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this driving income is necessary for a lot of these drivers to make ends meet, so they drive for both apps because if they get deactivated for one, they can still drive for the other one. i would say yes to your question about there has been concern about what they do coming to the city, abobut moro it's the health -- their mental health, physical health, and the fear of deactivation that came up. >> thank you so much for this report. you know, we had limited time. i think we would love to hear at length what your impressions were when you spoke with drivers and as the data was presented to you, and i think that's something, you know, that maybe we could ask mr.
goebel to follow up with you and get just impressions on how it felt to get this data, and what the personal impacts were to you in performing this type of labor study? as chair fewer mentioned, this is the tip of the iceberg. this is a wealth of information. i wanted to bring up one thing that, and i'm bringing it up from my phone, so my apologies there. you know, when you look at other cities that are trying to deal with the labor aspect of the uber drivers, new york had a -- recently had an interesting way of approaching it, so they were doing minimum wage utilization charges? so when they were doing was basically implementing a
minimum wage that also pays drivers more for companies that have low utilization rates. so if they're driving around, waiting for a fare, then they get bumped up from just waiting to minimum wage, and the companies have to pay that. and so what it means is that the more cars are without passengers, the more they have to pay, like, their employees. this also led to uber and lyft hiring less drivers because the overhiring is where you see their wages really drop. and so that's something -- it takes two minutes to get a car, where it takes five to ten
minutes to get a taxi, and you can see the taxi cabs being utilized in a different way. and that's where san francisco's hands are tied with the cpuc and how much they can regulate t.n.c.s. that's something that really needs to be overhauled at the state legislature, is to -- is to allow municipalities to really regulate this on their own because the cpuc has shown that they're incapable of regulating t.n.c.s. and then, the last thing i would add is that one piece that i would loved to have seen in the income and expenses part are the predatory car loans, is
that people are slaves to these indigenous apps. if they stop driving, they're stuck. they're just simply stuck, so i would say that would be one piece that i would add into it. and i don't know if you plan on working further with lafco as the labor study moves forward with jobs with justice and so forth, if your class will stay engaged. i know you move on to other classes, but i would just say that i would -- that i would ask that you say engaged with us anden -- stay engaged with us and engaged in the process, and we'd love to have you back. >> yeah, that definitely is something we should look more into. >> chair fewer: supervisor -- i mean, commissioner singh? >> commissioner singh: first of all, i just wanted to say thank you to the entire team for this
really impressive presentation. the breadth, the depth -- i feel like i'm drinking from the water hose trying to process all this information, but it was great. thank you very much. i had a question on my mind, especially with uber's i.p.o. being pretty recent, that one thing that folks were happening around the strike that happened in san francisco and other cities recently was in advance of the i.p.o., there were new inconsistencies, and i also heard this from uber passengers like there's been a lot of tinkering with compensation structures. they're doing -- they're making a lot of changes to their interface that is affecting the drivers, as well. someone told me that they signed up just for a single person ride, but then, you know, their driver took that
ride, but then, at one point, it got switched to a pool so that driver would not have necessarily been warned. there was some cash back incentives, like, if you pay this driver, you'll get uber cash back for food. there's all sort of incentives, innovations that are popping up that i think they're related to the i.p.o.? in general, i.p.o. aside but taking it into account, did you talk about different fees and comparabilities in the compensation structure that was determining that so you could get compensated was changed? >> so the app itself tells you the split, so the amount you take home and the amount uber or lyft gets. and drivers were aware for the most part of their decreasing
share of the fare. and like you were saying with the pool driver -- or pool section of the app, there's weird incentives in the app itself for drivers to take pool, but if they don't necessarily pick up people on that trip, they're not making that money, so pool will result in less of an income or less share. it was something that came up with most drivers. >> another thing we found -- another thing we found in our research is new york city's actually doing -- just started a report or an active investigation if lyft or uber or t.n.c.s in general are skimming off tips to pay driver's salaries which actually was a reason why they came up with the minimum wage? so yeah, there is -- it's on
people's minds? in new york city, it's on new york's mind, so there are people looking into it right at this second, so it is an issue that exists. >> commissioner pollock: thanks. >> chair fewer: so i just want to say thanks for all the work that you've done on this. i feel like i have so, so many questions that maybe you can answer. but i think one of the questions, i think the fact that the -- the deactivation is such a huge threat and is such -- so ripe for exploitation around -- it seems as though it's around the lack of any kind of labor rights at all, and i wanted to know, did you -- are there any labor rights that actually governor have authority over this sector? did you find any labor rights in any labor law that these contractors are in any way
protected at all? just -- >> so far as we found, no. one idea that we had that we cut given our constraint time today was that the city either create or partner with another company to create a labor rights app, a know your rights app, and to pair into that potentially other features so that the city could collect transportation data because that's been an obstacle, as well. but thus far -- so long as they're classified as independent contractors they're in a totally different status. >> chair fewer: i just think with the lack of labor rights around this emerging labor force is it is so ripe for exploitation, and safety issues and pay issues, and how people are billed, and they don't have an organized say. i also wanted to ask if you
were able at all to get from these drivers what they feel their average hourly salary is, that minus the toll, minus the gas, minus wear and tear on vehicles, all that kind of stuff, what is actually the net amount of money per hour that they think they make? were you able to ascertain that at all? >> i don't think so. i've seen just anecdotally what drivers have put on-line, but it can vary? i think that's one of the core issues for drivers is it's really difficult to determine especially factoring in taxes however take-home pay someone will have. there's a question that maybe somebody thinks they're making a lot of money at first, and then when it comes to tax season, they're making far less. so that structure in and of itself, as one driver said, can feel like a trap.
>> chair fewer: yeah. i think what's sort of interesting is -- what i think i heard mentioned is a lot of drivers don't keep track of their expenses, and when you're an independent contractor, that is sort of one of the things as an independent contractors is you can write off these expenses. >> yes, and there are a few different apps that drivers use? one's called grid wise where you can punch in your expenses and calculate your taxes and there's other information that lets you know when large numbers of flights are coming at the airport and things like that. but it's very different than being classified as an employee where you might have your taxes taken out in advance, and things like that. >> chair fewer: if you don't keep good beitrack of it and receipts, it's really hard to write that off on your taxes. i think congestion pricing, we've discussed that at the
board. there's some caution on the board about congestion pricing. one is that how does it affect small businesses that are in the chinatown area of san francisco, but also that we understand that this is an industry where the drivers are subject to exploitation quite frankly and low wage workers. i think that we are concerned that the price -- i mean, the congestion pricing would actually go on to the drivers. >> chair fewer: and we're trying to get at a company, a multibillion company to pay its fair share. and so this is why we've been grappling with the congestion pricing in one of your recommendations. i think another thing that was interesting well, that i really want to dig deeper into is the fact that, you know, they
aren't able to actually explain about safety issues because they're at the mercy of people rating them arbitrarily. this puts a crazy system that you would drive someone in your own vehicle while you're driving and so vulnerable -- we know that taxi drivers have put in a lot of protection such as cameras and everything else because they have -- it has been ripe for them to be actually assaulted, right? and even though the drivers in these cases aren't really carrying cash and money as a lot of taxi drivers did in the past, it is still the fact that you have your back to somebody, and you are busy driving, and it could be in a very serious situation because you don't have any idea about the people that you're picking up.
but i wanted to know when you were talking to folks about this if people have been assaulted or have had physical harm done to them, have they actually filed police reports? >> i'll let sergio speak to this and i'll have some other thoughts, as well. >> of the driver that brought it up, like i said, they called me up after the interview and said this is embarrassing, but i want to tell you this because i think it's important. so after that -- he didn't report it to uber or lyft because in other instances, he's seen what the investigation process looks like. he's been reported for supposed intoxication. he was not, and so lyft deactivat deactivated him, and he was like, this didn't happen. what they were like was, okay. it was, like, 24-hour suspension, and they were like okay, this is fine.
so his disillusionment with what the process looks like, he just believed that uber and lyft was not going to do anything about it. and no, they did not file a police report, either. >> chair fewer: okay. commissioner mar -- >> could i add an additional thought? >> chair fewer: yeah. >> yeah. in combination with a number of driver leaders with gig work rising, this issue came up. and one story or one concern that was shared is if someone wants to file a police report per se, it can be difficult to get from uber or lyft the actual identity of their passenger. so uber and lyft might turnaround and say oh, you're going to need a warrant for that, so that makes a structural barrier for someone getting useful information into that police report. >> chair fewer: yeah. good point. commissioner mar, do you have any questions or comments? >> supervisor mar: thank you so much, guys, for doing this really important initial study, and i really look forward to
the follow up study that's going to happen through lafco. i did have a question just whether you found that drivers were aware, you know, of the -- you know, the issue of independent contractor status versus, you know, permanent employee status and the dynamics, decision, and the state bill, and now there's the recent nlrb ruling on this issue, too. so i was, like, wondering where the drivers were and whether you have any -- what kind of perspectives or -- that you got from the drivers on this question about independent contractor status. >> oh, yeah. we actually, a few days ago, had a follow up phone call with another driver leader with bgi workers rising, and they specifically said half of drivers don't care, aren't
interested in knowing what their status or rights are and another half are passionate about it. the reason being that they explained that they're just focused on driving and earning their income. and part of the inherent nature of driving for a transportation network company is you're often very isolated from other drivers, so it's harder, except on an on-line platform with real intention to go about sharing your stories and share your intention, and sergio's got something else to add. >> yeah. so i just, like, want to add in the slide that we had on work-life balance, it shows that two thirds of drivers appreciate the flexibility that they have with their schedule. how flexible is really is might be up for discussion, but when we were speaking with someone from uber and lyft -- well, one of the drivers, they were saying that if it means losing that flexibility that we become employees, we don't want to become employees. so that part is really
important for them, and that's why the drivers are really split between do we want to stay independent contractors or become employees. >> chair fewer: did you also get an idea of how many drivers are driving full-time and how many part-time? >> so from the survey itself, it seemed like -- from what -- the number that i remember, it seemed like half of drivers were driving full-time for uber and then a quarter were driving full-time for lyft. >> chair fewer: okay. >> the other thing that i mid might add in response to your question, commissioner mar is in the united kingdom, there's litigation over the subject that we're talking about, and that's some of what drivers are seeking is to be classified in the middle. but as we said, the independent
contractor status is being abused here and it seems on a pretty large scale. so the question is do we categorize people as employees now and create a third category later and that's something we should consider on this subject. >> chair fewer: okay. thank you very much. now when is your class -- is your semester over? >> yes. >> chair fewer: okay. i want to thank you, and i think on behalf of the whole lafco, thank you so much for this. this is as i said the tip of the iceberg but really gives us food for thought on our next steps and this information to be added also to the further studies that we're doing. thank you so much. we totally appreciate it. thank you. >> thank you for your time and consideration. thank you very much. >> chair fewer: so let's hear some public comment on this item. are there any members of the public that would like to speak? you have two minutes. >> all right.
first of all, these situations where the drivers are considered contractors, it's a trick and device that's used by the management of the taxi drivers. you've got a different preferential treatment of different drivers, like the medallions. i'd like to ask the students to study and ask the opinions of the medallions. they're being charged $250,000 to drive a taxi where other drivers are not being charged. it's differential treatment and it's discrimination based on race. i come to another hearing to speak on economically disadvantaged people, and before i know it i'm surrounded by 15 indian and arabic drivers that want me to speak out on behalf of them. as a result, when i get up and speak, i say it's a violation
of their protective rights in the civil rights act of 1964 and equal rights pertaining to due process under the law. you've got a situation that some taxi drivers are not paying $250,000 for a medallion and other drivers that's paying that much money in order to drive a vehicle. as far as employment discrimination law, can't be applied because the contractor, it's a loophole. you're using the wrong type of law. the true and correct law to use on that is corporate law, contract law because you signed a contract with the owners of that company. you violated the contract because you're not dealing in good faith and never had any intentions on reaching a legal agreement on this matter because you're undermining the drivers and they're paying all this money and you're red lining the areas where they can drive their taxis. you need to ask them about personal injuries, too, because
a lot of them are paying a lot of money to drive the taxis. >> chair fewer: thank you, mr. wright. >> good afternoon. eric brooks with the local grassroots group our city. thanks to the students for this excellent research and presentation. i want to add another crucial deeper layer to the iceberg, and that is the potential for a city -- a city issued cryptocurrency to solve this problem. all the problems that were raised in the presentation and all of the solutions can be programmed into a new type of cryptocurrency with something that uses a smart contract. if that was issued by the city and was required to be used by anyone that's working as a driver or anyone that's calling a ride, has a rider, you could program into that -- that sets up an automatic relationship
directly between the driver and the rider. there's an automatic exchange. that eliminates the need for uber and lyft. it would just make those companies go away if it's spread all over the planet. there are already private companies that are working on creating cryptocurrencies like this. but if it was a city-issued cryptocurrency, all the current rules that you put in the currency that are mandated in the exchange would be mandated by the city. by the way, this currency does not have to have the high energy use of bitcoin. this is a different type of currency. so the city could issue this, and i would actually urge some urgency on this because as i said, private companies are working on these type of cryptocurrencies to disrupt uber and lyft and airbnb, and
if a private company does it first, then we have to deal with them skimming money off the top of the process. so i would urge you folks that are -- >> chair fewer: thank you, mr. brooks. seeing no further comment, public comment is now closed. [gavel]. >> chair fewer: so madam clerk, can you please call item seven. >> clerk: yes, and for the record, there was no action tick taken on item four. item seven is director's report. >> chair fewer: mr. goebel, would it be okay if we continued this to the next meeting? okay. let's take public comment on item number seven.
>> i want to talk about current events. i spoke up and demonstrated that 144 unit apartment building complex can be built in the embarcadero for $66 million, and a 66 unit apartment complex can be built for $57 million. i demonstrated that 9 times 3 is 27 and each of these building is 27 stories tall. you get more bang for your buck building a 27 story apartment complex side by side with each of these two buildings which is already being built in mountain view and san mateo. you take a chunk of about 1,900 homeless people off the street by using this technique.
>> chair fewer: mr. wright, would you mind if we continued your public comment -- >> i'll tell you what? i'll just demonstrate the document myself. >> chair fewer: thank you, mr. wright. i appreciate it. >> that's okay. current events. in 2019, at the present time, there was a homeless census count. at the present, we've got 8,011 homeless people in the city and county of san francisco, okay? as you can see from the year of 2007 all the way up to the present, the numbers of homeless people population has been increasing.
we have gotten statements from the mayor's office on housing, the mayor's office on homelessness that they're closing the gap on homelessness in san francisco. it's not true, and these figures clearly stipulate that. >> chair fewer: thank you, mr. wright. so we are doing public comment on the executive officer's report, item number seven. public comment is next. >> yeah. eric brooks, san francisco green party, our city san francisco, and san francisco energy choice. so on the issue of renewable energy specialist and contractor, it would be good just to get a sense from the executive officer and maybe the commissioners that are in the loop on this as to the reason for the postponement. and i also wanted to say that when you hire or whatever firm you hire for this, it is very
important that the first thing on the list for that contractor to work on is -- is the citywide local buildout plan, so i'm hoping that -- i've already spoken privately with executive officer goebel about that, and that's what the advocates would like to see is for that to be -- as soon as we hire that person, then, the next thing they should be working on is the local r.f.p. for the planning. >> chair fewer: thank you very much, mr. brooks. seeing no more public comment, public comment is closed. next item, please. >> clerk: item 8 is public comment. there was no objectiaction tak item 7. >> i take it there was no action taken on item 6? >> chair fewer: mr. wright, we
did take action on it. we approved it. >> i would like you to -- to see you get into public housing since you've got million to -- millions to spend. the way you're taking care of business by spending money only in shelters instead of permanent housing, you're only wasting money. it's been projected that you would have an additional negative cash flow again if you keep spending money like you're doing. $643.9 million has been forecast within five years if you keep taking care of business the way you're doing, okay? by housing the homeless people and giving them permanent housing, you'll cut down on the expenses as far as treatments and the medical services, going to san francisco general hospital, services by the sheriff's department, by the
direct housing program, mental health services, and ageing services for the people of san francisco. i want to call it to your attention that he hyou had an 8 -- that you had an $88.2 million cash flow last year. you had an $88.2 million cash flow problem when the current administration took over. the $9 billion in that account that came because of tax cuts and tax cuts regulations and multimillion dollar companies located overseas who were avoiding taxes came back to the united states is the reason why every state overall in the united states of america has millions of dollars in their account. if you don't start spending moneywisely, you're going to end up with that kind of negative cash flow again. >> chair fewer: thank you very
much, mr. wright. seeing no further public comment, public comment is closed. madam clerk, can you read the next item. >> clerk: item nine, future agenda items. >> chair fewer: any items? seeing none, let's open it up to public comment. mr. brooks? >> eric brooks, our city san francisco, and clean energy san francisco. it's up to san francisco to do this, and so it's crucial that we get the public -- we can be the first in public to get a public bank. if we did, it would be amazing. the cryptocurrency thing, the best way to issue that would be through a public bank, so i just want to bring that up and make sure that's on the table and hopefully we get that on a near term agenda because it
looks like it's going to be up to san francisco and not los angeles to get this done. thanks. >> chair fewer: thank you, mr. brooks. >> i'd like to see interest be put into the juvenile hall, as well. there's only 30 people that's in the juvenile detention center, and i object to minors who have a behavior problem when they're coming from a dysfunctional home. that that's not the correct way to treat people when they have an unfortunate situation in their family. places being shutdown, and on further review, i found out that place has the amount of square footage that's on or about the size of mission rock. i move to incorporate the fact that you could build on or
about 1,000 to 2,000 apartment building complexes there, you can make a john o'connell-style vocational program for people, adolescent kids who come from a dysfunctional family. and instead of them being in a situation like they're being a criminal, you can put them in a training program. it's made headline news about how the places being shutdown, and the amount of square footage that is located in that area and not being utilized with the type of homeless population that we've got of on or about 8,011 is no excuse for a city with the type of resources, land, and leadership that you claim that you want to help. it's counter productive. it's counter productive, so i
had -- i'd like to have that included in a public agenda, and included in that, the response that i provided, you build the two towers and instead of having developers in the process for profit. i did a demonstration with walton about that that saves -- >> chair fewer: okay. thank you mr. wright. thank you very much. seeing no further public comment, public comment is closed. madam clerk, do we have any other business today? >> clerk: we have no further questions today. >> chair fewer: on behalf of all the commissioners, i'd like to thank all the students. there's a small celebration in room 208. commissioners, i'd ask you -- you are invited to attend. i have another meeting that i
have to get to, but i'd ask that you attend. thank you, colleagues. this meeting is adjourned. [♪] >> with san francisco animal care and control, we care for all animals, any species. we get 10,000 a year. they are victims of abuse and violence, and we take them into our care. >> i felt really passionate because i had personally seen first hand what my family was pushing for rescue dogs and conditions that some of the animals and staff are working in >> we are excited to be moving into this new shelter. our current physical plant is in
terrible shape. i like to describe it to people as the building is working against us rather than for us. this shelter was put together in six months, 30 years ago, in a building that is now 80 years old. our staff and our volunteers are amazing and wonderful and they are warm, but the space makes it difficult for people to connect with the pets. we have families coming into adopt, we have families surrendering their animals, people looking for their lost dogs, and they are all crammed together in a very small, emotionally fraught space. our heating and ventilation system is very poor. right now, our shelter is not capable of good ventilation, to prevent the spread of disease. we have no security features. our veterinary suite is cramped into one room. we can only perform one procedure at a time. [♪]
>> one of the main lessons learned from hurricane katrina was that people were really reluctant to evacuate if they were hearing that their pets were going to be left behind and not cared for. >> in the event of an earthquake , we need to be off the grid for 72 hours. it is unlikely we would be able to fulfil our mission to take in domestic pets that need to be temporarily with us while their parents are out of their homes. in the new building, will be able to meet those earthquake standards. [♪] >> we are standing at the site of the future facility, that is the beautiful brick building you see in the background behind me. the brick building is part of the showplace square historic district, which is a collection of brick warehouses and factories that were built in the late 19th century. this building was originally built in 1893 as the original coal-fired power plant in san francisco.
it has been owned and operated by munimobile ever since. >> the building we chose for the project for a number of reasons. one, we are not that far from the existing animal care and control facility. the san francisco spca is nearby , and it is a nice nexus to have in the center of the city. [♪] >> what we are doing is we are going to be seismically upgrading the building. it is an unreinforced masonry building, and we are going to be installing floor plates across the space in order to put in all of the animal housing. >> will be able to have our animals in a different space. would be separating our small animals into multiple rooms. right now we have reptiles and bunnies and birds, everybody all crammed in together. >> the tricky part is how to find open space in this existing urban environment. we did that by inserting in open air courtyards, and using the rooms for other dogs and small
animal runs. [♪] >> three, two, one! [cheers and applause] >> when the new a.c.c. opens and two years, it will be incredible we'll finally have a world-class facility that our animal shelter needs in the city. [♪ >> there weren't really any real funding structures available at that time, so we started out in civic centre. we always wanted to find our way back. the temporary navigation center at south van ness and around 22 nd street allowed us to start a small pilot program over there. leadership told us that we may get an impact on the area in cleanliness and community. those who have been vehemently opposed to the center became even more angrier when it was taken down. folks at the north end of the mission saw what was going on and eric who you will hear from
in a few minutes, saw our impact , he asked us what we can do closer for 16th and mission with $5,000. it wasn't much, but the funding and the excitement generated by him and the program helped us hold out until the end of the fiscal year. when the team and supervisor ronen's office give us funding to expand throughout the mission [applause] >> our team in the mission has grown from a tiny four person team, all the way to a 30 member cohort that works daily to clean the area stretching from division street, down to 24th street. and from valencia, all the way to harrison. it is incredible how much they've accomplished in these past five months, and it wouldn't have been possible without community momentum from neighbors like sean case, a raised awareness of our team and pushed rest in his neighborhood outside of coronado park, about three blocks down.
our vision is to build -- to bring clean, beautiful streets, to end homelessness in the mission, and to tear down the barriers to community that exists between the least and the most franchised. we are on our way, and we are going to get there with your help. and now, i have the pleasure of introducing layer breed who has been a champion -- mayor breed who has been a champion since the beginning. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. really glad to be here. i also wanted to mention that yes, there was an ad back provided for this program to extend the downtown streets team to the mission, to this incredible neighborhood, but our office, through the fix-it department gave a quarter of a million dollars to downtown streets team to make sure that we provided the appropriate
funding so this program can expand. this is not just about jobs, it is not just about clean streets, this is about our city. this is about taking care of our city, it is also about making sure that people have opportunities to get housing, people have opportunities to get services, people have opportunities to do jobs to that allow them dignity. we want to make sure we have a thriving city, and it takes a lot of work, and it does take a village, doesn't it, donna? it takes a village. it takes a village to make sure that everyone in our city has an opportunity to be part of this incredible program. i want to think downtown streets , because you do the important work, so many of you volunteer your time, so many of you are out there cleaning the streets, but you are also engaged in conversations with
neighbors, with merchants, and it is really creating this incredible feeling in san francisco. you are the ambassadors of the city. you represent our city everywhere you go, and i have to tell you, i see those yellow shirts everywhere downtown in san francisco. [applause] >> i know we have our challenges , and i know the income inequality gap has widened like never before. which is why it is going to be important that we move aggressively to build more housing. that is one of the reasons why we are putting a 500 million-dollar affordable housing bond on the ballot this november. it is also why i am proposing a chart amendment to build 100% affordable housing and 100% teacher housing as of right. no more bureaucracy, no more delays, no more not in my backyard. if we are going to really address what we know are serious
challenges in this city, we have to build more housing, especially affordable housing in every corner of san francisco. i don't want to see the next generation who grew up in san francisco like nikita and i, where our friends in our family cannot afford to live here anymore. this program, yes, it is important, but housing and making sure that people have the dignity of a safe, affordable place to call home is equally important, and i'm committed to making sure that as we expand programs like downtown streets and we continue to clean up our safety, we also have places for people who work in our city to afford to live here, too. that is a critical part of making sure that we are really a diversity. that we invest in the people of san francisco, so i am just excited to be here today, and to say thank you to fill ginsburg
with recreation and park, to the fix-it team, to do the department of public works, to all of the volunteers and community members, and i will say that d.p.w. and the downtown streets team, they can't do it alone. it is all of our responsibility to take care of our city. so let's roll up our sleeves, let's get to work, let's make san francisco a more green and clean city, more than anyplace else in the rest of the country. thank you also much for being here today. [cheers and applause] >> now i want to take the opportunity to introduce your supervisor, hillary ronen. [cheers and applause] >> thank you so much. it is such a pleasure to be here on this gorgeous, gorgeous day. i love downtown streets team! i want to tell you a story.
so i don't know if you guys saw it there or read it in the media reports, but for a good part of the year, the barge director and i cleaned the 16th street b.r.t. station because he needed help, but also because we're trying to make a point that they didn't have enough full-time workers at that station to keep it a dignified place for everyone. and it was a mess. it was a mess. every week when we got there we would fill up garbage containers after garbage container of trash and one day we got there and it was spotless. it was so beautiful and we were so confused, and we said what is going on here? we found out that a private citizen who has an office across the street from the bart plaza had given a grant to downtown
streets team to work in that area, and oh, my gosh, you changed the entire atmosphere and the entire feeling of that area, and i got an upfront view of the tremendous work that you do for the city. it is changing lives, it is changing our feeling about this city, and we love you for it, so much so. as the mayor said, she prioritized in the city budget expanding downtown streets team to many parts of the mission, and i could not be more grateful to her, and more grateful to you for doing this tremendous work. you are amazing, we love you, keep it up. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] >> all right, now it is my pleasure to introduce community partner eric rodenbeck.
[cheers and applause] >> hi. my office is at 16th and mission, it has been for 18 years, and about a year ago, i decided it was time to stop complaining and start doing something about it, so when i started calling and sending pictures about what was going on in the plaza, you started come out and clean himself. the bart supervisor was showing up at 16th and mission with a broom. asserts a tiny little changes, small things like making sure that the closet to bart is locked, and then small contributions to allow amazing groups like the downtown streets team to do their work. there's nothing like the power of committed individuals to clean up a place and make a positive difference. i want to thank the mayor mayor and supervisor for their support there are people in this town who have answers to what our most pressing questions are, and
our most pressing problems. there are solutions that we can implement together in ways that are equitable, in ways that don't displace people, and let us hold true to our san francisco values. i encourage you to come down to the 16th and mission plaza and see the work that the amazing group of people are doing here. it is a radically transformed situation, and i can't thank you enough. from the bottom of my heart, thank you. [cheers and applause] >> i wanted to share a couple of stats before i invite our last speaker up because they are so exciting. so since we launched with the city funding in the mission, nine folks have gotten employment already on our small team. [applause] >> three folks have been house. altogether in the mission, we have already removed 300,000 pounds of trash. it's pretty incredible. finally, we have picked up 2,458 needles from the streets, it is
such important work that our folks are doing, and they're working so hard. with that, it is my pleasure to introduce our purple shirt, team supervisor, who looks after our entire mission team. and without whom this program would not run half as smoothly or with half the amount of love that it does. [cheers and applause] [cheering] >> dsd! >> family, i see all the hard work that you do, i she you get up at 7:00 a.m. in the morning to come here, and i see how much effort that you put into it, you know, my job as a supervisor, but my job -- also i am your friend, you can come and talk to
me. when i talked to the team members, they tell me, they say darrell, you know, i'm really tired of sleeping in a tent, and when they tell me that, i get sad, and his they say, darrell, what do you think we could do about this housing crisis? and i say, you know, i really don't know, but what i believe, i believe, i want to believe that this is the best country in the world. i want to believe that this is the best city in the world. but one thing that i do believe, i do believe that if we come together as one, we can fix this thank you for coming, thank you, mayor breed.
[cheers and applause]. >> we have one more thing, you know, we honor our team members and this guy has gone beyond in everything that we're all about at dst. he is a reflection of what we are about, and that is saving lives, helping people. meeting him where they are at. so i want to present this green shirt, my friend and my co- volunteer worker, bobby. come on up here and get this award. [cheers and applause] >> way to work it, bobby. >> i'm surprised. [laughter] >> i thought i would make the green shirt at the meeting. anyway, i'm kind of nervous, but
i know how it is on the streets because i have been there myself , and right now, i can get a job if i want to, and nine to five job, but right now, i am just giving back to my community , and the four hours that i am doing is helping me. it has helped me because i see myself. i have been there on the streets it is helping me remember my past and helping somebody to get themselves back on their feet. this -- they may not take our cards, or i tell them where to meet, but every little bit helps anyway, thank you, guys, thank you for showing up. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> all right. can i have our team members and staff come on up, and community partners. we will go ahead and cut the ribbon now.
. >> 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.