to come together and recreate together. growing up in san francisco, as a native san franciscan, and no current resident in d5, there are not very many places where kids can just come on their own and play it like i used to be able to do growing up. so this is a great place to bring family together, families feel safe, and just part of the community. we are so thankful that the parks alliance and the park and recreation departments have come up with this great plan for the panhandle. thank you very much. [applause]. >> and now you get to hear from
a long time panhandle resident, father of new traditions and an elementary school student, and in his spare time, not only is either involved in the san francisco parks alliance, but he was actively involved in the community process to redesign this playground. welcome tim sieber. [cheers and applause]. >> longtime residents. i'm starting to feel like an o.g. here in the panhandle, i guess. it is really great to have all of you here today surrounded by friends and community members and folks i know from school and longtime neighbors. we have lilo gail and london breed and vallie brown, this is exciting. i'm really happy to see it, and drinking is incredible. if you haven't seen the plans, you really have to take a look at this, but it is already starting to come into shape here i have no doubts that the next generation is going to enjoy this park is not as we have. we have had events from pacific
primary preschool going back a few years to new traditions, as was mentioned, to all kinds of gatherings of friends and students and what have you. i'm very excited to see this here, and very excited to have you all here today. [applause]. >> thank you, tim. before we get to the business at hand, we don't do this alone, there are a number of acknowledgements we want to make i want to start by thanking some of our additional elected leadership you're here today because of their incredible support, supervisor safai from district 11 is here, you might notice that he is one heck of a park advocates. you might notice two of the five are in his district. thank you for all of your work. i also want to acknowledge the vice president of the recreation and parks commission who has helped guide the entire let's play process, and has made sure that our funding is in place,
and that the process has been transparent. it has had a significant amount of community input. thank you commissioner alan lowe [applause]. >> the mayor acknowledged a few special people who are here, but we could not have done this without our incredible, passionate donors who really care about kids and parks. so let me also acknowledge jeff farber, the chief executive director of the foundation. thank you, jeff. [applause]. >> jody pritzker. [applause] which one are we from? they have been incredibly generous neighbors and involved in not just this project, but also the tennis center project in golden gate park. thank you for all of your interest in parks. amy rubino, the director of the foundation family fund, thank you to amy. staff from san francisco for sports and recreation.
thank you for your entire grapefruit stepping up here. anna, you have been amazing, i also want to acknowledge a captain from park station. [applause] i want to acknowledge jim elling from kaiser, they have been an incredible partner with us and supporting the playground, also present today our energy and robert from the parks and recreation open space advisory committee, thank you to prozac for all of your support and involvement. we have our construction and design team here. i want to thank contracting and rha landscape architecture. thank you for this. i also want to thank the city staff that's been involved in the design process. i saw albert from public works here. thank you for your incredible
partnership. to my own team, to caribou prior to is not only involved in the panhandle project but hoping to drive the entire let's play initiative and our general of the let's play initiative who keeps his -- this whole thing moving, our director partnership , lisa branson. [applause] , and lastly, we have community representatives from all five of the sites here today, so again, let me run through and acknowledge the sights. thank you to steppingstones preschool and all of the kids for being here today. [cheers and applause] thank you, guys. here to break ground at merced heights, and i think we get to do a couple times, but edna james. one of the city charge of most enduring park advocates. aerial, the sports director of
jamestown community center who will help me break ground and supervisor safai at allis chalmers right now. we have representatives from north the panhandle neighborhood association in addition to tim, and rodney. we have charles and lilo. thank you for being here. north of panhandle neighborhood. and then i always referenced anna who is also here representing the central city s.r.o. collaborative and sergeant john mcauley, thank you to all of you for being here and caring about kids and our playgrounds and our parks. let's break down -- ground and get these construction projects started, so the mayor will lead us in a countdown and what i would love is for aerial to join me in front of allis chalmers and supervisor safai, you get to hit both spots, liz farrell and the kids from steppingstones and
captain bailey in front of the mclaren playground, edna and supervisor safai at merced heights, and then mayor breed, supervisor brown, kids from steppingstones, charles, tim, lilo here at panhandle, and commissioner lowe and anna g. at sergeant mcauley. >> everybody ready? let me just make sure. are you already? five, four, three, two, one. [cheers and applause]