tv Government Access Programming SFGTV June 10, 2019 4:00pm-5:00pm PDT
1978, and m.t.a. put in this medallion sale program and part of the reason for the program was to generate turnover on the list. so we had aging population of drivers. and so there needed to be some turnover. in any event, i'm a pre-k holder, m.t.a. put this new program in place. there is an opportunity for me to "surrender that medallion. so if i hand that over and this was allowed for pre-k and post-k medallion holders, then you can turn that into the m.t.a. the -- out of that transaction, you get $200,000 and the m.t.a. got $50,000. part of what i'm hearing in the background, there are some transactions where m.t.a. issued a new medallion and the full amount when the m.t.a., but the
majority of the transactions were surrender. >> please, please -- >> hold on, hold on, please. >> we're going to have to ask you to leave if you don't be quiet. >> so as i understand it, in some cases they're purchasing from somebody who essentially, the transaction is with somebody who held it before hand? >> correct. that's correct. >> but in that sense, they still purchased it for $250,000 and they're still, in many cases, paying that off. >> that's right. those are different -- yeah. so i'm trying to say where the money went. and, yes, but somebody purchase holder pay $250,000 for that medallion for the most part. and, yes, most cases they're still paying off loans. but the medallion holder that held is previously got a windfall. they got to cash out $200,000
for this surrender transaction. most of the money earned in the medallion sale program went into the industry through that mechanism. >> so for clarification, that means when you say that most of the money went back to the industry, what you're really saying is that most of the money went to individuals that used to be in the industry? because once they surrendered their medallion, they could no longer drive as a taxi driver. so really in essence, it isn't really the industry itself that profited from it, it was really individuals that were working within the industry, would you say that is a more accurate account of what really happened? >> i think that is a way to describe it as well. i have sheet that shows in more detail about who -- so if this
is helpful. if that's helpful, it kind of walks through -- i mentioned $110 million and then this walks us through the -- oh, thank you -- what that, you know, where did that go, what is that comprised of? so they're the various elements. so, yes, one could say individuals within the taxi industry benefitted. >> supervisor fewer: right. so it's really -- when you say most of the money went back to the taxi industry, it really didn't go back to the taxi industry. it actually went to individuals that were in the taxi industry that wanted to get out of the taxi industry. some were older, done with driving as you mentioned. you're telling us, i think that what i've seen in other figures, really the m.t.a. made about $61 million on this, is that
correct? >> somewhere this that range, about $63 million, correct. >> supervisor fewer: so m.t.a. made $63 million on these taxi sales and, so, i understand that the $161 million figure that you give us, that is to purchase back all the medallions at $250,000. is that accounting also including buying back the medallions that people paid $125,000 for? >> yes. >> supervisor fewer: and that is the full price, that is not just what is left on the loans or anything? >> absolutely, correct. that's correct. >> supervisor fewer: then what about the taxi medallions owned by the companies? >> the taxi -- well, there are corporate medallions, is that what you're talking about? >> supervisor fewer: yeah, the corporate medallions, because i think these corporations have made millions on these
medallions, is that correct? >> according to what we have estimated, yes. and that was -- yeah in the power point earlier. we talked about how many corporate medallions are still in service. >> supervisor fewer: sure. i think i've seen that chart before, too. so i'm going to say something that probably -- first i want to say that the board of supervisors has very little jurisdiction over the municipal transit authority. we -- administration of authority. we actually don't have any power over them, except to vote their budget up or down. we don't have people that we actually put on to the commission of the m.t.a. i, myself, have gone before the m.t.a. board and brought this very issue and did not get a response. so i just -- i think that is
sort of indicative of how the relationship between the board of supervisors and the m.t.a. has operated, and i think that, you know, as a board member, i think we struggle quite frankly. and it is not our jurisdiction. and yet we hear repeatedly every tuesday, we have taxi drivers coming to us, and yet at the board of supervisors, we also realize that this hardship of paying back $250,000 from these people as you can see, is, i think, we can all relate about how big of a hardship this is to make ends meet. we also can -- the crazy thing about this job, i think, and maybe supervisor haney will agree with me, is that you can see it coming, but you can't stop it. so i see that automation is
coming and it's coming soon. when g.m. invests $500 million, it means that it's going to happen and doesn't mean that it's not going to happen. so when we think about the life of drivers, the livelihood of drivers, we see that it will get increasingly difficult for them to pay these loans back. and i get that and this is -- this is why we're working on a public bank, but i get why banks will not refinance these. banks know also these will be worthless. you see autonomous vehicles driven around in the streets, they're applying for license at the california cal, i asked them, would you ever buy the
licenses? why would they, they say, we can operate without them. as we have seen with many jobs, this autonomous vehicle thing is going to unemploy millions of people. i think we're just seeing sort of the tip of the iceberg around sort of an outdated model -- what an outdated model can do at a time when things are changing rapidly. and yet we stay with the same model. so i'm going to say something that i think that is -- i just wanted to say, i don't fully understand it all either. it is a very complicated thing. and thank you for repeatedly trying to explain this to me and doing such a deep analysis. but the problem is that we're working for a remedy of an outdated model.
the medallion program is simply outdated. it is -- until i think we think of a new plan to redesign this, i actually think we should not be selling more medallions. when i hear that 43 more have been sold and the taxi companies have bought them, why are we doing that? it is a wrong model. it is the wrong -- it is an outdated model to begin with. i can see that if we gave them extra play at the airport, but maybe we bought medallions back, but they could rent them to be a taxi driver and get the privilege of being the ones who pick up from the airport. and take this huge burden of $250,000 off the shoulders.
i think the medallion thing, whether corporate of individual, that program is done. it is outdated. i think we're working within a framework of what we have, but i'm just going to say that maybe perhaps we need to look outside that framework. and maybe it is time that we looked at this issue of taxi drivers verse t. and c, it's hard to say, i don't think we expected it to blow up like this. but i think there is, you know, i think there is a way that we can think outside the box and not in this framework of our medallions. and within the medallions, let's try to make the medallions more valuable. i'm going to be honest, i actually don't think the
medallions will ever be worth $250,000. i question now if they were worth that in the beginning. i want to commend you on doing this. i think this is -- you thought long and hard about this, but it is within the same model of a taxi medallion program. and i think it's time to blow it up. i think it's time to start over. i know $160 million is a lot of money. i would maybe look at not re -- if we didn't have money to reimburse the whole thing, how can we reimburse three quarters of it maybe? i just feel like the burden that these people are living under is incredible. and i know it's happening in new york and people committed suicide in new york. i just think we might have a remedy. and i always remind folks when,
you know when i first was sworn in as board, one of the first things i voted on was a $34 million parking lot. and so when people say to me, you know what, that is a lot of money, we spent it on this or that, i say, really, because the first thing i voted on was a $34 million parking lot. and we have the ability as a city to actually borrow money over a long period of time. it's not just five years or ten years. we could borrow this money over 30 years' time, where we wouldn't -- yes, the interest would be expensive, but we would not have to pay it right away. i just think it's the wrong model. it's the wrong model for -- [applause] so, i don't know. you know, i've been on this for a while. i mean i tried to rack my brain
around it. i've been looking at it from all different ways. and i just think that it will keep coming back. it will get worse. it's going to get worse. it's going to -- we are going to see human casualties from this. this is -- the only thing i can think of is actually we blow it up and you build something else. and i'm sorry. that's just my opinion. >> i can appreciate your concerns and comments. and i share the underlying concerns. i started with pride and value in the taxi friday. i don't want to lose sight of that. it's important to remember that we have a clean air taxi fleet. taxis are part of our para transit program. there is a lot of pride. there is a lot, again, a lot of
value in the taxi industry. there is an important role for the taxi industry. and i just want to correct the record. it sounds like there is an idea that 43 -- >> 34. >> 34 were recently sold. that's not accurate. i'm not sure what that is related to, but the reason why we brought forward this package of recommendations and these changes and we're coming back with the 90-day report is for the very reasons you're articulating. that something needs to be done. we need to prioritize purchase medallion holders. so everything -- i agree with those concepts, that feeling, that passion, and you're looking out for the purchase medallion holder. and i appreciate that and that's again why we focused our policy goals for the most part on purchased medallion holders. and we do see the value in the
purchased medallions when we implemented these new rules, 73 purchased medallions got back onto the street in short order. that shows us there is value there. again, i just want to highlight that. and i want to think through -- and like you said, the taxi industry, you can look at it a lot of different ways. and each time you turn the prizm, you see something different. it is complex. >> supervisor fewer: right. i want to say that i think there is value in the taxi industry. i ride a taxi. when i get off the airport, i ride a taxi home. when i need to get to the airport, i ride in a taxi. i think that i am not saying that the taxi model is outdated, i'm saying the medallion program is outdated. that is a very different thing. and that is what i would like us to concentrate on.
and i'm sorry that i read this wrong. increase of 34 medallions. so you're not selling more medallions, but the bank is not selling them either, is that correct? >> well, the medallion sale program is still a program, so that -- >> supervisor fewer: why are we still selling them? >> i'm not sure -- i think you're looking at the 34 medallions, there is a net increase in 34 medallions. >> supervisor fewer: right. >> now i understand what you're pointing to. that means some medallions were added. so 73 foreclosed medallions were added back into service. we talked about the net increase -- >> supervisor fewer: someone bought the medallions and put them back into service. >> no, they're operated through yellow cab by an agreement with the credit union. >> did the yellow cab buy the medallions? >> no they're operating through
the credit union. because they're foreclosed, the credit union owns those medallions. it wasn't a sale transaction. >> supervisor fewer: what is the agreement? >> you know, we've asked for that agreement, but we haven't seen it, so we're not a party to the agreement. i understand -- >> supervisor fewer: this is a whole other reason that the medallion thing should just be done. this is whole other reason. this idea, now, yellow cab is now negotiating with the san francisco credit union putting more medallions back. it is crazy. we have lost control of this whole thing. i feel like this another reason why -- the medallion program, itself, it's not the value of the taxi. i actually think there is value in a taxi. that is what i take as transportation. i just think the medallion
program is antiquated model. >> understood. >> supervisor fewer: thank you very much. >> supervisor haney: thank you, supervisor fewer. so we're going to continue this at the call of the chair. we were able to get all the public comment in. i'm not sure what chair wants to do in terms of the hearing on his birthday. i appreciate supervisor fewer's comments. i had sounds to me like i understand the concern of $161 million purchasing them all back, but that would be purchasing every single one of them back at full $250,000, it seems like there may be other models so we can do right by these folks who really did put their savings and are paying a huge amount back in an industry that, as we recognize by everything we're trying to do, is having a tough time. obviously this continues to be -- this is new issue for me as a new board member, but i continue to be a bit perplexed and concerned about the
situation we've put these folks in. and so i'm sure there will be further opportunities for you to keep us updated on what to do for them. i echo supervisor fewer's calls, if there is other types of things -- i don't think there is a belief that every single one for the $250,000 will be purchased back. for $161 million. but some of them, partial, other types of financing, other types of support, you know, i think that is something that we should be doing. so with that, we're going to continue this at the call of the chair. and thank you for being here for this long hearing. and thank you to all the taxi drivers who were here. i know we'll keep hearing from you. and you won't let us forget you. so we appreciate you. thank you.
good morning everyone. welcome to the home of your san francisco giants. applausthis is your official we. i am your pa announcer and i am happy to serve as your mc today. we are here to officially kickoff the first class of opportunities for all. [applause.] now our first jobs and our first paid internships are so important. for me as a graduate of mills college in oakland. thank you for that. oakland is in the house.
mills is in the house. my first job upon graduation a million years ago, 1981, was an entry level job at k cbs news radio. i worked there four years and learned the business. i got my first on the air job. thank you. the kids don't know. i was there before sauna. let mesa that. i spent 11 years there and hosted my own show on kiss fm. i say that to say that first job at k cbs led me to my radio career which led me to upstairs in the pa booth for the team i grew uprooting for at candlestick park as a little girl. you never know where your first job is going to take you. this is my 20th season with the
giants and 34th year as a broadcaster. thank you for your support and listening and having my back for all of these years. kids, i am living proof your first job or internship can lead to a successful career. enough about me. i could go on and on about myself. i bet some of you today may be interning with us. anybody with us at oracle park as an intern this season? in my 20 years we have had some remarkable interns in the entertainment department that have gone on to careers here at the ballpark and for other teams and the nfl and a lot more. i want to give a shout out to our 2019 intern rena. thank you baby girl. everybody on with the show. we have a wonderful line up of
performers and speakers today. let's play ball. to kick things off i will bring up the woman behind this initiative. i am proud to call her my friend. i have known her since early on in her career when she was working one of her first jobs. look at her now. she is working hard every day as mayor to make sure every young person in san francisco can achieve their wildest dreams. please put your hands together for the 45th mayor of the city and county of san francisco, the honorable london breed, ladies and gentlemen. [applause.] >> mayor breed: thank you. i love those boots, girl. thank you so much for being here today. i have to tell you i am so excited about this program, and i am excited about the future of
san francisco because of all of you who are participating in this program. some of you might know you grew up in san francisco, born and raised in public housing in the city under the most challenging of circumstances with a lot of the violence and crime and frustration and hopelessness. i still can't believe after living over 20 years of my life in the kinds of conditions that i am working hard to change every single day that i am standing here as your mayor. had it not been for an opportunity, had it not been for my first internship at age 14 working through the mayor's youth employment and training program at the family school where i learned some simple basic skills. now, i know technology has you more advanced than what i was back then. we actually typed letters on a typewriter. i learned how to speed up my
typing, answer the phone. i got to tell you this is how i answered the phone the first day. hello. who are you looking for? they were like, no, london, you need to answer like this. hello, this is london breed, how may i help you. thank you for calling the family school. >> okay. so i had to write it down and repeat it or and over. it was stuck in my head. basic skills what it is like to work in an office environment and to change my attitude and improve my customer service skills. this organization because of my work in the summer only had enough money to pay for me to work during the summer and because i basically worked hard and stuck with it, they kept me see in this internship year around and paid for me to be there directly. that was really how i was able to make money in order to afford
the basic things -- the basic things people take for granted to buy school clothes and help my grandmother with bills and allow me to focus on school and go on to higher education. i ended up going to uc davis and graduating. i got my masters from the university of san francisco. let me tell you why this program is so important because the neighborhood you grew up in, not everyone had a chance to participate in the mayor's youth employment and training program. there wasn't enough funding to make sure everyone got a slot, and so, sadly, i have been to far more funerals than i can count because of gun violence in my community. sadly, i still have friends and family members behind bars and many suffering from addiction and other challenges. when i think about even my own
family losing my sister to a drug overdose and having my brother still locked up in jail, i think what if? what if an opportunity was available to them, too? why wasn't there an opportunity available to them? i don't want to operate in what ifs. i want to operate in a way that prevents something that happened to my community, something that happened to my family from ever happening to any other young person in the first place. that is why i started opportunities for all. because i wanted to make sure that kids in san francisco no matter what part of the city you live in, no matter who your family is, no matter what school you go to, money should never be a barrier to your ability to
succeed in life. that is what this program is about. i want to make sure that when we have all of these incredible opportunities in san francisco to work in so many different industries, when people are looking for folks to about, they are looking right here in san francisco. when people are looking to make sure we are investing dollars in preparing you all for the work force, they are preparing and spending their money on all of you to make sure that you are successful. i want you to have amazing lives, amazing careers, and i want you to be able to afford in the city you might have been born and raised in. [applause.] this is about creating a new normal, breaking the cycle sometimes of poverty that has existed in too many of our neighborhoods. this is my dream. when i have the opportunity to
basically be mayor and run this city, this was the first thing i thought about. i am so excited to be here today. we launched the program in october, we are doing it this summer. we have 3700 participants so far. as i said, no one is turned away. i will speak to some of the companies here. we need you to accept more students, to work with us to make sure kids have more opportunities. when we have someone with an interest in working in a particular field, we have a place for them to go to learn about that particular field. that is what this program is about. i want to thank the major sponsor of this program, alaska airlines and at and t for making a significant investment along with so many other people. the department of children, youth and families, of course, through my budget we committed
$8 million to this program. i am dedicated to making this work and providing you with all of the opportunities possible. i also want to thank a couple of city agencies that basically answered the call. i want to start with the department of public works. they have hundreds of internship opportunities available as well as the san francisco police department. thank you, chief, for being here and the opportunitying you provide to our young people and the san francisco airport. when i think about the san francisco airport, they are taking on 200 young people. there are so many layers, administrative, human resources, security, luggage. there are all of these different things that happen in the airport, and i am just so excited about what you all are
going to discover this summer. i used to listen to kmdl. i remember when renel got engaged to tommy moon and the first african-american woman announcer in baseball. what is the baseball thing called again? the hall of fame. you were in the hall of fame? never mind. she is here. she is making moves. i want you all to be prepared to make moves. when you show up late and you are criticized, take it in and learn from it. when you have one trying to teach you to do something better, be open minded. put aside your sometimes i am not saying all of you. i know i had a really bad
attitude. i had to basically get an attitude adjustment to keep my job. the people working with you, they want to support you. they want be to grow and succeed. please show them respect and appreciate and work hard taking in every minute of the opportunity. advance, grow and do whatever your heart's desire. have a good time this summer. when you are at work roll up your sleeves and get the job done. we are counting on you all to be the next generation of you folk to take over the city. one of you can be a mayor. i will not be here forever. thank you for your support. >> keep that applause going for our wonderful mayor, london
breed. [applause.] >> the kid referenced something known as a typewriter. it is similar to the keep board on your laptops and phones. if you want to know what a typewriter is, google that on your phone. thank you, mayor breed for your leadership. i know you inspire the young people here with us today. i know they see possibilities in themselves that they may not have seen before as they watch you run this great city. thank you for sharing your experiences today. now to entertainment. how does that sound everybody? (applause). we can't have a kickoff without performances. please enjoy the first performance and welcome to local youth. it is the spoken word performance. we have a poem from tj lynch. come on up, tj.
>> okay. i will give you background. i read an article and it broke my heart. i felt like i should share it with everybody. i never thought this could happen to me. one minute i imagine singing and dancing. next i feel burning pay. may 17, 2010. that is the day the police took me away from my family, friends, dreams. they weren't in the right house. the man who murdered the 17-year old boy lived a level above me. may 16, 2010. that was the day the police took me. may 16, 2010 is the day everything changed. that is the day they should haved me in mysoline. i am 7 years old. may 16 is the day i died. i was murdered by the officer.
he faced a penalty. they didn't see me as a child and just saw my skin. i had my whole life ahead. it makes me angry. following my death my daddy was introduced to 30 years in prison. not only is my mommy mourning me. my dadty's life, too. it was his gun that o kens killed the boy with. is it the justice my mommy gets why a man kills her black daughter and takes husband to the pen. how can a man murder a 7 year-old girl and be dismissed of manslaughter and first-degree murder and second-degree murder in a world with a supposed fair justice system. mizmy daddy is guilty of murdern
the second degree. if they had proof to accuse it sounds contradictory to me the black man and the white man is free. what hurts the offer is still on the ped. after this my mommy piece by piece he couldn't give my mother apology. >> thank you for that powerful presentation and reminder what we are dealing within the inner city communities every day and how much more work we have to do. thank you, baby girl with your cute little self. the backpack is bigger than she is. you know, as mayor breed said
none of this is possible without support of partners and companies creating opportunities for young people. now we will hear from huge supporters of opportunities for all. leading off please welcome to executive vice president of communications, stacy slaughter. [applause.] >> thank you for all coming to the park today. we are delighted to have you here today. the giants were tied last i heard. i am not sure what happened. thank you, mayor breed for your leadership on this issue. we all feel that it is an
important initiative for kids in our community. when i was thinking about today's event i was thinking about my own teenage years and my first summer job. a lot of the things i learned are things i take with me today. i grew out in sacramento. there weren't a lot of female role models the road to college was the exception. most folks didn't go to college. i wasn't sure what i was going to do after high school. i was 16, i got a job at a ice cream restaurant that just opened. i learned a lot of lessons in that first job, similar to what mayor breed learned. one of the molt mottos was if
you have time to lean you have time to clean. if you weren't scooping ice cream or helping a customer you were restocking hot fudge and whip cream. you learned this strong work ethic of making yourself indispensable and contributing in whatever fashion possible. i use that motto with my teenage sons. one of the things that was helpful to me in life. the manager of the store was a woman who was a great mentor and opened my eyes to different things in the world. one of the things she discovered was the ability to write and communicate well. in addition to your ice cream duties we make you the official pr manager of the store. we have you in charge of the special events, ads in the local weekly reader, maybe write press
releases and so i took that opportunity and ran with it. i realized, sherie she saw it i. i graduated from berkeley many years ago. then it launched a 30 year career in communications and pr. i went to work in the mayor's office as the press secretary in the early 1990s. 23 years ago i got a job in communication was the san francisco giants. here i am today. you never know where you will find inspiration. it could be your first summer job. it sounds like the opportunities in the city are more exciting than the ice scream store in -- ice cream store. you never know who is your role model.
it could be right here in the events division or helping us build mission rock and housing and opportunities. i wish you all the best. thank you for being part of it and thanks for all of the partners for making this happen. [applause.] >> thank you, stacy. a couple things. now i want some ice cream. thanks for that. if you have time to lean you have time to clean. i will use that on the husband, let me just say that. thank you for that, stacy slaughter. now a shout out to or sponsor alaska airlines, top sponsor for opportunities for all. please welcome bay area vice president anna bell chang. >> thank you. it is perfect at the giants stadium we look around and
realize practice makes perfect. it takes training and a lot of years of experience. that is exactly what opportunities for all is. it is about developing your experience, perfecting professionalism. how to take a phone call, be a good employee, become a good boss one day. here we realize it takes that grit and that perseverance and teamwork. it is a perfect setting for us. i am vice president of the bay area for alaska airlines. we are honored to be the first corporate sponsor of the opportunities for all program. i want you to help me pick a number. when someone goes and takes unpaid internship for the summer, how much do you think they give up in wages if they don't take a paid summer job? 3,000?
do you think it is higher? $5,000? how many think it is around $5,000? how many think it is more than that? that's right. it is $6,800 is the estimated amount of money you give up by tag an unpaid internship during the summer. that is incredible for those looking for ways to build professional experience. opportunities for all the making that happen by allowing you to take on a paid internship and making sure you get the invaluable. no amount of money can cover the experience you are going to develop. we want to say that is incredibly important. at alaska airlines we have been giving in communities for a very long time. in the bay area we have thousands of employees from ramp agents to mechanics to pilots to
customer service. i want to shout sought to the team taking on more than 200 interns. these are great paying union jobs at the airport. people don't know about it. it is based on family connections and experience. we want to make sure that people can learn about these opportunities and what i will share is even at alaska airlines the highest level officers started at alaska airlines on the ramp, helping people guilty around the planes to move safely. it is extraordinary the opportunities from the very first job. i have a plaque, mayor to present. we shared the opportunities for all programming in our inflight magazine in february. that is 33,000 flights had a chance to learn about mayor
london breed's opportunities for all program. we are super-excited and totally thrilled. [applause.] >> thank you. give a round for the generosity of alaska airlines. while we talk generosity it is at&t. this woman is a long time friend. we were radio broadcasting colleagues for many, many years. back in day we performed in the oakland ballet celebrity all-star performance of the nutcracker and we were nag magnificent as toy soldiers. i am delighted to introduce her. my own girl director of external
affairs, cammy black stone. >> we still got it. welcome everyone. i want to thank mayor london breed. there goes my notes. for this incredible idea and program. it is so important. at a and and t we -- at&t we will connect diverse opportunities. here in san francisco we are riding the waves of economic prosperity but not everyone in san francisco is able to participate. we hope that with believe and with opportunities for all, these initiatives the maze or put forward that we can level that playing field. people like you, you young people can make that connection
to get training and work experience and everything you need to find your path to economic success. we wish you all the best. we want to thank the mayor and we are excited to see how it unfolds for all of us in san francisco. thank you. [applause.] >> let's get a hip, hip for at&t. >> this would not be possible without our nonprofit organizations. three had boots on the ground in the community reaching out, conducting sign-ups for young people including the jamestown community center. a round of applause please for myrna melgar, executive director. >> thank you so much. i am the executive director of
the jamestown community center, one of the oldest youth development communities in san francisco. i want to thank mayor breed for her vision. it is an incredible investment in our youth and august and ack. i am an immigrant. mize parents didn't speak english and didn't have connections. i am here today because i had mentors of people who helped me graduate, apply to college, get the first job and that is so important for immigrant youth and youth of color whose parents don't have a lot of social capital. they don't have people to connect them with jobs, paid internships. when your family can hardly buy groceries, how can you take an unpaid internship for two or three months during the summer.
at jamestown we were lucky to be included in this amazing opportunity and we ran with it. we have a program designed buys our director where we had girls at hilltop high school for girls who are pregnant while in high school. they designed and sewed the costumes for the 3 00 costumes. they put it together. then they saw all of the youth from the community all the of black and brown kids being celebrated on television with a community clapping after them. what an enormous wonderful gift. thank you, mayor for that. yesterdayir had the great pleasure of doing the training for 50 high school youth working
in our programs. we had them go through training and lesson planning. we had them vision what it would be like to be a little kid going to pacific heights in the skin we are in and that is a teaching moment. we want them to own this city. this is their city. we are included socially and economically. it seems the elder peers are now going through a path to an educational career. we have a partnership with the san francisco unified school district to train or staff to become teachers while mentoring the opportunity for all kids. there is a path for them. they see themselves in the older kids who are becoming teachers
of color, bilingual teachers in the school district. that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for opportunities for all. thank you, mayor breed, for the opportunities and great difference that this project is making on the lives of our community. thank you so much. [applause.] >> thank you for sharing your story and god bless you in jamestown. we have a lot of young people excited to start internships and some have begun, is that right? or maybe not. you are excited, yes, that is the point i am trying to make. one of these young people is nicholas lay from california state sacramento who worked every summer with our very only
san francisco public works. come up to say a few words, young man. [applause.] >> thank you. i am nicholas lay. born and raised in san francisco. currently a senior at sacramento state university. i am part of sfu my whole life. i worked with the department of public works from 2010 to 2013, but this summer i age excited to be -- i am excited to take on a new role as lead for opportunities for all. it is important to me. i believe all youth deserve to be connected with employment and training for post secondary opportunities. with that said i would like to thank mayor breed and director davis and the staff and partners that mailed possible this great
opportunity. thank you. >> thank you and congratulations to you. are you fired up for another performance? get this party started. she is an actress, artist, athlete and activist who dedicated her time to inspiring others through music, spoken word and engaging in her community. please join me in welcoming miss ryan nicole. [applause.] >> thank you for being here. before my song i want to say a couple words. shout out to mayor london breed. you are doing a great job. i am from oakland. i hope it affects our leadership as well. i will say this.
opportunities for all is a beautiful program with, i think, wonderful language. we see know and london breed understands if you solve for equity, then you solve for everybody. if you solve for women and people of color, then everybody wins, everybody comes up. i want to acknowledge the women of leadership mu have taken the stage this morning and afternoon. i am going to do this song right now. this song i wrote initially for women of color but today it is for all of us. the song is for everybody who needs to be seen, everybody who feels like they may be invisible. today is the start of a new program, a new era of justice. i want them to feel it in the chest but not blowout the ears.
i am going to move. this is for your colored folks. ♪ never thought your rainbow was enough ♪ trying to make it through the life it is tough ♪ ♪ you will make it. you are the paint that makes this life all it is ♪ i have a yellow brick road, move see shoes, i see you on the news it is giving me the blues ♪ it is what you do, where we go and how we get there and who will foot the bill and if anyone would make it you surely will havhave the will ♪ we see you shine ♪ it is only so you are a
superstar. you wanted to put your slippers on make your way back home ♪ ♪ nerve thought your rainbow was enough. you will make it. you are what makes this life all it was. never thought your rainbow was enough ♪ ♪ it is tough. you are going to make it just because ♪ you are what makes this what it is ♪ ♪ the woman on the screen the beauty reach out 360 degrees of lovely ♪ ♪ the girls shoes inside she is all clean ♪ ♪ just the wrong shape or wrong
shade. never think about the wrong place ♪ ♪ the perfect chemistry ♪ never thought your rainbow was enough ♪ it is tough ♪ ♪ you have make it just because. never thought your rainbow was enough, going to make it through this life, you are going to make it just because ♪ ♪ if you were color folk, shine your light ♪ ♪ black, blue or grey, brown, white ♪ ♪ you are color folk, shine your light ♪ ♪ black, blue, grey, yellow or white ♪ ♪ you are life ♪ this is why if you have an
opportunity to world wins ♪ if we win we are doing good for everything ♪ ♪ make sure you go out and seize this opportunity because it is the beginning of your new thing ♪ >> i want you to say that i am what i am. descendent of man, the head not the tail, i am that i am. heaven sent you, man. in head not the tail. descendent of man. you guys your opportunity begins with you believing you can do it and believing you are deserving of these opportunities. congratulations to you all. [applause.] >> that was fantastic. >> that was fantastic.