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offices, and now, you know -- [inaudible] >> these are all city policies that, you know -- the problem isn't going to -- the problem has to be pulled apart piece by piece, and it's not going to happen in just one street. i do support the task force, by the way. thanks. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name is michael, and i am
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the clubhouse director of the boys and girls club of san francisco tenderloin clubhouse. for over the past 20 years, we've been in the tenderloin district, and now for generations, we've had families who have lived with open air drug dealing, open air drug use, and all the problems that go with it. we live among four sites that are disconnected. what that means is every day, our staff, with their families
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have to navigate all the traumas that has happened in this tenderloin district. we have kids who we ask more and more recently to reflect on their time in the tenderloin and their boys and girls club. and they don't even mention it anymore. they've normalized it, something that should not be normal. and what has ended up happening is we go through your essays to get in college, they don't even mention it no more. this is a very beautiful, tune time for us to really make some changes. i look forward to seeing what we do next because there's a lot of energy, a lot of argueses, a lot of people that are ready to do something great here. what we're looking for is to
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have a system changing procedure, to allow changes in practices to really occur. this task force is definitely a step in the right direction, and i can't wait to see what happens next. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is felicia smith. i'm the tenant organizer at the hotel at hyde and geary, half a block away from where a major drug organization is at. i moved there five years ago, and i noticed when i first moved there, there were all these 13 and 14-year-olds out there, and i knew what they were doing. and i wondered, why aren't they in school? and now, it's the same guys out there, and they have become
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more aggressive. i walk out my door, and within 15 feet, i've got them saying, do you want something, mama? do you want something? it got to the point where i finally screamed, i don't do drugs. they're getting more aggressive, they're getting meaner. i would like to say one thing, that we've had a lot of negativity here. i've been in san francisco 39 years. this is my fourth time around in the tenderloin. it is the best time. it's a community now. i can walk down the street and have people say hi, felicia. how you doing? or give me a hug, come across the street. the three times before, i
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didn't know anybody. it is a community now. now we just need to get rid of the drug stuff. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is eric arguella ao an work at the glide community justice center as a community organizer. i think to have a long-term sustainable out come that has sustainable communities, it's best to learn what are the issues. it is history of trauma, drug use, and poverty will play a role. we all know criminalization, incarceration, war on drugs has not worked. it only creates a system of punishing then taking a holistic healing approach
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long-term. this needs to be addressed by bringing members of the local community who are the experts, who understand the del indicate balance between surviving and thriving, people of color who understand experienced profiling on a day-to-day basis, individuals in recovery and such. the outcomes will be truly informed, well thought out, and in a harm rubbieduction approan a long-term approach. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, honorable supervisors. my name is riannon baylard, and i am the executive director of operations at u.c. hastings law. thank you for addressing this epidemic that is overrunning the tenderloin.
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i oversee policing and security for hastings and this is an issue that we deal with on a daily basis. our staff are scared to come to work. our students, if they choose to come, many who come to the neighborhood decide not to attend hastings because of what they see here. those who do choose to come are scared to go-between buildings, and yet these are individuals that have a choice. they can choose to go to school or work elsewhere. as has been said, there are many in the tenderloin who do not have another option, including many seniors and children as has been mentioned multiple times. so i see an opportunity here for us to come together, to reject that the tenderloin has and continues to be a dumping ground for drug activity and activities that more affluent
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neighborhoods push out of their neighborhood and into the tenderloin. i don't know what the solutions are. there have been a lot of good suggestions that have been provided to today, but i believe if you are all commit today convening this multidisciplinary task force and also commit to recommendations that come from the task force, it will be a step in the right direction, and hastings stands ready to partner with you in these efforts. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you very much. next speaker. >> hi there. i'm a resident, and i work in the tenderloin. listening to all of these people talk, i realized something. you know, i'm not smart enough, nor am i -- well, we'll just leave it at that. i'm not smart enough to figure out what will work on this task force. but i do know for sure what won't work. i think it was in 1914 was the first several mandated markets
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laws was -- narcotics laws was established. now, i don't know what is right, but i know a path to follow, and that is what we have done in the past. so you've got to be thinking outside of the box because buying -- hiring more police may seem like that's a thing to do but that's the worst thing because that's all we've not done in the past. so all i can say it i don't know what you can do differently, but please, let's think outside the box and let's be a task force that can do something for a positive change and not just be the same old, well, we did this last year so let's do it this year because it's too difficult to come up
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with something. really meaningful, and have it work. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is tony page. i'm a resident in -- off the -- off of 6th street. i'm also a volunteer at glide. the reason why i've come, you know, we're talking about open air drug dealing. thing is, where i live, i see it all the time. and most of the people i see doing it truthfully are kids. i'm seeing, like, 13, 14, 15, 16-year-old kids doing it, and they're the ones that aren't making that much money off of it. it's the people that send them that's really making the money. a lot of these kids are doing it just for survival. i think it would be a good idea to come off of this task force so we're not criminalizing
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them. some of them are doing it because they don't see any other opportunity. we need new ideas, you know, to help bring this solution to a close, you know? and we also need a way to diverse the interests of these kids so that they don't think that drug dealing is the only way to go, you know? maybe more education or where to find more hobbies or common interests or something, just something, you know? because these kits -- kids are our future. that's all. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is fione o'shea. i'm a resident of 9th street.
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i.v. drug users that come down to the alleys after they purchase, if they're not in their cars because people do come in their cars to purchase in my neighborhood, too. most of the drug dealers in my neighborhood come on b.a.r.t. [please stand by].
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>> -- that their police department is interested in increasing that foot patrol, maintaining what they installed on the streets. i think there's a lot of people we see every day in the neighborhood, and whether it's
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street sweepers, the neighbors that live in the building or the neighbors that live a block away from us, one of the things we'd like to see on our blocks are guys and girls in uniform. >> thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name's john hui. s.f. native, born and lived here all my life. we've heard the stories of other people. mine is nothing special, but i want to share it any way. growing up, i experienced things that people of color experienced. when my mother and i would go to chinatown on the weekends, she was harassed by this female police officer. because she didn't speak english, she didn't know what to do. my god father told us about issues he had to deal with
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growing up just because he's black. i was allowed to graduate from s.f. state with a criminal biology degree, but i wanted to get a degree in criminal justice. i'm back to school, trying to finish that up. i have a cousin that, you know, i've known him since he was two years old, since he moved here. great child, bubbly. he moved out to the tenderloin, and growing up, he's just been distant. he got to hanging around the wrong people. he doesn't listen to anyone. it's heartbreaking to see these things. i, yeah, just wants to put that out there and share that. thanks. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name is michael nolte.
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i want to thank you for having this hearing but i also want to thank you for having the hearing yesterday on the same thing, particularly, having a hearing on the assets and what does the city pay for? i think if a lot of these people could understand what is being paid for and not being paid for and how to improve it, that's part of the issue we need to address. business owners in the area are concerned about property damage. they're also concerned about -- as a resident, i'm concerned about how to keep the items in the stores that's affordable. when that damage gets passed along to the consumer. i'm also a moderator of many message boards in the neighborhood. obviously, the elected
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officials are not necessarily moderating -- monitoring what's going on on those message board. they'd see the complications we have and maybe would do a -- find some solution just by what's being posted on the message boards. also, those who have been arrested in the past, there needs to be some skills be offered them so they don't recause problems. i think that's a major problem in being rehabilitated so they can move on with their lives. in the past, we've had in san francisco, the guardian angels, and the guardian angels, they made a difference and can maybe do something that can fill in some of the gaps. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you.
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next speaker. >> officer krupke. is it a problem of excessive crimes? is it a problem of excessive crime control? the problem is both. so let's have another committee. we'll fill it with the staffers of all the n.g.o.s. it -- it occurred to me that this district, this neighborhood is -- because of the redistricting and the nature of redistricting, it's being threatened to being put into three separate districts. and also under jane kim, under her leadership, tens of thousands of people in the tenderloin line in district three, outside this district. this is what has allowed this
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community to come this far, which is pretty amazing. don't you dare, don't you dare put someone on that redistricting commission that has not served on a single government board like what happened last time. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> i just wanted to say -- -- to hiv and then more recently, things like mrsa and other antibiotic resistant diseases. we fight these things with the drugs that are sold out there. people don't talk about that there. part of what kept that down there is opium, and what it
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does to the immune system. for people to shutdown that open air market which makes or streets safer for something we have to have as a consistent issue in manhattan, that's a scary thing. it's just something to be aware of. thank you. >> okay. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is wendy, and these are some of my thoughts. you can't solve open air drug dealing without reducing demand. reducing demands means treatment for substance use and mental health issues. but please consider this. the city spends $7 million per training class of the police department of about 50 people with an average of 35 that
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comes out of each graduating class. they come out, and they make $93,000 a year. no student loan debt, okay? first, is training for those of us in the helping profession, whether it's social workers and the like. people who work in these professions, they take training on their own, come out with lots of student loan debt, and they make about 40 to $45,000 a year. just food for thought. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. are there any other members of the public who would like to speak on this item before i
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close public comment? public comment is now closed. [gavel]. >> supervisor mandelman: supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: well, first of all, thank you, chair mandelman. you're going to think twice before you're going to -- let me see your agenda before i bring items to your committee again, but i hope it was a worthwhile experience. this obviously is something that really, you know, most directly impacts the neighborhood that i represent but it's important to our entire city and to all of our residents. supervisor mandelman has put forward actually a task force that relates specifically to meth. as i heard all the calls for creating a task force around this issue, i think it would be great to talk to you about what you've learned already from that process and what it would look like. so i just want to thank you and supervisor stefani and
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supervisor walton for letting us be a part of it. i want to thank everybody who's still here. i think it shows how committed we are to finding solutions around this. i really want to apologize, and i hope you'll extend apologies to folks who wanted to share but who couldn't stay. there are people working on safe passage every day. i just want to say i appreciate them. this was a department heavy hearing, but i think it was an important thing for us to do. it really showed us what is happening, it showed us ways we can take as we pursue paths forward as a committeunity. i'm committed to having further
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conversations in the community about what those next steps will be, and we can have further conversation with a lot more opportunity for more comment out in our district. that'll be the next step. i also want to say i am incredibly impressed by comments of the members of the community today. it was also really hopeful to me that there was such unanimous and strong support of a task force. to be clear, that's not what i was calling this hearing to do, and i think it's all that much more powerful that there's a mandate to do that because the community came and said this is what we want. that did not come from me, that came from the district. i am a resident of the tenderloin, i live on hyde street. i think if there's a community that can come up with the solutions and do this the right
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way and deal with the complexities and have empathy and understand all sides of it, it's our community in district six, not just in the tenderloin but in midmarket and soma, as well, and throughout our district. so there will be next steps. i learned a lot. i have a lot to process, as we all do, but this is not the end of it, this is -- we are going to continue this with urgency. the intention is not to refer it to some committee and you don't hear anything for a couple years. we're going to have to think about what we want that task force to do, what the timeline will be, and what the immediate short-term changes and prosecute priorities ne priorities need to be right now. we have budget changes coming up, so i need to know what to move forward for for some long-term changes. thank you, supervisors, and to everyone who came out. sorry for the length of this, but more than anything, thank
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you for your commitment. i also want to let you know, a number of the departments did stay for the entire piece. oewd, the captain, the district attorney's office. so we appreciate that, as well -- our b.l.a., as well. thank you all for being here, and next steps coming very soon. appreciate it. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, supervisor haney. this was a very long hearing. i think it's longer than you anticipated. it's longer than i anticipated. i know that i and some other colleagues had to rearrange some previous engagements. i guess for supervisor walton and stefani, i pledge to do a better job in the future of figuring out how long things are going to be taking and limiting our staff presenters to a shorter period of time. i was thinking somewhere around
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hour two that if there's any neighborhood that is deserve of a little extra attention at city hall, it's -- you know, it's probably the tenderloin, and so i do think this was four hours well spent. i also think that as you say, the issues that came up here touch on larger issues that affect our criminal justice response, our response to substance use, our response to issues that are not neighborhood specific but do go across the city. given the interest of the board and the mayor and all of san francisco and more effectively tackling these problems, i think it was also a useful hearing in that regard. as you say, there are a lot of task forces and efforts going on, the meth treatment folks are working. i thought it might make some sense to have some sort of blue ribbon around mental health and
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substance abuse, but there's some critical call for attention on the tenderloin. any way, i won't go on too terribly much longer, except to say that supervisor haney, you're okay with having this heard and filed -- you have two options. you can have this continued to the call of the chair, in which case, it would sit in this committee. if you wanted a further hearing, you could just pull it. i think i would prefer to have it heard and filed. >> supervisor haney: you don't want to do this again? yeah. heard and file. if we move forward in the task force, it would be the introduction of a task force. you can close and file this e one. >> supervisor mandelman: excellent. so i will have this heard and filed with no objection. mr. clerk, are there any more items before us today? >> clerk: that completes the
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agenda for us today. >> supervisor mandelman: mr. clerk, thank you so much for your patience and help today, and with that, we are adjourned. american heritage
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celebration committee. [applause] >> we're here today to kick off the celebration of a.p.a. heritage month. i hope all of you when you are coming to the civic centre have seen all of our banners up around civic centre. i hope you take a look at them. they are really beautiful, and really a source of pride. all of our basses, our adds are
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on the muni mobile buses. this is the month that we are celebrating our diverse asian-pacific heritage. we have a whole month of art and cultural programs offered to our citizens, as well as everybody from the bay area and abroad. we have a whole month of activities because of all of our celebration partners and their hard work. the san francisco public library , city librarian, michael lambert his here. [applause]. >> our celebration partner. every other day, there is a program at one of the libraries in the city, in the many neighborhoods. thank you. and then we have our largest asian american film festival as part of our celebration with cam fast, our festival director is here. [applause] >> thank you. please look up all of the movies and go to see more movies. we are really glad that it moved
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from march to may last year and it was really great. and the last but not least, the asian art museum right across the street from city hall. they also have a month a very special exhibits. so i hope -- now we have compiled a master calendar of events. you can pick up a copy when you are on your way out, but it is also online at our website. you can see a whole month listing of activities, and we welcome you to go and enjoy yourself, and most importantly, tell your friends about it. last year, as far as the awards and programs are concerned, and milestones and recognitions, last year was the first year that we started first annual agyeman -- edwin motley public service award in honor of his legacy and piglet -- public service. at this moment, i would like to invite carmen to, the first
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winner of our awards last year to give her greetings. carmen? [applause] >> thank you. good morning, everybody. i am the elected assessor of san francisco. it is amazing how much changes in just one year, but i am so thrilled to be here to be able to kick off a.p.a. heritage month. i think for a young asian-american who grew up in the united states with parents who immigrated here, i can't tell you of a more important thing to do that to recognize our heritage, to remember where we came from, and to celebrate all of our struggles, but also all of our accomplishments over the years. i think as our mayor has spoken about in the past, we have a wonderfully diverse community and city here that is our strength. and part of that is recognizing all of the contributions everyone makes here. i was so honored to be selected
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to be the first recipient of the edwin lee award last year. he is a person, i think means a lot to many of us, not only as a mentor, but also a role model. somebody who dedicated his whole life to supporting not only our civic work here in government, but also before then, really advocating for civil rights and making sure that our community was heard, and heard loudly, and heard effectively. i want to thank each and every one of you. there are numerous people who are here that i want to thank because you are commissioners, you're participating, you are making your voices, your legacy be known here, and that is incredibly important. i could not think of something that our mayor -- i relate mayor would it be more proud of fantasy all of your faces are gathered to make sure that legacy continues on. there are many commissioners who are here, i want to recognize, of course, i.v. lee who is one of our newest members on the city college board. [applause].
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>> i also want to recognize jenny lam who is one of our newest members on the san francisco unified school district board. [applause] >> two incredibly smart and able women of color, a.p.a. leaders that i am incredibly proud to serve alongside. i hope that everybody takes advantage of this month to celebrate our culture, to talk about our culture, to show it, to be proud to, because it is something to be proud about. i also want to make sure to thank our official sponsors as well as our community sponsors. just taking a look at this list, there are so many impressive organizations who have been part of this fabric of san francisco. whether it is an industry or our communities. thank you for supporting and recognizing how important the event is today. thank you so much. [applause] with that, of course. i want to introduce someone who is very special to us and very well-known, in native san
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franciscan, our mayor, london breed, who i am telling you, any event that there possibly is in the city, she is at. it doesn't matter what time of day, where it is across the city , there she is looking fabulous, but also really espousing the values of the city about the importance of diversity, the importance of creating opportunity, and so i want to invite appear mayor london breed. [applause] -- invite up here mayor london breed. [applause]. >> thank you so much to our assessor recorder, carmen chu who is an incredible leader in the city, and the reason why we are able to generate so much revenue, to spend on all the really important things that we know we need to do to really change our city for the better, because we know, as she said, that our strength is our diversity, and with diversity, we protect our diversity, we
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celebrate our diversity, and we are excited about the launch of a.p.a. heritage month in san francisco, beginning may 1st. there will be a celebration, and a number of activities throughout san francisco. i want to thank claudine chang for her vision in 2005. [applause] >> she really stepped up to the plate and said it's important that we really focus on a celebration of our community, of our heritage, of what makes san francisco special, that we elevate that and we come together and those put -- reticular celebrations. thank you so much to claudine on the committee who continue to volunteer countless hours to make a.p.a. heritage month in san francisco such an amazing time for all of us, and thank you so much, no need to give me another pin, because i have about seven of them. [laughter]. >> i'm happy to share with anyone who doesn't have one because i would get one every year.
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claudine is right there, but it is so great to be here and to celebrate, and to really take this opportunity to remember i relate mayor ed lee and the work that he did as an incredible public servants. he wasn't just our mayor. before he even became mayor he was so committed to san francisco, and what i really appreciated about him, especially as they served as the director of public works, he would basically bring his kids out to help clean up district five when i was at the african-american culture complex and i used to think, that is kind of messed up. they are rubbing their eyes, you know, out there early in the morning, he is saying grabbed a broom, grabbed a broom. really, the kind of values he instilled in his children, the kind of love and support he has had for san francisco over the years, just really made him an
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incredible public servants, and what a great honor to name this awarded the edwin motley public service award that has -- that is given every single year during the celebration. carmen, of course, carries on his legacy and has those same values and commitments to our city. definitely fitting that she receives the inaugural award, and today i wanted to take this opportunity to really acknowledge the award recipient this year who has been a dedicated public servant for look a day over 49, but sandy morey has really been a trailblazer in san francisco, a fighter for our seniors, a fighter for japan town in the western edition, a fighter to try and bring equity and programs to communities that are often neglected, she, along with
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steve nakata joe, founded a place for seniors to live, a place for seniors to get hot, home-cooked meals and delivery programs and providing culturally supportive meals throughout san francisco their fight and advocacy for food equity and ensuring seniors to get three square meals a day through support with their delivery program providing millions of more funding that is dedicated to helping seniors age indignity, age in their communities, the list goes on and on, when i was on the board of supervisors, people know that one of the persons i could never say no to west sandy morey. anytime anyone wanted something,
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to send sandy to talk to london breed because she would come in there and give it to me straight and give it to me -- just really focusing on the people, focusing on the community, and then she would also remind me that her husband signed my first paycheque at age 14 when i was with the mayor charge at youth employment and training program. you never forget the person who signed your first paycheque, do you? it was jeff morey, at that time, minimum wage i want backpage -- backpay, jeff both her and her husband have been so committed to the community, they have an incredible legacy and she has been an incredible force for decades, and we were so grateful to have you here and your
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advocacy. she is a kind of person who does the work and really skates under the radar so that is similar to how mayor lee was. i will tell you, i was going to his office and i would say i need your help with this, and he said sure, i will help you with this, and then i would say, but i need to take the credit for it , and he would say, okay. i don't do that as mayor, don't think about it, anybody. [laughter] >> just really a quiet force, your commitment to really taking care of people and making sure people have access to all the incredible things that san francisco has to offer. we are so grateful for your service and your commitment to san francisco, and excited about you being honored. i know that the official recognition will take place on may 1st, hopefully you will all be there with us to celebrate sandy morey and her
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contributions to san francisco, as well as so many of the events and the performances, and all that this a.p.a. heritage month has to offer. thank you to all the sponsors who are listed here, but especially to post mates who is a heritage champion, and may 1 st hasn't started, because they would be a heritage champion, with so many people who time and time again continue to support this incredible celebration. we also have a lot of commissioners here and i'm going to be honest, i just appointed some of them, so i know who they are, but some of the ones that have been serving for some time, i may not be familiar, but thank you also much. if all the commissioners who are here for the city and county of san francisco, we just took a photograph out of the rotunda. can you please raise your hand so we can give you a hand for
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your service? [applause] >> i see malcolm young we just appointed to the airport. and alan lowe who is on the recreation and park commission. sharon you're on the treasure island board. and we have stephen lee who is on the entertainment commission, and a little secret about stephen, what was the club, the one up club that i used to go to before i was 21? remember you used to let us in? [laughter] >> you know i am just kidding. it was the first club i went to when i turned 21. [laughter] >> but an incredible force in the nightlife industry. thank you, stephen, for all your hard work in the city, and so many other commissioners who do a great job to really commit
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their lives and to dedicate their time to serve san francisco. that is what it is all about. it is really about serving our city, making our city better for so many folks, and i also want to acknowledge, i know earlier our new librarian, michael lambert. [applause] he actually was just tired, even , though i thought he was already the librarian. he was the acting librarian, and he was definitely acting like he was a librarian. of course, it is only fitting that we made him permanent. great to see all of you here today. i am looking forward to this amazing celebration, thank you also much for all you do and continue to do to make san francisco that syllable --
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>> thank you everyone. i want to acknowledge the committee. is always in the details of it comes to organizing a month like this, and thank you may or breed for that wonderful introduction. i want to thank my husband for being here who has been a long time supporter and advocate in san francisco, and all my friends from japan town, and all my personal friends who are here today. thank you for being here. i want to make a point in terms of our relationship with japan town and mayor lee. we knew him when he was with the asian law caucus, and he started
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out as an attorney. he was doing community work and advocacy then, and then he went to the city. he became the head of hrc, then he became the head of d.p.w., anything he became the chief administrative officer and then our mayor. all of those times that he was the leader in those areas, he always, always supported japan town, and we really appreciate it all these years. it is one of those things where you remember the people from the very beginning, and when they become really people in power, you still remember them to. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you, may or breed, and thank you, sandy. during the event wednesday, the a.p.a. heritage awards event, we are also going to recognize two very, very historically significant milestones. the first one is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the agents of san francisco
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state. that was a result -- [applause] >> they will we'll hear from them at the event. it is really history and the making. at that time, 1969, it was the first asian-american southeast department in the entire country today, they are still the largest such department in the entire country, so we look forward to celebrating that and hearing more details next wednesday. the second milestone that we will be recognizing is the chinese railroad workers. we thought about the 150th anniversary. [applause] >> there are a lot of celebrations, a lot of talks this year, were there has been about the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. we think about everything and we think about what about the
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railroad is relevant to our community? what it is irrelevant about us because of the 90% of the workforce constructing the railroad are chinese-americans. they got recruited to come here, they built the railroad against all of us, but they were never recognized. they were never recognized, given a day when the completion ceremony happened in 1969, may 10th. there was -- the golden spike was put into utah, and none of the workers were invited to the ceremony, even when we celebrated the centennial of the completion of the railroad 150 years ago, a group of chinese historical society members went to the point and they were promised three minutes to recognize ever chinese railroad workers and they were told when they got their that there was no time for them. it was really pathetic.
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so i think that a lot of leaders from around the country have decided that this is not going to happen on may 10th, and a large number of us will be here on utah. a large number of asian-americans will be here in utah because we want to make sure that chinese railroad workers take their place in the history of this country. we really want to thank them. [applause] >> in association of that, we are going to give to special recognitions. one is professor gordon chang from stanford university. he was widely recognized as the person who really inspired a lot of projects in commemoration of this special occasion back in 2012 where he got a grant from stanford university and started documenting the life and history of chinese railroad workers, to the extent that now there is an oral history and a digital archive and there's enough materials to teach a class. we can't wait to hear the
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professor on wednesday. at the same time, we also want to recognize a very special friend who has done so much in making sure that we honor the chinese railroad workers. but he actually has done a lot more in the entertainment industry. i was so impressed when they told me about this memorial that they were going to do in sacramento. unbelievably, yes, he did that. and it was completed. thank you, congratulations stephen. [applause]. >> we are also going to present a special recognition to stephen lee next wednesday. as may or breed has mentioned during our ceremony, we have a lot of unique cultural performances. we will have recognitions, we will have the participations of the san francisco city
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committees and councillor core we will have members from osaka, post mates, what human city, type a, from seoul, korea, san francisco prides itself on the relationship we have with our city cyst -- sister cities. ho chi minh city will be celebrating their 25th year next year. we are very happy. we look forward to doing that in 2020. at this time, i would like to invite -- it is not in the script, but we have a very special gift for you. our commemorative poster for this year. thomas lee, our artists, has designed it. [laughter]. >> every year thomas was the person who designed all of our creative his, and every year, we have a commemorative poster.
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[applause] [laughter] >> thank you so much, thank you. >> thank you. please feel free to take a picture with the poster if you would like. it is very beautiful. thank you, thomas. thomas was responsible for the design of all of our materials. so scott adams, would you like to come and say a few words about the a.p.a. heritage foundation and introduce the foundation directors? >> thank you, claudine, and thank you everyone for being here. a lot of familiar faces. a.p.a. heritage foundation was founded, obviously initially to
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raise funds and support the mayor's annual a.p.a. heritage month festivities. due to the tremendous hard work of our small board and the wonderful committee, we have expanded our program throughout the year to include community partner forums, and a whole host of other things. without further ado, i would like to introduce my fellow board members. irena riley is our outgoing treasurer, jj lara is our current treasurer, matt mui from at&t is not here, he has been a long time member of the board, and steve wilson from withers worldwide. i don't see them, but they have worked hard and very devotedly to make sure that this event comes off every year without a hitch. so thank you all. we look forward to celebrating with you in may. [applause]
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>> we're coming to a close of our press conference. thomas, maybe thomas can tell us a bit about our reception and what we have installed here at city hall. >> hi, everyone. my name is thomas lee, and i'm one of the celebration cochairs with alcaraz, our entertainment commissioner, as well as angela pang who is -- who is not here today. we are very excited. after the awards ceremony, we will have a wonderful celebration at city hall where we will welcome the community to asian cuisine and cultural performances. after we celebrate the honourees , we get to mingle and mix and chat with each other. from all of our sponsors, community partners, we look forward to seeing everyone at the after party here at city hall right after the award ceremony, and the celebration doesn't end there. we have a lot of nonprofits will be joining us that day who will be highlighting special events and activities throughout the
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month of may. please join us and find out more about it at our website. thank you. >> thank you. [applause]. >> thank you all for being here. see you next wednesdait. >> shop & dine in the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges resident to do their shop & dine in the 49 within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services in the neighborhood we help san francisco remain unique successful and vibrant so we're will you shop & dine in the 49 chinatown has to be one the best
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>> san francisco has to all >> good morning everybody and welcome to the commission on aging and adult services. madam secretary, please make the roll call. [roll call] please note that the executive director is present. at this time, to commission asked you silence all mobile phones and all other sound producing devices. >> before we start the meeting, i have two announcements. one announcement is like, a commissioner has resigned due to health reasons, so we wish her well. we also welcome the new
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commissioner, and i will give him a few minutes to talk about himself, but not 30 minutes, okay because we have an agenda. >> thank you, vice president. i told her i just couldn't speak then if i didn't have 30 minutes it really is an honor to be on this commission. i am a native san franciscan, i have lived here all my life and i have worked for the city for about 40 years in different capacities, and those included things like being a high school teacher, a director of a nonprofit organization that still exists, then i went to work for the city in the mirror 's office of employment and training. i was the president of their private industry council, i was a director of the treasure
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island job corps centre for a while, i then ended mre