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teacher in the san francisco unified school district and my neighbor and a lovely person that i had coffee with at the same cafe for the last 30 years. she retired only to pass away way too soon, and my condolences to her husband, who many of us know, neil eisenberg, who once ran for city attorney, and the rest, i will submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor peskin. sorry for your loss. supervisor ronen? >> supervisor ronen: thank you. today, i'm proposing a resolution to honor virginia ramos, fondly known as the tamale lady. her legacy lives on, and ensures that she is forever held in san francisco's memory.
she was born on june 23, 1953, in mexico. virginia emigrated to san francisco with her seven children to escape a life of poverty and abuse and to give them a new life. she sold her homemade tamales in the mission district using an old family recipe. she became an institution not just due to her tamales, but to her caring attitude. she touched the hearts of countless residents by taking time to speak with them and hear their woes, often giving candid advice and always offering warm hugs. this has been a labor of love together with a wonderful group of people who are committed to keeping her spirit alive.
cecil, monica, zamir, dunphora, are wonderful supporters. it's also been an honor to work with virginia's daughter. the tamale lady contributed to her community, and serving the best tamales that could be found on the streets of san francisco. it's my honor to submit this resolution in her memory, and the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor ronen. supervisor safai?
okay. thank you. supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thank you. i would like to close today's meeting in memory of quentin r riggins who passed away last nig night. by all accounts, he was a kind and energetic leader, he was a positive, thoughtful and sensitive man. it's a loss that he will no longer be able to share his talents with the world. my condolences go out to his parents as they go through what will be the most painful time of their lives. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor stefani. i am sorry for your loss.
supervisor walton? >> supervisor walton: thank you. sululagi was a long-time activist in san francisco. as an original member of the mission rebels, who fought street violence in urban neighborhoods, sulu worked hard across all communities to stop senseless violence. he lost his own son in 1984 to a drive-by shooting after playing basketball with his church. a park in district 9 is named after his son because that's where he learned to play basketball. as a former executive director for the samoan community center, sulu worked to bring communities together through
generations. he implemented programs to get kids off the streets and into programs that mentored them to create positive impacts for the community as a whole. sulu was also passionate about justice, and he dedicated his life to bridging the reciprocal relationships between youth and the elderly and working to make change from the inside and out to create peace in our communities. sulu was also a former member of the housing authority commission, the southeast working group, street violence prevention committee, and served as a liaison with former mayor newsom's office. he also worked with sfmta with the muni transit assistance
committee. he will be deeply missed by the city and county of san francisco and the community at large. the rest i submit. >> clerk: thank you, supervisor walton. sorry for sulu's passing. mr. president, seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes the introduction of new business. >> president yee: very good. let's go to item 25. >> clerk: at this time, the public may now address the entire board of supervisors for up to two minutes on the items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board, to include the minutes from april 30, 2019, may 7, 2019, and the may 8 special meeting minutes of the budget and finance committee. items 26 through 28 on the adoption without reference to committee calendar are also items you may comment on, but no other items on the agenda may be commented on as they have already had their public comment satisfied at a
committee. direct your remarks to the board as a whole and not to individual members and not to the audience, please. if you're using interpretation assistance, you'll be allowed twice the amount of time to testify, and if you'd like to display a document on the overhead projector, just place it on the overhead camera and remove it when you'd like the screen to return to life coverage of the meeting. >> president yee: okay. first speaker, michael? >> i'm going to tell you, you talk about rehabilitation, you want to help the most vulnerable people, i'm going to tell you, the way that you keep doing the same rotation of the same problem over and over and over again, it's been about 45 years since i had a can of beer. i quit drinking by myself without going to a rehabilitation center, but the way that i watched you treat the most economically disadvantaged people of the city of san god damn francisco,
you should be ashamed of yourself. as i demonstrated to you, the best way to treat people in housing is to provide permanent housing for them. i showed you how to get an apartment building complex of 144 units for $56 million and another unit of 1 -- 86 units for $57 million. you could place these units at the locations of your navigation center. now i'm asking you, which technique is the best to take care of the homeless problem in the city and county of san francisco. my technique to get a bigger bang for your god damn buck or what you want to do? those aren't bed, those are the same type of living conditions that you have when you're under
the supervision of the god damn sheriff's department. and about this city college, you talk about it's a good deal, this guy here, this chancellor lied. when he made his demonstration, he said he was $11.5 million in debt. turns out he's $32 million in debt. and you want to do this ten years. ten years times $32 million, that's $320 million in debt. >> president yee: okay. thank you. next speaker. >> on behalf of the coalition for chinatown station only, we're here to express our deep disappointment at your passing the resolution urging m.t.a. to name the chinatown station after rose pak, a divisive and controversial figure. some of you may have been friends are rose pak and see one side of her.
we're only asking that you consider this issue objectively, and that she may have had a much darker side as evidenced by other people's encounters with her, f.b.i. reports, and media reports. we believe naming the chinatown station after rose pak goes against san francisco policy which states that m.t.a. may de deny any ordinance that promotes a particular religious or view or is not in the best interests of the sfmta or its customers. we believe that most san franciscans would agree that naming a public subway station after such a political power
broker is not in the best interests of san francisco or its citizens. people are very disappointed in the board of supervisors june 4 vote. they believe that this resolution has been dividing the community and not uniting it. since the resolution, pak's organizations have been flexing their muscles and threatening less powerful groups in chinatown. it's creating a social disturbance. as representatives of the community, you must think -- >> president yee: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is daniel. it is not good to name public
places after controversial people. not long ago, the city's recreation and park commission voted to remove the name justin hermann from the plaza at embarcadero whose policy shaped a modern san francisco but also wiped out an entire community. according to the news report on november 17, 2017, supervisor aaron peskin introduced a resolution on the opinion that hermann's legacy -- [inaudible] >> -- that he believed it was
time to turn the page on the public, that it was time to turn the page on naming the central subway station after rose pak. creating more conflict, wasting taxpayers' money, and wasting everyone's time. please follow the example that the department of parks and recreation. it's final decision of a committee and won't remember a highly divisive figure. thank you so much. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker.
>> thank you, supervisors. i'm a resident in district 3. i would like to respond to supervisor peskin's comments as well as his aide's comments at the m.t.a. meeting last week. more than 8,000 san franciscans have signed their names on the petition against the rose pak naming proposal, along with more than 400 chinatown merchants. oppositionals who come from the chinatown merchant association, the chinatown neighborhood association, and the chinese consolidated benevolent association which represents 90% of the chinatown family associations among many other
organizations. this organization has deep roots that need to be heard. they represe they represent a large group of community members she directly discriminated against. this is certainly not a religious issue, but we cannot discredit the speerpss and views of a vast group of the san francisco community because of their religious beliefs. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> mr. president, more and more in these chambers, it's
becoming a joke when anybody comes to this podium during public comment, that time is sacrosanct, and if you supervisors want to do your sidebar talk, go outside and talk. don't stand there and disrespect us. so i'm saying this at one time because human beings would come here and speak and we'd get three minutes. now, we get two minutes and we have to watch some people act like fools over there. if you want to join the circus, go ahead and join the circus, but don't have your sidebar talks while the people are speaking. having said that, in our schools today in san francisco, more and more violence. we have children in grade 1 assaulting other children. we have a supervisor who knows
about this, but he doesn't do anything about it. we have other serious problems. there are seniors who are homeless or jailed. i want you, supervisors, to go to our jails and see why are our seniors in jail. now you, supervisors, i don't know when you will behave yourselves, but i'm telling you, if you don't want to represent the constituents of san francisco, then step down. let somebody else come and do the good work. representation means serious, being serious, being educated on issues. thank you very much. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon.
my name is eva lee. i'm speaking on behalf of the chinatown merchant association and myself, a native san franciscan. my family owned at one time 8 stores on grant avenue in the 1960's. our lee family has been blessed and we've given back to our community, thousands, if not millions back to chinatown community. the chinatown community supports the name of the chinatown subway stop to chinatown stop. we concur with the chinatown community that that stop should not be named after rose pak due to her controversial experiences. many of us have had
experiences, including my father, who experienced death threats because of her view on the embarcadero. we realize that rose pak played a significant role in the subway funding, but what about those merchants that supported the funding? shouldn't they be supported, as well? in short, a lot of the chinese community have remained silent because they're scared, but i ask you this. chinatown has been around for 50 years. it's going to be around for 50 years more. we ask that you respect and honor our chinatown community,
not by making the chinatown central subway station one person -- >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, honorable president supervisor. my name is peter liu, resident of san francisco. i'm here today against naming new chinatown subway station after rose pak. chinatown has over 100 years of history. everyone knows chinatown. there are so many names that we can honor and recognize, but we should not name any controversial name for this new subway station. we just want to see the new subway station named chinatown. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker.
>> i am peter, i am the brother from the east, commanding the 40-day construction, by this strawberry full moon, it's been given we're going to be shutdown, it will be shutdown, this bread and circus called sports and all the airports, so thee people, i want to ask, shall we continue fighting amongst ourselves? 5,000 years of religious deception. go ahead and google your noodle, rabbi gabriel cousins to the obscenes. regarding coronaries for firefighters and law enforcement, easy peasy, you go to the daniel's diet, the biggest, some of the most powerful athletes in prosports
are on the daniels diet. forces formulation, formed pharmaceuticals, and an insane spirit that stifles the spirit? you want to fix it with drugs and jail? no. i think it's time that the veterans step up with the students and shutdown this west coast, and your key sign will be when the airports and prosports are shutdown, as they will be. and what about rose pak? why aren't the people here -- why aren't the chinatown people stepping up on behalf of shrimp boy chow? i know who has been bought off. the power's with the strike. pay no mortgages, pay no rents. some hard-core requestings
supporting aaron peskin. no rents for two or three months, and then, you agree to pay 25% of what it was before. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. [inaudible] >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. dear president of the board and the supervisors. we understand supervisor peskin had a very close, personal relationship with rose pak, but that is the perspective of only one individual. the chinatown subway is a public facility, and the best interest of the community need to be the business of naming any public facility. to my knowledge, naming a subway station after any individual has not been done before in san francisco for numerous reasons, including the
division that such a naming would inevitably cause. i would hope you would overturn the president after naming a station after an individual that impacted so many people in a negative way during her time. if even a fraction of these accusations are true, it is enough to rule out rose pak for consideration for such an honor. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, dear supervisors. i just want to continue with the previous speakers. many merchants in chinatown can't leave their stores to come here, but they wanted us to have their thoughts. they're very disappointed with the board of supervisors vote on june 4. they felt this resolution divides the chinese community
even further, rather than creating unities. the proposal to name the subway station against rose pak. it is creating a social disturbance in the chinese community. as representatives of the community, you must think for the overall benefit of the community and weigh the considerable negative impacts that naming the station after rose pak will have. thank you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> president yee and supervisors, my name is michelle linn. i'd like to thank you last tuesday for your time for comments, but i was very disappointed that you passed your resolution to name the chinatown station after rose pak. to name the chinatown station
after rose pak or just chinatown, which one will benefit the community? which one is more productive? which one will cost a lot of taxpayers' money? which one will hurt a lot of people, and which one will hurt nobody? it's very obvious which one will hurt nobody and serve the best interest of the public. the freedom of religion is the cornerstone of the united states. to put rose pak's name on the subway station is kind of totally against the core value of united states, so i urge you, supervisors to rescind this resolution that hurt so many people and hurt the value that we live on. thank you so much. >> president yee: thank you.
next speaker. >> hello. i don't know you, but i love you. that was virginia's catch phrase. it was also how she lived her life. she was a tamalera that sold tamales in the bars of san francisco. she was an open and nonjudgmental person who took him to provide counseling to her customers, her clients, she called him. i am a documentaryian who wrote a documentary about her, and i compiled a c.d. with 50 songs for her 50th birthday. i used these songs as a sound track for the documentary, "our lady of tamale," which was screened all over the world. the film captures the love that her people had for her, and
found that she found love by selling her tamales. she helped people navigate through personal problems and helped them get off chemicals, and helped them navigate difficult personal times in their lives. this is a way to celebrate the life of a true american success story, a way to spread her story of love and acceptance for all. thanks for helping keep her memory alive. i don't know you, but i love you. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. if there's anymore public comments to be made, and you want to make them, please lineup. >> tom gilberti, last three times, i spoke about policies
that needed to be changed, starting with the -- from the 1950 walk softly and carry a big stick and whack whoever. on our freeways right now, we turned them into rivers of poison. just like a human being injecting heroin into their -- into their arm, every day, we commute. we're poisoning, we're doing the same thing to our children, and in the city here, we have these little buzzers, these -- what are they? ride -- rideshare, uber and lyft, is spewing their poison. unregulated, dropped on us, neoliberal policy, we'll break it and fix it later. we're breaking our climate,
disasters. navigation centers, what has happened to those? i -- i agree that housing is probably better, but if you're doing drugs and you're in housing or you're in a navigation center, we don't want you to do it in the neighborhood. safe injection sites, with a doctor, prescribing drugs that are safe, to be used on-site, maybe around the corner from mental health sites that we're trying to find a home for can help reduce the drug situation. on the street, it's a first step. add also a new experiment. if we can get by by doing this as an experiment with our
hospitals, that's great. psilocybin is making news. my 90-year-old mother, i wouldn't mind her taking a little dose of l.s.d. to clear her as she's getting ready to die. this can be part of an experiment again to help the people that are mentally broken and emotionally broken try to find a new home, find some stable and get together. now as far as housing, senior housing and homeless housing, it's dignity housing, and that's what we need to create, as simple as that. thank you for your time. >> president yee: thank you. next speaker. >> hi.
my name is maricela herrera, and i wanted to say thank you for considering my mom, and i appreciate it. my mom was a -- basically, our friend. she made something from nothing, and so i just wanted to share that with you. and when my -- my mom loved everybody. it didn't matter if you had money or not. it didn't matter if you are poor or rich or had good clothes or not. she just shared her love with everyone. one day, i asked her, because she had a t-shirt, and she said she saved lives with tamales. i said how can you save lives with tamales. she said well, the areas that i
go, a lot of people drink, and i say no, sit down. i'll give you some tamales, and she'd put a lot of hot sauce so they'd drink water and stuff. as time went by, she saw love feeding people and helping people because there were a lot of people that loved to see her, and she loved that because she didn't have anyone who loved her as a child. so i just wanted to share that with you. thank you. >> president yee: thank you very much. next speaker. >> honorable president mr. yee, what did you do with -- well any way, she'll be here shortly. honored members of the board of supervisors -- what do you know, there's aaron?
it's my sad duty to report -- there she is -- angela, look. mardi gras beads, no flowers. the business is dead. it's my sad duty to report there exists on the border of chinatown and north beach a dangerous threat to the safety of the united states. i've only been there two months. apparently my being allowed to rent a room had to do with being truskies. my father was a member of the fourth revolutionary front. i maintained that all -- he
maintained that all throughout the mckaercarthy era. being a socialist does not mean not loving your country. john jay ditto santino, he's either a conspiracy dupe. lulu has threatened me and has a drug fiend who's stealing from me. my girlfriend and i, we have many who we love who help us in -- >> president yee: thank you.
[inaudible] >> president yee: thank you very much. so seeing no other speakers, public comment is now closed. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk, please call for the -- the for adoption without committee agenda, items 26 through 28. >> clerk: items 26 through 28 were introduced for adoption without reference to committee. a unanimous vote is required for resolutioned on first reading -- resolutions on first reading. alternatively, any member may request an item to go to committee. >> president yee: okay, would any of my colleagues like to sever any items? okay. colleagues, seeing none, can we take this same house, same call? without objection, the adoptions and resolutions are adopted unanimously. [gavel]. >> president yee: madam clerk,
please read the in memoryams. >> clerk: on behalf of supervisor stefani for the late clinton wiggins, on behalf of supervisor brown, for the late speedy woods, and on behalf of supervisor mandelman, for the late hope eisenberg. >> president yee: okay. colleagues, that brings us to the end of the agenda. madam clerk, is there any further business before us today? >> clerk: that concludes our business for today. >> president yee: okay. sorry to say, we're adjourned.
please stand by please stand by please stand by please stand by >> preston: please stand by please stand by please stand by please stand by >> it's a pleasure and honor and a joy to be part of this celebration. when we do these grand openings, they're celebrations and they are also acknowledge. no one institution can create the affordable housing we see here and so i want to begin by asking mayor breed, thanking you for your support and to share a few words.
>> yep. [laughter] that's it. >> all right. >> wow. thank you all so much for being here today and i'm really excited about this project. especially because i used to serve on the san francisco redevelopment agency commission and i remember when mission bay was just taking shape in san francisco and the conversations around the housing that we know would be built here and we fought really hard and because of that fight, 30% of all the new housing will go to support families that are low and middle income residents. which brings us here today. 143 units of family housing and senior housing for people who in some cases were displaced long ago. i grew up in the western edition community and there were a lot
of mistakes in that community. homes were torn down. promises were made and no housing was provided for those people and families. in these 143 units, of affordable housing, we have 10 certificate of preference holders. which is absolutely amazing. [applause] >> when i served on the san francisco board of supervisors, i was excited to help pass legislation to address a real problem around displacement of residents through either owner move-in elections, ellis act evictions and sometimes in the cases of fire. because of that, we are residents who are asking living here who fit the bill and qualifications and now have a space affordable clean, nice,
beautiful things place to call home. providing affordable housing is not providing a place for people to stay. it's about building a community. it's about supporting a community. making sure there are creditable services that provide resources to the community. i'm excited about a26 va lynn see a and we'll join the ground floor to support young people in this community. this is absolutely amazing and i never get tired of coming to events where we are celebrating housing for families, housing for seniors, housing for people who need it the most. what is even more exciting is the fact that this property, unlike so many properties that we see being developed in san francisco has two and three
bedroom apartments. i know that was such, i read the stories from so many of the residents who talked about their challenges and their experiences and their need in terms of the displacement but also their need to make sure that they have housing and enough room for their families. and so that's why this project is so exciting. this is really an example of what we need to do to provide affordable housing to families and folks from low and middle incomes in san francisco all over this city. so i am just here to celebrate with all of you and to i guess people have already moved in so we'll do a ribbo ribbon-cuttingy because why not celebrate such an incredible milestone because it means a better life and future for so many families. it means an opportunity to be part of this amazing new community with ucsf and the t-3 line and t third. whatever they call it now.
and all of the great amenities that exist right here in mission bay. so so much to don falcon for all the work you all continue to do not just be a non-profit developer, but be a community builder. a community builder that sustain communities for years to come and thank you for being here to celebrate this incredible milestone, the architects, the developers, the engineers, all of the people that make this a place we can call home. thank you so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you so much mayor breed. you honor us with your words. please, welcome one of the community residents here, jesus.
while the medics made his way to him he had to decide if he will finish the race in pain or just stay down and give up the race he had trained so hard to win. so despite the pain he stood up and began to limp along the track, even though the pain was unbearable he finished the race. his name is deric redman. this is a story that has inspired me to my darkest moments. let me share with you a bit about how my journey began. my name is jesus and i am mexican immigrant. i left my home in mexico in april of 1992 to come to america and seeking for a better life. i came empty handed with only the clothes on my back. however, in may of 1992, my life changed in a second. i was hit by a train while on my way to seattle, washington to work in the fishing industry. it was around midnight so they didn't find me until the next morning around 7:00 a.m. they took me to highland
hospital in oakland where they told me i will never be able to walk again and i was going to be paralyzed. i spent two years recovering at highland and at the facility. not knowing what was in store for me in the future. when i was discharged, my eyes were open to my new reality. i realized i was homeless, no skills related to work because of my disability. i was all by myself, no family or friends. eventually i was connected with a booster program that helped me get a stable housing unit. my mental health however didn't get better. i was living by myself and feeling isolated, depressed and hopeless. i also tuned to people for support. i ended up using alcohol and drugs to cope with my depression to help my life and my time living alone.
fortunately, with the social work program, i was referred to 626 mission bay housing and this great organization. here i am blessed to have a apartment to share with my mom and dad which allows me to have a family support system that i needed to be able to focus on my goals and recovery. my social workers has also been tremendous men doesltremendousl. it's never too late to obtain an education and be a member of the society. now i'm beginning to dream again. currently i have returned to community college and take classes in hopes of becoming an architect. my hope is to build shelters and for those facing homelessness in the city of san francisco. because of the support and safe housing i'm able to focus on
giving back to the beautiful city that has given me a lot. my current goal is to volunteer at the local ucsf children's hospital at 826 valencia next door. i want to thank my church and pastor, social worker, parents and my whole family for always believing in me, even through my darkest episodes of life. remember, when the darkest hour comes to you it's because a light bright of a new dawn is approaching. when the storm is hitting the hardest it's because the clouds are approaching. don't give up. finish the race. [applause] >> thank you so much, jesus. every person in this room is
here because of you and people like you. thank you. please, join me in welcoming supervisor matt haney. [applause] well, first of all, thank you jesus for those powerful words and thank you to all the residents and all the staff who make it a tremendous place for residents. i want to give a huge thanks to tnbc and to don faulk. i've been supervisor for five months and i've been to two ribbon cuttings and they both have been tndc ribbon cuttings. not only that, both have not been in the tenderloin so i represent the tenderloin. we had one in south of market and one in mission bay and it demonstrates how critical and important housing developer you are and not just in district 6, not just in the tenderloin but through out our city. thank you so much mayor breed. i know you are working hard to
make sure we have affordable housing and affordable housing for families. i have the opportunity to serve on the board of education for six years and the thing that i heard more than anything when i visited our schools, is that our families and our kids are struggling from housing and stability, if you don't have a safe and stable place to live, it's going to be hard for a young person to achieve in school to be well socially and emotionally and so investing in-housing, especially for families is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our city. i'm so excited that the mission bay community is going to be a place that has a balance of affordability and we have made amount of mistakes in the past when it comes to housing and displacement but when you build a new community, like we have here in mission bay, we have the opportunity to actually get it right. so thank you to ocii, thank you to everybody who has made sure that we have affordability in mission bay and that mission bay is being built through families.
right here will be such a hugely important thing to make sure that families can thrive here in mission bay. and the last thing i want to say is not only do we have 826 valencia here in this building, we'll have a school across the street. it was one of the last things -- you can clap for a new school. [applause] this will be the very first public school built in san francisco in about 20 years and it's going to be right here in this community in the parking lot. they've gone out for design and architects and all that so it's happening and the funding is there so i can't wait to see when i and down here and we see kids who can walk directly across the street from this building to their school here right in mission bay and a wonderful, beautiful building in a community that is going to be
such a fantastic place for families and for all of the residents who get to call this place home. thank you to everybody who made it possible. [applause] >> thank you so much supervisor haney for all your support in this work. wells fargo played a crucial role in the development here. please welcome geoff bennett. [applause] >> thank you so much. it's a pleasure to be here. we're thrilled to be part of this wonderful project and congratulations to tnbc and the city and for all those who worked on this project. i was kind of in the trenches with a lot of the details for the loans and i know it was not an easy task. we spent a lot of hours and a lot of conference calls and worked through some challenging issues. i'm looking at colleen who did a lot of work on that and did a terrific job.
[laughter] we've had a great relationship for 25 years now and done some amazing things together and we always lev working on projects so thank you for having us on this one and just a couple words. we're the construction lender and we're also the low income housing tax credit investors and we'll be a limited partner for 15 years on the project and we provided the equity on the project. other ford able housing a big deal and it's been decades and we take it very seriously and it's a big commitment and i work in a group that does nothing but affordable housing everyday of the week and we're putting up big numbers. i know we should put up bigger numbers but just to give you a sense we have a billion dollars to affordable housing in the bay area that covered about 42 developments and we're finances
six new projects here in the city right now. about 400 minute yu 400 million. we got a new one from don yesterday. we're hoping to do a lot more in the city and a billion dollars has been committed through 2025 for grants, which is a big deal. we're happy to see that and yes, wore thrilled to be involved in big projects like this. i have been a long-time san francisco residents and i'm a homeowner here and it's just
extra special to attend things like this in my backyard. we appreciate the opportunity and we look forward being into a lot more like this. so thank you. >> thank you, jeff. stephanie, please come up. [applause] >> i moved here to reunite with my family and immediately i was struck by the level of homelessness in the bay area. in 2016, a series of unfortunate events involving family and friends and a former employer left me and my family scrambling for help. through a patchwork of shelters and social services from as far as richmond, i was introduced to tndc. from that moment, my life changed drastically. our journey from being homeless to being housed was over. having a place has given my son security and stability to perform well in school and
consistency for me to complete my degree. 626 mission bay is more than just an apartment building for us it's a launch pad to become positive, productive members of society. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much, steph know. yostephanie.you give meaning tod we really appreciate you. i hope you will join me in welcoming colleen ma who was a project manager for 626 mission bay boulevard. [applause] >> i'll try to keep it short. the beautiful building was made possible by all of our amazing partners. from our partners at wells fargo and the federal home loan bank to our architects and studio and
our general contractor it's been years in the making to get to finally celebrate the completion of this building. it's pretty wild but i hope you get to look at the acknowledgment list but it scratches the surface of people, staff, engineers, women and more who have worked to make this project a reality. and now that the building is complete, i've had the honor of watching my peer, our site staff work there magic. marry ellen and tino who are hiding in the crowd or offices have put in countless late nights and weekends to get this building leased. [applause] >> and they continue to put in the time to keep it running smoothly. clifton, johnathan, jesse and terry have run miles in this half city block of the building. [applause] to make sure this building functions properly. key key and natallia meet
tenants where they're at to provide resources and materials. [applause] for some of these tenants, this is their very first home and being presented with such a new space and such a new neighborhood like mission bay, can be isolating and terrifying. our site staff have done an amazing job of welcoming the space and to this neighborhood. there are around 150 children in this building and growing. right around move-in time last year at least one small child maybe three feet tall was running around dragging their hot cheetos along our white walls. the reality of having families and children in the building hit me. this is no longer just a construction project but this is becoming a home. the partnerships that built this building and freight this building have transformed it no 143 new homes for families and future generations of san franciscans. it's been an honor to be part of it. [applause]
>> thank you, colleen. so they're just a couple of things i want to say in closing. i think beta is here. thank you. can you just raise your hands high. so we are so proud and grateful for 826 valencia and we're so proud you decided to come and join us here in mission bay. we have an after school program and we have been working closely with them for a long time and we just appreciate you. thank you. the feeling is mutual. i want to convey. we as an organization are very privileged to be in this center of this kind of work.